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Cheryl Edwards, right, administers a flu vaccination shot to Chris Downey Wednesday at the Rutherford County Senior Center in Spindale. The vaccinations were provided for the seniors by the Rutherford-Polk-McDowell District Health Department. Today the health department will be holding a flu clinic for children ages 6 months to 35 months Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the health department in Spindale. For more information, call 287-6100.

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ADGA has a real pedigree By LARRY DALE Daily Courier Staff Writer

SPINDALE — You won’t find any goats inside the American Dairy Goat Association building, but you will find a national and even international organization that has registered more than a million of the animals in its 105-year history. The extensive facility holds a large records archive and a wealth of information on dairy goats, as well as goat-related items such as shirts and caps that the organization sells to its thousands of members in all 50 states and a number of other countries. The organization’s mission statement says, “The American Dairy Goat Association was organized in 1904 to collect, record and preserve the pedigrees of dairy goats, provide genetic management, and related services of the highest possible quality to dairy goat breeders, while maintaining the credibility of infor-

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American Dairy Goat Association manager Shirley McKenzie

RUTHERFORDTON — Citing concerns for the impact it would have on the town’s budget, Town Council unanimously adopted a resolution to the North Carolina Utilities Commission opposing various electricity rate increases by Duke Energy. Finance Director Rus Scherer has estimated the Duke rate increase would cost the town’s General Fund about $12,500 annually and the town’s Sewer Enterprise Fund about $6,000 annually, compared to the fiscal year 2008-09 expenses. Mayor Sally Lesher noted that the plan to raise electric rates was especially ill-timed because “it will impact this budget year. They’re doing it in October and we just passed a budget in July.” The resolution states, in part, “Given the difficult Local and State budget circumstances, any rate increases should be made effective in the future at the beginning of governmental fiscal years to assist in budget planning.” Council member Jimmy Dancy commented, “We have grounds to have concerns.” The board also unanimously approved awarding a contract for sewer manhole rehabilitation. The manhole rehabilitation and slip lining project was awarded in the amount of $144,300 to BlytheCo Construction LLC, of Penrose, in Henderson County. The town received a $120,000 N.C. Rural Center grant for the project, with the town’s portion being $60,000, for a total of $180,000. The award is for $4,300 more than the town has planned for the manhole rehab and slip lining, but the agenda packet noted that “Public Works Director Keith Ward can work with the contractor to find the best solution to reduce the scope of work by the $4,300 necessary” to bring the project in at Please see Council, Page 3

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FOREST CITY ­— It sounds like a bad blockbuster sequel, but it’s true: Two small snakes – on two different days – were found inside Ellenboro Elementary. Only around 8 to 10 inches long, the school’s cafeteria manager killed one of the two by stepping on it. The other was killed by Principal Bill Bass. “I couldn’t tell for sure what it was — I smashed it’s head pretty badly,” Bass said. Bass notified Rutherford County Schools Maintenance Director Marty Hopper. The maintenance department replaced some door sweeps around outside doors where it is thought the snakes got in. “There has not been an incident since we changed those sweeps,” Hopper said. The bigger pest plaguing Ellenboro and other schools — from border to border — Hopper Please see School, Page 6

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This generator component of the steam-powered turbine under construction at Duke Energy’s Cliffside Steam Station is making it’s way through South Carolina on its way to the site. The 1.8 million pound unit seen here in Aiken, S.C. is being moved at night, only allowed on secondary roads at a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour being pulled by four trucks.

Giant generator on the move By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

CLIFFSIDE — One of the largest components to be installed at the new Duke Energy steam station will be the 1.8 million pound generator component for the steam turbine. But it may be a few more weeks before the device arrives from South Carolina. Officials with Mammoet — a company that specializes in moving massive equip-

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ment — are working on maintenance in the Aiken area for the next five days or so and will then get back underway on their journey to Cliffside. The unit is being moved by two hydraulic trailers, with a total length of about 300 feet. Even limiting speeds to a maximum of 20 mph is very stressful for the tires on hundreds of wheels on the trailers meaning the Please see Move, Page 6


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Convicted sex offender James Nichols studies scriptures at the New Life Mission Church Wednesday, Sept. 23, in Fayetteville. Nichols said he was trying to better himself by going to Moncure Baptist Church in Moncure, N.C. But the police who arrested him explained: The church is off-limits because it has a daycare center. Associated Press

RALEIGH (AP) — Voters around North Carolina’s state capital have demanded change on the local school board in an election largely seen as a referendum on the county’s model diversity policy that frequently mixes poorer students with those in affluent suburbs. Three candidates running campaigns to change the diversity system won seats on the Wake County board from their suburban territories. A fourth member of that coalition may enter a runoff that will determine whether they have an outright majority to require more focus on what they deem “neighborhood” education. Karen Simon, a black parent who unsuccessfully ran for the seat in a predominantly white district in northwest Raleigh, said she was shocked to see supporters of the current diversity policy lose by such a substantial margin Tuesday night. She hoped it was not an indication that the majority of county voters support segregation — but instead a how to live a better life.” vocal segment that turned out to vote. In Georgia, the Southern “Some people were trying to say, ’Oh, no, race Center for Human Rights sued had nothing to do with it,”’ Simon said. “The fact the state in part because the law is: Yes, it did. Race had everything to do with it.” there prevents offenders from It’s a debate that’s particularly powerful in the volunteering in places of worSouth, where words like “segregation” and “inteship. The lawsuit brought on gration” always carry the power of the region’s Jim behalf of Georgia’s 16,000-plus Crow past. registered sex offenders is pendWake County’s diversity policy is based on socioing in federal court. economics, with officials assigning and busing stuKatherine Parker, legal direcdents to schools so that no campus has more than tor for the ACLU of North 40 percent of students receiving free or reducedCarolina, said she was not aware price lunches. That policy naturally expands racial of religion-based challenges to diversity as well, often mixing black students from sex-offender laws in any other the city’s impoverished southeast with white stustates. The ACLU is helping in dents in the more affluent suburbs. Nichols’ case. The opposition candidates said the issue of race was irrelevant and questioned whether the diverJonathan Turley, a law prosity policy was helping students, noting that many fessor at George Washington are often bused far from their homes or reassigned University, said preventing to other schools. They point to dropout rates and offenders from attending relitest scores as signs that the policy is not working. gious services is another in a “I could buy into it if it was working. If it was series of increasingly unforgiving actually improving academics in Wake County, laws adopted across the country. sign me up,” said Allison Backhouse, the leader Some of the laws have pushed of the advocacy group Wake Schools Community offenders out of homes and Alliance. “This isn’t working. This mindless shufentire communities. fling and busing of kids year after year is for “This case is part of a much naught.” larger group of cases dealing with the expansive sex-offender The Wake County policy has long been used as a laws,” Turley said. “The state model of diversity, especially since a 2007 Supreme cannot sentence someone to a Court decision restricted the use of race as a faclife of being an agnostic or an tor when assigning students to public schools. But atheist without violating the Backhouse warned that the benefits only seem to constitution.” be on paper.

Banned from church, a sex offender taking case to court

RALEIGH (AP) — Convicted sex offender James Nichols said he was trying to better himself by going to church. But the police who arrested him explained: The church is offlimits because it has a daycare center. Now Nichols is challenging North Carolina’s sex-offender laws in a case that pits the constitutional right to religious freedom against the state’s goal of protecting the public from child molesters. “I just started asking the question, ’Why? Why am I being treated this way after trying to better myself?”’ said Nichols, a 31-year-old who was twice convicted of indecent liberties with a teen girl and again in 2003 for attempted second-degree rape. “The law gives you no room to better yourself.”

At issue in Nichols’ case and a similar one in Georgia are day care centers and youth programs at houses of worship where sex offenders can come into proximity with children. Sex offender advocates agree some convicts should not be allowed around children, but they contend barring all offenders denies them

support needed to become productive citizens. “Criminalizing the practice of religion for everyone on the registry will do more harm than good,” said Sara Totonchi, policy director for the Southern Center for Human Rights. “With these laws, states are driving people on the registry from their faith community and depriving them of the rehabilitative influence of the church.” Thirty-six states establish zones where sex offenders cannot live or visit. Some states provide exemptions for churches but many do not. In December, North Carolina state legislators barred sex offenders from coming within 300 feet of any place intended primarily for the use, care or supervision of minors. Three months later, Nichols was arrested at his home after attending Sunday services. He said he was “floored” to learn that he had been picked up because Moncure Baptist Church has a child-care center for families attending services. “I believe wholeheartedly if it wasn’t for God, I don’t know where I’d be today,” he said. “God’s blessed me with learning

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$140,000. The board unanimously approved an easement request from Broad River Water Authority to allow waterline placement along U.S. 221. Town attorney David Lloyd had expressed reservations at the September board meeting about a few items with the proposed easement, but he told council members Wednesday he was satisfied that the issues had been addressed. Broad River had requested the easement at the entrance to the town’s wastewater treatment plant, at U.S. 221 and Thunder Road. Board members accepted a Norris Library study that was completed by Rich Rosenthal. The study included an evaluation and a series of recommendations for the future of the library. The immediate impact of the study will be the rearrangement of certain sections in the library, including relocating all computer stations to one location. The town received the report so board members can see what investments are being put into the facility. The Norris Library Foundation Board is paying for the changes. Associated Press

In this Sept. 23 file photo, Dell employee Barrie Kutlik works in the computer assembly area at the then, new Dell plant in Winston-Salem, N.C. Dell Inc. said Wednesday it will close the desktop computer manufacturing plant in Winston-Salem, by the end of January. The computer maker said that 905 people will be laid off, with around 600 to be let go next month.

Dell is closing its N.C. plant

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — Dell Inc. said Wednesday it will close a desktop computer manufacturing plant in WinstonSalem by the end of January.

The computer maker said 905 people will be laid off, with around 600 to be let go next month. The plant was opened in 2005. Dell was promised more than $300 million in state and local incentives to open the plant. But it was required to invest $100

million, create 1,700 jobs by September 2010 and maintain those jobs for 10 more years. If those terms weren’t met, the company would forfeit the incentive package. Dell said it would comply with the terms of the incentive agreement. The plant closure is part of a plan to save $4 billion a year at Dell by 2011. In June, Dell sold its Lebanon, Tenn., remanufacturing plant to

Genco. In January, Dell said the company would move its Ireland manufacturing operations to Poland, a process that is still ongoing.

The board also approved a letter to the N.C. Department of Transportation concerning the two alternatives for the U.S. 221 bypass project. Concerning Alternative 3, the board noted that the town needs more than one through street available for emergency response vehicles. The town of Rutherfordton contracts with the town of Ruth to provide fire service for Ruth, and the concern is about response time being hindered when going to Ruth. The town is requesting consideration of building a connector street between Collett and Green streets. The letter further comments that the Alternative 3 issues of connectivity and more than one through street are also issues for the 74A Alternative.

In other action, the board: n adopted a resolution to request grant assistance from the N.C. Rural Center for a planning grant project. The agenda packet notes, “the Town has need for a thorough financial plan and rate study for its wastewater collection and treatment enterprise to ensure revenues sufficiently cover operational and capital expenses necessary to fund ongoing maintenance, upkeep, expansion, and a changing customer base.” The town’s portion of the project would be $6,667, and that money is in the sewer budget. n approved sending a letter to Rick Tipton of the N.C. Department of Transportation in Asheville expressing concerns about possible repairs to or Sanford said the announcement replacement of Bridge No. 8 on U.S. 64 between Rutherfordton and Lake Lure. The town supported shows there are returns on the the position of Rutherford County, writing, “We state’s efforts to attract investment and improve business con- believe that rerouting traffic instead of building a temporary bridge would be very harmful to the ditions. economy of our town as well as the county. When “Our push for competitiveness is one that doesn’t begin or this project begins we urge NCDOT to build a temporary bridge for traffic between Lake Lure/ end with any specific economic development announcement, but Chimney Rock and Rutherfordton.” n agreed to look at a problem property on Red Ventures’ decision to put Cleghorn Street and consider looking at the condown roots in our state speaks to this larger notion of persever- demnation process for various sites in town, ing in .... today’s very challenging including that one. n approved a letter to the Rutherford County economy,” he said in a statement. The Charlotte Observer report- School Board citing the town’s concerns over the derelict condition of the former Rutherfordton ed Wednesday that incentives Elementary School building. The board wrote, “We to the company will include encourage you to maintain the property as if you job development credits once were still there, while you decide its future. It has it creates new positions. The a lot of potential and we do not want it left to detestate also will give the county a riorate beyond repair.” $250,000 grant for infrastrucn was told that the recent Norris Library book ture upgrades and discount property taxes by 50 percent for sale had cleared about $1,400. Red Ventures over 18 years, the newspaper added. Contact Dale via e-mail at ldale@thedigitalcourier.com Dell has plants in Miami, Nashville, Austin, Texas, Brazil, Ireland, Poland, China, Malaysia and India. It also partners with other manufacturers to make certain products. Shares of Round Rock, Texasbased Dell fell 19 cents to $15.32 in afternoon trading.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A North Carolina-based internet marketing and sales company is planning to relocate to South Carolina under an ambitious expansion plan that would create 1,000 jobs in coming years, state officials said Wednesday.

Red Ventures will move its headquarters and operations from Charlotte, N.C., to Lancaster County in South Carolina, the state Department of Commerce announced. The company plans to add 100 new positions by year’s end and hundreds of additional jobs within the next five to seven years. “The area has an excellent

business environment that provides a great fit for our growing company and gives us access to a talented labor force,” Red Ventures chief financial officer Mark Brodsky said. He added that Red Ventures has had strong growth in recent years and looks forward to continuing that growth in South Carolina. Founded in 2000, Red Ventures generates customers for popular brands in several markets, including satellite television, Internet services and home security. It was ranked 17th among the fastest-growing private companies in the nation by Inc. magazine last year. The company said it will invest more than $20 million in its new complex in South Carolina. South Carolina Gov. Mark

High-speed rail bids in WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Tuesday it has received applications from 24 states seeking $50 billion for highspeed rail projects, more than six times the money designated in the economic stimulus plan. A decision on which projects will receive funds will be made this winter, Joseph Szabo, head of the Federal Railroad Administration, said in a statement. “Our selections will be merit-based and will reflect President Obama’s vision to remake America’s transportation landscape,” Szabo said. In August, the agency received 214 applications from 34 states totaling $7 billion for corridor planning and smaller projects, which would include trains traveling less then 110 miles per hour, the rate defined as highspeed in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Applications for high-speed projects were due Oct. 2.

The $787 billion recovery act designated $8 billion for high-speed and other passenger rail projects. The fierce competition means most applicants are likely to go away empty-handed. The $4.7 billion application from the California High-Speed Rail Authority alone totals more than half the available funds. California is aiming for bullet train service to eventually extend from Sacramento to San Diego. Pennsylvania is seeking funds for several projects, including a magnetic levitation train that would run from Pittsburgh International Airport to downtown Pittsburgh. Florida is seeking $2.5 billion for high-speed service between Tampa and Orlando. North Carolina transportation officials want to start work on a Southeast rail corridor between Charlotte and Richmond, Va. A slew of Midwest states have rail projects that aim to link to a regional system centered in Chicago.

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utherford County School Board members were presented with a proposal Tuesday night that would expand the technological capabilities of our students and teachers and improve the quality of education. Chief Technology Officer Benny Hendrix and Assistant Superintendent Janet Mason made the Changing Teaching and Learning presentation which envisions outfitting all county students from the sixth through 12th grades with laptop computers and a variety of educational software tools. “We’re dreaming big and thinking about the future,” Mason said. That is exactly what our school leaders should be doing. Superintendent John Kinlaw noted, that schools have to prepare students to function in a competitive global community. The new initiatives presented this week would move the county a long way in that direction. Of course cost has to be considered, but if the project can be done for the $2 million that was stated, this is an idea that must be seriously considered. We agree with Hendrix who told the school board that $2 million is a small price to pay to give our children the 21st Century tools they need to succeed.

Our readers’ views Rejects 912 groups manners, methods To the editor: I attended the County Commissioners meeting Tuesday night and was greatly distressed by an organization called 912 whose members used intimidation and disinformation to try to discredit our County Commissioners for the Daniel Road project. This group not only showed disrespect to our elected officials but also taunted speakers who followed them whose message did not agree with their remarks. This lack of civility compelled me, as a veteran and member of the organization, to resign immediately after being embarrassed by their leaders’ behavior. In a democracy, we agree to disagree but debate in a rational manner to argue our points. Most of the 912 members, I assume, are veterans, but after last night’s performance, should not be duped again by these people. The 912 leaders, who moved into this county less than two years ago, do not know the history, the facts, and were unwilling to discuss the issues of the Daniel Road Project before attacking it. They chose to pick the Daniel Road Project to make a stand, because as Jenna Naskov stated “You have to start somewhere.” We don’t need radicals here in these trying times, we need conservatives to help lead us out of this crisis. We need leaders who know how to live within their means and not by people, coming here to escape higher taxes, to tell us how to behave or spend our money. When times change, people change and the County Commissioners know that …… and, they are not to be threatened, for when they are threatened we are threatened. If you disagree with them, don’t re-elect them. But until then, be

respectful and civil toward our elected officials! Joe M. Simmons Rutherfordton

progress in our county be impeded by reactionary thought. Stephanie Beaumont Rutherfordton

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To the editor: I am shocked that any group could be against the Daniel Road Project. I have lived in this county my entire life and I do not want anyone taking away opportunities for its improvement from me and especially not from my children. To say that unemployment in this county needs to “stabilize at 5 percent” before the project is considered means that it will never happen, we all know that. But I do not believe that the 912ers see that unemployment figure as an actual possibility; rather, that figure means they never want the DRP to happen. Sometimes money needs to be spent. I’m sure our taxes purchase far stupider things every day and we have no control over that, why not allow our money to go to something that can benefit us all? (And I do think the projects proposed would have value for everyone in our county.) Why not protest something that merits protest? I am sure there are a lot of people in the world who would not move to this county because of our limited resources, would not put their businesses here for the same reasons. Are we to take no action to improve our community until our economy improves? How will that work exactly? I am so excited that something like this could actually become a reality in our county. I sincerely thank all of those who have been a part of developing this investment in our future. I wish I had known that there would be opposition to the Daniel Road Project at the commissioners meeting because I would have been there. Those of us who support it need to stand together and not let

To the editor: What is the rationale behind this latest push to prevent illegal aliens from accessing an education through ICC? While I agree that a non-citizens shouldn’t be granted the lower instate tuition rates when someone who was born and raised just 50 miles from here must pay the outof-state rate, I don’t understand why we seem to be going one further by blocking all access to ICC. Do people not realize that an educated society makes for a more productive society? If people are going to be a part of our community, which it appears they are or this wouldn’t be an issue, then wouldn’t it do all of our society well to encourage education for as many as possible? If an illegal alien is willing to pay for classes at ICC, then I wonder what the real problem is. Is it really about them gaining an education, or is it about something deeper? I come from a place where the illegal population outnumbered the legal population in some areas, so I understand the frustrations people are feeling regarding the influx, but I don’t understand the rationale behind trying to keep anyone in a permanently ignorant, slave class if they are willing to work and learn their way out of it. All of society would benefit from educating as many people as possible. So why try and prevent it for any segment of society, if not for the individual, then for society at large? Maybe someone can explain the rationale to me because I certainly don’t understand it. Tara Wright Forest City

Christmas arrives before the leaves start to turn Quick, someone tell me what today’s date is? That’s right, it’s Thursday, Oct. 8. But from the looks of some area retailers, it’s closer to Dec. 8. I recently read in another media outlet that retailers will probably put out their holiday season items way early (and they have) in hopes of having a better Christmas in an economy where people are still holding onto their dollars. As we walked past the Christmas displays in the shall-remain-nameless store Sunday afternoon, my husband pointed out that instead of making him want to shop, it just made him want to scream. I’m apt to agree, but that didn’t stop me and the three year old from pushing but-

Total momsense Allison Flynn

tons on displays and listening to crude versions of “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.” And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a little excited thinking about the boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes (and boxes and boxes and boxes) of Christmas decorations that’ll come down from upstairs the day after Thanksgiving. Oh, how that carrousel that plays 50 different Christmas songs would be a nice addition to my holiday collec-

tion. But where would I put it? I asked Nathan that out loud, and he said outside. I don’t think that carrousel is designed for outdoors, I responded. Next to it is a train that plays Christmas music and “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” and “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain.” I sang out loud as the music played. Brightly colored red and gold ornaments, tinsel and hey! an “Alvin and the Chipmunks” ornament set! Elmo, Rudolph.... I could make an entire tree just for Nathan with all those characters! Velvety tree skirts in reds, greens and whites. Someday when I don’t have cats to shed – or worse, throw up hairballs – on those

tree skirts, I will have one that’s completely impractical instead of one that’ll soon be thread-bare from going through the washing machine. Those far off days I can see just around the bend will also mean I can finally put up bows of gossamer ribbon on my stairway too. Then there were the lighted Christmas trees and topiaries that would look beautiful on either side of my front door. What about inflatables for the front yard? We’ve already got a train driven by Santa, but there’s always room for more ... Before giddiness could take over, reality set in. I realized I needed to mentally stop decorating every room in my house for Christmas and worry more about get-

ting Nathan’s Halloween costume. Christmas is my favorite time of year, but even I believe you can rush the season a bit. And if I start this early, there won’t the anticipation of hearing that first Christmas song on the radio or bringing down the first box from the attic. The spirit of Christmas – the giving and the joy I take in seeing my family and friends’ faces during that time of year – is something I’ll happily welcome year round. But for now, I’m going to stay out of the aisles filled with Santas and reindeer until at least Nov. 8. Flynn is editor/reporter for The Daily Courier. Contact her via e-mail at aflynn@thedigitalcourier.com.


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FOREST CITY — Author Anne Barnhill will present a writer’s workshop and book signing Saturday at Fireside Books & Gifts. “I enjoy facilitating workshops about memoir writing, fiction and poetry and have done so at the Appalachian Writers Association, the S.C. Writers Workshop, various colleges and in a few churches,” Barnhill said. She also gives talks about writing memoir, creativity and the spirit and fiction from life. “The workshop will be focused on memoir writing and I’ll talk first about memoir as a genre, then read a little from my own. I’ll then have participants do an exercise and we will share as people feel willing,” Barnhill said Monday. “ Hopefully, this will inspire folks to tell their own stories. “Writing my own memoir has been a very healing experience for me and has made me a believer in the power of writing to mend one’s soul,” she said. This writing workshop focuses on promoting individual’s work and getting the work published, said Valerie Hoffman, owner of Fireside Books & Gifts. Hoffman said Barnhill finds material for her strong stories in ordinary places among unexceptional people. Small towns, suburbs, and country settings are favorites; housewives, children, ministers, and co-workers are preferred characters. Barnhill, who lives in North Carolina, has been writing professionally since 1991 and has written hundreds of feature articles, theater and book reviews and interviews for a variety of news-

Minnie Radford

Minnie Sluder Radford, 93, of Rutherfordton, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, at Hospice House in Forest City. A native of Avery County, she was a daughter of the late Lee Sluder and Lillie Johnson Sluder, and the widow of Spurgeon Radford. She was a charter member of Thermal City United Methodist Church for 81 years and retired from Stonecutter Mills after 33 years of service. She is survived by one daughter, Carolyn Atchley of Rutherfordton; one sister, Amie Wilson of Contributed photo Rutherfordton; one grandchild; and one great-grandAnne Barnhill will conduct a writer’s workshop this Saturday. child. Arrangements are being handled by McMahan’s Funeral Home & Cremation papers and magazines. Her Services, where the family first book, At Home In The will receive friends Thursday Land of Oz, was published 6 to 8 8 p.m. Funeral serby Jessica Kingsley in June vices will be conducted at 3 2007. This memoir tells the poignant story about growing p.m. Friday at Gilkey United Methodist Church with the up in the 60s with an autisRevs. Allen Marsh, Leon tic sister when few people Morrow and Caroll Flack had ever heard the word. officiating. The body will It has been described as “a lie in state 30 minutes prior beautiful book” and “a clasto the service at the church. sic coming-of-age story that reads with the suspense, and Interment will follow in the church cemetery. superb prose, of a terrific Memorials may be made novel.” to Rutherford County Senior Her second book, What You Long For, a collection of Center Meals on Wheels Program, 193 Callahan short stories, has been pubKoone Rd., Spindale, NC lished. Barnhill has also published 28160 The family will be at the poetry, short stories and Radford home. essays in a variety of literary journals and anthologies. She Online condolences www.mcmahholds a master of fine arts in Creative Writing from the ansfuneralhome.com. University of North CarolinaIrene Tucker Wilmington and has several projects underway, including Irene J. Tucker, 81, of 329 a novel set in Tudor England. Dixie Trail, Forest City, died There is no free for the Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at workshop and everyone is Hospice House in Forest City. invited. Born in Rutherford County, For more information call she was a daughter of the late 245-5188 or visit www. William Robert Jones and FiresideBooksandGifts.com Myrtle Duncan Jones. She was a longtime member of The Church of the Nazarene in Forest City, where she taught a children’s Sunday School Class. She worked as a bookkeeper on a $2,500 unsecured bond. for Isothermal Community College for 20 years before (RCSD) her retirement. n Casey Duncan Lane, 22, Survivors include one of 1461 N.C. 108; charged daughter, Kathy Lindsey with misdemeanor probation violation/ assault with a of Forest City; one granddeadly weapon, misdemeanor son; one great-grandson; larceny, and assault and bat- two brothers, Frank “Buck” tery; placed under a $20,500 James Jones of Forest City, and Paul D. Jones of York, secured bond. (RCSD) S.C.; and several nieces and n William Joseph Dixon, nephews. 24, of 109 Georgia St.; Funeral services will be charged with second-degree conducted at 2 p.m. Friday trespassing; released on a at Harrelson Funeral Home $1,000 unsecured bond. Chapel with the Rev. Dale (SPD) Austin officiating. Interment will follow in the Providence Citations United Methodist Church n Robert Dean Martin, cemetery. The family will 60, of 329 Alabama St., receive friends one hour prior Spindale; cited for possesto service time. sion/ consumption of an Memorials may be made alcoholic beverage in the pas- to Hospice of Rutherford senger area of a motor vehiCounty, P.O. Box 336, Forest cle. (RPD) City, NC 28043. n Nathaniel Garcia Landrum, 34, of 393 Laurel Online condolences www.harrelsonfuneralhome.com. Hill Drive, Rutherfordton; cited for possession of an alcoholic beverage in the pas- Don Beal senger area of a motor vehiDonald Russell “Don” Beal, cle. (RPD) 67, of Eskimo Dr., Bostic, n Betty McCurry Thrift, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, 44, of 116 Hill St., Forest at Wake Forest University City; cited for possession of Baptist Medical Center, an open container of alcoholic beverage in the passen- Winston-Salem. Born in Elyria, Ohio, he ger area of a motor vehicle. was a son of the late Russell (RPD) and Grace Neiding Beal. He was a graduate of Elyria EMS/Rescue High School Class of 1960 n The Rutherford County and Bowling Green State EMS responded to 19 E-911 University Class of 1964. calls Tuesday. He taught in the Elyria City Schools from 1964-1967, n The Volunteer Life worked for Parker Hannifin Saving and Rescue, Hickory Corporation in Forest City, Nut Gorge EMS and as plant manager, and lastly Rutherford County Rescue responded to one E-911 calls was employed with Fast Food Merchandisers of Forest City. Tuesday. He was a member of Salem United Methodist, where he Fire Calls served as head trustee and was an active member of the n Ellenboro firefighters responded to a motor vehicle Washburn Community Club. Survivors include his wife accident and to a field fire. of 45 years, Judy Jalowiec n Forest City firefighters responded to a structure fire Beal of the home; two sons, Brian Beal of Sharpsburg, and to a motor vehicle acciGa., and Brad Beal of dent. Knoxville, Tenn.; a daughn Rutherfordton firefightter, Julie Hollifield of Bostic; ers responded to an indusone brother, William Beal trial fire alarm. of Wakeman, Ohio; three n Spindale firefighters responded to a smoke report. sisters, Beverly Lehman of

Police Notes Sheriff’s Reports

n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 147 E-911 calls Tuesday. n Christopher S. Hodge reported the theft of guns. n Jean Lynn Schoolcraft reported the theft of a license tag.

n Juana Perez Jimenez reported the theft of a vehicle. n The theft of a steel mold base and other items was reported at Next Generation Plastics, 181 Bugger Hollow Road, Ellenboro.

Rutherfordton

n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 24 E-911 calls Tuesday.

Spindale

n The Spindale Police Department responded to 16 E-911 calls Tuesday.

Lake Lure

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

Forest City

n The Forest City Police Department responded to 93 E-911 calls Tuesday. n Bud Wilkie reported damage to property. n Alexander Schlutow reported an incident of a shooting.

Arrests

n Cameron Ratliff, 17, of Crescent Drive, Forest City; charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia; released on a written promise to appear. (FCPD)

n April Lynn Morrow, 31, of 198 Bates Drive; charged with assault and battery; placed under a $1,500 secured bond. (RCSD) n Heather Ashley Riva, 23, of 515 Polk County Line Road; charged with manufacture schedule VI controlled substance; released

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Author will lead Obituaries writer’s workshop By JEAN GORDON

Avon, Ohio, Marcie Krozier of Auburn Hills, Mich., and Linda Borthwick of Elyria; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Salem United Methodist Church with the Rev. Linda Ferguson Allen officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday from 5 until 8 p.m. at The Padgett and King Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, 5950 Fairview Rd., Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28210. Online condolences www.padgettking.com.

Minnie Johnson Minnie Ruth Johnson, 82, of 125 Henderson Circle, Forest City, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Thompson’s Mortuary.

Dan Bourdeaux Daniel Kenneth “Dan” Bourdeaux, 60, of Union Mills, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. A native of Jackson, Mich., he was a son of the late Clinton O. and Lois Koppin Bourdeaux. He was an Army veteran and served in Germany. Survivors include his wife of seven years, Teresa Gale Smith; one son, Daniel Kenneth Bourdeaux Jr.; brothers, Tom Bourdeaux and Serge Bourdeaux, both of Jackson; one sister, Linda Bourdeaux of Jackson; three stepsons; two stepdaughters; and six grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Bourdeaux family’s residence. In lieu of flowers, contact Teresa Smith at 288-4897. Online condolences www.ashevillemortuaryservices.com.

Deaths Tony Fein SEATTLE (AP) — Tony Fein, an Iraq war veteran and NFL rookie linebacker who played with the Baltimore Ravens during the preseason, has died of unexplained causes after collapsing at a friend’s house in what his agent said appears to be “an accidental situation.” Fein, 27, an undrafted rookie free agent from Mississippi, was lying face down and unconscious, vomiting and barely breathing when medics arrived at a house outside Port Orchard on the Kitsap Peninsula just before 9 a.m PDT Tuesday, said Mike Wernet, a battalion chief and medical officer with South Kitsap Fire & Rescue. A man and woman who were present described Fein as a friend who was staying with them. They told the aid crew they awoke to find him unresponsive and vomiting. There were no obvious wounds or signs of alcohol or other drug abuse, and noth-

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ing indicated foul play. Margaret’s Dennis VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Margaret Dennis, the namesake and longtime proprietor of a grocery store that became a folk-art landmark in the Mississippi Delta, has died. She was 94. Dennis is survived by her husband, the Rev. Herman Dennis, who turned the couple’s modest grocery store into a maze of red and white bricks, Christmas lights, Mardi Gras beads and signs with theological slogans. Irving Penn NEW YORK (AP) — Irving Penn, whose photographs revealed a taste for stark simplicity whether he was shooting celebrity portraits, fashion, still life or remote places of the world, died Wednesday at his Manhattan home. He was 92. Penn, who constantly explored the photographic medium and its boundaries, typically preferred to isolate his subjects — from fashion models to Aborigine tribesmen — from their natural settings to photograph them in a studio against a stark background. Pedro Zadunaisky’s BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Pedro Elias Zadunaisky, an Argentine astronomer and mathematician whose calculations helped determine the orbit of Saturn’s outermost moon, Phoebe, as well as Halley’s Comet, died Wednesday. He was 91. Zadunaisky was a pioneer in celestial mechanics, applying mathematical models to determine how gravity and other forces alter the orbits of other objects in the solar system. Zadunaisky also was a Senior Astronomer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and in the 1960s researched the orbits of celestial bodies at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, calculating the orbits of the first U.S. Earth satellite, Explorer I, as well as other satellites.

Irene J. Tucker Irene J. Tucker, age 81, of 329 Dixie Trail, Forest City, NC, died Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at the Hospice House in Forest City. Irene was born October 27, 1927 in Rutherford County to the late William Robert Jones and Myrtle Duncan Jones. She was a longtime member of The Church of the Nazarene in Forest City where she enjoyed teaching the children’s Sunday School Class.  She worked as a bookkeeper for Isothermal Community College for 20 years before her retirement and enjoyed reading, craftwork and bible studies. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruth Walker, Betty Jean Jones and Alice Jones. Survivors include one daughter, Kathy Lindsey and her husband, Steve, of Forest City; one grandson, Keith Mitchell and his wife, Stephanie, of Ellenboro; one great grandson, Brandon Mit-chell; two brothers, Frank “Buck” James Jones of Forest City and Paul D. Jones of York, SC and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2009 at Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Reverend Dale Austin officiating.  Interment will follow in the Providence United Methodist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time. The family requests memorial donations be sent to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC  28043. Harrelson Funeral Home is serving the family. An online guest registry is available at: www.harrelsonfuneralhome.com Paid obit


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Calendar/Local

Meetings/other Grace Support Group: The Grace Caregiver Support Group will meet Friday, Oct. 16, 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Senior Center; topic — Self Care, Stress Management and Sharing Experiences; facilitator, Patty Olson, BSW.

From these offices on Main Street in Spindale, the staff of the American Dairy Goat Association keeps records of and tracks the pedigrees of dairy goats

Book club meeting: Rutherford County Historical Society Book Club will meet Tuesday, Oct. 27, beginning at 7 p.m., at the St. Francis Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 408 N. Main St., Rutherfordton, Author Marc Matrana. Hunter Safety course: Monday, Oct. 19-21, 6 to 9 p.m., Greenhill Community Center; register online at www.wildlife.org or contact Dan Vogel NCWRC Officer at 288-1037, leave message.

Miscellaneous Fall Festival: Saturday, Oct. 10, begins at 10 a.m., Mt. Pisgah United Church of God; food, fun, games, country store and more. Fall Festival: Friday, Oct. 23, 4 to 7:30 p.m., Forest City-Dunbar Elementary School; Bingo, games, inflatables, raffle, entertainment, lots of food, music provided by The Sound Connection and much more. Veterans Brick Memorial: The Veterans Brick Memorial at the National Guard Armory on Withrow Road is currently under construction. The cost is $50 per brick in memory or in honor of a veteran. Each brick will have three engraved lines, up to 13 characters. For further information call 828-980-4015. Washburn Outreach Community Center is now accepting donations of clothes and household items. Donations may be dropped off between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. MondayFriday. Look for signs at the designated drop off trailer. The center is located at 2934 Piney Mtn. Church Rd., Bostic.

Fundraisers Food sale: Friday, Oct. 9, begins at 10:30 a.m., St. Luke Church, Forest City; chitterling plates $7.50 each; barbecue, fried fish or chicken, $6.50 per plate; desserts $1.50; call 245-3222 to place an order.

Music/concerts Singing: Sunday, Oct. 11, 6 p.m., Cooper Springs Congregational Holiness Church, Bostic-Sunshine Highway; featuring The Inmans from Waynesville. Singing program: Saturday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.; Angel Divine Faith Church, Rutherfordton; different groups on program. CrossPoint String Band will be in concert Sunday, Oct. 11, at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Mooresboro, during the 11 a.m. The church is located on North Academy Street (at the caution light) in Mooresboro. Nursery available.

Religion Family & Friends Day picnic: Saturday, Oct. 10, picnic lunch begins at 1 p.m., at Crestview Park, Rutherfordton; hosted by Piney Ridge CME Church, Union Mills. Homecoming: Saturday, Oct. 11, worship service 11 a.m., Piney Ridge CME Church, Union Mills. Annual Men’s Day Program: Sunday, Oct. 11, 3 p.m., Wheat Creek Baptist Church; the pastor of Mt. Nebo Church in Lake Lure will speak; Phillip Forney, pastor. Homecoming: Sunday, Oct. 11, worship service 10:45 a.m., Henrietta First Baptist Church; guest speaker, Rev. Tracy Jessup; lunch afterwards in the fellowship hall; special music by Rev. and Mrs. Jessup. Usher program: Sunday, Oct. 11, 3 p.m., Oak Grove Baptist Church; sponsored by the old GM Ushers; speaker Rev. J.K. Miller, pastor of New Vernon Baptist Church.

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mation, the integrity of the registry, and contributing to a public perception and political climate for the dairy goat industry that will provide optimum economic opportunities for Association members.” “Whenever you have an organization that is maintaining pedigrees, you have faith in the integrity of that pedigree, and that in turn, makes your animal worth more,” explained Shirley McKenzie, association manager. Literature from the group notes that “Dairy Goat Shows look like a beauty pageant for goats, but the purpose of the show is to select animals which come closest to the ideal of sound, productive type.” And, “the tools at ADGA are a form of quality assurance for the selection of breeding animals.” The goat is, after all, a productive animal, just like a cow. In fact, the association notes that the goat has been referred to as the “poor man’s cow,” because a goat produces enough milk for the average family and gives people a sense of self-sufficiency without having to deal with the space and food requirements of the much larger cow. The association says that compared to cow’s milk, goat milk is lower in cholesterol and higher in calcium, phosphorus and vitamins A and B. The ADGA recognizes eight breeds of dairy goats: Alpine, LaMancha, Nubian, Oberhasli, Saanen, Sable, Toggenburg and Nigerian Dwarf. McKenzie noted that there are three types of goats, the dairy goat, the

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tires need to be replaced often. Logistics for moving the unit over the road have been another issue. Travel times mostly happen at night when the highways can be closed to make room for the load that is wide enough to take up both lanes. When

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said, is fire ants. “We’ve really fought a battle with them,” he said. Ants have been found inside and outside of schools, Hopper said, and

meat goat and the fiber goat, which provides hair. But the association only deals with dairy goats. An ADGA requirement is that a goat must be tattooed before being accepted for registry. Most are tattooed in the ears. The association notes, “A method of individual identification would be to use a letter designating the year of birth (2009 is Z, 2010 is A). For example, the first, second and third kids born into the herd during 2009 should have as their tattoos, Z1, Z2, Z3.” Also, “the ADGA maintains a registry of herd names for members that may be used exclusively by the owner as the first part of the name of any dairy goat of their own breeding.” The association has a rush season, that, naturally enough, follows the normal birthing season. “Our rush season is April to August,” McKenzie said. “And the reason we call that the rush season is because most of your kids are born in the spring. And the members want to go ahead and register for show purposes.” She said that the glut of paperwork means a little added expense during the rush season, but added that the association is seeing an increase in online registration that cuts down on the workload for staffers. Then there is an automatic printing of the certificates, McKenzie noted, “so we just have to proof and mail.” And the ADGA does a lot of mailing. Even when the textile industry was booming in Spindale, the ADGA was the No. 2 mailer by volume because of the large number of goat registrations and ownership transfers. Perhaps the biggest question Rutherford County residents have

the generator makes its way to North Carolina it will follow U.S. 221-A toward Cliffside. Japanese manufacturer Toshiba constructed the generator, shipping it by sea and then up the Savannah river to unload in Purryburg, S.C. The 1.8 million pound load is both the generator and several components for a rig to lift the unit into place and remove the biggest problem with them has occurred after several days of rain. “As I understand it, when it rains they build up,” he said. “We’re just trying to control them.” Snakes or ants, Bass said he and other school officials are doing what they can to keep students safe. “We do have a plan in place in the rare case a student or teacher was bit-

Circulation

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ICC classes

Jessica Higgins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202 Cindy White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200

Computer Fundamentals II: (Postponed from Oct. 8); TTh, Oct. 27 - Nov. 17, 12:30 to 3 p.m.; fee $65; course #14598. Computer Fundamentals I: (Postponed from Oct. 8); TTh, Oct. 27 - Nov. 17, 6:30 to 9 p.m.; fee $65; course #14785. T’ai Chi Chih: Beginning — A series of gentle yet powerful movements and poses, which can be learned in a short period of time, regardless of age or physical disability; Mondays, Oct. 10 - Nov. 16, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; fee $45; course #14527.

In 1963, the first part of the ADGA building in Spindale was purchased. Later, as nearby businesses left, the association added to its holdings and expanded the building floor space. McKenzie said of the present office, “We have had a car dealership, a part that was a car garage, and a bank, a newspaper office, and a beauty shop.” From its inception as the American Milch Goat Record Association so Mrs. Edward Roby could register her goats and enter them in the St. Louis World’s Fair of 1904, the ADGA has come a long way. In 1904, there were seven members. Today there are more than 13,000. One of the biggest events of the year for the association is coming up beginning this weekend, when the ADGA holds its annual convention. This year the convention, which begins Saturday, is being held in Buffalo, N.Y., and the event will attract goat enthusiasts from across the nation. How big a deal is the dairy goat industry? Well, at a prestigious sale of high-quality dairy goats in 2003, a goat brought $16,000, McKenzie noted. Contact Dale via e-mail at ldale@thedigitalcourier.com

it from the trailer once it reaches Cliffside. The caravan consists of four trucks who move the hydraulic trailers — two pulling and two pushing — and a myriad of ancillary support vehicles. The group will follow U.S. 1 through most of the rest of South Carolina. Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier.com.

ten by a snake,” Bass said. As far as ants go, Hopper said the best way to avoid bites is to avoid the ants. “You just have to be aware of where they are,” he said. Contact Flynn via e-mail at aflynn@thedigitalcourier.com.

About us...

100th Anniversary celebration: Sunday, Oct. 11, 10:45 am., Adaville Baptist Church; a pot luck lunch will follow the service.

Continuing Education Fall 2009 catalogs are available online at www.isothermal.edu/conedu/. To receive a copy in the mail, or to register for one of the following classes, call 286-3636, ext. 346.

about the ADGA is, “What is it doing in Spindale?” That part of the story goes back to 1959 and a man named Robert W. Soens. The association was originally located in Elyria, Ohio. In 1953 Soens was appointed secretarytreasurer. Six years later, in 1959, Soens’ health required that he move to a milder climate, so he moved the ADGA operation to Bostic, and operated the association out of his home there.

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Newsroom

Scott Bowers, sports editor . . . . . . . . . . . . .213 Jean Gordon, features editor . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 Abbe Byers, lifestyles editor . . . . . . . . . . . . .215 Allison Flynn, editor/reporter . . . . . . . . . . . .218 Garrett Byers, photography . . . . . . . . . . . . .212 Scott Baughman, reporter . . . . . . . . . . . . . .216 Larry Dale, reporter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .217 Bobbie Greene, typesetting . . . . . . . . . . . . .220 Virginia Rucker, contributing editor

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Maintenance

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Panthers getting healthier before Washington game CHARLOTTE (AP) — The winless Carolina Panthers are slowly getting healthy. Starting safety Chris Harris, fullback Brad Hoover and linebacker Na’il Diggs all practiced Wednesday. Reserve defensive end Everette Brown also participated, while running back Jonathan Stewart was limited due to continued pain his left Achilles’ tendon. Harris missed the first three games with a left knee injury, leaving Carolina without a key member of its defense. Hoover had his streak of 65 consecutive games played snapped when he missed the loss to Dallas on Sept. 28 with back spasms. Diggs missed the Cowboys game with bruised ribs and Brown was out with a high ankle sprain. Running back Mike Goodson (concussion) did not practice.

NASCAR, TV execs to discuss start times CHARLOTTE (AP) — NASCAR is expected to announce a move toward more consistent start times in 2010. NASCAR chairman Brian France has called a Wednesday afternoon conference call with the programming heads of Fox Sports, ESPN and Turner Broadcasting Distribution. All three networks have apparently agreed to work with NASCAR on starting races earlier and at a more consistent time. Races are currently started at different times of the day, depending on the network. The later starts and inconsistency is thought to have contributed to NASCAR’s sinking television ratings. It’s not clear what Fox Sports chairman David Hill plans to do with the season-opening Daytona 500. He prefers a race that starts in late afternoon and ends in prime-time.

MLB approves Cubs sale to Ricketts CHICAGO (AP) — Major League baseball owners unanimously approved the sale of the Chicago Cubs from the bankrupt Tribune Co. to the family of online brokerage billionaire and longtime fan Joe Ricketts.

Local Sports

The Hilltoppers’ Dylan Owens (13) pushes the ball through the East defense as the Cavaliers’ Daniel Garcia (28) and Juan Escalera (21) look to make the stop during the soccer game at R-S Central Wednesday. Garrett Byers/Daily Courier

Hilltoppers just edge Cavaliers, 1-0 By KEVIN CARVER Sports Reporter

RUTHERFORDTON — Only one shot mattered on Wednesday night. R-S Central claimed a first-half goal in South Mountain Athletic Conference action to nip rival East

Rutherford, 1-0 on the pitch. Despite 22 shots and 10 on goal by Central, they could only manage a lone Dylan Owens’ goal for the win. “We knocked the ball around again today and just couldn’t finish,” R-S Central coach Jason Hipp said. “Once

we had marched down the field for a chance to score, we sort of clammed up. We can’t do that with the rest of the teams we have left on the schedule.” Please see Prep, Page 8

‘Pink’ Panthers are ready to run CHARLOTTE (AP) — DeAngelo Williams was behind the NFL’s decision to allow players to wear pink cleats to raise awareness for breast cancer, then was home for his bye weekend when the initiative began last weekend. Williams will be a week late donning pink Sunday against Washington, while the Carolina Panthers hope the Redskins game marks the day they finally get their running game in gear and record a win. That would be coming a full month late. “We’ve kind of been behind a little bit in the games, so we’ve had to abandon the run game faster than we would have liked,” Williams said Wednesday. “We’ll see. Each game takes on a different beast all in its own. We’ll see if we can control the clock.” A year after rushing for a franchiseAssociated Press record 1,515 yards and 18 touchdowns, Carolina Panthers running backs DeAngelo Williams (34) and Jonathan Stewart and combining with Jonathan Stewart (28) during the team’s NFL football training camp in Spartanburg, S.C, in this Aug. 5, Please see Panthers, Page 8

2009 file photo.

2009 MLB Playoffs

VOLLEYBALL 6 p.m. East Rutherford at Chase 6 p.m. Mountain Heritage at Thomas Jefferson TENNIS 4 p.m. Thomas Jefferson at Avery JV FOOTBALL 7 p.m. R-S Central at Freedom 7 p.m. Chase at Burns 7 p.m. Thomas Jefferson at Christ School

On TV 2:30 p.m. (TBS) MLB Baseball American League Division Series Game 1 — Teams TBA. 6 p.m. (TBS) MLB Baseball National League Division Series Game 2 — Teams TBA. 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2) High School Football Miami Central (Fla.) vs. Miami Northwestern (Fla.). 8 p.m. (TS) NHL Hockey Atlanta Thrashers at St. Louis Blues. 9 p.m. (ESPN) College Football Nebraska at Missouri. 9:30 p.m. (TBS) MLB Baseball National League Division Series Game 2 — Teams TBA.

Associated Press

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, left, talks with with Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire during batting practice for Game 1 of the American League division baseball series at Yankee Stadium in New York on Wednesday.

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Philadelphia Phillies’ Raul Ibanez (29) celebrates with Jayson Werth, center, and Shane Victorino, right after scoring on an RBI single hit by Carlos Ruiz during the fifth inning of Game 1 of the National League division baseball series against the Colorado Rockies, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cliff Lee dominated the Colorado Rockies, tossing a six-hitter and the Philadelphia Phillies began their World Series title defense with a 5-1 victory in their playoff opener Wednesday. Please see Baseball, Page 8


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Scoreboard FOOTBALL National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF N.Y. Jets 3 1 0 .750 74 New England 3 1 0 .750 87 Miami 1 3 0 .250 81 Buffalo 1 3 0 .250 74 South W L T Pct PF Indianapolis 4 0 0 1.000 106 Jacksonville 2 2 0 .500 97 Houston 2 2 0 .500 94 Tennessee 0 4 0 .000 75 North W L T Pct PF Baltimore 3 1 0 .750 124 Cincinnati 3 1 0 .750 84 Pittsburgh 2 2 0 .500 85 Cleveland 0 4 0 .000 49 West W L T Pct PF Denver 4 0 0 1.000 79 San Diego 2 2 0 .500 101 Oakland 1 3 0 .250 42 Kansas City 0 4 0 .000 64

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New York Yankees’ CC Sabathia gestures after striking out Minnesota Twins’ Joe Mauer in the first inning of Game 1 of the American League division baseball series at Yankee Stadium in New York on Wednesday.

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Raul Ibanez had two hits and two RBIs, and Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth drove in runs with key extra-base hits off 15-game winner Ubaldo Jimenez. Lee, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, struck out five and had no walks in his first career playoff start. Lee lost his shutout when Troy Tulowitzki singled in a run with two outs in the ninth.

Yankees 7, Twins 2

NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter hit a tworun homer, CC Sabathia was the ace the Yankees signed him to be and New York romped over the tired Minnesota Twins 7-2 Wednesday night in the opener of their AL playoff series. After Jeter’s third-inning homer off loser Brian Duensing pulled New York even at 2, Nick Swisher pulled a go-ahead double down the left-field line in the fourth. Alex Rodriguez had gone 0 for 29 in the postseason with runners on base dating to Game 4 of the 2004 AL championship series, before chasing Duensing with an RBI single in the fifth.

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Sunday’s Games Pittsburgh at Detroit, 1 p.m. Oakland at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Dallas at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Minnesota at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Washington at Carolina, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Atlanta at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Jacksonville at Seattle, 4:15 p.m. Houston at Arizona, 4:15 p.m. New England at Denver, 4:15 p.m. Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:20 p.m. Open: San Diego, Chicago, Green Bay, New Orleans Monday’s Game N.Y. Jets at Miami, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 Detroit at Green Bay, 1 p.m. N.Y. Giants at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Houston at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Washington, 1 p.m. Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. St. Louis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Arizona at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Buffalo at N.Y. Jets, 4:15 p.m. Tennessee at New England, 4:15 p.m. Chicago at Atlanta, 8:20 p.m. Open: Indianapolis, Miami, Dallas, San Francisco Monday, Oct. 19 Denver at San Diego, 8:30 p.m.

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R-S Central (7-2-2, 5-1-1) and East Rutherford (1-10-1, 0-6) both had chances in the first half to put something on the board early. Central’s Kevin Dinga swung a left-side pass into the Matt Simmons, but East Rutherford’s keeper, Ryan Bailey, broke to the left and made the catch save in the fifth minute of play. The Cavaliers got their opportunity in the 22nd minute after making their way down field with Trevor Dobbins dumping a pass off to the left side to brother, Tyler. With a Central defender closely guarding, Tyler took a shot from just outside the box, which sailed wide right on the play. Owens then struck in the 24th minute, following a Cavalier foul that Matthew Simmons took for the free kick. Simmons, from the right side, blasted the ball into the middle, and the lanky Owens bounced the header into the right side of the net for a 1-0 Hilltoppers’ lead. Impatience took it’s toll on R-S Central throughout the rest of the half as they flung multiple looks over or wide of the bar. Meanwhile, East could only post two secondhalf shots, but Trevor Dobbins, Lupe Escelera, Hector Velasquez and Walt Washburn all had their moments of good second-half defense. Central on the other hand, played keep away for the final seven minutes to collect the victory at home. “I was proud of the way the boys played tonight, we played like men,” Neil Van Dyke said. “Central earned that goal, and we held our own.” Bailey made nine saves to McClain’s six in the contest.

National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF Philadelphia 3 3 0 0 6 13 Pittsburgh 2 2 0 0 4 7 N.Y. Rangers 3 2 1 0 4 10 N.Y. Islanders 1 0 0 1 1 3 New Jersey 2 0 2 0 0 4 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Montreal 3 2 1 0 4 9 Boston 2 1 1 0 2 8 Ottawa 2 1 1 0 2 4 Buffalo 1 0 0 1 1 1 Toronto 3 0 2 1 1 8 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Washington 3 2 0 1 5 15 Atlanta 1 1 0 0 2 6 Carolina 3 1 2 0 2 4 Florida 2 1 1 0 2 4 Tampa Bay 2 0 1 1 1 4

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for the most yards rushing by NFL teammates since 1984, Williams’ numbers have declined in Carolina’s 0-3 start. Williams has been held to 41 carries for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Williams is getting 13.7 carries a game after averaging 17 a year ago. The Panthers, who last year attempted a league-low 25.9 passes a game, have been throwing it an average of 36 times this Thomas Jefferson 5 , Mitchell 4, 2 OT year — without success. BAKERSVILLE — David Snyder’s third goal of “That’s what we do, we run the the night did the trick as the Gryphons downed ball,” right tackle Jeff Otah said. Mitchell, 5-4, in a double overtime soccer game at “We’ve got to start out running Mitchell, Wednesday. the ball strong at the beginning The Griffs spotted the home team a 3-0 lead at of the game and keep on doing half before firing back to take a 4-3 lead midway it.” through the second half. Coach John Fox has attribThe Mountaineers struck for the tying goal with uted the decline in the rushing under ten minutes to play. The Gryphons then attempts to falling behind. That scored an apparent game-winning goal with mere was the case in Carolina’s 38-10 moments to play, but officials ruled the goal came loss to Philadelphia in Week 1. after the clock had expired. The Panthers were in games The two teams then battled into a second overuntil late the next two weeks, yet time before Snyder struck the winner. The Griffs’ had 41 passes to 25 runs against Heath Thompson and Jake Wells each scored, with Atlanta and 33 passes to 16 runs Michael Mellnik providing two assists. against Dallas. The win gave TJCA its’ second conference win in “I can’t call the plays, man,” soccer. Williams said. “Whether we’re

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF 2 2 0 0 4 7 2 2 0 0 4 9 2 1 0 1 3 7 1 1 0 0 2 3 2 0 2 0 0 6 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF Calgary 3 3 0 0 6 13 Colorado 2 2 0 0 4 8 Edmonton 2 1 1 0 2 8 Minnesota 2 1 1 0 2 5 Vancouver 3 0 3 0 0 6 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF Phoenix 1 1 0 0 2 6 Los Angeles 2 1 1 0 2 9 Dallas 2 0 0 2 2 6 San Jose 3 1 2 0 2 10 Anaheim 2 0 1 1 1 4 Columbus St. Louis Chicago Nashville Detroit

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Tuesday’s Games Ottawa 2, Toronto 1 Philadelphia 6, Washington 5, OT Carolina 2, Tampa Bay 1, SO Minnesota 4, Anaheim 3, OT Calgary 4, Montreal 3 Edmonton 5, Dallas 4, SO Los Angeles 6, San Jose 4 Wednesday’s Games Phoenix 3, Pittsburgh 0 Montreal at Vancouver, late Thursday’s Games Anaheim at Boston, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Buffalo, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Ottawa, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Washington, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Atlanta at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Colorado at Nashville, 8 p.m. Calgary at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. Minnesota at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Columbus at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Friday’s Games Florida at Carolina, 7 p.m. Dallas at Calgary, 9 p.m.

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct New York 1 0 1.000 Philadelphia 1 0 1.000 Boston 0 0 .000 New Jersey 0 1 .000 Toronto 0 1 .000 Southeast Division W L Pct Orlando 1 0 1.000 Washington 1 0 1.000 Atlanta 0 0 .000 Charlotte 0 1 .000 Miami 0 1 .000 Central Division W L Pct Chicago 2 0 1.000 Cleveland 1 0 1.000 Detroit 1 0 1.000 Indiana 0 1 .000 Milwaukee 0 1 .000 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct Houston 1 0 1.000 New Orleans 0 0 .000 Dallas 0 1 .000 Memphis 0 1 .000 San Antonio 0 1 .000 Northwest Division W L Pct Minnesota 1 0 1.000 Portland 1 0 1.000 Denver 1 1 .500 Utah 1 1 .500 Oklahoma City 0 0 .000 Pacific Division W L Pct Golden State 1 0 1.000 L.A. Lakers 0 0 .000 Phoenix 0 0 .000 L.A. Clippers 0 1 .000 Sacramento 0 1 .000

BASEBALL 2009 Postseason Baseball DIVISION SERIES American League New York vs. Minnesota Wednesday, Oct. 7 New York 7, Minnesota 2, New York leads series 1-0 Friday, Oct. 9 Minnesota (Blackburn 11-11) at New York (Burnett 13-9), 6:07 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 New York (Pettitte 14-8) at Minnesota Monday, Oct. 12 New York at Minnesota, if necessary Wednesday, Oct. 14 Minnesota at New York, if necessary Los Angeles. vs. Boston Thursday, Oct. 8 Boston (Lester 15-8) at Los Angeles (Lackey 11-8), 9:37 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 Boston (Beckett 17-6) at Los Angeles (Weaver 16-8), 9:37 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 Los Angeles (Kazmir 10-9) at Boston (Buchholz 7-4) Monday, Oct. 12 Los Angeles (Saunders 16-7) at Boston (Lester 15-8), if necessary Wednesday, Oct. 14 Boston at Los Angeles, if necessary National League Los Angeles vs. St. Louis Wednesday, Oct. 7 St. Louis (Carpenter 17-4) at Los Angeles (Wolf 11-7), 9:37 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 St. Louis (Wainwright 19-8) at Los Angeles (Kershaw 8-8), 6:07 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 Los Angeles at St. Louis (Pineiro 15-12), 6:07 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 Los Angeles at St. Louis, if necessary Tuesday, Oct. 13 St. Louis at Los Angeles, if necessary Philadelphia vs. Colorado Wednesday, Oct. 7 Philadelphia 5, Rockies 1, Phillies lead series 1-0 Thursday, Oct. 8 Colorado at Philadelphia (Hamels 10-11), 2:37 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 Philadelphia at Colorado, 9:37 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 Philadelphia at Colorado, if necessary Tuesday, Oct. 13 Colorado at Philadelphia, if necessary

BASKETBALL running the ball or whether we’re passing the ball we have to make our plays. That’s something we’ve been inconsistent in, making our plays, as opposed to a year ago.” The running game last season took off after the bye week, and Williams would like a similar breakout Sunday while he honors his mom’s successful battle with cancer. Williams, who said he lost three aunts to the disease, didn’t know his mother was diagnosed until after she was treated. “She got it removed and she’s been in remission,” Williams said. “She’s a five-year survivor.” Williams has since done charity work for breast cancer awareness, and in June went to Panthers director of community relations Riley Fields about lobbying the league to let players wear pink cleats. The NFL had already planned to have pinkwrapped goalposts, wristbands and gloves, but hadn’t approved pink shoes. The NFL decided to allow five or six players per team to wear pink cleats over two games. Williams and receiver Muhsin Muhammad, whose mother and mother-in-law are breast can-

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Tuesday’s Games Chicago 102, Utah 101 Washington 101, Memphis 92 Cleveland 92, Charlotte 87 Philadelphia 107, Toronto 98 Houston 99, San Antonio 85 Phoenix 111, Partizan 80 Portland 98, Sacramento 86 Wednesday’s Games Orlando 90, Miami 86 Atlanta 108, New Orleans 102 Philadelphia vs. Toronto at London, Ontario, late Milwaukee at Detroit, late Oklahoma City at Memphis, late Boston vs. Houston at Hidalgo, Texas, late Portland at Sacramento, late Golden State at L.A. Lakers, late Thursday’s Games Denver vs. Indiana at Taipei, Taiwan, 7:30 a.m. Utah at Real Madrid, 2:45 p.m. New Orleans vs. Charlotte at Greensboro, 7:30 p.m. Friday’s Games New Jersey at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Dallas at Washington, 7 p.m. Houston at Orlando, 7 p.m. New York at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Toronto at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Olympiacos at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Golden State at L.A. Lakers, 10 p.m. Portland at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

SOCCER Major League Soccer EASTERN CONFERENCE W L T Pts GF x-Columbus 12 5 10 46 40 Chicago 10 7 11 41 38 New England 10 9 8 38 32 D.C. United 8 8 12 36 40 Toronto FC 9 10 8 35 35 Kansas City 8 11 8 32 29 New York 4 18 5 17 21 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L T Pts GF x-Los Angeles 11 6 11 44 34 x-Houston 12 8 8 44 36 Seattle FC 10 7 11 41 33 Colorado 10 8 10 40 41 Chivas USA 12 9 4 40 27 Real Salt Lake 9 11 7 34 38 FC Dallas 9 12 6 33 45 San Jose 7 12 7 28 32

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Wednesday’s Game FC Dallas at San Jose, late Saturday’s Games San Jose at Toronto FC, 4 p.m. Columbus at New England, 7:30 p.m. Kansas City at Chivas USA, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 New York at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 Real Salt Lake at Toronto FC, 4 p.m. Chicago at New England, 6 p.m. Columbus at D.C. United, 8 p.m. Colorado at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Seattle FC at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. San Jose at Chivas USA, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 Los Angeles at Houston, 3 p.m.

cer survivors, are among the Panthers who will wear pink Sunday. “She was flipping through the channels this weekend and she was calling me every time she saw somebody in pink,” Williams said of his mother. “It meant a lot to her, so I know it meant a lot to a lot of the cancer survivors and families out there.” Wearing pink and facing the Redskins’ suspect run defense would seem to be the perfect platform for Williams and Carolina to get out of their running funk. The Redskins rank 22nd in the league against the run, and the Panthers would like to take pressure off quarterback Jake Delhomme, who has seven interceptions and two lost fumbles. “We can’t throw a 30-yard or 40-yard bomb and on the next play we have a fumble or a pick or we jump offsides or do something to push us back 10 or 15 yards,” Williams said. “We’ve just got to be consistent at what we do. “It’s not whether we run the ball more or less or that we pass the ball more or less. It’s just that we’re not making our plays on a consistent basis.”

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Jets acquire WR Braylon Edwards

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini dumped Braylon Edwards off on his former team Wednesday, trading to the New York Jets a wide receiver whose off-field troubles have matched his immense talent. “It’s the right thing for us and for Braylon,” Mangini said. The Browns got wide receiver Chansi Stuckey, linebacker Jason Trusnik and two undisclosed draft choices in return for Edwards, who has 10 receptions for 139 yards but was shut out for the first time in his career in the winless Browns’ 23-20 overtime loss to Cincinnati on Sunday. IRL driver Danica Patrick Edwards, in his fifth season, did not arrived at the Jets’ training facility in time for practice Wednesday morning, but general manager Mike Tannenbaum said he’s expected to start immediately “if everything goes as HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick’s expected.” moment of clarity came three years ago. That includes the team’s next It was the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan game Monday night at Miami. International Speedway, a race made memorable “It’s just another piece that we by a meltdown. Patrick ran out of gas with less wanted to add,” Tannenbaum than three laps to go, climbed from her car and said. “We’re excited to get embarked on a foot-stomping, fist-shaking tanBraylon. We think he’s going to trum before taking refuge behind the pit wall. help us. It was a position that Never did it cross her mind that people were we liked, but it was also a posiwatching. “I figured, ’Oh, the last couple laps of the race are tion we felt that if there was an opportunity to improve, we were going on — they’re not looking at me right now,”’ going to go ahead and try to do Patrick said. “Then I kind of find out there was a that.” camera focused purely on me.” The former Michigan star and From the moment Patrick joined the Indy Racing Pro Bowl selection comes to the League, just about all the cameras have been Jets with his share of off-field focused on her. issues. The NFL is investigating It’ll be that way again this weekend at whether Edwards violated the Homestead-Miami Speedway when Patrick lines up in the season-ending Firestone Indy 300, where league’s conduct policy following two stories will likely take center stage: The super- accusations he assaulted a man tight championship battle between Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti and Ryan Briscoe, and Patrick’s plans for 2010 and beyond. “We feel pretty comfortable — although it’s not our announcement to make and it’s a little bit premature — that she’s going to be with us and she’s going to be with us for a reasonably good term,” said Terry Angstadt, the president of IndyCar’s commercial division. “She’s a star.” Patrick has long said she won’t reveal anything until the season ends, although The Indianapolis Star first reported last month that she has agreed to a three-year extension with Andretti Green Racing. Asked twice about that extension last week, Patrick didn’t say a word either time.

Patrick’s plans add intrigue to IRL title weekend

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Cleveland Browns’ Braylon Edwards is attempting to make a one-handed catch but is ruled out of bounds during a preseason NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, in Cleveland, Ohio, in this Aug. 29, 2009 file photo.

outside a nightclub on Monday. Edwards allegedly punched promoter Edward Givens, a friend of NBA star LeBron

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, right, smiles with head coach Mike Singletary, left, during an NFL football news conference at 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., Wednesday.

Acting head of USOC to step down

NEW YORK (AP) — Six months of shaky decisions and turmoil came to a head for the U.S. Olympic Committee on Wednesday when its acting CEO said she would step down — another crack in an organization that was humiliated when Chicago was ousted in the first round of the voting to award the 2016 Summer Games. Stephanie Streeter said that she would not seek the USOC’s CEO job on a permanent basis, and that she would leave in the next five months. The decision came just five days after Chicago’s humbling, first-round exit in the vote to award a site for the 2016 Olympics, a contest won by Rio de Janeiro. It also happened on the same day leaders of America’s Olympic sports organizations responded “No” by a 40-0 vote to the question on a survey they conducted: “Do you believe the Acting CEO has the ability to be an effective leader of the Olympic Movement?” The United States contributes more money to the Olympic movement than any other nation, yet its Olympic organization is rife with infighting and turnover, perceived internationally as arrogant, and populated with leaders who are having trouble turning things around. “I’m incredibly saddened by the developments, which I lay largely at the feet of the USOC, which has clearly lost its way,” said NBC Universal Sports and Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol. “It’s a combination of people who don’t have a full-time commitment to it, too many people who really don’t have an understanding of international sports and relationships. I don’t believe there will be another Olympics in the U.S. until the USOC really gets its act together.”

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James, following an argument in downtown Cleveland. Police are also looking into the incident.

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49ers agree to 6-year deal with WR Michael Crabtree SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers and wide receiver Michael Crabtree agreed to a six-year contract early Wednesday after several months of difficult negotiations. Team spokesman Bob Lange confirmed the deal in a text message to The Associated Press. Terms were not disclosed. Crabtree was expected to participate in practice Wednesday as the 49ers prepare for Sunday’s home game against Atlanta. The agreement was first reported by ESPN.com. The former Texas Tech star was the only draft pick who hadn’t signed; even rapper MC Hammer got involved to finally make it happen. Crabtree could provide the

game-breaking wide receiver threat the 49ers have been lacking, assuming he can quickly learn the offense after missing all of training camp. The 10th pick overall, he also sat out offseason minicamps and organized team activities while recovering from a foot injury, but was a regular presence at the team’s training facility. Crabtree and his agent, Eugene Parker, met with three top 49ers officials Tuesday in an attempt to work through his contract impasse. Crabtree balked at a longstanding offer of approximately five years and $20 million, with a reported $16 million guaranteed. Instead, he sought money comparable to what higher draft

picks had received. Coach Mike Singletary acknowledged last month that the 49ers discussed changing their offer to Crabtree, and team president Jed York said last month that the team hoped for a face-to-face meeting with Crabtree, but hadn’t heard back from his representatives. That meeting finally happened Tuesday at an undisclosed spot in the Bay Area, away from the team’s Santa Clara headquarters. Crabtree and Parker were joined by York, vice president of football operations Paraag Marathe and general manager Scot McCloughan. MC Hammer, a friend of Parker and client Deion Sanders, also participated.

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Nation Today Now that’s a big dog

CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) — Boomer may be a buster: Measuring 3 feet tall at the shoulders and 7 feet long from nose to destructive wagging tail, his owner thinks she may have the world’s tallest living dog. Caryn Weber says her 3-year-old Landseer Newfoundland keeps all four paws on the floor when he drinks from the kitchen faucet in her family’s farm house in eastern North Dakota. Boomer can stare into a car window eye to eye with a driver. A 20-pound bag of dry dog food lasts a couple of weeks. Weber says the fluffy black and white dog “comes into the house and his tail is so high everything gets knocked around.”

Boat crash charges filed

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday filed felony charges against a Montana state senator accused of recklessly endangering a U.S. congressman and three others when he allegedly crashed a boat at high speed onto a rocky embankment after a night of drinking. State Sen. Greg Barkus was drinking scotch and wine before the Aug. 27 crash, and had a blood-alcohol level of .16 — twice the legal limit — when he was tested nearly two hours later at a hospital, prosecutors said. U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg suffered a broken ankle and other injuries in the Flathead Lake crash, while Rehberg’s state director, Dustin Frost, spent 10 days in a coma and has a severe brain injury. Barkus broke his pelvis and ribs and two others were also hurt. Barkus faces charges of criminal endangerment and two counts of negligent vehicular assault, each carrying a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and significant fines,

according to court documents filed Wednesday. One of the negligent vehicular assault counts cites the serious bodily injuries to Rehberg, while the other focuses on the injuries to Frost.

Weapons found in car NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Two Connecticut men face charges of bomb making and other offenses after police say they found them in a Mercedes with explosives in a residential New Haven neighborhood. It was unclear if the suspects planned to use the explosives because they are not talking to investigators, Officer Joseph Avery said Wednesday. Police charged John Iannucci, 38, of Branford, and Jessup Bollinger, 27, of New Haven with manufacture of bombs, illegal possession of explosives and other charges.

Stings exposes loophole NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators hired by New York City conducted stings at gun shows in states that have not closed the “gun show loophole” and found some vendors openly selling weapons to buyers who admitted they couldn’t pass background checks. The stings, described in a city report released Wednesday, were conducted at seven gun shows in Tennessee, Ohio and Nevada. Those states are among the many that permit private unlicensed dealers, known as “occasional sellers,” to sell weapons at gun shows without conducting background checks. Gun-control advocates say the loophole makes it easier for criminals to acquire guns and prevents law enforcement from being able to trace those weapons if they are used in crimes. Nine states, including New York, have passed laws to close the loophole.

Associated Press

Maria Marroquin helps find work for unemployed workers at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, in Mountain View, Calif. The unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in September, the highest since June 1983, as employers cut far more jobs than expected.

Obama, Dem leaders discuss jobs situation WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with a stinging rise in unemployment, President Barack Obama summoned Congress’ top two Democrats Wednesday to the White House to discuss additional proposals to help the jobless and boost the economy. Meeting in the Oval Office, the president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid agreed to press for another extension of unemployment benefits for many people out of work more than nine months. They also weighed the prospects of extending tax credits now due to expire Dec. 1 for first-time homebuyers and for laid-off workers to purchase health insurance. Administration officials and independent economists have been predicting that unemployment would hit or surpass 10 percent some time this year. The jobless rate for September reached 9.8 percent, the highest in 26 years, provoking anxiety in Congress and calls for new measures to stem the rise. The attention to the economy came as Obama is engaged in a sensitive assessment of his policies in Afghanistan and as Congress moves forward on potentially historic health care legislation. Obama intended to keep a hand in the economy this week, turning his attention Friday to the financial sector with a White House event to push for a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency. The proposal has met resistance from the banking industry and from lawmakers. Aides familiar with Wednesday’s White House talks said the unemployment discussions also covered job creation opportunities in pending

transportation and renewable energy legislation. “The president, leader Reid, and I all agree that we must respond to the urgent need to promote the creation of good jobs, rebuild our work force, and restore stability to our neighborhoods,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement after the meeting. Reid, D-Nev., said money from the $787 billion economic stimulus package that Congress approved earlier this year must “get out the door as quickly and effectively as possible.” He also said the administration and Congress should pursue new ideas to increase employment and help the still sputtering economy. One idea getting renewed attention at the White House and in Congress would provide a tax credit to businesses that create new jobs. Obama’s economic team proposed a similar incentive during negotiations over the economic stimulus but the idea was abandoned amid questions over its implementation. “We’re suggesting to people a business tax credit that is temporary for a few years that subsidizes businesses on the basis of their increases in payroll taxes,” said Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute. Mishel, who has advised Democrats on job creation, is scheduled to testify Thursday before a congressional subcommittee about his proposal. The White House meeting came as House Republican leaders sent the White House a list of their own proposals, many of them tax cuts and business assistance measures that failed to win support during the earlier stimulus debate this year.

Police are investigating reuse of medical supplies WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police were looking into possible criminal charges against a nurse at a South Florida hospital where officials say she may have exposed more than 1,800 patients to HIV and hepatitis by reusing medical supplies. Officials at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale said earlier this week the hospital discovered that Qui Lan, 59, was reusing IV tubing and saline bags during cardiac chemical stress tests. They have sent letters to the 1,851 patients she handled between January 2004 and early September, recommending they get tested for HIV and hepatitis at the hospital’s expense. Dr. David Droller, the hospital’s infectious diseases medical director, said the chances of infection are low, but it can’t be ruled out. “We cannot say the risk is zero,” Droller said. Citing privacy laws, hospital CEO James Thaw wouldn’t say whether any patients have come forward with infections. He said officials were still evaluating any potential legal action against Lan. Fort Lauderdale police spokesman

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Sgt. Frank Sousa said Wednesday that investigators are looking at potential charges, including criminal negligence but likely will first need to find patients who may have contracted a disease. “Right now, we don’t have any victims,” Sousa said, adding that exposure alone may not constitute a crime. “In order to be a victim, you have to contract some kind of communicable disease.” A man who answered a call to a telephone number listed for Lan referred questions to her attorney. Lan’s lawyer, Allison Gilman, told The Associated Press her client has been a nurse for 37 years and had no prior disciplinary actions. “Right now, we don’t feel like she did anything wrong,” Gilman said. She declined to comment on whether the hospital’s allegations about repeated use of the equipment were true. Hospital officials said the nurse was suspended on Sept. 8, and resigned the next day. Alice Taylor, the hospital’s chief operating officer, said Lan did not give officials an explanation why she had been reusing the materials.

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Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

286 247 61 594 42 2 134,814,482

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Market waits on sidelines for earnings news NEW YORK (AP) — Investors waiting for earnings reports to start rolling in held to modest moves after a two-day spike in stocks. Stocks ended narrowly mixed Wednesday as financial and energy stocks rose, while industrial, material and technology stocks fell. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 6 points, while broader indexes rose. With little economic news to shape sentiment, investors are looking to earnings reports from the July-September quarter for clues about the economy. Aluminum maker Alcoa Inc. was the first of the 30 companies that make up the Dow Jones industrial average to report results after the end of trading. The company’s revenue and earnings topped expectations. “Investors are holding tight here,” said Eric Ross, director of research at Canaccord Adams. “There are people on both sides of the fence. A lot of people think this market is going to keep running and running and then others that are very nervous.” With the benchmark Standard & Poor’s index up 56.3 percent since hitting a 12-year low in March, investors have been questioning whether a continued advance is justified given recent evidence that the economy’s recovery will be rocky. According to preliminary calculations, the Dow fell 5.67, or 0.1 percent, to 9,725.58. The S&P 500 index rose 2.86, or 0.3 percent, to 1,057.58, while the Nasdaq composite index rose 6.76, or 0.3 percent, to 2,110.33. Gold continued to edge higher after hitting a new high of $1,049 an ounce overnight. Prices rose $3 to $1,042. Oil fell $1.31 to settle at $69.57 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange after the government reported that crude inventories fell last week. Gasoline supplies grew. A falling dollar and rising commodity prices helped push stocks higher on Tuesday, adding to the previous day’s gains that were spurred by signs of growth in the service industry. The Dow rose 244 points over two days, its best back-to-back. Bond prices rose after an auction of 10-year notes attracted strong demand. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 3.18 percent from 3.26 percent late Tuesday. Advancing stocks narrowly outpaced those that fell on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to 1.1 billion shares compared with 1.2 billion Tuesday. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 1.64, or 0.3 percent, to 600.34.

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People shop at the Costco Wholesale Burbank store on Tuesday, Oct. 6 in Burbank, Calif. Costco Wholesale Corp. said Wednesday that its fiscal fourthquarter profit fell 6 percent. Associated Press

Profits show people still struggling NEW YORK (AP) — People aren’t just shopping more at Family Dollar. They’re buying the cheapest stuff on its racks. Even Pizza Hut’s sales are slowing as consumers seek fast-food bargains. Even as U.S. consumers stay home and cut back, however, consumers in other countries are helping profits at some of the companies reporting their earnings this week, including Costco Wholesale Corp. and Yum Brands Inc. Analysts are seeking clues about the predicted economic rebound after companies beat earnings forecasts for the second quarter by slashing costs. For the third quarter, investors want to see revenue growth that will fuel profits. Aluminum producer Alcoa Inc., is set to report a loss after the market closes Wednesday. The good news is that aluminum prices have risen recently. The company has raised its forecast for annual global aluminum consumption, citing stronger demand from China. But there are so far no signs that American consumers, whose spending accounts for more than 70 percent of the

economy — including housing and health care, according to a government measure — are going back to their freewheeling days. They continue to grapple with a weak job market and tight credit. Shoppers “are dipping their toes in the water,” said Ken Perkins, president of retail research firm Retail Metrics. “The problem is American consumers are tapped out.” Shoppers’ financial strain is clear in this week’s financial reports. Costco reported that food and necessities remained popular with consumers and that new members are signing up because they can now use food stamps at some stores. “Certainly this economy was a wake-up call,” Costco’s Chief Financial Officer Richard Gallanti told investors Wednesday. “It is not just very low-end economic strata that are using these that typically don’t have purchasing power. It’s a lot of people that are using this as a source of their overall consumption.” Restaurant operator Yum, whose 18 percent profit growth

in the third quarter was largely fueled by business in China, warned Wednesday that its fourth quarter will be the low point of its year in the U.S. Yum’s sales have been dragged down largely by its Pizza Hut chain, which suffered a 13 percent drop in sales at stores open at least a year. Even value-oriented Taco Bell had a 2 percent drop in the third quarter. “I’ve never seen a softer U.S. consumer than what we’re seeing today, in my career,” Yum Chairman and CEO David C. Novak said. “It’s the first time where I’ve actually seen research show that people are actually cooking more at home than what they say they intend to do,” he added. Family Dollar, whose profit rose 13 percent in its most recent quarter, said store-brand products are increasingly popular so it plans to expand those offerings as well as its food assortment generally. “Facing continued economic pressure near term, we expect that consumers will continue to focus spending on basic necessities,” said CEO Howard Levine.

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Nation

HHS: Vaccines critical

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, right, speaks during a news conference discussing the H1N1 flu vaccine as U.S. Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., left, listens at Saint Louis University’s Center for Vaccine Development Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, in St. Louis.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appealed anew Wednesday for widespread inoculation against a surging swine flu threat, calling the vaccine “safe and secure.” Sebelius unconditionally vouched for the safety of the vaccine, saying it “has been made exactly the same way seasonal vaccine has been made, year in and year out.” Appearing on morning news shows to step up the Obama administration’s campaign for vaccinations, Sebelius said that “the adverse effects are minimal. ... We know it’s safe and secure. ... This is definitely is a safe vaccine for people to get.” Sebelius was asked on CNN about surveys showing many parents were wary of getting their children vaccinated for fear the vaccine has been too hastily prepared and wasn’t safe. She replied that it was targeted specifically at the H1N1 virus and was “right on target with an immune response.” The HHS secretary appeared as

new cases of the flu, particularly among younger people, have been appearing recently. Some 600 people have died so far from the flu in this country, and the government has targeted roughly 90,000 sites to receive the swine flu vaccine by the end of this month. “This flu is a younger person’s flu,” Sebelius said on NBC’s “Today” show. “Kids have no immunity to the flu ... children are great carriers of bugs and viruses.” Because of the danger of easy transmission, especially in school and day-care settings, Sebelius said, “We strongly urge parents to take precautionary steps. Flu kills every year ... and we’ve got a great vaccine to deal with it.” “There’s going to be plenty of vaccine,” the secretary said. “It’s rolling off the production lines right now ... ahead of schedule, and that’s good news... By the end of October we should have a substantial amount available and begin to vaccinate a wider population of folks.”

Parents oppose swine flu shots, new poll finds

David Dawson, from the Queens borough of New York, left, gestures as he asks a question during a training session regarding health care reform given by Organizing for America late last month in New York. The gathering provided participants with information to dispel common myths surrounding health care reform.

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer

ATLANTA — As the first wave of swine flu vaccine crosses the country, more than a third of parents don’t want their kids vaccinated, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. Some parents say they are concerned about side effects from the new vaccine — even though nothing serious has turned up in tests so far — while others say swine flu doesn’t amount to any greater health threat than seasonal flu. Jackie Shea of Newtown, Conn., the mother of a 5-year-old boy named Emmett, says the vaccine is too new and too untested. “I will not be first in line in October to get him vaccinated,” she said in an interview last month. “We’re talking about putting an unknown into him. I can’t do that.” The AP poll found that 38 percent of parents said they were unlikely to give permission for their kids to be vaccinated at school. The belief that the new vaccine could be risky is one federal health officials have been fighting from the start, and they plan an unprecedented system of monitoring for side effects. They note that swine flu vaccine is made the same way as seasonal flu vaccines that have been used for years. And no scary side effects have turned up in tests on volunteers, including children. On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appealed for widespread inoculation against swine flu, vouching unconditionally for the vaccine: “We know it’s safe and secure.” The AP poll, conducted Oct. 1-5, found 72 percent of those surveyed are worried about side effects, although more than half say that wouldn’t stop them from getting the vaccine to protect their kids from the new flu. Giving flu shots to schoolchildren is also an idea many parents are still getting used to. It was only last year that the government recommendation kicked in for virtually all children to get it. Seasonal flu vaccination rates for children last year ranged from about 48 percent for toddlers to about 9 percent for teens. It traditionally takes a while for parents to learn about and accept a new vaccine and years for immunization rates to grow, said Dr. Matthew Davis, a University of Michigan Medical School associate professor who has overseen polling on flu issues. Special swine flu vaccination clinics at schools are being planned in many states. Children are the main spreaders of infectious disease, and if large numbers are coming down with swine flu, there are ripple effects for everyone else.

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Poll: Plan opposition declines By RICARDO ALONSOZALDIVAR and TREVOR TOMPSON Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON — The fever has broken. The patient is out of intensive care. But if you’re President Barack Obama, you can’t stop pacing the waiting room. Health care overhaul is still in guarded condition. The latest Associated PressGfK poll has found that opposition to Obama’s health care remake dropped dramatically in just a matter of weeks. Still, Americans remain divided over complex legislation that Democrats are advancing in Congress. The public is split 40-40 on supporting or opposing the health care legislation, the poll found. An even split is welcome news for Democrats, a sharp improvement from September, when 49 percent of Americans said they opposed the congressional proposals and just 34 percent supported them. Anger about health care boiled over during August. Lawmakers returning home for town hall meetings faced outcries that the government was trying to take over the system, ushering in higher costs, lower quality — even rationing and euthanasia. “It’s very significant that there’s an upturn in support for the plans because after August there

was a sense that the whole effort was beginning to decline and would not come back in terms of public support,” said Robert Blendon, a Harvard professor who tracks public opinion on health care. “Even with this,” added Blendon, “the country is still divided over whether or not moving ahead is the right thing to do.” Behind the shift seems to be a growing determination among Democrats that going forward would be better. Meanwhile, political independents don’t appear as alarmed about the congressional proposals as they were just a few weeks ago. Still, opponents remain more passionate in their convictions than do supporters. In a significant change, opposition among older Americans dropped 16 percentage points. Seniors have been concerned that Congress would stick them with the bill by cutting Medicare to pay for covering the uninsured. Among the most reliable voters, they were much more wary of the changes than the public as a whole. The gap has narrowed. The poll found that 68 percent of Democrats support the congressional plans, up from 57 percent in early September. Opposition among independents plunged from 51 percent to 36

percent. However, only 29 percent of independents currently support the plans in Congress. Among seniors, opposition fell from 59 percent in September to 43 percent now. Almost four in 10, 38 percent, now support it, compared with 31 percent in September. Retiree Sandi Murray, 65, of Hesperia, Mich., said she doesn’t have any concerns her Medicare coverage will suffer. “I think it will be A-OK,” she said. Murray said she thinks it’s time to address the problems of nearly 50 million people without coverage. “We need to do something so that everybody has some amount of coverage for some reasonable amount of money,” she said. Republicans remain solidly against the congressional health care plans, with four out of five opposed. However, even 13 percent say they support the bills in Congress, a contrast with the mood of GOP lawmakers, who are all but unanimously opposed. Americans overwhelmingly say it’s important that health care legislation have the support of both parties, but Democrats are showing signs of impatience. Fifty-seven percent say Obama and the Democrats should pass a bill this year even if they are unable to win support from Republicans.

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In U.S., 60 percent of children are exposed to violence WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department researchers said Wednesday that most children in the United States are exposed to violence in their daily lives — findings that Attorney General Eric Holder called “staggering.� A leading criminologist cautioned that the survey may be lumping serious and minor incidents together. More than 60 percent of children surveyed were exposed to violence within the past year, either directly or indirectly, according to data compiled by the department. The survey’s authors defined exposure to violence as being a victim, or having witnessed violence, or learning about violence against a relative, friend, or hearing about a threat to their school or home. Associated Press

In this Friday Oct. 2, 2009 photo Chicago Police officers watch students as they leave classes at Christian Fenger Academy High School on the city’s South Side. The fatal beating two weeks ago of 16-year-old Fenger honor student Derrion Albert prompted President Barack Obama to send Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the former Chicago Public Schools chief, and Attorney General Eric Holder to Chicago Wednesday Oct. 7, to meet with school officials, students and residents.

Duncan: School plan not to blame

CHICAGO (AP) — Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday it is ridiculous to suggest that an ambitious plan to improve education in Chicago contributed to a surge in violence among students. Duncan, along with Attorney General Eric Holder, was in Chicago to meet with school officials, parents and students to discuss youth violence after the vicious beating of a 16-year-old high school student whose Sept. 24 after school death was captured on a cell phone video.

“Chicago won’t be defined by this incident but rather our response to it,� Duncan said. “I am committed to this fight, I am committed to this cause.� Duncan, who as the former head of Chicago Public Schools helped implemented the district’s improvement plan, told reporters that is easy to point fingers, but the country needs to

focus it’s attention instead on the root of the problem. Since 2005, dozens of Chicago’s public schools have been closed and thousands of students reassigned to campuses outside their neighborhoods — and often across gang lines — as part of Renaissance 2010. While the plan has resulted in replacing failing and low-enrollment schools with charter schools and smaller campuses, it has also led to a spike in violence that has increasingly turned deadly, many activists, parents and students say. Before the 2006 school year, an average of 10-15 public school students were fatally shot each year. That soared to 24 deadly shootings in the 2006-07 school year, 23 deaths and 211 shootings in the 2007-08 school year and 34 deaths and 290 shootings last school year. Few deaths have occurred on school grounds, but activists say

it’s no coincidence that violence spiked after the school closures. Derrion Albert, an honor roll student at Christian Fenger Academy High School, was attacked when he got caught up in a mob of teens about six block from school on the city’s South Side. Video shows him curled up on the sidewalk, as fellow teens kick him and hit him with splintered railroad ties. So far, four teens have been charged in his death. Duncan says Fenger would receive $500,000 in federal money to help it stabilize after the violence. The school can use the money for counselors and other programs. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley also said Wednesday that the high-profile involvement of President Barack Obama’s administration isn’t “show and tell� but a genuine commitment to address youth violence.

That approach raised questions for some. “What concerns me when you hear numbers like this is that in their attempt to be inclusive, which is commendable, the definition of violence becomes so broad that the results lack real meaning,� said James Alan Fox, criminal justice professor at Northeastern University. “If you broaden the definition of violence so much, then most people will be included.� Nearly half of all children surveyed were assaulted at least once in the past year, and about 6 percent were victimized sexually, the survey found. “Those numbers are astonishing, and they are unacceptable,� Holder said in Chicago, where he was meeting with local officials to discuss the disturbing beating death of a high school student by other teens. “We simply cannot stand for an epidemic of violence that robs our youth of their childhood and perpetuates a cycle in which today’s victims become tomorrow’s criminals,� Holder said. For example, the survey’s definition of sexual victimization includes rape, attempted rape, sexual harrassment, or flashing. Among the survey’s other findings: n Nearly one in ten children said they saw one family member assault another in the past year. n More than one-half of the children, about 57 percent, reported having been assaulted at some point in their life. n Thirteen percent reported having been physically bullied in the last year.

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Court debating cross

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Supreme Court weighed a dispute over a religious symbol on public land Wednesday, Justice Antonin Scalia was having difficulty understanding how some people might feel excluded by a cross that was put up as a memorial to soldiers killed in World War I. “It’s erected as a war memorial. I assume it is erected in honor of all of the war dead,� Scalia said of the cross that the Veterans of Foreign Wars built 75 years ago atop an outcropping in the Mojave National Preserve. “What would you have them erect?... Some conglomerate of a cross, a Star of David, and you know, a Muslim half moon and star?� Peter Eliasberg, the American Civil Liberties Union lawyer arguing the case, explained that the cross is the predominant symbol of Christianity and commonly used at Christian grave sites, not that the devoutly Catholic Scalia needed to be told that. “I have been in Jewish cemeteries,� Eliasberg continued. “There is never

a cross on a tombstone of a Jew.� There was mild laughter in the packed courtroom, but not from Scalia. “I don’t think you can leap from that to the conclusion that the only war dead that that cross honors are the Christian war dead. I think that’s an outrageous conclusion,� Scalia said, clearly irritated by the exchange. The court is considering whether the cross’ presence on the land violates the Constitution, despite Congress’ decision to transfer the land on which the cross sits to private ownership. Scalia made plain his view of the case, strongly suggesting that he sees no problem with the cross at all. By contrast, lower federal courts did find a constitutional violation and were not persuaded that the land transfer fixed the problem. The cross has been covered with plywood for the past several years following the court rulings. Court papers describe the cross as being 5 feet to 8 feet tall.

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Palestinians outraged at decision on Israelis By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH Associated Press Writer

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian leadership made a mistake by suspending action on a U.N. report on Gaza war crimes, a member of President Mahmoud Abbas’ inner circle said Wednesday — the first such acknowledgment after days of protests in the West Bank and Gaza. In Gaza, a group of university professors hurled shoes at an Abbas poster in a particularly harsh show of contempt. At issue is a 575-page U.N. report that alleged both Israel and Hamas committed war crimes during Israel’s three-week offensive against the Islamic militants in Gaza last winter. Last week, Abbas withdrew Palestinian support for a vote in the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council to have the report sent to the U.N. General Assembly for possible action. Such a vote would have been a first of many steps toward possible war crimes tribunals. With the Palestinians out of the picture, the council set the report aside for six months. Abbas made the decision under heavy U.S. pressure, Palestinian and Israeli officials have said. U.S. officials told Palestinian leaders that a war crimes debate would complicate efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, according to participants in such meetings. Abbas’ aides have defended the step, saying the Palestinians needed more time to win international support for the U.N. report. They said deferring action did not mean burying the report. But Abbas apparently underestimated the angry response at home. With every day, there were more protests, marches and statements of condemnations from human rights groups and intellectuals, as well as

from his Hamas rivals, who have rejected the war crimes charges leveled by the U.N. against themselves but want them pursued against Israel. On Wednesday, senior Abbas adviser Yasser Abed Rabbo told the Voice of Palestine radio that the Palestinian leadership had erred. “What happened is a mistake, but (it) can be repaired,” said Abed Rabbo, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization. “We have the courage to admit there was a mistake.” In Gaza, hundreds of posters criticizing the Palestinian president were plastered on walls Wednesday. Abbas and Hamas have been bitter rivals since the Islamic group violently seized control of Gaza from proAbbas forces in June 2007. One poster showed a photo of Abbas with a black X across his face and the words: “To the trash heap of history, you traitor, Mahmoud Abbas.” A crew dressed in civilian clothes was seen putting up the posters Wednesday morning. The posters were signed “university professors and intellectuals.” Later, about 30 professors and protesters concluded a press conference condemning Abbas by hurling shoes at a large version of the poster. Throwing a shoe at someone is considered a severe insult in Arab culture. In an apparent attempt at damage control, Abbas’ government is now backing a request by Libya to convene the U.N. Security Council for an emergency session on the report, written by South African Judge Richard Goldstone. Council members were to meet Wednesday to discuss the request. Libya is the only Arab member on the 15-nation council, the U.N.’s most powerful body.

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A Palestinian protester tosses a shoe at a poster of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a demonstration in Gaza City, Wednesday. Throwing shoes is considered a severe insult.

Whether the Libyans and Palestinians succeed remains to be seen. The United States, Israel’s closest ally, has said the report is unfair to Israel and is expected to argue that the Security Council should not take up the document until the Human Rights Council considers it. The U.S., along with four other permanent members of the Security Council,

can veto any resolution before the Council. Israeli officials declined comment on the council meeting. The Goldstone report accused Israel of using disproportionate force and deliberately harming civilians. It said Hamas fired rockets indiscriminately at civilians in southern Israel. Both Israel and Hamas have denied they committed war crimes.

Two Americans share Nobel Prize in chemistry STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two Americans and an Israeli scientist won the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for atomby-atom mapping of the protein-making factories within cells — a feat that has spurred the development of antibiotics. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas Steitz and Israeli Ada Yonath’s work on ribosomes has been fundamental to

the scientific understanding of life. They will split the 10 million (US$1.4 million award). Yonath, 70, is the fourth woman to win the Nobel chemistry prize and the first since 1964, when Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin of Britain received the award. “I’m really, really happy,” Yonath said. “I thought it was wonderful when the discovery came. It was a series of discoveries. ... We still don’t know every, everything, but we progressed a lot.”

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Ribosomes are crucial to life because they produce the proteins that control the chemistry of plants, animals and humans. Working separately, the three laureates used a method called X-ray crystallography to pinpoint the positions of the hundreds of thousands of atoms that make up the ribosome. Their three-dimensional models show how different antibiotics bind to ribosomes — an understanding that has helped other researchers develop new drugs to fight

bacterial infections. “These models are now used by scientists in order to develop new antibiotics, directly assisting the saving of lives and decreasing humanity’s suffering,” the academy said. Many of today’s antibiotics cure diseases by blocking the function of bacterial ribosomes, the citation said. “Without functional ribosomes, bacteria cannot survive. This is why ribosomes are such an important target for new antibiotics.”

The work was published in 2000. While many Nobel winners are honored for joint work, this year’s chemistry winners were competing with each other, award committee member Mans Ehrenberg said. “Now, one of the last pieces of the puzzles has been added — understanding how proteins are made,” said Professor Gunnar von Heijne of the Swedish Academy of Sciences, the chairman of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry.”

Saudi jailed for five years for sex talk RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A Saudi court on Wednesday convicted a man for publicly talking about sex after he bragged on a TV talk show about his exploits, sentencing him to five years in jail and 1,000 lashes, his lawyer said. Talking about sex publicly is a taboo in ultraconservative Saudi Arabia. Lawyer Sulaiman al-Jumeii said he plans to appeal the court’s ruling and is confident the sentence against his client, which includes a ban on travel

and talking to the media for five years after his release, will be revoked. The lawyer said there is no specific law in the Saudi penal code “that defines punishment for talking or bragging.” He said he assumes the judge based his decision on Islamic law, which forms the general basis of the justice system and stipulates that people should not talk about engaging in immoral behavior. Al-Jumeii maintains that his client, Mazen Abdul-Jawad, was duped by the Lebanese LBC sat-

ellite channel which aired the talk show and was unaware in many cases he was being recorded. “I hope you will not consider the case closed,” the lawyer said. “I will continue pursuing the TV channel, even if no one stands by me, until it gets the punishment it deserves.” The program, which was seen in Saudi Arabia, scandalized this conservative country where such frank talk is rarely heard in public. Some 200 people filed legal complaints against Jawad.

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Iran nuclear scientist gone; U.S. accused By ALI AKBAR DAREINI Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran accused the United States on Wednesday of involvement in the disappearance of one of its nuclear scientists during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, raising a new mystery at a time when the West is trying to determine the extent of Iran’s nuclear program. Shahram Amiri vanished during a pilgrimage to the kingdom more than four months ago and so far Saudi Arabia has not responded to requests for information on his whereabouts, Iranian officials say. But in complaints about his disappearance, Iranian officials have avoided even mentioning that Amiri was involved in nuclear research — a sign of the sensitivities surrounding the case. His disappearance came months before the revelation of a second uranium enrichment facility near the city of Qom that the United States accuses Iran of building secretly, a claim Tehran denies. The timing has raised speculation that Amiri may have given the West information on it or other parts of Iran’s nuclear program. Iran’s announcement of the disappearance also comes as it has entered landmark nuclear negotiations with the United States and other world powers, talks that have somewhat eased rising tensions between the two sides. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday praised last weeks negotiations in Geneva, calling them “positive” and saying that have “led to a better dialogue.” The United States and some of its allies accuse Iran of secretly seeking to develop nuclear weapons, a claim Iran denies, saying its program is intended only to produce electricity. Amiri worked as a researcher at Tehran’s Malek Ashtar University, which is believed to be run by the elite Revolutionary Guard military corps. The university has been cited in the past by the U.N. for experiments connected with the nuclear program. Relatives cited in Iranian media said Amiri was researching medical uses of nuclear technology at the university and that he was not involved in the broader nuclear program. One Iranian news Web site, however, claimed Amiri had worked at the Qom facility and had defected in Saudi Arabia. The Web site, Jahannews, which is connected to Iranian conservatives, gave no source for the report. Amiri’s wife and other relatives have demonstrated in recent weeks in front of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, demanding to know his fate. His wife said he traveled to Saudi Arabia on May 31 for Omra, an Islamic pilgrimage, and that the last she heard from him was in a June 3 phone call, according to the semiofficial ISNA news agency. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Wednesday that Amiri had been arrested and accused the United States of a role. “We’ve obtained documents about U.S. involvement over Shahram Amiri’s disappearance,” Mottaki said, according to the semiofficial Fars news agency. “We hold Saudi Arabia responsible for Shahram Amiri’s situation and consider the U.S. to be involved in his arrest,” Mottaki said, quoted by the official IRNA news agency. Iran has asked Saudi Arabia for information on Amiri’s whereabouts but has received no reply, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hasan Qashqavi said earlier this week. There was no immediate comment from Saudi officials. In Washington, State Department spokesman Ian C. Kelly said he had no information about the matter. “The case is not familiar to us,” Kelly said. The Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, which is owned by Saudi businessmen, reported last week that Mottaki made a formal complaint to U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon about the disappearances of Amiri and several other Iranians in recent years, some of whom it feared may have provided nuclear information to the West. Qashqavi this week denied the complaint made any mention of the nuclear issue.

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Two girls sit in front of a toppled mosque from the earthquake on Wednesday in Lubuk Laweh village, northeast of Padang, Indonesia, eights days after a 7.6-magnitude quake that toppled thousands of buildings on Sumatra island.

Aid reaches deep in quake area By ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press Writer

KAMPUNG LAWEH, Indonesia — Children swarmed into the streets clutching begging boxes and yelling “please help me” Wednesday as an aid convoy reached villages deep in Indonesia’s quake zone. Relief workers slowly making their way up debris-tangled mountain roads to places largely cut off for a week since the Sept. 30 earthquake are still unveiling the true scale of the disaster. In the provincial capital of Padang, the search for the dead and treatment of injuries have given way to clearing debris and trying to prevent disease outbreaks. In more remote areas, the situation remains more desperate. Large parts of Padang city and nearby villages in West Sumatra province were destroyed by the quake. The official death toll is 704 but could reach into the thousands. About 180,000 buildings were flattened or severely damaged, Indonesia’s Disaster Management Agency said. Many villages were swept away by landslides in the hilly terrain north of Padang. Severed or badly damaged roads have been painstakingly cleared.

In Kampung Laweh, a village nestled between rice paddies and palm trees, house after house was completely toppled — hundreds of them. Survivors scrounged items from the rubble for shelter. A makeshift camp has sprung up for hundreds of people displaced from nearby hamlets, with scores sleeping in tents or on plastic sheets. “I lost everything,” said Yur, 42, a mother of six, as she crouched outside her house, which was crushed by a palm tree. “We are living on donations. We sleep in the neighbor’s house. I’m scared the baby will get sick.” Only a trickle of aid had made it past the landslides on the narrow road to the region until Wednesday’s convoy of Indonesian trucks arrived. Children swarmed into the streets as the trucks drove into town, waving cardboard boxes they were using to collect donations, and crying for help. The workers handed out bottled water and packets of instant noodles. In neighboring Lubuk Laweh, an Associated Press photographer saw 10 bodies pulled from the rubble, including several children. Workers dug a shallow grave and offered prayers before bury-

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ing them. A Singaporean medical team was working around the clock in the closest town, Pariaman, conducting surgery by the light of desk lamps at the local hospital where the surgical lights weren’t working. “We are still seeing a lot of people with fractures coming down from the hills and we are also seeing more infected wounds,” said team leader Dr. Mohamad Rosman bin Othman. Aid workers from at least 20 countries are descending on West Sumatra, including the largest contingent of U.S. military in Indonesia since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. That disaster killed 230,000 in a dozen countries, roughly half in Aceh, another Sumatran province. The U.S. military’s major role in the multinational relief effort improved America’s standing here at a time of negative perceptions following the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In Padang, aid flowed freely but the city still looked in parts like a demolition zone filled with collapsed buildings and heavy machinery. In 2006, an earthquake that struck the central Javanese city of Yogyakarta killed more than 5,700.

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Mom rations daughters’ gifts Dear Abby: My sister “Tricia’s” daughters, ages 5 and 7, are my only nieces. A few weeks ago, I sent the 7-year-old a gift for her birthday. When I didn’t get a response, I called my sister to ask if it had arrived. Tricia said, “Oh, yeah, we got it. We’ve been busy and so we didn’t open it. We’ll get to it someday.” I felt terrible knowing my niece didn’t get the gift on her birthday and didn’t know I had remembered her. I have since learned that my nieces weren’t given the gifts I sent last Christmas, either, which explains why I didn’t receive thank-you notes. Tricia told me her girls get lots of presents so she limits when they can have them. She gives them as rewards or saves them for rainy days. My sister is generous with my kids. They open the gifts right away and send thank-you notes. How do I reciprocate? — Hurt Dear Hurt: By intercepting your gifts and presenting them as “rewards” or “saving them for a rainy day,” your sister is defeating their purpose and may be taking the credit that should be going to you. Your nieces should absolutely know that you think of them on their birthdays and other holidays. By all means call them and send cards. And start contributing to a college fund for them. Although they may not appreciate right now what a

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thoughtful gift you are giving them, I guarantee they will in the future. Dear Abby: I have a good relationship with my 84-year-old mother, but it’s difficult to spend time with her because during the past year she has started hitting me. She does not appear to be angry when she does it. She’ll do it if I say something she thinks is funny, when I do something nice or for no reason at all. It hurts me physically and emotionally when she hits me. I have asked her repeatedly to please not do it, but she persists. I wasn’t abused as a child, so I don’t understand what’s going on. Any ideas? — Bruised Dear Bruised: I have a suspicion. I have written before that any significant change in a senior’s behavior or personality should be reported to his or her doctor. Your mother may need to be physically and neurologically evaluated because it’s possible that she doesn’t remember that you have asked her not to hit you. My advice is to have your mother checked out, and if I’m right, you have my sympathy.

Post-polio syndrome unfamiliar Dear Dr. Gott: About 20 years ago, I started experiencing leg aches and generalized fatigue. These symptoms almost imperceptibly but inexorably have gotten worse, to the point where my legs ache all the time. I have no endurance for walking, my knees are weak, and I have to hold onto something when going up or down stairs. Over the years, I have sought medical help many times and have seen various specialists who have conducted tests and done blood work. They have no answers for me. When I was 21, I had polio (I am now 60), and research on the Internet led me to the conclusion I have post-polio syndrome. However, the last neurologist I saw six months ago said she had never heard of such a thing, and no specialist has made a connection between the polio in my medical record and my current problems. Where should I go from here? Dear Reader: To another neurologist. The National Center for Health

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Ask Dr. Gott Dr. Peter M. Gott

Statistics indicates almost 450,000 polio survivors in the United States may be at risk for the condition. In fact, 25 percent to 50 percent of those previously diagnosed with polio will ultimately have some degree of post-polio syndrome (PPS) later in life. PPS is a condition that affects polio survivors and presents 15 or more years following recovery from an attack of the polio virus. Research reveals it to be a slowly progressing condition marked by periods of stability, followed by a reduction in one’s ability to perform daily functions previously taken for granted.

IN THE STARS

Your Birthday, Oct. 8;

An opportunity of considerable size is likely to develop in the year ahead. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — What makes you such a winner is your ability to optimistically take in stride a challenge. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Keeping your objectives to yourself will enhance your abilities to develop them at your pace. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Be fearless about devoting your talents to something big. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Somehow, you’ll know that personal gain might not come from standard means. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Don’t hesitate to use new and unique methods. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Even endeavors not conducted along conventional lines can work out surprisingly well. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You’re smart enough to know that if you join forces with another, you can enhance your purposes. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Financial trends could be subjected to change. What occurs will provide opportunity. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — A bright idea that pops into your head all the time will get your juices flowing. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — You’ll know that shifting conditions are inclined to work out well for you in the long run. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Discuss a problem with a friend when the opportunity arises. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — If opportunity knocks, welcome it with open arms. Chances are it will offer several fortunate ways to multiply your material interests and financial holdings.


The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Thursday, October 8, 2009 — 17 The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, THURSDAY, October 8, 2009 — 17

NATION/WASHINGTON

Obama health care supporters mobilize quietly By BETH FOUHY Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK — Fired up? Ready to go? You might not know it from the way President Barack Obama’s grass-roots supporters have been largely drowned out in the raucous debate over his health care plan. Yes, they’re behind him, officials say — volunteering in their communities and contacting lawmakers in Congress. But some Obama organizers are calling their forces a “silent majority,” embracing Republican terminology of long ago. And if the final legislation doesn’t include a government run plan to compete with private insurers, they may be invisible, too. While opponents of the health care revamp have largely controlled the image war with rowdy town halls and a huge march on Washington last month, Obama supporters have been mobilizing across the country as well, tapping into the unprecedented network his presidential campaign built last year. “We’re building a long-term organization with leaders in the community who are trained. It was successful in the election and it will be successful again,” says Jeremy Bird, deputy director of Organizing for America. OFA, the pro-Obama effort annexed to the Democratic National Committee, says it has enlisted more than 2 million people in active sup-

port of the plan since the beginning of the summer. It recently completed a 19-stop cross country bus tour, and leaders say they have held over 18,000 health care events in all 50 states and 435 congressional districts. The intensity of such efforts is difficult to gauge, particularly when compared to the angry town hall meetings across the country over the summer and the “tea party” march that drew tens of thousands to Washington. A flood of questions at one recent OFA meeting in New York suggested it’s far easier to ramp up the campaign to defeat the plan, even if proponents are turning out in the large numbers OFA claims. What, some in the group of 50 or so pro-Obama volunteers asked, are the specifics of the health care bills moving through Congress? Do they all include provisions for end-of-life counseling, which led to the erroneous “death panel” accusations leveled by some Republicans? And will Obama stand firm on the federal insurance option to compete with private coverage? “Where can we get the information to speak intelligently and cogently about it?” Queens resident David Dawson asked about the plan. Others complained that Obama had waffled on the federal “public option” and suggested they might not get involved in helping push for the overhaul as a result.

Organizer Geoff Berman acknowledged the concerns but urged attendees to focus on other aspects of the plan, including the central provision to keep insurers from refusing coverage because of pre-existing conditions. “There are other important parts of the health care legislation President Obama doesn’t want to be lost on people by the entire dialogue being about the public option,” Berman told the group. However, Howard Dean, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and 2004 presidential contender, said the public health care plan is essential to motivating the party’s base voters. “It has to be there. Without the public option, it’s going to be very hard to organize Democrats,” Dean said in an interview. To be sure, not everything is harmonious on the antioverhaul side either as mainstream Republicans and disaffected conservatives jostle for advantage. After electoral wipeouts in 2006 and 2008, the Republican National Committee has used the health care debate to help build state parties and increase GOP membership. It’s also proved an effective fundraising tool, with the RNC adding more than 2,400 donors a day in September, up from just under 400 per day in February.

But the most visible antirevamp organizing has been done by conservatives who say they are fed up with both political parties in Washington. Many stayed out of the 2008 presidential race because they’d grown disillusioned with George W. Bush and were never much excited about GOP nominee John McCain. These people have been drawn to the tea party protests largely organized by FreedomWorks, founded by former GOP House Leader Dick Armey. FreedomWorks and affiliated groups such as the National Taxpayers Union have adapted organizing tactics pioneered by the political left, many of which were well executed by the Obama campaign last year. Spokesman Adam Brandon said all staffers are given a copy of “Rules for Radicals,” the famed community organizing manual penned by the late activist and author Saul Alinsky. Brandon said most of the group’s agenda is dictated by the grass roots. “We’ve done a fantastic job of organizing, and we want to have an influence on the political process — health care, cap and trade (energy) legislation and next year, a midterm election,” Brandon said. He added that his group is largely disdainful of the RNC’s efforts and blames Republicans and Democrats alike for excessive government spending and debt. “RNC strategists don’t

know what’s going on and wouldn’t understand if they tried,” Brandon said. “If Michael Steele were to come and say how much Republicans had promoted liberty in the last eight years, people would laugh.” Debbie Dooley, a FreedomWorks volunteer in Georgia, said she got involved after last year’s federal bank bailout and is now doing most of her organizing around local tax matters and opposition to health care reform. “To build a grass-roots army and keep them energized, you have to address all the issues,” Dooley said Such efforts have been dismissed by many Democrats as fake grass roots, or “astroturfing.” And pro-Obama organizers say that while their campaign may lack the intensity of the anti-Obama forces, it is more strategic and just as committed. No one would expect the exuberance of the president’s “fired up” 2008 election rallies. At a coffee shop outside Columbus, Ohio, recently, about 20 pro-Obama volunteers phoned through long lists of local Democratic voters, asking them to press members of Congress to support the president’s plan. “We realized that we need to have Obama’s back,” said Peter Kovarik, an adjunct biology professor at Columbus State University and OFA volunteer who said his job didn’t provide health insurance.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Administrator of the estate of EDITH EVELYN MCGINNIS WEIR of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said EDITH EVELYN MCGINNIS WEIR to present them to the undersigned on or before the 17th day of December, 2009 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 17th day of September, 2009. Kathy Lynn Weir, Administrator 942 Old US 74 Hwy. Bostic, NC 28018

Community agency is seeking Mental Health QPs and Licensed Therapists (must be NC Board Eligible). If interested please e-mail resume to esherlin@umhs.net

Start new career! Expanding retail co. needs Mgr Trainees and PT Sales. Exc. salary + bonus. No exp. nec. Medical. Some physical work required. Forest City location Email resume tomj23@earthlink.net

Established pest control co. is looking for a lead man w/exp. in structural repairs, moisture control needed immediately. Clean driving record, drug test, criminal record req. Medical ins., dental, retirement, vision provided. Applications can be made at Goforth Pest Control between the hours of 11:30-2:30, 667 N. Washington St., Rutherfordton

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18 — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, THURSDAY, October 8, 2009 For Sale MOVING Oak coffee & end tables w/glass tops, exercise equip., 36” RCA Console TV, misc. Call 245-5703

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2006 BMW 325i 94,000 mi. Exc. cond.! Silver/gray leather, 6 spd. manual $15,800 firm 828-748-1294

M CHIHUAHUA Black & tan Lost 9/20 in FC, near the Moose Lodge. Call 245-4333

Declawed, grey tabby cat near new Rutherfordton elementary school. 287-3753

10 FAMILY Rfdtn 1764 Poors Ford Rd. Saturday 7A-until Furniture, household, exercise equipment, clothing for all, shoes, crafts, fleece blankets

Community Yard Sale at Gilkey General Store: 221 N Sat. 7Auntil Variety of Items! Don’t miss the deals!

2 FAMILY Forest City 776 Old Ballpark Rd. Sat. 8:30A-until A little bit of everything!

FC: 331 S. Broadway Saturday 8A-until Business and household items. Everything must go!

2002 Chrysler Concord Auto, a/c, ps, pw, pl, pb. 98k mi. Clean, nice car! $3,000 firm 828-287-4843

M CHIHUAHUA Tan w/white chest & spot on forehead. 9 mo. old Lost 7/29 221S Chase Community 245-4333 Black adult female cat w/white paws/red collar. Last seen Sat.

2005 Mercury Sable Auto, a/c, pw, pl, cd, cruise. Excellent condition! 88,000 miles $5,200 Call 287-0057

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Chihuahua Found 9/25 in Depriest Rd. area, lemon and white neutered approx. 10 years old 245-9303 FEMALE BLACK LAB Older dog, red collar, no tags! Found middle of Sept. off Railroad Ave. in Rfdtn 447-1811

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CHEF/KITCHEN MANAGER for state of the art, 500 seat conference and event center needed Culinary degree, hotel or country club experience & management experience required. Excellent benefit package available.

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REGULAR MEETING OF THE ZONING AND PLANNING BOARD October 20, 2009 9:30 a.m. Lake Lure Municipal Center AGENDA 1. Roll Call 2. Approval of the Agenda 3. Approval of the minutes from the regular meeting of September 22, 2009 4. Old Business (A) Review Proposed Amendments to the Subdivision Regulations Pertaining to Performance Guarantees (B) Discuss Implementation Procedures for the Residential Vacation Rental Regulations 5. New Business (A) Review Information Regarding Lee Powers and Lake Lure History 6. Adjournment

at 828-245-5389 or email to heowen@hospiceofrutherford.org NOTICE OF SALE Pursuant to the provisions of G.S. 44A-40, various items of personal property contained in warehouses: G16..................................Tony Crawford C4....................................Angie Flack B13..................................Cindy Munn B29..................................Timothy Sheffield Z6....................................Pamela Thompson will be sold at public auction at R/S Self Storage, 450 Thunder Road, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 at 12:00 PM on October 13, 2009. Sale is being made to satisfy the warehouse lien on said goods for storage charges due and unpaid. Due notice has been given.

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF RUTHERFORD NOTICE OF SALE File No: 09 SP 257 TAKE NOTICE THAT: Raintree Realty and Construction, Inc., Substitute Trustee, has begun proceedings to FORECLOSE under the Deed of Trust described below, and under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in such Deed of Trust, and an Order entered by the Clerk of Superior Court of the above County, will sell the below described property at public auction as follows: 1. The instrument pursuant to which such sale will be held is a Deed of Trust executed by Marie L. Peterson and Joseph Lee Peterson, original mortgagors, and recorded in the Office of the Rutherford County Register of Deeds in Deed of Trust Book 977 at Page 83. The record owner of such property, as reflected on the records of the Register of Deeds not more than ten (10) days prior to posting this Notice of Sale, if not the original mortgagors, is: N/A 2. The property will be sold by the Substitute Trustee at 1:00 p.m. on the 22nd day of October, 2009 at the Courthouse door in the City of Rutherfordton, North Carolina. The real property to be sold is known located at 248 Lillian’s Farm Lane, Rutherford County, Forest City, North Carolina, and more fully described as follows: BEING all of Lot No. 5 and No. 6 of the Lillian’s Farms Subdivision as shown on plat duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Rutherford County, NC in Plat Book 25, at Page 35, to which reference is hereby made for a more full and complete description. TAX PIN No. 16-36517 and 16-36518. Subject to the restrictions recorded in Deed Book 846, at Page 438, Rutherford County Registry. 3. Any buildings located on the above-described property are also included in the sale. 4. The property will be sold by the Substitute Trustee to the highest bidder for CASH. The highest bidder will be required to deposit IN CASH with the Substitute Trustee at the date and time of the sale the greater of five percent (5.0%) of the amount of the bid or Seven Hundred Fifty and no/100 Dollars ($750.00). 5. All bidders bid for the property AS IS on the date of sale. Absolutely no warranties are made as to the condition, value or title of the property. While the Substitute Trustee believes the title to be good, all bidders are advised that they should obtain independent counsel to examine record title as the property is sold subject to prior record interests. The Noteholder has reserved the right to withdraw the sale up to and until the Deed is delivered by the Substitute Trustee. 6. The property will be sold subject to all unpaid taxes and special assessments. 7. The property being sold is all of that property described in Deed of Trust except as specifically set forth above. It is the intention to extinguish any and all rights or interests in the property subordinate to the Deed of Trust. 8. Additional Notice Where the Real Property is Residential with Less Than 15 Rental Units: An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the Clerk of Superior Court of the County in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the Notice of Sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. This the 25th day of September, 2009. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE: RAINTREE REALTY AND CONSTRUCTION, INC. A. Robert York, President PO Box 8942 Asheville, NC 28814-8942 Phone: 828.253.9063 Dates October 8, 2009 and October 15, 2009

2 FAMILY Spindale 303 Courtland Sat. 8A2P Household items, Christmas, tools, books, big screen TV, and much more! BIG Caroleen: 531 Boss Moore Rd. Fri. & Sat. 8A-until Clothes, recliners, tools, tiller, Hoyer Lift, handicap items, much more! HUGE MULTI FAMILY AFTER MOVING Chase: 276 Chapman Fri. 7A-7P & Sat. 7A-2P Household, linens, pictures, lamps, T.V.’s, luggage, exercise equipment, toys, new items, beanies, Christmas, jewelry, Avon, light fixtures, ladies/men’s clothing, shoes, pocketbooks FC: Coventry Lane (off Old Caroleen Rd.) Sat. 10th 7A- 2P Clothes, toys, plants, Tupperware, lamps, household items, Pampered Chef

FC: (Knollwood) 188 Countrywood Dr. Fri. & Sat. 9A-2P Misc. kitchen, T.V.’s, tools, furniture, Christmas, ladies/men’s clothes (Med.-XL), baseball equipment and much more! Personal Estate Sale Shingle Hollow: 140 Hall Rd. (221 to Painter’s Gap, left on Piney Knob, look for signs) Sat. 7A-until Indoor rain or shine! Antiques, glassware, household items. NEIGHBORHOOD SALE Rfdtn West 7th Street (off Main St.) Sat. 7:30A-until Too much to mention! 828-429-4974 Rutherfordton 414 Bob Hardin Rd. Fri & Sat. 8A-until Furniture, old trunks, household items, clothes, baby items, old plow, more! YARD SALE FC: 171 Brookfield Dr. Fri. & Sat. 8A-Noon Furniture, clothes, and household items! Rain or shine!

LARGE 3 FAMILY Rfdtn: 221S, General Griffin Dr. Saturday starting at daylight Fall and Christmas arrangements, nice clothes, shoes all sizes! MOVING SALE Forest City CALL FOR DETAILS 704-905-9383 YARD SALE Bostic: 2746 Duncan’s Creek Rd. (off of Bostic/ Sunshine Hwy, 1 mile on Duncan’s Creek Rd. on the left) Sat. 8A-til Home accessories, computer monitor, name brand clothing and shoes, school supplies, decorative pillows, kitchen accessories and lots more! Spindale: Spencer Baptist Church Sat. 7A-until Clothes, furniture, electronics, toys and much more. Money for local missions. Rain or shine!

Rfdtn: 811 Thompson Rd. (past RS Central) Sat. 8A-until Good stuff. Something for everyone. Too much to list!

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS

NOTICE TO CREDITORS

Having qualified as Collector of Affidavit of the estate of JACK RAY MELTON of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said JACK RAY MELTON to present them to the undersigned on or before the 8th day of January 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 8th day of October, 2009.

Having qualified as Administrator of the estate of LEROY SILVERS of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said LEROY SILVERS to present them to the undersigned on or before the 17th day of December, 2009 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 17th day of September, 2009.

Gail Parton, Collector of Affidavit 251 Painter’s Gap Road Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Linda Silvers Baynard, Administrator 1027 Gilboa Church Rd. Rutherfordton, NC 28139

NOTICE TO CREDITORS

NOTICE TO CREDITORS

Having qualified as Executor of the estate of GLADYS JUSTICE DOGGETT of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said GLADYS JUSTICE DOGGETT to present them to the undersigned on or before the 8th day of January 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 8th day of October, 2009.

Having qualified as Administrator CTA of the estate of MARY KATHERINE ASENTE of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said MARY KATHERINE ASENTE to present them to the undersigned on or before the 8th day of January 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 8th day of October, 2009.

John Charles Doggett, Executor 244 Justice Road Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Mary Floyd Asente, Administrator CTA 165 Grandview Drive Rutherfordton, NC 28139


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Obama honors standouts in science, technology By PHILIP ELLIOTT Associated Press Writer

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President Barack Obama presents the National Medal of Science to Dr. Francis Collins of the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md., Wednesday, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama linked scientific discovery to helping the struggling economy Wednesday as he honored those who invented batteries for pacemakers, mapped the human genetic code and made global positioning systems possible. Awarding the National Medal of Science and the Medal of Technology and Innovation, Obama said the United States must continue to invest in “the next generation of discoveries and the next generation of discoverers.” Repeating his pledge to put thousands more students in college classrooms, he committed to spending 3 percent of the gross domestic product to educate future scientists and researchers. “Because throughout our history, amid tumult and war and against tough odds, this nation has always looked toward the future and then led the way,” he said. With the country facing economic and security challenges,

‘Even when we’ve endured terrible storms, we haven’t given up or turned back — we’ve remain fixed on that brighter horizon.’ — President Barack Obama Obama said the recipients of the nation’s highest research honor are reminders that the United States can pull itself out of an economic recession that has defined his first year of his presidency. “For at our best, this nation has never feared the future,” he said. “We’ve shaped the future. Even when we’ve endured terrible storms, we haven’t given up or turned back — we’ve remain fixed on that brighter horizon. That’s how we’ve led in the pursuit of scientific discovery; and in turn that’s how science has helped us lead the world.” Among those honored was Dr. Francis Collins, Obama’s director of the National Institutes of Health, who mapped the human genome. The president also honored the IBM Corp. for its supercomputers and a pair of Adobe Systems Inc. officials for changing how

Americans use their computers to find information. Other medal recipients included scientists who created the ventilator and batteries for pacemakers, whose research helped others understand brain functions and addiction, and who studied genetic links with skin diseases. “So this nation owes all of you an enormous debt of gratitude far greater than any medal can bestow,” Obama said. In the evening, Obama planned to welcome school children to the White House for an astronomy event. He joked he would be using the pair of science-based events to help his family. “You see, Sasha has a science fair coming up,” Obama said, referring to his 8-year-old daughter. “And I was thinking that you guys could give us a few tips. Michelle and I are a little rusty on our science.”

Satellite, rocket to hit moon Friday By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON — NASA will throw a one-two punch at the big old moon Friday and the whole world will have ringside seats for the lunar dust-up. NASA will send a used-up spacecraft slamming into the moon’s south pole to kick up a massive plume of lunar dirt and then scour it to see if there’s any water or ice spraying up. The idea is to confirm the theory that water — a key resource if people are going to go back to the moon — is hidden below the barren moonscape. The crashing spaceship was launched in June along with an orbiter that’s now mapping the lunar surface. LCROSS — short for Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite and pro-

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PARIS (AP) — Now that’s one big foot. Paleontologists in eastern France have reported the discovery of some of the largest dinosaur footprints ever documented, measuring about 1.4 meters to 1.5 meters (4.6 feet to 4.9 feet) in diameter.

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The site of the find, high in the Jura mountains, was once a literal sauropod stomping ground: So far, 20 prints scattered on a 10-hectare (25-acre) site have been uncovered, paleontologist Jean-Michel Mazin of France’s National Center of Scientific Research told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

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Researchers believe there are hundreds, or even thousands, more still hidden, Mazin said. The well-preserved footprints from the Late Jurassic period will help scientists learn more about sauropods, longnecked plant eaters that were giants among the dinosaurs. The hulking beasts who left their footprints in the mud 150 million years ago weighed 30 to 40 metric tons (33 to 44 tons) and were more than 25 meters (82 feet) long, the French research center said. From the prints, “we can calculate their size and speed, find out about their behavior and learn how they got around,” said Mazin, who is studying the site along with fellow researcher Pierre Hantzpergue. Their discovery was announced Tuesday.

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