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By ALLISON FLYNN Daily Courier Staff Writer

Due to holiday press schedules, The Daily Courier was printed early Wednesday night.


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Stacy Beam, right, works out with Michael Greene at Changing Lives Fitness Center. Three and a half years ago Beam was in a car wreck in Virginia Beach, and doctors said he would never walk alone again or drive a car. Through therapy, Beam has accomplished both and continues to improve.

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ad doctors been right, Stacy Beam wouldn’t be walking alone. And he certainly wouldn’t be driving a car. Nor would he be playing practical jokes on his mom, Rhonda. But doctors didn’t know Stacy. He’s proved them wrong and aims to continue doing so. Just after midnight July 15, 2006, Stacy and a friend were struck in the car they were driving by a drunk driver in Virginia Beach, Va. A former state and two time world champion kart racer, wrecks

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Beam and another passenger were struck twice by a drunk driver on July 15, 2006. In a coma for 16 days, Beam initially was given a 10 percent chance of survival.

weren’t unusual for Stacy, so when his dad, Joe, received the phone call saying his son had been in an accident, he didn’t think much of it. “I told them I’d be there some time during the day the next day,” Joe said. “The voice on the other end of the phone said ‘I don’t think that’s a good idea if you want to see your son alive.’” “You don’t wish that on anybody in the world.” Stacy spent 16 days in a coma, with doctors initially only giving him a 10 percent chance to live. In August he was flown from Virginia Beach to CarePartners in Asheville, where he underwent therapy to teach him to do everything

from sitting up, to eating, walking and talking again. “It was exactly like starting over, except he was a grown man,” said his mom, Rhonda. Before leaving Asheville, doctors told the Beams that Stacy would never be able to walk down the street alone, would require 24-hour care and would never drive a car again. “I remember sitting there thinking ‘This is never going to happen,’” Rhonda said. She was right. Stacy began therapy to walk, trembling with each step like a toddler learning for the first time. He came to Rhonda’s house in October 2006, and it was there she knew for sure he was going to beat the odds. “When we got home he Please see Beam, Page 17

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RUTHERFORDTON – As a middle schooler, Donnie Thurman hated the reflection he saw in the mirror. A self-professed nerd, for a time Thurman let his grades slide and back talked teachers in order to appear cool. But after his science teacher put him in afterschool detention, and he saw what it meant to truly be cool, Thurman decided being a nerd might not be so bad after all. “I was told I had always been and would always be a nerd and a punk,” Thurman said, speaking to a group of eighth graders at R-S Middle School Tuesday morning. Thurman was chosen to speak to the students, said Principal John McSwain, to motivate them to do better. Administrators first heard Thurman speak five years ago during a Beta Convention, said Social Studies Teacher Judith Helton. Thurman served as his Beta Club vice president as well as the state Beta Club vice president, and finally as the national vice president of Beta. “We can tell them we love them and want them to do well, but sometimes they need to hear it from somebody outside,” McSwain said. “We’re trying to get them to think about longterm goals – a lot of kids think it’s cool not to do their best.” Please see Character, Page 6

FC lights going on tonight From staff reports

A half million lights will begin to twinkle brightly tonight at 7 when the Town of Forest City throws the switch for the annual holiday display. The honor of turning on the lights this year goes to Natalie Brock, 7. Seeing the Christmas lights on Thanksgiving is a tradition for the Brock family, made even more special this year since Natalie gets to turn them on. By arriving early, participants can listen to music provided by the Thermal Belt Brass Quintet, followed by an appearance by Santa at his Santa House.

Local woman will be on Dr. Oz’s diabetes show By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer

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FOREST CITY — Pam Whiteside was walking toward Times Square Nov. 11, when she and her niece, Alicia Moss, and sisters were greeted by Dr. Oz and Bob Greene, Oprah’s trainer. Oz and Greene were conducting a diabetic screening at Times Square and they asked Pam to come over to have her glucose checked. Pam, who was diagnosed about five years ago, actually wanted her glucose checked. A diabetic for five years, she has been on a diet and has tried to add walking in her daily life.

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Holiday events ‘Lanterns of Light’ set Saturday ELLENBORO — “Lanterns of Light,” a Christmas house tour in the Ellenboro community is Saturday, Nov. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. Lanterns of Light begins at Walls Baptist Church, Walls Church Road. After a brief visit there and refreshments, visitors will begin the tour of other homes. Most all homes are located on Walls Church Road. Tickets are $5 with all proceeds going to the Walls Baptist Church Soup Kitchen. After the first visit at Walls Baptist, the public is invited to visit the homes of Mark and Lisa Carter, Rita and Edgar Hollifield, Eugene and Teresa Dodson, Heath and Cindy Bridges and Yvonne and James Bridges. Each home owner will welcome visitors with the Lanterns of Light.

Historical Society event Tuesday RUTHERFORDTON — The Rutherford County Historical Society will sponsor a holiday concert, Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m,. at First Baptist Church in Rutherfordton. A concert of secular holiday favorites from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s will be presented, under the direction of Lesley Bush, as well as traditional sacred anthems. Contemporary pieces will include Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” Other songs include “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” “Home for the Holidays” and “We Need a Little Christmas,” from the Broadway musical “Mame.” After the concert the singers and musicians will lead a possession down the sidewalk to St. John’s Historic Church for the annual lighting of the historical society’s Christmas tree. For more information, please call Bush at 447-1474, or e-mail him at lesleybush@bellsouth. net.

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Our Views Holiday time to truly give thanks


oday, Americans celebrate a truly unique American holiday with our traditional and sometimes unconventional observances of Thanksgiving. This holiday goes back to the time when European settlers first landed on the shores of this continent and scraped out their first harvest. It is a holiday that focuses on family and friends. It is a time to give thanks simply for being alive and having opportunity. Those who celebrated the legendary Thanksgiving feast were happy just to be alive and to know that they had food in their larders to help them survive through the winter. They were thanking their neighbors, the Native Americans, who taught them how to bring bounty from a strange land. Today, we have just as many reasons to be thankful. We each have our own. The sun is expected to shine today. Take a moment, go outside, face the sun, close your eyes and let the warmth soak into your face as you think about all the reasons you have to be thankful. In this hustle-bustle world of ours — think 4 a.m. at your friendly retail store on Black Friday — a private moment to remember the things in our life that truly matter is a precious moment.

Our readers’ views Understanding what is behind the scene To the editor: I am writing in response to the letter published on Nov. 18 regarding use of county cars. I have a very different view. The writer must have a somewhat skewed opinion of law enforcement personnel since he seems intent all through his letter of making them look as if they are not doing their job and using county cars for anything and everything in addition to performing their duties. No vocation is 100 percent free of wrongdoers. Just take a look at Wall Street and what happened there. The difference is that law enforcement works for the taxpayer and we seem to have a love/hate relationship with them. I am sure if you contacted the sheriff’s department and requested the log of employees, which car they drive, mileage, etc., they would be able to provide you with that information. I assume that you do realize their job consists of riding around all over the county, checking buildings, being out in the public, etc. Therefore, lots of miles, lots of public exposure in many, many places. Comments were made about deputies using their police cars for personal use. When you made these observations, did you stop and ask the deputies the scenario for why they were doing what they were doing? No, you did not. You just filled in what you thought the scenario was. Your first example was a police officer picking up his children at school. Do you know that these were his children? Even if they were his children, do you know the circumstances around why he was doing this? No, I am sure you do not. You just saw what you saw and decided to make a big deal of it. My favorite of your observations was that of seeing females riding in the front passenger seat of patrol vehicles. My, my — now that is really offensive to us taxpayers. Do you have any idea

what law enforcement officers actually do? These females you refer to could be anything from a social services worker who might be accompanying an officer to a call where children are involved. For all you know, that might be a plain clothes female officer accompanying a uniformed officer to a call. You apparently assume that if a female is riding with a male officer, there must be something going on. As a woman, your observations were somewhat offensive. I have been in the front seat of a patrol car and I can assure you, there was nothing salacious going on, and I personally find your comments and implications disgusting. Would you like for an officer to have it broadcast on the radio and Channel 13 to explain why there will be a female in the police car so that we taxpayers won’t get the wrong idea? Absurd. You say that you have seen county patrol cars parked at churches during non church hours or seen officers coming from fellowship halls. Do you have any idea the range of things this could have been about? You say you also observed as many as three county patrol cars parked at a private residence with officers out of their vehicles, sitting in rocking chairs and conversing with the resident. Do you know what this might have been about? Were these officers even on duty? Or do you know anything at all about what they were doing there? No. You do not. If you found their actions so offensive, why didn’t you go over and find out what was going on? These officers could have been on a call at this residence and were simply staying there to settle things down. Last, but not least, someone has actually seen officers pulled into a fire department talking on their cell phones. Now, that really is shameful. Do you realize the cell call they were on, more than likely was business? No, you do not realize that because you want to believe the worst. The writer, along with many

other observers, makes assumptions based on what they see and simply fill in what they think is going on. A simple term for that would be gossip. And that gossip is hurtful and costly. Do you see my point yet? Law enforcement is very, very public. They are supposed to be kind and speak to us on the street and yet be lethal when it is necessary. They must protect you and your property even after you make comments about their being unethical and improperly using a county vehicle and all of the other things you have implied. If they were called to your residence to protect you, even after all you have said, they would do so in a professional manner. You apparently feel that they should be as perfect as God. They are not even close to perfect and they must make decisions on the spur of the moment that could affect them for the rest of their lives. Have you ever had to make a split second decision whether or not to shoot someone while performing your duties at work? They are faced with that possibility every time they go on duty. They are spit on, urinated on, beaten and threatened and at the end of the day, they get to go home and do it all again tomorrow, all the while listening to the taxpayer whine about something that might not look right. Oh, also they get to go to court on their day off so they can make sure that the person they arrested actually goes to jail and are not turned right back out on the street to commit their crimes all over again. If you want to change something that would really save the taxpayer huge amounts of money, why don’t we do something about the people who pay for their groceries with food stamps and then go outside to load those groceries in a new BMW. But, you know what, that may not be their BMW. Maybe they borrowed it from a friend because they have no car. You see, things are not always what they seem. Myra Harris Bostic

Remembering special times at Cliffside school I stepped back in time at Cliffside Elementary School Monday. Once upon a time, it was my little feet that peeked from beneath that blue velvet curtain. The same wooden chairs are there, the same risers up to the stage. I guess only I have changed. How strange to be in the audience there not as a student. The last time I was a spectator there, my sister was in a play, and it hadn’t been that many years since I’d been a student so I wasn’t so far removed. As I sat waiting for kindergartners to present their holiday program, memories came flooding back — how special this school is. My grandfather was a gradu-

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ate of Cliffside School. My mama taught there for years and years — there’s a picture of her from the early years and I figured out by the date that I too was in that picture (tucked inside of her). When it came time in the 80s to upgrade the school’s wiring for air conditioning, my daddy was the one who won the bid and worked on the school. Looking at that stage, I thought about wearing a

green skirt and hat with a feather in it to be Alana-Dale in “Robin Hood” and white pants with a white, fluffy tail as the White Rabbit in “Alice in Wonderland.” Countless other times I was on that stage in my own pretend performances, playing with other teachers’ kids and the principal’s son on teacher work days. The Christmas play looked much like the one I took part in 27 years ago. There were angels, a part I always wanted because they got to wear sparkly wings. As an adult I realize I was cast as a bell because I had to dance and sing — and that fits my personality so much more appropriately than being an

angel would have. There are still a few of the same faces who were there when I was a student there. My former principal, Philip White, was seated near me in the auditorium, and I couldn’t help but tear up thinking about all the years he’s given to that school. And I couldn’t help but tear up to think about all the years my own mother spent teaching there. I wanted to peek into her old classroom, but decided my heart couldn’t take it. Cliffside School was, and is, a special place. Many of the friends I had there I still communicate with today. I am so very thankful for not only the sound education I received (without comput-

ers, Promethean boards or any other technology except for an overhead projector) but also for the friendships and discoveries I made about myself in nine years safe inside those halls. Teachers and the principal thanked me for coming Monday to cover their program. I feel it’s the least I can do for the community that’s given me and my family so much over the years. As I give thanks today for the many, many blessings in my life, I’ll say an extra thank you to the little corner of Rutherford County that I will forever call home. Flynn is editor/reporter for The Daily Courier. Contact her via e-mail at

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cessfully sued the CharlotteMecklenburg school system. The former Charlotte mayor and Republican candidate for governor sits on the board of a charter school, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported. Vinroot said other charter schools in the state could ask for three years’ worth of money from public schools. Now other school districts around the state are examining how closely they followed Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s practices and how much more money they will have to provide charter schools. Wake County might have to provide its 13 charter schools an extra $1 million a year. Durham County’s seven charter schools account for about 10 percent of the county’s student population.

FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A task force of about 20 people is working on investigating the rape and slaying of a 5-year-old girl, said the police chief whose department is leading the probe. The Fayetteville police department continues to receive tips about the death of Shaniya Davis two weeks ago, The Fayetteville Observer reported Wednesday. The girl was reported missing by her mother on Nov. 10. Police said she was killed the same day. Her mother, Antoinette Davis, 25, is charged with filing a false police report, trafficking her daughter and child abuse involving prostitution. Mario McNeill, 29, an

acquaintance of Davis, is charged with murder, rape and kidnapping.

Athlete died of heart complications CULLOWHEE (AP) — An autopsy has found that a football player who died during his first preseason workout at Western Carolina University suffered complications from an enlarged heart. Ja’Quayvin Smalls died in July, hours after collapsing while running. The junior defensive back from Wando, S.C., had just transferred from Georgia Military College. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Wednesday that an autopsy by Dr. Lawrence Selby found that sickle cell trait and exertion contributed to Smalls’ cardiac arrest.

Police Notes Sheriff’s Reports

n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 127 E-911 calls Tuesday.


n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 44 E-911 calls Tuesday. n Crystal Scruggs Deyton reported a hit and run incident on a 2006 Kia Sedona. n Larry Wayne Beasley reported a breaking and entering and the theft of a generator.


n The Spindale Police Department responded to 20 E-911 calls Tuesday.

Lake Lure

n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to no E-911 call Tuesday.

Forest City

n The Forest City Police Department responded to 49 E-911 calls Tuesday. n An officer of the Forest City Police Department reported a sexual offense. The incident occurred on Harmon Street. n An employee of Walmart, on Plaza Drive, reported an incident of larceny. (See arrests of Carter and Price.) n Rachel McIntyre reported a breaking and entering to an auto and larceny from same. n Susan Messer reported a breaking and entering to a storage building and larceny. The incident occurred on Daniel Road. n Katherine Simmons reported an incident of breaking and entering to an automobile and larceny from same.


n Susan Palmer, 31, of Horse Shoe Drive, Ruther-

fordton; charged with simple assault, assault on a child and injury to real property; placed under a $10,000 secured bond. (FCPD) n Candice Megan Duncan, 25, of 1159 Padgett Rd., Union Mills; charged with misdemeanor larceny; released on a $1,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Candice Meagan Duncan, 25, of 789 Bostic/ Sunshine Highway; charged with misdemeanor larceny; released on a $1,000 unsecured bond. (RCSD) n Michael Anthony Buckson, 38, of 312 Gidney St.; charged with obtain property by false pretense; placed under a $10,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Misty Parker Yedro, 25, of 780 Withrow Road; charged with misdemeanor probation violation; no bond listed. (RCSD) n James David Whiteside, 42, of 280 Woodside Drive; charged with communicating threats; placed under a 48-hour hold. (RCSD) n Matthew Elliott Ferris, 18, of 609 Alaska St.; charged with simple possession of schedule II controlled substance; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Michael Allan Milam, 19, of 351 Eastview Drive; charged with simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Jennifer April Jenkins, 23, of 207 Aqua Drive; charged with disorderly conduct, harassing phone call and communicating threats; released on a $3,000 unsecured bond. (RCSD) n Anna Marie Mooney, 24, of 701 W. Main St.; charged with unauthorized use of motor vehicle, three counts of obtain property by false pretense and attempted obtain property by false pretense; placed under

Obituaries Roger Silliman

Roger Silliman, 61 of Calton Road, Bostic, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 at “Durham is the most his residence. severely impacted district A native of Bath, N.Y., he in the state by this ruling,” was a son of the late Lemuel said Hank Hurd, Durham Silliman and Esther Hall schools’ chief operating offi- Silliman. cer. He was an HVAC mechanic The Supreme Court deciat the Norfolk Navy Shipyard sion does not affect a and veteran having served in separate lawsuit filed in the Army during the Korean September against seven and Vietnam wars. school districts seeking local Survivors include a son, money for buildings, new David Silliman of Urbana, buses and equipment. Ill;, a daughter, Constance Charter schools have open Ivey of Tuscon, Ariz.; a brothenrollment and don’t charge er, Daniel Silliman of Maine; tuition. But they are run and two grandchildren. by private boards and are Memorial services will be exempt from many rules held privately by the family imposed on traditional pub- at a later date. lic schools, giving them more The Padgett and King flexibility to test learning Mortuary is serving the techniques or focus programs Silliman family. on at-risk children. Only 100 charter schools are allowed condolences www.padgettto operate in North Carolina Online at any time.

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School districts may owe charter schools money

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina public school leaders are reworking their budgets after a court ruling that could force them to pay charter schools millions of dollars. The state Supreme Court this month refused to review an appeals court ruling that said the CharlotteMecklenburg school system undercounted how much it owed charter schools. School districts with charter schools are supposed to pass along a per student share of local education money to the independent public schools. “The money that is going to be taken from them should have gone to the charter schools in the first place,” said Richard Vinroot, the lawyer who represented five charter schools that suc-

Nor’easter delivers message in bottle OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) — Last week’s nor’easter helped deliver a message in a bottle that was tossed into the ocean 24 years ago from New Jersey to North Carolina. Ocean City held a contest in 1985 to reward the vacationer whose bottle traveled the farthest. The message was written by Heidi Kay Werstler of Trembler’s Trailer Park in Pennsylvania. Workers at The Sanderling Resort & Spa in Duck, N.C., found the bottle while cleaning up after last week’s storm.

Whitney “Jack” Leake, 68, of 500 Robinson Creek Road, Bostic, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 at Hospice House, Forest City. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Washburn & Dorsey Funeral Home.

James Shores James Banner Shores, 81, of Old Caroleen Road, Forest City, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Harrelson Funeral Home.

Bill Kent Sr.

William L. “Bill” Kent Sr., 85, of Marion, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville. A native of Yancey County, he was a son the late William The contest has long since Luther and Mamie Thomas expired. But Ocean City wants to track down Werstler Kent. He was the last survivto award her a prize of salting charter member of West water taffy. Court Baptist Church, where he served his church for over 65 years as a deacon, trustee, choir director (youth and adult) and Sunday school teacher. He and his wife sang with the West Court Gospel a $36,000 secured bond. Quartet for over 50 years. He (RCSD) was a World War II veteran, n Jonathan Michael having served in the Army Chancey, 18, of 911 Air Corps. Stonecutter St., Spindale; Survivors include his wife charged with communicating of 67 years, Agnes Hughes threats; placed under a $500 Kent of the home; three sons, secured bond. (RPD) John Kent of Mooresville, n Davis Michael Cassidy, Randy Kent of Inman, 23, of 246 Tryon Road, S.C., and Sammy Kent of Rutherfordton; charged with Woodbridge, Va.; a sister, domestic violence protective Abbie Cooke of Hickory; order violation; placed under nine grandchildren and three a 48-hour hold. (RPD) great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Citations held at 2 p.m. Friday at West Court Baptist Church with n Tayra Price, 17, of the Revs. Reid Cooper and Hollywood Street, Forest Ross Lewis officiating. The City; cited for larceny; family will receive friends released on a written promfrom noon to 2 p.m., prior ise to appear. (FCPD) to the service at the church. n Tiquah Carter, 16, of Interment will follow in the Chase High Road, Forest church cemetery. City; cited for larceny; In lieu of flowers, memorireleased on a written promals may be made to Gideon’s ise to appear. (FCPD) International, P.O. Box 788, Marion, NC 28752; or to EMS/Rescue the VAMC Hospice at 1100 n The Rutherford County Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC EMS responded to 25 E-911 28805. calls Tuesday. Westmoreland Funeral Home & Crematory, Marion, n The Volunteer Life is in charge of arrangements. Saving and Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS and Online condolences www.westmoRutherford County Rescue responded to 12 E-911 calls Tuesday.

Fire Calls n Forest City firefighters responded to a motor vehicle crash and to a fire alarm. n Hudlow firefighters responded to a fire alarm. n Lake Lure firefighters responded to a fire alarm, assisted by Chimney Rock firefighters. n Rutherfordton firefighters responded to a motor vehicle crash, to a fire alarm and to an unknown type fire. n SDO firefighters responded to a fire alarm and to an industrial fire. n Union Mills firefighters responded to a motor vehicle crash, assisted by Shingle Hollow firefighters.


Ira Hanford Ira “Babe” Hanford, who as an 18-year-old apprentice rode 20-1 shot Bold Venture to victory in the 1936 Kentucky Derby, has died. He was 91. He died Saturday in Ocala, Fla., following a long illness, said Virginia Hanford, his wife of 67 years. He was the oldest-living jockey to have won the Derby and the only apprentice to have done so. Hanford did not get a chance to ride Bold Venture in the Preakness because racing officials suspended him for 15 days following the Derby. He retired in 1953 without running in another

Derby. He is one of 22 jockeys to win the Run for the Roses in their only appearance. “It’s something that once you win, it never gets taken away,” Virginia Hanford told The Associated Press by phone on Wednesday. “It’s something that he always held very close to him.” Hanford said officials never told him why he was suspended, along with two other jockeys. During an interview with the AP in 2006, Hanford said he suspected it had to do with the rugged nature of the sport at the time. “I’ve always assumed it was for knocking down a horse,” he said. “I heard a few years ago that I was suspended for crossing over somewhere on the backside.” Back then, the starting gate didn’t have front or rear doors to lock the horses in a somewhat uniform line. They were led in and stood there until a bell rang. Hanford looked to his right and saw Bien Joli standing at an angle and about a neck in front of him and Bold Venture. He called out to jockey Lester Balaski to straighten his horse. “I didn’t get horse out of the mouth and the bell rang,” said Hanford, who as an apprentice got to carry less weight than senior riders. “When he made the first or second jump out of the gate, he hit me and turned me almost sideways.” Hanford and Bold Venture careened to the left and into Granville, knocking jockey Jimmy Stout to the ground. “That was a hell of a bump that I got and so did he,” Hanford said. “Bold Venture got a going over leaving the gate as bad as anybody, but he was very agile and he collected himself good. By the time I got to the first turn, he was maybe six or seven lengths off the lead.” Bold Venture’s trainer Max Hirsch replaced Hanford with George Woolfe for the Preakness, which the horse won. Bold Venture did not run in the Belmont. Brad Phillips ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Brad Phillips, a pioneer of Alaska tourism who launched the first cruise tours of Prince William Sound in the 1950s, has died. He was 84. Phillips died Monday in Seattle, the Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday. Phillips founded Phillips Cruises and Tours, which remains one of Prince William Sound’s most popular glacier cruise tours. He also served as a state senator. H.C. Robbins Landon LONDON (AP) — H.C. Robbins Landon, a musicologist noted for his pioneering research on Franz Joseph Haydn and for writing popular works on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, has died at age 83. Robbins Landon moved from his native America to Europe in the late 1940s to pursue research on Haydn. He did much to popularize the composer. THE DAILY COURIER Published Tuesday through Sunday mornings by Paxton Media Group LLC dba The Daily Courier USPS 204-920 Periodical Postage paid in Forest City, NC. Company Address: 601 Oak St., P.O. Box 1149, Forest City, NC 28043. Phone: (828) 245-6431 Fax: (828) 248-2790 Subscription rates: Single copy, daily 50¢ / Sunday $1.50. Home delivery $11.75 per month, $35.25 for three months, $70.50 for six months, $129 per year. In county rates by mail payable in advance are: $13.38 for one month, $40.14 for three months, $80.27 for six months, $160.54 per year. Outside county: $14.55 for one month, $43.64 for three months, $87.28 for six months, $174.56 per year. College students for school year subscription, $75. The Digital Courier, $6.50 a month for non-subscribers to The Daily Courier. Payment may be made at the website: www.thedigitalcourier. com The Daily Courier is not responsible for advance subscription payments made to carriers, all of who are independent contractors.


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Meetings/other DAR meeting: Griffith Rutherford NSDAR Chapter Meeting; Wednesday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m., at the home of Catherine Washburn, 2401 Bostic Sunshine Hwy., Bostic; program by Caroline and Kristi King.

Pam Whiteside (right) shown with her niece, Alicia D.Moss, (second from right) formerly of Rutherfordton, sister Ann Twitty and Clara Gray in New York City earlier this month, will appear on the Dr. Oz show Wednesday, Dec. 2, on ABC.

Shag Club: Rutherford County Shag Club meets Friday, Dec. 4, at Club LA in Spindale. Dance starts at 8 p.m. All interested shaggers are welcome. For information call 287-9228.

Holidays Free Thanksgiving meal: “Welcome Love Feast”; Thursday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., New Forest Chapel CME Church, 137 Chapel St., Forest City; free Thanksgiving meal; Rosa Landrum, pastor. Free community dinner: Thursday, Nov. 26, 9 a.m. until noon; Thomas Jefferson Classical Grammar School, 421 Hardin Rd., Forest City; free hot meal, canned goods and clothing for anyone in need; for more information call (864) 461-7178. “Lanterns of Light”: A Christmas house tour in the Ellenboro community; Saturday, Nov. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m., begins at Walls Baptist Church; after a brief visit and refreshments, visitors will begin the tour of other homes. Most of the homes are located on Walls Church Road; tickets $5; all proceeds for the soup kitchen. Concert of holiday music: The Rutherford County Historical Society will host a concert of holiday music performed by the Rutherford County Heritage Singers, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at First Baptist Church, Rutherfordton. Music begins at 7 p.m. The community choir will be directed by Lesley Bush, accompanied by Bob Bridges. A tree lighting at St. John’s Historic Church, Main Street, Rutherfordton, will follow the concert. 3rd Annual Christmas Home Tour: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2 to 8 p.m.; van departs at 2 p.m., and 5 p.m., from Long Branch Road Baptist Church; tour directions also available for anyone who wants to provide their own transportation; tickets $5 per person; proceeds for a new fellowship hall; call 248-9555 or 287-1408 for more information. Christmas Boutique: Through Dec. 24, at the Visual Arts Center, 173 N. Main St., Rutherfordton; hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; handmade art and fine craft items on display and available for purchase; paintings in all mediums, ceramics, wood crafts, sculpture, fused and stained glass and much more. Toys for Tots drop off: Bennett Classics Auto Museum in Forest City is a designated Toys for Tots drop off. Bring a new unwrapped toy and receive $2 off admission into the museum. For more information call 247-1767 or visit www. Ellenboro Christmas Parade: Sunday, Dec. 6, 3 p.m., all participants invited to enter; contact Sandra Weeks at 453-8932, or town hall, 453-8611; World War II veterans will be the grand marshals.

Christmas House Walk:

Monday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., sponsored by the women of Fairfield Mountains Chapel; tickets are $10 per person, and $15 if you plan to attend lunch (12:30 p.m.) afterwards at Lake View Restaurant; contact Anne Gundel at 625-9400 for more information. Includes the homes of Angelo & Pat Grillo, 224 Cardinal Road; Edward & Kathy Higbee, 172 Summer Morning Court; Woody & Linda Turner, 211 Hawks Nest Trail; Chris & Carol Wolfe, 185 Treetops Lane.

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Pam’s sister, Ann Twitty, who lives in New Jersey, was also tested and unknown to her, she was tested a diabetic. Pam said her glucose was 163 when it was checked that afternoon. After the screening on the street, results, Pam and Ann were asked to join Dr. Oz the next day for a filming of his show and to participate in a 12-week diabetes education program. The show actually airs Wednesday, Dec. 2, on ABC. Moss, formerly of Rutherfordton, said she joined her aunts and friends in New York City to be in the studio audience for “The View.” Although they received tickets for “The View” more than a year ago, it was overbooked and the women didn’t get to see the show. However, they’ve been invited back next year. “While on our way to Times Square, we saw Dr. Oz and Bob Greene,” Alicia said. “They invited us to be on

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Thurman began by talking with students about celebrities they idolize, and how all it took to fall from favor was bad judgement. “Any of you ever heard of Chris Brown?” Thurman said. “He went from having a great career to the bottom, all because he made a bad decision. “Your talent can get you to a position, but only your character can keep you there.” Thurman also spoke of Olympian

the show the next day,” Alicia said. Pam and her sister and a gentleman from Maine are participating in the 12-week diabetes awareness project with Dr. Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen. Roizen calls or e-mails Pam every day to check on her blood sugar and her progress. After the 12 weeks are over, Pam, her sister Ann and the gentleman return to New York for another appearance on Dr. Oz to tell the viewing audience of their progress. ‘“This is very exciting,” Pam said. “ But just letting the world know what you weigh, all I could think of was my husband is going to know my weight,” she said. The participants were weighed on the show and the scales are very large to everyone can see, she explained. Pam recently lost 30 pounds and has been walking daily. She has been trying to get her glucose under control without having to take medication. “I told my doctor I’d go on medication kicking and screaming,” she said. “No, really, if I have to go on medica-

tion I will, but I hope I don’t have to,” she said. To help Pam, Ann and the gentleman with their exercises during the 12-week study, Dr. Oz presented them a pedometer to count their steps. They are supposed to walk at least 10,000 steps each day. Dr. Oz and Bob Greene presented the panelists books also to assist them. “It’s all about awareness. It’s good to be on the show, but if you are helping just one other person, it’s worth it,” she said.

Michael Phelps, who was banned from competition for three months after pictures of him smoking marijuana surfaced. “He did something that was popular, but that wasn’t right,” he said. Thurman said that for a time he believed what others said about him – that he’d never play football, for example. “Those same people who told me I’d never play football had to watch as I became an all-conference player,” he said. “Those same people had to watch as I became the Beta Club National Vice President. “In life, you’re going to have obstacles. To be successful you have to

believe in yourself and do not let others dictate to you what you can and can’t do.” Thurman asked students what their obstacles were. Students replied peer pressure and family issues.

By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — Leftovers needed. Pumpkins, squash, apple peeling, fall decorations, says Cathy Watson owner of Thera-Pets, Bostic. With 22 rescue pigs, at Potbelly Acres, and nearly 50 other rescue animals, Watson is requesting fall pumpkins, dry straw bales and squash to help feed the animals she has rescued, especially the pigs.

The Swansons will be in concert Sunday, Nov. 29, at Trinity Weselyan Church, 291 Harmon St., Forest City. Music begins at 6 p.m. Kyle Matthews of Greenville, S.C., will be in concert Sunday, Nov. 29, at Crestview Baptist Church, Forest City. The program begins at 6 p.m. Kyle presents a unique blend of musical and storytelling talents. Singing: Sunday, Nov. 29, 6 p.m., Fork Creek Baptist Church; featuring the Golden Valley Crusaders.

Thurman closed by telling students this: “If you love yourself, you will go on a journey you can never imagine. Nobody else can love you if you don’t love yourself. And a real man has discipline and makes decisions based, not on popularity, but what is right.” Contact Flynn via e-mail at

Watson and her volunteers will come and pick up the pumpkins if folks will call her at 289-1020. She said a lot of people have had dozens of pumpkins outside their businesses for the fall season and she’ll come for them if she is called. “Whatever was used for fall decorations we can use,” she said. “Apple peels and various odds and ends from there. We are just looking for some way to feed these pigs.” Watson said her feed bill and her vet bill for the

animals each month is about $1,000. Watson said there are about 70 animals at her farm, most of them rescues. The rescue pigs came from a “piggy mill,” Watson said and will live their lives out at the farm. Three high school seniors have helped recently, doing their senior projects on the animal rescue and her farm. For more information, call Watson at 289-1020 or visit her Web site:

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Poor man’s supper: Saturday, Dec. 5, 4 to 6 p.m., New Hope United Methodist, Lee Cudd Road, Rutherfordton; proceeds for Heather Blackwell’s mission trip to Japan.


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Yard sale: Dec. 10 and 11, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., National Guard Armory, 890 Withrow Road; furniture, clothes, knick knacks, and much more; sponsored by DAV Chapter 25; proceeds for local veterans aid.

Pam is a former employee at National Textiles and is attending classes at Isothermal Community College. She and husband, Mark, live in Rutherfordton. They have two grown children, Brent, a college student and their daughter, Stacie, who received her master’s degree in health care. Pam also has a stepson, Aki Miller, a plumber.


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Last Man Standing Champion boxer survived where friends went astray

Panthers place LB Johnson on IR with knee injury CHARLOTTE (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have lost another linebacker to a seasonending knee injury. The Panthers placed Landon Johnson on injured reserve Tuesday and signed linebacker Jordan Senn. Johnson hurt his medial collateral ligament in Thursday’s loss to Miami in his second start at weakside linebacker after Thomas Davis was lost for the season. Johnson’s injury leaves James Anderson as the likely starter Sunday at the New York Jets. Senn adds depth at linebacker but also provides a needed body on special teams. He played with Indianapolis as an undrafted rookie in 2008 and was released before the start of this season. Senn was later re-signed and played in two games before being released again. Johnson had 12 tackles in the past two games.

By NANCY ARMOUR AP National Writer

Chairs of NFL concussion panel resign NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell has sent a wide-ranging memo about concussions to NFL teams, saying the co-chairmen of the league’s committee on head injuries have resigned. A copy of Tuesday’s memo was obtained by The Associated Press. Goodell writes that Dr. Ira Casson and Dr. David Viano no longer will lead the NFL’s committee on concussions. Casson has come under attack recently from the NFL Players Association and members of Congress for criticizing independent and league-sponsored studies linking NFL careers with heightened risk for dementia and cognitive decline. Goodell also says he met Monday with competition committee co-chair Rich McKay to discuss potential rules changes “to reduce head impacts and related injuries in a game setting.” Goodell publicly has been increasing his focus on concussions as the issue has drawn more attention this season, including at a congressional hearing in October. Casson did not appear on Capitol Hill that day.

On TV 12 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Old Spice Classic Quarterfinal — Creighton vs. Michigan. 12:30 p.m. (WHNS) NFL Football Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions. 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Old Spice Classic Quarterfinal — Marquette vs. Xavier. 4 p.m. (WBTV) (WSPA) NFL Football Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys. 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball 76 Classic Quarterfinal — Clemson vs. Texas A&M. 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Old Spice Classic Quarterfinal — Alabama vs. Baylor. 8 p.m. (ESPN) College Football Texas at Texas A&M. 8 p.m. (TNT) NBA Basketball Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks. 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball 76 Classic Quarterfinal — Butler vs. Minnesota. 10:30 p.m. (TNT) NBA Basketball Chicago Bulls at Utah Jazz. 11 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball 76 Classic Quarterfinal — Portland vs. UCLA.

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Devon Alexander poses for a portrait at the Marquette Recreation Center where he works out Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, in St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS — Devon Alexander was 7 when his mom gave in and let him join the new boxing program in his downtrodden neighborhood. He came home the first day crying, his nose bloodied from a sparring session with his friend Terrance Barker. Fifteen years later, Alexander is the WBC 140-pound world champion. And Barker, like so many of Alexander’s childhood friends, is dead. Of the 30 young boys who joined Alexander day after day at that gym in the basement of the old police station, at least eight are gone forever. Another 10 are in prison or have spent time behind bars — including Alexander’s own brother. The beauty of sports is in its power to inspire, with life-changing tales of triumph over adversity. Boxing didn’t simply alter Alexander’s life, though. It might very well have saved it. “I think about that every day, why did God choose me? Why am I it?” Alexander said, standing a stone’s throw from a makeshift memorial to one of his old pals. “Most of the people that grow up in the ’hood don’t believe they can make it. They just think that’s all there is to life. “And I’m a living witness that that’s not true.” Hyde Park in North St. Louis is the type of place that fosters despair, not dreams. Hundreds of once-proud rowhouses have been abandoned, the boards that cover their doors and windows an admission that no one will be calling them home anytime soon. Vacant lots abound and Please see Boxer, Page 9

Gardner-Webb has 11 named to All-Big South football team From staff reports

BOILING SPRINGS — Gardner-Webb placed 11 men on the 2009 All-Big South Conference football team Tuesday, paced by Scholar-Athlete of the Year Mario Brown and Freshman of the Year Matt Goods. The Runnin’ Bulldogs (6-5, 3-3 Big South) ranked second among the six league schools with their number of selections. Brown (Greenville, S.C. / J.L. Mann HS) finished the season with 84 total tackles (45 solo), 7.0 tackles for loss, an interception, 14 quarterback pressures and five pass break ups in a solid final campaign with the ‘Dogs. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder finished his career with 312 total hits and carries a 3.61 cumulative GPA in his major of political science. Brown, who plans on attending law school upon graduation from Gardner-Webb, was named ESPN the Magazine Academic AllDistrict III earlier this fall, and was named first-team All-Big South at linebacker for the third time in his career in 2009. Goods (East Orange, N.J. / Milford Academy) was a major force for the Runnin’ Bulldogs up front in his first season, leading the league in tackles for a defensive lineman among freshmen with 40 hits, despite playing in a deep rotation as a reserve in all 11 games. The 6-foot-2, 285-pound standout registered 10.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and seven quarterback pressures on the season, and was named Big South Conference Freshman of the Week three times. Goods had his best game in a win at VMI, recording six hits and forcing a fumble near midfield in the fourth quarter that led to GWU’s game-winning score. He had a blocked extra point early in the action at Buffalo. Goods was also named first-team All-Big South at defensive tackle. Gardner-Webb placed three players on the first-team offense, led by quarterback Stan Doolittle (Ninety Six, S.C. / Ninety Six HS), receiver James Perry III (Greensboro, N.C. / Dudley HS) and guard Corey O’Daniel (Louisville, Ky. / St. Xavier HS). Doolittle became the first GWU quarterback to earn first-team All-Conference honors since Nick Roberts in 2003. Gardner-Webb posted its first winning season since 2006, and finished at .500 or better in the league for the seventh time in eight seasons. Six of the team’s 11 AllConference players return for next season.

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Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin gestures to his defense during the fourth quarter of an 18-12 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, in this Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, file photo.

Not-so-special Steelers scrambling for playoffs ALAN ROBINSON AP Sports Writer

PITTSBURGH — The coach is edgy and unhappy. The quarterback is dealing with another concussion, his fourth since 2006. The defense isn’t the same with two of its best players injured and out. Every kickoff is creating anxiety. Every game is becoming an adventure. Has it really been only 10 months since the Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl? The Steelers won’t say so, but they expected to be cruising toward the playoffs by now, with all but two starters back from an

experienced, proven team that won its second Super Bowl in four seasons. Their schedule is much softer than last season’s, with no Colts, Patriots, Cowboys, Giants or Eagles to be found and a healthy mix of Lions, Browns and Raiders. Instead, they’re 6-4 and locked in an unanticipated struggle merely to make the playoffs. Injuries, special teams breakdowns, the surprising Bengals and a postSuper Bowl letdown appear to be conspiring to torment a team that looked to be championship-ready only a few weeks ago.

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Scoreboard FOOTBALL National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF New England 7 3 0 .700 290 Miami 5 5 0 .500 242 N.Y. Jets 4 6 0 .400 213 Buffalo 3 7 0 .300 155 South W L T Pct PF Indianapolis 10 0 0 1.000 269 Jacksonville 6 4 0 .600 199 Houston 5 5 0 .500 232 Tennessee 4 6 0 .400 209 North W L T Pct PF Cincinnati 7 3 0 .700 215 Pittsburgh 6 4 0 .600 231 Baltimore 5 5 0 .500 237 Cleveland 1 9 0 .100 115 West W L T Pct PF San Diego 7 3 0 .700 269 Denver 6 4 0 .600 170 Kansas City 3 7 0 .300 169 Oakland 3 7 0 .300 108

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In this photo taken on Sunday, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford runs off the field after beating the Cleveland Browns 38-37 in an NFL football game Browns in Detroit.

Stafford shows mettle, but may miss game today

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Matthew Stafford sat at his locker, answering and dodging questions about his sore shoulder. The Detroit Lions quarterback then took off his jersey and displayed a sense of humor. “Look at that,” Stafford joked. He will have to do more than raise his dislocated left shoulder and throwing arm to get clearance for the Thanksgiving Today’s NFL games Day game against the Green Bay at Detroit, 12:30 Green Bay Packers. Oakland at Dallas, 4:15 “It’s unlikely that N.Y. Giants at Denver, 8:20 he’s going to play, but we’ll see,” Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. “It’s a deal if it gets better in a couple of days and it’s not as painful, he’ll be able to get out there.” The No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, the guy who set an NFL record on Sunday in a thrilling 38-37 win over Cleveland, had to sit and watch his teammates go through their only full practice of the week on Tuesday. So did standout receiver Calvin Johnson, who has hand and knee injuries. Even if Stafford isn’t on the field, he has given long-suffering fans a reason to have hope the future will be better. Previous first-round picks Joey Harrington, Andre Ware and Chuck Long failed to deliver. The 21-year-old Stafford set an NFL rookie passing record with 422 yards passing against the Browns on Sunday and became the youngest player to throw five TDs in a game. The fifth TD came with no time on the clock, after Stafford went to the sideline and was flat on his back getting his shoulder evaluated. He came back out for the game-winning throw with his right arm after his left shoulder was slammed to the turf on the previous play. That Stafford went back on the field won praise from teammates and opponents while generating a positive buzz the Lions haven’t had since they were 6-2 in the 2007 season. Stafford’s feats earned him NFC offensive player of the week honors. Stafford led the Lions’ biggest comeback in a game since 1957 when Bobby Layne helped them rally from a 24-point deficit against the Colts. Stafford and Layne both attended Highland Park High School in Texas. As much as Schwartz has been encouraged by Stafford’s talent and moxie, he is not ready to say his gutsy play at the end of Cleveland game put him on another level. “Let’s let him play more than one year before we start talking about that,” Schwartz said. It did, though, impress a peer. “I think it showed a lot of heart, a lot of toughness,” Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. Stafford’s jersey from Sunday was sent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And the play might live on in league lore for years because Stafford was wired for sound by NFL Films during the game, making him one of 350-plus players who have done that since 1965. NFL Films president Steve Sabol called it the “most dramatic player wiring ever.” As for Stafford, he’s just hoping to get over the soreness and back on the field. “It’s getting better,” Stafford said of his shoulder. “It’s moving in the right direction.” Maybe the Lions are, too.

NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF Dallas 7 3 0 .700 231 Philadelphia 6 4 0 .600 266 N.Y. Giants 6 4 0 .600 266 Washington 3 7 0 .300 146 South W L T Pct PF New Orleans 10 0 0 1.000 369 Atlanta 5 5 0 .500 252 Carolina 4 6 0 .400 193 Tampa Bay 1 9 0 .100 164 North W L T Pct PF Minnesota 9 1 0 .900 306 Green Bay 6 4 0 .600 262 Chicago 4 6 0 .400 206 Detroit 2 8 0 .200 181 West W L T Pct PF Arizona 7 3 0 .700 250 San Francisco 4 6 0 .400 208 Seattle 3 7 0 .300 196 St. Louis 1 9 0 .100 113

PA 164 244 189 228 PA 157 235 208 272 PA 167 184 171 263 PA 205 183 239 234 PA 175 204 235 178 PA 204 228 239 294 PA 193 203 225 301 PA 197 210 233 270

Thursday, Nov. 26 Green Bay at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. Oakland at Dallas, 4:15 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Denver, 8:20 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29 Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Carolina at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Seattle at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Kansas City at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. Jacksonville at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Arizona at Tennessee, 4:15 p.m. Chicago at Minnesota, 4:15 p.m. Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 8:20 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 New England at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.

Wyche to the practice squad. MIAMI DOLPHINS—Released LB Matt Roth. Signed CB Evan Oglesby and DE Ikeaika AlmaFrancis. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES—Signed OT Winston Justice to a four-year contract extension. PITTSBURGH STEELERS—Signed LB Rocky Boiman and CB Corey Ivy. Released LB Donovan Woods and CB Keiwan Ratliff. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS—Placed RT Jeromey Clary on injured reserve. Signed OT Jon Runyan. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS—Placed QB Byron Leftwich on injured reserve. Signed QB Rudy Carpenter from the Dallas practice squad. Released CB Mike Mickens. Signed WR Terrence Nunn from the New England practice squad.

GA 62 50 58 69 82 GA 73 63 61 71 83

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF Chicago 22 15 5 2 32 70 Nashville 22 13 8 1 27 53 Columbus 23 12 8 3 27 72 Detroit 22 11 7 4 26 68 St. Louis 21 8 9 4 20 50 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF Colorado 24 14 7 3 31 74 Calgary 22 13 6 3 29 69 Vancouver 23 12 11 0 24 67 Edmonton 24 10 11 3 23 72 Minnesota 22 8 12 2 18 54 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF San Jose 25 16 5 4 36 85 Los Angeles 24 13 9 2 28 73 Dallas 23 11 6 6 28 70 Phoenix 24 13 10 1 27 59 Anaheim 22 8 11 3 19 63

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HOCKEY National Hockey League NHL—Suspended Philadelphia F Daniel Briere for two games as a result of a late hit on an unsuspecting opponent, Avalanche D Scott Hannan, during a Nov. 23 game at Colorado.

GA 71 62 60 75 68

COLLEGE WINGATE—Announced that it will add men’s and women’s track and field in 2011.


GA 62 75 65 59 75

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BASEBALL American League KANSAS CITY ROYALS—Agreed to terms with RHP Bryan Bullington on a minor league contract. National League ATLANTA BRAVES—Agreed to terms with RHP Juan Abreu on a one-year contract. NEW YORK METS—Named Dave Jauss bench coach and Chip Hale third base coach and moved Razor Shines to first base coach. Named Jack Voight hitting coach for Buffalo (IL). Named Terry Collins Minor League Field Coordinator.

S. Carolina St. (10-1) at Appalachian St. (9-2) Holy Cross (9-2) at Villanova (10-1) Elon (9-2) at Richmond (10-1) Weber St. (7-4) at William & Mary (9-2) E. Illinois (8-3) at S. Illinois (10-1) S. Dakota St. (8-3) at Montana (11-0) New Hampshire (9-2) at McNeese St. (9-2) E. Washington (8-3) at Stephen F. Austin (9-2)

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The Steelers still can salvage a season in which they’ve lost two in a row, including an inexplicable 27-24 overtime loss in Kansas City on Sunday. But they’re running out of time — and, with key starters such as Troy Polamalu, Aaron Smith and Chris Kemoeatu injured and out, they’re running out of players. “If we address our ills and really don’t blink in the face of adversity and let that guide our energy and decision making, continue to do the things well that we’re doing well, we should be fine and should be able to correct those issues,” coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday. “In the short term? Uncomfortable? Absolutely.” Edgy, too, a word Tomlin used several times during a news conference that lasted nearly twice as long as usual. And for good reason. The Steelers have won 10 games or more six times since 2001, so they’re hardly ready to give up on their season. AFC North leader Cincinnati (7-3)

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


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BASKETBALL National Basketball Association OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER—Recalled G Kyle Weaver from Tulsa (NBADL). FOOTBALL National Football League ARIZONA CARDINALS—Re-signed LB Monty Beisel. Released TE Dominique Byrd. Re-signed DE Jason Banks and LB Pago Togafau to the practice squad. Released FB Jed Collins and DT Antoine Holmes. BUFFALO BILLS—Signed G Kendall Simmons. Placed G Eric Wood on injured reserve. CAROLINA PANTHERS—Placed LB Landon Johnson on injured reserve. Signed LB Jordan Senn. CINCINNATI BENGALS—Re-signed DT Orien Harris. Signed CB Antonio Smith to the practice squad. Waived G Scott Kooistra. CLEVELAND BROWNS—Waived LB Josh Stamer. GREEN BAY PACKERS—Signed CB Josh Bell. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS—Re-signed DE Josh Thomas. Waived RB Mike Hart. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS—Waived LB Adam Seward. Signed LB Lamar Myles and DE James

showed its vulnerability by losing at Oakland, and only one of Pittsburgh’s remaining opponents has a winning record. However, the Steelers are going into Sunday’s game at Baltimore (5-5) with yet another big worry, franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s latest concussion. He has been their best player all season, and they shudder to think what might happen if he goes down, especially with backup Charlie Batch out with a broken left wrist. Four years ago, the Steelers were 7-5 and looked to be in worse shape than they are now, yet they rallied to win eight consecutive games and the Super Bowl. But while that team was confident and combative, this one appears confused and uncertain. The four kickoff return touchdowns they’ve allowed in five games are undermining everyone’s confidence. The coaches wonder why the special teams players lack the pride and commitment to not allow such breakdowns; the players wonder why the coaches can’t correct it. There’s also starting to be finger-pointing, something the

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Tuesday’s Games Toronto 123, Indiana 112 Washington 108, Philadelphia 107 Golden State 111, Dallas 103 Oklahoma City 104, Utah 94 Denver 101, New Jersey 87 L.A. Lakers 100, New York 90 Wednesday’s Games L.A. Clippers at Indiana, late Toronto at Charlotte, late. Miami at Orlando, late Philadelphia at Boston, late. Cleveland at Detroit, late Denver at Minnesota, late Milwaukee at New Orleans, late Golden State at San Antonio, late Dallas at Houston, late Memphis at Phoenix, late New Jersey at Portland, late New York at Sacramento, late Thursday’s Games Orlando at Atlanta, 8 p.m. Chicago at Utah, 10:30 p.m.

Steelers almost never do — and, as right tackle Willie Colon said, something they can’t do. Players on both sides of the ball are unhappy with some playcalling, especially a third-down toss sweep by backup running back Mewelde Moore that lost 3 yards and ended the Steelers’ only overtime possession in Kansas City. “I’d do it again,” Tomlin said. He might be the only person in Pittsburgh who would. Some players want to run the ball more; some want to blitz more. Other players are raising questions about team unity. Tomlin personally accepted the blame for the Chiefs loss, saying it’s on him to have his team better prepared. “The difference between winning and losing is so little you’ve got to be on top of your game (every week),” running back Rashard Mendenhall said. While the Steelers are No. 1 defensively, just as they were the last two seasons, they’re clearly not the same without Polamalu, one of the NFL’s best players. He’s missed five full games and all but a few plays of a sixth with two left knee injuries, and the Steelers lost four of them.

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Devon Alexander hits a punching bag as he works out at the Marquette Recreation Center Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, in St. Louis. Alexander, a north St. Louis native, won the WBC welterweight title in August. He started boxing with 30 other kids when he was in grade school. Of those 30, at least eight are dead and another 10 are in prison or have spent time behind bars. Associated Press

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businesses are few and far between. Money is scarce, opportunities even more so. Alexander recognized early on that he was starting with a disadvantage. He remembers seeing people taking and selling drugs before he was old enough to comprehend what that meant. He remembers noticing the sudden absence of older people in the neighborhood and realizing they’d been locked up — or worse. He remembers hearing gunfire, and his mom’s command to “hit the deck.” “I remember me standing by our complex one time, I walked out and there was a guy laying dead right there, by the side of my house,” Alexander said. “I remember seeing that and I was like, ’Man.”’ Even home provided little sanctuary, what with 13 kids in the family, his dad working at a grocery store and his mom as a day-care provider. “It wasn’t like we wasn’t a happy family, it was just the situation we was in,” he said. “Minimum wage, 13 kids, how far can you make it with that?” And while he liked school, and was a good student, Alexander can’t tell you what he dreamed of being when he grew up. Doctor? Lawyer? Police officer? Kids in his situation couldn’t afford to think that far ahead. “We just thought this was all there was, and that’s all we can accomplish,” he said. “I didn’t really think to be anything until I got older and I was around Kevin, who was teaching me that there was much more to life than that.” Kevin is Kevin Cunningham, now his trainer. But back in the early ’90s, when the war between the Bloods and Crips was at its height, Cunningham was a St. Louis police officer. Patrolling the worst of St. Louis’ neighborhoods, Cunningham saw up close the heavy toll gangs and drugs were taking. “Pulling up to all these

homicide scenes, seeing these kids being murdered because of the color of the shirt they’re wearing, because of the color of hat they had on, it got sickening, you know?” he said. “It’s always some young teenager laying there, murdered, and it got old.” As he rode through the dirty streets, Cunningham thought of what kept him out of trouble when he was younger. He boxed and played football before going into the Army, one season leading right into the other. There was no time for temptation. So he decided to start a boxing program in Hyde Park, convincing community leaders to let him set up a gym in the basement of the old police station. He made up a flier and took it around to the local schools. Within three weeks, 30 kids were waiting for him at the gym each afternoon. Few had ever seen a boxing glove before, but it hardly mattered. “Most of them came from a horrible background,” Cunningham said. “My thing was trying to instill some discipline in these kids where they could go finish high school, maybe some kids would go to college, trade school or something, to where, at the end of the day, you’re going to be a productive citizen. “That was the goal. That was the mission of this whole thing.” Alexander showed a knack for boxing early, but he wasn’t the most naturally gifted of the group. Barker, for one, was better when they started. So, too, was Willie Ross, who won a Silver Gloves title alongside Alexander in what was Alexander’s first national tournament. Like Barker, Ross is now dead, killed in a September 2008 shooting around the corner from the old gym. He was three months shy of his 23rd birthday. “They were like brothers to me,” Alexander said. “I hate to see such brutal things happen to them, such harsh things happen to them.” In one case, it was his own brother in trouble.

Vaughn, 14 months older than Devon, was a promising boxer himself, 5-0 as a professional, fighting in Las Vegas and Madison Square Garden on undercards of big names like Spinks, Klitschko and Trinidad. Now he’s serving an 18-year sentence for, among other things, robbery, attempted robbery and assault of a law enforcement officer. How, he wonders, did he go so far astray? “My mother always told us to be our own leader, not follow what everybody else was doing. He did exactly what my mother told him to do,” Vaughn said, speaking from the Potosi Correctional Center, about 75 miles south of St. Louis. “Me, I did that, too, but I just guess I took a wrong turn somewhere and now I’m paying for it. “He just stayed on that path to potential greatness.” The two boys once won Junior Olympic titles almost simultaneously, fighting in rings set up next to each other. They talked often about how far boxing could carry them, how it could change not only their lives, but those of everyone in their family. But like so many other kids in the neighborhood, Vaughn fell in with a bad crowd: people who spent their nights in clubs, people who got mixed up with drugs and alcohol, people who stole cars, people who were in gangs. “Devon got it the first time,” Vaughn Alexander said. “He never took his eyes off that prize. He never took no wrong turns. He didn’t want to make no fast money. He didn’t want to do those things to jeopardize that No. 1 goal.” Added Cunningham, “If trouble is over there, Devon is going the other way. That’s just who he is.” In fact, the few times Alexander did take his brother up on the invitation to go out to a club, he found himself wondering why he was wasting his time there when he could have been training. “Without dedication, you can’t make it in boxing. Trust me,” Alexander said. “That’s what the guys that I started with didn’t have, the dedica-

tion.” Boxing is primal and brutal, not a sport one simply “does” like basketball or tennis. A boxer willingly absorbs dozens of blows each fight, to say nothing of the hundreds of hours of sparring and intense cardiovascular training it takes to get ready for a bout. It takes a discipline and commitment few people have, and those who are serious are quickly separated from those who aren’t. For Alexander, it was never a choice. He loved boxing from the first day Cunningham put the gloves on him, grinning and laughing when he heard that drumlike “pop-puh-puhpuh-pop” of leather on leather. So when the other boys cut their training runs short, ducking behind buildings and stopping as soon as Cunningham was out of sight, Alexander kept going. When everyone was urging him to “just hang out,” he kept walking. And when his friends realized the drugs that were already all around them could be an easy means to those new clothes, sneakers and cars that every teenager wants, Alexander spent even more time at the gym. “I just stuck with it,” he said. “I don’t want to sound too perfect, but I just never wanted to do anything like that. I played basketball sometimes, but either I was worrying about school or I was worrying about boxing.” He made his professional debut while he was still in high school. Nine months later, he was on the undercard when Zab Judah claimed the undisputed welterweight title from Cory Spinks, Alexander’s friend and training partner, before a sellout crowd at the Savvis Center. It was the first major bout in St. Louis in more than 40 years. Alexander wasn’t even 18 yet. “Everybody knows who my brother is,” Vaughn said, his voice filled with pride. “They always ask me questions about him. I just let them know he deserves the

position he’s in because he’s worked hard for it.” Just 5-foot-7, Alexander looks small in the ring. But the natural southpaw is extremely athletic, with excellent speed and enough power to win. He doesn’t get flustered, either. England’s Junior Witter, Alexander’s opponent in the Aug. 1 fight for the WBC junior welterweight title, is an unorthodox fighter, yet Alexander handled him easily. He dominated for most of the fight until Witter retired after the eighth round, handing Alexander the title. It was only Witter’s second loss since June 2000. The American let loose with a guttural scream after the fight and then broke down, overcome by everything he’s accomplished — and endured. “I propped my belt up on the pillow in my hotel room. I actually slept with it,” Alexander said. “When I woke up, that’s when it really hit me I was the world champion.” But memories of the neighborhood and the boys who didn’t make it out are never far away, trailing after him like ghosts. Tucked in his massive scrapbook, between photos and stories about the many triumphs of “Alexander the Great,” are programs from Ross and Barker’s funerals. There is a black-and-white photo of him and Vaughn after their Junior Olympic wins, trying so hard in that teenage way to look grown up. Posters from some of Alexander’s amateur fights still hang in the gym, and he matter-of-factly recites the whereabouts of the other fighters pictured. Ross, Barker, Ladale Evans, Johnny Hubbard — all dead. Vaughn and a few others in prison. On and on and on it goes. For all but one. “I’m the only one standing now. It saddens me to see that, but it motivates me at the same time,” Alexander said. “God said to whom much is given, much is asked. I know I’ve got to do a lot, because I’m the only one here.”

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Cash or credit? New kettles tested by Salvation Army By KRISTEN WYATT

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Carolinas Today Plane crashes near Durham, all are OK

DURHAM, N.C. — A singleengine plane has crashed in a field in central North Carolina and the two people on board managed to escape before a fire started. WRAL-TV reports the Cessna crashed Wednesday near the Chatham-Durham county line. The names of the people on the plane were not immediately available. A Chatham County Sheriff’s spokesman says firefighters worked to put out the blaze. Aerial photos on WRAL’s Web site showed a burned out nose and cockpit with part of the tail remaining.

Thousands gather for free Thanksgiving food

WILSON, N.C. (AP) — Thousands of people lined up in a North Carolina town where unemployment is above the state average in order to get free Thanksgiving meals. WTVD reports that about 3,000 people lined up in the pre-dawn cold and rain Wednesday in Wilson for handouts of turkey, ham, chicken, green beans, corn, canned collards and sweet potatoes. The Wilson Opportunities Industrialization Center says it had to turn away about 500 people

because it ran out of food. The North Carolina Employment Security Commission says nearly 12 percent of Wilson County adults were unemployed in September. In October unemployment in North Carolina hit 11 percent.

Man can’t get hot dog for $1, rams vendor CARY, N.C. (AP) — Police say a North Carolina man rammed his car into a hot dog stand when the vendor refused to sell him a hot dog and drink for a dollar. WRAL-TV reports 23-year-old David Kelbaugh of Rolesville was charged Wednesday with assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run, driving while intoxicated and injury to property. Police say Kelbaugh was drinking at a bar in Cary early Wednesday when he left to order food at the hot dog stand. Kelbaugh asked for a hot dog and a drink for one dollar and the vendor told him that wasn’t enough money. Police say Kelbaugh yelled at the vendor, got in his car and rammed the hot dog stand twice. The vendor was treated for back injuries. His name was not released. Kelbaugh fled and was later arrested. He’s been released on $6,000 bond. A phone number for Kelbaugh was disconnected.

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POISONING PREVENTION AT HOME A recent government study reports that every year more than 71,000 children in the United States aged 18 years and younger are treated in emergency rooms for unintentional overdoses of over-the-counter and prescription drugs. More than 80 percent of these accidental overdoses involve young children who find and ingest medications while their parents or guardians are unaware that they are doing so. Medication overdoses are most common among two-year-olds. While these findings have prompted suggestions of developing better child safety caps (which allow only a measured dose at one time), parents can (and should) do a better job of keeping these medications out of the reach and sight of children. Parents and caregivers must also work to avoid medication errors. The pharmacists and staff of SMITH’S DRUGS OF FOREST CITY, located at 139 E. Main Street, (828) 245-4591, will gladly answer any concerns you may have. Our goal is to provide our customers with the best possible products, services and value. In addition to prescription and over-the-counter medications, we carry nutritional and herbal supplements, sports products, and medical supplies. We are locally owned and operated, serving our community since 1939. The warmest Thanksgiving Day greetings from our family to yours. HINT: According to the study mentioned above, misuse of drugs by preteens and teens and medication errors made by patients/caregivers cause about 14 percent of accidental poisonings.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — There could be less jingle in the Salvation’s Army’s hallmark red kettles this season. The charity is testing kettles that take debit and credit cards. The growth of so-called “plastic kettles” comes as fewer shoppers carry cash. Bell ringers who stand outside stores during the holiday season say that more and more shoppers are shaking their heads and smiling as they pass by, apologizing for not having spare change or cash to drop in the red kettles. Last year Salvation Army tested the credit machines in two cities, Dallas and Colorado Springs. This year the plastic kettles will be tested in more than 120 cities. In Colorado Springs, fundraising last year went up $64,000 from the year before, an 11 percent increase. About $5,000 of the increase was from donors using credit or debit cards at the kettles. “It used to be people would spend their money at the store counters, walk out and drop their change in the kettles. They don’t shop that way anymore,” said Major Don Gilger,

coordinator of the Salvation Army of El Paso County. “We all realize that people are carrying less cash than they did 10 years ago.” The kettles that take credit don’t look any different. But next to the metal red kettles are wireless card readers that resemble do-it-yourself readers at gas stations. The machines print two receipts, one for the donor and one to drop in the kettle. Salvation Army pays credit-processing fees same as any retailer. But the plastic kettles take some getting used to. In Colorado Springs, volunteer bell ringer Dave Flack wasn’t sure what to make of his first day ringing bells next to a credit machine. The 61-year-old keeps a three-ring-notebook full of Christmas carols handy to sing to shoppers outside the grocery store where he volunteers, but he needed to borrow a pen from the Salvation Army manager who showed him how to take donations using the machine. Flack said he’d be willing to give it a shot. “I’ve been doing this five years, and I hear people say they’d like to help but don’t have any cash. I don’t know if they’ll use this or not,” Flack said. “But the need is great, so whatever it takes, we’ll try it.”

Shuttle leaves station, heads back to Earth By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Shuttle Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station early Wednesday and headed home with one astronaut eager to hold his newborn daughter for the first time and another who’s been away from her young son since the summer. Before signing off from Mission Control, flight director Mike Sarafin wished the seven crew members a happy Thanksgiving and a good landing on Friday. “We’ll do our best to stay sharp until the round things stop rolling,” replied commander Charles Hobaugh. The shuttle departed as the spacecraft soared nearly 220 miles above the Pacific, just northeast of New Guinea. Over the past week, the astronauts stockpiled the outpost and performed maintenance that should keep it running for another five to 10 years. Astronaut Nicole Stott, on her way home after three months in orbit, said goodbye to the five colleagues she left behind on the space station. “It was a real pleasure working with you guys,” she radioed. “I was blessed with a wonderful crew, and I look forward to seeing you guys on the ground real soon.” “We’ll miss you,” said fellow American astronaut Jeffrey Williams, who’s just two months into a six-month mission. A Belgian on

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board who will be leaving the space station next week in a Russian capsule told Stott to take care. “Have a safe trip home,” Frank De Winne said. Wednesday was the 89th day in space for Stott, a 47-year-old engineer. She flew to the space station at the end of August. She said she can’t wait to see her husband and 7-yearold son, and to have a pizza. Spaceman Randolph Bresnik is also eager to get back. His wife gave birth to their second child, Abigail Mae Bresnik, on Saturday in Houston — shortly after his first spacewalk. A few hours after the undocking, the shuttle astronauts pulled out a 100-foot, laser-tipped inspection boom and conducted one final survey of the wings and nose of their ship. They needed to make sure the vulnerable thermal shielding was not damaged by micrometeorites over the past week. The astronauts interrupted the routine surveillance to look at a clogged nozzle, part of the shuttle’s waste water removal system. Only about half of the collected urine and condensation could be dumped overboard earlier in the day, and Mission Control wanted to see if ice might be blocking the nozzle. Nothing unusual was spotted. Sarafin said even if the nozzle cannot be cleared, it won’t affect the astronauts unless the landing is delayed beyond Friday. Fortunately, good landing weather is expected Friday morning.

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Before you buy, better to be sly By CANDICE CHOI,AP Personal Finance Writer

A line of customers waits outside the Kohl’s department store in Middletown, Ohio, last year to start their Black Friday shopping when the store opens at 4 a.m.

When Black Friday is worth it By SARAH SKIDMORE AP Retail Writer

PORTLAND, Ore. — Shopping on Black Friday can be daunting, with massive crowds, pre-dawn start times and long checkout lines. Roughly 77 million Americans are expected to head to stores Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. But whether it’s worth participating depends on who’s shopping, what they want and all the costs involved. Here’s what to keep in mind. n THE SHOPPER: This is the biggest factor. Some people love the thrill of the chase. They want to score a deal, and they like the tradition. To them, Black Friday is worth the effort no matter the hassle. “There is a visceral excitement to going to stores on Black Friday; it’s almost like a sporting event,” said Dan de Grandpre, editor in chief of online shopping and discount guide dealnews. com. Even though promotions pervade the season, the ideal Black

Friday Shopper responds to the sense of urgency and exclusivity that retailers create for that day with early openings and a limited number of items discounted, said Steven Hoch, a marketing professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton business school. Others want nothing to do with it. n THE ITEM: Retailers count on the excitement of Black Friday to ignite holiday shopping so they use big, attention-grabbing discounts to lure shoppers. The most notable deals are usually on big-ticket purchases like televisions, computers and other electronics, de Grandpre said. There may be more discounts this year on smaller items like sweat shirts or coffee pots to cater to shoppers’ more modest ways. But the big splash is where the big savings lie. “Those are the things that get people whipped into a frenzy,” de Grandpre said. Just bear in mind that retailers tend to make their most significant cuts on lower-priced ver-

sions of products because they know they can continue to sell higher-end items the rest of the year. n THE COSTS: After you determine (ahead of time) what you should pay for the items you want (consumers are comparison-shopping more than they have in years, according to the NPD Group), then decide whether your savings will be worth your additional costs. Count the value of your time, the gas to get to the store and circle for parking, the extra snacks at the food court and any other costs you incur simply because you are shopping. Also remember the add-ons: the cable to go with the supercheap television and the impulse purchases you make while roaming the aisles when they’re out of the item you came for. One of the easiest ways to limit those added costs is to shop online. Many retailers offer the same deals online as in the stores — and sometimes they start the day before or sooner.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks climbed Wednesday following a drop in weekly unemployment claims to the lowest level of the year and a rise in new home sales. The market’s gains were modest on light trading volume ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. U.S. markets are closed for Thanksgiving and finishing early on Friday. The government said new claims for unemployment insurance fell by 35,000 last week to 466,000. That’s the fewest claims since September last year, and better than the 500,000 that economists had expected. The drop in claims suggests the job market is healing, but concern remains that the improvement will be temporary as the weak economy continues to push unemployment higher.. In other economic reports, new home sales rose 6.2 percent to an annual rate of 430,000. That’s above what economists surveyed by Thomson

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NEW YORK — It’s OK if your boyfriend doesn’t like the digital camera you bought him. So long as he doesn’t open the box. As you begin your holiday shopping, remember that return policies vary greatly, even among products from the same store. For example, some retailers charge a 15 percent restocking fee on digital cameras and other electronics if the packaging is unsealed. That’s even if the items weren’t used. Policies may differ from what you remember, too. Many retailers have loosened rules to boost sales, but others are tightening them to protect against losses in the downturn. So before you start shopping, be sure you’re aware of the hassles you could be leaving under the tree. WATCH THE CLOCK Most stores require returns to be made within a certain time. Some major chains, including Sears, Target and Walmart, allow as many as 90 days to return most items. Smaller retailers usually permit far less, often 10 days or two weeks. There can also be numerous exceptions within a store policy. Electronics usually need to be returned much sooner, and the specifics can vary depending on the product. At Best Buy, for example, you have 14 days to return a computer, but 30 days for a printer. Some stores roll out special holiday policies to give people more time to make returns. HOLD ON TO RECEIPTS Always include a gift receipt, which omits the price you paid. It seems minor, but the gesture can prevent headaches at the counter. That’s particularly true if you want to be sure the person gets an exchange of equal value. Chances are the sweater you buy your niece will be marked down after Christmas. Without a receipt, she may only be credited with the sale price. Or you can hold on to the receipt if the gift is for immediate family. If your husband doesn’t like the tie you pick, you can get your money back and buy him something else. If you don’t have a receipt, larger chains, including Target, can use your credit or debit card to look up how much you paid and give you an even return or exchange. Even with a receipt, of course, your options may be limited. Some stores only give cash refunds by mailing you a check. This typically happens when an expensive item is purchased with cash, or if you want money back on a gift. Gift cards are another instance when there’s little room for negotiation; most stores won’t offer a refund. BE AWARE OF FEES Restocking fees of 15 percent or more can add up quickly. The fee on an $800 laptop, for instance, could be $120 or more. The lesson? Even if you want to “ooh and aah” over a present to show your appreciation, be sure it’s for keeps before you tear into the packaging. Restocking fees are most common among electronics, but they come with other products as well. Such fees might seem unfair if the merchandise hasn’t been used, but stores charge them because shoppers tend to prefer factorysealed products. Another way you might lose money is if you buy gifts online. Shipping and handling charges typically aren’t credited back with returns, and you may also have to foot the costs to mail the items back. That’s the case at Amazon, which requires that most items be returned within 30 days. Otherwise, you only get 80 percent of the purchase price back. ASK FOR AN ACCOMMODATION Before you try to return a gift you’re not happy with, go to the store’s Web site and read the policy to see if you’re within your rights. Even if you’re not — say you missed the deadline — your case isn’t hopeless. Managers usually have the discretion to bend the rules, so go in with a pleasant attitude and make your case. Stores might be more lenient with good customers, too. So tactfully let the manager know if you have a store credit or rewards card. After all, the last thing stores wants to do right now is breed ill will with regular customers.


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Jobless benefit claims lowest since January By JEANNINE AVERSA and MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writers

WASHINGTON — In a hopeful sign for the economy, the number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits fell below 500,000 last week for the first time since January. Consumer spending also picked up in October, and new-home sales hit their highest point in more than a year. Combined, the news suggested that the economy should be able to sustain at least a modest rebound. Some economists have worried that the economy was at risk of slipping back into recession. The number of people filing firsttime claims for jobless aid fell by 35,000 to 466,000, the Labor Department said Wednesday. That was the fewest since September of last year. And it was far better than the 500,000 economists had expected.

Still, analysts noted that jobless claims would have to drop to near 400,000 for several weeks to signal actual growth in employment. Economists estimate the economy will lose a net 145,000 jobs this month. It would have to add 125,000 jobs a month just to keep the unemployment rate from rising. Some economists sounded cautionary notes about Wednesday’s positive news. They say the sluggish recovery could limit further improvements in jobless claims, new-home sales and consumer spending, which powers 70

percent of the economy. “When taken all together, the reports still paint a picture of a slow economic recovery,” said Mark Vitner, an economist at Wells Fargo. One such sign was that orders for costly manufactured goods fell unexpectedly last month. Much of October’s weakness came from a big drop for goods related to defense. Excluding those, orders for other types of manufactured goods rose slightly. Still, the overall performance was weaker than economists had expected. Some analysts also cautioned against reading too much into the sharp drop in unemployment claims. They noted that part of the improvement reflected large seasonal adjustment factors, which smooth out changes that normally occur at certain times of the year. Excluding seasonal adjustments, claims rose. That’s normal at this time of year when many construction workers face layoffs because of worsening weather conditions. Most economists say the recovery will remain so weak and job creation so slight that the unemployment rate will keep rising. Many think the rate, which hit a 26-year high of 10.2 percent in October, could top 10.5 percent by mid-2010. Federal Reserve policymakers expressed concern at their November meeting that the rate could remain elevawted for several years, according to minutes of the discussions released Tuesday. Analysts also noted the surge in new-home sales was driven entirely by a 23 percent increase in the South.

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WASHINGTON — After 10 months in office, President Barack Obama granted his first pardon Wednesday to “Courage,” a 45-pound turkey spared from the Thanksgiving table. Accompanied by daughters Sasha and Malia, Obama stood under the North Portico of the White House to honor a holiday tradition that dates to 1947 — receiving a bird from the National Turkey Federation. “I’m told Presidents Eisenhower and Johnson actually ate their turkeys,” Obama said. “You can’t fault them for that; that’s a good-looking bird.” President George H.W. Bush was the first to officially pardon a turkey. Obama joked about wanting to forgo the tradition and eat “Courage.” “Thanks to the interventions of Malia and Sasha — because I was planning to eat this sucker — ’Courage’ will also be spared this terrible and delicious fate,” he said. Obama said he wished all American

service members at home and abroad a happy Thanksgiving, saying it is a “tremendous honor it is to serve as commander in chief of the finest military in the world.” He also spoke about the first family’s plans for the holiday dinner. “Just like millions of other families across America, we’ll take time to give our thanks for many blessings,” Obama said. Obama noted that President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a holiday in the midst of the Civil War, “when the future of our very union was most in doubt.” “This is an era of new perils and new hardships,” he added. “So on this quintessentially American holiday, as we give thanks for what we’ve got, let’s also give back to those who are less fortunate.” After his remarks, the turkey was lifted to a table and Obama raised his hand over its head to deliver a mock-serious pardon. “You are hereby pardoned,” he said. Obama said “Courage” will spend the rest of his life at Disneyland.

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Beam completes a set of sit ups with Greene during a recent workout. The two work on core strengthening to help Beam to eventually run. Garrett Byers/Daily Courier

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Michael Greene, left, watches as Stacy Beam works on stretching before a work out.

Beam Continued from Page 1

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Beam works on strengthening his upper body. Following the wreck that almost took his life, Beam could not sit up in bed without falling over. “Now, I walk,” he said.

started to want to walk, and walked around in my kitchen where he could hold onto the counters,” she said. “Each step he took made me believe more he was going to come out of this.” Stacy began therapy at OneSource Rehab and later at Therapy Plus. He continues therapy now, four days a week, at Changing Lives Fitness Center with Dr. Mike Greene. Therapy at Changing Lives, Stacy said, has taken him out of his comfort zone. “This is a whole lot harder than winning two world championships in kart racing,” Stacy said. One of the first milestones Stacy met at Changing Lives, Dr. Mike said, was that within a month Stacy went from using a walker to using a four-prong cane. Now, Stacy parks his car at the edge of the parking lot to walk in for therapy unassisted. “Any type of range of motion with the lower right extremity is difficult for him,” Dr. Mike said. “But, his stabilization has increased so much. It’s allowed him to regain his independence and daily living skills.”

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Stacy’s workouts vary, Mike said, and they go with the flow. Mike pushes him, as during a recent workout where the two put on boxing gear and threw punches. “I enjoy torturing him,” Mike said, smiling at Stacy. “If he didn’t challenge me, I wouldn’t be here,” Stacy said. “I tell him he can’t make me sore — it makes him mad.” Since beginning therapy with Dr. Mike, Stacy’s gone from being able to walk and drive alone to even being able to do something he never believed would be possible again — racing a kart again. At a recent kart race Stacy attended, he said, “a guy had just won and I wound up taking two seconds off his time. It felt pretty good.” Not quite four years after the wreck, Stacy is happily married now and enjoys spending time with his family. Always a practical joker, he recently convinced

Rhonda to take her car to be washed and when she returned home she discovered a yellow mom’s taxi sign on it. “He’s my baby and the joy of my life,” she said. “Some days we cry, and others we laugh — we’ve fought this thing together.” Stacy’s done many things doctors told him he wouldn’t, Joe said, even walking back in to see his therapists at CarePartners — something he promised he’d do. Even when he has bad days, he’s not one to wonder why the wreck occurred. “He doesn’t sit down and cry and say ‘Why me, Lord?’” Joe said. “He has a wonderful outlook,” Rhonda added. “He’s thankful to have a second chance.” There’s no reason to dwell on what’s happened, Stacy said. He got to live, and that’s what he intends to do. “You only live once — why would you want to give up?”


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By HADEEL AL-SHALCHI Associated Press Writer JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The heaviest rain to hit Islam’s annual hajj pilgrimage in years soaked the faithful and flooded the road to Mecca, snarling traffic as millions of Muslims headed for the holy sites. The downpours add an extra hazard on top of intense concerns about the spread of swine flu. Pilgrims in white robes holding umbrellas, some wearing face masks for fear of the flu, circled the black cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca, the opening rite for the hajj. But the shrine — Islam’s holiest site — and the nearby, rain-soaked streets did not see the usual massive, pushing crowds, because many tried to stay inside nearby hotels or were caught in the traffic jams heading into the city. Mecca and the nearby Red Sea coastal city of Jiddah often see heavy rains during the winter months, and Wednesday’s were unusually strong, swamping Jiddah with 2.76 inches of rain, more than it gets in a year on average, according to weather officials. They were the heaviest in years to coincide with the four-day hajj. Already jammed traffic was worsened — with a jam of cars as long as 20 miles (35 kilometers) on the partially closed road from Jiddah to Mecca, and some pilgrims and journalists were trapped in Jiddah. The rains could also exacerbate the hajj’s perennial dangers. The rites — a lifetime dream for Muslims, who come to cleanse their sins — are always a logistical nightmare, as a population the size of a small city moves between Mecca and holy sites in the nearby desert over the course of four days. In the past, the rites have been plagued by deadly crushes caused by congestion as the unimaginable crowds perform the rituals. In 2006, all it took was a piece of luggage dropped by one person to trip up others and cause a pile-up that killed more than 360 people. A slippery, rain-slicked street could be equally deadly — and with the main rites due to begin outside Mecca on Thursday, Saudi authorities

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A pilgrim attending the hajj speaks on a mobile phone amidst heavy rains in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday. The heaviest rainstorms to hit Islam’s annual hajj in years soaked pilgrims and flooded the road into Mecca, snarling traffic as millions of Muslims headed for the holy sites.

urged those arriving at the holy sites to move cautiously and not to rush. This year has brought the added worry that the massing of more than 3 million people from around the world could bring a swine flu outbreak. In the past months, the Saudi government has been working with the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to set up clinics and precautionary measures to stem any outbreak. Shahul Ebrahim, a consultant from the Atlanta, Georgia-based CDC at the hajj, said it was too early to tell if the rains could exacerbate the spread of H1N1, which is transmitted in the air, not by water. “Rain can lead to other waterborne diseases ... But we still don’t know how it will effect H1N1. We can’t predict,” he told The Associated Press. Hassan El Bushra, an epidemiologist in the Cairo office of the World Health Organization, said “there is no evidence that this will cause any kind of spread, including the spread of swine flu.” It could even be beneficial if it means crowds are smaller, he said. So far, four pilgrims have died from the H1N1 virus since arriving in Saudi Arabia in recent days, and 67 others have been diagnosed with the virus.

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