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A RETURN TO RALEIGH

A petition circulating in Indian Trail opposed plans to create a town police force and favors continued coverage by Sheriff’s deputies.

Former state senator Fern Shubert says she wants her old seat back now that W. Edward Goodall has announced he will not seek re-election. Shubert did not seek re-election when she made an unsuccessful run for the GOP nomination for governor.

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County eyes closed prison for new jail BY JASON deBRUYN

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MONROE Union commissioners put themselves in position to lobby for a new place to properly house criminals. The Union County jail is at full capacity, but building a new jail could cost $65 million; money the commissioners do not have. Due to state budget cuts, Union Correctional, the state-run penitentiary in Monroe, closed Oct. 1, 2009. It has sat empty since then, but Sheriff Eddie Cathey suggested the county take over the building and use it as another county jail. The state will not make decisions on its closed facilities until at least February, but the legislature passed a law that would give priority to cities or counties that want to use the facilities as jails. Union Correctional was built in the 1930s as one of 61 field-unit prisons to house inmates who worked on building roads. In addition to prison cells, it includes a vocational education building, a dining hall, guard towers and an administration building. The Union County jail was built in 1994 and has been under “classification full” for the past year. In a letter to Alvin Keller, secretary of correction, Cathey asked that the facility be turned over to the county because, “Although the county has plans for a 400-bed expansion, it is extremely unlikely that we will be able to expand our own inmate housing capacity for some years to come.” Alamance and Rockingham counties have performed similar transfers and Cathey suggested that Union could share some

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Few Good Men tap Mungo for annual honor VOLUNTEERISM

- Member and officer of the American Legion Post 212 for 33 years - Former chairperson and member of the statewide Drug and Alcohol Abuse Committee - Trustee of Watts Grove Baptist Church in Monroe - Director of a prison ministry - President of the Winchester Community Organization - Member of North Carolina’s Commission on Children and Youth.

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MONROE “I didn’t even think anybody was paying any attention to the things I was doing.” A Few Good Men dubbed James Mungo Citizen of the Year. Like most winners, Mungo never saw it coming. “I didn’t think anything like that would ever happen,” he said. “I am honored and humbled.” His friends and relatives

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say James Mungo has always been humble. Comparing him to last year’s winner, Jeanette Sherrod, A Few Good Men President Robert Heath said Mungo is “quietly making a difference in the community.” A Few Good Men is a civic group dedicated to increasing minority achievement and minority hiring. This year, a six-man committee sifted through five nomina-

CLARIFICATION

A story in Satuday’s edition mischaracterized Senator Eddie Goodall’s new job as a lobbying position. Goodall instead will build a structure for a membership base of families and charter schools and visit schools around the state as well as educating people about what public charter schools are. activity.

tions for Citizen of the Year, then took it to the full 20-member organization to choose a winner. It was James Mungo’s service to American Legion Post 212 and hospital visits to shutins that caught a few good eyes. Heath said he almost won last year. The award might have surprised James Mungo, but his

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WHO’S IN JAIL? The jail has 256 inmates, though the number fluctuates. The jail technically has 264 beds, but that number is misleading. There are different classifications of prisoners and each group has a certain number of beds. There are 24 beds classified for short term, such as medical, and 10 for female prisoners, for example. If there are only eight female inmates, those two beds are left empty because a male prisoner is not allowed in that section. THE OFFENDERS: Larceny including robbery with dangerous weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle: 41 Probation violation or failure to appear: 36 Drug related: 34 Driving charges including driving with license revoked, driving impaired and driving under the influence: 24 Assault: 23 Murder: 20 Kidnapping: 16 Sex offense, including rape or sex with a minor: 15 Breaking/Entering: 13 Others are for minor charges such as property damage or failure to pay child support

Closed prisons

According to Section 19.4 of the General Statutes: “In conjunction with the closing of prison facilities, ... the Department of Correction shall consult with the county or municipality in which the unit is located ... about the possibility of converting the unit to other use. ... The Department shall give priority to converting the unit to other criminal justice use.” - including changing security custody levels.

James and Loma Mungo enjoy the news that he was chosen by A Few Good Men as its citizen of the year. He has been active in veterans and youth affairs. Rick Crider photo

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Best wishes are extended to everyone who is celebrating a birthday today, especially: Raymond Deese Jr., Evan Helms, Sherry Cox, Carley Moore, Carol Williams, Brady Seegers and David Tyson. Best wishes also are extended to everyone who is celebrating a birthday Monday, especially: Pam Shoemaker, David Williams, Jared Purser and Wendy Severt. Call (704) 261-2278 or e-mail birthdays@theej.com to add your names to The Enquirer-Journal birthday list.


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PEACHLAND Mrs. Elizabeth Arney Horne, 87, died January 14, 2010 at the Britthaven Nursing Home in Madison, N.C. Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Morgan & Son Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Peachland City Cemetery. Born August 8, 1922, in Burke County, she was widowed by J.B. Horne in 1981 and a daughter of the late Roy and Ruth Cowan Jones. Mrs. Horne is survived by a sister, Margaret Sherron of Madison, N.C. The family will receive friends from 1 until service time on Monday. The Morgan & Son Funeral Home is serving the family.

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Howard A. Huntley

MONROE Howard Alexander Huntley, 62, died Monday, January 11, 2010, at Carolinas Medical CenterUnion. Services will be at Piney Grove East Baptist Church in Wingate on Monday, January 18, 2010 at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Born April 24, 1947, in Union County, he was a son of the late John Wesley Huntley and the late Martha Cuthbertson Huntley. Survivors include three sons, Victor Huntley, Harold Wright and Vinson Stitt, all of Charlotte; a daughter, Yvonne Huntley of Charlotte; two brothers, John Huntley Jr. of Winston-Salem and Neal Huntley of Matthews; four sisters, Mable Rush and Iris Pharr of Charlotte amd Bertha Carelock and Willie Hunter of Matthews; and seven grandchildren. The family will be at the home at 951 Matthews School Road, Matthews, N.C,. Visitation will be Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. at L.D. Grier Memorial Chapel. HIs body will lie in reposed for one hour before the service.

John Ross Jr.

MONROE John Edward Ross, Jr., 74 , died Monday, January 11, 2010 at home. Born May 12, 1935, in Atlanta, Ga., he was a son of the late John E, Ross. Sr. and the late Lizzie Lucky Ross. Survivors include a brother, James Ross of Charlotte. Visitation will be Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at L.D. Grier Chapel in Monroe.

Alastair Martin dies

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Alastair Martin, a longtime amateur tennis champion who helped transform the game by opening major tournaments to professionals, has died. He was 94. Martin died Tuesday of natural causes. He was a longtime champion of court tennis, a predecessor of modern tennis that was usually played indoors or in walled courtyards. The International Tennis Hall of Fame says he won 18 national titles in singles and doubles between 1933 and 1971. Martin also competed in modern tennis championships in the 1930s and 1940s. He was vice president of the U.S. Tennis Association in 1967-68 and president in 1969-70, as the amateur era gave way and major tournaments opened to professionals.

Ruby Gay

INDIAN TRAIL Ruby Melton Gay, 93, of Indian Trail went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, January 15, 2010 at Presbyterian Hospital, Matthews Ruby was preceded in death by her husband George B. Gay and adopted son Gary Gay. Ruby is survived by her sister Mrs. Inez Hartis. A home going celebration in loving memory of Ruby M. Gay will be held Monday, January 18, 2010 at Hartis Grove Baptist Church at 11 O’clock. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. Sr. Pastor Joe Kirkpatrick III of the church will be conducting the service. Burial will follow the service at Lakeland Memorial Park. Heritage Funeral and Cremation Service, Indian Trail/Matthews is serving the family. Online condolences may be left at heritagefuneral.net. PAID OBITUARY

Bobby Gene Earp

Jefferson, S.C. Bobby “Bob� Gene Earp, 75, 5980 Steen Road, died January 16, 2010, at home. Born in Charlotte, he was the husband of Josephine “Jo� Butler Earp and a son of the late John and Janie Barker Earp. Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, the Rev. Jimmy Earp of Guntersville, Ala.; two daugthers, Monica E. Frank of Mint Hill, and Cindy E. Stokes of Monroe; six granddaughters, one grandson and one great-grandson; two brothers, Frank “Moon� Earp of Huntersville, and Ted J. Earp of Goldsboro; two sisters, Barbara E. Atkinson of St. Cloud, Fla. and Wanda Kaye E. Privitte of Charlotte. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, J. Z. Earp, Walter Earp, Troy Earp, William Earp and Louis Merritt Earp; and three sisters, Marie E. Freeman, Jean E. Fite and Blondell E. Mullis. The family will receive friends Sunday, January 17, 2010, from 1-2 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Jefferson. Services will follow at 2 p.m. A private interment will be held. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Jefferson, Building Fund, PO Box 247, Jefferson, SC, 29718. White Columns of Blacksburg is serving the family. On-line condolences may be sent at www. whitecolumnsfuneralservice.com.

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Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

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COMING EVENTS Monday, Jan. 18

• EXERCISE CLASS, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center. Open to ages 55 and up. For details, call 704-2824657. • SENIOR FITNESS CLASS, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Bazemore Center, Winchester Avenue, Monroe. Free to all senior citizens. Details, 704-282-4654. • BABY TIME, 10:30 a.m., Union West Library. Details, 704-821-7475. •  TODDLER TIME, 11:15 a.m., Union West Regional Library, for children ages 12 months to 36 months. • BABY TIME, 11:30 a.m., Waxhaw Library. Details, 704-843-3131. • TURNING POINT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GROUP, 4 p.m. at the shelter. Details, 704-283-7233. • CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Outpatient Treatment Pavilion auditorium, CMC-Union. Details, Kara Finch, 704-2895502, kfinchcoa@carolina. rr.com. •  ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704377-0244. •  INDIAN TRAIL TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), private weighin, 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m; meeting 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Indian Trail United Methodist Church, 113 Indian Trail Road. First visit free. Details, 704-843-9365. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. • TOPS (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY), 6:30 p.m. weigh-in, 7 p.m. meeting, First Baptist Church, 109 Morrow Ave. Details, 704-233-1610. • TURNING POINT VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Janice Bellamy, 704283-9150. • TOPS (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY), 6:30 p.m. weigh-in, 7 p.m. meeting, Bonds Grove United Methodist Church, Waxhaw. Details, 704-8432735. • NAMI-UNION COUNTY, National Alliance for the Mentally

Ill, 7 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 725 Deese St., Monroe. For details, call 704-882-1293 or 704-283-5128. • UNION CHORALE, 7 p.m., Stallings United Methodist Church, 1115 Stallings Road. Details, Sandy McReynolds, 704238-1555. • COMMUNITY CAREER CONNECTIONS, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lee Park Baptist Church. Call 704289-4674. • VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 5464, 7:30 p.m., 712 VFW Road, Monroe. •  PROVIDENCE VFD, training, 7:30 p.m., Station 5025, Hemby Road, Weddington. For details, call Dick Bonner, 704-8461014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. •  GRIFFITH ROAD VFD LADIES’ AUXILIARY, 7:30 p.m., station on Griffith Road at Broome Road. For details, call 704289-8223, 704-283-6311 evenings. • UNION COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 7:30 p.m., UCCA Head Start administrative offices, 150 Winchester Ave., Monroe. Details, 704283-7583. • NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friendship Missionary Baptist Church administrative building, 501 Burke St. Details, 704-8214256, 704-763-0784.

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Shubert seeks return trip to Raleigh, will run for state Senate BY TIFFANY LANE

Staff Writer

MONROE Fern Shubert announced Saturday that she will run for the N.C. Senate. Shubert served in the N.C. House for two terms from 1995 to 1998 and again from 2001 to 2002. She then served in the Senate until 2004. “Next year is redistricting, and we don’t have time for onthe-job training. There’s an unfortunate tradition in North Carolina of gerrymandering,� she said, and wants to see dis-

tricts equally represented. Soon after this year’s census, state legislators will draw new districts. In the past, Union County hasn’t been treated fairly in the process, Shubert Shubert said. “This region has absolutely been shortchanged on state funding. We pay our taxes, but we don’t get our fair share back.�

If Shubert has any opponents, they haven’t gone public yet. Filing begins Feb. 8. Rep. Curtis Blackwood, RUnion, announced Thursday that he won’t seek a fifth term. Former county commissioner candidate Jeff Gerber plans to run for his seat. Friday, N.C. Sen. Eddie Goodall, R-Union, said he won’t seek re-election, either. Goodall will work for the N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools. He describes his new job as building a structure for a membership base of families and schools

“a political football,� she said, but cater to children’s best interests. If elected, she said she would promote charter schools and vocational training. Shubert is state director of The National Right to Read Foundation and active in local politics. Last year, she spoke at tea parties in both Monroe and Raleigh. Shubert wrote a column for The County Edge from 2005 to 2009 and served as Indian Trail’s town manager in 2006. She works as a certified public accountant in Marshville.

and to visit schools around the state. He says he will also endeavor to educate people what public charter schools are. Goodall replaced Shubert when she ran for GOP nomination for governor and lost 2004. Goodall has done “a fine job,� Shubert said. “I had no desire to run until I realized that he was not going to be there.� The two haven’t always seen eye to eye, she said, but their interests, especially in education, are closely aligned. Public education “is not one size fits all� and should not be

County group will celebrate MLK day with events MONROE Union County’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee is sponsoring a number of festivities for the national holiday, celebrated Monday. The 17th annual Community Gospel Songfest is today at 6 p.m. at Nicey Grove

Missionary Baptist Church in Wingate. All choirs and praise teams are invited to participate. Everyone is invited to downtown Monroe on Sunday to see the MLK Holiday Parade at 3 p.m. An interdenominational worship

service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church near Waxhaw. The committee’s main fundraiser, the MLK prayer breakfast, is Monday at Wingate University’s LaVerne Banquet Hall. Keynote

Petition backs using deputies BY JASON deBRUYN

Staff Writer

INDIAN TRAIL Grassroots support for the Union County Sheriff ’s Office is growing. A group of people who call themselves the Indian Trail Residents for Lower Taxes is circulating a petition in support of the sheriff ’s office as the primary police protection in town, rather than the town starting its own department. Maintaining its contract with the sheriff ’s office “will keep our taxes low,� said Danny Figueroa, the groups spokesman. “We want to receive the best quality law enforcement for our tax dollar.� Figueroa ran for town council in 2009. Deputies patrol the entire county, but Indian Trail contracts with the sheriff ’s office to post extra deputies dedicated to town limits. The petition references

a 2008 University of North Carolina at Charlotte survey that showed most residents felt safe in the town. Supporters of the sheriff ’s office say starting a police department will cost the town more money and end up raising taxes on its residents. Some have disputed that a police department will cost more. Jerry Wigen, chairman of the Indian Trail Citizens for Progress political action committee, said his position has long been that there is simply not enough definitive information. He said he does not know what a police department would cost, but that town officials should not rely so heavily on a college study. Wigen said he would like to see a study with professionals who have more experience. “Is that the right thing for our town?� he asked. “None of us really know.�

Still, support for the sheriff ’s office was welcome by most officials. “It certainly makes you feel good about the job you are doing and the job the officers are doing,� Sheriff Eddie Cathey said. Newly elected councilman Robert Allen said he was happy to hear that residents were satisfied with the services they were getting, and he supports the sheriff ’s office contract. Allen was supported by the Indian Trail Citizens for Progress during his campaign. Figueroa said the group is still in its infancy but was excited to see it grow. He did not release the total number petition signatures because he wanted to give an accurate number and had not collected all the petitions around town. The last day to sign the petition is Feb. 26. To sign the petition or for more information go to lowertaxesforit.org.

speaker the Rev. Clifford Jones, pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, will speak at 6 a.m. The event sells out each year. At noon Monday, groups, soloists and dancers can compete in the MLK talent

competition at Monroe’s Winchester Center Gym and Bazemore Center. The event is free and open to all area students. A light meal will be provided. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. King For information on any events, call 704-289-1906.

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A CAROLINA VIEW

Clearer air, new standards Barack Obama won election on a platform that included tougher air pollution standards, so no one should be surprised by new Environmental Protection Agency rules to significantly reduce smog. What may be surprising, however, is that much of North Carolina will be out of compliance with them. If the current smog standard were reduced from 75 parts per billion to 65 or 70, much of North Carolina, including the Triad, would fail, and the state’s federal highway money would be in jeopardy. Smog is a combination of smoke and sulfur dioxide. Most smog originates from automobile tailpipes. Some comes from industrial and utility plant smokestacks. North Carolina’s heavy reliance on coal-powered electrical generation has long been a source of smog. To their credit, the state’s utilities and political leaders put in place tough anti-smog standards, and the state’s two major electricity-generating utilities, Duke Energy and Progress Energy, are closing most coal-powered plants, although Duke regrettably is also building a new one west of Charlotte. (Duke says it will be as clean as technology allows.) The state’s Clean Smokestacks Act allowed the utilities a headstart on air-quality improvements. The utilities were able to pay for plant improvements without raising rates. The legislature has also mandated that utilities derive more and more of their electricity from alternative sources. So, a great many efforts are under way to tap wind and solar power, and to generate electricity from alternative, clean fuels that range from chicken waste to natural gas. But the legislature has not adequately tackled the major source of smog - transportation. North Carolina needs more effective mass transit. We cannot continue to rely so heavily on the individual automobile and still have any hope of enjoying smog-free air. The legislature should also give more serious consideration to adopting stricter automobile-emission standards. California and many other states require cars to run much more efficiently. Higher mileage standards would be a great help in reducing smog and other pollutants in our air. Efforts to eliminate smog are not limited to the appreciation of clear skies. Smog is bad for human health. It is a leading cause of asthma and bronchitis. While the Obama administration concedes that meeting the new standards will be expensive - perhaps as much as $90 billion nationwide - it also will produce enormous savings by cutting smog. If the standards go into effect, Americans could save from $13 billion to $100 billion a year on avoided medical costs and higher worker productivity. Tougher standards are almost certainly on their way. North Carolina will have no choice but to meet them. Winston-Salem Journal

Christmas and the rest of the story In case you were wondering, the pony worked when we plugged it in. We had to swap out a faulty saddle bag, but the pony ran like a thoroughbred pumped full of Mark McGwire’s leftover big-boy juice. Let me explain. I usually write a column and move on to more pleasant and relaxing activities, like amputating my own toe. I don’t dwell on a piece after hitting the send button or reread it after it’s published because I inevitably find a mistake or omission and begin slamming my head against the nearest solid object. Sometimes, though, people who read the column, mostly prisoners, shut-ins and those who finish the Sudoku and don’t have anything else to do, ask me what happened next in a way that actually leads me to believe they are interested in what happened next. “Hey, when you wrote about (fill in the blank), I kept wondering if the guy with the monkey ever (fill in the blank) because that’s pretty much illegal in every state except Tennessee.” And I realize I’ve written an unintended cliffhanger column someone remembered after turning the page. It happened again a few days after Christmas at the drive-through teller window when Bonnie said she wanted to know something. “Did the pony work?” For a few seconds, I thought this seemingly nonsensical statement was a coded message for, “Someone is robbing us. Call 911,” and I nearly sped away to avoid becoming entangled in a hostage situation that might take up most of my

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afternoon. Then I understood. The pony. Oh, yes, the pony column. Prior to the holidays, I wrote about buying my daughter a TV for Christmas, referring to it as a “pony” throughout so as not to spoil the surprise if she happened to read the column, which, of course, she did not. Most people got it, except for those who informed me by e-mail that plugging a pony into an electrical outlet could be considered animal cruelty and that raising livestock at my current residence was a violation of a city ordinance. In the piece, I explained that the pony/TV fell from the salesperson’s hand cart and hit the store parking lot pavement with a thud. The salesperson promised to retrieve a new pony/TV while I brought my truck around to the loading zone. A cliffhanger was born. Would I actually get a new pony/TV or would he slip me the same one that crashed to the pavement? Would a little girl’s pony/TV work when we switched it on Christmas morning, reaffirming the faith I placed in my fellow man to do as he said? Would it sit there cold and lifeless, a dark testament to my suckerness?

Would there be uncontrollable sobs and tears at what fate had wrought? Would my daughter be upset as well? These questions were left unanswered - until now. Yes, as I said at the beginning, the pony/TV worked. Either the salesperson had retrieved another pony/TV or the one that hit the pavement with a thud was undamaged. I embrace either of these Christmas miracles with a joyous heart. But the cable box -- let’s call it the saddle bag/cable box if we’re going to continue to beat a dead horse here -- was another story, working for stretches of four to five hours before blinking out and requiring repeated calls to saddle bag/ cable box technicians where I repeatedly was on hold for 20 to 30 minutes so I could eventually repeat the same steps, leading me to repeat many ugly words that should not be repeated. Following a saddle bag/cable box swap and a Santa-like visit from High-Tech Sam, my brother and expert pony/TV wrangler, all was soon well and a plethora of shrill, brainnumbing images poured from the new TV, much to the delight of us all. So, for those who wondered, yes, the pony worked when we plugged it in. For those who didn’t, just ignore this. Maybe there’s a Sudoku on the next page. Scott Hollifield is editor/general manager of The McDowell News in Marion, N.C. and a columnist for the Media General News Service. Contact him at P.O. Box 610, Marion, N.C. 28752 or e-mail rhollifield@mcdowellnews.com.

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ecause good news is all too rare in our culture wars, Americans should welcome a common-ground agreement released this week titled “Religious Expression in American Public Life: A Joint Statement of Current Law.” Drafted by a diverse group of religious-liberty advocates, educators and scholars, the document represents the firstever consensus on how the law addresses the role of religion in the public square in the United States. The strange bedfellows on the drafting committee – ranging from Colby May of the American Center for Law and Justice to Marc Stern of the American Jewish Congress – don’t agree on what the law should be. But the group did reach agreement on what the law actually says. (Disclosure: I served on the drafting committee.) Lasting many months, the long and winding drafting process was guided by the very able and diplomatic Melissa Rogers, director of Wake For-

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est University Divinity School’s Center for Religion and Public Affairs. The end product provides Americans with consensus answers to 35 key questions on the law governing religion in the workplace, religion and politics, religious displays on government and private property, religion in public schools and more. (The statement is posted online at http://divinity.wfu.edu/pdf/DivinityLawStatement.pdf) As the document points out, much of the ignorance and confusion surrounding the role of religion in public life would likely dissipate if more Americans understood the

First Amendment’s distinction between “government speech endorsing religion, which the Establishment Clause forbids, and private speech endorsing religion, which the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses protect,” to quote the U.S. Supreme Court (Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000). Contrary to the charge from some on the right (and the wish of some on the left), religious expression hasn’t been banished from America’s public square. In the words of the joint statement, “individuals and groups have the right to practice and promote their faith, not only within their homes and houses of worship, but also publicly in places such as parks, street corners, the airwaves, open meetings and many other places subject to the same time, place and manner limits that apply to other nongovernmental speech.” This new agreement on what is and isn’t permissible under current law is modeled on common-ground statements produced over the past two decades

Contrary to the charge from some on the right (and the wish of some on the left), religious expression hasn’t been banished from America’s public square.

– nine in all – on the place of religion in public schools. The earlier documents have been widely used in school districts across the country to resolve conflicts and avoid litigation, thereby demonstrating the potential of national consensus statements to help local communities find their own common ground. Debate and disagreement

are vital in a democracy. But when people shout past one another using distorted or false interpretations of the law, debate can quickly degenerate into bitter and often personal attacks – and lead to unnecessary lawsuits. If we are going to fight over religion in public life, we should at least get the facts straight. Of course, one agreement on the state of current law, even one supported by people from all sides, won’t ensure civil discourse overnight – but it’s a start. When people who often face off in court come together and treat one another with fairness and respect, there’s renewed hope that America still works. Charles C. Haynes is senior scholar at the First Amendment Center, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001. Web: firstamendmentcenter.org. E-mail: chaynes@freedomforum.org.


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which has already been signed by the mayor and council and will be given to all boards that volunteer for our village. Another first was achieved when the Council extended an invitation to the Homeowners Associations (HOA) Boards to schedule individual meetings with the Council. The HOAs will have the opportunity to discuss issues and concerns most important to their individual subdivision and its residents. This forum will assist us in building a sense of community between the village and its subdivisions. On Dec. 18, a new park, recreation and greenway board was formed. We are looking for Marvin citizens that have a fresh outlook on developing new parks and recreational opportunities. In the past, this board has organized the MARES (equestrian) event, and the Council would like for this to continue. We will monitor the interest in this board and the MARES event over the next several months. Our goal is to have better communication with you and to keep you informed of the progress we have made on all major initiatives in Marvin.

Nick Dispenziere, Mayor Pro Tem This letter was also signed by three council members.

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It’s not only what you do but how you do it, Marvin council. “There is a volunteer form in the back of the room, sign up and volunteer if you want greenways in Marvin.� This was Councilman Ron Salimao’s response at the January Village of Marvin’s council meeting after the four council members were chastised by numerous people who spoke out against the new council’s decision to disband the Park, Greenway and Recreational Advisory Board (PGRAB). If he thinks that people are going to respond to that form of challenge or harsh request, then he has no idea. You need a leader to organize people and to make sure materials get ordered to build these trails and bridges. If they think that Councilman Anthony Burman can step into ex-PGRAB chairman Ray Williams’ shoes then you have no idea. They are huge shoes fto fill. Besides needing a leader, you need muscle,

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manpower, determination and know how to get the job done correctly and for a fraction of the cost that any company could do it for. That’s why it’s called volunteering. That’s exactly what chairman Ray Williams did well. The Village of Marvin disbanded the old

PGRAB at their first meeting after two new members, Anthony Burman and Ron Salimao, were sworn in, without any discussion, or rather any public discussion. What was discussed behind closed doors, only Nick Dispenziere, Terri Patton, Anthony Burman and Ron Salimao) would know. Terri Patton said at a special meeting shortly after disbanding the PGRAB that the council should start “community building.� Someone should tell her this is not the way to do it. The last official survey showed that 85 percent of residents want some form of park, greenway or trail system. The new council has formed another board called Parks, Recreation and Greenways and has advertised for Marvin residents only to apply. To date no one has applied and rightfully so. Would you walk into the wolf ’s den knowing you stand the chance of been chomped? The old PGRAB is a good group from the Marvin and unincorporated

Marvin areas that served as volunteers not only on the board but some who got down-and-dirty and built trails and bridges. The council sanctioned the Parks and Greenways Master Plan in 2008. Will the new council stand by that master plan or will Terri Patton and Co. waste taxpayers money on changing that plan or scraping it completely to suit themselves? PGRAB was merely an advisory board to the council and all laws and regulations were passed by the council. The council has still not given any reason why they disbanded a volunteer board that reported to them. Now they want new volunteers. Good luck, council members. Towns within Union County used to defer to Marvin’s PGRAB and used our Master Plan completed in 2008 as a valuable tool and wanted to emulate the Marvin Parks and Greenway system in their own towns. Dale Williams Ex co-vice chairman

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DA, county officials work to keep jail population low BY JASON deBRUYN

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MONROE While commissioners are looking at taking over more space to house inmates, jail officials are looking for ways to keep the jail population down. The jail has been “classification full” for a year, something District Attorney John Snyder said is a symptom of a growing county. Current commissioners blamed previous boards for not having the proper foresight to expand the jail sooner, but now have to find ways to fit inmates in the jail. Commissioner Kim Rogers said they might consider modular units for low-risk inmates. Jail Administrator Capt. Ronnie Whitaker said the jail was piloting a program that would release inmates before trial on a sort of parole-like basis. That inmate would have to check in periodically, but would not be forced to stay at the jail. An administrator has been hired and is examining prisoner records to see who would qualify for such a release. From the district attorney’s side, Snyder said his office was doing all it could to move criminals through. Due to budget cuts at the county level, he has one fewer prosecutor to move cases through; one assistant district attorney is dedicated to looking at who is in jail and under what charges. If someone is being held under minor charges, that attorney will work to get that inmate moved through the courts. Slowing that process, however, are inmates who have private representation. It can be more difficult to move a case when the prosecutor must wait for the defense attorney’s schedule, Snyder said.

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Mungo Continued from Page 1A wife didn’t raise an eyebrow. “If someone asks him to do something, he does it,” his wife, Loma Mungo said, adding that his dedication to his family runs just as deep. The couple has five children, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. “He’s a deserving candidate, ... uncle or not,” his nephew, Eric Mungo, said. “He thinks of others before he thinks of himself.” James Mungo, 74, was born in Monroe, one of seven children. His father died when he was 5 and his older brothers and sisters quit school to help his mother take care of the children and household chores. Without reliable transportation, James Mungo said his family walked a lot. He graduated from Winchester High School in 1954 and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1958. He later attended Central Piedmont Community College to study auto body repair. When he got arthritis, James Mungo stopped painting cars and worked for Oro Manufacturing Co. spray painting computer and aircraft parts. He retired in 1998. “He’s such a jovial guy, ... on the golf course or at church,” Heath said. James Mungo may be modest, but

did claim bragging rights on the golf course this week. “I won the bragging rights trophy,” he said with an infectious laugh. He and a dozen friends play golf Monday mornings and pass around a traveling trophy to whoever comes out with the best score. James Mungo describes the trophy as “a little man on a little pedestal with golf clubs in hand.” Eric Mungo said it was his uncle who taught him how to play. The pair get along great on the green, but watching football is another story. Eric Mungo roots for the Dallas Cowboys; his uncle is a die-hard Indianapolis Colts fan. When the TV isn’t on a football game, Loma Mungo said her husband loves to watch westerns and ministry programs. Three months ago, James Mungo was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Moments after walking in the door from a trip to the hospital, he said it has slowed down his volunteering, but has no plans to stop altogether. “Hopefully they can get me straightened out,” he said, giving another hearty laugh. A banquet for James Mungo will be held at 7 p.m. March 20 at Wingate University’s LaVerne Hall. Tickets are $25 per person or $200 for a table of eight. Proceeds go to A Few Good Men’s scholarship fund, given to Union County students.

STATE BRIEFS Officials in Union County are considering various methods to accommodate a growing jail population. From moving cases through courts to considering the purchase of the now closed state prison.

Jail Continued from Page 6A of the space with the state Division of Community Corrections. The state prison would need renovations — it is without central air, for example. However, the facility could be converted within county’s financial capability, Cathey said. In a response letter to Cathey, Director of Engineering with the N.C. Department of Corrections William Stovall wrote that the Department of Corrections is required to consult with the legislature and has to operate in accordance with N.C. Property Office guide-

lines. Transfer of the property would have to go through the Department of Administration. Jill Lucas, an information officer for the department, said the Department of Corrections will release a report on all the empty prisons by Feb. 1. Until then, she said, no decisions can be made. According to county records, the 52.468-acre property has a land value of about $2 million, with the total market value of the property equaling approximately $3.5 million. Commissioners have said they are eager to expand jail capacity and are considering other alternatives as well.

Man charged in murder of woman found at hotel ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) — Police say a man wanted in the killing of a woman found dead in a North Carolina hotel was arrested after hospital employees recognized him from media reports. Authorities told the Rocky Mount Telegram that 41-year-old Ronald Ricks Jr. was arrested Friday after he was released from Wake Medical Center in Raleigh for an undisclosed medical problem. Investigators say workers at the hospital recognized Ricks when he was admitted late Thursday. Ricks is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 38-year-old Melissa Jo Wise. Her body was found in a Rocky Mount hotel room Wednesday by a housekeeper. Ricks is being held in the Nash County jail. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney.

War resister has been released from prison CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. soldier who tried to go to Canada to avoid being deployed to Iraq has been released from a military prison after

serving nearly a year for desertion. The War Resisters Support Campaign says that Cliff Cornell left a prison at Camp Lejeune on Saturday and is trying to return to Canada. The solider from Mountain Home, Ark., went to Canada in January 2005, a month before his 3rd Infantry Division unit was scheduled to deploy to Iraq. Cornell said he feared for his own life and couldn’t stomach the thought of killing. He returned to the U.S. when Canada refused his refugee status.

Man dies on interstate trying to retrieve ladder RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man trying to get a ladder that fell off his truck out of a busy North Carolina highway was struck and killed on Interstate 40. Police told The News & Observer of Raleigh that 43-year-old Gregory Miles of Zebulon was hit by two vehicles around 7:30 a.m. Friday on I-40 near Raleigh. Investigators say Miles was trying to get the ladder out of the road and had parked his truck a short distance away. Drivers of both vehicles that struck Miles stopped and will not be charged. The incident snarled rush hour traffic, as two lanes of eastbound I-40 were closed for three hours.

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Windstream boosts voice, data services MATTHEWS Windstream Corp. has announced the expansion of its next-generation voice and data services into Monroe, giving local businesses a new choice for advanced communication services. Monroe business customers may now benefit from a robust portfolio of voice and data solutions, including dedicated highspeed Ethernet Internet, VoIP converged communications systems, Virtual Private Networks, Virtual LAN Services, managed network security and local and long distance service, all designed to help businesses increase productivity and run more efficiently. Windstream’s cost-effective solutions also include business bundles that can help improve a customer’s

bottom line, saving business customers on Internet and phone service over comparable Verizon services. “Windstream understands the growing demand for our voice and data solutions and has expanded our product availability into Monroe,” said Don Perkins, vice president of business marketing. “Our customized solutions can help businesses improve productivity and connect with their customers.” The company has approximately 192,500 access lines and 1,350 employees in North Carolina. Windstream already serves business customers in markets across the state including Matthews, Concord, Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, N.C.

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Charlotte cyclists Scott Lindblom and Bill Preston take a break Saturday afternoon under a huge, leafless tree in Waxhaw. The town has applied to earn the “Tree City USA” designation.

Waxhaw wants Tree City title

BY ELISABETH ARRIERO

Staff Writer

MONROE Waxhaw residents love their trees. The town applied to become a Tree City USA in December. If approved, Waxhaw will receive assistance and national recognition for its urban and community forestry program. Communities are expected to receive official notification of their Tree Cty USA status within the next couple of weeks, town planner LeRae Davis said. “The designation is part of our overall tree preservation project,” Denise Kuntz, chairwoman of the Beautification Committee, said. “It’s to show Waxhaw is taking steps to preserve them.” She hopes the distinction will help the town get funding in the future. In order to be considered for the title, towns must proclaim an official Arbor Day and show that they’ve already spent a significant amount of time working on the maintenance of their trees. Specifically, The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association

A tree grows in downtown. of State Foresters said Tree City’s must have a tree board or department, have a tree care ordinance and have a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita. Kuntz said the committee has

spent several hours learning how to tell if a tree is viable or hazardous from urban forester David Grant. Waxhaw’s Arbor Day will be the first Friday after March 15 of every year. The possible distinction is the latest move the town has made to protect and acknowledge its many trees. In fall 2009, the town received a $10,950 grant from N.C. Urban and Community Forestry. The town used the money to create an inventory of trees in downtown Waxhaw as well as select areas. “Once we’ve mapped it out, it will help us know which trees are priorities as far as maintenance and care,” Davis said. Some older trees are well-known in the community because of the stories attached to them,” Kuntz said. Waxhaw’s first mayor, James C. Davis, used to give legal advice to residents under two oak trees on North Providence Road, Commissioner Joyce Blythe said. “He didn’t have an office for a while,” she said. “So he practiced law under those big ol’ trees that are still standing there.”

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Meth lab busts up in state By RICHELLE BAILEY

Media General News Service Even though meth lab busts increased slightly in North Carolina in 2009, the numbers continue to plummet in McDowell, which held the top spot in the state for lab seizures three years running. Despite North Carolina’s small jump from 195 busts in 2008 to 206 in 2009, the total number of labs found in the state remains 40 percent lower than in 2005, when authorities uncovered 328. “The decrease in the number of labs is due to a combination of factors,” said Lt. Shanon Smith, who heads the McDowell County Sheriff ’s Office’s narcotics unit. “The new law makes it more difficult for people to buy pseudoephedrine. Second, local, state and federal authorities have cracked down on them in McDowell County. More than 50 of our meth cooks got lengthy federal prison sentences of eight to 20 years.” Smith said he and his detectives have seen an influx in crystal meth -- the purest form of the drug - being transported into the county. “Why should they cook it when it’s just a phone call away?” Smith stated. Meth is a highly addictive illegal drug

that can be cooked in labs located in homes, apartments, motel rooms and cars. They contain hazardous chemicals that can catch fire or explode. Statistics from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation show McDowell authorities busted one lab in 2001, seven in 2002, seven in 2003, 43 in 2004 (tied with Rutherford County for No. 1 in the state), 61 in 2005 (No. 1 in the state), 25 in 2006 (No. 1 in the state), five in 2007, six in 2008 and two in 2009. “We’re realistic. We know we’ve still got some meth in the county,” said the lieutenant. “But the information we get concerning labs has dwindled down to nearly nothing. In 2004 and 2005, you could walk outside and throw a rock and it would land on a meth lab. We rarely get information anymore because the who’s who among meth cooks in this county is in federal prison.” Meth labs peaked in North Carolina in 2005, with 328 discovered that year. The number of labs dropped significantly starting in 2006, due in large part to a law that Attorney General Roy Cooper advocated to cut criminals’ access to pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient used to make meth.

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Child birthdayS Woman mourns friends lost Nicholas Drake

Nicholas Chad Drake was 5 years old on Dec. 18, 2009. He is the son of Chad and Amy Drake of Monroe. His grandparents are Kenneth and Margaret Stegall of Monroe and Lynn and Vickie Drake of Monroe. Nick’s great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Morris Greene and Betty Drake of Monroe and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Stegall and Betty Lee of Marshville.

Brady Drake

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Kyle Matthew Philemon was 2 years old on Dec. 27, 2009. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Matthew Philemon (Ada Louetta Devine) of Unionville. His g r a n d p a rents are Mr. and Mrs. Danny Philemon of Unionville and Mr. and Mrs. Ned Devine of Iron Station. Kyle’s great-grandparents are Blondell Lane of Indian Trail, Heath Philemon of Indian Trail, Rhyne Reel of Iron Station and Madge Devine of Iron Station.

Michael Phoenix Smith

Michael Phoenix Smith was 1 year old Jan. 6, 2010. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Jacob Smith ( S h a n a Danielle Greene) of Monroe. His grandparents are Jeffery G r e e n e and Donna Wi l l i a m s of Monroe and Mike Smith and Beverly Smith of Monroe. Phoenix’s great-grandparents are Margie Greene of Monroe and Willie and Evelyn Smith of Charlotte.

Austin James Dorton

Austin James Dorton was 12 years old Dec. 30, 2010. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dorton (Nikki Tucker) of Monroe. His grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Logan Tucker of Monroe and Jerry Dorton and Elaine Barnette of Monroe. Austin’s great-grandparents is Colon Tucker of Monroe.

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Angel Rayannah Boulware will be 7 years old Feb. 8, 2010. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Boulware (Sandra Irving) of Weddington. Her grandparents are James and Ruth Irving of Monroe and Gloria White of Kannapolis.

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DEAR ABBY: After an on-again offagain affair with a married man for almost 10 years, our relationship finally ended today. During the time we “messed around,” I lost most of my friends because we socialized in the same circles, and I felt ashamed of what I was doing, so I stopped going around with any of them. So here I sit, lonely and embarrassed. How do I explain to people I meet why I don’t have many friends? I know time heals, and I need to focus on the good things in my life and move forward, but I feel isolated and stupid. I never asked him to leave his wife nor did he promise he would. It was just a one-night stand that went on way too long. I did have relationships in between, but I’d always go back to him. Can you please give me some suggestions on how to rebuild my self-esteem and learn to love myself again? -KICKING MYSELF IN CALIFORNIA DEAR KICKING YOURSELF: Gladly. A giant step in the right direction would be to stop kicking yourself because you appear to be plenty bruised already. Then, instead of isolating yourself, get out and get busy: Join a gym. Scout out organizations where you can volunteer. No one will know whether you have dozens of friends or only a few -- and don’t volunteer the information because it’s no one’s business. Take a class or two. Join a church if you feel you need spiritual guidance. And make a vow never to involve yourself with a married man again. *** DEAR ABBY: I work for a veterinarian, and I would appreciate it if you would please print some “tips” for pet owners to make their visits go more smoothly. 1. When you call for an appointment, please give us YOUR name. Do not say, “This is Fluffy’s mother,” because we care for 23 cute, cuddly cats named Fluffy and also a couple of Pomeranians. 2. Always have your dog on a leash and your cat in a cat carrier. If you don’t own one, place him/her in a cardboard box taped firmly shut. Cats are more secure in an enclosed space, so it will be calmer during the visit. Loose

Joanna Bess and Adam Segee of Marshville announce the birth of their son, Masyn Dowde, on Dec. 28, 2009, at Carolinas Medical Center-Union in Monroe. Masyn weighed 9 pounds 5 ounces and was 22 inches long. His grandparents are Ken and Debbie Bess of Marshville, Blaine and Karla Segee of Wingate and Sonya and Tim Morton of Monroe. He is the great-grandchild of Neil Bess of Marshville, Bill and Helen Cox of Monroe, Roy and Margaret Segee of Charlotte and Thurman Willoughby of Rockholds, Ky.

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ary because Lady Luck is clearly in your corner right now. You have plenty of justification for your high hopes and great expectations. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -You must have done something well lately because several people with real clout are speaking on your behalf to make sure that you get exactly what you’re going after. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -Hang out with the gang if you get the opportunity because your greatest benefits will come during a social situation. Keep a smile on your face, and have a kind word for everyone. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Even though you might be involved in working on behalf of another, you will somehow benefit in the process as well -- and quite handsomely, too. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -Put the emphasis on the positive when making an analytical evaluation of something vital to several people. It will help everyone concentrate on what’s good and enhance the chance for success. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Although your initial goal is to be of service to another, a unique twist could put you in a unique position of coming out as the primary beneficiary. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

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Eddie Timmons of Hartsville, S.C., and Ronda Young of Monroe announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Dawn Young, to Shaun Franklin Mangum. Ashley graduated from Tabernacle Christian High School in 2002 and from South Piedmont Community College in 2004. She is employed by United Sleep Medicine in Charlotte. Her fiance is the son of Johnny and Patsy Mangum of Monroe. He is a 1997 graduate of Parkwood High School. He is employed by Union County Public Schools. A June 12, 2010, wedding is planned at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Monroe.

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End of studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Egypt visit nears upon the other. Of course, I am more comfortable with my religious traditions, but I am very comfortable with Islam and its followers. I do spend a lot of time with Christians because many of my friends from my program are Christian.â&#x20AC;?

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MONROE Forest Hills High School senior Hannah Potter has less than a month left in Egypt. Potter attends Misr Language Schools near Cairo, where she began her studies last fall. Used to playing sports and serving various student clubs at Forest Hills, she keeps her schedule full with Arabic lessons and volunteering with younger school children. Pastimes have included an array of activities, from playing ping pong and seeing â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Moonâ&#x20AC;? to attending prayer at a mosque and bargaining (in Arabic) for silver charms in the marketplace. Potter received a scholarship from the National Security Language Initiative for Youth to fund her studies. She hopes to pursue humanitarian work after high school. Q: You saw a sheep sacrificed in the street during Eid, a holiday about a prophet instructed to kill his son, then commanded to kill a sheep instead. How are Muslim religious traditions different from and the same as Christian ones? Which are you more comfortable with? Do you spend a lot of time with other Christians? A: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many of the stories from the Bible and the Koran parallel. Many of the beliefs, stories, and of course the values are the same in both religions as with many religions throughout the world. These similarities show

Hannah Potter of Union County stands at the pyramids and looks over a camel during her semester studying in Egypt. us that there is no point in all the arguing and competition amongst religions. We are all one people. ... In Islam, there are five pillars of religion: daily prayer, pilgrimage to Mecca, fasting during Ramadan, giving to the needy and belief in one God and the prophets Mohamed, Jesus and Moses. Most of the Muslims in Egypt are

Sunni Muslims, so most of the traditions I have become aware of are from this division of Islam. ... The main message of Islam that I have observed is compassion, service and awareness of the well being of the people around you. Peace is another element that is highly emphasized. Every time one greets another, they are wishing peace

Q: During a soccer match between Egypt and Algeria, Cairo and the surrounding areas went crazy with fanfare, waving flags, dancing in the streets and yelling from the rooftops for their home team. Being a soccer player yourself, have you become attached to their teams? A: â&#x20AC;&#x153;When they won the first match, the streets were filled with people dancing, shouting, and being very excited. When they lost the second match against Algeria, the scene was the complete opposite. The streets were quiet, and in following days there were actually huge riots in some parts of the city. ... I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really watch soccer on the TV back home, but here there is not much of a way you can avoid it. After Arabic the other night, Egypt was playing Nigeria in the African Cup, and walking through the streets, I saw groups of men and children crowded around TVs watching the match and loud cheers could be heard, and you knew someone scored. I enjoy the excitement and support the citizens of Egypt have for its team. There is so much unity.â&#x20AC;? Q: You travel by taxi several times a week. Do you drive yourself at home or rely on public transportation? If you do drive at home, do you miss it, or will you miss the taxis once you leave Egypt? A: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before coming to Egypt, I had never rode in a taxi in

Excerpts from Hannah Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blog Nov. 8, School in Egypt â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are around eight other kids on my bus ranging from first grade up. ... On the way to school I judge the smog level by noticing how soon I can see the pyramids. ... â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our school has five divisions: the national, French, special needs, British and American. ... Morning lines is at 7:45. The Koran is read for around five minutes while we all stand. Then we chant something in Arabic that translates to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I am proud to live in Egypt.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; ... â&#x20AC;&#x153;The main focus for students in this system is mainly to do well on the SAT. ... My host sister, who is in her last year of high school has probably eight private lessons a week in multiple subjects. She, however, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to school much because she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gain any benefit from being there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first few weeks I was very

frustrated with the manner that my classmates behaved. It was shocking to see how they disrespected the teachers and the level of apathy that they had toward their school work. After around two weeks, the students started acting better and I became more used to their behavior. Now, we have become friends for the most part. ... Nov. 20, Halfway â&#x20AC;&#x153;There have been plenty of challenges in this journey, and times where I have felt like giving up. It was all worth it though, and I cannot imagine not being here. I just have this feeling that this is where I am really supposed to be. ... â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Egypt I have made some friends that I know will be my friends for the rest of my life. We care for each other so much, and have helped each other through

the school frustrations, host family moves, culture conflicts, Arabic struggles, and everyday troubles. ... There is always something new to do or a new place to go to. ... Never really having set plans has made me so much more relaxed.â&#x20AC;? Dec. 22, Talks in Taxis â&#x20AC;&#x153;The very first day of Arabic, our teacher taught us how to say we are not married because we are too young. ... After learning our names and ages, many taxi drivers quickly shift the conversation to asking whether we are married. ... Many taxi drivers are very glad when I tell them I am from America. They immediately begin to talk about how Obama is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;helwaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (great), and Bush is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;waheshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (very bad). Many drivers also love Jimmy Carter. ... He is the one who sealed the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.â&#x20AC;?

my life. Living in Cairo, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how I would live without it, the metro or microbuses. I take around 20 taxis a week. Taxis are so convenient and it is always kind of interesting to see how the ride will go. At home, I do not drive, and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t depend on public transportation because there really is not any. My parents and friends have always been good to me and taken me where I needed to go. I may get my license when I get back, but I am not sure. If not, hopefully everyone will be as helpful as they have in the past, ha.â&#x20AC;? Q: Last month, you visited the Great Pyramids of Giza where you saw the Sphinx, came face to face with ancient mummies and rode a camel. How do pure Egyptian experiences like that make you feel about heading home next month? A: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visiting the pyramids was unbelievable because it was amazing to think that these monuments had been built so long ago. I pass by them everyday to school, but being right beside them and touching them was remarkable. While we were there, my friend and I were saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It is our winter break and we are at the pyramids. How many people can do that?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; ... It is so crazy to think that the civilization in Egypt was one of the first ones to exist, and still today it is thriving with such a rich culture and atmosphere. These experiences are irreplaceable, and I feel like I have learned so much. Going home will surely be a transition, but I have my family and friends to look forward to. I really appreciate the opportunity I have to be on this journey, and is surely one that will affect the rest of my life.â&#x20AC;?

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Iron Horse powers radio show for riders MONROE A show for the bikers of the union county area. That was the idea back in april of this year. When mike heafner and stan gordon sat down and worked out the details on what was a “first” in our area. Six months later, the show is going strong and enjoys a large listner base. Over the past months, many guests have been featured on this radio show that caters to the bikers, dirt enthusiasts, racers and celebrities of the motorcycle community. We start out with a little music and an intro that gives the highlights of the show. Local musicians of the band, Rekless Youth opened the show with their single “The Rest of My Life” for the first several months of the show’s airing. You see part of the whole objective in this project was to highlight local people in their efforts to excel in the various venues of the

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The show doesn’t descriminate any brand of motorcycle or group that ride, we just love talking about motorcycles. It’s our goal to encourae anyone who is curious about motorcycling, to get out there and see what it’s all about. This idea evolved when mike and stan had an interview on the wixe radio morning show in which they talked about an upcoming event at iron horse. When mike later told me, “we need to become dj’s” i knew that was a longshot but i did begin thinking about a show. When i presented that idea to mike, he was all over it. We sat with a sales rep from wixe and the rest is history. Wixe has been a longtime voice in union county for the a.m. listeners. After we did this interview several people called and told us they’d heard us on wixe. We figured a lot of our customers already listened to wixe, so why not? We thought. For anyone who thinks they might have an idea for a program, they should really contact archie aldridge at wixe.com or just give him a call at 704289-2525. They are very receptive to new ideas and definitely a union county favorite. If you think the iron horse motorcycles road show might be of interest to you then call lauren at 704-283-9467 or go to ironhorsemc.com. She will be glad to give you all the details. Remember if you ride then we already consider you part of our show. So call us! If you’ve not had the chance to hear us, the show airs on Thursdays at 4 p.m. and reruns Tuesdays at 6 p.m. on wixe radio, the mighty 1190 am. You can also hear us on your computer. Just go to wixe.com and download the toolbar.

brought to town back in june, or the classic interview with brothers and stock car legends bobby and donnie allison. Yes, the show does have its portion of sales promotion for iron horse motorcycles but that is part of the motorcycle community as well, being that mike heafner has been a key player in the motorcycle world for over 35 years, most anyone that’s ever ridden the back roads of union county have at some point been a part of iron horse motorcycles. The show features stan gordon (known as big daddy stan), mike heafner as himself and lauren gordon of iron horse. Lauren has grown up in the motorcycle business. Many people think Lauren is Mike’s daughter but in fact she is the daughter of Stan and Sherry Gordon of Wingate. Lauren is featured on the show each week as she brings the weekly trivia question and events calendar. She also handles the business end of the show. When asked why they call him “Big Daddy Stan”, he explains i’ve got three of the best kids around and i’m a little larger than i should be, so, it is what it is. Mike has always had a flare for show biz so this gives him the chance to experience his inner dream and share the knowledge he’s aquired over the years with the people he loves, the bikers of Union County. Mike has a quality that most people recognize, who knows him. He listens to what you tell him about your experiences and makes you feel like what you’ve done is something big. He promotes. We hope that this show gives people a little something different and even when they’re not riding; they’re still excited about it. Motorcycles are fun and the people who ride them are fun to be with.

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Angry Americans may doom Obama’s health care plan WASHINGTON (AP) — The ill winds of an angry electorate are blowing against Democrats, the warning signs clear in a closer-than-expected Massachusetts Senate race that may doom President Barack Obama’s health care agenda and foreshadow the party’s election prospects this fall. Anti-incumbent, antiestablishment sentiment is rampant. Independents are leaving Obama. Republicans are energized. Democrats are subdued. None of it bodes well for the party in power. “It’s going to be a hard November for Democrats,” Howard Dean, the Democratic Party chairman in the 2006 and 2008 elections when the party took control of the White House and Congress, told The Associated Press in an interview. “Our base is demoralized.” While he praised Obama as a good president, Dean said the Democrat hasn’t turned out to be the “change agent” the party thought it elected, and voters who supported Democrats in back-to-back elections now are turned off. Said Dean: “They really thought the revolution was at hand but it wasn’t, and now they’re getting the back of the hand.” Just how much voters have soured since Obama took over a country in chaos is reflected in the president’s late-game decision to rush to Massachusetts on Sunday to try to stave off an extraordinary Republican upset in the race for a Senate seat held by Democrats for more than half a century. Obama faced a no-win situation as he pondered whether to campaign with Democrat Martha Coakley. Had he decided against going, he would have enraged the base and been blamed if she lost. But a Coakley defeat following a presidential visit would be embarrassing, raising questions about Obama’s popularity and political muscle. Once heavily favored to cruise to victory, Coakley is in a tight fight with Republican Scott Brown, a little-known state senator, for the race to fill the seat left vacant when Sen. Edward M. Kennedy died. Losing the race would cost the Democrats their

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Slow start, then Obama gained momentum on Haiti WASHINGTON (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hillary Rodham Clinton was in a Honolulu hotel lobby and getting ready to fly to the South Pacific when she finished a series of cell phone calls to Washington. The trip was still on, the secretary of state told reporters, despite the terrible earthquake in Haiti almost a day earlier. A few hours later she was hightailing it back to Washington. The sudden change epitomized the initial uncertainty, in the White House and elsewhere in government, about the scale of the disaster, the challenge of mounting a sufficient response and the risk that

the administration would be seen as not taking it seriously enough. President Barack Obama responded with urgency and the White House made sure people knew it. But in those initial hours after the quake hit, shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday, no one knew just how bad it was. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Biblical,â&#x20AC;? Clinton said of the devastation in Haiti, where she had honeymooned 34 years ago. Communications were so thoroughly severed that Obama had trouble reaching President Rene Preval. Death and damage assessments were hard to come by.

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love, the Air Forceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputy chief of staff for operations, got a midnight phone call Tuesday in Washington. It was his job to start pulling together air transportation and logistics experts. By sheer coincidence, a senior Army general based in Miami happened to be in Haiti when the quake struck. Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, a deputy chief of U.S. Southern Command, instantly became the chief architect of the militaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response plan. He would coordinate operations from the broken airfield at Port-au-Prince, the capital. At the White House in the first hours after the 7.0-magnitude quake, Obama was twice briefed on the situation. At 10 p.m. Tuesday, his deputy national security adviser, Tom Donilon, convened a Situation Room session with national security and military officials. That evening, the White House released a statement from the president in which he expressed sympathy for the victims

and said his government stood ready to assist. The White House said Obama was told about the quake at 5:52 p.m. EST Tuesday, about an hour after it struck, while conducting an Oval Office meeting on health care legislation. In his written statement, he emphasized the need to ensure that U.S. Embassy personnel were safe and to begin preparations to help Haiti. As of Saturday, one embassy staffer was confirmed dead; three other U.S. government officials were missing. The State Department said the total number of confirmed U.S. deaths stood at 15. It was clear from the outset that the Obama White House was determined that this should not be a repeat of the Bush administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. George W. Bush paid a huge political price when people saw New Orleans drowning and governments at all levels were slow to respond. The Haiti quake is different, of course, not least because it happened hundreds of miles from U.S. shores. But this administration nevertheless was quick to talk up the need to help. At about 2 p.m. Tuesday in Honolulu (7 p.m. in Washington), before Obama made his first public remarks on the quake, Clinton mentioned it at the start of a speech focused on Asian affairs. She said the U.S. was gathering information on the scale of the disaster but was pledging â&#x20AC;&#x153;full assistanceâ&#x20AC;? to Haiti. Coast Guard cutters and aircraft were moved closer to Haiti.

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At first light Wednesday, a Coast Guard helicopter evacuated four seriously injured U.S. Embassy workers to the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Although the Haitians took the heaviest blows, Washington had to worry about the 45,000 American citizens there, including the embassy contingent. At 10 a.m. Wednesday, speaking publicly about the quake for the first time, Obama said the U.S. government was â&#x20AC;&#x153;just now beginning to learn the extent of the devastation.â&#x20AC;? Help was on the way, he said, adding that he had put Rajiv Shah, chief of the U.S. Agency for International Development, in charge of coordinating the U.S. response and working with other nations. Shah, a medical doctor and food security expert, had started his job at USAID just five days before the quake, taking over an agency with reduced resources and influence, a leadership vacuum and weakened morale. At about 1 p.m. Wednesday, just before Clinton was to board a plane in Honolulu and fly through another 10 time zones to the South Pacific island of Papua New Guinea â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and after that to New Zealand and Australia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Obama spoke to her at her hotel as her motorcade idled under a sunny sky. Hotel guests gawked at the former first lady in sunglasses as she stood in a corner of the lobby to speak on her cell phone and confer quietly with aides. She then told reporters traveling with her that the trip would go on, although perhaps with a condensed itinerary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are also very important travel destinations for a lot of America interests,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And speaking with the president, he and I agreed that I should go on with the trip.â&#x20AC;? She added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We feel an obligationâ&#x20AC;? to continue. At that point there were not yet official estimates of the death toll in Haiti. After she announced at 1 p.m. (6 p.m. EST) that she would return to Washington, Clinton said one reason was that unofficial estimates of 100,000 dead might turn out to be way low. In the following hours, as she flew home, Obama held Situation Room meetings with senior civilian and military aides who were coordinating the relief effort. Obama directed them to â&#x20AC;&#x153;work with and throughâ&#x20AC;? the crippled Haitian government â&#x20AC;&#x153;to the greatest extent possible,â&#x20AC;? according to a senior administration official who described the session on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss private meetings. At about the same time, Defense Secretary Robert Gates used a videoconference with leaders at U.S. Southern Command to insist there was â&#x20AC;&#x153;no higher priority right nowâ&#x20AC;? than the relief effort. By Thursday the full scope of the U.S. effort was beginning to come into focus: Obama pledged an initial $100 million in aid; the first group of U.S. search and rescue teams were on the ground; a survey team had identified priorities areas for assistance; the airport at Port-au-Prince was ready for limited use to deliver food and water; elements of the 82nd Airborne Division were about to arrive; and the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and the hospital ship USNS Comfort were designated to head to Haiti. By Saturday, Clinton had made her way to Haiti for a first look at how the relief effort was unfolding. Obama was again in front of the TV cameras at the White House, promoting â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the largest relief efforts in our historyâ&#x20AC;? while trying to hold down expectations for quick success. *** Associated Press writers Anne Flaherty, Darlene Superville, Jennifer Loven and Julie Pace contributed to this report.


Top Honor Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis was named the AP’s NFL Coach of the Year on Saturday. Lewis beat out New Orleans’ Sean Payton for the award. The Bengals finished 10-6 and won the AFC North. Page 2B January 17, 2010

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Cuthbertson’s boys coming off two huge wins BY JUSTIN MURDOCK

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INDIAN TRAIL Three games in four days sounds more like an NBA schedule, but several Union County schools endured such a stretch this week. It couldn’t have gone any better for Porter Ridge’s girls, who went 3-0 against some strong competition. The Pirates opened the week with their biggest win of the year, going on the road and handing Parkwood its first loss of the season (51-42). It also avenged the 14-1 Pirates’ only loss this season. The very next night, PR still had enough energy to pound archrival Piedmont by 30 (66-36). Porter Ridge maintained first place in the Southern Carolina Conference on Friday with a 58-47 win over Weddington. The Pirates, now 3-0 in league play, have five days off for exams before visiting winless Cuthbertson next Thursday. The Pirates had their best team ever last year, winning a share of the South Piedmont Conference and then beating powerhouse Concord in the championship game of the SPC tournament. But Porter Ridge lost two of its top three players from last year, including co-county player of the year Britney Mitchell (now playing for Wingate) and point guard Lea Saunders (transferred). The Pirates had some experience returning, but the big question was point guard. Saunders was a three-year starter at the position and Mitchell played point whenever Saunders didn’t. Coach Ina Thompson turned to her top two returners — Kelley Godbout and Raven Falls — to run the team, and they have delivered. Falls, a senior now in her third year as a starter, has always been a wing capable of slashing from the wing and scoring in transition. Falls contributed 14 points to the Pirates’ win over Weddington on Friday, and shared the ball handling duties with Godbout.

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Senior Raven Falls, left, not only scored 14 points on Friday, but she’s helped the Pirates resolve their ball handling issues this season.

MONROE The Cuthbertson High boys basketball team had its biggest win in the school’s history on Friday, capping off a productive week for the first-year program. The Cavaliers (6-9, 3-5) handed Berry Academy its first loss in the Rocky River Conference in dramatic fashion, pulling out a 59-58 home win in triple overtime. On Wednesday, Cuthbertson went on the road and escaped with a 58-52 victory over Weddington, which currently sits in first place in the Southern Carolina Conference. CHS junior guard Cody Esser has been a bright spot offensively, scoring 19 points in both wins. Esser knocked down five 3-pointers in each game, including four in the first half of Friday’s win over Berry Academy. AFAM Cuthbertson coach Mike Helms has also been impressed with the play of freshman guard Emmitt Afam, who was key in Friday’s contest. Afam scored nine points, including seven in the overtimes with leading scorer and rebounder Mike Cuthbertson on the bench after fouling out. With his team trailing by two with 24 seconds left in the first extra session, Afam knocked down two free throws to force double overtime. “Emmitt really came up big for us,” said Helms. “Cody was hot early, so (Berry) tried to take him away and Emmitt really carried us. We put a lot on his shoulders and he handled it pretty well for a freshman in that situation.”

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Four score in double figures to lead WU women to victory from staff reports

WINGATE Four Bulldogs scored in double figures, and the Wingate University women’s basketball team held Brevard to 17.7 percent shooting from the field to secure an 82-56 victory in South Atlantic Conference action on Saturday. The bulldogs improved to 9-6 overall and 2-3 in the SAC. Brevard fell to 6-9 on the year and 0-6 in the conference. Senior center Stacie Rhodes

had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead the Wingate attack. Junior forward Stefani Shuey and sophomore guard Kurie Washington added 13 points each, while freshman guard Britney Mitchell chipped in with 12 points. Sophomore guard Stephanie Whitenack handed out a game-high eight assists for the Bulldogs. Sophomore guard Lindsay Brendle led the Tornados with 11 points. Sophomore guard Holli Flippo added 10 points. Junior

forward Amanda Whitaker had four points and a game-high 10 rebounds for Brevard. The Bulldogs used a 5-0 run, capped by a three from Washington, to take a 20-11 lead at the midway point in the first half. A jumper from Rhodes pushed the lead to 10 with 8:45 remaining in the half. The Tornados trimmed the lead to five on a pair of free throws from sophomore guard Anna Schlobohm

one minute later. Wingate answered with a 9-2 run to take a 35-23 lead at the 1:43 mark. Rhodes started the spurt with a jumper, while Mitchell capped it with a fast break bucket. The Bulldogs took a 37-27 lead heading to halftime. Wingate used a 29-7 run in the opening six minutes of the second half to blow the game open. Five different Bulldogs scored in the decisive run, which was capped

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by a jumper from Shuey at the 13:51 mark. A jumper from Schlobohm, along with a free throw from senior guard Millie Wharton cut the lead to 16 at the 9:41 mark. Brevard would get no closer the rest of the way. The Bulldogs knocked down 11 free throws in the final nine minutes to secure the victory. The two teams combined to shoot 88 free throws in the game, with Brevard going 32-for-47 and Wingate hitting 29-of-41.

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Central Academy’s Mike Ryan, left, was 4-0 heading into his last match of the day at the Monroe Duals on Saturday. Final results of the tournament were unavailable when The Enquirer-Journal went to press. See Tuesday’s issue for full details.

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WINGATE Josh Roper tied the Brevard College single-game scoring record on his gamewinning free throw with six seconds remaining to help his team to a 88-87 road win over Wingate on Saturday. Roper finished with 33 points on 13-20 shooting. Jonathan Whitson added 30 points and 10 rebounds, connecting on his first 14 free throw attempts. Shane Gal- STALEY loway added eight points and six rebounds, while Drew Schauss added seven and a steal in their fourth South Atlantic Conference win of the season. Larry Staley led Wingate (10-6, 3-2 SAC) with 20 points and five steals as five Bulldog players scored double figures for the home team. Jaime Vaughn added 18 points and Paidrick Matilus and Ethan Kincaid each had 13 points as Wingate came back from a 10-point halftime deficit in tying the game up late.


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Saints cruise past Cardinals day’s game between Dallas and Minnesota. Jeremy Shockey caught a touchdown pass in his return from a three-game absence. Devery Henderson and Marques Colston also had touchdown catches, and Lynell Hamilton had a short touchdown run for the Saints. Coming off its 51-45 overtime win over Green Bay in the wild-card round, Arizona wound up yielding 90 points in the postseason, the most ever allowed in consecutive playoff games in one season.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Maybe a little rest was all Drew Brees and Reggie Bush needed to shift the Saints’ league-leading offense back into overdrive. That, and a visit from Arizona’s porous defense. Brees threw three touchdown passes, Bush scored on an 83-yard punt return and a spectacular 46-yard run, and New Orleans overwhelmed the defending NFC champion Cardinals 45-14 on Saturday. One win from the Super Bowl, New Orleans will host an NFC title game for the first time in franchise history next weekend. The Saints will play the winner of Sun-

Even the Saints’ sometimes soft defense played well, forcing two turnovers, harassing Warner often and knocking Arizona’s 38-year-old quarterback out of the game briefly when, during Will Smith’s interception return, he was blind-sided by Bobby McCray’s block. Warner was 17 of 26 for 205 yards, but was unable to move Arizona consistently. The Cardinals punted twice and missed a long field goal in the first half before heading into halftime down 35-14. Arizona punted twice

more in the third quarter, with Bush scoring on the second to make it 45-14. Bush finished with 84 yards rushing, 24 yards receiving and 109 yards on three punt returns. Colston caught six passes for 83 yards. The victory wound up being so easy for New Orleans that coach Sean Payton began pulling his regulars early in the fourth quarter and going with basic run plays to chew up clock. It was more like what Saints fans had gotten used to in the first 12 weeks of the season, when New Orleans was blowing out opponents en route to a 13-0 start.

Bengals’ Lewis voted NFL’s top coach NEW YORK (AP) — Marvin Lewis had much more than game plans to deal with this season. Lewis won The Associated Press 2009 NFL Coach of the Year award for guiding his team to the playoffs during a season marked by tragedy. The Bengals won the AFC North with a 10-6 record, just their second division title since 1990, both under Lewis. They did so despite the deaths of wide receiver Chris Henry and Vikki Zimmer, the wife of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. Several players’ families also were directly affected by the tsunami in the Samoan LEWIS Islands. For holding his team together under such circumstances and leading a turnaround from a 4-11-1 record in 2008, Lewis earned 20 1/2 votes Saturday from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. He beat Sean Payton

of New Orleans (11 1/2), Norv Turner of San Diego (9) and Jim Caldwell of Indianapolis (7). Andy Reid of Philadelphia and Ken Whisenhunt of Arizona had a single vote each. “I’m flattered,” said Lewis, whose seventh season as Bengals coach ended with a 24-14 home loss to the Jets in the wild-card round. “I never took any credibility to it, that it could occur, but I am flattered. I would trade it to still be playing. “To me, this is more a recognition of the organization, for the coaching staff and the hard work they’ve done, and for the players.” Few coaches have dealt with such a season of grief. Vikki Zimmer, who used to bake treats for the players, died unexpectedly in October. Two weeks earlier, defensive linemen Jonathan Fanene and Domata Peko and rookie linebacker Rey Maualuga struggled to contact family

in American Samoa after the tsunami devastated the region. In December, wide receiver Chris Henry, on injured reserve with a broken left forearm, fell from the back of a pickup truck after an argument with his fiancee and was killed. So Lewis was as much a therapist and psychologist for his team as he was a strategist. “Just look at that load right there he’s beared,” veteran guard Bobbie Williams said. “With Chris, Vikki Zimmer, the Samoan Islands. ... There’s been a lot of weight on his shoulders, and through the not-so-good seasons when it seemed like the world might have been crashing down, he’s been that rock for the team and for the city. ... When you look at it, you’re like, ’Dang, that’s a lot, that’s a lot.’ But you know what? He’s still there and he’s still rolling and he’s still coach.” And he’s Coach of the Year, the first for the Bengals since the team’s founder, Paul Brown, won the award in 1970.

Local Events Monday College Basketball Wingate Women at Charleston Southern, 7 p.m.

What’s

on

TV?

Today FIGURE SKATING 4:30 p.m. NBC — U.S. Championships, men’s free skate, at Spokane, Wash. (includes taped coverage) GOLF 8:30 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Joburg Open, final round, at Johannesburg, South Africa (same-day tape) 7 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, Sony Open, final round, at Honolulu MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 1:30 p.m. CBS — Connecticut at Michigan 8 p.m. FSN — Wake Forest at Duke NBA BASKETBALL 9 p.m. ESPN — Utah at Denver NFL FOOTBALL 1 p.m. FOX — NFC Divisional playoffs, team Dallas at Minnesota 4:30 p.m. CBS — AFC Divisional playoffs, N.Y. Jets at San Diego NHL HOCKEY 12:30 p.m. NBC — Chicago at Detroit SOCCER 2:55 p.m. ESPN — Spanish Primera Division, Tenerife vs. Barcelona, at Tenerife, Spain TENNIS 7 p.m. ESPN2 — Australian Open, first round, at Melbourne, Australia 3 a.m. ESPN2 — Australian Open, first round, at Melbourne, Australia WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 3:30 p.m. FSN — Nebraska at Baylor 5 p.m. ESPN2 — UAB at UCF 5:30 p.m. FSN — UCLA at Southern Cal 4 a.m. FSN — Texas A&M at Oklahoma (delayed tape)

Scoreboard Call scores in at (704) 261-2253 National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division

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27

11 .711

4-6

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11-6

16-5

19-7

Toronto

20

20 .500

8

7-3

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12-6

8-14

14-13

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23 .410 11 1/2

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7-12

11-15

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26 .333 14 1/2

6-4

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Atlanta

26

Orlando

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Miami

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16-4

10-9

15-10

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20

18 .526 5 1/2

4-6

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12-7

Charlotte

18

19 .486

7-3

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3-15

14-14

Washington

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26 .316 13 1/2

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Cleveland

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11 .732

7-3

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Chicago

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20 .474 10 1/2

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4-13

13-12

Milwaukee

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12

4-6

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Indiana

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25 .359

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5-5

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4-16

9-12

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GEORGIA TECH (13-4) Favors 3-5 1-2 7, Lawal 5-15 2-2 12, Bell 2-4 1-2 5, Shumpert 10-17 7-9 30, Udofia 1-5 0-0 3, Peacock 3-10 0-0 6, Oliver 3-6 0-0 8, Foreman 0-0 0-0 0, Sheehan 0-0 0-0 0, Rice Jr. 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 28-65 11-15 73. NORTH CAROLINA (12-6)  Graves 6-13 7-8 24, Thompson 4-8 4-5 12, Davis 4-8 4-5 12, Ginyard 1-4 0-0 2, Drew II 1-8 0-0 2, T.Wear 3-7 0-0 6, Strickland 0-2 3-4 3, McDonald 2-6 2-2 8, Henson 1-2 0-0 2, D.Wear 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-58 20-24 71. Halftime—Georgia Tech 42-28. 3-Point Goals—Georgia Tech 6-13 (Shumpert 3-5, Oliver 2-5, Udofia 1-2, Bell 0-1), North Carolina 7-17 (Graves 5-8, McDonald 2-4, Thompson 0-1, Drew II 0-1, Henson 0-1, Ginyard 0-2). Fouled Out—Thompson. Rebounds— Georgia Tech 36 (Lawal 12), North Carolina 41 (Davis 8). Assists— Georgia Tech 11 (Shumpert 6), North Carolina 14 (Drew II 9). Total Fouls— Georgia Tech 20, North Carolina 17. A—20,704.

#24 Clemson 73, NCSU 70

Central Division

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7-8

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18 .550 4 1/2

4-6

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17-12

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20

18 .526 5 1/2

7-3

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7-13

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18 .526 5 1/2

7-3

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14 .641

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16 .610

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6-4

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16-7

9-9

17-7

Utah

22

17 .564

3

6-4

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15-6

7-11

10-12

Oklahoma City 21

18 .538

4

6-4

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10-9

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33 .195

18

1-9

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5-15

3-18

4-24

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9 .775

7-3

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22-3

9-6

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24

16 .600

7

5-5

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15-4

9-12

13-9

L.A. Clippers

17

21 .447

13

5-5

L-3

12-8

5-13

10-17

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15

23 .395

15

2-8

L-2

12-9

3-14

9-16

Golden State

11

27 .289

19

4-6

L-3

7-10

4-17

7-15

13-8

Pacific Division

Friday’s Games Charlotte 92, San Antonio 76 Philadelphia 98, Sacramento 86 Chicago 121, Washington 119,2OT Memphis 135, Minnesota 110 Atlanta 102, Phoenix 101 Detroit 110, New Orleans 104, OT Indiana 121, New Jersey 105 Toronto 112, New York 104 Dallas 99, Oklahoma City 98 Miami 115, Houston 106 Milwaukee 113, Golden State 104 L.A. Lakers 126, L.A. Clippers 86 Portland 102, Orlando 87 Saturday’s Games New Orleans at Indiana, late Phoenix at Charlotte, late Sacramento at Washington, late New York at Detroit, late San Antonio at Memphis, late Miami at Oklahoma City, late Milwaukee at Utah, late Cleveland at L.A. Clippers, late Today’s Games Dallas at Toronto, 12:30 p.m. Utah at Denver, 9 p.m. Monday’s Games Portland at Washington, 1 p.m. Detroit at New York, 1 p.m. Oklahoma City at Atlanta, 2 p.m. Sacramento at Charlotte, 2 p.m. Milwaukee at Houston, 3 p.m. New Jersey at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. San Antonio at New Orleans, 3:30 p.m. Chicago at Golden State, 4 p.m. Phoenix at Memphis, 5:30 p.m. Dallas at Boston, 8 p.m. Orlando at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

#20 G.T. 73, #12 UNC 71

20-8

College basketball Saturday’s boxscores #5 Syrac. 72, #10 W. Va. 71 SYRACUSE (17-1) Jackson 3-5 2-4 8, Johnson 4-7 5-7 13, Onuaku 3-4 0-0 6, Rautins 5-12 0-0 12, Triche 6-8 2-3 16, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Jardine 1-3 2-4 4, Joseph 4-6 5-8 13. Totals 26-45 16-26 72.

CLEMSON (15-3) Stitt 3-7 3-4 9, Smith 2-4 7-8 11, Potter 1-7 0-0 2, T.Booker 9-16 2-3 20, Grant 4-4 3-5 11, Johnson 3-7 0-0 7, Young 3-6 0-1 9, Jennings 0-0 0-0 0, D.Booker 1-1 2-2 4, Hill 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-53 17-23 73.

N.C. STATE (12-6) Gonzalez 0-2 0-0 0, Degand 3-9 5-6 11, Wood 4-9 0-0 11, T.Smith 5-10 6-10 16, Horner 0-2 2-2 2, Howell 5-12 3-4 13, Vandenberg 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Mays 4-9 8-8 17. Totals 21-54 24-30 70. Halftime—Clemson 45-28. 3-Point Goals—Clemson 4-17 (Young 3-4, Johnson 1-4, T.Booker 0-1, Smith 0-1, Stitt 0-3, Potter 0-4), N.C. State 4-21 (Wood 3-8, Mays 1-5, Horner 0-1, Gonzalez 0-1, Howell 0-2, Degand 0-4). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds— Clemson 28 (T.Booker, Smith 6), N.C. State 39 (Howell 12). Assists— Clemson 11 (Smith 4), N.C. State 9 (Degand, Mays 3). Total Fouls— Clemson 20, N.C. State 20. A—17,984.

Maryland 73, B.C. 57

MARYLAND (11-5) Milbourne 5-8 3-5 13, Williams 0-3 0-0 0, Hayes 3-7 0-0 7, Mosley 2-4 2-2 6, Vasquez 7-13 1-2 17, Bowie 6-13 2-2 15, Pearman 0-0 0-0 0, Tucker 5-6 1-1 14, Gregory 0-3 1-2 1, Padgett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-57 10-14 73. BOSTON COLLEGE (10-8)  Raji 5-8 4-6 14, Trapani 3-9 2-4 9, Southern 1-3 0-0 2, Paris 0-2 0-0 0, Sanders 4-15 0-0 10, Jackson 3-10 3-4 11, Roche 1-3 0-0 3, Ravenel 1-1 0-0 2, Elmore 3-6 0-0 6, Dunn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-57 9-14 57. Halftime—Maryland 38-28. 3-Point Goals—Maryland 7-12 (Tucker 3-3, Vasquez 2-4, Bowie 1-2, Hayes 1-3), Boston College 6-17 (Sanders 2-5, Jackson 2-6, Roche 1-1, Trapani 1-4, Paris 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Maryland 28 (Milbourne, Mosley, Williams 6), Boston College 40 (Trapani 9). Assists—Maryland 17 (Vasquez 9), Boston College 15 (Jackson 5). Total Fouls—Maryland 18, Boston College 15. A—8,606.

Pro tennis

WEST VIRGINIA (13-3) Ebanks 4-12 0-1 8, Jones 3-10 4-5 11, Smith 1-3 0-0 2, Butler 5-13 1-2 13, Bryant 4-8 6-9 18, Thoroughman 1-1 0-0 2, West 0-1 0-0 0, Mazzulla 0-1 0-0 0, Jennings 0-1 0-0 0, Pepper 5-8 2-2 15, Mitchell 0-1 0-0 0, Flowers 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 24-61 13-19 71.

Australian Open Seeds

Halftime—Syracuse 26-25. 3-Point Goals—Syracuse 4-12 (Triche 2-3, Rautins 2-7, Jardine 0-1, Johnson 0-1), West Virginia 10-26 (Bryant 4-7, Pepper 3-6, Butler 2-6, Jones 1-2, Smith 0-1, West 0-1, Flowers 0-1, Ebanks 0-1, Mitchell 0-1). Fouled Out—Jones, Rautins. Rebounds— Syracuse 35 (Jackson 10), West Virginia 29 (Butler, Ebanks, Jones 6). Assists—Syracuse 9 (Triche 5), West Virginia 17 (Butler 5). Total Fouls— Syracuse 19, West Virginia 24. A—15,271.

Men 1. Roger Federer, Switzerland 2. Rafael Nadal, Spain 3. Novak Djokovic, Serbia 4. Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina 5. Andy Murray, Britain 6. Nikolay Davydenko, Russia 7. Andy Roddick, United States 8. Robin Soderling, Sweden 9. Fernando Verdasco, Spain 10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France 11. Fernando Gonzalez, Chile 12. Gael Monfils, France 13. Radek Stepanek, Czech Republic 14. Marin Cilic, Croatia

At Melbourne Park Melbourne, Australia Jan. 18-31

15. Gilles Simon, France, withdrew, knee injury 16. Tommy Robredo, Spain 17. David Ferrer, Spain 18. Tommy Haas, Germany 19. Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland 20. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia 21. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic 22. Lleyton Hewitt, Australia 23. Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spain 24. Ivan Ljubicic, Croatia 25. Sam Querrey, United States 26. Nicolas Almagro, Spain 27. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany 28. Jurgen Melzer, Austria 29. Viktor Troicki, Serbia 30. Juan Monaco, Argentina 31. Albert Montanes, Spain 32. Jeremy Chardy, France 33. John Isner, United States Women 1. Serena Williams, United States 2. Dinara Safina, Russia 3. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia 4. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark 5. Elena Dementieva, Russia 6. Venus Williams, United States 7. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus 8. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia 9. Vera Zvonareva, Russia 10. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland 11. Marion Bartoli, France 12. Flavia Pennetta, Italy 13. Samantha Stosur, Australia 14. Maria Sharapova, Russia 15. Kim Clijsters, Belgium 16. Li Na, China 17. Francesca Schiavone, Italy 18. Virginie Razzano, France 19. Nadia Petrova, Russia 20. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia 21. Sabine Lisicki, Germany 22. Daniela Hantuchova, Slovakia 23. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia 24. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Spain 25. Anabel Medina Garrigues, Spain 26. Aravane Rezai, France 27. Alisa Kleybanova, Russia 28. Elena Vesnina, Russia 29. Shahar Peer, Israel 30. Kateryna Bondarenko, Ukraine 31. Alona Bondarenko, Ukraine 32. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain

Australian Open Draw

At Melbourne Park Melbourne, Australia Jan. 18-31 q-qualifier; ll-lucky loser, w-wild-card Men Roger Federer (1), Switzerland, vs. Igor Andreev, Russia Juan Ignacio Chela, Argentina, vs. Victor Hanescu, Romania Stephane Robert, France, vs. Potito Starace, Italy Oscar Hernandez, Spain, vs. Albert Montanes (31), Spain Lleyton Hewitt (22), Australia, vs. q-Ricardo Hocevar, Brazil Christophe Rochus, Belgium, vs. q-Donald Young, United States Paolo Lorenzi, Italy, vs. Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus Frederico Gil, Portugal, vs. David Ferrer (17), Spain Fernando Verdasco (9), Spain, vs. w-Carsten Ball, Australia q-Ivan Sergeyev, Ukraine, vs. Dudi Sela, Israel Rajeev Ram, United States, vs. q-Stefan Koubek, Austria q-Ivan Dodig, Croatia, vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero (23), Spain Juan Monaco (30), Argentina, vs. Ernests Gulbis, Latvia Martin Vassallo Arguello, Argentina, vs. Michael Llodra, France Carlos Moya, Spain, vs. q-Ilya Marchenko, Ukraine q-Dieter Kindlmann, Germany, vs. Nikolay Davydenko (6), Russia Novak Djokovic (3), Serbia, vs. Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Spain w-Marinko Matosevic, Australia, vs. Marco Chiudinelli, Switzerland Kristof Vliegen, Belgium, vs. Michael Berrer, Germany Denis Istomin, Uzbekistan, vs. Jeremy Chardy (32), France Mikhail Youzhny (20), Russia, vs. Richard Gasquet, France Jan Hajek, Czech Republic, vs. Robby Ginepri, United States Lukasz Kubot, Poland, vs. Mischa Zverev, Germany Santiago Giraldo, Colombia, vs. Tommy Robredo (16), Spain Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (10), France, vs. Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine Fabio Fognini, Italy, vs. Taylor Dent, United States w-Ryan Harrison, United States, vs. Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia

Simon Greul, Germany, vs. Tommy Haas (18), Germany Nicolas Almagro (26), Spain, vs. q-Xavier Malisse, Belgium Benjamin Becker, Germany, vs. q-Grega Zemlja, Slovenia Alejandro Falla, Colombia, vs. Marcos Daniel, Brazil Marcel Granollers, Spain, vs. Robin Soderling (8), Sweden Andy Roddick (7), United States, vs. Thiemo de Bakker, Netherlands Teimuraz Gabashvili, Russia, vs. Thomaz Bellucci, Brazil Feliciano Lopez, Spain, vs. Pablo Cuevas, Uruguay Rainer Schuettler, Germany, vs. Sam Querrey (25), United States Tomas Berdych (21), Czech Republic, vs. Robin Haase, Netherlands Daniel Brands, Germany, vs. Evgeny Korolev, Kazakhstan w-Sebastien Grosjean, France, vs. llMarsel Ilhan, Turkey Olivier Rochus, Belgium, vs. Fernando Gonzalez (11), Chile Marin Cilic (14), Croatia, vs. Fabrice Santoro, France q-Guillaume Rufin, France, vs. w-Bernard Tomic, Australia Igor Kunitsyn, Russia, vs. Jose Acasuso, Argentina Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Spain, vs. Stanislas Wawrinka (19), Switzerland Viktor Troicki (29), Serbia, vs. Nicolas Lapentti, Ecuador Philipp Petzschner, Germany, vs. Florian Mayer, Germany James Blake, United States, vs. Arnaud Clement, France Michael Russell, United States, vs. Juan Martin del Potro (4), Argentina Andy Murray (5), Britain, vs. q-Kevin Anderson, South Africa Marc Gicquel, France, vs. Simone Bolelli, Italy Jarkko Nieminen, Finland, vs. w-Nick Lindahl, Australia Florent Serra, France, vs. Jurgen Melzer (28), Austria John Isner (33), United States, vs. Andreas Seppi, Italy q-Louk Sorensen, Ireland, vs. Yenhsun Lu, Taiwan Daniel Koellerer, Austria, vs. q-Antonio Veic, Croatia q-Matthew Ebden, Australia, vs. Gael Monfils (12), France Radek Stepanek (13), Czech Republic, vs. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia Julien Benneteau, France, vs. q-David Guez, France Mardy Fish, United States, vs. w-Andrey Golubev, Kazakhstan w-Jason Kubler, Australia, vs. Ivan Ljubicic (24), Croatia Philipp Kohlschreiber (27), Germany, vs. Horacio Zeballos, Argentina q-Blaz Kavcic, Slovenia, vs. Wayne Odesnik, United States Lukas Lacko, Slovakia, vs. Leonardo Mayer, Argentina Peter Luczak, Australia, vs. Rafael Nadal (2), Spain Women Serena Williams (1), United States, vs. Urszula Radwanska, Poland Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic, vs. Jill Craybas, United States q-Renata Voracova, Czech Republic, vs. Andrea Petkovic, Germany Ayumi Morita, Japan, vs. Carla Suarez Navarro (32), Spain Sabine Lisicki (21), Germany, vs. Petra Martic, Croatia Varvara Lepchenko, United States, vs. Alberta Brianti, Italy Kristina Barrois, Germany, vs. Akgul Amanmuradova, Uzbekistan q-Han Xinyun, China, vs. Sam Stosur (13), Australia Vera Zvonareva (9), Russia, vs. Kristina Kucova, Slovakia Chang Kai-chen, Taiwan, vs. Iveta Benesova, Czech Republic q-Zuzana Kucova, Slovakia, vs. Gisela Dulko, Argentina q-Shenay Perry, United States, vs. Ana Ivanovic (20), Serbia Elena Vesnina (28), Russia, vs. Tathiana Garbin, Italy Kimiko Date Krumm, Japan, vs. Yaroslava Shvedova, Kazakhstan Stefanie Voegele, Switzerland, vs. Melinda Czink, Hungary w-Stephanie Cohen-Aloro, France, vs. Victoria Azarenka (7), Belarus Caroline Wozniacki (4), Denmark, vs. Aleksandra Wozniak, Canada Tamira Paszek, Austria, vs. Julia Goerges, Germany Galina Voskoboeva, Kazakhstan, vs. Tsvetana Pironkova, Bulgaria Lucie Hradecka, Czech Republic, vs. Shahar Peer (29), Israel Daniela Hantuchova (22), Slovakia, vs.

Viktoriya Kutuzova, Ukraine w-Jarmila Groth, Australia, vs. q-Sofia Arvidsson, Sweden Stephanie Dubois, Canada, vs. Agnes Szavay, Hungary Marina Erakovic, New Zealand, vs. Li Na (16), China Agnieszka Radwanska (10), Poland, vs. Tatjana Malek, Germany Melanie Oudin, United States, vs. Alla Kudryavtseva, Russia Julie Coin, France, vs. w-Alicia Molik, Australia Alize Cornet, France, vs. Francesca Schiavone (17), Italy Anabel Medina Garrigues (25), Spain, vs. Karolina Sprem, Croatia Anastasiya Yakimova, Belarus, vs. w-Casey Dellacqua, Australia Arantxa Parra Santonja, Spain, vs. Sybille Bammer, Austria Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic, vs. Venus Williams (6), United States Elena Dementieva (5), Russia, vs. Vera Dushevina, Russia Kirsten Flipkens, Belgium, vs. w-Justine Henin, Belgium Sorana Cirstea, Romania, vs. w-Olivia Rogowska, Australia Jelena Dokic, Australia, vs. Alisa Kleybanova (27), Russia Virginie Razzano (18), France, vs. Ekaterina Makarova, Russia Klara Zakopalova, Czech Republic, vs. Sara Errani, Italy q-Yanina Wickmayer, Belgium, vs. Alexandra Dulgheru, Romania Anna Chakvetadze, Russia, vs. Flavia Pennetta (12), Italy Kim Clijsters (15), Belgium, vs. q-Valerie Tetreault, Canada w-Sesil Karatantcheva, Kazakhstan, vs. Tamarine Tanasugarn, Thailand Chan Yung-jan, Taiwan, vs. Kaia Kanepi, Estonia Edina Gallovits, Romania, vs. Nadia Petrova (19), Russia Aravane Rezai (26), France, vs. Sania Mirza, India Olga Govortsova, Belarus, vs. q-Angelique Kerber, Germany Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia, vs. Anastasija Sevastova, Latvia Anastasia Rodionova, Australia, vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (3), Russia Jelena Jankovic (8), Serbia, vs. Monica Niculescu, Romania Patricia Mayr, Austria, vs. Katie O’Brien, Britain q-Yuliana Fedak, Ukraine, vs. Polona Hercog, Slovenia q-Kathrin Woerle, Germany, vs. Alona Bondarenko (31), Ukraine Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (24), Spain, vs. Evgeniya Rodina, Russia Zheng Jie, China, vs. Peng Shuai, China w-CoCo Vandeweghe, United States, vs. Sandra Zahlavova, Czech Republic Rossana de Los Rios, Paraguay, vs. Marion Bartoli (11), France Maria Sharapova (14), Russia, vs. Maria Kirilenko, Russia q-Yvonne Meusburger, Austria, vs. Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Germany, vs. Roberta Vinci, Italy Vania King, United States, vs. Dominika Cibulkova (23), Slovakia Kateryna Bondarenko (30), Ukraine, vs. Ioana Raluca Olaru, Romania Pauline Parmentier, France, vs. Elena Baltacha, Britain Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Czech Republic, vs. q-Regina Kulikova, Russia Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia, vs. Dinara Safina (2), Russia

Transactions Saturday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League CHICAGO WHITE SOX—Agreed to terms with RHP Bobby Jenks and OF Carlos Quentin on one-year contracts. National League CINCINNATI REDS—Agreed to terms with RHP Nick Masset on a two-year contract. PITTSBURGH PIRATES—Agreed to terms with RHP D.J. Carrasco on a minor league contract. FOOTBALL National Football League WASHINGTON REDSKINS—Reassigned linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti to defensive assistant. Named Lou Spanos linebackers coach. COLLEGE CALIFORNIA—Named Jeff Genyk special teams coordinator and tight ends coach.


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Sunday, January 17, 2010 / 3B

Ga. Tech holds off Tar Heels

Huge Continued from Page 1B The Cavaliers are back in action on Thursday at home against Porter Ridge.

High scorers

Before Friday, only Parkwood High’s Maurice Leak had scored 30 or more points in a game among Union County’s boys this season. Leak, a senior guard, dropped 30 in a win over Central Academy at the CMCUnion Holiday Classic at Wingate University last month. On Friday, Monroe High’s Issac Blakeney and Sun Valley’s Shaun Stewart both eclipsed 30 points. Blakeney, a 6-foot-6 senior center, poured in a career-high 35 points in a win over Piedmont. Blakeney, who scored 16 points in the first quarter, BLAKENEY had 17 made field goals and was 1-for-5 from the free throw line. Stewart, a sophomore guard, had 33 points in the Spartans’ 87-83 double overtime win over Parkwood. Stewart went 16-for-20 from the free throw line to go along with his eight made field goals.

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... Sun Valley’s boys played two double overtime games this week. In addition to Friday’s win over Parkwood, the Spartans dropped a 95-87 decision to Marvin Ridge on the road last Tuesday. ... Weddington senior forward Dexter Harding averaged 15.0 points and 13.7 rebounds in three games this week, helping the Warriors to a 2-1 record. Harding dominated with 26 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Anson on Tuesday, then followed up with 13 points and 16 rebounds in Wednesday’s loss to CHS. ... Parkwood junior Marcus Leak had two dunks in Tuesday’s home win over Porter Ridge. Leak, a 6-3 forward, caught one with two hands off the rim in the first half and added a one-handed flush in the second half.

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Cavs junior Cody Esser had 19 points in the win over Berry, two days after he scored 19 against Weddington. He made five 3-pointers in each game.

CHAPEL HILL (AP) — Zachery Peacock made the go-ahead shot with 25.7 seconds left to rescue No. 20 Georgia Tech, which blew a 20-point first-half lead before holding on to beat No. 12 North Carolina 73-71 on Saturday. Iman Shumpert finished with a career-high 30 points to lead the Yellow Jackets (13-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who figured out a way to pull out a win after falling behind in the wild final minutes. Peacock managed just six points, but his shot in the lane that rolled around the rim before dropping through ended up being the biggest play of Georgia Tech’s first win in Chapel Hill since 1996. Will Graves had 22 of his career-high 24 points in the second half to lead the Tar Heels (12-6, 1-2), but he missed a desperation 3-pointer at the final buzzer for the win. The Tar Heels were coming off an 83-64 loss at Clemson on Wednesday night, the most lopsided defeat for the Tar Heels in seven seasons under coach Roy Williams. That same night, the Yellow Jackets lost 82-75 at Virginia, a team picked to finish near the bottom of the league. It was nearly a disastrous loss for the Yellow Jackets, who ran out to a 29-9 lead and led by 16 points with about 12 minutes to play.

Kansas overcomes sloppy start to smash Texas Tech LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Marcus Morris had 20 points, Xavier Henry added 14 and No. 3 Kansas overcame a sloppy start to rout Texas Tech 89-63 on Saturday. Kansas (16-1, 2-0 Big 12) wasn’t sharp at the start of its conference home opener, but it worked the ball inside to start the rout and extend their nation-best home winning streak to 52 straight. John Roberson had 16 points for Texas Tech (12-5, 0-3), which hadn’t won at Allen Fieldhouse

in 10 previous trips. The Red Raiders, who lost by 58 points here two years ago, trailed by 24 at halftime and opened conference play with three straight losses for the first time since an 0-9 start in 1999-2000. #5 Syracuse 72, #10 W. Va. 71 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Brandon Triche scored 16 points for Syracuse, which nearly blew a 10-point lead in the final minute. Kris Joseph and Wes Johnson

added 13 points apiece for Syracuse (17-1, 4-1 Big East), while Andy Rautins had 12. Syracuse led 65-55 with 1:18 remaining after a free throw by Johnson. Darryl Bryant led West Virginia (13-3, 4-2) with 18 points and he hit two 3-pointers in the final 33 seconds, including one with 3 seconds left for the final margin. Joseph missed two free throws with 2.5 seconds left. West Virginia’s Da’Sean Butler got the re-

bound but couldn’t get off a quality shot as time ran out. Syracuse beat West Virginia for the 11th time in the last 12 meetings. It was the first matchup between top 10 teams in Morgantown since 1960, when the third-ranked Mountaineers beat No. 9 Villanova in Jerry West’s senior year. #9 Tenn. 71, #21 Miss. 69, OT KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Wayne Chism scored 26 points, includ-

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Vasquez, Maryland whip B.C. BOSTON (AP) — Greivis Vasquez scored 17 points and dished out nine assists on his 23rd birthday to lead Maryland to an easy 73-57 victory over Boston College on Saturday. Adrain Bowie scored 15 points, Cliff Tucker had 14 and Landon Milbourne added 13 for the Terrapins (11-5, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Corey Raji finished with 14 points and seven rebounds for Boston College (10-8, 1-3). Reggie Jackson added 11 points and Joe Trapani had nine points and nine rebounds for the Eagles, who lost their third straight conference game. Maryland, which never trailed, led 38-28 at halftime. The Eagles had trailed by 18 points late in the first half before scoring the final 10 points, making it look like they may have momentum in the second half.

ing six consecutive free throws in overtime, for Tennessee. The Volunteers (14-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) had hit only 60 percent of their free throws before DeAundre Cranston’s fifth foul sent Chism to the line with 49 seconds left and the game tied at 65. Chism was perfect on all 10 of his free throw attempts in the game and had his 14th career double-double grabbing 12 rebounds.

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Pirates center Kara Hastings, right, scored 12 points in a win over rival Piedmont on Wednesday, and followed up with 10 points and eight boards on Friday.

Jasmine Huntley as a reserve point guard. Senior forward Cayleigh Weekley, who made allContinued from Page 1B tournament at the Holiday Classic, has three years “Both of them have of varsity experience. done a great job of stepSenior center Kara ping into that role for Hastings, in her third us this year,” Thompson year of varsity, has aversaid. “They give us differaged 11 points in the last ent things. Raven’s more two games. Hastings, a of a slasher. She can open prolific shot blockthings up the lanes er, had 10 points, and gaps for otheight rebounds, ers to get shots. four assists, two We alternate the blocks and two two of them. I steals on Friday. feel confident in “She’s making both of them.” some great moves Godbout has around the basket developed into one and finishing,” of the county’s Thompson said of top players. Hastings. “She’s GODBOUT She’s the only making some big player in Union shots that are County who ranks among freeing up the outside the top 10 in scoring shooters. Because she’s (second, 17.1 ppg), steals an inside threat now, it’s (second, 3.9 spg), assists helping our shooters. (fifth, 2.6 apg) and reIt also helps that she’s bounds (sixth, 7.6 rpg). such a good passer. The Pirates might not That really helps us have as much depth as out without a true ball they did last year, but handler. Then once she their blend of experience gives it up she goes to and youth has obviously that block and she’s very been working out. confident and comfortPorter Ridge is starting able turning and making a freshman at forward a move. Kara’s doing a (Jada Huntley had nine great job for us. She’s points and nine rebounds really helping this team on Friday) and Thompbe what it is right now.” son also plays freshman

Booker, Clemson top NCSU RALEIGH (AP) — Trevor Booker scored 20 points and No. 24 Clemson held on to beat North Carolina State 73-70 on Saturday. Tanner Smith added 11 points,including two late free throws, for the Tigers (15-3, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). They never trailed but blew nearly all of a 21-point lead before coming up with two key defensive stops in the final minute to snap a pesky streak of letdowns that dated to 1997-98. Julius Mays had 17 points for the Wolfpack (12-6, 1-3), who trailed 71-70 and had the ball when Jerai Grant appeared seemingly out of nowhere to block Richard Howell’s open layup with about 35 seconds left. Clemson milked some clock before Smith hit his free throws with 18.6 seconds left and N.C. State called its final timeout.

The Tigers refused to give Wolfpack sharpshooter Scott Wood an open look, and Mays’ 3-pointer with about 5 seconds left went around the rim and out with the rebound going out of bounds under the basket. Mays launched a desperation 30-footer that went off the front of the rim. Grant finished with 11 points for the Tigers, who have been plagued by the letdowns that have followed some significant victories. After beating a ranked team, they had lost the following game 14 consecutive times before this one — which down the stretch bore a strong resemblance to the Tigers’ most recent attempt. After upsetting then-No. 12 Butler in November, they blew

a 23-point lead and lost to Illinois. But this time, Clemson, which routed North Carolina by 19 points last time out, made just enough plays to hold off an N.C. State team that was trying to win consecutive games against ranked teams for the first time since 2006-07. Tracy Smith scored 16 points, Howell finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Farnold Degand and Wood added 11 points apiece for N.C. State, which was coming off an upset at No. 25 Florida State. This one certainly didn’t seem like it would be headed to a tight finish after Clemson took apparent control with an overwhelming first half highlighted by two big runs.

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