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WHAT’S NEWS Cane Creek Lake reopens
Waxhaw As a result of Tuesday’s rain, the level of Cane Creek Park Lake has risen from 16 inches below normal to 14 inches below normal, and the lake is again open to the public. The lake was closed to boat traffic on Oct. 21 when the lake fell 16 inches below its normal water level. “We received a lot of rain yesterday, and we were able to open the lake back up this morning,” Parks and Recreation Director Wanda Smith said in a press release. “We still encourage boaters to call us before they come out. If we don’t receive any more rain for awhile, we may have to close the lake again.” Boaters can find out the status of Cane Creek Park Lake by calling 704-843-3919 or at www.co.union.nc.us.
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Man charged with raping child BY JASON deBRUYN
MONROE A former church deacon has been charged with raping a girl under 13 years old. Robert Gibson Warrick, 52, of 12895-222 E. Independence Blvd. in Matthews, has been charged with the five counts of raping a child under 13 and five counts of indecent liber-
ties with a child. His first District Court date will be Wednesday. District Attorney John Snyder said Warrick will be indicted by a grand jury, at which point his case will move to Superior Court. It is still in District Court because the case is so new and the grand jury has not had a term. Warrick was arrested Oct. 1. Warrick is free on a
$100,000 bond. Snyder said Warrick was given strict bond instructions, including that he always keep the district attorney’s office abreast of his whereabouts. If he violates any of the bond conditions, he will be arrested. “We are not lenient in that at all,” Snyder said. According to court files, Warrick waived his right to an attorney.
Warrick was a deacon at Ebenezer Baptist Church, but senior pastor Tim Rogers said the church has “taken steps so he is no longer in leadership.” “It is a delicate situation ... and we are dealing with it within our church family,” Rogers added. “It is a situation that hurts everyone here and even his family.”
Firsthand inspection More seeking help Christmas Bureau taking applications from families BY TIFFANY LANE
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BIRTHDAYS Best wishes are extended to everyone who is celebrating a birthday today, especially: Connie Harrell, Taylor Ponds, Charles Helms, Jennie Gardener, Sheila McClain, Jamie Taylor, Josephine McClain, Kendra Huntley, Jason Huneycutt, Donnie Ellis Call (704) 261-2278 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to add your names to the list.
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Rogers said that the church believes in taking “biblical steps to deal with this in a precise manner.” Warrick used to do contract work with the Union County Public Schools Technology Department, but schools spokeswoman Luan Ingram said he was never in the classroom and had not worked with the schools in years.
Jim Loyd, director of engineering for the city of Monroe, talks with Haywood Crowder as they walk on Union Street in the Sutton Park neighborhood where Crowder lives. Crowder is concerned about rain water that doesn’t drain and collects on his property.
City staff, residents take walk through Sutton Park BY ELISABETH ARRIERO
MONROE You couldn’t miss them even if you tried. Dozens of city staff meandered through the streets of Sutton Park on Wednesday, clad in bright yellow vests with “City of Monroe” inscribed on the back like a team jersey. As part of Sutton Park’s neighborhood walk, city staff mostly took notes on any ordinance violations and answered any questions from the few residents who approached them. Although the walk was supposed to include both employees and residents, turnout for the
latter group was sparse. “I was expecting to see more neighbors out walking, but I know some had to work today,” said Ron Cureton, neighborhood president. The walk began at Sutton Recreation Center at 2:30 p.m. and ended there at 4 p.m. Throughout the walk, code enforcement officers stopped several times to deliver fliers to residents in violation. “When they first came out, why didn’t they tell me then?” resident Walter Smith asked Maribel Andon of code enforcement after he was told a blue truck parked on the side of his house was against city ordi-
nances. Andon said there’s been a lot of confusion among residents about the codes that cover where residents can park their cars. Parked cars aren’t allowed anywhere but on gravel or paved driveways, or behind a house. Residents also sought out officials throughout the walk to discuss everything from flooding in their yards to criminal activity on their blocks. “A lot goes on around my house,” said resident Janie Robinson, who talked to several officers on the walk about her concerns. “And I can’t do nothing about it but sit there and see it.”
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MONROE The Union County Christmas Bureau is accepting applications from families in need of assistance. The bureau opened Monday. “We’ve never seen this many (people) the first couple of days,” Christmas Bureau coordinator Gloria Haney said. “We’ve seen probably twice as many in the first two days as we normally do.” On opening day, Haney said, the line of applicants was so long that volunteers could accept only the first 150 and asked the others to come back. Tuesday, the first 130 applicants were accepted. Haney said it takes 20 to 25 minutes to process each applicant. The bureau reached about 2,000 families, or more than 10,000 individuals, last Christmas through general donations and sponsors. Sponsors can include businesses, churches, civic groups or other families. Accepted donations include toys, nonperishable food, household items, toiletries, blankets and bicycles. Individuals and organizations can also assist by putting up gift trees or filling stockings. The Christmas Bureau has some stockings on hand that need to be filled.
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Marine veterans find replacement for stolen float BY TIFFANY LANE
MONROE A month after the Toys for Tots parade float was stolen, the Marine Corps League of Monroe has a replacement. League members noticed the float missing Sept. 21 and have been unable to find it. The Monroe Police Department assisted in the search. “We gave up looking for it,” league Comman-
dant Richard Stone said. Some league members think it might have been taken for scrap metal. Nearly $3,000 went into building and decorating the 24-foot trailer before it disappeared. Money donated from local businesses bought lumber, pipes and steel. “We would like to have found the old one,” Junior Vice Commandant Bob Griffin said.
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Commandant Richard Stone climbs aboard the local Marine Corps League’s new 1970 truck, which it will use to collect items for its Toys for Tots campaign.
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DEATHS Charles Grimsley
MONROE Charles Alexander Grimsley, 71, has died. Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Langford Chapel CME Church, with inurnment in the National Cemetery in Salisbury. Born Aug. 30, 1930, he was a son of the late James B. and Pansy Bar-
INDIAN TRAIL Mr. David Charles Shively, 55, of Indian Trail, N.C., passed away on Sunday at home. His family will receive friends on Friday, October 30, 2009, from 2 until service time of 3 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel. Mr. Shively was born on May 28, 1954, in Massillion, Ohio, son of the late Paul and Margaret Miller Shively. He was a loving a de-
Cameron Octo Banker Jr.
CHARLOTTE — Mr. Banker, 85, of Charlotte, passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2009, at the Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville. Cameron “Cam” Octo Banker, Jr. was born in Charlotte on April 18, 1924, to the late Cameron O. Banker Sr. and Eunice Penninger Banker. At the age of 2, he moved to the family property on Tom Hunter Road, where he grew up and continued to reside with his wife, Evelyn, throughout his life. Cam attended Derita High School. When the U.S. entered World War II, he was drafted into the Army, was sworn in on May 22, 1943, (his wedding day), served in France, Germany and England with the U.S. Army 240th QMC of General Patton’s 3rd Army and was honorably discharged with the rank of Master Sergeant on March 10, 1946. Cam retired from Airco Welding Supply. During his retirement years, he enjoyed many hobbies, including woodworking, gardening and fishing with his friends at the beach. Most of all, he enjoyed his children, grandchildren and g reat-g randchildren and walks with his little dog, Tippy. Cam enjoyed participating in community activities though his memberships in the Derita Lions Club and the American Legion, Post #345. He also served for 25 years in the Derita Volunteer Fire Department. He loved the Lord and he loved his church. As a lifelong member of Sugaw Creek Presbyte-
COMING EVENTS bour Grimsley. He formerly worked in the mail room at The EnquirerJournal. Survivors include one brother, Harold Grimsley of Monroe; and one sister, Lucy Baldwin of Newport News, Va. Memorials may be made to the Langford Chapel CME Church Building Fund, 113 S. Johnson St., voted husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, nephew and friend to all and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He had a love for music, playing golf and watching sports. He was the kind of man who liked continuing his education and kept obtaining different degrees. Survivors include his beloved wife and best friend, Mary Jo Griffith Shively; loving son, Matthew Shively both of Indian Trail; brother, Tom Shively; uncle, Ken Miller both of Massillion, Ohio, and his brother-in-law, Jon Griffith of Canton, Ohio, and close friends, Dale, Sue, and Kelsey Knorzer of Atlanta, Ga. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel. An online guestbook is available at www.heritagefuneral.net.
Monroe, NC 28112. Harris Funeral Home is in charge.
WAXHAW Benjamin Blair Smith, 53, died Sunday (Oct. 25, 2009) at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Friday in the Rehobeth Presbyterian Church cemetery. Memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Friday in the Townsend Building at JAARS. Born in Peru, he was a son of Don Smith of Waxhaw. He was an avionics technician with US Airways in Charlotte. Survivors, in addition to his father, include his wife, Faith Bartholomew Smith; three daughters, Katy Smith, Krista Smith, Heather Smith; one son, Jeremiah Smith; one sister, Susan Harris; and three brothers, Scott Smith, Mark Smith and Tim Smith. Gordon Funeral Service of Monroe is in charge. Online condolences may be left at www.gordonfuneralservice.com.
rian Church, he served as a Deacon, Elder, Treasurer and Cemetery Committee member. Mr. Banker is survived by his wife of 66 years, Evelyn Helms Banker; son, Michael R. Banker and his wife, Anne; daughters, Dianne B. Spicer and her husband, Barry, and Robin B. Miracle and her husband, Gene; grandchildren, Christie B. Hoagland and her husband, Brian, Stephen Banker and his wife, Torrie, Julie Banker and her fiancé, Randy Sossomon, Devon Banker, Jennifer Spicer, Melanie S. Shell and her husband, Charles, Erica Spicer and Chelsey Miracle; and great-grandchildren, Camryn, Luke and Gage Banker. He is also survived by his sister, Sara Alice Middlebrook and her husband, Carl; sister-in-law, Ruth Banker (wife of his late brother, William Edgar Banker); and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Banker’s family will receive friends Thursday, October 29, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., at Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church. A memorial service celebrating his life will take place at 2:30 p.m. following the visitation. Burial in the Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials for Mr. Banker can be made to any of the following: Hospice & Palliative Care, Charlotte Region, Attn: Development Department, 1420 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204; Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 18th Street, Washington, DC 20006, Attn: Dionne Kelso; The ALS Center at the Department of Neurology, Neuroscience and Spine Institute, 1010 Edgehill Road North, Charlotte, NC 28207; or Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church, 101 West Sugar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28213. Mr. Banker’s family is being served by McEwen Funeral Service, Derita Chapel, www.Mem.com for on-line condolences. PAID OBITUARY
MONROE Mrs. Sarah Kate Wallace Belk, age 81, died Monday, October 26, 2009, at Lake Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Mrs. Belk was born Feb. 12, 1928, in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, daughter of the late John Ervin and the late Myrtle Mangum Wallace. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Warren Belk on March 22, 1994, and a grandson, Joshua Belk. Survivors include two sons, Marvin Belk and wife Martha of Monroe, N.C., and Randy Belk and wife Linda of Indian Land, South Carolina; three grandsons, Michael Todd Belk, Marvin Brian Belk, both of Monroe, N.C., Michael Brent Belk of Indian Land, S.C.; six greatgrandchildren; two sisters, Ms. Savannah Wallace of Charlotte, N.C., and Mrs. Lucille Evans of Monroe; one brother, Mr. John Edward Wallace of Pageland, South Carolina. The family will receive friends and relatives for visitation from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Friday afternoon October 30, 2009, at the Shiloh Baptist Church fellowship hall. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. in the Shiloh Baptist Church sanctuary with her pastors Rev. Don Whitener and Rev. Ron Hanna officiating. Interment will follow in Lakeland Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, 2301 Rocky River Rd. N., Monroe, NC 28110. McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service of Monroe is serving the family of Mrs. Belk. PAID OBITUARY
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• UNION WEST ROTARY, 7:30 a.m., civic building behind Indian Trail Town Hall. For details, call Sean Helms, 704-849-9332. • WAXHAW-WEDDINGTON SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB, 7:30 a.m., Rippington’s Restaurant, 109 W. South Main Street, Waxhaw. For information, call Jerry Simpson, 704-363-2173. • BABY TIME, 10:30 a.m., Union West Library. Details, 704-821-7475. • KIWANIS CLUB OF MONROE, noon to 1 p.m., Rolling Hills Country Club. For details, call Fran Dandridge at 704289-9429. • SENIOR CITIZENS CANASTA, 12:30 p.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Center. For information, call Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center at 704-282-4657. • HOMEWORK HELP NIGHT, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monroe Library. For grades one through eight. Details, Kim, 704283-8184, ext. 238. • THURSDAY TALES, 5 p.m., Monroe Library. For ages 5 and up and their caregivers. Details, 704-283-8184. • 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. • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 6 p.m. weigh-in, 6:20 meeting, Love Baptist Church, 707 Deese Road, Monroe. Details, 704-225-1720. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. • UNION COUNTY CRUISERS, 6:30 p.m., Monroe Mall, next to Pizza Hut. Custom and classic cars. Details, 704238-1600. • WAXHAW TOPS #613 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Waxhaw Bible Church, 6810 Pleasant Grove Road. For details, call 704-843-5518 or 704-2543880. • SENIOR DANCE, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Center, Line dancing and ballroom dancing. Details, 704-282-4657. • BINGO, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Indian Trail VFW, 100 VFW Lane, Indian Trail; $500 jackpot. For details, call 704-821-9753. • COCAINE ANONYMOUS meeting, 7:30 p.m., at the Friendship Home, 2111 Stafford St. Ext., Monroe. • AL-ANON, 8 p.m., First Step Recovery Center, 1623 Sunset Drive, Monroe. Details, 704-2830944, 704-764-7651.
• EXERCISE CLASS, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center. Open to ages 55 and up. For details, call 704282-4657. • SENIOR FITNESS CLASS, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Bazemore Cen-
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70,0000 expected at 2009 air show MONROE A few years back, a group of concerned residents got together to figure out how to best honor and pay tribute to area veterans. Unsure of exactly where to begin, the group decided to organize a World War II-themed hangar dance at the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport. And while the hangar dance has continued to grow each year, the group began adding on other aviation elements to the celebration, which has led to the evolution of the Warriors and Warbirds Air Show. On Nov. 7-8, as many as 70,000 people are expected to converge on Monroe’s airport. “We are so proud to be able to put on this show not only for fans of air shows, but in honor of the veterans who have served this country,” event co-organizer Bob Russell said in a press release. “We really want families to come out to learn a little history by seeing the displays and performers as well as talking to the pilots and veterans.” Scheduled to fly during this year’s show is the Flying Fortress B-17 Bomber “The Memphis Belle.” It will be accompanied by three B-25 bombers. This year’s show will also feature pyrotechnics throughout the performances by Tora! Tora! Tora! team that performed last year. In addition to the bombers, this year’s slate of performers includes the Trojan Horseman’s group of aerial acrobatics, the C-54 Spirit of Freedom, an A-26, a C-47, a B-25, a P-51, a Stearman, a FW149, a Helldiver, P-3s, T-28s, TBM Avenger/Dauntless, skydivers and flag presentations and more. “This show will have a little bit of everything for everybody,” city spokesman Pete Hovanec said in the release “We have every flagship aircraft of the
John and Jane Hinson Family
MONROE Descendants of the late John and Jane Rummage Hinson will have their annual reunion at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Antioch Baptist Church fellowship hall, 6223 Love Mill Road. Bring a well-filled basket. For information, call Hilton Hinson at 704-753-1239
Alex and Sarah Polk Nash family
NEW SALEM Descendants of Alex and Sarah Polk Nash will have their annual reunion at 1 p.m. Sunday at American Legion Post 440 on N.C. Highway 218. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m.; drinks will be provided. Those unable to attend are asked to call Joe at 704-283-5787 or Boots at 704-537-5077.
Forest Hills High Class of 1999
MARSHVILLE The Forest Hills High School Class of 1999 will have a reunion on Nov. 7, beginning with a family barbecue at the high school from noon to 2 p.m.
School facilities panel to meet
MONROE The Union County Board of Education’s Facilities Committee will meet Friday at 9 a.m. in the Central Services board room at 400 N. Church St. The committee will discuss a roof lease for photo voltaic panels, a comprehensive facility study, three house burns, Unionville Elementary School property and water line easements.
Marine Continued from Page 1A The league, however, isn’t dwelling on that. Stone said the new one will “work beautifully for Toys for Tots and parades.” The League collects toys each Christmas for Union County children in need. More than 12,000 toys were distributed last year. The new float is a 10-wheel, 2.5-ton truck, better known in the military as a “deuce and a half.” Griffin said servicemen will recognize it from “World War II, Vietnam and Korea.” What will the rest of the public think? “I think they’ll like it,” Griffin said, adding that he gets a lot of looks when driving it down the road. Behind the wheel, he said it’s “kind of noisy,” but takes him back to his days in the military. In previous years, the league used Griffin’s pickup truck with a couple of barrels in the back to collect toys at various parades. League members purchased the new truck in Charlotte, Stone said, from a man who bought it from military surplus. The man offered it to the league for “a nice price,” he added. Members added a Toys for Tots banner, but will leave the camouflage paint untouched. “This is our response to having our trailer stolen,” Stone said, smiling. “Come back stronger.” Marshville will be the first town to host the float in its Christmas parade on Nov. 21. It will also appear in parades in Waxhaw, Indian Trail, Unionville and Monroe. Residents may donate toys during these events.
World War II era as well as a huge children’s area, great food vendors and so many true American heroes that have proudly served our country.” Aside from the performers, the weekend event will feature an original Tuskegee Airman, vintage static planes and vehicles, a JROTC drill competition, helicopter rides, food concessions and entertainment. There will also be Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) on hand to share their military experiences. The hangar dance, the backbone of the event, is also bigger this year. The Reflection Band will play swing music and Eric and Stephanie Simpson with Lovin’ Lindy will provide free swing dance lessons Saturday night. Astronaut Joe Edwards will once again be the guest speaker for the event. He piloted the last American crew member to the Russian Mir space station and holds world records for flying the greatest mass in earth orbit and for flying the most humans in space simultaneously. Visitors to the show will be able to park in the parking lots of businesses along Airport Road, at SPCC, along Capitol Drive, Contributed photo as well as in the grass lot at the corner of Old Char- The Warbirds Air Show, complete with the ‘Tora, Tora, Tora’ combat flight demlotte Highway and Airport onstrations, returns to the Monroe Airport on Nov. 7-8. Shown are the Trojan Road, and on the grass lot Horseman aerial acrobats. at Rocky River Road at the AeroPoint Industrial CenYou’re Invited tre. There will be several buses picking spectators up at the various locations to make it easier for Saturday, November 7th people to get in and out. Charlotte-Monroe ExCome join Wingate University friends for a day ecutive Airport will open at 9 a.m. each day with trip to the performers hitting the skies at noon. Smoking, Free Gifts to the pets and coolers will not First 50 Customers! be allowed. Admission is Saturday, November 14 Come see our New Ornaments, $10 for adults and $5 for veterans. Children under Leave campus 7:00 a.m - Return 7:00 p.m. Florals and Holiday Décor 18 will be admitted free. More information about Mark your the event can be found at www.war riorsandwarcalendar for this Price includes: motor coach transportation; Biltmore House birds.com. tour; wonderful buffet lunch at the Deerpark Inn and lots of fun.
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The barbecue will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Checks made out to Trent Thomas must be received at the Forest Hills High School office by Friday. There will be an adult gathering later that evening at a local restaurant. For more information, contact Trent Thomas at 980-3282435 or trentonpthomas@ yahoo.com.
Monroe Schools employees
MONROE Former employees of Monroe City Schools and their guests will have a reunion Nov. 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Union County Agricultural Services Center. Casual dress. Cost is $17 per person. For more information, call Sue Marks at 704-289-2045 or Margaret Batchelor at 704-283-8232.
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A CAROLINA VIEW
Politics of the drought
uring the summer of 2002, while North Carolina suffered through a serious drought, then-Gov. Mike Easley pleaded with residents to conserve water. Turn off the faucet while you shave and brush your teeth, the governor suggested. His aides set up publicrelations events where he walked through parched farm fields and lamented the withered crops. At the same time, the governor’s favorite golf club, an exclusive retreat for a very small number of the state’s most influential people, was manipulating the political system to get six million gallons of water to spread on its greens. Had it not been used on the golf course, the water would have flowed into Jordan Lake, a reservoir for the Triangle. No one has demonstrated yet that Easley had a personal hand in Old Chatham Golf Club’s securing the approval for use of the water. But evidence uncovered by McClatchy Newspapers indicates that an unidentified someone in the governor’s office contacted the N.C. Division of Water Resources to intercede in favor of the transfer. The club’s special treatment was not illegal. Chatham County commissioners had allocated the water to the club. But the state’s consent was necessary and, at such a time, the public would have expected officials to be more sensitive to fairness concerns. At the very least, the public would have expected the state, if it could not legally block the water’s sale to Old Chatham, to at least raise a protest about it and ask local commissioners to reconsider. In retrospect, the approval carries a bad odor considering that we now know the golf club, in 2001, had waived Easley’s responsibility for paying dues. That saved him nearly $50,000 while he was in office. North Carolinians might have also expected more responsible behavior from the directors of the golf club, who should have never asked for special treatment. And commissioners who approved the $10,000 sale of the water from the county’s allocation don’t look too wise, either. All around, it was an affair that smacked of self-interest and disregard for the public good. Fortunately, a repeat of the Old Chatham episode is less likely. During the more recent 2007 drought, the General Assembly began to provide the state with more authority to regulate and control water. Ironically, legislators did so at Easley’s prodding. At the time, it may have been illegal for the state to block Chatham County’s sale of the water. Now, it clearly is within state power to do so. And there is a regulatory process in place, one that, we would hope, will be more difficult to manipulate. Winston-Salem Journal
YOUR VIEW Let’s re-elect Nancy Anderson as mayor We have lived in Weddington 44 years (raised four children here.) My father owned the property and had his parents living here before we came. It makes us happy to see young people who grew up here come back and take a leadership role as Nancy Anderson has done. Before Rea Roadm was built into Weddington, Nancy researched and presented a proposal for locating Rea Road more southerly and hooking it into New Town Road to proceed to Monroe. Now wouldn’t that have been nice. But those men in power at that time ignored it and proceeded to dump Read Road dead end into Providence Road. It was understood that it would be extended in the future. I believe it was purple lined on the maps in 1995. If you think the current town council is sometimes contentious, you should have been around before Nancy became mayor. I am pleased that she is willing to serve again after people have falsely impugned her motives. She is one of twelve owners of the Delaney farm and has nothing to gain from being mayor except perhaps some pride in her hometown becoming a nicer place to live. I understand that some people moved her expecting property owners to keep the rural scenic vistas with cows for their enjoyment. Ask me about my Union County taxes and be enlightened. Nancy is willing to serve now to see current improvement projects completed. Let’s re-elect Nancy Anderson
so she can use her experience wiht all areas of Union County and North Carolina government to benefit Weddington. JOYCE DEESE HELMS Weddington
Coincidence or plot? I am not really sure I am a registered voter in Monroe left wondering iof one particular candidate was the targer of a plot to keep her off Monroe City Council. I noticed her picture ran with no information included. I noticed some underhanded mail that I received endorsing another candidate which included a marked sample ballot with the photo of another African woman. I am sure I got the mail by mistake as I am not African American and this was the target group. I was really disturbed whebn thge accompanying letter was signed by a person on the council and ranking Democrats, etc. Plot thickens! I notices on the Scribe VSO under candidates endorsements that an African American male withdrew from the council race and an African American woman withdrew from the mayor’s race on the same day, Aug. 27, 2009, yet the male was left on the ballot but the female was removed. Mountain or mold hill? Should we expect dignity, fair play and just good old personal choice to rule? It would be interesting to see if anyone noticed this but me or if other underhanded shenningkins occurred,
Vote no to alcohol sales in Wingate No is not a negative when aimed at a negative. Liquor by the drink nor an ABC store could not benefit Wingate because: 1. Alcohol is among the most addictive drugs. 2. High cost in relationships. 3. Damage to families and influence upon children. 4. Decays mental, physical, social abilities and personality. 5. Lost of time, work and income. 7. Almost 50 percent of highway accidents involved alcohol. Vote positively “No” to alcohol on Nov. 3 JOE LARIMORE Wingate
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Preventing breast cancer through health care reform One simple test could end up saving thousands of women’s lives. Yet, for those without health insurance, the test comes too late. According to the American Cancer Society, this year alone an estimated 40,170 women will lose their lives to breast cancer. Meanwhile, it is estimated that 4,000 breast cancer deaths could be prevented just by increasing the percentage of women who receive breast cancer screenings to 90 percent. Breast cancer often can be treated with early detection. That’s why health insurance that pays for mammograms is especially important. But mammography rates declined between 2003 and 2005, with a notable decrease for Hispanic women (from 65 percent to 59 percent) and African-American women (from 70 percent to 65 percent). An estimated one in five women over 50 has not received a mammogram in the past two years. Everyone needs health insurance to keep healthy, yet women are disproportionately
underinsured. An estimated 21 million women and girls went without health insurance in 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And a recent congressional report found that 18 percent of all women not eligible for Medicare are uninsured, which translates to 28 percent of 19 to 24 year olds and 26 percent of single mothers without insurance. Why are so many women left uncovered? Perhaps it’s because many medical situations faced by women are treated as pre-existing conditions, including breast cancer. The National Cancer Institute estimated that in 2004 approximately 2.4 mil-
lion women had a history of breast cancer. But without continuing coverage, cancer survivors face steep risks. A recent report by the Department of Health and Human Services found that breast cancer patients with employer-based insurance had total out-of-pocket costs averaging $6,250 in 2007, higher than outof-pocket spending for patients with asthma, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or high blood pressure. Why are women falling behind in insurance coverage faster than men? According to the Department of Health and Human Services, various factors restrict women’s access to health care, which include a vast array of “pre-existing conditions” such as breast cancer, pregnancy, caesarian section and domestic violence. In addition, women are less likely to be employed full time, which makes them less likely to be eligible for employer-based health benefits. In fact, fewer than half of women have the option of obtaining employer-based
coverage. Any health care reform proposal should take that into consideration and include access to comprehensive care, including preventative care such as mammograms. Americans, men and women alike, understand this need. A recent poll commissioned by Moving Forward, a values-based research initiative developed by the Women Donors Network and the Communications Consortium, found that a strong majority of voters -- 87 percent -- think insurance companies should be required to cover women’s preventive care and screenings, such as contraception, Pap tests for cervical cancer and breast cancer screenings. Public health experts recommend health insurance coverage be universal and available to all regardless of work status, place of residence, health status or other factors unrelated to need. Reform should be aimed at achieving quality outcomes and eliminating disparities as well as at being affordable. Coverage also needs to be con-
tinuous from birth until end of life without interruptions or delays, as gaps in existing coverage allows women to fall through the cracks. Reform will bring health care to more American women and their families than ever before in our nation’s history. Women would do well to learn more about their stake in health care reform. One good resource is www.WomenandHealthCareReform.org. As we end National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the best thing we can do to end breast cancer is to make sure all health insurance coverage is universal -- not limited by exclusions due to pre-existing conditions -- and includes preventative care and basic services such as breast and cervical cancer screenings. Let’s create a system that provides health care, not just sick care. • Wendy Wolf is a board member of Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Women Donors Network and leads WDN’s effort on reproductive and other health issues.
Thursday, October 29, 2009 / 5A
Kids get non-spooky look at graveyards BY JASON deBRUYN
MONROE Patricia Poland shined a new light on a traditionally spooky place: Graveyards. “Think of them as museums without walls,” she told a group of school kids who gathered at Alice Jules Coffeehouse to
STATE BRIEFS Perdue seeks funds to clear rock slide
RALEIGH (AP) — Gov. Beverly Perdue signed an emergency declaration Wednesday to help with cleanup from a rock slide which has blocked traffic on Interstate 40 near the TennesseeNorth Carolina border. It’s the first step in seeking federal funds to help clear debris and repair the road, as it enables the state Department of Transportation to request funding assistance from the Federal Highway Administration. Perdue, state Transportation Secretary Gene Conti and other officials toured the site on Wednesday.
US Airways cutting 1,000 jobs
(AP) — Struggling US Airways said Wednesday it will cut some 1,000 jobs next year, shift nearly all of its flying to its three hubs and Washington, and suspend several international routes. The retrenching is aimed at putting its airplanes where the money is — its hubs at Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Charlotte, N.C., as well as Washington. US Airways said flying from its hubs has been profitable. Once the changes are made early next year, 99 percent of its flying will be to or from those cities, up from 93 percent now.
Walk Continued from Page 1A Lisa Stiwinter, interim director of planning, said the walk helped many staff members gain a new perspective. “It’s always good to get more of a visual so you can have a better understanding of what’s going on,” said Stiwinter, who spent the walk taking note of new buildings lacking permits or illegal gravel driveway expansions. Cureton said he was optimistic that the extensive notes officials took would result in tangible improvements within the next year. “I won’t let them forget,” he joked, adding more seriously that he hoped changes arising from the walk would “help turn Sutton Park back into what it used to be.”
discuss “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman. The Monroe branch of the Union County Public Library on Saturday held a book discussion for students ages 10 to 15 and planned to tour the Monroe city cemetery for a hands-on genealogy lesson. Rain washed the lat-
ter part out, but Poland, who works in the Dickerson Genealogy Room, brought examples of her gravestone rubbings. Poland explained that she takes rubbings by placing wax paper over a gravestone and rubs a special crayon so the gravestone front will appear as a
shadowy image on the paper. Poland said she has developed a real affection for gravestone art and enjoys finding gems in new cemeteries. She also has an affinity for family histories and likes tracing family cemeteries. The Monroe cemetery, for example, started
out as the Covington family cemetery, she said. “The Graveyard Book” is a Newbery Award winner and was a timely choice, said Jill Peth with the library. “We picked it because it’s close to Halloween,” she said. Students discussed character and plot devel-
opments and threw out aspects they liked or disliked about the writing. “We’re all really excited about it,” Peth said. Friends of the Library sponsored drinks and snacks for the students. — Jason deBruyn can be reached at 704-261-2243 or email@example.com.
Several significant court cases continued BY JASON deBRUYN
continued until Feb. 17.
MONROE Several high-profile cases moved through the courthouse this week, but were mostly continued until a later date.
Marshville Councilwoman Denise Whitley, who is charged with forging a will, had her case
Christmas Continued from Page 1A To apply, a resident must produce identification for each household member, a utility bill with a current Union County address and proof of income. Donations are tax deductible and should be in by Dec. 11. Monetary donations can be made
Erica Denise Kelly
Erica Denise Kelly, 23, of 1902 Walkup Ave. in Monroe, was charged with first-degree murder after a newborn baby was found in a fire pit near Waxhaw. Police said Kelly concealed the birth of the baby and left the child’s body in the fire pit. Police found the body Feb. 20 and
to the Union County Christmas Bureau, 1416 Skyway Drive, Monroe, NC 28110. Residents may also volunteer by calling the Christmas Bureau at 704-292-2980. The bureau is located in the Monroe Plaza Shopping Center. Applicants can come by between 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Toy and poker run on Nov. 7 will help Christmas Bureau MONROE A toy and poker run to benefit the Union County Christmas Bureau is scheduled for Nov. 7. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the McDonald’s at 1101 Roosevelt Blvd. McDonald’s will provide a free breakfast to all riders. To enter, riders must donate at least one new, unwrapped toy to the Christmas Bureau. The last motorcycle out will be at 10:30 a.m. The ride will end at Shooter’s Grill in Wingate, where food will be
available and entertainment provided by The Ezzra Goodman Band. The event will include a 50/50 drawing and raffle. During the ride, poker hands will be sold for $10 each or $5 with a donation of a new, unwrapped toy. Cash prizes will be awarded to the riders with the top two hands and the worst hand. The rain date is Nov. 14. For more information or to pre-register, e-mail John at xmasbikerun1@ yahoo.com or call 704-
arrested Kelly April 2. Her court case was continued until Dec. 2. District Attorney John Snyder said investigators are still waiting for lab results.
Cousins accused of first-degree murder in the Dec. 11, 2008, shooting of Martin Chavez Garcia had their court case continued until Dec. 2.
Oryan Reginald Hailey, 18, of 3626 Continental Drive, and Khalil Basheib Hailey, 17, of 1914 Weddington Road, were arrested Dec. 13 and charged with the killing after police received an anonymous tip from a witness. The cousins are accused of walking up to Garcia’s car on Hudson Street in Monroe and shooting him during an attempted robbery.
Easley’s testimony before BOE contradicts pilot RALEIGH (AP) — Out of office for nine months, former Gov. Mike Easley appeared in public Wednesday to reject testimony from a friend and political ally about airplane flights and home repairs being investigated by the State Board of Elections. In more than four hours of testimony, Easley denied he told McQueen Campbell to use bills for campaign flights piloted by Campbell to hide thousands of dollars in reimbursements from campaign funds to pay for repairs Campbell took care of on the governor’s home. “I don’t know where he got that idea but he didn’t get it from me,” Easley told the board. Campbell, a longtime family friend whom Eas-
ley appointed to the N.C. State University trustee board, testified Monday that the governor had suggested the idea to him and that he filed two false invoices totaling more than $11,000. The airplane flights, a car leased to the campaign and other issues surrounding Easley and his wife have drawn attention from state and federal investigators. Easley said Campbell, the board’s star witness, was wrong. “He never, ever mentioned anything about repairs to the house along with any invoices. They were all separate,” Easley told the board, adding there was no conversation “where he could imply, read my mind or anything else ... for him to submit
bogus invoices.” The contradictions in testimony come as election board members are expected to decide Thursday at the close of an investigative hearing what actions to take, if any, against Easley’s committee and the state Democratic Party. The board could exonerate his campaign, order it to pay fines or refer the case to prosecutors for criminal charges. The ex-governor, a Democrat who left office in January after eight years, testified he told Campbell in 2005 to file an invoice for the campaign to advance him money to pay for expected flights. That kind of prebilling is apparently lawful. Campbell’s two invoices, however, were for past flights.
6A / Thursday, October 29, 2009 Classes
Children’s Thanksgiving Workshop, Nov. 15 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn the history and customs of Thanksgiving through crafts, games and holiday experts. For children 5 and older. Cost is $15 per child. To register, call 704-8431832 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jon Reep, Nov. 27-28 at 8 p.m. at Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theatre. Tickets start at $25 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.CarolinaTix.org. Jeff Dunham, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets are $49.50 and are available at the Arena box office, at www.TimeWarnerCableArena.com or through Ticketmaster.
Innovative Works, presented by North Carolina Dance Theatre, Nov. 5-7, Nov. 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Booth Playhouse at the Blumethal Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $20 to $74 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.CarolinaTix.org. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Feb. 9-11 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 12 at 8 p.m., Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. at the Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. Tickets start at $34 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www. CarolinaTix.org.
Bob Trotman: Business as Usual, through Nov. 14 at the Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission, which includes entry to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design on the same day, is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call 704-337-2000 or go online to www.mintmuseum.org. Passionate Journey: The Grice Collection of Native American Art, through Nov. 17 at the Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission, which includes entry to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design on the same day, is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call 704-337-2000 or go online to www.mintmuseum.org. Faces & Flowers: Painting on Lenox China, through Jan. 30, at the Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission, which includes entry to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design on the same day, is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call 704-337-2000 or go online to www. mintmuseum.org. American Quilt Classics, 1800-1980: The Bresler Collection, through Feb. 6 at the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, 220 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission, which includes entry to the Mint Museum of Art on the same day, is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call 704-337-2000 or go online to www.mintmuseum.org. The Art of Affluence: Haute Couture and Luxury Fashions 1947-2007, through spring 2010, at the Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission, which includes entry to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design on the same day, is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call 704-337-2000 or go online to www. mintmuseum.org. The Height of Fashion: Platform Shoes Then and Now, through spring 2011 at the Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission, which includes entry to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design on the same day, is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call 704-337-2000 or go online to www.mintmuseum.org.
“Under the Sea,” at the Imax Dome Theatre at Discovery Place,
Wingate University Choral 2010 Tour home concert, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theatre of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Free admission. The 5 Browns, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Tickets start at $39 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www. CarolinaTix.org. Get the Led Out, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $19.50 and go on sale Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www. CarolinaTix.org. University Wind Ensemble, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theatre of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Free admission. University Men’s and Women’s Choirs, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theatre of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Free admission. Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m at the Knight Theater. Tickets start at $39 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-3721000 or online at www.CarolinaTix. org.
The Reduced Shakespeare Company will present ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)’ through Sunday in the Booth Playhouse of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Admission to the theater is $8 for ages 14 to 59, $7 for those 60 or older or 2 to 13, free for those under 2. Combo passes including Discovery Place are $14 and $10.50. For information or show times, call 704-372-6261, ext. 300, or (800) 935-0553, or go online to www.discoveryplace.org. “Adventures in Wild California,” at the Imax Dome Theatre at Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Admission to the theater is $8 for ages 14 to 59, $7 for those 60 or older or 2 to 13, free for those under 2. Combo passes including Discovery Place are $14 and $10.50. For information or show times, call 704-372-6261, ext. 300, or (800) 935-0553, or go online to www.discoveryplace.org.
Flat Out Bluegrass, Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Mineral Springs Music Barn, 5920 Eubanks St., Mineral Springs. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and younger, and are available online at www.MineralSpringsMusicBarn.com. For information, call 704-668-1689. The Farewell Drifters, Blue Highway, Friday at 8 p.m. at Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theatre. Tickets start at $22.50 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.CarolinaTix.org. Bernadette Peters with the Charlotte Symphony Pops, Friday at 8 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $35 to $75 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www. CarolinaTix.org. Charlotte Symphony Lollipops: The Magic Orchestra, Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $12 to $25 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www. CarolinaTix.org. Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Peforming Arts Center. Tickets start at $21 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www. CarolinaTix.org. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets range from $30 to $100 and are available at the Arena box office, at www.TimeWarnerCableArena.com or through Ticketmaster. Die Fledermaus, presented by the Union Symphony Orchestra, Nov. 6-7 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theater of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 704-233-8316 or online at www.wingate.edu/culture. 13th Annual Rocky River Bluegrass & Gospel Show, featuring Toby Creek, Pinetuckett Gospel and A Deeper Shade of Blue, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Forest Hills High School auditorium. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door; children under 12 admitted free. Advance tickets available at Holloway’s Music in Monroe, Unionville Service & Grocery, Hair Forum in Mint Hill, Ron’s Pickin’ Parlor in Stanfield and the Mineral Springs Music Barn. For more information, call 704-283-0215 or go online to www.DeeperShadeOfBlue.com. Star Wars in Concert, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets range from $35 to $75 and are available at the Arena box office, at www.TimeWarnerCableArena.com or through Ticketmaster. USO Show, Nov. 7 and Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Benton’s Cross Roads
Baptist Church, 109 Lawyers Road East. Tribute artists of ’50s and ’60s stars. Admission by donation. James Otto, Nov. 7 at 11 p.m. at Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.coyote-joes.com. The Flatlanders, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theatre. Tickets range from $22.50 to $27.50 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www. CarolinaTix.org. Daughtry, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. Tickets are $29.50 and $39.50 and are available through Ticketmaster. Jackson Browne, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. at the Asheville Civic Center. Tickets range from $38.50 to $58.50 and are available through Ticketmaster. Jake Owen, Gloriana and Blaine Larson, Nov. 13 at 11 p.m. at Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte. Tickets are $20 and are available at www.coyote-joes.com. Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Nov 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. For ticket information, call 803-2861145, fax 803-285-6207 or e-mail email@example.com. Leo Kottke, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. at Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theatre. Tickets range from $22.50 to $27.50 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www. CarolinaTix.org. George Jones, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. Tickets range from $35 to $55 and are available through Ticketmaster. Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $39.50 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www. CarolinaTix.org. Doc Watson, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. at The Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., Charlotte. Tickets are $32 and are available at www.CarolinaTix.org. R. Kelly, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. at Ovens Auditorium. Tickets range from $45 to $95 and are available at the Bojangles’ Coliseum box office and through Ticketmaster. Michelle Shocked, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. at Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theatre. Tickets range from $17.50 to $21.50 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www. CarolinaTix.org. Billy Currington, Nov. 21 at 11 p.m. at Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte. Tickets are $20 and are available at www.coyote-joes. com. John McCutcheon, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theatre. Tickets start at $17.50 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-3721000 or online at www.CarolinaTix. org. Miley Cyrus, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets range from $39.50 to $79.50 and are available at the Arena box office and through Ticketmaster. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets range from $25 to $60 and are available at the Arena box office and through Ticketmaster. Luke Bryan, Nov. 28 at 11 p.m. at Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.coyote-joes. com. University Wind Ensemble, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theatre of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Free admission. “With Instrument and Voice,”
university choral concert, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theatre of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Free admission. Jimmy Wayne, Dec. 5 at 11 p.m. at Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.coyote-joes. com. Martina McBride, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. Tickets range from $29.75 to $59.75 and go on sale Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. A Rockapella Holiday, Dec. 15-16 at 7:30 p.m. in Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theatre. Tickets start at $34 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www. CarolinaTix.org. Band of the Irish Guards/ Royal Regiment of Scotland, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $19 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-3721000 or online at www.CarolinaTix. org. Boston Brass, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theater of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 704-233-8316 or online at www.wingate.edu/culture. Jake Owen, Blaine Larson, Jan. 29 at 11 p.m. at Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.coyote-joes.com. Turtle Island String Quartet, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theater of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 704-233-8316 or online at www.wingate.edu/culture. Kathy Mattea and the Charlotte Symphony, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. at Ovens Auditorium. Tickets range from $20 to $50 and are available at the Bojangles’ Coliseum box office and through Ticketmaster. David Nail, Feb. 6 at 11 p.m. at Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte. Tickets are $10 and are available at www.coyote-joes.com.
“The Woman in Black,” presented by Theatre Charlotte, today at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday and Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 6-7 at 8 p.m., Nov. 8 at 2:30 p.m. at the theater, 501 Queens Road, Charlotte. Recommended for 13 and older. Tickets range from $7 to $24 and are available at www.CarolinaTix.org. Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, today at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Booth Playhouse of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $24.50 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.CarolinaTix.org. “The Crucible,” presented by UNC Charlotte Performing Arts, today through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. at UNC Charlotte’s Robinson Hall. Tickets range from $6 to $14 and are available at www. CarolinaTix.org. “South Pacific,” Nov. 10-12 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 13 at 8 p.m., Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $25 to $74.50 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.CarolinaTix.org. It’s A Wonderful Life, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theater of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 704-233-8316 or online at www.wingate.edu/culture. “Grease,” featuring Taylor Hicks as Teen Angel, Dec. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4 at 8 p.m., Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Ovens Auditorium. Tickets range from $25 to $80 and are available at the Bojangles’ Coliseum box office, at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.CarolinaTix.org. “Sister’s Christmas Catechism,” Dec. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4-5 at 8 p.m., Dec. 6 at 3 p.m., Dec. 8-10 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 11-12 at 8 p.m., Dec. 13 at 3 p.m., Dec. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 18-19 at 8 p.m., Dec. 20 at 3 p.m., in the Booth Playhouse of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $24.50 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www. CarolinaTix.org.
Bruce Springsteen’s concert at Time Warner Cable Arena is still on for Tuesday, despite the death of Springsteen’s cousin, who was also his assistant road manager, that forced the postponement of Monday’s concert in Kansas City. The tour was to resume tonight at Madison Square Garden.
“A Christmas Carol,” presented by Theatre Charlotte, Dec. 3-5 at 7 p.m., Dec. 6 at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 9-12 at 7 p.m., Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the theater, 501 Queens Road, Charlotte. Tickets range from $7 to $20 and are available at www.CarolinaTix.org. “Biloxi Blues,” presented by Theatre Charlotte, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 29-30 at 8 p.m., Jan. 31 at 2:30 p.m., Feb. 3-4 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 5-6 at 8 p.m., Feb. 7 at 2:30 p.m. at the theater, 501 Queens Road, Charlotte. Tickets range from $7 to $24 and are available at www. CarolinaTix.org. “Spring Awakening,” Feb. 2-4 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 5 at 8 p.m., Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets go on sale Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.CarolinaTix.org. Charlotte Squawks: Six Degrees of Desecration, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 12-13 at 8 p.m., Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 19-20 at 8 p.m. in Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theatre. Tickets start at $29.50 and go on sale Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.CarolinaTix.org. “The Frog Prince,” Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. in the McGee Theatre of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Each child’s ticket (12 and younger) free with a $5 adult ticket. For tickets, call 704-233-8316 or go online to www.wingate.edu/ culture.
Aw Shucks Corn Maze, Thursdays through Sundays through Nov. 22. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Open to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays on haunted trail nights. Cost, $9 general admission. Haunted Night at the Museum, today and Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Museum of the Waxhaws. Activities for all ages. Cost is $5 for 6 and older, free for 5 and younger. For information, call 704-843-1832. Carolina Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8, Nov. 14-15, Nov. 21-22 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the festival grounds on Poplar Tent Road off N.C. Highway 73 between Concord and Huntersville. Tickets are $18 for adults, $7 for children 5 to 12 if purchased at Harris Teeter or online at RenFestInfo.com; tickets at the gate are $1 more. Senior discount tickets for 60 and older are $17 at the gate. For information, go to the Web site or call 704-8965544 or 877-896-5544. Southern Christmas Show, Nov. 11-14 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Nov. 15-17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 18-21 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Park (formerly the Merchandise Mart) in Charlotte. Adult tickets are $7.50 with a VIC card at participating Harris Teeter stores, $8 online by phone or mail in advance, $9 at the door. Youth (ages 6 to 12) tickets are $3; under 6 free with paying adult. Preview night Nov. 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., $15 in advance, $17 at the door. For information, call 704-376-6594 or go online to www.SouthernChristmasShow.com. Elmo’s Green Thumb, Nov. 1213 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Nov. 14 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Nov. at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Bojangles’ Coliseum. Tickets are $14, $18, $23 and $30 and are available at the Coliseum box office and through Ticketmaster. Garrison Keillor, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $24.50 and go on sale Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www. CarolinaTix.org. The Aluminum Show, Jan. 1214 at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 15 at 8 p.m., Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Jan. 19-21 at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 22 at 8 p.m., Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 26-28 at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 29 at 8 p.m., Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Tickets are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-3721000 or online at www.CarolinaTix. org. Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theater of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 704-233-8316 or online at www.wingate.edu/culture. Southern Spring Home and Garden Show, March 3-4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 5-6 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., March 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Park (formerly the Charlotte Merchandise Mart). Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 in advance, $7.50 with a VIC card at participating Harris Teeter stores, free for youths 15 and younger (excluding groups). Group rate, $7.50 per person. For information or tickets call 800-8490248 or go online to www.SouthernSpringHomeandGardenShow.com. Harlem Globetrotters, March 20 at 7 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets range from $22 to $125 and are available at the Arena box office, at www.TimeWarnerCableArena.com and through Ticketmaster.
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NATION BRIEFS Suspect says he is too fat to kill TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Florida man accused of killing his son-in-law in New Jersey is arguing that he was unable to commit the crime because he was too fat. When Edward Ates took the stand in his defense Wednesday to tell jurors he wouldn’t have had the energy needed to climb and descend the staircase where prosecutors say the killer was perched when he shot Paul Duncsak, a 40-year-old pharmaceutical executive, in 2006. An attorney for Ates claims that in 2006, the 62-year-old who stood 5 feet 8 and tipped the scales at 285 pounds was in such bad physical shape that couldn’t have pulled off the shooting or the fast getaway the killer made. Ates’ attorney Walter Lesnevich said his client’s weight has caused Ates’ asthma, sleep apnea and other obesity-related ailments. “You look at Ed and you don’t need to hear it from a doctor,” Lesnevich said. Houston defense attorney David Berg, author of “The Trial Lawyer: What It Takes To Win,” an analysis of trial tactics and strategies, said that he had never heard of such a defense but that it could work. “It’s an unusual defense, but it would be a credible defense if the facts really fit in,” Berg said.
Kentucky governor irritates Christians FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Some Christians in Kentucky are angry over the governor’s yuletide terminology. A giant evergreen that will brighten the Capitol lawn this winter won’t be called a Christmas tree. Instead, Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration has dubbed it a “holiday tree.” The Rev. Jeff Fugate of Lexington says the change is offensive to Christians. Beshear administration spokeswoman Cindy Lanham says the holiday tree reference is meant to be inclusive of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s. People found out about it
Tuesday when the state sent a letter looking for someone to donate a tree. Republican Senate President David Williams of Burkesville says Beshear is putting political correctness ahead of Kentucky values.
Walmart offers caskets, urns MILWAUKEE (AP) — The world’s largest retailer wants to keep its customers even after they die. Wal-Mart has started selling caskets on its Web site at prices that undercut many funeral homes, long the major seller of caskets. The move follows a similar one by discount rival Costco, which also sells caskets on its site. Wal-Mart quietly put up about 15 caskets and dozens of urns on its Web site last week. Prices range from $999 for models like “Dad Remembered” and “Mom Remembered” steel caskets to the mid-level $1,699 “Executive Privilege.” All are less than $2,000, except for the Sienna Bronze Casket, which sells for $3,199. Caskets ship within 48 hours. Federal law requires funeral homes to accept third-party caskets. Returns are not accepted, the company says on its site, unless the product has been damaged during shipping. The caskets come from Star Legacy Funeral Network, Inc., a company based in McHenry, Ill., that sells the same caskets for about the same price — some less — on its site, along with many others. Star Legacy CEO Rick Obadiah said the response in the first week has been better than the company or Wal-Mart expected, though he declined to give specifics. A spokesman for Walmart.com also declined to release sales figures and downplayed the venture.
a mandatory light bulb giveaway program on Wednesday proposed a voluntary program instead. The change will accommodate customers who do not want to receive the energy-efficient bulbs but will also increase costs of the bulb distribution program, Art Korkosz, a lawyer for Akron-based FirstEnergy, said in remarks prepared for state regulators. FirstEnergy suspended the bulb distribution earlier this month after consumers complained about the details and the $21.60 cost. The plan backfired when it was learned that recipients would not only have to pay for the bulbs, but also pay the utility for the electricity they wouldn’t be using. The voluntary program would take place over two years instead of the five weeks this fall the company originally planned for. Korkosz said the longer rollout also means the company can’t meet 2009 energy-efficiency standards.
Prosecutor caught with stripper, fired COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A deputy assistant attorney general who said he was on his lunch break when an officer found him with a stripper and sex toys in his sport utility vehicle has been fired, his boss said Wednesday. Roland Corning, 66, a former state legislator, was in a secluded part of a downtown cemetery when an officer spotted him Monday, according to a police report obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act. As the officer approached, Corning sped off, then pulled over a few blocks away. He and
the 18-year-old woman with him, an employee of the Platinum Plus Gentleman’s Club, gave conflicting stories about what they were doing in the cemetery, Officer Michael Wines wrote in his report, though he did not elaborate. Corning gave Wines a badge showing he worked for the state Attorney General’s Office. Wines, whose wife also works there, called her to make sure Corning was telling the truth. He then searched the SUV, where he found a Viagra pill and several sex toys, items Corning said he always kept with him, “just in case,” according to the report. Corning and the woman were let go without charges.
Witnesses saw UConn stabbing VERNON, Conn. (AP) — Several witnesses identified the man charged with fatally stabbing a University of Connecticut football player as the killer, prosecutors said Wednesday. Two people arrested in the stabbing of 20-yearold Jasper Howard were arraigned in Rockville Superior Court on Wednesday. John William Lomax III, 21, is charged with murder while his friend and co-worker, 20-year-old Hakim Muhammad, is charged with conspiracy to commit assault. Police have not discussed a motive and the investigators’ affidavits and arrest warrants are sealed.
Cheated lottery player wants cash AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A 67-year-old unemployed man who lost out on a
$1 million jackpot when a store clerk allegedly cashed in his winning lottery ticket and skipped town said Wednesday that he will sue the Texas Lottery Commission for the payout unless he gets his money. Willis Willis “should not be forced to sue to collect his prize,” one of his attorneys, Sean Breen, wrote in a letter to the commission. Willis and his attorneys are scheduled to meet with the lottery’s general counsel on Monday. A commission spokesman declined to comment. A former employee of the convenience store where Willis bought his lottery tickets, Pankaj Joshi, is accused of telling Willis that a Mega Millions ticket he bought for $1 and turned out to be a $1 million winner was worth only $2. Authorities said Joshi cashed in the ticket, then disappeared, possibly back to his native Nepal, after receiving about $750,000. He is charged with claiming a lottery prize by fraud.
Feds inspect Bay Bridge damage SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal officials are sending engineers to find out what caused a repair on the San FranciscoOakland Bay Bridge to fail and send a 5,000-pound crossbeam and two rods into rush-hour traffic. Federal Highway Administration spokeswoman Nancy Singer says the agency did not inspect the original Labor Day weekend repair, relying only on state inspection reports. The pieces that broke
Tuesday evening were part of major repairs done after crews discovered a cracked link during an earthquake safety upgrade. Singer says the agency’s bridge experts have been dispatched to assist the state Transportation Department in finding out why that fix failed. State officials say there’s a chance the bridge could reopen as soon as Thursday, but high winds are hampering repair efforts.
Energy prices slide as supplies jump Energy prices slumped Wednesday after the Energy Department reported a higher than expected jump in U.S. gasoline supplies. Retail gasoline prices have ticked upward since the middle of the month, around the same time that crude futures rose above $75 per barrel for the first time this year. The rising cost of crude and ensuing production cuts by refiners who are also stung by those prices has helped push gasoline prices higher for 15 days in a row. The report by the Energy Information Administration Wednesday seemed to wash away fears of tightening supply, at least for now. Gasoline supplies rose by nearly 2 million barrels though many energy analysts had expected supplies to fall for a third week in a row. Gasoline futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell 4 percent, though the prices that people see at the pump rose slightly overnight. The dollar gained strength on Wednesday, and crude prices fell.
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moderate Democrats for his bill, which includes a modified government insurance option that states could opt out of. Reid met Wednesday with Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln, who faces a potentially tough re-election next year. The final product in the House, reflecting many of President Barack Obama’s priorities, includes new requirements for employers to offer insurance to their workers or face penalties, fines on Americans who don’t purchase coverage and subsidies to help lower-income people do so. Insurance companies would face new prohibitions against charging much more to older people or denying coverage to people with health conditions. Pelosi has also said the bill would strip the health insurance industry of a long-standing exemption
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats reached agreement Wednesday on key elements of a health care bill that would vastly alter America’s medical landscape, requiring virtually universal sign-ups and establishing a new government-run insurance option for millions. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi planned a formal announcement Thursday morning in front of the Capitol. Lawmakers said the legislation could be up for a vote on the House floor next week. The rollout will cap months of arduous negotiations to bridge differences between liberal and moderate Democrats and blend health care overhaul bills passed by three separate committees over the summer. The developments in the House came as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., tried to round up support among
sions of the bill, which were set to take effect mostly in 2013, have been moved up so Americans would see the benefits of the legislation more quickly, according to Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami. “I’m pretty confident that we’ve got the right pieces in place,” said Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, one of the three panels involved in writing the bill. “We can quibble over parts of it, but the fact is when you’re taking a 60-year-old system that grew up in a rather haphazard fashion and you’re trying to bring some coherence to it, these are sort of the things you have to do at the beginning of that process.” Plenty of work remains to be done before a bill could land on Obama’s desk — and there’s still no
guarantee that Congress can complete the legislation before year’s end, as the president wants. If Obama does sign a health overhaul bill, he will have bucked decades of failed attempts by past administrations, most recently by former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. House leaders hope to finish the bill before Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. The Senate is aiming to start debate sometime in the next several weeks. Bills passed by the House and Senate would have to be merged before a final product could be sent to Obama, and there are a number of differences between the two chambers that would have to be reconciled. Among them are the different approaches to the public plan. The House does not include the opt-out provision for states, and it has more stringent require-
ments for employers. The Senate would use a tax on high-value insurance plans to pay for the bill, an approach that the House version doesn’t have. In the end, Pelosi, D-Calif., and other House leaders were unable to round up the necessary votes for their preferred version of the government insurance plan — one that would base payment rates to providers on rates paid by Medicare. Instead, the Health and Human Services secretary would negotiate rates with providers, the approach preferred by moderates and the one that will be featured in the Senate’s version. That marked a defeat for liberal lawmakers, who argued for months that a public insurance plan tied to Medicare would save more money for the government, and offer cheaper rates to consumers.
Obama unhappy about criticism of his date night with wife to take her to a Broadway show, as I had promised her during the campaign, and there would be no fuss and no muss and no photographers,” he said. “That would please me greatly.” Presidents, however, don’t travel by any means other than secure government aircraft or vehicles. Obama added: “The notion that I just couldn’t take my wife out on a date without it being a political issue
tators and Republican officials criticized him for doing so. “People made it into a political issue,” Obama told The New York Times Magazine for an article about the Obamas’ marriage, appearing in the Nov. 1 issue. The article was posted on the Times’ Web site on Wednesday. “If I weren’t president, I would be happy to catch the shuttle with my wife
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says only once since Jan. 20 has White House life annoyed him. It was the Saturday in May when, trying to be a good husband, he kept a campaign promise to take his wife, Michelle, to New York after the election for one of their “date nights” — dinner and a Broadway play. Conservative commen-
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campaign and in the White House. Mrs. Obama, who sat with her husband for the interview in the Oval Office, said marriage doesn’t necessarily become easier just because a couple moves into a big white house with servants and security at every turn. “The strengths and challenges of our marriage don’t change because we move to a different address,” she
said. Mrs. Obama said “the bumps” happen to everybody all the time “and they are continuous.” “The last thing we want to project,” she said, is the image of a flawless relationship. “It’s unfair to the institution of marriage, and it’s unfair for young people who are trying to build something, to project this perfection that doesn’t exist,” Mrs. Obama said.
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HONOR ROLLS Antioch Elementary
Destiny Leach, Cameron Maddox, Miguel Maldonado, Mary Marze, Kiely McDonald, Robert Moore, Tyler Newell, Hannah Nystrom, Jackson O’Hara, Jared Papke, Landon Rishe, Paige Robinson, Kylie Rose, Jillian Scharf, Lucas Sheaffer, Zachary Simpson, Payton Smith, Tyler Smith, Zachary Snowdon, Caroline Snyder, Irina Staroverov, Alexis Sudjianto, Jillian Terpenning, Kailee Ursini, Sydney Van-Horn, Noah Weisberg and Tyler Williams. Fourth grade A — Lindsay Anderson, Alessandro Ardito, McCarty Beckerman, Meghan Boulware, Matthew Burrows, Christine Byrne, Jackson Chavis, Liam Corio, Sophia Cusack, Paul D’Amico, Mallory Delev, Sarah Evans, Logan Green, Ivan Karaivanov, Cassandra Knobeloch, Bradley Link, Benjamin Long, Siret Mann, Elizabeth Marshall, Kaleb McClain, Caden McCament, Michaela McDuffie, Prisca Moore, Ansley Paris, Jordan Ries, Ryan Robertson, Rachel Robinson, Kailea Simmons, Bailey Simpkins, Aarushi Singh and Samuel Tackeberry. A/B — Justin Adams, Jacob Bible, Anthony Bortny, Zackary Budzik,
Following are the honor rolls for the first grading period at Antioch Elementary School: Third grade A — Erin Allison, Olivia Aquaro, Hannah Bennett, Alex Bowers, Julia Clark, William Deihl, Logan Fillzola, Kate Goodwin, Galen Hague, Caitlyn Howell, Ryan Huesing, Jonathan Hutteman, Madeline Liesman, Samuel London, Amber McKeen, Cooper McKeehan, Lauren Mendendez, Sarah Merrill, Samantha Millendorf, Paul Mitchell II, Emily Moonan, Justin Pharr, Grace Schubert, Arianna Schwartz, Constance Schwartz, Kendall Smith and Kaitlyn Speiser. A/B — Brandon Bartolomeo, Zoey Beausoleil, Alyssa Biancardi, Emily Bullen, John Michael Campbell, Michael Cavallero, Kenneth Cavoly, Elysabethe Clayton, Dianna D’Andrea, Holly Dellinger, Joshua Diamond, Christina Duckworth, Ositadinma Ekwonu, Sara Ellisor, Riley Felts, John Fincken, Riley Fitzsimmons, Madelyn Flickinger, Jordan Gaines, Stamatia Gazzola, Jordan Glass, Donovan Julian, Silas Kelly, Michael Larbie II, Cecelia Laughlin,
Theodore Bullen, Jacob Burns, Zachary Calderwood, Kaylin Carr, Lauren Chiaradio, Julia Corsi, Alisha Desai, Roman Desai, Hannah Ducharme, Matthew Eichelberger, Lauren Elliott, Briana Eustace, Caroline Figman, Allyson Fisher, Ellora Golbus, Luke Hardy, Rachel Haymaker, Johnathon Hummel, Jacob Hyzy, Nitisha Jagarlamudi, Kristen Jones, Katherine Kerman-Bistolfo, Benjamin Lamb, Ariel Lathan, Allie Leach, Jasmine Leekins, Reilee Linner, Sean McKeown, Andrew Meza, Marley Moore, Brendan Moran, Ian Morris, Garrett Mowers, Junaid Munshi, Casey Olson, Matthews Owens, James Paris, Cade Pearce, Jasmine-Ruth Pratt, Davia Pugh, Natalie Reda, Hannah Rhyne, Nicholas Rivers, Alicia Robbins, Kaleigh Roberson, James Shea, Marin Smith, Jamie Stein, Kezia Stevenson, Griffin Tracy, Jordana Velez, Austin Vickery, James Viola and Cecilia White. Fifth grade A — William Brunson, Jennifer Clark, Nicholas Cummings, Katherine Dixon, Jessica Dohman, Alyssa Felts, Haleigh Fields, Molly Hansen, Anantika Khindaria,
Richard Laughlin, Cedric Maddox II, Thomas McCorkle, Cameron Michael, Alexis Munger, Elijah Nelson, Olivia Odle, Jonathan Ohmstede, Ethan Ratterree, Mattie Rose, Ashton Shaeffer, Caleigh Snowdon, Shane Stout, Kaylee Sturgis, Gillian Totaro, Sarah Tutor and Maxwell White. A/B — Cierra Alsobrooks, Emerson Armstrong, Dustin Bartolomeo, Brenna Berger, Harrison Bowers, Brian Brownlee Jr, Sabrina Carmichael, Gabriella Cavallero, Brenna Cravens, Nolan Crooks, Gabriel Cuesta, Jason Dodds Jr, Jessica Elliott, Joseph Ferro, Landon Gaertner, Zachary Gaines, Olivia Gallagher, Zachary Gifford-Boyer, Carson Glatz, Nicholas Guido, Emery Haefeli, Gabrielle Hill, Dalton Kelly, Kelsey Klinedinst, Sayer Lagase, Grace Lingo, Michael McKeown, Caitlyn McLuskie, Miriam Miller, Haley Moore, John Morehead, Jessica Olson, Arianna Pensiero, Steven Pharr, Leah Porter, Jared Reninger, Shelby Rickard, Austin Roseberry, Lindsey Schiffner, Gabrielle Schubert, Ryan Schwieger, Samuel Scruggs, Drake Smith, Rheanna Soo, Luke Summers and Rachel Tilley.
Following are the honor rolls for the first grading period at Sardis Elementary School: Third grade A — Michael Alicea, Dominick Battaglia, Kelly Callahan, Juliana Chopelas, Trevor Cochran, Lindsey Cormier, Ryan Fowler, Hannah Happel, Jordyn Harb, Jasmine Harrington, Vanessa Hossler, Andrew Lowder, McKayla Matthews, Jacob Meyers, Maria Moreno, Allyson Norris, Caitlyn Piascik, Lauren Rogers, Ivan Salinas, Caroline Skeen, Christina Sutton, Devin Wasylak, Madison Weinick A/B — Ryan Abbott, Samantha Argo, Teddy Assefa, Kylie Atkins, Julissa Badillo, Denny Bui, Rachel Burgess, Shelby Cooper, Rocco DeRespinis, Cameron Gast, Ashley Grayson, Gabriel Hoff, Preston Honeycutt, Elizabeth Jackson, Robin Jackson, Abigail Legrand, Drew Mueller, Can Ngo, Aunika Pearson, Mary Grace Phillips, Lilli Scheid, Ashton Vandyke Fourth grade A — Noah Almodover, Emily Eget, Hailey Irizzary, Jordan Hammack, Oscar Moreno, Arianna Perez, Ashley Salazar, Hailey Stroud, David Thomas, Caleb Watson
A/B — Jesse Barker, Jess Bell, Kathy Bui, Fabian Cajas, Ahzjai Culbreth, Brandon Deloatch, Jalen Elizando, Payton Farley, Daniel Fisher, Kiana Gaddy, Kate Geisinger, Jennah Harb, Gisselle Hernandez, Gabrielle Hoff, Connor Hollenbeck, Victoria Hossler, Leila Hudson, Kayla Kobasko, Brian Leon, Kiara Long, Justin McConkey, Araceli Mercado, Litzy Olivan, Adalyz Paredes, Jack Powley, Jessica Silva, Cayman Smith, Kelsey Stroud, Ilan Walania, Brianna Warren, Hannah Whitaker, Carter Wickey, Jacob Willey Fifth grade A — Brooke Bowman, Shashonna Giles, Laurel Gunnerson, Harrison Sineath, Trevor Weimer A/B — Lizzie Alexander, Timothy Anderson, McKenna Carpenter, Abby Chopelas, Ashley Chorney, A’yana Dennis, Mya Doney, Miguel Elcorrobarrutia, Hope Estevez, William Greene, Kelly Gretsuk, Josh Harb, Alexis Kaminsky, Peter Legrand, Jada Mathis, Kameron McClellan, Cooper Mueller, Laura Pelaez, Gracie Privette, Michelle Salazar, Miryam Tesfai, Chloe Thompson, Jared Vandervoort, Juan Vargas, Jacob Ward, Hunter Willey
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Nathan Faulkenbury Parents: Anthony Faulkenbury & Melissa Starnes
Lilly Smith Parents: Jason & Allison Smith
Lania Lane Parents: Erica Lane and Donavon Rorie
Tyler Newell Parents: Freddie & Jennifer Newell
Holden Plyler Parents: Brandon & Allison Plyler
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Hunter James Roberts Parents: Steven & Ashlyn Roberts
10A / Thursday, October 29, 2009
HONOR ROLLS Marvin Elementary
Following are the honor rolls for the first grading period at Marvin Elementary School: A — Celio Carson, Claxton Philip, Hartert Todd, Kersten Colin, Kessler Nicholas, Otterson Lauren, Bellamy Evan, Burk Meghan, Gopali Rhea, Haller Daniel, Hunt Myles, Lamont Joshua, Livesey Ashlin, Marks, Samuel, Newsome Hayden, Parrino Michael, Perkins Summer, Polyi Madison, Shah Ria, Squire William, Taylor Lauren, Connelly John, Epps Helaina, Francischiello Adam, Khaderi Aalim, McCrossan Haley, Neuman Joshua, Price Austin, Dendinger Lauren, Hartman Thomas, Oliver Tessa, Osinloye Faith. Rocco Isley, Rowe Madison, Smith Audrey, Deville Kathryn, Meewes Jordan, Nguyen Felicia, Robinson Ethan, Alexander Lauren, Collins Joshua, Duggan Matthew, Haller Grace, Handler Alexis, McCann Sarah, Pennington Victoria, Pollino Lauren, Lorenzo Sophie, Matthews Noah, Moulton Lauren, Blanton Zachary, Bohannan Garrett, Cognac Andrew, Fuller Carson, Harrison Stewart, Jarnagin Maryann, Rose Hannah, Usmani Maaz, Zarrillo Nina, Bailey Jillian, Overyby Sarah, Parvin Alexander, Villanueva Ashley, Florian Liam, Meissner Leah, Palkar Neil, Rudy Connor, Byers Ellison, Cortelli Rosie, Erb Mitchell, Froneberger Laura, Lombardo Celina, Rose
Haley, Tashjian Aleena, Eastland Nicholas, Gough Kristen, Hanlon Heather, Hashe Cayla, Jenkinson Chandler, Keth Drew, Kronovet Michael, Price Whitlea, Riley Ashley, Robinson Lauren, Salati Mary, Allcock Luke, Black Davidson, Blizzard Matthew, Dobbratz Annie, Hatala John, Henderson Hannah, Usmani Samia. A/B — Balentine Matthew, Beaty Kendal, Berry Torey, Bianco Dominic, Bioldeau Bryce, Boulos Kamil, Brown Haley, Johnson Dae’Naih, Milden Thomas, Mlodzinski Brianna, Morgan Ashley, Pfeiler Emma, Soldo Noelle, Stone Zachary, Zatz Sophia, Boccia Matthew, Burgess Tyler, Collier Jamie, Goulet Garrett, Hunt Natalie, Khan Talha, Mishra Sneha, Polacek Christopher, Riendeau Wilson, Smith Alexander, Smith Justin, Sullivan Walker, Zdimal Zachary, Atlas Kyle, Bolo Tyler, Collier Dwight, Garg Shaina, Horton Ashton, Kim Charlotte, Ko Ahra, Mathew Grace, McGarvey Kate, Renwick Luke, Surface Brynlee, Thompson Carli, Tocado, R., Curry Thomas, Dayton Jakob, Garrison Julia, Houser Maya, Lovette Margaret, Lowery Benjamin, Mahairas Peter, McGrory Ashlin, Odita-Honnah Chukwudi, Penner Jacob, Reindeau Chloe, Rogers Jonathan, Schachner Tyler, Vogt David, Whitehead Addie, Calamas Lauren, Cortelli Ava, Garrett Samantha, Jackson Hen-
ry, Khaderi Ismail, Lane Skylar, McCrossan Regan, Geada Sydney, Kearney Brenten, McCabe Julia, Murphy Elizabeth, VanBlarcom Nina, Chiarenza Gabriella, Florian Ellie, Jordahl Jamie, Lee Derrick, Miller Christopher, Parr Lauren, Ward Nathaniel, Addis Virginia, Cross Carson, Eastland Michael, Lavalle Ashlyn, Liapis Lillian, Long Jackson, Turner Kathryn, Villa Sabrina, Ward Nina, Weaver Mason, Aboufoul Lolo, Blizzard Jason, Hamelink Charles, Jewell James, Jones Samantha, Liccione Yvonne, Nicosia Riley, Robitaille Marcus, Sullivan Nicholas, Bangalore Bianca, Bonfilio Gabriella, Bradshaw Patick, Budds Hannah, Cacossa Michael, Corsi Zachary, Hightower Sarah, Lee Julia, Loren Brett, McDow Nathaniel, Nixon Joanna, Zatz Carlos, Carnohan Bryce, Cognac Alex, Dendinger Hansen, Kitteringham Lia, Lorenzo Matt, Lowe Ben, Maple Michael, Owens Maddie, Stone Austin, Steury Mary Rose, Parr Cory, Parry Jane Anne, France Mark, Hochkan Chloe, Logan Marcus, McCann Benjamin, Robinson Kristen, Warstler Benjamin, Wells Austin, Ahrens Derek, Atlas Katie, Cornatzer Jason, Cox Caroline, Erb Andrea, Gannett Hanna, Gras Jonathan, Harrington Trevor, Moulton Abigail, Nanna Sorina, Nguyen Tiffany, Voelker Lex
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Info night for parents of disabled children
INDIAN TRAIL Parents of disabled children can receive information about programs within Union County Public Schools during a parent education night on Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Sun Valley High School. For information, call 704-283-3557.
WU having fundraiser for Turning Point
WINGATE Wingate University’s service learning organizations are partnering with Lee Park Baptist Church in Monroe to raise money for Turning Point, a Union County nonprofit organization that provides education and shelter for victims of domestic abuse. A blitz to raise A Mile of Quarters on campus runs through this week. Collections will be accepted at various student life events, as well as large collection jugs distributed throughout campus. An actual mile of quarters (4,250 of them) would raise $17,000. For more information, contact Shannon Waite at 704-233-8023.
Watts in Sweet Briar production
SWEET BRIAR, Va. — Brooke Watts, daughter of Danny and Michelle Watts of Waxhaw, is the chorus leader in the Sweet Briar College Theatre’s fall production, the ancient Greek tragedy “The Bacchae.” Watts is a sophomore theatre major at Sweet Briar. The show opens today in Babcock Fine Arts Center’s Murchison Lane Auditorium. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Five graduate from Western Carolina
CULLOWHEE — Five Union County students were among 417 who received degrees from Western Carolina University at the completion of the summer term. They were: • Daniel Eric Nickel, Mineral Springs, Bachelor of Arts in music • Robert Scot Lease, Waxahw, B.S.-Business Administration in entrepreneurship • Legan Mackenzie Collins, Weddington, Bachelor of Science in communication • See Vang, Wingate, Bachelor of Science in mathematics • William Bryson Wike, Wingate, Master of Business Administration. You are cordially invited to a
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WHO’S NEWS Warriors play in third round today
WEDDINGTON — The Weddington High volleyball team will travel to face West Iredell in the third round of the 3A state playoffs this evening. The Warriors (21-4) will face a 21-1 West Iredell team that is ranked No. 1 in the North Piedmont Conference. Weddington swept through the Southern Carolina 3A/4A Conference this season and have kept momentum running in the playoffs after winning the SCC tournament. Weddington defeated Statesville 3-0 during round one and defeated Concord 3-0 during round two. Despite breezing through the first two rounds of the playoffs, WHS coach Carrie Powell knows that the competition will only be getting tougher and her team has several things to continue working on. “Overall, playing together and talking – and that is something we worked on [Monday] too,” Powell said. “And the other thing is not relaxing when we get the serve.” Weddington is led by a group of four senior captains – Kaitlyn Duckworth, Alex Kachulis, Allison Rickher and Amy Schwartz. If the Warriors can move past West Iredell and to the quarterfinals, they will host the winner of North Iredell (21-4) vs. Charlotte Catholic (22-5) on Saturday. North Iredell is ranked No. 2 in the North Piedmont Conference behind West Iredell, while Catholic is the top seed out of the Mega-7 Conference.
Sanchez donates hot dogs, hamburgers
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Mark Sanchez is hot-doggin’ it again. This time, the New York Jets’ rookie quarterback isn’t sneaking a snack on the sideline, though. Sanchez has bought 500 hot dogs and 500 hamburgers, along with buns and rolls, through SANCHEZ A&P supermarket, and donated them to the Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown, N.J. Sanchez was grilled Sunday after television cameras caught him trying to discreetly put mustard on a hot dog and eat it late in New York’s 38-0 win at Oakland. He apologized after the game, saying he didn’t feel well and needed to eat something. Sanchez added that “it won’t happen again.” Coach Rex Ryan said he was “disappointed” with Sanchez, but said the quarterback didn’t mean to be disrespectful — although that’s how it appeared to some.
Chiefs suspend Johnson for slurs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Running back Larry Johnson, who made two gay slurs within a 24-hour period and has a history of poor behavior both on and off the field, was given what amounts to a one-game suspension Wednesday night by the Kansas City Chiefs. Missing one game check will cost the troubled former Pro Bowler about $213,000. In a three-sentence release, the Chiefs said Johnson would be suspended until Monday, Nov. 9. The team is on its bye week and will not play again until traveling to Jacksonville on Nov. 8. The Chiefs had been saying for three days that they were “investigating” the situation. Johnson was told to stay away from the team on Tuesday. In 2007, Johnson signed a five-year contract extension that guaranteed him about $19 million and could be worth as much as $45 million. But because of these latest problems, his future with the Chiefs beyond Nov. 8 may still be cloudy.
Still the starter Despite poor start, Fox stays with Delhomme 3B Thursday, October 29, 2009
MR easily advances to third round of playoffs By David Sentendrey
SALISBURY The Marvin Ridge High girls tennis team advanced to the third round of the 3A dual team state playoffs after blanking East Rowan 6-0 on Wednesday. The Mavericks (14-2) were co-champions of the Southern Carolina 3A/4A Conference with Weddington, but won a tiebreaker match to earn the top seed into the dual team playoffs. MR No. 1 seed Hannah Flori-
an defeated East Rowan’s Brittany Honeycutt 6-1, 6-0; Minali Nigam defeated Devon Carpening 7-6, 4-6, 10-1; Danielle David defeated Megan Bullins 6-0, 6-0, FLORIAN Mariel Emery defeated Kayela Wilson 6-2, 6-0, Hannah Farley defeated Katie Cassadey 6-4, 6-0 and Paige Nester defeated Han-
Girls Tennis nah Pressley 6-0, 6-2. Marvin Ridge has won all 12 of its matches in the dual team playoffs, but will face their toughest competition yet when they host Charlotte Catholic (18-4) next Tuesday. The Cougars are the No. 1 seed from the Mega-7 Conference and defeated SCC co-champion Wed-
dington 5-1 in the first round. “[Catholic] is extremely deep and a very good team,” MR coach Michael Watson said. “We’re going to need to really rely on the depth of our team to pull out some singles wins and get us to doubles.”
Individuals gearing up
Five players in the individual state playoffs for girls tennis will represent Union County this weekend.
See TENNIS / Page 3B
Panthers win 10th straight match from staff reports
E-J staff photo by Ed Cottingham
Marvin Ridge’s Garrett Condon, left, fires a shot past the defense of Sun Valley’s Zach Nordyke during Wednesday’s match. Condon finished with three goals and an assist in the 10-2 win.
Marvin Ridge cruises past Sun Valley to clinch Southern Carolina Conference title By Eric Rape
Marvin The Marvin Ridge High boys soccer team locked up its second straight outright conference championship with a dominating 10-2 win over Sun Valley on Senior Night Wednesday. The Mavericks (15-2-1, 9-0 Southern Carolina Conference) came out firing and never let up. Matt Risher cleaned up a missed shot by Nick Mills to give the Mavs an early 1-0 lead. Kyle Parker then made the score 2-0 with a shot off an assist from Garrett Condon in the 17th minute. Condon then recorded his first of three goals when Risher found him with a cross in the 27th minute.
Just a few minutes later, Risher put in his second goal of the night, scoring off a pass from JD Kahn. The Mavericks finished off a 5-0 first half with Nick Cevallos pounding in a shot past the SV goalie. Mills was credited with the assist. Marvin Ridge outshot Sun valley 13-1 in the first half. Marvin Ridge quickly killed any chance of a comeback by the Spartans by scoring three times in the first 10 minutes of the second half to push the advantage to 8-0. Risher found Condon for the first goal, then with 32 minutes left in the match, Condon
Four from SCC have shot at league title
completed his hat trick when he fired a corner kick to the front of the goal, where the ball bounced off the goalie’s chest and into the net. A minute later, Risher found Andres Cevallos to cap off the quick barrage. “We took the tension out of the game early,” said Marvin Ridge coach Ray Fumo, “I think in the second half (Sun Valley) wanted to push forward a little bit more and it allowed us to get into their end a little bit more. In the first half they defended a little bit tougher.” Drew Gallowitch finally got the Spartans on the board with just over 25 minutes left in the game when his penalty kick rebounded off the Mavs goalie and he was able to just chip the ball into the net.
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OAKBORO TJ Doster scored two goals to guide the Piedmont High boys soccer team to a 4-1 road win over West Stanly on Wednesday. The Panthers (13-6-1, 13-3 Rocky River Conference) have now won 10 straight matches heading into the postseason. Jonas Nader and Julian Sanchez also scored for Piedmont, while Zeke Grey Elmer DOSTER Zagada and Sanchez each added an assist. Piedmont has qualified for the 2A state playoffs, but its seed and first-round opponent has yet to be determined. MHS smashes Berry In Monroe, the Redhawks rolled to a 9-0 victory over Berry Academy. Jesus Cornejo had three goals to pace the Redhawks while David Ortiz contributed with two scores. Daniel Cornejo, Francisco Bergara, Pedro Billalba and Carlos Melchor each added a goal for Monroe (14-4, 12-3). Rafael Martinez and Melchor combined for the shutout in goal. Melchor had two saves while Martinez had one stop. The Redhawks finish out the regular season at Union Academy today starting at 6 p.m. CATA tops UA In Monroe, Johnny Andon and Brendan Duncan both scored twice to lead Central Academy to a 4-1 home win over Union Academy. John Wright and Andon each had assists for the Cougars (7-11-1, 7-9 RRC).
UC’s Fab 5 Football Poll
Monroe (9-0) Redhawks’ improvement on ‘D’ is big part of perfect record. Last week: MHS 48, WS 0; Friday: at Berry
BY JUSTIN MURDOCK
E-J Sports Writer
MONROE Four teams competing in the Southern Carolina Conference have a legitimate shot at winning at least a share of the league title in football. Marvin Ridge, Porter Ridge, Weddington and Anson County all currently have a 2-1 mark in the SCC with two weeks remaining in the regular season. The Mavericks (8-1) dropped their league opener to Porter Ridge on Oct. 9, but have rebounded with two straight wins over Sun Valley and Anson to get back in the race. Marvin Ridge plays at Parkwood (3-6, 0-3 SCC) on Friday before rounding out the regular season with a home matchup against Weddington. “Honestly, we are strictly focusing on beating Parkwood and that’s it,” said Marvin Ridge coach Scott Chadwick. “We can talk about all the different scenarios and other things as much as we want, but none of it really matters if we don’t win this Friday.”
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Marvin Ridge (8-1) Mavs have beat two straight powerhouses by a total of seven points. . Last week: MR 24, Anson 20; Friday: at Parkwood
Forest Hills (7-2) Jackets cruising with 6 straight wins heading toward showdown with MHS. Last week: FH 48, CATA 0; Friday: vs. Cuthbertson
Sun Valley (6-3)
SV can spoil rivals’ chance at a title and improve playoff seeding with a win. Last week: SV 37, Pw 20; Friday: at Weddington
Photo by Jamie Belk
Marvin Ridge junior tailback Kolly Ogar, right, is coming off a big game, rushing for 135 yards and two TDs in a win over Anson. The Mavs jumped from fourth to second in this week’s county poll. Ogar now has 837 rushing yards and 10 TDs in 9 games.
Weddington (5-4) WHS has shown steady improvement and has shot at historic season. Last week: WHS 31, PR 24; Friday: vs. Sun Valley Toughest to leave out: Porter Ridge (6-3)
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Celtics crush Bobcats, 92-59 tect against the fast break. “It was just a slide into second base,” said Garnett. “The umpire said I was safe.” And then he was out. Garnett left the game with 4:06 left in the third as coach Doc Rivers rested his aging Big Three to preserve them for the long-haul regular season. “You guys keep reminding them how old they are,” Rivers told reporters. “It was time for him to come out anyway. But any time he goes to the floor and just gets up (is good). The rarity is seeing a big guy diving to the floor with a big lead. But that’s who he is and that’s who you want him to continue to be.” Ray Allen was the only Boston starter to play in the fourth, scoring 18 points in all. Rajon Rondo scored 10 with 11 assists, and newcomers Rasheed Wallace and Shelden Williams came off the bench to help; Wallace had three
BOSTON (AP) — Kevin Garnett returned to the Boston parquet and slipped on it, putting a bigger scare into the Celtics than the Charlotte Bobcats could. In his first game back in Boston since the injury that knocked him out of last year’s playoffs, Garnett scored 10 points with seven rebounds over 26 easy minutes and the Celtics held Charlotte to a franchise-low in scoring to coast to a 92-59 victory. “It’s great we could rest our bodies,” said Paul Pierce, who scored 15 points and also sat out the fourth quarter one night after a more difficult win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. “The more rest, the better. That means we’re playing well, especially the starters.” Garnett, who missed 25 games and the playoffs last year with strained ligaments in his right knee, slipped on the floor late in the third quarter and appeared to be slow getting up. But he dismissed concerns of an injury, saying he relaxed because he saw his teammates were back to pro-
3-pointers and Williams had 12 points and nine rebounds. Gerald Wallace had 10 points and 12 rebounds — the only Bobcat to reach double digits in scoring. Asked if he’d ever coached a team that scored in the 50s, Hall of Famer Larry Brown said, “I don’t know if they call that coaching.” “Our team wasn’t prepared. Weren’t ready to play,” he said. “That’s nobody’s fault but the coach.” Garnett went through his usual pregame routine, pumping his arms and banging his head against the basket support. He hopped around the court, pointing at the crowd, drawing cheers from the fans who believe that his injury was the only thing that kept Boston from winning back-to-back NBA championships. Pierce took the microphone before the opening tip, alluding to last season’s disappoint-
ment and promising something better in 2009-10. “We expect great things. You see up there, there’s only 17 of them,” he said, pointing to the championship banners than hang from the Boston Garden rafters. “I think we need another one.” Other than that, the biggest cheers were for the scores showing the Yankees were losing Game 1 of the World Series. (LeBron James and Co.’s loss to Toronto was also a crowd-pleaser.) One day after beating the Cavaliers to snap an 11-game losing streak in Cleveland and make an early statement about the balance of power in the Eastern Conference, the Celtics returned to Boston. The home opener had fewer subplots, and even less drama. Boston scored the first eight points of the game, then piled it on with six 3-pointers in the second quarter to take an 11-point halftime lead. The Celtics scored the first 15 points of the second half and led by as many as 30 in the third quarter.
Local Events Today High School Boys Soccer Monroe at Union Academy, 6 p.m. Porter Ridge at Parkwood, 6:30 p.m. Cuthbertson at West Stanly, 6:30 p.m. High School Volleyball 3A State Playoffs, Third Round Weddington at West Iredell, 6 p.m.
Today COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7:30 p.m. ESPN — North Carolina at Virginia Tech GOLF 2:30 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, Viking Classic, first round, at Madison, Miss. 4:30 p.m. TGC — Champions Tour, Charles Schwab Cup Championship, first round, at Sonoma, Calif. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7:30 p.m. FOX — World Series, game 2, Philadelphia at N.Y. Yankees NBA BASKETBALL 8 p.m. TNT — San Antonio at Chicago 10:30 p.m. TNT — Denver at Portland SOCCER 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 — MLS Playoffs, Houston at Seattle
Bargnani, Bosh help Raptors drop Cleveland to 0-2 TORONTO (AP) — Andrea Bargnani scored 28 points, Chris Bosh had 21 points and 16 rebounds, and the Raptors overcame LeBron James’ 25th career triple-double to beat the Cavaliers. James had 23 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, but Cleveland opened its season with consecutive losses for the first time since an 0-3 start in 2004-05. James scored 38 points in Tuesday’s 95-89 home loss to
Boston. Mo Williams scored 16 points and Shaquille O’Neal had 12 for Cleveland, which had won five straight over Toronto and nine of 10. Magic 120, 76ers 106 ORLANDO, Fla. — Dwight Howard had 21 points and 15 rebounds, Vince Carter scored 15 points and the new-look Magic rolled to a victory over the
76ers in the season opener for both teams. Ryan Anderson added 16 points, and Jason Williams had 15 points to highlight a deep Magic bench. Orlando went ahead by 23 points at the half, scored 100 through three quarters and showed no signs of a finals hangover after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers on the same floor in June. Marreese Speights had 26 points, and Elton Brand added
eight points in his first regularseason game since missing most of 2008-09 with a right shoulder injury for Philadelphia. Hawks 120, Pacers 109 ATLANTA — Joe Johnson scored 25 points, Al Horford had 24 and the Hawks finally played some defense in an offensive shootout, pulling away in the fourth quarter for a season-opening victory over the
Pacers. The Pacers shot 53 percent from the field but only 5 of 15 in the final period, including an uncontested layup at the end. They also turned it over six times to finish with a staggering 25 giveaways, leading to 32 points for the home team. Danny Granger led Indiana with 31 points, but only one other starter was in double figures. Earl Watson added 20 points for the Pacers.
Scoreboard Call scores in at (704) 261-2253 National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East
New England N.Y. Jets Buffalo Miami
W 5 4 3 2
L 2 3 4 4
T 0 0 0 0
Pct .714 .571 .429 .333
PF 198 152 113 146
PA 98 104 138 152
AFC 3-2-0 4-2-0 1-3-0 2-2-0
NFC 2-0-0 0-1-0 2-1-0 0-2-0
Div 1-1-0 1-2-0 1-2-0 2-0-0
PA 77 158 147 198
AFC 3-0-0 3-2-0 2-1-0 0-6-0
NFC 3-0-0 1-1-0 1-2-0 0-0-0
Div 2-0-0 1-1-0 2-1-0 0-3-0
PF 163 167 169 72
PA 128 129 130 179
AFC 3-2-0 3-1-0 3-2-0 1-4-0
NFC 2-0-0 2-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0
Div 3-0-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 0-3-0
PF 133 161 62 105
PA 66 143 177 181
AFC 5-0-0 3-3-0 1-4-0 0-3-0
NFC 1-0-0 0-0-0 1-1-0 1-3-0
Div 2-0-0 2-1-0 1-2-0 0-2-0
PA 143 116 119 123
NFC 3-2-0 3-1-0 3-1-0 2-4-0
AFC 2-0-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 0-1-0
Div 2-0-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-2-0
PA 127 114 145 203
NFC 3-0-0 3-1-0 2-3-0 0-5-0
AFC 3-0-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0
Div 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-1-0 0-1-0
PF 206 161 129 103
PA 148 96 144 188
NFC 4-0-0 3-1-0 2-2-0 1-4-0
AFC 2-1-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 0-1-0
Div 2-0-0 2-1-0 1-1-0 0-3-0
PF 136 133 118 60
PA 109 122 109 211
NFC 2-1-0 3-2-0 1-3-0 0-5-0
AFC 2-1-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 0-2-0
Div 1-1-0 3-0-0 1-2-0 0-2-0
Indianapolis Houston Jacksonville Tennessee
W 6 4 3 0
L 0 3 3 6
T 0 0 0 0
Pct 1.000 .571 .500 .000
PF 179 167 120 84
Cincinnati Pittsburgh Baltimore Cleveland
W 5 5 3 1
L 2 2 3 6
T 0 0 0 0
Pct .714 .714 .500 .143
Denver San Diego Oakland Kansas City
W 6 3 2 1
L 0 3 5 6
T 0 0 0 0
Pct 1.000 .500 .286 .143
NATIONAL CONFERENCE East
N.Y. Giants Philadelphia Dallas Washington
W 5 4 4 2
L 2 2 2 5
T 0 0 0 0
Pct .714 .667 .667 .286
New Orleans Atlanta Carolina Tampa Bay
W 6 4 2 0
L 0 2 4 7
T 0 0 0 0
Pct 1.000 .667 .333 .000
Minnesota Green Bay Chicago Detroit
W 6 4 3 1
L 1 2 3 5
T 0 0 0 0
Pct .857 .667 .500 .167
W Arizona 4 San Francisco 3 Seattle 2 St. Louis 0
L 2 3 4 7
T 0 0 0 0
Pct .667 .500 .333 .000
PF 195 163 159 96
PF 238 144 94 96
Sunday’s Games New England 35, Tampa Bay 7 Pittsburgh 27, Minnesota 17 Houston 24, San Francisco 21 Indianapolis 42, St. Louis 6 San Diego 37, Kansas City 7 Green Bay 31, Cleveland 3 Buffalo 20, Carolina 9 N.Y. Jets 38, Oakland 0 Dallas 37, Atlanta 21 Cincinnati 45, Chicago 10 New Orleans 46, Miami 34 Arizona 24, N.Y. Giants 17 Open: Denver, Seattle, Detroit, Jacksonville, Baltimore, Tennessee Monday’s Game Philadelphia 27, Washington 17 Sunday, Nov. 1 St. Louis at Detroit, 1 p.m. Miami at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Seattle at Dallas, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Chicago, 1 p.m. Denver at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Houston at Buffalo, 1 p.m. San Francisco at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Oakland at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. Jacksonville at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m. Minnesota at Green Bay, 4:15 p.m. Carolina at Arizona, 4:15 p.m. Open: New England, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Washington, Tampa Bay Monday, Nov. 2 Atlanta at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.
Auto racing 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule and standings
Feb. 7 — x-Budweiser Shootout, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Kevin Harvick) Feb. 15 — Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Matt Kenseth) Feb. 22 — Auto Club 500, Fontana, Calif. (Matt Kenseth) March 1 — Shelby 427, Las Vegas. (Kyle Busch) March 8 — Kobalt Tools 500, Hampton, Ga. (Kurt Busch) March 22 — Food City 500, Bristol, Tenn. (Kyle Busch) March 29 — Goody’s Fast Relief 500, Martinsville, Va. (Jimmie Johnson) April 5 — Samsung 500, Fort Worth, Texas (Jeff Gordon) April 18 — Subway Fresh Fit 500, Avondale, Ariz. (Mark Martin) April 26 — Aaron’s 499, Talladega, Ala. (Brad Keselowski) May 2 — Crown Royal Presents the Russell Friedman 400, Richmond, Va. (Kyle Busch) May 9 — Southern 500, Darlington, S.C. (Mark Martin) May 16 — x-NASCAR All-Star Challenge, Concord, N.C. (Tony
Stewart) May 24 — Coca-Cola 600, Concord, N.C. (David Reutimann) May 31 — Dover 400, Dover, Del. (Jimmie Johnson) June 7 — Pocono 500, Long Pond, Pa. (Tony Stewart) June 14 — LifeLock 400, Brooklyn, Mich. (Mark Martin) June 21 — Toyota/Savemart 350, Sonoma, Calif. (Kasey Kahne) June 28 — LENOX Industrial Tools 301, Loudon, N.H. (Joey Logano) July 4 — Coke Zero 400, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Tony Stewart) July 11 — LifeLock.com 400, Joliet, Ill. (Mark Martin) July 26 — Allstate 400, Indianapolis. (Jimmie Johnson) Aug. 2 — Pennsylvania 500, Long Pond, Pa. (Denny Hamlin) Aug. 9 — Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips At The Glen, Watkins Glen, N.Y. (Tony Stewart) Aug. 16 — Carfax 400, Brooklyn, Mich. (Brian Vickers) Aug. 22 — Sharpie 500, Bristol, Tenn. (Kyle Busch) Sept. 6 — Pep Boys Auto 500, Hampton, Ga. (Kasey Kahne) Sept. 12 — Chevy Rock & Roll 400, Richmond, Va. (Denny Hamlin) Sept. 20 — Sylvania 300, Loudon, N.H. (Mark Martin) Sept. 27 — AAA 400, Dover, Del. (Jimmie Johnson) Oct. 4 — Price Chopper 400, Kansas City, Kan. (Tony Stewart) Oct. 11 — Pepsi 500, Fontana, Calif. (Jimmie Johnson) Oct. 17 — NASCAR Banking 500, Concord, N.C. (Jimmie Johnson) Oct. 25 — Tums Fast Relief 500, Martinsville, Va. (Denny Hamlin) Nov. 1 — Amp Energy 500, Talladega, Ala. Nov. 8 — Dickies 500, Fort Worth, Texas. Nov. 15 — Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, Avondale, Ariz. Nov. 22 — Ford 400, Homestead, Fla. x-non-points race Driver Standings 1. Jimmie Johnson, 6,098 2. Mark Martin, 5,980 3. Jeff Gordon, 5,948 4. Tony Stewart, 5,906 5. Juan Pablo Montoya, 5,898 6. Kurt Busch, 5,858 7. Ryan Newman, 5,786 8. Greg Biffle, 5,748 9. Denny Hamlin, 5,746 10. Carl Edwards, 5,685 11. Kasey Kahne, 5,659 12. Brian Vickers, 5,568 13. Kyle Busch, 3,920 14. Matt Kenseth, 3,895 15. Clint Bowyer, 3,805 16. David Reutimann, 3,764 17. Marcos Ambrose, 3,453 18. Jeff Burton, 3,379 19. Casey Mears, 3,378 20. Joey Logano, 3,324
NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, standings
Feb. 14 — Camping World 300, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Tony Stewart) Feb. 21 — Stater Bros. 300, Fontana, Calif. (Kyle Busch) Feb. 28 — Sam’s Town 300, Las Vegas (Greg Biffle) March 21 — Scotts Turf Builder 300, Bristol, Tenn. (Kevin Harvick) April 4 — O’Reilly 300, Fort Worth, Texas (Kyle Busch) April 11 — Pepsi 300, Lebanon, Tenn. (Joey Logano) April 17 — Bashas’ Supermarkets 200, Avondale, Ariz. (Greg Biffle) April 25 — Aaron’s 312, Talladega, Ala. (David Ragan) May 1 — Lipton Tea 250, Richmond, Va. (Kyle Busch) May 8 — Diamond Hill Plywood 200, Darlington, S.C. (Matt Kenseth) May 23 — CARQUEST Auto Parts 300, Concord, N.C. (Mike Bliss) May 30 — Heluva Good! 200 Dover, Del. (Brad Keselowski) June 6 — Federated Auto Parts 300, Lebanon, Tenn. (Kyle Busch) June 13 — Meijer 300, Sparta, Ky. (Joey Logano) June 20 — NorthernTool.com 250, West Allis, Wis. (Carl Edwards) June 27 — Camping World RV Sales 200, Loudon, N.H. (Kyle Busch) July 3 — Subway Jalapeno 250, Daytona Beach, Calif. (Clint Bowyer) July 10 — Dollar General 300, Joliet, Ill. (Joey Logano) July 18 — Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250, Madison, Ill. (Kyle
Busch) July 25 — Kroger 200, Indianapolis (Carl Edwards) Aug. 1 — U.S. Cellular 250, Newton, Iowa (Brad Keselowski) Aug. 8 — Zippo 200 at The Glen, Watkins Glen, N.Y. (Marcos Ambrose) Aug. 15 — Carfax 250, Brooklyn, Mich. (Brad Keselowski) Aug. 21 — Food City 250, Bristol, Tenn. (David Ragan) Aug. 30 — NAPA Auto Parts 200, Montreal (Carl Edwards) Sept. 5 — Degree V12 300, Hampton, Ga. (Kevin Harvick) Sept. 11 — Virginia 529 College Savings 250, Richmond, Va. (Carl Edwards) Sept. 26 — Dover 200, Dover, Del. (Clint Bowyer) Oct. 3 — Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas City, Kan. (Joey Logano) Oct. 10 — Copart 300, Fontana, Calif. (Joey Logano) Oct. 16 — Dollar General 300, Concord, N.C. (Kyle Busch) Oct. 24 — Kroger On Track for the Cure 250, Memphis, Tenn. Nov. 7 — O’Reilly Challenge, Fort Worth, Texas (Brad Keselowski) Nov. 14 — Arizona 200, Avondale Nov. 21 — Ford 300, Homestead, Fla. Driver Standings 1. Kyle Busch, 5,179 2. Carl Edwards, 4,964 3. Brad Keselowski, 4,922 4. Jason Leffler, 4,184 5. Justin Allgaier, 3,743 6. Mike Bliss, 3,684 7. Steve Wallace, 3,626 8. Jason Keller, 3,574 9. Brendan Gaughan, 3,563 10. Michael Annett, 3,298 11. Michael McDowell, 3,285 12. Tony Raines, 3,236 13. Kenny Wallace, 3,233 14. Joey Logano, 3,115 15. Kevin Harvick, 2,923 16. Scott Wimmer, 2,832 17. Eric McClure, 2,698 18. David Ragan, 2,340 19. Brian Vickers, 2,257 20. Danny O’Quinn Jr., 2,230
NASCAR Camping World schedule and standings
Feb. 13 — NextEra Energy Resources 250, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Todd Bodine) Feb. 21 — San Bernardino County 200, Fontana, Calif. (Kyle Busch) March 7 — American Commercial Lines 200, Hampton, Ga. (Kyle Busch) March 28 — Kroger 250, Martinsville, Va. (Kevin Harvick) April 25 — O’Reilly Auto Parts 250, Kansas City, Kan. (Mike Skinner) May 15 — N.C. Education Lottery 200, Concord, N.C. (Ron Hornaday Jr.) May 29 — AAA Insurance 200, Dover, Del. (Brian Scott) June 5 — Winstar World Casino 400K, Fort Worth, Texas (Todd Bodine) June 13 — Michigan 200, Brooklyn (Colin Braun) June 19 — Copart 200, West Allis, Wis. (Ron Hornaday Jr.) June 27 — MemphisTravel.com 200, Memphis, Tenn. (Ron Hornaday Jr.) July 18 — Built Ford Tough 225, Sparta, Ky. (Ron Hornaday Jr.) July 24 — Camping World Truck Series 200, Indianapolis. (Ron Hornaday Jr.) Aug. 1 — Toyota Tundra 200, Lebanon, Tenn. (Ron Hornaday Jr.) Aug. 19 — O’Reilly 200, Bristol, Tenn. (Kyle Busch) Aug. 28 — EnjoyIllinois.com 225, Joliet, Ill. (Kyle Busch) Sept. 5 — Lucas Oil 200, Newton, Iowa. (Mike Skinner) Sept. 12 — Copart 200, Madison, Ill. (Mike Skinner) Sept. 19 — Heluva Good! 200, Loudon, N.H. (Kyle Busch) Sept. 26 — Las Vegas 350 (Johnny Sauter) Oct. 24 — Kroger 200, Martinsville, Va. (Timothy Peters) Oct. 31 — Mountain Dew 250, Talladega, Ala. Nov. 6 — WinStar World Casino 350, Fort Worth, Texas. Nov. 13 — TBA, Avondale, Ariz. Nov. 20 — Ford 200, Homestead, Fla. Driver Standings 1. Ron Hornaday Jr., 3,375 2. Matt Crafton, 3,151 3. Mike Skinner, 3,049 4. Todd Bodine, 2,815 5. Brian Scott, 2,805
6. Colin Braun, 2,797 7. Timothy Peters, 2,768 8. Johnny Sauter, 2,762 9. David Starr, 2,694 9. Rick Crawford, 2,694 11. Stacy Compton, 2,647 12. Tayler Malsam, 2,605 13. Terry Cook, 2,579 14. James Buescher, 2,451 15. Jason White, 2,357 16. Dennis Setzer, 2,341 17. T.J. Bell, 2,339 18. Chad McCumbee, 1,963 19. Kyle Busch, 1,894 20. Norm Benning, 1,748
Pro basketball NBA Standings
12, House 3-7 0-0 7, Giddens 0-1 0-0 0, Hudson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-76 15-19 92. Charlotte Boston
13 18 10 18— 59 22 20 25 25— 92
3-Point Goals—Charlotte 0-10 (Felton 0-1, Brown 0-1, G.Wallace 0-1, Graham 0-1, Henderson 0-1, Diaw 0-1, Augustin 0-2, Radmanovic 0-2), Boston 11-29 (R.Allen 4-10, Pierce 3-5, R.Wallace 3-8, House 1-4, Giddens 0-1, Daniels 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds— Charlotte 60 (G.Wallace 12), Boston 50 (Williams 9). Assists—Charlotte 10 (Augustin 4), Boston 28 (Rondo 11). Total Fouls—Charlotte 23, Boston 22. Technicals—Chandler, G.Wallace, Charlotte defensive three second, Perkins, Pierce, Boston defensive three second. A—18,624 (18,624).
All Times EDT
EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 2 0 1.000 — Toronto 1 0 1.000 1/2 New Jersey 0 1 .000 1 1/2 New York 0 1 .000 1 1/2 Philadelphia 0 1 .000 1 1/2 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 1 0 1.000 — Miami 1 0 1.000 — Orlando 1 0 1.000 — Washington 1 0 1.000 — Charlotte 0 1 .000 1 Central Division W L Pct GB Detroit 1 0 1.000 — Chicago 0 0 .000 1/2 Milwaukee 0 0 .000 1/2 Indiana 0 1 .000 1 Cleveland 0 2 .000 1 1/2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 1 0 1.000 — Dallas 0 1 .000 1 Houston 0 1 .000 1 Memphis 0 1 .000 1 New Orleans 0 1 .000 1 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Minnesota 1 0 1.000 — Oklahoma City 1 0 1.000 — Portland 1 0 1.000 — Denver 0 0 .000 1/2 Utah 0 0 .000 1/2 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Lakers 1 0 1.000 — Golden State 0 0 .000 1/2 Phoenix 0 0 .000 1/2 L.A. Clippers 0 1 .000 1 Sacramento 0 1 .000 1 Tuesday’s Games Boston 95, Cleveland 89 Washington 102, Dallas 91 Portland 96, Houston 87 L.A. Lakers 99, L.A. Clippers 92 Wednesday’s Games Atlanta 120, Indiana 109 Orlando 120, Philadelphia 106 Toronto 101, Cleveland 91 Boston 92, Charlotte 59 Miami 115, New York 93 Detroit 96, Memphis 74 Minnesota 95, New Jersey 93 San Antonio 113, New Orleans 96 Oklahoma City 102, Sacramento 89 Utah at Denver, late Phoenix at L.A. Clippers, late Houston at Golden State, late Today’s Games San Antonio at Chicago, 8 p.m. Denver at Portland, 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday’s boxscore Celtics 92, Bobcats 59
CHARLOTTE (59) G.Wallace 3-9 4-8 10, Diaw 3-7 0-0 6, Chandler 0-5 0-0 0, Felton 3-11 3-5 9, Graham 2-11 1-3 5, Mohammed 2-4 1-3 5, Augustin 0-5 1-2 1, Henderson 3-7 2-2 8, Radmanovic 1-3 0-0 2, Brown 4-9 1-2 9, Ajinca 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 23-74 13-25 59. BOSTON (92) Pierce 4-9 4-4 15, Garnett 5-9 0-0 10, Perkins 4-10 1-1 9, Rondo 5-6 0-0 10, R.Allen 6-17 2-3 18, Daniels 1-5 0-0 2, R.Wallace 3-8 0-0 9, Williams 2-3 8-11
Transactions Wednesday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL National League FLORIDA MARLINS—Named Randy St. Claire pitching coach. SAN DIEGO PADRES—Named Dan Migala vice president, partnership solutions. American Association EL PASO DIABLOS—Traded OF Kennard Bibbs to Laredo (United) for INF Miguel Ortiz. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association ORLANDO MAGIC—Waived F Linton Johnson III. SAN ANTONIO SPURS—Exercised the option on G George Hill’s contract for next season. FOOTBALL National Football League CAROLINA PANTHERS—Signed TE Jason Pociask to the practice squad. Released defensive tackle Rashaad Duncan from the practice squad. CLEVELAND BROWNS—Signed WR Darnell Jenkins to the practice squad. Released RB Cedric Peerman from the practice squad. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS—Suspended RB Larry Johnson for one game for conduct detrimental to the club. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS—Signed CB Tarell Brown to a three-year contract extension and OT Chris Patrick. Signed TE Carson Butler to the practice squad. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS—Placed OT Walter Jones on injured reserve. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS—Signed FB Chris Pressley from Cincinnati’s practice squad. Signed DE Maurice Evans to the practice squad. Canadian Football League CFL—Fined Toronto coach Bart Andrus $1,000 and Toronto LB Zeke Moreno an undisclosed amount for publicly disparaging officiating. GOLF LPGA TOUR—Named Michael Whan commissioner. HOCKEY National Hockey League ANAHEIM DUCKS—Signed LW Kyle Calder to a one-year contract. Assigned LW Bobby Bolt to Muskegon (IHL). COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS— Assigned D Mathieu Roy to Syracuse (AHL). VANCOUVER CANUCKS—Recalled G Cory Schneider from Manitoba (AHL). WASHINGTON CAPITALS—Assigned LW Alexandre Giroux to Hershey (AHL). American Hockey League MANITOBA MOOSE—Signed G Rejean Beauchemin. NORFOLK ADMIRALS—Called up LW Matt Syroczynski from Fort Wayne (IHL). ECHL ALASKA ACES—Signed F Moises Gutierrez. CINCINNATI CYCLONES—Signed F Bryan Marshall. ELMIRA JACKALS—Announced F Keegan Dansereau was assigned from Binghamton (AHL) and F Brandon Svendsen was recalled by Binghamton. COLLEGE ARMY—Named Nadia Staubitz assistant swimming and diving coach. EAST CAROLINA—Named John Ashaolu director of men’s basketball operations. LA SALLE—Named Natasha Fuchs assistant lacrosse coach. UCF—Named Nicole Trimboli assistant softball coach.
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Panthers sticking with Delhomme The Panthers gave the 34-year-old DelCHARLOTTE (AP) â€” A miserable seven-game stretch of 18 interceptions and homme a five-year contract extension in three lost fumbles wasnâ€™t bad enough for the offseason that includes $12 million in guaranteed money over the first three Jake Delhomme to lose his job. Delhomme will start for Carolina on years. Rip Scherer replaced Denver-bound Sunday against Arizona â€” the same oppo- Mike McCoy as quarterbacks coach and nent in which he began the worst slump vowed to focus on Delhommeâ€™s fundamentals. of his career. Instead, Delhomme has picked up where After a couple of days to think about it, coach John Fox said Wednesday he he ended the 2008 season. Delhomme threw four interceptions determined the beleaguered Delhomme remains the best option ahead of backups and lost a fumble in a Week 1 loss to Philadelphia, and the bad throws and decisions Matt Moore and A.J. Feeley. â€œThe 48-hour rule, you go back and you have continued. He has an NFL-high 13 look and thereâ€™s no question that weâ€™ve picks to go with only four touchdown passstruggled in that area,â€? Fox said. â€œGoing es â€” none to star receiver Steve Smith. through and looking at some of our mis- His 56.5 passer rating ranks 32nd in the haps, I donâ€™t think itâ€™s one guy. I still think league, and Carolinaâ€™s minus-14 turnover margin is the worst in the NFL. he gives us the best chance to win.â€? Delhomme said minutes after the BuffaDelhomme was facing the first uncerlo loss that he was â€œalmost numbâ€? tainty with his status since he and called it a â€œcrushingâ€? defeat. replaced Rodney Peete at halfFox for the first time didnâ€™t throw time of the 2003 season opener all his support behind Delhomme, and led the Panthers to a Super and there were questions that DelBowl berth. Fox wavered after he homme had lost his confidence. threw three more picks against â€œWould I sit here and tell you Buffalo Sunday, two of which led itâ€™s through the roof ? I mean, that to 14 Bills points in a 20-9 loss that would be a lie,â€? Delhomme said. dropped the Panthers to 2-4. â€œI still do have a lot of confidence, Fox was noncommittal on Monday, and Delhomme acknowl- DELHOMME but itâ€™s frustrating.â€? Part of Foxâ€™s decision to stick edged he would have understood with Delhomme may be because he has if Fox benched him. â€œIf he would have went that way, how no attractive alternative. Feeley was signed last month to replace could I blame him? I mean, letâ€™s be real here, how could I blame him?â€? Delhomme Josh McCown, who was placed on injured said. â€œBut I was hoping it would be me. reserve with knee and foot injuries. The Iâ€™m going down swinging. I donâ€™t know nine-year veteran has started 15 games in stints with four teams, but has acknowlany other way to put it.â€? Delhommeâ€™s downfall has been sudden edged heâ€™s still learning Carolinaâ€™s ofand striking. He successfully returned fense. Moore started three games as an unfrom reconstructive elbow surgery last season and led the Panthers to a 12-4 re- drafted rookie late in the 2007 season cord and the NFC South title. But then when Delhomme was recovering from Delhomme threw five interceptions and his elbow surgery. Heâ€™s played in only one lost a fumble in a stunning 33-13 home loss game since, throwing an interception after Delhomme was yanked in the loss to to Arizona in the NFC divisional playoffs
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Despite throwing an NFL-high 13 interceptions through six games, Jake Delhomme will remain the starter at quarterback when the Panthers play at Arizona on Sunday. the Eagles. â€œMy role on this team is the backup right now,â€? Moore said. â€œThatâ€™s how it was and thatâ€™s how I figured it would be. Iâ€™m 100 percent behind Jake.â€? Fox, whose future is uncertain with Carolinaâ€™s struggles this season, is gambling Delhomme will find his way. The Panthers returned 20 of 22 starters from last season and traded next yearâ€™s firstround draft pick to San Francisco. They were built to win now, but Fox has ac-
knowledged theyâ€™re fortunate to have two wins with all the turnovers. Now Delhomme hopes to turn things around against the team that started his misery, the Cardinals. â€œSomething you have to think about is it canâ€™t get much worse, so donâ€™t worry about nothing,â€? Delhomme said. â€œGo out and do it. Thatâ€™s kind of the mentality that you have to take. Thatâ€™s how Iâ€™m taking it. Hey, it couldnâ€™t get much worse than last week. Letâ€™s go, forget about it and go on.â€?
Lee, Utley carry Phillies past N.Y. in Game 1 NEW YORK (AP) â€” Look out for Cliff Lee, Chase Utley and this New Red Machine. Lee outdueled CC Sabathia, Utley homered twice and the Philadelphia Phillies kept rolling through October, beating the New York Yankees 6-1 on a misty Wednesday night in the World Series opener. The defending champion Phillies shut down Alex Rodriguez & Co. in the first Series game at the new billion-dollar Yankee Stadium. Trying to become the first NL team to repeat since Cincinnati in 1975-76, the Philsâ€™ 17-4 postseason run is the best in league history. Big Red Machine, meet your
match. Game 2 is Thursday night, with wily Pedro Martinez pitching for the Phillies against jumpy A.J. Burnett. Ryan Howard reprised his MVP perfor mance, doubling twice and driving in the final run for the Phillies. Rodriguez, however, went hitless and struck out three times in his Series debut. Lee bamboozled the Yankees with a spiked curveball, deceptive changeup and his usual
pinpoint fastball, pitching a sixhitter while striking out 10 without a walk. Lee blanked the Yankees until a run scored on shortstop Jimmy Rollinsâ€™ throwing error in the ninth inning. The lefty improved to 3-0 with an 0.54 ERA this postseason. He really seemed to enjoy himself, too. If Lee felt any nerves in his Series debut, facing the team that led the majors in wins, homers and runs, it didnâ€™t show. And if the Phillies were supposed to be
intimidated of the pictures of Babe Ruth and all the Yankees greats on the giant videoboard, it didnâ€™t happen. Pitching in short sleeves on a blustery evening, Lee worked a wad of gum while he worked his spell over the Yanks. He stuck out his glove hand for a ho-hum catch on Johnny Damonâ€™s popup that left the Phillies chuckling, shrugged after a nifty, behindthe-back stop on Robinson Canoâ€™s one-hopper and casually tagged out Jorge Posada on a comebacker. Lee beat his good friend and former Cy Young teammate Carsten Charles Sabathia in the first game at this ballpark back
in April, and got this chance after the Phillies traded four minor leaguers to Cleveland in July to get him. Playing in their 40th World Series, and first in six years, the Yankees went quietly. Utleyâ€™s solo home runs in the third and sixth innings gave Lee all the support he needed. Raul Ibanez hit a two-run single in the eighth and Shane Victorino added an RBI single in the ninth. The Philliesâ€™ may have been a bit overdue â€” in their only other October meeting, the Whiz Kids from Philadelphia got swept by the Yankees in the 1950 World Series and totaled just five runs.
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If the Warriors (5-4) can get past Sun Valley (6-3, 1-2 SCC) on Friday, the matchup with Marvin Ridge on Nov. 6 could be for the conference title. Weddingtonâ€™s only loss in the league came to Anson (6-3), but the Warriors also gave Porter Ridge itâ€™s only defeat last Friday. â€œWeâ€™re coming off an 0-11 season, so weâ€™re just looking at it as a big year for us and weâ€™re starting to earn some respect,â€? said WHS defensive tackle Darius Kilgo. â€œWe have a big opportunity to make the playoffs and become conference champs, and we have two more steps to accomplish that. Weâ€™re just working harder and harder every week.â€? The Pirates also have an important home matchup against the Bearcats on Friday. Both teams are coming off their first conference loss last week, and the loser of Fridayâ€™s game will ultimately lose their shot at a league title. With a 6-3 overall record, Porter Ridge is having its best season in the schoolâ€™s five-year history, but the Pirates arenâ€™t satisfied quite yet. If PR can beat Anson on Friday and follow with a victory over Sun Valley on Nov. 6, the Pirates will be at least co-champions. â€œAll of our focus right now is on a very good Anson football team,â€? said Porter Ridge coach Blair Hardin. â€œOur kids know we control our own destiny, so weâ€™re still taking it one game at a time like we have all season.â€?
Cuthbertsonâ€™s doubles team of sisters McKenna and Kalli Karas will compete in the 2A state playoffs at the Cary Tennis Center in Cary. McKenna, a junior, and Kalli, a freshman, are 12-1 as a doubles team this season. McKenna and Kalli earned their spot in the state playoffs after finishing second in the 2A Mid-Western Regional Tournament last weekend. Playing as the No. 1 seed, â€œMcKalliâ€? breezed through the first three matches of regionals, winning 36 out of 38 games, but fell (3-6, 6-2, default) to the secondseeded team of Erika Nelson and Katelyn Storey from Salisbury High. Nelson and Storey are 22-0 on the season. The Karas sisters will face Abigail Armstrong and Bailey Proctor from Tarboro High in the first round of the state playoffs this weekend. Armstrong and Bailey made their way to the semifinals of the 2A Eastern Regional Tournament. Weddington will send Meredith Branham to the 3A state playoffs in singles play, while Kindell Schmitt and Casey Rowe will compete in doubles play. The 3A playoffs will be held at the Burlington Tennis Center in Burlington. Branham, a No. 2 seed, will face Beth Batchelor, a No. 3 seed from Washington High in round one. Schmitt and Rowe will be facing Lindsay Thomas and Kate Gray from Rocky Mountain High in round one of doubles. Both the 2A and 3A playoffs will begin Friday at 10 a.m. and will resume Saturday at 9 a.m.
Champs Continued from Page 1B Tucker Axhoj put the Mavs back ahead by eight when he scored his first goal of the year off a pass from Kahn. Sun Valleyâ€™s last goal came with 11 minutes left when Adam Griffin found the back of the net. The 10th and final goal of the
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PR junior Damarrell Alexander has helped his team move into contention for the SCC title. night for the Mavs came when Zach Young passed to Kahn, who easily got it by the diving hands of the Sun Valley goalie. The Mavericks finished with 25 shots on goal while their goalie, Danny Cooper, only saw 6 shots come his way. Marvin Ridge rounds out the regular season at home against Weddington on Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. â€œWe have a great group of kids,
great group of senior leadership and itâ€™s fantastic right now,â€? said Risher. â€œI feel confident going into the Weddington match. It was a good game last time I expect a good game this time. Itâ€™s always fun playing against your rival and Iâ€™m looking for a big game from everybody.â€? The Mavericks escaped their visit to Weddington earlier this year with a 1-0 win in overtime and will finish up their conference season undefeated with a victory Friday.
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