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Crime, schools get blame EDC wrestles with obstacles to growth By AL WHELESS Daily Dispatch Writer

The community’s low selfesteem, high crime rate reputation and unimpressive public schools test scores were some of the issues discussed Wednesday around the HendersonVance Economic Development

By WILLIAM F. WEST Daily Dispatch Writer

Commission’s conference table. Even the negative prose about the area that is sporadically found on Wikipedia in cyberspace drew remarks. The topics — and others — surfaced while the members were trying to come up with ways the board could help overcome obstacles to making the city and the county more attractive to businesses and industries contemplating expansion, building sites or places for

executives and other employes to live. Every eye turned toward Superintendent Norman Shearin — all the way down at one end of the table — after Terry Garrison (seated fairly far away) made some comments about the negative effect of Vance County schools on the situation. Garrison, an EDC member and a county commissioner, said he had heard some influential people gathered for the

recent Seventh District Forum at Vance-Granville Community College say that the public school system’s reputation was keeping some businesses from locating in the county. Shearin lamented aloud the fact that the end-of-grade test scores of his large flock of students are duly recorded for posterity by the State Department of Public Instruction, Please see EDC, page 3A

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Gangs in '09 committed 15 crimes

The city’s and the county’s intergovernmental affairs committees, after meeting Thursday about joint funding of programs and services, agreed to talk more sometime the middle of next month, with City Manager Ray Griffin and County Manager Jerry Ayscue to develop a quarterly meeting schedule for the rest of the year. After an hour and half of discussion, the leaders from both sides decided to have a >> video at hendersondispatch.com meeting next month because the respective governments will be preparing Fiscal Year 20102011 budgets and because of the county’s plans to go to a countywide water system. The City Council, already concerned about a lean municipal budget, had extensive discussions about the joint funding matter late last month and earlier this week. And one of the city’s chief concerns is about whether the county can beef up both the tax collection rate and the collection of back taxes. Ayscue said the county commission authorized the tax office to utilize foreclosures up to three years, but noted a forecloPlease see JOINT, page 10A

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From left, Sen. Doug Berger, Officer Lamont Burchette, Pastor William Clayton, Craig Turner from the Governor’s Crime Commission and Vance Sheriff Peter White participate in a panel discussion about gangs Saturday afternoon at the Vance County courthouse.

Key to solving problem is funding for more programs By DAILY DISPATCH STAFF

ELECTION FILINGS By DAILY DISPATCH STAFF

Candidates filed Thursday for county and district offices in the May 4 political party primaries. Vance County Sheriff Peter White, a Democrat, filed with the Board of Elections to run for a second fouryear term. District Attorney Sam Currin, a Democrat, has filed to seek re-election to a four-year term as the chief prosecutor for the district comprised of Vance, Granville, Warren and Franklin counties. Additionally, District 7 state Sen. Doug Berger, also a Democrat, is seeking re-election to a two-year term, also in a district comprised of those same four counties. Send comments to news@ hendersondispatch.com.

Melissa Elliott’s message is simple: More needs to be done to keep Vance County’s youth out of gangs. Elliott believes the answer lies in more funding — for intervention and prevention programs in the county. She recently brought her message to more than 60 people at a gang forum sponsored by her organization, Gang Free, and St. James Missionary Baptist Church. Part 2 of Elliott’s forum is scheduled for

noon on March 20 in the county commissioners room at 122 Young St. At Saturday’s forum, Elliott presented the group with statistics about local gang members. According to Elliott, 14 local United Blood gang members and seven hybrid gang members were admitted to the Department of Corrections in 2009. Fifteen crimes, including murder, were attributed to Vance County gang members last year. Elliott pointed to several factors that may be contributing to

local gang involvement. Those include: substance abuse, family criminality, education levels and school behavior problems. “We do have gangs in Vance County; we’re not denying that,” Vance County Sheriff Peter White said Thursday. “Some places want to say they don’t have gangs. But it’s not really out of control at this point — we’re trying to take the lead before it does.” White said the sheriff’s department has three officers who regularly speak at schools about the dangers of gangs.

Sen. Doug Berger, Craig Turner with the Governor’s Crime Commission, and several local law enforcement officials spoke at the forum. The Governor’s Crime Commission develops the criteria for eligibility for funds appropriated for gang prevention and intervention. Last year, the General Assembly approved $10 million to be made available to cities, towns and communities that submit proposals that focus on gang prevention Please see GANGS, page 3A

Use of library increases at new site By DAVID IRVINE’ Daily Dispatch Writer

Since the H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library opened in its new facility on Breckenridge Street in July, 2006, everything about it has increased — except the number of hours it is open to serve the community. The total of 48 hours, during

which the library is open each week, is a 21 percent reduction from the schedule followed when the library was located on Rose Avenue. Potential users can’t get into the library before noon on Monday or Tuesday. And they have to leave by 6 p.m. during the rest of the week, Wednesday through Saturday. The library is not open

at all on Sundays. In spite of the restricted hours, use of the library has increased substantially since it moved into the new building, as shown by comparing statistics for 2005-2006, when the library was in the old building, with statistics for 2008-2009: • The number of registered borrowers increased from

22,692 to 32,192 — an increase of 42 percent. • Total circulation rose from 104,583 to 139,239 — an increase of 33 percent. • Computer use more than doubled, from 17,232 to 40,296 — an increase of 134 percent. • The number of new library Please see LIBRARY, page 3A

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FROM PAGE 1A while those of the five private school systems in Vance aren’t. Referring to the proposed Henderson Collegiate Charter School, Shearin said there will soon be six. If all of their high scores were added to the evaluation mix, he explained, the published results for the county would look better. The public middle and high schools have improved significantly in terms of end-of-grade testing, according to Shearin. “Our problem now is improving our elementary schools,” he added. Garrison suggested publicizing the many success stories of the students in

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cards issued increased from 1,805 to 2,729 — an increase of 51 percent. • Attendance jumped from 118,828 to 161,112 — an increase of 36 percent. • The number of books in the library’s collection expanded from 98,186 to 138,058 — an increase of 37 percent. The H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library has served Henderson and Vance County since it first opened on September 1, 1924, for the public’s “use and enjoyment.” It oper-

the public school system. “We’ve got to stop doing business the same way we have been doing business,” said Andrea Harris, another EDC member. “We have our greatest challenges among lowwealth kids,” she explained. “We need to shelter them more and give them opportunities for growth because they are already swimming upstream.” Harris suggested that “some of our successful people” like TV personality Charlie Rose be asked to help market Henderson. Bill Edwards, president of the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce, said the crime rate per capita of the local population is currently the most negative thing when it comes to increasing economic development. He called FBI crime

statistics “a factor in why a number of middle management people choose to live outside Vance County.” Henderson City Manager Ray Griffin said it’s important for the EDC to get interested in crime because it’s No. 1 out of nine factors on the “Quality of Life Criteria” list on page 21 of the 2010-2014 Strategic Plan information. “The more we address these items, the more successful we are going to be with them,” Griffin added. Harris encouraged members of the board to drive north-to-south on Interstate 85 and look at the signs along the way. She thought it would be a good idea to get in touch with the State Department of Transportation concerning the appearances of I-85 and other major roads in the area.

Also during the meeting, Harris said she would ask representatives of the State Treasurer’s Office and the Commerce Department to come to the March board meeting to share information about Recovery Zone Facility Bonds from the Recovery Stimulus Act. She described them as a new type of tax-exempt, private-activity bond that can allow businesses to borrow money at a lower government rate. Harris said eligible projects could include manufacturing and retail facilities, as well as energy and infrastructure. She told the board that local governments and businesses in Vance County and Henderson need to be made aware of the bond program.

ated at the Rose Avenue location for 20 years before moving into the Breckenridge Street facility. The new building offers considerably more space for books, periodicals and other materials. Eight computers are designated for use by children and 22 are available for individuals 14 years of age and older. The library’s computers give students and adults access to magazines, newspapers, academic journals, business databases, e-books and more. The library offers wireless Internet access, giving customers the option of using library computers or

their own laptops to search the worldwide Web. Combine the increased use with the number of new programs and services and it is apparent that the library makes a substantial contribution to the community. Library Director Jeanne Fox told The Daily Dispatch about some of the differences in costs between the Rose Avenue structure and the Breckenridge Street facility. In addition to greater costs of maintenance, heating and cooling, “it takes a bigger

staff to operate in a space that is three times bigger and on two levels,” she said. She will be submitting budget requests to both Vance County and the City of Henderson, as those bodies are developing their budgets. In addition to juggling those two budgets, Fox must strike a balance between having enough staff on hand at any one time and keeping the library open as much as possible.

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FROM PAGE 1A and intervention. The Crime Commission has established selection criteria and identified successful effective practices in combating the growth of gangs across the state. The foundation for such programs must be an absolute buy-in by the community to the goal of reconciliation and collaboration among law enforcement and social service agencies; families and neighbors of gang members; and community leaders and “moral voices” (ministers, respected elders). “We’re hoping they (gov-

Holyfield’s wife says he hit her FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Evander Holyfield’s wife is accusing the boxing great of hitting her several times and has received a temporary protective order against him. Candi Holyfield claims her 47-year-old husband hit her in the face, the back of the head and her back on Feb. 1 at the couple’s home in Fayetteville, which is about 20 miles south of Atlanta. Candi Holyfield claims she was hit when she refused to show him check stubs of her payments to the church. Evander Holyfield did not return several phone calls seeking comment. A publicist for the couple said in an e-mail that the two remained a strong married couple. A judge has ordered Holyfield to stay at least 500 yards from his wife and their two children. A hearing is set for Feb. 18.

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al-Qaida offshoot moves Yemen rebels to declare cease-fire By AHMED AL-HAJ

Associated Press Writer SAN’A, Yemen — Yemen’s president said Thursday the military will halt operations against northern rebels after reaching a cease-fire agreement that ends the country’s six-year conflict. After years of sporadic fighting with the militants, Yemen has come under international pressure to quickly draw a close to the war and free up resources to confront a separate threat from an al-Qaida offshoot that has set up operations there over the past year. The truce will take effect at midnight (2100 GMT) on Thursday, President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s office said in a statement. “We have decided to halt military operations in the northwestern region ... to stop blood-

shed, bring peace to the region, the return of displaced people to their villages, reconstruction and achieve national reconciliation,” the statement said. Several earlier cease-fires quickly disintegrated, mainly because the rebels said their demands were not addressed, and it was not clear whether the truce announced Thursday would hold. Last week, the government presented the Hawthi rebels with a detailed cease-fire agreement after the militants accepted the government’s conditions for a truce. The president’s office cautioned that an end to military operations depends on the Shiite militants’ commitment to observing the government’s conditions. Authorities have called on the militants to disarm, free hostages, clear mountain hideouts and vow not to attack

Saudi Arabia. Neighboring Saudi Arabia was drawn into the conflict in November after rebels crossed the border and killed two Saudi border guards. Some 133 Saudi soldiers have died in the fighting. The rebels announced a unilateral cease-fire with Saudi Arabia in late January. However, the Saudis responded cautiously to the rebel announcement, and demanded militants pullback from border positions and return five missing soldiers. The militants say their community of Shiite Muslims from the Zaydi sect suffer discrimination and neglect and that the government has allowed ultraconservative Sunni extremists too strong a voice in the country. Hard-line Sunnis consider Shiites heretics.

Facebook pulls inmates’ pages used for taunting others, crime By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press Writer

LONDON (AP) — The criminals are behind bars but their victims are still feeling their reach — through the Internet. The British government said Thursday that Facebook had removed the profiles of 30 U.K. inmates at its request after several incidents in which prisoners reportedly used the social networking site to organize crime or taunt others. The announcement made some Internet users worry about government interference online, but many crime victims said even more should be done. “When someone is convicted of a crime he loses his civil liberty though sentencing,” said Gary Trowdell of Families United, a group founded by relatives of young murder victims. “We say he should use his cyber-liberty as well.” Families United met earlier this week with Justice Secretary Jack Straw, who said the government would act “to tackle those cases where offenders seek to taunt or harass victims and their families”

through Web sites. British prisoners are banned from using social networking sites like Facebook. Britain — unlike many European countries — bars almost all inmates from access to the Internet, except for educational purposes under supervision. But authorities acknowledge that some have used smuggled mobile phones to update their pages, or have gotten friends on the outside to do it for them. The Sunday Times newspaper reported last month that Colin Gunn — a gangland boss convicted of conspiring to murder a couple in 2004 — warned on Facebook that “I will be home one day and I can’t wait to look into certain people’s eyes and see the fear of me being there.” Jade Braithwaite, one of three men jailed for the stabbing death of London teenager Ben Kinsella, also had a page — now gone — with postings on his life in prison, including one saying he was “down but not out.” A photo also was posted to the site showing him wearing a “Free Jade Braithwaite” T-shirt. Ben’s father, George Kinsella, said his wife and children had had

to read “very distressing” comments on the Net. “Ben’s sisters, younger sisters, look at Facebook regularly and my wife found it very distressing to read some of the comments that were being put on there on virtually a daily basis,” he told broadcaster ITV. In other cases, escaped convicts have used Facebook to taunt the police. British burglar Craig “Lazie” Lynch became an Internet celebrity after he posted mocking messages and defiant photos on Facebook during four months on the run from a minimum security prison. He was re-arrested last month and sent back to jail. Straw said Britain was looking to “raise the stakes against prisoners who seek to use these sites.” He said measures already introduced include body scanners in all jails to stop phones being smuggled in.

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Deaths Sallie K. Peace OXFORD — Mrs. Sallie Knight Peace, of 131 Warren Ave., passed into eternal rest on Feb. 10, 2010. A retired Granville County teacher, she was the widow of John T. Peace, who preceded her in death in March of 2009. She was a member of Penn Avenue Baptist Church, where the funeral will be conducted Monday at 2 p.m. by Pastor Willie S. Darby, her brother-in-law. Burial will follow in the J.T. Peace Memorial Garden. Mrs. Peace is survived

Melvin W. Chavis HENDERSON — Melvin Wilbert Chavis, 77, of 1465 Newton Dairy Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at his residence. He was born in Franklin County to the late Walter Fogg and Josephine Chavis. For over 35 years, he was employed as a truck driver. He was also a U.S. Army veteran. He was preceded in death by a sister, Bertha Williams; and two brothers, James Dunston and Robert “Preacher” Dunston. Surviving are three

by her son and daughterin-law, Lonnie C. and Cecilia Peace; and a grandson, John Alexander, a senior at Bowling Green State University. Other survivors include her sisters, Elreatha Bryant of Tarboro and Gwendolyn Knight of Sacramento, Calif.; nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and her church family. The viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Betts and Son Funeral Home in Oxford. Arrangements are by Betts and Son Funeral Home. Paid Obituary

sisters, Rachael Williams, Emma Hayes and Mary Todd; and a brother, Larry Dunston. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at E.C. Terry’s Funeral Service Chapel and interment will follow in the Mitchell Baptist Church cemetery in Louisburg. Floralbearers and pallbearers will be family friends. The family will be at 214 S. Pinkston St. The viewing will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral service chapel. Arrangements are by E.C. Terry’s Funeral and Cremation Services.

New Beginning Ministries, Inc. will be celebrating the final night of revival on Friday, February 12th @ 7 pm. The guest speaker for the week is Minister Melvin Robinson of Henderson, NC Minister Robinson is the son of Melvin Robinson, Sr. of Warrenton and is married to Teresa White Robinson. They have 2 children, Mel’leeah and Ja’Mel. Bishop Ralphel Holloman, Senior Pastor invites the public to attend.

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Local doctor completes requirements Dr. W. Rodwell Drake Jr. of Henderson has completed continuing medical education requirements to retain membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the only medical specialty organization devoted solely to primary care. To be members of the AAFP, family physicians must complete 150 hours of continuing medical education every three years to learn the most up-to-date treatments, technologiesand medical research. Drake has been health director of the GranvilleVance District Health Department since August 1991 after having been in private practice at Henderson Family Medicine Clinic for 16 years. He currently chairs the steering committee for Community Care Partners (CCP) a part of Community Care of N.C. (CCNC), and serves on the steering committee with the N.C. Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) to establish health objectives for 2020. Drake served eight years as a gubernatorial appointee to the N. C. Advisory Council on Cancer Coordination and Control where he also served as chair of the prevention committee and worked with Dr. Joseph Pagano of the UNC Lineberger Cancer Institute. He is Medical Director for Community Home Care and Hospice and involved with other state public health and local committees and community efforts.

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species. The group will hand out six different condom packages with original artwork. Slogans on the packages include “Wrap with care, save the polar bear,” and “Wear a condom now, save the spotted owl.” The center’s Randy Serraglio says human overpopulation is destroying wildlife habitat at an unprecedented rate. The endangered species condoms will be distributed in bars, supermarkets, schools, concerts, parties, and other public events.

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Couple alleges U.S. billed for prostitute and strippers By ADAM GOLDMAN and MIKE BAKER Associated Press Writers

RALEIGH (AP) — Two former Blackwater Worldwide employees say the security company repeatedly billed the U.S. government for excessive or inappropriate expenses, including a prostitute for workers in Afghanistan and strippers in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a federal lawsuit filed in Virginia, Brad and Melan Davis say Blackwater officials also deceived the government by double-billing for travel costs and creating false invoices. They say the U.S. government “has been damaged in the amount of many millions of dollars in funds.” Brad Davis also claims he witnessed acts of excessive force by company workers in Iraq. A federal law enforcement official told The Associated Press that federal authorities in Virginia were investigating whether Blackwater had overbilled for its State Department work. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not

authorized to speak publicly. Blackwater or its workers have also faced federal probes for shootings in Iraq and Afghanistan and accusations of arms smuggling. An audit released last year found that the State Department could have been able to recover $55 million from Blackwater because the company didn’t provide the personnel necessary to fulfill its contract during the months examined in 2006 and 2007. Mark Corallo, a spokesman for the Moyock, N.C.-based company, which has since changed its name to Xe, said Thursday that the lawsuit is misguided and noted that the Justice Department declined to join the case. “The allegations are without merit and the company will vigorously defend against this lawsuit. It is noteworthy that the government has declined to intervene in this action,” he said. The lawsuit was filed in 2008 in the eastern district of Virginia by the Davises, a married couple, and was recently unsealed after the Jus-

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tice Department passed on the case. Melan Davis, who said she handled some record-keeping and billing roles at Blackwater, said in a signed court statement that she found that a prostitute in Afghanistan had been placed on Blackwater’s payroll under the “Morale Welfare Recreation” category. Davis, who was fired from the company and is challenging her dismissal, said she also helped with recordkeeping for Blackwater’s response in Louisiana to Hurricane Katrina. Among other charges of excessive billing there, Davis said two workers paid a vendor for “cleaning services” but the vendor would instead provide strippers. Brad Davis says in the court filing he witnessed three instances in 2005 in which company workers used excessive force in Iraq. He said the contractors involved in the shootings used unjustified force to “kill or seriously injure innocent Iraqi civilians,” but that the company did not stop to see whether the targets of the shootings were alive or injured.

NEW YORK — Former President Bill Clinton had two stents inserted Thursday to prop open a clogged heart artery after being hospitalized with chest pains, an adviser said. Clinton, 63, “is in good spirits and will continue to focus on the work of his foundation and Haiti’s relief and longterm recovery efforts,” said adviser Douglas Band. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton left Washington and headed to New York to be with her husband, who underwent the procedure at New York Presbyterian Clinton Hospital. Stents are tiny mesh scaffolds used to keep an artery open after it is unclogged in an angioplasty procedure. Doctors thread a tube through a blood vessel in the groin to a blocked artery, inflate a balloon to flatten the clog, and slide the stent into place. That is a different treatment from what Clinton had in 2004, when clogged arteries first landed him in the hospital. He underwent quadruple bypass surgery because of four blocked arteries, some of which had squeezed almost completely shut. Angioplasty, which usually includes placing stents, is one of the most common medical procedures done worldwide. More than half a million stents are placed each year in the United States. With bypass or angioplasty, patients often need another procedure years down the road because arteries often reclog. “It’s not unexpected” for Clinton to need another procedure now, said Dr. Clyde Yancy, cardiologist at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and president of the American Heart Association. The sections of arteries and veins used to create detours around the original blockages tend to develop clogs five to 10 years after a bypass, he explained. New blockages also can develop in new areas. “This kind of disease is progressive. It’s not a one-time event, so it really points out the need for constant surveillance” and treating risk factors such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, he said. Doctors will have to watch Clinton closely for signs of excessive bleeding from the spot in the leg where doctors inserted a catheter, said Dr. Spencer King, a cardiologist at St. Joseph’s Heart and Vascular Institute in Atlanta and past president of the American College of Cardiology. Complications are rare. The death rate from nonemergency angioplasty is well under 1 percent, King said.

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Report: 95,000 jobs a month Obama forecast also blames predecessors, bankers for poor economy By PHILIP ELLIOTT Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON — The United States is likely to add an average of 95,900 more jobs each month this year, while personal savings will remain high as credit remains tight, according to a White House report released Thursday. With the public souring on Obama’s handling of the economy, the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers’ report trumpeted the $787 billion economic stimulus package as creating or saving some two million jobs. Facing a tough election season for fellow Democrats, Obama’s team used its annual report to blame the economy they inherited. The report is required by law within 10 days of the White House’s budget proposals. Obama called on lawmakers to pass a jobs bill to help the economy recovery — and to help incumbents from both parties keep their jobs come November. In a message to Congress, President Barack Obama looked back at the challenges and ahead to his agenda for dragging the country out of its recession. “I can report that over the past year, this work has begun. In the coming year, this work continues,” Obama said in a letter he sent to the Capitol attached to his economic update to lawmakers. “But to understand where we must go in the next year and beyond, it is important to remember where we began one year ago.” Casting its first year as positive, the administration’s 462-page report served as a summary of its logic and a pitch for Obama’s future agenda.

The economic report to the president is an annual document prepared by the Council of Economic Advisers, the White House’s three-person internal think tank. Recognizing that voters were likely to hold Obama responsible for the economy, the White House team cast blame on their predecessors and unpopular Wall Street bankers. “I think there’s just no way to understate how huge the economic challenges facing the country have been this past year,” said Christina Romer, head of the Council of Economic Advisers. It’s not clear whether that strategy would resonate with voters. Republicans were quick to describe the document as propaganda masquerading as governing. “The Obama administration’s report is full of blame for the policies of years past, praise for its own failed policies of the past year and promises about their ideological agenda to grow government,” said Republican House Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia. “Instead of praising themselves and blaming others, a greater focus on small businesses and smart solutions to reduce uncertainty and create jobs would be welcomed and is

long overdue,” Cantor said. The White House defended its report, casting it as a summary of the administration’s approach to an economy that was on the brink of collapse when Obama took office just more than a year ago. “We didn’t need a report from Dr. Romer to justify taking extraordinary action to save our economy; 763,000 people in January of 2009 lost their job,” press secretary Robert Gibbs said. “I don’t think you need more evidence that something had to be done.” Indeed, even adding an average of 95,000 jobs each month, unemployment is likely to remain around 10 percent through this year and not fall below 6 percent until 2015, the report said. And while Americans are likely to save more for big-ticket items such as homes or cars, it means a slower recovery for a nation that has lost 8.4 million net jobs since this recession began in December 2007. Mark Zandi, founder of Moody’s Economy.com and a frequent adviser to lawmakers, said the White House economic projections track his own. A jobs bill worth $100 billion to $150 billion, he said, would help lower unemployment rates. Pr

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Judge: U.S. missionaries should be released sionaries, believing they would educate and care for them. “After listening to the families, I see the possibility that they can all be released,” Saint-Vil told The Associated Press. “I am recommending that all 10 Americans be released.” Later, Saint-Vil said he would recommend provisional freedom for the detainees while the investigation continues. But it wasn’t clear whether their possible release means they would be allowed to leave Haiti, or what implications the judge’s decision could have on whether the charges may be dropped. By midday Thursday, SaintVil had yet to deliver his formal recommendation to the prosecutor. Gary Lassade, an attorney for one of the Americans, said he expects the judge will recommend the case be dropped — though

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The Haitian judge deciding whether 10 U.S. missionaries should face trial on charges of trying to take a busload of children out of the country said Thursday he will recommend that they be released provisionally while the investigation continues. Judge Bernard Saint-Vil must now send his recommendation to the prosecutor, who may agree or object, but the judge has the final authority to decide whether they stay in custody or go free. Saint-Vil said he was making his recommendation a day after questioning the Americans and hearing testimony from parents who said they willingly gave their children to the Baptist mis-

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the prosecutor could also appeal that ruling. The Americans, most from an Idaho Baptist group, were charged last week with child kidnapping and criminal association after being arrested Jan. 29 while trying to take 33 children, ages 2 to 12, across the border to an orphanage they were trying to set up in the Dominican Republic. The following day, group leader Laura Silsby of Meridian, Idaho, told the AP that the children were obtained either from orphanages or from distant relatives. She said only children who were found not to have living parents or relatives who could care for them might be put up for adoption. However, at least 20 of the children are from a single village and have living parents. Some of the parents told the AP they willingly turned over their children

to the missionaries on the promise the Americans would educate them and let relatives visit. Drew Ham, assistant pastor at Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, said Thursday that the judge’s recommendation is encouraging but it’s too soon to celebrate with the detainees still in custody. On Wednesday, from behind cell bars in the stuffy, grimy jail where they have been held, the missionaries refused to be interviewed. The women were held separately from the men, who shared their cell with nine Haitian men, some of whom played checkers on the cell floor. A Dallas attorney for Allen, Hiram Sasser, told the AP that his client was recruited just 48 hours before the group left last month for the Dominican Republic on what Silsby termed an

emergency rescue mission. “He did not know many of the other people who were on the mission trip, or what other people were going to do, or about paperwork,” Sasser said. Silsby had decided last summer to create an orphanage in the Dominican Republic and in November registered the nonprofit New Life Children’s Refuge foundation in Idaho. After Haiti’s catastrophic Jan. 12 earthquake, she accelerated the plan and recruited her fellow missionaries. Silsby told the AP she was only interested in saving suffering children. She told the AP after her arrest, however, that she did not have all the Haitian papers required to take the children out of the country.A Dominican diplomat told the AP he warned her that without those papers she could be arrested. Clip & Save

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Daily Meditation For it pleased [the Father] that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, [I say], whether [they be] things in earth, or things in heaven. Colossians 1:19-20

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City should look for more Southerlands Have you ever sold something for more than you thought it was worth? It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it feels a lot like Christmas morning. Henderson recently unwrapped an early Christmas present when the city council accepted a bid of $170,940 for the city-owned Southerland’s Mill Pond tract in the southeastern part of Vance County. The property totals about 80 acres, which comes out to a little over $2,000 per acre. Not too bad, especially considering the first bid was $43,000. The city paid $51,000 for the property in 1952. The site was a former water supply reservoir for the city, with city-owned land across the road from the pond having once been proposed as a site for a wastewater treatment plant. Of course, a dollar isn’t what it used to be. According to dollartimes.com, that $51,000 in 1952 had the buying power of $440,535.96 today. Although the bid was more than the city was expecting, it’s not even close to breaking even. So what will the city do with its recent windfall? At Monday’s meeting, City Manager Ray Griffin said the council has a list of items that could potentially receive funding courtesy of the Southerland tract. Considering the budget woes facing Henderson, an extra $170,940 could go a long way. We’re sure the city has plenty of holes to plug with that money, but the council should think long and hard about where the funds go. It’s not every day that a pile of money falls in your lap, and it would be a shame if it’s not used wisely. During Monday evening’s council meeting, Councilwoman Mary Emma Evans asked about other pieces of city-owned property that might generate this much excitement and added, “If so, let’s go to work looking for it.” “We do have some properties,” Griffin said. Some might argue that the city shouldn’t be in the real estate business, but it’s hard to argue with the results. In these rough economic times, the city should turn over every rock looking for possible sources of funding. Who knows, maybe Christmas will come early again.

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Few topics blaze the headlines these days like the John Edwards political sex scandal — a scandal that has cast his wife, Elizabeth, into a mediablitzed spotlight.  The mere mention of Elizabeth Edwards’ name elicits varied reactions, following the release of Andrew Young’s book, “The Politician.”  The former top aide to John Edwards not only details the tabloid sex scandal that publicly emerged two years ago — he unflatteringly portrays Elizabeth Edwards alongside her husband.  Despite these recent events, the name Elizabeth Edwards doesn’t evoke such adverse associations within me.  Instead, it awakens my memories of an unlikely graduation commencement message that still resonates nearly six years following its delivery. It was the culmination of my college career — one that had been interrupted midway as I journeyed the railroad tracks of Europe to “discover myself.”  And oddly, I had found myself — back home, working to pay off my accrued debt.  Such reality had proved unromantic, and so I had returned to college.  My parents’ persistent prayers answered, I was finally graduating.  Although thrilling, it was a

day permeated by uncertainty.  My future seemed somewhat directionless.  And as my Peace College classmates and I sweltered in the May morning’s heat, I questioned both what lay ahead and why bathing suits weren’t deemed appropriate attire beneath graduation robes. I remember fanning myself with a graduation Gina program, Eaves periodically flipping its Daily Dispatch contents for Columnist amusement as Elizabeth Edwards approached the podium.  The year was 2004, and soon her husband would accept the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nomination following an unsuccessful bid for president.   Her speech was entitled “Listen to Your Own Song.”  She said it was a message we would seldom hear.  And to date, I have not heard it repeated. It was not a speech outlined in expectations. No such missive. Conversely, Edwards instructed my classmates and

I to ignore the infinite expectations of others and to make our own choices.  She charged us not to concern ourselves with the imposed expectations of family, community, nation and world;  instead, she charged us to hold tight to our own sense of what was right.  And not let go of it.  Being true to ourselves, to our ethical core, and to our individual dreams would be our refuge, she said.   That would be our song.  Over the years, I have often discovered Edwards’ charge a difficult one to follow.   Through failed attempts, I have discovered that upholding one’s song is perhaps the greatest test in this life. Nothing fully prepares one for the moment, if one dares, to halt taking cues from others and instead charge forward for one’s self — thus cultivating one’s own song.  I’ve experienced both pleasure and, more often times disappointment, by pursuing my own song’s rhythm, always influenced by my choices. With each failure, I have learned the necessity of evaluating all choices, and often, to ensure they represent the sort of song worth singing. The times in my life when I’ve felt “lost” were the times I wasn’t being true to myself, my ethical core, or my indi-

vidual dreams. During these times, I believed my song had permanently disappeared — yet was thrilled when the familiar melody eased its way back into the very spirit of my life. In adverse times, and my own failings, I revisit Edwards’ message — specifically one line that has stuck with me since its delivery: “Don’t ever be afraid to say that this is not the path I meant to take; I need to get it right; don’t ever be afraid to start over and get it right.”   Edwards’ message, delivered on the front lawn of my alma mater,  was the dial of a compass pointing with clarity in one definite direction — within the very spirit of every young woman seated before her. And as Edwards faces adversities, I hope she will remember the charge she imprinted on the lives of the Peace College class of 2004 —- that she will listen to her own song.  Hers.  And not let go of it. Gina Eaves is an Epsom native, a Peace College graduate and an advertising representative at The Daily Dispatch. Her columns appear on Fridays. E-mail her at geaves@hendersondispatch.com.

A step toward the trash heap for ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ We already know where this is going. For some of us, the knowledge is hateful, for others, hopeful. Yet the inevitable arc of it is clear: Maybe it will be 10 years, maybe 20, but we can now envision a day when the last legal restrictions against gay men and lesbians will be struck away. A future is coming in which they will be fully protected from discrimination in housing and employment, free to fall in love and tell it to the judge, to make end-of-life decisions for their partners, to adopt children. And we will look back, vaguely amazed, that such things were ever in controversy, that there was ever a time sexual orientation was used to deny basic rights and privileges. The latest giant step in that direction was taken last week in a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee. There, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified in favor of ending the Pentagon’s stricture against gay men and lesbians in the military and of striking down the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t

tell” law under which they are required to hide their sexual orientation in order to serve. The Pentagon has ordered a review of the potential impact of repealing the law. “Speaking for myself and myself only,” said Adm. Mullen, “it is my Leonard personal belief that Pitts allowing Distributed by gays and Cagle Cartoons lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do. No matter how I look at this issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens.” And if some of us found that a bracing statement of a self-evident principle, others were unconvinced. Indeed, Republican Sen. John McCain, more politically agile now that he has jettisoned the weight of integrity, promptly reversed a 4-year-old promise that

he would be guided in this matter by the opinion of military leaders, instead pronouncing himself “deeply disappointed” by Mullen and Gates’ testimony. There is always someone who fights a rear-guard action against progress, and if he is still around to see how his words play in the history books 20 years from now, it will be entertaining to hear how McCain explains himself. That said, one’s satisfaction in knowing the military is poised to end its sexual segregation must balance against the frustration of how long it took to get here. After all, the basic architecture of this issue has not changed since 1993. Gay people haven’t changed. Service hasn’t changed. No, what has changed is us. We watched “Will & Grace,” we made gay friends, we found some measure of the acceptance that had always eluded us. There is a temptation to say this is just the way progress moves, that time must be allowed to do its work. We do the right thing — eventually. It is seductive, this idea that you and I have the right to put a timetable on

other people’s freedom, that they deserve it when we are ready for them to have it and that until then, they should simply endure, simply be patient. But if it is wrong now to deny a man the right to serve because he is gay, that means it was wrong then. If it is a foolish waste of resources now to kick a woman out because she is a lesbian, that means it was a foolish waste then. If “don’t ask, don’t tell” is a cowardly compromise with hysteria and homophobia now, then it always was. So one’s satisfaction in this inevitable march of progress is tempered by a recognition of how many careers and futures were needlessly broken along the way. We know where this is going, but that doesn’t mitigate vexation at the fact that we could have been there long ago but for stupid intransigence and fear. Patience is such an easy word to say. Leonard Pitts is a columnist for the Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him via e-mail at lpitts@ miamiherald.com.


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A good finish to the season KVA middle school girls win in overtime By DAILY DISPATCH STAFF

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Southern Vance's Tremanisha Taylor prepares to release the discus during her state championship winning event at the 2009 NCHSAA State Championships in this May 2009 file photo. Taylor signed a letter-of-intent to attend North Carolina State University on Thursday.

Southern’s Taylor inks with North Carolina St. By ERIC S. ROBINSON Dispatch Sports Editor

Southern Vance’s Tremanisha Taylor is no stranger to adversity. The three-sport standout missed virtually all of the volleyball and basketball seasons in her junior year due to an injury. After surgery and intensive rehab, Taylor made her return to athletics last spring — in a big way. Already the defending North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A state discus champion, Taylor’s throw at the 2009 state meet in Greensboro was the best of her career. In fact, it was the best for anyone ever at the 2A level. Taylor’s 141-foot heave won her a second state title and was good

enough to post a new 2A record by almost eight feet. Taylor has been successful in the classroom as well. She currently has a 4.2 grade point average, taking honors and advanced placement classes. On Thursday, the fruits of her labor were realized again when Taylor signed her letter of intent to attend North Carolina State University on a track scholarship. Taylor was recruited by NCSU assistant coach Tom Wood, who originally contacted SVHS coach Ken Bulluck about Taylor last year. Taylor visited the university in Raleigh for the first time on Nov. 28, and attended the Wolfpack’s football game with rival North Carolina. The Pack won that game 28-27. “State ended up beating Caro-

lina, and (coach Wood) said it was because I was there,” joked Taylor. During that visit, Taylor said she met with players and learned more about the coach. She said she felt the university took care of its athletes, providing the means to help them succeed academically. “I like the relationship... with the athletes, so I know that I won’t just be throwing, but I will be getting a good education to have something later on in life.” Tremanisha’s father, Barry Taylor, said a few other college offers for his daughter arrived later, but he felt Wood did a good job conveying that N.C. State cares for their student-athletes. “Not being biased, but I’m a Please see TAYLOR, page 4B

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holder in discus (141 feet) n Daily Dispatch All-Area Volleyball (2009) and Basketball (2006-07) selection

Samsonov scores in OT to win it for Canes By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer

RALEIGH — Sergei Samsonov scored 1:47 into overtime and the Carolina Hurricanes beat Buffalo 4-3 on Thursday night, sending the slumping Sabres to their sixth straight loss. Brandon Sutter had a goal and two assists, and Stephane Yelle and Ray Whitney also scored for Carolina, which gave coach Paul Maurice his 400th career victory by continuing its sharpest stretch of the season. The Hurricanes are on their second fourgame winning streak, have eight wins in 10 games and claimed their fifth straight victory at home. The decisive sequence started when defenseman Steve Montador slipped while trying to play the puck near goalie Ryan Miller. Sutter snatched it and backhanded a pass to a cutting Samsonov, who snapped it past Miller. Derek Roy scored two goals and Jochen Hecht added one for Buffalo, which has lost six straight for the first time since an 0-5-5 stretch in 2007-08. The Sabres will host Western Conference-leading San Jose on Saturday in their final game before the Olympic break. Yelle gave Carolina a 3-2 lead with 10:05 left in the second, when he skated down the right side and whipped a shot past Miller’s shoulder and into the upper-left corner of the net for his second goal since Nov. 27. Roy tied it with 7:07 left in the third by beating Manny Legace with a backhander. Miller, the probable starter for the United States in the Olympics, made 31 saves. Legace stopped 29 shots and improved his

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Buffalo’s Clarke MacArthur gets knocked off the puck by Carolina’s Jussi Jokinen in front of goalie Manny Legace during the first period of Thursday’s game. career record against Buffalo to 5-0 by beating the Sabres for the second time in a week. Carolina used a suddenly productive power play to erase an early 2-0 deficit, scoring twice with the man advantage in a 3 1/2-minute span against the NHL’s best penalty kill. Sutter got things started for the Hurricanes by beating Miller with a wrist shot, and Whitney took a pretty feed from Jussi Jokinen and chipped the puck over the Buffalo goalie’s shoulder with 1.3 seconds before the break.

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-----------------------------------First Period—1, Buffalo, Roy 15 (MacArthur), 2:13. 2, Buffalo, Hecht 13 (Connolly, Montador), 14:01. 3, Carolina, Sutter 14 (Samsonov, Ruutu), 16:29 (pp). 4, Carolina, Whitney 17 (Jokinen, Pitkanen), 19:58 (pp). Penalties—Whitney, Car (hooking), 6:49; Rivet, Buf (cross-checking), 15:22; Connolly, Buf (hooking), 17:37; Lydman, Buf (high-sticking), 19:47. Second Period—5, Carolina, Yelle 4 (Sutter), 9:55. Penalties—Vanek, Buf (hooking), 13:12; Roy, Buf (slashing), 18:28; Jokinen, Car (slashing), 18:28. Third Period—6, Buffalo, Roy 16 (Vanek, Butler), 12:53. Penalties—Alberts, Car (slashing), 4:21. Overtime—7, Carolina, Samsonov 12 (Sutter), 1:47. Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Buffalo 12-10-10-0—32. Carolina 13-13-7-2—35. Power-play opportunities—Buffalo 0 of 2; Carolina 2 of 4. Goalies—Buffalo, Miller 29-14-7 (35 shots-31 saves). Carolina, Legace 7-5-2 (32-29).

Kerr-Vance’s middle school girls’ basketball team ended their season with an overtime win Thursday. The Spartans downed Rocky Mount Prep 23-22 in OT. Cassidy Tucker scored four points in the game, including the game-winning bucket. KVA was up 17-12 in the beginning of the fourth quarter, but untimely turnovers led to a Rocky Mount comeback. Alexandra Dozier also scored four points, and had a clutch shot in the overtime frame. Hayley Marshburn led all KVA scorers with eight points. With the win, the girls’ season concludes with a 9-4 record. “They had a great season,” said Spartans coach Phillip Burnette. Kerr-Vance’s boys’ middle school team was defeated at Rocky Mount Prep 43-22 Thursday. Sam Fuquay scored 14 points for KVA in the loss. Hunter Layton had four, and James Avery and Clay Mattingly each had two. The boys’ season concludes with a game at Halifax Academy Wednesday.

Vonn returns to skis American tests shin for first time since injury By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer

WHISTLER, British Columbia — Each of Thursday’s steps was seen as a sign that, yes, Lindsey Vonn might very well compete in five Olympic races, after all, and might be able to think once again about medals, not medicine. Painkillers and a Novocainelike numbing cream for the American’s badly bruised right shin? They seemed to dull the aching. Wearing ski boots, something Vonn painful and depressing every time she tried it last week? She yanked them on and did a course inspection. Actually skiing down a hill for the first time since getting injured Feb. 2, albeit only in a free run and not on the official course? It hurt, sure, but was the most exciting step of all, one that convinced Vonn she was ready to take part in the opening women’s Olympic downhill training session later Thursday. Alas, that practice wound up being called off after only two racers because of thick fog and low visibility — yet even that development was deemed encouraging by the group known as the Vonntourage. “I was happy to be back on snow Please see VONN, page 4B


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Duke’s Thomas doubtful with knee bruise DURHAM (AP) — Duke forward Lance Thomas is doubtful for Saturday’s game against Maryland with what team officials say is a severely bruised bone in his right knee. The team made the announcement Thursday, one day after Thomas injured his knee early in the second half of the eighth-ranked Blue Devils’ 64-54 victory against rival North Carolina. Thomas has started all but one game this season for Duke (20-4, 8-2 ACC). The senior averages 5.7 points and 4.9 rebounds while bringing much-needed interior toughness for the ACC-leading Blue Devils. He was hurt in a collision with Larry Drew II with about 17 minutes left in Wednesday night’s game.

UConn’s Calhoun returns to coaching STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Jim Calhoun is back coaching the Connecticut Huskies. Calhoun returned to his coaching duties Thursday after a medical leave of more than three weeks forced him to miss seven games. A news release issued by the school says Calhoun has no restrictions on what he can do, and the 67-year-old Hall of Famer says he’s looking forward to Thursday’s practice. School officials have not said what was ailing Calhoun, but said it had nothing to do with his three bouts with cancer and was not related to his heart.

MLB Hart becomes first to go to arbitration ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Outfielder Corey Hart has become the first player on the Milwaukee Brewers to go to arbitration in 12 years. Hart asked a panel of arbitrators Thursday for a raise from $3.25 million to $4.8 million, and the Brewers argued for $4.15 million. In the first case in the major leagues to go to a hearing this year, arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, John Sands and Sylvia Skratek are expected to issue a ruling on Friday. Eleven additional players are scheduled for hearings through next week. Hart hit .260 with 12 homers and 48 RBIs last season. Players won two of three hearings last year, their first winning record since going 7-3 in 1996. Last year tied the record for fewest hearings in a year, set in 2005. Owners hold a 280-207 margin in cases that have gone to hearings since arbitration began in 1974.

NBA Kobe, AI out of All-Star game with injuries DALLAS (AP) — Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers won’t play in the All-Star game this weekend. Both former NBA MVPs were voted into the starting lineups by fans. The NBA announced Thursday that Bryant will be replaced by Dallas point guard Jason Kidd on the Western Conference roster. Iverson’s spot in the Eastern Conference will be filled by New York forward David Lee. Bryant missed his third straight game for the lakers Wednesday night with a sore left ankle. Iverson missed his fifth straight game for the 76ers Wednesday night to be with his sick daughter.

Local Schedule Friday, Feb. 12 Basketball-Boys n Roxboro Christian at Victory Christian 7 p.m. n Northern Vance at Southern Vance 7:30 p.m. n Cary Christian at KerrVance 7:30 p.m. n Cardinal Gibbons at J.F. Webb 7:30 p.m. n Crossroads Christian at Northwood Temple 7:30 p.m. Basketball-Girls n Crossroads Christian at Northwood Temple 4 p.m. n Roxboro Christian at Victory Christian 5:30 p.m. n Northern Vance at Southern

Vance 6 p.m.

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Vance 6 p.m. n Cardinal Gibbons at J.F. Webb 6 p.m. JV Basketball-Boys

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Cape Fear Christian 4 p.m.

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Webb 4:30 p.m.

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Vance 3:15 p.m.

Sports on TV Friday, Feb. 12 AUTO RACING 1:30 p.m. n SPEED — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for Daytona 500, at Daytona Beach, Fla. 3 p.m. n ESPN2 — NASCAR, Nationwide Series, pole qualifying for NextEra Energy Resources 250, at Daytona Beach, Fla. 8 p.m. n SPEED — NASCAR, Truck Series, Camping World 300, at Daytona Beach, Fla. BOXING 10 p.m. n ESPN2 — Lightweights, Ji-Hoon Kim (19-5-0) vs. Tyrone Harris (24-50), at Temecula, Calif. GOLF 9:30 a.m. n TGC — European PGA Tour, Avantha Masters, second round, at New Delhi (same-day tape)

12:30 p.m. n TGC — Champions Tour, The ACE Group Classic, first round, at Naples, Fla. 3 p.m. n TGC — PGA Tour, Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, second round, at Pebble Beach, Calif. MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 8 p.m. n ESPN2 — Siena at Niagara 9 p.m. n ESPN — West Virginia at Pittsburgh NBA BASKETBALL 9 p.m. n TNT — Exhibition, Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam, at Arlington, Texas OLYMPICS 7:30 p.m. n NBC — LIVE: Opening Ceremony: Parade of Nations and Lighting of the Olympic Cauldron; SAME-DAY TAPE: ski jumping: individual K-95, at Vancouver, Canada

By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It was two close finishes and one close call for Michael Waltrip — exactly what NASCAR needed. Two stirring finishes to a pair of Thursday qualifying races, Waltrip’s nervous waiting game to see if he’d get a spot in the Daytona 500, and the roller-coaster ride of emotions between those who made the show and those who did not combined to give NASCAR the boost it’s been so desperately craving. Jimmie Johnson nipped Kevin Harvick by .005 seconds in the first race, then Kasey Kahne edged Tony Stewart by .014 seconds to set the stage for what should be an exciting season-opening Daytona 500. “I think we put on one heck of a race,” said Johnson, who had to hold steady in a door-to-door battle with Harvick across the finish line. “I definitely feel like (the racing) has been pretty exciting and good from my standpoint,” said Kahne, who passed Stewart and then had his own side-byside race to the finish.

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Jimmie Johnson, lower right, races to the finish line ahead of Kevin Harvick, front left, to win the first of two Gatorade Duel qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway Thursday. There was more drama off the track, as well. Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 winner, had planned to make his final start at Daytona in Sunday’s race. Only he wrecked out of the first race, and was at the mercy of the finishing order of the second race to claim a spot in the field. He needed either Bobby Labonte or Scott Speed to grab one of the “transfer” spots into the race, and Waltrip settled into a television studio to watch the second race on a slew of monitors. Waltrip was riveted as he cheered on as Speed

used a late-race pass that helped him make the 500. “I know I had an interest in what was happening for myself ... but I’ve never seen anything more exciting in my whole life than that (race),” Waltrip said. “The race for the win, those guys mixing it up, that’s hard. If you don’t like that, then you need to become a fan of a different sport because that right there is as good as it gets.” That’s exactly what NASCAR needs heading into its version of the Super Bowl. The sport has been battered over the past few years by critics who argue

the racing has grown stale and the drivers are too boring. A series of offseason changes to various rules, and an edict to the drivers to loosen up and show more personality, has created hope for some much-needed energy in NASCAR. The tinkering continued all the way up to Thursday’s races, too. After a unsatisfying end under caution to last week’s exhibition Budweiser Shootout, NASCAR announced in its pre-race driver meeting that it would make three attempts going forward to end a race under green. The new policy wasn’t needed in the qualifiers, though, as drivers cleanly mixed it up and staged a stellar race to the finish. There were several side stories, too. Max Papis, a close friend of Johnson’s, stayed out on old tires to gain track position, then had to hold on tight to claim his first berth in the Daytona 500. The former sports-car star cried on pit road during his celebration. “I don’t want to be called anymore the ’road course racer,’ “ Papis said. “I want to be called ’Mad Max, the NASCAR racer.”

Cavs down Magic for 13th straight win CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James had 32 points and 13 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers matched their franchise record by winning their 13th straight game with a 115-106 victory over the Orlando Magic on Thursday night in a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference finals. Both teams are again on top of the East this year, but Cleveland has won both head-to-head meetings. As he has done all season, James again closed out another opponent late in the game, scoring seven points in the final three minutes. Orlando went scoreless for five minutes in the fourth as Cleveland turned a two-point deficit into a 105-98 lead. The anticipated matchup between Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight

AP Photo/Tony Dejak

Cleveland’s LeBron James drives past Orlando centerDwight Howard in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game. Howard never really materialized because both were in foul trouble throughout. Fouls were a problem for both teams as they combined for 43 fouls and 56 free throws.

With O’Neal on the bench most of the night, the Cavaliers again relied on James. And as usual, he delivered. James hit a deep jumper from just inside the 3-point line to give the Cavaliers a 105-96 lead, then followed it up with a 3-pointer and another jumper to put the game out of reach. James also had eight rebounds, falling two shy of his third tripledouble this season. Orlando, playing for the fourth time in five nights, had won nine of its last 11. J.J. Hickson had 20 points, Anderson Varejao had 16 off the bench and O’Neal had 10 points and six rebounds in just 19 minutes. Howard, who also struggled with fouls in the first meeting against Cleveland this season, had 19 points and 11 rebounds

for Orlando. Rashard Lewis added 19 points, Vince Carter had 14 and Jameer Nelson had 13. Cleveland can set a record for consecutive wins next week when it hosts Denver on Thursday following the All-Star break. Cleveland 115, Orlando 106

Orlando: Barnes 3-5 2-2 9, Lewis 6-14 4-6 19, Howard 6-9 7-10 19, Nelson 4-14 4-4 13, Carter 5-16 4-6 14, Anderson 1-3 2-2 5, Pietrus 3-4 0-0 7, Gortat 1-3 0-0 2, Jas.Williams 4-4 0-0 10, Redick 3-3 1-1 8. Totals 36-75 24-31 106. Cleveland: James 10-21 10-12 32, Hickson 9-14 2-4 20, O’Neal 5-9 0-1 10, Gibson 4-7 0-0 11, Parker 1-6 4-4 7, Ilgauskas 2-4 2-2 6, Jaw. Williams 1-4 0-2 2, Moon 1-1 0-0 3, Varejao 8-11 0-0 16, West 3-7 0-0 8. Totals 44-84 18-25 115. -----------------------------------Orlando 23 40 20 23 — 106 Cleveland 37 29 21 28 — 115 -----------------------------------3-Point Goals—Orlando 10-26 (Lewis 3-9, Jas.Williams 2-2, Redick 1-1, Pietrus 1-2, Anderson 1-2, Barnes 1-3, Nelson 1-5, Carter 0-2), Cleveland 9-20 (Gibson 3-5, West 2-3, James 2-6, Moon 1-1, Parker 1-3, Jaw.Williams 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Orlando 47 (Howard 11), Cleveland 46 (James 8). Assists—Orlando 18 (Nelson 5), Cleveland 28 (James 13). Total Fouls—Orlando 20, Cleveland 23. Technicals—O’Neal, Cleveland defensive three second. Att.—20,562 (20,562).

Glavine rejoins Braves as assistant to Schuerholz By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA — Tom Glavine made his retirement official on Thursday when he returned to the Atlanta Braves in a loosely defined new role. Glavine was hired as special assistant to Braves president John Schuerholz, and the two stood together before reporters for the first time since Glavine’s unexpected release last summer. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner was bitter when the Braves let him go, but he said Thursday that any anger at Schuerholz and general manager Frank Wren has dissipated. “I’m happy and comfortable with where we are as far as that is all concerned,” Glavine said. “I talked with Frank, so that is all behind us. If I didn’t feel I could work with Frank or work with John, I wouldn’t be here.” Schuerholz said giving Glavine a management role was not about making amends. “The motivation was here’s a Hall of Famer, a guy who has contributed so much to this organi-

zation to help us gain the stature that we now enjoy,” Schuerholz said. “Once he made known that he was interested in doing something in baseball after playing, it seemed so obvious to us and to me that he ought to do it with the Braves, so we began talking.” Glavine was 305-203 with a 3.54 ERA from 1987-08, winning 20 games or more five times in 17 seasons with the Braves and spending five years with the New York Mets. He was a 10-time All-Star, won the NL Cy Young Award with Atlanta in 1991 and 1998 and helped the Braves win the 1995 World Series. The 43-year-old former pitcher will work with Schuerholz on baseball and business projects, and he will occasionally assist Wren and manager Bobby Cox. Glavine also plans to work about once a week on the team’s radio and TV crews. Glavine said his emphasis was protect time with his family, including his five children, while also allowing him the flexibility to sample different jobs with the Braves. He expects to be in uniform

during spring training in the major league and minor league camps. “I know I want to at least get my foot in the door with the game of baseball on the business side of it as opposed to being a player,” Glavine said. “Quite honestly, I’m not sure what I want to do. “There are a lot of things which interest me, broadcasting being one of them, so this opportunity that we’ve come up with gives me a tremendous amount of flexibility to experience a number of things within the organization — broadcasting, maybe some on-field stuff minor league wise, a little bit of player development type things and certainly major league front office stuff.”

Glavine said his goal is “that hopefully sometime relatively soon I can figure out if there’s one aspect of it I really enjoy and can focus on that in the future.” Because he hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2008, Glavine will appear on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in the same year that former teammate Greg Maddux becomes eligible. “If you’re fortunate enough to go in the Hall of Fame, it’s a special day,” Glavine said. “If you’re lucky enough to go into the Hall of Fame with a friend and teammate at the same time, that’s even more fun. Certainly Greg and John (Smoltz) and I will forever be linked together, and if I’m fortunate to go in on the first go with Greg, that just adds to it.”

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Butler's Emerson Kampen, right, goes to the basket against Youngstown's Eddie D'Haiti during the firt half of Thursday’s game.

No. 18 Butler tops Youngstown State YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 22 points and had a career-high 17 rebounds to lead No. 18 Butler past Youngstown State 68-57 for the Bulldogs’ 14th consecutive win Thursday night. Butler (22-4, 15-0) overcame 11 first-half turnovers to clinch its fourth straight Horizon League title. The Bulldogs’ winning streak is one behind Siena for the longest in the nation. DeAndre Mays’ 28 points led Youngstown State (8-16, 2-12), which has lost four in a row and eight of nine. Matt Howard had 11 points and Willie Veasley 10 for the Bulldogs, who won their seventh straight on the road. Youngstown State hit four consecutive 3-pointers during an 18-2 run midway through the first half to open an eight-point lead, but Hayward’s driving layup and free throw four seconds before halftime gave the Bulldogs a 31-30 lead at the break.

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North Carolina State’s Lucy Ellison takes the ball from Duke’s Allison Vernerey during the first half of Thursday’s game in Durham.

No. 8 Blue Devils rout NC State By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer

DURHAM — Freshman Allison Vernerey scored 16 of her season-high 20 points in the first half to help No. 8 Duke beat North Carolina State 70-39 on Thursday night. Vernerey had 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting in the first 20 minutes for the Blue Devils (20-4, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), including a run of eight straight points that helped Duke build a big early lead. Duke ran out to a 14-2 lead against the overmatched Wolfpack (13-11, 3-6), leading by 20 points before the half was even over and by more than 30 late. The Blue Devils shot 47 percent and dominated the boards just as they did in Monday night’s rout of another nearby rival, North Carolina. Duke finished with a 47-27 rebounding advantage, including 17 on the offensive end that led to 15 second-chance points. Duke has won five of six since a home loss to topranked Connecticut.

Swords leads Eagles past No. 18 Heels CHAPEL HILL (AP) — Carolyn Swords scored 14 points to help Boston College beat No. 18 North Carolina 69-62 on Thursday night. Kerri Shields added 13 points and Mickel Picco had 12 for the Eagles (14-10, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their third straight. Italee Lucas scored 13 points to lead North Carolina (16-7, 4-5), which has lost four in a row for the first time since 2000. Waltiea Rolle added 11 points and Chay Shegog had 10 points for the Tar Heels. Boston College pulled away with a 9-0 run down the stretch, blowing open a game that was tied at 53 with 5:45 to play. The Tar Heels cut the lead to 6258 on a 3-pointer by She’la White with 1:25 left, but they never got closer. North Carolina led 34-31 at halftime.

Race Sunday, at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla. Lap length: 2.5 miles (Car number in parentheses) 1. (5) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 191.188 mph. 2. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 190.913. 3. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 190.359. 4. (9) Kasey Kahne, Ford, 189.056. 5. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 188.996. 6. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 189.374. 7. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 190.054. 8. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 190.408. 9. (33) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 190.118. 10. (2) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 190.359. 11. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 188.699. 12. (19) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 188.533. 13. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 189.593. 14. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 188.727. 15. (43) AJ Allmendinger, Ford, 189.255. 16. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 189.693. 17. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 190.577. 18. (47) Marcos Ambrose, Toyota, 189.757. 19. (6) David Ragan, Ford, 189.282. 20. (00) David Reutimann, Toyota, 189.314. 21. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 190.05. 22. (83) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 188.628. 23. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 188.411. 24. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 190.05. 25. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 189.072. 26. (12) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 189.737. 27. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 189.195. 28. (36) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 189.052. 29. (55) Michael McDowell, Toyota, 185.924. 30. (82) Scott Speed, Toyota, 189.958. 31. (13) Max Papis, Toyota, 188.198. 32. (98) Paul Menard, Ford, 189.294. 33. (34) John Andretti, Ford, 187.512. 34. (7) Robby Gordon, Toyota, 188.735. 35. (37) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 187.285. 36. (77) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 190.05. 37. (38) Robert Richardson Jr., Ford, 187.289. 38. (26) Boris Said, Ford, 186.908. 39. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 188.865. 40. (21) Bill Elliott, Ford, 190.573. 41. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 189.709. 42. (71) Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet, 189.665. 43. (51) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 189.454. Failed to Qualify 44. (90) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 188.3. 45. (27) Kirk Shelmerdine, Toyota, 184.407. 46. (49) David Gilliland, Toyota, 187.766. 47. (46) Terry Cook, Dodge, 187.056. 48. (75) Derrike Cope, Dodge, 185.041. 49. (09) Aric Almirola, Chevrolet, 187.278. 50. (66) Dave Blaney, Toyota, 186.254. 51. (32) Reed Sorenson, Toyota, 188.391. 52. (92) Mike Wallace, Dodge, 182.678. 53. (57) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 180.607. 54. (97) Jeff Fuller, Toyota, 187.363.

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Thursday, at Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, Fla. Lap length: 2.5 miles (Start position in parentheses) 1. (4) J. Johnson, Chevy, 60 laps, 99.8 rating, $53,980. 2. (15) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 60, 91.9, $38,970. 3. (6) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 60, 122.4, $33,970. 4. (5) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 60, 77.2, $28,970. 5. (17) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 60, 70.8, $26,970. 6. (9) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 60, 76.7, $24,570. 7. (12) AJ Allmendinger, Ford, 60, 98.5, $23,470. 8. (2) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 60, 96.2, $22,470. 9. (11) David Ragan, Ford, 60, 79.7, $22,445. 10. (7) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 60, 93.2, $22,420. 11. (18) Greg Biffle, Ford, 60, 108.7, $22,395. 12. (14) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 60, 78.8, $22,370. 13. (13) Carl Edwards, Ford, 60, 77.4, $22,345. 14. (26) Michael McDowell, Toyota, 60, 41.8, $22,320. 15. (20) Max Papis, Toyota, 60, 55.3, $22,295. 16. (21) John Andretti, Ford, 60, 44.8, $22,270. 17. (27) Todd Bodine, Toyota, 60, 46.9, $22,245. 18. (8) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 60, 43, $22,195. 19. (24) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 60, 50.4, $22,170. 20. (25) Terry Cook, Dodge, 60, 34.2, $22,145. 21. (1) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 60, 106.2, $22,095. 22. (3) Bill Elliott, Ford, 60, 50.2, $22,070. 23. (23) Robert Richardson Jr., Ford, 60, 31.4, $22,020. 24. (19) Reed Sorenson, Toyota, 60, 40.2, $21,995. 25. (10) M. Waltrip, Toyota, accident, 52, 56.2, $21,970. 26. (16) Jeff Burton, Chevy, accident, 24, 83.8, $21,945. 27. (22) Jeff Fuller, Toyota, engine, 4, 23.3, $21,920. Race Statistics Average Speed of Race Winner: 146.461 mph. Time of Race: 1 hour, 1 minute, 27 seconds. Margin of Victory: .005 seconds. Caution Flags: 3 for 11 laps. Lead Changes: 8 among 6 drivers. Lap Leaders: R.Newman 1-2; M.Martin 3-30; J.Gordon 31; G.Biffle 32-35; J.Gordon 36-39; G.Biffle 40-51; K.Busch 52-53; J.Johnson 54-60. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): M.Martin, 1 time for 28 laps; G.Biffle, 2 times for 16 laps; J.Johnson, 1 time for 7 laps; J.Gordon, 2 times for 5 laps; K.Busch, 1 time for 2 laps; R.Newman, 1 time for 2 laps. NASCAR Driver Rating Formula A maximum of 150 points can be attained in a race. The formula combines the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish.

COLLEGE HOOPS Atlantic Coast Conference Standings

Conference All Games W L PCT W L Duke 8 2 .800 20 4 Maryland 6 2 .750 16 6 Wake Forest 7 3 .700 17 5 Virginia Tech 6 3 .667 19 4 Virginia 5 3 .625 14 7 Clemson 5 5 .500 17 7 Florida St. 5 5 .500 17 7 Georgia Tech 5 5 .500 17 7 Miami 3 7 .300 17 7 Boston College 3 7 .300 12 12 North Carolina 2 7 .222 13 11 N.C. State 2 8 .200 14 11

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Wednesday’s Games Memphis 76, UCF 70 East Carolina 71, Tulane 68 UTEP 62, SMU 51 Tulsa 60, Southern Miss. 52

Ottawa 6, Washington 5

Thursday’s Games No games scheduled

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EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts New Jersey 59 36 20 3 75 Pittsburgh 60 36 22 2 74 Philadelphia 58 30 25 3 63 N.Y. Rangers 60 26 27 7 59 N.Y. Islanders 60 24 28 8 56 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts Ottawa 61 35 22 4 74 Buffalo 59 32 18 9 73 Montreal 61 29 26 6 64 Boston 59 26 22 11 63 Toronto 60 19 30 11 49 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts Washington 61 41 13 7 89 Tampa Bay 59 26 22 11 63 Atlanta 58 25 24 9 59 Florida 60 24 27 9 57 Carolina 60 23 30 7 53

GF GA 155 137 190 172 170 156 153 165 151 186 GF GA 173 172 163 151 160 167 146 152 162 204 GF GA 244 173 154 172 175 187 153 174 163 192

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 59 39 15 5 83 189 138 Nashville 59 32 22 5 69 164 165 Detroit 60 27 21 12 66 155 163 St. Louis 60 26 25 9 61 155 169 Columbus 61 25 27 9 59 159 194 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Vancouver 59 36 21 2 74 188 143 Colorado 59 34 19 6 74 176 154 Calgary 60 29 22 9 67 152 152 Minnesota 59 29 26 4 62 163 173 Edmonton 59 18 35 6 42 147 202 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA San Jose 61 40 12 9 89 203 150 Phoenix 61 37 19 5 79 166 153 Los Angeles 59 36 20 3 75 180 163 Anaheim 60 29 24 7 65 169 183 Dallas 59 26 21 12 64 169 185 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Thursday’s Games San Jose 3, Detroit 2, SO Ottawa 6, Washington 5 Carolina 4, Buffalo 3, OT Boston 5, Tampa Bay 4 Vancouver 3, Florida 0 Dallas at Calgary, 9:30 p.m. Edmonton at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Friday’s Games Montreal at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Nashville at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Vancouver at Columbus, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Toronto at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Atlanta at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Phoenix at Colorado, 9 p.m.

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Florida 10-8-13—31. Goalies—Vancouver, Luongo. Florida, Vokoun. Att.—13,787 (19,250). Time—2:21.

Vancouver 0 2 1 — 3 Florida 0 0 0 — 0 -----------------------------------First Period—None. Second Period—1, Vancouver, Burrows 26 (H.Sedin, Edler), 1:18. 2, Vancouver, Hansen 6 (Salo), 18:10 (sh). Third Period—3, Vancouver, Kesler 16 (Samuelsson, Edler), 15:57 (pp). Shots on Goal—Vancouver 14-11-10—35.

Washington 1 3 1 — 5 Ottawa 3 1 2 — 6 -----------------------------------First Period—1, Ottawa, Spezza 14 (Kuba, Picard), 6:03. 2, Ottawa, Michalek 20 (Spezza), 10:09. 3, Washington, Fleischmann 18 (Semin, Green), 17:00. 4, Ottawa, Alfredsson 17 (Michalek, Spezza), 19:53 (pp). Second Period—5, Washington, Schultz 3 (Ovechkin, Green), 6:39. 6, Washington, Semin 27 (Laich), 15:17. 7, Washington, Semin 28 (Morrison, Laich), 15:59. 8, Ottawa, Neil 7 (Winchester, Kuba), 18:04. Third Period—9, Ottawa, Phillips 7 (Kovalev), 2:23. 10, Ottawa, Kovalev 16 (Kuba, Michalek), 7:36 (pp). 11, Washington, Semin 29, 13:37. Shots on Goal—Washington 6-11-7—24. Ottawa 12-9-7—28. Goalies—Washington, Varlamov. Ottawa, Elliott. Att.—19,682 (19,153). Time—2:23.

Boston 5, Tampa Bay 4

Standings

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 32 18 .640 — Toronto 29 23 .558 4 Philadelphia 20 32 .385 13 New York 19 32 .373 13 1/2 New Jersey 4 48 .077 29 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Orlando 36 18 .667 — Atlanta 33 18 .647 1 1/2 Charlotte 26 25 .510 8 1/2 Miami 26 27 .491 9 1/2 Washington 17 33 .340 17 Central Division W L Pct GB Cleveland 43 11 .796 — Chicago 25 26 .490 16 1/2

.471 17 1/2 .353 23 1/2 .346 24

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Dallas 32 20 .615 — San Antonio 29 21 .580 2 Houston 27 24 .529 4 1/2 New Orleans 28 25 .528 4 1/2 Memphis 26 25 .510 5 1/2 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Denver 35 17 .673 — Utah 32 19 .627 2 1/2 Oklahoma City 30 21 .588 4 1/2 Portland 31 24 .564 5 1/2 Minnesota 13 40 .245 22 1/2 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Lakers 41 13 .759 — Phoenix 31 22 .585 9 1/2 L.A. Clippers 21 31 .404 19 Sacramento 18 34 .346 22 Golden State 14 37 .275 25 1/2

TRANSACTIONS

San Jose 2 0 0 0 — 3 Detroit 1 0 1 0 — 2 San Jose won shootout 1-0 -----------------------------------First Period—1, Detroit, Franzen 2 (Zetterberg, Lidstrom), 12:13 (pp). 2, San Jose, Thornton 16 (Wallin, Boyle), 12:38. 3, San Jose, Helminen 1 (Mitchell, Nichol), 19:50. Second Period—None. Third Period—4, Detroit, Ja.Williams 4 (Lebda, Holmstrom), 12:55. Overtime—None. Shootout—San Jose 1 (Pavelski NG, Clowe NG, Marleau G), Detroit 0 (Datsyuk NG, Ja.Williams NG, Bertuzzi NG). Shots on Goal—San Jose 9-8-7-2—26. Detroit 19-14-17-2—52. Goalies—San Jose, Nabokov. Detroit, Howard. Att.—20,066 (20,066). Time—2:48.

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Thursday’s Games Cleveland 115, Orlando 106 San Antonio at Denver, 10:30 p.m.

Boston 4 1 0 — 5 Tampa Bay 0 2 2 — 4 -----------------------------------First Period—1, Boston, Satan 3 (Savard, Morris), 4:24. 2, Boston, Lucic 4 (Ryder, Ference), 11:21. 3, Boston, Ryder 14 (Wheeler, Morris), 15:44. 4, Boston, Ryder 15 (Savard, Bergeron), 17:19 (pp). Second Period—5, Boston, Lucic 5 (Chara, Paille), 4:53. 6, Tampa Bay, St. Louis 21 (Hedman, Stamkos), 16:10. 7, Tampa Bay, St. Louis 22 (Foster, Stamkos), 19:02 (pp). Third Period—8, Tampa Bay, Downie 12 (Hedman, Stamkos), 11:09. 9, Tampa Bay, Downie 13 (Hedman, St. Louis), 16:47. Shots on Goal—Boston 21-5-10—36. Tampa Bay 13-9-13—35. Goalies—Boston, Rask. Tampa Bay, Niittymaki, Smith. Att.—15,826 (19,758). Time—2:33.

San Jose 3, Detroit 2 (SO)

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Thursday’s Sports Transactions By The Associated Press BASEBALL COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE—Suspended Texas minor league RHP Daniel Gutierrez 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. n American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Announced RHP Armando Gabino has cleared waivers and been assisgned outright to Norfolk (IL). LOS ANGELES ANGELS—Agreed to terms with INF Robb Quinlan on a minor league contract. OAKLAND ATHLETICS—Assigned INF Gregorio Petit outright to Sacramento (PCL). n National League ATLANTA BRAVES—Named Tom Glavine special assistant to the team president. NEW YORK METS—Agreed to terms with LHP Hisanori Takahashi, 1B Mike Jacobs and C Shawn Riggins on minor league contracts. SAN DIEGO PADRES—Named Randy Johnson field coordinator. FOOTBALL n National Football League ATLANTA FALCONS—Agreed to terms with WR Brian Finneran on a contract extension. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS—Released WR Torry Holt, OT Tra Thomas and DT Rob Meier. NEW YORK GIANTS—Released LB Antonio Pierce. HOCKEY n National Hockey League ATLANTA THRASHERS—Recalled D Arturs Kulda from Chicago (AHL). DALLAS STARS—Claimed F Brandon Segal off waivers from Los Angeles. Placed C Steve Ott on the injured list. Assigned F Ray Sawada to Texas (AHL). FLORIDA PANTHERS—Traded C Dominic Moore to the Montreal Canadiens for a second-round pick in the 2011 draft. MINNESOTA WILD—Recalled LW Cody Almond from Houston (AHL). Reassigned LW Robbie Earl to Houston. MONTREAL CANADIENS—Recalled D P.K. Subban from Hamilton (AHL). NEW YORK ISLANDERS—Assigned LW Matt Martin and LW Jesse Joensuu to Bridgeport (AHL). NEW YORK RANGERS—Assigned D Corey Potter and G Chad Johnson to Hartford (AHL). Recalled G Matt Zaba from Hartford. OTTAWA SENATORS—Reassigned G Andy Chiodo from Binghamton (AHL) to Elmira (ECHL). ST. LOUIS BLUES—Acquired D Nate Guenin from Pittsburgh for D Steve Wagner and assigned Guenin to Peoria (AHL). WASHINGTON CAPITALS—Recalled D Karl Alzner and F Chris Bourque from Hershey (AHL).

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Tuesday’s Games Wake Forest 92, Boston College 85

This Special Edition will include previews of all Tri-Couny area spring sports, including baseball, softball, golf, boys tennis, girls soccer, track and field

Wednesday’s Games Virginia at Maryland, ppd., Snow Clemson 77, Florida St. 67 Miami 64, Georgia Tech 62 Virginia Tech 72, N.C. State 52 Duke 64, North Carolina 54 Thursday’s Games No games scheduled

Advertising Deadline: Wednesday, February 24th

Conference USA Standings

Conference All Games W L PCT W L UTEP 9 1 .900 18 5 Tulsa 8 2 .800 19 5 UAB 7 2 .778 19 4 Memphis 7 2 .778 17 7 Marshall 5 4 .556 17 7 Southern Miss. 4 5 .444 14 9 Houston 4 5 .444 12 11 SMU 4 5 .444 11 12 UCF 3 6 .333 11 12 East Carolina 2 8 .200 8 16 Tulane 2 8 .200 7 16 Rice 1 8 .111 8 15 Tuesday’s Games Marshall 115, Rio Grande 73 Houston 74, W. Kentucky 72

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FROM PAGE 1B State fan, always have been,” he said. “We had some other schools interested, but they didn’t follow through showing their interest until the last minute.” Debra Taylor, Tremanisha’s mother, said she felt it was important for her daughter to decide herself where to attend college, someplace comfortable to her where she could get a quality education. Tremanisha said Wood found her profile on Facebook, and the two began communicating on the social networking Web site. She said she felt a good connection with the coach. “I could feel that he gets to know his athletes as well as coaching them,” she said. “It feels like we’re going to do some great things.” Taylor signed the official paperwork in a conference room at Southern Vance Thursday morning with her parents, some friends and school faculty in attendance. “I want you to know, as we all do, that everything you’ve done is worth it. There have been sacrifices that you’ve made that we don’t even know about,” said SVHS Principal Sherri Bowers. “Don’t ever forget, when you wear that State Red — your heart was always Raider Blue first.” Said coach Bulluck, “I’m glad I can go... 30 miles away and see us compete for ACC championships now.” Tracey Turner has coached Taylor in basketball and volleyball, and got to know Taylor when she attended her camp as an eighth grader. “I have never met in 12 years an athlete — male or female — as well-rounded as you are,” said Turner. Coach David Jennings told a story he felt revealed Taylor’s personality. After Taylor completed her throw at the state competition, the meet was held up while officials measured it. “She came over to me and said, ‘coach, that’s not fair to the other kids because they’re ready to throw.’ That shows you what a great person she is,” said Jennings. “She wasn’t concerned about her time in the sun, she was concerned about the other athletes who had prepared just like her.” Taylor is the second senior athlete at SVHS to sign with a university. The other was her teammate in all three sports, Shauna Terry. Terry signed in the fall to play basketball at Western Carolina. The two were the driving force of the volleyball team this season, and have been the primary contributors in the successful 2009-10 basketball campaign so far. For Taylor, the camaraderie runs deeper than just on the court. The pair met at basket-

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chief adviser to his wife. “So it’s another day of healing, and hopefully tomorrow she feels even better.” He said she still aims to race in all five women’s Alpine events, which certainly would be a relief to the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Olympic Committee and her fans — to say nothing of NBC and her various sponsors. “She’s never taken any races off the table. It’s going to be a day to day: If she can do it, she’s going to do it,” Thomas Vonn said. “But she’s not pulling out of anything at this point, and it’s looking better than it was yesterday.” U.S. Ski Team women’s coach Jim Tracy was as optimistic as anyone.

He knows full well her history of brushing aside injuries and pain — whether it was making the quick transition from hospital bed to starting gate after a horrific crash in downhill training at the 2006 Turin Olympics, or managing not to miss a single race after badly bruising her arm in December. Said Tracy of his team’s most famous member: “She’ll be ready.” Before her injury became known Wednesday, Vonn was widely considered a candidate to win perhaps three or four medals — including an overwhelming favorite to win golds in the downhill and super-G — and become the breakout star of the Vancouver

Games. The first women’s race of the Olympics, the supercombined, is scheduled for Sunday, and the outlook for Vonn evolved quite a bit in the 24 hours since the two-time World Cup overall champion raised the possibility of not being able to compete at all. “She had a smile today,” Thomas Vonn said. “It’s very encouraging. Like, it seems like it’s kind of turning a corner, based off today.” Lindsey Vonn has been trying all manner of measures to speed the healing process since she banged her boot against her right leg in a headfirst tumble earlier this month during pre-Olympic training in

Austria. She tried things as basic as stretching. She tried laser therapy. She even tried wrapping her leg with an Austrian curd cheese to bring down the swelling. On Thursday, she raised the bar, writing on her Twitter feed in the morning that she “took a bunch” of painkillers and “numbed my shin with some creams.” Later in the day, Vonn posted on Facebook: “The pain level has gone down from a sharp debilitating pain to something that I feel I may be able to grit my teeth through.” U.S. Ski Team doctor Bill Sterett’s assessment? “Everything,” he said, “seems to be resolving.” Although a physical

therapist recommended changing boots, possibly by cushioning where the top of the equipment meets the bruise, Thomas Vonn said they decided against that, lest it affect her performance. The women’s training was cut short after American Stacey Cook crashed landing a jump and was flown by helicopter to a medical facility. She was released hours later with nothing more than what USOC chief medical officer Jim Moeller called “some pain and stiffness.” The men’s downhillers managed to squeeze in a full training session, meaning there is a chance of racing as scheduled Saturday.

ball camp, and had been rivals in middle school. A friendship was forged, and the duo was born. “With that bond, it helps us on the court, so even if we do mess up, it’s hard to get mad at each other,” said Taylor. “It’s just always been a key in our teamwork. When I was injured... she cried before I did.” “So when I came back, it was like we had to finish off our senior year right.” Taylor said when she injured her knee prior to the 2008 fall season, she originally thought it was a light sprain. She went on vacation believing it to be nothing major.

But after some testing, it was determined that Taylor had torn her anterior cruciate ligament. The only solution was surgery that would sideline her for months. “I was like, surgery — surgery’s a big word,” she said. After the operation, Taylor said she was in pain for two weeks. She began to question if she could return to where she had been athletically. “My sophomore year, I had a great year in all three sports. So when I had my surgery, it was like, everything just stopped, and I didn’t know if I was going to be able to come back to

get my same strength I had before.” Taylor persevered, and through therapy, was healed in time to play in the last basketball game of the 2008-09 season. Since she missed most or all of the volleyball and hoops seasons, Taylor focused on a big track comeback and defending her title. “I pushed extra hard to do something in track. I wanted to do more because I was disappointed in what I did the last year in track at states,” she said. Taylor, who said she is “deep” in her faith, credited her coaches working with her.

“I’ve always had coaches to push me, and most of them have had a spiritual connection,” she said. “It’s good to have that connection and that bond.” Southern Vance Athletic Director Ed Wilson held a brief ceremony before Wednesday night’s girls’ basketball game with Orange to unveil Taylor’s new state championship banner. The new addition hangs alongside her other banner on the school’s Wall of Champions in Raiders Gymnasium. Beside the two hanging banners is some extra space — big enough for a third. “She’s certainly been

a great track athlete, as witnessed by the banners hanging on the wall. And I’m sure next year we’ll be calling her to find out what night she can come down during basketball season to hang that third banner,” said Wilson. Taylor admitted that’s her goal for the upcoming track season. Currently, the overall girls’ state discus record is 155 feet, three inches. “If I can hit 160, then I will hold the North Carolina high school record. So right now, that’s my goal,” she said. Contact the writer at erobinson@ hendersondispatch.com.


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The Daily Dispatch - Friday, February 12, 2010  

Newspaper covering Vance, Granville and Warren counties in North Carolina

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