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How dangerous can going to church be? By AL WHELESS Daily Dispatch Writer

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Starr Barbaro, a State crime specialist, speaks Thursday at Church Watch at South Henderson Pentacostal Holiness on Americal Road.

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Some pastors, members of their congregations and other community leaders in Henderson got a dose of reality Thursday when they encountered Starr Barbaro. “I’m going to say some things that make some people angry today,” she said after being introduced. The head of the State’s Crime Prevention Unit gave the group which met at South Henderson Pentacostal Holiness Church a two-hour “overview” on how to avoid or minimize violence there or at other places of worship. “Make sure your law enforce-

State crime prevention chief helps local congregations under the risks ment officers are armed during church.” Barbaro was the guest speaker at Church Watch, a quarterly information program concerning numerous safety issues such as fire prevention, insurance, break-ins, larcenies and murder. This one was called “Securing The Faith-Based Community.” Besides displaying photos of known killers and details about their crimes, Barbaro conducted a running monologue consisting of facts, humor, anecdotes and challenges.

“Remember I said I was going to offend everybody. I’ve got a shooter for every reason, every purpose.” If a church has the potential for more than 250 casualties in the event of a bombing or some other unforeseen method of attack, Barbaro revealed, it is at high risk. Some of her statistics, such as the locations of shootings in churches between 1999 and 2008, were chilling: • Sanctuary — Eight instances or 38 percent.

• Offices — Three instances or 14 percent. • Parking Lot — Five instances or 24 percent. • Basement — One instance or 5 percent. • Temporary Church — Two instances or 10 percent. • Dormitory — One instance or 5 percent. • Other — Five instances or 24 percent. As for times of shootings during the same years: • During Service — Eight instances or 40 percent. • Before Service — Two instances or 10 percent. • After Service — Two in-

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By WILLIAM F. WEST Daily Dispatch Writer

OXFORD — The Oxford City Commission’s Recreation Committee today is set to discuss a subject that was much talked about at the Aug. 11 full commission meeting: The Belle Street basketball court. The committee meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. in the mayor’s conference room of City Hall, which is located at 300 Williamsboro St. Commission committee meetings are open to the public. The full commission, in a 4-3 vote on Aug. 11, rejected a request by Mayor Pro Tem Howard Herring to prohibit parking on city grounds adjacent to the court in an attempt to stop loitering in vehicles by illegal drug dealers and in the aftermath of instances of disorder. Mayor Al Woodlief told Herring his idea was a Please see AGENDA, page 4A

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Police to complete transition to VIPER By WILLIAM F. WEST Daily Dispatch Writer

The Henderson City Council earlier this week approved two financial amendments, with one of them being to create a budget for the Police Department to use $93,064 in federal Justice Department grant funding to complete a transition to having two-way radios compatible with the statewide VIPER system. Police Capt. Perry Twisdale said officers will AP Photo/Julie Jacobson be able to communicate more securely and without U.S. Marines listen to comments by commanding officers during a memorial service Thursday for Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard having to overwork the at a forward operating base with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 2nd MEB, 3rd MEF, in Now Zad in the Helmand Henderson-Vance County Province of Afghanistan. Bernard was killed in action during a Taliban ambush on Aug. 14. July and August have been the deadEmergency 911 system. liest months for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. See story, page 11A The Police Department’s new hookup went on the air on Aug. 17. Twisdale on Monday evening told the council that, “The coverage is times, times better than nated the vestiges of its school systems in recent Zullinger said the By EMERY P. DALESIO what we had with our local past (legal) discrimination years have not sought to 3,000-student district Associated Press Writer repeater and ensures that, to the extent practicable.” close desegregation cases wanted to close the case if we were needed by the Judge Terrence Boyle that are echoes of an earRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — which periodically needed county, we could go anyagreed Thursday to sign lier generation. A federal judge is about to management attention where in the county now the order, Bertie County “The orders were dealclose the book on a 1967 and incurred legal fees. and our portables would ing with circumstances in civil rights lawsuit against schools superintendent “You’ve had this 40-year work and our car radios Chip Zullinger and atplace in the 1960s,” said the rural Bertie County drain on legal expenses,” would work.” torney Carolyn Waller Crowell, who has advised schools that dates back he said. “We actually could go as said. Boyle’s signed order several North Caroto the days of separate Officials at the state far as Raleigh and anyschools for black and white had not been filed with the lina districts on handling Department of Public where in the eastern part court clerk’s office Thursvestigial desegregation students, the school disInstruction nor the North of the state and talk back day. cases. “The reason a school Carolina School Boards trict’s superintendent and and forth,” Twisdale said. Michael Crowell, a district wouldn’t go to attorney said Thursday. Association say they don’t “Obviously, we don’t professor of public law at court (to close the case) is The school district and know how many of the make that a regular habit. the University of North the order’s old, it doesn’t the U.S. Justice Departstate’s more than 110 That’s just in case there’s Carolina School of Govern- say much about what the ment had earlier agreed school districts still operan emergency situation ment, suggested the move school system is currently on language declaring the where we have officers Please see SCHOOL, page 8A is a little unusual because doing.” school board had “elimifrom other agencies come here or vice versa,” with an example being an incident along Interstate 85, Twisdale said. Councilman Michael Infamily’s compound in For many, it was hard he loved about his home By STEVE LeBLANC scoe asked Twisdale asked Hyannis Port, along the to untangle Kennedy’s state and everything he Associated Press Writer whether a citizen would Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy larger-than-life role as was outside the Senate.” no longer be able to use a Greenway, past the John statesman from his role The motorcade started BOSTON — Sen. Edscanner to listen to what is F. Kennedy Federal Build- as neighbor and local its trip in Hyannis Port, at being said over the police ward M. Kennedy began ing and by the JFK stop on celebrity, whether he was the Cape Cod home where channel. his final journey Thursthe city’s subway system. taking a turn conducting Kennedy’s family held a day, first past landmark “For right now, if you Finally it came to the the Boston Pops or throwprivate Mass. Eighty-five after landmark bearing his want to buy a really expenJohn F. Kennedy Library ing out the first baseball Kennedy relatives traveled sive one, you can, but the family’s famous name and and Museum, where his pitch for the Red Sox. with the senator’s body to VHF/UHF scanners, no,” then to his slain brother’s body lay in repose. As “It was Teddy’s home the John F. Kennedy Lipresidential library where Twisdale said. “They canmany as 12,000 people team. It just seemed apbrary and Museum, where not scan on this.” mourners lined up by the waited in line to file past propriate to leave him the the Senate’s third-longestthousands to bid farewell “Well, I think that’s a his closed casket and cap,” said James Jenner, serving member will lie in good thing,” Inscoe said. to him and an American mark the end of a national 28, placing a Sox cap he repose. political dynasty. “And that was my point.” political chapter that was was wearing near the Among those accompaCrowds assembled The council in April apequal parts triumph and entrance to the library. “It along the 70-mile route Please see KENNEDY, page 4A Please see VIPER, page 8A tragedy. symbolizes everything that that snaked from the

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Mark It Down Today Health seminar — The registration deadline is today for a health seminar on Sept. 1 sponsored by Granville Health System on the topic “How do I know if there is something wrong with my heart?” The seminar will be held from 6-7 p.m. in Meeting Room 133 at Vance-Granville Community College’s South Campus in Creedmoor and the guest speaker will be Dr. L. Allen Kindman. A free dinner will be served. To make a reservation, call (919) 690-3447 or e-mail sgmealandmore@ Truck/tractor pull — The Vance County Fire & Rescue’s third annual National Truck & Tractor Pull will be held today and tomorrow at the Vance County Fairgrounds off U.S. 1 Bypass at N.C. 39. Admission for adults is $15; children 6 - 12, $5; under 5, free. Gates open at 4 p.m. For more information, call (919) 291-9501. Weight loss group — TOWN (Take Off Weight Now), a non-profit weight loss group, will meet at Aycock Recreation Center at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Recreation Committee — The Oxford City Commission’s Recreation Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the mayor’s conference room on the second floor of City Hall, 300 Williamsboro St. The committee will discuss the basketball court, a water splash park, summer activities for inner city youths and other items. Commission committee meetings are open to the public.

Saturday Back to School Bash — Crossroads Christian School’s Back to School Bash will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Bring your family and friends. There will be many fun activities, games, food and fellowship. Warren County Farmers’ Market — The Warren County Farmer’s Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon at the corner of Market and Main streets in historic downtown Warrenton. All produce is locally grown by the vendors. For more information or to receive a vendor application, contact the Warren County Extension Center at 257-3640. Vance County Farmers’ market — The Vance County Farmers’ Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon. The market is located at the intersection of Williams and Arch streets in downtown Henderson. Vendors interested in selling at the market should contact Wayne Rowland at 438-8188. Oxford Farmers’ Market — The Oxford Farmers’ Market, located on the corner of McClanahan and Lanier streets across from the police station in Oxford, is open from 7 a.m. to noon.

Tuesday Black Caucus — The Henderson-Vance Black Caucus will hold a called meeting on election planning and action matters at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 326 W. Rockspring Street. Members are urged to attend. Parenting class — “Parenting Matters,” an eight-week parenting class for parents of any age child, will have its first meeting from 10 a.m. to noon at the Vance County Extension Center, 305 Young St. The teacher will be Anne Williams with Five County Mental Health. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call Williams at 430-3077 or Mary Helen Jones at 438-8188. Nutrition class — “Families Eating Smart and Moving More,” an eight-week series targeting families with children, will meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the Vance County Extension Center, 305 Young St. Extension nutrition assistant Arnetta Wilson will be the instructor. The class focuses on planning healthy meals, shopping carefully, family meal time, and moving for health. There is no charge. The class will also be held tomorrow at the same time and place. Call 438-8188 for more information. Kiwanis Club — The Kiwanis Club of Henderson meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Dabney Drive Restaurant on West Andrews Avenue. Gary Morgan, executive director of Gateway Development Corporation, will speak on the present vision of Henderson and the role Gateway Development Corporation will play in the future of Henderson and Vance County. Interested non-members may call Opie Frazier for reservations or membership information at 430-1111. Painting event — Art du Jour, 209 E. Nash St., Louisburg, will sponsor a “paint in” from 6-9 p.m. All area artists are welcome to join in the fun and camaraderie with fellow artists. Suggested donation fee is $5. For more information, please call Art du Jour at (919) 496-1650.

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Early College High School recognized The Vance County Early College High School is anticipating a successful school year in 2009-2010 for its 139 students after completing its first year of operation in the spring and being recognized as a North Carolina School of Distinction. The Early College High School has been recognized as one of the top high schools in the state with 85.8 percent of its 70 ninth graders scoring at or above grade level on state end-of-course tests in English I, Algebra I and Geometry taken in May. Principal Michael Bullard attributes the school’s early success to the hard work of the students and staff members. “We focus on student learning,” Bullard said. “If you have this in your school, the teaching will follow. A big difference for our school is that our students want to be here. They don’t miss school. Our teachers also really work well together. It’s a total team effort. The teachers coordinate their instruction from class to class and grade to grade.” The Vance County Early College High School is a grant-funded program, administered through the state, and is a partnership between Vance County Schools and Vance-Granville Community College. The school is located on the third floor of Building 2 on the main campus of the community college located in Vance County near Henderson. Eighth-grade students apply for admission to the school, which allows them during a five-year period to complete their high school education and a two-year college associate’s degree or two years of college credits to go on to a four-year college or university. All of the services are offered to them free of charge. The program already has proven to be a popular choice among Vance County students. With 70 spots available for the ninth-grade class, there were almost 300 applicants. Bullard admits that with the beginning of the school’s second year on Aug. 5, the challenges to continue student success are more difficult. He noted that now with 70 10th graders and 69 ninth graders enrolled in the high school, not only is the student population larger, but there are more academic standards for students to meet. There also are additional state endof-course tests in Algebra II and Civics & Economics. “Certainly, we’ll be challenged this year to see if our students can be as successful,” Bullard said. “Everyone will be looking at us to see if the great success we had last year was real. They want to see if we can build on the success in year two.”

Principal Michael Bullard talks with students about their classroom work at the Vance County Early College High School after the school was recognized as a North Carolina School of Distinction. Bullard said he and his faculty also are interested to see if their success can continue. He believes the mechanics and process are in place for the students to continue to do well academically. “Our students are not necessarily the top achievers,” he added. “Some of them are, but most are not. But, our students are ones who want to achieve. Their parents want to be involved.” The principal says he meets with each student and their parents after they are accepted for enrollment in the school. “I talk to them about what they need to do to be here. We all sign a contract and everyone knows what the expectations are. Quite simply, we don’t allow students to fail. If a student isn’t getting their work done in the classroom or doesn’t do well on a classroom test, the teacher works with them until they get it. We retest them on course work until they master the material.” The Early College setting, which exists in several other counties throughout the state, each year seeks 35 applicants from EatonJohnson Middle School and 35 applicants from Henderson Middle School. A new 70-student ninth grade will be added each year, so that in its fifth year of operation the high school will have full enrollment with 350 students. In the spring of 2013, it also will have its first graduating class. The purpose of the school is to serve mostly lowwealth students who have never had anyone in their family attend college. The Early College mission is to have its students be successful, receive their high school diploma and complete two years of college work so that they receive that degree or go on to receive a four-year college degree. “Every day, we are working toward our goals,” Bullard said. “We have


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Barbaro proved Thursday that she is able to talk about what makes a gang member or an offthe-street shooter tick as easily as some people can rattle off a cooking recipe or accurately describe the sequence of events that take place inside a gasoline combustion engine. “I consider a gang member a terrorist. That’s my opinion.� Whenever a church is open, she informed anyone present who might not have realized it, the congregation can find itself facing the dilemma of whether admittance should be granted or denied to the member or visitor who seems mentally unbalanced, suspicious, eccentric, disagreeable or all of the above. “Trying to find middle ground is hard.� It’s unknown, Barbaro explained, just when the front door of the sanctuary might be opened by someone who then walks down the aisle to the front, gun-in-hand, while asking himself or herself: “How many can I kill?� She said the survivors can be those who have done their homework and have already planned what to do in case what they hoped would never happen did. Barbaro encouraged church officials to lock all the doors in the building except the one in the front the moment the service begins. When it comes to keeping out potential surprises, she added, “The lock is only as effective as the last person who leaves the building and has the reWe’ll straighten everything out!

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psychiatric patients are, and it’s hard to do.â€? Barbaro asked what might have been unexpected questions: • “Do you do counseling when someone loses their job or their home?â€? • “Do you have fire drills?â€? The current bad economy is a villain of sorts, she told those scribbling notes or trying to memorize her words. “People these days are under a lot of pressure. Some might not have found jobs yet, and might feel they’re at the end of their rope,â€? Barbaro said. “They’re having a lot of anxiety, so you’re going to see more acts of violence in your church,â€? she predicted. Before the meeting ended, Barbaro told her students: “You are no longer in denial, thinking that a church is a safe place. That’s a good start.â€?

sponsibility of locking it.� During her 15-year law enforcement career which included being a police officer “in the armpit of Broward County in Southern Florida,� Barbaro was taught how to pick the lock of a Saturn with a pair of scissors. “If I can learn how to steal a car, I can learn how to break into your church,� she said. “We recommend dead-bolt locks. They are probably the most successful. A lock is only as good as how it is installed.� Churches tend to rely too heavily on alarms to signal that evil is afoot and not enough on other preventive measures, according to Barbaro. “Don’t install an alarm system thinking it is going to solve all your burglary problems at night,� she cautioned. “You need to switch to wireless alarms so they can’t just cut the wires to deactivate them.� If the faithful inside a church can’t prevent an attack from occurring, Barbaro said, there are ways to reduce the number of people hurt or killed. She pointed out that the level of awareness among church leaders and the congregation is extremely important when it comes to considering what can go wrong. “Watch out for that eccentric person who you think is harmless and is just a little odd,� the speaker urged. “You really need to know who your ay yd r e Ev

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Deaths Cloe Benjamin NEW YORK — Cloe “Coppedge” Benjamin, 93, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, in New York. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Boyd’s Funeral Service Chapel in Warrenton. The Rev. Douglas Harris, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in the family cemetery in Louisburg. She is survived by a sister, Lillie Florence Jackson of Frederick, Md.; and two brothers, Oscar Dee Coppedge of Newport News, Va., and Luther Coppedge of Raleigh. The body will be on view Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Boyd’s Funeral Service Chapel in Warrenton. Arrangements are by Boyd’s Funeral Service of Warrenton.

Emma Mason WARRENTON — Emma Mason, 53, of 1558 Baltimore Road, Warrenton, died Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at Shocco Chapel Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. Lennis Thorpe, pastor. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Vernon Mason of Hampton, Va.; her son, Myco Jamaal Foy of Danbury, Conn.; her mother, Mary Eaton of Warrenton; four sisters, Marie Mason, Frances Dowtin and Cartes Newell, all of Warrenton, and Gale Williams of Rochester, N.Y.; and three brothers, Marlee Hawley of Centerville, Garland Gordon of Warrenton and Rodger Gordon of Jackson, Tenn. The body will be on view Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Boyd’s Funeral Service Chapel in Warrenton. Arrangements are by Boyd’s Funeral Service of Warrenton.

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KENNEDY, from page one nying Kennedy were nieces Caroline, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, and Maria Shriver, daughter of his late sister Eunice; and his son Patrick Kennedy, a Rhode Island congressman. On Main Street in downtown Hyannis, flags, flowers and personal notes lay at the base of a flagpole outside the John F. Kennedy Museum, where about two dozen people gathered. Someone had placed an old Kennedy campaign sign with a new inscription: “God bless Ted, the last was first,” referring to his ascension to political greatness after his two older brothers were assassinated. Several enlarged photos showed events in Kennedy’s life — meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., reading to a school girl. A rosary hung over a picture of Kennedy standing in his office. Echoes of the Kennedy

history were hard to miss as the motorcade traveled through the city. Kennedy’s wife, Vicki, put her hand over her heart as the procession rolled down Hanover Street in the North End neighborhood, past St. Stephen’s Church, where his mother, Rose, was baptized and where Kennedy later eulogized her. The crowd applauded, and his niece Caroline and other family members acknowledged them with a wave from their cars. After leaving the church, the motorcade traveled across the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway created by the Big Dig highway project, which Kennedy helped shepherd through the Senate. The park occupies the same stretch of land once dominated by an elevated expressway named after John F. “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, Rose’s father and a patriarch of the Kennedy-Fitzgerald clan.

Kennedy’s motorcade then paused at Faneuil Hall, where the historic bell rang 47 times — once for each of Kennedy’s years in the Senate. From there the motorcade passed the Massachusetts Statehouse with its life-size statue of John F. Kennedy, which was accessible to tourists Thursday for the first time since just after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. There, too, onlookers watched silently, waiting for the motorcade to turn and pass 122 Bowdoin Street, where Kennedy opened his first office as an assistant district attorney and where John Kennedy lived while running for Congress in 1946. After passing by the John F. Kennedy Federal Building in the city’s Government Center complex, the motorcade headed to the library, where Kennedy’s body will remain until his Saturday funeral. Just before arriving at the

museum, the motorcade passed the JFK stop on the city’s subway system. The family planned an invitation-only private memorial service for Friday evening at the library. All the living presidents were expected to attend the funeral Mass on Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica — commonly known as the Mission Church — in Boston’s working-class Mission Hill neighborhood. President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver the eulogy. Shortly before the Mass, 44 sitting senators and 10 former senators will be among a group of about 100 dignitaries who will pay their respects to Kennedy at the library before making their way to the church. Included in the group is former Sen. Birch Bayh of Indiana, who pulled Kennedy from the wreckage of a small plane that crashed near Springfield, Massachusetts, in June 1964. The

pilot and a legislative aide were killed, and Kennedy suffered a broken back that caused him pain the rest of his life. “The Impossible Dream,” Kennedy’s favorite song, from the musical “Man of La Mancha,” will be played at one of the services, according to the person familiar with the arrangements. The city may soon have one more Kennedy landmark. Planning is already under way for a building to house a new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate. Kennedy will be buried Saturday evening near his assassinated brothers — former President Kennedy and former Sen. Robert F. Kennedy — at Arlington National Cemetery in northern Virginia.

August 2006, but the court became a subject of much concern among city officials in May 2008 after a report of gunfire. A countywide gang prevention partnership was formed in the aftermath of a March 10 clash at the court that swelled into a larger crowd on the southeast side of Oxford. And Wolford has said that, on July 22, officers responded to a report regarding a disturbance at the court and found approximately 80-100 people in the area. Wolford has said although there was no disorder by the time officers arrived, witnesses told of a fight between alleged gang members.

Officers found what appeared to be drugs on the ground in the area of the court, along with approximately 15-20 empty plastic bag corners used to sell drugs and spread around the court. The committee at today’s meeting additionally is scheduled to discuss having a water splash park and to discuss summer activities for inner city youths. The committee at the Aug. 3 committee meeting discussed a splash park, but did not take any action. The county has a new water spray park at the countymaintained athletic park off Belltown Road near the Interstate 85/U.S. 15 interchange southwest of Oxford.

The cost was $126,000, with the county having saved $5,000 by reducing the size of the project from 2,800 to 2,000 square feet. During the Aug. 3 committee meeting, City Recreation Director Mary Caudle reiterated her belief that the minimum cost for a city splash park would be $100,000. The committee on June 17 agreed to work toward having a water splash park, but emphasized there will be additional intentions of moving in the future toward having a swimming pool as part of what will be a developing recreational facility.

Associated Press writers Ray Henry in Hyannis Port and Denise Lavoie, Jeannie Nuss and Russell Contreras in Boston contributed to this report.

REC, from page one good one, but needed simplifying and to be worked out with the Police Department. Specifically, Woodlief said he believed City Manager Mark Donham and Chief John Wolford needed “to discuss the ramifications of cars parking too long — and if they suspect something, get ‘em moving.” Committee Chairman Steve Powell at the Aug. 11 meeting, as he had at the Aug. 3 committee meeting, continued to emphasize the argument he made about a need for monitoring by adult volunteers. Herring at the Aug. 11 meeting recommended the commission ban parking from 1 p.m.-7 a.m., which would be timed to follow the noon closure of the adjacent Area Congregations in Ministry (ACIM) building. And Herring recommended that parking from 1-7 be

restricted to governmental employees. The parking off Belle Street is adjacent to ACIM, City Hall and the Granville County Economic Development Commission. During the Aug. 11 meeting, a police detective, Jason Tingen, said he and fellow officers had found illegal narcotics on persons and around vehicles parked in that area and said those driving up were from outside Oxford. “They’re from Henderson,” Tingen said. Tingen said the Police Department has been closing the court at dusk and said Wolford issued a memorandum saying the court is to be closed at 7 p.m., but Commissioner Chance Wilkinson said there were times where he saw the court was not locked after hours. The court was opened in

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U.S. awash in natural gas; prices hit new 7-year lows By CHRIS KAHN AP Energy Writer

NEW YORK — Natural gas prices slumped to their lowest level in seven years Thursday after the U.S. government reported that salt caverns, aquifers and other underground storage areas are filling up. Levels of natural gas, a key energy source for power plants around the country, has been building because power-intense industries, like manufacturing, have cut back severely on production. Natural gas tumbled 4.5 cents to $2.865 per 1,000 cubic feet. The price dropped as low as $2.692 per 1,000 cubic feet earlier in the day, a price not seen since Aug. 7, 2002. The contract is scheduled to end Thursday, however, and most of the trading already has switched to the October contract that gave up 4.6 cents to trade at $3.248. Meanwhile, crude and gasoline futures were tugged higher as equities markets rose and the dollar fell among other major currencies.

Benchmark crude for October delivery added $1.06 to settle at $72.49 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Still, oil prices have been tumbling since they touched $75 a barrel on Tuesday, and analysts said they expect it will fall further as the summer driving season ends in a few weeks. Retail gas prices peaked in late June at around $2.69 per gallon and have been falling slowly since, giving consumers a bit of a break in the tough economy. Gas prices gave up twotenths of a penny to $2.62 a gallon, according to auto club AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. A gallon of regular gasoline is 11.5 cents more expensive than last month, but it’s $1.047 cheaper than the same time last year. Oil remains above $70, largely because it is bought in the U.S. dollar. That means when the dollar falls, like it did Thursday, investors can get more crude for less money. Crude supplies grow this week, however,

and they remain well above seasonal norms. “It’s getting harder and harder to justify it at these prices,” PFGBest analyst Phil Flynn said. Natural gas prices plunged early in the day when the Energy Information Administration reported that natural gas placed into storage surged again. There is so much natural gas in storage, it has begun to test the country’s storage capacity. But EIA economist Jose Villar told The Associated Press that storage facilities have added about 100 billion cubic feet of extra space, giving suppliers more places to put it. The EIA will include details of the added capacity in a report to be published in the next few weeks, Villar said. In other Nymex trading, gasoline for September delivery increased 1.49 cents to $1.9975 a gallon and heating oil added less than a penny to $1.8615 a gallon. In London, Brent crude climbed 49 cents to $72.14.

FTC addresses ‘robocall’ annoyance By DEBORAH YAO AP Business Writer

Americans tired of having their dinners interrupted by phone calls touting car warranties or vacation packages will soon get some relief. The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday it is banning many types of prerecorded telemarketing solicitations, known as robocalls. Currently, consumers must specifically join a do-not-call list to avoid them. Starting Sept. 1, telemarketers will first need written permission from the customer to make such calls. Violators will face penalties of up to $16,000 per call. Don’t expect phone solicitations to disappear completely, though. Calls that are not trying to sell goods and services to consumers will be exempt, such as those that provide

information like flight cancellations and delivery notices and those from debt collectors. Other calls not covered include those from politicians, charities that contact consumers directly, banks, insurers, phone companies, surveys and certain health care messages such as prescription notifications. The FTC said those don’t fall under its jurisdiction. And calls made by humans rather than automated systems will still be allowed, unless the phone number is on the National Do Not Call Registry. But the FTC said the ban should cover most robocalls, forcing marketers to turn to more expensive live calls, or ramp up efforts in direct mail, e-mail and TV ads. The ban is part of

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Fed Chairman Bernanke, wife victims of identity theft scheme By BRETT ZONGKER Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — An elaborate identity theft scheme has reached the highest levels of the U.S. financial system, striking the personal bank account of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and his wife. According to a D.C. police report, Anna Bernanke’s purse was stolen last August from her chair at a Capitol Hill Starbucks. It contained her Social Security card, checkbook and IDs. From there, the Bernankes’ checking account was swept up into a larger



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News Briefs Teen aided by N.C. state senator facing 2 charges

Neighbors unwittingly help burglars rob home

N.C. neo-Nazi conference prompts protest

RALEIGH (AP) — A 17-year-old who said a North Carolina state senator gave him money for a home is facing two charges, including one that accuses him of setting that house on fire. The State Bureau of Investigation said 18-year-old Allen Wayne Strickland was arrested Thursday and charged with fraudulent burning of a building and attempting to obtain property by false pretense. SBI spokeswoman Noelle Talley said the charges stem from a July 29 incident at Strickland’s home in Tabor City. He was released from the Columbus County jail on $100,000 bond. Strickland has told reporters that state Sen. R.C. Soles provided him with money for the home, and Soles said he’s also helped the teenager by giving him money for clothing and education. An officer at the jail said Strickland doesn’t have an attorney.

STATESVILLE (AP) — Authorities say two men posing as IRS agents convinced neighbors to help them burglarize a North Carolina home. WCNC-TV of Charlotte reported that Statesville police said the men broke into the home earlier this month, telling neighbors the house had been foreclosed and they were repossessing all the property. The men said all the items in the house had to go and they told neighbors to “come help themselves.” Police said more than half a dozen neighbors made off with property in the home, while the two robbers stole a trailer from the backyard, hitched it to their sport utility vehicle and loaded it with a lawn mower, a hand gun and other items. Police were notified several hours after the robbers left. Neighbors returned most of the stolen items.

GREENSBORO (AP) — A neo-Nazi group is hosting a regional conference in North Carolina and many Greensboro residents are protesting. The News & Record of Greensboro reported Thursday that churches are organizing a ribbon campaign to protest the National Socialist Movement’s regional 2009 meeting Saturday. Places of worship will hand out ribbons in support of diversity, rather than organizing an open protest. The National Socialist Movement plans to host its regional party business meeting at an undisclosed location. On its Web site the group bills itself as the largest and most active of its kind. The Movement says its core beliefs include the promotion of white separation and the preservation of European culture and heritage. Messages left for the group were not returned.

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Hagan willing to consider health co-op alternative By MIKE BAKER Associated Press Writer

RALEIGH — North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan said Thursday she is willing to consider health care co-ops as an alternative to a government-backed public option, signaling that she’s receptive to some of the same compromises as her GOP counterpart. Hagan said in an interview with The Associated Press Hagan that she continues to support a plan to provide a government alternative to private insurance. But the freshman Democrat said a co-op may also have benefits, noting that it could be more agile if offered on a state or regional level. “The states can respond quicker to citizens versus, in many cases, the federal government,” Hagan said. “So I would be open to looking at a co-op plan.”

The comments could prove a source of middle ground for Hagan and fellow North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican who has been adamantly opposed to more government involvement in health care. Burr has also said that he would consider a co-op plan, so long as it covers all Americans, stresses prevention and doesn’t increase taxes. Both lawmakers stressed that they haven’t seen any specific proposals on what the co-op plans would look like. The plans are generally designed as nonprofit, member-run systems for providing insurance. The White House has pushed for a governmentrun health insurance option, but the administration seemed to back off the idea in recent weeks, suggesting that it wasn’t the key component of the overhaul. Hagan continued Thursday to promote the government-backed public option that she voted for

in her health committee before returning to North Carolina for the August recess. She wants it to come with a variety of other changes: incentives to get students into primary care, rules to prevent insurance companies from denying coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, a focus on wellness and prevention, and the adoption of electronic medical records. She insisted that the private market would remain vibrant despite the newfound competition. She has insisted that any government-backed option have the same solvency rules so that private insurers can still keep pace. “If I know the marketplace, the market is going to figure this out,” she said. “That’s why I’ve never been in support of a singlepayer system. I don’t think we ought to put private industry out of business. I strongly believe in competition and a strong market,” she said.

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• William Andrew Wilson, 41, of 920 Goshen St. reported Aug. 26 the theft from 4576 Raleigh Road of a 2009 Kawasaki street bike valued at $4,700. • Toyota of Henderson, 205 Toyota Lane, reported Aug. 26 that a white Toyota Yaris rental car, valued at $31,000, was not returned.

• Kevin Cheatham, 36, of 4480 Old Watkins Road reported Aug. 26 the theft from the residence of a Dell laptop computer valued at $500 and a Remington 1100 auto with wood stock valued at $250. • Palm Harbor Homes Inc. of 2000 Sterling Road, Albermarle, reported Aug. 26 the thft from 4955


Vicksboro road of vehicle parts and accessories valued at $465 and diesel fuel valued at $46.

Property Damage • Rashad Hauter, 23, of 1438 Nicholas St. reported Aug. 26 that an LCD screen and money receiver were damaged at the car wash at 585 Bear Pond Road. Damage estimated at $1,000.

Ex-cop’s training paid off in California heists SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Police say a former Santa Rosa officer used his law enforcement experience to pull off four armored car holdups in Sonoma and Marin counties. Robert Stephen Starling was charged Wednesday with armed robbery and

other felonies stemming from the yearlong series of robberies that allegedly netted him and an accomplice $400,000. The 35-year-old Santa Rosa resident spent 5 1/2 years working for the city and Sonoma State University police departments. Police say he also worked briefly as


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Arrests • Wanda Evette Owens, 34, of 115 S. Clark St. was arrested Aug. 26. Order for arrest/failure to appear. Bond was set at $700. Court dte Sept. 10. • Lahmad Kingsberry, 29, of 728 Southerland St. was arrested Aug. 26. Order for arrest/ failure to appear. Bond was set at $166. Court date Sept. 22. • Daryl Bernard Williams, 20, address unknown, was arrested Aug. 26. Order for arrests/failure to appear. Bond wa set at $30,000. Court date Sept. 1. • Stacy Williams, 28, of 920 David St. was arrested Aug. 26. Failure to appear/driving while license revoked. Bond was set at $2,000. Court date Sept. 11.

an armored car carrier. Sgt. Steve Fraga says investigators had suspected the robbers had law enforcement training because they placed Breaking & Entering bogus crime calls before holdups to divert police. • Alice Yarborough, 43, of Starling is being held on 200A Wester Ave. reported Aug. $1 million bail and has not 27 the theft of a refrigerator entered a plea. valued at $800, a safe valued at

values not listed. • Verreatha Barnett, 59, of 125 Sycamore St., Oxford, reported Aug 26 the theft of $300 from her purse at a business at 1549 Dabney Drive. • Sharal Thompson, 29, of 871 Lamb St. reported Aug. 26 the theft from the residence of a Jimenez 22LR semiautomic pistol valued at $200.

$30 and an amount of cash. According to the report, a suspect broke into the residence with the use of a firearm.

Larceny • Safety Kleen Systems, 125 Sommerville Park Road, Raleigh, reported Aug. 26, the theft from 1421 E. Andrews Ave. of the following items and their values: Dell laptop computer, $1,500; cell phone, $100; wallet, $50; Black & Decker 18-volt battery charger, $85; cell phone charger, $60; State Employees Credit Union debit card and credit card,

Stolen Vehicle • Mangone Silver, 27, of 628 East Ave. reported Aug. 26, the theft of a 1990 Oldsmobile 98 valued at $500.

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Sheriff sentenced for helping drug cartel By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN Associated Press Writer

McALLEN, Texas — A former Texas sheriff was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison Thursday for helping Mexican smugglers move drugs through his county on the U.S.-Mexico border in exchange for thousands of dollars in bribes. U.S. Dis- Guerra trict Judge Randy Crane sentenced former Starr County Sheriff Reymundo “Rey” Guerra to 64 months in prison and four years of supervised release. The sentence was less than the eight to 10 years recommended under federal sentencing guide-

lines, but Guerra admitted his guilt early and cooperated with authorities, Crane said. FBI agents arrested Guerra at his office in October. Prosecutors termed Guerra a “minor participant” in a drug trafficking conspiracy busted by operation “Carlito’s Weigh.” Twenty-eight people have been indicted so far in the investigation stretching from South Texas to Houston and into Mexico. Prosecutors say Guerra made it easier for people tied to the Gulf Cartel to move drugs into the United States and, at least once, intervened in one of his own department’s investigations to try to throw deputies off. He pleaded guilty in May to conspiring to distribute narcotics. Guerra apologized to his

family, community and “to the men and women who wear the badge. I’m sorry I let them down.” Crane told Guerra that “it’s a stain on the badge when somebody in your high position engages in organized crime like this.” “For really pennies, nickels, you were influenced by these people,” the judge said. Guerra received one payment of $3,000 and several more payments of $3,000 to $5,000, but authorities aren’t sure how much he actually earned in bribes. Since late 2006, more than 80 law enforcement officers working on the border at the local, state and federal level have been convicted of corruption-related charges, according to an Associated Press tally.

VIPER, from page one plied for the grant, which was accepted in June. The amount was $141,946, with $48,882 going to the county. Twisdale said he believes the Sheriff’s Department and the firefighters are working on migrating toward the VIPER system. VIPER stands for Voice Interoperability Plan for Emergency Responders. VIPER is an outgrowth

of efforts throughout North Carolina to put emergency and law enforcement agencies on a more uniform radio network and avoid the kind of communication breakdowns experienced on Sept. 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center. The council moments earlier on Monday evening quickly approved a financial amendment to transfer $9,500 from asset forfeiture

room race barrier, a federal judge agreed the following year, and in 1969 the school board adopted a plan bringing students of both races into common buildings. The case was dormant for most of the next three decades until 2001, when the Justice Department reported that an elementary school in a white neighborhood had a disproportion-

Ash Mountain Helitack Supervisor Carrie Vernon attaches hazardous material equipment to a helicopter for pesticide removal Thursday at a marijuana grow site near Crystal Cave at Sequoia National Park, Calif. Authorities said the proximity of the pot plants to such a heavily trafficked tourist site was unusual and reflects a newfound boldness among growers, who are now planting marijuana near trails and access roads at an increasing number of parks.

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SCHOOL, from page one ate under federal desegregation oversight. Bertie, which is about 60 percent black, operated two school systems for a decade after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1954 in the Brown vs. Board of Education case that segregating students by race was unconstitutional. The Justice Department went to court in 1967 to dissolve the class-

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ate percentage of white students. In 2006, the school board agreed to close the school, shutter a second elementary school that had been historically black but had only about 80 students, and redraw school attendance zones. The remaining four elementary schools enrolled an average of 84 percent black students last year.

Associated Press Writer SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A section of this Sierra Nevada national park was closed to visitors Thursday while rangers helicoptered in to destroy a sizable marijuana growing operation just a half-mile away from a crystal-filled cave popular with tourists. Authorities said the proximity of the pot plants to such a heavily trafficked tourist site was unusual and reflects a newfound boldness among growers, who are now planting marijuana near trails and access roads at an increasing number of parks. “We’ve really seen an expansion of the types of sites where people are growing marijuana,” said Scott Wanek, chief ranger for the Pacific West region of the National Park Service. “There are some that are very close to trails and much closer to where visitors are.”

The National Park Service received an additional $3.3 million this year to combat marijuana growers across the nation, said Jeff Olson, a spokesman for the park service. Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Redwood and Sequoia national parks in California and North Cascades National Park in Washington are among the recipients of the funding. In Sequoia National Park on Thursday, rangers lowered down on ropes from a helicopter into Yucca Creek Canyon to investigate at least four grow sites. There, among the oaks and conifers, they found trash, propane tanks and miles of hose to irrigate the pot plants, law enforcement officials said. About three-quarters of the marijuana already had been harvested. Authorities said the value of the pot plants grown at the site, including what was already harvested, was at least $20 million. “The real tragedy about

this is that visitors won’t have access to an attraction some have traveled hundreds of miles to see,” said Adrienne Freeman, a spokeswoman for the park. “And what’s worse, this pot has been growing next to a sensitive area where there are dozens of species at risk that are only in this park.” While the park is best known for its giant sequoia trees, the caves contain hundreds of unique species, at least a couple of dozen of which were discovered over the last few years. Some visitors to the park Thursday said they were disappointed at the caves’ closure. “I’m fine with the trees, but I really wanted to see the caves,” said Beth Fritsch, 41, who traveled to the park from Olney, Maryland. It was the first time Sequoia National Park had shut down a public exhibit for a drug bust. Park officials say they will lose about $50,000 in revenue from ticket sales.


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Man charged in ID thefts in plea talks By DEVLIN BARRETT and TAMARA LUSH Associated Press Writers

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A fire broke out Thursday at Sterling Services in Hamtramck, Mich., sending flames and black smoke hundreds of feet into the air.

Fire tears through fuel storage plant in Mich. By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press Writer

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — A fire that started Thursday near a rail tanker car at a chemical plant spread quickly to silos holding gasoline, causing an inferno that sent huge plumes of black smoke billowing into the sky above Detroit and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people from the area. The fire at the Sterling Services Ltd. plant in Hamtramck broke out at about 11:30 a.m., and city officials quickly called in help from the Detroit and Highland Park fire departments. Hamtramck is surrounded by Detroit. An evacuation order was lifted at mid-afternoon as firefighters worked to put out remaining hot spots. The company stores gasoline, jet fuel and biofuels at the plant, so authorities evacuated residents from about a half-mile area around the fire, said Kevin Kondrat, executive director of the Hamtramck Housing Commission. That included a nearby complex of 36 buildings containing 300 apartments and some 700 to 800 residents, though Kondrat said not all were home at the time of the blaze. There were no injuries reported, City Manager Bill Cooper said. He said it wasn’t known

what caused the spark. Amtrak passenger rail service was suspended between Pontiac and Detroit, about 20 miles apart. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said passengers will be shuttled between the cities by charter bus. An evacuation center was set up at a nearby senior center, Kondrat said, with water available for evacuees. About 75 people were there about 4 p.m., shortly after the evacuation order was lifted. The plant is in an industrial area with several small factories, and workers from nearby businesses paused to watch the blaze. Robert McCann, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, said Sterling Services Ltd. has no history of violations with the state. The company is registered as a bulk petroleum facility that stores large quantities of gasoline or other fuels, he said. State or federal environmental officials will monitor air quality at the scene, McCann said. Sterling Services is a subsidiary of Southfield-based Sterling Oil & Chemical Co. Inc., according to a company Web site. The Hamtramck facility is on more than five acres and has a storage capacity of about 5 million gallons.

MIAMI (AP) — An accused computer hacker charged with stealing millions of credit and debit card numbers has been negotiating a plea deal with the federal government, people close to the case said Thursday. Albert Gonzalez, who once helped the U.S. Secret Service hunt hackers, has been weighing a deal to plead guilty on two of the three cases against him, two people told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the plea talks. Gonzalez, 28, is charged with swiping the details of more than 170 million accounts in what prosecutors call the largest cases of identity theft in U.S. history. Gonzalez’ lawyer, Rene Palomino Jr. of Miami, said that he is “intending to finalize the case as early as Friday.” The two sides are working on a plea that would resolve charges filed against Gonzalez in New York and Boston. When the Boston charges were filed last year, prosecutors called it the largest single corporate

Accused claims a computer addiction identity theft ever: stealing the details of some 40 million accounts. Yet even after he was jailed, authorities continued to unravel his alleged scams. Earlier this month, federal prosecutors in New Jersey filed new charges against Gonzalez, accusing him of a separate identity theft swindle that dwarfed the others: some 130 million customer accounts. Gonzalez was arrested in 2003 for hacking but not charged because authorities said he became a Secret Service informant. Over the next five years, authorities said, Gonzalez continued to hack into the computer systems of Fortune 500 companies even while providing assistance to the government. A judge allowed him to move from New Jersey back to Florida in 2004, and court documents alleged that Gonzalez hacked into the national restaurant chain Dave & Buster’s. He was arrested again in 2008 in Miami, as he was staying at a luxury hotel on the beach. Officials said Gonzalez devised

a sophisticated attack to penetrate computer networks, steal credit and debit card data, and send that information to computer servers in California, Illinois, Latvia, the Netherlands and Ukraine. Prosecutors allege Gonzalez was the ringleader of hackers in the first round of stealing 40 million credit card numbers from retailers like T.J. Maxx, Barnes & Noble, Sports Authority and OfficeMax. One of their techniques apparently involved “wardriving,” or cruising through different areas with a laptop computer and looking for retailers’ accessible wireless Internet signals. Once they located a vulnerable network, the hackers installed “sniffer programs” that captured credit and debit card numbers as they moved through a retailer’s processing computers — then tried to sell the data. In the latest charges against Gonzalez, authorities said he and two Russian conspirators used a different technique to hack into corporate networks and secretly place “malware,” or malicious software, that would allow them backdoor access to the networks to steal data later. Palomino, his defense lawyer, has said his client had a computer addiction.

News Briefs Shaq gets ticket for stopping on Hollywood street LOS ANGELES (AP) — Basketball player Shaquille O’Neal has gotten a ticket in Hollywood for stopping his car in the street. Los Angeles police Officer April Harding says officers spotted O’Neal’s dark blue Ford F-350 pickup truck on a street shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday. Harding says O’Neal was talking to some people. There are several nightclubs in the area. O’Neal was cited for impeding the reasonable movement of traffic and allowed to drive off. The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired O’Neal from the Phoenix Suns in June, but the former Los Angeles

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Researchers: Ocean trash possibly killing fish, birds SAN DIEGO (AP) — Researchers say a Texassized garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean is possibly killing marine life and birds that are ingesting the trash. Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography on Thursday announced findings from an August expedition to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, about 1,000 miles west of California. The patch is a vortex formed by ocean currents and collects human-produced trash.

Among researchers’ findings were confetti-like plastic shards and barnacles clinging to water bottles. The scientists say they will analyze the trash to determine the density of the patch and its consequences for sea creatures. They worry marine life is dying from ingesting plastic, which does not biodegrade but breaks into small pieces.

N.J. woman’s death leads to neglect charge for mom GARWOOD, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey authorities say a woman is to blame for years of neglect that led to her adult daughter’s death from malnutrition.

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Blueprints of Auschwitz death Poland marks 65th anniversary camp given to Israeli leader of deportations of Lodz Jews By DAVID RISING Associated Press Writer

BERLIN — Architectural plans for the Auschwitz death camp that were discovered in Berlin last year were handed over to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday for display at Israel’s Holocaust memorial. The 29 sketches of the death camp built in Nazioccupied Poland date as far back as 1941. They include detailed blueprints for living barracks, delousing facilities and crematoria, including gas chambers, and are considered important for understanding the genesis of the Nazi genocide. The sketches are initialed by the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, and Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess. “There are those who deny that the Holocaust happened,� Netanyahu said. “Let them come to Jerusalem and look at these plans, these plans for the factory of death.� The Axel Springer Verlag, publisher of the mass circulation Bild newspaper, obtained the plans from a private person who said he found them when cleaning out a flat in what was formerly East Berlin. The company and Germany’s federal archive have confirmed blueprints’ authenticity. But the publisher said the numbering found on the backs of the plans indicate they may have been taken from an archive, possibly the collection of documents on the Third Reich kept by the East German secret service, the Stasi. Axel Springer Verlag said several other documents from the same archive had surfaced after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. Bild editor Kai Diekmann told Netanyahu and Avner Shalev, the chairman of Israel’s Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem, decided to give them the sketches because they wanted to ensure that as many people as possible could see them. “These plans have an important function — they remind us of a crime that, with the passing of time, seems ever more incomprehensible,� Diekmann said. “It is of the utmost importance to continue to be reminded of it.� While they are not the only original Auschwitz blueprints that still exist — others were captured by the Soviet Red Army and brought back to Moscow — they will be the first for Israel’s Yad Vashem memorial, its chairman told The Associated Press. “This set is a very early one, which was found here in Berlin, from the autumn of ‘41,� Shalev said. “It brings a better understanding of the whole process, and the intention of the planners of the complex, and from this perspective it is important.� Shalev said the sketches will be on display at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem beginning Jan. 27, 2010, as part of a special exhibit marking the 65th anni-

By VANESSA GERA Associated Press Writer

LODZ, Poland — Aged Holocaust survivors commemorated the 65th anniversary of the last deportations from the Lodz ghetto to Nazi death camps on Thursday, and Poland’s president recalled their suffering and praised Poles who risked their lives to save Jews. President Lech Kaczynski dedicated a memorial incorporating a Polish eagle into a Star of David to remember Polish Christians who rescued Jewish neighbors during the World War II occupation of Poland by Nazi Germany. Lodz was the secondlargest city in prewar Poland, after Warsaw, and AP Photo/Rainer Jensen, Pool home to the second-largest Jewish population, with 231,000 Jews representing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and ‘Bild’ newspaper chief editor, Kai Diekmann look Thursday at origi- more than one-third of the city’s population. nal blueprints of the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz, “The liquidation of the Poland, in Berlin. Lodz ghetto, the murder of Hundreds of thousands versary of the liberation of some 70,000 people, was the of Jews had already been Auschwitz. last act in the annihilation murdered by the time 15 The blueprints include of Poland’s Jews, who have civil servants, SS and party lived here at least since the general plans for the officials met at Wannsee. original Auschwitz camp It is now believed by many and the expansion of the that Reinhard Heydrich, Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, the Nazi Security Service where most of the killings and Security Police head, were carried out. CARACAS, Venezuela called the meeting to make More than 1 million (AP) — Venezuelan soldiers sure everybody knew what people, mostly Jews, died have destroyed four cocaine Hitler wanted done and to in the gas chambers or labs near the country’s borestablish SS oversight of through forced labor, der with Colombia. Justice the process. disease or starvation at the Minister Tareck El Aissami Shalev said the bluecamp, which the Nazis built says troops in western Zulia prints showing that the after occupying Poland. state also seized 660 pounds construction of Auschwitz Netanyahu is in Berlin was already being planned of cocaine and 880 pounds of for meetings with German in 1941 help to reinforce Chancellor Angela Merkel, that argument. Foreign Minister Frank“The Wannsee conference Walter Steinmeier and ... was a kind of coordinaother officials. SAO PAULO (AP) — Talk tion,� Shalev said. “The proLater, the Israeli leader about making a stink. is scheduled to visit a house cess of the Final Solution A grenade-shaped bottle started to be implemented a on Berlin’s Wannsee lake left under a busy bridge few months before it, so the that was the site of the plans that were found from closed a major thoroughfare Jan. 20, 1942 “Wannsee late ‘41 are more evidence.� and brought police to investiConference� — a watergate — only to discover that A large yellowed plan, shed in Nazi policy against it contained French cologne. dated April 30, 1942 and Europe’s Jews. The black bottle of Arsenal titled “general building The building now houses cologne by the design house a museum documenting the plan concentration camp of Gilles Cantuel looked realHolocaust and the notorious Auschwitz� provides a wider view, showing the meeting, which was once Contact our barracks but also roads, thought to be when the NaCLASSIFIED DEPT. zis decided to stop deporting other buildings and the outlying area. and randomly killing Jews about placing Another drawing dated and instead to industrialize Happy Ads Oct. 14, 1941, shows the their murder. for that special Though debate continues, plans for construction of a someone “Waffen SS prisoner of war most historians now agree 436-2810 the decision was made some camp� with rows of what appear to be barracks. A months earlier — by Adolf Hitler himself, even though notation in the bottom right says it was drafted by a no written order from him prisoner, “Nr. 471.� has ever been found.

12th century,� Kaczynski told a crowd of hundreds, many who had come from as far as Los Angeles and Israel. Thursday’s commemorations began at the brown wooden Radegast train station, where about 145,000 Jews began their final journey to Nazi death camps. Wooden cattle cars with flaking rust-colored paint, still stamped with the Nazi-era “Deutsche Reichsbahn,� sit in the station as grim reminders of the death trains. The survivors, many accompanied by grown children, then marched one mile to Survivors’ Park, where the president unveiled the memorial: a concrete eagle, Poland’s national symbol, on a pedestal that forms one corner in a giant Star of David. The star’s edges are inscribed with the names of the Poles who saved Jews from extermination. Lodz Mayor Jerzy Kropiwnicki stressed the role played by non-Jewish Poles who hid Jews or smuggled them to safety. He noted that it was not only those

caught directly aiding Jews who faced death, but their families as well. In recent years, Polish officials have sought to honor such people as part of an effort led by Kaczynski to dispel the stereotype that Poland was a deeply antiSemitic country. Thomas Blatt, 82, a survivor of the Sobibor death camp, said he welcomed efforts to honor such Poles, and considers any person who rescued Jews during the war a “holy man.� The Nazis invaded Poland in September 1939. In April of the following year, the Germans sealed the Lodz ghetto with barbed wire, concentrating Jews in a tightly packed section cut off from the world. About 45,000 Jews from other parts of Nazi-occupied Europe, including Luxembourg, Austria and Germany, as well as about 5,000 Gypsies, were forced into the Lodz ghetto. Used as forced labor, many ghetto residents died from the horrific conditions. The Nazis decided to kill those remaining in August 1944.

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U.S. officials say the government of President Hugo Chavez has failed to effectively fight drug smuggling within Venezuelan territory. Chavez counters that U.S. authorities should do more to stem the flow of drugs into the United States.

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July, August deadliest months of war for U.S. By JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press Writer

KABUL (AP) — A roadside bomb and gunfire attack killed a U.S. service member in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, a death that pushed August into a tie with July as the deadliest months of the eight-year war. The death brought to 44 the number of U.S. troops who have died in Afghanistan this month with four days left in August. More than 60,000 U.S. troops are in the country — a record number — to fight rising insurgent violence. The number of roadside bombs deployed by militants across the country has skyrocketed, and U.S. forces have moved into new and deadlier areas this summer, in part to help secure the country’s Aug. 20 presidential election. The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan released his new counterinsurgency strategy Thursday, telling troops that the supply of militants is “effectively endless” and that U.S. and NATO forces need to see the country through the eyes of its villagers. Gen. Stanley McChrystal said troops “must change the way that we think, act and operate.” McChrystal hopes to install a new approach to counterinsurgency where troops will make the safety of villagers the top priority, above killing an endless supply of militants. “An insurgency cannot be defeated by attrition; its supply of fighters, and even leadership, is effectively endless,” the new guidelines said. When U.S. and NATO troops battle a group of 10 militants and kill two of them, the relatives of the two dead insurgents will want revenge and will likely join the insurgency, the guidelines say, spelling out the formula: “10 minus 2 equals 20 (or

more) rather than 8.” “This is part of the reason why eight years of individually successful kinetic actions have resulted in more violence,” McChrystal said. He called on troops to think of how they would expect a foreign army to operate in their home countries, “among your families and your children, and act accordingly,” to try to win over the Afghan population. Violence is on the rise in Afghanistan even as it falls in Iraq, where nearly twice as many U.S. troops are still based. Five U.S. troops have died in Iraq this month, three fewer than in July. A statement from the NATO-led force in Kabul said the U.S. service member died in southern Afghanistan when a patrol responded to the bombing and gunfire attack. No other details were released. Militants unleashed a wave of attacks in southern Afghanistan last week that helped suppress voter turnout there. Afghan election officials have released two batches of vote tallies that show President Hamid Karzai with 44.8 percent of the vote and top challenger Abdullah Abdullah with 35.1 percent, based on returns from 17 percent of polling stations. The next partial results are expected Saturday. Meanwhile, U.S. and Afghan forces battled Taliban militants at a medical center in eastern Afghanistan after a Taliban commander sought treatment there, and a U.S. helicopter gunship fired on the clinic after militants put up resistance. Reports of the militant death toll from Wednesday’s firefight varied widely. The spokesman of the governor of Paktika province said 12 militants died, while police said two were killed. It wasn’t clear why the tolls differed. The fighting began after a

wounded Taliban commander sought treatment at a clinic in the Sar Hawza district of Paktika. Afghan forces went to the center and got in a firefight with militants. U.S. forces later provided backup. Hamidullah Zhwak, the governor’s spokesman, said the Taliban commander was wounded Aug. 20. Militants brought him and three other wounded Taliban to the clinic Wednesday. Afghan forces were tipped off to their presence and soon arrived at the scene, he said. Insurgent snipers fired from a tower near the clinic, and troops called in an airstrike from U.S. forces, Zhwak said. Fighting between some 20 militants and Afghan and U.S. forces lasted about five hours, and 12 Taliban were killed, he said. “After ensuring the clinic

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U.S. Marine Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, second from right, walks through the bazaar in the village of Dahaneh during a visit Thursday to see progress by Marines and Afghan security forces in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. was cleared of civilians, an AH-64 Apache helicopter fired rounds at the building ending the direct threat and injuring the targeted insurgent in the building,” a U.S. military statement said. A U.S. military spokeswoman, Lt. Cmdr. Christine

Sidenstricker, said the clinic’s doctor gave U.S. troops permission to fire on the clinic. Villagers expressed “disgust” that militants used the medical center to fire from and that they understood that the action by Afghan and coalition forces was necessary, the

summary said. Seven insurgents — including the wounded commander — had been detained, the U.S. statement said. Gen. Dawlat Khan, the provincial police chief, said two militants died in the encounter.


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Daily Meditation Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach. Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens. We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows. … Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest. Lamentations 5:1-3, 5

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Kennedy’s death leads to debate on democracy Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s death leaves a vacancy in the United States Senate — one of seven that have will take place since the last election (two senators are retiring early), prompting questions about whether the current system or systems for replacing members of that august body are fair and democratic. In many states, the sitting governor holds the right to appoint a new senator. Of course the process then becomes quite politicized — albeit only within one party. Certainly if a senator quits or dies, regardless of his party, should a Republican hold the governorship there is almost no way a Democrat will be selected to fill out the term. Same would be true in reverse. But politics can get nasty and corrupt even within one’s own party. Witness Illinois, where former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is accused of attempting to sell Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat when Obama ascended to the presidency in January. And in Alaska, when Frank Murkowski left the Senate to run for and win the governorship, he appointed his own daughter to fill out his Senate term. The Murkowski incident prompted Alaska to pass a law requiring a quick special election to fill such vacancies on the state’s D.C. roster. And with FairVote, a nonpartisan group that encourages greater access to the political process, noting that all the recent vacancies will mean that more than one in four Americans will be represented in Washington by unelected senators, a call is starting to rise for all states to hold such elections. Well, a call is rising in some quarters. Before he died, Kennedy asked that Massachusetts actually rescind its law allowing the public to vote for a replacement senator. That law was instituted only five years ago, in 2004, when Massachusetts Democrats realized that if John Kerry won the White House and had to vacate his Senate seat, then Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, would be choosing the replacement. Now, Massachusetts is led by Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick. So the late Sen. Kennedy would be more proud of his state if it revoked the voters’ rights so that Patrick could choose his favorite Democrat. While it seems logical that voters should get a choice in who represents them, cost can’t be ignored. Statewide elections aren’t cheap. And if new elections are coming soon anyway, the person being elected in the special race might only serve a few weeks or short months. Is the added democracy in that brief term of elected representation worth the considerable cost of polling the public? It might be, especially for a state where voters are inspired (or fed up) enough not only to choose a new person, but to hand the seat over to the other party. But it also is not unreasonable to believe that — as the man or woman elected to be chief executive of an entire state — the power to select a new senator to serve a partial term is not too much authority to invest in a governor.

Quotable “Me hanging up the spurs 16 months out, as comfortable as that would be, as much as I might like to do that on a personal basis, it is wrong.” — South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, responding to his lieutenant governor’s call to resign, two months after he admitted an affair.

A test of Kennedy currency If you read the newspapers or watch the news, you will encounter a long list of accomplishments by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. One thing you’re less likely to hear, however, is that in his death, Kennedy proved Rush Limbaugh right. In March, the talk-show host and bete noir of progressives everywhere said that the health care bill wending its way through Congress would eventually be dubbed the “Ted Kennedy Memorial Health Care Bill.” At the time, the official position of the Democratic Party was outrage and disgust. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee initiated a petition drive demanding that the Republican Party formally denounce Limbaugh for his “reprehensible” and “truly outrageous” comments. Fast-forward to a few hours after the announcement of Kennedy’s death. Suddenly, naming the bill after Kennedy would be a moving tribute. ABC News reports that “the idea of naming the legislation for Kennedy has been quietly circulating for months” but was kicked into overdrive by Sen. Robert Byrd, the Democratic Party’s eldest statesman. Intriguingly, this suggests that either Democrats already had the idea when Limbaugh floated it, which would mean their protests were just so much opportunistic and cynical posturing, or they actually got the idea from Limbaugh himself, which would be too ironic for a Tom Wolfe novel. But that Kennedy’s death should be marked by cynicism, opportunism and irony is not shocking, given that these qualities are now the hallmarks of the party he largely defined. The determination of the Democratic Party to exploit Kennedy’s death for political gain

puts the political commentator who doesn’t wish to speak ill of the dead in something of a bind. So let us be clear that there is no evidence whatsoever that Kennedy himself — or any Kennedy — would object to such a ploy. Whether one calls it exploitation or heroic perseverance, the Kennedy dynasty’s longevity is best Jonah understood as Goldberg a response to fatal tragTribune Media edies. When Services Jacqueline Kennedy learned of her husband’s murder, she lamented Lee Harvey Oswald’s inconvenient political views. “It had to be some silly little Communist.” Fortunately, her husband’s handlers had things well in hand, orchestrating with a compliant media the grand fiction that Kennedy had somehow been a martyr to civil rights, taken out by right-wing “hate.” The real JFK, who cut capital gains taxes and only reluctantly supported Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, had never been nearly as liberal as the posthumous legend created to give new life to liberalism — and the Kennedy name. According to the mythmakers, JFK would have pulled us out of Vietnam (and the Oliver Stones say that’s why he was killed). Meanwhile, the real JFK boasted — mere hours before his murder — that he’d massively boosted defense spending and ordered a 600 percent increase on counterinsurgency special forces in Vietnam. The prior March he’d asked Congress to spend 50 cents

out of every tax dollar on defense. Hence one of the great ironies of Ted Kennedy’s career. He was the chief beneficiary of an inheritance from a brother whose views he didn’t share. Such contradictions never bothered Ted Kennedy, nor his fellow Democrats, when he was alive, so why should there be compunction now? After all, the Kennedys and the Democrats have mythologized and exploited the deaths of three brothers (and minimized the deaths of Mary Jo Kopechne and Martha Moxley) in order to protect the Kennedy brand. Naming a massive expansion of the federal government after Ted Kennedy, particularly when it was indeed his life’s cause, seems entirely fitting and fair. My only objection is the notion that somehow anyone but partisan Democrats should be expected to cave in to the “Do it for Teddy” bullying. To listen to some liberals, one gets the sense that conservatives should surrender to something that violates their fundamental principles out of deference to the very man liberals celebrate for never abandoning his fundamental principles. No one expected Ted Kennedy to become a champion of free markets out of deference to Ronald Reagan’s memory. Now, if liberals want to rally their own troops by putting Kennedy’s name on the bill, that is their right, even if it will likely result in an even more unpopular bill than the ones now under consideration. I suspect, however, that they will be disappointed to discover that the currency of the Kennedy name purchases far less than it once did, thanks in large part to what Ted Kennedy did with it. You can write to Jonah Goldberg by e-mail at

Once again, members of our medical community pitched in to offer free physicals on June 3 for the student/athletes in our county. These physicals are required annually by the state athletic association and without the assistance of medical professionals, many young people would not be able to participate. Special thanks and acknowledgment goes out to Drs. Negron, Neunkirchner, Tucker, Mills, Dennis, Vijaya, Pruitt, WiggsGrimes, PA Will Valentine, nurse practitioners Estena Hawkins and Mishew Franklin, and nurses/assistants Becky Janssen, Kim Twisdale, Suzanne Crumpler, Eileen Grissom, Jane Ryan, Vanessa Denton, Tammy Roach, and Cindy Faulkner. These people dedicated their services and time to make athletics a safer environment this coming year. They met a need without hesitation. Our community should be PROUD of our No. 1 medical professionals. David Hicks, athletic director, Northern Vance High School Ed Wilson, athletic director, Southern Vance High School

Pastor not jailed To the editor: I am writing the newspaper to correct the newspaper report of Aug. 26, which stated I was arrested for a misdemeanor. I wish to have the paper report that I was not arrested, however a warrant for my arrest was issued. The reason for the warrant for my arrest was because I failed to appear in court on Aug. 10 for the purpose of showing proof that I had complied with North Carolina Law to purchase and place the proper sticker on my automobile. Pastor Gordon Marshall, Henderson Editor’s note: Pastor Marshall did miss a court date for a ticket related to his vehicle’s license plate sticker. He reported to the magistrate’s office afterward when a warrant was issued; he was not booked into jail.

Less government would solve more problems In times of crisis too many Americans look to the federal government to save them without considering that it was that same government which caused the problems in the first place. I guess it’s comforting to think that big daddy has all the answers and that we are not alone, but that’s a false security blanket only likely to lead to greater disappointment. Politicians, at least on a national level, never solve anything. They might shift around our problems trading one crisis for another or delaying a disaster, but they have no real solutions because speeches and political posturing rarely offer any answers. The federal government needs to stop manipulating the financial markets, stop getting involved in issues like health care, education or anything else that can be accomplished on a local level. Congress and the President should essentially worry about national defense, highways and refereeing the inevitable disputes between states. Democracy works best on a local level. My hometown holds a yearly town meeting

where elected citizens debate everything from whether to buy new police cars to exactly when dogs need to be on leashes. At these meetings, citizens discuss things that they have a vested interest in. If they Daniel B. increase the school Kline budget Special to their taxes The Daily Dispatch will go up. If they decrease the budget their kids might lose art class or sports programs. These aren’t rich folks playing with the lives of others in some hallowed hall, these are neighbors agonizing over how to do the right thing for as many people as possible. At these meetings, real people make tough decisions and live with the consequences. Town meeting met at a theater in the high school and debates were often spirited because what happened in those few days decided what type of

town we would have for the next year. Government works when we make as many decisions as we can on a local level. Why can’t a town vote to increase taxes but offer all residents health care? If a municipality made such a bold move it would cause some people to move out and others to move in. Like picking a condo because the complex has a pool, we could choose our place of residence based partially on its combination of taxes, amenities and laws. What, except our entrenched politicians who like their jobs and power, stops us from making the decisions that actually impact our lives? I would choose to live someplace with low taxes and high personal responsibility. Health care would be my problem as would paying for my son’s education. You might prefer to live someplace where the local government takes a huge bite our of your income but covers health care, schooling and other areas. We deserve to have the choice and have for too long ceded power over our lives national politicians

who care more for ideology and agendas than individual people. I’d rather have the friendly couple that lives next door to me voting on important issues in my life than anyone in Congress. To my neighbors I am not just a line item or a potential voter. They actually have to see me each day and live with the consequences of their votes. Forget stimulus packages, universal health care and all the other national debates that draw attention away from the fact that we must stop expecting government to have the answers. The people need to take the power back and realize that in times of crisis we must rely on ourselves not wait for the politicians to save us. Daniel B. Kline’s work appears in over 100 papers weekly. When he is not writing Kline serves as general manager of Time Machine Hobby New England’s largest hobby and toy store, www. He can be reached at dan@notastep. com or you can see his archive at or befriend him at

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On this date: In 1609, English sea explorer Henry Hudson and his ship, the Half Moon, reached present-day Delaware Bay. In 1907, United Parcel Service had its beginnings as the American Messenger Company of Seattle. In 1955, Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle’s home in Money, Miss., by two white men after he had supposedly whistled at a white woman; he was found brutally slain three days later. In 1968, police and antiwar demonstrators clashed in the streets of Chicago as the Democratic national convention nominated Hubert H. Humphrey for president. In 1973, more than 600 people died as an earthquake shook central Mexico. In 1988, 70 people were killed when three Italian stunt planes collided during an air show at the U.S. Air Base in Ramstein, West Germany.

One year ago: Surrounded by an enormous, adoring crowd at Invesco Field in Denver, Barack Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, promising what he called a clean break from the “broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush.” Former U.S. Marine Jose Luis Nazario Jr., accused of killing unarmed Iraqi detainees in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter in Riverside, Calif.




Today’s Highlight: On Aug. 28, 1963, 200,000 people participated in a peaceful civil rights rally in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

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DEAR ABBY: As a child care provider for a local program in my hometown, I am often treated differently because I am a male. If women can do anything men can — including the same job — shouldn’t the opposite be true? Do you think society will ever completely accept male teachers and child care workers? — PAUL FROM PENNSYLVANIA DEAR PAUL: I hope so, because men are certainly capable of nurturing — particularly those of the recent generation, who are far more involved in co-parenting than men were before the 1960s. Male teachers and child care workers can give fatherDEAR ABBY: I lost my less children something that wife of 10 years after a long female teachers cannot -- a battle with cancer. I am 50 and have a 10-year-old son. If male role model with whom it wasn’t for raising my son, they can identify. I don’t think I’d even want to live anymore, but the good Dear Abby is written by Abigail Lord gave me this job, and Van Buren, also known as I want to make sure I do it Jeanne Phillips, and was well. founded by her mother, PauIt is very lonely at times line Phillips. Write Dear Abby without a woman around. at or P.O. client Box will69440, fill Los Angeles, CA When I do get out and meet women 40 to 50 years old and 90069.



they hear I have a spoiled kid at home, they turn away. I know at my age I should be a grandpa. Is there any chance for me to find another lasting love to spend the rest of my life with? I never thought I would ever lose my wife; I thought we’d be together forever. — BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND DEAR BETWEEN: Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your wife. Of course there’s a chance for you to find love again. Right now you’re feeling down because life has dealt you a difficult hand. Plenty of women would find you attractive, and not be turned off by the fact that you are raising a son. I’m talking about single women with children of their own to raise. You can meet them at your nearest chapter of Parents Without Partners. To find one, call (800) 637-7974 or visit


DEAR ABBY: I am concerned about my nephew. His whole life he has lovingly hugged and kissed on his mother. It was cute when he was a toddler, but now he’s a teenager, and he continues to drape himself on her and hug and kiss her on the cheek — at home and in public. She does not discourage it. I don’t know if my brother-in-law has noticed it, or if he just chooses not to see. I have mentioned this to my sister before, but she told me I’m too critical. We were in line at the store and I heard people behind us react with audible sighs when they saw the Dear behavior. I am Abby uncomfort- Universal Press able around Syndicate them. Others have told me that the affection seems excessive. How can I help? I’m afraid there’s a problem brewing that needs to be addressed now. — ALARMED IN APPLE VALLEY DEAR ALARMED: From my perspective your nephew appears to be a sweet, affectionate young man who is close to his mother. There is an old French saying that translates, “Evil be he who thinks evil of it.” In other words, you may be mistaking the dirt on your glasses for a relationship that is “off-color,” so please reserve judgment.


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Boller leads Rams to preseason victory

Page 2B

Vick makes Philly debut

JV Vikings fall to Wildcats

By ROB MAADDI AP Sports Writer


The Northern Vance junior varsity volleyball team was defeated by Bunn in three sets Thursday (11-25, 25-18, 20-15). “I didn’t feel like we were in the first game. To come back and take the second game was quite a turnaround,” said Viking coach William Hoyle. The second set was sparked by strong serving from Melissa Elliott and Katie Smith. Elliott had seven service points and Smith had five in the set. Kara Reese also had three blocks in the frame. “Kara really came up big... on defense,” Hoyle said. Game three was back-andforth, but Bunn grabbed the lead and held on for the win. “I was very proud of my play from the JV team,” Hoyle said. “This was clearly the best team we’ve played this year.” Elliott served four aces and had five assists. Kirstin Currin had nine assists and three kills. Abby Wilkerson had five kills, and Harley Parrott had four aces, two kills and two blocks.

Boller, Rams beat Bengals

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Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick passes during the first quarter of Thursday’s preseason game against the Jaguars.

PHILADELPHIA — All eyes were on Michael Vick — for all of six plays. Playing his first NFL game since his release from prison, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback got a standing ovation, avoided any ugly protests and completed four passes for 19 yards. “It’s been a long journey for me,” Vick said. “I just want to do it right this time around.”

Though his minutes were limited Thursday night, Vick was ready to take on any assignment. He played quarterback, ran the wildcat formation, even lined up at wide receiver and completed a pass right-handed. The Eagles even won the game, beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 3332 on David Akers’ 34-yard field goal in the final minute. Vick’s return overshadowed a somewhat sloppy effort by

Paulus back on old turf at Syracuse By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer

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Atlanta Braves plays celebrate after defeating the San Diego Padres 9-1 Thursday.

Braves breeze past Padres, avoid sweep By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA — Javier Vazquez pitched seven scoreless innings, everyone in the Atlanta lineup contributed to a 17-hit attack and the Braves romped past the San Diego Padres 9-1 on Thursday night, avoiding a sweep and moving closer in the wild-card race. Vazquez (11-9) snapped his first two-game losing streak of the season, allowing five hits, and went on cruise control after the Braves put up five runs in the second. He struck out six, didn’t walk anyone and threw only 88 pitches before turning it over to the bullpen. Atlanta closed within 4 1/2 games of wild-card leader Colorado, which lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2. Every Atlanta starter, Vazquez included, had at least one hit. Adam LaRoche homPlease see BRAVES, page 3B

Please see EAGLES, page 4B


Northern’s Emily Ellington spikes the ball during the Vikings’ 3-1 win over Bunn Thursday night. To view or purchase photos, visit us on the Web at

‘A confidence builder’

Northern gets the best of Bunn in four-set win By ERIC S. ROBINSON Dispatch Sports Editor

Northern Vance improved to 3-0 Thursday with a four-set victory over visiting Bunn. Last year’s Northern Carolina 2A regular season champs took set two from the Vikings, but Northern controlled the pace of the third and fourth sets to get the win. “That was an excellent team we beat tonight. I’m very pleased

with the outcome,” said Northern coach William Hoyle. “They don’t let the ball hit the floor, so it’s always exciting to watch if you don’t really care about the outcome. You can’t help but applaud some of (Bunn’s) players for the plays they make.” Hoyle called the win a “confidence builder” for his team. He said coach Henry Jones always has a tough squad at Bunn, and this year’s team is no exception.

“Ever since they were freshmen they’ve been getting better and better. And now here (Jones) is with all these seniors, and I’m thinking, ‘this is going to be a high-quality team and a great match to watch tonight,’ and he didn’t let me down.” Northern scored the first five points of the match, the fifth coming by way of a big kill from Emily Ellington. They led 7-1 Please see VIKINGS, page 2B

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — It didn’t take Greg Paulus long to impress new Syracuse coach Doug Marrone, and it’s easy to understand why. Listening to the former Duke point guard speak, he could pass for a cadet at West Point, Mike Krzyzewski’s alma mater. That’s a common trait in many of Krzyzewski’s players and one Marrone cherishes. “Yes sir,” Paulus said with a confident smile when asked if he was progressing as rapidly as he had hoped after not playing football for four years. “We’ll just keep trying to get better, keep trying to improve, just be more comfortable with the system. I’m just trying to learn to the best of my ability.” Marrone didn’t see Paulus throw a pass in person until the team’s first practice on Aug. 10, when the coach said Paulus’ right arm looked good enough to compete for the position with sophomore Ryan Nassib, who was first on the depth chart after spring practice. Less than a week later, Marrone named Paulus the starter. “He’s played, he’s thrown a football, he’s been an athlete, he’s made quick decisions, and he’s done a lot of things that correlate to the game of football for the last four years,” said Marrone, who quit his job as offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints in December to coach at his alma mater. “For the people who question it, they haven’t been out on the field to see it.” Former Syracuse quarterback Don McPherson was one who greeted Marrone’s decision with skepticism. “I’m a little bit of an old school football guy. I know that no matter how many national championships you can play in in basketball, big games you can play in, no one’s punching you in the mouth, and there’s no fear Please see PAULUS, page 3B

Raiders solid in win over Vikings By ERIC S. ROBINSON Dispatch Sports Editor

Despite one hiccup in the third set, Thursday’s game belonged completely to the Raiders. Southern Vance took care of business in a 3-1 (25-10, 25-13, 13-25, 25-14) win over visiting South Granville. “I think it was pretty clearcut,” said Raider coach Tracey Turner. In their first match of the season, the Vikings had no answer for Shauna Terry, who had a fantastic game, dominating play at the net. She tallied 16 kills and six blocks. “You can look at the stats, and

on some of those hits, you do it absolutely no justice to say she had a kill. You’d have to see it,” Turner said. “Clean. Very clean.” Turner said her team suffered a lapse in momentum in set three playing some subs. “They did a great job, but you could just see a little lack of focus,” she said. “I was very happy to see us get back around to it in the last set.” Southern got down 4-0 to open the match, but reeled off 13 straight points on several Terry kills and a big block from the senior. A kill from Tremanisha Taylor made the score 20-7, and the Raiders didn’t look back in the

Southern’s Julia Sumner defends the net during the Raiders’ 3-1 win over South Granville Thursday afternoon. To view or purchase photos, visit us on the Web at www. hendersondispatch. com.

25-10 set win. The rally carried over into set two, and the Raiders opened with a 10-3 lead. The Vikings brought it to within five at 1712, but Southern closed it with an 8-1 run to win the set. After the Raiders lost their 2-1 lead in set three, they never got it back. Up 11-9, The Vikings pulled away with a 14-3 run to close out the set and avoid being swept. But set four was back to business for the Raiders. An 8-1 lead grew to 15-6 after two Morgan Adcock aces (she served four in the game), and the closest South Granville would be was eight Please see RAIDERS, page 2B Daily Dispatch/ASHLEY STEVEN AYSCUE



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Two-minute drill Local Sports Last day to sign up for AAU football The Henderson Panthers and Carolina Blackhawks AUU football teams are recruiting players from ages 8 to 12. Interested athletes can come to the practice field at Pinkston Street Elementary on Friday at 5 p.m. to sign up. Contact Joe Brodie, local director of AAU football operations, at (252) 433-6426 for more information.

YMCA fall soccer begins in September The fall youth soccer season for the Henderson Family YMCA will begin on Sept. 12 and last until Oct. 31. Games will be played on Saturday mornings. The cost to participate is $25 for members, and $40 for non-members. Registration by Sept. 9 avoids a $10 late fee. Coaches will receive a discount.

College Football Freshman Barkley named USC QB LOS ANGELES (AP) — Freshman Matt Barkley was named No. 4 Southern California’s starting quarterback on Thursday. With an outstanding performance at training camp, Barkley beat out sophomore Aaron Corp to get the start in the Trojans’ season opener against San Jose State at the Coliseum on Sept. 5. Coach Pete Carroll unexpectedly announced his decision several hours before practice and two days before USC’s mock game. “He has exceeded all our expectations,” Carroll said in a statement. “He has all the physical ability. He has the mentality and temperament to handle the position. His personality is very well received by all the players, and he’s extremely talented. At this point, he’s ready to be the guy for us.”

NFL Favre: Fitting in with Vikes ‘work in progress’ EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Brett Favre has been in Minnesota for only 10 days, so he’s still getting acquainted with his new Vikings teammates. The 39-year-old quarterback says he’s been staying late at team headquarters to study film and learn the tendencies of his new receivers. He’s also getting to know the rest of the team on a personal level, something he says will take more than a week to accomplish. Favre calls it “a work in progress.” But he also says he is confident that he will fit in just fine in Minnesota because “that’s an easy thing for me to do.” He has already gotten ringing endorsements from several veterans on the Vikings roster, including guard Steve Hutchinson, running back Adrian Peterson and defensive end Jared Allen.

Local Preps Friday, Aug. 28 Football n J.F. Webb at Person County 7:30 p.m. n Northern Vance at Franklinton 7:30 p.m. n Southern Vance at South Granville 7:30 p.m. Soccer Christian at Crossroads Christian 4 p.m. n Kerr-Vance at Westchester Country Day 7 p.m. n Cresset

Tennis n Warren County at Northern Vance 4 p.m. n Village Christian at Kerr-

Vance 4 p.m. Volleyball-HS Christian at Crossroads Christian 5 p.m. n Norlina Christian at Wayne Christian 5 p.m. n Granville Central at KerrVance 5:15 p.m. n Cresset

JV Soccer at Franklin Academy 4:30 p.m.

n Kerr-Vance

JV Volleyball-HS Christian at Crossroads Christian 4 p.m. n Granville Central at KerrVance 4 p.m. n Cresset

Sports on TV Friday, Aug. 28 AUTO RACING 8 a.m. n SPEED — Formula One, practice for Belgian Grand Prix, at Francorchamps, Belgium 5 p.m. n SPEED — NASCAR, Truck Series, pole qualifying for Chicagoland 225, at Joliet, Ill. 6:30 p.m. n SPEED — ARCA, Ansell Cut Protection 150, at Joliet, Ill. 9 p.m. n SPEED — NASCAR, Truck Series, Chicagoland 225, at Joliet, Ill.

Championship, quarterfinal matches, at Tulsa, Okla. 3 p.m. n TGC — PGA Tour, The Barclays, second round, at Jersey City, N.J. 4 p.m. n ESPN2 — LPGA, Safeway Classic, first round, at Cornelius, Ore. 6:30 p.m. n TGC — Champions Tour, Boeing Classic, first round, at Snoqualmie, Wash.

BOXING 10 p.m. n ESPN2 — Champion Juan Urango (21-2-1) vs. Randall Bailey (39-6-0), for IBF light welterweight title, at Hollywood, Fla.

PREP FOOTBALL 7 p.m. n ESPN — Dike-New Hartford (Iowa) at Aplington, Parkersburg (Iowa)

GOLF 10 a.m. n TGC — European PGA Tour, Johnnie Walker Championship, second round, at Perthshire, Scotland 1 p.m. n TGC — USGA, U.S. Amateur

NFL FOOTBALL 8 p.m. n CBS — Preseason, New England at Washington

TENNIS Noon n ESPN2 — ATP/WTA Tour, Pilot Pen, women’s semifinal, at New Haven, Conn. 7 p.m. n ESPN2 — ATP/WTA Tour, Pilot Pen, match TBA, at New Haven, Conn.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Boller leads Rams over Bengals 24-21 By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer

CINCINNATI — Kyle Boller gave the St. Louis Rams one frightening moment along with a little bit of relief. Boller played better Thursday night in his second game filling in for Marc Bulger, completing a flurry of short passes during a 24-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. The one problem: He didn’t duck. Boller got his helmet knocked off on a hit by linebacker Keith Rivers at the end of an 8-yard scramble, waiting too long to start his slide. Unfazed, Boller got to his feet, found his helmet and completed his next two passes, including a 3-yard shovel pass to running

back Samkon Gado for a touchdown. His too-late slide couldn’t help but terrify the Rams, who lost Bulger to a broken pinkie finger on his passing hand before the last game and couldn’t afford another quarterback setback. Bulger is hoping to be ready for the season opener Sept. 13 at Seattle. Boller struggled as his replacement last week in a 20-13 loss to the Falcons, but seemed much more comfortable against the Bengals. He completed 14 of 20 for 96 yards, heading for the bench after the opening series of the third quarter. Both teams were missing their starting quarterbacks, turning the game into a preview of how it might be if their injuries

linger. The Bengals were reminded that they really need Carson Palmer back for their opener against Denver. J.T. O’Sullivan was sacked three times, lost a fumble and had two passes batted away at the line. His best moment was an improvised underhand pass to running back Brian Leonard that went for 25 yards and set up a touchdown. O’Sullivan was 7 of 13 for 94 yards while playing into the third quarter. With Palmer sidelined the last two games by a sprained left ankle, the offense has moved the ball in spurts but failed to get many points because of penalties and mistakes. O’Sullivan’s fumble at the Cincinnati 20-yard line set up the Rams’ second

touchdown. Running back Bernard Scott, a sixth-round draft pick from Abilene Christian, had a fumble that safety James Butler returned 73 yards for a touchdown. Butler also intercepted one of Jordan Palmer’s passes in the third quarter and returned it 68 yards before the thirdstring quarterback tackled him. The Bengals have lost five fumbles and thrown three interceptions in three preseason games. “Obviously, you can’t have turnovers like we had,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. “That was still our Achilles’ heel in the first half, as it has been for too much of this preseason. We can’t allow that to continue.”

Richard homer puts Bulls into tie for first Special to the Dispatch

NORFOLK, VA. — Chris Richard's threerun homer with one out in the ninth gave Durham its fourth straight win, and the 3-1 victory moved the Bulls into a first place tie with Gwinnett with 11 games left in the regular season. Joe Dillon started the winning rally off Bob McCrory with a ground single to center. Jon Weber bounced to the hole at short, and Blake Davis had trouble getting it out of his glove, preventing a potential double play, as Weber beat Melvin Dorta's relay. Fernando Perez pinch-ran, and Justin Ruggiano singled to center on the next pitch, putting runners at first and second. Richard fell behind 0-2, and then fouled three pitches off. Perez and Ruggiano then executed a double steal, as Richard worked the count even. He then drilled a 2-2 pitch into the right field bullpen for his 22nd homer. The long ball was his 62nd in three seasons with the Bulls and that

tied him with Scott McClain for Durham's alltime Triple-A mark. After Joe Nelson (11) worked around two walks to pitch a scoreless eighth, Winston Abreu pitched a hitless ninth for his 14th save. Jason Cromer allowed just a run over seven innings to keep Durham in the game. The Bulls also threw out two Tides at the plate. Durham (75-58) is 17 games over .500 for the first time this year. The Bulls moved into a first place tie with Gwinnett, as the Braves dropped their fourth straight to Charlotte, 6-4. Durham and Gwinnett are 4.5 games ahead of Syracuse in the wild card race. The Bulls magic number to clinch a playoff spot is eight. Durham will host Gwinnett beginning on Saturday. Wade Davis takes the mound on Friday as the Bulls look to complete the road trip with a sweep of the Tides. Fellow righty Chris Lambert starts for Norfolk. Coverage on 99.9 the Fan ESPN Radio begins at 6:55, with first pitch at 7:15.


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RAIDERS, from page 1B points down. Turner said she saw chemistry developing between her starting six — the same group that closed out set four. She said their play was “electric.” “I can tell they were beginning to gel.” Julia Sumner served six aces, and had 11 digs and 24 assists. “Julia — she’s busting her butt to get the ball where it needs to be. But Julia also did an excellent

job of yelling for help for backup Ashley (Meador) when she couldn’t get there, so Ashley had some wonderful sets,” said Turner. Meador had eight assists on the day. Taylor, who Turner called an “incredibly instinctive” player, had 18 digs, 15 kills and a block. Southern plays at Riverside Tuesday at 6 p.m. Contact the writer at

VIKINGS, from page 1B after an ace by Katie Wilson. Kills from Rebekah Edwards and Robin Butler put the score at 18-8, as the Vikings held the momentum in the first set. They kept their distance from Bunn, winning the frame 25-13. Bunn took a 10-6 lead in the second set before Northern fought back to tie it at 11. The lead changed hands a few times late, but Northern held a 20-18 advantage after a big kill from Butler. Bunn tied it again at 20, but a Hannah Thompson kill and a Butler ace gave the Vikings a 22-20 lead. Down 23-21, Bunn reeled off four straight points to take the 25-21 set win. It was the first time this season that Northern lost a set. Hoyle admitted he felt it was good for his team to experience it sooner than later. Hoyle also said he felt his team got distracted by the vocal crowd in attendance at Viking Gymnasium. “Against this team — or against any team — you can’t take your mind off what’s going on on the court, and they proved it when they took that set from us,” said Hoyle. “We got our minds on what was going on in the


Northern’s Rebecca Esquivel bump sets the ball towards the net during the second game of the Vikings’ 3-1 win over Bunn Thursday night. To view or purchase photos, visit us on the Web at stands and what people were saying and just took our mind off the ball, off the game.” There didn’t seem to be any more distractions in the third set, as Northern rebounded to win 25-15. They opened with a 6-1 run and never relinquished the lead. Bunn came within two at 13-11, but it was the closest they would get. The teams traded points and swapped the lead early in set four before Northern took the lead at 14-13 and didn’t give it back. More kills from But-

ler and Thompson put it at 19-16, and Northern held on for the 25-20 win. Hoyle said he felt a

Winning Tickets RALEIGH — These numbers were drawn Thursday by the North Carolina Lottery: Early Pick 3: 6-6-3 Late Pick 3: 8-6-6 Pick 4: 6-3-4-8 Cash 5: 33-12-1-6-22

few of his girls played their best game of the year Thursday. Ellington, Thompson and Butler had 11 kills apiece. Thompson had 14 service points, three aces and 13 digs. Butler added two blocks and 14 digs, and Ellington had 12 digs. Hoyle praised the play of setter Rebecca Esquivel, who had 41 assists. “She was just awesome,” he said. Esquivel also had eight digs, 10 service points, two aces and a kill. Katie Wilson (six kills, four service points, one ace, five digs, one block) and Rebekah Edwards (six kills, eight digs, five service points) also had a solid day for Nothern. Natalie Reavis had 13 digs, and Ashleigh Blackmon had nine digs. Contact the writer at RICHMOND, Va. — These numbers were drawn Thursday afternoon by the Virginia Lottery: Pick 3: 4-3-6 Pick 4: 9-6-9-3 Cash 5: 4-5-12-16-26 These numbers were drawn Thursday night: Pick 3: 2-4-2 Pick 4: 5-6-2-6 Cash 5: 1-17-31-33-34


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Last-place Pirates beat Phillies again

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Chicago’s Jayson Nix hits an RBI single during the third inning of Thursday’s game against Boston.

ChiSox jump on BoSox early in win White Sox 9, Red Sox 5 BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Nix drove in three runs and Chicago scored four runs in both the second and third innings, beating Boston 9-5 on Thursday night to avoid a four-game sweep. Chicago battered rookie Junichi Tazawa (2-3) for nine runs just five days after he pitched six scoreless innings in a 14-1 win over New York. Infielder Nick Green pitched two scoreless innings for Boston. John Danks (12-8) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings to improve to 3-0 in his last four starts and 5-1 in his last eight outings on the road. J.D. Drew hit two solo homers and Alex Gonzalez added one as the Red Sox hit more than one homer for the 11th time in 13 games. Chicago broke a four-game losing streak, snapped a tie for second place in the AL Central with Minnesota and moved four games behind first-place Detroit. Boston remained six games behind the Yankees in the AL East and dropped to 1 1/2 games ahead of Texas in the wild card. Rangers 7, Yankees 2 NEW YORK (AP) — Ian Kinsler homered twice and the Texas bullpen pitched shutout ball as the Rangers became the first visitors to win a series at Yankee Stadium since mid-June. Kinsler and Chris Davis both had three-run homers for Texas, which took two of three from the club with the best re-

cord in the majors. Jason Grilli (2-2), C.J. Wilson and Frank Francisco combined for 5 1-3 innings of two-hit relief. A.J. Burnett (10-8) lost despite striking out a season-high 12 in six innings. Texas’ Dustin Nippert was pulled after walking seven in 3 2-3 innings. Kinsler got Texas’ first hit, the three-run homer in the fourth, and connected for a solo homer in the eighth, giving him a career-high 28. Davis hit his threerun homer in the seventh off Phil Coke.

Indians 5, Orioles 4 BALTIMORE (AP) — Andy Marte hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth for Cleveland. Jim Johnson (3-5) got the first two outs in the ninth before allowing a single to Matt LaPorta. After going 3-0 on Marte, the No. 9 hitter in the lineup, Johnson worked the count full before Marte hit a liner that barely cleared the 7-foot wall in left field. It was his second home run in 69 at-bats this season. Rafael Perez (3-2) pitched 1 2-3 innings of one-hit relief and Kerry Wood got three outs for his 17th save. Grady Sizemore homered and Shin-Soo Choo had three hits for the Indians, who trailed 4-2 in the seventh. Cleveland has won 15 of 25 and is 22-16 since the All-Star break. Melvin Mora and Matt Wieters homered for the Orioles, now 44-3 when leading after eight innings.

BRAVES, from page 1B ered, hot-hitting Matt Diaz drove in two runs from the leadoff spot and Omar Infante reached base four times. Even Chipper Jones, mired in an extended slump, managed two hits. The last-place Padres were going for their first sweep since May, but they didn’t put up much of a fight in this one. Clayton Richard (3-1) was rocked for nine hits and six runs in 2 1-3 innings and the Padres offense returned to its anemic ways, pushing only one runner past second base after scoring 12 runs the previous night. Vazquez, who had allowed a total of nine runs in his two previous starts, completely stifled

the next-to-lowest-scoring team in the NL. He has allowed three runs or less in 19 of his 26 starts. Will Venable homered off Buddy Carlyle in the ninth to ruin Atlanta’s shutout bid. After an early evening storm delayed the first pitch 21 minutes, the Braves sent 10 batters to the plate their second time up. Vazquez, Diaz and Brian McCann had RBI singles, Martin Prado chipped in with a sacrifice fly and an error by Venable in right field allowed another run to score. Diaz finished off Richard in the third with another run-scoring hit that made it 6-0.

Pirates 3, Phillies 2 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Garrett Jones hit a tworun homer in the eighth inning against J.A. Happ, fellow rookie Andrew McCutchen also went deep and last-place Pittsburgh rallied for the second time in three nights to beat division-leading Philadelphia 3-2 on Thursday night. Charlie Morton shook off a rough first inning to limit the Phillies to two runs over six innings, Denny Bautista (1-0) pitched two shutout innings and Matt Capps earned his 24th save. Happ (10-3), who lost for the first time in four decisions, appeared to be cruising following McCutchen’s homer leading off the first. The left-hander allowed four hits over the next six innings. After pinch-hitter Ronny Cedeno singled to start the eighth, Happ got the next two batters on fly balls. Jones, who leads NL rookies with 15 homers, drove a 1-1 pitch to center to give the Pirates the lead. Dodgers 3, Rockies 2 DENVER (AP) — Vicente Padilla, waived by Texas earlier this month after angering the Rangers by throwing at hitters, had an impressive return to the National League. Padilla (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked one. Rafael Furcal hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth and Matt Kemp hit his career-high 19th homer as the Dodgers took two of three in Colorado and opened a four-game lead in the NL West over the wild-card leaders. Jonathan Broxton got the last four outs for his 28th save. The Rockies put runners on first and second with one out in

AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen heads home in front of Philadelphia pitcher J.A. Happ after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of Thursday’s game. the ninth before Broxton struck out Eric Young Jr. and Seth Smith. Jorge De La Rosa (12-9) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings for Colorado. He struck out seven and walked four.

Astros 4, Cardinals 3 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jeff Keppinger hit a tiebreaking homer with two outs in the ninth inning to help Houston avoid a threegame sweep. Jose Valverde (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the Astros, who won for the fifth time in their last 19 road games. They avoided a second three-game sweep in St. Louis this season. Matt Holliday homered for the NL Central-leading Cardinals, who lost for the fourth time in 19 games. The Astros tied it on Darin Erstad’s RBI double off Kyle McClellan (4-3) in the eighth, spoiling Chris Carpenter’s bid for

his 15th win. Keppinger’s fourth homer was his first in 116 at-bats since June 19.

Nationals 5, Cubs 4 CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer and Adam Dunn added a solo shot to lead Washington. Catcher Josh Bard made a superb defensive play to help the Nationals win a series at Wrigley Field for the first time since 2005. Aramis Ramirez homered, singled twice and drove in three runs but the Cubs still lost for the seventh time in 10 games. The Cubs have gone 6-15 since Aug. 5 to fall nine games behind St. Louis in the NL Central. J.D. Martin (3-3) outpitched Randy Wells (9-7) to win a matchup of 26-year-old rookie righthanders. Mike MacDougal got the final five outs for his 14th save.

Mets 10, Marlins 3 MIAMI (AP) — Tim Redding pitched 6 2-3 innings to give New York’s injury-ravaged staff a boost and snap a five-game skid. Redding (2-4), making his second start since July 2, allowed three runs — all on leadoff homers — and five hits. New York scored nine runs with two outs and tied a season high with 17 hits. Florida fielding lapses led to five runs. Fernando Tatis connected in the eighth to finish 6 for 13 in the series, and Angel Pagan also homered for the Mets. Daniel Murphy doubled twice and drove in three runs. Chris Coghlan led off the Marlins’ first with a home run and went deep again in the sixth. Dan Uggla hit his 23rd homer to start the seventh. Anibal Sanchez (2-5) lasted 3 2-3 innings for the Marlins, yielding four runs, two earned, and eight hits. Reds 8, Brewers 5 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Justin Lehr overcame a rocky start to pitch into the eighth inning and drew a key walk in Cincinnati’s five-run fifth as the Reds swept the three-game series. Lehr (3-1) struck out a career-high seven over 7 2-3 innings and Cincinnati matched its season-best winning streak at four. The Reds are 13-26 since the All-Star break. Lehr walked with two outs in the fifth to start Cincinnati’s comeback. Joey Votto homered, drove in two runs and scored twice. Prince Fielder hit a three-run homer in the first to give him 115 RBIs, tops in the majors, and Mike Cameron doubled in a run for Milwaukee. Dave Bush (3-5) allowed five runs and four hits over 4 2-3 innings.

PAULUS, from page 1B of anyone punching you in the mouth,” said McPherson, who led Syracuse to an 11-0-1 season and a No. 4 national ranking as a senior in 1987. “But I think it’s kind of like riding a bicycle — once you do it once and you get back on it, you go, ’OK, I remember this.’ Once he gets hit in the mouth, he’ll get used to that part. “I think he’ll have success,” McPherson said. “It’s hard to tell how quickly that success will come. It’s just a matter of how quickly he can knock off the dust and get back into the form he was in four years ago.” That form was special. As a senior running a potent spread offense at Christian Brothers Academy, located less than two miles from Marrone’s office, Paulus threw for 3,700 yards and 43 touchdowns in a 13-0 season. He finished his prep career with 11,763 yards and 152 touchdowns passing and was named 2004 Gatorade High School National Football Player of the Year. Heavily recruited in football, Paulus opted for basketball and became an Academic All-American and two-year team captain at Duke. Just days after his basketball career ended in the spring, Paulus received a call from the Green Bay Packers, worked out for them, and had contact with more than 20 college programs, including Michigan and Nebraska. In the end, Paulus found the best fit for his football revival was at home. After graduating from Duke in May with a degree in politi-

AP Photo/The Post-Standard, Frank Ordonez

Syracuse quarterback Greg Paulus smiles during football practice at the Carrier Dome Tuesday. cal science, he signed with Syracuse as a graduate student in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and began voluntary workouts with the football team. Because he graduated from Duke in four years and did not redshirt, Paulus was able to obtain a waiver from the NCAA, allowing him to play one season of football at a different school without sitting a year. One season is all he has, though, and there are many doubters who wonder if this is just a publicity stunt to fill those empty seats in the Carrier Dome that have become more numerous during the Orange’s plummet to the depths of college football’s top division. Syracuse went 10-37 the past four years under Greg Robinson and were 110th or worse in total offense each of those seasons. At least one doubter has been won over. “Do you put your eggs in a one-year basket? That’s one of the reasons I was a little skeptical, especially

for coach Marrone as a first-year guy,” McPherson said. “You want to come out of the gate as strong as you can. I was a cynic when he was signed and I was a cynic even during practice. I had all the questions. “But one day after practice in the tunnel on the way out of the dome I had two minutes with him and I’ve got to tell you — there’s something about him that instills confidence,” McPherson said. “Given who I am, the old guy hanging around, he had the respect and deference of a military guy, but he had this look in his eye, ’Give me a pointer, tell me something.’ He was just soaking everything up that he could get. “This kid’s got it. He’s got that leadership and that presence that makes you stand up and take notice. That’s what makes guys around you get better.” McPherson said Paulus has done things in practice that one would expect from a former point guard. “He looks guys off, he’s

comfortable in traffic,” McPherson said, adding that the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Paulus had demonstrated the necessary arm strength to make the difficult throws. “But the thing that you just don’t see at this level until the whistle blows at game time is speed and intensity. There are things that he probably got away with in high school that he won’t be able to get away with at this level. I think he’ll be fine. It’s just a matter of when that happens. It’s a lot of pieces to put together.” It has to happen quickly: The season opens at home against Minnesota in less than two weeks. “I understand that physicality is part of the game,” Paulus said Wednesday night after the final practice of preseason camp, admitting he had rarely been hit. “That’s the way it is. I’ve tried to do the best I could in a short amount of time to gain some weight and some muscle. I understand the challenges that lie ahead, and I’ve done the best I can to prepare for those.” So far, the experiment remains on track. “That guy improves every single day,” star senior defensive tackle Arthur Jones said. “It’s amazing just to see a guy that played basketball for four years and just jumps back in there. If I didn’t know anything (about him), I would have thought he played football for three or four years. To see him grow from the beginning of summer to now is unbelievable. He’s going to shock a lot of people.”



The Daily Dispatch

Friday, August 28, 2009

Robinson could lose numbers game with Panthers By MIKE CRANSTON AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE — Ryne Robinson reported to training camp determined to nail down three jobs with the Carolina Panthers: kickoff returner, punt returner and No. 4 receiver. Robinson is 0-for-3 as the preseason winds down, putting his spot on the 53-man regular-season roster in jeopardy. “I think everybody is out here to prove themselves, and I’m still one of those guys,” Robinson said this week. “I have to come out on a daily basis and show them I can still function and still play at full speed.”

The 2007 fourth-round pick hasn’t shown that since late in his rookie season, when the former Miami of Ohio star shook off a shaky start to show potential as a return man. He had a 34-yard punt return and a 42-yard kickoff return in a late-season game against Dallas. The 5-foot-9 Robinson even dreamed of following the path of teammate Steve Smith, who went from undersized return specialist to elite receiver. But then Robinson suffered two sprained ligaments in his left knee early in training camp last year. His recovery took longer than expected, and the

Panthers ran out of patience and put him on injured reserve Oct. 8. When the Panthers didn’t re-sign replacement Mark Jones, it gave Robinson a chance to get his jobs back this year. Instead he’s fallen behind younger and speedier competition. Fourth-round pick Mike Goodson has become the No. 1 kickoff returner. Seventh-round pick Captain Munnerlyn is the top punt returner. Second-year pro Kenny Moore has taken ownership of the No. 4 receiver job, and has also returned kicks. Robinson, who said he still experiences “some soreness” in his knee, didn’t help

his cause in last Saturday’s preseason game. With the Panthers trailing Miami 2017 late in the fourth quarter, he waved for a fair catch of a punt deep in Carolina’s territory. Robinson misjudged the ball, it hit the ground, bounced off his chest and was recovered by the Dolphins. Miami quickly scored a touchdown to put the game out of reach. “I fully take responsibility for that ball hitting the ground,” Robinson said. “It wasn’t supposed to touch the ground at all. I threw up the fair catch signal, and backed off of it at the last moment, because I wasn’t quite sure where it was going to land.”

The play overshadowed his 15-yard catch from Jake Delhomme on third down in the first quarter to keep a touchdown drive alive. “Some good, some bad,” coach John Fox said when asked to evaluate Robinson. “Each game you get a new opportunity. I thought offensively he did OK last week. Obviously in the kicking game one error was costly. Again, they play the game and you make mistakes. We’ll take another look at him this week.” Saturday’s home exhibition game against Baltimore could be crucial for Robinson. If he can’t pull ahead in the return game or at the receiver position, he could be


n Shenay Perry (24), United States, def. Lauren Embree, United States, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 6-4. n Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (12), Czech Republic, def. Heidi El Tabakh, Canada, 6-0, 6-0. n Marta Domachowska (32), Poland, def. Yulia Fedossova, France, 6-4, 6-1. n Laura Robson, Britain, def. Aniko Kapros, Hungary, 6-4, 7-5. n Anastasia Pivovarova, Russia, def. Sandra Zahlavova (4), Czech Republic, 7-6 (2), 7-5. n Eva Hrdinova, Czech Republic, def. Evgeniya Rodina, Russia, 7-6 (0), 6-2. n Bojana Jovanovski, Serbia, def. Ekaterina Bychkova (11), Russia, 6-3, 6-3. n Arantxa Parra Santonja (10), Spain, def. Maret Ani, Estonia, 6-1, 7-6 (4). n Pauline Parmentier (9), France, def. Neuza Silva, Portugal, 6-2, 6-1. n Carly Gullickson (25), United States, def. Zuzana Kucova, Slovakia, 7-6 (6), 6-2. n Klara Zakopalova (13), Czech Republic, def. Stephanie Cohen-Aloro, France, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3. n Vesna Manasieva (18), Russia, def. Rebecca Marino, Canada, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-1. n Ksenia Lykina, Russia, def. Olga Savchuk, Ukraine, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. n Chang Kai-chen, Taiwan, def. Sharon Fichman, Canada, 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-1. n Sofia Arvidsson, Sweden, def. Sesil Karatantcheva (22), Kazakhstan, 6-4, 7-5. n Petra Martic (29), Croatia, def. Kristie Ahn, United States, 6-1, 6-2. n Mariya Koryttseva (20), Ukraine, def. Eloisa Compostizo de Andres, Spain, 6-2, 6-1. n Anastasia Rodionova (30), Australia, def. Asia Muhammad, United States, 6-4, 6-4. n Julia Schruff (15), Germany, def. Melanie South, Britain, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. n Camille Pin (23), France, def. Katalin Marosi, Hungary, 7-6 (4), 6-2. n Elena Baltacha (2), Britain, def. Andrea Hlavackova, Czech Republic, 7-5, 6-0. n Anna Lapushchenkova, Russia, def.Lina Stanciute, Lithuania, 7-5, 1-6, 6-1. n Angela Haynes (27), United States, def. Elena Chalova, Russia, 6-4, 6-3. n Yvonne Meusburger (16), Austria, def. Zhang Shuai, China, 6-1, 6-3. n Valerie Tetreault, Canada, def. Karolina Sprem (14), Croatia, 6-4, 6-3.

Indianapolis at Toledo, 7 p.m. Lehigh Valley at Syracuse, 7 p.m. Pawtucket at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7:05 p.m. Columbus at Louisville, 7:05 p.m. Buffalo at Rochester, 7:05 p.m. Gwinnett at Charlotte, 7:15 p.m. Durham at Norfolk, 7:15 p.m.

Thursday’s Little League World Series Linescores

At South Williamsport, Pa. UNITED STATES Warner Robins, Ga. 010 900 — 10 11 1 Chula Vista, Calif. 005 231 — 11 14 3 Jones, Broughton (3), Jackson (5), Smith (5) and Sato, Stephens (5). Garcia, Armenta (4), Rios (4) and Porras, Jr., Peterson (4), Porras, Jr. W—Rios. L—Smith. HR—Ga., Smith; Calif., Godfrey, Ramirez, Garcia, Rios. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Philadelphia quarterbacks Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb joke on the sidelines in the second half of Thursday’s game.

EAGLES, from page 1B an Eagles team that has Super Bowl aspirations. It was Vick and only Vick who captured fans’ attention — whether he was on the field, on the sideline or sitting on the bench. Philadelphia coach Andy Reid didn’t wait long to use him. The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback jogged onto the field for the second play from scrimmage, lining up as a wide receiver, and got a hearty welcome from the notoriously tough Philly fans. “When I was running out onto the field I was listening to see what the reaction was going to be,” Vick said. “I was very pleased. I really didn’t expect that reaction, but I was very thankful.” So much for all those protesters and anti-Vick factions. He entered to a standing ovation from the crowd in a half-empty stadium. Later, some chanted “We want Vick!” after he left the game. He was on the field for six plays — all in the opening 18 minutes. The results were so-so. He completed all four of his passes for 19 yards, ran for 1 yard and lined up in the slot for one play. “I just want to help this football team win, whatever I have to do,” Vick said. “I just want to be able to make plays and say that I contributed. ... I want to sit back and learn as much as I can and polish my skills as a quarterback.” Vick acknowledged he’s still working on his fitness, saying he was at about 70 percent. “Once I get myself into tip-top shape, the sky’s the limit,” he said. “When I was younger I did it all. I can do it all now. Down the road, I’ll be back at the quarterback position full time. As of right now, I have to do what I can to win.” Vick hadn’t played in an NFL game since Dec. 31, 2006, with the Atlanta Falcons. He was released from federal custody July 20 after serving 18 months of a 23-month sentence for his role in running a dogfighting ring. He signed a one-year, $1.6 million contract with the Eagles, who hold a $5.2 million option for a second season. Though he showed little emotion at first, Vick loosened up as the game wore on and even flashed

an occasional smile. With Vick, the Eagles scored 3 points. Without him, they moved the ball far more efficiently. Donovan McNabb completed 21 of 36 passes for 244 yards and one touchdown. He also threw one interception and his fumble on a backward pass was returned 92 yards for a score by Brian Iwuh. Jaguars QB David Garrard was 8 for 14 for 93 yards and one interception while leading Jacksonville on one touchdown drive. Backup Todd Bouman also was 8 for 14 for 59 yards and one TD. After missing a few plays, Garrard returned and tossed a 3-yard pass to Nate Hughes, who fumbled at the 1 after a hard hit by Asante Samuel. Torry Holt picked up the ball and stepped into the end zone for a touchdown, giving Jacksonville a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter. Hughes sustained a concussion on the play and didn’t return. The Eagles finally got going once they went to a traditional offense without Vick. Following an interception by Samuel, McNabb drove Philadelphia 57 yards to the Jaguars 1. But rookie LeSean McCoy dropped McNabb’s backward pass, Iwuh picked it up and ran it back for a 14-3 lead. McNabb and the rest of the starters came out for the second half and put up 14 points. McCoy ran in from the 4 to cut it to 1713. McNabb later tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Marcus Mailei. Josh Scobee kicked a pair of 49-yard field goals for the Jaguars. Vick completed a 4-yard shovel pass to McCoy on his first play. He ran for 1 yard on his second play and was a decoy as a wideout on his third play. With McNabb standing on the sideline, Vick then completed a 13-yard pass to Hank Baskett to the Jaguars 11. Akers kicked a 31-yard field goal a few plays later. Kevin Kolb, playing his first game of the preseason after missing the first two with a knee injury, rallied the Eagles in the fourth quarter. He was 10 for 18 for 102 yards and one TD. The game finally ended after the Jaguars lateraled about a dozen times on the last play.

INTERNATIONAL Taoyuan, Taiwan 000 212 — 5 7 1 Willemstad, Curacao 000 002 — 2 4 3 Ou, Sung (6) and Kao. Hariquez, Americaan (6) and Monte, Lacrus (4). W—Ou. L—Hariquez. S—Sung. HR—Taiwan, Cheng.

LLWS Schedule

Friday, Aug. 28 Rain Day, no games scheduled

Saturday, Aug. 29 International Reynosa, Mexico vs. Taoyuan, Taiwan, Noon United States San Antonio vs. Chula Vista, Calif., 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30 Third Place At Volunteer Stadium U.S. runner-up vs. International runner-up, Noon World Championship At Lamade Stadium International champion vs. U.S. champion, 3:30 p.m.

TENNIS U.S Open Qualifying Results

Thursday, at The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York Surface: Hard-Outdoor Singles Men Second Round n Michael Berrer (10), Germany, def. Stephane Robert, France, 6-3, 6-2. n Blaz Kavcic (25), Slovenia, def. Im Kyu Tae, South Korea, 7-5, 7-6 (3). n Illya Marchenko, Ukraine, def. Daniel Brands (13), Germany, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. n Carsten Ball (27), Australia, def. Rik de Voest, South Africa, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (5). n Lukas Lacko (28), Slovakia, def. Yannick Mertens, Belgium, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2. n Marco Chiudinelli (32), Switzerland, def. Ruben Bemelmans, Belgium, 6-4, 6-4. n Tatsuma Ito, Japan, def. Lukasz Kubot (12), Poland, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. n Stefan Koubek (19), Austria, def. Daniel Silva, Brazil, 6-3, 6-4. n Horacio Zeballos (2), Argentina, def. Sergei Bubka, Ukraine, 6-3, 6-4. n Peter Polansky, Canada, def. Michael Russell (9), United States, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. n Somdev Devvarman, India, def. Igor Sijsling, Netherlands, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3. n Alejandro Falla (31), Colombia, def. Conor Niland, Ireland, 6-1, 6-1. n Jerzy Janowicz, Poland, def. Alexandre Sidorenko (26), France, 7-6 (5), 6-3. n Roko Karanusic (8), Croatia, def. Izak van der Merwe, South Africa, 6-3, 6-3. n Thomaz Bellucci (1), Brazil, def. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria, 6-4, 6-3. n Rui Machado (7), Portugal, def. Santiago Gonzalez, Mexico, 7-5, 6-4. n Alexander Peya, Austria, def. Dominik Meffert, Germany, 6-4, 7-5. n Juan Pablo Brzezicki, Argentina, def. Santiago Giraldo (11), Colombia, 6-4, 6-4. n Scoville Jenkins, United States, def. Michael McClune, United States, 6-3, 6-4 n Marsel Ilhan, Turkey, def. Sebastien de Chaunac (23), France, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5). n Michael Yani, United States, def. Raven Klaasen, South Africa, 1-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2. n Dieter Kindlmann, Germany, def. Tim Smyczek, United States, 6-2, 6-4. n Peter Luczak (3), Australia, def. Carlos Salamanca, Colombia, 7-6 (7), 6-2. n Michael Lammer, Switzerland, def. Inigo Cervantes-Huegun, Spain, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. n Julio Silva, Brazil, def. Victor Estrella, Dominican Republic, 6-3, 6-2. n Jesse Witten, United States, def. Stephane Bohli (21), Switzerland, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0. n Ricardo Mello, Brazil, def. Adrian Mannarino (4), France, 6-2, 6-3 n Josselin Ouanna (5), France, def. Julian Reister, Germany, 7-5, 7-5. n Donald Young, United States, def. Guillermo Olaso, Spain, 7-5, 6-2. n Mikhail Kukushkin, Kazakhstan, def. Harel Levy (18), Israel, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. n Lukas Rosol, Czech Republic, def. Luka Gregorc, Slovenia, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. n Giovanni Lapentti, Ecuador, def. Michael Venus, United States, 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-3. Women Second Round n Anna Tatishvili, Georgia, def. Katie O’Brien (3), Britain, 6-2, 6-4. n Monique Adamczak, Australia, def. Vitalia Diatchenko (17), Russia, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. n Angelique Kerber (5), Germany, def. Tetiana Luzhanska, Ukraine, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. n Chanelle Scheepers, South Africa, def. Lilia Osterloh, United States, 6-1, 6-2. n Mariana Duque Marino (31), Colombia, def. Ryoko Fuda, Japan, 7-5, 7-5. n Yurika Sema, Japan, def. Kimiko Date Krumm, Japan, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4. n Chan Yung-jan (6), Taiwan, def. Anna Floris, Italy, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (4), 7-5.

WNBA Standings

EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB Indiana 20 7 .741 — Atlanta 15 13 .536 5 1/2 Connecticut 14 13 .519 6 Detroit 13 14 .481 7 Chicago 13 15 .464 7 1/2 Washington 13 15 .464 7 1/2 New York 11 16 .407 9 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB Phoenix 18 9 .667 — Seattle 16 11 .593 2 Los Angeles 14 13 .519 4 Minnesota 11 16 .407 7 San Antonio 11 17 .393 7 1/2 Sacramento 9 19 .321 9 1/2 Wednesday’s Games No games scheduled Thursday’s Games Indiana 77, San Antonio 66 Detroit 87, Atlanta 83 Connecticut at Seattle, 10 p.m. Phoenix at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Friday’s Games Sacramento at Minnesota, 8 p.m. New York at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games Detroit at San Antonio, 3 p.m. Sacramento at Indiana, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Seattle, 10 p.m. Connecticut at Phoenix, 10 p.m. Sunday’s Games Chicago at New York, 4 p.m. Minnesota at Washington, 4 p.m. Connecticut at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.

MiLB International League Standings

North Division W L Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) 72 57 Syracuse (Nationals) 70 62 Rochester (Twins) 65 67 Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 64 68 Pawtucket (Red Sox) 56 75 Buffalo (Mets) 52 79

Pct. GB .558 — .530 3 1/2 .492 8 1/2 .485 9 1/2 .427 17 .397 21

South Division W L Durham (Rays) 75 58 Gwinnett (Braves) 75 58 Norfolk (Orioles) 67 64 Charlotte (White Sox) 63 69

Pct. GB .564 — .564 — .511 7 .477 11 1/2

West Division W L Louisville (Reds) 76 55 Toledo (Tigers) 67 65 Indianapolis (Pirates) 66 66 Columbus (Indians) 53 78

Pct. GB .580 — .508 9 1/2 .500 10 1/2 .405 23

Thursday’s Games Indianapolis 5, Toledo 3 Columbus 7, Louisville 2 Pawtucket 7, Buffalo 1 Lehigh Valley 11, Rochester 2 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2, Syracuse 1 Charlotte 6, Gwinnett 4 Durham 3, Norfolk 1 Friday’s Games

Saturday’s Games Columbus at Louisville, 6:15 p.m. Indianapolis at Toledo, 7 p.m. Lehigh Valley at Syracuse, 7 p.m. Pawtucket at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7:05 p.m. Gwinnett at Durham, 7:05 p.m. Buffalo at Rochester, 7:05 p.m. Charlotte at Norfolk, 7:15 p.m. Sunday’s Games Buffalo at Rochester, 1:35 p.m. Lehigh Valley at Syracuse, 5 p.m. Pawtucket at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 5:05 p.m. Gwinnett at Durham, 5:05 p.m. Indianapolis at Toledo, 6 p.m. Charlotte at Norfolk, 6:15 p.m. Columbus at Louisville, 6:15 p.m.

Carolina League Standings

Northern Division W L Wilmington (Royals) 39 20 Potomac (Nationals) 37 23 Frederick (Orioles) 28 32 x-Lynchburg (Pirates) 24 36

Southern Division W L x-Winston-Salem (White Sox) 28 30 Salem (Red Sox) 27 30 Kinston (Indians) 28 32 Myrtle Beach (Braves) 26 34 x-clinched first half

Pct. GB .661 — .617 2 1/2 .467 11 1/2 .400 15 1/2 Pct. GB .483 — .474 1/2 .467 1 .433 3

Thursday’s Games Kinston 5, Frederick 2 Wilmington 7, Lynchburg 2 Potomac 5, Myrtle Beach 3 Winston-Salem at Salem, 7:07 p.m. Friday’s Games Myrtle Beach at Frederick, 6 p.m. Potomac at Kinston, 7 p.m. Lynchburg at Winston-Salem, 7 p.m. Wilmington at Salem, 7:07 p.m. Saturday’s Games Wilmington at Salem, 6:07 p.m. Myrtle Beach at Frederick, 7 p.m. Potomac at Kinston, 7 p.m. Lynchburg at Winston-Salem, 7 p.m. Sunday’s Games Myrtle Beach at Frederick, 2 p.m. Potomac at Kinston, 2 p.m. Lynchburg at Winston-Salem, 5 p.m. Wilmington at Salem, 6:07 p.m.

MLB National League Standings Philadelphia Atlanta Florida New York Washington

East Division W L Pct GB 73 52 .584 — 67 60 .528 7 67 60 .528 7 58 70 .453 16 1/2 46 82 .359 28 1/2

St. Louis Chicago Houston Milwaukee Cincinnati Pittsburgh

Central Division W L Pct GB 74 55 .574 — 63 62 .504 9 62 65 .488 11 61 66 .480 12 55 71 .437 17 1/2 53 72 .424 19

Los Angeles Colorado San Francisco Arizona San Diego

West Division W L Pct GB 76 52 .594 — 72 56 .563 4 69 58 .543 6 1/2 55 72 .433 20 1/2 54 75 .419 22 1/2

Wednesday’s Games Philadelphia 4, Pittsburgh 1, 10 innings Florida 5, N.Y. Mets 3 San Diego 12, Atlanta 5 Cincinnati 4, Milwaukee 3, 10 innings Chicago Cubs 9, Washington 4 St. Louis 3, Houston 2 L.A. Dodgers 6, Colorado 1 San Francisco 4, Arizona 3 Friday’s Games N.Y. Mets (Misch 0-1) at Chicago Cubs (Lilly 9-8), 2:20 p.m. Atlanta (Hanson 9-2) at Philadelphia (P.Martinez 2-0), 7:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Billingsley 12-7) at Cincinnati (H.Bailey 3-4), 7:10 p.m. San Diego (Correia 8-10) at Florida (Volstad 9-10), 7:10 p.m. Pittsburgh (Duke 10-11) at Milwaukee (M.Parra 8-10), 8:05 p.m. Washington (Lannan 8-9) at St. Louis (Smoltz 1-0), 8:15 p.m. Houston (Bazardo 0-0) at Arizona (Scherzer 7-8), 9:40 p.m. Colorado (Jimenez 12-9) at San Francisco (Lincecum 12-4), 10:15 p.m. Saturday’s Games L.A. Dodgers at Cincinnati, 4:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Chicago Cubs, 4:10 p.m. San Diego at Florida, 6:10 p.m. Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m. Washington at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m. Houston at Arizona, 8:10 p.m. Colorado at San Francisco, 9:05 p.m.

American League Standings New York Boston

East Division W L Pct GB 79 48 .622 — 73 54 .575 6

one of 27 players on the roster to lose their jobs Sept. 5. The Panthers could keep two kickers and two fullbacks, squeezing other positions. “I’m not reading too much into it,” Robinson insisted. “I’m going to keep playing hard and keep doing what I do. Catching the ball, trying to catch it clean and getting upfield. and not worrying about everybody else, what they’re doing. It’s about me right now.” Robinson acknowledged as a rookie he was “secondguessing himself” earlier in the season. He eventually regained the form that allowed him to amass 1,677 punt return yards in college. Tampa Bay Toronto Baltimore

69 57 .548 9 1/2 58 67 .464 20 52 76 .406 27 1/2

Detroit Chicago Minnesota Cleveland Kansas City

Central Division W L Pct GB 67 59 .532 — 64 64 .500 4 63 64 .496 4 1/2 57 70 .449 10 1/2 48 78 .381 19

Los Angeles Texas Seattle Oakland

West Division W L Pct GB 75 50 .600 — 71 55 .563 4 1/2 66 61 .520 10 55 71 .437 20 1/2

Wednesday’s Games Cleveland 4, Kansas City 2 L.A. Angels 4, Detroit 2 N.Y. Yankees 9, Texas 2 Toronto 3, Tampa Bay 2 Boston 3, Chicago White Sox 2 Baltimore 5, Minnesota 1 Seattle 5, Oakland 3 Friday’s Games Chicago White Sox (Buehrle 11-7) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 15-7), 7:05 p.m. Cleveland (Carmona 3-8) at Baltimore (Berken 3-11), 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (Garza 7-8) at Detroit (Porcello 10-8), 7:05 p.m. Toronto (Richmond 6-7) at Boston (Beckett 14-5), 7:10 p.m. Texas (Tom.Hunter 6-2) at Minnesota (Duensing 1-1), 8:10 p.m. Oakland (Tomko 3-2) at L.A. Angels (T.Bell 1-1), 10:05 p.m. Kansas City (Bannister 7-10) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 12-5), 10:10 p.m. Saturday’s Games Chicago White Sox at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Detroit, 4:10 p.m. Cleveland at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Texas at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m. Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Oakland at L.A. Angels, 9:05 p.m. Kansas City at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

TRANSACTIONS Thursday’s Sports Transactions By The Associated Press BASEBALL n Major League Baseball MLB—Suspended minor league OF Nicholas Francis (Kansas City) for 50 games after a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse. n American League BOSTON RED SOX—Added LHP Billy Wagner to the roster. Released RHP Brad Penny. TEXAS RANGERS—Purchased the contract of RHP Pedro Strop from Oklahoma City (PCL). Designated RHP Jason Jennings for assignment. n National League ATLANTA BRAVES—Recalled RHP Buddy Carlyle from Gwinnett (IL). Optioned RHP Manny Acosta to Gwinnett. LOS ANGELES DODGERS—Purchased his contract of RHP Vicente Padilla from Albuquerque (PCL). Optioned INF Tony Abreu to Albuquerque. Transferred RHP Jason Schmidt to the 60-day DL. MILWAUKEE BREWERS—Activated RHP Dave Bush from the 15-day DL. Optioned RHP Mike Burns to Nashville (PCL). BASKETBALL n National Basketball Association MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES—Signed F Trey Gilder. FOOTBALL n National Football League DETROIT LIONS—Released RB Allen Ervin. MINNESOTA VIKINGS—Waived WR Glenn Holt. NEW YORK JETS—Signed RB Anthony Kimble. n United Football League NEW YORK SENTINELS—Signed DE Simeon Rice. HOCKEY n American Hockey League HARTFORD WOLF PACK—Signed G Ryan Munce. SPRINGFIELD FALCONS—Signed F Kip Brennan. n ECHL ECHL—Named Ryan Crelin director of business operations. KALAMAZOO WINGS—Agreed to terms with F Darryl Lloyd and D Jeremy Swanson. JOHNSTOWN CHIEFS—Signed F Erik Felde. LACROSSE n National Lacrosse League MINNESOTA SWARM—Named Aime Caines and Joe Sullivan assistant coaches. COLLEGE GOUCHER—Named Andrew Marshall men’s assistant soccer coach, Caitlin Colfer women’s assistant soccer coach, Whitney Raffo and Syed Hosain assistant field hockey coaches and Mitchell Weisbrot assistant cross country coach. MANHATTAN—Named Marianna Capomolla women’s assistant volleyball coach. NYU—Named Todd Kolean men’s and women’s assistant swimming and diving coach, Michael Schamis women’s assistant volleyball coach, Houssein Choucair women’s assistant basketball coach, Vinnie Russo assistant wrestling coach and Michael Bonacuso men’s assistant soccer coach. NORTHERN ARIZONA—Named Quintin Grogan men’s assistant basketball coach. PENNSYLVANIA—Named Chris Wojcik and Brian Dougherty men’s assistant lacrosse coaches. UCLA—Named Forest Braden, Johnny Gray and LaMonte Vaughn assistant track and field coaches.

















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HOROSCOPES ARIES (March 21-April 19). Most will honor your requests, try to accommodate your needs and be receptive to your wishes. Most, not all. The one or two wild cards in your life will challenge your ability to keep your cool. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’ll be invited to see what you’ve never seen before. New experiences will refresh you, so don’t let your stellar work ethic stand in the way of this one. The work will still be there waiting for you when you return. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Even though you’re a talented conversationalist, you’ll still be stymied by the characters you meet. They don’t exactly make it easy to socialize. But true to form, you’ll find your way to common ground. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You don’t want to be too forward with a new friend; however, you should know that this person likes you immensely already. It’s safe to reveal slightly more of your personal life for the sake of bonding. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Though the glamorous life does suit you, there are times when all of the rules and social dynamics get exhausting. Stick by those friends who are easygoing and unlikely to assess the correctness of your every move. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Loved ones will make an effort to please you, although they are not likely to do so without asking exactly how. You will be doing everyone a favor by giving specific instructions.





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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When you have too many choices, you can become frustrated and feel lost. Narrow down the field and your old confidence returns. Even if you don’t know exactly what to do, you feel capable of doing anything. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You’re special now. You’ll get perks and privileges and luck into fantastic situations. The best part is you don’t let it go to your head, which is what allows this trend to continue. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’re the consummate egalitarian. You understand that there are no small jobs. You see how each person contributes in an essential way. You have just the right perspective to lead a group. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’re strong and so are your opinions. You could write a brilliant essay or a compelling memoir and that would be a far better option than sharing what you’re thinking at the dinner table. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Email is a dangerous tool when you’re loaded up with emotion. It’s too easy to press “send” before you’ve had a chance to process your feelings. Avoid the medium altogether if you can. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). When it’s difficult to move past a less-than-optimal circumstance, it will be helpful to get your gripes out in a notebook, then get on with looking for what’s positive about the situation.











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improvements thereon) located in Vance County, North Carolina and described as follows: All that certain lot or parcel of land situated in the Vance County, North Carolina and more particularly described as follows: BEGIN at an existing iron pin on the edge of a 50 ft. private road, said beginning point being located South 69 deg. 04’ West 227.66 feet from an iron pin on the edge of the right of way of State Road 1303; said existing iron pin being further located North 09 deg. 38’ 43” West 1108.54 feet and North 11 deg. 01’ West 50.76 feet from the center of the intersection of State Road 1303 and State Road 1308; from said beginning point run thence along the 50 feet private road South 69 deg. 01’ 59” West 361.84 feet to an iron pin; continuing North 82 deg. 23’ 51” West 325.67 feet to an iron pin; continue thence North 82 deg. 30’ 08” West 19.44 feet to an iron pin; run thence North 07 deg. 36’ 11” East 172.80 feet to an iron pin in the line of Mrs. E. W. Green; run thence along Green line South 82 deg. 25’ 18” East 662.89 feet to an existing iron pin, the place of the beginning. The same containing 2.00 acres as per survey

for Carolyn S. Parham & husband, Bobby P. Parham, made by Luther E. Stegall, RLS, dated November 6, 1993. Also conveyed herein is the right of ingress and egress over that certain 50 ft. road that leads from State Road 1303 to the property herein conveyed as shown on the plat above referred to. The sale shall be made subject to all prior liens, restrictions and easements of record, as well as unpaid taxes and assessments, if any. The property to be sold hereunder is not being sold subject to or together with any subordinate rights or interests. That an order of possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 4521.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to the rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. The notice shall also state that upon termination of rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under

the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. The record owners of the above-described real property as reflected on the records of the Vance County Registry not more than ten (10) days prior to the posting of this Notice are Alton Randolph Brame. Pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 45-21.10(b) and the terms of the Deed of Trust, any successful bidder may be required to deposit with the Substitute Trustee, immediately upon conclusion fo the sale, a cash deposit not to exceed the greater of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00). If the successful bidder fails to make the required deposit, the property may be immediately reoffered for sale. Any successful bidder shall be required to tender the full balance of the purchase price so bid in cash or by certified check at the time the Substitute Trustee tenders to him a deed for the property or attempts to tender such deed, and should said successful bidder fail to pay the full balance of the purchase price so bid at that time, he shall remain liable on his bid as provided by N.C.G.S. § 45-21.30. This sale shall be held open ten (10) days

for upset bids as required by law. This the 5th day of August, 2009.

in a residential zoning district, located on Parker Street, 0.66+ acres, (Vance County Tax Map 0055, Block 04, Lot 001, 002, 033), R8M Zoning District (ETJ). •Public Hearing: (Case 21-09) Request for a special use permit by Hitesh Amin to allow a motel to be established at 200 Parham Road, 5.92+ acres, (Vance County Tax Map 0037, Block 01, Lot 003), B2A Zoning District (City). Interested persons presenting arguments both for and against the above cases are urged to attend as significant changes may result due to the decisions of the Board.

In the Matter of the Foreclosure of a Deed of Trust Executed and Given by Alton Randolph Brame, Grantor, Dated December 11, 1997 and Recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Vance County, North Carolina in Book 808, Page 221; James T. Newman, Jr. Substitute Trustee. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Under and by virtue of the power and authority contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed and given Alton Randolph Brame, Grantor, Dated December 11, 1997 and Recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Vance County, North Carolina in Book 808, Page 221, and because of default in the failure of Grantor to carry out or perform the stipulations and agreements therein contained, and pursuant to demand of the owner and holder of the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, and pursuant to Order of the Clerk of Superior Court of Vance County, North Carolina entered in the above-captioned foreclosure proceeding, the undersigned, James T. Newman, Jr., Substitute Trustee, will expose for sale at public auction on the 10th day of September, 2009 at 11:00 o’clock at the Vance County Courthouse in Henderson, North Carolina, that certain lot of real property (including any

Substitute Trustee James T. Newman, Jr. Newman & Newman, Attorneys at Law, PLLC 304 East Jones Street Raleigh, North Carolina 27601 Telephone: (919) 833-8686 Facsimile: (919) 833-8787 NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Henderson Zoning Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 134 Rose Avenue. Business to be discussed as follows: New Business •Public Hearing: (Case 19-09) Request for a special use permit by TCG Henderson LLC, Ross/Deckard Architects, Agent to allow apartments and a community office building, located at the intersection of Young Avenue and High Street, 8.635+ acres, (Vance County Tax Map 0008, Block 01, Lot 021), R8 Zoning District (City). •Public Hearing: (Case 20-09) Request for a special use permit by Tony Hirst to allow a church to be established

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2 BR 1 BA $450/Mo Prvious rental ref required Call Currin Real Estate 252-492-7735

3BR house in move-in condition in good safe Oxford neighborhood. Ref. & dep. req’d. 919-693-3222.

2BR, 2BA apt. $550/ mo. 1BR apt. $375/mo. 2BR MH $300/mo. Ref. & dep. 252-438-3738

RENT-TO-OWN. 6BR, 2BA. Needs TLC. $1000 down, $525/mo. 602 Rowland St. 252-430-3777.

Apartment For Rent * Apartments/Homes * 1 to 3BR. $325 to $995/mo. 252-492-8777. W W Properties

3BR, 1BA. Townsville. Stove & fridge. $575/ mo. 252-430-6924 or 919-749-3720. FOR RENT 3BR in Gillburg Community $425 252-767-7214

Apartments/Houses Wester Realty 252-438-8701 Modern 3BR, 2BA duplex on quiet street. $800/mo. Owner/RE broker. Call Alan 252-204-9035.

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Homes For Sale Homes & MHs. Lease option to owner finance. As low as $47,900. $2000 dn. $495/mo. 2, 3 & 4BR. 252-492-8777 Investment Rental Home small, re-modeled 2br Always rented; $59,990 Franklinton US -#1 Owner: 919-693-8984

For Sale Manufactured Land 2 Acres, only $13,990 Manufactured Close to Kerr Lake Homes For Homes For Manufactured OK Rent 919-693-8984; Sale Pics: 3BR, 2BA SW in 4 unit park in Kittrell. $500/ mo incl. lot rent. $500 sec. dep. 252-430-9596

4BR DW on Ross Ave. Private lot. $500/mo. $500 dep. No pets. 252432-4419. Mobile Homes for Rent. SWs & DWs. Call 252492-6646 for info & appointment. 8:305:30pm

Business Property For Rent 14,000 sq. ft. warehouse w/offices, bathrooms, alarm, sprinkler, 17ft. ceilings. $1050/ mo. 252-213-0537.


Beauty salon, offices, retail, whse/dist $300 & up. Call us for a deal! 252-492-8777.

Homes For Sale *** HUD HOMES *** 4BA, 2BA. Only $23,900! For Listings 800-749-8106 Ext 1775 803 Eastside Dr. Newly remodeled 3BR, 1.5BA brick. Laundry room, kitchen & dining area. New heat & A/C. All hardwood & ceramic tile floors. $79,500. 252492-6375.

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Owner Financing 1985 SW 3BR,2BA $10,000. $500 down pymt $139.06+tax+ins On rented lot Call Currin Real Estate 252-492-7735 2 like new SWs 14x76. Cash only! I also buy SWs. Bobby Faulkner 252-438-8758 or 252-432-2035 Custom ordered DW. Built with wrong color carpet. Discounted $8000. 919-570-6166

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Manufactured Homes For Sale New E-House Energy Saver Plus Construction Coming Soon Oakwood Homes Of Henderson on Norlina Rd. One Home-Three Different Floor Plan Options 252-492-5018

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$500! Police Impounds! Hondas, Toyotas & More! For Listings, 800749-8104, Ext. K276.

Motorcycles For Sale 1992 Seadoo jet ski

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1992 Chevrolet Caprice stationwagon. Very clean. 60K mi. 1 owner. Garage kept. $2500. 252-432-3918. 2000 Honda Accord. Only $1000. Priced to Sell! For Listings, 800749-8104, Ext. 7042.

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New York Shopping September 19, November 14, November 21, December 12

Atlantic City Redeye September 12, October 10

Charles Town August 30, November 29

DEBT RELIEF Donald D. Pergerson Brandi L. Richardson Attorney’s at Law



September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5

Mack Turner 252-492-4957 • Mark Turner 919-426-1077

235 Dabney Drive • Henderson, NC

Dale’s Handyman Service

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Advantage Ford Lincoln Mercury Open to Serve You 24/7 @


AdvAntAge for clunkers ADVANTAGE FLM is GiViNG up To $4500 For Your CLuNkEr! The government programming may be over, but Advantage FLM is still Paying Top $$$ for Clunkers

TE A L O O T It’s NOT in your to trade R! CLUNKE

09 SD F-250 4 x 4 Crew Cab Diesel #H9032

09 Escape #H8015 $274 mo

$549 mo





$42,999 or


09 F-150 Supercrew #H9022

10 MKZ was





* Must Finance with Ford *

*0.00% @ 36 mos

$389 mo



$34,800 or

0.00% @ 36 mos

09 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer #H8016

10 Edge #I6001

$449 mo

$34, 860



$449 mo

$379 mo


$20,974 or

*0.00% @ 60 mos

*1.9% @ 60 mos




$30,499 or


*2.9% @ 60 mos


$34,999 or

*1.9% @ 60 mos

The Nicest Pre-Owned Cars, Trucks, & SUVs Found Anywhere… 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis ���������������������������������� $6,995 #H7011A mmAculAte condition - one owner

2006 FOrd FOcus �������������������������������������� $10,995

/ $159 mo

2008 nissan Versa ���������������������������������� $13,995

/ $199 mo

#H7001c excellent condition


2006 Mercury Milan ������������������������������� $13,995

/ $199 mo


2006 FOrd escaPe ������������������������������������ $16,995

/ $248 mo

2009 FOrd FOcus �������������������������������������� $17,995

/ $263 mo

2009 FOrd FusiOn ������������������������������������ $17,995

/ $263 mo

2005 jaGuar s-tyPe r ����������������������������� $19,995

/ $292 mo


#6335F custom wheels, Ground effects, tinted windows, Power locks/windows, cd, Sporty, must See!

#6364F navigation

extra clean!

2007 FOrd exPlOrer xlt ������������������������

$19,995 / $292 mo

2006 FOrd F-150 ��������������������������������������� $21,995

/ $324 mo

2007 nissan FrOntier ����������������������������� $21,995

/ $324 mo

2008 FOrd escaPe 4x4���������������������������� $22,995

/ $338 mo

2009 Grand Marquis ls ������������������������� $22,995

/ $338 mo

2005 FOrd F-150 �������������������������������������� $23,995

/ $352 mo

2005 FOrd exPlOrer������������������������������� $23,995

/ $349 mo

2007 MustanG Gt ������������������������������������ $23,995

/ $349 mo

2008 hOnda accOrd�������������������������������� $24,995

/ $364 mo

2009 lincOln Mks ����������������������������������� $39,995

/ $559 mo

#6349, Supercab 4 x 4 #H9018A 4X4

#H8017du, low miles! 11,000 miles #6368F, only 8,000 miles #6350F, Supercrew 4 x 4

#6381F 4wd Xlt Sharp!

#6379F only 14,000 miles #16004du

#H6015du 13,000 miles, Awd, navigation, loaded

#6394F 3rd row Seat

Orlando Marrow

Ted Holloman



Michael Branch, Sr.

Charles Turrentine, Jr.

Bobby Scott

1675 DABNEY DRIVE • I-85 EXIT 213 HENDERSON, NC 27536 252-492-5011 Toll Free 888-999-9044

W.A.C. 20% DoWn on TrADe equiTy, plus TAx, TAgs AnD fees. pAymenTs Are bAseD on A Term of 72 monThs. DisCounTs inCluDe All fACTory rebATes & inCenTives AnD require fmCC finAnCing & ApprovAl.

The Daily Dispatch - Friday, August 28, 2009  

Newspaper covering Vance, Granville and Warren counties in North Carolina.

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