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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration will ask a federal judge to allow the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law on gays in the military to continue in force pending an appeal of her order to end it, a lawyer in the case and a person in the government familiar with the discussions said Thursday. Lawyer Dan Woods said his client, Log Cabin Republicans, which won the ruling on Tuesday, has been notified that the Justice Department

Rescue brings global respect to Chile

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (AP) – Chile’s 33 rescued miners posed with the president and were poked by doctors on Thursday, itching to reunite with families and sleep in their own beds for the first time since a cave-in nearly killed them on Aug. 5. Relatives were organizing welcome-home parties and trying to hold off an onslaught of demands by those seeking to share in the glory of the amazing rescue that entranced people around the world and set off horn-blowing celebrations across this South American nation. President Sebastian Pinera posed with the miners, most of whom were wearing bathrobes and slippers, for a group photo, and then celebrated the rescue as an achievement that will bring Chile a new level of respect around the world. The miners and the country will never be the same, Pinera said. “They have experienced a new life, a rebirth,” he said, and so has Chile: “We aren’t the same that we were before the collapse

“will appeal and seek a stay later today.” That word was confirmed by the person in the government knowledgeable about the administration’s discussions. The law bans gay or lesbian Americans from serving openly in the military. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips in Riverside, Calif., ordered the military to immediately suspend and discontinue any investigation or other proceeding to dismiss gay service members under the law.

The government source said the delay in responding to the judge’s order resulted because the Obama White House weighed in on the Justice Department’s handling of the case. This person, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the administration’s internal deliberations, said a couple of White House lawyers did not want to seek a court order that would temporarily suspend the judge’s ruling.

Trade deficit widens to $46.3 billion WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit widened sharply in August, reflecting a surge in imports of consumer products as businesses restocked their shelves in hopes of a pickup in consumer demand. The Commerce Department said Thursday the deficit in

August increased 8.8 percent to $46.3 billion. Exports edged up a slight 0.2 percent but this increase was swamped by a 2.1 percent jump in imports. So far this year, the trade deficit is running at an annual rate of $502.5 billion, up 34 percent from the $374.9 billion deficit for all of 2009.

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Chile’s Mining Minister Laurence Golborne (center, left) is embraced by a relative of rescued miner Dario Segovia as he leaves the San Jose mine area near Copiapo, Chile, Thursday. on Aug. 5. Today Chile is a country much more unified, stronger and much more respected and loved in the entire world.” The billionaire businessmanturned-politician also promised “radical” changes and tougher safety laws to improve how businesses treat their workers.

“Never again in our country will we permit people to work in conditions so unsafe and inhuman as they worked in the San Jose Mine, and in many other places in our country,” said Pinera, who took office in March as Chile’s first elected right-wing president in a half-century.

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Health care overhaul lawsuit gets green light

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – A federal judge ruled Thursday that parts of a lawsuit by 20 states seeking to void the Obama administration’s health care overhaul can go to trial, saying he wants hear additional arguments from both sides over whether the law is unconstitutional. In a written ruling, U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson said it needs to be decided whether the plan violates the Constitution by requiring individuals to have health insurance or be penalized through taxes and by overburdening the states by expanding their Medicaid programs. Another federal judge in Michigan threw out a similar lawsuit last week. Vinson set a hearing for Dec. 16. The lawsuits will likely wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court. Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum issued a statement praising the ruling as a victory. “It is the first step to having the individual mandate declared unconstitutional and upholding state sovereignty in our federal system,” McCollum said. He filed the lawsuit just minutes after President Barack Obama signed the 10-year, $938 billion health care bill into law in March. He chose a court in Pensacola, one of Florida’s most conservative cities.

Judge overrules terror suspect on evidence DETROIT (AP) – A lawyer advising a Nigerian man who is accused of trying to use explosives in his underwear to blow up an international flight will get access to the evidence, a judge ruled Thursday over the defendant’s objections. The 15-minute hearing was the first since Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab sacked his four-lawyer defense team last month and said he wanted to represent himself on charges stemming from the attempted Christmas Day attack. He said it wasn’t necessary for his standby counsel, Anthony Chambers, to look at the evidence. U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds disagreed and ordered prosecutors to share it. “I’m overriding you on this.

... You don’t have legal training,” Edmunds said. “You don’t know the rules of evidence, the rules of criminal procedure.” Chambers, who was appointed only to advise Abdulmutallab, needs to see the evidence to answer any questions, the judge said. Abdulmutallab, 24, had suggested at a hearing last month that he wanted to plead guilty to some charges. There were no such remarks this time. “We’re taking a fresh look at the case,” Chambers said after the hearing. Abdulmutallab is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253, which was headed from Amsterdam to Detroit.

Police: NC girl last seen alive in September CHARLOTTE (AP) – A missing 10-year-old may have been alive when her family moved to a new home in North Carolina in mid-September, police said Thursday. Investigators are having trouble finding anyone outside Zahra Clare Baker’s household in Hickory who has seen the girl alive in recent months. Police say the girl, who used hearing aids and a prosthetic leg because of bone cancer, has been killed. She was reported missing over the weekend by her father and stepmother, but police do not believe their story

about the last time they saw her in her bed. Zahra’s stepmother, Elisa Baker, is jailed, accused of trying to throw off investigators with a fake ransom note. She also faces charged unrelated to the case. Investigators drained a pond and used a dog to sniff through piles of mulch and tree-trimming equipment, but they have not yet found her body. Elisa Baker showed little emotion Wednesday as she faced a judge over an obstruction charge that could bring her up to 30 months in prison if convicted.

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Anthony Chambers, standby counsel to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, talks to members of the media in Detroit Thursday.

Soldiers testify in Fort Hood shooting trial FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) – Unarmed soldiers caught up in a deadly shooting rampage as they were preparing to deploy from Fort Hood reacted as though they had already reached a combat zone, playing dead to avoid direct gunfire and refusing to leave their fallen comrades behind. “I laid back down on the ground and played dead,” Spc. Alan Carroll told a military court Thursday. “I tried to get up again and was shot again in the leg. I was holding my breath, trying not to move. ... If I was moving, I thought he would come to me.” Carroll, who was shot several times in the Nov. 5 attack, testified

at the hearing via video link from Kandahar, Afghanistan. The hearing will determine if Maj. Nidal Hasan, who has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder, should stand trial. Prosecutors have not said whether they will seek the death penalty if the case goes to trial. Staff Sgt Paul Martin said he also threw himself to the ground and played dead, while Spc. Grant Moxon told the court he played dead too – by lying across his squadron leader in hopes of protecting the already wounded man from the onslaught of bullets.

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Buyers get first look at new antique venue T

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here’s a whole new way to buy antiques in High Point beginning with this High Point Market. And as big as the market itself, there will be a grand-opening kick-off gala tonight (Friday) to introduce the new venue to buyers from all over the city.

Officially named The Antique and Design Center of High Point, the building is located at 229 W. Russell Ave. There are 55 exhibitors in all, 37 of which are new to the High Point Market. Another dozen of the vendors have not shown in High Point for as many as five markets. Specializing in exquisite antiques, original works of art, handcrafted and repurposed objects and one-of-a-kind “finds,” exhibitors spaces will change throughout Market week as pieces are sold and replaced each day.

The gala kickoff tonight benefits Triad Health Project, a nonprofit agency serving the needs of families and individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. There will be a silent auction event running from today until 2 p.m. Oct 20. Even though the center opens at 9 a.m. today, the gala benefit will be held from 5 to 7 tonight. All Marketgoers and supporters of Triad Health Project are invited to attend.

Bathrooms can be beautiful and functional

Not to forget that the bathroom can be a place of serenity and beauty, North Carolina-based artisan Edward Racicot has been working on new products to complement his existing lines. The company, Vermont Art Sinks, now will offer pendant lights to complement their custom bathroom sinks. “These pendant lights offer our clients a distinct way to accent our sinks in their homes,” comments company founder and artist Ed Racicot. “They color coordinate with our sink line, offering our clients another integrated design choice. Since the lamps are not opaque, they shine light only in a downwards direction. This directional light is focused on the item below it, presumably, one of our bathroom sinks,” Racicot adds.

Vermont Art Sinks LLC custom makes bathroom sinks, lotion pumps, soap dishes, wall tiles and now pendant lamps. All Vermont Art Sinks products are made in the USA, all with some percentage of recycled product content. Be sure to see this beautiful display for the bath at Suites at Market Square, M-3011.

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Technology never ceases to amaze me. During market, technological advances have never been more prevalent than this fall in High Point. Showplace will be offering buyers a look at new services that will make their trip to market and their jobs, much easier if not more enjoyable!

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Multi-tenant Showplace is unveiling a new smart phone shopping app this market designed to maximize a buyer’s time. In the beta testing stages this fall, buyers will be able to download the app to their Blackberry or Droid handsets. Once the app is running, when a product is found that more information is required, a buyer can snap a photo of the tag, bring up pricing, finishes, and availability of all items. Exhibitors participating in the beta test this market are American Leather, Copeland, Revco, Elements, Surya, Bramble & Co., and BKind3. “Our goal is to create a shopping experience for buyers that is unmatched anywhere else at Market,” says Lisa Shankle, general manager of Showplace properties. “We believe this technology, which will be rolled out throughout the building next spring, will be of tremendous benefit to the buyers who shop here, as well as our exhibitors.” “Everyone’s time has become so compressed at Market, and buyers are the most time-challenged of all because they have to cover millions of square feet of showrooms in just a few days,” says Eric Burg, president and chief executive of Applerock, one of the fastest-growing tradeshow companies in the nation. Buyers have much information to gather in order to be able to make the buying decisions they have to make. With longer days and thousands of products, it would be easy to see how information overload could set in. Burg adds that “Using this app, buyers will be able to collect a great deal of information quickly, share that information with other members of their merchandising teams if necessary, and contact salespeople with their order, or requests for further details about an item via email after they’ve left a showroom. This app is a premiere example of permission-based marketing, which is unquestionably the way we’re moving, and Showplace and its exhibitors are at the forefront.

Don’t let your smart phone rub you the wrong way On the subject of apps and the devices that they control, check out 220 Elm and one of their new exhibitors this market, Human Touch. The massage chair manufacturer is introducing HT-Connect. This revolutionary app, designed to wirelessly control Human Touch’s newest, state-of-the-art massage chair, the AcuTouch 9500, with any iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, to deliver a completely personalized massage and wellness experience. Human Touch has been making people feel better for more than 30 years by developing massage and wellness products, as well as by providing valuable consumer education about the substantial health and wellness benefits of regular massage therapy, relaxation, and proper posture. Stress relief, increased range of motion, pain relief, improved circulation and increased immunity are just some of the valuable health benefits associated with regular massage therapy. Space 302 at 220 Elm will give you the inside scoop on this incredible new technology.

Check out the local scene Since we have been talking about antiques today, let’s finish up with a tidbit on one of the most interesting places you can visit locally during market. South Main Antiques, located at 1312 S. Main St., is the oldest and largest antique store in High Point. With over 35 years in the business, Jerry and Becky Rodden of South Main Antiques really know their merchandise. Interesting stories and lots of information on obscure items seems to be a specialty of the business.

Once inside the shop, you will find advertising signs, estate jewelry, furniture, thousands of books, old fans, country antiques and lodge and cabin decor. The shop occupies numerous conjoined retail stores, each dating back to the early 1900s. With their tin ceilings and old weathered floors, the shop buildings themselves are as interesting to explore as the merchandise. Contact the shop by phone for extended Market hours by calling 336-689-4360.

Contact Ken Carpenter by phone at 336.847.7892 or email ken@ kennethcarpenter.com.


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Bob Timberlake releases painting titled ‘Grandfather Mountain’

EXINGTON – This year marks Bob Timberlake’s Fortieth Anniversary as a professional and world renowned artist. Most certainly he had little idea when, in 1970, he “traded in” a secure and comfortable career with the family business, that he would become one of the most respected and admired artist in the country.

With his exhibitions selling out everywhere from New York to Washington, D.C., to his home state of North Carolina, Timberlake has definitely made a name for himself. To commemorate this very special occasion, Timberlake has created a beautiful painting titled “Grandfather Mountain.” It is a fitting way to pay

tribute to a place and area he loves as well as to honor the memory of two of his very dear friends, Hugh Morton Sr., whose family owned the mountain, and his son Hugh Morton, Jr. Grandfather Mountain is located on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway and is one of the most recognizable places in the North Carolina

Mountains. The profile of the mountain is visible from Foscoe, located between Boone and Linville on N.C. 105. The mountain was named by pioneers who recognized the face of an old man in one of the cliffs. Bob Timberlake has captured the profile of the face of “Grandfather” in his newest release. If you are interested in

“Grandfather Mountain”, it will be available as a time-limited reproduction this fall with orders being taken now through Nov. 27. To order, contact The Bob Timberlake Gallery in Lexington at (800) 244-0095, Blowing Rock (828) 295-4855 or an authorized Timberlake Art Dealership (contact information available on line at www. bobtimberlake.com).


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Visitors will find hi-tech aids this market BY PAM HAYNES ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER

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Barbara Plott dusts off some of the accessories in her showroom, Added Oomph, at 500 N. Wrenn St. in preparation for the opening of the High Point Market.

IGH POINT - Organizers of the High Point Market say the biannual event will open Saturday morning with high hopes and some added technological features. The High Point Market Authority, the official sponsor of the furniture market, and several showrooms and companies have announced the launch of new social media and Internet features for laptops and mobile devices specifically designed for marketgoers. They range from mobile applications for Smart phones to the HPMA’s MyMarket tool, which can be used on a mobile phone or a computer to schedule appointments. But they all better the market in some way, said HPMA president Brian Casey. “There’s a number of efforts happening behind the scenes to modernize communication in the industry,” Casey said. “These are solid infrastructure investments we’ve been making. We’re really breaking the old mold.” Showplace, one of the largest multi-tenant buildings in the market district, is unveiling a Showplace Shopper application for smart phones. The application allows buyers to scan codes on items as they shop, which will transmit an

image of the item and more information about it to their phone. As for the usual business at furniture market, Casey said it’s too soon to predict how things might pan out. But he’s heard some promising stories from those involved. “We have been receiving some extremely positive feedback from representatives and exhibitors in the industry,” he said. “Part of this came out of the success of PreMarket.” Pre-Market is a behindthe-scenes event where select exhibitors invite major retailers to view products and make commitments about a month before the furniture market opens. According to the HPMA, there were 90 retail companies and 220 buyers that attended the event in the spring – the most in its recorded history. The spring furniture market also saw its first year-to-year increase with 77,705 in attendance since the numbers began being tracked in 2005. “This and coming out of a stronger summer period (for retailers) should lead to a strong October market,” Casey said. As of Wednesday, political figures planning appearances at the furniture market are U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Congressman Howard Coble, R-6th. phaynes@hpe.com | 888-3617

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EVERYDAY 4:30-6:30 p.m. – Market Square, Suites at Market Square, SALON: Wind down your day at one of our many afternoon receptions every day of market.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16 8-10 a.m. – Complimentary Buyers Breakfast. Atrium on Main, Ellington’s Bistro 8-10 a.m. – Complimentary Buyers Breakfast, Commerce & Design, C&D Bistro, 5th floor 8-10 a.m. – Currey & Co. Celebration, IHFC, M-110 Street level: Celebrate the first day of Market with us! French inspired food and cocktails will be served with live jazz piano in the afternoon. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. – Student Design Competition & Buyers Lounge, Suites At Market Square, Groovystuff G-1028: Student design competition entries and voting, massage therapist, Eric Moss performing ‘live art’ in the showroom, coffee bar, and happy hour daily. Sign up on Facebook to vote and be eligible to win a Warner Music Group prize package. 8:30-10 a.m. – Champagne Breakfast, 200 N. Hamilton, Courtyard 8:30-10 a.m. – Buyers Breakfast, Showplace, Atrium 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Complimentary Buyers Lunch, Atrium on Main, Ellington’s Bistro 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Refreshments & Lunch Buffet, 200 N. Hamilton, The Platt Collection, 218 South Court

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – Complimentary Buyers Lunch, NY Pizza, Hamilton Square, Courtyard Noon-2 p.m. – Complimentary Buyers Lunch, 220 ELM, Leif Petersen - 328; Jesper Office - 324; Linon - 202; Outer Limits - 311 1-6 p.m. – Adagio refreshments,Showplace, Suite 3329, Daily refreshments 3-5 p.m. – Furniture Classics Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, Showplace, Suite 4201 4-6 p.m. – Wine and hors d’oeuvres, 200 N. Hamilton, Chelsea House, 104 South Court 4-7 p.m. – Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, 200 Steele, Dorya Interiors, Suite 144 4-6 p.m. – Complimentary Wine & Cheese, Atrium on Main, Ellington’s Bistro 4-6 p.m. – C&D Afternoon Social, Commerce & Design, All Floors 4-7 p.m. – Football Tailgate Party, Hamilton Square, Cresent Fine Furniture - 204: Homemade chili, wings, beer, and all your tailgate favorites! Come watch college football with us! 4-6 p.m. – Accessory Floor Parties, IHFC, Accessory Floors 2, 3, 4 4-6 p.m. – Stirring Excitement : InterHall Martini Parties, IHFC, InterHall 1st Floor 4-6 p.m. – Complimentary Wine & hors d’oeuvres, Suites At Market Square, Peel & Co., G-4011 4:30-6 p.m. – Champagne, French wines and hors d’oeuvres, 200 N. Hamilton, The Elysee Collection, 108 South Court

4:30-6 p.m. – 200 N. Hamilton, Emerson Et Cie, 110 South Court 4:30-7 p.m. – Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, 330 N. Hamilton, Payne Street/Breece Collection Showroom, Suite 200 4:30-6:30 p.m. – Market Square & Suites and SALON Receptions, Market Square, Various locations throughout the Market Square Complex 5-7 p.m. – Complimentary Cocktails, 220 ELM, Outer Limits, Space 311 5-7 p.m. – Complimentary Dinner, 220 ELM, Leif Petersen, Space 328 5-7 p.m. – Network Mixer: It Takes a Community, IHFC, The Phillips Collection IHFC - C 202, sponsored by ASFD, ART, SFC, YHFP, WithIt: Come join the Phillips Collection and five industry associations – WITHIT, a women’s leadership development network; the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC), Young Home Furnishings Professionals (YHFP), the Accessories Resource Team (A.R.T.); and the American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) – for conversation, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. In this Age of Access, everything is interconnected and nothing beats networking face to face. Industry excellence and influence multiplied. Enjoy. 5-6:30 p.m. – Afternoon Socials, Showplace, 1st floor E & W, 2nd floor W 5-7 p.m. – Silkroute Happy Hour, Showplace, Suite 2340 6-7 p.m. –Next Generation–Now: Coaster Co. of America, 111 East Commerce Ave. Bringing the young leaders of the

home furnishings industry together. Hosted by Coaster Fine Furniture. Space is limited - Rsvp to swilliams@whfa.org 6-8 p.m. – Sunset on 3: Late Afternoon Social, Showplace, 3rd Floor Balcony 6-9 p.m. – Simon Li Jazz Night, Showplace West, Courtyard 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Market Block Party, Market Wide, Corner of West Commerce & Elm: It’s Back! We are closing down the street again so get ready to party! Food, drinks and live entertainment presented by 220 Elm, C&D, Market Square & Suites and High Point Market Authority. Sponsored by Furniture Today and Home Accents Today. 7:30-9:30 p.m. – Stars Under The Stars featuring ROCK THE HOUSE RAVE, Market Wide, Center Stage between Transportation Terminal & Showplace SUNDAY, OCT. 17 8 a.m.-6 p.m. – IFDA Hospitality Suite, 200 Steele, First floor: Open throughout Market to all IFDA members and those interested in joining IFDA. Use the hospitality suite to relax and recharge, take meetings, as a quiet space to work, or to meet other IFDA colleagues. Located on the first floor of 200 Steele. IFDA is open to all professionals in the home furnishings and home decor industries. Membership information can be obtained at the hospitality suite. 8-10 a.m. – Complimentary Buyers Breakfast, Atrium on Main,

Ellington’s Bistro 8-10 a.m. – Complimentary Buyers Breakfast, Commerce & Design, C&D Bistro, 5th floor 8 a.m.-8 p.m. – Southern Bash, IHFC, M-110 Currey & Co.: Moonshine, live bluegrass music and all things Southern are your ticket to a lively Sunday at Market. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. – Student Design Competition & Buyer’s Lounge,Suites At Market Square, Groovystuff G-1028: Student design competition entries and voting, massage therapist, Eric Moss performing ‘live art’ in the showroom, coffee bar, and happy hour daily. Sign up on Facebook to vote and be eligible to win a Warner Music Group prize package. 8:30-10 a.m. – Champagne Breakfast, 200 N. Hamilton, Courtyard 8:30-10 a.m. – Champagne Breakfast, 330 N. Hamilton, Courtyard 8:30-10 a.m. – Buyer’s Breakfast, Showplace, Atrium 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Complimentary Buyers Lunch, Atrium on Main, Ellington’s Bistro 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Refreshments & Lunch Buffet, 200 N. Hamilton, The Platt Collection, 218 South Court 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – Complimentary Buyers Lunch: NC BBQ, Hamilton Square, Courtyard Noon-2 p.m. – Complimentary Buyers Lunch, 220 ELM, Leif Petersen - 328; Jesper Office - 324; Linon - 202; Outer Limits - 311 1 p.m.-6 p.m. – Adagio refreshments,Showplace,

Suite 3329, Daily refreshments 3-5 p.m. – Furniture Classics Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, Showplace, Suite 4201 4-7 p.m. – Pearson Furniture Grand Opening Party, 200 N. Hamilton, Pearson Furniture, North Court, Ste. 107: New Showroom Grand Opening cocktail party, wine, hors d’oeuvres 4-7 p.m. – Sunday Uptown, 200 N. Hamilton, All Showrooms 4-6 p.m. – Wine and hors d’oeuvres, 200 N. Hamilton, Chelsea House, 104 South Court 4-7 p.m. – Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, 200 Steele, Dorya Interiors, Suite 144 4-7 p.m. – Sunday Uptown, 330 N. Hamilton, All Showrooms 4-6 p.m. – Complimentary Wine & Cheese, Atrium on Main, Ellington’s Bistro 4-5 p.m. – C&D Afternoon Social, Commerce & Design, All Floors 4-7 p.m. – Sunday Uptown, Hamilton/Wrenn, Hamilton/Wrenn Design District 4-6 p.m. – Accessory Floor Parties, IHFC, Accessory Floors 2, 3, 4 4-6 p.m. – Pavilions Beach Parties, IHFC, Pavilions on Main 3 4-6 p.m. – Complimentary Wine & hors d’oeuvres, Suites At Market Square, Peel & Company, G-4011 4:30-6 p.m. – Champagne, French wines and hors d’oeuvres, 200 N. Hamilton, The Elysee Collection, 108 South Court 4:30-6 p.m. – Wine and hors d’oeuvres, 200 N. Hamilton, Emerson Et Cie, 110 South Court


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SATURDAY, OCT. 16 8:30-9:30 a.m. – The Dos and Don’ts of Advertising Plaza Suites, NHFA Retailer Resource Center, 1st Floor, Presented by Philip Gutsell – GutSELL & Associates. Learn how to develop a checklist of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to advertising. Follow the steps outlined in this program and return to your store with the necessary information to get immediate positive results in a store’s riskiest investment. 10-10:30 a.m. – First Time Visitor Orientation Seminar High Point Theatre, Next to the Transportation Terminal on Commerce Street Informative session on how to navigate the High Point Market and make the best use of your time. Tips and suggestions, Q & A and individual help if needed. Also view the video on our website: http://www.highpointmarket.org/pyt_firsttime.aspx 10-11 a.am.– Retail Management Remodel: Increasing Initiative, Accountability & Performance Plaza Suites, NHFA Retailer Resource Center, 1st Floor Presented by Jeff Hiller - PROactive Marketing. Most managers feel they should be getting more from their staff, and they are right. This seminar uses the principles of open book management to provide step-by-step instruction

for experienced managers on goal setting, reporting, monitoring, coaching, daily responsibilities, and maximizing the effectiveness of weekly and monthly meetings. What are you doing now that creates frustration for you and your team? What should you be doing to foster a proprietary sense for the business, set mutual expectations, encourage entrepreneurial activity, build staff morale, and ultimately drive superior performance? Recommendations are specific, well-supported, and proven in the market. 10-11 a.m.– Piedmont Triad Partnership Initiative Announcement Showplace West, 100 High Restaurant (Plaza Level), Speakers: Jim Melvin, Joseph M. Bryan Foundation President, Becky Smothers, High Point Mayor, Brian Casey, High Point Market Authority President and CEO, David Powell, Piedmont Triad Partnership CEO, Ken Smith, Smith Leonard Managing Partner, Bob Timberlake, Internationally Known Artist and Furniture Designer. North Carolina state and local dignitaries will be present. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – You’ve Got to Know Her to Sell Her Plaza Suites, NHFA Retailer Resource Center, 1st Floor, Presented by Bob George & Lee Brown -Impact Consulting Services. Take a look forward to the consumer of 2011, plus a comparison profile of the pre-

recession consumer and the current consumer including their views on certain economic conditions. Learn the effect age, income, and lifestyle has on the consumer’s decision to purchase as well as discover the 11 elements that shape the consumers response to their retail environment and experience that can encourage them to purchase. Noon-1:30 p.m. – Dollar Sense and Savvy Style: A Better Homes and Gardens Panel Presentation IHFC, Green Wing, 11th Floor ballroom B, Presented by Lacey Howard, Group Editor, Joseph Boehm, Senior Interior Designer, and Kelly Ryan Kegans, Assistant Deputy Editor. Lacey Howard is a group editor in Better Homes and Gardens’ Special Interest Media Home Design department. Lacey oversees the editing and style direction of several key titles, including Renovation Style, Décor, Cottage Style, Secrets of Getting Organized, and Remodel magazines. Joseph Boehm is the Senior Projects Interior Designer for Better Homes and Gardens magazine, designing interiors for special home-building projects and show houses. Besides his editorial duties, Joe also serves as the magazine’s liaison to the design/home furnishings industry, and has been instrumental in curating the Better Homes and Gardens furniture collection. Kelly Ryan Kegans is an assistant deputy

editor for Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Kelly works with a team of editors to scout locations and produce decorating and remodeling stories featured in the magazine, which reaches 39 million readers. Sponsored by IHFC and AIDP. Complimentary Box Lunch Provided. No reservation needed. 1-2 p.m. – TV & Direct Mail Advertising That’s Working Now Plaza Suites, NHFA Retailer Resource Center, 1st Floor, Sponsored and Moderated by Horich, Parks, Lebow Advertising. This seminar will share specific ideas to help retailers generate more traffic and sales. See creative ways to drive product category growth, with particular emphasis on selling more mattresses. Go on the offensive with hardhitting television and direct mail promotions that have been proven effective in difficult market conditions. 2-3:30 p.m. – 10 Things to Ensure Customers Find Your Website Plaza Suites, NHFA Retailer Resource Center, 1st Floor, Presented by Sharon Gillis – JG Sullivan Interactive. Learn how furniture dealers can optimize their websites so that they are listed in the major search engines’ results pages. You’ll also discover resources that you can use to market your website online (SEO, SEM, PPC) so that customers can find you

in their local markets when doing their pre-buy research online. 3-5 p.m. – Alexa Hampton Book Signing 330 N. Hamilton, Hickory Chair, 1st floor, Book signing with Alexa Hampton -The Language of Interior Design at Hickory Chair’s new showroom 4-5 p.m. – CustomerCentric Store Planning & Design to Sell More More Often! Plaza Suites, NHFA Retailer Resource Center, 1st Floor, Presented by Martin Roberts- M Roberts Design. Martin will share his insights into the next generation of home furnishings stores and on his recent successes. Martin is a frequent contributor to Home Furnishings Retailer, Furniture Today, Home Furnishings Business, Furniture World and a keynote speaker at the recent Retail Marketing Institute Conference. You can look forward to practical ideas you can use now to turn browsers into buyers, improve your margins and help drive more profitable transactions in your store. SUNDAY, Oct. 17 7:30-9 a.m. – WithIt Educational Breakfast – Barry Dixon – Organically Inspired: Referencing the natural world beyond the window in the modern interior. IHFC, Green Wing, 11th Floor ballroom, Summary: We are all products of the natu-

ral world and as such, respond instinctively to organically inspired elements in our interiors, whether literally natural (materials – wood, fiber, stone, etc.) or abstractly so (textures, colors, patterns, etc.), we’ll explore various methods and considerations while showing concrete examples and final results. Sponsored by IHFC and WithIt. Breakfast and Seminar are free of charge. Reservations are required by e-mailing hallred@ihfc.com or www.withit.org. 8:30-9:30 a.m. – The Outlook for the Furniture Industry Plaza Suites, NHFA Retailer Resource Center, 1st Floor,Presented by W.W. “Jerry” Epperson, Jr. - Mann, Armistead & Epperson, Ltd. Furniture industry guru Jerry Epperson will once again enlighten us with his furniture research expertise in the current state of future of the furniture industry and how it affects you today and tomorrow.

9:30-10:30 a.m. – Create a Portfolio in the Clouds with Picaboo! Radio Building, Interior Design Society Seminar Room, 8th Floor, Sepaker: Debbie Green, Minutes Matter. When was the last time you updated your portfolio? Learn how you can create an online portfolio that you can use on your website, e-mail to a client and even print a hardbound copy. It’s the newest way to create a portfolio!


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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) – The federal judge who halted the military’s ban on openly gay troops is known for working at court well past closing time, typing her own court orders and doting on two terriers who themselves are no strangers to the halls of justice. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips won praise from gays and was derided by critics as an activist judge when she issued an injunction Tuesday ending the 17-year-old

“don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, saying it violates due process rights, freedom of speech and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances guaranteed by the First Amendment. The fallout on the polarizing topic has surprised Phillips’ friends and colleagues, who said the 53-year-old registered Democrat is much better known in her inner circle for her empathy, her love of Jane Austen novels and her annual

walking tours of Europe. Phillips is popular with her court staff and works harder than anyone to get a case right, said Stephen Larson, a former federal judge in Riverside. In her tenure as a federal judge, Phillips has handled a wide array of cases, from criminal bank robberies and drug trafficking to civil cases involving the freedoms of religion and speech, police brutality, environmental protections and labor law.

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Quarterback heirs at Florida, Texas continue to struggle AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The transition was supposed to be seamless. Garrett Gilbert took over at quarterback for Colt McCoy at Texas and John Brantley replaced Tim Tebow at Florida. Those were big shoes to fill, but most assumed two of the most touted recruits in recent years would keep the programs humming in the chase for national championships. Four losses later, Texas (3-2) is out of the Top 25 for the first time in a decade and the No. 22 Gators (4-2) are fading. What went wrong? Both programs are struggling to adjust their offenses to pro-style passing quarterbacks after years of Tebow and McCoy beating opponents with their legs as much as their arms. Both teams now rank in the bottom half nationally in total offense. Texas tried to rebuild its offense around Gilbert with a power running

game and play-action passing. Florida has tried to put Brantley in the spread-option that Tebow ran to near perfection. Both teams have lost two in a row, scoring is down and fans are getting frustrated. The Longhorns won 19 in a row from 2004-2005 and a national championship with the elusive Vince Young running the zone read. Then came McCoy, who dipped and dashed around the pocket and into defensive backfields for four years. The skinny, small-town McCoy, who many considered an afterthought recruit in 2005, played with a “prove-you-wrong” chip on his shoulder. Texas recruited Gilbert, a high-school AllAmerican and son of former NFL quarterback Gale Gilbert, knowing that changes would have to be made. You don’t pass on a talent like Gilbert just because he’s different than

the previous guy, said Greg Davis, the Texas offensive coordinator. “It wasn’t a big, long philosophical conversation. It was, ’Hey, we think this guy’s real good, let’s recruit him,”’ Davis said. “We don’t ever want to box ourselves into a philosophical position. We want to always be able to do what our players can do ... the change is your quarterback and what can he do.” The new offense has been a failure so far. The running game ranks No. 82 in the country and Gilbert has yet to find a reliable go-to receiver. Texas has scored three or fewer touchdowns in three games this season and Gilbert has five interceptions to go with his four touchdown passes. Davis admits he has limited Gilbert’s options to throw downfield, often calling shorter routes early in games to help Gilbert find his rhythm.

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Cody Ross of the San Fransisco Giants prepares for the upcoming National League championship series. Ross dreamed of being a rodeo clown when he was a child.

Ross chose baseball over rodeo clown

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For a good chunk of his childhood, Cody Ross wanted to be a rodeo clown. Son of a team roper and steer wrestler, he would dress up with the big red nose and sit in the stands during weekend events across Texas and New Mexico. Sometimes, he got to go behind the scenes to meet the stars of the ring. Now, San Francisco’s reliable right fielder is perfectly happy helping his team play deep into October. It’s the first time many of the Giants have gone this far — this is Ross’ first rodeo, too. He made the career change to baseball around

age 10. No clowning around. “Maybe one of these days when I’m done playing I can go back and rekindle that,” Ross joked as the Giants prepared for their NL championship series against the Phillies starting Saturday in Philadelphia. “In the back of my mind I knew what I wanted to do when I got older and as a career. I wanted to be a professional baseball player. It’s the only thing I ever wanted to do after I wanted to be a rodeo clown.” It’s been quite a ride for Ross this year. Acquired Aug. 22 from the Marlins on a waiver claim, he had no idea what role he would serve on the Gi-

ants’ outfield-heavy roster. He’d been a full-time player for Florida for three years. Yet Ross stayed patient and went about his business to get to this place, agreeing to do whatever manager Bruce Bochy needed. He was determined not to be a distraction as the new guy. That very attitude by Ross and his teammates is a big reason the Giants are playing for a chance to go to the World Series. San Francisco made it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2003 and advanced to the NLCS for the first time since slugger Barry Bonds led them to the 2002 World Series and a runner-up finish against the wild-card Angels.


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Court rules against Liverpool owners

LONDON (AP) — Liverpool’s board of directors won the latest court battle in the drawn-out attempt to sell the club to the owners of the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, leaving the current American owners with slim hopes of using the Texas legal system to block the deal. On a second successive day of legal wrangling on both sides of the Atlantic, a British High Court judge granted an injunction against coowners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr., ordering them to withdraw their legal action in a Dallas district court. The order effectively nullified a temporary restraining order Hicks and Gillett had obtained on Wednesday to block the 300 million pound ($476 million) sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures, which is headed by financier

John Henry. Hicks and Gillett — who stand to lose more than 140 million pounds if the sale goes through — have described the attempted sale as an “epic swindle” that undervalues English football’s most successful club. Judge Christopher Floyd ordered them to withdraw their action by 4 p.m. London time Friday (1500 GMT) or be held in contempt of court. But hours later, Texas District Judge Jim Jordan said NESV’s motion to lift the temporary restraining order he issued on Wednesday blocking the sale would not be heard until 7 a.m. on Friday in Dallas — 1 p.m. London time. The sale can only go through once the Texas action is withdrawn. “We are nearly there,” Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton said.

Maui tourney to expand

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — The 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational will have its usual impressive field and four more teams. Next year’s tournament will feature defending national champion Duke, a four-time Maui Invitational champion, along with past national champions Kansas, UCLA, Michigan and Georgetown. In addition to the 12 games played at the Lahaina Civic Center from

Nov. 21-23, there will be 11 games played on the U.S. mainland, the first expansion for the Maui Invitational since it went from four to eight teams in 1986. The four teams that will play in the mainland games from Nov. 11-17 will be announced at a later date. The other schools playing in Maui next year are Tennessee, Memphis and Chaminade, the Division II host school.

Trio ties for lead

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Rafael Nadal gets a good view of the ball during his upset loss in Shanghai on Thursday.

Nadal sees victory hopes Shanghaied SHANGHAI (AP) — Weary in body and mind, Rafael Nadal knows there are days when his game simply fails to rise to the moment. Nadal, winner of three Grand Slam tournament titles this year, lost to Austria’s Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 Thursday in the third round of the Shanghai Masters. It was the first time this year the top-ranked Spaniard failed to reach the quarterfinals. “This isn’t a surprise for me. I didn’t play well,” Nadal said. “I felt slow on

court and I made more mistakes than usual. In general, I am a little bit more tired than usual, physically and mentally. “You can’t expect to win every week. All the good work is done for me for the year.” Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray all fared better Thursday in winning third-round matches. Nadal had not dropped a set to Melzer in three previous meetings and recently beat him in this year’s French Open semifinals en route to the

title. Nadal won the U.S. Open in September to become the seventh man in history to win all four Grand Slam tournaments. He was bidding for his eighth title of the season. He won the Japan Open title on Sunday before traveling to Shanghai and said his schedule contributed to the loss. Melzer, seeded 13th, played aggressively from the start, hitting booming forehand winners. He attacked Nadal’s second serve to break twice and capture the opening set.

VILAMOURA, Portugal (AP) — Robert Karlsson and Johan Edfors of Sweden and Maarten Lafeber of Netherlands led the Portugal Masters after shooting 64s in the first round Thursday. Karlsson and Edfors had bogey free rounds, while Maarten had six birdies over his last nine holes to help atone for an earlier double bogey. Alexander Noren of Sweden was one shot back in fourth, tied with Mikko Ilonen. The Finn was the only afternoon starter among the top five. European Ryder Cup team member Edoardo Molinari, another late starter, shot a 4-under 68. “The greens were uneven,” the Italian said. “I had one stupid three-putt from 20 feet on the seventh green. But when that happens it important to think about the putts you have made rather than the ones you miss.” A week of heavy rain also has softened the 7,231-yard course, leaving it playing longer than usual. “The fairways are quite soft and it is a big hitters’ golf course,” Karlsson said. “If you hit it long you can still get up in two at all of the par-5s, but the shorter players are having to lay up short.”


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Friday, October 15, 2010 HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Keep your eyes open wide when dealing with large corporations or government agencies. Don’t leave anything to chance. Maintain communication with family so that no one is taken by surprise when you decide to make a change. Life is simple so don’t make it unnecessarily complex. Your numbers are 9, 12, 19, 26, 33, 39, 41 ARIES (March 21-April 19): Lend a helping hand. The impression you make will lead to a proposal you will want to consider. Someone with more experience or something you learned in the past will help you make the right choice now. ★★★★ TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You have more options but won’t realize it if you are too absorbed in a personal problem. Move toward a brighter future by branching out in a direction that allows you to put your skills, talents and attributes to better use. ★★ GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Take on a challenge. A job prospect looks good and can help you solve some of your personal problems if you make a move. A short trip will enable you to connect with someone helpful. ★★★★★ CANCER (June 21-July 22): There will be changes made based on what you do that will influence your future. Love and romance are apparent. A promise

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made will enable you to improve your current living situation. ★★★ LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You may be undecided about someone or something going on in your personal life. Sort out what needs to be done and move forward before you don’t have a choice. Change will be required and, although distasteful initially, you will benefit in the end. ★★★ VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Change is required but you cannot do it alone. Ask the people you feel most akin to for help. Join forces so you can all pitch in to make life easier for you as a group. Reverting back to an old lifestyle will help cut costs. ★★★★★ LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Ease your stress by moving forward. Deal with the people who influence your life and your emotional well-being. The changes you make at home will bring marked improvement for you and anyone you reside with. Don’t look back. ★★ SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Don’t allow innuendos or someone’s negativity to take you in the wrong direction. You know what changes need to be made, so get moving. Opportunity knocks but, if you aren’t ready because you are too busy satisfying everyone around you, you will get left behind. ★★★★ SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You can focus on getting ahead and advance or you can focus on

what’s going on in your personal life and take a step backward. There is nothing you can do to change the past, so own up to any wrongdoing and move forward. ★★★★ CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Lift any burden that has been put on you. It’s OK to say no if you don’t have time or if someone is taking advantage of your generosity and good nature. Think of what’s best for you and your family and act accordingly. ★★★ AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): There are plenty of possibilities but you have to make a choice. You can remain in the same position, doing the same thing over and over again, or you can make the changes required to bring greater satisfaction to your life. ★★★ PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You can win favors as well as someone’s approval if you are willing to go the distance and follow through with your promises. Don’t become a chameleon or let someone’s negativity or refusal to take part in your plans stop you from reaching your set goals. ★★★

ONE STAR: It’s best to avoid conflicts; work behind the scenes or read a good book. Two stars: You can accomplish but don’t rely on others for help. Three stars: If you focus, you will reach your goals. Four stars: You can pretty much do as you please, a good time to start new projects. Five stars: Nothing can stop you now. Go for the gold.

Godmother should step back from caregiver role

ear Abby: I’m a 23-year-old woman who has been helping to raise my three adorable godchildren over the last few years. Their mother is also 23. She became pregnant with her oldest when she was 15. She’s a young single mother, unprepared for the full responsibility, so I have stepped in. When they were babies, we would take turns rocking them all night. I take them to the doctor’s when they are sick – with or without their mom. I helped select which schools they attend. Through the years I have been there every day, waking them in the morning,

taking them to school, putting them to bed, etc. I am now being married ADVICE and have slightly reDear duced my Abby day-to-day ■■■ role, although I am still in many ways the “other parent.” I get criticized for this all the time. I am constantly being told, “They are not your children. You shouldn’t be doing this.” Even my future in-laws have said it. I don’t know how to respond. I love the children very much, as if they

were my own. I can’t let them suffer for their mother’s numerous mistakes. I’d appreciate any advice you can give me. – Godmother Of Three in New England Dear Godmother: May I begin by asking, “Where is their MOTHER?” Where are the grandparents? Three children, no father(s) – who is supporting them? You are a caring angel to have stepped in to the extent that you have, but why isn’t their mother around to put them to bed at night, wake them in the morning, and see that they get to the doctor when they are so sick they need one? Some-

thing is seriously out of kilter. In the not-too-distant future you will have children of your own to care for. Husbands need a certain amount of care and nurturing, too. It will be impossible for you to continue to be as involved as you have been in your godchildren’s lives. You are doing the right thing by transitioning away, and you must continue to do so. Much as you love them, your godchildren are their mother’s responsibility, and you have already done more than you should have been expected (or asked) to do. Dear Abby: My husband and I had a

troubled marriage. He was a good father and provider, and I respected him for that. But he did not respect me. He constantly blamed and criticized me for his many emotional problems. After I told him I was leaving him, he committed suicide. My problem is, our adult children blame me for his death. I don’t want to bad-mouth their father or tell them the unpleasant details of our marriage, but they don’t know the whole story. I have had lots of professional counseling and my kids have had some, but they refuse to attend any more sessions. Should I just continue

to do the best I can and hope they can be more forgiving as they mature, or should I tell them my side of the story? – Doing The Best I Can Dear Doing: Your children should have been told the whole story while you were together in counseling. If you allow them to continue in their belief that you caused their father’s death, their anger will only continue to grow. If possible, that important conversation should be held with the help of a mediator. Because they refuse to see a therapist, I’m recommending your religious adviser.


    

     

 



   

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