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WINSTON-SALEM â€“ The Rev. Ronald B. Wilkins, when officiating weddings, often surprised the bride, groom and congregation by singing â€œThe Lordâ€™s Prayerâ€? in a clear, ringing baritone so moving it drew tears from many. Wilkins The act was typical of Wilkins, a minister and city councilman from 19972008, who died Friday night at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center following years of declining health. He was not afraid to break from tradition to touch lives. â€œHe was truly a man of the people and one of my favorite people,â€? said local attorney Bobby McCroskey, who, with his wife Lorie, was one of those surprised, moved couples in 1993. Regardless of his official role, Wilkins, who would have turned 54 Saturday, left his mark as a friend and advocate for many. â€œRon served in public office for all the right reasons,â€? said Tom Terrell, an attorney and Wilkinsâ€™ friend for 35 years. â€œHe was a champion for citizens without a champion in government, and he lived with them and walked down the same streets.â€? â€œI think I can speak for the many people who knew Ron and admired him,â€? said High Point Mayor Becky Smothers. â€œWe have lost a good friend.â€? Wilkins was pastor of East Grimes Avenue Baptist Church, a non-paying position, and was employed by the city. He gave up the city job to represent Ward 2 on City Council, and he had little money. High Point historian Glenn Chavis said he and Wilkins often disagreed politically, but Chavis credits Wilkins for championing issues such as housing and fair treatment by landlords for low-income people and affordable, widespread public transportation. â€œYou have to experience something in order to appreciate being able to use it,â€? Chavis said. â€œIf you donâ€™t have a car, if you live 4 miles from a grocery store, Ron understood those things. When he spoke, you could just tell he could fully understand what itâ€™s like not to have a bus token.â€? Realtor and friend Ed Price remembers Wilkins similarly. â€œI donâ€™t know many people that would give up a good paying job to become a public servant,â€? Price said. â€œI donâ€™t know many people who put public service above money. â€œBut Iâ€™ll tell you one thing, heâ€™s redone the bus system in heaven; I guarantee you.â€? In a January 1986 story in The High Point Enterprise, Wilkins said, â€œAt my funeral I want my epitaph to read, â€˜Nothing deterred him on a mission from God.â€™ â€?
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In 2004, the city hired The Ferguson Group, a Washington, D.C., lobbying group, to look after High Pointâ€™s interests at the Capitol. While the move was unsettling for some at first, city officials now can point to huge dividends they say would not have been possible without that extra voice on Capitol Hill. This three-part series looks at Washington lobbying as a new trend for city governments, the need for such lobbyists, and the realized and potential rewards.
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HIGH POINT â€“ When High Point first considered hiring a Washington, D.C.-based lobbyist, City Councilman Chris Whitley was skeptical. He didnâ€™t like the idea of the city being associated with the lobbyist trade and some of the controversial aspects of beltway politics, such as pork-barrel spending projects. So when the city enlisted The Ferguson Group in 2004 to help bring in untapped federal dol-
lars, he was watching closely to see how the firm performed. â€œOf course, Iâ€™m not a big fan of earmarks and I hope they go away,â€? said Whitley, a council LOBBYING since 1992 ON THE HILL member and the current mayor pro tem. A new â€œWhen we first approach hired them, we did to city a six-month congovernment tract. They jumped â– â– â– right into the ball game and started laying out what they were going to do. Quite frankly, I would say with The Ferguson Group, weâ€™ve been fairly well successful in receiving federal dollars.â€? Whitley isnâ€™t alone among city leaders in this view. Last month, the City Council (minus absent members Latimer Alexander and Mike Pugh) voted unanimously to renew the cityâ€™s contract with The Ferguson Group for one year at a cost of $120,000. City officials say the $673,000 High Point has paid the firm since it was retained in 2004 has been money well spent, bringing in millions of federal dollars to the city. â€œI am a very clear and strong
believer in the need for High Point to have a Washington lobbyist. They are a necessary part today of managing a city,â€? said City Manager Strib Boynton. â€œThe truly important policy and financial decisions affecting High Point are really made in Washington and/or Raleigh, as much as one may like to think they are made here.â€? Boynton recently updated the council on what The Ferguson Group has produced, claiming that, for every dollar of city money paid to the firm, High Point has seen $44 in federal authorizations, appropriations and grants, for a total of about $29.5 million in federal funding. Among the major projects Boynton attributed, in part, to the lobbyistsâ€™ efforts: The Interstate 74/ U.S. 311 Bypass, the Airport Area Roadway, the Furniture Market Transportation Terminal and a lead-based paint control grant. â€œThe transportation terminal is a classic example of that. Without their help, I donâ€™t think that would ever have come about,â€? Whitley said. â€œRight now, in a tight budget, anything is a big expense. But when you consider what theyâ€™ve done for us, I think itâ€™s well worth the money.â€? email@example.com | 888-3531
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HIGH POINT â€“ Why do cities need federal lobbyists when their congressional representatives have staffers who are employed to help them get the most for the areas they represent? Those who favor the arrangement argue that the game has changed, and High Point had to adapt to the times to access untapped federal dollars. They say congressional staffers simply donâ€™t have the resources to comb through the federal budget and find grants and other funding sources for a
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Traffic is funneled into one lane as U.S. 311 Bypass ends at Business Interstate 85. Work is under way that will extend the bypass to the Cedar Square area. city to the extent that a municipal lobbyist can. â€œThere are some citizens, I think, that see an issue like this and wonder why we canâ€™t rely on the congressional staffs
of the local delegation,â€? said City Councilman John Faircloth. â€œItâ€™s much more complex than that. This is a situation where someone needs to be there to guide us
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RANDOLPH COUNTY – Providence Grove High School students are doing their part to preserve agricultural history thanks to a boost from Campbell Soup Co. Students with the FFA program are helping preserve a 1946 cattle barn on the Providence Grove site that’s used as a learning resource to teach animal science classes and other hands-on agricultural skills. Students began painting and renovating the barn Friday and Saturday. Campbell Soup is a national partner with the FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America. Through the partnership, Campbell again this year sponsored the Help Grow Your Soup Program. Through the program, Campbell took nominations from FFA groups across the country for notable barns to be considered for preservation. The nominees were narrowed down to five through an online vote. Providence Grove’s barn is among the final five. More than 375,000 votes were cast for 10 nominated barns in need of preservation. Built as a cattle barn in 1946, the Providence Grove barn was sold to the school after the Randolph County Board of Education determined it would be a beneficial
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Providence Grove High School students paint the barn on the school site. resource for agricultural education. It also provides a perfect background for teaching elementary students about the origin of food. The other four barns
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that will be preserved this spring are located in Thorntown, Ind.; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Union Bridge, Md.; and Bark River, Mich. Campbell has donated
GREENSBORO – The owner of a Pleasant Garden kennel and an employee have been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty following the seizure of 97 dogs from the business earlier this week. Sheila Marie Savage, 53, the owner of Rush Kennel, and Robert Landreth, 61, a caretaker, were charged Friday with seven counts of felony animal cruelty and five counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Late Friday, Landreth was released on a $5,000 bond; Savage posted a
HIGH POINT – A series of home heating oil tank spills have occurred in High Point this year due to a string of robberies, according to the Guilford County Department of Public Health. The health department issued an announcement Friday indicating that four spills from home heating oil tanks have been reported since January. The spills occurred when thieves took the tanks, probably for the oil left inside or the copper wire from oil lines, a statement said. The spills could lead to major environmental contamination of the soil, the surface or the ground water. Contaminated ground water can damage the drinking water supply. Two of the four reported spills have been cleaned up, and two are in the process of being cleaned, said Lynne Beck, media relations manager and commu-
nity health educator for the health department. Spill clean-ups have to be paid for by the property owner, she said. The rash of home heating oil tank spills related to the thefts is a new situation the city hasn’t seen before, Beck said. “This is a unique situation,” she said. “The calls that have come in come through 911 because they are tied to theft. Currently, we’ve only had these situations in High Point. It isn’t that High Point has never had spills before, but as it relates to people stealing oil tanks, it is a bit unique.” The High Point Police Department is investigating the thefts. There was no word on whether the four crimes were related. The spills can cost thousands of dollars to clean up, and most homeowners insurance policies do not cover the spills, according to the health department. The department advises owners to keep a close eye
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$10,000 bond and was released. Authorities have said more charges are possible as an investigation continues. “She is resolved to see this through. I feel my client will be vindicated,” said Kent Lively, Savage’s attorney, as the woman was booked into jail Friday afternoon. “I think she has taken good care of her animals as entrusted to the care of Rush Kennel. These few exceptional circumstances that the law enforcement has seen fit to focus on so we’ll have to resolve in court.”
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HIGH POINT â€“ High Point police announced Friday five additional suspects have been charged in connection with a 2008 homicide. Detectives have followed up on many leads over the past two years in the March 18, 2008 death of 24-year-old Steveland Raynard Gillespie, who was found at 304 Ennis St., dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head/ neck area that was inflicted during an armed robbery, according to police. Two days later, detectives arrested Jermel Stephen Blue, 18, of 523 Amos St. and charged him with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
tody and are awaiting trial. Mario Sanquez Quick, 24, of 1229 Guyer St., Carl Harrison Scott Jr., 23, of 525 Cross St., Patrick Lamont Baskin, 27, of 407 Taylor Ave., and Kendrick Ramon Bowden, 23, of 1323 Penny Road, have each been charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to police. In addition, Quick was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and Terdarrius Antwon Marsh, 29, of 2000 Carlisle Way, was charged with being an He has been in custody since accessory after the fact and possession of a firearm by a his arrest. As of March, five others felon, police said. have been taken into cus-
The suspects were charged in the death of 24-yearold Steveland Gillespie, who was found dead after what police say was a robbery.
Body exhumed in mysterious death case BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) â€” South Carolina investigators will exhume a womanâ€™s body for an autopsy eight months after her family raised questions about how she died. The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer reported Saturday that the mother of Brandy Simmons has been trying to get investigators to look into her daughterâ€™s death in July. Originally, officials and family members thought Simmons died of an an-
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Polish leader, 96 others dead in Russia jet crash SMOLENSK, Russia (AP) – An aging Russian airliner carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski and members of his country’s military, political and church elites crashed in thick fog Saturday as it took them to a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the slaughter of thousands of Polish military officers by Soviet secret police. Russia’s Emergency AP Ministry said there were 97 A firefighter walks near some of the wreckage at the site where Polish President dead, 88 in the Polish state Lech Kaczynski, his wife and some of the country’s most prominent military and civil- delegation. Poles wept before their ian leaders died Saturday, along with dozens of others when the presidential plane televisions, lowered flags crashed as it came in for a landing in thick fog near Smolensk in western Russia.
3 Italians among 9 held in alleged Afghan plot hospital, spokesman Daud Ahmadi said. A video of the raid obtained by Associated Press Television News shows British troops accompanying Afghan police, soldiers and government officials to the city’s Emergency Surgery Center for Civilian War Victims, run by the Italian private group Emergency. In a storeroom, boxes are opened containing what appear to be bullets, pistols, hand grenades, and bags of explosives. A British soldier is heard saying that an explosives disposal unit was on its way. Three foreign staff
members are then shown sitting on outdoor benches, their identification cards visible but names unclear. Helmand’s governor, Gulab Mangul, confirmed the arrests at a news conference, saying those held included three Italians and six Afghans. His spokesman, Ahmadi, said that upon questioning, the storeroom’s supervisor implicated others at the hospital, eventually leading investigators to the Italians. There was no immediate indication of whether any other evidence implicated the three, and their names were not immediately available.
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to half-staff and taped black ribbons in their windows after hearing that the upper echelons of the establishment lay dead in woods a short drive from the site of the Katyn forest massacre, one of Poland’s greatest national traumas. Thousands of people, many in tears, placed candles and flowers at the presidential palace in central Warsaw. Many called the crash Poland’s worst disaster since World War II. Twenty monks rang the Zygmunt bell at Krakow’s Wawel Cathedral – the
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UK investigates organ donor list errors LONDON â€“ Britainâ€™s transplant authority said Saturday that it was investigating several hundred thousand errors in its organ donor list stretching back about a decade. The National Health Service Blood and Transplant organization said a proportion of its 14 million-strong organ donor list has been affected by technical errors since 1999 â€“ and that a small group of people may have had organs removed without proper authorization as a result.
MEXICO CITY (AP) crative trafficking along â€“ An attacker threw an the border. explosive device over the U.S. State Department wall around the U.S. con- employees in the area sulate in the border city of had not been victimized Nuevo Laredo, breaking until last month. Thatâ€™s windows and startling em- when gunmen separately ployees inside but causing chased down and killed no injuries, the U.S. Em- an American woman who bassy said Saturday. worked at the U.S. consulThe attack, which took ate in Ciudad Juarez along place about 11:30 p.m. with her husband in their Friday, is under investi- SUV and another man gation, embassy spokes- married to a Mexican conman Claude Young said. sulate worker in a similar Nuevo Laredo, across vehicle. All three had been the Rio Grande River at the same party. from Laredo, Texas, and Young said the consulother cities have seen ate in Nuevo Laredo and increased violence in the consular agency in recent weeks as power- the border town of Pieful Mexican drug cartels dras Negras would be battle over control of lu- closed Monday.
Thai army pulls back; 15 dead from clashes BANGKOK â€“ A crackdown on anti-government protesters in Thailandâ€™s capital Saturday left at least 15 people dead and more than 650 injured, with no progress toward ending a monthlong standoff with demonstrators demanding new elections. It was the worst violence in Bangkok since more than four dozen people were killed in an antimilitary protest in 1992.
US seeks to smooth relations with Karzai KABUL â€“ President Hamid Karzai got a VIP briefing at NATO headquarters Saturday and the top American diplomat in Kabul went out of his way to smooth U.S.-Afghan relations â€“ signs that Washington is using a softer touch in dealing with the unpredictable Afghan leader. The turnabout is a bid to ease the rancor of the past week that flared after Karzai accused the West of meddling in his nation. ENTERPRISE NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
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Bombings kill 6 across Iraq, including child BAGHDAD (AP) â€“ Roadside bombings and other attacks killed six people across Iraq on Saturday, including a child and the wife of a former police lieutenant colonel, officials said. Violence has plummeted across Iraq since its height in 2006 and 2007 but attacks continue, especially in and around northern cities like Mosul. In Qayara, 40 miles
Iran: Iraqâ€™s government must include Sunnis BAGHDAD (AP) â€“ The Iranian ambassador to Baghdad said Saturday that Iraqâ€™s new government should include all political blocs â€“ including Sunnis â€“ in a shift for a country that has long advocated an Iraqi government dominated by fellow Shiites. Hassan Kazemi Qomiâ€™s comments were a sign that Iran, which has promoted Shiite power since the fall of Saddam Hussein, recognizes that the March 7 parliamentary vote was simply too close
to completely sideline any one political bloc. â€œAll the blocs must participate,â€? Qomi said at a news conference in Baghdad. â€œIt must be comprehensive.â€? Former Prime Minister Ayad Allawiâ€™s Iraqiya bloc, which drew on heavy Sunni support, came out two seats ahead in the national vote. But neither Allawiâ€™s list nor the Shiite-led bloc of incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, which came in second, got enough support to govern alone.
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(60 kilometers) south of Mosul, a roadside bomb exploded next to a joint police and army patrol, killing two policemen and one soldier, a police officer said. A doctor confirmed the deaths. A second roadside bomb went off next to an Iraqi army patrol in the Hamam al-Alil area, about 16 miles (25 kilometers) south of Mosul, killing a soldier and a child, according to an-
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Crews begin removing bodies from coal mine MONTCOAL, W.Va. (AP) – Crews on Saturday began the bleak task of carrying bodies out of a coal mine shattered by an explosion that left 29 men dead, only hours after families’ hopes were crushed when they found out none of the workers survived. It had been an excruciating week for friends holding onto faint hopes that their missing miners were somehow alive. Seven bodies had already been removed soon after the blast Monday at AP Massey Energy Co.’s UpTammy Gobble (left) is embraced by Sheri McGraw of the Red Cross as she reacts to the news Saturday that rescue per Big Branch mine, the workers located the four missing bodies deep in a West Virginia coal mine, dashing any faint hopes of finding sur- worst U.S. coal mining divivors of a explosion that has claimed 29 lives at Massey Energy Co.’s Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W. Va. saster since a 1970 explo-
President emboldened for another high court pick WASHINGTON (AP) – Emboldened by success the first time around, President Barack Obama is likely to pick the Supreme Court nominee he wants and let the confirmation fight proceed from there, putting huge emphasis on a justice who would bring a fight-for-thelittle-guy sensibility to the job. Politics will certainly play into Obama’s calculus: He no longer has the votes in the Senate to overcome the delaying tactic known as the filibuster, and a minority Republican Party in fierce opposition to Obama’s agenda has little in-
centive to hand him a win just months before House and Senate elections. But his strategy worked when he chose Sonia Sotomayor to replace Justice David Souter last year Obama – announce the criteria he deems the most vital for a nominee, vet the nominees with no embarrassing gaffes or leaks, and pick the one with whom he feels the most comfort. Confirmability was a factor then, not a driver. Expect much the same now.
Obama leaves without press, breaks protocol WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama quietly breached years of protocol on Saturday morning by leaving the White House without the press with him.
About two hours before reporters were supposed to be in position to leave with the president, Obama left the grounds. Members of the press were told he was attending one of his
daughter’s soccer games. The press corps traditionally travels with the president to report on the president’s activities for the benefit of informing the public.
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Grandmother says boy terrorized adoptive family in US SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) â€“ Torry Hansen was so eager to become a mother that she adopted an older child from a foreign country, two factors that scare off many prospective parents. Her bigger fears came later. Torryâ€™s mother, Nancy Hansen, said the 7-yearoldâ€™s violent episodes â€“ which culminated in a threat to burn the familyâ€™s home to the ground â€“ terAP rified them into a shockBedford County Serriff Randall Boyce tells media that Torry Hansen, mother of Justin Hansen, 7, will not be making ing solution: The boy they an appearance at the Bedford County Sherriffâ€™s Office in Shelbyville, Tenn., Friday. renamed Justin was put
Girl, 7, gunned down inside car in Miami MIAMI â€“ Police say a 7-year-old girl was killed in Miami when a gunman opened fire on the car she was riding in. The shooting Friday night also critically injured a 24-year-old woman. A 3-year-old girl and another woman also in the car were not hurt. Police say itâ€™s not clear who targeted the car or why.
Cable ties Kissinger to Chile controversy WASHINGTON â€“ As secretary of state, Henry Kissinger canceled a U.S. warning against carrying out international political assassinations that was to have gone to Chile just days before a former ambassador was killed by Chilean agents on Washingtonâ€™s Embassy Row in 1976, a newly released State Department cable shows. Whether Kissinger played a role in blocking the delivery of the warning to the governments of Chile, Argentina and Uruguay has long been a topic of controversy.
Elephant startled by shock kills worker WILKES-BARRE, Pa. â€“ Authorities say a circus elephant that kicked a worker and killed him before a performance in northeastern Pennsylvania was shocked by an electrical wire. Wilkes-Barre Sgt. Ken Lukasavage says the Irem Shrine Circus groomer was trying to get the animal away from the wire when he was injured shortly before 4:30 p.m. Friday. The circus wasnâ€™t open at the time. ENTERPRISE NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
Astronauts prepare for spacewalk No. 2 CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) â€“ Two of the astronauts aboard the orbiting shuttle-station complex rested up Saturday for a second spacewalk involving hefty storage tanks, while their colleagues unloaded much smaller supplies. Spacemen Clayton Anderson and Rick Mastracchio will head back outside early today to replace an old ammonia tank at the International Space Station. They started the job Friday. In all, three spacewalks
will be needed to complete the work. The ammonia tanks â€“ part of the space stationâ€™s cooling system â€“ are the size of refrigerators. Anderson said Saturday one day is enough time to rest between spacewalks. He said he often played baseball doubleheaders and basketball games on back-to-back days. â€œWeâ€™re in pretty good shape for old men,â€? he said, â€œand I think weâ€™ll be ready to rock â€™nâ€™ roll.â€? Anderson is 51, and Mastracchio is 50.
Hero who helped subdue bomber becomes citizen ATLANTA (AP) â€“ Kwame James waited nearly 10 years to be sworn in as a U.S. citizen, a long time compared with the time he spent helping subdue wouldbe shoe bomber Richard Reid on a trans-Atlantic flight. James, now 32, wore a gray pinstriped suit and blue tie this week during the ceremony, which ended years of immigration limbo that began after he helped thwart the terror attack aboard a Paris-to-Miami flight in December 2001.
The 6foot-8 basketball player was napping when a flight atJames tendant r o u s e d him. Ten rows back, Reid was scuffling with passengers and the crew after he tried to ignite explosives. James helped tie up Reid with belts and headset wires, and took turns holding Reid by his ponytail with another passenger until the plane could land in Boston.
Steele: â€˜Iâ€™ve made mistakesâ€™ NEW ORLEANS (AP) â€“ In damage control mode, GOP national chairman Michael Steele on Saturday sought to quell furor over his management of the Republican National Committee by acknowledging errors and vowing to learn from them.
â€œIâ€™m the first here to admit that Iâ€™ve made mistakes and itâ€™s been incumbent on me to take responsibility to shoulder that burden, make the necessary changes and move on,â€? Steele told GOP activists and party leaders.
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Lance Bass, others sponsor gay-friendly prom TUPELO, Miss. (AP) â€“ Green Day, former â€™N Sync member Lance Bass and celebrity chef Cat Cora are among those helping to pay for a gayfriendly prom in Mississippi next month. Organizers say the event is open to everyone but geared toward gay students. The annual prom is organized by the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition. This yearâ€™s event has drawn attention because of the case of Constance McMillen, a high school senior who challenged her school districtâ€™s rule banning same-sex dates at proms.
In this publicity image released by MTV, the cast of â€œJersey Shoreâ€? (from left) Vinny Guadagnino, Angelina Pivarnick, Paul â€œDJ Pauly Dâ€? Delvecchio, Jenni â€œJWOWWâ€? Farley, Ronnie Magro, Nicole â€œSnookiâ€? Polizzi, Mike â€œThe Situationâ€? Sorrentino and Sammi â€œSweetheartâ€? Giancola are shown.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) â€“ â€œJersey Shoreâ€? without New Jersey? Forgetaboutit. While the cast of the popular MTV reality TV series may have begun filming the second season in Miami, Nicole â€œSnookiâ€? Polizzi and company will indeed return to the Jersey Shore for the remainder
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) â€“ A celebrity boxing promoter has been charged with fixing fights and not having a license when he staged a bout between â€œPartridge Familyâ€? television star Danny Bonaduce and a comedian from the Howard Stern show. Damon Feldman, who operates the Celebrity Boxing Federation, is charged with six counts of staging prohibited competitions without holding a promoterâ€™s license from the State Athletic Commission and six counts of rigging fights at those events during a 16month period.
of production this summer, MTV spokeswoman Emily Yeomans said Thursday. The show follows the boozy exploits of hard-partying twentysomethings at a shore house. The original eight â€œJersey Shoreâ€? cast members â€“ Polizzi, Mike â€œThe Situationâ€? Sorrentino,
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WACO, Texas (AP) â€“ Texas country singersongwriter Billy Joe Shaver has been acquitted of aggravated assault in the 2007 shooting of a man in a bar parking lot. Jurors took two h o u r s Friday to decide. Shaver Shaver had testified that he acted in self-defense when he shot Billy Coker outside Waco on March 31, 2007. But prosecutors said no other witnesses had described Coker as â€œviolent or mean.â€? Shaver lives in Waco. He rose to country music stardom in the 1970s. Shaver recorded more than 20 albums and wrote â€œGeorgia on a Fast Trainâ€? and â€œIâ€™m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But Iâ€™m Gonna Be a Diamond Someday).â€? He helped launch countryâ€™s outlaw movement.
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Miracle League opens for second season BY VICKI KNOPFLER ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – The Phillies and Red Sox traded hits Saturday morning for a final score that wasn’t at all the point of the game. The teams played the opening game of The Miracle League of High Point’s second season. The special baseball field off Shadybrook Road was created last year with a tremendous amount of community and city support to serve young people age 5-18 with physical and mental disabilities. On Saturday morning, Tyler Ford celebrated his birthday by getting to first base on his first hit. Chris Hall, 6, of Archdale, came off the specially outfitted field
‘Some of these kids haven’t played baseball and now get to, and it gives them a time to feel like they’re not left out.’ Todd Murphy Volunteer, HPU student with a huge grin on his face and gave his mother, Tammy, a high-five. Tammy is thrilled that the Miracle Field is available for Chris. “He had been wanting to play – he’d say, ‘Me play’ – when his sister (Makala, 8) would play soccer, and now he has someplace to play. Yesterday he kept looking at the clock asking me was it ball game time,” Tammy said. When looking at Mir-
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Red Sox’s Chris Hall and teammates celebrate at the opening day of Miracle League play at the Athletic Complex. acle League’s Web site, Tammy noticed that “buddies” to assist players are needed, so she told her other son, Fisher, 12, about the program, and now Fisher is his brother’s buddy. Another buddy, Todd Murphy, is a prime example of the volunteers who assist players, said Sherry Paul, recreation supervisor for the city of High Point’s Parks & Recreation Department, which sponsors The Miracle League. Murphy, from Maryland and a sophomore at High Point University, volunteered for double duty as a coach and buddy. “He’s never missed a
The Miracle League this year has more than 60 young people who play on six teams. Each player needs at least one buddy, so for each of the three Saturday morning games through May 22, at least 30 volunteers are needed. For information on being a player or buddy, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 8833469 or download a form from the Web site www.hpmiracleleague.org.
game, and he got here early today to help the new coaches,” Paul said. Murphy heard about The Miracle League through a class at HPU, where he is studying to teach high school, with a minor in special education.
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WINSTON-SALEM – Organizers of a Piedmont job fair taking place next week hope the event may help ignite an employment market that’s been too tough for too long. The 14th annual Employment and Resource Fair will be held from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday at the Winston-Salem Sports & Entertainment Complex Coliseum Annex Building. Fifty employers and career educators and 3,500 job-seekers are expected to attend, organizers say. Employers scheduled to attend include Atrium Windows & Doors, Dillard’s, Flow Automotive Companies, MetLife, Novant Health, Pepsi, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and Winston-Salem State University. Organizers of this year’s event had a more difficult time than in recent years securing employers because of the rough economy, said Nancy Doub, special projects coordinator for Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina. Goodwill is the lead sponsor of the job fair. “It’s been tougher this year finding employers with jobs. A lot of our companies didn’t come back this year because they don’t have openings,” Doub said. The job fair takes place against the backdrop of record unemployment rates across the state. The February jobless rate was 11.2 percent, according to N.C. Employment Security Commission figures.
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Spring cleaning High Point University student Kayla Potter picks up trash from the edge of Hartley Drive as part of the Great American Cleanup.
HIGH POINT – The High Point Regional Cancer Center’s Department of Radiation Oncology has received the highest designation from the American College of Radiology, making it the only ACR-accredited radiation therapy facility in the Piedmont Triad and one of two in the state. “While most clinics in our field are committed to delivering high quality care, we chose to take the next step by allowing ourselves to be measured by a standard greater than ourselves,” said Medical
R. Winston Dozier Jr. is a new board of directors member for First Bancorp, the parent company of First Bank. Dozier is the former owner and operator of Quik Chek Inc., a convenience store with 34 locations, headquartered in Troy.
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The 14th annual Employment and Resource Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Winston-Salem Sports & Entertainment Complex Coliseum Annex Building. For more information, contact Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina through the Web site www.goodwilljobfair.com or calling Nancy Doub at 724-3625, ext. 1271.
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Director, Dr. Bart Frizzell, Department of Radiation Oncology. “This accreditation is not the end of a process, but rather proof of the value of our ongoing commitment to delivering the best care possible.” In order to receive the ACR accreditation, the Cancer Center has voluntarily undergone a review process in which nationally accepted standards were met. In addition, the ACR accreditation ensures that staff in the Radiation Oncology Department is qualified through certifications, licensure and
education. The equipment and the technologies used have been found to be of the highest quality, ensuring High Point Regional’s facility either meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines. “We realized years ago that everyone in our field tends to promote that they have the newest, latest and greatest technology,” said Frizzell. “The quest for ACR accreditation represents an ongoing commitment to provide the best possible care, through innovative technology, delivered by compassionate and highly qualified staff.”
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Raeford Brinkley THOMASVILLE – Mr. Raeford Joseph Brinkley, 91, a resident of Thomasville, died Friday April 9, 2010 at High Point Regional Hospital. Raeford was born June 23, 1918 in Davidson County, NC a son of the late Robert L. Brinkley and Lucy Pope Brinkley. During WW II, Raeford was a ship builder. Before his retirement, Mr. Brinkley owned and operated Brinkley Auto and Parts in Thomasville. He always enjoyed cars and was particularly fascinated by older models. He also enjoyed traveling with his family. He loved the beach and enjoyed fishing from the surf. Mr. Brinkley’s life was defined by love of God and love of his family. He had an easy smile and genuine interest in other people. He will be greatly missed. He was a member of Pine Woods United Methodist Church where he was a former president of the Methodist Men, and a member of the Charles Hunt Victory Class. Raeford also enjoyed sports. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Edna Brinkley Tysinger and a brother Bobby C. Brinkley. On March 23, 1940, he married Pearl Elizabeth Beck who survives of the home. Surviving in addition to his wife is his daughters, Linda Brinkley Myers and husband Bradford of Thomasville, Dianne Brinkley Catlett and husband Roy of Archdale, Nancy Brinkley Jones and husband Rick of Thomasville and Kathy Brinkley Woods of Thomasville. Also surviving is a sister, Doris Brinkley Younts of Thomasville, a brother, Rev. Van E. Brinkley and wife Ida Lee of Thomasville, grandchildren, Eric Myers and wife Pam of Thomasville, Dena Catlett Brown and husband Ken of Raleigh, Elizabeth Catlett Griffin and husband Phillip of West Jefferson, Ryan Taylor Jones and wife Crystal of Wilmington, Amanda Woods Cassetta and husband Brad of Trinity and Amber Woods Tuggle and husband Jason of Thomasville. Great grandchildren, Wil Myers, Beau Myers, Kristin Brown, Michael Brown, Erin Griffin, Thomas Griffin, Zane Griffin and Selah Grace Cassetta, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 3 PM Monday at the Pine Woods United Methodist Church with Rev. Keith Edwards and Rev. Dianne Brinkley Catlett officiating. Interment will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 8 PM Sunday at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville and other times at the residence. Memorials may be directed to Pine Woods United Methodist Church 199 Pinewoods Church Rd. Thomasville, NC 27360. Online condolences may be sent to the Brinkley family at www. jcgreenandsons.com.
HIGH POINT – Mrs. Laureen Marie Vallery Gilchrist, 41, resident of 1704 Plateau Ct. died April 9th, 2010 at her home. Mrs. Gilchrist was born October 12th, 1968 in Somerville MA, a daughter to Edward and Patricia Perry Vallery. A resident of this area for 11 years, she was a teacher at 1st United Methodist Church and had attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. In 1995 she married Christopher (Chris) Gilchrist who survives of the home. In addition to her husband she is survived by her mother of High Point; two sons, Christopher Gilchrist Jr. and Johnathan Gilchrist both of High Point; four brothers, Edward Vallery and wife Patricia, Andrew Vallery and wife Kristine, Robert Vallery and wife Carol and Michael Vallery; father-in-law, James Gilchrist and mother-in-law, Diana Gilchrist both of Somerville MA; an aunt, Karen Ferullo of Methuen MA; a brother-in-law, James Gilchrist and wife Colette of Canton MA; a former sister-in-law Lisa; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles and very special friends. She was a dedicated and loving mother and wife. A memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Monday at the Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point by Rev. John J. Kelly O.S.F.S. Visitation will immediately follow the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Cancer Center at High Point Regional Hospital, 302 Westwood Ave. High Point NC 27262. On-line condolences may be made through www. cumbyfuneral.com.
HIGH POINT – James (Jamie) Pyrtle, 69, died April 10, 2010, at High Point Regional Hospital. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point.
Opal Sumner THOMASVILLE – Mrs. Opal Irene Wood Sumner, 87, a resident of Thomasville, died Friday April 9, 2010 in the Lexington Memorial Hospital. A lifelong resident of Thomasville, Opal was born February 13, 1923 a daughter of Ed L. Wood and Dora Harrelson Wood. She graduated from Fair Grove High School, attended Ashmore Business School, retired from Amos Hosiery Mill in High Point and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Thomasville. Opal was preceded in death by her parents. On February 12, 1951 she married Roy Lee Sumner who died September 19, 2003. Surviving is her daughter, Debbie Hoosier and husband Randy of Thomasville, grandchildren, Halsey Hoosier and Sara Hoosier of Thomasville, a sister, Mildred Floyd and husband Charlie of Thomasville. Funeral service will be 11 AM Monday at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville with Rev. Steve Jarvis officiating. Interment will follow in the Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 AM Monday at the funeral home and other times at the home of Debbie and Randy Hoosier. Memorials may be directed to Victory Junction Gang Camp 4500 Adam’s Way Randleman, NC 27317. Online condolences may be sent to the Sumner family at www. jcgreenandsons.com.
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Fredrick Jones HIGH POINT – Fredrick Jones, 67, of High Point died April 9, 2010, at High Point Regional Hospital. Phillips Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Clayton Jones LEXINGTON – Clayton Robert Jones, 42, of N.C. 47, died April 9, 2010, at his home. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Holly Grove Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Davidson Funeral Home.
Donnie Black SALISBURY – Donnie A. Black, 70, died April 9, 2010. Funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at New Hope Baptist Church. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at New Hope Baptist Church. Powels Funeral Home of Rockwell is assisting the family.
Betty White HIGH POINT – Mrs. Betty Lewis White of High Point died April 10, 2010. Arrangements by Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point.
James Thomas Lewis THOMASVILLE – Mr. James Thomas Lewis, 81, of 304 Moore Street, passed away on Friday, April 9, 2010 in N. C. State Veterans Home in Salisbury, NC. Surviving are his wife Rachel Aughtry Lewis of the home; one son Kevin Hagans of Hampton, GA and four grandchildren. A Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. at S. E. Thomas Funeral Service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday 30 minutes before the funeral service and other times at the home.
NC National Guard to welcome home thousands RALEIGH (AP) – The North Carolina National Guard will welcome home nearly 4,000 soldiers from their second deployment to Iraq. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that a ceremony will be held today at the RBC Center for the 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team. The brigade is made up of battalions from North Carolina.
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Meinhardt Raabe, who played the Munchkin coroner in “The Wizard of Oz” and proclaimed in the movie that the Wicked Witch of the East was “really most sincerely dead,” has died. He was 94. His caregiver, Cindy Bosnyak, said Raabe died Friday morning at a hospital in Orange Park, Fla. He was one of the few surviving Munchkins from the 1939 film. Bosnyak said he complained of a sore throat at his retirement community before collapsing and going into cardiac arrest. He was taken to Orange Park Medical Center, where he later died, she said. “He had a headful of hair at 94 and he ... remembered everything every day,” she said. “To me
he was a walking history book, very alert.” Raabe was one of the 124 Munchkins in the film classic and one of only nine who had speaking parts. He was 22 years old and a show business veteran, earning money for college as a “midget” performer, as they were called then, when the movie was shot in 1938. Raabe portrayed the diminutive Munchkin official who solemnly pronounces the witch dead after Dorothy’s farmhouse lands on her: “As coroner I must aver, I thoroughly examined her, And she’s not only merely dead, she’s really most sincerely dead.” His costume included a huge hat with a rolled brim, and dyed yak hair was used for his handlebar mustache and long beard.
Timothy White, victim of 1980 kidnapping, dies SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) – Timothy White, the youngest victim and last survivor of a notorious California kidnapping saga whose rescue offered hope to parents of missing children, has died. He was 35. Timothy “Timmy” White was 5 years old when he was kidnapped by child molester Kenneth Parnell as he walked home from his Ukiah school in 1980. Two weeks later, fellow kidnap victim Steven Stayner fled with the boy and hitchhiked to safety. The 14-year-old Stayner had been held captive and sexually abused for years by Parnell. “He didn’t want what happened to him to happen to me,” White said in 2004. The dramatic kidnapping story was told in a
book and in the 1989 television movie, “I Know My First Name is Steven.” White’s stepfather, Roger Gitlin, said in an e-mail to family friends that White died April 1 of an apparent pulmonary embolism. He was buried Thursday in the town of Newhall in Los Angeles County, where he had worked as a sheriff’s deputy since 2005. Parnell died at age 76 in 2008 while serving a life term for trying to buy a 4year-old boy for $500 while living in Berkeley. He spent five years in prison during the 1980s for the abductions of Stayner and White. Stayner, who returned to his family in Merced after living with Parnell for more than seven years, died in a 1989 motorcycle crash.
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DURHAM â€“ UNC President Erskine Bowles said Friday that the stateâ€™s university system might have to cut hundreds of faculty positions across its 17 campuses if its budget is cut by 5 percent. The university system already was preparing for a 2 percent budget cut to make up for lower state funding, but Bowles told the Board of Governors, which met at N.C. Central University, that more cuts would hurt the academic core of its campuses for years. A 5 percent budget cut would mean the loss of 1,000 jobs systemwide,
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Professors: Obamaâ€™s court nominee will face challenges WINSTON-SALEM â€“ President Obama will face political challenges regardless of whom he nominates to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, three law professors at Wake Forest University said. Ron Wright, a criminallaw professor at WFU, said that Obama could nominate someone who is â€œa liberal lionâ€? like Thurgood Marshall or William Brennan, justices who served on the court until the 1990s. However, Obama also could pick someone who
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Hayworth Chapel Dr. Thomas B. Stockton, Bishop in Residence at High Point University, will deliver a sermon during the weekly worship service at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Hayworth Chapel on the HPU campus. The Chapel Choir will provide the music. Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and Kappa Sigma fraternity will serve as worship leaders and fellowship hosts. The service is open to the public. AP
John S. Cummins, former bishop of the diocese of Oakland, Calif., recalls correspondence from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger regarding troubled priest Stephen Kiesle.
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Letter: Future pope stalled pedophile case LOS ANGELES (AP) â€“ Four years after a California priest and convicted child molester asked to be defrocked, his bishop pleaded with the future Pope Benedict XVI to remove the man from the priesthood.
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Thomasville’s top employees should live in city What is wrong with Thomasville? Is the city of Thomasville unfit to live in? Evidently Councilmen Neal Grimes and David Yemm both believe that no one hired in top positions would want to live in Thomasville. If that is true, guess who controls what Thomasville has to offer or what Thomasville can offer. It’s the same employees in those top positions. If the top employees of Thomasville are required to live here, maybe we can become a city where people and businesses will want to reside. If they lived here, their opinions of Thomasville as a place to live/work would impact decisions they make for residences and businesses. Not only do their decisions affect our citizens, their incomes are from taxes we pay. Over time, these workers are taking millions of dollars away from Thomasville’s citizens who work
hard every day and pay taxes for services. Employees who live outside of Thomasville are taking our money and giving it to other cities; they do not pay taxes here but in the cities where they live. In my opinion, any employee who makes over $25,000 gross income a year should be required to live in the city of Thomasville. It’s called reinvesting! When would you invest money and not expect something in return? Never! So why would you invest in Thomasville via taxes and fees and not expect those who are in-charge to return some of your investment back into the economy of Thomasville? Please call your City Council members and tell them to require employees to live in Thomasville and help Thomasville through reinvestment. I applaud City
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I have right not to breathe second-hand smoke I wonder what some people are thinking who want to get the smoking ban repealed. State Rep. Jerry Dockham says he will work hard to get the ban repealed. He says that it should be a “common courtesy” for smokers to not smoke around people who don’t smoke. A lot of smokers don’t care whether they smoke around other people. People say that they can’t quit. That is untrue. I was a two-
pack-a-day smoker when I quit back in the mid-1980s. How did I quit? I threw them out my truck window. If you say you can’t quit, you are saying that you are a weak person that has no willpower. If you could smell how bad smokers stink, maybe that would help some people quit. Yes, people have the right to smoke but they do not have the right to subject other people to second-hand smoke and the dangers that go with it. CLAUDE PRUITT Trinity
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hat you are seeing these days from many governments – at local, county, state and federal levels – is anything but transparent. trans•parent adj. ... to be transparent ... 1 transmitting light rays so that objects on the other side may be distinctly seen; capable of being seen through; neither opaque or translucent 2 so fine in texture or open in mesh that objects on the other side may be seen relatively clearly; sheer; gauzy; diaphanous 3 easily understood; very clear 4 easily recognized or detected; obvious 5 without guile or concealment; open; frank; candid SYN. clear. It continues to amaze us that folks running for office have faith in us during the campaign, believing that we are savvy enough to recognize their fine points and elect them to the office to which they aspire. Once elected, however, we suspect many politicians believe us (perhaps because we chose them) suddenly to be struck stupid and unworthy of recognition until the next election cycle. That appears to be especially true when budgets are being constructed. Consider the Guilford County budget process for example. Not only is the public, which pays the bills, being kept in the dark by the Guilford County manager and the chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, but so are most of the commissioners as well. One would think that with all the budgeting challenges that almost every business and every household within the county has had to contend with and overcome the last couple of years, that by government sharing information with its constituents throughout the process, some best practices may filter up from the masses that would be as helpful to budget makers as volunteers were to the tornado cleanup effort. Such secrecy, although carried to the extreme by Brenda Jones Fox this time around, gradually has been becoming commonplace since the turn of the century. Taxpayers are considered smart enough to find ways to pay the tax bills but aren’t considered smart enough to help figure out where and how money should be spent and, even more important, where and how it shouldn’t be spent. In this situation, we repeat the questions we asked in an editorial on another public record subject earlier in the week: What are they trying to hide? Why?
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ason Adenolith Heyward, 20, 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, bats left, throws left. BaseballReference.com reports he is ranked by Baseball America, Keith Law of ESPN.com and Jonathan Mayor of MLB.com as baseball’s top prospect for the 2010 season. Writing about the rookie outfielder for the Atlanta Braves, Terence Moore, national columnist for FanHouse, asked, “Is it wise that Jason A. Heyward (the ‘A’ likely stands for Awesome) is designated around this franchise and throughout this city as Hank Aaron 2.0 or even as a 21st century Jackie Robinson in some ways?” I, too, wondered (aloud during one of The High Point Enterprise’s 4:30 p.m. news conferences last week) if everyone was putting too much pressure on Heyward. All the hype reminded me of that surrounding Clint Hartung, a pitcher/outfielder from Hondo, Texas, 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, batted right, threw right, who, when he made his debut (at age 24) with the New York Giants in 1947. He was described by many baseball “experts” and sports writers as “the next Babe Ruth.” Well, in four seasons as a pitcher, Hartung went 29-29, giving up 271 bases on balls and 57 home runs and struck out 167 batters while posting a career 5.02 earned run average. In six seasons (196 games) at bat (pitcher/outfielder), “The Hondo Hurricane” hit .238 with 14 home runs and 43 runs batted in. 1947 was his best year: .309 with 29 hits in 94 at bats. Nothing Ruthian there. When Heyward slammed a home run in his first at bat for the Braves, I immediately thought of a guy most of you never heard of – Dino Restelli, an outfielder who grew up in St. Louis’ Hill District, 6-foot-11⁄2, 191 pounds, batted right, threw right. Restelli (at age 24) broke into the major leagues in 1949 by hitting five home runs in his first nine games (and seven in his first 18 days) for the Pittsburgh Pirates before pitchers really started throwing curve balls. Restelli hit a total of 12 home runs that season and, after playing in the minors much of 1950, rejoined the Pirates and hit just one more home run. His career ended at age 25. He had played in 93 Major League games with a .241 batting average and 43 runs batted in. Nothing outstanding there. Hopefully, Heyward – probably the most heralded phenom since Mickey Mantle broke into the majors with the New York Yankees in 1951 – will be as successful in the big leagues as he has been in the minors.
For the record, Mantle, 5foot-11, 195 pounds, batted both, threw right, played in 2,401 regular season games with 2,415 hits, 536 home runs, 1,509 runs batted in, 1,733 walks, 1,710 strikeouts and a .557 slugging average. In 12 World Series (65 games), he batOPINION ted .257 with 18 home runs and 40 rbi. Mantle was inducted into Tom baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1974. Blount Plenty phenomenal there. ■■■ In three minor league seasons, Heyward played in 238 minor league games (rookie, A, A+, AA and AAA) belting 279 hits for a .318 batting average with 29 home runs, 125 runs batted in and a .508 slugging percentage. He committed 13 errors as an outfielder for a .973 fielding average. In September 2009, Heyward was chosen Minor League Player of the Year. He was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey, but gained fame as an all-America prep first baseman in his hometown of McDonough, Georgia, on the outskirts of Atlanta. Moore also wrote about “that history thing: The Braves have featured a slew of highly touted rookies since they moved to Atlanta from Milwaukee in 1966. They’ve had four Rookie of the Year winners during that stretch in Earl Williams (1971), Bob Horner (1978), David Justice (1990) and Rafael Furcal (2000). Plus, they’ve had Dale Murphy starting his near Hall of Fame career during the mid-1970s before Tom Glavine and John Smoltz began their inevitable sprints to Cooperstown during the late 1980s. “There also were those much-hyped starts for the two Joneses. You already know about Chipper, but then you had Andruw, who became better than Mickey Mantle in 1996 by homering in a World Series at 19. He topped the Mick’s old record by a year as the youngest player ever to do so. He did so at Yankee Stadium, too, which was Mantle’s old roaming grounds. If that wasn’t enough, Andruw actually slammed two homers in his first two World Series at bats, and he did all of that on Mantle’s birthday.” If Heyward performs at a level that even comes close to matching the hype, his career truly should be something to behold. He’s carrying quite a load on his broad shoulders. Now, let’s sit back and watch him play ball!
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Tide rises toward riparian rights battle ‘Qu’ils mangent W de la brioche’ T
he federal budget deficit in 2009 was more than $1.4 trillion. Using President Obama’s proposed budget for 2011, the Congressional Budget Office projects trillion dollar deficits for two more years, then a slight reduction for a few years before reverting to an upward slope with perpetual trillion dollar deficits. Our national debt is well above $12 trillion and our unfunded liabilities are over $108 trillion. Social Security was previously projected to pay out more than it takes in starting in 2016, but we’ve already passed that mark six years early. You don’t have to be an economist to know that America is on an unsustainable path. You do, however, need to have common sense and pay attention to current events. You do need to educate yourself on the history of the political systems that have been in use over the past few hundred years. You do need to get involved with government by voicing your concerns – loudly if needed OPINION – and by voting in every election. Mike Nobody ever said Hughes that living in a ■■■ constitution-based federal republic would be easy, but that’s what a lot of Americans have come to expect, and that sentiment is partly what has led to our unsustainable path. Referring to Obama’s recent signing of health care reform, Cato Institute economist Veronique de Rugy said, “We are about to witness … the biggest, most massive transfer of wealth from the relatively young and poor people in society to the relatively old and wealthy people in society.” People who are young and healthy don’t need comprehensive health insurance, and people who are older generally have more wealth than younger people. America is facing huge problems, but these problems can be solved with the right (as in conservative) leadership. U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is one such leader. Ryan’s Roadmap for America’s Future Act of 2010 (H.R. 4529) would likely solve the pending crises in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid while paying off the national debt. The solution involves both tax and entitlement cuts while transferring power from Washington bureaucrats back to the people. Ryan’s legislation is not an easy fix, but if there is an answer to our problems, this is what it will look like. As expected, liberals have criticized the bill using the dishonest claim of “tax cuts for the rich.” Yet liberals clearly have no better ideas. Contrary to the wishes of the hope-and-change crowd, conservative leadership is still going strong in America. The question is: How do we get there from here? The answer is to get involved. There will be another Tea Party at Governmental Plaza in Greensboro at 5:30 p.m. April 15. More information can be found at http://gsoteaparty.wordpress. com/. Also, “Conservatives for Guilford County” can be found on Facebook, and GOOOH is looking for new members. French Queen Marie Antoinette may or may not have said “Let them eat cake,” but the liberal Democrats said exactly that when they exempted their leaders from Obamacare. Times have changed since the French Revolution, but the arrogance of power remains the same. Keeping that power in check is what created American exceptionalism. That’s exactly what we need to do now. MIKE HUGHES is a Navy veteran who lives in Jamestown. His column appears here every other Sunday. To comment, visit www.hpe.com and click on local commentary. E-mail him at mrmike27282@gmail. com.
hen our Legislature reconvenes next month, its members will face an important test from coastal property owners who want to reverse the state’s long-standing ban against terminal groins. We certainly understand the desire to restore shorelines. Property owners paid large sums of money to enjoy sandy beaches and feel they have the right to restore them. People have argued over who owns coastal waters and land for centuries. A body of law regarding “riparian rights” has evolved. In a paper on water law prepared for the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at N.C. State University, Allain Andry, wrote, “Under North Carolina law, all land under saltwater bodies, lands subject to the ebb and flow of the tide, and land under water that is subject to the influx
of saltwater is owned by the State ‘in trust’ for the public.” A private property owner actually owns only the land MY SPIN above the traditional highTom water mark. Campbell The owner is ■■■ allowed “reasonable use” of water and sand beyond the high-water mark so long as he or she doesn’t interfere with reasonable use by other property owners and the public. If a property owner does anything that will harm or change the reasonable use of the land or water of another property owner, the other owner’s riparian rights, as well as those of the public, have been violated. A seawall, jetty or rock groin placed in the water will cause erosion
or diversion of water to another property owner according to a large body of evidence. The Senate has passed a bill that would allow terminal groins but the House wisely refused to do so. The Coastal Resources Commission conducted a $300,000 study on the impact of terminal groins and, by an 8-5 margin, recommended continuing the current ban. Some mistakenly believe this close vote resulted from insufficient proof of the damage groins can cause. It was nothing more than a reflection of the intense lobbying underway by those who want to remove the ban, restore their beaches and protect their property values. As long as we have inhabited this region we can cite the changing nature of shorelines, inlets and water flow. Removing the ban on terminal groins is a class
action lawsuit waiting to happen, and if our understanding of the principles of riparian rights is correct, the ban will be upheld. People who have enough dollars to buy waterfront property should also have enough sense to recognize the fragile and changing nature of shorelines before investing their money. I am one of them but knew the risks when I bought and recognize I don’t have the right to harm others’ property just to preserve mine. Resisting the pressure from special interests will be a real test of this Legislature, and we will all be watching to see how they respond. TOM CAMPBELL is former assistant N.C. state treasurer and is creator/host of NC SPIN, a weekly statewide television discussion of N.C. issues airing Sundays at 6:30 a.m. on WFMY-TV. Contact him at www.ncspin.com.
Race and politics It’s a deadly combination that has torn many nations apart
ew combinations are more poisonous than race and politics. That combination has torn whole nations apart and led to the slaughters of millions in countries around the world. You might think we would have learned a lesson from that and stay away from injecting race into political issues. Yet playing the race card has become an increasingly common response to growing public anger at the policies of the Obama administration and the way those policies have been imposed. OPINION When the triumphant Democrats made their Thomas widely televised walk up Sowell Capitol Hill after passing ■■■ the health care bill, led by a smirking and strutting Nancy Pelosi, holding her oversized gavel, some of the crowd of citizens expressed their anger. According to some Democrats, these expressions of anger included racial slurs directed at black members of Congress. This is a serious charge – and one deserving of some serious evidence. But, despite all the media recording devices on the scene, not to mention recording devices among the crowd gathered there, nobody can come up with a single recorded sound to back up that incendiary charge. Worse yet, some people have claimed that even doubting the charge suggests that you are a racist. Among the people who are likely to be most disappointed with the Obama administration are those who thought it would usher in a post-racial society. That they wished for such a society is a credit to their values. But that they actu-
ally expected a move in that direction suggests that they ignored both Barack Obama’s history and the heavy vested interest that too many people have in race hustling. This is just one of many areas in which this country is likely to pay a very high price for the fact that too many voters paid attention to Obama’s rhetoric while ignoring his actual track record. However soothing the Obama rhetoric, and however lofty his statements about being a uniter rather than a divider – both racially and in terms of bipartisanship – everything in his past fairly shouts the opposite, but only to those who follow facts. Has he been allied with uniters or dividers in the past? Do Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers and Father Pfleger sound like uniters? What has his administration done – as distinguished from what the president has said – since taking office? It has dropped the prosecution of black thugs caught on camera stationed outside a polling place intimidating voters. Obama has promoted to the Supreme Court a circuit judge who dismissed a discrimination lawsuit by white fire-
fighters, whose case the Supreme Court later accepted and ruled in their favor. He preceded this appointment by talking about needing people on the court with “empathy.” That is a pretty word but the ugly reality is that it is just another euphemism for bias. For generations, white Southern judges had all kinds of empathy for other white Southerners, which is to say, bias against blacks. The question is whether you want equal treatment or you want payback. Cycles of revenge and counter-revenge have been at the heart of racial and ethnic strife throughout history, in countries around the world. It is a history written in blood. It is history we don’t need to repeat in the United States of America. Political demagoguery and political favoritism have turned groups violently against each other, even in countries where they have lived peacefully side by side for generations. Ceylon was one of those countries in the first half of the 20th century, before the politics of group favoritism so polarized the country – now called Sri Lanka – that it produced a decades-long civil war with mass slaughters and unspeakable atrocities. The world has been shocked by the mass slaughters of the Tutsis by the Hutus in Rwanda, but until a half century ago, there had been no such systematic slaughters there. We know – or should know – what lies at the end of the road of racial polarization. A “race card” is not something to play, because race is a very dangerous political plaything. THOMAS SOWELL, a native of North Carolina, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His Web site is www.tsowell.com.
Is man-made global warming a hoax?
ecent revelations about global warming have put into question how much affect man actually has on climate change. The debate really heated up with the release of a thousand hacked e-mails and numerous errors in the United Nations climate report. The e-mails were hacked from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit server in Britain and placed online. E-mails showed that climate scientists were manipulating and withholding climate data to strengthen their argument for man-made global warming. The British press has labeled this “Climategate” and have accused the East Anglia’s Research Unit of undermining all science’s credibility. An independent probe headed by the British Institute of Physics has been requested to investigate this matter. This data was also used by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to urge governments
to cut carbon dioxide emissions and show that Earth’s temperatures have been relatively stable for centuries before rising sharply in the recent decades. The IPCC climate report failed to include the medieval warming period (800-1300 A.D.) when the waters around Greenland were ice free. The Viking colonies on Greenland flourished for many centuries. Greenland is now 85 percent covered with thick ice and has a yearly high temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit in July. Climate scientists and meteorologists who dared question man-made global warming were ridiculed and attacked by Al Gore, news media and the extreme left environmentalists. The lead climate scientist who authored the IPCC climate report recently stated that climate data now shows that the world has been cool-
ing since 1995. Maybe this is the reason for Lake Eire completely freezing over for the first time since 1995 or all 50 states having snow cover at one time. I am sure that many N.C. residents like me, who have had their highest heating bills in many years, would not have minded a little more global warming this winter. A lot of the climate warming conclusions were obtained from analyzing the growth rings of one tree in Siberia. My experience as a West Virginia University forestry graduate tells me few conclusions about the Earth’s past temperatures can be obtained by looking at the growth rings of only one tree. Some of the hacked e-mails showed researchers discussing how to manipulate the raw data from the tree rings about the Earth’s historical temperatures. A lot of weather changes are due to the natural Earth cycles. President Obama told Chilean people that man can-
not control earthquakes. How about the Earth’s climate? The New York Times reported that global warming was even worse than we thought because of the recent all-time record snow storms on the East Coast. Gore and the news media have been hyping the dangers of global warming for years. Gore and his Wall Street cronies stand to make hundreds of million dollars with their companies doing carbon credit trading. The Obama administration and Democrat Congress are also looking to use global warming hype to pass the cap and trade bill as a way to raise $600 billion in new energy taxes. This bill also would cost the state of North Carolina many thousands of jobs. The bottom line is that proposed global warming policies will mean higher taxes, higher energy costs, lost jobs and more government. REGIS KLINE is a resident of Trinity.
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Novel relates to real-life discontent in marriages CHARLOTTE (AP) – They are not the Real Housewives of Charlotte, but the characters in Charlottean Kim Wright’s new novel, “Love in Mid Air,” may feel like people you’ve met before. Wright’s debut novel, in bookstores next week, tells the story of Elyse Bearden, an almost-40 Charlotte woman debating whether to leave her stale marriage - and the comfortable existence that goes with it. This tale of suburban housewife angst draws not only from Wright’s own experiences, but from marriage discontent in real-life Charlotte. She recorded it all in her journals. Thirteen years ago,
‘I really do think when you get divorced, you’re driving through crazy town.’ Kim Wright Author Wright was a freelance writer and mother of two, going through a divorce. Once she left her husband, a strange thing happened. “When you become the person who’s had the divorce,” she says, “everyone starts telling you their stories.” She found herself being flagged down in the Plantation Market Harris Teeter, stopped by women who wanted to confide that their marriages weren’t so good. Getting divorced, it turned out, made her safe to talk to. She had failed publicly, and now she had become mother confessor for every discontented woman in southeast Charlotte. Wright wrote down all the stories she heard, and she moved on. Years later, she had the idea for a novel that avoids romance-plot cliches. In-
stead of being dumped, then finding true love, her heroine would decide to leave. In real life, it turns out, women initiate most divorces after age 40. Lucky for Wright, she still had her journals. Wright, 54, explained her unusual piece of luck recently to a dozen women gathered for a book club at Sandy Culver’s Lake Norman house. CulAP ver had invited Wright, Author Kim Wright (left) and Lake Norman book club member Fiona Key discuss Kim Wright’s debut novel, “Love her longtime friend, to In Mid Air,” in Charlotte. discuss “Love in Mid Air” (Grand Central; $23). Early reviews are glowing. “Astute and engrossing,” says People. “Wright hits it out of the park,” says Publishers Weekly. The book raises many questions: Why do women stay in a bad marriage? Why do they finally leave? Is an affair ever acceptable? This group was wellequipped for the discussion. About half were divorced. Some saw themselves in the novel. A couple wondered why main character Elyse, an ethical, practical person, risks so much to have an affair. Partly, Wright explained, to add dramatic tension. But also, when marriages break up, people do things they’d never do under normal circumstances. “I really do think when you get divorced, you’re driving through crazy town.” Several women prodded Wright to reveal her inspirations for the people and places. Was the pony-tailed lawyer Bill Diehl? Where’s the church she describes? And what’s the gated community where the character Kelly lives? Wright mostly avoided direct answers. The story is, after all, fiction distilled from fact, not journalism. She admitted, though, that Kelly’s fictional Charlotte neighborhood is modeled after Piper Glen and Ballantyne. Wright’s story also is laced with snippets from all the marriage complaints she heard years ago.
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