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HIGH POINT – Last year, the economy’s nosedive affected businesses and charities across the nation. In High Point, businesses were bought out, closed and downsized. Some of these businesses gave donations to the United Way of Greater High Point and were no longer able to do so during the 2009 donation campaign. This made for a troubling year. The United Way fell short of its $4.525 million goal by $188,428. “I’ve been doing this since 1983,” said Bobby Smith, president of the United Way of Greater High Point. “The past seven years I have been with the High Point branch. That was by far the most challenging year.” The United Way on Thursday announced that it will allocate $3.2 million to local nonprofits beginning July 1. Last year the agency allocated almost the same exact amount. There was less than a 1 percent difference between the two years. The numbers stuck so close together due to administrative budget cuts by 5 percent the past two consecutive years. Smith also attributes the close numbers to “the amount that was set aside for the uncollectable rate.” Each year, the United Way has to examine past years and decide what percent of those who pledged to donate will fall through. From 2009 to 2010, those rates changed from 5.5 percent to 8 percent. Each percent is equivalent to about $42,000. With the tough economic times befalling everyone, the percentage had to increase. For the upcoming year, the uncollectable rate will decrease to 6.75 percent. Smith attributes the difficulty of hitting this year’s goal to the economic environment. “Most of the campaign is conducted in the workplace,” Smith said. “It’s difficult for people to donate when their hours are being cut back, their company is downsizing, or they’re losing their benefits.” Despite communitywide setbacks, last-minute donations really softened the blow of the economically bad year. Leah Penry Price, High Point resident and community volunteer, “led the campaign through the challenging year,” Smith said. Internally, budget cuts were made in hopes of diminishing the effects on funding programs. More than half of the dollars earmarked for allocation, $1,337,343, will be put toward programs promoting education, $748,731 will go to programs for income and self-sufficiency and $556.445 will be invested in programs for health/ healthy people. email@example.com | 888-3537
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Mall draws bids BY PAUL B. JOHNSON ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – As many as three bidders may have offered to buy Oak Hollow Mall, which was listed for sale earlier this spring, sources tell The High Point Enterprise. At least three independent sources, who asked to remain anonymous, say CBL & Associates Properties Inc. is mulling offers from entities interested in buying Oak Hollow, which opened 15 years ago and remains the city’s largest shopping center. One source indicates the offers appear to be from bidders who would want to maintain the mall as a retail complex. The 44-acre mall property was listed for sale in mid-April at $15 million. The property listing didn’t include the Dillard’s or Sears department store, as the two retailers own their anchor store locations. A spokeswoman for Chattanooga, Tenn.-based CBL & Associates, one of the nation’s largest mall
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The sale of Oak Hollow Mall may be close at hand, as CBL has received three offers, sources say. owners and operators, said Thursday that the company had no comment on reports of a possible sale. “No announcements have been made, and we do not comment on market rumors. I have no ad-
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Coy Williard Jr., a High Point business and civic leader, was elected chairman of the board of trustees at Guilford Technical Community College. Williard and other officers will take their new roles on Aug. 26. He is president of Williard-Stewart Inc., a general contracting company.
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Lynne Goodwin performs with Likewise Jazz Trio at Party on the Plank Thursday.
Mother’s Day trumps Father’s Day spending BY PAM HAYNES ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
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Blair Park pro Chip Johnson expects to sell many gift certificates for the course as Father’s Day gifts.
HIGH POINT – Children and family members seem to have plenty of love for fathers on Father’s Day, but not as much love as they have for mom – at least if you’re measuring love in money. The National Retail Federation reports the average shopper will spend $94.32 on dad this year, up from $90.89 last year. That’s compared to $126.90 that the average person spent on their mom for Mother’s Day gifts. Total spending for Father’s Day is expected to reach $9.8 billion, while Mother’s Day spending was expected to reach $14.6 billion. While Father’s Day, unlike Mother’s Day, isn’t a major rush for stores, it does bring in plenty of extra business, local retailers say. “We get big business on certificates for our professional shop merchandise and rounds (of golf),” said Chip Johnson, an assistant golf professional at Blair Park Golf Course. “We see a huge increase every year. It’s just the perfect gift for dad.” Shoppers have been streaming through the golf course’s gift shop all week, but Saturday will
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be its biggest day for sales, Johnson added. “We always have a big jump the day before Father’s Day,” he said. Glenn Prevatte, manager at Holly Ridge Golf Links in Archdale, also said sales for golf course gift certificates jump every year around the holiday. “We usually see a little bit of increase,” he said. “The gift cards are just the easiest thing to get for dad.” Clothes and fragrances are big sellers at Belk in Oak Hollow Mall during the weekend, said Jason Scott, store manager, but the increase in shoppers still doesn’t compare to Mother’s Day. “Mothers’ Day is always a bigger holiday, but we of course see activity in men’s clothing and men’s fragrances,” he said. “Other barbecuing items, electronic and home items are big for dad as well.” Flowers, cards and dinner at a restaurant are the common gifts for mom each year, but electronics and home improvement items remain popular for dad at Target on Mall Loop Road, said Joe Harmon, sales floor executive. firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3617
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Age: 50 Profession: Retired U.S. Marine Corps; owner, Kid Appeal Child Learning Center, High Point. Community: Member of the High Point Black Leadership Roundtable, NAACP and a leader at the Carl Chavis YMCA.
THOMASVILLE – Billy Wayne Miller, Sr., 62, of Koontz Avenue died June 16, 2010, at Forsyth Medical Center. Graveside service will b eheld at 10 a.m. Monday in the National Cemetery, Salisbury. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home, Thomasville.
Carroll Hunt ASHEBORO Carroll Delmonte “Bim” Hunt, 87, died June 16, 2010. Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. View Independent Methodist Church, Asheboro. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Ridge Fuenral Home, Asheboro.
Doris A. Carlton LEXINGTON – Doris Allen Carlton, 81, of Oakdale Street died June 16, 2010. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. June 23, 2010, at the Davidson Funeral Home Chapel, Lexington.
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ago, as some of the leases of initial tenants expired, the mall began to lose stores and restaurants. Oak Hollow management has succeeded in drawing nontraditional tenants in the past couple of years, such as a church, Christianbased dance studio and, most significantly, a customer service operation that brought hundreds of workers to the mall and filled a former anchor store location. But Oak Hollow has endured an erosion of traditional retail tenants and restaurants during the past five years.
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Debra Pittman LEXINGTON – Mrs. Debra Dean Lucas Pittman, 52, died June 16, 2010. Funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Asheboro. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
RALEIGH (AP) – The former prosecutor of two North Carolina counties has been charged with nine misdemeanors, most of which accuse him of assaulting women. State Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office announced Thursday that Joel Brewer also faces misdemeanor counts of impersonating a police officer and willfully failing to discharge his duties. Brewer had served as district attorney in Person and Caswell counties from 1994 until earlier this year, when the State Bureau of Investigation began an inquiry into allegations that he pretended to be a law enforcement officer.
Ex-NC commerce, DOT secretaries visit courthouse RALEIGH (AP) – Two former Cabinet secretaries in Mike Easley’s administration have visited the courthouse where federal grand jurors have been meeting for over a year examining activities surrounding North Carolina’s ex-governor. Former Transportation Secretary Lyndo Tippett declined to comment when he left the Raleigh federal building late Thursday afternoon with his attorney.
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we have our work cut out for us.” Davis earlier said he would have entered the District 28 race in February had he known Dorsett was not running again. He has contended that powerbrokers conspired to have Dorsett withdraw just before the candidate filing period concluded. “Collecting the signatures is only a small part of the story about how politicians tried to deceive the public by passing on a Senate seat,” Davis said. Dorsett’s friend Gladys Robinson of Pleasant Garden, executive director of the Piedmont Health Service and Sickle Cell Agency, won the Democratic nomination for the seat in the May 4 primary. Trudy Wade, a member of Greensboro City Council and a former county commissioner, is the Republican candidate. Davis also is running unopposed for another term on the Board of Commissioners. If Davis wins both races, he could take the oath of office for only one post, according to state law.
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THOMASVILLE – Mrs. Mary Frances Edinger Chandler, 81, of Pilot Drive died June 17, 2010, at her home. A private graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday for family in Rich Fork Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Rich Fork Baptist Church. J.C. Green & Sons, Inc. of Thomasville is assisting the family.
lations. CBL & Associates is a main player in the shopping center market in the Piedmont. The company operates Hanes Mall in WinstonSalem and Randolph Mall in Asheboro. Its outdoor shopping centers include Friendly Center in Greensboro and Alamance Crossing in Burlington. CBL & Associates owns, holds interests in or manages 163 properties nationwide, according to the company’s website. Oak Hollow opened with great fanfare in 1995 at virtually 100 percent occupancy. The mall maintained a solid occupancy rate for its first 10 years. But about five years
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GUILFORD COUNTY – County Commissioner Bruce Davis said Thursday he has the voter signatures he needs to file as an unaffiliated candidate for the District 28 Senate seat. The High Point Democrat ran against Sen. Katie Dorsett in the Democratic primary two years ago and decided to run again in March after Dorsett pulled out of the race in February. Davis said he could file his petition signatures as soon as today. Davis must file 4,837 signatures by June 25 to be listed on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. Davis said he has as many as 7,650 signatures from the district which covers most of High Point. A High Point resident has not held the seat for 20 years. Davis thanked his volunteers and voters during a televised Board of Commissioners meeting. “This will give people a choice in November,” Davis said. “These people did the work. I think we will have a strong campaign in November.” Campaign workers will continue to verify voter signatures, Davis said. As many as 1,100 people listed on the petition may not be registered voters, Davis said, and another 1,000 may live outside the district. There are some duplicate and illegible signatures, he said. “We know we have to validate the 4,837,” Davis said later. “We want to get 5,000 validated so we know we have enough. We want to register the 1,100. We know
City to woos Google with spacey love note LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) – A Colorado city is planning to show Google just how much it hearts the Internet company. Dozens of Longmont residents plan to use their bodies to spell out a love note to Google in the parking lot of Silver
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Creek High School on Friday. They plan to form a red heart between the words “Longmont” and “Google,” which will be spelled out by about 82 cars. A DigitalGlobe satellite passing overhead between 12:27 and 12:29 p.m. Friday should
be able to photograph the scene. Organizers hope the photo will boost the chances that the Mountain View, Californiabased company will choose Longmont over thousands of other cities to test a speedy Internet service.
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HIGH POINT – The United Way of Greater High Point on Thursday announced allocations to its partner agencies for 2009-10. The United Way allocated more than $3.2 million to 29 local partner agencies and community initiatives. The following is the list of how the money will be distributed beginning July 1: • Alcohol & Drug Services, Prevention Services, $61,091 • American Red Cross: Youth Services, $12,721; Volunteer Services, $9,983; Blood Services, $33,274; Emergency Services, $88,296; Health, Safety & Comm Serv, $45,117 • Arc of High Point: Special Touch Learning Center, $36,589; Healthy Living, $11,139; Advocacy Programs, $4,847; Independent Living Program, $30,642; Community Outreach, $31,020 • Big Brothers Big Sisters: BBBS Match Support, $113,000 •Boy Scouts, Old North State: Boy Scouting, $68,600 • Boys & Girls Clubs: Education & Career Dev, $188,000; Health & Life Skills, $85,200 • Communities In Schools – HP: GRAND Pals, $18,880; Jump Start Reading, $57,600; 21st Century Scholars, $53,200 •Communities In Schools – RC: Mentoring & Tutoring, $28,600; After School Music Prgm, $6,608; Transitions Program, $4,000 • Community Clinic: Health Care for Indigent, $60,570 • Family Service of the Piedmont: Childhood Enhancement, $44,300; Family Counseling, $87,656; Crisis Services, $94,692; Consumer Credit Counseling, $8,363 • Girl Scouts, Tarheel Triad: Girl Scouting, $46,256 • Hospice of the Piedmont: Hospice programs & services, $170,760 • Latino Family Center: Hermanas/Sisters, $25,600; Herma-
Amphitheater won’t take beer’s name RALEIGH (AP) – North Carolina’s liquor commission rejected won’t allow Raleigh to name its new 5,500-seat amphitheater after a beer brand. Multiple media outlets
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nos/Brothers, $9,500; El Pueblo Community Access, $14,700 • Mental Health Association: Destiny House, $50,504; Support Groups, $6,797; Work Force, $13,523 • One Step Further: Guilford County Teen Court, $5,484; Mediation Services, $4,997; Community Services Restitution, $2,699 • Open Door Ministries: Arthur Cassell House, $6,891; Emergency Shelter, $16,719; Emergency Assistance, $24,979; The Father’s Table, $12,305; Permanent Supportive Housing, $7,391 • Piedmont Health Services: Sickle Cell Services, $32,096; HIV/ AIDS Street Outreach, $35,942 • Randolph Co. Family Crisis Center: Family Crisis Office, Archdale, $23,948; Nurturing Parent Program, $4,957 • Randolph Co. Senior Adults Assoc: Mobile Meals for senior adults, $25,500; Archdale Senior Center, $24,507 • The Salvation Army: Emergency Services, $107,312; Housing, $106,433 • Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs: Character & Leadership Dev, $20,500; Education & Career Dev, $20,500; Health & Life Skills, $20,000 • Senior Resources of Guilford: Access to services, $18,590; Community Based Programs, $51,641; Volunteer Employment Prgms, $37,739 • Triad Health Project: Direct Client Services, $63,101 • United Way Childcare Scholarships: Early Care & Education, $127,506 • YMCA of High Point: Grubb Family YMCA, $11,328; Carl Chavis Child Care, $63,248; Carl Chavis Teen Ctr, $45,312; Carl Chavis After School, $29,264; Carl Chavis Discovery, $11,328; Hartley Dr Summer Camp, $5,627; Hartley Drive Scholarships, $26,767 • Youth Focus: Counseling programs, $35,872 • Youth Unlimited: Boys Home, $47,200 • YWCA of High Point: Teen Mom Program, $25,900; Youth Services, $66,400; Aquatics, $42,480; Women’s Resource Center, $18,114
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Israel eases its blockade on Gaza JERUSALEM (AP) â€“ An Israeli decision Thursday to ease its blockade of Gaza under intense international pressure could spell the beginning of the end of the chokehold that has hurt ordinary Gazans far more than their militant Hamas rulers. The order to allow in all foods and some desperately needed construction materials brought calls for Israel to go much further and did little to quell the global outcry over the deadly flotilla raid that tried to bust the embargo. With a naval blockade in place and Israel giving no indication it will lift a ban on Gaza exports, Pal-
estinians dismissed the move as cosmetic. Yet the announcement was an unmistakable sign of Israeli leadersâ€™ extreme discomfort with the damage the bloody May 31 flotilla raid has done to their countryâ€™s international standing â€“ and an indication the blockadeâ€™s days may be numbered. Israel made its decision after consultations with U.S. and European officials, and a week after President Barack Obama â€“ whose relations with Israelâ€™s hard-line government have been rocky â€“ called the embargo unsustainable and urged that it be scaled back dramatically.
EU approves new sanctions on Iran BRUSSELS â€“ The European Union on Thursday adopted new sanctions against Iran, the latest in a series of measures taken by the international community in an effort to halt the countryâ€™s nuclear program. The restrictions come on top of a fourth round of sanctions imposed last week by the U.N. Security Council to curtail Iranâ€™s nuclear program over fears it is developing weapons. Iran has rebuffed a plan to suspend uranium enrichment and swap its stockpiles of low-enriched uranium for fuel rods.
Judge to ask van der Sloot about killing LIMA, Peru â€“ A judge expects to interrogate Joran van der Sloot next week about the killing of a 21-yearold Peruvian woman in his hotel room. Court officials said in a statement that Judge Carlos Morales will travel Monday to the prison where the 22-year-old suspect is being held. His questions will focus on the May 30 killing of Stephany Flores. Chilean police say Van der Sloot has confessed to killing Flores.
16 dead in Colombian coal mine blast BOGOTA, Colombia â€“ A coal mine explosion in northwestern Colombia believed to have been caused by a buildup of methane gas killed at least 16 miners and left dozens trapped more than 10 hours later, President Alvaro Uribe said Thursday. The explosion Wednesday night collapsed part of an access tunnel that is more than a mile (2,000 meters) long and drops to a depth of 500 feet (150 meters), said provincial disaster coordinator John Rendon.
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Where does God say don’t use Earth’s bounty? In response to a letter in last Saturday’s paper (Your View, James Brigham, “Keep in mind: Don’t break God’s heart”), I would like to address the issue of the oil spill breaking God’s heart. Would Brigham please show me in the Word where God mentions his distress over our use of the Earth? In Genesis, God told Adam to replenish the Earth and take care of it. While all of us would like to see this oil spill contained as quickly as possible, I think the problem has been overstated. What the Bible does talk about is the sacrifice of babies and children. The Israelites were commanded to wipe out many of the tribes in the Promised Land because they were feeding their babies to Moloch, one of their gods. Let’s talk about the millions of babies who have been aborted because of inconvenience or wrong sex. That breaks God’s heart. One pastor who described what a visit in heaven would be like reported seeing many Oriental babies, but not many Oriental parents. Of course, the proportions might be different, but it is just as big a sin right here in the USA. Unless we want to ride bicycles
to work, we need the oil from wells in this country. We don’t need to be obligated to Hugo Chavez and Iran for our oil. While there would be no way to prove it, I wonder if some eager beaver “greenie” sabotaged that oil rig. The timing was certainly convenient – just before opening more of our shoreline for oil drilling. ... Think about it. HARRIETT WALKER Sophia
Tank fire should have been front page news There it was Monday morning and I got my High Point Enterprise and expected to see a big write up about the fire at the Colonial Pipeline. What do I see? A large picture of people at the Oak Hollow Lake, on the front page. Then on page 3A, there was a picture and a write up about the lightning hitting one of the tanks. The picture on the front page of the lake was as large as the
whole write up of the lightning. My brother ran a service station for many years near those tanks. I’ve driven by them hundreds of times, thinking if another country wanted to destroy us, that would be a good place to hit. Then lightning hits one. It could have been worse, but thank God it wasn’t. And I thank God for all the firemen, that came from other areas to help. But still I believe this should have been on the front page. What is more important, people’s lives, or someone having fun on the lake? I believe the High Point Enterprise messed up this time. I’ll have to rewrite my High Point Enterprise survey. Thanks for letting me get this off my chest. MARGARET BURGIN Thomasville
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Elementary’s new garden. Great things are happening at our school, and we are so proud of all of our students and volunteers. One important element of the story that wasn’t mentioned is that all of the plants and mulch, about $500 worth, were donated by our friends at Price’s Nursery. This made our grant money go a lot further. We think of Northwood as a neighborhood school, and this is just one example of how the whole community helps us achieve our goals. MARK SCHROEDER High Point The writer is PTA treasurer at Northwood Elementary.
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uilford school officials have renamed and revised the district’s program for gifted students in an attempt to upgrade efforts for stimulating academic achievement. The Guilford Board of Education voted last week to rename the program the Academically and Intellectually Gifted program. Such an effort to upgrade programs for gifted students is welcomed. We’ve been saying for years that gifted students often have suffered while educators and education leaders have focused much of their attention on improving the performances of lowerachieving students. Unfortunately, it appears that genuinely upgrading programing for gifted students isn’t the sole aim of the school board and school district officials. School leaders say they want increased numbers of students from “underrepresented populations” in the district’s gifted programs. The district defines them as black, American India, Asian, Hispanic, multi-racial, exceptional children (children with learning disabilities), non-English speakers and students eligible for free and reduced-price lunches. And even more unfortunate is how the school leaders intend to increase the numbers of these “underrepresented populations.” Students who fall into these categories will be referred to the gifted program for further testing if they score between 65 and 85 percent on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Students not in these categories must score 85 or better in order to be referred for further testing to qualify. In other words, school officials are lowering the standards for selecting students to participate in the gifted program, and that is wrong. Once again – as they’ve done in dealing with disciplinary issues – school officials have looked at meaningless statistical comparisons and used them to justify wrongheaded policies. For example, school officials particularly noted that Hispanic students represent 9 percent of the student population but make up less than 5 percent of the gifted students. Such comparisons of statistical compilations are illogical. Instead of lowering standards for accepting students into the gifted programs, school officials should be asking why more members of these “underrepresented populations” are not performing well enough to qualify. Then, school leaders should design programs for these students that would address their deficiencies and lift them up above required standards for admission to the gifted program. Students of any race, ethnicity, culture or gender should be identified for gifted programs because they have surpassed a high bar for admission. Lowering the bar for some students does not make them gifted. It diminishes the school district’s programs for gifted students instead of upgrading them.
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n June 25,1950, 60 years ago next Friday, the Korean War began. I have read many times where the Korean War was referred to as “The Forgotten War” or referred to as a “conflict.” I am sure the GIs who were there during the time from 1950 to 1953, will never forget. No matter how much you would like to forget, it will never happen. We fought many enemies there, not just the N. Korean army, communist Chinese army, but the bitter cold, hunger, thirst. All our rations were usually frozen, and we had no way to thaw them. I recall putting the C-rations in my heavy parkas but still could not get them thawed, most of the time when I was unloading supplies, I would put them on the manifold of the truck, and get them thawed enough to eat. Many of you may recall there was indifference among some of our own citizens about the war, though not as much as there was during the Vietnam War. It was also during this time that Gen. Douglas MacArthur was forced into retirement. This was a time of real controversy here at home. World War II had ended just about five years earlier and there was a real shortage of troops. I was 18 years old, and I had no idea where I was heading when I boarded the troop train at Camp Lejeune. We just knew we were on our way to California. Most of us were just young kids. I remember the ship we were on docked in Japan because a typhoon was in the area. All troops had to get off the ship. When we reloaded, we did hear we were going to Korea, but most of us didn’t have any idea where Korea actually was. Our casualties were very heavy through the three years of war: 54,246 were killed, 103,284 wounded, 8,177 missing in action, and 7,000 prisoners of war. Without question, no, we will never for-
get the Korean War. There are still some Korean War veterans waiting for disability claims to be recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs. I just read the latest VA news that links more VETERAN’S diseases to Agent Orange. One GI from California VIEWS had a heart bypass in 1998. Five years later, he Stan filed a claim for disability Spangle Sr. compensation, and it was ■■■ denied in 2003. Soon he will be awarded retroactive disability compensation, and he is just one of approximately 86,000 Vietnam veterans, surviving spouses and estates expected to benefit from a VA decision to add 3 more diseases presumed to be caused by exposure to Agent Orange. This is one of the reasons why I continue to remind all veterans to file that claim and continue to follow up on the status. In other words, don’t give up. On June 26, a fully-equipped Disabled American Veterans national service office on wheels will make the following stop to help you with your benefits at no cost to you. The time is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harley-Davidson of Greensboro – 538 Farragut St., Greensboro. Phone (336) 2731101 if you need additional information. The DAV will provide you with the best counseling and claim filing assistance you can get from any source, anywhere. Like you, this NSO (national service officer) is a veteran. The DAV is a nonprofit organization dedicated solely to serving you. God bless America, and all other nations. Semper Fi.! STAN SPANGLE SR. is a 21-year veteran of the Marine Corps, serving in Korea and Vietnam. He’s a member of numerous veterans organizations.
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BP chief says he wasnâ€™t in loop, enraging Congress WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ Channeling the nationâ€™s anger, lawmakers pilloried BPâ€™s boss in a withering day of judgment Thursday for the oil company at the center of the Gulf calamity. Unflinching, BP chief executive Tony Hayward said he was out of the loop on decisions at the well and coolly asserted, â€œIâ€™m not stonewalling.â€? That infuriated members of Congress even more, Democrats and Republicans alike. Testifying as oil still surged into the Gulf of Mexico and coated ever more coastal land and marshes, Hayward declared â€œI am so devastated with this accident,â€? â€œdeeply sorryâ€? and â€œso distraught.â€?
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