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CHARITABLE GIVING Needs up, donations down during summer for non-profits BY PAM HAYNES ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
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At the Open Door Shelter, Kim Murvin processes clients’ requests for aid in paying their utility bills every month.
HIGH POINT – The summer sun is bearing down especially hard on nonprofits that provide utility assistance to those in need. While multiple heat waves already have swept through the Triad, the need to stay cool and crank up the air conditioning can be costly. In strained economic conditions, sometimes it can be too costly. “Our biggest issue is people
coming in due to increases in their electric bill,” said Anjani Webb, marketing coordinator for The Salvation Army of High Point. “That’s our greatest need right now.” Webb said The Salvation Army paid out $3,357 in June to low-income families for utility assistance, up from $3,160 last year. From June to August last year, the organization dedicated $5,960 to utility assistance. While the Triad is expected to see some relief from the heat today, Webb said the
heat waves the area already has experienced suggests that number may be higher this year. Utility assistance also is a large demand for nonprofits like The Salvation Army and Open Door Ministries in High Point in the winter when temperatures drop. Balances left over from winter months can add more stress to the summer months, said Kimberly Murvin, an emergency assis-
Dr. Lucas P. Neff, research resident for Wake Forest University Health Sciences, was awarded the American Vascular Association Resident Research Award for his research in vascular disease and tissue engineering. Neff, who presented his work at the 2010 vascular Annual meeting, will receive a monetary award and oneyear subscription to the Journal of Vascular Surgery.
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HIGH POINT – Officials have closed their investigation into a fatal house fire that occurred in the city last month after they could not determine the cause of the blaze. High Point Fire Department investigators ruled the cause of the June 28 fire at 3309 Mildred Ave. as undetermined. The home’s sole occupant, 85year-old Evelyn Smoot McKeel, was found dead in a bathroom on the left side of the heavily damaged house. “(Investigators are) certain it started on that left side of the house, but they could not determine a specific point of origin and they could not determine an exact cause,” said Capt. Denita Lynch of the fire department. “It was just so severely damaged on that side of the house, a lot of the stuff was burned away or roofing had fallen in and that kind of thing.” From the beginning, investigators saw no evidence indicating possible foul play such as arson, and Lynch said again Thursday that there didn’t appear to be anything suspicious about the blaze. McKeel lived alone in the small, one-story house off Dillon Road. A neighbor who saw smoke and flames coming from the residence called the fire in about 3:30 a.m. Responding firefighters found the house fully involved with flames coming through the roof. An autopsy was performed, but Lynch said she had not heard whether a cause of death had been determined. McKeel’s death was the first fire fatality in the city since September 2007. The cause of another, unrelated house fire in the city remained under investigation Thursday. Lynch said investigators had not determined what sparked a blaze that heavily damaged 508 Warbler Court on Monday night. That fire, which caused an estimated $46,000 in damages, broke out in the den of the house while the woman and two children who live there were away. No injuries were reported. firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3531
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April Gregory, Ava Lawless and Charlotte Moser lead the cheering section for “The Speakers” group at the final Party of the Plank event Thursday. Jacob Gregory, April’s brother, Ava and Charlotte’s uncle, is a member of the group. The girls had never seen their uncle perform.
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New law bans real estate transfer royalty fees BY PAUL B. JOHNSON ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
TRIAD – North Carolina has joined a select group of states that prohibit a practice of allowing a transfer fee to be paid to an original property owner when a piece of real estate is sold multiple times during a period of years. Gov. Beverly Perdue earlier this month signed Senate Bill 35, an act that bans what’s known as transfer fee covenants that can follow the title of a property for decades. North Carolina has become the 15th state to prohibit the practice, according to the Coalition to Stop Wall Street Home Resale Fees, the main national group campaigning against the practice. The fees come about by adding language to home purchase contracts requiring that a percentage of the sales price be paid to the original owner of
real estate each time the property is sold, typically over a period of 99 years, the coalition reports. “These corpoDorsett rate owners are then attempting to securitize the right to collect these fees and sell them to enrich Wall Street investors. Meanwhile, the fees steal equity from homes, and force homeowners to pay a large fee when selling their property,” the coalition argues. The transfer fee covenants haven’t become a standard practice, said Andrew Lewis, a spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based coalition. But opponents of the fees say they want to halt the practice before it becomes more commonplace, Lewis said. Perdue signed the legislation after it was passed by the N.C.
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Cool diving Isabella Spencer, 6, dives into the pool Wednesday at Danville Country Club in Danville, Ky. On Wednesday, with triple-digit highs recorded from New York to Charlotte, roads buckled, nursing homes with air-conditioning problems were forced to evacuate and utilities called for conservation as the electrical grid neared its capacity.
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HIGH POINT – A fox found on Ladford Lane tested positive for the rabies virus this week, Guilford County health officials reported. The fox had contact with one human. The case is the 10th case of animal rabies in Guilford County this year, and at least the second in High Point. North Carolina consistently ranks among the top five states in the nation for reported cases of rabies. There have been nearly 450 positive rabies tests among wild and domestic animals annually since 2000, according to the N.C. Veterinary
Medical Association. State law requires rabies vaccinations for all domestic animals 4 months old and older and that their vaccinations are kept current. This law applies even if pets are exclusively kept indoors. Unvaccinated pets exposed to a rabid animal must be euthanized or confined for six months in a veterinarian’s facility at the owner’s expense. Other tips to protect your family and pets include: • Do not try to separate fighting animals. • Avoid strange and sick animals. • Leave animals alone when they are eating.
The county health department is sponsoring a series of $5 rabies vaccination clinics: • Aug. 28: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fire District No. 28 station, N.C. 61 north, Gibsonville. • Oct. 9: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pleasant Garden Town Hall, 4920 Alliance Church Road, Pleasant Garden. The vaccine is valid for one year.
as one setting rules so motorists in urban areas can find their cars more easily after they’re towed. Legislators also gave final approval to another measure sought by Perdue, requiring more state monitoring of the way local Alcohol Beverage Control boards run their liquor stores. The bill would also subject board members to a gift ban and conflict-of-interest rules. Legislative leaders wanted to finish for the year by Friday, but they probably will have to stay until early Saturday to meet parliamentary requirements for some measures, said
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House Speaker Joe Hackney, D-Orange. A couple of those bills would expand or extend tax breaks to a host of industries, from moviemakers and digital media companies to computer data centers. However, Senate leader Marc Basnight, D-Dare, said he wanted to leave Friday. “I see no reason why that should not occur,” Basnight told Senate colleagues Thursday evening. “If it doesn’t, let’s go home regardless.” Perdue has said the film industry will die in North Carolina without expanded tax credits to make it
more competitive. Sen. Clark Jenkins, D-Edgecombe, a Senate Finance Committee co-chairman, said the changes are needed to attract new jobs and retain current industries. “We’ve got some prospects sitting out there that will come if we give them what we say we’ll give them,” Jenkins said. The lawmakers’ largest hurdle before adjourning is a broad campaign finance, ethics and government reform measure. The House and Senate have approved different bills. Negotiators planned to work Thursday evening to try to reconcile them.
Zoo relieved over return of stolen penguin DUBLIN (AP) – Kelli the penguin’s back home in Dublin Zoo after pranksters snatched the bird and abandoned her on a city sidewalk. Dublin Zoo condemned Thursday’s theft as no joke, because the 10-year-old Humboldt penguin could have been in-
jured during her abduction or crushed by a vehicle. Zoo officials said police tracked down Kelli using a signal from a microchip planted on the bird. She got the medical all-clear and was returned to her penguin partner, Mick. Police said the thieves climbed over a security
fence into an enclosure housing about a dozen Humboldt penguins and picked Kelli for reasons unknown. Dublin Zoo has been targeted by annoying pranks before. In 2008, its switchboard was overwhelmed by callers asking to speak to Rory Lyon, G. Raffe and Ana Conda.
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noon July 16. Voters in the two cities will go to the polls Nov. 2 to select a mayor and members of city council. The races are nonpartisan, meaning the party affiliation of the candidates won’t appear on the general election ballot. The two cities are the only municipalities among more than 500 in North Carolina that hold their municipal elections in even-numbered years. The change in the election cycle for High Point and Archdale was approved by the N.C. General Assembly four years ago.
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Lawmakers work overtime to end session RALEIGH (AP) – Hoping to adjourn by the weekend, North Carolina General Assembly leaders sought compromises Thursday on ethics and campaign finance reforms, economic incentives and DNA testing of suspects accused of serious crimes. The House and Senate held all-day floor sessions to consider dozens of bills, using recesses to hold committee meetings and work behind the scenes to eliminate differences between the two chambers on competing bills. Lawmakers sent several bills to Gov. Beverly Perdue for her signature, such
TRIAD – A first-time challenger for High Point City Council has switched races for this year’s municipal election. Will Armfield originally filed last week to run in the Ward 6 race for City Council. On Thursday, he switched his candidacy to the atlarge race through the Guilford County Board of Elections. Armfield told The High Point Enterprise that he switched because he found his views were in line with Ward 6 candidate Jason Ewing, whom Armfield will support. Ewing is seeking the Ward 6 seat along with fellow challengers Jim Corey and Gerald Grubb. The Ward 6 winner will succeed Councilman John Faircloth, who is the Republican nominee for the 61st State House District and is unopposed in the general election. Armfield becomes the third challenger in the atlarge race, joining Britt Moore and Regina Chahal. Incumbent Latimer Alexander has filed, and
the other at-large councilmember – Mary Lou Blakeney – has indicated she will seek re-election. The candidate filing period for the High Point and Archdale municipal elections continues through
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12 inmates die in Uruguay prison fire MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay â€“ Twelve inmates burned to death in an overcrowded prison on Thursday, just as Uruguayâ€™s congress is debating a law to put the army in charge of prison security and relieve the pressure on civilian prisons by moving some inmates into military installations. A short-circuiting heater is believed to have caused the fire, which spread quickly to mattresses and wooden bed frames. Eight other inmates were hospitalized with serious burns. The prison built for 60 houses 120 inmates â€“ overcrowding is typical in Uruguayâ€™s 28 prisons, Alvaro Garce, the parliamentary prison commissioner, told The Associated Press
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A staff member displays handfuls of coins of Tetricus I (AD271-4 ) Thursday at the British Museum in London.
Treasure hunter finds 52,000 Roman coins LONDON â€“ A treasure hunter found about 52,500 Roman coins, one of the largest such discoveries ever in Britain, officials said Thursday. The hoard, which was valued at 3.3 million pounds ($5 million), includes hundreds of coins bearing the image of Marcus Aurelius Carausius, who seized power in Britain and northern France in the late third century and proclaimed himself emperor. Dave Crisp, a treasure hunter using a metal detector, located the coins in April in a field in southwestern England.
Thailand frees Britons for deportation BANGKOK â€“ A Briton involved in bloody antigovernment protests was freed Thursday by a Thai court after pleading guilty to various charges and will be deported within the next few days. The court convicted Jeff Savage, 48, of inciting violence, violating an emergency decree imposed during the two-month-long protests and other crimes. Savage broke down and cried after hearing the verdict.
Solar plane lands after 24-hour test flight PAYERNE, Switzerland â€“ An experimental solar-powered plane completed its first 24-hour test flight successfully Thursday, proving that the aircraft can collect enough energy from the sun during the day to stay aloft all night. The test brings the Swiss-led project one step closer to its goal of circling the globe using only energy from the sun.
2 gored in dangerous running of the bulls PAMPLONA, Spain â€“Two people were gored Thursday during a tense and dangerous second running of the bulls at Spainâ€™s famed San Fermin fiesta, and at least five other people were hospitalized after falling or being trampled by the hulking beasts. Thousands took part in the dash to keep ahead of six fighting bulls and six bell-tinkling steers who try to keep the bulls together in a tight pack along the 930-yard (850-meter) course from a holding pen to the northern townâ€™s bullring.
LONDON â€“ The case of an Iranian woman who faces death by stoning is drawing international outrage after her lawyerâ€™s blog posts sparked a global campaign to save her life. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtianiâ€™s face, framed in a black chador, stared from the front page of The Times of London on Thursday, while The Guardian newspaper has carried an interview with Ashtianiâ€™s children â€“ 22-year-old Sajad and 17-year-old Farideh â€“ who described the sentence as a nightmare. Protests are planned in front of the Iranian Embassy over the weekend. ENTERPRISE NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
Iraqi politics spark attacks BAGHDAD (AP) â€“ Two days of attacks targeting hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims in the Iraqi capital have killed almost 70 people, casting a spotlight Thursday on Iraqâ€™s security challenges as militants focus on stoking sectarian tensions that have hindered efforts to form a new government. The violence linked to the anniversary of the death of a revered Shiite holy man bears the hallmark of Sunni insurgents in Iraq. While it
pales in comparison to attacks in previous years, the bloodshed comes at a crucial time for the country as officials jostle for power while struggling to ensure security and stability as U.S. forces begin their return home. Despite a force of some 200,000 Iraqi soldiers and police officers that fanned out along the pilgrimsâ€™ route in Baghdad to ensure security, insurgents were still able to pull off a string of attacks, including at least two by suicide bombers.
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US marks $3B to fight bombs KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) â€“ An American defense official says Washington is spending $3 billion for equipment in Afghanistan to combat the threat from roadside bombs. U.S. Defense Department undersecretary Ashton Carter says some of the money will be used to double the number of tethered surveillance blimps to 64, providing troops a birdâ€™s eye view of certain areas. Carter told reporters
Princes Diana items net $32M LONDON (AP) â€“ Christieâ€™s auction house says a sale of art, antiques and assorted household items owned by the aristocratic family of Princess Diana sold for 21.1 million pounds ($32 million.) The three-day sale featured hundreds of items, including paintings, furniture and even car-
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LONDONâ€“ A jury Thursday convicted three British Muslims of conspiring to murder hundreds of people as part of a plot to blow up passenger planes over the Atlantic. Ibrahim Savant, 29, Arafat Waheed Khan, 29, and Waheed Zaman, 26 were found guilty at Londonâ€™s Woolwich Crown Court after a three-month trial. They will be sentenced Monday and face life imprisonment.
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eastern province, as the international security force steps up operations in the south and east, boosted by thousands of new American troops sent to try to turn around the nearly 9-year-old war. An American service member was reported killed by an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) â€“ Three international troops died in insurgent attacks and a senior Afghan police official was assassinated, officials said Thursday as violence spiraled across the country. NATO also said it captured a suspected Taliban-linked supplier of bomb-making materials overnight in an
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There’s history, and irony, behind American flags Stan Spangle Sr., in an earlier Veteran’s Views column (which runs every other Friday on this page below), wrote about the thousands of military personnel who were killed, wounded or frostbitten during the Korean War while fighting the Chinese during the early 1950s. In his column last Friday, Spangle wrote about the American flag and the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” It would be interesting to know how many flags that were displayed this past Fourth of July weekend were made in China – 50 percent to 80 percent? It is a shame how our oncegreat country has fallen in the last 20 to 30 years. Don’t get your dander up, the greed of folks in both political parties is to blame. DOUG LEE Winston-Salem
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Surely, this proves the media’s political bias Liberalism is a psychiatric disorder, and the media are thoroughly corrupted, dishonest shills for the DNC are two indisputable truths of today’s America. Of the countless examples one could choose to verify this, let’s use the death of U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd. Begin with the words of Bill Clinton, once mentored by another segregationist, William Fulbright. Clinton said, “Byrd once had a fleeting association with the KKK, and what does that mean? I tell you what it means. He was a country boy from hills and hollows of West Virginia. He was trying to get elected. And maybe he did something he shouldn’t have done.” He was trying to get elected and had to
join the Klan. OK, everyone does it! A “fleeting” association. What, two weeks? Nope, he eventually recruited 150 members. He was unanimously elected Exalted Cyclops. In 1945, Byrd said about integration in the military service, “I shall never submit to fight beneath the banner with a Negro by my side. Rather I should die a thousand times and see Old Glory trampled in dirt, never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels.” And the “race mongrels” have been dutifully voting for him ever since! Some 19 years later, at age 47, he voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In recent years, on national television he spoke of “white n..... .” Yet he is revered as the “dean” of the Senate. And how did the media treat his death compared to how they
treated the death of Strom Thurmond, also a segregationist in his early years, but who never joined or recruited for the clan? The N.Y. Times, “Strom Thurmond, foe of integration, dies at 100.” And now from the Times, “Robert C. Byrd, a pillar of the Senate, dies at 92.” Any questions? TONY MOSCHETTI High Point
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Ted Conley exhibits the spirit that makes America great He bought a Mac Mini and joined Apple’s iPhone developer program. He began working day and night to develop a better solution. Four months later, he launched TapSpeak Button, a simple-to-use application that OPINION teaches simple messages – about thirst, hunger, etc. – on an Tom iPhone or iPad. Purcell “It allows parents to take a ■■■ picture of eggs and instantly upload it into the program,” says Conley. “It requires very little skill for a child to touch the picture on the screen and cause the recorded message, ‘more eggs,’ to play.” Conley quickly discovered he was onto something. More than 50 speech therapists at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children and other organizations were ecstatic to learn he was developing modern training solutions. Conley’s wife began marketing the $10 application (conleysolutions.com). Sales began coming in from all over the world. Though his TapSpeak products are moving in the right direction – he’ll soon introduce TapSpeak Sequence and TapSpeak Choices – the revenue is not yet enough to sustain his family. Without outside investment, he’ll need to return to a corporate job. “The fact is the earlier and more effectively you train a disabled child, the more dramatic the results,” says Conley. “Our passion is to perfect solutions that will help my son, and, hopefully, many others, improve as quickly as possible. We have no choice but to overcome any obstacle that stands in the way of that goal.” Ah, yes – a challenge, a father’s determination, a solution. Such is the genius that made America the most innovative, prosperous nation on the planet – the genius we need plenty more of to get our economy going again. I told you Ted Conley offers a fine American example of necessity being the mother of invention. TOM PURCELL, a freelance writer, is also a humor columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and is nationally syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Visit him on the Web at www.TomPurcell.com or e-mail him at Purcell@caglecartoons.com.
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Patrol’s image must be rebuilt
Michael B. Starn Publisher
ere’s a sentiment that helped make America great: Necessity is the mother of invention. Ted Conley offers a fine example. Conley, a 48-year-old software engineer, was laid off from a large financial services firm in February 2009. With four children to support – two teenage daughters from a prior marriage and a young daughter and son from his current marriage – he began looking for work immediately. His 3-year-old son, Pierce, added to his worry. Pierce suffers from cerebral palsy (CP), a form of paralysis believed to be caused by a prenatal brain defect or injury, and cortical vision impairment (CVI), also caused by a brain defect. With CP, normal pathways in the brain are damaged. Children suffering the illness have limited motor skills and difficulty processing basic information. Rigorous therapy, however – physical, occupational and speech – can establish new pathways in the brain. However, Conley was shocked by the “Stone Age” devices therapists were using to train his son. One device uses a large, bright, colored button that, when pressed, plays a single recorded word: “thirsty” or “hungry.” The child is taught to press the button to communicate thirst or hunger. “To help our son communicate basic messages, such as ‘I want more eggs,’ therapists had us take a picture of the eggs, print it out, laminate it and tape it to the button!” says Conley. Pressing the large buttons is another challenge, requiring motor skills that younger children with CP have not yet developed. Conley searched high and low for more advanced devices, but found none. He concluded he’d have to build them himself. But he faced other challenges. Despite 25 years of software-engineering experience – despite a master’s degree in software engineering from prestigious Carnegie Mellon University – job offers were not forthcoming. Eager to preserve his family’s savings, he took odd jobs – painting, repairing drywall, wiring security systems – while he pounded the pavement for work in his field. One evening, while struggling through a therapy session with his son, he’d had enough.
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ome of us raised in North Carolina may have grown up years ago with young men who couldn’t wait to turn 21 and apply for the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Some of us may even have known young men who grew up in the patrol and eventually gave their lives in the line of duty. While all law enforcement service is hazardous and deserving of our respect, those who wore the gray and black of the Highway Patrol and who were known as state troopers commanded a special presence when among us. But during the last several years, the image of the SHP – both here and among law enforcement nationally – has been tarnished. It is time for that situation to change. So let us hope that during the 23 minutes Gov. Bev Perdue spent Wednesday with the patrol commander she appointed and about 160 of the agency’s supervisors that she clearly laid down the law. Perdue explained during a press conference after the meeting that she told supervisors what “the new normal” in the patrol would be: “If you betray your oath, you will be dismissed.” Perdue also said after the meeting, “I don’t believe that since some of these men and women were sworn in 22 years ago that anybody has ever dared get in their face and say that ethics code is a litmus test for your job.” Certainly, we realize it is a small minority of troopers who have put the patrol in a bad light recently. But let’s hope all members of the patrol take this opportunity to rededicate themselves to that ethics code and to rebuilding and repairing the patrol’s image. As for Perdue’s directive to Patrol Commander Col. Randy Glover and Secretary of Crime Control Reuben Young to provide her with a plan within 60 days to restructure the patrol’s leadership, perhaps that could begin with changes to the extent that politics is or can be involved in the patrol’s administrative structure and promotions. In fact, reports persist that years ago as a legislator, Perdue intervened to have Glover’s name added to a promotions list to lieutenant. They both deny that. Perhaps, state leaders should examine the patrol’s procedures for promotions with a special eye toward detecting and removing political influence. Perhaps then, the patrol’s ethics code would become more meaningful to every trooper from top to bottom in rank.
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