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City OKs rezoning for mosque field Road from a residential multi-family classification to conditional use public and institutional with an accompanying conditional-use permit. Hanif and the Islamic Society of High Point plan to build an Islamic worship center and educational facility. Organizers said the city’s two existing mosques on W. Lexington Avenue and W. Market Center Drive don’t provide adequate space.
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HIGH POINT – The City Council on Monday unanimously approved a pair of rezoning requests that clears the way for a mosque to be built in south High Point. The council granted requests from Malik Hanif to rezone 6.9 acres on the east side of Allen Jay Road just north of E. Fair-
“In the last three or four years, we have seen tremendous growth in the population of the Muslim community. We are seeing so many immigrants and newcomers, and they are settling on the south side,” said Uzma Zaman, spokeswoman for the Islamic Center of High Point. “As new families are coming, they’re growing, they’re having kids, and we’re seeing a new generation of kids.”
Most of the discussion about the case centered around the impact of traffic generated by the mosque. City staff said Allen Jay Road currently gets about 10 percent of its vehicles-per-day capacity, and even combined with traffic from a nearby school, congestion shouldn’t be an issue. “I’m concerned about noise and congestion, with us living right
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Suryadipta Roy, assistant professor of economics at High Point University, recently had one of his research papers accepted in the “Economics and Politics” journal. The paper is titled “Political Asymmetry and Common External Tariffs in a Customs Union.”
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TRIAD – Talk about whiplash politics. This time two years ago, Democrats were giddy about their prospects to retake the White House, make gains in Congress and boost their numbers in state and local offices. The dissatisfaction over former Republican President George W. Bush and frustration over the financial industry collapse pushed voters to support Democratic candidates in the 2008 general election. Today, with unemployment hovering closer to 10 percent nationally and locally, the political wave has reversed. Entering the stretch run of this year’s midterm elections, Republicans are energized about their chances to make major gains at the polls Nov. 2 because of frustration with the administration of President Barack Obama, a Democraticcontrolled Congress and a Democratic-led N.C. General Assembly. “The economy is the foremost issue that drives voters to and from parties,” said Hunter Bacot, director of the Elon University Poll. The economy also appears to be influencing the level of interest among voters based on their political orientations, Bacot said. In October 2008, the Elon University Poll found that 80 percent of North Carolina Democrats were very or extremely interested in voting. By April of this year, the interest of state Democrats plummeted to 26 percent.
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Local candidates’ campaign signs are seen along Eastchester Drive. Interest of North Carolina Republicans has fallen as well, but not as much – from 74 percent in October 2008 to 42 percent in April. The Elon University Poll will release updated figures this week leading into the general election. The hope and change themes of Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 set high expectations for his presidency, and so far the results haven’t measured up to the expectations, said Matthew DeSantis, professor of political science at Guilford Technical Community College. “People were so excited about Obama’s presidency, and then everything slowed down when he got to Washington, D.C.,” DeSantis said. “Obama came in with so much hype and promise, and then has taken a long time to deliver on certain things.”
Another factor affecting the direction of politics this year is voters seeking a balance of power between Democrats and Republicans, Bacot said. “When one party controls too much, the public likes to make sure that control doesn’t extend for too long,” Bacot said. The party in power in the White House typically loses seats in Congress during midterm elections between presidential elections. In the past half-century, there only have been two times when the party controlling the White House gained seats, Democrats in 1998 and Republicans in 2002, DeSantis said. “What may be unusual this time is the amount of seats Democrats might lose,” DeSantis said. email@example.com | 888-3528
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Early voting for the primary concludes today at several locations in the area: • Guilford County – Roy Culler Jr. Senior Center, 600 N. Hamilton St., High Point, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. • Davidson County – Thomasville Public Library, 14 Randolph St., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Midway Fire Department, 228 Midway School Road, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. • Randolph County – Archdale Public Library, 10433 S. Main St., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Thomasville OKs arming animal control officer BY DARRICK IGNASIAK ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
THOMASVILLE – The Thomasville City Council on Monday night voted unanimously to equip the Thomasville Police Department’s animal control officer with a weapon. The request to arm the officer with a gun was made by Thomasville police Chief Jeff Insley. He said he made the request to the City Council because he wants to provide better service for the residents of Thomasville. “I’m just looking for quality service and being able to protect our folk,” Insley said.
Arming the officer with the gun will decrease the likelihood of a resident being injured by a vicious animal, City Manager Kelly Craver said last week. Currently, the Thomasville Police Department has one animal control officer who carries only Mace. The animal control officer doesn’t carry a tranquilizer because there’s a different certification and another “set of hoops to jump through” to get the tranquilizer for the officer, Craver said. Insley said the police department will look into getting certification for the officer to carry a tranquilizer.
“I’m not one for just killing every animal that comes around,” Insley said. “There are some times where the presence of a stranger causes the animal to act a little crazy. If you are able to at least put them down and get them asleep, then maybe the owner can come claim the animal and then be held accountable for making sure they control the animal like they are supposed to be.” To carry the gun, the animal control officer will be required to go through the same weapon training that sworn officers have to go through. The animal control officer will not be allowed to carry a weap-
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on off duty or on a school campus. When the use of force is needed, equipping the animal control officer with a gun will expedite the process rather than having to call for a back-up police officer, Craver said. “It’s a terrible feeling to be there and not be in a position where you can do something,” Insley said. “Hopefully, if need be when the time comes, we can be able to handle it.” Insley hopes to have animal control officer equipped with the gun in two weeks. firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3657
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on top of the site,” said Katherine Gillespie, whose Ingram Road property abuts the mosque site. Organizers said they don’t think the facility will impact traffic in the area at all because the hours when it draws people are expected to be from about 5-9 p.m. for children’s classes and for prayers early on Friday afternoons – times that shouldn’t conflict with school traffic. Other residents voiced concerns about whether the mosque will teach Sharia, or Islamic law, and whether information about the donors for the facility is a matter of public record. Zaman said the mosque will not teach Sharia. “If Christians are free to teach their kids, we can teach ours,” she said. “Just like you guys read the Bible, we’re going to read the Quran.” City Attorney Fred Baggett reminded the council that the law requires members to consider only land-use issues and not religious questions in deciding cases like the one Monday. “The Constitution of this great land does offer freedom of religion. The issue of faith has no bearing on these proceedings,” said Councilman Mike Pugh. email@example.com | 888-3531
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GUILFORD COUNTY – Jamestown Middle School teacher Jean Goss was named Guilford County Schools 2010-11 Teacher of the Year on Monday during a Celebrating Excellence event at Northern High School. Goss has taught at Goss Jamestown Middle since August 2005 and currently teaches 115 students in four core Brady classes. Goss, who will receive $1,500 and represent the district in the state competition, thanked her school principal and staff as well as her family. “I work with a great group of people. They let
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Vaccine deadline approaches ENTERPRISE STAFF REPORT
GUILFORD COUNTY – Parents have until Thursday to get a Tdap vaccination for their sixth-graders who need a shot to attend school. Students who have not received the vaccine or provided documentation will not be allowed to attend Guilford County middle schools on Friday. In 2008, a state law went into affect requiring all sixth-graders who have not had a Tdap vaccination since July 2005 to receive a booster shot by the start of the school year. The vaccine protects children and adults from three serious diseases – tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). The law requires students who have not provided documentation of the shot to be excluded from school.
Cost: State-required and recommended childhood immunizations are free only to children who qualify for the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, which cover children who are Medicaid-eligible, American Indian, Alaskan native, uninsured or underinsured. Appointment cards are not sufficient, according to the state. As of Monday, 1,000 students in Guilford County Schools had not provided a vaccination record. Last year at this time about 700 students had not provided proof of vaccination. Parents can get their sixth-graders vaccinated at their family
physicians’ offices or at the Guilford County Department of Public Health. The health department will provide the vaccine for free. Parents can schedule an appointment by calling the health department’s Greensboro location at 336641-5563 or High Point location at 336-845-7655. Parents should bring a shot record and insurance card to either clinic. Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis are all caused by bacteria. Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person. Tetanus enters the body through cuts, scratches, or wounds. Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to “locking” of the jaw, preventing the victim from opening his mouth or swallowing.
me do the crazy things I wanted to do at times,” Goss said. “It is a joy to go to school every day. The people are professionals and care about what they do.” Goss has stressed connections in her work. “Children can, and will, learn from anyone who will take the time to know them, understand their interests, recognize how the content connects and focus on their needs,” she said for a district profile released Monday. As Teacher of the Year, Goss said she would seek to utilize as many of the new technologies as possible. Goss was also named middle school teacher of the year. Finalists for the award were: Ideana Glenn of High School Ahead Academy; Kimberly James of Triangle Lake Montessori, elementary teacher of the
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year; Kathryn Pritchard of Erwin Montessori and Greg Shue of Northwest High School, high school teacher of the year. Anna Brady, principal of Grimsley High School in Greensboro, was named Principal of the Year. Brady, who is a 21-year education veteran and has served as Grimsley principal the past three years, also will represent the district in state competition. “On any given day, any of these principals in the Guilford County Schools is principal of the year,” Brady said. “It is one of the toughest jobs I have every done, but one of the most rewarding.” A graduate of High Point University, Brady also was named high school principal of the year. She thanked her parents for helping her get a college education and God for giving her the talents to succeed. The other finalists were: William Charles Blanchard, principal of Southeast High; Melissa Nixon of Irving Park Elementary; Anitra Walker of Northeast High and Scott Winslow of Northwood Elementary in High Point, elementary principal of the year. firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3626
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US-born panda gives birth to her 8th cub in China BEIJING (AP) – An American-born panda gave birth to her eighth cub in southwest China, a rare accomplishment for the endangered species known for being poor breeders. Hua Mei gave birth to a male cub at 3 a.m. on Friday at the Wolong China Giant Panda Research Center in Sichuan province, the
official Xinhua News Agency said Friday. The cub weighed 5.7 ounces at birth. This brings the number of panda births at the Wolong center to 16 this year, equal to last year’s total, the report said. Hua Mei – whose name means ChinaAmerica – was the first giant panda cub born in the United States
in 1999, at the San Diego Zoo, after a decade of failed breeding attempts. She returned to China in 2003 and now has eight cubs, including three sets of twins. Panda females have only three days a year in which they can conceive – one reason their species is endangered. Some males never succeed at natural breeding.
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Michael Harveyâ€™s criminal record includes a conviction in N.Y. for first-degree sexual abuse and convictions in N.C. for failing to register as a sex offender and felony breaking-and-entering.
later described Valerie Hamilton as a â€œperfect daughterâ€? in an interview with The Associated Press and said he felt kinship with the officers track-
ing Harvey. â€œLaw enforcement across this country is like a brotherhood and a sisterhood and Iâ€™m hoping that theyâ€™ll help me with this, and that they can get out there and find this guy,â€? Hamilton told the AP before Harveyâ€™s arrest. Valerie Hamilton was last seen alive at a Charlotte tavern. Police have said they think Harvey is the man spotted on surveillance video leaving the tavern with her early Wednesday. Charlotte-Mecklenburg po-
lice Chief Rodney Monroe said at a news conference Monday that it wasnâ€™t clear whether the woman was abducted or may have chosen to go with Harvey. Investigators believe she was killed shortly after, either at Harveyâ€™s Charlotte home, a motel room where he stayed late last week, or at the storage locker site. â€œAll three of those are prominent crime scenes,â€? Monroe said.
An autopsy was being performed Monday. Her body had been wrapped in a material that Monroe wouldnâ€™t specify. Hundreds of miles away in New York, the manhunt drew to a close on Monday at a house near where Harvey used to live. The suspect was asleep on a couch at a male friendâ€™s house when 18 state, local and federal officers arrived, said Daniel Larish of the U.S. Marshals Service.
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) â€“ A South Carolina man once described as the nationâ€™s No. 2 breeder of fighting pit bulls has been released from prison. Corrections Department spokesman Josh Gelinas said Monday that 63-year-old David Ray Tant was released from prison Thursday. Parole officials voted 5-2 earlier this month in favor of paroling Tant. He had served six years of a 30-year sentence.
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HIGH POINT â€“ A bicycle race held in downtown High Point this spring raised $30,000 for local charities. The High Point City Criterium, a series of high-speed bicycle races on downtown street loops that was held in May, raised the money through direct donations and fund-raising efforts. Chip Duckett, a local doctor who is one of the organizers of the event, presented checks to Open Door Ministries, The Community Clinic of High Point and His Laboring Few Ministries during Mondayâ€™s City Council meeting. â€œThe charities were chosen (because they help) the homeless, those without food, clothing, shelter or health insurance â€“ who could argue with any of those?â€? said Duckett, the owner of Mock Orange Bikes in WinstonSalem and a member of a USA Cycling-sanctioned team that participates in races throughout the Southeast. â€œWe wanted to
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Steve Erwin, of His Laboring Few Ministries, receives a check from Chip Duckett, organizer of the High Point City Criterium, at Mondayâ€™s City Council meeting. bring attention to these charities in High Point and also to the downtown area.â€? The event drew 365 riders and more than 2,000 spectators. Mendenhall Station on E. Commerce Avenue served as the
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RALEIGH (AP) â€“ Authorities in New York arrested a convicted sex offender on Monday in the slaying of a North Carolina police chiefâ€™s daughter, hours after the lawman made an emotional plea for help tracking the suspect down. FBI agents and U.S. Marshals took Michael Neal Harvey, 34, into custody without incident in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He was wanted on a murder warrant in the killing of Valerie Hamilton, a 23-year-old preschool teacher and swim instructor whose body was found in a Charlotte self-storage unit on Saturday. Merl Hamilton, police chief in the Charlotte-area city of Concord, used an appearance on ABCâ€™s â€œGood Morning Americaâ€? to ask for help from law enforcement around the country, his voice breaking several times as he spoke. He
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Are those figures on city salaries correct? City hall salaries jumped 300 percent? Last Thursday, Mary Cridlebaugh said some pretty alarming things in a Your View letter. “City hall administrative salaries jumped to $4,654,340 in 2009 from $2,718,627 in 2008 and $1,122,687 in 2007.” That’s an eye-popping increase of 300 percent in three years! We all wish our 401(k)s did that well. If her numbers are correct, isn’t that a huge story? Doesn’t the city manager owe us an explanation? As Desi said all too often, “You got some splainin to do, Lucy.” Why in the world would city government be growing that much? I don’t recall seeing a 300 percent growth in the size of the city in the last three years. Maybe I need to get out more. Did we do a stealth annexation? The increase surely didn’t come from workers seeing big raises. There is no such thing in High Point as a cost of living increase. And the city manager’s favorite way of balancing the budget is freezing employees’ salaries. Even in good years, city employees’ annual performance pay raises are nearly always lower than the cost of living. What massive additional functions has the city taken on in the last three years to justify that
amount of hiring? I didn’t notice any additional employee parking lots around City Hall either. The city did purchase/lease the old Piedmont Gas building, but that building can not hold that many people. So who is getting all that money? Who got a 300 percent raise? How could anyone become that much more valuable to any organization within three years? I hope beyond hope that Cridlebaugh’s numbers are way off. I’ll bet the city manager is hoping so, too. THOMAS COREY High Point
Moore is right candidate for High Point City Council High Point will benefit if its citizens elect Britt Moore to City Council in November. Although new to politics (a plus!), Moore is certainly not new to High Point. We have been fortunate to know Britt all his life – he is our younger brother. We have watched him grow up in this city, study in its schools, play on its athletic fields, attend church here and participate in its civic and
charitable organizations. We have seen his love and concern for the city grow as he began to raise his own family here and consider what High Point will be like when they are the generation “in charge.” We know our brother to be a dedicated, sincere man who truly wants to make a positive impact on this city. He doesn’t make snap judgments; he makes informed decisions by looking at all sides of an issue and making the right decision for the best longterm outcome. He is interested in making High Point a better community for all its citizens, those voting now, and those who will be voting in the future. He is focused on increasing job opportunities and economic growth by helping make High Point attractive to businesses. He supports efforts to grow cultural and athletic events to allow High Pointers to work and play in their own home town. Most importantly, our brother is a man of honor, integrity and character; something to be truly proud of and sought after in the current culture of politics. He believes that this country was founded on sound Christian principles of which we should be
proud. He wants to help make that happen here at home in High Point. We urge you to vote for Britt W. Moore for City Council at large, and help him make a difference for High Point. SHARYN M. ANDREWS DAVID MOORE JR. High Point
Why should we the people of High Point, Jamestown and the surrounding areas of Guilford County elect Bruce Davis to the North Carolina Senate 28 seat? 1. Davis is clean-cut. 2. Davis will diligently look after all our needs in this end of Guilford County. 3. He has proven, as county commissioner, that he is reliable. He will keep the constituents of this district informed. 4. Davis will listen. 5. Davis is not lazy. He will work hard to get the job done. 6. I could give many more reasons why it is time for us to come to our aid, because Bruce Davis has the qualities we need. It’s time! LAWRENCE GRAVES High Point
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ho knows how the justices might rule, but earlier this month, the N.C. Supreme Court heard arguments in a lawsuit that could alter election ballot access procedures for political parties and their candidates in North Carolina. In 2005, the Libertarian Party of North Carolina, with support from the Green Party, filed suit arguing that state election laws on how political parties gain access to ballots are overly restrictive and therefore are unconstitutional. Language in the state constitution, the plaintiffs argue, basically calls for more openness and more ease of access to the political process for political parties than is now provided. They also contend state law is burdensome to political parties. We aren’t lawyers and don’t know how well legal counsel for the plaintiffs prepared and presented their cases before the state’s highest court. But we do agree with the Libertarians and the Greens that state laws are overly restrictive. We also believe that no matter how the Supreme Court rules, state law on ballot access should be changed. For a new party to gain access to the ballot, its members must collect verifiable voter signatures amounting to 2 percent of the votes cast in the last governor’s race. Based on the last election, that’s currently about 70,000 valid signatures. If that party does get on the ballot, then its candidate for governor must garner 2 percent of the votes cast in the governor’s race. If not, the party loses its certification as a political party in the state and its ballot access and must incur the trouble and the expense of getting signatures again. It’s pretty obvious these stringent party certification and ballot access laws, which have roots in the 1980s, are designed to protect the two dominate parties from competition. Flimsy excuses such as more parties on the ballot will make lines longer at the polls just don’t hold sway. So, whether or not the N.C. Supreme Court agrees, it is past time for North Carolina to change its laws and open the political process to more people and the various political parties to which they belong. If the state’s high court doesn’t act, the Legislature should.
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f it sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true. This good advice doesn’t just apply to business, relationships, and the efficacy of home remedies sold over the Internet. It also applies to politics. When politicians promise that give you all sorts of valuable goodies, while making someone else pay for all those valuable goodies, disbelieve them. Especially disbelieve them if they try to claim that North Carolinians won’t have to pay for the goodies because the “federal government” will. The federal government has no money that it does not first tax from us, either directly through tax levies or by inflating the money supply. When Gov. Beverly Perdue and the Democratic leaders of the General Assembly took credit for plugging billions of dollars in state budget deficits with “federal dollars,” what they were really celebrating was their clever evasion of the North Carolina constitution. Our state constitution requires that our budget be balanced every year. It forbids the use of borrowed money to pay for operating expenses. Because the federal constitution has no such provision, the federal government has run deficits in most of the past 70 years. Recently, the deficits have exceeded $1 trillion a year. In effect, all of the federal money used to plug North Carolina’ budget hole was borrowed. That’s unwise and, at best, extra-constitutional. But the story gets even worse. By using borrowed money to sustain levels of state spending that current state taxes can’t sustain, Perdue and legislative leaders have set the stage for future tax increases. By protecting billions of dollars in waste, fraud, and ineffective programs, they strengthened the special-interest constituency that benefits from these programs.
Those lobbies will be back in 2011 and beyond to protect their programs from cuts. History suggests that, more often than not, these spending lobbies will succeed. A new study from economists Russell Sobel and George OPINION Crowley demonstrates the effects in clear statistical terms. John After examining several deHood cades of federal and state fiscal ■■■ trends and modeling how federal subsidies influence state decisions, the economists concluded that for every $1 of federal aid to states, future state taxes rise by between 33 and 42 cents. Some argue that, in theory, Washington can help smooth out the effects of economic cycles by borrowing to support government expenditures during recessions and then paying off the debts and reducing the expenditures during economic booms. Even if this policy was justified, it relies on an unrealistic assumption – that after the recession is over, politicians will adjust government debts and budgets accordingly. In reality, government programs persist as long as their political constituencies retain power. By using “federal funds” to avoid making necessary budget adjustments in 2009 and 2010, Perdue and the General Assembly have only made it harder to carry out those adjustments in 2011. That’s precisely what public-sector unions, vendors, activist groups, and other spending lobbies wanted. They are big fans of federal bailouts. That’s a good reason why the rest of us shouldn’t be. JOHN HOOD is president of the John Locke Foundation and publisher of CarolinaJournal.com.
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy addresses a summit on the Millennium Development Goals at United Nations headquarters, Monday.
France: Letâ€™s fight world poverty UNITED NATIONS (AP) â€“ The 10-year-old promise to lift the worldâ€™s poorest is unfulfilled and with world economies clawing back from the worst recession since World War II, the French president and others implored leaders on Monday not to return to their â€œold bad habitsâ€? of ignoring global poverty. Nicolas Sarkozy, the French leader, was the first to accept U.N. Sec-
retary-General Ban Kimoonâ€™s challenge for nations to deliver more resources to combat global poverty, ignorance and misery. He pledged to boost Franceâ€™s annual $10 billion contribution to the worldâ€™s poorest people by 20 percent over the next three years. He urged other leaders to join him. â€œWe have no right to do less than what we have decided to do,â€? Sarkozy
Igor passes by Bermuda as Category 1 hurricane HAMILTON, Bermuda â€“ Hurricane Igor swept past Bermuda and kept lashing at the Atlantic island with high winds and furious waves on Monday as power failures in many areas plunged people hunkered down at home into darkness. The storm knocked boats from their moorings and littered the tiny British territory with downed trees and branches, but there were no reports of major damage or injuries.
Thousands of Yemenis flee battle with al-Qaida SANâ€™A, Yemen â€“ Thousands of people have fled a village in southern Yemen where security forces are laying siege to al-Qaida militants, a security official said Monday. Government forces have moved into the village of Hawta with tanks and armored vehicles and 90 percent of its residents have fled, said Abdullah Baouda, police chief for the surrounding district.
Suicide attack on Somaliaâ€™s government foiled MOGADISHU, Somalia â€“ A police officer in Somalia says a suicide bomber who attempted to attack the presidential palace in Mogadishu has been shot dead. Police officer Abdi Aden says the attacker jumped on the back of an African Union peacekeeping vehicle late Monday and managed to pass some security checkpoints at the palace.
Police: German woman kills husband, son BERLIN â€“ A woman who went on a shooting spree at a hospital in southwest Germany had allegedly killed her estranged husband and five-year-old son at a nearby apartment shortly before, authorities said Monday. Authorities said she allegedly killed her husband and son, then ran across the street to the hospital. There she killed a male nurse before being shot dead during a gunfight with police. ENTERPRISE NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
Israeli minister: Palestinians need to compromise JERUSALEM (AP) â€“ With crisis looming for recently restarted Mideast peace talks, Israelâ€™s deputy prime minister on Monday urged the Palestinians to relax their demand that a freeze on new Jewish settlement construction be extended past its planned weekend expiration. Palestinian officials quickly rejected the idea, leaving a deadlock in place.
â€œIn order to succeed in these negotiations both parties need to understand that (neither side) can come out of them with all that they wanted,â€? said Dan Meridor, describing the dispute as an indicator of Palestinian good faith. â€œThe first test for spirit of compromise on both sides is this issue of moratorium. If they say no compromise itâ€™s a bad sign.â€?
told more than 140 presidents, premiers, princes and a king at the opening of the three-day U.N. Millennium Development Goals summit. â€œLet us not fall back into our old bad habits.â€? Sarkozy spoke as U.N. member states began their accounting of progress in the decade since promising to end global poverty. Developed nations have fallen well short in keeping pace with a final goal
set for 2015. The U.N. acknowledges that even if the main target of reducing extreme poverty by half is achieved in the next five years, nearly 1 billion people still will be living on less than $1.25 a day. Sarkozy proposed that the world body create a small international tax on financial transactions to fund development aimed at ending poverty and meeting other millennium goals.
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) â€“ Afghan authorities said Monday it was too early to judge the validity of the countryâ€™s parliamentary ballot despite observersâ€™ reports of widespread fraud in the vote that was to help consolidate its shaky democracy. Also Monday, Britainâ€™s military handed the U.S. responsibility for a dangerous district in southern Afghanistan that has been the scene of some of the bloodiest fighting involving British troops for the past four years. Despite Taliban rocket strikes and bombings, Afghans voted on Saturday for a new parliament, the first election since a fraud-tainted presidential ballot last year that cast doubt
on the legitimacy of the embattled government. The independent Free and Fair Elections Foundation of Afghanistan, the observer group that deployed about 7,000 observers to monitor the elections, voiced â€œserious concernsâ€? about the quality of the elections. It said in its preliminary report published Monday that the parliamentary vote was marred by ballot-stuffing, proxy voting, underage voting, the use of fake voter identification cards and repeated voting. The group urged President Hamid Karzaiâ€™s government to allow an independent investigation into reports of widespread electoral fraud, including intimidation of voters.
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A home sits next to a hillside that is being burned in the foothills of Herriman, Utah, Monday. A wind-stoked wildfire sparked at a firing range during a National Guard training session blazed across thousands of acres.
Man arrested after planting fake bomb CHICAGO â€“ A man arrested for allegedly placing a backpack he thought contained an explosive near the Chicagoâ€™s Wrigley Field also talked about poisoning Lake Michigan, bombing a landmark skyscraper or even assassinating Mayor Richard Daley, according to a federal complaint filed Monday. Sami Samir Hassoun, 22, a Lebanese citizen living in Chicago, is charged with one count each of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted use of an explosive device, FBIâ€™s Chicago office said in a statement. He was arrested early Sunday after planting the fake explosive device, which was given to him by an undercover agent, the FBI said. The agency said the arrest was part of an investigation going back at least several months.
Muslim groups back NYC Islamic center NEW YORK â€“ Leaders of prominent U.S. Muslim groups called Monday for interfaith dialogue to combat religious intolerance and said they support the right to build a controversial Islamic center near ground zero. â€œWe stand for the constitutional right of Muslims, and Americans of all faiths, to build houses of worship anywhere in our nation as allowed by local laws and regulations,â€? the Muslim leaders said in a statement delivered at the site of the proposed Islamic center and mosque, to be called Park51. ENTERPRISE NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
Williams, a sprawling compound 30 miles south of Salt Lake City. Revising earlier reports, fire spokesman Mike Bohling said that three homes were destroyed, not four. Bohling attributed the widely reported discrepancy to confusion during the overnight firefighting operation, and said several sheds, recreational vehicles and at least one water pump house had been damaged or destroyed.
Fire under NY bridge halts commuter rail for hours NEW YORK (AP) â€“ A large fire under a bridge sent billowing smoke over New York and shut down commuter rail service between Manhattan and the northern suburbs for over two hours on Monday. Television footage showed wooden pilings on a pier in the Harlem River began burning under the 138th Street lift bridge and FDNY marine units hitting the fire with water. Huge
orange flames were visible, and plumes of white and black smoke wafted over the river and East Harlem. â€œThe flames were really huge and it was really pitch black,â€? said Jesus Ramos, a bank worker who saw the blaze as he came into the city from White Plains, N.Y. â€œIt was a big giant cloud. It was really going way up to the sky, it was covering up everything.â€?
The fire began shortly before noon and was declared under control around 1:30 p.m. Metro-North â€“ which, next to the Long Island Rail Road, has more passengers than any commuter rail service in the country â€“ resumed service around 2:30 p.m., with scattered delays of up to 15 minutes. It said two of the four tracks on the bridge had been restored.
HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) â€“ A wind-stoked wildfire sparked at a firing range during a National Guard training session blazed across thousands of acres Monday as crews rushed to keep it from burning more than the three homes that authorities said were destroyed overnight. The fire moved back on itself Monday as the Utah National Guard acknowledged it wasnâ€™t the first time that live-fire exercises had sparked a fire at Camp
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HPU students, local GOP hear from Rove BY PAUL B. JOHNSON ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – Conservative leader Karl Rove brought his critique and criticism of the administration of President Barack Obama to High Point Monday night, saying that the midterm elections this fall could become a backlash against Democratic Party policies. Rove spoke to High Point University students, area Republican Party supporters and elected officials and other guests during an address on campus.
The deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to former President George W. Bush spoke Rove in the HPU Hayworth Fine Arts Center in an event that wasn’t open to the general public. Obama came into office in early 2009 with high expectations and a cross-section of public support, Rove acknowledged. But as the policies of the Obama administration and Democratic-controlled
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Congress have panned out during the past year and a half on issues such as health care reform and the size of government, the president’s popularity has slumped, Rove told the crowd. “We’re going backwards, not forwards,” he said. The reaction against Congress and the Obama administration, along with developments such as the Tea Party movement, may heighten voter participation in the Nov. 2 midterms. Four years ago 82 mil-
lion voters cast midterm ballots, and Rove said he could envision this fall’s turnout pushing to 90 million or more voters. Rove devoted a significant portion of his speech to criticizing Obama policies, spending less time in his address defending or explaining policies of the eight years of the Bush administration. Rove particularly was critical of the national health care reform legislation passed earlier this year, saying its flawed assumptions and risky funding approach-
es could bring financial disaster in coming years. “If we love this country, we’ve got to commit to repealing it,” he said, referring to the health care reform law. Rove’s visit to HPU was organized through the university chapter of the College Republicans, as well as the Young America’s Foundation. He took questions submitted by HPU students and other members of the audience after his half-hour remarks. email@example.com | 888-3528
Pamela McCorkle Buncum, chairwoman of North Carolina A&T State University’s board of trustees, will be the keynote speaker for the institution’s Fall Convocation Oct. 7 in Harrison Auditorium on campus. The event is among the activities taking place for the university’s homecoming.
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TRIAD – Suppose unemployment rates across the country, state and region were hovering closer to 6 percent rather than 10 percent. Would the political atmosphere heading into the fall general election be the same? A pair of area political analysts have a succinct answer – no. Many issues have flared since President Barack Obama took the oath of office in January 2009 after riding a Democratic political wave into the White House. Intense debates have boiled over on topics ranging from health care reform and regulation of the financial industry to the direction of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But one issue has dominated the direction of politics during the past two years – the economy and, specifically, unemployment. The stagnant level of joblessness at higher-thannormal rates has driven the shift of the political atmosphere from benefiting Democrats as it did in 2006 and 2008 to bolstering Republicans this year, the political analysts say. “If the economy were at 6 percent unemployment now, I don’t think we’re having as many of these issues,” said Matthew DeSantis, professor of political science at Guilford Technical Community College. If unemployment were significantly lower this far into the Obama administration, the polls wouldn’t be as tilted against Democrats heading into the general election, said Hunter Bacot, director of the Elon University Poll. “You are seeing Republicans gaining momentum due to the nature of the economic times,” Bacot said. email@example.com | 888-3528
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The crowd fills Main Street at a Everybody’s Day in Thomasville. This year’s festival will be Saturday.
Thomasville prepares for Everybody’s Day BY DARRICK IGNASIAK ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
THOMASVILLE – Doug Croft says this weekend’s 102nd anniversary of the state’s oldest festival will live up to its name. “I know it’s cliche, but there’s no question that anybody can find something interesting and fun to do at this event,” said Croft, president of the Thomasville Area Chamber of Commerce. Everybody’s Day, which attracts about 80,000 people each year, will be held in downtown Thomasville from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The first Everybody’s Day was held in 1908, and it’s believed the festival stopped in 1952 for many years. In 1984, several community leaders and the Thomasville Area Chamber of Commerce brought the festival back. While some festivals are about cultural arts or solely music, Everybody’s Day is all inclusive, Croft said. He said it doesn’t matter who you are, you can find something at the festival. The festival has been named one of the top 20 Septem-
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ber festivals by the Southeast Tourism Society. “It’s a great fun day,” he said. New to this year’s festival will be a BMX stunt show. Croft said there will be three shows periodically through the day – morning, midday and afternoon. “It’s just something that we though would be kind of a cool thing to add,” Croft said of the BMX show. “It kind of reaches the older teen. I think anybody would enjoy watching that, but
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certainly the older teen market and young adult market would find that pretty cool.” Croft said this year’s festival will incorporate the Chair City’s new PACE Community Park and its amphitheater, located near the Thomasville Farmers’ Market. At the amphitheater, which will serve as the main stage, magician and mind reader Erik Dobell will take the stage at 11 a.m. At 12:15 p.m., Thomasville City Manager Kelly Craver’s band, the Street Party Band, will perform. Craver’s band features rock music, as well as rhythm and blues tunes. At 2 p.m. the Tsunami Wave Riders will take the stage performing beach music. Several gospel music bands also will perform. In addition to activities for the children and an array of food vendors, the festival also will feature an “Artisans’ Block,” with 25 artists and crafters competing for first, second and third place cash awards. firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3657
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Connie Clifton Darr THOMASVILLE – Mr. Connie Clifton Darr, age 94, of 2299 Old Greensboro Rd. died Monday Sept 20, 2010, in Lexington Health Care Center. He was born April 17, 1916, in Davidson Co. NC son of the late Charles Andrew Darr and Bessie Clinard Darr. He was a graduate of Pilot High School class of 1934. Mr. Darr was formerly employed with Thomasville Furniture Ind. and was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church, Lydia Sunday School Class, Charter Member of The Methodist Men and the Joy Club. He was married Dec 21, 1940 to Clara Essick Darr who preceded him in death May 28, 2003. He was also preceded in death by Two brothers, Arthur Darr – Infant Brother and Roy Darr. Surviving are, One brother, Grady Darr and wife Thelma of Thomasville; One Sister-In-Law, Iretha Essick of Jamestown. Mr. Darr enjoyed Farming and Gardening and was loved by many Nieces and Nephews. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, Sept 22, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. in Fairview United Methodist Church in Thomasville with Rev. Lisa Wishon officiating. The interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will be at the J. C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville Tuesday from 6 to 8 PM and other times at their respective homes. Memorials may be directed to Fairview United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 2876 Old Greensboro Rd. Thomasville, NC 27360 On line condolences may be sent to the Darr Family at www.jcgreenandsons.com.
Edward P. Daviss, Jr. HOLLY HILL, Fla. – Mr. Edward P. Daviss, Jr. met his maker at his home on September 10, 2010. He had health problems since the lightning hit him in August, 2009. He was a member of Unity United Methodist Church, Thomasville. He is survived by his wife, Cindy Rae Daviss, of the home; his mother, Evelyn Daviss of Thomasville.; one brother, Randal Daviss of Lake Worth, Fla.; two sons, Justin and Ian Daviss of Daytona Beach, Fla.; one grandchild; and many uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held September 17, 2010, at Daytona Beach, Fla. Memorials may be sent to Unity United Methodist Church, 608 National Highway, Thomasville NC 27360.
Ricky E. Powell HIGH POINT – Ricky E. Powell, 54, died September 18, 2010, at Triad Care And Rehabilitation Center, High Point. Arrangements are incomplete at Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.
Terry Julian Pickett ARCHDALE – Mr. Terry Julian Pickett, 71, of Archdale passed away on September 19, 2010. Mr. Pickett was born on March 31, 1939, in Guilford County to W.J. Pickett and Margaret Lowe Pickett. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Pharmacy. Mr. Pickett had been employed by Rite Aid Pharmacy, formerly Eckerd Pharmacy. In addition to his parents, Mr. Pickett was preceded in death by a son, Terry Anthony “Tony” Pickett and a sister, Margaret Ann Pickett. Mr. Pickett was married to Sara Orr Pickett who survives of the residence. Also surviving are three sons, Jeffrey Alan Pickett and wife, Joan of Franklinville, Douglas Matthew Pickett and wife, Laura of Sterling Heights, Michigan and Michael Joseph Pickett and wife, Jerri of Trinity; a sister, Sue Turner and husband, Fred of Trinity and four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A Memorial Service will be at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale. A visitation will follow the service. Following the visitation all friends are invited to aCelebration of Life Dinner at the Messiah Too on Bonnie Place in Archdale. Memorials may directed to Hospice and Palliative Care, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, N.C. 27405. The family of Mr. Pickett would like to thank Dr. James Granfortuna and his staff for the care given to Mr. Pickett during his illness. Online condolences may be made through www.cumbyfuneral.com.
Sonny Covington LEXINGTON – Lewis Edward “Sonny” Covington, Jr., 54, died September 19, 2010. A time of remembrance will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel, Lexington.
Tillie Lee Richbourg THOMASVILLE – Mrs. Tillie Lee Blanding Richbourg, 81, of Cox Avenue died September 19, at her home. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Zion Tabernacle F.B.H. Church. Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service at the church. S.E. Thomas Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
NAACP plans legal action against Wake schools MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
RALEIGH -- National NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous will be in Raleigh on Saturday for whatB’s being billed as a major announcement on legal action against the Wake County school system for its new student assignment policy. The Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, one of the organizers of Saturday’s event, said they’ll “unveil the first legal strategies
challenging resegregation” in Wake and other school districts in North Carolina. The announcement will be made at 9 a.m. at Christian Faith Baptist Church, 509 Hilltop Drive in Raleigh. The presence of Jealous, a leading figure in the civil rights movement, will serve to give opponents of Wake’s move to neighborhood schools even more national attention. “(Jealous) has said that what happens in Wake County is not only a local matter but has na-
Teacher behind legendary band’s name dies JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Leonard Skinner, the basketball coach and gym teacher who inspired the name of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, died Monday in Florida, his daughter said. He was 77. Skinner died in his sleep at the St. Catherine Laboure Manor in Jacksonville, where he had been living for about a year, his daughter Susie Moore said. Skinner had Alzheimer’s disease. He was working at Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville in the late 1960s when he sent a group of students to the principal’s office because their hair was too long. Those students later formed a band, using a variation of Skinner’s name for their own. During an interview in January 2009, Skinner said he was always bothered by the way the legend grew to say he was particularly tough on the band members or that he had kicked them out of school, according to The Florida Times-Union, which first reported Skinner’s death. “It was against the school rules,” Skinner said then. “I don’t particularly like long hair on men, but again, it wasn’t my rule.”
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Electric car company delays production SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) – An electric car manufacturing company is delaying production at a new South Carolina plant until at least Christmas. The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported Monday that CC&T Southeast expects pro-
duction at its plant in Duncan to start in four to six months. The company had hoped to begin assembly this month. The $21 million joint venture between CT&T and 2AM Group of Duncan is expected to create up to 370 jobs over the next five years.
Attorney for James Earl Ray dies at 97 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Jack Kershaw of Nashville, one of a series of attorneys hired by James Earl Ray, has died. He was 97. Ray hired Kershaw and several others after being convicted of slaying the civil rights lead-
er in 1968 in Memphis. According to Kershaw’s obituary in The Tennessean newspaper, Kershaw had written but had not published a book about those involved in the case. Kershaw, who died Sept. 7, also was an
artist, sculptor, home builder, lecturer and historian. Among his work is a statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest that stands alongside Interstate 65 just south of Nashville.
Man shot, killed in SC hospital CHESTER, S.C. (AP) – A man has been shot and killed in a South Carolina hospital after a fight at a nearby nightclub. Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith said several people were shot and wounded around 2
a.m. Monday at a nightclub in Chester. Those injured either drove themselves or were driven by friends to the Chester Regional Medical Center. Smith says a second shooting happened at
the hospital near the emergency room. Coroner Terry Tinker told The Herald of Rock Hill that 20-year-old Derek Antwon Chalk of Chester was shot several times and died from his injuries.
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Trial begins for woman accused of killing repairman by Jones, who provided her with a place to stay and food when needed. McKoy, 27, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy. The trial is expected to last about a week. She is represented by Fayetteville lawyer James Parish. The prosecutor in the case is Assistant District Attorney Cal Colyer. Investigators said Jones, 74, was robbed at knifepoint at the shop. He was killed during a struggle. Also charged was Anthony Keith Leslie. According to arrest warrants, Leslie placed a knife against Jonesâ€™ throat and sliced and stabbed the man multiple times after he fought back. McKoy was arrested at the scene of the crime. She told Fayetteville police that the robbery had been planned, according to investigators.
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School memorial Kim Scruggs lays a rose down on the brick markers for her son Ronald I. Scrugss II, Morgan L. Dobyns, and Emily A. Quarles during the dedication of the Memorial Garden at Appomattox High School in Appomattox, Va., on Sunday.
Burr questions new compensation to veterans exposed to Agent Orange RALEIGH (AP) â€“ The leading Republican on the Senate Veteransâ€™ Affairs Committee said Monday that he also has concerns about a proposal that would spend billions of dollars on disability compensation for Vietnam veterans who get heart disease. North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr added his voice to leading Democrats on the committee who have reservations about the spending and plan to discuss the issue at a Capitol Hill hearing this week. Because of concerns about the defoliant Agent Orange, the
Department of Veterans Affairs wants to allow tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans to get compensation for heart disease, a common ailment for older adults. Burr said he shares some of the same concerns raised by Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, a Vietnam combat veteran. â€œWeâ€™d like to make sure that, one, the science has a causal link, and two, that the defined population is an appropriate one,â€? Burr said in an interview, his first public comments on the topic. Congress set up a system two decades ago so that the
VA could automatically grant benefits to veterans who served in Vietnam during a 13-year period and later got one of the ailments linked to Agent Orange. Compensation has been approved for a series of ailments with strong indications of an association to the defoliant, including Hodgkinâ€™s disease, softtissue cancers and nonHodgkinâ€™s lymphoma. But that list is also growing to include common ailments for which decades of research has found only the possibility of a link, including diabetes, prostate cancer and lung cancer. The Associated Press reported
Next generation may give life to heirloom baby set
ear Abby: My mother passed away two years ago, and her first greatgrandchild will be born in less than two months. I had hoped when I was still in my 30s to have a child of my own, so I had Mom crochet me a baby set â€“ sweater, booties, cap and blanket. Sadly, motherhood for me was not to be. Do you think this baby set should go to the firstborn greatgrandchild, or to Momâ€™s favorite grandchildâ€™s children? The color is gender-neutral. Should I perhaps â€œloanâ€? it to each of the great-grandchildren when they arrive to ensure that it will be maintained as a family heirloom? I paid for all the materials and Momâ€™s time in creating these items. I feel it would be selfish not to share them. â€“ Soon-to-be-great-aunt Dear Soon-to-begreat-aunt: If you wish to establish that the baby set will become a family heirloom, stipulate that it is your intention that it be shared among the family members as more children come along. I do not recommend playing favorites with it, because to do so could create resentment. However, it is important that you understand that once the baby set is given, it will be out of your control. There are no guarantees that it wonâ€™t be damaged or hoarded. So unless you are ready to let go of it
emotionally, donâ€™t give it away. Dear Abby: I am writing ADVICE about a random act Dear of kindAbby ness. Last â– â– â– night my husband and I went out to dinner with our two small children. Heâ€™s in the Army and wore his uniform because he had gotten off late and he didnâ€™t want to keep the kids from eating while he changed. While we waited for our meal to be served, our waiter came to us and said it was our â€œlucky night.â€? The couple seated next to us was paying for the entire meal. Things like this have happened to my husband before â€“ with small lunches or drinks â€“ but never something as large as dinner for four. The gesture was touching and thoughtful, and made more special by the fact that it was the womanâ€™s birthday. That she thought of someone else on â€œherâ€? day made me smile. We only got the gentlemanâ€™s name â€“ it was Russell, like our sonâ€™s â€“ but not hers. We want to express our gratitude to her. And we hope her birthday was as delightful as our evening was, thanks to her. â€“ Touched By Her Kindness in Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Dear Touched: Iâ€™m
sure it was. Happy people like to spread the joy around. And thank you for reminding me and my readers how much an expression of gratitude to our members of the military can mean to those who receive one.
last month that some 270,000 Vietnam veterans â€“ more than one-quarter of the 1 million receiving disability checks â€“ are getting compensation for diabetes. It is now the most frequently compensated disability for Vietnam veterans, ahead of post-traumatic stress and hearing loss. The VAâ€™s latest proposal, which will go into effect at the end of October unless Congress acts to block it, adds heart disease along with Parkinsonâ€™s disease and certain types of leukemia.
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Dear Abby: I have a beautiful 2-month-old daughter, and I like to dress her in little pants and shirts rather than dresses. Often these clothes are in genderneutral colors â€“ yellow, green and, yes, sometimes blue. Whenever sheâ€™s wearing something other than pink, people assume sheâ€™s a boy and say things like, â€œOh, what a handsome little guy,â€? or, â€œHi, big boy!â€? How would you suggest I respond to these people? Should I ignore them and go on with my errands or correct them? I hope that by reading this people will think before they assume a babyâ€™s gender based on the color of his/her clothing. â€“ Annoyed in Pennsylvania Dear Annoyed: They may or may not. The next time it happens, smile at the person and say, â€œItâ€™s a girl!â€? DR. DONOHUE regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475
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