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Principals offer their views on dress code
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DUKE ON FAMILIAR GROUND AT ACC TOURNEY
The Devils make the crossstate trip to Greensboro for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament this week as the defending champion and its No. 1 seed — the first time that’s happened since 2006, when J.J. Redick was the star and the leaders of the present-day Blue Devils were still in high school Page 1B
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Former Broadway Mayor Harold Harrington looks for his division’s insignia before the Veterans Remembrance Group starts on Wednesday at the Enrichment Center.
A little luck WWII B29 pilot recalls the danger in his bombing missions; shares his passion for flying
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ames P. Weaver of Raleigh knows he’s lucky: He only piloted three missions in the Pacific during World War II but none of them were dangerous and his plane was never shot. Weaver served as a B29 bomber pilot in the 20th Air Force during World War II, from 1944-46. He spoke to the Veteran’s Remembrance group at the Lee County Enrichment Center Wednesday afternoon about his experience and his love of airplanes.
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PELOSI: DEMS CLOSING IN ON COMPROMISE
Former B-29 pilot James Weaver recounts his story of flying for the Army Air Corp to the Veterans Remembrance group at the Lee County Enrichment Center on Wednesday.
SANFORD — After meeting Wednesday, LCS principals had mixed feelings on the proposed dress code changes drafted by a committee of the Lee County Board of Education. Administrators and principals from each of the district’s 16 schools met with the members of the ad hoc committee and discussed the proposed changes for the dress code. The committee has decided to dig deeper with the issue and take up the matter with parents and community members. Committee Chairman Frank Thompson Sr. said nothing concrete happens until the board acts on the matter, though he wants input from school staff. “You’re going to have to enforce it. I think you should have a part in establishing it,” Thompson told the group.
POTENTIAL PROBLEMS Thompson acknowledged that his preference — enforcement of the current dress code — differs from what committee member Shawn Williams has in mind, which is more uniformity across the district, possibly including collared shirts and dress pants. The proposed changes also include rules on grooming and appearance, noting that shirts
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CCCC CAREER FAIR
The ‘foot-in-the-door’ expo
Democrats claimed momentum Wednesday in their drive to enact the sweeping health care legislation sought by President Barack Obama, citing near agreement on crucial issues despite persistent Republican efforts to knock them offstride
College students get valuable face time with local businesses, agencies
By KATHERINE McDONALD Special to The Herald
STATE JOBLESS RATE JUMPS TO HISTORIC HIGH AGAIN The recession pushed North Carolina’s unemployment rate to 11.1 percent in January, a historic high, the Employment Security Commission reported Wednesday Page 7A
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DOWNTOWN’S BUGGY FACTORY HAS BIG PLANS The Buggy Factory, a threestory historic building located on Chatham Street in downtown Sanford, is currently being transformed into a ... Well, learn what Sanford resident Leon Tongret has in store for the building by year’s end in Sunday’s edition of The Herald.
HAPPENING TODAY The annual “State of Manufacturing” hosted by the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. The lunch’s presentation on “Connecting Lee County to the Global Economy” will be given by Ed Swartz, president and CEO of Static Control CALENDAR, PAGE 2A
SANFORD — Sarah Flowers, a veterinary medical technician, is a big booster of Central Carolina Community College’s career fairs. The 2010 Career Fair, held Wednesday at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, brought together representatives from about 55 businesses, private and government agencies, and the military to speak with the several hundred students who attended. The students wanted to know about career opportuni-
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Among the recruiters Wednesday was Sarah Flowers (right), of Durham, a 2001 graduate of the college’s Veterinary Medical Technology program. She returned to her alma mater to speak with current students, including Sandy Tao (left), of Raleigh, about job opportunities with her employer, Park Veterinary Hospital. ties with them and the representatives were eager to share the information. The event was sponsored by the college’s Career Services office.
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Flowers, who works for Park Veterinary Hospital, in Raleigh, was at the Career Fair
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On the Agenda Rundown of local meetings in the area:
TODAY n The Goldston Precinct meeeting has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. at Goldston Public Library, 9235 Pittsboro-Goldston Hwy., Goldston.
MONDAY n The Lee County Board of Commissioners will hold its annual Planning Retreat beginning at 9 a.m. at the Central Carolina Community College Emergency Training Center, located at 3000 Airport Road, Sanford. n The Lee County Board of Commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. at the Lee County Government Center in Sanford. n The Lee County Planning Board will meet and hold a public hearing with the Board of Commissioners at 6 p.m. at the Lee County Government Center in Sanford. n The Chatham County Board of Commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. at the District Courtroom, 12 East St., Pittsboro. n The Harnett County Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. at the County Administration Building in Lillington. n The Moore County Board of Commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. at the Commissioners Room in Carthage. n The Siler City Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. in Siler City. n The Town of Carthage regular town board meeting will be at 7 p.m. in Carthage.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Fran Remington, Michael Nakial Petty Jr., Shakiyiah McIver, Paul B. Reynolds, Denice Milici, Jacob Michael Neal, Riley Maureen Davison, Joelle Cooper, Casey Suggs, Nikki Cerda, Shawanda Gill, James William Smith, Samantha Miller, David Fields, Anthony Snipes, Ray Ragan, Tyson Williams, Jimmy Smith, Travis McDougald, Katie Allmond, Tammy Gill, Austin Newell, Harry Chubbs, Jabreya McNeill and Keith Edwards. CELEBRITIES: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is 79. ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson is 76. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is 74. Singer Bobby McFerrin is 60. Movie director Jerry Zucker is 60. Singer Cheryl Lynn is 53. Actor Jeffrey Nordling is 48. Actor John Barrowman is 43. Singer Lisa Loeb is 42. Singer Pete Droge is 41. Actor Terrence Howard is 41. Actor Johnny Knoxville is 39.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR ONGOING n Spring is right around the corner and it’s time to get back into the garden! Cooperative Extension will once again offer the 4-H Community Gardening program at the Extension Center for families that are interested in learning how to grow successful gardens, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and enjoy an overall healthier lifestyle. Applications are currently being accepted from families that are interested in enrolling in the program. Call 775-5624 for more information and to learn how to be a part of this exciting project. n The Lee County American Red Cross is now accepting reservations for Lifeguard classes. Call (919) 774-6857 to register.
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TODAY n The annual “State of Manufacturing” hosted by the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. “Connecting Lee County to the Global Economy” will be hosted by keynote speaker Ed Swartz, president and CEO of Static Control; Sanford Mayor Cornelia Olive, Lee County Chairman Richard Hayes and the Lee County Economic Development Corporation. Cost is $25 per person or $175 for a table of eight. Call (919) 775-7341 for reservations or more information. n “Landscape Design” workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the McSwain Center, hosting by the Lee County office of N.C. Cooperative Extension. Class is free, but preregistration required by calling 775-5624. n A Fresh Produce Safety Farmer Listening Session will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Agriculture Building Auditorium in Pittsboro. RSVP for this event by calling Jane Tripp at (919) 542-8202. n Temple Theatre’s production of Jason Petty’s “El Paso” begins at 7 p.m. “El Paso” details the performing life of Marty Robbins and pays tribute to Robbins’ heroes such as Gene Autrey and Hank Williams Sr. For tickets, call the Temple box office at (919) 774-4155, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. templeshows.com. n Floyd L. Knight’s second annual spaghetti plate sale will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the school. Plates are $7. Take out only. All proceeds will benefit Floyd Knight School.
West Lee Middle School girls basketball team visited N.C. State University to the Kay Yow Hoops for Hope event. If you have a calendar item you would like to add or if you have a feature story idea, contact The Herald by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (919) 718-1225. 4) and will begin at 10 a.m. All registered Democrats are encouraged to attend. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 718-9242 for more information. n The Southern Tradition Band presents the Merle Haggard and George Strait Tribute Show at 7 p.m. at the Stewart Theatre in Dunn. Pre-show at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $13 advance, $15 door, $11 groups of 13 or more and $6 children. For ticket information, call Ronnie Womack at (910) 890-4188, June Wallace at (919) 7766139 or (919) 892-6011. n Temple Theatre’s production of Jason Petty’s “El Paso” begins at 8 p.m. “El Paso” details the performing life of Marty Robbins and pays tribute to Robbins’ heroes such as Gene Autrey and Hank Williams Sr. For tickets, call the Temple box office at (919) 774-4155, e-mail email@example.com or visit www. templeshows.com.
n Temple Theatre’s production of Jason Petty’s “El Paso” begins at 2 p.m. “El Paso” details the performing life of Marty Robbins and pays tribute to Robbins’ heroes such as Gene Autrey and Hank Williams Sr. For tickets, call the Temple box office at (919) 774-4155, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. templeshows.com.
n Temple Theatre’s production of Jason Petty’s “El Paso” begins at 8 p.m. “El Paso” details the performing life of Marty Robbins and pays tribute to Robbins’ heroes such as Gene Autrey and Hank Williams Sr. For tickets, call the Temple box office at (919) 774-4155, e-mail email@example.com or visit www. templeshows.com.
n The Lee County American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at Belk, 1065 Spring Lane, Sanford. Contact Lea Chandler at 774-4428 to
n The Lee County Democratic Party’s annual precinct meeting will be held at the Lee County Courthouse (in Courtroom No.
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This day in history: On March 11, 1985, Mikhail S. Gorbachev was chosen to succeed the late Soviet President Konstantin U. Chernenko. In 1810, French Emperor Napoleon I was married by proxy to Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria. In 1861, the Constitution of the Confederate States of America was adopted during a convention in Montgomery, Ala. In 1888, the famous Blizzard of ’88 began inundating the northeastern United States, resulting in some 400 deaths. In 1930, former President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Bill, providing war supplies to countries fighting the Axis. In 1942, as Japanese forces continued to advance in the Pacific during World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur left the Philippines for Australia. (MacArthur, who subsequently vowed, “I shall return,” kept that promise more than 2 1/2 years later.) In 1959, the Lorraine Hansberry drama “A Raisin in the Sun” opened at New York’s Ethel Barrymore Theater.
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Orchestra to perform “A Day in France”
SANFORD — The Lee County Community Orchestra will perform its next concerts this Saturday and Sunday with the theme of “A Day in France.” The concert will be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lee County Arts and Community Center. A reception will follow the Saturday performance. The concerts are free to attend. Tara Villa-Chamra will direct the 40-member orchestra, which will perform the music of Bizet, Debussy and Massenet. “We are finding the pieces...wonderfully challenging,” said LCCO President Reinette Seaman. The French music follows the two previous concerts that featured pieces from other countries: October brought the music of Vienna and in December, the orchestra performed Russian pieces, all part of the 200910 theme, “A Journey Around the World.” Harpist Joe Hanna will join the orchestra for the two performances this weekend, Seaman said, and the sound adds to the selections. “If it’s missing you might not be able to tell,” she said, though “it provides a texture that’s needed.”
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State tax credits available Fleeing driver’s for ‘Urban Progress Zone’ car couldn’t hide in the crowd
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SANFORD — Additional tax credits to reduce state tax liability will be available for the next two years for companies locating or expanding in parts of Sanford after state officials recertified a local Urban Progress Zone. A $1,000-per-job tax credit and 7 percent tax credit for investment in business property could be available for companies operating in a nearly four-square-mile area of southeastern Sanford. Urban Progress Zone tax credits are available in addition to Article 3J Tax Credits, which are offered throughout North Carolina to create jobs and stimulate business investment. Having been designated a Tier 2 county under the Article 3J program, companies may be eligible for state tax credits of $5,000 per job created in Lee County. “In the tough economy we’ve had, compa-
nies are looking for any advantage they can find to expand economically,” says Bob Heuts, director of Lee County Economic Development. “The Sanford Urban Progress Zone provides an enormous opportunity.” Heuts says qualifying companies locating in the zone become part of a vibrant manufacturing community and the Research Triangle Region — while enjoying the benefit of additional tax credits that are hard to find in this area. Urban Progress Zones are designated by the North Carolina Department of Commerce to stimulate new investment in urban areas with a population greater than 10,000. Municipal governments may apply to have a portion of the
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city designated as an Urban Progress Zone. If approved, businesses locating or expanding in the zone can qualify for special tax credits - in addition to any credits that may be available under Article 3J. Sanford’s Urban Progress Zone has been recertified through Dec. 31, 2011, and is administered through Lee County Economic Development. The Lee County Economic Development Corp. is a nonprofit organization established to attract industry, enhance job opportunities and promote sound planning across Lee County. Funding is provided by the county, as well as the City of Sanford and Town of Broadway, the county’s two municipalities.
CHAPEL HILL (MCT) — Neighbors of a UNCChapel Hill animal holding and research facility in rural Orange County are feeling nervous about treated wastewater spills from the complex and the university’s plans to expand it. In recent months, there have been four leaks or spills of treated wastewater at the Bingham Facility, located roughly a dozen miles west of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. In the worst, an unknown amount leaked from a partially full 1.6 million-gallon storage pond into Collins Creek, a tributary of the Haw River and eventually Jordan Lake. The university has shut down the facility’s system and is trucking wastewater to the Orange Water and Sewer Authority’s treatment plant, as the university waits to hear about a possible state fine. — The News and Observer
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RALEIGH — A Harnett County woman was among the first three players selected to go Las Vegas in June for a chance to play the non-broadcast version of The Price is Right Live! Stage Show. Doris Finger of Bunnlevel joined Catherine Brooker of Mooresville and Elnora Bloomfield of Apex as the thre players selected by the North Carolina Education Lottery to receive the grand prize trip package. During the trip, each winner and a guest will travel to Las Vegas where the winner will have a chance to play the non-broadcast version of the game show. The trip includes three nights and four days deluxe hotel accommodations; roundtrip airfare; $1,000 spending money; and two tickets to the show. These winners all entered a second chance drawing with a North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) Special Edition The Price is Right® instant scratch-off ticket. Players may enter as many non-winning NCEL Special Edition The Price is Right® instant scratch-off tickets as they would like on the NCEL’s official Web site.
RALEIGH (MCT) —Police across the Triangle and Triad had nearly a dozen outstanding arrest warrants dating to 2000 for Randel Riggsbee Jr. of Chapel Hill. But it doesn’t seem he was trying to hide. When a Wake sheriff’s deputy spotted Riggsbee, 32, last week, he was tooling around in a pink Mercury Grand Marquis with shiny rims and a license plate that had a picture of a kitty cat wearing a red bow on its head. Riggsbee led state Highway Patrol troopers and Wake County deputies at high speeds on Interstate 40 through much of Wake County on the morning of March 2, before being stopped and arrested in a wooded area near Airport Boulevard. After the chase, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office filed a shopping
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Pursue liquor changes cautiously Winston-Salem Journal
ecent scandals at local ABC boards in Wilmington and Charlotte have created political momentum for privatization of liquor sales in North Carolina. If Gov. Bev Perdue and legislators pursue change, they must do so cautiously and conservatively. When it comes to selling liquor, a wide-open market is not right for North Carolina. Perdue has said she wants North Carolina to remain a “control state.” That is, she will accept privatization only if state and local governments continue to maintain control over sales. That could be accomplished through
a number of business models in which private vendors ran stores or sales outlets. This sounds like the right course to pursue. North Carolinians don’t want giant liquor outlets moving here competing on price and convenience, advertising heavily and seemingly being located on every street corner. If the state and local governments maintain control of the system, they can decide just how many outlets there will be in each community, what kind of hours they will operate and how much they can compete on price. Many communities still don’t permit liquor sales either by the bottle or the cocktail. This is part of the state’s strong conserva-
tive religious heritage. Whatever system emerges from the current controversy, it must reflect that tradition. It must also protect the local government revenue stream. The legislature has a special committee considering the issues involved with a privatization of liquor sales. It will report later this year. The state’s ABC Commission has just hired a Chicagobased consultant to estimate the financial value of the state’s system. When these two reports are complete, North Carolinians should have a better idea of the options available. The state gives wide latitude to the local ABC commissions, and some have abused that flexibility. In Wilmington, the local
board handed out $330,000 in salary and $50,000 in bonuses to a father-and-son team that runs New Hanover County’s ABC operations. It may be that the best change to the system would be to simply tighten regulations to keep similar scandals from happening in the future. The current system, if corrected, is a tough model to beat. It provides for controlled sales and a steady stream of local revenue. But North Carolinians should keep an open mind on the subject of privatization until all of the reports are submitted. Only then will we be able to see if another model would work better than our current system.
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s former Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps left a Wake County courtroom for her first dip in prison, Phipps’ husband, Robert, leaned against a wall, pounded his fist and sobbed. That indelible scene happened in 2003. It’s a reminder of how the damage caused by crime — whether petty, violent or of the political variety — spreads like ripples on the water. I was reminded of the Phipps’ courthouse drama after recently reading that former state House Speaker Jim Black will be released one year early from federal prison. Black, convicted of public corruption charges that involved taking bribes to push legislation, has now served three years in federal prison. He had been sentenced to just over five years. By this time next year, he could be out. Black has apparently earned time off his sentence by completing a program for those with alcohol or drug problems. ... Black will turn 75 later this month. According to several accounts, he’s not in good health. His wife has Lou Gehrig’s disease and is being fed through a tube. Obviously, his is no way to spend the final years of your life. Federal prosecutors, when they demanded a five-year prison term, wanted to send just that message. But the typical four to five year prison term for political corruption always brings questions of fairness. Jim Black and Meg Scott Phipps never put a gun to anyone’s head. They never physically harmed anyone. Prosecutors would say they did something equally serious. They violated the public trust essential to a functioning of a democracy. Still, the prison sentences for politicians found guilty of public corruption crimes, whether two years or five years, may not be the worst that they receive. Being stripped of political power and losing their reputations may torment them worse than a tour in a federal prison. The tearing of the family fabric, how that isolation of a prison term can cause losses and divides never to be completely made up for, may prove an even worse punishment. Even law-abiding people can relate to the loss of freedom and the isolation entailed by being sent off to prison. I suspect only those there can truly appreciate the other stuff. Today, another round of criminal indictments is underway. A former governor’s aide, Ruffin Poole, plots his defense strategy. Former Gov. Mike Easley hires a heavy-hitting criminal defense attorney. Old friends of Easley and Poole no longer speak to them on the advice of their lawyers. In austere government offices, they meet with folks wearing badges and carrying guns. Those under scrutiny as a part of that investigation would do well to think about Robert Phipps beating on a courtroom wall and a 75-year-old man once at the pinnacle of North Carolina political power now unable to be at his ailing wife’s side.
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hatever the legislative fate of health reform — now in the hands of a few besieged House Democrats — the health reformers have failed in their argument. Their proposal has divided Democrats while uniting Republicans, returned American politics to well-worn ideological ruts, employed legislative tactics that smack of corruption, squandered the president’s public standing, lowered public regard for Congress to French revolutionary levels, sucked the oxygen from other agenda items, re-engaged the abortion battle, produced freaks and prodigies of nature such as a Republican senator from Massachusetts, raised questions about the continued governability of America and caused the White House chief of staff to distance himself from the president’s ambitions. It is quite an accomplishment. For the president, it must also be quite a shock, because he thought he was taking a reasonable, middle path on health reform. At the start of this process, many Democrats preferred a single-payer health system — essentially, Medicare for everyone. Short of this goal, they advocated a public option that would compete with private insurance companies and prove the superiority of government-run care. But President Obama rejected a single-payer approach and signaled early that the public option was expendable. Obama also rejected the one, genuinely bipartisan health reform proposal — made by Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Bob Bennett, R-Utah — that would have ended employer-based insurance and given individuals a deduction to buy their own coverage from a menu of private insurance options. (Wyden has turned out to be the ignored prophet of the health debate. “If you ... just pound it through on a partisan vote,” he said last June, “you have people practically as soon as the ink is dry looking to have it repealed.”) Instead, the president chose the current complex, regulatory approach to reform, precisely because it seemed less radical and disruptive than the other options. It was patterned in part on health reforms in Massachusetts signed by then-Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, thereby applying at least a veneer of bipartisanship. So what went wrong? Some analysts blame structural factors, particularly the growth in partisanship. It is true that the Republican caucus in Congress has become more homogeneous in its conservatism. But it is also true that Obama is advocating a serious expansion in the role of government at a moment when skepticism of government is widespread. His health reform plan may have seemed moderate on the congressional ideological spectrum. But the creation of a new middle-class entitlement can’t be considered moderate in the context of the times when even previous entitlement commitments seem unsustainable. And it has not helped that the Massachusetts model of health reform has resulted in unchecked cost increases, requiring higher taxes and benefit cuts. These financial concerns not only unify
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Republicans of every ideological stripe, they reach into the right of the Democratic coalition. In fact, these structural obstacles were increased by a major strategic miscalculation. Obama clearly believed that the economic crisis was fully fungible — that a turn to government activism in one policy area would translate into support in other areas. So he attempted a rhetorical sleight of hand, arguing that economic recovery required health reform and a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions. Few bought it. To the contrary, the massive — and, in my view, necessary — bank bailout only increased public skepticism about government and congressional concerns about spending. The final reason for Obama’s failed argument on health reform is neither structural nor strategic. It is psychological. As the evidence mounted that the body politic was rejecting Obama’s health system transplant, Obama faced a choice about the nature of his presidency. He could retreat toward incrementalism or insist on transformation. Obama had previewed his impatience with incrementalism during the campaign. Similar to his predecessor, George W. Bush, Obama turned hard against the Clinton model. “I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America,” he said, “in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it.” In retrospect, Obama’s greatest achievement during the 2008 campaign was to combine soothing reassurance with a message of transformational change in a single political persona. Governing, however, has required a choice between reassurance and transformation. Because Obama has chosen liberal transformation, the political outcomes are now limited: He can appear radical in victory or weak in defeat. Given his health reform decisions, it is no longer possible for Obama to be a president both strong and unifying.
Today’s Prayer ... we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (I John 2:1) PRAYER: Father, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to save us from our sins, if we will trust in Him. Amen.
Letters to the Editor Blogger says editorial about him full of factual errors To the Editor: A recent column by Billy Liggett acknowledged the role of blogs in calling out newspapers. But editorial writers everywhere can learn an important lesson from the recent Herald editorial that seemed to attempt to justify the decisions not to cover stories referred to in the editorial. The problem is that writing about uncovered stories left the editorial awash with factual errors just as inexcusable as they would be in a news article. Normally newspapers are advocates of compliance with public information requests. Your readers have a right to know about it. I did not blog about it. Your editorial said a dispute began between me and Commissioner Linda Shook “related to an issue that never even appeared on the agenda of the commissioners.” The Herald received by e-mail a copy of the advanced agenda copy with all agenda items and the supporting material for each item. The item, VIII-D, was listed as “School Tax Referendum,” requested by Commissioner Shook without the usual supporting material. It was the effort to obtain the supporting material that began what has become a situation of legal complexity for all concerned, but never considered newsworthy by a newspaper. The minutes reflect nearly a half page of comments supported by written material by Commissioner Shook. There is documentation of information furnished by her. A second factual error is that Commissioner Shook was threatened with a lawsuit suggesting a personal suit. A lawsuit against the county is the mechanism to enforce the public’s right to public information. The county would be the defendant, and the defense cost would be born by the taxpayers. There is not a single document to justify the statement that Commissioner Shook was personally threatened with a lawsuit. On the other hand, there is a letter in which the prospects of a lawsuit against me were communicated by her lawyer to mine very early. Perhaps the editorial writer got confused and got things backwards. Nevertheless, this is another factual error. There is always the matter of perception, which differs from person to person. Reality is another. How I fancy myself is another — as is my position on my role in the election of Tracy Carter. At 212 votes, many involved can “claim credit.” My contribution the last six weeks was one that was unique and significant. Ask the sheriff. Beyond factual errors are other items that appear to be based on a preconceived mindset that characterizes my actions through the lens of Commissioner Shook. Some of these statements could have been easily checked and determined to be inaccurate. Your readers are entitled to a full reporting on the matter of access to public information in order to put your editorial into an informed context. Secondly, perhaps another editorial more in keeping with I believe your own standards is an alternative to what would be a retraction in a news article. KEITH CLARK Sanford
EDITOR’S NOTE The Herald stands by the content of its Feb. 26 editorial titled, “Not ‘newsworthy,’ but worth a discussion.” Read the editorial online at sanfordherald.com (free registration required to view stories online).
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Pam Capps Lynn SANFORD — Pam Capps Lynn, 88, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at Sanford Health & Rehab Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at Rogers Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Janet Balasko. Burial will follow at Buffalo Cemetery. Mrs. Lynn was born in Lee County, daughter of the late William Joseph Kelly and Mollie Black Kelly, and preceded in death by her daughter, Judith Capps Beswick. She was a member of Buckhorn United Methodist Church. Mrs. Lynn is survived by three grandsons, Michael Beswick, Bobby Miller and Steven Miller; several nieces and nephews including Billy Measamer and wife Brenda, and Bobby Sloan and wife Frances; great-nieces and nephews including Susan Miller and husband Alan and Kelly Perry and husband Chap. The family will receive friends beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday prior to the funeral service. Online condolences may be made at www. rogerspickard.com. Arrangements are by Rogers Pickard Funeral Home of Sanford. Paid obituary
SANFORD — Funeral service for Pauline L. Dorsett, 88, of 270 Dorsett Road, who died Wednesday (3/3/10), was conducted Monday at Works for Christ Christian Center with the Rev. Joseph Marsh officiating. Eulogist was the Rev. Willard Neal. Burial followed at the McLean-Dorsett Cemetery in Sanford. Soloists were Walter Hatcher and the Rev. Joseph McCaskill. Pallbearers were Leon Bean, Walt Johnson, Norman Palmer Sr., Junior Richmond, Larry Sharpe and Milton Wilson. Arrangements were by Knotts Funeral Home of Sanford.
SILER CITY — Ernest F. Tillman, 86, of 920 W. Sixth St., died Wednesday (3/10/10) at Chatham Hospital, Inc. in Siler City. He was born Nov. 15, 1923, son of the late Lawrence Hardin Tillman and Wanda Boyd Tillman. He was a native of Chatham County, a retired truck driver, having worked for Siler City Mills, Carolina Poultry and Gulf Oil. He had been owner-operator of Feedwell Cafe and ran a saw mill. He was an honorary member of the Law Enforcement Association and was a member of Moon’s Chapel Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his brother, Odell Tillman and granddaughter, Julie Ann Pleasants. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Berta Wilson Tillman; daughters, Becky T. Oliver and husband Tommy of Gibsonville and Linda T. Pleasants and husband David of Greensboro; a son, Ernest Michael Tillman of Siler City; sisters, Alberta T. Reitzel of Port Orange, Fla. and Louise T. Cotner of Asheboro; a sister-inlaw, Joan Tillman of Siler City; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Moon’s Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Scott Faw officiating. Condolences may be made at www.pughfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to Moon’s Chapel Baptist Church General Fund, 175 Moon’s Chapel Road, Siler City, N.C. 27344 or to Hospice of UNC, P.O. Box 1077, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312. Arrangements are by Smith and Buckner Funeral Home of Siler City.
SANFORD — Funeral service for Jake J. Petty, 90, of 13 J.P. Lane, who died Wednesday (3/3/10), was conducted Sunday at McQueens Chapel United Methodist Church in Lemon Springs with the Rev. James Malloy officiating. Eulogist was the Rev. Bruce Petty. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were friends of the family. Arrangements were by Knotts Funeral Home of Sanford.
Buck Rives SANFORD — Graveside service for Charles Eugene “Buck” Rives, who died Saturday (3/6/10), was conducted Wednesday at Goldston Cemetery with the Rev. Mitch Roginsky and the Rev. David Hicks officiating. Burial followed with military rites. Soloist and guitarist was Nikki Lancaster. Pallbearers were Gene Causey, Don Whitt, Johnny Gaines, Ronnie Gaines, Jerry Campbell and W.C. Campbell. Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc. of Sanford.
“I love flying. It’s something you’ll never get out of your system,” he said. The remembrance group feature speakers at its monthly meetings, where veterans get the chance to trade stories and reconnect with old friends. There’s a feeling of camaraderie among the men, members of the Greatest Generation with a common past. Like many men in the 1930s and 40s, Weaver was unsure of his future but interested in volunteering to help his country after the war broke out. After high school, he got a job at a drugstore in Fuquay-Varina, his hometown. On Dec. 7, 1941, he was working and heard on the radio that Pearl Harbor had been bombed. Two soldiers from Ft. Bragg happened to hear news blare from the speakers, he said. “I’ve never seen the color drain out of anybody’s face. They turned white as a sheet,” Weaver said. That was the impetus for his desire to get involved. Later, he began working on airplanes in Baltimore but soon realized he wanted to pilot them instead. “The more I worked on them, the more I realized I didn’t want to build them; I wanted to fly them,” he said. “I was just a country boy that wanted to volunteer and learn flying.”
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Veteran Jim Glines listens as WWII B29 bomber pilot James Weaver speaks on Wednesday at the Lee County Enrichment Center. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and before graduating in August 1944, Weaver spent time training in Santa Ana, Calif., Phoenix and Biloxi, Miss, where the heat overwhelmed the young men. “It was so hot you couldn’t sweat! ... Those guys were trying to kill us,” he said. “They didn’t know how bad we wanted to be pilots.” Weaver only flew three missions in Japan and thanked those who went through many more dangerous flights overseas. “I knew that God was going to keep me alive no matter what,” Weaver said. “Some of you flew 15, 20, 25. My hat’s off to you.” On his last mission, while flying over mountains on the north end of the island of Honshu in the Pacific, his plane dropped supplies to troops in an American prisoner camp. Weaver
was surprised to see one box — filled with cigarettes, candy and first aid supplies — drop right through the roof of the barracks, which the men laughed about. He also spoke of seeing the B29 bomber Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. “That bomb did some devastation, but it saved the lives of a lot of men, maybe you men sitting here,” he said. Weaver still has some bitter memories of the Japanese, after seeing planes shot down and fires set by the enemy. “That’s the kind of people we were up against, folks. ... When people talk about the Japanese...I can’t even drive a Japanese car to this day,” he said, his voice shaking. He also spent time in the Philippines as his group was held at Clark Air Base on Luzon Island
for several months. “The war was over and we were waiting,” he said. “The longest weeks and months of my life. My girlfriend wrote me every day.” Though he saw a lot during the war, Weaver thanks God for his experience and for making it home safely. “It’s just been a wonderful experience, to learn how to fly and have Uncle Sam pay for it, and come home again. I know God was good to bring me through it all. Y’all made it possible, because you got over there before I did,” he told the group of veterans. And his passion for airplanes has remained since his days in the Air Force. “Just as soon as I got home I bought me an airplane,” he said. “I’ve loved airplanes all these years.”
30, reported damage to property Tuesday in Sanford. ■ Walmart reported larceny—shoplifting Tuesday at 3310 N.C. 87 in Sanford. ■ Louis Antonio Morris, 19, reported assault with a deadly weapon Tuesday at 26 Oakcrest
Drive in Sanford. ■ Fresh Choice Cafe reported breaking and entering Tuesday at 805 Wicker St. in Sanford. ■ Cassandra Lynn Rodgers, 24, reported simple assault at 544 Cox Maddox Road in Sanford. ■ Elissa Anne Curry, 38, was arrested Tuesday at 1400 S. Horner Blvd. in Sanford on a charge of worthless check.
■ Shaquita Evette McDougald, 24, was arrested Tuesday at S. Vance Street in Sanford on a charge of communicating threats. ■ Laquentin Gray Edwards, 21, was arrested Tuesday at 1400 S. Horner Blvd. in Sanford on a charge of failure to appear.
POLICE BEAT SANFORD ■ Robert Edward Requa, 31, of Sanford reported theft from vehicle Tuesday. ■ Virgil Ellis Lewis, 59, reported damage to property Tuesday in Sanford. ■ Tremeka Deandra-Yevette Richmond,
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must be tucked in at all times. For Deep River Elementary, which already has an academic attire policy, â€œthe only difference would be tucking in the shirts,â€? said Principal Dianne Straub. â€œI would personally like to do that but that was our concession to the parents.â€? Greg Batten, principal of Lee County High School, mentioned that overweight students might feel self-conscious if shirts are required to be tucked in. â€œAs kids get older, that becomes an issue where it may not be at the elementary level,â€? Batten said. Heâ€™s also talked with LCHSâ€™s Student Government Association, which viewed many of the proposed changes as punishment. Batten took issue with rules against pants tucked into boots, because itâ€™s currently a trend among high school girls, and asked about school sweatshirts and T-shirts, wondering what would happen to displays of school spirit. The proposed changes also ban jackets or coats in the classrooms, which doesnâ€™t work for Lee Early College, said Principal Rob Biehl, because the school doesnâ€™t have lockers to store them. Itâ€™s also an open campus where students walk from building to building. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of issues it brings up in high school,â€? Batten said. â€œHigh school is a whole different animal.â€? Principals had differing thoughts on whether an academic attire policy would help the socio-economic divide or widen it, as Batten believed it might. â€œThe collared shirt that then has the Lacoste or the fox logo, Walmart brand versus Abercrombie brand,â€? can cause problems, he said. Gary Moore, principal at J.R. Ingram Jr. Elementary, said many people heâ€™s talked to felt the same as Batten about the proposed changes. Parents mentioned that if an academic attire policy is adopted, they will have to buy two sets of clothing, because their children wonâ€™t wear dress pants and collared shirts when they are not in school. â€œThe ones that were opposed were really, really opposed,â€? Moore said. Kenna Wilson, principal at SanLee Middle School, said the school surveyed parents, students and staff last year
and decided not to look into an academic attire policy after the idea was poorly received. Administrators also took a look at the proposed employee dress code changes. Tramway Elementary Principal Anne Beal said her staff did not like the idea of tucking in shirts, and felt each individual school should decide whatâ€™s best with the help of the board. Greenwood Elementary Principal Vicki Haislip said itâ€™s important to keep in mind special needs students. She said she knows of one autistic child who is bothered by collared shirts. She said her staff would like to see some clarification with the current dress code, if nothing else. â€œWe felt like our current policy was kind of gray,â€? she said. No matter what administrators and the board settle on, â€œwe have got to improve their attitude and that includes dress,â€? Thompson said. â€œWeâ€™re going to have to do it and convince the parents that itâ€™s good for the child.â€?
IN FAVOR Carolyn Henry, principal at Bragg Street Academy, said an academic attire policy has worked for her students. She said she believes a countywide, uniform dress code is a good idea. â€œWhat we have found is it does take away the focus on who has and who does not,â€? she said. The school also requires students to tuck shirts in. â€œEverybody tucks it regardless of their size,â€? she said. â€œWe have found that having the dress code, it does sort of level the playing field.â€? The key to making it work is consistent enforcement, Henry stressed. â€œKids will try you every step of the way,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s up to the staff or the administration to get them back in dress code.â€? Patricia Coldren, principal of J. Glenn Edwards Elementary, said an academic attire policy has worked wonders for her school and attitude has improved overall at the school. Three years ago, the school had 1,000 discipline referrals; last year, they had 314 referrals, she said. â€œIf you come and talk to our teachers, they will change your mind,â€? Coldren said. â€œAnd (the children) are still individuals. You wonâ€™t find two children who look the same.â€? Bonnie Almond, principal at Southern Lee High School, was princi-
pal at Edwards when the academic attire policy was implemented. She said sheâ€™s a firm believer in the dress code but noted that the school spent many months on the topic, talking to parents and taking small steps. â€œWe created a conversation that went on for a good six to eight months before we ever did our survey,â€? Almond said. â€œWe took a lot of time educating all of the stakeholders involved in our school. ... If we get a riot from a certain percentage of the community, itâ€™s going to affect the view of everyone else.â€? With support from the board, â€œI feel like we can make any dress code work,â€? said George Raley, principal at East Lee Middle School.
NEXT STEPS Superintendent Jeff Moss advised committee members to follow the lead set by Deep River and J. Glenn Edwards if instituting an academic attire policy. â€œIf you look at changing something, look at the criteria we have in place,â€? he said. Parental involvement is â€œextremely importantâ€? in making such a change, he added. â€œIf you dictate it from the top down, I donâ€™t think it will be as successful as it was at Edwards and Deep River,â€? Moss said. Moore asked the committee members to find a way to get staff input as well; they assured Moore they would do so. Moss also suggested holding town hall-style meetings at the schools to get the communityâ€™s thoughts. â€œThis needs to be a process. This is going to be a process,â€? committee member Linda Smith stressed. Williams said he thought the discussion produced positive conversation. â€œJust like anything, both sides were passionate about what they felt,â€? he said. â€œWhat we need to do is step back and make sure all stakeholders get involved.â€? Smith agreed and said itâ€™s important to begin a grassroots movement. â€œWe really want it from the bottom up,â€? she said. â€œIt has to go back to the parent level and work its way up,â€? Williams added. The committee will meet again to recap and then take things to the board to figure out the next move. â€œThis is a board thing and itâ€™s going to take awhile,â€? Thompson said.
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speaking to many of the collegeâ€™s Veterinary Medical Technology students about opportunities with her employer. â€œThe annual Career Fair is great,â€? Flowers said. â€œI graduated from the collegeâ€™s Vet Tech program in 2009 and last yearâ€™s Career Fair helped me find my job.â€? Now sheâ€™s sharing the good news of job opportunities with the current students. Helping her share the message was Valerie Hill, Park Veterinary Hospital office manager. â€œWeâ€™re excited to be here,â€? Hill said. â€œWeâ€™ve met folks in the collegeâ€™s Vet Tech program that have the experience weâ€™re looking for. We already have a graduate working for us, so we know itâ€™s a quality program.â€? Officer Patrick Carroll, of the Sanford Police Department, was another graduate who represented his employer at the Career Fair. â€œI graduated from the collegeâ€™s Basic Law Enforcement Training program in 2003,â€? Carroll said. â€œNow, Iâ€™m here to let those interested know what they need to do to become a Sanford police officer. The Career Fair is a great tool.â€? Long rows of recruiting and information tables, each with one or more representatives, lined the centerâ€™s Exhibition Hall, making it easy for the students to browse, pick up information, ask questions, and compare what similar
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Job recruiter Nicki Traylor (right), with Ajilon, a professional staffing firm, spoke with students about partand full-time jobs available through the firm. Among those who spoke with her was Chris Buffington, of Lillington, a Business Administration student at the collegeâ€™s Harnett County Campus. businesses and agencies were offering. Some were offering part- or fulltime jobs or both, which suited the students. Some of them were seeking fulltime jobs in anticipation of graduation. Others were seeking part-time or jobs that fit with their class schedule while they continued to attend school. CCCC students Jordan Goins, of Broadway, Josh Rossser, of Deep River, and B.J. Bullard, of Sanford, were interested in hearing from those representing law enforcement agencies. All are Criminal Justice majors at the college. â€œThis is a really good idea,â€? Goins said of the Career Fair. He and the others were particularly interested in what Trooper H.L. Brim of the N.C. Highway Patrol had to say about opportunities with that agency. â€œHaving the representatives here gives me a lot of information, especially about being a state trooper, which is my
long-term goal,â€? Goins said. While many students chatted with the representatives, others had already made some decisions. They sat at tables filling out job applications. Among them was Charlotte Merritt, of Sanford. She was filling out an application with Lee County Industries for a position in its Community Alternative Program to work one-on-one with people with disabilities. â€œThis is a great event,â€? she said. â€œIt really helps people to find out about job opportunities they otherwise wouldnâ€™t know about.â€? Thatâ€™s one of the major goals of the event, according to Gina Del Vecchio, the collegeâ€™s Career Services coordinator. â€œItâ€™s very important to our students, especially in this economy, to have the opportunity to speak with businesses, agencies, and others in the community that hire,â€? she said. â€œThere are jobs out there.â€?
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STATE BRIEFS Jeb Bushâ€™s son doesnâ€™t expect dad to run in 2012
RALEIGH (AP) â€” The eldest son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in a North Carolina political appearance he doesnâ€™t expect his father to make a run for president in 2012. George P. Bush made the comments on Wednesday at state Republican Party headquarters in Raleigh while in the state on business. He said his father is enjoying the private sector while staying active in conservative causes and education reform. Jeb Bush left his job as Florida governor in 2007 and has been among a handful of GOP notables mentioned as possible presidential candidates. His son said politics is sometimes all about timing and doesnâ€™t think 2012 will be the year.
Perdue wants to restore pay cut to workers
RALEIGH (AP) â€” Gov. Beverly Perdue wants to repay North Carolina state workers for taking away part of their salaries last year to close a budget shortfall. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday that Perdue wants to return the 0.5 percent pay cut she required of 170,000 state employees and teachers. The workers had to take 10 hours of unpaid leave. Perdue says the salary savings helped close a shortfall of more than $3 billion. The shortfall is expected to be smaller this year and Perdue already has returned public money she used to eliminate last yearâ€™s gap.
Deputies probe shootings at care facility
JACKSONVILLE (AP) â€” Authorities are investigating whether an 80-year-old man shot and killed his wife at an Alzheimerâ€™s care center in North Carolina before turning the gun on himself. The Onslow County Sheriffâ€™s Office said Wednesday investigators found an 80-year-old woman dead from gunshot wounds to the
head late Tuesday night at Alzheimerâ€™s Related Care in Jacksonville. Deputies said the womanâ€™s husband also had a gunshot wound to the head and remains in critical condition. The sheriffâ€™s office said the wife had been a patient at the Alzheimerâ€™s facility for about two months and that her husband had visited her daily. The sheriffâ€™s office did not release their names but said it was investigating the matter as a murder and attempted suicide.
Perdue names ex-judge to succeed DA Brewer RALEIGH (AP) â€” A former Superior Court judge will serve the rest of the term of the district attorney for two North Carolina counties who retired this month as state agents investigate him. Gov. Beverly Perdue announced Wednesday that James M. Long will be the acting district attorney for Person and Caswell counties through the end of the year until a new DA is elected. Long succeeds Joel Brewer, who had held the job since 1994. The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating Brewer. A search warrant and affidavit filed Tuesday said the SBI is investigating whether Brewer impersonated a law enforcement officer and misused his authority in other ways. Brewerâ€™s attorney declined to comment on the documents.
Company closes after taking money for uniforms GREENSBORO (AP) â€” A North Carolina company that advertised $9-an-hour cleaning jobs has closed amid accusations it defrauded applicants of money paid for uniforms and boots. The News & Record of Greensboro reported Wednesday that police think more than 100 people applied to work for Spic N Span Cleaning Services since at least January. The company posted fliers at the Greensboro Urban Ministry and winter emergency shelters in the area looking to hire about 150 workers.
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Jobless rate hits record 11.1 percent By EMERY P. DALESIO AP Business Writer
RALEIGH â€” The recession pushed North Carolinaâ€™s unemployment rate to 11.1 percent in January, a historic high, the Employment Security Commission reported Wednesday. January also marked a year that the stateâ€™s jobless rate has been stuck above its previous high. Januaryâ€™s unemployment rate rose from a revised 10.9 percent in December to the highest level since states started their current calculation method in 1976. Before this recession, the stateâ€™s peak unemployment rate was 9.7 percent in March 1983, a level topped in February 2009 and exceeded ever since. Experts say the latest unemployment rate is certainly the worst since the Great Depression. â€œThis is pretty bad,â€? said Andrew Brod, an
economist at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. â€œNot since the 1930s have we seen this.â€? Unemployment in January increased by 8,325 workers to more than 500,000. The past year has been frustrating for Bob Chipman, who lost his job with a software sales company in January 2009. â€œIâ€™m looking for anything now,â€? said Chipman, 58, of Raleigh. â€œItâ€™s just a really, really difficult market.â€? While his wife works, Chipman said he continues his daily search for work on Internet job sites, social networking sites and the newspaper classified section. He said he gets a lot of initial nibbles from employers, but the competition from the growing numbers of unemployed is so stiff that he gets crowded out. â€œThey can hire a bank
president to be an accountant,â€? he said. â€œWe have to really squeeze to survive. We donâ€™t have anything but paying bills and staying at home.â€? The countryâ€™s January unemployment rate decreased slightly to 9.7 percent. Since the U.S. fell into recession in Dec. 2007, North Carolina has lost 275,000 nonfarm jobs, including 101,500 manufacturing workers. That means the stateâ€™s employers would have to hire 4,600 more workers every month for five years to get back to the level preceding the recession, the Employment Security Commission said. The high unemployment rate has meant longer periods before workers like Chipman are able to find new jobs. About 40 percent of the countryâ€™s unemployed have been out of work six months
or longer. But in one encouraging sign, the U.S. Labor Department reported last week that the number of long-term unemployed fell for the first time since November 2008. One reason that joblessness may remain high for a long time is that the recession was worsened by a banking crisis that hasnâ€™t yet been resolved, Brod said. â€œItâ€™s more than consumers and businesses deciding they ought to cut back for a while. Thereâ€™s actual obstacles set up in the blood veins of the economy. Things arenâ€™t circulating in the economy,â€? Brod said. â€œSmall businesses and farmers are still having trouble getting loans to move their businesses forward. When small business owners canâ€™t even get the financing just to operate normally, theyâ€™re not going to hire people.â€?
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Groups aim again to reduce spanking By GARY D. ROBERTSON Associated Press Writer
RALEIGH â€” Childrenâ€™s advocates in North Carolina are this year seeking a spanking ban on students with disabilities after losing political tussles over corporal punishment in public schools the past few years. Equipped with a report showing corporal punishment was used more than 1,400 times in 26 school districts last school year, speakers at a General Assembly education committee asked lawmakers Wednesday to consider a paddling ban for children with physical, mental or learning challenges when they reconvene in Raleigh in May. There are better and more positive ways for teachers and administrators to deal with these children for their disruptive behavior than hitting them, said Sheri Strickland, president of the North Carolina Association of Educators and a longtime teacher of disabled children, which comprise about 13 percent of the stateâ€™s public school population. â€œI didnâ€™t hit my children for not knowing how to read ... and I wasnâ€™t going to hit my children for not knowing appropriate behavior,â€? Strickland said. â€œWe know that itâ€™s critical
to a childâ€™s academic success to have positive contact with caring adults.â€? The new effort comes after the Legislature has declined to approve broader spanking bans. The House rejected in 2007 a statewide prohibition in all 115 school districts as opponents argued current state law should remain in place giving local education boards the choice to decide whether spanking is effective. The House approved by a wide margin last year a bill giving parents the option of exempting their children from corporal punishment in the district where such a penalty is still carried out, but the Senate narrowly defeated the idea. Now advocates have scaled back their request. â€œThatâ€™s our limited request to you to consider in this session,â€? Tom Vitaglione, a senior fellow at Action for Children, told legislators. Thirty states and the District of Columbia have barred corporal punishment in the public schools, according to The Center for Effective Discipline, an Ohio-based group seeking to end the practice. Data on corporal punishment are hard to accumulate in North Carolina because local districts
arenâ€™t required to report to the Department of Public Instruction on its use. Action for Children contacted each school district and found 89 either ban corporal punishment outright or donâ€™t use it. Fourteen districts banned the practice in the past three years, the report said. Of the other 26 districts, the number of times the punishment was administered during the last school year ranged from once in the Randolph County Schools to 325 times in the Burke County Schools. Three county systems â€” Burke, Nash (296 times) and Robeson (167) â€” comprised more than half of the punishments, the report said. Some education oversight committee members expressed shame that North Carolina still allowed corporal punishment. â€œTo me it is an embarrassment for the state of North Carolina that we continue to participate in this type of behavior,â€? said Rep. Susan Fisher, D-Buncombe. But others were concerned about endorsing a change when thereâ€™s no detailed information about whether the children received paddling several times, why students receive the pun-
ishment or how many are identified as disabled. â€œWe need to proceed with caution,â€? said Rep. Laura Wiley, R-Guilford, who supports an outright ban but points out children with a reading disability could dodge punishment even though the difficulty has no connection to poor behavior. Vitaglione said a U.S. Department of Education report determined students with disabilities received corporal punishment on 290 occasions in 2006 in North Carolina. Rep. Curtis Blackwood, R-Union, criticized the choice of words in the Action for Children report, which he said was trying to arouse emotions so people would support the change. Arthur Stellar, who was named Burke County Schools superintendent last fall, said he is personally opposed to corporal punishment and wants to talk to system officials about the policy but mentioned there are other pressing priorities. There also would need to be an alternative punishment model in place and support for the change from parents. â€œIf they objected that strongly, it would have been gone a long time ago,â€? he said in a phone interview.
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WAYNESVILLE (MCT) â€” A shifting slope beneath U.S. 276 South in an area commonly called Waynesville Mountain might soon receive a permanent fix. So far this winter, N.C. Department of Transportation crews have repaired broken pavement four times in the area, only to have the roadway shift again, sloughing off the repair material and creating a dangerous break in the
roadway. The repairs have become costly enough to consider a long-term fix, said Brian Burch, the division maintenance engineer for District 14, which includes Haywood County. â€œIt is something we expect to be able to start on as soon as we get funding released,â€? he said. â€œThere has been a settlement issue in that area for years, but this year, it has been settling
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at a more rapid rate than in the past due to the amount of water. The plan is to install several thousand feet of drains to get the water out of the fill slope and then do a more permanent asphalt repair.â€? The cost has been estimated at $125,000, funds which should be available through the stateâ€™s nonFEMA emergency fund. Typically, divisions pay for the first $50,000 of an approved project and the state picks up the balance. The fund is set aside to take care of problems such as slides, flooding or fill slope failures, Burch added. On Sunday, the department was able to obtain hot asphalt mix to make the latest road repair. Typically asphalt plants donâ€™t open until late March or early April,
Burch explained, but because paving work was occurring within the Interstate 40 tunnels, material was available for the U.S. 276 South patch. It is possible additional construction easements may be required to complete the planned drainage repairs. The fill slope beneath the road is on highway right-of-way, Burch said, but to place drains under the road and extend them to the toe of the slope may require work outside the right-of-way. While the area doesnâ€™t pose an imminent danger, Burch said a more permanent repair â€œisnâ€™t something we feel we can wait on.â€? â€œOnce this repair is done, hopefully it will last for a long, long time,â€? he said. â€” The Mountaineer, Waynesville
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Wrong-way driver charged with DWI ASHEVILLE (AP) â€” State troopers say a man drove at least 15 miles in the wrong direction on an interstate in western North Carolina before they stopped him and charged him with driving while impaired. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that troopers said 65-year-old James Mint Barton of Brevard told them he was trying to get to the airport Monday. Motorists had reported a pickup truck heading west in the eastbound lanes in Henderson and Buncombe counties. Trooper R.E. Baker says several cars were run off the road as the truck reached speeds of 65 mph. No one was hurt. Baker says Barton has been charged with driving while impaired, reckless driving and driving the wrong way on a dual-lane highway. He also is charged with possession of a gun by a felon. It wasnâ€™t clear if Barton had an attorney.
Home invasion in small town terrorizes family RAEFORD (AP) â€” A North Carolina family has moved out of their home after two men broke in, beat the father and put a gun in the mouth of his 3-year-old daughter, threatening to kill her. The Fayetteville Observer reported the men broke into the home of David and Billie Sue Frye of Raeford on Sunday afternoon and terrorized the family for 40 minutes. Frye said the men kicked and beat him until he passed out and didnâ€™t leave until they found his rifles in a closet. Raeford Police Chief Michael Dummett says he thinks the break-in is related to gang activity, which he says is increasing in the town of 4,000 people. Frye says the family probably will move into another house, possibly outside Raeford.
School leader on leave until he resigns RALEIGH (AP) â€” A racially charged debate about school diversity in North Carolina has resulted in the superintendent of the Wake County schools being placed on administrative leave until his resignation is effective. Multiple media outlets reported that 56-year-old Del Burns will be available for consultation and will be paid until his resignation
is effective June 30. The chief academic officer of the 140,000-student system will become acting superintendent. The move Tuesday comes after the board voted last week to end a policy of maintaining diversity by assigning students to schools based on their socio-economic backgrounds. Burns announced his resignation last month, saying he could not in good conscience carry out the directives of the new school board majority.
Mother, child found dead in apartment SELMA (AP) â€” A mother and her child have been found dead in an apartment fire in North Carolina. Multiple media outlets reported the fire was reported about 4 a.m. Wednesday at the Redwood Village Apartments in Selma, southeast of Raleigh. Fire Chief Phillip McDaniel says the fire was contained to a single apartment. The cause of the fire has not been determined. The victimsâ€™ names have not been released. The Red Cross is assisting eight residents who were also affected by the fire.
Man indicted in mysterious death of Shelby woman SHELBY (MCT) â€” It took investigators more than six years. But the man police say is behind the mysterious death of an elderly Shelby woman has been indicted for murder. On Monday, a Cleveland County grand jury indicted Donald Eugene Borders, 50, for first-degree murder in the 2003 death of Margaret Tessneer. Borders was arrested at his Cherryville home in December for murder, first-degree rape and felony breaking and entering in connection with 79-yearoldâ€™s death. He was later indicted for the rape and breaking and entering charges. When the grand jury did not indict Borders on the murder charge in January, the charge was dropped. Although prosecutors didnâ€™t know the reason behind the grand juryâ€™s decision then, they speculated on their concerns in the case and resubmitted that evidence Monday. â€œGiven the nature of the evidence, we anticipated what the grand juryâ€™s concerns may have been when the case was submitted,â€? said Cleveland County District Attorney Rick Shaffer.
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SEATTLE (AP) â€” Students across the nation might eventually use the same math and English textbooks and take the same tests if states adopt new rigorous standards proposed Wednesday by governors and education leaders. The standards are meant to replace a patchwork of systems across the country in hopes of raising student achievement nationwide. But it wonâ€™t be an easy task to implement the standards on such a large scale. Two states â€” Texas and Alaska â€” have already refused to join the project, and everyone from state legislatures to the nationâ€™s 10,000 local school boards and 3 million teachers could chime in with their opinions. The public is invited to comment on the proposed new standards until April 2, and the developers hope to publish final education goals for K-12 math and English in May. The state-led effort was coordinated by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Experts were called in to do the writing and research, but state education officials and teachers from around the nation were actively involved. After the standards are complete, each state will still have to decide whether to adopt them as a replacement for their existing education goals. The stakes could be high. President Barack Obama told the nationâ€™s governors last month that he wants to make money from Title I â€” the federal governmentâ€™s biggest school aid program â€” contingent on adoption of college- and
Gildford Colony Elementary School paraprofessional Michelle Helmbrecht helps a couple of students with a math worksheet in class Tuesday in Gildford, Mont. career-ready reading and math standards. Already, the federal government has opened bidding for $350 million to work on new national tests that would be given to students in states that adopt the national standards. But some critics worry the federal government, which is enthusiastically watching the project but not directing it, will force them to adopt the results. â€œTexas has chosen to preserve its sovereign authority to determine what is appropriate for Texas children to learn in its public schools,â€? Robert Scott, Texasâ€™ commissioner of education, wrote in a letter to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. â€œIt is clear that the first step toward nationalization of our schools has been put into place.â€? The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is helping pay for the effort, believes most states will value the new national standards. Vicki L. Phillips, director of foundationâ€™s K-12
education program, said every state sheâ€™s talked to thinks high school achievement isnâ€™t high enough and that more students need to graduate ready for college. â€œThe standards make those aspirations concrete and tangible,â€? Phillips said. One state, Kentucky, already adopted the standards in February, before the process was complete. A look at the math standards reveals the changes are not dramatic. Kids would still learn to count in kindergarten, not multiply and divide. But each grade will have fewer goals in each subject area, and the goals are written plainly with little or no educational jargon. Also, some learning goals may start to show up earlier than expected. For example, secondgraders will be expected to add and subtract triple digit numbers. Fractions will start in third grade. Kindergartners will be expected to learn to count
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Italy, FBI raids crack down on Mafia in US, Sicily NEW YORK (AP) â€” The FBI arrested a reputed U.S. mobster Wednesday on charges he provided protection for a Sicilian counterpart mapping out criminal turf in Florida â€” part of an international sweep aimed at further crippling the storied Gambino organized crime family and disrupting its ties to the Italian mob. Wiretaps and surveillance revealed that suspected Gambino soldier Gaetano Napoli Sr. had a â€œclose relationshipâ€? and â€œcommunicated extensivelyâ€? with Roberto Settineri, a suspected member of the Sicilian Mafia facing charges in Florida and Italy, according to court papers charging Napoli and two sons. They said Napoli helped settle a dispute last year between Settineri and members of the Colombo crime family during a â€œsit downâ€? at a social club in Pompano Beach, Fla. Settineri, 41, an Italian citizen living in Miami Beach, was caught on tape telling Napoli he wanted his participation to â€œshow everybody good mannersâ€? â€” what authorities say was a reference to the La Cosa Nostra custom that only people officially sworn into the family and holding ranks known as soldiers, captains and bosses can handle such negotiations.
CDC uses shopper-card data to trace salmonella CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) â€” As they scrambled recently to trace the source of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds around the country, investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention successfully used a new tool for the first time â€” the shopper cards that millions of Americans
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Once-revered lawmaker freezes to death alone COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) â€” When Juanita Goggins became the first black woman elected to the South Carolina Legislature in 1974, she was hailed as a trailblazer and twice visited the president at the White House. Three decades later, she froze to death at age 75, a solitary figure living in a rented house four miles from the gleaming Statehouse dome. Goggins, whose achievements included key legislation on school funding, kindergarten and class size, had become increasingly reclusive. She spent her final years turning down help from neighbors who knew little of her historymaking past. Her body was not discovered for more than a week. Those neighbors, as well as former colleagues and relatives, are now left wondering whether they could have done more to help. â€œIâ€™m very saddened. People like her you want to see live forever. She had quite a gift for helping others,â€? said state Sen. John Land, a fellow Democrat who was first elected to the House the same year as Goggins.
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10A / Thursday, March 11, 2010 / The Sanford Herald HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL
Pelosi: Dems close on agreement
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) â€” Democrats claimed momentum Wednesday in their drive to enact the sweeping health care legislation sought by President Barack Obama, citing near agreement on crucial issues despite persistent Republican efforts to knock them offstride. Obama himself, rallying support outside Washington for the second time this week, shouted to a crowd in Missouri, â€œThe time for talk is over. Itâ€™s time to vote.â€? At the Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that after days of secretive talks, key Democrats were â€œpretty closeâ€? to accord on additional subsidies to help lower-income families purchase insurance, more aid for states under the Medicaid program for lowincome Americans and additional help for seniors who face a coverage gap under current Medicare drug plans. Pelosi, D-Calif., offered no details, and other officials cautioned that any final deal would hinge on cost estimates under preparation at the Congressional Budget Office. Several officials in both houses also said Democrats were likely to impose a new payroll tax of as much as 2.9 percent on investment and dividend income earned by wealthy taxpayers. In addition, any legislation is expected to include a tax on high-cost insurance plans, along the lines of an agreement the White House negotiated late last year with organized labor. At stake is the fate of Obamaâ€™s call to expand health care to some 30 million people who lack insur-
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Audience members listen as President Barack Obama speaks about health care reform at St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Mo., Wednesday. ance and to ban insurance company practices such as denial of coverage on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions. He also hopes to begin to reduce the rise in the cost of health care nationally. Almost every American would be affected by the legislation, which would change the ways people receive and pay for health care, from the most routine checkup to the most expensive, lifesaving treatment. Pelosi made her comments as Obama followed his campaign-reminiscent Pennsylvania trip of Monday with an appearance near St. Louis, pushing hard in the home stretch of the marathon battle to pass his signature domestic legislation. â€œThe time for talk is over. Itâ€™s time to vote. Itâ€™s time to vote. Tired of talking about it,â€? he told the crowd. With his shirt sleeves rolled up, Obama denounced waste and inefficiency in the governmentâ€™s health care system, and he announced that he had signed an executive order directing Cabinet secretaries and agency heads to intensify their use of private auditors to root out fraud. House and Senate Democrats are working on a complex rescue mission for the health care legislation that appeared on the cusp of passage late last year, before Senate Republicans gained the strength to sus-
tain a filibuster that could prevent final passage. The current hope of the White House and Democratic leaders is for the House to approve the Senate-passed bill from late last year, despite serious objections to numerous provisions. Both houses would then pass a second bill immediately, making changes in the first measure before both could take effect. The second bill would be debated under rules that bar a filibuster, meaning it could clear by majority vote and without Democrats needing to amass a 60-vote supermajority that is beyond their reach. Republicans have vowed to do everything they can to thwart the plan, and to go after Democratic supporters in next fallâ€™s midterm elections. In the Senate, the GOP rank and file issued a letter pledging to strip out any provision that does not adhere scrupulously to complex rules. In addition, GOP leaders sought to stoke the fears of House Democrats who worried that the Senate would not approve the second bill. Even so, Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., the second ranking Senate GOP leader, conceded, â€œWe canâ€™t delay a bill for months. We might delay it for a few hours.â€? Congressional Democrats and the White House are grappling with other issues as they maneuver toward a final vote. Pelosi and other House Democrats want to include
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Portait of dual life emerges on Philly areaâ€™s â€˜Jihad Janeâ€™
Female aviators get Congressional Gold Medal at ceremony
PHILADELPHIA (AP) â€” Colleen LaRose spent long days caring for her boyfriendâ€™s father in a second-floor apartment in Pennsburg, a small town north of Philadelphia. But online, federal authorities say, the devoted caretaker developed a daring alter ego, refashioning herself as â€œJihad Janeâ€? while helping recruit and finance Muslim terrorists â€” and eventually moving overseas to kill an artist she perceived as an enemy to Islam. LaRose, 46, was charged Tuesday with conspiring with jihadist fighters and pledging to commit murder in the name of a Muslim holy war, or jihad. The indictment was announced hours after authorities arrested seven suspected terrorists in Ireland allegedly linked to LaRose, who has been in prison since her Oct. 15 arrest while returning to the United States. In e-mails recovered by the FBI over 15 months, LaRose agreed to marry an online contact from South Asia so he could move to Europe. She also agreed to become a martyr, the indictment said.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” They flew planes during World War II but werenâ€™t considered â€œrealâ€? military pilots. No flags were draped over their coffins when they died on duty. And when their service ended, they had to pay their own bus fare home. These aviators â€” all women â€” got long-overdue recognition on Wednesday. They received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor given by Congress, in a ceremony on Capitol Hill. About 200 women who served as Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, were on hand to receive the award. Now mostly in their late 80s and early 90s, some came in wheelchairs, many sported dark blue uniforms, and one, June Bent of Westboro, Mass., clutched a framed photograph of a comrade who had died.
Senate extends jobless aid, tax breaks WASHINGTON (AP) â€” The Senate voted Wednesday to extend a host of soonto-expire elements of last yearâ€™s economic stimulus measure, including help for the jobless and money to help financially strapped states pay for health care for the poor. The 62-36 vote came over protests from conservatives who say the bill adds too much to the $12.5 trillion national debt. Six Republicans joined all but one Democrat, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, in voting for the bill. The plight of the jobless and the political power of an annual package of tax breaks powered the measure through the Senate, even though it would add more than $130 billion to the budget deficit over the next year and a half. The measure is the second piece of the Democratsâ€™ much-touted â€œjobs agendaâ€? to pass the Senate this year, with more elements promised, such as help for small businesses suffering from a credit crunch. Concern over outof-control budget deficits are a big challenge to the success of the agenda.
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Budget deficit sets record in February WASHINGTON (AP) â€” The government ran up the largest monthly deficit in history in February, keeping the flood of red ink on track to top last yearâ€™s record for the full year. The Treasury Department said Wednesday that the February deficit totaled $220.9 billion, 14 percent higher than the previous record set in February of last year. The deficit through the first five months of this budget year totals $651.6 billion, 10.5 percent higher than a year ago. The Obama administration is projecting that the deficit for the 2010 budget year will hit an all-time high of $1.56 trillion, surpassing last yearâ€™s $1.4 trillion total.
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Corey Haim, 38, dead in California By ROBERT JABLON Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES â€” Corey Haim, a 1980s teen heartthrob whose career was blighted by drug abuse, has died. He was 38. Haim died early Wednesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Los Angeles County coronerâ€™s Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said. â€œAs he got out of bed, he felt a little weak and went down to the floor on his knees,â€? Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said. His mother called paramedics. An autopsy will determine cause of death. There was no evidence of foul play, police Sgt. Michael Kammert said. Haim, who gained attention for roles in â€œLucasâ€? and â€œThe Lost Boys,â€? had flulike symptoms before he died and was getting over-the-counter and prescription medications, police Sgt. William Mann said. â€œHe could have succumbed to whatever (illness) he had or it could have been drugs,â€? Mann said. â€œHe has had a drug problem in the past.â€? Haim was taken by ambulance to the hospital from an apartment in Los Angeles near Burbank.
Actor Corey Haim, left, who appeared in the A&E reality TV show â€œThe Two Coreysâ€? with his friend Corey Feldman, right. Haim, a 1980s teen heartthrob for his roles in â€œLucasâ€? and â€œThe Lost Boysâ€? whose career was blighted by drug abuse, died Wednesday. His friend, Corey Feldman, said he wept when he heard the news. â€œThis is a tragic loss of a wonderful, beautiful, tormented soul, who will always be my brother, family and best friend,â€? he said in a statement. â€œWe must all take this as a lesson in how we treat the people we share this world with while they are still here to make a difference. â€œI hope the art Corey has left behind will be remembered as the passion of that for which he truly lived,â€? Feldman said. Haim acknowledged his struggle with drug abuse to a British tabloid
in 2004. â€œI was working on â€™Lost Boysâ€™ when I smoked my first joint,â€? he told The Sun. â€œI did cocaine for about a year and a half, then it led to crack.â€? Haim said he went into rehabilitation and was put on prescription drugs. He took stimulants and sedatives. â€œI started on the downers, which were a hell of a lot better than the uppers because I was a nervous wreck,â€? he said. In 2007, he told ABCâ€™s â€œNightlineâ€? that drugs hurt his career. â€œI wasnâ€™t functional enough to work for
anybody, even myself. I wasnâ€™t working,â€? he said. The Toronto-born actor got his start in television commercials at 10 and developed a good reputation for his work in such films as 1985â€™s â€œMurphyâ€™s Romanceâ€? and his portrayal of Liza Minnelliâ€™s dying son in the 1985 television film â€œA Time to Live.â€? His career peaked when he became a heartthrob with his roles in the 1986 movie â€œLucasâ€? and â€œThe Lost Boysâ€? in 1987 in which he battled vampires. In later years, he made a few TV appearances and had several directto-video movies. He also had a handful of recent movies that have not yet been released. In 1997, Haim filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, listing debts for medical expenses and more than $200,000 in state and federal taxes. His assets included a few thousand dollars in cash, clothing and royalty rights. In recent years, he appeared in the A&E reality TV show â€œThe Two Coreysâ€? with Feldman. It was canceled in 2008 after two seasons. Feldman later said Haimâ€™s drug abuse strained their working and personal relationships.
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Charlie Sheen due back on â€˜Two and a Half Menâ€™ LOS ANGELES (AP) â€” A spokesman for Charlie Sheen says the actor will soon be back at â€œTwo and a Half Menâ€? after undergoing rehab that temporarily halted producSheen tion of CBSâ€™ top-rated sitcom. Publicist Stan Rosenfield says Sheen will be returning to work and shooting will resume next Tuesday in Los Angeles. Last month, Rosenfield announced that Sheen had voluntarily entered a rehab facility â€œas a preventative measure.â€? He didnâ€™t specify why Sheen was seeking treatment. The 44-year-old actor still faces legal problems arising from a fight with his wife in Aspen, Colo., in December. The most serious charge carries a maximum three-year prison term. Sheen hasnâ€™t entered a plea. He is due back in court Monday.
Seinfeld set as guest co-host Thursday on â€˜Live!â€™ NEW YORK (AP) â€” You donâ€™t see much of Jerry Seinfeld on his own new NBC show, â€œThe Marriage Ref,â€? which he lets someone else host. But the 55-year-old comedian and former red-hot
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Witherspoon: First lady is DCâ€™s top fashionista WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Actress Reese Witherspoon says her â€œLegally Blondeâ€? character Elle Woods has been ousted as the most stylish woman to come to the nationâ€™s capital by first lady Michelle Obama. Speaking Wednesday at a ceremony where Mrs. Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton presented the Obama annual International Women of Courage awards, Witherspoon jokingly Witherspoon complained that Woods, the bubbly blonde from Los Angeles who discovers her inner strength at Harvard Law School and then takes on Washington politics, no longer held that title. â€œAs an actress, I have always sought out roles that portrayed women as strong and powerful, such as Elle Woods, who was in the â€™Legally Blondeâ€™ movies,â€? she said to laughter from the audience in an ornate State Department reception room. Woods, she said, â€œhappened to be the biggest fashionista who ever came to Washington until Michelle Obama. Thanks a lot.â€? Clinton then introduced Mrs. Obama as â€œstylish,â€? and the first lady returned the compliment to the entire crowd, saying: â€œYou all look fabulous.â€? Witherspoon was at the ceremony as a global ambassador for the Avon Foundation, which supports breast cancer research, anti-domestic violence programs and womenâ€™s empowerment projects. On Wednesday the group announced a $500,000 contribution to the State Departmentâ€™s Fund for Global Womenâ€™s Leadership.
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U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, left, gestures next to Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, right, during a visit at the Nassar stone factory at the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Wednesday.
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Minister Eli Yishai, whose office ordered the new homes â€” â€œI am very sorry for the embarrassment ... Next time we need to take timing into accountâ€? â€” only reinforced the feeling that there would in fact be a â€œnext time.â€? It appears President Barack Obama now has the choice of absorbing the blow or engaging in a politically unpalatable battle with the Israeli leadership, which past U.S. presidents have largely avoided. Obama may be too invested in key domestic problems, the Iran nuclear issue and two wars to walk into that political minefield. The Palestinians largely lost faith in the U.S. as a broker after Obama tried â€” and failed â€” to get the hawkish Netanyahu government to stop building on lands Palestinians claim for a future state. Netanyahu eventually agreed to a construction slowdown rather than a freeze, but that did little to mollify Palestinians. Abbasâ€™ aides have said
privately that if Obama canâ€™t get Israel to play by the rules on settlements, he wonâ€™t be able to push on far more sensitive issues, such as a partition of Jerusalem. After nearly two decades of stop-and-go negotiations with few tangible results, strong U.S. intervention is seen as key to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israelâ€™s latest building plans came just as the Palestinians had reluctantly agreed to resume indirect, U.S.-brokered talks in the coming days â€” after a 14month deadlock. Capping a day of meetings with Palestinian leaders, Biden declared Wednesday that Washington is committed to brokering a final peace deal. â€œThe United States pledges to play an active as well as a sustainable role in these talks,â€? Biden said. He stressed the Palestinians deserve an independent state that is â€œviable and contiguous,â€? a clear message to Israel that the U.S. expects a broad withdrawal from the West Bank as part of a settlement. Palestinians fear Jewish settlement enclaves would render a future state untenable by breaking it up into pieces. Abbas, the Palestiniansâ€™ leader, said Wednesday that new Israeli building, especially in Jerusalem, threatened the negotiations before they got off the ground. â€œWe call on Israel to cancel these decisions,â€? Abbas said. â€œI call on the Israeli government not to lose a chance to make peace. I call on them to halt settlement building and to stop imposing facts on the groundâ€?
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when the Arab League recommended withdrawing support for them. â€œThis is a global message of American weakness and Israeli arrogance,â€? said Palestinian lawmaker Hanan Ashrawi. The vice presidentâ€™s visit had been largely aimed at repairing U.S.-Israeli ties strained over the very same issue now overshadowing Bidenâ€™s trip: Jewish settlements. Palestinians and the U.S. consider settlements built on lands claimed by the Palestinians to be obstacles to peace. Biden condemned the Israeli announcement and pointedly arrived 90 minutes late to a dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Israelâ€™s oblique response to the row â€” that Netanyahu was blindsided by the announcement, that no one meant to offend Biden, that in the future the prime minister would make sure sensitive announcements are routed through him â€” did not appear likely to put the matter to rest. The words of Interior
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) â€” An open diplomatic row during the visit of Vice President Joe Biden has shined a spotlight on the U.S. failure to rein in Israeli settlement ambitions and deepened Palestinian suspicions that the United States is too weak to broker a deal. Bidenâ€™s handshakes and embraces gave way to one of the strongest rebukes of Israel by a senior U.S. official in years after Israelâ€™s announcement during his visit that it plans to build 1,600 homes in disputed east Jerusalem. Israel apologized for the poor timing but is sticking to its plan to build the homes, enlarging one of the settlements that have impeded negotiations with Palestinians. The vice president on Wednesday assured Palestinians the U.S. is squarely behind their bid for statehood and urged the sides to refrain from actions â€œthat inflame tensions or prejudice the outcome of talks.â€? â€œItâ€™s incumbent on both parties to build an atmosphere of support for negotiations, and not to complicate them,â€? Biden said, standing alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Israelâ€™s announcement was widely seen as a slap in the face to its all-important U.S. ally. It stirred significant anger among U.S. officials and widespread skepticism about whether the Obama administration would have the courage or the backing to take Israel to task as the U.S. relaunches long-stalled peace negotiations. The future of those talks was called into question late Wednesday
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Church abuse scandal reaches popeâ€™s brother VATICAN CITY (AP) â€” Church abuse scandals in Germany have reached the older brother of Pope Benedict XVI and are creeping ever closer to the pontiff himself. While there has been no suggestion of wrongdoing by Benedict, the launch of an inquiry by German Catholic officials after his brother admitted he slapped children years ago is stirring Vatican fears of a major crisis for the papacy. Benedict, 82, was archbishop of Munich from 1977 to 1982 when he was brought to the Vatican to head the body responsible for investigating abuse cases. During that time, he came under criticism for decreeing that even the most serious abuse cases must first be investigated internally. Since then, Benedict has taken a strong stand against abuse by clerics in the Roman Catholic Church. Just weeks before he became pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger caused a stir when he denounced â€œfilthâ€? in the church and among priests â€” a condemnation taken as a reference to clerical sex abuse.
Swedish artist has no regrets over prophet drawing STOCKHOLM (AP) â€” The point of a caricature depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a dog was to show that artistic freedom allows mockery of all religions, including the most sacred symbols of Islam, the Swedish artist who created it said Wednesday. Lars Vilks â€” the target of an alleged murder plot involv-
ing an American woman who dubbed herself â€œJihad Janeâ€? â€” told The Associated Press he has no regrets about the drawing, which is considered deeply offensive by many Muslims. â€œIâ€™m actually not interested in offending the prophet. The point is actually to show that you can,â€? Vilks said in an interview in Stockholm. â€œThere is nothing so holy you canâ€™t offend it.â€? Vilks made his rough sketch showing Muhammadâ€™s head on a dogâ€™s body more than a year after 12 Danish newspaper cartoons of the prophet sparked furious protests in Muslim countries in 2006.
Gates keeps up pressure on Iran with Gulf visit RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) â€” U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Saudi leaders Wednesday that the U.S. effort for diplomatic engagement with Iran had come to naught and he asked for the influential kingdomâ€™s help to win wide backing for biting economic penalties against Tehran. The offer of talks with Iran to resolve doubts about the intent of its nuclear program remains on the table, U.S. officials said, but the United States has moved away from making outreach to Iran the primary goal. â€œWe are certainly hopeful that the Saudis will use whatever influence they have, which is considerable, in this region and throughout the world to try to help us in our efforts at the U.N. so that we can get meaningful sanctions enacted against Iran,â€? Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said following Gatesâ€™ sessions with Saudi King Abdullah and other senior leaders.
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MARION JONES SIGNS WITH WNBA’S SHOCK TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Marion Jones hasn’t lost much of her swagger. The disgraced sprinter once called the world’s fastest woman was introduced Wednesday as the newest member of the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock and she offered no apologies for her steroids use or her time in federal prison. She was poised and ready for questions about her troubled past. “The word redemption is not in my vocabulary,” Jones said at a news conference, flanked by team president Steve Swetoha and coach Nolan Richardson. “I’m a competitor, I want to play against the best in the world, and I know that I will be doing that.” Her bid for a new career comes a decade after she starred at the Sydney Olympics, winning gold in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 1,600-meter relay, and bronze in the long jump and 400-meter relay. She was stripped of all five medals after admitting in 2007 that she was using performance-enhancing drugs — a designer steroid called the “clear” — at the time of the games. Jones also spent about six months in a Texas prison for lying to federal prosecutors about doping and her role in a checkfraud scam.
SANFORD — Lee County Athletic Director Steve Womack didn’t have to look too far to find the school’s next boys’ soccer coach. On Wednesday, the school confirmed the hiring of Brad Wicker as the new coach of the Yellow Jackets. He replaces longtime Jackets coach Stuart
Creighton, who resigned abruptly in the middle of the 2009 season without giving a reason. “I’m very Wicker excited about this,” said Wicker. “I’m looking forward to it. It’s a great opportunity for me.
I’m looking forward to working with the kids and meeting the players.” Wicker spent the last two seasons as the head coach at West Lee Middle School. He led the Pride to a 26-2 record in his two seasons. He was also a member of the 1999 Yellow Jacket squad that won the Cap-8 Conference Championship. “He’s a Yellow Jacket through
and through,” said Womack. “I’m happy for him and for our players. He’s a disciplinarian, but at the same time, I think the kids will really enjoy playing for him. He knows the game of soccer.” On top of leading the Pride on the field for the last two years, Wicker has also been a sixthgrade science teacher. He says he is unsure whether he will be
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Who will win the ACC Tourney?
MLB GARCIAPARRA REJOINS RED SOX TO RETIRE
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Nomar Garciaparra rejoined the Red Sox for one day and then retired, ending a 14-year career in which he won two batting titles with Boston and was once a beloved player in the city. The shortstop signed a oneday contract with his former team Wednesday before announcing he’s leaving baseball at 36 to become an ESPN analyst. “From the first day I had the thrill of putting on a Red Sox uniform and playing in front of all the great fans at Fenway Park, I have felt at home in Boston,” Garciaparra said in a statement. “While I had the privilege of playing with other legendary teams, I always saw myself retiring in a Red Sox uniform.”
NCAA HOUSTON EASILY BEATS ECU IN CUSA TOURNEY
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Aubrey Coleman scored 29 points, three above his nation-leading average, and Houston rolled to a 93-80 victory over East Carolina in the first round of the Conference USA tournament Wednesday. Seventh-seed Houston (16-15) will play second-seed Memphis in the quarterfinals Thursday. Brock Young had 24 points to lead East Carolina (10-21) in the final game for coach Mack McCarthy, who is taking an administration job at the school. Kelvin Lewis had 15 points for the Cougars.
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Duke’s Jon Scheyer (30) goes to the basket against Maryland’s Dino Gregory during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 3, in College Park, Md.
Can Devils, Terps stay on top in ACC Tourney? By AARON BEARD
Atlantic Coast Conference
AP Basketball Writer
GREENSBORO — Duke and Maryland ended the regular season atop the Atlantic Coast Conference with plenty of separation from the rest of the league. Their last meeting was a tense fight that went to the final minute. Yet they could have a difficult time setting up another matchup in this More ACC week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Tourney tournament. Fourth-ranked How are Duke (26-5, 13-3 Duke and UNC ACC) is a good approaching team, but coach tourney? And Mike Krzyzewski a breakdown of today’s acknowledges opening-round this year’s squad games hardly has the powerful look of Page 3B Blue Devils past — no matter how good struggling North Carolina made it look in last weekend’s rivalry romp in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Meanwhile, No. 19 Maryland (23-7, 133) didn’t exactly overwhelm the league in the final month even as it caught up to the Blue Devils and shared the regular-season title. “We have to fight hard, and I’m sure every team in the league will,” said Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez, who was voted ACC player of the year this week. “It’s an even league. Nobody really stands out and is like, ’This is the best team.’ Every game’s going to be close. It’s going to be so much fun this weekend.” Duke, the defending champion, earned the top seed and will play the
Maryland coach Gary Williams dribbles the ball during NCAA college basketball practice at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro on Wednesday. winner of Thursday’s first-round game between Boston College and Virginia on Friday afternoon. Last year’s title was the eighth in 11 years and 17th overall for the Blue Devils, pulling them in a tie with the Tar Heels for most championships in ACC history. “A lot of times, we’ve been playing our best basketball at the end of the season, which is what you try to gear for,” Krzyzewski said. “Then you put a level of importance on the tournament. Hopefully, it touches the guys so that
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At Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro First Round Thursday, March 11 Boston College vs. Virginia, Noon Wake Forest vs. Miami, 2:30 p.m. Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina, 7 p.m. Clemson vs. N.C. State, 9:30 p.m. Quarterfinals Friday, March 12 Duke vs. Boston College-Virginia winner, Noon Virginia Tech vs. Wake Forest-Miami winner, 2:30 p.m. Maryland vs. Georgia Tech-North Carolina winner, 7 p.m. Florida State vs. Clemson-N.C. State winner, 9:30 p.m. Semifinals Saturday, March 13 Duke—Boston College-Virginia winner vs. Virginia Tech—Wake Forest-Miami winner, 1:30 p.m. Maryland—Georgia Tech-North Carolina winner vs. Florida State— Clemson-N.C. State winner, 4 p.m. Championship Sunday, March 14 Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.
here are some who look at the 2010 ACC Tournament and see a flat-out freefor-all. And there are others who see two teams at the top and a bunch of alsorans. A year ago, I tried to break down the ACC Tournament by assigning percentages for the likelihood of each team winning the whole shebang. Maybe it didn’t take real foresight to pick Duke to win in 2009, but I also had Florida State with a real chance of winning (the Seminoles were runnersup) and made it clear that I didn’t think eventual national champion North Carolina would get past the second day. So with a little bit of credibility still kicking around, let’s assess the prospects for each team in the Granddaddy of all conference tournaments. The Single-Digit Club Yes, it’s true that there is only one team in the entire conference with a losing record. One might even think that means any of these 12 teams is capable of ripping off four straight for a miraculous ACC run. Careful there, Rameses. Step back from the ledge. No. 9 seed Virginia Cavaliers They have the worst record overall, but in this weird ACC season, they rank as a 9 seed. That said, with Sylven Landesberg figuring college has little to do with class, the losers of 10 straight are clearly the most unlikely of teams to reverse their losing ways. 0 percent chance of winning No. 12 seed Miami Hurricanes They have 18 wins,
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2B / Thursday, March 11, 2010 / The Sanford Herald UPCOMING
REC SPORTS Baseball Buddies accepting registration SANFORD â€” A baseball organization designed for children and young adults with developmental delays or physical disabilities is seeking participants for the spring. Baseball Buddies, which is open to ages 5-to-20, is hoping to launch its new recreational league with games on Sundays at Deep River-Northview Optimist Park. The program has opened registration, which costs $20 and covers insurance, a T-shirt, cap and equipment. Participants will be able to have a â€œbuddyâ€? on the field to assist them as needed, including help with hitting, fielding or running. The deadline for registration is Monday. For more information about the league and how to register, contact Melissa Caddick at (919) 4996941.
CALENDAR Thursday, March 11 Baseball Friendship Christian at Lee Christian, 4 p.m. Golf NCCSA 3-A West Match at Sanford Golf Course, 2 p.m. Softball Chatham Central at Southern Lee, 6 p.m. Soccer Lee County at Western Harnett, 5:30 p.m.
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BOYSâ€™ TENNIS Fondrie, Vikings cruise past Eagles
LILLINGTON â€” With two wins, Jon Fondrie became the 69th player in Union Pines history to win 40 career matches as the Vikings shut out Western Harnett 9-0 in boysâ€™ tennis on Wednesday. Fondrie, who is 40-6, won his singles match and teamed with Jay Stalls to win in doubles. Jay Oâ€™Connor, John Dangerfield, Nolan Evans, Ty White and Jacob Daniel added wins for the Vikings (4-1, 2-0).
SOFTBALL Yellow Jackets JVs thump Green Hope CARY â€” Lee Countyâ€™s JV softball team clubbed Cgreen Hope 21-2 on Wednesday, Allie Eyers picked up the Submitted photo victory on the mound, getThe Sanford Squids Swim Team traveled to Pullen Park in Raleigh over the weekend to compete in the B/C State ting plenty of offensive help Championship meet. The Squids performed 29 lifetime best times in 37 events, with Daniel Roberts winning two silver medals in the 50- and 100-yard backstroke, and a bronze in the 200 freestyle.He also swam best times in seven throughout the lineup.
different events. Mikayla Christiansen, Dalton Coffer, Jaquan McClain, and Gray Culler recorded four or more top times for the season. The Squids will be competing again on March 26-28 at the East Coast Swim League Championship meet in Cary at the Triangle Aquatic Center. The Squids are currently registering new and experienced swimmers, and forming swim lesson sessions for the spring. Contact head coach Greg Huff at (919) 770-3862 or coach@ sanfordsquids.com for more information.
Wallace, â€™Cats hammer Sixers PHILADELPHIA (AP) â€” Gerald Wallace scored 28 points on 9-for-10 shooting from the field, Stephen Jackson added 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Charlotte Bobcats won their fourth straight game with
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a 102-87 victory over the reeling Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. Boris Diaw contributed 13 points for the Bobcats (32-31), who entered the game in seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Bobcats, who have
never advanced to the postseason in their six seasons, improved to just 9-23 on the road. Tyson Chandler had 12, while D.J. Augustin and Tyrus Thomas had 10 apiece for Charlotte. Rodney Carney led the Sixers with 14 points.