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PROFESSOR IN SANFORD WORRIED FOR COUNTRY Soldiers and civilians used shovels and their bare hands to dig through collapsed buildings in search of survivors after strong earthquakes struck a mountainous Tibetan region of China on Wednesday, killing at least 589 people and injuring more than 10,000. A half a world away, Shua Che, a visiting professor at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, said she felt great sympathy for Che her country after hearing of the devastating quake. “I don’t have friends or relatives from that area, but I still feel very sorry and am in sympathy with the people there,” she said. Che, who is the instructor for the college’s Confucius Classroom, is from Nanjing, in eastern China, about 800 miles southeast of the earthquake area in Qinghai Province. “I know our government has sent lots of people and goods to rescue them,” Che said. “With the help from different places and different people, I believe the people in the earthquake area will get their normal lives back.” — More on the quake, Page 12A
ELECTION EARLY VOTING BEGINS TODAY IN LEE COUNTY SANFORD — One-stop voting begins today. Early voting, which allows residents to register and vote in the same visit, started this morning and will run up to four days before the May 5 primary. Lee County has two early voting sites: the McSwain Agricultural Center at 2420 Tramway Road in Sanford, and the Lee County Board of Elections office at 225 S. Steele St. in Sanford. The sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. The last day of early voting is Saturday, May 1. In order to register and vote at the one-stop sites, residents will need to fill out a voter registration application and provide proof of residency. Proof of residency can be shown with identification that includes the citizen’s name and current address. Appropriate forms of identification include a driver’s license, a utility bill with your name and address, a local, state or U.S. government document, a paycheck or stub from a W-2 statement, or a bank statement.
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SANFORD — Tax day is here. Today is the deadline for state and federal income tax forms. Pay attention, procrastinators. State and federal forms with instructions are available at the main branch of the Lee County Library at 107 Hawkins Avenue in Sanford. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p .m. today. A copy of the state tax forms can be purchased at the library for 20 cents. Forms can also be found at the Internal Revenue Service Web site, www.irs.gov, and at the N.C. Department of Revenue Web site, www. dornc.com.
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If you woke up this morning sweating, with a knot in the pit of your stomach, it’s probably because you have only hours to file your tax return. If you’re a last-minute filer, here are tips from the IRS: n Your tax return will get processed quickly if you use e-file, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. n If you will not be able to file a return by today, request an extension. Remember, the extension of time to file is not an extension of time to pay. n Tax forms can be found in Sanford at the Lee County Library or online at the IRS Web site, irs.gov. n Carefully check all identifi-
cation numbers on your return. n Double check your figures. n Double check that you have correctly figured the refund or balance due and have used the right figure from the tax table. n Sign and date your return. Both spouses must sign a joint return, even if only one had income. Anyone paid to prepare a return must also sign it. n To receive your refund faster, select direct deposit. n If sending a payment, make the check out to “United States Treasury” and enclose it with, but not attached to, the tax return or the Form 1040-V, payment voucher, if
SANFORD — Much of the work to be done for the Lee County High School renovation project will be locally based, and company officials say they’re pleased to be involved in a project in their hometown. Sanford-based American South General Contractor was found to be the lowest bidder in the high school renovation project bid April 7, other local contractors will be involved in the project. Cooper Mechanical of Sanford will handle the mechanical aspect of the job, P.R. Faulk Electric Co. of Sanford will cover electric and Tower Mechanical of Concord will do the plumbing work, said Andrew Myles, assistant director of construction operations and project manager for the LCHS project. Several other local subcontractors have bid for other work but Myles said they have yet to make decisions on some of those projects. American South is thrilled to work on the project, he added. “We were very happy to get that bid here in town, being local and all,” he said. It makes things easier for the contractor when the site is close, but Myles said it’s a pride thing, too. “We’re proud to have a project here in our hometown,” he said. “We didn’t want anybody
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ELECTION 2010: DISTRICT 4 COMMISSIONER PRIMARY
Brogan: I can help county face adversity Candidate one of 2 in GOP primary race By BILLY BALL email@example.com
SANFORD — Tamara Brogan has seen down times before. Brogan, a Republican candidate for commissioner in Lee County, spent seven months in 1998 scrambling for work when her husband was laid off. Brogan, a trained nurse, took a night job at Walmart and her husband began part-time plumbing work to make ends meet for her family of seven. Eventually, her husband
HAPPENING TODAY n Central Carolina Community College theater students and community members present “Working, A Musical,” a show based on an oral history of workers by author Studs Terkel. The show starts at 7 p.m. at Chatham Mills, 480 Hillsborough St., Pittsboro.
UPCOMING n The Herald featured Brogan’s candidate, Jim Womack in Wednesday’s edition. n School board profiles will begin Sunday, starting with (in alphabetical order) candidate Mark Akinosho.
found work in Sanford and the family finances settled down. But Brogan, today a lo-
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Tamara Brogan is one of two candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Lee County Commissioners, District 4.
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Sanford: Sarah Clayton, 70; Bobby Denkins; Richard Shand Broadway: Joe Dean, 82 Cameron: Jasper Blue, 72 Lillington: Robert Anderson, 43
Perdue is in a strange spot when it comes to current ethics talks
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On the Agenda Rundown of local meetings in the area:
TODAY n The Raleigh Exec Airport Authority will meet at 8 a.m. at the airport in Lee County. n The Board of Directors of Johnston-LeeHarnett Community Action, Inc. will hold their board meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Gordon Wicker Room, Government Center, 106 Hillcrest St., Sanford. n The Executive Board of the Horton High School Alumni Association will have a meeting at 6 p.m. at Horton Middle School, Suite 813, Pittsboro. All alumni and friends are invited to attend.
SATURDAY n The Lee County Democratic Party will hold its annual county convention at the Lee County Courthouse (courtroom #4). The doors will open at 9 a.m. for light refreshments, and the business meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Democratic elected officials and candidates will be present, including U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham. All registered Democrats are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit www.leedemocrats.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (919) 718-9242. n A general meeting of Pinckney High School Alumni and friends will be held at 10 a.m. at Mt. Zion AME Church, 584 Bryant Road, Carthage.
MONDAY n The Sanford City Council will hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the West End Conference Room at the City Municipal Building, located at 225 E. Weatherspoon St., Sanford, to discuss the Lee County Board of Commissioners’ suggestions to modify the Lee County Economic Development Corporation. n The Lee County Board of Commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. at the Lee County Government Center, 106 Hillcrest Drive, Sanford.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Johnsie Gaines, Tammy Lou Shaw, Carolyn Street, Monica McIntyre, Vivian Fordham, Deborah Judd, Isaiah Lee Collins, Taylor Ashleigh Draughn, Nicholas Jordan Hicks, John Marshell Garner, Dale Coley, William Swann, Jacqueline Cassandra McIver, Jimmy R. Wilkes, Shaquille Hill, Janice Nowell, Vernadette Williams, Shantee LaRae Reid, Desi Arnell McLean Jr., Edward Wayne Murphy, James Quincey Reid, Jake Morrison and Donnie Johnson.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR TODAY n Lee County High School students will perform “Anything Goes,” a Cole Porter musical about cruise ship hijinks, at 7 p.m. today in the McLeod Auditorium. Admission is $5. n Central Carolina Community College theater students and community members present “Working, A Musical,” a show based on an oral history of workers by author Studs Terkel. The show starts at 7 p.m. at Chatham Mills, 480 Hillsborough St., Pittsboro. Tickets available at the college’s Chatham County Campus and at www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are $12 and seating is limited. The show is not for children under age 12.
n Lee County High School students will perform “Anything Goes,” a Cole Porter musical about cruise ship hijinks, at 7 p.m. today in the McLeod Auditorium. Admission is $5. n Central Carolina Community College theater students and community members present “Working, A Musical,” a show based on an oral history of workers by author Studs Terkel. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Chatham Mills, 480 Hillsborough St., Pittsboro. Tickets available at the college’s Chatham County Campus and at www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are $12 and seating is limited. The show is not for children under age 12. n Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn blankets and chairs, purchase dinner from a downtown restaurant and enjoy a movie under the stars every Friday night at Depot Park (106 Charlotte Ave.) this spring. These family-friendly movies are free and open to the public; movies start at 8 p.m. For further details please contact DSI at (919) 7758332, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.downtownsanford.com. This week’s movie is “Monsters vs. Aliens.”
Fashion became a family affair for Central Carolina Community College cosmetology student Teresa Clark (right), of Cameron, as the Cosmetology and Esthetics Department presented a fashion show, “Blast From the Past,” April 12 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. The students created fashions and hair-dos inspired by the past or fantasy. Clark puts the finishing touches on the models for her creations, who are also her family: sister Angela Chalmers (left), mother Angie Clark (seated) and brother Elijah Woodson (front). Clark graduates from the cosmetology program in May. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (919) 718-1225.
SATURDAY n The second Broadway Our Way Festival will be held in downtown Broadway. The festival will host a street fair, opening at 10 a.m. with food and craft vendors. Along with free kids activities, there will be a car show and an antique tractor and farm equipment display. Other events include a 5K run, a 50K/100K bike ride, the Broadway Idol talent contest and a barbecue cook-off featuring People’s Choice Awards. Enjoy continuous live entertainment throughout the day from two venues. Festivities culminate with a street dance beginning at 7 p.m. For more information go to broadwaync.com or call (919) 258-9922. n The Lee County Democratic Party will hold its annual county convention at the Lee County Courthouse (Courtroom 4). The doors will open at 9:00 am for light refreshments, and the business meeting will begin at 10:00 am. Democratic elected officials and candidates will be present, including U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham. All registered Democrats are encouraged to attend. For more information, please visit www.leedemocrats.org, e-mail email@example.com, or call (919) 718-9242. n Boy Scout troop 942 is having a barbcue dinner at Saint Luke’s United Methodist Church between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 4
and 7 p.m. for a plate (or any time between 11 and 7 to pick up a pound). A plate will cost $7 and a pound will cost $10. All proceeds help take the troop to summer camp at Raven Knob and fund other troop activities. n Central Carolina Community College theater students and community members present “Working, A Musical,” a show based on an oral history of workers by author Studs Terkel. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Chatham Mills, 480 Hillsborough St., Pittsboro. Tickets available at the college’s Chatham County Campus and at www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are $12 and seating is limited. The show is not for children under age 12. n More than 50 pottery shops in the Seagrove area will hold kiln openings and special demonstrations as part of the Celebration of Seagrove Potters spring event. For more information, visit celebrationofseagrovepotters.com. n The Heart of Carolina Jazz Society presents “Jazz Encounters Classical Music” at 8 p.m. at the Temple Theatre in Sanford. Tickets are $15 adults and $5 students/children. n Old Fashioned Farmers Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Silk Hope’s Historic
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Farm Heritage Park in Chatham County. General admission is $7 per person. Children under 6 free. The Golden Knights, the U.S. Army’s official parachute demonstrate team, will make a jump at 1 p.m. n ClydeFEST will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bynum. n Lee County High School students will perform “Anything Goes,” a Cole Porter musical about cruise ship hijinks, at 7 p.m. today in the McLeod Auditorium. Admission is $5.
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This day in history: On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died, nine hours after being shot the night before by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington. Andrew Johnson became the nation’s 17th president. In 1861, three days after the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter, President Abraham Lincoln declared a state of insurrection and called out Union troops. In 1947, Jackie Robinson, baseball’s first black major league player, made his official debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day. The Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves, 5-3. In 1980, existentialist philosopher JeanPaul Sartre died in Paris at age 74. In 1990, actress Greta Garbo died in New York at age 84.
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Traffic circle reopens in Pittsboro for first time since fire
PITTSBORO â€” The main traffic circle in Pittsboro around the Chatham County Courthouse fully reopened Wednesday for at least the next few months, according to Chatham County Manager Charlie Horne. Part or all of the circle had been closed since fire severely damaged the courthouse on March 25. â€œWorkers have basically completed removal of surviving items and debris from the courthouse and have moved the protective fence back so that traffic can move around the entire circle,â€? Horne said. Reopening the circle also was necessary due to the pending construction of a traffic roundabout on N.C. 87, which had served as a detour route after the courthouse fire, Horne said. The roundabout will be in front of the new Chatham Community Library on the Central Carolina Community College campus, where N.C. 87 meets Old Graham Road and Camp Drive. â€œAny future work on the courthouse means that we may have to close at least a portion of the traffic circle again during certain periods,â€? Horne said. â€œWe do not yet know when that work will begin or what it will entail, but we must keep the circle open until the roundabout on N.C. 87 is completed, which should take about 120 days.â€? â€” from staff reports
electricity, wireless and the opportunity to reserve two tickets to the Small Business Banquet the week prior to the Expo. For more information on reserving your booth space, contact the Small Business Center at (919)774-6442. â€” from staff reports
Senate candidate to speak to local Democrats SANFORD â€” Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham will speak at the Lee County Democratic Partyâ€™s next meeting, scheduled for Saturday at the Lee County Courthouse (Courtroom 4). Doors for the event will open at 9 a.m. for light refreshments, and the business meeting will begin at 10. Democratic elected officials and candidates for the May primary and November election have been invited to attend as well. Cunningham will face off against Elaine Marshall and a field of other candidates in the Democratic primary in May, with the winner facing current U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-Winston Salem) in November. For more information about the meeting, visit www.leedemocrats.org, e-mail Lee County Democratic Chairman Ty Stumpf at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 718-9242.
CIS names new executive director SANFORD â€” Communities in Schools of Lee County, a local chapter of the nationâ€™s largest dropout prevention network, on Wednesday named Heather Little its new executive director effective May 3. Little is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the CIS Board of Directors as the program committee chairman. â€œAs a nonprofit serving Lee County teachers, students, and families, CIS required a combination
â€˜South Pacificâ€™ set to open at Temple Theatre on April 29
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SANFORD â€” Temple Theatre invites the theatergoing public to â€œget swept away to a magical island in the crystal blue waters of the South Pacific.â€? Rodgers and Hammersteinâ€™s â€œSouth Pacificâ€? will run from April 29 to May 16 and will be Templeâ€™s final show of the 20092010 season. The classic musical is known for such songs as â€œSome Enchanted Evening,â€? â€œBali Hai,â€? â€œHoney Bun,â€? â€œIâ€™m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hairâ€? and many more. Temple Theatre Artistic Director Peggy Taphorn will take the lead as the â€œcockeyed optimistâ€? Nellie Forbush, while Temple regular Michael Brocki will play Luther Billis, the fun-loving yet conniving Ken Griggs. Temple favorite Ken Griggs will play Emile DeBecque, the French plantation owner who falls for Nellie despite their cultural differences. â€œSouth Pacificâ€? will be sponsored by First Bank, Bankingport Inc. for the benefit of The Bread Basket; and WLCH-FM Life 103.1. For tickets, call the box office at (919) 774-4155 or visit www.templeshows. com. â€” from staff reports
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to CIS because of their commitment to the children of Lee County,â€? said Little. â€œI look forward to speaking with many new business and community members very soon about our new programs.â€? This appointment is a result of the tendered resignation of Laura Biediger, who has filled the position since September 2008. Biediger will be attending UNC to obtain her masterâ€™s degree in public administration in the fall.
PURPLE CAPS FOR NEWBORNS
Volunteer Brenda Garner, Central Carolina Hospital Patient Care Tech Josie Downey, volunteer Mary Perry and Nancy McNeill, LPN show off the purple caps knitted for newborns at the hospital.
Knitted caps recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month Special to The Herald
SANFORD â€” For the first time in 22 years, exhibitors at the Small Business Expo will be selling their goods and services to attendees at the show. The decision came from the Expo committee after numerous requests by both attendees and exhibitors. â€œHaving sales on the floor of the show is an added benefit to those participating in the Expo either as a business or attendee,â€? said Jennifer St. Clair, marketing director of the Chamber. â€œWhile the indirect marketing gained by businesses in past years provided a great return on their booth investment, in these economic times itâ€™s necessary to offer extras to our customers. The Expo committee felt this was an easy way to add value and would be a winwin for everyone involved.â€? The 22nd annual Small Business Expo is scheduled for May 12, at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. The show will open at 7:30 a.m. to exhibitors and their special guests by ticket only. General admission begins at 10. Booth prices start at $325 ($175 for Chamber members) and include
Back Pals Program for the last 18 months will be exactly what we need as we start this busy and exciting new school year.â€? Little joins CIS with a background focusing on professional management with an emphasis on developing people to their full potential. â€œI have worked closely with CIS over the last two years and am very excited to take the organization to a new level within the community. I was drawn
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Small Biz Expo to include direct sales to the public
of vision, compassion and management expertise in its leader,â€? Little said Kim Pritt, Board Chairman. â€œHeather has just this combination. Her wealth of private and community experience, as well as track record of management success in heading up our successful
SANFORD â€” Purple newborn caps replaced the traditional pink and blue on the tiny heads of infants at Central Carolina Hospital and all over the state this week to recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The hand-knitted caps were donated by CCH volunteers Mary Perry and Brenda Garner who knitted fast and furiously to make 17 purple baby caps for the newborns. The purple caps are given as a way to remind parents about the normalcy of early infant crying and how to cope with it. The purple caps are part of the Period of Purple Crying: Keeping Babies Safe in North Carolina program. The Purple program is a year long effort which educates parents and other caregivers about a typical stage in early infancy that is frequently misunderstood. Frustration often accompanies normal increased early infant crying, which is a key trigger to shaking. The Period
of Purple Crying also promotes infant/parent bonding, and other crucial parenting skills. The Purple program includes individual, in-hospital parent education and research-tested take-home tools; a Purple DVD and booklet to reinforce key messages so that parents understand this normal crying period in every infantâ€™s life and how to cope with it. Central Carolina Hos-
pital implemented the Period of Purple Crying in September 2008, and has educated the parents of more than 1,250 newborns since then. Nurses from the hospital are enthusiastic about the program, seeing what a difference it can make in the lives of both parents and infants. â€œBabies are supposed to be perfect â€” a joyful event. But babies cry. Parents are tired, hormones
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and emotions are high, and when the baby wonâ€™t stop crying, frustration can build,â€? Mary Florit, OB director at CCH said. â€œItâ€™s a period newborns go through â€” some babies cry more than others â€” it doesnâ€™t mean youâ€™re a bad parent or youâ€™re doing anything wrong. This can happen to any parent or family. Our goal is to help parents recognize warning signs and show them they are not alone.â€?
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Perdue’s business plan begins on Main Street Greensboro News and Record
f the response to Gov. Bev Perdue’s whirlwind tour touting her legislative aid package for small businesses is any indicator, it should see a smooth path in the General Assembly. Receptive audiences in Asheville, Lexington and Fayetteville agreed that helping small businesses add to their payrolls, cope with red tape, obtain bank loans and get state tax breaks should be priorities On Asheville’s downtown Wall Street, the governor called for a 10 percent boost in fund-
ing to make the state a more popular tourist destination -- a critical ingredient in western North Carolina’s economy. In Lexington, the emphasis was on grants for community college-based training programs, state contracts that favor small businesses and changing capital-gains rules to lure more investors. Those promises were repeated in Fayetteville, with renewed emphasis on helping small business owners pay rising costs of employee health insurance. The governor proposes giving those companies a $250 tax credit for each employee
covered by company-paid policies and who earns less than $45,000 annually. Other suggested initiatives call for allowing tax breaks for equipment purchases, setting up Web-based buyersupplier networks, deferring the costs of obtaining Small Business Administration loans and assisting small family farms. It’s an ambitious agenda, to be sure. But one that recognizes that, despite the welcome influx of federal stimulus dollars, much of economic recovery begins here, spurred by newly created jobs at home.
And even in a robust economy, over-regulation by state agencies and high tax rates can stunt growth and put North Carolina businesses at a competitive disadvantage with companies in neighboring states. During better times, those persistent concerns were pushed to the back burner. However, Perdue is correct in her view that confronting them can’t wait any longer. Especially worth a closer look are her proposals granting tax relief to innovative start-up small businesses and expanding funding to revitalize
downtown shopping districts in small towns. Of course, critics must be convinced that funding pet projects in a tight budget, granting tax breaks and loosening regulations won’t reduce revenue flow, and will pay future dividends. With the state’s jobless rate holding steady at historic highs, the economic status quo no longer is acceptable in Raleigh. Perdue is on target in believing that any turnaround will begin on the home front with North Carolina’s small businesses taking the lead.
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ov. Beverly Perdue has spent a lot of time during her first 15 months in office talking about
ethics. The other day, she was at it again. Perdue outlined yet more steps that she said her administration would take to address what’s become a crisis of confidence in state government. It’s a crisis that goes back now four years, when the criminal investigation of former House Speaker Jim Black began. Perdue had already signed executives orders here and instructed cabinet secretaries there to do all manner of things intended to make her administration more accountable and more transparent. Those orders and instructions haven’t stopped attacks on her own ethics, most of them coming from state Republican Party chairman Tom Fetzer. Each week, Fetzer has called reporters down to Republican Party headquarters, pointing to some detail of Perdue’s campaign finance reports as evidence of impropriety. So, Perdue responded with another wave of ethics proposals, most of them needing legislative approval. She wants to prohibit anyone who sells goods and services to the state, over certain levels, from contributing to the elected official whose office awards the contracts. She wants to strengthen the law when it comes to requiring waiting periods for people who move from government jobs into lobbying. And she wants new ethics standards already in place for her state board and commission appointments to apply to other appointees. This is surely a strange place for Perdue to be. ... She knows a wide array of people in state government. She knows the movers and shakers in communities across the state, particularly in eastern North Carolina. She knows folks who are regular political donors, who do business with the state, who have bottom lines affected by regulatory approvals and rulings. Perdue is a product of the back-slapping, glad-handing political culture of North Carolina. A decade ago, many people would have thought her background wasn’t such a bad thing. For a woman to have risen to the top of that culture, rather than to have gained her position as an outsider or political maverick, is noteworthy in itself. ... Now Perdue is essentially telling people whom she has known for years that their ethics need a bit more policing. The latest batch of proposals, particularly the prohibition on accepting contributions from government contractors whose contracts an official oversees, is probably overdue. But the repeated cycle of scandal then ethics reform surely has the public wondering when it will end. Maybe the answer is when more people recognize that the law is a floor, not a ceiling. No matter how welldesigned the law, it can’t prevent all conflicts of interest and all violations of the public trust. Only real ethics — the kind that don’t require a law — can do that.
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t’s sobering that 58 percent of American voters support the repeal of Obamacare just three weeks after Congress passed it, and that’s probably without even realizing the extent of the tainted cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office or the tax consequences of the bill. If accurate accounting and the actual tax consequences were to be fully publicized, this nightmare would be even less popular. The White House would disagree, of course, but don’t be fooled. The newspaper The Hill reports that White House budget director Peter Orszag says the CBO numbers actually underestimate the savings from the bill. Orszag cites two reasons. One is that “on major pieces of legislation,” the CBO historically has been “too conservative rather than too optimistic” in its projections. The other is that the CBO’s scoring “largely does not take into account this evolution toward paying for quality,” which, Orszag thinks, “in this decade will begin to pay off.” Well, the first reason — that the CBO historically has been “too conservative” — says nothing about the scoring of this particular bill. We know that government estimates involving health care programs have been grossly underestimated in the past, such as the government’s cost projections in 1965 that Medicare Part A would rise to $9 billion by 1990; its actual costs were $67 billion. The government’s 1987 projections for the Medicaid special hospitals subsidy were underestimated by a staggering factor of more than 100; they projected annual costs to be $100 million, and they ended up being $11 billion by 1992. American voters instinctively understand this phenomenon. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed last month, Scott Rasmussen and Doug Schoen argued that the main reason Obama hasn’t been able to move the skeptical public toward supporting Obamacare is that “people simply don’t trust the official projections. ... Eighty-one percent of voters say it’s likely the plan will end up costing more than projected.” Orszag’s second reason appears to be that Obama’s bureaucrats will start denying payments for treatments and procedures they deem unwarranted. That is, they’ll start dictating care decisions — something they’ve vehemently denied — and they’ll ration and pay only for that which they approve. So even if there are some savings here — which is highly doubtful — they will be achieved at the cost of patient and physician choice and the quality of care. You would think the administration wouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth and would leave the CBO’s ultimately favorable scoring alone because further scrutiny might backfire on the White House. Former CBO Director (2003-05) Douglas Holtz-Eakin maintained on Fox News that CBO’s scoring grossly understates Obamacare’s costs, which he quickly explained is not CBO’s fault because it has to use the information given to it by Congress. There are glaring problems with the information Congress provided. First, said HoltzEakin, it omitted some inconvenient spending:
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“We’re going to have to spend $250 (billion) to $300 billion more on Medicare doctors over the next 10 years; they just left that out. It’s going to cost $115 billion to implement this bill; they left that out. So it underestimates the cost dramatically.” Holtz-Eakin didn’t have time to finish expounding on his points, but he provided more detail in a March 20 New York Times op-ed (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/21/ opinion/21holtz-eakin.html). In that piece, he noted that the $70 billion in premiums expected to be raised in the first 10 years is counted as deficit reduction, but the benefits they will have to finance are assumed not to materialize in the first 10 years, so they are not figured into the costs. It’s a complete gimmick, which others have also pointed out. Holtz-Eakin cited other gimmicks and inaccuracies, but the “most amazing bit of unrealistic accounting” is that the legislation contemplates shifting $463 billion from Medicare spending to finance insurance subsidies without any reforms to recover those losses from an “already bleeding” Medicare. The bottom line, said Holtz-Eakin, is that Obamacare “would raise, not lower, federal deficits, by $562 billion. ... And the nation would be on the hook for two more entitlement programs rapidly expanding as far as the eye can see.” This is horrifying stuff, folks, which the public already understands in its gut. We were headed for national bankruptcy before Obamacare, but this will seal the deal, unless repealed. In addition, Holtz-Eakin, in a paper published on his American Action Forum Web site, shows Obamacare will likely increase taxes for 25 percent of filers making less than $200,000 — and for 52 percent of all taxpayers — the impact of which will pass through to small-business owners when unemployment is already skyrocketing. How’s Obama’s “no new middleclass taxes” pledge working out for us now? But costs and taxes aren’t even the main reasons to fear Obamacare. Try the evaporation of our personal liberties.
Today’s Prayer For by grace you have been saved through faith, ... not of works. (Ephesians 2:8,9) PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your love, in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us. Amen.
There is a new voice running through the political scene, and that voice reflects the interests of the American people. Several years ago, I came across the documentary “Sicko” by Michael Moore, and it had a significant impact on the way I looked at politics and how my passive attitude — like that of so many other Americans — was enabling special interests groups like insurance companies to literally decide life and death health care for the american people. What was especially appalling was the price tags many of the political candidates had on them for campaign contributions given to them by lobbyists of these type of special interests. I support people like Sen. Kay Hagan and Rep. Bob Etheridge who stand up for North Carolinians by supporting health care reform. I encourage all to become politically active and wake up out of our slumber as I have by supporting those candidates who support our president in health care reform. NANCY AREL Moncure Editor’s Note: The following letter is being reprinted because of a headline error in Wednesday’s Herald.
Etheridge votes for his bosses, not for the people in his district To the Editor: I read that our congressman from the second district of North Carolina, Bob Etheridge, has once again voted for the massive health care bill. His district is largely rural and is in a conservative area that most polls indicate are in opposition to this bill. Yet he continues to vote the party line as Speaker Nancy Pelosi instructed him to do. Two adjoining area districts represented by Rep. Mike McIntyre and Rep. Larry Kissel both voted against this massive bill as their constituents wished. They are Democrats as well as Bob Etheridge. But they voted against this bill twice. Maybe the difference is being statesmen, rather than being a mere politician. Etheridge has voted for the Cap and Trade bill (higher energy cost), to close Guantanamo (bring the prisoners to our country) and to ban shipping nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain disposal facility in Nevada (nuclear plant will have no choice but to store waste fuel on site). He also voted to place tobacco under the Food and Drug Administration against the wishes of our area farmers. He appears to answer only to his Washington bosses, The Democratic Party, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and President Obama. This is probably to keep his position on The House Ways and Means Committee since he did not even get to ride on Air Force One as other congressmen did. His real Bosses are the voters of North Carolina. The real test will be taken in the mid-term elections in November. JOE EDWARDS Sanford
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OBITUARIES Sarah Clayton
SANFORD â€” Sarah Cox Clayton, 70, died Tuesday (4/13/10) at Firsthealth Moore Regional Hospital. A native of Lee County, she was born April 15, 1939, daughter of Norris and Ella Cox of Sanford. She was a graduate of Appalachian State University, and taught English at Union Pines High School for most of her career. She later worked at Aberdeen Middle School and Farmlife Elementary in the Media Center. She was a member of Culdee Presbyterian Church in West End. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Harold Clayton of Pinehurst; a daughter, Amber Clayton of the home; a son, Matthew Clayton and wife Lori of Huntersville; a brother, Roger Cox of Sanford; and one grandson. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Culdee Presbyterian Church in West End. Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home of Southern Pines.
SANFORD â€” Funeral service for Bobby Carl Denkins was held Wednesday at Turners Chapel Church with Pastor Bruce MacInnes officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Eulogy was given by Lynn Gaines. Daniel Goldston, Cameron Thomas and Jimmie Cameron sang. Pianist was Debbie Hockaday. Pallbearers were Daniel Goldston, Cameron Thomas, Jimmy Harrington, Glen McDuffie, Sidney Dean and James Ellis. Arrangements were by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home of Sanford.
CAMERON â€” Jasper â€œJapâ€? Blue, 72, died Tuesday (4/13/10) at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Blue; a son, David Blue of Carthage; daughters, Casandra J.
Wright of Carthage, Carolyn Taylor of Durham and Angela Blue of WinstonSalem; a stepson, Michael McNeill of Aberdeen; sisters, Eloise Sellars of Charlotte and Alice Hamilton and husband Billy of Atlanta, Ga.; and a brother, John Blue and wife Mary of Atlanta, Ga. The family will recieves friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The funeral serivce will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion AME Zion Church in Carthage with the Rev. Wayne Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements are by Pugh and Smith Funeral Home of Carthage.
Robert Anderson LILLINGTON â€” Robert Glenn Anderson, 43, died Monday (4/12/10). A resident of Harnett County, he was the son of the late Bobby and Sue Ivey Anderson. He was preceded in death by a sister, Charlene Anderson. He is survived by a son, John Robert Anderson, and a brother, Keith Anderson and wife Ginger of Lillington. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and other times at the home of Keith and Ginger Anderson. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Rawls Baptist Church in Fuquay-Varina with the Rev. Larry King officiating. Burial will follow at Westview Memorial Gardens in Lillington Condolences may be made at www.oquinnpeebles.com. Arrangements are by Oâ€™Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home of Lillington.
Travis Page WEST END â€” Travis E. Page, 67, died Tuesday (4/13/10) at Hospice Haven in Rockingham. A native of Winston County, Ala., he was a son of the late William and Rosetta Cagle Page. He owned and operated Travis Towing in West End. He is survived by his wife, Juanita Griffin; a daughter, Melody Page and husband Mark of
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PITTSBORO â€” Nellie McCormick Holder, 79, of Campbell Road, Pittsboro, died April 13, 2010, at Chatham Hospital in Siler City after a brief illness. Mrs. Holder was born in Chatham County on Sept. 6, 1930, the daughter of Charles Francis McCormick and Katie Smith McCormick (Pattishall). She worked for years as an accountant at Webster Poultry and later assisted her husband in real estate. Mrs. Holder loved a good cup of coffee, reading, taking care of the hummingbirds and other birds around her home, and also performing discreet, random acts of kindness for others. For ten years she enjoyed winters in Florida with her husband. Most importantly, she loved spending time with her family and friends. Holder Survivors include her husband, M.E. â€œBudâ€? Holder of the home; son, Gene Holder of Archdale; daughters, Gaynelle Knight and Sharon Shehdan and her husband Lin, all of Raleigh; grandchildren, Ian Holder and Meredith Shehdan; one brother, James McCormick of Delaware; two special nieces, Nadine Overby and Carmane Honeycutt; and also many other nieces and nephews. Mrs. Holder was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson, Christopher Holder, and six brothers and sisters. A graveside funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 16, 2010, at Hanks Chapel Church cemetery with the the Rev. Ray Gooch presiding. Friends may visit with the family from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home in Pittsboro. Memorial contributions may be sent to either the Christopher Holder Memorial Youth Fund, c/o Hanks Chapel Church, P.O. Box 366, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312, or to Make A Wish Foundation of Eastern N.C., 2880 Slater Road, Ste 105, Morrisville, N.C. 27560. The family would like to thank the staff of Chatham Hospital for their excellent care and all the kindness shown to Mrs. Holder and her family during her illness. Online condolences may be submitted at www. hallwynne.com, select â€œObituariesâ€?. Arrangements for Mrs. Holder are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service of Pittsboro.
BROADWAY â€” Joseph â€œJoeâ€? Lenwood Dean, 82, of Broadway, died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at Central Carolina Hospital. Mr. Dean was born in Harnett County on May 16, 1927 to the late Willie Leonard Dean and Mildred Fish Dean. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Marcus Allen Dean; a sister, Zora Ann Dean; and a grandson, Shannon Fawcett. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Dean worked 47 years as a manager in shipping and receiving for W. Koury Company, 10 years with Lee County Public Works, was a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, member of American Legion and the Moose Lodge. Surviving relatives are his wife, Clara Eve Williams Dean of the home; two sons, Joseph Lenwood Dean Jr. and wife Karen of Oak Park, Calif. and Mark Dean of Cary; a daughter, Dawn Dean Ransom and husband Tom of Union, Ky.; a brother, W.L. Dean and wife Faye of Cape Coral, Fla.; four grandchildren, Heather Fawcett, Steven M. Dean, Nicole Ransom and Noah Ransom; three great-grandchildren, Wesley Holder, Anna Rae Holder and Hailey Reed. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Danny Redman officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc. of Sanford.
Godwin; a son, Thomas â€œGeneâ€? Griffin and wife Jennie of Hope Mills; a sister, Pernie Gates and husband Bill of Double Springs, Ala.; brothers, Louie Page and wife Judy of Double Springs, Ala. and Horace Page and wife Pam of Haileyville, Ala.; three grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Fry and Prickett Funeral Home with the Rev. Donnie Gillis officiating. Condolences may be made at www.FryandPrickett.com. Memorials may be
made to donors favorite charity. Arrangements are by Fry and Prickett Funeral Home of Carthage.
Elizabeth Eisen SAN ANTONIO, Texas â€” Elizabeth Ann Edmonds Eisen, 70, died Tuesday (4/6/10) in San Antonio, Texas. She was born Feb. 9, 1940 in Pinehurst. She was a military wife for 30 years. In Beaumont, she served as co-chair of Lamar University Art and Music Foundation, Board member of both Baptist and St. Elizabeth hospitals, co-chair of the Texas Energy Museum, and chaired
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The U.S. Postal Service office at 1200 S. Horner Blvd. will be open for its regular hours today, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interim Postmaster Robert Brooks said he will bring on additional staff today, which is typically one of the busiest days of the year for the Postal Service. Forms must be postmarked by today, meaning the mail must be turned in before 5 p.m., Brooks said. Brooks advised lastminute filers to get to the post office early today
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cal fitness trainer, said she understands what it’s like to face economic adversity, and commissioners aren’t doing enough in recession-plagued Lee County to advance economic progress. “Every month that goes by, that’s a month that people are struggling,” she said. “I’ve been down that road before, we’ve been unemployed before. It’s very scary when you’re concerned about how you’re going to take care of your kids, pay bills and feed your children.” That’s one of the reasons Brogan, a Sanford resident for 11 years, is running for the District Four seat in Lee County. She is one of two Republicans jousting in the primary with the winner to face Democrat Kenny Cole this fall. This is the first time Brogan, a lifelong Republican, has run for political office, but she said she was
because the lines are likely to be longer in the afternoon hours. Postal Service workers dispatch mail three times during the day. No tax forms are available at the post office. Vinny Bhatia, owner of the Liberty Tax Service on South Horner Boulevard, said business has been “fairly steady” of late for his business, although most of his customers complete their taxes in January and February. Bhatia said his business will be open today starting at 9 a.m. and will work “until the last customer leaves, whether that’s 10 o’clock or midnight.” frustrated by the track of government in recent years. “I really believe it’s time for average people to run,” she said. Brogan promised she would foster a close relationship with the Lee County Economic Development Corporation, the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce and municipal leaders in Broadway and Sanford to speed up economic recovery. Lee County’s unemployment rate, which was pegged at 14.5 percent in February, is among the highest in the state. The county’s industrial sector was hit hard by the economic collapse of 2008 and the subsequent recession. Brogan said the county will have to be speedy in prepping plant sites in the industrial park to accommodate potential new companies that want to move in sooner rather than later. “If we prepare these sites, companies will come,” Brogan said. “Field of Dreams” references aside, Brogan
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describes herself as a hardworking pragmatist who understands the budgetary constraints county government faces in these revenue-starved times. A Pittsburgh native, Brogan recalls what happened to that American city when the steel mills faltered in the 1980s and local leaders didn’t have industry to fill the void. “I saw what happens economically when you don’t make wise choices,” she said. “... I don’t want to see something like that happen to Lee County.” She pledged to find a new strategy for the EDC with intensive scrutiny on each prospective employer that qualifies for economic incentives. While she’s not a fan of incentives, Brogan said she understands the current business climate has made the unpopular breaks something of a necessity for recruitment and retention. Brogan, who has had five children in Lee County Schools, said she’s an ardent supporter of education. She
ing separately, head of household and qualifying widow(er) with dependent child. n Math errors: Review all math for accuracy when filing a paper return. n Computation errors: Many taxpayers make mistakes when figuring their taxable income; withholding and estimated tax payments; earned income tax credit; standard deduction for age 65 or older or blind; the taxable amount of Social Security benefits; and the child and dependent care credit. n Incorrect bank account numbers for direct deposit if you are due a refund. n Forgetting to sign and date the return: An unsigned tax return is invalid.
said local educational leaders have done a good job with taxpayer money and expressed sympathy for Lee schools Superintendent Jeff Moss’ Tuesday announcement that the school system will lose $4.5 million in state funding in the 2011-2012 school year. “It’s going to be very, very tough the next couple of years,” she said. Brogan said county leaders will have to be especially frugal with their dollars in the coming years, probably delaying some major expenditures and funneling the savings where they’re needed most. “I will do everything I can to avoid raising taxes,” she said. “That would be a last resort.” Brogan said county officials need a “fresh face” with new ideas to spark change and plan for the future. “I believe we can bounce back from this and Lee County can have a bright future,” she said. “But we need the right ideas.”
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out of town to get it.” American South saw quite a few bids for contract work from every trade, he said. They saw at least six bids for each type of work, he estimated, and many were local. He thought it was a good sign that there were so many bids. Even subcontractors from out of town will hire local workers for the jobs, he said, which is an added boost to the economy. “We’re grateful that it worked out for us,” said Phillip Faulk, owner of P.R. Faulk Electric Co. “We’re grateful that it is a local project. I graduated from high school there, so it is a special project for me.” Working on a project that is in the same county is a benefit, Faulk said. His company often does work in Moore County or Raleigh, he said, so the job here in Lee County cuts out the expense of employees traveling to the work site. “Having this locally is a big benefit, cost-wise, management-wise,” he said. The two-year project came at a good time for the company, Faulk said. “It’s so competitive. Everybody’s looking for that advantage, and this is ours,” he said. Richard Littiken, vice president of Cooper Mechanical, said he hadn’t heard that the company had been selected to do the heating and cooling work, but said they are very excited. It was announced at the April 7 bid opening that Cooper Mechanical would do the mechanical work if American South was awarded the project. “We expect to do as good a job or better than all the jobs we’ve done in the past for Lee County,” he said. Littiken, a vocal opponent of the quarter-cent sales tax referendum planned to fund the renovation project, would not comment on his feelings of now being involved in the project. Though Bill Tatum, chairman of the Lee County Board of Education, said he had hoped the project bids would be lower, Myles said the district is getting a great deal with the base bid price of $20,479,000. “We are starting to see a little bit of an increase in bids,” since the recession, Myles said, “but overall, prices are still quite a bit lower.”
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STATE BRIEFS Jury recesses; no decision on sentence
FORT BRAGG (AP) â€” A military jury in North Carolina trying to decide on a sentence for a soldier convicted of killing a woman and two of her children has recessed after asking a question that may indicate itâ€™s divided on a sentence. The jury at Fort Bragg considering the sentence for 52-year-old Master Sgt. Timothy Hennis asked the court Wednesday if one juror votes against the death penalty, does that mean all other votes revert to life sentence. Rules require a unanimous vote for death and threequarters â€” or 11 of 14 jurors â€” for life. The judge told jurors they should continue voting until they meet one of those requirements. The same jury convicted Hennis last week of killing 31-year-old Kathryn Eastburn and two of her three daughters at their home near Fayetteville in 1985.
Coalition: school cuts would raise job losses
RALEIGH (AP) â€” Booster groups for North Carolinaâ€™s public schools say additional spending cuts next year could result in another 1,600 educators losing their jobs on top of the 5,400 positions eliminated this school year. The new â€œFund Schools Firstâ€? coalition held a news conference on Wednesday in Raleigh urging lawmakers to avoid further spending cuts and restore $225 million in reductions local districts had to make this year. The budget-adjustment session begins next month. Most of those cuts came by eliminating teachers and teacher assistants. There are about 95,000 teachers and 27,000 assistants statewide. North Carolina Association of Educators President Sheri Strickland estimated the eliminated positions could grow to 7,000 when the second year of the budget is implemented July 1 with additional cuts.
Experts: officialâ€™s assailant may be teen
RALEIGH (AP) â€” As North Carolina police try to solve the slaying of a state school board member, a forensic psychologist and a former FBI agent say they think the investigation could point to an assailant who is a teen-
age boy. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday that former police profiler Michael Teague said statistics indicate that a person who would sexually assault and severely batter a woman in her 60s is usually a teenager. Board of Education member Kathy Taft of Greensville died in March after an assault at a Raleigh home where the 62-year-old was staying. Police have not specified potential suspects. Retired FBI agent Frank Perry said more than six of 10 sexual assault cases involving an older woman led to an attacker in his mid-20s and younger.
Medical board disciplined more doctors in 2009 RALEIGH (AP) â€” The board regulating North Carolinaâ€™s doctors and physician assistants has disciplined more than 200 health providers. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday that the North Carolina Medical Board said that delivering substandard care the most common reason for discipline. Disciplinary actions were up from the previous year, when about 180 practitioners were cited for problems. The medical board licenses and disciplines the stateâ€™s 31,000 doctors and nearly 4,000 physician assistants. The board was recognized for the second straight year by the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen as among the most improved nationwide for guarding patient safety. The board previously had been near the bottom of patient advocatesâ€™ rankings.
13-year-old charged with setting fire in Clayton CLAYTON (AP) â€” Police in Clayton have charged a 13-year-old with starting a fire that destroyed a child care center that was under construction last week. The teen faces two felonies: breaking and entering, and burning a building under construction. Investigators think the teen likely slipped from his or her home in the early hours of April 5, drove a family car to the site of the fire and returned home before dawn. Clayton Police Chief Glen Allen declined to discuss how the authorities came to suspect the 13-year-old, but said the teen lived near the scene of the fire.
Justice Breyer has advice for Obama By TOM BREEN Associated Press Writer
DURHAM â€” Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer let a packed room at Duke Law School on Wednesday in on the secret to making it through Senate confirmation to the nationâ€™s highest court. â€œListen to the question,â€? he said. â€œThen answer it. And in doing so, donâ€™t try to make some clever point.â€? One of about 10 people on President Barack Obamaâ€™s shortlist of nominees will soon have the chance to use that advice, as long-serving Justice John Paul Stevens plans to retire this summer. Over the course of a wide-ranging conversation with law school
Dean David Levi and Professor Walter Dellinger, Breyer said his advice might sound simple, but itâ€™s deceptively effective. â€œThe senator will go on to the next question, and pretty soon heâ€™ll run out of questions,â€? said Breyer, who was appointed to the court by President Bill Clinton in 1994. â€œAnd then the rest of the senators will run out of questions, and youâ€™ll be confirmed.â€? The former U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee lawyer said heâ€™ll miss Stevens on the court. â€œHeâ€™s a good example of how you work with law in order to get some kind of result that makes sense for the people it applies to,â€? he said. Over the course of the discussion, Breyer talked
about his childhood, his experiences as an appellate judge and his belief that politics doesnâ€™t shape Supreme Court decisions nearly as much as people think. That many Americans see the court as political, with liberals like Breyer pitted against conservatives, is understandable, he said, because the court patrols â€œboundariesâ€? of constitutional questions that are politically volatile. â€œLife at the boundary is not always so pleasant,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s not so easy to say on which side of the boundary line lies abortion, or on which side of the boundary is prayer in schools.â€? It might be easier to convince the public that court decisions arenâ€™t political if, for example,
television cameras were allowed to record the oral arguments, Levi said. â€œWhy not let the public into the court?â€? he said. One of the dangers, Breyer said, is that TV cameras would increase pressure for similar access in sensitive criminal trials where itâ€™s already hard to find jurors. Another reason is that broadcasting the arguments might make the courtâ€™s business even more perplexing. â€œThe danger is that people will misunderstand the case and think itâ€™s between the two people in the courtroom,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s not about these two people, itâ€™s about the 288 million outside the courtroom.â€?
Patient overdoses at drug center
Suspect to be tried in N.C.
RALEIGH (AP) â€” A man who lied about taking heroin died after a doctor at a state-run drug treatment center gave him methadone without confirming the manâ€™s condition. The results of a urine test showed Jeffrey Harbin, 42, had been using cocaine and marijuana but proved negative for heroin, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday. An autopsy report showed Harbin had double the toxic level of methadone in his blood. Federal regulators later determined that patients at the R.J. Blackley Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center in Butner were in â€œimmediate jeopardyâ€? and found violations in four major areas, threatening the centerâ€™s ability to receive federal funds. A spokeswoman for state Department of Health and Human
Services, Renee McCoy, said she could not comment on how Harbin died. The agency released an unedited copy of the federal report and Harbinâ€™s medical file after his mother signed a waiver giving officials permission to share the information. â€œJeff had his problems, but he went there for help,â€? said his mother, Donna Shelton, of Little River, S.C. â€œHe shouldnâ€™t have died from drugs they gave him.â€? Harbin lived with his grandmother in Mebane and had struggled with drugs and alcohol since he was a teenager. Harbinâ€™s family said he abused cocaine but they never knew him to use heroin. Harbinâ€™s medical records show that his overdose last August was the second time Blackleyâ€™s staff gave him too much methadone, an opiate often prescribed to addicts to
blunt the pain of heroin withdrawal. During a stay there in November 2008, Harbinâ€™s heart stopped after he was given large doses of the drug. He was revived with CPR. Harbinâ€™s medical records show that when he was admitted to Blackley on Aug. 12, he told a doctor he had been using a gram of heroin a day. The doctor prescribed methadone without waiting for the results of a urine test to confirm the addiction. Doctors at the center also failed to review the results of that test, or of later urine tests, before increasing Harbinâ€™s dosage of methadone, according to the federal report. On Aug. 13, Harbin complained he didnâ€™t feel well and appeared drowsy, his medical records stated. He was later seen unconscious in his room by a staff member, who assumed he was sleeping.
GREENSBORO (AP) â€” A potential federal death-penalty trial for a man charged with killing a university student body president two years ago will stay in North Carolina. U.S. District Judge James Beaty has denied a request by attorneys for Demario Atwater to move his trial on kidnapping and carjacking charges out of state. Defense attorneys say extensive media coverage of the slaying of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson of Athens, Ga., make it impossible for Atwater to receive a fair trial. Beaty ruled it is possible to find jurors who havenâ€™t made up their minds. Atwaterâ€™s federal trial is to begin in about two weeks in Winston-Salem.
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