HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
Still alive Walk-off home run pushes Lee County to state semifinals
Lee County ace Dillon Frye is best known for his right arm — but he won this one with his bat. Frye blasted a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Yellow Jackets to a 4-3 win over Apex on Wednesday night. The victory moves Lee County into the East Region finals, where they will play a best-of-three series against Wilmington Laney. FULL STORY, PAGE 1B
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Lee County’s Chris Thompson celebrates after scoring a run early in the Yellow Jackets’ 4-3 win.
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ATLANTIS TOUCHES DOWN AFTER FINAL MISSION Atlantis returned home from its 32nd and final voyage Wednesday, the first of three shuttles that are closing out their flying careers and eventually heading to museums Page 10A
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Edna Roshandal (right) and Joan Walunas of Raleigh traveled to Sanford earlier this month for the annual Pottery Festival. The festival, held each year at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, is one of the city’s top tourist-attracting events.
PUSSYCAT DOLL WINNER OF ‘DANCING’ CROWN
Nicole Scherzinger and partner Derek Hough dominated throughout the 10th season of the hit ABC show and bested Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek to win the “Dancing” crown Tuesday night
Focus on tourism Area leaders pushing for creation of tourism authority
Love chooses not to introduce occupancy tax in Sanford
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n effort to create a tourism authority in Lee County seems to be gaining momentum, but key participants in the process are still sorting out how the body would be funded and how it would operate. One thing the so-called “tourism and retiree recruitment” study group agrees upon, however, is this: it’s time someone takes the reins where tourism is involved.
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tate House Rep. Jimmy Love Sr. (D-Lee) declined to introduce a bill Wednesday that would’ve allowed Sanford to enact a 3 percent occupancy tax to pay for a tourism authority in the area after the Sanford City Council failed to offer unanimous support for it. The council voted 4-1 to endorse the bill that may be introduced in the N.C. House giving the city the ability to enact
a 3 percent tax on hotel receipts to pay for tourism promotion. Councilman Charles Taylor voted against, while Linwood Mann and Mike Stone were absent from the special called meeting, which took place before the council’s regular law and finance meeting at city hall. Taylor said he voted against the endorsement because it unfairly impacted large companies such as Pfizer, who often bring consultants in to stay at local hotels.
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Frontier Spinning begins $15.5M expansion Special to The Herald
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The study group, organized by Sanford Mayor Cornelia Olive, Lee County Board of Commissioners Chairman Richard Hayes and CCCC President Dr. Bud Marchant, has met four times in the last six weeks to discuss how to promote the area as a destination — both for tourists and for retirees. Although an effort to fund a tourism authority with an increase in the city’s hotel and motel occupancy tax was stalled Wednesday — Rep. Jimmy Love
SANFORD — Frontier Spinning Mills has started a $15.5 million expansion project in Sanford that should initially add 45 new technology-based jobs, introduce more advanced machinery to the company’s local operation and provide a substantial boost to the local tax base. From its headquarters in San-
HAPPENING TODAY The Northwood Concert Band, directed by Eugene Cottrell, will present “Our Freedom,” the 11th annual concert for Memorial Day at 7 p.m. in the Benjamin J. Lee Auditorium on the Northwood High School campus. Advance tickets are $10 ahead of time and $15 at the door. CALENDAR, PAGE 2A
ford, Frontier Spinning manufactures yarns for the knitting and weaving trades and operates facilities in North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. Based on figures published last fall, the company employs about 1,100 people — with 300 to 400 working in Sanford — and produces more than 500 million pounds of yarn each year. John Maness, executive vice
president for Frontier Spinning, said the expansion followed the company’s decision to adopt a new technology that spins cotton into yarn at higher speeds with better quality. Once the decision was made to expand, the question became where to do it. “Having our headquarters here certainly factored into the decision, but that was just one consideration,” Maness said. “We
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looked carefully for places where we could find everything necessary to make this work. “That includes a skilled workforce, a building that could be adapted quickly for the new technology and a financial package that helped manage the risk required by such a major investment. All of the pieces needed to be in place, and we found that here.”
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On the Agenda Rundown of local meetings in the area: May 27 n The Lee County Partnership for Children will hold a Board of Directors Meeting from noon to 2 p.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, located at 2420 Tramway Road. n The Lee County Board of Education’s Finance and Personnel Committee meeting will be held at 4 p.m. at the Heins Education Building. June 1 n The Sanford City Council will meet at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Center in Sanford. n The Chatham County Planning Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Dunlap Building Classroom in Pittsboro.
John Alton Smith Jr., Frances Smith Edmonds and Dorothy Smith King present Broadway Town Manager Bob Stevens with a framed feed sack. The frame was made from boards taken from the Stevens Milling Company.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Katherine Schneider, Joseph H. Morris Jr., Merdie McFadden, Brooke Amber Hawkins, Jordan Reynolds Harris, Hope Crawford, Livon Heath Wood, Lacy Thomas Oldham IV, Roy Sims Cox, Michel Hall, Christa Dawn Mashburn, Garmon Lee Heath, Andrew Jonathan Sharp, Barbara Smith, LIz White, Rashen Edwards, Patricia Green, Zoey Hodges, Faye Kirby and Christopher McIntyre. CELEBRITIES: Dolores Hope (widow of Bob Hope) is 101. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is 87. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 75. Actor Louis Gossett Jr. is 74. Country singer Don Williams is 71. Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) is 66. Comedian Adam Carolla is 46. Actor Todd Bridges is 45. Actor Paul Bettany is 39. Rock singer-musician Brian Desveaux (Nine Days) is 39. Country singer Jace Everett is 38. Actor Jack McBrayer is 37. Rapper Andre 3000 (Outkast) is 35. Rapper Jadakiss is 35. TV chef Jamie Oliver is 35. Alt-country singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson is 34. Actor-singer Chris Colfer (TV: “Glee”) is 20. Actor Ethan Dampf is 16.
Almanac Today is Thursday, May 27, the 147th day of 2010. There are 218 days left in the year. This day in history: On May 27, 1937, the newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, Calif., was opened to pedestrian traffic (vehicular traffic began crossing the bridge the next day). In 1860, forces led by Giuseppe Garibaldi took Palermo, Sicily. In 1896, 255 people were killed when a tornado struck St. Louis, Mo., and East St. Louis, Ill. In 1929, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. married Anne Morrow in Englewood, N.J. In 1933, Walt Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated short “The Three Little Pigs” was first released. In 1935, the Supreme Court struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act. In 1936, the Cunard liner RMS Queen Mary left England on its maiden voyage to New York. In 1941, amid rising world tensions, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed an “unlimited national emergency.” The British navy sank the German battleship Bismarck off France, with a loss of more than 2,100 lives. In 1964, independent India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, died. In 1985, in Beijing, representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of ratification on the pact returning Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997. In 1993, five people were killed in a bombing at the Uffizi museum of art in Florence, Italy. In 2000, freight cars loaded with hazardous chemicals crashed and exploded in Eunice, La. forcing the evacuation of thousands.
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ONGOING n San Lee Park is registering for summer camps. There are seven different nature themed sessions available. Experience nature through hands-on activities and crafts. Full and half day camps available. For girls and boys ages 4-12. For more information, call 776-6221. n O.T. Sloan Pool opens to the public on Saturdays and Sundays only beginning May 29 through June 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. Beginning June 15, the pool will be open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 1-5 p.m. The fee for public swim is $3 per person. For additional information, call 7752107 ext. 207. n The Lee County American Red Cross will hold a water skills for lifeguarding class in May. Call (919) 774-6857 to register. n Central Fire Station at 512 Hawkins Avenue will check car seats between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. each Saturday. Appointments are required. Contact Krista at 775-8310 by 5 p.m. Wednesday to schedule an appointment for the following Saturday. Child must be present for seat to be checked, unless mother is expecting. n Sanford Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon every Saturday from May through October.
TODAY n The Northwood Concert Band, directed by Eugene Cottrell, will present “Our Freedom,” the 11th annual concert for Memorial Day at 7 p.m. in the Benjamin J. Lee Auditorium on the Northwood High School campus. This year’s special guest is country/blues artist Windy City Slim. Advance tickets are $10 ahead of time
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FRIDAY n Gymnastics will be registering from 3 to 6 p.m. at 221 Commercial Court (behind Sagebrush). For girls and boys ages Toddler and up. For more information, call 7746445.
SATURDAY n Local farmers will be selling their fresh products from 9 a.m. to noon at Deport Park in downtown Sanford as part of the weekly Sanford Farmer’s Market. To get involved or to learn more, e-mail David Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY n A Memorial Day service will be held at 11 a.m. at Veteran’s Park inside Carolina Lakes Gated Community. n Disabled American Veterans Chapter 5 will host a Memorial Day service beginning at 11 a.m. at the N.C. Veterans Memorial in
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JUNE 4 n The Lee Christian School graduation will be held at 7 p.m. at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. n The Floyd Knight School graduation will be held at 7 p.m. at Floyd Knight School in Sanford. n Talent on the Green in Depot Park at 7 p.m. Singers, dancers, actors and musicians from Sanford share their talents in a free, all-ages show. Bring a blanket or chair. n First Friday Cafe 121 from 5 until 8:30 p.m., with part of the proceeds from your meal to benefit the Coalition For Families in Lee County to support programs for children and families. Musical entertainment on the terrace by the Tuesday Night Music Club. Reservations encouraged. Phone Cafe 121 at 774-1888.
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PITTSBORO (MCT) â€” The blubber hits the road as chicken fat and used cooking oil are now some of the ingredients in the fuel powering some of the stateâ€™s public school buses. Chatham County is joining 15 North Carolina counties to use biodiesel in school buses. The other participating counties are Bladen, Brunswick, Burke, Catawba, Edgecombe, Dare, Durham, Gaston, Martin, Onslow, Orange, Pender, Tyrrell, Union and Wake. In 2007, the state legislature established an annual target of a minimum of two percent biodiesel in public school buses statewide. Piedmont Biofuels, Potter Oil & Tire Co., and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction are working together on the project. This initiative is hoped to be the beginning of a transition to using cleaner fuel in more school districts. â€œWe were pleased with the initial response from school districts,â€? said NCDPI Transportation Services Section Chief Derek Graham. â€œThe environmental benefit of having school buses on the road is extremely significant if you compare it to the congestion and pollution that would result from every parent driving their children to school. Using biodiesel makes the benefit all the greater, and decreases our dependence on foreign oil.â€? The biodiesel for this project is produced at Piedmont Biofuels in Pittsboro and then delivered to Potter Oil in Aurora where it is mixed with regular diesel into a B20 combination, meaning the final substance is 20 percent biodiesel. The fuel combination is enough to reduce harmful emissions by around 20 percent, according to Rachel Burton of Piedmont
Neolia Cole Womack of Coleâ€™s Pottery recently donated two pottery vases to the Lee County Partnership for Children for a raffle conducted during Sanfordâ€™s Pottery Festival. The vases netted the Partnership $816, which will be used to support the Lee County Imagination Library, a literacy program sponsored by the Partnership. Janice Matthews, a resident of Sanford and winner of one of the vases, said, â€œWe never win anything, so this experience has been really exciting.â€? The donation comes as the Lee County Imagination Library surpasses 1,000 program participants. The $816 will provide 12 books for 29 Lee County children over one year through the Lee County Imagination Library program.
AROUND THE AREA Biofuels. The biodiesel project is not the first one related to education for the Piedmont Biofuels cooperative. It has previously put mini-plants on school buses so students can understand how biofuel is made, without having to travel to their site. â€” Tarboro Daily Southerner
Concerns raised about incineratorâ€™s effect on air quality RALEIGH (MCT) â€” Residents of Chatham, Alamance, Person and Orange counties called for stricter air quality standards to protect the health of children, seniors and pregnant women at a state hearing for a Haw River medical waste incineratorâ€™s permit renewal on Tuesday. Burning waste from hospitals, labs and doctorsâ€™ offices releases particulates, toxins and metals like mercury and lead into the air. The stateâ€™s permit system requires companies to limit the amount of those substances that can be released into the atmosphere during incineration. â€œI am very concerned about the health and welfare of everyone in this county. We need to be very careful with this ... I donâ€™t want anything incinerated that can be disposed of in another way,â€? said Willie Mae Currin, of Graham. Currin â€” a charter member of the Senior Tar Heel Legislature, which advocates for seniorsâ€™ health and rights to the state General Assembly â€” was among about 80 who attended the Tuesday night hearing on Stericycle Inc.â€™s state permit to operate two dual-chamber incinerators at its Haw River facility. The Illinois-based company operates two dual-chamber incinerators that can burn 2 tons of waste per hour. Stericycleâ€™s is one of three medical waste incinerators operating in North Carolina. â€” Burlington Times-News
Partnership says it reported Local man discrepancies to state auditor to serve 7 years for murder
FAYETTEVILLE (MCT) â€” An official with the Harnett County Partnership for Children said her office initially reported the suspected fraud that led to an investigation by the State Auditorâ€™s Office. The Auditorâ€™s Office announced Tuesday that it found evidence that a contractor for the partnership misused $180,447 in Smart Start funding. Officials with the company, Community Education and Programs Inc., or CEAP, could face criminal charges after the results of the investigation were forwarded to several state and federal agencies, including the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and the State Bureau of Investigation. Smart Start is a state program that provides early education funding to counties through public and private partnerships. The money is administered through nonprofit groups, such as the Harnett County Partnership for Children. A spokesman for the
Auditorâ€™s Office could only say the investigation began after the office received a tip on its fraud hotline. Lisa Familo, executive director of the Harnett County Partnership for Children, said Wednesday her office called the hotline after finding irregularities in its dealings with CEAP. â€œDuring monitoring visits some red flags were picked up on,â€? Familo said. Familo was named executive director of the partnership in November, after the alleged fraud took place, she said. She also served as executive director between 2003 and 2006. According to the report from State Auditor Beth A. Wood, CEAP fraudulently obtained reimbursements from the partnership. In each case, CEAP submitted copies of checks to the Harnett County Partnership for Children but never mailed checks to the
companies it claimed to be paying. CEAP was working under two contracts with the partnership that totaled nearly $375,000. The contracts were for an early childhood professional development program and a quality enhancement program that provided training and materials to day care centers. Familo said she was shocked when she realized what had happened. â€œI donâ€™t think many people would have picked up on that level of deceit,â€? she said. â€œI donâ€™t know if there is anything the organization could have done differently. In response to the investigation, Familo said the partnership had instituted stronger monitoring policies and was now verifying information via original invoices instead of copies. Most of the changes were included in recommendations made to the partnership by the stateâ€™s investigators.
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From wire reports SANFORD â€” A Sanford man was sentenced to more than seven years in prison Wednesday for killing his former girlfriendâ€™s new boyfriend two years ago, authorities said. Tereso DeJesus Benitez Alvarez, 37, of 227 Temple Ave., pleaded guilty last week to second-degree murder in the June 21, 2008, death of Rodolfo Nolqsco Chavez, 29, of Sanford. Police said Alvarez and his cousin broke into his former girlfriendâ€™s home and Alvarez stabbed Chavez in the chest numerous times. The cousin, Jose Alvarez, had his charges dismissed because of lack of evidence. Tereso Alvarez was sentenced to between 94 and 122 months in prison.
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A DNA sample is like a fullbody fingerprint. We don’t see why DNA can’t be collected from suspects in violent or sex crimes as forensic evidence. Taking fingerprints and photos of suspected felons is routine. DNA samples should be routine, also. Civil rights advocates contend that DNA should not be taken unless a suspect is convicted. That makes no sense from a forensic standpoint. Yet, the General Assembly is stymied by those who advocate for suspects’ rights.
A proposal to allow law officers to take DNA samples of violent of sex criminals
Our stance: Every available resource should be used to determine innocence or guilt. DNA save money or establish guilt.
A proposal that would enable law officers to take DNA samples from suspects in violent or sex crimes is languishing because lawmakers can’t make up their minds. The proposal would expunge the records and the DNA samples, along with fingerprints, in cases where a person was not convicted. That’s a better deal than a person gets for any arrest record. Police know how many times a citizen has been arrested, no matter what the outcome of the case. The Department of Motor Vehicles keeps a running total on everybody’s traffic citations.
On one hand, a DNA sample could result in a speedier conviction. On the other hand, DNA could be the element that exonerates a suspect. Our system of justice presumes innocence. That presumption does not prevent the gathering of evidence, fingerprinting, court hearings and setting of bond. In some cases, bond can be denied and a suspect held in jail until trial. DNA is no more than a fingerprint. There are high-profile instances where DNA has established the innocence of a person convicted of a crime after years of
imprisonment. We think every available resource should be used to determine innocence or guilt at the outset of the criminal process. DNA could stop a case before it costs money, time and grief for someone wrongly accused of a heinous crime. On the other hand, DNA could establish guilt beyond all doubt. That would uphold victims’ rights and the pursuit of justice. Use the DNA. If the suspect is not guilty, expunge the record. Don’t let the sample make it into the state’s criminal database. It’s a satisfactory solution to the legislative impasse.
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ALEIGH — Judging from the last week, the fight over coastal homeowners insurance rates in North Carolina isn’t over. The sore feelings left over from last year’s legislative rewrite of coastal insurance rules showed up in an early version of the $19 billion state budget plan passed by the Senate. Tucked into the 170-page document was a little provision stripping the state insurance commissioner of the power to set rates. Hmm. Wonder how that got there? Senate leader Marc Basnight, he of the land of surf and waves, fessed up that the idea came from him. It wasn’t supposed to be stashed in budget bill, though. Or so he said. After Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin screamed loud and long (for a day), the provision was dropped. ... Complaints keep popping up. While Goodwin fumed, a county commissioner from Brunswick County quizzed House Speaker Joe Hackney about how he planned to help coastal homeowners. No doubt, many of the complaints are being generated by people who don’t live on the beach and who don’t own million-dollar homes. When Goodwin’s predecessor, the late Jim Long, agreed to a coastal homeowners rate increase in 2008, inland homeowners in coastal counties got hit too. Those inland areas also are in the territory insured by the state-backed coastal homeowners plan known as the Beach Plan. Long agreed to the rate increase under pressure from insurers, some of them threatening to leave the state because of rising liabilities and their role in backing losses by the Beach Plan. If insurers had decided to stop writing homeowners policies in the state — and one did — we’d all pay more for insurance. There is also the inconvenient fact that the Beach Plan is state-backed, and the state is really all of us. If the plan’s reserves and reinsurance were wiped out by a big hurricane or series of hurricanes, we’d all pay, with either higher insurance rates, one-time assessments or tax dollars that went to rebuild coastal communities. So, the sickness isn’t higher rates. That’s a symptom. The sickness is the rising liability of the state-backed plan. Just since 2003, the value of property covered by the plan has risen from $17.8 billion to $69.8 billion. The reasons for the increase are many, but a coastal development boom in which bigger, more expensive waterfront homes became more prevalent is one factor. ... Of course, coastal communities benefited through higher property tax collections. Still, those benefits might not comfort someone who lives in a modest home 50 miles from the beach but has seen their insurance rates double or triple over the last few years. They also might not outweigh the subtle ways in which those homeowners have helped subsidize the waterfront boom.
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AN DIEGO — For many Americans, the only thing that makes them angrier than having illegal immigrants stream in from Mexico is getting a lecture from the President of Mexico about on how to treat the new arrivals. Of course, Americans feel differently when we’re doing the lecturing. President Obama has given his share of sermons. Consider his speech at Cairo University last year in which Obama scolded three different parties in the course of a few minutes. “Palestinians must abandon violence,” Obama said. “Israel must also live up to its obligation to ensure that Palestinians can live, and work, and develop their society. ... Finally, the Arab states must recognize that the Arab peace initiative was an important beginning, but not the end of their responsibilities.” Still, when it comes to finger-wagging, Americans must think it’s better to give than to receive. At the moment, many of my countrymen are fuming over the fact that Mexican President Felipe Calderon, having been given the honor of addressing Congress, urged the United States to get on with immigration reform and criticized the new immigration law in Arizona. That law requires local and state police to determine the legal status of anyone they suspect to be in the country illegally. Those familiar with police work know this can’t be done without taking race into account. And yet Arizona promises it will be. Calderon isn’t buying it. And neither are the 70 percent of Latinos who oppose the law, according to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. “It is a law that not only ignores a reality that cannot be erased by decree,” Calderon told lawmakers, “but also introduces a terrible idea (of ) using racial profiling as the basis for law enforcement.” To many Republicans, those were fighting words. The disgruntled include Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., who took to the House floor a few hours later to condemn what he called Calderon’s “highly inappropriate” remarks. “I rise to take strong exception to the speech of the President of Mexico while in this chamber today,” McClintock said. “The Mexican government has made it very clear for many years that it holds American sovereignty in contempt and President Calderon’s behavior as a guest of the Congress confirms and underscores this attitude.” From there, McClintock drifted off on a right-wing tangent about the virtues of assimilation. He criticized those who seek “to hyphenate Americans, to develop linguistic divisions, to assign rights and preferences based on race and ethnicity, and to elevate devotion to foreign ideologies and traditions, while at the same time denigrating American culture, American values and American founding principles.” What does Calderon and his speech have to do with all this? You got me. But then I’m not the politician eagerly tossing out slabs of
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red meat to the nativist cheering section. At one point, McClintock invited Calderon to return to the United States — as an immigrant. Perhaps the congressman thinks that Calderon — with a degree in economics, a law degree, and a masters from Harvard — could do his landscaping. “This is a debate of, by and for the American people,” McClintock said. “If President Calderon wishes to participate in that debate, I invite him to obey our immigration laws, apply for citizenship, do what 600,000 legal immigrants to our nation are doing right now, learn our history and our customs, and become an American. And then he will have every right to participate in that debate. Until then, I would politely invite him to have the courtesy while a guest of this Congress to abide by the fundamental rules of diplomacy between civilized nations not to meddle in each other’s domestic debates.” Translation: Mind your own business, amigo. This sounds familiar. In 2005, my friend Tony Garza, the former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, ruffled feathers south of the border when he gave a speech in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Garza lectured Mexicans about how a reliance on oil exports and remittances from migrants in the United States was no substitute for a national economic policy. The Mexican elites hit the roof. Interior Secretary Santiago Creel, who was eyeing the presidency at the time, angrily insisted that outsiders should not meddle in Mexico’s internal affairs. Translation: Mind your own business, amigo. It turns out the Americans and the Mexicans aren’t so different after all. Both parties have been known to have thin skins and deep-seated insecurities. And neither likes hearing criticism from a neighbor — especially when it’s true.
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.
This Memorial Day we will remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in the service of our country. Those who have paid toward the cost of freedom with their precious lives are a reminder to us all that freedom is not free. God offers comfort to anyone who is hurting over the loss of a loved one. He understands, more than anyone, that the act of giving your life for someone is the highest degree of proof that you love them. For God so loved the world He gave His One and only Son Jesus, who shed His precious blood and sacrificed His life for the sins of man. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” But He proved an even higher degree of love by giving His life for His enemies. Romans 5:8 states “God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners [enemies], Christ died for us.” The free gift of salvation He offers to man also was not free. After His resurrection (before His ascension) Jesus told His disciples all power was given unto Him in heaven and in earth, and that He would be with them until the end. Remember that Jesus is still with His followers; He enables and leads Christians in the spiritual battles being fought today. God’s Word reminds us our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, powers, worldly forces of darkness, and the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Christ continues to fight for us in this unseen war, “therefore take up the full armor of God and stand firm.” So on this Memorial Day, remember the soldiers who fought and died so that you might enjoy your freedom as a citizen of this great country, the U.S.A. Remember the cost that was paid for this privilege. Also consider Jesus the Captain of salvation. He fought and died, paying the ultimate price to redeem your soul and spirit, so that you might have eternal life and enjoy God forever as a citizen in His eternal kingdom which He has prepared and promised for believers. The victory Jesus won over Satan, death, and the grave gives us a hope and a future to look forward to after this brief life on Earth. In this life we can joyfully yet only vaguely comprehend what His victory truly means for us, but for our life hereafter we cannot begin to comprehend the full meaning of His sacrifice for us, or the cost the Son of God paid for us so that we may live with Him in heaven for eternity.
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SANFORD â€” Peter Gaidosh, 84, of Carolina Trace, died Tuesday (5/25/10) at St. Josephâ€™s of the Pines Health Center. He was the son of the late John and Anna Gaidosh. He was retired from the Heating and Air Conditioning Division of The Singer Company. He served in World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ruth; a son, Brent Gaidosh and wife Gail of Meadville, Pa.; a daughter, Laurie Schultz and husband Steve of Suffolk, Va.; a sister, Mildred Courtemanche of East Rochester, N.Y.; one nephew; three nieces; four grandsons; one step grandson; one step granddaughter; one great-granddaughter and one great-grandson. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at RogersPickard Funeral Home. Burial will be held in Meadville, Pa. Donations to First Health Hospice, 5 Aviemore Drive, Pinehurst, N.C. 28374 will be appreciated. Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.
SANFORD â€” Funeral service for Mary Gwendolyn Howard McIver was held Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church in Sanford with Dr. Stuart Thomas Wilson presiding. Organist was David Almond. Violinist was Karen Huey. Soloist was Paul Kelly. Following the service the family met with friends at the Harper Center and then a graveside service was held at Gulf Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Gulf with the Rev. Bruce Benton Jr. presiding Arrangements were by Miller-Boles Funeral Home.
SANFORD â€” Funeral service for Leonard Cameron Thomas,
78, who died Sunday (5/23/10), was conducted Wednesday at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Danny Redman officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery with military rites. Pianist was Melanie Underwood. The St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Choir sang. Pallbearers were Billy Thomas, David Smith, Hulon Brown, John Cameron, Preston Garner and Boyd Brafford. Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home of Sanford.
Willie Rodgers Jr. PITTSBORO â€” Willie David Rodgers Jr., 95, of 4874 Hwy. 87 North, died Monday (5/24/10) at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. He is survived by a daughter, Sherby Jean Rodgers of Raleigh, and a son, Millard Rodgers of Raleigh. The funeral service will be conducted at 12 noon Saturday at Mitchell Chapel AME Zion Church in Pittsboro. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Condolences may be made at www.cewilliefuneralservice.com. Arrangements are by C.E. Willie Funeral and Cremation Services of Pittsboro.
Laura Leaird LILLINGTON â€” Funeral service for Laura B. Leaird, 69, who died Saturday (5/22/10), was conducted Tuesday at Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. Martin Groover, the Rev. Terry Williams and the Rev. Ronnie Byrd officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Musician was Furman Keith. Soloist was the Rev. Ronnie Byrd. Pallbearers were Laurel Cameron, Donald Oâ€™Quinn, David Stewart, Mike Thomas, Eric Lucas and Moses Farmer. Arrangements were by Oâ€™Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home of Lillington. o
PERSONAL CARE SERVICES House health budget-writers are willing to keep in place programs that allow North Carolina Medicaid patients to receive in-home help with cooking, bathing and other living activities. A subcommittee rolled out a draft of a $3.9 billion spending plan for the Department of Health and Human Services that would allow two personal care service programs to remain intact. Proposals by Gov. Beverly Perdue and the Senate would eliminate the programs and replace them with ones to cover less than half the current 38,000 patients. Subcommittee co-chairwoman Rep. Verla Insko, D-Orange, said she believes a new agency initiative in which nurses are evaluating patient needs will save the state tens of millions of dollars. SCHOOLS FOR DEAF, BLIND Family members of several deaf children asked lawmakers at a public hearing Monday night to follow the Senateâ€™s lead and move oversight of residential schools for the deaf and blind from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Public Instruction. But the House health budget subcommittee wants to keep the authority within HHS for the time being. Rep. Verla Insko, D-Orange, said subcommittee leaders are concerned about making a big policy shift without studying the matter further and ensure there are no unintended consequences. The change likely will be on the table during final budget negotiations, Insko said. The subcommitteeâ€™s draft budget would still eliminate 50 positions in the Office of Education Services within HHS like the Senate. SOMETHING FOR SUSIE Penalties could be more severe for people who maliciously abuse or kill animals in legislation approved unanimously
by the full House. The measure is called â€œSusieâ€™s Law,â€? named after a dog beaten and burned in Greensboro but survived. The perpetrator received probation despite pleading guilty to felony animal cruelty. The bill would raise the severity of the crime to as much as eight months behind bars, although a judge could still have discretion to order community service or probation. The measure was approved 113-0 and now goes to the Senate to consider a concurrence motion.
EDUCATION REFORM The House is keeping on the fast track a bill sought by Gov. Beverly Perdue that supporters say should improve the stateâ€™s chances to win federal â€œRace to the Topâ€? education grants. The House gave its final approval to legislation that lays out four options for local education leaders â€” with approval from the State Board of Education â€” to use to improve continually low-performing schools. The bill passed 70-43 despite complaints from Republicans that it wonâ€™t do enough to improve the stateâ€™s application score and that it creates schools similar to charter schools without eliminating the stateâ€™s 100-charter cap. The Perdue administration wants to cite the change in its application it must get to Washington by next Tuesday. Bill proponent Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland, said the bill follows Obama administration guidelines. The bill now heads to the Senate, which must decide whether to accept the House measure. CALENDAR SHIFT School systems in 11 mountain counties could hold longer class days in the coming weeks to make up for snow days during a bad winter in legislation approved overwhelmingly in the House. Rep. Cullie Tarleton, D-Watauga, originally offered the bill to cover Ashe, Avery and
Watauga counties after each of their school districts missed more than 20 days of schools due to bad weather. Rep. David Guice, R-Transylvania, successfully added eight more counties â€” Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain and Transylvania. The current law requires students to be in class at least 180 days and for 1,000 hours of instruction. The bill would allow districts in the counties this school year to hold class for less than 180 days if they still have at least 1,000 hours. The bill now goes to the Senate.
WEDNESDAYâ€™S SCORECARD Introduced bills: n S1433, to make a public record letters of recommendation, disciplinary actions and other career information pertaining to state employees, and to allow state employees to inspect their entire personnel file. Sponsor: Sen. Phil Berger, R-Rockingham. n S1407, to legalize again video poker machines and provide oversight for the games to the North Carolina State Lottery Commission. Sponsor: Sen. Julia Boseman, D-New Hanover. n S1404, to expand the scope of state investigative grand juries to include public corruption charges. Sponsor: Sen. Josh Stein, D-Wake. n S1382, to allow local governments to supplement the salaries of some employees who serve in non-elected or non-magistrate positions within the state judicial branch of government. Sponsor: Sen. Dan Clodfelter, DMecklenburg. n H1979, to reinstate cigarette tax stamps. Sponsors: Reps. Paul Luebke, D-Durham, and Verla Insko, D-Orange. n H1963, to require driverâ€™s license applicants to be able to speak or read and write English with enough proficiency so that multi-lingual license tests donâ€™t have to be produced by the Division of Motor Vehicles.
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Sponsors: Reps. Julia Howard, R-Davie, and Harold Brubaker, R-Randolph. n H2023, to require more detailed campaign finance reporting to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that removes a prohibition of corporations and unions to use money from their general treasuries to produce and run campaign ads to endorse or oppose a candidate. Sponsor: Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford. n H2011, to place a moratorium on the construction or erection of new electronic or digital billboards. Sponsor: Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford. n H2010, to divest North Carolinaâ€™s state government investments from Massey Energy Co. Sponsor: Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford. n H2017, to establish a citizensâ€™ commission to recommend pay and other compensation for elected officials. Sponsor: Rep. Chris Heagarty, D-Wake. In the House: n H1707, to keep young adults from losing their health coverage for several months by letting children of North Carolina employees, teachers and retirees stay on their parentsâ€™ insurance from the State Health Plan until they turn 26. The dependents must be covered starting later this year as required by the federal health insurance overhaul law. Approved 79-34. Next: To the Senate.
AROUND THE STATEHOUSE Hall of Fame NFL quarterback and twotime Super Bowl champion Bob Griese visited the Senate to talk about the gridiron and his friend, Sen. David Hoyle, DGaston. Griese and Hoyle both live part-time in Banner Elk and are often golf partners. Griese said he came to visit Raleigh to see what Hoyle did at the Legislature and honor him because he will step down from the Senate this year after nine terms.
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Sr. didnâ€™t submit the bill the city requested because he felt it was controversial, and because the city council didnâ€™t pass it unanimously (see accompanying story) â€” Olive feels the groupâ€™s work is developing traction. She said the group will have success because members have made a commitment not to wait until a tourism bureau is established before beginning the marketing process and working on projects such as creating a visitorsâ€™ center, which could be operated by volunteers. â€œThat, to me, is such as important thing,â€? she said. â€œWe have a lot of really good marketing tools we can use. And to have a visitorsâ€™ bureau, staffed with good, articulate people who really know Sanford and Broadway and Lee County, is so important.â€? The failure of the occupancy tax bill was a definite â€œsetbackâ€? â€” â€œWeâ€™ll regroup and try a different approach,â€? Olive said â€” but she expressed confidence in the â€œgroundswell of supportâ€? and the direction of the effort so far. â€œIâ€™ve been trying to get consensus on this now for going on five years,â€? she said. â€œIt finally looks like weâ€™re heading in a direction where something will actually happen.â€? Because both the city and the county, as well as Broadway and the â€œSecond Centuryâ€? group â€” which also has worked to promote the market â€” have expressed willingness to help pay for printed
materials, much can be accomplished before January. Thatâ€™s when the group would ask Love â€” or his opponent in the November House election, Republican Mike Stone â€” to sponsor another occupancy tax bill when the General Assembly convenes for its long session. (Stone, incidentally, who serves with Olive on the city council, signed a no-tax pledge in 2008 and wasnâ€™t present at Wednesdayâ€™s called meeting.) An attractive, concise marketing piece is something the area lacks; an effective brochure and website would generate visitor traffic and build on what the Sanford Pottery Festival, Temple Theatre and Tobacco Road have helped generate. Participants in the group, which have varied over the course of the meetings, have other issues on their collective plates. In addition to discussing marketing materials, the visitorsâ€™ center in downtown Sanford (and a possible â€œsatelliteâ€? center in Broadway) and programs to attract retirees, theyâ€™ve discussed the possible purchase of the old train depot at Depot Park in downtown Sanford from the Sanford Board of Realtors. The city has engaged in talks with the realtorsâ€™ group on other occasions through the years about the purchase, but negotiations over the cost and how the city would fund purchase didnâ€™t produce a deal. A letter to the realtor group from the city regarding opening dialogue about the purchase has been drafted, and was read to participants at an earlier May meeting of the tourism study group, but has
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not been sent, according to Joni Martin, who helped write the letter. Martin, the development director of Progressive Contracting Co. and participant in the tourism study group, expects the letter, which would be delivered under the cityâ€™s letterhead, to be sent soon. A year-old appraisal of the building valued it at more than $200,000, and real estate agents in attendance at Mondayâ€™s meeting seemed to indicate theyâ€™d support the idea of selling the depot. Grant possibilities to fund a significant part of the purchase have been available in the past and are being explored, officials say. If acquired, one possibility for the depot is to be used to house the tourism authority, the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lee County Economic Development Corporation. The chamber is current renting space in the old city hall on Charlotte Avenue and the EDC is located in the old federal building on Carthage Street. Martin, who at one time served as president of the chamber of commerce, was in attendance at Mondayâ€™s meeting. Sheâ€™s supportive of the idea of promoting and marketing the area, but like others still has questions about some of the ideas the group is addressing. â€œSo many good things are going on, but nothing is united right now,â€? she said. â€œNobody can agree on where it needs to go right now. Things are not cohesive.â€? Almost 60 people attended the first meeting back on April 15, though the two subsequent meetings prior to Mondayâ€™s had much smaller attendance. Those taking part Monday included officials from the city, Broadway and county, business leaders, â€œSecond Centuryâ€? representatives and some real estate professionals. CCCCâ€™s Marchant, who was in attendance Monday, traced the genesis of this effort to a presentation at a Lee County Committee of 100 meeting a year ago where Pat Mason, the director of the Center for Carolina Living â€” which publishes a website and magazine devoted to travel and tourism in the Carolinas â€” spoke about tourism efforts in which heâ€™d been involved. â€œIt whetted everybodyâ€™s appetite for creating a tour-
ism/retirement agenda for the county,â€? Marchant said. â€œSince then it has taken on a life of its own.â€? Marchant was the president of the Beaufort, S. C., chamber of commerce some 20 years ago when Mason delivered a message to leaders there to â€œmarket yourself, build on your strengths, revitalize downtown and look for things to attract people to Beaufort.â€? Marchant said leaders there initially thought Mason was â€œcrazy.â€? But they took Masonâ€™s advice to heart and now, he said, â€œand now, itâ€™s one of the top retirement destinations in the country.â€? The same might be said of Sanford and Lee County one day, according to Marchant. â€œWe have the same type of people involved and the same type of energy at these meetings,â€? he said. â€œLook, Lee County is a fabulous place to retire. Weâ€™ve got everything a retiring couple could look for â€” great location, weather, the right mix of business. Everything could be improved upon, but in terms of bringing people here, Lee County absolutely can be that place.â€? Marchant said it was exciting to see the group coming together. â€œObviously, itâ€™s gotten off to kind of a messy start, but Iâ€™m proud of how the leaders in the community are looking at it. This is something that could be a great benefit to Lee County.â€? Bob Joyce, the president of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, agrees, but says the issues at hand need more exploration. â€œI do think the meetings have been a good start, but I donâ€™t think weâ€™ve had a thorough discussion of how a tourism effort would work,â€? he said. â€œI donâ€™t think weâ€™ve gotten down to really talking to the stakeholders about how this would actually work. We need to have those discussions before we go any further...we need more input from the community.â€? The groupâ€™s next meeting date hasnâ€™t been set yet, but Olive indicated she was looking forward to that input and to seeing results from the work that would come in the next few months. â€œWe need to start getting people here to visit because of what we are and what we have, instead of waiting for miracles to happen,â€? she said.
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â€œIâ€™m all for tourism, but not for a tax increase on the backs of our companies,â€? Taylor said at the meeting. He also objected to Loveâ€™s request that the vote be unanimous because he felt it â€œheld the council hostage.â€? He said later in the meeting that he knew of several instances in which Love introduced bills that did not have unanimous approval from local governments. Stone is running against Love for the House seat in this yearâ€™s general election, and Stone has also signed an Americans for Prosperity pledge that he will not raise taxes as a councilman. Taylor said Love wanted an unanimous vote from the council because if Stone voted in favor of the bill, he would essentially be voting for a tax increase. â€œThat was nothing but electioneering politics on Jimmyâ€™s part,â€? Taylor said. â€œMike is his opponent and he wanted to hold his feet to the fire. This is not a chess match, and it takes away from our right to serve the people who have elected us.â€? But Love said under the rules governing this short session of the N.C. House, proposed legislation has to be submitted to the drafting division of the legislature by May 19 and bills filed by May 26. In addition, representatives in the district affected by the bill â€” in this case, Love and Sen. Bob Atwater â€” must certify the bills donâ€™t require a public hearing and are â€œnon-controversial.â€? Love said it was his understanding some members of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerceâ€™s board of directors were concerned about the bill â€” qualifying it as â€œcontroversial.â€? In addition, Loveâ€™s personal policy is that in order for him to submit a bill, the principal sponsoring group requesting the legislation must pass it unanimously. â€œThe city council didnâ€™t give it unanimous approval,â€? he said late Wednesday. â€œI couldnâ€™t certify the bill if there was any controversy about it, and the vote was not unanimous. They ran me too close on this issue. I told them early on they needed to be unanimous.â€? Love said he didnâ€™t know if House rules would allow the bill to be added another bill for consideration for a vote, a tactic legislators have used in the long session â€” â€œIâ€™m still looking into that,â€? he said â€“ but indicated heâ€™d be open to working on the issue again in the long session come January. â€œWe can knock it out then if we need to,â€? he said. â€œWe will have plenty
of time to do the planning we need to do to get it through.â€? A 3 percent occupancy tax is currently levied on all hotels and motels in the city and county. Legislation requires the tax revenues generated to go toward funding the operation of the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, which also relies on rental fees for its budget. The current tax generates about $175,500 in revenues for the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. That, plus a $53,510 contribution from Lee County and rental income of about $121,000, provides the civic centerâ€™s operating budget. Taylor said he would be in favor of the city putting aside a flat rate of â€œ$50,000 to $100,000â€? to contribute to the creation of a tourism authority. City Attorney Susan Patterson reminded the council, though, that the bill would only give the council the authority to pass the tax, not enact it outright. Councilman Poly Cohen said he favored the creation of a tourism authority, adding that it was long overdue. â€œWeâ€™ve been talking about a tourism bureau for 10 or 15 years, and we need it if we are going to grow Sanford the way we want to,â€? Cohen said. â€œHotel rates are cheap here already. I think this is a great way to do it.â€? Councilman Sam Gaskins agreed, saying he thought the hotel tax would be less burdensome on the local ecomony than simply giving the tourism suthority funds from current revenue streams, most of which comes from proerty taxes. â€œI think we need a reduction in property taxes if we are really looking to help citizens and businesses,â€? Gaskins said. Sanford Mayor Cornelia Olive was also in favor of the tax. In a meeting Monday of a tourism and retiree recruitment study group she organized, she told the nearly 30 people present she was sending a letter to Love asking him to propose legislation that would boost the cityâ€™s hotel and motel occupancy tax from 3 to 6 percent, with the new revenues directed to a Sanford Area Tourism Development Authority, which has yet to be formed. Olive wrote that the occupancy tax would â€œgenerate revenue to fund a tourism office and, ultimately, coordinate all other marketing efforts. Since the mission was defined, delegates from our local accommodations industry have participated, supported, and encouraged us.â€? â?? Herald Publisher Bill Horner III contributed to this report.
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STATE BRIEFS County votes to say prayers before board meetings
HENDERSONVILLE (AP) â€” Commissioners in one North Carolina county have decided to continue opening their monthly meetings with prayers despite a court ruling ordering another county to end the practice. The Times-News of Hendersonville reported that Henderson County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to continue opening meetings with prayer. About 40 people spoke for and against saying prayer before the meetings. A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that Forsyth County commissioners violated the U.S. Constitution when they allowed prayers with sectarian references before meetings. Judge James Beaty said the county could open meetings without a prayer or could allow prayers that contain no sectarian references. Forsyth County is appealing Beatyâ€™s ruling.
State leaders court companies dangling 1,500 jobs
RALEIGH (AP) â€” North Carolina legislators say they have some very big business deals on the line and need to increase the tax breaks that will reel those companies in. The state Senateâ€™s Finance Committee on Wednesday approved a package of tax breaks aimed at attracting two computer data centers, an energy turbine manufacturer, and a plant converting wood pulp to paper. Mecklenburg County Sen. Dan Clodfelter said state business recruiters are close to completing commitments from companies that would mean more than 1,500 jobs and nearly $2 billion in investment combined. Legislative fiscal analysts say the targeted tax breaks are expected to cost about $9 million next year if North Carolina lands all the expansions, and nearly $14 million the following year before the scope of the lost taxes diminishes.
electricity production more from traditional sources to solar energy in the next 20 years. The research arm of Environment North Carolina released a report on Wednesday and held a news conference outside the Legislative Building. The report based findings on raising the percentage of power that comes from solar sources to 14 percent of the stateâ€™s electricity consumption by 2030. Current law requires less than 1 percent of electric power to originate from the sun by 2018. Report co-author Elizabeth Ouzts said lawmakers could help the state encourage solar power by approving a tax break to those who build plants for renewable energy manufacturing.
Senate delays committee meeting on debt package RALEIGH (AP) â€” The North Carolina Senate has delayed a formal discussion of a proposal to borrow $451 million to repair state government buildings, expand two university engineering schools and buy equipment for higher education. Rules Committee Chairman Sen. David Hoyle says the bill was pulled from Wednesdayâ€™s from the Finance Committee because leaders want to slow the measure. It was introduced Tuesday and could come up in committee next week. The borrowing wouldnâ€™t require statewide voter approval. More than half the funds would pay to complete buildings to expand the engineering schools at North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T.
Bill would limit cities with broadband By EMERY P. DALESIO Associated Press Writer
RALEIGH â€” Becky and Dale Carlson are relying on fast and cheap Internet access as they sell photos and online greeting cards in the home business they hope will carry them into retirement. So Becky Carlson said she opposes a legislative proposal that would make it harder for cities and towns to build broadband Internet systems that compete with big telephone and cable companies and hold down rates. â€œItâ€™s really important to a lot of small business, but especially us because itâ€™s only online,â€? said Becky Carlson of Apex, who runs Bluemoonistic Images. â€œPhotography files are so huge. You canâ€™t send large files if you donâ€™t have fast Internet.â€? The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday postponed considering legislation that would force municipalities to
get voter approval before borrowing money to build a competing broadband network. The bill is the latest in a series of efforts by telecom corporations to keep local governments out of the broadband business. â€œThis is another iteration of the previous ones we have seen over the last three years that are designed to contain and cripple existing systems, and set the bar so high for new systems that it would be difficult for communities to move forward,â€? said Doug Paris, an assistant to Salisburyâ€™s city manager. Salisbury has borrowed $30 million to build a fiber-optic network. It will begin testing the system in a few months. The telecom companies are opposed by the politically influential North Carolina League of Municipalities and corporate giants Google and Intel. They argue that crimping municipal broadband could stifle economic growth in a
wired age. Cable and phone companies have been urging the General Assembly to restrict municipal broadband services since a 2005 state appeals court ruling upheld the right of towns and cities to offer their residents broadband. Companies argue that local governments have an unfair advantage because they donâ€™t have to pay taxes and can subsidize their rates, undercutting the corporate competitors. Sen. David Hoyle, D-Gaston, said tax-free government enterprises shouldnâ€™t be competing with business, but a compromise with municipalities is being negotiated. The Senate billâ€™s sponsor said stopping local governments from adding broadband to the range of utility services may save municipalities from future losses. â€œTheyâ€™re going to own a cable system that may become obsolete and theyâ€™re going to say to us (legislators), â€™Please save
us,â€?â€™ Hoyle said. He pointed to news earlier this month that residents of Davidson and Mooresville, north of Charlotte, face a projected $6.4 million revenue shortfall at the local cable system the cities bought in 2007. The two communities spent $92 million to buy and upgrade the lines for MI-Connection. The resulting service offers cable TV, telephone and Internet to about 15,000 customers, but it has struggled to hold on to them. The North Carolina conflict is playing out amid a national push to extend broadband to corners of the country that private enterprise hasnâ€™t reached. Congress included $7.2 billion in last yearâ€™s stimulus bill to expand broadband to overlooked parts of the country. The new networks promise to offer speeds 20 to 2,000 times faster than the data lines now reaching into most American homes.
Jury finds police chief guilty in 1972 murder JACKSONVILLE (AP) â€” A North Carolina jury has found a small-town police chief guilty in the shooting death of a Marine sergeant 37 years ago. The Daily News of Jacksonville reported that 57-year-old George Hayden was convicted
of first-degree murder that they were unable to and sentenced to life in reach a verdict, but the prison on Wednesday in judge urged them to keep the 1972 shooting death trying. of Sgt. William Miller Prosecutors say Miller in Jacksonville. Jurors was killed in an ambush deliberated for three triggered by a love tridays before delivering a verdict. Where do you go Jurors had told Superiwhen you or Court Judge Ken Crow
angle involving his wife at the time. The case remained unsolved until Millerâ€™s sister contacted a newspaper reporter looking into cold cases.
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8A / Thursday, May 27, 2010 / The Sanford Herald GULF OIL SPILL
BP employs â€˜top killâ€™ method
COVINGTON, La. (AP) â€” BP on Wednesday launched its latest bid to plug the gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico by force-feeding it heavy drilling mud, a maneuver known as a â€œtop killâ€? that has never before been tried 5,000 feet underwater. The oil giantâ€™s chief executive earlier gave the procedure a 60 to 70 percent chance of working, and President Barack Obama cautioned Wednesday there were â€œno guarantees.â€? BP spokesman Steve Rinehart said the company will pump mud for hours, and officials have indicated it may be a couple of days before they know whether the procedure is working. The top kill involves pumping enough mud into the gusher to overcome the flow of oil, and engineers plan to follow it up with cement to try to permanently seal the well. A live video stream showed pictures of the oil gushing and the blowout preventer, the five-story device the mud was being pumped into. A weak spot in the device could blow under the pressure, causing a brand new leak. Gene Beck, a petroleum engineering professor at Texas A&M in College Station, said the endeavor would likely fail quickly if the mud could not overcome the pressure of the oil. â€œThe longer it goes, maybe the better news that is,â€? Beck said. â€œThey are hoping that nothing breaks, that they donâ€™t
An image from a live video feed the oil plume is seen on the BP.com website early Wednesday. The oil company planned a â€œtop killâ€? designed to choke off the gusher of oil at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico by force-feeding it heavy drilling mud and cement early Wednesday. have any failures in what theyâ€™re pumping into.â€? BP PLC was leasing the rig Deepwater Horizon when it exploded April 20, killing 11 workers and triggering the spill that has so far spewed at least 7 million gallons into the Gulf. Oil has begun coating birds and washing into Louisianaâ€™s delicate wetlands. Witness statements obtained by The Associated Press show senior managers complained BP was â€œtaking shortcutsâ€? the day of the explosion by replacing heavy drilling fluid with saltwater in the well that blew out. Truitt Crawford, a roustabout for drilling rig owner Transocean Ltd., told Coast Guard investigators about the complaints. The seawater, which would have provided less weight to contain surging pressure
from the ocean depths, was being used to prepare for dropping a final blob of cement into the well. â€œI overheard upper management talking saying that BP was taking shortcuts by displacing the well with saltwater instead of mud without sealing the well with cement plugs, this is why it blew out,â€? Crawford said in his statement. BP declined to comment. The statements show workers talked just minutes before the blowout about pressure problems in the well. At first, nobody seemed too worried: The chief mate for Transocean left two crew members to deal with the issue on their own. What began as a routine pressure problem, however, suddenly turned to panic. The workers called bosses to report a situation, with assistant
driller Stephen Curtis telling one senior operator that the well was â€œcoming in.â€? Someone told well site leader Donald Vidrine that they were â€œgetting mud back.â€? The drilling supervisor, Jason Anderson, tried to shut down the well. It didnâ€™t work. Both Curtis and Anderson died in the explosion. At a hearing in New Orleans on Wednesday, Douglas Brown, the Deepwater Horizonâ€™s chief mechanic, testified about what he described as a â€œskirmishâ€? between someone he called the â€œcompany manâ€? â€” a BP official â€” and three other employees during a meeting the day of the explosion. Brown said he didnâ€™t pay particular attention to what they were discussing because it did not involve his engine room duties. He later said he did not know the BP officialâ€™s name. â€œThe driller outlined what would be taking place, but the company man stood up and said â€™Weâ€™ll be having some changes to that,â€?â€™ Brown testified. He said the three other workers initially disagreed but â€œthe company man said â€™This is how itâ€™s going to be.â€?â€™ Frustration with BP and the federal government has only grown since then as efforts to stop the leak have failed. Obama prepared to head to the Gulf on Friday to review efforts to halt the oil that scientists said seems to be growing significantly darker, from what they can see in an underwater video. It suggests that heavier, morepolluting oil is spewing out.
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Facebook to simplify privacy controls amid user unrest NEW YORK (AP) â€” Facebook is simplifying its privacy controls amid growing unrest from many of its users. Protesters have been organizing campaigns to quit Facebook and privacy groups have complained to regulators after Facebook announced new features last month, including â€œinstant personalizationâ€? that tailors other websites to usersâ€™ Facebook profiles. â€œA lot of people are upset with us,â€? Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged at a news conference Wednesday at the companyâ€™s Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters. One complaint has been over the fact that while Facebook allows users to hide their list of interests on their personal profile pages, the user would still show up elsewhere as â€œlikingâ€? that band, company or hobby. Zuckerberg said that under the simplified controls, privacy preferences will be extending to those other places as well. Zuckerberg said the company is also making it easier for users to decline the instant personalization feature. He said that as Facebook offered more granularity in its privacy choices, the settings have become too complex for many users. He said Facebook is trying to simplify the controls â€” and making them apply retroactively and to new services that have yet to launch.
Obama puts forth border plan similar to Bushâ€™s PHOENIX (AP) â€” President Barack Obamaâ€™s plan to send as many as 1,200 National Guard troops back to the U.S.-Mexico border quelled demands that he must do more to battle illegal immigration and drug smuggling, but advocates for tougher enforcement say the troops need authority to make detentions. The new plan looks similar to the National Guard initiative under former President George W. Bush: Troops will work on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support, and will eventually be replaced by more border patrol and customs agents. The plan at this point doesnâ€™t
call for the ability to round up suspected illegal immigrants and smugglers. The Mexican government issued a statement Tuesday saying it hoped the troops would be used to fight drug cartels and not enforce immigration laws. Mexico has traditionally objected to the use of the military to control illegal immigration. Under Bush, the National Guard troops were designed to back the Border Patrol for two years as 6,000 more agents were trained and hired, and they werenâ€™t allowed to detain immigrants or smugglers. They were pulled out in July 2008, as planned, but many argue that drug violence and immigrant smuggling continue unchecked. Arizonaâ€™s sweeping new immigration law, which requires police to question anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally, has made the topic a national campaign issue.
Treasury: AIG in better shape to repay bailout
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Insurance giant American International Group Inc. is better positioned to pay back all of its $182 billion federal bailout, a key Treasury official testified Wednesday. But AIGâ€™s ability to repay taxpayers depends on its future profitability and the insurance industryâ€™s strength, Treasury chief restructuring officer Jim Millstein said. He said AIG must complete the planned sales of two large insurance subsidiaries and regain the marketâ€™s confidence. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of things that have to occur before weâ€™ll knowâ€? how much taxpayers will be repaid, Millstein told the Congressional Oversight Panel, which is monitoring the $700 billion financial bailout. The panel has criticized officials who managed the bailout for failing to consider alternatives, such as filing for bankruptcy or demanding concessions from AIGâ€™s creditors. AIG received the largest bailout of any company during the financial crisis that crested in September 2008. The company could not meet its financial obligations after selling guarantees on mortgagerelated investments that later lost value.
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