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he headlines have been disheartening as of late, specifically, the labeling of Sumter as home to one of the state’s highest crime ratings. The story is familiar. In 2007, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a report touting Sumter as third in the nation in violent crimes, per capita. The explanations given by our local leaders and authorities do little to comfort us. Instances of skewed calculations and justifications cannot blot out the fact that Sumter has a high concentration of violent crimes. We have a crime problem. There. It’s been said. Now all we — the faith community — have to do is figure out where to point the finger. Perhaps it’s our civic leaders who should shoulder the brunt of the blame for the crime in our community. After all, aren’t they the ones we set in place to make Sumter a better place to live? Our taxes pay their salaries, we say. They are out of touch with what’s really going on. Do something. Install more community centers; provide better recreational facilities to give these people something to do so they aren’t milling about town, causing crime. Then again, we could be more specific. It’s the law enforcement agencies that should bear the weight of our malcontent. They are the ones directly involved with the purveyors of crime across the city. Certainly they can predict and eradicate any hint of crime if they simply put their minds to it. We need more law enforcement, we say (but not on the back of a tax increase); a police car in every neighborhood so the hooligans and miscreants don’t disturb the sleep of the righteous. If not them, then it’s our school system. Our educational standards must be higher, more creative. We must give the children every opportunity and tell them that they are unique and wonderful in every single way so they can grow up to live immensely successful lives. Who can lead a life of crime, when they are focused on academic success? The problem is deeper, though, we say, and starts at home. It is the parents of criminals who are truly to blame. After all, they are the ones who are the most influential in the lives of their children. Those with kids should inherently know how to raise law-abiding children. Their code of morality should widely mirror ours even though they have never been taught it. Many of them should throw off the years of bad parenting they themselves had to experience and rise anew as soccer moms and PTA presidents. The only ones who are truly blameless in the problem of crime are those of us in the faith community. SEE FAITH MATTERS, PAGE A6

COLUMBIA — A decade-old battle between Tuomey Healthcare System and the Wesmark Ambulatory Surgery Center over their competing licensing applications was the focus of the first day of testimony in the federal government’s lawsuit against the Sumter hospital. The retrial of Drakeford vs. Tuomey began Tuesday before U.S. District Court Judge Margaret B. Seymour at the Matthew J. Perry Federal Courthouse, with both sides painting vastly different portraits, despite being in agreement on most of the facts regarding the case. At question in the retrial of a lawsuit first filed by local orthopedic sur-

Mother deployed to Asia surprises teen with return

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Family reunited during chapel service Army Maj. Laura Byrd wasn’t home last August to see daughter De’Jsha Tatum start her freshman year of high school. She wasn’t home in February for the girl’s 15th birthday. The bubbly and vivacious 15-year-old Sumter Christian Academy student said Tuesday she missed her momma’s cooking, her hugs and even her watchful eye while the woman was deployed overseas. “It was horrible starting the year without her here,” De’Jsha said. “I didn’t have her here at night to say

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goodnight to me. I missed her goodnights. I missed her telling me to go to bed.” The single mother-and-daughter team spent their nine-month separation Skyping and talking on the phone. There were cards and letters, too. “But it’s not the same as having her home,” De’Jsha said. Byrd finally got to tell her daughter goodnight again in person Tuesday, after surprising the girl earlier in the day during a special chapel service at the school. Byrd and Third Army officials coordinated the playful prank with

Army Maj. Laura Byrd embraces her 15-year-old daughter, De’Jsha Tatum, during their reunion at Sumter Christian Academy on Tuesday. Byrd, who was deployed to Southeast Asia, decided to surprise her daughter with her return.

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BOSTON (AP) — The bombs that ripped through the Boston Marathon crowd appear to have been fashioned out of ordinary kitchen pressure cookers, packed with nails and other fiendishly lethal shrapnel, and hidden in duffel bags left on the ground, investigators and others close to the case said Tuesday. President Obama branded the attack an act of terrorism, whether carried out by a solo bomber or group, and the FBI vowed to “go to the ends of the Earth” to find out who did it. Scores of victims remained in Boston hospitals, many with grievous injuries, a day after the twin explosions near the marathon’s finish line killed three people, wounded more than 170 and reawakened fears of terrorism. A 9-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy were among 17 victims listed in critical condition. Officials found that the bombs consisted of explosives put in common 1.6-gallon pressure cookers, one containing shards of metal and ball bearings, the other packed with nails, according to a person close to the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity because the probe was still going on. Both bombs were stuffed into duffel bags, the person said. At a news conference, Richard DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge in Boston, confirmed that investigators had found pieces of black nylon from a bag or backpack and fragments of BBs and nails, possibly contained in a pressure cooker. He said the items were sent to the FBI for analysis at Quantico, Va. Pressure-cooker explosives have been used in international terrorism and have been recommended for lone-wolf operatives

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geon Dr. Michael Drakeford in 2005 is whether Tuomey violated Stark Law and the False Claims Act; and if so, whether the local hospital must repay nearly $45 million in what the federal government claims was improperly received Medicare funds. The case hinges on 19 doctors’ part-time contracts that Tuomey

signed local physicians to in 2005. These contracts required physicians to conduct procedures exclusively at Tuomey’s facilities. And while there is no denial the contracts were signed, what the two sides think they represent is a completely different matter. The federal government argues these contracts were well above market value, and in essence, were an attempt to disguise illegal kickbacks of a portion of the Medicare referral fees the hospital received. With their opening statement, prosecutors began describing local hospital officials as connivers working vigorously to circumvent federal law in order to protect their monopolistic health care grasp on the Sumter community.

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Job fair today at Sumter Mall S.C. Works and partners will hold a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Sumter Mall. For more information, call the local workforce center at (803) 774-1300.

Tuomey offers free paper shredding Tuomey Healthcare System will celebrate Earth Day one day early by providing Sumter residents a place to bring paper materials for shredding. The public is invited to bring items from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday to Tuomey Regional Medical Center’s Calhoun Street entrance by the cafeteria patio. There is no charge for the service, which is open to individuals only. Tuomey encourages the public to attend Saturday’s Earth Day celebration at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens to have fun while learning about other ways to honor the Earth by helping the environment.

Market seeks farmers, artisans, musicians Sumter’s Downtown Market will return on Saturdays from June through October, but with some changes. The Leigh Newman, Growth and Development Specialist for the city, said shoppers will still find the fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers, but they’ll also get to see local craftsmen and artists with their wares, hear musicians and watch food demonstrations. No re-sell items will be permitted. The market will be open at Rotary Centennial Plaza on the corner of Main and Liberty streets from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. each Saturday. Farmers, artisans and musicians interested in participating or selling should contact Newman at lnewman@sumter-sc. com or (803) 436-2635.

Clemson president to return to teaching COLUMBIA — After spending 14 years building Clemson University, president Jim Barker is ready to go back to his first love — architecture. Barker announced in a video message to students and faculty Tuesday that he is stepping down as president to become a teacher at Clemson but will lead the university until trustees pick his replacement.

COLUMBIA (AP) — A bill strengthening South Carolina’s ethics laws advanced Tuesday in the House, marking the first major step for reforms that increase politicians’ income disclosure, sharpen penalties for ethics violations and eliminate legislative panels that judge their own members. House Majority Leader Bruce Bannister said the measure approved by his Judiciary subcommittee was a good compromise of competing plans. The full committee should take it up today. House leaders hope to move the bill to the Senate by the May 1 crossover deadline, so ethics reform has a chance of passing this year. “It seems to be a pretty good meshing of the ideas,” said Bannister, R-Greenville. Rep. James Smith, D-Columbia, called the bi-partisan

effort a “major and significant ethics reform bill.” A provision getting much of the attention would abolish House and Senate ethics committees that currently handle ethics complaints against their fellow colleagues. It would revamp the state ethics commission to oversee all candidates and officeholders statewide, with a reconfigured, nine-member board. The governor would appoint three, and the House and Senate would each elect three. Before the session started, legislators of both parties and chambers called ethics reform a top priority for 2013, but progress has been slow. “To do a major ethics reform package is incredibly complex,” Bannister said of the criticism. “We’re almost going as fast as we can to get it done in one session.”

Both the House and Senate created study committees last year in the off session to come up with separate plans. In January, a non-legislative panel created by Gov. Nikki Haley issued its suggestions for making elected officials more accountable and government more responsive to the public. The bill advanced Tuesday would: • Require politicians to disclose all of their income sources, including private businesses. They would have to specify what they’re paid only from public agencies. “It’s important for the public to be aware of how we make our living,” Smith said. • Broaden legislators’ ban from voting on matters that are a conflict of interest, to include the committee process. • Strengthen penalties for ethics violations. The bill dis-

tinguishes between technical, misdemeanor violations, such as the late filing of a form, and criminal violations, such as taking a bribe or using campaign money for personal benefit. Legislators could not use campaign money to pay for criminal fines. • Extend the regulation of lobbyists to local governments and school districts. • Eliminate the pre-election blackout period for reporting of campaign donations. Bannister acknowledged that many will see the bill as not going far enough, but he believes it’s what the House can pass. The panel may take up a separate bill next week that strengthens the state’s public records law. The House dealt it a blow last month with a floor vote sending it back through the committee process.

Was price right for attendance supervisor? BY IVY MOORE ivym@theitem.com Fans of the long-running game show “The Price Is Right” will see Sumterites Patricia Williams and her daughter Kimberly Williams — possibly among the contestants. Patricia, who’s the attendance supervisor for Sumter School District, said she’s been pretty much sworn to secrecy by the producers of the 11 a.m. daily CBS program hosted by Drew Carey. “I’ve been a fan of ‘The Price Is Right’ since Bob Barker (was host),” she said, “but I never dreamed I’d be on the show.” Williams said because of her work schedule with the district, she gets to see the program only during summer vacations and school breaks. She was visiting her daughter, who works in California, during spring break, when Kim surprised her with tickets. Because the show is so popular, they were unable to get in on their designated day and had to return for the Tuesday, April 2, taping. In the process, Williams said she learned a lot about how the show is put together. “I thought they just picked the contestants’ names out of a hat,” she said, “but the producers interview everyone who gets into the taping. We got there at about 11:45 (a.m.), and it was 6 before they started the show.” During commercial breaks, Williams said, “Drew Carey talked with the audience, asked them questions, and they asked him questions. He’s very personable. He laughed, sang and danced. He’s very good, a natural fit for the show.”

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Patricia Williams and her daughter Kimberly Williams, along with all 300 members of The Price Is Right audience, had their photos taken before the show was taped April 2. The show they were on can be seen on CBS at 11 a.m. today.

Williams is not the first Sumter resident to appear on “The Price Is Right.” Back in January of 1960, Mary Ann “Mac” Spencer had a five-week run on the show, winning prizes totaling $63,314, the record at that time. Among her prizes were two swimming pools, a stereo hi-fi set, 24 10-pound cured hams, a sterling silver set, a firetruck and more. While Williams can’t say much else about her experience because she had to sign a confidentiality pledge, she said, “If you look carefully, you might see me

or Kim in the background.” She laughed and added, “Since we’re telling everybody, family and friends, to watch, you know something happened.” Whether that was one of them tripping in the aisle, making it to Contestants Row, playing Plinko or one of the other games — or even making it to the final round, called the Showcase, we won’t know until the show airs today. Anyone notice if she’s driving a new car? Reach Ivy Moore at (803) 774-1221.

18-year-old arrested after wreck, police chase FROM STAFF REPORTS A suspect in a morning car wreck was apprehended after a police chase through a residential area during which police said the man jumped from a moving vehicle and fled on foot. The chain of events started about 8 a.m. Tuesday when officers responding to an automobile collision on Roxbury Court attempted to stop a vehicle reportedly leaving the scene of the wreck on North Main Street. Reports indicate the suspect, Henry Dingle Jr., 18, of

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es but was apprehended on Milton Street. A search of the man’s clothing, reports said, yielded about 4 grams of crack cocaine, and more than $500 in cash was found and seized. A 9 mm handgun was found in the vehicle the suspect was driving. The handgun’s serial number, officers said, matched that of a gun reported stolen in 2012. Dingle, who was out on bond for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine charges from 2012, is now charged with leaving

the scene of an accident, failure to stop for blue lights, no driver’s license, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a stolen pistol. He also was charged with an outstanding armed robbery warrant in which reports said the suspect pointed a handgun at a woman and stole a pit bull puppy in March. Dingle is currently being held at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. No one was injured in Tuesday’s incident.

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Christian comedian headlines at Sumter Opera House FROM STAFF REPORTS Nationally recognized Christian comedian Akintunde will bring his Rebirth of Comedy tour to the Sumter Opera House at 8 p.m. Friday night. Akintunde said he uses his work in standup comedy, writing, acting, producing and directing in service of his beliefs. In 2003, he was named joke/monologue writer for

the syndicated television series “It’s Showtime at the Apollo.� In 2004, he wrote the monologues for comedian Monique for the annual BET Awards ceremony. That same year, Akintunde recorded his first live comedy album, “Brutally Honest Live at Right Direction� and began a national tour under the same title. Shortly thereafter, he teamed for a second time with fellow comedian Chris Tucker in writing Tucker’s monologue for the “2005 NAACP Image Awards.� Shortly thereafter, he appeared in front of thousands as a performer and host on the Family Expo Stage at Bish-

Christian comedian Akintunde will present his Rebirth of Comedy tour at 8 p.m. Friday at the Sumter Opera House. PHOTO PROVIDED

WANT TO GO? WHAT: Rebirth of Comedy by Akintunde WHERE: Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St. WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday COST: $15, tickets are available at SEACO, 140 N. Main St., (803) 775-9213

op T.D. Jakes’ Mega Fest 2005. Some highlights of 2006 included televised appearances on The Word Network, TBN’s “Praise the Lord� and The Gospel Music Channel. Akintunde started 2007 with the debut of his all new web series, “It’s Time 2 Laugh.� In 2008, one of Akintunde’s companies, NO JOKE RADIO, debuted his syndicated radio show, “The Akintunde Show,� in Washington, D.C., and 2009 started with performances at both the Stellar Awards and the Trumpet Awards. Akintunde is also a sought-

after screen and television writer with more than 350 original TV episodes of writing credits. Recently, he wrapped two seasons as head writer and producer for BET Network’s “The Monique Show.� Other career highlights include Blaze Mentoring, a full service after-school program founded by Akintunde and his wife, Eunissa, as well as “The Search For The One� standup comedy talent search, which has awarded more than $25,000 in cash and prizes to Christian and gospel comedians over the past six years. Tickets for the 8 to 10 p.m. Rebirth of Comedy performance by Akintunde are $15 and are available at SEACO, 140 N. Main St., (803) 7759213. The Sumter Opera House is at 21 N. Main St.

Weekend search of home leads to marijuana bust A Sumter man is facing several drug charges after authorities said a weekend search of his home unearthed a large amount of marijuana. Patrick Isaac, 21, of 2170-A Santee Drive, was arrested Friday and charged with three counts of distribution of marijuana, second offense, and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, second offense. An undercover operation by the narcotics division of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office

and Sumter Police Department’s Organized Crime and Vice Unit led officers to arrive at his residence at 2:30 p.m. Friday with warrants ISAAC for drug distribution. Law enforcement did not initially find the suspect at the scene but reported finding more evidence. On the counter in the kitchen, officers found a digital scale and a box of plastic bags, along with a black plastic lid containing suspected marijuana, ac-

cording to the arrest report. Three more containers of marijuana were reportedly found inside drawers in the kitchen, and officers reportedly found more marijuana sitting out on a couch and in the stand beside

a bed. In total, 77 grams of marijuana were taken into custody at the home, with an estimated street value of $770. Officers stopped the suspect in a vehicle on Broad Street a short time later and took him into custody. He re-

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BISHOPVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Hartsville Community Players are returning to the Opera House. Lee County Arts Council President Susan Thrasher has announced that the theater group will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Taste of Theater: Monologues, Dialogues and One Actsâ&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Friday at the Opera House, 109 N. Main St. In the fall, the Hartsville Community Playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smoke on the Mountainâ&#x20AC;? featuring Bishopvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Wiley Alexander nearly filled the Opera House. This time out, Alexander said he will be on the other side of the stage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will actually be helping serve the food,â&#x20AC;? he said. Because he expects to be kept busy Friday night, Alexander said he will be in Hartsville on Saturday when the play makes its final performance at the Black Arts Council at 116 W. College Ave. Alexander said the cast will include several performers from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smoke on the Mountain.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is really going to be funny,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like separate skits and like having several little plays together in one performance. Come on out Friday, and be ready to eat, laugh and have a good time.â&#x20AC;? Back Porch Culinary, owned and operated by Jean Broadway of Bishopville, will provide the food. This play showcases some of the most brilliant, poignant and downright hysterical theatrical pieces from stage, film and television, according to Jason Umfress, director of the production. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We usually have murder mysteries, and we have people running around giving clues about who did it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, this is a collection of various monologues and skits. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of like the weather in South Carolina. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like something, just wait a minute and something

WHAT: A Taste of Theater: Monologues, Dialogues and One Acts WHO: The Hartsville Community Players WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday WHERE: Bishopville Opera House, 109 N. Main St. COST: $30 including dinner PHONE: (803) 484-5090

else is coming up that you probably will like.â&#x20AC;? Skits include a woman sending her son off to his senior prom, a church ladyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cooking show and replays of TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic moments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be worth your time and investment,â&#x20AC;? Umfress said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the best reviews we received after our first performance was from a young couple. They said it was worth paying a baby sitter.â&#x20AC;? Audience members will have an evening of good food, fellowship and a fast-paced form of theater, organizers said. Tickets are $30, which includes the show and a fourcourse dinner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dinner is going to be served throughout the evening,â&#x20AC;? Umfress said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will start at 6 p.m. and will be about a three-hour investment.â&#x20AC;? Some of the dialogue contains adult language, so parental guidance is advised. Tickets are available at the Opera House and by calling (803) 484-5090. Jennifer Floyd of the Opera House said she expects this dinner theater to be the first of several such events in the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had arts council members asking for dinner theater, and I think everybody is going to like this one,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It promises to be a very comical night.â&#x20AC;?

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Sacred music festival set for Saturday BY RANDY BURNS Special to The Item BISHOPVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for one of the most popular concerts of the year at Lee Central High School. Choir Director Terry Slater has announced the 12th Annual African-American Sacred Music Festival will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s auditorium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Christmas concert and this sacred music festival are our most popular,â&#x20AC;? he said. In his 27th year teaching music in Lee County public schools, Slater said he is excited about the 2013 edition of the Lee Central High School Choir. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course, the featured choir will be the Lee Central Singing Stallions,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to open the concert with the Morris College Choir.â&#x20AC;? Also on hand for Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concert will be the choirs from Lower Richland and Scottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Branch high schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also have the alumni choir from Mount Pleasant and Lee Central high schools,â&#x20AC;? he said. Slater said the sacred music festival is a learning opportunity for his students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We trace the roots of sacred music from African tradition, the Gullah, the Negro Spiritual, the early church call-and-response songs, devotional, congregational, early gospel of the (19)70s and (19)80s and con-

WANT TO GO? WHAT: 12th Annual Lee Central African-American Sacred Music Festival WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Lee Central High School auditorium PHONE: (803) 413-9945

temporary gospel,â&#x20AC;? he said. Junior Jermaine Whack said he loves singing the â&#x20AC;&#x153;old songs.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We invite everybody to come out Saturday,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to like what they hear, I think.â&#x20AC;? Senior Brianna Brock said she loves to sing contemporary gospel music. Included on Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playlist is a song â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brighter Dayâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from her favorite artist, Kirk Franklin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have enjoyed learning how songs of yesterday from Gullah and slavery have emerged into the contemporary songs of today,â&#x20AC;? she said. Senior Alia Montgomery said she is looking forward to singing with choirs from other schools. Montgomery said she recommends that all students should consider joining their school choirs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been an amazing experience for me,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I recommend everybody should try it.â&#x20AC;? Slater, 48, graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1980 and studied music at South Carolina State University. He is also certified as an administrator and counselor but said he has chosen to remain in the

classroom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just love music,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am doing what I want to be doing. I love playing music, and I love teaching music.â&#x20AC;? Slater taught chorus and band at Mount Pleasant High School from 1986 until 19992000 when the school closed and consolidated with Bishopville High to create Lee Central High School. When Lee Central High School opened in August 2000, Slater was the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music and chorus teacher. He also was the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s band director for three years, beginning in 2001. All tickets for Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance are $5 and will be available at the door. Slater said the proceeds will go toward a trip to New York planned for March 2014. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been invited by the University of South Carolina to join them on a trip to New York next year,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are working to raise money for this trip.â&#x20AC;? Performing out of town is nothing new for Slater and his students. Almost every year, one or more of Slaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students makes the grade for one of the coveted All-State choirs. The Mount Pleasant Singinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Rattlers and Lee Central Singinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Stallions have performed in venues up and down the East Coast including New York; Washington, D.C.; Richmond, Va.; Atlanta; Jacksonville; and Orlando.

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FAITH MATTERS from Page A1 We have absolutely no responsibility in the matter as the holders of morality and respectability. Surely it is not us, the faithful, who should reach out to people on the verge of criminal activity. So hold up your chalice of righteousness, you champions of faith. Stand blameless in a land ripe with decaying morality. If those people, those criminals, were even remotely interested in the righteous path, they should bask under the shadow of our church spires and pray that we accept them in. Sometimes I know the Almighty forgives others of their sins quicker than we believers do. I find it immensely interesting that many of us in the faith community are quick to concede victory to the darkness of the world when we claim that faith is the answer to social ills. Is not the foundation of our faith that the Almighty is able to accomplish anything? Why, then, are we so quick to wave the white flag of surrender when it comes to crime in our community? Most likely, it’s because many of us feel a disconnection with crime. We know that violent crime is condemned in Scripture, and, let’s face it: More of us are likely to struggle with gossip or gluttony than criminal domestic violence or murder. It does not, however, exempt us from dealing with people who do. It is my firm opinion that any social programming aimed at preventing crime or rehabbing those involved in criminal activity is not the best solution. I say this humbly, with the utmost respect to our civic leaders, law enforcement, educators and parents. I’ve had the great pleasure of working with many of

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ABOVE: Mother-and-daughter team Army Maj. Laura Byrd, left, and De’Jsha Tatum, 15, share thoughts on their surprise reunion Tuesday at Sumter Christian School. BELOW: De’Jsha thought a special chapel service on Tuesday at Sumter Christian School was meant to celebrate “military kids” like her. Instead, she was surprised by the return of her mother.

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learner’s permit to drive. Byrd said she wanted to reacquaint herself with their home. Both said they wouldn’t mind having a party, or a vacation. And, of course, Byrd had yet by Tuesday afternoon to let either her grandmother or mother know she was home. “They’re going to be mad,” De’Jsha said with a sly grin. “No, they’re not; I think they’ll be happy,” Byrd interjected. “I know I am,” De’Jsha said. Reach Robert J. Baker at (803) 7741211.

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sometime in 2014. “It’s hard to move, because you have to have all these longdistance relationships with your friends,” De’Jsha said. “But her friends here really care about her,” Byrd said. “They’ve really taken care of her this year. Everyone has. She’s always the type that makes friends. It means a lot to me to see them so excited for her that I’m home.” Byrd said Tuesday that she had no immediate plans after her celebratory homecoming. De’Jsha told her mom she wants to get her

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school Headmaster Ron Davis and Administrative Supervisor Lucy Davis to appear as a service honoring “military children.” “De’Jsha’s a prankster, so it is a bit appropriate,” Byrd joked. “Seriously I wanted to surprise her. It was a lot for her to be here this year without her mom. My cousins have taken good care of her, and I couldn’t have asked for more from the school. But I know she and I are both glad I’m home.” “I just can’t believe all of this,” De’Jsha said. “This is messed up! I’m excited. If the scale of excitement is 1 to 10, then I’m at, like, a 9,000.” Byrd and her daughter have only called Sumter home for two years this summer, but the Dillon native is no stranger to the Gamecock City. “I attended Morris College here from 1991 to 1995,” she said, noting her bachelor’s degree in biology. “I have a cousin, Dora Washington, who lives with her husband in Dalzell. She went to Morris as well. And that’s the cousin that De’Jsha stayed with while I was away. Dora’s son (Austin Washington) also attends Sumter Christian (as a junior).”

these people, and I know they pray over our community on a regular basis. My attempt at satire in the above paragraphs is in no way meant to disparage their work. I know many who work tirelessly to make sure Sumter is a secure place for its residents. But I think many would agree with me: The answer to our systemic crime problem lies in the cultivating of a personal relationship between criminals and those who know that a life of faith, rather than crime, is the answer. Yes, it is an incredibly simplistic solution to the highly complex and everevolving issue of crime. It is almost ridiculous to assume that faith can snap a person out of criminal activity. I wouldn’t even consider it a possibility without remembering that God was able to use murderers, adulterers and physical abusers — Moses, David and Paul, respectively — to accomplish His plan. These people aren’t hopeless. Like the mentioned Bible characters, they only need someone to help them see that crime isn’t the answer. That is where we come in. We need to stop blaming our social amenities for a problem we don’t have spiritual fortitude to combat. You decry the state of our community? Know that it is happening under your watch, faithful Christian. How does it start? With prayer that leads to personal action. You don’t interact with people prone to criminal activity? Maybe that’s your problem. Reach out beyond your church walls into the home of people who truly need an alternative to crime. Reach Jamie H. Wilson at faithmatterssumter@gmail.com.

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uppose you buy a gallon of gas for $3. How much did it cost you? You say, “Williams, that’s a silly question. It cost $3.” That’s where you’re mistaken, because there’s a difference between price and cost. To prove that price and cost are not the same, consider the following. Suppose you live and work in New York City and routinely pay $15 for a haircut. Imagine you were told that there’s a barber in Boise, Idaho, who can give you the identical haircut for just $5. Would you start going to the Boise barber? I’m betting you’d answer no because even though the price is cheaper, the cost is greater. We might think of price as the money that’s actually given in exWalter change for the transfer of WILLIAMS ownership. When you purchased the gallon of gas, you simply transferred your ownership of $3. What the gas cost you is a different matter. One way to determine the cost of a gallon of gas is to ask yourself what sacrifice you had to make in order to have $3 to buy it. Say that your annual salary is $75,000. Your total federal income tax, state income tax, local taxes and Social Security and Medicare taxes come to about 35 percent of your salary. That means that in order to purchase the $3 gallon of gas required that you earned about $4.60 in order to have $3 after taxes. That means a gallon of gas costs you $4.60 worth of sacrifice. But that’s not so costly as it is to a richer person — for example, someone earning a yearly salary of $500,000. He has to earn more than $5 before taxes in order to have $3 after taxes to purchase gas. If taxes only concealed hidden costs of what we buy, we’d be lucky, but taxes are destructive in another hidden way. Suppose I want to hire you to repair my computer. Having the work done is worth $200 to me, and performing the work is worth $200 to you. The transaction occurs because we have a meeting of the minds. Suppose Congress imposes a 30 percent income tax on you. That means that if you repaired my computer, you would receive not $200, what it was worth to you to do the job, but instead $140 after taxes. You might say the heck with repairing my computer; spending time with your family is worth more than $140. You might then offer that you’d do the job if I paid you $283. That way, your after-tax earnings would be $200 — what doing the job is worth to you. There’s a problem. The repair job was worth $200 to me, not $283. So it’s my turn to say the heck with it. This simple example demonstrates that one effect of taxes is that of destroying transactions and hence jobs. But politicians have what economists call a zero-elasticity vision of the world. In other words, they’re fool enough to believe that people will behave after taxes are levied just as they behaved before and that the only effect of a tax is to bring in more revenue. Of course, a more flattering assessment is that politicians are not fools and know that their actions destroy transactions and hence jobs but they don’t give a damn and only care about revenue. Here’s a question: Would you and I, as well as our nation, be better off if you repaired my computer and I gave you $200 in cash and we agreed not to report the transaction to the agents of Congress? I’d answer yes and no. Yes, because there’d be more transactions, more jobs and greater wealth. No, because we’d be criminals. Taxes are necessary to fund the constitutionally mandated functions of the federal government. If Congress spent according to its authority under Article 1, Section 8 of our Constitution, taxes wouldn’t be any more than 5 percent of the gross domestic product, as it was between 1787 and 1920, as opposed to today’s 20 percent. Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. © 2013 creators.com

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Anonymous response is a personal attack on letter writer I am writing to comment on a response to an article that I wrote which appeared in The Item on April 7. The title of the article that I wrote was, “Some clarity, please, Mr. Scarborough.” What I wrote was a commentary on an earlier article written by a Mr. Damien Scarborough, entitled “Legislators need to listen to citizens about district,” which appeared in The Item on March 31. Both Mr. Scarborough and I were expressing our freedom of speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution on issues that we were on different sides about concerning the current superintendent of Sumter School District, Mr. Randolph Bynum. I’ve written many articles in The

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Item on various topics of concern in Sumter County. Some have prompted responses and others have not. All of this is normal and even expected in a free society. I do not take any of it personally. In all of the years that I have written on the Opinion Page of The Item, never have I gotten an anonymous response, but all of this changed on Saturday, April 13, when I checked my mail and found an anonymous, unsigned letter addressed to me from someone who was obviously trying to avoid The Item’s policy that all letters must be signed by the authors thereof with a telephone number attached. The writer of this letter which I received attacked me personally for expressing the thoughts which I had a few weeks earlier concerning the superintendent of the Sumter School District but did not want his

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ASHINGTON — You know the feeling. You wake up filled with dread but, still groggy, you can’t put your finger on the reason. Possibilities flitter across the landscape of near-consciousness: An exam? A deadline? A speech? What day is it? Oh my God, Boston. For longer than usual, you linger, head on pillow, breathing, thinking, I have my legs. Oh my God. Coffee. “Boston will survive,” someone is saying on TV. The papers lead as expected. Drudge, Lucianne, Beast, HuffPo, Twitter. Two brothers each lost a leg. Horror. Breathe. And then, the worst thing happens. You get a grip. You speak to the neighbor. The workers arrive to fix the garden wall. The dog needs walking. Life, as a matter of fact, goes on. But guilt nags. Isn’t it too soon to move along? You feel guilty for not suffering more on behalf of those who are suffering so acutely and so unimaginably. That man in the wheelchair — the runner with only a jagged bone where his leg used to be — will haunt happy moments forever. Here we go. From this point forward, everything that follows is now familiar: The soundtrack, the speculation, the newsy reminders that we don’t know anything yet but we’ll keep talking anyway, and what would we have newscasters do, really? Don’t we want to know as soon as there is something to know? Everyone professes their love for Boston. We love the Red Sox and Patriots’ Day, Copley Square and

Quincy Market. Those wonderful accents. Those tough citizens. All those smart people, their coffee shops and lobster rolls. Our Athens, somebody says. How dare they? Those others, whoever they are. Someone’s at the door. Breaking: Mediaite has put together a “worst media reactions” list that makes us glad we don’t tweet. Commentators, feeling they must say something, said much that they shouldn’t have. The day “I” went to Fenway Park. It’s those right-wing gun nuts. Clearly a Muslim. Round ’em up. Blame the gays. Where’s Bush? President Obama, cool cat that he is, does and says nothing to damage his reputation. He’s on it. Justice will be Kathleen done. Make no misPARKER take. More security, more intel, that’s what’s needed. Sure. More cameras, more spot checks, longer lines. The gift of terror isn’t fear; it’s loss of freedom. We are unafraid. Be very afraid. “We want you to be vigilant,” says a stern official. “We do have a threat ... but we want you to go about your business.” OK. But who did it? The Taliban in Pakistan says, “Not us.” Would the real terrorist please stand up? Black helicopter alert: Did someone really ask Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick whether the bombings were a “false flag” so government could take away our guns? “No,” deadpans Patrick. “Next question?” A radio jock says, “Something’s very fishy.” A badly burned Saudi

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student is a “person of interest.” Ban marathons, quips a poster (posts a quipster?) on National Review Online. Too many high-capacity runners. No race needs more than seven runners. The jokes begin, not because anyone thinks anything is funny. Dark humor helps us breathe when reality is too terrible. Is it too soon to say unpleasant things about Roger Ebert? Margaret Thatcher wouldn’t mind. “We have to be right all the time,” says Tom Ridge, former head of Homeland Security. Only police states get things “right” all the time. How do you screen 27,000 backpacks? You don’t. Parents of children from Newtown were among spectators watching the race, the last mile of which was dedicated to the 20 children and six adults who were killed by another maniac. The psychic brutality of such events, whether an elementary school shooting or a bombing at the finish line of a marathon on a glorious spring day, is singularly too much. Cumulatively, they have a killing effect on the human soul. We can say all the right things and hug our children more tightly. We can make pronouncements and promises. But the deep, mortal wound of man’s inhumanity to man continues to be unfathomable. The challenge isn’t only to prevent the next act of terror. It is to avoid becoming accustomed to the horror. Kathleen Parker’s email address is kathleenparker@washpost.com. © 2013, Washington Post Writers Group

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TUOMEY from Page A1 “This is a case about a hospital that was so afraid, so scared of the competition it was facing that it was willing to violate the law,” said Assistant U.S. District Attorney Norman Acker, who is heading up the prosecution for the federal government. Tuomey continued pursuing the illegal contracts, Acker argued, despite receiving at least one legal opinion advising them the contracts were highly suspect, at best. “At a minimum, Tuomey stuck its head in the sand, deliberately ignoring it when they violated Stark law,” Acker said. Tuomey’s lawyers painted the hospital in a far more favorable light, saying they were simply trying to find legal ways to recruit quality physicians to a rural community hospital responsible for providing a vast array of services to the tri-county area of Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties that no other hospital in the area could. Clarendon Memorial is the only other hospital serving the three counties. “It means when a pregnant mother in Manning develops complications in the middle of the night, Tuomey has to make sure there’s a skilled physician ready,” said Bart Daniel, lead attorney for Tuomey. “Doing nothing was not an option.” Daniel argued to the jury that it is not uncommon for hospitals across the country to pay physicians in certain fields more than those hospitals collect in fees, simply to make sure those services are offered. At the same time, Daniel said Tuomey acted in good faith, following the advice of what they said were the top legal experts in the health care field. If anything, they argued, they were simply the victim of a quarrel between federal and private-sector lawyers disagreeing on the interpretation of federal law which, Daniel argued, was constantly changing. After opening arguments, federal attorneys

called a series of witnesses to discuss the details surrounding the fight between Tuomey and Wesmark in 2002 when both groups were applying to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. This culminated in prosecutors calling Dr. Jerry Jackson, the retired urologic surgeon and former chief of surgery at Tuomey who, along with Sumter Urological Associates, first pursued establishing their surgical center in 2002. During Jackson’s time on the stand, prosecutors played a nearly hour-long recording from a 2002 Sumter County Council special meeting discussing the merits of the two groups’ applications. During the council meeting, Tuomey CEO Jay Cox was recorded saying he was worried about the financial impact Wesmark could have on the hospital. The county council meeting came after DHEC had awarded a permit — called a Certificate of Need, or CON — to Tuomey, but had initially denied the Wesmark application. Jackson and his affiliates had petitioned county council for a letter of endorsement to help their appeal. “I don’t remember them explaining why they needed one,” Jackson said, referring to Tuomey’s comments to DHEC during the Certificate of Need hearings. “They just spent the whole time arguing why we didn’t need one.” During his opening statement, Acker said this is where Tuomey began to head down the path toward the allegedly illegal contracts. “The entire genesis of the agreements was the Wesmark Surgery Center,” Acker argued. “The whole reason, the whole motivation for these contracts, was the competition with Wesmark.” The trial will resume this morning with Jackson remaining on the stand, awaiting cross examination. Reach Braden Bunch at (803) 774-1201.

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TODAY

TONIGHT

83°

THURSDAY 81°

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Thunderstorms possible in the morning

44° Mostly sunny

Winds: E 4-8 mph

Winds: SE 4-8 mph

Winds: SE 7-14 mph

Winds: S 10-20 mph

Winds: N 7-14 mph

Winds: NE 8-16 mph

Chance of rain: 5%

Chance of rain: 10%

Chance of rain: 25%

Chance of rain: 30%

Chance of rain: 35%

Chance of rain: 15%

Sumter through 4 p.m. yesterday

Gaffney 81/61 Spartanburg 82/61

Temperature High ............................................... 80° Low ................................................ 56° Normal high ................................... 75° Normal low ..................................... 49° Record high ....................... 90° in 2006 Record low ......................... 30° in 1950

Greenville 82/61

Precipitation

Bishopville 83/59

24 hrs ending 4 p.m. yest. ........... 0.00" Month to date ............................... 1.53" Normal month to date .................. 1.61" Year to date ................................ 11.41" Normal year to date ................... 12.90"

Lake Murray Marion Moultrie Wateree

Full 7 a.m. 24-hr pool yest. chg 360 358.20 none 76.8 75.16 +0.07 75.5 74.89 +0.16 100 97.34 +0.02

River Black River Congaree River Lynches River Saluda River Up. Santee River Wateree River

Full pool 12 19 14 14 80 24

City Aiken Asheville Athens Augusta Beaufort Cape Hatteras Charleston Charlotte Clemson Columbia

7 a.m. yest. 8.13 4.38 5.27 3.43 78.60 10.80

Today Hi/Lo/W 82/60/pc 78/56/pc 82/60/pc 83/61/pc 78/61/pc 71/57/pc 79/61/pc 81/60/pc 83/62/pc 84/59/pc

24-hr chg -0.06 -1.98 -0.14 -2.05 +0.21 -0.14

Thu. Hi/Lo/W 81/62/pc 75/56/pc 78/62/pc 82/63/pc 78/63/pc 70/60/pc 79/63/pc 80/62/pc 79/63/pc 81/62/pc

Sunrise today .......................... 6:48 a.m. Sunset tonight ......................... 7:54 p.m. Moonrise today ..................... 12:06 p.m. Moonset today ........................ 1:26 a.m.

Columbia 84/59 Today: Warm; a shower or thunderstorm around this afternoon. Thursday: Periods of clouds and sunshine.

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Charleston 79/61

Today: Partial sunshine. High 73 to 78. Thursday: Partly sunny. High 74 to 78.

The following tide table lists times for Myrtle Beach.

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City Darlington Elizabeth City Elizabethtown Fayetteville Florence Gainesville Gastonia Goldsboro Goose Creek Greensboro

Today Hi/Lo/W 82/59/pc 76/57/pc 81/59/pc 83/59/pc 82/60/pc 84/62/t 83/61/pc 83/59/pc 80/61/pc 80/60/pc

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City Greenville Hickory Hilton Head Jacksonville, FL La Grange Macon Marietta Marion Mount Pleasant Myrtle Beach

Today Hi/Lo/W 82/61/pc 82/61/pc 72/63/pc 78/62/pc 83/60/pc 84/60/pc 83/63/pc 80/59/pc 78/61/pc 74/60/pc

Thu. Hi/Lo/W 79/61/pc 78/59/pc 72/63/pc 82/64/pc 79/63/pc 81/63/pc 79/65/pc 76/59/pc 77/63/pc 74/63/pc

High Ht. Low Ht. 2:10 a.m.....2.9 9:19 a.m.....0.8 2:52 p.m.....2.5 9:25 p.m.....0.8 3:01 a.m.....2.8 10:10 a.m.....0.8 3:47 p.m.....2.5 10:23 p.m.....0.8

City Orangeburg Port Royal Raleigh Rock Hill Rockingham Savannah Spartanburg Summerville Wilmington Winston-Salem

Today Hi/Lo/W 82/60/pc 76/61/pc 82/60/pc 81/59/pc 83/60/pc 79/61/pc 82/61/pc 73/62/pc 77/58/pc 80/61/pc

Thu. Hi/Lo/W 80/63/pc 76/63/pc 82/63/pc 80/62/pc 81/63/pc 79/63/pc 79/62/pc 74/62/pc 77/62/pc 78/62/pc

Shown are today’s noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day.

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Today Thu. Today Thu. City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W Albuquerque 67/26/pc 56/32/pc Las Vegas 66/51/s 70/52/s Anchorage 38/23/pc 41/26/s Los Angeles 74/54/s 80/56/s Atlanta 82/63/pc 79/65/pc Miami 85/74/pc 85/75/pc Baltimore 72/54/t 72/58/c Minneapolis 38/34/r 44/31/sn Boston 62/44/pc 56/50/c New Orleans 85/70/pc 82/59/c Charleston, WV 82/60/t 87/65/pc New York 68/50/pc 59/52/c Charlotte 81/60/pc 80/62/pc Oklahoma City 70/48/t 55/31/pc Chicago 52/51/r 68/44/r Omaha 48/39/r 44/27/sn Cincinnati 78/62/c 81/55/c Philadelphia 70/52/pc 67/57/c Dallas 82/67/t 70/40/t Phoenix 75/55/s 76/57/s Denver 32/18/sn 39/24/pc Pittsburgh 68/57/pc 82/63/t Des Moines 48/45/r 48/31/sh St. Louis 79/68/t 77/42/t Detroit 54/48/t 73/59/r Salt Lake City 45/28/pc 52/39/pc Helena 36/22/pc 54/33/c San Francisco 66/48/s 68/49/s Honolulu 85/72/s 84/71/s Seattle 57/44/c 55/48/r Indianapolis 74/63/t 78/50/t Topeka 54/42/t 46/29/c Kansas City 60/47/t 50/31/c Washington, DC 76/60/t 77/62/c Weather(W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice

unusual approach to ARIES (March 21-April the last word in astrology finding solutions. Love is 19): Money will come on the rise. and go due to eugenia LAST temptations that keep LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): you cash-poor. Take care of your personal Acquiring financial needs first. A partnership information will make it easier to budget for may try your patience but should be handled your future. Rely on experts. with caution to avoid ongoing problems. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): An acquaintance SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Keep the creative will help you find a solution. Don’t offer too journey you desire afloat. Getting together much information in the meantime. A third with people striving to reach similar goals will party will make the difference to the give you a renewed vision and greater clarity outcome of a personal situation you face. as to how you should proceed. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Put your skills and SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Keep your talent to work for you. The more you offer money in a safe place. Temptation will be that is unique and timely, the better costly. Spend more time utilizing the things equipped you will be to weather the you already have instead of buying changing economic climate. something new. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don’t trust anyone CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Concentrate on making rash changes or using force or what you can do without being taken for pressure to get ahead. Your emotions will be granted. Offering too much will lead to difficult to control, leaving you in a dissatisfaction and anger. vulnerable position if someone criticizes AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Utilize the skills, your actions. knowledge and talent you’ve mastered and LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Communication will be you will come up with an idea, service or your strong point. Speak up and you will product that can help you bring in extra cash. grab the attention of someone able to help PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Initiate something you make the changes you are suggesting. that you feel passionate about doing. Helping VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Be responsible. The a cause or finding a new way to present an decisions you make now will have an impact old idea will bring about a new opportunity. on the people you care about. Take an Romance will help ease your stress.

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Tuomey CEO Jay Cox, second from left, exits the Matthew J. Perry Federal Courthouse in Columbia along with the hospital’s legal team on Tuesday after the first day of what is expected to be a three-week trial.

Tammy Brabham shares a photo she took of B.J. Brunson performing with his fire whip at the Gamecock Shrine Club recently.

BOSTON from Page A1 by Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen. But information on how to make the bombs is readily found online, and U.S. officials said Americans should not rush to judgment in linking the attack to overseas terrorists. DesLauriers said that there had been no claim of responsibility for the attack and that the range of suspects and motives “remains wide open.”

Throughout the day, he and other law enforcement authorities asked members of the public to come forward with any video or photos from the marathon or anything suspicious, such as hearing someone express an interest in explosives or a desire to attack the marathon, or seeing someone carrying a dark heavy bag at the race.

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Tennis tourney returning to PTC BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennisb@theitem.com

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The Sumter VooDoo Dolls’ Madison Elmore, left, takes the ball up the field during the Publix Palmetto Academy & Kohl’s American Cup tournament on Saturday at Patriot Park SportsPlex. Sumter outscored its opponents 15-1 in winning the U11 Academy Blue division.

VooDoo dominates

The Conference Carolinas Tennis Tournament will return to Palmetto Tennis Center beginning on Friday with both a women’s and men’s champion to be crowned and earning a spot in the NCAA Division II tournament. One of the regularseason champions will come to Sumter looking for its ninth straight conference tourney title. The other will be looking for its first tournament title after winning its first ever regular-season crown. Erskine College has dominated women’s tennis in Conference Carolinas and when it was the Carolinas-Virginia Athlet-

U11 Sumter soccer team wins Academy Blue division BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennisb@theitem.com Success has not been a stranger to the Sumter Voodoo Dolls, a Sumter Soccer Club girls team, over the last few years. They won the U10 middle bracket in the 2011 Saint Patrick’s Day Cup in Columbia and followed it up by winning the event the following year as well, this time in the U10 upper bracket. So it didn’t come as a surprise when the Voodoo Dolls won the U11 Girls Academy Blue division in the Publix Palmetto Academy & Kohl’s Amer-

ican Cup over the weekend at Patriot Park SportsPlex. The Blue bracket is the equivalent of the middle bracket mentioned earlier. The Voodoo Dolls pulled this off despite part of its 10-player roster still being young enough to play in the U10 division. “We thought the girls had a chance to do this well,” said Sumter head coach Mike McCaffrey. “We were pretty confident coming in that they could do very well.” Not only did the Voodoo Dolls win the 8-team bracket, they dominated it. They out-

scored the opposition 15-1 in winning the four games. McCaffrey said there is a very simple reason why Sumter was so dominant on defense. “That’s where we keep our more experienced girls,” McCaffrey said. “We put them on defense.” The back line is made up of three U11 players in Sage Modarelli, Katherine Burns and Carly Allred. They are the last line of defense for U10 goal keeper Penelope Moore. “Penelope has a lot of skill SEE SOCCER, PAGE B2

ic Conference. This year has been no different as the Flying Fleet is the No. 1 seed after going 10-0 in conference play and is 15-5. overall. Coker College of Hartsville is a newcomer to the top of the Conference Carolinas men’s tennis standings. The Cobras are 16-4 and went undefeated in conference play at 10-0 to earn the top seed. The tournament will begin on Friday with the four men’s quarterfinal matches set to begin at 9 a.m. Coker will open against No. 8 Barton (512, 3-7). The winner of that match will take on the winner of the quarterfinal match between No. 5 Queens (8-5, 6-4) and No. 4 Pfeiffer (11-6, 6-4) in a semifinal on SEE TENNIS, PAGE B2

CONFERENCE CAROLINAS TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS Women at Palmetto Tennis Center Friday Quarterfinals noon Match 1 -- No. 8 Coker (7-13, 4-7) vs. No. 1 Erskine (15-5, 10-0) Match 2 -- No. 5 Mount Olive (10-7, 7-4) vs. No. 4 Pfeiffer (13-5, 9-2) Match 3 -- No. 6 Barton (10-8, 6-5) vs. No. 3 Queens (12-3, 9-2) Match 4 -- No. 7 North Greenville (6-12, 5-6) vs. No. 2 Limestone 14-7, 9-2) Saturday Semifinals noon Match 5 -- Match 1 Winner vs. Match 2 Winner Match 6 -- Match 3 Winner vs. Match 4 Winner Sunday Championship 1 p.m. Match 7 -- Match 5 Winner vs. Match 6 Winner

Men at Palmetto Tennis Center Friday Quarterfinals 9 a.m. Match 1 -- No. 8 Barton (5-12, 3-7) vs. No. 1 Coker (16-4, 10-0) Match 2 -- No. 5 Queens (8-5, 6-4) vs. No. 4 Pfeiffer (11-6, 6-4) Match 3 -- No. 6 Erskine (8-13, 5-5) vs. No. 3 Mount Olive (12-5, 8-2) Match 4 -- No. 7 King (11-8, 5-5) vs. No. 2 Limestone 15-7, 9-1) Saturday Semifinals 9 a.m. Match 5 -- Match 1 Winner vs. Match 2 Winner Match 6 -- Match 3 Winner vs. Match 4 Winner Sunday Championship 1 p.m. Match 7 -- Match 5 Winner vs. Match 6 Winner

Broadcast voice gone: Summerall dead at 82

Braves win 10th straight behind 3 homers in 8th

BY STEPHEN HAWKINS The Associated Press

ATLANTA — Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Dan Uggla homered in the eighth inning, and Juan Francisco hit a pair of solo shots earlier in the game to help the Atlanta Braves win their 10th straight with a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. Atlanta’s 10-game winning streak is its longest since the club won 15 straight from April 15-May 2, 2000. The Braves are 12-1 and off to their best start since they began the 1994 season 13-1. Eric O’Flaherty (3-0) allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless eighth for the win in relief. Heyward’s second homer, Upton’s eighth and Uggla’s third were solo shots off Kelvin Herrera (1-1), who gave up

DALLAS — Pat Summerall, the deep-voiced NFL player-turned-broadcaster who spent half of his four decades calling sports famously paired with John Madden, died Tuesday. He was 82. Susie Wiles, Summerall’s daughter, said her father died in Dallas. “He was an extraordinary man and a wonderful father,” Wiles SUMMERALL said. “I know he will be greatly missed.” Summerall was part of network television broadcasts for 16 Super Bowls. His last championship game was for Fox on Feb. 3, 2002, also his last game with longtime partner Madden. The popular duo worked together for 21 years, moving to Fox in 1994 after years as the lead team for CBS. At the end of their final broadcast together, Madden described Summerall as “a treasure” and the “spirit of the National Football League” in a tribute to the partner that complemented the former coach so well. “You are what the NFL is all about, what pro football is all about, and more SEE SUMMERALL, PAGE B2

BY GEORGE HENRY The Associated Press

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Atlanta’s Kris Medlen delivers a pitch in the first inning of the Braves’ 6-3 victory in Atlanta on Tuesday. The Braves won their 10th straight game.

SEE BRAVES, PAGE B4

Dufner’s popularity on rise as RBC Heritage approaches BY CHRIS COX Island Packet Jason Dufner sat on the floor of the Salesmanship Youth and Family Center in Dallas, his back propped up against the wall with his hands resting underneath his legs. What was supposed to be just an ordinary charity event following his win at the Byron Nelson Championship a year earlier turned into anything but for the 36-year-old. Instead, Dufner found himself at the center of the latest viral sensation after a photographer captured a less-thanTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS thrilled expression on his face, in turn Jason Dufner hits to the eighth green during Sat- creating a new internet craze followurday’s third round of the Masters in Augusta, Ga. ing in the footsteps of such poses like

Tebowing and planking. “It’s been pretty nonstop for the last month or so,” Dufner said following his practice round Tuesday at the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. It started when Deadspin, a popular sports website, got hold of the photo that showed Dufner surrounded by a group of children in a classroom. The craze exploded when fellow golfers Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson tweeted out pictures of themselves in the now infamous pose, which has conveniently been dubbed “Dufnering.” It’s now expanded to practically each and every event Dufner takes SEE DUFNER, PAGE B3


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SCOREBOARD TV, RADIO TODAY Noon -- Major League Baseball: Kansas City at Atlanta (FOX SPORTSOUTH, WPUB-FM 102.7). 2:30 p.m. -- International Soccer: English Premier League Match from London -- West Ham vs. Manchester United (ESPN2). 2:55 p.m. -- International Soccer: English Premier League Match from London -- Fulham vs. Chelsea (FOX SOCCER). 4 p.m. -- College Softball: Cal State Northridge at Long Beach State Doubleheader Game One (ESPNU). 6 p.m. -- International Soccer: CONCACAF Under-17 Semifinal Match from Panama City -- Honduras vs. Mexico (FOX SOCCER). 6:05 p.m. -- Talk Show: Sports Talk (WDXYFM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 6:15 p.m. -- High School Baseball: Chapin at Lugoff-Elgin (WPUB-FM 102.7). 6:30 p.m. -- College Softball: Cal State Northridge at Long Beach State Doubleheader Game Two (ESPNU). 6:30 p.m. -- LPGA Golf: Lotte Championship First Round from Oahu, Hawaii (GOLF). 7 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Philadelphia at Cincinnati (ESPN). 7:30 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Buffalo at Boston (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 8 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Utah at Memphis (ESPN). 8 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Texas at Chicago Cubs (WGN). 8 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Cleveland at Charlotte (SPORTSOUTH). 9 p.m. -- International Soccer: CONCACAF Under-17 Semifinal Match from Panama City -- Panama vs. Canada (FOX SOCCER). 10:30 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Houston at Los Angeles Lakers (ESPN). 11 p.m. -- International Soccer: Mexico vs. Peru from San Francisco (ESPN2).

MLB STANDINGS American League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Boston 8 4 .667 – New York 6 5 .545 11/2 Baltimore 6 6 .500 2 Toronto 6 7 .462 21/2 Tampa Bay 4 8 .333 4 Central Division W L Pct GB Detroit 7 5 .583 – Kansas City 7 5 .583 – Cleveland 5 6 .455 11/2 Minnesota 5 7 .417 2 Chicago 5 8 .385 21/2 West Division W L Pct GB Oakland 10 4 .714 – Texas 8 5 .615 11/2 Seattle 6 8 .429 4 Houston 4 9 .308 51/2 Los Angeles 4 9 .308 51/2 Monday’s Games Boston 3, Tampa Bay 2 Toronto 4, Chicago White Sox 3 Minnesota 8, L.A. Angels 2 Oakland 11, Houston 2 Wednesday’s Games Kansas City (W.Davis 1-0) at Atlanta (Minor 2-0), 12:10 p.m. Houston (B.Norris 2-1) at Oakland (Colon 1-0), 3:35 p.m. Arizona (Miley 2-0) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 2-1), 7:05 p.m. Boston (Aceves 0-0) at Cleveland (Masterson 3-0), 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (M.Moore 2-0) at Baltimore (Tillman 0-0), 7:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Quintana 0-0) at Toronto (Happ 2-0), 7:07 p.m. Texas (Grimm 0-0) at Chicago Cubs (Villanueva 0-0), 8:05 p.m. L.A. Angels (Hanson 1-1) at Minnesota (Worley 0-2), 8:10 p.m. Detroit (Scherzer 1-0) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 1-2), 10:10 p.m. National League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 11 1 .917 – New York 7 4 .636 31/2 Washington 8 5 .615 31/2 Philadelphia 6 7 .462 51/2 Miami 2 11 .154 91/2 Central Division W L Pct GB St. Louis 8 5 .615 – Cincinnati 6 7 .462 2 Pittsburgh 6 7 .462 2 Chicago 4 8 .333 31/2 Milwaukee 3 8 .273 4 West Division W L Pct GB San Francisco 9 4 .692 – Arizona 8 4 .667 1/2 Colorado 8 4 .667 1/2 Los Angeles 7 6 .538 2 San Diego 3 10 .231 6 Monday’s Games St. Louis 10, Pittsburgh 6 Cincinnati 4, Philadelphia 2 Washington 10, Miami 3 N.Y. Mets at Colorado, ppd., snow San Diego 6, L.A. Dodgers 3 Wednesday’s Games Kansas City (W.Davis 1-0) at Atlanta (Minor 2-0), 12:10 p.m. Arizona (Miley 2-0) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 2-1), 7:05 p.m. St. Louis (S.Miller 2-0) at Pittsburgh (A.Burnett 0-2), 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia (Lannan 0-0) at Cincinnati (Leake 0-0), 7:10 p.m. Washington (Detwiler 0-0) at Miami (Nolasco 0-1), 7:10 p.m. Texas (Grimm 0-0) at Chicago Cubs (Villanueva 0-0), 8:05 p.m. San Francisco (Vogelsong 1-1) at Milwaukee (Lohse 0-1), 8:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Hefner 0-2) at Colorado (Garland 1-0), 8:40 p.m. San Diego (T.Ross 0-1) at L.A. Dodgers

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NBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB y-New York 53 28 .654 – x-Brooklyn 48 33 .593 5 x-Boston 41 39 .513 111/2 Philadelphia 33 48 .407 20 Toronto 32 48 .400 201/2 Southeast Division W L Pct GB z-Miami 65 16 .802 – x-Atlanta 44 36 .550 201/2 Washington 29 52 .358 36 Charlotte 20 61 .247 45 Orlando 20 61 .247 45 Central Division W L Pct GB y-Indiana 49 31 .613 – x-Chicago 44 37 .543 51/2 x-Milwaukee 37 44 .457 121/2 Detroit 29 52 .358 201/2 Cleveland 24 57 .296 251/2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB y-San Antonio 58 23 .716 – x-Memphis 55 26 .679 3 x-Houston 45 36 .556 13 Dallas 40 41 .494 18 New Orleans 27 54 .333 31 Northwest Division W L Pct GB z-Oklahoma City 60 21 .741 – x-Denver 56 25 .691 4 Utah 43 38 .531 17 Portland 33 47 .413 261/2 Minnesota 30 51 .370 30 Pacific Division W L Pct GB y-L.A. Clippers 54 26 .675 – x-Golden State 46 35 .568 81/2 L.A. Lakers 44 37 .543 101/2 Sacramento 28 53 .346 261/2 Phoenix 25 56 .309 291/2 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division z-clinched conference Monday’s Games Miami 96, Cleveland 95 Charlotte 106, New York 95 Chicago 102, Orlando 84 Brooklyn 106, Washington 101 Detroit 109, Philadelphia 101 Memphis 103, Dallas 97 Utah 96, Minnesota 80 Oklahoma City 104, Sacramento 95 Denver 112, Milwaukee 111 Phoenix 119, Houston 112 Golden State 116, San Antonio 106 Today’s Games Phoenix at Denver, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Dallas, 8 p.m. Washington at Chicago, 8 p.m. Utah at Memphis, 8 p.m. Minnesota at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Milwaukee at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Atlanta at New York, 8 p.m. Detroit at Brooklyn, 8 p.m. Cleveland at Charlotte, 8 p.m. Boston at Toronto, 8 p.m. Orlando at Miami, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Indiana, 8 p.m. Houston at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Golden State at Portland, 10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m.

NHL STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA y-Pittsburgh 42 32 10 0 64 141 102 N.Y. Islanders 42 21 16 5 47 119 122 N.Y. Rangers 41 21 16 4 46 100 96 New Jersey 42 15 17 10 40 96 115 Philadelphia 42 18 21 3 39 115 129 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA x-Montreal 42 26 11 5 57 131 107 Boston 41 26 11 4 56 116 91 Toronto 42 24 13 5 53 130 113 Ottawa 41 21 14 6 48 101 89 Buffalo 43 18 19 6 42 111 128 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Washington 42 23 17 2 48 129 118 Winnipeg 42 21 19 2 44 109 123 Tampa Bay 42 17 22 3 37 133 131 Carolina 41 17 22 2 36 107 131 Florida 41 13 22 6 32 99 142 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA y-Chicago 42 33 5 4 70 139 87 St. Louis 41 23 16 2 48 110 104 Detroit 42 20 15 7 47 106 107 Columbus 43 20 16 7 47 106 110 Nashville 44 15 21 8 38 100 123 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Vancouver 42 24 12 6 54 117 102 Minnesota 42 23 16 3 49 109 106 Edmonton 41 16 18 7 39 103 115 Calgary 42 16 22 4 36 113 145 Colorado 43 14 22 7 35 103 135 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA x-Anaheim 42 27 10 5 59 125 105 Los Angeles 42 24 14 4 52 120 104 San Jose 42 22 13 7 51 106 102 Dallas 42 21 18 3 45 118 126 Phoenix 42 18 17 7 43 110 114 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Monday’s Games Toronto 2, New Jersey 0 Philadelphia 7, Montreal 3 Chicago 5, Dallas 2 Vancouver 5, Nashville 2 Columbus 4, Colorado 3, OT Minnesota 4, Calgary 3 San Jose 4, Phoenix 0 Ottawa at Boston, ppd.

Scott throws 1-hitter in Barons’ 2-1 victory Holly Scott allowed just one hit and struck out 10 batters to lead Wilson Hall to a 2-1 varsity softball victory over Orangeburg Prep on Tuesday at Patriot Park SportsPlex. Scott didn’t walk anyone and the only run OP scored was unearned. Jordain Edmondson and Haley Hawkins each drove in a run for the Lady Barons, who improved to 13-5 overall and 2-0 in SCISA Region II-3A. Emma Catoe had two hits. LAURENCE MANNING FLORENCE CHRISTIAN

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MANNING — Laurence Manning Academy evened its SCISA Region II-3A record with an 8-3 victory over Florence Christian on Tuesday at the LMA field. Courtney Beatson had a triple for the Lady Swampcats, who had 11 hits. Grace

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Hartsville High School scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to pick up a 7-3 victory over Crestwood on Tuesday at the Crestwood field. Emily Horton was 3-for-3 for the Lady Knights. Kaci Dinkins had two htis and Reba Gibbons had a 2-run triple. On Monday at Sumter High, Crestwood lost to the Lady Gamecocks 4-0. Gibbons and April Moore had the only hits of SHS pitcher Hannah Bettencourt, who struck out 10 and walked one. Bettencourt was

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4-for-4 at the plate with a run scored. Rachel Vise had a hit and drove in two runs and Brook Genetele had a hit and an RBI. VARSITY SOCCER HARTSVILLE CRESTWOOD

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HARTSVILLE — Crestwood High School dropped to 2-3 in Region VI-3A with a 2-1 loss to Hartsville on Tuesday at the Hartsville field. Montana Marshall scored the only goal for the Lady Knights, who are 4-8 overall. Kayla Rdzinski had 10 saves in goal. MARLBORO COUNTY LAKEWOOD

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Lakewood High School fell to 1-5 on the season with a 1-0 loss to Marlboro County on Tuesday at J. Frank Baker Stadium. Nena Beatty had seven saves in goal for

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MANNING — Laurence Manning Academy improved to 17-5 on the season with a 7-1 victory over Florence Christian on Tuesday at the LMA field. Ansley Ridgill picked up the win for the Lady Swampcats, striking out five batters. Baylee Elms and Katelynn Edwards both went 2-for-3 for LMA. On Monday in St. Matthews, LMA defeated Calhoun Academy 15-5.. Edwards had three hits, while Nerina Psukalas, Abbie Beard and Brooke Ward each had two hits. Ridgill struck out six batters to get the win.

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Barons tennis sweeps Williamsburg Academy Wilson Hall’s varsity boys tennis team lost just one game as it swept Williamsburg Academy 9-0 on Tuesday at Palmetto Tennis Center. The Barons improved to 9-0 on the season. SINGLES 1 -- Brown (WH) defeated Didonato 6-0, 6-0. 2 -- Davis (WH) defeated McGill 6-0, 6-0. 3 -- Stover (WH) defeated Whetsell 6-0, 6-0. 4 -- Hendrix (WH) defeated L. Fennell 6-0, 6-0. 5 -- Thompson (WH) defeated Brown 6-0, 6-0. 6 -- Stone (WH) defeated B. Fennell 6-0, 6-0. DOUBLES 1 -- Stover/Hendrix (WH) defeated Didonato/Whetsell 8-1. 2 -- Thompson/Stone (WH) McGill/L. Fennell 6-0 (medical hardship). 3 -- Umbaugh/Brown (WH) defeated Brown/B. Fennell 8-0.

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ORANGEBURG — Wilson Hall finished undefeated in SCISA Region II-3A by winning the final region match of the season on Tuesday at Orangeburg Country Club. The Barons, who are 18-0-1 on the season, won with a score of 152. Florence Christian shot 166, Orangeburg

Prep 168 and Laurence Manning Academy 171. Wilson Hall’s Christian Salzer was the medalist with a 36. Grier Schwartz and Raines Waggett both shot a 38, Sharp Turner a 40 and Walker Jones a 41. VARSITY BASEBALL EAST CLARENDON HEMINGWAY

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MCBEE -- Robert E. Lee Academy lost to McBee High School 8-6 on Monday at the McBee field. Payton Bramlett had a big night for the Cavaliers, going

Saturday set for a 9 a.m. start. The other quarterfinals will have No. 7 Limestong (15-7, 9-1) facing No. 7 King (1-8, 5-5) and No. 3 Mount Olive (12-5, 8-2). the defending tournament champion, meeting No. 6 Erskine (8-13, 5-5). Those two will meet in a semifinal on Saturday with the semifinal winners meeting at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the championship match. The women’s quarterfinals are set to start on noon on Friday. Erskine will meet No. 8 Coker (713, 4-7) and No. 5 Mount Olive (10-7, 7-4) will take on No. 4 Pfeiffer (13-5, 9-2). The winner of those matches will play in a semifinal on Saturday beginning at noon. The other women’s quarters will have No. 2 Limestone (14-7, 9-2) facing No. 7 North Green-

from 1968-94, and the U.S. Open tennis tournament. When CBS lost its NFL deal after the 1993 season, Summerall switched to Fox to keep calling NFL games with Madden. He had hoped to keep working with CBS for other events like the Masters, but network executives saw it otherwise. At the time, CBS Sports anchor Jim Nantz said he was “very saddened” that Summerall didn’t get to leave CBS under his own terms. “He is CBS Sports. I always thought he could work here until he was 75 or 80 years old,” Nantz told The Philadelphia Daily News then. “He’s been a much larger influence on my career than I think he

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TURBEVILLE — East Clarendon High School improved to 3-0 in Region VII-1A with a 13-1 victory over Hemingway on Monday at Shad Hall Field. William Ard was 2-for-2 with a run batted in for EC, which is 8-7 overall. Zac Coker had a hit and three RBI. Austin Huggins was the winning pitcher.

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SUMMERALL from Page B1 important, what a man is all about and what a gentleman is all about,” Madden said. As former teammate and broadcaster Frank Gifford put it in an accompanying video tribute: “America is very comfortable with Pat Summerall.” Summerall played 10 NFL seasons (1952-61) with the Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants. In his second career, he became a voice so familiar to several generations of sports fans, not only those of the NFL. He started doing NFL games for CBS in 1964, and became a play-by-play guy 10 years later. He was also part of CBS’s coverage of the PGA Tour, including the Masters

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realizes. There will be a piece of Pat Summerall on the air as long as I do golf for this network.” A recovering alcoholic, Summerall had a liver transplant in April 2004. The lifesaving surgery was necessary even after 12 years of sobriety. After an intervention involving, among others, former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, former CBS Sports President Peter Lund and former PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beaman, Summerall checked into the Betty Ford Clinic in April 1992. “I had no intention of quitting, I was having too good a time,” Summerall said in a 2000 Associated Press story. “The prescribed stay at Betty Ford is 28 days. They kept me 33 because I was so angry at

2-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and four runs batted in. Dustin Sims had a hit and two RBI, Cody Kelley had two hits and Casey Kelley had a hit and two runs. JUNIOR VARSITY BASEBALL DORCHESTER CLARENDON HALLL

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ST. GEORGE — Clarendon Hall fell to 4-5 on the season with a 13-1 loss to Dorchester on Monday at the Dorchester field. Trey Thomas had a triple and Matthew Corbett a double for the Saints. Mac Davis’ sacrifice bunt scored Thomas. On Friday in Summerton, Clarendon Hall beat Patrick Henry 11-2. Thomas was 2-for-3 with a triple and a run batted in. Matthew Corbett and Gavin Allan both had two hits, including a double, and two RBI, while Raj Patel had two hits and two RBI, Dylan Evans had two hits and Lance Browder had a hit and two RBI.

ville (6-12, 5-6) and No. 3 Queens (12-3, 9-2), which lost to Erskine 5-3 in the tourney championship last year, facing No. 6 Barton (10-8, 6-5). The winner of those matches will play a semifinal on Saturday with the semifinal winners playing for the championship on Sunday, also at 1 p.m. On the men’s side, Coker beat Barton 6-3 during their regular-season match. Coker and Limestone faced each other on March 30 with Coker winning 5-4, taking two of the three doubles matches. The Cobras also edged No. 3 Mount Olive 5-4 last week. The Erskine women have to deal with three teams that went 9-2 in conference play. The Fleet won all three of their regular-season matches against the trio with ease, topping Queens 9-0, Limestone 7-2 and Pfeiffer 8-1. Erskine beat its quarterfinal foe, Coker, 9-0 on April 6.

the people who did the intervention, the first five days didn’t do me any good.” Summerall received the liver of a 13-year-old junior high football player from Arkansas who died unexpectedly from an aneurysm. Summerall had an emotional meeting with the teenager’s family the following year. Summerall often shared his testimony with Christian groups and told his story when speaking before other organizations. In his 2006 book, “Summerall: On and Off The Air,” he frankly discussed his personal struggles and professional successes. Long before broadcasting Super Bowl games, 16 for television and 10 more for radio — in fact, before there was even a Super Bowl — Summerall

played a role in what is known in football circles as “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” the 1958 NFL championship. The Giants lost to the Baltimore Colts 23-17 in the NFL’s first-ever overtime game. Born George Allen Summerall on May 10, 1930 in Lake City, Fla., he was an All-State prep football and basketball player there, and lettered in baseball and tennis. He played college football at Arkansas before going to the NFL. After breaking his arm in the preseason as a rookie for Detroit, Summerall played five years for the Chicago Cardinals before four seasons with the Giants. While he was also a defensive back, Summerall was primarily a kicker, making 100 field goals and 256 of 265 extra points in his career.


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The Sumter Voodoo Dolls won the U11 Girls Academy Blue division in the Publix Palmetto Academy & Kohl’s American Cup at Patriot Park SportsPlex on Saturday and Sunday. Members of the team are, first row, left to right: Carly Allred, Brooke Michaels, Katherine Burns, Savannah Tayim and Madison Elmore. Second row: Jasiah Pack, Sage Modarelli, Haley Roone McCaffrey, Penelope Moore and Hayden McMillan. Third row: Coach Mike McCaffrey and coach Mike Burns.

SOCCER from Page B1 on the field, but she’s the best we have in the net,” McCaffrey said. The Voodoo Dolls offense was led by Haley Roone McCaffrey and Madison, both U11 players. McCaffrey scored nine goals and had one assist, Elmore had four goals and four assists. The other U11 player is Brooke Michaels, while the three U10 players are Savannah Tayim, Jasiah Pack and Hayden McMillan. In its first game on Saturday, Sum-

ter beat NASA 01 Whiplash 4-0 in its opening match. McCaffrey and Pack both scored two goals while Elmore had an assist. In its final game on Saturday, Sumter beat FUSC 01 Black 3-0. McCaffrey scored two goals and Elmore had one. On Sunday, the Voodoo Dolls topped DSC 01 Lady Green 4-0. McCaffrey scored three goals in this one, with Elmore coming up with a goal and two assists. Sumter faced SCUFC 01 Girls Black, which had gone 3-0 as well in winning its division, in the championship game. The Voodoo Dolls rolled to an easy 4-1 victory. McCaffrey and Elmore both scored two goals and had an assist. MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER / THE ITEM

DUFNER from Page B1 part in, including last week’s trip to the Masters, where the former Auburn standout finished tied for 20th thanks to the 69 he fired in the second round. “It’s turned out to be a pretty good thing,” he said. “A little bit more awareness of Jason Dufner. I tried to run with it the best I can.” Dufner has taken the good-natured ribbing in stride. He retweets pictures fans send him and acknowledges those he sees around the course emulating his pose. It’s something he hopes helps build his following this week at Harbour Town Golf Links, where players like Boo Weekley garner most of the fan support. “I hope so,” he said, while adding that he thinks his following has been growing over the last year. “It’s always good to have people out there pulling for you.” While golf’s latest meme is all fun and games for Dufner off the course, the Cleveland na-

tive remains all business on it. He is visiting Hilton Head Island for the fifth consecutive year, having carded top-25 finishes in each of the last two trips, including a tie for 14th in 2011. He fired a 66 in the second round a year ago on the way to a tie for 24th after finishing 6 under for the tournament the year prior. Dufner also finished at 2 under in 2010 and 3 under in 2009. “I think it’s got a good mix of holes,” he said. “Obviously, accuracy and position off the tee is vital to playing well out here. You’ve got some green complexes that are difficult if you’re on one side or the other on the fairway. “I’ve had some good scores. I haven’t quite been able to put four together for this week. But I feel like this is a good course for me to play well.” Recent success bodes well for Dufner’s chances. He’s made five of seven cuts so far in 2013 — in-

Sumter’s Carly Allred, right, attempts to take the ball from an opponent during a match cluding a trio of top-25 in the PublixPalmetto Academy & Kohl’s American Cup at Patriot Park SportsPlex on Satfinishes — and is 84th on urday. the money list. Dufner continues to work on his ball striking, he said, after a disappointing showing in that category at Augusta National. He hit “three or four balls a day” that were nearly out of play. “Last week my driver let me down, which was a little uncharacteristic for me,” he said. “So I’ve been trying to sort that out a little bit. Just trying to get ready for this stretch of golf.” “All in all, it was a little bit better than what I’ve done at that event,” he added. “Same thing this week. You’ve got to put your ball in play off the tee. If you can get it in play off the tee, you’ve got some (opportunities) to be aggressive.” Dufner knows success at the RBC Heritage will only add to his rising fanbase. But should that not work out, he will still have his Dufnering followers to lean back on. “They try to get you to react to it a little bit here and there,” he said. “But it’s all in good fun.”

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With playoffs looming, Wade thinking ring No. 3 BY TIM REYNOLDS The Associated Press MIAMI â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dwyane Wade was sitting with his mother after a pregame workout a few days ago, a rare quiet moment in a nearly empty arena that would soon be filled by 20,000 screaming Miami Heat fans. She was wearing a pendant shaped like one of her sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two Heat championship rings, which probably explains why their chat revolved around the looming NBA playoffs. They talked about the 2006 title and how that paid tribute to ring-starved veterans like Alonzo Mourning and Gary Payton. They talked about last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crown, which served as the longawaited coronation for LeBron James. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the third one going to be for?â&#x20AC;? Jolinda Wade asked. Wade thought for a moment, then said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for me.â&#x20AC;? He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say those words in an egotistical way, but more in the sense that a third championship would allow for the sense of accomplishment he craved when he came into the league 10 years ago. Wade is a perennial All-Star who has been to the NBA Finals three times already, and when the playoffs open this weekend he and the Heat will be heavily favored to get there again. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich, which he says he always wanted. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous, which he

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Gamecocks down Cougars COLUMBIA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The University of South Carolina baseball team jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held on for a 10-6 victory over College of Charleston on Tuesday at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks, who improved to 28-10 on the season, had 14 hits, including three home HOLBROOK runs. Graham Saiko was 4-for-5 with a homer, three runs scored and two runs batted in. Joey Pankake was 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and one run and Connor

Bright was 2-for-4 with a homer, two runs and three RBI. LB Dantzler had two hits and drove in two RBI. Vince Fiori picked up the victory for Carolina. He worked 2 1/3 innings, allowing one unearned run and two hits. Gunnar Heidt was 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI to lead the Cougars. Brandon Murray had two hits and two RBI and Carl Wise had two hits and an RBI. College of Charleston fell to 20-16. From wire reports

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Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dwyane Wade (3) is thinking about winning his third championship ring with the playoffs looming.

says he never wanted. His on-court legacy is secure. All thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left, he said, is winning more titles. And the quest for the player who wears No. 3 to win ring No. 3 starts this weekend, when the Heat will open an Eastern Conference firstround series at home against the Milwaukee Bucks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like I need three rings. After that, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m playing with churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s money,â&#x20AC;? Wade told The Associated Press. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always said that if I can end my career with at least three rings ... Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already had a special career, but it would put me in that

special group that only a few can say that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in. It would mean a lot. It would mean a lot. It would mean a lot.â&#x20AC;? In a year where some say things like his scoring numbers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 21.2 points per game, his lowest since his rookie season but still eighthbest in the NBA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; were proof that his skills are vanishing, Wade is shooting better than 50 percent for the first time. And only four NBA players are averaging at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game this season, that group including Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, James and Wade.

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MIAMI â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Adeiny Hechavarria ended the Marlinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nine-game home run drought with a three-run shot, and Miami beat the Washington Nationals 8-2 Tuesday night. AMERICAN LEAGUE WHITE SOX BLUE JAYS

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Atlantaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Juan Francisco hits a solo home run against Kansas City during the Bravesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 6-3 victory in Atlanta on Tuesday.

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BY ANTONIO GONZALEZ The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Two shy of setting a new NBA standard, the question circulating around the Golden State Warriors locker room is when â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not if â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Stephen Curry will break Ray Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s single-season record of 269 3-pointers during Wednesday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finale at Portland. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He should be done with that by the end of the first quarter,â&#x20AC;? guard Jarrett Jack said. With the way Curry has shot the ball this season, he has provided plenty of reasons to be optimistic. The rejuvenated Warriors point guard, with his twice surgically repaired right ankle no longer an issue, has shown just what he can do in a season of near-perfect health. He is shooting 45.5 percent from beyond the arc and averaging almost 3½ baskets from long range over his 77 games played. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know who second place is for the best shooter in the world,â&#x20AC;? Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But he certainly has first place tied up.â&#x20AC;? The diminutive guard who dazzled at Davidson is carrying the Warriors to the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and just the second time in 19 years on his smooth shooting stroke. Golden State (46-35) is a game ahead of Houston for sixth place in the Western Conference and can seal the spot â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a first-round matchup at Denver â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with a win against the Trail Blazers in the regular-season finale. The Rockets, who would hold the tiebreaker over the Warriors after winning the season series 3-1, finish at the Lakers. Curry admits he wants Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record. The biggest challenge at Portland, he said, might be just trying

delay of 1 hour, 24 minutes. No makeup date was immediately announced.

DENVER â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlos Gonzalez homered and tripled, Todd Helton hit a go-ahead single and the Colorado Rockies beat the New York Mets 8-4 in the opening game of a doubleheader Tuesday that was delayed 2 HELTON hours as 8 inches of snow was cleared off the field.

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Golden Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stephen Curry (30) makes a 3-point basket over San Antonioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cory Joseph (5) during the Warriorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 116-106 victory on Monday in Oakland, Calif. Curry is two treys away from breaking Ray Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record for 3-pointers in a regular season.

not to think about the mark every time he shoots. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You just hope it happens. Obviously, I know about it,â&#x20AC;? Curry said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You just try to play your game, and obviously shooting the ball is a part of it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to force it. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be nice to do it.â&#x20AC;? Seemingly far from contending for the 3-point mark a week ago, Curry has ramped up his output during the postseason push to easily bring Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record within reach. Curry has shot 16 of 28 from beyond the arc the past two games to close within one of the benchmark Allen set in the 2005-06 season with Seattle. Allen shot 41.2 percent when he eclipsed the previous record of 267 by Dennis Scott, who made 42.5 percent from long range in 1995-96 with Orlando. Curry has been clutch, too. During the fourth quarter of Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 116106 home win against San Antonio, he sparked a 19-0 run with three 3s and a reverse layup.

three hits, four runs and one walk in twothirds of an inning. The Braves have outhomered opponents 25-7 and outscored opponents 68-25 for the best run differential in the majors. Heyward hit the goahead homer in the eighth with an opposite-field shot into the left-field seats before Upton and Uggla followed to make it 5-2. After Francisco walked to chase Herrera, Chris Johnson followed with an RBI single off Aaron Crow that scored pinch-runner Jordan Schafer from second. Luis Avilan recorded the first out of the ninth before seeming to injure his left hamstring. Avilan limped slowly off the field with

the help of trainer Jim Lovell and manager Fredi Gonzalez before getting carted off the field. Closer Craig Kimbrel finished off the Royals by striking out pinch-hitter Billy Butler, giving up an RBI single to Alex Gordon and retiring Alcides Escobar on a groundout. It was a non-save situation for Kimbrel. The Royals, who have lost three of four, led 2-1 in the fourth when Salvador Perez reached on Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s throwing error, moved to second on Mike Moustakasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; single and scored on Jeff Francoeurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RBI single. Except for Francisco, who hit his second homer to make it 1-0 in the second and his third to tie it at 2 in the

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OBITUARIES | DANNY BRACEY BISHOPVILLE — Danny Bracey, 27, passed on Sunday, April 14, 2013. The family will receive family and friends at the home, 2376 Browntown Road, Bishopville. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced by Square Deal Funeral Home of Bishopville.

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The Sumter High School football program will hold a mandatory parent-player meeting on Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. Rising ninth-graders who plan to play football at SHS next season should attend the meeting. For more information, contact head coach Reggie Kennedy at John.kennedy@sumterschools.net or (803) 481-4480. DALZELL POST 175 MEETING SET

The Dalzell/Shaw American Legion Post 175 baseball program will hold a pre-tryout meeting for the 2013 season Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Post 175 hut located at 3625 Camden Highway in Dalzell. The team is open to players between the ages of 15-18. Those who want to play for Dalzell are asked to attend the meeting along with a parent or guardian. Players are asked to bring their original birth certificate to the meeting. BRYAN LOSES ON KNOCKOUT

LAS VEGAS -- Sumter’s Jeremy Bryan lost to Imar Imam by knockout in the second round of their super lightweight bout on Friday. A left hook and a right to the chin from Imam, who improved to 9-0, sent Bryan to the canvas at the 2:13 mark of the second round of the bout televised on Showtime. Bryan fell to 16-3.

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Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart works with the linebackers during Tuesday’s spring practice at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala. University trustees approved a 3-year deal for Smart that would be worth $3.85 million.

and on-field achievements was also approved. He gets free use of a university plane for 25 hours each year. Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier received a $90,000 raise to $680,000. Like Smart, he has a threeyear deal running through Feb. 28, 2016. Each of Saban’s onfield assistants will make at least $300,000. The non-coordinators all have two-year deals. Trustees also approved contracts for Saban’s three new assistants: offensive line coach Mario Cristobal ($475,000 per year); secondary Greg Brown ($300,000) and wide receivers coach Billy Napier ($300,000 first year, $325,000 second). New director of player personnel Kevin Steele will make $200,000 a year. Defensive line

coach Chris Rumph ($410,000) and tight ends/special teams coach Bobby Williams ($400,000) got $50,000 raises. The assistants also receive memberships to North River Yacht Club under their deals and can collect postseason bonuses of up to 16 percent. Trustees chairman Paul Bryant Jr. pointed out on the conference call that several Tide staffers have been Division I head coaches — Cristobal at Florida International, Williams at Michigan State and Steele at Baylor. “At least three of these assistant coaches that we’re fortunate enough to have been very successful Division I head coaches as well,” Bryant said. “I just thought I’d mention that.” Associate head coach and running backs coach Burton

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strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran ($350,000) got bumps of $25,000.

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The Tee Off With Camp Corral golf tournament will be held on Saturday at Crystal Lakes Golf Course. The 4-person Captain’s Choice Tournament will have a 7 a.m. sign-in on April 20 with a shotgun start set for 8 a.m. Benefits from the tournament will go to Camp Corral, a summer camp for children of wounded or disabled military families. There will be closest to the pin and hole-inone prizes and every player gets a $200 gift card to Maui Sunglasses. The entry fee is $200 per team and teams can enter on the day of the tournament. For more information, call Todd Kachel at (803) 905-4411 or email him at coldencorralsumter@gmail.com. RELAY FOR LIFE TOURNAMENT

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Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 4, at Crystal Lakes Golf Course. The 4-man Captain’s Choice tournament has an entry fee of $40 per player. There will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start with registration beginning at 7. Lunch will be provided by Outback Steakhouse. Tee sponsorships are available for $40 each, while a tee sponsorship along with a 4-man team can be purchased for $200. To enter teams, call the Crystal Lakes pro shop at (803) 775-1902. For more information, call Jimmy Byrd at (803) 778-0796 or Jimmy Shuping at (803) 773-7775. RED CROSS HEROES TOURNEY

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Spring Hitting Program will be held on Sunday at Patriot Park SportsPlex. The program will begin at noon and last until 5 p.m. It is open to children age 13 and under. The registration fee is $65. A T-shirt can also be purchased for $15. Players can register at the Sumter County Recreation Department located at 155 Haynsworth Street. For more information, call Phil Parnell at (803) 436-2248. ROAD RACING RECOVERY ROAD RACE

The Recovery Road Race will be held on Saturday at Swan Lake Iris Gardens Heath Pavilion. There will be a 10-kilometer run/walk as well as a 5K run/walk beginning at 9 a.m.. The 10K entry fee is 30 and the 5K entry fee is $25. There will be race day registration begin-

ning at 7:30. For more information, go to http:// www.sumtersc.gov/ recreation.aspx. To register online, go to www.strictlyrunning. com. BASKETBALL SUMTER CHRISTIAN CLINICS

There will be three sessions of the Sumter Christian Basketball Clinic held over the summer. The clinics, which will be ran by Bobby Baker, Tom Cope and Jim Davis, are scheduled for June 10-14, June 24-28 and July 1519. The first session is for children in grades 3-6, the second is for grades 6-9 and the third is for grades 9-12. The clinic will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The cost of each session is $45 per camper. T-shirts will be given and trophies will be awarded.


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ttend the Earth Day event at Swan Lake, and you can learn how how to live a greener life now — and even in the hereafter. The gardens will be filled with activity on Saturday, as the Sumter Green Truckload Plant Sale, Earth Day 2013 and the Recovery Road Race are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Earth Day and the plant sale will locate on the Bland Gardens side of the lake for the first time this year, while the race takes runners along a 5K or 10K route that begins and ends at the gardens. “The plant sale will be on the corner of Bland Avenue and West Liberty Street in the spot where vendors park for the Iris Festival,” said Lynn Kennedy, events manager for the city of Sumter. “The hours will be from 8 a.m. until noon, and there will be a wide variety of plants and flowers provided by Rogers Greenhouse. “They will have an assortment of hanging baskets, small and large potted plants, including geraniums, hydrangeas, calla lilies, begoCAROLINA CLEAR PHOTO nias, Knockout® roses and a lot more, at very Mary Nevins, Carolina Clear coordi- good prices. The truck will be refilling during nator for Stormwater Solutions, will the day.” assist young people in a hands-on Proceeds will benefit Sumter Green’s beaudemonstration of the effects of tification efforts, which include the landscaped stormwater runoff. areas at major entrances into the city.

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Children create crafts out of recycled items at the Sumter High School booth at Earth Day Sustainable Sumter 2012.

EARTH DAY 2013

Sumter’s Earth Day celebration is one of thousands around the world, involving millions of people, as communities seek to save their planet. The observance had its origins in 1970, when pollution and toxic waste were unregulated. The late Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wisconsin, came up with the idea for Earth Day in 1970, when it was legal for factories to spew toxic fumes into the atmosphere and to dump toxic waste into streams at will. The Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act were nonexistent. In fact, there were no steps that could be taken, legally, to prevent the destruction of the environment. Nelson and 20 million Americans demonstrating in cities around the U.S. focused the public eye on the issue, and in December 1970, Congress authorized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Now Earth Day is celebrated around the world to raise public awareness of the harm air and water pollution do to the planet and to illustrate ways to help protect our home. When he founded Earth Day, Nelson said, “The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity — that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.”

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE 8:30 a.m. – TBA 9 a.m. – Bates Middle School band 9:30 a.m. – Lakewood and Crestwood high schools combined choirs 10 a.m. – Shaw Heights Elementary School 10:30 a.m. – Ebenezer and Hillcrest middle schools band and chorus 11 a.m. – Wilder Elementary steel drums

ABOVE: John Weathers checks out some of the hydrangeas at last year’s Sumter Green Truckload Plant Sale. BELOW: Members of the Sumter High School choir entertain the crowd at a previous Earth Day celebration at Swan Lake. Several local schools will have musical groups at the 2013 event on Saturday. BLAND GARDEN ACTIVITIES

Activities sponsored by the City of Sumter and Sustainable Sumter will offer a wide variety of green exhibitors, educators and vendors, all dedicated to saving the earth from manmade pollutants. They’ll be set up from 8 a.m. until noon around the gazebo, across Bland Avenue from the plant sale. Kennedy said Sumter’s Earth Day event is one of the largest in the state. “We’ve got many more booths than much bigger cities,” she said. “We’ll have around 20 exhibitors.” A new one this year is Greenhaven Preserve, a cemetery near Eastover that provides for “a burial alternative that allows the body to be returned to the earth and naturally recycled into new life,” according to its literature. Among the other participants so far are Central Carolina Technical College, local Girl Scouts, Sumter Master Gardeners, the Sumter High School Environmental Center, Sumter High art students, the YMCA and many more, Kennedy said. Sumter County Public Works, which operates nine recycling centers and a landfill, as well as providing education to consumers about reducing waste and recycling, will have a booth. Traci Quinn, leader of Girl Scout Troop 2292, said the scouts will “ ... have fun

things for kids to do,” that will involve recycling items that might normally end up in a landfill. “Possibly with ... bottle caps or toilet paper or paper towel rolls. Or, we may do pinecone bird feeders, and we may do rain sticks, and we may make critters or flowers with the tp rolls.” Central Carolina Technical College will have an intriguing demonstration they introduced at last year’s Earth Day celebration, Kennedy said. “They actually can pull water out of Swan Lake and make it so you can drink it,” she said. “Last year, when it went in, it was black, but when it came out, it was just as pure and clean as if you’d gotten it

out of your faucet. It’s pretty amazing.” Kennedy said Sumter High School art teacher Heidi Adler will be on hand with students and other teachers with some green art projects, and that representatives from SHS’ environmental center will have a booth. “Hatfield Heating and Air is going to come out and tell us about energy conservation,” she said, “and it’s also Youth Health Month, so the YMCA will talk about how to stay healthy. Mike Dellinger of the Farm Store will be set up to provide information about organic farming and a program to purchase locally grown produce and to reduce food waste.” Kennedy added, “The kids always love this — Mary Nevins (Carolina Clear coordinator for Sumter Stormwater Solutions) will have a miniature landscape so they can do a hands-on demonstration” of the effects of storm water runoff. “WalMart will have bedding plants by Bonnie, and a new environmentally friendly line put out by Scott. We’ve also got Metrolina Greenhouses. Brock McDaniel, the city horticulturist,will do a presentation on storm water and the importance of trees to the environment.” Representatives of organizations that deal with wastewater will offer information on what they do to protect the local environment; Tuomey Healthcare System will present information about its environmental and recycling practices, and Sumter High Gamecock Gardeners will sell plants from their greenhouse at greatly reduced prices, Kennedy said. She added the day will be as much fun as it is educational, with “lots of hands-on things to do, refreshments available and some great entertainment from our local schools.” Admission is free for both the Sumter Geen Truckload Sale and Earth Day activities at Swan Lake, both scheduled for 8 a.m.-noon. For more information call (803) 436-2640.


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Some Southern chefs look north for inspiration MICHELE KAYAL Associated Press The South’s love affair with fried chicken, collard greens, gumbo and biscuits is being challenged — and changed — by an unlikely influence. The North. Which may seem strange — or even heretical — until you stop to consider that Southern food has always been a confluence of cultures, an amalgamation of its African, European and Native American locals. It just happens that this time around it’s the North that is infusing its ideas in the culinary mix. Credit for this fresh face of Southern cooking goes to a growing band of chefs — some born in the South, many not — who are looking North as they reinterpret the classics. Take Vivian Howard, for example. The 35-year-old owner of the Chef and Farmer restaurant in Kinston, N.C., is a true Southerner, the daughter of a North Carolina hog farmer whose grandmother baked candied yams with butter and brown sugar. Yet the yams Howard serves are smashed and double fried, like a Caribbean plantain, a reflection as much of her time spent cooking in New York as of her heritage. In Louisville, Ky., a Korean-American from Brooklyn marries sorghum and local lamb — and bourbon! — with Asian flavors. In Georgia, Canadian Hugh Acheson showcases the Mediterranean potential of Southern staples such as ramps, morels and veal sweetbreads. And in Carrboro, N.C., Matt Neal — whose dad Bill Neal helped revive Southern cooking in the 1980s — channels his love for New York City in buttermilk biscuits topped with pastrami. Many argue that Southern food is the country’s only true regional cuisine. But much of its distinctiveness comes from its ability to blend. African slaves brought their rice growing culture, laying the groundwork for iconic dishes like gumbo and jambalaya. Sweet potatoes resembled the yams they knew from home, and were used to fill European items like pies. Native Americans contributed their knowledge of the land and its ingredients, showing newcomers how to use corn for foods like cornbread and grits. These rich food traditions often are what attract chefs from other parts of the country. At Louisville’s Magnolia 601, Brooklyn-born Edward Lee seamlessly blends tradition with the flavors of his Korean heritage in dishes like crab cakes with green tomato kimchi and mango with red onion and daikon sprouts. But rather than corrupting tradition, Lee says such innovation moves it forward. “I’m not a Southerner and I don’t cook Southern food,” he says. “I cook my food with a nod to Southern food and culture. I’m playing

‘A lot of these Asian flavors are also Southern flavors. Crunchy fried chicken, salty ham, a great whole fish. Peanuts. There are so many similarities.’ Chef Andrea Reusing on their culture and history. I’m not making it better or worse. I’m just doing something different.” In North Carolina, New Jersey native Andrea Reusing projects memories of childhood trips to New York’s Chinatown into whole fried local flounder and teacured local chicken. She plays on a Southern classic with Koreanstyle fried chicken wings that offer a brittle crunch and a sweetspicy glaze. Country ham shows up in fried rice and field peas dot black sticky rice instead of hoppin’ John. “A lot of these Asian flavors are also Southern flavors,” Reusing says. “Crunchy fried chicken, salty ham, a great whole fish. Peanuts. There are so many similarities. “ At his two Athens, Ga., restaurants, Acheson adds French, Italian, Spanish, even North African flavors to Georgia ingredients, with dishes like grilled octopus and purple cape beans, cioppino-style local seafood with stewed collards and roasted local chicken with red peppers and sesame. He even has kimchi creamed collard greens, a nod to the classic creamed spinach. Such interpretations, Acheson says, fit right into the South’s history. “Eighty percent of what we think of as Southern food is from slaves who were not indigenous,” he says. “It’s amazingly geographically different, inflected from so many parts of the world.” While some may think of the newcomers as carpetbaggers, Howard is flattered by the attention. Playing with Asian flavors or adding Mediterranean accents not only helps develop the region’s food culture, she says, but also honors it. “It says a lot about what people have come to appreciate about our regional cuisine here.” Howard is one of a growing number of native Southerners who traveled or lived outside the region, then returned home with fresh ideas. Trained in New York at WD-50 and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market, Howard initially tried to bring Northern dishes to the South. The response was lukewarm. So she began embracing all the things she’d grown up on — collards, sweet corn, cucumbers, field peas — but reinterpreting them, drawing on lessons she learned in the North. Today, baby collards are

flash fried like potato chips, and lima beans are slow cooked with mustard greens and sausage until they melt on your tongue. A pecan pie isn’t a pecan pie at all, but something between a chocolatechip cookie and a salty, crunchy nut bar. “What I’m trying to do is translate my region,” Howard says. “There are all these subcultures of Southern food. People are familiar with low country, with Appalachia. I’m trying to do that same thing with the cuisine of the frugal farmer in eastern North Carolina, but do it in a way that’s attractive for people who live here and is interesting for people who don’t.” Like Howard, 41-year-old Matt Neal first fell in love with New York and its food during a childhood visit to the legendary Second Avenue Deli. Back home, he says he and his wife Sheila finally gave up on someone coming from the city to open a deli they could eat lunch at, so they decided to do it themselves. “I’m not Jewish or Brooklynese or anything like that, but I figured we could figure out how to make pastrami,” he says. “I had smoked meat before — whole pigs — so pastrami wasn’t a huge stretch.” At Neal’s Deli they serve that pastrami on Southern buttermilk biscuits, and offer a roster of groovy hotdogs like the Chilean “completo,” served in the style of Chile with mayonnaise, sauerkraut, avocado and housemade hot sauce. The pimento cheese is made not just with cheddar, as per tradition, but with Swiss and provolone as well. These chefs are successful, observers say, because their audience also has been traveling the world. “What is happening in the South is that we are more open to discovery,” says Southern cookbook author Jean Anderson. “There’s always a core of Southern recipes that will be there forever. But I do think, and it’s because many Southerners are much better traveled and much better educated, they’re open to experimenting.” An influx of new immigrants over the last couple of decades also has inspired a more adventurous spirit in chefs and home cooks alike, say Paul and Angela Knipple, authors of “The World in a Skillet: A Food Lover’s Tour of the New American South.” Vietnamese immigrants, Kurdish refugees, and in the last 10 years many Hispanic farm workers have all brought their culinary cultures. “The cuisine our grandchildren will eat will look a lot like it does now, but the flavors will be different,” she says. “Southern cuisine is made of immigrant cuisines. And it will slowly embrace the cuisines that come in, as it always has.” Michele Kayal is an editor at http://www. americanfoodroots.com.

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Miso-Smothered Chicken is served with a side salad.

1-pot chicken is a blast of savory Asian goodness THE ASSOCIATED PRESS This one-pot chicken dinner by Kentucky chef Edward Lee blends a staple of Southern cooking — fried chicken — with two deliciously savory Asian ingredients, salty miso and a half pound of shiitake mushrooms. Together they produce a chicken that is tender and wildly flavorful with a thick sauce that is good enough to eat by the spoonful. Though the recipe calls for bonein, skin-on chicken thighs, we also tested it with boneless, skinless thighs and found it just as delicious. MISO-SMOTHERED CHICKEN

Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes (30 minutes active) Servings: 4 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil 2 cups chopped yellow onions 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1/3 cup bourbon 2 cups chicken stock 1/2 cup orange juice 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon dark miso 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded, thinly sliced Cooked rice, to serve In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, cayenne and garlic pow-

der. Add the chicken and toss well to coat evenly. In a medium Dutch oven over medium, heat the oil until it shimmers. Add the chicken pieces skin side down and cook, turning once, until golden on both sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a paper-towel-lined plate. Set aside. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of oil from the pot. Reduce the heat to medium-low ad add the onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the bourbon and cook until all the liquid has evaporated, about 2 minutes. Stir in the chicken stock, orange juice, soy sauce and miso and bring to a simmer. Return the chicken to the pot, cover and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and tender, about 30 minutes. Add the mushrooms and simmer, uncovered, until the mushrooms are tender and the sauce is thickened to the consistency of a gravy, about 10 to 15 minutes longer. Serve with rice. Nutrition information per serving: 460 calories; 200 calories from fat (43 percent of total calories); 22 g fat (5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 80 mg cholesterol; 32 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 22 g protein; 1200 mg sodium. (Recipe from Edward Lee’s “Smoke and Pickles,” Artisan, 2013)

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A shocking tip for preserving produce W. WAYT GIBBS Associated Press Nothing is more frustrating than finding the perfect cucumber or head of lettuce at the farmers market, paying top-dollar for it, and then... tossing it out a week later when it has gone moldy or slimy in the refrigerator. No doubt one reason so many of us eat too many convenience foods and too few fruits and vegetables is that it can be hard to get our busy schedules in sync with the produce we bring home with the best of intentions. Food scientists, however, have discovered a remarkably effective way to extend the life of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables by days or even a week. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t involve the chlorine solutions, irradiation or peroxide baths sometimes used by produce packagers. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easily done in any home by anyone. This method, called heatshocking, is 100 percent organic and uses just one ingredient that every cook has handy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hot water. You may already be familiar with a related technique called blanching, a cooking

method in which food is briefly dunked in boiling or very hot water. Blanching can extend the shelf life of broccoli and other plant foods, and it effectively reduces contamination by germs on the surface of the food. But blanching usually ruptures the cell walls of plants, causing color and nutrients to leach out. It also robs delicate produce of its raw taste. Heat-shocking works differently. When the water is warm but not scalding â&#x20AC;&#x201D; temperatures ranging from 105 F to 140 F (about 40 C to 60 C) work well for most fruits and vegetables â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a brief plunge wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rupture the cells. Rather, the right amount of heat alters the biochemistry of the tissue in ways that, for many kinds of produce, firm the flesh, delay browning and fading, slow wilting, and increase mold resistance. A long list of scientific

studies published during the past 15 years report success using heat-shocking to firm potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, and strawberries; to preserve the color of asparagus, broccoli, green beans, kiwi fruits, celery, and lettuce; to fend off overripe flavors in cantaloupe and other melons; and to generally add to the longevity of grapes, plums, bean sprouts and peaches, among others. The optimum time and temperature combination for the quick dip seems to depend on many factors, but the procedure is quite simple. Just let the water run from your tap until it gets hot, then fill a large pot of water about two-thirds full, and use a thermometer to measure the temperature. It will probably be between 105 F and 140 F; if not, a few minutes on the stove should

2-step method ensures moist roasted chicken ALISON LADMAN Associated Press The curse of roasted chicken â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially when you are working with parts rather than a whole bird â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is how easily is dries out. A few too many minutes in the oven can be all it takes to go from juicy to chewy. So we decided to create a roasted chicken recipe that all but guarantees moist, tender results, even if we get distracted a bit during cooking. We wanted a recipe that was both convenient and forgiving. So we did two things. First, we opted for bonein thighs with the skin removed. Thighs by definition are moist and tender, and are particularly good at resisting overcooking. Bone-in cuts tends to have more flavor and more moisture, but you certainly could use boneless thighs. Just reduce the cooking time slightly. Step two is a salt water bath. Not only does brining the chicken help keep it moist in the dry heat of a roast, it also is a good opportunity to add flavor. We season it with black pepper, thyme, rosemary, savory and garlic, but you could use whatever combination of fresh or dried herbs and seasonings you prefer. Following the brine, we coat the chicken with chopped walnuts and coarse panko breadcrumbs. The result is chicken that is lightly crunchy on the outside, but moist and tender at the center. HERB-BRINED, WALNUT-CRUSTED CHICKEN THIGHS

Start to finish: 45 minutes (15 minutes active) Servings: 8 1/4 cup kosher salt 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 cup water 1 cup ice 2 cups apple juice 4 sprigs fresh thyme 4 sprigs fresh rose-

mary 4 sprigs fresh savory 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander Zest of half an orange In a small saucepan over high heat, combine the salt, pepper and water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the salt. Remove from the heat and add the ice. Stir in the apple juice. Bruise the thyme, rosemary and savory by placing them a cutting board and hitting them with the back side of a chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knife or a meat mallet. In a zip-close plastic bag, combine the liquid mixture with the bruised herbs and the garlic. Add the chicken thighs to the bag and squish around to cover in the brine. Refrigerate for 3 to 5 hours. When ready to cook, heat the oven to 450 F. Remove the chicken from the brine and discard the brine. Use paper towels to pat the chicken thighs dry, then arrange them on a rimmed baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine the walnuts and breadcrumbs. In another small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, coriander and orange zest. Brush the mayonnaise mixture over the surface of each chicken thigh. Pat some of the walnut mixture evenly over the top of each thigh. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and 170 F at the center. Nutrition information per serving: 220 calories; 120 calories from fat (55 percent of total calories); 14 g fat (2.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 60 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 17 g protein; 360 mg sodium.

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do the trick. Submerge the produce and hold it there for several minutes (the hotter the water, the less time is needed), then drain, dry and refrigerate as you normally would. Researchers still are working out the details of how heat-shocking works, but it appears to change the food in several ways at once. Many of the fruits and vegetables you bring home from the store are still alive and respiring; the quick heat treatment tends to slow the rate at which they respire and produce ethylene, a gas that plays a crucial role in the rip-

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STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. Chevron and the United States Golf Association (USGA) are bringing science to life by showing how STEM studies play a big role in the game of golf. This page is the third in a series of special Kid Scoop pages created through this partnership.

Measuring the height and width of a club is straightforward. But how do you measure the volume? To find out read the Scientistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Notebook.

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Tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; covers unusual subject of eels BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH Hard science takes a backseat to poetic meditation on the known and unknowable on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Natureâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings) presentation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mystery of Eels.â&#x20AC;? The documentary is narrated by artist and author James Prosek (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trout: An Illustrated Historyâ&#x20AC;?), whose fascination with eels grew after visiting Ray Turner, the proprietor of Delaware Delicacies near Hancock, N.Y. Turner keeps an eel weir, an ancient device for trapping the snakelike fish. Weirs consist of two stone walls that form a V in the river. A wooden box located at the point of the V catches eels as they migrate back down the river on the way to the Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic. While Turner and the other weir keepers employ a â&#x20AC;&#x153;technologyâ&#x20AC;? at least hundreds of years old, the market for eels is as fluid and lucrative as todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stock market. Eels, considered a delicacy in Asia, are big business. Recently, Chinese companies have developed facilities where young fish known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;glass eelsâ&#x20AC;? are raised to adulthood. Prosek visits fishermen and women in Maine, where catching glass eels for the

Chinese has made some millionaires. In Japan, Prosek meets with scientists spending millions on ways to breed eels artificially. So far, it has been in vain. Few know exactly where eels do their spawning, or why they swim inland to fresh water rivers only to return to the sea as adults. Their mysterious nature has made eels figures of legend and worship among New Zealandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maori tribe members. Prosek draws parallels between the mystical traditions of the Maori and Turner, the eel man he met near New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catskill Mountains. Both put eels in particular and nature in general at the center of their lives and their culture. Prosek is not a professional narrator, and at times Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d wished he had hired one. All the same, he has made a beautiful little movie about an unusual subject that some find disturbing, if not repellent. I highly recommended it. â&#x20AC;˘ Amateur singers form a choir in Wisconsin in the new reality comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Off Pitchâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., VH1).

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Law & Order: Special Victims Unitâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14). â&#x20AC;˘ Evolution proceeds on hour two of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First 4 Billion Yearsâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., PBS, TVPG, check local listings). â&#x20AC;˘ Jennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s twin needs help on the season finale of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bostonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Finestâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., TNT, TV-14). â&#x20AC;˘ Safecracking on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elementaryâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14). â&#x20AC;˘ The silent treatment on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chicago Fireâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14). â&#x20AC;˘ Ryman calls on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nashvilleâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG). â&#x20AC;˘ John barely copes on the season finale of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Southlandâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., TNT, TV-MA). â&#x20AC;˘ Events back in the U.S.S.R. rock Elizabethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Americansâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., FX, TVMA).

Cult Choice Willem Dafoe stars in Martin Scorseseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s controversial 1988 epic â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Temptation of Christâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., Sundance).

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Late Night Ricky Gervais is scheduled on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Daily Show With Jon Stewartâ&#x20AC;? (11 p.m., Comedy Central) * Kate Upton and Fall Out Boy appear on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conanâ&#x20AC;? (11 p.m., TBS) * Gabby Reece, Josh Wolf, Annie Lederman and Kurt Braunohler are booked on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chelsea Latelyâ&#x20AC;? (11 p.m., E!) * Alan

Cumming sits down on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Colbert Reportâ&#x20AC;? (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central) * Selena Gomez, Bob Sarlatte, Killer Mike with El-P and Scar appear on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Late Show With David Lettermanâ&#x20AC;? (11:35 p.m., CBS, r) * Jay Leno welcomes Keith Urban, Paula Deen and Django Django on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tonight Showâ&#x20AC;? (11:35 p.m., NBC, r) * Harrison Ford, Anthony Mackie and Band of Horses appear on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jimmy Kimmel Liveâ&#x20AC;? (11:35 p.m., ABC) * Steve Carell, Abigail Breslin and Justin Timberlake visit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Late Night With Jimmy Fallonâ&#x20AC;? (12:35 a.m., NBC, r) * Craig Ferguson hosts Kelly Osbourne and Breckin Meyer on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Late Late Showâ&#x20AC;? (12:35 a.m., CBS). Copyright 2013, United Feature Syndicate

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chastity (8:30 p.m.) * Deadshot returns on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arrowâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., CW, r, TV-14) * Reid reaches out on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Criminal Mindsâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) * Musical madness on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modern Familyâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., ABC, r, TVPG) * Role-playing on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supernaturalâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., CW, r, TV-14) * Oscar fever on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)â&#x20AC;? (9:30 p.m., ABC, TVPG).

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ou might have a favorite cookie or brownie recipe — but did you know you could make it even better by adding a simple, familiar ingredient? With a few expert tips from Buddy Valastro, author and star of TLC’s “Cake Boss,” you can take your sweet treats from good to great in no time. ■ Start with quality ingredients — When you start with better ingredients, you end up with a better cookie or brownie. Use real butter, highquality vanilla and great tasting chocolate. Here, Buddy shares some of his favorite recipes that use M&M’S candies to add an extra special touch to family favorites — making them even better. ■ Chill the dough — Leaving cookie dough in the refrigerator gives it more body and results in a fuller and better tasting cookie. Plan ahead so you can refrigerate your dough at least one hour — or, even better, overnight. ■ Keep it uniform — Use a small ice cream scoop to keep your cookies the same size. This not only helps them look professional, but bake up evenly and consistently. ■ Pans matter — Bake cookies on light-colored, non-insulated cookie sheets without sides. Metal pans will cook brownies faster than glass pans, which means cooking times will vary. Start checking your brownies early to test if they’re ready and prevent over baking. You can find more sweet baking tips and recipes at www.facebook.com/mms.

ULTIMATE PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES

Buddy Valastro

Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes Bake time: 30 to 40 minutes Yield: 32 brownies 4 ounces semisweet chocolate 1 cup canola or vegetable oil 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups M&M’S Peanut Butter Candies, divided Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a rectangular 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan In 3-quart saucepan, gently combine the semisweet chocolate and oil over very low heat until melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool. In separate bowl, combine sugar, eggs and vanilla extract until blended. Add in chocolate mixture. Slowly sift in remaining dry ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in 1 1/2 cups candies. Spread batter into pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup candies and press lightly. Bake until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan, about 30 to 40 minutes.

AMAZING M&M’S COOKIES

MILK CHOCOLATE MINIS COOKIES Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes Chill time: 1 hour to overnight Bake time: 7 to 12 minutes Yield: 24 to 30 cookies 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 3/4 cups M&M’S Milk Chocolate Minis Candies 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large bowl, cream butter and both sugars until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla extract, and mix to combine. In separate bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to butter mixture, and stir until combined. Fold in candies and walnuts, if desired. Chill dough 1 hour, or overnight. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto lightly greased tray, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes for chewy cookies, or 10 to 12 minutes for crispy cookies.

Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes Chill time: 1 hour to overnight Bake time: 8 to 14 minutes Yield: 24 to 30 cookies 1 cup (2 sticks) butter 2/3 cup brown sugar 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups flour 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 3/4 cups M&M’S Milk Chocolate Candies Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, cream butter and both sugars until well blended. Add egg and vanilla extract, and mix to combine. In separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda and salt together. Slowly add dry ingredients into butter mixture and stir until combined. Fold in candies and chill dough for 1 hour or overnight. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto lightly greased tray, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes for chewy cookies, or 12 to 14 minutes for crispy cookies.

SIMPLY SWEET CANNOLI Prep time: 20 minutes Yield: 24 1 cup Snickers Bars, finely chopped 1 1/2 cups part skim milk ricotta 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest 1 resealable plastic bag 24 mini cannoli shells, unfilled 1/2 cup M&M’S Chocolate Candies Combine chopped candy bars with ricotta, sugar and orange zest. Spoon mixture into resealable bag and snip off a 1/2-inch corner. Fill cannoli shells by squeezing in filling from each end. Decorate both ends with chocolate candies.


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