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Cleanse or not? BY MISSY CORRIGAN Special to The Item Kick start your weight loss. Rid your body of toxins and impurities. These are the top two reasons most individuals choose to try a cleansing or detoxification program. Cleansing, or detoxification, has been around for centuries and continues to be aggressively advertised today as a means of achieving good health. Cleansing is a normal function CORRIGAN of the human body. While our body works diligently to eliminate toxins already, (primarily the function of your liver, kidneys and intestines), we are constantly exposed to dietary, environmental and food metabolized toxins that we can never be free from. However, your lifestyle habits and dietary intake dramatically impact your body’s ability to adequately eliminate these toxins. The body’s ability to eliminate waste slows down because of an overload of toxins from the foods we eat. Inadequate digestion leads to problems which can include weight gain, headaches, constipation, inflammation, bloating, skin disorders and joint pain. Over time, this accumulation of toxins in the body can lead to disorders in every system of your body: reproductive, immune, cardiovascular and nervous. Cleanses are designed to speed up the process of elimination by avoiding the intake of these toxic foods. Many people will feel better because they have stopped consuming the foods that contain poisons and toxins, not because of the products used on the cleansing program. How can you cleanse

Suspect in custody WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombing was captured hiding out in a boat parked in a backyard on Friday and his older brother lay dead in a furious 24-hour drama that transfixed the nation and paralyzed the Boston area with fear. The bloody endgame came four days after the bombing and just a day after the FBI released surveil- D. TSARNAEV lance-camera images of two young men suspected of planting the pressure-cooker explosives that ripped through the crowd at the mar-

athon finish line, killing three people and wounding more than 180. The two men were identified by authorities and relatives as ethnic Chechens from southern Russia who had been in the U.S. for about a decade and were believed to be living in Cambridge, Mass. But investigators gave no details on the motive for the bombing. Early Friday morning, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a ferocious gun battle and car chase during which he and his younger brother hurled explosives at police

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BY BRADEN BUNCH bbunch@theitem.com COLUMBIA — The actions and intent of the lawyer representing the local doctor who first alerted government authorities to alleged illegalities by Tuomey Healthcare System became the focal point in federal court Friday. The first week of the retrial of the federal lawsuit against the Sumter hospital ended with Greg Smith — the lawyer for Dr. SMITH Michael Drakeford — on the stand testifying about his actions representing the local doctor in 2005. It was about then that Tuomey offered Drakeford a part-time employment contract to work in its new ambulatory surgical center, and Drakeford tasked Smith with reviewing the document. Smith works for the Winston-Salem, N.C., office of Womble Carlyle, which specializes in health care law. Federal prosecutors first called Smith to testify to letters he sent to Tuomey representatives, in which he, along with his client, said they had serious concerns the proposed contract might run afoul of federal regulations. “I had concerns that the proposed contract raised Stark (Law) and Anti-Kickback (law) concerns,” Smith told the jury at the Matthew J. Perry Federal Courthouse. Smith said he and Drakeford sent their letters to Tuomey representatives in hopes of gaining an audience with the hospital’s board of trustees, so that they could fully express their

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ABOVE: The Sumter Combat Veterans Group wave as they roll down Camden Highway during the Rembert Spring Parade on Saturday.

LEFT: One of the horses at the parade shows off by rearing back.

RIGHT: A child waves from the window of one of Sumter Fire Department’s oldest fire engines. BELOW: Motorcyclists also participated in the festivities in Rembert.

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New Third Army general confirmed by U.S. Senate FROM STAFF REPORTS The Third Army has a new commanding general. The U.S. Senate confirmed Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry in a vote Thursday for reappointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as commanding general, Third Army/U.S. Army Central at Shaw Air Force Base. Terry is currently serving as commander for the International Security Assistance Force

Joint Command as deputy commander for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The Senate previously confirmed current Third Army/ U.S. Army Central commander Lt. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks for appointment to the rank of general. He will be assigned as the commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. A change of command ceremony is expected to be scheduled for late June at Shaw.

Blaze that sent man to Augusta burn center deemed accidental BY SHARRON HALEY sharronh@theitem-clarendonsun.com

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Megan Floyd, 28, stands in the midst of runners in the 2013 Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston on April 6. Floyd has committed to running every day this year.

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Megan Floyd, runner Megan Floyd, 28, has a specific goal this year: to run every day for 365 days. With more than 100 days behind her, the occupational therapist has run said she has hit her stride toward reaching that goal. Each day, Floyd posts pictures to Facebook of her daily run to keep her accountable. Floyd most recently completed a 6.2mile run in the annual Cooper Bridge Run on April 6 and then completed a 100-mile bicycle ride the next day. WHY DID YOU START RUNNING EVERY DAY?

I started competing in triathlons, and I knew my weakest link was running. It was kind of a joke at first, but then day one happened and I said, “If I’m going to do this then I need to do it.” WHAT ARE THE WORST CONDITIONS YOU’VE HAD TO RUN IN SO FAR?

It’s snowed and rained really hard. I’ve run in sleet and ice. Running in the rain is my favorite part. There is something so cleansing about the rain. I can run and enjoy it. It’s like it’s just me and the rain. WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOAL?

You have to make up your mind to do something. Then you start to find out what works for you. When I started out, I ran in the morning but with work and everything else I do, I found out it was better for me

to run in the evenings. You just have to keep with it and adapt. It’s about finding a way for it to work. There are so many support groups that are willing to help you reach your goal. WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO RUN?

I like to run in places that have emotional connections for me, like my old school, the park that my granddaddy built or my grandmother’s house. I really like running the trail around the YMCA. One night I put on a Clemson hat and ran around the University of South Carolina Sumter. There was one time, on my grandmother’s birthday, where I fell asleep after a get-together with my family. It was 11:30 p.m. and I woke up in a panic. Luckily, we found some clothes and my grandmother’s old sneakers, and I ran two miles that night, wearing my grandmother’s knee highs as socks. HOW WILL IT FEEL ON DEC. 31 WHEN YOU REACH YOUR GOAL?

I know I’ll be different, and I know because of this, I’ll be a better person. I’m really looking forward to it, but it will be sad. I can tell you I will be a stronger runner. I think it will make me realize that a lot of the goals I have right now are achievable and that I’ll need to set bigger goals. — Jamie H. Wilson

A Manning man is in the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta for burns he suffered in a home fire early Thursday morning, according to Clarendon County Fire Chief Frances Richbourg. Yogi Johnson and his wife were asleep in their home near the intersection of North Brewington Road and the Kingstree Highway about 6:30 a.m. when they were awakened by the sound of exploding aerosol cans in a laundry/storage room at the rear of their home. “Both of them got out of the home unhurt,” Richbourg said. “He was injured when he opened the rear door to the home to check on the fire. The fire met him in the face.” Richbourg said the man was taken to Clarendon Memorial Hospital and later transported to the burn center in Augusta. “It was an accidental fire,” the fire chief said. “We’re still investigating the cause of the fire, but we

believe it was due to overheating in that laundry room.” The Johnsons’ home received heavy fire damage to the rear laundry/storage room and to the kitchen area, according to the fire chief. Richbourg said the open portion of the kitchen/den area received heavy smoke and some heat damage as well. A second fire Thursday afternoon on S.C. 527 near Interstate 95 resulted in heavy damage to a single story wood frame house. Richbourg said the owner of the home was doing work on the structure in preparation for moving in. He was burning off the yard when the fire got too close to the home and got behind the exterior wall. “The fire progressed up to the attic,” Richbourg said. “It was a difficult fire because we had three levels of attic and the fire was going in two directions. It was a struggle to put out, but thank goodness no one was hurt.” Richbourg said the entire roof area of the home was destroyed.

‘It was an accidental fire. We’re still investigating the cause of the fire, but we believe it was due to overheating in that laundry room.’

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CrossFit Sumter to honor fallen pilot with workout CrossFit Sumter will host a “Hero” WOD (Workout of the Day) to honor the fallen Capt. James “Mano” Steel on April 27 at its gym at 725 Broad St. The WOD’s will begin at 10 a.m. and will run on the half hour as long as there are participants. There will be a $10 buyin to do the WOD with the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project. Steel, a pilot with the 77th Fighter Squadron

based at Shaw Air Force Base, was killed recently in an F-16 crash in Afghanistan.

Online high school to host info session Tuesday Provost Academy South Carolina will host an informational session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at J.C. Anderson Library at on the University of South Carolina Sumter, 200 Miller Road. This event is free and open to the public. The school is a state-authorized, online public charter high school serving

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S.C. government’s website undergoes mobile testing South Carolina residents will soon be able to access government services on any screen. SC.gov, which developed and manages the state government’s website, has just completed testing of a new mobile payment processing system that would allow residents to access to a broad base of state and municipal government services on multiple digital platforms. The system uses a responsive design which automati-

cally re-sizes web pages to fit the screen of the device being used, whether it’s a desktop PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. It can thus be made available on any device that has Internet access. The system will provide services to a greater number of digital users. In 2013, researchers expect more people will use mobile devices than PCs to get online. Because SC.gov uses a self-funded model, there’s no cost to taxpayers or to government agencies to implement the mobile payment processing system.

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S.C. unemployment down to 8.4 percent in March COLUMBIA (AP) — Unemployment in South Carolina fell in March for the second month in a row, as the state added thousands of hospitality jobs in preparation for its busy tourist season, state officials said Friday. The state’s jobless rate was 8.4 percent last month, according to the Department of Employment and Workforce. That’s a 0.2 percentage

point drop from February, when South Carolina unemployment was 8.6 percent. Jobless rates fell in all 46 of the state’s counties. Unemployment was highest in Marion County, at 16.2 percent. Lexington County marked South Carolina’s lowest figure, at 6.0 percent. National unemployment also fell last month, from 7.7 per-

cent to 7.6 percent. South Carolina’s jobless rate was tied with Georgia for 11th-highest in the country. Nevada’s unemployment was the nation’s highest at 9.7 percent. The state’s labor force dropped slightly, to 2,175,091, officials said. But over the last month, South Carolina gained nearly 10,000 leisure and hospitality jobs as the state prepared for its

summer tourist season. That industry, which does $15 billion in annual business in South Carolina, has grown by more than 11,000 jobs since this time last year. Earlier this month, state figures showed tourism as South Carolina’s fastest-growing industry in terms of new jobs, with more than 212,000 workers statewide — more than 5 percent higher

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ABOVE: A group of YouthBuild participants keep design in mind as they plant pepper sprouts in a garden box on Friday. City councilman and local attorney Calvin K. Hastie Sr., who oversaw the project, said gardens are metaphors for our lives. “If you don’t take care of it, your garden will become full of weeds,” he said. “Just like a garden, your life will be full of weeds, the bad influences, if you don’t take care of yourself. You have to pull those weeds out of your life in order to grow and be successful.” LEFT: Jessica Kennedy, 17, plants a marigold in the tomato plant box. Kennedy said she was inspired by others to join the program, as she enjoys giving back to her community.

A 29-year-old man accused of assaulting a Columbia man in December while out on bond for allegedly assaulting another man in November had bond denied by a circuit court judge on Thursday. Third Circuit Judge George C. James Jr. said Jeremy Geddings of 3025 Ithica Drive in Sumter needs to sort out any mental health and alcohol dependency issues before he can be granted bond on charges of first-degree assault and battery. Geddings was charged Dec. 24, 2012, after a man was reportedly assaulted outside a Sumter nightclub on McCrays Mill Road. Only one month earlier, Geddings had been charged with second-degree assault and battery after another man was reported assaulted outside a nightclub on that same street. He posted a $7,500 surety bond on Nov. 21, 2012, the same day he was charged with the first offense. “(His attorney) says he just wants to get out and work and feed his kids,” James said, addressing Geddings. “That should’ve been his goal all along. I suggest that you see a doctor where you can be diagnosed for any (supposed) men-

blood cancers. Fundraisers such as ‘Cones for a Cure’ help support the research that blood cancer patients depend on to reach remission, stay in remission and live full lives.” All race finishers will get ice cream, and scoops will be only 31 cents during the family festival. Cones For A Cure 5K will start at 7:30 a.m., and the family festival will be from noon to 5 p.m. It will feature games and live music. For more, visit conesforacure. eventbrite.com.

The Iris Festival began in 1940, the event has been ranked one of the top 20 festivals in the Southeastern US. Included this year is the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. Be a part of The Item’s special glossy publication commemorating this annual event.

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than 2,000 jobs each. Several sectors shrank over the last month, with construction, education and health services and information each posting 400 in job losses.

tal health issues. If a doctor can tell me that you’re not going to be an issue, I’ll give you a bond then.” About a week before, two suspects accused in a string of burglaries were denied bond by 3rd Circuit Judge Howard P. King. Risheen Rich, 23, of 1026 Marion Lane, and Ricardo Artrell Parrott, 26, of 1044 E. Sherwood Drive, were each charged with several counts of first-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools after a series of home break-ins and attempted break-ins in January. One of those homes on Reynolds Road belonged to Holly Wood Chase and her two sons. “We were actually home, and they didn’t get in but they came twice and tried to get in,” Chase said. Other victims said during the bond hearing before King that they now feel vulnerable in their own homes, that their children won’t sleep without lights on and that they fear the defendants knowing where they live. “It made me nervous to see them in court,” Chase said. “I very much appreciated the opportunity to speak with the judge. I felt like I owed that to my children. I’m very glad they were denied bail. I feel a little bit safer now.” Reach Robert J. Baker at (803) 774-1211.

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Sumter woman to be honored in Columbia race A Sumter woman will be honored in a Columbia race April 20 in Forest Acres. Nicole Gerbode, a 28-year-old from Sumter, was diagnosed and ultimately died from acute myeloid leukemia. Her sister, Gloria Jordan, started Cones For A Cure 5K to honor her sister, raise awareness about blood cancer and benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “Nicole was a wife and mother

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of a 10-month old son when she was diagnosed with AML,” Jordan said. “She fought with incredible strength, courage and grace for a year before the leukemia stopped responding to any treatment. “Our family is grateful for every donation for blood cancer research. Even though Nicole lost her fight against AML, it was because of research that she was able to fight as long as she did. It is important to us that research continues so that other patients and families can win against

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A woman carries a girl from their home as a SWAT team searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings enters the building in Watertown, Mass., on Friday.

MANHUNT from Page A1 from a stolen car, authorities said. The younger brother managed to escape. During the getaway attempt, the brothers killed an MIT policeman and severely wounded another officer, authorities said. After a tense tumultuous all-day manhunt and house-to-house search by thousands of SWAT team officers with rifles and armored vehicles, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was cornered in a homeownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yard, where he exchanged gunfire with police while holed up in a boat, authorities said. He was taken away on a stretcher and was hospitalized in serious condition with unspecified injuries, police said. Just before 9 p.m., Boston police announced via Twitter that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in custody. They

later wrote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody.â&#x20AC;? A cheer went up from a crowd of bystanders in Watertown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone wants him alive,â&#x20AC;? said Kathleen Paolillo, a teacher. Boston Mayor Tom Menino tweeted â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got him,â&#x20AC;? along with a photo of himself talking to the police commissioner. Police said three other people were taken into custody for questioning at an offcampus housing complex at the University of the Massachusetts at Dartmouth where the younger man may have lived. Up until the younger manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capture, it was looking like a grim day for police. As night fell, they announced that they were scaling back the hunt because they

had come up emptyhanded. But then a break came in a Watertown neighborhood when a homeowner saw blood on his boat, pulled back the tarp and saw the bloody suspect inside, police said. Chechnya has been the scene of two wars between Russian forces and separatists since 1994, in which tens of thousands were killed in heavy Russian bombing. That spawned an Islamic insurgency that has carried out deadly bombings in Russia and the region, although not in the West. The older brother had strong political views about the United States, said Albrecht Ammon, 18, a downstairs-apartment neighbor in Cambridge. Ammon quoted Tsarnaev as saying that the U.S. uses the Bible as â&#x20AC;&#x153;an excuse for invading other countries.â&#x20AC;? Also, the FBI interviewed the older broth-

er at the request of a foreign government in 2011, and nothing derogatory was found, according to a federal law enforcement official who was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. The official did not identify the foreign country or say why it made the request. The search for the younger brother all but paralyzed the Boston area for much of the day. Officials shut down all mass transit, including Amtrak trains to New York, advised businesses not to open, and warned close to 1 million people in the entire city and some of its suburbs to stay inside and unlock their doors only for uniformed police. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe this man to be a terrorist,â&#x20AC;? Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe this to be a man whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s come here to kill people.â&#x20AC;?

BOSTON (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tamerlan Tsarnaev was an amateur boxer who had hoped to fight on the U.S. Olympic team, a man who said he had no American friends. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrestled at a prestigious high school, won a scholarship from his city and went on to university. Two brothers, one dead, one alive. After hours when they were known only by grainy images of two men in baseball caps, a portrait gradually emerged Friday of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. They had come to the United States about 10 years ago from a Russian region near Chechnya, according to an uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md. They had two sisters. As kids they rode bikes and skateboards on quiet Norfolk Street in Cambridge, Mass. But their lives appeared to take different turns â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least until this week, when a video caught them together on Boylston Street, moments before two bombs unleashed terror at the finish line of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most famous race. Tamerlan, thought to be 26 when he was killed overnight in a shootout, dropped out after studying accounting at Bunker Hill Community College for just three semesters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a single American friend. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

understand them.â&#x20AC;? he was quoted as saying in a photo package that appeared in a Boston University student magazine in 2010. He identified himself then as a Muslim and said he did not drink or smoke: â&#x20AC;&#x153;God said no alcohol.â&#x20AC;? He said he hoped to fight for the U.S. Olympic team and become a naturalized American. He said he was studying to become an engineer. More recently, Tamerlan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; married, with a young daughter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; became a more devout Muslim, according to his aunt, Maret Tsarnaeva. She told reporters outside her Toronto home Friday that the older brother had taken to praying five times a day. Tamerlan traveled to Russia last year and returned to the U.S. six months later, government officials said. More wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t known about his travels. According to a crime website he was arrested in 2009 for domestic assault on a girlfriend. Dzhokhar, meanwhile, was described by friends as well-adjusted and well-liked in both high school and college. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in complete shock,â&#x20AC;? said Rose Schutzberg, 19, who graduated high school with Dzhokhar and now attends Barnard College in New York. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a very studious person. He was really popular. He wrestled. People loved him.â&#x20AC;?

Suspectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father: Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;true angelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; BY ARSEN MOLLAYEV The Associated Press MAKHACHKALA, Russia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The father of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing described his fugitive son as a smart and accomplished â&#x20AC;&#x153;angelâ&#x20AC;? in an anguished interview in which he claimed they were set up. Anzor Tsarnaev spoke with The Associated Press by telephone in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan after police said one of his sons, 26-year-old Tamerlan, had been killed in a shootout and the other, Dzhokhar, was being intensely pursued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My son is a true angel,â&#x20AC;? the elder Tsarnaev said. He said his son was â&#x20AC;&#x153;an intelligent boyâ&#x20AC;? who was studying medicine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We expected him to come here on holidays,â&#x20AC;? he said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were set up, they were set up!â&#x20AC;? he exclaimed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw it on television; they killed my older son Tamerlan.â&#x20AC;? Tsarnaev, badly agitated, gave little more information and ended the call angrily, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leave me alone, my sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been killed.â&#x20AC;? The younger Tsarnaev gave few clues as to his inner life on his profile on Vkontakte, a Russian equivalent of Facebook, though he did include websites about Islam among his favorites. The familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s origins are in Chechnya, the mostly Muslim Russian republic where separatist rebels fought two fullscale wars with Russian forces since 1994. A spokesman for Chechnyaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leader said the family left Chechnya long ago and went to Central Asia, then moved to Dagestan, a Muslim republic adjacent to

Chechnya that has been the site of a sporadic insurgency for more than a decade. During the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brief stay in Dagestan, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended School No. 1 in Makhachkala, the provincial capital. The principalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secretary at School No. 1, Irina Bandurina, told the AP that Tsarnaev left for the U.S. in March 2002. Ruslan Tsarni, the uncle of the two suspects, said he was not sure whether someone had radicalized them, but said it would be wrong to blame their father. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not my brother, who just moved back to Russia, who spent his life bringing bread to that table, fixing cars,â&#x20AC;? Tsarni said at his house in Montgomery Village, Maryland. Tsarni said his brother had little influence over his sons.

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev, left, fights Lamar Fenner, of Chicago, during the 2009 Golden Gloves National Boxing Tournament at the Salt Palace in 2009. Tsarnaev, who had been known to the FBI as Suspect No. 1 in the Boston Marathon bombings, was killed Thursday night during a getaway attempt, officials said.

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St. Charles florist shop thriving after 4 years BY RANDY BURNS Special to The Item BISHOPVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A flower shop located in the middle of rural Lee County is thriving some four years after it opened its doors. Flowers by Ruth, owned and operated by Ruth McCants, is located next door to her home in St. Charles. Despite difficult economic times, McCants has been able to make a success as a full-service florist shop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have done very well,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I give a lot of credit to my savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. You have to have faith. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had some low moments when business has been really slow.â&#x20AC;? McCants offers a wide range of services and products for any occasion, including gift baskets, floral arrangements, fresh potted plants, wreaths, designed tables for receptions, trees, sprays and crosses. As is the case for most florist shops, weddings and funerals

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generate much of the shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revenue, McCants said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve added additional services, including fresh flowers by request, table linens, chair covers, dinnerware and stemware,â&#x20AC;? she said. McCants said she is ready for the upcoming wedding months of May and June. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also have some new equipment to use for weddings, such as columns,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also would like to mention I have two new tables for wedding receptions. These tables are the groomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tables. I feel like the groom does not get as much attention as the bride, and I would like to change that by offering a table that is all about the groom. This special table can be decorated the way the

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Ruth McCants, owner and operator of Flowers by Ruth in St. Charles, said she is ready for the busy wedding months of May and June.

bride and groom request.â&#x20AC;? McCants said word of mouth and Facebook have been the key factors in the recent success of her business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When people see my work, they ask for my business card,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People tell others of my work, and they will call me. And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten a lot of new business from my Facebook page. Customers can log on my Facebook page and view

my photo gallery.â&#x20AC;? The longtime educator credits her mother for giving her the inspiration to become a professional florist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always admired how my mom, Ruth Parrott, liked to decorate,â&#x20AC;? said McCants, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and mostly the way she could arrange flowers freehanded. The arrangement she designed was without the use of Styrofoam, oasis, wooden or metal picks.

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Adventist

Sumter Seventh-Day Adventist 103 N Pike West 775-4455 Pastor Samuel Bonham Sat. Sch: 9:15am, Worship: 11:00 am Tues Bible Study 7 pm www.sumter22.adventistchurchconnect.org

Baptist - Missionary Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church 803 S Harvin St. * 775-4032 Marion H Newton, Pastor Sunday Worship: 7:45 & 10:45 am Sunday Youth Service: 10:45 am Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00 pm Salem Missionary Baptist Church 320 West Fulton Street 803-775-8054 Rev. Lei F. Washington Sun. Worship 10:00am Sun School 6:00pm Tue. Prayer Service 5:30pm Wed. Fellowship Dinner 6:00pm

Have you ever traveled to a place where you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speak the language? In the absence of words, we ind methods of communication out of necessityâ&#x20AC;Śan expression or a gesture can express our needs. By the same token, we can communicate our spiritual strength to those around us. A warm smile, a hug, a thumbs up; there are so many ways to share the language of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love. Matthew 5:16 says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.â&#x20AC;? Visit your house of worship this week where the language of His love transcends any other.

Long Branch Baptist Church 2535 Peach Orchard Rd. Dalzell 499-1838 www.longbranch_baptist.com James R. Allen Sun School 10:00am Worship 11:00am Sun Evening Worship 6:00pm Wed Mid Week Service 7:00 pm Midway Baptist Church 1210 Plowden Mill Rd 803-481-5064 Raymond Tobias, Pastor Mickey Lloyd Assoc. Pastor Sun. School 10am Worship 11am Tues. 6:30pm Pine Grove Baptist Church 433 Old Manning Road * 481-2041 Rev. Don Riner, Pastor Sunday School 10:00am Worship 10:50am Shaw Heights Baptist Church 2030 Peach Orchard Rd 499-4997 Rev. Robert White Pastor Sunday School: 9:45am Sunday Worship:11am & 6pm

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Hickory Road Baptist Church 1245 Cherryvale Dr 803-494-8281 Dr. Ron Taylor Pastor Sunday School 9:45am Worship 10:55am

St John United Methodist Church 136 Poinsett Dr * 803-773-8185 Rev. J. Robert (Bob) Huggins Sunday School 9:30 am Worship 11:00 am Wed. Night Supper/Bible Study 6:30pm

City of Refuge Church $BSPMJOB"WFt Pastors Barbara and Johnny Davis 4VOEBZ4DIPPMBNt8PSTIJQBN Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00pm www.cityofrefugeministry.com

Trinity United Methodist Church 226 W Liberty St * 773-9393 Rev. Kevin Gorry Contemporary Worship 8:45 Traditional Worship 11:00 Sunday School 9:45 trinityumcsumter.org

Love Covenant Church 245 Oswego Hwy * 775-7605 Apostle Tommy Fredrick Prophet Angela Frederick Sunday Worship: 11:00 am Thursday Bible Study: 7:00 pm

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Catholic - Roman

Plaza Church of Christ 1402 Camden Hwy. * 905-3163 Stewart Schnur cell 361-8449 Sunday School: 10 am Sunday Worship: 11 am & 6 pm Wed. Bible Class: 7 pm

The Catholic Community of Sumter/ St. Anne Site 216 E Liberty St * 803-773-3524 Fr. Thomas Burke, C.Ss.R. Weekend Masses: Sat Vigil 5pm Sun. 7:30, 9:00 and 11:30 am Mass

Episcopal

The Catholic Community of Sumter, St. Jude Site 611 W. Oakland Ave * 773-9244 www.stjudesumtersc.org Fr. Charles Michael Donovan, C.Ss.R. Saturday Vigil: 5:00 pm Sun. Euch.: 9:00, 11:30 am, 1 pm (Spanish)

Church of the Holy Cross 335 North Kings Hwy (Hwy 261 N) 803-494-8101 The Rev. Daniel Lee Clarke Jr Christian Education 9:00 am Holy Eucharist 10:00 am Morning Prayer Tues-Thurs 7:30am Holy Communion Wed. 12:00 pm

Presbyterian

Lemira Presbyterian Church 514 Boulevard Rd * 473-5024 Pastor Dan Rowton Sunday School 10:00 am Worship 11:00 am Bible Study 6:00 pm

Bible Fellowship Church 227 Broad St *773-7101 Pastor Jim Ketchum Sunday Worship: 11 am Worship 6:00pm Sunday School: 9:45 am Wed. Prayer Meeting 7:00pm

Lutheran - ELCA

Christ Community Church(CCC) 525 Oxford St, Sumter 803-934-9718 Pastor Toby Toburen Sun. Worship 10:00am (Patriot Hall)

St James Lutheran Church 1137 Alice Dr, Sumter 773-2260 / www.stjamessumter.org Pastor Keith Getz Sunday Worship: 10:00 am Sunday School: 9:00 am

First Church of God 1835 Camden Rd * 905-5234 www.sumterfcg.org Ron Bower, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10:30 am Sunday School: 9:30 am

Lutheran - NALC

Miracle Deliverance Temple COSC (Church Of A Second Chance) 1010 North Guignard Drive*934-1444 Apostle Larry DeRant, Bishop Sunday School 10:30am & worship 11:30am

Immanuel Lutheran Church 140 Poinsett Drive * 803-883-1049 Worship Service 9:00 am Sunday School 10:30 am Nursery provided Wed Bible Class: 6:30 pm

Swan Lake Presbyterian Church 912 Haynsworth St Sumter 803-775-3146 Pastor Chuck Staggs Sunday School 9:45 Worship 11:00

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The Salvation Army 16 Kendrick St * 775-9336 Major Robbie Robbins Sunday School: 9:45 am Worship Service: 11 am Wednesday Mid Week Lift: 7 pm Wednesday Men Fellowship & Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home League: 7:30 pm

Methodist - Southern First Southern Methodist Church 321 Miller Rd * 773-9723 Ellison Evans III, Reverend Sunday School: 9:45 am Sunday Worship: 11:00 am, 6:30 pm Wed. Sevs: 6:30pm, Epworth League Mtg: 6:30pm

Word International Ministries 1010 North Guignard Drive * 934-1444 Apostle Larry DuRant Pastor Woship - 8:00am & 11:15am Sunday: School - 10:30am

Methodist - United Aldersgate United Methodist 211 Alice Dr * 775-1602 Dr. Webb Belangia, Reverend Traditional Service 9:00 am Sunday School 10:15 am Contemporary 11:15 am

Pentecostal-United First United Penecostal Church 14 Plowden Mill Rd * 775-9493 Pastor Theron Smith Sunday Service: 10:00 am & 6:30 pm Wednesday Bible Study: 7:30 pm

Bethel United Methodist Church 5575 Lodebar Rd * 469-2452 Rev. Billy Lewis Sunday Worship: 8:30 & 11 am Sunday School: 10 am www.BethelUMCoswego.org BMethodist@ftc-i.net

Sumter First Pentecostal Holiness Church 2609 McCrays Mill Rd * 481-8887 S. Paul Howell, Pastor Sunday School: 10:00 am Sunday Worship: 10:45 am & 6:00 pm Wed. Worship/Youth Group: 7:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church of Sumter 9 W Calhoun St * 773-3814 11:00 a.m. Morning Worship 9:45 a.m. Sunday School - All Ages 5:00 p.m. Sunday evening program

Non-Denominational

Spiritual Life Christian Center 4672 Broad St. Ext * 968-5771 Pastors Randolph & Minerva Paige Sunday Worship: 11:00 am Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00 pm Victory Full Gospel Interdenominational Church 601 Pitts Rd * 481-7003 Joann P. Murrill, Pastor Sunday Worship: 11:00 am Youth Bible Study/Respect Monday: 7pm

Baptist - Southern Grace Baptist Church 219 W Calhoun St * 778-6417 Dr. Stephen Williams S.S. 9:45 am; Worship 11:00, 6:30 Wed. Meal-Choir-Missions: 5:30 pm Wed. Bible Study: 6:30 pm

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ROSA BROADWAY Rosa Agnes Maree Gainey Broadway, 82, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Chesterfield County, she was a daughter of the late Cecil L. and Charlotte Estell Maree. Mrs. Broadway was a member of BROADWAY Wedgefield Baptist Church and also attended Walkers Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. She retired from Cover Mfg. Co. with 31 years of service. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was fondly known as “Granny” not only to her own grandchildren but to many others as well. She was twice married, first to the late William Heath Gainey and later to the late Wilkins L. Broadway. Surviving are a son, James T. Gainey (Louise) of Sumter; two daughters, Ann McDaniel (Charlie) and Kathy Gainey Harrington Rutledge, both of Sumter; three stepchildren, Jimmy Broadway (Belen) and Charlotte Hill (Glenn), both of Sumter, and Robert Broadway of California; 12 grandchildren, including Delanie Avins, who provided compassionate care to her grandmother for a number of years; 18 greatgrandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son, Edward Gainey; two brothers, C.J. Maree and Roger Maree; and three sisters, Louise Hoffman, Lois Jenkins and Vicky Sotolongo. Funeral services will

be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel of Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home with the Rev. Nat Brown and Pastor Paul Goff officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ricky Harrington, Joe Harrington, Jay Gainey, Drake Hutson, Gary Hill and Johnnie Broadway. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home and other times at her home. Memorials may be made to Wedgefield Baptist Church, P.O. Box 265, Wedgefield, SC 29168 or to Walkers Chapel Freewill Baptist Church, 99 Walter Ave., Sumter, SC 29153. Online condolences may be sent to www. sumterfunerals.com. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.

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THOMAS L. DURANT Thomas L. Durant, 65, widower of Carolyn Jones Durant, departed this life on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Providence Hospital, Columbia. Born April 15, 1948, in Wedgefield, he was a son of the late Manning Sr. and Wilhelmina Murray Durant. The family is receiving friends at the home, 6 Capri Drive, Sumter. Funeral plans are incomplete and will be

announced later by Job’s Mortuary Inc. of Sumter.

CHARLIE SHANNON Charlie Shannon, 75, husband of Earline Singleton Shannon, died Friday, April 19, 2013, at Sumter Valley Health Rehabilitation. Born June 16, 1937, in Sumter County, he was a son of the late James and Rosa Lee Singleton Shannon. The family will receive friends and relatives at the home, 955 Mayfield Drive, Sumter. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter. CONNIE B. BUCKNER Connie Benenhaley Buckner, 83, widow of Samuel L. Buckner, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late Henry Sr. and Ethel Hood Benenhaley. Mrs. Buckner was a member of Springbank Baptist Church. She retired from Campbell’s Soup Co. after 24 years of service. She was a loving and dedicated mother and grandmother. Survivors include four children, Oneil “Bucky” Buckner (Karen) of Chandler, Ariz., Vickie Underwood (Jim) of Sumter, Carter Buckner (Valerie) of Loganville, Ga., and Patrick Buckner (Phyllis) of Sumter; 10 grandchildren, Beth Ann Young (Jamie), Denise Houghton (Jerry), Michael Buckner, Tyler Buckner (Ashley), Scott Marrs (Stephanie), Jared Buckner, Ferris Buckner, Brad Marrs, Courtney

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Buckner and Jeremy Buckner; 10 greatgrandchildren; one brother, John Mark Benenhaley (Bobbie) of Dalzell; and four sisters, Gertrude Benenhaley of Barnwell, and Lois Cook (John), Alice Chase (Ben) and Ann Shumaker (Ray), all of Dalzell. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rita Faye Buckner; two brothers, Raymond Benenhaley and Ernest Benenhaley; and six sisters, Theo Carpenter, Gladys Ray, Henrietta Benenhaley, Peggy Hood, Estelle Benenhaley and Louise Benenhaley. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Springbank Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Miller and the Rev. John Cook officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tony Carpenter, Chip Chase, Steve Buckner, Henry Benenhaley, Dean Benenhaley and Ronnie Benenhaley. Honorary pallbearers will be Kimble Cook, Mark Buckner, Joey Buckner, Wallace Benenhaley Jr., Andy Hood, Larry Hood and Kevin Cook. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at ElmoreCannon-Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home, 2550 Relative Road, Dalzell. The family would like to express a special thanks to the staff of NHC Healthcare for taking such good care of our mother these past five years and to all of the medical staff on 2 South at Tuomey Healthcare. Memorials may be made to the Springbank

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RODNEY LIVERMAN Rodney Liverman, 61, died Friday, April 19, 2013, at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia. Born Sept. 25, 1951, in Murfreesboro, N.C., he was a son of the late Clara and Gelono Liverman. The family will receive friends at the home of Kay Linton, 15 Warsaw St., Summerton. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Summerton Funeral Home LLC, (803) 4853755. VERENSHA MACK JOE MANNING — Verensha Mack Joe, 80, widow of Mackie Joe, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Windsor Manor Nursing Home, Summerton. She was born March 31, 1933 in Manning, SC, a daughter of the late Louis Mack and Carrie Miller Joye. She received her formal education at the Williamsburg County Training School in Greeleyville. In her youth, she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and joined Biggers AME Church. She filled several capacities at the church, which included: serving on the cooking committee; a member of the mass choir; served on the board of trustees; and was a faithful missionary,until her untimely illness. She was employed as a supervisor of a clothing

factory in Bronx, N.Y., Montefiore Hospital in Bronx and Williamsburg Nursing Home in Sumter, until she retired. Survivors are a son, Curtis (Dwight) Joe; one daughter-in-law, Floreen Joe; three grandsons, James (Adolph), Curtis Joe and Levan Joe; three granddaughters, Rasheen Joe (Adolph), Vernesha Joe and Diasia Carroll; three greatgrandchildren; one sister-in-law, Laudy Joe; one brother-in-law, Lincoln ( Nell) Joe; and one aunt, Isabella Miller. The memorial services for Mrs. Joe will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Biggers AME Church, 6208 Kingstree Highway, Manning, with the Rev. Andrew Jordan officiating, and the Rev. Mattie Mouzon and Evangelist Lorraine Lemon assisting. The family is receiving friends at the home of her cousin, Mary Lou Pritchett, 606 W. Huggins St., Manning. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

GENEVA M. HOWARD Geneva Moore Howard, 59, wife of Lonnie Howard, died Friday, April 19, 2013, at Palmetto Health Richland, Columbia. Born Sept. 15, 1953, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Catherine Elizabeth McMillon Moore. The family will receive friends at the home of her sister, Henrietta Burton, 918 Mordred St., Sumter. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter.

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Texas town grieves for dead first responders WEST, Texas (AP) — Buck Uptmor didn’t have to go to West Fertilizer Co. when the fire started. He wasn’t a firefighter like his brother and cousin, who raced toward the plant. But a ranch of horses next to the flames needed to be moved to safety. “He went to help a friend,” said Joyce Marek, Uptmor’s aunt. “And then it blew.” Two days after the fertilizer facility exploded in a blinding fireball, authorities announced that they had recovered 14 bodies, confirming for the first time an exact number of people killed. Grieving families quickly started planning burials. At least three of those who perished in Wednesday’s blast were firefighters, according to family members. The dead included Uptmor and Joey Pustejovsky, the city secretary who doubled as a member of the West Volunteer Fire Department, as well as a captain of the Dallas Fire Department who was off-duty at the time but responded to the fire to help. The explosion was strong enough to register as a small earthquake and could be heard for many miles across the Texas prairie. It demolished nearly everything for several blocks around the plant. More than 200 people were hurt. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason

Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 159, Dalzell, SC 29040. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

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The remains of a nursing home, left, apartment complex, center, and fertilizer plant, right, destroyed by an explosion in West, Texas, remain strewn about on Thursday. Rescuers searched the smoking remnants for survivors of Wednesday night’s thunderous fertilizer plant explosion, checking smashed houses and apartments for anyone still trapped in debris while the community awaited word on the number of dead.

Reyes said he could not confirm how many firstresponders had been killed. Efforts to search devastated buildings in a four-block radius around the blast site continued Friday. The first-responders “knew it was dangerous. They knew that thing could go up at any time,” said Ronnie Sykora, who was Pustejovsky’s deacon at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. “But they also knew that if they could extinguish that fire before it went up, that they could save tens of lives, hundreds of lives. That’s why they were in there.” Edward Smith, a volunteer chaplain for the Dallas Police Department, counseled fire-

fighters at West’s fire station Friday morning. Outside, firefighters from nearby Alvarado washed a truck that was used after the blast to put out the fires started by the explosion. “Right now, the general public might be saying, ‘Well, why aren’t they talking about this?” Smith said of the firefighters. “They don’t necessarily even want to talk about it. They’re holding out hope.” In a town of just 2,800 people, everyone here knew someone affected by the explosion. Texas Sen. John Cornyn told television station WFAA that search-and-rescue workers had a list of several dozen people who are unaccounted for and

were checking that list against those people who are still hospitalized, staying with relatives or evacuated because their homes were destroyed. “So, hopefully that number will come way down, hopefully to zero,” Cornyn said. The fertilizer facility stores and distributes anhydrous ammonia, a fertilizer that can be injected into soil. It also mixes other fertilizers. Plant owner Donald Adair released a statement saying he would never forget the “selfless sacrifice of first-responders who died trying to protect all of us.” One of the plant employees was also killed responding to the fire, Adair said.

Experts say ricin like that in letters not hard to create OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The ricin mailed to the president and a U.S. senator is relatively easy to make but generally can’t be used to target a large number of people, experts say. A Mississippi man, Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, has been charged with mailing letters laced with the naturally occurring toxin to President Obama and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker. Authorities say he sent a third threatening letter to a Mississippi judge, though that letter is still being tested for the presence of ricin. Curtis has denied making the ricin and mailing the letters. The FBI has not yet revealed details about how the ricin was made or how lethal it may have been. It was in a powdered form inside the envelopes, but the FBI said no one has been sickened by it so far. A senate official said Thursday that the ricin was not weaponized, meaning it wasn’t in a form that could easily enter the body. More than a dozen officials, some wearing hazardous materials suits, were searching the home Friday where Curtis was arrested in Corinth, Miss. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden would not say if authorities have found ricin or materials used to make it in Curtis’ home, and officials have not provided details about how Curtis may have either obtained or made the ricin. Law enforcement agents should be able to test the toxin found in the letters to determine its potency and purity, as well as learn what chemicals may have been used to extract it from widely available castor beans, said Murray Cohen, the founder of the Atlanta-based Frontline Foundation, which trains workers on preparedness and response to bioterrorism and epidemics. Those chemicals might then be able to be linked to purchases made by Curtis or materials found in his home. Curtis’ ex-wife has said he likely didn’t have the know-how to make ricin, and she did not know where he would buy it because he was on disability. But Cohen said ricin was once known as “the poor man’s bioterrorism” because the seeds are easy to obtain and the extraction process is relatively simple.


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LAWSUIT from Page A1 concerns. The audience was denied, and at the same time Tuomey prevented another lawyer — hired by both Tuomey and Drakeford — from putting into writing concerns that lawyer had about the contracts, as well, Smith said. It was these concerns of illegality, Smith said, that eventually led to Drakeford turning down the contract and ultimately filing the lawsuit currently being heard with federal district attorneys handling the prosecution. The federal government is attempting to recoup from Tuomey nearly $45 million in Medicare payments to Tuomey, saying the contracts the hospital signed 19 local doctors to were above fair market value and created an illegal kickback, violating Stark Law and the Fair Claims Act. Should the federal government be successful, both Drakeford and Smith’s law firm stand to gain financially, with their share of the award potentially totaling millions of dollars. It was this, along with a timeline of events revealed by Smith’s own office time sheets, that defense attorney Matthew Hubbell hammered on during cross-examination. The defense attorney said that, according to Smith’s own office records — the day before Smith sent a letter to the Tuomey board on behalf of Drakeford — he was also researching how to file a whistleblower lawsuit against the

HEALTHY LIVING from Page A1 your system when most cleansing programs are not done with toxin-free foods and supplements themselves? Most cleanses that restrict the intake of food are designed for a short period of time. Not only are they very restrictive, but they are also nutritionally unbalanced. Consequently, eating habits do not change for the better, which may lead to repeated cleanses. This can actually slow the digestive system down, which can lead to constipation and other intestinal issues once food is consumed again. The weight lost during a cleanse program is waste, fluid and muscle tissue. Most forms of cleansing are done through juicing or liquid nutrition and some restricted solid foods or possibly none at all. Most require additional supplements to be taken during this time. Supplements are generally made up of isolated nutrients which can cause further problems where nature-made food

hospital. “You had a hidden agenda you didn’t tell the board about,” Hubbell said, which Smith denied. Instead, Smith said he was simply preparing to protect his client. Hubbell also revealed that Drakeford had entered into a letter of intent with Wesmark Ambulatory Surgical Center, crafted by Smith, in March 2005, several months before Drakeford expressed any concerns about the proposed Tuomey contract. When Hubbell asked why Smith never revealed the existence of the letter to Tuomey representatives, Smith said it was irrelevant to their contract negotiations. Hubbell also highlighted multiple times that it was the letter Smith crafted for Drakeford that district attorneys are now trying to use to prove Tuomey knew it was engaging in illegal contracts. “Your firm stands to make millions of dollars,” Hubbell said. Smith conceded his firm stood to gain financially, but that he did not know to what amount. He also added that he would not personally receive any of the money, saying his portion of the award would be donated to a charitable organization founded by Drakeford should the federal government be successful in the lawsuit. Both sides will return to the courtroom at 9 a.m. Monday. Federal prosecutors said they plan to wrap up their side of the case by Wednesday.

TIPS TO OPTIMIZE YOUR BODY’S NATURAL CLEANSING SYSTEM • Eliminate your intake of chemically enhanced packaged products • Drink a gallon of purified water daily • Avoid artificial sweeteners • Choose organic foods when possible • Increase your intake of fiber from natural foods • Get your nutrients from natural food sources, not supplements

combines nutrients in a way that benefits our body. While you will lose weight, you will gain weight back when you start to eat food again. Whether you choose a cleansing product or program, it is imperative that you adopt the fundamentals of a healthy nutrition program that eliminates the intake of processed foods and increases the intake of natural foods. Switching from a diet of processed foods to nature made foods in their simplest form is a cleansing process itself without having to spend money on expensive programs, supplements and products. Missy Corrigan is director of healthy living for the Sumter Family YMCA. She can be reached at mcorrigan@ ymcasumter.org or (803) 773-1404.

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Temperature High ............................................... 85° Low ................................................ 65° Normal high ................................... 76° Normal low ..................................... 50° Record high ....................... 90° in 2002 Record low ......................... 32° in 1983

Greenville 66/43

Full 7 a.m. 24-hr pool yest. chg 360 358.18 -0.05 76.8 75.22 -0.01 75.5 75.01 none 100 97.51 +0.03

Winds: NE 10-20 mph

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Chance of rain: 10%

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

Full pool 12 19 14 14 80 24

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Gaffney 66/41 Spartanburg 67/43

Columbia 69/44 Today: Sunny and cool. Sunday: Sunny to partly cloudy and breezy.

Myrtle Beach 63/49

Manning 67/43 Aiken 69/42

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

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Lake Murray Marion Moultrie Wateree

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pictures from the public Hap Griffin comments on his astrophotograph submission, “Another of my favorite astronomical objects ... the exquisite Whirlpool Galaxy, known as M51. Actually, this object is two galaxies caught in a gravitational cosmic dance. The larger spiral is NGC 5194 and the smaller disrupted galaxy is NGC 5195, although the combination is often called simply, M51. The strong spiral arm structure is thought to be caused by the interaction of these two neighbors, whereby gas in the galaxy was compressed in some regions, forming hot blue star forming regions.”


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Kenseth takes pole at Kansas Speedway BY DAVE SKRETTA The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Matt Kenseth did his best Friday to erase his reputation as a poor qualifier. Kenseth rolled to the pole for Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway, setting a track qualifying record of 191.864 mph in cold, windy condi-

tions to bump Carl Edwards out of the top spot and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. into the second row. “We didn’t think we had a chance,’’ Kenseth said. “It’s KENSETH unexpected, and its one of the fastest tracks of the year. Felt great to go out

late and jump over the other guys.’’ Kenseth will be starting his 480th Sprint Cup race this weekend, but the 2005 series champion has only qualified first nine times — one of them came at Kansas in 2005. Indeed, the man behind the wheel of the No. 20 Toyota has had plenty of success at the 1 1/2-mile tri-oval.

Kenseth won the fall race at Kansas, and hasn’t finished outside the top 10 since having engine trouble in the 2009 race. He’s also finished in the top five at the track five times. “It’s always been something I would try to do well, qualify well, but it has been more of a focal point in the team,’’ Kenseth said. “I always tried, but now my cars have

been faster.’’ Edwards will be starting on the front row for the first time at Kansas after qualifying with a lap of 191.748. Stenhouse was bumped to third after spending most of the day with the quickest lap. Asked how it felt to be beaten out for the pole by SEE KENSETH, PAGE B3

Stingers, Fire Ants meet in key series

Streelman in the hunt Golfer tied for Heritage lead as rain delays second round

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BY PETE IACOBELLI The Associated Press HILTON HEAD ISLAND — Kevin Streelman looks ready to make contending at PGA Tour events a habit, while Brandt Snedeker was poised for an early exit at the RBC Heritage in the rain-delayed second round Friday. Streelman, who won his first tour title last month at the Tampa Bay Championships, shot a 1-under 70 before the wind picked up at Harbour Town Golf Links. He was tied at 6 under with Charley Hoffman and 34-year-old rookie Steve LeBrun. Hoffman, like Streelman, followed an opening 66 with a 70. LeBrun shot his second straight 68. Luke Donald and Bill Haas were a stroke back. Donald had a 68, and Haas shot 69. The biggest surprise

are 18-2 and 5-0. Should Wilson Hall win, a game has been tentatively scheduled to be played on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Hammond in Columbia to decide the top seed from the region for the playoffs. Both Barons head coach Tommy Jones and Swampcats head coach Billy Sylvester

In a year filled with parity throughout Region X, the University of South Carolina Sumter and Florence-Darlington Technical College baseball teams have been surprisingly similar. The Fire Ants have relied on solid pitching and defense, and that in turn has led to 16 1-run games – 10 of which were won by USCS. Likewise, the Stingers have had strong outings from starters and solid bullpen work, leading to 15 1-run con- FLEENOR tests in which FDTC has earned a 7-8 mark. The biggest difference entering this weekend’s final region series at MCDONALD Riley Park, however, is the Stingers are still chasing a regular-season title while the Fire Ants are likely on the outside looking in. The 4-game series, which begins today with a 1 p.m. doubleheader, is one of three big Region X series going on this weekend. FDTC sits at 13-9, tied with Spartanburg Methodist College for second place. SMC hosts Guilford Tech, which stands at 12-12. Louisburg College, the Region X leader at 14-8, is at USC Salkehatchie (11-13). USCS is 10-12, and even if SMC, FDTC and Louisburg are swept, the Hurricanes’ still hold a series victory over the Fire Ants from earlier this season. “I’m honestly not thinking about that right now, or even what the standings are,” USC Sumter head coach Tom Fleenor said. “All I’m concerned about is what we do as a team this weekend and

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LEADERBOARD Second Round Kevin Streelman Charley Hoffman Steve LeBrun Luke Donald Bill Haas Johnson Wagner Rory Sabbatini Graeme McDowell D.H. Lee Pat Perez Stuart Appleby

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was Snedeker, at No. 5 the highest-ranked player in the field. Days after leading the Masters on Sunday before faltering, the 2011 Harbour Town winner opened with a 73 and had a 71 Friday to finish at 2 over — one over the projected cut line. Seventeen players were unable to finish. The rain was forecast to continue overnight before the front moves out to sea and brings cooler

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Kevin Streelman reacts after missing a birdie putt on the eighth green during Friday’s second round of the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island.

Rain postpones WH-LMA BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER mchristopher@theitem.com

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Laurence Manning Academy’s equipment sits in the visitor’s dugout at Baron Field on Friday. The SCISA Region II-3A contest was postponed until Monday.

With the SCISA Region II-3A baseball title on the line on Friday at Baron Field, Mother Nature was the winner. Wilson Hall and Laurence Manning Academy were set to play, but heavy rains came down approximately an hour and half before game time

and the game was postponed. The game has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday at Baron Field. The Barons, who are JONES 17-6 overall and 4-1 in region play, need a victory to tie LMA for the title. The Swampcats

Top seeds roll to victories at PTC BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennisb@theitem.com Coming in as the favorite to win the women’s portion of the Conference Carolinas Tennis Tournament is old hat for Erskine College. The same can’t be said for the Coker College men’s team. The Flying Fleet is gunning for its ninth straight conference title, while Coker comes in having won the men’s regular-season title for the first time in school history. Both teams handled themselves in fine fashion in the tournament quarterfinals on Friday at Palmetto Tennis Center. The Erskine women rolled to an easy 5-0 victory over No. 8 Coker, while the Cobras defeated

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Limestone’s Julia Moreira returns a shot during a doubles match with North Greenville on Friday at Palmetto Tennis Center. Moreira and partner Segolene Ollivier won the match, but the quarterfinal match was suspended by rain with Limestone leading 4-3.

Barton College 5-0. “We’d never been the favorite coming into this be-

fore, so I certainly had some concerns,” said Coker head coach Tom Simpson, whose

team improved to 17-4 on the season and went 10-0 in the conference regular season. “We had five new players out of (the top) six on the men’s team, so this was a new experience for them. But they were focused and competed very well.” Barton finished at 5-13. The Cobras will be facing fourth-seeded Pfeiffer College in one of the semifinals today beginning at 9 a.m. Pfeiffer pulled out a 5-3 victory over No. 5 Queens to improve to 12-6. Queens finished 8-6. The other semifinal will have No. 2 Limestone taking on No. 3 Mount Olive, also at 9 a.m. Limestone rolled past No. 7 King while Mount SEE PTC, PAGE B2

Women at Palmetto Tennis Center Friday Quarterfinals Match 1 -- No. 1 Erskine 5, No. 8 Coker 0 Match 2 -- No. 5 Mount Olive 5, No. 4 Pfeiffer 1 Match 3 -- No. 3 Queens 5, No. 6 Barton 1 Match 4 -- No. 2 Limestone 4, No. 7 North Greenville 3 (Suspended) Today Quarterfinals 9 a.m. Match 4 -- No. 2 Limestone vs. No. 7 North Greenville (Comp. of suspended match) Saturday Semifinals Noon Match 5 -- No. 1 Erskine vs. No. 5 Mount Olive Match 6 -- No. 3 Queens 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. 1 Coker 5, No. 8 Barton 0 Match 2 -- No. 4 Pfeiffer 5, No. 5 Queens 3 Match 3 -- No.3 Mount Olive 5, No. 6 Erskine 1 Match 4 -- No. 2 Limestone 5, No. 7 King 0 Today Semifinals 9 a.m. Match 5 -- No. 1 Coker vs. No.4 Pfeiffer Match 6 -- No. 3 Mount Oliver vs. No. 2 Limestone Sunday Championship 1 p.m. Match 7 -- Match 5 Winner vs. Match 6 Winner


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Gamecocks edge Knights in Sumter School District meet Sumter High School edged Crestwood by three points in the Sumter School District Championships track and field meet on Thursday at Sumter Memorial Stadium. The Gamecocks won with 74.5 points and Crestwood had 71.5. Lakewood finished with 29. Devontaye Edwards won the shot put and the discus to lead SHS. Rakeem Benjamin won three events for the Knights, the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the 400 high hurdles. SUMTER First-Place Finishers 400 Dash -- Antonio Locklin (50.84 seconds) 1,600 Run -- David McInnis (5 minutes, 50.72 seconds) 4x100 Relay -- Ky’Jon Tyler, Daishaun Randolph, Tiquan Colclough, Manuel Conyers (42.25). 4x400 Relay -- Antoine Locklin, Antonio Locklin, Alton Moseley, Justin Martin (3:35.16) 4x800 Relay -- Antoine Locklin, Antonio Locklin, Moseley, Martin (8:57.52) High Jump -- Randolph (6 feet, 5 inches) Long Jump -- Tyler (21-07) Shot Put -- Devontaye Edwards (46-09) Discus -- Edwards (141-05) Second-Place Finishers 400 Dash -- Antoine Locklin 800 Run -- Moseley 1,600 Run -- Martin High Jump -- Conyers Long Jump -- Johnnie Brunson Discus -- Evan Myers Third-Place Finishers 100 Dash -- Tyler 200 Dash -- Tyler Pole Vault -- Austin Miller Triple Jump -- Demetrius White CRESTWOOD First-Place Finishers 100 Dash -- Rakeem Benjamin (10.81) 200 Dash -- Benjamin (21.75) 3,200 Run -- Frederic Daniels (12:14.42) 400 Hurdles -- Benjamin (59.26) Pole Vault -- Claude Wheeler (10-00) Triple Jump -- Shamari Fakih (43-10.50) Second-Place Finishers 800 Run -- Seth Barron 110 Hurdles -- Wheeler 400 Hurdles -- Diondre Hodge 4x400 Relay -- Shamari Fakih, Jamie Dixon, Bar-

BOYS AREA ROUNDUP ron, Marcus Hilton 4x800 Relay -- Barroon, Wildredo Anderson, Chris Roberts, Frederic Pole Vault -- Travis Blakely Triple Jump -- Benjamin Shot Put -- Hilton Third-Place Finishers 1,600 Run -- Daniels 3,200 Run -- Trvante Cuffie-Daniel High Jump -- Antwan Conyers Long Jump -- Conyers Shot Put -- Keiton Burgess LAKEWOOD First-Place Finishers 800 Run -- Otis Jones (2:03.63) 110 Hurdles -- Maurice McCarey (16.35) Second-Place Finishers 100 Dash -- Khafari Buffalo 200 Dash -- Buffalo 3,200 Run -- Mark Taylor Third-Place Finishers 400 Dash -- Buffalo 110 Hurdles -- Rashawn Andrews 400 Hurdles -- McCarey 4x800 Relay -- Jones, Tyshawn Robinson, Malik McCallum, Taylor Discus -- Andrew White

WILSON HALL WINS TRI-MEET

Wilson Hall defeated Trinity-Byrnes and St. Francis Xavier High School in a 3-team meet on Wednesday at Spencer Field. The Barons won with 155 points. T-B finished with 58 and SFX had 4. Devin Singleton won three individual events -the 100-, 200- and 400meter dashes -- and ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay team with Ashton Knowlton, Ryan Norris and Scott Harvin. WILSON HALL First-Place Finishers 3,200 Run -- Matthew Tavarez (12 minutes, 20.72 seconds) 4x800 Relay -- Scott Harvin, Ryan Norris, Cameron Joyner, Will Watson (10:41.75) 110 Hurdles -- Hayes Goodson (20.02 seconds) 100 Dash -- Devin Singleton (11.31) 4x100 Relay -- Nick Sersun, Josh Gentile, Michael Lowery, Ashton Knowlton (47.64)

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400 Dash -- Singleton (53.85) 400 Hurdles -- Goodson (1:09.56) 800 Run -- Norris (2:11.72) 200 Dash -- Singleton (22.81) 4x400 Relay -- Knowlton, Norris, Harvin, Singleton (4:32.28) Long Jump -- Knowlton (18 feet, 07.50 inches) Triple Jump -- Lowrey (34-08.00) Discus -- Ken Ballard (129-03) Shot Put -- Ballard (38-07) Second-Place Finishers 3,200 Run -- Bryce Lyles 110 Hurdles -- Branson Bruce 4x100 Relay -- Campbell Mims, Patrick Fidler, Noah Harvin, Evans Boyle Long Jump -- Boye Long Jump -- Will Young Discus -- Walker Ard Shot Put -- Tanner Carraway Third-Place Finishers 110 Hurdles -- Brad Russell 100 Dash -- Gentile 1,600 Run -- David Bradham (5:10.22) 400 Dash -- Gentile 400 Hurdles -- Bruce 800 Run -- Watson 200 Dash -- Gentile High Jump -- Lowery Triple Jump -- Harvin Discus -- Carraway ST. FRANCIS XAVIER Third-Place Finishers 1,600 Run -- Adam White

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DILLON — Robert E. Lee Academy exploded for 10 runs in the fifth inning to defeat Dillon Christian 18-3 on Thursday at the Dillon Christian field. Casey Kelley was 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, five runs batted in and three runs scored to lead the Cavaliers. Tee Outlaw was 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs, while Russell Watkins had a double, two RBI and scored three runs. Watkins was the winning pitcher.

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SHS track rolls to victory over county rivals Sumter High School rolled to victory over Crestwood and Lakewood in the Sumter School District Championships track and field meet on Thursday at Sumter Memorial Stadium. SHS won with 102 points. Lakewood had 26 and Crestwood 23. Teresa Taylor won two events for the Lady Gamecocks — the 100-meter low hurdles and the 400 high hurdles. Crestwood’s Jasmin Moses won the high jump and the pole vault, and Lakewood’s Muriel Evans won the 400 dash and the 800 run.

SUMTER First-Place Finishers 100 Dash -- Angelica Clayton (12.90 seconds) 200 Dash -- Raven Pringle (27.54) 1,600 Run -- Paige Huffman (7 minutes, 17.36 seconds) 100 Hurdles -- Teresa Taylor (17.57) 400 Hurdles -- Taylor (1:14.64) 4x100 Relay -- Clayton, Shakayla Dozier, Kadejuha Kennedy, Pringle (49.72) 4x400 Relay -- Alexus Choice, Kaysia Holland, Deanna King, Dariana Reid (4:20.14) 4x800 Relay -- Reid, Anna Migliori, Diamond Clay, Alicia Gross (14:07.25) Long Jump -- Ars’Breana Tyler (18 feet, 2 inches) Triple Jump -- Kennedy (34-09.00) Shot Put -- Dae’shondra Stepens (32-05.50) Discus -- Sherah Pair (90-10.50) Second-Place Finishers 100 Dash -- Tyler 200 Dash -- Aja Black 400 Dash -- King 1,600 Run -- Gross 100 Hurdles -- Aaliyah Blanding Long Jump -- Kennedy Discus -- Stepens Triple Jump -- Tyler Third-Place Finishers 200 Dash -- Choice 100 Hurdles -- Janeen Wilson 400 Hurdles -- Blanding Long Jump -- Choice Triple Jump -- Choice CRESTWOOD First-Place Finishers High Jump -- Jasmin Moses (4-09.00) Pole Vault Moses (8-00.00) Second-Place Finishers Jasmin Moses Third-Place Finishers 800 Run -- Sheniqua Herrington 1,600 Run -- Alexis Padar Shot Put -- Aly Serna Discus -- Serna LAKEWOOD First-Place Finishers 400 Dash -- Muriel Evans (1:00.95) 800 Run -- Muriel Evans (2:40.18) Second-Place Finishers 800 Run -- Ivory Dozier 4x100 Relay -- Keymani Bradley, Evans, Asia Ewing, Gabrielle Myers 4x400 Relay -- Evans, Deja Richardson, Myers, Ewing Shot Put -- Jasmine Dukes Third-Place Finishers 100 Dash -- Armani Priester 400 Dash -- Richardson

WILSON HALL WINS TRI-MEET

Wilson Hall won a 3-team meet with Ashley Hall and Trinity-Byrnes on Wednesday at Spencer Field. The Lady Barons had 123 points followed by Ashley Hall with 87. T-B had 26.

WILSON HALL First-Place Finishers 4x800 relay -- Anna Lyles, Nicolette Fisher, Julia Ladson, Chandler Curtis (12 minutes, 18.66 seconds) 100 Hurdles -- Amy Banghart (17.49 seconds) 400 Hurdles -- Leah Barwick (1:14.87) 800 Run -- Isabella Alfaro (2:26.66) High Jump -- Cori Stroebel (4 feet, 10.25 inches) Triple Jump -- Kaitlyn Dowling (32-08) Discus -- Claire Estep (83-08) Second-Place Finishers 100 Hurdles -- Maggie Lowery 1,600 Run -- Anne-Davis Shaw 400 Hurdles -- Banghart 800 Run -- Ladson 200 Dash -- Elliott Kassam

4x400 Relay -- Logan Lee Alderman, MaryPaisley Belk, Shaw, Ladson) High Jump -- Dowling Long Jump -- Hazel Gray Hudson Triple Jump -- Stroebel Shot Put -- Mary Peyton Zilch Third-Place Finishers 1,600 Run -- Lyles 4x100 Relay -- Banghart, Lauren Goodson, Hayley Hawkins, Cantey Jacocks 800 Run -- Fisher High Jump -- Goodson Long Jump -- Stroebel Triple Jump -- McKenzie Smith Discus -- Zilch Shot Put -- Smith

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MANNING — Wilson Hall and Laurence Manning are locked in a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh at Julie Skoler Field as bad weather forced the two teams not to finish the game. As of press time no future date has been set to finish the game. LMA opened the game with a 1-0 lead but Wilson Hall tied the game in the third. The Swampcats then scored a run in the fifth and sixth inning but WH answered with two runs in the sixth to tie the game. Grace Beatson is on mound for LMA. She scored the game’s first run. Hannah Hodge has two hits and an RBI and Courtney Beatson has a hit and an RBI for the Swampcats. WH has six hits to LMA’s eight. CLARENDON HALL ANDREW JACKSON

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SUMMERTON — Clarendon Hall improved to 12-2 on the season with a 15-0 victory over Andrew Jackson Academy on Thursday at the Clarendon Hall field. Brittany Bays led the Lady Saints, going 4-for-4 with a triple and four runs batted in. Kaitlyn Simpson, Shannon Corbett, Gracyn Royce and Holly Carlisle had three hits. Royce was the winning pitcher as CH improved to 4-2 in SCISA Region I-1A. SUMTER LUGOFF-ELGIN

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Jennifer Bettencourt picked up the victory and Hannah Bettencourt got the save in Sumter High School’s 2-1 victory over Lugoff-Elgin on Thursday at the SHS field. Jennifer Bettencourt pitched the first five innings, allowing six hits while striking out one. Hannah Bettencourt allowed a hit and a strikeout in two innings. Hannah Bettencourt had a hit and drove in a run, while Madison Hodge and Jennifer Bettencourt each had a hit and a run scored. On Wednesday in Conway, Sumter lost to Conway 6-3. Robbi Winfield had two hits and two runs to lead the offense, while Richael Vise and Chae Hutchison each had two hits and an RBI.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2013

SCOREBOARD TV, RADIO TODAY 7 a.m. -- Formula One Racing: Bahrain Grand Prix Pole Qualifying from Sakhir, Baihran (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 9 a.m. -- Professional Golf: European PGA Our Open de Espana Third Round from Valencia, Spain (GOLF). 9:55 a.m. -- International Soccer: English Premier League Match from London -- Fulham vs. Arsenal (ESPN2). 10 a.m. -- International Soccer: English Premier League Match from Sunderland, England -- Sunderland vs. Everton (FOX SOCCER). 10 a.m. -- NASCAR Racing: Sprint Cup Series STP 400 Practice from Kansas City, Kan. (SPEED). 11 a.m. -- NASCAR Racing: Camping World Truck Series SFP 250 Pole Qualifying from Kansas City, Kan. (SPEED). Noon -- College Softball: Florida State at Virginia Tech (ESPNU). 12:30 p.m. -- NASCAR Racing: Sprint Cup Series STP 400 Practice from Kansas City, Kan. (SPEED). 1 p.m. -- PGA Golf: The Heritage Third Round from Hilton Head Island (GOLF). 1 p.m. -- Professional Basketball: Euroleague Game -Barcelona vs. Panathinaikos (NBA TV). 1 p.m. -- College Football: Notre Dame Spring Game from South Bend, Ind. (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 1:30 p.m. -- College Baseball: Rice at Houston (SPORTSOUTH). 2 p.m. -- College Lacrosse: Villanova at Notre Dame (ESPNU). 2 p.m. -- NASCAR Racing: Camping World Truck Series SFP 250 from Kansas City, Kan. (SPEED, WEGX-FM 92.9). 2:30 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Washington at New York Mets (WACH 57). 3 p.m. -- PGA Golf: The Heritage Third Round from Hilton Head Island (WBTW 13, WLTX 19). 3 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Eastern Conference Playoffs Quarterfinal Series Game One -- Boston at New York (WOLO 25). 3 p.m. -- College Football: Alabama Spring Game from Tuscaloosa, Ala. (ESPN2). 3 p.m. -- College Baseball: Kentucky at South Carolina (FOX SPORTSOUTH, WNKT-FM 107.5). 3 p.m. -- Senior PGA Golf: Champions Tour Greater Gwinnett Championship Third Round from Duluth, Ga. (GOLF). 4 p.m. -- Professional Boxing: Tyson Fury vs. Steve Cunningham in a Heavyweight Bout from New York (WIS 10). 4 p.m. -- College Lacrosse: Navy at Johns Hopkins (ESPNU). 5:30 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Western Conference Playoffs Quarterfinal Series Game One -- Golden State at Denver (ESPN). 6 p.m. -- College Softball: South Carolina at Auburn (ESPNU). 6 p.m. -- IRL Racing: IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach Pole Qualifying from Long Beach, Calif. (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 6:30 p.m. -- LPGA Golf: Lotte Championship Third Round from Oahu, Hawaii (GOLF). 7 p.m. -- International Basketball: Nike Hoop Summit from Portland, Ore. -- United States Junior Team vs. World Select Team (ESPN2). 7 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Philadelphia at Carolina (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 7 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: St. Louis at Philadelphia or Atlanta at Pittsburgh (MLB NETWORK). 7 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Washington at Montreal (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 7 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Atlanta at Pittsburgh (SPORTSOUTH, WPUB-FM 102.7). 8 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Eastern Conference Playoffs Quarterfinal Series Game One -- Chicago at Brooklyn (ESPN). 8:30 p.m. -- College Baseball: Texas A&M at Arkansas (ESPNU). 10 p.m. -- College Baseball: Louisiana State at Alabama (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 10 p.m. -- Professional Boxing: Canelo Alvarez vs. Austin Trout for the WBA/WBC Super Welterweight Titles and Omar Figueroa vs. Abner Cotto for the WBC Silver Lightweight Title from San Antonio (SHOWTIME). 10:30 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Western Conference Playoffs Quarterfinal Series Game One -- Memphis at Los Angeles Clippers (ESPN). 10:30 p.m. -- Major League Soccer: Kansas City at Los Angeles (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 12:30 a.m. -- International Soccer: Australian League Match -- Sydney vs. Central Coast (FOX SOCCER). 3:30 a.m. -- College Football: Florida State Spring Game from Tallahassee, Fla. (ESPNU).

PREP SCHEDULE Today Varsity Baseball Wilson Hall at East Clarendon, 11 a.m. Varsity Track and Field Sumter in Dutch Fork Invitational, 10 a.m. Wilson Hall in Heathwood Hall Invitational, 10 a.m.

MLB STANDINGS American League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Boston 11 4 .733 – New York 8 6 .571 21/2 Baltimore 8 7 .533 3 Toronto 7 9 .438 41/2 Tampa Bay 5 10 .333 6 Central Division W L Pct GB Detroit 9 6 .600 – Kansas City 8 6 .571 1/2 Minnesota 6 7 .462 2 Chicago 7 9 .438 21/2 Cleveland 5 9 .357 31/2 West Division W L Pct GB Oakland 12 4 .750 – Texas 9 6 .600 21/2 Seattle 7 10 .412 51/2 Los Angeles 4 10 .286 7 Houston 4 11 .267 71/2 Thursday’s Games Chicago Cubs 6, Texas 2 Seattle 2, Detroit 0 Arizona 6, N.Y. Yankees 2, 12 innings Boston 6, Cleveland 3 Baltimore 10, Tampa Bay 6, 10 innings Toronto 3, Chicago White Sox 1 Friday’s Games L.A. Dodgers at Baltimore, late N.Y. Yankees at Toronto, late Kansas City at Boston, ppd., local manhunt Oakland at Tampa Bay, late Seattle at Texas, late Cleveland at Houston, late Minnesota at Chicago, ppd., cold and windy conditions Detroit at L.A. Angels, late Today’s Games N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 2-1) at Toronto (Buehrle 1-0), 1:07 p.m.

PTC from Page B1 Olive beat No. 6 Erskine 5-1. Limestone improved to 16-7 and Mount Olive to 13-5. King finished 11-10 while Erskine concluded its season with an 8-14 mark. The Erskine women made quick work of Coker to improve to 17-5 on the season after going undefeated in the conference regular season. “I wanted the girls to be ready to play and not take anyone for granted,” said Erskine head coach Calhoun Parr. “I ask them not to take anyone lightly and just be ready to play.” The Fleet will face No. 5 seed Mount Olive in one of the two semifinals set to begin at noon. Mount Olive upset No. 4 seed Pfeiffer 5-1. Erskine defeated Mount

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NBA PLAYOFFS By The Associated Press FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) x - If necessary EASTERN CONFERENCE Milwaukee vs. Miami Sunday: Milwaukee at Miami, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23: Milwaukee at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25: Miami at Milwaukee, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 28: Miami at Milwaukee, 3:30 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 30: Milwaukee at Miami, TBA Boston vs. New York Today: Boston at New York, 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 23: Boston at New York, 8 p.m. Friday, April 26: New York at Boston, 8 p.m. Sunday, April 28: New York at Boston, 1 p.m. x-Wednesday, May 1: Boston at New York, TBA Atlanta vs. Indiana Sunday: Atlanta at Indiana, 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 24: Atlanta at Indiana, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27: Indiana at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Monday, April 29: Indiana at Atlanta, TBA x-Wednesday, May 1: Atlanta at Indiana, TBA Chicago vs. Brooklyn Today: Chicago at Brooklyn, 8 p.m. Monday, April 22: Chicago at Brooklyn, 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25: Brooklyn at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27: Brooklyn at Chicago, 2 p.m. x-Monday, April 29: Chicago at Brooklyn, TBA WESTERN CONFERENCE Oklahoma City vs. Houston Sunday: Houston at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24: Houston at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27: Oklahoma City at Houston, 9:30 p.m. Monday, April 29: Oklahoma City at Houston, TBA x-Wednesday, May 1: Houston at Oklahoma City, TBA San Antonio vs. L.A. Lakers Sunday: L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24: L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 26: San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28: San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, 7 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 30: L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, TBA Denver vs. Golden State Today: Goldsen State at Denver, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23: Golden State at Denver, 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 26: Denver at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28: Denver at Golden State, 9:30 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 30: Golden State at Denver, TBA L.A. Clippers vs. Memphis Today: Memphis at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Monday, April 22: Memphis at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25: L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27: L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 4:30 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 30: Memphis at L.A. Clippers, TBA

Olive 9-0 in their regular-season meeting. In fact, Erskine has lost just four points in its 11 conference matches to date. “This is the most dominant we’ve ever been in the conference,” Parr said. “But (the tournament) is a new season and everyone is going to try and give you their best shot.” Coker finished 7-14. Mount Olive is 11-7, while Pfeiffer finished at 13-6. The other semifinal has yet to be set because No. 2 Limestone and No. 7 North Greenville had their match stopped due to rain with Limestone leading 4-3. The match is scheduled to be resumed today beginning at 9 a.m. No. 3 Queens will face the winner of that match. Queens beat No.6 Barton 5-0. Queens improved to 13-3 and Barton finished 10-8.


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THE ITEM

Gossett, Brittle lead Clemson past Miami 1-0 CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Thomas Brittle’s RBI groundout to second base in the top of the sixth inning proved to be the differenc in the game as Clemson earned a 1-0 victory over Miami on Friday. Clemson improves to 27-11 overall and 13-6 in the ACC while the Hurricanes fall to 25-16 and 8-11. The second game of the series has been moved up to today at 1 p.m. because of the threat of inclement weather. Tigers starter Daniel Gossett allowed no runs and just three hits with 10 strikeouts in seven innings

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of work. Brittle was one of five Clemson players to record a hit. USC BASEBALL POSTPONED

COLUMBIA — Due to severe weather throughout the area, the South Carolina-Kentucky baseball game was postponed on Friday. The series will begin today at 1 p.m. at Carolina Stadium with a doubleheader. Both games will be nine innings.

tersen shot a 4-under 68 on Friday at wind-swept Ko Olina to maintain a one-stroke lead after the third round of the LPGA Lotte Championship. The 32-year-old Norwegian had a 14-under 202 total. BRYANT, FROST SHARE LEAD IN GWINNETT

DULUTH, Ga. — Bart Bryant and David Frost topped the first-round leaderboard Friday in the Champions Tour’s rain-delayed Greater Gwinnett Championship.

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KAPOLEI, Hawaii — Suzann Pet-

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RBC HERITAGE PAR SCORES Second Round (17 players did not finish) Kevin Streelman 66-70—136 Charley Hoffman 66-70—136 Steve LeBrun 68-68—136 Luke Donald 69-68—137 Bill Haas 68-69—137 Johnson Wagner 67-71—138 Rory Sabbatini 69-69—138 Graeme McDowell 71-67—138 D.H. Lee 70-68—138 Pat Perez 68-70—138 Stuart Appleby 70-68—138 Marc Leishman 67-71—138 Martin Kaymer 69-70—139 Tim Clark 68-71—139 Billy Horschel 71-68—139 Richard H. Lee 68-71—139 Jordan Spieth 70-69—139 Brendon de Jonge 70-69—139 Justin Hicks 69-70—139 Darron Stiles 70-69—139 Webb Simpson 68-71—139

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Stewart Cink 70-69—139 Ted Potter, Jr. 68-71—139 William McGirt 70-70—140 Ken Duke 70-70—140 Scott Brown 72-68—140 Jason Dufner 71-69—140 Ryo Ishikawa 68-72—140 Brad Fritsch 71-69—140 Justin Bolli 68-72—140 Scott Langley 71-69—140 Jason Day 67-73—140 Chris Stroud 70-70—140 Brian Davis 65-75—140 Will Claxton 68-73—141 Robert Garrigus 70-71—141 Gary Woodland 68-73—141 Jonathan Byrd 71-70—141 Tim Herron 71-70—141 Nicholas Thompson 70-71—141 Chez Reavie 70-71—141 Jin Park 73-68—141

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HERITAGE from Page B1 temperatures — but no rain. Streelman had three birdies in his first four holes. He added a final birdie on the par-5 15th and parred out to move on top and put himself in contention on the tricky, narrow fairways and small greens of Harbour Town. Streelman’s life hasn’t changed much since the victory in Tampa Bay, just his approach to the game. “I do feel a bit freer to be in the position I am, say, in a week like this,’’ he said. “Because I’m not worried about a top 10 or a top 5 or keep your card. And I can just go out and try and win a golf tournament.’’ The attitude worked for Streelman at the RBC Heritage, where his best showing in four previous appearances was a tie for 17th last year. Streelman’s turnaround began before the Tampa Bay victory when he decided it was better to think long term instead of over-emphasizing the past week’s tournament successes or failures. “If I play well on the weekend, great. If I don’t play well, great,’’ he continued. “I know I’m doing the right things from my practice and workout and for a lifestyle situation

Bo Van Pelt 68-73—141 K.J. Choi 70-71—141 Jerry Kelly 69-72—141 Sang-Moon Bae 70-71—141 Aaron Baddeley 70-72—142 Chris Kirk 73-69—142 Justin Leonard 74-68—142 Matt Jones 75-67—142 Josh Teater 71-71—142 Jim Furyk 70-72—142 Brian Gay 71-71—142 Troy Matteson 71-71—142 Patrick Reed 71-72—143 Russell Henley 73-70—143 Matt Kuchar 70-73—143 Jonas Blixt 73-70—143 Jeff Klauk 72-71—143 Jeff Maggert 71-72—143 Bob Estes 70-73—143 Kevin Stadler 72-71—143 Carl Pettersson 68-75—143

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for the long term with my career.’’ Hoffman, seeking his third PGA Tour career victory and first since 2010, closed with birdies on his final two holes, the eighth and the ninth, to catch Streelman. “It feels good to get the blood flowing a little bit and have a chance on Sunday,’’ he said. “Obviously, would like to make a bunch of birdies and pull away, but it usually doesn’t happen out here.’’ After graduating from Florida Atlantic in 2000, LeBrun played golf’s mini tours and Triple-A circuits until earning his PGA Tour card at qualifying school last fall. It has taken time, he said, to adjust to the harder courses and uptick in competition. LeBrun’s missed the cuts in five of his eight events on tour this year and hasn’t finished higher than 24th at the Puerto Rico Open last month. “It feels good,’’ he said. “It’s one of those things I always knew I had the game to be out here and I plan on being in this position a lot of times,’’ he said. The RBC Heritage featured 14 of the world’s top 29 in the field, including three in the top 10 in Snedeker, Donald (No. 6) and Matt Kuchar (No. 9) during a week that’s generally a time for the game’s best to decompress after the Masters. Several, like Masters champ Adam Scott and world Nos. 1 and 2 in Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, are doing just

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KENSETH from Page B1 Kenseth, a poor qualifier, Edwards quipped: “The whole field should feel bad.’’ “All the cars were fast,’’ Edwards added. “Track position is critical here so a good pit stall and good starting spot makes a difference.’’ Joey Logano will start 22nd and Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski will go off 33rd. Both drivers arrived at Kansas on Friday with their full teams after appealing heavy sanctions handed down by NASCAR for bringing unapproved parts to last weekend’s race at Texas. “It wasn’t what we were looking for, for sure,’’ Keselowski said. “We didn’t make it through the center of the corner with as much speed as you need to be fast, so we have to work on that.’’ The speeds that were put up in the newest generation of cars over the recently repaved surface seemed to catch several drivers by surprise. Kenseth brushed the wall with his right rear entering a corner during practice, and Kyle Busch slapped the wall later in practice hard enough that he had to go to a backup car. Busch rallied to qualify fifth. Jeff Gordon said the track was “superfast with a lot of grip,’’ but evidently couldn’t find enough during his qualifying run.

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that. Windier conditions late in the round kept opening-round leaders from going lower. Brian Davis, who led with a first-round 65, was 5 over on his first nine holes Friday to fall back with a 75. Masters contender Jason Day also couldn’t capitalize after a strong 4-under start Thursday. Day, tied for third at the Masters, had three bogeys on his first 10 holes on the way to a 73. U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson shot even par to stay three shots behind at 3 under. Marc Leishman, who tied for fourth at Augusta National, had his troubles, too — he sailed an approach shot on No. 9 that struck a woman in the grandstands — yet recovered for a 71 and remained two shots behind.

By The Associated Press After Friday qualifying; race Sunday At Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kan. Lap length: 1.5 miles (Car number in parentheses) 1. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 191.864. 2. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 191.748. 3. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 191.734. 4. (12) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 191.401. 5. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 190.853. 6. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 190.779. 7. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 190.651. 8. (55) Mark Martin, Toyota, 190.282. 9. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 190.221. 10. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 190.134. 11. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 190.067. 12. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 189.78. 13. (78) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 189.534. 14. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 189.221. 15. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 189.195. 16. (11) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 189.182. 17. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 189.155. 18. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 189.023. 19. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 188.758. 20. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 188.679. 21. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 188.442. 22. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 188.317. 23. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 188.311. 24. (81) Elliott Sadler, Toyota, 187.996. 25. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 187.774. 26. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 187.441. 27. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 187.37. 28. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 187.279. 29. (98) Michael McDowell, Ford, 187.272. 30. (13) Casey Mears, Ford, 186.922. 31. (83) David Reutimann, Toyota, 186.909. 32. (93) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 186.728. 33. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 186.657. 34. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 186.561. 35. (19) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 186.528. 36. (35) Josh Wise, Ford, 186.419. 37. (32) Timmy Hill, Ford, Owner Points. 38. (30) David Stremme, Toyota, Owner Points. 39. (33) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 40. (36) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 41. (51) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 42. (7) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 43. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, Owner Points. Failed to Qualify 44. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 185.912.

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Rodriguez, Pirates blank Braves 6-0 PITTSBURGH — Wandy Rodriguez faced the minimum while throwing seven innings of 1-hit ball to outpitch Tim Hudson help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 6-0 on Friday. Hudson came up short in his first attempt at win No. 200. Pedro Alvarez homered for the second consecutive game and Russell Martin, Neil Walker and Travis Snider each reached base three times for Pittsburgh, which has won seven of its past 10 after a 1-5 start to the season. Scratched from his most recent scheduled start after leaving his previous outing in the third inning because of a strained hamstring, Rodriguez (2-0) allowed only Jason Heyward’s one-out single in the fourth. Justin Upton followed by grounding into a double play. METS NATIONALS

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NEW YORK — Matt Harvey outpitched Stephen Strasburg in a marquee matchup of young aces, escaping a late bases-loaded jam while the crowd chanted his name and leading the New York Mets over the Washington Nationals 7-1. Ike Davis and Lucas Duda each hit two home runs, providing an ample cushion for Harvey and the Mets to end their 3-game skid. Harvey (4-0) started out fast, striking out leadoff man Denard Span with 98 mph heat. Davis and Duda hit solo home runs in the sixth — the first time Strasburg (1-3) ever had

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CINCINNATI — Justin Ruggiano hit a solo homer off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning, sending the Miami Marlins to a 2-1 victory that snapped the Cincinnati Reds’ winning streak at four games. It was a stunning moment for the Marlins, who have the worst record in the majors at 4-13 and had only four homers — fewest in the majors — when Ruggiano connected off the Reds’ spotless closer for his second homer in two games. Chapman (2-1) hadn’t allowed a run in his eight previous appearances, giving up

RAIN from Page B1 agreed to wait for the weather to pass, hoping to begin the game around 9. However, the rain remained steady. The Swampcats, who won last year’s region title, defeated WH 3-1 on March 22. WH has three games remaining in the regular season, beginning with today at East Clarendon, Tuesday at Ben Lippen and Wednesday at Thomas Sumter Academy. LMA also has three games left on its schedule. The Swampcats were scheduled to host Ben Lippen on Monday, travel to Camden Military on Tuesday and host Pinewood Prep on Wednesday. Jones said the extra days will allow the team to heal from injuries. Starting catcher Parker McDuffie is recovering from a hand injury and has been under the weather so eighth-grader McLendon

USCS from Page B1 heading into the (Region X) tournament. That’s all we can do at this point. “Hopefully, we can just continue to improve over the next couple weeks and go on one of our patented USC Sumter runs.” The Fire Ants are 32-15 overall after sweeping Belmont Abbey’s JV squad 4-0 and 6-0 on Wednesday. They split last weekend’s series against Guilford, winning 8-0 and 11-3 and dropping two close games 3-2 and 5-4. “It’s just been one of those weird years,” Fleenor said. “An unearned run cost us in that first game and we had the lead a few times in the second one and couldn’t come out with a win.” FDTC head coach and Lakewood High School graduate Preston McDonald can relate. “It’s been a roller-coaster of a year,” McDonald said. “We’ll play well for a few games and then not so well. Consistency has been the biggest problem. I think we’ve lost 11 games this year in which we’ve given up

only three hits while fanning 13. Ruggiano connected on a 3-1 pitch, driving it deep to center for his third homer. No one else on the Marlins has more than one. PHILLIES CARDINALS

TORONTO — Andy Pettitte pitched effectively into the eighth inning, Travis Hafner homered and had two RBI, and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4. Lyle Overbay and Vernon Wells also went deep against their former team as the Yankees won for the eighth time in 10 games. Pettitte (3-0) pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed three runs and six hits, walked one and struck out a season-high five. RAYS ATHLETICS

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer and Ben Zobrist had a pair of RBI singles to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3. Jose Lobaton also drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single to back the pitching of Alex Cobb (2-1), who allowed three runs and 10 hits over 7 1/3 innings. Starting pitcher Brett Anderson (1-3) left with an ankle injury after Tampa Bay scored four times in the bottom half of the inning. From wire reports

Sears could replace McDuffie if needed. The Barons are also hoping to get back Andrew Kinney, who has been cleared to play after suffering a concussion. As for who would start on the mound on Monday, that’s still to be determined. “(William) Kinney’s sort of had the hot hand and his number could be called too, but since our catcher’s hand is hurt that might determine who can catch,” he explained. “You know, JP (John Patrick Sears) might still get the nod. I can’t show my hand entirely on it, but he probably is a few percentage points higher than the rest as far as starting.” The Swampcats should benefit from the time off as well. Sylvester said not playing until Monday would allow Blake Winans to be available if needed. The LMA coach noted earlier either Nick Gibbons or Linc Powell would start. “We’ve got several options,” Sylvester said.

four runs or less.” Despite that, the Stingers (2422) are in prime position to snag a region crown. FDTC has to finish with a better record than Spartanburg, which swept them earlier this season, but the Stingers hold a 2-0 edge against Louisburg should the teams finish tied. “We’re obviously going to need some help,” McDonald said. “If it happens, it happens, but the only thing we can control is what we do in our games against a very good USC Sumter team. We have to play our best to have a chance.” Pitching has been the strength for both USCS and FDTC. The Stingers enter today’s contests with a 3.35 team earned run average. The Fire Ants’ ERA is 2.99. Gunner Kines anchors the FDTC staff. The left-hander is 7-3 with a 1.31 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched this season. He’s followed by Jared Cheek (4-3, 2.54 ERA, 49K, 49 2/3 IP) and then a combination of other starters including Tresco Shannon, Daniel Huskey and former Sumter High and Sumter P-15’s standout Josh Kisamore. Lefties Josh Bowers and Marlin

Morris lead the USCS staff, although Morris has been hampered by an injury the last few weeks. Bowers (6-3) leads the team with a 2.06 ERA and has 58 strikeouts in 65 2/3 innings. Morris (4-3) has a 2.40 ERA and leads the Fire Ants with 61 punchouts in 48 2/3 innings. Offensively, the Stingers are led by Stephen Dowling and Josh Tant. Tant has a .353 average and 19 runs driven in. Dowling sits at .299 with 17 RBI and is tied with Manny Felix for the team lead with three home runs. Brad Johnson and Andrew Reardon have surged as of late to lead USCS. Johnson is batting .370 with Reardon close at .368. The duo has combined for six homers and 40 RBI. “Very similar teams; I think both have struggled offensively at times this season,” Fleenor said. “But both teams pitch very well, so it’s just going to come down to who goes out there and executes the best. “We know we’re going to get their best shot, and hopefully we can be up to the challenge and respond to it.”

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(2) NEW YORK KNICKS (54-28) vs. (7) BOSTON CELTICS (41-40)

Season series: Knicks, 3-1. New York won the season series for the first time since 2003-04, also the last time it won twice in Boston. Carmelo Anthony averaged 25.3 points but made his biggest news off the court, when he confronted Kevin Garnett outside Boston’s team bus after the two exchanged words during the Celtics’ 102-96 victory in New York on Jan. 7. The Knicks then won the last three meetings. Story line: After ending the Celtics’ five-year reign as Atlantic Division champions with their first division title since 1994, the Knicks will try to win a playoff series for the first time since 2000. Boston has never lost in the first round with Garnett and Paul Pierce. Key matchup I: Tyson Chandler vs. Garnett. Neither center, both former Defensive Players of the Year, appeared in the final two meetings, and Garnett’s absence was particularly noticed when the Knicks scored 100 or more in both games. Chandler missed most of the final weeks with a bulging disk but is set to play. Key matchup II: J.R. Smith vs. Jason Terry. Terry averaged only 5.5 points and shot poorly against the Knicks during a somewhat disappointing season for the former Sixth Man award winner. Smith made himself a strong candidate for this season’s honor with his second-half play, including a 32-point performance in Boston on March 26. X-factor: Chris Copeland. The former pro player in Europe has become a surprising contributor in his rookie NBA season for the Knicks and seems to have found a place in the rotation. He scored 22 in the last meeting against Boston and had a pair of 30-point games to end the regular season. Prediction: Knicks in 7.

(4) BROOKLYN NETS (49-33) vs. (5) CHICAGO BULLS (45-37)

Season series: Bulls, 3-1. Chicago had an 11-point victory, while the other three games were decided by four points, two and one. The Bulls, never fully healthy, were without Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah and Kirk Hinrich in their lone loss, a 93-89 defeat in Brooklyn on Feb. 1. Story line: Ending a successful first season in Brooklyn with the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 2007, the Nets open against the resilient Bulls, who made it to the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff standings even while playing all season without Derrick Rose. Key matchup I: Deron Williams vs. Hinrich and Nate Robinson — or Rose? Williams had a terrific second half of the season after treatment for his ankles around the All-Star break, though one of his poor performances during that span was a 4-for-12 night in a 96-85 loss at Chicago on March 2. Rose could still play, unlikely as it seems, after sitting out all season following major knee surgery. But the Bulls have gotten by without him thanks in part to Robinson, who had three 12-point games against Brooklyn. Key matchup II: Brook Lopez vs. Noah. Noah had 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the lone blowout, but he missed two games and was limited down the stretch by a foot injury even when he did play. The Bulls will need his defense against fellow All-Star center Lopez, who averaged 22 points against Chicago. X-factor: Reggie Evans. Evans had some decent scoring nights in the second half to go with his usual strong rebounding, but didn’t manage a basket in three of the four games against Chicago. He shot 4 of 5 in the one Nets victory, and Brooklyn will need some offense along with his defense on Carlos Boozer. Prediction: Nets in 7.

(3) DENVER NUGGETS (57-25) vs. (6) GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (47-35)

Season series: Nuggets, 3-1. The teams met three times in November and Denver nearly won them all, taking a double-overtime affair on the road in the first meeting, then winning at home and falling 106-105 on the road — all those games coming in a three-week span. They haven’t played since Jan. 13, a 116105 home win for the Nuggets. Story line: It’s just the second trip to the playoffs for the Warriors in 19 years, which means Mark Jackson’s team will have to guard against the just-happy-to-be-here pratfall that tends to affect clubs in that situation. Meanwhile, Denver was an in-vogue pick by many people to emerge from the loaded West before the season, and even without Danilo Gallinari the Nuggets have to think they can make a deep run, given their 23-game home win streak. Key Matchup I: Ty Lawson vs. Stephen Curry. Lawson won’t have to do it alone, but the safest way for Denver to grab control of this series would be to not allow Curry — the league’s newly crowned single-season 3-point record-holder — to shoot the Warriors into the second round. It’ll be interesting to see how keeping at least one eye on Curry on one end will affect Lawson’s scoring. Key Matchup II: Andre Iguodala vs. Klay Thompson. Both are capable of big numbers at any time, but Thompson and Curry form what plenty of people in the NBA say is the league’s best-shooting backcourt, probably in some time. Iguodala hasn’t been great in the playoffs of late, shooting a combined 80 for 203 in his last two postseasons in Philadelphia. The Nuggets will need more than that. X-Factor: David Lee. He’s a two-time All-Star, an eight-year veteran and not only is this his first time in the NBA playoffs, but it’s his first time playing for a team that won more than 36 games. That’s right — his most recent postseason game was against Villanova. Prediction: Nuggets in 7.

(4) LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (56-26) vs. (5) MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (56-26)

Season series: Clippers, 3-1. One of the Los Angeles wins was a blowout, a 99-73 road romp that came at the perfect time for the Clippers, since they were smarting from having just lost at home to Orlando and Memphis was mired in what became a six-game stretch where it couldn’t break the 85-point mark. The Clippers won both games in Memphis, the Grizzlies split two in L.A. Story line: A pair of 56-win teams, both playing well and meeting a year after the Clippers went into Memphis and won a Game 7 to reach the second round of the playoffs — this has all the ingredients for a classic series. The Clippers are clearly the more high-octane of the two clubs, while the Grizzlies play with a defensive ruggedness probably not found anywhere else in the West. Key Matchup I: Blake Griffin vs. Zach Randolph. Griffin was bothered by back spasms in the season finale, and Randolph — who Heat forward Shane Battier affectionally compared to an ox earlier this season — will probably create a new bruise or two for the Clippers’ star to deal with in this series. Neither will shy away from the other, for certain. Key Matchup II: Chris Paul vs. Mike Conley. Paul is an absolute superstar, and the Clippers will probably go as far as he takes them. But Conley isn’t far off from joining that elite level of player in this league. The headto-head edge in the regular season clearly went to Paul, as Conley shot just 30 percent in the four games and Paul posted a nearly 3-to-1 assistto-turnover ratio. X-Factor: Marc Gasol. A strong defensive player of the year candidate, he shot 52 percent in the series against the Clippers last season. If he matches that, there will be an “upset’’ alert, though one 56-win club topping another would hardly be considered an upset. Prediction: Grizzlies in 7.

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Cable programming heats up Saturday nights BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH Are Saturday nights where network shows go to die? NBC’s “Smash” makes the case for that assumption. On the other hand, the competition for cable viewers seems to be heating up. AMC recently announced that when its ambitious Western “Hell on Wheels” returns in August, it wouldn’t air on Sunday nights, like the channel’s other original series do, but on Saturday nights. AMC found that it already had a solid audience for Western movies on Saturday afternoons and evenings, and “Wheels” would appeal to that crowd. Lifetime has also moved many ambitious, original projects to Saturday nights, including “Call Me Crazy” (8 p.m., TV-14), a star-studded ensemble piece with overlapping stories about families coping with mental illness. Jennifer Hudson, Octavia Spencer, Melissa Leo, Brittany Snow and Sarah Hyland star. HBO has long used Saturday nights to showcase prestigious original films. Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn star in the 2013 drama “Mary and Martha” (8 p.m.) as mothers from different continents who lose their sons to malaria in Africa and turn their grief into a shared mission to eradicate a preventable disease. While “Mary” is very much a movie about women embarking on a noble cause, it’s not afraid to reveal their shortcomings. Swank’s character in particular is hard to love for the first third of the film. But this makes the women’s transformations even more believable and their stories more powerful.

• Wendie Malick (“Hot in Cleveland”) plays a scorned wife accused of her soon-to-be ex-husband’s murder in the 2013 dark comedy “After All These Years” (8 p.m. Saturday, Hallmark Movie Channel). Luckily, her habit of watching reality shows and truecrime series like “48 Hours” and “Dateline NBC” have given her the detective skills to go on the lam and find the real killer. Andrea Martin costars in this pleasant and silly romp. • Too often, history — particularly recent history — is reduced to nostalgia and show business. So a week after “The ‘80s: The Decade That Made Us” premiered on the National Geographic Channel, I was hesitant about “All the President’s Men Revisited” (8 p.m. Sunday, Discovery, TV-14), hosted by Robert Redford. The rewarding documentary just tries to tackle too much in its twohour running time. I’m not sure if a weeklong or even a monthlong documentary miniseries could have done the subject justice. “Men” covers the sprawling Watergate scandal that held Americans spellbound and dazed for more than two years. It looks at the two reporters (Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein) who broke the story, dug into the scandal and kept it alive on the front pages of The Washington Post, as well as the 1976 movie “All the President’s Men,” which starred Redford and Dustin Hoffman, who played Woodward and Bernstein. The Hollywood angle is the least substantial subject of the documentary, but arguably the only reason it got made in the first place. That being said, “Men” does a

good job of reminding us of the scope of the Watergate scandal and the complexity of the man at its center, the politically savvy yet privately tortured President Richard Milhous Nixon. Nixon’s presidency and the subsequent Watergate scandal occurred before politics and media aligned into the rather neat and shallow ideological foxholes we know today. Some of Nixon’s Senate critics were liberal and moderate Republicans. Others were conservative Southern Democrats, most notably Sen. Sam Ervin of North Carolina, arguably the “star” of the Senate hearings. Nobody introduces Ervin or talks about his significance to viewers, nor does anyone outline the politics of the time and explain how Congress could take on a matter as consequential and distasteful as Watergate with so much collegiality and dignity. Redford wasn’t the only celebrity with connections to Watergate. Columnist and actor Ben Stein (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”) worked in the Nixon White House and can be seen here in archival footage crying at Nixon’s emotional farewell. Fred Thompson played a critical role as a counsel to the Watergate hearings in 1973, orchestrating the revelation of Nixon’s secret taping system. He later became a senator from Tennessee, briefly ran as a presidential candidate in 2008 and played the district attorney on “Law & Order.” • This weekend’s most ridiculously unoriginal new shows include “Spoiled Rotten Pets” (9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nat Geo Wild, TV-PG) and “Ice Cold Gold” (10 p.m.

Sunday, Animal Planet, TV-PG). OK, “Ice” is set in Greenland instead of Alaska. And at least it’s not “Guntucky” (9:30 p.m. Sunday, CMT, TV14).

Saturday’s Highlights • Hauntings galore on “Doctor Who” (8 p.m., BBC America, TV-PG). • Sarah is distracted from her meeting with her daughter on “Orphan Black” (9 p.m., BBC America, TV-MA). • Proud and occasionally eccentric owners tout their castles on “Four Houses” (9 p.m. and 10 p.m., TLC, TV-PG). • Elijah Wood, Ben Schwartz, Kumail Nanjiani and Katie Crown appear on “The Nerdist” (10 p.m., BBC America, TV-14).

Sunday’s Highlights • Scheduled on “60 Minutes” (7 p.m., CBS): the military’s use of attack dogs; looking for clues in the Boston Marathon bombings. • Gold wants to ring Belle’s memories on “Once Upon a Time” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG). • Alicia takes a tech case on “The Good Wife” (9 p.m., CBS, TV14). • Amnesia and romance mix in the weepy “Remember Sunday” (9 p.m., ABC), starring Alexis Bledel and Zachary Levi. • “Mr. Selfridge” con-

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tinues on “Masterpiece Classic” (9 p.m., PBS, TVPG, check local listings). • Arya encounters the commander of the Brotherhood on “Game of Thrones” (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA). • A pig roast proves revealing on “Veep” (10 p.m., HBO, TV-MA). • A secret is hard to keep on “Mad Men” (10 p.m., AMC, TV-14). • Gloria breaks up with Patrick on “Army Wives” (9 p.m., Lifetime, TV-PG). • Ragnar makes a pilgrimage to thank the gods on “Vikings” (10 p.m., History, TV-14). • Alexander seeks vengeance on “The Borgias” (10 p.m., Showtime, TVMA).

Sunday Series Wandering through Berlin on “The Amazing Race” (8 p.m., CBS, TVPG) * Planning for the unthinkable on “The Simpsons” (8 p.m., Fox, r, TV-PG) * Juvenile justice on “Bob’s Burgers” (8:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14) * A tourism package on “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14) * Time to lose on “Family Guy” (9 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14) * Memory serves on “American Dad” (9:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14) * Talk radio can be murder on “The Mentalist” (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14). © 2013, United Feature Syndicate


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