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The Sumter School District Board of Trustees approved several personnel changes suggested by interim superintendent Frank Baker at its specially called meeting Tuesday night. They just haven’t told the public what they are yet. After a two-hour executive session to discuss the first official recommendations Baker has made as the new district head, the trustees

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or most students in Sumter, school starts back in the next two weeks, which means I won’t have to deal with this kid in my neighborhood who keeps jumping out in front of my car and taunting me when I drive down the street. I don’t know why he does this or if he does this to anyone else, but I’m hoping the regular school schedule will eliminate this problem. As I cover a lot of local school events for the newspaper, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the number of teachers and school employees who say they regularly pray for their students. I’m also greatly encouraged by the local church and religious organizations that execute prayer walks for area schools or provide meals for teachers on teacher workdays. In light of the recent unrest over Sumter’s education administration,

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Standards-based report cards to only be used for kindergartners BY BRADEN BUNCH bbunch@theitem.com The standards-based report card system initiated last year for Sumter School District students up until second grade has been scaled back to only being

used on kindergarten reports. The change, confirmed by Interim Superintendent Dr. Frank Baker on Tuesday, marks the fourth revision to the fledgling program in less SEE REPORT CARDS, PAGE A8

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National Night Out focuses on crime prevention BY BRISTOW MARCHANT bmarchant@theitem.com Neighbors came together across the Sumter area and the nation Tuesday evening, hoping to send a message to anyone thinking of committing a crime that their actions won’t go unnoticed. Community groups and law-enforcement agencies joined forces for the annual National Night Out. The event, organized around neighborhood watch groups across the country, seeks to put the focus on preventing crime in the community. Officials in Sumter and Clarendon counties organized their own official events, and neighborhood groups held dozens of events in their own areas to promote crime SEE NIGHT OUT, PAGE A5

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Firefighters respond to the blaze at Public Storage, 1277 Camden Highway, U.S. 521, late Monday night. Investigators said the fire destroyed about 50 storage units and that the cause was unknown.

Family briefly trapped inside gates of facility BY BRADEN BUNCH bbunch@theitem.com A late Monday night fire at a selfstorage business on Camden Highway next to the U.S. 76/378 overpass destroyed a large portion of one of the buildings and briefly trapped a few customers inside the gates of the business. Flames from Public Storage, located at 1277 Camden Highway/U.S. 521, could easily be seen shooting into the night sky by traffic crossing the recently renovated U.S. 76/378 bridge. At the same time, Ron Ingram and his family were at the storage facility, placing items for the first time in a newly rented stall, when they saw smoke coming from one of the nearby buildings. “I thought it was a controlled

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p.m. Monday and tried to leave the facility. However, with the fire developing in the B-C storage building between them and the after-hours access gate, they were briefly trapped inside the complex. They pulled up to one of the other gates and remained in their truck until a rescue worker could cut the chains holding the gate shut, Ingram said. They were far enough away from the flames, Ingram said, that they did not feel they were in danger. While firefighters with the Sumter Fire Department had the blaze under control, they were still battling the fire well past midnight. Southbound traffic along U.S. 521 was being diverted until about 12:30 a.m., when one of the two lanes was SEE FIRE, PAGE A6

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2 charged in alleged insurance scam A man and woman stand accused of collecting thousands of dollars in insurance benefits on a fire they allegedly set themselves. Victoria Calvache, 34, of 100 Sunflower Court, and Antonie Lamar Spann, CALVACHE 25, of 1255 Gulledge Circle, Wedgefield, were arSPANN rested Tuesday and Monday, respectively, and each is charged with thirddegree arson and making false insurance claims. At 8 a.m. July 9, 2012, authorities said Calvache reported her 2008 Ford Edge SUV stolen from the 1700 block of Pinewood Road. The vehicle had been located on Dowry Road in Wedgefield two hours earlier, burned beyond recognition. Sheriff’s investigators allege Calvache and Spann conspired to burn the car and then filed a claim for $20,000 on the loss of the vehicle. Both are being held at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.

BY JADE ANDERSON janderson@theitem.com Starting today, health departments in the tri-county will offer free Tdap vaccinations used to prevent the spread of whooping cough and other serious illnesses. “It’s important to be vaccinated to prevent the spread of disease,” said LaShonda McElveen, registered nurse and lead nurse for Sumter School District. These immunization shots are required for students who will be in the seventh grade for the 2013-14 academic year. Last year, McElveen began contacting principals to let them know and to get fliers on school websites. “We didn’t want doctors overloaded at the last minute,” she said. “It’s been recommended for some time, and a lot of doctors have already been offering it for kids age 10 to 11 during their well physical checks. So you may have already had it a year ago. Check with your provider before panicking too much.” If the child has had the necessary shot or shots, a current copy of the student’s

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immunization record should be provided to the school office. If a pupil starts school without the vaccination, the individual has 30 days to get the immunization or present an appointment card. “After that, DHEC (Department of Health and Environmental Control) says we are not to allow them to be in school until they have up-todate immunizations,” McElveen said. But the schools work with families to try to prevent it from coming to that, she said.

While the vaccination covers three serious diseases — tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis — the focus is on the last one, pertussis, McElveen said. More commonly known as “whooping cough,” this disease is caused by bacteria and is highly contagious, according to the S.C. DHEC website, dhec.gov. It is spread by exposure to the coughs and sneezes of an infected person, and on average, 80 percent of those who come in contact with an infected person, or 12 out of 15, contract the disease. Last year, South Carolina saw 230 cases with six of those coming from Sumter and the majority occurring in children under 2 or between 10 and 17, according to dhec.gov. Before pertussis vaccines became widely available in the 1940s, about 200,000 children contracted whooping cough each year in the United States and about 9,000 died, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s website, cdc.gov. Now, about 10,000 to 25,000 cases are reported each year, and about 10 to 20 result in death. Case counts have been

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TUOMEY WELCOMES STUDENTS FROM EDWARD VIA COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE Tuomey Healthcare System welcomed 11 3rd-year medical students from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine on July 26. The students will be teamed up with local doctors for clinical rotations over the course of the next year. Front, from left, are Rindy Fernandez of Charleston, S.C.; Dana Baigrie of Tampa, Fla.; Janessa Hill of Phoenix; and Anna Marshall of Rock Hill, S.C. Back, from left, are Emily Lantrip Vara of Carey, N.C.; Torrey Poholsky of Accident, Md.; Matthew Fisher of Union, S.C.; Jordan St. John of Lynchburg, Va.; and Nate Moore of Denver. Not pictured are Nate Benitez of Anderson, S.C., and Charlie Woo of Fayetteville, N.C.

Report: Man shot in drive-by shooting A man was taken to the emergency room early Tuesday morning after he was reportedly shot through the leg in a drive-by shooting. According to a report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, the man was standing along with several others in the yard of a home in the 900 block of Manning Avenue about 1:17 a.m. Witnesses reportedly saw an unidentified vehicle — possibly a Volvo or Jetta, according to the report — approach along Newberry Avenue and fire about four or five gunshots. The victim was reportedly struck by a bullet underneath his left knee, and passed “in and out of consciousness” while he was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Tuomey Regional Medical Center. The incident remains under investigation.

going up the last 20 to 30 years, according to cdc.gov, because of increased awareness, improved diagnostic tests, better reporting, more circulation of the bacteria and waning immunity. The vaccine typically offers high levels of protection within the first two years after being administered, and similarly, natural infection may also only protect for a few years. About seven out of 10 children are fully protected five years after getting their last dose of Tdap and the other three are partially protected, meaning if the infection is contracted, it is usually less severe. Besides preteens, DHEC recommends pregnant women, people who spend time with babies less than a year old and anyone who has not had a Tdap booster in 10 years get the shot. Before receiving the shot, inform medical care providers of severe allergens that cause hives or anaphylactic shock, especially those to yeast, latex or chicken eggs.

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2 plead guilty to criminal conspiracy in shooting death BY ROBERT J. BAKER bbaker@theitem.com Two of three men charged last year with the killing of a 16-year-old boy in June 2011 told a circuit court judge on Tuesday through their attorneys that they did not realize the third man would attempt to rob a drug dealer, leading to the death. Christopher L. Davis, 25, of Lot 42 Oaklawn Mobile Home Park, and Travis J. Dunham, 26, of 1039 Belmont Drive, both pleaded guilty before At-large Circuit Court Judge D. Craig Brown to criminal conspiracy to purchase marijuana for their roles in the incident. The third suspect, Diontrae Epps, 20, formerly of 930 Barwick Road, pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter and received a five-year pris-

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on sentence. He was given credit for 782 days served in Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center since his arrest. Both Dunham and Davis were given time-served sentences, with Dunham having served 788 days since his arrest. Davis served 298 days before bonding out in April 2012. The three were arrested in June 2011 and charged with armed robbery, unlawful carrying of a pistol and criminal conspiracy after the June 10 armed robbery at Shoun L. Wright Jr.’s home at 114 Woodlawn Ave. Denzel Archie, 16, was killed during the incident, which Sumter Police Department authorities said happened when the three suspects and Archie went to Wright’s home to buy marijuana.

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The 3rd Circuit Solicitor’s Office added a murder charge for each defendant in November 2012 during general sessions court. However, 3rd Circuit Assistant Solicitor Bronwyn K. McElveen told Brown on Tuesday that both Dunham and Davis had been cooperative with law enforcement, and evidence did not show either as the shooter. The men’s sentences were in line with McElveen’s recommendations. “It is Davis’ position that he didn’t know the robbery was going to happen,” McElveen said. “He was also cooperative with law enforcement and with our investigation against Epps (as the shooter). Both suspects were willing to testify against Epps as the shooter.” Davis, Archie’s cousin, did not enter Wright’s home on

the night of the incident and had stayed in the gray Mazda pickup truck where Archie’s body was later found. McElveen said after the botched robbery, all suspects fled, with Archie riding in the truck. Epps was shooting back at the home, according to police, and ultimately hit Archie in the back. McElveen told Brown on Monday before Epps’ guilty plea that the victims of the attempted armed robbery, who faced various drug charges after the incident, “had no interest in pursuing those (attempted armed robbery) charges.” “They made it clear that they wouldn’t cooperate with us,” McElveen said. Reach Robert J. Baker at (803) 774-1211.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2013 Deacon Randy Page throws some chicken on the barbecue in the parking lot of South Sumter Park on Saturday. Page and other volunteers cooked free food for the community event hosted by Heart of Christ Family Fellowship.

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Josiah Davis, 5, is sprayed by the water fountain in South Sumter Park on Saturday. Josiah attended the Heart of Christ community outreach event with his family.

The women of the African gospel group El Shaddai sit at a table while their equipment is being set up in South Sumter Park. El Shaddai and the gospel group En’Dure were the featured performers at the community outreach event.

Volunteers with the Heart of Christ Family Fellowship give out free clothing collected in a church clothing drive. From left, Wilhelmena Hickman looks at 6-year-old Jonathan Ramsey, 11-year-old Leala Ramsey and their mother, Carol Wilson. Heart of Christ hosts a weekly Bible study at West End Community Church on South Salem Street.

Musician Amani Nimdona, 13, tunes a guitar with other young members of the gospel group El Shaddai. Based in Dillon, El Shaddai is made up of young musicians from the nation of Burundi who perform gospel songs in traditional African languages.

Man, 21, granted $50,000 surety bond in lewd conduct case A 21-year-old Rembert man charged in June with two counts of lewd conduct toward a minor between 14 and 16 years of age was granted a $50,000 surety

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Reports: Man smeared buttered toast on SUV UNION — A man from Union has been arrested after a neighbor accused him of smearing buttered toast on her SUV. Union County sheriff’s deputies said 34-year-old Christopher Brannon was arrested Saturday and charged with malicious damage to property. Authorities said a woman reported seeing Brannon wiping something on the back windshield of her SUV. The woman found a greasy film on the glass and a piece of buttered toast on the ground nearby. Brannon was arrested and released from jail on a personal recognizance bond. It wasn’t known if he had an attorney. Damage to the SUV was estimated at $1. A sheriff’s report did not mention a motive.

Man gets 16 years in stabbing death YORK — A man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for stabbing a Rock Hill man to death during a suspected drug deal. The Herald of Rock Hill reports that Christopher Morris was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Officers said Morris and another man were buying drugs from 28-year-old Talbert Pickett in December. Authorities said the pair robbed Pickett, then stabbed him more than 30 times and fled.

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AME church to hold inaugural ‘Evening with the Stars’ BY SHAMIRA McCRAY Special to The Item Ordinary people do extraordinary things. In an effort to show its youth that such a thing is true, the New Manning District’s Young People’s Division of the African Methodist Episcopal Church will host its inaugural Evening with the Stars and Red Carpet Affair on Saturday. “It’s really the awards ceremony,� said Shatiqua Cooper, district Young People’s Division director. “It’s basically honoring them for their achievements in the community, school and church. This will allow them to put on their Sunday’s best, walk the red carpet and meet other people besides the people in their

WANT TO GO? WHAT: Inaugural Evening with the Stars and Red Carpet Affair WHEN: Saturday — red carpet walk starts at 6 p.m.; awards ceremony and dinner start at 7 p.m. WHERE: The Cypress Center, 50 Hospital St., Manning COST: $25 for VIP tickets, $15 for adult tickets, $10 for students (K-12) and free for children 4 and under BENEFITS: New Manning District Young People’s Division NOTES: Attire is formal/semiformal FOR MORE: Contact Shatiqua Cooper at (803) 435-0818 or (803) 225-7024

church.� The Evening with the Stars will take the place of the annual Green and White Banquet. The New Manning dis-

NIGHT OUT from Page A1 awareness among their own immediate neighbors, some going late into the evening. In Sumter, Mayor Joe McElveen officially proclaimed the beginning of the community-wide event that began with a kick-off at Shiloh-Randolph Manor. The mayor praised Sumter’s more than 30 neighborhood watch groups for the working partnership they’ve developed with the police department. “The neighborhood watch may have a bad name in some places, but our citizens know what they’re supposed to do,� McElveen said. “You act as our eyes and ears, call the police, and then let law enforcement enforce the law.�

trict comprises 22 AME churches in the Summerton area. Youth from each church will be recognized and awarded at the event. “We have 20 different categories, and each church has to nominate someone from each category,� Cooper said. “We’re looking at about a total of 120 awards or more being given out.� In an effort to award the majority of the youths in the district, Cooper said categories such as Most Athletic, 110 Percent Award, Most Outstanding YPD, Service with a Smile and A/B Honor Roll will be given to the respective honorees. The awards ceremony will be hosted by radio personalities Curtis Wilson and

Senior Cpl. Joey Duggan with the city’s Crime Prevention Unit talked about the importance of avoiding the circumstances in which crimes are most likely to occur. “There’s nothing anybody in this room can do to stop someone who has the desire and the ability to commit a crime,� Duggan said. “But we can cut them off at the third step, and that’s not give them the opportunity. They look for easy opportunities. That means don’t leave your car door open with your purse sitting inside, or don’t go outside and leave your apartment door open.� Battalion Chief Johnnie Rose talked with residents about fire prevention, promoting the department’s program for installing free smoke detectors. He noted Sumter County saw seven deaths from fires last year and has already seen five in 2013. Rose also advised against careless cooking, a common cause of

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Yvette Samuels-Jackson of the Big DM 101.3 FM and will include dinner and entertainment from local praise dancers, singers and spoken word artists. Special guests Dr. Leroy Bowman and U.S. Marshal Kelvin Washington will also speak. Bowman is a Sumter native and a Tuskegee Airman. Washington was nominated by President Obama in 2009 for the position of U.S. Marshal for the District of South Carolina. “This will give the youth the opportunity to see, feel and touch someone who has a place in history,� Cooper said. “It shows them they can beat all odds and shouldn’t let statistics define them.� Both formal and semifor-

house fires. “Don’t turn your stove on and put it on down low, because that means you’re doing something you’re not supposed to,� he said. “You’re about to go outside, to talk to your neighbor or go take a nap.� Spokesmen for both emergency departments visited several of the community groups holding events for National Night Out. Garden Circle Apartments on East Liberty Street held an early evening get together for its residents. “This helps to get the community out and bridge the gap between some of the residents here,� said Katrina Wright-Allison, property manager for Garden Circle. Timothy Samuel, the maintenance supervisor at the apartments, said events such as National Night Out can help build more of a sense of community among the neighbors. “We’ve got some good residents here, and they need to look out for

mal attire are acceptable. Ticket prices vary, and tickets may be purchased in advance or on the day of the event. All proceeds will benefit New Manning District YPD. Cooper said she simply wants everyone in attendance to “enjoy the entertainment, food and fellowship with one another.� “We’d like the public to come out and see what the Manning YPD has going on,� Cooper said. Earlier in the year, the New Manning District YPD held a Nubian Princess Pageant and participated in the 33rd youth retreat in Fort Mill. For more information, contact Shatiqua Cooper at (803) 435-0818 or (803) 225-7024.

each other,� he said. Speaking at the evening’s kick-off event, Duggan said that sense of community is needed when people no longer feel safe leaving their doors unlocked. “We don’t live in that time anymore,� he said. “You’ve got to look out for each other, and that’s what the crime watch is for.� Wright-Allison was grateful for the visitors from the police and fire departments who came to speak with her residents about steps they can take to prevent crime and fires, but it also helped that they had music playing in the common area and hot dogs ready to hand out. After listening to the speakers, they treated the evening as an excuse for a party. “It’s not that hard to get everybody together when you serve food,� Wright-Allison said. Reach Bristow Marchant at (803) 774-1272.

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Investigators are initially estimating about 50 storage units were destroyed in the fire, causing about $150,000 in damage to the buildings, and approximately $90,000 in damage to the contents inside the units. Contents valued at $20,000 were saved from the flames. The cause of the fire was unknown and remained under investigation Tuesday. Contact Braden Bunch at (803) 774-1201.

finally opened. Because the wind was blowing in the opposite direction, the thick smoke did not become an issue for drivers on the U.S. 76/378 bridge. However, law enforcement officers did block off the section of Jefferson Road running alongside the storage facility.

FAITH MATTERS from Page A1 many have been praying for healing for our local education system. With all this prayer over our education, it is hard to reconcile the commonly held belief that prayer is not allowed in our schools. Prayer is absolutely allowed in our schools. Like me, you’ve probably been a part of some group in which the state of our education system is discussed. At some point in the conjecture, a voice will sum up the problem in the ubiquitous statement: “We wouldn’t have this problem if prayer was allowed back in school.� A resounding chorus of grunts and head nods usually follows. End of discussion. Problem solved. Of course their statement is based on a misinterpretation of two U.S. Supreme Court decisions in the

early 1960s that prohibited school-sanctioned prayer and other religious activities. Simply put, schools could not endorse religious activity. The backlash was immediate and continues to be the touchstone point of our educational system’s decline. Personally, I think that the lack of statesupported prayer is an oversimplification. Now before you send me accusatory emails with the subject line: HERESY!!!, let me be clear. I think any organization, be it business, education or family, would benefit exponentially from prayer. I’m an advocate of the

necessity and power of prayer. It’s just that, well, when did the state become responsible for the spiritual growth of our children? Why do some of us feel like it was the government’s job to instill an awareness of faith in them? Courts have consistently upheld the student’s right to prayer, as long as it is of their own volition and it is not a disruption in the classroom. Students can gather at school and hold a corporate prayer before school, at lunch, after school or during any other free time. It’s outrageous to believe that prayer isn’t allowed in school. The assump-

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tion that prayer is prohibited only serves to decrease the number of praying students. When kids constantly hear that prayer isn’t allowed in schools, they will start to believe it. Tell a child that he or she can’t do something, and it will eventually become truth to them. This means that the continued occurrence of prayer in schools depends on those of us in the faith community. First, it is our privilege to propagate the fact that, indeed, prayer is allowed in schools. Secondly, we must instill in our children that prayer is

a crucial and essential part of their everyday lives, including the time they spend in school. You want your kids to have prayer in school. Teach them to value prayer and to wield it to fend off anxiety over tests; as a tool to help in sticky social situations; as a regularly occurring activity throughout the day. It means that a lot of us have to stop being ashamed to pray in front of our kids and our kids’ friends. I’m amazed at how many parents tell me that they don’t like to pray out loud. Don’t let conversations with

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ne can’t imagine the fear in the hearts of the parents of those nine black students who walked past shouting placard-carrying mobs as they entered Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Each day, they were greeted with angry shouts of “Two, four, six, eight, we don’t want to integrate.” In some rural and urban areas, during the school desegregation era, parents escorted their 5- and 6-year-old children past crowds shouting threats and screaming racial epithets. Often there were Ku Klux Klan marches and cross burnings. Much of this protest was in the South, but Northern cities were by no means exempt from the turmoil and violence of school desegregation. Most of the parents and civil rights leaders whose sacrifices and courage made today’s educational opportunities possible are no longer with us. My question is: If they could know what many of today’s black youngsters have done with the fruits of their sacrifice, would they be proud? Most schools identified as “persistently dangerous” are predominantly black schools. To have a modicum of safety, many schools are equipped Walter with walk-through metal deWILLIAMS tectors, security cameras and conveyor belt X-ray machines that scan book bags and purses. Nationally, the black four-year high-school graduation rate is 52 percent. In some cities, such as Detroit and Philadelphia, it’s considerably lower — 20 percent and 24 percent, respectively. In Rochester, N.Y., it’s 9 percent. What black politicians, parents, teachers and students have created is nothing less than a gross betrayal and squandering of the struggle paid in blood, sweat and tears by previous generations to make possible the educational opportunities that were denied to blacks for so long. On top of that, today whites are likely to be victims of blacks. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ 2008 National Crime Victimization Survey, in instances of interracial crimes of violence, 83 percent of the time, a black person was the perpetrator and a white person was the victim. Most interracial assaults are committed by blacks. What’s worse is there’re blacks still alive — such as older members of the Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP and National Urban League — who lived through the times of lynching, Jim Crow and open racism and who remain silent in the face of the current situation. After the George Zimmerman trial, in cities such as Baltimore, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Chicago and New York, there have been a number of brutal revenge attacks on whites in the name of “justice for Trayvon.” Over the past few years, there have been many episodes of unprovoked attacks by black gangs against white people at beaches, in shopping malls, on public conveyances and in other public places in cities such as Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Washington and Los Angeles. There’s no widespread condemnation, plus most of the time, the race of the attackers was not reported, even though media leftists and their allies are experts in reporting racial differences in everything else. Would those black Americans who fought tooth and nail against Jim Crow, segregation, lynching and racism be proud of the findings of a recent Rasmussen poll in which 31 percent of blacks think that most blacks are racists and 24 percent of blacks think that most whites are racists? Among whites, in the same Rasmussen poll, 38 percent consider most blacks racist, and 10 percent consider most whites racist. Black people don’t need to have a conversation with white people on matters of race. One first step would be to develop a zero tolerance for criminal and disruptive school behavior, as well as a zero tolerance for criminal behavior in neighborhoods. If city authorities cannot or will not provide protection, then law-abiding black people should find a way to provide that protection themselves. Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University

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pparently, the threat is both serious and specific. The United States ordered 22 diplomatic missions closed and issued a worldwide travel alert for U.S. citizens. The threat comes from al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, AQAP, the most lethal branch of the terrorist organization. “After Benghazi,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., “these al-Qaida types are really on steroids thinking we’re weaker and they’re stronger. ... “They want to drive the West out of the Mideast and take over these Muslim countries and create an al-Qaida-type religious entity ... and if we ever take the bait and try to come home and create fortress America, there will be another 9/11.” By the time this column appears, America may have been hit. Yet is it not time to put al-Qaida in perspective and consider whether our Mideast policy is creating more terrorists than we are killing? In 2010 America lost 15 citizens to terrorism. Thirteen of them died in Afghanistan. The worst attack was the killing of six Americans at a Christian medical mission in Badakhshan Province. Yet, in 2010, not one death here in America resulted from terrorism. That year, however, 780,000 Americas died of heart disease, 575,000 of cancer, 138,000 from respiratory diseases, 120,000 in accidents (35,000 in auto wrecks), 69,000 from diabetes, 40,000 in drug-induced deaths, 38,000 by suicide, 32,000 by liver disease, 25,000 in alcoholinduced deaths, 16,000 by homicide and 8,000 from HIV/ AIDS. Is terrorism the killer we should fear most and invest the lion’s share of our resources fighting? Since 9/11, al-Qaida has not proven a terribly effective enemy. Some plots — the shoe-bomber on the airliner over Detroit, the Times Square bomber — failed from sheer incompetence. Other

attacks have been thwarted by excellent U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism work. Our home front has been well protected. But by having fought a “war on terror” overseas in Graham’s way — invading, occupying, nationbuilding in Afghanistan and Iraq — we lost 6,000 soldiers and brought back 40,000 wounded Americans. Were the wars in which we suffered such casualties, and that cost us $2 trillion and counting, really worth it? Did they make us more secure? The Taliban is making a comeback. Iraq is sinkPatrick ing into civil, secBUCHANAN tarian and tribal war. Our influence in the Islamic world is at a nadir. And Graham concedes the enemy that we went over there to destroy, al-Qaida, is not only in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Mali, and is now “on steroids.” Ten years ago, anti-interventionists warned that a plunge into the Islamic world would produce what it was designed to prevent. We could create more terrorists than we would kill. For the root of 9/11 was Islamic hatred of America’s perceived domination and a fanatic determination to drive us out of their world. They were over here because we were over there. And if we went over there in even greater force, even more Muslims would rise up to expel us from what is, after all, their neighborhood, not ours. So the anti-interventionists argued. Dismissing such warnings as “isolationism,” George W. Bush launched the war. The result? Precisely what opponents of the war had predicted, an al-Qaida that has metastasized and is now “on steroids.” Now, Graham says, al-Qaida wants “to drive the West out of

the Middle East” — their objective all along — and “take over these Muslim countries and create an al-Qaida-type religious entity.” But was it not the United States that dumped over Moammar Gadhafi and opened the door to the al-Qaida that perpetrated the Benghazi atrocity? Was not liberating Benghazi why we went to war? We liberated it, but for whom? Gadhafi, though himself a terrorist responsible for the Lockerbie Pan-Am bombing, was an enemy of al-Qaida. So, too, are Hezbollah, Iran and Syrian President Bashar Assad. All are fighting to prevent a takeover of Syria by rebels whose principal fighting force is the Nusra Front, an affiliate of al-Qaida. Does not Vladimir Putin have a point when he asks why America is arming an insurgency dominated by the sort of people who did 9/11? Graham says al-Qaida wants to take over “Muslim countries and create an al-Qaida-type religious entity.” Yet the Muslim country al-Qaida has the best chance of taking over is Syria. And we are arming the rebels who are allied with alQaida and who want to take over Syria? ‘’If we ever take the bait and try to come home and create fortress America, there’ll be another 9/11,” warns Graham. Graham is saying we must stay in the Middle East and fight on until al-Qaida, which has grown since our intervention and because of our intervention, is annihilated. Otherwise they create a caliphate and come over here and kill us all. After 58,000 dead we left Vietnam. How many Americans have the Vietnamese killed since we left? Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” © 2013 creators.com

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CHANGES from Page A1 returned and, by a 6-1 vote, approved the personnel report. Trustee Ralph Canty, who attended the meeting via telephone, was the lone vote against the report. While he would not reveal the changes until after informing the personnel affected, Baker said the changes would reach across the district. “It is going to touch at the district office level, and it’s going to touch at the school level,” Baker said. “One of the objectives at the district-office level was how we could trim some administrative fat, so that’s going to be an important piece of it at the district level. Then, at the school level, I looked at some administrative changes, as well as possible classroom components that maybe would impact areas of curriculum and instruction. So it’s really a broad cover.” District spokeswoman Shelly Galloway said the administration plans to publish a press release today to announce the exact personnel shifts. Baker said despite the substantial changes, there have not been any terminations of district office personnel. “In this plan, I have worked things out to where I have got everyone situated into a position,” Baker said. In addition, the interim superintendent said no one has re-

signed from the district since he took over his position after the resignation of Superintendent Randolph Bynum. During the meeting, board Chairman Keith Schultz announced the exact compensation package Baker is receiving for taking over in a temporary capacity. By paying Baker $750 a day to serve as the interim superintendent, Schultz announced a figure that equates to a $195,000 annual salary. In addition, Baker receives a monthly vehicle allowance of $1,000, as well as reimbursement for work-related purchases. The chairman supported the expense to the crowd of more than 100 people in attendance at the district headquarters. “Dr. Baker knows our community,” Schultz said. “He has been and will continue to be hard at work to open schools in the next couple of weeks and commence operations for 16,000plus students.” Unless a special meeting is called beforehand, the trustees’ next meeting will be 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at Hillcrest Middle School. So far the board has not said how it plans to proceed with a superintendent search. However, it has said Baker would not be considered for the post. Contact Braden Bunch at (803) 7741201.

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THURSDAY 91°

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Variably cloudy, a couple of t-storms

Winds: SE 3-6 mph

Winds: SSE 4-8 mph

Winds: SSW 6-12 mph

Winds: SW 6-12 mph

Winds: SW 4-8 mph

Chance of rain: 10%

Chance of rain: 55%

Chance of rain: 40%

Chance of rain: 60%

Chance of rain: 60%

Sumter through 4 p.m. yesterday High ............................................... 80° Low ................................................ 67° Normal high ................................... 90° Normal low ..................................... 69° Record high ..................... 102° in 1980 Record low ......................... 58° in 1948

Greenville 83/70

Precipitation

Bishopville 88/69

24 hrs ending 4 p.m. yest. ........... 0.33" Month to date .............................. 0.33" Normal month to date .................. 1.18" Year to date ............................... 35.20" Normal year to date .................. 29.52"

Lake Murray Marion Moultrie Wateree

Full pool 360 76.8 75.5 100

7 a.m. yest. 357.42 76.39 75.19 96.89

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

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7 a.m. 24-hr yest. chg 8.15 none 4.72 -1.06 5.69 -0.54 4.53 -1.06 79.96 -0.15 9.54 -1.42

Today Hi/Lo/W 88/68/pc 78/66/t 88/69/t 89/69/pc 88/73/pc 84/74/c 89/73/pc 85/69/t 85/72/t 88/71/pc

24-hr chg +0.01 -0.04 -0.04 -0.36

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Columbia 88/71

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Charleston 89/73 The following tide table lists times for Myrtle Beach.

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Today Hi/Lo/W 88/70/pc 87/74/pc 87/70/t 86/69/t 87/69/pc 89/72/pc 84/71/t 86/76/pc 86/70/pc 83/70/t

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Then, after a special meeting in July where trustees raised several issues with former Superintendent Randolph Bynum, he announced the expansion of the program had been delayed by a year. Now the grading system has been cut back dramatically. Baker said the decision to scale down the grading system is not an indictment against the concept, but rather a pragmatic step for a school district not properly trained on the system. “I did not feel our teachers were ready because we had not done the job we needed to do to train them,” Baker said. “I’m not saying we’re not going to do it (in the future). It’s not off the table, but we need to do a lot in terms of preparation.” Contact Braden Bunch at (803) 7741201.

Sumter 88/69

Today: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 85 to 89. Thursday: Some sun with a thunderstorm. High 87 to 91.

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

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Manning 88/69

Today: A shower or thunderstorm around, mainly later. Thursday: Clouds and sun with a shower or thunderstorm; humid.

73° Partly sunny with a shower or t-storm

Sunrise today .......................... 6:37 a.m. Sunset tonight ......................... 8:16 p.m. Moonrise today ....................... 7:20 a.m. Moonset today ........................ 8:30 p.m.

Gaffney 84/70 Spartanburg 84/71

Temperature

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than five months. In March, with barely more than a semester under the program’s belt, the district announced plans to expand the grading system that replaced a standard A through F model to the 1 to 5 system measuring progress toward end-ofthe-year goals to include rising thirdgrade students. This expansion occurred despite the fact that some parents and teachers said the new system was confusing, especially since the rubrics teachers needed to determine grades were not developed until after the first semester. In June, Chief Curriculum Officer Dr. Lisa Norman announced several changes to the system, including shifting the grading scale to a fourpoint system rather than a five-point system.

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93°

Some sun with a t-storm in the afternoon

100s

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91°

69°

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Anderson, Adams have high expectations at TE BY NEIL WHITE The State The South Carolina football team returns a pair of players at one position who combined to average 20 yards every time they touched the ball, and scored every third time they got the ball in their hands. You might be surprised by which players own those gaudy numbers. Try tight ends Rory Anderson and Jerell Adams, whose big-play ability should be showcased more frequently this season with Justice Cunningham no longer on campus.

Anderson, a 6-foot-5, 242-pound junior from Powder Springs, Ga., and Adams, a 6-6, 237-pound sophomore from Pinewood, combined to catch 18 passes for 361 yards, an average of 20.1 yards per catch, and six touchdowns last season. Anderson, who hauled in 14 of those passes for 271 yards, believes the duo can make a bigger splash this season. “We’ve pushed coach (Steve) SpurGERRY MELENDEZ / THE STATE rier to actually get us some more South Carolina tight end and former Scott’s Branch High standout Jerell Adams, left, celballs,” Anderson said. “We’re able to ebrates his first career touchdown catch against Arkansas at Williams-Brice Stadium in do some things that receivers can do Columbia. Much is expected of Adams, who will be a key player at tight end along with SEE GAMECOCKS, PAGE B3 Rory Anderson.

Johnson wins again in Stock-4 division BY CODY TRUETT Special to The Item

finished at 13-over 293 with rounds of 74, 71, 76 and 72. While Gainey tied for 65th in the 73-player field, he still made $42,800. His performance in the Bridgestone was reminiscent of the way his season has gone; the most consistent part of his game has been the total inconsistency of it. Gainey has played 26 events this season, making the cut in 12 of them. He has only one top 10 finish, that being a tie for sixth in the

Bubba Johnson continued his winning ways in the Stock-4 division to highlight racing action at Sumter Speedway on Saturday. As the green flag flew to start the Stock-4 feature, Bubba Albert shot into the lead with Jason Hodge second and Allen Ridgeway third. As the race stayed green, Albert opened up a small lead over the field as Ridgeway and Johnson battled for second. Johnson made the pass on Ridgeway on Lap 8 to take over second and set his sights on Albert for the lead. Ridgeway spun in turns 1 and 2 to bring out a caution with just five laps to go. On the restart, Johnson shot into the lead, sending Albert back to second while Jason Hodge took over third. Ridgeway and Hodge made contact in turns 1 and 2 and Hodge spun around to bring out the caution. While under caution, Albert pulled into the pits with car trouble and did not return. On the restart, Johnson maintained the lead and drove on to take the checkered flag. Hodge was second with Ridgeway third, Clinton Brogdon fourth and Rusty Harrellson fifth. Luke Wilson picked up the win in the Bomber-4 division, leading the entire caution-free feature. Brett Siegel held off many challenges for a strong second-

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This will be the third straight appearance in the PGA Championship for Bishopville native Tommy Gainey. ‘Two Gloves’ missed the cut in both 2011 and 2012. He will be in the fourth group to go off on Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. along with Ryan Palmer and David Hearn.

Third time the charm? Gainey hoping for strong finish at PGA Championship BY DENNIS BRUNSON dennisb@theitem.com Tommy Gainey’s first PGA Tour victory last October in the McGladrey Classic in St. Simons Island, Ga., may not have earned him a spot in The Masters in April, but it did get him a spot in the exclusive field for the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational held in Akron, Ohio, last weekend. And while Gainey finished 28 shots behind winner Tiger Woods, he doesn’t have any time to dwell on his perfor-

mance or in an elite field for the first time. Gainey is geting ready for the PGA Championship, which begins on Thursday at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y.

This will be the third straight time Gainey has played in the PGA Championship, the only one of the four majors in which he has played. Gainey missed the cut in both 2011 and 2012. Gainey will be in the fourth group to go off on Thursday morning. At 7:40 a.m., the Bishopville native, Ryan Palmer and David Hearn will tee off. Gainey was over par in each of the four rounds in the Bridgestone, played at the par 70 Firestone Country Club South Course. Gainey

O’Zones stay alive in 13-2 victory Angels survive, advance with FROM STAFF REPORTS LAUREL, Miss. – The Sumter offense continued its recent surge on Tuesday as the O’Zones earned a 13-2, 4-inning victory over Haughton, La., in an elimination game at Laurel-Jones County SportPlex to stay alive in the Dixie World Series. Sumter now faces the winner between Smiths Station, Ala., FRYE and Laurel, Miss., today at 9 p.m. “We finally had a game where we really put everything together,” Sumter head coach John Holladay said. “The pitching was good and we were able to swing the bats realy well.”

After putting up 14 runs on Monday, Sumter followed with another blowout win on Tuesday, scoring 11 combined runs in the third and fourth innings. “I think the kids are just really seeing the ball a little better now,” Holladay said. “They’re more patient at the plate and they don’t mind working deeper into counts and it’s paid off for us.” Trent Frye ended the game with a walk-off grand slam as the 10-run mercy rule came into effect. Frye also tossed one inning of shutout ball while allowing two hits, no walks and striking out three. Frye also scored three runs. Jacob Holladay also had a solid SEE O’ZONES, PAGE B2

10-3 win in elimination game FROM STAFF REPORTS ALEXANDRIA, La. – The Sumter X-Play Angels stayed alive once again, earning a 10-3 victory over West Pasco, Fla., on Tuesday in a Dixie World Series elimination game at Johnny Downs Sports Complex. Sumter will face the loser of Tuesday’s game between East Quachita South, La., and Montgomery American, Ala., W. ELMORE today at 6 p.m. “We played really well defensively tonight,” Sumter head coach Wayne Elmore said. “(Assistant coach) Nolan Hunter did a great job of

scouting the other team and we were able to put our girls in the right positions to make plays.” Madison Sliwonik and Madison Truett combined on the mound for Sumter. Sliwonik tossed three innings and allowed two runs while Truett went two innings and allowed one. “Using those two like that allowed us to save some innings, so that was big,” Elmore said. Offensively, Sumter used more of a small-ball approach in scoring its 10 runs. Ellie Hunter was 2-for-2 with a walk and a 2-run double. Hannah Truett was 1-for-2 and SEE ANGELS, PAGE B2


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Sumter P-15’s annual banquet Monday The Sumter P-15’s annual baseball banquet will be held on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 15 home located at 34 South Artillery Drive. Awards will be handed out to players and coaches during the banquet. The cost is $12 per plate for both adults and children. Reservations are not necessary. If tickets are paid for by check, the check should be made out to Post 15 American Legion Baseball. HOLBROOK TO SPEAK

University of South Carolina head baseball coach Chad Holbrook will be the featured speaker when the Sumter County Gamecock Club holds its annual banquet on Thursday at the University of South Carolina Sumter’s Nettles Auditorium beginning at 6 p.m. USC football play-by-play announcer Todd Ellis will be the master or ceremonies and will give an update on the football program. Dinner will be served at 6 with the program beginning at 7. Tickets are $25 apiece and

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The Sumter High School boys and girls cross country boys teams will hold a meeting for those interested in competing on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the school’s picnic shelter. Runners must have a physical to participate. Parents are welcome to attend. For more information, call boys coach Jimmy Watson at (803) 983-4047, girls coach Karen McFadden at (803) 4914377 or the school at (803) 4814480. HEYWARD OUT WITH MUSCLE STRAIN

WASHINGTON — Right fielder Jason Heyward left Atlanta’s game against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night because of a muscle strain in his neck. The Braves say he’s day to day. Leading off the game, Heyward was visited by manager Fredi Gonzalez after two pitches, and play was delayed for a

LOS ANGELES — Southern California receiver Marqise Lee says he wasn’t paid for autographing photos while in Miami last winter for the BCS title game. Lee and USC’s administration issued statements Tuesday emphatically denying any wrongdoing by last season’s Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation’s top receiver. Lee says he signed several photos last January for somebody he thought was a fan and collector. The photos have since been offered for sale online. DOLPHINS SIGN JONES FOR $29.3M

DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones signed a $29.3 million, fouryear contract that includes $15 million guaranteed. Jones, a fifth-round draft choice by Miami in 2010, has started 30 games in his career, including every game in last year. Last year he led the team with four interceptions and ranked fourth in tackles with 95, both career highs.

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Braves win 2-1 as streak continues WASHINGTON — Hit by a pitch two innings after homering, Bryce Harper jawed and pointed at Atlanta’s Julio Teheran, and the dugouts and bullpens emptied, but the only haymakers thrown during the NL East-leading GATTIS Braves’ 2-1 victory over the Nationals on Tuesday night came from the teams’ Twitter feeds. All in all, it was the sort of stuff rivalries and high-drama playoff chases are made of. Except, in this particular case, Evan Gattis’ two-run single in the fifth inning and the six innings thrown by Teheran (9-5) while al-

lowing one run combined to produce Atlanta’s season-high 12th consecutive win, padding their NL East lead to 14½ games over Washington. Gattis’ big hit came off Gio Gonzalez (7-5), who pitched one night after Major League Baseball announced its Biogenesis investigation cleared the left-hander.

CINCINNATI — Jay Bruce homered and made a run-saving catch on the warning track, and Mat Latos pitched into the eighth inning against Oakland’s slumping lineup on Tuesday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-1 victory over the Athletics.

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ANGELS from Page B1 drove in a run while Sliwonik was 2-for-2 with a run scored. Madison Truett went 1-for-2 with a walk and run scored while Andi Grae Wingate was 1-for-1 with a walk and run scored. Madison Elmore was 2-for-3 with three runs scored. In Monday’s 9-2 victory over Indianola, Miss., Sumter fell behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning. However, it rallied for two runs in the bottom of the inning. Madison Elmore walked and stole second before Madison Truett walked. Kailin Hodge singled in Elmore and Ellie Hunter drove in Madison Tru-

ett with a base hit. Indianola tied the game with a run in the second, but Sumter broke the game open in the third. With two outs and no one on, Elmore was hit by a pitch and again stole second. After Truett was hit by a pitch, Hodge again drove in Elmore with a single. After Hunter walked, Gabby Kirkman’s base hit scored both Madison Truett and Hodge to make it 5-2. Hunter and Kirkman scored on passed balls to make it 7-2. In the fourth, Sliwonik and Wingate walked and scored on a base hit by Morgan Berry for the final 9-2 score. Sliwonik, Berry and

DIXIE O’ZONE WORLD SERIES Saturday Game 1 -- Smiths Station, Ala., 7, Kilgore, Texas 2 Game 2 -- Dallas, N.C., 10, Summertown, Tenn., 0 Game 3 -- West Seminole American, Fla., 10, Indianola, Miss., 4 Game 4 -- Haughton, La., 7, Sumter 4 Game 5 -- Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., 12, South Boston American, Va., 2 Game 6 -- Laurel, Miss., 13, Dierks, Ark., 3 Sunday Game 7 -- South Boston American, Va., 14, Dierks, Ark., 2, Dierks eliminated Game 8 -- Sumter 15, Indianola, Miss., 9, Indianola eliminated Game 9 -- Kilgore, Texas 15, Summertown, Tenn., 2, Summertown eliminated Game 10 -- Laurel, Miss., 12, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., 1 Game 11 -- West Seminole American, Fla., 19, Haughton, La. 11 Game 12 -- Smiths Station, Ala., 6, Dallas, N.C., 5

Monday Game 13 -- Haughton, La., 6, Kilgore, Texas, 2, Kilgore eliminated Game 14 -- Sumter 14, South Boston American, Va., 7, South Boston American eliminated Game 15 -- Dallas, N.C., 4, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., 1, Fort Oglethorpe eliminated Game 16 -- Smiths Station, Ala., 15, West Seminole American, Fla., 12 Tuesday Game 17 -- Sumter 13, Haugton, La., 2 Game 18 – West Seminole American, Fla, vs. Dallas, N.C., 6:30 p.m. Game 19 – Smiths Station, Ala., vs. Laurel, Miss., 9 p.m. Today Game 20 -- Loser Game 19 vs. Winner Game 18, 6:30 p.m. Game 21 -- Winner Game 19 vs. Sumter, 9 p.m. Thursday Game 22 -- Championship Round, noon Game 23 -- If Necessary, 8:30 p.m.

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CLEVELAND — Justin Verlander dominated for eight innings and Don Kelly hit a threerun homer off Justin Masterson, leading the Detroit Tigers to their 10th straight win, 5-1 over the Cleveland Indians.

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DIXIE X-PLAY ANGELS WORLD SERIES Saturday Game 1 - Alexandria National, La., 5, Burgaw, N.C., 2 Game 2 - Montgomery American Ala., 13, Madison County, Tenn., 0 Game 3 - West Pasco, Fla., 8, Indianola, Miss., 7 Game 4 - East Ouachita South, La., 6, Broken Bow, Okla., 0 Game 5 - Sumter 10, Halifax National Va., 0 Sunday Game 6 - Hopkins County American, Texas, 5, Alexandria National, La., 4 2:30 p.m. Game 7 - Halifax National, Va., 5, Broken Bow, Okla., 4, Broken Bow eliminated Game 8 - Bugaw, N.C., 4, Madison County, Tenn., 2, Madison County eliminated Game 9 - East Quachita South, La., 5, Sumter 0 Game 10 - Montgomery American, Ala., 7, West Pasco, Fla. 1 Monday Game 11 - Sumter 9, Indianola, Miss., 2, Indianola eliminated

Elmore combined to throw a ho-hitter in the circle. Sliwonik worked 2-plus innings, Berry pitched two innings and Elmore pitched one. Hodge was 2-for-2 with two runs batted

TV, RADIO TODAY Noon -- Youth Baseball: Little League World Series Midwest Regional Semifinal Game from Indianapolis -- Kearney, Neb., vs. Urbandale, Iowa (ESPN2). 12:30 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Oakland at Cincinnati (MLB NETWORK). 2 p.m. -- Youth Baseball: Little League World Series Southeast Regional Semifinal Game from Warner Robins, Ga. -- Nashville, Tenn., vs. Stuart, Fla. (ESPN2). 3 p.m. -- Women’s Amateur Golf: U.S. Women’s Amateur First-Round Matches from Charleston (GOLF). 4 p.m. -- Youth Baseball: Little League World Series Midwest Regional Semifinal Game from Indianapolis -- Rapid City, S.D., vs. Coon Rapids, Minn. (ESPN2). 6 p.m. -- Youth Baseball: Little League World Series Southeast Regional Semifinal Game from Warner Robins, Ga. -- Taylors, S.C., vs. Henrico, Va. (ESPN2). 6:05 p.m. -- Talk Show: Sports Talk (WDXYFM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 6:30 p.m. -- International Soccer: International Champions Cup Third-Place Match from Miami -- AC Milan vs. Los Angeles (FOX SOCCER). 7 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Atlanta at Washington (SPORTSOUTH, WPUB-FM 102.7). 8 p.m. -- Major League Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis (ESPN). 8 p.m. -- Youth Baseball: Little League World Series Southwest Regional Championship Game from Waco, Texas (ESPN2).

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Game 12 - West Pasco, Fla., 1, Alexandria National, La., 0, Alexandria National eliminated Game 13 - Burgaw, N.C., 6, Halifax National, Va., 2, Halifax National eliminated Game 14 - Montgomery American, Ala., 7, Hopkins County Ameican, Texas, 5 Today Game 15 - Burgaw, N.C., 9, Hopkins County Ameican, Texas, 4, Hopkins County eliminated Game 16 - Sumter 10, West Pasco, Fla., 3, West Pasco eliminated Game 17 - East Quachita South, La., vs. Montgomery American, Ala. Wednesday Game 18 – Sumter vs. Loser Game 17, 6 p.m. Game 19 – Burgaw, N.C. vs. Winner Game 17, 7:30 p.m. Thursday Game 20 - Winner Game 18 vs. Winner Game 19, 7 p.m. Game 21 - Winner Game 18 vs. Winner Game 19, 9 p.m. (If Necessary)

in, while Kirkman and Berry were both 1-for2 with two RBI. In Sunday’s 5-0 loss to East Quachita South, La., Hunter was 1-for-1 with a walk and Hodge was 1-for-2.

O’ZONES from Page B1 game, going 1-for-2 and driving in two runs while also scoring two runs. Holladay was the Sumter starter and pitched three innings, allowed two runs on eight hits and struck out four while walking none. “Jacob went out there and battled when maybe he didn’t have his best stuff,” Coach Holladay said. “But he worked through it and then Trent came in and shut them down like he usually does. “This was the team that beat us in that first game (7-4), so it’s a nice way to bounce back.” Tucker Chapman, Seth Stamps and Cory Blackley all had hits and drove in a run for Sumter. Micah Yates and Hunter Cockerill had the other two hits for the O’Zones.

American League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Boston 68 46 .596 – Tampa Bay 66 45 .595 1/2 Baltimore 61 51 .545 6 New York 57 54 .514 91/2 Toronto 52 60 .464 15 Central Division W L Pct GB Detroit 65 45 .591 – Cleveland 62 50 .554 4 Kansas City 57 52 .523 71/2 Minnesota 48 61 .440 161/2 Chicago 41 69 .373 24 West Division W L Pct GB Oakland 64 47 .577 – Texas 63 50 .558 2 Seattle 52 60 .464 121/2 Los Angeles 51 60 .459 13 Houston 37 74 .333 27 Monday’s Games Detroit 4, Cleveland 2 Houston 2, Boston 0 Kansas City 13, Minnesota 0 Chicago White Sox 8, N.Y. Yankees 1 Texas 5, L.A. Angels 2 Toronto 3, Seattle 1 Tuesday’s Games Detroit 5, Cleveland 1 Oakland at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. Boston at Houston, late Minnesota at Kansas City, late N.Y. Yankees at Chicago White Sox, late Tampa Bay at Arizona, late Texas at L.A. Angels, late Baltimore at San Diego, late Toronto at Seattle, late Today’s Games Oakland (Colon 14-3) at Cincinnati (H.Bailey 6-10), 12:35 p.m. Baltimore (Mig.Gonzalez 8-5) at San Diego (Stults 8-10), 3:40 p.m. Toronto (Happ 2-2) at Seattle (Harang 5-10), 3:40 p.m. Detroit (Fister 10-5) at Cleveland (Salazar 1-0), 7:05 p.m. Boston (Dempster 6-8) at Houston (Cosart 1-0), 8:10 p.m. Minnesota (Deduno 7-4) at Kansas City (W.Davis 5-9), 8:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 9-10) at Chicago White Sox (H.Santiago 3-7), 8:10 p.m. Tampa Bay (Archer 6-4) at Arizona (Spruill 0-1), 9:40 p.m. Texas (Ogando 4-3) at L.A. Angels (Hanson 4-2), 10:05 p.m. Thursday’s Games Detroit at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Boston at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m. National League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 68 45 .602 – Washington 54 58 .482 131/2 Philadelphia 50 61 .450 17 New York 49 60 .450 17 Miami 43 67 .391 231/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Pittsburgh 67 44 .604 – St. Louis 65 46 .586 2 Cincinnati 61 51 .545 61/2 Chicago 49 62 .441 18 Milwaukee 47 65 .420 201/2 West Division W L Pct GB Los Angeles 62 49 .559 – Arizona 56 55 .505 6 San Diego 52 60 .464 101/2 Colorado 52 61 .460 11 San Francisco 50 61 .450 12 Monday’s Games Atlanta 3, Washington 2 L.A. Dodgers 3, St. Louis 2 San Francisco 4, Milwaukee 2 Tuesday’s Games Atlanta 2, Washington 1 Cincinnati 3, Oakland 1 Pittsburgh 4, Miami 3 Colorado at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis, late Tampa Bay at Arizona, late Baltimore at San Diego, late Milwaukee at San Francisco, late Today’s Games Oakland (Colon 14-3) at Cincinnati (H.Bailey 6-10), 12:35 p.m. Baltimore (Mig.Gonzalez 8-5) at San Diego (Stults 8-10), 3:40 p.m. Atlanta (Medlen 8-10) at Washington (Zimmermann 13-6), 7:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 7-8) at Philadelphia (Hamels 4-13), 7:05 p.m. Miami (Koehler 3-6) at Pittsburgh (Morton 3-3), 7:05 p.m. Colorado (Chacin 10-5) at N.Y. Mets (Harvey 8-3), 7:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Nolasco 7-9) at St. Louis (S. Miller 11-7), 8:15 p.m. Tampa Bay (Archer 6-4) at Arizona (Spruill 0-1), 9:40 p.m. Milwaukee (Gorzelanny 2-4) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 11-6), 10:15 p.m. Thursday’s Games Colorado at N.Y. Mets, 12:10 p.m. Miami at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia, 1:05 p.m. Milwaukee at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

NFL PRESEASON By The Associated Press AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF Buffalo 0 0 0 .000 0 New England 0 0 0 .000 0 N.Y. Jets 0 0 0 .000 0 Miami 0 1 0 .000 20 South W L T Pct PF Houston 0 0 0 .000 0 Indianapolis 0 0 0 .000 0 Jacksonville 0 0 0 .000 0 Tennessee 0 0 0 .000 0 North W L T Pct PF

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WNBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press All Times EDT EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB Chicago 13 6 .684 – Atlanta 11 6 .647 1 Indiana 9 10 .474 4 New York 9 12 .429 5 Washington 9 13 .409 51/2 Connecticut 6 12 .333 61/2 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB Minnesota 16 3 .842 – Los Angeles 13 7 .650 31/2 Phoenix 10 10 .500 61/2 Seattle 8 11 .421 8 San Antonio 7 13 .350 91/2 Tulsa 7 15 .318 101/2 Monday’s Games No games scheduled Tuesday’s Games New York 93, Washington 88 Los Angeles at Connecticut, 7 p.m. Indiana at Chicago, late Minnesota at San Antonio, late Seattle at Phoenix, late Wednesday’s Games No games scheduled Thursday’s Games Los Angeles at Indiana, 7 p.m. Washington at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

TENNIS ATP World Tour Coupe Rogers Results The Associated Press A U.S. Open Series event Tuesday At Uniprix Stadium Montreal Purse: $3.496 million (Masters 1000) Surface: Hard-Outdoor Singles First Round Filip Peliwo, Canada, def. Jarkko Nieminen, Finland, 3-6, 7-5, 3-1 retired. Jerzy Janowicz (15), Poland, def. Julien Benneteau, France, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. Frank Dancevic, Canada, def. Lu Yen-Hsun, Taiwan, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-1. Radek Stepanek, Czech Republic, def. Nicolas Almagro (12), Spain, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia, def. Jurgen Melzer, Austria, 6-4, 7-6 (3). Alex Bogomolov Jr., Russia, def. Michael Llodra, France, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Fabio Fognini (13), Italy, def. Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus, 1-6, 6-1, 6-1. Marcel Granollers, Spain, def. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria, 6-4, 6-4. Vasek Pospisil, Canada, def. John Isner, United States, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ukraine, def. Kevin Anderson, South Africa, 7-6 (0), 6-4. Nikolay Davydenko, Russia, def. Gilles Simon (14), France, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1. Tommy Haas (10), Germany, def. David Goffin, Belgium, 7-6 (4), 6-3. Milos Raonic (11), Canada, def. Jeremy Chardy, France, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. Second Round Kei Nishikori (9), Japan, def. Amdreas Seppi, Italy, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. Doubles First Round Pablo Andujar and Rafael Nadal, Spain, def. David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez, Spain, 6-7 (2), 6-1, 12-10. Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, Poland, def. Benoit Paire, France, and Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland, 7-6 (6), 6-2. Dominic Inglot, Britain, and Jerzy Janowicz, Poland, def. Andre Begemann, Germany, and Rohan Bopanna, India, 7-6 (4), 6-4. WTA Rogers Cup Results The Associated Press A U.S. Open Series event Tuesday At Rexall Centre Toronto Purse: $2.369 million (Premier) Surface: Hard-Outdoor Singles First Round Ana Ivanovic (16), Serbia, def. Su-Wei Hsieh, Taiwan, 6-1, 6-2. Maria Kirilenko (11), Russia, def. Petra Martic, Croatia, 6-2, 6-1. Lauren Davis, United States, def. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5. Alize Cornet, France, def. Elena Vesnina, Russia, 6-3, 6-3. Jelena Jankovic (15), Serbia, def. Anna Tatishvili, Georgia, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3. Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia, def. Alexandra Dulgheru, Romania, 6-4, 6-3. Ekaterina Makarova, Russia, def. Anastasia Rodionova, Australia, 6-1, 7-5. Francesca Schiavone, Italy, def. Chanelle Scheepers, South Africa, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. Kirsten Flipkens (13), Belgium, def. Venus Williams, United States, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain, def. Jamie Hampton, United States, 6-4, 6-4. Sharon Fichman, Canada, def. Stephanie Dubois, Canada, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. Eugenie Bouchard, Canada, def. Alisa Kleybanova, Russia, 6-3, 6-1. Second Round Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia, def. Angelique Kerber (8), Germany, 6-7 (0), 6-2, 7-5.


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Last season, Clemson finished 63rd in the nation in total defense, allowing 396.2 yards per game. Tigers defensive coordinator Brent Venables, now in his second year with the team, said this seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense has been communicating well and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hoping for better results.

Venables, Tigers D eye better year BY MANDRALLIUS ROBINSON Greenville News CLEMSON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A coaching change is an arranged marriage. The upperclassmen in Clemsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense did not choose coordinator Brent Venables. When he was hired VENABLES before last season, the players were not familiar with his system or his personality. Likewise, Venables did not court these upperclassmen to fit his schemes. He never asked their parents for their hand in recruitment. Thus, Clemsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense endured an adjustment period, although that may not have contributed to last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defensive lapses as much as injuries

and inexperience. Still, through the first week of fall camp, Venables believes the awkward honeymoon appears to be over. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely a difference â&#x20AC;&#x201C; my comfort level, their comfort level,â&#x20AC;? Venables said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of us together have better chemistry. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot more fluid.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year, we were all kind of still unsure at this time about what to do on certain calls,â&#x20AC;? said senior linebacker Spencer Shuey. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now we feel a little more comfortable in the system, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to help each other out and correct each other.â&#x20AC;? Shuey said improved comprehension of calls and concepts facilitated productive player-led workouts during the summer, when Venables was not allowed to guide them on the field. He said that improved the Tigersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; communication before the snap and

enabled defenders to play without secondguessing their reads. It also should unleash Venables to accelerate and expand the installation period during camp. If implemented effectively, Venables could enjoy more playcalling flexibility this fall and his unit could avoid the mental errors that once encumbered it. Last season, Clemson finished 63rd in the nation in total defense, allowing 396.2 yards per game. The Tigers allowed 5.7 yards per play, 4.2 yards per rush and 12.6 yards per pass completion. Shuey averaged merely 18.2 snaps through Clemsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first six games, yet earned his first start the following week. He averaged 56.1 snaps and 9.9 tackles per game through the final seven weeks. He closed the season with 93 total stops, the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secondhighest total.

as well. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a lot of size and athletic ability at the tight end position.â&#x20AC;? Spurrier understands they have the ability to push their way into the offensive game plans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re good players, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll work the inside lanes,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have plenty of opportunities.â&#x20AC;? Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athleticism allowed him to break free for five scoring receptions last season, two against East Carolina and one each against Missouri, Georgia and Tennessee, with the longest a 51-yarder against the Pirates. He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see why he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put up much bigger numbers since Cunningham had 23 catches a year ago. But he also knows that he must replace the other things that Cunningham did. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ready and more prepared than Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been since I got here. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my year to step up and be a leader for this team,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can stretch the field. I can also block, which a lot of people have underestimated. In the offseason, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been working on polishing my game up.â&#x20AC;? Adams was less of a factor as a freshman, playing in nine games and starting none. But he made his presence felt with four catches for 90 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown reception in a win against Arkansas. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely eyeing a more significant role. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get that much playing time because we had a senior in front of us,â&#x20AC;? Adams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the same time, I do feel that I

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SPEEDWAY from Page B1 place finish with Marty Dean third, Bucky Deberry fourthand Mark Dean fifth. Ryan Lambert was sixth, Jay Kyle seventh and AJ Jackson eighth. Gene Kinard led flag to flag and picked up another Crate Late Model victory. Allen Kelly was second and Kale Green was third. Joey Ayers made another trip to Victory Lane in the Ridge Runner division. Ayers held off a strong charge from Neil Avery throughout the feature to pick up the win. Avery was second with Clarence Adkins third, Curt Lee fourth and Brian Welch fifth. Anthony Hudson led flag to flag to pick up the win in the Young Guns division. Kristin Rhode was second and picked up the Dannyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trophy Shop

Hard Charger Award. Heather Welch led flag to flag to pick up the Street Stock division victory with William Disher second and Marty Horne third. There will be some special incentive for the drivers in the Stock-4 division on Saturday as racing action continues at the speedway. The Stock 4 feature will pay $500 to the winner of the feature as well as an additional $100 if anyone can beat Johnson. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and racing will get under way at 7. Grandstand tickets are $10 for adults and pit passes are $20 for adults. Active duty military will be admitted to the grandstands free of charge with proper military identification.

showed everybody what I had and gave them a little taste of it. This year, hopefully, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get more playing time and show them what I really can do.â&#x20AC;? The duo notes they have a good rapport on and off the field. As excited as they are about their expanded roles, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just as pumped about doing their part to continue the momentum of backto-back 11-win seasons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working together and working hard, just making sure everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the same page understanding all the plays and every assignment. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting ready for Game 1,â&#x20AC;? Anderson said. He likes the experience of quarterbacks Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson as well as the talent level of the offense, which must replace the star power of the departed Marcus Lattimore and Ace Sanders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have two extremely good quarterbacks. Both have real strong arms and have worked hard in the offseason,â&#x20AC;? Anderson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything is set in place to do what we need to do. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a lot of returners, and I feel like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got players ready to step in and fill those roles.â&#x20AC;? But the tight ends also canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to do their part. Receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. said the pair â&#x20AC;&#x153;have a chance to have a huge impact on this offense,â&#x20AC;? and that comes as no surprise to Adams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a big year between me and him,â&#x20AC;? Adams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get a rotation going with a lot of reps, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll run a lot of two tight-end sets. It should be a good year for the tight ends.â&#x20AC;?

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Electronic trail helped MLB gain Biogenesis bans BY RONALD BLUM The Associated Press NEW YORK — Facebook friends. Transcripts of BlackBerry instant messages. Records of texts. Major League Baseball’s investigators used an arsenal of high-tech tools to collect the evidence that persuaded a dozen players to accept 50-game suspensions this week for their ties to the Biogenesis clinic. And when it came time to meet with the players’ association, they flashed some of their documentary proof. While there was not enough time for the union to thoroughly examine what baseball had collected, there was little doubt there was an electronic trail, one of the people familiar with the meetings said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no public statements were authorized. “It both complicates things and adds a layer of proof that certainly wasn’t available many years ago,” union general

counsel David Prouty said Tuesday. Alex Rodriguez, the lone holdout against a suspension, faces an arbitration hearing in coming months that likely will include such evidence. The New York Yankees third baseman was suspended for 211 games from Thursday through the 2014 season, though he is allowed to play until a decision is issued by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, which is not expected until at least November. Until now, nearly all suspensions under MLB’s drug program resulted from positive drug tests. The Biogenesis probe revealed players were using PEDs without detection. “To catch the most sophisticated intentional fraudsters, you have to use non-analytical means, which is another reason why baseball’s effort here is such a pivotal moment for the antidoping fight,” said Travis Tygart, chief executive office of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. MLB officials would

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Fans holds a sign made for New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez during the first inning of a baseball game between Yankees and the Chicago White Sox in Chicago on Monday. Rodriguez was suspended through 2014 when Major League Baseball disciplined 13 players in a drug case, the most sweeping punishment since the Black Sox scandal nearly a century ago.

not speak for attribution about its investigation. The league used about 30 people full time in its fact-gathering, another person familiar with the process said Tuesday, also on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized. The probe was sparked in January when the Miami New Times published documents linking players to the clinic and accused it of

distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. Technology has evolved since 2003, when federal agents raided the Bay Area Laboratory CoOperative in Burlingame, Calif., sparking an investigation that eventually led to criminal convictions of Barry Bonds, track star Marion Jones, cyclist Tammy Thomas and NFL lineman Dana Stubblefield.

And when former Sen. George Mitchell issued his report on drugs in baseball four years later, he recommended baseball start an investigations department. Dan Mullin, a former New York City Police Officer, was hired as the unit’s head in 2008. Former U.S. Secret Service director Mark Sullivan was brought in to assist in the Biogenesis probe. After the Miami New

Times report, baseball investigators examined the Facebook pages of Bosch and Porter Fisher, the former Biogenesis associate who gave documents to the newspaper. They began to sketch out which people they were friends with, and which of those friends posted photos of athletes or mentioned athletes. Each link led to new loops that provided leads.

Stewart has surgery after Iowa crash BY JENNA FRYER The Associated Press

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Carolina head coach Ron Rivera, center, shouts at his players after Tuesday’s training camp practice in Spartanburg. Several players were seen pushing and shoving one another following a practice.

Rivera blasts team, players following ‘chippy’ practice BY STEVE REED The Associated Press SPARTANBURG — Panthers coach Ron Rivera doesn’t yell much, so when he does it certainly grabs everyone’s attention. Such was the case on Tuesday when the mild-mannered Rivera ripped into players at midfield after what he called a “chippy” practice that included plenty of pushing and shoving, a few late hits and one “melee” involving more than a dozen players. With his fists waving up and down, an angry Rivera warned players about the dangers of losing their cool in practice. “We can’t have chippiness or late shots toward a teammate,” Rivera said afterward. “The concern obviously is it escalates and it festers and it lingers and the next time we go out on the football field somebody is taking a shot... We can’t afford to afford to have anybody that we truly need get caught up in this.” There were several confrontations during the morning practice, the biggest involving a heated altercation between the offense and defense involving more than a dozen players by the time quarterback Cam Newton and others pulled players from the scrum. It appeared to start after offensive tackle Byron Bell and defensive end

Greg Hardy got into it during a running play. Newton said there was a noticeable feistiness in the air Tuesday, perhaps a reflection of the dreary, overcast sky at the morning practice. “You have to look at it like a doubleedged sword — on one hand you have to like the fire in the guys but at the same time you have to be respectful of guys’ careers,” Newton said. “When a fight breaks out anything can happen. For something that can be just for kicks and giggles, somebody can get a sprained ankle or hurt. So that was coach Rivera doing his fatherly due diligence trying to protect his players and express to us to play smarter.” There was plenty of lead up to that brouhaha. Earlier, tight end Greg Olsen took exception to a perceived late hit near the sideline from safety D.J. Campbell and retaliated by chucking the ball at Campbell. Defensive backs Josh Norman and Mike Mitchell were involved in a war or words all day with receiver Brandon LaFell that also heightened the tension at practice. “It’s disappointing that it lingered and it lasted as long as it did,” Rivera said. “I’m not going to say it was good, but it was good to see the guys have a little attitude about things. But we do certainly most want to save those for (the preseason games) and we don’t want to do it against teammates.”

GAINEY from Page B1 Hyundai Tournament of Champions, his first event of the 2013 season. In the Greenbrier

Classic in West Virginia in early July, “Two Gloves” shot an 8-under 62 in the first round, leaving him tied

with Johnson Wagner. Gainey finished the tournament tied for 41st. Despite his ups and downs, Gainey has made $492,602 this year.

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Tony Stewart told anyone who would listen why he continued racing anywhere, anytime, regardless of purse or crowd or car. Even after he flipped five times last week, Stewart was quick to offer a stout defense for his shorttrack weeknight racing while some quesSTEWART tioned if his extracurricular racing was putting his championship chances in NASCAR at risk. Well, his championship chances are officially over for this season. The three-time NASCAR champion broke his right leg Monday night at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, where he flipped his 360 winged sprint car while leading with five laps remaining in the 30-lap feature. He had surgery Tuesday on the upper and lower parts of his leg, and StewartHaas Racing said he’ll need a second surgery. He remained hospitalized and there was no timetable for his return to racing. Max Papis was tabbed to replace Stewart this weekend in the No. 14 Chevrolet at Watkins Glen, where Stewart is a five-time winner and his streak of 521 consecutive starts will end. “I told someone to go get my phone or else I was going to get up and get it myself,” Stewart said Tuesday in a Facebook post. “Finally got reconnected to the world and just want to say thank you for all the prayers and well wishes. My team will remain strong and I will be back.” The 42-year-old Stewart has wrecked three times in the last

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Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart races at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Stewart will miss this weekend’s road course race at Watkins Glen after breaking his right leg in a sprint car race on Monday at Southern Iowa Speedway. A spokesman for Stewart said the 42-year-old driver broke his right tibia and fibula and had surgery after he was transported to a local hospital.

month in extracurricular racing, and the latest came a day after he finished ninth at Pocono in a NASCAR event to position himself 11th in the Sprint Cup standings with five races remaining to set the Chase for the championship field. But Stewart had long refused to slow down his sprint car racing schedule, and passionately defended it following the June death of friend Jason Leffler in an accident at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J. He was just as impassioned last Friday at Pocono when asked about his accident last week in Canada in which Stewart flipped a sprint car five times. His childhood hero, four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, defended Stewart on Tuesday for sticking to his passion and being a true “racer.” “He ain’t no prima donna and life is short, and we don’t know how we are going to die or what’s going to happen,” Foyt said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “I just hate to see anybody badmouth Tony for anything he’s doing, and if they are, they are just jealous. People saying he’s putting his businesses at risk? I had three dealerships, peo-

ple respected me.” “If they are worrying about their jobs and him getting hurt, what’s to say he won’t have a heart attack tomorrow and die?” Foyt said. “He might die and it might not be from racing. I had business and I still raced. I always said I am going to continue racing until I don’t want to race anymore and he’s the same way.” Stewart took responsibility for triggering a roughly 10-car accident at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park on July 16 in which 19-year-old Alysha Ruggles injured her back. Last week, in a sprint car race at Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario, Stewart rolled his car five times but walked away. He stayed at the track to compete in the World of Outlaws race the next night and bristled at the NASCAR event at Pocono Raceway when asked about his harrowing incident in Canada. “You mortals have got to learn, you guys need to watch more sprint car videos and stuff,” he said Friday. “It was not a big deal. It’s starting to get annoying this week about that. That was just an average sprint car wreck. When they wreck, they get upside down like that.”


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JORDAN D. BROWN IRMO â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Funeral service for Jordan Davis Brown, 30, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Riverland Hills Baptist Church, where he was a member. A private burial was held at BROWN Bush River Memorial Gardens. The family received friends for a visitation on Saturday, Aug. 3, at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home Irmo/St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chapel. He was called home

on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Lexington Hospital. Mr. Brown was born Aug. 19, 1982, in Irmo, to Kelly Michalowski Brown and Jim Brown. He was a 2000 graduate of Dutch Fork High School and continued his education at Winthrop University, receiving a bachelor of science in finance. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. He was employed with First Community Bank of Lexington. Jordan was a loyal Gamecock fan and enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing. He trea-

sured his friends and family and deeply loved his wife and newborn daughter. He is survived by his wife, Kim Brock; daughter, Reese; mother, Kelly M. Brown; father, Jim (Arlene) Brown; brothers, Austin (Amy) Brown and Casey Brown; his cousins, Jason, Tracy, Erin (Jake), Erica, Travis, Greg (Sarah), Jackie (Kevin) and Ashley (Kalin) Dial; uncles, Bill (Edna) Brown and Col J.S. (Linda) Michalowski; and aunts, Keary (David) Wells and Kathy (Sam) Smiley.

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WILLIE T. MILLER OXON HILL, Md. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Willie Thomas Miller was born on Nov. 2, 1933, in Sumter, to the late James and Hester Miller. He died July 21, 2013. He is survived by his children, Michael, Duane, Dianne and Kendra; his sister, Hattie M. Rhodes; his motherin-law, M. Virginia

Hughes; sisters-inlaw, LaVerne Hughes and Rosa White; grandchilMILLER dren, Michelle Pianim (Alex), Kristina, Vincent and Jeremiah Pace; greatgrandchildren, Noelle and Kharis Pianim; cousin, Andrea Mack; along with a host of other relatives and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service on Friday at Riderwood Chapel, 3140 Gracefield Road,

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Silver Spring, Md., and Mr. Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Life Celebration on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moravian Church, 8505 Heathermore Blvd., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772. Interment will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Md. Flowers will be provided by the family. George P. Kalas Funeral Home of Oxon Hill is in charge of arrangements. SEE OBITUARIES, PAGE B6

AREA SCOREBOARD FOOTBALL SUMTER TOUCHDOWN CLUB

The Sumter Touchdown Club is organizing for the upcoming high school football season. The club will meet every Friday at the Quality Inn on Broad Street beginning at 7:15 a.m. There will be a catered breakfast, players of the week, guest speakers, a devotional and a coaches corner. The meeting will conclude by 8:30 a.m. Sponsorship and membership opportunities are available. For more information, contact Lee Glaze at (803) 968-0773 or send an email to sumtertdclub@ gmail.com. FLAG LEAGUE REGISTRATION

The Sumter County Recreation Department is currently taking registration for its flag football league through Aug. 14. The league is open to children ages 5-8 as of Sept. 1, 2013. The fee to register is $50. No late registration will be taken. A coaches meeting for anyone interested in coaching will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. at the recreation department located at 155 Haynsworth St.

For more information, call the recreation department at (803) 436-2248 or visit www. sumtercountysc.org. TACKLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION

The Sumter County Recreation Department is currently taking registration for its flag football league through Aug. 14. The league is open to children ages 9-12 as of Sept. 1, 2013. The fee to register is $60. No late registration will be taken. A coaches meeting for anyone interested in coaching will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. at the recreation department located at 155 Haynsworth St. For more information, call the recreation department at (803) 436-2248 or visit www. sumtercountysc.org. GOLF CHURCHES CHALLENGE

The Churches Challenge will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Sunset Country Club. The morning flight will have sign-in beginning at 7 a.m. and with tee time at 8. The afternoon flight will have an 11:30 a.m. sign-in with a tee time of 1 p.m. The format will be 4-man Captainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice

| and teams must have a minimum handicap of 50. Only one player per team may have a handicap of 8 or less. The registration deadline is set for Friday, Aug. 16, and the entry fee is $45 per player. The winning team will receive the Christian Golfersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association Traveling Trophy to display in its church for the upcoming year. The second- and third-place teams will receive prizes as well as the player closest to the pin and the one with the longest drive. There will also be a $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one. The playerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s church will receive $10,000 and the player who makes the holein-one will receive $1,000. Tax-deductible sponsorships will be available as well. The level of sponsorships are Presenting Sponsor, $1,500; Friday Evening Dinner Sponsor, $700; Hole-InOne Sponsor, $500; Eagle Sponsor, $400; Birdie Sponsor $300; and Tee Box Sponsor, $100. For more information, call the CGA office at (803) 773-2171.

PAR 4 PETS

The 2nd Annual Par 4 Pets Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Crystal Lakes Golf Course. The format is 4-man Captainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice with an entry fee of $160 per team or $40 per player. Entry is limited to the first 20 teams. Registration is at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30. There will be $5 per mulligan available at registration with a maximum of two per player. The event is a fundraiser for KATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Special Kneads small animal shelter. For more information, call Kathy Stafford at (803) 469-3906, Julie Wilkins at (803) 9685176, Melissa Brunson at (803) 983-0038, Gail McLeod at (803) 8404519 or Crystal Lakes manager Mike Ardis at (803) 775-1902. SOCCER FALL REGISTRATION

The Sumter County Recreation Department is currently taking registration for its fall soccer league through Aug. 14. The league is open to children ages 4-17 as of Sept. 1, 2013. The fee to register is $30 for 4-yearolds, $35 for 5- to

6-year-olds and $45 for 7- to 17-year-olds. No late registration will be taken. A coaches meeting for anyone interested in coaching will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. at the recreation department located at 155 Haynsworth St. For more information, call the recreation department at (803) 436-2248 or visit www. sumtercountysc.org. CHEERLEADING FALL REGISTRATION

The Sumter County Recreation Department is currently taking registration for its cheerleading teams through Aug. 14. The league is open to children ages 5-11 as of April 30, 2013. The fee to register is $50. No late registration will be taken. A coaches meeting for anyone interested in coaching will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. at the recreation department located at 155 Haynsworth St. For more information, call the recreation department at (803) 436-2248 or visit www. sumtercountysc.org. SOFTBALL FALL REGISTRATION

The Sumter County

Recreation Department is currently taking registration for its fall soccer league through Aug. 21. The league is open to girls ages 7-13 as of Dec. 31, 2013. The fee to register is $45. No late registration will be taken. A coaches meeting for anyone interested in coaching will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m. at the recreation department located at 155 Haynsworth St. For more information, call the recreation department at (803) 436-2248 or visit www. sumtercountysc.org. BASEBALL FALL REGISTRATION

The Sumter County Recreation Department is currently taking registration for its fall baseball league through Aug. 21. The league is open to boys ages 7-14 as of April 30, 2014. The fee to register is $45. No late registration will be taken. A coaches meeting for anyone interested in coaching will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m. at the recreation department located at 155 Haynsworth St. For more information, call the recreation department at (803) 436-2248 or visit www. sumtercountysc.org.

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WILLIE D. FOWLER Willie Delgar “Nick” Fowler, 84, husband of Shirley Stone Fowler, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Sumter, he was a son of the late Raymond Savage Fowler and FOWLER Lillian Fowler. Mr. Fowler was a member of Grace Baptist Church. He was an active member of the Sumter County Gamecock Club and served on the board for many years. In addition to being an avid Gamecock fan, he also enjoyed following the UNC Tarheels basketball team. He retired from The University Shop. He was a past member of the Sumter Elks Lodge, VFW, and American Legion. He was an avid fisherman. Survivors include his wife of nearly 58 years; two children, Susan Fowler Turner and Willie Delgar Fowler Jr. (Leila), both of Sumter; two grandchildren, William Fowler and Joseph Fowler; one sister, Sarah Parker of Sumter; a special niece, Ashley Hodge (Blake) of Hampton; his faithful companion, Abigail; and special friends, Sid and Elaine McGhee. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond Fowler and Harry Fowler. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. today in the Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery with Dr. Steve Williams officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the graveside and other times at the home. Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 219 W. Calhoun St., Sumter, SC 29150 or to the Sumter SPCA, 1140 S. Guignard Drive, Sumter, SC 29150. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements. MARYANN H. RICKERD Maryann H. Van Dorn Rickerd, age 39, beloved wife of Michael J. Rickerd, died on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at her residence. Born in Neptune, N.J., she was a daughter of Peter E. and RICKERD Maryann E. Franchino Van Dorn. Mrs. Rickerd was an educator, working with children across several states and ages. She had a passion for teaching science; worked with Gifted and Talented; and was also a soccer coach. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and aunt. Surviving in addition to her husband Michael are two children, Deannah M. Rickerd and David M. Rickerd of Sumter; three siblings, Peter Van Dorn and his family of Puddletown, United Kingdom, Dori Jones and her husband, Blaine, and their two daughters, Natalie and Maria of East Machias,

Maine, and David Van Dorn and his family of Suffern, N.Y.; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Donna Rickerd of Sumter. Services will be private. Memorials may be made to the Caring for Carcinoid Cancer, 198 Tremont St., P.O. Box 456, Boston, MA 02116. You may sign the family’s guest book at www.bullockfuneralhome.com. The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements.

SAUL E. PRICE Saul Edward Price, 88, widower of Josephine H. Price, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Barnwell County, he was a son of the late Solomon and Amelia Glover PRICE Price. Mr. Price was raised in the Barnwell community and attended Jordan Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Butler High School. He received his bachelor of arts degree in education and was also awarded a master’s degree in education from South Carolina State College in Orangeburg. He was a dedicated educator whose teaching career spanned more than 30 years. Mr. Price formerly taught at Ebenezer Middle, Hillcrest High and Mount Pleasant High. Mr. Price was instrumental in the establishment and development of the Future Farmers of America (FFA). His contributions to the lives of his many students went well beyond the classroom. While residing in Sumter, he joined First Baptist Missionary Church and served in many capacities including services as a trustee, usher and Sunday school teacher. His community was served through his involvement in the FFA, Kappa Alpha Psi Inc. and the Goodfellows. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Edward Price; a daughter, Karen Price; and four sisters, Ernes-

tine Bloome, Mildred Pollins, Ivora White and Nobena Miller. Surviving are a son, Geonard H. (Eileen R.) Price of Columbia; two grandchildren, Avery Solomon Price and Aniaya Jhonita Price; a brother, Samuel Norris (Dorothy Cue) Price of DeLand, Fla.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Missionary Church, 219 S. Washington St., Sumter, with the Rev. George Windley officiating. Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park cemetery. The public may view from 1 to 6 p.m. today at Palmer Memorial Chapel, 304 S. Main St., Sumter. The family will receive friends for visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Mr. Price will be placed in the chapel at noon until the hour of service. Please leave a condolence for the family on their website palmermemorialchapel.com.

MARY D. SAWYER Mary D. Sawyer, 83, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Covenant Place. Services will be announced by Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, (803) 775-9386.

YVONNE S. BALLARD WEDGEFIELD — Yvonne Snipes Ballard, 59, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2103, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Bishopville, she was a daughter of the late Olin and Dorothy Rhodes Snipes. Survivors include two children, Kevin Ballard (Patience) of Weatherford, Texas, and Samantha Mack of Wedgefield; four grandchildren, Malik Ballard, Morgan Ballard, Jy’Quavious Mack and Liam Ballard; three brothers, Wayne Snipes of Virginia, Bobby Snipes of Wyoming and Bruce Snipes of Bishopville; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home

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EMMALINE ANDERSON OLANTA — Funeral services for Emmaline “Liner” Anderson, who died Aug. 3, 2013, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Believer’s Holiness Convention Center, 4301 U.S. 52 North, Coward. The family is receiving friends at the home, 12995 Truluck Road, Olanta. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning. KATHLEEN S. MALLARD Kathleen Smith Mallard, age 87, beloved wife of James P. Mallard Jr., died on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Santee, she was a daughter of the late George Madison and Mattie Dye Smith. Mrs. Mallard was a graduate of the McLeod Infirmary in Florence. She was a member of First Baptist Church. Surviving in addition to her husband are one son, James “Jim” Mallard III of Sumter; one daughter, Barbara Mallard Brogdon and her husband, Billy, of Houston, Texas; and two grandchildren, Laura and Christopher Brogdon of Houston. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Mallard was preceded in death by a sister, Madelyn Smith Rhodes. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Sumter Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the residence. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 107 E. Liberty St., Sumter, SC 29150. You may sign the family’s guest book at www.bullockfuneralhome.com. The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements.

PRINCE WILSON Jr. BISHOPVILLE — Prince Wilson Jr. entered eternal rest on Aug. 3, 2013, at Carolina Pines Regional Med-

ical Center, Hartsville. Visitations will be held from noon until 5 p.m. today at the mortuary. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Lisbon Presbyterian Church, Bishopville, with the Rev. Dr. Franklin D. Colclough, moderator, officiating and the Rev. Dr. Ernest Jackson presiding. Burial will follow in McCutchen Cemetery, Bishopville. Online condolences may be sent to the family at wilsonfuneralhome@sc.rr.com. Wilson Funeral Home, 403 S. Main St., Bishopville, is in charge of arrangements.

MARION JOHNSON Jr. Marion Johnson Jr., 45, entered eternal rest on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born Oct. 20, 1967, in Lynchburg, Lee County, he was a son of Libby Ann Rembert Johnson-Owens and the late Marion Eugene Johnson Sr. At an early age, Marion left South Carolina to reside in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he attended the public schools of New York City, N.Y. Marion was a firm believer in family and would often quote his favorite saying, “These are my people — that’s my family.” He was loved by many that came in contact with him. He enjoyed cooking and spending quality time with his family and friends. Marion had a smile that shed light and happiness to many lives. In 1989, Marion moved from Brooklyn to Sumter, where he joined New Zion House of Prayer under the leadership of Wihemenia Scott and served faithfully on the usher board. Marion worked several years for Goins Masonary, where he was a brick mason. He also worked at Murry’s Poultry for three years until his health began to fail. He still persevered in his faith, knowing that God was able to heal him. He leaves to cherish his precious memories: a loving wife, Olga Nicole McKnight-Johnson of the home; his mother, Libby Ann JohnsonOwens; stepfather, Chester Owens of Sumter; three daughters, Laqueshia (Miquel) Cuarenta of Currituck, N.C., Tomeka Cobbs and Kirsten Libby-Alison Johnson of the home; five sons,

DaQuan Cobbs, Pableto Shawblair of Queens, N.Y., and Tarium Johnson, Allashawn Williams and Daviyon McDaniel, all of Sumter; a stepson, Torrah Wright Jr. of the home; four sisters, Linda Johnson (James) Bullock of Montgomery, Ala., Sylvia Ann Watson of Washington, D.C., Karene Jones of Currituck and Tyeshia Jackson of Brooklyn; one brother, Reginald (Teddy) Owens of Brooklyn; five aunts, Vertell Williams of Montgomery, Louette Earp (Willie) Cabbagestalk of Sumter, Edith McKnight of Brooklyn, Ernestine Wilson and Neola (Walter) Davis of Mayesville; two uncles, Frederick (Naomi) Hull of Queens and Albert Hull of Sumter; a second mother, Shirley Jones of Sumter; four grandchildren; a special nephew, Aaron King of Sumter; a host of nieces and nephews; two great-nieces; cousins; two best friends, David Taylor and Sheldon Wells, and other friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Marion Johnson Sr.; his paternal grandfather and grandmother, Simon and Lizzie EppsJohnson; and his maternal grandfather and grandmother, Galathin Hull-Rembert and Jessie Wilson. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Royal Priest Hood Ministries, 30 Jonathan St., Sumter, with Pastor Louette Cabbagestalk, eulogist. The family will receive friends and relatives at 215 Loring Drive, Sumter, and at the home of his mother, 38 Plowden Mill Road, Sumter. The remains will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. The funeral procession will leave at 2:30 p.m. from 215 Loring Drive. Floral bearers and pallbearers will be family and friends. Burial will be in White’s Cemetery, Airport Road, Sumter. Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at williamsfuneralhome@ sc.rr.com. Visit us on the web at www.williamsfuneralhomeinc. com. Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

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LEGAL NOTICES Public Sale Pursuant to state law, the contents of the following units will be sold at public sale to satisfy storage liens. The sale will take place on August 16, 2013 at 10:00am at Morningstar Mini-Storage 1143 N. Guignard Dr Sumter, SC 29150. Unit 103-Debbie Prince: Mattress, Clothes, Dvd's, Microwave, End Table, Dresser, Shoe chair, Misc Unit 320-Sherry James: Washer, Dryer, Desk, Couch, Fan, Misc Unit 327-Larry Reynolds: Mower, Tire, Mattres, Misc

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The Court finds that the whereabouts of defendant James Layton Floyd is unknown and that the plaintiff has exercised due diligence to find defendant, James Layton Floyd. Therefore, the Court finds that the plaintiff is entitled to serve defendant, James Layton Floyd, by publication.

David H. Maybank, Jr. Hennessy & Walker Group, P.C. Post Office Box 80669 Charleston, SC 29416 (877) 723-0412 Toll Free (877) 782-2889 Facsimile Our File Number: AUTO-2486-SC Date Filed: 4/25/2013

IT IS ORDERED AND DECREED THAT the plaintiff may serve defendant, James Layton Floyd, by publishing the Second Amended Summons and Complaint in The Item Newspaper, located in Sumter, South Carolina once a week for three weeks.

IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT 2013-DR-43-897

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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF RICHLAND Timothy Todd, Plaintiff, vs. Timothy Grant, John Doe and James Layton Floyd, Defendants,

YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to Answer the Complaint herein, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to this Complaint upon the subscriber at the address shown below, within thirty (30) days after service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service, and if you fail to answer the Complaint, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the

TO: LATONYA T. ONWUSAH, DEFENDANT ABOUVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to said Complaint on the Plaintiffs, 3100 Eydie Street, Dalzell, SC 29040 within thirty (30) days after service hereof, exclusive of the date of such service, and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. By:/s/Carlos Campbell/ Veda Campbell Veda and Carlos Campbell 3100 Eydie Street Dalzell, SC 29040 July 23, 2013

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the original Summons and Complaint in the above-entitled action was filed in the Office of the Richland County Clerk of Court on August 16, 2011 with the Plaintiff=s Second Amended Summons and Complaint being filed on May 9, 2013.

ORDER FOR PUBLICATION This matter came before the Court on the plaintiff=s Motion for Service by Publication. The Affidavit submitted by the plaintiff and his attorney establishes that the location of defendant James Layton Floyd, is unknown, that he cannot be located at his last known address, and that the plaintiff possesses no other information by which James Layton Floyd can be located.

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Residential plumbers & helpers needed for apartment complex in Sumter. Starting hourly wage based on exp. Send resume to PO Box 5839, Florence, SC 29502.

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Sparrow & Kennedy Tractor Co. Bishopville is seeking Service Writer. Apply online at www.sparr owkennedy.com or mail resume to PO Box 246, Bishopville, SC 29010

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3310 Southern Hills (Off Loring Mill Rd), 8-4, 8/8-8/10. Hshld items, bike, furn, arts/crafts,christmas, halloween, telescope, outdoor fireplace, misc. Sumter County Flea Mkt Hwy 378 E. 803-495-2281 500 tables. Sat. $8 free return Sun.

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For Sale or Trade Antique Grand Piano, $4,500. Call 803-316-0685 Pool Table, (2) AC units, Lg sectional sofa, Antique LR suit, Tanning bed, BR suit, Lg mirror, & much more. 803-468-3736 Expert Tech, New & used heat pumps & A/C. Will install/repair, warranty; Compressor & labor $600. Call 803-968-9549 or 843-992-2364 7 pc. Queen BR set, Sleeper sofa & reclining love seat. All in good condition. Call for details 803-491-4451

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EMPLOYMENT Help Wanted Full-Time The SC Army National Guard wants High School Juniors, Seniors, Grads and GED holders, and Prior Service! Ask about college tuition. Receive paid technical training and more while serving your Country and Community on a part-time basis. Call now for this great opportunity! SSG Michael Wright 803-667-0985 SSG Lorraine Lordy 803-360-1979 Experienced Pet Groomer needed. Must have own tools. Call Tim at (803)473-0549 or (803)435-0199 for appointment.

Medical Assistant Needed for busy Orthopaedic Office. Experience preferred, computer & typing skills required. Please visit our website at www.DrWoodbury.com Apply by mail or fax: Lakeside Orthopaedic Center 50 E. Hospital St., Manning, SC 29102 Fax, (803)433-5637

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Submit a letter of application, personal resume, three letters of recommendation and official academic transcripts to Director of Personnel, Morris College, 100 W. College St., Sumter, SC 29150-3599. Morris College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer Drivers Needed Immediately

Immediate openings for experienced Regional & OTR Drivers with Haz-Mat & Tank Endorsements with 3 years verifiable recent experience. Applicants must be at least 23 years of age and pass a drug test and DOT physical. Pay scale is based on mileage, stop pay and hourly along with meal money while out overnight under dispatch along with Yearly Safety Performance Bonus Program. Primary are of operations is east of the Mississippi, good home time with 1 to 2 week out average for OTR Drivers. Aggressive benefit package available includes Medical, Dental, vacation, 401K and profit sharing and assigned equipment. Current openings in SC, FL, DE, PA, OH and NJ terminals for Van, Tanker and Rolloff positions. Applications are available online at www.freeh oldcartage.com or call 888-249-2651 ext 24 or 800-346-2035 ext 7201. Walk-in's welcome at Freehold Cartage Inc. 132 Myrtle Beach Hwy, Sumter, SC 29153 Looking for carpenter and helper. Call (803)473-4254 or email jerrydubose2@gmail.com

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Investment Properties 1250 Coffey St. 3 br, 1 ba brick home. $45,900. 131 A-B Highland Ave. Duplex, $40,000. 202-206 Montreat St. Brick Triplex, $40,000. 206-208 Dixie Duplex, $35,000. With tenants. Quick sale! 316-8105.

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Morris College, a private four year Liberal Arts College in Sumter, South Carolina, is seeking to fill the following position(s): PRINTING SPECIALIST: To operate computerized printing equipment and to provide on-campus printing, copying, and binding services. Must have a good command of Microsoft Office 2010 or higher, desktop publishing programs (Publisher and Adobe CS5), and two years of experience in the printing trade. A Certificate in printing technology is required. Effective Immediately.

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atricia Moore-Pastides doesn’t just worry about the health of Americans, she’s doing something about it. Having adopted the Mediterranean diet shortly after she married Harris Pastides, now president of the University of South Carolina and of Greek descent, Moore-Pastides soon became a devotee of Greek cuisine. In 2010, she published her first cookbook, “Greek Revival: Cooking for Life,” in which she espoused following the diet, not just for its healthful properties, but also for its simplicity and good, fresh flavors. As she said at the time, the traditional Mediterranean diet “promotes health without deprivation.” On her website, she explained her definition of a healthy diet and why she feels the need to promote it:

“I teach and write about the traditional Greek diet because it has proven to protect against chronic diseases and increase quality longevity, and the foods are delicious. If I’ve learned one thing through my career in public health it is that by making positive lifestyle choices we can decrease our risks for chronic diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, dementia, diabetes and certain cancers. These positive lifestyle choices include choosing not to smoke, exercising daily and eating a healthful diet.” “Greek Revival: Cooking for Life,” published by USC Press, is now in its third printing and is a fundraiser for the university’s Health and Sustainability Fund. Moore-Pastides offered 87 recipes in that cookbook, made largely from a variety of meat-free ingredients. Those are still the emphasis in her new book, titled “Greek Revival from the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life.” She lists the main elements of her preferred cuisine as: • Fresh and local fruits and vegetables, organically grown when possible • Olive oil • Wild caught seafood • Beans • Nuts • Whole grains • Grass-fed meats in moderation • Cheese and yogurt in moderation • Moderate consumption of red wine Moore-Pastides continues to focus on living a healthy lifestyle, and this time, she advocates beginning with cultivating your own garden for the fresh ingredients that will form the basis for the traditional Mediterranean diet, or as she calls it, the TMD. While the book’s target audience is young adults and novice cooks, it also should appeal to anyone who’s just getting interested in vegetable gardening and/or the TMD. She uses her knowledge of nutrition to encourage young gardeners and cooks — and those who’d like to earn those titles. The book begins with a chapter titled “Eating for Life: Why Food Choices Matter,” then offers instruction on getting started in the garden and the kitchen. She concludes the book with 50 recipes that incorporate the harvest from the kitchen garden. Even if you don’t grow your own veg-

etables — a container herb garden she recommends is easy and fun — you can still learn to cook according to TMD, especially when roadside markets and Sumter’s farmers markets offer so much homegrown produce. The recipes are easy or moderately easy to prepare, and the ones I’ve tried are, indeed, delicious. Even if you’re already an experienced, skilled cook, you’ll find these recipes of interest. Moore-Pastides’ Chunky Savory Tomato Sauce for Pasta or Pizza is simple and fast and does work for both dishes. Butterbeans with Fresh Mint is a refreshing alternative to the familiar southern butterbeans cooked with ham hocks or fatback, and her seafood dishes and soup are also relatively easy and quick to get to the table. The photo illustrations by Keith McGraw will make your mouth water even before the aroma of cooking starts to fill your kitchen. Moore-Pastides writes clearly and interestingly, and her cooking instructions are easy to follow. Before the summer’s over, I plan to use up some of the plethora of locally grown tomatoes to try out more of her recipes. Many of the recipes include foods that are traditionally associated with the other seasons, as well. “Greek Revival from the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life” is published by The University of South Carolina Press. It sells for $27.95 and is available from Books-A-Million or through www. uscpress.com. University of South Carolina alumni receive a 25 percent discount on all USC Press books ordered directly from the publisher. You must provide your Alumni Member Number to get the discount rate. Learn more about Moore-Pastides’ cookbooks at www.greekrevivalcookbook.com.

Paatricia Moore-Pastides’ Arugula-Stuffed Fish Fillets with Fennel and Lemon is a simple, delicious dish cooked in foil packets on a grill or under a broiler.

ARUGULA-STUFFED FISH FILLETS WITH FENNEL AND LEMON Ingredients: 4 fillets of branzino or red snapper 4 cups arugula Sea salt Black pepper 1 bulb fennel

2 small lemons 1 cup white wine 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 lemons for juice 2/3 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped

Heat grill or broiler to high. Rinse and dry each fillet. Cut four pieces aluminum foil large enough to fold into a packet with room for air. Wash, stem and roughly chop arugula. Place a quarter of the arugula on each piece of foil, and lay the fish fillets on top. Season with salt and pepper. Wash fennel bulb and cut in half. Remove the dense core. Slice the remaining parts of the bulb into long strips. Cut 2 lemons into round slices. Top fish with fennel and lemon slices. Turn up the edges of each piece of foil to form a small bowl or canoe shape. Pour 1/4 cup of the white wine and then 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over each fillet. Fold the foil packets well, leaving a pocket of air. Place packets on hot grill or under the broiler and cook for 20 minutes. Carefully remove packets from the heat, open them, and transfer contents to individual serving plates. Squeeze lemon juice over the fish and top it with chopped fresh parsley. Serve with grilled vegetables. Serves 4.

Garlic bread doesn’t have to be bland and devoid of nutrition. Cherry Tomato and Garlic-Bread Bake incorporates multi-colored, small whole tomatoes with cheese, garlic and other ingredients to make a savory dish that serves eight.

Caramelized Eggplant, Onion and Tomato Pizza with Fresh Basil is fun to make and eat.

SAUTÉED GREEN BEANS WITH GINGER A large bowl of green beans (about 1 pound) 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

3-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and julienned 1 teaspoon sea salt ½ cup dry white wine or water

1/3 cup slivered almonds for garnish

cook for 5 minutes. Put the beans in a colander and rinse them. Trim off their stems. Remove the cover from the pan, reduce the heat to low, and simmer the beans until the Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. liquid has nearly evaporated (about 3 minutes). Sauté the garlic and ginger in the oil for a few minutes until the garlic begins to brown. Transfer the green beans to a serving bowl, garnish with slivered almonds, and serve imAdd the green beans to the pan. Sprinkle them with sea salt and stir them with a wooden mediately. spoon to distribute the salt. Serves 6 Pour the wine or water over the beans, cover the pan, reduce the heat to medium, and


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Cheesy, buttery grilled corn BY J.M. HIRSCH AP Food Editor ITEM STAFF PHOTO

Nancy Harrison shows how jars show the various measurements needed in canning. Starting at the bottom of the neck, the ring closest to the neck measures about 1 inch from the top of the jar. The second ring up measures approximately 1/2 inch from the rim and the top ring measures about 1/4 inch from the top.

It’s canning season BY NANCY S. HARRISON Retired Food Safety and Nutrition Educator Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service

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ach year when home gardens are planted, and farmers markets visited, the phones at the Clemson Extension offices around the state begin to ring with questions about canning foods at home. Canning is a great way to deal with the abundance of vegetables from home gardens and markets. Most home gardeners plant far more than their families can consume. Canning is a safe and effective method to preserve foods that would otherwise be wasted. The concept of canning is fairly simple: Put hot food in jars and seal them so that the food doesn’t spoil. And, that’s how canning was done for years. Odds are this method was how GrandHARRISON ma put up her tomatoes and green beans. Lots of people consider their work done at this point. And if you do, there’s a very high potential for the jarred food to spoil. To make sure your hard work doesn’t go to waste, the jarred food should be processed by either a boiling water bath or pressure canning. Why? The biggest reason is a microorganism called Clostridium botulinum. The cells of this type of bacteria can be killed at boiling water temperatures (212 degrees), but the spores they form can survive these temperatures. And when these spores survive, they like to live in a low-acid environment without air — which is the exact description of canned vegetables and canned meats. When these spores begin to multiply in this environment, they produce the botulinum toxin. If the contaminated food is eaten, the resulting illness is called botulism, and it is deadly. A word of warning — there is a difference between a pressure canner and a pressure cooker. Pressure cookers are wonderful kitchen tools, but they are typically too small to use effectively for canning and are therefore not recommended for such. Many small pressure cookers will not accommodate the height of a quart canning jar. Pressure cookers are commonly available in 4-, 6- and 8-quart sizes. Pressure canners are larger, with sizes ranging from 14 to 22 quarts being the most popular. Pressure canners have to be maintained with the gaskets and seals in good working order. Your local Clemson University Extension Office is able to do pressure canner checks to ensure the unit is in top condition as well as answer any canning questions you might have. Just phone (803) 773-5561 to arrange a time to drop off your pressure canner. Some foods have a low acid level (all vegetables, all meats and all seafood.) These are the foods that MUST be pressure canned. If they are not pressure canned, they have the potential for allowing the botulinum spores to produce toxin. The spores will be killed only at 240 degrees F or higher. Thinking back to high school science class, you will recall that water will not get hotter than its boiling point (212 degrees F) unless it is under pressure. Since the jars of food need to reach 240 degrees, the pressure canner is the perfect answer to the problem. Here is a recipe for canning: CORN – WHOLE KERNEL

Select ears containing slightly immature kernels of ideal quality for eating fresh. Canning some sweeter varieties of kernels that are too immature may cause browning. However, this does not affect the safety of the product. If unsure of variety, can a small amount. Check color and flavor before canning large quantities. Remove corn husks and silk; wash ears. Blanch 3 minutes in boiling water. Cut corn from cob at about three-fourths the depth of kernel. Do not scrape cob. Hot Pack – Add 1 cup boiling water to each 4 cups of corn and bring to a boil. Simmer 5 minutes. Pack hot corn into hot jars, leaving 1-inch head space. Add salt, if desired, at ½ teaspoon salt to pints; 1 teaspoon to quarts. Fill jar to 1 inch from top with boiling hot cooking liquid. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rims. Adjust lids and process as directed. Raw Pack – Pack corn into hot jars, leaving 1-inch head space. Add ½ teaspoon salt to pints; 1 teaspoon to quarts, if desired. Fill jars to 1 inch from top with boiling water. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rims. Adjust lids and process. Process in a Dial Gauge Pressure Canner at 11 pounds pressure OR in a Weighted Gauge Pressure Canner at 10 pounds pressure: Pints — 55 minutes Quarts — 85 minutes

When I was a kid, corn on the cob was prepared one way, and only one way. My mom would husk the ears and pile them — sometimes having to jam them — in a large stockpot. She’d add about an inch of water, cover the pot, then bring it to a boil and steam the heck out of them. Then we’d slather them with butter and salt and call it good. And I’m pretty confident most American families followed some variant of this basic approach. These days, we are awash in alternatives, all of course proclaiming to be the best. Some sound crazy, but work wonderfully (do yourself a favor and Google microwaving corn in the husk). Others just sound crazy (filling a cooler with boiling water and corn may be an easy way to feed a crowd, but... ew...). As most of us have learned, grilling corn probably is the best choice. The smoky flavor and gentle char bring out the sweetness of the kernels. The only trouble is all the conflicting advice — to soak, or not; to oil, or not; high heat or low heat; direct heat or indirect heat. Over the years, I’ve discovered most of that really doesn’t matter. My basic approach to grilling corn is simple. I husk the ears and rub them with a bit of oil. Then I pop them onto a grill set to medium heat. Now and then, I turn them to get them evenly heated and lightly browned. That’s it. But even though my grilling method is simple, I still like to gussy up my ears after they come off the grill. My recent favorite — heaps of shaved queso

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fresco cheese that is seasoned with paprika, salt, pepper and garlic. Of course, if you prefer to cook your corn on the stove — or in the microwave, or even in a cooler — this topping is just as delicious on those ears. GRILLED CORN WITH QUESO FRESCO

Start to finish: 15 minutes Servings: 8 8 ears of corn, husks and silk removed Olive oil 8-ounce block queso fresco cheese 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 stick butter, cut into 8 pieces Heat the grill to high. Rub each of the ears of corn with a bit of olive oil. Once the grill is hot, arrange the corn in a single layer on the grill grates.

Cover the grill and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 6 minutes, turning several times. Meanwhile, use a grater (large holes) to grate the queso fresco into a medium bowl. Add the paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper, then toss well. When the corn is ready, use tongs to transfer it to a rimmed baking sheet or baking pan that will fit on your grill. It’s OK to stack the corn. Sprinkle the cheese mixture over the corn. Arrange the butter chunks evenly over the corn. Place the pan on the grill, cover and cook for 2 to 4 minutes, or until the butter is melted. Serve immediately. Nutrition information per serving: 250 calories; 160 calories from fat (64 percent of total calories); 18 g fat (9 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 40 mg cholesterol; 20 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 8 g protein; 160 mg sodium.

A fresh take on a tomato sandwich BY J.M. HIRSCH AP Food Editor Obviously, the season has a role in this, but lately I’ve found myself craving bread and fresh tomatoes. It’s a combination with a history for me. When I was a kid, my go-to summer sandwich — and I always made it for myself because I was the only one who could make it right — was slabs of whole-wheat bread smeared thickly with Miracle Whip and topped with hunks of extra-sharp cheddar cheese and a single, think slab of tomato. The slab had to be at least 1 inch thick and had to be cut from the center of the fruit. No ends or tops, please. It was heaven. Rich and creamy and sharp and fresh. To this day, that sandwich remains a comfort food I return to. Usually around midnight. By the time I was a tween, my family had moved to Germany and weekends were spent driving around various parts of Europe. We called it eating our way through the continent, for dining and planning on dining did seem to occupy much of our time. But no matter where we were, lunch always

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followed the same template. We’d stop at a small, local bakery and grab a heavy loaf of rustic bread. Then on to a grocer for tomatoes, a hunk of cheese and a jar of blisteringly hot mustard. Then we’d find a park and sit down with our spread, tearing off hunks of bread, dabbing them with mustard and topping them with ragged chunks of cheese and slices of tomato. As repetitive as that lunch sounds, it actually was a wonderfully delicious way to explore the different cuisines. The breads and cheeses vary so much between regions and countries. Now that I’m adult and have a child of my own, I don’t find myself wandering Europe during weekends quite so much. I’d actually be happy just to get out to

a movie now and then. But I still crave — particularly this time of year — the simple pleasure of bread and tomato. So I decided to create a grown up version, rich with garlic and rosemary. But the focus, as it should be, remains on the bread and tomatoes. TOASTED PARMESAN TOMATO BREAD

Start to finish: 15 minutes Servings: 4 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 large sprig fresh rosemary, finely chopped 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt Ground black pepper 4 large, thick slices sourdough bread 4 large tomatoes 3 ounces Parmesan cheese

Heat the oven to broil. In a small, sturdy bowl, combine the garlic, rosemary, olive oil, salt and black pepper, to taste. Mix well, then use the back of a heavy spoon to mash the garlic and rosemary together to form a paste. This also can be done using a mortar and pestle, or a mini food processor. The rosemary won’t mash well; this is fine. Spread a quarter of the mixture over one side of each slice of bread. Slice 2 thick slabs out of the center of each tomato. Reserve the tops and bottoms of the tomatoes for another use. Set 2 slabs over each piece of bread. Shave some of the Parmesan over the tomatoes on each slice. Set the assembled bread on a baking sheet and broil on the oven’s middle rack until the cheese is just starting the brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately. Nutrition information per serving: 530 calories; 190 calories from fat (36 percent of total calories); 22 g fat (5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 15 mg cholesterol; 63 g carbohydrate; 5 g fiber; 7 g sugar; 22 g protein; 1,250 mg sodium.


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Pickled green beans take no time to make BY ALISON LADMAN The Associated Press Everyone loves a good homemade pickle. But not everyone loves to break out the canning equipment for the occasion. But these pickled green beans come together so quickly, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be ready to enjoy by the time youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re done making dinner. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re great slipped into your sandwich or burger or served alongside just about any barbecue. They also make a great addition to green salads and pasta salads. And this recipe can be used for other vegetables, too. Try pickled carrots or cauliflower. FAST-PICKLED GREEN BEANS

Start to finish: 30 minutes Servings: 4 3/4 cup white balsamic or cider vinegar 1/3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 large shallot, sliced 1/2 teaspoon allspice 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper Pinch red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds, lightly crushed 1/4 teaspoon dill seeds, lightly crushed 1 pound green beans, trimmed In a medium saucepan over medium-high, combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, shallot, allspice, black pepper, red pepper flakes, mustard seeds and dill seeds. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the green beans and simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, the green beans can be jarred (with some of the liquid) and refrigerated for up to 5 days. Nutrition information per serving: 50 calories; 0 calories from fat (0 percent of total calories); 0 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 9 g sugar; 1 g protein; 170 mg sodium. EDITORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NOTE: Alison Ladman is a recipe developer for the AP. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter. com/CrustAndCrumbCo

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CHICKPEA AND NECTARINE SALAD In many legends, gnomes guard veins of gold, copper, coal and even diamonds. In general, gnomes are considered helpful to people and some say the gnomes have led them to underground treasures.

A gnome, (pronounced nome), is a being that appears in legends around the world. Nearly every legend describes a gnome as a tiny, human-like creature that lives inside the earth.

Which treasure belongs to which gnome? Add up the numbers along each path. The number on each gnomeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hat matches the sum of the numbers along the trail to each oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treasure.

Gnomes are said to look like small versions of the people in the countries where they live.

Standards Link: Math; compute sums and differences to 22.

In the box at right, draw what you think a gnome could look like.

Nobody has actually seen a gnome. They are most likely only characters in folktales. However, little gnomes made of clay can be seen in many gardens. Can you find which garden gnome in each row is different? Standards Link: Recognizing similarities and differences in common objects.

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Many of the early gnome legends come from Europe. When Europeans came to the Americas, they brought their stories about gnomes. In Wales, gnomes are also called â&#x20AC;&#x153;knockers.â&#x20AC;? It is said that they are skillful miners and can be heard hammering and knocking in deep, abandoned mine tunnels. This endless knocking and hammering led to the name â&#x20AC;&#x153;knockers.â&#x20AC;?

Standards Link: Letter sequencing. Recognized identical words. Skim and scan reading. Recall spelling patterns.

Can you even up the weight in these three carts? Just move one stone to another cart so that the sums in all of the carts are the same. Standards Link: Math; students compute sums to 30; problem solving.

ANSWER: Move the stone with the number 18 from cart ĘťCĘź to cart ĘťA.Ęź All the carts should add up to 30.

Start to finish: 45 minutes Servings: 4 entree-size salads Two 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and dried with paper towels 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 teaspoon curry powder, Old Bay or Cajun seasoning blend Salt and ground black pepper 4 tablespoons rice vinegar 4 teaspoons brown sugar 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 bunch Swiss chard, chopped 5-ounce package baby arugula 1 seedless cucumber, thinly sliced 4 stalks celery, thinly sliced 3 nectarines, pitted and thinly sliced Protein suggestions: Soft-boiled or poached eggs Sliced cooked chicken breast Cooked shrimp Lightly seared and thinly sliced steak Marinated tofu or seitan Feta or halloumi (Greek grilling) cheese Heat the oven to 400 F. In a medium bowl, toss the chickpeas with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the seasoning of choice, then a bit of salt and black pepper, as needed. Toss well to coat evenly, then spread the chickpeas in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 30 minutes, then set aside to cool. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil, the rice vinegar, brown sugar and Dijon mustard. Season with salt and black pepper. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together the Swiss chard, arugula, cucumber, celery and nectarines. Drizzle the dressing over the salad, then toss gently to coat. Divide between 4 serving plates. Top with the roasted chickpeas and your choice of protein.

Standards Link: Social Science; students understand the importance of traditions, beliefs and customs in cultures.

Look through the newspaper for words that have a silent â&#x20AC;&#x153;gâ&#x20AC;? or a silent â&#x20AC;&#x153;kâ&#x20AC;? at the beginning. Cut out each word. Draw a picture that shows what each word means.

Find three pictures in the newspaper, one to represent BIG, another for BIGGER, and a third to represent BIGGEST. Label each picture. Repeat this activity with other words such as FUNNY, SAD and SMALL.

Standards Link: Decoding; recognize and decode consonant digraphs.

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SANDWICHES

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hen I was a child, I thought like a child, I ate like a child: PB&Js, BLTs and grilled cheese sandwiches made from slices of Velveeta melted to gooey perfection between two slices of skillet-toasted

white bread. But when I became an adult, I put away childish things. I grew out of Velveeta and Wonder bread. Grilled cheese sandwiches, however, are forever — assuming you know how to update them for a more grown-up palate. Begin by using better bread. In place of the squishy white stuff, try something with more substance: a flavorful sourdough, sweet brioche, or crunchy baguette, for example. Buy a loaf, and slice it yourself into slabs about half an inch think (or halve the baguette lengthwise). The slices should be substantial enough to hold everything together but not so bulky that they overwhelm the flavor of the sandwich. Next, add some interesting texture or flavors to the filling. Thin slices of sweet apple and spicy jalapenos complement sourdough slices nicely. The brioche makes a delicious and filling breakfast or brunch when stuffed with sliced ham, sauteed mushrooms and a fried egg. A baguette yields a bruschetta-like grilled cheese sandwich when dressed with fresh basil leaves, pesto and tomato confit.

The star in this show, of course, is the cheese. You can use the fanciest, stinkiest, crumbliest cheese your heart desires if you borrow a trick from the food scientists at Kraft. Flip over a box of Velveeta and you’ll find there, listed among the other ingredients, the reason that it slices so easily and melts so uniformly: sodium citrate. This white, crystalline ingredient looks like salt, and in fact it is a salt — a salt of citric acid, which is a natural component of citrus fruits. You can buy sodium citrate at some brewer supply stores or order it readily online. I keep a big jar of the stuff in my pantry because it is so useful for making cheese sauces for pasta, nachos or fondue. Just dissolve 11 grams of sodium citrate into 1 1/8 cups (265 milliliters) of milk or water over medium heat, bring to a simmer, and gradually

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Camembert cheese on a brioche with ham and mushrooms.

whisk or blend in 285 grams of finely grated cheese (3 to 4 cups, depending on the kind of cheese and coarseness of the grater). As the cheese melts, the sodium citrate serves as an emulsifier and prevents the fat from splitting off to form a greasy slick on top. The recipes below riff on this technique to make a thicker cheese sauce

that sets into an even sheet, perfect for cutting into slices and adding to sandwiches. Use whatever kind or blend of cheeses and liquids you want (cold wheat beer works well in place of water). Add the weights of the cheese and liquid, and multiply the total by 0.028 to get the amount of sodium citrate to use. For example, you can make 500 grams of emulsified cheese (enough for 12 to 14 slices) by blending 14 grams of sodium citrate into 115 milliliters of cold wheat beer, simmering, and blending in 200 grams (3 cups) of grated Gruyere and 180 grams (3 cups) of grated sharp cheddar. Poured into a warm baking sheet and covered with plastic wrap, the cheese becomes solid after about two hours in the refrigerator. The slices, when individually wrapped in plastic or parchment paper, will keep for up to two months in the freezer. They thaw quickly, so when you get that Sunday afternoon urge for a quick grilled cheese blast from the past, you can recreate a fond memory from childhood in no time. If possible, weigh the cheese in the recipes below rather than relying on volume measurements; volumes can vary greatly with the kind of cheese and fineness of grating.

EDITOR’S NOTE: W. Wayt Gibbs is editor-in-chief of The Cooking Lab, the culinary research team led by Nathan Myhrvold that produced the cookbooks “Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking” and “Modernist Cuisine at Home.” Their latest book, “The Photography of Modernist Cuisine,” will be released in October.

GOAT CHEESE ON BAGUETTE WITH TOMATO CONFIT AND BASIL

AGED WHITE CHEDDAR ON SOURDOUGH WITH APPLES

Start to finish: 2 1/2 hours (30 minutes active) Makes 4 sandwiches

Start to finish: 2 1/2 hours (30 minutes active) Makes 4 sandwiches

Baguette with tomato confit and basil.

For the cheese slices: 3 teaspoons (14 grams) sodium citrate 1/2 cup (115 milliliters) water 6 cups (380 grams) aged white cheddar cheese, grated For the sandwich: Butter 8 slices sourdough bread, about 1/2 inch thick 8 very thin slices apple (Honeycrisp, or your favorite variety) 3 tablespoons (30 grams) thinly sliced jalapenos Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat, or oil the sheet lightly, and heat it in an oven set to its lower temperature. The larger the baking sheet, the thinner the cheese slices will be. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, dissolve the sodium citrate in the water, then bring to a simmer. Add the grated cheese to the simmering water a handful at a time while whisking or blending with an immersion blender until all of the cheese is completely melted and smooth. Pour the melted cheese onto the warmed baking sheet. Tip the sheet back and forth to form a single layer of even thickness. Cover the cheese layer with plastic wrap, and place it in the refrigerator until set, about 2 hours. Slice the cheese into pieces sized to fit your bread slices. When ready to prepare the sandwiches, heat a large, heavy skillet over medium. Alternatively, heat a sandwich grill or panini press. Butter the outward-facing sides of each bread slice, assemble the sandwiches, each with a slice of cheese, a slice of apple and a bit of the jalapenos. Add a sandwich to the skillet and panfry until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

Aged white cheddar cheese on sourdough bread with apples and sliced jalapenos.

For the cheese slices: 2 1/2 tablespoons (38 milliliters) water 2 1/4 teaspoons (11 grams) sodium citrate 3 cups (380 grams) goat cheese, rind removed and crumbled (Bucheron or your favorite semi-aged goat cheese) For the sandwich: 16-inch baguette Butter, as needed 1/4 cup (80 grams) pesto 1/2 cup (120 grams) tomato confit in oil (or sundried tomatoes in oil) 8 to 12 leaves fresh basil Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat, or oil the sheet lightly, and heat it in an oven set to its lower temperature. The larger the baking sheet, the thinner the cheese slices will be. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, dissolve the sodium citrate in the water, then bring to a simmer. Add the cheese to the simmering water a handful at a time while whisking or blending with an immersion blender until all of the cheese is completely melted and smooth. Pour the melted cheese onto the warmed baking sheet. Tip the sheet back and forth to form a single layer of even thickness. Cover the cheese layer with plastic wrap, and place it in the refrigerator until set, about 2 hours. Slice the cheese into pieces sized to fit your bread slices. When ready to prepare the sandwich, heat a large, heavy skillet over medium. Alternatively, heat a sandwich grill or panini press. Cut the baguette into 4 segments, each about 4 inches long, then slice each segment in half lengthwise. Lightly butter the crust of each baguette slice, then assemble the sandwiches, using a bit of pesto, a slice of cheese, a bit of sun-dried tomatoes and 2 to 3 basil leaves per sandwich. Panfry each sandwich until the crust is toasted and the cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes on a side.

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