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Toal: Wall expected to draw big crowd Courts secure Sumter will be only city in state to host scale replica of Vietnam memorial BY BRISTOW MARCHANT

State’s top judge says technology safe from hackers COLUMBIA (AP) — After a massive cyberattack on the Department of Revenue, South Carolina’s top judge assured lawmakers Wednesday that the state’s court system was secure from hackers. “Technology and its use in changing the way we do business in the court system in South Carolina has been my hallON THE mark,” NET Chief Justice View a Jean Toal video told a and joint sesslide presentation from S.C. sion of Chief Justice the state Jean Toal’s Legislaspeech online ture in at http://bit. her anly/12NVjN4. nual address. “Be assured and aware that cyber security for the courts system has been an integral part of our design.” At Toal’s request, the state Legislature last year allocated funding for a system through which attorneys can file court documents electronically, overriding a veto from Gov. Nikki Haley. To keep that inhouse system safe, Toal said she employs a team that focuses solely on data security and safeguarding the servers that host information for courts around the state. Toal has pushed for better technology throughout her 13 years as chief justice. As her next step, Toal said she wanted to make appellate court records that are now managed internally through an automated system available to the public online. Toal said the e-filing system would be similar to a federal system already in place although, unlike that model, she’d make South Carolina’s version free. SEE TOAL, PAGE A8

Sumter now knows more about this spring’s visit from the traveling version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. City council got an update on the upcoming display from members of the Iris Festival Committee at its meeting Tuesday. The festi-

val at Swan Lake will host the traveling wall — a scale replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C., complete with each name etched into the national monument — from May 24 to May 27. Sumter will be the only city in South Carolina to host the wall this year. Committeewoman Lynn Kennedy said the Iris Festival

has been trying to secure the wall for several years. “This has been our goal for the whole Shaw and Sumter community,” Kennedy said. “It’s going to draw a humongous group of people. It will really be something to see.” The four-day event will begin with an opening ceremony at

5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24, Lefford Fate said. Sumter Mayor Joe McElveen will host the event, and commanding officers of the Third Army and 9th Air Force at Shaw Air Force Base have also been invited to attend. A keynote address will be delivered by Douglas Wilson, a former fighter pilot who flew combat missions

over Vietnam. Like many people of a certain generation, Fate has a personal connection to the wall. “My oldest brother was killed in Vietnam on May 2, 1970,” he said. “It’s an honor to have his name on the wall. A lot of people have friends and loved ones on there.”




Recently engaged Nathan Detroit, played by Wilson Hall senior Sam Umbaugh, and Miss Adelaide, played by senior LeAnne Amick, are congratulated by Detroit’s fellow gamblers, juniors Justin Schaare, Furman Dabbs and Drake Shadwell and sophomores Tristan Whitaker and Ryan Norris. The Wilson Hall Performing Arts Department performed the musical “Guys and Dolls” on the Nash Center Stage on Feb. 13 and 14. Drama teacher Hannah Leirmoe directed and choreographed the play while chorus teacher Dr. Laura Ballard provided the musical direction. Based on stories and characters by Damon Runyon, Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling wrote the play’s book, and Frank Loesser wrote the lyrics and music.

Officials worry bill erodes county control BY NICK McCORMAC A bill that would limit county governments from controlling where waste or recyclables go is part of the larger issue of eroding local government authority, both tricounty and state officials say. The bill, which has passed the S.C. House of Representatives and is currently in the S.C. Senate Committee on Medical Affairs, would forbid any

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control from local governments is a concern,” said Lee County Administrator Alan Watkins. “We have a better understanding of day-to-day operations and what we need to do. We have the boots on the ground. We have a better understanding of how certain things work than the state does.” If the legislation becomes law, Watkins said he doesn’t see it impacting Lee County too much since its landfill is operated by Republic Ser-

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Manning man killed after truck hits tree Gregorio Hernandez, 65, of Manning, died Tuesday evening after the truck he was riding in struck a tree. The 2003 Dodge pickup was traveling east on U.S. 76 when it exited the roadway on the left and struck a tree about 8 p.m. Tuesday evening, said Senior Trooper B.R. Wyant of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The driver, Jose Hernandez, a 42-year-old Manning man, was not wearing a seatbelt and was extricated from the vehicle and airlifted to Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital. The passenger, who is thought to be the driver’s father according to the Sumter County Coroner Harvin Bullock, was also not wearing a seatbelt. He was ejected from the vehicle and into the truck bed, Bullock said. The vehicle’s motor was pushed under the front seat, he said. The incident remains under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol, Wyant said.

BY ROBERT J. BAKER Bond was revoked last week for two defendants at the Sumter County Courthouse when 3rd Circuit Judge Howard P. King found they violated conditions of their release. Jermaine A. Conyers and Travis Adams were both charged with first- and second-degree burglary last year in separate incidents. Conyers, 25, of 4268 Dorsey Drive in Sumter, was also charged with resisting arrest and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature after his arrest Nov. 29, 2012. Third Circuit Assistant Solicitor Bronwyn K. McElveen told King on Feb. 11 that Conyers has been ordered multiple times by circuit court judges to undergo a mental evaluation for competency to stand trial on these charges. King ultimately ordered a bench warrant to

make King attend his next evaluation. “He has not made any of those appointments,” McElveen said. “He also has not complied with the GPS monitoring ordered on his bond.” Conyers’ attorney, Sumter CONYERS Assistant Public Defender S. Elaine Cooke, said she has had trouble getting in touch with Conyers. “He has not ADAMS shown up for any appointments, and I have not spoken to this individual at this point honestly,” Cooke said. “A private attorney was representing him at some point, I believe.” In fact, William Brunson represented Conyers during a hearing Jan. 7 before 3rd Circuit Judge R. Ferrell Cothran

after McElveen made a similar motion when Conyers failed to make mental evaluations ordered for July 11, 2012. Brunson assured at that time “we’ll get communication to him where he needs to be and when.” “There is some mental disability,” Brunson said. “And there’s ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and he functions at a first- or second-grade level.” McElveen asked King on Feb. 14 that Adams’ bond be revoked primarily for tampering with a GPS monitor ordered by Cothran in August 2012. “Bennett Monitoring Services has alerted us that he has had the monitor replaced three times now due to tampering,” McElveen said. “(Adams) also owes $560 for the monitoring as of Feb. 11.” Cothran had also ordered Adams to live with his aunt in Calhoun County, but McElveen said the aunt had become concerned about the

young man’s activities in her home. “She is concerned because he has (allegedly) stolen things from the home,” McElveen said. “She also claims his friends have (allegedly) pawned some items out of her home.” Sumter Assistant Public Defender Grant Smaldone asked King to allow Cothran to resolve the matter when he is back in Sumter in April. “Our position is that he will not stay with his aunt anymore, and that the situation is a domestic matter that has nothing to do with these charges,” Smaldone said. King disagreed. “This is not the type of thing we need to keep going back and forth on,” King said. “I find that he has not complied with the conditions of his bond, and therefore it is revoked.” Reach Robert J. Baker at (803) 774-1211.


Senator proposes borrowing to fund roads COLUMBIA — The Senate’s top Democrat proposes borrowing $500 million to fund road projects across South Carolina. Senate Minority Leader Nikki Setzler introduced the bond bill Wednesday. The West Columbia Democrat said it’s a way to fix some of the state’s infrastructure needs without raising fuel taxes, since Republicans who control state government refuse to consider that. Setzler said the state’s roads and bridges are deteriorating daily, and the investment must be made. He said the state hasn’t issued a bond bill since 1999.


First-year Chestnut Oaks Middle School head girls basketball coach Lillian McGill recently taught her team about giving back to the community by picking up trash on U.S. 521 South in the Red Bay area.

25-year-old gets 10 years in prison for burglary BY ROBERT J. BAKER Reco Antonio Godbolt got a 10-year prison sentence for second-degree burglary on Monday at the Sumter County Courthouse. That sentence will run concurrent with the 25-year sentence imposed on him last year by 3rd Circuit Judge George C. James after a jury convicted Godbolt of armed robbery, kidnapping and firstdegree burglary. James gave Godbolt the new sentence shortly after the 24-year-old Sumter resident pleaded guilty to driving a codefendant, Jamal Helton, during a burglary of a home on Widgeon Way on Oct. 31, 2011. The pair was ultimately implicated in the burglary of several homes, including those on Beachforest Drive,

Breezybay Lane and Buckhorn Drive, according to reports. Godbolt received his longer sentence in early December after 3rd Circuit Assistant Solicitor John P. Meadors convinced a jury that Godbolt aided Helton in breaking into a home in the 500 block of Canvasback Cove and later chasing the middle-aged male homeowner when he discovered them. They then told the man they had a gun and would kill him if he did not return the car keys the man had thrown into a wooded area when he discovered them in his home. Meadors said Monday that Godbolt’s additional charge stemmed from an incident that occurred only minutes before the one at Canvasback Cove. Helton told James that he “drove (Helton) to the

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mere seconds. “(The homeowners) came home that day for lunch,” Meadors said. “I believe the missed (Helton) by just a few moments. Minutes later the defendant and (Helton) were at the (Canvasback Cove home), and (Godbolt) was ar-

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Y launches annual community support campaign FROM STAFF REPORTS Every day, the Sumter Family YMCA serves as a gathering place for the community. Children pour in after school to play and do homework. Seniors meet for chess or group activities and to connect with one another. Friends meet to exercise and support each other with their fit- COUSINEAU ness goals. To ensure that the Y can continue to provide nearly 7,000 residents with life-enhancing services, the Sumter Family YMCA is launching its annual community support campaign. The Sumter Family YMCA uses financial gifts to help individuals and families in need participate in programs such as: after-school care, youth sports, health and wellness, employment skills training, swim lessons, summer camp, teen leadership programs and more right here in Sumter.

“We all need the Y because our organization works every day to nurture the potential of kids, improve health and wellbeing and help neighbors support one another,” said Kimberly Cousineau, CEO of the Sumter Family YMCA. “With our community support campaign, we want more people to understand that we are more than where to go to exercise or swim and that we rely on their financial support to do our vital work.” Last year, 1,678 members benefited from the generous donations through the campaign. Financial assistance made it possible for 55 children to have a safe place to learn and build confidence after school; for 75 children to experience a summer of exploring, building confidence and creating friendships; for 403 families to reconnect and grow together; and 97 people access to ed-

ucation and training to reach their full potential. This year, the Y hopes to raise $75,000. Funds raised will support afterschool programs, youth basketball, gymnastics, senior exercise classes, swim lessons, fitness classes, summer camp and membership assistance. “We are very appreciative that our board members and 100 percent of our senior staff have already made benevolent donations to support Change a Life,” Cousineau said. The Y is also in the midst of its Foundations for Future Campaign which launched last fall. The goal of the capital campaign project is to raise $2 million with a challenge of $3 million to provide up-to-date, improved facilities and program areas which will allow the Y to increase membership and participation by as much as 20

percent. A few of the proposed renovations include updates to the Men’s Health Service Center, Aquatics Center, male and female locker rooms, front lobby, front restrooms, laundry room and ceilings. “We are proud to be able to share the story of the Y with the community and provide opportunities for generosity,” said Chuck Fienning, campaign chairman. “Sumter is blessed to have such a place that serves everyone from infants to seniors from all different kinds of backgrounds. I am honored to be called to lead this important effort that will keep our mission alive for years to come.” Cousineau said 64 individuals and businesses from the Sumter area have already generously committed to support Foundations for Future. To learn more about how to support Foundations for Future and Change a Life, contact Denise Lewis, office manager at (803) 773-1404 or dlewis@ or visit www.


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BY BRISTOW MARCHANT An old arrest or minor criminal conviction can block people from getting a job, a house or accessing other services long after they’ve paid the price for an initial offense. But in some cases, there are legal ways to wipe a record clean. Sumterites looking for a clean slate or to help out someone with a criminal record filled a conference room Wednesday to learn about South Carolina’s expungement process. Cliff McBride, senior staff attorney with S.C. Legal Services in Florence, led the informational clinic co-hosted by Palmetto Youth Connections at the SanteeLynches Council of Governments. McBride told the packed conference room to pursue a threepronged strategy to overcome a criminal record; expunge what you can, seek a pardon for what you can’t, and apply for liability bonding that can help you get a job regardless. “Expungement means all the criminal records related to an arrest are destroyed,” the attorney said. “It’s like it never even happened.”



Kelly Gowins, the lead career coach with Palmetto Youth Connections in the Sumter area, said her work helping young people find a job or continue their education has shown her the importance of keeping a clean criminal record. “That’s one of the bigger barriers to people getting employment,” Gowins said. Not everyone in the crowd Wednesday was worried about expunging their own record. Harriet Davis Moore works with youthful offenders at Turbeville Correctional Center for the addiction treatment unit. “This is a lot of good information to take back to my co-workers so we can pass it on to some of the inmates,” she said. “We want them to be able to have a productive life, and this can be a stepping stone to do that.” Not all charges, however, can be expunged. Wildlife, gaming and motor vehicle offenses aren’t eligible for an ex-


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pungement, and neither are most felony convictions. But any arrest that did not lead to a conviction can be removed from your record, whether the charge was dismissed, never prosecuted or resulted in a not guilty verdict. “By state law, any charges dropped after June 2, 2009, should be expunged automatically,” McBride said. “Any other charges should be removed without you having to pay any fees.” Other charges can be removed if the accused completed a pre-trial intervention program, an alcohol education program for charges related to alcohol, or if the person was sentenced for a non-violent, first-time offense under the Youthful Offender Act, which applies to offenders between the ages of 17 and 25. Juvenile offenses can be removed after an offender turns 18, if he or she stays out of trouble as an adult. Other expungements

depend on the charge. A first offense for writing a bad check — or several counts of check fraud if the warrants were issued at the same time — or a first offense simple possession of marijuana can be expunged if no other criminal convictions occur within one year. Misdemeanors that result in a maximum sentence of 30 days or a fine of $500 can be removed after three years, and a first-offense criminal domestic violence charge can be expunged after five years. “If somebody gets upset and does something they shouldn’t, and it’s a one-time thing, they should be able to go five years without a problem,” McBride said. “If you’re a habitual abuser, you’re going to have a problem, and it probably shouldn’t come off.” Even though motor vehicle offenses aren’t normally eligible, a failure to stop for blue lights is also expungable, since it can be associated with another

expungable charge. While no attorney is necessary to apply for an expungement, fees are charged by the State Law Enforcement Division, the solicitor’s office and the clerk of court that can add up to $300. McBride advised his audience to get a $25 SLED background check first to see what is on their record. If a charge can’t be expunged, a pardon can be received through the state Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon if the person can show evidence they have reformed. Tax-deductible bonding available through S.C. Works is also available for employers who hire someone with a criminal record. Anyone who wants to clean up his or her criminal record in the Third Judicial Circuit — Clarendon, Lee, Sumter and Williamsburg counties — can call Mechelle Potts, the solicitor’s office expungement coordinator, at (803) 436-2192.

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USAF band’s jazz ensemble brings Le Jazz Hot A REVIEW BY JANE G. COLLINS Special to The Item


Tuesday’s concert by the USAF Heritage of America Band’s jazz ensemble, Rhythm in Blue, for the Sumter-Shaw Community Concert Association Series, was energetic, filled with exciting brass, nonstop tempo changes and musical variations. It was also challenging. I like jazz, but as a dancer and choreographer, I am more comfortable with more structured beats and melodies and stylized arrangements often found in the jazz of the late ’30s and ’40s and the swing sensation. Many of the songs in the first section sounded unfamiliar to me — more progressive and what I call indeterminate instrumental scat, sending me home to “Google.� “Johnny’s Theme� was head-bobbin’ excitement, but I was not sure if it was Johnny Carson’s music or not. The arrangements were excitingly complex in numbers such as “Angola� and “Widow’s Walk� (there are at least two different lyrics for this title). In one, by

Suzanne Vega, the woman confesses “it’s the marriage that was doomed.� In another version, by Nox Arcana, the widow is faithful to the end. “High Five� has more than 100 different high five renditions. These early numbers highlighted the strong technical skill and musicality of the band: great vibes, strong bass, clear trumpet and really great saxophone. “Question and Answer� showcased the guitar, vibes, bass and drums. The guitarist combined a delicate, reflective slow solo with an increasingly plaintive rhythm. The vocal selection “When Your Lover Has Gone� was a 1931 composition sung by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. The band’s vocalist has a sultry voice that showed sincerity and depth of tone. I enjoyed the first part, but the second section made me beg, “Be still my feet.� It was Big Band with capital B’s for “bellowing, beatlickin’ and


blasting.â€? Great drumming made jazz standards such as “Caravanâ€? and “Tuxedo Junctionâ€? nonstop motion and sound. The former, written by Juan Tizol, who sold the rights for $25, was made popular by Duke Ellington in 1937; “Tuxedo Junctionâ€? was written by co-composers Erskine Hawkins and saxophonist Bill Johnson and named for a jazz and blues club built at a junction in Birmingham, Ala. “Sun Valley Jump,â€? by composer/arranger Jerry Gray, who worked with Artie Shaw in 1936 and then Glenn Miller, emphasized his two-four broken melody and massive, strong brass sections. “Sing, Sing, Sing,â€? written by Louis Prima in 1935, pulled out all the stops and featured a great clarinet solo Ă la Benny Goodman. Good music is good music. The band ended with a strong tribute to the armed services with “Armed Services Medleyâ€? and sincerely poignant versions of “American Anthemâ€? and “America the Beautiful.â€? Overall, the evening was filled with enthusiasm, from both the audience and band, and a strong appreciation for

the intricacies of jazz. To borrow a title from another source, the evening was “Jazz Hot.â€? The Sumter-Shaw Community Concert Association will present two more concerts in its 2012-13 season. They are: • April 3, 2013: U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors* at Patriot Hall • April 16, 2013: 42Five at the Sumter Opera House Admission is by season membership or individual tickets purchased at the door for $25 each. Those 17 and younger who are children of season members will be admitted free, and students 18 and older will be admitted for $5. There is no charge for admission to the military concerts; however, tickets must be requested by mail, with a self-addressed, stamped envelope enclosed. Send requests at least two weeks before the military performance dates to: SSCCA, 32 E. Calhoun St., Sumter, SC 29150. For more information about tickets and membership levels, call (803) 469-2264 or (803) 464-6589.

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Bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon in protective steel cages, left, are ready to be loaded onto a boat in Charleston on Wednesday. Mira Winery of St. Helena, Calif., submerged four cases of wine in Charleston Harbor on Wednesday to see what effect the ocean has on aging the wine. Similar experiments with ocean aging have been conducted in Europe.

U.S. winery experiments with aging wine in ocean “It’s correct it does change the makeup of the wine. When you store wine, it’s not supposed to be stored underwater and especially in salinized water,� he said. “But it’s interesting that someone would experiment with it to see what it’s like.�


role in the new research. It’s been nearly two decades since the first planet was found outside our solar system. Since then, there’s been an explosion of discoveries, accelerated by NASA’s Kepler telescope launched in 2009 to search for a twin Earth. So far, 861 planets have been spotted and only recently have scientists been able to detect planets that are similar in size to Earth or smaller. While scientists have theorized the existence of a celestial body that’s smaller than Mercury — the baby of the solar system since Pluto’s downgrade — they have not spotted one until now. Nearest to the sun, Mercury is about two-fifths the Earth’s diameter; the newly discovered planet and our moon are about a third the size of Earth.

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bor’s cabernet.� The idea is to find out if ocean aging has the potential to change that, he said. “We’ll pull it out in late May and see what the effect of the water temperature, the water pressure and, more interesting to me, the swaying motion of the water does to the wine,� he said. Michael Kaiser, the director of communications for WineAmerica, the National Association of American Wineries, said he had not heard of aging wine in water.


leagues expect the water pressure, temperature and gentle swaying from currents to produce unique effects. He would not specify the depth of the water in which the wine will be submerged. “This is a very exciting thing for me as a winemaker,� said Gustavo Gonzalez, Mira’s winemaker. “When you make wine it’s pretty much the same thing for everybody. You can change it up a bit and see what happens and your cabernet may taste a little bit different from your neigh-


CHARLESTON (AP) — An experiment in the age-old art of winemaking began on Wednesday as a California winery submerged four cases of Cabernet Sauvignon in Charleston Harbor to see how the ocean affects the aging of the wine. Mira Winery of St. Helena, Calif., placed the bottles of wine in yellow steel mesh cages and then submerged them offshore in an undisclosed location. In three months, the wine will be removed and subjected to chemical tests and tasting by experts to see what differences it has from wine aged on land. The winery could produce and sell underwater-aged wine in the future if the trial goes well. While wineries in Europe have experimented in recent years with ocean aging of wine, the idea is novel in the United States, said Jim “Bear� Dyke Jr., the Charleston resident who owns the Napa Valley winery. At least a handful of European wineries have produced underwater-aged wine, some of which has been sold in the U.S. Winemakers have long known wine recovered from sunken ships has a unique taste and the ocean is thought to have something to do with that. Dyke and his col-

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astronomers searching for planets outside our solar system have discovered the tiniest one yet — one that’s about the size of our moon. But hunters for life in the universe will need to poke elsewhere. The new world orbits too close to its sun-like star and is too sizzling to support life. Its surface temperature is an estimated 700 degrees Fahrenheit. It also lacks an atmosphere and water on its rocky surface. University of California, Berkeley astronomer Geoff Marcy, one of the founding fathers of the planethunting field, called the latest find “absolutely mind-boggling.� “This new discovery raises the specter that the universe is jampacked, like jelly beans in a jar, with planets even smaller than Earth,� said Marcy, who had no



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The Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 817 will meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at VFW Post 3034, 1925 Gion St. All Purple Heart recipients and those interested in associate membership are invited. Call (803) 506-3120.

The Sumter Branch NAACP Annual Black History Program will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Mulberry Missionary Baptist Church, 1400 Mulberry Church Road.

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The Pinedale Neighborhood Association will meet at 6 p.m. today at South HOPE Center. Call Ferdinand Burns at (803) 968-4464.

Sumter High School Class of 1974 will hold a reunion meeting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at VFW Post No. 10813, 610 Manning Ave. Call Mechelle Potts at (803) 775-6959.


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The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program will offer free income tax assistance and electronic filing for taxpayers with low to middle incomes. Assistance will be available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through April 10 at the Shepherd’s Center, 24 Council St. You will need: picture ID; Social Security card for all dependents; all W-2s, 1099s and 1098s; all supporting documents if you itemize; and a check for refund to be direct deposited. Call Lynda at (803) 469-8322 or Sandra at (803) 469-2052.

Hillcrest High School Class of 1973 will hold a reunion meeting at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Harry Graham’s Place, corner of Queen Chapel Road and Cannery Road, Dalzell, SC 29040. Call (803) 840-2082.

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Can former NBA star make it in comedy biz? BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH “Upload With Shaquille O’Neal” (10:30 p.m., Tru TV) becomes the latest series to showcase video clips from the Internet. Along the way, it shows that the former NBA star is about as good at being funny as a comedian might be at playing basketball. The notion of the basketball/comedy tradeoff is not entirely novel. In their own way, the Harlem Globetrotters have always combined slapstick stunts with roundball prowess. During the early days of “Saturday Night Live,” singer Paul Simon appeared as a semiregular, and one of his better sketches featured the diminutive Simon playing one-on-one against NBA player (and former ABA star and Globetrotter) Connie Hawkins. It was terrible basketball, but memorable comedy. O’Neal’s series comes closer to “America’s Funniest Home Videos” than “Saturday Night Live.” He and his panel of experts and friends, including Gary Owen and Godfrey, laugh — all the time — at their own jokes, pranks and stunts. Still, if you’re looking for diverting Internet clips and miss Shaquille O’Neal on the basketball court, there are worse ways to pass the time. • “Glory Hounds” (8 p.m., Animal Planet) is such a natural idea for cable TV, I’m

shocked we haven’t seen it before. “Hounds” celebrates the hundreds of dogs that comfort, accompany and assist soldiers on combat missions in Afghanistan. The use of canines in military service is not new. Author Susan Orlean’s 2012 biography of screen legend Rin Tin Tin recalls that the original Tin was a German shepherd discovered in the wreckage of a kennel during World War I. That conflict saw the use of many dogs to ferry supplies, both medical and military. On battlefields strewn with thousands of bodies, it was good to have animals whose keen sense of smell could distinguish the living from the dead. In Afghanistan, dogs are used to sniff out explosive devices and track insurgents. According to “Glory Hounds,” a dog was even used on the team that eventually found Osama bin Laden.

Tonight’s Other Highlights • A trip to a nerd convention on “Community” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG). • The guys reach the semifinals on “American Idol” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-PG). • Cub reporters Rose and Arron make a big discovery on “Zero Hour” (8 p.m., ABC, TVPG). • Ron can’t manage his anger on an hourlong “Parks

and Recreation” (8:30 p.m., NBC, TV-14). • Sarah Shahi (“Fairly Legal”) guest-stars as a terrorfighting femme fatale on “Person of Interest” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14). • The hospital’s terrible financial condition becomes public on “Grey’s Anatomy” (9 p.m., ABC, TV-14). • Miranda Lambert gets the gang to design an outfit for her for free on “Project Runway” (9 p.m., Lifetime). • Charlie dates his daughter’s teacher on “Anger Management” (9:30 p.m., FX, TV14). • “American Greed” (10 p.m., CNBC) profiles a Michigan con man. • Harvey and Jessica bicker about the firm on the season finale of “Suits” (10 p.m., USA).

Cult Choice A handsome striver (Montgomery Clift) abandons his unfortunate girlfriend (Shelley Winters) for a gorgeous rich girl (Elizabeth Taylor) in the 1951 drama “A Place in the Sun” (10 p.m., TCM).

Series Notes Penny’s impressive performance on “The Big Bang Theory” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14) * Caroline worries about Elena on “The Vampire Diaries” (8 p.m., CW, TV-14) * Middle-

school mysteries on “Two and a Half Men” (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14) * Vincent is forced to improvise on “Beauty and the Beast” (9 p.m., CW, TV-PG) * A family retreat on the ranch on “1600 Penn” (9:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) * Two’s a crowd on “Elementary” (10 p.m., CBS, TV14) * A killer’s link to an old case interests the FBI on “Law & Order: SVU” (10 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14) * Explosive developments on “Scandal” (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).

Late Night Mila Kunis, Chris Hardwick and Family of the Year appear on “Conan” (11 p.m., TBS) * John Caparulo, Loni Love and Gary Valentine are booked on “Chelsea Lately” (11 p.m., E!) * Imagine Dragons appears on “Late Show With David Letterman” (11:35 p.m., CBS) * Jay Leno welcomes Arsenio Hall and Tristan Prettyman on “The Tonight Show” (11:35 p.m., NBC) * Kelly Ripa, Elon Musk and the Mowgli’s appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (11:35 p.m., ABC) * Stephen Colbert, Anthony Anderson and James Adomian visit “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (12:35 a.m., NBC) * Craig Ferguson hosts Molly Shannon and Kunal Nayyar on “The Late Late Show” (12:35 a.m., CBS). Copyright 2013, United Feature Syndicate

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Future science: Using 3-D worlds to visualize data CHICAGO (AP) — Take a walk through a human brain? Fly over the surface of Mars? Computer scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago are pushing science fiction closer to reality with a wraparound virtual world where a researcher wearing 3-D glasses can do all that and more. In the system, known as CAVE2, an 8-foot-high screen encircles the viewer 320 degrees. A panorama of images springs from 72 stereoscopic liquid crystal display panels, conveying a dizzying sense of being able to touch what’s not really there. As far back as 1950, sci-fi author Ray Bradbury imagined a children’s nursery that could make bedtime stories disturbingly real. “Star Trek� fans might remember the holodeck as the virtual playground where the fictional Enterprise crew relaxed in fantasy worlds. The Illinois computer scientists have more serious matters in mind when they hand visitors 3-D glasses and a controller called a “wand.� Scientists in many fields today share a common challenge: How to truly understand overwhelming amounts of data. Jason Leigh, coinventor of the CAVE2 virtual reality system, thinks this technology


A soldier and military working dog are seen recently in Afghanistan. Animal Planet embedded four camera crews with front line troops for six weeks to create a television special called “Glory Hounds,� where each crew was assigned to a handler and his dog and the show set out to prove that dogs were more than military “tools.� “Glory Hounds� airs today at 8 p.m. and repeats on Sunday at 9 a.m. BELOW: Air Force Tech. Sgt. Leonard Anderson and a bomb-detecting dog, Azza, an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois, are seen in Afghanistan. See more of this story online at

Special shows glory, trauma of military dogs BY SUE MANNING Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES — It’s been almost seven months since a bomb exploded on a strip of dirt in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Leonard Anderson can only remember a reassuring voice. He has seen the ambush and its aftermath on film, though: The man behind the voice putting a tourniquet on Anderson’s leg as a medic tended to the other, listening to his own cries for help and his dog’s whines of worry. The blast that severely wounded the military dog handler was captured on film by one of four camera crews that were embedded with front line troops last year. The voice that reassured him belonged to Craig Constant, a cameraman for Animal Planet’s “Glory Hounds� TV special, which airs Thursday. It took the network a year to get permission to film the two-hour special, which followed the animals into combat zones where insurgents and buried explosives could be around any bend or under any

pile of dirt. Military dogs are prized targets for Taliban insurgents, Anderson said. They sniff out bombs, making safe passage for troops to follow and saving countless lives. The U.S. Department of Defense calls each dog a piece of equipment, but Constant says they’re much more than that. “They call them tools, and they are not. They are soldiers. They just have four paws instead of two feet. They walk in front of the platoons. It’s a deadly game, and they die all the time. But they save lives by finding IEDs that technology can’t find,� said Constant, referring to the military terminology for improvised explosive devices. Anderson became the handler for an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois named Azza when he asked for

the job as kennel master at the base in Sperwan Ghar, said the 29-yearold who loves animals. The breed is among four — including Dutch shepherd, German shepherd and Labrador retriever — that is commonly used by the military because they are of similar size and temperament, easy to train and enjoy working, said Ron Aiello, president of the U.S. War Dogs Association. Azza became a military dog when she was 3 and detecting explosives was her specialty, said Anderson. On the day of the blast, early morning on July 28, Azza and Anderson were about a mile from the base camp. They didn’t need to go into the field — Ander-

son’s job was to assess daily needs, plot routes and assign teams. But the self-described adrenaline junkie said he couldn’t do his job if he didn’t know where his men and dogs were headed and what they were facing. Constant and his sound technician were about 10 feet behind them when the bomb went off. Military experts who examined the blast site said it was activated by remote control, not set off by touch. But the dog bore the guilt: Constant remembers most vividly the anguished look on her face and her whines. “Azza just looked at him. She had a human face. She was helpless. She was concerned. She was fixated on him,� Constant said. The explosion knocked the camera out of Constant’s hands. He picked it up, planning to film, but dropped it when he saw Anderson. “I don’t know how he survived. There was a 6-foot-by-5-foot crater, and he was right on top of it,� said Constant, who suffered ear drum damage and shrapnel wounds.

answers that challenge. “In the next five years, we anticipate using the CAVE to look at really large-scale data to help scientists make sense of that information. CAVEs are essentially fantastic lenses for bringing data into focus,� Leigh said. The CAVE2 virtual world could change the way doctors are trained and improve patient care, Leigh said. Pharmaceutical researchers could use it to model the way new drugs bind to proteins in the human body. Car designers could virtually “drive� new vehicle designs. Imagine turning massive amounts of data — the forces behind a hurricane, for example — into a simulation that a weather researcher could enlarge and explore from the inside. Architects could walk through their skyscrapers before they are built. Surgeons could rehearse a procedure using data from an individual patient. But the size and expense of room-based virtual reality systems may prove insurmountable barriers to widespread use, said Henry Fuchs, a computer science professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who is familiar with the CAVE technology but wasn’t involved in its development.

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Infrastructure key to agribusiness BY PAMELA P. LACKEY AND DAVID WINKLES South Carolina must get serious about confronting the problem of our declining transportation infrastructure to avoid significant shortand long-term damage to our state’s largest business sector. Agribusiness (which includes agriculture, forestry and timber products) contributes $34 billion to South Carolina’s economy and provides 200,000 jobs. In rural areas, agribusiness is often the primary asset to create jobs, improve per capita income and stimulate growth. The good news is South Carolina is well-positioned to participate in the international marketplace. Looking ahead, the industry is expected to account for $50 billion in economic impact by 2020, with much of the growth resulting from the creation of new export markets. This ability to efficiently transport products to the Port of Charleston will therefore be even more crucial. Agribusiness has always depended upon the ability to connect the farm to the consumer, which means an effective transportation system is imperative. Unfortunately, South Carolina’s rural roads and bridges are declining, making shipping products to market more costly and time consuming. According to the S.C. Department of Transportation, nearly one-third of South Carolina’s primary and interstate highways are in poor or mediocre condition, with approximately half the secondary roads in failing condition. One out of every five bridges in the state is considered deficient.

Our highway system needs far exceed $6 billion in the long term. However, an immediate infusion of an additional $300 million annually can address many of our most pressing critical needs in three areas: •$100 million new dollars annually dedicated to Act 114 “ranked interstate widening,” supplementing the existing federal funds shown in the current Statewide Transportation WINKLES Improvement Program (STIP); •$100 million annually for “replacement of all 420 “load restricted bridges” within five years. After completing the loadLACKEY restricted bridges, these funds would supplement the current federal allocation dedicated by the SCDOT for the replacement/ rehabilitation of the remaining 468 structurally deficient bridges; and •$100 million annually for an Act 114 ranked “statewide resurfacing program,” touching each of the state’s 46 counties. A recent study by the Association of General Contractors estimates that every $1 billion invested in infrastructure would create more than 28,500 jobs in construction, manufacturing and other industries. We do not endorse any specific funding strategy. However, we commend Gov. Nikki Haley for recognizing the critical need to fund our state’s highways and bridges and for identifying possible funding mechanisms and the General Assembly for its review of all funding alternatives.

The SCDOT has developed an initial plan of action, based on traffic count and needs, which we support. We also support expansion of I-26 to facilitate the flow of commerce through the Port of Charleston. With the many needs our state faces, the magnitude of the infrastructure problem is a challenge. But the decision will determine South Carolina’s economic future. Neighboring states, strong agribusiness competitors, recognize the importance of infrastructure investment. Georgia spends $35,000 per mile; North Carolina spends more than $150,000. South Carolina spends an average of $15,000 per mile on roads. We encourage our state leaders to not let this legislative session pass without developing a comprehensive plan to fix our state’s infrastructure, reaffirming South Carolina’s commitment to sustainable economic growth through agribusiness. David Winkles, a family farmer from Oswego in Sumter County, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Clemson University. He is the chairman of the board of Farm Bureau Bank, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, and serves on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Oilseed Trade, a position appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Pamela P. Lackey is president of AT&T South Carolina. In November 2011, she was named the Business Leader of the Year by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the highest award bestowed by the state’s largest business and industry association.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head on state road funding: Gov. Nikki Haley has landed on a good use for most of the $163 million in additional revenue forecast for the coming fiscal year: Use it to repair the state’s crumbling roads and bridges. Unfortunately, her proposal only scratches the surface of a deeply rooted problem. The state needs $29 billion over the next 20 years to get its 41,000 miles of roads and 8,000 bridges in good condition, according to a yearlong study by the Transportation Infrastructure Task Force, a group created by the state Transportation Commission. That’s more than $1 billion a year for the next two decades. Haley’s proposal barely qualifies as a start. And even as she preaches about the dire need to upgrade the state’s road system for the sake of our economic future, she insists that the state’s gasoline tax stay where it has been since 1987 — a flat 16.75 cents a gallon. The numbers just don’t add up, and it’s time lawmakers and the governor recognize it and act on it. ... House Speaker Bobby Harrell comes closer to the mark with a bill to use $100 million in annual sales tax revenue collected on vehicles to pay for roadwork. A House subcommittee amended the bill to use 80 percent for road repair, with the remaining 20 percent staying in the general fund to pay for K-12 education. If lawmakers really want to have an impact with this source of money, they could eliminate the $300 cap on vehicle sales taxes. We’re talking about robbing Peter to pay Paul with this proposal, but at least it would set up a dedicated stream of revenue from a related source: vehicle sales. Haley says she applauds this idea but also wants to use the expected extra money for road repairs. That’s fine, but much more can be done. South Carolina has the fourth-largest state-maintained road system in the country and one of the lowest fuel taxes. The gas tax brings in about $450 million a year. If the tax had been adjusted for inflation since 1987, it would now be 33 cents per gallon. Lawmakers could look at a gasoline tax that would be a percentage of the gasoline sale. That would help combat a problem with the flat tax — no matter how high gasoline prices go, the tax stays the same. With higher gas prices and more efficient vehicles, less gasoline is pumped. A percentage tax would allow the state to collect more money as the price goes up and would help offset lower use. ... Online:

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Do you support rights of all people or are you a hypocrite? All across America, gun control is a topic of heated debates. It’s often said that discussion of a highly controversial issue can reveal people’s true feelings. In short, people openly share their sentiments. Also, they may unconsciously reveal just how hypocritical they can be. The question is, “When is one person’s constitutional right more important than another person’s constitutional right?” The answer, “When it’s my right.” Throughout the gun control debates the Second Amendment is often stated, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The words most often quoted are “Right of the people.” The 15th Amendment states “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged


by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” In this amendment, the words most often quoted are “The rights of citizens.” The Second Amendment says the right of people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The 15th Amendment says the right of citizens to vote shall not be denied or abridged. Is the right of people to own guns more important than the right of citizens to vote? If not, then why, during the last presidential election in November 2012, were there reductions in early voting days, long lines, purging of voting records, intimidation at the polls and the passage of voter ID bills to prevent voter fraud that does not exist. Another issue in these gun control debates is the need for background checks at gun shows. While demanding that law-abiding citizens show a picture ID card to vote, we willing allow citizens, including criminals

and the mentally ill, the freedom to purchase weapons of mass destruction at gun shows without a background check. As I said, there are issues that will reveal how hypocritical people can be. Do you support and advocate for the constitutional rights of all people, or are you a hypocrite? EUGENE R. BATEN Vice chairman, Sumter County Council Sumter

Bible doesn’t contradict proven science The question “How old is the Earth?” has been recently used by liberals to stump conservatives who believe the Biblical record of creation. Science tells us from fossils that the earth is millions and perhaps billions of years old. The Bible tells us that Adam and Eve were created about 6,000 years ago. The key to reconciling these apparent contradictions is found


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in the Bible between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. Genesis 1:1 says that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Period. The Bible does not date when this action of God occurred. The vast geologic ages discovered through fossils, including pre-adamic humans, could have occurred before Genesis 1:2 (known as the Gap Period). Genesis 2:1 says that “The earth was without form and void and darkness was on the face of the deep (flood waters).” The Bible deals only with the current 6,000 years of fallen humanity and is not concerned with what occurred previous to Genesis 1:2. Assuming Genesis 1:3 through Genesis 1:31 occurred within six days, this time of recreation following catastrophic destruction (1:2) is too brief to show up on a geologic time table. The Bible does not contradict proven science. KENNETH FORD Sumter

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WALL from Page A1 The traveling wall gives veterans and others who may not be able to travel to Washington the opportunity to see the memorial up close. Festival-goers in May will be able to see a three-fifths scale representation of the memorial, standing six feet tall in the center and stretching 300 feet end to end, according to Even the model wall can bring out strong emotions in those who see it. Fate said “psychologically-trained” people will be on hand to deal with visitors who become distraught. Based on displays of the wall elsewhere, committee members expect even larger crowds than the Iris Festival usually does, between 8,000 and 20,000 visitors in a fourday period. Kennedy said shuttle buses will run up and down Liberty Street between parking spaces at the Sumter

County Civic Center and the fairgrounds to Swan Lake. “We expect a lot of people with disabilities to come,” Fate said, “and we don’t want people in wheelchairs and on crutches trying to cross that street.” In other news from Tuesday’s city council meeting: • Council approved a contract for landscaping “gateway improvements” on U.S. 15 South and Loring Mill Road at Patriot Parkway. Smoak Irrigation of Pinewood submitted the winning bid of $142,812. • Three lots were approved to be annexed into the city. Owners of 1006, 1012 and 1016 Jan Ave. will begin receiving city services. • Cheryl W. Baker was reappointed to the Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee. Reach Bristow Marchant at (803) 774-1272.

LEGISLATION from Page A1 on us, but we see stuff every day that could be taken away,” he said. Unfunded mandates and dwindling financial assistance from the state have also put the squeeze on local governments, said Watkins, who also said state officials increasingly require local governments to do more without providing funding assistance. Charles Edens, a Sumter County councilman and president of the S.C. Association of Counties, said one of the group’s main goals this year is to combat the limiting of what county governments control. “Our main concern is the erosion of the Home Rule Act,” said Edens, refering to the law that outlines what powers county governments have. “It’s getting to the point where local governments will have no control at all. I’ve got no beef with private industry, but it just seems like every year, one or two more issues are being taken away from county control.” State Rep. David Weeks, D-Sumter, voted against the solid waste bill when it was in the House. He agreed with Watkins, saying he also thinks the law infringes on the Home Rule Act. “County governments are where those

things should be controlled. We elect members of county council to deal with these types of issues,” Weeks said. “The intent is honorable, but for me, this is more about procedure. It just sets up more bureaucracy, and I think county governments are much better suited to handle it.” The legislation is a “tremendous issue” that could be “pretty detrimental” to the authority of county governments, Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon recently said. With the Local Government Fund becoming a dwindling source of cash for counties, anything that dents local coffers could have bigger effects. “We collect fees (from waste collection) to support not only the operation, but also the expansion of any project,” he said. “If we can’t count on that solid stream of funds coming in on an annual basis, you can see how that would be a detriment to the bonds we might have in the future.” Mixon added that legislation such as this one limits strategic planning on the parts of counties, again limiting the powers originally ascribed to them. Reach Nick McCormac at (803) 774-1214.


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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): ARIES (March 21-April 19): the last word in astrology Let situations play out Listen to complaints and naturally and eventually what it is people are eugenia LAST everything will fall into asking for and you’ll have place. A change in your a better idea how to relationships will benefit move forward. Being you in the end, so don’t lament something you oblivious to others will lead to emotional can’t alter. stress. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Visit people you TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Follow your intuition admire or research a culture that you find and you will end up exactly where you’re fascinating. Incorporating ideals you feel akin supposed to be. Share feelings with someone to will enable you to fulfill a dream from long who has common interests. Don’t give in to ago. indulgence. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Make changes GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Steer clear of anyone at home that will secure your reputation and looking for a favor that will deter you from future. Deception and disillusionment are reaching your goals. Leave room to deal with present. Proceed with caution. an issue that arises between you and someone wanting more than you have to offer. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Utilize everything you studied or experienced in the past in order CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don’t hesitate if an to complete a project. An unusual approach to opportunity arises that allows you to mix an old idea will put you in a favorable position. business with pleasure. The better acquainted you are with your colleagues, the further AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Learning and ahead you will get. trying new pastimes will lead to an interesting meeting with someone trying to achieve LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Make whatever similar goals. Closer proximity to others will alterations are necessary to achieve happiness. add comfort, opportunity and joy to your life. Don’t give in to demands being put on you by someone you feel is stifling you. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don’t let anyone talk you in to doing things on too grand a scale. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Put practicality first. Minimizing your job duties will result in higher You may want to overreact to compensate for profits. Contracts should be drawn up and something, but you’re best to keep things signed to keep everyone in check. simple and to the point. Live by your rules.



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TOAL from Page A1 “This will be for everyone in South Carolina,” she said. “We’ve got to pay better attention to public access to information.” Toal, a former lawmaker, also thanked legislators for their decision last year to fund nine new judges to slog away at the state’s backlogged court dockets. In January, lawmakers elected six new Family Court judges and also filled three new Circuit

Court positions. Toal also referenced a recent high court decision that removed docket control from the state’s prosecutors, saying the law that gave solicitors that power was unconstitutional. To hash out a suitable way to handle court scheduling, Toal said she would put together a study committee and appoint two former prosecutors currently serving as legislators.

PUBLIC AGENDA CLARENDON SCHOOL DISTRICT 3 Today, 7 p.m., district office, Turbeville

| Ellie McLeod shares a picture she took of the moon with a halo around it. McLeod comments, “Beautiful sight to see first thing in the morning.”

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Upcoming tests key for Lattimore’s draft potential BY DARRYL SLATER Post and Courier COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s team doctor and orthopedic surgeon, Jeffrey Guy, attended the 2011 NFL scouting combine as a guest of the Carolina Panthers. Though Guy was part of an NFL program designed to educate college football’s doctors on the combine’s medi-

cal examinations, he spent part of his time talking with USC’s players who attended that combine. “One of our kids was kind of upset about (the exams),” Guy said. “He said, ‘I feel like they’re trying to find something.’ He’s right. They are trying to find something.” That is the combine’s overarching goal — trying to find something. With millions of

dollars in draft investments at stake, the combine lets teams obtain tangible data about potential picks. Most public attention focuses on drills, such as the 40-yard LATTIMORE dash, which are now broadcast on live television. But for players recovering from a se-

rious injury, like former USC running back Marcus Lattimore, the most important part of the combine is the more secretive medical exams. “I think that would be the most fascinating thing for the NFL Network to show at the combine,” said Dr. David Geier, an orthopedic surgeon and the Medical University of South Carolina’s director of

sports medicine, who attended the 2005 combine with the St. Louis Rams’ doctors. The combine, and all of its obsessively thorough analysis of players, runs today through Tuesday in Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium. Perhaps no part of it more closely replicates a grocery store produce section than the medical exams. It is SEE LATTIMORE, PAGE B5

Smith’s 3 leads USC past Rebels BY WILLIE T. SMITH III Greenville News

and that’s not what we wanted to do,” Wilson Hall senior Sharp Turner said. “We knew if that happened, it’d put us in a big hole.” The No. 4 lower seeded Barons opened the second quarter with a 5-0 run thanks to a 3-point play by Turner and Tyler Pannell’s basket inside, cutting the deficit to less than 20, but that’s as close as the Barons got. Senior Kyle Duffy’s 3-pointer at the 4:08 mark of the third made it a 38-21 lead for P-G and junior William Kinney’s

COLUMBIA — After his desperation shot at the clock was blocked, University of Mississippi guard Marshall Henderson slugged a door leading to the visiting lockerroom in the Colonial Life Arena three times. Considering the fact that South Carolina claimed a 63-62 win, its first in seven attempts, the Gamecocks will probably pick up the tab. Trailing by six with five minutes remaining, the Gamecocks held Mississippi scoreless. Coupled with a 3-point basket by Eric Smith with 25.1 seconds remaining, SMITH it was enough to give them the win. “I feel good for our kids because they’ve been in the grinder here for three weeks and league play is unforgiving,” said USC coach Frank Martin. There have been so many games this season when the Gamecocks have been on the cusp of winning against a Southeastern Conference opponent. They managed to make it stick against a highly regarded Mississippi squad with defense, which has long been a Martin staple. “Those are things we control,” said Martin. “That’s why a week ago, I was so upset. Energy, enthusiasm, toughness, attention to details, scouting reports – those




Wilson Hall’s Parker McDuffie (14) tries to move past Porter-Gaud senior Michael Byrd, right, during the Cyclones’ 57-34 victory on Wednesday at Sumter County Civic Center in the quarterfinals of the SCISA 3A state tournament.

Cyclones blow by Barons BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER The Wilson Hall boys basketball team had played most of the 3A schools in SCISA this year, but Wednesday was the first time all season head coach Eddie Talley’s squad had seen a team quite like top-seeded Porter-Gaud. “Their matchup zone was very good, and we didn’t shoot the ball real well, but they had a lot to do with that,” the WH coach said of the Cyclones’ 57-34 quarterfinal victory at Sumter County

Civic Center. “They contested shots, so my hats off to them.” The Cyclones (22-3) will face Cardinal Newman at 5 p.m. on Friday in one the 3A semifinals. Porter-Gaud came out with a strong defensive performance in the first half building a 22-point TALLEY lead, 33-22, thanks in large part to a 14-1 second-quarter edge. “We just turned the ball over early in the game and that really got us behind,

Advance tickets available for LS title games BY DENNIS BRUNSON Advance tickets for the South Carolina High School League lower state championship basketball games featuring the boys basketball team from Sumter High School and the Crestwood girls team are on sale at the respective schools. Tickets are $10 per person on both Friday and Saturday. Children age 5 and under are admitted free. Both games will be played at Florence Civic Center. Sumter will take on Goose Creek on Friday for the 4A lower state title beginning at 8:30 p.m. Crestwood will take on Orangeburg-Wilkinson for the 3A lower state crown on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. Two games will be played on Friday and six on Saturday, all of which can be SEE LS GAMES, PAGE B2

Dramatic 1st Daytona 500 practice in new Gen-6 car BY JENNA FRYER The Associated Press


Erik White (23) along with the rest of the Sumter High boys and Crestwood High girls will look to punch their tickets to the state championship this weekend at Florence Civic Center. Advance tickets are on sale now on sale at the schools.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It took all of 15 minutes for NASCAR’s new Gen-6 race car to throw drivers a few curves of its own at the first practice for the Daytona 500. Ryan Newman lost control of his Chevrolet right in front of Carl Edwards and Mark Martin, and all three cars sustained damage. It’s the third time in a week that a wreck has collected Martin, who also suffered damaged cars in a crash started by Matt Kenseth last week and another triggered by Tony Stewart in Saturday night’s exhibition race. Newman had no idea what caused him to spin. “My car came around, I don’t know if it was the air off of Carl’s car or what,’’ he said. “Carl came over and said


Ryan Newman was involved in a wreck on Wednesday during the first practice for Sunday’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

`Hey man.’ I said, `I don’t even know what to tell you yet.’’’ SEE DAYTONA, PAGE B4




BARONS from Page B1 3-pointer at 1:30 mark made it a 41-26 deficit, but the damage had already been done. “It was just one of those nights we didn’t come out on our game and they took advantage of it early and we dug ourselves a hole we couldn’t get out of,” Wilson Hall senior Tyler Pannell said. P-G finished the Barons off with a 14-8 advantage in the final quarter in which Blake Bochette scored the only two field goals for WH while William Kinney and Parker McDuffie each collected two points from the free throw line. No WH player reached double figures. Duffy led the team with eight points including two 3-pointers. Turner had six points to go with four rebounds and William Kinney added five points to go with six rebounds, five assists and two steals. The Barons say goodbye to seven seniors including four starters and finish the year with a 16-10 overall record having captured both the Region II regular-season and tournament titles. “We had a bunch of seniors leading us this year and I know the guys looked up to us; but I know they’ll be able to step up next year and hopefully get the job done,” Duffy said. Wilson Hall made eight of 33 attempts from the floor, including shooting just 3-for-11 from beyond the arc while committing 16 turnovers. Cyclones head coach John Pearson said

he had his team prepared, and for good reason. “Coach Talley is an amazing coach. He hurt us bad a couple of years ago and I don’t underestimate anything he has going on, so we were prepared and we actually did a pretty good job,” Pearson said. “I saw a bunch of kids who bought in, kids who played together, I saw kids who wanted to win,” the Cyclones coach said of Wilson Hall. “And when you have a team like that you worry. We did a little bit of worrying but we were prepared and paid attention to detail.” The Cyclones were led by Angle Skelly’s and Michael Byrd’s quick transition game as both seniors had several early steals to set up easy baskets. Skelly led the team with 18 points, scoring 11 in the first half while Byrd contributed nine of his 13 in the first half as well. KJ James added 10 points and Sterling Smalls contributed nine for the Cyclones. Cyclones junior Michael Preddy was tough inside swatting seven total blocks, including four in the first half as the Barons couldn’t get anything going early in the post. Instead, WH had to settle for forced outside shots and couldn’t get inside the post as every pass was challenged by PG.


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WILSON HALL Turner 6, Brabham 3, Duffy 8, W. Kinney 5, McDuffie 2, Bochette 4, Holstein 2, Pannell 4. PORTER-GAUD Smalls 9, Cochrane 3, Skelly 18, Byrd 13, Lucas 2, James 10, Preddy 2.

SCISA STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS 3A BOYS at Sumter County Civic Center Quarterfinals Wednesday Game 5 -- (U1) Hammond 46, (U4) Heathwood Hall 44 Game 6 -- (U2) Augusta Christian 63, (U6) Orangeburg Prep 57 Game 7 -- (L1) Porter-Gaud 57, (L4) Wilson Hall 34 Game 8 -- (L2) Cardinal Newman 79, (L3) Northwood 63 Semifinals Friday Game 9 -- (U1) Hammond vs. (U2) Augusta Chrsitinan, 8 p.m. Game 10 -- (L1) Porter-Gaud vs. (L2) Cardinal Newman State Championship Saturday Game 11 -- Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, 8 p.m. GIRLS at Sumter County Civic Center Quarterfinals Tuesday Game 5 – (U1) Northwood 72, (U5) Porter-Gaud 44 Game 6 – (U2) Heathwood Hall 68, (U6) Ben Lippen 27 Game 7 -- (L1) Pinewood Prep 73, (L5) Laurence Manning 30 Game 8 – (L2) Hammond 48, (L3) Wilson Hall 20 Semifinals Friday Game 9 -- (U1) Northwood vs. (U2) Heathwood Hall, 6:30 p.m. Game 10 -- (L1) Pinewood Prep vs. (L2) Ham-

mond, 3:30 p.m. State Championship Saturday Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, 6:30 p.m. 2A BOYS Quarterfinals Tuesday at Wilson Hall Game 9 -- (U1) Spartanburg Christian 81, (U4) The King’s Academy 43 Game 10 -- (U2) Palmetto Christian 66, (6) Carolina 38 Game 11 -- (L1) Charleston Collegiate 70, (L5) Spartanburg Day 43 Game 12 -- (L2) Oakbrook Prep beat (L3) Marlboro Semifinals Today at Sumter County Civic Center Game 13 -- (U1) Spartanburg Christian vs. (U2) Palmetto Christian, 5 p.m. Game 14 -- (L1) Charleston Collegiate vs. (L2) Oakbrook Prep, 8 p.m. State Championship Saturday at Sumter County Civic Center Game 15 -- Game 13 Winner vs. Game 14 Winner, 5 p.m. GIRLS at Sumter County Civic Center Semifinals Today Game 13 -- (U1) Richard Winn vs. (U2) Bible Baptist, 6:30 p.m. Game 14 -- (L4) Marlboro vs. (L2) Palmetto Christian, 3:30 p.m. State Championship Saturday Game 15 -- Game 13 Winner vs. Game 14 Winner,

LS GAMES from Page B1 viewed on one ticket. However, if someone leaves the building, they must purchase another ticket. Doors will open at 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Region VI champion Sumter advanced to the lower state finals with a 70-67 overtime victory over North Augusta on Tuesday. The Gamecocks, who are 18-10 on the season, were at home for each of their first three playoff games. They beat Dutch Fork 75-62 in the first round and Bluffton 61-43 in the second round. Goose Creek advanced by beating Ridge View 70-44 on Tuesday. Goose Creek, the Region VII champion with a 21-4 record, was also at home for each of its three playoff games. It beat Beaufort 63-38 in the first round and Aiken 73-64 in the second round. After reaching the third round the past two years only to lose to the eventual state champion, Crestwood reached the lower

5 p.m. 1A BOYS Quarterfinals Tuesday at Orangeburg Prep Game 9 -- (U1) Laurens 47, (U4) Trinity-Collegiate 45 Game 10 -- (U2) Faith Christian 63, (U3) Anderson Christian 40 Game 11 -- (L1) Christian Academy 80, (L5) Wardlaw 58 Game 12 -- (L2) St. John’s Christian 54, (L3) Newberry 37 Semifinals Today at Wilson Hall Game 13 -- (U1) Laurens vs. (U2) Faith Christian, 8 p.m. Game 14 -- (L1) Christian Academy vs. (L2) St. John’s Christian, 5 p.m. State Championship Saturday at Sumter County Civic Center Game 15 -- Game 13 Winner vs. Game 14 Winner, 12:30 p.m. GIRLS Semifinals Today at Wilson Hall Game 13 -- (U1) Lowcountry Prep vs. (U2) Anderson Christian, 3:30 p.m. Game 14 -- (L1) James Island Christian vs. (L2) Trinity-Byrnes, 6:30 p.m. State Championship Saturday at Sumter County Civic Center Game 15 -- Game 13 Winner vs. Game 14 Winner, 11 a.m.

state title game with a 60-49 overtime road victory over North Myrtle Beach on Monday. The Lady Knights, who are 23-5, won home games in the first two rounds, beating Georgetown 46-41 and Hanahan 4737. O-W is 26-1 on the season and advanced to the lower state title game with a 43-29 home victory over Socastee. O-W beat Midland Valley 87-17 in the first round and Myrtle Beach 55-41 in the second round, both at home. Crestwood is on a 17-game winning streak, while O-W has won 16 straight games. The upper state title games will be played at Bi-Lo Center in Greenville on Friday and Saturday. Undefeated and nationally ranked Irmo will meet either Hillcrest or Spring Valley for the 4A upper state boys crown on Friday at 8:30 p.m. Wren and Lower Richland will battle for the 3A girls upper state title on Saturday at 5 p.m. The 4A boys state championship game will be played at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia on Friday at 8:30 p.m. The 3A girls title game will be played at CLA on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

SCHSL STATE BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS BOYS 4A Friday Upper State Championship at Bi-Lo Center (Greenville) Irmo vs. Hillcrest, 8:30 p.m. Lower State Championship at Florence Civic Center Sumter vs. Goose Creek 8:30 p.m. 3A Saturday Upper State Championship at Bi-Lo Center (Greenville) Eastside vs. Daniel 6:30 p.m. Lower State Championship at Florence Civic Center Darlington vs. Hartsville, 6:30 p.m. 2A Wednesday Upper State Newberry 91, Landrum 70 Keenan 86, Indian Land 76 Lower State Silver Bluff 61, Wade Hampton 50 Lake Marion 92, Dillon 75 Saturday Upper State Championship

at Bi-Lo Center (Greenville) Newberry vs. Keenan, 3:30 p.m. Lower State Championship at Florence Civic Center Lake Marion vs. Silver Bluff, 3:30 p.m. 1A Saturday Upper State Championship at Bi-Lo Center (Greenville) Lewisville vs. Christ Church 12:30 p.m. Lower State Championship at Florence Civic Center Whale Branch vs. Carvers Bay, 12:30 p.m. GIRLS 4A Tuesday Third Round Wade Hampton 71, Northwestern 68 Friday Upper State Championship at Bi-Lo Center (Greenville) Dorman vs. Wade Hampton, 7 p.m. Lower State Championship at Florence Civic Center Dutch Fork vs. Aiken, 7 p.m. 3A Second Round

Saturday Upper State Championship at Bi-Lo Center (Greenville) Wren vs. Lower Richland, 5 p.m. Lower State Championship at Florence Civic Center Crestwood vs. Orangeburg-Wilkinson, 5 p.m. 2A Saturday Upper State Championship at Bi-Lo Center (Greenville) Abbeville vs. Keenan 2 p.m. Lower State Championship at Florence Civic Center Kingstree vs. Bishop England, 2 p.m. 1A Third Round Tuesday Upper State McBee 81, Brashier Middle Colllege 50 Saturday Upper State Championship at Bi-Lo Center (Greenville) McCormick vs. McBee, 11 a.m. Lower State Championship at Florence Civic Center Hemingway vs. Timmonsville, 11 a.m.


SCOREBOARD TV, RADIO TODAY 9 a..m. -- LPGA Golf: LPGA Thailand First Found from Chonburi, Thailand (GOLF). 10 a.m. -- NASCAR Racing: Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 Practice from Daytona Beach, Fla. (ESPN2). Noon -- NASCAR Racing: Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 Practice from Daytona Beach, Fla. (SPEED). 1 p.m. -- International Soccer: Europa League Match -Lyon vs. Tottenham (FOX SOCCER). 1 p.m. -- PGA Golf: WGC-Match Play Championship Second-Round Matches from Marana, Ariz. (GOLF). 2 p.m. -- NASCAR Racing: Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duels from Daytona Beach, Fla. (SPEED). 3 p.m. -- International Soccer: Europa League Match -Chelsea vs. Sparta Prague (FOX SOCCER). 6 p.m. -- NASCAR Racing: Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 Practice from Daytona Beach, Fla. (SPEED). 6:05 p.m. -- Talk Show: Sports Talk (WPUB-FM 102.7, WDXY-FM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: Cincinnati at Connecticut (ESPN). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: Georgia at Arkansas (ESPN2). 7 p.m. -- Women’s College Gymnastics: Missouri at Kentucky (ESPNU). 7 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Winnipeg at Carolina (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: Drexel at Delaware (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 7 p.m. -- Women’s College Basketball: Arkansas at Georgia (SPORTSOUTH). 8 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Miami at Chicago (TNT). 9 p.m. -- Women’s College Basketball: Portland at Brigham Young (BYUTV). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: Duke at Virginia Tech (ESPN). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: Iowa at Nebraska (ESPN2). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: California at Oregon (ESPNU). 9 p.m. -- Women’s College Basketball: Gonzaga at Santa Clara (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 9 p.m. -- Women’s College Basketball: Louisiana State at Missouri (SPORTSOUTH). 10:30 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: San Antonio at Los Angeles Clippers (TNT). 11 p.m. -- College Basketball: Brigham Young at St. Mary’s (Calif.) (ESPN2). 11 p.m. -- College Basketball: Stanford at Oregon State (ESPNU).

COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Today EAST CCSU at Bryant, 7 p.m. Drexel at Delaware, 7 p.m. LIU Brooklyn at Mount St. Mary’s, 7 p.m. Monmouth (NJ) at Robert Morris, 7 p.m. Quinnipiac at Sacred Heart, 7 p.m. Wagner at St. Francis (NY), 7 p.m. Fairleigh Dickinson at St. Francis (Pa.), 7 p.m. La Salle at Temple, 7 p.m. Cincinnati vs. UConn at the XL Center, Hartford, Conn., 7 p.m. SOUTH UNC Greensboro at Chattanooga, 7 p.m. Wofford at Georgia Southern, 7 p.m. SC-Upstate at Jacksonville, 7 p.m. N. Kentucky at Kennesaw St., 7 p.m. Lipscomb at Mercer, 7 p.m. ETSU at North Florida, 7 p.m. VMI at Charleston Southern, 7:30 p.m. UALR at FIU, 7:30 p.m. Troy at Louisiana-Lafayette, 8 p.m. South Alabama at Middle Tennessee, 8 p.m. Elon at Samford, 8 p.m. UT-Martin at Tennessee Tech, 8 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at W. Kentucky, 8 p.m. Duke at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. MIDWEST New Orleans at Bowling Green, 7 p.m. Penn St. at Illinois, 8:15 p.m. SOUTHWEST Georgia at Arkansas, 7 p.m. FAU at North Texas, 8 p.m. FAR WEST California at Oregon, 9 p.m. Utah at Colorado, 10 p.m. San Francisco at Loyola Marymount, 10 p.m. San Diego at Portland, 10 p.m. Stanford at Oregon St., 11 p.m. BYU at Saint Mary’s (Cal), 11 p.m. Friday EAST Harvard at Brown, 7 p.m. Princeton at Columbia, 7 p.m. Penn at Cornell, 7 p.m. Dartmouth at Yale, 7 p.m. SOUTH Florida Gulf Coast at Stetson, 7 p.m. MIDWEST N. Dakota St. at Akron, 7 p.m. Saint Louis at Butler, 7 p.m. FAR WEST Stephen F. Austin at Long Beach St., 9 p.m. Saturday EAST Drexel at Towson, Noon Albany (NY) at Fairfield, 1 p.m. Richmond at Fordham, 1 p.m. Monmouth (NJ) at St. Francis (Pa.), 1 p.m. Dayton at UMass, 1 p.m. Canisius at Vermont, 1 p.m. Army at American U., 2 p.m. Manhattan at Buffalo, 2 p.m. New Orleans at NJIT, 2 p.m. Bryant at Quinnipiac, 2 p.m. Oklahoma St. at West Virginia, 2 p.m. Northwestern St. at Niagara, 3 p.m. St. Francis (NY) at Mount St. Mary’s, 3:30 p.m. CCSU at Sacred Heart, 3:30 p.m. Charleston Southern at Rider, 4 p.m. George Washington at Saint Joseph’s, 4 p.m. Georgetown at Syracuse, 4 p.m. Dartmouth at Brown, 6 p.m. Marquette at Villanova, 6 p.m. Penn at Columbia, 7 p.m. Princeton at Cornell, 7 p.m. St. Bonaventure at Duquesne, 7 p.m. VMI at Marist, 7 p.m. Fairleigh Dickinson at Robert Morris, 7 p.m. Boston U. at UMBC, 7 p.m. Harvard at Yale, 8 p.m. Providence at Rutgers, 9 p.m. SOUTH Seton Hall at Louisville, Noon Clemson at Maryland, Noon Longwood at UT-Martin, Noon Southern Miss. at Memphis, 1 p.m. Miami at Wake Forest, 1 p.m. Alabama at LSU, 1:30 p.m. Vanderbilt at Mississippi St., 1:30 p.m. South Carolina at Georgia, 2 p.m. St. Peter’s at Hampton, 2 p.m. Coastal Carolina at W. Carolina, 2 p.m. Lipscomb at Kennesaw St., 2:30 p.m. Montana at Davidson, 3 p.m. SC State at Bethune-Cookman, 4 p.m. Savannah St. at Campbell, 4 p.m. Gardner-Webb at Coll. of Charleston, 4 p.m. Norfolk St. at Delaware St., 4 p.m. William & Mary at George Mason, 4 p.m. Coppin St. at Howard, 4 p.m. Georgia St. at James Madison, 4 p.m. NC A&T at NC Central, 4 p.m. NC State at North Carolina, 4 p.m. Tulsa at UCF, 4 p.m. SE Louisiana at Winthrop, 4 p.m. N. Kentucky at Mercer, 4:30 p.m. SC-Upstate at North Florida, 4:30 p.m. Jacksonville St. at UNC Asheville, 4:30 p.m. Auburn at Mississippi, 5 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Middle Tennessee, 6:30 p.m. Arkansas at Florida, 7 p.m. Furman at Georgia Southern, 7 p.m. Austin Peay at Liberty, 7 p.m. UAB at Marshall, 7 p.m. Delaware at UNC Wilmington, 7 p.m. Elon at Chattanooga, 7:30 p.m. The Citadel at Presbyterian, 7:45 p.m. UNC Greensboro at Samford, 8 p.m. Missouri at Kentucky, 9 p.m. MIDWEST Iona at Indiana St., 11 a.m. Iowa at Nebraska, 1 p.m. Texas Tech at Iowa St., 1:45 p.m.

| VCU at Xavier, 2 p.m. TCU at Kansas, 4 p.m. UConn at DePaul, 8 p.m. SOUTHWEST East Carolina at SMU, 3 p.m. Tennessee at Texas A&M, 4 p.m. Baylor at Oklahoma, 5 p.m. Kansas St. at Texas, 8 p.m. FAR WEST Washington St. at Arizona, 3 p.m. New Mexico at Colorado St., 4 p.m. California at Oregon St., 6 p.m. Creighton at Saint Mary’s (Cal), 6 p.m. Nevada at San Diego St., 6 p.m. San Diego at Gonzaga, 7 p.m. UNLV at Wyoming, 7:30 p.m. Stanford at Oregon, 8 p.m. UTEP at New Mexico St., 9 p.m. Boise St. at Fresno St., 10 p.m. Washington at Arizona St., 11 p.m.

NBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB New York 32 18 .640 – Brooklyn 32 22 .593 2 Boston 28 25 .528 51/2 Philadelphia 22 29 .431 101/2 Toronto 22 32 .407 12 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 36 14 .720 – Atlanta 29 22 .569 71/2 Washington 15 37 .288 22 Orlando 15 38 .283 221/2 Charlotte 13 40 .245 241/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 32 21 .604 – Chicago 31 22 .585 1 Milwaukee 26 26 .500 51/2 Detroit 21 34 .382 12 Cleveland 16 37 .302 16 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 43 12 .782 – Memphis 34 18 .654 71/2 Houston 29 26 .527 14 Dallas 23 29 .442 181/2 New Orleans 19 35 .352 231/2 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 39 14 .736 – Denver 34 21 .618 6 Utah 31 24 .564 9 Portland 25 29 .463 141/2 Minnesota 19 31 .380 181/2 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 39 17 .696 – Golden State 30 23 .566 71/2 L.A. Lakers 25 29 .463 13 Sacramento 19 36 .345 191/2 Phoenix 18 36 .333 20 Tuesday’s Games Charlotte 105, Orlando 92 Toronto 96, Washington 88 Brooklyn 113, Milwaukee 111, OT Memphis 105, Detroit 91 Chicago 96, New Orleans 87 Denver 97, Boston 90 Utah 115, Golden State 101 Phoenix 102, Portland 98 San Antonio 108, Sacramento 102 Wednesday’s Games Detroit at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Memphis at Toronto, 7 p.m. New York at Indiana, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Houston, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Brooklyn at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Miami at Atlanta, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Cleveland, 8 p.m. Orlando at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Phoenix at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Boston at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Today’s Games Miami at Chicago, 8 p.m. San Antonio at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Friday’s Games Chicago at Charlotte, 7 p.m. New York at Toronto, 7 p.m. Detroit at Indiana, 7 p.m. Denver at Washington, 7 p.m. Sacramento at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Houston at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Orlando at Memphis, 8 p.m. Dallas at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Boston at Phoenix, 9 p.m. San Antonio at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Portland at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL STANDINDS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA New Jersey 16 9 3 4 22 42 38 Pittsburgh 16 11 5 0 22 52 38 N.Y. Rangers 15 8 6 1 17 39 38 Philadelphia 17 7 9 1 15 45 49 N.Y. Islanders 16 6 9 1 13 46 57 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Montreal 16 11 4 1 23 46 35 Boston 13 9 2 2 20 37 31 Ottawa 17 9 6 2 20 40 32 Toronto 17 10 7 0 20 48 40 Buffalo 17 6 10 1 13 47 56 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Carolina 14 8 5 1 17 41 40 Tampa Bay 15 8 6 1 17 59 47 Winnipeg 15 6 8 1 13 37 47 Florida 15 4 7 4 12 35 56 Washington 15 5 9 1 11 41 51 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 16 13 0 3 29 55 34 Nashville 17 8 4 5 21 39 38 St. Louis 16 9 6 1 19 53 50 Detroit 16 7 6 3 17 43 48 Columbus 16 4 10 2 10 36 51 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Vancouver 15 8 3 4 20 44 37 Minnesota 15 7 6 2 16 33 38 Edmonton 15 6 6 3 15 36 41 Calgary 14 5 6 3 13 39 51 Colorado 14 6 7 1 13 37 43 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 15 12 2 1 25 53 39 San Jose 15 8 4 3 19 39 34 Phoenix 16 8 6 2 18 44 41 Dallas 16 8 7 1 17 41 43 Los Angeles 14 6 6 2 14 33 37 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Tuesday’s Games Chicago 4, Vancouver 3, SO Winnipeg 2, Buffalo 1 Montreal 3, N.Y. Rangers 1 Ottawa 3, N.Y. Islanders 1 Tampa Bay 4, Toronto 2 San Jose 2, St. Louis 1 Nashville 4, Detroit 3, OT Los Angeles 3, Edmonton 1 Wednesday’s Games Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. St. Louis at Colorado, 10 p.m. Los Angeles at Calgary, 10 p.m. Today’s Games Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m. Florida at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Washington, 7 p.m. Winnipeg at Carolina, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Columbus at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Vancouver at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Minnesota at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. Friday’s Games Florida at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Vancouver at Nashville, 8 p.m. San Jose at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.




Pistons nip struggling Bobcats CHARLOTTE — Greg Monroe scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, stepping up with Brandon Knight on the bench nursing a hyperextended right knee, to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 105-99 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. Knight had 21 points before injuring his knee late in the third quarter. Monroe then took over, finishing with seven rebounds and seven assists as the Pistons denied the Bobcats their first back-to-back wins since November. Jose Calderon finished with 17 points for Detroit. Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 24 points, and Ramon Sessions had 18 points and eight assists. Byron Mullens added 15 points for the Bobcats, who have the worst record in the NBA. The Pistons opened an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the Bobcats cut it to one before Monroe scored on a spinning inside move. Calderon put away the game with a pair of free throws with 21 seconds left The Bobcats are now 20-100 since the start of the 2011-12 season. GRIZZLIES RAPTORS




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Charlotte’s Ramon Sessions (7) drives past Detroit’s Will Bynum (12) and Viacheslav Kravtsov (55) during the first half of the Pistons’ 105-99 victory on Wednesday in Charlotte.

ers powered their way closer to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference by beating the New York Knicks 125-91 on Wednesday night. David West had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Lance Stephenson added 14 points for Indiana (33-21), which pulled within a half-game of the Knicks for second place in the East. The Pacers shot 53 percent from the field, scored a season-high point total

and had a season-best 28 assists against the Atlantic Division leaders. It was Indiana’s largest margin of victory this season and New York’s worst loss. Tyson Chandler led New York with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony, the league’s No. 2 scorer, finished with 15 points on 7-for-21 shooting. From wire reports



Syracuse rolls past Providence 84-59 SYRACUSE, N.Y. — James Southerland scored 20 points, Michael Carter-Williams had 15 points and 12 assists, and No. 8 Syracuse beat Providence 84-59 on Wednesday night. Syracuse (22-4, 10-3 Big East) has won 38 straight home games, the longest active streak in Division I, and moved into a tie with Marquette and No. 11 Georgetown atop the conference standings. Providence (14-12, 6-8) had won four straight Big East games, including triumphs over then-No. 17 Cincinnati and then-No. 21 Notre Dame on Saturday. C.J. Fair had 20 points and 10 rebounds, his ninth double-double of the season, and Brandon Triche scored 14 points for Syracuse. (11) GEORGETOWN DEPAUL

WASHINGTON — D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera

USC from Page B1 are things you control. Teams who believe they can win are unbelievable in those departments.” Strong, physical defense down the stretch, combined with solid offensive rebounding was the key for the Gamecocks as Lakeem Jack-

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New CBA looms over NBA trade discussions BY JON KRAWCZYNSKI The Associated Press

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TORONTO — Zach Randolph had 17 points and 18 rebounds, Mike Conley scored 17 points and the Memphis Grizzlies won their fifth straight game Wednesday, beating the Toronto Raptors 88-82. Toronto’s Rudy Gay came up short against his former team as the Raptors had their five-game winning streak ended. Acquired from Memphis in a threeteam trade on Jan. 30, Gay had 13 points and nine rebounds but struggled with his shooting, making just five of 15 attempts. He also had a gamehigh five turnovers. Tony Allen scored 12 points and Tayshaun Prince had 11 as the Grizzlies won for the eighth time in nine meetings with the Raptors and posted their fourth straight win in Toronto. Alan Anderson scored 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Raptors erased a nine-point deficit to tie the game, but couldn’t take the lead. Amir Johnson scored 16 points and Kyle Lowry had 12 for the Raptors.


away with a 15-4 run at the end of the half. They won their eighth straight on a night when they barely needed marquee player Otto Porter, who scored 11 points and sat out the final 17 minutes after banging his right knee in the first half. (18) OHIO ST. MINNESOTA


Syracuse’s James Southerland, left, looks to pass against Providence’s Josh Fortune during the first half of the Orange’s 84-59 victory on Wednesday in Syracuse, N.Y.

scored a career-high 33 points — the most by any Georgetown player this season — and the No. 11 Hoyas moved back into a tie for first place in the Big East with a 90-66 win over DePaul. Smith-Rivera went 10 for 12 from the field, 8 for 10

son grabbed an offensive rebound down late and then found an open Smith who made the winning basket. “I just noticed Lakeem got a good offensive rebound and I tried to find the open spot. I was open so I just tried to shoot it with confidence and I made the shot…It was the biggest shot I have ever made.” Jackson, who Martin felt did not play well for most of the game, kept

from the free-throw line and made 5 of 6 3-pointers, scoring the most points by a Georgetown freshman in John Thompson III’s nine seasons as coach. Nate Lubick added 15 points, and Jabril Trawick had 13 as the Hoyas pulled

plugging and remembered his coach’s words when he got the offensive rebound. “A lot of times, playing with passion and energy makes a world of difference,” said Jackson. “When everyone is on the same page, everyone is picking each other up, it just helps everyone play harder.” Following the goahead shot, the Gamecocks played hard-nose defense in refusing to let

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas overcame a slow start to score 19 points and No. 18 Ohio State used a 16-0 second-half run to beat Minnesota 71-45 on Wednesday night. Shannon Scott added 11 points and LaQuinton Ross 10 for the Buckeyes (19-7, 9-5 Big Ten), who have won the last six meetings with the Golden Gophers overall and the last six in Columbus. Andre Hollins had 11 points and Oto Osenieks 10 for Minnesota (18-9, 6-8). From wire reports

Mississippi get an easy shot. After USC blocked an attempted shot with 0.9 seconds remaining, Carolina refused to let Rebels guard Marshall Henderson get off a clean shot at the buzzer to end the game. “It is disappointing not to be able to win, regardless of the opponent,” said Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy. “When you happen to be on the road and you’ve kind of

Trade deadline week used to be the busiest of the NBA season, with team executives making deals at a frenzied pace as buyers tried to load up for a playoff run and sellers tried to unload onerous contracts to give them some flexibility for the next season. Something different appears to be taking place this time around. There’s been plenty of talk, but very little action so far with the deadline looming at 3 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday. The big moves that were the STERN hallmarks of trade deadlines past could still be coming. But if they don’t, it could be because teams across the league are bracing for a much harsher economic reality starting next season. The “Super Team’’ era could be over. The new collective bargaining agreement that was born out of last year’s lockout will impose much stiffer penalties for teams that exceed the salary cap. Teams started bracing for it ever since play resumed on Christmas Day in 2011, and the reckoning is just around the corner. Owners are keeping one eye on the court and the other on their wallets. “Every team is watching what it can do and how it can improve its team in connection with the much higher luxury tax,’’ Commissioner David Stern said just before the All-Star break. The new CBA may not be responsible just for slowing down the amount of activity around the trade deadline. The total number of players traded in the week leading up to the deadline was 45 in 2010 and 49 in 2011, according to STATS LLC. Last year, that number dipped to 27. Not one player has been dealt yet this week. When owners and players agreed to a new deal that ended the most recent lockout, the players insisted on not having a hard salary cap that teams could not exceed under any circumstance. In the name of leveling the playing field for big and small-market teams, the owners responded by getting new restrictions put in place to make it as painful as possible for teams who go over the cap to continue doing business that way for any length of time. Under the previous agreement, if a team exceeded the luxury tax level by $4 million, it paid an additional $4 million in tax penalties. If it went over by $14 million, it paid $14 million in penalties. Next season, because of various increases in penalties, that $4 million will cost a team $6 million. And the team that goes over by $14 million will be hit with a $26.25 million bill.

fought your way. We really never got into much of a flow to South Carolina’s credit. It was back and forth, a one or two possession game by both teams. “It seemed like we had the momentum a little bit at the end, we just weren’t able to make plays.” The Gamecocks again did not have a good shooting night, making only 40 percent of their field goals. They

bolstered that by hitting eight of 19 3-pointers, including Smith’s game winner. Carolina also managed to hold the visitors with 37.5 percent from the field (24-64). USC improved to 13-13 overall and 3-10 in league play, while Mississippi fell to 19-7 and 8-5 respectively. The loss deals a blow to the Rebels chances of making the NCAA Tournament.







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Even drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) are still in need of primary sponsors for a number of Sprint Cup races this season.

Right sponsor key for NASCAR’s big names BY DAN GELSTON The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — For sale! Made-for-TV premium ad space on the hood of the car of NASCAR’s most popular driver. Believe it. Even Dale Earnhardt Jr. has coveted sponsorship up for grabs. In fact, his No. 88 Chevrolet lacks a primary sponsor for about onethird of the 36 Sprint Cup races this season. The perfect corporate sponsorship has yet to materialize for Earnhardt and team owner Rick Hendrick. Both are preaching patience, believing the right deal will eventually fall into place, and not a dire sign that big business has soured on NASCAR. “We’re just looking for the right corporations that are a good fit for us, that are long-term, that want to be in the sport for a while,’’

Earnhardt said. “You don’t just take the first guy that comes along.’’ Earnhardt is one of the lucky drivers that can afford to be picky in the race for cash. But Hendrick is not alone when it comes to teams still trying to make all the sponsor pieces fit for a season that opens with Sunday’s Daytona 500. Stewart-Haas Racing — owned and operated by three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart — has about 20 races spread out over three cars that need a top sponsor. Not even NASCAR’s biggest stars are immune from the economic pinch that plagues a sport dependent on Fortune 500 dollars. Earnhardt’s sponsorship dried up when Pepsi, through Diet Mountain Dew and Amp, sliced its sponsorship from 20 races to five in 2013. The National Guard did bolster its

support of the No. 88, going from 16 to 20 races. Earnhardt, who’s made the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship each of the last two seasons, is somewhat hindered in finding the right fit because of conflicts with committed corporate sponsors. For example, his Pepsi deal is the reason he ditched Budweiser when he signed with Hendrick Motorsports for the 2008 season. At Daytona, Earnhardt has the National Guard on the No. 88 for “The Great American Race.’’ His sponsorship deals run low around mid-summer, so there’s time to sign new business partners. Earnhardt is one of the superstar faces of NASCAR. Even as the wins have dried up, he was still voted NASCAR’s most popular driver for each of the last 10 years. He can’t be associated with any fleeting or

cheesy sponsors. “You have to think about what’s good for his image,’’ Hendrick said. “Some of that has stopped us. There’s been a lot of interest.’’ Hendrick announced at Daytona he locked up Lowe’s for five-time champ Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Chevy for 2014. Lowe’s has sponsored Johnson for the first 399 races of his Cup career. With a new paint scheme, Lowe’s again will be on the side of the car for start No. 400 in the Daytona 500. Lowe’s, in fact, is likely one of the biggest sponsor spenders in NASCAR. While most numbers are never publicly announced, NASCAR insiders say it costs about $18 million to $20 million a year to fund an elite driver’s car for a full season. Some of the low-budget teams try and get by on around $5 million.

Plenty of questions await at NFL combine BY MICHAEL MAROT The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Barkevious Mingo is ready for questions he will face this weekend in Indianapolis. Seemingly every NFL team at the annual scouting combine will ask about his relationship with former college teammate Tyrann Mathieu and whether he ever hung out with the troubled cornerback. The answers could make as much difference in Mingo living up to his projection as a first-round draft pick as his time in the 40-yard dash. So the LSU star has left nothing to chance, carving out time to prepare for the 15-minute interviews. “It’s one thing that all the guys that came out from LSU are going to face,’’ Mingo said during a telephone interview. “We know what kind of guy he was and we’re always going to be there for him.’’ Mathieu, a cornerback, and Da’Rick Rogers, a receiver, both were booted off the teams they intended to play for last fall after failing drug tests. Linebacker Alec Ogletree will have to answer for a series of problems that included a suspension for violating team rules early last season, and linebacker Manti Te’o will likely contend with the girlfriend hoax all over again. And those are just the big-name guys. Even today, former Indianapolis


LSU defensive back Barkevious Mingo and more than 300 other potential NFL draft prospects will have to face a number of questions this weekend at the NFL combine.

general manager Bill Polian is skeptical that teams will get the answers needed to make the right choices. “I wouldn’t put any stock into the answers they give you. You know it’s spin. I’m not saying they’re not being truthful, but you have to go through it and figure it out for yourself,’’ he said when asked about the responses

DAYTONA from Page B1 The accident happened as drivers are still adjusting to the new car, a process that has been bumpy so far. Dale Earnhardt Jr. triggered a multi-car accident in January testing, Kenseth started an accident last Friday and the wreck in the exhibition race cut the 19-car field to 12. Edwards was just as vexed as Newman. “I was up close to Ryan and then all of a sudden his car just got a little loose and there was no space,’’ Edwards said. “I could have given him

more space, but I don’t think either one of us really understands why his car got so loose. It was just all of a sudden and he was turned sideways. It’s really interesting and something I’m going to be careful of during the race.’’ Edwards said he believes the finicky cars could contribute to an entertaining seasonopening Daytona 500 on Sunday. “Race cars are supposed to be hard to drive, it’s supposed to be on the edge, you are supposed to be sliding

from players with drug issues or criminal allegations in their past. He later added: “It’s not like what most people would think of a job interview. Here you have agents and advisers involved, and the agent’s idea is ‘Let me give you as little information as possible about this kid until the draft.’’’

around,’’ Edwards said. “We as drivers, it is our responsibility to learn how to drive them. If this (warm) weather stays like this, and we can run cars sideways down the corner and give each other a little bit of room, it’s going to be an awesome 500.’’ Meanwhile, Earnhardt and defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski also had issues in the first practice session, which was paced by two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip. Earnhardt blew an engine, and Keselowski had a fuel system problem that limited his track time.

MARANA, Ariz. —The best 64 golfers in the world got together for the first time this season and a snow fight broke out. In the most bizarre episode of a PGA Tour season already filled with wacky weather, the opening round of the Match Play Championship lasted only 3 1/2 hours Wednesday until it was suspended by a winter storm that covered Dove Mountain with nearly 2 inches of snow. Ten matches had not even started when players were called off the course as slush was starting to form on the greens. Two hours later, there was a blanket of snow as temperatures dipped as low as 33 degrees. The rest of the day was called off. Sergio Garcia, in the leadoff match, had just holed a 10-foot par putt to win the 15th hole and go 2 up over Thongchai Jaidee when play was suspended. JOE GARAGIOLA ENDS BROADCAST CAREER

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Joe Garagiola, the ballplayer-turned-announcer who was honored by the Hall of Fame for his on-air work, is ending his broadcast career after nearly six decades. The 87-year-old Garagiola said GARAGIOLA Wednesday that he’s retiring as a part-time television analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He said goodbye at a 30-minute news conference at the team’s spring training facility, a session marked by his trademark one-liners and a bit of emotion. MORE CONFUSION IN PISTORIUS CASE

PRETORIA, South Africa — The prosecution case against Oscar Pistorius began to unravel Wednesday with revelations of a series of police blunders and the lead investigator’s admission that authorities have no evidence challenging the doubleamputee Olympian’s claim he killed his girlfriend accidentally. Detective Hilton Botha’s often confused testimony left prosecutors rubbing their heads in frustration as he misjudged distances and said testosterone — banned for professional athletes in some cases — was found at the scene, only to be later contradicted by the prosecutor’s office. Police, Botha acknowledged, left a 9 mm slug from the barrage that killed Reeva Steenkamp inside a toilet and lost track of illegal ammunition found inside the house. And the detective himself walked through the crime scene without wearing protective shoe covers, potentially contaminating the area. ARMSTRONG WON’T INTERVIEW WITH USADA

AUSTIN, Texas — Lance Armstrong will not do a tell-all interview under oath with the agency that exposed his performance-enhancing drug use and took his seven Tour de France titles. Wednesday was the latest deadline for Armstrong to decide. After negotiating with the agency for two months, he refused.

“Something went wrong with the fuel system in the car,’’ Keselowski said. “That’s not what you want when you’re in front of the pack because when your car slows down, they’ve got nowhere to go and it could cause a wreck. So we’re going to spend a little extra time to make sure we’ve got whatever it is figured out.’’ Earnhardt had to wait for an engine change, which will send him to the back of the field for Thursday’s qualifying race. “I’m sure there is some logical explanation as to what happened, but, we’ll just put a new

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one in and start at the back of the qualifier and race up through there,’’ Earnhardt said. Waltrip was fastest in the first practice, turning a lap at 198.347 mph. Kasey Kahne led the less-eventful second practice — only 27 of 45 drivers practiced — with a lap at 197.737 mph. It was Danica Patrick who impressed in the second session. She was fourth on the speed chart, but her 10-lap average of 195.775 mph led all drivers. Patrick last Sunday was fastest in qualifying and became the first woman to win a pole in NASCAR’s top Sprint Cup Series.



ERVIN H. HICKMAN Jr. Ervin H. “Bud” Hickman Jr., age 71, beloved husband of Mary Rose “Midge” Hickman, died on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Walterboro, he was the son of the late Ervin H. Hickman, Sr. and Louise Fralix Hickman. Mr. Hickman was educated at Walterboro High School, Carlisle Military HICKMAN Academy in Bamberg, SC and Georgia Tech. He went on to serve in the United States Army. He was the Deputy Chief for Materiel Management, Logistics with the United States Air Forces Central Command at Shaw Air Force Base. Mr. Hickman was a member of the American Legion; Sunset Country Club; the Gamecock Club of the University of South Carolina; president of the Sumter County Gamecock Club; president and on the board of directors of the Sands Beach Club Homeowners Association; and vice president of the Deercreek Homeowners Association. He was recognized as a legendary fan by the Gamecock Club. He was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church and the Wesley Fellowship Class. Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Jamie S. Stanley of Sneads Ferry, N.C., and Courtney A. Singleton of Lake Murray; and two grandchildren, Morgan Elizabeth Stanley and James Edwin Stanley both of Sneads Ferry. In addition to his parents, Mr. Hickman was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Joyce H. Gunnells. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. in Green Lawn Memorial Gardens, Hendersonville Highway, Walterboro, SC 29488 with military honors. Active pallbearers will be Ryland B. Bennett, Jay Brown, Jordan Gardner, Orby Ferguson Jr., John T. Jones Jr., Patrick McFarland, D. Pat Nobles and Gene Seiveno. Honorary pallbearers will be John Copeland and retired Maj. Gen. Thomas Olsen, Dr. Hugh T. Stoddard Jr., Clifton C. Goodwin III, Archie H. Chandler Jr., members of the Wesley Fellowship Class, and the board of directors of the Sumter County Gamecock Club. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bullock Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Aldersgate United Methodist

Church, 211 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 29150. You may sign the family’s guest book at The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements.

CYNTHIA STRICKLAND Cynthia Strickland departed her earthly journey on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Wishard Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind. She was born July 13, 1964, to Fannie Strickland-Jackson. The family is receiving friends at the home, 625 Geddings Road, Sumter. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Sumter Funeral Service Inc. LOUIS G. JOHNSON Jr. Louis Galloway Johnson Jr., of 49 Rast St., entered eternal rest on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born Sept. 4, 1956, in Sumter County, he was a son of the late Louis Galloway Johnson Sr. and Thelma Plowden Johnson. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home of his aunt, Mamie Plowden James, 211 Alexandra Place. Funeral plans will be announced by Community Funeral Home of Sumter. EDWARD JAMES Edward James, of 4980 Silo Road, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. He was born Sept. 22, 1963, in Sumter County, a son of the late Ben and Deloris Johnson James. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home of his brother, the Rev. Richard (Cassandra) James, 135 Sawgrass Court. Funeral plans will be announced by Community Funeral Home of Sumter. MARY J. REMBERT Mary Jenkins Rembert, widow of David Rembert, entered eternal rest on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born Sept. 11, 1923, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late Elijah and Susan Rebecca Ross Jenkins. She received her education in the public schools of Sumter County. She was a faithful member of Church of God By Faith Inc., Sumter, and served as a member of the senior choir, mother, usher boards and missionary ministry. She is survived by her children, David Jenkins of Columbia, the Rev. Joseph (Mary) Rhodes of New Bern, N.C., Titus (Roberta) Rembert

of Wedgefield, and George (Minnie) Rhodes, Charles Rembert and Julia Gaymon, all of Sumter. She was preceded in death by two children, Edna Mae Ford and Earl Jenkins; and a brother, David Jenkins. Viewing for Mrs. Rembert will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of God By Faith Inc. with Elder James Lucas, pastor, the Rev. David Rhodes and Pastor Joseph Rhodes, eulogist. Burial will follow in Hillside Memorial Park. The family is receiving visitors at the home, 439 Loring Drive. Online memorials can be sent to Community Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of these arrangements.

DUSTIN K. KENNEDY Dustin Kyle Kennedy, age 22, died on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Born March 15, 1990, in Sumter, he was a son of Rembert J. Jr. and Nancy H. Kennedy. He was a gunsmith and enjoyed outdoor recreational activities. He will be remembered as a loving son, nephew, cousin and friend. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two aunts, Nancy K. Huett of Mt. Pleasant and Carol King Kennedy of Sumter; and two cousins, Elizabeth Ariel Huett of Savannah, Ga., and Sandra Huett Burke of Mt. Pleasant. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Rembert J. Kennedy Sr. and Dorothy K. Kennedy; and his maternal grandparents, Clifford F. Hopkins and Reba M. Hopkins. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today in the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 2 to 3 p.m. at Bullock Funeral Home. You may sign the family’s guest book at The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements. ROBERT L. BUTLER Jr. MANNING — Robert Lee Butler Jr. died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at his residence in Summerton. Born Sept. 30, 1935, in Summerton, he was a son of the late Robert Lee Sr. and Cora Watson Butler. He attended the public schools of Clarendon County and was a graduate of Scott’s Branch High School. Mr. Butler was a member of Oaks AME Church in Summerton. Survivors include his de-


voted and special friend, Mazie James of Summerton; five sons, Robert Jackson of Columbia, Robert James of Summerton, Anthony Brailsford of Miami, Fla., Tarone (Quiwanna) James of Greenville and Keith (Keisha) James of Manning; four daughters, Loretta Johnson of Philadelphia, Pa., Laronistine (Jerome) Lawson of Rock Hill, Bessie Leonard of Manning and Clara Leonard of Columbia; one brother, Joseph (Annie) Butler of Washington, D.C.; one adopted brother, Gilbert (Diane) Green of Brooklyn, N.Y.; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three aunts, Annie Lee Fulwood, Elenora Miller and Beulah Trusdale, all of Baltimore, Md. He was preceded in death by three children, George McBride, Lester James and Alice Leonard; and one brother, Furman “Doc” Butler. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Oaks AME Church, Summerton. The eulogy will be delivered by the pastor, the Rev. Dr. Raye T. Nelson, assisted by the Rev. Harold O. Wilson, the Rev. Emma Mellerson and the Rev. Dr. Leslie J. Lovett. Interment will follow in Oaks AME Church cemetery. The family is receiving friends at 1244 Jim Ross Road, Summerton. Online condolences may be sent to Flemingdelaine@ Fleming-DeLaine Funeral Home and Chapel of Manning is in charge of services.

MARY R. MAGAZINE Mary Elizabeth Green Magazine, 84, widow of William “Sonny Boy” Magazine, departed this earthly life on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Jan. 13, 1929, in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Elizabeth Reames Green. “Mary Lizzie,” as she was affectionately called by family and friends, attended the public schools of Lee County. She was a lifelong member of Mechanicsville United Methodist Church, where she was an active member of the senior choir and usher’s ministry, until her health declined. She was a dedicated employee at National HealthCare Center for many years prior to retiring. She leaves to cherish fond memories: one daughter, Maggie (Herbert) Pearson; one son, Henry (Lynne) Magazine; one brother, Henry Green; and one brother-inlaw, George Magazine, all of Bishopville; a sister-in-law, Maggie Magazine of Sumter; seven grandchildren, two of whom she raised as her own,


LATTIMORE from Page B1 there, in a secure set of rooms not far from the on-field drills, that players are poked, prodded and questioned about their physical condition as NFL team doctors search for data of their own. Lattimore might have been a firstround pick in April’s draft if not for the right knee injury he suffered Oct. 27 against Tennessee. In a gruesome collision, he dislocated his knee and tore three of its four ligaments. Lattimore has been rehabilitating in Pensacola, Fla., and while he has expressed optimism about his progress in media interviews, he will not participate in drills at the combine or run at USC’s pro day on March 27. Lattimore will interview with teams at the combine, and while everyone he talks to probably will leave impressed by his mature and positive demeanor, the medical exams in Indianapolis and a check-up just before the draft are vastly more important in determining where he will be selected. “The NFL is collectively holding its


Tony Wilson and Gloria Pearson; 13 great-grandchildren; a special godson, John Shaw; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one daughter, Mary Sue Wilson. Funeral services will be held at noon Friday at Mechanicsville United Methodist Church, 184 Lake Ashwood Road, Sumter, with the Rev. Kenneth N. Carter, pastor, eulogist. The family will receive friends at the family home, 1280 Green Lane Road, Bishopville. The remains will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. The funeral procession will leave at 11:30 a.m. from the family home. Floral bearers and pallbearers will be friends of the family. Burial will be in Mechanicsville United Methodist Churchyard cemetery, Sumter. Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at williamsfuneralhome@sc.rr. com. Visit us on the web at Services directed by the staff and management of Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter.

WILLIAM B. BOYLE William Belton “Bill” Boyle, 94, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. Services will be announced by Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, (803) 7759386. ROOSEVELT McQUILLAR BISHOPVILLE — Roosevelt McQuillar, 77, entered eternal rest on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. The family is receiving relatives and friends at 243 Corbett Hill Road, Camden, SC 29202. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, Bishopville. Burial will follow in St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church Memorial Gardens. Condolences can be sent to, (803) 588-9278. Professional service provided by New Life Funeral Services LLC of Bishopville. NATHANIEL NEWBORN Nathaniel Newborn, age 83, died on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter.

| breath to see where he is,” said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. “If he can play next year, even if it’s the second half of the year, that will add to his value. I think a third-round grade is fair for him, because you’re going to get his most production two years down the line.” So where is Lattimore in his recovery? Not surprisingly, Lattimore has said he plans to play in 2013. While Guy said in December that it wasn’t impossible, he said this week that “it’s too early to tell” if it will actually happen. The famous surgeon Dr. James Andrews agreed, though he told USA Today that Lattimore is three months ahead of his rehab schedule and “twice as far along as we ever expected him to be.” “Marcus is on schedule,” Guy said. “I never use the word ‘ahead of schedule.’ He’s doing really well, but when you talk about ligament surgery, the strength of ligaments is based on the concept of re-developing a blood supply. There’s only so much you can do (in rehab) while that’s happening.” With assistance from Andrews, Guy performed Lattimore’s right knee operation. Guy also fixed the anterior cruciate ligament in Lattimore’s left knee in

2011, an injury he completely recovered from before hurting his right knee. Though Guy is not directly supervising Lattimore’s current rehab, he speaks to Lattimore regularly, and Lattimore’s physical therapist sends Guy videos of the rehab process. Guy said Lattimore is approaching the critical four-month anniversary of his Nov. 2 surgery. In the first four months, the surgical grafts in the knee take hold and blood supply ideally improves. The next two months will be when Lattimore increases his leg strength. Because Lattimore is still in the four-month window, his running has been limited to an underwater treadmill. Moreover, Guy said, “we’re a little bit more cautious” with Lattimore’s rehab, because he tore multiple ligaments, not just an ACL. But Lattimore has regained range of motion in his knee, and leg muscle strength. When doctors touch his knee to measure its progress “the knee feels really good,” Guy said. “But the bottom line is, it doesn’t really matter if they feel like he’s ahead of the game,” Guy said. “The (NFL) teams themselves are going to have to make a final decision of whether or not they want him to play.

These teams are not going to draft Marcus and try to hurry him back because they want to try to get him to play. There’s nobody out there right now that could tell you Marcus is going to play in 2013. The jury is out.” Lattimore’s big day NFL organizations are notoriously paranoid about other teams learning their inner workings. But the NFL’s medical community is more open, and that’s on full display at the combine. One of the Panthers’ doctors who attended the 2011 combine with Guy was Dr. Robert B. Anderson, a renowned foot and ankle specialist. Anderson also serves as a consultant for other NFL teams. So when other team doctors noticed a foot or ankle injury during a combine exam, they poked their heads into Anderson’s room and asked his opinion. “In general, they’re just trying to find out the status of all these kids,” Guy said. “All the politics, they let all that stuff happen at other levels.” For Lattimore, the medical exams are scheduled to begin today, with a hospital pre-exam, X-rays and MRIs on both knees. For all 333 players who attend the combine, any body part they ever significantly injured likely will receive an MRI when they arrive.














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MEDICAL OFFICE TRAINEES NEEDED! Train for a career in Healthcare Management! NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! Advanced College gets you job ready! HS Diploma/GED & PC/Internet needed. 1-888-528-5176. HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA FROM HOME. 6-8 weeks. ACCREDITED. Get a diploma. Get a job! No computer needed. FREE brochure. 1-800-264-8330 Benjamin Franklin HS www.diplomafromho

Work Wanted Need X-TRA Cash? Sell Home & Body Oil Fragrances. $45 Kit Special! Triple your $$$ with our $100 kit. We Stock America! Call 803-983-0363. I will sit with elderly or sick. Will provide ref/exp. Call 803-236-3603 for more info.

Statewide Employment RN Case manager Agape' Hospice, SC's largest hospice provider, seeking RN Case Manager for Aiken area. Send resume to EOE Drivers - Regional Flatbed Home Every Weekend 40-45 CPM Full Benefits Must Have Class A CDL Flatbed Training Available 800-992-7863 www.mcelroytruckli LAID OFF? PLANT CLOSING? Need that new job? Call Xtra Mile & enroll in CDL Class-A training today! 1-866-484-6313 / www.extr

MEDICAL CAREERS begin here - Train ONLINE for Allied Health and Medical Management, Job placement assistance. Computer available. financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV authorized, call 888-220-3872 www.CenturaOnlin DRIVERS EXCELLENT HOME TIME! Regional & OTR! GREAT Bnfs/Top PAY! Class A CDL req'd. Paid Orientation/Training! NEW GRADS WELCOME! 1-(888)233-8959 www.cypresstru Experienced OTR Flatbed Drivers earn 50 up to 55 cpm loaded. $1000 sign on to Qualified drivers. Home most weekends. Call: 843-266-3731/www.bulldoghiway. com EOE AIRLINES ARE HIRING -Train for hands on Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified - Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 866-367-2513 DRIVERS - CDL-A $5,000 SIGNON BONUS for exp'd solo OTR drivers & O/O's Tuition reimbursement also available! New Student Pay & Lease Program USA TRUCK 877-521-5775 www.USAT RN and MSW Agape' Hospice seeking FT/PRN RN with Hospice experience and FT/PT licensed Master Social Worker. Competitive pay and great benefits. Send resume to or 803-329-4544. EOE

Help Wanted Full-Time Upscale Salon Seeking Exp. Licensed Cosmetologist & Nail Technicians. 1st month booth rent free. Call 803-938-5348 lv. msg. or 803-847-0710. I would like to find a female who is single & independent to live in a nice home in Sumter. This is to check in on elderly gentleman, who is semi active. Everything is furnished including furniture food, utilities & etc., no cost to you. No drugs, alcohol, or smoking allowed. If interested mail name, address, phone number and character references to Box 298 c//o The Item, PO Box 1677 Sumter SC 29151. Fun Job Travel the US. Call today, start work today. 18 yrs & over. Will train. No exp. Company pays transportation. Earn $400 wkly, commission based. Cash advance while in training in sunny Florida. 803-565-0799 Ms. Alston Mechanics Millwrights Helpers Professional Industrial Installation Company seeking mechanics, millwrights and helpers that independently installs industrial equipment. Operate fork trucks, equipment lifts, and men lifts. He needs to work with stainless steel, carbon and other materials, use hand tools, to install industrial equipment or other equipment.

Will buy furniture by piece or bulk, tools, trailers, lawn mowers, 4 wheelers, etc or almost anything of value Call 983-5364

2 yrs. Experience in industrial installation, have OSHA / other relevant training, ability to read drawings and willingness to work overtime as required and travel 100%.

Estate Sale 65 Carrol Dr Friday 8a-4p & Saturday 8a-2p Furniture, kitchen items, Lg Selection Plus SZ clothing, Hshld Items. Cash Only

The mechanic, millwright and helper is paid based on experience. Email responses to: or Fax to: 678-679-4841

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Gypsum Express Regional hauls for flatbed company driver terminal in Georgetown. Ask about Performance Bonus coming April 1st & more. Melissa 866-317-6556 x6 or

61 Commerce St. Storage units for rent.2nd month half price. Bobby Sisson, 464-2730.

2010 Ford F-150 Truck, 4 dr super crew, XLT 4x4, cloth interior, 43 mil, $23,500, 803-491-4214.

Superior Transportation New Year, New Career Guaranteed Salary! Great Benefits! 3 yrs. Flatbed/stepdeck Exp. Call 800-736-9486 Ext. 266. Medical billing Agape' Senior seeking FT Hospice Biller. Medicare billing and consolo experience a plus, but not required. M-F 8-5. Send resume to EOE WANTED: LIFE AGENTS *Earn $500 a day *Great Agent Benefits *Commissions Paid Daily *Liberal Underwriting *Leads, Leads, Leads LIFE INSURANCE, LICENSE REQUIRED. Call 1-888-713-6020.


FSBO: 3BR/2BA, 1,500 sq ft. Hardwood floors, convenient to schools and shopping. $37,500. Call 775-9116 leave message.

We will arrange financing even if you have been turned down before. Loans available for no credit, bad credit, 1st Time Buyers & Bankruptcy buyers. No co-signers needed. Call Mr. Ashley Brown at 803-926-3235

3BR/1.5BA, 4th BR or office. Utility Rm, Screened porch, carport. Approx 1400 sq ft.heated area. 1840 Georgianna $79,900. Day 491-4026, after 3pm 983-2271

141 Anderson St. Freshly painted inside & out. New carpet. C/H/A, Financing available.775-4391, 464-5960

Drivers - Class A Flatbed HOME EVERY WEEKEND! Pay $0.37/mi. Both ways, FULL BENEFITS, Requires 1 year OTR Flatbed experience. 800-572-5489 x 227, SunBelt Transport, Jacksonville, FL. Insurance agency needs motivated individuals to run pre-set appointments (15-20 per week around state). Great income! We'll train! Must obtain insurance license. Email: Company Drivers: $2500 SignOn Bonus! Super Service is hiring solo and team drivers. Excellent hometime options. CDL-A required. Recent Graduates with CDL-A welcome. Call 888-691-4472 or apply online at

411 N. Magnolia, Completely renovated. Garage, workshop & shed. C/H/A. Financing Available. 775-4391/ 464-5960 AUCTION 523 Benton Drive 5 BR,2.5 BA, LR, DR, Den, Sunroom, Carport. Bid online beginning 2/12 or live on 2/23. for details and bidding. Rafe Dixon, SCAL 4059

RENTALS Unfurnished Apartments W. Calhoun 2BR//1.5BA, newly renovated. Full kit, C//H//A. water incl, $495. Prudential 774-7368. 107 N. Salem Ave. 1Br, pvt. patio, full kitch, new carpet, C/H/A, $435/mo. Prudential 774-7368. Holly Court Apartments located in Manning S.C, has two bedrooms for rent. Water & Sewer included. We are now offering a MOVE IN SPECIAL. Please call (803) 435-8786, or email management at

Unfurnished Homes 3BR/2 full bath, brick home with carport. $750/mo + $700/dep. 803-968-1163 Waterfront 2BR home at Lake Marion. Private dock, boat ramp, deep water, carport. $900/mo. Call 570-301-3322 Recently renovated BRICK 3BR//2BA 2.5 acres, new roof, tankless water heater, tiles floors in kitchen//bath, etc. On N. St. Paul Church Rd. LEASE $625 mo. or for sale $89,900. Call 803-464-5872 Spacious, nice 2BR in safe area. Convenient to Shaw/Sumter. Dumpster, Water, Heat pump & Sec lights included. No H/A or PETS! $465/mo + $300/dep. 803-983-0043

Mobile Home Rentals American MHP, 2 & 3/BRs, lot rentals, water/sewer/garbage pkup inc'd. Sec. 8 ok. 803-494-4300.

Oaklawn MHP: 2 BR M.H.'s, water/sewer/garbage pk-up incl'd. RV parking avail. Call 494-8350

3600 Dallas: Dalzell, 3BR, 1.5BA. Big Lot. Big storage & work area. Financing Available. 775-4391, 464-5960 Use Your Tax Money For A Down Payment Recently Foreclosed, Special Financing Available, Any Credit, Any Income, 3BR/1BA, 1290SqFt, located at 3133 Pleasant Grove Rd, Lynchburg, $24,900. Visit\ ABX. Drive by then call (800) 292-1550

Manufactured Housing For Sale: 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, land. $350 month. Call 494-5090. Pre-owned Manufactured Homes for sale. 2, 3, 4 & 5 Bedroom homes at wholesale prices. Call 803-614-1165. 1998 14x50, 2 br, 1 ba, $6500 OBO.C//H//A.Windsor City or can move. $6,500 OBO. 469-6973. BAD CREDIT, NO CREDIT Tax Season is here. We have 2-3-4-5 bedroom homes. We have a layaway program & in home financing so you BUY HERE AND PAY HERE! CALL 843-389-4215

Farms & Acreage For Sale By Owner 5 ac. Owner Financing. 803-427-3888.


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2011 24 ft Bentley pontoon boat, 115 hp Mercury 4 stroke w/ Wesco trailer. $17,500. Call 495-2107.

2 & 3 BRs 803-494-4015

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Scenic Lake. 2 Br/2Ba. & 3BR /2BA. No pets. Call between 9am 5pm: (803) 499-1500.

Vacation Rentals ADVERTISE YOUR VACATION PROPERTY to more the 2.6 million South Carolina newspaper readers. Your 25-word classified ad will appear in 112 S.C. newspapers for only $375. Call Jimmie Haynes at the South Carolina Newspaper Network, 1-888-727-7377

1,054 acres available for Hunting Lease (Lynchburg, SC). Call 704-622-6096

TRANSPORTATION Vans / Trucks / Buses 2000 Ford Explorer LXT, all power. Exc. cond. $3,000 OBO. Call 803-406-7532

On the lot financing No credit check Free warranty Hair's Auto Sales Inc. 4835 Pinewood Rd. 803-452-6020

3210 Broad St, 803-494-4275 A Guaranteed Credit Approval AUTO LOANS

A Drivers needed. Van & Freight. 8 - 10 days out. 48 hours. Choice of benefit 800-333-9291 www.veriha.

ADVERTISE YOUR DRIVER JOBS in 112 S.C. newspapers for only $375. Your 25-word classified ad will reach more than 2.6 million readers. Call Jimmie Haynes at the S.C. Newspaper Network, 1-888-727-7377.

Over 150 Cars less than $5,000. WHY GO TO THE AUCTION? Price Is Right Auto Sales

Homes for Sale

Apply Now, 13 drivers top 5% pay & benefits credential, fuel, & referral bonus. Avail Class A CDL required. 877-258-8782 Class Refrig Home plays. com

09 Dodge Ram 4dr $13,995

Autos For Sale

OPEN Ernest Baker Auto Sales & Equip. Located 3349 N. Main St 5.5 miles from 378 overpass at N. Main., on Hwy 15 N. next to Baker Mini Warehouse. Remember Cars are like Eggs, Cheaper in the Country!!! 803-469-9294



Abandon Vehicle / Boat Abandoned Vehicle Notice: The following vehicle was abandoned at A & T Auto Sales, 912 Manning Ave. Sumter, SC. Described as a 1999 Chevy Prizm, VIN #1Y1SK5286XZ447193. Total due for storage and repairs is $1875.00 as of February 19, 2013 plus $35 per day thereafter. Owner is asked to call 803-775-2835. If not claimed in 30 days, it will be turned over to the Magistrate's Office for public sale.

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