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Killing suspect’s attorneys question evidence search Fathers need to take spiritual lead at home


t’s Father’s Day this Sunday, and I get to use print space to do what we all should do — recognize the patriarchs around us, honoring them for their contributions to our lives. I also get to brag on my own father, Frank. It was he who taught me the subtle differences in the body style of a ’65 and a ’66 Ford Mustang; who helped me win top prize in my third-grade Valentine’s Day box competition by installing working electric lights; who taught me how to execute a suplex a la professional wrestling (read: “wrasslin”). He is a great dad whose hands have the weathered look of a man who has worked hard to support his family for many years. Most churches will recognize fathers this Sunday by having them stand while the congregation applauds or perhaps presenting the oldest or newest dad with a small present. This is entirely appropriate because most religious organizations laud the presence of a father in the family. They are the head of the family, the one charged with the spiritual upkeep of the home. Happy Father’s Day to the dad who works tirelessly for the spiritual fortitude of his family. There is another group who bears the same load as fathers yet doesn’t get recognized the second Sunday in June. They won’t receive cards, tacky neckties or gift certificates like the rest of fathers. This Sunday will likely come and go without acknowledgement of their efforts to spiritually energize their home. They are mothers. And not just single mothers, where the father is physically absent in a home. Some of the women forced to be the spiritual leaders in their home have been married for decades but are basically single once they pass the threshold of a house of worship. Yoked with the bulk of spiritual education and installation, they get up on Sunday morning and get themselves and the kids ready while their husband shirks his responsibility as a the spiritual leader in their home. It may seem harsh to say, but these fathers, while they may love their families dearly, are doing a serious injustice to their wives and children, not to mention to themselves. Those of us who hold our SEE FAITH MATTERS, PAGE A12

BY ROBERT J. BAKER A 37-year-old man facing capital murder charges in Newport News, Va., is challenging evidence against him found at his parents’ home in Alcolu shortly after his arrest there in 2011.

home on Aug. 20, 2011. One day earlier, Ragin had been charged in the stabbing deaths of his wife, Crystal Ragin, and her three children — Sierra, 15; La’Kwan, 10; and Rasheed, 6. A 32-year-old Army veteran of Fort Eustis, Va., Crystal Ragin, a Bishop-


ville native serving in the military at Fort Eustis in Newport News, and her three children were killed sometime overnight between Aug. 18 and Aug. 19, 2011. Their apartment on Old Courthouse Way was then set on fire, and their SEE RAGIN, PAGE A10

League celebrates 40 years Double Dutch competition back in Sumter BY IVY MOORE


Grace Gaulke, an art teacher at Willow Drive Elementary School, raises her hands in triumph after seeing the last child picked up by a parent on Thursday, Sumter School District’s last day of school. BELOW: Yolanda Burl, a business teacher at Crestwood High School, enters in the final grades for her students on Thursday.

A teacher at Crestwood High School wheels a cart full of Spanish books to be stored for the next year. Many teachers in Sumter School District have been packing up their supplies since school let out for the summer.

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Area residents will be able to watch the best Double Dutch rope jumpers from across the country and the world this weekend as they compete at the Sumter County Civic Center. It’s the 40th anniversary of the American Double Dutch League, so the level of competition should be more intense than usual — and that’s pretty intense, according to Jean Ford, chairwoman of the League’s governing board. Ford is also the director of Operations and Programs for the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Sumter, which will have its team in the competition. The opening banquet is set for Thursday, when there will be several individuals honored for their contributions to the League. “We plan to have special presentations to four of the founders at the banquet,” Ford said, “and the president of the World Jump Rope Association will be there on Saturday morning to present an award to the American Double Dutch League for 40 years of positive youth programming.” This year’s tournament had been planned for New York City, where the sport was formally organized and started; however, Ford said, “Because of the storms up there, several of our venues SEE DOUBLE DUTCH, PAGE A10


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Elks Lodge to present Flag Day ceremony BY IVY MOORE Sumter Elks Lodge No. 855 invites the public to its annual Flag Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday at the lodge, 1100 W. Liberty St. According to Jeanette Roveri of the Lodge, “The Flag Day Ceremony represents the Elks’ dedication to patriotic service and seeks to promote knowledge of and respect for the American Flag and all that it represents.” During the ceremony, Boy Scout Troop No. 332 will present all the different United States flags from the past. “This most patriotic salute to our nation’s banner is an impressive ceremony ... at a time when all Americans should reflect on the foundations of our nation’s freedoms,” Roveri said. It was June 14, 1777, when the Continental Congress replaced the Grand Union flag associated with England with a new banner with new symbols.

The flag is credited by many to Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross. It is sometimes referred to as Old Glory or the Star-Spangled Banner. Flag Day was proposed in 1886 by Bernard Cigrand of the Chicago Argus newspaper; President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed a nationwide observance of the flag on June 14, 1916, but it was not until Aug. 3, 1949, that President Harry S. Truman, an Elk, signed an act of Congress making Flag Day an annual observance. Following Friday’s 11 a.m. ceremony, a complimentary lunch of hot dogs and bratwurst will be provided to those attending. “The members of the Sumter Elks Lodge No. 855 are dedicated to continuing this patriotic observance and welcome all citizens to join us in celebration of the American flag and the freedoms it represents,” Roveri said. For more information, call Roveri at (803) 840-3770.

CELEBRATE FLAG DAY WITH PROPER FLAG ETIQUETTE The federal flag code says the universal custom is to display the U.S. flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in the open, but when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. Also, the U.S. flag should not be displayed when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed. DISPLAYING THE FLAG: On same staff: U.S. flag at peak, above any other flag. Grouped: U.S. flag goes to its own right. Flags of other nations are flown at same height. Marching: U.S. flag to marcher’s right (observer’s left). On speaker’s platform: When displayed with a speaker’s platform, it must be above and behind the speaker. If mounted on a staff it is on the speaker’s right. Decoration: Never use the flag for decoration. Use bunting with the blue on top, then white, then red. Salute: All persons present in uniform should render the military salute. Members of the armed forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute. All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, or if applicable, remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.

Half staff: On special days, the flag may be flown at half-staff. On Memorial Day it is flown at half-staff until noon and then raised. • Do not let the flag touch the ground. • Do not fly flag upside down unless there is an emergency. • Do not carry the flag flat or carry things in it. • Do not use the flag as clothing. • Do not store the flag where it can get dirty. • Do not use it as a cover. • Do not fasten it or tie it back. Always allow it to fall free. • Do not draw on or otherwise mark the flag. FLAG DISPOSAL: 1. The flag should be folded in its customary manner. 2. It is important that the fire be fairly large and of sufficient intensity to ensure complete burning of the flag. 3. Place the flag on the fire. 4. The individual(s) can come to attention, salute the flag, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and have a brief period of silent reflection. 5. After the flag is completely consumed, the fire should then be safely extinguished and the ashes buried. 6. Make sure you are conforming to local/state fire codes or ordinances. Source: Veterans of Foreign Wars,

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New chair: GOP to repay debt before elections COLUMBIA — Before the 2014 elections, South Carolina’s Republican Party will pay off hundreds of thousands in debt it incurred fighting the removal of hundreds of candidates from ballots last year, the GOP’s new chairman said Tuesday. State Republicans could have actually repaid the more than $300,000 already, Chairman Matt Moore told reporters at the party’s Columbia headquarters, but leaders opted instead to focus on immediate needs, such as winning a special U.S. House election. Last month, South Carolina’s GOP spent about $200,000 on Mark Sanford’s victory in a special election for the congressional seat he held before becoming governor. The seat opened up when Republican Tim Scott was appointed to become a U.S. senator, and Moore said ensuring the seat stayed in GOP hands outweighed the importance of quickly repaying any party debt.

Man gets 30 years in Spartanburg killing SPARTANBURG — A Virgin Islands man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing a Spartanburg college student last year. Twenty-two-year-old Sama Chaka Quinland of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing and shooting death of 19-year-old DeAndre Fulton-Smith. Attorneys said Quinland attacked Smith after learning that Smith was a man, rather than the woman he expected for a sexual encounter. Smith was found dead in his apartment near Spartanburg Community College on July 25.

Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark presents a check for more than $7,600 to Sumter Crime Stoppers at the group’s board meeting Tuesday. Crime Stoppers Treasurer Cheryl Baker accepted the check.


Money raised during Police Week goes to Crime Stoppers’ reward fund BY BRISTOW MARCHANT Money raised last month in the name of fallen law enforcement officers will go back toward the cause of fighting crime. On Tuesday, Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark presented a check for $7,679.15 to Sumter Crime Stoppers. The money was raised last month from several events organized by the Sumter Police Department as part of National Police Week. The national observance the week of May 12-18 featured several fundraisers across Sumter by the department. All of the money will go into Crime Stoppers’ reward fund, which is paid to members of the public when they provide information leading to a break in a case, such as an arrest or the recovery of stolen property. Board members at Tuesday’s Crime Stoppers meeting said the donation will be a great addition to the organization’s resources. “This is much needed,” said Marie Hodge, secretary of

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Sumter Crime Stoppers. Hodge said the police department’s donation is one of the larger single donations they’ve received since the group stopped holding its regular telethon. “That used to raise $15,000 to $20,000,” she said. “We hope to be able to reinstate that.” Sumter’s chapter of the Crime Stoppers program was the first one chartered in South Carolina, starting with a proclamation from then-Gov. Dick Riley. Since then, tips to the Crime Stoppers hotline at (803) 436-2718 have resulted in the recovery of an estimated $5 million in drugs and stolen property. “A lot of the other (Crime Stoppers programs) in the state are patterned after ours,” said board member Talmadge Tobias. Crime Stoppers treasurer Cheryl Baker said it’s appropriate the money raised during Police Week, which honors officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, would go back to supporting local law enforcement. “The police are the ones who provided all this effort,

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Staff Sgt. Gerald Richardson gives blood recently during the third annual Chuck Nesbitt Memorial Blood Drive.

and this goes to assist them with crime prevention,” she said. Likewise, Roark gave credit to his officers for collecting the money. “Our Crime Prevention Unit took care of the golf tournament,” the chief said in presenting the check, “Investigations did the (5K) run, and our training division did the pistol match.” Sunset Country Club hosted the four-man Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament on May 13, and several law enforcement

officers participated in a pistol match at the police firing range May 15. About 118 runners from across the state signed up for the Hot Pursuit 5K run May 18 at the Sumter Family YMCA, and about 300 people participated in all the Police Week events. In addition to raising money, the third annual Chuck Nesbitt Blood Drive collected 97 units of blood at Sumter County Library on May 17. This year’s blood drive surpassed last year’s total of 69 units donated to the Red Cross, which could save an estimated 291 lives. The blood drive was held in memory of Cpl. Chuck Nesbitt Jr. A 10-year veteran of the Sumter Police Department, Nesbitt died in the line of duty in January 2011, when Nesbitt’s Ford Crown Victoria collided with another car on U.S. 521 near Rembert while he was returning from transporting a prisoner. Donations to the Crime Stoppers’ reward fund can be made c/o Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce, 32 E. Calhoun St., Sumter, SC 29150.

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1ST COMMANDER’S CALL Maj. Gen. Jake Polumbo talks to 9th Air Force airmen at the Carolina Skies Club on Shaw Air Force Base on Friday during his first commander’s call as 9th Air Force leader. He told airmen that with respect, leadership and positive attitudes, the 9th Air Force will succeed during times of fiscal uncertainty.



Christopher Fickens, 40, of 4210 Queens Chapel Road, Sumter, was arrested May 21 and charged with first-degree assault and battery and failure to stop for blue lights. A warrant issued Jan. 10 alleges Fickens stole eight decks of cards on Dec. 22, 2012, from Family Dollar and that when leaving the store parking lot, he attempted to run over a store employee trying to get his tag number. Fickens then disregarded a stop light and almost struck another vehicle. When a deputy attempted to stop him, he fled. Joel C. Poston, 26, of 455 McAllister Mill Road, Scranton, was charged about 3:08 p.m. Friday with trafficking 28 grams or more of ice, crank or crack at a business in the 10000 block of Lynches River Road in Lynchburg. As Poston exited his vehicle to get paperwork during a traffic stop, and while deputies checked his license, the suspect turned and began chewing what appeared to be crack cocaine. Asked to open his mouth, Poston began to swallow, but a deputy squeezed his throat to keep him from taking what could have been a fatal dose. After a brief struggle, about 2 grams were recovered, according to reports. Poston refused medical treatment.

Matthew Lee James, 64, of 3670 Myrtle Beach Highway, Sumter, was arrested Sunday and charged with criminal domestic violence pursuant to a warrant issued June 5. The warrant alleges that on May 19, the suspect threatened his wife and shoved her. She was transported by Sumter County Emergency Medical Services to Tuomey Regional Medical Center for injuries sustained in the incident. Richard Robert Dantzler, 27, of 46 Blueberry Trail, St. Matthews, was arrested June 7 and charged with first-degree burglary. A warrant issued the same day alleges the suspect was seen entering a home in the 6000 block of Nakia Drive, Rembert, by forcing open a window. FAILURE TO REGISTER:

Christopher O. McFadden, 39, formerly of 15 Burgess Court, is wanted by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office for failure to register as a sex offender, first offense. According to reports, McFadden failed to report to the sheriff’s office at 10 a.m. June 4 as scheduled. Deputies checked at his listed address, and the current tenant said McFadden had not lived there for at least three months. STOLEN PROPERTY:

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| copper wire power cords were reportedly stolen off four portable electric motors in the 3300 block of Old Manning Road at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday. The items are valued at $1,000. Two flat-screen TVs were reportedly stolen from a home in the 3300 block of Black River Road in Dalzell at 7:58 p.m. Thursday. The TVs are valued at $800. A green sofa and love seat were reported stolen from a storage unit on the 800 block of Myrtle Beach Highway at 8:08 p.m. Tuesday. The items are valued at $700. A wallet containing $700 in cash, four Social Security cards, four birth certificates, an ID card, two debit cards, a house key and other documents was reportedly stolen from a public bathroom in the 100 block of North Magnolia Street between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. A 32-inch flat-screen TV was reportedly stolen from the 3200 block of Authority Lane between 12:30 and 2 p.m. Tuesday. The TV is valued at $500. The following weapons were reportedly taken from a locked gun cabinet in a shop in the 400 block of East Fulton Manning Road, Pinewood, about 5:56 p.m. Sunday: an H&R handgun valued at $250; a Smith & Wesson hand-

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ton Model 870 pump-action shotgun valued at $850; an F.I.F. Corporation 12-gauge side/side double-barrel shotgun valued at $450, a Remington 30/06 caliber semi-automatic rifle valued at $850; and a 20gauge shotgun valued at $200. The back door of the garage was kicked in, causing an estimated $100 in damage. A 2012 red Toyota Camry valued at $27,000, a 48-inch Panasonic flatscreen TV valued at $500, a .45-caliber HiPoint pistol valued at $150 and a generator valued at $3,000 were reportedly taken between 4:30 and 5 a.m. Sunday

from a home in the third block of Antrim Court, Sumter. A red Bianca bicycle and a purple girls bicycle valued at $2,100 were reportedly taken from a storage shed about 12:29 p.m. Sunday in the 2000 block of Kingsbury Drive, Sumter. The shed also sustained vandalism causing an estimated $200 in damage. VANDALISM:

The windows, head and tail lights were broken and all four tires were reported slashed on a car in the 1100 block of Pulpit Street at 3:46 p.m. Wednesday. The damage is estimated at $3,234.56.



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Comedy ends SLT season ‘Visiting Mr. Green’ explores relationships BY IVY MOORE The Sumter Little Theatre’s final play of the season requires two accomplished actors, and Director Eric Bultman says he’s got them in David Brown and Trey Hobbs. “‘Visiting Mr. Green’ is a two-character, twoact play,” he said. “The difficulties of a play with only two characters is that these two actors have to carry the play. They’re on stage all the time.” Hobbs, Bultman said, was an SLT Theatre School student who grew up in Sumter and went to Sumter High School. He was in “Wiley and the Hairy Man” and “I Hate Hamlet.” Hobbs is currently in the graduate program at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where he has finished

the first year toward a master of fine arts degree in acting. “He and I worked together over at USC a couple of times,” Bultman said. “We did two Shakespeare plays. We were in ‘The Tempest,’ and last summer we did ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ Trey played Demetrius. Trey said he likes ‘Visiting Mr. Green’ because the characters are so well defined, it’s a challenge an actor wants, to be able to play a character like this.” Brown has been acting at SLT for years; among his many notable roles have been Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman,” Mushnik in “Little Shop of Horrors,” the rabbi in “Fiddler on the Roof” and Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “David is so committed and excited about this part, and he brings

Mr. Green is comforted by Ross Gardiner in this scene from SLT’s “Visiting Mr. Green.” Actors David Brown, left, and Trey Hobbs star in the award-winning two-character comedy that closes the 2013-14 season. The play opens Thursday.


Trey Hobbs, left, a young American Express executive who has been given community service for almost running over the elderly Mr. Green, played by David Brown, reacts as Mr. Green tells some of his life experiences. They appear in the Sumter Little Theatre comedy “Visiting Mr. Green.”

so much insight and talent to the role,” Bultman said. “He and Trey play so well off each other. ...” Brown plays “the irascible, elderly Mr. Green,” while Hobbs is Ross Gardiner, a young American Express executive. “It is a story about two people from very different backgrounds who are brought together because of a near tragedy, and as they get to know each other, they discover some definite similarities. They’re both Jewish, and they’re experiencing loss, more specifically for Mr. Green because he’s recently lost his wife of 59 years. Ross is estranged from his family and alone, single and without companionship. At one point he says he hasn’t kissed anyone in four years.” But it’s their differences that really drive the play, Bultman said. Gardiner and Mr. Green have been thrown together because of a near traffic accident. “Ross has to slam on brakes to avoid hitting Mr. Green, when he walks out into traffic in Manhattan,” Bultman said. “Mr. Green is so startled he falls, or he may have even passed out.” Charged with reckless driving, Gardiner is sentenced to community service, which requires

his “Visiting Mr. Green” once a week for six months. In this comedy, “Every scene starts with this knock on the door, the arrival of the visitor,” Bultman said. “Knocking is as much a part of Ross’ character as is his dialogue. At first, it’s an aggressive knock, and he says, ‘I’m here, I’m late, let’s get this thing going!’ As the scenes progress, as the time moves forward, the knocks are sometimes a little tentative, or they’re louder to try to make sure Mr. Green is in there and he’s OK. Many times, Mr. Green doesn’t even lock his front door, so Ross is able to just walk right in.” The relationship

grows over time, Bultman said. “From the end of the first act into the second act, it’s about these two men and their differences, and the challenge for each of them is trying to understand each other, to still remain friends, because by the end of the first act, they’re friends.” However, at the end of Act I, Ross imparts some information to Mr. Green that endangers that friendship. The tension at the beginning of Act II is very evident, Bultman said. At the same time, he said, “The play is very funny. Mr. Green is an irascible old man, who hasn’t kept up with technology, so much of the

humor lies in misunderstandings.” “Visiting Mr. Green” is about ingrained habits and ideas and the difficulty and value of relationships. The multiple award-winning play by Jeff Baron has been presented around the world. The comedy runs Thursday through Sunday and again June 18 through 20. Curtain time is 3 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. at all other times. Thursday’s opening reception begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, military and children. For more information contact Sumter Little Theatre at (803) 775-2150, 14 Mood Ave. or through the website

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15TH ANNUAL FAMILY AND FRIENDS DAY IN REMBERT LEFT: John McBride cooks up some chicken for guests at the 15th annual Family and Friends Day hosted by the Rembert Area Community Coalition on Saturday. BELOW: Rembert residents prepare for a day of cooking out, games and music at the town’s community center.


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Clarendon approves $22M balanced budget tially, we removed new positions.â€? Garrett confirmed TuesMANNING — Difficult day that his department decisions had to be made to would not add any addibalance a budget that was tional deputies during the more than $250,000 in the 2013-14 fiscal year. Howevred last month, Clarendon er, Garrett said two vehicles County Conthat were in troller Lynthe budget IN OTHER NEWS den Anthony for 2012-13 told county would be car• Clarendon County Council Chairman council ried over in Dwight Stewart opened the meeting asking members the 2013-14 the public to remember the families of during their budget. regular meet- Sadie Brown and Maebell White, both of Garrett ing this week. Clarendon County, and Crystal Johnson of said he had Charleston County, who were slain last Anthony requested the month. A suspect, Jeffrey Eady of the New said his deaddition of partment was Zion community, is being held in connectwo new deption with their killings. able to baluties — one • Administrator David Epperson told council ance the for security at members that paving should begin soon on budget bethe ClarenPompeytown and William Gibbons roads. cause of a don County Epperson also updated council members on major cut in Courthouse clearing the flight path into the airport on the budget as mandated S.C. 260. request from by law, and • Councilman A.C. English asked Epperson the Clarenone for secufor an update on the renovation project at don County rity at the adthe Clarendon County Courthouse. Sheriff ’s Ofministration • Following a brief executive session, council fice. building. voted to give Epperson the authority to pro“Our ad“The counceed with negotiations for purchasing a priministrator ty has been vate water system. (David Eppaying depuperson) was ties to work able to meet security at with Sheriff (Randy) Garrett the courthouse and to do and come to an agreement walk-throughs at the adminthat the budget for the sher- istration building,â€? Garrett iff ’s office would remain the said. “Because of the same as it was for the curamount of overtime they are rent year,â€? Anthony added. paying these officers, I put “There would be no growth in the request for the two in that department. Essennew deputies. Those are the

two positions that were cut. Other things were cut, too, but I agreed to stick to the same budget as last year.� The approved total county general operations budget for 2013-14 amounted to $18,636,570, less than $140,000 over the current budget. Adding in the general county obligation debt, special purpose operation funds and fire district debt obligation, the approved budget for fiscal year 201314 amounted to $22,272,499. The approved $22.2 million budget does not include two enterprise funds: the Clarendon County Water and Sewer Operating Expenses of $442,780 or Weldon Auditorium Complex Operating Expenses of $231,015. Councilman Benton Blakely told those in attendance that council members were unhappy that the budget does not include any raises for county employees. “When the funds do become available, we won’t forget about you,� Blakely added. Anthony also told council members that he listed $145,000 in a single line item appropriation for the Board of Elections and Voter Registration. “When the committee is formed and meets to form



Clarendon County Controller Lynden Anthony presents Clarendon County Council with a balanced 2013-14 budget at council’s regular monthly meeting Monday night. The $22.2 million budget is just $279,371 more than the 2012-13 budget passed last year.

the board, then we will ask for the board to allocate the appropriations into line items,� he said. “Everything dealing with Voter Registration and the Election Commission are combined right now until the board is formed.� Anthony also addressed the county’s present fiscal year budget. “We will spend well less than was appropriated for

last year,� he told council. Anthony added that because of cutbacks in various departments, the county would end the year in the black. One department wasn’t so lucky. Anthony said that Weldon Auditorium ended its season $77,000 in the red and after transfers from various departments, the deficit was cut to $57,000.

Study would focus on state school districts’ spending BY JAMIE SELF The State The number of children in S.C. schools increased by 10.3 percent from 1995 to 2011. But the number of teachers and school administrators increased by 48.1 percent. That disparity has state schools Superintendent Mick Zais questioning whether S.C. public schools are spending taxpayers’ money wisely. A $300,000 program analyzing school districts’ non-instructional spending habits, proposed as part of the state budget to take effect July 1, would help districts see how their spending compares to other districts and identify possible savings. The outcome, supporters say, could be more money reaching students and classrooms.

The state Education Oversight Committee, which makes policy recommendations for S.C. schools, has proposed to hire a private firm to evaluate at least three school districts, analyzing how efficiently they spend money on noninstructional expenses, including overhead, personnel, procurement, facilities, transportation and technology. The program would “encourage school districts to ... find ways to save money,� said state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Kershaw, who asked the Senate to include the program in the budget. Sheheen said the idea comes from a similar program in Virginia. Even if state lawmakers approve the program, however, money for the study only will be available if the state’s reve-

nues exceed expectations. Originally adopted last year — but put on hold for a lack of money — the program faces opposition. Republican Gov. Nikki Haley vetoed the program in last year’s budget in part because fellow Republican and schools chief Zais opposed it. The program would require hiring a private contractor and would usurp the state Education Department’s authority, Haley wrote in her veto message. The Legislature overturned the veto, but the budget surplus that would have been necessary to pay for the program never materialized. ‘SKIN IN THE GAME’

Zais opposes the program because it would not require districts to carry out the study’s recommendations, spokes-

man Jay Ragley said, adding, “What is the purpose of the review?� A better approach, Ragley said, would be to require school districts to help pay for the evaluation so they have “skin in the game� and require them to follow through with the recommendations. Zais also objects to requiring a private contractor to carry out the audit — the Education Oversight Committee does not have the staff to do it — and not also analyzing instructional costs, Ragley said. Zais also faults the program because it would pay to analyze only a few school districts, when all should be scrutinized. Districts have money they can use to evaluate their own performance and access to information through the state Education Department’s

website showing them how their non-instructional spending compares to other districts. “The reality is most districts simply don’t look at it,� Ragley said. ADMINISTRATION-HEAVY?

Zais has concerns about the growing number of teachers and administrators that S.C. schools employ, saying their numbers have in-

creased far faster than the number of students attending public schools, he has said. For every classroom of 21 additional students who entered the state’s public schools since the 1995-’96 school year, an additional seven teachers or administrators were hired, according to the state Department of Education.

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Episcopalians’ feud goes back to state court BY BRUCE SMITH The Associated Press CHARLESTON — U.S. District Judge C. Weston Houck has ruled that the legal fight over names and property between two factions of South Carolina Episcopalians is a matter for state court. Houck, who heard arguments last week and issued an order Monday, ruled the First Amendment is not a main point of contention and that hearing the case in federal court would disrupt the balance between state and federal courts. The conservative Diocese of South Carolina last year separated from the more liberal national Episcopal Church over a variety of theological issues including the authority of Scripture and the ordination of gays. The breakaway churches then sued in state court to protect the use of the diocesan name and a half billion dollars’ worth of property. Parishes remaining with the national church then asked the case be heard in federal court, contending it raised First Amendment and other federal issues. But Houck disagreed and sent the case back to state court. He ruled while it has been argued the dispute over the diocesan name and seal falls under the federal Lanham Act trademark law, those matters can also be handled in state court. The diocese that separated took those issues to state court and “it is well settled the plaintiffs may choose to assert only state law claims even when federal claims are available,� his order said. Attorneys for the parishes staying with the national church also have said whether the split was lawful raises religious issues under the First Amendment. But the issues in the state suit brought by the diocese that left “neither advance, nor require the resolution of an essential federal issue� Houck wrote. “We are very pleased that Judge Houck remanded the case,� said Jim Lewis, the canon to the ordinary, or assistant, to Bishop Mark Lawrence of the diocese that left. “The issues involved are essentially those of legal identity and are wholly determined by state law, so the most appropriate place to settle is clearly in state court, where we first took the matter.� Officials of the diocese earlier characterized the effort to move the case to federal court as an attempt to move a state property rights case to a court that will support the national denomination’s seizure of local assets. The lawsuit now returns to Circuit Court Judge Diane Goodstein in Dorchester County. “We are obviously disappointed with the result, but we are confident in our legal position going forward,� said Thomas Tisdale, an attorney who represents the diocese of churches remaining with the national Episcopal Church.


Myrlie Louise Evers, widow of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, leans down to kiss her late husband’s forehead before the casket was opened for public viewing at a funeral home in Jackson, Miss., on June 13, 1963. Seen with her is Charles Evers, her brother-in-law. Medgar Evers was 37 when he was assassinated outside the family’s north Jackson home on June 12, 1963.

Widow preserves Evers’ civil-rights legacy BY EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS The Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. — Myrlie Evers-Williams acknowledges it would be easy to remain mired in bitterness and anger 50 years after a sniper’s bullet made her a widow. Instead, she’s determined to celebrate the legacy of her first husband, Medgar Evers — a civil rights figure often overshadowed by peers such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Events including a black-tie gala are being held this week to remember Evers, the first Mississippi field secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was 37 when he was assassinated on June 12, 1963. “We are cursed as human beings with this element that’s called hatred, prejudice and racism,� said Evers-Williams, now 80. “But it is my belief that, as it was Medgar’s, that there is something good and decent in each and every one of us, and we have to call on that, and we have to find a way to work together.� Evers-Willliams, who moved back to Mississip-

pi in 2012, is treated with reverence by strangers who recognize her these days. She recently went to downtown Jackson’s King Edward Hotel to meet reporters from The Associated Press for an interview — a hotel, she notes, that was off limits to black people decades ago. As she waited for her coffee, a white man approached to shake her hand and ask if she’d pose for a photo. “I’ve always wanted to meet you,� said Ron Walker, former mayor of the tiny town of Taylorsville. Evers-Williams smiled cautiously, then beamed, as Walker said he thinks she and Medgar Evers had made Mississippi a better, more open society. Evers-Williams gave the invocation at President Obama’s inauguration in January and met with the president June 5 at the White House. A ceremony of remembrance was held June 6 at Evers’ gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery, attended by former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder. Myrlie Beasley and Medgar Evers met as stu-

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dents in 1950 at Alcorn College, a historically black school in rural southwest Mississippi. He was from Decatur, Miss., and served in the Army during World War II before becoming a star football player for the school. Nearly eight years his junior, she was a talented pianist raised by a protective grandmother in Vicksburg. The couple married in 1951. In 1954, Evers applied to the all-white University of Mississippi Law School. After he was rejected, he sought the NAACP’s help to file a lawsuit. Instead, the organization hired him to coordinate its work in stubbornly segregationist Mississippi. Evers spent years investigating violence against black people, including the 1955 killing of 14-year-old Emmett Till. He helped James Meredith gain admission as the first black student at the University of Mississippi in 1962. Evers pushed for black voter registration, drew young people into the civil rights movement and, in the final months of his life, led a boycott of white-owned businesses

in downtown Jackson. Two weeks before his death, Evers helped coordinate a sit-in at an allwhite lunch counter. That night, someone tossed a firebomb at his house. It was extinguished but the warning clear. Evers-Williams recalled that the night before her husband was slain, she sat with him on their couch and talked about the danger. He made her promise that if anything happened to him, she would take care of their three young children. She also vowed that if he were killed, she would seek justice and keep his memory alive. The night he was killed, Medgar Evers stayed out late, attending a community meeting. Shortly after midnight on June 12, 1963, he arrived home. His wife and children were still awake after watching a televised speech on civil rights by President John F. Kennedy. “And as soon as the children said, ‘There’s daddy,’ the shot rang out — one of the loudest and most powerful I had, and still have, ever heard. And I knew exactly what had happened,� EversWilliams recalled.





DOUBLE DUTCH from Page A1 are not able to be used.� During last year’s Double Dutch World Tournament, retired Detective Ulysses Williams of the New York City Police Department was present. He and his partner, the late Detective David Walker, are credited with starting the American Double Dutch League in 1973 while running a bicycle safety program for inner-city girls. The detectives were looking for “something organized� for girls to do at a time before Title 9, the law banning discrimination against females in public school sports, had been fully implemented. They saw girls doing Double Dutch and “created the sport� with input from female friends and family, Williams said. They based the rules for competition on figure skating, refining the rules for Double Dutch, and hosted the first official Double Dutch tournament on Feb. 14, 1974. Shortly afterward, they founded the American Double Dutch League. Williams said he’s proud of the accomplishments of the


Sumter’s sixth-grade Double Dutch team from 2012, the BGC Dive Double Steppers, practices in the parking lot for last year’s World Double Dutch Championship.

Double Dutch girls and boys he worked with. “These were not ‘silver spoon’ children,� he said. “They are children of the projects; many of them had never seen the stars in the night sky. The discipline they learned

through Double Dutch broadened their horizons, taught them to follow instructions and to work toward perfection.� On Friday, dozens of teams, winners of preliminary competitions against more than

100,000 jumpers around the world, will compete in the elimination rounds, which start at 8:30 a.m. Among them will be the Boys & Girls Club team, Keep Calm and Jump. The individual members have all been jumping for years,

RAGIN from Page A1 bodies were found Aug. 19. Medical examiners later concluded that all four died of stab wounds to their heads and bodies. Ragin was arrested in Alcolu at his parents’ home that same day after a tense manhunt. According to testimony presented at Ragin’s preliminary hearing in 2012, the shoes found at his parents’ home are splattered with La’Kwan’s blood. Whether those shoes were legally gathered from a room inside the home where Ragin slept when visiting his parents is the issue before a Virginia court, according to The Daily Press of Hampton Roads, Va. Detective W. Todd Filer told a judge June 4 during a hearing on that issue that police didn’t have a search warrant but were granted verbal consent by Ragin’s father, Ernest Ragin. Clarendon County Sheriff Randy Garrett concurred Monday, telling The Item that since John Ragin did not live in the home, “once given permission by the home owner, the Virginia authorities had permission

to search the home without a search warrant.� However, Virginia attorneys Bob Morecock and Stephen Givando argued June 4 that their client also had the right to consent to the search because his name is on the title to the mobile home. His father testified that his son’s name was added to the title after it was purchased. Valerie Muth, a prosecutor assigned to Ragin’s case, countered that the younger Ragin is not listed on the deed to the land where the home sits. “The fact that he is on the title doesn’t grant him any higher rights than the people who live there,� Newport News Circuit Judge Timothy Fisher said. While local law enforcement’s role in the investigation and arrest were not in question during the hearing, defense attorneys argued that Newport News police had no right to search the home without a Clarendon County sheriff’s deputy present. Garrett said his deputies never entered the home during the search. They put the home on surveil-


John Ragin walks out of the state Attorney General’s office in Columbia in 2011 as he fought extradition to Virginia, where he now faces capital murder charges in the deaths of his wife and her three children.

lance and subsequently arrested Ragin the day after Newport News police notified Garrett that Ragin was likely on his way to Alcolu.

The “mostly white tennis shoes� were found, according to reports, on the floor in a guest bedroom in which Ragin slept when he vis-

and despite the fact that this is their first competition jumping together, team member Keyana Coleman is hopeful of their chances. “Our best routine is freestyle,� she said. That entails flips and special acrobatic moves, all done while the two ropes are turning. “We’re pretty good, I think,� Coleman said. A student at the University of South Carolina Upstate, she said the team’s practices have been limited by the fact the club no longer has a gym, since having had to move from its previous home in the Lincoln Center. For the past few nights, they’ve been jumping at Dillon Park. Coleman said other teams to watch include those from Columbia and Chicago, which “are always really good,� as are some of the Japanese and Canadian teams. The public is invited to view the finals of the 40th Anniversary American Double Dutch League World Championships on Friday and Saturday at the Sumter County Civic Center on West Liberty Street. The Parade of States and special presentations begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the finals tournament at 9:30 a.m. Competition will continue until about 2 p.m. Admission is free at any time during the competition. Reach Ivy Moore at (803) 774-1221.

ited his parents. There were seven red splatters thought to be blood on the shoes, which Ragin’s mother identified as her son’s. At Ragin’s preliminary hearing, prosecutors also announced their intentions to seek the death penalty. Ragin faces three counts of capital murder, one count of first-degree murder, one count of arson and four counts of using a knife in the commission of a felony under Virginia state law when his trial begins in March 2014. Crystal Ragin and her children were found stabbed multiple times; Rasheed, the youngest of Crystal Ragin’s children, was stabbed 27 times alone. Gasoline was used as an accelerant in the blaze, police said.

Ragin has contended since his arrest that he was in South Carolina when his wife and three stepchildren were stabbed and then burned. However, Virginian authorities disclosed the existence of cellphone records after Ragin’s arrest that show he was in the Newport News area when the killings occurred. Ragin’s father also told Virginia and local law enforcement at the time that his son arrived about 7 a.m. Aug. 19. The couple share a 5-year-old son who was brought to South Carolina uninjured. Ragin’s next hearing is scheduled for July. Staff writer Sharron Haley contributed to this report. Reach Robert J. Baker at (803) 774-1211.






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ast week a federal judge ordered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, to be moved to the adult lung transplant list. That gives her a better chance of receiving a potentially lifesaving transplant. Sarah Murnaghan’s fate should force us to examine our organ transplant policy. There are more than 88,000 Americans on the organ transplant waiting list. Roughly 10 percent of them will die before receiving an organ. These lost lives are not so much an act of God as they are an act of Congress because of its 1984 National Organ Transplant Act, as amended, which prohibits payment to organ donors. Reliance on voluntary donations has been an abject policy failure. The mindless rhetoric used to support this policy is: “Organ transplantation is built upon altruism and public trust.” It’s noteworthy that everyone involved in the organ transplant business is compensated — that includes hospitals, surgeons, nurses and organ procurement workers. Depending on the Walter organ transplanted, the charges WILLIAMS range from a low of $260,000 for a kidney to about a million dollars for a heart or intestines. Many people are offended by the notion of human body parts becoming commodities for sale. There’s at least a tiny bit of inconsistency because people do sell human blood, semen and hair. But let’s think through the prohibition on organ sales by asking the question: How many other vital things in our lives do we depend on donations to provide? Food is vital, water is vital; so are cars, clothing, housing, electricity and oil. We don’t depend on donations to provide these goods. Just ask yourself whether having a car, clothing or a house should be determined by the same principle governing organ transplants: “altruism and public trust.” If it were, there would be massive shortages. Why should people have to depend on altruism and voluntary donations to provide something that one day they may need more urgently than food, water, cars, clothing or housing? All objections to organ sales reduce to nonsense, ignorance or arrogance. Let’s look at some of them. One argument is that if organs are sold rather than donated, poor people couldn’t afford them. This argument ignores the difference between methods of attaining organs and methods of distributing them. For example, poor people might not be able to afford food, but Congress hasn’t mandated that food be donated instead of sold so that poor people can eat. If Congress did that, there’d be massive shortages, and poor people would probably starve. So instead of relying on “altruism and public trust” to feed poor people, we simply allow the market mechanism to supply food and then subsidize purchases through programs like food stamps. The same principle can be applied to organ transplants: Allow the market to supply organs, and if needed, subsidize or provide them through charity. Another stated concern is that if there’s a market for organs, poor people will sell their organs and become ill. From an ethical point of view, if people own themselves, they should have a right to dispose of themselves any way they please so long as they do not violate the property rights of others. Of course, if people belong to the government, they have no such right. By the way, most proposals for organ sales are only for cadaver organs. Some people have argued that an organ transplant market might lead to murder and the sale of the victim’s organs to unscrupulous organ brokers. There are many market transactions that can be abused, such as stock market fraud and product misrepresentation, but we haven’t chosen to outlaw the sale of stock and other products. Murder would remain illegal and punishable. Finally, there’s the humane question. If you or a loved one were in dire need of a lifesaving kidney or lung transplant, which would you prefer: being placed on an organ transplant waiting list, or having the right to sell assets or take out a loan to purchase an organ? Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.



Is our guardian angel big brother?


entlemen do not read each other’s mail,” said Secretary of State Henry Stimson of his 1929 decision to shut down “The Black Chamber” that decoded the secret messages of foreign powers. ‘’This means war!” said FDR, after reading the intercepted instructions from Tokyo to its diplomats the night of Dec. 6, 1941. Roosevelt’s secretary of war? Henry Stimson. Times change, and they change us. The CIA was created in 1947; the National Security Agency in 1952, with its headquarters at Fort Meade in Maryland. This writer’s late brother was stationed at Meade doing “photo interpretation” in the years the CIA’s Gary Powers, flying U-2s at 70,000 feet above Mother Russia, was providing the agency with some interesting photographs. This last week, through security leaks, we learned that the NSA has access to the phone records of Verizon, Sprint and AT&T. Of every call made to, from or in the U.S., NSA can determine what phone the call came from, which phone it went to, and how long the conversation lasted. While NSA cannot recapture the contents of calls, it can use this information to select phones to tap for future recording and listening. Through its PRISM program, the NSA can acquire access, via servers such as Apple, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft and AOL, to all emails sent, received and presumably deleted or spammed. And if the NSA can persuade a secret court that it has to know the contents of past, present or future emails, it can be accorded that right. Our ability to intercept and read communications of foreigners and foreign governments seems almost limitless. In the Nixon years, Jack Anderson reported that we were intercepting the conversations of Kremlin

leaders in their limos, and listening in on Mao Zedong and Leonid Brezhnev. Our capacity today is surely orders of magnitude greater. Last week, we also learned that Barack Obama, by Presidential Policy Directive 20, has tasked our government to prepare for both defensive and offensive cyberwarfare to enable us to attack whatever depends on the Internet anywhere in the world. Lately, the U.S. and Israel planted a Stuxnet worm that crippled scores of centrifuges and disabled Patrick Iran’s nuclear enBUCHANAN richment plant at Natanz. If we can do this in Iran, can we not do the same to nuclear plants all over the world, creating two, three, a hundred Chernobyls and Fukushimas? Is it too much to imagine that, one day, if not already, the United States will be able to cybersabotage the power plants, electrical grids and communications systems of any country on earth? With its ability to locate and listen in to terrorists, to track by satellite and kill by drone, America has acquired an extraordinary ability to protect its people and prevent and punish terrorist attacks. But was any of this really surprising? Were we all in the dark as to what the CIA, the NSA and the Pentagon could do? And as we think back on 9/11, of our doomed countrymen jumping to their deaths from the World Trade Center, the dead and maimed at the Boston Marathon, will not most Americans say, “Thank the Lord we have this power, and God bless the men and women who are using it to defend us?” While this power is extraordinary, it is still not of the same magnitude as the 50,000 nuclear weapons we had 50 years ago, at the time of the Cuban missile cri-

sis, when war could have led to scores of millions of American dead. Nevertheless, for a people whose proud boast is that our nation was conceived in freedom, this brave new world is sobering. Our own government has the power to intercept and listen to every phone call we make, to read every email we send or receive, to track us with cameras we cannot see, and to wage secret cyberwar against enemies real or perceived without a declaration of war. Yet, we can no more uninvent the technology that enables our government to do this than we can uninvent the atom bomb. And rival powers such as China are surely seeking the same capabilities. Thomas Jefferson instructed us that “in questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in men, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” But, ultimately, what other option do we have than to place our confidence in those whom we have entrusted with this power? Congress is not going to pass a law telling the NSA that it may not coordinate with AOL, Apple or Google to access information that might prevent a terrorist attack. And if a terrorist attack hits this country, and our security agencies say their hands were tied in trying to protect us, all bets would be off as to what intrusions upon their freedom Americans might accept. In the end, we ourselves are going to have to strike the balance between freedom and security. But the question lingers. If Big Brother is our guardian angel now, could he become Lucifer? Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” © 2013

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FAITH MATTERS from Page A1 faith in high regard know that a father figure is crucial to the structure of the family. Holy texts mandate that the father be the spiritual leader in a home. Mothers shouldn’t have to play both roles. Yet, many times they are the lone torchbearers in a spiritual journey that was never meant for solo travel. We all know someone in this type of situation. When one of our church members brought her husband to watch a church softball game, most of us spent a good deal of time trying to figure out who he was. The excuses may vary in tone and timber but they all seem to say the same thing: “I don’t need to go to church” or, my personal favorite, “God and I have an understanding.” I’ve never understood the latter statement. Did you two have a discussion early on? Did the Almighty see your laziness and make an exception? How does that conversation go? Derelict Father: Listen, it makes me uncomfortable to talk about or be involved in the spiritual aspect of life. Heavenly Father: That’s all right, buddy. Just throw a prayer up if you need a raise or your college football team is down at the half. Derelict Father: Gee, thanks God! Recent statistics show that fathers seem to be

outpaced by their female counterparts in nearly every aspect of spirituality. Men seem to be comfortable with this spiritual emasculation. In response, many wives and mothers try to pick up the slack. Moms read the devotion books to their children; moms initiate prayer before dinner; moms drop their kids off at weekly Bible study. I can’t speak for all, but it seems to me that adherence to one’s faith is perceived by some men as a weak pursuit, best left to the wife or mother who are stereotypically more spiritually intuitive. The opposite is true. Our faith is rooted in concrete facts and rock solid promises, as told by warriors, kings and revolutionaries. A weak man or father is the one who regards faith as a peripheral journey. Perhaps some lack the confidence to lead their family. The fact is that we need fathers to take the lead in the home. Is that an antiquated way of thinking, given our modern culture? Absolutely, but that doesn’t make it any less true. This isn’t a commentary on gender roles in the home nor is it meant to disparage the influence of mothers in spiritual matters. Rather, it is a challenge to fathers, men in general, to take the reins on their family’s spiritual path. In the meantime, a very Happy Father’s Day to the wives and mothers who carry their cross so that their children might have faith. Reach Jamie H. Wilson at



State’s high court dismisses some claims in cruise suit CHARLESTON (AP) — While dismissing lawsuit claims that Carnival’s year-round cruises violate Charleston’s noise and sign ordinances, the South Carolina Supreme Court wants to hear from attorneys about whether the cruises constitute a public nuisance or violate city zoning ordinances. In a case that has attracted national attention, the Preservation Society of Charleston, the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League and neighborhood groups sued two years ago, seeking to block cruise operations and have the court declare it illegal for the South Carolina State Ports Authority to create a new $35 million cruise terminal. The city and the State Ports Authority intervened on behalf of Carnival and asked the Supreme Court to take initial jurisdiction in the case, saying the suit threatens the state’s maritime commerce and so makes it a matter

of statewide public interest. The justices appointed Circuit Judge Clifton Newman as a special referee. He heard testimony last summer and filed his report earlier this year, recommending that some claims be heard by the high court because the plaintiffs may be able to show the cruise liners are public nuisances creating soot, traffic and noise. In a June 5 order, the justices agreed with Newman’s recommendations to dismiss claims that the cruises violate city noise and sign ordinances as well as state pollution law. They have given attorneys until early next month to file briefs on whether city zoning ordinances are applicable to ocean-going vessels and, if so, if they are preempted by state and federal law. The justices also want to hear from attorneys on whether the plaintiffs have the legal standing to bring the nuisance and zoning complaints.



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Temperature High ............................................... 89° Low ................................................ 69° Normal high ................................... 87° Normal low ..................................... 65° Record high ..................... 102° in 1963 Record low ......................... 52° in 1982

Greenville 96/72

Gaffney 94/71 Spartanburg 96/72

Bishopville 96/72

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Manning 96/73

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Today: Mostly sunny. High 89 to 96. Thursday: Sunshine; a strong thunderstorm at night. Hot. High 91 to 97.

The following tide table lists times for Myrtle Beach.

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ARIES (March 21-April. situation must be taken the last word in astrology 19): Take on what you care of in an unorthodox find exciting and manner. eugenia LAST inspiring and walk away LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): from anyone or Proceed with caution anything that has a when dealing with negative spin. Take action and be a relationships. You have options and should participant to expand your friendships and take the time to learn, study and practice in opportunities. order to be at your top level of performance. TAURUS (April. 20-May 20): Voice your SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Do something opinion and get things accomplished. Once that will allow you to explore an unusual you put your plans in motion, you will get creative idea or talent. Getting together with everyone around you to show more people you find inspiring will bring you one enthusiasm. step closer to your goal. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don’t reveal your SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A carefree thoughts, especially if it pertains to a workattitude may help entertain others, but it related matter. Size up the situation and probably won’t get you what you want in determine what you have to do to show the end. Change can be good, but it must be your talent and value to whatever job you made for the right reasons. do. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Look at your CANCER (June 21-July 22): Step outside your investments and make any alterations that comfort zone and give a unique spin to will ensure your financial safety. Sizing down whatever you do. Show your strength as or making a wise purchase that will grow in well as your determination to be at your very value will set the stage for years to come. best. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Socialize, LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Embrace change, but network and consider the changes you can don’t let others dictate what you decide to make to improve your future. A solid do. Act on your own merit and offer what partnership will help you stay on track. you feel comfortable parting with. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A short trip will VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Take care of lead to new prospects that can combine business in order to avoid being criticized. your talent, skills and knowledge. A An emotional problem due to an commitment to a project or a partnership investment, money matter or health looks positive.


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Nancy Byer comments on her photo submission, “A Lake Wateree sunset taken from the shore of the Shaw Air Force Base Recreation Area.”




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Sumter holds off Cheraw 13-10 FROM STAFF REPORTS


TOP: South Carolina’s Tanner English, left, is tagged out by North Carolina’s Mike Zolik while attempting to steal second base during Tuesday’s NCAA Super Regional game in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Tar Heels advanced to the College World Series with a 5-4 victory. RIGHT: First-year USC head coach Chad Holbrook hugs UNC head coach Mike Fox, his former boss, following the game.

USC falls short Tar Heels win 6-5, move on to CWS BY DARRYL SLATER Post and Courier CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The season was over, and their summer had begun, far earlier than they hoped. Out on the infield, North Carolina’s players piled on top of each other, their spot in the College World Series secured. In South Carolina’s dugout, several players sat on the bench, elbows on knees, staring at the ground, frozen in the disappointing finality that they almost avoided Tuesday afternoon. Omaha, Neb., will buzz again starting this weekend, whiskey-marinated filet mignons sizzling at The Drover, fans pouring out of the sparkling ballpark downtown, past the bronze sculpture of celebrating players out front and down to the Old Market for a Boulevard Wheat beer or three. But this summer, for the first time since 2009, college baseball’s grand, eight-team festival along the Missouri

Hicks to play with Greenville Titans BY DENNIS BRUNSON Chris Hicks was hoping that his days of playing football wouldn’t come to an end with his graduation from Manning High School this month. However, things were not looking good for the Monarchs’ 6-foot-2-inch, 270-pound defensive tackle as he had no offers on the table. Then, just a few weeks ago, Hicks was surfing HICKS the internet and saw the Greenville Titans, a private football organization ran by Sumter native Richard Schraeder, were holding tryouts for prospective players. “I went to the tryouts and they liked me and I liked the situation there,” Hicks said. So Hicks will be playing for the Titans this coming season while attending Greenville Technical College. Those who play for the Titans have to attend one of the several technical schools and junior colleges SEE HICKS, PAGE B6

River won’t include South Carolina. The Gamecocks played deep into June the past three years, winning national titles in 2010 and 2011, and finishing second last season. This year, they’ll do what many of their sport’s other teams do — watch from afar, perhaps pondering how close they came. Maybe this would be easier for them if they wilted Tuesday, if they hadn’t momentarily stunned North Carolina, the NCAA tournament’s top seed, on its home field. Long after Tuesday’s winner-to-Omaha super regional Game 3 ended, after the Gamecocks finally lifted their chins and left the dugout, the number that will follow them all summer remained on Boshamer Stadium’s scoreboard — three errors. The Gamecocks showed in this drawn-out super regional that they were every bit North Carolina’s equal.

CHERAW – Despite giving up four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Sumter P-15’s avenged their only loss of the season with a 13-10 American Legion baseball victory over Cheraw Post 23 on Tuesday at Tom Brewer Field in Ch- JOHNSON eraw. Sumter maintained its lead in League III as it improved to 5-1 overall while Cheraw fell to 3-3. Sumter hosts Hartsville on Thursday at Riley Park. “I was pleased with the way we swung the bats tonight,” P-15’s head coach Curtis Johnson said. “We had probably 16 or 17 hits, so that’s good to see. I wasn’t happy with our defense, but part of that is not being able to be on the field for four or five days.” In a back-and-forth game, the P-15’s rapped SEE SUMTER, PAGE B2

LEGION SCHEDULE Tuesday Sumter 13, Cheraw 10 Manning-Santee 7, Hartsville 4 Today Camden at Manning-Santee, 7:30 p.m. Thursday Hartsville at Sumter, 7:30 p.m. Friday Manning-Santee at Sumter, 7:30 p.m. Saturday Sumter at Florence, 7 p.m. Orangeburg at Dalzell-Shaw, 7 p.m. Sunday Sumter at Hartsville, 7 p.m.


Spurs up 78-63 at end of third BY JON KRAWCZYNSKI The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — Gary Neal scored 18 points and Tim Duncan had 12 points and 14 rebounds to help the San Antonio Spurs take a 78-63 lead over the Miami Heat after three quarters in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night. Kawhi Leonard added 12 points and 11 reTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS bounds for the Spurs, San Antonio’s Tony Parker (9) passes the ball against Miami’s Chris Bosh (1) and who split the first two Mario Chalmers (15) during Tuesday’s Game 3 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio. games in Miami to take

Golf history for Tiger is all about results BY DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press ARDMORE, Pa. — The photo of Ben Hogan hitting his 1-iron into the 18th U.S. OPEN green at Merion Thursday - Sunday in the 1950 U.S. At Merion Golf Club (East Course) Open is among Ardmore, Pa. Purse: TBA the most famous Yardage: 6,996; Par: 70 in golf history, capturing the pure swing one of the greatest players when the pressure of a major championship was at its peak.

Instead of marveling at the swing, Woods thought more about the results. “That was to get into a playoff,” Woods said Tuesday, sounding more like a golf historian than the No. 1 player in the game. “Got about 40 feet and still had some work to do. It’s a great photo. But it would have been an all right photo if he didn’t win. He still had to go out and win it the next day.” Hogan managed to lag the long putt to about 4 feet and quickly knocked that in for his par to join SEE U.S. OPEN, PAGE B3

homecourt advantage away from the defending chamON THE NET pions. San For complete Antogame renio sults of blitzed Game 3 the please visit Heat with a www.theitem. 23-8 com run in the third quarter to take control. SEE FINALS, PAGE B2


Tiger Woods hits on the driving range during Tuesday’s practice for the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.





Cole shines in MLB debut PITTSBURGH — Gerrit Cole took a shutout into the seventh inning of his major league debut and hit a two-run single in his first at-bat Tuesday night, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-2 victory in front of a festive crowd. The top pick in the 2011 draft, Cole allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings after being called up from TripleA Indianapolis earlier in the day. He began his highly touted career with a three-pitch strikeout — all 96-mph fastballs — of Gregor Blanco and struck out two overall. He did not walk a batter. Pedro Alvarez went 3 for 3 with a home run to back Cole. Starling Marte also homered and Andrew McCutchen and Russell Martin had two hits each. San Francisco put two runners on in the first and loaded the bases in the second against Cole (1-0) but failed to score in either inning. Cole then set down 13 in a row, starting with Marco Scutaro’s flyout to end the second. The Giants finally broke through in the seventh inning but the Pirates had built a 5-0 lead by then. Many of the 30,614 in attendance cheered every move made by the pitcher who is expected to be the Pirates ace of the future.



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Pittsburgh starting pitcher Gerrit Cole allowed just two runs in 6 1/3 innings in his Major League debut in the Pirates’ 8-2 victory over San Francisco on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. MARLINS BREWERS

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MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton hit his first homer since coming off the disabled list, a two-run drive with two outs in the eighth inning that lifted the Miami Marlins to a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. CARDINALS METS

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NEW YORK — Michael Wacha recovered from a wild start to earn his first major league win and Allen Craig hit a three-run homer for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 9-2 victory over the staggering New York Mets on Tuesday night. AMERICAN LEAGUE ORIOLES ANGELS

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BALTIMORE — Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run over eight innings and Nick Markakis hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Tuesday night. RAYS RED SOX

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Matt Joyce hit one of three homers off Jon Lester to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox 8-3 on Tuesday night. INTERLEAGUE TWINS PHILLIES

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MINNEAPOLIS — Justin Morneau hit the go-ahead single in the eighth inning to cap a three-hit night and

carry the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night. MONDAY PADRES BRAVES

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres needed every bit of a six-run lead they built against the Atlanta Braves thanks in large part to home runs by Logan Forsythe and Will Venable. Forsythe homered in his first at-bat of the season, Venable added a three-run homer and Jason Marquis won his seventh straight decision to lead the Padres to a 7-6 victory against the Braves on Monday. From wire reports

American League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Boston 40 25 .615 – New York 37 26 .587 2 Baltimore 36 28 .563 31/2 Tampa Bay 34 29 .540 5 Toronto 27 36 .429 12 Central Division W L Pct GB Detroit 35 27 .565 – Cleveland 30 33 .476 51/2 Kansas City 29 32 .475 51/2 Chicago 28 34 .452 7 Minnesota 27 33 .450 7 West Division W L Pct GB Texas 38 25 .603 – Oakland 38 27 .585 1 Seattle 28 37 .431 11 Los Angeles 27 37 .422 111/2 Houston 22 43 .338 17 Monday’s Games Baltimore 4, L.A. Angels 3 Boston 10, Tampa Bay 8, 14 innings Texas 6, Cleveland 3 Kansas City 3, Detroit 2 Chicago White Sox 10, Toronto 6 Seattle 3, Houston 2 Tuesday’s Games Baltimore 3, L.A. Angels 2 Tampa Bay 8, Boston 3 Cleveland at Texas, late Detroit at Kansas City, late Philadelphia at Minnesota, late Toronto at Chicago White Sox, late N.Y. Yankees at Oakland, late Houston at Seattle, late Today’s Games L.A. Angels (Williams 4-2) at Baltimore (Hammel 7-4), 12:35 p.m. Detroit (Verlander 8-4) at Kansas City (Shields 2-6), 2:10 p.m. Boston (Undecided) at Tampa Bay (Archer 1-1), 7:10 p.m. Cleveland (U.Jimenez 4-4) at Texas (Tepesch 3-5), 8:05 p.m. Philadelphia (Cloyd 2-2) at Minnesota (Pelfrey 3-6), 8:10 p.m. Toronto (Rogers 1-2) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 5-4), 8:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (P.Hughes 3-4) at Oakland (Straily 3-2), 10:05 p.m. Houston (Lyles 3-1) at Seattle (Bonderman 1-1), 10:10 p.m. Thursday’s Games N.Y. Yankees at Oakland, 3:35 p.m. Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Kansas City at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. Toronto at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. National League By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 39 25 .609 – Washington 31 31 .500 7

Bosh swears off 3-pointers

SUMTER from Page B1

BY JOHN KRAWCZYNSKI The Associated Press

out 15 hits and took advantage of four Cheraw errors and 12 walks in a big offensive night. Phillip Watcher led the way with three hits, including a home run, and was on base six times. Taylor McFaddin was 4-for-6 with three runs batted in. Sumter missed a golden opportunity to score in the first inning. A single, an error and a walk loaded the bases with no outs as cleanup hitter Andrew Reardon stepped up to the plate. Reardon hit a bullet, but straight to the pitcher who turned it into a 1-2-3 double play. Cheraw got out of the inning with no damage done. That was not the case in the second inning as the P-15’s broke through against Post 23 starter Trent Allen. Todd Larrimer hit a 1-out single, Javon Martin followed with a walk and Donnie Brownlee sacrificed them over. McFaddin collected his second hit of the game with a 2-run single as Sumter grabbed a 2-0 lead. Thomas Walker made it 3-0 in the third. After Phillip Watcher singled to lead off the inning, Walker doubled him home two batters later.

SAN ANTONIO — Every time Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh caught the ball out near the 3-point line in the first two games of the NBA Finals, he had all the room in the world. There was no crowding from the San Antonio Spurs, no annoying defender with a hand in Bosh’s face. Most NBA players dream of such scenarios. Bosh smelled a rat. “It’s a little mind game,” Bosh said on Tuesday before the Heat played the Spurs in Game 3. “I know what they’re doing. Once I saw that, I said, ‘All right, I need to switch that up a little bit.’” Miami’s power forward went 0 for 4 from 3-point range in the Heat’s Game 1 loss to the Spurs, and had plenty of opportunities to shoot them again in Game 2. But he resisted that urge and didn’t take the bait. Bosh didn’t attempt a 3 for just the second time in 18 games this postseason, and the Heat rolled to a 103-84 win to even the best-of-seven series. “I think just with this team, it seems like that’s


Miami’s Chris Bosh (1) said before Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday that he would not be shooting anymore 3-pointers.

what they want me to do, so I’m not going to do it right now,” Bosh said. “They want me to shoot 3s. And I could tell by looking at the film. So I kind of just really changed it up. Nobody was closing out to me and I was like, ‘OK if nobody is closing out on me, that means they want me to shoot it.’” Bosh is a career 28.8 percent shooter on 3s, a predictably woeful per-

centage for a big man who spends most of his time banging down low. He rarely shot them for most of his career, but did average a career high 1.0 attempts per game this year. Bosh was shooting an impressive 48.4 percent from long range in the playoffs before the finals began, starting with a 3-for-4 performance in the postseason opener against Milwaukee.

FINALS from Page B1 Mike Miller made all five of his 3-pointers for 15 points and Chris Bosh had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Heat, who again got a woeful

start from LeBron James. The four-time MVP missed 11 of his first 14 shots before hitting three in a row toward the end of the third period. James had

13 points on 6-of-17 shooting, 10 rebounds and five assists. Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Thursday in San Antonio. Chris Bosh had 10 points and five rebounds for the defending champion Heat.

Post 23 came storming back in the fourth. After working around a mini-jam in the first, P-15’s starter Will Smith had cruised through the second and third innings. However, two walks and a base hit loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth and Dylan Bartell’s sacrifice fly pushed across Cheraw’s first run. Tristan Campbell followed with an RBI single, and after a Sumter error, Rodney McCoy tied the game at 3-3 with another RBI single. The game didn’t stay tied for long, however. In the top half of the fifth, the P-15’s exploded for four runs and a 7-3 lead. Jacob Watcher, Smith and Larrimer all notched doubles. Smith’s drove in two runs while Larrimer collected an RBI as well. Phillip Watcher drove in the other run as Sumter sent nine men to the plate and chased Allen from the game. Cheraw responded in turn with a 2-out rally in its half of the fifth. A walk and a single gave Post 23 runners at the corners and a 2-run triple by Bartell made it 7-5 and chased Smith from the game. Bartell scored on a wild pitch to make it

The Spurs came home to their devoted fans encouraged by the split, but reeling a little after James, Wade and Mario Chalmers thumped them 10384 in Game 2. When the series started, it was billed as the battle of the

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31 33 .484 8 23 35 .397 13 18 45 .286 201/2 Central Division W L Pct GB St. Louis 41 22 .651 – Cincinnati 38 26 .594 31/2 Pittsburgh 37 26 .587 4 Milwaukee 26 37 .413 15 Chicago 25 36 .410 15 West Division W L Pct GB Arizona 36 28 .563 – San Francisco 33 29 .532 2 Colorado 34 30 .531 2 San Diego 30 34 .469 6 Los Angeles 27 36 .429 81/2 Monday’s Games Milwaukee 6, Miami 1 Cincinnati 6, Chicago Cubs 2 Arizona 5, L.A. Dodgers 4 San Diego 7, Atlanta 6 Tuesday’s Games Pittsburgh 8, San Francisco 2 Miami 5, Milwaukee 4 St. Louis 9, N.Y. Mets 2 Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, late Philadelphia at Minnesota, late Washington at Colorado, late Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, late Atlanta at San Diego, late Wednesday’s Games Cincinnati (Leake 5-3) at Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 5-4), 2:20 p.m. Atlanta (Maholm 7-4) at San Diego (Volquez 4-5), 3:40 p.m. San Francisco (Zito 4-4) at Pittsburgh (Liriano 4-2), 7:05 p.m. Milwaukee (Figaro 0-0) at Miami (Slowey 2-5), 7:10 p.m. St. Louis (S.Miller 7-3) at N.Y. Mets (Gee 4-6), 7:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Cloyd 2-2) at Minnesota (Pelfrey 3-6), 8:10 p.m. Washington (Ohlendorf 0-0) at Colorado (J.De La Rosa 7-3), 8:40 p.m. Arizona (Corbin 9-0) at L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 6-2), 10:10 p.m. Thursday’s Games St. Louis at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m. Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. Washington at Colorado, 3:10 p.m. San Francisco at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

NBA FINALS By The Associated Press All Times EDT (Best-of-7; x-if necessary) San Antonio 1, Miami 1 Thursday, June 6: San Antonio 92, Miami 88 Sunday, June 9: Miami 103, San Antonio 84 Tuesday, June 11: Miami at San Antonio 9 p.m. Thursday, June 13: Miami at San Antonio, 9 p.m. Sunday, June 16: Miami at San Antonio, 8 p.m. x-Tuesday, June 18: San Antonio at Miami, 9 p.m. x-Thursday, June 20: San Antonio at Miami, 9 p.m.

STANLEY CUP FINALS By The Associated Press (Best-of-7; x-if necessary) Boston vs. Chicago Wednesday, June 12: Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15: Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m. Monday, June 17: Chicago at Boston, 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 19: Chicago at Boston, 8 p.m. x-Saturday, June 22: Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m. x-Monday, June 24: Chicago at Boston, 8 p.m. x-Wednesday, June 26: Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m.

7-6 before P-15’s reliever Paul Joseph Krouse got a strikeout to end the threat. Phillip Watcher gave the P-15’s a little more breathing room in the sixth with a 2-run homer following a Cheraw error. Four batters later, Larrimer made it 10-6 with an RBI groundout. After squandering a bases-loaded, 1-out opportunity in the seventh, Sumter was able to pad its lead in the eighth. Smith led off with a double and came home on a Post 23 throwing error. Three batters later, McFaddin collected another hit and another RBI with a single to make 12-6 in favor of the P-15’s. Sumter added its final run in the top of the ninth when Cheraw pitchers walked the bases loaded and then walked in a run to make it 13-6. Meanwhile the P-15’s bullpen kept Post 23 off the board. McFaddin came on in relief in the sixth and stranded two runners. He pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball before Cheraw finally got to him in the ninth. A 2-out walk and backto-back singles drove in one run. A wild pitch scored another and Jake Davis’ 2-run single made it 13-10 and chased McFaddin.

Big 3s — James, Wade and Bosh for Miami against Tony Parker, Duncan and Ginobili for the Spurs. But it’s really been about the little guys for the most part, outside of Parker’s sensational performance in Game 1.





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U.S. Open returns to Merion


The Merion Golf Club will play host to the U.S. Open for the fifth time. Olin Dutra won the first one in 1934. It also hosted the event in 1950 (Ben Hogan); 1971 (Lee Trevino); and 1981 (David Graham). It’s one of the top courses in the country, and though not particularly long, it will challenge every ounce of skill and patience the world’s best golfers have to offer. At 6,996 yards, it’s the first Open course less than 7,000 yards since 2004 at 9 Shinnecock Hills.


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(East Course) Ardmore, Pa. Total length: 6,996 yards Total par: 70



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Yards 350 556 256 628 504 487 360 359 236 3,736 Yards 303 367 403 115 464 411 430 246 521 3,260

TV COVERAGE (all times EDT)

First and second round June 13-14

9 a.m. to 3 p.m., ESPN 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., NBC 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., ESPN

Third and Noon to 7:30 p.m., NBC final round June 15-16

Hole by Hole at Merion Golf Club


350 yards, par 4: This likely will be an iron off the tee, which leaves a wedge to the green. A sycamore tree to the right might keep players from trying to drive the green. A dozen bunkers line the ¿nal 100 yards into the green. It’s a gentle opening hole. 556 yards, par 5: The fairway has been shifted to the right to tighten the landing area, and it brings in an out-of-bounds to the right. The left side features some of the thickest rough on the course. For the second shot, players can try to reach the green or lay up short of a cross bunker about 35 yards in front of the green. 256 yards, par 3: Two tee boxes will be used, measuring 219 yards and 256 yards. The green slopes severely from back left to front right, and it is surrounded by bunkers. One of them short and right of the green is one of the deepest at Merion. The toughest recovery is anything left of the green. 628 yards, par 5: A new tee box brings the fairway bunkers into play. It will be tough to keep the drive in the fairway because the landing area slopes from right-to-left. For the second shot, players can’t see over a cross bunker. The green is fronted by a creek, increasing the risk of going for the green in two. 504 yards, par 4: One of the most demanding driving holes, bends hard to the left with a stream running down the left side of the entire hole, and the fairway slopes to the left. The approach can be bounced onto





the green, which is the most severely sloped on the course. The worst place to be is right of the green, for that leads to exceptionally fast putts. 487 yards, par 4: Another long par 4 features a partially blind tee shot over a crest to a bowl-shaped fairway. The green is pitched from back left to the front, and the tricky part is a false front. The options are to run the approach onto the green or Ày it to the middle of the green. 360 yards, par 4: This starts a stretch of ¿ve holes that are all under 375 yards and could be the place to pick up birdies. Most players will opt for a long iron off the tee to a partially blind, angled landing area. A tee shot too far to the right will Àirt with out-of-bounds and overhanging trees. 359 yards, par 4: Another long iron or fairway metal to a curved landing area with thick native grass on both sides of the fairway. That leaves a wedge to a small green protected by deep rough and a large bunker in the front. The green has several contours and slopes from back left to front right. Par is dif¿cult for those missing the green. 236 yards, par 3: This plays downhill to a green shaped like a kidney, with ragged bunkers on both sides and water in front and to the right of the green. It could be about a 6-iron for front hole locations, and long irons to carry the left bunker when the hole location is back and left. 303 yards, par 4: Every player can reach the green, but the

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tee shot must be shaped severely from right-to-left to get around the corner. The safe play is a mid-iron to a narrow fairway. Any shot that misses the green to the left will wind up in deep fescue that could make it tough to get the next shot on the green. 367 yards, par 4: Another long iron off the tee, and utterly important to ¿nd the fairway, which drops from the tee box to create a blind shot and is Àanked by BafÀing Brook on the left. Anyone missing the fairway might have to play short of the brook, which hugs the front, right and rear of the teardrop-shaped green. This could be the ultimate birdie-orbust hole at Merion. 403 yards, par 4: This sharp dogleg right features a fairway that slopes severely to the right. The right side of the fairway leaves a more level lie, though it is framed by extremely penal rough on the right. The green slopes from back left to front right, making it tough to save par on any shot that is long or left. 115 yards, par 3: This de¿nes the extreme difference at Merion — all the other par 3s are over 200 yards, and this is a sand wedge. The oval-shaped green might be the smallest on the course with challenging contours. The view of the green is obscured from the tee by a huge bunker in front. 464 yards, par 4: This is where some players might ¿nd out if there is any rust on the driver. There are bunkers in the landing area and high native grass to the left.





The second shot will be a mid-iron to a large, contoured green. Anything missing the green to the left could bounce off the closely mown knoll and Àirt with out-of-bounds. 411 yards, par 4: Players can do whatever they want off the tee, though it’s an intimidating shot with a long iron or driver. The hole bends to the right, with three deep bunkers protecting the right side and out-of-bounds on the left. Going into the bunkers makes it tough to get onto the green. The putting surface features some of the most severe slopes at Merion. 430 yards, par 4: A fairway metal likely will be the choice on the famous “Quarry Hole” to stay short of the hazard. The green features a pronounced depression in the front night. This might be the last realistic chance at birdie. 246 yards, par 3: Players will face tee shots of 246 yards and 195 yards, a dramatic hole with amphitheater seating. The hole is slightly downhill to a green that has a deep ridge in the front that must be carried from the tee. The slopes feed balls to the back right portion of the green. Front hole locations are the most dif¿cult. 521 yards, par 4: Merion has one of the most famous 18th holes because of Ben Hogan and his 1-iron on the 72nd hole of the 1950 U.S. Open. The drive is partially blind over the quarry to a landing zone that pitches downhill and steeply to the left at 300 yards.


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ew other American courses have the kind of history found at Merion Golf Club. This is the course where Bobby Jones completed his “impregnable quadrilateral” — more commonly known as the “Grand Slam” — in 1930 when he won the U.S. Amateur. It’s where Ben Hogan completed a remarkable comeback from a near-fatal car accident by hitting a 1-iron to the 18th green for par in the final round to get into a playoff in 1950, which he won the next day. There are no flags on the greens, rather red wicker baskets are attached to the top of each pin. Merion has hosted 18 USGA championships dating to 1904, more than any other golf course. But when David Graham won the U.S. Open in 1981, the prevailing thought was that Merion was history when it came to hosting the toughest test in golf. The U.S. Open had become too big. Merion was considered small, not only the length of the golf course (6,996 yards) but the 111-acre property left little room for staging such a big tournament. Ultimately, the USGA did not want to turn its back on a course considered one of the best in the land. “When we closed up in 1981, it’s not as if the course didn’t play well, but we really thought this was the last time — at least at a national open championship — you would ever see Merion played on TV,” USGA executive director Mike Davis said. “And really, it had nothing to do with the golf course in terms of a test of golf. But it had everything to do with, ‘How do you fit a modern day U.S. Open on this 111 acres?’” They have managed by capping ticket sales at 25,000 a day, down from an average of 40,000 at other courses. And they’re using the backyards of homes along the perimeter of the course, along with Haverford College, to stage hospitality areas. As for the golf course? No one ever doubted it could provide a stern test, even though it is short by modern standards. The opening stretch has a pair of par 5s early (one of them at 628 yards) and a 256-yard par 3. Merion offers a breather with

a seven-hole stretch in the middle that features four par 4s under 400 yards. Then it saves a haymaker for the end of the round with the 521-yard closing hole. If conditions are soft, Davis believes it could yield more birdies than any other U.S. Open. All he cares is that it identifies the best player. “I thought they had skipped over Merion, and I didn’t know why, because I thought Merion was a great course,” said Jack Nicklaus, who lost in an 18-hole playoff to Lee Trevino at Merion in the 1971 U.S. Open. “I don’t think it’s all about what you shoot. It’s about who’s the best player on that golf course.” The best player remains Tiger Woods, who has won four times on the PGA Tour this year and is back at No. 1 in the world. But he has gone five years since winning his 14th major in the 2008 U.S. Open. Davis believes more players are capable of winning at Merion than at other U.S. Opens, a major that has never been kind to favorites. Throw out Woods, and the last time a player from the top five in the world ranking won the Open was Curtis Strange in 1989. Webb Simpson is the defending champion, and he will try to join Strange (1988-89) and Hogan (1950-51) as the only back-toback winners in the last 75 years. Woods and Matt Kuchar are the only players who have won more than once this year. Of the top 20 players in the world at the start of the year, 14 have yet to win on the PGA Tour this season. Not since 2006 at Royal Liverpool has Woods won a major on a course he has never seen. He has company. Merion has been out of the picture for so long that only 11 players in the field have competed here in the 1989 U.S. Amateur, the 2005 U.S. Amateur and the 2009 Walker Cup. That short list includes Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Webb Simpson and Rickie Fowler. For others, it will be a new experience — one the USGA is happy to provide. “It’s obviously historic,” said 2006 U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy. “It’s buried in a really nice neighborhood in Philadelphia. It has the basket pins. It’s one of the courses all the architecture aficionados talk about it. It’s nice when you play an Open where they take you to a place you want to play.”

Did you know ... RETURN TO MERION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 32 YEARS Even though it has hosted a record 18 USGA championships, the U.S. Open has not been played at Merion Golf Club since David Graham won in 1981. The 32 years is the ¿fth-longest time between U.S. Opens for a golf course. SHORTEST GOLF COURSE FOR A MAJOR IN NINE YEARS The scorecard for Merion will be 6,996 yards at par 70, making it the shortest course for any major championship since Shinnecock Hills (also 6,996 yards) in the 2004 U.S. Open. The difference? Merion has ¿ve par 4s that are under 400 yards. FIRST MAJOR IN THREE DECADES WITHOUT FLAGS The signature of Merion is the wicker baskets instead of Àags that are attached to the pins — red for the front, orange for the back. The idea came from course designer Hugh Wilson, though exactly what inspired him remains unknown. Wickers were used at three of the four previous Opens at Merion. The exception was 1950. LONG PUTTERS RECORD AT MAJOR CHAMPIONS Four of the last six majors have been won by players using an anchored putting stroke, with Adam Scott at the Masters completing this version of a Grand Slam. This much is known: A long putter (belly or broom) anchored to the body can only be used in three more U.S. Opens. The putters will be illegal on Jan. 1, 2016.

Players to watch at the U.S. Open Tiger Woods Age: 37 World ranking: 1. Worldwide wins: 90. Majors: Masters (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005), US Open (2000, 2002, 2008), British Open (2000, 2005, 2006), PGA Championship (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007). Best U.S. Open ¿nish: Win (three).

Phil Mickelson Age: 42

World ranking: 10. Worldwide wins: 43. Majors: Masters (2004, 2006, 2010), PGA Championship (2005). Best U.S. Open ¿nish: Runner-up (¿ve times).

Brandt Snedeker Age: 32 World ranking: 6. Worldwide wins: 5. Majors: 0. Best U.S. Open ¿nish: Tie for 8th in 2010 at Pebble Beach.

U.S. OPEN from Page B1 a three-way playoff, which he won the next day over Lloyd Mangrum and Tom Fazio. Of his four U.S. Open titles, that meant the most to Hogan because he proved he could win just 16 months after a horrific car accident that nearly killed him. On battered legs, Hogan had to play the 36-hole final, followed by the 18-hole playoff. “Knowing the fact that he went through the accident and then came out here and played 36 and 18, that’s awfully im-

Hunter Mahan

Sergio Garcia

Age: 31 World ranking: 22. Worldwide wins: 5. Majors: 0. Best U.S. Open ¿nish: Tie for 6th in 2009 at Bethpage Black.

World ranking: 2. Worldwide wins: 10. Majors: U.S. Open (2011), PGA Championship (2013). Best U.S. Open ¿nish: Win (1).

Age: 33. Country: Spain. World ranking: 14. Worldwide wins: 23. Majors: 0. Best U.S. Open ¿nish: Tie for 3rd in 2002 at Bethpage Black.

Steve Stricker

Adam Scott

Charl Schwartzel

Age: 46 World ranking: 12. Worldwide wins: 12. Majors: 0. Best U.S. Open ¿nish: 5th at Pinehurst No. 2 in 1999.

pressive,” Woods said. In some small way, Woods can relate. Five years ago, Woods tried to play the U.S. Open with the ligaments shredded in his left knee and a double stress fracture in his lower left leg. The USGA published a book called ‘Great Moments of the U.S. Open,” and the photo it selected for the cover showed Woods arching his back and pumping his fists after making a 12-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole at Torrey Pines to get into a playoff. It wouldn’t have been much of a photo if he missed. Woods had to go 91 holes that week. He had to make an-

Age: 32. Country: Australia. MAHAN WOODS SCHWARTZEL World ranking: 3. Worldwide wins: 20. Majors: INTERNATIONAL Masters (2013). Rory McIlroy Best U.S. Open ¿nish: Tie for 15th Age: 24. Country: N. Ireland. in 2012 at The Olympic Club.

other birdie on the 18th hole of the playoff to go extra holes before finally beating Rocco Mediate. “I think there was a lot of people pulling for Tiger,” said Rory McIlroy, who was 19 at the time, a rookie on the European Tour who failed to qualify for the U.S. Open. “He was playing on a broken leg pretty much, so I was definitely pulling for Tiger. It was probably one of the best performances golf has ever seen, if not sport in general.” Hard as it might have been to believe that day, it also was the last major Woods won. He had one more chance at a major after his season-ending knee surgery, losing a two-shot

lead to Y.E. Yang in the 2009 PGA Championship. After two darks years brought on by the collapse of his marriage and more injuries to his left leg, he had at least a share of the 36hole lead in two majors last year, and he had an outside shot at the Masters in April going into the final round. Majors don’t come as easily as they once seemed to for Woods, though he never looked at them that way. “It wasn’t ever easy,” he said. “I felt it was still difficult because the major of the majors, three of the four always rotated. It was always on a new site each and every year. Augusta was the only one you could rely on from

Age: 28. Country: South Africa. World ranking: 15. Worldwide wins: 9. Majors: Masters (2011). Best U.S. Open ¿nish: Tie for 9th at Congressional in 2011.


Matt Kuchar hits down the first fairway during Tuesday’s practice round for the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

past experiences. A lot of majors that I won were on either the first or second time I’d ever seen it.”





McIlroy hopes he’s shaping up into Open contender BY DAN GELSTON The Associated Press ARDMORE, Pa. — From No. 1 to just one of many, Rory McIlroy’s game has clearly hit a rocky patch. No wonder he’s considered making Philly’s most famous run. “I was half thinking of going to the steps in the city, the Rocky steps,” he said. “Wherever they are, going to run up those. Just because we are where we are.” McIlroy has more in mind that landing triumphantly at the top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s steps. He’d like to leave an imprint on Philadelphia as the U.S. Open champion. First, he needs to find the eye of the tiger, even at the risk of catching Tiger’s eye. McIlroy will be part of the feature group the opening two rounds, playing alongside Tiger Woods and Adam Scott — Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in the world ranking. Woods, Scott, Graeme McDowell have been rattled off at the top of the list of contenders who can win this week at Merion Golf Club. In just six months, McIlroy has gone from golf’s next great player to a mere afterthought at Merion. Most weeks, he hasn’t come close to winning. The 24-yearold from Northern Ireland believes, though, his game is rounding into form, and it might help that conditions at Merion are soft because

of days of rain, just as it was at Congressional for his record U.S. Open win. “I much prefer this sort of golf,” he said Tuesday. “I expect the scores to be a little lower than what they would be if the course was a little firmer and dryer.” McIlroy won the 2012 PGA championship on Kiawah Island to go along with his U.S. Open title in 2011. But he finished 25th at the Masters this year and is coming of a brutal 78 at the Memorial Tournament. He barely made the cut and finished 57th. He has a 33rd and a 45th on his resume and, most notably, quit in the middle of a round at the Honda Classic. He played well to get in contention at the Texas Open in early April, finishing second with a final-round 66 for his best finish of the year. “This year, I feel like my game’s actually in good shape,” he said, referring to his Open chances. “I feel coming in this year I’ve got a way better chance than I did last year.” McIlroy attributed the strain to wanting to improve on his breakthrough season, when he won the PGA, five tournaments around the world, money titles on the two biggest tours and established himself as the best player in golf. McIlroy, who started the year in a slump and still hasn’t won, strug-

U.S. OPEN TEE TIMES The Associated Press June 13-16 At Merion Golf Club (East Course) Ardmore, Pa. Purse: TBA Yardage: 6,996; Par: 70 (a-amateur) Thursday-Friday First hole-11th hole 6:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. — Cliff Kresge, United States; Robert Tambellini, United States; Ryan Yip, United States. 6:56 a.m.-12:56 p.m. — Rickard Karlberg, Sweden; Yui Ueda, Japan; John Parry, England. 7:07 a.m.-1:07 p..m. — Nick Watney, United States; Peter Hanson, Sweden; Hunter Mahan, United States. 7:18 a.m.-1:18 p.m. — Lucas Glover, United States; Paul Casey, England; Bill Haas, United States. 7:29 a.m.-1:29 p.m. — Aaron Baddeley, United States; Rory Sabbatini, South Africa; David Lingmerth, Sweden. 7:40 a.m.-1:40 p.m. — George Coetzee, South Africa, Martin Laird, Scotland; Marcel Siem, Germany. 7:51 a.m.-1:51 p.m. — Jerry Kelly, United States; Charley Hoffman, United States; John Huh, United States. 8:02 a.m.-2:02 p.m. — Henrik Stenson, Sweden; Ryan Moore, United States; Robert Garrigus, United States. 8:13 a.m.-2:13 p.m. — Ryan Palmer, United States; Simon Khan, England; Ted Potter Jr., United States. 8:24 a.m.-2:24 p.m. — Shawn Stefani, United States; a-Michael Kim, United States; Nicholas Thompson, United States. 8:35 a.m.-2:35 p.m. — Chris Doak, Scotland; Andrew Svoboda, United States, Doug LaBelle, United States. 8:46 a.m.-2:46 p.m. — Kevin Sutherland, United States; Matt Weibring, United States; Randall Hutchison, United States. 8:57 a.m.-2:57 p.m. — a-Cory McIlyea, United States; Ryan Nelson, United States; John Hahn, United States. 12:30 p.m.-7 a.m. — David Toms, United States; Darren Clarke, Northern Ireland; Jose Maria Olazabal, Spain. 12:41 p.m.-7:11 a.m. — Geoff Ogilvy, Australia; Angel Cabrera, Argentina; Paul Lawrie, Scotland. 12:52 p.m.-7:22 a.m. — Luke Donald, England; Lee Westwood, England; Martin Kaymer, Germany. 1:03 p.m.-7:33 a.m. — Jim Furyk, United States; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland; Zach Johnson, United States. 1:14 p.m.-7:44 a.m. — Tiger Woods, United States; Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland; Adam Scott, Australia. 1:25 p.m.-7:55 a.m. — Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand; Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Spain; Thorbjorn Olesen, Denmark. 1:36 p.m.-8:06 a.m. — Webb Simpson, United States; a-Steven Fox, United States; Ernie Els, South Africa. 1:47 p.m.-8:17 a.m. — Kyle Stanley; Joe Ogilvie, United States; Luke Guthrie, United States. 1:58 p.m.-8:28 a.m.— Josh Teater, United States; Yoshinobu Tsukada, Japan; Eddie Pepperell, England. 2:09 p.m.-8:39 a.m. — Edward Loar, United States; MortenOrum Madsen, Denmark; Jung-Gon Hwang, South Korea. 2:20 p.m.-8:50 a.m. — a-Max Homa, United States; Russell Knox, Scotland; Matt Bettencourt, United States. 2:31 p.m.-9:01 a.m. — Adam Hadwin, Canada; John Nieporte, United States; Jim

Herman, United States. 2:42 p.m.-9:12 a.m. — Brandon Brown, United States; a-Grayson Murray, United States; Jesse Smith, United States. Thursday-Friday 11th hole-First hole 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Bubba Watson, United States, Dustin Johnson, United States, Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium. 7:11 a.m.-12:41 p.m. — Phil Mickelson, United States, Steve Stricker, United States, Keegan Bradley, United States. 7:22 a.m.-12:52 p.m. — Matt Kuchar, United States; Justin Rose, England; Brandt Snedeker, United States. 7:33 a.m.-1:03 p.m. — Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa; Tim Clark, South Africa. 7:44 a.m.-1:14 p.m. — Sergio Garcia, Spain; Stewart Cink, United States; Padraig Harrington, Ireland. 7:55 a.m.-1:25 p.m. — Ian Poulter, England; Jason Dufner, United States; Boo Weekley, United States. 8:06 a.m.-1:36 p.m. — Rickie Fowler, United States, Matteo Manassero, Italy, Jason Day, Australia. 8:17 a.m.-1:47 p.m. — Y.E. Yang, South Korea; Freddie Jacobson, Sweden; Hiroyuki Fujita, Japan. 8:28 a.m.-1:58 p.m. — Scott Stallings, United States; John Peterson, United States; Robert Karlsson, Sweden. 8:39 a.m.-2:09 p.m. — Jay Don Blake, United States; Brandt Jobe, United States; Michael Campbell, New Zealand. 8:50 a.m.-2:20 p.m. — David Hearn, Canada; Mike Weir; Jaco Van Zyl, South Africa. 9:01 a.m.-2:31 p.m. — a-Kevin Phelan, Ireland; Wil Collins, United States; Harold Varner III. 9:12 a.m.-2:42 p.m. — a-Cheng-Tsung Pan, Taiwan; Mackenzie Hughes, Canada; Geoffrey Sisk, United States. 12:45 p.m.-6:45 a.m. — Justin Hicks, United States; David Howell, Englang; Brian Stuard, United States. 12:56 p.m.-6:56 a.m. — Brendan Steele, United States; Estanislao Goya, Argentina; Peter Hedblom, England. 1:07 p.m.-7:07 a.m. — Marc Leishman, Australia; John Senden, Australia; Marcus Fraser, Australia. 1:18 p.m.-7:18 a.m. — Scott Langley, United States; a-Chris Williams, United States; Morgan Hoffmann, United States. 1:29 p.m.-7:29 a.m. — Michael Thompson, United States; a-Michael Weaver, United States; Casey Wittenberg, United States. 1:40 p.m.-7:40 a.m. — K.J. Choi, South Korea; Francesco Molinari, Italy; Carl Pettersson, Sweden. 1:51 p.m.-7:51 a.m. — Scott Piercy, United States; Kevin Chappell, United States; Jamie Donaldson, Wales. 1:02 p.m.-8:02 a.m. — Bo Van Pelt, United States; Kevin Streelman, United States; D.A. Points, United States. 2:13 p.m.-8:13 a.m. — Branden Grace, South Africa; Sang-Moon Bae, South Korea; Russell Henley, United States. 2:24 p.m.-8:24 a.m. — Hideki Matsuyama, Japan; Billy Horschel, United States; Jordan Spieth, United States. 2:35 p.m.-8:35 a.m. — Mathew Goggin, Australia; Steven Alker, New Zealand; Alistair Presnell, Australia. 2:46 p.m.-8:46 a.m. — Matt Harmon, United States; a-Gavin Hall, United States; Bio Kim, South Korea. 2:57 p.m.-8:57 a.m. — Zack Fischer, United States; Ryan Sullivan, United States; Brandon Crick, United States.


Rory McIlroy attempts a putt during the second round of the Memorial on Friday in Dublin, Ohio. McIlroy will be paired with Tiger Woods and Adam Scott in Thursday’s opening round of the U.S. Open.

gled to balance his game with his business. He signed with Nike for what is said to be upward of $20 million a year and then left Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management to set up his own management group.

He said the toughest part of this season has been “managing the expectations, probably of myself and other people.” “You want to contend and win tournaments and I haven’t done enough of that this

year,” he said. Perhaps he could have continued to work on his game under the radar and without fanfare had it not been for that first-day grouping. With just about every camera, reporter and fan at the course turned

to the McIlroy-WoodsScott grouping, the buzz from first hole of the tournament might well feel more like the first hole of a playoff. And maybe that can give McIlroy’s game a jolt. “It gets you focused from the first shot,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of attention on that group and it’s just nice to be a part of it.” Starting May 6, 2012, McIlroy spent 32 straight weeks at No. 1 before relinquishing the top spot to Woods after his win at Bay Hill. Reaching No. 1 again is a worry for another day. Up first, conquering those Scottish-style bunkers known as the “white faces of Merion.” “As long as I just put it on the fairway, I feel like I can take advantage,” he said. McIlroy planned to unwind Tuesday night by watching the San Antonio Spurs play the Miami Heat in the NBA finals. The Heat Big 3 of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh might be the only trio in sports this week that can top Woods-McIlroyScott in A-list star power. “They can sort of help each other out, where we’re trying to do our own thing,” McIlroy said. “We’re trying to beat one another. But it’s nice again to pair the top-three ranked players in the world. It’s a cool idea and I’m just happy to be a part of it.” He’ll be happier to walk out of Merion a champion again.

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RDMORE, Pa. — A handshake on the driving range. A handwritten note left quietly in his locker. About the only thing Sergio Garcia hasn’t done this week is send Tiger Woods a box of chocolates. There’s still time, of course, since the two erstwhile rivals don’t tee off until Thursday in the U.S. Tim Open at DAHLBERG muddy Merion Golf Club. On second thought, maybe a nice bouquet of flowers tucked inside one of those wicker baskets they use for flags here might work better. C’mon. What’s a fellow got to do to prove he’s sorry? “You know, it’s a big week and I understand that it’s difficult to meet up and stuff,” Garcia said. Can’t be that hard. Woods himself mentioned he had dinner plans Wednesday night with his niece, Cheyenne. Maybe Garcia could at least get in a few words over dessert. Or maybe he should just forget the whole thing and do what Woods himself said he had done — consider the matter closed. Whether Woods actually meant that will be debated in the lock-


Sergio Garcia, left, and Tiger Woods shake hands on the driving range during practice for the U.S. Open golf tournament at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Garcia and Woods have made up since their last verbal spar.

er room as much as what Garcia meant last month when he said he would have Woods over for dinner during the Open and serve him fried chicken every night. Woods let Fuzzy Zoeller twist in the wind for years after he made a similar comment at the Masters. No reason to think Garcia will fare any better. That’s probably why the Spaniard looked like someone had stolen his favorite putter when he met with the media Tuesday , knowing that most of the questions would have nothing to do with historic Merion or Garcia’s chances of finally winning a major in this Open. He talked about moving forward and being forgiven. Said he made dumb mistakes

but was trying to learn from them. Talked even more about moving forward and being forgiven. If it weren’t for somebody asking about Ben Hogan and the great 1-iron he hit to the 18th green here at the 1950 U.S. Open, he’d still be talking about moving forward and being forgiven. “I wish I could go back in time and take back what I said, but unfortunately, I said it,” Garcia said. “You know, the only thing I can do is show you my respect from here moving forward.” Unfortunately for Garcia, Woods doesn’t forget easily. He tends to forgive even less. After 14 years of chasing after Woods on the golf course, Garcia must chase him just to offer an apology. He

seems to have about as much chance of success as he does winning a major of his own. “It’s already done,” Woods said, dismissing Garcia as easily as he does most autograph seekers. “We’ve already gone through it all. It’s time for the U.S. Open and we tee it up in two days.” On a day when spectators sloshed through the mud to watch practice rounds and players fretted about mud balls deciding this Open, the lingering effects of the Woods-Garcia dustup did do one thing. It drew some of the spotlight from the decision by the U.S. Golf Association to return the Open to Merion, an old and short course that could be easy pickings for the best players in the world.




Tebow signs 2-year deal with Pats BY HOWARD ULMAN The Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tim Tebow is back on the field with an NFL team — the New England Patriots. The Patriots announced the signing of the former Jets quarterback on Tuesday, six weeks after he was cut by New York and just in time for the start of the three-day Patriots minicamp that runs through Thursday. Tebow practiced with veteran New England starter Tom Brady and backup Ryan Mallett. The newest Patriot wore No. 5, not his familiar 15 — which belongs to Mallett — on his shorts and helmet. The QBs wore red jerseys without numbers. “First and foremost, I just want to thank the Patriots for giving me an opportunity. I’m very thankful,” Tebow said on the field after practice. “It’s such an honor to be a Patriot and play for Coach (Bill) Belichick and for Coach (Josh) McDaniels, learn under Tom (Brady), and be a part of this very successful franchise.” Two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press


Newly signed New England quarterback Tim Tebow throws during Tuesday’s practice in Foxboro, Mass. The Patriots signed Tebow to a 2-year deal.

that Tebow was signed for two years with no guaranteed money. One person says he will make the veteran’s minimum salary, $630,000 in 2013, with incentives. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because terms of the deals had not been announced.

ESPN first reported terms of the signing. “Anything we do, we feel is in the best interests of the team,” Belichick said at a standing-roomonly news conference before practice. “We’ll see how it goes.” With 15 video cameras and more than 40 media members in the audi-

ence, Belichick said, “We’ve been in front of bigger crowds before.” Tebow, 25, is being reunited with McDaniels, the Patriots offensive coordinator who was Denver’s head coach when the Broncos traded into the first round to take him with the 25th draft pick in 2010. McDaniels stood next to Tebow on the practice field. “I’m looking forward to working hard every single day, and getting a lot better, and learning under some great people,” Tebow said during his 40-second visit with reporters. “So, that’s all I got. But thank you so much and God bless. I’m sure we’ll be talking more soon.” There is no guarantee that Tebow will still be with the Patriots when training camp begins next month, but if the Patriots keep him, he would have time to develop as a quarterback since Brady holds that job. Tebow even could be tried at tight end, where the status of Rob Gronkowski is uncertain after he had his fourth operation on his broken left forearm on May 20 and faces back surgery this month.


COLLEGE WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE The Associated Press At TD Ameritrade Park Omaha Omaha, Neb. Double Elimination x-if necessary Saturday, June 15 Game 1 — Mississippi State (48-18) vs. Oregon State (50-11), 3 p.m. Game 2 — Indiana (48-18) vs. Louisville (51-12) , 8 p.m. Sunday, June 16 Game 3 — North Carolina (57-10) vs. N.C. State (49-14), 3 p.m. Game 4 — UCLA (44-17) vs. LSU (579), 8 p.m. Monday, June 17 Game 5 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 3 p.m. Game 6 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 Game 7 — Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 3 p.m. Game 8 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 19

Game 9 — Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 8 p.m. Thursday, June 20 Game 10 — Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 8 p.m. Friday, June 21 Game 11 — Game 6 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 3 p.m. Game 12 — Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 22 x-Game 13 — Game 6 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 3 p.m. x-Game 14 — Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 8 p.m. If only one game is necessary, it will start at 8:30 p.m. Championship Series (Best-of-3) Monday, June 24 Pairings TBA, 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 Pairings TBA, 8 p.m. x-Wednesday, June 26 Pairings TBA, 8 p.m.



Ewing new Bobcats associate head coach CHARLOTTE — A person familiar with the situation says the Charlotte Bobcats have reached an agreement in principle with Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing to become their new associate head coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the hire has not yet been made official. The 50-year-old Ewing was a teammate of Bobcats owner Michael Jordan on the 1992 USA Olympic “Dream Team” that won gold at the Barcelona Games. Ewing also spent five years as an EWING assistant coach with the Orlando Magic working alongside Steve Clifford, who was hired as the Bobcats head coach last month. Ewing has nine years of experience as an NBA assistant coach. Ewing interviewed for the Bobcats head coaching position in 2012, but Jordan hired Mike Dunlap instead. NBA FINALS TV VIEWERSHIP DOWN FROM LAST YEAR

USC from Page B1 The Tar Heels’ 5-4 win Tuesday followed Saturday’s 6-5 victory and Sunday’s 8-0 blowout in USC’s favor. Tuesday, the Gamecocks led 4-2 in the middle of the sixth inning. They were 12 outs from Omaha, thanks largely to North Carolina center fielder Chaz Frank dropping a routine, twoout fly ball in the fifth, which allowed the inning’s two runs to score, putting USC up 3-2. Then the Gamecocks’ defense betrayed them, as it did too often in this super regional, and the Tar Heels scored three runs in the sixth and went up 5-4. The Gamecocks committed three errors in each game. Their last, in the sixth inning, was the cruelest of all. So often, baseball’s thinnest margins separate celebratory dog-piles from silent dugouts. Landon Lassiter led off the sixth with a hard line drive to USC shortstop Joey Pankake. He dove for it — a tough but not impossible play. The ball hit the inside of his glove, then fell to the dirt. Three batters later, after a Colin Moran triple cut USC’s lead to 4-3, Cody Stubbs flied out to center fielder Tanner English for the first out, with runners at the corners. Skye Bolt broke from first base, tagging up, a potentially risky move. USC coach Chad Holbrook wasn’t surprised. He knew North Carolina liked to apply pressure in these situations. Holbrook prepared English for this scenario. Throw the ball to the cut-off man, Holbrook told him before the game. English followed orders. The

NEW YORK — The NBA Finals’ television viewership for Game 2 was down 13 percent from last year. Miami’s 103-84 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night on ABC was watched by 14.6 million people. That’s down from 16.7 million for the Heat-Thunder series a year ago. NCAA APR AGAIN HITS SCHOOLS WITH LESSER RESOURCES


South Carolina second baseman Max Schrock, left, makes a throw to first base as North Carolina’s Landon Lassiter is forced out during Tuesday’s NCAA super regional in Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina won 5-4 to advance to the College World Series.

cut-off man, Kyle Martin, is one of USC’s best defenders. He shined at first base during the super regional. But he is not accustomed to throwing from the middle of the infield grass to second base. He tried to nail Bolt, a fast runner. Martin’s throw sailed into center field. Moran scored. Tie game. “We defended the ball the way it was supposed to be defended,” Holbrook said. “Make two clean throws, and he’s out.” Instead, later in the inning, North Carolina had the bases loaded with two outs, the score still knotted at four. Senior closer Tyler Webb, usually dominant in the NCAA tournament, replaced setup man Adam Westmoreland. The first Tar Heel who Webb faced was the No. 9 hitter, Parks Jordan. Webb started Jordan 0-2, USC’s tall left-hander crafting yet another Houdini moment. Jordan took a ball, fouled off a pitch, took two more balls and fouled another pitch. Webb looked for the sign again. Since

the beginning of last season, he has been one of USC’s best pitchers, a quiet young man who blossomed this year in a role that requires cold-blooded precision, performing just as well as his predecessor, Omaha legend Matt Price. As Webb stood on the mound, preparing his final pitch to Jordan, he had walked just 31 batters and struck out 118 in 98 1/3 innings since the start of last season. And then he threw a ball. “Pretty close,” Webb said afterward, speaking steadily as ever. “But it was probably a ball.” The Gamecocks had been pushed into these corners before. Entering Tuesday, they were 7-5 since 2010 in NCAA tournament games that they trailed after the sixth inning or later. They were 8-1 in elimination games. They seemed equipped to hit out of a one-run deficit. In their first five games of this tournament, they batted .339, including .329 in two super regional games. #SPBE4USFFUrSumter, SC

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Eighteen Division I teams will miss the postseason, and another 18 in men’s basketball and nine other college sports will trade practice time for remedial classroom sessions under NCAA academic progress reports released Tuesday. Poor Academic Progress Rate scores mean postseason bans in the 2013-14 academic year for teams from 10 schools: Alabama State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Florida A&M, Florida International, Grambling State, Mississippi Valley State, New Orleans, Norfolk State, Savannah State and Southern. That compares to 15 teams ineligible for the 2012-13 postseason. FB VONTA LEACH CUT BY RAVENS IN SALARY-CAP MOVE

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Vonta Leach was released Tuesday by the Baltimore Ravens, who failed to agree on a restructured contract with the All-Pro fullback. COLTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH RB BRADSHAW

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent Ahmad Bradshaw on Tuesday, adding a veteran running back to their crowded backfield. 49ERS NAME STADIUM AFTER PANTHERS’ RICHARDSON

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte 49ers have announced their new 15,300-seat football facility will be named Jerry Richardson Stadium following a $10 million donation from the Carolina Panthers owner. Construction on the stadium was completed last October. From wire reports

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MARY LOGAN Mary Logan was born Feb. 22, 1926, in Sumter County, to the late Ben and Ocie Black Johnson. “There is a sweet, sweet spirit in this place and I know it’s the spirit of the Lord.� A sweet spirit is now resting with the Lord. Mary Logan departed LOGAN her natural life and entered her eternal spiritual life on Sunday, June 9, 2013, peacefully at Clarendon Memorial Hospital. She attended the public schools of Clarendon County. At an early age, Mary accepted the Lord, Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. She was a lifelong member of Taw Caw Missionary Baptist Church. Mary loved and enjoyed raising her family, fishing and gardening. She was well-liked by everyone who knew her. Mary was preceded in death by one brother, Ben Johnson Jr.; one sister, Lillie Mae Manning; and five children, Jimmy Logan, Margaree Logan, Maealice Logan, Shirley Logan and Ida M. Logan. She leaves to cherish her memory and grow from her legacy of love: 11 children, Eartha (James) Bannister and Mary Jo Briggs, both of White Plains, N.Y., Willie Henry “Charlie� Logan and Carolyn (Albert

Black) Benbow, both of Summerton, Betty A. Logan of Pleasantville, N.Y., Frank (Sharon) Logan of Seagoville, Texas, Delores Logan of Manning, Lula M. Logan of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., Mattie M. Logan and Bertha Logan, both of Summerton, and Moses L. Logan of Florence; 22 grandchildren; 30 greatgrandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends, including a special friend, Robert Billie. Funeral services for Mrs. Logan will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Taw Caw Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. W.T. Johnson, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at the cemetery. The remains will be placed in the church at noon until the hour of the service. Online condolences may be sent to summertonfuneralhome@yahoo. com. Viewing will be held from noon to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will receive friends at the home, 1071 Oliver St., Summerton. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Summerton Funeral Home LLC, 23 S. Duke St., Summerton, (803) 485-3755.

WILLIAM T. GREGORY IV MANNING — William Thurlow “Gregg� Gregory IV, 61, husband of Terri Jo Grimsley

Gregory, died Monday, June 10, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. GREGORY Born Feb. 3, 1952, in Greenwood, he was a son of the late William Thurlow III and Betty Jo Payne Gregory. He was a turf management specialist; an avid golfer; and Clemson Tiger fan. He was a member of Manning First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He is survived by his wife of Manning; two sons, William Payne Gregory of Charleston and James Phelps Gregory of Manning; a sister, Debbie Gregory Sims (Jerry) of Columbia; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Joe and Pearle “Bubba� Payne; and paternal grandparents, William Thurlow and Fredricka Cullum Gregory. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Manning First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Dale Roach and the Rev. Nick Erickson officiating. Burial will follow in Clarendon Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Dr. Bobby Ridgeway, Ervin Davis, Tim Oliver, LeBon Joye, Scott Jackson, Joe Wilson, Bill Furse and Robbie Briggs. Honorary pallbearers

will be Johnny Long, Archie Booker, Steve Belangia, Dr. Carl Ramsey, Robert Briggs, Alphonzo “Bubba� Ragin and Mike Swearingen. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the residence, 201 S. Brooks St., Manning. Memorials may be made to Manning First Baptist Church, Youth and Children’s Ministry, 49 W. Boyce St., Manning, SC 29102. Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St., Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179.

ALETHIA MELLETTE-BUTLER Alethia Mae MelletteButler, 52, departed this life on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at the home of her brother and sister-inlaw, 375 Apollo St., Wedgefield. Born May 25, 1961, in Paxville, she was a daughter of Susan Ella Richburg Mellette and the late Cleveland Marion Mellette. Funeral plans are incomplete and will be announced later by Job’s Mortuary Inc. of Sumter. The family is receiving friends at the home of Josephine (Calvin) Hardy, 6365 Cougar Way, Wedgefield, SC 29168. EVELYN H. SNIECINSKI Evelyn H. Sniecinski, 82, widow of Frank S.


Sniecinski Jr., died Monday, June 10, 2013, at the home of her daughter in Manning. Born in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Marvin Sr. and Estelle Bartlette Hudson. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. Survivors include three daughters, Nancy Evans Holladay (Bert) and Linda D. Lewis, both of Sumter, and Debbie Andrews Ard (Chuck) of Manning; a stepdaughter, Geneva Sauter (Daniel) of Texas; a stepson, Frank Sniecinski III of Florida; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four brothers, James Hudson, Clyde Hudson, Gordon Hudson and Tommy Hudson; and a sister, Esther Whitehead. She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Hudson; and a sister, Corine Hudson. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Hendricks officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at ElmoreCannon-Stephens Funeral Home and other times at her home. Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, 2401 Bethel Church Road, Sumter, SC 29154. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of

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WARREN WELLS Warren Wells, 69, entered eternal rest on Friday, June 7, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born Oct. 29, 1943, in Sumter, he was a son of Lucille Simon Williams and the late Roosevelt Scarborough. Funeral plans will be announced by Community Funeral Home of Sumter. LILLIE MAE WILLIAMS Lillie Mae Williams, 72, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Dorch Community Care Center, Manning. Born Nov. 21, 1940, in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Lillian Williams. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home of her son, Randy Williams Burgess, 95 Rolling Creek Drive, Sumter. Funeral plans will be announced by Community Funeral Home of Sumter. WANDA BENENHALEY EASTOVER — Wanda Benenhaley died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at her home. Services will be announced by Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, (803) 775-9386.



Goalies take center stage in finals BY JAY COHEN The Associated Press CHICAGO— Corey Crawford was in the stands when Patrick Kane slammed home the goal that secured the Stanley Cup for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. A year later, Tuukka Rask was just a practice player when Tim Thomas led the Boston Bruins to the title. Fast forward to Wednesday night at the United Center, and Crawford and Rask will be in goal when the Blackhawks host the Bruins in Game 1 of the Cup finals. It’s been a long road, but that little taste of the Stanley Cup turned into much more for two of the most important players for this series. Sure, it’s nice to win a championship. It’s just a little sweeter when you’re on the ice at the very end. “Once you’ve seen it, and not being on the ice, I think everybody would like to have that chance someday,� Rask said. “For me, it

STANLEY CUP FINALS The Associated Press (Best-of-7; x-if necessary) Boston vs. Chicago Today: Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15: Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m. Monday, June 17: Chicago at Boston, 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 19: Chicago at Boston, 8 p.m. x-Saturday, June 22: Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m. x-Monday, June 24: Chicago at Boston, 8 p.m. x-Wednesday, June 26: Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m.

came pretty early after our win and I’m just trying to make the most out of it and enjoy myself.� The rise of Rask and Crawford

HICKS from Page B1 in the Greenville metropolitan area while playing football. The Titans were 12-0 last year playing college club and freshman teams. “I just think this is a good opportunity for me,� Hicks said. “Doing this will give me a chance to prove myself and show what I can do.� Hicks had a strong senior season for Manning, which went 7-4 and lost in the first round of the 3A state playoffs. Hicks, who was a 3-year letter winner at Manning, was named to the all-Region VI-3A team as well as to the Sumter Touchdown Club All-Area Team. He had 43 solo tackles, 25 assists, 18 tackles for loss and four quarterback hurries. He also

scored a touchdown. New Manning head football coach Tony Felder thinks Greenville is getting a good deal in Hicks. “I really think his best football is still ahead of him,� Felder said of Hicks, whom he worked with as a defensive line coach. “I really see him getting the chance to play at the (NCAA) Division I or Division II level in a couple of years.� What Felder likes best about Hicks is his work ethic. “He worked and worked and ended up being a very good player,� Felder said of Hicks, who was a 2-year starter. Hicks said Greenville is looking at him as either a nose tackle or defensive tackle.

is a testament to the patience and steady approach of the Bruins and Blackhawks, and it’s no coincidence that each team is seeking to become the first franchise with two Stanley Cups in the salary cap era. After a slow and steady climb, Rask and Crawford have been the best goaltenders in the league during this year’s playoffs. Crawford leads the NHL with a 1.74 goalsagainst average, just ahead of Rask (1.75 GAA). “It’s a process for goalies, I think,� said Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, one of Crawford’s biggest supporters over the years. “We’ve always had confidence in his ability. I think it’s just nice to see now him getting the recognition that he deserves. “The consistent play that we’ve had game in, game out, it’s been that way from the beginning of the year. We know we’re going to get a great performance from him every night.�

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Public Hearing NOTICE OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION DESIGN REVIEW The Historic Preservation Design Review Committee will meet on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. in the Planning Department conference room located in the Liberty Center (12 W. Liberty Street, Sumter, South Carolina). The following requests are scheduled for public hearing: HP-13-11, 13 E. Canal St. (City) The applicant is requesting Historic Preservation Design Review approval to expand the maintenance facility, reconfigure the parking lot and landscape on property located at 13 E. Canal St. and represented by Tax Map #249-09-01-040. HP-13-12, 14 E. Liberty St. (City) The applicant is requesting Historic Preservation Design Review approval for a mural on the wall façade of property located at 14 E. Liberty St. and represented by Tax Map #228-13-07-032. Documents pertaining to the proposed request(s) are on file in the Office of the Sumter City-County Planning Department and are available to be inspected and studied by interested citizens. Joseph T. McElveen, Jr. Mayor

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ou can’t miss seeing the word “HOPE” in large capital letters when you look out the front door of the Sumter County Adult Education Center. The center sits across Main Street from the North Hope Center, whose name perhaps reminds students never to give up on their dreams. No doubt, hope is something most adult education students share. But perhaps the most important characteristic tonight’s graduation speakers have in common is determination and perseverance. Rosemary Peavy, who receives her GED tonight, and Deontre’ Madison, who’s getting his high school diploma, have both faced adversity and have overcome obstacles to complete their high school education. WHY DID THEY PERSIST?

For Peavy, there are many factors that influenced her returning to get her diploma about 35 years after she left school for marriage. Foremost among them, she said, is that she promised her father she’d finish school. Madison, now 20, was in foster care from the time he was 4 years old. He said his foster mother, Georgia Madison, always encouraged him to do well in school, and the two have always considered themselves mother and son. About a year ago, the relationship was made official through legal adoption. Deontre’ completed 12 years of school, finishing at Lakewood after

h atten e d ded d Ma ancche h ster Ele l having attended Manchester Elementary, Furman and Hillcrest middle schools and Lakewood High School. “I did pretty good with all my classes except math,” he said. After high school, all that stood between him and his high school diploma was the HSAP, the High School Assessment Program, which is the exit examination all students must pass to get their diplomas. He passed the language arts part of the HSAP the first time around, Madison said, but the math portion proved too difficult. What was the hardest part of the HSAP math portion? “Everything,” he said. “Word problems, all kinds of problems.” His guidance counselors at Lakewood recommended he go to adult education classes. Once again, his mother encouraged him. She works in the library at Chestnut Oaks Middle School and has always emphasized to him the importance of education. Every day, Madison said, she would drop him off at the center and pick him up when she got off work. On April 18, Madison took the HSAP for the seventh time. This time, he passed. “I called my mom and told her,” he said. “She said, ‘Thank God.’” Asked what he would have done had he failed again, Madison said, simply, “I’d have gone back to class and taken it again.” Madison’s teachers included Laura Jefferson and Sherry Jackson. Jackson, whose official title is “itinerant special education teacher,”


Deontre Madison, right, goes over his commencement address with his instructor, Sherry Jackson, at the Sumter Adult Education Center last week.

said Madison is one of the hardest working students she’s had. “I studied so hard, my calculator quit working,” he said. “I’d get here before 7 in the morning, and he’d be waiting,” Jackson said. “He’d take his class, and many times he’d go and sit in on the GED math class just in case something there could help him, too.” More evidence of Madison’s perseverance was that “He came every day,” Jackson said. “He had perfect attendance; he never missed a day. He was dedicated to the point that he would stay after. “I guess the thing that is most impressive about him is his spirit. He kept asking me over and over, ‘Am I going to pass this test?,’ and I’d say yes. He’d say, ‘Do you feel it in your bones?,” and I’d say yes.” Madison laughed. “And guess what?,” Jackson said. “He passed it.” Is he going to Disney World?

‘It ate away at me’ Rosemary Peavy, 51, didn’t have to work on her GED (General Education Development) certificate, equivalent to a high school diploma. She has a good job as a graphic artist at The Item, where she has worked since 1993. Determination and several promises made were her major motivation, she said. “I got married in ‘78, during my junior year,” Peavy said. “The one thing my parents wanted was for me to finish school. My promise to my dad was that I would.” She continued to go to school after her marriage, even enrolling in another state when she and her husband Gene moved for his work. That was interrupted for six weeks by the birth of their first child in 1979. “I went back, and two weeks later, I ended up having to have surgery and was out again,” Peavy said. “The principal actually came to our house and said ‘I don’t believe you’re going to pass because you’ve missed too much time and you can’t make up all the work.’ That’s why I didn’t go back then.” Over time, the family moved a lot, and Peavy tried several times to go to night school, she said, “and one thing or another would come up and I would never get to finish. I was a stay-at-home mom, and we had our second child.” Determined to get her diploma, she enrolled in night school in Sumter around 1984 and completed the 11th grade. “Then I ended up going to work, and school was put on hold again,” she said. In 1991 she decided to take the GED test. “I didn’t pass,” she said. “I missed by 15 points total, and I had a certain time limit to go back and retake the part I didn’t pass, and I just let it go by.” Circumstances caused her not to try again for a while, but always in her mind was her promise to her father, Peavy said, adding that “Raising a family and working full time, I just didn’t go back.” But, she said, “It ate away at me. I wanted to do it.” Peavy’s father died in 1995, and her promise to him became even more important. While her mother never brought it up, Peavy said, her husband Gene did. “They were real supportive, knowing it was something I really wanted,” she said, “not just for my father, but for myself. I wanted to finish. “I had goals, I had things I wanted to do, and because it was the right thing to do – you’re supposed to finish school. I attempted to go back to night school in 2009, but that was during the time my mom was sick, and I was taking care of her and


Rosemary Peavy designs an advertisment for The Item, where she’s worked for 20 years. Tonight, she is delivering one of two commencement addresses at the Sumter Adult Education graduation ceremonies at Patriot Hall.

working. It was just too hard, and I had to quit school again.” The following year Gene was diagnosed with cancer. Even then, she said, “Gene would say ‘I wish I could go to school with you, maybe we could get through it together. I know I’m not able, but I want you to finish this.’ “I’d say ‘I will. I’ll get it one day.’ “Then in February of 2011, I lost my mom and my husband two weeks apart. That year was so rough. My best friend kept saying to me: ‘OK, Rosie, it’s time to think about yourself. You need to go back and finish.’” In February of 2012, Peavy signed up for adult education again, “and luckily (The Item management) allowed me to leave work an hour early (to attend classes).” Since Peavy had left high school more than three decades ago, she had to take a series of courses to earn a total of at least 24 credits, then pass the GED exam. That’s not an easy test, Sharon Teigue said. The director of Sumter County Adult Education, Teigue noted that “One-third of people who graduated from high school couldn’t pass it. It tests every subject, from basic reading, writing and math to science, social studies to geometry, algebra and more.” As with Madison, it was math that was Peavy’s nemesis. “When I took my GED the first time around, I passed everything but the math,” she said. “I just kept going back, taking that class over and over, taking that math part until finally in February

“I’m going to Central Carolina to study welding,” he said. He’s currently learning welding at Vocational Rehabilitation, too. “This guy is something else,” Jackson said. Madison is not particularly nervous about giving his speech tonight. He’s been persistent about practicing it and said, “I’m pretty confident.” Tonight there will be plenty of excited faces watching him in his gray cap and gown. He has two sisters and a brother, other relatives and friends who will be there. He has a message for them and the others who will be in the audience, a message that applies not just to his fellow graduates and students, but to anyone who wants to succeed at a particular goal. “I was determined to get my diploma. I never gave up,” he said. “My teachers and my mom encouraged me. “I want to motivate other people.”

2013, I passed.” Peavy was at her mother-in-law’s home, where her son had just announced he and his wife were expecting their first child, when her phone rang. “It was my best friend Lori, who works at Adult Ed,” she said. “She was saying something about gray colors and I needed to get a new dress. I didn’t know what she was talking about until she said, ‘You passed! “I just busted out crying. I jumped up and down.” Her mother-in-law asked if she’d won the lottery. She’d scored exactly what she had to in order to pass, Peavy said. “The last time I didn’t pass,” she said, “I called my son and told him, and he said, ‘Well, Mom, what are you going to do now?’ I said, ‘I’m going back,’ and he said, ‘That’s what I wanted to hear.’” She gives much of the credit to her family, friends and “Everybody at Adult Ed who was so supportive. The morning I took it, they all said ‘This time you’re going to do it. We have confidence in you.’” Peavy’s confidence in herself never wavered, she said. “I’m not the type to give up if there’s something I want,” she said. “ It might take me a long time to achieve it, but once I make up my mind, I’m going to do it. I’m just thankful my health has held up and I was able to complete this and show, especially to my kids, to never give up. It was tough, and it makes you feel good.” Like Madison, Peavy hopes to inspire others with her commencement speech tonight. “I just want to encourage people to never give up,” she said. “Age doesn’t matter. You just have to keep going. I never looked at myself as being a particularly strong person, but I didn’t think I was weak. The night my mom passed away, as sick as Gene was at that time, too, he walked in and I was sort of crying; he said, ‘You know, you’ve done everything you’re supposed to do for her. I don’t know how you’ve done what you’ve done especially this last year with your mom and me being sick. You’re the strongest person I’ve ever known, and I want you to always remember that. Don’t second guess yourself.’ “That’s always in the back of my mind.” Peavy’s message tonight? “You just persevere. You never give up on your dreams. Life gets in the way at times, but sometimes I feel that’s just another test to see how strong you are. “God has a plan, and sometimes he puts things in the way of it, and it’s up to you to come through and keep going forward.”

The Sumter County Adult Education Center graduates 100 to 150 annually in its GED and diploma classes, surpassing the state graduation rate; South Carolina adult education also surpasses the national rate. Commencement begins at 7 p.m. tonight at Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St. The public is invited to attend.






A lighter take on classic steakhouse fare for father BY SARA MOULTON Associated Press My family has been weaning itself from red meat for years. We still love it, but the portions and frequency are less than they used to be. Still, when I started planning a Father’s Day menu for my husband and my dad, I thought it might be nice to bow to tradition by turning to the Batman and Robin of manly fare — steak and potatoes. Happily, there are many ways these days to have your steak and eat it, too. For this menu, I was able to lower the fat and calorie count not only of the steak and potatoes, but of the equally sinful sauce — bearnaise. And, as ever, the flavor stays large. We start with flank steak. Leaner and tougher than rib-eye (the traditionalist’s cut of choice), flank steak is nonetheless plenty juicy and delicious as long as you cook it to no more than medium-rare and slice it thinly and against the grain. And just a little of it — 4 ounces — can be surprisingly satisfying. The satisfaction quotient leaps up pretty quickly, of course, when potatoes get into the act. In this case, I’m talking about russets, the king of starchy potatoes. I shred those bad boys, flatten them into a pancake, and crisp up the pancake in a nonstick skillet with just a little bit of olive oil. Then I transfer it to a sheet pan and finish it in the oven, which frees up the skillet for the steak. While the steak is cooking and resting,

you can go to work on my “bearnaise sauce.” The traditional version — made with egg yolks, lots of butter and tarragon — is a classic of French cuisine. In my version, tarragon is the only ingredient to survive. I start by making a reduction with white wine, white wine vinegar, minced shallots and dried tarragon. You can use all white wine if you have no vinegar or all vinegar if you prefer not to use white wine. If you have no shallots, just substitute finelychopped onion. This reduction is the acid base of the sauce, to which you will add my miraculous cheating ingredient — one-thirdless-fat cream cheese — which somehow replaces both the egg yolks and the butter. Finish off the sauce with fresh tarragon, and there you have it, a wonderful bearnaise that is simultaneously rich and light. One of the side benefits of the one-thirdless-fat cream cheese is that the sauce it makes is virtually indestructible. A traditional bearnaise is temperamental; you always have to fret about the yolks curdling and the butter separating out to form a greasy slick. This sauce stays intact. By the way, don’t forget to add the resting juices from the steak to the sauce, as they make it even tastier. Our steakhouse dinner wouldn’t be complete without some spinach on the side. I cooked it up with olive oil and garlic in the same pan as the potatoes and the steak. I’m telling you, Mom, this is almost a one-dish meal! When I had The Husband test drive the


Father’s Day Steakhouse Dinner is lower in fat and calories but has large flavor.

whole menu, he declared that it would make any day Father’s Day. FATHER’S DAY STEAKHOUSE DINNER

Start to finish: 1 hour Servings: 6 4 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil, divided 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated, preferably using the grating disk of a food processor Kosher salt and ground black pepper 1 medium shallot, minced 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 2 tablespoons dry white wine 2 teaspoons dried tarragon 6 ounces 1/3-less fat cream cheese (Neufchatel) 1 1/2 pounds flank steak, trimmed of any visible fat 1 1/2 pounds baby spinach leaves 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon Heat the oven to 350 F. In a large nonstick

skillet over mediumhigh, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the grated potatoes, pressing them down with a spatula, then reduce the heat to medium and cook until golden brown on the bottom, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat. Set a large dinner plate over the skillet, then invert to transfer the potatoes, browned side up, onto the plate. Return the skillet to the heat and add another 1/2 tablespoon of oil. Slide the potatoes back into the skillet, browned side up. Cook until golden brown on the second side, about another 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then transfer to a sheet pan and place in the oven to keep warm. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium-high, combine the shallot, vinegar, white wine, tarragon, a hefty pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Cook gently until reduced to about 1 tablespoon. Add the cream cheese, 1 tablespoon at

a time, whisking each until incorporated. Whisk in 2 tablespoons water, then set aside. Wipe out the skillet, add 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil and heat it over medium-high. Pat the steak dry, sprinkle it on both sides with salt and pepper, then add it to the skillet. Cook the steak to desired doneness, 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium rare, then transfer it to a platter, cover it loosely with foil and let it rest for 5 minutes. While the steak is resting, add a tablespoon of the oil to the skillet and reduce the heat to medium. Add the spinach in 4 batches, adding more as each batch cooks down slightly. Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of oil after the first 2 batches of spinach. Cook until the spinach is just wilted, then add the garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another minute, then keep warm on low heat. Remove the potato pancake from the oven and cut it into 6 wedges. Slice the steak thinly at

Grilled hearts of romaine will please Dad


ELIZABETH KARMEL Associated Press My approach to food is pretty simple. I firmly believe that if you can eat it, you can grill it. When I wrote my first cookbook, I compiled my favorite grilled foods. Some were familiar, but some seemed pretty crazy back in 2005! Of those crazy foods, grilled romaine lettuce remains one of my favorites. And I’m not alone. Today, it is so popular it’s on restaurant menus all over the place, a sure sign that Americans have embraced the idea that a salad can be grilled. I paired my grilled romaine classically, with a homemade blue cheese dressing and crispy apple wood smoked bacon. It’s the ultimate steakhouse wedge salad. And it’s perfect for Dad on Father’s Day. The real beauty of this recipe is how the heat of the grill wilts and caramelizes the lettuce, intensifying the flavor and adding a wisp of smoke. The texture becomes crispy on the edges and silky inside. Mix that with the rich and slightly pungent blue cheese and the salty, smoky bacon, and you’ve got a salad that eats like a main course. Meaty, rich and delicious! I usually make the blue cheese dressing the day before because it benefits from sitting overnight in the refrigerator. The flavors truly blend and blossom during this extra time. It also makes this

an angle against the grain. Add the juices from the resting steak to the sauce along with the fresh tarragon, and additional water, if necessary, to reach the desired consistency. Warm the sauce over medium heat just until hot. Transfer a potato wedge, a mound of spinach and some of the steak to each of 6 serving plates. Drizzle the sauce over each portion of steak and serve immediately. Nutrition information per serving: 470 calories; 190 calories from fat (40 percent of total calories); 21 g fat (7 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 65 mg cholesterol; 38 g carbohydrate; 7 g fiber; 1 g sugar; 33 g protein; 660 mg sodium. EDITOR’S NOTE: Sara Moulton was executive chef at Gourmet magazine for nearly 25 years, and spent a decade hosting several Food Network shows. She currently stars in public television’s “Sara’s Weeknight Meals” and has written three cookbooks, including “Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners.”



Grilled Hearts of Romaine with Blue Cheese Dressing eats like a main course.

salad that much easier to grill and serve. The bacon can be fried in advance, as well. But if you do that, just before serving place it in a paper towel and microwave it for 15 to 20 seconds, or until the fat begins to sizzle. I dice the meatiest bacon I can find into 1/4-inch pieces before frying so that they fry up into bits and don’t need crumbling. You also could use pancetta. The grilled salad works best with hearts of romaine and they must be washed and very dry before cooking. I usually purchase the already cleaned hearts to make this step foolproof. Slice the hearts in half lengthwise and make sure to leave the stem attached (this prevents the leaves from falling apart during grilling). The whole grilling process takes just a few minutes because you want the inside of the lettuce to be raw and crunchy and barely warmed. The key is to cut across the grilled heart of romaine and SEE GRILLED, PAGE C3

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For Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, a pairing for every patriarch MICHELLE LOCKE Associated Press Forget the tie. Think bespoke booze for Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, specifically a beverage tailor-made to suit the hobbies father knows best. Of course, to do that you first have to decide who, exactly, is your daddy. The type of guy who likes to putt? Or someone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happiest when merely puttering? Is he sporty? Handy? Or maybe heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that most challenging of giftees, the man who has everything. Whatever the type, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a few suggestions to help you pick out that perfect bottle. THE SPORTS FAN

Lots of choices in this category, including a number of wines by NFL greats such as legendary coach Dick Vermeil ( ) of the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs as well as former Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers player Charles Woodson (http:// ). Is dad more of a brew guy? Radeberger Pilsner ( ) is a classic German Pilsner made with barley malt, hops and water from the breweryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own well. THE GRILL GURU

Port isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t what comes to first mind

when selecting a summer wine, but a chilled tawny port can be delicious as a barbecue aperitif or paired with dishes such as grilled scallops. Two to try are Taylor-Fladgate 20-year-old Tawny and Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 20-year-old Tawny. Does your dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s typical backyard bash involve inviting the whole block over? Consider Ravenswood Vintners Blend Old Vine Zinfandel, a hearty, meat-friendly wine thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s priced reasonably enough at $10 to $12 a bottle to allow you to grab a case. THE MOVIE MAVEN

For 007 fans, a No. 1 choice might be The Macallan, a single-malt scotch featured as James Bondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite drink in the recent box-office hit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skyfall.â&#x20AC;? Interesting fact, Macallan did not pay for product placement of the scotch, which Bond and M are shown drinking and which is also used in an edgy scene featuring an unfortunate game of William Tell-style marksmanship. (http://www. ) Another option is the Directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cut wines from director-turned-vintner Francis Ford Coppola of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Godfatherâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Apocalypse Nowâ&#x20AC;? fame. The limited production wines sourced from Sonoma County come with a wraparound label modeled after a Zoetrope strip, one of the earliest moving picture

have gotten into the wine business, including South African Ernie Els, who produces wines from his countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stellenbosch region ( ) and Arnold Palmer who collaborates with Luna Vineyards in the Napa Valley. ( )

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Is your dad the kind of guy who disappears into his workshop for hours in search of a better mousetrap? He might like Lucid Absinthe. Popular in the 19th and early-20th centuries, especially in France, the anise-flavored spirit was banned due to concerns that it contained dangerously high levels of the chemical compound thujone, found in the key absinthe botanical ingredient Artemisia Absinthium. But environmental chemist T.A. Breaux wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t convinced the experts were right. A Louisiana native, Breaux had some pre-ban bottles of absinthe. He ran it through the mass spectrometer and, hey presto, found only trace amounts of thujone. In 2007, Lucid, produced in France, was approved for importation to the United States.


Turn4 wines ( ) are named after the most exciting turn in the track. Try the California cabernet sauvignon, fruity and elegant. The Andretti Winery in the Napa Valley founded by race car legend Mario Andretti is another option. (http://andrettiwinery. com/ ) THE GUY WHO HAS EVERYTHING

There are a lot of people to look up to in the world of wine, but maybe none so literally as 7-foot-6 former NBA star Yao Ming. Mingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Yao Family Wines made its debut in 2011 with two choices, Yao Ming 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Yao Ming 2009 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re both priced in the special occasions category, the first coming with a suggested retail price of $150 and the second tagged at $625 and are available at a few fine wine shops by signing up on the winery mailing list. (http://www.yaofamilywines. com )


Scotland is the home of golf and of Scotch whisky (no telling if those two are related), and a good gift for the dad who golfs might be Johnny Walker Double Black, a smoky, complex whisky. Or, try a single-malt whisky like Oban 14-yearold, which balances sweet and smoky with a slightly briny finish. If dad likes wine, a number of golfers

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Start to finish: 10 minutes Servings: 4 1/4 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons sour cream 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese (more or less to taste) 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/2 tablespoon grated shallot 1 clove garlic, grated Kosher salt and ground black pepper 2 hearts of romaine lettuce, halved lengthwise Olive oil 4 slices apple wood smoked bacon, diced and cooked until crisp To make the dressing, in a medium bowl combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, blue cheese, lemon juice, shallot and garlic. Mix well, then season lightly with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours to allow the flavors to develop. The dressing keeps for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. When ready to prepare the salads, heat the grill to medium-low. Lightly brush all 4 romaine halves on all sides with olive oil. Season with a bit of salt and pepper. Using a pair of tongs, place the lettuce directly on the cooking grates cut side down. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Do not grill longer; the lettuce should be slightly raw and crunchy at the center. Remove to a clean platter and let rest for 5 minutes. Place each half on a serving plate, then drizzle with blue cheese dressing and top with the diced bacon. Serve immediately. Nutrition information per serving: 300 calories; 240 calories from fat (80 percent of total calories); 27 g fat (9 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 35 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 7 g protein; 740 mg sodium.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Royal Pains,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Necessary Roughnessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; both return BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH As a fan of the ridiculous, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m fascinated by the Guys Choice Awards (9 p.m., Spike). If only because many assume that real â&#x20AC;&#x153;guysâ&#x20AC;? donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t watch award shows. While it may be less than macho to insist on grammar, shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t this be the Guysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Choice Awards? I guess real men donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use apostrophes. And just what is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;guyâ&#x20AC;? anyway? Didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;dudeâ&#x20AC;? supersede â&#x20AC;&#x153;guyâ&#x20AC;? some time back? If so, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dudeâ&#x20AC;? himself, Jeff Bridges, will be on hand at the Guys Choice Awards. Can you win a Best Picture Oscar and still be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;guyâ&#x20AC;?? Ask Ben Affleck when he comes by to pick up his Guy of the Year award. Vince Vaughn, who has been ring-a-ding-dinging ever since â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swingers,â&#x20AC;? will be on hand to receive a Guycon award, which, I presume, means â&#x20AC;&#x153;guy icon.â&#x20AC;? And that sounds kind of lame to me. Just to prove there are only manly men on hand, Emilia Clarke (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Game of Thronesâ&#x20AC;?) will accept the Holy Grail of Hot award. While clearly a tongue-in-cheek affair, awards like this, and the Spike Network in general, always seem to project a certain desperate overcompensation in the masculinity department. And Spike

is hardly alone. From â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deadliest Catchâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ice Road Truckers,â&#x20AC;? cable is awash with hyper-macho â&#x20AC;&#x153;real lifeâ&#x20AC;? characters engaging in dangerous jobs, serious hijinks and other manly man stuff. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Royal Painsâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., USA, TV-PG) returns for a fifth season, with Hank (Mark Feuerstein) almost fully recovered from the bomb blast and the Hamptons fully engaged in the charity-circuit season. Filled with pretty people in nice locations, plenty of blue skies, medical crises and occasional criminal mishaps free of overt violence and ghastliness, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Painsâ&#x20AC;? and many of its fellow USA dramedies remain remarkably old-fashioned, engaging fare. Seriously, how different is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Painsâ&#x20AC;? from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diagnosis Murderâ&#x20AC;?? In some ways, they have only the slightest whiff of urban sophistication to separate

them in tone and style from Hallmark Channel romantic comedies. â&#x20AC;˘ On that note, John Stamos joins the cast of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Necessary Roughnessâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., USA, TV-PG), now entering its third season. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Colbert Reportâ&#x20AC;? (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central) expands to an hour. The fake newscaster will go down a long and winding road with his guest, Paul McCartney, who also performs.

Tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Other Highlights â&#x20AC;˘ Deadshot takes aim on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arrowâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., CW, r, TV-14). â&#x20AC;˘ Luke is less than enchanted by Philâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magic lessons on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modern Familyâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG). â&#x20AC;˘ Civil War buffs move dirt on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dig Warsâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., Travel, TV-PG). â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ghost Huntersâ&#x20AC;? (9

p.m., Syfy, TV-PG) haunts a Louisiana rockabilly shrine, the Shreveport Auditorium. â&#x20AC;˘ A small plane crash claims five lives on â&#x20AC;&#x153;CSIâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG). â&#x20AC;˘ Cindyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pregnancy takes a bad turn on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chicago Fireâ&#x20AC;? (10 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).

Series Notes Baking cakes on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The American Baking Competitionâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., CBS) * Cooking for firefighters on a two-hour â&#x20AC;&#x153;MasterChefâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14) * Scapegoats on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Middleâ&#x20AC;? (8 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) * Jack schools Mason on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Toolsâ&#x20AC;? (8:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * A time capsule recalls grisly events on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Criminal Mindsâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) * Serious allegations on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Law & Order: Special Victims Unitâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14) * Organ recipients share

the same grim fate on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supernaturalâ&#x20AC;? (9 p.m., CW, r, TV-14) * A lesson in persistence on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)â&#x20AC;? (9:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).

Late Night Mavis Staples is booked on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Daily Show With Jon Stewartâ&#x20AC;? (11 p.m., Comedy Central) * Tom Brokaw and Darlene Love are on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Late Show With David Lettermanâ&#x20AC;? (11:35 p.m., CBS) * Kevin Hart, Trace Adkins and Colbie Caillat on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tonight Showâ&#x20AC;? (11:35 p.m., NBC) * Chris Christie and Jennette McCurdy visit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Late Night With Jimmy Fallonâ&#x20AC;? (12:35 a.m., NBC) * Valerie Bertinelli and Adam Ray on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Late Late Showâ&#x20AC;? (12:35 a.m., CBS). Copyright 2013, United Feature Syndicate

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McCormick® proves Bubba’s line from the film “Forrest Gump” is true:

“... hrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan-fried, deep-fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That — that’s about it.” MEXICANA SHRIMP AND VEGETABLE KABOBS Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 8 mins For a taste of Mexico, try this robust and zesty marinade on seafood or meat. 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons McCormick® Chili Powder 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Cumin, Ground

1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Garlic Powder 5 cups assorted cut-up vegetables, such as 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Oregano Leaves zucchini, onions, mushrooms and bell 1/4 teaspoon salt pepper 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

Mix first seven ingredients in small bowl. Place shrimp in large resealable plastic bag or glass dish. Add marinade; toss to coat. Refrigerate 15 minutes. Remove shrimp from marinade. Discard any remaining marinade. Alternately thread shrimp and vegetables onto skewers. Broil or grill over medium heat 7 to 8 minutes until shrimp turn pink and vegetables are tender-crisp, turning occasionally.

CARIBBEAN SHRIMP BRUSCHETTA Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 18 mins Shrimp cocktail goes Caribbean when paired with allspice and mangoes. 1 pound cooked peeled shrimp, coarsely chopped 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1 mango, peeled and chopped (1 cup) 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper 1/4 cup sliced green onion 2 tablespoons lime juice


1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Allspice, Ground 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Thyme Leaves 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Red Pepper, Crushed 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 loaf French bread, cut into 32 (1/2-inch) slices Olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix shrimp, cheese, mango, bell pepper, green onion, lime juice, allspice, thyme, red pepper and salt in large bowl until well blended. Place bread slices on foil-lined baking sheet. Brush lightly with olive oil. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly toasted, turning once. Spoon shrimp mixture evenly onto bread slices. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes A great tasting shrimp seasoned with all natural Italian herbs, garlic and other spices can be on the dinner table in less than 15 minutes. 1 package McCormick® Savory Garlic & Italian Herb Shrimp Recipe & Seasoning Mix 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 tablespoons olive oil Pan Fry: Coat shrimp with Seasoning Mix in medium bowl. Discard any remaining Seasoning Mix. Heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add shrimp; cook 2 minutes. Turn shrimp; cook 2 to 3 minutes longer or just until shrimp turn pink. Serve shrimp with any remaining toasted crumb mixture in skillet, if desired. Bake: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat shrimp with Seasoning Mix in medium bowl. Add Seasoning Mix; toss to coat well. Discard any remaining Seasoning Mix. Place shrimp in single layer on foil-lined shallow baking pan. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Serve shrimp with any remaining toasted crumb mixture in pan, if desired.

CURRIED SHRIMP WITH SUGAR SNAP PEAS Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes The sweetness of sugar snap peas, coconut milk and shrimp is highlighted by a mild curry flavor in Curried Shrimp and Sugar Snap Peas. 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined 8 ounces sugar snap peas or snow peas 1 tablespoon McCormick® Curry Powder 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Garlic Powder 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Sea Salt Grinder

1 can (13.66 ounces) Thai Kitchen® Lite Coconut Milk 2 tablespoons white wine 2 teaspoons lime juice 1 tablespoon cornstarch 3 green onions, sliced

Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add shrimp and sugar snap peas; sprinkle with curry powder, garlic powder and sea salt. Cook and stir 5 minutes or until shrimp begins to turn pink. Stir coconut milk, wine and lime juice into cornstarch in small bowl until smooth. Add to shrimp mixture. Stirring constantly, bring to boil on medium heat and boil 2 minutes. Sprinkle with green onions. Serve over rice, if desired.

ISLAND SHRIMP QUESADILLAS Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 8 minutes Under $3 per serving. Shrimp, perfectly ripe mango, flavorful seasonings and Mexican cheeses fill these delicious grilled tortillas. 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese, such as Mexican blend or Cheddar & Monterey Jack 2 green onions, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon McCormick® Chili Powder 1 teaspoon McCormick® Cumin, Ground 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Oregano Leaves

8 flour tortillas (8-inch) 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 8 ounces frozen cooked small shrimp, thawed and well drained 1 large ripe mango, peeled and coarsely chopped

Mix cheese, green onions and seasonings in medium bowl. Set aside. Lightly brush one side of 4 flour tortillas with oil. Place oiled-side down on baking sheet. Top tortillas with 1/2 of the cheese mixture, then with shrimp and mango. Sprinkle remaining cheese evenly over shrimp and mango. Top with remaining tortillas. Brush top with oil. Grill over medium heat about 4 minutes per side until cheese is melted and tortilla is browned. Cut into wedges to serve. Quesadillas may also be cooked in a grill pan on the stove top or in a panini maker. Or, place quesadillas on baking sheets. Bake in preheated 350 degrees oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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