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MLD Academy still open after court proceedings A new foothold for meaningful faith discussion


f you are reading this, then one of my worst fears is being realized: My opinions are being read. Here they are, immortalized in pen and paper. And as of this morning, they are on the Internet where they cannot be blotted out or erased. They are sitting on your kitchen table, beside your favorite arm chair or contrasting against the soft white screen of your computer. Up for your rebuttal or approval are the offerings of this humble writer. And may I say that while it’s scary enough to write an opinion column on, of all things, faith, it was almost as much personally harrowing to see my picture: a picture I took while in a fastfood restaurant after my beautiful baby boy spit up down the back of my shirt. I don’t have it all together in many senses of the word, but my hope is that this weekly piece of newspaper real estate finds a foothold for meaningful discussion among those in our local faith community. I hope to magnify the efforts of the mission-minded and the ministries that take care of an overlooked person or group in our community. While faith may be taboo in polite conversation, it is not something to be completely ignored. Usually I’m on the other side of the quotation marks, reiterating a local official or person of interest in an article. I love telling the stories of others, especially the ones that end in personal triumph, the ones where I can play scribe

Benita Dinkins-Robinson, left, executive director for the Mary L. Dinkins Higher Learning Academy, speaks with Dr. Gary Burgess, former superintendent of the Anderson 4 School District, on Tuesday. According to an agreement reached at the Sumter County Courthouse on Tuesday, Burgess will serve as the South Carolina State Charter School District’s liaison to MLD.




Judge approves district liaison at hearing BY BRADEN BUNCH Oversight from a court-appointed liaison will apparently keep the Mary L. Dinkins Higher Learning Academy open for now, after a compromise reached between lawyers for the school and the South Carolina Public Charter School District was announced at the Sumter County Courthouse on Tuesday. As agreed to before 3rd Circuit Court Judge George James, the academy will allow the state charter school district to appoint a repre-

sentative who will have full access to the school’s financial and inventory records and who will have oversight on any academy expenditures of more than $2,500. In addition, MLD is prevented from attempting to sell or rid itself of any of its current assets and will not receive any more funding from the charter school district. During his testimony, state charter school district Superintendent Dr. Wayne Brazell said the district had already awarded the academy an estimated $750,000 in federal and state funding for the 2012-13

Officers crack down on DUIs during St. Patrick’s weekend BY BRISTOW MARCHANT The luck of the Irish didn’t help eight Sumter County residents stopped for driving under the influence during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Those drivers were among 182 stopped and ticketed during a steppedup enforcement drive by local and state law enforcement agencies during the holiday known as a time for excessive drinking. South Carolina Highway Patrol singled out this past weekend for targeted 20 N. Magnolia St. Sumter, SC 29150 (USPS 525-900)

DUI enforcement in 19 counties selected for their higher-than-average rate of drunken driving incidents, including Sumter. Midlands Troop 1 targeted Sumter County along with Lexington and Richland counties. “Out of the six counties covered by Troop 1, those have been the top three counties (for DUIs) in the past,” said Lance Cpl. Brent Kelly with Highway Patrol. In total, the three counties targeted SEE DUI, PAGE A8

Officials test new method of checking for seat belt usage BY BRISTOW MARCHANT


Officers from the Sumter police traffic division and the S.C. Highway Patrol man a joint traffic checkpoint on Broad Street near Miller Road on Friday night as part of a weekend enforcement blitz.

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Drivers this holiday weekend might have seen police officers manning checkpoints with a strange, light-emitting device. Meanwhile, police were using that device to see you. Law enforcement personnel deployed the light, mounted on a translucent tube, this weekend to catch drivers who use the cover of night to travel without a seat belt, SEE DEVICE, PAGE A8


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school year. With the agreement, Benita Dinkins-Robinson, executive director of the academy, said she plans on keeping the school open. For the past two months, the school has been operating out of Word International Ministries on North Guignard Drive in Sumter, the fifth location in the eight-year history of the school which originated in Bishopville. Charter district officials said it will appoint Dr. Gary Burgess, a

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Search for USC Sumter dean down to 2 BY BRADEN BUNCH The search for a new dean at University of South Carolina Sumter has been whittled down to two people, as one of the finalists has withdrawn from consideration. Dr. Lora Battle Bailey, a former interim vice president for academic affairs for Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., recently informed school BAILEY officials of her decision to remove her name from the list of job hopefuls. Her withdrawal from the search leaves Dr. Ann Bowles and Dr. David Fitz as the two remaining can-

didates for the USC Sumter position. USC is also in the process of hiring new deans at its Union and Lancaster campuses. Fitz, the interim dean at the University of PittsFITZ burgh at Titusville, is also one of two finalists for the same position at USC Union. Holding a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pittsburgh, Fitz began serving as the interim dean of UPT at the beginning of this school year, having originally been hired to serve as the vice president for academic affairs in 2011. Like USC Sumter, UPT is a

two-year satellite campus, and Fitz thinks the similarities make him a good fit for the local position. “It interests me, because I think I have the level and knowledge for that position,” Fitz said, adding working in South Carolina would also bring him and his wife closer to family living in Georgia. Bowles, meanwhile, is the current vice president for academic affairs at Spartanburg Methodist College, as she has been for the past eight years. She has her Ph.D. in higher education administration from USC, and Bowles also worked for eight years in the USC regional campus system, primarily as the chief academic and student affairs officer at USC Union.

“I’m familiar with the regional campuses, so I’m considering that a plus,” Bowles said. “I think I’m ready to lead a campus, and I’d love for it to be one in the USC system.” Wes HickBOWLES man, spokesman for USC, confirmed Tuesday that Bailey had withdrawn her candidacy. Questions had arisen about Bailey’s candidacy shortly after USC announced her as one of the three finalists. In the press release from USC naming the three finalists, Bailey was described as a “professor of early childhood education and administrator

at Lane College.” However, officials with Lane stated shortly after the announcement was made that she was no longer affiliated with the school. Once named, the new dean will become only the fourth dean in the history of the local campus, replacing Dr. Les Carpenter, who retired last year after 19 years in the position. Since Carpenter’s retirement, Lynwood Watts has served as the USC Sumter dean on an interim basis. The interview process is ongoing, both at the Columbia and Sumter campuses, and USC officials have said they hope to name the new dean within the next month. Contact Braden Bunch at (803) 774-1201.

2 men sought in connection with armed robbery BY BRISTOW MARCHANT


Children in the 4- to 6-year-old group head out to look for eggs the Easter Bunny hid at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens last year. The bunny will be here Saturday for the annual Easter Egg Hunt, which is a week early this year.

Easter Bunny expected to arrive early in Sumter ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT

BY IVY MOORE While many of us are enjoying a sleep-in Saturday morning, the Easter Bunny, recruited by the Sumter Recreation Department and the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, will be hiding thousands of eggs in the grass at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens. The event is being held a week early this year, said LaTrelle Chambers of the Rec Department. The hunt will begin at noon, and there is no charge to participate. Recreation Department employees have marked off five hunting areas by age group for the bunny to hide his eggs, Chambers said. The first group, comprising children 2 years old and younger, is the only division in which parents are permitted to accompany their children on the hunt. Any child can participate, provided that he or she can walk and pick up an egg. Other age groups are 3-year-olds, ages 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. In addition to the egg hunts, each age group will also have a special Easter contest. The youngest group can compete for the title Best Decorated Easter Bonnet, in which the 2-year-olds “dress up their hats and make them look pretty.” Three-year-olds will compete for prizes by decorating their tricycles for Easter; 4- to 6-yearolds, their bicycles; 7- to 9-year-olds can work on having the Best Decorated Easter Egg; and the

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Police are looking for two men who they say committed an armed robbery at a downtown grocery store Monday. The two robbers reportedly got away with an unknown amount of cash. Two employees of the store were menaced with a weapon but were not seriously injured, according to a Sumter Police Department report. At 8:30 p.m. Monday, two men entered the store in the 400 block of South Lafayette Drive. The two, approximately in their 20s or 30s, were reportedly masked and armed, one wearing a ski mask and the other wearing a bandanna over his face. The first man brandished a weapon at two clerks behind the counter and told them to get face down on the floor. The gunman then moved behind the counter and ordered the men to open the register and shoveled an undetermined amount of cash into bags. The robbers then asked the victims if

there was a safe on the premises, and when they received a negative response, the second robber reportedly struck one of the men until the victim turned over his wallet. After loading up on cash, the men also reportedly stole several cartons of cigarettes from behind the counter, then touched the store’s video surveillance system in an apparent attempt to remove the video tape from the camera. They were unsuccessful, and then fled ordering their victims to remain face down on the floor. One of the suspects is described as a black male standing 5 feet 8 inches and weighing 185 pounds. The other is also a black male standing 5 feet 9 inches and weighing 200 pounds. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2717 or Crime Stoppers at (803) 436-2718 or 1-888-CRIME-SC (2746372). Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.



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10- to 12-year-olds will compete for Best Decorated Easter Hat or Cap. Prizes will include, but are not limited to, “games and stuffed animals,” Chambers said. In addition to the contests, those finding eggs can also win prizes. The Easter Bunny will hide plastic eggs, and the children can redeem them for candy. He’ll be there to visit with the young people, too, and Chambers advises children to remember their baskets, and parents and grandparents, “Don’t forget to bring your cameras.” The Sumter County Recreation and Parks Department and the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club co-sponsor the annual Easter Egg Hunt beginning at noon Saturday at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens. Participation is free for children up to age 12, who should be accompanied by an adult guardian. For more information, call (803) 4362248.

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Maxie, a former resident of the Lee County Animal Shelter, took a flight Saturday from Butters Field to his new home in Florida as part of the Florida Pilots N Paws program. Piloted by Charleston physician Dr. George Cowan, Maxie’s flight had a stopover in Atlanta before landing in Florida. Lee County Animal Shelter Director Doris Winstead said Saturday’s flight would likely be the first of several connections with the volunteer online dog rescue organization. Pilots N Paws, organized in 2008, is made up of almost 2,000 general aviation pilot volunteers who find homes for dogs.

Motorcycle run, fun day to raise funds for Lee Council on Aging BY RANDY BURNS Special to The Item BISHOPVILLE — The 2nd Annual Lee County Council on Aging March for Meals Motorcycle Run and Family Fun Day will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bishopville Multi-Purpose Center, 51 Wilkinson Road. Bikers from motorcycle clubs will be making the trip to Bishopville from their homes in South Carolina. “The bikers will be donating money to our Meals on Wheels program,� said Gloria Scott, the site coordinator at the Wilkinson Road center. All the bikers will be meeting in a parking lot on S.C. 34, near Exit 108 on Interstate 20, Scott said. “This is going to be an annual event,� she said. “Last year, they raised about $1,000 for us.� Donnie Moses, a Lee County resident and a member of the Strikers’ Biker Club, said several biker clubs will be participating in Saturday’s fundraiser. “We hope to have as many as 50 bikers on Saturday if the weather is good,� he said. “They will be coming from Columbia, Florence, Sumter and Camden.� Moses participated in the inaugural Biker Run in 2012, he said. “Biker Clubs are always willing to help out organizations like the Council on Aging,� Moses said. “You don’t know when you’re going to need help. And our se-

niors need our support. We hope we have a big crowd on Saturday.� Everyone is invited to come to the Wilkinson Road site to meet the bikers, and to enjoy a variety of activities planned for the event. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken and barbecue sandwiches and drinks will be on sale, Scott said. All of the proceeds will go to the Council on Aging Meals on Wheels program. On any given day, Scott is likely to be asked how people can be added to its popular Meals on Wheels program. “I have to tell them ‘No,’� Scott said. “We can’t add anybody else to the program. We are already under funded.� Some 114 meals are delivered to Lee County homebound residents every weekday, and an additional 50 senior citizens make the trip to the community center on Wilkinson Road for lunch. Scott estimates that

each meal costs about $5.50 to prepare and deliver. Scott is turning to the community for financial support to continue the popular program. “Our federal funds have been cut, and we expect that this is going to continue,� she said. “We have not been given any specific numbers.� The Lee County Council on Aging also operates a second community center in Lee County: the Rembert Center at the Springhill Church on Lloyd Road. Home-delivered meals, meals at the centers, fellowship, games, singing, devotions and field trips are just a few of the many services provided by the Council on Aging, Scott said. “But I guess the Meals on Wheels program is the most popular,� she said. “We have so many people who would like to be a part of that.� Saturday’s activities will be rescheduled for March 30 in case of inclement weather, Scott said.


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U.S. Chamber, trade associations back Lee County landfill BY SAMMY FRETWELL BISHOPVILLE — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and national trade associations are backing South Carolina’s towering Lee County mega dump in its fight against people who say the landfill is ruining their quality of life. Six neighbors of the Lee County landfill won a stunning $2.3 million court verdict last year, when a federal jury agreed that powerful odors from the dump had escaped the site and affected nearby residents. The verdict was a major victory for people fighting the waste industry in South Caro-

lina, but the landfill’s operator challenged the decision — and the potential precedent caught the attention of big businesses worried about a flood of lawsuits if the verdict is not overturned. Hog farms, chemical plants and paper mills that release odors into surrounding communities are among those that could be hurt if the 2012 ruling in South Carolina stands, according to legal briefs filed this month by trade groups for the paper, recycling and waste industries. The case was expected to be discussed Tuesday by the S.C. Supreme Court. Industries could be driven from South Carolina as a wider

array of people file lawsuits, according to a March 8 filing from the National Solid Wastes Management Association, the American Forest and Paper Association, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries and a local S.C. group. The case is considered unusual because odor lawsuits don’t typically go to trial for a verdict, but instead are settled, attorneys said. The case raises “issues of vital concern’’ to the nation’s businesses, the chamber’s filing says. If the case stands, “anyone who smells a paper mill, chemical facility or hog farm, including mere passersby’’ could file suit, the trade associations’ legal brief said. “These

Morris College to host Millican literary event BY JADE ANDERSON Sumterites will soon have the chance to enjoy a free evening of literary discussion. The Arthenia J. Bates Millican Literary Foundation — in association with Allen University, Morris College, the Sumter County Cultural Commission and the Sumter County Library — is sponsoring “Pulling in the Horizon: Zora Neale Hurston and Arthenia J. Bates Millican� on Thursday. The program will feature a comparative analysis of Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God,� and Millican’s short story collection, “Seeds Beneath The Snow.� “Arthenia Millican’s work has been compared to Hurston’s by critics (Dictionary of Literary Biography Š 2005-2006),� Richard “Rick� Jones, executive director of the AJBM Literary Foundation, said by email. “Both authors wrote about the lives of ordinary African Americans as spoken in their local dialects. Even though they published their work decades apart, both authors were criticized by the mainstream

African American scholars at the time for portraying African Americans as poor and uneducated.� A native of Sumter, Millican graduated from Lincoln High in 1937 and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in English from Morris in 1941, Jones said. After teaching in Clarendon and Kershaw counties, she returned to head the college’s English Department from 1947 to 1949. “She was an active and longtime Morris College MILLICAN Alumni member,� Jones said. “Her short story, ‘Silas,’ is a fictional representation of what life was like for many African Americans in the Sumter area during the ’30s and ’40s.� Scholars from Allen University, University of South Carolina Sumter and Morris College will lead an interactive panel discussion that examines and compares the lives and use of folklore in fiction by both authors, according to a news release. Students from Morris College will perform stage readings of excerpts from

Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God� and a short story from Millican’s “Seeds Beneath the Snow.� The session will conclude with a panel-led interactive dialog that summarizes the similarities and differences between the lives of Hurston and Millican and their folklore. A kiosk of Hurston and Millican’s work will be displayed by The Sumter County Library. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage residents to read for pleasure and enlightenment, the release states. The Sumter event is part of Allen University’s The Big Read project: “Pulling in the Horizon� that celebrates Zora Neale Hurston’s novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God,� and is one of 31 similar events being held throughout Columbia, Sumter and the Lowcountry during March. For more information, contact Jones at (704) 942-4130 or

new plaintiffs would only have to allege they were annoyed or inconvenienced by the smell to state a cause of action.’’ But Gary Poliakoff, an attorney for the landfill’s neighbors, called those arguments “ludicrous,’’ saying the 2012 court decision is a strong lesson to industries to control odors that might affect nearby residents. During last year’s trial in U.S. District Court in Columbia, landfill neighbors said the smells were so strong and nauseating that they sometimes could not have outdoor cookouts or garden in their yards. In one instance, neighbors who went outside to view a colorful rainbow fled back into the house because of the land-

Sanford advances to GOP runoff in state House race CHARLESTON (AP) — Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford advanced Tuesday to a runoff in the Republican contest for an open congressional seat along the state’s southern coast, a major step in his bid for a political comeback. In early returns on Tuesday evening, it was unclear who Sanford would face in the April 2 GOP runoff. Fifteen other Republicans were running, including Teddy Turner, the son of media mogul Ted Turner. The winner will face Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert. She won the Democratic primary for the seat, handily defeating perennial candidate Ben Frasier. The general election is May 7. Tuesday was Sanford’s first political race since disappearing while governor in 2009 and then returning to admit an affair with an Argentine

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woman. They are now engaged. Sanford voted Tuesday and said it was “a treat and a blessing� to be back on the ballot. Sanford was one of 16 Republicans running in a special GOP primary in the 1st Congressional District. The seat became vacant last year when Republican Gov. Nikki Haley appointed thenU.S. Rep. Tim Scott to the state’s empty U.S. Senate seat. Wearing a gray windbreaker, Sanford walked alone up the street and up a flight of stairs to the building with the polling place in Charleston’s historic district. He represented the district in Congress before he was elected governor. “Casting your vote wasn’t that hard,� he laughed, but then added, “it’s a very significant race for me in a lot of different ways.� Sanford said after voting that life can be a series of course corrections and that he

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fill’s stench, according to testimony. One resident likened the landfill to a “monster’’ that haunted the neighborhood. Poliakoff said if the $2.3 million court award is overturned, people would not be able to collect more than token damages from industries, no matter how strong the odors are. “The U.S. Chamber always wants to express concern when it thinks some huge corporation is going to be hurt,’’ Poliakoff said Monday. “But the effect of these landfills, especially the one in Lee County, is they kill local business. They kill property values for people who live around them. They create economic dead zones.’’




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MLD from Page A1 former superintendent at the Anderson School District 4 and one-time Republican candidate for state superintendent of education in 2010, as its representative to the school. Burgess was on hand at the court hearing. The two sides reached the agreement after a short recess to the court hearing, which had already lasted nearly two hours, with both sides continuing to make

their cases regarding the school’s past performance. These came despite an administrative law judge earlier this month that had already upheld the school district’s decision to revoke the academy’s charter. The issue before James was not on the academy’s charter itself, but rather whether he should uphold a restraining order closing it. The charter district came into the hearing calling on James to make the restraining order against the academy permanent, while also hoping to take its assets into possession. Since a permanent re-

straining order was not granted, questions remain as to whether the school has a charter to operate. Officials with the state charter school district said they will continue to consider the school’s charter revoked. The academy officials, however, have appealed the revocation to the South Carolina Board of Appeals and think they are allowed to operate under the charter until all appeals have been exhausted. During Tuesday’s hearing, both sides said the other had been operating in bad faith. Questions about the

FAITH MATTERS from Page A1 to someone else’s journey. Very few times have I written in a first-person narrative. Professional journalism rarely endorses the use of “I� in a newspaper article. But as the title of this series of articles suggests, this space is specifically reserved for matters of faith, even more specifically, topics of faith of my choosing. Faith and religion has influenced the likes of kings and paupers, saints and criminals and everyone in between. There are few topics more divisive than religion — maybe the superiority of the Southeastern Conference to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Have I received any angry letters yet? We decided to carve out a slice of the newspaper each week to hand over the platform to matters of faith. If

there is one commonality among human beings, I believe it is an opinion on faith, which is to say the belief in things unseen or the seemingly metaphysical. Debate on the subject has started international wars and ended family dinners. For this reason, I do not opine lightly because I know that to some my opinions will be too liberal, while to others they will be myopic. You are welcome to comment on my writings through a letter to the editor, but please know that I write with the respect to a person’s right to their opinion. Sometimes I think I would be better served if my “caps lock� key were replaced with a “humility� key. That way if you think I’m completely crazy, you would know that I write with as


much humility as I can muster. Like you, my opinions on faith are a makeshift conglomeration of my upbringing, culture and statutes of my own religious denomination. I have gathered my opinions on various issues of faith from my lifelong tenure in a local congregation and my current involvement with the people in my home church. I have peppered my understanding with a master’s degree in Christian Ministry, where I presented my thesis on modern evangelism. Having said that, I feel it’s only fair to explain that I’m also heavily influenced by those closest to me like my father, who recently offered a tongue-incheek assessment of the papal selection last week. “Why do they keep getting these older

school’s attendance, academic and financial records remain outstanding, Brazell said, adding there are investigations by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the U.S. Department of Education. The superintendent also pointed out the charter district had filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the school’s financial records in December but has not received any documentation in the three months since making the request. State law says a public body has 15 days to respond to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act.

guys to be pope? Jesus wasn’t but 33 years old.� In all seriousness, I believe open and honest discussion of faith issues in our little corner of the world can lead us to meaningful action and perhaps a reaffirmation of one’s faith. Too many of us claim the label of our faith of choice without truly


While on the stand Tuesday, Dinkins-Robinson said school officials had not been able to find any time to provide the information and said she felt the charter school district had been unjustly persecuting the school. “This whole thing has just been mind-boggling. It’s just been hurtful, to me, how children have been mistreated, civil rights have been violated,� DinkinsRobinson said, later stating, “We’re not doing any sham program, or anything that’s not right.� Contact Braden Bunch at (803) 774-1201.

being practitioners of the very things we say we believe. Others take note and make their own decisions based on our example. It is my desire to be constantly aware of this fact. So there it is, dear reader: a promise to be a responsible columnist for this weekly diatribe on faith. I may not al-

ways be right in your opinion, but I promise to always be honest. I promise to bathe my writings in prayer and to be as well-researched as I can. Further, I hope to bring honor to those around me who also profess faith but consistently fall short of the grace provided by one’s faith.



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ASHINGTON — When on March 26 the Supreme Court hears oral arguments about whether California’s ban on same-sex marriages violates the constitutional right to “equal protection of the laws,” these arguments will invoke the intersection of law and social science. The court should tread cautiously, if at all, on this dark and bloody ground. The Obama administration says California’s law expresses “preju- George WILL dice” that is “impermissible.” But same-sex marriage is a matter about which intelligent people reasonably disagree, partly because so little is known about its consequences. When a federal judge asked the lawyer defending California’s ban what harm same-sex marriage would do to the state’s interests in “the procreation purpose” of heterosexual marriage, the lawyer said, “I don’t know.” This was mistakenly portrayed as a damaging admission. Both sides should acknowledge that, so far, no one can know. A brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the California case by conservative professors Leon Kass and Harvey Mansfield and the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy warns that “the social and behavioral sciences have a long history of being shaped and driven by politics and ideology.” And research about, for example, the stability of samesex marriages or child rearing by same-sex couples is “radically inconclusive” because these are recent phenomena and they provide a small sample from which to conclude that these innovations will be benign. Unlike the physical sciences, the social sciences can rarely settle questions using “controlled and replicable experiments.” Today “there neither are nor could possibly be any scientifically valid studies from which to predict the effects of a family structure that is so new and so rare.” Hence there can be no “scientific basis for constitutionalizing same-sex marriage.”

The brief does not argue against samesex marriage as social policy, other than by counseling caution about altering foundational social institutions when guidance from social science is as yet impossible. The brief is a preemptive refutation of inappropriate invocations of spurious social science by supporters of same-sex marriage. The brief is replete with examples of misleading argumentation using data not drawn from studies satisfying “the scientific standard of comparing large random samples with appropriate control samples.” The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a distinguished social scientist, said the “pronounced” liberal orientation of the social sciences is “well established” and explainable: “Social scientists are frequently caught up in the politics which their work necessarily involves” because social science “attracts persons whose interests are in shaping the future.” Since Moynihan wrote the above in 1979, the politicization of the social sciences has become even more pronounced, particularly in matters of “lifestyle liberalism.” Hence the need for judicial wariness about social science that purports to prove propositions — e.g., that same-sex marriage is, or is not, harmful to children or society — for which there cannot yet be decisive evidence. If California’s law is judged by legal reasoning, rather than by social science ostensibly proving that the state has no compelling interest served by banning same-sex marriage, the law may still be overturned on equal protection grounds. But such a victory for gay rights, grounded on constitutional values, and hence cast in the vocabulary of natural rights philosophy, would at least be more stable than one resting uneasily on the shiftable sand of premature social science conclusions. George Will’s email address is georgewill@ © 2013, Washington Post Writers Group



The rape of decency


EW YORK — The recent rape conviction of two teenagers, one of whom also distributed a photo and sent cruel text messages about their victim, has captured the “bystander effect” in graphic and nauseating detail. The bystander effect is the psychological term coined after Kitty Genovese was raped and murdered outside her New York apartment building in 1964. As the story unfolded, neighbors ignored her Kathleen PARKER screams during three attacks over a 30-minute period. This rendition of events was later disputed. Apparently, the configuration of apartments was such that no one could see the entire series of events. Despite different accounts, at least some of the people in her building were aware that a woman was being attacked and none came to her rescue. The horror of the crime was magnified by this apparent lack of interest, leading to studies that produced the bystander effect theory. Researchers discovered that the more people who witness something, the less likely any are to respond. When several witnesses are present, people tend to assume that someone else will jump in — or make the call — or they think that, since no one else is taking action, there really isn’t a problem. In the recent rape case, where two Ohio high school football players were convicted of assaulting a 16-year-old girl from West Virginia while she was too drunk to give consent (one of her attackers described her in a text message as “like a dead body”), not only were there witnesses but dozens of other teens were privy to what

happened through postings to social media. In no time, a 16-year-old’s humiliation went viral. Once again, the horror of what happened to a victim has been magnified by the apparent lack of empathy among her peers. Not only has the girl been physically violated, but the psychological effects of her public exposure are unimaginable and likely will be enduring. Much has been said about how social media helped solve this crime. Through texts, videos, photographs, and posts on Twitter and Facebook, police were able to piece together a timeline and document what happened. This history is posited as one of the marvels of social media. What hasn’t been addressed is the factor of social media in the events themselves. If the bystander effect prevented people in 1964 from coming to the aid of Kitty Genovese, what might we expect from this and future generations, technologically equipped with devices that by definition place one in the role of dispassionate observer? With a cellphone in every pocket, it has become second nature for most people to snap a picture or tap the video button at the slightest provocation — a baby’s giggle, a fallen tree or, just possibly, a drunk girl stripped naked by boys who don’t think twice. Over time, might the marginalizing effect of bystander detachment impede any impulse to empathy? Endowed with miraculous gadgetry and fingertip technology that allow reflex to triumph over reason, millions of young people today have the power to parlay information without the commensurate responsibility that comes with age, experience and, inevitably, pain. The ease of cellphone photography and videography pro-

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motes a certain removal from circumstances, thrusting all into the bystander mode that leads to a massive shirking of responsibility and perhaps even a lack of cognitive awareness of one’s own part in the moment. One of the most famous photographs of all time, by AP photographer Eddie Adams, showed Vietnamese Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan shooting Viet Cong operative Nguyen Van Lem in the head. Adams grieved for what he called his own killing of Loan, who was known throughout the world for that photo and little else. Adams caught an essential moment with that Pulitzer Prize-winning photo, but not, according to him, a whole truth. For the rest of his life, Adams regretted his role in Loan’s subsequent demonization. Though both Adams and Loan are dead, the image endures forever. The same can be said of the poor West Virginia girl whose image was captured and distributed by one of her abusers. The difference is that Adams understood the power of the photograph, which he once called “the most powerful weapon in the world.” Never mind the power of an instant publishing mechanism in every urchin’s hands. In the 21st century, it isn’t possible to keep such weapons out of the hands of children. At the very least, the young should be taught to treat the artillery of social media with the same fear and loathing we demand for all deadly weapons. Otherwise, we risk becoming bystanders to our own dystopia.

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DUI from Page A1 produced 868 citations and 33 DUI arrests during the holiday weekend. Highway Patrol and other agencies used a combination of methods to increase their presence on local roadways. “We did a combination of saturation patrols and checkpoints, and we’re also focusing on more nighttime seatbelt enforcement,” Kelly said. “If they see more blue lights, then they’ll know we’re out, and (drivers) won’t take any chances.” Alcohol-related wrecks accounted for 44 percent of traffic fatalities in South Carolina last year, according to Highway Patrol, although the overall number of fatalities in Sumter County declined from 23 to 17. In Sumter, officers with the Sumter Police Department’s traffic division worked in tandem with Highway Patrol — as well as on their own — to crack down on criminal activity over the weekend. “We started working by ourselves, and then later we met up with (Highway Patrol) for some checkpoints,” said traffic Sgt. Tony Rivers. “We targeted areas where we’ve seen traffic offenses that result in fatalities and areas of increased call volume.” Rivers said St. Patrick’s saw a fairly normal rate of activity for his division. City police made two DUI arrests and issued 153 citations. St. Patrick’s Day was the first of six special DUI enforcement weekends that Highway Pa-

trol intends to hold over the next six months. Big enforcement blitzes are expected around major holidays like Memorial Day, Labor Day and the Fourth of July, but law enforcement will also step up enforcement over some regular weekends. Highway Patrol has already announced the next enforcement weekend will be April 19 and 20. “That’s just something to remind people that we’re not just out here on holidays,” Kelly said. “We want to let people know they can be stopped anytime.” Rivers said Sumter police have had success in deterring criminal activity simply by making their presence known. “We’ll normally concentrate on an area where we have a lot of calls” sometimes for no more than a few minutes, Rivers said, “and then for the next several hours we may not have any calls at all.” “It’s called high-visibility enforcement,” he said. Kelly hopes by announcing the enforcement weekends ahead of time, Highway Patrol can have a similar effect. “People always say to me ‘why do you announce where you’re going to be ahead of time?’” he said. “It’s to get in inside their minds to where they think ‘I don’t need to get behind the wheel.’” “If we do it right,” Kelly said, “they might just stay at home.” Reach Bristow Marchant at (803) 7741272.

DEVICE from Page A1 part of a stepped-up en- because they think we forcement drive. can’t see them,” said “It’s a prism light, alLance Cpl. Brent Kelly most like a Christmas with the South Carolina light,” said Sgt. Tony Highway Patrol, “so Rivers that’s with the someSumter ‘We know people are thing Police we’re Departless likely to wear enforcment’s ing along Traffic their seat belts at with Division, check“with a nighttime because points.” big light The on top to they think we can’t South see if Carolina people see them, so that’s Law Enare wearforceing their something we’re ment seat Network belt.” enforcing along is pushThe ing light with checkpoints.’ member stands in agencies the bed to get of a potough on lice pickLance Cpl. Brent Kelly nightup truck, time seat and belt viostands high enough in lators in hopes of rethe air that the light will ducing the problems shine down into the inthat can result from not terior of approaching wearing a seat belt. cars, so officers can get “When nighttime visible confirmation if seat belt use goes down, the car’s occupants are traffic fatalities go up,” properly restrained. Rivers said. Seat belt use is one of Officers will continue the traffic offenses law to check for seat belt vienforcement checked olations during enforceduring a targeted enment weekends schedforcement drive for St. uled through this sumPatrick’s Day weekend. mer. “We know people are Reach Bristow less likely to wear their Marchant at (803) 774seat belts at nighttime 1272.

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Winds: W 6-12 mph

Winds: WNW 10-20 mph

Winds: S 4-8 mph

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Chance of rain: 25%

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Sumter through 4 p.m. yesterday

Temperature High ............................................... 72° Low ................................................ 47° Normal high ................................... 67° Normal low ..................................... 42° Record high ....................... 88° in 1963 Record low ......................... 25° in 1967

Greenville 60/29

Gaffney 59/30 Spartanburg 60/30


Bishopville 63/34

24 hrs ending 4 p.m. yest. ............ 1.24" Month to date ............................... 1.77" Normal month to date ................. 2.46" Year to date .................................. 7.70" Normal year to date .................... 9.88"

Lake Murray Marion Moultrie Wateree

Full 7 a.m. 24-hr pool yest. chg 360 358.23 -0.06 76.8 75.16 +0.02 75.5 74.93 +0.05 100 97.08 none

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

Full pool 12 19 14 14 80 24

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

Today Hi/Lo/W 65/32/s 52/22/s 62/28/s 67/34/s 63/41/pc 51/40/s 65/39/pc 59/29/s 62/32/s 64/34/s

7 a.m. yest. 6.61 4.19 5.17 3.68 78.10 9.79

24-hr chg -0.22 -0.05 -0.27 +0.31 +0.44 +2.54

Thu. Hi/Lo/W 56/31/s 40/26/s 55/32/s 57/32/s 59/35/s 49/36/s 58/33/s 50/27/s 54/34/s 57/31/s

Sunrise today .......................... 7:25 a.m. Sunset tonight ......................... 7:33 p.m. Moonrise today ....................... 1:23 p.m. Moonset today ........................ 2:50 a.m.

Columbia 64/34 Today: Mostly sunny. Thursday: Breezy and cooler with sunshine and patchy clouds.



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Manning 65/36

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Aiken 65/32 Charleston 65/39

Today: Partial sunshine; cooler in northern parts. High 57 to 64. Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 53 to 59.

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Today Hi/Lo/W 60/29/s 58/27/s 60/42/pc 67/42/c 64/30/s 65/32/s 61/27/s 56/27/s 64/41/pc 59/38/pc

Thu. Hi/Lo/W 51/32/s 45/28/s 57/38/s 65/37/pc 55/34/pc 58/34/s 51/33/s 44/26/s 58/33/s 54/28/s

High Ht. 3:50 a.m.....2.7 4:29 p.m.....2.4 4:50 a.m.....2.7 5:28 p.m.....2.5

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Today Hi/Lo/W 65/36/s 62/41/pc 58/32/s 59/29/s 59/31/s 66/39/pc 60/30/s 60/39/pc 59/37/s 56/30/s

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What makes a great NASCAR race? BY JENNA FRYER The Associated Press


Sumter’s Daniel Spencer follows a putt during the second round of the Magnolia Invitational on Tuesday at Beech Creek Golf Club. Spencer and the Gamecocks finished in a tie for sixth with a final score of 477.

SHS finishes tied for 6th Gamecocks have strong 2nd-day finish at Magnolia Invitational BY DENNIS BRUNSON All in all, Tuesday’s second and final round of the Magnolia Invitational wasn’t a bad one for the Sumter High School varsity boys golf team. The Gamecocks took seven strokes off their score from Monday’s first round, moving up four spots to finish in a tie for sixth at Beech Creek Golf Club. “We certainly had a better day today,” said SHS head coach Matt Love, whose team shot a 235 on Tuesday

to finish with a 36-hole, 3-best-scores-each-day of 477. “We were able to move up those four spots, and that’s really all you can ask for from your team.” Oakbrook Prep, a SCISA school from Spartanburg, won the event with a score of 453. However, Oakbrook scorched the course in the second round with a 218, 13 shots better than the next best score. First-round leader Clover actually shot one stroke better on Tuesday with a 231, but it had to settle for second place and a score of 463. Car-

olina Forest shot an identical 233 to finish third at 466 followed by Lexington at 469, Lugoff-Elgin at 473 and Sumter and Fort Dorchester A at 477. The Gamecocks had the sixth best round on Tuesday and leading the way was sophomore No. 1 player Charlie Dallery. After shooting an 81 on Monday, Dallery rebounded with a 75 for a 2-day total of 156. “We need that kind of round from Charlie if we’re going to have a real good SEE GOLF, PAGE B2

PREP SCHEDULE TODAY Varsity Baseball West Florence at Sumter, 6:30 p.m. Manning at Johnsonville, 6:30 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Laurence Manning, 7 p.m. Junior Varsity Baseball Wilson Hall at Laurence Manning, 4 p.m. Varsity Boys Soccer Trinity-Byrnes at Wilson Hall, 6 p.m. Varsity Softball Laurence Manning at East Clarendon, 7 p.m. Thomas Sumter at Williamsburg, 4 p.m. Junior Varsity Softball Laurence Manning at East Clarendon, 5 p.m. Williamsburg at Thomas Sumter, 5 p.m. Lamar at Robert E. Lee, 5 p.m. B Team Softball Robert E. Lee at Williamsburg, 6 p.m. Varsity Track and Field Scott’s Branch, Allendale-Fairfax, Calhoun County, Lake Marion at Orangeburg-Wilkinson, 5 p.m. Wilson Hall at Heathwood Hall, 4 p.m. Laurence Manning, Thomas Sumter at Hammond, 4 p.m.

BRISTOL, Tenn. — It was a simple question asked the day before the Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway that started a debate: “Who won the last race here?” The answer: “I don’t know, but Tony StewHAMLIN art threw his helmet at Matt Kenseth.” The fact that Denny Hamlin’s victory last August was obscured by STEWART Stewart’s burst of anger proved once again that drama almost always overshadows the KENSETH actual racing. Especially at Bristol, where fans have come to expect a temper tantrum or two during every visit to the tight Tennessee bullring. There is no need to guess what the lasting image will be of Sunday’s race. It won’t be Kasey Kahne celebrating his first trip to Bristol’s winner’s circle or his late battle with Brad Keselowski to pick up the victory. Nope, it’s most certainly going to be Joey Logano angrily leaning inside former teammate Denny Hamlin’s car window before some light pushing from crew SEE RACE, PAGE B5

Lattimore will perform at USC Pro Day BY PETE IACOBELLI The Associated Press


Miami head coach Jim Larranaga cheers after the Hurricanes defeated North Carolina 87-77 to win Sunday’s ACC tournament championship game in Greensboro, N.C. Several ACC coaches are not pleased with the fact just four ACC teams were chosen for the NCAA tournament.

ACC coaches not pleased with just 4 tournament teams BY AARON BEARD The Associated Press Atlantic Coast Conference coaches are still reeling from the league’s poor representation in the NCAA tournament. They’re using words like disappointed, fair, respect and perception describing how they feel about the ACC having just four teams in the tournament and no No. 1 seed. Miami became the first team to win the

ACC regular-season crown outright along with the tournament championship yet fail to get a No. 1 seed. The Hurricanes ended up with a No. 2, as did Duke, which looked destined for a No. 1 before an early ACC tournament exit. North Carolina and North Carolina State ended up as No. 8 seeds, while Virginia and Maryland both fell on SEE ACC, PAGE B4

COLUMBIA — Running back Marcus Lattimore plans to show off the progress in his injured right knee at South Carolina’s pro day next week. Lattimore told The Associated Press on Tuesday he’s still about a month away from getting the green light for full-out sprints, yet may catch a few passes an lift weights for NFL personnel attending the session on March 27. Lattimore hurt his right knee against Tennessee in a horrific injury last October. He dislocated his knee and


Former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore (21) will participate in the Gamecocks’ Pro Day on Wednesday, March 27, after suffering a knee injury in October.

tore several ligaments as he was tackled on a carry late in the first half. Lattimore had

surgery the next month, then gave up his final year of college by declaring for the

NFL draft in December. Ever since, Lattimore SEE LATTIMORE, PAGE B5

Carolina holds off Citadel 9-5 BY JEFF HARTSELL Post and Courier Rookie head coach Chad Holbrook blamed himself for a three-run Citadel rally that shaved South Carolina’s comfortable fourrun lead to a scary one in the seventh inning Tuesday HOLBROOK night “That’s on me,” Holbrook said after No. 5 USC blasted three home runs and held on for a 9-5 victory before 5,838

fans on a beautiful, clear night at Riley Park. “I screwed that up and didn’t go to the bullpen soon enough.” But Holbrook noted the way his Gamecocks covered for him. USC scratched out a bounce-back run in the eighth on a pinch-hit double, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly, and then iced the game on a tworun home run by Joey Pankake in the ninth. “They threw a haymaker at us,” Holbrook said of The Citadel (14-8). “They almost took the lead from us. But I loved

the way our guys responded to that.” One of the many lessons Holbrook has learned from exUSC coach Ray Tanner — who was watching the game on video back in Columbia — is to value these mid-week contests against in-state rivals eager to knock off the two-time national champions. Even with closer Tyler Webb under the weather, Holbrook asked him to pitch two innings to earn his eighth save and improve SEE USC, PAGE B2




SCOREBOARD TV, RADIO TODAY 9 a.m. -- Major League Exhibition Baseball: Milwaukee vs. Los Angeles Angels from Phoenix (MLB NETWORK). 1 p.m. -- Major League Exhibition Baseball: Boston vs. New York Yankees from Tampa, Fla. (ESPN2). 1 p.m. -- Major League Exhibition Baseball: Pittsburgh vs. Atlanta from Kissimmee, Fla. (FOX SPORTSOUTH). 4 p.m. -- Major League Exhibition Baseball: Los Angeles Angels vs. Cleveland from Tempe, Ariz. (MLB NETWORK). 6 p.m. -- College Lacrosse: Massachusetts at Lehigh (ESPNU). 6:05 p.m. -- Talk Show: Sports Talk (WPUBFM 102.7, WDXY-FM 105.9, WDXY-AM 1240). 6:30 p.m. -- College Basketball: NCAA Tournament First Four Game from Dayton, Ohio -- LIU (Brooklyn) vs. James Madison (TRUTV). 7 p.m. -- College Basketball: National Invitation Tournament First-Round Game -- Indiana State at Iowa (ESPN2). 7 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Toronto at Charlotte (SPORTSOUTH). 7:30 p.m. -- NHL Hockey: Minnesota at Detroit (NBC SPORTS NETWORK). 8 p.m. -- NBA Basketball: Brooklyn at Dallas (ESPN). 8 p.m. -- College Baseball: Kansas at Brigham Young (BYUTV). 8 p.m. -- College Basketball: National Invitation Tournament First-Round Game -- Mercer at Tennessee (ESPNU). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: National Invitation Tournament First-Round Game -- Long Beach State at Baylor (ESPN2). 9 p.m. -- College Basketball: NCAA Tournament First Four Game from Dayton, Ohio -Boise State vs. La Salle (TRUTV). 10 p.m. -- College Basketball: National Invitation Tournament First-Round Game -- Detroit at Arizona State (ESPNU).

MLB SPRING TRAINING By The Associated Press AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pct Kansas City 17 5 .773 Baltimore 14 6 .700 Seattle 16 7 .696 Cleveland 14 8 .636 Tampa Bay 14 9 .609 Detroit 14 10 .583 Chicago 10 8 .556 Boston 13 11 .542 Texas 12 11 .522 Minnesota 11 12 .478 Oakland 9 11 .450 Houston 9 12 .429 Toronto 9 13 .409 New York 9 15 .375 Los Angeles 5 12 .294 NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pct Atlanta 14 11 .560 Arizona 11 11 .500 Colorado 10 10 .500 St. Louis 11 11 .500 San Diego 12 13 .480 Philadelphia 11 12 .478 Miami 10 11 .476 Washington 10 11 .476 San Francisco 9 10 .474 New York 8 10 .444 Chicago 11 14 .440 Pittsburgh 10 13 .435 Milwaukee 8 12 .400 Los Angeles 8 13 .381 Cincinnati 7 14 .333 NOTE: Split-squad games count in the standings; games against non-major league teams do not. Monday’s Games N.Y. Mets 3, St. Louis 2 Miami 6, Minnesota 2, 5 innings Pittsburgh 4, Boston 3 Atlanta 17, Philadelphia 10 Detroit 5, Washington 1 Seattle 6, Oakland 5 Cleveland 4, Milwaukee 2 Arizona 5, L.A. Dodgers 3 Chicago Cubs 5, San Diego 2 Texas 8, Kansas City 2 Cincinnati 4, Colorado 3 Tuesday’s Games Philadelphia 4, N.Y. Yankees 1 St. Louis 5, Miami 4 Toronto 10, Houston 6 Tampa Bay 11, Detroit 5 Baltimore 8, Boston 7 Wednesday’s Games Toronto vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Boston vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Washington vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Pittsburgh vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m. San Francisco (ss) vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs. San Francisco (ss) at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Arizona vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Cleveland vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs. Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 6:05 p.m. Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

NBA STANDINGS By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB New York 39 26 .600 – Brooklyn 39 28 .582 1 Boston 36 30 .545 31/2 Philadelphia 26 40 .394 131/2 Toronto 26 41 .388 14 Southeast Division W L Pct GB y-Miami 52 14 .788 – Atlanta 37 30 .552 151/2 Washington 23 43 .348 29 Orlando 18 49 .269 341/2 Charlotte 15 52 .224 371/2 Central Division

| W L Pct GB Indiana 41 26 .612 – Chicago 36 30 .545 41/2 Milwaukee 33 32 .508 7 Detroit 23 46 .333 19 Cleveland 22 45 .328 19 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB x-San Antonio 51 16 .761 – Memphis 45 21 .682 51/2 Houston 36 31 .537 15 Dallas 32 35 .478 19 New Orleans 22 46 .324 291/2 Northwest Division W L Pct GB x-Oklahoma City 50 17 .746 – Denver 46 22 .676 41/2 Utah 34 33 .507 16 Portland 31 35 .470 181/2 Minnesota 23 42 .354 26 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 46 21 .687 – Golden State 39 30 .565 8 L.A. Lakers 36 33 .522 11 Sacramento 23 44 .343 23 Phoenix 23 45 .338 231/2 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Monday’s Games Indiana 111, Cleveland 90 Charlotte 119, Washington 114 Philadelphia 101, Portland 100 Dallas 127, Atlanta 113 Brooklyn 119, Detroit 82 Denver 119, Chicago 118, OT Memphis 92, Minnesota 77 Golden State 93, New Orleans 72 Miami 105, Boston 103 Phoenix 99, L.A. Lakers 76 New York 90, Utah 83 Tuesday’s Games Orlando at Indiana, 7 p.m. Denver at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Portland at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Miami at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Toronto at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Orlando at New York, 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn at Dallas, 8 p.m. Utah at Houston, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Memphis, 8 p.m. Boston at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Golden State at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Washington at Phoenix, 10 p.m. Philadelphia at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games Portland at Chicago, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Denver, 9 p.m. Minnesota at Sacramento, 10 p.m.


By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 30 22 8 0 44 108 80 New Jersey 29 13 10 6 32 72 81 N.Y. Rangers 28 14 12 2 30 67 68 N.Y. Islanders 28 13 12 3 29 83 91 Philadelphia 30 13 16 1 27 81 92 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Montreal 28 19 5 4 42 90 70 Boston 27 19 5 3 41 81 57 Ottawa 29 15 8 6 36 72 62 Toronto 29 15 12 2 32 86 83 Buffalo 29 10 15 4 24 76 93 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Carolina 28 15 11 2 32 83 78 Winnipeg 29 15 12 2 32 77 85 Tampa Bay 29 13 15 1 27 96 86 Washington 28 12 15 1 25 78 85 Florida 29 7 16 6 20 70 109 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 29 24 2 3 51 100 62 St. Louis 28 16 10 2 34 85 80 Detroit 29 14 10 5 33 78 75 Columbus 29 11 12 6 28 64 76 Nashville 29 11 12 6 28 67 77 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Minnesota 28 16 10 2 34 73 69 Vancouver 28 13 9 6 32 78 80 Edmonton 28 11 11 6 28 69 81 Calgary 27 11 12 4 26 78 91 Colorado 28 10 14 4 24 71 89 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 28 21 3 4 46 95 69 Los Angeles 28 16 10 2 34 85 71 Phoenix 29 13 12 4 30 77 82 San Jose 28 12 10 6 30 67 74 Dallas 28 13 12 3 29 73 84 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Monday’s Games N.Y. Rangers 2, Carolina 1, SO Tampa Bay 4, Philadelphia 2 Dallas 4, Calgary 3 Chicago 5, Colorado 2 Minnesota 3, Vancouver 1 Anaheim 5, San Jose 3 Los Angeles 4, Phoenix 0 Tuesday’s Games N.Y. Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Ottawa at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Florida at Carolina, 7 p.m. Nashville at Columbus, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Boston at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. St. Louis at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Phoenix at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Colorado, 9:30 p.m. San Jose at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. Chicago at Anaheim, 10 p.m. Thursday’s Games Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Montreal at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Florida at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Carolina, 7 p.m. Boston at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Calgary at Nashville, 8 p.m. Vancouver at Phoenix, 10 p.m. Dallas at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

GOLF from Page B1 chance of competing like we did today,” Love said. Seventh-grader Dixon Flowers had his best score of the season for SHS on Tuesday when he shot a 79. Freshman Daniel Spencer had the final score for Sumter, finishing with an 81. Junior John Keffer shot an 85. Love hopes playing against competition like it did the last two days will benefit Sumter down the stretch. “We’ve been playing lots of tournaments,” Love said. “We’re just working to try and get better every time out, where we’re playing our best golf at the end of the year, where we’re playing our best in region and lower state. “Only eight lower state teams get to go to the state tournament, so we like where we stand. But we knovw we’ve got to continue to improve.”

WH baseball still unbeaten, wins 11-3 Three Wilson Hall pitchers combined to strike out 11 as the Barons stayed perfect with an 11-3 victory over Augusta Christian on Tuesday at Baron Field. Chase Belk picked up the win after going three innings. William Kinney and Gordon Owens each pitched two innings. McLendon Sears went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Kinney was 2-for-2 with a double and two runs batted in. John Patrick Sears, John Wells Baker, Tripp Holstein and William Creech each had a double and an RBI. Kemper Patton had a hit and an RBI. WH, now 11-0 on the season, travels to Laurence Manning Academy on Friday for a 7 p.m. game.




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in Kingstree.

SINGLES 1 – Brown (WH) defeated Craig 6-1, 6-0. 2 – Davis (WH) defeated Holoubek 6-1, 6-2. 3 – Wert (PP) defeated Stover 4-6, 6-4, 10-4. 4 – Hendrix (WH) defeated Russi 6-1, 6-1. 5 – Thompson (WH) defeated Byrd 6-0, 6-0. 6 – Stone (WH) defeated Diffley 6-1, 6-1. DOUBLES 1 – Brown/Davis (WH) defeated Craig/ Holoubek 6-4, 6-1. 2 – Hendrix/Umbaugh (WH) defeated Russi/Byrd 8-2. 3 – Thompson/Stone (WH) defeated Diffley/Glasner 8-0.


CHARLESTON – Drake McCormick shot a 38 to lead the TSA golf team to a 165171 victory over Palmetto Christian on Tuesday at Patriot’s Point in Charleston. Tyler Gray shot a 41 for the Generals followed by Walker Brooks (43) and James Bracewell (44). TSA, now 6-1 on the season, will compete in a region meet on Thursday at Calhoun Academy. VARSITY SOCCER LAKEWOOD LOWER RICHLAND

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Michael Grant and Christian McDonald both scored two goals to lead Lakewood High School to an 8-3 victory over Lower Richland on Monday at J.


Frank Baker Stadium. Gianni Jackson, Blake Carraher, Javon Smith and Jonathan Turcious each scored a goal for the Gators, who improved to 6-0 on the season. McDonald also had two assists while Jackson and Turcious had one apiece. TRACK AND FIELD SUMTER FINISHES FOURTH

SPARTANBURG — Sumter High School finished fourth out of 11 teams in the Viking Relays on Saturday at the Spartanburg High track. Sumter won two events, the 4x200-meter relay and the 4x400 relay. Members of the 4x200 team are Johnnie Brunson, Dashaun Randolph, Tyreke Conyers and Ky’Jon Tyler. The 4x400 team includes William Kinight, Alton Mosley, Antoinio Locklin and Antoine Locklin. The 4x100 relay team of Conyer, Tyler, Randolph and Tiquan Colclough finished third. JUNIOR VARSITY SOCCER SUMTER 7 WILSON 1

Sumter High School improved to 3-0 on the

season with a 7-1 victory over Wilson on Monday at the SHS field. Oscar MartinezCruz scored three goals and had an assist for the Gamecocks. Owen Brooks had a goal and an assist. Also scoring goals for SHS were Blake Drown, Nick Fry and Andrew Gillman, while Richie Cotton, Jaymel Daniels and Caleb Turner each had an assist. B TEAM BASEBALL LYONS TOSSES PERFECT GAME

COLUMBIA— Thomas Sumter Academy left-handed pitcher tossed a perfect game on Friday in the Generals’ 15-0 victory over Cardinal Newman at Polo Park. Lyons faced the minimum 12 batters in the 4-inning game, striking out two while allowing no hits and no walks. CORRECTION

Lathan Todd was the winning pitcher for Sumter in its first game against Westwood on Monday. The score in the second game was 7-1. Both were wrong in Tuesday’s edition of The Item.



LHS softball still winless in region The Lakewood High School varsity softball team fell to 2-3 overall and 0-3 in Region VI-3A with a 12-2 loss to Marlboro County on Tuesday at the Lakewood field. Katie Bennett pitched a complete game for the Lady Gators and went 1-for-2 at the plate. Kara McKnight and Kaitlin McPhail each scored a run. TRACK AND FIELD


SPARTANBURG — Sumter High School finished sixth out of 11 teams in the Viking Relays on Saturday at the Spartanburg High track. The Lady Gamecocks’ discus relay team of Sherah Pair, Dae’shondra Stephens and Destiny Robinson finished second. The long jump team of Kadejuha Kennedy, Alexis Choice

and Raven Pringle finished third, as did the 800 sprint medley team of Kennedy, Choice, Pringle and Clayton. JUNIOR VARSITY SOFTBALL CORRECTION

Destiny Welch had a hit and a run batted in for Lakewood High School in its 2-0 victory over Darlington on Friday. Welch was incorrectly identified in Saturday’s edition of The Item.



Colts add Hasselbeck as backup QB win over Morehead State at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday night. The Tigers improved to 12-7, while the Eagles fell to 7-13.

INDIANAPOLIS — Matt Hasselbeck started his career as a backup to Brett Favre. He could end it being the backup to Andrew Luck. Less than 24 hours after being released by the Tennessee Titans, the 37-year-old quarterback signed with division rival Indianapolis. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. HASSELBECK It looks like a smart move for the Colts, who lost last year’s backup, free agent Drew Stanton, to Arizona last week.


MINNEAPOLIS — The National Football League team owners have approved a $200 million loan to the Minnesota Vikings for the team’s new $975 million stadium in downtown Minneapolis. PACERS MAGIC

INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George scored 19 points and Tyler Hansbrough had 14 points and 14 rebounds, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 95-73 rout of the struggling Orlando Magic on Tuesday.


PHOENIX — Major League Baseball is looking into a solution to a scheduling issue that could prevent the Super Bowl champion Ravens from opening next season in Baltimore. Traditionally, the NFL’s champs kick off the season on the Thursday night after Labor Day with a home game. But the Orioles are set to play the White Sox that night at Camden Yards, which uses the same parking lots as the Ravens’ stadium. CLEMSON MOREHEAD STATE

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers have signed unrestricted free agent cornerback D.J. Moore. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Moore played in 13 games with two starts for the Chicago Bears last season and had 29 tackles and two interceptions. He served as the Bears nickel back for a portion of the season. Moore, 25, received a one-year contract but financial terms weren’t disclosed.

CLEMSON -Garrett Boulware’s three-run homer capped a six-run fourth inning in Clemson’s 10-5

Sumter shot better than Region VI foes West Florence and Conway, but it finished 11 strokes behind region foe Carolina Forest. “We’ve got to keep working where we can catch up to them,” Love said. “Our goal is to win the region.” Oakbrook was led by tournament medalist Will Woodard, who shot a 144. However, Matt Thorne shot a 154 and Will Hollenbach 155 for the victory. Joining Woodard on the all-tournament team was RJ Keur of Fort Dorchester 145, Cole Swezey of Carolina Forest 146, Aaron Harvell of Colver 149, Michael Day of Irmo 150 and Cullen Baldwin of West Ashley 152. The final team scores after Sumter were Spring Valley (479), Fort Mill (482), Heathwood Hall (487), West Florence (488), Nations Ford (493), Irmo (503), Conway (514), Camden (538), Fort Dorchester B (557) and Ridge View 656.

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USC from Page B1 the Gamecocks’ record to 18-3 heading into a weekend SEC series against Arkansas. “Tyler pitched sick, but this was a big game against an in-state team on the road,” Holbrook said. “If I was going to lose that game, I was going to lose it with Tyler Webb out there.” USC freshman starter Jack Wynkoop (4-0) continued his impressive run, allowing two runs on five hits, one walk

and five strikeouts over 51/3 innings. It looked as if USC might not require Webb’s services after Grayson Greiner smoked a tworun homer (his second) in the third and LB Dantzler added a solo shot (his seventh) in the fourth while USC built leads of 5-1 and 6-2. The Bulldogs rallied for three runs in the seventh, sparked by a pinch-hit double by Brett Bullard.







LouAnn Williams (red) and partner Amanda Lane (white) face off against Yulia Novytska (blue) and Rebecca Kendall (pink) in Sunday’s women’s 3.0 consolation doubles match at Palmetto Tennis Center. Lane and Williams defeated Novytska and Kendall 4-6, 7-6 (10-5).


Quandolyn Frierson, right, defeated Donna Soileau, left 6-3, 7-5 in the women’s 2.5 singles consolation finals match on Sunday.


Trinidad Osselyn, front, and partner Tracy Pearson, back, return a shot to Dawn White (front right) and partner Nadine Smith (back) in the women’s 3.0 doubles final. Smith and White upset the top-ranked team of Osselyn and Pearson 7-6, 7-6.

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North Carolina A&T slips past Liberty for 73-72 DAYTON, Ohio — Jeremy Underwood came off the bench to score 19 points, leading North Carolina A&T past 21loss Liberty 73-72 on Tuesday at the First Four, ending UNDERWOOD an NCAA winless streak at nine games. The Flames — only the second team ever to make the NCAA tournament with 20 losses — had a chance to win it. John Caleb Sanders drove coast to coast and flipped up a lefthanded layup in heavy congestion that just missed. A&T (2016) rebounded and, while Sanders rolled in pain on the baseline, began to celebrate an end to more than 30 years of disappointment. BOISE STATE, LA SALLE DUEL TODAY

DAYTON, Ohio — Guard Tyreek Duren walked into his business finance class, expecting to slide unobtrusively into his usual seat. Uh-uh. Not a chance. La Salle received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament on Sunday, a breakthrough for a school that’s been through an entire generation of players and

one major scandal since the last time it could celebrate. The First Four is a place to celebrate those long-awaited breakthroughs. The Explorers (21-9) made it for the first time in 21 years, getting a chance to play Boise State (21-10) in the wrap-up of the First Four tonight JMU POISED FOR FIRST FOUR

DAYTON, Ohio — James Madison waited 19 years between NCAA appearances. Leading scorer and rebounder Rayshawn Goins will have to wait 20 minutes longer. Goins was suspended by Dukes coach Matt Brady for the first half of the Dukes’ First Four game on Wednesday night against LIU Brooklyn after his arrest over the weekend on charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing justice. Supporting that theory, the Dukes were 1-0 this season without Goins in the starting lineup. All 68 teams in the NCAA tournament have persevered through injuries, suspensions, departures and other problems. But LIU Brooklyn’s players aren’t so sure that Goins’ absence might not be different. From wire reports


Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein looks to pass as Robert Morris’ Lucky Jones (22) and Mike McFadden defend during the Colonials’ 59-57 upset win on Tuesday in the NIT.

Robert Morris stuns Kentucky 59-57 in NIT MOON, Pa. — Mike McFadden hit two free throws with 8.7 seconds remaining and Robert Morris shocked defending national champion Kentucky 59-57 in the opening round of the NIT on Tuesday. LOUISIANA TECH FLORIDA STATE

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Raheem Appleby scored 27 points and Alex Hamilton added 16 to help Louisiana Tech rally from a nine-point second half deficit to beat Florida State 71-66 in a first round National Invitational Tournament game Tuesday. ST. JOHN’S SAINT JOSEPH’S

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PHILADELPHIA — Sir’Dominic Pointer raced down the court and hit a jumper from the corner at the buzzer to lead St. John’s to a 63-61 come-from-behind win over Saint Joseph’s in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday. MARYLAND NIAGARA

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Nick Faust had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Maryland used a strong second half to defeat Niagara 86-70 Tuesday night in the opening round of the NIT. From wire reports

NCAA WOMEN’S DIVISION I TOURNAMENT By The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY REGIONAL First Round Saturday, March 23 Columbus, Ohio Oklahoma (22-10) vs. Central Michigan (21-11), 11:10 a.m. UCLA (25-7) vs. Stetson (24-8), 30 minutes following Knoxville, Tenn. Syracuse (24-7) vs. Creighton (24-7), 11:20 a.m. Tennessee (24-7) vs. Oral Roberts (1812), 30 minutes following Sunday, March 24 Waco, Texas Florida State (22-9) vs. Princeton (22-6), 5:10 p.m. Baylor (32-1) vs. Prairie View (17-14), 30 minutes following Louisville, Ky. Purdue (24-8) vs. Liberty (27-6), 12:10 p.m. Louisville (24-8) vs. Middle Tennessee (25-7), 30 minutes following Second Round Monday, March 25 Columbus, Ohio Oklahoma-Central Michigan winner vs. UCLA-Stetson winner, TBA Knoxville, Tenn. Syracuse-Creighton winner vs. Tennessee-Oral Roberts winnere, TBA Tuesday, March 26 Waco, Texas Florida St.-Princeton winner vs. BaylorPrairie View winner, TBA Louisville, Ky. Purdue-Liberty winner vs. Louisville-Middle Tennessee winner, TBA Regional Semifinals Oklahoma City Sunday, March 31 Florida St.-Princeton-Baylor-Prairie View

winner vs. Purdue-Liberty-Louisville-Middle Tennessee winner, TBA Oklahoma-Central Michigan-UCLA-Stetson winner, vs. Syracuse-Creighton-Tennessee-Oral Roberts winnere, TBA Tuesday, April 2 Regional Championship Semifinal winners, TBA SPOKANE REGIONAL First Round Saturday, March 23 Spokane, Wash. Iowa State (23-8) vs. Gonzaga (27-5), 4:15 p.m. Georgia (25-6) vs. Montana (23-7), 30 minutes following Lubbock, Texas California (28-3) vs. Fresno State (24-8), 4:20 p.m. Texas Tech (21-10) vs. South Florida (2110), 30 minutes following Sunday, March 24 Stanford, Calif. Stanford (31-2) vs. Tulsa (16-16), 5:20 p.m. Michigan (21-10) vs. Villanova (21-10), 30 minutes following Baton Rouge, La. Penn State (25-5) vs. Cal Poly (21-10), 5:15 p.m. LSU (20-11) vs. Green Bay (29-2), 30 minutes following Second Round Monday, March 25 Spokane, Wash. Iowa State-Gonzaga winner vs. GeorgiaMontana winner, TBA Lubbock, Texas California-Fresno State winner vs. Texas Tech-South Florida winner, TBA Tuesday, March 26 Stanford, Calif. Stanford-Tulsa winner vs. Michigan-Villanova winner, TBA

Baton Rouge, La. Penn State-Cal Poly winner vs. LSUGreen Bay winner, TBA Regional Semifinals Spokane, Wash. Saturday, March 30 Stanford-Tulsa-Michigan-Villanova winner vs. Iowa State-Gonzaga-GeorgiaMontana winner, TBA California-Fresno State-Texas TechSouth Florida winner vs. Penn State-Cal Poly winner vs. LSU-Green Bay winner, TBA Regional Championship Monday, April 1 Semifinal winners, TBA NORFOLK REGIONAL First Round Saturday, March 23 Boulder, Colo. South Carolina (24-7) vs. South Dakota State (25-7), 4:10 p.m. Colorado (25-6) vs. Kansas (18-13), 30 minutes following College Station, Texas Texas A&M (24-9) vs. Wichita State (249), 4:05 p.m. Nebraska (23-8) vs. Chattanooga (29-3), 30 minutes following Sunday, March 24 Iowa City Notre Dame (31-1) vs. UT-Martin (19-14), 5:05 p.m. Miami (21-10) vs. Iowa (20-12), 30 minutes following Durham, N.C. Duke (30-2) vs. Hampton (28-5), 12:05 p.m. Oklahoma State (21-10) vs. DePaul (2111), 30 minutes following Second Round Monday, March 25 Boulder, Colo. South Carolina-South Dakota State win-

ner vs. Colorado-Kansas winner, TBA College Station, Texas Texas A&M-Wichita State winner vs. Nebraska-Chattanooga winner, TBA Tuesday, March 26 Iowa City Notre Dame-UT-Martin winner vs. MiamiIowa winner, TBA Durham, N.C. Duke-Hampton winner vs. Oklahoma State-DePaul winner, TBA Regional Semifinals Norfolk, Va. Sunday, March 31 Notre Dame-UT Martin-Miami-Iowa winner vs. South Carolina-South Dakota State-Colorado-Kansas winner, TBA Duke-Hampton-Oklahoma State-DePaul winner vs. Texas A&M-Wichita State-Nebraska-Chattanooga winner, TBA Regional Championship Tuesday, April 2 Semifinal winners, TBA BRIDGEPORT REGIONAL First Round Saturday, March 23 Storrs, Conn. Vanderbilt (20-11) vs. Saint Joseph’s (238), 11:05 a.m. Connecticut (29-4) vs. Idaho (17-15), 30 minutes following College Park, Md. Maryland (24-7) vs. Quinnipiac (30-2), 11:15 a.m. Michigan State (24-8) vs. Marist (26-6), 30 minutes following Sunday, March 24 Newark, Del. Delaware (30-3) vs. West Virginia (17-13), 12:15 p.m. North Carolina (28-6) vs. Albany (NY) (27-3), 30 minutes following Queens, N.Y.

Kentucky (27-5) vs. Navy (21-11), 12:05 p.m. Dayton (27-2) vs. St. John’s (18-12), 30 minutes following Second Round Monday, March 25 Storrs, Conn. Vanderbilt-Saint Joseph’s winner vs. Connecticut-Idaho winner, TBA College Park, Md. Maryland-Quinnipiac winner vs. Michigan State-Marist winner, TBA Tuesday, March 26 Newark, Del. Delaware-West Virginia winner vs. North Carolina-Albany (NY) winner, TBA Queens, N.Y. Kentucky-Navy winner vs. Dayton-St. John’s winner, TBA Regional Semifinals Bridgeport, Conn. Saturday, March 30 Vanderbilt-Saint Joseph’s-ConnecticutIdaho winner vs. Maryland-QuinnipiacMichigan State-Marist winner, TBA Delaware-West Virginia-North CarolinaAlbany (NY) winner vs. Kentucky-NavyDayton-St. John’s winner, TBA Regional Championship Monday, April 1 Semifinal winners, TBA FINAL FOUR At New Orleans Arena New Orleans National Semifinals Sunday, April 7 Oklahoma City champion vs. Spokane champion, 5:30 or 8 p.m. Norfolk champion vs. Bridgeport champion, 5:30 or 8 p.m. National Championship Tuesday, April 9 Semifinal winners, 7:30 p.m.

the wrong side of the bubble and will play in the NIT. That all came despite the Blue Devils standing at No. 1, the Hurricanes at No. 4 and the Tar Heels at No. 17 in the RPI. And it was one reason why UNC coach Roy Williams called Sunday’s selections broadcast “a confusing show, and I’m still confused.” “I was disappointed for our league,” Williams said Tuesday. “I didn’t think it was necessarily fair for our league. But ... it is what it is so we’ve got to go play.” It marked the second time in three years that the ACC got just four bids and fourth time in the eight seasons since the league’s expansion to 12 teams in 2006. The league has gotten as many as seven teams twice, in 2007 and 2009. “I think it’s a really good conference and I was just hoping it would garner a little more respect than that,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said after learning his Cavaliers would head to the NIT. Miami (27-6) beat North Carolina in Sunday’s ACC final to pair its first regular-season crown with the first tournament title. And going back to the start of NCAA seeding in 1979, only one team — Georgia Tech in 1985 — had failed to earn a No. 1 after winning at least a share of the regular-season crown to go with the tournament title, according to STATS LLC. But the Hurricanes ended up with a No. 2 (East Region) just like that Mark Price-led Yellow Jackets team. Mike Bobinski, who chaired the selection committee, said Gonzaga edged out Miami for a No. 1 seed. But while senior Reggie Johnson said after the UNC win that Miami deserved a No. 1, coach Jim Larranaga and other players said they weren’t worried about it. “It doesn’t matter to us,” senior guard Durand Scott said. “I want them to give what we deserve — nothing less and nothing more.” Duke (27-5) looked set to earn a No. 1 after Ryan Kelly returned from a two-month absence due to a foot injury. The Blue Devils were 18-0 with Kelly and 9-4 without him before the ACC tournament but fell flat in a quarterfinal exit to Maryland. The Blue Devils ended up as a No. 2 to top NCAA overall seed Louisville in the Midwest. The Tar Heels (24-10) won eight of 10 after switching to a four-guard lineup to reach the ACC final. But they ended up as the No. 8 in the South Region with a trip to Kansas City, Mo., where Williams coached Kansas during several Big 12 tournaments. If they can beat Villanova on Friday, the Tar Heels could face the topseeded Jayhawks in the third round. As for N.C. State (2410), the preseason ACC favorite earned the No. 5 seed in the ACC tournament and reached the semifinals to return to the NCAAs for the second straight year.





Defensive lineman Newell eyeing Gamecocks feel comfortable, but there are about six or seven schools I can see myself playing at on Saturdays.” Allen-Williams has had USC in front ahead of UGA, Alabama, Florida, UT, Michigan, Auburn, Arkansas, Wisconsin and NCSU in that order. FSU and Clemson are two others pushing to get into his top group. Allen-Williams plans to be at USC’s junior day this Saturday. DL Poona Ford of Hilton Head High School ecently visited UT and was impressed with what he saw. “The stadium stood out the most,” said Ford, who has USC and UT at the top of his list. The Gamecocks remain his favorite. “They (USC) said they probably will take one defensive lineman, and I’m that one,” Ford said. “That’s what I’m looking for. It made me feel very good about myself that they would want me.” Ford said he’s in regular contact with USC recruiter Everette Sands. Ford, who said he’s not hearing from Clemson, is not sure when he’ll make a decision, but it won’t be anytime soon. He is going to UGA for a junior day later this month and he might go to Boise State for the spring game. Oklahoma State recently offered Ford, who also counts Illinois, Arkansas, Kansas State, UNC, Arizona, Missouri, Michigan, Louisville and GT among his offers. Last season, Ford had 154 tackles, 44 tackles for loss and 10 quarterback sacks. Clemson offered DL Lamont Gaillard of Fayetteville, N.C., last week, two days after he visited for a spring practice. He also visited USC last week and was at FSU over the weekend. Gaillard also holds offers from USC, Florida, Alabama, UNC, UGA, NCSU, FSU, ECU and Boston College. He’s also planning visits to UGA, Alabama and NCSU. Last season, Gaillard had 76 tackles with four sacks. Running back Joe Mixon of Oakley, Calif., released his final 16 list on Friday, and Clemson is on it. The others on the list are UT, Oregon State, Washington, Ohio State, California, UGA, Oklahoma, UCLA, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Michigan, Notre Dame, Arizona State and Southern California. Mixon said the schools are not in any particular order. He rushed for 1,443 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. Defensive back Darin Smalls of Summerville High continues with USC atop his

list. The Gamecocks have offered along with Clemson, West Virginia, GT, VT, FSU, NCSU and Marshall. Smalls was at Central Florida over the weekend. He has also been to USC and FSU. He will attend a spring game at USC or Clemson. He plans to wait until signing day before announcing a decision. Wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass of Springfield, Ohio, has offers from USC, Ohio State, Penn State, Kentucky, Michigan State, Nebraska, WVU and ND among others. Snodgrass plans to visit USC at some point. His only visit thus far has been to Kentucky. USC, Kentucky and WVU are showing the most interest, according to Snodgrass. As a junior, Snodgrass had 33 receptions for over 400 yards and five TDs. DE Da’Shawn Hand of Woodbridge, Va., was at Michigan over the weekend. That’s one of his top five schools along with USC, Alabama, VT and Florida. He has also been to Alabama and VT and plans to visit USC and Florida this spring. WR Braxton Berrios of Phil Raleigh, N.C., KORNBLUT visited Clemson for a spring practice last week and was offered the next day. The Tigers join USC, ECU, Maryland, Wake Forest, Duke, UNC, Minnesota, VT, NCSU, GT and Kentucky as offers for Berrios, who has had USC high up on his list. Last season, Berrios had 1,142 receiving yards with 22 TDs. He also rushed for 766 yards and 10 scores. QB Elijah Staley (6-foot6-inches, 205 pounds) of Marietta, Ga., has offers from Miami, FSU, UGA, GT and Auburn and has drawn the interest of USC. He has taken visits to UGA, GT, Alabama, Florida and Vanderbilt. DB D’Andre Payne of Washington has narrowed his list to 10 schools -- Cemson, FSU, UT, Ohio State, Virginia, Maryland, GT, Vanderbilt, Stanford and Michigan. Clemson offered about a month ago. He plans to visit this spring. He has visited FSU. QB Mason Rudolph of Northwestern High in Rock Hill has offers from Louisiana State, VT, Mississippi and Oklahoma State with LSU showing the strongest interest at this point. Rudolph will visit Baton Rouge on Friday, the first of several trips he recruiting corner


efensive lineman Peyton Newell of Hawatha, Kan., has not firmed up a favorite’s list just yet, but he knows where he will spend one of his official visit tickets — the University of South Carolina. The date has not been set. Newell attended USC’s junior day last month and has remained in touch with the Gamecocks. He said they are still strong with him. “I was going to announce a top five next week during my spring break, but I’ll wait until the end of summer,” Newell said. “There’s a really good chance they (USC) will be in the top five.” Newell is up to 30 offers with Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Georgia and Oklahoma four of the most recent. He has been to Kansas for a junior day and will go to either Georgia or Alabama this spring. Alabama hasn’t offered, but is showing a lot of interest. Some of his other offers are Nebraska, UCLA, Texas Christian, Oklahoma State, Brigham Young and Arizona State. Defensive end Kentavious Street of Greenville, N.C., had planned to visit Clemson over the weekend with his family, but he and Clemson recruiter Brent Venables decided he should come in another weekend. Clemson is one of his favorites along with Virginia Tech, Florida State and Tennessee. “I talk with Coach Venables a lot, along with (associate head) Coach (Dan) Brooks, and we have a great relationship,” Street said. “I want to fill my commitment of telling them I wanted to visit during spring practice.” Street said Clemson, UGA and FSU have been recruiting him the hardest. He also has visited nearby East Carolina and will visit VT on April 13 and FSU this summer. And he plans to visit UGA and Georgia Tech in May. Some of his other offers are Ohio State, North Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina State, Maryland and Duke. Street said he won’t announce until the U.S. Army All American Game or National Signing Day in 2014. Linebacker Bryson AllenWilliams of Ellenwood, Ga., made an unofficial visit to Tennessee on Saturday. He has been favoring USC for months, and he said that position has not changed. “It was a good trip and I do like UT, but I’m still a strong South Carolina lean,” AllenWilliams wrote on his Twitter page on Sunday. “I’m not making any decision until I

plans to make this spring. During his spring break in April, he plans to see UGA, Auburn, Alabama, Vandy, Ole Miss and VT. Rudolph said he remains wide open and does not have any favorites. Athlete Jonathan Lloyd of Graham, N.C., has offers from USC, Clemson, UNC, Duke, WF, VT, Ohio State, Florida, ND, NCSU, WVU, Indiana and ECU. He’s also getting interest from UGA, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State among others. He has visited NCSU and UNC. Lloyd could visit Clemson and USC this spring, but said nothing is finalized. He does not have any favorites. LB Gyasi Akem of Broken Arrow, Okla., has offers from Clemson, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Baylor, TCU, Houston, Arkansas State and Washington State among others. Akem has taken visits to A&M, Kansas State, TCU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. He does not have any favorites, but acknowledged that he has always liked Oklahoma State. Akem will make a decision prior to his senior season. RB Wadzaire Blanc of Lake Nona, Fla., received a verbal offer from USC following his sophomore season. He missed his junior season due to a shoulder injury, but still hears from the Gamecocks. “They just care about me,” he said. “I won’t forget that. We don’t talk a lot about football. They just want to make sure I’m OK.” Blanc has not taken any visits this year and said he is focusing on getting healthy for his senior campaign. Florida Atlantic and Florida International are his other offers with interest coming from Clemson, GT and Vandy. Basketball News: USC has offered 6-5 Leroy Fludd of Believe Prep in Rock Hill and his teammate, 6-3 point guard Shadell Millinghaus, according to their head coach, former Winthrop star Tyson Waterman. Both will take official visits with the Gamecocks, and those will take place in early April. “He really likes them,” Waterman said of Fludd’s interest in the Gamecocks. “They are right around the corner from our program so we can keep our arm around him, and he has family in South Carolina. They are one of the favorable choices at this time.” Last year at Boys & Girls High School in New York, Fludd led his division in rebounding and scoring in leading his team to a state

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members prevented a full-blown skirmish. The confrontation led to a pair of tersely worded interviews, with Logano revealing he thought Hamlin was “probably the worst teammate I’ve ever had.” The whole thing lingered long after the race in an amusing Twitter exchange between the two. That’s the stuff fans feast on anymore, and while the grade-school sniping may be a bit much for some, they sure don’t mind when the racing draws out that drama. It’s part of the problem that plagued Bristol after a repave in 2007 essentially ruined the racing here in the eyes of the fan. Strangely, the repave created multiple grooves that drivers universally praised. But happy drivers don’t use their bumpers to move a car out of the way. Happy drivers don’t run down pit road to yell at a rival. And happy drivers most definitely don’t throw their helmets at moving cars. So after 55 consecutive sellouts, Bristol suddenly wasn’t the toughest ticket in NASCAR. The crowd got smaller and smaller, track owner Bruton Smith couldn’t take it anymore, and he demanded changes last summer. The result — the grinding of the high line around the 0.533-mile track — made for a better race last August. After all, Stewart did get mad enough to throw that helmet. It also started a conversation about the fine line the industry walks in trying to find a balance between good racing for the drivers and entertaining the fans. Fivetime champion Jimmie Johnson touched on the dilemma two days before Sunday’s race.

has trained in Pensacola, Fla., at the Andrews Intstitute and Athletes Performance facilities. “I feel like I can do just about anything as I could before,” Lattimore said. He made that case to NFL teams at last month’s scouting combine in Indianapolis. He spent about three or four hours getting checked out by team physicians and had his own surgeon, James Andrews, on hand to answer questions about the knee. Lattimore believes he’ll be ready to play football in the fall, although Andrews said last month the road to Lattimore’s comeback was still a long one. “It’s going to take a special effort,” Andrews told the NFL Network at the combine.

Lattimore knows about putting forth effort. He was an instant star in the Southeastern Conference after rushing for 182 yards and two touchdowns in his first league game, a 17-6 victory over Georgia in 2010. Lattimore led the SEC in rushing most of 2011 when he tore a ligament and suffered cartilage damage in his left knee, missing the final six games of South Carolina’s season. Lattimore dug into rehab after surgery and was back running full speed two months before the Gamecocks began practice for 2012. Lattimore looked his strong, assured self on the field, leading the Gamecocks with 662 yards rushing when he stunningly went down for a second straight

championship. USC was recruiting Fludd last year, but he decided to attend prep school for a year for another season of maturing before going to college. This season, he is averaging 26 points and 10 rebounds per game. He is also expected to visit Utah, Colorado State and WVU. He was committed to Rutgers last year before deciding to go to the prep school. Millinghaus is a native of Schenectady, N.Y., and his brother is a freshman guard at Ole Miss. He’s averaging 28 points per game and also has offers from Oregon, WVU, Loyola Marymount, Providence, VT and others. “He wants to stay close,” Waterman said. “I would love to place him with (USC head) Coach (Frank) Martin. I think he has great potential. Oregon is high on him. I do know he likes USC. They are in the top three for both of them.” Demetrius Henry, a6-9 power forward, has scheduled his official visit to USC for this weekend. Henry will also visit Miami and South Florida before making his decision from one of those three. He has not been publicly favoring one of his finalists. Dominique Hawkins, a 6-1 player from Richmond, Ky., led his team to its first state championship earlier this month, and in doing so he attracted the attention of several college coaches, including Martin. He has offers from USC, Tennessee Tech, Morehead State and Western Kentucky. Kentucky head coach John Calipari scouted Hawkins during the tournament games at Rupp Arena and one of his assistants watched all four of his games in the Sweet 16 segment of the tournament. Alabama, Purdue and UT are also showing interest. Hawkins plans to wait on a possible Kentucky offer before moving forward with other schools. He was named the most valuable player of the state tournament and averaged over 26 points per game in the Sweet 16. Seventh Woods, a 6-1 player from Hammond in Columbia, one of the top freshmen prospects in the country, went to games recently at Duke and UNC. He talked with head coach Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and head coach Roy Williams of UNC. Both remain very interested and Williams plans to visit for an upcoming workout. He has not yet been offered.

season in the opening half of a 38-35 victory over Tennessee. Lattimore doesn’t remember the hit, just waking up in the hospital, his future as a rocksolid first-round draft pick gone. “I thought maybe I wouldn’t be able to play anymore,” he said. Soon, though, Lattimore was bolstered by texts and Tweets from family, friends, fans and athletes he’d never met, like Miami Heat forward LeBron James and New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. The Gamecocks held a rally on campus two days after the injury on Lattimore’s birthday. In the coming days, he’d heard from NFL runners Willis McGahee and Frank Gore, both who excelled in the pros after similarly devastating injuries. The support refocused his mind and

gave him a clarity about what he needed to do to return to the field. Lattimore trains twice a day most weeks, running in a pool, and strengthening the knee and surrounding muscles. He sees Andrews several times a week and has gotten nothing but glowing reports from the surgeon about the knee’s progress. Lattimore never gave credence to the idea that his injury would make South Carolina All-American Jadeveon Clowney want to give sit out his junior year and wait for the 2014 NFL draft. However, Lattimore was glad Clowney purchased a $5 million insurance policy. Lattimore said he bought $1.8 million worth of insurance through the NCAA’s program prior to his sophomore season, then renewed it as a junior.




NANC Y C. BLUE Nancy Carolyn Blue, 81, beloved wife of 59 years to Col. James Douglas Blue, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at McElveen Manor. She was born the daughter of Francis and Carrie Romack of Sharpsville, Ind. She graduated from Phoe- BLUE nix Union High School in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1949. She later graduated cum laude from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., with a bachelor of arts degree in English, where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. She completed post-graduate work at Eastern New Mexico University, the University of Virginia and the University of Indiana. Mrs. Blue was a dedicated teacher for more than 30 years and taught in high schools in Clovis, N.M., Ankara, Turkey, Washington, D.C., Kokomo, Ind., and Sumter at both Thomas Sumter Academy and Wilson Hall School. She taught world history, western civilization, English, English composition and art and music appreciation. She was a member of the Church of the Holy Cross. Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Mark Douglas Blue and his wife, Cynthia, of Wilmington, N.C.; a brother, Joseph Romack of Panama City, Fla.; and two grandchildren, James Douglas Blue and Caitlin Elizabeth Blue. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Holy Cross with the Rev. Dan Clarke officiating. Burial will follow in the Church of the Holy Cross cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bullock Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Church of the Holy Cross Preservation Fund, 335 N. Kings Highway, Sumter, SC 29153. You may sign the family’s guest book at The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.

WANDA L. SMITH Wanda Louise Smith of Greenville, 56, wife of Jesse C. Smith Jr., died Friday, March 15, 2013. Born in Chandler, Ariz., she was a daughter of the late Wayne and Dixie Fox Ahart. Mrs. Smith SMITH worked at Sears Portrait Studio as a manager. She was an active member of Girl Scouts. While living in Okinawa City, Japan, she was a member of Koza Baptist Church. Wanda enjoyed photography and crossstitching. In addition to her loving husband of 38 years, she is survived by a daughter, Christy

L. Smith; a son, Charles R. Smith (Liesa); grandchildren Jordan Z. Smith, Justin M. Smith, Jessica L. “Little Miss� Smith; sisters, Anne Baize, Barbara Jean Walker (Dwight); a brother, Charles Ahart (Cindy); a brother-in-law, Vince Smith (Kathy); and many nieces and nephews and greatnieces and greatnephews. She was preceded in death by a grandchild, Tristan M. Smith; a mother-in-law, Ruth T. Smith; and a brotherin-law, David Baize. Visitation will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m. Sunday at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest, with funeral services following at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the North Greenville University Gift God Fund, 7801 N. Tigerville Road, Travelers Rest, SC 29690. The family will be at the residence. Condolences may be made to the family by visiting

MICHAEL JOHNSON Michael Johnson, husband of Tonya Edwards Johnson, entered eternal rest Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born Oct. 1, 1964, he was a son of Edward Williams and the late Mamie Dell Johnson. He was the stepson of Bishop Dorothy Williams. A viewing will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Olden UME Church with the Rev. Roger Mullins, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Manning Cemetery in Pinewood. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home of his nephew, Demond Johnson, 2540 Nicholson Drive in Sumter. Online memorial messages may be sent to Community Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of arrangements. DAVID M. PEEK David Michael Peek, 69, husband of Sylvia Evans Peek, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at his home. Born in Norwich, N.Y., he was the son of the late Thomas J. Peek and Rena Duell Peek. Mr. Peek graduated from the University of South Carolina. He began his career in

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MOSES WILSON MAYESVILLE — Moses Wilson, 83, of 2087 Ave. B in Mayesville, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at his

home. Born Aug. 19, 1929, in Florence, he was a son of the WILSON late Willie Wilson and Reva Fleming Wilson. At an early age he joined Union Hill Freewill Baptist Church. He received his formal education in the public schools of Florence County. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was employed as a pipe construction foreman with Derrico Constriction Company in Titusville, Fla. Survivors are a son, Willie Wilson; two daughters, Loretta Ramsingh and Dione Wilson; three brothers, Joseph (Alretha) Wilson, Robert (Annie) Wilson and Isaac (Inez) Wilson; four sisters, Evangelist Sylvia Miller, Evangelist Rosa Lou Colbreath, Reva M. Wilson and Mary Wilson; three aunts, Drucillia Goldmon, Julia Johnson and Marie Bennett; and five grandchildren. The celebratory services for Mr. Moses Wilson will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Union Hill Freewill Baptist Church, Turbeville, with Elder Shelly Hickson, pastor, presiding, the Rev. Jamie Dixon, eulogist, and the Rev. Carnell Hampton, Elder Don Devegga and Evangelist Sylvia Miller assisting. Burial will follow in Florence National Cemetery. Mr. Wilson will lie in repose one hour prior to service. The family will receive friends at the home. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

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journalism with the Columbia Record and was an award-winning columnist for the Sumter Daily Item from 1996 until 2011. He was head of public relations for the Department of Energy in Aiken and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations in Atlanta. He was district manager for AFLAC in Sumter for many years and a salesman for Boyle Motor Company. He was a graduate of the Tuomey Fellows of Tuomey Healthcare System. He loved the written and spoken word, politics, history, antiques, golf and the USC Gamecocks. His faith and his family were the focus of his life. He was beloved by his family and many others and will be greatly missed. Surviving are his wife of Sumter; a son, David Michael Peek Jr. of Columbia; a daughter, Janet Peek Galus and husband, Joe, of Holly Hill; three grandchildren, Rachel Ann Caldwell, Dawson Thomas Peek and John Joseph Galus. He was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Jay Peek; and a sister, Janet Ann Peek. Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at the Church of the Holy Comforter with the Rev. Dr. John Barr III, the Rev. Marcus Kaiser and the Rev. Charles F. Walton officiating. The family will receive friends after the service in the Parish Hall. Memorials may be made to the Church of the Holy Comforter, P.O. Box 338, Sumter, SC 29151; or to Tuomey Home Health & Hospice, 500 Pinewood Road, Suite 2, Sumter, SC 29154. Online condolences may be sent to www. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home and Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.

EDWARD L. STURMS WEDGEFIELD — Edward Lee “Stump� Sturms, 57, husband of Michelle Short Sturms, died Monday, March 18, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Morgantown, W.Va., he was a son of the late Lee Sturms and the late Geraldine Smith Cox. Mr. Sturms was a member of New Calvary Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife of Wedgefield; a son, Frederick Lee Sturms and wife, Lauren, of Manning; and a brother, Eugene Ray


Sturms of Gloucester, Va. He was preceded in death by one brother, Jeffery Sturms, and one sister, Nancy Sturms. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at New Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Ron Underwood officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of South Carolina, 500 Taylor St., Suite No. 101, Columbia, SC 29201. Online condolences may be sent to www. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.

at Fielding Home for Funerals, Charleston Heights Chapel, 2704 Meeting Street Road, North Charleston. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Ashley Phosphate Road, North Charleston. Fielding Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements. Courtesy announcement of Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

AUSTIN C. TURNER Austin Cole Turner, 20, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013, due to injuries received in an accident in Sumter. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory in Goldsboro, N.C. Interment will be held on Saturday at Sulphur Springs Cemetery in Jonesborough, Tenn. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6:45 p.m. Thursday at Howell Funeral Home and Crematory.

PATRICIA D. MACK MANNING — Patricia D. Mack, 47, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center in Sumter. Born Sept. 6, 1965, in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was a daughter of Odessa L. Mack. The family is receiving friends at the home of her mother, Odessa Mack, 2985 S.C. 260 in Manning. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

DEBRA C. BETHUNE ORANGEBURG — Debra Elaine Carroll Bethune, wife of Clinton Bethune, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at the Orangeburg Regional Medical Center. Born Feb. 28, 1953, in Miami, Fla., she was a daughter of the late Charles Carroll and Lillie “Ruth� Shaw. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home, 1415 Loblolly Drive in the Pine Knoll subdivision in Manning. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Fleming & DeLaine Funeral Home and Chapel. WILHELMINA HOLLIDAY CHARLESTON — Wilhelmina Holliday, 92, died Friday, March 15, 2013. Born June 3, 1920, in Paxville, she was a daughter of the late Austin Holliday and Lizzie Montgomery Holliday. Survivors include three nieces, Pauline G. Blackwell of Manning, Rhunette Crawford of Charleston and Hershey Johnson of Brooklyn, N.Y. Funeral services will be held Thursday

BEN C. LITTLETON Ben C. Littleton, 71, husband of the late Suzanne Bradford Littleton, died Monday, March 18, 2013, at his home. Services will be announced by ElmoreCannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter.

JAMES C. TIDWELL James Charles Tidwell, 89, husband of the late May B. Tidwell, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Services will be announced by ElmoreCannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter. JAMES A. BURGESS James A. Burgess died Monday, March 18, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. He was born May 31, 1963, in Sumter County. The family is receiving friends at the home, 119 Carolina Ave. in Sumter. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Sumter Funeral Service Inc. LUCILLE PETERSON Lucille Peterson died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Jan. 12, 1931, in Lee County. The family is receiving friends at the home, 40 Dollard Court in Sumter. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Sumter Funeral Service Inc.

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irefighters often refer to themselves as a brotherhood, but for many years, Clarendon and Sumter County fire departments have welcomed women into their ranks. During this Women’s History Month, the six fulltime female firefighters gathered for a commemorative photo and a celebration of their groundbreaking career choice. Jessica Witherspoon is a Fire Fighter 1 with Clarendon County; Engineer Selena Ruth Smith is with the Sumter Fire Department and a volunteer with Mayesville 5; Lt. Kaye Squires-Rogers is full time with Sumter FD and also volunteers with Mayesville 5; Engineer Shelly Baker is full time with the SFD and captain of Dalzell Volunteer Station 6; and Fire Fighter 1 Kendall Painter is with Cherryvale Station 1. Frances Richbourg is the fire chief for Clarendon County. Sumter’s first full-time female firefighter was Debbie Ivey, who died March 7. She also volunteered with the Wedgefield station. Smith, with Sumter County, said the women all look up to Richbourg. “She’s the trailblazer, the one who deserves credit,” Smith said, as the others nodded. Richbourg wasn’t far behind the country’s first two paid female firefighters, who started in 1973 and ‘74. Indeed, she has been fighting fires in Clarendon for almost 35 years, starting out as a volunteer who’d leave her farm and don firefighting garb whenever the alarm sounded. In the early 1980s, she became a part-time employee of the county’s fire department as administrative assistant to then-Fire Chief Carter Jones. Although she joined the S.C. Fire Marshall’s arson control team in 1984, which had her traveling around the state, Richbourg volunteered with the Clarendon County Fire Department whenever she was at home in Summerton.


From left, standing, are Clarendon County Chief Frances Richburg and Fire Fighter 1 Jessica Witherspoon of Clarendon; Sumter City firefighters: FF1 Kendall Painter with Cherryvale Station #1; Engineer Shelly Baker, also the captain of Dalzell Volunteer Station #6, and Engineer Selena Ruth Smith, also a volunteer firefighter with Mayesville #5; and kneeling, Lt. Kaye Squires-Rogers, also a lieutenant with Mayesville Station #5.

Richbourg returned to the department, rising to assistant chief, but became a fulltime instructor at the S.C. Fire Academy after that. She’s been back fighting fires in Clarendon County since 2001. Smith began volunteering for Mayesville, her hometown fire service, in 2006, she said. “It was not on my list of career choices,” she said, “but we didn’t have anyone living in the town who was at the Mayesville station. I felt like somebody needed to be there so they could get out on a call sooner, so I volunteered. I loved it. I became full time six years ago.” The female firefighters perform the same duties as the males, Smith said. “We do the same things the guys do, based on body size, not on gender,” she explained. “Shorter and taller individuals can do different maneuvers. There’s no discrimination.” While the male firefighters expect her to do what they do, Smith said, “They call me ‘Miss Selena.’ I think it’s a Southern thing. “I’m here to do the job. I can wear the frills and lace when I get home.”

Baker, captain of Dalzell Volunteer Station #5, has been fighting fires for 21 years. Formerly in the military, she had been considering a career in law enforcement. “One day I was talking to a neighbor who was a volunteer firefighter,” she said, “and he told me he could help me if I was interested in that.” She was. Now full time, Baker joined the department as a volunteer in May of 1992. Now, she said, “I fight fires, pump the truck, go to accidents, the same as the male firefighters — and I do all the paperwork. “Some days are good, some days are not so good. When somebody tells you ‘thank you,’ that makes it all worthwhile.” Witherspoon, a Fire Fighter 1 with Manning Station 1, said one thing that makes her love her job is that “It’s never the same thing every day.” Like most of the others, she started fighting fires as a volunteer. Both her brother and grandfather were firefighters. “I got interested when I rode with my brother on calls,” Witherspoon said, “and

was a volunteer for three years.” To become a full-time firefighter, she said, “I had to take the required basic firefighter class. I’ve also had classes in HazMat (hazardous materials) operations and extraction, and I’ve done the class to be a Fire Fighter 2.” Clarendon County stays busy, with around 1,200 calls a year, Witherspoon said. “After a fire,” she said, “when I talk to a family, I’m really thankful we were able to be there for them, to do the things they couldn’t do.” There are around 7,000 female career firefighters in the U.S. today, with thousands more working in a volunteer capacity. It’s the work as well as the good they achieve that motivate the women who fight fires in Sumter and Clarendon counties. Smith summed it up: “The most satisfying thing about fighting fires is after you come off a fire call and all the occupants of a building are outside, safe. And just knowing we can do the job when women weren’t allowed to not so long ago. That’s a good feeling.”

Eat, drink, laugh and be inspired by local events Today marks the last presentation of the comeof the Church of the Holy dies “The Trial of GoldiComforter’s Lenten locks” and “Once Upon a Lunches. At noon, the Shoe” will be offered church will serve a soupThursday through Sunand-salad lunch in day. Director Eric the Parish Hall, Bultman has cast out & about then at 12:30 p.m., 16 talented the Rev. Shay Gailyoung actors in lard of Good Shepthe two tales herd Episcopal based on the faChurch in Charlesmiliar stories we a guide to ton will speak on all know, but arts & leisure they’ve got a little the topic “I am the resurrection and twist. Ivy MOORE the life; do you beIn the first lieve this?” play, Goldilocks A donation of $5 for has been charged with lunch is requested; admis- breaking and entering the sion to the program is free. home of Papa Bear, Mama Four more perforBear and Baby Bear, and mances of Sumter Little they want justice. A hardTheatre’s Youth Theatre of-hearing judge, two law-

yers who are not completely on the up-and-up and a jury facing a difficult decision create the laughs. “Once Upon a Shoe” visits the dilemma of Mother Goose, who’s the old woman who lived in a shoe in this treatment. Seems the shoe she shares with her many children needs re-soling, its laces are raveling and snapping, and rain leaks in around the grommets. Faced with having to move to a small, overly fragrant sneaker on the wrong of the tracks, Mother Goose’s goslings devise a plan to get their familiar home repaired and refurbished — they’ll do a play

retelling several fairy tales to raise money. Twists and turns abound, and if one particular audience member likes their performance enough, Mother Goose’s problems could be over. Call SLT at (803) 7752150 after 3 p.m. daily to make reservations. Ticket prices are $10 for adults $8 student/senior/military and $6 for children. Because of federal budget cutbacks, the SumterShaw Community Concert Association’s presentation of military bands has been canceled for the foreseeable future. This means the US Army Jazz Ambassadors will not ap-

pear on April 3. You can still plan to see 42Five on April 16. For more information, call (803) 499-4032 or visit the website The Sumter County Gallery of Art has more evening classes for adults coming up, one of them beginning tonight. The gallery’s assistant director and chief curator, Frank McCauley, will teach screen printing from 5:307:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Rose Metz will offer her painting classes starting on Tuesday, March 26. Choose your medium, watermedia or oil, for the 4-6 p.m. class. Adult pottery, taught by Laura

Cardello, starts a new class on April 2, running for six weeks. All classes meet at the gallery, 200 Hasel St. (Patriot Hall), and materials are included in the class fees. The gallery also offers classes for young people. Also at the gallery, the Sumter Collects II exhibition continues through April 19. This one is not to be missed, with traditional and contemporary art collected over the years by Sumter residents who are graciously sharing it with the community. Admission is free. For more information, call (803) 7750543.





Delicate, lemony cookie is ideal for Easter holiday BY ELIZABETH KARMEL Associated Press

dough also can be frozen for up to 1 month. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the remaining 1 cup of powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Once the dough has chilled, divide it into 1/2-inch balls. Arrange the balls on the prepared baking sheet, leaving 1 inch between them. Bake on the center rack for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies are set on top and lightly golden on the bottom. Let the cookies cool for 2 to 3 minutes on the cookie sheet. A few at a time, place the cookies in the bowl of powdered sugar and toss gently to coat well. Transfer the coated cookies to a rack to cool completely. Once cool, repeat the coating process with the bowl of powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container. Nutrition information per cookie: 90 calories; 60 calories from fat (67 percent of total calories); 6 g fat (3 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 10 mg cholesterol; 8 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 1 g protein; 15 mg sodium.


For most people, Easter means it’s time for chocolate bunnies and colored eggs. And while those things are fine, for me this season is about all things lemon. I usually make lemon bars that are tart and refreshing, more lemon than egg. But this year I decided to riff on one of my favorite cookies, the Mexican wedding cookie, also known as the Russian tea cake, pecan butterballs, snowballs, and many other names. Regardless of what you call them, these muchloved powdered sugar-coated cookies tend to be made mostly around the Christmas holidays. But the delicious simplicity of these treats begs for a burst of lemon, and by adding a healthy dose of lemon zest, these nutty shortbreadlike cookies become a “lemon wedding cookie.” The zest adds a delicate lemon flavor that I find is a perfect balance to the richness of the butter and the pecans. If you want an even bigger burst of lemon, you can add a


Lemon Wedding Cookies are tart and refreshing.

1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract to the dough and 1 teaspoon of unsweetened lemon-aid mix to the powdered sugar used to coat the cookies. You also can add a drop or two of yellow food coloring to make the cookies yellow and more in keeping with Easter colors. If you make them small and oval instead of round, they even look a little like miniature eggs.

The recipe also is easy to adapt to other nuts, and other flavors, even chocolate (adding about 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the dough and substituting orange zest for the lemon). The cookie dough is so easy to make that you could whip up several variations for Easter brunch, or make it even easier on yourself and serve ham sandwiches and these cookies and call it an Easter tea.

Start to finish: 1 hour Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted, divided 1/4 teaspoon fine-grain salt Zest of 1 very large or 2 small lemons 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 drop yellow food coloring (optional) 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup lightly toasted pecans, finely chopped in a food processor or nut chopper In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar, then beat well. Add the salt, lemon zest and vanilla and beat until creamy. Add the food coloring, if using. A little at a time, beat in the flour just until mixed. Add the nuts, using a silicone spatula to stir them in. Place the dough in a small bowl or a plastic bag and chill for 30 to 60 minutes, or place in the freezer for about 15 minutes. At this stage, the

Know correct way to boil, decorate and utilize eggs FROM AMERICAN EGG BOARD Nearly 200 million eggs are purchased for Easter celebrations in the U.S. every year. Hardboiling eggs and then decorating them is a favorite family pastime that brings out the creative side in everyone. According to a recent American Egg Board survey, nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of respondents say their families decorate one to two dozen eggs each year. “Eggs are like a blank canvas – the decorating possibilities are endless and you don’t have to stick to a standard storebought kit,” says Sabrina Soto, HGTV interior designer. “In addition to dyeing eggs in beautiful colors, dress them up with items already sitting in your kitchen or closet like scraps of ribbon, buttons, glitter or even confetti.” Here are a few more tips from Soto to get your egg decorating creativity hopping: • Perfect Polka: Use the eraser end of a pencil to paint perfect polka dots on the egg. Just dip the eraser into acrylic craft paint and dab onto the egg. Make different patterns and use different colors to create perfect designs. • Tattoo Decor: Kids always have those temporary tattoos lying around their rooms. Why not make egg decorating simple? Apply those same tattoos to eggs for a professional and easy look that kids will love. • Ribbon Wrap: Tie a beautiful ribbon around a dyed egg. Mix colors and patterns for fun visual interest. Adorn with craft or fabric flowers, even buttons. For a more rustic look, use natural fibers such as hemp or twine with dried flowers in place of the ribbons. BEFORE DECORATING, YOU HAVE TO HARD-BOIL

“After interior design, cooking is my second passion,” says Soto. “It always surprises me that while many people love to decorate eggs, they

don’t know how to hardboil eggs properly.” In fact, less than onequarter (23 percent) of survey respondents know the correct way to hard-boil eggs. What many don’t know is the key to hardboiling eggs is not to boil them. Eggs that are cooked too long or at too high of a temperature become tough and rubbery. Follow these steps for bright yellow yolks and tender whites every time: • Step 1: Put eggs in pan, add water, cover, bring to boil • Step 2: Turn off heat, let stand for 12 minutes • Step 3: Run cold water over eggs to cool HARD FACTS

• Very fresh eggs can be difficult to peel. Buy and refrigerate your eggs a week to 10 days in advance of cooking them to make peeling easier. This brief “breather” allows the eggs time to take in air, which helps separate the membranes from the shell. • Hard-boiled eggs are easiest to peel after cooling. Cooling causes the egg to contract slightly in the shell. • Peel a hard-boiled egg. Gently tap egg on your countertop until the shell is finely cracked all over, then roll it between your hands to loosen the shell. Peel starting at the large end and hold the egg under cold running water to help ease the shell off. • Banish the greenish ring. This harmless but unsightly discoloration that sometimes forms around hard-boiled yolks results from a reaction between sulfur in the egg white and iron in the yolk. It occurs when eggs have been cooked for too long or at too high a temperature. • Hard-boiled eggs in the shell can be refrigerated safely for up to one week. Peeled hardboiled eggs should be eaten that day. Uncooked, eggs can stay fresh in a refrigerator for up to a month or more.


Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20-25 minutes Servings: 10 mini quiches 2/3 cup shredded Swiss cheese 1/3 cup finely chopped ham 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions 3 eggs 2 tbsp. milk 1/4 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. pepper 1 pkg. (12 oz.; 10 biscuits) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits Heat oven to 350°F. Combine cheese, ham and green onions in small bowl; mix well. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper in medium bowl until blended. Separate biscuits; press or roll each into a 5-inch round on lightly floured surface. Place 1 biscuit in each of 10 greased muffin cups, leaving the 2 cups in center of pan empty. Press biscuits firmly against bottom and sides of cups and form rim at top. Spoon 2 tbsp. cheese mixture into each cup. Pour in egg mixture, dividing evenly. Bake in center of 350°F oven until filling is set and biscuits are deep golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from pan; serve warm. MINI ORANGE-MAPLE FRENCH TOAST BREAKFAST CASSEROLES

Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 servings 4 oz. mascarpone cheese OR cream cheese, room temperature 4 eggs 2/3 cup milk 1/3 cup orange juice 1/4 cup maple-flavored pancake syrup 1/2 tsp. freshly grated orange peel 3 cups bread cubes (1inch cubes, about 4 slices) Heat oven to 350°F. Whisk cheese in medium bowl until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking after each addi-

tion until smooth. Stir in milk, orange juice, syrup and orange peel until smooth and blended. Divide bread among four greased 10-ounce ramekins or custard cups. Slowly pour a generous 1/2 cup egg mixture over bread in each cup; press bread into egg mixture. Place cups in baking pan. Bake in center of 350°F oven until custards are puffed and knife inserted near centers comes out clean, about 30 minutes. CLASSIC EGG SALAD

Prep time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 servings 6 hard-boiled eggs, sliced 1/4 cup mayonnaise

2 tsp. fresh lemon juice 1 tbsp. minced onion 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 1/2 cup finely chopped celery Lettuce leaves Reserve 4 center egg slices for garnish, if desired. Chop remaining eggs. Mix mayonnaise, lemon juice, onion, salt and pepper in medium bowl. Add chopped eggs and celery; mix well. Refrigerate, covered, to blend flavors. Serve on lettuce leaves; garnish with reserved egg slices. BREAKFAST EGG SPREAD

A creamy hard-boiled egg spread. Pair with toasted baguette slices

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A lighter take on matzo ball soup The Husband is Jewish and I am his shiksa bride. As young marrieds, we ignored both traditions equally. But when we had children, we began celebrating Jewish and Christian holidays alike, so that as the kids matured they could naturally gravitate to the rituals that moved them the most. Though I grew up in New York, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never attended a Passover seder until I met my future husband. I really enjoyed the meal, but the Passover service seemed so complicated that I felt a tad overwhelmed when it was time to produce my own seder. For that matter, even the meal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with its many platters of symbolic dishes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; seemed pretty daunting. I knew Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d probably never attempt homemade gefilte fish, but I figured I might be able to produce a respectable matzo ball soup. At the time (now a generation ago) I owned no Jewish cookbooks, and there was no internet. So what did I do? I called my motherin-law. And what did she tell me? To make the recipe on the back of the matzo meal box. And? Except for the fact that I made the balls too big and they blew up to the size of tennis balls and took forever to cook, I felt pretty proud of my soup. It was tasty. Since then Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve produced many matzo ball soups, and not always on Passover. My son, for one, loves it all year. At the birthday dinner parties he used to throw for himself as a teenager (guess who cooked) matzo ball soup was always on the menu. Over time, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve refined the recipe from the back of the box. Like other cooks before me, I swapped out the vegetable oil in favor of schmaltz (chicken fat), which amps the flavor. I also began poaching the matzo balls not in water, but in broth. These techniques made for a notably dense matzo ball â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sinkers, not floaters, as The Husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aunt Yetta used to say. But my family liked them that way. However, for the purpose of this column, I wanted to dream up a matzo ball that is lower in fat and calories, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sacrifice any flavor. The schmaltz was the first ingredient to go. Yes, of course, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delicious, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also pure saturated fat. Not healthy. So it was back to vegetable oil. Then I kissed off the whole eggs in favor of egg whites, which are leaner. I tried to make up for the flavor that went missing along with the schmaltz by adding broth to the batter, but the resulting matzo ball was as dense as a lead ball. What to do? I could have lost the broth in favor of seltzer, which would have made the matzo balls much lighter, but I was afraid it would dull the flavor. Instead, I added some baking powder, which did indeed make them more buoyant. Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t baking powder, a leavener, a no-no during Passover, which bans all leavened bread? Not if you use bak-

ing powder thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been certified kosher for Passover. Then I poached the matzo balls for much longer than recommended, which helped to cook them all the way through, and made them less dense. The soup part of this recipe is thick with spring vegetables â&#x20AC;&#x201D; fava beans, asparagus, leeks, mushrooms and peas. If you want to get fancy (and you can find them), use fresh, seasonal morel mushrooms instead of the buttons. Just make sure you wash them well. Considered as a whole â&#x20AC;&#x201D; matzo balls and vegetables â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this soup could stand alone as a hearty, one-pot dinner. SPRING VEGETABLE SOUP WITH LOW-FAT, HIGH-FLAVOR MATZO BALLS

Start to finish: 2 hours (45 minutes active) Servings: 8 For the matzo balls: 3/4 cup matzo meal 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 6 large egg whites, lightly beaten 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 3 tablespoons low-sodium chicken broth For the soup: 1/2 pound shelled fresh fava beans or shelled fresh lima beans (or 1 2/3 cups defrosted frozen), or a combination 3 medium leeks 1/2 pound asparagus (about 1/2 bunch), tough ends discarded (peel the stalks if thicker than 1/3 inch) 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/2 pound small white mushrooms, trimmed and quartered 10 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 cup shelled fresh or defrosted frozen green peas Kosher salt and ground black pepper Chopped fresh dill, to garnish To make the matzo balls, in a large bowl stir together the matzo meal, salt and baking powder. Add the egg whites, vegetable oil and chicken broth, then stir until well combined. Cover and chill for 30 minutes. While the matzo mixture cools, prepare the vegetables. If using fava beans, in a large saucepan bring 1 quart of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the shelled fava beans and blanch for 1 minute. Use a slotted spoon to immediately transfer them to a bowl of ice water to cool. When they are cool enough to handle, gently peel the skins from the beans. If using lima beans, this step can be skipped. Trim off and discard the green parts of the leeks, leaving about 5 inches. Cut the white part in half lengthwise, then slice into 1-inch pieces (about 3 1/2 cups). Rinse them well and pat them dry. Cut the asparagus crosswise into 1-inch pieces. In a large saucepan over medium, heat the oil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the leeks and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes, or until they have softened. Add the aspara-

gus and mushrooms to the leek mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes more, or until almost tender. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl and set aside. Return the saucepan to the stovetop over medium-high heat. Add the chicken broth and bring it to a boil. Shape the chilled matzo batter into 16 balls and add them to the broth. Reduce the heat to simmer, cover and cook for 55 to 60 minutes, or until the matzo balls are tender. Add the vegetable mixture to the chicken stock and matzo balls, along with the fava beans and peas and simmer until heated through. If using defrosted frozen lima beans, add them first to the soup and let them simmer for 5 minutes or until tender, then add the other vegetables. Season with salt and THE ASSOCIATED PRESS pepper to taste, ladle into bowls and garnish Spring Vegetable Soup with Low-fat, High-flavor Matzo Balls is worth the two hours it with chopped fresh dill. takes to make.

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‘Wormhole’ returns with God particle episode BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH Last week saw the announcement of a new pope and the discovery of what scientists call “the God particle.” These two events have nothing to do with each other, except that, together, they sound like plot developments in a pulpy Dan Brown conspiracy thriller. Just what is the God particle? Or Higgs boson? That’s the subject of tonight’s “Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman” (9 p.m., Science, TV-PG), the first episode of the fourth season. I’m certainly among those who need somebody to explain just what this all means. From what I’ve read, it seems that the discovery of this particle confirms a theory that has been around for nearly 50 years, and that the search for Higgs boson is the reason behind the billions of dollars spent by scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research over the past several decades. For particle physicists, this is like the moon landing. Apparently, this discovery helps explain some mysteries at the center of existence, such as how particles of any sort acquire mass. But, according to the teaser for tonight’s “Wormhole,” this momentous event may raise as many questions as it settles.

• Turner Classic Movies spends the night on the moon and beyond the stars with five consecutive movies set in outer space. The 1989 documentary “For All Mankind” (8 p.m.) recalls the Apollo missions to the moon. Four fictional films follow, including the sequel to “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “2010” (9:30 p.m.). The 1956 fantasy “Forbidden Planet” (11:30 p.m.) is a spaceage update of Shakespeare’s “Tempest”; “20 Million Miles to Earth” (1:30 a.m.) blends sci-fi and monster movie genres; and Gregory Peck stars in the 1969 thriller “Marooned” (3 a.m.), about astronauts facing death after a rocket failure.

Tonight’s Other Highlights • The Huntress returns, very unhappy, on

“Arrow” (8 p.m., CW, TV14). • “KKK: Beneath the Hood” (8 p.m., Discovery, TV-14) looks at the Ku Klux Klan in the 21st century. • A stressed-out would-be novelistturned-house sitter (Jack Nicholson) becomes easy prey for evil spirits haunting a hotel in director Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “The Shining” (8 p.m., BBC America). • Cassidy faces serious allegations on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (9 p.m., NBC, TV14). • Gloria’s family arrives, secrets in tow, on “Modern Family” (9 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG). • The department reacts to a series of gangrelated shootings on “Boston’s Finest” (9 p.m., TNT, TV-14). • A couple seeks a green home in a smalltown community on


ther on “Psych” (10 p.m., USA, TV-PG).

Cult Choice Two slackers (Bill Murray and Harold Ramis) find themselves in the volunteer Army in the 1981 service comedy “Stripes” (8 p.m., VH1 Classic).

Series Notes On two helpings of “Whitney” (NBC, TV-14): unfriendly competition (8 p.m.), alone time (8:30 p.m., r) * Sibling discomfort on “The Middle” (8 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) * Bethenny Frankel gueststars on “The Neighbors” (8:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * Social networking can be murder on “Criminal Minds” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14) * One demon too many on “Supernatural” (9 p.m., CW, TV-14) * Dallas frets on “Suburgatory” (9:30 p.m., ABC, TV-14).

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“Property Brothers” (9 p.m., HGTV, TV-G). • Death crowns a prom queen on “CSI” (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14). • Mills grills Bernie about the fire that killed his father on “Chicago Fire” (10 p.m., NBC, TV14). • Gunnar’s brother shows a different side on “Nashville” (10 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG). • Lydia unravels after the death of an infant on “Southland” (10 p.m., TNT, TV-MA). • Philip and Elizabeth and Stan’s FBI team pursue the same man on “The Americans” (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA). • A spat with neighbors threatens to bring a visit from police on “Weed Country” (10 p.m., Discovery, TV-14). • Tensions mount at a shoe sale on “Dukes of Melrose” (10:30 p.m., Bravo). • Shawn seeks guy time with Juliet’s stepfa-

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nstead of cheating on your diet, start a love affair with foods that taste great and are packed with nutritional benefits. “Eating healthy lets you look and feel your best, which is why I try to incorporate at least one of what I call ‘Foods with Benefits,’ such as eggs, into every meal of the day,” said Candice Kumai, chef and cookbook author. “Eggland’s Best is my choice of eggs because they contain double the amount of omega-3s, twice the amount of vitamin D, 10 times more vitamin E, 35 percent more lutein and 25 percent less saturated fat when compared to ordinary eggs.”


CANDICE’S FAVORITE FOODS WITH BENEFITS ■ Eggs — Better for you eggs, such as Eggland’s Best, are a lean protein source loaded with vital nutrients such as vitamin D, vitamin E, lutein, omega-3s, which are beneficial for heart health and healthy eyes. ■ Potatoes — Filled with key nutrients such as fiber, iron and vitamins C and B6, which help regulate blood pressure and promote a healthy brain. ■ Asparagus — A great source of fiber, iron, folate and vitamins A and K, which support the digestive system and fight inflammation. ■ Peaches — Contain beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium, fiber and antioxidants, which promote a healthy immune system and combat disease. For more recipes like these, which are packed with nutritional benefits, visit

TORTILLA ESPAÑOLA Makes 6 servings Recipe by Candice Kumai 1/4 cup Spanish extra virgin olive oil, divided 5 to 6 potatoes, peeled, thinly sliced 1 yellow onion, fine diced 8 large eggs 1 cup Spanish olives, pitted, chopped 3/4 cup roasted red pepper, thinly sliced Parsley, chopped 1/2 teaspoon sea salt In medium non-stick skillet, place 2 tablespoons olive oil in cold pan and add potato slices. Turn heat up to medium high. Sauté, covered, until potatoes are soft but not crispy, approximately 15 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil in a second sauté pan over medium heat. Add

onions and cook until soft and translucent, without any color, 5 to 7 minutes. Once potatoes and onions are all golden and cooked through, set aside to cool. In large mixing bowl, crack eggs and whisk well. Gently stir in cooled potatoes and onions. Add in chopped olives, roasted red peppers and chopped parsley. Season with sea salt. Heat two tablespoons olive oil in a non-

SUNNY-SIDE UP EGGS OVER ASPARAGUS Makes 2 servings 1 bunch asparagus, woody ends trimmed Cooking spray 2 large eggs 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional) 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese (optional) 1 teaspoon breadcrumbs (optional) 1/4 cup chopped red peppers (optional) Fill medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Submerge asparagus and cook for approximately 2 minutes, maintaining a bright green color and slight crunch. Immediately remove asparagus and shock it in a bowl of ice water. Reserve. Coat medium size skillet with cooking spray. Crack two Eggland’s Best eggs into pan and cook over medium heat until the whites set and the edges of the eggs are cooked. Place asparagus on plate, making an even layer. Remove eggs from the pan using a slotted spatula and place on top of asparagus. Top with a drizzle of olive oil and garnish with Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs or red peppers, if desired. Can also be served on two pieces of whole wheat toast.

stick sauté pan over medium heat. In hot pan, add potato and egg mixture. Reduce heat and cook until rim of eggs and center of tortilla is cooked through. Place large plate over top of sauté pan and flip tortilla over. If needed, you can place tortilla back into pan with cooked side up and cook thru until yellow side cooks to a golden brown. Slice into pie pieces and serve warm.

Makes 12 servings Recipe by Candice Kumai Crust: 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 1/4 cup flour 1 teaspoon sea salt 2 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons cold water Custard: 3/4 cup almond milk (unsweetened) 3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 tablespoons gluten-free flour 2 large eggs 2 cups sliced peaches, fresh or frozen Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add butter, flour, salt and sugar into food processor and pulse until mixture has a sandy texture. Add water in slowly, and pulse until dough comes together. Remove and form into a disc. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours. Roll out dough and place in pie plate. Line crust with parchment paper and fill with dried beans. Bake in oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven to cool. Discard parchment and beans. Whisk together milk, yogurt, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla and flour in a saucepan over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until hot. Do not boil. In separate bowl, whisk eggs until smooth and frothy. Slowly add warm liquid mixture into eggs, a little at a time, whisking constantly. Let mixture stand 3 to 5 minutes until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Add custard mixture to cooled crust and top with peaches. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until custard is set in the center. Chill before serving.


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