Dec 19

Martin, Gamecocks looking for win vs. Clemson

<!– google_ad_section_start –> COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin has a better understanding of his school’s rivalry with Clemson after losing his first two matchups with the Tigers. Now he’s ready to feel what it’s like on the winning side of the series.Martin & the Gamecocks (5-3) will obtain the next chance against the Tigers (6-3) Friday night.When Martin came from Kansas State after the 2011-12 season, he was accustomed to his rivalry games with Kansas moreover counting heavily in the Big 12 Conference chase so it took a bit to tap into the ferocity of this nonconference matchup.”Our older fans still have a lot of pride in this game because that same thing used to exist” when South Carolina & Clemson competed in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Martin said.”It’s a tremendous thing,” Martin continued, ”whenever you have two schools from the same state that represent power conferences, they compete with each other in everything, marketing, admissions, it’s just across the board.”And it’s a competition, one in which Martin & the Gamecocks have fallen short in the past two seasons. South Carolina, though, comes in off an impressive 75-49 victory over Oklahoma State on Dec. 6, its last contest because of finals.Martin said his players kept up the progress during nearly two weeks of workouts, not letting the downtime affect their work habits.”It’s kind of been to keep our minds in tune with what we do,” he said. ”Guys have done great.”Along with keeping its edge in the rivalry, Clemson is seeking to complete the regular season 4-0 against Southeastern Conference opponents. The Tigers rallied to defeat LSU 64-61 at the Paradise Jam last month, then came back from six-points down in the final minute of regulation in a 68-65 overtime win against Arkansas, at the time No. 18 in the country.Last Sunday, Clemson topped Auburn 72-61 to stay perfect against the SEC.Clemson coach Brad Brownell said South Carolina will offer a strong test with its physical style.”Definitely going to be physical so we have to play tough,” Tigers center Landry Nnoko said. ”It won’t be easy. We have to go work for it.”The game moreover will be a showdown of two improving sets of guards.South Carolina features senior Tyrone Johnson & sophomores Sindarius Thornwell & Duane Notice. …

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Dec 19

Tennessee GOP leader drafts bill to ensure accused truants get attorneys

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A leading Tennessee lawmaker —concerned that kids have been shackled & improperly jailed—is drafting legislation to ensure that accused truants receive prompt appointment of legal counsel when facing prosecution in the state’s court.  <!– –>Sen. Mark Norris, the State Senate Republican majority leader, has been active in national campaigns to promote alternatives to school suspensions & juvenile detention through the Council of State Governments, a legislators’ policy group he chairs.Norris was motivated to act in part by a Center for Public Integrity investigation into how truants in Tennessee’s Knox County were shackled & taken to juvenile hall to be confined in cells—without first having the benefit of defense attorneys who could have raised questions approximately kids’ unaddressed special learning needs or mental-health problems.The measure to ensure counsel, Norris said, “is in process. It’s not soup yet.” But he’s drafting it for the upcoming legislative session, which begins in January.  The move reflects a mounting national debate over inconsistent protections —which vary state by state, sometimes even county by county— for ensuring that children have the immediate benefit of a lawyer in court, even when facing minor infractions.  The costs of Norris’ proposal will have to be assessed by the legislature’s fiscal review committee.  A similar initiative proposal in 2012,  sponsored by former Tennessee legislator Andy Berke, now the Democratic mayor of Chattanooga, stalled after a study found it might cost the state indigent defense fund an additional half million dollars yearly.  Since that bill faltered, however, the influential Council of State Governments & other think tanks have stepped up national efforts to promote research on how detention actually increases risks that  kids who have committed minor indiscretions will subsequently obtain into more serious trouble & end up in costly adult confinement.There’s more to this story. Click here to read the rest at the Center for Public Integrity.This story is part of Juvenile Justice. Scrutinizing controversial policies affecting young people at risk. …

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Dec 19

North Carolina report to signal jobs trend at end of 2014

RALEIGH — North Carolina finds out whether employers are ending the year in a hiring mood.The state Commerce Department on Friday releases its monthly report on unemployment & jobs for November.North Carolina’s unemployment rate in October dropped to 6.3 percent, down from 6.7 percent the previous month.State officials said the state’s 4.2 million nonfarm jobs in October outstripped the number of positions that existed when the country’s Great Recession began in December 2007. But North Carolina’s overall population has grown since then.The state’s improving unemployment rate remained higher than the national measure of 5.8 percent in October. The national jobless rate stayed the same in November.Report a Typo (Copyright ©2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Dec 19

Parity abounds among women’s hoops elite

<!– google_ad_section_start –> COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley is sure of two things this season — there’s more parity than ever at the top of women’s basketball & her Gamecocks likely won’t remain No. 1 for long.<!– –>Staley & the Gamecocks (10-0) are the top-ranked women’s team in the land for the fourth consecutive week. Yet, for Staley, it’s a tenuous position.Besides the teams they’ll face once league play begins in the competitive Southeastern Conference, her Gamecocks don’t pound opponents the way juggernauts like Connecticut, Baylor & Tennessee were known to dominate when they held the top spot.No. 2 could donate No. 1 a run, probably No. 3 — yet when the Huskies, Bears, & Lady Vols were peaking, there was a distinctive gap between them & the rest of the top 10.”That’s just not us,” Staley said of her top-ranked Gamecocks.Only 12 teams had been ranked No. 1 since the Top 25 became a writers’ poll in 1994-95 before the Gamecocks’ rise this season.South Carolina’s flashiest win was a nail-biting, 51-50 victory at No. 13 Duke earlier this month, the Gamecocks rallying from four points down in the final half minute to stay undefeated.No. 3 Texas (9-0) and, No. …

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Dec 19

Georgia proposes sweeping new laws on guns

A woman looks at guns on sale in April 2013 at the National Armory gun store in Pompano Beach, Florida. Photo: Getty Images Atlanta: Pro- & anti-gun forces do not agree on much, yet they do agree on the breathtaking sweep of the legislation in the US state of Georgia allowing guns in bars, schools, restaurants, churches & airports that is now awaiting the signature of governor Nathan Deal. Americans for Responsible Solutions, the group founded by Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who was shot, calls it “the most extreme gun bill in America” & the “guns everywhere” legislation. The National Rifle Association, which lobbied for the bill, calls it “the most comprehensive pro-gun” bill in recent state history, & described the vote at the Capitol on Thursday as “a historic victory for the Second Amendment”. More than a year after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut elicited a burst of gun-control legislation, the Georgia bill shows just how far the counter-reaction has spread as legislators, mainly in Republican-controlled states in the South & West, pass laws allowing weapons in all corners of society while strengthening so-called Stand Your Ground laws. Critics say the victories may come at a price as pro-gun legislation runs up against the limits of public opinion. Advertisement “I do think they’ve overreached,” said Laura Cutilletta, senior staff attorney at the San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The Georgia bill, she said, is “so extreme & people do have such a strong reaction to it”. The bill was opposed not only by gun control groups, yet moreover by the state’s police chiefs association, restaurant association, Episcopal & Catholic churches, & the federal Transportation Security Administration. A majority of Georgians moreover opposed it, according to several opinion polls. …

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Dec 19

Georgia Aquarium has new executive VP and COO

ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta has announced the selection of a new executive vice president & chief operating officer. The aquarium said in a news release Wednesday that Mark Schafer is stepping into the role effective immediately. He has served as chief financial officer & senior vice president at the aquarium since July 2013. Schafer previously spent 16 years at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, where he was a director of finance. He began his career at SeaWorld Orlando where he was moreover director of finance & moreover held other positions over a 10-year period. Schafer replaces David Kimmel as chief operating officer. Kimmel stepped down in October. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Dec 19

Dog missing in North Carolina found in Chester

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A month to the day a dog went missing in North Carolina, the pup will return home for the holidays after he mysteriously appeared in Pennsylvania.Happy, healthy & far from home, 3.5-year-old Max’s discovery is the making of a Christmas miracle.So how did Max end up in Pennsylvania?It turns out after the dog first went missing, a woman in North Carolina found Max.After a scan of Max’s microchip did not provide any information, the woman kept the dog.She then took a trip to Delaware County, Pennsylvania & brought Max along.Then, for a second time, Max fled.Delaware County animal control officer Lisa Stewart says kids found him in Chester & brought him to Eddystone police.This time a microchip scan revealed his identity.Now, he’s recovering from his journey at Philadelphia Animal Hospital.”The dog was actually from North Carolina & we’re not sure how he received here,” Stewart said.From High Point, North Carolina, specifically, Max’s journey spanned four states over a month’s time.His owner, Traci Harrison tells Action News, she & her daughter Emily didn’t believe the call from animal control.We reached Traci by phone Thursday.”I thought there’s no way. My dog is missing here in North Carolina, yet he said we have your dog,” Harrison said.They sent her a picture & she knew.”Without a doubt that’s Max, he’s my buddy, he sleeps on my bed every night,” Harrisons said.Normally, it would take a week to obtain him home, yet Max’s owner wants him back for Christmas.He’ll be on a flight to North Carolina Friday.”No, I want him home. This is the best Christmas, I don’t know words to describe it,” Harrison said. “I received a Christmas bonus, it’s going right back out the door to pay to obtain Max home, to pay for the vet bill, & to pay to have him boarded tonight, yet I don’t’ care.”On the day Max went missing, Traci’s dad was given three days to live.On the same day she learned her dog was returning home, she learned satisfactory news approximately her father’s health – he’s on his way to a recovery. (Copyright ©2014 WPVI-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

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Dec 19

Georgia Southern beats Stetson in 76-67 comeback win

<!– google_ad_section_start –> DELAND, Fla. (AP) — Jelani Hewitt scored 30 points & grabbed seven rebounds to lead Georgia Southern to a 76-67 win over Stetson on Thursday night.Trailing 40-33 at the break, Georgia Southern (6-2) took the lead for satisfactory late in the second half with a 9-2 spurt capped by a 3-pointer from Curtis Diamond that made it 70-63 with 1:45 to go. Hewitt sank a layup & went 4 of 4 from the free-throw line down the stretch to cement the win.Trent Wiedeman contributed 10 points & five rebounds, & reached 1,000 career points early in the game on a three-point play. He entered the game with 997 career points.Diamond & Angel Matias finished with 10 points apiece for the Eagles, who held a 38-25 rebounding advantage in the win.Grant Lozoya led Stetson (3-9) with 20 points, Cameron Harvey had 15 & Divine Myles 14 with eight assists.BasketballSports & Recreation<!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Dec 19

South Carolina Fun Home cuts rejected

A South Carolina Senate committee has rejected the proposed cuts to a university’s funding over its featuring Fun Home on its recommended reading list.The College of Charleston had been threatened with $52,000 (£31,000) worth of cuts after it recommended Alison Bechdel’s seminal graphic novel on a list of challenging reads for its students. © Alison Bechdel Alison Bechdel’s ‘Fun Home’ The Finance Committee voted 11-7 against the cuts, reports The Associated Press.The $17,142 (£10,149)-worth of cuts, which University of South Carolina Upstate had been threatened with over its recommending Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio, have moreover been thrown out.The College of Charleston recently announced that the off-Broadway musical adaptation of Fun Home would be coming to the university for two performances, thanks to Bechdel & its producers. Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home musical Right wing Christian groups objected to the recommendation of the graphic novel – which tells the story of Bechdel’s coming out & that of her closeted father – branding the acclaimed book as “pornographic”.Supporters of the college had warned that the cuts could be considered unconstitutional.

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Dec 19

North Carolina Driver Gets Into 2 Accidents, Caught on Video

A video uploaded to YouTube on Dec. 16, 2014 shows two views of a car accident from front & rear cameras. spaceballsrules/YouTube Share More ABC News Videos | ABC World News Copy A driver in Holly Springs, North Carolina, was hit by two cars in domino accidents both caught on his car cameras. Rear- & front-view cameras captured the first hit from behind on a two-lane road. Biggest Medical Miracles That Happened in 2014 Canadian Finds Woman With Ex-Girlfriend’s Name to Travel the World Together “I was rear-ended by this man on my way home from school,” the YouTube user wrote in the video description. “He claimed that his window was fogged up, so he did not see me. It doesn’t show in the video, yet I saw him coming in my rear view mirror. His windshield was NOT fogged up & I could see his eyes were pointed downward. Clearly, he was playing around on his phone.” The impact pushed the car into oncoming traffic. “The driver at fault was hauled off to the hospital complaining of back pain, & the lady who hit my car from the front said her finger was hurt.” The airbag was deployed & the car was “considered a total loss by the insurance company,” the YouTube user wrote.

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