THE EAST CAROLINIAN
Volume 79 Number 148
July 7, 2004
Kerry picks Edwards
for Democratic ticket
The Brady School of Medicine has experienced a $6.5 million budget cut
due to increased expenses and decreased reimbursement rates.
Brody School experiences
$6.5 million budget cuts
Budget cuts, increased
expenses cited as factors
The Brody School of Medicine,
faced with a $6.5 million budget
deficit during next fiscal year,
is keeping all educational and
medical services at the same
level and is looking at other
methods of making up for
Gary Vanderpool, execu-
tive associate vice chancellor for
health sciences administration and
finance, said he feels this deficit
is not only affecting the school,
but various other medical schools
across the nation due to nationwide
pressures on state budgets,
increased expenses, increased indi-
gent care and decreased reimburse-
Decreased funding from the state
budget, Vanderpool said, has been a
factor that has affected the school
each fiscal year since 1999 - 2000.
Not including state budget cuts for
the next fiscal year, the school has
experienced an approximate total
of $14 million in these cuts over the
last five-year period.
"It's just one year after another
A prime example of increased
expenses is the increased insurance
fees of physicians protecting them
from any malpractice that may occur
in the workplace.
Vanderpool said the school is
paying more than two and a half
times the amount of insurance costs
paid in 2002. Vanderpool said this
insurance increase is a phenomenon
affecting various institutes nation-
wide and has even driven some
physicians out of practice.
"Some states are in a severe mal-
practice crisis. While North Carolina
is not in a crisis yet, it's having an
impact in this state Vanderpool
The NC State Employee Health
Plan has cut the reimbursement
rate they pay to physicians twice
over the last three years.
Medicaid has cut the rate at which
they reimburse physicians for provid-
ing medical care to Medicaid, or
low-income patients who are unable
to pay for medical care. Medicare,
health care providing care to
senior citizens, has also decreased
see BRODY page 2
John Kerry announced Tuesday that Senator John Edwards would be his running mate for the 2004 election.
WASHINGTON (AP) � Demo-
cratic presidential candidate John
Kerry selected former rival John
Edwards to be his running mate on
Tuesday, calling the wealthy former
trial lawyer and rookie senator a man
who showed "guts and determination
and political skills" in his unsuccess-
ful race against Kerry for the party's
As Kerry made the announce-
ment, a huge crowd of supporters
burst into applause, waving hand-
made signs that mixed with profes-
sionally printed "Kerry-Edwards"
signs kept under wraps until the last
"I trust that met with your
approval Kerry said at a rally
in Pittsburgh. A banner unfurled
behind him - it read, "Kerry-Edwards.
A stronger America
As he wrapped up his remarks
- a vintage Kerry stump speech laced
with a few descriptions of Edwards
- Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode"
played, a reference to the first name
By selecting Edwards, Kerry went
with the smooth-talking Southern
populist over more seasoned politi-
cians in hopes of injecting vigor and
small-town appeal to the Democratic
presidential ticket. Kerry, a decorated
Vietnam veteran, calculated that he
didn't need to add foreign policy
heft to the ticket. Called aloof by his
critics and reserved by his suppofttn,
Kerry hopes Edwards adds blue-collar
pizazz to the Democratic team.
Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri,
Iowa, Gov. Tom Vilsack and Sen.
Bob Graham of Florida emerged as
Edwards' toughest rivals in a search
that began four months ago with
a list of about 25 candidates and a
mandate to find a political soul mate
who would be "ready at any minute"
Has John Kerry's choice
in selecting John Edwards
as a running mate made
a change in your voting
to assume the presidency.
"I have chosen a man who under-
stands and defends the values of
America, a man who has shown cour-
age and conviction as a champion
see KERRY page 4
High of 96
Thursday, July 8 Is the last day for undergraduate
students to drop term-length courses.
ON HE WEB
The department of communication
sciences and disorders presents
"Naming and Rhyme Recognition
Abilities in Children Diagnosed with
Childhood Apraxia of Speech' by Betty
L Smith at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 8
The ECULoessin Summer Theatre
series presents AlwaysPatsy Cline
July 6 - 10 in the McGinnis Theatre.
This musical play includes many of
Cline's unforgettable hits such as
"Crazy "I Fall to Pieces" and more.
The play begins at 8 p.m. each night,
with performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
on Saturday. For more information, call
The Folk Arts Society of Greenville and
the ECU Folk and Country Dancers
present a salsa dance on July 16 in
the Willis Building. Lessons begin at
7:30 p.m with the dance from 8:30
p.m. -11 p.m. Devan and Holly will be
the instructors for the evening. For more
information, call 795-7980.
If you are a new or returning student
planning to bring a vehicle to campus,
you must register your vehicle and
purchase an ECU parking permit.
Parking on campus is limited with a
maximum number of permits sold in
each zone. The parking application
process must be completed online
through the ECU OneStop system,
Onestop.ecu.edu. Permits will be
mailed to applicants who register by
July 16. After this date, you may register
online and your permit will be held at
the parking office for pickup.
Bush meeting with
judicial nominees In North
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - President
Bush travels to North Carolina and
Michigan on Wednesday, this time to
raise money and meet with nominees
whose ascent to the federal Appeals
Court has been blocked by partisan
Bush plans to meet with North
Carolina nominees at the Fourth
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and
attend a fundraiser in Raleigh earlier
in the day. He then will meet in the
afternoon at the Oakland County
International Airport near Pontiac,
Michigan, with the Michigan
judicial nominees and attend a
fundraiser that evening at the home of
a major campaign donor in Bloomfield
Bush's visit with judicial nominees is
being handled as an official presidential
visit, not a campaign appearance,
said Bush campaign spokeswoman
Merrill Hughes Smith. Both fundraisers
are Republican National Committee
The president's meeting with judicial
nominees focuses attention on blocked
judicial nominations, an issue that has
been a major partisan conflict since
President Clinton was in office.
The standoff has left four
positions, normally held by Michigan
nominees, empty on the Sixth Circuit
Federal Appeals Court in Cincinnati,
as well as numerous openings
on other courts, including the Fourth
The Fourth Circuit handles
federal appeals from West
Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, North
Carolina and South Carolina.
NC doctor charged with
murder of his father
ABINGDON, Va. (AP) - Police were
searching for a North Carolina doctor
Monday after charging him with the
slaying of his father, whose body was
found last week on a Washington County
road with the fingers chopped off.
Vince Donald Gilmer, 41, of Fletcher,
North Carolina, was charged Sunday
with first-degree murder in the death of
60-year-old Dalton Donald Gilmer Jr.
Washington County Sheriff Fred
Newman said two deputies interviewed
Gilmer over the weekend and seized
evidence during a search of his home,
but Gilmer then disappeared.
The father's body was found along
a country road on Tuesday with
the fingers cut down to the palms.
Detectives found a used medical
The body was identified Friday after
checking a database of missing people.
Authorities said it appeared Dalton
Gilmer had been strangled to death,
but they were not sure Sunday whether
he died in North Carolina and was then
transported to Washington County,
three hours away. Police said his body
was still warm when it was found.
Arizona wildfire creeps toward
evacuated mountain community
SAFFORD, Ariz. (AP) - Even as
firefighters using slurry bombers and
bulldozers managed to beat back
flames threatening a mountaintop
observatory, the wildfire began
licking at the edges of a mountain
The lightning-sparked fire in
southeastern Arizona grew to 8,550
acres by Monday, officials said, and
was burning a few miles from the town
of Turkey Rat, which has 74 cabins.
Fire officials said flames could reach
the town by Tuesday.
Shenoa Greywolf said the surrounding
Mount Graham is sacred to her and
her husband, who are both American
"I'm crying and praying everyday
said Greywolf. "Mount Graham is my
At a meeting Monday night, Dan
Oltrogge, an incident commander
for the team fighting the fire, tried to
calm the community's fears but spoke
frankly about strategy.
"It's doubtful that if the fire approaches
that I would put firefighters in there
The wildfire, along with a nearby
7,810-acre blaze, prompted the
evacuation of a $200 million-plus
observatory and about 90 cabins on
Mount Graham on Friday. Oltrogge
said that the fires were not expected
to join as previously predicted.
U.S. strike on suspected militant
safe house used Iraqi Intelligence
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A massive U.S.
air strike on a suspected militant safe
house in Fallujah, killing at least 10
people, was planned with the help
of intelligence from Iraq's interim
government, officials said.
Elsewhere, the military said in a
statement Tuesday that three U.S.
Marines assigned to the First Marine
Expeditionary Force were killed while
on duty in Western Iraq. Two died in
action Monday in the Anbar province,
while a third died of his wounds later
Monday. Their names were withheld
pending notification of families.
The U.S. aircraft dropped two tons of
bombs on a purported Fallujah safe
house Monday, according to officials,
and turning the building into a 30-foot-
deep pit of sand and rubble.
The attack was in an area where
Jordanian militant Abu Musab
Zarqawi's network is believed to have
safe houses and was the fifth air strike
in the area in the past two weeks.
Iraqi Prime Minister lyad Allawi issued
an unprecedented statement saying
his government provided intelligence
to the U.S. military for the strike.
Retired general and Megawati
to face off In runoff
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - A former
army general with a reputation for
honesty won the most votes in
Indonesia's first direct presidential
election, but failed to get a majority
and will face incumbent Megawati
Sukarnoputri in a runoff, poll results
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono rode a
wave of frustration over corruption and
poverty in the world's most populous
Muslim nation to lead Monday's voting.
But after receiving less than 50 percent
support, a runoff between the two top
vote-getters will be held Sept. 20.
"We thank God and the people for
this Yudhoyono's campaign manager,
Rahmat Witoelar, said of his candidate's
A private poll by the Washington-based
National Democratic Institute on
Tuesday showed Yudhoyono with 33
percent Megawati with 26 percent and
Wiranto, a former military chief, with 23
percent. The figures were released on
Metro TV.aprivately owned news station.
The system predicts election results
by counting about half a million votes
from 2,500 selected voting stations.
It has a margin error of 1.1 percent.
Using the same system, the institute
has accurately predicted the results
of dozens of other elections around
BrOdy from page 1
"All of those payers, and others,
have reduced the rate at which they
pay us for our professional medical
care Vanderpool said.
Aside from the decreased amount
of reimbursement rates, much of the
medical care provided to low-income
patients who do or do not qualify
as Medicaid patients is not even
"In the state fiscal year of 2001 -
2002, the amount of uncompensated
care that we provided in Medicaid
patients was roughly $16 million
dollars. The amount that we provided
this year is over $21 million Van-
"That represents the time of our
physicians, the time of our support
staff providing free medical care
Vanderpool said part of
Brody's social contract as a state
medical school is to treat patients
who cannot afford care despite
the budget deficit. He said the
school will continue to uphold this
"We're not going to eliminate
any services Vanderpool said.
Vanderpool adds that just
about all of the jobs that have been
forced to be eliminated have been
administrative support type posi-
tions, which are not positions that
deliver health care, and therefore
do not effect the quality of medical
Vanderpool said these major
expenses faced by the school have
placed a iarge amount of pressure on
the clinical budget, the main source
The school's clinical budget, gen-
erated from medical care provided
to patients, make up approximately
60 percent of the school's total
Plans in making up for the
budget deficit include improving
organizational structure, improv-
ing business processes to increase
reimbursement, imposing hiring fees
and recruiting more patients includ-
ing university or state employees,
all of whom have decent insurance
One possibility the school may
need to resort to is laying off work-
ers. Vanderpool said the school will
try to use every other reasonable
option before they resort to this, but
the option cannot be excluded as a
While the Brody School of Medi-
cine is the cheapest medical school
in the nation, Vanderpool said the
school is limited on how much they
can afford to increase tuition.
Vanderpool said a dramatic
increase in tuition would increase
the debt of students, which would
lead to other problems and would
also conflict with the mission of
the school to provide educational
opportunities for minorities and
"The Brody School of Medi-
cine is going through some diffi-
cult financial challenges, but we're
going to come out of those challenges
stronger than we were Vanderpool
"We have strong leadership, we
have committed faculty, we have
committed staff, and we're going
to keep seeing the same patients
we've been seeing in the past and
we're going to keep educating our
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THE EAST CAROLINIAN � NEWS
Summer job market for students
thought to be worst in 56 years
CHICAGO (KRT)�This summer,
teens are battling adults for work.
Facing the worst job market for
teens since the Truman administra-
tion, they share the same problem
as job seekers of all ages: There's too
much demand for too few jobs.
They are "competing with adults
who have more education and more
experience said Annette King,
spokeswoman for Jobs for Youth
Chicago, a nonprofit organization
that helps young people find jobs.
"It's a Catch-22 because they need
experience to get the job but there's
no opportunities to get those
New college graduates, immi-
grants and unemployed adults are
all competing for jobs, said Andrew
Sum, lead author of a study on the
teen job market at Northeastern
University in Boston. That's making
it more difficult for teens seeking
Isaac Castor has been looking for
a job since January, applying at Foot
Locker, Gap and Old Navy.
"So far, it has been kind of
hard said the 17-year-old Chicago
resident. "I'm sure I'll fill out more
During the past two summers,
Castor worked at the Erie Neighbor-
hood House, a community center for
low-income families, helping other
teens- and completing projects as a
"youth mapper" and "teen outreach
worker" - both paid positions.
This summer, funds to support
those programs were cut, he said.
In the meantime, he earns money
by helping his mother around the
house and driving her to and from
work. He said he knows how severe
the job hunt can be since his mother
and other relatives had been looking
for jobs in the past year.
Castor and his peers are facing
a teen unemployment rate that is
expected to be even higher than
last summer, which was the worst
in 55 years. This summer, less than
four out of 10 teens will find jobs,
marking a new low, according to the
The university annually surveys
those between 16 and 19 years old
about job prospects.
In 1989, about half of all teens
were employed - or 48.4 percent
- the highest in the past 10 years, the
Employers added 112,000 new
jobs in June, according to a report
Friday by the Labor Department. But
while the economy has added 1.5
million jobs over the last 10 months,
experts say it could take at least three
years before teens can take advantage
of the job recovery.
That's how long it will take
before additional jobs trickle down
to teens, Sum said.
For Jack Wuest, who works
with teens to help them find jobs,
the situation is "a disaster He is
the executive director of the Alter-
native Schools Network, an asso-
ciation of independent schools in
The problem was evident at the
nonprofit organization's teen job
fair in June. The event had between
50 and 60 job offerings and "usually
70 or 80 kids show up said Wuest.
"This year 400 kids showed up
Still, older teens - 18 and 19
- are faring better than younger
teens, especially if they have good
grades and strong communication
skills, said Renee Ward, founder
and executive director of
Teens4Hire.org, a national online
Jobs related to vacation and tour-
ism - those at hotels, resorts, swim-
ming pools, parks and museums - are
the most popular employers for teens
The best opportunities for
younger teens are at juice bars and
ice cream shops, Ward said.
Jason Krieger, owner and store
manager ofjimmyjohn's in Chicago,
said his sandwich shop has hired
teenagers as young as 16.
But currently the store has older
teenagers on staff. Krieger, who has
owned the shop for seven years, is
surprised by the number of students
in college who have come back to
work at the restaurant this summer.
Meanwhile, many college stu-
dents are struggling to find work
related to their major.
Alnierys Venegas, 18, a sopho-
more at Wright College in Chicago,
currently is working part-time at
research firm Abt Associates Inc.
as a telephone interviewer. But she
wants to find a full-time job within
her communication major.
Similarly, Wainaina Mathari, 21, a
second-year student at Harold Wash-
ington College, also is looking for a
full-time job within his major, finance.
Although Mathari has a part-
time job at a financial institution, he
wants a full-time job for the summer.
Finding one, he said, is harder.
That's why he and Venegas sought .
assistance from Jobs for Youth. "All
the help you can get helps said
Mathari. "It's a lot easier than it
would be doing it on your own
The two students recently fin-
ished the group's eight-day course
on honing job skills such as inter-
viewing techniques, and are seeking
Still, Sum said teens have an
opportunity to get a job if they work
hard at finding one.
"If they aggressively look, they
have a better chance than last year.
They must cast a wide net to increase
the chance of someone calling back
he said, adding that many teens
surveyed submitted 20 to 25 appli-
cations. "Kids have to do a lot more
applying than in years past
Castor, who will be a senior at
Chicago's Wells High School, said
he's not letting the tough job market
"I know there's a job for me
Castor said. "And when that job
comes, I'll get it
Get caught reading.
Family spokesman Tarek Nosseir makes a brief statement to the media
outside the home of relatives of U.S. Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun
Monday, July 5 in West Jordan, Utah. Hassoun was captured in Iraq.
Brother says missing
marine in Iraq freed
WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) �
The family of a U.S. Marine abducted
in Iraq stayed out of the public eye
Tuesday in this Salt Lake City suburb
after a relative in Lebanon said he
had been freed.
Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, a trans-
lator with the Marines in Iraq, dis-
appeared on June 20. On Saturday
a militant group claimed it had
beheaded him, a claim that was later
On Tuesday, a brother of the Leb-
anon-born Marine said the family
was confident he was well.
"We have received reliable infor-
mation the guy is free Sami Has-
soun told The Associated Press
from the northern Lebanese city of
Tripoli, where the missing Marine
Though he had not spoken with
his brother, Sami Hassoun said "we
received a sign from my brother reas-
There was no immediate response
to calls seeking comment from
Wassef Ali Hassoun's family in West
Jordan or from family spokesman
There were no signs of activity at
the Hassouns' home. Window blinds
were drawn and about 30 American
flags and a Marine flag were planted
in the well-tended lawn.
Television camera crews waited
outside a media encampment across
the street and news media trucks
were parked around the neighbor-
On Monday, a group calling itself
Islamic Response had said in a state-
ment sent to Al-Jazeera television
that he was safe and had promised
not to return to the American mili-
"We pray that the news of his
safe release is true Nosseir said
Monday. "If he is still in captivity, we
remind the captors of the saying of
our beloved prophet: Be merciful to
those on earth, mercy will descend
upon you from heaven
The family had been grieving
since Saturday, when a militant
group claiming to be the Ansar
al-Sunna Army sd on a Web site
that it had beheaded the 24-year-
old Marine. But the group said
Sunday it did not issue the state-
ment, and a posting on another
Internet site said Hassoun was
Hassoun, educated at American
schools in his native Lebanon before
moving to the Salt Lake City area,
was serving his second stint in Iraq as
a translator fluent in Arabic, French
Other militant groups have cap-
tured and threatened to behead other
foreign Muslim hostages, creating an
uproar among many Muslims, includ-
ing other militants. All the captured
Muslims aside from Hassoun have
been released unharmed.
Hassoun's father, Ali Hassoun,
who lives in Tripoli, Lebanon, repeat-
edly pleaded for his son's release. He
and his other sons have contacted
politicians and Muslim clerics in
Lebanon and Islamist groups in Iraq
in hopes of securing the Marine's
"We renew our request of all
people of the world to continue to
pray for his safe release said Nos-
seir, who has spoken for Hassoun's
brother, Mohammed, and family in
THE EAST CAROLINIAN � NEWS
Kerry from page 1
for middle-class Americans and for
those struggling to reach the middle
class, a man who has shown guts and
determination and political skills in
his own race for the presidency of
the United States, a man whose life
has prepared him for leadership
Kerry said while Edwards remained
at home in his posh Washington
President Bush's re-election cam-
paign wasted no time to criticize the
choice. His political team planned to
air a television ad featuring former
Republican rival John McCain and
titled "First Choice an effort to
paint Democrat John Kerry's running
mate as his second choice.
McCain, the Arizona senator,
rejected Kerry's overtures to be No.
2 on the Democratic ticket.
"He has not wavered, he has not
flinched from the hard choices, he
was determined and remains deter-
mined to make this world a better,
safer, freer place McCain says in
the ad, referring to Bush.
The Republican National Com-
mittee called Edwards a "disin-
genuous unaccomplished liberal"
and "friend to personal injury trial
The ad alludes to what Repub-
licans hope will be a problem for
Edwards - his lack of foreign policy
experience and political seasoning.
It is not a new argument for Kerry
- during the Democratic nomination
fight, Kerry groused to associates that
Edwards had no right seeking the
presidency aftertjess than one term
in the Senate.
Aides said the Massachusetts
senator steadily warmed to Edwards,
first in the primary campaign, where
he stood against Kerry until the end
without going negative. After pulling
out of the race, Edwards campaigned
aggressively on Kerry's behalf and
urged his contributors, mostly trial
lawyers, to donate to his former
Edwards' advisers, meanwhile,
waged a quiet campaign on the
North Carolina senator's behalf.
Both Edwards and Gephardt had top
aides who joined the Kerry campaign
in recent weeks.
Edwards was at his home in
Georgetown when Kerry called,
readying his two young children for
summer camp. Kerry called from his
Obsessed with secrecy, Kerry
kept his decision to himself until
the last possible minute, giving
Edwards no time to get to Pittsburgh
in time. The newly minted ticket will
meet up late Tuesday in Pittsburgh,
where the candidates and their
families will have dinner together
at Kerry's estate. They fly to Ohio,
a major battleground state, on
Wednesday to their first joint appear-
They will be nominated at the
Democratic National Convention in
Boston, which begins July 26. Kerry
hopes to dominate the political
landscape in the run-up to the con-
vention, fleshing out his candidacy
for voters who know little about
him and hopefully opening a lead
against Bush. Polls show the race
Edwards was the last major
candidate standing against Kerry in
the Democratic presidential race. He
emerged as a favorite second choice
of Democratic voters, thanks to his
youthful good looks, a self-assured
manner and an upbeat, optimistic
style. He saved his harshest criti-
cism for Bush, whom he accused of
creating "two Americas" - one for
the privileged, another for everyone
Some Democrats were concerned
that Edwards, whose only political
credential was a single term in the
Senate, lacked the experience in
international affairs, particularly in
wartime, to be a credible candidate to
assume the presidency in the case of
death, resignation or removal.
Edwards and Kerry had-few
major policy disagreements - both
supported the decision to go to war
in Iraq, for example, and both voted
against the $87 billion package for
Iraq and Afghanistan.
One division was over the North
American Free Trade Agreement
- Kerry voted for it, but Edwards
campaigned against NAFTA, which
ti.v-Senate approved before he was
elected. Edwards made trade, jobs
and the economy the centerpiece of
his campaign, questioning Kerry's
vote on NAFTA, but not pledging to
seek its repeal.
They also differed in some ways
on how to approach some issues.
Both called for rolling back the
Bush tax cuts, but Kerry proposed
eliminating the tax cuts for those
who make more than $200,000 a
year while Edwards set the ceiling
at $240,000. Kerry voted against
the ban on so-called "partial birth"
abortion passed by Congress, but
Edwards did not vote. A more clear-
cut difference was Kerry's opposition
to the death penalty and Edwards'
support of it.
Kerry finished first and Edwards
second in the Iowa caucuses in Janu-
ary, surprising front-runner Howard
Dean and driving regional favorite
Gephardt out of the race. Dean
finished second to Kerry in the New
Hampshire primary, and as Dean lost
the next dozen delegate contests, the
race became a contest between Kerry
Yet Edwards could never muster
enough momentum to overtake his
Senate colleague. He won only a
single state during the competitive
phase of the primary, his native
South Carolina, and ended his bid
following the 10-state Super Tuesday
elections on March 2. North Carolina
gave Edwards a victory in its. first
presidential caucus on April 17, but
the vote meant more as a boost to his
standing at the Democratic National
Convention and to his potential as a
Economy at midyear on track
for best growth in two decades
WASHINGTON (AP)�The econ-
omy appears headed for a banner
year despite a springtime spike in
energy prices and a recent increase
in interest rates.
In fact, many analysts are
forecasting that the overall econ-
omy, as measured by the gross
domestic product, will grow by
4.6 percent or better this year,
the fastest in two decades.
There were strong 4.5 percent
growth rates in 1997 and 1999, when
Bill Clinton was president and the
country was in the midst of a record
If this year's growth ends up a bit
faster than that, however, it will be
the best since the economy roared
ahead at a 7.2 percent rate in 1984, a
year when another Republican presi-
dent - Ronald Reagan - was running
"We are moving into a sweet
spot for the economy with interest
rates not too high, jobs coming back
and business investment providing
strength said Diane Swonk, chief
economist at Bank One in Chicago,
who is predicting GDP growth of 4.8
percent this year.
President Bush is highlight-
ing the improving economy while
Democratic challenger John Kerry
has focused on what he calls a
middle-class squeeze of rising health
and tuition costs and laid-off workers
forced to take lower-paying jobs.
Who will win on the all-impor-
tant pocketbook issues? Economists
"It is unclear whether voters
will remember the past year and
the better jobs created during that
period or the past four years said
Mark Zandi, chief economist at
"It will be a close call and that is
one of the reasons the election could
be so close
Assessing the economy at mid-
year, most private economists are
sticking with the optimistic fore-
casts they had six months ago, even
though inflation, driven by surging
energy prices, rose higher than
expected and the Federal Reserve
started raising interest rates last
"We are looking for a darn good
year despite the fact that we had a
big jump in oil prices and interest
rates are going up faster than people
thought would occur said David
Wyss, chief economist at Standard
St Poor's in New York.
Offsetting those drags on the
economy has been stronger growth
in Japan and China, which helps U.S.
exports, better-than-expected con-
sumer spending and much better job
growth than analysts were expecting
as the year began.
The economy has now created
1.5 million new jobs since last
August, compared with a loss of
2.7 million jobs in the previous 29
months, when the country was strug-
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collapsing stock market to a recession
and terrorist attacks.
Even with the 10 months of
consecutive job gains, Bush is still
facing a 1.2 million jobs deficit,
from the last peak for employment
in March 2001.
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around 200,000 jobs per month
over the next six months, a pace that
would be enough to erase his deficit
figure by the end of the year. That
would enable him to escape being the
only president since Herbert Hoover
in the Great Depression to have lost
jobs while in office.
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created only 112,000 jobs in June,
after averaging 304,000 jobs for the
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Musical honors legend
The name Patsy Cline means
something different to everyone
who hears it. Some people hear one
of her famous songs such as "Walkin'
after Midnight "Crazy" or "I Fall to
Pieces Some people see the legend-
ary Patsy Cline dancing through
their mind in her performances at
the Grand Ole Opry. No matter what
picture comes to mind, Patsy Cline
was an incredible country-western
performed with a warm "pop" feel.
The ECULoessin Summer Theatre
has brought AlwaysPatsy Cline to
the university in honor of the legend-
ary country-western singer.
Patsy Cline was born Virginia
Patterson Hensley on September 8,
1932. Her friends called her "Ginny"
and her fans know her best as Patsy
Cline. Although Cline had been
entertaining her friends and family
since the age of three, her career as
a country-westernpop artist did
not really take off until 1957 when
she appeared on "The Arthur God-
frey Talent Scout Show" and won
first place. From then on, major
record companies and her tours with
"big-name" country-western artists
turned her world upside-down. She
became friends with such stars as
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for ECU's Summer Theatre production of AlwaysPatsy Cline.
Being aware saves you time and money
Identity theft can affect you
Everyone has had a good laugh
at the ridiculous commercials on
television having to do with identity
theft. You have no doubt seen them
yourself, even if you were unaware
of it. There is one commercial of a
girl in a dentist office who speaks
in a robotic man-like voice, talking
about the great time he had last
weekend spending lots of money and
Such advertisements are indeed
hysterical, but at the same time
informative and helpful. The com-
mercials are actually intended to
sell viewers a new type of credit card
that can detect identity theft and
stop it before it has a chance to put
a severe, irreplaceable hole in your
If you have been fortunate
enough to have never been a victim
of identity theft, and know nothing
of it, here's what it is - a term used
to refer to all types of crimes in
which someone wrongfully obtains
and uses another person's personal
data (social security number, etc)
in some way that involves fraud or
deception, typically for economic-
gain. Yes, it's still OK to use mom's
credit card, but only if she said it
was all right.
What should someone do if they
think their identity has been stolen?
First and foremost, contact the fraud
departments at any one of the three
major credit card bureaus to place a
fraud alert on your credit card. This
alert asks creditors to tell you before
any new accounts are opened or
before any changes occur to existing
The second step is to close any
Identity theft is a major problem sweeping the nation. Mafce sure you know who has access to your credit
cards, where you are using your credit cards and what you do with your receipts.
and all accounts you feel have been
tampered with. Next, file a police
report detailing as much pertinent
information as possible relating to
the crime. It's important to keep a
copy of this police report in the event
that one of the credit card companies
asks to see proof of the crime.
The last step is to file your com-
plaint with the Federal Trade Com-
mission. The FTC maintains a data-
base of identity theft cases for law
enforcement agencies that may
conduct a criminal investigation.
These steps may seem assiduous at
first glance, but are necessary and
should be taken seriously.
Two real problems exist with
identity theft other than money
being taken illegally out of someone's
account. One is credit-reporting
agencies believe you owe the money
- they will not take the time to inves-
tigate the possibilities of theft.
"Not only will they (credit
reporting companies) automatically
think you owe the money, but they
also won't do anything to help said
Bleston Wright, a senior at ECU.
Bank One employee, Linda
Stumpo agreed with this, but added,
"The credit card companies won't do
anything because their main concern
is to get the money. That's why it's
so important to report the theft
The other serious issue with
identity theft is the burden of proof
is always placed on the person whose
identity was stolen.
"I think the best way to sum it
all up is this - how can you press
criminal charges if you don't have
a person to press them against?"
"The other side of the coin is
that your credit report will be really
messed up if a substantial amount of
money was taken from your account.
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MusiQ downloading: harmful or helpful?
New study could turn tables
for music downloaded
We have all heard about the
controversy surrounding music
downloading. CD sales are declin-
ing and the music industry is point-
ing the finger at music-swapping
software such as Napster.
To back up its claim, the indus-
try has funded research to investi-
gate the effects of music download-
ing. One such study is that of the
retail tracker SoundScan.
According to CNET News.com,
SoundScan's study examined sales
at roughly 9,000 retail stores near
more than 3,000 universities. The
retail tracker found that record
sales have dropped an average of 4
percent in the past two years. This
study, and others like it, have fueled
the record industry's legal battle
against file-sharing companies like
Napster and MP3.
However, fans of file sharing
may have a good reason to cele-
brate. Recently, several studies have
challenged the record industry's
accusations. Felix Oberholzer-Gee
from Harvard Business School and
Koleman Strumpf from the Univer-
sity of North Carolina did an inde-
pendent study in 2002. The results
were extremely surprising.
According to their study, file
sharing had no effect on the sale
of popular CDs in the second half
of 2002. Moreover, Oberholzer-Gee
and Strumpf found that for the
top 25 percent of albums, every
150 downloads increased sales by
Networks such as Napster have
many supporters in the music
In an interview with The Guard-
ian, Wayne Rosso, chairman of P2P
United, asserts that P2P networks
actually act as a form of advertise-
ment for artists.
"They're probably right. Down-
loading probably encourages people
to buy music if they like the clips
they hear said Dr. Elliot Frank, a
professor at ECU's School of Music
and a musical artist.
Even some well-known artists
like Dave Rowntree, drummer of
Blur, question how researchers
could know for certain if people
spent less on CDs because they
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A perfect example would be
ECU student Kenneth Taylor Jr
who says that if he didn't down-
load music free, he would simply
"CDs are overpriced said Taylor.
"Why would I pay $17 or more
for 12 songs? Especially when I only
want to listen to one?"
Jack Kirk, manager of Dr. Wax
CD store, sides with cash-strapped
students like Taylor, saying that
the record industry is reaping the
benefits of inflated CD prices.
Even economists say the drop
in record sales could be inter-
preted in many ways. Evidence
shows that college music store sales
dropped even more in 1998 than
in 1999 - a year before Nap-
ster was written and released.
So there may be other rea-
sons for the record industry's
sales slump. For instance, competi-
tion with online music stores may
be partially responsible.
In any case, it is clear the debate
concerning illegal music down-
loading is only getting started.
While the record industry and
file sharing companies ba.ttle it
out in the courts, unfortunately,
everyday consumers are caught in
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Theft from page 7
We're talking six to seven years until
it's back to normal Stumpo said.
Is the fast-paced Internet shop-
ping a contributor to the identity
"Probably not Stumpo, who has
dealt with several identity theft cases
in the last couple of years, said.
"It's just as easy for someone to
drop their credit card in the mall,
and someone else pick it up
"People are all concerned about
the Internet, but the truth is, if you
go out to eat, a waiter can get your
credit card just as easily Wright
How are ECU students reacting
to the identity theft crisis that has
become so prevalent within the last
few years? Some were unfamiliar
with the entire concept while others
knew of someone (a wife or family
member, for instance) who had been
the victim of identity theft.
"I'm not really that worried
about it, but I probably should be.
It's something that you have to be on
the lookout for Wright said
Identity theft can be prevented
with the proper methods, but people
everywhere should be fully aware of
the financial problems identity theft
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IN THEATRES THIS WEEK
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron
Burgundy - When feminism marches
into the newsroom in the form of
ambitious newswoman Veronica
Corningstone, Ron is willing to play
along at first, as long as Veronica
stays in her place, covering cat fashion
shows, cooking and other "female"
interests. But when Veronica refuses
to settle for being eye candy and steps
behind the news desk, it's more than
a battle between two perfectly coiffed
anchor-persons it's war. PG-13
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Dodgeball: A True Underdog
Story - In this raucous comedy, a
small local gym is threatened with
extinction by a gleaming sports and
fitness palace unless a group of
social rejects can rise to victory in a
dodgeball competition. PG-13
Fahrenheit 911 -Filmmaker Michael
Moore examines the events of 911 and
the political landscape surrounding the
Garfield - In his film debut Garfield's
owner, Jon, takes in sweet but dimwitted
pooch Odie, turning Garfield's perfect
world upside down. But when the
hapless pup disappears and is
kidnapped by a nasty dog trainer,
Garfield, maybe for the first time in his
life, feels responsible. PG
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of
Azkaban - Harry Potter and his friends
Ron and Hermione return as teenagers
to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and
Wizardry for their third year of study,
where they delve into the mystery
surrounding an escaped prisoner who
poses a dangerous threat to the young
King Arthur - The Roman Empire
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has been torn apart by territorial tribes
clamoring to rule all the lands. It is up to
Arthur and his ragtag group of warriors,
including Lancelot and worthy fighter
Guenivere, to unify the country and
bring peace. PG-13
Shrek 2 - A sequel to DreamWorks'
hugely successful original, the story
opens with Shrek and Fiona returning
from their honeymoon to find a letter
from Fiona's parents inviting the
happy couple to dinner. Mom and
Dad heard their daughter had wed,
but they assumed she married Prince
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when they meettheir new son-in-law. PG
Spider-Man 2 - Peter must face new
challenges as he struggles to cope
with the gift and the curse of his powers
while balancing his dual identities as
the elusive superhero Spider-Man
and life as a college student. PG-13
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the anti-hero from Pitch Black, has
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mercenaries bent on collecting the
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North Carolina in the 1940s to spend
the summer with her family. Still in
her teens, Allie Hamilton (Rachel
McAdams) meets local boy Noah
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carefree summer in the South, the two
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The Stepford Wives - A couple moves
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town. Soon, they learn of a plot the
men of the town have constructed to
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The Terminal - Tom Hanks stars as an
air traveler inadvertently exiled to JFK
airport after a coupe in his homeland
erases the validity of his passport. He
finds himself the victim of bureaucratic
red tape and is forced to take up
residence in the terminal. PG-13
Two Brothers - Two Brothers is the story
of twin tiger brothers who are bom amidst
the temple ruins and jungles of French
Indo-China Separated as cubs and taken
into captivity, one tiger is forced to become
a circus performer, the other a killer. PG
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Loretta Lynn, Ray Price and Johnny
Cash. These friendships with fellow
stars were important, but her most
important friendship was with her
number one fan, Louise Seger. Seger
was a Houston, Texas housewife
who saw Patsy Cline on "The Arthur
Godfrey Talent Scout Show" and was
deeply touched by her performance.
She narrates AlwaysPatsy Cline.
Cline lived to the age of 30, dying
in 1963. Though her life was short
and her career ended abruptly, she
accomplished many great things.
She became one of the first singers
to do multiple performances at the
Grand Ole Opry and on the "Johnny
Cash Show She appeared on "Dick
Clarks's American Band Stand"
and appeared at Carnegie Hall in
New York. Patsy Cline even has her
own star on the Hollywood Walk
The play, gives audiences an
inside look at Patsy's life from her
best friend and confidant and fea-
tures 27 of Patsy's hits, showing her
accomplishing many things that
most performers only dream of.
The play, written and originally
directed by Ted Swindley, is based
on the true-life story of Virginia
Patterson Hensley (Patsy Cline). Ted
Swindley wrote AlwaysPatsy Cline
in 1997, but had written and directed
more than 200 plays before his trib-
ute to Patsy Cline. Swindley is the
founding artistic director of Stages
Repertory Theatre in Houston, Texas.
The family and estate of Patsy Cline
licensed the play, which is why it is
such an honor to have Always .Patsy
Cline performed right here at ECU.
The main characters of the
performance are Patsy Cline, played
by Carter Calvert, and the narrator
Louise Seger, played by Lynda Clark.
Calvert is "very excited to make her
debut at the ECULoessin Summer
Theatre in the role of the legendary
Calvert has appeared in many
on and off Broadway roles and is
credited with originating her role in
the Broadway tour of Ain't Nothin'
But the Blues. She has appeared on'
the "David Letterman Show "Rosie
O'Donnell Show" and "The Today
Show She has even opened for
shows by Liza Minnelli, The Tempta-
tions and Chubby Checker.
In 1993, she was named Best
Female Vocalist of the Year by Star-
song Records and Downbeat Magazine
named her Best Female Jazz Vocal-
ist. Her debut CD, "Fever" will be
available during intermission at the
Lynda Clark, "Louise has been
in many TV shows and movies such
as "Matlock "The Perfect Crime"
and "I Know What You Did Last
Summer Her strong performance
background has made her a won-
derful addition to the ECULoessin
Summer Theatre's performance of
AlwaysPatsy Cline. She has also
been in performances such as A Street
Car Named Desire, Criminal Hearts
and Macbeth, all performed at ECU.
Spectator Magazine, Independent and
The News and Observer have named
Clark Best Actress in the Triangle.
With stars like these, AlwaysPatsy
Cline is an incredible tribute to an
The summer theatre is present-
ing AlwaysPatsy Cline July 6-11.
Tickets are available at the McGinnis
Theatre Box Office by calling 328-
6829 or going online to: http:www.
theatre-dance.ecu.edu. Tickets for
the public are $30, $27.50 for seniors
and $15 for youth tickets.
Jeff Woodruff, the managing
director, and John Shearin, the
producing artistic director, along
with many talented ECU students,
have put an incredible amount
of work into this performance.
Make an event out of this opportu-
nity to see such wonderful perform-
ers telling such an incredible story.
Get dressed up, grab some friends
and enjoy the show.
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HARTFORD, Conn. (KRT) �
Internet phone calling started out
as a cheap way for computer nerds
to avoid traditional long-distance
rates. The calls were free, but sound
quality was scratchy and both par-
ties needed computers, speakers and
microphones to complete the online
Now, roughly a decade later,
phone calls using Internet tech-
nology has significantly improved
and is quickly going mainstream
- threatening to rattle the multibil-
lion-dollar telephone industry and
to dramatically reshape personal and
Just ask Tom Barberino Jr. of
Meriden, Conn who already has
two Internet phones at home and
even more at the office.
Barberino began playing with
Internet-based telephony - some-
times called Voice over Internet
Protocol, or VOIP for short - a couple
of years ago. Not only did VOIP slash
his phone bill, Barberino said, but it
also gave him a raft of new features,
such as detailed call logs and mul-
tiple phone numbers.
Large telecommunications com-
panies also are getting into the VOIP
market, using their own sprawling
private networks to carry voice calls
in efficient, Internet-like fashion.
Comcast Corp. is preparing to
offer phone service to millions of
households by the end of 2006,
largely using VOIP. SBC Commu-
nications is offering VOIP services
aimed at business customers. AT&T
has been steadily expanding its VOIP
service. Cox Communications has
issued a statement saying VOIP is
"ready for prime time
Because VOIP telephone services
piggyback on high-speed Internet
links, such as DSL or cable connec-
tions, virtually anyone with broad-
band can get a VOIP phone. Consum-
ers often hook up a normal telephone
handset to their Internet connection
by way of a small hardware adapter
supplied by the VOIP provider.
Calls placed to other VOIP users
stay on the Internet, or private net-
works using Internet technology, for
much of the trip, said David Epstein, a
former executive of Connecticut Tele-
phone and now president of VOI P pro-
vider BroadVoice Inc. But calls to reg-
ular telephone customers must cross
onto the regular telephone network
eventually, typically via a regional
gateway or portal that links them.
"We carry it as data as far as we
can, then push it out to the phone
system Epstein said.
While the sound quality of VOIP
calls has improved and is often
comparable to that of the regular
telephone network, it can be notice-
ably worse at times. VOIP calls are
occasionally subject to loss of con-
nection, echoes and time lags caused
by Internet congestion.
For many users, these intermit-
tent problems are well worth the cost
savings thaj VOIP can deliver. But for
some high-priority calling applica-
tions, such as critical business commu-
nications, VOIP may not yet be suit-
able, said Lisa Pierce, a telecommuni-
cations analyst for Forrester Research.
VOIP calling is cheaper than calls
placed on the regular telephone net-
work - partly because the Internet's
system for transmitting data is more
efficient and partly because the
Internet isn't subject to the same fees
and taxes as the phone network.
Vonage's service plans range
from $15 a month for 500 calling
minutes to $30 a month for unlim-
ited local and long-distance calling
in the United States and Canada.
An unlimited calling plan offered
by VOIP rival BroadVoice is even
cheaper at $19.95.
By comparison, unlimited calling
plans from conventional phone pro-
viders typically cost about $55amonth.
In addition to the voice qual-
ity, VOIP comes with various other
downsides. For example, Internet
phones don't work when the power
goes out. Some VOIP systems don't
yet provide access to 911 emergency
services. Connecting VOIP phones
to household extensions or phone-
based services, such as home secu-
rity firms, can prove problematic.
Still, total VOIP telephone lines
are projected to quadruple this
year to 1.2 million from fewer than
300,000 in 2003, according to New
Paradigm Resource Group, a market
research and consulting firm. VOIP
lines will reach 4.2 million by 2007,
the company estimates.
It's not just about saving money.
Experts said advanced call-manage-
ment services, made possible by
VOIP, ultimately may prove just as
attractive as low prices in luring cus-
tomers to try Internet-based calling.
"Initially, it is being marketed
as cheaper phone service, but that is
not even the tip of the iceberg said
Jeff Kagan, an independent telecom
Many VOIP calling plans, for
example, permit customers to choose
multiple phone numbers in a choice
of area codes. Small businesses can
use the multiple numbers, which all
ring to the same phone, to make it
seem as if they have several satellite
offices. Consumers can sprinkle
their numbers around the country
so friends and family can reach them .
without making a long-distance call.
Dawkins denies candidacy
Duke associate head coach Johnny
Dawkins said Monday he has not
spoken to anyone with Ohio State
about the Buckeyes' coaching vacancy.
Duke athletics director Joe Alleva said
Ohio State officials have not contacted
him seeking permission to speak
with Dawkins, who has spent seven
seasons on the Duke bench. He was
promoted to associate head coach
after the 1998-99 season.
Sharapova cracks top ten
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova
moved into the top 10 of the WTA Tour
rankings for the first time at No. 8,
while two-time winner Roger Federer
extended his lead atop the men's
standings. Sharapova was a career-
best No. 15 before the start of the
tournament, which she won by beating
Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4 Saturday. !
The Russian never had been past
the quarterfinals at a major. Williams
dropped to No. 14, her lowest spot i
since March 1999.
Nevin has surgery
San Diego slugger Phil Nevin had
arthroscopic surgery that could sideline
him for up to three weeks. Nevin was
hurt breaking out of the batter's box
after hitting a single in Sunday's 7-1
win over Kansas City. Doctors shaved
a loose flap off the articular cartilage
and smoothed fraying of his meniscus.
Nevin, sidelined for a game last week
after his knee locked up and was
placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Senators bring in Hasek
Dominik Hasek signed with the Ottawa
Senators, who hope the 39-year-old
goaltender can return to the form
that made him one of the NHL's
greats. The Senators announced the
signing Tuesday, ending weeks of
Should Coach K have bolted for LA?
Choice to stay is good one
Hall of Fame college basketball
coach Mike Krzyzewski has coached
for 24 illustrious seasons at Duke,
but was recently offered the most
prestigious head job in the NBA.
Los Angeles Lakers General Man-
ager Mitch Kupchak contacted
Krzyzewski last week in hopes of
luring him away from the Cameron
Crazies and the Blue Devil faithful.
If it was any other position
with any other NBA team, you
have to believe the answer from
Coach K would be a resounding
no. With the glitter and glamour
from the NBA's most star-studded
team, Krzyzewski had to listen. In
the end, Coach K would have been
crazier than the Crazies that wor-
ship him to bolt for the west coast.
Sure, with the departure of Luol
Deng and Chris Duhon, and the
early entry from stud point guard
Shaun Livingston, the Blue Devils
aren't looking like a championship
contender next season, but why
leave something so successful for
so long? Krzyzewski might have
It was all smiles at Duke when Krzyzewski announced he intended to remain as head coach
been looking for a new challenge,
but he doesn't come across as the
type. He's not a Versace suit, gold
ring wearing flashy coach with
the blonde girlfriend half his age.
Coach K is a family man with grand-
children and deep roots in Durham.
No offense to perhaps the greatest
coach in the history of the game,
but Coach K isn't cut out for L.A.
Coach K isn't a rookie when it
comes to directing NBA superstars.
"We're goin Maybe next year
The Pirates should have a strong roster
the next season.
One writer's recollection
of the Super Regional
"Purple Gold "Game Cocks
Chants heard from both team's
fans before the beginning of the
ECU vs. USC Super Regional. Pirate
fans inside the gate estimated any-
where from 500-700 compared to
the Gamecocks' 5,000.
Listening to the radio, one may
have never known which number
was for which side, however, as the
Pirate fans were just as loud, if not
louder, than the ones in burgundy
The stage was set for the players
to take the field. The Pirates had
their crack at offense first as they
were the visiting team.
Jamie Paige lead off the game
with a double down the left field
line, leaving the fans and myself
feeling good early on. After a Billy
Richardson sacrifice, Paige would
fail to score in what turned out to
be a microcosm of the whole series
for the Pirates.
Greg Bunn started on the
mound for ECU and looked great
for the opening part of the game, as
he retired the first eight batters he
faced. Bunn would pitch through
the fifth inning allowing only two
runs, but the Pirate offense had
nothing to help him with.
Then, the Pirates' best friend
from Kinston joined back up with
them after the fifth inning, rain.
Rain, rain, rain, rain and more rain.
"It has not rained this much in
three months combined down here
said one of the USC fans.
Great, just our luck to bring all
the rain plus about three inches
with us to the Super Regional. The
outfield was completely covered in
water, leaving loyal Gamecocks'
media members in awe.
"I have never seen the field like
this before, never said one of the
officials in the press box.
The game did resume after a two
and a half hour delay only to see the
Pirates lose a close one 4-2. Bunn
did not come back after the delay to
pitch, much to the liking of some of
"That Bunn kid is the best
pitcher we have faced all season. I
know we are in the SEC and we see
teams' best stuff week in and week
out, but Bunn has the best stuff so
far said another media member
Day two brought a little better
weather, but the same outcome for
South Carolina scored off starter
Brody Taylor and reliever Scott
Andrews twice early on, leaving the
He was an assistant for the best
team ever assembled in 1992 for
the Dream Team. He has a lifetime
contract as a Dukie, with a court
named after him in one of the best
see COACH K page 14
Will 'Cuttaz' shoot four 50s?
My good buddy and fellow com-
petitor Jason "Cuttaz" Land celebrated
his birthday this weekend. He would
tell you that the Zebulon Cha-Ching
and Zing was a celebration. He would
be the only person celebrating though
as he got the win this weekend, dust-
ing the field of advanced amateur
golfers. I spent my weekend struggling
at an amazing course in Zebulon and
trying to catch good ole' Cuttaz.
He told me he would shoot four
rounds of 50 (-7). I thought he was
crazy. The last two years, the winner
of this tournament has been only
about -15 total, so his claim of -28
was bold. His first round at 50 not
only shut me up, but also gave him
the lead. My 55 (-2) was OK by my
standards. I knew that I couldn't
shoot the four 50s that Cuttaz pre-
Whenever you play any sport on
the individual level, you have to set
goals for yourself. If you attain your
goal and someone beats you, there is
nothing you can do about that.
Going into the afternoon round
Saturday, I knew where I had to
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most popular teams after trade
HOUSTON (AP) � The crowd
beckoned Tracy McGrady, chanting
his name and cheering at a Jumbo-
tron video showing some of his most
McGrady finally obliged, taking
his first steps onto the court at the
Toyota Center and smiling widely
at the 2,500 fans that came to greet
him last week for his introductory
news conference with the Houston
Rockets. The spirited welcome almost
brought McGrady to tears.
"He asked me Rockets general
manager Carroll Dawson said, "if we
paid those people to show up
No, the Houston Rockets have
quite simply become one of the NBA's
marquee teams again in the wake of
their blockbuster trade with Orlando.
The Rockets landed two-time scor-
ing champ McGrady, forward Juwan
Howard and guards Tyronn Lue and
Reece Gaines in the deal, and sent
Steve Francis, Cuttino Mobley and
Kelvin Cato to the Magic.
McGrady now joins 7-foot-6
center Yao Ming to form an All-Star
combination that coulcfbe as exciting
as the Lakers' championship duo of
Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.
Plenty of NBA free agents and
fans are now trying to jump aboard
the Rockets' bandwagon, captivated
by the prospect of being part of help-
ing Houston undergo a basketball
"It's going to be a hotbed for free
agency because of the team they
have said Craig McKenzie, agent
for Spurs' free-agent point guard
"The Rockets are high on our
priority list. They seem to be building
something really special there
With the Lakers likely splintering
apart since coming up short in the
NBA Finals against Detroit, Houston
immediately looks like a serious
championship contender in the
Western Conference next season.
The Sacramento Kings face sev-
eral free-agency defections and the
always-questionable health of top
star Chris Webber. The San Antonio
Spurs are still looking for the right
mix of players to complement two-
time MVP Tim Duncan. Also, the
Minnesota Timberwolves have an
aging backcourt tandem in Sam Cas-
sell and Latrell Sprewell.
If the Rockets make another
smart trade and land a good free
agent or two, they could make a huge
leap in the West next year.
"The Rockets are a terrific orga-
nization and obviously they've got
a couple of great pieces said Mark
Bartelstein, agent for Lakers' free-
agent point guard Derek Fisher.
"Certainly they're a team that
anybody in the league would be
The Magic begin a new era in '04.
looking at seriously
Free-agent point guards like
Fisher, Minnesota's Troy Hudson
and Seattle's Brent Barry have all
expressed an interest in joining
the Rockets, and Dawson is sift-
ing through the offers and other
potential trades to land someone
who doesn't mind feeding the ball
to Yao and McGrady for the next
"We've got a lot of opportuni-
ties said Dawson, who's also on
the lookout for a backup center or
"Fortunately for us, we're a hot
team right now because of this trade.
Probably half the calls I've talked on
were made to us. That's good. It's a
little bit easier than when you have
to beat the bushes
Selling season tickets has become
much easier, too. At this time last year,
the Rockets had sold no season ticket
packages even though the team was
about to unveil its sparkling new arena
and Yao was coming off an impressive
This year, however, the buzz
around the trade has resulted in the
sale of almost 650 season tickets.
"The trade has got us an extra big
boost said Tim McDougall, Rockets'
vice-president of marketing.
"To get people to focus on bas-
ketball at all this time of year, that's
pretty good. The phones were ringing
all day after the trade
All of which makes it seem that
the Rockets are ready for a return to
the halcyon days of Hakeem Olaju-
won and Clyde Drexler.
The dynamic and marketable
duo of Yao and T-Mac, an arena full
of reinvigorated fans and an oppor-
tunity to seize the moment in the
weakened West make the Rockets an
easy sell to free agents and fans.
"I'm looking for something great
happening in the city of Houston
McGrady said, "and, believe me, some-
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Missouri imposes penalties on basketball program coach Kfmmpage 12
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KRT) � Mis-
souri self-imposed numerous sanc-
tions against its men's basketball pro-
gram, including two years probation
in its response to NCAA allegations
the university released Friday.
However, throughout the more
than 150-page document, Missouri
was adamant about three things:
1. Head Coach Quin Snyder
did not intentionally commit any
2. The violations the school did
commit were secondary in nature.
'3. There was no evidence to
suggest the school was guilty of the
biggest allegation: that then associ-
ate coach Tony Harvey gave $250 to
player Ricky demons.
The names of all Missouri stu-
dents were redacted (or blacked out)
on the release that appeared on the
school's Web site in the afternoon.
But it is clear from previous reports
that Clemons, who is no longer with
the team, is the player in question
when the school responded to the
alleged money transfer.
"It is clear from an examination
of the records of this investigation
that the evidence relied upon by the
Enforcement Staff to support this
allegation is totally insufficient.
Furthermore, the evidence to the
contrary is compelling the docu-
"The University of Missouri sub-
mits that when all of the evidence
unearthed during this investigation
is carefully examined, the only logi-
cal conclusion to reach is that Harvey
did not give money to (Clemons) in
The alleged transfer of money
from Harvey to Clemons figures to
be a key topic when Missouri officials
meet with the NCAA's Committee on
Infractions on Aug. 13-15.
It is the next step in a process that
figures to end six to eight weeks after
the meeting, when the NCAA hands
down whatever sanctions it thinks
Missouri tried to jump start that
process in its response, announc-
ing numerous self-imposed sanc-
tions, including the freezing of Sny-
der's contract during the two-year
probation period and a loss of a
scholarship during one of those two
The two-year probation does not
include restrictions on television
appearances or tournament play.
Whether those sanctions will be
enough remains to be seen.
This week's response, sent to the
NCAA on Wednesday, made it clear
that Missouri was willing to admit
to numerous violations involving
improper contact in person or on the
phone, but that the university would
fight against anything that intimated
Snyder had a disregard for the rules.
"The university agrees this case
demonstrates there were occasions
when Head Coach Quin Snyder
did not ensure an adequate environ-
ment of compliance among his staff
the document read.
"The university does not agree,
however, that there is evidence that
Snyder did not reinforce to his staff
the importance of adhering to NCAA
legislation The failure on occasion
to ensure an environment of compli-
ance was not due to a lack of desire
to be compliant
The wording of the allegation
against Snyder already has been
Noted in the MU response was a
revision by the NCAA (on June 18)
on the wording that the men's bas-
ketball coach "failed at all times to
maintain an environment of NCAA
rules compliance" to "failed to main-
tain an environment of NCAA rules
compliance at all times
Snyder, the only school official
to comment in conjunction with
the release of the NCAA response,
said he isn't able to discuss the
"We're not commenting pub-
licly Snyder told The Star on Friday
morning in a telephone interview,
"as they've asked us not to.
"When it's over, we'll have a
chance to. But I can't comment
venues in all of sports. Coach K has
amassed a 621-179 record as a Blue
Devil and led his teams to three
NCAA titles and 10 Final Fours.
He will eventually become the all-
time leader in wins, but only after
he ignores the calls from the City
Most college coaches aren't cut
out for the NBA level. The jump
is too high and older players and
superstars don't respond well to
criticism. Superstars making mil-
lions run the team, not the head
coach or the front office. Look no
further than the Lakers. Accused
rapist Kobe Bryant has Phil Jackson
running out of town faster than
the Pistons can have their victory
parade. The best big man in the
game, Shaquille O'Neal, is seeking
I have to believe that Krzyzewski
could have gotten the job done. If
he can't, no one can. The Lakers
may have offered him the most
lucrative and long-term deal in
the NBA, but Coach K doesn't
need the money and fame. He's
got everything he needs right in
Durham. There will be no "Krzyze-
wskiville" outside the Staples
Center, just rows filled with the
JacNicholson's and Donald
It was a good decision to stay
at Duke, Mike Krzyzewski, you
Krzyzewski will continue at Duke.
have been an icon too long, the
college basketball world isn't
ready for your departure and
thousands of blue-faced college
students would have mourned
Millions of dollars could have
witnessed your arrival in Califor-
nia, but in the end, you took the
high road and this Duke fan is sure
glad you did.
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Two-time Indy 500 winner
Rodger Ward dies at 83
'ard was one of auto racing's biggest stars in the late
INDIANAPOLIS � Two-time
Indianapolis 500 champion Rodger
Ward died Monday at a hospice in
Anaheim, Calif Indianapolis Motor
At 83, Ward was the oldest living
winner of the race. He won in I9S9
and 1962, during a six-year span in
which he finished no worse than
Ward was second to A.J. Foyt in
1964, failed to qualify in 1965 and
drove for the 15th and final time in
1966, finishing 15th.
The next night at the Victory
Banquet, Ward announced his retire-
ment at 45.
"I felt like it was time he later
"Some drivers go past their
Ward was born Jan. 10, 1921 in
Beloit, Kan and moved with his
family to Los Angeles as a child.
When he was 14, he built a Ford
hot rod with parts from his father's
junk yard business and began drag
Ward, a fighter and bomber
pilot in World War II, returned to
Southern California after the war
and began racing midgets.
He passed his rookie test at India-
napolis in 1951 and finished 27th.
He considered quitting racing
four years later, however, when his
front axle snapped, triggering a crash
that killed his close friend and two-
time defending Indy 500 champion
"I don't know that I could really
explain to you how badly I felt
"To me, it was an absolute disas-
Vukovich's family convinced
him to continue racing.
During his career, Ward won 26
champ-car races and two U.S. Auto
His final victory as April 24,
1966, in Trenton, N.J.
"I was pretty famous in my
own territory, but when I came to
Indianapolis, and the first time I
ran here, I wasn't known as a driver
from California. I was an Indy
driver he said in a 1999 interview
with the speedway.
"Indy makes the race driver. You
become famous when you come here.
I don't care where else you race in
With Ward's death, the oldest
living Indy winner is Jim Rathmann,
75, who won the race in 1960.
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