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Twelve is the new sixteen

August 29, 2008 in Opinion by tbs

The events are over, the scores tallied and the medals awarded, but the dispute over the real age of the Chinese female gymnasts is far from settled. In addition to multiple individual medals, the Chinese women won team gold for the first time ever behind a group of talented, but suspiciously young, gymnasts.

The Chinese government says these young women are 16 — the minimum age required for competition — but proving otherwise would mean China’s disqualification and a gold medal for Team USA. So with Michael Phelps out of the pool, this is what we’re focusing on now.

To shut us up, the International Olympic Committee and International Gymnastics Federation are conducting an investigation into the matter, reexamining the same information China originally provided. So far, the IOC has stated that it is still convinced that the gymnasts are 16 because their government-issued passports and identification cards say so. Read the rest of this entry →

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Not-so-happily playing the pack mule

August 29, 2008 in Opinion by tbs

Many times in the last few years, I have been my son’s pack mule. When he moved from home to the college dorm, I tearfully matched his socks, folded his favorite T shirts and stacked his treasured CDs.

“It breaks my heart to move your things from your bedroom,” I sobbed. “But it’s time for you to grow up and leave the nest.”

When he moved from the dorm to an apartment a couple of years later, I rallied again.

“Now, you’re building your first beginning,” I sniffed.

This time, we collected different pieces of hand-me-down furniture from an assortment of friends.

By the end of the day, the truck bed was full of enough stuff to start my kid’s first official bachelor pad.
Most of the time, while I was playing pack mule, I must admit that I was also yelling.

(Those days of sniffing and sobbing were long gone by the second pack mule calling.)

I was yelling about the fact that my son has always lived on the third or fourth floor of not-so-wonderful apartment complexes. Read the rest of this entry →

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Play Clothes aren’t for giving speeches — my mom said so

August 29, 2008 in Opinion by tbs

A reader came up after a speech the other day and seemed disappointed in the way I looked. This is nothing new for me. I feel that way every time I glance in a mirror.

Her complaint, however, took me completely surprise.

“You’re too clean,” she said. “I expected you to come here in a t-shirt and jeans and boots with a do-rag on your head.”

Well. That was a new one on me. I’ve been called lots of things in my life, but to my recollection, this was the first time “too clean” ever entered the picture.

I guess I should explain that I was wearing one of what Jethro Bodine might have called his Fancy Speakin’ Suit. That is, I had on a charcoal suit with a nice crisp shirt and a perfectly knotted necktie. On my head was a Panama hat and my shoes were my all-time favorites, black and white spectators.
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Obituaries for the week of 08.28.08

August 29, 2008 in Obituaries by Submission For The Southside Times

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Locals complete basic training

August 29, 2008 in For the Record by tbs

Army National Guard Pvt. Jasson C. Oudin has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises. Read the rest of this entry →

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Flipping isn’t easy

August 28, 2008 in Front Page News by tbs


With so many TV networks introducing viewers to the process of flipping houses, more investment seekers are putting their money into fixer-uppers, hoping to quickly remodel and resell them for a fast profit. But Dan Moriarty said simply jumping into such ventures is very risky. Read the rest of this entry →

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August 21, 2008 in Uncategorized by tbs

Five Bargain Stocks -

Looking for a great investment? If you are following the long-term investor’s time-proven strategy of starting with a small position and then adding more each month by dollar-cost averaging, these five stocks may just be for you, according to Jim Jubak of MSN Money: General Cable (BGC), McDonald’s (MCD), Proctor and Gamble (PG), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM), and Toyota Motor (TM). In case you’re wondering, in dollar-cost averaging, you buy the same dollar amount of a stock each month. That means you buy fewer shares when the price per share is high and more when it’s low.
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5 ways to take control of your expenses

August 21, 2008 in Personal Finance by tbs

The economy’s recent rollercoaster ride may make you feel like shouting, “I want to get off!” But while you can no more seize control of the national economy than you can exit a rollercoaster car mid-way through the ride, it is possible to take control of your personal economic situation.

“In the face of national economic uncertainties, getting a handle on your own personal finances can be both financially and emotionally empowering,” said Stephen Semprevivo, president of
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White River Township—to merge or not to merge

August 21, 2008 in Front Page News by tbs

About 300 White River Township residents came to find answers to possibly merging Tuesday night.
They may not have gotten the answers, but they came away from the Center Grove High School auditorium with more than 20 opinions and a whole lot of information.

White River Township, in the northwest sector of Johnson County, is the largest unincorporated area, with more than 40,000 residents. Many residents have indicated that they want a sense of identity for their area and benefits from increased services. Read the rest of this entry →

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Aid for AIDS: Sale raises funds for local missionary

August 21, 2008 in Front Page News by tbs

When Ben VanDeman was 10 years old, he stood in the back of a church and told God there were two things he would never do with his life. VanDeman, the son of a pastor mother and pastor father, stood and told the Lord he would never go on a mission trip and he would never go to the Amazon.

Thirteen years later, VanDeman’s resolve had done a 180-degree turn. By the age of 23, he said, “I was in the Amazon, teaching the gospel.” Now, at the age of 31, VanDeman is getting ready to make his seventh trip in seven years to Africa to work with people affected by AIDS. Read the rest of this entry →