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HOUSTON — Shortly before his death, John W. “Ned” Sampson had nearly become an NBA fan.His son Kelvin, once an elite coach at the college level, was in his sixth year as an assistant in the league and in the middle of the season with the Houston Rockets.“All of our conversations had been about the Houston Rockets, how the team was doing,” Kelvin said.The weekend before Ned passed away in mid-February, Kelvin was in Los Angeles preparing for a game with the Lakers and the conversation changed. With his NCAA penalties freshly expired, Sampson was again a candidate to coach at the college level.

 

Marriott breaks ground on new hotel in Lumberton

LUMBERTON — A ground-breaking ceremony was held this week at the site of a forthcoming SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel in Lumberton.The hotel, which is expected to open in December, will be located near Exit 22 off Interstate 95 between Robeson Community College and Uncle George’s Restaurant.Construction is being handled by Metcon Inc., a firm headquartered in Pembroke, while development of the hotel is being overseen by North Point Hospitality Group Inc....

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Crime report

TheftAzizeh Abudaych reported Thursday that someone broke into her car on Village Walk West on Lumberton and stole a $130 leather purse, a $200 Samsung Galaxy tablet, and $200 in cash, according to a police report.

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US still has some growing up to do

I spent the past couple of weeks at Beth Israel Hospital, flat on my back and getting all kinds of tests that led to the discovery of what is known as an ablation. I finished my hospital run with a stent inserted in my wrist. It was intended to correct my heartbeat, which was irregular, and to ward off any discovered blockage.All jobs were professionally, sublimely done.At such times, one will think about many things. I read more papers than usual, watched many History C...

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ACA gets it right on maternity insurance

Despite early setbacks, millions of people have now enrolled in private insurance plans that meet new standards set by the Affordable Care Act. All of these policies must now cover a broad set of benefits, including prescription drugs, mental health treatment, and hospital stays. Still, one of the most common complaints about health reform is that insurers must now cover maternity care. Why, a middle-aged man will sometimes complain, should he have to buy a more expensive plan for a benefit h...

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Local roundup: Raiders blank Lumberton 5-0

LUMBERTON — It was fitting that the Richmond softball team clinched the Southeastern Conference regular season title with a shutout.After all, the Raiders have yet to lose this season.Summer Jacobs scattered four hits and struck out four as Richmond blanked Lumberton 5-0 Thursday to improve to 17-0 overall and 8-0 in the SEC.The Raiders haven’t lost a regular season conference game in 21 tries, dating back to a 6-5 loss at Purnell Swett on April 17...

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Tribal Council repeals 6 ordinances

PEMBROKE — The Lumbee Tribal Council on Thursday repealed six ordinances that a majority of members contend were in contempt of a Lumbee Supreme Court order issued earlier this month, but did so only after Councilman Terry Campbell strongly protested that repealing the ordinances would weaken and relinquish the council’s legislative authority.“Why would I want to vote in favor of repealing any ordinance that will give up this body’s oversight power?” C...

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The racist threat from the right

Another U.S. shooting spree has left bullet-riddled bodies in its wake, and refocused attention on violent, right-wing extremists. Frazier Glenn Miller, a former leader of a wing of the Ku Klux Klan, is accused of killing three people outside two Jewish community centers outside Kansas City, Kan. As he was hauled away in a police car, he shouted “Heil Hitler!” Unlike Islamic groups that U.S. agencies spend tens of billions of dollars targeting, domestic white supremacist groups en...

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Tameka Herrington

Tameka Hampton-HerringtonROWLAND — Tameka L. Hampton-Herrington, 39, of 208 Benton Court, died April 14, 2014, at Southeastern Regional Medical Center. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Southside Ashpole School. Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Rowland. The visitation will be an hour before the funeral at the school.

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Claude Dial

Claude DialRED SPRINGS — The Rev. Claudie Dial, 94, of 110 Goose Pond Road, died April 14, 2014. The funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Elim Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church.

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Woods to hold campaign rally

PEMBROKE — Robeson County Commissioner Noah Woods, who represents District 4, will host a campaign rally in the Pembroke Town Park beginning at 5 p.m. today. Chicken bog will be served.The free event is in support of the commissioner’s re-election bid. The public is invited.Woods is being challenged by Faline Locklear Dial in the Democratic primary on May 6. The winner will be unopposed in the November General Election.

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Dueling ads give preview of Hagan-Tillis race for Senate

RALEIGH — In a foretaste of a potential General Election matchup, Democratic U.S. Senate Kay Hagan and Republican rival Thom Tillis released dueling ads Thursday about the health care law and a messy personnel matter in the office of Tillis, the state House speaker.Hagan released her first commercial in her bid to win re-election, a statewide radio spot criticizing Tillis, even though he’s just one of eight candidates in the May 6 GOP primary. Tillis is the primary̵...

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Drill delivers sobering message

PEMBROKE — A fatal car accident near Purnell Sweet High School on Thursday brought out paramedics, police, sheriff’s deputies, highway patrolmen and a helicopter from New Hanover Regional Medical Center.But it was all an act — designed to raise students’ awareness about the dangers of drunk driving on the day before senior prom.“It’s so real. Watching all these young adults participate, you think about if it was your daughter or your s...

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Sampson slams the door on Richmond, Pirates move into first-place tie

LUMBERTON — If last week’s shutout loss at Pinecrest was stomach-turning for the Lumberton Pirates, then Thursday’s 3-1 win over Richmond was the ideal remedy heading down the stretch in the Southeastern Conference championship race this season.Nursing a three-run lead in the sixth, Justice Sampson relieved Lumberton starter Evan Odum and was able to get out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam nearly unscathed as the Pirates pulled into a tie for first with the Raiders ...

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McGirt ties for lead at Hilton Head

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — There were no major letdowns for Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage on Thursday.Kuchar, who tied for fifth at Augusta National, shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 to share the first-round lead with Scott Langley and William McGirt.The 20-year-old Spieth tied for second behind Bubba Watson last Sunday and continued his strong play with a 69, part of a large group tied for fifth at Harbour Town Golf Links....

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Duke’s Parker headed for NBA draft

DURHAM — Duke freshman Jabari Parker is entering the NBA draft, and there’s a strong chance he’ll be the No. 1 pick.The 6-foot-8 All-American forward was the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. He was also the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding and the first freshman in three decades to be selected team MVP.Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement Thursday it was “an honor for us to have him in our program.R...

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Playing games with the numbers

The irony seemed to completely escape Gov. Pat McCrory Wednesday as he took the podium at a Tax Day event to heap praise on last year’s tax package that gave huge breaks to millionaires and large corporations while asking many small businesses and most North Carolina families to pay more.McCrory hailed the tax changes as a boon to the state’s future just two days after a legislative committee charged with coming up with a way to increase teacher pay acknowledged there w...

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Crime report

TheftsKenneth Tuthill, of Washington Street, Lumberton, reported Wednesday that the keys, valued at $16, to his Harley Davidson motorcycle were stolen at the Robeson County Public Library on Chestnut Street, according to a police report.Mearlene Seals, of Oak Street, Lumberton, reported Thursday that someone stole her debit card, valued at $20, from her apartment, according to a police report.Richard Geybert reported Thursday that someone brok...

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