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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 5, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 AUGUSTA NATIONAL IN TIGER WOODS VIDEOGAME IB  Wednesday  January 5,20 II  Todajy^ WBflthor  Full forecast 16C  Vol. 145, No. 5  our Inorai Source S'wirv 1(SG7 ===  www.aikenstandard.com  ==¡¡¡===  50^  Why tax day won^ be April 15 this year  ► Taxpayers will get an extra three days to file their federal tax returns this year, as a D.C. holiday pushes tax filing deadline to April 18.111A  MLK Street signs put up in downtown Ailcen  ► The Laurens Street signs at the intersection of Hampton Avenue have changed to read "MLK Jr. Memorial Hwy" with "Laurens St." listed underneath. 13A  Where to cut the federal budget?  Most spending is mandatory. Cuts can bB made on only 36 percent unless the law is changed. Fiscal year 2010 spending of $3.5 trillion by category:  ' Mandatory spending  Medicare, Medicaid 21%-  Social Security 20% Other-  'CMb9 changtd  ^^^ DoniOTtic  Social  Security ^B  Other—»^SS^ mandatory*  Interest -veterans  — compensation, on deot unemployment 6% insurance, food  stamps, etc. isan Policy Center's Restoring  Source: Ameria Graphic: Judy Ti  America's Future report Treibte  • 2011 MCT  Roosevelt Council Jr.,  North Augusta  Tim W.Galloway,  Warrenville  Paul Henlford Lewis,  Aiken  Ottis Ferrali Pennington,  Peny  Anna Michele Poda,  Mt. Pleasant  Robert L^Bob" Reed,  Mansfield, Ohio  James'Uimmy^ H. Satcher Jr., Johnston  Vance Duane Vandervelde,  Aiken  Yvonne E. Scott  Aiken     Calendar    5C      Classifieds    SB      Crossword    4C      Comics    3C      DearAbby    4C      Horoscopes    4C      Markets    4B      Movie Listings    5C      Nation/World    13A      Obituaries          Opinions    19A      Pujftlfi    M      Sp^s    IB      TV Listings    K     Tablet  You're it!  Toshiba Tablet  Via Tablet by Vizio  Breeze Tablet by AOC  iPad Competition  THE CONTEST:  • Apple's popular IPad is getting its strongest competition thus far as gadget manufacturer^ unveil tablet computers dt the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.  THE PUYERl-  • Major companies inciudina Motorola, Dell and Toshiba ore expected to trot out new models.  • Companies that aren't known for mobile devices, including high-definition TV maker$ Vizio and AOC, hove already announced new tablets.  THE lEATURES:  • Apple competitors ore trying to set their devices apart from the iPad by setting low prices, using an upcoming version of Gooale's ^droid software and adding fronKlacing cameras for videochatting, baGlc<lacing cameras for taking photos and high-definition screens for watching moviesl  Galaxy Tab by Samsung  Fiercer iPad rivals revealed this week  By RACHEL METZ  Associated Press  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple Inc.'s popular iPad is getting its strongest competition thus far as consumer-elecfronics manufacturers unveil tablet computers with bigger screens, fn)nt-facing cameras for video chatting and more.  The iPad has been a smashing success since its April launch, leaving other companies to play catch-up in the suddenly hot market for the keyboard-less, touch-screen devices.  Rivals are making a bigger push at this week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, betting they can challenge Apple with such features as Android, tiie popular smart phone software Google Inc. developed to compete with the iPhone; high-definition touch screens and cameras for video chatting and taking photos.  The competition is gomg to be fierce. DisplaySearch analyst Richard * Semenza estimated that a hundred different tablet models are in development, though not all of them will reach store shelves.  Major companies including Motorola Inc. and Dell Inc. are expected to trot out new models. At least two companies - high-definition TV makers Vizio Inc. and AOC - announced tablets Monday, days before the show's official opening Thursday.  Toshiba Coip. also plans to unveil  0 •  Hi  Sanford  Submitted photos  Other companies are playing catch-up to Apple's iPad. New tablets are being introduced this week at a gadget fair.  one this week. Tentatively called the Toshiba Tablet, it will include two cameras for video chatting and taking photos, a high-definition screen that is larger than the iPad's and the upcoming Honeycomb version of Android that is more optimized for tablets.  "This is the starting gun for tablets, except Apple had a yearlong lead in the race," BGC analyst Colin Gillis said.  Apple was expected to sell more than 13 million iPads in 2010, making up the vast majority of the total ma^et  Please see TABLET, page 16A  By JIM DAVENPORT  Associated Press  COLUMBIA — State workers would take more unpaid time off, colleges would lose at least $68 million and the state would end funding for its museum and arts programs under the $5 billion budget proposal outgoing Gov. Mark Sanford released Tuesday, eight days before he leaves office.  Sanford took time in his final executive budget to snipe at the legislators he blames for the more than $800 million shortfall they must deal with when they retum next week. That shortfall is a mix of slower state tax collection and the loss of one-time federal bailout cash to the states.  "The Legislature complicated matters by using stimulus dollars to fund core functions of government in order to delay critical budget decisions for two years," Sanford said.  It's unclear how much influence Sanford's last budget will have. His last two years in office have been overshadowed by his afiair with an Argentine woman that ended his political career.  His detailed budgets over the years ended up being used as doorstops, even though they correctly predicted the state's finances were headed for trouble.  Next week, it will be up to Gov.-elect Nikki Haley, a six-year House veteran, to shepherd budget fixes through the Legislature. She's not writing oflf Sanford's ideas.  "You know, I think it's relevant in the fact that he's always got good ideas in his budget," Haley said. "He's always been great at cost-cutting measures."  But Haley knows it is her turn to put the state's fiscal house in order, and she's planning a different approach. She plans to attend budget hearings, for instance. Sanford couJd have done more to explain his budget to legislators and work with them, she noted.  Please see BUDGET, page 16A  County OKs 2nd reading of Owens Corning agreement  By HALEY HUGHES  Staff writer  The details of the fee agreement between Aiken County and Owjens Coming are still unknown.  County Administrator Clay Killian said he could not lay out any figures of the infi^-structure credit nor payment of fee in lieu of taxes because  mi  the final numbers have yet to be worked out between both parties.  Nonetheless, Council unanimously approved second reading of the agreement Tuesday without discussion.  A fee in lieu of taxes allows a company to pay a fixed fee for 20 years instead of property taxes.  Owens Coining has  announced it is moving forward with a $36 million investment to add a new production line at its existing facility. The company has been a part of the county's business community for more than 50 years and plans to employ an additional 24 for its new nonwoven glass fiber mat line, which is scheduled to begin pro- .  duction in mid-2012 at its Wagener Road facility.  Final reading of the agreement and public hearing will come at Council's Jan. 18 , meeting.  In other business, further consideration of an amendment to the ordinance relating to unreasonably loud and  Please see COUNCIL, page 16A  ìÈànà w mm^ w  m mm  VtfBlltlOgO?  ► m$t7FM reading of the Owens Coming agreement andpdbfictiearing  ► When? Jan. 18  ► Where? County Council chambers. 736Rk:hiandAve.  w . ""......Jf .  $10.00 per marith ar ' I $0 enrallment fee!! |  f Everything you need for the New Year! i  i  *  Soo our ;id on paqo 13A for more dotail^>. t  J   

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