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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 7, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 iva  Italian restaurant In downtawi ilikenhascloseditsdoors 3A  Friday  January 7,2011  Vol. 145, No. 7  olir Local Source Sincr I (S(i7 =====  www.aikenstandard.com  ===  Today^ WouUiui'  High  51®  Low  31®  Full forecast 16C  500  Wintry mix may be headed to the area  By KAREN DAILY  Staff writer  Weather forecasters are warning residents throughout the Midlands of a possible wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow later in the weekend that could make for hazardous travel.  The mix may move  into the area late Sunday and continue throughout the day Monday and into Monday evening, said Dan Miller, National Weather Service meteorologist.  A warning or advisory for any such weather will be issued 24 hours in advance.  "Right now we are giv  ing people information of a possible event but also saying we have limited confidence this far out," he explained.  Forecasters are monitoring several computer models.  An influx of cold air may mix with moisture moving in off the Gulf of Mexico to  create rain, snow, sleet or even freezing rain, he said.  Lows Sunday night and early Monday are expected to drop below freezing and stay in the upper 20s, Miller said.  Expect a high of 54 today with a an overnight low around 30, he said. On Saturday, highs will  not likely climb out of the upper 40s, Miller said. Expect a low of 24. Both Friday and Saturday may be windy. The chance of precipitation is slight.  Forecasters predict that on Sunday, skies will be overcast, with a high of 41 and a low of 28.  Precipitation will move in  overnight.  On Monday, expect a high of 36 and a low of 29 degrees.  Forecasters ask residents to pay attention to alerts and advisories this weekend and adjust travel as needed.  Contact Karen Daily at kdaily@aikenstandard. com.  What to do if you see a reckless driver  By KAREN DAILY  Staff writer  Over the years, Aiken Public Safety officers have relied on many alert motorists who follow their instincts and call police when they see a reckless driver swerving all over the roadway.  Callers may even save a  ofiBcers said. . .  As cell phones have becomi widespread, the number of callers has increased, which local and state patrol officers said is a good thing. But motorists should never put themselves in danger or break the law to keep up with the reckless driver.  Callers are encouraged to get a vehicle description, license plate number and direction of travel, said Lance Cpl. Judd Jones with the S.C. Highway Patrol.  "If you can follow safely that is fme, but you should not exceed the speed limit or put yourself in harm's way," the trooper said.  Callers traveling on the interstate and state roadways outside municipal limits can call »HP (♦47) or911.  Aiken Public Safety Capt. Wendell Hall said 911 calls should go to the right  What to do  • Call 911 or *HP (M?)  • Describe the vehicle  • Get the license plate number  • Note the direc-  "^'^tfonaf travel  • Officials suggest using cau-Gon if following a reckless driver  Nuclear group will seek input of public today  agency, but, if they don't, dispatchers will forward the call to the correct agency.  "If you have someone ' endangering the public safety, 911 is certainly appropriate," Hall said. "Our first concern when we have a citizen involved in a police action is safety. We don't want them to do anything to jeopardize safety or make matters worse, such as turning around on a car and causing an accident."  Law enforcement will  send a car to intercept the motorist, but the dispatcher may ask the,caller to stay on the phone to provide details.  "The more information ydu oan provide us the better," Hall said. "A tag number is great; at least that way we can find out who the car belongs to."  Law enforcement can fol  low up with the vehicle's owner at a later date if necessary, he said.  Never approach the other driver, block the vehicle or make contact with the motorist in any way, police warn.  "This is not the time for TV maneuvers," Hall said.  Contact Karen Daily at  kdaily@jaikensiandard.com .  By ANNA DOLIANITIS  Staff writer  Local elected officials and state representatives from South Carolina and Georgia, members of environmental groups, nuclear industry experts and the general public will contribute to the discussion in Augusta today about the future of America's spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste. .....  The Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, a presidentially appointed group charged with the responsibility of conducting a review of policies for managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle, will hear comments and suggestions from stakeholder groups at the Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m.  The meeting comes one day after members of the commission toured the Savannah River Site. After the tour, commission co-chair Brent Scowcroft, a former national security adviser to presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, shared some thoughts on the commission's task at a Thursday evening press conference.  "We decided to visit Savannah River because we believe we must hear from communities with a substantial interest in solving the waste problem," said Scowcroft.  Many of today's speakers are expected to address the commission in opposition of  Wanttogo?  ► What? Blue Ribbon Commission public meeting  ► When? Today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  ► Where? Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites, 2 10th St., Augusta  ► Cost: Free  i^i^^ipatrawfoT-  those interested in speaking at the meeting will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marriott.  the Obama administration's decision to halt efforts toward a nuclear waste repository in Nevada. However, Scowcroft said that the Yucca Mountain repository is not on the commission's agenda.  "We are not a sitting commission. We are looking at how to deal with the problem," he said, adding that Yucca Mountain is a valuable learning tool as far as lessons that can be learned from past. mistakes."  Scowcroft said he and the other commissioners have not "taken huge steps toward solving the problem" but that subcommittees are developmg an approach.  Public comments at today's meeting will begin at 2:50 p.m. and will last for about an hour.  See COMMISSION, page 14A           Roosevelt Goundl Jr.  North Augusta  Marion D. Jones,  Aiken    f      Deaths and Funersds 16A      mm          Calendar    sc      Classifieds    ID      Crossword    4C      Comics    3C      Dear Abby    4C      Horoscopes    4C      Markets    12A      Movie Listings    5C      Nation/World    12A      Obituaries    «A      Opinions    13A      Puzzles    4C      Sports    IB      TV Listings         Verizon reveals first '4G' wireless tablet, phone  By PETER 8VEN8S0N  Associated Press  LAS VEGAS — This year, the big national wireless carriers will be racing to stake their claims in the new frontier of service: ultra-fast data access - for smart phones and laptops as well as for gadgets like tablets.  Tlie companies are boosting their wireless data speeds and revving up the marketing hype. They're moving away from talking about c^l quality and coverage, and focusing on data speeds: megabits in place of minutes. For consumers, there are benefits in the form of faster service and cooler gadgets. Yet some of the mariceting campaigns seem designed to comuse cqnsumers about the gadgets' speed.  At the Imernational Consumer Electronics Show in, Las Vegas this week, Verizon Wireless revealed the 10  gadgets with built-in access to its new highispeed wireless data network including smart phones, tablet and laptops. Some are to laimch as early as March.  Along with Sprint Nextel Corp.'s subsidiary Clear-wire Corp., Verizon is at the forefront of the move to a new network technology, designed to relay data rather than calls. Verizon's fourth-generation, or "4G" network, went live for laptop modems in last month.  The new wireless network is the nation's fastest. Verizon is hoping to cash in on that advantage by selling tablets and smart phones that devQiurdata.  One of the devices. Motorola Mobility Inc.'s Xoom table^ will come with a 10.1-inch screen and two cameras: one for video chatting, the other for high-definition videos. The Xoom vwll begin selling by March.  AP photo  Attsodtis It tht Consumar Elfctronia Show listtn to a Motorola rapresantathm talk about tha naw Motorola Xoom tablât.  Iiutially, it will work with Verizon's 3G network but will be upgradable to work on the speedier 40 network. Motorola's Droid Bionic  smart phone will also have two cameras, to help with videoconferencing, a data-hungiy task. It will be one of the first phones with a  so-called "dual-core processor" that will roughly double it^ computing capacity. That should help with video processing.   

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