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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 17, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Monday January 17,2011 Vol. 145, No. 17 AHienStandanlis/mc» closed due to holiday ► The business office will be dosed today. Customer service will be available finom 6:30 to 9:30 am Qa 0119 SEC® Doctors are balancing new role of rock stars ► One is an irrepressible South Korea native who has treated sonie of the rnost horrific wartime injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. The other is a reserved neurosurgeon who happens to be the brother-in-law of television show host Dr. Oz. Both are the doctors of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.|7A Poll: Obama's numbers are up A new McClatchy-Marist poll shows more a positive attitude toward President Barack Obama. • Obama job approval NOW Approve Disapprove Unsure: 9% DECEMBER 2010 Approve Disapprove Unsure: 8% •Will Obama do a-be^cjob^r. . worse job in the next two years? Better 48% 50% Unsure: 8% •Will Obama do a-be^cjob^r. . worse job in the next two years? Better mmmmmm^m 6i% Worse 21% Unsure: 12% • The way things are going in U.S. NOW Right direction ■■■■■■■41% Wrong track ■IMMMMMI|47% Unsure: 12% DECEIIinBt2010 Right direction Wrong tracic 34% 58% Unsure: 8% • if 2012 election were held today, whom would you support if the candidates were: NOW Dwx '10 Barack Obama 56% 52% Sarah Palin 30% 40% Barack Obama 51% 44% Mitt Romney 38% 46% Barack Obama 50% 47% Mike Huckabee 38% 43% Source: McClatchy-Marist poH, Jan 6-10,2011 of 827 registered voters; margin of error: ■f/-3.S percentage points c:JudyTreible . ©2011 MCT I Chartes Vallas Jeancak», New Ellenton Frances Day Holley, Aiken IMaryCharltiSoMraH, Johnston Deaths and FuneraiS'l 6A \iism Calendar 5C Classifieds SB Crossword .4C Comics 3C DearAbby 4C Horoscopes 4C IVIovie Listings 5C Obituaries 0A Opinions 9k ta^its 4C Iports IB .TVLiiting» 2C mm---■--J— IMIi« fAám »»m Tooays wiieaiiìBi Yo 11 r 1. i)c a I S o 11 r < ; e S ¡ n c e 18 () 7 ■ AcHyof I character ■ City continues with blue banners in downtown area for 12th year. ByAMYBANTON Staff writer Aiken is a city of character and has been for almost 12 years now. The City released its 12 character traits for 2011: enthusiasm, flexibility, discernment, cautiousness, boldness, humility, contentment, benevolence, dependability, thoroughness, determination and thriftipess. To anyone new to Aiken, when they see a character trait listed on their utilities bill from the City or pass a blue banner listed, with various adjectives scattered around downtown, they may be curious as to what this is all about. Please see CHARACTER, page 4A 2011 Character Traits (descriptions from the Character Training Institute) • Jahuarj^tnthusiasnrr-expressing joy in each task as I give it my best effort • February: Rexibility-willingness to change plans or ideas according to the direction of my authorities • March: Discemment - understanding the deeper reasons why things happen • AprH: Cautiousness - knowing how important right timing is in accomplishing right actions • May: Boldness - confidence that what I have to say or do is tme, right or just • June: Humility-acknowledging that achievement results from the investment of others in my life • July: Contentment - realizing that true happiness does not ^ depend on material conditions • August: Benevolence-giving others' basic needs without having as my motive personal reward • September: Dependability-fulfilling what I consented to do, even if it means unexpected sacrifices • October: Thoroughness -knowing what factors will diminish the effectiveness of my work or words If neglected • November: Determination -purposing to accomplish right goals at the right time, regardless of the opposition • December: Thriftiness - allowing myself and others to spend only what is necessary 50^ New Horoscope Calendar Capricorn: Jan. 20 to Feb. 16 Aquarius: Feb. 16 to March 11 Pisces: March 11 to April 18 Aries: April 18 to May 13 Taurus: May 13 to June 21 Gemini: June 21 to July 20 Cancer: July 20 to Aug. 10 Leo: Aug. 10 to Sept. 16 Virgo: Sept. 16 to Oct. 30 Libra: Oct. 30 to Nov. 23 Scorpio: Nov. 23 to Nov. 29 Ophluchus: Nov. 29 to Dec. 17 Sagittarius: Dec. 17 to Jan. 20 Professor: Correction of zodiac is authentic See more on new zodiac calendar on 8A. Senn By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer The Internet is abuzz this week following the Minnesota Planetarium Society's . -public declaration that the ffl zodiac many people know and love is wrong. The thing is, said USC Aiken Associate Professor Dr. Gary Senn, the society is right about the zodiac. it all has to do with the sun's cycle. The astrological zodiac is determined by the sun's occultation (meaning "to cover") of certain constellations during its cycle. Due to early astronomer and astrologer's misconceptions 2,000 years ago, the cycle was pushed off about one month. "The sun has a cycle of 26,000 years. During the cycle, the backdrop of the stars will change. What that means is at certain times of the year, the sun covers a different constellation. Astrologers and astronomers found the pattern and created the zodiac," said Senn, director of the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center's DuPont Planetarium. But when the zodiac was created, the position of the sun and its relation to its 26,000-year cycle was perceived incorrectly, meaning the astrological calendar is off equivalent to that of one month. The sun was already one-twelfth of the way through its cycle, Senn said. Please see ZODIAC, page 4A Nation honors King in wake of shootings By ERRIN HAINES Associated Press ATLANTA—'The federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. has taken on added meaning for most Americans this year, as they try to make sense of the violence in Arizona that left six people dead and a member of Congress fighting for her life. A state that once resisted the notion of a federal King holiday ~ and last year was the setting for a shaip-tongued debate on immigration - now finds itself in search of solace after the Jan. 8 attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giflfords and tilie throng of people around her outside a groceiy store in Tucson. The balm of choice is King, a pacifist Southern preacher whose own life was cut short by gun violence. "Dr. King's message was about inclusion and Ae recognition of human dignity, of human rights and malang sure that all of our voices are heard," said Imani Perry, an Afiican-American studies professor at Princeton -University. "I hope people in Arizona; in particular, embrace that of his mes sage. The politics in Arizona recently have often seemed to revolve around excluding people." Today marks the 25th federal observance of the birth of King, whose words were often met with hate and resistance during one of the nation's niiost turbulent and transformative eras. Today, King is one of the country's most celebrated citizens and the only one to be honored with a national holiday who did not serve as a U.S. president. "So little of his real politics show up in these annual commemprations," said Morgan State University professor Jared Ball. "Instead of acUially reading what he wrote or listening to what he said, we pick catchphrases and throw his name around. We all feel for the tragic incident that took place in Arizona, but this is happening to people all over the worid every day in one form or another." Many use the King holiday to celebrate King's life and struggle for human rights. Some choose to honor King Please see KING, page 4A AP file photo Yolanda King, 2, left, in the arms of her mother Arndrea King, right loolcs up at a portrait of her grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. oments foiQtttliii remafiuible. lltauie htre tUÌf are bwUned to celebrate each reiident'i life; welcoming i of pKc - whedter ve the one» lived right now, or thoite remembered - when a reiiUent'« »enie off^lden^i^ idf-eiteiin from another tim« and place ii re-captured, and treaiured. To lesm more about our unibile program, vii it our webf ite or cali S03 S69-é069. 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