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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 11, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 '  LOCAL PLAYERS face off against ALL-STARS from  around the state as the 2011 ASA RECREATION STATE TOURNAMENT  comes to town this weekend.  Please see PAGE 1B  With summer here and people enjoying the outdoors, mosquitoes may have some itching for relief.  The City of Aiken will be spraying on a case-by-case basis, according to Sarah Herring, superv isor of the Solid Waste Department. The Env ironmental Protection Agency, through its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, requires a documented reason to spray. Herring said.  NPDES is the EPA’s effort to control water pollution by regulating point sources that pollute water around the country.  “Unfbrtunately, we used to spray everywhere," Herring said. "That's now a practice of the past."  This is the second year the city has concentrated on mosquito source reduction to reduce pollution in its control efforts, Herring added.  The city is collecting mosquitoes and hav mg them tested at Clemson University to identify any that may carry diseases such as West Nile virus. Herring said this area has around 87 species of mosquitoes but only a few carry disease.  PIMM Me MOSQUITOES, page SA  Labor board withdraws suit against SRNS  ■ Complaint born from four firings over layoff email settled privately by workers, SRNS.  By ANNA DOLIANITIS  Staff writer  Die National Labor Relations Board issued an order this week officially withdrawing a complaint against Savannah River Nuclear Solutions after the contractor reached a private settlement with an employee who claimed that he was unfairly terminated from his position in November.  The complaint was initially filed by Vernon Lee Gullcdgc, who was fired from SRNS after he forwarded an unsolicited email containing information about SRNS'  1,400-employce layoffs that are currently under  way. A settlement was reached for an amount that is being kept confidential by both parties as a term of the agreement.  The charge alleged that Oui ledge and three other employees, w ho joined Ouiledge in the complaint, were fired in violation of tile ir protected concerted activities. Protected, concerted activities include diseasing pay, terms and conditions of employment or other work-related issues with co-workers, according to the NLRB.  Charles Wcigle, Carrol Lofty and William Guyette were the other employees who joined Gulledge on the charge.  NLRB spokesperson Nancy Cleelund said that the decision was a non-board settlement, and, because the agreement w as reached privately, the settlement is not a matter of public record.  PIMM see SRNS, page SA  our Local Source S i nee .aikenstandard.com ^  Photo courtesy of University of HKnois A female culex pipiens, one of the 87 species of mosquitoes in the Aiken area, and one of the very few that carries the West Nile virus, nourishes herself on a human arm.  Today’s Weather  Full forecast 16C  COMING  SUNDAY  Aikemte DON WINSLOW  recently made the eBay purchase of a lifetime A 300-YEAR-0LD BIBLE  owned by his ancestors See the full story on  SUNDAY, PAGE 1A.  ifeflia  Julian E. Mundy,  Aiken  Manual Kendall,  Beech Island Mary S. Slaughter,  Draper, Va.  Nancy Bevier Cotton#,  Aiken  Vera Dean Davott McRae,  Aiken  Dearths and funerals I BA     Calendar    SC      Classifieds    20      Crossword    4C      Comics    IC      Dear Abby    4C      Horoscopes    4C      Markets    ISA      Movie listings    SC      Nation/World    13A      Puzzles    4C      Sports    IB      TV listings    2C     34009^000011  GOP field still shaky as debate gets closer  By CHARLES BABINGTON  Associated Press  WASHINGTON,  D.C. — Newt Gingrich’s campaign defections are just the latest tremor in a constantly shifting GGP presidential landscape that craves some steadiness as a big, early New Hampshire debate nears.  Rivals already were try ing to poach Gingrich’s donors and top supporters Enday, even as the former House speaker said he would keep campaigning despite the resignations of his top advisers and entire Iowa paid staff. Party insiders eyed the likely entry of Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and a possible bid by Texas Gov. Rick Perry.  Mitt Romney’s decision to skip the Iowa straw poll iii August, meanwhile, reinforced his image as a front-runner willing to pick his shots. And potential candidate Sarah Palm again lent a circus atmosphere to the entire GGP family - this time indirectly - when Alaska released thousands of pages of emails from her days as governor.  in short, it was a typical week in the GOP’s  “ There is a fundamental strategic difference between the traditional consulting community and the kind of campaign I want to run. We 7/ find out over the next year who s right. ’*  Newt Gingrich,  GOP presidential ; nominee hopeful *  freewheeling nominating process. The field is anything but set, and there’s no clear picture of who will emerge to challenge President Barack Gbama in 2012.  Gingrich spoke publicly Friday for the first time after the mass resignation of his top aides. Several of them said they were frustrated because he was devoting insufficient time to the nitty-gritty worts, pf meeting and gal v ai ii/mg supporters in early voting states such as Iowa.  Gingrich told reporters outside his suburban Virginia home that he was committed to campaigning "very intensely” for the White House. He attributed his aides’ departure to disagreements about strategy.  "There is a fundamen  tal strategic difference between the traditional  consulting community and the kind of campaign I want to run," he said. "We’ll find out over the next year who’s right."  Gingrich received a vote of confidence from at least  one high-profile backer: Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, his campaign chairman in his old home state. "When the going gets rough, I don’t cut ami run on my friends," Deal said.  Please Me GOP, page 14A  Are you behind or do you anticipate getting behind on your mortgage payments? Are you facing foreclosure?  MORTGAGE DEFAULT AND FORECLOSURE CLINIC Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 6:00 PM  H. ODELL WEEKS CENTER  1700 WHISKEY ROAD, AIKEN SC 29803  Bring current mortgage statement, any other legal documents, recent pay stubs and/or other proof of household income, most recent utility bill, bank statement and tax return with W-2‘s.  Hosted by Community Development and Improvement Corporation 560 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville, SC 29829, 803.663.6848  WE ACCEPT OFFICE WALK-INS!  AP hie photo  Republican presidential hopeful former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, right and his then-New Hampshire Director Dave Carney, left visit Ben's Sugar Shack in Temple, NX* during an unofficial campaign stop on April 4. The entire top echelon of Gingrich's presidential campaign, including Carney, resigned on Thursday, leaving his bid for the Republican nomination in tatters. But the former House speaker vowed defiantly to remain a candidate.  J   

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