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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 17, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Monday January 17,2011 Today's Weather Vol. 145, No. 17 WW*/ w* ^ on r L(/cal Source* Since I 8(w Low 35° Full forecast 16C 50* Aiken Standard off ice closed due to holiday ► The business office will be closed today. Customer service will be available from 6:30 to 9:30 am. ii) 3119 Doctors are balancing new role of rock stars ► One is an irrepressible South Korea native who has treated some of the most 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 Gabnelle Giffords. 17A Poll: Obama’s numbers are up A new McClatchy-Marist poll shorn more a positive attitude toward President Barack Obama • Obama job approval NOW Approve Disapprove Unum es DECEMBER 2018 Approve Disapprove 48% 437. 50*/. Urvw# 8% • WM Obama do a better lob or worse lob in the next two years? Better ■■■■■■■■■■■Mi 61% Worse 21% Unsur* 12% • The way things are going in U S NOW Right direction Wrong track 141% 47% Unau* 12% DECEMBER Mil Right direction Wrong track Unw« r. 587. • it 2012 election were held today, whom would you support if the candidates were •IIT. Cheries Valles Jeancake, New Ellenton Frances Day Holley, Aiken Mary Charles Sowell, Johnston Deaths and Funerals 16A tektite Calendar SC Classifieds SB Crossword 4C Comics 3C Dear Abby 4C Horoscopes 4C Movie Listings SC Obituaries 6A Opinions 9A Puzzles 4C Sports IB TV Listings 2C IA city of ■ character NOW OM. IO Bai ack Obama 58% sr/. Sarah Palm 30% 40% Barack Obama 51% 44% Mitt Romney 38% 48*/. Barack Obama 50% 47% Mike Huck akee 38*/. rn Saute* Measle*, Mar* pow Jan 6-10 2011 OI 827 ’tunty at ana W-3 5 pmumwgo paris Giant*: Judy Tie** £ SOM NCT ■ City continues with blue banners in downtown area for 12th year. By AMY BANTON 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, llexibihty, discernment, cautiousness, boldness, humility, contentment, benevolence, dependability, thoroughness, determination and thriftiness. To anyone new to Aiken, when they see a character trait listed on their utilities hill from the City or pass a blue banner listed with various adjectives scattered around downtown, they may he curious as to what this is all about. PIMM see CHARACTER, page 4A 2011 Character Traits (descriptions from the Character Training Institute) • January: Enthusiasm - expressing joy in each task as I give it my best effort • February: Flexibility - willingness to change plans or ideas according to the direction of my authorities - March: Discernment - under standing the deeper reasons why things happen • April: Cautiousness - knowing how important right timing is in accomplishing right actions • May: Boldness - confidence that what I have to say or do is true, right or just June: Humility - acknowiedg mg 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 dimmish 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 New Horoscope Calendar Capricorn: Jan. 20 to Feb. 16 Aquarius: Feb. 16 to March ll Pisces: March ll 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. IO Leo: Aug. IO to Sept. 16 Virgo: Sept. 16 to Oct. 30 Libra: Oct. 30 to Nov. 23 Scorpio: Nov. 23 to Nov. 29 Ophiuchus: 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 By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer The Internet is ahu// this week following the Minnesota Planetarium Society's -    —    public declaration that the f v *    ||    zodiac many people know p j and Ion e is wrong. The thing is, said USU Aiken Associate Professor Dr. (iary Senn, the society is right about the zodiac. It all has to do w uh 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 oil about one month. “The sun has a cycle of 26,060 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 Hut when the Antiae was created, the position of the sun and its relation to its 26,(H)0-year cycle was perceived incorrectly, meaning the astrological calendar is oft equivalent to that of one month. The sun was already one-twelfth of the way through its cycle, Senn said. Senn Please Me 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 tor most Americans this year, as they try to make sense of the violence rn Arizona that left six people dead and a member of Congress fighting for her life. A stale that once resisted the notion of a federal King holiday - and last year was the setting for a sharp-tongued debate on immigration - now finds itself in search of solace after the Jan. 8 attack on Rep. Gabrielle (ii(fords and the throng of people around her outside a grocery 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 the recognition of human dignity, of human rights and making sure that all of our voices are heard,’’ said Imam Perry, an African-American studies professor at Princeton University. “I hope people in Arizona, in particular, embrace that part of his mes sage. The politics in Arizona reccntl) 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 ami resistance during one of the nation’s most turbulent and transformative eras. Toda>, 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 commemorations,” said Morgan State University professor Jared Ball. “Instead of actually reading w hat he wrote or listening to what he said, we pick catchphrases and throw his name around. We all feel tor the tragic incident that took place in Arizona, but this is happening to people all over the world 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 PleaM SM KING, page 4A AP file photo Yolanda King, 2, left, in the arms of her mother Arndrea King, right looks up at a portrait of her grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. BIW3 3C009"0000I Al Harbor* have, loved one* are azured of a superior level ut capri lur in Issue* of memory tow, particularly those of safety, Hut rn tho environment ofipec tai care and attention, something else is going on, something remarkable Because here staff are inclined to celebrate each resident * life, web outing moments of grace - whether they are the ones lived right now, or those remembered when a residents sense of self identity and self esteem from another time and place is re captured, and treasured To learn more about our unique program, visit our website or call BOI ^6V 606V 11 ARW )RCl (ASE I m Silver Muir RurtJ Aiken, SC BU 116V 6U6V Harbor! lu.exom tsar ALF# CRC-131b { > I I ;