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Noted and passed -- March 5, 2012

Posted: March 2, 2012 9:55 a.m.
Updated: March 5, 2012 5:00 a.m.

• We note with sadness the recent death of Camden’s Larry Cooke, a former Bulldog basketball star who went on to have a stellar career with Virginia Tech (at that time Virginia Polytechnic Institute) and was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks. At age 57, he left this world too early but left behind a proud legacy.

• We offer a tip of the Chronicle-Independent hat to Lugoff-Elgin High School senior Zach Connell and three of his brothers who preceded him on the Demons’ wrestling teams over the years. One of five brothers, Zach won a state grappling championship recently, which his older siblings -- Ben, Campbell and Will -- had previously done. That’s a tremendous family accomplishment and worthy of special mention.

• We see that a Dallas-area doctor has been arrested and accused of bilking Medicare of $350 million over a five-year period. Medicare says it’s the largest fraud scheme linked to a single physician. It strikes us that if a single person can cheat the government out of $350 million, then the screening procedure to detect such dishonesty is hopelessly inefficient and needs to be fixed.

• As the college and professional basketball seasons approach playoff time, we recall last Friday’s 50th anniversary of perhaps the most amazing individual roundball feat in history: Wilt Chamberlain’s scoring 100 points in a single game. With his Philadelphia Warriors playing the New York Knicks (most people called them the Knickerbockers back then), Wilt The Stilt made 36 of 63 field-goal attempts and 28 of 32 free throws. It was a dominating performance by one of the greatest players ever, and the feat will probably never be equaled.

• In Modesto, Calif., a 41-year-old high school teacher has left his family to move into an apartment with a student of his who has recently turned 18. Of course, there's been intense criticism of this lurid affair. The teacher's comment? "In making our choice, we've hurt a lot of people. We keep asking ourselves, 'Do we make everyone else happy or do we follow our hearts?'" Seems to us that "following our hearts" is a corny line from old beach-blanket-bingo movies. Sounds pretty nauseating in this case.

• Too many bank robberies in this country go unsolved, so it was great to see an arrest made last Thursday in the recent heist of a Lugoff bank. The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office worked with Pennsylvania authorities and the man was apprehended in the Keystone state. Law enforcement officials are confident they have the right man. A long sentence would be in order.

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