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Noted and passed

Posted: August 26, 2011 3:05 p.m.
Updated: August 29, 2011 5:00 a.m.

• We’re glad to see Camden native Larry Doby honored with a postage stamp in his honor, one of four Major League baseball players to be so recognized; Joe DiMaggio, the Yankee Clipper, is another, and the final two have yet to be chosen. Doby was the first black player in the American League and carved out an enviable career record. He died in 2003.

• These are indeed unprecedented economic times. Before the current and ongoing crisis, bank stocks had been viewed among the safest investments possible, but all that changed with the collapse of the real estate market. Bank of America, the country’s largest, nearly failed, but now billionaire investor Warren Buffett has pumped $5 billion into BOA, shoring up investor confidence. The old “rules” have gone by the wayside, as evidenced by the stock market’s paltry performance during the past decade.

• We are sorry to see record-setting Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summit reveal that she’s fighting early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 59. The focused coach has won eight national championships and has established Tennessee as the premier women’s program in the country. She will continue coaching, though perhaps in a diminished role, and we wish her the best.

• PGA tour golfer Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, who now calls Camden home, nearly won the Wyndham Championship last week in Greensboro, sharing the lead until the last day and eventually finishing third. Gainey is a rags-to-riches story, having worked on the assembly line at the A.O. Smith water heater plant in McBee before following his dream of being a pro golfer. Gainey had a nice payday in Greensboro, taking in $353,600 and boosting his year’s winnings to nearly $2 million. It’s a happy story that everyone should be able to enjoy.


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