WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2004
5-year- old dead after
truck slams into bus
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS .
MAXTON A truck driver
fumbling for a cell phone plowed
his tractor-trailer into a stopped
school bus here Tuesday, killing a
5-year-old girl and injuring her
mother and more than a dozen
other children, troopers said.
The wreck happened at about 7
a.m. on N.C. 71 near the North
Carolina-South Carolina border.
Sheila Hernandez was struck and
killed as she hoarded the bus.
Maria Hernandez, 25, was injured
severely as she stood nearby.
Trucker Gary Kendall Garnett,
on his way to pick up a load of
chickens, told troopers “he was
distracted because he was trying to
find his cell phone, which he
dropped on the floorboard,” said
Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt.
Charges were expected against
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Garnett once troopers confer to
prosecutors later this week,
The Highway Patrol said the 38-
year-old Garnett had been involved
in at least two other accidents and
had four driving convictions.
The bus driver had taken all
necessary precautions to let Sheila
Hernandez board, Clendenin said.
He said skid marks at the scene
showed the driver tried to stop
before his truck hit the bus square
ly in the rear and then hit the child’s
mother. The force of the crash pro
pelled the bus more than 400 feet
Maria Hernandez was trans
ported to UNC Hospitals for treat
ment where she was listed in seri
ous condition Tuesday afternoon.
One child from the bus was also
taken to UNC Hospitals and a 9-
year-old boy was transported to
Duke University Medical Center.
No additional information about
their conditions was available.
Ten children and the bus driver
were taken to Southeastern
Regional Medical Center in
Lumberton. Four other children
were treated and released from
Scotland Memorial Hospital in
Laurinburg, where the truck driv
er also was being treated for severe
Play Makers brings 2 ‘Lears’ to life
BY LAUREN STREIB
The Play Makers Repertory
Company knows how to begin a
new year the right way: combine a
little insanity, a bit of love, some
family, a smidge of brief nudity and
wrap it all up in a Shakespearean
Short of some Dom Perignon,
what more could one ask for?
The PlayMakers’ production of
“King Lear,” which starts tonight at
8 p.m., offers what Media
Relations Director Pam O’Connor
terms a “quite-rare” performance.
The production offers two ver
sions of Lear, performed on alter
nating nights, one of which is a full
3-hour, First Folio version with
some brief nudity. The second ver
sion offers a shorter 2-hour,
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The tragedy focuses on the divi
sionof a kingdom in pre-Christian
With marriage as a condition for
the love and the land of King Lear,
his three daughters fall into paths
of deceit and drama in an attempt
to win the inheritance. As Lear is
driven into madness, the plight of
the characters highlights the frailty
of human perception and exis
Though the play might be famil
iar to many, this presentation
promises to be a unique, theatrical
Artistic Director David
Hammond said, “Every so often a
production comes along which
reveals to a contemporary audi
ence overlooked or forgotten
things in a classic play or familiar
Staff lists will be posted
Thursday. There will be a brief
mandatory orientation Friday for
All students are encouraged to
apply. No prior experience is nec
essary. Positions are available in
most areas. There are also oppor
tunities for investigative reporting.
in Foreign Language and
Area Studies (FLAS)
FLAS fellowships fund the study of less
commonly taught languages and atea
studies coursework through:
1. Summer intensive language study
2. An academic year course of study or
3. Academic year dissertation research abroad
FLAS Fellowships are available from the following Centers:
Latin .America: Yucatec Maya, Portuguese, and others
Europe: Any language spoken in Western Europe with priority for
those less commonly taught
South Asia: Hindi/Urdu, Bengali, Tamil, and Persian
Slavic Studies: Bulgarian, Czech, Macedonian, Polish,
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The piece is directed by OBIE
award winner Mark Wing-Davey.
Wing-Davey is no stranger to
Shakespeare. He has directed
“Troilus and Cressida” and “Henry
V” in the past.
Hammond credits Wing-Davey
as “one of the world’s finest direc
tors, and his knowledge of
Shakespeare is profound.”
In addition, the play features a
noteworthy cast of actors and
The collaboration of
PlayMakers’ resident actors,
Romanian costume designer
Marina Draghici, British set
designer Narelle Sissons and
acclaimed U.S. actor Michael
Winters as Lear, offers the audi
ence an international and distinc
As with other performances,
Applicants with experience cre
ating informational graphics are
People applying for the copy
desk must take a test prior to turn
ing in their applications. To sched
ule a test time or for additional
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Date: Through Sunday, Feb. 8
Time: 8 p.m. daily, Sundays 2 p.m.
and 8 p.m.
Location: Paul Green Center for
subscribers may exchange their
tickets in order to attend the ver
sion of their choice.
While the performance should
attract those interested in literature
and theater alike, Hammond said,
“no matter how well you know the
text of ‘King Lear’ or how many
performances of the play you have
attended, you’re about to see some
thing you’ve never seen before.”
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For specific questions about
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