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April 28, 2015

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VOL. 97, NO. 67 2 SECTIONS, 16 PAGES TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2015 DAILY 75ยข, SUNDAY $1.50 TODAY: Sun and a few clouds. High in the 70s. FORECAST, 8A Index-Journal is published with pride for the people of the Lake- lands. You are important to us. If you miss your paper, please call 223-1413 (before noon on weekends). Inside today's edition n ABBY 5A n BUSINESS 8A n CALENDAR 2A n CLASSIFIEDS 6B-8B n COMICS 5B n EDITORIALS 6A n ENTERTAINMENT 5A n LOTTERY 5A n MARKETS 4B n OBITUARIES 4A n SPORTS 1B-3B Index-Journal is committed to editorial excellence. To report an error, contact Executive Editor Richard Whiting at 943-2522 or HELP NEEDED: Survivors of quake plead for aid in Nepal News, 7A Education task force meets to discuss school funding DUE WEST โ€” The House Educa- tion Policy Review and Reform Task Force met Monday at Erskine College to discuss problems and solutions in response to the landmark Supreme Court decision in November that ruled in a 21-year-old lawsuit that the state of South Carolina failed to provide a "minimally adequate" education to chil- dren in poor and rural school districts. Guest speakers at the task force meeting were members of rural and poorer school districts and educa- tion communities, including super- intendents Fay Sprouse, of Ware Shoals School District 51, and Jona- than Phipps, of the Abbeville County School District. Phipps first presented to the task By ARIEL GILREATH ARIEL GILREATH | INDEX-JOURNAL Ware Shoals School District 51 Superintendent Fay Sprouse presents problems from the district's lack of funding to the House Education Policy Review and Reform Task Force on Monday evening at Erskine College. More with less See FUNDING, page 4A PHOTOS BY GREGG HAMPTON | INDEX-JOURNAL Supervisor Victor Ochoa, of NorthStar Demolition, watches Thomas Vega bring down a section of the Greenwood Civic Center on Monday afternoon. The Civic Center opened in 1977, but closed in 2009 because of the cost of upkeep. County Council in December voted to clear the property and awarded a $121,200 contract to NorthStar. The project is scheduled to be completed in 60 days. And the walls ... CAME TUMBLING DOWN Rioting, looting prompt state of emergency, curfew BALTIMORE โ€” Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police cus- tody. The governor declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard to restore order, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in her first day on the job, said she would send Justice Department officials to the city in coming days. A weeklong, daily curfew was imposed beginning today from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., the mayor said. At least 15 officers were hurt, and some two dozen people were arrested. By TOM FOREMAN Jr. and AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press Ex-sheriff Metts gets year in prison COLUMBIA โ€” The man who had been South Carolina's longest-serving sheriff was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in prison after pleading guilty in a corruption scheme. U.S. District Judge Terry Woo- ten also fined former Lexing- ton County Sheriff James Metts $10,000. Metts, 68, had been the coun- ty's top lawman for more than four decades when he was indict- ed last year. Prosecutors said he took money from a restaurant owner in exchange for keeping employees from being arrested for By MEG KINNARD Associated Press JAMES METTS Workers from NorthStar begin demolition of the Greenwood Civic Center on Monday afternoon. ASSOCIATED PRESS A man carries items from a store Monday as police vehicles burn after the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Chaos in Baltimore See BALTIMORE, page 3A See METTS, page 4A n CORRUPTION n FIERY PROTESTS

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