Monday, March 30, 2009

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(CNN) -- A North Korean rocket slated for launch sometime early next month can be clearly seen in a satellite photograph taken Sunday, the Institute for Science and International Security said Sunday.

The satellite imagery, obtained by the ISIS from DigitalGlobe, is said to show the rocket at the Musudan-ri launch site in northeastern North Korea.

The image casts a shadow on the ground below.
CNN could not independently confirm the information provided by the institute, led by former U.N. nuclear inspector David Albright. Defense Department officials were not immediately available for comment.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday there is little doubt that the planned launch is designed to bolster that North Korea's military capability.

He also indicated that the U.S. military could be prepared to shoot down a North Korean missile if the rogue regime develops the capability to reach Hawaii or the western continental United States in a future launch.

The North Korean government says it will launch a commercial satellite atop a rocket sometime between April 4 and April 8.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Tyler Hansbrough deferred to his teammates -- just as he'd hinted he might.

This was no one-on-one matchup down low. Instead, North Carolina rolled past Blake Griffin and Oklahoma with a total team effort.

Ty Lawson scored 19 points and top-seeded North Carolina overcame a quiet game from Hansbrough to beat the Sooners 72-60 Sunday in the South Regional final (BOX SCORE).

North Carolina (32-4) advanced to the Final Four for the second straight year and will play Villanova in the national semifinals.

"This is what we work for," the Tar Heels' Wayne Ellington said. "We put so much work in and sweat in the offseason to get not to this point, but past this point. It means a lot to be able to get to this point and have an opportunity to win the whole thing."

Danny Green scored 18 points for the Tar Heels and Deon Thompson added 10. Hansbrough was in foul trouble early and finished with only eight points, but he'd said the previous day he wasn't going to be caught up in a head-to-head battle with Griffin.

Griffin scored 23 points with 16 rebounds for second-seeded Oklahoma, but the Sooners (30-6) went 2-for-19 from 3-point range.

Special education students share spotlight at Lewisville High prom
06:40 AM CDT on Monday, March 30, 2009

By LAURIE FOX / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News

Matthew Barr grimaced as the mist of water hit his face and the comb slicked back his copper-colored hair. He cringed when the dress shirt's top buttons squished his neck. And he coughed dramatically as a cloud of cologne and hairspray enveloped him."It's good. I'm OK," he reassured his stepdad, Steve Simpkins, who helped the young man get ready for a teenage rite of passage, the spring prom.

It wasn't supposed to happen for Matthew. At least that's what his mom, Kari Simpkins, told herself years ago. She'd given up on the idea that her son, who is 20 years old, would ever wave from the back of a departing limousine on the night of the big dance.

"You just sort of take those things out of your thinking," Simpkins said as she watched Matthew pace the living room in his tuxedo with turquoise tie and vest, awaiting his ride to Lewisville High School on Saturday evening. "When you have a special-needs child, there are just some of those traditional teenage things that you don't hope for."

But Matthew is part of another spring rite of passage that his mother didn't count on: a special prom at Lewisville High School.

So the limo did arrive for him – a sleek cobalt-blue model – and he did bound down the stairs, bellowing "Bye, Mom! Bye, Dad!" as he hopped into the back of the car, headed for school.

The Grand Ball is a 14-year tradition that celebrates the special education students who attend the school and the Lewisville North ninth-grade center. This year, about three dozen attended the event.

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