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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

HERALD
Delphos, Ohio

DELPHOS

February 2011

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DELPHOS — City council met Monday evening with all members present despite inclement weather. On first reading, council promptly passed ordinance 2011-4 to pursue the sale of road patching equipment the city no longer requires. The items slated for sale include a 1993 Durapatch road surface patcher, a 1998 Crafco model crack sealer and 5,100 St. John The Evangelist pounds of bituminous mateChurch in Delphos will rial used with the equipment. host the Rev. Tony Borgia The items are expendable at 7 p.m. on March 14 in with the purchase of new the All Saints Building patching equipment approved of the High School. in the previous council meetRev. Borgia will ing. give a presentation Council read, but took no on Reconciliation. definitive action on a resoluTo attend this Adult tion by President Bob Ulm Education Program, please opposing potential state call 419-695-4050 to regaction to reduce funding to ister. All are invited. the city. The money in question is partially garnered from estate taxes. If and when passed, the resolution includes providing a copy of Judy Fischer will present the document to Governor her trip to the beautiful and John Kasich, as well as State fascinating state of Alaska at Senators Keith Faber and the Delphos Public Library Cliff Hite and Representatives at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Matt Huffman and Lynn Registration is not Watchmann. Loss of state required, but appreciated. funding, all or in part, would negatively affect the local balance sheet. Council passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Mike Gallmeier and/or Grove 4th in poll Safety Service Director Greg The Columbus Grove boys Berquist to apply for state basketball team, winners of “Transportation Improvement the Putnam County League, Funds,” to pay for a substanstand fourth in the current tial amount of the construcDivision IV high school poll. tion cost to install a sidewalk Celina, trying to sew from “The Point” Marathon up the Western Buckeye Station north along Elida League Friday, stands 10th Road to the intersection of in Division II, with fellow Elida Road and Fifth Street, WBLer Defiance is 16th. then west on Fifth Street LCC, battling Grove this to the intersection of Fifth Friday with the Northwest Street and St. Rt. 190. The Conference title on the line, state fund would shoulder 80 is third in Division III. percent of the construction Continental, repcost of the project; the city’s resenting the PCL, is cost would be $16,000 plus ninth in Division IV. engineering costs. Council Bluffton women’s cross stopped short of entering a country named Division III contract with the successful All-Academic Bluffton University’s women’s cross country team has earned NCAA Division III All-Academic status for 2010. With a cumulative team grade point average of 3.29, Bluffton is among 167 Division III women’s cross country teams nationwide to be so honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. To qualify, teams needed to compile a cumulative GPA of at least 3.10 and to post a score — meaning at least five runners finished — at their respective NCAA regional meets last fall.

St. John’s offers Reconciliation program

Don’t miss The 2011 Bragging Times in Wednesday’s Herald.

BY GREG SCHERGER The Delphos Herald

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project bidder. The ordinance will receive further consideration on second reading at the next council meeting. Berquist and Gallmeier received approval to submit a request to the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account, a fund providing low-interest loans to qualifying communities for water-related improvement projects. Berquist indicated Delphos does qualify for the program, which can provide funding including from 30-percent principle forgiveness and up to a 30-year loan at 2-percent interest, to a high of 50-percent principle forgiveness on a 30-year loan at 0-percent interest. Funding is provided through the EPA and is supported by the federal stimulus. Engineering fees on projects are not covered by the program, communities are not obligated to pursue projects; funded and withdrawn applications do not jeopardize future funding opportunities. The administration has several projects to present for possible funding, including a waterline in the Gressel Drive area; replacing a high-service pump at the Water Treatment Plant; replacement of the Waterworks Park Standpipe Tower (erected in 1892); a new water line from Cass to Clay streets and from Jefferson High School to Fifth Street; and a line to eliminate a clearwell bottleneck at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. A brief Finance Committee meeting was held to discuss money budgeted for and utilized by Delphos EMS and Fire personnel for ongoing training purposes. Funds appropriated for this use were apparently cut back from $7,200 to $6,000 in the current budget. Some level of outsourced grant dollars have been secured through Fire Chief Dave McNeal’s efforts in past years. The committee concluded EMS personnel training should be managed by the department. No further action was

Moving snow again

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Delphos resident John Stant clears his niece’s driveway this morning. Stant spends his spare time plowing driveways for family and friends and sidewalks all over town for the school children.

Koester state Americanism winner
Staff reports DELPHOS — St. John’s High School senior Tyler Koester is headed to Washington, D.C., this spring after being declared a state winner of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary Americanism & Government Program. Koester, the son of Mark and Sherri Koester, scored a 98 out of a possible 100 points on the test administered by the local Legion post. The test covers the U.S. flag and Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and federal, county, city and school board government. An essay question must be answered in case of a tie. Post Commander Keith Hall said he is proud to send a state winner to Washington, D.C. “This is a very big deal for Tyler. He will see our government in action and visit many of the places he has learned about,” Hall said. “We are excited to have a state winner from our post.” The all-expense-paid trip to Washington is from March 7-12 and includes a guided tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield and visit to the Gettysburg Visitors Center/Museum and National Museum; a tour of the Washington Cathedral, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, U.S. Marine

Census estimates show 1 in 4 US counties are dying
By HOPE YEN and JOHN RABY The Associated Press WELCH, W.Va. — Nestled within America’s once-thriving coal country, 87-year-old Ed Shepard laments a prosperous era gone by, when shoppers lined the streets and government lent a helping hand. Now, here as in one-fourth of all U.S. counties, West Virginia’s graying residents are slowly dying off. Hit by an aging population and a poor economy, a nearrecord number of U.S. counties are experiencing more deaths than births in their communities, a phenomenon demographers call “natural decrease.” Years in the making, the problem is spreading amid a prolonged job slump and a push by Republicans in Congress to downsize government and federal spending. Local businesses in Welch began to shutter after U.S. Steel departed McDowell County, which sits near Interstate 77, once referred to as the “Hillbilly Highway” because it promised a way to jobs in the South. Young adults who manage to attend college — the high-school dropout rate is 28 percent, compared with about 8 percent nationwide — can’t wait to leave. For some reason, the fish in nearby Elkhorn Creek left too. “There’s no reason for you to come to Welch,” says Shepard, wearing a Union 76 cap at a makeshift auto shop he still runs after six decades. “This is nothing but a damn ghost town in a welfare county.” ——— In all, roughly 760 of the nation’s 3,142 counties are fading away, stretching from industrial areas near Pittsburgh and Cleveland to the vineyards outside San Francisco to the rural areas of east Texas and the Great Plains. Once-booming housing areas, such as retirement communities in Florida, have not been immune. West Virginia was the first to experience natural decrease statewide over the last decade, with Maine, Pennsylvania and

Corps Memorial, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Vietnam Veterans, Vietnam Women’s, Korean Veterans and World War II memorials; a guided tour and staff briefing at the U.S. State Department; participation in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery; and more.

Koester

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Vancrest King/Queen of Hearts

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George Forst and Betty Wiechart were named this year’s Vancrest Healthcare Center King and Queen of Hearts. The pair presided over the Valentine’s Day luncheon at the center.

Vermont close to following suit, according to the latest census figures. As a nation, the U.S. population grew by just 9.7 percent since 2000, the lowest decennial rate since the Great Depression. “Natural decrease is an important but not widely appreciated demographic phenomenon that is reshaping our communities in both rural and urban cores of large metro areas,” said Kenneth Johnson, a sociology professor and demographer at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey Institute who analyzed the census numbers. Johnson said common threads among the dying counties are older whites who are no longer having children, and an exodus of young adults who find little promise in the region and seek jobs elsewhere. The places also have fewer Hispanic immigrants, who on average are younger and tend to have more children than other groups. “The downturn in the U.S. economy is only exacerbating See CENSUS, page 2

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Witnesses report bodies in the streets in Libya
By MAGGie MiCHAeL the Associated Press CAIRO — The bodies of slain protesters littered the streets of neighborhoods in the Libyan capital today and frightened residents hunkered down in their homes as forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi sought to crush antigovernment demonstrations by shooting anyone outside on sight, residents and an opposition activist said. The U.N. Security Council was holding an emergency meeting, with Western diplomats pressing for it to demand an immediate halt to Gahdafi’s bloody crackdown. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who spoke to the Libyan leader on Monday, told reporters the attacks on protesters were “a serious violation of international humanitarian law.” State TV said Gadhafi was to address a crowd of dozens of his supporters gathered today in Tripoli’s main Green Square. The night before amid the crackdown, a defiant Gadhafi appeared on state TV in the early hours today to show he was still in charge, brandishing a large umbrella and wearing a cap with fur ear flaps, and denying reports he had left the country. The eruption of turmoil in the capital after a week of protests and bloody clashes in Libya’s eastern cities has sharply escalated the challenge to Gadhafi, and his regime has been hit by a string of defections by ambassadors abroad and even some officials at home. His security forces have unleashed the bloodiest crackdown of any Arab country against the wave of protests sweeping the region, which toppled leaders of Egypt and Tunisia. The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, citing sources inside the country, said today that at least 250 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in the crackdown on protesters in Libya, though its officials said the true number was not known. New York-based Human Rights Watch has put the toll at at least 233 killed, based on contacts with Libyan hospitals — but their toll did not include casualties from crackdowns in Tripoli since Sunday night, a sign of the difficulty of getting information out of the highly closed North African Nation. A

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John A. Brown

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Bahrain king orders release of prisoners
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain’s king ordered the release of some political prisoners today, conceding to another opposition demand as the embattled monarchy tries to engage protesters in talks aimed at ending an uprising that has entered its second week. The king’s decree — which covers several Shiite activists accused of plotting against the state — adds to the brinksmanship on both sides that has included a massive progovernment rally Monday, an opposition march in response and the planned return of a prominent opposition figure from exile. It’s unclear how many prisoners will be freed, said government spokeswoman Maysoon Sabkar. But they include some of the 25 Shiite activists on trial for allegedly plotting against the Sunni rulers of the strategic island kingdom, a leading member of Bahrain’s Shiite opposition, Abdul Jalili Khalil, told The Associated Press. He called the prisoner release “a good step” and a “positive gesture.” Two of those in the case are being tried in absentia, including opposition leader Hassan Meshaima, who has been in self-exile in London since last year. He was expected to return to Bahrain later today. Mesheima’s presence could bolster opposition forces seeking a harder line against the monarchy, including some who have called for the complete ouster of the king and the royal dynasty that has ruled for more than 200 years. Meshaima’s group, known as Haq, is considered more radical than the main Shiite political bloc that has so far taken a central role in the revolt, which began last week with marches but quickly met with violent resistance from security forces. The primary Shiite group includes 18 members of the

doctor in Benghazi said a colleague at Tripoli’s main hospital told him 41 people had been killed in the capital during fighting Sunday night, but the number could not be confirmed, and it was not known how many died Monday. The head of the U.N. agency, Navi Pillay, called for an investigation, saying widespread and systematic attacks against the civilian population “may amount to crimes against humanity.” The first major protests to hit an OPEC country — and major supplier to Europe — sent oil prices soaring to more than $93 a barrel Tuesday, and the industry has begun eyeing reserves touched only after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 1991 Gulf War. The Spanish oil company Repsol-YPF said it suspended production in Libya today. It accounted for about 3.8 percent of Libya’s total production of 1.6 million barrels a day. Protesters who have taken control of cities across a long swath of eastern Libya said that they now controlled several fields and refineries and were protecting them to prevent damage or vandalism.

William J. Bechtel

Jan. 14, 1956 - Feb. 21, 2011 John A. Brown, 55, of Delphos, died at 5:15 a.m. Monday at Triumph Hospital in Lima. He was born Jan. 14, 1956, in Lima to Carl and Rose (Klier) Brown. His mother survives in Delphos. On Sept. 28, 2003, he married Christina Brown, who survives in Delphos. Other survivors include a sister, Jayne (Dave Gross) Midtgard of Spencerville; and five brothers, Jim (Shelly) Brown of Van Wert, Joe (Vicki) Brown of Troy, Jay (Lauri) Brown and Joel (Lori) Brown of Delphos and Jamie (Robin) Brown of Sidney. He was preceded in death by brothers-in-law, Randy Brown and Jim Midtgard. Mr. Brown had worked at Delphos Bending Works. He was a 1974 graduate of Jefferson High School. A memorial services will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Middle Point Community Center, the Rev. Gary Fish officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Friends may call from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the center in Middle Point. Preferred memorials are to his wife. Arrangements are by Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Aug. 16, 1913-Feb. 20, 2011 William J. Bechtel, 97, of Lima, died at 3:05 a.m. Sunday at Sarah Jane Living Center. He was born Aug. 16, 1913, in Lima to Herman and Marie (Mahler) Bechtel. On Aug. 13, 1949, he married Mary L. Carter, who survives in Lima. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at ChamberlainHuckeriede Funeral Home. Pastor Steven Kingery will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Constance J. Leonhart

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Dear Opa, Even though it’s been 7 years since you passed away, it till seems as if it was yesterday when I seen your smile. I know in my heart God had much bigger plans for you and with that it makes losing you so much easier. We love and miss you very much, Barb, Rick, Nathan and Jonathan Burgei and Oma, your loving wife.

Allen County Refuse provides garbage and recycle collection in Delphos. The Allen County portion of Delphos is collected on Thursdays, with residents placing garbage containers on the curb Wednesday evening and recycle every other Wednesday. The Van Wert County portion of Delphos is collected on Friday, with residents placing garbage containers at the curb on Thursday evening and recycle every other Thursday. If a holiday falls during the week, collection is pushed back a day. For example, the week of Memorial Day, collection in Allen County will be Friday and in Van Wert County it will be Saturday. See the full schedule at cityofdelphos.com.

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40-member parliament, who resigned Thursday to protest the killing of demonstrators by security forces. Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched today through the capital of Manama, carrying Bahrain’s red-and-white flag and circling the Bahrain Mall and Manama’s financial district — symbols of the country’s prosperity in recent decades. Security forces did not move to confront the procession, but helicopters circled overhead. “Egypt, Tunisia, are we any different?” they chanted. The government said today that the overall death toll was seven from the clashes, which included the army opening fire on protesters. The government said 25 people were hospitalized, but it’s unclear what degree of injury authorities used to arrive at that figure. Opposition group place the figure at more that 200. Associated Press journalists at the main state hospital witnessed many dozens of people being treated.

High temperature Monday in Delphos was 34 degrees, low was 21. Sleet was measured at .10 inch and snowfall Jefferson Athletic Boosters at 4.5 inches. High a year ago today was 39, low was 32. 300 Club Feb. — Brenda Gallmeier Record high for today is 68, set in 1930. Record low is -8, — No. 58. set in 1978.

Feb. 11, 1950-Feb. 19, 2011 Constance J. Leonhart, 61, of Canton, Texas, and formerly of St. Marys, died Feb. 19, 2011 at her residence. She was born Feb. 11, 1950, in St. Marys, to James Taylor and Geraldine Cunningham. Her father preceded her in death. Her mother survives. On Oct. 15, 1978, she married Ronald Byron Leonhart, who survives in Canton. Survivors also include sons Ryan (Angel) Leonhart of Indian Lake, David (Amy) Schuerman of Portage, Mich., and Adam (Shirley) Leonhart of Canton; daughter Dawn (Craig) Murphy of Fort Jennings; sister Renee (Don) Hicks of St. Marys; brothers Curtis Taylor of St. Marys and Gary Taylor; and grandchildren Alyssa Keeling, Christopher Prince, Daniel Murphy, Charles Murphy, Devin Murphy, Nicole Murphy, Aiden Leonhart, Brayden Downs, Cole Downs, Christopher Matlock, Harrison Schuerman, Lucas Schuerman, Katlyn Schuerman, Ashley Leonhart and Christina Leonhart. She was also preceded in death by son Christopher Keith Schuerman. Mrs. Leonhart retired as a chef after many years. She enjoyed crafts, crocheting, needle point or anything she could do with her hands. She truly loved spending time with her grandchildren. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, the Rev. Jacob Gordon officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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At approximately 5 p.m. on Monday a collision occurred near the intersection of Lehman and Elida roads. According to Marion Township Police, a young woman traveling north on Lehman Road crossed a set of railroad tracks and failed to stop behind a truck that was stopped at the intersection at Elida Road. The truck reportedly left the scene. There were no injuries.

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ing the problem,” said Johnson, whose research paper is being published next month in the journal Rural Sociology. “In some cases, the only thing that can pull an area out is an influx of young Hispanic immigrants or new economic development.” ——— The predicament is starkest in places like Welch. In the 1960s, McDowell County ranked tops in the U.S. in coal production. Even as it began to stumble, President John F. Kennedy took notice and pushed federal aid to the region. McDowell residents were the first to get federal food stamps when they were rolled out in the Kennedy administration. After U.S. Steel sold the last of its mining operations by 2003, folks in southern West Virginia began counting on new highway projects to prop up the long-struggling area. “One of the promises we’re waiting to come is the highway,” said Carolyn Falin, an assistant schools superintendent in McDowell County. From the east, the Coalfields Expressway would bypass the many two-lane, truck-clogged roads zigzagging through the mountainous region. It would link a freeway to the Virginia state line 65 miles to the southwest. So far, only a few miles are open. Design work on most of it hasn’t been finished. From the west, a 95-mile King Coal Highway is also envisioned, with some bridge work and a few miles now

under construction. Shepard, who walks to work from a nearby apartment, watched the county’s population plummet 80 percent after U.S. Steel’s exit. Even with the recent opening of a federal prison, Shepard bemoans the area’s decline, including the end of “20 years of the best fishing you ever saw.” Nowadays, he says, “you can fish but you won’t catch any trout. It’s like the coal mines. It’s all gone.” Recently the U.S. Senate rejected a $900,000 appropriation for a proposed interchange of the King Coal Highway and the Coalfields Expressway near Welch. ——— Dying counties in the U.S. were rare until the 1960s, when the baby boom ended. By 1973, as farming communities declined, roughly 515 counties — mostly in the Great Plains — reported natural decrease. The phenomenon then began to show up in industrial regions, such as upstate New York and California. Natural decrease peaked in 2002 at a record 985, or 1 in 3 counties, before increasing births and an influx of Hispanic immigration helped add to county populations during the housing boom. Following the recent recession, birth rates have dropped to the lowest in a century. Preliminary census numbers for 2007-09 now show that the number of dying counties is back on the upswing. Recent additions include Pittsburgh and its surrounding counties.

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The St. Mary of the Assumption Church and School will hold its annual fundraising auction at 5 p.m. on March 5 in the school gymnasium. The theme for the evening is Mardi Gras and there will be a meal, a large variety of items to bid on, cash prizes, and a 50/50 raffle. Raffle tickets to win a Kindle, $175 cash or $150 cash will also be for sale. Tickets for the meal are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The evening’s menu includes fried chicken, au gratin potatoes, chicken and rice gumbo, red beans and rice as well as a salad bar and various desserts. The evening’s festivities will include both a live and silent auction. Some items included in this year’s auction are: • a used car donated by a local dealer; • trips; • jewelry; • gift certificates; • items purchased on the parish’s recent trip to Rome; • projects made by the school children; and • a variety of gift baskets and other items. All proceeds from the auction will go to benefit the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School.

St. Mary of the Assumption to hold annual auction

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Hospital sets Mammography Saturday

Van Wert County Hospital will host a mammogram and DEXA scan day on March 26 for women who are unable to find the time during the week for these crucial tests, now is the time to make an appointment. In addition to Digital mammograms, DEXA scanning will also be available on that Saturday. DEXA scanning is the most commonly used test for measuring bone mineral density, one of the most accurate ways to diagnose Osteopenia or Osteoporosis. For more information, contact Central Scheduling at 419-238-8643.

God, Flag and Country Troy Elwer 2nd place, 10-11-yearold There are three things in my life that are special to me — God, flag and country. First of all, God plays a very important role in my life. He is my creator. He made so many beautiful things in nature like animals, trees and mountains. He also provides me with enough food and water to live. To thank him and honor him I go to church on Sunday. I am glad he is around when I have bad times. I know I can count on him. He forgives me when I do something wrong. He is someone to talk to when I am alone. These are reasons why God is a big part of how I am. Not only is God important to me, but so is the American flag. The flag represents the 50 states. I have learned to be respectful around the flag. The flag also shows I have freedoms like being able to go to church and being able to receive a good education. Finally, this symbol reminds me of all the men and women who serve in the military to make sure we keep these freedoms. Not only does the flag represent men and women soldiers but so does our great country. Finally, in music we learn the song “The Fifty Nifty United States.” This son reminds me of our awesome country. Some things I appreciate about our country is we try to help other countries who are less fortunate and we come together in times of need. Thankfully we have a president who will keep us safe. These are the reasons why God, flag and country are special to me.

God, Flag and Country essays
A look at our country’s history gives us cause for optimism in the wake of our current struggles. Those of the “greatest generation” like my great-great-grandmother lived through the Great Depression and World War II. These were tough times in history. What made the “greatest generation” great? Was it an easy time? No. It was a depression that held the country in its grip for over 10 years. It was a war fought on two fronts. Our country was once so divided over the issue of slavery that family members fought against each other in the Civil War. Servicemen returning form Vietnam were treated with disdain even though they had only done what they were obligated to do. Clergymen have always struggled to get people to ask God to ease their burden. In his inaugural address, President Kennedy said, “ask not what you country can do for you but what you can do for your country.” American people today are the most educated in the history of our country. A return to reverence for God, honor for flag, pride in our country and working together will make our country greater than ever before. As John Neal says, “a kite rises against the wind, not with it.” God, Flag and Country Claire Thompson 2nd place, 12-13-yearolds Who is God? Who is Jesus? Are they someone you can talk to or just a person being talked about nationally? What is church? Is it a place to go sit and socialize before the service? Is it something you are forced to do? What is the Bible? Is it fiction or nonfiction? How do we really know the answers to any of these questions? I, as a Christian, know that God is the creator of the world and Jesus was his one and only son. I also know that church is where I can go learn lessons about the Bible and my faith. Another thing I know is that the Bible is nonfiction. God has been taken out of many, many schools by the government as a whole. Some schools don’t even say “under God” during the pledge in the morning. I am so lucky that the leaders of my school have kept God in our daily school routine. Twice a year we have a “prayer around the flag-pole.” Everyone who wishes to can come and join the superintendent in a prayer before the day starts. It makes me happy that we can keep this tradition going as it has for many years now. When I go to church, I like to think about how many other people are at church, as well. I sit and think, “How many other people are at church just like m? Why are they there?” I know I’m not a perfect Christian or anything close to that, and occasionally, like almost all people, I don’t “feel like it.” People from other countries see church as almost a prize. They love it. It is a blessing to know that I was raised in a church and will most likely take my kids to a church in the future. God can be a friend, a family member, a guide, anything you need at the moment. IN GOD WE TRUST. I know who God is. I trust him. Do you? God, Flag and Country Reid Corzine 2nd place, 14-15-yearolds The country of God, what does this mean? This means that our country is run by God. Many of our founding fathers believed in God and that is what they envisioned when they formed our country. I try to go to church every week. I am the acolyte at my church, and I believe in God. The way I see the country with God is like a bike. He is the wheels and we are the handle bars able to steer our beliefs one way or another, either believing or not believing. A good example of my analogy is the Great Awakening. That is when the Americans took hold of the handle bars and steered us onto the path of God. Sadly everything good has to end. That is when the second Great Awakening occurred. The Americans once again took hold of the handle bars and steered us onto the path of God. Once again it had to end. I think it is time for a third Great Awakening. The Americans need to grab hold of the handle bars and steer us onto the path of God before we get in to deep and can’t get back out. How can we do this you ask? It is simple; all we need to do is focus on our similarities not our differences. It doesn’t matter what color, religion, or gender you are all that matters is that we all wouldn’t be here without God. God, Flag and Country Alex Haehn 3rd place, 14-15-yearolds Some people think of the flag as just a piece of cloth that flies around in the air. Well, if they think that then they are wrong. well at least in my opinion. To me the flag is very important. Every day when I see the flag I think to myself that we are a very lucky country and I think of how proud I am to live in America and to have all of the wonderful rights. The colors on the flag are red white and blue. The red stands for valor, the blue stands for justice and white stands for innocence. A widow named Betsy Ross had created the flag, but George Washington had shown her a rough draft of

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God, Flag and Country Arianna Knebel 3rd place, 10-11-yearolds It may seem that this would be a difficult time in our country’s history to write an essay about God, Flag and Country. Our economy is struggling, we are in war and our people seem very divided in their opinions. Respect for flag, country and our reverence for God are declining. A survey suggests that 70 percent of Americans don’t have the influence of God in their lives. Do you know what you’re saying when you recite the Pledge of Allegiance? Traditional values don’t mean as much as they used to. In days gone by, most Americans attended church every Sunday. No one doubted that AMERICA IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH. If the flag passed by, everyone removed their hats and saluted with honor and grace. People lived and worked together as a nation.

God, Flag and Country Claire Komarek 3rd place, 12-13-year olds I am the land of the free and the home of the brave. Can you guess who I am? I am America. I’ve been through everything my people have. I’ve been through the wars and I’ve seen more and more people to come to make this big melting pot of people. Around 1607 I saw my very first British colony form, Jamestown. In 1776 my people signed the Declaration of Independence. Shortly after we fought the Revolutionary War. In 1783 the Treaty of Paris ended the war. We were finally free! We were only calm for a short while. In 1861 we had another war. We were fighting against ourselves. The north vs. the south to end or to keep slavery and to bring us back together. Four years later the war ended and the slaves were free. This made me very happy because I hate to see my own people fight and have others kept to work with no pay. So I think the war ended well. In 1914 to 1918 we had the first world war. The two groups fighting were the Allies and the Central Powers. Shortly after that a very bad thing happened The Great Depression. The stock market had crashed and jobs were gone. The unemployment rate here raised about 25%. When it ended I was saddened by all the people who lost everything. I wished I could have done more to help. In World War II we were bombed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. We fought hard on the allies. We won the war by bombing the two Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I knew it wasn’t an easy thing to do but we had to end the war and I’m glad we ended it. In 2001 on September 11th two planes had flown into the World Trade buildings and one into the Pentagon. We went into war again and are losing troops every day. This day was a very bad day in my history and I wish it had never happened. Still in was we were lead into a recession it wasn’t as bad as the Great Depression but it was close. We are in war now and hopefully it will end soon. I am America and I have a lot of history. I’ve seen sorrow, joy and hardships. I am still and will be the land of the free and home of the brave for a long time.

one and asked if she could make a flag that started off with six pointed stars. Francis Hopkins had also mentioned things about the flag. 1960 the flag had been changed to fifty stars and that is what we sing the pledge of allegiance and star spangled banner to this day. I know people or at least most people feel freedom when they see the American flag. If it wasn’t for our country we could not have a flag today, and if it wasn’t for God, then we would not have a country or a flag. The very first time I saw the flag I didn’t think anything of it. To me now, to know we have this flag floating in the air, I am very happy. I am not only happy but I am very impressed. I love our country, I love our flag, and most importantly I love God. If you put these all together, you get America.

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“Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.” — Anne Bradstreet, American poet (1612-1672)

How many bureaucrats to carry out health overhaul?
By RICARDO ALONSOZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON — How many federal bureaucrats does it take to carry out President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul? Don’t expect to find an easy answer in his new budget. It has no line item for health care implementation, a task delegated to agencies in several government departments, each with its own procedures — and quirks — to account for spending and hiring. Republicans suspect a dodge to make it harder for them to track the money as they strategize over how to block the law by shutting off the spigot of federal funds. “They are absolutely hiding the ball with this budget,” complained Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees Medicare and tax laws. “We don’t know the cost of the health care bill or how many people they are going to hire. All of this needs to be flushed out.” Administration officials say the $3.7 trillion budget may be hard to read, but it’s all in there. Somewhere. “Nothing is being hidden,” said Richard Sorian, a spokesman for the Health and Human Services Department, which is leading the effort to expand health coverage to more than 30 million uninsured people by 2014. It’s just that it may not be easy to see. Part of the reason, the White House says, is that multi-tasking government workers are expected to carry out the health care law along with their other duties. “When you look at an agency, it’s very hard to say this person works only on that law,” explained Kenneth Baer, a spokesman for the president’s budget office. “The Affordable Care Act is built on top and interwoven with existing statutes and authorities, and it would be extremely difficult to separate or disaggregate the impact of that on the budget,” said Baer. Some agencies have been more helpful with details than others. The Internal Revenue Service, for example, says it will need 58 revenue agents to enforce the law’s 10 percent sales tax on indoor tanning, which went into effect last year. “As many as 25,000 busi-

IT WAS NEWS THEN
One Year Ago • First-place winners of the God, Flag and Country contest held Sunday at the local Eagles were, age 14-15 category, Joe Dorman, son of Joe and Annette Dorman; age 12-13, Brooke Gellmeier, daughter of Joe and Tina Gallmeier; and age 10-11, Rebecca Violet, daughter of Trevor and Cindy Violet. Each first-place winner received a $100 savings bond and will proceed on to district competition at 2 p.m. March 7 in Lima. 25 Years Ago — 1986 • Delphos native James Doyle has been promoted to manufacturing planning administrator and packaging engineer at Chevrolet-Pontiac-Canada Group, General Motors Corporation, Hamilton-Fairfield plant. He graduated from Jefferson Senior High School and Miami University and is attending Xavier University Graduate School of Business. • Fort Jennings elementary students in grades one through six are working hard on a reading incentive program called “Book-it.” Book-it is sponsored by Pizza Hut, Inc. and endorsed by President Ronald Reagan. John R. Giles, elementary principal, said he is glad to hear so many positive comments from students, teachers and parents concerning the “Book-it” program. • Lisa Shindeldecker, daughter of Carl and Josephine Shindeldecker, and Keaton Druckemiller, son of Monte and Jeanne Druckemiller, were two of the spelling champions at Franklin School. A third winner was Tom McKee, son of Tom and Brenda McKee. 50 Years Ago — 1961 • Three new pledges were taken into the Phi Delta Sorority Monday night during a formal initiation held at the home of Mrs. Mack Endsley on Pinehurst Drive. New members are Judy Alexander, Mrs. Francis Nomina, Jr., and Mrs. Wayne Nunier. • Two seniors in Delphos Jefferson High School received honorable mention in Van Wert County on the State General Scholarship Test. Chris Wolf, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl J. Wollet, and Fred Dray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold F. Dray, ranked in the top 25 percent in the state in the test which was given on Jan. 20 in Van Wert High School. • The Delphos Coon and Sportsmen’s Club, Inc., has announced a list of local business places from which fishing and hunting licenses can be purchased. They are available from Niedecken’s Carry-Out, Club Cigar Store, Western Auto, Burkie’s Superette, East Side Market, Delphos Hardware Company and Kuhn’s Texaco Station. 75 Years Ago — 1936 • A joint meeting of Delphos Allen County Units No. 1 and No. 2, National Union for Social Justice, will be held at the Jefferson School next Tuesday evening. Arrangements will be made at this meeting for a big rally to be held March 10, at which there will be a speaker and special entertainment. Both of the Delphos units are now filled, each having 250 members. • The Willing Workers Class of the Full Gospel Church met at the home of Louise Fasel, North Franklin Street, Thursday evening. Part of the evening was spent in making greetings for Ed. Shafer, who is in the district tuberculosis hospital in Lima. Games and contests were enjoyed. Elinor Davis and Mary Jane Stant received honors. • Ottoville’s high school cage team lost out in their first game of the Putnam County being staged at Leipsic. They were defeated Thursday evening by Ottawa Public High School by a 36-24 score. The Ottoville Merchants also lost a game Thursday evening. They were defeated by the Haviland team.

Backers making another run at pardon for boxer

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are going another round in their fight to get a posthumous presidential pardon for the world’s first black heavyweight champion, who was imprisoned nearly a century ago because of his romantic ties with a white woman. New York Rep. Peter King and Arizona Sen. John McCain, both Republicans, plan to reintroduce a congressional resolution urging a pardon for boxer Jack Johnson. Another supporter, Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said he will talk to President Barack Obama’s new chief of staff, William Daley, and Attorney General Eric Holder about the cause. “It’s an injustice that shouldn’t fall through the cracks, and it looks like that’s exactly what happened here,” Rangel said. Johnson became the first black heavyweight champion a century before Obama was elected the nation’s first black president. The boxer’s flamboyant lifestyle and his relationships with white women inflamed white sensibilities. Racial resentment boiled over after he defeated a white boxer in the “Fight of the Century” 100 years ago last summer. Three years later, Johnson was convicted of violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for immoral purposes. One of Johnson’s greatgreat nieces, Linda Haywood of Chicago, is writing to Obama about the case. “I think having a letter from a family member will help put a face on our plea,” Haywood said. “Many people didn’t realize he had nieces and nephews. For years, the rest of my family was so ashamed, no one ever spoke of him because of the stigma attached to him being in prison.” King said he was surprised that Obama didn’t act during the last session of Congress, when the House and Senate passed the resolution. But the congressman said he’s still optimistic. “With last year’s elections, there seems to be a clear intent by the president to try to be more bipartisan,” King said. “Everything is there to correct an historic wrong and also, in a small way but significant way, help to bring the country together now.” The White House declined to discuss the request for Johnson, citing a policy of not commenting on how pardon candidates are chosen. Obama, a former constitutional law professor who once taught a class on racism and the law, has not spoken publicly of the Johnson effort, but the Justice Department has come out against it. In a letter to King and McCain at the end of 2009, the Justice Department attorney who advises on pardons argued that resources for such requests are best used for those still alive “who can truly benefit” from them. That notwithstanding, he noted, Obama could pardon whomever he wishes. Rapper Chuck D, a member of the pardon committee organized by King, McCain and documentary film maker Ken Burns, said he feels a presidential pardon is still possible, but unlikely any time soon. “I think President Obama’s pardon for something a hundred years ago will be at the tail end of his presidential run,” said Chuck D, whose real name is Carlton Ridenhour.

American official arrested in Pakistan is a CIA contractor
By ADAM GOLDMAN and KIMBERLY DOZIER Associated Press WASHINGTON — An American jailed in Pakistan for the fatal shooting of two armed men was secretly working for the CIA when he was arrested, a disclosure likely to further frustrate U.S. government efforts to free the man and strain relations between two countries partnered in a fragile alliance in the war on terror. Raymond Allen Davis, 36, had been working as a CIA security contractor for the U.S. consulate in Lahore, according to former and current U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk publicly about the incident. Davis, a former Special Forces soldier who left the military in 2003, shot the men in what he described as an attempted armed robbery in the eastern city of Lahore as they approached him on a motorcycle. A third Pakistani, a bystander, died when a car rushing to help Davis struck him. Davis was reportedly carrying a Glock handgun, a pocket telescope and papers with different identifications. The revelation that Davis By DONNA CASSATA Associated Press was an employee of the CIA comes amid a tumultuous dispute over whether he is immune from criminal prosecution under international rules enacted to protect diplomats overseas. New protests in Pakistan erupted after The Guardian newspaper in London decided to publish details about Davis’ relationship with the CIA. The U.S. had repeatedly asserted that Davis had diplomatic immunity and should have been released immediately. The State Department had claimed Davis was “entitled to full criminal immunity in accordance with the Vienna Convention” and was a member of the “technical and administrative staff” at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. The Associated Press learned about Davis working for the CIA last month, immediately after the shootings, but withheld publication of the information because it could endanger his life while he was jailed overseas, with at least some protesters there calling for his execution as a spy. The AP had intended to report Davis’ CIA employment after he was out of harm’s way, but the story was broken Sunday by The Guardian. The CIA asked The AP and several other and buys more tankers. The contract has touched off some of the fiercest and costliest lobbying that Washington has ever seen. The companies have spent millions on advertising and hired dozens of lobbyists to do their bidding. Lawmakers are relentlessly pressing Defense Department officials. Replacing the KC-135 planes is critical for the military. The first aircraft — the equivalent of a flying gas station — entered the fleet in 1956, when Dwight Eisenhower occupied the White House, and the last one was delivered in 1965, when Lyndon B. Johnson was president. Today, the Air Force is struggling to keep them in flying shape. The tankers are the one aircraft the military cannot go to war without. They allow jet fighters, supply planes and other aircraft to cover long distances, crucial with fewer overseas bases and operations far from the United States in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. With so much at stake, the companies and their backers are pursuing every edge and taking the struggle to places that military contractors don’t normally go: radio and subway ads in the nation’s capi-

nesses provide indoor tanning services,” says the agency’s budget. “These entities typically do not have experience filing federal excise tax returns.” It looks like that will soon change. The IRS expects to close 1,000 tanning tax cases annually by 2013. Overall, Treasury’s budget includes $473 million and 1,270 employees to administer the health care law. A spokeswoman said most of them won’t be working on enforcement. Many will be helping with tax credits intended to make health insurance more affordable for small businesses and households. Others will be setting up new technology. The IRS will eventually be responsible for collecting fines from taxpayers who ignore a new requirement to carry insurance. HHS, the hub of health care implementation, is providing less budget detail. The department says only 252 people will be working full-time on the new law, all of those in the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. The new agency was part of Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ office last year and has been transferred to the HHS division that oversees Medicare.

Aircraft manufacturer’s lobbyists fight for contract
WASHINGTON — Even by Pentagon standards, it’s an eye-popping prize: a $35 billion contract to build nearly 200 giant airborne refueling tankers. And the decade-long brawl by two defense industry titans to win it has been just as epic. In a matter of weeks — if not days — the Pentagon will announce whether Chicago-based Boeing Co. or European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) will build 179 new tankers to replace the Air Force’s Eisenhower-era KC-135 planes. The competition is far more complex than a case of the U.S. against Europe. If Boeing wins, the air tanker would be built in Everett, Wash., Wichita, Kan., and several other states. If EADS wins, the tanker would be assembled in Mobile, Ala., at the former Brookley military base that was shuttered in the 1960s. Either way, about 50,000 jobs would be created in the U.S. And $35 billion could amount to a mere first installment on a $100 billion deal if the Air Force pushes ahead

U.S. media outlets to hold their stories as the U.S. tried to improve Davis’ security situation. A U.S. official says Davis is being held at a jail on the outskirts of Lahore where there are serious doubts about whether the Pakistanis can truly protect him. The official says the Pakistanis have expressed similar concerns to the U.S. The State Department said the Pakistani government was informed that Davis was a diplomat and entitled to immunity when he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. “We notified the Pakistani government when he arrived in Islamabad,” department spokesman P.J. Crowley said. Davis identified himself as a diplomat to police when he was arrested and “has repeatedly requested immunity” to no avail, Crowley said. The U.S. Embassy said he has a diplomatic passport and a visa valid through June 2012. It also said in a recent statement the U.S. had notified the Pakistani government of Davis’ assignment more than a year ago. However, a senior Pakistani intelligence official says that Davis’ visa application contained bogus U.S. contact information. tal among them. “Our warfighters deserve a proven tanker — the KC-45 — that’s already flying and refueling today,” screams the full-page ad from EADS in one of the dozen inside-theBeltway publications that cater to the government and Congress. The company has delivered a version of the tanker to Australia and bases its design on the commercial Airbus aircraft built in Europe. In the past year, Boeing has spent $5 million on print advertising to promote its version of the tanker and EADS has shelled out $1.7 million to boost its prototype, according to Evan Tracey, president of the Campaign Media Analysis Group, which typically monitors advertising for political campaigns. On top of that spending, the two companies have put ads on drive-time radio and the Washington subway system. “A decision to award this contract to Boeing would strengthen America’s manufacturing base and maintain America’s competitive advantage globally,” freshman Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., in office just a few weeks, wrote to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

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TODAY 6 p.m. — Weight Watchers meets at Trinity United Methodist Church, 211 E. Third St. 7 p.m. — Delphos Area Simply Quilters meets at the Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce, 306 N. Main St. Delphos City Council meets at the municipal building, 608 N. Canal St. 7:30 p.m. — Alcoholics Anonymous, First Presbyterian Church, 310 W. Second St. 8:30 p.m. — Elida village council meets at the town hall. WEDNESDAY 9 a.m. - noon — Putnam County Museum is open, 202 E. Main St. Kalida. 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff Street. 11:45 a.m. — Rotary Club meets at the Eagles Lodge, 1600 E. Fifth St. 6 p.m. — Shepherds of Christ Associates meet in the St. John’s Chapel. 7 p.m. — Bingo at St. John’s Little Theatre. THURSDAY 9-11 a.m. — The Delphos Canal Commission Annex Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open. 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff Street. 5-7 p.m. — The Interfaith Thrift Shop is open for shopping. 7:30 p.m. — American Legion Post 268, 415 N. State St. FRIDAY 7:30 a.m. — Delphos Optimist Club, A&W DriveIn, 924 E. Fifth St. 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff Street. 1-4 p.m. — Interfaith Thrift Store is open for shopping. SATURDAY 9 a.m.-noon — Interfaith Thrift Store, North Main Street. St. Vincent DePaul Society, located at the east edge of the St. John’s High School parking lot, is open. 10 a.m to 2 p.m. — Delphos Postal Museum is open. 12:15 p.m. — Testing of warning sirens by Delphos Fire and Rescue 1-3 p.m. — Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open. 5 p.m. — Delphos Coon and Sportsman’s Club hosts a chicken fry. 7 p.m. — Bingo at St. John’s Little Theatre. SUNDAY 1-3 p.m. — The Delphos Canal Commission Annex Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open. 1-4 p.m. — Putnam County Museum is open, 202 E. Main St. Kalida. 1:30 p.m. — Amvets Post 698 Auxiliary meets at the Amvets post in Middle Point. 4 p.m. — Amvets Post 698 regular meeting at the Amvets post in Middle Point. 7:30 p.m. — Sons of Amvets Post 698 meet at Amvets Post in Middle Point. MONDAY 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Ottoville Branch Library is open. 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff Street. 7 p.m. — Ottoville village council meets at the municipal building. Marion Township Trustees meet at the township house. 7:30 p.m. — Delphos Eagles Aerie 471 meets at the Eagles Lodge. Please notify the Delphos Herald at 419-695-0015 if there are any corrections or additions to the Coming Events column.

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The Associated Press How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school boys basketball teams in the final weekly Associated Press polls, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses): DIVISION I 1, Garfield Hts. (6) 19-0 186 2, Cols. Northland (9) 19-1 181 3, Cin. La Salle (3) 20-2 160 4, Tol. St. John’s (3) 17-1 150 5, Westerville S. 19-1 117 6, Liberty Twp. Lakota E. 19-1 96 7, Cin. Moeller (1) 18-2 92 8, Gahanna Lincoln 19-1 83 9, Huber Hts. Wayne 18-1 68 10, Tol. Whitmer 17-1 44 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Middletown (1) 22. 12, Lakewood St. Edward 20. 13, Pickerington N. 17. DIVISION II 1, Day. Dunbar (14) 18-2 213 2, Carrollton (5) 20-0 187 3, Zanesville (4) 18-2 168 4, Akr. Buchtel 17-2 162 5, Cols. Hartley 18-1 109 6, Chillicothe 17-3 91 7, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 15-2 76 8, Shelby 16-2 55 9, Kettering Alter 15-5 37 10, Celina 16-3 26

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Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Akr. SVSM 22. 12, New Concord John Glenn 20. 13, Delaware Buckeye Valley 17. 14, Day. Thurgood Marshall 16. 15, Thornville Sheridan 15. 16, Defiance 12. 16, Struthers 12. DIVISION III 1, Cin. Taft (16) 17-1 218 2, Chesapeake (4) 19-1 200 3, Lima Cent. Cath. 17-2 147 4, Archbold (2) 18-1 145 5, Casstown Miami E. 19-1 120 6, Piketon 17-2 88 7, Akr. Manchester 18-2 75 8, Sugarcreek Garaway 15-2 68 9, Peebles (1) 19-1 57 10, Portsmouth 16-4 32 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Cin. Summit Country Day 23. 12, Jeromesville Hillsdale 21. DIVISION IV 1, Zanesville Rosecrans(19) 20-0 222 2, Berlin Hiland (2) 19-1 189 3, McComb (1) 18-0 176 4, Columbus Grove 18-1 147 5, Richmond Hts. 18-0 132 6, Day. Jefferson (1) 14-2 120 7, Bedford Chanel 15-3 90 8, Reedsville Eastern 17-2 72 9, Continental 15-3 34 10, McDonald 18-0 20

AP source: Knicks, Nuggets agree on Anthony deal
By BRIAN MAHONEY The Associated Press NEW YORK — The New York Knicks ended the Carmelo Anthony trade saga and their quest for a second superstar with one blockbuster deal. The Knicks beat out the rival New Jersey Nets to win the Anthony sweepstakes by agreeing to a trade with the Denver Nuggets on Monday, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The deal that would finish the season-long trade speculation involving Denver’s All-Star forward and send him to his desired destination can’t be finalized until today during a conference call with the NBA office. Assuming it goes through, it puts Anthony alongside Amare Stoudemire in a potentially explosive frontcourt — at a heavy cost to the Knicks, who hoped in July to sign two top stars but came away with only one. The person provided no other details of who was in the deal, which was first reported Monday by The Denver Post. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly on the trade. The Post, citing a league source, reported the Knicks would send Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round draft pick to the Nuggets, who would get additional picks and cash. Along with Anthony, New York would acquire Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman, according to the Post. ESPN later reported it was a 3-way deal with Minnesota, which would acquire Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph from the Knicks for Corey Brewer. The Nuggets have explored By BRIAN MAHONEY The Associated Press an Anthony trade since he refused to sign the 3-year contract extension worth nearly $65 million they offered him last summer. They appeared on the verge of sending him to the Nets on multiple occasions but the Knicks increased their offer enough to land Anthony, who was believed to prefer New York all along. “All trades for coaches are sad, there’s happy and sad. I’m glad it’s over, I’m glad it’s an opportunity to reinvent,” Denver coach George Karl said as he got into his SUV outside the Pepsi Center on Monday night. “I think everybody handled it as classy as you can handle it. There’s some sadness to it, there always will be. In the same, it’s time to move on, reinvent.” The Knicks would hope Anthony could be in uniform Wednesday when they host the Milwaukee Bucks. Anthony led the Nuggets to the playoffs in each of his first seven seasons in Denver after winning a national title at Syracuse as a freshman and had them positioned for another playoff run this year. But Denver advanced out of the first round just once in that time. He stood to become the headliner of the 2011 freeagent class but didn’t want to risk free agency knowing a new collective bargaining agreement could cost him millions. But once he refused the extension with the Nuggets — plus put his Denver mansion on the market last year — the Nuggets’ new front office team of general manager Masai Ujiri and team president Josh Kroenke had to begin trade talks so they wouldn’t risk losing him and getting nothing in return as the Cavaliers did with LeBron James and the Toronto Raptors did with Chris Bosh last year. There were persistent rumors Anthony wouldn’t take the extension if traded to the Nets, which was a prerequisite for them agreeing to a trade. He instead gets his apparent wish to join a Knicks team that is in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and in position for its first playoff berth since 2004. But they’ll make their postseason run without the core of the team. Felton, Gallinari, Mozgov and Chandler were four of New York’s top six players; there is some thought the Knicks gave up too much to get Anthony, a sensational scorer headed to a team that doesn’t necessarily need more scoring. However, the Knicks felt they couldn’t pass on the opportunity to land a 26-year-old superstar once he became available. Assuming he extends with the Knicks, Anthony and Stoudemire would be under contract for four more seasons, though the uncertain salary cap situation could wreck New York’s plans to be spenders over the next two summers. The Nets wanted Anthony and believed they would get him, hoping the Brooklyn native would be the face of their franchise when they open their new Barclays Center in that borough in 2012. But though he never publicly confirmed the speculation that he wouldn’t have extended with the Nets, he did note Friday during the All-Star weekend in Los Angeles that the Knicks were further along after acquiring Stoudemire — his good friend — last summer. Anthony met with both Nets’ owner Mikhail Prokhorov and Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan over an All-Star weekend that was often overshadowed by the trade talks and hoped there would be a resolution before he returned to the Nuggets. That indeed happened — he was excused from practice Monday so he could remain in California to appear on Conan O’Brien’s show. The Nuggets made out well, considering they could

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Can Lakers get it together, host NBA finals, too? Bayne still in shock over Daytona 500 win
By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Trevor Bayne celebrated his Daytona 500 victory by playing basketball with friends, then skateboarding on the infield of NASCAR’s most storied race track. And why not? This is the youngest winner of the Great American Race. Bayne seemed still in disbelief Monday of his Daytona 500 victory, which came a day after his 20th birthday and in just his second start in NASCAR’s elite Sprint Cup Series. His beaming parents, who watched the race in the grandstand and fought the crowd to reach Victory Lane, didn’t even mind staying up half the night to wash his laundry so there would be clean clothes for the upcoming whirlwind media tour. Wide-eyed and laughing at the absurdity of his life-changing victory, Bayne was just going with the flow. That’s how it seems to go in NASCAR’s biggest race of the season, which has a history of wild finishes and surprising winners. Sunday was no different, with a record 74 lead changes among 22 drivers and a record 16 cautions that took many of the heavyweights out of contention. It left a handful of unprovens at the front of the field in the closing laps, with some of the biggest stars in the sport bearing down on their bumpers. Among them was 2-time champion Tony Stewart, who even Bayne assumed would pass him during the final 2-lap sprint to the finish. Nobody in those closing laps expected Bayne, driving the famed No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford — which, by the way, hadn’t won a race in 10 years — to make it to Victory Lane in one of the most difficult Daytona 500s in memory. New pavement made for a fast track that produced speeds over 200 mph throughout Speedweeks and a new style of 2-car tandem racing that required intense mental focus and the trust of other drivers. Bayne proved he was up for the challenge in a qualifying race four days before the 500 when he pushed 4-time champion Jeff Gordon around the track for most of the 150-mile event. Consider that his parents still have a Gordon poster hanging in Bayne’s childhood bedroom in Knoxville, Tenn. The Baynes learned long ago not to underestimate the oldest of their three children. He’d been racing since he was 5 with the backing of his father, Rocky, and knew by 12 he needed to move to North Carolina and hook on with a NASCAR team. His break came with Dale Earnhardt Inc. when he was 15; Bayne made the move — alone — to a condominium outside of Charlotte, N.C. Although Rocky spent several days a week with his son, Bayne was essentially navigating through life on his own, relying on team employees to give him rides to and from work because he was too young for a legal driver’s license. His parents never questioned his decision. NASCAR is banking on America feeling the same way about Bayne. Faced with sagging television ratings and sinking attendance, NASCAR has been searching for something or someone to excite its aging fan base. Even before Sunday, there had been hope that Bayne and several of his peers could catch the attention of America. With the victory, Bayne goes front and center before the public much faster than anyone had imagined and NASCAR will quickly find out if he’s enough to help Fox sustain overnight ratings for Sunday’s race that were up 13 percent over last year’s Daytona 500.
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The Associated Press Girls Basketball Tournament Division I Liberty Twp. Lakota E. 71, Cin. Turpin 33 Solon 95, Cle. Lincoln W. 23 Warren Harding 73, Parma Hts. Valley Forge 45 Division II Alliance Marlington 77, Mogadore Field 53 Bay Village Bay 61, Medina Buckeye 40 Cambridge 86, E. Liverpool 50 Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 79, Alliance 19 Fairview 48, Lorain Clearview 44, OT Parma Hts. Holy Name 45, Vermilion 35 Richmond Edison 65, Steubenville 45 St. Paris Graham 63, Urbana 49 Division III Burton Berkshire 51, Mineral Ridge 35 Cle. St. Joseph 59, Kinsman Badger 50 Orrville 65, Doylestown Chippewa 45 Division IV Berlin Center Western Reserve 54, Newbury 32 Thompson Ledgemont 48, Bristol 44 POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS Hannan, W.Va. vs. OVC, ccd. Division II Hubbard vs. Beloit W. Branch, ppd. to Feb 23. Struthers vs. Niles McKinley, ppd. to Feb 23. Zanesville vs. Uhrichsville Claymont, ppd. to Feb 22. Akr. SVSM vs. Canal Fulton Northwest, ppd. to Feb 26. Wooster Triway vs. Richfield Revere, ppd. to Feb 26. Division III Brookfield vs. Lisbon David Anderson, ppd. to Feb 22. Warren Champion vs. New Middletown Spring., ppd. to Feb 22. Akr. Elms vs. Smithville, ppd. to Feb 23.

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Sullivan Black River vs. Loudonville, ppd. to Feb 23. Division IV N. Jackson Jackson-Milton vs. Columbiana, ppd. to Feb 23. Lowellville vs. Heartland Christian, ppd. to Feb 23. -----Boys Basketball Regular Season Bellbrook 67, Miamisburg 61 Day. Chaminade-Julienne 51, Springboro 49 Germantown Valley View 73, W. Alexandria Twin Valley S. 57 Hannan, W.Va. 43, OVC 38 Mogadore 56, Streetsboro 52 New Concord John Glenn 47, Thornville Sheridan 42 Tournament Division II Athens 59, New Lexington 53 Circleville 65, Jackson 52 Division III Chillicothe Zane Trace 67, Belpre 61 Lynchburg-Clay 47, Seaman N. Adams 44 Minford 60, Ironton Rock Hill 50 POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS Regular Season Tuscarawas Cent. Cath. vs. Bowerston Conotton Valley, ppd. to Feb 28. McGuffey Upper Scioto Valley vs. Bellefontaine Benjamin Logan, ppd. to Feb 23. Van Wert vs. Delphos Jefferson, ppd. to Feb 26. Pemberville Eastwood vs. Elmore Woodmore, ppd. to Feb 23. Bascom Hopewell-Loudon vs. Arcadia, ppd. Ottoville vs. Convoy Crestview, ppd. Port Clinton vs. Tiffin Columbian, ppd. Bettsville vs. Monclova Christian, ppd. Union City Mississinawa Valley vs. St. Henry, ppd. Antwerp vs. Montpelier, ppd.

have lost Anthony for nothing in the summer. The Nets’ offer, centered on rookie Derrick Favors and draft picks, would have meant a rebuilding situation, while the players they acquire from New York could keep them in postseason contention in the Western Conference. The Nuggets host Memphis tonight. “I think they play exciting basketball, exciting young players,” Karl said of the newcomers. “How we rebuild our team and reconstruct it — there will be some tough moments but it will be fun how fast it can come together, how fast it can grow up and how fast it can prove itself to being a playoffcaliber team, which my hope and my desire is to continue to be a playoff team.” Karl said he’ll miss Billups, a hometown favorite and consummate professional who helped Denver reach the Western Conference finals in 2009-10, when the Nuggets nearly eliminated the eventual champion Lakers. “I think Chauncey will go down as one of the greatest winners,” Karl added. “His record of seven or eight conference finals is, I mean, that’s incredible. I think that’s who he is, that’s what he stands for. He brought one of them to us. Last year we had a miserable ending. I think there’s many people, including myself, that will be sad for Chauncey. I know he loves Denver and we love him but things happen. There’s decisions that have to be made. “I’m 100 percent behind the decision we made, even though it will be dangerous and there won’t be the veteran point guard back there. Felton, I thought was having a great season this year. But I think Ty (Lawson) and Felton are going to have a great challenge to live up to what Chauncey has given us in past years.” Asked who his starting point guard would be, Karl replied, “Probably Ty,” then got into his maroon SUV and drove away.

LOS ANGELES — The All-Star game was never supposed to be Kobe Bryant’s highlight at Staples Center this season. Not when his 2-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers were expected to have a shot at a third in a row. Even after LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami, the Heat agreed with Michael Jordan that the Lakers were the favorites until somebody beat them in June. These days, June basketball doesn’t even look like a sure thing for the Lakers. They stumbled into the AllStar break with three straight losses, capped by a defeat in Cleveland against a Cavaliers team they beat by 55 earlier in the season. But nobody is counting Bryant’s bunch out yet. “They are the champions. We understand and know the second half of the season, they are going to play even better and when it comes time to win, they are going to be the team to beat,” Wade said. Wade’s Heat might have the team to do it and the Boston Celtics would love another shot at their biggest rivals after losing in seven games last June. But first, the Lakers have to prove they’re the best in the West before they worry about who’s tops in the East.

They are currently third in the conference, 8 1/2 games behind NBA-leading San Antonio and 2 1/2 back of second-place Dallas. But the Lakers looked shaky late last season before putting it together and they’re confident they can do it again. “It has been like a lot of hot and cold this season, a lot of contrasts and looking for a level of consistency,” All-Star forward Pau Gasol said. “I feel that we can do that.” Bryant won his fourth AllStar MVP award Sunday, scoring 37 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the Western Conference’s 148-143 victory over the East. He looked poised for the stretch run, with a couple of soaring dunks, one over a chasing James, that showed there’s plenty of bounce left in his sometimes aching legs. The season resumes today with the expected conclusion of the Carmelo Anthony trade situation. A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that the Knicks and Denver Nuggets had agreed on a blockbuster that lands the All-Star forward in New York. The deal, first reported by the Denver Post, could be finalized today after the completion of a conference call between the teams and the NBA office. Anthony’s season-long saga has sometimes overshadowed the news on the court but the focus will be back there

The Associated Press Men LAWRENCE, Kan. — Marcus Morris had 27 points and No. 3 Kansas brushed off the suspension of point guard Tyshawn Taylor, romping past Oklahoma State 92-65 on Monday night. The Jayhawks (26-2, 11-2 Big 12) hit eight of their first 10 shots and pulled away from the outmanned Cowboys with an 18-2 spree that led to a 52-28 halftime bulge. Marshall Moses had 27 points for Oklahoma State (16-11, 4-9), 13 above his season average. He scored 16 in the first half but the Cowboys never got closer than 19 after halftime.

Taylor, a 6-3 junior who has struggled at times to replace Sherron Collins at the point, was suspended indefinitely earlier Monday for violating unspecified team rules. Sophomore Elijah Johnson, who started in Taylor’s place, had 15 points and was 4-for-4 from behind the 3-point arc. He also had three assists while alternating with other guards bringing the ball up the floor as the Jayhawks shot 54 percent. Markieff Morris added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Jayhawks, whose loss to Kansas State last Monday dropped them from No. 1 to No. 3 in this week’s Associated Press poll. No. 17 Syracuse 69, No. 15 Villanova 64

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once the deadline has passed. Even if the Lakers get things figured out, the road to the NBA finals might go through San Antonio. With a 46-10 record and health they haven’t enjoyed in recent years, the Spurs seem capable of winning a fifth title with Tim Duncan after they struggled just to reach the postseason in 2010. “Last year we had 50 wins the whole season and now we have 46, so no one really expected it,” All-Star Manu Ginobili. “We have always been healthy and nobody misses a game and we got the experience and we got a better bench.” While they cruise out West, Boston leads Miami by percentage points in the East, with Chicago two games back. The Celtics are 3-0 against the Heat but haven’t been able to keep centers Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal healthy to surround their four AllStars. “We are not where we want to be. I mean, I know it sounds crazy, still at the top of the East and we have the best record, but I don’t think we are near where we want to be,” Paul Pierce said. “We battled a lot of injury. We battled inconsistent play over the last couple of weeks. We are just fortunate to be in the position that we have. We haven’t been healthy all year long. I’m just waiting to see what’s going to happen in the next couple of weeks when we get about 95

percent healthy, to see what’s really going to happen.” The Knicks are sixth in the East, in position to make their first playoff appearance since 2004. They lurk as a dangerous lower seed with Anthony joining fellow All-Star Amare Stoudemire in a potentially explosive frontcourt. “The team that we have now, we are not too bad,” Stoudemire said Sunday. “We are making our playoff push but you never know how things may end up here in the next few days.” The MVP race could come down to Chicago point guard Derrick Rose or James, the 2-time winner who figured his move to Miami counted himself and Wade out this season. But he’s been so good that he believes he’s back in the conversation, especially if the Heat continue to recover from their rocky start and reach the potential that was expected of them. “For the first two-thirds of the season, we played some good basketball. For the last third of the season, we have to understand that we cannot afford to take a step backwards and we have to keep moving forward,” James said. “We have to continue to get better because there are teams out there that’s better than us right now.” Maybe the Lakers can still prove they are one of them. “We are looking forward to it,” Bryant added. “We are up for the challenge.”

PHILADELPHIA — Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson — a couple of Philly kids — combined for 38 points and Syracuse, the worst free-throw shooting team in the Big East, sealed a victory over Villanova at the line. Jardine had 20 points and six assists for the Orange (23-6, 10-6), while Jackson had 18 points, five rebounds and four blocks. The win was the sixth this season over a ranked team for Syracuse, tying it with No. 5 Texas for the most in the nation. The teams swapped road wins, with Villanova winning 83-72 at Syracuse on Jan. 22. Corey Stokes returned from missing three games because of a

turf toe injury to lead the Wildcats (21-7, 9-6) with 24 points, including matching his season high with five 3-pointers. Women KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Meighan Simmons scored 14 points and No. 4 Tennessee cruised to a 77-44 win over No. 22 Georgia on Monday night to win its 16th Southeastern Conference regular-season title. The Lady Volunteers (26-2, 14-0) have beaten their opponents by an average of 24.2 points during their undefeated run through conference play. Their last SEC loss came on Jan. 21, 2010. This time, Tennessee took care

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The Associated Press The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball polls, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 20, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking: MEN Record Pts Pvs 1. Duke (35) 25-2 1,531 5 2. Ohio St. (10) 25-2 1,519 2 3. Kansas (5) 25-2 1,457 1 4. Pittsburgh (12) 24-3 1,452 4 5. Texas (1) 23-4 1,395 3 6. San Diego St. 27-1 1,327 6 7. BYU (2) 25-2 1,261 7 8. Purdue 22-5 1,182 11 9. Notre Dame 21-5 1,036 8 10. Arizona 23-4 942 12 11. Georgetown 21-6 929 9 12. Wisconsin 20-6 921 10 13. Florida 21-5 841 14 14. Connecticut 20-6 768 13 15. Villanova 21-6 697 15 16. Louisville 20-7 593 16 17. Syracuse 22-6 527 17 18. Vanderbilt 20-6 499 18 19. North Carolina 20-6 495 19 20. Missouri 21-6 378 20 21. Texas A&M 21-5 342 21 22. Kentucky 19-7 301 22 23. St. John’s 17-9 214 — 24. Temple 21-5 199 23 25. Xavier 20-6 103 24 Others receiving votes: Utah St. 97, George Mason 51, West Virginia 42, Alabama 15, Florida St. 4, UNLV 2, Washington 2, Belmont 1, Harvard 1, UCLA 1.

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----WOMEN 1. Connecticut (37) 2. Stanford (3) 3. Baylor 4. Tennessee 5. Texas A&M 6. Xavier 7. DePaul 8. Notre Dame 9. Duke 10. Michigan St. 11. UCLA 12. Miami 13. North Carolina 14. Florida St. 15. Maryland 16. Oklahoma 17. Wis.-Green Bay 18. Georgetown 19. West Virginia 20. Kentucky 21. Marist 22. Georgia 23. Gonzaga 24. Marquette 25. Iowa St.

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Record 26-1 24-2 24-2 25-2 22-3 23-2 25-3 22-5 24-3 24-3 22-3 23-3 22-4 22-5 21-6 19-7 25-1 20-7 21-6 20-7 24-2 20-6 24-4 20-6 18-8

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These members of the Delphos Tri-County Wrestling Club recently competed in the Grade School District tournament at Troy Christian; row 1, left to right, Nathan Ditto (6th place) and Camden Teman (1st place); row 2: Tyler Bratton (4th), Hunter Binkley (1st) and Wyatt Place (3rd); and row 3: Zac Porter, Brandon Bockey, Isaiah Bretz and Colin Bailey (4th). Also competing were Gabe Steyer (6th) and Carder Miller (6th). Placers will go on to compete at the Grade School State meet.

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ADA — The Regional Miami Valley Kids Wrestling Association competition was no match for the Delphos Tri-County Wrestling Club Sunday. With a total of 49 young men competing for the Delphos team, 42 pins were brought back home. The Ohio Northern University King Horn Center was the place to be on Sunday to watch some great youth wrestling. Ten area teams brought 500 wrestlers to show their stuff. University wrestling team members helped the day go smoothly by coaching and refereeing. In Regional competition, there is an 8-person bracket, versus a 4-person bracket in regular-season meets. Delphos earned 11 firstplace awards, eight second place, eight third place, five (Continued from Page 6) So far, aside from an inability to cook and a lack of desire to do his laundry, there doesn’t seem to be much to dislike about the fresh-faced Tennessean. The weakened economy had devastated Bayne’s opportunities for advancement not long after his move to North Carolina and nothing ever materialized with DEI as the organization needed a merger at the end of 2008 to stay afloat. Bayne pieced together a deal midway through 2009 with father and son Gary and Blake Bechtel that put him in a Nationwide car for Michael Waltrip Racing. That’s where he ran most of last year until a lack of sponsorship for this season left him again looking for work. He was snapped up by Roush-Fenway Racing, which committed to him fulltime in NASCAR’s secondtier Nationwide Series this season even though there’s no sponsorship money in place for Bayne. The deal came with a promise of seat time in the Cup Series in a 17-race deal with the Woods, a pioneering NASCAR team hit by hard
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fourth place, 10 fifth place and seven seventh place. Taking first were: Carder Miller, Nathan Ditto, Colin Bailey, Mason Vonderwell, Mark Rice, Brady Welker, Isaiah Bretz, Tyler Bratton, Brenan Auer, Zac Porter and Bradley Rice. Second: Aiden Lanteigne, Clay Paddubny, Jack Cox, Cody Bockey, Darius Shurelds, Andrew Brenneman, Conner Anspach and Hunter Bonifas. Third: Avery Schulte, BJ Hutchison, Gabe Steyer, Carter Teman, Kane Plescher, Trent Vonderwell, Wyatt Place and Brett Vonderwell. Fourth: Camden Teman, Noah Heiing, Peter Ankerman, Colby Mankey and Chandler Clarkson. Fifth: Austin Giesige, Braden Greve, Cannan Johnson, Tristan Wannemacher, Justin Wieging, August Wurst, Timothy Mankey, Joey Schier, Patrick

Stevenson and Brandon Bockey. Seventh: Braiden Wavra, Gunnar Steman, Michael Miller, Chase Bailey, Dominic Estrada, Matt Wiechart and Collin Fischer. Earning 3 pins: Mark Rice. Two pins: Aiden Lanteigne, Camden Teman, Gabe Steyer, Darius Shurelds, Brady Welker, Peter Ankerman, Trent Vonderwell, Hunter Bonifas, Wyatt Place, Zac Porter and Brett Vonderwell. One pin: Carder Miller, Clayton Paddubny, Nathan Ditto, Austin Giesige, Colin Bailey, Mason Vonderwell, BJ Hutchison, Cody Bockey, Carter Teman, Isaiah Bretz, Tyler Bratton, Colby Mankey, August Wurst, Brenan Auer, Joey Schier, Brandon Bockey and Bradley Rice. Next up for the club is State competition this Sunday in Dayton at the Nutter Center. Wrestling starts at 11 a.m. it will go to Martinsville, the sixth race of the season, which was not on the original team schedule. But even if Bayne did choose to attempt the full Cup schedule, the No. 21 Ford isn’t exactly running up front each week. Bayne’s win was the first since 2001 for NASCAR’s oldest team and only its fourth victory in the last 20 years. The team hasn’t run a full Cup schedule since 2006.

The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Boston 40 14 New York 28 26 Philadelphia 27 29 New Jersey 17 40 Toronto 15 41 Southeast Division W L Miami 41 15 Orlando 36 21 Atlanta 34 21 Charlotte 24 32 Washington 15 39 Central Division W L Chicago 38 16 Indiana 24 30 Milwaukee 21 34 Detroit 21 36 Cleveland 10 46 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L San Antonio 46 10 Dallas 40 16 New Orleans 33 25 Memphis 31 26 Houston 26 31 Northwest Division W L Oklahoma City 35 19 Portland 32 24 Denver 32 25 Utah 31 26 Minnesota 13 43

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times the last two decades. The idea was for Bayne to just get experience. Because of the Daytona 500 win, he’s now facing serious career decisions. New NASCAR rules this season made drivers pick just one series to collect points and Bayne checked the box next to Nationwide. He can change his mind and make a run at the Cup title but would not receive retroactive points for the Daytona 500. It’s an enticing proposition: the format for the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship was also changed this year, with two spots going to winning drivers who aren’t already eligible. Bayne has his victory — the first at any of NASCAR’s top three national divisions — and after NASCAR ruled Monday the win would count in Chase seeding, Bayne and his advisers had to consider his options. It’s not all that simple. The Woods don’t have funding for a full season and even though they picked up nearly $1.5 million for the win, they’ll need sponsorship to run all 36 points races. The team has already announced

The Associated Press Individuals THROUGH FEB. 21 Scoring Durant, OKC Stoudemire, NYK James, MIA Wade, MIA Ellis, GOL Anthony, DEN Bryant, LAL Rose, CHI Gordon, LAC Martin, HOU Howard, ORL Griffin, LAC Nowitzki, DAL Aldridge, POR Westbrook, OKC Bargnani, TOR Williams, UTA Granger, IND Love, MIN Randolph, MEM FG Percentage Hilario, DEN Okafor, NOR Howard, ORL A. Johnson, TOR Horford, ATL Ibaka, OKC Odom, LAL Young, PHL Boozer, CHI Millsap, UTA Rebounds Love, MIN Howard, ORL Randolph, MEM Griffin, LAC Gasol, LAL Horford, ATL Chandler, DAL Humphries, NJN Duncan, SAN Odom, LAL Assists Rondo, BOS Nash, PHX Williams, UTA Paul, NOR Felton, NYK Calderon, TOR Wall, WAS Westbrook, OKC Rose, CHI Kidd, DAL G 56 55 52 56 57 51 53 57 56 57 G 50 53 54 52 55 50 57 53 41 55 55 56 47 56 54 50 53 53 56 52 FG 478 521 489 466 524 437 511 481 333 364 445 488 388 492 405 415 369 380 387 418 FG 282 219 445 225 356 206 337 295 291 386 OFF 265 217 245 207 198 132 146 156 138 134 G 43 52 53 58 54 49 42 54 53 56 DEF 602 543 443 497 397 369 353 376 378 390 FT 397 333 362 344 256 343 336 275 242 414 365 293 242 263 371 206 302 245 331 205

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Team Statistics Team Offense PTS 1444 1384 1408 1320 1394 1259 1432 1318 988 1263 1255 1276 1067 1250 1200 1097 1129 1117 1179 1046 FGA 443 369 752 391 627 367 619 544 537 726 TOT 867 760 688 704 595 501 499 532 516 524 AST 524 589 514 557 488 439 373 462 435 458 AVG 28.9 26.1 26.1 25.4 25.3 25.2 25.1 24.9 24.1 23.0 22.8 22.8 22.7 22.3 22.2 21.9 21.3 21.1 21.1 20.1 PCT .637 .593 .592 .575 .568 .561 .544 .542 .542 .532 AVG 15.5 13.8 13.2 12.6 10.4 9.8 9.4 9.3 9.2 9.2 AVG 12.2 11.3 9.7 9.6 9.0 9.0 8.9 8.6 8.2 8.2 Denver New York Houston Phoenix Oklahoma City San Antonio Golden State L.A. Lakers Minnesota Miami Orlando Memphis Indiana Utah Dallas L.A. Clippers Toronto Chicago Philadelphia Boston Sacramento Atlanta Washington Portland Cleveland Detroit New Orleans Charlotte New Jersey Milwaukee ——— Team Defense Boston Chicago Milwaukee New Orleans Orlando Miami Atlanta Portland Dallas San Antonio L.A. Lakers Charlotte Philadelphia Memphis New Jersey Detroit Utah Indiana L.A. Clippers Oklahoma City Sacramento Washington Toronto Houston Denver Phoenix Golden State Cleveland New York Minnesota

The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts Philadelphia 59 39 15 5 83 Pittsburgh 61 36 20 5 77 N.Y. Rangers 61 31 26 4 66 New Jersey 59 25 30 4 54 N.Y. Islanders60 23 30 7 53 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts Boston 59 33 19 7 73 Montreal 60 31 22 7 69 Buffalo 58 27 25 6 60 Toronto 59 25 27 7 57 Ottawa 59 19 31 9 47 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts Tampa Bay 59 34 18 7 75 Washington 61 32 19 10 74 Carolina 60 28 24 8 64 Atlanta 60 25 25 10 60 Florida 59 25 27 7 57 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts Detroit 59 37 16 6 80 Nashville 59 31 20 8 70 Chicago 60 31 23 6 68 Columbus 58 29 23 6 64 St. Louis 58 27 22 9 63 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts Vancouver 60 38 13 9 85 Calgary 61 31 22 8 70

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——— Monday’s Games No games scheduled Today’s Games Toronto at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Indiana at Washington, 7 p.m. Houston at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Sacramento at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Memphis at Denver, 9 p.m. Boston at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Atlanta at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Oklahoma City at San Antonio, 7 p.m. Houston at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Detroit at Indiana, 7 p.m. Sacramento at Orlando, 7 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Chicago at Toronto, 7 p.m. Milwaukee at New York, 7:30 p.m. Memphis at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Utah at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Atlanta at Phoenix, 9 p.m. L.A. Clippers at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

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Thursday Classic Six Round 2 Schrader Realty 40-24 Sleets Coins 37-27 D.R.C. 34-30 Chuck Peters 31-33 I & K Dist. 28-36 The Fort 22-42 High Series 511 Tammy Ellerbrock. Games over 160 Sue Karhoff, Tammy Ellerbrock, Joyce Schulte, Ellen Moore, Elaine Abram, Shannon Moreo, Lois Moorman, Stacy Prine, Lisa VanMetre. Tuesday Merchant Feb. 15, 2011 M-W Trailers 38-18 Caballero’s Tavern 36-20 Adams Automotive 32-24 Topp Chalet 28-28 Surveyor’s 28-28 R C Connections 28-28 Unverferth Mfg. 24-32 Delphos Sporting Goods 24-32 Kerns Ford 22-34 Ace Hardware 20-36 Men over 200 Frank Thomas 207-214, Scott Scalf 233-244, Todd Merricle 207205, Matt Metcalfe 213-232, John Jones 227-226, John Allen 247-254203, Carter Prine 209-234, Jason Wagoner 211, Joe Geise 258-219, Kevin Kill 269-245-237, Terry Johns 203-243, Jason Johns 257-205206, Mike Hughes 232-219-245, Denny Stemen 203-211, David Newman 202-219, Bruce Haggard 214-201, David Mahlie 215, Dan Wilhelm 238-255, Jason Mahlie 237-257, Josh DeVelvis 236-213202, Russ Wilhelm 212-266, Andrew Schimmoller 255-246, Kyle Early 227-287-204, Zach Sargent 247256, Denny Dyke 225, John Adams 204, Larry Etzkorn 234-234, Brian Schaadt 211-245, Bruce VanMetre 210-268-204, Ron Mericle 277-210, Jerry Mericle 213, Harold Beckner 213, Shane Stabler 266-237, Butch Prine Jr. 206-248-202, Shawn Allemeier 227, Derek Kill 268-275222, Mike Plummer 238-246-223, Travis Hubert 201-267, Don Rice 257-213-268, Jay Brown 202, Jason Teman 247, Sean Hulihan 258-221, Dan Grice 238-223. Men over 550 Frank Thomas 602, Scott Scalf 664, Todd Merricle 600, Matt Metcalfe 644, John Jones 651, John Allen 704, Carter Prine 641, Jason Wagoner 560, Joe Geise 674, Kevin Kill 751, Terry Johns 584, Jason Johns 668, Mike Hughes 696, Denny Stemen 614, David Newman 615, Bruce Haggard 584, David Mahlie 576, Dan Wilhelm 677, Jason Mahlie 685, Josh DeVelvis 651, Russ Wilhelm 658, Andrew Schimmoller 687, Kyle Early 718, Zach Sargent 699, Denny Dyke 557, John Adams 560, Larry Etzkorn 640, Brian Schaadt 643, Bruce VanMetre 682, Ron Mericle 669, Jerry Mericle 580, Harold Beckner 557, Shane Stabler 665, Butch Prine Jr. 656, Derek Kill 765, Mike Plummer 707, Travis Hubert 647, Don Rice 738, Jason Teman 585, Sean Hulihan 658, Dan Grice 632.
Wednesday Industrial Feb. 9, 2011 DRC 13th Frame Lounge 8-0 K&M Tire 6-2 Delphos Restaurant Supply 6-2 Villager Tavern 6-2 Rustic Cafe 2-6 Downtown Fitness 2-6 Rusty Buggy 2-6 Moeís Dougout #2 0-8 Men over 200 Bruce Clayton 267-223, Ted Furley 267-248, John Beebe 244, Dave Miller 246, Justin Rahrig 206, Matt Hoffman 212-203, Josh DeVelvis 214 Shane Schimmoller 214-246, Dan Kleman 220, Steve Metzger 233, Lenny Hubert 280222-245, Mike Eversole 204, Sean Hulihan 213-212, Dave Jessee 222223, Terry Trentman 239-238, Frank Miller 224-255-207, Joe Geise 204, Charlie Lozano 255, John Allen 215, John Jones 239, Don Honigford 232214, Jordan Riggs 231-210, Mike Plummer 223-213, Don Rice 279233-222, Dale Metzger 246, Brian Gossard 247-213, Bruce VanMetre 224-237-219, Dan Grice 236-279223, Harold Beckner 203, Duane Kohorst 215, Bob White 214. Men over 550 Bruce Clayton 677, Ted Furley 689, John Beebe 593, Dave Miller 617Justin Rahrig 574, Matt Hoffman 593, Josh DeVelvis 572, Shane Schimmoller 656, Steve Metzger 591, Lenny Hubert 747, Mike Eversole 580, Sean Hulihan 619, Dave Jessee 602, Terry Trentman 677, Frank Miller 686, Joe Geise 576, Charlie Lozano 633, John Allen 594, John Jones 599, Don Honigford 626, Jordan Riggs 621, Mike Plummer 610, Don Rice 734, Dale Metzger 622, Brian Gossard 657, Bruce VanMetre 680, Dan Grice 738, Harold Beckner 580, Duane Kohorst 583. Thursday National Feb. 17, 2011 K-M Tire 8-0 Bowersock Hauling 8-0 Day Metals 8-0 Wannemacher’s 6-2 Sportsman Club-Van Wert 4-4 VFW 4-4 D R C Big Dogs 2-6 Westrich 0-8 First Federal 0-8 Men over 200 Jeff Lawrence 238-208, Ralph Brickner 201, Nate Lawrence 246231, Shaun Meeks 206, Dan Yoakam 228, Brian Schaadt 204-225-257, Alex VanMetre 278-256, Tom Schulte 215, Chuck Verhoff 212-211-215, Todd Menke 245-222, Dave Miller 219, Ray Geary 245, Ron Mericle 233, Don Honigford 205, Frank Miller 248-259205, Tim Koester 260-211-245, Ted Wells 289-227-255, Doug Milligan Sr. 216-235-212, Chip Kayser 204-229212, Lenny Klaus 233, Dave Moenter 223-216-244, Mark Biedenharn 235, David Mahlie 236, Zach Sargent 221225-279, Rick Dienstberger 226, John Jones 257-224-229, Jerry Mericle 223, Jason Wagoner 252, Lenny Hubert 268-224-255, Sean Hulihan 221-236, Rob Ruda 232, Don Rice 268-228-235, John Beebe 223-231. Men over 550 Jeff Lawrence 641, Nate Lawrence 638, Shaun Meeks 597, Dan Yoakam 599, Brian Schaadt 686, Don Eversole 569, Alex VanMetre 731, Tom Schulte 598, Chuck Verhoff 638, Dave Knepper 567, Todd Menke 639, Dave Miller 595, Ray Geary 558, Ron Mericle 570, Don Honigford 566, Frank Miller 712, Tim Koester 716, Ted Wells 771, Doug Milligan Sr. 663, Chip Kayser 645, Lenny Klaus 606, Dave Moenter 683, Mark Biedenharn 558, David Mahlie 599, Zach Sargent 725, Rick Dienstberger 593, Dave Kroeger 559, John Jones 710, Jerry Mericle 564, Jason Wagoner 631, Lenny Hubert 747, Sean Hulihan 652, Rob Ruda 569, Don Rice 731, John Beebe 652.

BOWLING

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NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Monday’s Results N.Y. Islanders 5, Florida 1 Chicago 5, St. Louis 3 Washington 1, Pittsburgh 0 Tday’s Games N.Y. Islanders at Toronto, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Carolina, 7 p.m. Nashville at Columbus, 7 p.m. San Jose at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Edmonton at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Colorado at St. Louis, 8 p.m. New Jersey at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Boston at Calgary, 9 p.m. Montreal at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Atlanta at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Florida at Ottawa, 7 p.m. San Jose at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Edmonton at Colorado, 9:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

of business early against the league’s second-place team, jumping out to a 10-2 lead after two fast 3-pointers by Simmons. The Lady Vols used 50-percent shooting in the first half to build a 40-21 halftime lead and led by 37 points late in the second half. The Lady Bulldogs (20-7, 10-4) made 8-of-34 shots from 3-point range and shot 25.8 percent from the field for the game. No. 12 Miami 74, Wake Forest 46 CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Shenise Johnson scored 19 points to lead No. 12 Miami to a win over Wake Forest. The win keeps Miami (24-3, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) in contention for the conference regularseason championship. The Hurricanes took the lead for good after Johnson’s basket 1:36 into the game put Miami ahead 5-3. Johnson’s field goal with 9:43 remaining in the first half gave the Hurricanes their first double-digit lead, 22-11. The Hurricanes extended the lead to 39-18 on Johnson’s 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining. Demon Deacons (12-16, 3-9) reduced an 18-point halftime deficit and got within 45-32 with 13:37 left in the second half. But the Hurricanes outscored Wake Forest 14-2 during a 3:02 span later in the half and increased their lead to 70-40. Chelsea Douglas led Wake Forest with 12 points. North Carolina State 88, No. 13 North Carolina 72

RALEIGH, N.C. — Amber White scored 23 points to help North Carolina State beat North Carolina. Bonae Holston added 13 points and 16 rebounds as the Wolfpack (12-15, 3-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) finally broke through for a big victory after a series of crushing home losses this season. It was N.C. State’s second straight win overall — and the second straight year the Wolfpack split the season series with its nearby rival after losing 19 of the previous 22 meetings. It was a strong bounceback performance for White and Brittany Strachan, who combined to shoot 2-for-23 in last month’s 83-76 loss in Chapel Hill. White went 7-for-13 and had six assists, while Strachan had 13 points and hit three 3-pointers. She’la White scored a careerhigh 20 points to lead the Tar Heels (22-5, 8-4). No. 21 Marist 79, St. Peter’s 38 JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Erica Allenspach had 13 points and a career-high seven steals and No. 21 Marist extended the nation’s current longest winning streak in women’s basketball to 21 games with a victory over St. Peter’s. The Red Foxes (25-2, 16-0) held St. Peter’s without a field goal for the final 14:41 of the first-half in wrapping up the top seed for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament for the seventh straight year. Kelsey Beynnon added a careerhigh 13 points as Marist had a 24-0 run in the half and outscored St. Peter’s 28-4, with all Peahens points coming from the free throw line.

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Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2010 Through the good auspices of a dedicated friend and ally it is quite possible that in the year ahead you will be able to substantially add to your material holdings. Be patient, however, because this will happen slowly over time. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Because you’ll project both substance and compassion in equal measure, people you meet for the first time will be impressed. More than a few will want to cultivate a friendship. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Someone you know wants to do something for you that s/he feels would be in your best interest. Give a big thank-you, but then keep it to yourself. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -Innately, your cooperative attitude will impel you to do what you can for others. However, don’t be surprised if they, in turn, find numerous ways to reciprocate what you do for them. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -When you decide to be orderly, you’ll apply yourself to bring about better organization and harmony, not just for yourself but for others as well. You’ll do so without being offensive. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -You might not always have an easygoing nature about you, but you will, making you fun to be around. But more importantly, you’ll be more in harmony with those who work at your side. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Making your work look like fun draws others to you who want to do what they can to help. Creating a fun atmosphere comes easy to you, so reap the rewards of the extra help. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -Taking a genuine interest in the affairs of others will be evident to your friends and greatly appreciated. You’ll actually get them to talk openly to you about things they would never tell others. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- It doesn’t matter how much or how little you actually have, your generous nature will be quite evident to those who mean a lot to you. You’ll let them know that what’s yours is theirs if they need it. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- A serious situation you’ve been hoping to resolve will be accomplished and tied down once and for all. Make it your priority so that you can get it out of the way as soon as possible. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Something nice might be done for you by a good friend that will put you in a wonderful frame of mind for the rest of the day. Just make sure to square up accounts as soon as you can. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -The loyalty you show to your friends is admirable. Not only will you boast about them, you’ll be willing to go to battle for them when they need you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -The substantial amount of magnetism you have for attracting others to you will be very evident. What’s more admirable is that you won’t use these assets for selfish purposes.
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By LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated Press WASHINGTON — Call them brain pacemakers, tiny implants that hold promise for fighting tough psychiatric diseases — if scientists can figure out just where in all that gray matter to put them. Deep brain stimulation, or DBS, has proved a powerful way to block the tremors of Parkinson’s disease. Blocking mental illness isn’t nearly as easy a task. But a push is on to expand research into how well these brain stimulators tackle the most severe cases of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette’s syndrome — to know best how to use them before too many doctors and patients clamor to try. “It’s not a light switch,” cautions Dr. Michael Okun of the University of Florida. Unlike with tremor patients, the psychiatric patients who respond to DBS tend to improve gradually, sometimes to their frustration. And just because the tics of Tourette’s fade or depression lightens doesn’t mean patients can abandon traditional therapy. They also need help learning to function much as recipients of hip replacements undergo physical therapy, says Dr. Helen Mayberg of Emory University. “Once your brain is returned to you, now you have to learn to use it,” she told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Roughly 70,000 people around the world have undergone deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s or other movement disorders when standard medications fail, says Okun, among leading researchers who gathered at that meeting last week to assess the field. How does it work? Surgeons implant a wire deep in the brain. Tiny electrical jolts — running from a pacemaker-like generator near the collarbone up the neck to that electrode — disable overactive nerve cells to curb the shaking. Scientists figured out which spot to target based on surgery that sometimes helps worstcase Parkinson’s patients by destroying patches of brain tissue. But with deep brain stimulation, the electrodes don’t destroy that tissue. The electrical signals can be adjusted or even turned off if they don’t help, or if they cause neurological side effects. (The surgery, however, does sometimes cause dangerous brain bleeding or infections.) Psychiatric illnesses require a similar operation — but surgeons must implant the electrode into a different spot in the brain. There’s the rub: It’s not clear which spot is best for which psychiatric disease. In fact, two manufacturers — Medtronic and St. Jude Medical — have begun major studies of DBS’ effects on depression. Each places the implant in a different region, based on promising pilot studies. And the Food and Drug Administration in 2009 approved Medtronic’s version for a small group of obsessive-compulsive patients who get no relief from today’s treatments, under a special program that lets devices for rare conditions sell before there’s final proof that they work. Dr. Joseph Fins, medical ethics chief at New York Presbyterian Hospital, worries that may hurt efforts to get such proof. The more available the electrodes are, the more people may seek to try the $30,000 surgeries without enrolling in strict trials. How good is the evidence so far? The researchers are pushing for a registry to track DBS recipients to better tell, but overall they’re cautiously optimistic. Just over 60 people with intractable obsessive-compulsive disorder have undergone DBS since 2000, says Dr. Benjamin Greenberg, a Brown University psychiatrist who is heading a major study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. About three-fourths of the first few dozen patients studied significantly improved, some as long as eight years. “You still have a burden, but you have a life,” is how he describes the improvement.

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Upper Midwest slapped Wisconsin’s union fight may explode with vote with more snow and ice
By CHRIS WILLIAMS Associated Press By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — A major snow storm dealt another winter wallop to Wisconsin, Michigan and northern Ohio on Monday as it moved east out of Minnesota leaving more than a foot of fresh snow in its wake. Operations were returning to normal at the MinneapolisSt. Paul International Airport after the storm prompted Delta Airlines to cancel hundreds of flights Sunday, although hourlong delays were reported. Airport spokeswoman Melissa Scovronski said about 60 departures and 100 arrivals were canceled early Monday, but she said she didn’t expect more because the weather was clearing. The National Weather Service reported the storm dropped 12.5 inches of snow at the airport by Monday afternoon. The southern Minneapolis suburbs had even more snow, with Eden Prairie hitting 17 inches and Bloomington a close second at 16 inches, but the highest state total was 19 inches in Madison in far western Minnesota. The storm had dwindled by Monday evening. The snow fell from a storm that on Sunday spanned most of the upper Midwest and dropped more than 10 inches on towns in the Dakotas, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. On Monday, the weather service said snow continued to fall across the upper Midwest and the northern part of the Ohio Valley. Forecasters declared winter storm warnings throughout those areas. Ice downed power lines in Michigan and Ohio, leaving tens of thousands of people without electricity for at least parts of Monday. Hundreds of flights were canceled at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. AAA Michigan spokeswoman Nancy Cain said the organization took more than 4,000 requests for assistance after spinouts and minor accidents Sunday and Monday morning. It wasn’t a record, which she attributed to fewer drivers on the road because of the Presidents Day holiday. Snowfall totals in Michigan included 11.1 inches at Burton near Flint and 10.5 inches at Port Huron, the weather service said. In Indiana, icy road conditions were blamed for a twovehicle crash that killed a 9-year-old near Kokomo. In Wisconsin, the Department of Transportation advised motorists to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary as the winter storm continued. Southeastern Wisconsin was predicted to be the hardest hit. Minnesota Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Gutknecht said travel conditions throughout the southern half of the state were difficult Monday, but that plows were making the roads passable. However, he warned drivers to watch out for piled snow at entrance ramps and intersections. Small cars perched and motionless on top of packed snow were a common sight Monday morning. “Ground clearance is a significant issue,” Gutknecht said. Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said many people were driving too fast for the conditions and losing control. “A plowed road doesn’t mean full speed ahead,” Roeske said. By JOSHUA FREED and JANE WARDELL Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — Republican backers of Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public employees are trying to move the explosive proposal closer to reality, even as Democrats remained on the run and protesters filled the halls of the Capitol for a second week. The Republican-controlled Assembly planned to debate and possibly vote on the measure today, but Democrats said they would offer more than 100 amendments in an attempt to improve the bill or at least drag it out in the hopes concessions will be made. Things are even more chaotic in the Senate, where Democrats have halted the measure with a dramatic decision not to show up since Thursday. That has left Republicans, who control the chamber, one vote shy of the quorum needed to take up the plan. 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Walker has repeatedly rejected both offers, saying local governments and school districts can’t be hamstrung by the often lengthy collective bargaining process. He says they need to have more flexibility to deal with up to $1 billion in cuts he will propose in his budget next week and into the future.

These are people who try to relieve fears or anxiety with obsessive behavior, such as washing their hands or checking locks repeatedly — many of whom never got out of the house because their daily rituals consumed so much time, Greenberg says.They’d failed behavior therapy designed to teach that whatever they fear doesn’t happen if they skip the ritual. But with the brain pacemaker, somehow that behavior therapy starts working, Greenberg says — maybe by enabling their brains to better remember the lessons. One big hurdle: The battery, tucked near the collarbone, tends to last less than two years. Changing it entails outpatient surgery, one reason that about a third of studied patients stop getting zapped. So Greenberg just began testing a newer version that patients can recharge every few days. Results on about 100 DBS patients with severe depression have been published so far, and roughly half improve regardless of which of the two targeted brain regions is zapped, says Emory’s Mayberg, who shares a patent licensed to St. Jude. Separately, she’s now studying what the successfully treated brains have in common that might help predict the best candidates, hoping to ease “a tremendous burden on the patients” as they decide whether to try these experiments.

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By MITCH WEISS and MIKE BAKER Associated Press HICKORY, N.C. — More than four months after a 10-yearold disabled girl disappeared, her jailed stepmother was charged with murdering her with the indictment coming the same day authorities revealed that they haven’t been able to find the dismembered girl’s head. Elisa Baker, 42, was charged with second-degree murder Monday and authorities said she desecrated Zahra Baker’s remains to cover up the slaying. Zahra’s death was caused by “undetermined homicidal violence,” medical examiners said in documents. An autopsy was done even though authorities haven’t recovered many bones, most notably the girl’s skull, months after she was reported missing. Several bones showed cutting tool marks consistent with dismemberment. The revelation of the missing skull came in documents released by the state’s chief medical examiner shortly after officials in western North Carolina held a news conference about the charge against Baker. Prosecutor James Gaither Jr. said at the news conference that there was no credible evidence to suggest anyone else was involved in Zahra’s slaying. Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins called the murder charge “a milestone of holding someone accountable that members of team Zahra have been working toward since the first words spoken on that 911 call.” Attorneys for Elisa Baker did not return calls seeking comment Monday. Investigators would continue to pursue leads until the trial begins, Adkins said. Documents show that police learned months ago that the girl was dismembered after she died. The lack of a head may help to explain the absence of an exact cause of death — and why it took four months for a charge. Warrants in the case have indicated that Elisa Baker at one point was providing police information about what happened to Zahra’s body. The warrants have never revealed how Zahra, who was reported missing Oct. 9 but was last seen weeks earlier, may have died. Police eventually found the girl’s remains in different places around western North Carolina, and Elisa Baker told authorities that she had been dismembered, according to warrants. Elisa Baker has been jailed since the weekend Zahra disappeared, charged with obstructing justice in the investigation by writing a fake ransom note that was found when the girl was reporting missing. The second-degree indictment cites aggravating factors, saying Elisa Baker had a history of physically, verbally and psychologically abusing Zahra, who used a prosthetic leg and hearing aids after being stricken with cancer. Two social services agencies said Monday they investigated reports just months before Zahra was killed that she was being improperly treated. Officials in Caldwell and Catawba Counties said investigators interviewed each family member in those cases but closed each one by concluding that there was no evidence of maltreatment or child safety issues. The reports included allegations of improper discipline, improper care and an injurious environment. Elisa Baker has claimed that her husband, Adam Baker, dismembered the body. Adam Baker has denied that, something he reiterated in an interview Monday with WBTV. He also told the station that he’s “grateful” for how the investigators handled the case. By CANDICE CHOI Associated Press

As the Senate Democrats have stayed away, Republicans have accused them of sidestepping their jobs. Fitzgerald said he may move ahead today with some contentious issues, such as a GOP-backed proposal requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. “You have shut down the people’s government, and that is not acceptable,” Fitzgerald said to Democrats during a brief meeting Monday setting the Senate’s agenda for today. Two Democratic senators participated in the meeting by phone. Democrats counter that Walker could compromise and put an end to the stalemate. “It’s right in front of the governor,” Miller said. “He just needs to pick it up and allow us to move on. ... This is a nobrainer.” As Walker spoke under heavy guard at a late Monday afternoon news conference inside his conference room, thousands of protesters could be heard through the doors blowing whistles, banging on drums and chanting “Scott Walker has got to go!” “This guy is power drunk and we’re here to sober him up,” said Bert Zipperer, 54, a counselor at a Madison middle school who was among the protesters. “He wants to do it unilaterally without any compromise. He wants to be a national conservative hero and he thinks he can get away with this.” Walker’s plan would allow unions representing most public employees to negotiate only for wage increases, not benefits or working conditions. Any wage increase above the Consumer Price Index would have to be approved in a referendum. Unions would face a vote of membership every year to stay formed, and workers could opt out of paying dues. The emergency plan is meant to address this year’s $137 million shortfall and start dealing with the $3.6 billion hole expected by mid-2013. The benefits concessions would amount to $30 million this year, but the largest savings Walker proposed comes from refinancing debt to save $165 million. That portion must be done by Friday for bonds to be refinanced in time to realize the savings by June 30, the end of this fiscal year. Walker said not passing the bill by Friday would make even deeper cuts necessary and possibly result in laying off 1,500 workers over the next four months.

Unrest in Middle East impacts oil

The first major protests to hit an OPEC country put the oil industry on edge Monday, sending crude prices jumping and raising speculation about the use of emergency oil reserves that have only been touched twice in two decades. In addition to Libya, the industry is closely watching protests in Algeria, Bahrain and Iran, the second-largest crude exporter in the OPEC behind Saudi Arabia. “The concerns in the market go beyond Libya,” said Victor Shum, an energy analyst with Purvin & Gertz in Singapore. “It’s unlikely we’re going to see any meaningful disruption of oil from the Middle East or North Africa, but the spread of this unrest has raised anxieties.” Libya is more important to the oil industry than Egypt or Tunisia, scenes of the previous upheaval in North Africa. Oil passes through Egypt, where protesters recently forced out longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, but Egypt is not an exporter. Tunisia is a minor exporter. Libya exports some 1.1 million barrels of crude a day from production of 1.6 million barrels — ranking it about 17th among world oil producers. And it has the largest proven oil reserves in Africa. The United States, the world’s largest consumer of oil, does not import any petroleum from Libya. But disruptions elsewhere can raise the price of oil worldwide. Even more worrisome for oil markets is the potential for instability to spread to other countries in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, especially Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Saudi Arabia has not been the scene of protests, but the kingdom sits atop the world’s largest reserves of conventional crude. “The elephant in the room that has the potential to really ignite the markets is Saudi Arabia,” said senior commodity analyst Edward Meir at MF Global in New York. Oil prices jumped $4.03 a barrel on Monday, with benchmark crude for March delivery at $90.23 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Regular trading in U.S. markets was closed for the Presidents’ Day holiday, and the thin trading volumes had the potential to amplify price fluctuations.

NEW YORK — Credit card holders are facing fewer interest rate hikes and forking over sharply less in late fees. A year after new regulations curbed a spate of questionable billing practices, federal officials say over-the-limit penalty charges have also been dramatically curtailed. The findings come from the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which will assume responsibility for administering the regulations once it’s officially up and running this summer. The agency is set to present three sets of data at a conference it’s hosting today on the one-year anniversary of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act, or the CARD Act. Here are the highlights: Fees & Rate Hikes: Penalty charges overall are down. In January of last year — just before the regulations took effect — cardholders paid $901 million in late fees. That amount was more than halved to $427 million by November, according to the agency. Also, the number of accounts assessed late fees fell by nearly 30 percent. One reason for the drop in late fees is a new $25 cap on penalty charges. The fee can rise to $35 only if there’s a second violation within a six-month period. That helped bring the average late fee down to $23, from $35. Consumers also benefited from new rules on interest rates. Issuers can no longer hike rates on existing balances or in the first year after an account is opened. Cardholders must also be given 45 days’ notice before the rate is hiked on new purchases. Before the regulations, about 15 percent of accounts saw rate hikes over the course of a year. That figure fell to just 2 percent in the year after the new rules took effect, according to data supplied to the CFPB by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Card Issuer Policies: A separate survey of the nine largest card issuers found that twothirds no longer charge over-the-limit fees. Before the regulations, card issuers would often approve transactions that caused cardholders to exceed their credit limits. The customers would then be charged fees as high as $39. Now customers cannot be penalized for going over their limits unless they opt in for such transactions to go through.

Answers to Monday’s questions: An ultracrepidarian is a person who expresses opinions beyond his or her scope of knowledge. Port of Spain is the capital city of the island republic of Trinidad and Tobago, which was ruled by the Spanish from 1757 until 1797, when the British invaded and seized control. Today’s questions: What businesses sponsored the hapless Little League team chronicled in the 1976 family movie comedy “The Bad News Bears?” In Great Britain, where a duke’s wife is known as a duchess, what is the title of an earl’s wife? How about a marquis’s wife? Answers in Wednesday’s Herald. Today’s words: Cribiform: sieve-like Jojoba: a small tree with oil-bearing seeds

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