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can. State police reported numerous slide-off accidents in the Evansville, Ind., area and white-out conditions on Interstate 64 in Indiana with wind gusts around 30 mph. The storm system headed from the Gulf Coast to New England has been blamed for three deaths and several injuries, though no one was killed outright in the tornadoes. In snowy Arkansas, the storm left more than 189,000 customers without electricity today, utility Entergy Arkansas said. Severe thunderstorms were forecast for the Carolinas while a line of blizzard and winter storm warnings stretched from Arkansas up the Ohio River to New York and on to Maine. Thirty-four tornadoes were reported in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama during the outbreak Tuesday, the National Weather Service said. Rick Cauleys family was hosting relatives for Christmas when tornado sirens went off in Mobile. Not taking any chances, he and his wife, Ashley, hustled everyone down the block to take shelter at the athletic field house at Mobiles Murphy High School in Mobile. It turns out, that wasnt the place to head. As luck would have it, thats where the tornado hit,

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Delphos, Ohio Cauley said. The pressure dropped and the ears started popping and it got crazy for a second. They were all fine, though the school was damaged, as were a church and several homes, but officials say no one was seriously injured. Camera footage captured the approach of the large funnel cloud. Mobile was the biggest city hit by numerous twisters. Along with brutal, straightline winds, the storms knocked down countless trees, blew the roofs off homes and left many Christmas celebrations in the dark. Torrential rains drenched the region and several places saw flash flooding. More than 325 flights around the U.S. were canceled as of this morning, according to the flight tracker The cancelations were mostly spread around airports that had been or soon would be in the path of the storm. Holiday travelers in the nations much colder midsection battled treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions from the same fast-moving storms. In Arkansas, highway department officials said the state was fortunate the snowstorm hit on Christmas Day See STORM, page 10

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Jim Perry, former Delphos resident, and The Delphos Herald are offering a free seminar for job-seekers from 8-11 a.m. on Jan. 26 at the Eagles Lodge in Delphos. Getting Over the Wall is a 3-hour intensive seminar designed to get candidates past hidden objections that are preventing them from getting an opportunity to meet with decision-makers. Though there is no charge for the program, preregistration is essential in order to assure availability of handouts; space is limited. To attend, RSVP to Nancy Spencer at or call 419-6950015, ext. 134. Leave a message, including the number and names of participants.

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Kindergarten registration for prospective Ottoville Elementary students for the 2013-14 school year is scheduled for Jan. 2-11. To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years of age before Oct. 1, 2013. Call the school at 4533357 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. or send a note to register a child. Information needed consists of childs name, childs Social Security number, childs birth date, parents names, address and phone number.

Delphos is experiencing its second measurable snow of the season today. Flurries began to fly around 7:30 a.m. Residents can expect to see 7-9 inches of wintery mix accumulate throughout the day. Roadways are reported slippery and caution is advised for those who are going to be driving today and this evening. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves) By JIM VAN ANGLEN The Associated Press does around the Deep South began punching its way toward the Northeast today, slowing holiday travel. Post-Christmas travelers braced for flight delays and a raft of weather warnings for drivers, a day after

MOBILE, Ala. An enormous storm system that dumped snow and sleet on the nations midsection and unleashed damaging torna-

TODAY Girls Basketball: Vicki Mauk Holiday Invitational at Elida, 6/7:30 p.m.

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By GEORGE M. WALSH and MARY ESCH The Associated Press

rare winter twisters damaged buildings in Louisiana and Alabama. Snow and ice covered roads in southern Illinois and southern Indiana early today. Officials urged residents to stay home if they

WEBSTER, N.Y. The ex-con turned sniper who killed two firefighters wanted THURSDAY to make sure his goodbye Girls Basketball (6 p.m.): note was legible, typing out Lancaster at Van Wert, 1 p.m. his desire to do what I like St. Johns at Spencerville; doing best, killing people Fort Jennings at McComb; before setting the house where Ottoville at Ada; Vicki he lived with his sister ablaze, Mauk Holiday Invitational police said. at Elida, 6/7:30 p.m. Police Chief Gerald O-G at Columbus Grove; Pickering said Tuesday Crestview at Hicksville that the 62-year-old loner, (V only), 7 p.m. William Spengler, brought Boys Basketball: plenty of ammunition with Ottawa-Glandorf at him for three weapons includColumbus Grove, 6 p.m. ing a military-style assault Wrestling: Elida at Tiffin Columbian Classic, noon rifle as he set out on a quest Swimming and to burn down his neighborDiving: Van Wert Diving hood just before sunrise on Invitational, 11 a.m. Christmas Eve. And when firefightFRIDAY ers arrived to stop him, he Girls Basketball: Jefferson unleashed a torrent of buland Lincolnview at Parkway lets, shattering the windshield Chatt Insurance Holiday of the fire truck that volTournament, 3/4:30 p.m. unteer firefighter and police Boys Basketball (6 p.m.): Lincolnview at Fort Jennings; Lt. Michael Chiapperini, 43, drove to the scene. Fellow Ottoville at Shawnee; Lima firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka, Senior at Elida; Kalida at 19, who worked as a 911 disAda; Jefferson at Parkway patcher, was killed as well. Chatt Insurance Holiday Two other firefighters Tournament, 6:30/8 p.m. were struck by bullets, one Wrestling: St. Johns at in the pelvis and the other Marion Harding Classic, in the chest and knee. They 8 a.m.; Elida at Tiffin remained hospitalized in Columbian Classic, 10 a.m. stable condition and were expected to survive. Forecast On Tuesday, investigators Cloudy found a body in the Spengler Thursday home, presumably that of the morning then sister a neighbor said Spengler becoming hated: 67-year-old Cheryl partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 20s. Colder. Lows 10 to 15. See page 2.

Spengler. Spenglers penchant for death had surfaced before. He served 17 years in prison for manslaughter in the 1980 hammer slaying of his grandmother. But his intent was unmistakable when he left his flaming home carrying a pumpaction shotgun, a .38-caliber revolver and a .223-caliber semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle with flash suppression, the same make and caliber weapon used in the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26. He was equipped to go to war, kill innocent people, the chief said of a felon who wasnt allowed to possess weapons because of his criminal past. It was not clear how he got them. The assault rifle was believed to be the weapon that struck down the firefighters. He then killed himself as seven houses burned on a sliver of land along Lake Ontario. His body was not found on a nearby beach until hours afterward. Residents of the suburban Rochester neighborhood who left their homes during the fire were allowed to return Tuesday. Police SWAT team members had used an armored vehicle to evacuate more than 30 residents. Spenglers motive was left unclear, Pickering said, even as authorities began analyzing a two- to three-page typewritten rambling note Spengler See KILLER, page 10

Santa stopped in Delphos Christmas Eve to deliver gifts collected by the Delphos Optimist Club. Santa made 230 stops. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)

Santa visits 230 Christmas Eve


Delays litter long road to vehicle rearview rules

By LISA LEFF The Associated Press have missed seeing her? The 53-year-old woman has sentenced herself to go on living in the awful stillness of her West Richland, Wash., home, where she makes a plea for what she wants since she cant have Sydnee back: More steps taken by the government and automakers to help prevent parents from accidentally killing their children, as she did a year ago this month. They have to do something, because Ive read about it happening to other people. I read about it and I said, I would die if it happens to me, Neiman says. Then it did happen to me. There is, in fact, a law in place that calls for new manufacturing requirements to improve the visibility behind passenger vehicles to help prevent such fatal backing crashes, which the government estimates kill some 228 people every year 110 of them children age 10 and under and injures another 17,000. Congress passed the measure with strong bipartisan backing, and

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SAN FRANCISCO In the private hell of a mothers grief, the sounds come back to Judy Neiman. The SUV door slamming. The slight bump as she backed up in the bank parking lot. The emergency room doctors sobs as he said her 9-yearold daughter Sydnee, who previously had survived four open heart surgeries, would not make it this time. Her own cries of: How could I

Republican President George W. Bush signed it in 2008. But almost five years later, the standards have yet to be mandated because of delays by the U.S. Department of Transportation, which faced a Feb. 28, 2011, deadline to issue the new guidelines for car manufacturers. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has pushed back that deadline three times promising in February that the rules would be See REARVIEW, page 10

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Well-wishers console Conn. residents on Christmas

By BroCK VerGAKis and stePHen sinGer the Associated Press NEWTOWN, Conn. This Christmas was unlike any other in Newtown. When a gunman wiped out nearly an entire firstgrade class and killed students and adults in two other first-grade classrooms just 11 days before Christmas, it made it impossible for the holiday to be the same this year. Some residents, like Joanne Brunetti, have found ways to console and help their grieving neighbors. Well-wishers from around the country are stopping by to do the same. Brunetti watched over 26 candles that had been lit at midnight, just before Christmas Day, in honor of those slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School. She and her husband, Bill, signed up for a three-hour shift and erected a tent to ensure that the candle flames never went out throughout the day. You have to do something and you dont know what to do, you know? You really feel very helpless in this situation, she said Tuesday. People have been wonderful to everybody in Newtown whether you were part of what happened or not. My thought is if we were all this nice to each other all the time maybe things like this wouldnt happen. At a town hall memorial, Faith Leonard waved to people driving by and handed out Christmas cookies, childrens gifts and hugs to anyone who needed it. I guess my thought was if I could be here helping out maybe one person would be able to spend more time with their family or grieve in the way they needed to, said Leonard, who drove to Newtown from Gilbert, Ariz., to volunteer on Christmas morning. I know theyve been inundated with support and thats great, but its always nice to have a present to open on Christmas Day. Julian Revie played Silent Night on a piano on the sidewalk at the downtown memorial. Revie, from Ottawa, Canada, was in the area visiting at the time of the shootings. He canceled his plans to go to Australia, found a piano online and chose to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day playing for the people of Newtown. It was such a mood of respectful silence, said Revie, who planned to leave the piano behind. But yesterday being Christmas Eve and today being Christmas Day, I thought now its time for some Christmas carols for the children. Many town residents

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May 16, 1917-Dec. 25, 2012 Margaret M. Wilson, 95, of Spencerville, passed away at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday with her family at her side at Roselawn Manor Nursing Home, where she had resided for 10 years. She was born May 16, 1917, in Delphos to Frederick and Mary Jane (Morgan) Krebs, who preceded her in death. On Sept. 9, 1935, she married James A. Wilson, who died April 19, 1958. She is survived by 12 children, Jim (Nancy) Wilson of Tom Ball, Texas, George Chet Wilson of Santa Rosa Calif., Jerry (Marilyn) Wilson of Dennison, Dave (Susie) Wilson of Waynesfield, Joe (Judy) Wilson and Mary Kohli of Lima, Bill (Glenda) Wilson of Cumberland, Ind., Tom (Rita) Wilson of Elida, Chuck (Bonnie) Wilson of Dunkirk, Sandy Dearth of Madison, Wis., Sally Denbow of San Jose, Calif., and Carol Heil of Spencerville; a daughterin-law, Barbara Wilson of Spencerville; 26 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; and a brother-in-law, Robert (Coralee) Wilson of Van Wert. She was also preceded in death by her sons John Wilson and 4-year-old Paul Richard. Mrs. Wilson was a member of the Monticello United Brethren In Christ Church and also attended the First Baptist Church of Spencerville. She had worked at the Woolworth Store in Lima and then became a nurses aide and worked in home health, the Lima T. B. Hospital, Roselawn Manor and Columbia Nursing Homes. She had also worked at the Tomato Cannery in Mandon. She also enjoyed roller skating, dancing and the Charleston, Welsh singing in Gomer where she had lived earlier and breakfast with friends at Jims Restaurant in Delphos. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Monticello United Brethren Church with Pastors Andrew Atkins and Jim Fletcher officiating. Burial will follow south of the church at the New Salem Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville and after 1 p.m. Friday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Monticello or First Baptist Churches.


attended Christmas Eve services Monday evening and spent the morning at home with their families. Others attended church services in search of a new beginning. At St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, attended by eight of the child victims of the massacre, the pastor told parishioners that today is the day we begin everything all over again. Recalling the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, the Rev. Robert Weiss said: The moment the first responder broke through the doors we knew good always overcomes evil. We know Christmas in a way we never ever thought we would know it, he said. We need a little Christmas and weve been given it. Volunteers hung ornaments on a series of memorial Christmas trees Tuesday morning while police officers from around the state took extra shifts to direct traffic, patrol the town and give police here a break. Its a nice thing that they can use us this way, Ted Latiak, a police detective from Greenwich, Conn., said Christmas morning, as he and a fellow detective, each working a half-day shift, came out of a store with bagels and coffee for other officers. The expansive memorials throughout town have become gathering points for residents and visitors alike. A steady stream of residents, some in pajamas, relit candles that had been extinguished in an overnight snowstorm. Others took pictures, dropped off toys and fought back tears at a huge sidewalk memorial in the center of Newtowns Sandy Hook section that is filled with stuffed animals, poems, flowers, posters and cards. Snow covered a pile of teddy bears displayed in town. Newtown officials plan to convert the countless mementos paying tribute to the 20 children and six adults into a memorial. Thousands of flowers, letters, signs, photos, candles, teddy bears and other items at sites around town will be turned into soil and blocks to be used in a memorial, The News Times in Danbury reports. The mementos will stay up until after the New Year as residents and visitors pay their respects. Police have yet to offer a possible motive for gunman Adam Lanzas rampage. The 20-year-old Newtown man, who lived at home, killed his mother in her bed before heading to the school and killing 20 children all either 6 or 7 years and six adults. He then killed himself.

Sister Catherine Brickner, CPPS (formerly known as Sister M. Lucina), died Sunday at Emma Hall in the Maria Joseph Living Care Center in Dayton. She had been a Sister of the Precious Blood for 63 years. She was born in Ottoville in 1932, one of 10 children born to John J. and Philomena (Warnecke) Brickner, who preceded her death. Sister Catherine is survived by her sisters, Lauretta Schaffer; Rose (Otto J.) Wenzlick and Carolyn (Gerald P.) Schimmoeller; brothers, Walter J.(Rose Ann) Brickner; Ralph W. (Sharon) Brickner; Steven V. (Sandy) Brickner; and John N. (Joan) Brickner. Preceding her in death were her brother, Clifford A.(Mary) Brickner; and her sister, Doris Ann (Arnold) Ricker. Sister Brickner formally entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Precious Blood on Aug. 28, 1949, at the age of 17. For 23 years, Sr. Catherine taught grades 1-12 in Ohio, Indiana, Missouri and Colorado. In 1976, Sister began a new ministry as activity director for the elderly in California and Ohio. In 2001, Sr. Catherine retired at Salem Heights Convent in Dayton. Due to failing health she moved in 2004 to Emma Hall. Resurrection liturgy for Precious Blood Sister Catherine Brickner will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Salem Heights Chapel, 4960 Salem Ave., Dayton. Visitation will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. today and from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Thursday at the chapel. By the Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Dec. 26, the 361st day of 2012. There are five days left in the year. The seven-day African-American holiday Kwanzaa begins today. This is Boxing Day. todays Highlight in History: On Dec. 26, 1972, the 33rd president of the United States, Harry S. Truman, died in Kansas City, Mo., at age 88. on this date: In 1776, the British suffered a major defeat in the Battle of Trenton during the Revolutionary War. In 1799, former President George Washington was eulogized by Col. Henry Lee as first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.


Ohio woman dies, man hurt in Christmas shooting

CINCINNATI (AP) Police say a Christmas night double shooting in Cincinnati left a 20-year-old woman dead and a man wounded. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the gunfire started during an argument at an apartment in the Westwood neighborhood. Police identified the dead woman as Kyila Shields. The wounded 25-year-old man was taken




to a hospital at about 7:45 p.m. and later was released after treatment. His name was not released. Police said early Wednesday that they are seeking a 27-year-old man who is the suspected shooter. Police in Cincinnati also investigated two other shootings earlier on Christmas Day.

Jan. 28, 1925-Dec. 22, 2012 Esther K. Pohlman, 87, of Delphos died at 12:55 p.m. Saturday at The Meadows of Ottawa-Glandorf. She was born on Jan. 28, 1925, to Joseph Michel and Anna (Birkemeier) Michel, who preceded her in death. She was married to Orville H. Dickman who preceded her in death. She then married Earl Pohlman on Feb. 28, 1976. He survives in Delphos. Survivors also include her children, Denny (MariBeth) Dickman of Van Wert, Byron (Ellen) Dickman of Germany, Glenn (Barb) Dickman of Delphos, Cynthia (Ray Hobbs) Altman of Findlay, Darlene (Paul) Langhals of Cloverdale, Diane Bishop of Ottawa, Deb (Jerry) Dunnigan of Columbus Grove and Marcia (Larry) Klima of Ottawa; two sisters, Julie (Curt) Sheffel of Findlay and Phyllis Riley of Defiance; sisters-in-law, Edna Michel and Ethel Schwinnen of Delphos and Imogene (Bob) Ellerbrock of Ottawa; many nieces and nephews; 18 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren with one very special great-grandchild on the way; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary Dickman; sons, Orville Dickman Jr. and David Dickman; a great-grandchild, Dakotah Young; five sisters, Lucille Geckle, Helen Siefer, Mildred Schrieber, Genevieve Brinkman and Bernadine Mansfield; and a brother, Albert Michel. Mrs. Pohlman retired from Phillips in Ottawa where she worked from 1966 to 1988. She took great pride in being an excellent seamstress and gardener. She was a member of the Delphos Eagles 471, Auxiliary Ladies V.F.W. 3035 and Gold Star Mothers. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Church in Delphos. Burial will follow in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Ottawa. Family and friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dickman Kids Relay for Life Team or donors choice.

esther K. Pohlman

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High temperature Tuesday in Delphos was 32 degrees, low was 29. High a year ago today was 67, low was 47. Record high for today is 62, set in 1988. Record low for today is 28, set in 1932. WeAtHer ForeCAst tri-county the Associated Press

Winter storm warning in effect until 10 p.m. this evening. toniGHt: Cloudy. Patchy blowing and drifting snow through midnight. Snow through midnight, then chance of light snow after midnight. Snow accumulation around 1 inch. Near steady temperature in the mid 20s. North winds 15 to 20 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph through midnight. Chance of snow 90 percent. tHUrsDAY: Cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. tHUrsDAY niGHt: Partly cloudy. Colder. Lows 10 to 15. West winds around 5 Did you know that more mph shifting to the southwest than three billion greeting after midnight. cards are sent annually in the eXtenDeD ForeCAst FriDAY: Mostly cloudy. United States alone? Highs in the upper 20s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

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COLUMBUS (AP) Strong winds and snowfall that have knocked out power to hundreds of Ohio homes and are disrupting post-holiday travel. Dozens of flights at Ohio airports are expected to be canceled or are delayed. A spokesman said as many as 80 percent of flights out of Cleveland could be canceled by this afternoon. Several western Ohio counties have issued road travel warnings. Parts of Ohio are already under blizzard or winter weather warnings, with freezing rain turning to snow predicted for Wednesday. Its expected to be heaviest in western and northern Ohio. Snow accumulations in Ohio could be up to 10 inches, and temperatures will be noticeably colder the rest of the week. The Ohio Department of Transportation says it pretreated major highways in anticipation of ice and heavy snow.

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What I would tell Americas founding fathers

By Hayley Ryanne Smith Jefferson Middle School Grade 6 By Alyssa Hohlbein Jefferson Middle School Grade 6

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If I could get to meet Americas Founding Fathers I think that it Dear Founding Fathers, would be a great honor to meet some of the greatest people in our There is so much I would like to tell you. First, I would countrys history. I would also say my opinion on what our country like to thank you for fighting for our freedom and making is today. Also, I would say some things that I dont think they did America. I am glad that you made the constitution. If it right. So here is what I would say. was not for the Constitution, the American people would First I would ask them why they had slaves. I mean I know that not have freedoms or rights. This helped make the governthey needed them for work, but I mean didnt they know African- ment. American people were just like us. Didnt they see that? Once I Secondly I want to tell you how I dislike slavery. I heard a story about President Lincoln. That he had gone to a slave strongly dislike how the blacks were treated in the past auction and paid the highest price for that person and it was a young lady. When they got back to his house he said, You can go now because of their skin color. Other countries have slavery. I Im setting you free. She said, Since you are letting me free my wish they did not. I am very glad that our country does not decision is to stay here with you. That made me think about what have slavery anymore. Another thing I would like to tell you is how I dislike it would be like if I was a slave. What I would say to our Founding Fathers is what would it be like if you were a slave. How would you war. I dont like all the killing, but I know we need war to fight for our country and our freedoms. I think all the peopel want to be treated? Another question I would ask them is why didnt they let women that fight for our country should get an award. This would vote? Why only men? I think that it is because men always had to be the right thing to do. do the dirty work and women always stayed in the house taking I am thankful for the right to vote. I think everyone care of the children or doing housework. So they think women are should vote because it is their right. It is not fair when somenot important enough to take care of the big things like voting for a one does not vote then dislikes the President. I know there President. Well they were wrong! Now women vote almost every- were some people that were unable to vote, but today people where in the world and that is great! Also some countries dont let can vote by mail if they are not able to go out to vote. women vote and I think that it is not fair. Plus some countries dont Now, I would like to tell you about our economy today. have a Representative Democracy which is sad because most of It is not doing very well. What advice could you give our YOUR NEWSPAPER ... STILL THE BEST those people have to go off to war or have to work really hard. I feel government today? What do you think we could do to help BUY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. sorry for them because they dont have a life for their kids and for make it better? We could really use some help. them to be free. I guess some people arent so lucky. I want to tell you that freedom is a great thing. I think The last thing I would tell them is that they did a great job and every country should be set free. It is not fair that other that they were really great people and what they did for this country was so great. Also they fought for what they thought was right and countries are made to worship gods that they do not want what they believed in and that I would support them in anything to, and if they do not they will be killed. These are some else they would choose to do. That is what I would say to Americas things I just wanted to tell you. Again, thank you for making SPRINGFIELD (AP) Founding Fathers. America a great place to live. An Ohio man says a thief jumped into his idling car on Christmas and fled with his familys holiday gifts. WHIO-TV reports Michael Chandler was warming up the than two dozen states allow tal cases, said state public By ANDREW WELSHIn todays world, fifty cents Dodge Neon for his wife and jury HUGGINS doesnt buy a heck of a lot In a time when prosecutors to request acourt defender Tim Young. 6-year-old son Tuesday night A financial analysis of except of course, when it comes trial, as does the federal The Associated Press after a visit to his in-laws in the bill by the nonpartisan to your newspaper. we have finally system. Springfield. The Ohio State Bar Ohio Legislative Service For less than the cost of a soda, COLUMBUS Ohio When he went back outside prosecutors say theyre not come to recognize Association and numerous Commission predicted only you can get word from across town to get in the car, it was gone. giving up in their efforts to not only the rights judges opposed the measure. a minimal increase in costs or across the nation. For less than So was his sons scooter, and pass a law that would allow the price of a cup of coffee, you can of They said that other Christmas gifts that were them to demand that criminal of the criminally Ohio Constitutionwhile the to countiesright giving pros- get your fill of local news, politics, to demand a or whatever else is your cup of guaran- ecutors the in the car. defendants undergo a trial by accused, but also tees a criminal defendant the trial by jury. tea. With something new to greet Chandler said he didnt The commission con- you each day, from cover to cover, right to a jury trial, it doesnt think about the possibility that jury. the rights of the require it. cluded there will be very your newspaper is still the most The proposal by the someone would steal his idling They also say prosecutors few circumstances in which streetwise buy in town! Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys victims of their car on Christmas. Springfield The Delphos Herald police have put out an alert Association, which was crimes, giving the can already ask that judg- a prosecutor would want to 419-695-0015 ext. 122 es with a perceived bias be demand a jury trial. for the 2000 dark purple four- before lawmakers this year and in the past, is aimed at door Neon. victims, through removed from a trial. 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COLUMBUS (AP) Following the killing of 20 children and six educators in Newtown, Conn., an Ohiobased gun group says it is launching a test program to train teachers how to use firearms. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Buckeye Firearms Association says it will initially accept applications from 24 teachers for its Armed Teacher Pilot Program. The three-day firearm-training class will be held at the Tactical Defense Institute in West Union. The association will pay for the training, including lodging and ammunition. Association legal chairman Ken Hanson said in a statement that teachers and school board members have been asking us for years for this kind of training. He said the groups long-term goal is to develop a standard curriculum and make the training available to any teacher or school official.

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The people can never understand why the President does not use his supposedly great power to make em behave. Well all the President is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing and kick President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) ing people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.

Some urge Boehner: let Dems pass fiscal cliff bill

By CHARLES BABINGTON The Associated Press WASHINGTON In case the public werent frustrated enough over Congress failure to resolve the fiscal cliff, consider this: lawmakers probably could enact a compromise quickly and easily if Republican leaders let Democrats provide most of the votes. That would give Democrats a bigger voice in the bargain, of course, which the Republican-led House is loath to do. Thats why about 10 percent of the Houses members staunch anti-tax conservatives were able to thwart Speaker John Boehners bid to pass a narrowly crafted bill that might have strengthened his bargaining hand. By trying to pass his plan with GOP votes alone, Boehner could afford to lose only two dozen of the 241 House Republicans. His private headcount found nearly twice that many defectors, party insiders say, forcing Boehner to give up without seeking a formal vote. The miscalculation left negotiations in disarray as the Dec. 31 deadline nears. The Houses 192 Democrats essentially sat on the sidelines, bit players in last weeks House drama. House speakers traditionThe Associated Press ally advance major legislation only if most of their partys members support it. Its called the majority of the majority rule of thumb. But past speakers, including Democrat Nancy Pelosi and Republican Dennis Hastert, have ignored the rule at times. Some Democrats are now calling on Boehner to do the same to avert the fiscal cliff of big tax hikes and spending cuts scheduled to take effect in the new year. Veterans in both parties say many House Democrats would likely join a sufficient number of Republicans though not necessarily a majority to pass a compromise along the lines that Boehner and President Barack Obama seemed to be nearing last week before Boehner struck out on his own. Such a compromise plan might preserve Bush-era tax cuts for all couples making less than $400,000 or so a year. It also could include an outline for future spending cuts and changes to keep the Alternative Minimum Tax from hitting millions of new taxpayers. While Obama did not explicitly embrace such a plan, he and Boehner appeared to be edging toward some variation of it. But Boehner abruptly launched his separate proposal he dubbed it

One Year Ago Fifth-grade members of St. Johns Junior Catholic Daughters of America passed out giant candy bars decorated as snowmen to several departments at St. Ritas Medical Center. WASHINGTON (AP) The girls earned money by working at the Optimist Bingo then decorated more than 50 candy bar snowmen and passed them Its hardly a secret that Barack out to the patients on the Oncology, Pediatric and Orthopedic Obama, like every president no doubt, muses about his floors, and to volunteers. ultimate legacy and spot in the presidential pantheon. He 25 Years Ago 1987 Fort Jennings St. Ann Council of Catholic Ladies of Columbia approaches his second term held their Christmas party in the grade school gym. Punch and confronting tough and shifting dinner was served to 40 members and guest, Rev. John Shanahan. challenges that will play big Installation of officers will take place at the January meeting. roles in shaping the rest of his Committee will be chairlady Bonnie Miller, assisted by Edith presidency and his eventual place in history. Calvelage, Coletta Schimmoeller and Jean Saum. In the coming months, Syvilla Odenweller and her grandchildren, Jessica and Jacob Randall, viewed the live nativity at St. Johns Church. Obama will have to decide This is the third year the nativity has been sponsored by the where to be ambitious, where Father Bredeick Circle 3329 of Columbian Squires. Over 1,000 to be cautious, and where to persons were expected to view the nativity, according to Dave buy time. He draws political strength Wannemacher, counselor for the Squires. Marisa Miley captured first place in the 10 and under from his surprisingly easy redivision at the TAC/Junior Olympic Cross Country National election in a bad economy. Championship at Raleigh, N.C. Marisa, 10, competed with 194 Its partly offset, however, runners from throughout the United States. Her winning time by Republicans continued for the 3,000 meters was 11:24. Marisa is the granddaughter of control of the House, plus Mr. and Mrs. Jim Kimmet of Delphos and Mr. and Mrs. C. R. their filibuster powers in the Senate. Miley of Ottawa. Some of the big issues awaiting the presidents 50 Years Ago 1962 One of the oldest insurance companies in the area, German decisions are familiar, longMutual Insurance of Delphos will complete 100 years of service simmering problems. They at its annual reorganizational meeting in Dec. The farmers of include immigration and the this community formed an insurance company. At that time the need for a tenable balance members had to be of German descent and of good character. between taxes, spending and During 1863 and part of 1864 members were signed up and borrowing. Another issue, gun conpolicies issued. These first records were written in German. Some tickets for the Knights of Columbus New Years Eve trol, jumped to the national dance are still available. They can be purchased from James agendas top tier this month Hemker, Emmet Bockey, George Odenweller, Firmin Pothast, following the massacre of Bob Schmit, Mel Hampfling, Rufus Bonifas, George Bonifas, first-graders and teachers in Hubert Youngpeter, Don Gerdeman, Harold Liebrecht, Hubert a Connecticut school. And the issue of climate change Holdgreve, Carl Kimmet or Arnold Kimmet. The Jennings Twirlers will hold a dance Sunday evening remains unresolved. Veteran politicians and at Memorial Hall in Fort Jennings with Mel Hall of Lima doing the calling. All western square dancers are invited to attend. presidential historians say its Hosts and hostesses for the dance will be Mr. and Mrs. Alvin almost impossible for Obama Von Lehmden, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Luebrecht and Mr. and to go big on all these issues. Indeed, it might prove difMrs. Albert Knueven. ficult to go big on even one. While some counsel caution, 75 Years Ago 1937 The members of Commemorative Post, American Legion, others urge the president to are playing Santa Claus today to a large number of needy be as bold and ambitious as Delphos children who probably would be without toys on possible. Christmas had it not been for the local service organization. Americans are yearnThe Legion has provided financial aid for the operation of a ing for leadership, said Gil toy shop in the city building. The government furnished WPA Troy, a presidential scholar at labor for the project. Workers, under the supervision of George McGill University. Rupert, have made many new toys from cast-off materials and As a president dealing with have repaired and repainted used toys that were donated by policy, he said, Obama has local citizens. generally failed to give that The third annual Christmas banquet for employees of the visionary, powerful address Nathan Liff Company was held Thursday night at Fort Wayne. that we came to know and The dinner was served by Selma and Luella Liff, daughter of love and expect in the 2008 Mr. and Mrs. Liff. Those present were Bernard Vondran, Alex campaign. Teman, Richard Wagner, William Levine, all of Delphos; Emil Rather than let Congress Lapadot, Charles Kohler, James George of Fort Wayne and take the lead on big issues, Herman Myers of St. Marys. as it did in drafting the 2009 A Christmas party for the students of the senior class health care overhaul, Obama of Jennings Consolidated High School was held recently. should be more forceful in Following a theatre party at the Capitol in Delphos, the group pushing new legislation or gathered at the home of Mildred Suever at Fort Jennings for a using his executive powers to gift exchange and games. bypass Congress where possible, Troy said. The gun control issue is a major opportunity for Obama to make his mark on history -- and solve a problem that has frustrated Democrats for decades, he added. Other presidential historians, however, think Obama is severely constrained by political realities. They say he will have to carefully pick and choose which goals to emphasize in his second four years. I see Obama as almost uniquely handcuffed by circumstances, said John Baick of Western New England University. The number of big, unresolved problems facing the nation, coupled with a deeply divided public and Congress, he said, leave Obama with fewer viable options than most presidents have enjoyed. At best, Baick said, the U.S. government is a gigantic cruise liner, and the most he can do is keep us from hitting icebergs. For instance, Baick said, if he goes big on gun control, then its 1994 all over again.


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Health care tax hikes for 2013 may be just a start

WASHINGTON New taxes are coming Jan. 1 to help finance President Barack Obamas health care overhaul. Most people may not notice. But they will pay attention if Congress decides to start taxing employer-sponsored health insurance, one option in play if lawmakers can ever agree on a budget deal to reduce federal deficits. The tax hikes already on the books, taking effect in 2013, fall mainly on people who make lots of money and on the health care industry. But about half of Americans benefit from the tax-free status of employer health insurance. Workers pay no income or payroll taxes on what their employer contributes for health insurance, and in most cases on their own share of premiums as well. Its the single biggest tax break the government allows, outstripping the mortgage interest deduction, the deduction for charitable giving and other better-known benefits. If the value of jobbased health insurance were taxed like regular income, it would raise nearly $150 billion in 2013, according to congressional estimates. By comparison, wiping away the mortgage interest deduction would bring in only about $90 billion. If you are looking to By SUZANNE GAMBOA and MONIKA MATHUR The Associated Press raise revenue to pay for tax reform, that is the biggest pot of money of all, said Martin Sullivan, chief economist with Tax Analysts, a nonpartisan publisher of tax information. Its hard to see how lawmakers can avoid touching health insurance if they want to eliminate loopholes and curtail deductions so as to raise revenue and lower tax rates. Congress probably wouldnt do away with the health care tax break, but limit it in some form. Such limits could be keyed to the cost of a particular health insurance plan, the income level of taxpayers or a combination. Many economists think some kind of limit would be a good thing because it would force consumers to watch costs, and that could help keep health care spending in check. Obamas health law took a tentative step toward limits by imposing a tax on high-value health insurance plans. But that doesnt start until 2018. Next spring will be three years since Congress passed the health care overhaul but, because of a long phase-in, many of the taxes to finance the plan are only now coming into effect. Medicare spending cuts that help pay for covering the uninsured have started to take effect, but they also are staggered. The laws main benefit, coverage for 30

Plan B which the conservatives revolt killed late Thursday. Boehners plan would have spared anyone making less than $1 million a year from a tax rate hike in 2013. At least 40 House Republicans refused to back any tax rate increase at all, lawmakers said, dooming the plan. However, perhaps as many as 200 House Republicans apparently were willing to let tax cuts expire for a fraction of the wealthiest households. Thats a significant break from the partys no-tax-hikesever orthodoxy. GOP leaders note that virtually everyones taxes will rise Jan. 1 without congressional action. They say sparing 98 or 99 percent of Americans is the best political alternative, given Obamas negotiating strength. Its not known how many House Republicans would vote to avert the fiscal cliff by supporting a taxand-spending plan closer to Obamas liking. In his re-election campaign, the president called for letting the Bush-era tax cuts expire on incomes above $250,000 for couples and $200,000 for individuals. In later negotiations with Boehner, Obama said he could accept a $400,000 threshold if Republicans agreed to other tax and spending provisions.

Young children are often victims of gunfire in US

WASHINGTON Before 20 first-graders were massacred at school by a gunman in Newtown, Conn., first-grader Luke Schuster, 6, was shot to death in New Town, N.D. Six-year-olds John Devine Jr. and Jayden Thompson were similarly killed in Kentucky and Texas. Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6, died in a mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., while 6-year-old Kammia Perry was slain by her father outside her Cleveland home, according to an Associated Press review of 2012 media reports. Yet there was no gunman on the loose when Julio Segura-McIntosh died in Tacoma, Wash. The 3-yearold accidentally shot himself in the head while playing with a gun he found inside a car. As he mourned with the families of Newtown, President Barack Obama said the nation cannot accept such violent deaths of children as routine. But hundreds of young child deaths by gunfire whether intentional or accidental suggest it might already have. Between 2006 and 2010, 561 children age 12 and under were killed by firearms, according to the FBIs most recent Uniform Crime Reports. The numbers each year are consistent: 120 in 2006; 115 in 2007; 116 in 2008, 114 in 2009 and 96 in 2010. The FBIs count does not include gun-related child deaths that authorities have ruled accidental. This happens on way too regular a basis and it affects families and communities not at once, so we dont see it and we dont understand it as part of our national experience, said Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. The true number of small children who died by gunfire in 2012 wont be known for a couple of years, when official reports are collected and dumped into a database and analyzed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects to release its 2011 count in the spring. In response to what happened in Newtown, the

million uninsured people, will take a little longer. It doesnt start until Jan. 1, 2014. The biggest tax hike from the health care law has a bit of mystery to it. The legislation calls it a Medicare contribution, but none of the revenue will go to the Medicare trust fund. Instead, its funneled into the governments general fund, which does pay the lions share of Medicare outpatient and prescription costs, but also covers most other things the government does. The new tax is a 3.8 percent levy on investment income that applies to individuals making more than $200,000 or married couples above $250,000. Projected to raise $123 billion from 2013-2019, it comes on top of other taxes on investment income. While it does apply to profits from home sales, the vast majority of sellers will not have to worry since another law allows individuals to shield up to $250,000 in gains on their home from taxation. (Married couples can exclude up to $500,000 in home sale gains.) Investors have already been taking steps to avoid the tax, selling assets this year before it takes effect. The impact of the investment tax will be compounded if Obama and Republicans cant stave off the automatic tax increases coming next year if theres no budget agreement. National Rifle Association, the nations largest gun lobby, suggested shielding children from gun violence by putting an armed police officer in every school by the time classes resume in January. Politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones ... They post signs advertising them and in doing so they tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk, said NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre. Webster said children are more likely to die by gunfire at home or in the street. They tend to be safer when they are in school, he said. None of the 61 deaths reviewed by The Associated Press happened at school. Children die by many other methods as well: violent stabbings or throat slashings, drowning, beating and strangulation. But the gruesome recounts of gun deaths, sometimes just a few paragraphs in a newspaper or on a website, a few minutes on television or radio, bear witness that firearms too, are cutting short many youngsters lives.

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Family members down with flu



Looser turns 90


Lillian Looser of Delphos celebrates her 90th birthday on Dec. 27 with a family celebration. Lillian (Wannemacher) Looser graduated from Ottoville High School. On May 18, 1946 she married William Looser and celebrated 66 years of marriage this year. Lillian is a member of the Delphos Catholic Daughters of America and is a homemaker. She loves to read and spend time with her family. Bill and Lillian have 8 children, 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Wednesday evening and supper is over. Everyone went their own way, some reading, some writing, and some still down with the flu. Yes, the flu bug hit us. So far it has only been son Benjamin and my husband, Joe. Their symptoms were a high temperature, cough, aches and chill. I called the doctor and he said their is not much they can do. So I am playing nurse and trying to keep their temperatures down and trying to keep them comfortable. I hope it stays away from the rest of us. Joe is caught up at work so he is off work until after New Years Day. It was a good thing that he did not have to leave as he woke up with a temperature of 102. I hope he will be better to enjoy his birthday which is Saturday the 22nd. This will make him 44 years

old already. Last night we had an easy supper of eggs, toast and cheese. Verena fried the eggs and Loretta made the toast so I got out of helping with supper. We have eggs, eggs, eggs around here. After the holidays, I hope to make noodles with a lot of them. Elizabeth arrived home safe and sound from their trip to Kentucky. It is always nice to know when everyone is back home again. Christmas is coming up fast and I still have not signed any cards. Seems I get later every year in getting them out. Tomorrow night is the elementary Christmas program at the school. Joseph, Lovina and Kevin are excited about it. Friday will be a halfday of school.

Sounds like we have some snow and wind expected for tonight. There might be a possibility that there will be no school Friday. I remember one year on our way home from the school Christmas program it snowed a lot. It was hard to find our way home with the fresh snow covered roads in the dark. The next morning school was cancelled but the children were disappointed because so were their parties. We were surprised with Christmas carolers one night. Was some of the families from our church. They had a team of horses and a hay wagon to take them from one place to the next. A group of people stood outside on our porch and sang Christmas

carols. This is now Thursday morning and it is raining and very windy. It is the first morning all week that Benjamin woke up without a fever. He said he feels lots better. It is hard to keep him down when he is sick. He had a 104 temperature one morning and was walking around. It doesnt take much of a fever to put me in bed. I just never could walk around with a high temperature. Today I want to bake bread and make something for Elizabeth to take something to the factory for the carry in on her line. Didnt realize I didnt have too much yeast on hand so maybe I wont get to bake as much as I thought. I will close this column wishing you a blessed Christmas. Those of you who travel may you arrive back safely. Also, get well wishes

to all the people with illnesses, may you have a complete and speedy recovery. And last, but not least, let us remember the families in Connecticut during this sorrowful time. Such a tragedy. May God be with them. Gods blessings to all.

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Optimists welcome show choir, name Student of the Month

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TODAY 6 p.m. Shepherds of Christ Associates meet in the St. Johns Chapel. 7 p.m. Bingo at St. Johns Little Theatre. THURSDAY 9-11 a.m. The Delphos Canal Commission 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. Johns 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. The Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open. 7 p.m. Bingo at St. Johns Little Theatre. SUNDAY 1-3 p.m. The Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open.


The Delphos Jefferson Show Choir performed for the Delphos Optimist Clubs breakfast meeting. The performance was part of the Show Choirs tour day. They also sang and danced for the nursing homes, elementary schools, and other venues. Other recent performance have been for the Womens Auxiliary Christmas and Kiwanis Club and a choir concert. The Delphos Optimist Club presented the show choir with a check for $100 to help with expenses of running the program. Show Choir director is Tammy Wirth, who is in her sixth year.

Brelyn Stepleton was honored as the Student of the Month by the Delphos Optimist Club. Stepleton received a certificate and silver collector coin. She is a junior at St. Johns and the daughter of Lynn Runyan and Brian Stepleton. St. Johns principal, Don Huysman, left, and Delphos City Schools superintendent, Frank Sukup, right, shared in the presentation.

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Hunt leads SMU to 43-10 win over Fresno State

By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press HONOLULU Margus Hunt knew he had eight hours to fill on the flight over the Pacific Ocean, so he asked the SMU staff to put together film of Fresno State for him to study. He hit the Bulldogs like a tidal wave Monday night in the Hawaii Bowl. The 6-foot-8 defensive end raced around right tackle to blindside Derek Carr and force a fumble. Hunt smashed into running back Robbie Rouse on a delayed handoff and forced another fumble. On a three-man rush, he sacked Carr in the end zone for a safety. It was an inspiring performance by the senior from Estonia, and it set the tone for the Mustangs 43-10 win. That was a lot of fun, Hunt said. We knew from the get-go it was going to be a Monday night football game, the only game in the nation. We wanted to show our skills and make some plays. To me personally ... this is where it all started. Its good to end on this note. The Mustangs (7-6) also returned two interceptions for touchdowns, giving them eight for the season to tie the NCAA record set last year by Southern Miss. Hayden Greenbauer picked off Carr and returned it 83 yards with 1:14 left, the final blow to a miserable night for the Bulldogs (9-4). SMU had seven sacks, more than double the most Fresno State had given up in a game all year. Garrett Gilbert was effective with his arm and his legs, running for a 17-yard touchdown for the first score of the game and throwing a perfect strike to Darius Johnson for a 21-yard score to answer the Bulldogs only touchdown. He rushed for 98 yards on 18 carries and threw for 212 yards. But this game was decided by the Mustangs defense, with Hunt leading the way. He was voted the games MVP. We tried some slide protections to 92 (Hunt). You know, they beat us, Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter said. We tried going empty to spread things out and get it out quick, we tried to max protect. Everything we tried didnt work. Fresno State, the Mountain West Conference champion, has lost its last four bowl games. SMU, which went 25 years without a bowl after its NCAA death penalty, now has played in a school-record four straight bowls, winning three of them. Hunt was a mystery when that run started in 2009, a gold medalist in the shot put and discus in Beijing at the 2006 Junior World Championships who came to SMU for track and field and turned to football when it was his only hope of scholarship money. SMU coach June Jones has a knack for taking a chance on athletes from other sports, and he liked what he saw, from the 82-inch wing span to the 4.7 speed in the 40. Its not hard for me to see a world-class athlete who can run like that, has strength like that, has an arm length like that, Jones said. The first scrimmage we had ... the only thing I didnt know was if he was going to be tough enough. The first play we ran a trap and hit him real hard, and he wanted to fight. I said, OK, we may have a player here. His best football is ahead of him, Jones said. I was really excited, on a national stage, for him to have that kind of a game. The Bulldogs turned in a dud. Fresno State, which had averaged just over 47 points in its last five games, was shut out in the first half for the first time in two years. Carr was too busy running for his life to get the Bulldogs into any kind of offensive rhythm. And when the Bulldogs finally scored with 10:21 left in the third quarter, Gilbert led the Mustangs on a 75-yard drive that he finished with a pinpoint pass to Johnson in the corner for a touchdown. That drive there put the game away in essence, Gilbert said. For us to respond like that and put six points on that board was big. It allowed Jones to walk out of Aloha Stadium with yet another win. He was the coach at Hawaii for eight years, leaving after its unbeaten regular season in 2007. Jones now

has won 10 straight games in Aloha Stadium, dating to a December 2006 loss to Oregon State. I just want to say Aloha to the seniors, Jones said during the trophy presentation. We said we were going to do it and we did it. Without hardly breaking a sweat. The 10 points matched the fewest Fresno State has scored this year, dating to its 20-10 loss to Boise State. Carr was 33-of-54 passing for 362 yards, but most of that came late in the game when the Bulldogs were trying to catch up. He was overwhelmed by the Mustangs defensive front, particularly Hunt, who had two sacks, two forced fumbles and three tackles behind the line of scrimmage. When you go three-andout, it feels like theres no rhythm at all, Carr said. After a dull, scoreless opening quarter, Gilbert shook off one tackle and scored on a 17-yard run. The defense took over from there. Hunt blew past right tackle Alex Fifita and blindsided Carr, dropping him flat as the ball came loose and was scooped up by Aaron Davis, who returned it 23 yards to the Fresno State 16 until he fumbled it out of bounds. SMU had to settle for a field goal. On the next series, Carr scrambled backward and couldnt escape an 18-yard sack to the 6, and then Hunt sacked him in the end zone for a safety.

Browns Richardson, Weeden questionable

By CHUCK MURR The Associated Press
BEREA Though two of his star players got hurt, Browns coach Pat Shurmur defended playing his regulars late in a blowout loss in Denver. Shurmur said he was just trying to win when prized rookies Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden were injured in the second half of the 34-12 loss. What do we do, just stop playing? Shurmur said Monday. So you just run the ball and get out of there, warm up the buses? Is that what? Were trying to do what we can to move the football. At that time it was a three-score game. Typically that means throw it. Facing a defense that knew he had to pass, backup Colt McCoy was sacked four times during his brief relief appearance for Weeden. I was just trying to not get knocked out, said McCoy, whose 2011 season ended when he sustained a concussion in Pittsburgh. He hadnt thrown a pass since then in a regular-season game until a wobbly Weeden went out Sunday. We were pretty far behind at that point when I got in, so I assumed we would start throwing, McCoy said. It took a couple series getting used to the pocket hadnt had any reps, hadnt sat back there in a while so getting a feel for how those guys were playing, I maybe missed a couple throws early. A couple times I just threw the ball in the dirt to let those guys (teammates) rest. We were throwing the ball down the field and those guys were tired. Shurmur said he was unaware of McCoys comments. He did know about kick returner Josh Cribbs profane postgame tweet to fans and did not approve. Thats not acceptable, Shurmur said. I dont like that and he shouldnt do that. I think hes remorseful. But he shouldnt be reading tweets after a game. Emotions are raw when you dont win. It is important we use good judgment. Bitter fans have questioned Shurmurs decisions all year. Their latest outburst came after Weeden was hurt on a thirdquarter sack and Richardson went down when McCoy rolled up on the back of his leg after being hit on Clevelands second-to-last offensive play. We dont want to get anybody hurt, Shurmur. Anybody on the field is exposed to injury. Shurmur remains hopeful Weeden and Richardson can play in Pittsburgh on Sunday. I wouldnt rule them out yet, he said. Were still evaluating those injuries. In the case of Trent, it involved his ankle. The X-rays didnt show a break. He was actually feeling better today. Brandon, it was his right shoulder. At this point its a sprain. I think its important if guys are physically able to play, they play. Thats the competitive nature of this game. Richardson has set Browns rookie rushing records of 950 yards and 11 touchdowns. Though Weeden has 17 interceptions to 14 touchdown passes, his 3,385 yards are 10th in team history. The Browns (5-10) probably need a good game from

Bengals have nothing at stake in final game

By JOE KAY The Associated Press CINCINNATI With their playoff seeding locked in place, the Bengals have the option of taking it easy with some of their players in the final regular-season game. Theyve done it before, and it hasnt turned out so well. The Bengals (9-6) havent won a playoff game since 1990, going 0-3 in the postseason under coach Marvin Lewis. He wouldnt talk in any detail Monday about his plans for their concluding game against Baltimore at Paul Brown Stadium, other than to say hes learned from those playoff losses. In 2009, Cincinnati had clinched the AFC North title before the final game on the road against the Jets. He rested starters during a 37-0 loss to New York. One week later, the Jets came to Cincinnati and won 24-14. The starters were rested, but their momentum was gone. Howd that work out for us? Lewis said on Monday. I dont really have any beat-up guys. So, the only thing that is at stake is you go out and play to win the game every time we go. Thats important. A 13-10 victory in Pittsburgh on Sunday clinched the final AFC wild-card spot. Baltimore (10-5) won the AFC North later in the day by beating the Giants. The Bengals are locked in as the sixth seed, so theyll be on the road for every game in the playoffs. Their destination will be decided by how the final weekend plays out. The Patriots currently are the No. 3 seed, which would put the Bengals in line for a first-round game at New England. If the Ravens beat the Bengals on Sunday and New England loses at home to Miami, Baltimore would move into the third seed and host Cincinnati in the first round. Theres also a chance the Bengals could open at Houston where they lost 31-10 in a first-round game last season or at Denver. The Broncos beat the Bengals 31-23 at Paul Brown Stadium on Nov. 4. There are so many possibilities that the Bengals arent paying much attention. Lewis is trying to get them focused on something else this week: evening up things with the rival that made them look bad at the start of the season. The Bengals opened in Baltimore on Monday night and lost 44-13, one of the worst season-opening drubbings in franchise history. We didnt kick the season off very good, and now we get to finish it at home, Lewis said. We dont know who we will play (in the playoffs) or where. We just have to take it on ourselves. More in focus, though, is the Baltimore Ravens. They are a good team that just won our division and a team that beat the snot out of us in the first game. The Bengals finish at home against the Ravens for the second straight season. Last year, Baltimore came to town and clinched its first division title since 2006 with a 24-16 victory. The Bengals got a wild card when the Jets and Broncos also lost their final games. Its only the second time in franchise history the Bengals are going to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. They also did it in 1981 when they reached their first Super Bowl and in the strikeshortened 1982 season.

both of their ailing first-round draft picks to beat the Steelers (7-8) and avoid going 5-11 for the third time in four years. A victory would put them two games ahead of Shurmurs first season in Cleveland a year ago but might not be enough to guarantee him a third chance. New owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner have said only that they are evaluating all aspects of the organization. Sweeping changes are expected after Clevelands 12th losing season in 14 years. Having so many injuries hasnt helped. Still, Shurmur expects his young replacements to battle. Those are excuses, Shurmur said of utilizing second- and third-stringers. The next guy up has to play well. Shurmur believes rookies getting thrown into the fray has helped the young Browns become more competitive. He termed the loss in Denver disappointing but not discouraging, and sees progress. I feel like were much improved, Shurmur said. I believe were a better football team, more ready to make the next jump than we were last year.

The Associated Press Individuals Week 16 Quarterbacks Att Com P.Manning, DEN 554 377 Brady, NWE 601 379 Roethlisberger,PIT 426 269 Schaub, HOU 508 326 Flacco, BAL 523 313 Dalton, CIN 513 319 P. Rivers, SND 510 325 C. Palmer, OAK 565 345 Fitzpatrick, BUF 479 294 Hasselbeck, TEN 221 138 Rushers Att Yds J. Charles, KAN 271 1456 A. Foster, HOU 335 1328 Ridley, NWE 270 1189 Chr.Johnson,TEN 255 1187 Spiller, BUF 183 1185 R. Rice, BAL 254 1138 Green-Ellis, CIN 278 1094 Greene, NYJ 257 989 Re. Bush, MIA 219 960 T.Richardson,CLE 267 950 Receivers No Yds Welker, NWE 110 1260 Wayne, IND 102 1315 And.Johnson, HOU 100 1457 A.. Green, CIN 95 1324 De.Thomas, DEN 87 1312 Decker, DEN 78 988 B. Myers, OAK 75 753 Stevi.Johnson, BUF 73 935 B. Lloyd, NWE 73 902 H. Miller, PIT 71 816 Punters No Yds Fields, MIA 68 3419 McAfee, IND 68 3290 Scifres, SND 76 3664 Koch, BAL 76 3655 Anger, JAC 86 4121 Kern, TEN 77 3651 Lechler, OAK 75 3549 D. Jones, HOU 86 4049 D. Colquitt, KAN 75 3514 Huber, CIN 69 3210 Punt Returners No Yds McKelvin, BUF 23 431 Ad. Jones, CIN 24 295 Cribbs, CLE 37 450 M. Thigpen, MIA 25 302 K. Martin, HOU 21 244 Hilton, IND 25 281 Kerley, NYJ 19 208 T. Holliday, DEN 31 334 Welker, NWE 21 213 Jac. Jones, BAL 36 335 Kickoff Returners No Yds Jac. Jones, BAL 32 1026 M. Thigpen, MIA 35 998 McKnight, NYJ 35 997 Cribbs, CLE 41 1136 C. Rainey, PIT 37 989 Br. Tate, CIN 30 739 D.McCourty, NWE 27 654 Reynaud, TEN 50 1201 Draughn, KAN 23 537 Scoring/ Touchdowns TD Rush A. Foster, HOU 16 14 T.Richardson, CLE 12 11 Decker, DEN 11 0 A.. Green, CIN 11 0 R.Gronkowski, NWE10 0 R. Rice, BAL 10 9 Ridley, NWE 10 10 De. Thomas,DEN 9 0 H. Miller, PIT 8 0 Re. Bush, MIA 8 6

Kicking Yds TD Int 4355 34 11 4543 32 8 3131 23 8 3733 22 10 3783 22 10 3591 26 16 3455 24 15 4018 22 14 3175 23 16 1367 7 5 Avg 5.37 3.96 4.40 4.65 6.48 4.48 3.94 3.85 4.38 3.56 Avg 11.5 12.9 14.6 13.9 15.1 12.7 10.0 12.8 12.4 11.5 LG 67 64 66 60 73 71 68 66 71 69 Avg 18.7 12.3 12.2 12.1 11.6 11.2 10.9 10.8 10.1 9.3 Avg 32.1 28.5 28.5 27.7 26.7 24.6 24.2 24.0 23.3 Rec 2 1 11 11 10 1 0 9 8 2 LG 91t 46 41 94t 62 46 48 36 65t 32t TD 5 14 10 5 6 9 6 8 6 11 Gostkowski, NWE S. Graham, HOU Tucker, BAL M. Prater, DEN Janikowski, OAK P. Dawson, CLE Suisham, PIT Vinatieri, IND Bironas, TEN Lindell, BUF Team TOTAL YARDAGE OFFENSE New England Denver Houston Indianapolis Baltimore Oakland Buffalo Cincinnati Pittsburgh Kansas City Tennessee Miami Cleveland San Diego N.Y. Jets Jacksonville DEFENSE PAT 62-62 44-44 40-40 50-50 22-22 28-28 31-31 33-33 30-30 35-35 FG 29-35 28-34 29-31 25-31 31-34 28-29 27-30 26-33 24-30 21-22 LG 53 51 56 53 57 53 52 53 53 50 Pts 149 128 127 125 115 112 112 111 102 98

LG TD 59 5 33 5 60t 4 73t 11 71t 9 55 11 29 4 63 6 53 4 43 8 Avg 50.3 48.4 48.2 48.1 47.9 47.4 47.3 47.1 46.9 46.5 LG TD 88t 2 81t 1 60 0 72t 1 71 0 75t 1 68t 1 76t 1 31 0 63t 1 LG TD 108t 2 96t 1 100t 1 74 0 68 0 45 0 104t 1 105t 1 41 0 Ret 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Pts 96 72 66 66 60 60 60 54 50 48

Yards 6403 5878 5601 5534 5288 5239 5152 5134 5112 4989 4789 4728 4708 4546 4455 4413

Rush 2017 1660 2021 1590 1695 1305 2108 1698 1446 2302 1608 1755 1455 1391 1763 1247 Rush 1312 1365 1509 2029 1479 1427 1999 1567 1918 1827 2200 1807 1913 2098 1583 2177 Rush 134.5 110.7 134.7 106.0 113.0 87.0 140.5 113.2 96.4 153.5 107.2 117.0 97.0 92.7 117.5 83.1 Rush 87.5 91.0 100.6 135.3 98.6 95.1 133.3 104.5 127.9 121.8 146.7 120.5 127.5 139.9 105.5 145.1

Pass 4386 4218 3580 3944 3593 3934 3044 3436 3666 2687 3181 2973 3253 3155 2692 3166 Pass 2781 3168 3254 2811 3428 3531 3217 3698 3508 3635 3274 3802 3711 3538 4133 3690 Pass 292.4 281.2 238.7 262.9 239.5 262.3 202.9 229.1 244.4 179.1 212.1 198.2 216.9 210.3 179.5 211.1 Pass 185.4 211.2 216.9 187.4 228.5 235.4 214.5 246.5 233.9 242.3 218.3 253.5 247.4 235.9 275.5 246.0

Statistics after 15 games



AVG COM 319 1 320 327 TD PCT 62.2 100.0 62.3 62.0 INT YARDS 3591 73 3664 3578 GAIN 7.00 73.00 7.13 6.79 TD 26 1 27 16 PCT 5.1 100.0 5.3 3.0 INT 16 0 16 13

Yards Pittsburgh 4093 Denver 4533 Cincinnati 4763 N.Y. Jets 4840 Houston 4907 San Diego 4958 Kansas City 5216 Miami 5265 Baltimore 5426 Oakland 5462 Buffalo 5474 Cleveland 5609 Tennessee 5624 Indianapolis 5636 New England 5716 Jacksonville 5867 AVERAGE PER GAME OFFENSE Yards New England 426.9 Denver 391.9 Houston 373.4 Indianapolis 368.9 Baltimore 352.5 Oakland 349.3 Buffalo 343.5 Cincinnati 342.3 Pittsburgh 340.8 Kansas City 332.6 Tennessee 319.3 Miami 315.2 Cleveland 313.9 San Diego 303.1 N.Y. Jets 297.0 Jacksonville 294.2 DEFENSE Yards Pittsburgh 272.9 Denver 302.2 Cincinnati 317.5 N.Y. Jets 322.7 Houston 327.1 San Diego 330.5 Kansas City 347.7 Miami 351.0 Baltimore 361.7 Oakland 364.1 Buffalo 364.9 Cleveland 373.9 Tennessee 374.9 Indianapolis 375.7 New England 381.1 Jacksonville 391.1


PCT LONG RATE 3.1 59t 87.0 0.0 73t 158.3 3.1 73t 88.2 2.5 71t 81.9

The win at Pittsburgh on Sunday had special significance. Cincinnati hadnt beaten the Ravens or Steelers in the last two seasons, going 0-6 against its biggest rivals. Thats a huge win for us because people were doubting us, defensive tackle Domata Peko said on Monday. Even though the Bengals cant improve their playoff position, they can add to their momentum. Last season, dropped three of their last five games, then lost to Houston in the first round. The win in Pittsburgh was Cincinnatis sixth in the last seven games. Although the offense has struggled lately, the defense has held opponents to 13 or fewer points six times during that seven-game stretch. In December last year, we were kind of (leveled) off a little bit, Peko said. This year we started slower, but now were starting to take off. Those are the teams that are dangerous.
Notes: Lewis said the Bengals emerged from the game in Pittsburgh with no significant injuries. ... The Ravens game hasnt sold out. The Bengals have failed to sell out two of their last three games, which were blacked out on local television. Last season, they did a buy-one, get-onefree ticket promotion to get the final game against the Ravens sold out.

RUSHING ATTYARDSAVG Green-Ellis 278 1094 3.9 Peerman 31 244 7.9 Dalton 45 116 2.6 Leonard 23 72 3.1 Marv. Jones 3 47 15.7 A.. Green 4 38 9.5 Be. Scott 8 35 4.4 A. Hawkins 6 30 5.0 Sanu 5 15 3.0 Herron 3 8 2.7 B. Gradkowski 1 0 0.0 Br. Tate 1 0 0.0 Huber 1 -1 -1.0 TEAM 409 1698 4.2 OPPONENTS 377 1509 4.0 ----RECEIVING NO.YARDS AVG A.. Green 95 1324 13.9 J. Gresham 64 737 11.5 A. Hawkins 48 515 10.7 Green-Ellis 22 104 4.7 Binns 18 210 11.7 Sanu 16 154 9.6 Marv. Jones 13 156 12.0 Br. Tate 10 158 15.8 Leonard 9 66 7.3 Peerman 9 85 9.4 O. Charles 8 101 12.6 R. Whalen 7 53 7.6 Pressley 1 1 1.0 TEAM 320 3664 11.5 OPPONENTS 327 3578 10.9 ---INTERCEPTIONSNO.YARDSAVG Crocker 3 52 17.3 R. Nelson 3 10 3.3 L. Hall 2 61 30.5 Newman 2 0 0.0 Clements 1 21 21.0 Mic. Johnson 1 3 3.0 P. Sims 1 3 3.0 TEAM 13 150 11.5 OPPONENTS 16 187 11.7 ---SACKS NO. Atkins 13.0 Mic. Johnson 9.5 C. Dunlap 5.0 Gilberry 5.0 R. Geathers 3.0 Lawson 2.0 Peko 2.0 Burfict 1.0 T. Howard 1.0 Ad. Jones 1.0 Maualuga 1.0 R. Nelson 1.0 ----TOUCHDOWNS LONG SCORING TOT RUS Nugent 0 0 A.. Green 11 0 Green-Ellis 6 6 Jo. Brown 0 0 J. Gresham 5 0 Dalton 4 4 A. Hawkins 4 0 Sanu 4 0 Binns 1 0 Gilberry 1 0 L. Hall 1 0 Ad. Jones 1 0 Peerman 1 1 Pressley 1 0 Br. Tate 1 0 TEAM 41 11 OPPONENTS 32 11 ---FIELD GOALS 1-19 Nugent 2/2 Jo. Brown 0/0 TEAM 2/2 OPPONENTS 1/1 REC 0 11 0 0 5 0 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 27 16 20-29 5/5 3/3 8/8 6/7

LONGTD 48 6 48 1 17 4 11 0 37 0 20 0 29 0 11 0 7 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 48 11 32t 11 LONGTD 73t 11 55t 5 59t 4 13 0 48t 1 34 4 23 0 44t 1 16 0 16 0 25 0 10 0 1t 1 73t 27 71t 16 LONGTD 29 0 10 0 44 1 0 0 21 0 3 0 3 0 44 1 37 4

---KICKOFF RETURNS NO. LONG TD Br. Tate 30 739 Ad. Jones 3 64 O. Charles 2 17 Peerman 2 37 Pressley 2 15 TEAM 39 872 OPPONENTS 54 1327 ---OFF. DEF. FUMBLES/RECOVERIES

GROSS NET IN PUNTING NO. YDS AVG AVG 20 LONG BLK Huber 69 3210 46.5 41.8 29 69 0 TEAM 69 3210 46.5 41.8 29 69 0 OPPONENTS 79 3560 45.1 36.9 21 68 1 ---PUNT RETURNS NO. FC YDS AVG LONG TD Ad. Jones 24 0 295 12.3 81t 1 Br. Tate 21 9 187 8.9 32 0 TEAM 45 9 482 10.7 81t 1 OPPONENTS 26 12 204 7.8 60 0

Rey Still TEAM OPPONENTS -----

1.0 0.5 47.0 44.0

YDS A V G 24.6 45 21.3 31 8.5 10 18.5 19 7.5 8 22.4 45 24.6 105t FUM 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Binns 1 0 Burfict 0 0 Crocker 0 0 Dalton 4 0 C. Dunlap 0 0 Gilberry 0 0 B. Gradkowski 1 1 Green-Ellis 3 1 A.. Green 2 1 J. Gresham 2 1 A. Hawkins 1 0 Mic. Johnson 0 0 Maualuga 0 0 T. Mays 0 0 Newman 0 0 Peerman 0 1 Peko 0 0 And. Smith 0 0 Br. Tate 4 2 TEAM 18 7 OPPONENTS 26 9 ---SCORE BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 OT TOT TEAM 113 97 57 101 0 368 OPPONENTS 35 102 80 86 0 303 ----

REC. REC. 0 2 1 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 16 10

RET 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 5

XP/XPA FG/FGA FG 35 35 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 41 41 27 31 31 26 40-49 6/9 2/2 8/11 10/10 50+ 1/2 1/2 2/4 2/5

SAF 23 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 30

PTS 55 0 0 52 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 55 55

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

92 66 36 30 30 24 24 24 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 368 303

30-39 5/5 2/2 7/7 7/7

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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James leads Heat over Thunder in Finals rematch

By TIM REYNOLDS The Associated Press MIAMI Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 54 points, more than any set of teammates had managed in a game against Miami all season. Oklahoma City needed them to score at least three more. That didnt happen, and an NBA Finals rematch went just as last years title series did to the Heat. LeBron James had 29 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 21, and the Heat survived a frantic finish to beat the Thunder 103-97 on Tuesday night, a game where Durant and Westbrook both missed potential tying 3-pointers in the final seconds. A great game to play, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said, and a great game to coach. For the Heat, it was just a little greater. Mario Chalmers scored a season-high 20 for the Heat, who were 19 for 19 from the foul line, the second-best effort in franchise history behind only a 30-for-30 game in Boston on March 24, 1993. Chris Bosh added 16 points for Miami, which has beaten the Thunder five straight times dating to last Junes title series. Felt a little bit like a different month, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Regardless of what your script is coming into the game, when you play this team, its not going to go according to script. Theyre too good. Its the first losing streak of the season for the Thunder, who had been 4-0 after losses. Serge Ibaka and Kevin Martin each scored 15 for Oklahoma City. The game had a little of everything a fast start by the reigning champions, a onehanded dunk by James on an offensive rebound that will be added to his copious highlight reel, a scrum after a hard foul that led to double-technicals on Wade and Ibaka early in the fourth, an easy rally by the Thunder from an early doubledigit deficit, and even workout partners in Durant and James barking back and forth in the final minutes. Such was the intensity that James slumped over the scorers table with 1:08 left, exhausted. Im tired as hell right now, James said and that was more than an hour after the game ended. With good reason. On an emotional day, there was a wild finish. Wade lost the ball on an ill-advised, behind-the-back dribble, and the turnover set up Durant for a two-handed dunk that got the Thunder within 96-95 with 44.1 seconds remaining. Needing a stop on the next trip, the Thunder instead forgot to play defense. Kendrick Perkins and Ibaka both were confused on the ensuing Miami possession, and Bosh was left alone to take a pass from James and throw down a dunk that restored Miamis three-point edge. We went over and helped, Durant said. We just needed to help on the backside. There was miscommunication but we still had a chance to go into overtime. Two chances, actually. Oklahoma City got within one when Durant made a jumper over James, but no closer. Ray Allens two free throws with 15.6 seconds left made it 100-97, and Miamis last three points came from the line. Durant missed a 3-pointer that James contested, Westbrook wound up with a second chance that Wade defended, and the Thunder guard smacked a nearby table arguing that he was fouled. Part of the game, Westbrook said. While the stars were stars, the Heat got help from one unexpected source. Chalmers was making everything, even unintended plays. Allen lost possession on what looked to be a pass to no one, but Chalmers picked up the bouncing ball on the right wing, whirled and made a 3-pointer putting Miami up 86-79 with 8:14 left. In the end, that cushion was necessary. I got going early, Chalmers said, and I stuck with it. The Heat came out flying, opening a quick 13-2 lead after making six of their first seven shots. About all that didnt go right for the Heat early on was James committing a foul, the first time he was called for a personal since Dec. 8. It happened 4:03 into the game 254 minutes and 7 seconds of on-court time since his last one when James fouled Ibaka on a dunk attempt. Chalmers had 12 points, matching his season high, in the opening quarter alone, and that was also Miamis lead after his layup for a 15-3 edge. When Durant headed to the bench after being called for his second personal, plus a technical, with 2:08 left in the first, the Heat led 27-16. But even with Durant out, Oklahoma City scored the last eight points of the quarter, six coming from the line. The Thunder shot 17 of the games first 18 free throws and finished with a 38-19 edge in tries from the stripe. The Heat were held to two points in the first 5:05 of the third, and the Thunder grabbed the lead for the first time. Durant connected on a baseline jumper while falling out of bounds and getting fouled by James. The resulting free throw gave Oklahoma City a 58-56 edge.
NOTES: James scored at least 20 points for the 30th straight regular-season game and 46th overall. ... Wade is 7-1 on Christmas, and James has won six straight on the holiday. ... Miamis Mike Miller became the 48th active player to reach 10,000 points. ... The Thunder have used the same starting lineup for all 27 games. ... James passed Bernard King for 39th on the NBA career scoring list. NBA Capsules LOS ANGELES Jamal Crawford led a dominant performance by the Los Angeles reserves with 22 points, and the Clippers beat the Denver Nuggets 112-100 on Tuesday night, extending their franchise-record winning streak to 14 games. Matt Barnes added 20 points one off his season high as the bench outscored the Clippers starters 64-48 in claiming the NBAs best record at 22-6, one win better than Oklahoma City which lost to Miami earlier Tuesday. Kosta Koufos and Jordan Hamilton scored 16 points each for Denver in the finale of a Christmas Day doubleheader at Staples Center. The Lakers, who will play the Nuggets on Wednesday night in Denver, beat the Knicks 10094 in the first game. Ty Lawson added 15 points for the Nuggets, who fell to 7-13 on the road, where 22 of their first 32 games are being played. Crawfords 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter pushed the Clippers lead to 20 points and kept the starters on the bench for the final 12 minutes. Crawford scored eight points in the quarter. Lakers 100, Knicks 94 LOS ANGELES Kobe Bryant engineered a second-half comeback, helping Los Angeles beat New York and extend its winning streak to five. Bryant scored 34 points in his NBArecord 15th Christmas Day game, and Metta World Peace added 20 points and seven rebounds while defending Carmelo Anthony, whose 34 points led the Knicks. Bryant, the leagues leading scorer, has topped 30 in nine straight games. The Lakers improved to 14-14 9-9 under new coach Mike DAntoni and upped their holiday record to 21-18, including 13-9 at home. The Knicks controlled most of the game behind Anthony and J.R. Smith, who had 24 points. But they struggled offensively in the fourth, when Anthony was limited to seven points, and Smith had five. Smiths 3-pointer pulled New York to 96-94. After Pau Gasol made one of two free throws, Smith missed another 3 that would have tied the game with 32 seconds left. Steve Nash had 16 points, 11 assists and six rebounds in his second game in nearly two months. He missed 24 games while recovering from a small fracture in his lower left leg. Dwight Howard had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Gasol had 13 points and eight rebounds. Celtics 93, Nets 76 NEW YORK Rajon Rondo scored 19 points in his first full game against Brooklyn this season, and Boston beat the Nets in another game with heated moments between the division rivals. Rondo, sidelined in the first meeting and thrown out of the second after shoving Nets forward Kris Humphries into the courtside seats, outplayed counterpart Deron Williams and helped the Celtics take control early. Rookie Jared Sullinger tied a career high with 16 points, and Jeff Green had 15 for the Celtics (14-13), who avoided falling under .500 with

The Associated Press BASEBALL HOUSTON Brad Corbett, who owned the Texas Rangers from 1974 to 1980 and wasnt afraid to regularly switch out managers, died on Christmas Eve. He was 75. Corbetts daughter, Pamela Corbett Murrin, told The Associated Press that her father died peacefully in his sleep on Monday. She said he had not been sick recently. Under Corbett, the team had six managers in six years four in the 1977 season alone. Rangers website said the team had its first four winning seasons under Corbett and finished second in the AL West three times. The 94 wins in 1977 remained the most in team history until 1999. Corbett traded away three future Hall of Fame pitchers Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry and Bert Blyleven during his tenure. DULUTH, Ga. Former Atlanta Braves star center fielder Andruw Jones was free on bond after being arrested in suburban Atlanta on a battery charge, according to jail records. Around 1:30 a.m. Christmas morning, police responded to a call for a domestic dispute between


their second victory in six games. Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez each scored 15 for the Nets, who have lost four of five. The Celtics took control with a 23-5 run in the second quarter. They had 11 assists on 13 baskets and outscored the Nets 34-18 in the period. A month after the teams scuffled in Boston, there was another skirmish in the fourth quarter that resulted in four technical fouls. Williams had only 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting, and Joe Johnson, his partner in a high-priced backcourt, shot 4 of 14 for his 12 points. Rockets 120, Bulls 97 CHICAGO James Harden scored 26 points and Jeremy Lin added 20 points and 11 assists to lead Houston over Chicago. Omer Asik had 20 points and 18 rebounds in his first trip back to Chicago since signing with the Rockets in the offseason. Every Rockets starter scored in double figures. Chandler Parsons added 23 points and Marcus Morris had 10 for Houston, which has won six of seven. The Rockets had been 3-7 on the road, but a strong second quarter turned the holiday matchup into a blowout. The Rockets outscored the Bulls 31-19 in the period to break the game open. Lin capped a 14-2 run midway through the quarter with a drive and a layup to make it 55-34. He scored 12 in the second quarter and Harden had 13.

Jones and his wife in Duluth. Gwinnett County Detention Center records say Jones was booked into the jail around 3:45 a.m. and had been released on $2,400 bond by 11 a.m. Once one of the premier players in the big leagues, Jones broke into the majors with the Atlanta Braves in 1996 and won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves from 1998-07. He has 434 career home runs over the span of 17 seasons in the majors. Jones earlier this month signed a $3.5 million, one-year deal with Japans Tohoku Rakuten. TENNIS MADRID Rafael Nadals return to competition has been delayed by a stomach virus. The Spaniard was scheduled to play in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi Thursday after missing seven months because of tendinitis in his left knee. He said on Facebook that his doctors ordered him to pull out when he was running a fever, telling him his body needed rest. The 11-time Grand Slam champion hasnt played since June, when he lost to 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2012 In the year ahead, you could be extremely fortunate in some rather unusual ways. This could be especially true in matters that pertain to the fulfillment of some kind of special ambition. If you keep the faith, things will begin to happen. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- If you fail to take action while youre in an industrious mood, you are likely to put off certain essential tasks. Your indifference is likely to grow in proportion to your procrastination. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Be exceptionally careful not to be overly possessive with a very close friend or family member. Even if you feel it is for his or her own good, this person will resent the restriction. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- It would be best not to seek too many opinions about an important matter that you must decide. Superfluous input merely generates confusion. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Assignments you enjoy and are good at will be done rather well and without incident. Conversely, your performance might wane with anything that takes considerable patience. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Even if something might look like a sure bet, you should subdue inclinations to take any speculative risks. Gambles need to be analyzed from every angle, and even that might not tell all. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Its time to put your ear to the grindstone, no matter how difficult the task. You may experience some inertia, especially toward difficult or complex tasks, but youll overcome it. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- It would be best to keep involvements with friends purely fun. Under no circumstances should they be drawn into any of your serious, confidential affairs. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Dont use your intimacy with friends to pry inconsequential favors from them. If you do, chances are they might not be responsive when you need them for something really important. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- If you get involved in a serious discussion with a friend today, dont give him or her any reason to think youre hiding something. You need to be as open and frank as possible. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -When it comes to a joint venture, think twice about allowing someone who isnt directly involved to become part of the enterprise. This persons only contribution might be complications. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -Dont give in to inclinations to change something that is over your head or beyond your capabilities. The result of your efforts may end up frustrating you and everybody else. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Even if your judgment is usually good, theres a chance you may harbor some unnecessary doubts regarding your thinking. Dont get paralysis from overanalysis.
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issued by years end. With still no action, safety advocates and anguished parents such as Neiman are asking: Whats taking so long to remedy a problem recognized by government regulators and automakers for decades now? In a way, its a death sentence, and for no good reason, said former Public Citizen president Joan Claybrook, who once directed the federal agency responsible for developing the rules. The proposed regulations call for expanding the field of view for cars, vans, SUVs and pickup trucks so that drivers can see directly behind their vehicles when in reverse requiring, in most cases, rearview cameras and video displays as standard equipment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, charged with completing the new standards, declined requests to discuss the delays. Spokeswoman Karen Aldana said the agency would not

comment while the rulemaking process was ongoing but was on track to meet LaHoods latest cutoff date. In a letter to lawmakers in February, LaHood said his agency needed more time for research and data analysis to ensure that the final rule is appropriate and the underlying analysis is robust. Others insist the issue is money, and reluctance to put any additional financial burdens on an industry crippled by the economic crisis. Development of the new safety standards came even as the Obama administration was pumping billions of dollars into the industry as part of its bailout package. They dont want to look at anything that will cost more money for the automobile industry, said Packy Campbell, a former Republican state lawmaker from New Hampshire who lobbied for the law. NHTSA has estimated that making rear cameras standard on every car would add $58 to $88 to the price of vehicles It remained unknown what set Spengler off but a next-door neighbor, Roger Vercruysse, noted that he loved his mother, Arline, who died in October after living in the house in a neighborhood of seasonal and year-round homes across the road from a lakeshore popular with recreational boaters. Pickering said it was unclear whether the person believed to be Spenglers sister died before or during the fire.

already equipped with dashboard display screens and $159 to $203 for those without them. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a lobbying group that represents automakers, puts the total cost to the industry at about $2 billion a year. Last December, the group met with White House budget officials to propose a less expensive alternative: reserving cameras for vehicles with extra-large blind zones and outfitting the rest with curved, wide-angle exterior mirrors. The alliance declined comment, but earlier this year the groups vice president, Gloria Bergquist, told The Associated Press that it urged the government to explore more options as a way to reduce the costs passed on to consumers. There are a variety of tools that could be used, she said, adding that automakers also were concerned that the cumulative effect of federal safety regulations is driving up the average price of a new car, now about $25,000. It was a raging inferno in there, Pickering said. As Pickering described it and as emergency radio communications on the scene showed, the heavily armed Spengler took a position behind a small hill by the house as four firefighters arrived after 5:30 a.m. to extinguish the fire: two on a fire truck; two in their own vehicles. Several firefighters went beneath the truck to shield themselves as an off-duty


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when many travelers were already at their destinations. Texas, meanwhile, dealt with high winds and slickened highways. On Tuesday, winds toppled a tree onto a pickup truck in the Houston area, killing the driver, and a 53-year-old north Louisiana man was killed when a tree fell on his house. Icy roads already were blamed for a 21-vehicle pileup in Oklahoma, and the Highway Patrol there says a 28-year-old woman was killed in a crash on a snowy U.S. Highway near Fairview. Trees fell on homes and across roadways in several communities in southern Mississippi and Louisiana. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency, saying eight counties reported damages and some injuries. It included McNeill, where a likely tornado damaged a dozen homes and sent eight people to the hospital, none with lifethreatening injuries, said Pearl River County emergency management agency director Danny police officer who came to the scene pulled his vehicle alongside the truck to try to shield them, authorities said. The first police officer who arrived chased and exchanged shots with Spengler, recounting it later over his police radio. I could see the muzzle blasts comin at me. ... I fired four shots at him. I thought he went down, the officer said. At another point, he said: I dont know if I hit him

Manley. The snowstorm that caused numerous accidents pushed out of Oklahoma late Tuesday, carrying with it blizzard warnings for parts of northeast Arkansas, where 10 inches of snow was forecast. Freezing rain clung to trees and utility lines in Arkansas and winds gusts up to 30 mph whipped them around, causing about 71,000 customers to lose electricity for a time. Christmas lights also were knocked out with more than 100,000 customers without power for at least a time in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. Blizzard conditions were possible for parts of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky up to Cleveland with predictions of several inches to a foot of snow. By the end of the week, that snow was expected to move into the Northeast with again up to a foot predicted Jason Gerth said the Mobile tornado passed by in a few moments and from his porch, he saw about a half-dozen green flashes in the distance as transor not. Hes by a tree. ... He was movin eastbound on the berm when I was firing shots. Pickering portrayed the officer as a hero who saved many lives. The audio posted on the website also has someone reporting firefighters are down and saying got to be rifle or shotgun high-powered ... semi or fully auto. Spengler had been charged with murder in his grandmothers death but pleaded

formers blew. His home was spared. It missed us by 100 feet and we have no damage, Gerth said. In Louisiana, quarter-sized hail was reported early Tuesday in the western part of the state and a WDSU viewer sent a photo to the TV station of what appeared to be a waterspout around the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in New Orleans. There were no reports of crashes or damage. Some mountainous areas of Arkansas Ozark Mountains could get up to 10 inches of snow, which would make travel very hazardous or impossible in the northern tier of the state from near whiteout conditions, the weather service said. The holiday may conjure visions of snow and ice, but twisters this time of year are not unheard of. Ten storm systems in the last 50 years have spawned at least one Christmastime tornado with winds of 113 mph or more in the South, said Chris Vaccaro, a National Weather Service spokesman in Washington, via email. guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter, apparently to spare his family a trial. After he was freed from prison, Spengler had lived a quiet life on Lake Road on a narrow peninsula where Irondequoit Bay meets Lake Ontario. That ended when he left his burning home Monday morning, armed with his weapons, a lot of ammunition and a measure of hate. Im not sure well ever know what was going through his mind, Pickering said.

left behind. He declined to reveal the notes full content or say where it was found. He read only one chilling line: I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood I can burn down, and do what I like doing best, killing people. Pickering added: There was some rambling in there and some intelligence we need to follow up on.

Answers to Mondays questions: Soil from Bunker Hill was spread on the Marquis de Lafayettes grave in Paris. The Revolutionary War hero arranged for this farewell salute by bringing several barrels of Bunker Hill soil back to France with him following his last visit to the U.S. in 1825. He died in 1834. The European Space Agencys site is located in South America on the northeast coast of French Guiana. Todays questions: How many seas around the world are named for colors? What major league baseball team hit two triple plays in the same game? Answers in Thursdays Herald. Todays joke: One day, a cowboy rode into a Wild, Wild West town. The people in the town love to play jokes on visitors. After tying his horse to the pole outside a bar, the cowboy went in. A cup of milk please, he said to the bartender. After drinking, he went out, only to find his horse missing. Knowing that the villagers did it, he went back into the bar and said to everybody, I am going to have another drink and when I finish it, I want to see my horse outside! Or else, I will have to do what I did in Texas - HERE! The people were very frightened. When he finished his drink, he went outside and saw his horse. The villagers had put it back. Curious, the bartender asked the cowboy, What did you do in Texas? The cowboy replied, Well, I had to walk home.

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