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Inmate veterans train dogs for other vets
BY DAVID DISHNEAU The Associated Press
Friday, January 4, 2013
Delphos, Ohio to receive dogs under the Maryland program. Since then, six have arrived at Eastern Correctional Institution on the Eastern Shore, and four at the Maryland Correctional Institution near Hagerstown, Division of Correction spokeswoman Erin Julius said. More than 120 inmates at the three prisons have applied to participate, although some haven’t yet cleared a selection process that bans known gang members and anyone with a record of child or animal abuse. The number of prison puppy programs is growing, said Corey Hudson, president of the North American chapter of Assistance Dogs International, a group that establishes and promotes training standards. He estimated that 30 of ADI’s approximately 90 U.S. members have such programs. They include 13 run by Hudson’s nonprofit organization, Canine Companions for Independence, at institutions ranging from the Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe, Ohio, to the military’s Northwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility at Fort Lewis, Wash. Hudson said prison-raised dogs
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CRESAPTOWN, Md. — Hazard Wilson’s new cellmate is a hairy bundle of energy whose playful zeal can’t be contained by steel doors: a fivemonth-old golden retriever. Yardley St. John the Evangelist is one of three canines assigned since and St. John the Baptist September to inmates at a maximumCatholic churches are partsecurity prison in western Maryland nering to educate parishfor training as service dogs for disabled ioners on the Sacraments military veterans. of the Catholic Church The number of programs nationfor the “Year of Faith.” wide using inmates to train service Monthly presentadogs is growing, but the program at tions will be held with Western Correctional Institute might be the churches taking the first to use incarcerated veterans to turns hosting them. train dogs for other veterans. The first speaker is the Professional trainers say prison— Hazard Wilson, 53, Rev. David Ross at 7:30 raised dogs tend to do better than those serving a life sentence p.m. Jan. 28 at St. John the raised traditionally in foster homes, for first-degree murder Baptist Church in Landeck. because puppies respond well to conHe will talk about baptism. sistency and rigid schedules. That’s just The rest of the schedwhat they get in prison. training — so it gives me great joy just ule is as follows: It’s not all work and no play. to see them romp and roll around and “I just love to see him be a puppy,” be puppies.” Penance — the Rev. Chris Bohnsack at 7:30 p.m. said Wilson, 53, serving a life sentence The dogs were provided by Feb. 25 at St. John’s Annex; for first-degree murder. “We’re put- America’s VetDogs of Smithtown, ting them through some very stringent N.Y. They’re spending 14 months at Confirmation — the See DOGS, page 2 training — 90 percent of their time is the prison for training in obedience and Rev. Timothy Ferris at 7:30 p.m. April 1 at the church in Landeck; Holy Order — the Rev. Mel Verhoff at 7:30 p.m. May 13 at the annex; Holy Eucharist — Rev. Chris Bohnsack at you absolutely know.” By LAURAN 7:30 p.m. June 3 at the But nearly 6 in 10 people NEERGAARD church in Landeck; and and JENNIFER AGIESTA surveyed oppose taxes targetAnointing of the ing unhealthy foods, known The Associated Press Sick — the Rev. Charles as soda taxes or fat taxes. Obinwa at 7:30 p.m. And when it comes to WASHINGTON — We July 8 at the annex. know obesity is a health crisis, restricting what people can or every new year wouldn’t buy — like New York City’s start with resolutions to eat recent ban of supersized better and get off the couch. sodas in restaurants — threeBut don’t try taking away our quarters say no way. “The outlawing of sugary junk food. TODAY Americans blame too much drinks, that’s just silly,” said Boys Basketball (6 screen time and cheap fast Keith Donner, 52, of Miami, p.m.): Ada at Jefferson food for fueling the nation’s who prefers teaching school(NWC); Ottoville at fat epidemic, a poll finds, but children to eat better and get Crestview; Columbus they’re split on how much moving. Grove at Lincolnview “People should just look at the government should do to (NWC); Elida at St. Marys a Big Gulp and say, ‘That’s help. Memorial (WBL); Kenton Most draw the line at poli- not for me.’ I think it starts at Van Wert (WBL); cies that would try to force when they are young and at St. John’s at Coldwater healthier eating by limiting school,” he added. (MAC), 6:30 p.m. Indeed, while three-quarfood choices, according to the poll by The Associated Press- ters of Americans consider SATURDAY Spelling bee winners from local elementaries will face off against students from NORC Center for Public obesity a serious health probGirls Basketball: Lima other Allen County schools in the county bee set Feb. 2 at Rhodes State College. lem for the nation, most of Affairs Research. Senior at Elida, noon; St. John’s Elementary School winner is Abbey Meyer, left, with runner up Jared A third of people say the those surveyed say dealing Wapakoneta at Kalida, Honigford. Principal Nathan Stant congratulates them. (Submitted photo) government should be deeply with it is up to individuals. noon; St. John’s at Fort involved in finding ways to Just a third consider obesity Jennings, 12:30 p.m.; curb obesity, while a similar a community problem that Columbus Grove at proportion want it to play governments, schools, health Ottoville (PCL), 1 p.m.; little or no role. The rest are care providers and the food Fort Recovery at Van industry should be involved somewhere in the middle. Wert, 1 p.m.; Edgerton Require more physical in. Twelve percent said it will at Jefferson, 6 p.m. Boys Basketball (6 p.m.): activity in school, or pro- take work from both individvide nutritional guidelines uals and the community. Fort Jennings at Columbus That finding highlights the Grove (PCL); Fort Recovery to help people make better choices? Sure, 8 in 10 support dilemma facing public health at Lincolnview; Allen East at Spencerville (NWC - ppd those steps. Make restaurants experts: Societal changes over post calorie counts on their recent decades have helped from Dec. 21); Elida at Liberty-Benton; McComb at menus, as the Food and Drug spur growing waistlines, and Kalida; Minster at Ottoville Administration is poised to now a third of U.S. children do? Some 70 percent think and teens and two-thirds of (2 JV QTRS), 6:30 p.m. adults are either overweight it’s a good idea. Wrestling “That’s a start,” said or obese. Today, restaurants Van Wert vs. Kevin Khadijah Al-Amin, 52, of dot more street corners and Cleveland Memorial, Coatesville, Pa. “The fat con- malls, regular-sized portions Dublin Scioto, 9 a.m.; Franklin Elementary tent should be put up there are larger, and a fast-food Jefferson at Plymouth School winner is fifthin red letters, not just put up meal can be cheaper than Invitational, 10 a.m. grader Megan Weitzel. there. The same way they healthier fare. Not to mention Co-Ed Swimming Landeck Elementary School spelling bee winner is Karlie Ulm was runnermark something that’s poiand Diving: Elida vs. Lauren Mox, left, with runner-up Trysten Smith. up. See OBESITY, page 2 sonous, so when you see it, Sidney Lehman Trimeet at Troy, 6 p.m.
“I just love to see him be a puppy. We’re putting them through some very stringent training — 90 percent of their time is training — so it gives me great joy just to see them romp and roll around and be puppies.”
Poll: Obesity’s a crisis but we want our junk food
tasks like working light switches and retrieving objects. Trainer Kathy Levick comes in once a week for two hours of instruction. Otherwise, the inmates — model prisoners housed in a tier of cells reserved for the most trusted inmates — work with the dogs constantly. The animals sleep in cages inside the 6-by-9-foot cells and accompany the inmates to meals and activities. “As soon as the trainer gave us the green light, I took him to church,” said John Barba of his pup, Dill. “I just put the rug down, told him to sit, lay down, and that was it. And he stayed there the whole Mass.” Barba, 62, was interviewed at the prison in November. He was released Dec. 17 after serving 33 years for murder. Each prison puppy is assigned both a trainer and an alternate, so Dill’s training wasn’t interrupted. The dogs spend their weekends at nearby private homes to experience life on the outside — things such as shopping malls, traffic lights and ordinary household chaos. The prison, tucked into the Appalachian Mountains about 140 miles west of Baltimore, was the first
Spelling bee winners head to county bee
Mostly sunny Saturday morning, then partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow showers through midnight. Highs in the lower 30s. A chance of freezing drizzle and light snow after midnight with lows in the upper 20s. See page 2.
Congressman Latta explains his ‘fiscal cliff’ vote
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) issued the following statement regarding the House vote on H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act: “Tonight, I supported a bill that provides tax relief for hardworking American families, making permanent tax cuts that Republicans originally crafted and enacted in 2001 and 2003, and prevented the largest tax hike in American history. “Besides making permanent the tax rates for singles at $400,000 and for married couples at $450,000, this bill will prevent 26 million Americans from paying the House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), left, and Congressman Bob Latta, along with Alternative Minimum Tax Latta’s wife, Marcia, and their two daughters, Elizabeth and Maria, pose for a picture (AMT) and helps our small after Latta was sworn in for his term in office. (Submitted photo) businesses and farmers by
keeping the death tax exemption level at $5 million. In addition to extending permanent tax relief for small businesses and middle class families, I am pleased to see the bill included an extension of the farm bill, which will prevent current law from allowing milk prices to skyrocket, as well as repealing the pay increase for Members of Congress and White House staff. “Our first step to avoiding the fiscal cliff has been taken, but in order to achieve a truly balanced approach and put our economy back on the path to prosperity, we must work towards comprehensive tax reform, reducing our deficit and cut the out-of-control spending that is occurring in Washington.” See LATTA, page 2
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Venezuela’s Chavez fighting severe lung infection
By IAN JAMES The Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is being treated for “respiratory deficiency” after complications from a severe lung infection, his government said, pointing to a deepening crisis for the ailing 58-year-old president. Chavez hasn’t spoken publicly or been seen since his Dec. 11 operation in Cuba, and the latest report from his government Thursday night increased speculation that he is unlikely to be able to be sworn in for another term as scheduled in less than a week. It was the first time the government has described the lung infection as “severe,” and the strongest confirmation yet that Chavez is having serious trouble breathing after days of rumors about his condition worsening. “Chavez has faced complications as a result of a severe respiratory infection. This infection has led to respiratory deficiency that requires Commander Chavez to remain in strict compliance with his medical treatment,” Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said Thursday night, reading the statement on television. The government’s characterization raised the possibility that Chavez might be breathing with the assistance of a machine. But the By NIRMALA GEORGE The Associated Press government did not address that question and didn’t give details of the president’s treatment. “It appears he has a very severe pneumonia that he suffered after a respiratory failure. It is not very specific,” said Dr. Alejandro Rios-Ramirez, a pulmonary specialist in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, who is not involved in Chavez’s treatment. “It does imply the gravity of his pulmonary infection that led to a respiratory failure. It doesn’t mean yet that he is breathing with a machine.” Dr. Michael Pishvaian, an oncologist at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington, said such respiratory infections can run the gamut from “a mild infection requiring antibiotics and supplemental oxygen to life-threatening respiratory complications.” “It could be a very ominous sign,” Pishvaian said. He said it’s possible Chavez could be on “life support,” breathing with help from a ventilator, but he added that it’s impossible to be sure without more details. “He might be, he might very well not be. One can have a severe respiratory condition but not yet need a ventilator,” Pishvaian said. The government expressed confidence in Chavez’s medical team and condemned what it called a “campaign of psychological warfare” in the
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Fred L. Merricle
Indian court to rule on generic drug industry
NEW DELHI — From Africa’s crowded AIDS clinics to the malarial jungles of Southeast Asia, the lives of millions of ill people in the developing world are hanging in the balance ahead of a legal ruling that will determine whether India’s drug companies can continue to provide cheap versions of many lifesaving medicines. The case — involving Swiss drug maker Novartis AG’s cancer drug Glivec — pits aid groups that argue India plays a vital role as the pharmacy to the poor against drug companies that insist they need strong patents to make drug development profitable. A ruling by India’s Supreme Court is expected in early 2013. “The implications of this case reach far beyond India, and far beyond this particular cancer drug,” said Leena Menghaney, from the aid group Doctors Without Borders. “Across the world, (Continued from page 1) there is a heavy dependence on India to supply affordable versions of expensive patented medicines.” With no costs for developing new drugs or conducting expensive trials, India’s $26 billion generics industry is able to sell medicine for as little as one-tenth the price of the companies that developed them, making India the second-largest source of medicines distributed by UNICEF in its global programs. Indian pharmaceutical companies such as Cipla, Cadila Laboratories and Lupin have emerged over the past decade as major sources of generic cancer, malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS drugs for poor countries that can’t afford to pay Western prices. The 6-year-old case that just wrapped up in the Supreme Court revolves around a legal provision in India’s 2005 patent law that is aimed at preventing companies from getting fresh patents for making only minor changes to existing medicines — a practice known
international media regarding the president’s condition. Officials have urged Venezuelans not to heed rumors about Chavez’s condition. The statement didn’t point to any particular rumors but said “this campaign aims ultimately to destabilize the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela ... and end the Bolivarian Revolution led by Chavez.” Venezuela’s opposition has demanded that the government provide more specific information about Chavez’s condition. Chavez has undergone four cancer-related surgeries since June 2011 for an undisclosed type of pelvic cancer. He also has undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatment. He was re-elected in October to another six-year term, and two months later announced that the cancer had come back. Chavez said before the operation that if his illness prevented him from remaining president, Vice President Nicolas Maduro should be his party’s candidate to replace him in a new election. This week, the president’s elder brother Adan and National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello joined a parade of visitors who saw Chavez in Havana, and then returned to Caracas on Thursday along with Maduro. as “evergreening.” Novartis’ argued that a new version of Glivec — marketed in the U.S. as Gleevec — was a significant change from the earlier version because it was more easily absorbed by the body. India’s Patent Controller turned down the application, saying the change was an obvious development, and the new medicine was not sufficiently distinct from the earlier version to warrant a patent extension. (Continued from page 1)
James William Champ
July 16, 1956-Jan. 2, 2013 Fred L. Merricle, 56, of Spencerville, died at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Rita’s Medical Center, following a sudden illness. He was born July 16, 1956, in Lima to Delmar L. and Dorothy M. (Doseck) Merricle. His mother survives in Lima. On July 16, 1977, he married Diane Lynn Comer, who survives. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, Pastor Jim Lyle officiating. Burial will follow in the Spencerville Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today and after 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Spencerville Band Boosters or to the family.
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Gary J. Knott
May 14, 1945 Jan. 2, 2013 James William Champ, 67, formerly of Spencerville and Lima, died at 11:36 a.m. Wednesday at the Hardin Hills Health Center in Kenton, where he resided since Oct. 22. He was born May 14, 1945, in Lima to James Lewis and Elva Iota “Odie” Adams Champ, who preceded him in death. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, with his nephew Pastor Thomas Roof officiating. Burial will follow in the New Salem Cemetery in Auglaize County, with military rites by the Spencerville Veterans. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Followers of Christ International. allow her grandchildren to eat unhealthy snacks at home. “If they say they’re hungry, they get regular food,” she said. Food is only part of the obesity equation; physical activity is key too. About 7 in 10 people said it was easy to find sidewalks or paths for jogging, walking or bike-riding. But 63 percent found it difficult to run errands or get around without a car, reinforcing a sedentary lifestyle. James Gambrell, 27, of Springfield, Ore., said he pays particular attention to diet and exercise because obesity runs in his family. He makes a point of walking to stores and running errands on foot two to three times a week. But Gambrell, a fast-food cashier, said he eats out at least once a day because of the convenience and has changed his order at restaurants that already have begun posting calorie counts. He’s all for the government pushing those kinds of solutions. “I feel that it’s a part of the government’s responsibility to care for its citizens and as such should attempt to set regulations for restaurants that are potentially harmful to its citizens,” he said. On the other side is Pamela Dupuis, 60, of Aurora, Colo., who said she has struggled with weight and has been diagnosed as pre-diabetic. She doesn’t want the government involved in things like calorie-counting. “They should stay out of our lives,” she said.
March 31, 1956-Jan. 2, 2013 Gary J. Knott, 56, of Van Wert, died at 8 a.m. on Wednesday from injuries sustained in a semi accident. He was born March 31, 1956, to James and Rita (Mormon) Knott. His mother survives in Delphos. On Sept. 26, 1981, he married Margie Lybold, who survives in Van Wert. Survivors include his sons, Nicholas Knott of Athens, Benjamin Knott of Columbus; a daughter, Erin Knott of Van Wert; sisters, Rose Ann (Jerry) Vetter of Fort Jennings and Ruth (Gary) Solarik of Archbold; and brothers, John (Janie) Knott of Fort Wayne and Charles (Claire) Knott of Magnolia. His father preceded him in death. Mr. Knott was a truck driver for Quality Carriers in Lima. He was a member of St. Marys of Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and spending time with his family. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, the Rev. Stan Szybka officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home and one hour prior to the Mass on Monday at the church. Memorial contributions can be made to the family.
BALDAUF, Patricia Ann, 76, of Van Wert. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, with Reverend Paul Miller officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 10-2 p.m. Saturday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home.
graduate at a slightly higher level than those reared in traditional settings. A Tufts University study of 397 assistance dogs that entered training between 1999 and 2004 found that those raised in prisons needed less polishing and succeeded at a higher rate: 76 percent versus 61 percent for home-raised dogs. “I would say the more prison programs we can have, the better,” Hudson said. “When they’re in the prison, that’s their major focus, 16 to 18 hours a day.” The veteran angle — incarcerated vets raising service dogs for other veterans — may be unique to Maryland. Julius said inmates who were honorably discharged from the military are preferred, but those with less-than-honorable discharges are consid-
ered. Wilson, a former military police officer honorably discharged in 1982, said he’s proud to help another veteran. “I feel as though they don’t get what they deserve when they come home,” he said. “This is a part of why I do what I do.” The program is among a number of animal-based prison programs implemented by Maryland Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary Maynard, who grew up on an Oklahoma farm. Other Maryland inmates raise companion dogs, which don’t provide physical assistance, and tend retired thoroughbreds. “Everybody thinks it’s about the dogs,” Maynard said. “It’s about the inmates and the change in their lives.”
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electronic distractions that slightly more people surveyed blamed for obesity than fast food. In the current environment, it’s difficult to exercise that personal responsibility, said Jeff Levi of the nonprofit Trust for America’s Health, which has closely tracked the rise in obesity. “We need to create environments where the healthy choice becomes the easy choice, where it’s possible for people to bear that responsibility,” he said. The new poll suggests women, who have major input on what a family eats, recognize those societal and community difficulties more than men do. More than half of women say the high cost of healthy food is a major driver of obesity, compared with just 37 percent of men. Women also are more likely than men to blame cheap fast food and to say that the food industry should bear a lot of responsibility for helping to find solutions. Patricia Wilson, 53, of rural Speedwell, Tenn., says she must drive 45 minutes to reach a grocery store — passing numerous burger and pizza joints, with more arriving every year. “They shouldn’t be letting all these fast-food places go up,” said Wilson, who nags her children and grandchildren to eat at home and watch their calories. She recalls how her own overweight grandmother lost both her legs and then her life to diabetes. More than 80 percent of people in the AP-NORC poll said they had easy access to supermarkets, but just as many could easily get fast food. Another 68 percent said it was easy for kids to purchase junk food on their way to school, potentially foiling diet-conscious caregivers like Wilson, who doesn’t
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SWICK, Robert E., 87, of Defiance and formerly of Delphos, Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, the Rev. Todd Dominique officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery in Delphos, with Military Grave Rites by the Delphos Veterans Council and a 4th Degree K of C service. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with a parish wake at 7:30 p.m. Delphos weather Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s High temperature Thursday Research Hospital. in Delphos was 29 degrees, low was 12. High a year ago today was 35, low was 18. Record high for today is 65, (Continued from page 1) set in 1951. Record low is -9, set in 1982. Provisions in H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief WEATHER FORECAST Act are: Tri-county • Marginal tax rates – perThe Associated Press manent extension of current policy up to $400,000 for sinTONIGHT: Clear. Lows gles and $450,000 for married around 15. West winds 5 to couples 15 mph. • Capital gains and SATURDAY: Mostly dividends – makes permasunny in the morning, then nent the 15% top capital partly cloudy with a 20 per- gains and dividends up to cent chance of snow showers $400,000 for singles and in the afternoon. Highs in the $450,000 for married coulower 30s. Southwest winds 5 ples; 20% rate for both to 15 mph. above threshold SATURDAY NIGHT: • Death tax – permanent Cloudy. Chance of snow extension of current policy showers through midnight, on portability and unification then chance of freezing with a $5 million exemption drizzle and light snow after indexed for inflation and a midnight. Not as cold. Lows 40% top rate in the upper 20s. Southwest • Alternative Minimum winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance Tax (AMT) for individuof measurable precipitation als – permanently indexes 40 percent. AMT for inflation, protecting millions of Americans EXTENDED FORECAST from an unexpected tax SUNDAY: Cloudy with a increase 30 percent chance of snow • Child tax credit – makes showers. Highs in the lower permanent the refundable 30s. West winds 10 to 20 $1,000 child tax credit, premph. venting a reversion to the SUNDAY NIGHT: Partly $500 level cloudy. Lows in the lower • No increase in the debt 20s. limit – remains at $16.394 MONDAY AND trillion MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly • Repeals the Community clear. Highs in the lower 30s. Living Assistance Services Lows in the lower 20s. and Supports (CLASS) Act TUESDAY THROUGH entitlement – long term WEDNESDAY: Partly care program contained in cloudy. Highs around 40. Obamacare (PPACA) Lows in the upper 20s. • Contains a 1 year extenWEDNESDAY NIGHT: sion of the “doc fix”, the Partly cloudy with a 30 per- Sustainable Growth Rate cent chance of rain or snow. (SGR), which ensures providLows in the lower 30s. ers are paid for caring for THURSDAY: Mostly Medicare patients, thus procloudy with a 40 percent tecting seniors’ access to chance of rain. Highs in the health care lower 40s. • Farm bill – provides a 1 year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, avoiding reverting back to 1949 law • Prevents any cost-of-livCorn $7.04 ing adjustment to the pay for Wheat $7.31 Members of Congress for FY Soybeans $13.93 2013
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Judge allows Ohio GM workers to sue over back pay
By JOHN SEEWER The Associated Press TOLEDO — A group of General Motors workers in northeast Ohio who say they were wrongly hit with a pay cut can move forward with a lawsuit against the automaker and the United Auto Workers. Nearly 30 workers at GM’s Lordstown factory argue that they were improperly classified as temporary employees after losing their jobs and then being rehired. The union and company’s request to dismiss the lawsuit was turned down late last week. U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson rejected their claim that too much time had passed and that most of the workers had not gone through the union’s appeal process. The workers at the Lordstown plant where GM P E R R Y S B U R G TOWNSHIP (AP) — A woman who was 9 months pregnant has died in an auto accident on U.S. 20, but her baby has been delivered. WTOL-TV reports that 26-year-old Rachel Kominek was pronounced dead at the accident scene around 5 p.m. Thursday. Her baby was delivered by EMS workers makes the Chevy Cruze said in the lawsuit that they have been improperly classified as temporary employees since being hired in October 2006. They lost their jobs in the spring of 2007 and were brought back six months later. The workers were briefly paid the same wage as permanent employees, but the lawsuit argues that they were reclassified as temporary workers in June 2008. The workers said the change in classification cut their pay by more than 40 percent. They are seeking back pay of $3 million to $4 million. They also charge that the union didn’t stick up for them and refused to file a grievance. Both the union and the company have denied the allegations in court documents. A local union official at the Lordstown plant where GM makes the Chevy Cruze has
Kucinich won’t rule out future campaigns
By THOMAS J. SHEERAN The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Dennis Kucinich, a leading voice in the left wing of the Democratic Party, left Congress on Thursday after 16 years but said he wouldn’t rule out another run for public office. After members of the new Congress took office, Kucinich said he’s determined to remain a voice for change even if he doesn’t have a House vote on Capitol Hill. “It remains to be seen” if he will run for office again, he told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Washington. “There’s no campaign in the offing.” Kucinich said he still has a supply of yellow campaign yard signs in a garage. The former “boy mayor” of Cleveland and two-time presidential candidate said his plans include speaking and tending to a political action committee created to nurture like-minded progressives. “I’m going to continue my efforts to reach out to unite people,” he said. “I’m making plans right now.” Kucinich, 66, lost last year to U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur
Police shoot man after confrontation
CLEVELAND (AP) — A 22-year-old Cleveland convenience store clerk who fatally shot an apparent robber last fall won’t face criminal charges. A Cuyahoga County grand jury declined to indict Sterling Edmonds in connection with the Sept. 25 shooting at a Mini Mart. Police said Edmonds shot 32-year-old Curtis Grant six times during an altercation in the store. Charges were dropped this week. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that Grant argued with Edmonds, who was in a bulletproof booth, over owing more money. Grant kicked in the door to the booth and went inside, and that’s when Edmonds shot him multiple times. Police said Grant was not armed. The prosecutor’s office said the gun used by Edmonds was owned by someone else.
Pregnant woman dies in Ohio crash; baby delivered
and airlifted to a hospital. The state Highway Patrol says Kominek was killed when her husband, 24-yearold Dustin Kominek, lost control of his car on a snowcovered road while making a turn. It stopped in an intersection, where another car struck it. Dustin Kominek, who was not wearing a seatbelt,
said that the workers weren’t misrepresented. Tom Mock, communications manager for the Lordstown plant, declined to comment Thursday. A lawyer for the workers, Ken Myers, said it’s possible that the lawsuit could pave the way for workers at other auto plants who have been forced into two-tier wage systems. But many wouldn’t be able to sue because of time restrictions, he said. Still, he has heard from other workers in a handful of states. “There are other potential lawsuits brewing,” Myers said. The lawsuit filed by the northeast Ohio workers in May 2011 said the Detroitbased General Motors Co. violated collective bargaining agreements reached between the company and the UAW in 2003 and 2007. was thrown from the car and suffered non-life threatening injuries. The occupants of the other car, 33-year-old Melissa Domanowski, the driver, and her passenger, 34-year-old Jillian Sheetz, also suffered non-life threatening injuries.
COLUMBUS (AP) — A judge has dismissed an Ohio jail inmate’s claims that deputies used excessive force when shocking him with a stun gun at the jail and later at a hospital. The allegations by Michael Reed were among several claims of unconstitutional use of stun guns brought in the past two years by inmates at the Franklin County Jail. Reed said deputies improperly used a stun gun when trying to remove him from his cell for a medical appointment following a seizure on Jan. 29, 2009 and again later in the day at the hospital. Columbus federal judge Edmund Sargus said Wednesday that deputies responded appropriately to control Reed and that Reed’s claims of excessive force aren’t backed up by video evidence. Reed’s attorney Noure Alo said Reed will appeal.
Judge dismisses Ohio inmate’s stun gun claim
COLUMBUS (AP) — Authorities say a man has been shot by a Columbus police officer after he fired his gun into a house on the city’s east side. Thomas M. Bell II is in stable condition at a hospital after being shot in the midsection on Thursday. Police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner says police received a call at around 6:35 p.m. about a man firing shots outside a house. He says when officers arrived they were directed to the home’s rear, where they began chasing a suspect. During a confrontation, an officer shot Bell. Weiner says the incident appears to have stemmed from a domestic dispute. Earlier Thursday, a woman was granted a protection order against Bell but Weiner says it hadn’t been served before the shooting. Police recovered a handgun and ammunition.
of Toledo in a Democratic primary set up by Republican redistricting. With a national following among progressives, Kucinich is known for his offbeat, brash style since becoming Cleveland’s mayor at age 31. One of his pet projects in Washington called for creating a cabinet-level Department of Peace to address violence in schools, homes, work places and across the nation and world. Kucinich expressed frustration with the growing financial demands of running for public office and said even congressional races can cost an “obscene” eight figures. Campaign money makes government “an auction house where the policies go the highest bidder,” he said. He said public financing of campaigns would make the nation “a true democracy.” While the new Congress might show some support in that direction, Kucinich said, “The support has to come from grassroots, more than from Washington.” “Let’s face it, people in Washington — and there are a lot of good people here — they are trapped by this system,” he said.
Utility wants Ohio customers to pay for June storms
COLUMBUS (AP) — American Electric Power wants to make its customers pick up the $61.8 million tab for repairs resulting from last summer’s severe storms. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the reimbursement request the company filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is one of the largest ever in the state. It would cost about $3 a month for a typical household
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AKRON (AP) — A northeast Ohio teen convicted of raping and killing his 3-year-old half sister could be released from juvenile custody in less than four years if he behaves himself. The 17-year-old boy from Barberton was sentenced Thursday to confinement at an Ohio Department of Youth Services facility until he turns 21. He’ll get counseling and schooling toward a degree.
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and would be paid for a year. That works out to about a 2-percent rate increase. AEP’s system suffered mass power failures because of the June 29 storm. Nearly half of the company’s 1.5 million Ohio customers lost power, some for more than a week. Utility spokeswoman Terri Flora said it is typical for utilities to go to customers to recover costs for large-scale storms.
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The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Juvenile Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio ruled that if the teen commits a violent act at the juvenile facility, he could be sent to an adult prison for life. The boy was 15 when the crimes occurred in 2011. An autopsy said the 3-year-old girl died from “multisystem organ failure,” a medical term for serious infection over a period of time from traumatic injuries.
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Congress to vote on Sandy flood aid
By ANDREW MIGA The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A $9.7 billion measure to pay flood insurance claims is set for a vote in Congress, boosting prospects for relief for the many home and business owners flooded out by Superstorm Sandy. If the House, as expected, approves the flood insurance proposal today, the Senate plans to follow with a likely uncontested vote later in the day. The Federal Emergency Management Agency warns that the National Flood Insurance Program will run out of money next week if Congress doesn’t provide additional borrowing authority to pay out claims. Congress created the FEMA-run program in 1968 because few private insurers cover flood damage. Northeast lawmakers say the money is urgently needed for storm victims awaiting claim checks from the late October storm, which was one of the worst ever to strike the Northeast, ravaging the coast from North Carolina to Maine, with the most severe flooding occurring in Atlantic City, N.J., New York City and Long Island and along the Connecticut coastline. “People are waiting to By MARY CLARE JALONICK The Associated Press be paid,” said Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., whose district includes Atlantic City and many other coastal communities hard hit by the storm. “They’re sleeping in rented rooms on cots somewhere and they’re not happy. They want to get their lives back on track and it’s cold outside. They see no prospect of relief.” House Speaker John Boehner promised a House vote today after his decision to delay an action on a broader Sandy relief package provoked outrage from Northeast Republicans, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who said he’d lost trust in GOP leaders in Congress after being promised a vote earlier this week. About 140,000 Sandyrelated flood insurance claims have been filed, FEMA officials said, and most have yet to be closed out. Many flood victims have only received partial payments on their claims. Philip Rock has received $8,000 in flood insurance payments so far but said he is awaiting a statement on the final amount, which he expects to be much more. A house he owns in Toms River, N.J., had a $220,000 flood insurance policy. The house, which he rents out, was destroyed, and he needs to know the final payout before
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One Year Ago • Students at Fort Jennings Elementary School participated in an after-school program called F.O.R.T. Adventure. This program is sponsored by the Safe Schools, Healthy Students WASHINGTON (AP) — Program made possible through the Putnam County Education Service Center. Students in grades 1-4 made crafts, cooked A new Congress opened for business Thursday to confront international foods and learned Spanish. long-festering national problems, deficits and immigration 25 Years Ago — 1988 • St. John’s Lady Blue Jays traveled to Continental Monday among them, in an intensely evening where they annihilated the Pirates by 40 points, 70-30. partisan and crisis-driven era Leading the way for the victors was Vicki Kunz with 19 mark- of divided government. “The ers. Four other Jays also found their way into twin digits. American dream is in peril,” Sharon Wilhelm contributed 13; Lisa Sadler, 12; Shannon said House Speaker John Boehner, re-elected to his Wieging, 11 and Sue Klausing, 10. • Gene Hayes of Delphos held a reunion this past week- post despite a mini-revolt in end with some of his World War II Army buddies. Ray Republican ranks. Moments after grasping an Stokes of Hewisst, Minn., Gene Clem of Middletown and Bill Smith of Urbana, all served with Hayes in the same oversized gavel that symbolamphibious company after service in North Africa, the inva- izes his authority, Boehner sion of Sicily, Salerno and Anzio in Italy, and in southern implored the assembly of newcomers and veterans in the France. • Elida crushed Findlay 71-34 Monday night at Elida as four 113th Congress to tackle the Bulldog players scored in double figures. Chris Warris led with nation’s heavy burden of debt 14. Stephanie Smith and Angie Lybarger added 12 each and at long last. “We have to be Cindy Baker chipped in 11. Warris and Lybarger were each six willing — truly willing — to make this right.” of seven from the field. Also on the two-year agenda is the first significant effort 50 Years Ago — 1963 at an overhaul of the tax code • Rev. and Mrs. Henry Hawkins, missionaries to in more than a quarter century. Johannesburg, South Africa, will be honored at a farewell Republicans and Democrats service at Calvary Conservative Christian Church Sunday eve- alike say they want to chop at ning. Mrs. Hawkins is the former Cecile Clevenger, daughter a thicket of existing tax breaks of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Clevenger of the Gomer area and is and use the resulting revenue well-known in the community. to reduce rates. • Members of the I D Bridge Club attended a luncheon at There were personal mileHarmon’s Restaurant Thursday and then played bridge at the stones aplenty as the winners home of Mrs. Joseph Busch on North Canal Street. At the con- of last fall’s races swore an clusion of the games, first prize was awarded to Mrs. Anton oath of office as old as the Van Autreve, second to Mrs. William Deffenbaugh and travel- republic. ing to Clara Tilton. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp • Dorothy Miller and Theola Wilcox were hostesses for the of North Dakota, Elizabeth meeting of the Ladies Aid held Wednesday afternoon at the Warren of Massachusetts, Christian Union Church. Mrs. Wilcox was in charge of the Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, devotional period. Scriptures taken from the 13th chapter of Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Matthew and the 15th chapter of Proverbs were read by Flora Deb Fischer of Nebraska Spring and Beulah Jacobs. were among the newcomers sworn in, raising the number 75 Years Ago — 1938 of women in the Senate to a • Plans are moving forward for an Amateur Contest record 20. Tim Scott of South program which will be presented Jan. 14 at Hunsaker School, Carolina became the first black three miles east of Delphos on Route 30-N. Members of the Republican in the Senate in committee in charge are urging those who wish to participate more than three decades. to get in touch with Mrs. Ray Danner, East Second Street. On the first day of a new Awards will be made to those successful in the Amateur pro- term, one veteran made a stirgram. ring comeback. Republican Sen. • A group of former Jefferson basketball stars will engage Mark Kirk of Illinois returned in the annual alumni game for supremacy of school to the Capitol for the first time basketball when the forces will tackle the current class of since suffering a stroke a year sharp-shooting Jefferson varsity players on Friday night. ago, walking slowly up the 45 The Alumni are being groomed for battle by Claude “Tweet” steps to the Capitol with the use Swartz, who is acting as team manager and captain for this of a cane. “Good to see you, guys,” he said. year’s quintet. Across the Capitol, children • Kenneth Connelly, scout executive, addressed the regular meeting of the Delphos Council, Knights of Columbus, and grandchildren squirmed conducted Monday evening in the council rooms. The council through opening formalities sponsors a troop in Delphos, and the duties of the committee in that ended with Boehner’s charge were discussed at some length. Hubert Ricker, Donald election as the most powerImber and Henry Gemke, Jr., were named on the Scout com- ful Republican in a government where President Barack mittee. Obama will soon be sworn in to a second term and his fellow Democrats control the Senate. “At $16 trillion and rising, our national debt is draining free enterprise and weakening the ship of state,” said the Ohio Republican, whose struggles to control his members persisted to the final weekend of the 112th Congress when “fiscal cliff” legislation finally cleared. “The American dream is in peril so long as its namesake is weighed down by this anchor of debt. Break its hold and we will begin to set our economy free. Jobs will come home. Confidence will come back.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he, too, is ready for attempts to rein in federal spending, but laid down a few conditions. “Any future budget agreements must balance the need for thoughtful spending reductions with revenue from the wealthiest among us and closing wasteful tax loopholes,” he said. That was in keeping with Obama’s remarks after Congress had agreed on fiscal cliff legislation to raise taxes for the wealthy while keeping them level for the middle class.
More fiscal clashes loom as new Congress opens
Farm bill extension evidence of lost clout
WASHINGTON — A patchwork extension of federal farm programs passed as part of a larger “fiscal cliff” bill keeps the price of milk from rising but doesn’t include many of the goodies that farm-state lawmakers are used to getting for their rural districts. House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders who spent more than a year working on a half-trillion-dollar, five-year farm bill that would keep subsidies flowing had to accept in the final hours a slimmeddown, nine-month extension of 2008 law with few extras for anyone. With the new Congress opening Thursday, they’ll have to start the farm bill process over again, most likely with even less money for agriculture programs this year and the recognition that farm interests have lost some of the political clout they once held. “I think there’s a lot of hurt feelings, that all of this time and energy was put into it and you’ve got nothing By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER The Associatec Press to show for it,” said Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said it even more bluntly on the Senate floor just after she learned that the bare-bones extension would be part of the fiscal cliff deal. “There is no way to explain this,” she said angrily as the deal came together New Year’s Eve. “None. There is absolutely no way to explain this other than agriculture is just not a priority.” After Congress failed to pass a farm bill earlier last year, the legislation became tangled in the end-of-theyear fiscal cliff talks as dairy subsidies were set to expire Jan. 1 and send the price of milk to $6 or $7 a gallon, double current prices. The White House and congressional leaders negotiating the fiscal cliff had agreed that the bill would somehow have to avert that “dairy cliff,” but it was uncertain how. Hoping to salvage some of their work, Stabenow and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., crafted a last-minute extension of 2008 farm law limit by around late February or risk defaulting on its debt. Congressional Republicans are pressing for deep spending cuts in return for any increase in the borrowing limit. President Barack Obama has repeatedly said he wants the issues kept separate. Depending on December’s figure, hiring may finish the year slightly below its 2011 pace. Employers added 1.84 million jobs in 2011, the most in five years. In the first 11 months of 2012, employers added 1.67 million. Job gains would have to top 170,000 in December to push 2012 ahead of the previous year. Some economists do expect gains at that level or higher. On a monthly basis, the differences are slight. Job gains averaged 151,500 a month in the first 11 months of 2012, compared with 153,000 in 2011. Hiring probably won’t rise above the current 150,000 per month trend until after the borrowing limit is resolved, economists say. A similar fight over raising the debt ceiling in 2011 was only settled at the last hour and nearly brought the nation to the brink of default. Reports Thursday indicated the job market is improving slightly. The most encouraging sign came from payroll provider
he can demolish it. The house is a “total loss,” Rock said. “We don’t want to demolish the house and have them say, ‘We have to go around and take more pictures.”’ New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were the states hardest hit by the storm in terms of damage from high winds, flooding and storm surges. The storm damaged or destroyed more than 72,000 homes and businesses in New Jersey. In New York, 305,000 housing units were damaged or destroyed and more than 265,000 businesses were affected. The flood insurance measure is the first phase of a proposed Sandy aid package. Under Boehner’s new schedule, the House will vote Jan. 15 on an additional $51 billion in recovery money. Senate action on that measure is expected the following week. Fiscally pressured local governments are awaiting that money. “This funding will give the city and state the muchneeded resources to rebuild our damaged infrastructure and provide further aid to individuals and small businesses struggling to pick up the pieces of their lives,” said Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., whose district includes Staten Island, one of New York’s hardest-hit areas.
Steady US hiring expected last month despite cliff
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers likely kept hiring last month at a modest but steady pace, despite tense negotiations that pushed the economy to the brink of the fiscal cliff. Economists forecast that employers added 155,000 jobs in December, according to a survey by FactSet. That would be slightly higher than November’s 148,000. The unemployment rate is projected to remain at 7.7 percent. Stable hiring would mean the job market held up during the talks between Congress and the White House over tax increases and spending cuts that were not resolved until the new year. A trio of encouraging reports Thursday on private hiring and layoffs suggested companies did not panic last month, although the Labor Department report will offer a more accurate measure of how businesses responded to the uncertainty in Washington. While Congress and the White House reached a deal this week that removed the threat of income tax increases on most Americans, they postponed the more difficult decisions on cutting spending. And the government must increase its $16.4 trillion borrowing
to add to the fiscal cliff package, including help for their own state interests: fruit and vegetable growers plentiful in Michigan, and more than $600 million in emergency money for livestock producers who were affected by drought, a priority for Lucas. In addition to averting the milk price spike, their bill also contained an overhaul of dairy programs, a priority for House Agriculture’s top Democrat, Collin Peterson of Minnesota. The extension Stabenow and Lucas crafted cost around $1 billion — an amount too high and too risky for House and Senate leaders negotiating the broader fiscal cliff deal. According to aides familiar with the talks, the White House and congressional leaders wanted a farm bill extension with no major policy changes or new spending that could subject the entire fiscal cliff bill to opposition. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky added a bare-bones version of a farm bill extension that didn’t include money for any of the agriculture leaders’ top priorities and renewed other farm programs without any new funding. ADP. Its monthly employment survey showed businesses added 215,000 jobs last month, the most in 10 months and much higher than November’s total of 148,000. Economists tend to approach the ADP survey with some skepticism because it has diverged sharply at times from the government’s job figures. But some economists were also hopeful after seeing businesses were less inclined to cut jobs last month. Outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said that the number of announced job cuts fell 43 percent in December from November, and overall planned layoffs in 2012 fell to the lowest level since 1997. The decline in layoffs coincided with a drop last month in the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits. The four-week average was little changed at 360,000 last week. That’s slightly above the previous week’s 359,750, which was the lowest since March 2008. Still, the unemployment rate remains high. It fell to 7.7 percent in November from 7.9 percent in October. But that was mostly because many of the unemployed stopped looking for jobs. The government counts people as unemployed only if they are actively searching for work.
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TODAY We have reached the begin1-4 p.m. — Interfaith Thrift ning of another new year. It is Store is open for shopping. now time for us to look back on the year we had. SATURDAY As parents each passing 9 a.m.-noon — Interfaith year brings us many mileThrift Store is open for shop- stones. Many new parents ping. saw their child’s first smile, St. Vincent DePaul Society, first tooth and first steps. We located at the east edge of the saw first days of school, we St. John’s High School parking watched sports games and dance recitals. We helped our lot, is open. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Delphos children deal with the excitement of their first boyfriend/ Postal Museum is open. 12:15 p.m. — Testing of girlfriend, and the breakup of warning sirens by Delphos Fire their first major relationship. It was a year that was both and Rescue 1-3 p.m. — Delphos Canal exhilarating and heartbreakCommission Museum, 241 N. ing. As a nation, we saw the joy Main St., is open. in the faces of parents as their 7 p.m. — Bingo at St. John’s children and our Olympic Little Theatre. athletes achieved greatness in their chosen sports. The hard SUNDAY 1-3 p.m. — The Delphos work and sacrifice that they Canal Commission Museum, and their children put forth culminated in the moment 241 N. Main St., is open. of a lifetime because win or lose, they had achieved the MONDAY status of Olympic athlete. 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at We also watched in horror Delphos Senior Citizen Center, as we heard about the lives 301 Suthoff Street. of 26 people taken by a man 7 p.m. — Delphos City who was armed with more Council meets at the Delphos firepower than brainpower. Municipal Building, 608 N. We looked into the faces of Canal St. all those beautiful children Delphos Parks and Recreation board meets at the recreation building at Stadium Park. Washington Township trustees meet at the township house. 7:30 p.m. — Spencerville village council meets at the mayor’s office. Delphos Eagles Auxiliary meets at the Eagles Lodge, 1600 Fifth St. 8 p.m. — The Veterans of Foreign Wars meet at the hall. TUESDAY 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff Street. 6:30 p.m. — Delphos Lions Club, Eagles Lodge, 1600 E. Fifth St. 7:30 p.m. — Ottoville Emergency Medical Service members meet at the municipal building. Ottoville VFW Auxiliary members meet at the hall. Fort Jennings Local School District board members meet at the high school library. Alcoholics Anonymous, First Presbyterian Church, 310 W. Second St. 8:30 p.m. — Elida village council meets at the town hall. WEDNESDAY 9 a.m. - noon — Putnam County Museum is open, 202 E. Main St. Kalida. 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff Street. Noon — Rotary Club meets at The Grind. 4 p.m. — Delphos Public Library board members meet at the library conference room. 6 p.m. — Shepherds of Christ Associates meet in the St. John’s Chapel.
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and felt pain for the parents who had to deal with the loss. We held our own children tighter and realized how fragile that bond with our children really is. Through all the highs and lows, the triumphs and losses, the laughter and the tears, we have learned a little more about parenthood. We started out as rookies in this adventure. We get lots of advice from everyone (both good and bad) and we learn that most of parenting doesn’t come from our head and it certainly doesn’t come from a book. It really comes from our heart. We are the one person in our child’s life who can be counted on to make decisions for them based on what will benefit them most. For everyone else, ulterior motives are often at stake. Friends want to have fun sometimes at the expense of common sense; coaches want to win a game, sometimes at the expense of health; and siblings want to gain an upper hand, sometimes at their sibling’s expense. But parents just want their child to make the decisions that will keep them healthy, have
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DELPHOS — St. John’s seemingly had things going its way Thursday night in Midwest Athletic Conference girls basketball action at Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium. The Lady Blue Jays led Coldwater 34-28 heading into the final period. Alas for the Jays, basketball is a 4-quarter game and the Lady Cavaliers owned the finale 17-7 to grab a 45-41 victory. In truth, Coldwater sophomore Hannah Bruns (18 markers, 9 boards) owned the fourth, scoring 10 of the team’s points. She got away from the Blue Jay defense either in transition or by posting up in the half-court game. Her transition deuce at 3:04 gave Coldwater the lead for good at 42-41. Brooke Welsch hit a pair of free throws at 2:00 to move that to 44-41. Sophomore Jill Kanney could only hit one of six freebies — including two front end of the bonus — in the final 52.1 ticks but the Cavalier 1-2-2 zone defense made that stand up. The Jays (5-4, 1-2) committed six of their 14 game turnovers in the final four minutes and they missed their final six shots to go scoreless the last five minutes. “We weren’t tough enough to finish this game. They upped their pressure on both ends of the floor and we didn’t respond,” Jays mentor Dan J. Grothouse said. “We didn’t handle their defensive pressure and either turned the ball over, missed the shots we took or didn’t take shots we should have. Then they just beat us down the floor; we didn’t get back defensively. We have to toughen up to win these games.” The first period saw both team’s offenses being forced to work the ball for good shots, the Cavaliers using their 1-2-2 zone and the Jays their man-to-man defense. Kanney hit a pair of treys for the visitors but senior Jessica Recker (17 counters, 4 trios) countered those with two of her own for the hosts. In fact,
St. John’s senior Jessica Recker contorts her body to try and get this shot off successfully among three Coldwater players Thursday night at Arnzen Gymnasium. She scored 17 points but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Blue Jays fell to the Cavaliers. (Delphos Herald/Tom Morris) her 3-ball from the right cor- within 21-17. ner at the 25-second mark Even though both team gave the Blue and Gold an shot well in the third — com11-10 edge. bining for 10-of-16 — they The Lady Jays’ bigs: 5-11 had to work hard to get those senior Katie Vorst and 5-11 looks. Kanney continued her freshman Sydney Fischbach; consistency, scoring another both picked up their second five markers, but this time it fouls in the quarter and were was St. John’s junior Emilie done for the half. Fischbach who more than Recker and Kanney matched that with a pair of renewed their battle in the triples. Every time the Jays second period, with Recker seemed on the verge of putnetting six and Kanney five. ting it away, the Lady Cavs However, St. John’s junior had the answer. Fischbach’s Erica Saine (8 counters) gave triple from the left wing at her teammate a little more 1:15 put her squad up 34-26 support with four markers, but Kanney hit a running while the only other Cavalier 5-foot teardrop at 50 ticks to to score was Bruns with a bas- make it 34-28. ket. Saine’s mid-lane pull-up “That was a problem all jumper at 1:02 gave the host game. We had chances to their biggest lead of 21-12 but build bigger leads or even put Kanney scored all her points, it away and we didn’t make including a 26-footer from the plays needed,” Grothouse out front at 6.1 ticks, to get added. “We’d have a turnover
or a missed shot and they’d beat us down the floor to get an easy look. We did a lot of good things tonight and we did show improvement. Now we just have to play for four quarters and do so consistently.” In sum, Coldwater finished 17-of-40 (3-of-7 triples) for 42.5 percent; 8-of-13 at the line (61.5%); with 25 caroms (9 offensive); and adding 12 turnovers and a mere seven fouls. Megan Muhlenkamp delivered five assists and three steals before fouling out. In toto, St. John’s was 15-of-38 shooting from the field (8-of-19 long range) for 39.5 percent; hit all three singles; nabbed 22 boards (5 offensive) as Vorst had seven; and totaled 16 fouls. Junior Brooke Zuber handed off five dimes. They visit Fort Jennings for a 12:30 p.m. (junior varsity start) clash Saturday. In JV action, Coldwater outscored the Jays 28-13 in the second half to take a 37-30 triumph. Erica Sudhoff and Denise Schwieterman each netted nine for the Lady Cavaliers, while freshman Rachel Pohlman dropped in 16 for the Jays.
VARSITY COLDWATER (45) Megan Muhlenkamp 1-0-2, Joelle Hemmelgarn 0-0-0, Ali Dues 0-0-0, Bridget Dues 0-0-0, Brooke Welsch 1-2-4, Hannah Bruns 7-4-18, Sarah Kanney 6-2-17, Karla Borgerding 2-04. Totals 14-3-8/13-45. ST. JOHN’S (41) Tara Vorst 0-0-0, Emilie Fischbach 2-0-6, Brooke Zuber 1-0-3, Rebekah Fischer 1-0-3, Katie Vorst 2-0-4, Erica Saine 4-0-8, Jessica Recker 5-317, Amanda Boberg 0-0-0, Sydney Fischbach 0-0-0. Totals 7-8-3/3-41. Score by Quarters: Coldwater 10 7 11 17 - 45 St. John’s 11 10 13 7 - 41 Three-point goals: Coldwater, Kanney 3; St. John’s, Recker 4, E. Fischbach 2, Zuber, Fischer. ----JUNIOR VARSITY COLDWATER (37) Kiersten Siefring 0-2-2, Bridget Dues 2-0-4, Erica Sudhoff 4-1-9, Leah Homan 3-0-6, Emma Homan 2-0-4, Brooke Klosterman 1-0-2, Denise Schwieterman 3-3-9, Josie Luthman 0-1-1. Totals 15-0-7/20-37. ST. JOHN’S (30) Rachel Pohlman 6-3-16, Emilie Grothouse 1-0-2, Olivia Kahny 1-0-2, Maddie Pohlman 0-0-0, Ashlyn Troyer 0-0-0, Sam Kramer 1-0-2, Samantha Wehri 0-0-0, Colleen Schulte 2-2-8. Totals 8-3-5/6-30. Score by Quarters: Coldwater 6 3 13 15 - 37 St. John’s 6 11 7 6 - 30 Three-point goals: Coldwater, none; St. John’s, Schulte 2, R. Pohlman.
Ottoville defense swarms LadyCats KALIDA — The Ottoville defense made things very difficult for Kalida Thursday night, swarming the LadyCats 51-27 in Putnam County League girls basketball at The Wildcat Den. Ottoville (10-0, 2-0 PCL) neutralized the speedy Kalida guards and held the LadyCats (6-3, 2-1 PCL) to 8-of-33 shooting (5-of-13 treys) for 24 percent and 6-of9 singles (66.7%). Nicole Recker was the top scorer with eight. They totaled 15 boards (4 offensive) and 25 errors.
On the other end, the Lady Green shot a solid 19-of-37 from the field (4-of-8 downtown) for 51 percent and 9-of-11 at the line (82%). R a c h e l Turnwald netted 14, Nicole Vorst 11 and Abby Siefker 10. They added 22 boards (4 offensive) and 22 miscues. Both teams return to action Saturday: Kalida at home versus Wapakoneta (noon) and Ottoville at home versus Columbus Grove (1 p.m.).
OTTOVILLE (51) Rachel Turnwald 3-2-2-14, Nicole Vorst 3-1-2-11, Abby Siefker 4-0-210, Taylor Mangas 2-1-0-7, Rachel Beining 2-0-3-7, Courtney Von Sossan 1-0-0-2, Tanya Kaufman 0-00-0, Haley Landwehr 0-0-0-0, Annie Lindeman 0-0-0-0, Kendra Eickholt
0-0-0-0, Monica Sarka 0-0-0-0. Totals 15-4-9/11-51. KALIDA (27) Jackie Gardner 0-2-0-6, Nicole Recker 0-2-2-8, Summer Holtkamp 1-0-2-4, Nicole Reindel 0-0-00, Kiersten Recker 0-1-0-3, Kylie Siebeneck 0-0-0-0, Amy Smith 1-00-2, Elizabeth Turnwald 0-0-0-0, Kristi Honigfort 0-0-0-0, Kennedy Hoffman 0-0-0-0, Makenna Vorst 0-0-0-0, Kylie Osterhage 1-0-0-2, Brittany Kahle 0-02-2. Totals 3-5-6/9-27. Score by Quarters: Ottoville 14 15 13 9 - 51 Kalida 4 9 7 7 - 27 JV score: Ottoville 25-14. -----
Thursday night as invading Botkins handed the Lady Bearcats a 57-43 non-league loss. Bergman and Pitts each tallied 15 for the visitors, while McCullough added 12. Kaitlyn Probst tallied 12 for the hosts and Meagan Miller 10. Spencerville hosts Bluffton 6 p.m. Thursday.
BOTKINS (57) Bergman 15, Pitts 15, McCullough 12, Koch 7, Schneider 4, Heuker 3, Kramer 1. Totals 17-20-57. SPENCERVILLE (43) Kaitlyn Probst 12, Megan Miller 10, Alyssa Mulholland 8, Abbie Freewalt 6, Karri Purdy 5, Katie Merriman 2. Totals 15-12-43. Score by Quarters: Botkins 16 11 18 12 - 57 Spencerville 10 14 8 11 - 43 Three-point goals: Botkins 3 (Koch, McCullough, Bergman), Spencerville 1 (Purdy).
Botkins hands Spencerville girls non-league loss
Browns conduct interviews, wait for Oregon’s Kelly
By TOM WITHERS The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Win or lose, once Chip Kelly finishes coaching Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl and walks off the field and likely toward a job in the NFL, the Browns will be waiting for him They won’t be alone. The Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills also are interested in signing Kelly, the offensive mastermind whose break-neck, stop-us-if-you-can system is already being copied in the pro game. There could be others courting the 49-year-old Kelly but the Browns, Eagles and Bills seem to be the leaders to land him. It’s not yet clear who will get the first crack at Kelly, who spent the past few days in advance of Thursday night’s game against Kansas State deflecting questions about his future. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner have spent the past few days in Arizona, where they have already several interviews in preparation of their meeting with Kelly. On Tuesday, the Browns interviewed Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who described his meeting with the team as “fantastic.” O n Wednesday, the Browns’ brass met with former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, fired earlier this week after six seasons with the club. Whisenhunt was a special teams coach in Cleveland under Chris Palmer in 1999, the Browns’ first season back in the league as an expansion franchise. And according to multiple reports, the Browns also interviewed Syracuse’s Doug Marrone and Penn State’s Bill O’Brien for their coaching vacancy. However, O’Brien’s agent, Joe Linta, said late Thursday night that the coach has decided to stay at Penn State. O’Brien, who previously worked as New England’s offensive coordinator, steered the Nittany Lions through the horrendous Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal this season and to an 8-4 record. “His loyalty to the team and those kids was a really strong bond,” Linta said in a phone interview with the Associated Press. “Although he loves the NFL and loves coaching, the experience this year with those kids was the opportunity of a lifetime for him.” The Browns are not confirming or commenting on any interviews. When he announced Pat Shurmur’s firing earlier this week, Haslam was aware that a bidding war might lie ahead if Cleveland is to get its top choice as coach. Although this may be his first foray into a coaching search, Haslam has hired many business executives over the years and he wasn’t concerned about any competition. In fact, he seemed to relish a race. “We’re not going to worry about who else is out there looking for a coach,” Haslam said. “We have our people in mind and we’re going to work hard to bring the right person here to Cleveland.” Kelly’s lack of any pro coaching experience doesn’t seem to be scaring off the Browns. They are intrigued by his up-tempo, no-huddle offense, which New England coach Bill Belichick implemented this season after meeting with Kelly during the summer. Before the search ends, Banner may find himself trying to beat out the Eagles, his former team. Banner spent 19 seasons with Philadelphia, including the last 12 as president. Like Haslam, Banner believes the Browns will be able to get the coach they’re after. “We go into this extremely confident that we can go after the top people available, at least the top people in our opinion, and that we have a very good chance of being successful in convincing them that this is the right situation,” he said. “Most of these top coaches are focused on finding a place where they think they can win and we think we can make a very good case
SPENCERVILLE — Though they were at home, the home-court advantage didn’t work for Spencerville’s girls basketball team
MIDDLE POINT - Those in attendance at Lincolnview High School Thursday evening to watch the Lady Lancers take on crosscounty foe Van Wert got their money’s worth - and then some - before four clutch free throws helped Van Wert escape with a 47-45 win. “It’s a great win for us. (Lincolnview) is a really good team. They’ve been playing really well. We were a little bit worried about the way they get up and down the floor and the way they pass the ball,” explained Van Wert coach Lance Moonshower. After trailing much of the second half, including a deficit as large as 10, Lincolnview clawed its way back in the contest late. A layup from senior post Kaitlyn Brant tied the game at 43 with 55 seconds to play in the game. Then things got interesting. On the ensuing Van Wert possession, the ball got knocked loose and several members of each team scuffled for the ball. Van Wert was awarded a timeout and the ball but Lady Lancer sophomore guard Julia Thatcher had a tooth knocked out and had to exit the game. After a 10-minute delay due to the injury, senior Lincolnview guard Katie Dye picked up a steal and was fouled with 19.1 seconds to play. Dye made both free throws to give the Lady Lancers a 45-43 lead. Van Wert’s Erin Morrow was fouled with 10 seconds to play on the other end and hit both of her free throws to tie the game at 45. Shortly after the Lincolnview in-bounds play, sophomore guard Alexa Dunlap got a steal which resulted in sophomore forward Alexis Dowdy being fouled with 3.1 seconds to play. Dowdy made both free throws and the Lady Cougars held on the final three seconds for a 47-45 win. “Those are pressure free throws,” Moonshower said of the four made by Morrow and Dowdy in the final 10 seconds. “Two to get us back in the game and two to win the game.” Lincolnview took a 15-10 lead after a quarter of play, thanks to 7-of-14 shooting and five points from senior guard Claire Dye. The difference in the game might have been the middle two quarters, where the Van Wert offense was good but the defense was better, holding Lincolnview to 1-of-10 shooting in the second quarter and 1-of-6 shooting in the third. “The shots that we did get early in the game, we couldn’t connect,” said Lincolnview coach Dan Williamson. Despite shooting 10 per-
why this is the best opportunity in the league right now.” Marrone emerged as a surprise candidate to many but his NFL experience makes him attractive. Before returning to his alma mater to coach the Orange, the 48-year-old spent three seasons as an offensive coordinator with New Orleans, where he helped quarterback Drew Brees throw for more than 4,000 yards three years straight. There was speculation about Marrone’s future when Syracuse started 2-4 but the Orange won six of its last seven and rolled West Virginia 38-14 in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl last week. The Browns aren’t putting any timeline on finding their next coach, Cleveland’s sixth since ’99. “The sooner the better,” Haslam added. “The key thing is to get the right person. If we happen to find the right person this week, we’ll have him back here in a week. If it takes a month, we’re going to take a month because we’re very sensitive to getting this right.”
cent in the second quarter, the Lady Lancers held a 23-20 lead at the break. When the slump continued into the second half, however, Van Wert took their lead. “We didn’t play well in the first half and we were fortunate to have a 3-point lead going into halftime,” explained Williamson. “They were killing us on the offensive boards. I think they ended up with 11. It’s tough to win when you give up that many second chances.” Van Wert got 10 points from Dunlap alone in the third - to Lincolnview’s six collectively - and ran its advantage to 34-24 in the stanza before their lead dwindled to 36-29 by the start of the fourth. “She’s probably been our most consistent player,” described Moonshower of Dunlap, who had 15 points and three steals on the night. “Game-in, game-out, she’s very solid. Tonight she really stepped up defensively - used her athleticism. She’s probably the fastest girl on the court and really used that to her advantage.” The Lincolnview offense awakened in the fourth, shooting 5-of-9 from the field. Down 43-35 halfway through the fourth, Katie Dye hit a jump shot and converted a layup to shrink the Van Wert lead to four. After two Brant layups, the game was tied at 43. “We didn’t change anything we were dong offensively (going into the fourth),” said Williamson. “We started attacking the basket a little bit more. ... Our defensive picked up as well, which is a key for us.” Unfortunately for the Lady Lancers, Van Wert went 3-of6 in the final frame to escape with the win. “I told (the girls) on the bench when we were down two and we were tied, ‘this is why you play basketball this is why you play sports. To be in situations like this.’ And it’s nice to see girls who are pretty young and inexperienced step up,” said Moonshower. Despite the loss, the comeback wasn’t lost on Williamson: “I’ve got to give our girls a lot of credit. Being down, we battled back and got the lead. We had a chance to get a shot at the end and they just made a nice defensive play. That’s how it goes sometimes. The stats, like the score, were relatively close. The Lady Lancers outshot the Cougars 37.5 percent (15of-40) to 36 percent (16-of45). The Lady Lancers went 13-of-16 from the line to 14-of-19 for Van Wert. Van Wert, however, pulled down 30 rebounds to Lincolview’s 16 - despite turning the ball over 20 times to Lincolnview’s 18. The win improves Van Wert to 4-6 on the season and marks the second in a row for the team. “We needed something to get our momentum going in the right direction and I think the last two wins show the girls that we can win, we can play basketball. We just need to go out there and do what we need to do,” added Moonshower. Van Wert was led by Morrow’s 16 points and Dowdy added 14. The Lady Lancers were led by Katie Dye, who notched 16 points. Julia Thatcher and Claire Dye each added 10. The loss drops Lincolnview to 8-3 on the season. “We wanted to be 9-2 after this game but 8-3 isn’t bad. We’ve just got to bounce back from this and not let it drag us down,” concluded Williamson.
VAN WERT (2pt. 3pt. FT Pts.) Hall 0-2 0-0 0-2 0, Hulbert 0-2 0-2 0-0 0, Moonshower 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Dunlap 5-12 0-0 5-6 15, C. Butler 1-3 0-0 0-0 2, Morrow 5-6 1-3 3-4 16, Dowdy 4-13 0-0 6-7 14, Weigle 0-1 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-40 1-5 14-19 47. LINCOLNVIEW K. Thatcher 0-5 0-0 3-5 3, C. Dye 2-5 2-2 0-0 10, K. Dye 5-12 0-0 6-6 16, J. Thatcher 3-6 0-1 4-5 10, McCleery 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Brant 3-6 0-0 0-0 6. Totals 13-36 2-3 13-16 45. Score by Quarters: Van Wert 10 10 16 11 - 47 Lincolnview 15 8 6 16 - 45
Oregon runs past K-State 35-17 at Fiesta Bowl
By JOHN MARSHALL The Associated Press GLENDALE, Ariz. — As Oregon coach Chip Kelly was about to receive the massive Fiesta Bowl trophy, Ducks’ fans inside University of Phoenix Stadium started a chant of “We want Chip!” Whether he returns or not is up in the air. If Kelly does head to the NFL, this was a great send-off. Sparked by De’Anthony Thomas’ 94-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff, No. 5 Oregon turned the Fiesta Bowl into a track meet from the start and bolted past No. 7 Kansas State 35-17 Thursday night in what could be Kelly’s final game with the Ducks. “This wasn’t going to be a distraction,” Kelly said of reports that he was headed to the NFL. “It wasn’t a distraction for me — I think it’s an honor. But I think it’s an honor because of the players we have in this program that people want to talk to me.” Teams that had their national title aspirations end on the same day, Oregon and Kansas State ended up in the desert for a marquee matchup billed as a battle of styles: The fast-flying Ducks vs. the methodical Wildcats. With Kelly reportedly talking to several NFL teams, Oregon (12-1) was too much for Kansas State and its Heisman Trophy finalist, Collin Klein, who were playing catch-up from the start. Thomas followed his before-everyone-sat-down kickoff return with a 23-yard touchdown catch, finishing with 195 total yards. Kenjon Barner ran for 143 yards on 31 carries and scored on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota in the second quarter. Mariota later scored on a 2-yard run in the third quarter, capped by an obscure 1-point safety that went in the Ducks’ favor. Even Oregon’s defense got into the act, intercepting Klein twice and holding him to 30 yards on 13 carries. “We got beat by a better team tonight, combined by the fact that we let down from time to time,” coach Bill Snyder said after Kansas State’s fifth straight bowl loss. Last year’s Fiesta Bowl was an offensive fiesta, with Oklahoma State outlasting Stanford 41-38 in overtime. The 2013 version was an upgrade: Nos. 4 and 5 in the BCS, two of the nation’s best offenses, dynamic players and superbly successful coaches on both sides. Oregon has become the standard for go-go-go football under Kelly, its fleet of Ducks making those shiny helmets — green like Christmas tree bulbs for the Fiesta Bowl — and flashy uniforms blur across the grassy landscape. Thomas offered the first flash of speed, picking up a couple of blocks and racing toward a not-so-photo finish at the line. Thomas hit the Wildcats (11-2) again late in the first quarter, breaking a couple of tackles and dragging three defenders into the end zone for a catch-and-run TD that put the Ducks up 15-0. It’s nothing new for Oregon’s sophomore sensation: He had 314 total yards and two long touchdown runs in the 2012 Rose Bowl. The Ducks are used to it, too, averaging more than 50 points per game. And they kept flying. Oregon followed a missed 40-yard field goal by Kansas State’s Anthony Cantele by unleashing one of its blinkand-you’ll-miss-it scoring drives late in the second quarter. Moving 77 yards in 46 seconds, the Ducks went up 22-10 at halftime after Mariota hit Barner on 24-yard TD pass. Alejandro Maldonado hit a 33-yard field goal on Oregon’s opening drive of the third quarter and Mariota capped a long drive with an easy 2-yard TD run to the left. Kansas State’s Javonta Boyd blocked the point-after attempt but even that went
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The Associated Press Thursday’s Result Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Oregon 35, Kansas State 17 Today’s Game Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas Texas A&M (10-2) vs. Oklahoma (10-2), 8 p.m. (FOX) Saturday’s Game BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. Mississippi (6-6), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Sunday’s Game GoDaddy.com Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Kent State (11-2) vs. Arkansas State (9-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday’s Game BCS National Championship At Miami Notre Dame (12-0) vs. Alabama (12-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
The Associated Press PENN STATE HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s attorney general said she granted Gov. Tom Corbett the authority to file a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA because the litigation could present a conflict of interest as her office prosecutes three Penn State administrators. Attorney General Linda Kelly told The Associated Press that “an actual conflict of interest could — and likely would — arise if this office were involved in both cases.” Her office is prosecuting Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley on charges of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction, conspiracy, failure to report suspected child abuse and perjury. Prosecutors claim they illegally covered up complaints and suspicions about Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator who was convicted last summer of 45 counts of child sexual abuse, including attacks inside campus facilities. COLLEGE FOOTBALL STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Bill O’Brien is staying at Penn State. O’Brien’s agent, Joseph Linta, said Thursday night that the Nittany Lions’ head coach garnered interest from several NFL teams for vacant jobs at the next level. But Linta said the “heartstrings” of O’Brien’s experience from Penn State’s 8-4 season in his first year outweighed the potentially big raise he could have received as an NFL head coach. He said O’Brien made the decision to stay at Penn State and not move forward with potential NFL opportunities Thursday. EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell is headed to the NFL draft after a junior season in which he carried the ball 382 times. PRO FOOTBALL KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs should be quite familiar by now. The sides spent much of the day in negotiations for Reid to become the Chiefs’ coach, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the situation. The discussions followed nine hours of talks Wednesday that went well enough that Reid canceled plans to interview for other openings, the person told the AP. It was unclear which details were preventing the two sides from reaching an agreement. TEMPE, Ariz. — With Andy Reid no longer in the picture, the Arizona Cardinals received per-
mission to interview Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley for their head coaching job, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person asked not to be identified because the situation has not been made public. Haley, former head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, was offensive coordinator for Arizona in the Cardinals’ Super Bowl run in the 2008 season and has a good relationship with Cardinals’ President Michael Bidwill. DALLAS — An autopsy found that Dallas Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown Jr. was sober when he was killed in a crash that led to an intoxication manslaughter charge against the driver, teammate Josh Brent. The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that Brown died of head and neck trauma when their vehicle overturned. He had a dislocated neck, a severely bruised spine and a blood alcohol content of 0.056 percent, well below the Texas limit of 0.08 percent. SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers placekicker David Akers said he received death threats on Twitter and closed the account. Akers received the death threats late last month but is unsure at the number of posts directed at him because he did not go further back on his account to see how many. PRO HOCKEY NEW YORK — If there is going to be a hockey season, the NHL and the players’ association can’t afford many more days like this. A long night of bargaining Wednesday that stretched into the early morning hours didn’t end well and likely kept the sides apart for most of the day Thursday. No new full-scale negotiations took place and outside of a few relatively brief, small sessions on specific topics, it was basically a lost day. An agreement this week that could have led to a 52-game season now seems all but lost. If the sides can’t find common ground within the next week, a 48-game season — the shortest NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman ruled the league would play — will also become impossible. NEWARK, N.J. — Jeff Vanderbeek took over sole control of the New Jersey Devils and refinanced the team’s debt. The Devils announced that CIT Group was the lead agency in handling the refinancing. In conjunction with the deal, the minority owners, Brick City Hockey and its related entities, no longer have a stake in the team. PRO BASKETBALL
No fear of wild-card round in NFL
By BARRY WILNER the Associated Press NFL teams have no fear of playing in the wild-card round. Recent history shows the playoff bye isn’t such a big deal anymore. In six of the last seven years, one of the Super Bowl participants didn’t get a bye to begin the postseason. And five of those teams wound up winning the NFL title. So Green Bay’s blowing the bye by losing to Minnesota last Sunday might not be such a setback. Same for Houston, which had an even bigger fall, fumbling away homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs as well as the week off, by losing three of its last four. Of course, Texans coach Gary Kubiak recognizes the week-to-week nature of pro football and how things can change quickly in seven days — and last for a month, right to a championship. “That’s life and that’s part of football,” Kubiak said. “How’d you play last week? How have you played the last few weeks? What have you done lately? That’s our world. We understand that and it hasn’t been good the last few weeks, so hopefully we get it better.” Nobody knows how to achieve that improvement more than the Packers. Two years ago, they barely squeezed into the Super Bowl chase, then raced to three road victories and, finally, a title win over Pittsburgh. “I’d have preferred a week off, to be honest with you,” Packers receiver Jordy Nelson said. “But we put ourselves in this situation throughout the whole year. It’s not just this last game. “This last game had a lot riding on it for us, so ... we’re going to go play. Whatever it takes, we just have to win from here on out.” That begins Saturday night at Lambeau Field against Minnesota. Had the Packers beaten the Vikings last Sunday, they would be sitting at home this weekend watching the Bears play at San Francisco. Instead, they will trudge onto the tundra to face rushing king Adrian Peterson, who ran around, through and over them for 199 yards to get the Vikings into the playoffs. The Vikings had no chance for a bye; they never really were in the chase for the NFC North title. They’re just glad to be in the tournament, knowing that the Steelers, Colts, Packers and Giants (twice) recently covered the lengthier route to the NFL championship. “The cool thing about the playoffs is that once you get in anything can happen,” defensive end Jared Allen said. “You see it happen all of the time, teams make runs and end up winning the Super Bowl.” Some teams already are on runs. Denver won 11 straight to grab the top spot in the AFC. Washington takes a sevengame winning into Sunday’s home game vs Seattle, winner of five in a row. As for the four teams sitting it out this weekend, there certainly are positives to some down time. Denver and Atlanta were last off on Oct. 21, San Francisco and New England on Nov. 4. That’s a long time without a break. “Of course I appreciate the bye. It’s the shortest route to get where we want to go,” Denver linebacker Von Miller said. “We definitely want to take advantage of bye week, we’re resting our bodies and going over some stuff that we did well, some stuff that we did bad during the season. “It’s just trying to fine-tune this ship before we get ready
wrong for the Wildcats. Chris Harper was tackled in the end zone for a bizarre 1-point safety that put Oregon up 32-10. It was the first 1-point safety in major college football since 2004 when Texas did it against Texas A&M, STATS announced. “There were so many things that could have changed the outcome of this game,” Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown said. Kansas State needed a little time to get its wheels spinning on offense, laboring early before Klein scored on a 6-yard run early in the second quarter. Klein kept the Wildcats moving in the quarter, though not toward touchdowns: Cantele hit a 25-yard field goal and missed from 40 after a false-start penalty. Klein hit John Hubert on a 10-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter but all that did was cut Oregon’s lead to 32-17. He threw for 151 yards on 17-of-32 passing. “It wasn’t really complicated,” Kelly added of slowing Klein. “He’s a great player, one of the greats of college football. I had my heart in my throat a couple of times watching him around but our guys just made plays when they had to make plays.” By doing so, they may have put a nice exclamation point on Kelly’s college career.
The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB New York 22 10 .688 — Brooklyn 17 15 .531 5 Philadelphia 15 18 .455 7 1/2 Boston 14 17 .452 7 1/2 Toronto 12 20 .375 10 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 22 8 .733 — Atlanta 20 10 .667 2 Orlando 12 20 .375 11 Charlotte 8 23 .25814 1/2 Washington 4 26 .133 18 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 19 13 .594 — Chicago 17 13 .567 1 Milwaukee 16 14 .533 2 Detroit 12 22 .353 8 Cleveland 7 26 .21212 1/2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 26 9 .743 — Memphis 20 9 .690 3 Houston 18 14 .563 6 1/2 Dallas 13 20 .394 12 New Orleans 7 25 .21917 1/2 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 24 7 .774 — Denver 18 16 .529 7 1/2 Minnesota 15 14 .517 8 Portland 16 15 .516 8 Utah 16 17 .485 9 Pacific Division W L.A. Clippers 25 Golden State22 L.A. Lakers 15 Sacramento 12 Phoenix 12 L 8 10 16 20 21 Pct GB .758 — .688 2 1/2 .484 9 .37512 1/2 .364 13 ——— Thursday’s Results New York 100, San Antonio 83 Minnesota 101, Denver 97 Today’s Games Cleveland at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Sacramento at Toronto, 7 p.m. Brooklyn at Washington, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Portland at Memphis, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Indiana at Boston, 8 p.m. Chicago at Miami, 8 p.m. Houston at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Utah at Phoenix, 9 p.m. L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games Boston at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Milwaukee at Indiana, 7 p.m. New York at Orlando, 7 p.m. Houston at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Sacramento at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Portland at Minnesota, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Philadelphia at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Utah at Denver, 9 p.m. Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Known for getting rings, Phil Jackson finally has given one as well. The retired coach, who won 11 NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls, is engaged to longtime girlfriend and Lakers executive Jeanie Buss. Buss posted a picture on her official Twitter account of her left hand with a diamond ring on her finger. Buss later confirmed the engagement to ESPN.com, saying she received the ring at Christmas. TENNIS BRISBANE, Australia — Serena Williams seized her opportunities in a heavy-hitting match against Sloane Stephens to set up a semifinal against topranked Victoria Azarenka at the Brisbane International. Azarenka had no trouble in a 6-1, 6-0 win over Kazakh qualifier Ksenia Pervak before Williams beat Stephens 6-4, 6-3. DOHA, Qatar — Gael Monfils’ comeback from injury took a hit when he lost to German qualifier Daniel Brands 6-1, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open. CHENNAI, India — Topseeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic and 2-time champion Marin Cilic of Croatia reached the Chennai Open quarterfinals with contrasting styles. Berdych stopped local hope Somdev Devvarman 6-3, 6-1, while Cilic rallied past Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. SHENZHEN, China — Klara Zakopalova advanced to the semifinals of the Shenzhen Open by beating second-seeded Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-2. CYCLING JOHANNESBURG — Burry Stander, a 2-time Olympian from South Africa and one of the world’s best mountain bikers, was killed while training when his bike collided with a taxi. He was 25. The circumstances of the accident near his home in Shelley Beach, south of Durban, were still being investigated, Cycling South Africa announced. SOCCER BUSTO ARSIZIO, Italy — AC Milan players walked off the field because of racist chants, abandoning an exhibition match in the first half with lower division club Pro Patria. The game was interrupted and later ended because of chants directed at several black Milan players, despite appeals to stop from the public address announcer. After repeated chants directed his way, Ghana midfielder KevinPrince Boateng picked up the ball and kicked it at a section of the crowd in the 26th minute of the first half.
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to try to make one of the biggest runs of the season.” Yes, the bye affords them a chance to get healthier, particularly the 49ers, who are concerned about star defensive lineman Justin Smith’s partially torn left triceps. But there’s also the chance of getting stale, something Green Bay experienced last year, and the Giants took advantage of it. Same thing for the Falcons the previous season and the Packers pounced. It’s an interesting dynamic. Some coaches and players prefer to simply keep on playing, especially when their seasons have ended the way the Broncos, Redskins, Seahawks and Vikings closed theirs. Others covet the week off because it means they will be at home for their first postseason game. Not that there’s any guarantee there, either: at least one team with a bye has lost its divisional round game in each of the last seven playoffs. Maybe with the week off, they got a bit complacent. Or rusty. Or undisciplined. “We always say that it goes up a notch, but at the end of the day, it’s still football,” Colts safety Antoine Bethea said about the playoff atmosphere. “Whatever we’ve done to get to this point, you just want to continue to do that, and once you go out there on Sunday, it’s going to be like Week 8, Week 9. “But the thing in the back of your head, you just know if you lose, you go home. So whatever you have to do to prepare throughout the week through that Sunday, that’ll be the easy part.”
The Associated Press NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points, J.R. Smith added 20 and the New York Knicks snapped the San Antonio Spurs’ 7-game winning streak with a 10083 victory Thursday night. Steve Novak added 15 points and Tyson Chandler had 10 points and 14 rebounds to help the Knicks bounced back from consecutive losses by
dominating the final period against the Spurs, who may have run out of gas in their second game in two nights. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker each had just 11 points for the Spurs, who lost Stephen Jackson to an unusual injury, then lost what had been the NBA’s longest winning streak. Jackson played just three minutes off the bench before spraining his right ankle when he took a shot then fell back into a
waitress working the sideline in front of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Smith, who had scored 25 points in his last four games as a reserve, highlighted his outing with an acrobatic dunk in the fourth quarter that brought fans to their feet. The pass came from reserve point guard Pablo Prigioni, who had one of his most complete games since coming to the NBA at age 35, finishing with six points and nine assists.
TIMBERWOLVES 101, NUGGETS 97 DENVER — J.J. Barea scored
12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter while All-Star forward Kevin Love sat on the bench with a sprained finger, lifting Minnesota over Denver. The Timberwolves were playing for the second straight night but fatigue hardly appeared to be a factor as they handed the Nuggets a rare home loss. Denver, on the other hand, looked lethargic two days after snapping the Los Angeles Clippers’ 17-game winning streak. Kosta Koufos and Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 16 points each. The game went back and forth in the final quarter before Luke Ridnour gave the Timberwolves the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 2:43 remaining. Barea followed with another 3 to cement the win.
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Dear Annie: My sister-in- for dinner but be the first in law, “Nina,” is my husband’s line for dessert. My question is this: When only sibling. She is divorced we are entertaining other with grown children. Nina appears to be sweet people’s children and one of to most people, but she can them says to me, “I don’t like get pretty ugly, especially that,” is it OK for me to say, when she drinks. She has ru- “The appropriate response is ined more than one occasion ‘No, thank you.’” And can with her offensive outbursts, I say that telling the hostess you don’t like her often directed at food is considered members of my rude? Am I blowfamily. She says ing this out of prothese horrid things portion? — Midin front of my chilwest Cook dren, which makes Dear Midwest: them uncomfortThese are things the able. parents should be Nina frequentteaching their chilly pops in at our dren, but obviously, home, so I make they are sleeping on polite chitchat the job. If the parand then proceed ents are not presto go about what I was doing and Annie’s Mailbox ent, you may educate the children. let her visit with my husband. I don’t want to If the children are your relaprevent him from having a tives, you may also correct relationship with his sister. them, provided the parents do Apparently, this is the wrong not object. However, if they approach, because Nina now are other people’s children tells my husband she “has no and the parents are present, idea what she ever did to me” you may say the first part, but and doesn’t understand why not the rest. Dear Annie: This is in I “hate” her. He sticks up for me, but it puts him in a tough response to “Curled,” whose ex-husband barely sees his spot. I should also mention that older kids now that he’s rein the past three months, my married and has a baby. I would highly recomsister died, my children left for college, and I had to move mend that the writer and any my mother into a senior cen- couples with similar issues ter and sell her house. I do look at family mediation pronot hate my sister-in-law, but grams. Many are low-cost or clearly, I have other priorities free. The presence of an unat this time. I realize I cannot biased mediator gives parents control her behavior, only my the chance to explain their own. So, any advice for me? perspectives while ensuring — Trying To Fly Under the that the conversation is productive, centered on the needs Radar Dear Trying: We don’t of the children, and directed believe there is a “right” ap- toward visitation and custody proach to Nina. She is sim- solutions. In addition, mediaply looking for reasons to tion can also allow parents an respond negatively to you. opportunity to understand Let your husband deal with how their behavior may be his sister. Be as polite and affecting the children. She pleasant as you can man- can call her local family court age, but otherwise, ignore to learn more. — Las Vegas her. You should not have to jump through hoops to please someone who isn’t interested. You have enough to deal with. Dear Annie: My husband and I were raised to eat dinner with our families. We ate what Mom prepared, or we went without. We have continued this tradition with our three children. With the exception of sauerkraut and Brussels sprouts, they will eat any food put in front of them. I believe that few children are picky eaters. Rather, their parents have catered to their preferences because it is easier. We have many friends and family with children the same age as ours, and I am appalled by what they eat. And they wonder why their kids are often sick and grumpy. I don’t say a word, but it drives me nuts to see a kid eat nothing
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Syrian warplanes bomb suburbs of the capital
BY BASSEM MROUE The Associated Press BEIRUT — Syrian ground and air forces bombarded rebel strongholds on the outskirts of Damascus and other areas around the country today while anti-government forces targeted a military post near the capital with a car bomb, activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said warplanes targeted neighborhoods around the capital including Douma, which troops have been trying to recapture for weeks. Two air raids there Thursday killed 12 people and caused heavy damage. The Observatory added that a car bomb blew up outside a military intelligence building in the northern Damascus suburb of Nabk but had no immediate word on casualties. An amateur video posted online showed a strong explosion with black smoke billowing from Nabk and the narrator said the blast targeted the military intelligence facility. The video appeared genuine and corresponded to other AP reporting on the events depicted. The violence came two days after the U.N. said that more than 60,000 people have been killed since Syria’s crisis began in March 2011 — a figure much higher than previous opposition estimates. Damascus-based activist Maath al-Shami said government troops were firing rockets and mortars from the Qasioun mountains overlooking the capital down at orchards near the southern suburbs of Daraya and Kfar Sousseh. The Observatory says troops were also fighting rebels in Aqraba and Beit Saham, also south of Damascus, near the capital’s international airport. The army command said in a statement Thursday night that troops carried out operations in suburbs of the capital including Douma and Daraya. “Regime forces are facing very strong resistance in Daraya,” said al-Shami via Skype, but said that government forces had been able to advance down the main street in the suburb. The government capture of Daraya would provide a boost to the regime’s defense of Damascus. It is close to a military air base as well as the government’s headquarters and one of President Bashar Assad’s palaces. In the north, rebels resumed a week-old offensive against regime-held airbases. The government’s air power poses the biggest obstacle to advances by opposition fighters. Activists said there were battles around the military air base of Taftanaz in the northern province of Idlib close to the Turkish border and near the international airport of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and commercial center. Fadi al-Yassin, an activist based in Idlib, said the rebels killed on Thursday the commander of Taftanaz air base, a brigadier general. “The battles now are at the gates of the airport,” al-Yassin said via Skype. He added that it has become very difficult for the regime helicopters to take off and land at the base. He said warplanes taking off from air-
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Google emerges from FTC Feds, Transocean reach $1.4B deal over Gulf spill The company has two years to pay the well blowout and assign percentages of fault BY MICHAEL KUNZELMAN probe relatively unscathed $1 billion civil penalty. Congress approved to the companies involved. The first phase of The Associated Press
BY MICHAEL LIEDTKE The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Google has settled a U.S. government probe into its business practices without making any major concessions on how the company runs its Internet search engine, the world’s most influential gateway to digital information and commerce. Thursday’s agreement with the Federal Trade Commission covers only some of the issues raised in a wide-ranging antitrust investigation that could have culminated in a regulatory crackdown that re-shapes Internet search, advertising and mobile computing. But the FTC didn’t find any reason to impose radical changes, to the relief of Google and technology trade groups worried about overzealous regulation discouraging future innovation. The resolution disappointed consumer rights groups and Google rivals such as Microsoft Corp., which had lodged complaints with regulators in hopes of legal action that would split up or at least hobble the Internet’s most powerful company. Google is still trying to settle a similar antitrust probe in Europe. A resolution to that case is expected to come within the next few weeks. After a 19-month investigation, Google Inc. placated the FTC by agreeing to a consent decree that will require the company to charge “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory” prices to license hundreds of patents deemed essential to the operations of mobile phones, tablet computers, laptops and video game players. The requirement is meant to ensure that Google doesn’t use patents acquired in last year’s $12.4 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility to thwart competition from mobile devices running on software other than Google’s Android system. The products vying against Android include Apple Inc.’s iPhone and iPad, Research in Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry and Microsoft’s Windows software. NEW ORLEANS — The Justice Department reached a $1.4 billion settlement Thursday with Transocean Ltd., the owner of the drilling rig that sank after an explosion killed 11 workers and spawned the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed settlement resolves the department’s civil and criminal probes of Transocean’s role in the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster. It requires the Switzerlandbased company to pay $1 billion in civil penalties and $400 million in criminal penalties and plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of violating the Clean Water Act, according to a court filing. The deal, which is subject to a federal judge’s approval, also calls for Transocean to implement a series of operational safety and emergency response improvements on its rigs. “This resolution of criminal allegations and civil claims against Transocean brings us one significant step closer to justice for the human, environmental and economic devastation wrought by the Deepwater Horizon disaster,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. Transocean said it believes the settlement is in the best interest of its shareholders and employees and eliminates “much of the uncertainty associated with the accident.” “This is a positive step forward, but it is also a time to reflect on the 11 men who lost their lives aboard the Deepwater Horizon,” the company said in a statement. “Their families continue to be in the thoughts and prayers of all of us at Transocean.” Much of the $1.4 billion will fund environmental restoration projects and spillprevention research and training. legislation that dedicates 80 percent of the civil penalty for environmental and economic recovery projects in the Gulf states. BP PLC, which leased the rig from Transocean, already has agreed to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to manslaughter and other criminal charges related to the spill. The deal with BP doesn’t resolve the federal government’s civil claims against the Londonbased oil company. Transocean previously announced it had reserved $2 billion for paying claims related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. David Uhlmann, a University of Michigan law professor and former chief of the Justice Department’s environmental crimes section, said the $1 billion civil penalty is a record amount for an environmental case. But he expressed surprise that Transocean isn’t paying more in criminal penalties or facing manslaughter charges of its own. “The Justice Department clearly views BP as the most culpable party in the criminal cases,” Uhlmann said. “But Transocean’s negligence also is responsible for the workers’ deaths and the spill.” Transocean also said in a September regulatory filing that it had rejected settlement offers last year from BP and a group of attorneys for Gulf Coast residents and businesses who blame the spill for economic damages. Those claims are still pending. Last month, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans gave final approval to a class-action settlement agreement between BP and a team of private plaintiffs’ attorneys. BP estimates it will pay about $7.8 billion to resolve these claims, but the settlement isn’t capped. Barbier also is set to preside over a trial designed to identify the causes of BP’s deadly
fields in the central province of Hama and the coastal region of Latakia are participating in attacking rebels around Taftanaz. The Syrian Army General Command said troops directed “painful strikes” against the “armed terrorist groups” of Jabhat al-Nusra, a group the U.S. claims is linked to al-Qaida-linked organization. The Syrian military says the extremist group is carrying out the Taftanaz attack, and that dozens of fighters were killed. Aleppo airport has been closed since Monday. A government official in Damascus said the situation is relatively quiet around the facility, adding that it is up to civil aviation authorities to resume flights. A man who answered the telephone at the information office at the Damascus International Airport said, “God willing, flights will resume to Aleppo very soon.” Syrian rebels are fighting a 21-month-old revolt against the Assad regime. The crisis began with pro-democracy protests but has morphed into a civil war.
NY county: releasing gun names endangers public
BY EILEEN A.J. CONNELLY The Associated Press
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BY IBRAHIM BARZAK The Associated Press
NEW YORK — A New York county clerk justified his refusal to release the names and addresses of handgun permit holders to a newspaper, saying it would give stalkers and thieves a convenient roadmap to target potential victims — and determine whether they have a gun. “This certainly puts my public in danger,” Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant said Thursday following a news conference in which he was backed by the county executive and other elected officials. The Journal News, which serves New York City’s northern suburbs, sparked an outcry last month when it published clickable online maps with the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Rockland and Westchester counties. When the newspaper requested the same information from Putnam, Sant initially said the county needed more time to fulfill the request. Sant balked entirely this week, saying the law gives him the prerogative to refuse to release public information if it endangers the public. Judges and police officers could be targeted by the people they put behind bars, he said. People with orders of protection have expressed concern to him about would-be attackers finding them through the database. While anyone can come into his office and file the necessary paperwork to request information on individual permits, Sant said the difference is that the Journal News plans to publish the information in a way that makes it accessible to everyone, instantaneously. “First of all, it tells criminals who doesn’t have a gun,” he said. “It gives a burglar or it gives a thief a map.” The Journal News’ database and accompanying story, “The Gun Owner Next Door,” was published as part of the newspaper’s coverage following the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. Some readers say it unfairly stigmatized gun owners, branding them in the same way as online maps showing where child molesters live. The newspaper says it received threats and has posted armed guards at its offices.
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Author offers spot in book for finding lost dog
BY BRIDGET MURPHY The Associated Press BROOKLINE, Mass. — There’s a new mystery on Dennis Lehane’s mind, and the best-selling author is offering a special reward: Find his lost dog and get a spot in his next book. The plot kicked off Christmas Eve, when the crime novelist’s rescue beagle Tessa escaped from his yard after an outdoor gate latch didn’t lock all the way. Since then, Lehane’s family has launched an all-out search. They’ve posted fliers, organized foot searches and used social media to try to bring Tessa back to their home in Brookline, Mass., near Boston. The 47-year-old author of books including “Mystic River” and “Gone, Baby, Gone” is offering a monetary reward and has said he’ll name a character in his next book after whoever finds Tessa. Lehane said Thursday outside his home that he’s surprised by the media attention the story has attracted, and thinks it has something to do with the character offer. But he said as word of the missing dog spread, his family has heard from people across the country on a “Finding Tessa” Facebook page. They even got an offer of help from a dog psychic in San Francisco. “No dog since Lassie ever got this attention ... the flip side of the comedy is, who wouldn’t do this for their dog?” he said. The doggie dilemma comes as Lehane faces today’s deadline for finishing a movie script based on his short story “Animal Rescue,” timing he said may be “sadistic irony.”
the trial is scheduled to start Feb. 25. BP reported profits of more than $25 billion in 2011, but for Transocean the year resulted in a loss of about $5.7 billion, some of it attributed to contingencies for litigation resulting from the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon. A series of government investigations has spread out the blame for the nation’s worst offshore oil spill among BP, Transocean and other partners on the project, including cementing contractor Halliburton. Halliburton hasn’t settled with the Justice Department, BP or Transocean. The Deepwater Horizon was drilling in water a mile deep about 50 miles southeast of the Louisiana coast when it exploded on the night of April 20, 2010. The Justice Department says Transocean crew members on the rig, acting at the direction of BP supervisors, failed to fully investigate clear signs that the well was not secure and that oil and gas were flowing into the well. The rig burned for about 36 hours before sinking. As engineers made repeated attempts to halt the flow of oil from BP’s burst well, millions of gallons of crude flowed out. Marshes, beaches and fishing grounds across the northern Gulf were fouled by the oil. Two BP employees who worked as well-site leaders on the rig were indicted in November on manslaughter charges stemming from the 11 workers’ deaths. The indictment accuses Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine of disregarding high pressure readings that should have indicated trouble before the blowout. No criminal charges have been filed against individual Transocean employees. The movie is scheduled to begin shooting in March in New York City. The author said he’s been spending about four hours a day searching for the tri-colored female beagle after he finishes writing, and his wife has dedicated about 10 hours a day to the effort. They adopted the 4-yearold beagle not long ago from a Florida rescue agency. Before that, Tessa was a stray in Georgia. With the help of Twitter and Facebook accounts, Lehane and his wife organized two search efforts Thursday in sections of Brookline and Boston, where they suspect Tessa could be. In the beginning, there were three sightings within about two miles of their home not long after a house sitter reported that the dog was loose. But the trail went cold for days after a sighting near a McDonald’s restaurant. Tessa wasn’t wearing tags, but does have a microchip.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Leaders of the Palestinian Fatah party led tens of thousands of supporters today in a mass rally in the Gaza Strip, the first such gathering for the largely secular party in the territory since the rival Islamist Hamas seized power there in 2007. The demonstration, which was condoned by Hamas, showed how the long-bitter relations between the rival Palestinian factions have improved since an Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip in November. While today’s rally pointed to the improving ties between Hamas and Fatah, it also served as a reminder of the conflicts within Fatah that continue to dog the movement: Officials cancelled the event halfway through after 20 people were injured due to overcrowding, and shoving matches erupted between separate Fatah factions. Yahiya Rabah, a top Fatah official in Gaza, said the rally was cancelled “due to the huge number of participants and logistical failures.” But witnesses said one pushing match was between supporters of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and partisans of former Fatah’s former Gaza security commander Mohammed Dahlan, who was expelled from the party because of conflicts with Abbas. Another Fatah official, who spoke anonymously because he did not want to embarrass the party, said the rally was cancelled because hundreds of Dahlan supporters jumped up on the stage and clashed with Abbas supporters.
BY JASON DEAREN The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — A rapt crowd followed a trail of bubbles that zipped over the surface of a seaside pond in the ruins of a 19th century bath in San Francisco. San Francisco’s newest star — the first river otter seen in the city in decades — surfaced its whiskery head furtively, a mouth full of sea grass. The crowd oohed as large waves pounded rocks just offshore, a briny smell and chill in the air. The otter ducked back under water and took the sea grass underneath a concrete remnant of the historic baths, where the animal was building a nest. “We came here to see the baths and this was just a bonus,” said Eliza Durkin, who brought her son Jonathan to the site for a school project on historic places. Beyond tourists, the otter has mystified and delighted conservationists, who are piecing together clues to figure out how he got there. The furry creature was first spotted by birdwatchers in September and has since settled into the City by the Bay. River otters once thrived in the San Francisco Bay area, but development, hunting and environmental pollution in the 19th and 20th centuries has taken its toll on the once thriving local population. The critters are a living barometer of water quality - if it’s bad they cannot thrive. But new populations being seen north and east of San Francisco are giving hope to conservationists that years of environmental regulations and new technologies are making a difference. “The fact that this otter is in San Francisco and doing so well in other regions of the Bay Area, it’s a good message that there’s hope for the watershed,” said Megan Isadore, director of outreach and education for the River Otter Ecology Project, a group that studies otter populations further north and in the bay.
Gay marriage supporters look to next session
BY JOHN O’CONNOR and SARA BURNETT The Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — With a vote to legalize samesex marriage in Illinois looking less likely to happen in the next few days, supporters of marriage equality are looking ahead to the following legislative session as their next best hope. A Senate committee voted 8-5 late Thursday in favor of a bill that would allow gay marriage. But with key supporters absent, Senate Democrats delayed a full floor vote. The Senate then canceled today’s schedule, and President John Cullerton said lawmakers are unlikely to return to Springfield before the session ends Jan. 9. New lawmakers will be sworn in that day. Sen. Heather Steans, the bill’s sponsor, said it was a matter of “when, not if” the measure will pass. She said people across Illinois and state lawmakers are changing their minds every day and supporting gay marriage.
Answers to Thursday’s questions: Richmond, Va., in the state capitol, has the only statue of George Washington for which America’s first president actually posed. The life-size marble statue was carved by noted French sculptor JeanAntoine Houdon after he took detailed measurements of Washington’s body and made a life mask of his face and a plaster bust of his head. Area code 870, the global maritime area code, is dialed to telephone someone aboard a ship at sea. Today’s questions: What is used to inflate the tires of cars competing in NASCAR races? What facial feature almost resulted in Charles Darwin’s being denied the post of naturalist aboard the HMS Beagle on its historic 1831 voyage? Answers in Saturday’s Herald. The Outstanding National Debt at 6:30 a.m. today was $16,443,847,239,003. The estimated population of the United States is 314,171,102, so each citizen’s share of this debt is $52,340. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.87 billion per day since Sept. 28, 2007.