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Delphos, Ohio to enroll people into the Medicaid program who earn up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $14,856 this year. If a single individual earns close to $15,000 per year about equal to a fulltime minimum-wage job or if a family of four makes $32,000 per year, they will be covered by Medicaid with no premiums and no costsharing. There is a fine for people who dont sign up and it incrementally increases each year, Buettner gave more details. In 2014, tax filers must show they have health insurance coverage or they are penalized. In 2014, it would be $95 per uninsured person, in 2015 it would be $325 and in 2016, it will more than double to $695. In Ohio, the ACA requires that all non-grandfathered individual and small-group plans sold in a state, including those offered through the exchange, cover certain defined health benefits. At this time, Ohios benchmark Essential Health Benefits (EBE) plan will default to the largest small-group plan in the state, Community Insurance Company (Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield) - Blue Access PPO. Affordable Insurance Exchanges will provide individuals and small businesses with one-stop shop to find and compare affordable, quality private health insurance options. Exchanges will allow consumers to compare plans based on price and quality and increase competition between insurance companies, which will lower costs. For more information, visit and

Committee heads set meetings

The heads of the Utilities and Finance committees of Delphos City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday. The Utilities Committee will discuss a possible rate increase. The Finance Committee will discuss the 2013 budget. Both meetings are open to the public.


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DELPHOS The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will swing into action on January 1, 2014, and this years tax returns will determine who is eligible for government assistance and/ or Medicaid for insurance coverage and who is not. H&R Block Tax consultant Denise Buettner spoke on the government-mandated insurance specifics and described the free service being offered to customers this tax season. Depending on their circumstance, the checkup will help them explore their options and guide them in the right direction. The checkup is geared to help people who dont have insurance get insurance, Buettner detailed. For example, some people may qualify for a subsidy paid for by the government to the health-care provider or be eligible for Medicaid. After the first of next year, all Americans will have access to health insurance options. The new Health Insurance Marketplace will allow individuals and small businesses to compare health plans on a level playing field. Middle- and low-income families will get tax credits that cover a significant portion of the cost of coverage. And the Medicaid program will be expanded to cover more low-income Americans. To apply, the individual will need their 2012 tax return since income is used as the determining factor, Buettner explained. With the deadline for compliance looming, Ohio residents have the next eight months to prepare for the application process beginning on Oct. 1. Starting in 2014, if an employer doesnt offer insurance, individuals will be able to buy it directly in the Health Insurance Marketplace. According to, individuals and small businesses can buy qualified health benefit plans in this new transparent and competitive insurance marketplace, which will offer a choice of health plans that meet certain benefits and cost standards. By signing up, creating an account and logging onto the official online marketplace, an individual can shop for the best deal. Depending on the income level, the individual will pay part of the premium and the federal government will pay the rest. The health care law seeks

Delphos Girl Scouts will have cookie booths at the following locations: Family Video from 6-9 p.m. today; Chief Supermarket from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; and Delphos Discount Drugs from 3-6 p.m. on March 1. Cookies are $3.50 per box.

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DES MOINES, Iowa A snowstorm left behind varying amounts of snow and ice across the Midwest, but those areas affected were united by one thing this morning: difficult travel conditions. Powerful wind gusts created large snow drifts on many roadways, making navigating the slick conditions a challenge. Accidents and slide-offs were reported from Kansas to Michigan as the storm pushed east today. Strong gusts off Lake Michigan caused problems for commuters in eastern Wisconsin. Chicagos more than 280 TODAY snowplows salted and cleared the citys streets, while comBoys Basketball (6 muters slogged through slush to get to their offices. p.m.): Columbus Grove at But in some locations, the storm didnt live up to the Jefferson (NWC); Leipsic hype. At the Pilot Flying J station near Interstate 29 in at Fort Jennings (PCL); southwest Iowa, shift manager Kelly Malone said today his Ottoville at Wayne Trace; company had taken precautions by reserving seven rooms Spencerville at Paulding for employees at the nearby Super 8 Motel. (NWC); AE at Lincolnview We were prepared for the worst, but it didnt happen that (NWC); Defiance at Elida bad. To me it was just an average storm, but Im a person (WBL); O-G at Van Wert who drives through anything, he said. Iowas snow totals (WBL); St. Johns at topped out at 9.7 inches near Sioux City. Parkway (MAC), 6:30 p.m.; About 270 flights in and out of Chicagos two airports Fairview at Kalida, 6:30 p.m. were canceled this morning, according to the airline trackWrestling Districts at ing website Kansas City International Kettering Fairmont (ppd.) Airport and Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, Mo., and Bowling Green, 5 p.m. both reopened this morning, but cancellations were posSATURDAY sible. Lambert spokesman Jeff Lee told KMOX that many Girls Basketball flights were being affected by snow in other cities. Sectionals: Division There were some impressive snow totals 17 inches in IV at Van Wert: St. Hays, Kan.; 13 inches in northern Oklahoma; 13 inches Johns vs. Crestview, in south central Nebraska; and 10 inches near Kansas City, 6:15 p.m.; Jefferson vs. Mo. Lincolnview, 8 p.m. Other areas had accumulation more in line with a regular At Bluffton: Ottoville winter system. Wisconsin topped out at 6 inches in New vs. Columbus Grove, London. Minnesota ranged from 2 to 6 inches of snow, with 6:15 p.m.; Kalida vs. Dodge County getting 8 inches. Northern Indianas top total Continental, 8 p.m. was 4 inches in Crown Point, close to the Illinois border, Wrestling Districts at Bowling Green (10 a.m.) and and Indianapolis was dealing with ice-coated surfaces. Schools were closed in parts of Kansas, Missouri, Kettering Fairmont (noon). Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. SUNDAY That included the University of Missouri, where classes Wrestling Districts at were canceled two days in a row, one of the few times in Kettering Fairmont, 10 a.m. its 174-year history. Chancellor Brady Deaton said today the road conditions in Columbia would make it difficult for Forecast many to reach campus. But on Thursday, students trekked out to a local WalMostly Mart, making a beeline for the aisles containing sleds and cloudy alcohol. Saturday This isnt our usual Thursday noon routine, Lauren with highs Ottenger, a senior economics major from Denver, said as in the she stockpiled supplies. lower 30s. Transportation officials in the affected states urged peoLows in the ple to stay home on Thursday. The Kansas National Guard lower 20s. See page 2. had 12 teams patrolling three state highways in Humvees overnight to rescue motorists stranded by the storm. Index The storm brought some relief to a region that has been Obituaries 2 dealing with its worst drought in decades. Vance Ehmke, a wheat farmer near Healy, Kan., said the State/Local 3 nearly foot of snow was what we have been praying for. Politics 4 Community 5 Climatologists say 12 inches of snow is equivalent to about Sports 6 1 inch of rain, depending on the density of the snow. At a Travel Centers of America truck stop in the central Church 7 Illinois city of Effingham, all of the 137 parking spaces Classifieds 8 were filled by truckers unwilling to drive through the storm Television 9 overnight. World briefs 10 When it gets really bad, they like to camp out, cashier Tia Schneider said Thursday, noting that some drivers called ahead. They can make reservations from 500 miles away to make sure a space is available.

Jefferson Athletic Boosters are holding a detergent and fabric softener fundraiser. Detergent and fabric softener come in a 5-gallon pail with a pump and is $45 per pail. Orders will be taken until March 8 with money due at the time of the order. Pickup date will be March 23. To place an order or help take orders, contact a booster member or Greg Gossman at 419-905-9967.

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Storm slows commute, buries Plains in snow


Local postal carrier concerned about axing Saturday delivery

BY NANCY SPENCER DELPHOS While many seem unfazed with the U.S. Postal Services proposal to drop Saturday delivery, a Delphos carrier is concerned about his customers. I know people complain that all we bring is bills and junk mail but my job entails a lot more, Chuck Shumaker said. I also deliver newspapers, magazines, prescriptions, movies, Internet purchases, birthday cards, sports and entertainment tickets, car titles, letters to and from servicemen and the list goes on and on. Shumaker said he is also the eyes and ears of the neighborhoods he delivers in. For some, I am the only person they may see all week, Shumaker said. Some elderly only have family who can visit on the weekends and some dont have family at all. I fill that gap for a lot of them. We chat for a minute and I make sure they are OK. Their families appreciate it, too. The same is true for some rural customers as well. A mail delivery person might be the only contact with the outside world for some, Shumaker added. Several of my customers have told me they hope we dont get rid of Saturday delivery for that reason. They enjoy the few minutes we spend talking. National Association of Letter Carriers Local 192 of Dayton President John Oross says cutting services is not the way to go. I think cutting the Saturday delivery will send us into a death spiral, Oross said.The way to grow is to provide added services, not

Delphos letter carrier Pat Burg put mail in a residents box on South Clay Street Thursday. (Delphos Herald/Stacy Taff)

Some elderly only have family who can visit on the weekends and some dont have family at all. I fill that gap for a lot of them. We chat for a minute and I make sure they are OK. Their families appreciate it, too.
Chuck Shumaker, letter carrier cut them. Oross points to the federal mandate that the postal service prepay into a retirement fund as part of the problem. Congress needs to reverse that mandate that has us paying retirement for employees who arent even born yet, he said. We are the only government entity that is not funded by the government. In 2006, before the mandate, the postal service was profitable. Oross points to diversification as the way to bring the postal service back into the black. We need to be looking at ways to grow, like modifying our fleets to monitor air quality, he said. We could bring ourselves out of this if the government would let us.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Ohio governor uses in Medicaid expansion bid

BY ANN SANNER The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Gov. John Kasich isnt just highlighting dollars to persuade state lawmakers to support extending Medicaid coverage to thousands of more low-income state residents. Hes also appealing to their faith. The Republican, taking the lessons he says hes learned from the Bible, is reminding his fellow GOP legislators that the weak and vulnerable should not be left behind. The Bible runs his life not just on Sunday, but just about every day, he said in his annual State of the State address on Tuesday. And Ive got to tell you, I cant look at the disabled, I cant look at the poor, I cant look at the mentally ill, I cant look at the addicted and think we ought to ignore them, he told the audience of about 1,700 lawmakers, state officials and other guests. How much weight his pitch carries depends on whether conservative lawmakers can get past their worries about the federal law and how much it could cost. Kasich proposed the Medicaid expansion in his twoyear budget plan released this month. Hes framed his decision as recapturing Ohio taxpayers federal money. The federal government will pay the entire cost of the Medicaid expansion for the first three years, gradually phasing down to 90 percent, still well above the states current level of 64 percent. The state would see $13 billion from the federal government over the next seven years to cover those newly eligible for Medicaid, according to the Kasich administration. Roughly 366,000 Ohio residents would BY MICHAEL LIEDTKE The Associated Press be up for coverage under the expansion beginning in 2014. Many Republicans are averse to Democratic President Barack Obamas signature health care law and resistant to expanding government programs. The Medicaid expansion is one of the key components of the federal Affordable Care Act. Of the nearly 30 million people expected to gain insurance coverage under the law, about half would get it from the Medicaid expansion. Kasich will have to convince Republicans who control the Legislature to back the plan despite the fact that many dislike the federal laws mandated coverage and campaigned against it months ago. The governor entreated them in Tuesdays speech to set politics aside as they weigh their choices. Put it in your family, Kasich said. Put somebody that is in your family who becomes the wayward child. And they come home one day, they cant get a job. Put it on your doorstep, and youll understand how hard it is. Kasich was raised Catholic and worships regularly in an Anglican church. For more than 20 years, he has met every other Monday with a small group of men to study the Bible. And he has written a book about how the experience has helped him in his search for answers. The governor on Tuesday looked out to lawmakers in the audience and said he understood their position. I respect the decision youre all going to make, Kasich said. I know its controversial. Just please examine your conscience, keep an open mind, and I think we can work and get there. I sure hope so. Even those who look to their religious beliefs for guidance

For The Record faith Sex addiction doesnt cut Ohio corruption sentence
AKRON, Ohio (AP) A former hospital executive sentenced to nine years in prison in a public corruption investigation in Cleveland has lost his bid for a shorter sentence based on his claim that he was a globe-trotting, out-of-control sex addict. U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi ruled Thursday that John Carroll, 66, never mentioned a sex addiction until after he pleaded guilty and was sentenced. Carroll, a former vice president of Clevelands MetroHealth Medical Center, pleaded guilty to bribery, making false statements and tax fraud. He was charged with accepting nearly $700,000 worth of rugs, jewelry, a Jacuzzi and trips to India and Japan in exchange for steering $51 million in construction contracts. According to The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, Carroll said the sex addiction caused him diminished capacity when he pleaded guilty.

Renewed fervor for Google lifts stock above $800

SAN FRANCISCO Googles stock price topped $800 for the first time Tuesday amid renewed confidence in the companys ability to reap higher profits from its dominance of Internet search and prominence in the growing mobile market. The milestone comes more than five years after Googles shares initially hit $700. Not long after breaking that barrier in October 2007, the economy collapsed into the worst recession since World War II and Googles stock tumbled into a prolonged malaise that eventually led to a change in leadership. Besides enriching Googles employees and other shareholders, the companys resurgent stock is an implicit endorsement of co-founder Larry Page. He replaced his managerial mentor, Eric Schmidt, as CEO in April 2011. Googles stock has risen by 36 percent since Page took over. By contrast, the benchmark Standard & Poors 500 index has climbed by 15 percent over the same stretch. Most of Googles gains have occurred in the past seven months a period that has overlapped with a sharp downturn in the stock price of rival Apple Inc. The iPhone makers market value has plunged by about $230 billion, or 35 percent, since late September. All that Apple money had to go somewhere, said BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis. Standard & Poors Capital IQ analyst Scott Kessler concurred, reasoning that many investors who have abandoned Apple are gravitating to one of its biggest rivals. Google makes and distributes its free Android software to Samsung Electronics Co., HTC Corp. and other mobile device makers looking to compete with Apples iPhone and iPad. Since its 2008 introduction, Android has established itself as the most popular mobile operating system, partly because the free software makes it easier for device makers to undercut Apples prices for iPhones and iPads. Android is set up to feature Googles search engine and other services, giving the company a chance to sell more ads. If you are looking at Apples peers in its space and see who seems to be really doing well right now, it makes a lot of sense to invest in Google now, Kessler said. Despite its diminished luster, Apple remains the most valuable U.S. company with a

say there are other factors to consider. State Rep. Robert Sprague, a Republican from Findlay, said he does think about taking care of those less fortunate. In the Bible, Jesus makes mention of this, he said. But there are other aspects to think about too, Sprague said, namely whether the federal government will keep its promise to fund Medicaid and the sustainability of the nations health care system. All of those things have to come together, he said. The question is, is this the best way that we can do this? State Rep. Jim Buchy, a Greenville Republican, was raised in a Christian home and says he tries to live life in that manner. My faith has a bearing on every decision I make about every subject we deal with around here, he said in an interview. Buchy hasnt made up his mind on whether the state should expand Medicaid. For him, the decision comes down to three words, he said: Follow the money. What we have to weigh is at what level can we provide services and still be able to pay for it without upsetting the plan to grow the economy and create more jobs, Buchy said. House Speaker William Batchelder and Senate President Keith Faber havent endorsed the Medicaid proposal. They say their GOP caucuses will need time to evaluate it. Batchelder, who said he belongs to the same church as Kasich, acknowledged after Tuesdays speech that the governors pitch was compelling. Asked whether it would strike a chord with lawmakers, Batchelder said, Oh, sure. No question. market value of $432 billion. Google now ranks third with a market value of $266 billion, with Exxon Mobil Corp. holding the spot in between at $402 billion. Googles stock climbed $13.96, or 1.8 percent, to close Tuesday at $806.85. Analysts who follow Google still see room for some modest gains. The stocks average price target among analysts surveyed by FactSet now stands at $834.40. Five of the 37 polled analysts are predicting Googles stock will surpass $900 within the next year. There are probably even going to be people talking whether Googles stock can get to $1,000, Kessler said. Never underestimate the excitement that can be caused by a rising stock market and a rising security. Gillis warned that Googles stock might retreat within the next six weeks, based on historical trading patterns. During the first quarter in each of the past five years, Googles stock has declined by at least 10 percent from its peak price within the three-month period. The trend may have something to do with the opening three months of the year being a traditionally sluggish period for advertising, according to Gillis. I fully expect investors to have another opportunity to buy Googles stock at prices below $800, Gillis said. His price target on Google remains at $760.

Police on hunt for SUV involved in Vegas shooting LOCAL PRICES tolerated, Gillespie said, vowBY KEN RITTER
The Associated Press LAS VEGAS Police searched today for a Range Rover with dark tinted windows and custom rims that set off a fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip when someone in the luxury SUV opened fire on a Maserati in a scene that onlookers described as worthy of an action flick. Three people were killed and at least six more were injured in what marked the latest in a series of violent episodes in Las Vegas in recent months. Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie told reporters the shooting was sparked by an argument in the valet area of the nearby Aria hotel-casino, and spilled over to one of the busiest intersections on the Las Vegas Strip. As bullets flew from the Range Rover, the Maserati ran a red light and smashed into a taxi that exploded into flames, killing the driver and a passenger. The driver of the Maserati was also killed, and his passenger was wounded. Police have not released the identities of the victims. Three more cars and a utility truck also collided as the Range Rover sped off in the darkness at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday. Las Vegas police Sgt. John Sheahan said the Range Rover was last seen near the Venetian resort as it headed north from the shooting scene. He said police have video from traffic cameras at the intersection and were checking hotel surveillance systems, but added that the video will not be made public. What happened will not be ing that the shooters would be found and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Jogger Eric Lackey was on his way back to the New York-New York hotel when he snapped a cellphone photo of the blazing scene moments after the crash. Black smoke billowed from the flaming taxi, amid popping sounds from the fire. Lackey, of Forest Hill, Md., said a security officer in a yellow shirt performed CPR on a person on the sidewalk while police officers canvassed a small crowd of perhaps 15 onlookers gathering at the scene. Police were asking if anyone was still in the vehicles and if they heard gunfire, Lackey told The Associated Press. Thats when I realized it wasnt just a regular accident. The effects of the shooting and crashes were felt hours later as the Strip remained closed, leading to snarled traffic, until it reopened late Thursday night. The fiery rampage shocked tourists. We get stabbings, and gang violence, said Mark Thompson, who was visiting from Manchester, England, with his wife, but this is like something out of a movie. Like Die Hard or something. Police said they were contacting authorities in three neighboring states about the Range Rover Sport that had a car dealers advertisement in place of a license plate. In Southern California, the California Highway Patrol alerted officers in at least three counties to be on the lookout for the SUV. Corn Wheat Soybeans $7.06 $6.96 $14.92

Carroll told the judge that he and a contractor co-defendant, Neal Patel, were totally out of control in our drive for sex. From 2000 until 2008, we conspired to defraud the hospital so we could travel for sex, Carroll said. Our destinations were the world hot spots for sex, including Amsterdam, Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok, Toronto and Tokyo, Carroll said. We had sex in Miami, Los Angeles, Houston. Money never exchanged hands in the plot, according to Carroll, who said that showed the conspiracy was driven by sex and not greed. The sex addiction confused his mind and led to bad decisions, Carroll wrote in a court filing. If I were not a sex addict, I would not have been tempted to engage the conspiracy. Patel pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison. Carroll offered no supporting medical proof of a sex addiction, the judge said.

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High temperature Thursday in Delphos was 26 degrees, low was 21. Precipitation included .5 inch of snowfall and a trace of drizzle. High a year ago today was 55, low was 31. Record high for today is 67, set in 1922. Record low is -9, set in 1963. WEATHER FORECAST Tri-county The Associated Press

TONIGHT: Cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 30s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy through midnight then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 20s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. EXTENDED FORECAST SUNDAY: Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 30s. Southwest winds around 10 mph. SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 20s. MONDAY: Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 40s. MONDAY NIGHT: Rain and snow likely. Lows in the upper 20s. Chance of rain and snow 70 percent. TUESDAY: Snow likely. Highs in the upper 30s. Chance of snow 70 percent. TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY: Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Lows in the upper 20s. Highs in the mid 30s. WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Lows in the upper 20s.

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By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2013. There are 312 days left in the year. Todays Highlight in History: On Feb. 22, 1732 (New Style date), the first president of the United States, George Washington, was born in Westmoreland County in the Virginia Colony.


On this date: In 1862, Jefferson Davis, already the provisional president of the Confederacy, was inaugurated for a six-year term following his election in November 1861. In 1865, Tennessee adopted a new constitution which included the abolition of slav-

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Body found at Ohio recycling plant identified


DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Authorities have identified the dismembered body found at a Dayton waste recycling plant. The Dayton Daily News reports the police still havent figured out how the body of 60-year-old Robert Benedict wound up at the Rumpke Recycling Facility late Wednesday. Benedicts leg was found by a worker inside a bundle of cardboard, and the remaining parts of his body were found later at the plant. His body is being autopsied to try to determine how he died. Benedict was wearing work boots and blue jeans, but Rumpke officials said he was not an employee of the waste collecting company. Since the plant serves five counties, police say it may take some time to determine how the body got there.

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Court rejects priests appeal in nuns death

By JOHN SEEWER The Associated Press TOLEDO A Roman Catholic priest sent to prison nearly seven years ago for killing a nun inside a hospital chapel has lost another bid for a new trial. A state appeals court rejected Rev. Gerald Robinsons request to throw out his conviction in the strangling and stabbing of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl during Easter weekend in 1980. Robinson, who presided at the nuns funeral, emerged as a suspect when police found what they called the murder weapon, a sword-shaped letter opener, in his desk drawer two weeks after the killing at the hospital where both worked. But he wasnt charged until 24 years later after investigators reopened the case. He was convicted in 2006 and is now serving a sentence of 15 years to life. According to church historians its the only documented case of a Catholic priest killing a nun. Ohios Sixth District Court of Appeals in Toledo last week rejected the appeal by Robinsons attorney who said that police reports dis-

Vantage celebrates FFA Week

Information submitted The week of President George Washingtons birthday was designated as National FFA Week in 1947 at a National FFA board of directors meeting. Each year, National FFA Week gives FFA members a chance to raise public awareness about FFA and agricultural education and share the importance of American agriculture in general. Vantage FFA Week kicked off on Tuesday as Vantage FFA Vice-President Nick Dealey (Crestview) joined Crestview FFA President Adam Schumm and Lincolnview FFA President Macy Ashbaugh at the Van Wert County Commissioners office. The commissioners signed a proclamation declaring this week FFA Week in Van Wert County. Even though its a shortened week due to the Presidents Day holiday, Vantage FFA members will be holding several FFA activities, including a Hat Day, Jeans & T-shirt Day, a Truck and Tractor show with a student/staff drop in. They will be treating Vantage staff members to donuts on Friday morning, too. Vantage FFA members voted that all money raised from activities was to be split between the Dealey Family Fund and the First United Methodist Food Pantry. On Feb. 15, the Vantage Ag and Industrial Power Technology program hosted the District 4 Agricultural and

Vantage FFA Officers for 2012-2013 are (clockwise): Vice President Nicholas Dealey (Crestview), Secretary Jonathan McBride (Crestview), Treasurer Vince Reinhart (Paulding), Sentinel Michael Ladd (Crestview), Reporter Aaron Carpenter (Paulding), Chaplain Dale Young (Wayne Trace), Student Advisor Devin Snyder (Crestview) and President Joseph McVay (Wayne Trace). (Submitted photos)

Industrial Diagnostics CDE (Tractor Troubleshooting) Contest. This careerdevelopment event is an educational activity designed as a practical method for teaching students to recognize malfunctions of gasoline or diesel engines and to eliminate problems. The skills that agriculture education students learn in tractor troubleshooting make them better tractor and equipment operators and technicians by giving them practical experience in identifying and correcting engine malfunctions. The seven participating schools were CoreyRawson, Sentinel, Clyde, Van Buren, Vantage, Riverdale and Spencerville. The Spencerville team took first place in the competition, while the Vantage team placed fifth.

covered after the priests conviction could have changed the outcome. The attorney argued that a now-deceased serial killer could have been the one who killed the nun. Police reports showed that six people saw a mysterious black man near the hospital chapel where Pahl was killed, Robinsons attorney Richard Kerger said. Descriptions of the man were similar to that of a confessed serial killer who lived in nearby Michigan, he said. DNA tests failed to connect the serial killer with the nuns death. Prosecutors dismissed the theory, saying the priests original attorneys didnt think there was a connection. They also said evidence against the priest was overwhelming, pointing out that Robinson had the letter opener in his possession and that he lied about where he was the morning of the killing. Kerger told The Blade that he plans to appeal the latest decision to the Ohio Supreme Court. The U.S. Supreme Court three years ago turned down an appeal by the priest that said he didnt get a fair trial because his arrest came so long after the nuns killing.

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We are very fortunate to be able to draw fresh fruits and vegetables from the whole world. Airplanes and ships provide excellent transportation from South America, Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia. The grade standards for this produce is often more stringent than domestic sources because of USDA import regulations. Foreign growers must adhere to cultural practices determined by the USDA. Many of the foreign sources are owned and supported by USA citizens. Much of the transportation is also owned and operated by USA companies. Imported products get more scrutiny at inspection points and are always expected to be as good as domestic ones. With this in mind, we are able to bring you blueberries, blackberries, colored peppers, cantaloupe, stone fruit and many other items at reasonable prices. Enjoy them all - your body will love it!

Ohio mom accused in teens school fight indicted

CINCINNATI (AP) A Cincinnati woman accused of helping her daughter beat another teenage girl at a high school has been indicted on misdemeanor charges of assault and aggravated trespassing. The Hamilton County prosecutors spokeswoman says 31-year-old Precious Allen was indicted Thursday. She had been arrested on felony assault and trespassing charges. Police said Allen held a teen down and told her 14-year-old daughter to hit the girl with a combination lock. Police say the victim was punched and kicked, suffering cuts

and bruises. Police also say Allens daughter gave a teacher a black eye. Allen said that the teenage girl attacked her and her daughter Feb. 7 at Withrow High School and that the teen was bigger and taller than them. Allens attorney says he expects her to be found innocent.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

It is infinitely better to have a few good men than many indifferent ones. President George Washington (1732-1799)

Govt downsizes amid GOP demands for more cuts

BY TOM RAUM The Associated Press WASHINGTON Republicans and other fiscal conservatives keep insisting on more federal austerity and a smaller government. Without much fanfare or acknowledgement, theyve already gotten much of both. Spending by federal, state and local governments on payrolls, equipment, buildings, teachers, emergency workers, defense programs and other core governmental functions has been shrinking steadily since the deep 20072009 recession and as the anemic recovery continues. This recent shrinkage has largely been obscured by an increase in spending on benefit payments to individuals under entitlement programs, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and veterans benefits. Retiring baby boomers are driving much of this increase. Another round of huge cuts known in Washington parlance as the sequester will hit beginning March 1, potentially meaning layoffs for hundreds of thousands of federal workers unless Congress and President Barack Obama can strike a deficit-reduction deal to avert them. With the deadline only a week off, Obama and Republicans who control the House are far apart over how to resolve the deadlock. While last-minute budget deals are frequent in Washington, neither side is optimistic of reaching one this time. Even as the private sector has been slowly adding jobs, governments have been shedding them, holding down overall employment gains and keeping the jobless rate close to 8 percent, compared with normal non-recessionary levels of 5 to 6 percent that have prevailed since the 1950s. Its a massive drag on the economy. We lost threequarter million public-sector jobs in the recovery, said economist Heidi Shierholz of the labor-friendly Economic Policy Institute. Were still losing government jobs, although the pace has slowed. But we havent turned around yet. A larger-than-usual decline in federal spending, notably on defense programs, helped push the economy into negative territory in the final three months of 2012. Economic growth, meanwhile, has been inching along at a weak 1-2 percent not enough to significantly further drive down the national unemployment rate, which now stands at 7.9 percent. Although federal spending is projected to decline from 22.8 percent of the gross domestic product recorded last year to 21.5 percent by 2017, it still will exceed the 40-year -average of 21.0 percent, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Spending peaked at 25.2 percent of GDP in 2009. The budget office also said the economy is roughly 5.5 percent smaller than it would have been had there been no recession. The Defense Department already has made deep spending cuts, and outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said 800,000 civilian Pentagon employees were notified this week they likely are to be placed on periods of unpaid leave due to lawmakers failure to act. The recent downsizing in government is most pronounced at the state and local levels. Most states have constitutional or statutory requirements for balanced budgets. That means nearly all states are prohibited from running budget deficits, while the federal government is not. Not only can the federal government run deficits, but it can print money through actions by the Federal Reserve something states are prohibited from doing. Those calling for a smaller government mostly dont take notice of the wave of recent cutbacks. Their clarion call remains Ronald Reagans mantra: Government doesnt solve problems, it is the problem. This spending issue is the biggest issue that threatens our future, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says. When are we going to get serious about our long-term spending problem?


One Year Ago Delphos community churches will hold Lenten services Thursdays throughout Lent to remember the important Christian season. Beginning Thursday, this years series will be held at noon at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Leading off the series will be the Rev. Angela Khabeb and St. Peter Lutheran Church. 25 Years Ago 1988 Jefferson Middle School sixth grader Lori Brinkman won the Delphos City Schools spelling bee. Brinkman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Brinkman, will advance to the Van Wert County spelling bee Feb. 29 at Marsh Foundation auditorium. The Delphos bee included 18 spellers, three each from grades five through eight at Landeck, Franklin and Jefferson Middle School. Changing Times League of Ohio Child Conservation League met in the home of Mary Ellen Hemker with Dolly Haunhorst co-hostess. Devotions were by Claire Geier. Plans were made for the husbands party to be held in April. The raffle gift was won by JoAnn Liebrecht. It was donated by Marilyn Lause and JoAnn Liebrecht. Students from Fort Jennings Elementary School in Putnam County Schools Publish-a-Book contest, who were awarded certificates and will have their stories sent to the publishing house in Milwaukee are Michael Ricker, Susanne Calvelage, Stephanie Hellman, Erin Pothast and Nathan Meyer. The sixth grade students from Mrs. Hellie Wursts class submitted stories about their favorite holiday to the contest sponsored by Putnam County District Library in cooperation with the Putnam County Education office and local schools. 50 Years Ago 1963 Dr. Walter Dickhaut, pastor of Trinity Methodist Church Lima, will be the guest speaker for the St. Davids Day banquet and program to be held Feb. 28 at the Salem Presbyterian Church in Venedocia. Welsh music will be featured under the direction of Daniel J. Evans. A Welsh solo will be sung by Eleanor Evans Morgan. The Library benefit card party held Thursday night at the Delphos Public Library and sponsored by the Green Thumb Garden Club, was well attended. Proceeds from the party and donations received will be used to add to the indoor and outdoor plantings of the centrally located community building. A white elephant sale formed the evenings entertainment when the American Legion Auxiliary of Fort Jennings met this week in the Legion hall. A potluck supper was served with Mrs. Frank Hohenbrink and Mrs. Leo Martin serving as co-chairmen for the event. The president, Mrs. Robert Good, was in charge of the business portion of the meeting during which time plans were made to hold an Easter bake sale April 13. 75 Years Ago 1938 Walter Crede has moved to Delphos from St. Marys and has opened an electrical appliance store at 306 N. Main St. The new business will be known as the Crede Supply Store. The store will handle the Fairbanks Morse line of appliances. The formal opening will be held on Saturday. The Credes are residing at 1207 N. Main St. An evening of good cage sport was enjoyed at Jefferson auditorium Monday night by the large crowd of cage fans which turned out for this big event in the local sports world, the closing games of the regular seasons for the two local high schools. The two schools divided honors on this occasion, each winning a game. St. Johns captured the main event by a score of 31 to 23 and the Jefferson reserves were victorious in the preliminary, 17 to 13. A large number of Delphos sportsmen are planning to participate in the second of a series of fox hunts being sponsored by the Spencerville Field and Stream Association on Thursday afternoon. The chase will be held on the Mack, Eisley and Swartz farms, southeast of Spencerville.

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WASHINGTON (AP) Here comes the sequester: big federal spending cuts and a new season of economic uncertainty for a nation still trying to shake off a recession. A week out from the March 1 deadline, there are no meaningful efforts in Washington to avert the punishing automatic cuts set out in a law nearly two years ago. Bellowing and blame aside, what really would happen if, as expected, President Barack Obama and congressional lawmakers allow the nation to blow past the deadline? Q: Whats the big overall picture? A: A series of cuts to federal agencies that would lead to longer lines at the nations borders, less money for teachers and more hassle at airport checkpoints. Virtually every dollar approved each year by Congress would be slashed by a uniform amount, which means at least temporary layoffs for hundreds of thousands of public and private-sector workers. Programs like Medicare and Social Security are exempt, but there is no question the slashing of other programs would slow the nations fragile economic recovery. Q: And the big numbers? A: Under a 2011 law designed to avert exactly this type of inaction, March 1 means automatic cuts of $85 billion from a $3.6 trillion budget over seven months spanning MarchSeptember. That would include cuts of 8 percent to the Pentagon and 5 percent to domestic agency operating budgets. More than 3.8 million Americans who have been jobless for six months or longer could see their unemployment benefits reduced by as much as 9.4 percent. Q: How quickly will the sequesters impact be felt? How will we notice it? A: It depends. At first, the general public may not much notice the cuts. The sequester isnt a government shutdown; its a government slowdown. Furloughs of federal workers forced unpaid days off generally wont start for a month due to notification requirements. Many government contracts would still be funded using money previously approved even as agencies slow down awards of new contracts. But furloughs of workers like air traffic controllers, meat inspectors, FBI agents, Border Patrol and park rangers mean an inevitable deterioration of noticeable government services that could, for instance, force intermittent closures of meat packing plants and shorter operating hours at smaller airports. Other impacts will be more subtle, like longer waits at security checkpoints at airports and along the Mexican border or for cargo inspections at ports. Cuts inside the Defense Department will be particularly acute, in part because military pay is exempt, which will force sharper cuts on the rest of the budget, particularly training and maintenance. Civilian Pentagon workers will face furloughs of 22 days through the end of September. Basically, if you work for the government or do business with it, youll be hardest hit. Q: Will it harm the economy? A: Yes. The Congressional Budget Office estimates it will cost 750,000 jobs and lower economic growth by 0.6 percent. Thats because the cuts drain demand from the economy and affect companies that do business with the government. Q: How big are the cuts? Huge numbers? A: Over a decade, cuts total about $1 trillion, half from defense and half from domestic programs. Theres an additional $200 billion or so in lower government interest payments. For this budget year, the Congressional Budget Office estimates the cuts are $42.7 billion from defense (8 percent) and $42.7 billion from domestic programs (5 percent). Because cuts are backloaded into the last seven months of the budget year, they feel more like 13 percent cut to Pentagon and 9 percent cut to domestic agencies during that period. These are real cuts from agency budgets that have been essentially frozen at last years levels. Q: Arent a lot of programs exempt? A: Yes. The majority of the federal budget is in fact walled off from the cuts. Social Security and veterans programs are exempt, and cuts to Medicare are generally limited to a 2 percent, $10 billion reduction in payments to hospitals and doctors. Most programs that help the poor, like Medicaid, food stamps, subsidized school lunches, Pell Grants and supplemental security income payments are also exempt.

Sequester Q&A: For US, a new season of uncertainty

Hagel has enough support for defense secretary

BY DONNA CASSATA The Associated Press WASHINGTON Barring any new, damaging information, Chuck Hagel has secured the necessary votes for the Senate to confirm him to be the nations next defense secretary. A vote ending the bitter fight over President Barack Obamas choice for his revamped second-term, national security team is expected next week. Hagel cleared the threshold when five-term Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said he would vote for the former GOP senator from Nebraska after joining other Republicans last week in an unprecedented filibuster of the Pentagon nominee. Hes probably as good as were going to get, Shelby told the Decatur (Ala.) Daily. Although a Republican, Hagel has faced strong GOP opposition, with many of his former colleagues voting last week to stall the nomination. Republicans have questioned Hagels support for Israel, tolerance of Iran and willingness to cut the nuclear arsenal. His opposition to the Iraq war after his initial vote for the conflict angered his onetime friend, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. GOP lawmakers demanded more time to review the nomination that a divided Armed Services Committee had approved on a party-line vote. Shelbys support was a clear sign of weakening Republican opposition, and it prompted two letters within hours from Hagels fiercest GOP foes. One letter went to the president calling on him to withdraw the nomination, the other to GOP senators pleading with them to stand together against Hagel. Fifteen Republicans senators wrote that Hagel lacks the bipartisan support and confidence to serve in the vital job of defense secretary. The occupant of this critical office should be someone whose candidacy is neither controversial nor divisive, wrote the senators all opponents of Hagel. Leading the effort was Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the partys No. 2, who is up for re-election next year. One name missing from the letter was McCain, who has called Hagel unqualified but indicated last Sunday that he wouldnt stand in the way of a Senate vote. Separately, the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee, Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, sent a letter to his GOP colleagues urging them to vote again to block the nomina-

Claims for US jobless aid suggest modest hiring

BY CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER The Associated Press in a research note. That is a good sign consistent with the recent pace in employment growth at least being maintained. Employers added an average of 200,000 jobs a month from November through January. That was up from about 150,000 in the previous three months. Last weeks increase puts applications for unemployment benefits back in the 360,000-to-390,000 range, where they have fluctuated since early last year. Since then, employers have added an average of 181,000 jobs a month. In January, the economy added 157,000 jobs. The unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in December. Economists think the rate will slowly decline if hiring continues at last years monthly pace of 180,000. The unemployment rate fell 0.7 percentage point in 2012. A total of 5.6 million people received unemployment benefits in the week that ended Feb. 2, the latest period for which figures

tion when the Senate returns from its recess next week. He acknowledged the reality that if the GOP fails to block a vote, Hagel proponents have the votes to approve him on an up-or-down vote. Make no mistake: A vote for cloture is a vote to confirm Sen. Hagel as secretary of defense, wrote Inhofe. He said that while the Senate traditionally defers to presidents on their Cabinet choices, our nation is at war. The Senate must insist on confirming only the most effective leaders. The Senate Republicans closed-door weekly meeting on Tuesday will be crucial to Inhofes hopes of keeping the GOP in line on Hagel. At the White House, spokesman Jay Carney rejected GOP calls for Hagel to withdraw. He complained that Republicans were putting politics ahead of national security, pointing out that the administration wants Hagel to be part of decisions on the size of the U.S. force in Afghanistan as American and coalition forces wind down combat operations. This waste of time is not just meaningless political posturing because we firmly believe that Sen. Hagel will be confirmed. The waste of time is of consequence, Carney told reporters.

WASHINGTON The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped 20,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 362,000, though it remains at a level that suggests slow but steady improvement in the job market. The Labor Department said Thursday that the fourweek average, a less volatile measure, rose 8,000 to 360,750, the highest in six weeks. A department spokesman said heavy snowstorms in the Northeast didnt affect the total. Applications for unemployment benefits are a proxy for layoffs. Even with last weeks jump, they have trended downward recently. The four-week average has declined 7.5 percent since mid-November and fell to a five-year low three weeks ago. Weekly applications continue to show no sign of trending up, Jim OSullivan, an economist at High Frequency Economics, wrote

are available. Thats about 300,000 fewer than in the previous week. Some of those no longer receiving unemployment aid may now be employed. But many others have exhausted the benefits available to them. The economy shrank at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the October-December quarter, hurt by a sharp cut in defense spending, fewer exports and sluggish growth in company stockpiles. That was much worse than the 3.1 percent growth recorded in the July-September period. But economists predict that the October-December growth figure will be revised in coming months to show a small increase, after more positive data about last quarter has been reported. Economists now estimate that the economy expanded at an annual rate of about 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter. Growth will likely pick up a bit in the January-March quarter to an annual rate of 1.5 percent, analysts forecast. Thats better than the fourth quarter but below last years expansion of 2.2 percent.

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TODAY 1-4 p.m. Interfaith Thrift Store is open for shopping. SATURDAY 9 a.m.-noon Interfaith Thrift Store, North Main Street. St. Vincent dePaul Society, located at the east edge of the St. Johns High School parking lot, is open. 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Delphos Postal Museum is open. 12:15 p.m. Testing of warning sirens by Delphos Fire and Rescue 1-3 p.m. The Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open. 5 p.m. Delphos Coon and Sportsmans Club hosts a chicken fry. 7 p.m. Bingo at St. Johns Little Theatre. SUNDAY 1-3 p.m. The Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open. 1-4 p.m. Putnam County Museum is open, 202 E. Main St. Kalida. 1:30 p.m. Amvets Post 698 Auxiliary meets at the Amvets post in Middle Point. 4 p.m. Amvets Post 698 regular meeting at the Amvets post in Middle Point. 7:30 p.m. Sons of Amvets Post 698 meet at Amvets Post in Middle Point. MONDAY 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ottoville Branch Library is open. 11:30 a.m. Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff Street. 6:30 p.m. Shelter from the Storm support group meets in the Delphos Public Library basement.


Jefferson students place in solo/ensemble contests

Choir members and their scores are: Superior ratings vocal solos, Corinne Metzger, Emma Wurst, Halee Heising and Tasha Shaeffer; and vocal ensemble, including Alyssa Fetzer, Tasha Shaeffer, Halee Heising, Brandy White and Emma Wurst; Excellent ratings vocal solos Tony Wiechart, Justin Miller, Conner Townsend, Alyssa Fetzer and Brittany Kemper; and vocal ensemble including Destiny Thompson, Corinne Metzger, Alix Eccard, Paige Miller, Brittany Kemper and Morgan Sterchak. Halee Heising was absent. The choir is under the direction of Tammy Wirth. (Submitted photos)

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Harvick and Kyle Busch win Daytona 500 duels

JENNA FRYER The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. There are two certainties heading into the Daytona 500: Kevin Harvick is the favorite and no one is sure what the action will look like in the Great American Race. Harvick remained perfect through Speedweeks on Thursday by winning the first of two 150-mile Budweiser Duel qualifying races; the victory positioned him as the top pick to win NASCARs version of the Super Bowl. Being labeled the favorite is the last thing the 2007 Daytona 500 winner wanted headed into Sundays seasonopener. We like to be the lameduck underdog. Thats what were shooting for, Harvick said. Harvick is a perfect 2-for2 at Daytona International Speedway. He also won an exhibition race last weekend. This strong start comes at a time when Harvick has found a balance in his life with the addition of son, Keelan, who was born last July, and as he heads into his final season with Richard Childress Racing. Harvick has already decided to move to StewartHaas Racing in 2014. Weve been fortunate to win the first two races of Speedweeks. Weve just got to keep a level head on our shoulders, not get too high over what weve done, just do the same things that weve done, he said. If its meant to be, its meant to be. I think we definitely have the car and team to be in contention to do that. But nobody is quite sure what the 500 will look like with NASCARs new Gen-6 race car. Sundays race will go off with a full 43-car field, double the amount of cars that ran in Thursdays qualifying races. There were 19 cars in last Saturdays exhibition. Kyle Busch, winner of the second duel, believes more cars on the track will create a much different race than what fans have seen so far. All three races at Speedweeks to date have lacked much action as drivers continue to learn the new cars and how it reacts in traffic and different aerodynamic situations. With more cars out there, we might see it be a little bit different come Sunday, Busch said. There were half the field in each race, obviously. Theres going to be twice as many good cars, twice as many middle of the pack cars, twice as many back of the pack cars. If you can get your car handling, driving, well, similar to what Harvick did in the first race. In the first race, Harvick held off Greg Biffle over a 4-lap sprint to win. The starting field for the Daytona 500 is set by the results from the pair of 60-lap qualifiers but Patrick held onto the pole by running a safe race in the first qualifier. The first woman to win a pole at NASCARs top level, Patrick earned the top starting spot in time trials last weekend. She started first in the first qualifier, raced a bit early, then faded back to run a conservative race and ensure shell start first in the 500. I hate coming to the end like that and just lagging back, she said. Thats not fun. But its also really ignorant to go drive up into the pack and be part of an accident for absolutely no reason. Youre really not going to learn much there. Patrick wound up 17th out of 23 cars. What I really feel like I need to do is go down to the Harvick bus and see what hes doing, she added. Hes got it going on down here. The first race was dull until Denny Hamlin brought out the only caution with seven laps remaining. Hamlin lost control, spun into Carl Edwards and triggered a 4-car accident that also collected Regan Smith and Trevor Bayne, who had a dominant car early in the qualifier. I know what the wrecks look like now; I am really familiar with them, said Edwards, who was wrecked at testing in January and in practice for the exhibition race last week. He was also blackflagged in the exhibition race when his window net fell off. Hamlin said the accident was a product of drivers trying to learn the nuances of NASCARs new Gen-6 car. It just shows you that any kind of bad aero position you put yourself in, your car can be vulnerable, added Hamlin, who was running in the high line when he inched into Edwards space down low. Juan Pablo Montoya, who infamously crashed into a jet dryer during last years Daytona 500 to trigger a massive fuel fire, stopped for minor repairs during the


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Thursdays Results Miami 86, Chicago 67 San Antonio 116, L.A. Clippers 90 Todays Games Chicago at Charlotte, 7 p.m. New York at Toronto, 7 p.m. Detroit at Indiana, 7 p.m. Denver at Washington, 7 p.m. Sacramento at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Houston at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Orlando at Memphis, 8 p.m. Dallas at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Boston at Phoenix, 9 p.m. San Antonio at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Portland at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Saturdays Games Denver at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Orlando, 7 p.m. Houston at Washington, 7 p.m. Miami at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Indiana at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Atlanta at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Utah at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

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NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Thursdays Results Ottawa 3, N.Y. Rangers 2, SO Toronto 3, Buffalo 1 Florida 5, Philadelphia 2 New Jersey 3, Washington 2 Winnipeg 4, Carolina 3 N.Y. Islanders 4, Montreal 3, OT Boston 4, Tampa Bay 2 Columbus 3, Detroit 2 Vancouver 4, Dallas 3 Minnesota 3, Edmonton 1 Todays Games Florida at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Vancouver at Nashville, 8 p.m. San Jose at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Saturdays Games New Jersey at Washington, 12 p.m. Winnipeg at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Phoenix at Edmonton, 3:30 p.m. Colorado at Los Angeles, 4 p.m. Nashville at Detroit, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Carolina, 7 p.m. Toronto at Ottawa, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Montreal, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m. San Jose at Dallas, 8 p.m. Columbus at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Calgary, 10 p.m.

The Associated Press Thursdays Girls Basketball Tournament Scores Division I Aurora 45, Youngs. Boardman 35 Brunswick 59, Akr. Firestone 36 Cin. Princeton 51, Hamilton 44 Kettering Fairmont 83, Vandalia Butler 33 Kings Mills Kings 50, Middletown 42 Medina Highland 83, Akr. Kenmore 70 Sidney 45, Troy 40 Twinsburg 74, Warren Harding 31 Division II Cortland Lakeview 56, Perry 54, OT Fairview 45, Lorain Clearview 38 Geneva 62, Chardon NDCL 28 Lancaster Fairfield Union 48, Circleville Logan Elm 43 Navarre Fairless 52, Akr. Hoban 43 New Richmond 68, Bethel-Tate 42 Norton 63, Mogadore Field 27 Oxford Talawanda 55, Cin. Aiken 20 Poland Sem. 44, Ravenna SE 28 Richfield Revere 67, Cle. Collinwood 18 Shaker Hts. Hathaway Brown 61, Peninsula Woodridge 21 Struthers 69, Mantua Crestwood 51 Vermilion 36, Rocky River 32 Washington C.H. Miami Trace 49, Marietta 43 Zanesville Maysville 37, Warsaw River View 36, 2OT Division III Andover Pymatuning Valley 68, New Middletown Spring. 42 Baltimore Liberty Union 45, Milford Center Fairbanks 32 Beverly Ft. Frye 70, Martins Ferry 23 Cin. Madeira 53, Cin. Mariemont 48 Cin. Summit Country Day 40, N. Bend Taylor 30 Cols. Grandview Hts. 34, Galion Northmor 33 Cols. Ready 52, Richwood N. Union 48 Elyria Cath. 65, Oberlin 24 Frankfort Adena 45, Crooksville 25 Fredericktown 40, Bloom-Carroll 16 Gnadenhutten Indian Valley 46, Cadiz Harrison Cent. 44 Ironton 37, Peebles 34 Johnstown-Monroe 93, Cols. Horizon Science 29 London Madison Plains 55, W. Jefferson 38 Marion Pleasant 41, Centerburg 34 Rootstown 56, Wellington 29 W. Lafayette Ridgewood 49, Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley 32

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Warren Champion 43, Newton Falls 40 Division IV Berlin Hiland 44, StrasburgFranklin 32 Cin. Seven Hills 58, Day. Miami Valley 45 Col. Crestview 64, Salineville So. 30 Cornerstone Christian 57, Windham 54 Crown City S. Gallia 33, Ironton St. Joseph 29 Fairport Harbor Harding 52, Thompson Ledgemont 36 Gahanna Christian 47, Sugar Grove Berne Union 34 Hannibal River 53, Bridgeport 49 Lowellville 47, Berlin Center Western Reserve 35 Morral Ridgedale 37, Worthington Christian 36 New Madison Tri-Village 107, Spring. Emmanuel Christian 13 Newark Cath. 62, Danville 46 Newton Local 48, Spring. Cath. Cent. 38 Reedsville East. 64, Manchester 27 Shadyside 58, Barnesville 25 Shekinah Christian 38, Granville Christian 30 Warren Lordstown 52, Vienna Mathews 39 Yellow Springs 37, Xenia Christian 34 Zanesville Rosecrans 46, Sugarcreek Garaway 43 Boys Arlington 57, McGuffey Upper Scioto Valley 34 Chagrin Falls 64, Burton Berkshire 37 Holgate 36, Continental 26 Liberty Center 60, Defiance Ayersville 57 Marion Harding 59, Mansfield Temple Christian 47 Morral Ridgedale 37, Worthington Christian 36 New Middletown Spring. 47, Berlin Center Western Reserve 33 Parkersburg South, W.Va. 72, Belpre 38 Rockford Parkway 49, Haviland Wayne Trace 38 Rocky River 55, Lakewood 43 Salineville Southern 50, Heartland Christian 42 Shaker Hts. 52, Garfield Hts. 35 Shekinah Christian 38, Granville Christian 30 Wahama, W.Va. 54, Waterford 44 Division IV Day. Miami Valley 78, Cin. Riverview East 77 Franklin Middletown Christian 60, Cin. Hillcrest 47

feeling good, youll be able to be one of the guys thats up front. Is Busch, who was wrecked out of last weeks exhibition just 15 laps into the race, one of those guys? I feel thats where were at, Busch replied. Thats an added bonus for us right now. Busch gave Toyota its first victory of Speedweeks and snapped Chevrolets dominance. Harvick took the new Chevrolet SS to Victory Lane twice and Danica Patrick put it on the Daytona 500 pole in time trials. Busch held off Kasey Kahne, in a Chevrolet, and learned the driver out front is in the strongest position. Its hard to pass the leader, said Busch. Stay out front. When you get out front, you can hold everyone off. But Kahne, who settled for second, said timing will be critical and nobody is sure just yet what move will be needed to win the Daytona 500. I think its tough because you dont know when you get that push. You dont know when it plays into your time, continued Kahne, who never got close enough to Busch to take a solid shot at the win. I think you need to be ready at any time to get to the front, to second, to third, try to move up. I dont think waiting till the last lap is a ticket the way things are right now. And Kahne wasnt ready to give Harvick the win in the big race, either. I think Kevin looks really good, he added. Hes got this place figured out. I think he can be beat, yeah. Theres a few of us in the second race who had really good cars and I could move around really

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caution. Montoya restarted the race in 13th with four laps remaining, but rocketed through the field to finish third. It was time to go, he said. Its hard; you dont want to tear up the car and at the same time you want to go. The bumpers are a little fragile. You have to be careful with that. You want to have a good car at the end. The bulk of both races seemed to be one long parade of the Gen-6 race car. Unsure of how the cars handle in packs and when the drivers choose to side-draft, most of the field in the first race played it conservatively. The choice was obviously made by a bunch of us to run around in circles and just make laps, said 2-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip, who needed a clean race to guarantee a spot in Sundays field. There were a lot of people that just wanted to get through some laps and understand what was going on. There were some of us that would have run like that until they threw the checkered just to make the race. And then there were some that decided it was time to go and they made it work. Waltrip is racing in a special Sandy Hook Special Support Fund paint scheme and his car number has been changed to No. 26 as a tribute to the 26 students and teachers killed in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. Theres a lot of people up in Connecticut with a smile on their face right now. Im real proud to get in the race for them, Waltrip added. Austin Dillon, grandson of team owner Richard Childress, finished third in the second qualifying race to put his Richard Childress Racing car in the Daytona 500. It will be the 22-year-old Dillons first Daytona 500. Brian Keselowski, older brother of reigning Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, was the one driver who truly had to race his way into the Daytona 500 in the first qualifier. But he lacked speed early, fell two laps down and missed the race. Mike Bliss was the driver from the second qualifier trying to make the Daytona 500 field but finished five laps down and didnt make the race.


The Associated Press MEN EAST Bloomfield 84, Wilmington (Del.) 78 Bryant 88, CCSU 67 Delaware 73, Drexel 71, 2OT Farmingdale 81, Old Westbury 69 Mount St.Marys 83, LIU Brooklyn 71 Quinnipiac 81, Sacred Heart 74 Robert Morris 77, Monmouth (NJ)

Sciences (Pa.) 70, Post (Conn.) 66 St. Francis (NY) 76, Wagner 75 St. Francis (Pa.) 69, Fairleigh Dickinson 63 St. Vincent 85, Washington & Jefferson 75 Temple 82, La Salle 74 UConn 73, Cincinnati 66, OT SOUTH Charleston Southern 92, VMI 69 Duke 88, Virginia Tech 56 Elon 63, Samford 62 FIU 65, UALR 52 Faulkner 74, Spring Hill 60 Georgetown (Ky.) 83, Campbellsville 78 Jacksonville 68, SC-Upstate 64 Kentucky St. 72, Tuskegee 70 Life 87, Mid Continent 83 Lindsey Wilson 76, St. Catharine 62 Louisiana-Lafayette 76, Troy 66 Martin Methodist 76, Bethel (Tenn.)

70, OT Mercer 83, Lipscomb 58 Middle Tennessee 85, South Alabama 50 N. Kentucky 64, Kennesaw St. 54 North Florida 77, ETSU 64 S. Indiana 73, Bellarmine 62 Tennessee Tech 83, UT-Martin 68 UNC Greensboro 94, Chattanooga 68 W.Kentucky 75, Louisiana-Mon.57 Wofford 53, Georgia Southern 47 MIDWEST Ashland 84, Ohio Dominican 71 Bowling Green 87, New Orleans 56 Cornerstone 74, Indiana Tech 58 Davenport 62, Aquinas 57 Drury 97, William Jewell 70 Findlay 86, Walsh 67 Grand Valley St. 60, Saginaw Valley St. 52 Illinois 64, Penn St. 59 Lake Superior St. 58, N. Michigan 41 Lourdes 65, Concordia (Mich.) 55 Madonna 70, Northwestern Ohio 59 Malone 61, Hillsdale 59 Michigan Tech 82, Northwood (Mich.) 70 Tiffin 71, Lake Erie 59 Wayne (Mich.) 56, Ferris St. 53 SOUTHWEST Arkansas 62, Georgia 60

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North Texas 66, FAU 57, OT FAR WEST California 48, Oregon 46 Colorado 60, Utah 50 Montana St.-Billings 74, W. Oregon 69, OT Portland 70, San Diego 67 Saint Marys (Cal) 64, BYU 57 San Francisco 61, Loyola Marymount 59 Seattle Pacific 60, St. Martins 46 Stanford 82, Oregon St. 72 TOURNAMENT Appalachian Athletic Conference Quarterfinals Bryan 78, Union (Ky.) 73; Milligan 76, Reinhardt 68; Point (Ga.) 65, Va. Intermont 64; Tenn. Wesleyan 123, St. Andrews 97 CUNYAC Conference Semifinals John Jay 73, Baruch 62; Staten Island 71, Brooklyn 65 Commonwealth Coast Conference Semifinals Curry 82, E. Nazarene 76; Gordon 73, Wentworth Tech 54 MIAA Conference Tournament Semifinals Calvin 71, Adrian 44; Hope 76, Trine 63 Presidents Athletic Conference Semifinals Thiel 86, Thomas More 80 WIAC Tournament Semifinals

The Associated Press NBA ORLANDO The Orlando Magic traded G J.J. Redick, C Gustavo Ayon and reserve PG Ish Smith to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Gs Doron Lamb and Beno Udrih and F Tobias Harris. BOSTON The Boston Celtics acquired G Jordan Crawford from the Washington Wizards for C Jason Collins and injured G Leandro Barbosa. OAKLAND Golden State sent F Jeremy Tyler to Atlanta and G Charles Jenkins to Philadelphia in separate deals, slicing more than $1.5 million off its payroll after beginning the day about $1.2 million over the leagues $70,307,000 luxury tax. NEW YORK The New York Knicks traded Ronnie Brewer to Oklahoma City to open a roster spot that will be used to give Kenyon Martin a 10-day contract. ATLANTA The Atlanta Hawks sent Anthony Morrow to Dallas for Dahntay Jones. GOLF MARANA, Ariz. Different month, different desert, same shocking outcome. Any thoughts of Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods going head-to-head late Sunday afternoon came crashing down under darkening skies in the high desert of Dove Mountain. Just like the last time they got together in Abu Dhabi to start the season, they didnt even make it to the weekend. The World Golf Match Play Championship was even worse. They didnt make it out of the first round. Charles Howell III, who says he has never beaten Woods in any match,

picked a fine time to end that streak. The match was all square when Howell nearly holed out with a wedge for birdie on the 15th, then drained a 25-foot birdie putt on the 16th, going 2 up when Woods missed a 12-foot birdie. The match ended in pars on the next hole. Just moments earlier, in a sloppy match with an old friend, McIlroy had one last chance to avoid losing to Shane Lowry when the portly Irishman went bunker-to-bunker on the 18th hole. McIlroy, from the middle of the fairway, hit yet another poor iron shot into the sand and Lowry closed him out by saving par with a nervy 4-foot putt. Sergio Garcia returned Thursday to face a 12-foot birdie putt to win his match. Five holes and 19 shots later, he finally put away Thongchai Jaidee in 20 holes. Their match ended just more than 30 hours after it began. Bo Van Pelt hit only two shots Thursday an 8-iron and a 45-foot lag putt to finish off John Senden. Carl Pettersson was 1 up over Rickie Fowler with one hole left and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Francesco Molinari were all square with three holes to play. Both chose to return today because it was too dark. Luke Donald nearly made it the top three seeds except for a clutch performance. He holed a 10-foot birdie putt to halve the 17th hole and stay tied with Marcel Siem of Germany. Donald then birdied the 18th from 7 feet to win the match. Louis Oosthuizen, the No. 4 seed, rallied to get past Richie Ramsay of Scotland. CHONBURI, Thailand Stacey

Lewis shot a 3-under 69 today to keep her 3-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Thailand. Lewis had five birdies and two bogeys for a 12-under 132 total at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course, replicating her form from 2012 that made her the first American to win the LPGA Player of the Year award since Beth Daniel in 1994. Thai teenager Ariya Jutanugarn shot a bogey-free 66 in windy and humid conditions to move into second place. Beatriz Recari (68), So Yeon Ryu (68) and Catriona Matthew (69) were tied for third at 8 under. Two-time defending champion Yani Tseng (68) recovered from a 75 on Thursday for a share of 25th place. TENNIS MEMPHIS, Tenn. Top seed Marin Cilic of Croatia survived three match points in a third-set tie-breaker against Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. National Indoor Championships with a 7-6 (2), 3-6, 7-6 (7) victory Thursday. Meanwhile, sixth-seeded Tommy Haas withdrew late Thursday night, citing a respiratory problem that has plagued him all week. Haas departure means Feliciano Lopez of Spain advances to the quarterfinals in a walkover. In the other night match, Jack Sock defeated James Blake in a battle of wild-card entries from the United States, 7-5, 6-4. The win moved Cilic into the quarterfinals against fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan, who advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over qualifier Donald Young of the U.S.

Wis.-Platteville 60, Wis.-Stevens Pt. 56; Wis.-Whitewater 63, Wis.Stout 59 WOMEN EAST Albany (NY) 79, Boston U. 72 Dayton 67, St. Bonaventure 63 Drexel 57, George Mason 46 Fordham 51, Rhode Island 42 Maryland 86, Boston College 61 Northeastern 65, Georgia St. 50 SOUTH Clemson 64, Virginia 62 Coastal Carolina 77, Charleston Southern 72, OT Gardner-Webb 65, High Point 57 Georgia 66, Arkansas 34 Georgia Tech 82, Wake Forest 64 James Madison 79, Towson 45 Liberty 75, UNC Asheville 43 Marshall 72, East Carolina 60 Memphis 80, Southern Miss. 74, OT Miami 59, NC State 55 Mississippi St. 75, Alabama 51 Old Dominion 75, William & Mary 64 Presbyterian 62, Campbell 51 Tennessee 83, Auburn 61 Tulane 57, UAB 52 UALR 51, FIU 47 Vanderbilt 68, Florida 57 Winthrop 78, Longwood 46 MIDWEST

Bradley 93, Drake 84 Creighton 73, N. Iowa 66 Ill.-Chicago 81, Wright St. 78, OT Loyola of Chicago 91, Detroit 81 Milwaukee 75, Valparaiso 71 Minnesota 57, Ohio St. 56 Missouri St. 81, S. Illinois 74 N. Colorado 44, North Dakota 41 Nebraska 57, Michigan 39 S. Dakota St. 69, NebraskaOmaha 56 South Dakota 56, IUPUI 39 Wichita St. 68, Evansville 49 Youngstown St. 73, Cleveland St. 69 SOUTHWEST Rice 66, UCF 49 SMU 69, Tulsa 60 Texas A&M 82, Mississippi 53 UTEP 73, Houston 55 FAR WEST BYU 79, Portland 64 Cal Poly 66, CS Northridge 49 E. Washington 83, Portland St. 51 Gonzaga 70, Santa Clara 55 Hawaii 54, UC Santa Barbara 51 Idaho St. 68, Weber St. 37 Loyola Marymount 58, Pepperdine 56 Pacific 81, Cal St.-Fullerton 50 San Diego 67, Saint Marys (Cal) 50 UC Davis 70, UC Riverside 56 UC Irvine 65, Long Beach St. 57

Also, Marinko Matosevic of Australia eliminated fourth-seeded American Sam Querrey 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a match that lasted almost two hours. Also advancing were No. 7 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan and American Michael Russell. Dolgopolov beat American qualifier Rhyne Williams 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Istomin defeated former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia 6-1, 6-2; and Russell won 6-2, 6-4 over Lukasz Kubot of Poland. Earlier in the womens quarterfinals, top-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium was eliminated by Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, the No. 7 seed, 6-7 (11), 7-5, 6-3. And fourth-seeded Heather Watson of Britain also lost Thursday, 6-1, 6-2 to Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland. That left Sabine Lisicki of Germany as the only player in the top half of the draw to move on to the semifinals after she defeated eighth-seeded Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-3. In todays semifinals, Voegele will play Erakovic of New Zealand, a 7-5, 6-2 winner over Jamie Hampton of the United States on Thursday, while Lisicki and Rybarikova will face off in the other match. BASEBALL PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. Baseball union head Michael Weiner said reporters should refrain from jumping to conclusions about media reports linking players to a defunct Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. Weiner cautioned that MLB is still investigating Biogenesis of America in Coral Gables. After his 1-hour session with the Mets, Weiner also discussed the agreement with management last month to extend blood testing for human growth hormone into the regular season. HGH testing began last year but was limited to spring training. Now the World Anti-Doping Agency laboratory in Laval, Quebec, will keep records of each player, including his baseline ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone. NFL INDIANAPOLIS NFL senior vice president Adolpho Birch said the league and players association need to reach agreement soon on HGH testing. The NFL and the union agreed in principle to HGH testing when a new 10-year labor agreement was finalized in August 2011. But protocols must be approved by both sides and the players have questioned the science in the testing procedures, delaying implementation. In 2011, the NFL became the first professional league to agree with its players on HGH testing. But while the sides debated the scientific validity of the test, the union still is not satisfied with the process. Meanwhile, Major League Baseball will test for HGH throughout the upcoming regular season. Last year, players were subject to blood testing for HGH during spring training.

Benedict XVI retires on his own terms


Friday, February 22, 2013

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In the spring of 2009, Pope Benedict XVI stopped in Aquila, Italy, to pray at the shrine of St. Celestine V. The pope left his pallium -- a wool garment that resembles a yoke, symbolizing bonds between a shepherd and his flock -- on this medieval popes tomb. Then, 15 months later, he visited a cathedral outside Rome to pray before the relics, once again, of St. Celestine V. Few noticed Benedicts actions. So who was this saint? He was the elderly priest who was elected pope in 1294, somewhat against his will, noted theologian Scott Hahn of Franciscan University of Steubenville. Before long, Pope Celestine V issued a decree allowing occupants of St. Peters throne to step down -- a step he then proceeded to take. Looking back, it appears Benedicts visit to shrines honoring this particular pope were probably more than pious acts, noted Hahn on his Facebook page. More likely, they were profound and symbolic gestures of a very personal nature, which conveyed a message that a pope can hardly deliver any other way. This was a message consistent with the 86-year-old popes stunning announcement this week -- days before the start of Lent -- that he would end his eight-year papacy on Feb. 28. Although it has been seven centuries since the voluntary resignation of a pope, this option remains in

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canon law and was affirmed by Pope Paul VI in 1975 and the Blessed John Paul II in 1996. Benedict said he was thinking about the future of the papacy, not the past: In todays world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. The Vatican Press Office noted these words were consistent with his thoughts in the 2010 book, Light of the World. While it would be wrong to flee in times of trouble, Benedict said: When a Pope realizes clearly that he is no longer physically, mentally, and spiritually capable of carrying out his role, then there is legally the possibility, and also the obligation, to

resign. Vatican leaders are planning for the election of a pope by Easter, thus creating a whirlwind of activity. Reactions, so far, have included: -- Comedy Centrals Stephen Colbert -an active Catholic -- quipped that popes dont quit. God has a way of telling popes when its time to retire. Its called death. Father James Martin, a Jesuit known as The Colbert Report chaplain, later tweeted that he should have told the comedian, Pope Benedict XVI is raising the bar when it comes to giving things up for Lent. -- On the far doctrinal left, Catholics United noted: The Catholic church hierarchy has been seen as an institution overly focused on issues of human sexuality, such as opposition to access to birth control and marriage equality. ... The next pope has a unique opportunity to radically shift the agenda of the church. -- Among journalists, The Fix blogger Chris Cillizza at The Washington Post tweeted: Pope Benedict, following Sarah Palins lead, resigns. -- This popes departure drew several tributes from Protestant conservatives. Benedict reminded the world that humans are not mere machines, collections of nerve endings, that spark with sensation when rubbed together, noted theologian Russell Moore of Southern Baptist Theo-

logical Seminary. The pope defended Down syndrome babies and Alzheimers patients, as well as those society wants to dehumanize with language: embryo, fetus, anchor baby, illegal alien, collateral damage, and so on. -- Strategically, the key is that Benedicts out of the blue decision will do much to prevent the months or even years of political maneuvering that precede papal elections, wrote Jimmy Akin of Catholic Answers. It also helps that Benedict did not act in response to calls for his retirement, such as the campaign aimed at John Paul II. At the same time, Akin noted, advancing medical technology means increasingly long life spans with a longer period of frail health. ... Unless we get really wizard regenerative medical technology really soon, were likely to have more popes in that kind of situation, and thus there are likely to be more resignations in the future.
Terry Mattingly is the director of the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and leads the project to study religion and the news.) ****** (EDITORS: For editorial questions, please contact Kendra Phipps at COPYRIGHT 2013 United Feature Syndicate DISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL UCLICK FOR UFS 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-5817500

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ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH Landeck - Phone: 419-692-0636 CORNERSTONE BAPTIST Rev. Mel Verhoff, Pastor CHURCH Administrative aide: Rita Suever 2701 Dutch Hollow Rd. Elida Masses: 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Phone: 339-3339 Sacrament of Reconciliation: Rev. Frank Hartman Saturday. Sunday - 10 a.m. Sunday Newcomers register at parish. School (all ages); 11 a.m. Morning Marriages: Please call the par- Service; 6 p.m. Evening Service. ish house six months in advance. Wednesday - 7 p.m. Prayer Baptism: Please call the parish. Meeting. Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8-noon, 1-4- p.m. pEnCErVillE ZION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Corner of Zion Church & Conant Rd., Elida Pastors: Mark and D.J. Fuerstenau Sunday - Service - 9:00 a.m. PIKE MENNONITE CHURCH 3995 McBride Rd., Elida Phone 419-339-3961 LIGHTHOUSE CHURCH OF GOD Elida - Ph. 222-8054 Rev. Larry Ayers, Pastor Service schedule: Sunday 10 a.m. School; 11 a.m. Morning Worship; 6 p.m. Sunday evening.

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VAN WERT VICTORY CHURCH OF GOD 10698 US 127S., Van Wert (Next to Tracys Auction Service) Tommy Sandefer, lead pastor Ron Prewitt, sr. adult pastor Sunday worship & childrens ministry - 10:00 a.m. facebook: vwvcoh TRINITY LUTHERAN 303 S. Adams, Middle Point Rev. Tom Cover Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Worship service. GRACE FAMILY CHURCH 634 N. Washington St., Van Wert Pastor: Rev. Ron Prewitt Sunday - 9:15 a.m. Morning worship with Pulpit Supply. KINGSLEY UNITED METHODIST 15482 Mendon Rd., Van Wert Phone: 419-965-2771 Pastor Chuck Glover Sunday School - 9:30 a.m.; Worship - 10:25 a.m. Wednesday - Youth Prayer and Bible Study - 6:30 p.m. Adult Prayer meeting - 7:00 p.m. Choir practice - 8:00 p.m. TRINITY FRIENDS CHURCH 605 N. Franklin St., Van Wert 45891 Ph: (419) 238-2788 Sr. Pastor Stephen Savage Outreach Pastor Neil Hammons Sunday - Worship services at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Wednesday-Ministries at 7:00 p.m. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 13887 Jennings Rd., Van Wert Ph. 419-238-0333 Childrens Storyline: 419-238-2201 Email: Pastor Steven A. Robinson Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages; 10:30 a.m. Family Worship Hour; 6:30 p.m. Evening Bible Hour. Wednesday - 6:30 p.m. Word of Life Student Ministries; 6:45 p.m. AWANA; 7:00 p.m. Prayer and Bible Study. MANDALE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN CHRISTIAN UNION Rev. Don Rogers, Pastor Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday School all ages. 10:30 a.m. Worship Services; 7:00 p.m Worship. Wednesday - 7 p.m. Prayer meeting. PENTECOSTAL WAY CHURCH Pastors: Bill Watson Rev. Ronald Defore 1213 Leeson Ave., Van Wert 45891 Phone (419) 238-5813 Head Usher: Ted Kelly 10:00 a.m. - Sunday School 11:10 a.m. - Worship 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. - Wednesday Morning Bible Class 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. - Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting 7:00 p.m. - Wed. Night Bible Study. Thursday - Choir Rehearsal Anchored in Jesus Prayer Line - (419) 238-4427 or (419) 232-4379. Emergency - (419) 993-5855

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FAITH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH Road U, Rushmore Pastor Robert Morrison Sunday 10 am Church School; 11:00 Church Service; 6:00 p.m. Evening Service Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. Evening Service ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA CATHOLIC CHURCH 512 W. Sycamore, Col. Grove Office 419-659-2263 Fax: 419-659-5202 Father Tom Extejt Masses: Tuesday-Friday - 8:00 a.m.; First Friday of the month - 7 p.m.; Saturday - 4:30 p.m.; Sunday - 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Confessions - Saturday 3:30 p.m., anytime by appointment. CHURCH OF GOD 18906 Rd. 18R, Rimer 419-642-5264 Rev. Mark Walls Sunday - 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH Rev. Robert DeSloover, Pastor 7359 St. Rt. 109 New Cleveland Saturday Mass - 7:00 p.m. Sunday Mass - 8:30 a.m. IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH Ottoville Rev. John Stites Mass schedule: Saturday - 4 p.m.; Sunday - 10:30 a.m. ST. BARBARA CHURCH 160 Main St., Cloverdale 45827 419-488-2391 Fr. John Stites Mass schedule: Saturday 5:30 p.m., Sunday 8:00 a.m. ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH 135 N. Water St., Ft. Jennings Rev. Charles Obinwa Phone: 419-286-2132 Mass schedule: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. ST. MICHAEL CHURCH Kalida Fr. Mark Hoying Saturday 4:30 p.m. Mass. Sunday 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. Masses. Weekdays: Masses on Mon., Tues., Wed. and Friday at 8:00 am; Thurs. 7:30 p.m.

ST. PATRICKS CHURCH 500 S. Canal, Spencerville 419-647-6202 Saturday 4:30 p.m. Reconciliation; 5 p.m. Mass, May 1 - Oct. 30. Sunday - 10:30 a.m. Mass. SPENCERVILLE FULL GOSPEL 107 Broadway St., Spencerville Pastor Charles Muter Home Ph. 419-657-6019 Sunday: Morning Services 10:00 a.m. Evening Services - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday: 7:00 p.m. Worship service.


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SPENCERVILLE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH 317 West North St. 4750 East Road, Elida 419-296-2561 Pastor - Brian McManus Pastor Tom Shobe Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship; 7:00 p.m. School; 10:30 a.m. Worship, nursery available. Wednesday Service Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Youth Prayer, Bible Study; 7:00 TRINITY UNITED METHODIST p.m. Adult Prayer and Bible Corner of Fourth & Main, Study; 8:00 p.m. - Choir. Spencerville Phone 419-647-5321 GOMER UNITED CHURCH Rev. Jan Johnson, Pastor OF CHRIST Sunday - 9:30 a.m. Sunday Rev. Donald Rock School; 10:30 a.m. Worship ser7350 Gomer Road, Gomer, Ohio vice. 419-642-2681 UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Rev. Brian Knoderer 102 Wisher Drive, Spencerville Sunday 10:30 a.m. Worship Rev. Elaine Mikesell, Interim Pastor Sunday 9:30 a.m. Cafe; 10:00 an Ert ounty a.m. Worship Service. BREAKTHROUGH 101 N. Adams St., Middle Point AGAPE FELLOWSHIP Pastor Scott & Karen Fleming MINISTRIES Sunday Church Service - 10 9250 Armstrong Road, a.m, 6 p.m. Spencerville Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. Pastors Phil & Deb Lee Sunday - 10:00 a.m. Worship CALVARY EVANGELICAL service. CHURCH Wed. - 7:00 p.m. Bible Study 10686 Van Wert-Decatur Rd. Van Wert, Ohio HARTFORD CHRISTIAN CHURCH 419-238-9426 (Independent Fundamental) Rev. Clark Williman. Pastor Rt. 81 and Defiance Trial Sunday- 8:45 a.m. Friends and Rt. 2, Box 11550 Family; 9:00 a.m. Sunday School Spencerville 45887 LIVE; 10:00 a.m. Rev. Robert King, Pastor Sunday - 9:30 a.m. Sunday SALEM UNITED school; 10:30 a.m. Worship PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Service; 7:00 p.m. Evening wor15240 Main St. Venedocia ship and Teens Alive (grades Rev. Wendy S. Pratt, Pastor 7-12). Church Phone: 419-667-4142 Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. Bible Sunday - 8:30 a.m. - Adult service. Tuesday & Thursday 7- 9 p.m. Bell Choir; 8:45 a.m. Jr. Choir; Have you ever wanted to preach 9:30 a.m. - Worship; 10:45 a.m. the Word of God? This is your Sunday school; 6:30 p.m. - Capital time to do it. Come share your Funds Committee. Monday - 6 p.m. Senior Choir. love of Christ with us.


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Dear Annie: My daugh- compete with this girl, beter hasnt spoken to me in 20 cause she is really pretty years. Linda is 45 years and wears designer clothes. old and has been married Anyway, Janie and this since around 1993. I wasnt girl always hang out toinvited to her wedding, so gether, and it makes me I am not sure. I think she feel really left out. I cant received a masters degree, lose her. She is like the sisbut I wasnt invited to her ter I never had. Should I do graduation, so Im not sure something? If so, what? of that, either. Lost and Alone Lindas mother left me Dear Lost: Heres the for her married truth, and you may lover when our not like it: In middaughter was 6. dle school, it is not Instead of takunusual for kids to ing custody, I develop new infelt it best for her terests and new mother to raise friends. Some of her, which was them discard their a big mistake. old friends in the My current wife process. If Janie enjoyed a good is so shallow that relationship with she chooses her Linda. We visited friends based on her during her Annies Mailbox their clothes, shes college years and not much of a true gave her money to spend. friend, and we think you But once she finished her know that. degree, we never heard Its OK to tell her you from her again. She didnt miss the friendship you reply to our phone calls, once had and then see letters or emails. whether she is more atLindas brother in- tentive. But you are also formed me that she and her changing and maturing. As husband have four children much as you have relied on we have never met. The Janie in the past, its time oldest must be about 16 for you to hold your head and the youngest about 3, up and make new friends but I do not know any of who are steadfast and aptheir birth dates. When I preciate you as you are. It tried to find out why she wont be easy, but it will be stopped all contact, the worth it. only thing she said was, Dear Annie: Like Too Whatever the reason that Well Endowed in Kansas, you think it is. I have struggled for years Linda was trained as with the same problem. a family counselor. What Im 72 years old, and my happened in her training current doctor is the only that would lead her to re- one who suggested breast fuse a relationship with her reduction as a way to help own father? The divorce with my back, neck and wasnt my idea, so why am other issues. I figured I was I left out in the cold? too old, but the doctor said Father Who Cant See His I was a perfect candidate. I Child had surgery and am loving Dear Father: This has the results. Newfound nothing to do with Lindas Freedom in New York training. More likely, it is some grudge she has been holding onto for years. Since you are in contact with your son and he is in touch with his sister, ask him to act as your intermediary. Have him tell Linda that you are sorry for anything you may have done that has created this estrangement, and you want to know how to reconcile. We hope she is responsive. Dear Annie: I am only 11, but I want the truth and not the lies most people tell kids. I have had a best friend, Janie, for about four years. I am an only child, and my parents are divorced, so Janie is everything to me. I recently started middle school, and now we only have one class together. Janie recently became friends with another girl. I dont think I can

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Im a monster: Veterans alone in their guilt

BY PAULINE JELINEK The Associated Press WASHINGTON A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, former Marine Capt. Timothy Kudo thinks of himself as a killer and he carries the guilt every day. I cant forgive myself, he says. And the people who can forgive me are dead. With American troops at war for more than a decade, theres been an unprecedented number of studies into war zone psychology and an evolving understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder. Clinicians suspect some troops are suffering from what they call moral injuries wounds from having done something, or failed to stop something, that violates their moral code. Though there may be some overlap in symptoms, moral injuries arent what most people think of as PTSD, the nightmares and flashbacks of terrifying, life-threatening combat events. A moral injury tortures the conscience; symptoms include deep shame, guilt and rage. Its not a medical problem, and its unclear how to treat it, says retired Col. Elspeth Ritchie, former psychiatry consultant to the Army surgeon general. The concept is more an existentialist one, she says. The Marines, who prefer to call moral injuries inner conflict, started a few years ago teaching unit leaders to identify the problem. And the Defense Department has approved funding for a study among Marines at Californias Camp Pendleton to test a therapy that doctors hope will ease guilt. But a solution could be a long time off. PTSD is a complex issue, says Navy Cmdr. Leslie Hull-Ryde, a Pentagon spokeswoman. Killing in war is the issue for some troops who believe they have a moral injury, but Ritchie says it also can come from a range of experiences, such as guarding prisoners or watching Iraqis kill Iraqis as they did during the sectarian violence in 2006-07. You may not have actually done something wrong by the law of war, but by your own humanity you feel that its wrong, says Ritchie, now chief clinical officer at the District of Columbias Department of Mental Health. Kudos remorse stems in part from the 2010 accidental killing of two Afghan teenagers on a motorcycle. His unit was fighting insurgents when the pair approached from a distance and appeared to be shooting as well. Kudo says what Marines mistook for guns were actually sticks and bindles, like youd seen in old cartoons with hobos. What Marines thought were muzzle flashes were likely glints of light bouncing off the motorcycles chrome. Theres no day whether its in the shower or whether its walking down the street that I dont think about things that happened over there, says Kudo, now a graduate student at New York University. Human beings arent just turn-on, turn-off switches, Veterans of Foreign Wars spokesman Joe Davis says, noting that moral injury is just a different name for a familiar military problem. Youre raised Thou shalt not kill, but you do it for self-preservation or for your buddies. Kudo never personally shot anyone. But he feels responsible for the deaths of the teens on the motorcycle. Like other officers whove spoken about moral injuries, he also feels responsible for deaths that resulted from orders he gave in other missions. The hardest part, Kudo says, is that nobody talks about it. As executive officer of a Marine company, Kudo also felt inadequate when he had to comfort a subordinate grieving over the death of another Marine. Dr. Brett Litz, a clinical psychologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Boston, sees moral injury, the loss of comrades and the terror associated with PTSD as a three-legged stool of troop suffering. Though theres little data on moral injury, he says a study asked soldiers seeking counseling for PTSD in Texas what their main problem was; it broke down to roughly a third, a third and a third among those with fear, those with loss issues and those with moral injury. The raw number of people who have moral injuries also isnt known. Its not an official diagnosis for purposes of getting veteran benefits, though its believed by some doctors that many vets with moral injuries are getting care on a diagnosis of PTSD care that wouldnt specifically fit their problem. Like PTSD, which could affect an estimated

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Friday, February 22, 2013

SD college tests fingerprint purchasing technology

BY AMBER HUNT The Associated Press RAPID CITY, S.D. Futurists have long proclaimed the coming of a cashless society, where dollar bills and plastic cards are replaced by fingerprint and retina scanners smart enough to distinguish a living, breathing account holder from an identity thief. What they probably didnt see coming was that one such technology would make its debut not in Silicon Valley or MIT but at a small state college in remote western South Dakota, 25 miles from Mount Rushmore. Two shops on the School of Mines and Technology campus are performing one of the worlds first experiments in Biocryptology a mix of biometrics (using physical traits for identification) and cryptology (the study of encoding private information). Students at the Rapid City school can buy a bag of potato chips with a machine that nonintrusively detects their hemoglobin to make sure the transaction is legitimate. Researchers figure their technology would provide a critical safeguard against a morbid scenario sometimes found in spy movies in which a thief removes someone elses finger to fool the scanner. On a recent Friday, mechanical engineering major Bernard Keeler handed a Red Bull to a cashier in the Miners Shack campus shop, typed his birthdate into a pay pad and swiped his finger. Within seconds, the machine had idenBY DAVID B. CARUSO The Associated Press tified his print and checked that blood was pulsing beneath it, allowing him to make the buy. Afterward, Keeler proudly showed off the receipt he was sent via email on his smartphone. Fingerprint technology isnt new, nor is the general concept of using biometrics as a way to pay for goods. But its the extra layer of protection that deeper check to ensure the finger has a pulse that researchers say sets this technology apart from already-existing digital fingerprint scans, which are used mostly for criminal background checks. Al Maas, president of Nexus USA a subsidiary of Spanish-based Hanscan Indentity Management, which patented the technology acknowledged South Dakota might seem an unlikely locale to test it, but to him, it was a perfect fit. I said, if it flies here in the conservative Midwest, its going to go anywhere, Maas said. Maas grew up near Madison, S.D., and wanted his home state to be the technologys guinea pig. He convinced Hanscan owner Klaas Zwart that the 2,400-student Mines campus should be used as the starter location. The students all major in mechanical engineering or hard sciences, which means theyre naturally technologically inclined, said Joseph Wright, the schools associate vice president for research-economic development. South Dakota is a place where people take risks. Were very entrepreneurial, Wright said. After Maas and Zwart introduced the

Rat tales abound in NYC after Superstorm Sandy Flu shot doing
NEW YORK At the height of Superstorm Sandy, city residents watching seawater pour into the subway system couldnt help but wonder: What will become of all the rats? Four months later, thats still a mystery. And experts arent so sure about stories of hordes of displaced rodents fleeing the flood zone and taking up residence in buildings that were previously rat-free. TV stations and newspapers have been rife with reports about rats infesting parked cars and fleeing the East River waterfront for the brownstones of Brooklyn Heights and exterminators enjoying a boom in business. For some city officials, the last straw came a week ago when a rodent problem forced a two-day closure of Magnolia Bakery, a Manhattan landmark often credited with starting a national cupcake craze. Within BY CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and JON GAMBRELL The Associated Press days, a city councilwoman floated a proposal to create a $500,000 emergency rat mitigation program for stormimpacted neighborhoods. But the citys health department, which collects reams of data about the rat population and maps infestations looking for trends, said rodent complaints actually had declined since the late October storm, which was spawned when Hurricane Sandy merged with two other weather systems. The Health Department conducted extensive inspections in flood zones after Hurricane Sandy, provided guidance to home owners and baited the area. But we did not see an increase in the rat population, the agency said in a statement. Large storms can flush out rats, but they also drown many rats, and the net effect of large storms is often a decrease in the rat population. The number of rodent-related citations issued by health inspectors has dropped as well. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the citys subway system, the nations largest, also dismissed tales of rats being stirred up by Sandy. We noticed no unusual rat activity or rodent activity in the wake of the storm, agency spokesman Charles Seaton said. He also said that when water was pumped out of flooded tunnels and stations, there werent large numbers of rat carcasses left behind. The idea of a mass rat migration drew ridicule from Richard Reynolds, who leads a group of dog owners who conduct urban rat hunts. What happened to the rats? Nothing! Were finding rats right where weve always found them, he said. I think this whole idea that there has been some kind of major relocation of rats is just good news media fodder. He noted, as did other experts, that Norwegian rats, the species found in New York, are known for being especially strong swimmers.

idea to students this winter, about 50 stepped forward to take part in the pilot. I really wanted to be part of whats new and see if I could help improve what they already have, said Phillip Clemen, 19, a mechanical engineering student. Robert Siciliano, a security expert with McAfee, Inc., minimized potential privacy concerns. We are hell bent on privacy issues here in the U.S. We get all up in arms when someone talks about scanning us or recording our information, but then well throw up everything about us on Facebook and give up all of our personal information for 10 percent off at a shoe store for instant credit, he said. Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union, said fingerprint technology on its own raises security issues, but he called liveness detection a step in the right direction. Any security measure can be defeated; its a question of making it harder, he said. The key to keeping biometric identification from becoming Big Brother-like is to make it voluntary and ensure that the information scanned is used exactly as promised, Stanley said. Brian Wiles, a Miles mechanical engineering major, said its exciting to be beta testing technology that could soon be worldwide. There was some hesitation, but the fact that its the first in the world thats the whole point of this school, said Wiles, 22. Were innovators.

Govt downsizes amid GOP demands for more cuts

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20 percent of troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, moral injury is not experienced by all troops. Its in the eye of the beholder, says retired Navy Capt. William Nash, a psychiatrist who headed Marine Corps combat stress programs and has partnered with Litz on research. The vast majority of ground combat fighters may be able to pull the trigger without feeling they did something wrong, he says. As the military has focused on fear-based PTSD, it hasnt paid enough attention to loss and moral injury, Litz and others believe. And that has hampered the development of strategies to help troops with those other problems and train them to avoid the problems in the first place, he says. Lumping people into the PTSD category renders soldiers automatically into mental patients instead of wounded souls, writes Iraq vet Tyler Boudreau, a former Marine captain and assistant operations officer to an infantry battalion. Boudreau resigned his commission after having questions of conscience. He wrote in the Massachusetts Review, a literary magazine, that being diagnosed with PTSD doesnt account for nontraumatic events that are morally troubling: Its far too easy for people at home, particularly those not directly affected by war to shed a disingenuous tear for the veterans, donate a few bucks and whisk them off to the closest shrink out of sight and out of mind and leaving no incentive in the community or in the household to engage them.

poor job of protecting older people

BY MIKE STOBBE The Associated Press ATLANTA It turns out this years flu shot is doing a startlingly dismal job of protecting older people, the most vulnerable age group. The vaccine is proving only 9 percent effective in those 65 and older against the harsh strain of the flu that is predominant this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Health officials are baffled as to why this is so. But the findings help explain why so many older people have been hospitalized with the flu this year. Despite the findings, the CDC stood by its recommendation that everyone over 6 months get flu shots, the elderly included, because some protection is better than none, and because those who are vaccinated and still get sick may suffer less severe symptoms. Year in and year out, the vaccine is the best protection we have, said CDC flu expert Dr. Joseph Bresee. Overall, across the age groups studied, the vaccines effectiveness was found to be a moderate 56 percent, which means those who got a shot have a 56 percent lower chance of winding up at the doctor with the flu. That is somewhat worse than what has been seen in other years. For those 65 and older, the vaccine was only 27 percent effective against the three strains it is designed to protect against, the worst level in about a decade. It did a particularly poor job against the tough strain that is causing more than three-quarters of the illnesses this year.

Egypt opposition warns elections will add tensions

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WASHINGTON Republicans and other fiscal conservatives keep insisting on more federal austerity and a smaller government. Without much fanfare or acknowledgement, theyve already gotten much of both. Spending by federal, state and local governments on payrolls, equipment, buildings, teachers, emergency workers, defense programs and other core governmental functions has been shrinking steadily since the deep 2007-2009 recession and as the anemic recovery continues. This recent shrinkage has largely been obscured by an increase in spending on benefit payments to individuals under entitlement programs, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and veterans benefits. Retiring baby boomers are driving much of this increase. Another round of huge cuts known in Washington parlance as the sequester will hit beginning March 1, potentially meaning layoffs for hundreds of thousands of federal workers unless Congress and President Barack Obama can strike a deficit-reduction deal to avert them. With the deadline only a week off, Obama and Republicans who control the House are far apart over how to resolve the deadlock. While last-minute budget deals are frequent in Washington, neither side is optimistic of reaching one this time. Even as the private sector has been slowly adding jobs, governments have been shedding them, holding down overall employment gains and keeping the jobless rate close to 8 percent, compared with normal non-recessionary levels of 5 to 6 percent that have prevailed since the 1950s. Its a massive drag on the economy. We lost three-quarter million public-sector jobs in the recovery, said economist Heidi Shierholz of the labor-friendly Economic Policy Institute. Were still losing government jobs, although the pace has slowed. But we havent turned around yet.

Oscar Pistorius bail hearing nearing decision

Reeva Steenkamp. He says he accidentally shot her, thinking she was a dangerous intruder inside his home, lurking in a toilet stall off his bedroom. Pistorius hands trembled as he said good morning, your worship as the session began in Magistrates Court in Pretoria, South Africas capital. For the first time in the hearing, two representatives of the Steenkamp family were present in court, sitting behind and to the left of Pistorius in the public gallery. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel called Pistorius version that he shot Steenkamp accidentally improbable and argued that Pistorius did not have to have planned the killing for days in advance for it to be premediated. He planned it that night when she (Steenkamp) locked

CAIRO Egypts president called multi-stage parliamentary elections beginning in April but a key opposition leader warned today that the vote may only inflame tensions unless there are serious political talks first. President Mohammed Morsi set the start of a staggered, four-stage voting process for April 27 ending in June. The newly elected parliament would convene on July 6, a decree issued late Thursday night said. Mohamed ElBaradei, who leads the main opposition National Salvation Front, wrote on his Twitter account today that Morsis decision to go for parliamentary elections amidst severe societal polarization and eroding state authority is a recipe for disaster. Egypt has been mired in political turmoil for the past two years. The current phase began when Morsi took over as president in June 2012. The opposition accuses Morsi and the Brotherhood of monopolizing power and going back on campaign promises to set up an inclusive government and introduce far-reaching reforms. Morsis supporters say the new government cannot immediately fix years of neglect and poor administration from ousted Hosni Mubaraks 29-year rule, and say they have the legitimacy of the ballot box in their favor. Tensions deepened with the second anniversary of the Jan. 25 uprising, when anger spilled out onto the streets and violence again engulfed the nation. About 70 people died in a wave of protests, clashes and riots that began with the anniversary and lasted for weeks. Morsis Muslim Brotherhood group, which emerged as the most powerful political faction since Egypts uprising two years ago, has already been setting the stage for elections through outreach programs, including helping poor families receive subsidized bread that is often hard to find.

PRETORIA, South Africa The defense and prosecution both completed their arguments today in Oscar Pistorius bail hearing, with the magistrate soon to rule if the doubleamputee athlete can be freed or if he must stay behind bars pending trial in the shooting death of his girlfriend. The prosecution vehemently opposed bail to Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair in a case that has transfixed South Africans and brought international media attention to the nations justice system and police capabilities. Pistorius is charged with one count of premeditated murder in the Feb. 14 killing of

herself in (the toilet), Nel said in response to a question from the magistrate on why Pistorius hadnt staged a break-in at his home to make his story look more believable. The fact that we have only one survivor of that tragic night is difficult for the state. Pistorius defense lawyer, Barry Roux, brought up culpable homicide as a possible charge for the first time in the case when answering questions from the magistrate. He did not want to kill Reeva. He had no intent to kill Reeva, Roux said as Pistorius began weeping again like he has done for much of his bail hearing. Roux said it was impossible for Pistorius, as famous as he is and with his prostheses, to escape South Africa before trial and bail should be granted.

Answers to Thursdays questions: The menacing-looking deep-sea vampire squid turns itself inside out when startled, defensively curling its web and arms around the rest of its body in what researchers refer to as its pineapple posture. Among Kentucky Derby champions, Canonero II, the 1971 upset winner, was unique because he was from Venezuela and the only foreign-based horse to win the Run for the Roses. Todays questions: What was the top speed of the first police car in the U.S. introduced on the streets of Akron, Ohio, in 1899? What distinctive feature is shared by Marylands state cat, state bird and state insect? Answers in Saturdays Herald. The Outstanding National Debt as of 9:10 a.m. today was $16,595,165,571,348. The estimated population of the United States is 314,470,224, so each citizens share of this debt is $52,772. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.84 billion per day since Sept. 28, 2007.