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Jason Schnipke, above left, of Crop Production Services shows First Responders the inside of an anhydrous ammonia tank used for training. Schnipke explains that smell is the most important sense when dealing with an ammonia leak or spill. Gary Mack, above right, explains how the ammonia travels from the nurse tank to the tool bar on a cultivator for application. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer) BY NANCY SPENCER Herald Editor firstname.lastname@example.org DELPHOS — The nose is a friend and there’s no such thing as too much water when dealing with an anhydrous ammonia leak or spill, according to Crop Production Services trainers Gary Mack, Dave Point and Jason Schnipke. First Responders from Delphos Fire and Rescue, Ottoville Fire Department, Spencerville Invincible Fire Department, Ottawa Fire Department and the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office were trained to deal with anhydrous ammonia leaks and/or spills Saturday as guests of CPS. Anhydrous ammonia is a colorless, highly irritating gas with a sharp, suffocating odor. It is one of the more dangerous chemicals handled on the farm. “We are coming up on farming season and you guys are going to see these white tanks all over the place,” Mack said. “All anhydrous ammonia tanks are white and clearly marked as to what they are. “Anhydrous ammonia has the same effects as tear gas. If you’ve been in the service, you remember what it’s like to take that mask off in the chamber and what that first breath feels like. This is the same.” The chemical’s smell is unmistakable. “You remember what it smelled like when your mom used it for cleaning,” Mack said. “That is only at 4 percent; anhydrous ammonia is 99.995 percent. You’re going to notice it.” A short film showed a tragic event where the responding officer to an ammonia leak died because he thought the ammonia fumes were smoke. “He rushed to the scene, found what he thought was an unconscious farmer and then collapsed and died himself because he was unprepared and uninformed,” Mack said. “We don’t what that to happen to you guys.” Goggles, gloves, face shields and long sleeves are imperative when dealing with ammonia. See AMMONIA, page 10
Jennings Local posts coaching positions Per state rules, Fort Jennings Local Schools has posted and will be taking applications for the following coaching openings for the 2014-15 school year: BOYS — varsity/varsity assistant/junior high/elementary program basketball; varsity/JV soccer; and baseball assistant; GIRLS — varsity/junior varsity/ junior high/junior high assistant/ elementary program basketball; varsity/varsity assistant soccer. Also for assistant co-ed track coach, junior-high cheerleading advisor and musical assistant director. Staff members interested in any of the above positions should contact Mr. Langhals by April 11 at P.O. Box 98, Fort Jennings; or either (419) 286-2238 or (419) 286-2762. Organ Donor Dash 5K Run/Walk The second annual Organ Donor Dash 5K is set for April 27. The race begins (at 11:08 a.m.) and ends at St. John’s Annex on South Jefferson Street in Delphos. Cost for registered organ donors is $18 with T-shirt or $15 with no shirt. For non-registered donors, cost is $20 with shirt and $17 with no shirt. All proceeds go to Lifeline Of Ohio for organ donor awareness. Register on-line at www.racewire.com or contact Deann Heiing at email@example.com or 419230-2963 by April 18. Mostly sunny this morning the becoming partly cloudy. Mostly cloudy tonight with a chance of light rain. Highs in the mid 60s. Lows in the upper 40s. See page 2.
Income tax increase to support parks, rec
BY NANCY SPENCER Herald Editor firstname.lastname@example.org DELPHOS — Voters within the Delphos city limits will decide on a quarter-percent income tax increase on the May Primary Ballot. Residents can cast that vote as early as Tuesday by absentee and early-voting ballot. The three-year measure, if passed, will generate approximately $400,000 a year beginning July 1. The funds are to be directed to the Parks and Recreation Fund. According to Mayor Michael Gallmeier, the income tax increase is the least painful way for all to raise city revenue. “The increase, which does not affect Social Security or pensions, will cost taxpayers 25 cents on every $100 earned,” Gallmeier said. “If it doesn’t pass, we are going to have to cut services to the parks and raise water and sewer rates. Other items are also on the table.” While council passed a balanced 2014 Budget on March 24, Fiscal Year 2015 and beyond show negative balances in the Sewer Fund and by 2016, the Water Fund is in the same shape. Without the tax increase, rates will need to be raised significantly to improve the bottom line. “We are looking at a 23-percent rate increase for sewer and a 15-percent increase for water,” Gallmeier said. “If this does pass, there will be a much lower increase in those rates.” See TAX, page 10
Jefferson holds PTO Talent Show
Students in grades from K-8 participated in 17 acts during the annual PTO Talent Show Saturday. Above is Glow Remix including Lauren Mox, Justin Mox, Sydnie McGue, Audrey North and Colin Arroyo. The quintet turned themselves into neon stick ﬁgures by donning all black clothing with glow sticks attached. See all the performers at delphosherald.com or in Wednesday’s Herald. (Delphos Herald/Dena Martz)
Boosters hold pancake day
Jefferson High School Principal John Edinger flips pancakes into a take-out container Saturday morning during the annual Jefferson Athletic Booster Pancakes and Sausage Day as softballer Samantha Branham looks on. School athletes and other volunteers served up the breakfast fare with proceeds going to the upkeep of the allweather track located at the high school. (Delphos Herald/ Nancy Spencer)
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At 2:59 a.m. March 23, Delphos Police officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. They made contact with the driver, 23-year-old Gabriel Klaus of Wapakoneta. During the investigation, Klaus officers found probable cause to arrest Klaus for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Klaus was given a citation for OVI and the traffic violation. He will appear in Van Wert Municipal Court to face the charge. At 9:03 p.m. Tuesday, officers were dispatched to a domestic violence complaint in the 400 block of East Ninth Street. After investigating the incident, officers found probable cause to arrest a juvenile at that location for attempting to cause physical harm to a family member. The juvenile was taken into custody and transported to the Allen County Juvenile Detention Center. At 10:46 p.m. Tuesday, officers were sent to a domestic violence incident in the 800 block of East Third Street. Officers completed the investigation in which they spoke to the victim, suspect and witnesses. At the time of report, no charges were expected to be filed. On Friday, officers took a report of a vehicle that had been broken into in the 200 block of West Clime Street. The complainant stated that several items were taken from inside the vehicle. This incident is still under investigation. Over the past several days, the Delphos Police department has taken multiple complaints of buildings and vehicles being vandalized with spray paint. Anyone with information on the suspects are encouraged to call
the police department. At 7:53 p.m. Friday, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle after observing the driver to be 29-year-old Steven Diltz of Delphos. Officers knew Diltz on sight and had prior knowledge that Diltz he had failed to reinstate his Ohio driver’s license. During the investigation, officers also found probable cause to charge Diltz with operating a motor vehicle while impaired. A passenger in the vehicle, 29-year-old Chad Neuman, was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Both will appear in Van Wert Municipal Court to face the charges. At 2:49 a.m. Saturday, officers on patrol observed the driver of a vehicle commit a traffic offense. After conducting a traffic stop, officers made contact with the driver and a passenger in the vehicle. After completing an investigation, Neuman officers found that the passenger, 20-year-old Alexander Kundinger of Saginaw, Mich., had consumed alcohol. Due to this, Kundinger will appear in Lima Municipal Court to face the charge of underage alcohol consumption.
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July 31, 1932 March 30, 2014 Nov. 10, 1925March 30, 2014 DELPHOS — Wilma E. Schrader, 88, of Delphos died at 12:25 a.m. Sunday at St. Rita’s Medical Center. She was born Nov. 10, 1925, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Connie (Coolman) Blake Hutchinson, who preceded her in death. In 1945, she married Edward Schrader, who preceded her in death on Aug. 17, 2004. Survivors include two sons, John Schrader of Delphos and Jim (Rene) Schrader of Delphos; four daughters, Julie Conrad of Columbus Grove, Sue (Bob) Metcalf of Delphos, Linda McClureHammons of Ottoville and GiGi (Larry) Dodd of Central Point, Oregon; grandchildren, Trina, Amy, Gina, James, Chad, Andy, Sabrina, Sean, Sara, Cassi, Mandie, Crystal, Charice and Matt; great-grandchildren, Jamie, Erika, Jaden, Brennan, Cullan, Preston, Brittany, Morgan, Kaden, Kendall, Emogene, Ariella, Madison, Dylan, Jonathon, Tim and Joe; a great-greatgrandchild, Kamden; and her special pet, Bitsy. She was homemaker and a member of Delphos St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, VFW, American Legion and the Delphos Eagles. She enjoyed woodworking, crocheting and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Funeral services will be at noon Thursday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with Father Charles Obinwa officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m.noon Thursday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to go to the American Diabetes Association.
One Year Ago Another addition to the new location of the Wassenburg Art Center was unveiled on Thursday. Enhancing the entrance at 214 S. Washington St. will be a steel sculpture archway portal which will be crafted by sculptor Michael Bendele of Delphos. Bendele was on hand Thursday with a model of the work which will rise to a total height of 12 feet on either side of the sidewalk leading to the former Van Wert Armory Building which will soon become the new art center.
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certificate and third-place trophy for his entry “Midnight.” Terry Keller won two honorable mentions. St. John’s freshman Brian Hesseling won two honorable mention certificates. Robert VanMeter, president of Delphos Emergency Medical Service Volunteers, has been selected one of the 15 finalists for the JCPenney Golden Rule Award. Launched nationally by JCPenney in 1982, the Golden Rule Award program is a first-time event for the Lima area and will award $7,500 in grants to local organizations and is being promoted locally by United Way of Greater Lima. Chief’s Super Market held Diabetes Day Thursday. The store is donating 5 percent of its total sales to the Northwest Ohio Diabetes Association to aid in research. Herb McVicker, supervisor at Chief’s, talked to Becky Minnig, cashier at The Commercial Bank. Bank employees held a “jeans day” to raise funds for diabetes. Bank employees paid $2 to wear jeans to work. 50 Years Ago – 1964 Auxiliary members to Veterans of Foreign Wars Jacob P. Smith Post No. 3740, met this week in Ottoville with Barbara Wannemacher president presiding. Helen Koester received the attendance award. It was announced that at the next meeting, April 14, there will be nomination of officers. At the conclusion of the meeting, cards were played with prizes going to Bertha Klima, Hilda Pittner, Veronica Beining and Velma Altenburger. See ARCHIVES, page 10
25 Years Ago – 1989 Winners of the Lima Area Writers Club 1988 poetry contest included Jefferson Middle School students Terri Kesler and Ben Rahrig. Terri won an honorable mention certificate. Ben received a
DELPHOS — Marvin G. Lucas Sr., 81, of Delphos died at 7:20 a.m. Sunday at Sarah Jane Living Center. He was born July 31, 1932, in Delphos to Nathanal William and Barbara (Miller) Lucas, who preceded him in death. He married Shirley (Ditto) Lucas on April 17, 1952. She survives in Delphos. Survivors include two sons, Butch (Jill) Lucas of Delphos and Rob (Jackie) Lucas of Elida; a daughter, Sherry (Bob) Beck of Middlebury, Ind.; a sister, Bobbie (Tom) Kohorst of Delphos; two brothers, Clair (Dela) Lucas of Delphos and Daryl (Janie) Lucas of Delphos; sistersin-law, Diane Lucas and June Lucas; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill Sr. and George Lucas; a son, George Lucas; and a great-granddaughter, Alivia Lucas. He retired from Ford Motor Company in 1994 after 24 years of service. He was also Sergeant First Class in the Army, having served in the Korean War. He was an avid bass fisherman and was a very active member of the Bass Club. He was a life member of the VFW Post 3035. He loved country music, especially the Grand Ole Opry where he spent a lot of time back stage with his friend Charlie Luvin. His true love was his children, grandchildren and especially his wife, Shirley, of nearly 62 years. Funeral services will be held privately at a later date.
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ST. RITA’S A boy was born March 28 to Debrah and Seth Allen of Elida. A boy was born March 29 to Richelle Hahn and Dennis Dancer of Delphos.
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stunned the country by announcing he would not seek re-election. In 1976, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that Karen Ann Quinlan, who was in a persistent vegetative state, could be disconnected from her respirator. (Quinlan, who remained unconscious, died in 1985.) In 1986, 167 people died when a Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727 crashed in a remote mountainous region of Mexico. In 1993, actor Brandon Lee, 28, was accidentally shot to death during the filming of a movie in Wilmington, N.C., when he was hit by a bullet fragment that had been lodged inside a prop gun. “Star Dust” lyricist Mitchell Parish, 92, died in New York. In 1995, Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, 23, was shot to death in Corpus Christi, Texas, by the founder of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. In 2005, Terri Schiavo, 41, died at a hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., 13 days after her feeding tube was removed in a wrenching right-to-die dispute. Ten years ago: Four American civilian contractors were killed in Fallujah, Iraq; frenzied crowds dragged the burned, mutilated bodies and strung two of them from a bridge. Air America, intended as a liberal
ELLERBROCK, Paul A. “Peanut”, 58, of Delphos, Mass of Christian Burial will be 2 p.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings. Burial will be at a later date in the church cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Memorial contributions may be given to the Ellerbrock family. Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.
Today is Monday, March 31, the 90th day of 2014. There are 275 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 31, 1814, Paris was occupied by a coalition of Russian, Prussian and Austrian forces; the surrender of the French capital forced the abdication of Emperor Napoleon. On this date: In 1889, French engineer Gustave Eiffel unfurled the French tricolor from atop the Eiffel Tower, officially marking its completion. In 1914, Nobel Prize-winning Mexican poet Octavio Paz was born in Mexico City. In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Emergency Conservation Work Act, which created the Civilian Conservation Corps. In 1943, “Oklahoma!,” the first musical play by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway. In 1949, Newfoundland (now called Newfoundland and Labrador) entered confederation as Canada’s tenth province. In 1953, Stanley Kubrick’s first feature, a war drama titled “Fear and Desire,” premiered in New York. In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson
voice in network talk radio, made its debut on five stations. (The network folded in Jan. 2010.) Five years ago: President Barack Obama arrived in London with his wife, Michelle, at the start of a trip to Europe, his first journey across the Atlantic since taking office two months earlier. Benjamin Netanyahu took office as Israel’s new prime minister after the Knesset approved his government. Former Argentine President Raul Alfonsin died at age 82. One year ago: Pope Francis marked Christianity’s most joyous day at the Vatican with a passionate plea for world peace as he celebrated his first Easter Sunday as pontiff. The Houston Astros, coming off consecutive 100-loss seasons, made an impressive debut in the American League, trouncing the Texas Rangers 8-2 on opening night. Today’s Birthdays: Actor William Daniels is 87. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Gordie Howe is 86. Actor Richard Chamberlain is 80. Actress Shirley Jones is 80. Country singer-songwriter John D. Loudermilk is 80. Musician Herb Alpert is 79. Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is 74. Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is 74. Actor Christopher Walken is 71. Comedian Gabe Kaplan is 69. Former Vice President Al Gore is 66.
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Congressional map is little help to moderates
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio has mostly Democratic voters, but is headed toward another rock-solid Republican majority in Congress this fall. This bellwether state provides one of the clearest examples in the nation of how congressional districts drawn after the 2010 Census gave Republicans a 33-seat majority despite heavy voting losses. Redistricting has created such strong party majorities in each U.S. House district that few, if any, of Ohio’s congressional contests are competitive. Politicians elected via such a map — from both parties — are less moderate and less likely than representatives from closely divided districts to listen to voices outside their own ranks, including those of independents, observers say. “You dance with the one who brung you, as the saying goes,” said Common Cause Ohio policy analyst Catherine Turcer. “At the end of the day, that’s not good for anybody. It’s not as if the Democrats get their Democrats and the Republicans get their Republicans, and it’s all fair. Well, no. Ordinary voters get lost in the mix.” An Associated Press analysis of 2012 voting data found that Ohio’s four congressional districts controlled by Democrats have higher concentrations of uninsured, poor and black constituents. The 12 districts controlled by Republicans are on average wealthier and predominantly white. Those breakdowns play out in the types of issues representatives are fighting for in Washington — the minimum wage by Democrats and tax cuts by Republicans, as examples. But what’s the incentive to compromise, asks Ohio State University law professor Dan Tokaji, if you’re guaranteed victory at home no matter how you vote? “It promotes polarization on both sides,” Tokaji said. “We get extreme Republicans and extreme Democrats with very little common ground.” Democratic President Barack Obama beat Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Ohio 51 percent to 48 percent in 2012. That tight margin favoring the Democrat didn’t reappear in a single of the 16 districts created during Ohio’s post-2010 redistricting process, which was controlled by Republicans. Instead, the numbers fell this way: Twelve districts — or 75 percent — contained Romney majorities, including U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s home district that’s 62 percent Republican; and four districts contained Obama majorities of 63 to 83 percent. Ohio Republican Chairman Matt Borges said it’s difficult to avoid drawing heavily Democratic districts in Ohio, because most of the state’s Democrats live in densely populated urban areas, such as Cleveland, Toledo, Youngstown and Columbus. Republican voters dominate most of the rest of the state’s spread out rural and suburban areas, he said. He cited U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge’s district in Cleveland, which is 68 percent Democrat, as an example. “As you’re looking at trying to keep communities of interest together, as you’re looking at the compactness of districts trying not to build these spaghetti districts, you can’t just have every district reach into Cuyahoga County to give it a more partisan balance,” he said, “because the areas of Cuyahoga County that must be maintained as minority impact districts have to be kept together.” Turcer said that argument doesn’t explain the “Rorschach inkblot of a district” that Republicans drew from Cleveland to Toledo across the top of Ohio. The decision set up a Democratic primary between longtime incumbent Reps. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo and Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland, unseating Kucinich. “Some of that (geographic argument) is true, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t hyper-pack the districts of the minor party so there’s 80 percent of that party. There’s no reason for it to be so incredibly high,” she said. “There’s something to where this is the way people live, and then there’s unfairly putting your foot on the scale.” Borges notes that Ohio lost two congressional districts under the 2010 Census, as many as any state. “It becomes harder and harder to draw those districts,” he said. Besides the Kaptur-Kucinich faceoff, the new map drew together two Republicans — U.S. Reps. Steve Austria and Mike Turner in southwest Ohio — in order to adjust. Austria stepped aside. Ohio’s new map also combined the northeast Ohio districts of Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton and Republican Rep. Jim Renacci, setting up a challenge won by Renacci. The merger of their districts allowed a new Democratic-leaning district to be added in central Ohio as Democrats sought more representation for AfricanAmericans. Tokaji said Ohio’s redistricting system provides an incentive to whichever party is in control to stack the map in their favor. He was among advocates of a 2012 ballot proposal to revise Ohio’s redistricting process that was rejected by voters. He argues the existing process favors partisan politics. “If you’re a moderate, you’re homeless in Ohio politics,” he said. “There are very few people in Congress who share your views and that’s no accident.” Borges said several Ohio congressional districts will be competitive in the fall, and he rejects the notion that the state is sending extremists to Washington under the GOP-drawn map. “It’s hard for me to suggest that that’s the case in Ohio. I think our congressional delegation is one of the best, if not the best, in the country,” he said. “Obviously, we have the Speaker of the U.S. Congress who has become very deft at hammering out compromise. We’ve got folks (of both parties) who are really open to compromise.”
Volunteer ombudsman training to start soon
Information submitted According to Points of Light, National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. It is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference. (http://www. pointsoflight.org/signature-events/national-volunteerweek) The Area Agency on Aging’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program serves the elderly and disabled population receiving long-term care. This includes residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and some in-home care. An ombudsman visits residents; learns their needs, desires and problems; and advocates for the rights of these residents. The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program honors our volunteers who serve these individuals: Bethany Dukehart, Chuck Schierloh, Jeannie Lyle, Pat Stoner and Tina Contini serving in Allen County; Doris Ramey and Janet Lane Yahl serving in Auglaize County; Jennifer Fisk, Jim Tucker and Richard Jeff Hall serving in Hancock County; Catherine Betterton, Gary Dietz, James Ware, Joyce Muhlenkamp and Tim Wurster serving in Mercer County; Mary Maas and Nancy Rader serving in Putnam County; and Brenda Hofmann and Lynne Vonderwell serving in Van Wert County. Volunteers are needed in each of our counties (Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Putnam and Van Wert) to serve this vulnerable population. Training sessions will start soon to certify volunteers as Ombudsman Associates. Volunteers who pass a background check will receive free training and the support needed to be effective in this role. To register for this training or for more information, please contact Heidi Pence, volunteer coordinator, by email email@example.com or by phone at 419-222-0563 or 1-800-653-7778. The Area Agency on Aging encourages everyone to volunteer when and where they are able to, whether that is with our agency or another. During National Volunteer Week, the Area Agency will celebrate our volunteers’ dedication to helping others and encouraging others to find their niche in the volunteer world. To find other volunteer opportunities, check out the Got an Hour? Give an Hour Campaign at http://www. giveitbacktoseniors.org/.
State may try to restore sport fish to Lake Erie
PORT CLINTON (AP) — Ohio’s wildlife agency is studying whether to make another attempt at bringing back a sport fish that disappeared many decades ago from Lake Erie and rivers in northern Ohio. Researchers plan on using DNA to determine whether sauger could be restored to the lake and the rivers that flow into it. Sauger disappeared from the area in the 1950s because of overfishing and habitat loss. It’s often compared with the walleye, one of Lake Erie’s most popular sport fish.
Community Health Professionals to host webcast
VAN WERT — Community Health Professionals will host the annual Hospice Foundation of America “Living with Grief” live streaming webcast from 2-5 p.m. April 10 at 1159 Westwood Drive, Van Wert. The theme is “Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss.” This new program focuses exclusively on the issues that adolescents face as they cope with loss. Adolescence, broadly defined from middle school years to emerging adulthood, is a significant developmental period during which adolescents form identity, independence and intimacy. Illness and loss profoundly influence these processes.
Moreover, adolescent encounters with loss are likely to be traumatic - deaths by accident, suicide and homicide. This program explores the ways that healthcare workers, hospice clinicians and staff, educators, social workers, counselors, clergy, funeral directors and other professionals can assist adolescents as they cope with loss. Continuing education contact hours will be available for $25 through the Hospice Foundation of America for nurses, social workers, case managers, funeral directors, clergy, psychologists and more. There is no cost to attend and it is open to the public. To register, or to learn more, call 419-238-9223 or visit www.hospicefoundation.org.
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‘Noah’ rises to top of box office with $44M debut
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After weathering a sea of controversy, “Noah” arrived in first place at the weekend box office. Paramount’s biblical epic starring Russell Crowe in the titular role opened with $44 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The imaginative take on the tale of Noah’s Ark from “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky led some religious groups to claim the story had been inaccurately depicted and prompted Paramount to add a disclaimer to marketing materials noting that “artistic license has been taken” in telling the story. The polarizing attention apparently paid off for “Noah,” which features such additions to the well-known Bible story as angelic rock creatures and chic wardrobes for Noah and his family. “Noah,” which also stars Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson, also sailed smoothly in 22 international markets, such as Russia and Australia, earning $33.6 million abroad. “It certainly feels like the film has really connected with both mainstream moviegoers who are looking for a really sophisticated film and those folks who really want to see a movie that honors their faith,” said Rob Moore, Paramount vice chairman. “It’s been a very interesting journey to get to this point, but it’s definitely a spectacular launch.” “Noah” is the latest faith-centric film to win over audiences this year. Others include the independently released “God’s Not Dead,” which earned $9 million in its second outing this weekend, and “Son of God,” whose domestic total now stands at $57.9 million since opening last month. “I think these biblical-themed movies are like the next frontier in Hollywood,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. “Hollywood hadn’t cracked the code on a biblical movie that would have mainstream appeal. Now, I think they’ve figured it out. We may see a flood — pun intended — coming down the pipeline. We already have ‘Heaven is for Real’ and ‘Exodus’ slated for later this year.” Elsewhere at the box office, Lionsgate’s teen science-fiction thriller “Divergent” starring Shailene Woodley came in second place and earned $26.5 million in its second weekend, bringing its domestic total to $95.3 million. “Muppets Most Wanted,” the globetrotting Muppet sequel from Disney featuring Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais, captured third place with $11.4 million in its second weekend. The latest Muppet caper’s total domestic haul is now at $33.2 million. The weekend’s other major new release, “Sabotage,” flopped in the seventh spot with $5.3 million. The Open Road action flick starring Arnold Schwarzenegger is the latest failure for the former California governor, whose “The Last Stand” and “Escape Plan” were box-office duds last year. Disney’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which opens in the U.S. on Friday, dominated 32 international markets by capturing $75.2 million. The sequel stars Chris Evans as the patriotic Marvel super-soldier. ——— Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian the-
Ohio junk haulers stumble on rare finds
COLUMBUS (AP) — As a junk hauler, Erik Hughes has picked up plenty of items that register high on the “bizarre” meter. He wasn’t prepared, though, for what he found about 18 months ago when he showed up to clean out the house of a Worthington resident who had recently died. “He kept mice, and, every time one died, he put them in a cardboard box,” recalled Hughes, the 39-year-old co-owner of a Junk King franchise in Dublin. “This went on for 10 or 15 years. There were tens of thousands of boxes stacked up along the walls. “We took 10 trucks of mice boxes out. He loved those mice. He might have been as crazy as the day is long, but he took care of those mice and honored each one.” Many other central Ohio haulers — with 373 licensed in Franklin County, according to the county health department — have believe-it-or-not tales to tell, too. The business, after all, tends to draw them into others’ worlds at transitory times. “You’re dealing with all different types, and you never know what you will find day to day,” said Alex Foster, 46, owner of At Your Disposal Hauling on the East Side. Amid the flotsam and jetsam of customers’ lives, stories inevitably surface. Here’s a sampling:
David and Susan Backus of Delphos announce the engagement of their daughter, Kiley Jo, to Donald Rerko Jr., son of Donald Rerko Sr. and Darlene Self of Cleveland. The couple will exchange vows on May 10 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos. The bride-elect is a 2010 graduate of Bowling Green State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders. She is assistant director of residential services at Welcome House, Inc. Her fiance is a 2013 graduate of Cleveland State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is an account manager at BPI Information Systems.
aters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released today. 1. “Noah,” $44 million ($33.6 million international). 2. “Divergent,” $26.5 million. 3. “Muppets Most Wanted,” $11.4 million. 4. “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” $9.5 million ($17.8 million international). 5. “God’s Not Dead,” $9 million. 6. “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” $8.9 million. 7. “Sabotage,” $5.3 million. 8. “Need for Speed,” $4.3 million ($13.3 million international). 9. “300: Rise of an Empire,” $4.3 million ($8.8 million international). 10. “Non-Stop,” $4.1 million. ——— Estimated weekend ticket sales Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak: 1. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” $75.2 million. 2. “Noah,” $33.6 million. 3. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” $17.8 million. 4. “Rio 2,” $14.1 million. 5. “Need for Speed,” $13.3 million. 6. “300: Rise of an Empire,” $8.8 million. 7. “Frozen,” $8 million. 8. “The Monuments Men,” $7.8 million. 9. “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” $7.5 million. 10. “Ocho apellidos vascos,” $7 million.
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Arming the family Some of what Hughes has run across defies description. “I’ll get weird-shaped devices that I can’t identify — like the things you see on Cracker Barrel walls,” he said. “I have found everything from cannonballs to musket rounds.” Ammunition, he said, seems to be popular in Ohio. “I think I have yet to sweep a basement after a job and not find .22(-caliber) ammunition.” Lamenting a loss Foster worries that he has unwittingly thrown away valuable antiques. “We deal with tons,” he said. “I can’t go through all the stuff.” He recalled rescuing a German doll
that looked valuable. He took it to an antiques dealer, who bought it for a small sum. “She told me it wasn’t worth anything, but I often wonder how much it was really worth,” Foster said. “If I think about it too much, I’d get sick.” Pushing the envelope Nate Watkins, manager of the Columbus franchise of 1-800-GOTJUNK, once hauled an entire truckload of envelopes — only envelopes — out of a house. The owner had apparently saved them from every piece of mail he’d received for many years. “He opened them all and took the contents out, then filed each envelope in boxes, neatly stored,” Watkins said.
He also told of a time when he and a colleague, while working their way through a pile of trash, noticed a repugnant smell. “There was a dead deer on the bottom,” Watkins said. Sharing a joke Two items in particular stand out among his discoveries, said Brian Keiser, owner of Trash Daddy. “Almost every house we do, we either find a Christmas tree or a sex toy,” said Keiser, who has offices in Columbus and Canton. The latter serves a running joke among the staff, he said. “It has become sort of an initiation for new employees: Once they find … (a toy), they are part of the crew.”
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And then, the song “Amazing Grace” began flowing through the headphones, both his and the connected pair that Urbick wore. Suddenly, with his face dissolving in joyful tears, he began singing the song, pretty much word for word, looking skyward and raising his hands with emotion. Laying a comforting hand on his shoulder, the BSU student began singing along with him as other hymns followed, including “Just a Closer Walk With Thee.” Sometimes Hart cried “Hallelujah!” and sometimes he drummed his fists against his chest, but always he sang. In the months since Gerhard launched Music & MemoryMuncie, he has seen time and time again how music, coupled
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with the love, care and respect shown these elderly patients by his group of telecommunications students, most of whom are freshmen, brings them out of the fog in which they exist. Granted, the effect is temporary. “But them coming back to reality for a little bit, it’s priceless to us,” Gerhard told The Star Press (http://bit.ly/1e1pH8f ). Indeed, this day, after maybe 40 minutes of music, Hart seemed to be living in the moment, enough so that when someone suggested ending the session with a prayer, he was up to the task, closing his eyes and delivering one that, in its own way, seemed hauntingly appropriate to what had just happened. “Heavenly father,” he prayed, momentarily halting to find the words, “we release all hindrances and sleep in the fringe of God.” What’s more, this man who less than an hour before didn’t remember whether he was married, now remembered he was, and even recalled his wife’s name: Vivian Marie. The program, Music & Memory, is a national one based on the notion that music can change the lives of nursing home residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and more. A man with an almost religious fervor for the rights and welfare of the elderly, Gerhard learned about the program last summer, played a video about it to a freshman class he was teaching during the second week of school, and was amazed at the response. “Twelve kids stepped up,” he said, and three months later they were holding their first fundraiser, seeking the money needed to buy iPods, plus other equipment like headphones and splitters, as well as to download music from iTunes. It is, he said, the first such student chapter of the group to be formed. The Woodlands was chosen for this initial effort because Gerhard’s late father had been a resident there for six years. “I walk by the room where he died every time I come here,” he said. This day, the group of young men and women gathered in a small room of the nursing home for the regular pre-meeting, grabbing clipboards and learning who they would be working with, asking about their lives, their music preferences and more. In as little as five minutes after an interview, a resident’s favorite music can be downloaded on their personal iPod. “What we do, for each resident we have an iTunes account and personal play list,” Gerhard explained, recalling one of the first Alzheimer’s patients they encountered, and asking about her music preference. “She didn’t say anything. Then all of a sudden she blurted out, ‘Stevie Wonder!’ And she loves it. We hear she’s talking more.” All this has been nothing short of miraculous to Katie Lucas, The Woodlands’ social worker and director of its Alzheimer’s unit. “I love it, I love it,” she said, while nearby Hart sang another hymn, his face contorted with feeling. “It’s their own personal music. We don’t use it on anyone but them.” The students have been wonderful, she added, noting they have been a blessing to the staff, too, but particularly to the residents. “There are areas of the brain where the music gets to,” Lucas said, trying to explain what happens on the Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays the students come. “It brings out that innermost personality (in the residents) that we don’t always see.” What you are witnessing when the students and residents engage, she added, is love. “The kids have unconditional love for the residents,” Lucas said, but added the residents are also teaching valuable lessons to the students. “All of them have something to teach these kids, even the ones with the most dementia. They are teaching them that what they do has a big impact … even on the least of us.” Leaving Hart’s session, it seemed groups of students surrounding a happy nursing home resident were everywhere you looked.
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‘Nana’s Naughty Knickers’ pure, lighthearted fun
BY DONNA HORN Off Stage Productions presents a delightful comedy called “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” at the Van Wert Senior Center, 220 Fox Road. This show is entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny from beginning to end. Nana lives in a rent-controlled apartment in New York City, and her landlord would love to get her out so he could rent it for much more money. He suspects that something is going on but he can’t find anything. It seems that Nana has a secret business called Saucy Slips Etc. She is designing and selling sexy lingerie for senior citizens. The trouble is she has no license and pays no taxes. She is working on designing a web site to advertise her business. Her granddaughter, who is studying to become a lawyer, was planning to live with her for a few months and she was drawn into the whole mess. To make it worse, her boyfriend is a police officer. Nana’s best friend, Sylvia attempts the “dirt rub” on Bridget during the Vera, is delighted to become part of the busiOff Stage Production’s presentation of “Nana’s ness. Naughty Knickers.” (Submitted photo) The play is perfectly cast and is directed by Carol Snyder. It is hard to tell if the audience or the cast is having the most fun. Seeing the dance with Nana, Vera and Bridget is worth the price of admission. Cast members include Jewell Kurtz as Sylvia (Nana), Jan Miller as Vera, Emily Thielbar as Bridget, Chris Burkheimer as Tom, Ed Eichler as Gil, Jennifer Napier as Heather, Terri Stevens as Clair, Thomas Branch as the Voice and Second UPS Man and Travis Nihiser as the First UPS Man. The meal is provided by All About Thyme. The cost for the delicious meal and the show is $25, The show is presented Friday through Sunday. On Friday and Saturday, doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m. and the show is at 8 p.m. The Sunday matinee doors open at 12:30 p.m. with dinner at 1 p.m. and the show is at 2 p.m. To make your reservations, call 419-6056708. For a night of pure, lighthearted fun, don’t miss this one.
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TODAY 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff St. 6:30 p.m. — Shelter from the Storm support group meets in the Delphos Public Library basement. TUESDAY 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff Street. 7 p.m. — Delphos Coon and Sportsman’s Club meets. 7:30 p.m. — Alcoholics Anonymous, First Presbyterian Church, 310 W. Second St.
WEDNESDAY 9 a.m. - noon — Putnam County Museum is open, 202 E. Main St., Kalida. 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff St. Noon — Rotary Club meets at The Grind. 6 p.m. — Shepherds of Christ Associates meet in the St. John’s Chapel. 6:30 p.m. — Delphos Kiwanis Club meets at the Eagles Lodge, 1600 E. Fifth St. 7 p.m. — Bingo at St. John’s Little Theatre. Delphos Civil Service Commission meets at Municipal Building. 7:30 p.m. — Hope Lodge 214 Free and Accepted Masons, Masonic Temple, North Main Street. 9 p.m. — Fort Jennings Lions Club meets at the Outpost Restaurant. Landeck Elementary School Principal Mark Fuerst accepts a donation from Catholic Ladies of Columbia Landeck Council member Helen Kimmett. The THURSDAY funds are earmarked for technology improvements. (Submitted photo) 9-11 a.m. — The Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open. 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff St. Information submitted who was not present. Tess Rahrig and Helen 1-3 p.m. — The Delphos Kimmett won the Club 25. Fifty-fifty winMuseum of Postal History, LANDECK — Landeck Elementary ners were Catherine Heitz, Jolene Bocke and 339 N. Main St., is open. 5-7 p.m. — The Interfaith School was the recent recipient of a dona- Laura Ladd. Kristi Gillespie won the March Thrift Store is open for shop- tion from the Landeck CLC. Principal Mark gas card Fuerst accepted a check from the council at The next meeting will begin at 7 p.m. April ping. the last meeting. 8 at the CFO hall in Landeck and includes a 6:30 p.m. — Delphos Seventeen members opened the meeting vintage bridal show. Members and public are Ladies Club, Trinity United with prayer and a salute to the flag. invited to enjoy the show. Methodist Church. Prayer and get-well wishes were sent to The committee includes Dot Geise, Angela 7 p.m. — Delphos sick members. Moore, Julie Kleman, Sue Holtz and Marilyn Emergency Medical Service Pot of Gold winner was Pat Pottkotter, Sickels. meeting, EMS building, Second Street. 7:30 p.m. — Delphos Chapter 23, Order of Eastern Star, meets at the Masonic Temple, North Main Street.
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College Basketball Tournament Glances
Associated Press MEN National Invitation Tournament Glance Semifinals At Madison Square Garden New York Tuesday’s Games Clemson (23-13) vs. SMU (26-9), 7 p.m. Minnesota (23-13) vs. Florida State (2213), 9:30 p.m. Championship Thursday’s Game Semifinal winners, 7 p.m. ———CollegeInsider.com Tournament Glance Semifinals Tuesday’s Games Yale (22-12) at VMI (22-12), 7 p.m. Pacific (18-15) at Murray State (21-11), 9 p.m. Championship Thursday’s Game TBD ———College Basketball Invitational Glance Championship Series (Best-of-3) (x-if necessary) Today’s Game Siena (18-17) at Fresno State (20-16), 10 p.m. Wednesday’s Game Fresno State at Siena, 7 p.m. Saturday’s Game x-Fresno State at Siena, TBA ____________ WOMEN NCAA Basketball Tournament Glance LINCOLN REGIONAL Regional Semifinals At Lincoln, Neb. Saturday’s Results UConn 70, BYU 51 Texas A&M 84, DePaul 65 Regional Championship Today’s Game UConn (37-0) vs. Texas A&M (27-8), 9:30 p.m. STANFORD REGIONAL Regional Semifinals At Stanford, Calif. Sunday’s Results Stanford 82, Penn State 57 North Carolina 65, South Carolina 58 Regional Championship Tuesday’s Game Stanford (32-3) vs. North Carolina, 9 p.m. NOTRE DAME REGIONAL Regional Semifinals At Notre Dame, Ind. Saturday’s Results Baylor 90, Kentucky 72 Notre Dame 89, Oklahoma State 72 Regional Championship Today’s Game Baylor (32-4) vs. Notre Dame (35-0), 7:30 p.m. LOUISVILLE REGIONAL Regional Semifinals At Louisville, Ky. Sunday’s Results Maryland 73, Tennessee 62 Louisville 73, LSU 47 Regional Championship Tuesday’s Game Maryland (27-6) vs. Louisville (33-4), 7 p.m. ———— Women’s National Invitation Tournament Glance Quarterfinals Sunday’s Results South Dakota State 76, Indiana 64 South Florida 60, Mississipi State 58 Today’s Games Rutgers (25-9) at Bowling Green (304), 7 p.m. Washington (20-13) at UTEP (27-7), 9p.m. Semifinals April 2-3 UTEP-Washington winner vs. South Dakota State (26-9), TBA Rutgers-Bowling Green winner vs. South Florida (23-12), TBA Championship Saturday Game Semifinal winners, 3 p.m.
UConn upsets Michigan St. 60-54, back to Final Four
Associated Press NEW YORK — Shabazz Napier owed UConn. He could have transferred when academic sanctions barred the Huskies from the NCAA tournament his junior season. But the guard wanted to pay back the school for the joy of a national title his freshman year, for his struggles as a sophomore. Napier sure did that Sunday, carrying UConn back to the Final Four in front of thousands of roaring Huskies fans at Madison Square Garden. He scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half in a 60-54 upset of fourth-seeded Michigan State. The East Regional’s most outstanding player hit three huge free throws with 30.6 seconds left, making clutch shot after clutch shot just as Kemba Walker did when Napier was a freshman. The Huskies (30-8) rallied from a 9-point second-half deficit to become the first No. 7 seed to reach the Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. “His will to win — you could just see it,” said Gary Harris, who led Michigan State with 22 points. “He wasn’t going to let his team lose.” The Spartans’ seniors become the first 4-year players recruited by Tom Izzo to fail to make a Final Four. “As the game got closer and closer to ending, it was on my mind a lot, every huddle,” said big man Adreian Payne, who had 13 points and nine rebounds but was repeatedly pushed to the perimeter by UConn’s defenders. The undersized Huskies matched Michigan State’s physical play box-out for box-out, holding the Spartans (29-9) to just six offensive rebounds and six points in the paint. “We’re physical, too,” said secondyear coach Kevin Ollie, who is now 4-0 in the NCAA tournament after replacing mentor Jim Calhoun. “Don’t get it mixed up. We are predators out there.” UConn dared Michigan State to shoot 3-pointers and the Spartans nearly made enough, going 11-for-29 from behind the arc. Harris was 4-for-9 on 3s but his teammates were a combined 10-for-32 from the floor. Trailing 51-49 with more than two minutes left, Michigan State had a chance to tie or take the lead. Payne threw the ball away and Napier drilled a jumper on the other end. After Payne’s free throws pulled the Spartans back within two, Keith Appling was whistled for a foul — his fifth— for contact with Napier on a 3-point attempt. Napier extended the lead to 56-51 and after Travis Trice missed a 3, Phillip Nolan slipped free for a dunk that clinched the victory. “We got what we deserved today,” Izzo said. “I tried to tell these guys that, when you get to the tournament, you got to bring it every second. And today Connecticut did and we just kind of weren’t as good as we have been.”
Ryan Boatright made four steals as Michigan State committed 16 turnovers. Some were caused by UConn’s quickness, others by what Izzo called poor decisions by the Spartans. DeAndre Daniels shut down Branden Dawson, who scored 24 points in Michigan State’s Sweet 16 win over topseeded Virginia. Dawson attempted just three field goals, making one, to finish with five points. The 6-10, 245-pound Payne hit two long jumpers to put Michigan State up 32-23 less than four minutes into the second half. But Napier started driving, getting the bigger Appling in foul trouble and UConn back in the game. “When Coach looks at me a certain way, I just know I got to be more aggressive,” said Napier, who passed Ray Allen for fourth on the Huskies’ all-time scoring list with 1,925 points. After hitting four straight free throws to tie the score at 32 with 12:38 left, Napier was struck in the face by Harris — the UConn guard was called for a foul on the play — and left the court with his nose gushing blood. He was back less than a minute later when Daniels completed a 3-point play to give the Huskies the lead for good. Boatright’s contested 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down put UConn up 49-39 with less than seven minutes left. See FOUR, page 7
Associated Press National League East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 0 0 .000 — Miami 0 0 .000 — New York 0 0 .000 — Philadelphia 0 0 .000 — Washington 0 0 .000 — Central Division W L Pct GB Chicago 0 0 .000 — Cincinnati 0 0 .000 — Milwaukee 0 0 .000 — Pittsburgh 0 0 .000 — St. Louis 0 0 .000 — West Division W L Pct GB Los Angeles 2 0 1.00 — Colorado 0 0 .000 1 San Diego 0 0 .000 1 San Francisco 0 0 .000 1 Arizona 0 2 .000 2 ___ Sunday’s Result L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, 8:05 p.m. Today’s Games Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Texas, 2:05 p.m. Atlanta at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m. St. Louis at Cincinnati, 4:10 p.m. Colorado at Miami, 7:10 p.m. San Francisco at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. Tuesday’s Games L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, 6:40 p.m. Colorado at Miami, 7:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Atlanta at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.
San Francisco at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. ——— American League East Division W L Pct GB Baltimore 0 0 .000 — Boston 0 0 .000 — New York 0 0 .000 — Tampa Bay 0 0 .000 — Toronto 0 0 .000 — Central Division W L Pct GB Chicago 0 0 .000 — Cleveland 0 0 .000 — Detroit 0 0 .000 — Kansas City 0 0 .000 — Minnesota 0 0 .000 — West Division W L Pct GB Houston 0 0 .000 — Los Angeles 0 0 .000 — Oakland 0 0 .000 — Seattle 0 0 .000 — Texas 0 0 .000 — ___ Sunday’s Results No games scheduled Today’s Games Kansas City at Detroit, 1:08 p.m. Philadelphia at Texas, 2:05 p.m. Boston at Baltimore, 3:05 p.m. Minnesota at Chicago White Sox, 4:10 p.m. Toronto at Tampa Bay, 4:10 p.m. Cleveland at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. Seattle at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m. Tuesday’s Games N.Y. Yankees at Houston, 7:10 p.m. Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Cleveland at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. Seattle at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.
Defending champ Cards open against depleted Reds
By JOE KAY Associated Press CINCINNATI — No waiting for one of the NL Central’s longstanding rivalries to resume. The Cardinals and Reds can start playing their annual game of look-who’s-in-first right from the first pitch. The defending National League champions will open the season in Cincinnati this afternoon, only the second time in the last 20 years that they’ve squared off to start the season. It’s an appropriate beginning — the season often ends with one of those two at the top. They’ve won four of the last five NL Central titles — two apiece — and played some of the most intense games in the division. They get back at it today with 19-game winner Adam Wainwright starting for the defending champs against Johnny Cueto, the Reds’ ace who is trying to stay healthy. “I cannot wait,” Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong said. The capacity crowd at Great American Ball Park will be there to boo catcher Yadier Molina — they still haven’t forgotten about that brawl at home plate with Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips from 2010. They’ll also be there to cheer a newcomer — speedy Billy Hamilton, who stole 13 bases in his debut last September and will be leading off this season and playing center field. “Opening day is big in the minor leagues but nothing like here,” Hamilton said. Much of the focus will be on how the Reds handle their injuries. Cincinnati opens the season with a major league-high eight players on the disabled list, their highest number since 2007. The list includes starter Mat Latos, closer Aroldis Chapman and catcher Devin Mesoraco. It wasn’t a very good spring for Cincinnati. Latos tore cartilage in his left knee while throwing and had surgery the day camp opened. Chapman got hit in the forehead by a line drive and will be out for at least a month. Nobody else on the active roster has significant experience closing games in the majors, so first-year manager Bryan Price will mix and match in the ninth inning. Not exactly encouraging. “It seems like we have caught some bad luck,” first baseman Joey Votto said. “A lot of teams deal with this; it’s very common. I think we’re a resilient team; I think we’re deep in talent and I think we can withstand this.” The Reds failed to catch St. Louis last season, settling for a wild card. They went to Pittsburgh and lost the 1-game playoff, the third time in the last four seasons that Cincinnati couldn’t get past the first round. Dusty Baker was fired and replaced by Price, a former pitching coach who has a depleted roster as he starts his first season as a manager. “All we can do is be optimistic going into the season,” Price said. “We know that we have the bulk of our team intact. We know we have some guys getting healthy and they’re on the way. “But we can’t lower expectations or we’ll play to those expectations and not be as good as we should be.” They get to start against a pitcher who is tough on everyone except them. Wainwright went 1-3 in four starts against Cincinnati last season with a 7.77 ERA. In his last two starts against the Reds, he gave up 18 hits and 15 runs in only eight innings. He lasted a career-low two innings in one of those starts. Wainwright has no explanation, calling it a “headscratcher.” Manager Mike Matheny is eager to see how he fares today with a sinker that he’s added. “He’s pitching completely different than what people saw,” Matheny added. “They’re not going to be prepared for what he is doing right now because I don’t know if you can.” Ready or not, the rivalry resumes.
NOTES: The Reds put Latos, Chapman and Mesoraco (oblique muscle) on the 15-day DL on Sunday, along with relievers Sean Marshall (shoulder) and Jonathan Broxton (recovery from off-season surgery) and infielder Skip Schumaker. Infielder Jack Hannahan (recovery from shoulder surgery) and pitcher Brett Marshall (torn finger tendon) went on the 60-day DL. Cincinnati then added reliever Trevor Bell, outfielder Roger Bernadina and infielder Ramon Santiago to the 40-man roster. Catcher Tucker Barnhart and relievers Curtis Partch were recalled from Triple-A Louisville and added to the opening day roster. The Reds also reassigned outfielder Jason Bourgeois, relievers Jumbo Diaz and Jeff Francis, catcher Corky Miller and utility player Kristopher Negron to Louisville. Reliever Pedro Beato was designated for assignment. Infielder Chris Nelson was released.
Tennessee loses 73-62 by Maryland in regional semi
Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Tennessee Lady Vols started crying as they walked off the floor. They curled up inside a locker or stared aimlessly at the ground once they got to the locker room. Cierra Burdick hunched over against a wall with a towel over her head. The GrindFor9 — winning another national title this season in their home state— is over. The Lady Vols dug themselves into a hole that they couldn’t climb out of Sunday in losing the Louisville Regional semifinal to Maryland 73-62. “I thought we came out just nervous, a little scared for whatever reason,” Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said. “We didn’t have that fight back at the beginning and then we got ourselves in a hole.” Tennessee (29-6) led only once at 3-2 and couldn’t get closer than eight in the second half. The Lady Vols turned it over 22 times, many with the ball just slipping out of their hands. “Those are the worst ones, the ones you just can’t control,” freshman guard Jordan Reynolds said. “I’d blame it on nerves, but that’s never an excuse.” Meighan Simmons scored 19 of her 31 points in the second half trying to rally the Lady Vols but wound up concluding her career in the same arena where she played her first collegiate game in 2010. Tennessee had won 10 of the first 14 games with Maryland, including the one previous NCAA tournament game at the 1989 Final Four. The Lady Vols also came into this game having won nine straight and 15 of their last 16, including three times at the Southeastern Conference tournament where they rallied from double digits in all three games in winning the title. See SEMI, page 7
Sonny Gray starts Oakland opener against Indians
By JANIE McCAULEY Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. — Sure, Sonny Gray gained some nice momentum from that impressive pitcher’s duel with Detroit ace Justin Verlander last October. Gray insists any highlights from his remarkable rookie season — he made all of 12 major-league appearances and 10 starts — mean nothing now as he prepares to take the ball for the 2-time defending AL West champion Oakland Athletics on opening day at home tonight against Cleveland. After Jarrod Parker was lost to seasonending Tommy John elbow surgery late in spring training, Gray assumed the top spot in the rotation. “I’m really honored to get the opportunity but at the same time I’ll go out with high expectations,” Gray said. “It’ll be a really fun day.” Gray will be leaving his share of tickets, too: for his grandma, aunt and uncle, a cousin, mom and stepdad, girlfriend and two buddies from back home in Tennessee. “For most of them it’s their first time in Oakland,” Gray said. Justin Masterson will make his third straight opening day start for the Indians but perhaps his last. Masterson avoided arbitration and agreed to a $9,762,500 salary for 2014 but can become a free agent after the season. The sides never reached a new multi-year deal during the offseason and cut off talks for now. “Yeah, this is the third time I’ve been able
to do this and I take ownership of it every time,” said Masterson, who won a careerhigh 14 games last year. “I’ve been trying to lead this staff for more than just the last couple years. This just kind of solidifies that position to be able to go out and be the leader, set the tone and no matter what happens, set a good example.” The grounds crew will be hopping, as it could be a long day given the forecast for steady rain. Wet weather already canceled the finale of Oakland’s preseason Bay Bridge Series against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. Gray has shown he is unfazed by anything — the weather, facing Verlander, the big October stage. See INDIANS, page 7
Bowditch wins Texas Open
Associated Press est in a non-major 10 finishes in eight since Fred Couples years on the tour. had a 5-over 77 in He won once on the the 1983 Kemper Australasian circuit Open. and twice on the Bowditch finWeb.Com Tour. ished at 8-under “He’s been a 280 at TPC San battler. He’s gone Antonio and earned through a lot in $1,116,000. his life,” said John “Every time I Senden, a fellow got out of check, Australian who looking ahead to the won the Valspar Bowditch Masters and winning Championship two golf events and making my weeks ago. speeches before I was finished, Senden waited about an I had to pull myself in check hour after his round to shake every time,” added Bowditch, Bowditch’s hand. wearing a green shirt. “And it “That last putt wasn’t his happened a lot today.” best but to finish it off he was Bowditch, based in Dallas, as cool as a cucumber really,” entered the week 339th in the Senden added. “I’m proud to world and had only two top- be his mate.”
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SAN ANTONIO — Steven Bowditch held on to win the Texas Open in windy conditions Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory and a spot in the Masters. The 30-year-old Australian bogeyed the par-5 18th for a 4-over 76 for a 1-stroke victory. “I’m over the moon. I really can’t believe it,” said Bowditch, who attempted suicide in 2006 and has fought depression throughout his career. It was the highest closing score by a winner since Vijay Singh finished with a 4-over 76 in the 2004 PGA Championship and the high-
Will MacKenzie and Daniel Summerhays tied for second. MacKenzie shot 70 and Summerhays had a 71. Chesson Hadley and Ryan Palmer missed chances to get into the Masters through the top 50 in the world ranking. Hadley, the Puerto Rico Open winner, needed at least a sixth-place finish but closed with an 80 to tie for 56th at 5 over. Palmer needed a top-3 finish and had an 82 to also tie for 56th. Bowditch played the front nine in 3-over 39, making a double bogey on the par-4 fourth. He countered a bogey on the par-3 13th with a birdie on the par-5 14th and made three pars before missing a 3-foot par putt and settling for a bogey on 18.
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Kurt Busch bests Johnson to win at Martinsville
Associated Press MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Kurt Busch’s Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, in some ways, was like his career wrapped into one afternoon. It started with a pit road confrontation with Brad Keselowski, one that had Busch threatening over his radio to rearrange Keselowski’s face when the race was finished, and ended with Busch ending an 83-race victory drought. The victory was his first for StewartHaas Racing, in just their sixth race together, suggesting that it could prove a very productive partnership and one that a reflective Busch said he has learned to approach with a more mature attitude. “I ran a lot of my early part of my career as an individual and I didn’t respect my team, my team owners,” Busch said, adding that having Tony Stewart as a team owner has helped him learn the value of better team communication. Celebrating in Victory Lane also was emotional, too, because he got to do it for the first time with girlfriend Patricia’s son, Houston. “It was pretty emotional. To see him starry eyed and not knowing what he needed to do and I was directing him where he needed to stand and where he could see it all better and put him up on stage,’” Busch said, his voice cracking. “And to have him break down in tears, it got me crossed up because I’ve been trying to deliver for him … It kind of took it to a new level.” Busch did it by passing Martinsville master Jimmie Johnson for the lead with 10 laps to go and holding off the 8-time winner to win at the track for the first time since October 2002. It was his 25th career Cup-level victory; that it came in the most unlikely of places suggested to Busch that he’s finally in the right place, team-wise and personally. “You’ve got to put life in perspective, and you have to learn from your mistakes and you can’t just sit there and try to muscle your way individually through certain situations,” he said. “And so you rely on your experience level, you rely on your team, and this is a great day for me to be able to lift the trophy in Victory Lane for Stewart-Haas Racing.” Johnson, with eight wins in 25 career starts on the 0.526-mile oval, led 11 times for 296 laps. He seemed on his way to another victory when he took the lead from Busch with 17 laps remaining. But Busch stayed close, ducked underneath Johnson seven laps later and Johnson had nothing left to make a run at the lead, making for a polite-looking finish. “That’s all I had,” Johnson said. “Man, I ran the rear tires off the car. I flipped every switch and knob I could in there to get front brake and turns fans off and try to help bring my balance back.” Just ahead, Busch wasn’t sure he could hang on. He hadn’t finished in the top 10 in his last 16 starts here. “I didn’t know if we’d be able to do it, you know? The 48 car is king here, him or the 24,” he added in Victory Lane, referring to Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jeff Gordon, who also has eight Martinsville victories. “I’ve been on this journey for a while and every time you come to Martinsville, you just kind of draw a line through it like there’s no way I’ll be able to challenge those Hendrick guys or be up in the top 10.” When it was over, Busch brushed aside talk about his in-race comments about his feud with Keselowski, who claimed that Busch “just drove right through me and ruined my day” on pit road, causing Keselowski to lose 30 laps and retaliate. “He tried to flatten all four of my tires,” Busch explained of his former teammate with Roger Penske Racing. “That’s a no-fly zone. … He will get what he gets back when I decide to give it back.” The race featured an event-record 33 lead changes; Johnson expected there would be one more but on a slippery day on the smallest circuit in NASCAR’s premier series, the cars at the end weren’t conducive to typical short-track racing. “Man, we were so on edge slipping and sliding,” Johnson added about the final-laps duel, during which there was very little of the beating and banging that usually typifies end-of-the-day racing at Martinsville. “I think the lack of security in our own car kept us from feeling more racy and putting a bumper to someone or really getting inside someone aggressively.” Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third, followed by Joey Logano and Marcos Ambrose.
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“He’s a very driven guy, takes nothing for granted. If he has a good start he wants to go out and improve upon that,” manager Bob Melvin said. “You watch his bullpen, there’s a lot of intensity to that. He’s not a guy you have to motivate because he’s very motivated and that makes my job and Curt’s (Young) job very easy. He’s always been a guy that’s been basically a No. 1 guy wherever he’s
pitched, so he’s not foreign to that even though we’re not putting that pressure on him to have to be a No. 1.” Gray’s teammates learned what a clutch pitcher he can be last fall. At first, reliever Sean Doolittle figured Gray didn’t understand the magnitude of responsibility in the big leagues — but quickly changed that tune. “Even though he’s young, in a very short amount of time he’s shown an incred-
ible amount of maturity and poise,” Doolittle said. “He obviously appreciates this opportunity. He doesn’t act like he’s 24, especially when he’s doing his work or he’s out on the mound. He gets in tough situations and he doesn’t panic.” Gray insists he hasn’t thought about that sensational night matching zeros with Verlander in Game 2 of the division series. They faced off again in Game 5 and the Tigers ended Oakland’s sea-
son for the second straight year. Gray went 5-3 with a 2.67 ERA in his short big-league stint after making his majorleague debut on July 10. “There’s a lot of momentum coming off of last year but obviously it’s a new year and it’s a new year for everyone,” Gray added. “Coming Monday, we’ll be 0-0 and it’s the start to a long season. We really just want to get started on a good note and hopefully we’ll finish the same way.”
Associated Press Sunday At Martinsville Speedway Martinsville, Va. Lap length: .526 miles (Start position in parentheses) 1. (22) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 500 laps, 115.8 rating, 47 points, $147,210. 2. (4) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 500, 140.9, 44, $180,546. 3. (26) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 500, 116.8, 42, $114,210. 4. (3) Joey Logano, Ford, 500, 121.2, 41, $142,476. 5. (17) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 500, 110.2, 40, $128,265. 6. (6) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 500, 95.8, 39, $137,456. 7. (18) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 500, 98.9, 38, $127,053. 8. (20) Aric Almirola, Ford, 500, 93.8, 36, $126,106. 9. (12) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 500, 108.5, 36, $123,461. 10. (21) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 500, 83.3, 34, $116,384. 11. (15) A J Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 500, 90, 34, $105,458. 12. (5) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 500, 82, 32, $129,811. 13. (8) Carl Edwards, Ford, 500, 98.1, 31, $101,975. 14. (1) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 500, 79.2, 31, $136,491. 15. (34) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 500, 72, 29, $133,461. 16. (13) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 500, 90.9, 28, $117,900. 17. (7) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 500, 72.4, 27, $120,158. 18. (11) Greg Biffle, Ford, 500, 82.7, 27, $125,450. 19. (2) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 500, 81, 25, $94,475. 20. (16) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 500, 78.5, 24, $93,325. 21. (31) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 500, 60.6, 23, $111,708. 22. (27) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 500, 70.4, 22, $99,375. 23. (25) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 500, 57.1, 21, $107,433. 24. (23) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 500, 63.4, 20, $105,133. 25. (36) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 500, 56.2, 0, $79,950. 26. (39) David Gilliland, Ford, 499, 49.5, 18, $102,058. 27. (28) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 498, 62.7, 17, $108,420. 28. (24) David Ragan, Ford, 497, 50.7, 16, $99,322. 29. (35) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 497, 38.4, 15, $78,500. 30. (38) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 496, 43.9, 14, $82,875. 31. (40) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 495, 38.5, 13, $81,225. 32. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 494, 52.4, 12, $88,575. 33. (29) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 493, 35.8, 12, $77,850. 34. (42) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 492, 36.1, 10, $77,725. 35. (33) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 492, 34.7, 9, $77,675. 36. (19) Alex Bowman, Toyota, 488, 46.3, 8, $77,625. 37. (32) Michael McDowell, Ford, brakes, 474, 35.9, 7, $77,527. 38. (14) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 469, 46.6, 6, $118,508. 39. (37) David Stremme, Chevrolet, 440, 29.1, 5, $69,100. 40. (30) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 409, 49.8, 4, $100,925. 41. (41) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 408, 25.1, 3, $66,500. 42. (9) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 396, 80.9, 2, $94,314. 43. (43) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, accident, 310, 26.4, 0, $61,600. ___ Race Statistics Average Speed of Race Winner: 72.176 mph. Time of Race: 3 hours, 38 minutes, 38 seconds. Margin of Victory: 0.263 seconds. Caution Flags: 14 for 92 laps. Lead Changes: 33 among 12 drivers. Lap Leaders: Ky.Busch 1-16; M.Kenseth 17-20; J.Johnson 21-43; T.Kvapil 44; J.Johnson 45-55; M.Kenseth 56-58; Ky.Busch 59-64; J.Logano 65-81; J.Johnson 82-105; M.Kenseth 106-110; J.Logano 111-132; J.Johnson 133-154; G.Biffle 155-172; M.Ambrose 173-194; M.Kenseth 195-212; J.Johnson 213221; D.Earnhardt Jr. 222-236; A.Allmendinger 237; D.Earnhardt Jr. 238-242; Ku.Busch 243-244; J.Johnson 245-252; K.Harvick 253; M.Kenseth 254-259; D.Earnhardt Jr. 260-264; J.Johnson 265-283; C.Bowyer 284-287; J.Johnson 288-346; C.Bowyer 347; J.Johnson 348-449; C.Bowyer 450-460; J.Johnson 461-472; Ku.Busch 473-482; J.Johnson 483-489; Ku.Busch 490-500. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): J.Johnson, 11 times for 296 laps; J.Logano, 2 times for 39 laps; M.Kenseth, 5 times for 36 laps; D.Earnhardt Jr., 3 times for 25 laps; Ku.Busch, 3 times for 23 laps; M.Ambrose, 1 time for 22 laps; Ky.Busch, 2 times for 22 laps; G.Biffle, 1 time for 18 laps; C.Bowyer, 3 times for 16 laps; K.Harvick, 1 time for 1 lap; A.Allmendinger, 1 time for 1 lap; T.Kvapil, 1 time for 1 lap. Wins: Ku.Busch, 1; Ky.Busch, 1; D.Earnhardt Jr., 1; C.Edwards, 1; K.Harvick, 1; Bra.Keselowski, 1. Top 12 in Points: 1. D.Earnhardt Jr., 227; 2. M.Kenseth, 218; 3. C.Edwards, 217; 4. J.Gordon, 216; 5. J.Johnson, 209; 6. Ky.Busch, 189; 7. Bra.Keselowski, 188; 8. J.Logano, 187; 9. A.Dillon, 179; 10. R.Newman, 174; 11. P.Menard, 168; 12. D.Hamlin, 165. ___ NASCAR Driver Rating Formula A maximum of 150 points can be attained in a race. The formula combines the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish.
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Now they finish a game less than a year ago when they lost in a regional final to Louisville. Tennessee remains stuck on eight national titles and 22 Final Four berths with their last Final Four appearance six years ago. This was the third time in that span the Lady Vols have been a No. 1 seed and they couldn’t close the gap to get them the 179 miles from Knoxville to Nashville — site of the 2014 Final Four. “We’re Tennessee and we’re not happy that we’re not playing for a national championship,” Warlick added. “That’s in our DNA.” The Terrapins (27-6) reached their ninth regional final and first since 2012 with coach Brenda Frese firing them up before tipoff. Alyssa Thomas scored the most points allowed to a single player by Tennessee this season with a career-high 33, and she grabbed 13 rebounds to extend her school record with her 65th career double-double. Lexie Brown added 14 points, Laurin Mincy had 11 and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough 10. The Terps haven’t been to a Final Four themselves since winning the national championship in 2006 and they had lost earlier this season to UConn, Notre Dame and Duke. Brown credited those losses with helping them now. “We have a lot to prove in this tournament and to get a big win over Tennessee is just giving us a lot more momentum going into our next game,” Brown added. Jasmine Jones also had 11 points for Tennessee. “Just knowing that we’re not going to make it to the Final Four is kind of heartbreaking,” sophomore forward Bashaara Graves said. Maryland dominated with a 38-28 scoring edge in the paint and the Terrapins also outrebounded Tennessee 38-28. The only
place the Lady Vols dominated was at the free-throw line, hitting more there (20-of-27) than from the floor (19-of-53). Maryland led 41-27 at halftime, the biggest deficit Tennessee had faced all season. That put the Lady Vols needing their biggest comeback since Jan. 3, 2009, when they beat Rutgers after trailing by 23. The Terrapins pushed their lead to as much as 18. Tennessee finally put together its best stretch of the game but couldn’t get closer than eight with Simmons scoring 17 in the second half trying to spark the rally. Each time the Lady Vols scored, Maryland, or rather Thomas, responded with bucket after bucket. LOUISVILLE 73, LSU 47 Shoni Schimmel scored 19 points, Tia Gibbs added five 3-pointers and third-seeded Louisville rolled seventh-seeded LSU to reach the regional final of the NCAA tournament. Facing an injury-riddled Tigers squad that dressed just eight players, the Cardinals (33-4) rung up another rout highlighted by a season-best 12 3-pointers with the two seniors leading the way. Schimmel was 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and three other Cardinals contributed. LSU (21-13) on the other hand went 31 minutes with just Danielle Ballard (24 points), Jasmine Rhodes (eight) and Theresa Plaisance (seven) scoring before other Tigers chipped in. By then the game was out of hand and the Tigers shot just 24 percent from the field. Louisville moved on to host Maryland on Tuesday night, matching Cardinals coach Jeff Walz against Terrapins counterpart Brenda Frese, whom he worked under from 2002-07. STANFORD 82, PENN STATE 57 STANFORD, Calif. — Chiney Ogwumike had 29 points and 15 rebounds, Mikaela Ruef produced a career perfor-
mance on both ends and second-seeded Stanford reached the regional final on its home floor. The Cardinal (32-3) built a big first-half lead and rolled against the third-seeded Lady Lions to move into Tuesday night’s regional final against No. 4 seed North Carolina. Ruef recovered from getting poked in the eye early to contribute 11 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals. She was cheered at every chance by the raucous home crowd at Maples Pavilion. Amber Orrange added 18 points in Stanford’s ninth straight NCAA tournament home win. Ariel Edwards scored 22 points for the Lady Lions (24-8), while leading scorer Maggie Lucas was held scoreless in the second half and finished with six. NORTH CAROLINA 65, SOUTH CAROLINA 58 Diamond DeShields escaped two close calls with injury to score 19 points, leading North Carolina one win closer to a sweet reunion with healing coach Sylvia Hatchell. Brittany Rountree converted a pair of free throws with 1:14 left and two more at the 36.4-second mark to help seal it for the No. 4 seed Tar Heels (27-9), who backed up their December victory against the Gamecocks with another on the NCAA tournament stage. Alaina Coates hit several key baskets down the stretch on the way to 22 points for South Carolina (29-5), held to 37.7-percent shooting while committing 13 turnovers. North Carolina needs one more win to be reunited with Hatchell, whose doctors have said she could travel to the Final Four in Nashville, Tenn., after recently undergoing her final chemotherapy session for leukemia. Hatchell hasn’t coached this season after being diagnosed with leukemia in October, though she does plenty of game-planning with associate coach Andrew Calder by phone.
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The Huskies won their third national title in 2011 but they were ineligible for last year’s tournament because of previous low scores on the NCAA’s academic progress measure. They face Florida in the national semifinals Saturday and they’ll be confident they can beat the No. 1 overall seed. The Gators have won 30 straight but their last loss was to UConn, 65-64 on Dec. 2. After the Huskies were routed 81-48 by Louisville in the regular-season finale, Ollie showed his players video of that victory to remind them of what happens when they play frenetic defense. “We’re going to be well prepared because I know about these guys’ heart,” Ollie added. “That’s what got us through: It was a heart of a champion, heart of a lion.” Harrison lifts Wildcats to 75-72 win over Michigan INDIANAPOLIS — Aaron Harrison made a 3-pointer from NBA range with 2.3 seconds left Sunday to lift Kentucky and its freshmen to a 75-72 win over Michigan and a trip to the Final Four.
After Harrison’s teammate, Julius Randle, inadvertently tipped in the tying shot on Michigan’s previous possession, the eighthseeded Wildcats got the ball to the 6-6 guard, whose twin brother, Andrew, is another of the five freshmen in Kentucky’s starting lineup. Standing a good three feet behind the arc, Harrison elevated over Caris LeVert and took a bit of contact on the arm from the Michigan guard as he shot. No matter. The shot rattled in and for the second straight game in the Midwest Regional, Harrison had the go-ahead points in a tense game for the Wildcats (2810). In this one, he scored all 12 of his points off four 3-pointers over the last 8:05. “I hit a couple before that, so coach said to get the shot we were looking for,” Harrison said. “They put it in my hands and I wanted to deliver for them out there.” Nik Stauskas missed a halfcourt heave at the buzzer for second-seeded Michigan (28-9) and moments later, Harrison was under a dog pile — or make that a puppy pile. This is the first all-freshmen starting lineup to make the Final Four since another well-known group, the Fab Five of Michigan, did it in 1992.
“I’m gonna see everyone in Dallas this year,” coach John Calipari said, with his version of a Texas twang, as he addressed the crowd before the nets came down. The Wildcats will play Wisconsin next Saturday outside of Big D. Stauskas finished with 24 points for the Wolverines, who finished a win shy of their second straight Final Four. Randle had 16 points and 11 rebounds for his 24th double-double and was named the region’s most outstanding player. But he was just one of the freshmen stars for the Wildcats Sunday. While Harrison was being completely shut down early, it was unheralded Marcus Lee keeping the Wildcats in the game. Lee, one of the six McDonald’s AllAmerican freshmen on Calipari’s roster, had scored a total of nine points since the beginning of January. But he got minutes that would have normally gone to the injured Willie Cauley-Stein and finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Eight of those points came on putback dunks that were part of Kentucky’s 18 offensive rebounds. Harrison’s first 3 gave Kentucky a 58-55
lead and was part of an 11-0 run that put the Wolverines in catch-up mode, behind 62-55 with 6:30 left. They fought back and during a 9-possession stretch of sublime basketball that covered more than four minutes, each team scored every time they got the ball. The first stop in the sequence gave the Wolverines the ball with about a minute left, trailing 72-70. Stauskas missed a layup and a 3-pointer and Derrick Walton then missed an open 3. But the fourth attempt went in with 31 seconds left and got credited to Jordan Morgan on a scramble under the basket, though it was Randle’s hand that tipped the ball in. Calipari called a timeout. Michigan burned a foul. And the endgame started with 10 seconds left. The ball went to Harrison and it was clear he was going to take the shot. He spotted up from about 25 feet and after he hit, he walked backward calmly before being hugged by Randle and Dakari Johnson. Moments later, Kentucky was celebrating, preparing for the program’s 16th trip to college basketball’s biggest stage.
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10 – The Herald
Monday, March 31, 2014
Mudslide death toll rises; Tax search dogs take break
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- Many of the dogs essential in the search for victims of the deadly mudslide that buried a mountainside community will take a two-day break, rescue crews said Sunday, as the official death toll rose and more bodies were recovered. The dogs can lose their sensing ability if overworked in the cold and rain. "The conditions on the slide field are difficult, so this is just a time to take care of the dogs," said Kris Rietmann, a spokeswoman for the team working on the eastern portion of the slide, which hit March 22 about 55 miles northeast of Seattle and is one of the deadliest in U.S. history. Dogs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that arrived more recently will continue working. On Sunday evening, the number of people who have been confirmed dead increased from 18 to 21, said Jason Biermann, program manager at the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management. Fifteen of the victims have been identified by the Snohomish County medical examiner, and six have yet to be identified, Biermann said. Another four bodies were found in the debris field on Sunday, but they won't be added to the official count until the medical examiner receives the bodies. Biermann said 30 people remain missing. Authorities have said the task of finding and identifying victims from the debris field has been extremely challenging, and not all may ultimately be recovered. Crews have completed a makeshift road that will link one side of the debris field to the other, significantly aiding the recovery operation. They have also been working to clear mud and debris from the highway, leaving piles of gooey muck, splintered wood and housing insulation on the sides of the road. Searchers have had to contend with treacherous conditions, including septic tanks, gasoline and propane containers. When rescuers and dogs leave the site, they are hosed off by hazardous materials crews. The slide dammed up the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, causing water to pool up on the east side. The river cut a new channel through the mud, but the rain has raised the water level nearly a foot, Rietmann said. In at least one place, the water level got so high that it covered areas that have already been searched, said Tim Pierce, leader of Washington Task Force 1, a search-and-rescue team. "At this point, there's no point in searching (that area) again until the water drops back down," he said. Rescuers should get some relief soon. Conditions were improving Sunday, and mainly dry weather is forecast today through Wednesday in western Washington. The size of the debris field is also smaller than initially thought, officials said Sunday.
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Australian PM vows search for jetliner will go on
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- The weekslong search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is "an extraordinarily difficult exercise" but it will go on as long as possible, Australia's prime minister said today. Tony Abbott told reporters in Perth, the base for the search, that although no debris has been found in the southern Indian Ocean that can be linked to the plane, searchers are "well, well short" of any point where they would scale the hunt back. The Boeing 777 disappeared March 8 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard, and after experts shifted through radar and satellite data, they gradually moved the hunt from seas off of Vietnam, to areas west of Malaysia and Indonesia, and then to several areas west of Australia.
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“Firefighter turnout gear is sufficient to protect against ammonia’s dangerous fumes and detrimental affect on the skin,” Mack said. “You need to tape the arm and leg cuffs down to prevent vapors from getting trapped against the skin. After the event, the ammonia will quickly dissipate from the gear and it can then be washed. You also need to keep the wind at your back if you can.” Symptoms of exposure include burning of the eyes, nose and throat after breathing even small amounts. With higher doses, coughing or choking may occur. Exposure to high levels of anhydrous ammonia can cause death from a swollen throat or from chemical burns to the lungs.
Eye exposure to concentrated gas or liquid can cause serious corneal burns or blindness. Generally, the severity of symptoms depends on the degree of exposure. “Even though ammonia dissipates quickly in the air, if you do come in contact with it, it acts quickly,” Mack said. Skin irritation is also a concern. The ammonia breaks down the fat in the skin. “I know when you think burn you want to put cream or ointment and gauze on it but with ammonia, it has exactly the opposite of the desired result. Creams, ointments and gauze hold the ammonia on the skin and allow more damage to occur,” Mack said. “You want to flush the exposed skin with water — a lot of water — for
at least 15 minutes. You can’t flush it too much. If the affected area isn’t too large, submersion is the best. A gallon of water will take care of 13 gallons of vapor.” Mack said all tanks have a water reservoir for emergencies and on the CPS grounds, large 150-gallon holding tanks allow for total immersion of a victim of an ammonia spill or leak. Mack cautioned against putting water on a spill or puddle of ammonia. “When you add water to a concentrated amount of ammonia, it will erupt and then you have a bigger problem to deal with,” Mack said. “You need to put up a fog curtain downwind of the spill. Ammonia expands 850 times when it hits the air so the puddle will disappear quickly.”
The city has already instituted a 3-hour-per-week furlough for employees and department heads in Parks and Rec, Maintenance, Water, Sewer and administrative. The city also received a deferment for the loan for the new wastewater treatment plant, saving the city nearly $1.5 million at the end of 2013. The Ohio Water Development Authority granted the deferment to extend the loans out six months past the scheduled last payment, keeping $525,000 in the Water Fund and nearly $900,000 in the Sewer Fund. Another way to boost revenue includes reducing the city’s current income tax reciprocity, which affords those who live here but work outside the city a .75-percent break on their city income tax due to payment to another municipality. Increases in permit fees for utility tap-ins, demolition and new builds are also on the table. “None of these are etched in stone,” Gallmeier said. “They are all just ideas to help us get through this. We all have to work together. We didn’t get here in a day and we won’t fix it in a day but passage of this income tax increase will be a big step in the right direction.”
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A meeting of the Women’s Society for World Service of the Evangelical United Brethren Church will be held Thursday in the social rooms of the church. A covered dish dinner will be served at noon and Mrs. Orville Wagoner will give the devotions. Mabel Rogers will be the afternoon speaker. Hostesses will be Mrs. Walter Marks and Mrs. George Patton. The Cross and the Resurrection was the topic of the meeting of the Women’s Society of Christian Service of the Vaughnsville Methodist Church this past week. Alice Sparks, president, was in charge of the meeting. Mrs. Russel Barnes and Mrs. George Williams served the lunch. 75 Years Ago – 1939 The Young Ladies Sodality and the CYO of St. John’s Catholic Church held special meetings Wednesday night. Plans were made for an Easter dance which will be held at St. John’s auditorium April 9. Norman Geier’s orchestra will furnish the music for the dancing. There is considerable talk in Delphos at the present time regarding kittenball activities for the coming summer season. Miller’s Opticians, one of Delphos’ strongest kittenball aggregations for the past few years, will probably again be on the field but it is not known as yet who will sponsor the team. According to present indications, the Coombs Shoe team will remain intact but the sponsor for that team is also in doubt. A delightful social affair was the annual covered-dish luncheon served at the Presbyterian church Wednesday afternoon for the members of the Aid Society. Officers for the coming year are: Mrs. J. Howard Apger, president; Mrs. Harry Mills and Mrs. Albert Evans, vice presidents; Mrs. Earl Scott, secretary; and Mrs. Frank Peltier, treasurer.
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Answers to Saturday’s questions: In the comic book world of Fantastic Four superheroes, Susan Storm Richards, aka the Invisible Woman, was the sister of Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch. In South Korea, the president’s office and official residence known as the Blue House because of its blue-tiled roof. The building’s official name is Cheong Wa Dae. Today’s questions: What is DumbDumb, the company formed in 2010 by Arrested Development costars Will Arnett and Jason Bateman? Where on earth is there a mountain that is closer to the sun, moon and stars than Mount Everest, the highest mountain on the planet? Answers in Wednesday’s Herald.
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