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Delphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Kennedy’s exit from Congress
leaves a family void, p4

NFL roundup, p6
Obituaries 2
State/Local 3
Politics 4
Community 5
Sports 6-7
Announcements 7
Classifieds 8
TV 9
World News 10
Partly cloudy
with high in
upper 20s.
See page 2.
Jim Metcalfe photo
Santa makes rounds in Delphos
Santa Claus prepares to make his rounds in Delphos Friday evening. He’s packing
presents for local children. The Delphos Optimists help Santa with his sleigh and
reindeer while he’s in town. Santa visited more than 270 children.
Feds taking more Ohio illegal immigrant arrestees
The number of illegal immi-
grants arrested for crimes in
central Ohio whose cases are
being transferred to federal
authorities for likely deporta-
tion is soaring, a trend that
police and prosecutors say
can hurt cases and lead to
new crimes.
The cases of 799 arrest-
ees were transferred to U.S.
Immigration and Customs
Enforcement from the
Franklin County jail last year,
up from 628 the year before
and just 48 in 2008.
Because local and federal
authorities aren’t communi-
cating about the transfers,
illegal immigrants accused of
crimes are using the deporta-
tion efforts to avoid prosecu-
tion for serious crimes, the
Columbus Dispatch reported
In recent months in
Franklin County, ICE deport-
ed one man arrested after
being caught with a pound
of heroin, another man who
was a witness to a homicide
and a third man accused of
molesting a 6-year-old child.
Authorities said the homicide
case fell apart after the wit-
ness was deported.
ICE said it’s up to pros-
ecutors to tell the jail when
an illegal immigrant should
not be flagged for possible
deportation. Franklin County
Jail officials counter that it’s
federal immigration authori-
ties who make that call.
The situation is a prob-
lem statewide, especially in
urban areas where the high
volume of cases makes com-
munication between jailers,
prosecutors and ICE officials
even more difficult, said Bob
Cornwell, executive director
of the Buckeye State Sheriffs’
The Columbus prosecu-
tor’s office has a backlog
of unresolved cases involv-
ing drunken driving, driving
without a license and domes-
tic violence for defendants
who were deported after their
“We say, ‘Look, we know
they’re coming back. They
have family members here’.”
said Lara Baker, the chief city
prosecutor. “We don’t want
them to have a free pass.”
Some illegal immigrants
accused of crimes welcome
deportation over prosecution.
Jose Noe Mejia said he want-
ed to be deported in 2006
rather than faces charges of
raping a 7-year-old girl. He
had already been transferred
to ICE custody when a judge
issued a warrant and he was
returned to Franklin County
Jail. Mejia pleaded guilty
to three counts of attempted
rape and one count of gross
sexual imposition and is serv-
ing seven years in prison.
“Jail is worse,” he said.
The miscommunication is
undercutting the work police
and prosecutors do, said
Muzaffar Chishti, director of
the Migration Policy Institute
at the New York University
School of Law.
“If the criminal justice sys-
tem is made to make us safer
and to penalize the people
who committed crimes, what
is this achieving?” Chishti
In addition, the possibil-
ity of being deported makes
many in the immigrant com-
munity reluctant to step for-
ward as a witness to a crime or
as a crime victim, said Ruben
Herrera, an immigrant-rights
activist in Columbus.
“They feel like they’re
putting themselves at risk,”
he said.
US missiles hit Pakistan
borderlands killing 18
The Associated Press
Pakistan — Suspected U.S.
missiles struck two vehicles
in a Taliban stronghold on
Pakistan’s side of the bor-
der with Afghanistan today,
killing 18 alleged militants,
Pakistani intelligence offi-
cials said.
The attack in the North
Waziristan tribal region came
in the final days of a year that
has witnessed an unprece-
dented number of such strikes
from drone aircraft flying
over Pakistani soil, part of a
ramped-up U.S. campaign to
take out al-Qaida and Taliban
fighters seeking sanctuary
outside Afghanistan.
At least 110 such missile
strikes have been launched
this year — more than dou-
bling last year’s total. Nearly
all have landed in North
Waziristan, a region that hosts
several militant groups bat-
tling U.S. and NATO troops
in Afghanistan, including the
feared Haqqani network.
The six missiles fired
today struck the vehicles
in the Shera Tala village of
North Waziristan. Shera Tala
lies in Mir Ali district, where
militants are heavily concen-
trated. The exact identities of
the 18 dead were not immedi-
ately certain.
The vehicles were appar-
ently leaving a compound,
and one was carrying a large
load of ammunition, magni-
fying the blasts from the mis-
sile strikes, the intelligence
officials said.
The three intelligence offi-
cials spoke on condition of
anonymity because they were
not authorized to speak to
media on the record.
Pakistan officially protests
the strikes, saying they vio-
late its sovereignty and anger
tribesmen whose support it
needs to fend off extrem-
ists. But Islamabad is widely
believed to secretly support
the strikes and provide intel-
ligence for at least some of
U.S. officials rarely dis-
cuss the covert, CIA-run mis-
See MISSILES, page 3
Nancy Spencer photo
Water main breaks on Second Street
A water-main break slowed traffic on Second Street Thursday afternoon. Police
directed last-minute holiday shoppers while crews repaired the issue. According to Safety
Service Director Greg Berquist, “We had a water main break Thursday at Second and
Douglas streets across from the St. John’s High School parking lot. We replaced an 8-foot
piece of pipe that was old and just failed,” he said. Five maintenance workers spent seven
hours of overtime fixing the issue. Berquist says it takes elbow grease to locate the source
with these kinds of repairs. “It’s always a challenge because the leak isn’t always where it
appears to be. With this one, it was 10 feet from where the water was coming up. To find
it, you just have to dig — that’s the nature of the beast,” he said. Berquist estimated the
cost at $2,000.
Blizzard strands
travelers, vexes
drivers on coast
See BLIZZARD, page 3
Former beauty
shop owner dies
The previousl owner of
Ginny’s Beauty Salon in
Delphos, Mildred “Mutz”
Brinkman, 83, died at 6:21
p.m. Friday at St. Rita’s
Medical Center.
She was born Sept. 9,
1927, in Ottoville to Bernard
and Bernadine (Brinkman)
On Sept. 25, 1948, she
married Harold Brinkman,
who died Feb. 26, 2004.
See full obituary on page
Boys Basketball: Elida at
Phoenix (AZ) Cactus Jam
Girls Basketball (6 p.m.):
St. John’s at Spencerville;
Wayne Trace at Fort Jennings;
Ottoville at Ottawa-Glandorf.
Boys Basketball (6
p.m.): Minster at St. John’s
(MAC); Lincolnview at Fort
Jennings; Ottoville at Shawnee;
Waynesfield-Goshen at
Columbus Grove; Kalida at
St. Henry; Elida at Phoenix
(AZ) Cactus Jam (TBA).
Girls Basketball (6 p.m.):
Jefferson at Fort Recovery;
Vicki Mauk Holiday Tourney (2
games); Lincolnview at Parkway
Holiday Tournament, TBA.
Wrestling: Van Wert at
GMV Holiday Tournament,
10 a.m.; Spencerville and
Coldwater at Hicksville, 6 p.m.
Boys Basketball (6 p.m.):
Van Wert at St. John’s;
Ottawa-Glandorf at Columbus
Grove; Elida at Phoenix
(AZ) Cactus Jam (TBA).
Girls Basketball (6 p.m.):
Vicki Mauk Holiday Tourney (2
games); Lincolnview at Parkway
Holiday Tournament, TBA.
Wrestling: St. John’s at
Marion Harding Classic, 8 a.m.;
Lincolnview at Titan Invitational,
9 a.m.; Van Wert at GMV Holiday
Tournament, 11 a.m.; Elida at
Tiffin Wendy’s Classic, noon
Boys Basketball (6 p.m.):
Coldwater at Jefferson;
Lincolnview at Ottoville;
Spencerville at New Knoxville;
Crestview at Miller City; Elida at
Phoenix (AZ) Cactus Jam, TBA
Girls Basketball (6 p.m.): Fort
Jennings at McComb; Bellmont at
Van Wert
Wrestling: St. John’s at
Marion Harding Classic, 8 a.m.;
Spencerville at Lima Thunderbird
Holiday Tournament, 9:30 a.m.;
Elida at Tiffin Wendy’s Classic,
10 a.m.
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — A power-
ful East Coast blizzard men-
aced would-be travelers by
air, rail and highway today,
leaving thousands without a
way to get home after the
holidays and shutting down
major airports and rail lines
for a second day.
Officials urged anyone
who did not have to drive to
stay off roads in the region,
where high winds pushed
snow into deep drifts across
streets, railroads and run-
ways. More than two feet of
snow had fallen in some areas
by this morning.
In Monmouth County,
N.J., state troopers carried
water and food to diabetics
marooned on two passenger
buses carrying about 50 people
on the Garden State Parkway,
where stranded cars cluttering
ramps stymied snow plows
and ambulances, state police
spokesman Steve Jones told
NBC’s “Today” show. One
bus was freed by 7 a.m. and
the other was expected to be
out soon, he said.
“Most of the people are
pretty calm, but they are get-
ting antsy,” said New Jersey
State Police Trooper Chris
Menello, who along with his
fellow troopers raided their
personal stash of food to bring
to the passengers.
Menello said the traffic jam
started around 5 p.m. Sunday
evening with a woman who
went into labor.
“She and her husband had
three small children in the
car all under the age of 5,”
he said.
An ambulance was able
to reach her and bring her
to a nearby hospital, but by
then the Parkway became a
parking lot, with accumulat-
ing snow preventing people
from digging out.
In New York City, hundreds
of passengers were stranded at
John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia
and Newark Liberty airports.
Port Authority of New York
and New Jersey spokesman
Steve Coleman said they
were being provided blankets
and cots.
Hundreds of travelers
dozed today in Long Island
Rail Road train cars frozen at
the platform. Others lay like
refugees at the entrance to the
train link to Kennedy Airport
and stood helpless at the tick-
et office, waiting in vain for
good news to flash on the
schedule screens. Hours went
by without a single train leav-
ing with passengers.
Buses were knocked out
as well, cabs were little more
than a myth and those who
tried walking out of the sta-
tion were assailed with a hard,
frigid wind that made snow-
flakes sting like needles.
“They tried, but they can’t
do much with this snow.
It’s just not stopping,” said
Sharray Jones, 20, headed
home to Long Island after
visiting friends.
A blizzard warning,
which is issued when snow
is accompanied by sustained
winds or gusts over 35 mph
for three hours, was in effect
early today from Delaware to
the far northern tip of Maine.
The storm was expected to
bring its heaviest snowfall
in the pre-dawn hours today,
sometimes dumping 2 to 4
inches an hour. A total of 12
to 16 inches was expected
across nearly all of Rhode
Island, Connecticut and east-
ern Massachusetts, though
forecasters said winds of 50
mph could create much deep-
er snow drifts.
Almost 30 inches of snow
fell in Bergen County, N.J.,
by this morning, and 20 inch-
es was reported in New York
City’s Central Park early
States of emergency
were declared in North
Carolina, Virginia, Maryland,
New Jersey, Maine and
Massachusetts, where Gov.
Deval Patrick urged people
who did not have to be on
the roads to stay home, to
ensure their safety and that
of work crews. Nonessential
state workers were told to
stay home today.
The Manchester Boston
Regional Airport outside
Manchester, N.H., was near-
deserted this morning.
Sitting alone at a table
in the food court was Alicia
Kinney, a 25-year-old mis-
sion worker from Columbus,
Ohio. Her flight to Newark,
N.J., was cancelled, and she
could not get a confirmed
seat until Wednesday. Kinney
slept overnight on benches in
the baggage claim area before
moving up to the food court
for a soda in the morning.
“I came at 4 p.m. (Sunday)
and got a standby seat to
Cleveland, but at the last min-
ute, that flight was cancelled.
By then, it was too bad out-
side for my friends to come
back and get me,” Kinney
said. “It’s a funny situation.
I’m trying to stay positive.”
In Philadelphia, cab driv-
er Farid Senoussaoui, 33,
described navigating the
slippery conditions as “like
a video game.” Senoussaoui
had worked overnight during
the storm and said passen-
gers were universally grateful
when he would stop to pick
them up.
In New England, many
commuters appeared to be
heeding the call to stay off
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Mildred Brinkman
Pop machine
Rockford man
arrested on
Woman arrested
on warrant
High temperature Sunday
in Delphos was 26 degrees,
low was 17. A trace of snow-
fall was recorded. High a year
ago today was 31, low was 18.
Record high for today is 66,
set in 2008. Record low is -15,
set in 1950.
June 27, 1935-Dec. 23, 2010
Betty Jo Oehlhof, 75, of
rural Spencerville, died at
12:55 Thursday at St. Rita’s
Medical Center. She has been
a resident of Roselawn Manor
for three years.
She was born June 27,
1935, in Lima, to Robert and
Anna (Phillips) Adam.
On April 6, 1957, she mar-
ried Ben F. Oehlhof, who sur-
vives in Spencerville.
Other survivors include
sons Ben C. (Susan) Oehlhof,
Brian F. (Cindy) Oehlhof and
Bradley W. (Janet) Oehlhof
of Spencerville; grandchildren
Adam, Abby, Paula, Sean,
Brandon and Austin Oehlhof;
and a great-grandson, Connor
Oehlhof of Spencerville.
She was preceded in death
by her stepfather, Vern Taylor;
granddaughter Erika Oehlhof;
sisters Blanche Baker, Phyllis
Hughes and Lois Metzger; and
brothers-in-law John Baker
and Paul Metzger.
Mrs. Oehlhof had worked
as a radiation therapy techni-
cian for 38 years with Lima
Memorial Hospital before
retiring in 2000. She was
a 1953 Lima South High
School graduate who also
graduated from Elkhart (Ind.)
University. She was a mem-
ber of the American Registry
of Radiological Technologists
and the Spencerville United
Church of Christ. She loved
people and being with her
family and grandkids, sewing
and crocheting.
Funeral services begin at
7 p.m. Tuesday at Thomas
E. Bayliff Funeral Home, the
Revs. R. Vincent Lavieri and
Hugh Bowland officiating.
Burial will be in Spencerville
Cemetery at a later date.
Friends may call from
3:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at the
funeral home.
Memorials are to the
American Cancer Society.
Delphos weather
Betty Jo oehlhof
Corn: $5.96
Wheat: $6.83
Beans: $13.28
Police probe
verbal dispute
Resident reports
door egging
Police investigate
two business
Package bomb
found at Greek
embassy in italy
By niCoLe WinFieLD
the Associated Press
ROME — A package
bomb was found at the Greek
Embassy in Rome today, four
days after similar mail bombs
exploded at two other embas-
sies injuring two people. The
device was defused and no one
was injured.
Carabinieri Col. Maurizio
Mezzavilla said the bomb was
similar to the ones that exploded
Thursday at the Chilean and
Swiss embassies. An anar-
chist group with reported ties
to Greek anarchists claimed
responsibility for those blasts.
Greek Foreign Ministry
spokesman Gregoris
Delavekouras said from Athens
that no one was harmed in the
latest incident, in part because
heightened security measures
had already been put in place.
“The embassy was evacu-
ated and the staff assembled
some distance away from the
building, so that everyone could
be accounted for,” he told The
Associated Press.
“There were already height-
ened security measures at the
Greek and other embassies, so
the procedure that had to be fol-
lowed was clear. The matter is
now in the hands of the Italian
Police, carabinieri and fire-
fighters massed around the
building today while the Greek
Embassy staff lingered outside.
The street, in the residential
Parioli neighborhood, remained
open to traffic.
Ambassador Michalis
Kambanis said the letter,
addressed to the embassy, was
discovered at about 10:30 a.m.
“We immediately informed
the carabinieri who arrived here
within three minutes,” he said.
“We (notified) the appropriate
services and the bomb was neu-
There have been several
other reports of suspicious
packages in recent days that
turned out to be false alarms. On
today, police responded to sus-
picous packages at the embas-
sies of Venezuela, Monaco and
Denmark; all were false alarms.
“We don’t take any chanc-
es in this situation,” Danish
Foreign Ministry spokesman
Klavs A. Holm told the AP in
He said the embassy had
received a parcel that staffers
considered suspect. The embas-
sy briefly evacuated its staff and
called Italian authorities, who
checked the parcel to find out it
was a bottle of red wine.
“We have now resumed
work,” Holm said.
Police had told all embassies
in the capital to be on alert after
the package bombs on Thursday;
today was the first day of busi-
ness after the Christmas holi-
day. Some embassies chose to
remain closed as a precaution:
Sweden’s Foreign Ministry said
no packages had been found at
its embassy in Rome, but that it
was closed today “for security
Betty J.
sept. 9, 1927-Dec. 24, 2010
Mildred “Mutz” Brinkman,
83, of Delphos, died at 6:21
p.m. Friday at St. Rita’s
Medical Center.
She was born Sept. 9,
1927, in Ottoville to Bernard
and Bernadine (Brinkman)
On Sept. 25, 1948, she
married Harold Brinkman,
who died Feb. 26, 2004.
Survivors include sons
Rick (Joyce) Brinkman,
Jeff (Lynette) Brinkman
and Randy (Lin) Brinkman
of Delphos; grandchildren
Michelle Karhoff, Julie
(David) Teman, Sandy
(Nate) Rostorfer, Jason
Brinkman, Kelly Brinkman,
Dylan Brinkman and Lauren
Brinkman; and great-grand-
children Damian, Syndal
and Reece Karhoff, Alexis
and Tyler Teman, Aubry
Brinkman and Sydney
She was preceded in death
by son Terry L. Brinkman;
grandson Scott Brinkman;
brothers Ed Rayman and
Aloysius “Bud” Rayman;
and sisters Alma Gerker,
LaDonna Gerlock, Agnes
Luebrecht, Agatha Metz,
Margaret Blymeyer, Ginny
Byrne and Doris Rellinger.
Mrs. Brinkman was a
homemaker and previously
the owner of Ginny’s Beauty
Salon. She was a member
of St. John the Evangelist
Catholic Church.
Mass of Christian Burial
was at 11 a.m. today at St.
John the Evangelist Catholic
Church, the Rev. Mel Verhoff
officiating. Burial will be in
Resurrection Cemetery.
Memorial contributions
may be made to the Delphos
Boy Scouts.
At 5:27 p.m. on Thursday
while on routine patrol,
Delphos Police found a pop
machine in the 800 block of
West Skinner Street had been
broken into and items taken
from inside.
At 9 p.m. on Thursday
while on routine patrol in the
800 block of East Fifth Street,
Delphos Police came into con-
tact with Douglas Hayes, 26,
of Rockford.
It was found Hayes had a
active warrant for his arrest
issued out of Fulton County.
Hayes was taken into cus-
tody and later handed over to
deputies from Fulton County.
At 10:48 p.m. on Saturday,
Delphos Police went to a resi-
dence in the 800 block of West
Skinner Street in reference to
information of a subject at a
residence in that area having
an active arrest warrant.
Upon officers’ arrival, they
located Christie Kerner, 34, of
Delphos, at which time they
took Kerner into custody on a
warrant issued out of Putnam
WeAtHer ForeCAst
Associated Press
toniGHt: Partly cloudy.
Lows 10 to 15. West winds
around 10 mph.
tUesDAY: Partly cloudy.
Highs in the upper 20s.
Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph
with gusts up to 25 mph.
tUesDAY niGHt:
Partly cloudy. Lows in the
lower 20s. West winds 10 to
15 mph.
WeDnesDAY: Partly
cloudy. Highs in the lower
30s. Southwest winds 5 to 10
eXtenDeD ForeCAst
WeDnesDAY niGHt:
Mostly cloudy. A chance of
freezing rain after midnight.
Lows in the upper 20s. Chance
of precipitation 30 percent.
tHUrsDAY: Cloudy. A
chance of rain and freezing
rain in the morning. Then a
chance of rain in the after-
noon. Highs in the upper 30s.
Chance of precipitation 40
tHUrsDAY niGHt:
Cloudy with a 30 percent
chance of rain showers. Lows
in the upper 30s.
FriDAY: Cloudy with a
40 percent chance of showers.
Highs in the upper 40s.
Aug. 18, 1914-Dec. 25, 2010
Dorothy Irene Renner, 96,
of Delphos, died at 3:20 p.m.
Saturday at Sarah Jane Living
She was born Aug. 18,
1914, in Scott, to James and
Bessie (DeWitt) Stettler.
On May 23, 1943, she mar-
ried Lester Renner, who died
on May 25, 1996.
Survivors include son
Larry (Kyan) Renner
of Van Wert; daughters
Debby Wiseman and Marna
(Delbert, dec.) Blackburn
of Delphos; sister Audrey
Shindledecker of Findlay;
brother Harold Stettler of
Delphos; stepchildren Marna
Clevenger of Gomer, Carol
Renner of Columbus Grove
and Shirley (Barry) Hook
of Van Wert; and several
grandchildren, great-grand-
children and great-great-
She was preceded in death
by stepchild Glenna Renner;
brothers Oscar and Russell;
and sisters Marie Bayman,
Dora Dunlap and Alice
Mrs. Renner had been
employed with the Delphos
Food Locker and was a mem-
ber of First Assembly of God.
Funeral services begin at
11 a.m. Wednesday at Harter
and Schier Funeral Home,
Pastor Dan Eaton officiating.
Burial will follow in Walnut
Grove Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2-7
p.m. Tuesday at the funeral
Memorials are to donor’s
Dorothy irene
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At 11:49 a.m. on Sunday,
Delphos police were called to
the 200 block of West Clime
Street in reference to a domes-
tic dispute.
Upon officers’ arrival, the
victim advised that no physi-
cal altercation had occurred
and it was only verbal in
nature, the victim advised she
was leaving the residence.
At 11:54 a.m. on Sunday,
Delphos police were called to
the 100 block of North Main
Street in reference to some
damage to a residence.
Upon officers’ arrival, the
victim stated that someone in
the overnight hours had throw
eggs onto the victim’s door.
At 12:45 a.m. on Saturday,
Delphos Police were called
to the 300 block of North
Main Street in reference to a
breaking and entering com-
plaint at a business in that
area. Upon officers’ arrival,
it was found that the business
had forced entry into the busi-
ness and items were missing
from inside the business.
A check of the area found
that a second business in the
same area was also broken
Detectives were called to
the scene and took over the
Don Raymond
Cattell, 87,
of Sanibel,
Fla., passed
away peacefully Dec. 18 at
Healthpark Care Center of Ft.
Myers, Fla.
Born in Ohio in 1923, he
was the fourth of six children.
In 1945, he married Bettie
Foust of Delphos, who sur-
Other survivors include a
daughter, Debra (Johnathan)
Wilcox; a brother, Ray Foust
of Ohio; a sister, Chris of
California; and three grand-
children and six great-gran-
Mr. Cattell resided in
Sanibel since retiring in 1984.
Prior to retiring, he had seen
service both in World War
II and the Korean Conflict.
First, in the Navy as a radio-
man, sending and receiv-
ing coded messages in the
Marshall Islands, then in
the Army Reserves at Fort
Benning during Korea. He
also was retired from the rail-
road, where he was conductor/
brakeman for both the Nickel
Plate then Norfolk & Western.
On Sanibel, he worked part
time at the Grog Shop for
21 years until recently. His
favorite pursuits included
hunting with his brothers in
Wyoming, photography and
creating beautiful stained
glass works. A fine gentleman
and role model with a wry
sense of humor, he will be
greatly missed by all.
A private family service
will be held at a later date.
Condolences may be sent
to his wife, Bettie, of Sanibel.
March 13, 1920 - Dec. 20,
Betty J. Rhodenbaugh, 90,
of Van Wert, died at 5:38 p.m.
Dec. 20 at Van Wert County
She was born March 13,
1920, in Delphos, to William
Henry and Naomi Caroline
(Clear) Martin.
On July 29, 1939, she mar-
ried Dallas Rhodenbaugh,
who died Dec. 18, 1994.
Survivors include a daugh-
ter, Dorothy Cope of Enon;
a son, Mark Rhodenbaugh of
Van Wert; a grandson, Ben
Kinney of Hawaii; a grand-
daughter, Esther Mills of
Beaver Creek; great-grand-
children Max Kinney, Laura-
Lei Kinney and Caroline
Kinney of Hawaii, Liam Mills
and Eden Mills Beavercreek;
and a sister, Emma Scott of
Van Wert.
She was also preceded
in death by a son, Charles
Rhodenbaugh; seven brothers,
Clarence, Gar, Earl, Pearl,
Harry, Sam, and Chester
Martin; and three sisters, Lilly
Shaffer, Tillie Germann and
Mae Halder
Mrs. Rhodenbaugh was
employed for many years as a
nursing assistant at the former
Castle Convalescent Home of
Van Wert.
Funeral services will
begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday
at Brickner Funeral Home,
Van Wert, the Rev. Charles
Shepherd officiating.
Burial will be in Tomlinson
Cemetery, Mercer County.
There is no visitation.
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Vantage Junior Health Technology students adopted a family for Christmas. Here they show
off some of the gifts they purchased.
Vantage Career Center “Santa Sisters” Diana Becker, left, Vicki Smith, Mary Ann Hall, Leslie
Ringwald and Gail Gillett, collected food to be donated to Pastor Chuck Schmunk and “The
Circle of Friends” Cooperative Parish Food Pantry. This food pantry is made up of four churches
in Continental and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ottoville. Additional food items
were also donated to Trinity Friends Church in Van Wert.
Vantage shows spirit of giving
Photos submitted
From the Vantage Point
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the roads. In greater Boston, highways into the
city were nearly abandoned early today as many
workers were given the day off and others were on
vacation for the holiday week.
The blizzard-like conditions wreaked havoc on
travelers from the Carolinas to Maine.
Airlines scrambled to rebook passengers on
thousands of canceled flights — more than 1,400
out of the New York City area’s three major air-
ports alone — but said they didn’t expect normal
service to resume until Tuesday. Amtrak canceled
train service from New York to Boston after doing
the same earlier for several trains in Virginia.
The Long Island Rail Road, the nation’s larg-
est commuter rail system, also suspended service.
Bus companies canceled routes up and down the
East Coast, and drivers faced hazardous travel —
sometimes with close to zero visibility.
A spokesman said Boston’s Logan International
Airport could take days to get back to normal.
Wind gusts of up to 80 mph knocked out
power to thousands. Utilities reported about
30,000 customers were out in Rhode Island and
Massachusetts, mostly on Cape Cod and south
of Boston.
In Wells, Maine, police say a 59-year-old man
died several hours after his pickup crashed into a
tree during whiteout conditions Sunday night.
In Connecticut, Allie Campbell discovered
her mother had taken a critical fuse out of her car
Sunday night to ensure her daughter’s safety.
“She texted me and said, ‘You don’t pay for
the insurance, you’re not driving,”’ Campbell
said today, laughing, as she reported to her job at
Katz ACE Hardware in Glastonbury — after her
mother surrendered the fuse.
Peter Iarossi, a train conductor for MBCR,
which operates commuter rail trains for the
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, saw
his normal 15-minute commute stretch to an hour
because of the blizzard conditions.
He woke up extra early and was sitting in his
idling car at the railyard an hour before his 6:45
a.m. train was to leave to start its run to Boston.
The monster storm is the result of a low pres-
sure system off the North Carolina coast and
strengthened as it moved northeast, the National
Weather Service said. Because of it, parts of
the South had their first white Christmas since
records have been kept.
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sile program. Privately, however, they say it is
a crucial tool and has killed several top militant
leaders. They also say the drone-fired strikes are
very accurate and usually kill militants.
Information from Pakistan’s tribal belt is very
hard to verify independently. Access to the area
is legally restricted, and ongoing conflict there
makes it dangerous territory.
The Pakistani Taliban recently kidnapped 23
tribesmen who welcomed Army head Gen. Ashfaq
Parvez Kayani on a Dec. 7 visit to South Waziristan
tribal region, where soldiers launched an offensive
in late 2009, officials and tribal elders said.
The kidnappings undermine the government’s
shaky effort to convince hundreds of thousands of
displaced civilians that it is now safe to return to
South Waziristan.
Taliban courts in South Waziristan are decid-
ing how to punish the abducted tribesmen,
Pakistani Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq told
The Associated Press.
“This is a warning to the tribal people to not
come to the area because we are still present in
South Waziristan,” Tariq said by phone.
Some 400,000 civilians, many of them members
of the Mehsud tribe, have fled South Waziristan,
and many are now staying in Dera Ismail Khan
and other cities near the tribal belt.
Despite ongoing efforts by the military to get
the civilians to go home, the numbers returning
have been small.
“On one side, the government says peace is
established in South Waziristan, and on the other
our tribesmen are being kidnapped,” said Maulana
Esamuddin Mehsud, one of two Mehsud tribal
leaders who said they learned of the kidnappings
from the victims’ relatives.
Ohioans are paying 9 cents
more for gas this week after
prices broke through the $3
barrier for the first time in
more than two years.
A survey from auto club
AAA, the Oil Price Information
Service and Wright Express
puts the state’s average price
for regular-grade gasoline at
about $3.02 per gallon, up
from $2.93 last Monday.
Last Wednesday, the aver-
age popped above the $3 mark
for the first time since Oct. 11,
Some OPEC members
have indicated the group
doesn’t plan to boost oil out-
put in response to increased
demand, which has been push-
ing fuel prices higher. Crude
oil has jumped to near $92 a
In Ohio one year ago,
motorists paid a lower $2.62,
on average, for regular.
— After 44 years, a north-
east Ohio church is ending
its traditional weekly Polish
language Mass.
The decision was made
recently to end the weekly
Polish Mass at St. Stanislaus
Roman Catholic Church in
Youngstown, and Sunday’s
liturgy may have been the
final curtain. About 70 people
As part of a reor-
ganization, the Diocese of
Youngstown will merge St.
Stanislaus and two other
churches. The Vindicator
newspaper reports a declining
number of priests contributed
to the decision.
The elimination of the
Polish Mass has prompted
some parishioners to decide
to worship at other parishes.
Others will stay for Mass in
Ohio gas rises to
average $3.02
Polish Mass
eliminated at
Ohio church
10-year anniversary of an
Ohio car crash that killed six
teens has brought their fam-
ilies and the lone survivor
together for a memorial.
A sister of a 15-year-old
boy who died with five friends
says many of the parents
hadn’t seen each other since
right after the Dec. 27, 2000
accident. Family members
gathered Sunday at a church
in Creston, near the crash site
south of Cleveland.
It was partly the idea of
Katie Massie, who was
14-year-old Katie Gonzalez
when she survived her crash
injuries. She tells The Daily
Record of Wooster it’s
important to remember those
who died.
Police said the 18-year-old
who was driving six of his
friends on a late night fast-
food run lost control of the car
and struck a tree. The young-
est victim was 13.
An Ohio library has begun
lending a different type of
reading material: electricity
meters that read the energy
used by household applianc-
The Marysville Public
Library in central Ohio has
10 meters donated by Dayton
Power & Light that patrons
may borrow for a week to
identify areas to cut energy
use and costs at home.
A user plugs an electricity
meter into a wall, then plugs
an appliance into the device.
The meter determines how
much it costs per hour to run
the item, using information
from the customer’s electric
The library’s Patty
O’Connor tells The Columbus
Dispatch she read about a
similar program at the Seattle
Public Library and thought it
sounded “cool.” So, she con-
tacted Dayton Power & Light
to see if it would provide the
$20 meters.
Ohio families
remember teens
killed in crash
Library lends
electric meters
CINCINNATI (AP) — A three-
year-old Cincinnati law meant to
hold landlords more accountable
for problems at their properties
is a sore point with both neigh-
borhood advocates and property
Police say about one in five
of the city’s 25,000 multifam-
ily dwellings generates all the
nuisance calls, the Cincinnati
Enquirer reported Sunday.
The nuisance law, modeled after
one in Milwaukee, allows Cincinnati
police to bill apartment owners for
cost of police runs if they generate
too many calls for any of more than
a dozen complaints from loud noise
to felony assaults.
Multifamily units are consid-
ered a chronic nuisance if they
generate more than three calls in a
month or six to 18 calls annually,
depending on number of units.
If a property is designated a
chronic nuisance, police can put
the landlord on notice to come
up with a plan to reduce nuisance
calls. The alternative: monthly
bills for police calls and possible
criminal fines of up to $1,000.
Large landlords such as
Downtown Property complain that
the annual nuisance call thresh-
old discriminates against them
because of how many people live
in their properties.
“We pay taxes for police servic-
es like everyone else,” says Hari
Ramineni, operations manager for
Downtown Property Management
Inc., one of the city’s largest land-
lords, with nearly 3,000 apartment
The company is suing Cincinnati
in federal court over the law, call-
ing it vague and saying it isn’t
equally applied. Ramineni also is
appealing fees he’s been charged
for police calls to his buildings.
Stepped-up enforcement and
ongoing landlord training on deal-
ing with problem tenants has cut
the number of nuisance calls by
12 percent from 20,354 in 2008 to
17,845 so far this year, police say.
Members of neighborhood
councils complain the same build-
ings keep showing up with the
largest number of calls.
“If they don’t have control of
their buildings, they’re not being
good landlords,” said Charlene
Morse of the North Avondale
Neighborhood Association.
Cincinnati police have billed
five landlords a total of $26,568
for billable services allowed under
the nuisance law.
Information from the City
Manager’s office
shows none of the
invoices have been
paid and no citations
or fines have been
“We don’t think
the Police Department
has enforced the
ordinance as aggres-
sively as it should,”
said John Sess, presi-
dent of the Westwood
Civic Association.
No love for Cincinnati nuisance landlord law
4 — The Herald Monday, December 27, 2010
“A dollar saved is a quarter earned.”
— Oscar Levant, American composer, musician, actor (born this date in 1906, died in 1972)
Associated Press
end of the year means a turn-
over of House control from
Democratic to Republican
and, with it, Congress’
approach to immigration.
In a matter of weeks,
Congress will go from trying
to help young, illegal immi-
grants become legal to debat-
ing whether children born to
parents who are in the country
illegally should continue to
enjoy automatic U.S. citizen-
Such a hardened approach
— and the rhetoric certain
to accompany it — should
resonate with the GOP faith-
ful who helped swing the
House in Republicans’ favor.
But it also could further hurt
the GOP in its endeavor to
grab a large enough share of
the growing Latino vote to
win the White House and the
Senate majority in 2012.
Legislation to test inter-
pretations of the 14th
Amendment as granting citi-
zenship to children of illegal
immigrants will emerge early
next session. That is likely
to be followed by attempts
to force employers to use a
still-developing web system,
dubbed E-Verify, to check
that all of their employees are
in the U.S. legally.
There could be proposed
curbs on federal spending in
cities that don’t do enough to
identify people who are in the
country illegally and attempts
to reduce the numbers of
legal immigrants. Democrats
ended the year failing for a
second time to win passage
of the Dream Act, which
would have given hundreds
of thousands of young illegal
immigrants a chance at legal
House Republicans will try
to fill the immigration reform
vacuum left by Democrats
with legislation designed to
send illegal immigrants pack-
ing and deter others from try-
ing to come to the U.S.
Democrats, who will still
control the Senate, will be
playing defense against harsh
immigration enforcement
measures, mindful of their
need to keep on good footing
with Hispanic voters. But a
slimmer majority and an eye
on 2012 may prevent Senate
Democrats from bringing to
the floor any sweeping immi-
gration bill, or even a limited
one that hints at providing
legal status to people in the
country illegally.
President Barack Obama
could be a wild card.
He’ll have at his disposal
his veto power should a bill
denying citizenship to children
of illegal immigrants make it
to his desk. But Obama also
has made cracking down on
employers a key part of his
administration’s immigration
enforcement tactics.
Hispanic voters and their
allies will look for Obama
to broker a deal on immigra-
tion as he did on tax cuts and
health care. After the Dream
Act failed in the Senate this
month, Obama said his admin-
istration would not give up
on the measure. “At a mini-
mum we should be able to get
Dream done. So I’m going to
go back at it,” he said.
The president has taken
heavy hits in Spanish-
language and ethnic media
for failing to keep his prom-
ise to address immigration
promptly and taking it off
the agenda last summer. His
administration’s continued
deportations of immigrants —
a record 393,000 in the 2010
fiscal year — have also made
tenuous his relationship with
Hispanic voters.
John Morton, who oversees
Immigration and Customs
Enforcement, said in a recent
conference call that there
are no plans to change the
agency’s enforcement tactics,
which are focused on immi-
grants who commit crimes
but also have led to detaining
and deporting many immi-
grants who have not commit-
ted crimes.
Associated Press
Kennedys have held congres-
sional seats, the presidency
and the public’s imagina-
tion for more than 60 years.
That era ends when Patrick
Kennedy of Rhode Island
vacates his U.S. House seat
next month, leaving a city
council post in California as
Camelot’s sole remaining
political holding.
The son of the late
Massachusetts Sen. Edward
Kennedy said he has no
qualms about walking away
from politics. His depar-
ture marks the first time in
63 years there won’t be a
Kennedy serving in elected
office in Washington.
“In my family, the leg-
acy was always public ser-
vice, and that didn’t neces-
sarily mean public office,”
Kennedy, 43, said in a recent
interview on Capitol Hill with
The Associated Press.
He recited a long list of
Kennedy family members
who have spurned politics
and chosen lives as activists
promoting issues such as the
environment, human rights
and women’s issues.
Kennedy plans to continue
the tradition by champion-
ing a national effort to boost
brain research. He hopes to
inject the same urgency that
his late uncle, President John
F. Kennedy, inspired during
the 1960s with his challenge
to Americans to put a man on
the moon.
Still, Kennedy’s exit from
the nation’s capital marks a
bittersweet turn for one of
America’s most powerful and
prominent political families, a
family that has seen its influ-
ence in Washington fade in
recent years as its younger
generations have largely
shunned public office.
“It is a milestone,”
said Allan J. Lichtman, an
American University history
professor. “Frankly, it’s not as
if there’s a new generation of
Kennedys ready to move into
public life in a major way.”
Politics was the family
business, the lifeblood of a
dynasty that often dominated
the public stage with its tri-
umphs, as well as its personal
The family name has
been writ large for decades.
Camelot. The New Frontier.
Kennedy is a leading voice
on mental health issues. He
championed a landmark bill
that Congress passed requir-
ing insurance companies to
treat mental health on an equal
basis with physical illnesses.
He has often spoken can-
didly about his personal
struggles with depression and
substance abuse. Kennedy
has been treated for substance
abuse since crashing his car
outside the Capitol in 2006,
and he has struggled with
alcoholism and drug addic-
tion for much of his life.
Kennedy will highlight
the need for expanding brain
research with a conference
in Boston in May on the 50th
anniversary of JFK’s moon-
shot challenge.
He recalled that the treat-
ment his father received
helped prolong his battle with
brain cancer.
“My dad was given an
extra year of life because the
science was good,” Kennedy
said. “Against initial expecta-
tions, he had a much longer
time, and that was meaningful
time, at least in our relation-
ship. So that’s personal.”
Five months after his
father’s death in 2009,
Kennedy announced he would
not seek a ninth term.
As he leaves Congress,
there’s speculation about who
could emerge, if anyone, to
revive the family’s political
legacy in Washington.
Some Democrats hope
Kennedy’s brother Edward
Kennedy Jr. will run for
Congress. The Connecticut
attorney has said he is con-
sidering politics but has no
immediate plans.
Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska —
Republican Joe Miller said
he won’t stand in the way
of incumbent Sen. Lisa
Murkowski being certified
the winner of Alaska’s U.S.
Senate race, but he vowed to
continue his legal fight over
the state’s handling of the
vote count.
Miller’s announcement
late Sunday paves the way
for Murkowski — a write-
in candidate after losing the
Republican nomination to
Miller — to eventually be
declared winner of the race.
Election officials deter-
mined Murkowski had the
most votes in the November
election but were barred from
certifying a victory by a fed-
eral judge, who issued a stay
to give the courts time to rule
on Miller’s claims the vote
count was mishandled.
Sunday’s decision means
Miller won’t file any motions
to stop the court from lifting
the stay.
Miller said he wants to
ensure Alaska has full repre-
sentation when senators are
sworn in for the new term of
Congress on Jan. 5.
“This decision will allow
Alaskans to focus on bringing
fairness and transparency to
our elections process without
distraction of the certification
issue,” he said in a state-
U.S. District Judge Ralph
Beistline, who is hearing
Miller’s federal court chal-
lenge, must still decide
whether to lift his stay before
the state can move ahead with
certification. There was no
immediate word on when that
might occur.
But Beistline had already
indicated he was likely to lift
the stay, saying Alaska should
have a senator in place when
Congress’ new term begins,
even if that means later hav-
ing to replace that person
when all legal disputes are
eventually resolved.
Murkowski mounted a
write-in campaign after losing
the GOP primary to Miller.
There was no immediate
comment from Murkowski or
state election officials early
Unofficial results showed
Murkowski leading Miller
by 10,328 votes, or 2,169 if
ballots challenged by Miller
observers during a tedious,
weeklong hand count were
She has declared victory,
and called on Miller to con-
cede, saying no one but the
lawyers benefit from a drawn
out legal battle.
Back and fourth court
challenges followed. On
Wednesday, the Alaska
Supreme Court refused to
overturn election results
favoring Murkowski.
In an at-times strongly
worded 4-0 opinion, the
high court said it found “no
remaining issues raised by
Miller that prevent this elec-
tion from being certified.”
After the ruling, the
state said it intended to ask
Beistline to lift the stay.
Beistline gave Miller a morn-
ing deadline to decide wheth-
er to pursue remaining issues
further, in federal court.
Miller said late Sunday
that after “careful consider-
ation and seeking the counsel
of people whose opinion I
respect and trust,” he decided
not to fight certification but
to press on with his case.
“We want the end result
of this legal action to be
for the people of Alaska to
not only have full faith in
the outcome of this race but
a confidence in the manner
in which elections will be
conducted in our state in the
future,” he said. “Election
integrity is vital.”
Miller contends the state
violated the election and
equal protection clauses of
the U.S. Constitution in its
handling of the vote count.
East Coast snowstorm put a
damper on after-Christmas
shopping Sunday but shoppers
across the rest of the country
searched clearance racks and
spent gift cards in the after-
glow of the best holiday sea-
son for retailers since 2007.
Blizzard warnings stretched
from New Jersey to Maine.
Forecasters expected up to 20
inches of snow in Philadelphia
and Boston and up to 16 inch-
es in New York City.
“The forecast will tend to
keep (shoppers) at home. It’s
not the best day for shopping,”
said Scott A. Bernhardt, chief
operating officer at weather
research firm Planalytics.
At least one mall,
MacArthur Center in Norfolk,
Va., planned to close early
because of the snow.
The timing could have been
worse for retailers. Last year, a
snowstorm hit the East Coast
the Saturday before Christmas,
costing them about $2 billion
lost sales.
“People will just wait a day
to do exchanges and use their
gift cards. It’s no big deal,”
said Greg Maloney, CEO of
the retail practice of Jones
Lang LaSalle, which manages
malls across the country.
Besides the East Coast,
shoppers came out in force on
Sunday. The nation’s largest
mall, the Mall of America in
Bloomington, Minn., expected
100,000 shoppers. A respite
from heavy snow that’s bat-
tered the Twin Cities brought
in the big crowd.
The mall expects its stores’
holiday revenue to rise 8
percent over last year, mall
spokesman Dan Jasper said.
So far, it’s been the best
holiday season for retailers
since 2007, which was a record
year. The week ending Jan. 1
makes up less than 10 percent
of the Nov 1-Dec. 31 season
but accounts for more than 15
percent of holiday spending,
research firm ShopperTrak
says. Analyst say holiday sea-
son spending is on track to rise
3 to 4 percent, the best percent-
age increase since 2006.
The snow will send some
shoppers online, where sales
have been strong compared
with last year. Online spend-
ing rose more than 16 percent
the week ending Christmas
Day, IBM Coremetrics said.
The average order rose 13 per-
cent to $192.52.
From Nov. 1 through Dec.
19, total online spending rose
12 percent to $28 billion,
according to research firm
comScore Inc.
At Atlantic Station in
downtown Atlanta, shopping
picked up in late morning as a
rare snowfall began melting.
Shelly Melby, 43, said her
family will likely spend $400
to $500 on post-Christmas
“Just looking at the sales,”
she said. “The kids are looking
for clothes.”
Some shoppers couldn’t
find what they wanted. At Best
Buy at Atlantic Center mall
in New York, Marie Brown
was disappointed that a laptop
computer advertised at $200
was no longer available.
“We should have come ear-
lier,” she said. She bought a
different laptop at $60 off.
“We still saved money.”
But others were pleasantly
surprised. Joelle Lee, 33, and
her cousin, Rebecca Jardine,
18, hit Pembroke Lakes Mall
in Pembroke Pines, Fla., early.
They were looking for half-
price Christmas ornaments
and New Year’s Eve outfits.
Jardine splurged on a watch at
Guess marked down 40 per-
One Year Ago
• Inspired by the Delphos Veteran’s Memorial Park, plans
are underway in Spencerville for a Veterans Memorial Park
at Sixth and Main streets. Fundraising is underway and being
co-chaired by American Legion Commander Jay Brown.
25 Years Ago — 1985
• A piano recital was held at Morris Chapel Methodist
Church by piano students of Karen Violet. For the program
each student performed a selection from his or her repertoire
plus a Christmas carol. Guest pianist for the afternoon was
Mary Violet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Violet of Delphos.
Karen Violet and daughter Barb closed the program with two
piano duets.
• Jeanette DeWitt will head the Delphos campaign for
March of Dimes. The campaign will be held Jan. 26 to Feb. 2.
Money raised by the Mothers March is used to fund programs
for research, medical services and public and professional
health education.
• Doris Miehls of Fort Jennings has been hired as librarian
at the soon-to-be opened Fort Jennings Branch of the Putnam
County Library. Miehls, who is receiving training at the
Ottawa main library branch, was hired recently at the Putnam
County District Library Board.
50 Years Ago — 1960
• Ottoville’s Big Green win over Pandora-Gilboa, 69-50,
Friday night in the Ottoville gym set both contenders’ season
records at 4-4 and Ottoville’s Putnam County League record
at 3-2. Pandora’s league record now stands at 2-3. Piloted
by Kenny Weber’s 21 points, other Big Green cagers hit-
ting in the double figures were Larry Heitmeyer with 15 and
Gary Schlagbaum with 12. The Big Green held a five-point
lead, 16-11 at the end of the first eight minutes of play but
Pandora’s Rockets had evened the score at halftime. Ottoville
came roaring back in the third frame, snapping the nets for
26 points to Pandora’s 14 and went on to score 18 in the final
frame to Pandora’s 1, for a 19 point win, 69-50.
75 Years Ago — 1935
• Phi Delta Sorority entertained with their annual Charity
Christmas dance Christmas night in the city hall. The dance
was largely attended. Neil Welsh and his orchestra played.
The hall was attractively decorated in the holiday theme. As
is their custom, the sorority will use the entire proceeds of the
dance to purchase shoes for the needy children of Delphos.
• Mary Grandstaff, Raabe Motor Sales representative, won
first honors in the Merchants Beauty Parade held Monday
night at the Capitol Theatre. Aline Redd, representing the W.
T. Grant Store, won second place, and Dorothy Weger, Bon
Net Shop entry, was third.
• Many Delphos residents are following the injunction to
“feed the birds” these days. The heavy snows which have been
lying on the ground for many days, have made living a diffi-
cult thing for the feathered folk and the cold, stormy weather
of Christmas in many cases found them without shelter and
without food.
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Monday, December 27, 2010 The Herald – 5
Happy Birthday
Delphos Post Offce
7 p.m. — Ottoville village
council meets at the municipal
Marion Township Trustees
meet at the township house.
7:30 p.m. — Delphos
Eagles Aerie 471 meets at the
Eagles Lodge.
11:30 a.m. — Mealsite
at Delphos Senior Citizen
Center, 301 Suthoff Street.
6 p.m. — Weight Watchers
meets at Trinity United
Methodist Church, 211 E.
Third St.
7 p.m. — Delphos Area
Simply Quilters meets at the
Delphos Area Chamber of
Commerce, 306 N. Main St.
Delphos City Council
meets at the municipal build-
ing, 608 N. Canal St.
7:30 p.m. — Alcoholics
Anonymous, First Presbyterian
Church, 310 W. Second St.
8:30 p.m. — Elida vil-
lage council meets at the town
9 a.m. - noon — Putnam
County Museum is open, 202
E. Main St. Kalida.
11:30 a.m. — Mealsite
at Delphos Senior Citizen
Center, 301 Suthoff Street.
11:45 a.m. — Rotary Club
meets at the Eagles Lodge,
1600 E. Fifth St.
6 p.m. — Shepherds of
Christ Associates meet in the
St. John’s Chapel.
7 p.m. — Bingo at St.
John’s Little Theatre.
9-11 a.m. — The Delphos
Canal Commission Annex
Museum, 241 N. Main St.,
will be open.
11:30 a.m. — Mealsite
at Delphos Senior Citizen
Center, 301 Suthoff Street.
5-7 p.m. — The Interfaith
Thrift Shop is open for shop-
1-3 p.m. — The Delphos
Canal Commission Annex
Museum, 241 N. Main St.,
will be open.
11:30 a.m. — Mealsite
at Delphos Senior Citizen
Center, 301 Suthoff Street.
7 p.m. — Delphos Parks
and Recreation board meets
at the recreation building at
Stadium Park.
Washington Township
trustees meet at the township
7:30 p.m. — Spencerville
village council meets at the
mayor’s office.
Please notify the Delphos
Herald at 419-695-0015 if
there are any corrections
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DEC. 28
Dave Dancer
Maneta Calvelage
Loretta Hoffman
Ryan Aldrich
Mitchell Bradley
welcome show
choir, honor
Student of the
Above: The Jefferson
Show Choir, under the
direction of Tammy
Wirth, performed for the
Delphos Optimist Club at
a recent meeting. The club
presented the choir with a
check to help defray their
Left: Adrienne May, a
junior at St. John’s High
School, was honored as
the Student of the Month
by the Optimists. May
received a certificate for
a $50 savings bond and a
plaque done in her school
colors from Optimist Jeff
Price. She is the daughter
of Mike and Sue May.
Photos submitted
VFW Ladies
to hold steak
VFW 3035 Ladies
Auxiliary met recently and
set the date for their steak
supper for Feb. 12. Jo Briggs
will contact members to help
with the dinner and to donate
In other business, seven
poinsettas were given as
Christmas gifts to seven
members who are shut-ins
or in a nursing home.
Maryanne Mahlie report-
ed she sent a thank-you card
to Isabelle Markward, who
made and donated several lap
robes for the veterans home.
Mahlie also mentioned it
would be nice to know who
the “Secret Santa” is who
drops off lap robes at the
post and has donated them
for several years.
Cathy Hughes reported
that 57 children have signed
up for the post’s annual
Christmas party for chil-
Petions of membership
were presented for Melissa
Ellerbrock and Carol
Brantley and were approved
for membership.
The next auxiliary meet-
ing will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 20.
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The Associated Press
Tom Brady and the New
England Patriots are staying
home throughout the AFC
They secured the AFC’s
top seed and home-field
advantage through the first
three rounds with
a 34-3 victory over
the Buffalo Bills on
Sunday. It’s the third
time the Patriots (13-
2) have finished first
in the conference since
2003 and the eighth
time in 10 years they’ve won
the AFC East.
“It never gets old,” Brady
said. “We never get tired of
Brady hasn’t lost in
Foxborough in the regular sea-
son since 2006, although the
Patriots were routed at home
by Baltimore in the playoffs
last season. Still, it will be
a tough task for any team
to win at Gillette Stadium,
where the Patriots are unbeat-
en in 16 consecutive regular-
season games since losing to
Pittsburgh on Nov. 30, 2008,
with Matt Cassel in for an
injured Brady.
“This football team is get-
ting better,” NT Vince Wilfork
said. “We’re not where we
want to be by any means but
we’re definitely moving for-
So are the Baltimore
Ravens and New York Jets,
who also clinched spots in the
postseason in opposite ways.
The Ravens (11-4) won at
Cleveland 20-10, while the Jets
(10-5) lost 38-34 at Chicago
but got in when Jacksonville
lost to Washington 20-17 in
Kansas City (10-5) earned
its first AFC West champi-
onship since 2003 when it
beat Tennessee 34-17 and San
Diego lost at Cincinnati. The
Chargers had won the last four
division crowns. The Chiefs
improved from 4-12 last year
to have the best turnaround
in franchise history, with a
home game against Oakland
“It just means we were
just that bad last year,” guard
Brian Waters said. “Our goal
is to get to the next
part of the season.”
Philadelphia (10-
4) clinched the NFC
East without even
playing when the
New York Giants
lost 45-17 at Green
Bay. The Eagles’ night game
against Minnesota was moved
to Tuesday night because
of blizzard conditions in
And Sunday night, Mike
Singletary was fired as San
Francisco’s coach after
two disappointing seasons.
Defensive line coach Jim
Tomsula was elevated to
interim coach and will run the
49ers — 25-17 losers at St.
Louis — next week against
At Buffalo, Brady threw
three touchdown passes,
including two to TE Rob
Gronkowski, and extended
his streak of attempts with-
out an interception to 319.
That topped the NFL mark
of 308 set by Bernie Kosar
with Cleveland in the 1990-91
Brady finished 15-of-27
for 140 yards and had his
eighth straight game with
two or more scores. Alge
Crumpler had a 4-yard touch-
down catch, Danny Woodhead
scored on a 29-yard run and
Shayne Graham kicked two
field goals.
The Patriots round out their
season by hosting Miami next
weekend and are marching to
the playoffs riding a 7-game
win streak — their longest
since going 16-0 in 2007.
Meanwhile, the Bills (4-11)
have lost 15 in a row and 20
of their past 21 against the
Patriots, and made it tougher
on themselves by committing
seven turnovers. Quarterback
Ryan Fitzpatrick lost two
fumbles and threw three inter-
Bears 38, Jets 34
At Chicago, Jay Cutler threw three
touchdown passes, Matt Forte ran for
113 yards and the Bears (11-4) sent
the Jets to their third loss in four
games. Chris Harris intercepted Mark
Sanchez’s pass intended for Santonio
Holmes with about a minute left to end
New York’s comeback bid but the Jets’
season won’t be ending next week.
The Jets clinched their second
straight postseason trip under Ryan
with Jacksonville’s loss.
The Bears won for the seventh
time in eight games after blowing an
early 10-point lead and are in good
position to lock up a bye. Cutler com-
pleted 13-of-25 passes for 215 yards,
with Johnny Knox catching four for 92
with two touchdowns, the second com-
ing when he beat Antonio Cromartie on
a 26-yarder that broke a 31-31 tie in the
third quarter.
Sanchez seemed just fine after
playing most of last week’s win over
Pittsburgh with a shoulder injury. He
threw for 269 yards and a touchdown,
completing 24-of-37 passes after a siz-
zling start but his interception sealed
the win for Chicago.
Chiefs 34, Titans 14
At Kansas City, Mo., Matt Cassel
threw three touchdown passes and
Eric Berry returned an interception 54
yards for another score for the playoff-
bound Chiefs. Cassel hit 12 of his first
13 passes for the Chiefs, including
touchdown tosses to Jamaal Charles
on their first two possessions.
The Titans (6-9) spent much of the
game dropping passes, missing arm
tackles and piling up penalties while
losing for the seventh time in eight
The Chiefs’ 10 wins matched their
combined total of the previous three
seasons. Dwayne Bowe had six catch-
es for 153 yards, including a career-
best 75-yard touchdown as the Chiefs
remained unbeaten in seven home
Rams 25, 49ers 17
At St. Louis, Sam Bradford set an
NFL record for completions in a rookie
season and his first touchdown pass in
four games helped put the Rams a win
from a playoff berth. The Rams (7-8)
need to win at Seattle (6-9) next week
to clinch the NFC West and secure
their first postseason spot since 2004.
In one of his last moves, Singletary
benched QB Troy Smith in the fourth
quarter of the loss that eliminated the
49ers (5-10) from playoff consideration
in the weak NFC West. Ted Ginn Jr.
scored on a 78-yard punt return for San
Francisco, his fourth career touchdown
Buccaneers 38, Seahawks 15
At Tampa, Fla., Josh Freeman
threw for 237 yards and a career-best
five touchdowns to help the Buccaneers
keep their playoff hopes alive.
Kellen Winslow and rookie Mike
Williams each had a pair of TD recep-
tions for the Bucs (9-6), who guaran-
teed themselves a winning record after
going 3-13 a year ago in their first sea-
son under coach Raheem Morris.
Seattle (6-9) played most of
the game without injured QB Matt
Hasselbeck and lost for the seventh
time in nine games.
Packers 45, Giants 17
At Green Bay, Wis., Aaron Rodgers
threw for 404 yards and four touch-
downs in his return from a concussion
to lead the Packers (9-6), who need to
beat Chicago next week to make the
The loss left the Giants (9-6)
clinging to fading playoff hopes and
wondering if there was a hangover
effect from last week’s collapse against
Philadelphia. New York’s turnover
issues continued as the Giants lost two
fumbles and Eli Manning threw four
Colts 31, Raiders 26
At Oakland, Calif., Peyton Manning
threw three touchdown passes and
iced the game with a 27-yard keeper.
The Colts (9-6) allowed Jacoby
Ford to return the opening kick for a
TD, overcame a pair of interceptions
by Manning in the second half and sur-
vived four field goals from Sebastian
Janikowski, including two from more
than 50 yards, to move within a win of
clinching the AFC South title for their
ninth straight playoff berth.
The Raiders (7-8) were eliminat-
ed earlier when the Chiefs beat the
Redskins 20, Jaguars 17, OT
At Jacksonville, Fla., Kevin Barnes
intercepted David Garrard’s second
pass in overtime, setting up Graham
Gano’s 31-yard field goal.
Rex Grossman had a touchdown
pass early and Ryan Torain added a
1-yard plunge on fourth down late as
the Redskins (6-9) ended a 4-game
losing streak.
The Jaguars (8-7) have lost two
in a row and need to win at Houston
next week and have Tennessee upset
Indianapolis to win the AFC South.
Lions 34, Dolphins 27
At Miami, Detroit took advantage
of two interceptions to score 17 points
in the final 4:37. With the comeback,
the Lions (5-10) have won three con-
secutive games for the first time since
The Dolphins (7-8), eliminated from
the playoff race last week, finished 1-7
at home to match a franchise low.
Broncos 24, Texans 23
At Denver, Tim Tebow scored on a
6-yard scramble with 3 minutes left in
his first home start to cap the Broncos’
comeback from a 17-0 halftime deficit.
Matt Schaub was driving the
Texans for a go-ahead score when
Syd’Quan Thompson picked off a
pass deflected by Justin Bannan at
the Broncos 27 with just over a minute
remaining. The Broncos (4-11) won for
the first time since Nov. 14 and avoided
a franchise record 12th loss in handing
the Texans (5-10) their eighth loss in
nine games.
Home cookin’: Patriots
clinch top spot in AFC
League All Games
As of Dec. 26
Vanlue 2-0 7-0
McComb 2-0 5-0
Leipsic 2-0 5-1
Arlington 2-0 4-2
Van Buren 1-1 3-3
Cory-Rawson 1-1 1-3
Arcadia 0-2 3-2
Liberty-Benton 0-2 3-3
Pandora-Gilboa 0-2 1-5
Hardin-Northern 0-2 1-5
Edon 2-0 3-1
Pion. North Central 2-0 3-1
Stryker 2-0 3-2
Pettisville 0-2 1-4
Hilltop 0-2 1-5
Gorham Fayette 0-2 0-4
Lima Senior 2-0 4-1
Findlay 2-0 4-1
Napoleon 1-1 3-2
Sandusky 1-1 1-3
Fremont Ross 0-2 0-5
Marion Harding 0-2 0-5
Edgerton 0-0 3-0
Tinora 0-0 4-1
Holgate 0-0 3-3
Antwerp 0-0 2-2
Fairview 0-0 2-4
Hicksville 0-0 1-3
Wayne Trace 0-0 1-4
Ayersville 0-0 1-5
Fort Recovery 1-0 7-0
New Knoxville 1-0 4-0
Versailles 1-0 4-0
Coldwater 1-0 2-2
Minster 0-0 3-0
St. John’s 0-0 0-2
St. Henry 0-1 2-3
Parkway 0-1 2-4
Marion Local 0-1 1-2
New Bremen 0-1 1-4
Fairbanks 1-0 4-1
Lima Temple Christian 1-0 4-3
Marion Catholic 1-0 3-3
Riverside 1-0 1-3
Ridgemont 0-1 1-4
Upper Scioto Valley 0-1 1-4
Perry 0-1 0-5
Waynesfield-Goshen 0-1 0-5
Columbus Grove 1-0 4-0
Spencerville 1-0 4-1
Crestview 1-0 4-2
Jefferson 1-0 3-3
Paulding 1-0 3-3
Lima Central Catholic 0-1 3-2
Ada 0-1 3-3
Bluffton 0-1 2-3
Allen East 0-1 1-5
Lincolnview 0-1 1-5
Archbold 2-0 7-0
Patrick Henry 1-0 4-1
Evergreen 1-1 3-1
Delta 1-1 4-2
Bryan 1-1 3-3
Wauseon 1-1 2-2
Liberty Center 1-1 2-2
Montpelier 0-1 0-4
Swanton 0-2 2-3
Columbus Grove 1-0 4-0
Kalida 1-0 5-1
Leipsic 1-0 4-1
Continental 0-0 7-0
Fort Jennings 0-0 0-7
Miller City 0-1 3-4
Ottoville 0-1 2-3
Pandora-Gilboa 0-1 1-5
Tol. Ottawa Hills 3-1 5-1
Maumee Valley CD 2-1 4-1
Tol. Christian 2-1 3-2
Danbury 1-1 2-4
Emmanuel Christian 1-2 2-3
Northwood 1-2 1-5
Card. Stritch 1-3 2-4
Van Wert 1-0 6-0
Defiance 1-0 4-0
Elida 1-0 5-1
Ottawa-Glandorf 1-0 5-1
Bath 1-0 4-3
Kenton 0-1 3-1
Celina 0-1 3-2
St. Marys 0-1 2-3
Wapakoneta 0-1 2- 5
Shawnee 0-1 1-4
Northwest Ohio Boys
Basketball Standings
The Associated Press
chill isn’t going to ease any-
time soon.
The NFL’s best team in
December couldn’t handle its
first snowy afternoon. The
Chargers dressed for warmups
like it was a day at the beach,
then froze up the first
time they touched the
ball. With everything
at stake, they went
slip-sliding right out
of contention.
Carson Palmer
was nearly perfect
in the swirling snow — four
touchdowns, no interceptions
— in the Cincinnati Bengals’
34-20 win on Sunday that
ended the Chargers’ streak of
four straight years in the play-
offs as AFC West champs.
“It’s tough anytime you’re
eliminated from a chance of
playing for the postseason,”
said QB Philip Rivers, who
had an ordinary game in his
usually superlative month.
“It’s something I haven’t dealt
with since I’ve been play-
ing here. This was the final
The Chargers (8-7) knew
they had to win to stay a game
behind Kansas City (10-5),
which beat Tennessee earlier
Sunday. A loss would knock
them out of contention and
give the Chiefs the title.
San Diego had won 20 of
its last 21 games in December,
though most of those came in
favorable climates or domed
stadiums. Playing their cold-
est game in nearly three
years, the Chargers froze and
“Words can’t really
explain how we feel right
now,” safety Eric Weddle
said. “Our season is done.
It’s probably the worst feel-
ing you can have.”
The Bengals (4-11) are
ending one of their worst sea-
sons with telling satisfying
Palmer, a Southern
California kid, led them to
their second straight win with
a cast of reserve receivers.
His 59-yard touchdown to
Jerome Simpson — playing
in place of the injured Chad
Ochocinco — highlighted
a 21-point fourth quarter
against the league’s
top-ranked defense.
Palmer finished
with a career-best
passer rating of 157.2,
just shy of a perfect
158.3. He completed
16-of-21 for 269 yards with-
out an interception.
“That’s the finest game
that Carson has played here,”
said Marvin Lewis, who may
have coached his final game
in Cincinnati.
The difference between
the teams was stunning.
Several San Diego players
came out in blue shorts and
sleeveless shirts for pregame
warmups on a 29-degree after-
noon with blowing snow and
a wind chill of 17. Almost as
though they were trying to con-
vince themselves the weather
wouldn’t bother them.
Two plays told them oth-
San Diego tried a reverse
on its opening play but receiv-
er Vincent Jackson fumbled
the ball backward to the
1-yard line. The series ended
with Mike Scifres shanking a
24-yard punt into the wind.
Five plays later, Palmer
threw a 3-yard touchdown
pass to Jermaine Gresham.
Things never got better
for the Chargers, who had
to settle for a field goal after
a first-and-goal from the 1
shortly before halftime. A
defense ranked No. 1 in the
league gave up three touch-
downs in the fourth quarter to
an offense missing its top two
Bengals knock
out Chargers
The Associated Press
CLEVELAND — Dressing
in the corner of Baltimore’s
locker room, Terrell Suggs
turned and asked one of his
fellow linebackers a question.
“Eric Mangini ever beat-
en us?” he asked Ray
Lewis just laughed.
Not yet. And maybe,
not ever.
Ed Reed intercepted
two of Cleveland rookie Colt
McCoy’s passes, Joe Flacco
threw two touchdown pass-
es Sunday and the Ravens
clinched a playoff berth with a
20-10 victory over the Browns,
dropping the embattled
Mangini to 0-5 in his career
against Baltimore.
Mangini could be down to
his last game with the Browns
(5-10), who are stumbling
toward their season finale
next Sunday at home against
Pittsburgh. After that, team
president Mike Holmgren will
decide Mangini’s fate — that
is, if he hasn’t already.
The Ravens (11-4) capital-
ized on Mangini’s gamble to
try an onside kick to begin
the second half, a risky deci-
sion that backfired when
Phil Dawson failed to kick
the ball 10 yards. Starting at
Cleveland’s 38, the Ravens
pounced as Flacco hit Derrick
Mason for a 22-yard touch-
down pass and the only points
of the second half.
“I felt that we had a chance
for it,” Mangini said.
In beating Cleveland for the
fifth straight time, Baltimore
stayed tied with Pittsburgh atop
the AFC North with
one game left. The
Ravens host Cincinnati
next week while the
Steelers, who hold the
tiebreaker if the teams
win out, will visit the Browns.
Reed’s picks helped Lewis
back up his pregame pledge to
stop Cleveland’s Peyton Hillis,
who gashed the Ravens for 144
yards on Sept. 26. This time,
Hillis was a non-factor, rush-
ing for just 35 yards and being
limited after Reed walloped
him on his second carry.
“It took a toll on me,” Hillis
After his second inter-
ception of McCoy ended
Cleveland’s hopes for a come-
back in the fourth, Reed got
a little too close to a sideline
heater and had his full-length
jacket catch fire. Cool as can
be, Reed handled the emer-
gency with his usual finesse.
Things were broiling
between the teams all week,
starting with Lewis’ vow that
Hillis would not repeat his
Week 3 performance.
“It won’t happen again,”
Lewis promised.
Then, in typical Lewis fash-
ion, he backed it up.
The Browns felt disre-
spected by Lewis’ comments
and FB Lawrence Vickers told
him as much before the game
when the teams got frisky dur-
ing warmups. Vickers jawed
at Lewis and several players
from both teams had to be
separated by coaches.
“Guys definitely made
note of it,” Browns tackle Joe
Thomas said of Lewis remarks.
“You don’t have to be a rocket
scientist to figure out it’s a lack
of respect.”
Lewis explained his com-
ments were nothing personal
against Hillis. His goal was to
get the Ravens ready.
“Sometimes you’ve got to
let people know you’re com-
ing,” he added. “We needed to
understand that they’d come
out and give us everything
they had. I’m not here to let
somebody run the ball and beat
us. That’s why I spoke to my
men, from my heart.
“It wasn’t about trash-talk-
ing, it was about saying what
I felt in my heart needed to
happen for us to win.”
Reed wasted no time in
sending a message to Hillis,
ramming his helmet into the
back’s ribs. Hillis wasn’t the
same and neither were the
Browns, 2-5 since stunning
New England on Nov. 7. The
late-season slide could be the
final straw for Mangini, 10-21
in two seasons.
His chances of keeping his
job may be further damaged
by questionable clock manage-
ment to end the first half and
the failed onside kick.
“What killed us were the
turnovers and the mistakes,”
added Mangini, 2-9 with
Cleveland inside the division.
“The Ravens are very difficult
to beat when you play flawless
football. When you turn the
ball over as many times as we
did, it makes it really, really
Billy Cundiff kicked field
goals of 27 and 40 yards as
Baltimore won its sixth straight
over Cleveland.
McCoy had his worst day
as a pro. He completed 15-of-
29 for 149 yards and made
several poor throws and deci-
sions. Afterward, the third-
round pick who has had to
grow up fast, was accountable
for his mistakes and promised
to learn from them.
“In this league, in this divi-
sion and against these guys,
you’ve got to throw good balls
and I let a couple of them get
away from me and it cost us,”
said McCoy, 2-5 as a starter. “I
learned a lot. Turnovers killed
us and most of it is on me.”
Ravens rough up Browns 20-10
Wildcat frosh fall to 0-4
CELINA — In the conso-
lation game of the Parkway
Freshmen Boys Holiday
Basketball Tournament
Thursday, Jefferson lost 63-49
to Perry at Celina.
Tyler Mox erupted for 23
for the Wildcats (0-4) and
Tyler Rice added 12.
L. Jackson notched 20 for
the Commodores, C. Dickie
16 and E. Luster 15.
The Wildcats will be back
in action Jan. 4 when they
host Leipsic.
PERRY (63)
C. Dickie 8-0-16, T. Hadding
1-0-2, I. Jefferson 2-0-4, L.
Jackson 8-1-20, T. Callahan 1-0-
2, J. Parker 1-2-4, E. Luster 6-3-
15. Totals 27-6-63.
Joe Gorman 0-0-0, Tyler Mox
9-4-23, Kurt Hoersten 3-0-6,
Gage Slaven 0-0-0, Tyler Rice
4-2-12, Jordan Herron 0-1-1,
Justin McConnahea 0-0-0, Shane
Wilson 1-1-3, Dustin McConnahea
2-0-4. Totals 19-8-49.
Score by Quarters:
Perry 18 12 18 15 - 63
Jefferson 14 21 4 10 - 49
Three-point goals: Perry,
Jackson 3; Jefferson, Rice 2,
See BANGALS, page 7
The Associated Press
Georgia Tech and Air Force
often have the advantage of
sneaking up on opponents,
thanks to their run-first, triple-
option offenses that seem like
dinosaurs in today’s college
football world.
There will be no ambushes
in today’s Independence Bowl,
though. The Yellow Jackets
and Falcons instead might feel
like they’re looking into a mir-
Georgia Tech (6-6) is the
nation’s top rushing team,
averaging 327 yards per game,
while Air Force (8-4) is right
behind at more than 317 yards
per game. There are some sub-
tle differences to each team’s
scheme — both coaches agree
that Air Force likes to take
a zone-read approach — but
there’s no doubt that there will
be very few surprises.
“There’s probably more
similarities than there are dif-
ferences,” Georgia Tech coach
Paul Johnson said. “The bot-
tom line is it doesn’t really
matter what you do, it really
comes down to execution.”
Air Force coach Troy
Calhoun agreed but added
with both teams so familiar
with each other, it might come
down to which team is able
to strike through the air at the
perfect moment.
“The key part is what hap-
pens in the passing game,”
Calhoun said. “How efficient
are you going to be when you
do end up throwing the foot-
ball? And then defensively,
how well do you defend the
big play?”
In that regard, it appears
the Falcons would have an
Georgia Tech will be play-
ing without its star quarter-
back, Joshua Nesbitt, who is
out with a broken right arm.
The veteran is the most prolific
running quarterback in ACC
history and even though his
completion percentage (37.1
percent) wasn’t pretty, he had
thrown seven touchdown pass-
es this season.
Now it’s up to Tevin
Washington, who completed
20-of-48 passes for 376 yards
with two touchdowns and two
interceptions this season.
Air Force has a more bal-
anced offense. Tim Jefferson
has completed 52.2 percent of
his passes for 1,342 yards, 10
touchdowns and six intercep-
tions. He’s also rushed for 769
yards and 15 touchdowns.
But the Yellow Jackets’
real issues come from self-
inflicted wounds. Earlier in
the week, four players were
ruled academically ineligible
for the bowl game. The most
costly include leading receiver
Stephen Hill and starting safe-
ty Mario Edwards.
Then on Sunday, Johnson
announced that three play-
ers — defensive end Anthony
Egbuniwe and defensive backs
Michael Peterson and Louis
Young — will miss the first
half of Monday’s game for a
curfew violation. Egbuniwe’s
59 tackles are fifth on the team.
Though disappointed,
Johnson said the Yellow
Jackets wouldn’t use the issues
as a crutch.
“We’ve got guys who
can still play,” Johnson said.
“We’ve just got to show up
to play. We don’t have any
excuses. One man’s misery is
another man’s opportunity.”
Starting defensive tackle
Jason Peters agreed.
Ga. Tech, Air Force face off in option showdown
See GA. TECH, page 7
Monday, December 27, 2010 The Herald — 7
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ostendorf
Mr, and Mrs. Walter Ostendorf of Delphos will cel-
ebrate 60 years of marriage on Dec. 30.
Walter and Bernice Oetter were united in marriage
on that date in 1950 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in
Hicksville, the Rev. John H. Flynn officiating.
To celebrate, a Mass of Thanksgiving will be held at
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
They are the parents of two sons, Dave (Margie)
Ostendorf of Delphos and Dennis (Sandy) Ostendorf of
Rockford, Ill.; and three daughters, Judy (Dave) Shatzer
of Midland, Texas, Deb (Jeff) Curry of Grove City and
Joanne (Dana) Wieman of Delphos. They also have 14
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
‘Little Fockers’
tops box office
The Associated Press
weekend when Hollywood
competed with Christmas
gatherings and fierce snow
storms in the Northeast and
Southeast, “Little Fockers”
was no. 1 at the box office.
The third installment of the
Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro
series of in-law comedy was
to earn $34 million over the
three-day weekend, and $48.3
million since opening on
Wednesday, according to stu-
dio estimates Sunday. That was
less than the debut of the 2004
sequel, “Meet the Fockers,”
which opened to $46.1 mil-
lion, but more than the origi-
nal, “Meet the Parents,” which
made $28.6 million in its open-
ing weekend.
It was an over-all down
weekend for Hollywood,
which saw the blockbuster
“Gulliver’s Travels” open
Saturday to a weak two-day
gross of $7.2 million, and last
week’s top film, the 3-D sci-fi
sequel “Tron: Legacy,” fall
more than 54 percent to $20.1
million on the weekend, and a
total of $88.3 million.
The big success was the
Coen Brothers’ “True Grit,”
which was the no. 2 film of the
weekend with a better-than-
expected $25.6 million, and
a five-day gross of $36.8 mil-
lion. The movie gave Joel and
Ethan Coen their best opening
weekend ever. The filmmak-
ers’ previous top debut was
“Burn After Reading,” which
earned $19 million in its first
weekend in 2008.
“Little Fockers,” which
adds kids to the mix, received
overwhelmingly bad reviews
but still lured moviegoers.
“These characters are well-
loved by audiences,” said
Eddie Egan, president of mar-
keting at Universal. “It’s a
very positive result and hope-
fully a blueprint for success
over the next few weeks when
the larger moviegoing pool is
It wasn’t an ideal holiday
moviegoing weekend with
Christmas Eve falling on a
Friday (typically one of the
biggest moviegoing nights
of the week) and large snow
storms hitting much of the
East Coast.
But even those factors
aside, the mishmash of criti-
cal failures and underperform-
ing blockbusters made it a
notably lackluster holiday for
Hollywood. It was 45 percent
lower than the same weekend
last year, when “Avatar” was
in its second week of release,
along with the premiere of hits
like “Sherlock Holmes” and
“It’s Complicated.”
The most remarkable bright
spot was the Coen brothers’
authentic adaptation of Charles
Portis’ 1968 novel and remake
of the 1969 film starring John
“We’ve got an out-and-out
success,” said Don Harris,
executive vice president of
distribution for Paramount.
Harris credited the early
adopted strategy of treating
“True Grit” as a “straight com-
mercial venture,” accepting
whatever critical acclaim as
it came. Though the film has
received excellent reviews, it
was surprisingly snubbed by
the Golden Globes.
The success of “True Grit”
meant that at 61, Jeff Bridges
was an unlikely box-office
star, starring in the no. 2 and
no. 3 (“Tron: Legacy) movies
of the weekend.
With blockbusters failing
to dominate the marketplace,
the smaller, awards-contend-
ing films capitalized on their
chance. In 2,511 theaters,
Paramount’s boxing drama
“The Fighter” added $8.8 mil-
lion to its three-week total of
$27.6 million. In 1,466 the-
aters, Fox Searchlight’s psy-
chological thriller “Black
Swan” added $6.6 million to
its four-week total of $29 mil-
lion. In seven theaters, Sofia
Coppola’s “Somewhere”
opened to a screen average of
more than $20,000.
Expanding to 700 theaters
in its fifth week, the Weinstein
Company’s “The King’s
Speech” took in $4.6 million.
The British royal drama has
been an awards darling, land-
ing a leading seven Golden
Globe nominations and four
Screen Actors Guild Awards
nominations. It expands fur-
ther in January.
Hollywood’s 2010 is sput-
tering to a close, capping the
year with seven “down” week-
ends (weekends below 2009
revenue) in a row. It may
still surpass last year’s record
$10.6 billion, but would do so
through higher ticket prices —
not higher attendance.
Estimated ticket sales for
Friday through Sunday at U.S.
and Canadian theaters, accord-
ing to Final
figures will be released today.
1. “Little Fockers,” $34
2. “True Grit,” $25.6 mil-
3. “Tron: Legacy,” $20.1
4. “The Chronicles of
Narnia: The Voyage of the
Dawn Treader,” $10.8 mil-
5. “Yogi Bear,” $8.8 mil-
6. “The Fighter,” $8.5 mil-
7. “Gulliver’s Travels,”
$7.2 million.
8. “Black Swan,” $6.6 mil-
9. “Tangled,” $6.5 million.
10. “The Tourist,” $5.7
The Associated Press
y-New England 13 2 0 .867 480 306
x-N.Y. Jets 10 5 0 .667 329 297
Miami 7 8 0 .467 266 295
Buffalo 4 11 0 .267 276 387
Indianapolis 9 6 0 .600 412 368
Jacksonville 8 7 0 .533 336 385
Tennessee 6 9 0 .400 336 316
Houston 5 10 0 .333 356 410
x-Pittsburgh 11 4 0 .733 334 223
x-Baltimore 11 4 0 .733 344 263
Cleveland 5 10 0 .333 262 291
Cincinnati 4 11 0 .267 315 382
y-Kansas City 10 5 0 .667 356 295
San Diego 8 7 0 .533 408 294
Oakland 7 8 0 .467 379 361
Denver 4 11 0 .267 316 438
y-Philadelphia 10 4 0 .714 412 339
N.Y. Giants 9 6 0 .600 377 333
Washington 6 9 0 .400 288 360
Dallas 5 10 0 .333 380 423
x-Atlanta 12 2 0 .857 369 261
New Orleans 10 4 0 .714 354 270
Tampa Bay 9 6 0 .600 318 305
Carolina 2 13 0 .133 186 377
y-Chicago 11 4 0 .733 331 276
Green Bay 9 6 0 .600 378 237
Minnesota 5 9 0 .357 244 314
Detroit 5 10 0 .333 342 356
St. Louis 7 8 0 .467 283 312
Seattle 6 9 0 .400 294 401
San Francisco 5 10 0 .333 267 339
Arizona 5 10 0 .333 282 396
x-clinched playoff spot
y-clinched division
Saturday’s Result
Arizona 27, Dallas 26
Sunday’s Results
Kansas City 34, Tennessee 14
St. Louis 25, San Francisco 17
Chicago 38, N.Y. Jets 34
Baltimore 20, Cleveland 10
New England 34, Buffalo 3
Detroit 34, Miami 27
Washington 20, Jacksonville 17, OT
Indianapolis 31, Oakland 26
Denver 24, Houston 23
Cincinnati 34, San Diego 20
Green Bay 45, N.Y. Giants 17
Tampa Bay 38, Seattle 15
Minnesota at Philadelphia, ppd., snow
Today’s Game
New Orleans at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday’s Game
Minnesota at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.
The Associated Press
Atlantic Division
W L Pct GB
Boston 23 5 .821 —
New York 18 12 .600 6
Philadelphia 12 18 .400 12
Toronto 10 19 .345 13 1/2
New Jersey 9 21 .300 15
Southeast Division
W L Pct GB
Miami 23 9 .719 —
Orlando 18 12 .600 4
Atlanta 19 13 .594 4
Charlotte 9 19 .321 12
Washington 7 21 .250 14
Central Division
W L Pct GB
Chicago 19 10 .655 —
Indiana 13 15 .464 5 1/2
Milwaukee 12 16 .429 6 1/2
Detroit 10 20 .333 9 1/2
Cleveland 8 22 .267 11 1/2
Southwest Division
W L Pct GB
San Antonio 26 4 .867 —
Dallas 23 5 .821 2
New Orleans 18 12 .600 8
Houston 14 15 .483 11 1/2
Memphis 13 17 .433 13
Northwest Division
W L Pct GB
Utah 21 9 .700 —
Oklahoma City 21 10 .677 1/2
Denver 16 13 .552 4 1/2
Portland 15 15 .500 6
Minnesota 7 24 .226 14 1/2
Pacific Division
W L Pct GB
L.A. Lakers 21 9 .700 —
Phoenix 13 16 .448 7 1/2
Golden State 11 18 .379 9 1/2
L.A. Clippers 9 22 .290 12 1/2
Sacramento 5 22 .185 14 1/2
Saturday’s Results
New York 103, Chicago 95
Orlando 86, Boston 78
Miami 96, L.A. Lakers 80
Oklahoma City 114, Denver 106
Golden State 109, Portland 102
Sunday’s Results
L.A. Clippers 108, Phoenix 103
Minnesota 98, Cleveland 97
Chicago 95, Detroit 92, OT
New Orleans 93, Atlanta 86
San Antonio 94, Washington 80
Memphis 104, Indiana 90
Philadelphia 95, Denver 89
Today’s Games
Detroit at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Orlando at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Toronto at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Atlanta at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
New Orleans at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Dallas at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Washington at Houston, 8:30 p.m.
Portland at Utah, 9 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
Philadelphia at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday’s Games
Orlando at Cleveland, 7 p.m.
Boston at Indiana, 7 p.m.
New York at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
Milwaukee at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Toronto at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
Portland at Denver, 9 p.m.
The Associated Press
Atlantic Division
Pittsburgh 37 24 11 2 50 119 86
Philadelphia 35 22 8 5 49 117 87
N.Y. Rangers 36 20 14 2 42 108 95
N.Y. Islanders 33 9 18 6 24 76 107
New Jersey 35 9 24 2 20 61 112
Northeast Division
Montreal 36 20 14 2 42 93 83
Boston 33 18 11 4 40 93 69
Ottawa 37 16 17 4 36 86 108
Buffalo 35 14 17 4 32 92 101
Toronto 34 13 17 4 30 79 103
Southeast Division
Tampa Bay 36 21 10 5 47 112 116
Washington 38 21 12 5 47 114 105
Atlanta 38 19 13 6 44 120 111
Carolina 34 15 15 4 34 94 105
Florida 33 16 17 0 32 91 86
Central Division
Detroit 35 22 9 4 48 117 97
Chicago 37 20 14 3 43 119 105
St. Louis 35 18 12 5 41 92 96
Nashville 35 17 12 6 40 85 87
Columbus 35 17 15 3 37 89 102
Northwest Division
Vancouver 34 21 8 5 47 115 88
Colorado 35 19 12 4 42 122 113
Minnesota 34 16 14 4 36 83 96
Calgary 36 15 18 3 33 95 105
Edmonton 34 12 16 6 30 89 116
Pacific Division
Dallas 36 21 11 4 46 102 96
Los Angeles 34 21 12 1 43 102 78
San Jose 35 19 11 5 43 106 96
Anaheim 39 18 17 4 40 99 115
Phoenix 34 16 11 7 39 91 97
NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for
overtime loss.
Saturday’s Results
No games scheduled
Sunday’s Results
Toronto 4, New Jersey 1
N.Y. Islanders 4, Montreal 1
Washington 3, Carolina 2
Tampa Bay 3, Atlanta 2, OT
Chicago 4, Columbus 1
St. Louis 2, Nashville 0
Detroit 4, Minnesota 1
Ottawa 3, Pittsburgh 1
Phoenix 1, Dallas 0
Vancouver 3, Edmonton 2
Los Angeles 4, Anaheim 1
Today’s Games
N.Y. Islanders at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Columbus, 7:30 p.m.
Boston at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Detroit at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Buffalo at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Los Angeles at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday’s Games
Carolina at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Atlanta at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Montreal at Washington, 7 p.m.
Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Dallas at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Buffalo at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Anaheim at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Philadelphia at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
The Associated Press
Subject to Change
Friday’s Result
Hawaii Bowl
At Honolulu
Tulsa 62, Hawaii 35
Sunday’s Result
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
At Detroit
Florida International 34, Toledo
Today’s Game
Independence Bowl
At Shreveport, La.
Georgia Tech (6-6) vs. Air Force
(8-4), 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tuesday’s Games
Champs Sports Bowl
At Orlando, Fla.
North Carolina State (8-4) vs.
West Virginia (9-3), 6:30 p.m.
Insight Bowl
At Tempe, Ariz.
Missouri (10-2) vs. Iowa (7-5),
10 p.m. (ESPN)
The Associated Press
DETROIT — T.Y. Hilton
was ready for anything when
he showed up for the first
bowl in Florida International’s
young history.
Even fourth-and-17 with
time running out.
Hilton picked up a crucial
first down on a desperate hook-
and-ladder and FIU stunned
Toledo 34-32 with a last-sec-
ond field goal Sunday night in
the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
Jack Griffin’s 34-yard kick
provided the winning points
but it was Hilton’s dramatic
fourth-down conversion on a
trick play that kept the drive
“We run it every day,”
Hilton said. “Different guys
in different positions.”
Of course, this was no
ordinary situation.
“That was the prettiest one
of all,” coach Mario Cristobal
The Golden Panthers (7-6)
had already rallied from a
24-7 third-quarter deficit but
the game appeared to be slip-
ping away when Toledo QB
Terrance Owens scored on a
14-yard run with 1:14 to play.
The Rockets (8-5) then went
for two and Owens found Eric
Page over the middle for a
32-31 lead.
But Hilton had already
returned one kickoff for a
touchdown, so Toledo went
with a squib kick, giving
FIU the ball near midfield.
Although a sack knocked the
Panthers back, they had one
trick play left on fourth-and-
Jacob Younger caught the
pass near midfield, flipped the
ball to his team’s top player
and hoped for the best. Hilton
took the lateral and dashed
toward the sideline and the
officials ruled he reached
the first-down marker before
stepping out of bounds. The
Rockets felt it was a gener-
ous spot at the Toledo 42 but
the call stood after a replay
Wes Carroll then found
Greg Ellingson for a 20-yard
pass that put the Panthers
firmly in field goal range.
Griffin’s kick came on the
final play of the game.
It was quite a bowl debut
for FIU, which finished its
ninth season as a program.
The school made the transi-
tion to what is now called the
Football Bowl Subdivision in
The team has seldom had
a chance to celebrate like this.
Three years ago, FIU snapped
a 23-game losing streak and
the program also had to deal
with the fallout from a 2006
brawl against Miami.
Earlier this year, the
Panthers dealt with tragedy
after RB Kendall Berry was
stabbed to death on campus.
“It means so much to me
and my class,” junior Darriet
Perry said. “I believed in
coach when he told me we’d
go to a bowl and here it is.
There were a lot of hard times,
a lot of ups and downs, we
lost a teammate. Everybody
came in and stuck it out.”
The Panthers trailed 24-7
in the third before Hilton
returned a kickoff 89 yards for
a touchdown. That was only
the beginning of Toledo’s
problems. Owens threw three
interceptions in the second
half, each giving FIU the ball
in Toledo territory.
FIU ended up scoring 24
straight points, taking a 28-24
lead on Hilton’s 10-yard TD
catch and adding a field goal
with 3:18 remaining.
Owens then redeemed him-
self by leading a 62-yard drive
that ended with his touch-
down run. The Rockets didn’t
hesitate to go for two.
“We talked about it even
prior to that touchdown drive,”
Beckman said. “We were
going to go for two points and
win the football game.”
It appeared Toledo had
pulled the game out, to the
delight of many of the 32,431
in attendance. Toledo is about
an hour’s drive from Detroit
and had plenty of fans at Ford
In the end, the Rockets fell
one play short.
Much of the pregame
anticipation surrounded Page
and Hilton, two shifty wide
receivers who also are dan-
gerous return men. Page set
up an early touchdown with a
21-yard punt return and nearly
won the game for Toledo with
his late 2-point conversion.
Hilton scored two touchdowns
— and his biggest play was
nowhere near the end zone.
Perry ran for 132 yards
and two touchdowns for the
Adonis Thomas rushed
for a career-high 193 yards
and two touchdowns for the
Rockets, including an 87-yard
touchdown run to help Toledo
build a 21-7 halftime lead —
long before anyone realized
what an enthralling game this
would become.
Miami, Notre Dame banning
players from Mexico: Players from
Notre Dame and Miami will not be
allowed to cross the border into one
of Mexico’s most dangerous cities
during their free time before the Sun
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly
took his team’s passports before
the Fighting Irish flew to El Paso as
a precaution. The Hurricanes didn’t
bring passports, either, and met with
both local law enforcement and the
FBI on Sunday shortly after arriving
in Texas to further underscore the
potential dangers of crossing the
Fans from both schools have
also been urged to be cautious. El
Paso borders the Mexican city of
Cuidad Juarez, which is wrapped in
a drug war. Officials say more than
3,000 people have been killed there
this year alone and the vast major-
ity of crimes in the city are never
The Sun Bowl is Friday.
Georgia missing 3 players for
Liberty Bowl: Running back Caleb
King and two other Georgia players
will not play in Friday’s Liberty Bowl
because of academic issues.
King violated school policy by
missing his fifth academic-related
meeting. He is the Bulldogs’ second-
leading rusher with 430 yards on 80
carries but has had trouble staying
on the field. He already missed two
games with a high ankle sprain and
two others for failing to appear in
court to deal with a speeding ticket.
Georgia also will be without back-
up CB Derek Owens and reserve OT
A.J. Harmon, who are ineligible to
participate under NCAA academic
Coach Mark Richt made the
announcement Sunday after the
Bulldogs (6-6) arrived in Memphis,
Tenn., for the game against Central
FIU stuns Toledo 34-32
with last-second kick
Terrell Owens is recovering
from knee surgery and Chad
Ochocinco has a bone spur
in his left ankle that sidelined
him for Sunday’s game. With
the self-described Batman and
Robin gone, backups Simpson
and Andre Caldwell both had
big games. Simpson, a second-
round pick in 2008, had career
highs with six catches for 124
yards and two touchdowns.
Caldwell caught four passes
for 87 yards.
“They ran great routes and
made big plays,” Palmer said.
“They made some of the biggest
plays we’ve had all season.”
The Chargers headed
home still chilled to the bone.
Ultimately, they missed out on
the playoffs because of a 2-5
start that was left them with
no margin for error, no matter
what the weather.
“We got to 2-5 this year and
turned it on,” added Rivers,
who has the highest December
passer rating in NFL history.
“We have the right makeup.
We have the right approach.
It’s just a matter of getting it
G. Tech
(Continued from page 6)
The Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker
had 20 points, 14 assists and six
rebounds and the NBA-leading
San Antonio Spurs beat the short-
handed Washington Wizards
94-80 on Sunday night.
The Spurs improved to 24-6,
rebounding from a 123-101 loss
to Orlando on Thursday night that
snapped their winning streak at
11. The league leaders in 3-point
percentage, San Antonio shot
10-of-24 from long range.
Manu Ginobili had 21 points
and George Hill 11. Hill returned to
the lineup after missing four games
because of a sprained right toe.
Rashard Lewis, acquired last
week from Orlando, had 21 points
for Washington, playing with-
out suspended forwards Andray
Blatche and JaVale McGee. They
were suspended for one game for
conduct detrimental to the team.
The Washington Post reported
Blatche and McGee were involved
in an altercation outside an area
club early Friday. The newspaper
reported that two league sources
said the players cursed at each
other and exchanged punches,
adding another source said police
were called to break up the fight.
Clippers 108, Suns 103
Blake Griffin had 28 points and
12 rebounds for his 18th straight
double-double and Los Angeles
beat Phoenix for the first time in
10 games.
The win was the Clippers’ first
against their Pacific Division rivals
since Jan. 15, 2008, and only their
fourth in 19 meetings since los-
ing Game 7 of the 2006 Western
Conference semifinals at Phoenix.
Eric Gordon scored 24 points
and Baron Davis had 15 points
and nine assists.
Bulls 95, Pistons 92, OT
Carlos Boozer had 31 points and
11 rebounds and Derrick Rose
added 23 points and matched his
career high with 12 rebounds in
Chicago’s overtime victory.
Rose had eight assists. Tayshaun
Prince led Detroit with 17.
Detroit sent the game to over-
time when Charlie Villanueva
tipped home a missed shot with
0.6 seconds left. The Pistons
missed three shots on the posses-
sion but grabbed all three offen-
sive rebounds.
76ers 95, Nuggets 89
DENVER — Jrue Holiday had
22 points, Thaddeus Young added
20 and Philadelphia rallied in the
fourth quarter to beat Denver.
Elton Brand had 16 points and
17 rebounds and Jodie Meeks
scored 17 points for the 76ers.
Chauncey Billups had 24 points
and Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson
added 14 each for the Nuggets,
who lost their third straight since
Carmelo Anthony left the team
Wednesday following the death of
his sister.
Timberwolves 98, Cavaliers 97
Beasley scored on a driving layup
with 5.9 seconds left and finished
with 28 points to help Minnesota
snap its losing streak at seven.
Beasley scored after Antawn
Jamison’s basket with 10.6 sec-
onds left gave Cleveland the lead.
Luke Ridnour scored 23 points
to help Minnesota improve to
7-24. Love added 16, including
14 in the fourth quarter, and had
18 rebounds for his NBA-leading
26th double-double. Jamison led
Cleveland with 24 points.
Hornets 93, Hawks 86
NEW ORLEANS — Chris Paul
scored 22 points, 13 in the pivotal
third quarter, to lead New Orleans.
Paul was 10-of-17 from the
field and also had eight assists.
David West scored 18 points,
Emeka Okafor had 14 points and
15 rebounds, Trevor Ariza added
12 points and 10 rebounds and
Jarrett Jack had 10 points.
Grizzlies 104, Pacers 90
scored 30 points, Zach Randolph
had 18 points and 16 rebounds
and Memphis beat Indiana to snap
a 3-game losing streak.
O.J. Mayo and Marc Gasol
added 17 points each for Memphis.
(Continued from page 6)
“I think we’re mature to
handle the situation,” he added.
“That’s something we can’t
control. We’ve got to have
some young guys step up.”
Calhoun said the Falcons’
game plan might change
slightly to take advantage of
a particular matchup because
of Georgia Tech’s personnel
issues but there wouldn’t be any
major strategy adjustments.
“They’re going to have a
darn good football player out
there no matter who it is,”
Calhoun added.
While Georgia Tech has
suffered through a disappoint-
ing season, barely qualifying
for the program’s 14th straight
bowl appearance, Air Force
sees the game as an opportu-
nity to prove itself against a
program from a conference that
automatically qualifies for the
Bowl Championship Series.
The Falcons nearly knocked
off Oklahoma on the road ear-
lier this season before losing
27-24. This time around, lead-
ing receiver Jonathan Warzeka
wants to finish the job.
Air Force also figures to
have the homefield advantage
— Barksdale Air Force Base
is located just miles away from
Independence Stadium.
“I’d say we’re pretty even-
ly matched across the board,”
Warzeka added. “I think it
comes down to who wants it
more. We’ll give our best and
they’ll give our best and it’ll
probably come down to a few
plays here or there.”
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By Bernice Bede Osol
Couple like
oil, water
Dear Annie: I need to
know how to react to my
32-year-old daughter when
she tells me about what her
emotionally abusive husband
has said or done to her.
“Joan” is a nurse at a
hospital. Her domineering
husband, “Ray,” is current-
ly unemployed. The two of
them are like oil and water.
If she says the sky is blue,
he says it is raining. The
same goes for their
parenting styles.
Their 3-year-old
daughter has fre-
quent tantrums.
Joan started taking
away the child’s
bottle because Ray
was putting baby
food into it so he
wouldn’t have
to feed her. Joan
wants to start potty
training, but Ray
says he doesn’t
have the time and
wants to keep her in a dia-
Joan has become very
passive. Ray has convinced
her that she can’t drive the
baby to my house (150 miles
away) because she will sure-
ly have an accident and kill
them both. If I want to see my
daughter and granddaughter,
I have to go there.
I understand these are
control issues. I just don’t
know what to say when Joan
calls and repeats these things.
I want to help her, but my
friends say I enable her to
stay with Ray by making
things better for her. I love
them and want to do what is
best. Please advise. -- Sad
Dear Grammy: It is not
enabling if you are providing
a shoulder to lean on. Abusers
manipulate their victims in
order to make them feel help-
less, incompetent and depen-
dent. It is especially difficult
when there are children and a
parent feels reluctant to upset
the marriage. Your visits and
phone calls may be the life-
line Joan needs to find the
strength to get help, and we
hope you will encourage her
to do so. Meanwhile, rein-
force your daughter’s confi-
dence in her ability to stand
up for herself.
Dear Annie: Every year,
our church has a veterans’
service for our members who
have served, and each year
they are asked to come for-
ward for recognition. At that
time, I cannot help but stand
and applaud them. However,
I feel an urge to salute, but I
am not a veteran and don’t
know if this is proper. For
that matter, when I thank vets
at different times during the
year, would it be proper to
salute, or should I simply say
thanks and shake their hand?
-- Lockport, N.Y.
Dear Lockport: As a
civilian, there is no law pro-
hibiting you from saluting,
but not all veterans appreciate
such a gesture from someone
who has not served. Since
you have no way of knowing
whether a serviceperson or
veteran would find this pre-
sumptuous, we recommend a
thank you and a handshake.
Dear Annie: This is
in response to “Hurt and
Confused in Kentucky,” who
says her husband seems unin-
terested in intimacy now that
she’s had a baby.
I’ll bet she has
changed, as well.
She probably no
longer acts like the
sexy, playful woman
he married. Does
she still take the
time to fix herself
up for him? Does
she treat him with
respect and adora-
tion like before? Is
everything about
the baby? Does she
expect her husband
to take over child-
care duties as soon as he
walks in after a full day of
work? Does she complain
and whine? Is she bossy?
Seriously, this isn’t just
about her husband not having
sex with her. The poor guy is
also “Hurt and Confused in
Kentucky” -- One who Sees
it from the Outside
Dear Outside: It is true
that men as well as women
can be overwhelmed by the
birth of a child, and you’ve
raised some excellent points.
However, when a man refus-
es to have sex with his wife
and prefers to masturbate to
pornography, there is usually
more going on. We hope the
two of them can get to the
bottom of it.
Annie’s Mailbox is written
by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy
Sugar, longtime editors of the
Ann Landers column. Please
e-mail your questions to,
or write to: Annie’s Mailbox,
c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777
W. Century Blvd., Ste. 700,
Los Angeles, CA 90045.
Annie’s Mailbox
Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010
Some new friends who will turn
out to be rather special might come
into your life in the next year. They
are likely to be a group that thinks
nothing of going out of their way to
help one another with whatever is
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19) - You’re always someone who
takes very seriously what you believe
to be constructive advice, but telling
others to do the same thing is more
difficult for you. You may have to do
so regardless.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
- Spend some q-time with someone
you’ve ignored lately due to conditions
beyond your control. You might not
get this chance again to let this person
know s/he is special.
PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -
It might take something really big
or special to get you motivated in a
way that brings out your ingenuity
and talent, but that catalyst is likely to
happen. You’ll be glad it did.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -
Give yourself credit for being able to
handle difficult people, and don’t shy
away from doing business with them.
You’re the one who is likely to come
out with the best deal.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -
Although what you get involved in
might be a whole new experience
for you, you are likely to thrive on it
and in the process make some extra
spending money for yourself.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -
You aren’t likely to have any trouble
handling someone who others find
extremely difficult to please. In fact,
you might calm this person enough
to get him/her to join in on what
everyone else wants to do.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -
If you find yourself in the position
to have to clean up somebody else’s
mess, you’re likely to do so without
complaining, to your credit. In fact,
you might even find it invigorating.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - An
undertaking that you are overseeing in
which money is involved will turn out
better than anybody expected. Don’t
be surprised if, the next time around,
they put you in charge once again.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - One
of the things that you do best is being
able to take something another has
discarded and finding a very practical
use for it, which is exactly what you
are likely to do once again.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -
Those with whom you’re involved
will turn to you for your opinions
and viewpoints when something
important is at stake. They’ll know
you’ll see important aspects that they
might miss.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -
Heed your hunches, because they are
likely to steer you in a direction that
will work out rather well. This will
be particularly true involving an area
where few can move freely.
21) - An opening for passing on some
constructive information to a friend
is likely to occur. It involves another
who hasn’t been as cooperative as s/
he should have been.
Copyright 2010, United Feature Syndicate, Inc.
Associated Press
man who sold his Southern
California home to “Octomom”
Nadya Suleman said Sunday that
he’s going ahead with eviction
proceedings because she hasn’t
made a long overdue $450,000
Amer Haddadin said he’ll
evict Suleman if she and her law-
yer Jeff Czech don’t pay the bal-
ance on the house by Friday. A
balloon payment was due Oct. 9.
“I think they have money,
but they are hiding the money,”
Haddadin said.
Suleman and Czech were
served notice on Dec. 2 by mail
and by hand, Haddadin said. He
expects the eviction to be speedy.
Suleman and her 14 children
have lived in the 4-bedroom
house for nearly two years, ever
since she brought her octuplets
home to the quiet cul-de-sac in La
Habra, about 25 miles east of Los
Angeles. Her father purchased
the home for $565,000, including
a $130,000 down payment.
Suleman’s father, Ed Doud,
cut a deal with Haddadin for the
house because a traditional bank
loan wasn’t available to Suleman,
who is unmarried and unem-
ployed. She previously lived with
her mother in a small Whittier
home before that house was fore-
closed on.
In April, Haddadin granted
a 6-month extension on the
remaining balance, and says that
as a Jordanian, he took pity on a
fellow Arab in a tough spot, and
pledged to help Doud, who is
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10 – The Herald Monday, December 27, 2010
New year to see less expensive concert tix
Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Concertgoers sick of
ballooning ticket prices should have some
extra pocket change to rattle with their rock ’n’
roll in the new year.
2010 was tough for the concert business as
high prices kept many fans at home. Promoters
now say they plan to make shows more afford-
able in 2011. They’ll also try to sell more
T-shirts and other merchandise to make up for
lost revenue.
Heading into last summer, usually the busi-
est time of the year, prices were set too high
despite the sluggish economy. Managers and
promoters believed fans would keep paying
for the one or two concerts they see on average
each year.
Instead, many stayed home and dozens of
shows were canceled. Lots of venues filled
seats with fire-sale prices.
Now, rather than charge lots early and offer
discounts later, some promoters say they’ll
offer cheaper tickets from the start, partly
because they know fans will spend as much
as usual on beer and tchotchkes when they
ZZ Top, for one, expects to set prices below
the 2010 average of $55. Some tickets will go
for as little as $10.
“It’s time to give the value back,” said Carl
Stubner, manager of the long-bearded rock
band from Texas. “We’ll find other ways to
make money.”
That doesn’t mean all acts will be cheap —
not even Cheap Trick, whose tickets for 2011
are selling for around $80 with fees. Fans of
hot performers including Justin Bieber and
Lady Gaga also shouldn’t expect to get much
of a break.
Neil Diamond, for instance, who’s con-
tinuing his comeback tour in New Zealand in
February, said he’d like to bring ticket prices
down, but can’t because of the size of his
“As the shows get bigger, the expenses get
bigger, so it’s got to be translated somehow
to the ticket price,” he told The Associated
Press. “If I just used the guitar it’d be a lot
simpler, but then I’d have to put 50 people out
of work.”
Overall, though, more artists than ever are
going out on the road to make up for falling
CD sales. With more tickets on sale and con-
sumers still pinching pennies, the pressure on
prices is down.
Concert attendance fell 12 percent in the
first half of 2010, compared with the same
period a year ago, according to trade magazine
Pollstar. The world’s largest concert promoter,
Live Nation Entertainment Inc., said atten-
dance from July to September dropped 16
percent from a year ago, even after it slashed
fees and prices for dozens of acts, including
Rod Stewart.
“It’s just getting too expensive,” says
Michael Nemcik, who lost his job as a stock-
broker in 2009 and now works as a bartender
in Los Angeles. He went to about a dozen
concerts in 2010, about half as many as the
year before. Paying more than $200 for decent
seats to see A Perfect Circle in November was
just too much.
“I’m a little more hesitant on spending
money than I used to be,” he said.
Concert ticket prices had climbed steadily
until recently, beginning in the 1990s when
promoters began moving from one-price-fits-
all ticketing to a tiered model that charges
much higher prices for seats close to the
North American concert ticket prices rose
from an average $26 in 1996 to a peak of $67
in 2008, an increase four times faster than
inflation. That doesn’t include ticket fees for
everything from “order processing” to “conve-
nience,” which can tack on $10 or more.
In 2009, ticket prices came down by about
a buck, as managers braced for the worst of
the recession. Fans responded by buying 12
percent more tickets than in 2008. Promoters
figured fans were coming back for more in
2010 and raised prices. It backfired.
That’s when the promoters had to offer
deep discounts to fill seats. The average ticket
cost a little less than $61 in the first half of
2010. Second-half numbers are expected to
show a drop, too, because the discounts have
“People felt they could go back to pushing
the envelope again,” Pollstar editor-in-chief
Gary Bongiovanni said. “The economy has
proven that a lot of people probably reached
too far.”
Although the average isn’t expected to fall
drastically in 2011, there’ll be bargains at the
back of the house.
Prices for front row seats may actually go
up as part of Live Nation’s bid to grab revenue
that might otherwise go to ticket resellers. But
the company has said it wants to cut prices even
further for the cheap seats to let in more fans.
When Live Nation cut prices in 2010, fans
spent about the same amount as always —
nearly $18 in North American amphitheaters
— on beer, merchandise and other stuff, all
of which helps the company’s bottom line
because it owns major venues including the
House of Blues in 13 cities.
Live Nation also is developing a long-
overdue shopping basket for its websites to
lure fans to spend their ticket savings on CDs,
clothes and other items and it recently rolled
out an iPhone app that could be used in the
future to sell merchandise.
None of those extra businesses works unless
fans buy tickets, though.
Answers to Friday’s questions:
The first U.S. wine region to be granted “geographi-
cal indication status” by the European Union was Napa
Valley, Calif., in May 2007. The geographic recognition
bars vintners from other regions — particularly within the
EU — from using the names Napa and Napa Valley on
their products.
Western legend Bat Masterson was the inspiration for
high-rolling gambler Sky Masterson in the Damon Runyon
short stories that were the basis of the Broadway and movie
musical “Guys and Dolls.” Runyon knew Masterson during
the onetime frontiersman’s second career as a newspaper
sportswriter in New York City.
Today’s questions:
What country issued banana-shaped self-adhesive
stamps in 1969?
What popular actor has played a doctor in a number of
movies — including roles as Dr. Sayer, Dr. Carlisle, Dr.
Kosevich, Dr. Adams and Dr. Nielson?
Answers in Tuesday’s Herald.
Today’s words:
Flaught: a spark
Operose: requiring labor
‘Octomom’ facing eviction