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City to pick up Christmas trees
Hospital’s ‘street med’ team serves homeless
COLUMBUS (AP) — Their backpacks full of ointments, antibiotics, gauze and other supplies, the team followed a snowy path through the woods and into a stillsleepy camp. Nurse Maureen McDermott hollered: “Good morning! Mount Carmel Outreach! Anybody sick?” The residents began to stir. They rolled cigarettes and boiled water for coffee on propane burners. Inside the tents and plywood shelters were concerns both common and complex. One man, new to the former park in the city’s Franklinton neighborhood, met the team with suspicion. He’d been drinking for hours, he said, and began to recount the rocky circumstances that led him to the camp within view of downtown office buildings. He suffers with traumatic brain injury and mental illness and needed medication, so the team called Southeast Mental Health Services for help. For the others, they checked blood pressure, tended to wounds, wrote an order for a hip X-ray and passed out medicine. The men and women with Mount Carmel Outreach meet with homeless advocate Ken Andrews one morning each week and then head out to care for them. They treat who they can and refer others. That can mean hospital care, rehab and assistance finding housing or reconnecting with family. They call it “street med.” Mount Carmel has long used a mobile outreach van to see many of the city’s homeless. For the past six months, in hopes of reaching more, a team has headed out to the camps scattered throughout the city. On one recent morning, the team was made up of nurse practitioner Jackie White, McDermott and medical tech Jason King. They usually care for three to 10 patients, depending on how many people are around and how many have health concerns, White said. Ideally, they connect their patients with a regular source of health care, she said. They see a lot. Broken arms left for days without care. Antibiotic-resistant staph infections. Abscesses. Another group, Healthcare for the Homeless, also makes regular camp visits. Both fill a great community need, said Michelle Heritage Ward, executive director of the Community Shelter Board. Often, the physical health of homeless people is seriously compromised, Ward
The City of Delphos Parks and Recreation Dept. will pick up Christmas trees Wednesday through Friday. Trees are to be placed at the curb. If a tree is missed, call the city building at 419-695-4010.
Suicide bomber kills 1, 2 US soldiers die
By BARBARA SURK The Associated Press BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car northeast of Baghdad, killing one passerby and injuring 33, police and hospital officials said. In two other, separate incidents today, a policeman was killed in a drive-by shooting in Baghdad and a Christian woman was shot to death by armed men who broke into her house, police officers said. The predawn attack on the Christian woman’s house was the latest in a string of attacks on Iraq’s dwindling Christian community since 68 people died in the October siege of a Baghdad church. A police official said initial findings point to robbery, but he did not rule out the possibility that the woman was targeted because she was Christian. The U.S. military, meanwhile, reported that two American soldiers had been killed Sunday in central Iraq. It gave no further details on the dead soldiers, whose names were withheld pending notification of next of kin. Their deaths raise to at least 4,431 the number of U.S. military personnel who have died in Iraq since the war began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.
“Health care is not on the top of their priority list of need. Usually we can meet their needs, or find somebody who can.”
— Nurse Maureen McDermott, Mount Carmel Outreach said, adding that the average lifespan for someone living on the streets is just 62 years. Between acute problems (infections, broken bones) and long-term ones (diabetes, cancer) the toll without proper care is high. Some homeless people face obstacles getting to free clinics or getting medicine. “Health care is not on the top of their priority list of needs,” said McDermott, explaining that when it’s brought to them, many people are more likely to take the help. “Usually we can meet their needs, or find somebody who can.” Most of the homeless at the camps know the Mount Carmel team. Last week, there was more than one embrace and many holiday wishes. Andrews shared his thermos of coffee along the way. The team gave socks to Bob Hunter, a kind 50-year-old who became homeless almost five years ago after he lost his part-time job and was evicted. Hunter has gum disease. White and McDermott brainstormed how best to get him to a free dental clinic at Stowe Baptist Church on Parsons Avenue. He doesn’t like to travel by bus or cab, so he’d need to walk. They wanted to figure out a way to ensure that he’d be seen if he made it to the busy clinic. His neighbor, 39-year-old John Van Tuyl, needed help, too, for a hand he burned with candle wax. It was carefully and cleanly wrapped, but it was becoming infected. He had also run out of bloodpressure medicine. White stepped inside his shelter, which was decorated with a Christmas stocking. Candy canes hung from a nearby honeysuckle bush. Tuyl, who works as much as he can as a day laborer, said he was grateful for the care. “It’s nice. It’s hard to track down help sometimes. Some people won’t find the services unless they come to them.”
Youngpeter remembered on Donate Life float
BY NANCY SPENCER nspencer@delphosherald “Is your loved one an organ donor?” It’s a common question when a loved one dies. When the question was asked of Mark “Hoss” Youngpeter’s family in the summer of 1997, his mother and sister immediately said “yes” but his father said “no.” “I didn’t like the idea of it. I wanted my son buried whole,” Joe Youngpeter said. His wife, Carol, and his daughter, Becky, talked him into it. “He could help someone else have a second chance at life, Dad. He would have wanted that,” they told him. Today, Joe is glad they helped change his mind and he has a new outlook on organ donation. Especially since he met donor recipients last week in Indianapolis. The Youngpeter family was invited to a gathering in Indy through the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization, which is sponsored Carl Drury, a heart transplant recipient, to represent Indiana on the Donate Life’s Rose Bowl Parade float. Becky (Youngpeter) Miller, now of Columbus, became more interested in organ transplantation after
Becky (Youngpeter) Miller stands with heart recipient Carl Drury in Indianapolis Thursday. Drury placed a rose for Miller’s brother, Mark “Hoss” Youngpeter on the Donate Life float seen in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday. Youngpeter’s kidneys and heart were donated after he was killed in a motorcycle accident in the summer of 1997.
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watching a documentary. “After watching it, I realized we never looked in to Mark’s organ recipients. We had donated his kidneys and his heart,” Miller said. “Then I saw the Donate Life float in last year’s parade. It was the first time I noticed it. It just moved me so. I had to find out what happened to Mark’s organs.” The Youngpeters had to make their decision at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne after their son was life-flighted there following a motorcycle accident. This is why his organs went to Indiana recipients. Miller found the IOPO and started the ball rolling. A few weeks ago, IOPO e-mailed her with the news she could put a rose in Mark’s name on this year’s Donate Life float. She jumped at the chance.
“Then I got an e-mail from IOPO asking us to meet with Drury,” Miller said. “He had never met his donor family and we had never met Mark’s recipients, so we were kind of surrogates for each other.” The event also gave Joe a chance to talk with organ recipients. “These people have a second change at life because people mark that little box on their driver’s license. They are so thankful and friendly. I will be checking that box on the driver’s license when I get it renewed,” Joe said. Miller is now a passionate advocate for organ donation who gives blood regularly and she and her husband are in the bone marrow database. Drury called Miller early Friday morning to tell her he had just placed Mark’s rose on the float. The family has learned the recipients of Mark’s kidneys have both passed away. The man who received his heart is still alive. Becky sent him a Christmas card asking for a reunion. He had not responded as of press time. Currently, there are more than 109,000 people in the United States waiting for life-saving organ transplants. Another patient is added to the national waiting list every 10 minutes.
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LOS ANGELES — The odometer on the Mars rover Spirit has been stuck at 4.8 miles for more than 1 1/2 years and has been incommunicado since March. This double dose of bad luck hangs over the scrappy spacecraft, which marks its seventh year on Mars today. NASA doesn’t know if the Spirit is dead or alive, but it’s diligently listening for any peep as the rover remains mired in a sand trap. “There’s a realistic possibility that Spirit may never wake up again,” said Dave Lavery, Mars rovers program executive at NASA
headquarters. A pair of Mars orbiters has been making daily overhead passes listening for a signal from Spirit, which became stuck in April 2009 while driving backward. After several attempts to free it were unsuccessful, Spirit got new instructions to conduct science observations while mired in the sand. It suddenly stopped talking with Earth last March and is presumed to be in hibernation to conserve power. During this deep sleep, communications and other activities are suspended so that energy can go to heating and battery recharging. Spirit is designed to try to wake up when its bat-
moment will come someday, but now is not the time.” “If that With each passing day on Mars, the sun gets higher adventure is truly in the sky, increasing the over, it will be amount of sunlight reaching Spirit’s solar panels. The a shame, but it sun will be at its highest point in mid-March. After will also have that, the chances of hearing been a rover’s from Spirit dwindle. If Spirit doesn’t radio life well-lived.” back by March, it’s “prob— astronomer Jim Bell, ably not going to,” Lavery Arizona State University said. Lavery said the mission tery gets enough charge. will continue to listen after Scientists are disappointed March, but will scale back with its silence, but are the daily passes. Originally designed holding out hope it will to roam around opposite spring back to life. “I’m not ready to say ends of Mars for three goodbye yet,” said mission months, Spirit and its twin, chief scientist Steve Squyres Opportunity, have lived long of Cornell University. “That past their warranty. Spirit
landed on the red planet on Jan. 3, 2004, followed by Opportunity three weeks later. Both have uncovered geologic evidence of ancient water on the planet. Opportunity so far has logged 16.4 miles and shows no signs of stopping. It recently drove to a 300-foot-diameter crater where it will spend several months exploring before moving on to its eventual destination, Endeavour crater. Meanwhile, scientists can only reminiscence about Spirit’s past hijinks. “If that adventure is truly over, it will be a shame, but it will also have been a rover’s life well-lived,” said astronomer Jim Bell of Arizona State University.
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Pakistan PM scrambles to keep govt from collapsing
By NAHAL TOOSI The Associated Press ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s prime minister today tried to keep his government from collapsing after a key party said it was quitting the ruling coalition, leaving the government short of majority support in parliament. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the second largest party in the ruling coalition, said Sunday it would join the opposition because of fuel price hikes, inflation and the ruling Pakistan People’s Party’s general poor performance. The defection deprives Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s government of the 172 seats needed for a majority in the 342-member parliament. That means the fractured opposition parties — if they can work together — could sponsor a no-confidence vote in Gilani, which if passed by a majority of lawmakers would remove the prime minister from office and possibly trigger early elections. The political crisis is almost certain to distract the government at a time when the U.S. is pushing Islamabad to do more to help turn around the war in neighboring Afghanistan, although security is largely the purview of Pakistan’s powerful military. It also all but guarantees lawmakers will make no progress anytime soon on solving the economic problems that have frustrated ordinary Pakistanis and forced the country to rely on $11 billion in loans from the International Monetary Fund. With his job on the line, Gilani was scrambling today to secure the support of opposition groups to avoid a noconfidence vote. He met with representatives of the biggest opposition party, the Pakistan Muslim League-N, as well the second largest opposition group, the Pakistan Muslim League-Q. But it was unclear whether he had made any headway as of late this afternoon. One opposition leader said his party had nothing against the prime minister, but stressed that it could only support Gilani’s government if it improved its performance. “Today we gave support with a condition, and that condition is the real issues of the people are addressed,” said Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain of the PML-Q. PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan avoided directly addressing whether his faction would support a no-confidence vote. “We will not destabilize this government, but if it loses its majority we will not support it,” he said. “We will no way give it a shoulder.” Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is the head of the People’s Party. His position as president would likely be safe even if the Party loses its majority in Parliament. Analysts speculated that Zardari might be willing to replace Gilani with a premier more acceptable to other
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SKorea talks tough but opens door to diplomacy
By HYUNG-JIN KIM and FOSTER KLUG Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s president today opened the door to possible peace talks with North Korea even as he vowed not to let Pyongyang “covet even an inch of our territory” — looking to strike a delicate balance between diplomacy and strength two days after the North called for better ties with Seoul. Lee Myung-bak, addressing the country in a New Year’s speech, said the Nov. 23 shelling of Yeonpyeong Island, which killed four and has spiked fears of war, should be treated as the United States did the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and spur the South to change the way it defends itself. Future provocations, he said, “will be met with stern, strong responses.” However, he said: “The door for dialogue is still open. If the North exhibits sincerity, we have both the will and the plan to drastically enhance economic cooperation.” On New Year’s Day, the North called for warmer ties and the resumption of joint projects with South Korea. Pyongyang, eager for food and fuel assistance, has said it wants stalled international aid-for-nucleardisarmament talks to restart. Washington and Seoul have said no, demanding the North first fulfill past nuclear disarmament commitments. The United States, which has about 28,500 troops in the South, is sending its top envoy on North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, to Seoul for talks Wednesday with top officials. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates will visit Seoul next week. North Korea on today called for Seoul to scrap its hostile policy against Pyongyang. “As long as South Korea’s dangerous northward invasion plot is maintained, NorthSouth Korea relations cannot be improved at all and we cannot think about the nation’s safety and peaceful reunification,” the North’s main Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary carried by the official Korean Central News Agency. In the North Korean capital, an estimated 100,000 people gathered today for an annual New Year rally to display loyalty to leader Kim Jong Il. The crowd packed Kim Il Sung plaza, pumping their fists in the air and shouting slogans while carrying huge portraits
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Entered in the post office heating oil prices on New Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph in Delphos, Ohio 45833 as Year’s Eve. with gusts up to 25 mph. “The petrol bomb the govTUESDAY NIGHT: Periodicals, postage paid at Delphos, Ohio. ernment has dropped on the No mail subscriptions will be At 7:37 p.m. on Friday Partly cloudy. Lows around people of Pakistan has forced while on routine patrol, 15. West winds 10 to 15 mph. accepted in towns or villages our party to part ways with where The Daily Herald paper such insane decisions,” said Delphos police came into EXTENDED FORECAST carriers or motor routes provide contact with a vehicle being Faisal Subzwari, an MQM WEDNESDAY: Mostly daily home delivery for $2.09 driven by Phillip Stemen, 16, leader. cloudy. Highs in the lower per week. The MQM filed an appli- of Delphos, for failing to use 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 405 North Main St. TELEPHONE 695-0015 cation today to formally his turn signal. mph. At that time, officers found Office Hours switch to the opposition. Its WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Stemen to be in possession of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Cabinet ministers already Mostly cloudy. Lows in the POSTMASTER: tendered their resignations marijuana and drug parapher- lower 20s. Send address changes nalia. He was cited into Van last week. Another, smaller THURSDAY: Mostly to THE DAILY HERALD, party, the Jamiat Ulema Islam, Wert Juvenile Court on the cloudy with a 30 percent 405 N. Main St. announced in December it charges and later released to chance of snow showers. Delphos, Ohio 45833 his parents. would switch to the opposition Highs in the lower 30s. and its application is under THURSDAY NIGHT: review. Without the two, the Cloudy with a 40 percent Scholars of the Day ruling coalition will fall about chance of snow showers. a dozen seats short of the 172 Lows around 20. needed to keep a majority. FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy Analysts said Gilani had with a 40 percent chance of only weeks, if not days, to At 2:13 a.m. on Sunday snow showers. Highs in the keep his coalition intact or while on routine patrol, mid 20s. scrape together a new one. Delphos police came into conFRIDAY NIGHTHowever, he appeared to tact with Richard Brinkman, SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy. have a bit of breathing room 27, of Spencerville, at Lows 10 to 15. Highs in the because there is no guaran- which time it was found that mid 20s. tee the fragmented opposition Brinkman was operating a St. John’s Scholar of the will be able to close ranks motor vehicle while being Day is Calvin and oust Gilani. The MQM suspended. and the PML-N, headed by Vonderwell. Brinkman was cited into ST. RITA’S former Prime Minister Nawaz Lima Municipal Court on the Congratulations A boy was born Jan. 2 to Sharif, have frosty relations. charge. Calvin! Gregory and Anne Unverferth Sharif’s party also would of Fort Jennings. likely be loath to take the Jefferson’s Scholar of the reins of a new government at Day is Zachary such a difficult time. Harman. Congratulations Zachary! Corn: $6.16 Wheat: $7.09 Students can pick up their At 9:07 p.m. Sunday while $13.69 awards in their school offices. on routine patrol, Delphos Beans: police came into contact with Diana Thomason, 31, of Van Wert Ohio, at which time it of Kim and his father, North was found that Thomason By The Associated Press In 1938, the March of Korean founder Kim Il Sung. was operating a motor vehicle Today is Monday, Jan. 3, Dimes campaign to fight Some waved huge red flags while suspended. the third day of 2011. There polio was organized. and played small drums, as In 1949, in a pair of rulThomason was cited into are 362 days left in the year. top officials watched from an Today’s Highlight in ings, the U.S. Supreme Court elevated viewing stand. Kim Van Wert Municipal Court on History: said that states had the right and his son and heir-apparent, the charge. On Jan. 3, 1961, President to ban closed shops. Kim Jong Un, didn’t appear Dwight D. Eisenhower In 1959, Alaska became in the footage broadcast by announced the United States the 49th state as President APTN. was formally terminating dip- Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Despite the mention of poslomatic and consular relations a proclamation. sible peace talks, the focus At 12:10 a.m. on Sunday, In 1967, Jack Ruby, the of Lee’s comments on North Delphos Police were called to with Cuba, citing a move by Korea was a tough promise the 400 block of South Pierce the Cuban government to man who shot and killed to improve South Korea’s Street in reference to damage limit the number of U.S. dip- accused presidential assassin lomatic personnel in Havana Lee Harvey Oswald, died in a defenses. to a motor vehicle parked in to 11 persons. Dallas hospital. Lee was severely criticized that area. On this date: In 1990, ousted for acting too slowly and too Upon officers’ arrival, the In 1521, Martin Luther Panamanian leader Manuel weakly after the shelling near victim stated that someone the Koreas’ disputed western had thrown an object at the was excommunicated from Noriega surrendered to U.S. the Roman Catholic Church forces, 10 days after taking sea border. It was the first attack by Pope Leo X. refuge in the Vatican’s diploby the North, which claims vehicle causing damage. the waters around the island In 1777, Gen. George matic mission. as its territory, on a civilian Washington’s army routed In 1993, President George area since the 1950-53 Korean the British in the Battle of H.W. Bush and Russian War. Lee’s government has Princeton, N.J. 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By ANN SANNER Associated Press COLUMBUS — Authorities on Sunday identified a man suspected of killing a sheriff’s deputy and injuring a police officer in a gunbattle at a trailer park. The Clark County sheriff’s office provided few details about shooting suspect Michael Ferryman, who also was killed during the New Year’s Day standoff in the Enon Beach mobile-home park, in western Ohio. Ferryman, 57, lived in the trailer where the gunfire broke out with police, Chief Deputy David Rapp said. The standoff started after Deputy Suzanne Hopper was called to the trailer park to investigate a report of gunshots, authorities say. Hopper, who was married last year and had two children, was shot dead as she tried to photograph a footprint at the park, about 50 miles west of Columbus. Sheriff Gene Kelly told reporters at a Sunday news conference that Hopper and the officer who accompanied her to the trailer park believed the shooter was no longer in the area when they began their investigation. Then, Kelly said, Ferryman’s trailer door opened near Hopper. “One shotgun blast was fired at a very close proximity, striking the deputy, and it was a fatal wound,” he said. Kelly has said responding police officers tried to talk to Ferryman — who had “a history” with the sheriff’s office — when he fired on them from inside the trailer. A German Township officer was wounded in the ensuing gunbattle, in which “many, many, many” shots were fired by the suspect and eight officers, Kelly said. The wounded officer,
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio gas prices have risen another 9 cents in the last week, and now motorists are paying almost 25 cents more per gallon than they were a month ago. 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 $3.11 a gallon, up from $3.02 last Monday. Last month at this time, Ohioans paid $2.87 for regular. Rising oil prices recently pushed Ohio gas prices above $3 for the first time in more than two years. Oil traded around $70 for most of last year before jumping to a two-year high above $92 in December on signs of strong demand in emerging economies such as China. Analysts say if oil keeps going higher, $4-a-gallon gas is possible by summer.
Hundreds start year with dip in Maumee River
WATERVILLE (AP) — Nothing like a cold plunge into a frigid northern Ohio river to kick-start the new year. At least that’s what Virginia Dean and 400 others believed Saturday as they waded into the Maumee River for an annual New Year’s Day dip that dates to 1929. Photo submitted Dean, 74, of Waterville, took her first plunge in the river 28 years ago and has been taking part since. Girl Scout Troop 20186 from Lincolnview Elementary School held a toy drive for “It feels fabulous. I feel grades K - 12, and at the Pitt Stop. They collected 251 toys and some cash money. good for weeks afterward,” Mr. Williamson’s second-grade class will be treated to a pizza party for collecting the Dean told The (Toledo) Blade. most toys. Pictured are, from left, Savannah Alfaro, Steve Mox of the Pitt Stop, Keith “It does a house-cleaning Foreman and Olivia Alfaro. internally.” The tradition started with the late Herb Mericle, who would wade in at 2:30 p.m. on New Year’s Day, the precise time of his wedding, according to the newspaper. Organizers say the annual dip continues to bring out those who are looking to celebrate Mericle’s spirit and hope for the future. Mike Hill, who helps put on the event, said Mericle was his school crossing guard, and he grew fond of him. “He taught me everything I know about the river,” said Hill, 38, a property management service employee. Mericle was in his mid-90s when took his last plunge in 2002. Health issues sidelined him, and he died in 2008. Hill estimated the water temperature to be in the 30s. Some participants got out of the chilly water in seconds, while others held out for three or four minutes. Participants salute Mericle by touching their palms to a hand print design on a bench at the top of the river’s slope. Photo submitted The granite marker features the words “Herb Mericle 19062008,” with a picture of a polar Chief Supermarkets recently made a donation of more than $12,000 to area food bear and the hand print. pantries. West Ohio Food Bank Assistant Director Tommie Thompson (right), accepted John Wismer, 49, of a check on behalf of all food pantries who will benefit from the donation from Rays Perrysburg, first came to the Marketplace Assistant Manager CJ Kennedy. plunge last year as a celebration for beating cancer. “Once a year’s enough,” Wismer said of the cold water. “But it runs in your soul, so to speak.”
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Jeremy Blum, was listed in fair condition Sunday at a Dayton hospital. Authorities had yet to determine whether police gunfire killed Ferryman or he killed himself. Agents from the state crime lab are helping with the investigation into Hopper and Ferryman’s deaths and are looking into Ferryman’s background, Kelly said. Eight sheriff’s deputies have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, Kelly told reporters. That’s common procedure when deputies or police officers are involved in shootings. No telephone listing for someone with Ferryman’s name and date of birth could be found Sunday. A girl who lives in the trailer park said she knew Ferryman and he had a temper. “He was a quiet person, but if you made him mad — he wasn’t very pleasant,” 15-year-old Chelsea Bagley said Saturday. Her mother’s boyfriend, John Burkhardt, said police spent several minutes over a loud speaker asking Ferryman to come out of his trailer and surrender. He said police gave Ferryman “25 chances to walk out of there” but he refused and then “all hell broke loose.” On Sunday, various law enforcement officials provided Hopper’s body with a sixvehicle escort as it made its way from the coroner’s office in Dayton to a funeral home in Springfield, Rapp said. Hopper, 40, started with the county in 1999. She was known for her dedication to the job and adherence to keeping herself safe, Kelly said. The former officer of the year was wearing a protective vest Saturday, but it didn’t shield her from the gunfire that killed her, Kelly said.
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“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.” — Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman (1813-1887)
Obama aide to GOP: Don’t ‘play chicken’ with debt ceiling
By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL Associated Press essentially push the country into defaulting on its financial obligations for the first time in its history. “The impact on the economy would be catastrophic,” Goolsbee told “This Week” on ABC. “That would be a worse financial economic crisis than anything we saw in 2008.” Goolsbee added: “I don’t see why anybody’s talking about playing chicken with the debt ceiling.” While saying that defaulting would be “very bad” for the U.S. position in the world, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he would not vote for raising the limit on the federal debt unless there were a plan in place for dealing with long-term obligations, including Social Security, and for returning to 2008 spending levels. “This is an opportunity to make sure the government is changing its spending ways,” Graham said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Democratic Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Anthony Weiner of New York want to see how the new
One Year Ago • Van Wert County 4-H members lined up at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds on Saturday to weigh their cows in for WASHINGTON (AP) the 2010 fair competitions. Kim Schnipke, 16, a student at St. — Afghan President Hamid John’s High School, waited in line with her four cows to be Karzai refused to remove a weighed. former warlord from atop the energy and water minis25 Years Ago — 1986 try despite U.S. pressure to • Five persons used the “Dry Driver’s Program” offered oust the minister because by Delphos off-duty police officers and their spouses on New Washington considered him Year’s Eve. The program offered rides home on New Year’s corrupt and ineffective. Eve for drivers who had been drinking and felt they could not Secret diplomatic records drive home safely. showed the minister — pri• Twin girls born 4:30 a.m. and 4:31 a.m. Jan. 2 were the vately termed “the worst” by 1986 New Year’s babies in Delphos. They were born to Mr. U.S. officials — kept his perch and Mrs. Stephen J. Mansfield of Delphos in Lima Memorial at an agency that controls $2 Hospital. The twin girls and their parents will receive an array billion in U.S. and allied projof gifts in the New Year’s Baby contest sponsored by Delphos ects. merchants. The refusal to remove the • Fort Jennings girls ripped Mendon Union 102-46 Monday. official despite threats to end The Musketeers hit 46 of 91 shots from the field and hit 10 of U.S. aid highlights how little 17 free throws. Mendon was 17 of 76 from the field and 12 of influence the U.S. has over the Afghan leader on pressing 23 at the line. Fort Jennings held a 57-49 rebounding edge. issues such as corruption. Reining in graft is seen as 50 Years Ago — 1961 • The Busy Bee Rental and Repair, 227 W. Second St., is vital to Afghanistan’s longnow open for business, it was announced Tuesday by Urban term stability. President Barack Obama Fuerst, manager. The local firm has more than 140 different items available for rental. In additional to the rental service, the last month cited an urgent need for political and economnew local firm will do repair work of almost any description. • The annual reorganization meeting of the Marion Township ic progress even as military trustees was held in the township house here Monday, accord- successes have blunted the ing to Carl Landwehr, clerk. Named to act as president for the insurgency in some regions. The State Department corcoming year was L. R. Stemen and Leo Hotz was elected vice respondence was written as president. Warren Gilden is the other member of the board. • The Christmas story according to St. Luke was presented Karzai was assembling a Tuesday in verse and song by ten senior boys of Sister Mary Cabinet shortly after his 2009 Madeleine’s English class of St. John’s High School. The re-election. But U.S. aid to Afghanistan five carolers were Dieter Schneider, Thomas Fortener, Gary Kimmet, Charles Scherger and Robert Weger. The five narra- has continued despite the distors were John Reis, Richard Baumgarte, David Goergens, Paul pute over the former warlord, Ismail Khan. Detes and Ronald Grothous. U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry pressured Karzai 75 Years Ago — 1936 • To Mrs. Maurice Mueller, West First Street, went the to remove Khan, a once powerful mujahedeen commander, honor of being the mother of the first baby born in Delphos in from the top of the energy 1936. A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Mueller early on January and water ministry, accord1st. Mrs. Mueller was the former Viola Reinemeyer and served ing to two State Department as the Delphos city health nurse before her marriage. reports written at the time • Howard Ream hung up a new record in the weekly match by U.S. Embassy officials in at the Gramm range making the highest score for the present Kabul. They were disclosed season, 252 out of 300. Herbert Buchanan took second place last month by WikiLeaks. with a 248 score. Team No. 1 won the week’s match with a A Dec. 19, 2009, memoscore of 1140 to 1022. This makes a record of four wins for randum distributed internally Team One this month. under Eikenberry’s name • The Marion Township Board of Education held a meet- described Khan as “the worst ing at the township house, South Main Street on Jan. 1. Roy of Karzai’s choices” for Humphrey, Harry Patton and Kenneth Peltier carried over. John Cabinet members. “This forVandemark and Russell Jones are the new members and took mer warlord is known for his office at that time. Ray Stemen and Ira Brenneman retired from corruption and ineffectiveness the board. at the energy ministry,” the memo said. Even with U.S. threats to withhold aid, Karzai rejected requests to replace Khan. “Our The Delphos Herald welcomes letters to the editor. Letters repeated interventions directly should be no more than 400 words. The newspaper reserves with Karzai ... did not overthe right to edit content for length, clarity and grammar. Letters come Karzai’s deeply personal bonds with Khan,” one of the concerning private matters will not be published. Failure to supply a full name, home address and daytime reports said. Asked earlier in 2010 about phone number will slow the verification process and delay pubthe corruption allegations, lication. Letters can be mailed to The Delphos Herald, 405 N. Main Khan, during a brief interview St., Delphos, Ohio 45833, faxed to 419-692-7704 or e-mailed with The Associated Press, did to email@example.com. Authors should clearly state not respond directly to a questhey want the message published as a letter to the editor. Anon- tion asking whether he was profiting personally from the ymous letters will not be printed. ministry. He denied any widespread problems of corruption or mismanagement. “No money is missing from the ministry,” he said. “All the income goes directly to the bank.” Khan said he was unaware of any complaints against him or the ministry. “If there have been complaints, nobody has come to me to tell me,” he said. The U.S. continued pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into new energy and water projects that the ministry used to help generate tens of millions in customer fees. Many fees are lost each year partly due to corruption, according to U.S.-funded reviews of the ministry’s operations. The U.S. diplomatic cables do not outline specific graft accusations against Khan, but detail several days of backand-forth and consternation over Karzai’s decision to keep him. U.S. officials have declined to comment on issues described in the WikiLeaksreleased cables and criticized the group for making them public.
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WASHINGTON — Some Republican lawmakers said Sunday they opposed raising the ceiling on the nation’s debt without tackling government spending, and President Barack Obama’s top economic adviser warned against “playing chicken” on the issue. The federal debt is limited to $14.3 trillion, but the debt now stands at nearly $13.9 trillion and is growing daily. Congress last raised the debt ceiling in February 2010 and is expected to consider raising it again as early as March. To some conservatives, refusing to raise the limit on the federal debt could be an effective tactic to force lawmakers into cutting spending and facing such contentious issues as the rising costs of Social Security, Medicare and other entitlement programs. Austan Goolsbee, the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said that refusing to raise the debt ceiling would By LARRY MARGASAK The Associated Press
GOP agenda may mean more in 2012 than now
inquiry from Democratic chairmen will be replaced by Republicans demanding answers to these questions: What’s the purpose of this program? Is this the best use of the taxpayers’ money? The chief Republican investigator, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, is raring to get started, and he’s not alone. Issa, the incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has been especially critical of what he calls waste in Obama’s economic stimulus spending. “The sooner the administration figures out that the enemy is the bureaucracy and the wasteful spending, not the other party, the better off we’ll be,” he told “Fox News Sunday.” Rep. Harold Rogers of Kentucky, incoming leader of the House Appropriations Committee, says he wants top officials from all major government agencies to appear and justify their spending. The next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Republican Fred Upton of Michigan, says he’ll work to stop over-zealous government regulators. A big target for him is the Environmental Protection Agency, which is writing rules to limit greenhouse gases blamed for global warming after Obama’s effort to get Congress to do it stalled in the Senate last year. Upton, like Issa, will have a large investigative staff. “Republicans need to make
Republican majority in the House will handle the issue. “The Republicans have come in saying that they’re going to not raise the debt ceiling and they’re going to allow the full faith and credit of the American people to go down the tubes,” Weiner said on “Face the Nation” on CBS. “It’s their ship to run now. That’s the responsibility.” Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., appearing with the Democrats, asked people to sign an online petition to urge their representatives not to increase the debt limit. “It’s not good for anyone to shut the government down,” she said. “That’s why I think it’s important for the Democrats who are so willing to spend money to now be a part of trying to figure out how we can be responsible.” Rep.-elect Mike Kelly, R-Pa., a car dealer elected to the House in November, spoke against the idea of the government spending money it doesn’t have. “Raising the debt ceiling, to me, is absolutely irresponsible,” Kelly said. sure they bring forward solutions, even though it may be difficult to get them accomplished,” Rep.-elect Kristi Noem, R-S.D., said in an interview. She said the lesson from the November election is, “The American people will replace people if they’re no longer in touch or listening.” Noem benefited from that view, defeating Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Noem has risen to the forefront of the freshman class; she was chosen to serve in the GOP leadership. In the Senate, there’s a chance the Democrats will replace Republicans as the party of “no,” assuming the House GOP passes much of its agenda. Democrats will control the Senate 51-47 with two independents, and only need 41 votes to block initiatives that arrive from the House. Among the reasons that the Republican agenda will likely have a bigger impact on the next election than on the day-to-day lives of most Americans are: Much of the government spending has been politically untouchable. About 60 percent goes for entitlement programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The nation also is paying for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and major reconstruction projects in those countries. Both parties have considered it politically foolish to mess with Medicare and Social Security. Also, Republicans don’t have a clean record as budget cutters. a smart, tireless and effective legislator who used his seniority to work the levers of power to serve constituents and bring home tax dollars. Intellectually, he was head and shoulders above most of his fellow senators and showed a serious national engagement, beyond just taking care of constituents, said Stephen Hess, a former presidential adviser and a senior fellow emeritus in governance studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington. “We used to tend to measure our senators on whether they were a showhorse or a workhorse,” Hess said. “It’s fair to say that he was both.” Specter used his willingness to cross party lines on issues to bolster his own clout. In 2001, he won more money for education and debt reduction by voting with Democrats to slice $450 billion from President George W. Bush’s package of tax cuts. He negotiated $10 billion for medical research when he agreed to vote for the Obama stimulus. He considers that stimulus vote — a matter of principle, he said, to help the nation avoid a second Great Depression — the most important of some 10,000 he cast in the Senate and his persistence in winning more money for the National Institutes of Health his most important accomplishment. But not his legacy.
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WASHINGTON — Even if the next two years end in congressional gridlock, Republicans hope to build a record that demonstrates to voters in 2012 that they can get it right. The GOP is promising to use the new Congress that convenes Wednesday to cut spending, roll back President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul and prevent unelected bureaucrats from expanding the government’s role in society through regulations that tell people what they must or can’t do. Passing their top priorities may be easier in the House, where Republicans hold a 241-194 majority. It will be harder in the Senate where Democrats still hold an edge, though smaller than the one Obama had during his first two years in the White House. But if the GOP agenda fails to change the lives of Americans, it could still prove to have a greater impact on next year’s elections. House Republicans also pledge to hold tough investigations and hearings on the president’s programs and policies, ending the free pass that Democratic committee chairmen gave the Obama administration the past two years. Republicans insist they’ll bring key administration officials before congressional microphones and that the public can watch the webcasts. The friendly tone of By MARC LEVY Associated Press
Specter: A Democrat, and in between, a Republican
WASHINGTON — As Arlen Specter leaves the Senate after 30 years, the one-time corruption-busting Philadelphia prosecutor and architect of the “single-bullet theory” of the John F. Kennedy assassination says he wouldn’t change a thing about his zig-zag-zig political path. Specter, 80, began and ended — for now — his political life as a Democrat and spent the intervening four decades as a Republican. But he sees himself as an independent who often bucked party leadership — ultimately ending his career. “I have always agreed with Kennedy that sometimes party asks too much,” Specter said in his last news media interview in his Washington office on Dec. 23. “My tenure in the Senate was really as an independent and whichever, regardless of party label.” In February 2009, he provided a key vote for President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package, the only congressional Republican facing re-election in 2010 to do so. That vote so enraged Pennsylvania Republicans — and solidified GOP support for conservative former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey — that Specter returned to the Democratic Party, only to be beaten in its May primary. It was Specter’s first race as a Democrat, and Democrats who had voted against him for years denied him a sixth term by nominating Joe Sestak instead. Toomey narrowly defeated Sestak in the November election and will succeed Specter when he’s sworn in Wednesday. His independent streak aside, Specter is a survivor, with the physical resilience to stand up to a brain tumor and two run-ins with Hodgkin’s disease, a cancer of the lymphatic system. He is Pennsylvania’s longest-serving U.S. senator, savvy enough to court conservatives before primary elections and the rest of the state’s moderate and Democratic voters during general elections while advancing his own influence and interests. He weathered firestorms from conservatives and liberals, and criticism that he staked out positions on both sides of the same, controversial issue. He has traveled the world and straddled generations, meeting Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Menachem Begin, Pope John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev and Fidel Castro. Specter is unlikely to go down in history as one of the great U.S. senators. But he was widely regarded as
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TODAY 7 p.m. — Delphos Parks and Recreation board meets at the recreation building at Stadium Park. Washington Township trustees meet at the township house. 7:30 p.m. — Spencerville village council meets at the mayor’s office. Delphos Eagles Auxiliary meets at the Eagles Lodge, 1600 Fifth St. Delphos Civil Service Commission meets at Municipal Building. 8 p.m. — The Veterans of Foreign Wars meet at the hall. TUESDAY 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff Street. Please notify the Delphos Herald at 419-695-0015 if there are any corrections or additions to the Coming Events column.
The Delphos Eagles Auxiliary #471 meeting was held with 16 members in attendance. Sandy McDonnell and Barbara Stant were initiated as new members. Debra Schurger rejoined the Auxiliary. Usual business was transacted. The $12 and $10.00 door prizes remain unclaimed. Hot Seat winners were Sue McNeal and Deb Rostorfer. Special awards went to Deb Rostorfer and Rosie Hilvers (twice). The next meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. today.
Halsey’s kindergarten class at Franklin Elementary
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Students in Brett Halsey’s kindergarten class at Franklin Elementary include, front from left, Natilie Altman, Cody Bailey, Logan Cash, Emily Cline, Morrison Finkhousen, Garett Gunter, Kristen Illig and Kaden Jettinghoff; center, Elijah Kill, Chloe Kroeger, Jaden Lucas, Kayden McIntosh, Jaiden Michaelson, Carder Miller, Daniel Myers and Macy Poling; and back, Halsey, Grace Schier, Peyton Schmitt, Kayla Smith, Autum Springer, Dawson Stocklin, Lea Thompson Julia Wallen and Emma Collins.
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Steelers rock Browns to clinch division and a bye
By TOM WITHERS The Associated Press CLEVELAND — There was no excessive celebrating in Pittsburgh’s locker room following the Steelers’ biggest win this season. The AFC North title was nice but not worth gloating over. And not with much bigger goals and much bigger championships in mind. “This is just hardware along the way,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said. Striking for a touchdown on their first offensive play, the Steelers, who came in needing a victory to lock up their division and a first-round playoff bye, routed Cleveland 41-9 on Sunday and handed Browns coach Eric Mangini a devastating loss as he fights for his job. Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes as the Steelers (12-4) geared up for another postseason run they hope doesn’t end until they’ve got their hands wrapped around another Lombardi Trophy. “We love to win the division,” said Roethlisberger, who got to rest for much of the second half. “This is a hard division. We hope this is just the beginning.” Roethlisberger threw a 56-yard TD to speedster Mike Wallace on his first pass and the Steelers built a 31-3 halftime lead and rocked the Browns (5-11), who couldn’t muster much of a fight in their finale — and probably Mangini’s farewell. The Steelers clinched the No. 2 seed in the AFC and guaranteed themselves at least one more game at Heinz Field. After missing the playoffs last season and a chance to defend their Super Bowl crown, the Steelers are not taking anything for granted. “This year we came back,” said wide receiver Hines Ward. “If you would’ve said at the start of the season we would have a 12-4 record, the only people that would believe you are the guys in this locker room.” On the other side of Browns Stadium, the home team braced for more change. Mangini fell to 10-22 in two seasons with Cleveland. This morning, he’s scheduled to meet with team president Mike Holmgren, who may fire him and appoint himself coach. When the game ended, a downcast Mangini was con-
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soled by defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who will reportedly interview for Carolina’s head coaching vacancy. Mangini doesn’t know what’s ahead but his demeanor was that of a beaten man. “We’ll see where it goes,” Mangini said. “I think the team has done a lot of good things this season. It’s difficult to feel any positives in the wake of what happened.” This was more redemption for Roethlisberger. He began the season serving a 4-game suspension — cut from six by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell — for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. There was no telling how the Steelers would do without him. But they went 3-1 without their leader and in his first game, he threw three TD passes in a 28-10 win over Cleveland on Oct. 17. Not only did Roethlisberger return as the same physical talent, he came back a more mature person. Big Ben, now more at peace with himself, has hardly been better. Roethlisberger went 15-of22 for 280 yards. He has thrown 158 passes without an interception, the longest streak of his career and further evidence of improved judgment and composure not always present. With the Steelers leading 38-3, Tomlin sat Roethlisberger with 5:34 left in the third for Byron Leftwich. It was time to start planning for the playoffs. But before Tomlin could get all his starters out, rookie center Maurkice Pouncey suffered a neck stinger. Earlier, starting left CB Bryant McFadden injured his groin and did not return. Otherwise, these Steelers appeared fit and focused. They finished tied with Baltimore but won the North for the fifth time in nine years because of a better division record. It wasn’t assured until they avoided a slip-up and avenged last season’s 13-6 loss in Cleveland, when a 1-11 Browns team sacked Roethlisberger eight times. Rashard Mendenhall’s two short TD bursts and Roethlisberger’s scoring passes to Wallace — following Troy Polamalu’s interception of rookie Colt McCoy — and Heath Miller gave the Steelers a 28-3 lead. It swelled to 38-3 in the third on wide receiver Antwaan Randle El’s 3-yard TD pass to Ward.
The Associated Press Yep, those were championship hats the Seattle Seahawks were wearing. Nope, they aren’t ashamed one bit. The Seahawks became the first NFL division winner with a losing record — that dates to 1933, folks — when they beat St. Louis 16-6 on Sunday night. At 7-9, they are NFC West champions, while two 10-6 clubs (Tampa Bay and the New York Giants) are out of the postseason. Apologize for their fortune? Forget it. “It just shows that no matter what happens through an awkward year, if a team sticks together they can have a shot at the end to accomplish what they talked about in the beginning,” safety Lawyer Milloy said. “We know it wasn’t pretty getting here but what we talked about was right there at the end and we took advantage of it. Nobody can take that away from us.” Indianapolis tied an NFL record with its ninth straight playoff berth by beating Tennessee 23-20 on Adam Vinatieri’s 43-yard field goal as time expired. The Colts (10-6), host the wild-card Jets (11-4), who routed Buffalo 38-7, next Saturday night. Atlanta secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, winning the NFC South by defeating Carolina 31-10. The Falcons (13-3) get a bye next week, as do the NFC North champion Bears (11-5), who fell at Green Bay 10-3, giving the Packers (106) a wild-card spot.
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Green Bay visits Philadelphia (10-6), the NFC East champ, next Sunday after AFC West winner Kansas City (10-6) hosts Baltimore (12-4). Along with Atlanta, teams with byes are New England, which finished a league-best 14-2; Pittsburgh (124); and Chicago. Failing to make the playoffs in the NFC were the Giants and Buccaneers, the first time since 1991 that a 10-6 team didn’t get in from the NFC.
Seahawks 16, Rams 6 At Seattle, both teams finished 7-9 in the mild, mild West, with Seattle getting the nod thanks to a 4-2 division record. St. Louis was 3-3. Making his second career start, backup QB Charlie Whitehurst threw a 4-yard TD pass on Seattle’s first possession and Olindo Mare kicked three second-half field goals. A defense that yielded at least 34 points in three straight losses was stingy against Rams rookie quarterback Sam Bradford and 1,000-yard rusher Steven Jackson. Colts 23, Titans 20 At Indianapolis, Peyton Manning threw two touchdown passes before Vinatieri’s clutch kick. The Colts tied Dallas’ NFL record for consecutive playoff appearances as Manning set the single-season record for completions with 450. Tennessee (6-10) lost eight of its last nine. Chris Johnson, a 2,000-yard rusher a year ago, ran 20 times for 39 yards and finished with 1,364. Falcons 31, Panthers 10 At Atlanta, Falcons earned their first division title since 2004. Matt Ryan passed for 236 yards with TDs to Tony Gonzalez and Roddy White; Eric Weems scored on a 55-yard punt return. Carolina (2-14) had a weak finish to an awful season under coach John Fox as the league’s worst offense was held without a touchdown until the final minute. The Panthers announced Friday that this was Fox’s last game as coach. Packers 10, Bears 3 At Green Bay, Wis., Aaron Rodgers’ 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Donald Lee gave the Packers the lead and their defense held on to clinch a wild card. The Packers trailed 3-0 at halftime and were tied going into the fourth quarter with the Bears, who didn’t have anything to play for in terms of playoff seeding but still played to win with their starters. Patriots 38, Dolphins 7 At Foxborough, Mass., Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to cap a record-setting season as New England won its eighth straight. The game meant nothing in the standings. Still, Brady played into the third quarter and finished with 36 touchdowns passing and four interceptions. He extended his NFL records to 335 straight passes without an interception and 28 consecutive regularseason wins as a starter at home. The Dolphins (7-9) lost for the fourth time in five games, jeopardizing the job of coach Tony Sparano. Jets 38, Bills 7 At East Rutherford, N.J., Mark Brunell threw two touchdown passes in relief of Mark Sanchez, Joe McKnight ran for a career-high 158 yards and the Jets’ defense dominated. Having already clinched a postseason spot, New York sat a handful of starters, including LaDainian Tomlinson and Darrelle Revis, but still earned the fourth 11-win season in franchise history — and first since the 1998 team went to the AFC championship game. Buffalo finished 4-12, out of the playoffs for the 11th successive season. Buccaneers 23, Saints 13 At New Orleans, Josh Freeman passed for two touchdowns and 255 yards, with a 2-yard scoring strike to Dezmon Briscoe in the back of the end zone and an 18-yard TD to Mike Williams on fourth-and-short. Connor Barth hit three field goals as Tampa Bay finished off a sharp turnaround from 3-13. Raiders 31, Chiefs 10 At Kansas City, Mo., Michael Bush rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown and short-handed Oakland won to gain an unenviable NFL distinction. The Raiders (8-8) finished 6-0 in the AFC West, the first team since the 1970 merger to go unbeaten in the division and not make the playoffs. The AFC West champion Chiefs were 2-4 in the division. Two of Oakland’s best players, RB Darren McFadden and Pro Bowl DT Richard Seymour, were inactive because of injuries. But the Raiders dominated in just about every way while handing the Chiefs their first home loss. Cowboys 14, Eagles 13 At Philadelphia, Stephen McGee threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten with 55 seconds left. Michael Vick and nearly every starter didn’t play in a game that had no effect on Philadelphia’s playoff positioning. The Cowboys (6-10) were playing for jobs next year and the win might convince owner Jerry Jones to have Jason Garrett stay on next season after going 5-3 as interim coach. Giants 17, Redskins 14
Ravens hold on to beat Bengals, lock up wild card
By DAVID GINSBURG The Associated Press Derrick Mason, who joined Jerry Rice and Tony Gonzalez as the only players in NFL history with 60-plus receptions in 11 straight seasons. Baltimore begins its playoff run Sunday in Kansas City against the AFC West champs. “It’s just a football game,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “Going on the road is just something we have to do. I don’t look at it any different than any other game.” Ed Reed had two interceptions and Ray Lewis recovered two fumbles, part of an opportunistic defense that produced five turnovers and carried the team to victory. Flacco went 14-for-19 for a paltry 125 yards and the rushing attack was held to 98 yards. “We can’t allow ourselves to go into next week ... and play the way we played today,” Mason added. There is no next week for the Bengals (4-12) and it’s uncertain if there will be a next season for coach Marvin Lewis. Team owner Mike Brown is expected to meet today with Lewis, who remains unsigned for 2011. “All I know is, officially today I’m no longer employed,” Lewis said. “Where I am right now in my coaching career is a different point from where I was eight years ago and I think this football team is a lot different than it was eight years ago and that’s good. ... We’re in a good spot.” Lewis is 60-69-1, 0-2 in the postseason, and has produced only two winning seasons. “Even though the last game didn’t finish the way we want with a win, for the coaches and the players, I’m proud of how they kept working,” Lewis added. “It’s a good springboard for the offseason for the football team but I can’t answer where things are with me.” His players aren’t sure, either. “That’s the nature of the business. No position is promised to you,” Bengals running back Cedric Benson said. “I don’t even know if I’m coming back.” Ray Rice scored on a 7-yard run and Billy Cundiff kicked two field goals for the Ravens, who had lost three straight to Cincinnati — including a 15-10 decision in Week 2 that proved decisive in the tie-breaking system that enabled Pittsburgh to win the
At Landover, Md., Giants co-owner John Mara announced coach Tom Coughlin will return after a game in which end Osi Umenyiora caused two of the defense’s four takeaways for the visiting Giants. Umenyiora tied an NFL record with 10 forced fumbles in a season. Rex Grossman threw for 336 yards for the Redskins, who finished 6-10. Washington went 2-6 at home, its worst mark since 1994. Texans 34, Jaguars 17 At Houston, Arian Foster ran for 180 yards to capture the NFL rushing title. Foster finished with 1,616 yards rushing, the highest single-season total for an undrafted player, as Houston went 6-10. The Jaguars (8-8) couldn’t overcome the absence of their top two offensive players. Quarterback David Garrard had finger surgery Thursday and Pro Bowl RB Maurice Jones-Drew sat out with a right knee injury. Lions 20, Vikings 13 At Detroit, Brett Favre stood in street clothes on the sideline in what likely was the final game of his 20-season career, watching the Lions (6-10) win their fourth straight. The Vikings (6-10) closed out a lost season by putting the 3-time MVP quarterback on the inactive list because of a concussion, with rookie Joe Webb making his second start. After the game, Favre announced it was time for him to call it a career. The Lions tripled last season’s win total and closed with their best finish since 1995. Shaun Hill threw for 258 yards and a touchdown for Detroit. 49ers 38, Cardinals 7 At San Francisco, Alex Smith threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis in what likely was the quarterback’s final hurrah with the 49ers. Smith, the 2005 No. 1 overall draft pick who will become a free agent, threw for 276 yards and two TDs overall and the Niners (6-10) made interim coach Jim Tomsula a winner in what will probably be his only game coaching the team. Tomsula was promoted from his defensive line duties after coach Mike Singletary was fired following a loss last week. Larry Fitzgerald had a 10-yard TD reception from John Skelton among his 11 catches for Arizona (5-11). Chargers 33, Broncos 28 At Denver, rookie Ryan Mathews ran for three scores and Nate Kaeding kicked four field goals for San Diego. Mathews topped 100 yards for the first time, gaining 120 on 26 carries and scoring on runs of 27, 12 and 31 yards. The Broncos (4-12) closed out the season with more than 11 losses for the first time in club history but secured the No. 2 overall pick in the April draft behind Carolina. San Diego (9-7) missed the playoffs after winning the AFC West title the past four years.
BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens are back in familiar territory: Playoff bound with the prospect of spending the next few weeks on the road. The Cincinnati Bengals are also experiencing a flashback of sorts. Coming off a miserable season, the team has reached a critical juncture as it prepares to move forward. Baltimore was already assured a third straight trip to the postseason before defeating the Bengals 13-7 Sunday. The Ravens started the day with a shot at winning the AFC North but that opportunity vanished when Pittsburgh thumped the Cleveland Browns 41-9. That means Baltimore (124) will begin the playoffs as a wild card, which calls for up to three straight road games before the Super Bowl. That’s the same path the Ravens took in winning the Super Bowl after the 2000 season and the course they traveled in each of the previous two years. “Wherever we go, we have to win a football game to move forward,” said receiver
The Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. — Kelley Cain and Glory Johnson scored 19 points each to lead No. 5 Tennessee to a 73-65 victory over LSU on Sunday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Kamiko Williams added 13 points for the Lady Vols (13-2), who didn’t hit a 3-pointer for the first time in 422 games. They were 0-for-7 from behind the arc, marking the first time since Jan. 21, 1999 that they didn’t hit a 3. Tennessee won that game too, beating Florida. LaSandra Barrett scored 15 points while Jeanne Kenney added 11 for LSU (10-5). Courtney Jones had 10. No. 6 West Virginia 63, Central Connecticut State 37 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Freshman Brooke Hampton scored 11 points and West Virginia overcame a sluggish first half to beat Central Connecticut State. The Mountaineers (14-0) extended the best start in school history and improved their school-record home winning streak to 27 games. Liz Repella and Ayana Dunning added 10 points each for West Virginia. Sarah Miles had seven points and a career-high nine steals in her first start since missing seven games with a knee injury. West Virginia outscored the Blue Devils 40-17 in the second half after leading by just three at halftime. No. 8 UCLA 80, Washington State 55 PULLMAN, Wash. — Jasmine Dixon and Darxia Morris each scored 12 points to help UCLA beat errorprone Washington State. UCLA (12-1, 2-0 Pac-10) has won 21 straight in the series since 2001. Washington State (2-12, 0-2) has lost six consecutive games but stayed
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close in the first half until poor shooting took a toll. Freshman Ireti Amojo was the only Cougar in double figures with 13 points. No. 9 Stanford 78, California 45 BERKELEY, Calif. — Jeanette Pohlen scored 15 points and No. 9 Stanford followed up its streak-busting win over Connecticut by easily knocking off rival California 78-45 on Sunday. Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 14 points before leaving with a shoulder injury early in the second half for the Cardinal (10-2, 1-0 Pac-10), who showed few signs of a letdown just three days after snapping UConn’s NCAA record 90-game winning streak with a 71-59 win at Maples Pavilion. Talia Caldwell and Rama N’Diaye scored 10 points each to lead the Golden Bears (8-4, 0-1), who have lost five straight overall to their Bay Area rivals and 17 of 18 at home. This victory capped an impressive 12-day run for Stanford. After losing two straight road games to DePaul and Tennessee, the Cardinal have gotten coach Tara VanDerveer her 800th win at San Francisco, blown out No. 4 Xavier by 37 points, snapped Connecticut’s record winning streak and beaten the Bears. No. 12 Michigan St. 70, Illinois 57 EAST LANSING, Mich. — Kalisha Keane scored 27 points to help Michigan State beat Illinois. Lykendra Johnson added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans (131, 1-0 Big Ten), who are off to the best start in school history. Michigan State was 12-2 in 197374 and 2004-05, the season it lost to Baylor in the NCAA final. An 11-game winning streak ties the second-longest run in school history. Keane was 10-for-14 from the field and made 3-of-6 3-pointers. She had 18 points in the first half as the Spartans sprinted to a 19-3 lead, then saw the Fighting Illini (6-9, 1-1) cut it to 36-32 at the break. Karisma Penn had 23 points and Centrese McGee scored 12 for Illinois, which trimmed a 13-point margin to five in the second half. No. 13 Ohio State 86, BethuneCookman 38 COLUMBUS — Jantel Lavender scored 29 points in 21 minutes and Ohio State ended its longest losing streak in eight years with a victory over Bethune-Cookman. The three-game skid started with the Buckeyes (9-4) losing to top-ranked Connecticut on Dec. 19, and was followed by a home loss to Duquesne and Thursday’s defeat at Michigan in the Big Ten opener. Bethune-Cookman (6-6), which had won three straight, scored the first four points of the game but Lavender had Ohio State’s first 11 and finished with 21 in the first half as the Buckeyes took a 46-25 lead. Lavender’s only miss in 13 shots came on a layup in the first 4 minutes. Samantha Prahalis had 10 points and 10 assists for Ohio State. Jasmine Daniels had 11 points for the Wildcats. Michigan 60, No. 14 Iowa 53 IOWA CITY, Iowa — Courtney Boylan scored 18 points to help Michigan pull off its second Top 25 upset of the week, knocking off Iowa, three days after beating 13th-ranked Ohio State. Jenny Ryan added 15 points and Carmen Reynolds had 10 rebounds for Michigan (9-5, 2-0 Big Ten). Trailing 20-13, Michigan used a 13-1 run to close the first half and take a 5-point lead at the break. The Wolverines extended the lead to as much as 12 points in the second half.
division. Sunday’s victory was not assured until Bengals QB Carson Palmer threw an incompletion on a fourthdown play from the Baltimore 2 with 10 seconds left. That ended Cincinnati’s modest 2-game winning streak. “It was a game that we had a chance and didn’t finish it,” Palmer said. “We feel awful because we had the chance to go into the offseason with a pleasant feeling at least. But just didn’t make the plays we needed to all game.” Palmer went 32-for-45 for 305 yards but was intercepted twice and lost a fumble. Jerome Simpson caught 12 passes for 123 yards and a score for the Bengals, who were without injured receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco. The defending AFC North champions endured a 10-game losing streak and went 1-7 on the road. Reed’s second consecutive 2-interception game gave him eight picks for the season — in only 10 games. His two returns totaled 48 yards, lifting him past Darren Sharper for second place on the NFL career list with 1,438. Rod Woodson is the record-holder with 1,483.
Jaime Printy scored 18 points to lead Iowa (12-3, 0-2). She and fellow guard Kamille Wahlin combined to shoot just 7-for-36 from the field. Morgan Johnson added 13 points and Kachine Alexander had nine points and 15 rebounds for the Hawkeyes. No. 16 Notre Dame 97, Southeast Missouri State 21 SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame scored the first 36 points of the game en route to an easy win over Southeast Missouri State. Skylar Diggins had 18 points to lead the 16th-ranked Irish (12-3), who led 46-6 at half and set numerous school records in the game. The 21 points was the fewest the school ever has allowed, eclipsing the 25 points they gave up to Grace College in 1978. Southeast Missouri State (5-9) missed its first 18 shots and got its first basket, a 3-pointer by Katie Norman with 5:20 to go in the first half. Jasmine Davis led the Redhawks with six. Devereaux Peters had a doubledouble with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Kayla McBride added 17 points and Becca Bruszewski had 12. No. 18 Maryland 74, Saint Joseph’s 60 PHILADELPHIA — Alyssa Thomas scored 22 points to lead Maryland over Saint Joseph’s and to its 12th straight win. Diandra Tchatchouang had 12 points and 13 rebounds and Lynetta Kizer had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Thomas helped lead the Terrapins (13-1) back from a 6-point deficit in the first half. The Terps went on a 14-5 run early in the second half to give them a lead they would never give up. Katie Kuester led the Hawks (10-4) with 23 points. Michelle Baker scored 12 points for the Hawks, who snapped a seven-game winning streak. Saint
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The Associated Press AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct y-New England 14 2 0 .875 x-N.Y. Jets 11 5 0 .688 Miami 7 9 0 .438 Buffalo 4 12 0 .250 South W L T Pct y-Indianapolis 10 6 0 .625 Jacksonville 8 8 0 .500 Houston 6 10 0 .375 Tennessee 6 10 0 .375 North W L T Pct y-Pittsburgh 12 4 0 .750 x-Baltimore 12 4 0 .750 Cleveland 5 11 0 .313 Cincinnati 4 12 0 .250 West W L T Pct y-Kansas City 10 6 0 .625 San Diego 9 7 0 .563 Oakland 8 8 0 .500 Denver 4 12 0 .250 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T y-Philadelphia 10 6 0 N.Y. Giants 10 6 0 Dallas 6 10 0 Washington 6 10 0 South W L T
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The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct Boston 25 7 .781 New York 19 14 .576 Philadelphia 13 20 .394 Toronto 11 22 .333 New Jersey 9 25 .265 Southeast Division W L Pct Miami 26 9 .743 Orlando 21 12 .636 Atlanta 22 14 .611 Charlotte 11 20 .355 Washington 8 24 .250 Central Division W L Pct Chicago 22 10 .688 Indiana 14 18 .438 Milwaukee 13 18 .419 Detroit 11 22 .333 Cleveland 8 26 .235 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio 29 4 .879 Dallas 25 8 .758 New Orleans 20 14 .588 Houston 16 17 .485 Memphis 15 19 .441 Northwest Division W L Pct Utah 23 11 .676 Oklahoma City 23 12 .657 Denver 19 13 .594 Portland 18 16 .529 Minnesota 9 25 .265 Pacific Division
GB — 6 1/2 12 1/2 14 1/2 17 GB — 4 4 1/2 13 16 1/2 GB — 8 8 1/2 11 1/2 15 GB — 4 9 1/2 13 14 1/2 GB — 1/2 3 5 14
y-Atlanta 13 3 0 .813 x-New Orleans 11 5 0 .688 Tampa Bay 10 6 0 .625 Carolina 2 14 0 .125 North W L T Pct y-Chicago 11 5 0 .688 x-Green Bay 10 6 0 .625 Detroit 6 10 0 .375 Minnesota 6 10 0 .375 West W L T Pct y-Seattle 7 9 0 .438 St. Louis 7 9 0 .438 San Francisco 6 10 0 .375 Arizona 5 11 0 .313 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division ——— Sunday’s Results Oakland 31, Kansas City 10 Tampa Bay 23, New Orleans 13 New England 38, Miami 7 Detroit 20, Minnesota 13 Atlanta 31, Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 41, Cleveland 9 N.Y. Jets 38, Buffalo 7 Baltimore 13, Cincinnati 7 San Francisco 38, Arizona 7 San Diego 33, Denver 28 Green Bay 10, Chicago 3 Houston 34, Jacksonville 17 N.Y. Giants 17, Washington 14 Dallas 14, Philadelphia 13 Indianapolis 23, Tennessee 20 Seattle 16, St. Louis 6
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No. 1 Duke beats Miami 74-63 in ACC opener
By AARON BEARD The Associated Press DURHAM, N.C. — Mike Krzyzewski had his Duke players come to Cameron Indoor Stadium the day before their Atlantic Coast Conference opener to look at the countless banners hanging in the rafters. The message? “We tried to impress on our guys that it’s their turn to try to do something in the ACC,” the Hall of Fame coach explained. Nolan Smith and the topranked Blue Devils took their first step Sunday night, with the senior scoring a seasonhigh 28 points in the 74-63 win over Miami in the league opener for both teams. Reserve guard Andre Dawkins added 16 points for the Blue Devils (13-0, 1-0), who have won 23 straight games dating to last season’s run to the ACC and NCAA tournament titles. Kyle Singler added 14 points on a night when the Blue Devils didn’t shoot all that well but still maintained a comfortable lead for much of the game. It was a good start as the Blue Devils aim for a 12th ACC regular-season crown under Krzyzewski. Smith had a run of 13 straight points in the first half that gave Duke its double-digit lead and the Hurricanes (11-4, 0-1) played the reigning champions basically even the rest of the way. “You don’t win one of those (banners) without showing up every day in our conference,” Krzyzewski said. “It’s just different. You don’t play for your total record. You play for your ACC record. That’s the way we’ve approached it, especially since the mid ’90s. And we get better as a result of doing that.” The Blue Devils led by 13 points at halftime and Miami twice got as close as nine, the last time at 56-47 on a layup by Durand Scott with about 6 1/2 minutes to play. But the Blue Devils answered with a 7-0 run capped by a jumper and a long 3-pointer from Dawkins that made it 63-47 with 4:33 left. Reggie Johnson tied his career high with 22 points for Miami, despite battling foul trouble much of the game. The Hurricanes missed 14-of-17 3-point attempts and shot 37 percent overall. That included plenty of shots in the paint, particularly while Johnson sat on the bench and Smith went on his run. “It’s kind of demoralizing when you have those bunnies around the hoop and you don’t make them,” Miami coach Frank Haith said. “We missed a lot of those in the first half. We had some open looks there at the end — guys who normally make shots ... and we just didn’t knock them down.” Smith went 9-of-15 from the field, closing his night with his fourth 3 to beat the shot clock with about a minute left. Duke has dominated the series overall, winning 10-of11 meetings since Miami joined the ACC before the 2004-05 season. But the Hurricanes had played the Blue Devils well of late, edging Duke by one at home in 2008 and losing the next three meetings by a combined 13 points. This one fit right in for about 15 minutes but that’s when Smith got rolling. First came a shot in the lane, followed by a 3-pointer. Then another 3. Then another. A little more than a minute after that 4-possession flurry, Smith lost Scott around a screen and blew in for a slam that sent Cameron into a frenzy and gave Duke a 35-22 lead with 1:48 left in the half. As for the Hurricanes, they couldn’t blame their big halftime deficit on Smith alone. They shot 9-of-35 (26 percent) and made just 1-of-10 3-point tries. It also hurt that Johnson played just 5 minutes in the half after picking up two quick fouls. Smith has scored at least 22 points in four straight games and played all 40 minutes Sunday as the primary ballhandler with star freshman point guard Kyrie Irving still out indefinitely with an injured right big toe. Krzyzewski added Irving got a new cast earlier Sunday and the team could know more after doctors perform a new scan, likely Tuesday or Wednesday.
56 Top 25 Capsules No. 3 Kansas 83, Miami, Ohio LAWRENCE, Kan. — Markieff Morris had 20 points and twin brother Marcus added 18 to lead Kansas. The Jayhawks (13-0) extended the nation’s longest homecourt winning streak to 67 games. Freshman Josh Selby had 18 points for the Jayhawks, one of seven unbeaten teams in Division I. The twins went a combined 16-of22 from the field. Orlando Williams had 11 points and Allen Roberts added 10 for Miami (5-9), which has lost to the nation’s current top three teams. The Redhawks lost 79-45 at No. 1 Duke and 66-45 at No. 2 Ohio State in November. The Jayhawks took control with a 14-0 run in the first half that made it 33-11 with 5:19 to play. Selby spurred the run with eight points, including an emphatic slam and baseline 3-pointer. No. 8 Villanova 81, Rutgers 65 VILLANOVA, Pa. — Corey Stokes scored 23 points and Corey Fisher had 19 as Villanova won its seventh straight game. Stokes rebounded from a 2-point first half to score eight points in the opening 2:11 of the second for the Wildcats (12-1, 1-0 Big East). Stokes, Villanova’s leading scorer at 16.4 points, hit two 3s during an 11-0 run that wiped out a 4-point halftime
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The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts Philadelphia 39 24 10 5 53 Pittsburgh 40 25 12 3 53 N.Y. Rangers 40 22 15 3 47 N.Y. Islanders 36 11 19 6 28 New Jersey 38 10 26 2 22 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts Boston 37 20 11 6 46 Montreal 40 21 16 3 45 Ottawa 40 16 19 5 37 Buffalo 38 16 18 4 36 Toronto 37 14 19 4 32 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts Tampa Bay 39 23 11 5 51 Washington 40 23 12 5 51 Atlanta 42 21 15 6 48 Carolina 37 18 15 4 40 Florida 36 17 17 2 36 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts Detroit 39 24 10 5 53 St. Louis 38 20 13 5 45 Nashville 38 19 13 6 44 Columbus 39 20 16 3 43 Chicago 40 20 17 3 43 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts Vancouver 37 24 8 5 53 Colorado 39 20 14 5 45 Minnesota 38 18 15 5 41 Calgary 39 18 18 3 39 Edmonton 37 12 18 7 31
GF 131 127 119 84 68 GF 108 100 90 105 89 GF 121 120 131 108 98 GA 104 94 103 118 122 GA 84 96 121 114 111 GA 122 106 125 111 92
W L Pct GB L.A. Lakers 23 11 .676 — Phoenix 14 18 .438 8 Golden State 13 20 .394 9 1/2 L.A. Clippers 10 24 .294 13 Sacramento 7 24 .226 14 1/2 ——— Saturday’s Results Chicago 100, Cleveland 91 New Orleans 92, Washington 81 Miami 114, Golden State 107 Minnesota 103, New Jersey 88 San Antonio 101, Oklahoma City 74 Denver 104, Sacramento 86 Utah 98, Memphis 92 Milwaukee 99, Dallas 87 Sunday’s Results New York 98, Indiana 92 Atlanta 107, L.A. Clippers 98 Boston 93, Toronto 79 Dallas 104, Cleveland 95 Portland 100, Houston 85 Sacramento 94, Phoenix 89 Memphis 104, L.A. Lakers 85 Today’s Games Miami at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Golden State at Orlando, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Houston at Denver, 9 p.m. Detroit at Utah, 9 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Milwaukee at Miami, 7:30 p.m. San Antonio at New York, 7:30 p.m. Toronto at Chicago, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Memphis, 8 p.m. Portland at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Atlanta at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Detroit at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
Pacific Division GP Dallas 40 San Jose 39 Anaheim 42 Los Angeles 38 Phoenix 38
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L OT Pts 13 4 50 13 5 47 17 4 46 15 1 45 13 8 42
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GA 111 108 119 92 113
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The Associated Press Saturday’s Results TicketCity Bowl At Dallas Texas Tech 45, Northwestern 38 Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Alabama 49, Michigan St. 7 Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. Florida 37, Penn State 24 Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Mississippi State 52, Michigan 14 Rose Bowl
NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Saturday’s Results Buffalo 7, Boston 6, SO Toronto 5, Ottawa 1 Carolina 6, New Jersey 3 Tampa Bay 2, N.Y. Rangers 1, OT Washington 3, Pittsburgh 1 San Jose 1, Los Angeles 0 Calgary 2, Edmonton 1 Sunday’s Results Atlanta 4, Montreal 3, OT Florida 3, N.Y. Rangers 0 Philadelphia 3, Detroit 2 Dallas 4, St. Louis 2 Nashville 4, Columbus 1 Minnesota 6, Phoenix 5, OT Vancouver 2, Colorado 1 Anaheim 2, Chicago 1 Today’s Games Boston at Toronto, 7 p.m. Florida at Carolina, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Calgary, 9 p.m. Chicago at Los Angeles, 9 p.m. Vancouver at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Minnesota at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Washington, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Colorado, 9 p.m. Detroit at Edmonton, 9 p.m. Columbus at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Luck leads Stanford against Va Tech in Orange Bowl
By STEVEN WINE The Associated Press feated in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Stanford lost in October to Oregon, then swept its final seven regularseason games, the latest surge in a remarkable turnaround under Harbaugh after going 1-11 in 2006. Luck was a high school junior in Houston when Stanford hired Harbaugh, who spent 15 seasons as an NFL quarterback. “I did not really know his name, to be honest,” Luck says with a sheepish laugh. “Don’t tell him I said that.” Soon enough, Luck accepted a scholarship offer from Harbaugh, and now the coach and quarterback have led the Cardinal to their first January bowl since 2000. Like Luck, Harbaugh might be bound for the NFL this year. “He’s got to do what’s best for him,” Luck says, “and I’ve got to do what’s best for me.” First there’s the matter of beating Virginia Tech, which happens to have a pretty good QB, too. Senior Tyrod Taylor was chosen ACC player of the year and he’s often compared with one of his predecessors at Tech, Michael Vick. Taylor seeks his third bowl win in his final college game. While Taylor’s mobility makes him dangerous, he needs to prove himself as a pocket passer to succeed in the NFL and he’s confident he can do it. “I believe I can play in any offense,” Taylor says. “Early in my career I was more of a runner. As I got older, I think I proved I can be a dropback passer. I can also use my feet but I always keep my eyes downfield looking for a receiver.” Taylor will leave Blacksburg as the school’s career leader in passing yards, rushing yards by a quarterback and total offense. He’s 34-7 as a starter and, like Luck, he wins raves for his leadership. When the Hokies were 0-2, Taylor led a seniors-only meeting that stabilized the situation. “His legacy is that we’ll always be talking about Tyrod Taylor,” offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring says. “That’s probably the best compliment I can give somebody.” Luck reaps similar praise, although it’s possible he won’t leave in 2011. The son of former West Virginia and Houston Oilers quarterback Oliver Luck says he’s trying not to think a lot about his future until after the Orange Bowl but no one seems to doubt he’s ready for the NFL. Luck will face a Tech defense ranked second in the nation with 22 interceptions. But in two years as a starter, Luck has been intercepted only 11 times while
deficit and gave the Wildcats the lead for good. Jonathan Mitchell had 17 points for Rutgers (9-4, 0-1), which lost its second straight game following a 6-game winning streak. Gilvydas Biruta, who finished with 12 points, was ejected in the final minute for a flagrant foul. No. 21 Memphis 91, Tennessee St. 86 MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Antonio Barton scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, including two key free throws with 17 seconds left, for Memphis. Tarik Black, who was ejected with just under a minute to play for coming on the court during an altercation, was 9-of-11 from the field and had 22 points for Memphis (11-2). Will Barton finished with 19 points and eight rebounds. Tennessee State (6-8), which was trying to record its first victory over a ranked team in school history, led most of the way and was 12 of 24 from outside the arc. Kenny Moore led Tennessee State with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including missing only one of his six 3-point attempts, while Wil Peters finished with 17 points and seven assists. No. 23 Illinois 69, Wisconsin 61 CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -— Demetri McCamey scored 21 points and Mike Davis and Bill Cole added 11 each to lead Illinois. McCamey, who had seven assists, scored 11 points over the final 5:15 for Illinois (12-3, 2-0 Big Ten). Davis grabbed 14 rebounds. The Illini shot 66.7 percent from the field compared to Wisconsin’s 42.9 percent and they outrebounded the Badgers 34-25. Yet Wisconsin (11-3, 1-1) hung around and pulled within 54-49 with 6:34 to play on a 3-pointer by Tim Jarmusz. McCamey hit a 3 on the break with 5:15 to play to make it 59-49. After a 3-pointer by Jordan Taylor, McCamey answered with another one, dribbling out the final seconds on the shot clock before launching the shot that made it 63-52 with 2:58 to play. Taylor and Jon Leuer led Wisconsin with 19 points each. Taylor fouled out with 5 seconds left in the game. No. 24 Vanderbilt 80, Davidson 52 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jeffery Taylor scored 22 points to lead four Vanderbilt players in double figures. Brad Tinsley and Steve Tchiengang both added 14 points for the Commodores (11-2), while Festus Ezeli had 12. Tinsley had 10 rebounds. Vanderbilt played without leading scorer John Jenkins and starting forward Andre Walker, both out with injuries. Freshman Chris Czerapowicz had 16 points to lead Davidson (7-6). Jake Cohen, the Wildcats’ leading scorer at 14.9 points, was held to a season-low two points. He fouled out with 9:06 to play. The Commodores led 52-24 at halftime.
At Pasadena, Calif. TCU 21, Wisconsin 19 Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Oklahoma 48, Connecticut 20 Today’s Game Orange Bowl At Miami Stanford (11-1) vs. Virginia Tech (11-2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday’s Game Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Ohio State (11-1) vs. Arkansas (10-2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Joseph finished nonconference play with 10 wins, the most in team history. Maryland shot 48 percent from the floor (29-of-61) and outrebounded the Hawks 48-30. Saint Joseph’s fell to 31-110 against Top 25 teams and has not defeated a ranked team since 2007. No. 20 Iowa State 62, Chicago State 48 AMES, Iowa — Chelsea Poppens and Hallie Christofferson each scored 17 points to help Iowa State beat Chicago State. Kelsey Bolte added 12 points, moving her into 12th place all-time in scoring at Iowa State with 1,286 career points. The victory was the Cyclones (11-2) fifth straight and 57th consecutive nonconference victory at home. Iowa State led by seven at the half and never looked back. The Cyclones held the Cougars, who averaged 69.8 points, to a season-low 48 points. Courtney Waldon paced the Cougars (6-8) with 16 points. Florida 64, No. 22 Arkansas 53 GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Deana Allen scored 12 points, Jennifer George added 10 and Florida beat Arkansas. The Gators (11-4, 1-0 SEC) led the entire game, improved to 8-0 at home and handed the Razorbacks (12-1, 0-1) their first loss of the season. Ndidi Madu chipped in 10 points for Florida. Fellow starters Jaterra Bonds and Lanita Bartley scored nine apiece. The reserves, led by Allen and George, accounted for 28 points. Arkansas cut Florida’s double-digit lead to 58-49 with 4:24 remaining on consecutive 3-pointers by Lyndsay Harris but the Gators held on down the stretch, with Jordan Jones and Allen hitting two free throws each. Harris led the Razorbacks with 12 points despite missing 11 of 13 shots from the field. Sarah Watkins and Keira Peak added 10 points apiece.
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Arkansas shot a season-low 31.7 percent, including 3-of-18 from 3-point range. No. 23 Texas 94, Sam Houston State 50 AUSTIN, Texas — Kathleen Nash tied a career-high with five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points as Texas beat Sam Houston State. Chassidy Fussell added 16 points for the Longhorns (11-3) and Ashley Gayle had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. In its final game before the start of Big 12 play, Texas took an 8-0 lead against the Bearkats (6-8). Entering the game having won consecutive tournament championships, the Longhorns extended the lead when Ashleigh Fontenette made a steal, converted the fast-break layup and was fouled for a 3-point play with 11:45 remaining in the half. Texas ended the final 10 minutes of the first half on a 29-7 run to take a 49-17 lead. Britni Martin scored 14 points and had seven rebounds for Sam Houston State. No. 25 Florida St. 75, Missouri 43 COLUMBIA, Mo. — Cierra Bravard scored 17 points, Courtney Ward had 14 and Florida State overcame a slow start to surge past Missouri. The Seminoles (12-3) trailed 11-7 before putting together a 13-0 run and was in control the rest of the way, snapping Missouri’s 5-game winning streak. It was their final tuneup before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play on Thursday at Virginia Tech. Alexa Deluzio added 11 points for Florida State, which shot 51 percent overall and was 5-for-9 from 3-point range. Florida State dominated in every area and held Missouri (8-5) to season-worst 26.4-percent shooting. Ward, a senior, became the 24th player in school history to score 1,000 points. Christina Flores had 16 points for Missouri and RaeShara Brown finished with 10.
MIAMI — Andrew Luck threw seven interceptions and 97 incompletions during the regular season. His knowledge of the NFL is less than encyclopedic — more on that shortly — and he settled for a B in the most difficult class he has taken at Stanford, a course on mechanics called Engineering 14. Yet coach Jim Harbaugh is disinclined to find fault. “Andrew is the real deal,” Harbaugh says. “He is the best player I’ve ever been around and he’s even a finer young man. There’s nothing about him where I say I wish he could do this, or I wish he didn’t do this. He is just like my wife: He is perfect. You wouldn’t change a thing about him.” Stanford’s passing paragon will take the national stage tonight in the Orange Bowl, when No. 5 Stanford (11-1) faces No. 12 Virginia Tech (11-2). It could be Luck’s final college game — although only a sophomore, he’s touted as the likely No. 1 overall draft pick in April if he turns pro. The BCS game matches two teams climbing in the polls since early in the season. Virginia Tech opened with losses to Boise State and lower-tier James Madison, then regrouped and went unde-
throwing 41 touchdown passes. He threw for 3,051 yards this year, completing 70 percent of his passes, and finished second to Auburn’s Cam Newton in the Heisman Trophy race. Luck is 6-4 and 235 pounds but mobile enough to run for 438 yards this season. And he’s tough: Scrambling against California, he threw a forearm into the chin of a safety and knocked him head over heels.
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The Associated Press TORONTO — Paul Pierce scored 30 points, Ray Allen had 23 and the Boston Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 93-79 on Sunday night. Glenn Davis added 15 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists as Boston won for the 10th time in 11 meetings with Toronto. Pierce was disappointed with himself after scoring just 12 points and making a season-high six turnovers in Friday’s 83-81 loss to New Orleans. He made up for that by hitting 10-of-15 shots, 7-of-8 free throws and grabbing seven rebounds to help Boston snap a 2-game losing streak. DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Joey Dorsey had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Amir Johnson had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost 11 of their past 14. Hawks 107, Clippers 98 LOS ANGELES — Joe Johnson scored 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, Josh Smith added 22 and Atlanta rallied for the win. Johnson, who returned to the lineup on Dec. 17 after missing nine games following right elbow surgery, was 7-for-20 from the field after going 18-of-51 over his previous three games. Clippers rookie Blake Griffin scored 19 of his 31 points in the first half and pulled down 15 rebounds for his 27th double-double and 21st in a row. Baron Davis had 15 points and five assists. Knicks 98, Pacers 92 NEW YORK — Amare Stoudemire scored 26 points, including six of New York’s last seven points, and Danilo Gallinari had 19 to lead the Knicks. Danny Granger had 25 points and
17 rebounds, and Darren Collison had 22 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Pacers, who lost for the fourth time in their last five games. Knicks trailed 87-84 early in the fourth quarter but Toney Douglas and Wilson Chandler each made a 3-pointer to give New York a 90-87 lead. Indiana’s James Posey answered with a 3 of his own but Raymond Felton made one out of two free throws to give New York a 91-90 lead. Mavericks 104, Cavaliers 95 CLEVELAND — Shawn Marion scored 22 points and DeShawn Stevenson added 21, helping Dallas end a 3-game skid. The Mavericks, playing without starting forwards Dirk Nowitzki and Caron Butler, used a balanced attack. Jason Terry scored 18 points, Tyson Chandler added 14 points and 14 rebounds and Jason Kidd had 10 points and eight assists. Antawn Jamison led Cleveland with a season-high 35 points and Ramon Sessions added 19. The Cavs have lost seven straight and 17 out of 18. Point guard Mo Williams returned after missing two games because of a strained hip. Cleveland played without starters, center Anderson Varejao (broken cheekbone) and guard Daniel Gibson (bruised thigh). Grizzlies 104, Lakers 85 LOS ANGELES — Rudy Gay scored 27 points, Zach Randolph added 21 points and eight rebounds and Memphis pulled away in the second half. O.J. Mayo scored 15 points for the Grizzlies, who bounced back from two losses to wrap up their 3-game road trip with a stunningly easy blowout of the 2-time defending champions.
The Grizzlies made a 19-4 run in the third quarter to take a 17-point lead and the Lakers never threatened to get back in it despite a 21-point second half by Kobe Bryant. Bryant scored 28 points for the Lakers, who have lost three of their last four home games — all three by at least 16 points — and four out of six overall. Trail Blazers 100, Rockets 85 PORTLAND, Ore. — LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Nicolas Batum added a season-high 21 points and Portland won its eighth straight at home. Patrick Mills had a career-high 14 points, five assists and five steals for Portland. Wesley Matthews added 14 and Marcus Camby had 13 rebounds and season-high eight assists. Kevin Martin had 15 points to lead the Rockets, who were held well below their season average of 106 points per game. Courtney Lee added 12 points. Luis Scola, Aaron Brooks and Chase Budinger each had 10. Portland, on its longest winning streak at home since a 12-game run from Jan. 24 to March 9, 2009, is 12-3 at the Rose Garden this season. Kings 94, Suns 89 SACRAMENTO, Calif. — DeMarcus Cousins scored 13 of his career-high 28 points in the fourth quarter and Sacramento closed with a 19-2 run. Francisco Garcia had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Omri Casspi added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings. Carl Landry had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Sacramento won for the second time in three games and improved the NBA’s worst record to 7-25.
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Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 Difficult enterprises and special endeavors that you personally manage in the next year should prove very successful. Don’t hesitate to be your own person whenever you can, and shun all outside influence. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - Express your inner resolve in ways that force you to take a far more positive stance on what you. Don’t hesitate to put the pedal to the metal, if you feel the need for speed. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - There is a strong likelihood that someone who likes you will provide you with confidential information that will prove to be materially beneficial and could help you immensely. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - If people who believe in you want you to head up a certain position, don’t hesitate to take the job. You’ll be very good at organizing committees or special groups to handle specific purposes. ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Don’t be surprised that, when in situations that require a certain amount of strategy, you’ll find yourself a few steps ahead of your competitors. Don’t hesitate to anticipate. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Do what you can to find better ways to advance your plans to beat out the competition. Your cleverness, combined with your abilities and talent, should do the trick. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) A certain amount of adjustments or compromises are likely to be required in order to have good dealings with your associates. Proper give-and-take will bring issues into proper balance. CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Even some of your more difficult tasks will go much smoother if you make sure that you use your mind and not just your muscles. It’ll be the best way to lessen your burdens. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - You’re much too smart to simply use your muscles to handle several difficult tasks. Use your mind to conceive ways and means that would lessen many of your burdens. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - If you would like to get along better with others than you have been lately, the best way is to utilize your abilities in order to understand their motives and what they find important. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Far more can be accomplished if your purpose is to do for others and not just for yourself. Put being of service to them on the top of your list, and it’ll do wonders for your popularity as well. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Don’t simply be a complainer who is just standing around on the sidelines watching everybody else. Step to the fore and personally take charge of situations that you feel you can do better. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - Don’t hesitate or be afraid to stand up for your rights regarding developments that affect you and/or the interests of your family. Better terms can be realized if you stiffen your position.
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Dear Annie: When my but it only lasts a short while husband retired, our daugh- until the smacking returns. ter asked us to move near her We are on the verge of feedbecause she was expecting ing them through a straw. twins. We took care of the Any suggestions would be appreciated. -- Losing it in children every day. Two years ago, our Canada Dear Canada: Welcome daughter announced she was getting a cat. Unfortunately, to Parenting 101. Children I am allergic to cats and do not learn overnight. It can cannot take allergy shots take a lifetime of effort and because they conflict with patience to teach them good my heart medication. I told manners. But if you keep reminding them my daughter that to chew with their not being able mouths closed, to come to their they will eventuhome would be ally remember to devastating, but do so. Most of the nonetheless, the time. cat arrived. I tried Dear Annie: to put up with the I would like to dander, but it was respond to “Los no use. When I Angeles,” who had asked my daughlunch with her six ter why it was so college friends. important to have She asked whether the animal, she said it was “an Annie’s Mailbox or not her friend’s husband was out of emotional thing.” My son-in-law hates the line when he blessed their cat, and the children ignore lunch. Why is she concerned it entirely. My grandson is exhibiting signs of an aller- with something as innocent gic reaction. Our grandchil- and simple as the blessing of dren are now 8, and I haven’t a meal? Maybe if she were been in their home for some forced to go without food for several days she would time. I feel so sad at not being see things in a different light. able to spend as much time This world would be a much with my grandchildren as better place if we all didn’t I used to. My husband and try to take offense to such I are in good health, have small matters. -- Frankfort, many friends and an active Ky. Dear Frankfort: We agree social life. We take the children to church and are that it is not a major issue, but always available for them then again, it would be nice if when needed, but it’s not people didn’t assume everyone wants their meal blessed the same. It won’t be long before by a pastor. Depending on the twins will be teenag- the blessing, it could indeed ers and involved in their be offensive to some, and it own social world. We have doesn’t hurt to ask first. Annie’s Mailbox is writalready lost a great deal of the past two precious years. ten by Kathy Mitchell and We once asked our daughter Marcy Sugar, longtime edito reconsider the harm the cat tors of the Ann Landers is doing to the entire family, column. Please e-mail your and she stopped speaking questions to anniesmailto me for quite some time, firstname.lastname@example.org, or write so I apologized. We keep to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o our relationship pleasant and Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. loving, and I do not think Century Blvd., Ste. 700, Los this was a deliberate alien- Angeles, CA 90045. ation. What, if anything, can we do? -- Having a Pity Party Dear Pity Party: Find the silver lining. Your daughter hasn’t cut you off, and apparently, her decision to get a cat is about her and no one else. Your problem is simply location. Pick up the kids, and bring them to your house. Take them to the park or the zoo. Have them stay with you for a weekend. There’s no reason to let the cat keep you from seeing your grandchildren. Count your blessings. Dear Annie: We are the parents of two boys, aged 5 and 9, who, despite our best efforts, have terrible table manners. They constantly chew with their mouths open and loudly smack their lips while eating. We are continually telling them to close their mouths,
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Iraqi to be tried for daughter’s death
By AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press PHOENIX — A homicide case that drew attention to so-called honor killings moves into the trial phase this month for an Iraqi immigrant accused of killing his daughter because he believed she was too Westernized. Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 50, faces life in prison if convicted. In October 2009, he slammed his Jeep into Noor Almaleki, 20, prosecutors said. The woman, who longed to live a normal American life, laid in a coma for two weeks before succumbing to her injuries, which drew outrage from people nationwide. Faleh Almaleki moved his family from Iraq to the Phoenix suburb of Glendale in the mid1990s. He and Noor Almaleki had a tumultuous relationship, according to police and court records, and her close friends. At 17, she refused to enter into an arranged marriage in Iraq, enraging her father, according to a court document filed by prosecutors. At 19, Noor Almaleki moved into her own apartment and began working at a fast food restaurant but quit and left her new place when her parents kept showing up at her work, insisting that she return home, the document said. By JULIET WILLIAMS Associated Press Later in 2009, she moved into the home of her boyfriend and his parents, Reikan and Amal Khalaf, shortly after she showed up at their house and said her parents had hit her. Faleh Almaleki regularly harassed his daughter and the Khalafs, once telling Reikan Khalaf that if his daughter didn’t move out of their home, “something bad was going to happen,” the document said. And then on Oct. 20, 2009, Noor Almaleki spotted her father when she and Amal Khalaf visited a Department of Economic Security office in Peoria. She sent text messages to a friend saying “Dude, my dad is here at the welfare office,” “I’m so shaky,” “I knew I shouldn’t have woke up,” and later: “I’ve honestly never met anyone with so much evil.” When the two women left the office, Faleh Almaleki hit them with his Jeep before speeding off and fleeing the country, prosecutors said. Law enforcement soon after caught up with him and returned him to Phoenix. Noor Almaleki underwent spinal surgery but died Nov. 2, 2009. Amal Khalaf survived. “The investigation into these crimes revealed that the defendant was very angry with Noor for not living by traditional Iraqi values as she had, in his eyes, become too ’westernized’ and brought dishonor on her family,” prosecutors wrote in a court document. Faleh Almaleki is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and leaving the scene of a serious injury accident. Some of his court dates were postponed because he was on suicide watch for a while and his lawyers said he didn’t understand the judicial process. His trial is set to begin Jan. 18. Prosecutors are asking the judge to allow them to include the text messages that Noor Almaleki sent the day of her killing and her father’s prior “bad acts” against his daughter in the years leading up to her killing. Both show malice and premeditation, prosecutors argue. “Evidence of a defendant’s prior act is also admissible to disprove the claim that the charged crime was a mistake or accident,” prosecutor Laura Reckart wrote. Defense attorneys argue that any prior acts committed by Faleh Almaleki should not be allowed at trial, saying there’s no evidence and that it’s all hearsay. “The inference is highly prejudicial and will taint Mr. Almaleki’s chances for a fair trial,” attorney Jeffrey Kirchler wrote. “The risk is that the jury will assume if Mr. Almaleki previ-
10 – The Herald
Monday, January 3, 2011
‘Governor Moonbeam’ returns
Obama to increase engagement with Africa in 2011
By JULIE PACE Associated Press
ously abused his daughter, he is more likely to have premeditated her death.” The United Nations estimates that about 5,000 honor killings occur across the globe every year. Although rare, they do happen in the U.S. In the Dallas suburb of Lewisville, Texas, Yaser Abdel Said, of Egypt, is accused of shooting his two Texas-born teenage daughters in the back of his taxi cab in 2008 in what the FBI calls an honor killing. Family members say Said felt the girls were acting too Western and had shamed him by dating non-Muslims. In Buffalo, N.Y., Muzzammil Hassan is accused of beheading his wife in 2009, about a week after he was served with divorce papers. The body of Aasiya Hassan was found at the offices of Bridges TV, the station the Pakistanborn couple established in 2004 to counter negative stereotypes of Muslims. Peoria police spokesman Mike Tellef said Noor Almaleki’s killing raised awareness about honor killings in the U.S. “It shocked a lot of people,” he said. “I think it was a real eye-opener. This stuff’s real, we’ve watched it on the news and heard about it in Florida, New York and other places in the U.S. It really is in our front yard.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown will be sworn in today as California’s 39th governor, promising an era of austerity and a markedly different leadership style than that of outgoing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Democrat and current state attorney general will become only the second person to serve three terms as California governor when he takes over. When he last held the job, Brown dated celebrities and earned the nickname “Governor Moonbeam” for what then seemed like far-out ideas. He sought the Democratic nomination for president in 1976 and 1980, and lost his bid for U.S. Senate in 1982. The former Jesuit seminarian also headed the state Democratic Party, practiced Zen Buddhism in Japan and worked with Mother Teresa in India. Brown tried again for the presidential nomination in 1992, then served eight years as mayor of Oakland. He returns to the governor’s office to lead a state very different from the one he last oversaw: Its finances are in a deep hole and its politics are riven with deep partisanship that has made compromise on major budget issues all but impossible. Since his November election victory, Brown has promised a grim future of difficult choices and “shared sacrifice” from all sides. The state faces a $28 billion budget shortfall through June 2012, and multibillion-dollar shortfalls are projected for the foreseeable future. That could mean asking voters to extend the temporary income, sales and vehicle taxes that were approved in 2009 and are scheduled to expire in July. Brown campaigned on a promise not to raise taxes without voter approval, but voters already rejected an extension of those taxes during a special election in 2009. Brown will need some Republican support in the Legislature to put any tax measure before voters. Brown has been working hard since the November election to gather all points of view and has been a frequent visitor to the state capital. He has met with lawmakers from both parties and waded deep into policymaking. Both steps mark a sharp change in style from Schwarzenegger, who relied on charm and his larger-than-life personality to win deals behind closed deals with a small group of top lawmakers. The incoming governor must present his first budget plan for the coming fiscal year just a week after his inauguration. Brown becomes the second oldest person to hold the office until midway through his first term — behind Gov. Frank Merriam, who tackled budget deficits during the Great Depression and turned 74 during his final weeks in office in 1939. He also has changed in another way since last sitting in the governor’s office: Brown has been married for five years to former Gap Inc. general counsel Anne Gust Brown, who is expected to play a prominent role in his office. She already has helped pick out a loft for the couple to live in while Brown works in the Capitol, across the street from where he will be sworn in to a third term.
HONOLULU — President Barack Obama is quietly but strategically stepping up his outreach to Africa, using this year to increase his engagement with a continent that is personally meaningful to him and important to U.S. interests. Expectations in Africa spiked after the election of an American president with a Kenyan father. But midway through his term, Obama’s agenda for Africa has taken a backseat to other foreign policy goals, such as winding down the Iraq war, fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan and resetting relations with Russia. The White House says Obama will travel to Africa again and the political calendar means the trip will almost certainly happen this year, before Obama has to spend more time on his re-election bid. No decision has been made on which countries Obama will visit, but deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said stops will reflect positive democratic models. When Obama stopped in at a White House meeting last month of his national security advisers and United Nations ambassadors, the first topic he broached was Sudan, not Iran or North Korea. And as lawmakers on Capitol Hill neared the December vote on a new nuclear treaty with Russia, Obama called southern Sudan leader Salva Kiir by telephone to offer support for the referendum. White House officials believe the postelection standoff in Ivory Coast could be the model for Obama’s stepped-up LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zsa Zsa Gabor was hospitalized Sunday to undergo surgery to have part of her right leg amputated because gangrene was setting in, a representative said. Doctors examined a lesion on Gabor’s leg that had gone from just over an inch to about a foot and was growing gangrenous, publicist John Blanchette said. “They’re going to have to amputate part of her leg,” Blanchette said. “They said if they didn’t, she could lose her life.” He said the amputation would likely be below the knee, She was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and had been prepared for surgery Sunday night, Blanchette said. Her husband Prince Frederic von Anhalt was with her. The 93-year-old former actress broke her hip and had replacement surgery in July, and has been hospitalized several times since for swelling in her legs and blood clots throughout her body. She was in critical condition and asked for a priest to read her last rites during a hospital visit in August, but recovered and returned home. Gabor has used a wheelchair since she was partially paralyzed in a 2002 car accident, and had a stroke in 2005. Gabor retreated from the spotlight after the accident and a stroke. She liked staying home and watching soap operas, game shows and old movies, von Anhalt told reporters in July 2010. She detested having her picture taken by the papparazi while she was in her wheelchair. “She wants people to remember her as she was years ago,” he said. A Hungarian-born sex symbol of the 1950s and 1960s, Gabor had a brief and unremarkable film career, appearing in films ranging from “Moulin Rouge” in 1952 to “Queen of Outer Space” in 1958, and had no regular television role like her sister Eva had on “Green Acres.” Her primary role was herself — appearing on TV specials and game shows, as a guest on several television series, and in real-life dramas like her slapping of a Beverly Hills policeman in 1989 that led to a brief jail term.
Zsa Zsa Gabor to have part of leg amputated
Sea lions being shot in California
By JASON DEAREN Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — The weak and woozy California sea lion found on a San Francisco Bay-area beach in December with buckshot embedded in its skull has become an all-toocommon sight for wildlife officials. Wildlife officials have seen a slight rise in the shooting of ocean mammals in recent years, and investigators often struggle to find a culprit. There are few witnesses to such shootings, making it nearly impossible to bring a case. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tracks reports of the shootings. The NOAA said there were 43 reported marine mammal shootings in 2009 in the waters off the California coast — nine more than in 2008 and 14 more than five years earlier. Of the reported shootings in 2009, all were sea lions. Officials say many more cases likely go unreported. Wildlife officials say sea lion and human populations continue to increase, making interaction more common, especially among fishermen who compete for the same food and often view the creatures as a nuisance. Though NOAA and the California Department of Fish and Game are responsible for investigating these cases, few cases result in prosecution. Recent public outcry over highly publicized cases like that of the wounded sea lion near San Francisco have brought more attention to these shootings. Veterinarians at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif., are treating the wounded critter in the hope an aquarium or zoo will take it. The 7-foot-long male, dubbed Silent Knight by its rescuers, is now blind and cannot return to the wild. When there is a witness, there usually is a case. A witness came forward after the 2009 shooting of a 650-pound sea lion nicknamed Sgt. Nevis was covered by local press and television. Larry Legans of Sacramento was ordered to pay more than $51,000 in restitution for the cost of treating the critter, who recently underwent plastic surgery at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom to close bullet holes in its muzzle. Legas also spent a month in jail and got five years probation. Lt. Rob Roberts, a warden with state Fish and Game Department, said the agency takes marine mammal shootings very seriously, and noted that reports have increased in kind with the growth of the sea lion population along the Northern California coast.
Biologists fighting blood-sucker
By JOHN FLESHER Associated Press
HURON BEACH, Mich. — In the never-ending battle to prevent blood-sucking sea lamprey from wiping out some of the most popular fish species in the Great Lakes, biologists are developing new weapons that exploit three certainties in the eel-like parasites’ lives: birth, sex and death. Researchers are beginning the third and final year of testing lab-refined mating pheromones — scents emitted by male lampreys to attract females. They’re also working on a mixture with the stench of rotting lamprey flesh, which live ones detest, and another that smells of baby lampreys, which adults love. If proven effective, the chemicals will be deployed across the region to steer the aquatic vermin to where they can be trapped or killed. Early results appear promising. Yet no one expects the lures and repellents to finally rid the lakes of the despised invader and enable fisheries managers in the U.S. and Canada to end a battle that has cost more than $400 million over five decades. Especially when a single spawning female lays up to 60,000 eggs. “When you have a large, open ecosystem like the Great Lakes and highly distributed, abundant organisms like sea lamprey, eradication is usually not an option,” said Michael Wagner, a Michigan State University behavioral ecologist and member of the research team. “There’s no technique that we could think of achieving that right now.” Instead, the goal is to keep their numbers low enough to prevent significant harm to the $7 billion Great Lakes fishing industry. The lamprey population has dropped by about 90 percent since researchers perfected a biocide in the late 1950s that kills lamprey but not other species. Yet they remain a constant threat and have rebounded whenever control measures have been relaxed. “You’ve always got to be on guard,” said Nick Johnson, a U.S. Geological Survey ecologist at the Hammond Bay Biological Station on the northwestern shore of Lake Huron.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A former Top Gun pilot told his aircraft carrier crew that he had heard complaints about his past homemade videos, but went on to broadcast one aboard the ship that included gay slurs, mimicked masturbation and opened a shower curtain on women pretending to bathe together. The Navy said Sunday it will investigate the “clearly inappropriate” videos shown through the nuclear-powered ship’s closed-circuit television system. The star of the videos, made in 2006 and 2007, is Capt. Owen Honors, who now commands the USS Enterprise but was its executive officer — the second in command — when the videos were made. The Norfolk-based Enterprise was deployed in the Middle East at the time the videos were made and is weeks from deploying again. The Virginian-Pilot newspaper reported on the videos in its Sunday editions and posted an edited version of one video on its website. It’s not immediately known why the images are surfacing now. The Virginian-Pilot quoted anonymous crew members who said they raised concerns aboard the ship about the videos when they aired, but they were brushed off. It’s clear from the videos that Honors, who took over the ship’s command in May, had already gotten complaints when some of them were made. “Over the years I’ve gotten several complaints about inappropriate material during these videos, never to me personally but, gutlessly, through other channels,” he said in the introduction to the video posted by the newspaper. In the same segment, Honors uses a derogatory term for gays. Next comes a sequence of what appear to be outtakes in which Honors and others curse, followed by clips in which he and others are shown making hand motions that mimic masturbation. Honors segues to the next segment by saying, “Finally let’s get to my favorite topic ... chicks in the shower.” Next are shown clips of pairs of women and a pair of men pretending to shower together. No nudity is shown, but the men’s and women’s bare shoulders imply they are nude. Other clips in the video show a man in drag and a mock rectal examination. Navy Cmdr. Chris Sims said in a statement sent to The Associated Press that the videos “were not acceptable then and are not acceptable in today’s Navy.” Executive officers and other leaders “are charged to lead by example and are held accountable for setting the proper tone and upholding the standards of honor, courage and commitment that we expect sailors to exemplify,” he said. Sims said U.S. Fleet Forces Command “has initiated an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the production of these videos.” In a statement to the Virginian-Pilot on Friday, however, the Navy said it had put a stop to videos with “inappropriate content” on the Enterprise several years ago.
Navy probes lewd videos shown on deployed carrier
engagement in Africa. The president tried to call incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo twice last month, from Air Force One as Obama returned from Afghanistan and then a week later. Neither call reached Gbagbo; administration officials believe the Ivorian leader sought to avoid contact. So Obama wrote Gbagbo a letter, offering him an international role if he stopped clinging to power and stepped down. But Obama also made clear that the longer Gbagbo holds on, and the more complicit he becomes in violence across the country, the more limited his options become, said a senior administration official. The official insisted on anonymity to speak about administration strategy. Rhodes said the White House understands that U.S. involvement in African politics can be viewed as meddling. But he said Obama can speak to African leaders with a unique level of candor, reflecting his personal connection to Africa and that his father and other family members have been affected by the corruption that plagues many countries there. Officials also see increased political stability in Africa as good for long-term U.S. interests — a way to stem the growth of terrorism in east Africa and counterbalance China’s growing presence on the continent. The U.S. was caught off guard during the 2009 climate summit in Copenhagen when several African countries voted with China and not the U.S., the administration official said. The official said the administration must persuade African nations that their interests are better served by aligning with the U.S.
Answers to Friday’s questions: When it comes to sports, a basho is a sumo wrestling tournament. In the film “Frost/Nixon,” Frankl Langella played Richard Nixon; in “Nixon” it was Anthony Hopkins and in “KIssinger and Nixon,” it was Beau Bridges. Today’s questions: How often does a Komodo dragon — the world’s largest lizard — eat in the wild? What 1970s TV sitcom supermom won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of a prostitute? Answers in Tuesday’s Herald. Today’s words: Lambative: a medicine to be licked Teknonymy: naming the parent after the child
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