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Allen County Treasurer Jim Link reminds residents first-half real estate taxes are due Friday. The office will be open until 4:30 p.m. through Friday to accept payments that otherwise must be postmarked by Friday to be considered paid on time. Superior Federal Credit Union offices will also accept payments and are open until 5 p.m. daily with drivethroughs open until 6 p.m. “Residents can also drop off a check with the tax stub at any credit union and it is just like one of my employees is receiving it,” Link said. “Taxpayers need to be mindful of mail issues and be sure to put checks in mail collection boxes before the pick-up time. Items put in collection boxes on Friday may not get postmarked Friday. To ensure postmarking, items should be taken inside the post office.” A 10 percent fee will be added if payments are not received or postmarked by Friday. Payments dropped off at a Superior Federal Credit Union office before 5 p.m. may be made in cash. Taxpayers will be asked to fill out a cashier’s check. If using the drive through between 5-6 p.m., a check will be needed. “According to the law, the credit union cannot keep a cash payment designated for the treasurer’s office,” Link said. “So cash payments need to be converted to a cashier’s check.” The treasurer’s office does not accept credit card payments. Instructions are on the back of the tax bill for making credit card payments over the phone or Internet. By JULIE CARR SMYTH The Associated Press COLUMBUS — Hundreds of union protesters again packed the Statehouse in protest on Tuesday as government officials from around the state lined up in support of a bill that would wipe out Ohio’s nearly 30-year-old collective bargaining law and make other union changes. A crowd of firefighters, police officers and other public employees overflowed the hearing room, packing cat walks and filling the Statehouse Atrium and Rotunda to standing-roomonly capacity for much of the afternoon. It was the second week that hearings on the bill drew such crowds. The Senate bill, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Shannon Jones, would eliminate collective bargaining rights and salary schedules for public employees across the state. GOP Gov. John Kasich has expressed his support for the bill in concept, but he has also signaled he may bring forth his own plan that could go even further — including banning public employee strikes. During hours of testimony piped by large speakers throughout the Statehouse, John Lazarus, superintendent of the Warren County Educational Services Center, was among those advocating the changes. He told senators that citizens have become savvy and understand how wage and salary packages for

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“We’re not allowed to strike like other city workers, so when you take away collective bargaining, we have no rights at all. Our employer has the final say.”

— Protester Chris Weaver, a Youngstown firefighter teacher unions are affecting district budgets. He told the Senate Insurance, Commerce & Labor Committee some relief from collective bargaining and binding arbitration could allow school districts to restore public confidence amid increasing levy rejections. “The fact is public perception has largely turned against school districts forced to ask for levies every three to five years,” he said, emphasizing union parameters need to change to turn things around. A parade of local government officials delivered a similar message, advocating added flexibility in negotiating contracts with their unions. Protester Chris Weaver, a Youngstown firefighter, said the law has meant better

working conditions for firefighters. He said collective bargaining has resulted in pay freezes and cuts throughout the state. “We’re not allowed to strike like other city workers, so when you take away collective bargaining, we have no rights at all,” he said. “Our employer has the final say.” At a union-sponsored press conference on the bill earlier Tuesday, Republican city worker Leo Geiger accused Kasich and other Republicans of attacking collective bargaining for political purposes. “It does nothing to help the budget woes because it’s political payback for those who did not support them in the election,” he said. Kasich showed no signs of bowing to pressure. Asked whether the number of people showing up to committee hearings on collective bargaining would have any influence on him, he said, “All we’re doing in this business is to make sure that cities can manage their costs so taxpayers don’t get caught holding the bag, driving businesses out of their communities and jobs. Just think about the city of Brooklyn, which may drive American Greeting out because they were not smart, to restore some balance between management and labor. I mean this is common sense.” He said Ohio’s 1983 law passed on an extreme partisan See LIMITS, page 3

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THURSDAY Girls Basketball (6 p.m.): Jefferson at Columbus Grove (NWC); St. John’s at Fort Recovery (MAC); McComb at Ottoville; Paulding at Spencerville (NWC); Lincolnview at Allen East (NWC); Elida at Defiance (WBL); Continental at Kalida (PCL); Crestview at Ada (NWC); Van Wert at Ottawa-Glandorf (WBL); Boys Basketball: Perry at Fort Jennings, 6 p.m. (ppd from Feb. 5) Co-Ed Swimming and Diving: District Diving at BGSU, TBA FRIDAY Boys Basketball (6 p.m.): Columbus Grove at Jefferson (NWC); Spencerville at Paulding (NWC); Allen East at Lincolnview (NWC); Defiance at Elida (WBL); Kalida at Continental (PCL); Ada at Crestview (NWC); Ottawa-Glandorf at Van Wert (WBL); Fort Recovery at St. John’s (MAC), 6:30 p.m. Girls Basketball: Fort Jennings at Miller City (PCL), 6 p.m. Co-Ed Swimming and Diving: District Swimming at BGSU, TBA High Thursday in upper 50s with 20 percent chance of rain. See page 2.

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DELPHOS — The war on drugs is comprised of a series of battles conducted by law enforcement at all levels. Cops in large cities and small towns alike engage the issue at street-level. Locally, one of the key participants in combating illegal narcotics has been selected as the 2010 Delphos Police Department Officer of the Year. Chief Kyle Fittro says his department is represented at the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force by Investigator Benjamin Becker. The task force is comprised of officers from various agencies and is headquartered in Lima. Its primary purpose is to enforce narcotics laws within its geographic area. Becker was instrumental in conducting a major sting operation in Delphos last year. “In 2009 leading into 2010, we observed that the illicit use and sale of narcotics was on the rise within the City of Delphos. Drug trafficking and drug addiction within the community always lead to ‘spin off’ crimes such as theft, assault, property damage, burglary and domestic violence to name a few. This type of activity is corrosive to the community in a multitude of ways. Investigator Becker began investigative measures in an attempt to combat this problem. He began the painstaking task of putting together a large-scale investigation geared at crippling the drug trade within the city,” Fittro

said. That work paid off in a large drug raid last year, one of the heftiest stings ever performed in Delphos. “On May 14, 2010, his efforts were culminated when approximately 30 officers descended on Delphos. This led to the arrest of 19 people on 58 separate felony drugrelated charges. This was the largest single roundup of people that had occurred within Delphos for nearly 30 years. It was his extraordinary effort that helped to make Delphos a better place to live,” he said. Fittro explains that Becker has not rested. Like a football team after a big win, he resisted the temptation to celebrate for too long. “After this large case had been culminated, Becker did not decrease his level of aggressiveness. During the rest of 2010, he worked cases against three more Delphos individuals for drug trafficking which resulted in nine more indictments being issued. Officers also executed four separate search warrants See BECKER, page 3

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Elida Superintendent Don Diglia, back left, and Board of Education President Brenda Stocker, back right, stand with the Students of the Month for February. Left to right, front: Christine Kirk, Emily Bowers and Alexis Hartzler; and back, Jenna Mekolites, Sam Quaintance and Sarah Suever.

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BY STACY TAFF staff@delphosherald.com ELIDA — The upcoming vote on Ohio Senate Bill 5 took center stage during the school board meeting here Tuesday. If passed, the bill will eliminate collective bargaining for state employees and limit the negotiating powers of public unions. According to Superintendent Don Diglia, Elida has been preparing for just such a situation. “This coming week should be pretty exciting for those who like controversy in their legislature,” he said. “This will affect everyone, not just administration or teachers.” With additional funding cuts threatening, Treasurer Joel Parker has taken steps to fortify the district’s general fund. “There are some wild things happening in Columbus with the budget the way it is. It’s been said it’ll be the worst state budget we’ve seen since the Great Depression,” he said. “Sometimes there are obstacles to how we handle the district but at least if some funding goes away, then some mandates will go away. We’ve begun to move some earned interest from the construction fund over to the general fund. I think it’s a solid business decision to pay off some debt now while the interest is at four percent and try to avoid being a burden to the general fund and over the next six months get creative and buttress it to see how much we can save.” Diglia agreed. “I think that we here at Elida aren’t exactly in a position where we need to be looking too hard at where we’re at. Joel has done a great job of helping us prepare for what’s coming, making cuts were we can. We’ve had a lot of success with that,” he said. Diglia also brought up the new high school and how the stress level has been raised as construction nears completion.

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“The new high school seems like it’s been there forever now. We’ve got 21 months of work done on it and we’re getting close to the end,” he said. “The stress now is incredible, trying to make sure we have everything we need to make that transition. While it is stressful, it’s a positive and exciting kind of stress.” Board member Sally Ulrich also expressed excitement over the building’s upcoming completion. “It’s beautiful, Don, it really is,” she addressed Diglia. “We went in there recently. We got to walk through there and see the classrooms and the science rooms taking shape; it was gorgeous.” In other news, the following students were designated students of the month for February: Elida ElementaryEmily Bowers, Alexis Hartzler, Christine Kirk; Elida Middle School- Jenna Mekolites, Sam Quaintance, See ELIDA, page 3

FORT JENNINGS — A frustrated Police Chief Ethel Vaughn gave village council an earful Tuesday night during the body’s monthly meeting. At issue: barking dogs. Vaughn talked about the daily complaints she receives concerning a local resident with barking dogs. She said she also has four written complaints she took to the prosecutor but was told that because the residents do not have money and there is a mental situation, the judge would probably throw it out. Vaughn has visited the residence in question on numerous occasions about the complaints but nothing is being done to resolve the issue. She went further to say the residents keep moving more people and animals into the home. Vaughn contacted the dog warden but was told the dogs have tags, so there is nothing they can do to help. To council’s knowledge, the residents in question do not own the home and the owners are not paying the mortgage. Vaughn was directed to call the mortgage company to discuss starting the foreclosure process. Fort Jennings Schools have asked council to review the district’s sewer bill, stating that the numbers are based on 1998 and their enrollment has decreased since then. Council discussed that there is a formula used to figure the bill. Mayor Jim Smith calculated

the bill with the new numbers given to him and he estimates the school would save approximately $90 a month. Council questioned if this adjustment would be necessary because the school is not charged for the added usage during ball games and other functions. In addition, council stated if it adjusted the bill, members thought it might be necessary to review the numbers each year due to fluctuation. Council has decided to table the request until it can review the numbers and come up with a fair solution. A representative from the Fort Jennings Park Board updated council on the success of an ongoing fundraiser. He told council 1,068 tickets were sold, with more than 500 sold by six Fort Jennings students. In other news, council agreed to purchase a used dump-bed John Deere Gator to be used by the park and village for $3,500. Mayor Smith notified council he received a quote from the company that conducts village sewer samples to provide the same services for water. Smith asked to be provided with information as to what they are paying now so council could discuss options. Council went into executive session to discuss employment issues and conducted no further business before adjourning. The next meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. on March 15 in the village library.

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By HADeeL AL-sHALCHi the Associated Press MANAMA, Bahrain — Protesters demanding sweeping political reforms from Bahrain’s rulers held their ground today in an Egyptstyle occupation of the capital’s landmark square, staging a third day of demonstrations that have brought unprecedented pressure in one of Washington’s most strategic allies in the Gulf. Security forces have pulled back sharply — apparently on orders to ease tensions — after clashes that left at least two people dead and dozens injured. Police helicopters, however, flew low over a major funeral procession for one of the victims in which mourners called him a “martyr” and pledged more protests in the island nation — home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet. Thousands of people spent the night in a makeshift tent camp in Manama’s Pearl Square, which was swarmed by demonstrators a day earlier. One demonstrator used a bullhorn to urge protesters to remain until their demands are met, as the Arab wave for change takes hold in the Gulf. The protests began Monday as a cry for the country’s Sunni monarchy to loosen its grip, including hand-picking most top government posts, and open more opportunities for the country’s majority Shiites, who have long complained of being blocked from decision-making roles. But the uprising’s demands have steadily reached further. Many protesters are calling for the government to provide more jobs and better housing and free all political detainees. Increasingly, protesters are also chanting slogans to wipe away the entire ruling dynasty that has led Bahrain for more than 200 years. Social networking websites were abuzz with calls to press ahead with the protests as well as insults from presumed government backers calling the demonstrators traitors and agents of Shiite powerhouse Iran. The head of the largest Shiite political bloc, Sheik Ali Salman, said there are no demands for an Islamic role in politics. “We are not looking for a religious government like Iran’s, but we demand a civil government” that represents Shiites and Sunnis, he told a news conference. The group, Al Wefaq, has 18 seats in the 40-member

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parliament, but it boycotting the chamber to protest the violence against demonstrators. Bahrain’s state TV gave limited reports on the protests. The pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera, founded by the emir in nearby Qatar, also gave sporadic coverage. That compares with nearly roundthe-clock attention to Egypt’s turmoil, suggesting worry by Qatar’s Sunni rulers about the unrest coming to their doorstep. Britain’s minister for Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, said he “concerned by the reports of excessive use of force by police” in Bahrain. “I call on all sides to exercise restraint and refrain from violence,” said Burt. U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Tuesday the Obama administration is “very concerned” about violence against protesters. “The United States welcomes the government of Bahrain’s statements that it will investigate these deaths, and that it will take legal action against any unjustified use of force by Bahraini security forces,” Crowley said. “We urge that it follow through on these statements as quickly as possible.”

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FEASTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A high school English teacher in suburban Philadelphia who was suspended for a profanitylaced blog in which she called her young charges “disengaged, lazy whiners” is driving a sensation by daring to ask: Why are today’s students unmotivated — and what’s wrong with calling them out? As she fights to keep her job at Central Bucks East High School, 30-year-old Natalie Munroe says she had no interest in becoming any sort of educational icon. The blog has been taken down, but its contents can still be found easily online. Her comments and her suspension by the middle-class school district have clearly touched a nerve, with scores of online commenters applauding her for taking a tough love approach or excoriating her for verbal abuse. Media attention has rained down, and backers have started a Facebook group. “My students are out of control,” Munroe, who has taught 10th, 11th and 12th grades, wrote in one post. “They are rude, disengaged, lazy whiners. They curse, discuss drugs, talk back, argue for grades, complain about everything, fancy themselves entitled to whatever they desire, and are just generally annoying.” And in another post, Munroe — who is more than eight months pregnant — writes: “Kids! They are disobedient, disrespectful oafs. Noisy, crazy, sloppy, lazy LOAFERS.” She also comes up with a colorful list of comments that she felt should be available on student report cards. Munroe did not use her full name or identify her students or school in the blog, which she started in August 2009 for friends and family. Last week, she said, students brought it to the attention of the school, which suspended her with pay. “They get angry when you ask them to think or be creative,” Munroe said of her students in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. “The students are not being held accountable.” Munroe pointed out that she also said positive things, but she acknowledges that she did write some things out of frustration — and of a feeling that many kids today are being given a free pass at school and at home. “Parents are more trying to be their kids’ friends and less trying to be their parent,” Munroe said, also noting students’ lack of patience. “They want everything right now. They want it yesterday.” A spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Education Association declined to comment Tuesday because he said the group may represent Munroe.

oct. 31, 1941-Feb. 14, 2011 Ruth M. Adams, 69, of Grover Hill, died at 7:37 p.m. Monday at Van Wert County Hospital. She was born Oct. 31, 1941, in Van Wert County to Floyd and Rita (Hoersten) Adams. Her father preceded in death and her mother survives in Grover Hill. She is also survived by her sister, Rhonda (Kevin) Longstreth of Wetzel. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Shirley A. Beard. Adams worked for Central Mutual Insurance for 52 years. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, loved reading, horses and spending time with her family. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Charles Obinwa officiating. Friends may call from 9-10 a.m. Friday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Memorials are to the Delphos Public Library or the American Red Cross.

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Sara Suever. High school students of the month for February will be announced with the March students of the month. The week of Feb. 19-26 was recognized as National FFA Week. The board accepted the following resignations: CertifiedJessica Hays, school social worker, effective at the end of the 2010-2011 school year; Supplemental- Todd Wasmund, eighth-grade softball. The following personnel were approved for employment: Non-Certified— Fara Ewing-substitute cook; Summer Employees— Mark Herge, Bo Mathias, Josh Thompson, Derrik Long, Steven Swick; Supplementals— Tyson Mayboys tennis, Randy Princeasst. varsity baseball, Dan Larimore- JV baseball, Matt Smith- eighth-grade baseball, Jeff Thomas- seventh-grade baseball, Mike Eilermanhead softball coach, Danielle Pollock- asst. softball coach, Jen Olson- JV softball coach, Brady Overholt- eighthgrade softball, Michelle Cahill- head girls track, Kevin Bowers- head boys track, Al Clum- asst. track coach, Gary Evans- asst. track coach, Matt Pauff- JV track coach, Bruce Marshall- middle school boys track, Jeff Amspoker- middle school girls track; Substitute Teachers— Dustin Mathias, Rachael Warrington, Sherry Graham, Travis Hermon, Meagan Kerns, Keith Blass, Logan Smith, Cosette Ridenour, Patrick McKee, David May. A four-year contract renewal was approved for administrative employee Jan Powell. The Northwest Ohio Area Computer Services Cooperative was chosen as the district’s Internet service provider from July 1-June 30, 2012. The following contracts were approved for the new high school: CDI- Technology Equipment, $147,938.75; Schoolhouse ElectronicsTechnology Equipment, $262,990; Wenger- Musical Equipment, $72,127. The board approved Elida Post Prom as a school-related organization for the school year.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the same day that a new report revealed that Ohioans spent more than $759 million last year on out-of-pocket health care costs, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced his support for a bipartisan bill that would allow for the safe importation of prescription drugs— from nations with strict drug safety standards—to ensure that Ohioans have access to affordable medications. “The United States is the world’s largest market for prescription drugs, but we pay the world’s highest prices for medications,” Brown said. “Seniors in Ohio and elsewhere are taking bus trips into countries like Canada to gain access to lower-priced prescription medications. Americans are also using the internet to import drugs from across the world— which is potentially unsafe. Allowing the safe importation of prescription drugs from countries like Canada or Australia will help Ohioans afford the medications they need to stay healthy while ensuring that these drugs are safe, effective, and legitimate.” Today, Families USA released a report showing that Ohio families spent more than $857 million last year on out-of-pocket heath care costs. The report shows that by 2014, more than 500,000 Ohioans who face catastrophic out-ofpocket health care costs will be protected by the health care reform law. The law contains a new provision that caps spending on out-of-pocket costs for consumers, which is especially critical for Ohioans

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facing cancer, another serious disease diagnosis, or are involved in a accident. The report also showed that the majority of these families—approximately two-thirds—are in working-class families. “Ohio consumers, many of whom had health insurance, still faced huge outof-pocket costs last year— to the tune of $759 million,” Brown said. “Thanks to our health care law, Ohio families will no longer have to worry about falling into bankruptcy or emptying their bank account when a medical emergency, such as a car accident or cancer, strikes. Strong consumer protections in the law ensure that the consumer is in the driver’s seat when it comes to health insurance. As Families USA highlighted today, more than half a million Ohioans will enjoy new protections that limit out-of-pocket

expenses. Ohioans deserve need to know that their health insurance will be there for them when they need it most, and that’s exactly what this law was designed to do.” Brown has been a leader on efforts to ensure that Ohioans can afford needed prescription drugs through increased access to lowercost imported and generic medications. He has pushed to give consumers more timely access to generic biologic drugs, which are some of the priciest medications on the market and treat conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis and cancer. During the health reform debate, Brown spoke on the Senate floor in support of an amendment to allow safe drug importation and has been a sponsor of drug importation legislation in previous Congresses. Brown has also held several events this year— in Cleveland, Toledo, Austintown, and Mansfield to date— aimed at educating seniors about new prescription drug benefits available to them through the health care reform law. Beginning January 1, 2011, the law provides Medicare beneficiaries with a 50 percent discount on brand-name prescription drugs and biologics if they enter the Medicare drug coverage gap, also known as the “donut hole.” Discounts will increase every year until 2020, when the “donut hole” will be completely filled and beneficiaries will only be responsible for the standard 25 percent co-insurance payment rather than the full 100 percent that they were paying prior to 2011.

The Marion Township Trustees met Monday at the Marion Township Office with the following members present: Howard Violet, Jerry Gilden and Joseph Youngpeter. The purpose of the meeting was to pay bills and conduct ongoing business. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved as read. The trustees then reviewed the bills and gave approval for 26 checks totaling $14,736.46. Road Foreman Elwer received a contract from DJL Materials for crackingsealing product. The trustees asked Elwer to contact DJL and inquire what the cost of the product would be if the township just bought the material without renting the machine to apply the product and also the cost of purchasing a new and used machine. Elwer also reported the township’s fees for a variance permit are in line with what the county charges. Trustees Violet and Gilden presented information in regards to a new pressure washer and asked Elwer do some more check-

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Sandusky seeks demo of old crayon plant
SANDUSKY (AP) — A northern Ohio city says a 110-year-old crayon factory is a serious safety hazard and wants quick court action that could tear it down. The American Crayon building is one of the largest in Sandusky. The plant closed in 2002. The deteriorating structure failed to sell at a sheriff’s sale on Tuesday, and officials say it’s a threat to squatters who live inside the building and

ing into the matter. Fiscal Officer Kimmet gave the trustees the Fund Status Report and the Bank Reconciliation Report to review and sign. He gave the trustees a copy of the annual appropriations for 2011 and upon review, Trustee Gilden offered a resolution to accept the appropriations as presented, which was seconded by Trustee Youngpeter and upon roll call all votes were “YES”. A copy of this resolution is in the resolution section and will be part of these minutes. Kimmet also reported that the legal notice for the 2010 Annual Report was submitted and will be published in the local paper. Trustee’s Gilden and Violet brought information back from the recently attended conference in regards to new and used dump trucks but no action was taken at this time. Police Chief Vermillion had no report. A motion to adjourn by Trustee Youngpeter was seconded by Trustee Gilden which passed unanimously.

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to firefighters who might be called there. Interim city manager Don Icsman tells the Sandusky Register it’s an “emergency” situation. The building is now in foreclosure. In a legal motion, the city argues that the factory should be demolished if its owners can’t secure it. Erie County Common Pleas Judge Roger Binette will hear arguments on Feb. 23.

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Moderate Republicans may skip Iowa caucus
By MIKE GLOVER Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa — A run for the White House has long meant enduring icy days campaigning in Iowa for the contest that starts the presidential election calendar. But this winter fewer candidates have braved the Midwestern chill. And that has left some wondering if the Iowa Republican party’s shift to the right is scaring off some hopefuls and making the Iowa caucuses less competitive -and less important. In the last few months, a handful of prospective candidates for the GOP nomination in 2012 have visited the state -- including former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. But the visits have been less frequent than in the past, and other traditional campaignbuilding efforts have lagged. Notably absent has been former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who has led the field of GOP prospects in early polling. Also unseen has been Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who hasn’t announced his intentions but who spoke last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. Some strategists wonder whether the more moderate of the approximately dozen contenders may now be adopting the lesson of John McCain, By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press who largely skipped the Iowa caucuses in 2008 and still was able to lock up the Republican Party’s nomination in other states. “Other people may be making that decision,” said Mark Salter, a top aide in McCain’s campaign. Iowa’s dominant Republicans are now “very socially conservative,” he said. Although McCain had a national following, many Iowa Republicans questioned his earlier support for immigration reform and his willingness to work with Democrats. Other factors may help explain the limited activity. Many strategists thought the 2008 race began too early. And big names like Romney don’t need to be introduced to the Iowa electorate. The state does remain a prominent platform for the most socially conservative Republican candidates, and campaigning will become more intense later in the year as the February 6, 2012, caucus date draws closer. But some question whether a victory in Iowa now could be hollow if more moderate candidates limit their campaigning, making it a contest only of the most conservative politicians. “Does the Iowa caucus have the same punch it once had?” Salter said. “Probably not.” Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said if Romney runs in 2012, he’ll take a different approach than in 2008, when he visited often, spent

One Year Ago • Across Ohio, the Ohio State University Extension is funded by a match between the state and one of two local revenue streams. Most counties direct general revenue dollars to extension but there is another option. Van Wert County Extension leaders will place a .04-mill levy on the May ballot. Without local funds, Extension is unlikely to maintain 4-H and other services for the long-term. 25 Years Ago — 1986 • Top winners in the Landeck spelling bee were announced following competition Friday at the school. Kelly Lindeman, fifth grade student, was named the school champion. Sarah Chapman placed third for the fifth grade class and Brad Hammons placed second. These three winners will advance to a Delphos Public School competition to be held Feb. 22 at Jefferson Middle School. • Theme for Trinity United Methodist Women’s dessert luncheon this week was “live one day at a time.” Program guests were Sally MacDonnel and Peggy Tidd with the Hospice Program for Allen, Auglaize and Putnam counties. Mrs. James Wiltsie Sr. is a Delphos coordinator for the Town Square Celebrity Series and was a co-hostess with Mildred Rozelle for the luncheon. • Three players scored in double figures to lead Minster to a 67-59 win over St. John’s in Midwest Athletic Conference. Mike Ernst led the Wildcats with 23, Dale Winner scored 19 and Sean Dorsten 14. Brian Heitz led St. John’s with 14 points and fellow sophomore Mike Williams added 11. Mark Wurst scored nine points but missed the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury. 50 Years Ago — 1961 • The 75th World Day of Prayer, sponsored annually by the United Church Women of Delphos will be held Feb. 17 in the Christian Union Church. The program for the day has been announced by Mrs. John Lloyd, program chairman, in cooperation with Mrs. Harold Kurtz, vice president of the local UCW. • One of the nicest social affairs of the Valentine season was the Sweetheart party and dance held at the Country Club Tuesday night for members of the club and their guests. Dancing was enjoyed during the evening to the music of a popular local combo, and a delicious buffet lunch, catered by the club’s staff, was served at 11 p.m. • A Delphos youth is attracting attention as a basketball player with the freshman squad at Capital University, according to a release from the university. Robert Whittington, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Whittington, is playing freshman basketball for Capital’s Fighting Lutherans. Whittington is a 1960 graduate of Delphos Jefferson High School where he played three years of varsity basketball under Coach Rudy Lucas. 75 Years Ago — 1936 • Jefferson High cagers annexed two victories to their season’s record at Elida Saturday night, both of the games being interesting and well played in the main. The Varsity was on the long end of a 34 to 25 count and the Reserves won, 23 to 18. • The Delphos Bending Company is awaiting confirmation of a tentative order for a merry-go-round for the Dionne quintuplets. If the toy for the famous Canadian children is made, it will be of special design, providing seats for five so that all of the children can ride at one time. • A large attendance is anticipated for the weekly meeting of the Delphos Kiwanis Club to be held at the Beckman Hotel Tuesday evening. Frank Warner, a native of Vienna, now an American citizen, will be the speaker at the meeting. He will deliver a lecture on the Holy Land and on other foreign countries.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — American businesses and consumers are giving the economy a boost by spending more, but the troubled housing market remains an obstacle, new data show. Consumers bought more from retailers for a seventh straight month in January. The gains came despite snowstorms that limited spending from workers with more money in their paychecks from a Social Security tax cut. Businesses increased their stockpiles in every month last year, a sign that companies expect sales to remain healthy. Still, the view of the housing market among homebuilders hasn’t changed in four months, suggesting weak home sales will drag on the economy throughout the year. Chris Christopher, an economist at IHS Global Insight, said consumer spending will likely continue to increase over the next few months. But he predicts it will happen more slowly than at the end of last year, even with workers taking home more pay from the tax cut. “Winter storms, a poor housing market, rising gasoline and food prices, and lackluster employment growth ... put a damper on things,” Christopher said. Retail sales rose 0.3 percent last month to $381.6 billion, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Sales have risen more than 14 percent from the recession low in December 2008. People spent more at department stores and on electronics while also paying higher prices for gas. Online sales increased at a healthy pace. Still, the harsh winter weather — which brought many cities in the Southeast to a standstill for days — slowed traffic at restaurants and building supply stores. Americans also spent less on clothing and furniture. The snow slowed what was looking to be another strong month for car sales, which ended up rising only 0.5 percent after a 1.5 percent gain in December. Nine inches of snow fell in Winchester, Tenn., a town normally accustomed to a few inches all winter. That shut down business at Russell Barnett’s auto dealership for nearly a week in January. During the other three weeks, he had enough business to match last January’s sales. “If we’d have had another week in there similar to the other three, we’d have been up considerably,” Barnett said. Part of the overall retail sales gain last month reflected higher gasoline prices. Sales at gasoline service stations climbed 1.4 percent. Excluding the rise at gas stations, retail sales would have risen 0.2 percent last month. January is a time when stores clear out winter goods at deep discounts to make room for spring merchandise. It is the least important month of the year for retailers. Still, last month showed an underlying healthy consumer demand as shoppers took advantage of clearance sales to replenish their wardrobes. As part of the broader consumer picture, Laura Gurski, a partner at A.T. Kearney, says she believes the January government sales reports showed the Social Security tax cuts are helping to lift sales at grocery stores.

US to boost support for cyber dissidents
WASHINGTON — The United States stands with cyber dissidents and democracy activists from the Middle East to China and beyond, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday. She pledged to expand the Obama administration’s efforts to foil Internet repression in autocratic states. In an impassioned speech on Internet freedom, Clinton said the administration would spend $25 million this year on initiatives designed to protect bloggers and help them get around curbs like the Great Firewall of China, the gagging of social media sites in Iran, Cuba, Syria, Vietnam and Myanmar as well as Egypt’s recent unsuccessful attempt to thwart anti-government protests by simply pulling the plug on online communication. She also said the State Department, which last week launched Twitter feeds in Arabic and Farsi to connect with populations throughout the Arab world and Iran, would broaden the reach of its online mini-appeals for human rights and democracy by creating accounts to cater to audiences in China, Russia By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press and India in their native languages. Clinton challenged authoritarian leaders and regimes to embrace online freedom and the demands of cyber dissidents or risk being toppled by tides of unrest, similar to what has happened in Egypt and Tunisia to longtime presidents Hosni Mubarak and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. “History has shown us that repression often sows the seeds for revolution down the road,” she said. “Those who clamp down on Internet freedom may be able to hold back the full impact of their people’s yearnings for a while, but not forever.” “Leaders worldwide have a choice to make,” Clinton said. “They can let the Internet in their countries flourish, and take the risk that the freedoms it enables will lead to a greater demand for political rights. Or they can constrict the Internet, choke the freedoms it naturally sustains, and risk losing all the economic and social benefits that come from a networked society.” “We believe governments who have erected barriers to Internet freedom - whether they’re technical filters or censorship regimes or attacks on those who exercise their rights to expression and assembly online — will eventually find for the engine, which would be built by the General Electric Co. and Rolls-Royce in Ohio, Indiana and other states. On the other side are lawmakers from Connecticut, where the main F-35 fighter engine is built by Pratt & Whitney, as well members from Florida, Texas and other states. The F-35 engine vote presents 87 GOP freshmen — infused with a fervor to cut spending — with a dilemma: Vote with the Obama administration to cut spending now or side with supporters of the alternative engine, who argue that it would save money by injecting competition into the F-35 program, the costliest weapons program in Defense Department history. “We have to step forward, we have to cut back on areas, and this is an area that the secretary of defense said we need to cut back on,” freshman Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill., said. The engine battle divides along regional rather than party lines, in contrast to the partisan warfare on the underlying bill, which sharply cuts domestic programs and foreign aid and earned a veto threat from the White House budget office and a warn-

$10 million and at one point had 200 staffers in the state, but lost badly. “I would not look for Mitt to follow that pattern again,” said Fehrnstrom, who declined to elaborate on why Romney would retool his strategy. Evangelical Christians have long been an important portion of the GOP vote in the caucuses. Back as far as 1988, they were credited with televangelist Pat Robertson’s surprising second-place caucus finish, behind winner Bob Dole but ahead of eventual GOP nominee George H.W. Bush. But religious conservatives now dominate the Republican Party in Iowa, holding leadership positions and making up the bulk of caucus voters. “There’s no question that evangelicals are the largest single block in the party,” said former Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Richard Schwarm. For that reason, among others, Pawlenty, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum appear to be betting heavily on Iowa. Santorum is believed to be the only potential Republican candidate who has hired staffers in Iowa, but Pawlenty has been the most aggressive in the state, making repeated visits and emphasizing that his faith as an evangelical Christian is central to his life. Bachmann has made one visit, and plans to return in April.

F-35 engine battle breaks out on GOP spending bill
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s campaign against a costly alternative engine for the Pentagon’s next-generation fighter jet faces a critical vote in the GOP-controlled House, its fate to be decided by more than 90 freshmen lawmakers who previously haven’t had to choose sides between two major defense companies. The expected vote today comes as the House enters its second day of debate on a $1.2 trillion spending bill that would wrap up the unfinished business lawmakers inherited after last year’s collapse of the budget process. That includes $1.03 trillion for agency operating budgets that need annual approval by Congress and $158 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The engine battle pits Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates — who say the engine would waste almost $3 billion over the next few years — against GOP leaders like House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, whose state is a chief beneficiary. The spending measure includes $450 million

themselves boxed in,” she said. “They will face a dictator’s dilemma, and have to choose between letting the walls fall or paying the price to keep them standing — which means both doubling down on a losing hand by resorting to greater oppression, and enduring the escalating opportunity cost of missing out on ideas that have been blocked.” She said fighting restrictions would not be easy but stressed that the U.S. is committed to ensuring the Internet remains an open forum for discourse. “While the rights we seek to protect are clear, the various ways that these rights are violated are increasingly complex,” Clinton said. The U.S. will “help people in oppressive Internet environments get around filters, stay one step ahead of the censors, the hackers and the thugs who beat them up or imprison them for what they say online,” she said in the speech to students at The George Washington University. She countered criticism leveled at the administration for not investing in a single technological fix to overcome government controls, saying there was “no silver bullet” and “no app” to do that. Instead, she said, the U.S. would take a multipronged approach. ing from President Barack Obama against unwise cuts “that could endanger the recovery.” Debate on the bill is expected to take all week and the House worked late into Tuesday night. A frosty reception awaits the bill in the Democratic-controlled Senate, which won’t take up its version until next month. So it’ll require passage of a separate short-term government funding bill by March 4 to prevent a government shutdown that neither side says it wants. The GOP bill, separate from the 2012 budget Obama unveiled on Monday, covers spending for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. The GOP legislation would make sweeping cuts to domestic programs ranging from education and science to agriculture and the Peace Corps. It slashes the Environmental Protection Agency, a favorite target of Republicans, by 29 percent from last year’s levels, and would eliminate federal funding for public broadcasting, the AmeriCorps national service program, police hiring grants and family planning programs unpopular with conservatives.

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BY KEVIN WILLIAMS Lovina is currently taking this week off because it is butchering time again at the Eicher household. The Eichers are butchering a 1,250-pound steer which will supply them with plenty of meat for the year ahead in the form of hamburger, chunk beef and steaks. Butchering is a messy job but the whole family pitches in. I have a friend who was able to capture some of the butchering day scenes, so if you are interested in viewing, visit www.oasisnewsfeatures.com and click the “butchering day” link. The photos might not be for the squeamish but I think they had documentary value since home-butchering is such a part of Amish culinary culture. This is a quick, easy recipe that is a favorite of the Eicher family on busy days and is a great way to use fresh hamburger. This is a very easy casserole to make on a busy day. HAMBURGER CASSEROLE 2 pounds fresh hamburger 1 medium onion, diced 8 to 10 medium sized potatoes, shredded 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup Colby or cheddar cheese In a large skillet brown hamburger and onions. Remove skillet from burner and add the shredded potatoes. Season to taste with your favorite seasoning and then spread cream of mushroom over the top of the potatoes. When potatoes are tender spread slices of cheese over the top. UPDATE: Almost exactly a year ago I decided — after much reflection — to reach out to readers to describe a problem threatening the column’s future. A year later, the issue is still unresolved. It has now lasted half as long as the entire Civil War. While not settled, the problem has largely been neutralized and a reasonably good outcome now looks likely. If you missed the original column, I won’t rehash it here. I have mixed emotions about whether I should have done so in the first place. On the other hand, had I not, much of what I have worked for over the past 20 years would have clearly come crashing down. Readers pitched in from places like Mansfield, Danville, and Dodge City and bought cookbooks and I am deeply appreciative. Cookbook orders are now filled through a partnership with Amazon.com and that has made order-filling so much smoother than past years. We just finished the book sales for “An Amish Christmas” which was the largest and most successful ever. We are now celebrating the 20 year anniversary of The Amish Cook column, which absolutely amazes me. As sloppy as it has some-

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GIRLS CAGE POLL
The Associated Press How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school girls basketball teams in the final weekly Associated Press polls, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses): DIVISION I 1, Can. McKinley (18) 19-0 237 2, Twinsburg (3) 19-0 215 3, Cin. Princeton (3) 21-0 198 4, Kettering Fairmont 18-1 149 5, Reynoldsburg 19-1 133 6, Akr. Firestone (1) 19-0 126 7, Tol. Start 14-2 95 8, Rocky River Magnificat 18-1 65 9, Cols. Northland 18-1 49 10, Fairborn 18-2 36 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Middleburg Hts. Midpark 13. 11, Springboro 13. 11, Tol. Notre Dame 13. 14, Warren Howland 12. DIVISION II 1, Ravenna (8) 18-0 209 2, Cin. Indian Hill (11) 16-1 199 3, Clyde (1) 17-0 181 4, Day. Carroll 16-4 137 5, Millersburg W. Holmes (1) 18-2 131 6, Bellbrook 18-1 112 7, Mentor Lake Cath. (2) 17-2 109 8, Kettering Alter 15-5 54 9, Wash. C.H. Miami Trace (1) 18-1 29 10, Aurora 16-3 28

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Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Chagrin Falls Kenston 25. 12, St. Marys Memorial 23. 13, Shaker Hts. Hathaway Brown 16. 14, Lima Bath 15. 15, Cin. Wyoming (1) 12. 15, Bellevue 12. DIVISION III 1, Oak Hill (17) 18-0 233 2, Millbury Lake (1) 18-0 183 3, Anna 18-1 156 4, Akr. Manchester (1) 18-1 145 5, Findlay Liberty-Benton 17-2 125 6, Cols. Africentric (4) 18-2 114 7, Elyria Cath. (1) 17-2 92 T8, Genoa Area 18-1 80 T8, Middletown Madison 17-3 80 10, Richwood N. Union (1) 19-1 58

Lancers get 3-point victory
By Charlie Warnimont Delphos Herald Correspondent KALIDA — Kalida’s defensive pressure helped them overcome a fourthquarter deficit to Lincolnview Tuesday night. Then the Lancers’ defense returned the favor in a blink of an eye. Coming up with two big steals late in the fourth quarter of this back-and-forth game, the Lancers turned their thefts into easy baskets that helped them to a 48-45 non-league girls basketball win at Kalida. The win improved the Lancers to 6-13 on the season, while Kalida dropped to 7-11. Lincolnview had a 39-33 lead midway through the fourth quarter after a basket by sophomore Kaylee Thatcher. Kalida scored the next six points to tie the game as Chelsea Verhoff hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key; that was followed by two free throws by Sam Edwards and a free throw by Brandi Merschman that tied the game with 2:55 left. Carley Springer broke the tie with a free throw before the teams traded turnovers. After the Lancer turnover, Kalida’s Alexis Wurth was fouled and sank both free throws. As the Lancers attempted to run a set, Edwards came up with a steal that she turned into two points and a 3-point Kalida lead with 2:16 left. After both teams missed free throws, the Lancers’ Katie Dye hit the first-of-2 free throws, making it a 2-point game. On back-to-back possessions, the Lancers defense came up big as Kaitlyn Brant turned a steal into two points; Dye did the same thing that gave the Lancers a 45-43 lead with 1:14 left. “Their pressure kind of got to us there and we were kind of unsure of ourselves,” Lincolnview coach Dan Williamson said. “Then our defense stepped up and kind of got us back in a rhythm. We were hoping to force more turnovers than we did but we were able to get some key ones there in the fourth. It’s just been one of those things lately where we play well for three quarters, then the fourth quarter, we kind of let things slip away. I wasn’t sure if tonight was going to be another one of those. It kind of looked like it but luckily we made just enough plays to get the win.” “Credit their defense for that run,” Kalida coach Adam Huber said. “They played a lot harder than we did and deserved to win but I was disappointed we didn’t take care of the basketball there at the end because they weren’t doing anything differently than they did the first three quarters. We just got loose with the ball at a bad time. There is no excuse for some of those things and we will come back tomorrow to get better.” After getting the lead the Lancers spent the remaining portion of the game going to the free-throw line. The Lancers struggled there as they were 5-of-14 but hit

to be active offensively. Our Griffith and Ottoville senior defense was just OK, too. Scott Pohlman (20 markers, We didn’t do well defending 5 caroms) traded baskets, OTTOVILLE — McComb their penetration; I was not with Pohlman laying one in came into Tuesday night’s happy with that.” on a transition look at the non-league boys basketball Ottoville started out well 55-second mark, to go into matchup versus Ottoville at in the opening period, shoot- halftime down 27-22. L.W. Heckman Gymnasium ing 5-of-9 from the field. The last thing the Big at 15-0. However, Green needed was to The Big Green due to eight fall behind even furplayed even for a turnovers on ther in the third periquarter but couldn’t the Green od but that is what withstand the and Gold they did as Dee took Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, 3-point shooting of (14 total; 7 over in the stanza, Gates Mills Gilmour 25. 12, Ft. Recovery 15. the Panthers and for the visiscoring seven points. 13, Defiance Tinora 14. their solid defense as tors), they The hosts canned DIVISION IV the visitors grabbed 1, Canal Winch. Harvest Prep (17) 19-1 227 could not 5-of-13 shots as 2, Arlington (4) 19-0 215 a 53-43 victory. get more Turnwald netted six. 3, Haviland Wayne Trace (1) 18-0 187 Ottoville head 4, Bucyrus Wynford 18-1 139 shots at the The Panthers finished 5, Minster 17-2 127 coach Tom Von Pohlman Turnwald basket. The with a 7-0 span in the 6, Ottoville 17-2 120 Sossan was not on Panthers did, last 1:52, ended by 7, New Madison Tri-Village 18-1 86 the bench due to illness the hitting 4-of-20 in the canto, two singles by Dee with 1.3 8, Delphos Jefferson 15-2 84 9, N. Ridgeville Lake Ridge (3) 15-4 58 last few days, with junior 2-of-8 triples (20-of-43 ticks to go. 10, Berlin Hiland 16-4 40 varsity coach Adam Koester overall, 6-of-16 downtown, The Panthers, who had Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, assuming head coaching for 46.5%). The Big Green been willing to push the Holgate 21. 12, Shadyside 16. 12, Reedsville duties. slowly scored the first six tempo all game long, decidEastern 16. “The kids have really points before the visitors ral- ed to slow it down and run adjusted well. They really lied to get a 10-9 edge on a some clock in the fourth. had a great attitude and 3-ball by Andrew Dee (12 They only had four shots mindset tonight,” Koester points, 5 assists) with 1:30 from the field (hitting 3) as noted. “They gave great on the clock. However, a the Big Green could only get effort tonight. We just ran layin by junior Greg Rue (5 within 49-41 on a Turnwald “They played a into a great team tonight. 41 go lot harder than we They have a lot of weapons; caroms) withedgeticks toend putback with 2:10 remainfor an 11-10 at the ing. they can put four and five on of one. did and deserved McComb added 7-of-15 the court all the time that can Mason Roth (15 counters, singles (46.7%); grabbed 24 to win but I was shoot, dribble and pass. That 7 boards, 3 steals), took a lob caroms (8 offensive); and disappointed we is tough to stop.” pass for a back-door layup at 14 fouls. Jerry Brown added However, Panther head 6:25 of the second period to five assists. McComb is at didn’t take care of the basketball there man Aaron Roth was not put the Panthers up for good Cory-Rawson Friday. pleased. and Taylor Hanes (14 mark“You have to defend the at the end because “We did far too much ers) scored eight of their 3s because they can all shoot they weren’t doing standing around. Our offense next 13 to put the visitors them well,” Koester added. anything differently is based on ball and play- up 25-17 on a triple from the “However, their perimeter er movement; we did far right side by Roth with 2:16 ball pressure is so underthan they did the too much of passing, look- showing. However, Ottoville rated. They make it so tough first three quarters.” ing and standing,” Roth senior Nathan Turnwald (13 for you to get into your noted. “We don’t have the points, 4 assists) hit a triple offense and when they turn — Adam Huber, post presence, so we have in reply at 1:37 and T.J. you over, they are headed Kalida coach
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Panthers stay perfect vs. Big Green
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the other way.” Ottoville connected on 19-of-42 from the floor (1-of9 long range) for 45.2 percent and 4-of-9 charity tosses (44.4%). They assumed 28 boards (9 offensive) as senior Travis Eickholt added six. They totaled 14 fouls and visit Leipsic Saturday night. In the junior varsity ranks, McComb improved to 11-5 with a 52-41 victory. Cody Wilson netted 20 and Dalton Buck 18 (both with 3 treys). Matt Burgei replied with 13 for the Big Green (10-7) and Derek Schimmoeller added 12.

VARSITY MCCOMB (53) Andy Bishop 0-0-0, Taylor Hanes 6-0-14, Mason Roth 5-2-15, Matt Newcomer 0-0-0, Austan Westenbarger 0-2-2, Andrew Dee 4-3-12, Jerry Brown 3-0-6, T.J. Griffith 2-0-4. Totals 20-753. OTTOVILLE (43) Nathan Turnwald 5-2-13, Ryan Honigford 1-0-2, Josh Schroeder 0-00, Jared Byrne 1-0-2, Scott Pohlman 9-2-20, Travis Eickholt 1-0-2, Bryan Hohlbein 0-0-0, Greg Rue 1-0-2, Kevin Schnipke 1-0-2. Totals 19-4-43. Score by Quarters: McComb 10 17 16 10 - 53 Ottoville 11 11 10 11 - 43 Three-point goals: McComb, Roth 3, Hanes 2, Dee; Ottoville, Turnwald. ---JUNIOR VARSITY MCCOMB (52) Ryan Adams 1-2-4, Mitchell Schroeder 0-0-0, Taylor Reardon 0-00, Adam Newcomer 2-0-6, Dalton Buck 5-5-18, Cody Wilson 8-1-20, Nick Clymer 2-0-4. Totals 18-8/13-52. OTTOVILLE (41) Ryan Honigford 0-1-1, Derek Schimmoeller 5-0-12, Alex Horstman 0-0-0, Luke Schimmoeller 2-0-4, Bryan Hohlbein 2-0-5, Matt Burgei 6-1-13, Cory Honigford 3-0-6, Cory Fischer 0-0-0. Totals 18-2/8-41. Score by Quarters: McComb 13 17 10 12 - 52 Ottoville 7 11 13 10 - 41 Three-point goals: McComb, Buck 3, Wilson 3, Newcomer; Ottoville, D. Schimmoeller 2, Hohlbein 2.

just enough to hold off the Wildcats for the win. Dye, Brant and Claire Dye all hit a free throw in the final minute for Lincolnview, while Kalida’s final points also came at the line as Wurth hit two freebies with 4.4 seconds left. Kalida was missing senior leader Emily Turnwald. The game was close throughout as Kalida had a 14-12 lead after one quarter as they used a 9-4 run to end the opening eight minutes. The Lancers had an 8-5 lead after two baskets by Audrey Bowen. Kalida scored the next seven points to get their first lead of the night as Haley McIntyre, Merschman and Edwards all hit field goals, while Wurth split a pair of free throws. The Lancers tied the game on baskets by Claire Dye and Thatcher before Kalida’s Julia Vandemark ended the first quarter with a basket. The second quarter was just as tight; it was tied twice and there were two lead changes. The Lancers’ Claire Dye gave her team a 20-18 lead with a basket before Merschman hit 3-of-4 free throws to give the Wildcats a 21-20 lead. With time running out in the first half, Claire Dye gave the Lancers a 22-21 halftime lead with a putback just before the buzzer sounded. The shot gave the Lancers a big lift going to the third quarter as they scored the first five points for a 27-21 lead on a putback by Brant. Wurth and Merschman scored the next two baskets for Kalida before the Lancers went on a 6-0 run as Katie Dye had two baskets and Abbi Alvarez two free throws. Katie Dye had a fine quarter for the Lancers with eight points as Lincolnview took a 37-31 lead to the fourth quarter after Merschman ended it with a basket. Katie Dye led the Lancers with 14 points, while Thatcher had eight points and Claire Dye seven. Merschman led the Wildcats with 10 points, while Edwards and Wurth both had nine points.
LINCOLNVIEW 20-36 8-19 48: Abbi Alvarez 1-2-4; Kaylee Thatcher 4-0-8; Claire Dye 3-1-7; Katie Dye 6-2-14; Audrey Bowen 3-0-6; Carley Springer 1-1-3; Morgan Peel 0-0-0; Kaitlyn Brant 2-2-6. KALIDA 13-30 18-31 45: Samantha Edwards 3-3-9; Nicole Kaufman 1-1-3; Christy Ellerbrock 0-0-0; Brandi Merschman 3-4-10; Chelsea Verhoff 2-0-5; Alexis Wurth 1-7-9; Haley McIntyre 1-1-3; Julia Vandemark 2-2-6; Amy Smith 0-0-0; Summer Holtkamp 0-0-0. Score by Quarters: Lincolnview 12 10 15 11 - 48 Kalida 14 7 10 14 - 45 Three-point goals: Lincolnview 0-2; Kalida 1-11 (Verhoff 1). Rebounds: Kalida 20, Lincolnview 22. Turnovers: Kalida 19, Lincolnview 20. Junior Varsity: Kalida 30-15.

Lady ’Dawgs rally for win over Spartans
By FRANK GERMAN The Delphos Herald fjohngerman@gmail.com ed. “I give them the credit for that and they were able to break their press. Lindsay’s 3-pointer gave us the boost. She had been in a little slump lately and that was good for her to hit that,” To start the fourth, Lima had a turnover early and Elida put it to good use as Amber Saddler (13 points, 11 boards) hit a shot under the basket. Lady Spartans freshman Indiya Benjamin hit the front end of the 1-and-1 but Elida answered just 19 seconds later (6:07) as Kelsey Smith hit a bunny from the inbound pass. Benjamin got her third point in the quarter (scoring all of Lima’s 5 in the period) on a 4-footer to keep it a 9-point game. Smith hit a shot from the elbow at 5:26 and Saddler added back-toback scores under the basket just 20 seconds apart to pull Elida within 50-47. Lima had a chance at the foul line to add some distance but Airika Callahan missed both foul shots (4:01). Elida took full advantage of this with a score from Smith under the basket (assist to Saddler) and Elida tied the game at 50-all when Kayla Smith hit the secondof-2 from the foul line with 2:58 left. Elida took its first lead — 53-50 — since the first point of the game with a 3-pointer from Kelsey Smith (13 points). Benjamin scored just 10 seconds later with a jumper to pull Lima within one. Kayla Smith hit the last bucket of the night with a layup from the right side at the 28-second point. Lima turned the ball over and had to foul. Elida missed the front end of the bonus but the rebound resulted in a jump ball with the arrow favoring Elida. Lima took a timeout with 1.5 seconds left. Elida got the inbound pass and Saddler missed her shot at the buzzer. “They adjusted better in the second half as far as handling our pressure and we stopped making shots. You have less opportunities to press when you don’t make your shots,” Lima Senior coach Vince Halliday opined. “The second half, I think our defensive intensity just lacked a little bit and we were not as sharp and crisp. We tried to mix things up but they handled us well.” The first half was a completely different game from the second half. Elida did score first; a point from the charity stripe 37 seconds into the game; but they did not score again — a free throw — until 3:24 left in the quarter as Lima was up 8-2. Lima kept plugging away, hitting two field goals and a 3-point shot in just 59 seconds for a 15-2 lead. Elida got its first field goal with just 22 seconds left from a layup and did it again just 20 seconds later to end the period down 15-6. The second quarter was basically a carbon copy of

ELIDA — Tuesday night’s girls basketball clash between Lima Senior and Elida on the Union Bank Court of the Elida Fieldhouse was, indeed, a tale of two halves. The first belonged to the visiting Lady Spartans but the second proved decisive as Elida came back from a 16-point deficit to pull out a 55-52 victory over Lima Senior. Elida started off the second half down 37-21 and it started off the third quarter as if it were more of the same. Lima’s Mi’chaen Williamson hit a 5-footer but Elida started to stay with Lima and did not give up any more ground. The turning point for Elida was with 1:58 left in the quarter as Lindsay Peters (6 assists, 4 steals) hit a 3-point shot from the right wing which pulled the ’Dawgs within 12 points. Lima’s Coasha Frazier answered back within 17 seconds, following her own missed shot. Elida’s Kerstein Shurelds stepped up off the bench, scoring back-to-back. She first hit both of her foul shots and then nailed a bunny shot with 48 seconds left in the quarter to end the scoring with Lima Senior up 47-37. “I told the girls at halftime this is what we have to do and they listened,” Elida coach Deb Stetler comment-

the first with Lima Senior extending its lead. The only difference was Elida started to find the basket, scoring 15 points as compared to six in the first. Elida did end the first half on a positive note by hitting all four free throws in the last 1:16. This pulled the Lady Dawgs within 16 — 37-21 — instead of closing out the half down 20 points. “They were penetrating our zone the first half, so I told my guards at halftime they are trying to split us out wide at the top so they can dribble down the lane and we have to pinch to stop it,” Stetler added. Elida (4-15) visits Defiance Thursday, while Lima Senior (6-13) hosts Sandusky.
LIMA SENIOR (52) Indiya Benjamin 8-1-17, Airika Callahan 4-2-13, Mi’chaen Williamson 4-0-9, Dionna Hurley 2-2-6, Kalese Carpenter 2-0-5, Coasha Frazier 1-0-2, Shaqualla Hurley 0-0-0, Lydia Johnson 0-0-0, Totals 21-58 5-21 5-12 52. ELIDA (55) Kayla Smith 5-3-13, Amber Saddler 6-1-13, Kelsey Smith 3-3-10, Kaylin Duffy 3-0-6, Lindsay Peters 2-05, Julie Stirn 1-2-4, Kerstein Shurelds 2-0-4. Totals 22-44 2-5 9-15 55. Score by Quarters: Lima Sr. 15 22 10 5 - 52 Elida 6 15 16 18 - 55 Three-point goals: Lima Senior, Callahan 3, Williamson, Carpenter; Elida, Ke. Smith, Peters. Rebounds: Lima Senior 28/14 off. (Hurley 8), Ottoville 28/5 off. (Saddler 11). Assists: Lima Senior 8 (Benjamin 5), Elida 18 (Peters 6). Steals: Lima Senior 18 (Benjamin 5), Elida 8 (Peters 4). Blocks: Lima Senior 4 (Benjamin, Callahan, Hurley, Carpenter 1), Elida 4 (Saddler 3). Fouls: Lima Senior 14, Elida 10. Turnovers: Lima Senior 19, Elida 24. JV Score: Elida 54, Lima Senior 34.

As that eminent American comedian/philosopher Daffy “Good to his mother” Duck was quoted in “Looney Tunes: Back in Action” — “This can’t be good.” Monday, the National Football League filed unfair labor practices against the NFL Players Association. Serves them right. The union has done that a few times to the owners. In all honesty, I don’t pretend to REALLY know what is going on in these face-to-face meetings or even behind the scenes. This may be nothing but “we gotta do this” posturing on the part of the owners, who claim the players have no real interest in bargaining at this time. Of course, the players are crying “foul” as well on this, claiming they have been bargaining and are ready to continue. Standard stuff. However, the threat of an anti-trust lawsuit against the NFL — remember the USFL’s challenge 25-plus years ago, with maverick owner Al Davis

NFL negotiations really heating up
Metcalfe’s Musings
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siding against his own league? — when the union voted to decertify if the CBA expires with none to take its place is not conducive to negotiations, in my most humble — magnificent, understated, indisputable, undoubtably correct — opinion. I understand the players’ viewpoint about wanting extra in their checks for two more games if the owners get their wish. Personally, I could see them adding more playoff games rather than lengthen the regular season but that is my opinion. I also understand the owners’ predicament of making a profit on their heavy investments — it is their money! — and their feeling that the

current CBA was weighting the scales more in the players’ direction. Still, they are arguing over how to divide about $9 billion in annual revenues; under the old deal, the owners receive $1 billion off the top and want to increase that to $2 billion before players get their share. Another area of disagreement — but one I think won’t hold up a deal — is a rookie wage scale. Personally, give the moolah to those that have actually EARNED it on the field, not those who’ve done well only at the college level. We all know superstar draft picks — remember Aundrey Bruce? — who flunked out, so to speak. The other area is benefits for retired players. That is something worth fighting for. These men literally made the NFL what it is today for very little money. Without them — and we know the toll the game took on their bodies, minds and souls — today’s players wouldn’t have a leg to stand on.

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Borders files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection
By MAE ANDERSON The Associated Press NEW YORK — Bookseller Borders, which helped pioneer superstores that put countless mom-and-pop bookshops out of business, filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday, sunk by crushing debt and sluggishness in adapting to a rapidly changing industry. The 40-year-old company plans to close about 200 of its 642 stores over the next few weeks. All of the stores closed will be superstores, Borders spokeswoman Mary Davis said. The company also operates smaller Waldenbooks and Borders Express stores. Borders Group Inc. President Mike Edwards said in a written statement that cautious consumer spending, negotiations with publishers and other vendors and a lack of liquidity made it clear Borders “does not have the capital resources it needs to be a viable competitor.” Borders plans to operate normally and honor gift cards and its loyalty program as it reorganizes. The company will receive $505 million in debtor-inpossession financing from GE Capital and others to help it reorganize. In January, Borders said it was considering a bankruptcy filing after it received a conditional $550 million loan from GE Capital that required it to secure financing elsewhere. According to the Chapter 11 filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York, Borders had $1.28 billion in assets and $1.29 billion in debts as of Dec. 25. It owes tens of millions of dollars to publishers, including $41.1 million to Penguin Putnam, $36.9 million to Hachette Book Group, $33.8 million to Simon & Schuster and $33.5 million to Random House. Activist investor William Ackman, whose Pershing Square Management Co. has a nearly 15 percent stake in the company, also stands to be a big loser. He offered to finance a $16-per-share Borders-led takeover bid for rival Barnes & Noble in December, but nothing materialized. It has been a long fall for the Ann Arbor, Mich., company, which 15 years ago appeared to be the future of bookselling. But big-box bookstores have struggled as competition has become increasingly tough as books become available in more locations, from Costco to Walmart, online sales grow and electronic books gain in popularity. Borders also suffered from a series of errors: failing to catch onto the growing importance of the Web and electronic books, not reacting quickly enough to declining music and DVD sales, and hiring four CEOs in 5 years without book-selling experience. Even as the book industry shifted around it, Borders seemed to be in denial and focused on adding superstores, said Michael Norris,

Tuesday’s Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours sponsors were, above, Howard Violet of H.G. Violet Equipment, left, Annette Brown of Mushroom Plant Graphics and Andy Wurst of Delphos Tent and Awning. Below: Derek and Ray Kaverman of All Purpose Contracting talk shop with Robert Klausing of Robert J. Klausing Carpentry and Jerry Gilden of Gilden Insurance.

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SAFY promotes Utrup to VP of human resources
Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY), a leading family and children services organization headquartered in Delphos, recently announced Utrup the promotion of Barbara Utrup to vice president of human resources in its corporate office. In this position, Utrup is responsible

senior trade analyst at Simba Information. “Books and content just became so available at so many other locations, online and offline, the ’grow, rinse, repeat’ mindset just wouldn’t work anymore,” he said. In addition, Americans are simply buying fewer books. Sales fell nearly 5 percent in 2010 to 717.8 million from 751.7 million last year, according to Nielsen, which tracks about 70 percent of book sales but doesn’t include Walmart stores. At its peak in 2003, Borders operated 1,249 stores under the Borders and Waldenbooks names, but now it operates barely half that. Its annual revenue has fallen by about $1 billion since 2006, the last year it reported a profit. Borders’ rival Barnes & Noble, which has 29.8 percent of the book market compared with Borders’ 14.3 percent according to IBIS World, has done better by adapting to e-commerce and electronic books more quickly and keeping management stable. By the time Borders’ current CEO, financier Bennett LeBow, came aboard in May 2010 after injecting $25 million into the company, the ship was listing badly. The bad news began to pile up December: Borders suffered its ninth consecutive money-losing quarter, a key holiday sales figure fell a dismal 14.6 percent and the company announced it was delaying payments to some vendors to preserve cash.

Van Wert Medical Services has announced the addition of Patrick Bruno, M.D. (OB/ GYN) to its medical community. Dr. Bruno will be joining Dr. Douglas Moore, and Shane Gerber, CNP in the Van Wert Health Center. Dr. Bruno, a board certified OB/GYN, received his medical training from the University of Missouri. In addition, he earned his Bachelor’s o f Science in Dr. Patrick BiochemisBruno try from the University of Missouri. Dr. Bruno’s most recent position was in Monroe, Wis., a community very similar to Van Wert. Dr. Bruno commented that he and his wife, LeAnn, are excited to join the Van Wert Medical Services family and look forward to participating in everything the community has to offer. “I’m looking forward to working alongside Dr. Bruno. He brings a strong skill set and a personality that will fit well in the community,” Dr. Bruno said.

Honigford achieves ‘Senior Master Technician’ level

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for managing company HR functions including compensation, benefits, recruitment, employee recognition, legal and regulatory compliance and personnel policy. She also assists in the development and execution of organizational goals and strategies. Utrup began her employment at SAFY in 2000 as a recruiter. She has more than 17 years experience in human resources previously serving as a payroll administrator. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Craig Honigford of Ottoville an 18 year service technician employee of Raabe Ford Lincoln, has achieved the “Senior Master Technician” status for the first time. Service Manager George Berelsman and General Manager Randy Custer present Honigford with the 2010 Ford Senior Master Technician plaque. Honigford has completed more than 550 hours of Ford training to achieve this status and is one of 256 in the Detroit Region who holds this status.

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The Meadows of Kalida has announced 26 of its employees have been recognized by Trilogy Health Services, LLC for having perfect attendance in 2010. These staff members were among over 600 employees company-wide who did not miss a day of work and were not tardy from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2010. For this achievement, they received a $250 bonus and an additional day of paid time off, along with a plaque recognizing their accomplishment. “We truly appreciate the

Meadows of Kalida employees receive recognition for perfect attendance
dedication that these employees show our residents every day. We are fortunate to have them on the Meadows of Kalida team,” Executive Director Kevin Kidd said, The following employees were recognized for having Perfect Attendance in 2010: Judy Bockrath, LPN; Cindy Brinkman, dietary aide; Mary Burkhart, Payroll; Colleen Halker, DFS; Pam Halker, DES; Nancy Hanneman, dietary aide; Mary Hoffman, cook; Emma Horstman, LPN; Jerome Horstman,

DPO; Marsha Hunt, STNA; Shelly Knueve, CSR; Carol Markward, activity associate; Randy McCullough, STNA; LuAnn Mealer, LPN; Sara Morman, LPN; Ruthanne Ricker, STNA; Rae-Ann Sanders, LPN; Donna Schnipke, medical records; Cindy Schroeder, guest relations; Stephanie Schroeder, cook; Amanda Schumaker, STNA; Chad Showalter, MDS; Marilyn Siefker, BOM; Karen Stachowiak, laundry aide; Barbara Verhoff, RN and Adell Workman, activity associate.

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Dear Private: The fact that Dear Annie: My husband and I are in our early 40s. something so personal is put We’ve been married for 13 into cyberspace and broadcast years and have two young, to everyone is, unfortunately, beautiful, healthy children that a common occurrence these days among young people who I thank God for every day. After many years of mar- have no concept of privacy (or riage, I found out quite unex- good taste). What used to go pectedly that my husband into a locked diary is now fodhas been a drug user on and der for the world. However, off for a long time. It came this girl is going through a sad out when he finally went for and difficult time, and sharing help. Due to the drugs, we her story undoubtedly brings lost everything. We had to her comfort. Dear Annie: The letter from uproot our children from the “Did Something Go only home they’ve Wrong Raising My known in order to Kids” infuriated me. find a more affordShe became disable place to live. abled, and her grown His drug use has children, who live put the family in a with her rent-free, lot of pain and turwhine about helping moil, and he vowed out and expect to be he would never use paid to do it. again. For a while, I am an only everything seemed child. When I was good. But it didn’t stricken with a brain last. aneurysm, Mom We are a month Annie’s Mailbox and Dad were there behind in our rent, every day. When my and I fear my husband is using again. He does Dad developed Alzheimer’s not come home for days at a and my mom had various time and forgets to call. When medical conditions necessitathe shows up, there’s always ing a nursing home, I returned some lame excuse about the favor. I visited Mom every where he’s been and where day. I did Dad’s shopping, cooking, laundry and errands. the money went. I will not argue in front of There was no hesitation on the children, and talking to my part. Shame on children who him hasn’t helped. I am scared for our security and his health. abuse those who gave them I can’t take the lies anymore. so much. Get paid for doing He refuses help and insists Mom’s laundry? How much he’s not using. I have no other did she pay Mom to wash family and cannot support us her clothes before? Hopefully, on my own. I fear for our those kids will mature, apolfuture and don’t know what to ogize and give Mom the love and support she needs do. -- Desperate Dear Desperate: First and deserves -- while she’s contact Nar-Anon (nar-anon. still around to accept it. -org) for families and friends Infuriated in Connecticut of drug users. If you belong Annie’s Mailbox is written to a church or synagogue, talk to your clergy about counsel- by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy ing and community programs. Sugar, longtime editors of the You may need government Ann Landers column. Please assistance temporarily, and e-mail your questions to also look into job training anniesmailbox@comcast.net, and housing opportunities or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, through state and city agen- c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 cies. Whatever your husband W. Century Blvd., Ste. 700, is doing, he is not reliable as a Los Angeles, CA 90045. father or partner, and you will have to step up to the plate as best you can. Dear Annie: My son showed me the Facebook page of a 20-year-old acquaintance who is expecting a baby with her boyfriend. An ultrasound showed that the baby was seriously brain damaged and would likely die at birth. This gal named her unborn baby and created a website journal of her pregnancy. Some of the entries were about her doctor appointments and shopping for a funeral home. Others were rants about fights with her boyfriend and his forays with other women. Her page includes professionally taken photographs of her lifting her shirt to expose her very pregnant belly. I was appalled at the publicizing of such a heartwrenching, private situation. Am I just old-fashioned? -- A Private Person

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Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 Some important changes you’ve been trying to make for a long time could actually come through for you in the year ahead. However, it might take the help of others to make it happen, so do what you can to encourage cooperation. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - Be especially cautious when with someone who is under a lot of stress. It wouldn’t take much to induce a breakdown from him/her over a seemingly inconsequential matter. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - There is a strong possibility that co-workers will currently be hard to please, not because of anything you’ll do or not do, but because of what is going on it their lives. Be tolerant. ARIES (March 21-April 19) Although there might be a lot of peer pressure, you don’t have to go along with it. If you feel something isn’t right, go your own way, just like the song says. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You should take reports of an unkind word from an associate with a nodule of Mrs. Dash. Your informant could be putting a spin on something that was not intended. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - A forceful personality might try to dominate the conversation by overriding what everybody else is trying to say. Without starting an argument, don’t put up with it. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Your thinking cap might be slipping a bit when it comes to your material affairs. Keep it from totally falling off by moving as slowly as possible, so that you don’t lose it completely. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - The secret to quickly becoming unpopular is to be overly insistent about getting your own way. The people you’re with will make a swift exit and leave you standing alone. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Those unfinished projects or jobs you left hanging are likely to rear their unwelcome heads and keep you from doing what you really want to do. Let it be a lesson about completing what you start. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Don’t stand idly by watching another fumble for words to explain something about which you’re an expert. Jump in and help him/her out without stealing the person’s thunder. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - The interests of others might take precedence over your own, but remember, postponing what you want to do won’t hurt, but being selfishly demanding will. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - Be on guard about making sure that you’re in control of your mouth at all times. Speaking without thinking could cause you to unintentionally say things to others that you shouldn’t. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - Be gracious about not getting your way at all times, even if you think you’re more entitled to it than others. Let everybody have a turn at being able to call the shots.
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By KIMBERLY HEFLING Associated Press WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. veterans who say they were raped or assaulted by comrades filed a class-action suit in federal court Tuesday attempting to force the Pentagon to change how it handles such cases. The current and former service members — 15 women and two men — describe circumstances in which servicemen allegedly got away with rape and other sexual abuse while their victims were ordered to continue to serve with them. The suit names Defense Secretary Robert Gates and his predecessor, Donald H. Rumsfeld. The plaintiffs say individual commanders have too much say in how allegations are handled and that they want reforms in the system. The alleged attackers in the lawsuit include an Army criminal investigator and an Army National Guard commander. The abuse alleged ranges from obscene verbal abuse to gang rape. In one incident, an Army Reservist says two male colleagues raped her in Iraq and videotaped the attack. She complained to authorities after the men circulated the video to colleagues. Despite being bruised from her shoulders to elbows from being held down, she says charges weren’t filed because the commander determined she “did not act like a rape victim” and “did not struggle enough” and authorities said they didn’t want to delay the scheduled return of the alleged attackers to the United States. “The problem of rape in the military is not only service members getting raped, but it’s the entire way that the military as a whole is dealing with it,” said Panayiota Bertzikis, who is a plaintiff in the lawsuit and claims she was raped in 2006. “From survivors having to be involuntarily discharged from service, the constant verbal abuse, once a survivor does come forward your entire unit is known to turn their back on you. The entire culture needs to be changed.” Although The Associated Press normally does not identify the victims of sexual assault, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit have publicly discussed the cases. Bertzikis, 29, of Somerville, Mass., now is executive director of the Military Rape Crisis Center. She says she was raped by a Coast Guard shipmate while out on a social hike with him in Burlington, Vt. Bertzikis complained to her commanding officer, but she said authorities did not take substantial steps to investigate the matter. Instead, she said, they forced her to live on the same floor as the man she had accused and tolerated others calling her a “liar” and “whore.” Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said in a statement that sexual assault is a wider societal problem and that Gates has been working to ensure the military is doing all it can to prevent and respond to it. “That means providing more money, personnel, training and expertise, including reaching out to other large institutions such as universities to learn best practices,” Morrell said. “This is now a command priority, but we clearly still have more work to do in order to ensure all of our service members are safe from abuse.” The military had already planned to roll out a new hotline victims can call in April, said Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia O. Smith. It has another initiative that encourages service members to help those who are assaulted or raped. In 2005, the military created an office charged with preventing sexual assault. Victims can opt to file a “restricted” or confidential report that allows them to get medical attention without an investigation being triggered. Smith said in a statement that when commanders learn of accusations of misconduct they are responsible for investigating it and taking appropriate action. She said commanders have demonstrated “time and time again” in sexual assault cases and in others that they “take seriously the trust that comes with leadership and the need for good order and discipline.” Sarah Albertson, a former Marine corporal who is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said that one of the hurdles in getting improvements in the system is that military commanders do not want any marks on their record such as a rape in their unit. Albertson alleges she reported she was raped in 2006 by a fellow Marine, but instead of helping her, she was forced to live one floor below the alleged perpetrator for two years. “People who did believe me and had my back and were supportive of me were still telling me, ‘Don’t tell anybody about this, don’t go to the public, don’t let this get out because it will make the military look bad,”’ Albertson said. In many of the described cases, no charges were filed. In other cases, the alleged attackers faced lesser charges and were allowed to remain in the military, according to the lawsuit. Kori Cioca, 25, of Wilmington, Ohio, described being hit in the face by a superior in one incident in 2005 and being raped by the same man in a second incident soon after while serving in the Coast Guard in Bay City, Mich. Even though the man confessed to having sex with her, Cioca said in the lawsuit she was told

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if she pressed forward with reporting the sex as a rape, she would be court-martialed for lying. She said the man pleaded guilty only to hitting her and his punishment was a minor loss of pay and being forced to stay on the base for 30 days. She said she was discharged from the military for a “history of inappropriate relationships.” “You think of a Coast Guardsman, you think of somebody in the military holding themselves at a certain level,” Cioca said. “When somebody walks up to you and shakes your hand and says, ‘Thank you for your service,’ little do they know they’re shaking the hand of a man who rapes and beats women in the military.” She said she continues to suffer from numbness in her jaw and has nightmares. “My body hurts every day. My face hurts. I get the most horrible headaches. My body has been trespassed. The honor that I had was stripped from me. I’m no longer proud of myself. People tell me thank you for your service, but my service wasn’t what it was supposed to be,” Cioca said. Anuradha Bhagwati, 35, executive director of the Service Women’s Action Network, said the Defense Department’s own statistics show that fewer than one in five of these cases are even referred for court martial. She said unit commanders are the judge and the jury in these types of cases. Too often, she said, perpetrators are given non-judicial punishments. “A lawsuit like this is needed because change cannot happen on the inside. DoD has had literally decades, perhaps more, to change the culture within the military. They’ve proven that they can’t, and even the minor changes they’ve made the last few years are so superficial,” Bhagwati said.

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WASHINGTON — The Great Migration, the 60-year BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — In his youth, Jigme Norbu was an American “bad boy” who thought his relationship escape from segregation and racism that brought American to his uncle, the Dalai Lama, gave him a special status. blacks to the North, has reversed course. Better jobs and qualOver time, acquaintances say, Norbu’s sense of entitlement ity of life in the South are beckoning, as is the lure of someturned into an embrace of the work of the exiled Tibetan thing more intangible — a sense of home. “It’s no coincidence that the shift is happening as we spiritual leader and his own father, as Norbu walked thousands of miles to promote awareness of Tibet’s struggle for encounter economic turmoil that is being felt disproportionindependence from China. ately among blacks, such as mortgage foreclosures, loss of The work that made him a hero to thousands of Tibetans jobs and economic devastation in major Northern hubs,” said around the world ended Monday when Norbu was struck by Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP’s Washington bureau. an SUV about 25 miles south of St. Augustine, Fla., during “With major changes and less racial devastation in the South, the first day of a 300-mile walk. The walk was the latest in a people are finding their way back.” journey that had seen the 45-year-old activist log more than The nation’s black population grew by roughly 1.7 million 7,800 miles on foot and bicycle in the U.S. and overseas to over the last decade. About 75 percent of that growth occurred support freedom for Tibet and highlight the suffering of its in the South — primarily metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, people. Dallas, Houston, Miami and Charlotte, N.C. That’s up from 65 News of Norbu’s death stunned his supporters and acquaintances, who said he had grown into his role as a percent in the 1990s, according to the latest census estimates. leader for Tibetans in recent years after a wild youth in the The gains came primarily at the expense of Northern metro Indiana college town where his family moved in the 1970s. areas such as New York and Chicago, which posted their first “He grew up in America. He was Americanized and declines in black population since at least 1980. Illinois had its first decline in the black population in Westernized,” said David Colman, whose son owns a fine the state’s history, with the number of African-Americans arts gallery near Norbu’s Tibet and Indian food restaurant in Bloomington. “But he was the Dalai Lama’s nephew, decreasing by 1.3 percent since 2000, according to official and there was a certain specialness that he assumed as a 2010 census figures released Tuesday. In all, about 57 percent of U.S. blacks now live in the South, result of that. He viewed himself some ways as royalty — which on a religious level, he was. He was the nephew of the Dalai Lama, and that tends to shape your ego. And it did.” By BEN WALKER my lead that I was excited and Norbu completed his most recent 300-mile trek in By TOM HAYS Associated Press went with it,” Lloyd said. 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