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New Ohio casino makes debut
By JOHN SEEWER The Associated Press TOLEDO — Developers of Ohio’s newest casino think they’ll do just fine competing for gamblers with Detroit’s three casinos, even without the spas, hotels and big-name concerts found just up the road. Whether they’re successful might come down to the little things like a prohibition on smoking on the casino floor, or the free garage parking. The Hollywood Casino in Toledo made its debut Tuesday, drawing many people who for years have frequented the casinos just an hour drive to the north in Detroit. “I’m done going there,” said Jaycee Riley, of West Unity. “I can’t believe how nice it is. It’s better than some of the casinos in Vegas. I doubt I’ll be going there anymore too,” she said while waiting with most of the casino’s first customers in a long line to join its rewards program. The $320 million casino designed to look like a grand Art Deco movie house has a single floor devoted to slot machines, table games and restaurants. It sits right along Interstate 75 just south of downtown Toledo. Casino operators think the ease of getting in and out along with the free parking will be a major draw. The lack of a hotel shouldn’t hurt business because most customers will be traveling less than a half-hour, said Peter Carlino, chairman and chief executive of Penn National Gaming Inc. “This is a big-time facility by any measure,” he said. Penn National, based in Wyomissing, Pa., has 27 casinos nationwide. It’s also constructing a casino in Columbus that is expected to open in the fall. Ohio’s first casino opened just two weeks ago to big crowds in downtown Cleveland. Another casino is being built in Cincinnati. All four casinos will draw away Ohio gamblers who’ve been spending an estimated $1 billion each year to wager in neighboring states. Gaming analysts think Detroit’s casinos could lose up to 5 percent of their revenues. On Tuesday, executives from Penn National, local politicians and even Toledo native Jamie Farr, who played cross-dressing Cpl. Max Klinger on the TV series “M.A.S.H.,” officially opened the casino as dealers, hostesses and a pair of showgirls cheered. The casino then opened to the public about two hours earlier than expected. Most people headed to the slot machines, leaving the poker and blackjack tables empty, at least in the first few moments. By mid-afternoon, the casino’s parking garage was full and visitors were being directed to overflow lots. Perhaps the biggest difference between the casino in Toledo and the ones in Detroit is smoking. It’s banned in Ohio’s gambling halls, but not in Detroit. Jake Miklojcik, a gaming industry analyst in Michigan, thinks the smoking issue will play to Detroit’s advantage and might lessen the amount of business it stands to lose to Ohio.

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Delphos, Ohio Carlino, who was on hand for the opening in Toledo, said the absence of smoking will have an impact but there is little the company can do about that. Among those who were first inside the casino on Tuesday, the lack of smoke seemed to be welcome. “I love it,” said Terra Teague, of Detroit. “I can’t stand that cigarette smoke.” Audrey Johnson, also of Detroit, said she didn’t know about the smoking ban before walking into the casino. “I’ll probably come here a lot more often knowing that,” she said. Still, whether she skips the casinos in her hometown for the new one in Ohio will come down to what every gambler care about most. “It depends on how the winnings are,” she said.

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The Delphos Public Library is hosting a Zumba Class at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Call the library at 419695-4015 and register for this fun, exciting and free program led by Angie Bonifas. Wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.

The Meadows of Kalida to host community picnic
The staff and residents at The Meadows of Kalida invite the community to enjoy a free picnic at the health campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 10. The event promises good food, games, door prizes and entertainment by Country Gentlemen.

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Judges sentence warlord Charles Taylor to 50 years
By MIKE CORDER The Associated Press LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands — International judges sentenced former Liberian President Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison today, saying he was responsible for “some of the most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in human history” by arming and supporting Sierra Leone rebels in return for “blood diamonds.” The 64-year-old warlordturned-president is the first former head of state convicted by an international war crimes court since World War II and judges said they had no precedent when deciding his sentence. Taylor will serve his sentence in a British jail. His lawyers, however, said they will appeal his convictions and that will likely keep him in a jail in The Hague, Netherlands, for months. Prosecutor Brenda Hollis also said she was considering an appeal. “It is important in our view that those responsible for criminal misconduct on a massive scale are not given a volume discount,” Hollis said. The Special Court for Sierra Leone convicted Taylor last month on 11 charges of aiding and abetting the rebels who went on a brutal rampage during that country’s decadelong war that ended in 2002 with more than 50,000 dead. At a small protest outside the court, one man held up a hand-written placard proclaiming: “Blood diamonds are not forever. They come at a cost Taylor.” Taylor showed no emotion as he stood while Lussick handed down what was effectively a life sentence. “The lives of many more innocent civilians in Sierra Leone were lost or destroyed as a direct result of his actions,” Presiding Judge Richard Lussick said. Prosecutors had asked for an 80-year sentence; Taylor’s lawyers urged judges to hand down a sentence that offered him some hope of release before he dies. Hollis said the sentence would only provide a measure of closure for victims of one of Africa’s most savage conflicts. “The sentence that was imposed today does not replace amputated limbs. It does not bring back those who were murdered,” she said. “It does not heal the wounds of those who were victims of sexual violence and does not remove the permanent emotional and psychological and physical scars of those enslaved or recruited as child soldiers.” Lussick said an 80-year sentence would have been excessive as Taylor was convicted of aiding and abetting crimes and not direct involvement. But the judge added that Taylor was “in a class of his own” compared to others convicted by the United Nations-backed court. “The special status of Mr. Taylor as a head of state puts him in a different category of offenders for the purpose of sentencing,” Lussick said. Taylor’s lead attorney, Courtenay Griffiths, warned that the court’s refusal to take into account Taylor’s decision to step down from power following his indictment in 2003 when setting his sentence sent a worrying message against the backdrop of ongoing atrocities allegedly being committed by Syrian government forces. “What lesson does that send to President Assad?” Griffiths asked. “Maybe the lesson is: If you are a sitting leader and the international community wants to get rid of you either you get murdered like Col. Gadhafi, or you hang on until the bitter end. I’m not so sure that’s the signal this court ought to be transmitting at this particular historical juncture.” At a sentencing hearing earlier this month, Taylor expressed “deepest sympathy” for the suffering of victims of atrocities in Sierra Leone, but insisted he had acted to help stabilize the West Africa region and claimed he never knowingly assisted in the commission of crimes. “What I did...was done with honor,” he said. “I was convinced that unless there was peace in Sierra Leone, Liberia would not be able to move forward.” Judges rejected that argument, saying that while he posed as a peacemaker he was covertly funning the flames of conflict by arming rebels in full knowledge they See WARLORD, page 2

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“Shelter from the Storm” is an anonymous support group for bipolar/ depressed individuals. If feeling alone, lost or hopeless, join the group from 6:30-7:30 Monday nights starting Monday at the Delphos Public Library. For more information, contact Sara at 567-6446563 or saraberelsman@ ymail.com; or Jennifer at 419-371-7018 or jennotes@hotmail.com.

DJ, SJ still accepting aps for camps Jefferson head boys basketball coach Marc Smith and St. John’s Aaron Elwer are accepting applications for their respective camps until Friday. Jefferson’s is set for 3-5 p.m. June 5-7 at Jefferson MS. Forms are available at Franklin, Landeck and the middle school. St. John’s are set for June 11-14: the boys from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and the girls 12:30-3 p.m. Forms are available at the school offices.
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Knothole starts Monday Summer Rec Director Chris Mercer announced the Boys Knothole League begins Monday with a meeting at 9 a.m. at Stadium Park; the girls begin 9 a.m. Tuesday. Jennings cancels IMPACT testing According to Fort Jennings AD Todd Hoehn, Thursday’s IMPACT testing has been postponed until July 25 for all athletes in grades 9-12: Freshman - 8:30 a.m.; Sophomores- 9:45 a.m.; Juniors - 11 a.m.; and Seniors - 12:15 p.m. For info, call the office at (419) 286-2238.

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When Jodi Osburn cleans houses, she washes windows if clients require it.

Osburn makes a job out of ‘cleaning house’
BY STACY TAFF staff@delphosherald.com ELIDA — With the fastpaced lives most Americans live, juggling jobs, commitments and family obligations, sometimes it’s hard to muster the energy for a thorough housecleaning. At times like this, a welcome solution may be hiring someone else to do it. For multiple households in the Delphos area, that someone is Jodi Osburn. Osburn says she got started in the cleaning business when a friend needed a partner. “My friend started cleaning houses a long time ago and she did it with another girl who ended up quitting 13 years ago,” she said. “So my friend asked me if I wanted to do it and I said yes. What we do is just basic cleaning, dusting, vacuuming, sweep, mop, wipe down cabinets, tubs, sinks and toilets. We don’t usually wash windows. Sometimes we do, if the client asks for it. With the two of us, it takes about two hours to complete a cleaning job.” Since they can’t be expected to know where all of a client’s belongings go, Osburn says it’s a judgement call on whether they work around or through a mess. “We don’t usually pick things up and put them away or do dishes,” she said. “If they don’t have a lot of dishes, we may do them; or if they have a dish washer, it’s pretty easy for us to just stick them in there.”

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The Delphos Eagles Auxiliary 471 presented a check for $500 to the Delphos Senior Citizen Center to be used for the transportation program. Participating in the check presentation are, front from left, Lola Stechschulte, Rita Nesbitt, Marge Koester, Alice Heidenescher and Rita French; center, Pat Patton, Mary Thitoff, Catharine Gerdemann, Eagles Auxiliary President Doris Keller and Delphos Senior Citizens Center Director Joyce Hale; and back, Tami Gehr, Betty Elsea and Shirley Jarman.

Since Osburn and her partner work freelance, their clientele grows by recommendation. “We usually just give people our numbers if they’re interested,” she said. “Most of it is word of mouth. Right now, we have eight homes we clean. We do five one week and then three the next week, so each home is cleaned every two weeks. We used to have 16 clients but over the years, people have passed away or moved into nursing homes or been laid off their jobs.” Osburn, who also cleans the Delphos Post Office, says there isn’t much she dislikes about her job. “Toilets can be disgusting, of course, but other than that there’s really nothing difficult about it,” she said. “Occasionally some funny things happen, especially with vacuum cleaners. One time, the front blew off a sweeper and it sounded like a gunshot, so I hit the ground.” Osburn enjoys working in tandem. “It’s nice working with someone else, too. You have someone to talk to and it takes half the time. I really just enjoy the whole thing. There’s no boss, no drama or pressure and you get to work at your own pace,” she said. Osburn lives in rural Elida with her husband, Robert, and their dogs, Thor and Nig. They have three grown children: Misty Brooks, Steven Osburn and Amanda Osburn; and three grandchildren.

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Guitar picking master Doc Watson dies in NC at 89
By MARTHA WAGGONER The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Doc Watson, the blind Grammyaward winning folk musician whose mountain-rooted sound was embraced by generations and whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world, died Tuesday at a North Carolina hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman and his manager. He was 89. Watson died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, where he was hospitalized recently after falling at his home in Deep Gap, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He underwent abdominal surgery while in the hospital and had been in critical condition for several days. Arthel “Doc” Watson’s mastery of flatpicking helped make the case for the guitar as a lead instrument in the 1950s and 1960s, when it was often considered a backup for the mandolin, fiddle or banjo. His fast playing could intimidate other musicians, even his own grandson, who performed with him. Richard Watson said in a 2000 interview with The Associated Press that his grandfather’s playing had a humbling effect on other musicians. “Everybody that’s picked with you says you intimidate them, and that includes some of the best,” Richard Watson told him. The ever-humble Doc

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First lady: Daughters need thick skin in politics
By NANCY BENAC The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama says her daughters are learning that even the kids of politicians have to have a thick skin. “Politics is tough,” the first lady said Tuesday. “That’s just sort of the nature of the beast.” But she said daughters Sasha and Malia, at ages 10 and 13, also know that no matter what happens in the November election, “their life is good either way.” Mrs. Obama chatted about family life, this year’s reelection campaign and what’s not ahead for her — a career in politics — during a round of interviews promoting the release of her new book on the White House garden. As for the personal attacks that swirl around her husband in a campaign year, the first lady said: “You just sort of have to have a thick skin in this thing. And your kids do too.” Malia and Sasha “understand that their world is secure no matter what,” Mrs. Obama said on ABC’s “The View.” “They’ve grown to understand that home is wherever we are. ... And Dad is always going to be Dad. So they’re good.” The first lady left no doubt on the question of a political future of her own. “Those are other people’s rumors,” she said. “I have no interest in politics. Never have. Never will.” She added: “The one thing that is certain: I will serve. I will serve in some capacity.” Mrs. Obama said her work to support military families “is a forever proposition. They will always need a voice out there.” Later, with Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show,” Mrs. Obama talked about the vir-

Watson found it hard to believe. Country and bluegrass singer Ricky Skaggs said Tuesday evening, “An old ancient warrior has gone home.” “He prepared all of us to carry this on,” Skaggs added. “He knew he wouldn’t last forever. He did his best to carry the old mountain sounds to this generation.” Doc Watson was born March 3, 1923, in Deep Gap, about 100 miles northwest of Charlotte. He lost his eyesight by the age of 1 when he developed an eye infection that was worsened by a congenital vascular disorder, according to a website for Merlefest, the annual musical gathering named for his late son Merle. He came from a musical family. His father was active in the church choir and played banjo and his mother sang secular and religious songs, according to a statement from Folklore Productions, his management company since 1964. Doc Watson’s father gave him a harmonica as a young

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child, and by 5 he was playing the banjo, according to the Merlefest website. He learned a few guitar chords while attending the North Carolina Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh, and his father helped him buy a Stella guitar for $12. “My real interest in music was the old 78 records and the sound of the music,” Doc Watson is quoted as saying on the website. “I loved it and began to realize that one of the main sounds on those old records I loved was the guitar.” The wavy-haired Watson got his musical start in 1953, playing electric lead guitar in a country-and-western swing band. His road to fame began in 1960 when Ralph Rinzler, a musician who also managed Bill Monroe, discovered Watson in North Carolina. That led Watson to the Newport Folk Festival in 1963 and his first recording contract a year later. He went on to record 60 albums, and wowed fans ranging from ‘60s hippies to fans of traditional country and folk music. According to the Encyclopedia of Country Music, Watson took his nickname at age 19 when someone couldn’t pronounce his name and a girl in the audience shouted “Call him Doc!” Seven of his albums won Grammy awards; his eighth Grammy was a lifetime achievement award in 2004. He also received the National Medal of the Arts from President Bill Clinton in 1997.

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Turkey expels diplomats as Syria denounces protest
By SELCAN HACAOGLU and BASSEM MROUE The Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Japan expelled Syrian diplomats today, joining the U.S. and several other nations in protesting a weekend massacre of more than 100 people in Syria, including women and children. The move came as Syrian forces bombarded rebel-held areas in the same province where the Houla killings occurred, although no casualties were immediately reported, activists said. Survivors blamed proregime gunmen for at least some of the carnage in Houla as the killings reverberated inside Syria and beyond, further isolating President Bashar Assad and embarrassing his few remaining allies. The Syrian government denied its troops were behind the killings and blamed “armed terrorists.” The U.N.’s top human rights body planned to hold a special session Friday to address the massacre. Damascus had said it would conclude its own investigation into the Houla deaths by today but it was not clear if the findings would be made public. The Houla killings prompted Western nations to expel Syrian diplomats in a coordinated protest, with the United (Continued from page 1)

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Nov. 2, 1932-May 29, 2012 Jola Lee Coplin, 79, of Van Wert, died at 4:58 a.m. Tuesday at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center She was born Nov. 2, 1932, in Lima to Ralph Milton and Ilah Noami (Dickey) Craig, who preceded her in death. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, Van Wert, the Rev. Hal Shafer officiating. Immediately following the service, there will be a meal served by the church. Committal services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Lost Creek Cemetery, Hicksville. Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the Corn: church. Wheat: Preferred memorials are to Beans: the church.

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A very special “thank you” to St. Rita’s Medical Center and to Dr. Taylor and Dr. Ojo for the medical care and concern they showed to Paul Feathers Sr. during the days of May 1-2-3. Also a special thank you to Rev. Dennis Ward and the nursing staff of 5K-Rm.22. Paul is now resting in peace.

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tues of fresh veggies and wouldn’t bite at a Stewart suggestion that she use her higher poll ratings as a weapon in any argument with her husband. “I don’t wield it over him,” she said. “One of the things I’ve seen over the last 3 1/2 years, I’ve seen what it takes to be president. I kind of watch this thing pretty closely. You know, the president is getting all the hard decisions, where there is no easy answer.” During her media tour the first lady offered other tidbits about the Obama family, and her efforts to promote healthy eating and exercise: —The president isn’t much of a griller-in-chief. “He doesn’t mind grilling, but I was the griller in our household. ... I love to grill anything,” she said in an interview airing Thursday on “Rachael Ray.” —She doesn’t have to worry about deer or other animals nibbling on plants in the White House garden, thanks to “a big fence and men with guns,” she said on “The View.” There were some pesky birds to contend with, however. —Her effort to fight childhood obesity “isn’t about government telling people what to do,” she told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” It’s designed to give families information, support and resources to find their own solutions. The first lady’s gardening book, released Tuesday by Crown Publishers, is “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.”

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States, Britain, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Bulgaria ordering top Syrian diplomats to leave on Tuesday. Syria’s state-run media today denounced the diplomatic expulsions, which began Tuesday with announcements by the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Bulgaria, as “unprecedented hysteria.” Turkey, Syria’s neighbor and a former close ally, joined the coordinated protest today. Turkey has been among the most outspoken critics of the Assad regime. It closed its embassy in Damascus in March and withdrew the ambassador. Its consulate in Aleppo remains open. The Foreign Ministry said it ordered the Syrian charge d’affaires and other diplomats at the Syrian embassy in Ankara to leave the country within 72 hours. The consulate in Istanbul will remain open for consular duties only. The Foreign Ministry said it also reduced the number of its personnel in the consulate in Aleppo, Syria, today. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said new unspecified sanctions might be imposed against Syria in the coming days. The world “cannot remain silent in the face of such a situation,” he said. and amputations of civilians, the display of decapitated heads at checkpoints, the killing and public disembowelment of a civilian whose intestines were then stretched across the road to make a check point, public rapes of women and girls, and people burned alive in their homes,” prosecutor Brenda Hollis wrote in a brief appealing for the 80-year sentence. Taylor stepped down and fled into exile in Nigeria after being indicted by the court in 2003. He was finally arrested and sent to the Netherlands in 2006. While the Sierra Leone court is based in that country’s capital, Freetown, Taylor’s trial is being staged in Leidschendam, a suburb of The Hague, for fear holding it in West Africa could destabiLicensed 4 Licensed lize 4the region. Health Agents
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BY JULIE M. MCKINNON The (Toledo) Blade OAK HARBOR (AP) — Tim Brooks was a boy when his father died young. That was only the start. Years later, the Oak Harbor resident lost two brothers within six months; one of electric shock while working, the other, like their father, in an auto accident. More recently, his mother and another brother died of Lou Gehrig’s disease, which causes progressive muscle weakness, paralysis, and ultimately death. It is more formally known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Now Mr. Brooks is living with ALS, which in his case has hindered his speech and swallowing to the point that most nourishment comes through a feeding tube. Still, he and his wife of nearly 34 years, Andrea, are enjoying life and are trying to help researchers find the abnormal gene causing ALS among relatives that could be present in more — including their two daughters and 2-year-old granddaughter. “It is hard to correct something if you don’t know what caused it,” Mr. Brooks said through an iPad, a device he uses to communicate. Such helpfulness, one Northwestern University neurologist who has studied ALS for roughly a quarter century said, is vital to advancing research to find the cause and ultimately a cure for the neurodegenerative disease. The Chicago-area university’s research team recently discovered details about the underlying disease process for all types of ALS patients, including those with familial ALS, said Dr. Teepu Siddique, a neurology professor with the university’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “We’re very hopeful,” Dr. Siddique said. “For the first time, we’re very hopeful.” He added: “I’m thankful, very thankful, to Tim’s family for helping us out.” Commonly named for former New York Yankees baseball player Lou Gehrig, who died of ALS in 1941, the disease stops signals sent by motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord from reaching muscles. As a result, weakened muscles atrophy and eventually become paralyzed, and most patients die of respiratory failure within three years or so of symptoms showing up. Six to eight people per 100,000 live with ALS, according to the ALS Association northern Ohio chapter, which provides support groups, equipment, and other services to northwest Ohio residents. That means an estimated 30 Lucas County residents are living with ALS, part of roughly 60 people in a ninecounty area of northwest Ohio, according to the association. In about 90 percent of ALS cases, the disease is sporadic and not inherited. The other roughly 10 percent of cases involve familial ALS, caused by a gene abnormality. A number of gene mutations causing familial ALS have been identified, but the correct one has not been found in Mr. Brooks and his family. Typically, mental abilities are not affected by ALS, although there are some familial cases linked to dementia. Mr. Brooks’ aunt, his late mother’s twin, 81-year-old Joan Nesteroff of the Chicago area, was diagnosed with ALS more than 20 years ago, and she started showing signs of dementia at about 70, said her daughter, Kathi Boothe, who cares for her mother. Some patients describe ALS as like being buried in sand because they are unable to move their bodies. The typical case resembles the centuries-old beliefs of French philosopher Rene Descartes, who thought a person’s mind and body were separate, Dr. Siddique noted. “This is a terrible disease,” he said. “It separates out mind from body. The mind is there, but the body’s not there.” He added: “It’s sort of like living in a dream world.” Northwestern researchers discovered that the protein recycling system in the neurons of the spinal cord and brain is broken in ALS patients. As a result, cells cannot repair or maintain themselves. A lack of funding, however, is delaying work on finding an effective treatment by testing for medications that would regulate the protein pathway, Dr. Siddique said. Northwestern researchers have less than $1 million a year to work with, and they need $10 million to $15 million over the next two to three years to come up with treatment answers, he said. “Now we’re at a point where we need an infusion of funding and resources,” Dr. Siddique said. Relatives of Mr. Brooks have donated DNA to research efforts both at Northwestern and the National Institutes of Health, which is studying ALS genetics. Research to identify abnormal genes has opened up in just the last few years, said Dr. Erik Pioro, director of Cleveland Clinic’s Section of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Related Disorders. At Cleveland Clinic, research includes comparing neurological tissue from patients before and after their deaths to identify changes on MRIs, Dr. Pioro said. “It’s just really so important that families are willing to donate blood and are willing to participate in these types of research projects.” Mr. Brooks, who is treated by Dr. Pioro, has agreed to donate his brain and spinal cord to Cleveland Clinic after his death. His late brother, Gary Brooks of Genoa, made an anatomical donation after succumbing to ALS last year, the Brookses said. Providing information and genetic material to researchers including Dr. Siddique and helping raise money are the family’s legacy, they said. “We realize we have a genetic gold mine, not only for our family, but for other families who suffer from ALS,” Mrs. Brooks said. In tracing Mr. Brooks’ family tree, it looks as if his maternal grandfather, Ben Wunderley, died of ALS at 47. Mrs. Nesteroff, Mr. Brooks’ aunt, is the first of current generations to be diagnosed with ALS, and a cousin, Toledo native Bob Textor of Iowa, is living with the disease. The Marion Township Trustees met Tuesday at the Marion Township Office with the following members present: Jerry Gilden, Joseph Youngpeter and Howard Violet. 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 19 checks totaling $18,318.31. 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AKRON (AP) — A federal judge is considering whether to release five suspects on bond ahead of their trial on charges alleging they plotted to bomb a bridge in northeast Ohio. Prosecutors said before today’s detention hearing in Akron that they opposed the release of the five men. The government has described them as self-proclaimed anarchists. They have pleaded not guilty. They were arrested in early May and accused of trying to detonate what was actually a fake explosive provided by someone working with the FBI. The highway bridge targeted by the alleged plot crosses the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, between Cleveland and Akron. Attorneys for one of the suspects have sought to have him released on bond into a psychiatric unit at a state mental health care facility.

Livestock and hog tagging set for Jr. Fair exhibitors
Dates for livestock identification and weigh ins have been announced. Sheep, Goat & Dairy Feeder Weigh in will be Saturday at the Beef Barn on the Fairgrounds. Exhibitors should enter off of Fox Road and acquire their trailer number so they can be tagged in a timely fashion. Once parked, exhibitors should wait until their animals are identified before they cross the scales. Sheep and Goat exhibitors may directly enter the scales as their identification is their USDA scrapies tag. Species have been divided by time slots to assure that everyone is tagged and weighed in a timely manner. Sheep will weigh from 7:30-8:15 a.m.; goats from 8:15-9 a.m.; and dairy feeders from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Effective 2012, all hog exhibitors must transport

has been completed. The crack sealing project is scheduled for sometime in July or August. Police Chief Vermillion had no report. Fiscal Officer Kimmet advised the Trustees of estimate costs for the township were received from the Auglaize River project. Trustee Youngpeter received a call regarding water issues in Landeck and Elwer stated he already has called the county regarding this. There being no further business, a motion to adjourn by Trustee Youngpeter was seconded by Trustee Violet, which passed unanimously.

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio officials are again adjusting anticipated delays on some major transportation projects, and this time they’re shrinking the construction calendar. State transportation staffers had recommended that planned work on some bridge and road projects be delayed by up to 19 years, citing a lack of funds and over-commitment by previous administrations. The Columbus Dispatch reports an advisory board is expected to consider a tighter timetable next week. Director Jerry Wray says the Ohio Department of Transportation is counting on savings from a smaller payroll and other initiatives to help fund some projects sooner. Wray says the new construction dates aren’t set yet. Democratic state Rep. John Patrick Carney of Columbus says he’s become skeptical about the ODOT estimates as they’ve changed several times over a few months.

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GOP hopes undercut by bitterness in three states
By DONNA CASSATA Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — Mutual admiration was the rule for Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson’s listening session at the University of South Florida. School provost Ralph Wilcox introduced the twoterm senator as a “steadfast advocate for all Floridians.” Nelson, a former astronaut, flattered the more than two dozen students present, saying they had a keen sense about people running for elected office. “You guys can usually smell out folks. You can spot a phony,” he said. Nelson collected their personal stories about the unbearable weight of student loans for a Senate speech days later on the need to keep the interest rate low. At the conclusion of the hour-plus session, he posed for photos with students. Don’t go looking for compliments and congeniality in the Republican primary to decide Nelson’s election-year challenger. It’s one of the meanest races in the country. George LeMieux calls rival Connie Mack a congressional no-show, claiming that the four-term House member spends more time in California with his wife, Rep. Mary Bono Mack, than either in Florida or on Capitol Hill. A devastating web video from LeMieux portrays Mack as Hollywood bad boy Charlie Sheen, highlighting years-old bar fights and Mack’s previous experience as an events coordinator for Hooters. Privately, top Republicans in the state bemoan their choices and the GOP candidates’ anemic fundraising. It wasn’t supposed to be like this in Florida or Pennsylvania or Michigan, three presidential battleground states. Republicans romped in all three in 2010, grabbing governorships, seizing majority control of state legislatures, and winning House and Senate seats. The three Democratic senators facing re-election in 2012 — Nelson, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan — were certain to face top GOP recruits and strong political headwinds. Now, roughly five months to Election Day, the three states look like missed opportunities for the GOP.

One Year Ago • When this year’s Jefferson senior class officers sat down WASHINGTON (AP) — It to pick the recipient of the annual Honorary Wildcat Award, one choice stood out. With her devotion to her students and seemed like a good idea at the co-workers, as well as her extensive involvement in all things time. But a health insurance Jefferson over the last 36 years, Joyce Larimore proved herself tax credit for small businessa Wildcat through and through. es, part of President Barack Obama’s health care law that 25 Years Ago — 1987 gets strong support in public • Elida Middle School students on the accelerated seventh opinion polls, has turned out grade life science team placed second in the nation after com- to be a disappointment. pleting five National Science League tests. Team members Time-consuming to apply are Chad Foust, Anne Vondran, Ryan Nunley and Tim Crane. for and lacking enough finanCrane ranked fourth individually and Nunley, Foust and cial reward to make it attracVondran tied for fifth. tive, the credit was claimed • Todd Knippen, a recent Ottoville High School graduate, by only 170,300 businesses will be in Iola, Kansas, Saturday trying to attract the atten- out of a pool of as many as tion of major league baseball scouts for the second time this 4 potentially eligible million week. This time he will be at the Philadelphia Phillies camp. companies in 2010. On Tuesday he was at Riverfront Stadium trying out for the That’s put the Obama Reds. administration in the awkward • Three St. John’s athletes were honored recently by the position of asking Congress Midwest Athletic Conference. Junior Duane Wieging was to help fix the problems by named an outfielder on the All-MAC team and junior Bev allowing more businesses to Fisher and senior Kurt Deffenbaugh took first place in the qualify and making it simpler discus and high jump, respectively, in the MAC track cham- to apply. pionship. But Republicans who run the House say they want to repeal what they call 50 Years Ago — 1962 • Mr. and Mrs. John Hotz of Saudi Arabia, who were guests “Obamacare,” not change it. “They completely missed of relatives in Delphos, were visiting in Long Beach, Calif. They were accompanied by their son, Wayne, a graduate the target on this thing,” Rep. of St. John’s, class of ’62. Wayne came to Delphos three Sam Graves, R-Mo., said of years ago to complete his schooling at St. John’s. His the tax credit. “I don’t think father is a petroleum engineer for the Aramco Company. His expanding it is going to make wife is the former Marjorie Eickholt, daughter of Mrs. Barney any difference whatsoever.” Graves chairs the House Small Eickholt. • The degree and drill teams of the Auxiliary of the Business Committee. It doesn’t help the adminFraternal Order of Eagles will enter state competition in istration’s plea that the bigDayton the final weekend in June. On the degree team are Letha Albright, Mildred Davis, Helen Vance, Alyce Roberts, gest small-business lobbyMargaret Roberts, Mary Vondran and Estella Wieging. On ing group is a lead plaintiff the drill team are Vala Pavel, Dodie Fetzer, Edna Kortokrax, asking the Supreme Court to Naomi Allemeier, Rose Fetzer, Jeanne Stegeman, Ruth Coffee overturn the Affordable Care Act. The National Federation and Juanita Rex. of Independent Business isn’t • With Thelma Scarberry conducting the impressive instal- likely to spend much time tinlation ceremony, new officers of Fort Amanda Chapter, kering with the tax credit or Daughters of the American Revolution, were inducted into promoting it to members. office at the May greeting. Mrs. Bellis, near Delphos, was Small businesses represent hostess to the chapter for the installation. Guests were Mrs. the crumbling edge of the Kenneth Pollock, Retha Sailor and Robert Sailor. nation’s system of employerbased health care. Only about 75 Years Ago — 1937 30 percent of companies with • Jefferson won its last game of the year from the Delphos fewer than 10 workers offer High School Alumni 8 to 5 in their annual get-together. All health coverage, and they three Jefferson pitchers saw action. Thompson started on the often pay more for insurance mound. He was relieved by Erickson and Adams then fol- than large businesses. The lowed. Kenneth Gary pitched the first inning for the Alumni credit, which once had support and gave way to Norman Jones who held the Varsity to five in principle from lawmakers hits. of both parties, was supposed • Paul Sullivan, Ace News Commentator, of WLW, “The to help businesses already proNation’s Station,” will officiate at the crowning of Jill viding coverage afford the preClare King at the Van Wert Peony Festival on June 9. Miss miums. And maybe it would King, a high school senior, will take the title of Queen even entice some to start. “We agree it is not a panaJubilee. Sullivan will go to Van Wert from New York especially for this nationally known flower festival and will make cea for all costs,” said John his regular evening broadcast from a temporary studio in Van Arensmeyer, founder of Small Business Majority, an advoWert. • Mrs. Alex F. Stallkamp, East Third Street, had the mem- cacy group that supports the bers of the 1910 Club as her guests at her home Friday eve- health care law and disagrees ning. Mrs. B. L. Jauman was high in bridge and Mrs. Otto H. with the much larger independent business federation. The Stallkamp, second. A luncheon was served. problem is all the negative publicity around the health care law has discouraged business owners from applying for the credit, he says. “There has been more heat than light shone on this,” Arensmeyer said. “There is no reason why small businesses shouldn’t be taking advantage of this credit.” About 770,000 workers were covered by the businesses claiming the credit in 2010. However, a recent report by Congress’ nonpartisan Government Accountability Office identified several issues with the credit itself. To begin with, the GAO said, the tax credit is structured so its biggest benefits go to very small companies paying low wages. About 4 out of 5 such businesses don’t offer coverage, and the tax credit is not sufficient to encourage them to start doing so. “Small employers do not likely view the credit as a big enough incentive to begin offering health insurance,” the report said. The average credit claimed in 2010 was about $2,700, although some companies qualified for much more.

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Romney clinches, but Trump overshadows
By KASIE HUNT Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Mitt Romney has won the Republican presidential nomination after years of fighting, though his triumph was partially overshadowed by the celebrity businessman who helped him along the way. As primary voters in Texas on Tuesday pushed him past the 1,144-delegate threshold he needed to win the nod, Romney was raising money in Las Vegas with Donald Trump, the real estate mogul who has stoked doubts about whether President Barack Obama was born in America. It’s the start of a weeklong push to raise millions of dollars during a West Coast swing as Romney looks to bring in as much cash as possible ahead of a ramped-up campaign schedule later this summer. “Mr. Trump, thank you for letting us come to this beautiful hotel and being with so many friends. Thank you for twisting the arms that it takes to bring a fundraiser together,” Romney told the approximately 200 people who paid thousands to attend the event at the Trump International Hotel. “I appreciate your help.” The Trump event and surrounding controversy overBy DANIEL WAGNER AP Business Writer shadowed the Texas primary win that officially handed Romney the nomination, a triumph of endurance for a candidate who came up short four years ago and had to fight hard this year as voters flirted with a carousel of GOP rivals. According to the Associated Press count, Romney surpassed the 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination by winning at least 97 delegates in the Texas primary. The former Massachusetts governor reached the nomination milestone with a steady message of concern about the U.S. economy, a campaign organization that dwarfed those of his GOP foes and a fundraising operation second only to that of Obama, his Democratic general election opponent. He outlasted a halfdozen Republican opponents to clinch the nomination later in the calendar than any recent GOP nominee. Romney must now fire up conservatives who still doubt him while persuading swing voters that he can do a better job fixing the nation’s struggling economy than Obama. In Obama, he faces a wellfunded candidate with a proven campaign team in an election that will be heavily influenced by the economy. Romney will continue his push to raise money with fundraisers this week in

In Pennsylvania, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s choice to challenge Casey finished an embarrassing third in the April primary. The GOP nominee is Tom Smith, who made a fortune in the coal mining business but lacks the name recognition of Casey, the son of a popular former governor. In Michigan, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, who finished second in the 2010 GOP primary for governor, stumbled in January with a controversial ad in which a young Asian woman spoke in broken English about China taking U.S. jobs. He faces a challenge from Clark Durant, who has the support of top Republicans Spencer Abraham and Saul Anuzis in a likely five-man primary on Aug. 7. Abraham represented Michigan in the U.S. Senate until ousted by Stabenow in the 2000 election, while Anuzis is running for Republican National Committee chairman. The GOP envisions a road to a Senate majority — it needs a net gain of four seats to win control — but at this stage, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida aren’t prime real estate.

Deals with banks stack fees on college students
WASHINGTON — It took Mario Parker-Milligan less than a semester to decide that he was paying too many fees to Higher One, the company hired by his college to pay out students’ financial aid on debit cards. Four years after he opted out, his classmates still face more than a dozen fees — for replacement cards, for using the cards as all-purpose debit cards, for using an ATM other than the two on-campus kiosks owned by Higher One. “They sold it as a faster, cheaper way for the college to get students their money,” said Parker-Milligan, 23, student body president at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore. “It may be cheaper for the college, but it’s not cheaper for the students.” As many as 900 colleges are pushing students into using payment cards that carry hefty costs, sometimes even to get to their financial aid money, according to a report to be released today by a public interest group. Colleges and banks rake in millions from the fees, often through secretive deals and sometimes in apparent violation of federal law, according to the report, an early copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. More than two out of five U.S. higher-education students — more than 9 million people — attend schools that have deals with financial companies, says the report, written by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Higher Education Fund. The fees add to the mountain of debt many students already take on to get a diploma. U.S. student debt tops $1 trillion, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Student loans have surpassed credit cards as the biggest source of unsecured debt in America, according to the CFPB, which regulates cards and private student lenders. Among the fees charged by Higher One, according to its website, is a $50 “lack of documentation fee” for students who fail to submit certain paperwork. The U.S. Department of Education called the charging of such fees “unallowable” in guidance to financial aid officers issued last month. Higher One founder and Chief Operating Officer Miles Lasater said in an email that the company takes compliance with the government’s rules “very seriously,” and officially swears that to the government each year. “We are committed to providing good value accounts that are designed for college students,” he said, and students must review the company’s fee list when they sign up for

wealthy California enclaves like Hillsborough, near San Francisco, and Beverly Hills. He has at least one major fundraising event every day for the rest of the week, as well as a series of smaller events. But the focus Tuesday was on Trump, who once led polls of GOP primary voters. He endorsed the former Massachusetts governor just before the February Nevada caucuses, offering his support at a morning endorsement event in ballroom in the hotel that bears his name. In the same room Tuesday night for the fundraiser, Trump introduced Romney. He steered clear of the “birther” issue as he spoke to donors, though just hours earlier he had repeated his doubts about the authenticity of the birth certificate that shows Obama was born in Hawaii. “A lot of people do not think it was an authentic certificate,” Trump told CNN of Obama’s birth certificate. When CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer told Trump he was “beginning to sound a little ridiculous,” Trump responded, “I think you sound ridiculous.” Such allegations about Obama’s birthplace have been repeatedly proven false. The state of Hawaii recently re-affirmed that he was born there. an account. He cited a study commissioned by Higher One that declared Higher One “a low-cost provider for this market.” The same study found the median fees charged to the 2 million students with Higher One accounts totaled $49 annually. Among the fees charged to students who open Higher One accounts: $50 if an account is overdrawn for more than 45 days, $10 per month if the student stops using his account for six months, $29 to $38 for overdrawing an account with a recurring bill payment and 50 cents to use a PIN instead of a signature system at a retail store. Higher One has agreements with 520 campuses that enroll more than 4.3 million students, about one-fifth of the students enrolled in college nationwide, according to public filings and the U.S. PIRG report. Wells Fargo and US Bank combined have deals with schools that enroll 3.7 million, the report says. Lane Community College’s president, Mary Spilde, said in an interview that the real problem is a “lack of adequate public funding,” which forces students to seek financial aid and colleges to find ways to cut costs. “Many institutions are looking at ways to streamline and to do things that we’re good at, which is education and learning, and not banking,” Spilde said.

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The clean up from fire continues
BY LOVINA EICHER We just arrived home from Jacob and Emma’s house awhile ago. We were over there so that my husband Joe could help Jacob unload hay in their barn. Meanwhile, daughters Elizabeth and Susan just arrived home from a wedding supper they attended. Tomorrow evening, the youth are invited to another wedding supper. Weddings are still in full swing in this community. Everyone else is in bed already. Everything seems out of order around here. We have to find room for all the clothes down here in the basement. We managed to clear everything out of all the bedrooms upstairs. It was a lot of hard work moving all the furniture down but we managed. I took out some of the clothes in Joe and my closet to make room for the boys shirts and Lovina’s dresses. The four older girls made makeshift rods in the basement to hang their clothes on. All of these living arrangements are temporary as we make repairs from the fire a few weeks ago. The replacement windows came in but were the wrong size so they won’t be here until next week. We still have the windows boarded up. The boys have received shirts and pants but from families in our church district and I have material to make more once everything is settled. I don’t think I could concentrate right now to sew. A girl in our church came to get the boys pants pattern so she could sew them some new pants, which was very nice of her. People have been so kind and caring including you battery in one of the boys’ toys but we will never know for certain. Daughter Elizabeth found the fire and it still scares her and keeps her awake at night sometimes. She has been going through all our toys, flashlights, etc and checking the batteries. It is now Friday afternoon and we are in the process of making two batches of rhubarb juice. I am thinking of freezing some of it and seeing how that works. A frozen bottle of rhubarb juice would be like an ice pack in someone’s lunch. Our children attend a small public school with only about 300 children in grades K-12 (Editor’s note: it’s not uncommon for Amish children to attend public schools in smaller, rural districts.). The elementary students wanted to do something to help out with the fire we had. So they had a coin collection for a week that children could put change in the jars. Today they asked me to come to the school so they could present the donation to me from the collection. It was truly touching to see these students give up their coins to help someone else. Once again we are thankful to the staff and students from our small community school. On Monday, Memorial Day, we will attend a late family Christmas gathering at sister Leah’s who lives 2 hours away. Should be an enjoyable day. With strawberry season in full swing, I thought I would share this recipe: STRAWBERRY PRETZEL SALAD 2 cups pretzels crushed 3/4 cup butter melted 4 tablespoons sugar 8 ounces of cream cheese 1/4 cup sugar 8 ounces of whipped cream 1 large package of strawberry gelatin (6 ounces) 2 1/2 cups strawberries

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crushed or sliced, fresh or frozen Combine pretzels, butter, and sugar and press onto the bottom of a 9 X 13 inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Cool. Combine cream cheese, remaining sugar and whipped cream and pour over cooled crust. In a separate bowl, dissolve gelatin with 1 1/4 cup of boiling water and then add strawberries. Cool mixture until slightly thickened. Pour over cream mixture and then chill before serving.

Delphos CLC plans carry-in dinner for June 5
The Delphos Catholic Ladies of Columbia Council 40 met recently with a Mass for living and deceased members led by the Rev. Mel Verhoff at St. John’s Chapel. Following the Mass, the business meeting was held at the K of C hall, with President Catherine Hammons opening with prayer for the 12 members in attendance. The trustees led the group in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Barb Bockey made a motion to send Sharon Calvelage a sympathy card on the death of her daughter. Carol Ricker seconded and the motion was passed. Lois Blankemeyer reported that in the previous months she had sent out 14 sympathy and get-well cards to members and their families. Mary Lou Beckman is collecting money for the Bakeless Bake Sale. The card party was a success with $200 donated to the Delphos Municipal Swimming Pool for maintenance and repairs. Irma Hilver motioned to give $200 to a needy Delphos family. Ruth Calvelage seconded and the motion was passed. Hilvers also motioned to donate $50 to D.A.R.E. of Allen County. Beckman seconded the motion and it was passed. Carol Ricker motioned to give $100 to the Interfaith Thrift Shop Food Pantry to

readers. I am making an attempt to replace all the batteries in our smoke alarms. I know that if it is God’s will for us to lose our house than nothing or no one can save it. But I feel it is our duty to try to prevent a tragedy in the case of fire. I am so thankful when we think that we had thought of leaving to go to the funeral of my brother in law’s mother on the morning our home caught fire, but we decided to stay home. That would have been two hours away. If no one would have been home at the time our house would have burnt all the way. I am sure the memories of the fire will stay with us forever. We will always be extra cautious but it still bothers me that we don’t know how the fire started. We suspect a bad

restock shelves. It was seconded by Leona Berelsman and passed. The Attendance Award went to Hammons; and the 50-50 winners were La Donna Klima, Ruth Calvelage and Beckman. The next meeting will be held on June 5 with a carryin dinner at 6 p.m. Members are asked to bring a dish to share. Chairladies are Agnes Miller and Alice Heidenescher.

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6 – The Herald

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

SPORTS

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The family and friends of the late Nathan Miller will host the third annual youth baseball tournament named in his memory Friday through Sunday at Stadium Park. Opening ceremonies will kick off the 3-day event at 5 p.m. Friday with a pair of scholarships presented to a member of each Delphos high school. In three years, this event has grown into the premier youth baseball tournament in the region. According to Nathan’s mother, Angie, “the first year we didn’t even fill out the field until the week before play was set to begin. This year, area squads want to play here - we had to turn teams away.” A home run derby is a new event added this year and is a feature Nathan’s sister, Sarah, wanted added. “We are always looking for ways to make this tournament even better,” stated event organizer Brent Binkley. “Sarah wanted it, so we decided to go with it.” The derby will be held Saturday afternoon during the break from 4-6 p.m. and will be run by Nathan’s former teammates, the Diamond Hawks baseball team. Raffles will be held all weekend for valuable prizes including a complete set of catchers gear, loaded batters bag and a family baseball movie night basket. A 50/50 drawing will also be held with all proceeds going to the annual Nathan Miller Memorial Scholarships. Baseball concludes on Sunday with the final four semifinals starting at 1 p.m. The championship game is slated to start at 3 p.m. with awards to begin at 5 p.m.

Home Run Derby debuts at Miller Memorial Tournament

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Parker leads Spurs to 2-0 series lead
By CHRIS DUNCAN The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs are making this look way too easy. Parker had 34 points and eight assists, Manu Ginobili added 20 points and the Spurs stayed perfect in the playoffs with a 120111 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night. So far, the Spurs have turned a hotlyanticipated matchup between the league’s top two scoring teams into a lopsided mismatch more befitting of an early round. Game 3 is Thursday night in Oklahoma City and the Thunder can only hope that a change of venue throws San Antonio out of its groove. The Spurs put on an offensive clinic for three quarters on Tuesday night, shooting 60 percent and building a 22-point lead. “We like to play like that,” said Parker, who hit 16-of-21 shots. “That’s the way we play.” The Spurs set an NBA record with their 20th consecutive victory bridging the regular season and the playoffs. They came in sharing the longest such streak with the 2000-01 Lakers, who won 19 straight before losing to Philadelphia in the first game of the finals. Those Lakers went on to win the championship and Parker’s performance is yet another reason to think the Spurs will do the same. “It’s great and it is a great run,” said Tim Duncan, who had 11 points and 12 rebounds. “But we are only worried about the next two wins in this series. That is all that matters, at this point.” The Thunder made a late surge to get within six points but Parker, Ginobili and Duncan helped San Antonio finish them off. Oklahoma City is 5-0 at home in the playoffs but only 14 teams have come back from 2-0 deficits to win a series in NBA playoff history. “First, we’ve got to worry about Game 3,” Thunder guard Russell Westbrook said. “Regardless of what’s going on with this last game or the next game, we’ve got to worry about Game 3 and come in with the same mindset and try to get a win.” Kevin Durant had 31 points, Westbrook had 27 points and eight assists and James Harden rebounded from a rough Game 1 to score 30 for the Thunder, who have lost two straight for the first time since early April. Oklahoma City dropped to 15-4 in games after losses this season. “There are no moral victories for us,” Durant said. “We were down. We dug ourselves a hole. We did what we normally do, which is fight all game, and we lost.” San Antonio picked up where it left off from the 39-point fourth quarter that turned Game 1 on Sunday. With sharp passes and hot shooting, the Spurs jumped to a 19-9 lead after the Thunder missed six of their first seven shots and had three turnovers in the first 4 minutes. Durant was on the bench at the start of the second quarter and Parker and the Spurs put together a 14-4 spurt to stretch the gap to 13 points. Westbrook hammered Parker’s arm on a drive and he crumpled to the court. That didn’t faze Parker, who scored the Spurs’ next seven points to keep San Antonio rolling. The Spurs shot 58 percent (22-of-38) and had 13 assists in the first half. They also cut down their turnovers, committing only six in the first half after giving away 14 in the first two quarters of Game 1. “You never go out and say, ‘We’re going to start out fast’,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “You don’t know what is going to happen. You just want your team to be aggressive.” After the break, the Spurs resumed picking apart Oklahoma City’s defense with precision passes, scoring on five straight possessions. The biggest cheer from the crowd came after Ginobili flipped a behind-the-back pass to Parker in the corner for another 3 and the lead ballooned to 78-58. Late in the third quarter, the Thunder began intentionally fouling Tiago Splitter, a 32 percent free-throw shooter during the playoffs. That backfired, too. Splitter went 5-for-10 over a 54-second span before Popovich replaced him with Duncan and Oklahoma City trailed by the same margin — 16 — that it did when Brooks called for the “Hacka-Splitter” strategy. It may not have showed on the scoreboard but the Spurs seemed to lose their edge after that. Parker, Ginobili and Duncan were on the court together at the 8-minute mark, after the Thunder cut the deficit to eight. Ginobili’s floater in the lane was only the Spurs’ third field goal of the fourth quarter and put San Antonio up 99-89. The Thunder had the deficit down to six with just over 5 minutes remaining. The Spurs missed 12-of-15 shots during one stretch but Parker hit an off-balance, high-arcing jumper with 3:39 left for a 107-96 lead and San Antonio controlled the game from there. Notes: The Spurs’ winning streak is the longest in the NBA overall since the Houston Rockets won 22 straight between Jan. 29-March 18, 2008, all in the regular season. ... The Thunder are the first team to reach 100 points against San Antonio in the postseason. ... Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points, including three 3-pointers for the Spurs. ... Duncan blocked four shots to tie Hakeem Olajuwon for second in career blocks in the postseason (472). Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the leader (476). ... Oklahoma City’s Derek Fisher went 2-for-11 from the field after scoring 13 points in Game 1.
Celtics say intensity must rise vs. Heat in Game 2 MIAMI — The Boston Celtics have bigger issues than being upset about a perceived slight. Yes, LeBron James dribbled behind his back. Then between his legs, five times. Then threw a behind-the-back pass. And after grabbing an offensive rebound while getting fouled by Kevin Garnett, he smiled and shouted “Yeah” three times while holding the ball out for referee Jason Phillips to collect. All that came on one possession in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics called it showboating. They’re probably right. But that’s not the problem. The Heat got 19 layups and dunks in Game 1 on Monday night, with James and Dwyane Wade fueling what became a 93-79 win. And if Boston’s defensive issues weren’t enough cause to concern the Celtics, Ray Allen said his ailing right ankle is getting to be even more problematic — something that’s bound to be a factor again when the matchup resumes in Miami tonight. “You can tell they believe by their anger after the game,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers replied Tuesday when asked how his team is handling the emotions of a Game 1 loss. “There wasn’t a lot of happy guys in our locker room yesterday or in film today when we start out by showing 19 straight layups. Who wants to watch that? I didn’t. I watched it four or five times.” Along the same lines, the Heat said there were elements of the game film that they didn’t like either. James and Wade did their part in Game 1, combining for 54 points. The rest of the Heat added 39 points, 32 rebounds, seven assists and six blocked shots but there were a slew of missed shots and one secondquarter defensive lull that had Miami addressing some issues on the practice court Tuesday. “I think we all felt that we could have played better,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We weren’t as sharp as we had been, particularly in the three games before that. But that’s the playoffs. You have to find a way to survive and win, even if you have to do it when you’re not playing your best, like last

night.” There are some predictable elements that seem to pop up after the opening game of a playoff series, with the team that lost Game 1 saying it had to get more physical and the winning team saying that a 1-0 lead doesn’t mean anything. And both apply in this case as well, with Boston guard Rajon Rondo among the Celtics’ voices saying things had to be made tougher for Miami. Talking points like that can be dismissed. The Allen situation, however, doesn’t seem like it’s going away. Allen has been dealing with pain in his right ankle for several weeks and missed all but one of his seven field-goal attempts in Boston’s Game 1 loss. He even missed four free throws, just the third time in his career that he’s done that. He’s shooting only 39 percent in the postseason, 27 percent from 3-point range and 60 percent from the foul line — way off his usual career numbers in all those departments. Rivers added the Celtics will stick with Allen, making it sound like the decision was made partly out of respect to the veteran guard — who made it clear that he wants to play — and made partly because Boston simply doesn’t have many more options. The Celtics put Allen back in the starting lineup midway through the second round against Philadelphia because Avery Bradley went down for the season with a shoulder injury. Miami was in trouble against Indiana about a week ago, trailing 2-1 in the series and losing at halftime of Game 4 in Indianapolis. Since then, Wade and James have been brilliant and the trend continued in Game 1 against the Celtics. The Celtics sounded like they want to make the Heat start forcing things soon, getting Miami out of its current rhythm. Otherwise, the Heat could find themselves halfway to another East title banner by the close of business on Wednesday night. Del Negro to return as Clippers coach next season LOS ANGELES — Vinny Del Negro will be back as coach of the Los Angeles Clippers after guiding them to the highest winning percentage in franchise history during the lockout-shortened season. The team announced Tuesday that it has exercised its option on him to return for a third season. Del Negro led the Clippers to a 40-26 record, a winning percentage of 60.6 and the second round of the playoffs, where they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs. Del Negro has a 72-76 record in two seasons with the team. Del Negro added there was no discussion about extending his deal beyond the 1-year option but there’s a lot more pressing issues. Those include next month’s draft and the upcoming free agency period, along with making decisions on current players with 1-year contracts. All-Star Blake Griffin can sign a 5-year extension worth up to $95 million this summer. Del Negro came under pressure in March after the Clippers lost consecutive road games at Indiana, Oklahoma City and New Orleans but they responded by winning 13 of their next 15 games on the way to making the playoffs for the first time in six years. Del Negro coached two seasons in Chicago, compiling an 82-82 overall record and leading the team to consecutive playoff appearances before being fired in May 2010. He played 12 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 2002.

Federer gets record 234th Grand Slam match win
The Associated Press PARIS — Roger Federer dropped a set before earning his record-breaking 234th Grand Slam match victory to reach the French Open’s third round. Federer eliminated 92ndranked Adrian Ungur of Romania 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (6), 6-3 today to break a tie with Jimmy Connors for most career wins at major tournaments in the Open era, which began in 1968. The 16-time Grand Slam champion is now 234-35 in tennis’ top four tournaments, an .870 winning percentage. Ungur, meanwhile, is 1-1; the French Open was his Grand Slam debut. Seeded third this year at Roland Garros, where he won the 2009 title, Federer is on course for a semifinal showdown against No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who won in straight sets today. Djokovic was first up on Court Suzanne Lenglen and was barely troubled by Blaz Kavcic, winning 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 for his 23rd straight Grand Slam victory. It was Federer that ended Djokovic’s 43-match winning streak last year, beating the Serb in the semifinals at Roland Garros. If Djokovic wins the French Open title this year, it will be his fourth straight Grand Slam title, his first at Roland Garros. Djokovic was broken once by Kavcic but otherwise had little trouble. He did, however, finish the match with 34 unforced errors, almost twice as many as Kavcic’s 21. Women’s top seed Victoria Azarenka made it to the third round without a problem. In the main stadium at Roland Garros, Court Philippe Chatrier, Azarenka defeated Dinah Pfizenmaier of Germany 6-1, 6-1, two days after struggling to win her opening match. Azarenka took over the No. 1 ranking after winning the Australian Open. In the first round, Azarenka struggled early before winning 12 of the final 14 games to win. She committed 60 unforced errors in that opening match but brought that number down to only 11 on today. Azarenka reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros last year, matching her best performance at the clay-court Grand Slam. U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur also advanced, beating Irina Falconi of the United States 6-1, 6-4. Later today, No. 3

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland was to face Venus Williams in a late match. On Tuesday, Serena Williams showed that, even after 13 Grand Slam championships and dozens of other titles, she is capable of throwing away a big lead. Williams led 5-1 in the second-set tie-breaker and was two points from victory nine times but still lost to Virginie Razzano of France 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 — the first time she has ever lost in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament. The fifth-seeded Williams had been 46-0 in the first round of majors. Williams entered the tournament with a 17-0 record on clay this year. And it looked like No. 18 was in the bag late in the second set. But Razzano, ranked 111th, won six straight points to take the set and then won five straight games in the third. The victory was made even more special considering the personal loss Razzano experienced when her fiance died about a week before last year’s French Open. “Honestly, the past is the past,” said Razzano, who lost in the first round last year. “I think now I did my mourning. I feel good today. It took time.” Defending men’s champion Rafael Nadal had no such trouble, starting his quest for a record seventh French Open title by beating Simone Bolelli of Italy 6-2, 6-2, 6-1. One more will break the French Open record he shares with Bjorn Borg. Nadal was asked whether he expects Borg to make an appearance this year. “We are in the second round,” Nadal replied. “I have enough work to do thinking about the next round and not think about if Bjorn will be here or if I’m going to play the final. That’s day-by-day and we’ll see.” Nadal improved his record to 46-1 at Roland Garros. His only loss came in the fourth round in 2009, against Robin Soderling. Maria Sharapova had an even easier time, scoring a “double bagel” in her 6-0, 6-0 win over Alexandra Cadantu of Romania. Sharapova’s record on clay is not as impressive. Although she has won three major titles, she still needs a victory at the French Open to complete a career Grand Slam. Last year, she lost in the semifinals.

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The Associated Press (Best-of-7) CONFERENCE FINALS Tuesday’s Result San Antonio 120, Oklahoma City 111, San Antonio leads series 2-0

NBA PLAYOFFS MLB GLANCE

In the Pits

Today’s Game Boston at Miami, 8:30 p.m., Miami leads series 1-0 Thursday’s Game San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 9 p.m.

IndyCar hits jackpot with Indy 500
By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS — It’s rare in racing when everything aligns to create a breathtaking event, the kind that’s certain to be talked about through the years and recalled as one of the best. IndyCar hit the jackpot with the Indianapolis 500: a record number of lead changes, a thrilling final dash for the trophy, a popular podium finish and 500 miles of racing under a blistering sun. “What a tremendous race. We couldn’t have asked for anything better for our marquee event,” IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said. “It had the right the mix of competition and entertainment as we showcased our sport on an international stage. Hopefully, people liked what they saw, learned what we already know and will come back for more this season.” That’s the hard sell for the attention-starved series. Early television ratings are showing this year’s 500 had more viewers than any time since 2008. Based on the numbers provided by Nielsen Media Research and ESPN, Sunday’s race attracted nearly 6.9 million viewers and drew a 4.34 rating. The 2011 race, won by the late Dan Wheldon, drew a 4.03. That was also Danica Patrick’s final Indy 500 appearance before jumping to NASCAR. Series officials say it was the best showing since Scott Dixon won the race in 2008. But there’s enough buzz now that IndyCar is optimistic its fans will tune in next Sunday when the series shifts to a street course for the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. The race, the first open-wheel championship event in Detroit since 2008, will be on ABC. “I hope people watch the other races and see what we do week in and week out,” said Dario Franchitti, who picked up his third Indianapolis 500 victory on Sunday. “The crowds have been good and obviously we need to keep working on the TV thing, keep pushing on that. But we’ve had some cracking races this year. I think they’ve all been pretty good.” This Indy 500 swung the pendulum on an already strong start to the season. Franchitti and teammate Dixon swapped the lead 10 times in the final 60 laps and Tony Kanaan used a jaw-dropping surge through the field to jump from fifth to first on a late restart. On Franchitti’s final pass of Dixon, he pulled Takuma Sato with him and the Japanese driver wedged himself between the Chip Ganassi teammates. It prevented Dixon from setting up his attempted pass for the win. The opportunity instead went to Sato, who went for it in dramatic fashion. Sato hugged the bottom of the race track and pulled alongside Franchitti through the first turn, but failed to complete the pass either because their wheels touched or he simply bungled the move. He spun hard into the outside wall, barely avoiding wrecking Franchitti at the same time, and the Scotsman broke free for the win. The final finishing order, Franchitti first, Dixon second and Kanaan third, marked a 1-2-3 finish for the three drivers closest to Wheldon. The entire race was a tribute to Wheldon, the 2011 winner who was killed in last season’s finale, and it was an emotional and fitting finish for his friends. The win made Franchitti just the 10th driver to win three or more Indy 500s and gave him his 31st career victory. With one more victory — it could come Sunday at Belle Isle, where he has a win and four top-4 finishes in six career starts — Franchitti moves into seventh place on the win list behind the three Unsers, two Andrettis and A.J. Foyt, the career leader. But the victory also jumpstarted the season for the 4-time series champion, who had struggled with IndyCar’s new car in the first four races. Indianapolis also introduced some new faces to the audience, starting with James Hinchcliffe, a charming young Canadian who replaced Patrick in the most visible ride in the series. His first national commercial, starring with Patrick in a “Go Daddy” ad, aired during Sunday’s race. There was Marco Andretti, who despite his famous last name has yet to catch the fancy of the American public, losing a race he thought was his to win. Frustrated when his handling fell off, he provided colorful radio chatter that NASCAR fans likened to the notorious Kurt Busch. And it was a first-time meeting with Josef Newgarden, a 21-year-old from Tennessee who was fast all month at Indy and showed there are indeed young American drivers coming through the pipeline.

The Associated Press National League East Division W L Pct GB Washington 29 20 .592 — Miami 28 22 .560 1 1/2 New York 28 22 .560 1 1/2 Atlanta 27 24 .529 3 Philadelphia 26 25 .510 4 Central Division W L Pct GB Cincinnati 28 21 .571 — St. Louis 27 23 .540 1 1/2 Pittsburgh 24 25 .490 4 Houston 22 27 .449 6 Milwaukee 21 28 .429 7 Chicago 17 32 .347 11 West Division W L Pct GB Los Angeles 32 17 .653 — San Francisco 27 23 .540 5 1/2 Arizona 22 28 .440 10 1/2 Colorado 19 29 .396 12 1/2 San Diego 17 34 .333 16 ——— Tuesday’s Results Chicago Cubs 5, San Diego 3 Cincinnati 8, Pittsburgh 1 N.Y. Mets 6, Philadelphia 3 Atlanta 5, St. Louis 4 Miami 3, Washington 1 Milwaukee 2, L.A. Dodgers 1 San Francisco 3, Arizona 1 Today’s Games San Diego (Bass 2-5) at Chicago Cubs (Dempster 0-3), 2:20 p.m. Cincinnati (Cueto 5-2) at Pittsburgh (A.J.Burnett 3-2), 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia (Cl.Lee 0-2) at N.Y. Mets (Gee 4-3), 7:10 p.m. St. Louis (Lohse 5-1) at Atlanta (T.Hudson 3-2), 7:10 p.m. Washington (Wang 1-0) at Miami (Jo.Johnson 2-3), 7:10 p.m. Houston (Harrell 4-3) at Colorado (Friedrich 2-1), 8:40 p.m. Milwaukee (Gallardo 3-4) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 4-2), 10:10 p.m. Arizona (I.Kennedy 3-5) at San Francisco (Lincecum 2-5), 10:15 p.m. Thursday’s Games Houston (Norris 5-1) at Colorado (Guthrie 2-3),

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8:40 p.m. Milwaukee (Greinke 5-2) at L.A. Dodgers (Billingsley 2-3), 10:10 p.m. ---American League East Division W L Pct GB Baltimore 29 21 .580 — Tampa Bay 29 21 .580 — New York 26 23 .531 2 1/2 Toronto 26 24 .520 3 Boston 25 24 .510 3 1/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Chicago 28 22 .560 — Cleveland 27 22 .551 1/2 Detroit 23 26 .469 4 1/2 Kansas City 20 28 .417 7 Minnesota 17 32 .347 10 1/2 West Division W L Pct GB Texas 31 19 .620 — Los Angeles 26 25 .510 5 1/2 Oakland 22 28 .440 9 Seattle 22 30 .423 10 ——— Tuesday’s Results Kansas City 8, Cleveland 2 Toronto 8, Baltimore 6 Chicago White Sox 7, Tampa Bay 2 Boston 6, Detroit 3 Seattle 10, Texas 3 Minnesota 3, Oakland 2 L.A. Angels 5, N.Y. Yankees 1 Today’s Games Kansas City (B.Chen 3-5) at Cleveland (J.Gomez 3-3), 12:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Quintana 1-0) at Tampa Bay (Cobb 2-0), 1:10 p.m. Oakland (T.Ross 2-5) at Minnesota (Liriano 0-5), 1:10 p.m. Baltimore (Hammel 6-1) at Toronto (Morrow 5-3), 7:07 p.m. Detroit (Smyly 2-1) at Boston (Lester 3-4), 7:10 p.m. Seattle (Beavan 2-4) at Texas (D.Holland 4-3), 8:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Nova 5-2) at L.A. Angels (E.Santana 2-6), 10:05 p.m. Thursday’s Games Detroit (Scherzer 4-3) at Boston (Beckett 4-4), 7:10 p.m.

The Associated Press CINCINNATI REDS Votto Hanigan Frazier Phillips Heisey Bruce Cozart Stubbs Mesoraco Ludwick Rolen Valdez Cairo Costanzo Team Totals ———
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ER HR BB SO

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8 44 5 12 5 22 14 27 14 41 9 14 9 45 18 45 10 20 4 24 22 51 15 31 3 3 136 379
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2 17 35 24 18 5 39 13 2 38 25 18 10 32 11 10 315

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Accardo 0 0 Pestano 2 0 Hagadone 0 0 C. Perez 0 1 Lowe 6 3 R. Perez 1 0 Smith 4 1 Gomez 3 3 Tomlin 2 2 Masterson 2 4 Jimenez 5 4 Sipp 0 2 Team Totals 27 22

The Associated Press BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES— Activated OF Endy Chavez from the 15-day DL. Selected the contract of RHP Miguel Gonzalez from Norfolk. Optioned RHP Tommy Hunter and OF Xavier Avery to Norfolk. DETROIT TIGERS—Assigned RHP Collin Balester outright to Toledo (IL). LOS ANGELES ANGELS— Activated OF Torii Hunter from the restricted list. Optioned INF Andrew Romine to Salt Lake (PCL). Placed RHP Jered Weaver on the 15-day DL. Recalled RHP Garrett Richards from Salt Lake. NEW YORK YANKEES— Acquired RHP Ryota Igarashi off waivers from Toronto. Transferred RHP Brad Meyers to the 60-day DL. TAMPA BAY RAYS — Selected the contract of OF/DH Hideki Matsui from Durham (IL). Optioned OF/DH Stephen Vogt to Durham. Transferred OF Brandon Guyer from the 15- to the 60-day DL. TEXAS RANGERS—Agreed to terms with RHP Roy Oswalt on a minor-league contract. TORONTO BLUE JAYS— Recalled INF Mike McCoy from Las Vegas (PCL). Optioned OF Eric Thames to Las Vegas. National League CHICAGO CUBS—Activated C Steve Clevenger from the 15-day DL. Optioned C Blake Lalli to Iowa (PCL). LOS ANGELES DODGERS— Reinstated OF Matt Kemp from

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BRAVES 5, CARDINALS 4 ATLANTA — Dan Uggla hit a 3-run homer, Michael Bourn also went deep and the Braves snapped their longest losing streak in more than two years, holding off the Cardinals after an 8-game skid. Bourn led off the bottom of the first with his fifth homer of the season, tying a career high. Uggla made it 4-0 in the third, sending one into the seats in left-center. Randall Delgado (3-5) worked into the sixth, allowing three runs, and the Cardinals closed within a run in the seventh on Yadier Molina’s third RBI of the night, a run-scoring single. Molina went 4-for-4, including a solo homer. But Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his 14th save in 15 chances. Jake Westbook (4-4) took the loss. CUBS 5, PADRES 3 CHICAGO — Alfonso Soriano homered, Jeff Samardzija struck out eight in seven innings and the Cubs beat the Padres. Soriano hit a solo homer to center field in the sixth. After going homerless in his first 30 games this season, Soriano has seven home runs in his last 13 games. Samardzija (5-3) allowed eight hits and was one strikeout from tying his career high. He departed after Will Venable’s RBI triple with no outs in the eighth. Shawn Camp kept the lead, getting Carlos Quentin on a fly to left to end

The Associated Press NL MIAMI — Anibal Sanchez allowed only an unearned run in seven innings to remain unbeaten in 19 starts against Washington and the Miami Marlins beat the Nationals 3-1 Tuesday night to break the franchise record for victories in a month. The Marlins are 20-8 since May 1, best in the majors, and six games above .500 for the first time since last June 4. Greg Dobbs, pinch-hitting for Sanchez, drove in the run that put Miami ahead to stay with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Sanchez (3-3) allowed only three hits and one walk and lowered his ERA to 2.56. Edwin Jackson (1-3) allowed only two runs, one earned, in 6 2/3 innings.

the inning. James Russell got the last two outs for his first career save. Quentin homered and had three hits for San Diego. His drive on the first pitch of the fifth was his first home run as a Padre. METS 6, PHILLIES 3 NEW YORK — Jeremy Hefner earned his first victory in the majors, highlighting the occasion by homering for his first big-league hit as the Mets beat the Phillies. The 26-year-old rookie became the first major-league pitcher to hit his first homer in his first win since 2002, when Dennis Tankersley did it with San Diego, STATS LLC announced. Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston had a 2-run homer and newcomer Omar Quintanilla doubled twice and singled to help New York win for the fourth time in five games. After a storm delay of 64 minutes in the eighth inning, the Mets improved to 6-2 against Philadelphia this year. Earlier in the day, the last-place Phillies learned ace Roy Halladay is expected to be out 6-8 weeks because of a strained right shoulder. REDS 8, PIRATES 1 PITTSBURGH — Jay Bruce had three hits, including a pair of doubles, Todd Frazier drove in two runs to cap an eventful day and the Reds cruised by the Pirates. Homer Bailey (4-3) gave up one run on four hits, walking one and striking out four while pitching his second career complete game. Frazier doubled and tripled in his first two at-bats hours less than a day after saving a Pittsburgh restaurant-goer from choking on a piece of steak by giving him the Heimlich maneuver. Charlie Morton (2-6) struggled with his trademark sinker and the Reds took advantage by knocking him around soggy PNC Park following a nearly 2-hour rain delay. BREWERS 2, DODGERS 1 LOS ANGELES — Ryan Braun hit a 2-run homer, getting back at Dodgers’ fans who booed his every move and leading the Brewers to a victory over Los Angeles. Mike Fiers (1-0) allowed a run and five hits in seven innings, striking out three and walking none in his first major-league start and third appearance after being recalled from Triple-A Nashville. The 26-year-old right-hander gave up his only run when Andre Ethier doubled home Ivan De Jesus in the sixth for his NL-leading 43rd RBI. Braun, who beat out Dodgers centerfielder Matt Kemp for NL MVP last season, homered in the first inning. Kemp returned to the lineup after he was activated from the 15-day DL. He had missed 13 games because of a left hamstring strain. GIANTS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 1

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was frustrated during Sunday’s race. And as a race car driver, Andretti knows there’s only one way for his son to get over a growing sense of frustration at Indy. It’s something Michael wasn’t able to do himself as a driver: Win it. “You’re still human,” Michael Andretti said Tuesday, during a test session for the June 15-16 IndyFest at the Milwaukee Mile. “And until it happens, he’s going to be that way. And once it happens, I think you’ll see a different person. It’s just that way. I know it was that way with me. You can talk until you’re blue in the face but that pressure and everything that you have there is just going to be there.” Marco Andretti led 59 laps Sunday, more than any other driver. But he got shuffled back in the field by an ill-timed caution flag after a pit stop. Then he crashed on lap 188, ending his day. Before the crash, he spent much of the afternoon venting frustration to his crew on the radio. It was the latest example of rotten luck for a member of the Andretti family at Indy, something many have come to call the “Andretti curse.” Marco’s grandfather, Mario, won it in 1969 — and never won again in 24 more tries. Michael led 431 laps in 16 career starts but never won. Marco came close in his first try, finishing second by a nose to Sam Hornish Jr. in 2006. He has led laps in five of his seven Indy starts and finished third in 2008 and 2010. Marco Andretti was not among the 19 drivers at Tuesday’s test at Milwaukee. Hinchcliffe said Andretti was “a little sore” after the crash but otherwise handled his frustration well. And Hinchcliffe doesn’t get the sense that having the Andretti name — and all the baggage that comes with it at Indianapolis — weighs too heavily on Marco. Franchitti ‘not very comfortable’ about high ovals: Franchitti says he’s still “not very comfortable” racing on a high-banked oval. The Indianapolis 500 was the first IndyCar race on an oval since Wheldon’s fatal accident in last season’s finale at Las Vegas. But the June 9 race in Texas will be the first on a high-banked track similar to Las Vegas. Franchitti tested at Texas last month. Wheldon was killed when his car sailed into the fence in a 15-car accident last October and his head hit a post in the fence. A report later determined that pack racing on a high-banked oval contributed to the accident.

SAN FRANCISCO — Melky Cabrera got his 50th hit of the month to spark the go-ahead rally and Buster Posey drove in a pair of runs to lead the Giants to a victory over the Diamondbacks. Posey drove in Cabrera with an RBI double in the sixth to tie the game and followed Cabrera’s single in the eighth with a sacrifice fly to scored Ryan Theriot to make it 2-1 and help the Giants win for the 12th time in 18 games. Cabrera finished with three hits to pass Willie Mays for the second-most productive month in San Francisco history — one shy of the record set by Randy Winn in September 2005. The Giants have one game left this month. AL ANAHEIM, Calif. — Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo homered, Dan Haren pitched into the eighth inning and the Los Angeles Angels extended their longest winning streak in nearly three years to eight games with a 5-1 victory over the New York Yankees. Mike Trout hit a run-scoring triple for the Angels, who have won 11-of15. After a rough start to a season of high expectations, Los Angeles (26-25) is above .500 for the first time since opening day. Haren (3-5) had seven strikeouts and no walks, coming through with a strong start after the Los Angeles bullpen had to pitch nine innings in relief of injured ace Jered Weaver during Monday’s 9-8 victory. Andy Pettitte (2-2) yielded nine hits and five runs over 7-plus innings for the Yankees. WHITE SOX 7, RAYS 2 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Philip Humber won for the first time since throwing a perfect game in April, helping Chicago beat Tampa Bay to extend its winning streak to seven games. Hideki Matsui homered in his Tampa Bay debut. The Rays purchased the 2009 World Series MVP’s contract from Triple-A Durham before the game. Humber (2-2) was 0-2 with an 8.22 ERA over six starts since his gem against Seattle on April 21. The righthander allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings Tuesday. Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo both had two RBIs for the White Sox. James Shields (6-3) gave up six runs and 10 hits in six innings for the Rays. MARINERS 10, RANGERS 3 ARLINGTON, Texas — John Jaso drove in three runs, Jason Vargas pitched into the seventh inning and Seattle beat Texas to snap a 5-game losing streak. Jaso’s 2-run homer in the second put the Mariners ahead to stay on the way to matching their highest run total this season. Scott Feldman (0-3) gave up four runs — two earned — with three strikeouts and three walks over 4 2/3 innings. Josh Hamilton hit his majors-best 21st

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THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012 Already solid relationships will be considerably strengthened in the year ahead. From time to time, you as well as your allies will be in positions to help one another and won’t hesitate to do so. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Be very selective with whom you associate and what activities you plan to engage in. Your enjoyment of your day will be derived from quality, not quantity. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Make every effort to resolve any family differences as soon as possible. Unsettled disputes may be difficult to resolve, but they’ll be even more so as time wears on. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -You could be overwhelmed by praise regarding something you accomplished. The accolades will be sincere appreciations of your unusual and impressive feat. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- The reason why so many things are coming your way at this time is because you innately understood one of the world’s best secrets: In order to get, you must first give. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- The major reason you’ll be able to succeed where others are failing is because you will not get discouraged if things don’t immediately go your way. Never be afraid to try, try again. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- If and when you choose to apply yourself, you can easily manage your financial or commercial matters with considerable skill. Instead of handing the reins to another, give it a go on your own. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Friends or associates will be looking to you to take charge of a matter that affects all of you. You won’t want to let them down -- so be sure to step up. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Although the general drift of things might initially look to be going against you, don’t give up too quickly. Chances are events will change in your favor. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Doing everything all by yourself could grow increasingly untenable as your day progresses. Try to find an amicable companion with whom you can share both your time and interests. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Make as many adjustments as you want to all situations that haven’t been running smoothly lately. Conditions can always be altered to produce what you’d like. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Draw upon previously successful techniques regarding a partnership matter, and you should come out ahead. Past knowledge can be a helpful guide in facing the present. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Responsibilities you’re dodging because you believe them to be a lot of work aren’t likely to dissipate with time. The sooner you get them over with, the fewer headaches they’ll give you.
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Dear Annie: I’m a ly exhausting. She wants to 58-year-old woman and I’m know about my budget, what concerned about my year-old I’m cooking for dinner, what I’m doing for the weekend. granddaughter. When she was merely 4 Every weekend. I was a social bug until I months old, my son-in-law would toss her up in the air lost my husband. Now, not and then catch her. Her head so much. I attend church, go was completely unsupported. to work and go home. I have When she was 5 months old two teenagers who miss their and the temperature outside father terribly. I think I’m was in the 40s and rainy, still grieving and do not want he refused to put a coat on anyone’s help if it has to be so suffocating. Does her. When she was that make sense at 6 months old, he put all? -- Stressing in her on his shoulders Kansas and bounced her Dear Kansas: around the grocery Your response to instead of securthis smothering ing her in the car attention is perfectseat. When she was ly natural. You are 11 months old, he indeed still grievadmitted that he had ing, and Fran’s tossed her on their oppressive concern bed so she would Annie’s Mailbox is provoking some “bounce.” resentment, not least Last Sunday, I was gently pushing her because she did not get along in a swing when he said, with your husband. Tell Fran “You’re not swinging her you need her to back off high enough,” and proceeded for a while, and then please to push her aggressively and consider some grief counselto a point where I felt it was ing. Your doctor or the local hospital can refer you. unsafe for a child her age. Dear Annie: I am sure My daughter has told me that he does things that make “D.B. M.D, Loma Linda, her heart stop. I believe he Calif.” meant well to inform enjoys the attention and likes us how to better entice our to upset my daughter. I con- men and put out more. I work in a salon, and we sider him to be somewhat talk about sex in detail. The unbalanced. Would this be consid- women with loving husbands ered child endangerment? I who are shown respect are had composed a letter to her happy to give their men plenpediatrician, but friends and ty of sexual activity. The men family urged me not to send who aren’t getting the sex life it for fear that child protec- they want are probably not tive services will be called. as kind, loving, respectful or Yet, if I know these things attentive to their women. Please help men underand do nothing, I’m as guilty as he is. I don’t want to stand that women like sex to lose my granddaughter or my start in the kitchen or living daughter. Am I overreacting? room, an hour before it actually happens in the bedroom. -- Concerned Grandma Dear Grandma: Your And if it does, sex will be son-in-law’s behavior is ques- enjoyed by both partners for tionable, but we don’t believe longer than 12 minutes. -it’s enough to call CPS. The W.B. problem is, he doesn’t seem to understand the boundaries of acceptable risk. First talk to your daughter. She should make it clear to her husband that he must be more careful. Please tell her also to discuss this with her pediatrician, and you should not hesitate to let the doctor know about your concerns. Perhaps a professional can talk some sense into her husband before he unintentionally causes irreparable harm. Dear Annie: My husband recently passed away. My sisters and one of my closest friends never particularly liked him, so now they are all suddenly my best friends. The biggest problem is my friend “Fran,” who thinks she knows everything about my life and won’t allow me to make any decisions of my own. Trying to assert myself around her is mental-

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By JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press NEW YORK — Pedro Hernandez has confessed to killing the 6-year-old boy at the heart of one of the nation’s most prominent missingchild cases, police say. And he has schizophrenia and a history of hallucinations, his lawyer says. Court-appointed doctors are still assessing Hernandez’s mental state, and it’s unclear how much it will factor in the case charging him with the 1979 murder of young Etan Patz. But if his psychiatric record becomes an issue, he’ll encounter a justice system that seeks to strike a balance between recognizing mental illness and holding people responsible for their actions — a balance that has shifted back and forth over more than a century and a half. Hernandez, 51, remained in a psychiatric hospital Tuesday as authorities continued trying to flesh out his startling admission in a case that galvanized the movement to publicize the problem of missing children. Meanwhile, Etan’s father made clear that the attention to the case since Hernandez’s arrest last week had taken a toll, telling reporters they had “managed to make a difficult situation even worse.” “It is past time for you to leave me, my family and my neighbors alone,” Stan Patz said in a note posted on his apartment building’s door. Police encountered Hernandez, who worked in a nearby convenience store, shortly after Etan vanished on his way to school on May 25, 1979. But investigators never considered Hernandez a suspect until a tipster pointed them his way this month, saying he had made incriminating statements. He responded with an emotional and gruesome confession: He said he strangled the boy, hid his body in a bag and a box and dumped it near some trash, police said. His statements launched police and the Manhattan district attorney’s office into a complex process of building a 33-year-old case with, so far, no physical evidence. And it has started the courts on a parallel path of exploring Hernandez’s mental health. After defense lawyer Harvey Fishbein told a judge that Hernandez was schizophrenic, bipolar, had had visual and auditory hallucinations, and had been on psychiatric medication for some time, the judge ordered an examination to see whether he was mentally fit to stand trial. The results aren’t yet known, and the judge may ultimately hold a hearing to decide whether Hernandez can go to trial. If not, he would be sent to a psychiatric hospital and evaluated periodically to see whether he had improved enough to go to court. Such exams aim to assess whether someone is well enough to participate in a trial and aid his or her own defense. They are separate from an insanity defense, which revolves around the defendant’s psychological state at the time of the alleged crime. In New York and many other states, defendants have to prove they were so mentally ill that they didn’t know what they were doing was wrong. If successful, they are sent to psychiatric hospitals until judged well enough for release, if ever. Fishbein declined to comment Tuesday on whether he might pursue an insanity defense. It could be challenging to portray Hernandez’s mindset so long ago, potentially involving digging up decades-old medical records, tapping friends’ and relatives’ memories of his behavior at the time, or both. “The closer you can bring his mental health and treatment issues to the time of the crime, the more plausible it becomes that he was suffering from mental disorder at the earlier time,” said Stephen J. Morse, a University of Pennsylvania law and psychiatry professor who’s not involved in the case. Insanity defenses are venerable — they date to a case in 1840s England — and all but a handful of U.S. states allow them. But they are rare. They are offered in less than 1 percent of felony cases nationwide and successful only about 20 percent of the time, according to Richard E. Redding, a professor at Orange, Calif.-based Chapman University School of Law. Among the hundreds of thousands of criminal cases closed in New York state each year, an average of only about 40 end with either an insanity acquittal or both sides agreeing on an insanity plea, according to state statistics. That statistic might not capture some insanity acquittals that get reported simply as acquittals. Legal standards for insanity defenses nationwide have loosened and tightened at points over the decades, with a significant tightening after John Hinckley Jr. successfully offered an insanity defense in the 1981 shooting of President

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Crews work to protect structures in Mich. wildfire
NEWBERRY, Mich. (AP) — Crews worked Tuesday to ensure that no more structures were damaged by a wildfire burning across more than 30 square miles of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as high winds in the forecast threatened to test firefighting efforts, an official said. The Department of Natural Resources said 97 structures have been destroyed, including 34 homes or cabins. The latest estimate Tuesday added two sheds or outbuildings to a total released a day earlier. No injuries have been reported. Some progress was marked Tuesday by the reopening of part of a state park that’s popular with tourists and campers that had to close because of smoke and ash problems. DNR spokesman Dean Wilson said Tahquamenon Falls State Park’s Upper Falls and related facilities reopened Tuesday, and the Lower Falls campground was expected to reopen at noon today. Some hiking trails that lead into the burn area remain closed, he said. “The fire isn’t burning with the intensity that it was initially,” Wilson said. “We’re making good gains on containing it.” Recent rain helped in firefighting efforts, said Wilson and

Alex Haley’s son wants letter of Malcolm X returned to family
By MICHAEL HILL Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. — The son of Malcolm X’s biographer is asking Syracuse University to hand over a letter in which the slain activist writes about his shifting views on race relations, claiming his family is the rightful owner. Malcolm X wrote to Alex Haley, his collaborator for “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” from Saudi Arabia in April 1964, about ten months before he was gunned down at a New York City hotel ballroom. The publisher of the autobiography later gave the letter to Syracuse University as part of a larger cache of papers to be used by researchers. But Haley’s son, William Haley, said the publisher never had legal title to the letter and could not give it away. His lawyer said Tuesday he plans to make a legal demand this week for the letter, which he believes is worth at least $650,000. “The history is important for us as a family, the legacy,” William Haley said. Haley said he was acting on behalf of himself and his two sisters. Haley said it’s possible the family would decide to sell the letter, but that would be a group decision. Alex Haley died in 1992. “So much of African-American history gets lost and is sometimes not in the place where we By LINDA STEWART BALL Associated Press

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Gov’t. rests case in Clemens trial
WASHINGTON (AP) — It took 24 witnesses over 19 days of testimony for prosecutors to make their case against Roger Clemens, with three jurors and two minor pieces of the indictment dismissed by the time they were done. With the overlongrunning trial now in its seventh week and Clemens’ lawyers starting to take their turn, the case remains centered on the credibility of one person — Brian McNamee. The government rested Tuesday in the perjury trial of the seven-time Cy Young Award winner, wrapping up with a witness from Wall Street and two from the FBI. Two invoked the name of McNamee, the longtime Clemens strength coach who says he injected the ex-pitcher with steroids in 1998, 2000 and 2001 and with human growth hormone in 2000. The defense is expected to take about two weeks to call its witnesses. The trial has already exceeded the original estimate of four to six weeks stated by the judge at the start of jury selection. Clemens is charged with two counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction of Congress. All relate to his testimony at a hearing in February 2008 and his deposition that preceded it. The heart of the case is the allegation that Clemens lied when he said he had never used steroids or HGH, but the obstruction count included 15 statements, or “acts,” in which Clemens is alleged to have misled Congress on a variety of issues. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton dismissed two of those acts Tuesday. The first dismissed act dealt with Clemens’ claim that he had “no idea” that former Sen. George Mitchell wanted to talk with him in preparation for the 2007 Mitchell Report on drugs in baseball. The government couldn’t prove otherwise because some of its evidence was ruled inadmissible due to rules over attorney-client privilege. The second dismissed act deals with Clemens’ statement in his 2008 deposition that: “I couldn’t tell you the first thing about (HGH).” The judge said that statement could be misinterpreted because it was asked in the context of whether Clemens had ever done any

Ronald Reagan. Many states stopped allowing insanity defenses for conduct people knew was wrong but couldn’t control, among other changes. Instead of an insanity defense, Hernandez could invoke psychiatric problems to say his confession wasn’t valid or voluntary, notes Bryan Konoski, a New York criminal defense lawyer who has worked on insanity defenses. He isn’t involved in Hernandez’s case. “One of the psychiatric issues you really have in this case is whether his confession is a false confession,” Konoski said. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has said Hernandez gave specific details that convinced investigators his confession was true. He also told people long ago that he had “done something bad” and killed a child in New York City, according to the commissioner. One of Hernandez’s sisters, Norma Hernandez, said Tuesday that she went to police in Camden, N.J., years ago to report a rumor that he had confessed at a prayer group. Camden police declined to comment on her remarks. Kelly said Tuesday that detectives were speaking to Hernandez’s siblings and members of the prayer group — and listening judiciously. “Any high-profile case, you have to be careful, because people come out of the woodwork and make all sorts of claims and statements,” the commissioner said. Hernandez hasn’t been linked to any other missing children’s investigations, but Kelly said investigators aren’t ruling anything out.

Mother not surprised son died in crane standoff
DALLAS — A man who threatened to shoot officers during a 14-hour standoff in a construction crane was unarmed and no weapons were found near the scene, police said Tuesday. Lee Dell Thomas Jr., 44, of Dallas, fell to his death early Tuesday, about 14 hours after he climbed into the crane towering over the Southern Methodist University campus in suburban Dallas. “It was an unfortunate outcome,” Assistant Chief Thomas Lawrence said at a news conference. “But we have to resolve things the best way we can. We tried to do the best we could.” Thomas’ mother told a local television station Tuesday that she wasn’t surprised to learn of her son’s death and that their family had a history of mental illness. Police said Thomas claimed he was armed and threatened to shoot anyone who approached him. Lawrence said no weapon was found on Thomas or in the crane cab. Thomas also had covered the area around the cab with grease to prevent officers from reaching him. Lawrence said that Thomas was “a person of interest” in the hijacking early Monday of a truck containing band equipment, but he hadn’t been conclusively linked to the heist. The truck was found near the crane, Deputy Chief Randal Blankenbaker said, and police dogs had traced a trail from the vehicle to the construction site, but lost the scent there. About midday Monday, Thomas scrambled up the crane and into its cab. Communications between Thomas and officers on the ground were spotty, Lawrence said. “We were trying to get him to agree to come down from the crane for his safety,” he said. Thomas cut off all communication with police about midnight, Lawrence said. Two special tactics officers who climbed the crane around 1 a.m. Tuesday discovered that Thomas had barricaded himself in the cab and covered the surrounding area with grease. Thomas then

prefer it to be,” Haley said. Malcolm X’s letter, written after a pilgrimage to Mecca, addresses the recent time he spent with Muslims “whose skin was the whitest of white.” “In fact, what I have seen and experienced on this pilgrimage has forced me to ‘re arrange’ much of my thought patterns, and to toss aside some of my previous conclusions,” he wrote. The letter was sent to publisher Grove Press for inclusion in the autobiography, which was first published in 1965. Grove included the letter in files it gave to Syracuse University in 1969. Sean M. Quimby, senior director of the university’s Special Collections Research Center, said it has documentation from Grove that shows Syracuse owns the transferred archive. He said the school’s ownership had never been challenged before in 43 years and he has not seen any evidence that the letter was lent, instead of given, to Grove. “Our library and our special collections are publicly available to anyone, and there is a greater good served,” Quimby added. Haley’s attorney, Gregory J. Reed of Detroit, said Haley passed along the letter to Grove only so it could be included in the autobiography and that Grove never had legal title. Haley said he is acting now because he only found out about details of the letter recently after talking to Reed, who collects Malcolm X material. sprayed a grease “similar to WD-40” toward the officers, police said. Thomas pulled himself out of the cab and briefly clung to the crane before dropping to his death at 1:47 a.m. Tuesday. “I don’t know if anyone can say why he went up there,” Blankenbaker said. Online criminal records showed that Thomas spent 13 years in the Texas state prison system for a 1991 aggravated assault conviction and a subsequent conviction for aggravated assault while in prison. He was released in 2004. Ollie Mae Thomas told KTVT-TV of Fort Worth and Dallas on Tuesday that her son — and her family — had a history of mental illness. Lee Dell Thomas’ grandfather committed suicide and his father was a paranoid schizophrenic, she said. She also said her son began using drugs at an early age. She said Lee Dell Thomas sought treatment for his mental illness when he left prison, but quit taking the medication after two months. “He said he didn’t like the way the medication made him feel,” Thomas said.

ACLU to challenge Illinois gay marriage ban
By SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press

CHICAGO — More than two dozen gay and lesbian couples in Illinois plan to file lawsuits today arguing that it’s unconstitutional for the state to deny them the right to marry, a move advocates hope will lead to legalized samesex marriage in Illinois. The two lawsuits — backed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and the New York-based gay advocacy group Lambda Legal — include couples from the Chicago area, Bloomington and Marion. Both challenge a state law that defines marriage as between a man and woman, arguing that the Illinois Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry under due process and equality clauses. Legislation to eliminate the law’s language that prohibits gay marriage is pending, but a vote isn’t expected before the legislative session is scheduled to end this week. And although Illinois enacted same-sex civil unions last year, couples in the lawsuits said the limited rights and protections make them feel like second-class citizens. The lead plaintiffs in the ACLU lawsuit, which includes nine couples, are Chicago police detective Tanya Lazaro and systems analyst Elizabeth Matos. The women, who’ve been together 15 years and have two children, reject the notion of a civil union. “It’s not the same thing as a marriage. We want our relationship, our love and our commitment we’ve shown for 15 years to be recognized like everybody else’s,” Lazaro said. “When you’re growing up, you don’t dream of civil unions.” Advocates hope the lawsuits will make their way to the Illinois Supreme Court. Currently, the District of Columbia and six states — Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont — have legalized gay marriage, either because of legislation or the courts. Courts decided for gay marriage in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa. A lawsuit challenging an Iowa law barring gay marriage prompted the Iowa Supreme Court to legalize it in 2009. However, the three justices up for retention elections the next year were voted off the bench after being targeted by groups angered by the court’s decision.

research into HGH. Thirteen alleged misleading statements remain in the charges. The government only needs to prove one to gain a conviction for obstruction of Congress. There’s something the trial definitely can’t afford to keep losing: jurors. Two have been dismissed for sleeping during the proceedings, and a third was lost Tuesday following the death of her mother. There’s only one alternate left. “So I’d ask everybody to stay healthy and available,” Walton told the remaining 13. Many of them smiled or laughed. One of the government’s final witnesses was Anthony Corso, one of McNamee’s socalled “Wall Street clients” who worked out with the strength coach in Manhattan. Corso related a pair of conversations meant to show that McNamee didn’t start making up allegations and fabricating evidence against Clemens to placate federal investigators in 2007. “Mr. McNamee had mentioned that Mr. Clemens was one of the athletes that was getting positive results from” HGH, said Corso, recalling a conversation from around 2002. A key piece of evidence in the trial is medical waste from an alleged 2001 steroids injection of Clemens that McNamee said he saved in a beer can and FedEx box. Corso, a large, blunt-spoken New Yorker who works as a managing partner in a consulting firm, recalled asking McNamee around 2005 about a newspaper story concerning performance-enhancing drugs. “’I’m not going to get thrown under the bus because I’ve taken care of it,”’ Corso remembered McNamee saying. “He said he had saved some syringes and thrown them in a beer can, and thrown them in a FedEx box.” Corso didn’t directly link Clemens to that statement, a fact reinforced by a question from a juror. That forced the government to start reading Corso’s grand jury testimony from two years ago, when Corso quoted McNamee as saying, “I saved two syringes that I used on Roger.” Corso said he now can’t recall whether McNamee used Clemens’ name in connection with the syringes or not.

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