February 7, 2014
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The 44th annual Decatur Smoker will be held Sunday at the Knights of Columbus hall in Decatur. Doors for the event open at 12:30 p.m. at the hall, located at 1703 High St. Tickets are $10 prior to the Smoker or $15 at the door, and are available at Murphy‚Äôs Barber Shop, Bill Miller Auto Sales, Decatur Package Liquor, Kintz Insurance, Vinnie‚Äôs Bar, and the K of C Hall. Attendants must be 21 years or age or older.
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Chamber holds awards ceremony
FRED ISCH GETS SAGAMORE Of THE WABASH AwARD
By JANNAYA ANDREWS It was an emotional evening at the annual dinner of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce as local businesses gathered to recognize a few of their own Thursday night. As Mayor John Schultz stepped to the podium to introduce the man he referred to as ‚ÄúMr. Decatur,‚ÄĚ Schultz was visibly moved as talked of former Mayor Fred Isch and all he has accomplished for the city of Decatur. Isch was present Thursday to receive the Sagamore of the Wabash award, the highest honor an Indiana resident can receive from the governor. The Sagamore, which is a Native American term to describe a lesser chief or great man among the tribe, is a personal tribute reserved for those who have given a distinguished service to the state and was presented by State Rep. Matt Lehman. Schultz spoke of the 20 years Isch served the city as mayor, particularly how Isch handled the flood of 2003, when most of the city was under water. ‚ÄúI really thank you for taking care of that particular problem,‚ÄĚ Schultz quipped. Isch made his way to the podium during a standing ovation, taking a moment to gather himself before speaking a few brief words. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm very humbled by you all,‚ÄĚ Isch finally managed, clearing his throat. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm so very thankful for this city and the people in it. This is a truly special place and I‚Äôm grateful to be here tonight with my family.‚ÄĚ Isch may be a man of few words nowadays, Fred Isch, right, with Matt Lehman and but those words came John Schultz. from the heart.
DR. ROGER THOMPSON iS HONORED wiTH STEPEN DECATUR AwARD
By JANNAYA ANDREWS Receiving the Stephen Decatur award, so named for the city‚Äôs namesake, naval hero Stephen Decatur, at Thursday night‚Äôs Decatur Chamber of Commerce banquet was Dr. Roger Thompson. He retired from Decatur Dental Service in 2006, after 34 years of service to the Decatur community. However, Thompson has been anything but idle. A native of Anderson, Thompson graduated from IU in 1966 and the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1970. Following graduation he was commissioned into the United States Army and served in Vietnam in the Medical Corps as a dentist. In 1970, Thompson was stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas when he was deployed to serve our country honorably until his discharge in 1972 at the rank of Captain. Upon his discharge Thompson and his wife Nancy moved to Decatur. Almost immediately, they became ensconced in our community. Thompson joined the dental practices of Drs. Bohnke, Taylor, and Eichenauer. This dental office eventually transitioned into the present day
South Adams High School will host a Career Day from 7:55 a.m.-3 p.m. March 3 in the high school basketball gym. According to organizers, the goal of the event is to promote area businesses and increase student awareness of local career opportunities. All South Adams students grades 8-12 will have a class period to visit the business displays. Students are required to attend at least four booths. Businesses are limited to one table, but may have banners behind their table. The gymnasium must be cleared that day by 3:15 p.m. Contact Trent Lehman at 589-3131 or by email at tlehman@southadams. k12.in.us to reserve a spot. The deadline to register is Feb. 24.
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DDS. As a younger dentist, he was active with the Jaycees for many years. Very supportive of Decatur and this community, the DDS has been a member of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce since 1986 and continues today. Adding a little humor to the evening, Dr. Kelly Ulman, who introduced Thompson, spoke of how lucky he was ... particularly that Dr. Terry Baker was unable to attend the event. See THOMPSON, Page 2
Rainbow Lake drainage concerns laid out for Geneva Town Council
By MIKE LAMM Les Wagner, a representative of the Rainbow Lake Homeowner‚Äôs Association, appeared before Geneva Town Council Tuesday night at their regular monthly meeting to discuss drainage issues affecting the quality of water in the Rainbow Lake. Reporting ‚Äúa lot of solids in the lake,‚ÄĚ Wagner wanted to know if the town might consider the installation of a filtration system at the lift station to Rainbow Lake to clean water of litter and other solid contaminants before entering the lake. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know if it‚Äôs ever been cleaned,‚ÄĚ Wagner commented on the lift station, adding that the last time he looked at the catch basin, the lift station ‚Äúlooked in bad shape.‚ÄĚ Wagner wanted to know if the town ‚Äútested for solids‚ÄĚ coming out of that pump. ‚ÄúWe don‚Äôt want to contaminate the lake, which drains into the golf course, which in turn drains into the (Wabash) river.‚ÄĚ He indicated there were ‚Äúa lot of oil solids‚ÄĚ in the water. Not waiting for an answer for his questions surrounding that topic, Wagner moved to a second drainage concern; that of storm water from the site of the new Dollar General store being constructed near Rainbow Lake. He expressed apprehension about the additional water that might drain from the site into Rainbow Lake, as well as the increased buggy traffic (and parallel increase in horse manure) that could conversely affect water quality in the lake. Taking on the second question first, Clerk/Treasurer Bill Warren informed Wagenr water from the business will indeed drain into Rainbow Lake, but a dike creating a retention pond had been constructed and approved by the state, and should alleviate Wagner‚Äôs concerns in that area. The retention See GENEVA, Page 3
ISTEP extension OK‚Äôd by state school board
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ‚ÄĒ The State Board of Education has agreed to extend ISTEP+ testing after weeks of frigid temperatures and heavy snowfalls that have forced repeated closures of many Indiana schools. The board voted unanimously Thursday to approve extending the applied skills portion of the exam from March 3 until March 21. That testing had been scheduled for March 3 through March 12. The board also extended ISTEP‚Äôs IRead-3 testing from March 17 until March 21, providing two more days of testing for third-graders. Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz recommended the change after many Indiana schools closed for multiple days this winter because of heavy snows and subzero temperatures.
Lehman to meet with constituents
‚Ä® S tate Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, will host a pair of town hall meetings Feb. 15 in Adams County. Lehman will meet with constituents from 8:309:30 a.m. in the office of the Berne Chamber of Commerce, 205 E. Main St. He will then travel to Decatur for another meeting from 10-11 a.m. at the Decatur branch of the Adams Public Library. Lehman‚Äôs announcement said he will be available to ‚Äúlisten to constituents, discuss concerns and provide further information on the legislative session. I encourage all members of the community to come out and participate in the discussion.‚ÄĚ
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Snow dominates meeting of Monroe Town Council
By ASHLEY THIEME Another large snow storm was no match for a 20-year-old plow and dump truck in the town of Monroe. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs kind-of like us, we keep getting older but somehow we keep going,‚ÄĚ Justin Shaffer, assistant superintendent of water, sewer and streets said jokingly at Thursday night‚Äôs meeting of the Monroe Town Council. But the old plow‚Äôs days may be numbered. Council President Al Lehman explained that with all the future expenses in addressing the sewer upgrades and repairs, this isn‚Äôt a good time to be looking into a new plow truck.‚ÄĚ But Lehman added it is
Katie Birch fundraiser Saturday at BHS game
A fundraiser for Katie Birch, a Decatur woman battling breast cancer, will be held at the Bellmont Braves‚Äô home basketball game Saturday. ‚ÄúTeam Katie‚ÄĚ bracelets will be sold for $2 starting at 6:15 p.m. at the school. All proceeds will go directly to the Birch family. Birch, a young mother of three, was diagnosed in 2012 with breast cancer. She finished radiation and chemotherapy in August 2013 and found that her breast cancer had metastasized to her brain and lung in October 2013 just two months after finishing treatment. She is currently undergoing chemo and radiation for the spots on her lungs.
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time to start looking for a replacement. ‚ÄúIt (the plow) continues to nickel and dime us,‚ÄĚ Lehman said of the truck, ‚Äúbut it keeps running.‚ÄĚ Lehman expressed gratitude for the town‚Äôs residents, saying, ‚ÄúI would like to thank all those that gave their time and efforts into helping others who have no business going out in this weather.‚ÄĚ According to Lehman, residents have shoveled the drives and sidewalks of their neighbor, brought groceries to the elderly and helped clear the streets. ‚ÄúThe people of Monroe are a rare breed and you See MONROE, Page 3
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ‚ÄĒ The state has offered to assist Indiana propane users facing drastically low supplies to fill their tanks as temperatures hover near or below zero. The Indiana Attorney General‚Äôs office said in a news release that it would assist consumers whose propane supply is 10 percent or lower and either have trouble contacting their supplier or can‚Äôt find an alternative supplier. ‚Äė‚ÄėThe extreme winter conditions and market forces have created substantial problems for Hoosiers who are trying to keep their families warm, but also for the industry trying to meet the needs of their customers,‚Äô‚Äô Attorney General Greg Zoeller said in the statement. ‚Äė‚ÄėMy office is offering to help customers by following up with their propane provider to mediate delivery issues or by ensuring another provider can be a source of temporary supply, if needed.‚Äô‚Äô An estimated 500,000 Indiana residents, mostly in rural areas, rely on propane to heat their homes. The U.S. Energy Information Association says the average price for a gallon of propane in Indiana soared during January from $2.96 to more than $4. Many propane suppliers work with their competitors during weather emergencies to make sure customers are not left without a heating source, the statement said. ‚Äė‚ÄėIndiana propane marketers have been taking extraordinary measures to ensure their customers are being
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‚Äė‚ÄėMy office is offering to help customers by following up with their propane provider to mediate delivery issues or by ensuring another provider can be a source of temporary supply, if needed.‚Äô‚Äô
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FRED AND FAMILY ‚ÄĒ After receiving the Sagamore of the Wabash award from State Rep. Matt Lehman Thursday, former Mayor Fred Isch shared the special moment with those closest to his heart as he sat surrounded by his family. Pictured in front, from left, are Ann Isch, Lisa Inskeep, Fred and his Sagamore Award, Tony and Logan Isch. In back, from left, are Ryan Blythe, Chloe, Tony and Jordyn Inskeep and Noah Isch.
Dr. Roger Thompson received the Stephen Decatur award from business partner and friend Dr. Kelly Ulman during the annual Decatur Chamber of Commerce dinner held at the Knights of Columbus Hall Thursday night.
served during this nationwide crisis,‚Äô‚Äô said Scot Imus, executive director of the Indiana Propane Gas Association, adding that the trade organization is working with the state. The Associated Press left a phone message Thursday seeking additional comment. Since Dec. 16, the Attorney General‚Äôs office said it has received 290 consumer complaints related to the propane shortage. It also has the power to investigate consumer claims of price gouging. Gov. Mike Pence last week was one of several governors who wrote to President Barack Obama this week urging him to consider regulatory waivers aimed at increasing supplies and easing loan requirements to help communities respond to the shortage. Other governors have ordered investigations into suspected price manipulation. Pence has asked farmers and other propane users to return unused portions to suppliers.
Options pondered for school make-up days
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ‚ÄĒ The state school superintendent says school districts could make up some snow days by having longer school days or having online instruction on a Saturday. State superintendent Glenda Ritz says she will soon outline options for districts across the state that have canceled numerous days this winter because of heavy snow and extreme cold.
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Ritz tells The Indianapolis Star a district could add an additional hour to six school days to make up for one lost day. Schools with the proper technology could provide weekend instruction over the Internet. Ritz says districts would need to seek a waiver from the Department of Education from the state‚Äôs requirement of 180 school days.
Pence firm in support for gay marriage ban
From Page 1 little, the family planned a week-long vacation. As they were preparing to leave, mechanical troubles with the family‚Äôs vehicle halted any thought of leaving. A part was needed for the car, and it would take some time, more than they had, to arrive. As the Thompson‚Äôs waited at Courtesy Motors, trying to decide their next move, fellow businessman Al Fleming overheard the family‚Äôs predicament, and stepped in. ‚ÄúAl went over to the mechanic and told him take the part you need out of my truck and put it in their car,‚ÄĚ said Thompson. ‚ÄúI know that was an inconvenience to him, too. But he insisted and our vacation was saved. That‚Äôs what Decatur is to me. It‚Äôs about people helping people, in big and small ways, everyday.‚ÄĚ With that, the night drew to a close. People helping people, everyday. It was a fitting ending for an evening of saying thank you to those who strive to help others. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ‚ÄĒ Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is sticking to his support for a proposed state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. During a meeting with reporters Thursday in his Statehouse office, Pence repeatedly said he‚Äôs made himself clear on the issue. He said in an interview last week he wants lawmakers to restore the original language of the proposed amendment so it would also ban civil unions.
‚ÄúYou know if he were here, he‚Äôd be here,‚ÄĚ Ulman said pointing to the podium. ‚ÄúAnd even though Roger and I go way back, he and Terry go way, way back. Back to when Roger was a bit ornerier than he is now.‚ÄĚ Upon accepting the award, Thompson said when he first learned of the honor his first thought was ‚ÄúWhy?‚ÄĚ Speaking of the many people who serve our community daily, never seeking recognition, Thompson again asked ‚ÄúWhy? Why me?‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúNow, I know why,‚ÄĚ he said before the crowd. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs so I can say thank you.‚ÄĚ Thompson, who became very emotional, first thanked his wife, Nancy, and his children for always supporting him. He then told a story of what Decatur means to him, describing an event that unfolded many years ago. When the Thompson children were
The Indiana House has approved the proposed amendment after removing the so-called ‚Äė‚Äėsecond sentence‚Äô‚Äô that bans civil unions. The measure goes before the Senate Rules Committee Monday.
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Bill to regulate lawsuit financing advances through Gen. Assembly HURRY!
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ‚ÄĒ The director of a group of financing companies warned Wednesday that lawmakers ‚Äė‚Äėwould eliminate this industry from Indiana‚Äô‚Äô should they approve a measure targeting companies that provide cash advances ‚ÄĒ sometimes at sky-high rates of return ‚ÄĒ to people awaiting payoffs in personal injury lawsuits. The bill sponsored by state Rep. Matt Lehman, passed the Indiana House last week on a 57-39 vote and is now before the Senate. Its key provision would cap at 38 percent the rate of return companies providing such funding to people could claim in Indiana. L e h m a n , R-Berne, said he became concerned about what‚Äôs often The bill, sponcalled litigation sored by financing after state Rep. hearing about cases Matt Lehman, of companies that R-Berne, would obtained returns of cap at 38 perup to 200 percent cent the rate of from people who return compareceived money for them, typically to nies providing help them make such funding to people could home or auto payclaim in Indiana. ments or foot living expenses. He said companies providing this type of financing, usually in cases involving auto accidents, falls or product liability, need some level of regulation to prevent potential abuses. ‚Äė‚ÄėIt really kind of came down to this, everyone agrees ‚ÄĒ everyone ‚ÄĒ that someone needs to monitor them because they‚Äôve kind of been out there doing their own thing, whenever they want, however they want,‚Äô‚Äô Lehman said. ‚Äė‚ÄėThey have no one to report to because they‚Äôre not regulated by any entity.‚Äô‚Äô His measure would also create a regulatory mechanism within the state Department of Insurance that would include standardized contracts clearly disclosing the terms of the financing and fees for the financing. The American Legal Finance Association strongly opposes the bill, particularly its 38 percent cap, said Kelly Gilroy, executive director of the New York-based group that has 38 member companies that provide such funding. ‚Äė‚ÄėAs it is currently drafted it would eliminate this industry from Indiana,‚Äô‚Äô she said Wednesday. Gilroy stresses that the financing her group‚Äôs member companies provide are not consumer loans. She said the contracts people sign are quite different from loans because there‚Äôs no guarantee the company will be paid back, customers don‚Äôt have to put up collateral and if they can‚Äôt pay back the money their credit won‚Äôt suffer. Gilroy said $4,000 is the average amount of money members of her association provide for lawsuit financing. State Sen. Travis Holdman, a Markle Republican who‚Äôs sponsoring the bill in the Senate, said he expects the chamber to have a lively and intelligent discussion of the legislation in the weeks ahead. Holdman and Lehman are members of the executive committee of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators.
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Edward F. Marbach, 81, Berne, passed away at 10:54 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in the Swiss Village Nursing Center. He was born Sunday, June 19, 1932, in Adams County, the son of the late Adolph F. and Viola C. (Grote) Marbach. He married Joyce Colleen Lobsiger Dec. 19, 1954; she passed away March 1, 2009. Edward was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur, Union Township Lion‚Äôs Club and American Legion Post 43 of Decatur. He served his country in the United States Army from 1954-56. Edward graduated from Decatur High School in 1951. He retired in 1997 from Dolco Packaging with 15 Marbach years of service and was a lifelong dairy farmer. He owned and operated E & M Gun Shop from 1973-85. Surviving are four sons, Michael E. (Billie) Marbach and John F. (LeAnn) Marbach, both of Decatur, David W. (Jerry Stinnett) Marbach of Fort Wayne and James R. (Tina) Marbach of Berne; two daughters, Janet S. Boeckmann of Fort Wayne and Susan J. (Joe) Callow of Decatur; two brothers, Herbert (Lorna) Marbach and Richard (Helen Witte) Marbach, both of Decatur; and two sisters, Edith Niermann of Van Wert, Ohio and Edna Mesing of Decatur. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, Dani (Ty) Siebenaler; Eric Hartsough; Sara, Will and Seth Boeckmann; Meghan, Amanda and Luke Marbach; Taylor and Ben Callow; and Jim, Boaz and Sylvia Marbach; and six great-grandchildren, Gail and Travis Siebenaler, Elizabeth and Lilly Hartsough and Angelise and Michael Siebenaler. Preceding Edward in death were three sisters, Florence Bulmahn, Norma Mueller and Linda Brenneke. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran Church, with Rev. Phil Phifer and Rev. Robert Becker officiating. Interment will follow in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, with military graveside services conducted by American Legion Post 43 Color Guard of Adams County. Friends will be received from 12-5 p.m. Sunday at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, and one hour prior to the service at the church Monday. Preferred memorials are to New Tribes Missions or the Edward and Colleen Marbach Scholarship Fund through the Adams County Community Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.zwickjahn.com.
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High 15 7 a.m. -7 Low -7 River 7.26 ft. Precip Trace of snow
A RURAL FACT OF LIFE ‚ÄĒ Anyone who lives in the country knows that, during periods of heavy snowfall, it‚Äôs just a matter of time before your mailbox becomes a victim. Winter is here, and inevitably a few mailboxes are lost along the way as county snow plow drivers work to keep the roadways clear. Photo by Jannaya Andrews
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Frigid temps grip state
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ‚ÄĒ Indiana has been plunged in the deep freeze again with temperatures falling to more than 10 degrees below zero in some places. The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory for roughly the northern two-thirds of the state through midday Friday, although winds speeds haven‚Äôt been severe. The lowest temperatures reported early Friday were 14 below in Terre Haute and 13 below in Fort Wayne and Bloomington. Temperatures hit about 5 below zero in Indianapolis and South Bend, while Evansville was about 5 degrees above zero. Dozens school districts across the state have delayed their openings, with fewer deciding to stay closed for the day because of the cold. In parts of the east, utility crews aren‚Äôt getting much relief from the weather as they work to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of people in Pennsylvania and Maryland, two days after an ice storm downed power lines and trees. Forecasters said the cold weather gripping the mid-Atlantic on Friday should remain in place through the weekend, and snow was possible. Utility companies reported more than 325,000 customers without power in Pennsylvania, along with about 50,000 in Maryland. Officials have said they hope to have most of them back online by the end of the day Friday, but in some cases it may take much of the weekend. PECO, the dominant electricity provider in the Philadelphia area, reports more than 288,000 customers out Friday morning in the five-county area. First Energy has about 27,550, almost all west of the city in York County, where there are also almost 4,000 PECO customers without power. And PPL reports 5,728 outages, most of them in Lancaster County, also west of Philadelphia.
pond would hold back water, releasing it over time, rather than allowing it to drain directly into the lake, Warren said. Concerning the lift station, Warren stated the area is ‚Äúa natural drain‚ÄĚ for storm water. ‚ÄúWe push water into the lake, but it naturally drains there,‚ÄĚ he added. But to the best of his understanding, the lift station ‚Äúbelongs to Rainbow Lake, and not the town of Geneva,‚ÄĚ Warren said. Admitting ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt have documentation to back that up,‚ÄĚ Warren indicated his research had revealed the lift station had been built when Rainbow Lake was developed, and originally belonged to the home owner‚Äôs association. At some point in time, the town of Geneva took over maintenance of the lift station, although again, he noted ‚Äúthere‚Äôs no documentation to support that.‚ÄĚ Councilor Jim Timmons asked Warren to ‚Äúat least look and see if anything can be done,‚ÄĚ with Warren agreeing to have Streets and Maintenance Supervisor Curt Chaffins ‚Äúlook (at the lift station situation) when the snow leaves.‚ÄĚ His answer brought a chuckle from the audience, a group of whom appeared to support Wagner and the Rainbow Lake drainage issues. Wagner indicated he would be ‚Äúglad to meet with the town‚ÄĚ once the weather broke to examine the lift station and discuss possible options. He thanked the council ‚Äúfor listening,‚ÄĚ and left along with a number of residents Rainbow Lake residents who had accompanied him to the meeting.
City crash A two-vehicle accident at 7 p.m. Wednesday was investigated by the Decatur Police Department. Police said Pauline A. Spangler, 17, Woodburn, was northbound on 13th Street and wanted to turn into the First Merchants Bank parking lot but missed the turn. She then turned into the parking lot for the Galley Restaurant to go back to the bank but in the process her car was struck in the rear by a following car operated by Garrick L. Hoverman, 21, N. Second Street, Decatur. Hoverman said that due to recent snow he was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. Police estimated damages to the vehicles at between $1,001-$2,500. rail and finally ended up in a ditch. Damages to the SUV and property were set at between $2,501-$5,000. At 1:50 p.m., Blake M. Bulmahn, 18, rural Decatur, was headed west on C.R. 900N near C.R. 600W when he lost control of the pick-up truck he was driving. The truck slid sideways and went off the road on the south side where it then entered a ravine before coming to rest. Police estimated between $1,001-$2,500 in damages were done to the vehicle. At 2:54 p.m., Morgan L. Haines, 18, rural Berne, was exiting the Eastview Apartments parking lot in Berne and was attempting to turn onto C.R. 000. She told authorities she did not see a pick-up truck headed southbound on C.R. 000 driven by Shawn M. Walsh, 45, rural Berne, and the vehicles collided. Between $2,501-$5,000 in damages were done to the vehicle. At 7:28 p.m., Scott A. Miller, 49, rural Decatur, was northbound in his car on C.R. 200E near C.R. 800N when he lost control on the ice-covered roadway. The car left the roadway on the west side and struck a mailbox owned by Troy Whittenbarger, rural Decatur, before coming to rest. Under $1,001 in damage was done in the crash.
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will not find this level of compassion and caring everywhere you go,‚ÄĚ he said. Lehman also extended gratitude to those who work to clean the town‚Äôs roads. ‚ÄúWhen the roads are clear, that means someone is not sleeping,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThere are still some spots needing additional work. Monroe learned its lesson with the first storm. Now we know where to place the mounds,‚ÄĚ Leman said. ‚ÄúWe still encourage people to slow down and drive safely.‚ÄĚ The next Monroe Town Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. March 6 in the new fire station/town hall building.
Nine sentenced in local superior court
Several cases were decided recently in Adams County Superior Court. Donald L. Brown, 49, Van Wert, Ohio, pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated, endangering a person, a class D felony. Brown was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison, with all suspended except three months, to be served in jail. He was ordered to complete 1.5 years of probation and addiction services. He was ordered to pay $993.50 in court costs and fees. Austin J. Eller, 24, Decatur, pleaded guilty to driving while suspended. Eller was sentenced to one day in jail. He was ordered to serve one year of probation and pay $218.50 in court costs and fees. He received a four-month drivers license suspension. Shane E. Harkless, 35, Decatur, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a syringe, a class D felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony. Harkless was sentenced to 1.5 years in jail, with all but 130 days suspended. He was ordered to complete 1.5 years of probation, the Responsible Thinking and Choices program, and obtain a GED. He received a six-months driver‚Äôs license suspension and was ordered to pay $1,293 in court costs and fees. Krystal A. Harms, Monroe, pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 or more. Harms was sentenced to one year in jail, with all but two months suspended, to be served on home detention. She was ordered to complete one year of probation, Addiction Services and the Thinking for Good program. She received a six-month driver‚Äôs license suspension and was ordered to pay $1,261 in court costs and fees. Kimberly N. Limbert, 26, Geneva, pleaded guilty to driving while suspended. She was sentenced to one year in jail, all suspended. Limbert was ordered to complete one year of probation and pay $218.50 in court costs and fees. Dennis D. Rogan, 23, Decatur, pleaded guilty to domestic battery,as a class D felony, and intimidation, a class D felony. Rogan was sentenced to two years in prison, with all but six months suspended, to be served in jail. He was ordered to complete three years of probation, Addiction Services, the Thinking for Good program and 40 hours of community service. He was ordered to pay $1,100 in court costs and fees. Leander M. Schwartz, 31, Bluffton, pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violated, a class D felony. Schwartz was sentenced to two years in jail with
Five charged Five persons were booked in at the Adams County Law Enforcement Center in the past two days. Margaret R. Wayman, 41, Fort Wayne, was arrested Wednesday by the Adams County Sheriff‚Äôs Department on a warrant for a probation violation. She is being held without Rural accidents bond. Four mishaps on Booked in on Thursday Thursday were probed by the sheriff‚Äôs departby the Adams County ment were: Sheriff‚Äôs Department. Alyssa N. Bombka, 23, At 6:39 a.m., Andrew Fort Wayne, on warrants C. Amstutz, 38, rural for violation of probation Berne, was northbound and contempt of Adams on C.R. 000 near C.R. County Superior Court. 300S when his SUV She has a $1,000 cash started to slide on the bond for the contempt icy road. He lost control charge and no bond for and went off the east side the probation violation of the road into a highoffense. way department guard Jarrod E. Roth, 32, rail. That impact forced McBarnes Street, Decatur, the SUV across the road on a warrant for violation where he struck the west of probation. He is being side guard rail, then the held without bond. vehicle went back again Noah G. Fuelling, 33, into the east side guard rural Decatur, on warrants for two counts of intimidation. He faces a $30,000 surety bond. Michael J. Case, 23, High Street, Decatur, on a warrant for possession Rural speeder Jessica L. Blasius, 32, Fort Wayne, was cited of marijuana. He was Thursday by the Adams County Sheriff‚Äôs Department ordered released from for speeding 80 in a 60 zone in an unspecified area custody under his own recognizance. of U.S. 33.
all suspended except 190 days, with the option of work release. He was ordered to complete two years probation, the Theft Deterrent program and the Responsible Thinking and Choices program. He received a life-time drivers license suspension. He was ordered to pay $1,173.50 in court costs and fees. Steven Shepherd, 54, Berne, pleaded guilty to two counts of intimidation. Shepherd was sentenced to two years in jail, with all but 10 days suspended. He was ordered to complete 355 days probation, the Thinking for Good program, anger management and obtain a GED. He was ordered to pay $488 in court costs and fees. Ashley N. Wonton, Sidney, Ohio, pleaded guilty to violating probation by testing positive for heroine and marijuana. The terms of her probation were revoked and she was sentenced to two years in prison. She was ordered to pay $316 in court costs and fees.
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PAtROL tO tHE NEXt LEVEL
Ohio State University‚Äôs new armored truck is overkill for the security needed at its football games
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J Swygart, Opinion Page Editor
City hall a year away?
Exiting City Hall after Tuesday night‚Äôs city council meeting, someone remarked, ‚ÄúI like this council; they get things done while the county just keeps talking (on a new court building and, now, new jail)...‚ÄĚ Moving so strongly, in fact, that it‚Äôs a distinct possibility local officials may be operating out of a new city hall building at this time next year. Council and Mayor John Schultz continued to move forward Tuesday night on the scope of the renovation of the former First State Building and got some great news on that project as well as the one to build a new police station. City officials are attempting to avoid taking the projects before the public in a referendum. That can be viewed as a negative, not allowing its citizens to vote on a couple of projects that are probably going to wind up costing $2 million and maybe a little more. Both projects have been well publicized, however, and as yet not one person or group has come before council to protest or even question the expenditure; nor are council members and city officials getting negative feedback. A referendum would be an added expense and likely ROM couldn‚Äôt get on a ballot before EfT IElD next fall at the earliest. State law dictates that any By project costing more than $2 Bob Shraluka million has to be subjected to a vote. In the beginning, city officials were planning to move on city hall and the police station as one project. The city‚Äôs bonding counsel, however, has said that so long as the projects are separate, each has a $2 million threshold. So the projects are now distinctly separate. That doesn‚Äôt mean that $2 million will be spent on each project. But the city will issue bonds for approximately $2 million, and if the combined cost of the projects is a bit over $2 million, that can be covered by other means. The project to build a new police station, Schultz said, now ‚Äúwill be about a month behind the city hall project. That way it shows the bonding people we‚Äôre doing two separate projects, which we are.‚ÄĚ A timeline given council this week by Martin Riley architect reps Jack Daniels and Mike Hamilton, a local guy, calls for delivering a notice of construction bidding for publication in the Daily Democrat on March 7 and receiving bids around April 15-30. In between would come the process to issue bonds. ‚ÄúI would anticipate work getting started maybe sometime in June. Then maybe by the end of the year or first part of 2015, we could in the building, I‚Äôm thinking,‚ÄĚ the mayor said.
The hand over the lens
The problem comes when the OBN is By COKIE RObErTS used to replace other sources of inforand STEVEN V. RObErTS The top Super Bowl highlight was mation, to evade the media and shortnot Peyton Manning struggling or circuit its ability to hold the president Renee Fleming singing or even that accountable. adorable puppy nuzzling a horse in During his first term, for examthe Budweiser commercial. It was Bill ple, Obama held fewer full-dress news conferences than any president since O‚ÄôReilly grilling Barack Obama. The Fox News commentator was Ronald Reagan. Yes, he sits for many respectful but tough. The president was one-on-one interviews, but they are testy but forthcoming ‚ÄĒ even admitting often with friendly questioners, like that administration officials had made Chris Matthews of MSNBC, or enter‚Äúboneheaded decisions‚ÄĚ in investigating tainers like David Letterman, who don‚Äôt the tax status of conservative groups. have the information or inclination to The 10-minute session did not provide test him the way O‚ÄôReilly did. any surprising revelations, but it did Then there is the dispute over access offer a useful glimpse into Obama‚Äôs to the president for outside photographers. Many of the images that citizens thinking and temperament. The most striking thing about the see of Obama and his family are taken ‚ÄĒ and selected ‚ÄĒ interview is that by his own staff to fresh insights into he president has created what put the president Obama‚Äôs frame of we call the OBN, the Obama in the best posmind are so rare. This White House Broadcasting Network ‚ÄĒ a complex sible light. has been extremely of social media platforms such as Last November, diligent, and suc- Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, Flickr and dozens of news cessful, in control- YouTube ‚ÄĒ to communicate directly outlets sent a ling the images and with supporters outside the filter of strong letter to information the pub- annoying journalists like Bill O‚ÄôReilly press secretary Jay Carney comlic receives about and David Sanger. plaining that their president. ‚Äújournalists are Of course every president, of either party, wants to man- routinely being denied the right to phoage the news to his own advantage. But tograph or videotape the President while it‚Äôs hard to argue with David Sanger, he is performing his official duties. As a veteran Washington correspondent surely as if they were placing a hand for the New York Times when he says, over a journalist‚Äôs camera lens, officials ‚ÄúThis is the most closed control-freak in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view administration I‚Äôve ever covered.‚ÄĚ To be fair, Team Obama would be of important functions of the Executive guilty of malpractice if they didn‚Äôt use Branch of government.‚ÄĚ all the new communications tools now Even more seriously, this White available to them. They have created House has employed espionage laws to what we call the OBN, the Obama intimidate and even prosecute journalBroadcasting Network ‚ÄĒ a complex of ists who procure inside information social media platforms such as Twitter, from administration sources. Reddit, Instagram, Flickr and YouTube Jill Abramson, the executive editor ‚ÄĒ to communicate directly with sup- of the New York Times, told Al Jazeera porters outside the filter of annoying America: ‚ÄúThe Obama administration has had seven criminal leak investijournalists like O‚ÄôReilly and Sanger. That system was on full display last gations. That is more than twice the week around the State of the Union number of any previous administration address. On whitehouse.gov, the hub in our history. It‚Äôs on a scale never seen of the OBN, folks were urged not just before. This is the most secretive White to watch the speech but to participate House that, at least as a journalist, I actively as broadcasters, producers and have ever dealt with.‚ÄĚ content providers. Handy charts, case Leonard Downie Jr., the former editor studies and talking points reinforcing of the Washington Post, wrote recently the president‚Äôs themes were displayed that journalists covering national secuwith a big ‚Äúshare‚ÄĚ button right there on rity issues are ‚Äúfacing vast and unprecedented challenges‚ÄĚ in simply doing the screen. There‚Äôs nothing inherently sinis- their job. ‚ÄúThey find that government ter about the OBN itself. Dan Pfeiffer, officials are increasingly fearful of talksenior White House advisor and former ing to them, and they worry that their communications director, was certainly communications with sources can be correct when he told the New York monitored at any time.‚ÄĚ Times, ‚ÄúThe media has become so dif- When that happens, when indepenfuse that communicating one‚Äôs message dent sources of information shrivel, our requires a lot more work than it used rights as citizens shrivel as well. One to. You have to be willing to go where 10-minute chat with Bill O‚ÄôReilly won‚Äôt the viewers are, because they have so do much to pry the administration‚Äôs much choice in where they get informa- hand off the camera lens of history. But it‚Äôs a good start. tion.‚ÄĚ
PD likely on Seventh Street
The police station project, as Schultz indicated, will run approximately a month behind the city hall effort. It now seems likely that the station will be built on city property off Seventh Street, across Jefferson Street and just north of the fire station. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre pretty much all set on Seventh Street,‚ÄĚ according to the mayor. There‚Äôs quite a bit of room south of the renovated train depot, but the police station would be built on the south end. Madison Street, for some reason, has never been developed between Eighth and Seventh streets. ‚ÄúSo we want to keep it (the police station) south of Madison Street in the event we ever want to extend that street through there,‚ÄĚ Schultz explained. Perhaps the construction of a police station will boost efforts to get a business or a group into the redone depot.
By JIM HIGHTOWER In the ever-escalating competition to be the No. 1 big-time college football program in the nation, Ohio State University bulked up last fall with a monster recruit named Maxx. Actually, it‚Äôs not the coaching staff that signed this brute, but the OSU campus police department. And the recruit‚Äôs full name is MaxxPro ‚ÄĒ not a football player, but a 19-ton armored fighting vehicle built by a Pentagon contractor to withstand ‚Äúballistic arms fire, mine fields, IEDs, and nuclear, biological, and chemical environments.‚ÄĚ Wow, college games really have gotten rough. But the campus police department, which received the MaxxPro as a gift from the Pentagon (i.e., us taxpayers), says it‚Äôs not just playing games. Maxx is available for big actions, like hostage scenarios, killers loose on campus, and extreme flooding of up to three feet. Well, have such things been a problem at OSU? Uh‚Ä¶no. Would a huge, slow, gas-guzzling vehicle designed for warfare be effective if any of the above were actually to occur? No one in the department wanted to tackle that question. Oh, by the way, operating and maintaining these machines requires specially trained and licensed personnel. So, are any of OSU‚Äôs officers qualified? Again, no answer from headquarters. Also, the vehicles are subject to frequent rollovers, and they lack the ability to go off-road or to maneuver in confined areas. That doesn‚Äôt sound ideal for a college campus. But the gendarmerie say they‚Äôve adjusted Maxx to fit their needs. How? By removing the top gun turret and repainting the vehicle. OSU police finally admitted that Maxx‚Äôs chief role would be to provide a police ‚Äúpresence‚ÄĚ on football game days. Isn‚Äôt that great? Police authorities now believe they need a show of military force to keep tailgaters in check.
OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He‚Äôs also editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown.
Pipe-break scam operating
Amended or not, marriage bill needs to die
A lot can happen in two years. Just look at what happened in the past two years in Indiana when it comes to the question of putting Indiana‚Äôs state law banning same-sex marriage into the state Constitution. The Indiana House sent House Joint Resolution 3 ‚ÄĒ the proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage between one man and one woman ‚ÄĒ to the Indiana Senate, on a vote of 57-40. The Senate is expected to take up HJR-3 in two weeks. The bigger news might have come later, when the wording was changed, stripping HJR-3 of restrictions that could have prevented the state from recognizing civil unions, benefits for domestic partners and more. The move ‚ÄĒ an amendment sponsored by state Rep. Randy Truitt, a West Lafayette Republican ‚ÄĒ essentially chokes the chances of putting the question on a statewide ballot this November. If the Senate agrees to a pared down HJR-3 ballot question ‚ÄĒ the final step in the state‚Äôs constitutional amendment process - would be postponed until November 2016. Truitt deserves credit for challenging the problematic second sentence of HJR-3. Toss in, too, Greater Lafayette Reps. Sheila Klinker and Sharon Negele for voting with him on the amendment to HJR-3. The chance that HJR-3 could be altered and delayed this way seemed remote when it first passed in 2011. What remains, though, is a fundamentally flawed plan to insert lines of discrimination into the Indiana
Talking after Tuesday‚Äôs council meeting, Utilities Manager Dan Rickord said some scams are operating in the area offering homeowners so-called protection if the water pipes they own in the yard should freeze and break. For $15-$20 or so a month, the scam says the company will repair a break at no charge. He knows, however, of one city couple who bought the ‚Äúinsurance‚ÄĚ and when they had a pipe break, a company rep looked at it and said there was no leak ‚Ä¶ even though there was a puddle in the yard. There are some legitimate offers, too, but as Rickord said, such breaks are rare and people should weigh the cost of repairs, usually around $300 to $400, against the total cost of the protection plan. Anyone considering purchasing such a plan would be wise to first give Dan a call at City Hall, 724-771.
Constitution. Forget the technicalities. Forget the lawsuits that are bound to follow. Forget the heaping insults waiting to be hurled at Indiana by those who wonder how a state is willing to plant its flag on the wrong side of history. Singling out a population of Hoosiers in the name of defending marriage ‚ÄĒ an institution under attack from plenty of traditional forces of the heterosexual variety (affairs, divorce, indifference) ‚ÄĒ is wrong from an ethical standpoint and it‚Äôs wrong from a public policy standpoint. The meaning of anyone‚Äôs marriage vows won‚Äôt change one iota if HJR-3 dies. HJR-3, amended or not, is simply wrong. Pull the plug on HJR-3 now.
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February 7, 2014
Today is the 38th day of 2014 and the 49th day of winter. TODAY‚ÄôS HISTORY: In 1904, the Great Fire of Baltimore began, resulting in the destruction of more than 1,500 buildings in 30
hours. In 1917, a German U-boat sank the British ship California off the Irish coast. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy imposed a near-total embargo on all trade between the United States and Cuba. In 1964, the ‚ÄúBritish Invasion‚ÄĚ began as the Beatles arrived
in New York for their first U.S. tour.
TODAY‚ÄôS QUOTE: ‚ÄúTo conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ Charles Dickens, ‚ÄúMaster Humphrey‚Äôs Clock‚ÄĚ
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and illuminating a path toward improving local livability, walkability and active transportation opportunities. The interactive workshop will respond to the unique needs of the community and include the following activities: ‚ÄĘ photographs and field notes; ‚ÄĘ A streetscape visualization exercise using audit photos; ‚ÄĘ Facilitate stakeholder discussions to identify challenges and possible solutions to changing local policy; ‚ÄĘ Discuss how to build the community environment to promote active living; ‚ÄĘ A public meeting to present observations and garner buy-in‚Äôs from additional residents, stakeholders and elected officials; ‚ÄĘ A follow-up summary report documenting findings and recommendations from the audit; ‚ÄĘ A six-month follow-up to assess community progress toward implementing recommend Follow up activities will include finalizing and submitting a community action plan based on priorities identified during the workshop. A six-month progress report and one year success story will be given. An application was submitted by WWW for the grant and Adams County was chosen. If WWW accepts the funds, a workshop will take place sometime between July 2014 and June 2015.¬†
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WINNING WITH WELLNESS RECEIVES $6,500 GRANT OFFER TO PERFORM wORKSHOP
Winning With Wellness announced the group was selected to receive a $6,500 grant by the Indiana State Department of Health and ‚ÄúHealth by Design‚ÄĚ to host an ‚ÄúActive Living Workshop.‚ÄĚ According to a WWW spokesperson, the workshops are to raise awareness about how Indiana communities may support active living through strategic planning, policies and programs. The objective of the workshops will be to help participants recognize how community planning and design influences the ability to live active lives; provide participants with practical tools and ideas for building healthier neighborhoods; illuminate the use of transportation and land patterns to enable safer, healthier and more accessible communities; and introduce ‚ÄúComplete Streets‚ÄĚ principles to illustrate how they may be applied locally in a variety of contexts. The ‚ÄúActive Living Workshops‚ÄĚ are designed to educate and motivate community leaders and residents by stimulating discussion
FRIDAY, Feb. 7: Immanuel House, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 8545 N 500 E, Decatur. Operation Help Food Pantry for Decatur and Monroe residence, 1-3 p.m., Adams County Service Complex, bring your own bags. A.A. Happy Hour Discussion Group (closed), 5-6 p.m., Decatur Church of God. Free community scrapbook night, 6-11 p.m., Common Ground Church. Reformers Unanimous Addiction Recovery Program, 7-9 p.m., Grace Fellowship Church. SATURDAY, Feb. 8: A.A., 7 p.m., (open speaker/discussion) Cross Community Church, Berne.
Educational sessions outlining current trends in planning, designing, promoting and implementing active living environments. ‚ÄĘ A group walk audit to identify conditions that affect active living; ‚ÄĘ Documentation of observations from the audit, including
MONDAY, Feb. 10: Decatur Church of Christ food pantry, 700 E. Monroe St., Decatur, 8-10 a.m. Last names beginning with A-L served on first and third Monday, M-Z served second and fourth Monday. VFW Post 6236, Women meeting, 6:15 p.m. Free crafting and art class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Decatur Music and More, 833 N. 13th st., sketchbook helpful. CAPS Support Group, 6:30 p.m., C and C Bible Fellowship, Berne. A.A. Big Book Discussion, 7 p.m., Decatur Church of God.
RELAY FOR LIFE KIcKS OFF FEB. 10
The Relay for Life Kickoff will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Adams Memorial Hospital. The theme for this year is ‚ÄúPicture a Cure.‚ÄĚ All friends, family, coworkers, neighbors and cancer survivors are invited. To register a team before the kickoff visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/ RelayForLife. The organization will encourage those in attendance to support the ‚ÄúAmerican Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.‚ÄĚ According to a spokesperson, financial support given to the network helps women fight breast and cervical cancers with screenings through the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection program. A relay spokesperson advised, the network aims to save lives. A membership allows ‚Äúlifesaving dollars‚ÄĚ to be distributed. Those funds are used to run comprehensive campaigns across the country and make cancer a top priority with lawmakers. Pictures of loved ones, surviving or lost, are encouraged at the kickoff.
TUESDAY, Feb. 11: Bread of Life food pantry, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monroe United Methodist Church. Free federal and state tax e-file, no income or age restrictions, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m., Decatur Library. Homebound call 223-5309. TOPS Club, 10 a.m., Riverside Center. Operation Help food pantry for Decatur and Monroe residents, 1-3 p.m., Adams County Service Complex. Bring your own bags. Senior Citizens Play Cards, 1p.m., Riverside Center. Zumba, Southeast Elementary School, 4-5 p.m. St. Mark‚Äôs United Methodist Church food pantry, 5-6 p.m. SAFE in Adams County, 6-8 p.m., Decatur library. Zion Lutheran Church, 1010 W. Monroe St., free dinner 6 p.m., Bible study group 6 :30 p.m. VFW Auxiliary, 7 p.m., VFW Post.
Harmon Andrew and Alyssa (Funk) Harmon, Craigville, are the parents of a 7-pound, 7-ounce, 21.5-inch long son, Slade Gabriel, born Jan. 18, 2014. Grandparents are Dan and Eileen Funk of Decatur; and Darrel and Roxy Harmon of Decatur.
WINTER HALF-OVER ‚ÄĒ Sam Magnan takes every Schwartz opportunity to play basketball, but it is hard to do Chris A. and Emma D.L. (Wickey) Schwartz of when the basketball net is frozen. Monroe are the parents of a 7-pound, 12-ounce
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Photo provided daughter, Jolene, born Jan. 21, 2014. Grandparents are John E. and Adeline L. Schwartz; and Dave E. and Lovina E. Wickey. Great-grandparent is Elma E. Schwartz. Send anni Jolene joins three sisters and two brothers, RoseMary, Lora, Lena, Kevin and LeRoy.
Schwartz John A. and Malinda J. (Girod) Schwartz of Monroe are the parents of a 6-pound, 12.5-ounce son, Laverne, born Nov. 19, 2013. Grandparents are John E. and Adeline L. Schwartz; and Jacob B. and Delilah E. Girod. Great-grandparent is Elma E. Schwartz. Step-grandparent is Barbara Schwartz of Pennsylvania. Laverne joins three sisters and two brothers, LuCinda, Lisa, Irene, John and Ervin.
Sense & Sensitivity
By HARRIETTE COLE SWEET TREAT ‚ÄĒ St. Joseph Catholic School students were treated to donuts and milk in celebration of Catholic Schools Week Jan. 27-31. Pictured above, from left, are Brooklyn Meyer, Leila Jin, Olivia Hake, Lily Hahn and Sofia Velasco.
New Employee Can‚Äôt Afford Work Expenses
DEAR HARRIETTE: I was hired by company that has offices in New Jersey and in California. There‚Äôs a weeklong training program that takes place in the California office, and I live in New Jersey. I assumed the company would pay for my trip; however, that is not the case. The company told me it would reimburse me for my two-week trip, but it would take three months to receive payment. The trip will cost $4,000, and I do not know if I can do it -- I do not have that kind of money to spend for training. I really need the job, but I do not know where the extra money is going to come from to make the trip. I am afraid to tell the company about my current financial situation. -- Rock and a Hard Place, West Orange, N.J. DEAR ROCK AND A HARD PLACE: You must speak with someone to learn about company policy regarding company expenses. Some companies require employees to pay for company travel and expenses out of their own pockets as standard procedure. You need to find out if this is true for your company. If you do not believe you have the means to front business expenses and you expect that they will accrue as a matter of course in your new job, you must let the company know that you need different terms. Otherwise, you could easily start a job -- with a loan from a loved one -- only to be unable to afford to stay there. DEAR HARRIETTE: My thoughts regarding the letter from ‚ÄúYearning for Vacay‚ÄĚ from Washington, D.C.: Maybe there was more to this woman‚Äôs complaint than space allowed in the paper, but her comments made me wonder -- when was their last vacation? Are they really in a position where they can take one every year? Maybe she is a diva and the cause of being ‚Äúin too much debt.‚ÄĚ Maybe her husband is trying to be responsible and rein in her spending until the debt is whittled down. In addition to your suggestions, I would have advised that she set up a savings plan with her spouse while paying off their debt, and until they can pay cash for their next vacation, they stay put. -- Grammarnut, Salt Lake City DEAR GRAMMARNUT: I like the idea of setting up a savings plan for the vacation so that they use cash for that endeavor rather than charging up more credit. There is a wonderful book I read, ‚ÄúSecrets of the Millionaire Mind,‚ÄĚ by T. Harv Eker, that addresses how to cultivate a healthy mindset about money and building wealth that can be helpful to anyone who is attempting to get finances in order. One recommendation that I learned from Eker is that you should divide your savings into different buckets that would include your primary expenses as well as several savings buckets -- for long-term, for fun, for education, etc. In this way, you are crystal clear about the usages for the money you are accruing. Regarding the notion of a vacation, it is possible to create a vacation experience for very little money. Often a little getaway can refresh your spirit and re-energize you to fulfill your responsibilities.
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Y E A R S A G O
The Fab Four‚Äôs Ed Sullivan debut: Feb. 9, 1964
By The Associated Press It was 50 years ago today (almost) that this mop-topped band began to play (in America). The Beatles made their first appearance on ‚Äė‚ÄėThe Ed Sullivan Show,‚Äô‚Äô America‚Äôs must-see weekly variety show, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964. And officially kicked off Beatlemania on this side of the pond. More than 70 million viewers were tuned to the program, airing live from the Manhattan studio now housing the ‚Äė‚ÄėLate Show With David Letterman.‚Äô‚Äô Here are recollections from some notable viewers and participants ‚ÄĒ including one Beatle. ‚ÄĒ‚ÄĒ‚ÄĒ Charlie Brill and Mitzi McCall were an up-and-coming husbandand-wife comedy team that specialized in carefully crafted character sketches. They were thrilled when they landed their first appearance on ‚Äė‚ÄėSullivan.‚Äô‚Äô Unfortunately, they were booked on that first Beatles show ‚ÄĒ slotted just before the Beatles hit the stage for their second set. Needless to say, the studio audience ‚ÄĒ packed with teenage girls ‚ÄĒ wasn‚Äôt interested in watching grown-ups doing comedy. Charlie Brill: ‚Äė‚ÄėMr. Sullivan called us into his dressing room after dress rehearsal. He said, ‚ÄėYou‚Äôre doing a very sophisticated piece of business and my audience is 14-year-old girls. They won‚Äôt understand it. So why don‚Äôt you show me everything you have, and we‚Äôll rebuild your whole act.‚Äô‚Äô‚Äô MM: ‚Äė‚ÄėThe biggest laugh we got was when I ad-libbed, ‚ÄėI was backstage and I stepped on a beetle.‚Äô‚Äô‚Äô CB: ‚Äė‚ÄėThat got a roar.‚Äô‚Äô MM: ‚Äė‚ÄėAnd I thought, ‚ÄėOh, boy, are we in trouble!‚Äô‚Äô‚Äô CB: ‚Äė‚ÄėAfter we finished, we stood in the wings and watched, but I couldn‚Äôt hear anything. The screaming from the audience was so intense that I didn‚Äôt even know what the Beatles were doing.‚Äô‚Äô MM: ‚Äė‚ÄėNow I feel like it was an honor to be on that show with them, but our performance wasn‚Äôt what we wanted it to be. We never look at the recording of it.‚Äô‚Äô ‚ÄĒ‚ÄĒ‚ÄĒ Leslie Moonves was a teenager growing up on Long Island, N.Y., with no idea that he would one day run the network he was tuned to for ‚Äė‚ÄėEd Sullivan.‚Äô‚Äô The CBS chairman and CEO had no idea whom the Beatles were. ‚Äė‚ÄėI remember the first time I heard the word ‚ÄėBeatles,‚Äô‚Äô‚Äô he recalls. ‚Äė‚ÄėIt was that Friday. I was in seventh grade and my best friend, who was really into music, said, ‚ÄėYou gotta watch them, they‚Äôre on ‚Äė‚ÄėThe Ed Sullivan Show‚Äô‚Äô on Sunday night.‚Äô ‚Äė‚ÄėI said, ‚ÄėReally? There‚Äôs a group called the Beatles?‚Äô It sounded gross. ‚Äė‚ÄėBut I watched, and I saw this unbelievable crowd reaction to these guys. And at school the next day, the Beatles were all anybody was talking about. And I felt very cool, because I had seen it. But three days earlier, I hadn‚Äôt heard of them.‚Äô‚Äô These days, the Ed Sullivan theater is familiar territory for Moonves. ‚Äė‚ÄėI‚Äôve done a number of presentations for advertisers from that stage,‚Äô‚Äô he says, adding that his mind immediately goes to the Fab Four. ‚Äė‚Äė(I think), ‚ÄėThe Beatles were here! The Beatles were here!‚Äô On these very planks beneath my feet.‚Äô‚Äô ‚ÄĒ‚ÄĒ‚ÄĒ Even Ringo Starr didn‚Äôt know the magnitude of what was about to happen when he played with his bandmates that night. ‚Äė‚ÄėIncredible!‚Äô‚Äô he recalls. ‚Äė‚ÄėIt was ‚ÄėEd Sullivan,‚Äô it was a big show. We didn‚Äôt know while we were playing that 70 million people were watching, but it was being in America that was so exciting. ‚Äė‚ÄėAll the music we loved was in America, it came from America to England.‚Äô‚Äô While holed up at their Manhattan hotel, they were interviewed by the city‚Äôs leading deejays, which, all by itself, was an amazing experience. ‚Äė‚ÄėWith Murray the K and Cousin Brucie, we were on the radio ‚ÄĒ we were in the hotel rooms on
the phone to Murray the K. You didn‚Äôt have anything like that in England. The whole experience was just incredible.‚Äô‚Äô
‚ÄĒ‚ÄĒ‚ÄĒ CBS anchor Walter Cronkite scored tickets to the ‚Äė‚ÄėSullivan Show‚Äô‚Äô for his teenage daughters Nancy and Kathy. ‚Äė‚ÄėThe Beatles were already huge, and huge to me ‚ÄĒ monumental!‚Äô‚Äô Kathy Cronkite says. ‚Äė‚ÄėThe idea of seeing them in person was like going to another planet. And when we got there we were screaming our heads off. Then, afterward, we got to meet them,‚Äô‚Äô she adds. ‚Äė‚ÄėThey were very nice. They put their arms around us for a picture, which was really fabulous. Ringo and I happened to be standing next to each other, and he was MY Beatle. So that was especially exciting.‚Äô‚Äô For Cronkite, a former actress who appeared in the classic film ‚Äė‚ÄėNetwork‚Äô‚Äô but is now a mentalhealth advocate, many of the details have vanished with the passage of time. ‚Äė‚ÄėIn the scope of the rest of my life, it has faded in significance somewhat,‚Äô‚Äô she says, but takes pains to emphasize, ‚Äė‚ÄėI don‚Äôt mean it wasn‚Äôt important. At the time it was absolutely huge. And back then, when I was 13, I‚Äôm sure I thought it was the main thing that would EVER matter.‚Äô‚Äô
GI Joe, the world‚Äôs first action figure, celebrates 50th birthday
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) ‚ÄĒ G.I. Joe is turning 50. The birthday of what‚Äôs called the world‚Äôs first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it just before the nation plunged into the quagmire that would become the Vietnam War ‚ÄĒ a storm it seems to have weathered pretty well. Since Hasbro brought it to the world‚Äôs attention at the annual toy fair in New York City in early 1964, G.I. Joe has undergone many changes, some the result of shifts in public sentiment for military-themed toys, others dictated by the marketplace. Still, whether it‚Äôs the original ‚Äė‚Äėmovable fighting man‚Äô‚Äô decked out in the uniforms of the four branches of the U.S. military, or today‚Äôs scaled-down products, G.I. Joe remains a popular brand. ‚Äė‚ÄėJoe stood for everything that was meant to be good: fighting evil, doing what‚Äôs right for people,‚Äô‚Äô said Alan Hassenfeld, the 65-year-old former CEO for Pawtucket, R.I.-based Hasbro Inc., whose father, Merrill, oversaw G.I. Joe‚Äôs development in 1963. But it‚Äôs Don Levine, then the company‚Äôs head of research and development, who is often referred to as the ‚Äė‚Äėfather‚Äô‚Äô of G.I. Joe for shepherding the toy through design and development. Levine and his team came up with an 11 1/2-inch articulated figure with 21 moving parts, and since the company‚Äôs employees included many military veterans, it was decided to outfit the toy in the uniforms of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, with such accessories as guns, helmets and vehicles. Levine, who served in the Army in Korea, said he got the idea for the moveable figure as a way to honor veterans. But he and his team knew the product wasn‚Äôt in Hasbro‚Äôs usual mold, and it took years of pitches before Merrill Hassenfeld gave it the company‚Äôs full backing. G.I. Joe hit the shelves in time for the 1964 Christmas shopping season and soon became a big seller at $4 apiece. It remained popular until the late 1960s, as opposition to Vietnam intensified and parents shied away from military-related toys. Hasbro countered in 1970 by introducing ‚Äė‚ÄėAdventure Team‚Äô‚Äô G.I. Joes that played down the military connection.
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and Piqua Road Church (260) 724-7556 / 724-3678 1040 S. 11th St. secretary@decaturcorner P.O. Box 783 stone.com Decatur, IN 46733 Pastor Ken Hogg Pastoral Contacts: Sunday: Kevin (260) 701-0438 Traditional Worship, 9 a.m. Dennis (260) 517-9525 LUTHERAN Contemporary Worship Sunday: Service, 10:30 a.m. St. Peter Evangelical Bible Study, 9 a.m. Sunday School for Lutheran Church Sunday Worship, 10 a.m. all ages, 10:30 a.m. 1033 E 1100 N Thursday Thursday: Decatur, IN 46733 Adult & Youth Bible Study, Celebration Station for Phone: (260) 724-7533 7 p.m. ages 4 yrs. through 5th firstname.lastname@example.org Child care offered at all sergrade, 6:45-8 p.m., Rev. Martin K. Moehring vices in the Activity Center Fieldworker: The Clothes Closet: (Labor Day to Adam McDowell and 1040 S. 11th St., Decatur Memorial Day) Jonathan Durkopp (260) 223-9457 Sunday: (260) 223-5727 Hoagland Community Divine Service, 9 a.m. (260) 223-6057 Church Sunday School & Open M-W-F: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. P.O. Box 126, Bible Class, 10:15 a.m. Closed September for reno11104 Hoagland Road vations Hoagland, IN 46745 Zion Lutheran (260) 705-7455 Church (Independent) Pastor Todd Buckmaster 1010 West Monroe St., Sunday: Decatur, New Beginnings Sunday School, 9 a.m. (260) 724-7177 Family Center email@example.com Worship Service, 10 a.m. Corner of 10th St. Phil Phifer and Dayton Avenue Senior Pastor (Next to Northwest School) NONDaniel Hensz (260) 728-9000 DENOMINATIONAL Director of Christian www.nbfcfamily.com Education Pastor Geoff Smith Decatur Christian School ‚ÄĒ Sunday: Church of Christ Preschool through Grade 8 Celebration Service 10 a.m. 700 E Monroe St. Sunday: Wednesday: (260) 724-2034 Worship Service, 8 a.m. "Souled Out" Youth, 6:30 Email: Bible Study and Sunday p.m. decaturchurchofchrist@ School, 9:15 a.m. Thursday: mediacombb.net Worship Service, 10:30 Cul-ti-vate Bible Study, 7 a.m. p.m. Website: decaturcc.org (Broadcast live on WZBD; Minister: Steven Beckett New Hope Church Also listen to sermon and Sunday: 1098W 500N, Decatur Bible class on 9 a.m. Bible Class (260)724-4900 www.ziondecatur.com) 10 a.m. Worship Service Website:newhopein.org Youth Fellowship, 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday: firstname.lastname@example.org 4th Monday of Each Month: TT (Teen Time), 6:30-7:30 Pastor Kevin August Theology on Tap, p.m. Sunday: 7 p.m. at Vinnie's Adult Bible Study, 6:30 p.m. Adult Sunday School, 8:30DCC's Food Pantry is open 9:15 a.m. every Monday from 10 a.m. Cafe, 9:15 a.m. MISSIONARY - noon (summer hours ‚Äď Worship Service, 10 a.m. fall hours TBA) Hearts in Motion Cornerstone Children's Ministry, 10 a.m. Community Church Damascus Road T.E.X.T (Teens Experiencing 909 E. Monroe Street Ext. G.I.G.ville, 10:15 a.m. Sunday School, 10.15 a.m. H.O.M.E. Groups, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Family Activities, 7 p.m.
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414 W. Madison St. Decatur, IN 46733-1615 (260) 724-9159 www.stmarysdecatur.org Pastor: Fr. David W. Voors Associate Pastor: Fr. Patrick Joseph Religious Education: Deacon Jerry Kohrman Weekend Masses: Sat., 4 p.m. Sun., 7, 8:30, 11 a.m. Confessions (Reconciliation): Mon., 5:30 p.m. Wed., 8:30 p.m. Sat., 5:15 p.m. Daily Mass: M-Tu-Wed, 8:15 a.m. & 6 p.m. Th, 7 & 8:15 a.m. Fri., 1:30 p.m. at Woodcrest Sat. 8:15 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration: M-Tu-W, 3-4 p.m. Thurs., 8:45-9:45 a.m. & 3-8 p.m.
7494 N 600 W, Decatur, IN 46733 (260) 547-4565. Pastor: Rev. David Butz Sunday: Sunday School for all ages, 9 a.m. Worship in Sanctuary, 10 a.m.
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Blazers‚Äô Lillard DDD SPORTs SCOREBOARd first to enter all All-Star contests
Love of Minnesota and Joe Johnson of Brooklyn, plus Orlando's Arron Afflalo, Washington's Bradley Beal and San Antonio's Marco Belinelli. The Saturday night events will again feature an Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format, with the teams competing for char ity. George will captain the East and Curry the West. Lillard will be paired with Utah's Trey Burke as the Skills Challenge is switching a team relay format. The other teams are: rookies Michael CarterWilliams of Philadelphia and Victor Oladipo of Orlando; All-Star DeMar DeRozan of Toronto and Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee; and Goran Dragic of Phoenix and Reggie Jackson of Oklahoma City. The teams for the shooting stars, which features a current and former NBA player teaming with a WNBA player, are: Kevin Durant, Karl Malone and Skylar Diggins; Chris Bosh, Wilkins and Swin Cash; Stephen Curry, Dell Curry and Becky Hammon; and Tim Hardaway Jr., Tim Hardaway Sr. and Elena Delle Donne. The dunk contest, though, will take center stage.
National Basketball Association By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 26 23 .531 ‚ÄĒ Brooklyn 22 25 .468 3 New York 19 30 .388 7 Boston 17 33 .340 9 1/2 Philadelphia 15 35 .300 11 1/2 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 35 13 .729 ‚ÄĒ Atlanta 25 23 .521 10 Washington 24 24 .500 11 Charlotte 22 28 .440 14 Orlando 14 37 .275 22 1/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 38 10 .792 ‚ÄĒ Chicago 24 25 .490 14 1/2 Detroit 19 29 .396 19 Cleveland 16 33 .327 22 1/2 Milwaukee 9 40 .184 29 1/2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 36 14 .720 ‚ÄĒ Houston 33 17 .660 3 Dallas 29 21 .580 7 Memphis 26 22 .542 9 New Orleans 21 27 .438 14 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 40 11 .784 ‚ÄĒ Portland 35 14 .714 4 Denver 24 23 .511 14 Minnesota 24 25 .490 15 Utah 16 32 .333 22 1/2 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 34 18 .654 ‚ÄĒ Golden State 30 20 .600 3 Phoenix 29 20 .592 3 1/2 L.A. Lakers 17 32 .347 15 1/2 Sacramento 17 32 .347 15 1/2 Austin Peay 75, Tennessee St. 65 Belmont 99, Murray St. 96 Davidson 109, Samford 88 ETSU 64, N. Kentucky 50 Elon 72, UNC Greensboro 66 FIU 78, UAB 73 Florida Gulf Coast 100, Jacksonville 71 Georgia 91, LSU 78 Lipscomb 77, SC-Upstate 75 Louisiana Tech 66, Tulsa 61 Middle Tennessee 67, FAU 63 North Florida 54, Stetson 52 Northwestern St. 85, McNeese St. 74 Old Dominion 69, UTSA 61 Troy 79, South Alabama 74 UTEP 58, East Carolina 47 VCU 68, Rhode Island 52 Winthrop 92, Barber-Scotia 62 Wofford 74, Georgia Southern 61 MIDWEST Bradley 63, Loyola of Chicago 54 Cincinnati 63, UConn 58 Cleveland St. 92, Oakland 85 E. Illinois 91, UT-Martin 79 Michigan St. 82, Penn St. 67 N. Dakota St. 66, IUPUI 60 S. Dakota St. 79, IPFW 51 SIU-Edwardsville 93, SE Missouri 88, OT SOUTHWEST Abilene Christian 80, Houston Baptist 71 Cent. Arkansas 85, SE Louisiana 71 Georgia St. 68, UALR 57 Incarnate Word 82, Texas A&M-CC 78 Louisiana-Lafayette 92, TexasArlington 89 Oral Roberts 79, New Orleans 59 Rice 75, North Texas 70 SMU 75, Temple 52 Stephen F. Austin 93, Nicholls St. 64 Texas St. 65, Louisiana-Monroe 57 FAR WEST Arizona 67, Oregon 65 Arizona St. 86, Oregon St. 82, OT BYU 89, Santa Clara 76 E. Washington 79, Montana St. 50 Idaho 73, New Mexico St. 67 Idaho St. 73, N. Colorado 70 Montana 82, Portland St. 76, OT Pepperdine 80, Pacific 69 Sacramento St. 87, N. Arizona 70 Saint Mary‚Äôs (Cal) 77, Loyola Marymount 58 San Francisco 74, San Diego 67 Seattle 83, Texas-Pan American 62 UC Davis 90, CS Northridge 86, OT UC Irvine 61, Long Beach St. 58 UC Riverside 72, Cal St.-Fullerton 69 UC Santa Barbara 75, Hawaii 64 Utah 78, Washington 69 Utah Valley 79, Grand Canyon 68 Weber St. 84, North Dakota 72 Minnesota 59 31 21 7 69 145 147 Dallas 57 26 21 10 62 162 163 Winnipeg 59 28 26 5 61 165 171 Nashville 58 25 23 10 60 144 175 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 59 40 14 5 85 191 145 San Jose 58 36 16 6 78 172 140 Los Angeles 59 31 22 6 68 139 128 Vancouver 59 27 23 9 63 145 157 Phoenix 56 26 20 10 62 160 167 Calgary 57 22 28 7 51 136 177 Edmonton 59 20 33 6 46 152 197 OTE: Two points for a win, one N point for overtime loss. Wednesday‚Äôs Games Pittsburgh 5, Buffalo 1 Chicago 2, Anaheim 0 San Jose 2, Dallas 1, OT Thursday‚Äôs Games Calgary 4, N.Y. Islanders 2 Edmonton 2, N.Y. Rangers 1 Philadelphia 3, Colorado 1 Washington 4, Winnipeg 2 Montreal 5, Vancouver 2 Ottawa 3, Buffalo 2 Toronto 4, Tampa Bay 1 Detroit 3, Florida 1 St. Louis 3, Boston 2, OT Minnesota 3, Nashville 2, OT Los Angeles 2, Columbus 1, OT Friday‚Äôs Games Edmonton at New Jersey, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Florida at Carolina, 7 p.m. Chicago at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Columbus at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Saturday‚Äôs Games Calgary at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Winnipeg at St. Louis, 2 p.m. Ottawa at Boston, 3 p.m. Vancouver at Toronto, 6 p.m. Montreal at Carolina, 6 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. Colorado at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Washington, 8 p.m. Anaheim at Nashville, 8 p.m. Phoenix at Dallas, 8 p.m. Thursday‚Äôs Sports Transactions By The Associated Press BASEBALL MLB PLAYERS ASSOCIATION ‚ÄĒ Named Jeffrey Hammonds special assistant, player program development. American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES ‚ÄĒ Agreed to terms with C Matt Wieters on a one-year contract and RHP Evan Meek on a minor league contract. HOUSTON ASTROS ‚ÄĒ Agreed to terms with RHP Jerome Williams on a one-year contract. Designated INF Brett Wallace for assignment. TAMPA BAY RAYS ‚ÄĒ Agreed to terms with INF Wilson Betemit, OFs Justin Christian and Jeremy Moore, C Eddy Rodriguez and RHP Juan Sandoval on minor league contracts. National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS ‚ÄĒ Agreed to terms with OF Mark Trumbo on a one-year contract. CHICAGO CUBS ‚ÄĒ Agreed to terms with 2B Darwin Barney on a one-year contract. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS ‚ÄĒ Agreed to terms with RHP Pat Neshek on a minor league contract. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NBA ‚ÄĒ Fined Miami G Mario Chalmers $5,000 for violating the league‚Äôs anti-flopping rules for the second time this season. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS ‚ÄĒ Fired general manager Chris Grant. 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NEW YORK‚ÄĒ Portland's Damian Lillard will become the first player to compete in three events during AllStar Saturday night in New Orleans, including a slam dunk contest that features three All-Stars for the first time in 26 years. Indiana's Paul George and Washington's John Wall also will take part in the night's marquee event Feb. 15. There haven't been three AllStars in the dunk contest since the famed 1988 duel, when Michael Jordan beat Dominique Wilkins on his home floor in Chicago, in a field that also included Clyde Drexler. Lillard, the reigning Rookie of the Year and a first-time Western Conference All-Star, will play in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night before defending his Skills Challenge title and competing in the 3-point contest. The remainder of the dunk field is defending champion Terrence Ross of Toronto, Golden State's Harrison Barnes and rookie Ben McLemore of Sacramento. Cleveland All-Star Kyrie Irving will defend his 3-point title against a field that also includes All-Stars Stephen Curry of Golden State, Kevin
Wildcats survive Oregon scare; Cincy tops UConn
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) ‚ÄĒ Nick Johnson scored 18 points, Rondae HollisJefferson had 14 points and 10 rebounds in place of injured starter Brandon Ashley and No. 2 Arizona grinded out a 67-65 victory over Oregon on Thursday night. Coming off its first loss of the season, Arizona (22-1, 9-1 Pac-12) labored offensively in its first game without Ashley, who is out for the season with a foot injury. As they have so many times this season, the Wildcats pulled out a victory by turning up the defensive pressure late to overcome a 4-for16 effort from 3-point range and 16 missed free throws. T.J. McConnell hit a 3-pointer with 90 seconds left and Johnson went 5 of 6 from the free throw line in the final minute to prevent the Wildcats‚Äô first losing streak of the season. Joseph Young and Jason Calliste had 14 points each and Damyean Dotson added 12 for the Ducks (15-7, 3-7) , who missed key free throws in the closing seconds and a desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer. No. 7 CINCINNATI 63, No. 22 CONNECTICUT 58 CINCINNATI (AP) ‚ÄĒ Sean Kilpatrick scored 26 points, and Justin Jackson led a secondhalf surge as Cincinnati won its 15th straight. The Bearcats (22-2, 11-0 American Athletic) trailed most of the game in front of a crowd of 12,432 ‚ÄĒ their biggest of the season. Cincinnati has won 18 straight at home, including all 16 this season. The Bearcats are off to their best start in 12 years.
‚ÄĒ‚ÄĒ‚ÄĒ Wednesday‚Äôs Games Orlando 112, Detroit 98 Boston 114, Philadelphia 108 San Antonio 125, Washington 118,2OT L.A. Lakers 119, Cleveland 108 Houston 122, Phoenix 108 Oklahoma City 106, Minnesota 97 Dallas 110, Memphis 96 New Orleans 105, Atlanta 100 Portland 94, New York 90 Denver 110, Milwaukee 100 Sacramento 109, Toronto 101 Miami 116, L.A. Clippers 112 Thursday‚Äôs Games Brooklyn 103, San Antonio 89 Golden State 102, Chicago 87 Friday‚Äôs Games Oklahoma City at Orlando, 7 p.m. Portland at Indiana, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Washington, 7 p.m. Sacramento at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Denver at New York, 7:30 p.m. Utah at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Minnesota at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m. Toronto at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Saturday‚Äôs Games San Antonio at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Denver at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Memphis at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Portland at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Houston at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Golden State at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Miami at Utah, 9 p.m. Thursday‚Äôs College Basketball By The Associated Press EAST Bryant 79, CCSU 68 Marist 68, Rider 61 Mount St. Mary‚Äôs 73, Sacred Heart 60 NJIT 110, Wheelock 46 Robert Morris 65, LIU Brooklyn 56 St. Francis (NY) 78, St. Francis (Pa.) 52 Wagner 75, Fairleigh Dickinson 68 SOUTH Appalachian St. 54, The Citadel 45
Jackson had six points and blocked a shot during a 13-4 run that rallied Cincinnati midway through the second half. Jermaine Sanders‚Äô two free throws with 18.5 seconds left gave Cincinnati a 61-58 lead. UConn‚Äôs Niels Giffey missed a 3-point shot, and Kilpatrick got the rebound, was fouled and made both free throws. Shabazz Napier scored 16 points for the Huskies (17-5, 5-4) who were playing their highest-ranked opponent this season. They are 2-2 against Top 25 teams, with wins over Florida and Memphis and losses to Louisville and Cincinnati. No. 9 MICHIGAN ST. 82, PENN ST. 67 EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) ‚ÄĒ Adreian Payne scored 12 points in his return from a foot injury, and Michigan State kept pace atop the Big Ten. Payne hadn‚Äôt played since Jan. 7 because of a sprained foot, but although he didn‚Äôt start Thursday, he did play 18 minutes, going 5 of 9 from the field. The Spartans (20-3, 9-1 Big Ten) were still nowhere near full strength. Keith Appling, who has been dealing with a wrist problem, sat out, and Branden Dawson is still out because of a broken hand. Kenny Kaminski scored a career-high 19 points for the Spartans. Tim Frazier scored 22 points for Penn State (12-11, 3-7), which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Despite all of its injury woes, Michigan State is tied for first with rival Michigan atop the Big Ten. Everyone else in the conference is at least three games back.
National Hockey League By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 56 36 16 4 76 169 123 Tampa Bay 57 32 20 5 69 164 143 Montreal 58 31 21 6 68 144 141 Toronto 59 31 22 6 68 175 181 Detroit 57 26 19 12 64 149 159 Ottawa 58 26 21 11 63 167 184 Florida 57 22 28 7 51 138 178 Buffalo 57 15 34 8 38 110 172 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 57 40 15 2 82 183 134 N.Y. Rangers 58 31 24 3 65 151 143 Philadelphia 58 29 23 6 64 160 166 Columbus 57 29 23 5 63 168 158 Washington 58 26 23 9 61 168 175 Carolina 55 25 21 9 59 138 153 New Jersey 57 23 21 13 59 133 142 N.Y. Islanders 59 22 29 8 52 162 195 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 59 35 10 14 84 207 161 St. Louis 56 38 12 6 82 192 132 Colorado 57 36 16 5 77 169 151
tioning coaches, Richard Hightower offensive quality control coach, Dowell Loggains quarterbacks coach, Mike McDaniel wide receivers coach, Andy Moeller offensive line coach, Wilbert Montgomery running backs coach, Paul Ricci strength and conditioning coach, Tony Tuioti defensive quality control coach and Anthony Weaver defensive line coach. DENVER BRONCOS ‚ÄĒ Signed S John Boyett, T Paul Cormick, DEs Hall Davis, John Youboty and Ben Garland and WRs Nathan Palmer, Gerell Robinson and Greg Wilson. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS ‚ÄĒ Named Brock Olivo assistant special teams coach. MINNESOTA VIKINGS ‚ÄĒ Named George Edwards defensive coordinator, Norv Turner offensive coordinator, Mike Priefer special teams coordinator, Robb Akey assistant defensive line coach, Jeff Davidson offensive line coach, Ryan Ficken assistant special teams coach, Jonathan Gannon assistant defensive backs coach/quality control, Jerry Gray defensive backs coach, Jeff Howard defensive assistant coach, Klint Kubiak assistant wide receivers coach/ quality control, Andre Patterson defensive line coach, Drew Petzing coaching assistant, Kevin Stefanski tight ends coach, George Stewart wide receivers coach, Scott Turner quarterbacks coach, Kirby Wilson running backs coach and Adam Zimmer linebackers coach. OAKLAND RAIDERS ‚ÄĒ Named Joe Woods defensive backs coach, Marcus Robertson assistant defensive backs coach, Chris Boniol assistant special teams coach and Vernon Stephens assistant strength and conditioning coach. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS ‚ÄĒ Signed CB Akeem Augustine, WRs Phil Bates and Arceto Clark, TE Cooper Helfet and DTs Michael Brooks, Dewayne Cherrington, D‚ÄôAnthony Smith and G Jared Smith. Canadian Football League HAMILTON TIGER-CATS ‚ÄĒ Released K Luca Congi. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS ‚ÄĒ Traded WR Jade Etienne to Saskatchewan for QB Drew Willy. Arena Football League ORLANDO PREDATORS ‚ÄĒ Traded Prechae Rodriguez to Pittsburgh for DE Markell Carter and OL Ben Ossai, and G Matt Spanos and CB Syd‚ÄôQuan Thompson to Los Angeles for DL Earl Okine and DB Al Philips. HOCKEY National Hockey League CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS ‚ÄĒ Acquired Fs Peter Regin and PierreMarc Bouchard from the N. Y. Islanders for a 2014 fourth-round entry draft selection. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS ‚ÄĒ Traded F Spencer Machacek to Pittsburgh for F Paul Thompson and loaned Thompson to Springfield (AHL). DALLAS STARS ‚ÄĒ Reassigned F Dustin Jeffrey to Texas (AHL). LOS ANGELES KINGS ‚ÄĒ Traded F Robert Czarnik to Montreal for F Steve Quailer. Assigned D Jeff Schultz to Manchester (AHL). MINNESOTA WILD ‚ÄĒ Reassigned F Stephane Veilleux to Iowa (AHL). Recalled G Johan Gustafsson from Iowa. NEW YORK ISLANDERS ‚ÄĒ Reassigned D Andrey Pedan to Stockton (ECHL). SAN JOSE SHARKS ‚ÄĒ Recalled F John McCarthy from Worcester (AHL). Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Worcester. WASHINGTON CAPITALS ‚ÄĒ Recalled D Julien Brouillette and D Patrick Wey from Hershey (AHL).
Winston to stay at FSU for two more seasons
By KAREEM COPELAND Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) ‚ÄĒ Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston says Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher was on the money when he said that the Heisman winner might play two more years of college football. Winston told The Associated Press Thursday, that‚Äôs indeed his plan. The redshirt freshman said he and Fisher ‚ÄĒ who said Wednesday while talking about the Seminoles recruiting class that the QB will be in Tallahassee two more years ‚ÄĒ have a good relationship, ‚Äė‚Äėso whatever he says most likely is true.‚Äô‚Äô ‚Äė‚ÄėObviously I‚Äôm a big baseball person, so that‚Äôs an accurate statement because I plan on playing baseball next season anyway,‚Äô‚Äô said Winston, who is expected to be the Florida State‚Äôs closer this season. Many NFL draft experts believe Winston would have been a high firstround pick, possibly No. 1 overall, if he was eligible for this year‚Äôs draft in April. NFL Media draft analyst Gil Brandt, who helped build the Super Bowl-winning Dallas Cowboys as vice president of player personnel from 1960 to 1989, has said Winston has a bright NFL future. Since the 20 year old will be eligible for the 2015 NFL draft, Fisher
said, ‚Äė‚ÄėEverybody says, well he‚Äôs going to stay one (more) year and leave. ... I think it‚Äôll be two.‚Äô‚Äô Winston said he‚Äôs not thinking that far ahead, but since he plans to play baseball next year it would be difficult to also prepare for the NFL combine at the same time. ‚Äė‚ÄėObviously, I‚Äôm not even worried about the draft and stuff like that,‚Äô‚Äô Winston said Thursday. ‚Äė‚ÄėI‚Äôm worried about winning championships here at Florida State.‚Äô‚Äô
Nets down short-handed Spurs; Warriors blast Bulls
NEW YORK (AP) ‚ÄĒ Alan Anderson scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half, helping the Brooklyn Nets pull away from the short-handed San Antonio Spurs for a 103-89 victory Thursday night. Despite playing without Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard, their top four scorers, the Spurs were still within five points early in the fourth quarter before the Nets pulled away for good. Deron Williams added 16 points and eight assists as Brooklyn ended a sixgame losing streak to San Antonio with its first victory since March 29, 2010. So banged-up that at one point that they had two players on the court wearing facial masks to protect broken noses, the Spurs fell to 2-1 on their nine-game rodeo trip. The Spurs overcame all their challenges to pull out a 125-118 double-overtime victory at Washington on Wednesday, but didn‚Äôt have enough to beat an improving Brooklyn team. Cory Joseph scored 18 for the Spurs, Danny Green had 17 and Patty Mills 16. WARRIORS 102, BULLS 87 OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) ‚ÄĒ Stephen Curry had 34 points and nine assists, Klay Thompson scored 22 points and the undermanned Warriors rallied from 16 down in the first half to beat the Bulls. With big men Andrew Bogut and David Lee sidelined with injuries, Golden
State‚Äôs streaky backcourt tandem found its shooting stroke after falling behind 34-18 in the second quarter. Curry finished 13-for-19 shooting, and Thompson shot 8 of 16 from the floor to give the Warriors‚Äô raucous fans a reason to cheer after losing five of their previous seven at home. Taj Gibson had 26 points and 13 rebounds filling in for Carlos Boozer, and Kirk Hinrich scored 15 points for Chicago.
Stray dogs continue to be a problem at Sochi Games
SOCHI, Russia (AP) ‚ÄĒ Sochi‚Äôs stray dogs keep popping up in unwanted places, this time on the cross-country skiing track. In another incident that highlights the possibility of the uncontrolled animals interrupting an Olympic event, a dog was filmed by a Russian website barking at skiers at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon center during Thursday‚Äôs training session. As skiers turned their heads in surprise, the dog walked alongside the track while three security guards watched a few meters away. Pelle Johansson, a Swedish newspaper journalist who was by the finish area at the time, said the dog later walked down into the stadium, where a number of skiers were training, and marked his territory next to the main bleachers. ‚Äė‚ÄėHe stayed out of the skiers‚Äô way,‚Äô‚Äô Johansson said Friday. ‚Äė‚ÄėHe was very calm.‚Äô‚Äô Thousands of stray dogs live in and around Sochi, and have already been
spotted in the Olympic Stadium, inside security zones and even in a hotel. Local organizers declined to give details on their measures for preventing a similar incident during a race, but said any dogs found on an Olympic venue are captured and given a full veterinary check, then released if healthy.
NBA‚ÄĒWarriors 102, Bulls 87 ...Nets 103, Spurs 89...NCAAB‚ÄĒSDSU 79, IPFW 51...CIN 63, CONN 58
Lillard to do each All-Star contest
Sochi prepares for grand Olympic opening
By ANGELA CHARLTON Associated Press SOCHI, Russia (AP) ‚ÄĒ A pseudo-lesbian pop duo, a famed opera singer and a romp through Russian history await viewers as the Sochi Winter Olympics launch Friday with an opening ceremony meant to showcase to the world the ultimate achievement of Vladimir Putin‚Äôs Russia. In a provocative choice, Russian singers Tatu will perform before the 3,000 athletes march through a stadium on the shores of the Black Sea, one of the many newly built facilities in the most expensive Olympics in history. The women in Tatu put on a lesbian act that is largely seen as an attention-getting gimmick. It contrasts with the very real anger over a Russian law banning gay ‚Äė‚Äėpropaganda‚Äô‚Äô aimed at minors that is being used to discriminate against gays. Some world leaders and activists have protested the law, and President Barack Obama is skipping the opening ceremony and sending a delegation that includes prominent gay athletes instead. The opening ceremony is Russia‚Äôs chance to show itself and its post-Soviet identity to the world. It is likely to lean on Putin‚Äôs version: a country with a rich and complex history emerging confidently from a rocky two decades and now capable of putting on a major international sports event. The ceremony will focus on Russia and Olympic ideals of sportsmanship and achievement ‚ÄĒ not on repression of dissent, fears of terrorism or international political tensions over neighboring Ukraine. For people who don‚Äôt know much about Russia, the ceremony‚Äôs director, Konstantin Ernst, promised ‚Äė‚Äėrelatively simple metaphors‚Äô‚Äô ‚ÄĒ and no obscure references, like the nurses in the London Games‚Äô opening ceremony representing the National Health Service, which he called one of the most ‚Äė‚Äėincomprehensible‚Äô‚Äô moments in Olympic history. Ernst said Tatu‚Äôs ‚Äė‚ÄėNot Gonna Get Us‚Äô‚Äô was chosen because it‚Äôs one of the only Russian pop songs that international viewers might recognize. Most of Friday‚Äôs performance will instead lean on Russia‚Äôs rich classical music traditions, with piano virtuoso Denis Matsuev performing and opera soprano Anna Netrebko singing the Olympic anthem.
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Too much of a good thing?
By DYLAN MALONE So the news is old by now that the Indiana Pacers have signed big-man Andrew Bynum for the remainder of the season. My question is why? His most successful seasons were behind Pau and Kobe in LA but he wanted the limelight too much. He craved it and even whined for it like the under-aged superstar that he is. The guy has been in the league for over nine years and he‚Äôs only 26 years old. He definitely showed his youth in LA struggling with knee injuries along the way and eventually he went to Philadelphia in the off-season of 2012-13 where he never suited up once because he never fully healed from surgery. He then joined the Cleveland Cavaliers and was not even a blip on the radar. Only recently have fans come to find out why. He was unhappy there because they were not playing ‚Äúchampionship basketball‚ÄĚ. I‚Äôm sorry, Andrew, we didn‚Äôt know you wanted to play just for good teams. We should have taken that into account. Really?!? These guys get paid millions of dollars to be the best they can be at their position, not to whine and cry because they‚Äôve lost some games. It‚Äôs a business first... an entertainment business. You want the money, you put on a show. Well, the Pacers decided to give him what he wanted and now he‚Äôs playing for a quality team. It took quite a AND THEY‚ÄôRE OFF‚ÄĒSectional trials got underway Thursday night despite the chilly, snowy weather and hit to get there, though. He‚Äôs apparently raking in just school cancellations. All three county schools were in attendance at Jay County with the final runs set for $1 million to play for Indiana for the rest of the year tomorrow at the same site hosted by the Patriots. (Photo by Cassandra Lehman) while losing out on $12 million for playing nice this year for Cleveland. But, to his credit, Bynum told the Pacers he was looka T-shirt. Campers will perform during the boys' ing for a back-up role behind Roy Hibbert. I‚Äôll believe it home basketball game that same evening. when I see it. Registration forms are available at the high school, The other side of the mirror here is why in the world middle school, and elementary schools as well as the the Pacers would take such a gamble? I understand By DYLAN MALONE Decatur Dance Academy and Razz M' Jazz Dance they didn‚Äôt break the bank to take the risk but I would Studio. be more concerned with what Bynum has done as a ¬† For additional information, call Bellmont High destructive force in locker rooms for the past four seaSchool at 724-7121.¬† sons. The guy is a big baby who wants what he wants right now. The Indiana Pacers (35-10) hold the best record in Bellmont and Yorktown, teams which battled basketball because they are a cohesive unit playing well for the best part of two decades in the now defunct together with a plethora of talent already. Even Roy‚Äôs IHSAA Team State Regional, will both bring 14 wres- The Monroe Youth League has announced early back-up right now, Ian Mahimi, is a starter on about tlers to the Jay County Wrestling Regional Saturday. registration times for the Koufax League baseball as a third of the league‚Äôs teams this year so the reward of The meet is slated to start at 8:30 a.m. with the well as all other leagues for a March sign-up date. Bynum playing even a fraction of the way he played in quarter-final round. This will be an elimination round For any boys that are between the ages of 13-15 by his hay-day in LA seems not worth the risk of him ruinsince there are no wrestlebacks. The winners in the April 30, 2014, registration will be held on Thursday, ing the good thing they have in Indianapolis this year. morning round will advance to the New Haven Semi- February 13 at the Brickhouse in Monroe from 5-8 While we‚Äôre talking about how well they are playstate. p.m. ing, it‚Äôs worth noting that the Pacers should have been The semi-finals and championship rounds will The registration is $50 this season and any quesrewarded with three All-Stars this season with such a follow. The championship round will likely start by 1 tions should be sent to Kurt Combs at 223-3223. watered down Eastern Conference. p.m. For all other leagues under Koufax, registration It‚Äôs a running joke, really. If the playoffs started today, Admission to the meet will be $7. will begin on Wednesday, March 12 from 5-8 p.m. at only four teams in the East would enter with a winning Adams Central will have 10 entrants and South the Brickhouse on Jackson. The other sign-up date record (Indiana, Miami, Toronto, Atlanta). Adams seven. will be Saturday, March 15 from 9a.m. until 1p.m. The Heat were given their ‚ÄúBig 3‚ÄĚ with LeBron and Bellmont will bring in six sectional champs in the also at the Brickhouse. Wade earning starting positions thanks to the fan vote seeded tourney, while Yorktown will sport 11 champs For questions on the these younger leagues call and I wouldn‚Äôt even argue that Chris Bosh has earned from the Delta Sectional. Carol Isch at 223-1357. his place as a big man coming off the bench but its the At New Haven, Carroll and Leo will both have 11 rest of the field I‚Äôm scratching my head about. entrants in that regional. Four regionals will combine Paul George earned a starting spot and Roy Hibbert is for the New Haven Semi-state, slated for a week from coming off the bench. Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony Saturday at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. are the other two East starters. The North Adams Baseball League has announced DeMar DeRozen is a first time pick in the game and the registration for their inaugural season for the one I agree with. The Raptors are top four in the East 2014 summer for Koufax League play as well as the and needed at least one pick just like Atlanta has Paul other youth leagues. Millsap representing them for the first time with what Wednesday's game slated for Woodlan against On Sunday, February 23 and Wednesday, February they‚Äôve done so far this year. John Wall is a good fit South Adams girls has been moved to tomorrow night 26, players 13-15 years of age are encouraged to sign as one of the best guards in the East this year and coinciding with the boys contest against the Warriors up between 6-8 p.m. on either night for the league. Washington is right at .500 on the year. the same night. The intention is to get the exact number of players That leaves us with Joe Johnson of the Nets and Woodlan will host the varsity contests in the main signed up making it mandatory for players to attend Joakim Noah of the Bulls. Yikes. gym starting with the Lady Stars at 6 p.m. and to be one of the sign-up dates. The Bulls are in shambles and the Nets are getting immediately followed by the boys' varsity at approxi- The cost will be a $40 registration fee plus an better but still stink. I honestly can‚Äôt think of a good mately 7:30 p.m. The JV contests will both be held in additional $25 for raffle tickets. For questions or conreason to include either of those guys but it‚Äôs pretty the auxiliary gym at the same time starting with the cerns, please contact NABL president Scott Christner obvious they wanted to have ambassadors from as many boys and finishing with the girls. at 223-1685 or email at email@example.com. East teams in the top eight as they could. Charlotte is The boys game at Garrett postponed last week has Also forming now are four other boys leagues the eight seed right now and I think the main reason is been moved to next Saturday with the JV contest including major (11-12), AAA (9-10), AA (7-8), and A because Al Jefferson is playing out of his mind. beginning at 1 p.m. (T-ball 4-6). He wasn‚Äôt the only one who got snubbed, though. I There will be five different dates to sign up your think missing out on Lance Stephenson was a mistake. youth starting on Saturday, March 8 from 8 a.m. George and Hibbert deserved the nod, but Stephenson until 2 p.m. at the Spotlight on Decatur at BMS. The leads the league with four triple-doubles and has had a next four sign-ups will all be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at breakout season. The Bellmont High School cheerleaders will hold Courtesy Motors beginning Tuesday, March 11 as So why the snub? Simple. His attitude. While the fans their annual Cheer Camp tomorrow from 9 a.m. well as Thursday, March 13, Monday, March 17, and pick the starters, it‚Äôs the coaches around the league that until noon. The camp is for anyone in grades pre-K Wednesday, March 19. pick the others and Lance is a hothead who pokes the through 8th with an interest in cheering. Additional information is available on the website bear a little too often with his cocky play. Hopefully it‚Äôs a The cost to attend the camp is $25 which includes at www.leaguelineup.com/northadamsbaseball. lesson learned for the Cincinnati product.
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MYL sign-up dates released
NABL releases registration
SA events rescheduled
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