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summer GED classes at
the Decatur WorkOne
office at 126 S. First
St.
The classes are held
on Tuesday, Wednesday,
and Thursday morn-
ings from 9 to noon, ings from 9 to noon,
and in the afternoon
from 1 to 4 p.m.
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All hail the All hail the
champ! Wiener
dog wins big dog wins big
IN BRIEF
The Adams
County Emergency
Management Agency Management Agency
has announced that the
next test of the coun-
ty warning sirens is
scheduled for Saturday,
August 3, at noon.
If severe weather is
in the area, the test will in the area, the test will
be cancelled.
WorkOne has
free GED
classes here
County siren
testing is on
tap Saturday
New Travel
Indiana app
is available
INDIANAPOLIS (AP)
— A new Travel Indiana
tablet app offers trav-
elers throughout the
state valuable informa-
tion on destinations
and attractions and
links to cost-saving
offers.
The Indiana Office of
Tourism Development
announced the release
of the app last week. It’s
available by free down-
load for both Apple
iPads and Android tab-
lets.
Users of the app
can watch embedded
videos, read feature
articles about Indiana
destinations and tap
advertisements to visit
related websites.
The app can be
found by entering
‘‘Travel Indiana’’ in the
search bar of the Apple
App Store and Android
Market/Google Play.
Contact Us
By phone: 724-2121
By Fax: 724-7981
On The Web
www.decaturdaily
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On this date
In 1965, President In 1965, President
Lyndon B. Johnson Lyndon B. Johnson
signed into law the
Medicare bill, which Medicare bill, which
went into effect the fol-
lowing year.
Today’s Birthdays: Today’s Birthdays:
Bud Selig is 79. Paul
Anka is 72. Arnold
Schwarzenegger is 66.
Lisa Kudrow is 50.
UP TO IT ... Looking like something from a circus
act, these three youngsters were bouncing joyfully
on the Xtreme Jump ride Saturday at Swiss Days.
(Photo by Rebekah R. Blomenberg)
HERE’S LOOKIN’ AT YOU, KID ... This friendly sheep
spent last week in the barns at the 4-H Fairgrounds
in Monroe. This week, who knows? Anyway, anoth-
er look back at the 2013 fair is on page 6A of today’s
edition. (Photo by Rebekah R. Blomenberg)
Court
building
security
is eyed
By REBEKAH R.
BLOMENBERG
Tom Fox of the
Adams County Probation
Department came to the
county commissioners’
meeting on Monday with
a request to put up a pro-
tective wall in his depart-
ment to enhance security
and confidentiality.
The department is situ-
ated in the superior court
building, the onetime city
library.
Fox said has gotten
tentative estimates from
Joe Schwartz and Dave
Delong which suggest
that the project would
cost about $10,000.
County Attorney Mark
Burry asked why the
county should construct
a wall in a building that
might not be in use and
might even be torn down
in the next few years.
Burry also pointed out
that granting a request
at present might bring
an onslaught of other
requests, as there are
several problems with
the superior court build-
ing; thus, the county is
considering courthouse
alternatives.
Fox reported that there
have been three incidents
of unruly behavior in
adolescents in the last
six months, and he wor-
ries that this number will
only increase. The com-
missioners advised Fox
to get more precise esti-
mates.
On another matter, IT
Director Landon Patterson
presented a contract with
Allstar Communication of
Fort Wayne to install a
fax server at the Service
Complex, which he
believes will solve the
county’s faxing issues. He
has received complaints
of faxes not sending or
being received properly.
The fax server will
allow faxes to go straight
to a folder, which can
be accessed by county
employees, he explained.
The faxes will not have
to be printed, saving on
paper costs, and county
employees will also be
able to send faxes direct-
ly from their computers.
This server will also weed
out junk faxes.
The cost of the server
is $6,646. The commis-
sioners signed the con-
tract.
Meanwhile, main-
tenance director Dave
Meyer reported that the
Havel company looked at
the HVAC system in the
Service Complex again.
Havel discovered that
older computers could
“talk” to the old system,
and that the valves of one
of the units are not open-
ing or closing properly.
Meyer said the system
often will heat the build-
ing instead of cooling it in
the mornings.
He suggested using the
system for the remainder
of the summer and see-
ing how it does in the
winter months. The com-
missioners agreed.
Home detention terms
given two defendants
in superior court
Renee A. Bombka, 51,
Decatur, recently pleaded
guilty in Adams Circuit
Court to possession of
a controlled substance,
possession of marijuana,
and possession of para-
phernalia.
She was sentenced by
Judge Chad E. Kukelhan
to two years in prison,
with all but 180 days
suspended, to be served
on home detention.
She was also given
two years of probation,
ordered to complete sub-
stance abuse counseling,
and pay $863 in court
costs and fees.
Starr T. Carter, 21,
Monroeville, pleaded
guilty to forgery, posses-
sion of marijuana, and
corrupt business influ-
ence.
She was sentenced to
four years in prison, all
but 180 days suspended,
to be served on home
detention.
Carter was also given
four years of proba-
tion and ordered to pay
$2,415.24 in court costs,
fees, and restitution.
Sent to prison
Dustin Harris, 24,
Pennville, recently
pleaded guilty in Adams
Superior Court to violat-
ing probation and home
detention by smoking
marijuana.
He was sentenced by
Judge Patrick R. Miller
to 500 days in prison
and 500 days on home
detention, to be served
consecutively.
His probation was ter-
minated.
ISTEP glitches impact said negative
Unusually cool late-
July weather continues
in northeast Indiana and
on Sunday, Fort Wayne
established a record for
the coldest high tem-
perature recorded for
July 28, according to the
National Weather Service
in northern Indiana.
Sunday’s high tem-
perature was 69 degrees,
the weather service said,
breaking the old record
of 71 degrees set on July
28 in 1969 and 1925.
The Decatur weather
station recorded a high
of 81 degrees on Sunday
and an identical high on
Monday.
Lows in Decatur the
past two nights have
been in the low 50s.
Normal highs and lows
for this time of the year
are 83 and 62.
By RICK CALLAHAN
Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Glitches
that disrupted Indiana’s online
standardized testing this spring
had no measurable negative
impact on scores, even though at
least one-sixth of students taking
the exam were kicked offline at
some point, according to an inde-
pendent review released Monday.
Bennett team aided GOP
donor’s school—page 3A
Contractor CTB/McGraw Hill
reported that nearly 80,000 stu-
dents in third through eighth
grade — or 16 percent of the more
than 482,000 Indiana students
who took the online test — had
their ISTEP exam interrupted at
least once when computer glitches
kicked them offline during the
April-May testing period, the report
released by the state Department
of Education concludes.
But the problems had no neg-
ative impact on scores for the
‘‘vast majority’’ of students, said
Dr. Richard Hill of the National
Center for the Improvement of
Educational Assessment Inc., who
conducted the review. Hill said,
however, that 600 students who
were taking the test lost data
‘‘that was not ‘restored’ when they
logged back in.’’
Student ISTEP scores slight-
ly increased between 2012 and
2013, on par with improvements
in previous years, Hill said.
‘‘It does appear, looking at the
data, that the net impact of the
interruptions was nil. Students
scored about as well as they
would have had no interrup-
tions occurred,’’ he told Indiana’s
Commission on Education on
Monday. ‘‘That may come as a
surprise to many, but there’s a lot
of evidence to back up that state-
ment.’’
Hill credited school staff’s
actions as well as students’ own
resolve to press on and work ‘‘dili-
gently’’ to complete the multi-part
test.
State Superintendent of Public
Instruction Glenda Ritz halt-
ed testing for two straight days
in April as the server problems
knocked students offline or left
them unable to access the online
test, which assesses students’
(Continued on page 3A)
Fort Wayne sets record
cool high for July 28
Quest to keep everything
becomes Houston landmark
HOUSTON (AP) — A child of the Great
Depression, John Milkovisch didn’t throw any-
thing away — not even the empty cans of beer
he enjoyed each afternoon with his wife.
So, in the early 1970s when aluminum siding
on houses was all the rage, he lugged the cans
he had stored in his attic for years downstairs,
painstakingly cut open and flattened each one
and began to wallpaper his home.
‘‘The funny thing is that it wasn’t ... to attract
attention,’’ said Ruben Guevara, head of resto-
ration and preservation of the Beer Can House
(Continued on page 3A)
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BIG WINNER — Saturday’s emcee for the wiener dog races and open dog show
hands the grand champion trophy to Ronnie (left) and Bonita Howe of Auburn.
Their three-year-old wiener dog, Riley, won the open race, the powder puff
race, the champion race, and the Most Vocal category of the open dog show
held at Swiss Days. (Photo by Rebekah R. Blomenberg)
LOOKING FOR HOMES — These kittens, approxi-
mately 12 weeks old, are now available for adoption
at the Adams County Animal Shelter, 2168 S. CR 300
E. For information call 692-6819, or visit Monday-
Friday, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. (Photo provided)
Plane engine removed from home
COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Crews
used a bulldozer to remove the
charred engine of a home-built
airplane from the central Indiana
home that it crashed into.
The engine was loaded on a flat-
bed trailer on Sunday. Columbus
police Lt. Matt Myers says it was
taken to the Columbus Municipal
Airport for a thorough inspection
by federal investigators.
Pilot Gerald Clayton and pas-
senger Dennis King were injured
when the two-seat plane crashed
in the neighborhood about a mile
from the city’s airport.
No one else was injured in the
crash
Investigators were able to talk
to passenger Dennis King, 60, of
Columbus, at an Indianapolis hos-
pital over the weekend, Columbus
police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers
told The Republic.
‘‘He said the plane was slowing
down but the engine was rac-
ing. That corresponds with similar
reports we got from eyewitnesses
on the ground,’’ Myers said.
‘‘King said they did all they
could to keep the plane up.’’
Myers said King also ‘‘remem-
bers having trouble unfastening
his seat belt (after the crash), and
then he remembers fuel spilling
on him and it ignited.’
King was in fair condition
at Wishard Memorial Hospital
in Indianapolis, where Clayton
remained in serious condition in
its burn unit.
Accident
ODs said
nearing
crisis
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP)
— An increase in the
number of deaths from
accidental drug overdos-
es has sparked concerns
that substance abuse
has reached a crisis level
in Tippecanoe County.
The Journal & Courier
reports the number of
accidental, drug-relat-
ed deaths has risen
each year since 2010.
Currently, one or two
people in the county are
dying each week from
accidental overdoses.
‘‘It’s not just young-
er people we’re seeing.
It’s crossing all ages, all
socioeconomic groups.
Prescription medication
and street drugs,’’ coroner
Donna Avolt said. ‘‘We’re
seeing this so much more
than we should. We are
no longer a smaller com-
munity immune to big-
city woes.’’
Avolt said many of
the cases involve people
who’ve combined street
drugs with prescription
medication to intensify
their high or those who
suffer chronic medical
conditions and take more
of their prescribed medi-
cation than they should
because their pain hasn’t
lessened or they’ve for-
gotten about their previ-
ous dose.
The increase has
forced her to request an
additional $30,000 from
the Tippecanoe County
Council to cover the costs
of medical services such
as toxicology analysis
and autopsies. Both are
required under Indiana
law in cases of suspected
overdoses.
Lafayette police Lt.
Brad Bishop, who over-
sees the Tippecanoe
County Drug Task Force,
said heroin is causing a
lot of issues.
Sheriff has part-time
dispatcher job open
Adams County Sheriff
Shane Rekeweg has
announced that his
department is currently
accepting applications
for the position of part-
time dispatcher.
Applicants must be
at least 18 years old,
dependable, possess
good communication
skills, have basic com-
puter knowledge, be
willing to work various
shifts, be able to work
well with others, have
no felony convictions,
have the ability to rear
and write the English
language, and possess a
high school diploma or
GED.
The position will
require the successful
candidate to attend sev-
eral training seminars
and obtain the proper
certifications required.
Rekeweg said applica-
tions may be picked up
Monday through Friday
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at
the Adams County Law
Enforcement Center (jail)
at 313 S. First Street,
Decatur.
Only completed appli-
cations returned to the
sheriff’s department will
be processed for the posi-
tion.
Questions should be
directed to Rekeweg or to
communications super-
visor Bill Grimm: 724-
5345.
Harrison, deputy com-
missioner at the Indiana
Department of Insurance
in a statement announc-
ing the assumed rate
hike. ‘‘The Affordable
Care Act requires many
Hoosiers to purchase
more comprehensive and
more expensive health
insurance than they may
want or need. These rates
call into question just
how affordable health
insurance will really be
for many Hoosiers.’’
The state did not
release the data on
how it came up with
this estimate, but The
Washington Post reported
this was likely the result
of ‘‘squishing’’ together all
the plans that would be
available to Indiana resi-
dents, from the cheapest
‘‘bronze’’ plan to the most
expensive ‘‘gold’’ option
and coming up with one
number.
Indiana Democrats
quickly fired back.
‘‘I think Hoosiers
should be very leery of
this report. These num-
bers simply don’t tell
the whole story on how
the implementation of
the Affordable Care Act
will affect Hoosiers,’’
said Sen. Jean Breaux,
D-Indianapolis, in a
statement. ‘‘The report
leaves out any informa-
tion on tax credits avail-
able to Hoosiers to put
toward the cost of cover-
age, along with an inflat-
ed and flawed assump-
tion on the average cost
as a whole.’’
Get ready for more
blurring of the lines as
the long, drawn-out,
political clash stretch-
es through its fourth
year. And not just from
Republican opponents.
Adams County
Engineer Tim Barkey
announced Monday that
County Road 100 N will
be closed between Salem
Road and State Route
101 has been closed as
crews replace a structure
at Gephart Tile.
The closure is expect-
ed to last for one week
Meanwhile, CR 525 E
is now open to traffic
between 500 S and State
Road 218.
A Fallen Soldier-
dedicated blood drive in
memory of Spec. Nick
Taylor of Berne is being
held from 1-7 p.m. today
at the First Missionary
Church, 950 U.S. 27S,
Berne.
To sign up for a specif- To sign up for a specif To sign up for a specif
ic time to donate blood,
call 1-800-RED CROSS
or go to redcrossblood.org
sponsor code “fmissb”.
Leah Brewer, 18,
Decatur, recently pleaded
guilty in Adams Superior
Court. to minor consum-
ing.
She was sentenced by
Judge Patrick R. Miller
to 45 days in jail and
ordered to pay $168 in
court costs.
The Decatur Fire
Department was dis-
patched at 1:08 p.m.
Sunday to Common
Ground Church, 6555 N.
Piqua Rd., in response to
an alarm. There was no
fire and crews returned
to the station at 1:35
p.m.
Portion of CR 100 N closed
Nick Taylor blood drive today
Alarm sends out frefghters
Plea of guilty is entered
Five drivers were tick-
eted in recent days by the
Adams County Sheriff’s
Department:
Kathleen A. Butler, 36,
S. 14th Street, Decatur,
driving left of center at
C.R. 300W and C.R. 300N;
Katrina K. Hawkins, 20,
Center Street, Berne,
speeding, 44 mph in a 30
zone at C.R. 400W and
C.R. 500N; Samuel F.
Cronkhike, 39, Cadillac,
Michigan, seatbelt vio-
lation; and Chelsea A.
Landis, 17, rural Decatur,
expired plates and driv-
ing while suspended.
Five cited
by deputies
Health care battle fraught
with partisan numbers
By TOM LoBIANCO
Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS (AP)
— In the raging federal
health care debate, num-
bers are turning out to
be some of the most par-
tisan tools available to
Democrats, Republicans
and everyone with a stake
in the game.
Indiana residents have
gotten a rare look at the
spinning of statistics and
price tags that happens
regularly in government
as Gov. Mike Pence’s
point man on federal
health care estimated
that residents would
pay 72 percent more for
health insurance through
the insurance exchange
being built.
That, of course, is an
incredible simplification
of an incredibly com-
plex topic, something
Democratic support-
ers of President Barack
Obama’s signature legis-
lation pointed out shortly
afterward and followed
with some spin of their
own.
Add to an already-
confusing mix of cut-
offs, dependents, income
brackets, co-pays and
credits and both sides
will find plenty to support
whatever conclusion they
like.
The Pence administra-
tion, which has opposed
the health care law while
readying for its implemen-
tation over the next few
months, found numbers
that confirm its bias.
‘‘This new data regret-
tably confirms the
negative impact of the
Affordable Care Act on
the insurance market
in Indiana,’’ said Logan
Decatur Daily Democrat
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Helen L. Ruggles
Helen L. Ruggles, 87, of Noblesville, passed away
Helen L. Ruggles Helen L. Ruggles
Sunday, July 28, 2013, at home.
Helen was born April 25, 1926, to the late John
and Mary (Bernard) Kintz in Decatur.
Helen worked 13 years as a surgery nurse at
St. Johns Hospital in Anderson,
Community Hospital, and Winona
Hospital in Indianapolis. She was the
first nurse hired at Community Hospital
in 1962.
Helen was a member of Our Lady of
Grace Catholic Church in Noblesville
and Past President of A.O.R.N. She
taught students operating room tech-
nique at St. Johns and Community
Hospital. She and her late husband, Bill, were in the
antique business for 25 years.
Among survivors are two sons, Mark Ruggles and
Doug Ruggles; four grandchildren, Bryce and Andrew
Ruggles, and Shane and Jo Anna Ruggles; brother,
John Ruggles; and five sisters, Marjorie Schultz,
Ruth Bahler, Berniece Hackman, Isabelle Gamble,
and Patricia Daniels.
Helen was preceded in death by two sisters,
Delores Read and Mary Alice Whitright; and two
brothers, Bill Kintz and Daniel Kintz.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, August
1, at Randall & Roberts Funeral Center, 1685
Westfield Road, Noblesville.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m.
Friday, August 2, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic
Church, 9900 East 191st Street, Noblesville.
Burial will follow at Crownland Cemetery in
Noblesville.
Online condolences may be made at www.randall-
roberts.com.
Robert Orphal
Robert “Wes” Orphal, 66, of Cape Coral, Fla., went
home to be with the Lord on July 27, 2013, as he
passed away at Hope Hospice.
Wes was born in Lima, Ohio, on December 30,
1946, to the late Robert Gene and Marguerite (Hunt)
Orphal of Wapakoneta, Ohio.
He married Fran (Kehr) Orphal on September 30,
1983; she survives in Cape Coral.
Wes retired from CenturyLink Phone
Company (formerly United Telephone)
after 41 years of services. He was also
a veteran of four years in the U.S. Navy,
serving three tours of duty in Vietnam
as a Navy Seal.
A 1964 graduate of St. Joseph High
School, he received a BA degree in
business from Concordia University.
Among survivors are two children, Rodney Orphal
of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Shelly Raney of
Fort Wayne; three grandchildren, Sarisa Orphal,
Jonathon Raney, and Mikhail Bower; great-grand-
daughter, Zayla Orphal; three sisters, Joan Morris,
Sally Routt, and Barb Geib; five nephews and one
niece of Wapakoneta.
Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, August 4,
at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday,
August 5, at the funeral home, with Rev. Daniel Hunt
officiating.
Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery
in Wapakoneta, with military rites conducted by
Wapakoneta VFW Post 8445.
Online condolences may be made at www.baylif- Online condolences may be made at www.baylif Online condolences may be made at www.baylif
fandeleyfh.com.
Eric O. Case
Eric O. Case, Jr., 21, of Decatur, passed away
Sunday, July 28, 2013, in Bluffton.
Eric was born to Eric and Leisa Bentz Case on
December 11, 1991, in Adams County.
He graduated from Norwell High School in 2010.
Among survivors are his mother, Leisa Bentz of
Decatur; father, Eric (Sunni) Case of Eaton, Ind.; sis-
ter, Sarai Case of Decatur; grandparents, LaDonna
Schaadt of Chattanooga, Ohio, and Michael and
Marie Bentz of Willshire, Ohio; and great-grandmoth-
er, Corelia Bentz of Pomeroy, Ohio.
Eric was preceded in death by his grandfather, Bill
Schaadt.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, August
1, at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home. There will be
no funeral.
Burial is in MRE Cemetery at a later date.
Preferred memorials are to the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.
yagerkirchhofer.com.
Lenore M. Holtsberry
Lenore M. (Lytle) Holtsberry, 99, of Decatur, died
Lenore M. Holtsberry Lenore M. Holtsberry
Sunday at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
Arrangements are pending at Zwick & Jahn
Funeral Home, Decatur.
Mary Jo Hoffman
Mary Jo Hoffman, 89, of Decatur, died Saturday
Mary Jo Hoffman Mary Jo Hoffman
at Meadowvale Health & Rehabilitation.
Arrangements are pending at Zwick & Jahn
Funeral Home, Decatur
Trilby M. Jones
Trilby M. Jones, 92, of Monroeville, died Monday
Trilby M. Jones Trilby M. Jones
at the Village of Heritage.
Arrangements are pending at Zwick & Jahn
Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel, Monroeville.
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By TOM LoBIANCO
Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) —
Former Indiana and cur-
rent Florida schools chief
Tony Bennett built his
national star by prom-
ising to hold ‘‘failing’’
schools accountable.
But when it appeared
an Indianapolis charter
school run by a promi-
nent Republican donor
might receive a poor
grade, Bennett’s educa-
tion team frantically over-
hauled his signature ‘‘A-
F’’ school grading system
to improve the school’s
marks.
Emails obtained by
The Associated Press
show Bennett and his
staff scrambled last fall
to ensure influential
donor Christel DeHaan’s
school received an ‘‘A,’’
despite poor test scores
in algebra that initially
earned it a ‘‘C.’’
‘‘They need to under-
stand that anything less
than an A for Christel
House compromises all of
our accountability work,’’
Bennett wrote in a Sept.
12 email to then-chief of
staff Heather Neal, who
is now Gov. Mike Pence’s
chief lobbyist.
The emails, which also
show Bennett discussed
with staff the legality of
changing just DeHaan’s
grade, raise unsettling
questions about the
validity of a grading sys-
tem that has broad impli-
cations. Indiana uses the
A-F grades to determine
which schools get taken
over by the state and
whether students seek-
ing state-funded vouch-
ers to attend private
school need to first spend
a year in public school.
They also help determine
how much state funding
schools receive.
A low grade also can
detract from a neighbor-
hood and drive home-
buyers elsewhere.
Bennett, who now is
reworking Florida’s grad-
ing system as that state’s
education commission-
er, reviewed the emails
Monday morning and
denied that DeHaan’s
school received special
treatment.
He said discovering
that the charter would
receive a low grade raised
broader concerns with
grades for other ‘‘com-
bined’’ schools — those
that included multiple
grade levels — across the
state.
‘‘There was not a
secret about this,’’ he
said. ‘‘This wasn’t just to
give Christel House an A.
It was to make sure the
system was right to make
sure the system was face
valid.’’
However, the emails
clearly show Bennett’s
staff was intensely
focused on Christel
House, whose founder
has given more than $2.8
million to Republicans
since 1998, including
$130,000 to Bennett and
thousands more to state
legislative leaders.
Bennett estimated that
12 or 13 schools ben-
efited, not just Christel
House, but the emails
show DeHaan’s charter
was the catalyst for any
changes.
‘‘The fact that any-
one would say I would
try to cook the books
for Christel House is so
wrong. It’s frankly so
off base,’’ Bennett said
in a telephone interview
Monday evening.
Bennett rocketed to
prominence with the help
of former Indiana Gov.
Mitch Daniels, former
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
and a national network of
Republican leaders and
donors, such as DeHaan.
Bennett is a co-found-
er of Bush’s Chiefs for
Change, a group consist-
ing mostly of Republican
state school superinten-
dents pushing school
vouchers, teacher merit
pay and many other poli-
cies enacted by Bennett
in Indiana.
Three Charged
Three people were
booked in at the county
jail on Monday.
Brian C. Bultemeier,
30, Decatur, was arrested
on a warrant for criminal
mischief. He was ordered
released from custody
under his own recogni-
zance.
Heather A. Mock, 31,
Decatur, was jailed by the
Adams County Sheriff’s
Department on a warrant
for violating the terms of
her probation. She was
being held without bond.
Donald W. Elzey, 49,
Angola, was picked up by
the sheriff’s department
on a warrant for intimi-
dation. He was being
held without bond.
City Mishaps
Two accidents were
investigated in the past
two days by Decatur
police.
At 1:55 p.m. Sunday,
Joshua D. Grote, 28,
Fort Wayne, told police
he was headed south
approaching the intersec-
tion of 13th and Monroe
when a vehicle in front of
him operated by Anthony
C. Spangler, 17, rural
Decatur, stopped sud-
denly at a yellow light.
Grote said he did not
have enough time to stop
and struck the Spangler
auto, causing an esti-
mated $1,001-$2,500 in
damage to the vehicles.
At 9 a.m. Monday,
Ronald D. Baxley, 42,
Marion, was on 13th
Street and attempted to
turn into the McDonald’s
parking lot.
He turned a little too
wide and struck a bolder
on the McDonald’s prop-
erty, causing $1,001-
$2,500 in damage to his
car.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP)
— The Pentecostal
Assemblies of the World
is using its Indianapolis
convention this week
to seek possible bone
marrow donors to help
African-Americans diag-
nosed with leukemia and
other blood diseases.
The Indianapolis Star
reports the drive was
sparked by the case of
31-year-old Melanie
Scott. She has leukemia
and couldn’t find a bone
marrow match among
her siblings.
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in Houston’s Memorial Park area. ‘‘He said himself
that if there was a house similar to this a block away,
he wouldn’t take the time to go look at it. He had no
idea what was the fascination about what he was
doing.’’
Milkovisch passed away in the mid-1980s, but his
wife, Mary, still lived there. Her sons would do work
from time to time, replacing rusty steel cans with
new ones and restoring a hurricane-destroyed beer
wall. And when they feared for her safety because of
the gawkers, they put up a privacy fence, embedding
beer cans in that as well.
The neighborhood has rapidly transformed since
Mary Milkovisch’s death in the mid-1990s, going
from a working middle-class area to the condo- and
loft-lined upper-class sector it is today. But the home
remains a well-known entity.
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proficiency in mathematics and English/language
arts. Some students are also tested on their profi-
ciency in social studies or science.
Because of the problems, the state asked schools
to cut their normal test loads by half for a few days
and the testing period was extended.
Hill’s report states that school districts reported
an additional 60,000 students’ tests were interrupted
by the glitches. That figure, combined with the num-
ber reported by CTB/McGraw-Hill, would mean 29
percent of students tested were affected.
Hill said he considers the company’s numbers
more accurate than the schools’, but added that the
school’s numbers cannot be discounted.
Ritz told the commission Monday it’s unclear how
many students’ tests were affected in some way by
the disruptions.
‘‘You need to keep in mind, anyone sitting next
to somebody who’s interrupted for any length of a
period of time, that’s going to cause an interruption
in their own testing, whether they didn’t spend time
on the question they were on, or whatever the case
may be,’’ she said.
Indiana’s troubles punctuated a nationwide shift
from pencil-and-paper tests to online exams. Troubles
earlier this year also disrupted high-stakes testing in
other states, including Kentucky, Minnesota and
Oklahoma.
In Indiana, ISTEP scores are used to assess stu-
dent performance and determine teacher pay and
school rankings.
Ritz said the testing problems were ‘‘extremely
stressful’’ for teachers and students.
She said that given the uncertainties about how
students might have scored without the glitches,
she’s given local schools the ‘‘flexibility to minimize
the effect’’ of test results on this year’s teacher evalu-
ations.
‘‘There is no mandate. It’s up to the individual
school districts to look at that,’’ she said, noting that
2013 is the first year Indiana is tying student test
scores to teacher evaluations.
Ritz said the state Department of Education is
continuing to negotiate with CTB McGraw-Hill to
seek a settlement with the company, which has a
four-year, $95 million state contract to administer
the test.
In June, Ritz said her office was seeking at least
$614,000 in damages from CTB/McGraw-Hill for the
testing troubles. That amount included $400,000 for
fines covered in the company’s state contract. The
remainder would pay for the independent review and
better reporting data.
Quest to keep
ISTEP glitches
Ruggles
Orphal
Bone marrow drive planned
Decatur Daily Democrat Page 4A • Tuesday, July 30, 2013 OpiniOn
The DecaTur Daily DemocraT
Ron Storey, Publisher
Bob Shraluka
Managing Editor
J Swygart
Opinion Page Editor
Danger, leather
and the Royals
BY BOB FRANKEN
My choice as the best campaign slogan ever was
the one that got a flagrantly corrupt Edwin Edwards
re-elected governor of Louisiana in 1991. His oppo-
nent was Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, but
Edwards supporters came up with a winning “Vote
for the Crook. It’s Important.”
Perhaps Anthony Weiner will have some luck with
“Vote for the Perv.” He had been doing very well
with his reformed-sinner act in his run for mayor of
New York, insisting that since getting caught expos-
ing himself on Twitter and resigning in disgrace
from Congress in 2011, he was a changed man.
But that was two years ago. Turns out that in the
meantime, he’s been sending more sleazy Twitter
pictures of himself to other women, this time using
the online alias “Carlos Danger.” One tweetheart
has come forward and identified herself as Sydney
Leather. Is it me, or does this sound like a porno?
Actually, it is one. Even though he’s tanking in the
polls, Mr. Danger, uh, Weiner, is hanging on and
staying in the race, with his wife Huma Abedin by
his side. So far. She’s committed to their marriage,
she told reporters, though for a while, “it was not
an easy choice.” Ya think? This is clearly one of the
most long-suffering spouses in history. Or one of
the most politically ambitious. It’s worth mentioning
that she has long been an aide to Hillary Clinton.
Once again, Weiner gave the news nets a chance
to do what we do best, which is to overcover a story.
At least it was a reprieve from all the ooey gooey-
ness about the royal birth in London. Frankly, the
gushing was becoming a royal pain. It was nice to
see how adeptly Buckingham Palace PR handled the
whole thing, including the way developments were
spread via Twitter. Maybe a certain candidate for
NYC mayor can take some lessons about the proper
use of social media.
As for the incessant coverage of silliness, it’s easy
to understand. How many times do we need to hear
President Barack Obama make the same economic
speech he’s been making for years? How many
times do we need to watch House Republicans
vote to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act? How
many times do we need to be told that superleaker
Edward Snowden is still rattling around Russia,
while Vladimir Putin milks the situation for all it’s
worth and decides whether to give Snowden asy-
lum?
That’s the problem for those of us in news biz.
Just about all the significant issues of the day don’t
get properly analyzed, given the microscopic bound-
aries of our attention spans. Our fiscal problems,
the delivery of medical care, national security —
they can’t be resolved with one or two sound bites
or a couple of 140-character tweets, even ones with
pictures. We’ve been conditioned to believe any dis-
cussion can be brief, done with in an instant, so we
can flit like simple moths to the next news flame.
We have no patience for intricacy or nuance. If a
matter can’t be settled after a couple of people yell
at each other on TV, we lose interest.
An exception is the blanket coverage of the high-
profile trial. Even there, though, we usually go
for lurid cases as opposed to those which address
important social or policy matters. The legal pro-
ceedings against George Zimmerman for his killing
Trayvon Martin and the not-guilty verdict were an
oddity, in that they got stratospheric ratings, caus-
ing cable rapture, at the time they focused America
on the state of race relations in the country. It’s
fair to say that the viewership numbers meant a lot
more to news executives than any collateral social
benefit, but we can use the insight, whatever the
motivation.
How’s this for a slogan that would be useful
to questionable politicians and those of us in the
media: “We can do better.”
Franken is a nationally-syndicated columnist.
Pope has a message for all
By KAthRYN JEAN LOpEz
“The only way to survive here is to
become a drug dealer. The lucky ones
drive cabs and don’t have to,” Donovan
explained to me. He is groundskee-
per at Our Lady of Fatima Church
in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. I thought of
Donovan as the first American pope
greeted millions in Rio for World Youth
Day.
There is a “selfishness that prevails
in our society,” the pope said. He
spoke of “dealers of death” who “follow
the logic of power and money at any
cost,” and a “scourge of drug-traffick-
ing, that favors violence and sows the
seeds of suffering and death.”
To solve this problem requires a
societal act of courage. He dismissed
“liberalization of drug use” efforts,
insisting that “it is necessary to con-
front the problems underlying the use
of these drugs, by promoting greater
justice, educating young people in the
values that build up life in society,
accompanying those in difficulty and
giving them hope for the future.”
He went on to challenge and encour-
age us to make that confrontation:
“We must hold the hand of the one in
need, of the one who has fallen into
the darkness of dependency perhaps
without even knowing how, and we
must say to him or her: You can get
up, you can stand up. It is difficult,
but it is possible if you want to.”
It was hard not to be moved by
the scenes this past week of the pope
visiting the favelas — slums — of
Varginha. Beautiful children, delight-
ed mothers, beaming fathers -- they
all held out their hands, hoping for a
word and a prayer.
Pope Francis talked about our com-
mon humanity to these people. No
one should remain insensitive to the
inequalities that persist in the world.
Everybody, according to his or her
particular opportunities and respon-
sibilities, should be able help put an
end to social injustice. A “culture of
solidarity,” he said, “seeing others not
as rivals or statistics, but brothers
and sisters” is what “builds up and
leads to a more habitable world.”
There are moral guideposts being
celebrated and highlighted in Rio that
can enrich our civic lives and help
civil society flourish.
Donovan in Jamaica has gotten the
message that the pope seeks to deliver
to the world. Just before Thanksgiving,
when I ran into him, still cleaning
up from Hurricane Sandy, he was
expectant. That coming weekend, he
would be receiving Communion for
the first time. “When I am at a cel-
ebration of the Eucharist, I delight in
the Eucharist. I know God is here. I
feel his presence,” Donovan told me,
standing in the small prayer hall adja-
cent to the church. The declaration
came in the midst of grinding poverty
of the kind that could breed envy, as
tourists from luxury cruise liners come
through town day after day. And yet
there is a hope on some faces.
“I know my life has purpose. I
don’t know what God’s will for me
is, but I know he made me with a
purpose. I know he loves me. And I
just try to share what I know of him.
Sometimes God’s purpose for us is in
small things. Sometimes it is a smile
to someone who is having a bad day
— we all have bad days. We all have
worries and troubles, sometimes our
purpose is to show a little love.”
In Rio, Pope Francis talked about
his desire to knock on every door in
Brazil. Obviously, he can’t do that.
But the Church he leads is one in
which every single member has a
missionary mandate. At the heart of
that mandate is a hope that is more
powerful than politics and can never
be fully seen on TV. Whatever you
believe, perhaps we can at least all
start with respect for our common
human dignity, which no culture, no
form of politics, no addiction should
rob us of. And thank God for that.
Kathryn Lopez is the editor-at-large
of National Review Online (www.
nationalreview.com.)
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By MAUREEN hAYDEN
INDIANAPOLIS – Back in June,
when Republican Gov. Mike Pence
appointed four new members to
the policy-making State Board of
Education, Democrat Superintendent
of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz
issued a statement saying she looked
forward to working with the new board
on such “critical issues” as improving
school and teacher accountability,
increasing literacy, and strengthen-
ing academic standards for Hoosier
children.
But the board may not be that
interested in working with her.
At its July meeting, the board
voted to move ahead with hiring its
own executive director, and potential-
ly additional staff, to do the kind of
strategic planning and research that
was once done by the Department
of Education when it was run by
Republican Tony Bennett.
The budget approved by the GOP-
controlled General Assembly in April
sets aside more than $12 million
for the next two years for the State
Board of Education (though not all for
personnel) and the board intends to
exert more control over those dollars,
now that Ritz is in office.
As one of the board members said,
in voting to go ahead with hiring its
own staff, what the board does is not
always “consistent” with the state
Department of Education, which Ritz
runs. The board’s new staff will be
working through the governor’s office,
the board decided, so aren’t answer-
able to Ritz.
The rift between the new super-
intendent and the board has been
apparent since Ritz took office, after
beating Bennett last November on
a decidedly anti-education-reform
platform. She capitalized on a back-
lash against Bennett, who’d become
the face of the education overhaul
championed by Pence’s predecessor,
Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels.
When Bennett was in office, the
state board – all gubernatorial appoin-
tees in line with Daniels’ education
agenda—relied on Bennett and the
DOE staff to make the case for educa-
tion reform. Now the board has to deal
with a superintendent and a DOE staff
making the case against it.
At that same July meeting in which
the board decided to hire its own
staff, the board made it clear they
were unhappy with Ritz. They scolded
her for making major changes on her
own to the new teacher evaluation
model approved by the state board,
which relies heavily on student prog-
ress on the ISTEP standardized tests.
And they stopped in her tracks when
she proposed revising another one
of their rules, the one that says 3rd-
grade students who flunk the IREAD-
3 reading test can’t move on to the
fourth-grade without remediation.
The state board did go along with
her suggestion to stall implementa-
tion of a new education law, House
Enrolled Act 1005, known as the
“remediation bill.” It requires high
schools to start testing students in
the 11th grade to gauge their profi-
ciency for taking college-level math
and English and to provide remedia-
tion for those who aren’t.
Ritz said the DOE needs until April
to come up with a plan to implement
the law and the state board went
along. But it won’t be surprising if the
issue comes up again much sooner
that, with the state board coming up
with its own plan for how to imple-
ment the law.
Add into this divide Pence’s new
appointment, Claire Fiddian-Green,
as his “special assistant for education
innovation and reform.” As the former
director of the Indiana Charter School
Board, she’s an advocate of school
choice, as Pence and the State Board
of Education are—and as Ritz is not.
Who knows what this all means for
Hoosier school children? One thing
seems sure: The politics of education
rolls on.
Hayden covers the Statehouse
Bureau for the CNHI newspapers in
Indiana.
State school board snubs superintendent
By JiM MULLEN
Years ago I started plant-
ing fruit trees in the back
yard. I planted five differ-
ent kinds of apple trees, a
cherry and a pear. The next
year, I planted five differ-
ent kinds of apple trees, a
cherry and a pear because
the deer had eaten the first
batch down to the nubs.
I bought wire fencing and
made cages around each
new tree.
The following year, I
planted five different kinds
of apple trees, a cherry and
a pear because the deer just
leaned over the fences and
ate the saplings. The next
year, I used taller, stronger
wire fence cages. It kept the
deer out, but not the rab-
bits, who nibbled the bark
off the bottom of the trees
and killed them.
The next batch of trees
I fenced in with deer- and
rabbit-proof fencing. The
tent caterpillars arrived in
June and spent the next
month eating every leaf. The
next batch caught some
kind of rust or mold and all
the leaves fell off. The next
batch got backed over by
the guy who delivered the
shingles for our new garage
roof.
One year they all just
died, and no one could fig-
ure out why. Was it too wet
in June or too dry in July?
I’ve been at this for 10
years now. I refuse to give
up. Why should farmers
have all the fun? And my
perseverance has paid off.
This year I will get my first
homegrown apples. Granny
Smiths. Two of them. They
are still on the tree and
nothing has eaten them yet,
but there’s only a month
and a half to go before I
have to hire a picking crew.
Right now they are about
the size of golf balls.
When you add it all up —
the fencing, the root stock,
the time I put in — it will
probably only cost me about
$800 per apple. But next
year I might get four more
apples, dropping my per-
apple cost down to $266.
A significant savings. Of
course, until my trees start
supplying all the apples I
need, I still have to buy
them at the store. If I add in
that cost, I may never break
even.
You may think that the
human vs. deer standoff has
been going on forever, and
that I should just deal with
it. But while doing some
historical research in some
hundred-year-old newspa-
pers, I spotted a news story
from 1913: “On Tuesday
last, John O’Connor, who
has a farm on Ogden Hill
Road, saw a deer cross the
road going north. He tried
to follow it but it soon dis-
appeared.” Not a very excit-
ing story except for the fact
that it means a hundred
years ago, deer were so rare
around here that spotting
one was a news story.
The main problem with
shrub-eating, crop-eating,
flower-eating, sapling-eat-
ing, tick taxi suburban deer
is that they are cute. If they
looked like 250-pound giant
locusts, something tells me
that shooting them would
be made mandatory. But
no, they look like a Disney
cartoon and get all the privi-
leges that come with being
cute. People feed them.
People “ooh” and “ahh” over
them. They get into night-
clubs for free and never
have to pay for a drink. Oh,
wait, that’s not deer, that’s
good-looking young women.
Still, you get my drift.
Which is why, one morn-
ing last week, there were
23 deer grazing on my front
lawn. It looked as if we
were raising them. Next
to the deer was a flock of
Canadian geese that never
seem to leave. When did
geese stop flying south in
the winter and north in the
summer? They just live in
the same place all the time
now. My lawn.
A car stopped in front of
our house and a guy stuck
his iPad out the window and
videoed the wildlife. You’d
have thought he was filming
a rare white tiger for “Wild
Kingdom.” I wish he was ...
a nice cute tiger would solve
so many of my lawn care
problems.
The $800 apple
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Zimmerman Verdict Polarizes Workplace
DEAR HARRIETTE: I
feel like everybody is up
in arms over the George
Zimmerman trial and the
fact that he was acquitted.
People in my neighbor-
hood are talking about it
-- screaming about it, really.
At work, it is hard to con-
centrate because so many
people are voicing their
opinions. It is a little uncom-
fortable because for the
most part, the opinions fall
along racial lines. The white
people favor Zimmerman,
and the black people favor
Trayvon Martin. Not all, but
many.
I am black, and I have a
black son. I am really wor-
ried for him. I don’t want
to be paranoid, but it both-
ers me a lot that this man
killed a black teenager and
got away with it. How can
I share my opinions, keep
my son safe and not get
into a heated argument at
work? -- Overwhelmed by
the News, Shreveport, La.
DEAR OVERWHELMED
BY THE NEWS: The
George Zimmerman case
has awakened many people
in our country to some of the
deep disparities in thought
and law that exist here. Yes,
many argue along racial
lines, but not everyone. Just
witness the huge peaceful
rallies that have been con-
ducted across the country.
If you look at the faces, they
reflect every color.
At work, I would suggest
that do your job. Choose to
work rather than get into a
heated discussion about a
topic that, in some ways, is
beyond your reach. You can
say to your co-workers that
you, too, are passionate
about this subject, but you
are also committed to doing
your job. Right now you
must focus your attention
on that. Apart from work,
decide if you want to par-
ticipate in the many rallies
that are being organized or
in other ways.
For your son, unfortu-
nately, you do need to teach
him to be extremely careful
when he is approached by
police officers and random
others. It is frightening to
realize that many young
black men are unsafe as
soon as they walk outside
their doors. But across the
country, this is too often
true. There have been mul-
tiple news reports in the past
few days where wealthy,
well-educated, well-dressed
black men have been pulled
over by the police and
questioned and arrested for
no legitimate reason. And
this is when the confronta-
tion is with the law. When
the challenge comes from
a random citizen, it is even
more frightening.
Because this is true, you
need to prepare your son to
protect himself -- hopefully
without instilling too much
fear in him in the process.
There are no easy answers
to this cultural crisis.
You can choose to
engage your member of
Congress about how to
create more protective
laws. You can participate
in cultural dialogue about
this topic -- outside of your
workplace. You can follow
what Trayvon Martin’s par-
ents are doing to attempt
to protect young people
against the violence that
killed their son. To learn
more, visit trayvonmartin-
foundation.org.
Community Calendar
TUESDAY, July 30:
Operation Help food pantry for Decatur and
Monroe residents, 1-3 p.m., Adams County Service
Complex.
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church Food Pantry,
5-6 p.m. Families can receive food once monthly.
A.A., 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
WEDNESDAY, July 31:
Immanuel House, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 8545 N 500 E,
Decatur.
Free meal, 5-6 p.m., First United Methodist
Church, 6th St. entrance.
Celebrate Recovery, 6-7 p.m., small groups, 7-8
p.m., The Bridge Community Church.
Adult Children of Alcoholics, a 12-step support
program for those raised in alcoholic families, 7 p.m.,
The Bridge Community Church, 403 Winchester Rd.
THURSDAY, August 1:
Optimist Club, 7 a.m., Adams Memorial Hospital,
Decatur Room.
Senior Citizens play cards, 1 p.m., Riverside
Center.
Monroe United Methodist Church Farmer’s Wagon,
1 p.m. (line is to form no earlier than 12 p.m.)
TOPS Club weigh-in, 5:30 p.m.; meeting 6:15
p.m., Woodcrest Activity Building.
Weight Watchers, 6 p.m., weigh-in; 6:30 p.m.
meeting, Adams Memorial Hospital Decatur Room.
Sober Beginnings, 6:30-8 p.m., Adams Memorial
Hospital Berne Room.
Divorce Care 4 Kids, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Decatur
Church of God.
A.A. (open) Big Book meeting, 7 p.m., First Church
of the Nazarene, Berne.
Family LifeCare offers
Family Grief support group
Family LifeCare offers Family LifeCare offers
Grief is not only about the loss
of a loved one but other areas
of loss. The loss of a job, home,
a pet or going through
a divorce can bring on
a time of grief and the
need to mourn. Family
Grief Support, a division
of Family LifeCare, has
released an updated sup-
port group schedule to
help those in the commu-
nity dealing with loss.
Growing Through Grief
is a support group to
help those who have who
are dealing with a loss
through the grieving pro-
cess. The purpose is to
provide education and
new coping skills in a safe
and supportive environment.
The support group will meet
at the Family LifeCare office, 168
W. Main St in Berne, on August 5
and 19, and September 9 from 1 –
2:30 p.m.
The loss of a spouse is par-
ticularly hard for all ages wheth-
er young, middle-aged, or senior.
Family Grief Support also offers
a monthly group for widowers to
provide support, encouragement,
and fellowship. The Life After Loss
group will meet on the last Tuesday
of the month starting July
30, from 6-7:30pm at The
Gathering House, 105 W.
Main in Berne.
True healing is liv-
ing a life of love, passion,
and adventure. It means
that we never take a day
or our health for granted,”
comments Karen Kaehr,
MS, and Bereavement
Coordinator for Family
LifeCare. “I’m looking for-
ward to these groups to
educate and share on grief
in this modern age.”
For more infor-
mation or to register for
Growing through Grief or Life after
Loss, please contact Karen Kaehr
at 260-589-8598 or kkaehr@fami-
lylifecarein.org.
DOCENT TOUR ... The Decatur Optimist Club recently experienced a docent
tour of the Decatur Sculpture Tour (DST) in appreciation of its support of the
arts in Adams County. DST committee members Coni Mayer, director of the
Adams County Community Foundation, and Jean Porter Brune were guests of
the Optimists, along with North Adams Arts Council member Carole Macklin.
(Photo provided)
Alta May Thatcher of
Decatur recently under-
went surgery and is now
recuperating at home.
Those who would like to
send Alta get well cards or
well wishes may do so at
P.O. Box 184, Decatur, IN
46733.
thatCher
reCuperating
Decatur Optimist Club takes docent tour
Marcus and Deleores
Ripley will celebrate
their 50th wedding anni-
versary with an open
house from 1-4 p.m. on
Sunday, August 4, at
the Knights of Columbus
Hall in Decatur. Family
and friends are invited to
come celebrate this spe-
cial day with the couple.
No gifts please.
THANK YOU ... The
Adams County Shrine
Calliopers were honored
recently with a plaque
presentation by Decatur
Masonic Lodge 571 for its
financial support of the
Dan Owens Pancake and
Saugage Breakfast held
each fall at the Masonic
Lodge. Pictured from
left are Al Plew, Harry
Miller, Ron Stuckey, Vic
Porter, secretary Larry
Hill, vice president Stan
Hill, Steve Scott, pre-
senter for the Masonic
Lodge, Mike McConaha,
Dennis Bluhm, and
Randy Clements. (Photo
provided)
Send us your recipes!
We all have them, those
recipes that everyone
seems to love. Or how
about those ‘specialty’
recipes, like a holiday dish
or drink. Quick meals for
those evenings we don’t
have the time – or energy
– to spend cooking an
elaborate meal but don’t
want to resort to take-out.
Send them in!
We will begin a new
feature each week of local
recipes. Whether you have
a single recipe or would
like to submit an entire
meal, we want to share
your recipes with other
area residents. From
appetizers to desserts,
drinks to specialty items,
we want it all!
Send your submissions
to jandrews@decaturdai-
lydemocrat.com. Be sure
to include the entire rec-
ipe and directions, your
name and town, a photo
of yourself (optional) and
anything special you
would like to share about
your recipe.
Decatur Daily Democrat Page 6A • Tuesday, July 30, 2013
4-H Fair Fun
Addelyne
Jordan
gets
some
artwork
on the
face
Mr. Sonshine treats the kids
Dude, get out of the dish!
Bingo
comes
to the
4-H Fair
LJ Essex with William
Got milk?
Showing the breeder calves
Brielle Schultz riding high
Another 4-H Fair, another livestock auction to wind things up
Last-minute instructions
Photos by Rebekah R. Blomenberg
Another Adams
County 4-H Fair is
history and it was
a dandy, given
great weather
and great crowds.
Here, in photos,
is our second look
back at the 2013
edition.
BASEBALL
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball may
try to suspend Alex Rodriguez under its collective
bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, which
would eliminate any chance of delaying a penalty
until after the case goes to an arbitrator, The Asso-
ciated Press has learned.
Rodriguez has never been disciplined for a drug
offense, and a first offender under baseball’s Joint
Drug Agreement is entitled to an automatic stay if
the players’ association files a grievance — meaning
the penalty is put on hold until after an arbitrator
rules.
While use of banned performance-enhancing
substances falls under the drug agreement, MLB
may argue other alleged violations are punishable
under the labor contract, a person familiar with
management’s deliberations told the AP, speaking
on condition of anonymity because no statements
were authorized.
Taking that action would prevent the New York
Yankees third baseman from returning to the field,
even if he recovers from a quadriceps injury cited
by the team as the reason for keeping him on the
disabled list.
And merely threatening to use that provision might
give MLB leverage to force a deal.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have
decided to show their fans a little love with an unusu-
ally generous promotion.
Fans who attend a Brewers home game in August
will receive a $10 voucher good for food, drinks,
merchandise and game tickets. Team owner Mark
Attanasio said Monday ‘‘this has been a challenging
season for all of us’’ but the fan support has not
wavered.
The Brewers are in last place in the Central Divi-
sion and one of the worst teams in the majors. Last
week, star slugger Ryan Braun accepted a season-
ending 65-game suspension after admitting to vio-
lating baseball’s rules against using performance-
enhancing drugs.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama
says the San Francisco Giants are making a ‘‘habit’’
of dropping in at the White House.
Obama welcomed the 2012 World Series cham-
pions at a South Lawn ceremony honoring their
victory and their community service work. The Giants
swept the World Series in October, defeating the
Detroit Tigers 4-3 in the final game after being
nearly knocked out in the playoffs.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A minor league baseball
team in Virginia intends to poke fun at New York
City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and other
celebrities with a ‘‘Salute to Scandal Night.’’
The Class AA Richmond Flying Squirrels of the
Eastern League intend to sell hot dogs for $1 on
Thursday. The team says fans also can enter a con-
test by tweeting photos during the game showing
how they are enjoying their hot dogs.
Weiner has acknowledged sending lewd photos
and messages to women online.
PRO FOOTBALL
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Robert Griffin III says he
has ‘‘no pain’’ and ‘‘no swelling’’ in his surgically
right knee.
The Washington Redskins quarterback is also
anxious to increase his practice load. He said that
training camp is ‘‘Operation Patience’’ as he goes
along with coach Mike Shanahan’s cautious
approach.
Griffin won’t be allowed to do 11-on-11 drills in
the main practices until next week at the earliest.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Donovan McNabb’s No.
5 will be retired by the Philadelphia Eagles, becom-
ing the ninth player in franchise history to receive
that honor.
The six-time Pro Bowl quarterback formally
announced his retirement Monday, though he hasn’t
played in the NFL since 2011. McNabb will be induct-
ed into the team’s Hall of Fame and have his jersey
retired on Sept. 19 when the Eagles play the Kansas
City Chiefs.
SOCCER
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. national team member
Stuart Holden tore right anterior cruciate ligament,
yet another major knee injury for the unlucky mid-
fielder.
Holden was hurt early in the Americans’ 1-0 vic-
tory over Panama in the Gold Cup final on Sunday.
He will consult with the medical staffs of U.S. Soc-
cer and of the Bolton Wanderers, his England-based
club, to formulate a treatment plan.
PRO BASKETBALL
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets signed
veteran free agent center Marcus Camby.
It is the second stint for Camby in Houston. The
39-year-old played 19 games for Houston in 2012
and averaged 7.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.53
blocks. He was shipped to the New York Knicks by
the Rockets in a sign-and-trade in July 2012 and
appeared in 24 games for the Knicks last season.
The 6-foot-11 player was traded to Toronto on
July 10 and waived by the Raptors on July 17.
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BRICKYARD 400 MOMENTS—Above, Ryan Newman prepares for the Brickyard Kiss with his family after
winning his first 400 race in Indianapolis on Sunday. Below, Jimmie Johnson, who placed second, awaits
his pit crew as they rush to get the racer back in the field. (Photos by Chris McCoy)
Luck confident for sophomore season
By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) —
Andrew Luck has already
mastered the turnaround.
Now it’s time to manage
those lofty expectations.
After leading the Colts
to a nine-game improve-
ment in a record-breaking
rookie season, Luck has
responded to the biggest
question of training camp
— what will he do for an
encore? — in typical low-
key style.
‘‘Get the balls in the
receivers’ and play-mak-
ers’ hands better. I’m not
quite sure what my com-
pletion percentage was
last year, but it wasn’t
good enough,’’ he said.
‘‘When the ball gets into
T.Y. (Hilton’s) or Reggie
(Wayne’s) or Darrius
(Heyward-Bey’s) hands,
good things happen.’’
Of course, the same
could be said of Luck.
When he won the start-
ing job at Stanford in 2009,
he took over a program
that had endured seven
straight losing seasons.
All Luck did was lead
the Cardinal to records of
8-5, 12-1 and 11-2 and
take them to three straight
bowl games for the first
time since the 1930s.
The trend continued
last season.
With Bruce Arians and
Chuck Pagano calling the
shots in Indy and critics
waiting to see if Luck could
live up to the hype of being
the No. 1 overall pick, the
rookie responded by tak-
ing a team that had gone
2-14 and was considered
the worst in football back
to the playoffs.
The Colts won 11
times, their highest win
total since the 2009 Super
Bowl run, and giving Luck
the distinction of being
one of only five quarter-
backs since 1966 to win
11 games as a rookie.
He also wound up set-
ting NFL rookie records
for yards passing (4,374),
attempts (627) and 300-
yard games (six). He fin-
ished second all-time
among NFL rookies in
completions (339) and
third in touchdown passes
(23).
He tied the NFL’s over-
all mark for most game-
winning drives in one sea-
son (seven). And when that
wasn’t enough to earn the
league’s rookie of the year
award or win in the play-
offs, Luck devoted himself
to coming back a better
quarterback. It starts by
improving his completion
rate (54.1) and reducing
the interception total (18).
‘‘When I walked away
from that (playoff) loss, it
was disappointing. You
want to win. You want to
keep going,’’ Luck said.
But the Colts don’t want
rely solely on Luck.
So when Arians took
his high-risk, high-reward
offense to Arizona, Indy
hired Luck’s college coor-
dinator, Pep Hamilton, to
run its offense. Hamilton
has adopted a more
conservative approach,
blending the short, quick
throws used in the West
Coast Offense with a more
traditional power-running
game.
General manger Ryan
Grigson did his part, too.
He signed right tackle
Gosder Cherilus from
Detroit and guard Donald
Thomas from New England
to improve the offensive
line that yielded 41 sacks
last season. Grigson took
two more linemen in the
draft.
The Colts believe Luck
can make it all work.
‘‘With each experience
and new experience, and
each different game and
environment he goes into,
new hostile environment
or whatever, they’re all
learning experiences that
are going to make him
better in the end,’’ Grigson
said. ‘‘We feel obviously
good about Andrew Luck
and where he’s going.’’
It’s already been a very
different start for Luck,
who had an entire offsea-
son to break down almost
every snap he took last
season.
He flew to South Florida
to work out with Wayne,
Hilton and LaVon Brazill
and went back to California
where he worked out with
Heyward-Bey and former
college teammate Griff
Whalen.
He didn’t miss any
of the team’s minicamp
practices — a stark con-
trast to last spring when
NFL rules forbid him from
doing anything but the
three-day rookie camp
until finishing his college
classes in June.
Since the Colts report-
ed to training camp at
Anderson University, a
Division III school about
25 miles northeast of
Indianapolis, there have
been no Peyton Manning
questions.
Also gone is that steep
learning curve that kept
Luck up late, studying like
he would for a final exam.
And instead of trying
to figure out where every-
body is on the field and
where everything is off
of it, Luck is playing it
so cool, that he’s zipping
balls through narrow win-
dows and instructing golf
cart drivers what direction
to go on campus.
Clearly, he’s not a star
pupil any more. He’s a
respected teacher.
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National League
By The Associated Press
East Division
W L Pct GB
Atlanta 61 45 .575 —
Washington 52 54 .491 9
Philadelphia 49 56 .467 11 1/2
New York 47 56 .456 12 1/2
Miami 40 64 .385 20
Central Division
W L Pct GB
St. Louis 62 41 .602 —
Pittsburgh 62 42 .596 1/2
Cincinnati 59 48 .551 5
Chicago 48 56 .462 14 1/2
Milwaukee 44 61 .419 19
West Division
W L Pct GB
Los Angeles 56 48 .538 —
Arizona 54 51 .514 2 1/2
Colorado 51 56 .477 6 1/2
San Diego 49 58 .458 8 1/2
San Francisco 46 58 .442 10
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Sunday’s Games
Detroit 12, Philadelphia 4
Miami 3, Pittsburgh 2
Washington 14, N.Y. Mets 1
Chicago Cubs 2, San Francisco 1
L.A. Dodgers 1, Cincinnati 0, 11
innings
Colorado 6, Milwaukee 5
San Diego 1, Arizona 0
Atlanta 5, St. Louis 2
Monday’s Games
Pittsburgh 9, St. Louis 2
Atlanta 9, Colorado 8, 10 innings
N.Y. Mets 6, Miami 5
Milwaukee 5, Chicago Cubs 0
San Diego 2, Cincinnati 1
Tuesday’s Games
Milwaukee (Gallardo 8-9) at Chicago
Cubs (Villanueva 2-7), 2:20 p.m., 1st
game
St. Louis (Lynn 12-5) at Pittsburgh
(A.J.Burnett 4-7), 4:05 p.m., 1st
game
San Francisco (Zito 4-7) at Philadel-
phia (Lannan 2-4), 7:05 p.m.
Washington (Strasburg 5-8) at Detroit
(Ani.Sanchez 8-7), 7:08 p.m.
Arizona (Kennedy 3-7) at Tampa Bay
(Ro.Hernandez 5-11), 7:10 p.m.
Colorado (Nicasio 6-4) at Atlanta
(A.Wood 0-2), 7:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets (Z.Wheeler 4-1) at Miami
(Eovaldi 2-1), 7:10 p.m.
St. Louis (Lyons 2-3) at Pittsburgh
(Undecided), 7:35 p.m., 2nd game
Milwaukee (Thornburg 1-0) at Chica-
go Cubs (Arrieta 0-0), 8:05 p.m., 2nd
game
Cincinnati (Latos 10-3) at San Diego
(Volquez 8-8), 10:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees (Pettitte 7-8) at L.A.
Dodgers (Greinke 8-3), 10:10 p.m.
Wednesday’s Games
Washington (G.Gonzalez 7-3) at
Detroit (Verlander 10-8), 1:08 p.m.
Cincinnati (H.Bailey 5-10) at San
Diego (Stults 8-9), 3:40 p.m.
San Francisco (Gaudin 4-2) at Phila-
delphia (K.Kendrick 9-7), 7:05 p.m.
St. Louis (Wainwright 13-6) at Pitts-
burgh (Locke 9-3), 7:05 p.m.
Arizona (Miley 7-8) at Tampa Bay
(Hellickson 10-3), 7:10 p.m.
Colorado (Chatwood 7-3) at Atlanta
(Minor 10-5), 7:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets (Mejia 1-0) at Miami
(H.Alvarez 1-1), 7:10 p.m.
Milwaukee (W.Peralta 7-10) at Chica-
go Cubs (E.Jackson 6-11), 8:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 10-6) at L.A.
Dodgers (Kershaw 10-6), 10:10 p.m.
American League
By The Associated Press
East Division
W L Pct GB
Tampa Bay 63 43 .594 —
Boston 63 44 .589 1/2
Baltimore 58 48 .547 5
New York 55 50 .524 7 1/2
Toronto 48 57 .457 14 1/2
Central Division
W L Pct GB
Detroit 59 45 .567 —
Cleveland 57 48 .543 2 1/2
Kansas City 51 51 .500 7
Minnesota 45 57 .441 13
Chicago 40 63 .388 18 1/2
West Division
W L Pct GB
Oakland 63 43 .594 —
Texas 57 49 .538 6
Seattle 50 55 .476 12 1/2
Los Angeles 48 56 .462 14
Houston 35 69 .337 27
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Sunday’s Games
N.Y. Yankees 6, Tampa Bay 5
Cleveland 6, Texas 0
Toronto 2, Houston 1
Detroit 12, Philadelphia 4
Boston 5, Baltimore 0
Kansas City 4, Chicago White Sox 2,
12 innings
Oakland 10, L.A. Angels 6
Seattle 6, Minnesota 4
Monday’s Games
Tampa Bay 2, Boston 1
Cleveland 3, Chicago White Sox 2
Texas 4, L.A. Angels 3
Oakland 9, Toronto 4
Tuesday’s Games
Chicago White Sox (Peavy 8-4) at
Cleveland (Kazmir 6-4), 7:05 p.m.
Houston (B.Norris 6-9) at Baltimore
(W.Chen 5-3), 7:05 p.m.
Washington (Strasburg 5-8) at Detroit
(Ani.Sanchez 8-7), 7:08 p.m.
Arizona (Kennedy 3-7) at Tampa Bay
(Ro.Hernandez 5-11), 7:10 p.m.
Seattle (J.Saunders 9-9) at Boston
(Workman 0-1), 7:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels (C.Wilson 11-6) at Texas
(D.Holland 8-6), 8:05 p.m.
Kansas City (E.Santana 6-6) at Min-
nesota (Pelfrey 4-8), 8:10 p.m.
Toronto (Buehrle 6-7) at Oakland
(Straily 6-4), 10:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees (Pettitte 7-8) at L.A.
Dodgers (Greinke 8-3), 10:10 p.m.
Wednesday’s Games
Washington (G.Gonzalez 7-3) at
Detroit (Verlander 10-8), 1:08 p.m.
Toronto (Dickey 8-11) at Oakland
(Colon 14-3), 3:35 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Quintana 5-3) at
Cleveland (Kluber 7-5), 7:05 p.m.
Houston (Bedard 3-8) at Baltimore
(Mig.Gonzalez 8-4), 7:05 p.m.
Arizona (Miley 7-8) at Tampa Bay
(Hellickson 10-3), 7:10 p.m.
Seattle (Iwakuma 10-4) at Boston
(Lackey 7-8), 7:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels (Williams 5-7) at Texas
(M.Perez 3-3), 8:05 p.m.
Kansas City (Guthrie 10-7) at Minne-
sota (Correia 7-7), 8:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 10-6) at L.A.
Dodgers (Kershaw 10-6), 10:10 p.m.
Major League Soccer
By The Associated Press
EASTERN CONFERENCE
W L T Pts GF GA
Sporting KCity 10 6 6 36 31 21
New York 10 7 5 35 33 27
Montreal 10 5 5 35 32 29
Philadelphia 9 6 7 34 33 30
New England 8 7 6 30 27 19
Houston 8 6 6 30 23 20
Chicago 7 9 4 25 25 30
Columbus 6 10 5 23 24 27
Toronto FC 3 10 8 17 19 29
D.C. 2 15 4 10 10 35
WESTERN CONFERENCE
W L T Pts GF GA
Real SaltLake 11 7 4 37 36 24
Portland 8 3 10 34 31 20
Colorado 9 7 7 34 28 24
Los Angeles 10 9 3 33 32 27
Vancouver 9 7 5 32 33 29
FC Dallas 8 5 8 32 27 27
Seattle 8 7 4 28 24 22
San Jose 7 9 6 27 23 33
Chivas USA 4 12 5 17 19 37
NOTE: Three points for victory, one
point for tie.
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Saturday’s Games
Toronto FC 2, Columbus 1
Montreal 1, Sporting Kansas City 0
New York 4, Real Salt Lake 3
Philadelphia 1, Vancouver 0
New England 2, D.C. United 1
Colorado 2, Los Angeles 0
Houston 1, Chicago 1, tie
San Jose 2, Portland 1
Sunday’s Games
Seattle FC 2, Chivas USA 1
Wednesday, July 31
Roma at MLS All-Stars, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 3
New York at Sporting Kansas City,
6:30 p.m.
Montreal at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Real Salt Lake at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Columbus at Houston, 9 p.m.
Chivas USA at San Jose, 10 p.m.
FC Dallas at Seattle FC, 10:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Portland, 11 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 4
Toronto FC at New England, 7:30
p.m.
WNBA
By The Associated Press
EASTERN CONFERENCE
W L Pct GB
Chicago 12 5 .706 —
Atlanta 11 5 .688 1/2
Washington 9 9 .500 3 1/2
Indiana 8 9 .471 4
New York 7 11 .389 5 1/2
Connecticut 4 12 .250 7 1/2
WESTERN CONFERENCE
W L Pct GB
Minnesota 14 3 .824 —
Los Angeles 12 6 .667 2 1/2
Phoenix 9 9 .500 5 1/2
Seattle 7 10 .412 7
San Antonio 6 12 .333 8 1/2
Tulsa 6 14 .300 9 1/2
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Wednesday’s Games
New York at Washington, 7 p.m.
Monday’s Sports Transactions
By The Associated Press
BASEBALL
Major League Baseball
MLB—Suspended Toronto minor
league OF Brian Van Kirk (New
Hampshire-EL) 50 games after a
second violation for a drug of abuse.
American League
DETROIT TIGERS—Sent LHP
Darin Downs to Toledo for a rehab
assignment.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS—Traded
LHP Scott Downs to Atlanta for RHP
Cory Rasmus. Assigned RHP Billy
Buckner outright to Salt Lake (PCL).
Recalled LHP Nick Maronde from
Arkansas (Texas).
MINNESOTA TWINS—Reinstated
C Joe Mauer from the restricted list.
Optioned C Drew Butera to Roches-
ter (IL).
NEW YORK YANKEES—Optioned
3B David Adams to Scranton/Wilkes-
Barre (IL). Agreed to terms with 3B
Brady Steiger on a minor league con-
tract.
OAKLAND RAIDERS—Signed LB
Omar Gaither.
SEATTLE MARINERS—Activated
OF Michael Morse from the 15-day
DL. Designated OF Jason Bay for
assignment.
TAMPA BAY RAYS—Acquired RHP
Jesse Crain from the Chicago White
Sox for players to be named or cash.
Transferred RHP Brandon Gomes to
the 60-day DL.
National League
ATLANTA BRAVES—Activated
RHP Brandon Beachy from the
15-day DL. Placed LHP Paul Maholm
on the 15-day DL. Designated RHP
Kameron Loe for assignment.
CHICAGO CUBS—Sent RHP Scott
Baker to Daytona (FSL) for a rehab
assignment.
COLORADO ROCKIES—Recalled
INF Charlie Culberson from Colorado
Springs (PCL). Optioned INF Jordan
Pacheco to Colorado Springs.
PITTSBURGH PIRATES—Placed
C Michael McKenry on the 15-day
DL, retroactive to July 28. Recalled
OF Alex Presley from Indianapolis
(IL).
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS—Des-
ignated RHP Yusmeiro Petit for
assignment.
Liriano pitches gem against
Cards; Braves outlast Rockies
PITTSBURGH (AP) —
Francisco Liriano allowed
one run over seven dom-
inant innings, Pedro
Alvarez hit his NL-leading
27th home run and the
Pittsburgh Pirates beat
the St. Louis Cardinals
9-2 Monday night.
Liriano (11-4) struck
out eight and walked
just two to win his fifth
straight start. The Pirates
kicked off the key series at
PNC Park by sending the
Cardinals to their fourth
straight loss to pull within
a half-game of the lead in
the NL Central.
Clint Barmes dou-
bled twice and drove in
two runs for Pittsburgh.
Andrew McCutchen added
two hits and an RBI.
Jake Westbrook (7-5)
continued to struggle
against the Pirates. He fell
to 1-8 against Pittsburgh
in his career after sur-
rendering four first-inning
runs. Matt Carpenter and
Shane Robinson hit RBI
singles for St. Louis, which
has scored just four runs
during its longest losing
streak of the season.
BRAVES 9, ROCKIES
8, 10 INNINGS
ATLANTA (AP) —
Andrelton Simmons drove
in Dan Uggla from first
base with a triple off
Edgmer Escalona in the
10th inning, and Atlanta
won its fourth straight
game.
After Uggla led off with
a walk, Simmons hit the
ball too deep into the
gap in left-center field
for Carlos Gonzalez and
Dexter Fowler to keep it
from reaching the wall.
Scott Downs (1-0)
earned the win after being
acquired in a trade with
the Los Angeles Angels
earlier in the day and
arriving at Turner Field
not long before the first
pitch. The left-hander
allowed one hit and struck
out one in 1 1-3 innings.
Escalona (1-4) allowed
one hit, one run and one
walk in 12 pitches.
Gonzalez went 5 for 5
with two RBIs after miss-
ing the last three games
with a sprained middle
right finger. He drove in
the tying run in the ninth
off Jordan Walden.
PADRES 2, REDS 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) —
Chris Denorfia hit a two-
run, pinch-hit homer off
Aroldis Chapman in the
bottom of the ninth inning
for the Padres.
Chapman (3-4) walked
leadoff batter Yonder
Alonso on a 3-2 pitch,
then Denorfia drove a 98
mph first-pitch offering
from Chapman over the
center-field fence 423 feet
away to deal the Reds
their fourth straight loss.
Luke Gregerson (5-5)
pitched the ninth for the
win.
BREWERS 5, CUBS 0
CHICAGO (AP) —
Carlos Gomez broke a
scoreless tie in the ninth
inning with an RBI single
and Jeff Bianchi added
a two-run double to lift
Milwaukee over Chicago.
The Brewers, sitting
in last place in the NL
Central, won for the third
time in eight games and
ended the Cubs’ winning
streak at three games.
Brewers reliever
Brandon Kintzler (3-0)
pitched a scoreless eighth
for the victory.
Cubs reliever Pedro
Strop (1-1) gave up the
single to Gomez on an 0-2
pitch and Jean Segura
easily scored from second
to give the Brewers a 1-0
lead. With one out and
the bases loaded, Bianchi
gave the Brewers insur-
ance with a double to
right to score two more
runs and Rickie Weeks
also added a two-run
double as Milwaukee bat-
ted around in the ninth.
INDIANS 3, W. SOX 2
CLEVELAND (AP) —
Pinch-hitter Jason Giambi
homered over the center
field wall leading off the
ninth inning to give the
Cleveland Indians their
fifth straight victory, 3-2
over the Chicago White
Sox on Monday night.
Giambi, batting for
struggling Mark Reynolds,
belted a 1-1 pitch from
Ramon Troncoso (1-3)
high over the wall and
into the bushes in center.
It was the 436th career
homer and ninth career
walk-off shot for the slug-
ger, who had a bucket of
water dumped over his
head by teammates after
the game.
Chris Perez (3-1)
pitched the ninth, allow-
ing a two-out triple to
Dayan Viciedo. He got out
of the inning when left
fielder Michael Brantley
made a nice catch for the
third out.
The Indians moved
within 2 1-2 games of the
idle Detroit Tigers in the
AL Central.
The sinking White Sox
have lost four straight
and 10 of 13.
RAYS 2, RED SOX 1
BOSTON (AP) — David
Price allowed just two hits
over 7 1-3 innings to beat
Boston for the second
time in six days as Tampa
Bay reclaimed first place
in the AL East.
Price (6-5) was domi-
nating in the makeup
game before it was delayed
for 39 minutes because of
a brief downpour in the
middle of the eighth. The
Rays left-hander stayed in
the game, but retired just
one batter — after start-
ing him out with three
straight balls — before
Joel Peralta relieved him.
Fernando Rodney
pitched the ninth for his
26th save. He gave up a
single to Jacoby Ellsbury,
walked David Ortiz and
threw a wild pitch before
Mike Napoli struck out on
a 3-2 changeup to end it.
Felix Doubront (7-5)
allowed two runs on eight
hits in five innings for the
Red Sox.
Macau to add boxing to casino scene
By KELVIN CHAN
AP Business Writer
MACAU (AP) — A
Chinese fighter’s victory at
a Macau showdown brings
the world’s top casino
market a step closer to
challenging Las Vegas for
dominance of another Sin
City staple: big-time box-
ing matches.
Macau, which long
ago eclipsed Vegas as the
world’s top gambling city,
is now looking to add to its
allure by holding the kind
of boxing bouts that Las
Vegas is known for.
The tiny Chinese
enclave is hosting a series
of high-profile bouts this
year featuring a pair of
Asian stars: Chinese two-
time Olympic gold med-
alist Zou Shiming and
Philippine fighter Manny
Pacquiao.
Zou made his profes-
sional debut in April, win-
ning the ‘‘Fists of Gold’’
match at Macau’s Venetian
resort. He returned for a
second installment of the
series on Saturday night,
defeating his Mexican
opponent in a unani-
mous decision at the Cotai
Arena.
Zou’s rise has helped
boost boxing’s popular-
ity among fans in China,
where the sport was
banned until the mid-
1980s. Chinese fans,
mostly subdued for the six
preliminary ‘‘undercard’’
fights, rose to their feet for
the main event, calling out
‘‘Jia you!’’ — Chinese for
‘‘Let’s go!’’ — and stomping
their feet as Zou fought a
six-round flyweight match
with Jesus Ortega.
Now all eyes are on
the ‘‘Clash in Cotai’’ in
November, featuring
Pacquiao for the main
event and Zou on the
undercard. Organizers say
it’ll be the biggest profes-
sional boxing match ever
held in China. It’ll also be
the first outside of the U.S.
since 2006 for the Filipino
superstar, who has lost
his two last bouts.
Boxing’s emergence in
Macau is another remind-
er of how the global gam-
bling industry’s center
of gravity has shifted to
the East thanks to ris-
ing incomes in China. The
former Portuguese colony,
now a semiautonomous
region of China, overtook
the Las Vegas Strip in
2006 as the world’s most
lucrative gambling market.
Last year it raked in $36
billion in gambling reve-
nue, six times more than
the Strip. But authorities
want Macau to be known
for more than gambling
and see big events as a
way to turn the city, which
has a lingering reputation
for seediness and corrup-
tion, into a broader tourist
destination.
Zou’s celebrated trainer,
Los Angeles-based Freddie
Roach, left no doubt about
how the focus has changed
in the boxing world.
‘‘I think I’ve got a new
home,’’ he said at a press
conference last week, refer-
ring to the Venetian, the
flagship casino resort of bil-
lionaire Sheldon Adelson’s
Macau casino arm, Sands
China Ltd. ‘‘Macau has
become the capital of the
boxing world.’’
For promoter Top Rank,
it’s a chance to get a head
start on bringing the sport
to the huge, untapped mar-
ket in China. Boxing was
banned under Communist
Party Chairman Mao
Zedong for being too vio-
lent and too Western. It
wasn’t until 1986 that the
ban was lifted.
The sport is nowhere
near as popular in China
as soccer or basketball,
but Top Rank boss Bob
Arum sees a vast poten-
tial market of new fans.
Key to his plan is Zou,
who became a celebrity
in China after winning a
gold medal in the Beijing
Olympics and another at
the London Olympics.
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Thursday, August 1, 2013 @ 6:00pm
Kathleen Ann Mangine Estate
Auction to be held at the property on
100 W. just off US 27, just North of
intersection 900 N and US 27.
Farm Land
Heartland Auction & Realty
Thursday August 1st @ 6pm
Kathleen Ann Mangine Estate
Auction to be held at the property on 100 W just off US 27, just
North of intersection 900 N & US27
Farm Land
Heartland Auction & Realty
Thursday, August 1st @ 6:00pm
Karen Secaur-Owner
130 Wheat Ridge Ct., Decatur
North of Decatur on Monmouth Rd. to Piqua Rd.-turn left, con-
tinue to Honeysuckle Ln.-turn left, go to end of road, turn left on
Wheat Ridge Ct.
Household Items, Power Tools, Fishing Equipment, Lawn & Garden
Dave Myers Town & Country Auctioneers/Realtors
www.town-countryauctioneers.com
Friday, August 2, 2013 @ 5:00pm
Immanuel Lutheran Church
8538 N 500 E Decatur, In
Benefit Auction
Accepting new or good used donated items
Thursday Aug. 1st 9:00am-6:00pm and
Friday Aug. 2nd 9:00am-3:00pm
Dave Myers Town & Country Auctioneers/Realtors
town-countryauctions.com
Friday, August 2, 2013 @ 5:00pm
Immanuel Lutheran Church
8538 N 500 E Decatur, In
Benefit Auction
Accepting new or good used donated items
Thursday Aug. 1st 9:00am-6:00pm and
Friday Aug. 2nd 9:00am-3:00pm
Dave Myers Town & Country Auctioneers/Realtors
town-countryauctions.com
August 3, 2013 @ 10:00am (personal property) 11:00am
(real estate)
Heirs of The William C. Poulson Estate, David Brewer, Attorney
Bluffton National Guard, 500 E. Spring St., Bluffton, IN
Real Estate: 263.20 acres+/- of prime agricultural farmland.
Tract# 1: 98.96 Acres +/- Sect. 22 Liberty Township, Wells Cnty, IN
Tract# 2: 71.47 Acres +/- Sect. 27 Liberty Township, Wells Cnty, IN
Tract# 3: 40.77 Acres +/- Sect. 18 Harrison Township, Wells Cnty, IN
Tract# 4: 52.00 Acres +/- Sect. 10 Liberty Township, Wells Cnty, IN
Tract# 5: Tracts #1 - #2 - #3 & #4 (As An Entirety)
Car-2011 Toyota Camry, Tractors-WD-45 & D17 A.C., Lund fishing boat w/
60hp Johnson & other items, Truck-1979 GMC pickup
Ellenberger Brothers
Saturday August 3rd
Personal Property 9am Real Estate 12 noon
Open House Monday July 22nd (5-6pm)
Tony & Lynn Fuentes
2646 E 450 S Berne, IN
Real Estate- Tract 1- 2646 E 450 S 3400 sqft home has 5 bedrooms,
2 car garage on 12+/- acres w/ 1/2 acre pond & much, much more
Tract 2- 2656 E 450 S 1900 sqft ranch w/ 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car
attached garage on 5+/- acres w/ pole barn, FarmEquipment, Tools
Krueckeberg Auction & Realty
www.kjauction.com
Clocks, Collectibles & Antique Auction
Saturday, August 3 @ 9am
Krueckeberg Auction Complex
815 Adams St, Decatur, IN
Lg Selection of Antiques & Collectibles! 200 Clocks plus Clock Parts!
30+ Tables of Glassware & Primitives! Antique Toys-Furniture-Art!
THE OLD CLOCK SHOP
Wiegmann Auctioneers
260-447-4311
www.wiegmannauctioneers.com
Tuesday August 6th @ 5:30pm
Reginald Myers Estate
Lu Ann Garton, Personal Representative
265 Center St., Berne, IN
Real Estate- 2 bedroom home
Personal Property, Furniture, Glassware & Collectibles
Miz Lehman Realtors & Auctioneers
www.mizlehman.com
Tuesday August 6, 2013 @ 6:00pm Judy Hawkins Estate
3320 N Salem Road, Decatur, IN
From intersection US 27 & US 33, go East on US 33 to Salem
Road, turn South Approximately 1 mile, watch for signs
Farm Land
Heartland Auction & Realty
Thursday August 8, @ 6:00pm
Auction conducted at Hoagland Hayloft
15112 Brunson Road, Hoagland, IN
LAND AUCTION
3 Farms 94.07 Acres 5 Tracts
Farm One 18.02 Tillable Acres
Morton Road, Ossian, IN
Marion Township•Section 33•Allen County•3 Tracts
Note: Potential Building Sites
Only Minutes from Decatur & Ft. Wayne
Farm Two 51.47 Tillable Acres
Hoagland Road, Hoagland, IN
Marion Township•Section 24•Allen County 1 Tract
Farm Three 24.58 Acres
Winchester Road, Decatur, IN
Root Township•Section 28•Adams County•1 Tract
20+/- Tillable Acres + 4.58 Acres Hunting/Recreation
CKB Farms, LLC, Owners
Wiegmann Auctioneers
260-447-4311
www.wiegmannauctioneers.com
Friday August 9, 2013 @ 4:00pm
E & M Blacksmith Shop Consignment
2404 W 350 S
2 1/2 miles North of Berne to Road 350 S. Then West 1 1/2 miles
Shop Equipment, Farm Machinery, Lawn & Garden, New handmade
Amish furniture, horses, buggies, carts, etc.
Dave Myers Town & Country Auctioneers/Realtors
www.town-countryauctioneers.com
Saturday, August 10 @ 9am RE @ 11am
Real Estate & Personal Property Auction
604 Homestead Ave, Ossian, IN
Rose Ann Heights Addition
Property Backs up to Maplecrest Park
3BR 2BA Ranch-LR W/ FP, kitchen w/ center island, Formal
Dining Rm, Concrete Patio, 3 Season Rm, Finished 2 car Att.
Gar; 1530sqft
2002 Buick Lesabre, 1986 Buick Park Avenue, Husgvarna Model
2554 Lawn Tractor, Collectibles, Furn & Household, Appliances,
Lawn/Garden, Exercise Equip, Tools
Henry Miller Spinet Piano & Bench
Calvin J. & Lois A. Smith, Owners
Kevin Smith Power of Attorney
Cindy Waldman Power of Attorney
Wiegmann Auctioneers
260-447-4311
WiegmannAuctioneers.com
Saturday, August 10th @ 10am
Mark and Sandra Freadenberg
5640 E 1000N
Decatur, IN
Real Estate: Home and nearly 2 acres
Personal Property is selling online @ littlejohnauctions.com
Tom Bauermeister for Littlejohnauctions Inc.
Tuesday August 13th @ 6pm
Will Morrison, Julie Adkins, & Dan Luebke - Owners
Section 21 St. Mary’s Township
34+/- acres of woods
16+/- acres of tillable ground
50+/- acres
Farm Land
Krueckeberg Auciton & Realty
www.kjauction.com
Thursday August 15th @ 6:00pm
Wilma Jean Liby
1221 N. 2nd St
Decatur, IN
Real Estate: 2 bedroom home w/ garage & full basement,
fenced yard
Dave Myers Town & Country Auctioneers/Realtors
August 15th @ 4pm RE @ 6pm
Butcher
1062 Russel St
Located South of downtown Decatur on Winchester St to Russel
to auction site
Open House August 5th 5-6pm
Real Estate, Personal Property, Antiques, Piano, Appliances, Lawn &
Garden, Household Items, Furniture
Krueckeberg Auction & Realty
www.kjauction.com
August 17th @ 9am RE @ Noon
Zephyr
195 State Line Road, Convoy, OH
Located East of Decatur, On US 224, To state line, then North
approx. 9 miles to auction site.
Open House August 6th • 5-6pm
Real Estate, Personal Property, Appliances, Lawn & Garden,
Household Item, Furniture
Krueckeberg Auction & Realty
www.kjauction.com
Saturday August 17th @ 9:00am
Jerry & Sue Sprunger
646 Forest Park Drive, Berne, IN
Sale of Leather Furniture, Antiques, Collectibles, Tools, Garden
Tractor, Honda Mower, Tool Chest, American Fostoria, Flo Blu
Dishes, Generator, Pressure Sprayer, Garden Tools, Appliances
Miz Lehman Realtors-Auctioneers
260-589-2903. For complete sale bill go to
www.mizlehman.com or www.auctionzip.com
Thursday, August 22 @ 3:00pm
Don & Rebecca Henry
7030 Lortie Rd, Monroeville, IN
Personal Property, Household Items, Antiques, Power Tools,
Shop Equip., Tractor, Appliances, Farm Machinery, Furniture,
Collection, Lawn & Garden, Alpacas
Jerry Ehle
Schrader Real Estate & Auction
1-800-451-2709
www.schraderauction.com
August 23rd @ 10am
Decatur Mini & Self Storage
Various Locations in Decatur, IN
Personal Property
Krueckeberg Auction & Realty
www.kjauction.com
Saturday, August 24 @ 9am
Located @10374 NW Winchester Rd., Decatur, IN
9am Farm Related Items 10am Tractors & Equipment
IH Tractors, IH Combine & Heads, Grain Heads, JD Corn Planter &
JD Grain Drill, Tillage Equipment & Wagons, Augers, Sprayer, Rotary
Mower, Backhoe, Snow Blowers, Trailers, Cub Cadet Mower, 6000
Bushel Grain Bin, Farm Related Items & Shop Tools
This Equipment has been well maintained throughout the years and
has been housed and is in field ready condition.
Mike and Carol Selking, Owners
Wiegmann Auctioneers, 260-447-4311
www.wiegmannauctioneers.com
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Pope says he won’t judge gay priests
ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT
(AP) — Pope Francis reached out to
gays, saying he won’t judge priests for
their sexual orientation in a remark-
ably open and wide-ranging news con-
ference Monday as he returned from
his first foreign trip.
‘‘If someone is gay and he searches
for the Lord and has good will, who
am I to judge?’’ Francis asked. ‘‘We
shouldn’t marginalize people for this.
They must be integrated into society.’’
Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict
XVI, signed a document in 2005
that said men who had deep-rooted
homosexual tendencies should not be
priests. Francis was much more con-
ciliatory in his first news conference as
pope, saying gay clergymen should be
forgiven and their sins forgotten.
The comments did not signal any
change in church policy. Catholic
teaching still holds that homosexual
acts are ‘‘intrinsically disordered.’’ But
they indicated a shift in tone under
Francis’ young papacy and an empha-
sis on a church that is more inclusive
and merciful rather than critical and
disciplinary.
Francis also said he wanted a great-
er role for women in the church,
though he insisted that they cannot
become priests.
He was funny and candid during
the 82 minutes he spent with journal-
ists on board the plane returning from
Brazil. He didn’t dodge a single ques-
tion, and even thanked the journalist
who raised allegations contained in an
Italian news magazine that one of his
trusted monsignors was involved in a
gay tryst.
Francis said he investigated the
allegations according to canon law and
found nothing to back them up.
He took journalists to task for
reporting on the matter, saying the
allegations concerned matters of sin,
not crimes like sexually abusing chil-
dren.
And when someone sins and con-
fesses, he said, God not only forgives
— but forgets.
‘‘We don’t have the right to not for-
get,’’ he said.
The directness of Francis’ comments
suggested that he wants to put the
matter of the monsignor behind him,
while also setting a new tone of open-
ness as he focuses on his key priority
of reforming the Holy See bureaucra-
cy.
Francis was also asked about reports
suggesting that a group of gay clergy-
men exert undue influence on Vatican
policy.
Italian news media reported this
year that the allegations of what they
call the ‘‘gay lobby’’ contributed to
Benedict’s decision to resign.
The term ‘‘gay lobby’’ is bandied
about with abandon in the Italian
media, and is decidedly vague.
Interpretations of what it means have
ranged from the benign concept of a
group of celibate gay priests who are
friends, to a suggestion that a group of
sexually active gay priests use black-
mail to exert influence on Vatican
decision-making.
Stressing that Catholic social teach-
ing calls for homosexuals to be treated
with dignity and not marginalized,
Francis said he would not condone
anyone using private information for
blackmail or to exert pressure.
‘‘A lot is written about this ‘gay
lobby. I still haven’t found anyone at
the Vatican who has ‘gay’ on his busi-
ness card,’’ Francis said, chuckling.
‘‘You have to distinguish between the
fact that someone is gay and the fact
of being in a ‘lobby.’’’
The Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit
author and commentator, saw the
pope’s remarks as a sign of mercy.
‘‘Today Pope Francis has, once
again, lived out the Gospel message of
compassion for everyone,’’ he said in
an emailed statement.
Speaking in Italian with occasional
lapses in his native Spanish, Francis
dropped a few nuggets of news:
—He said he is thinking of travel-
ing to the Holy Land next year and is
considering invitations from Sri Lanka
and the Philippines as well.
—The planned Dec. 8 canonizations
of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII
will likely be changed — perhaps until
the weekend after Easter — because
road conditions in December would be
dangerously icy for people from John
Paul II’s native Poland traveling to the
ceremony by bus.
—And he solved the mystery that
had been circulating since he was
pictured boarding the plane to Rio car-
rying his own black bag, an unusual
break from Vatican protocol.
‘‘The keys to the atomic bomb weren’t
in it,’’ Francis quipped. The bag, he
said, contained a razor, a prayer book,
his agenda and a book on St. Terese
of Lisieux, to whom he is particularly
devoted.
‘‘It’s normal’’ to carry a bag when
traveling, he said, stressing the style
that separates him from other pontiffs,
who until a few decades ago were car-
ried around on platforms. ‘‘We have to
get use to this being normal.’’
Francis certainly showed a human
touch during his trip to Rio, charming
the masses at World Youth Day with
his decision to forgo typical Vatican
security so he could to get close to his
flock. Francis traveled without the bul-
letproof popemobile, using instead a
simple Fiat or open-sided car.
‘‘There wasn’t a single incident in all
of Rio de Janeiro in all of these days
and all of this spontaneity,’’ Francis
said.
CLEVELAND (AP) —
The son of the Cleveland
man who admitted kid-
napping, raping and
enslaving three women
for about a decade
said Monday his father
belongs in prison for the
rest of his life.
In an interview on
NBC’s ‘‘Today’’ show,
Anthony Castro also said
he has nothing to say to
his father, Ariel Castro,
and will not visit him in
prison.
Fifty-three-year -old
Ariel Castro is expected
to be sentenced Thursday
to life in prison plus
1,000 years after plead-
ing guilty last week to
937 counts in a deal that
spared him the death
penalty.
‘‘I think it’s the best
possible sentence,’’
Anthony Castro said. ‘‘I
think if he really can’t
control his impulses and
he really doesn’t have
any value for human life
the way this case has
shown, then behind bars
is where he belongs for
the rest of his life.’’
Anthony Castro, 31,
said his father was vio-
lent.
Castro’s son:
life term is
‘appropriate’
Massive explosions rock gas plant
TAVARES, Fla. (AP) — Tavares Fire Chief Richard
Keith says officials don’t suspect sabotage caused a
series of explosions that rocked a propane gas plant
in central Florida.
The explosions started around 10:30 p.m. Monday
at the Blue Rhino propane plant.
All the workers at the plant were accounted for
early Tuesday after officials initially couldn’t account
for more than a dozen employees.
John Herrell of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office
says eight people were injured in the explosions.
At least three of the victims are in critical con-
dition. Some victims were taken to an Orlando
hospital and another was taken to a burn unit in
Gainesville.
Weiner falls to 4th among Dems
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City mayoral hope-
ful Anthony Weiner plunged to fourth place among
Democrats in a poll taken since he admitted to hav-
ing illicit online exchanges with women even after he
resigned from Congress amid a sexting scandal.
The poll — which Weiner led just five days ago —
also showed about half of likely Democratic voters
saying Weiner should abandon his mayoral bid.
Weiner’s support fell from 26 percent last week to
16 percent in Monday’s Quinnipiac University poll.
Last week’s survey was taken largely before Weiner’s
latest scandal was revealed.
Kerry hosts new round of talks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Diplomats long have stressed
the urgency of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian con-
flict, yet as a new round of Mideast peace talks
begins, Secretary of State John Kerry thinks there
are more reasons than ever to move quickly.
In Kerry’s thinking, time is running out.
The new round of talks, which resume Tuesday in
Washington, follows six months of shuttle diplomacy
to restart negotiations that broke down in 2008. An
attempt to restart them in 2010 failed after a single
day.
Time Warner Cable, CBS fighting
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The fee dispute
between Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp. took
an odd turn when the cable giant announced it was
turning off the broadcaster in three major cities,
then quickly reversed the decision.
The two sides negotiated through the day Monday
to avoid a programming blackout.
Both parties kept extending the deadline before
the cable provider appeared to replace regular pro-
gramming on the network with a company statement
for a brief, undetermined amount of time.
Chrysler’s 2Q net income up 16%
DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group’s sales picked up
in the second quarter thanks to strong U.S. demand
for trucks and SUVs, but the company still cut its
full-year sales and profit targets after a slower than
expected start to the year.
Chrysler said Tuesday that its net income rose 16
percent to $507 million in the April-June period from
$436 million a year ago. It was Chrysler’s eighth
straight quarterly profit.
Chrysler sold 643,000 vehicles worldwide in the
second quarter, up 10 percent from a year ago. Sales
were also up 10 percent in the U.S., where Chrysler
sells 75 percent of its vehicles.
Chrysler’s U.S. sales rose faster than the industry
average of 8 percent in the second quarter.
Flossie makes mark on Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — Flossie’s Hawaiian adventure:
Short, scattered and more powerful than many
believed it would be at first.
National Weather Service officials say the tropical
depression is expected to exit Hawaii on Tuesday
as a weakened version of the storm that prompted
school and court closures and an emergency dec-
laration from Gov. Neil Abercrombie before hitting
shore.
But hours after surfers caught waves on the Big
Island and tourists sunbathed despite showers and
overcast skies in Waikiki, Flossie made its mark on
the state with widespread thunder and lightning,
heavy rain and winds that knocked out power to
thousands on several islands.
Hudson’s Bay buying Saks
NEW YORK (AP) — Don’t let the global economy
fool you: Luxury is hardly dead.
Saks Inc. agreed to sell itself to Hudson’s Bay
Co., the Canadian parent of upscale retailer Lord &
Taylor, for about $2.4 billion in a deal that will bring
luxury to more North American locales.
The acquisition combines three department-
store brands — Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor and
Saks Fifth Avenue— and creates a North American
upscale retailing behemoth with 320 stores in some
of the biggest and most populous cities in the U.S.
and Canada.
Raids rescue 105 young people
WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring child prostitu-
tion a ‘‘persistent threat’’ in America, the FBI said
Monday that authorities had rescued 105 young
people and arrested 150 alleged pimps in a three-day
sweep in 76 cities.
The agency said it had been monitoring Backpage.
com and other websites as a prominent online mar-
ketplace for sex for sale.
Backpage.com said that it was ‘‘very, very pleased’’
by the raids and that if the website were shut down
to the advertisements, the ads would be pushed to
sites that wouldn’t cooperate with law enforcement.
The young people in the roundup, almost all of
them girls, ranged in age from 13 to 17.
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