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December 26, 2013
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hometown was still buried under a seven-inch snowfall the previous weekend. Hoverman joked that he would get a chance to see the remnants of that storm when he came home over the past weekend to visit his mother, Elizabeth. The BHS graduate and one-time teacher at Bellmont High School now resides in Tampa, where he spends most of his time as Chief Executive Officer of United Health Care of Florida of Unitedhealth Group, Inc. Hoverman also serves as senior vice president of UnitedHealthcare Of Ohio, Inc. and served as Chief Executive Officer of its Florida Gulf Coast region. But Hoverman’s time has been consumed of late in putting the finishing touches on what he promises will be one of the highlight football bowl games on Jan. 1. This year’s Outback Bowl will pit the LSU Tigers, with a season record of 9-3 and ranked No. 14 in the AP and USA Today polls, against the 8-4 Iowa Hawkeyes. It will be only the second time these teams have played in 120 seasons of their football history, and the first time in the past 25 years LSU has played in the Outback Bowl. Teams selected to play in the Outback Bowl are picked through a contractual agreement with the Southeast Conference and Big 10 Conference. Depending on other cir cumstances, including teams picked to participate in BCS-sponsored bowl games, Hoverman said the
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BHS grad chairs Outback Bowl board
By J SWYGART When the Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big 10 Conference take the gridiron New Year’s Day against the Southeast Conference’s LSU Tigers in college football’s Outback Bowl, it will be the culmination of several months of hard work on the part of a Decatur native. Ken Hoverman, a 1970 graduate of Bellmont High School, in May was named chairman of the board of directors of the New Year’s Day college football bowl game that will be held in Tampa, Fla. An avid college football fan, Hoverman has been an officer on the Outback Bowl’s board of directors since 2007. This year he took over the reins of the board, and is having the time of his life doing it. “How’s the weather up there (in Decatur)?” Hoverman asked during a telephone interview from his office in Tampa last week. He was chuckling as he spoke, knowing all too well his
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Ken Hoverman, a 1970 graduate of Bellmont High School, was picked earlier this year to serve as chairman of the board of directors of this year’s Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla. Photo provided
Outback Bowl’s selection committee normally sets its sights on the third-ranked team in each respective conference. “We’re always looking at who’s play-
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ing well at the time, and who’s most deserving,” Hoverman said. During his years as an Outback Bowl board member, Hoverman See OUTBACK, Page 2
Candidate filing window opens soon
Adams County Clerk of Courts Gayla Reinhart announced Jan. 8 will be the first day those interested in running for elected county and township offices may file their petitions of candidacy. Filing will end at noon Feb. 7. Candidates must file their petition in the clerk of courts’ office, with the exception of candidates for Superior Court Judge and county prosecuting attorney, who must file their petitions with the state, Reinhart said. The clerk said the Indiana legislature has added a new form, a statement of economic interests, that must be filed at the same time a candidate files their petition of candidacy. If this form is not turned in at the time of filing, the clerk’s office is unable to accept the filing, Reinhart said. Offices up for election this year are: • Superior court judge; • Adams County prosecutor; • Clerk of the circuit court; • County surveyor; • Adams County Sheriff; • County assessor; • County commissioner District 2; •  County council Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4; •  Geneva town council districts 2 and 3; • Township trustees. The deadline for all candidate committees, legislative caucus committees, and political action committees to file annual campaign finance reports for 2013 is noon on Jan. 15. These reports are to be filed filed with the clerk’s office. Those candidates that have closed their committees do not need to file a report, according to Reinhart. The deadline for regular party committees to file their 2013 annual campaign finance report is noon on March 3. The last day for voter registration or to transfer a registration is midnight on April 7. Early voting at the clerk’s office will begin at 8 a.m. April 8. Primary elections will be held May 6.
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The St. Marys River continued to rise over the past two days, and Adams County remains under a flood warning until Saturday afternoon, as the river reached a crest of 19.2 feet at 7 a.m. this morning. State Road 101 was closed this morning just east of Pleasant Mills due to high water, as was S.R. 49 in Ohio east of Willshire. Minor flooding is occurring on county roads as well, and the Adams County Sheriff’s Department urged drivers to avoid driving through high water. The sheriff’s department also warned drivers to slow down and use caution while traveling this morning as a trace of snow fell overnight, coupled with temperatures dipping down to 21 degrees, creating a layer of black ice on area roadways as morning commuters made their way back following the holiday. The river is expected to drop below flood stage around 2 p.m. Friday, according to the NWS.
Tax deadline is Dec. 31
Adams County Auditor Mary Beery reminds area residents that property tax deductions must be filed by Dec. 31, 2013, in order to be applied to the 201314 pay tax year. For additional information, contact the auditor’s office at 724-5303 between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Living nativity
Members of the congregation of Cornerstone Church in Decatur braved the cold on Christmas Eve to stage a living nativity scene at the church, located at the corner of Piqua Road and Monroe Street extended. Many community members stopped by to see the live depiction of the birth of Jesus Christ.
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SOGGY — In the photo above, Adams County Road 700 S, east of Linn Grove, is one of the first areas to become submerged when the Wabash River spills from its banks, and that was the case earlier this week as weekend rains and melting snow pushed the river to more than 11 feet. Shown at right is C.R. 150 W, where water and debris had made the roadway impassable. Photos by Mike Lamm
has developed strong relationships with athletic directors and other conference officials in both the Big 10 and SEC. As chairman of the board, he has made frequent trips to sites in both conferences that have served only to strengthen those relationships. “I’ve been fortunate enough to do something that’s really, really fun,” Hoverman said. “As a big fan of college football, it’s been great to build up that alliance with the SEC and the Big 10. It’s a great honor to be running the Outback Hoverman Bowl.” Hoverman’s travels also took him to Indiana University a few times this year, but for a slightly different reason. His son is a sophomore at the Bloomington campus, and Hoverman has managed to see the Hoosiers take the gridiron “two or three times” this fall. During last week’s phone interview, Hoverman said he was proud to announce a new six-year conract had just been renewed between the Outback Bowl, Big 10, SEC and the ESPN television network. ESPN commentators Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico will call the game from Tampa on New Year’s Day. Hoverman said he enjoys serving as host for the bowl game and showing off his new hometown of Tampa to the out-of-town visitors. “The teams will arrive on Christmas Day, and we take the players, cheerleaders, band members and others to the beach and then we’ll hold a parade for them. It’s just really great fun.”
IU prof: State should spend more on smoking cessation
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana is not spending enough money on efforts to keep teenagers from starting to smoke or to help smokers quit the habit, an Indiana University professor says. A recent report by a coalition of public health organizations shows Indiana is turning ‘‘a blind eye to what is an obvious problem in this state,’’ Jon Macy, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health-Bloomington at Indiana University, told The Herald-Times. ‘‘Indiana has become a state where the tobacco companies test-market their new products, because we don’t spend any money to counter that marketing,’’ Macy told the newspaper. ‘‘We’ve become a guinea pig state. Tobacco companies see our teens and young adults as easy targets, because we don’t spend money on prevention messages.’’ The report, titled ‘‘A Broken Promise to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 15 Years Later,’’ assesses whether states have kept their promise to use a significant portion of their settlement funds — an estimated total of $246 billion over the first 25 years — to fight tobacco use. The states also collect billions more each year from tobacco taxes. The report shows Indiana ranks 31st in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit. Indiana spends $5.8 million a year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, which is 7.3 percent of the $78.8 million recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This year, Indiana will collect $536.9 million in revenue from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but spend just 1.1 percent of it on tobacco prevention programs, which means Indiana is spending only a penny of every dollar in tobacco revenue to fight tobacco use. The report says tobacco companies spend $271.7 million a year to market their products in Indiana, which is 47 times what the state spends on tobacco prevention. The report also says Indiana’s cigarette tax of 99.5 cents per pack ranks 32nd in the nation and is below the national average of $1.53 per pack. Macy said that’s too bad, because cigarette taxes are particularly effective in discouraging young people from smoking.
Pilot program aimed at truant students
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A judge from northeastern Indiana is planning to start a program aimed at helping kids stay out of trouble by providing mentors who will intervene with truant students to work to keep them in school. Truant students are an ‘‘incredibly vulnerable group,’’ Allen Superior Court Judge Dan Heath told the Journal Gazette. ‘‘We need this to work so we can get juvenile delinquency rates down. These kids need our help, and getting them on a different path before they get to our center is an exciting possibility,’’ he said. Heath plans to begin a pilot Check and Connect program next fall at South Side and New Haven high schools, which have high levels of truancy. The program was developed at the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, is in place in a number of counties around the country, according to Allen Superior Court’s Family Relations Division. The local pilot program will have limited funding for now, and that money will come from the Allen County Juvenile Center. At least four part-time mentors will be responsible for 20 to 25 students who meet the criteria for being at a high risk for truancy and for disengaging from school. They will take part in a training seminar that will be held in cooperation with the University of Minnesota.
Mentors could make all the difference in the life of a child, Allen County Councilman Bill Brown said. ‘‘When you look at high-performing kids, there are usually people around them who care, but low-performing kids many times have no one who cares,’’ Brown said. Krista Stockman, spokeswoman for Fort Wayne Community Schools, said the school district supports the plan. ‘‘Having people in the community who are willing to work with us always makes that better. We know, just like Judge Heath, that if students can find their way in education, that they are less likely to get involved in criminal activity,’’ she said.
City of Gary hopes $1 home StRaNGER GIVEs EVaNsVILLE sales will solve problems MaN HIs kIDNEY, aND HoPE
GARY, Ind. (AP) — The city of Gary has selected the recipients of five homes it will sell for a dollar each and is planning to make more available at the same price next year as it seeks to fill abandoned houses and stanch the exodus of residents from the northwestern Indiana city. ‘‘We want people who are in this for the long haul, who are part of the community and will help rejuvenate it with us,’’ Mayor Karen FreemanWilson said. U.S. census figures show the struggling city lost nearly a quarter of its population between 2000 and 2010, dropping from a population of 102,746 to 80,294. Freeman-Wilson estimates the city about 25 miles from Chicago has about 10,000 abandoned homes, The Times of Munster and the PostTribune reported. The Dollar Home Program was used by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the 1980s and 1990s. Freeman-Wilson, who still owns a Dollar Home she received 20 years ago, said the plan was to start the program small and try to expand it. She hopes to find a nonprofit partner and eventually sell 50 to 100 houses a year. ‘‘We launched it earlier this year because we believed it was one of the ways we could bring more residents back to the city,’’ FreemanWilson said. She said they started slowly so they could monitor results ‘‘and work the kinks out.’’ Gary bought some of the homes through Lake County tax sales and also got donated properties from Wells Fargo. New homeowners must bring the property up to city code within six months, pay taxes and insure it. EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Evansville
man is grateful this Christmas for the gift of a kidney he received from a stranger. The Evansville Courier & Press reports reports a bad case of pneumonia destroyed Mitch Petty’s kidneys last Christmas. Doctors told him it could be years before a donor kidney was available. That meant years of dialysis. But he got a new kidney last July after his wife Meredith posted a Facebook otem called, ‘‘A Kidney for Mitch.’’ A co-worker, Charlie Bockelman, saw it, was tested and was a match. Bockelman says he decided to donate the kidney because Petty is a young father like him. Petty says he’ll never be able to repay Bockelman. He says it’s the best gift he’s ever received.
Allen Co. jailer injured in attack
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A spokesman says a confinement officer at the Allen County Jail in Fort Wayne was seriously injured when he was attacked by inmate. Sheriff’s department spokesman Jeremy Tinkel tells WANE-TV the officer, whose name was not released, was knocked unconsciousness and suffered a severe head injury in the attack Wednesday morning. He was listed in serious condition at a Fort Wayne hospital. Tinkel says an investigation has begun to try to determine what sparked the attack. He says the name of the inmate who struck the officer will not be released.
Lawmaker wants to protect Christmas in school
SELLERSBURG, Ind. (AP) — A state senator says he plans to introduce legislation that would provide legal protection to public schools and teachers that want to celebrate Christmas in their classrooms. Sen. Jim Smith, R-Charlestown, tells WTHR-TV he believes Christmas is under attack and being stolen from children. He says his bill would give educators and public schools legal immunity for Christmas activity.
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Janet S. (Elzey) Ellis, 60, Decatur, went to be with the Lord Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at her residence. She was born April 20, 1953, in Fort Wayne to Norma (Keller) Elzey and the late Vilas Elzey Jr.. Janet worked as a homemaker. She was a member of the women’s auxiliaries of the Eagles, American Legion and the MS Foundation. She enjoyed planting flowers, being with her dog, Archie, visiting with friends and family and spending time with her daughter, son-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandson. Janet is survived by a daughter, Kathy (Patrick) Wilhelm of Decatur; a brother, Steven M. Elzey of Kansas City, Mo.; a sister, Linda K. Heckel of Columbia City; three grandchilEllis dren, Brett (Tequila) Wagner, Kasey L. Wagner and Jace M. Hirschy; a great-grandson, Zhayne Wagner; numerous nieces and nephews; and her dachshund, Archie. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Christy Jo Elzey; a brother, Rickie Lee Elzey; and a nephew, Brian Barton. Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at noon. Burial will take place in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her great-grandson’s education fund. Online condolences may be made at www.haggardandsefton.com.
Eugene George Schlemmer, 81, Decatur, passed away at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, 2013, at Woodcrest Nursing Center. Gene was born Saturday, April 23, 1932, in Van Wert County, Ohio, the son of the late George and Lillian (Lehrman) Schlemmer. He married Rose Marie Scaer Oct. 5, 1952, at St. John’s / Redeemer Lutheran Church in Convoy, Ohio; she survives. Gene was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Decatur, where he served in many different offices within the church. He was a successful, lifetime farmer, starting Schlemmer Farms in 1971, which is now owned and operated by his family. Surviving are his sons, Kenneth (Rebecca) Schlemmer and Herbert (Laura) Schlemmer, both of Convoy and Douglas (Patricia) Schlemmer Schlemmer of Monroeville; six grandchildren, Kenny and Chad Schlemmer, Mandy Fuleki, Brian Schlemmer, Tessa Long and Kara Beth Schlemmer; nine great-grandchildren, Logan, Paxton, Levi and Deagan Schlemmer; Maya and Cassidy Schlemmer; Ava Roemer, Bentley and Braydon Schlemmer; and two additional greatgrandchildren are expected in April. Preceding Gene in death were three sons, Kirby in infancy, Gary in 1976 and Joseph in 1986; and one sister, Francile Sutton. Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 8538 N. 500 E. Decatur, with Pastor David Koeneman officiating. Interment will follow in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Friends will be received from 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday in the Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. James C. “Bodey” Hanson, 65, Decatur, passed Preferred memorials are to Immanuel Lutheran away Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at his residence. Church or St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran School. James was born July 9, 1947, in Alabama. Online condolences may be made at zwickjahn. He was employed for 30 years at Dolco Packaging. com. Bodey served during Vietnam with the United States Air Force for three years and with the United States Marines for three years. He was a member of American Legion Post 43, Moose Lodge 1311, Eagles Dorothy P. “Polly” Odle, 93, Decatur, passed away Lodge 2653 and Elks Lodge 993. James is survived by two sons, Chris and Josh 3 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, in the Woodcrest Nursing Center. Hanson, both of Bluffton, and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Dorothy was born Friday, Oct. 22, 1920, in Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, with Pennville, the daughter of the late John L. and Lottie M. (Bugh) Melick. She married Max E. Odle July 26, military rites by American Legion Post 43. Visitation will follow the service at the funeral 1947; he passed away March 8, 2007. Dorothy was a homemaker. home until 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to American Legion Post Surviving are two daughters, Karen (Ted) Braun of Decatur and Brenda (Phil) Rumschlag of Loatto; six 43. Online condolences may be made at www.haggar- grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Preceding Dorothy in death were two sisters and dandsefton.com. three brothers. There will be no services or visitation. Arrangements are being handled by Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home. Robert L. Doan passed away Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.   Funeral and burial services will begin at 12 p.m. Monday at Serenity Memorial Gardens in Theodore, Stephen R. Wood, 63, Berne, died Tuesday, Dec.24, Ala. 2013, at his residence. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today, also at the Arrangements are pending at Haggard, Sefton and Memorial Gardens. Hirschy Funeral Home.
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Poll: Americans are hopeful for a better year in ‘14
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ready to ring in the new year, Americans look ahead with optimism, according to a new AP-Times Square New Year’s Eve poll. Their ratings of the year gone by? Less than glowing. What the public thought of 2013:
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holiday at home: 39 percent of those under age 30 will celebrate at home, 33 percent at someone else’s home, 13 percent at a bar or other venue. — Regardless of their own time zone, nearly 6 in 10 say they’ll watch at least some of the celebration from New York City’s Times Square.
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Hit-skip reported The Decatur Police Department investigated a two-vehicle accident at 5:55 p.m. Tuesday. Police said a vehicle driven by Corbin N. Poling, 19, Limberlost Trail, Decatur, had pulled into a parking lot in the 100 north block of 13th Street. He was waiting for a vehicle to back out of a parking spot and that vehicle backed out suddenly, struck the Poling car and left the scene. Police estimated between $1,001-$2,500 in damage was done to the Poling vehicle. Deer hit The Adams County Sheriff’s Department probed two car-deer accidents earlier this week. At 7:25 p.m. Monday, Linda D. Muhlenkamp, 49, Celina, Ohio, was eastbound on U.S. 33 near C.R. 100E and struck a deer that ran into the path of her car from the south. Police estimated between $1,001-$2,500 in damages were done to the auto. At 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Larry R. Gibson, 63, Edgemont Drive, Decatur, was eastbound on C.R. 600N near S.R. 101 when two deer ran onto the road into the path of his car. He was unable to avoid hitting the animals and the collision resulted in an estimated $1,001-$2,500 in damages.
Pence seeks tax break for adoptive parents
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence wants Indiana lawmakers to create a state tax credit that would help parents offset adoption expenses. The Evansville Courier & Press reports Pence’s proposal calls for taxpayers benefiting from the federal adoption credit would be able to claim an additional credit on their state tax return. Pence also wants an interim study committee to explore faith-based and community adoption programs and how to better connect the state’s adoption services. Pence has said he wants Indiana to become nation’s ‘‘most pro-adoption state.’’ Sharon Pierce, president and CEO of The Villages, the state’s largest not-for-profit child and family services agency, says she supports his aid she is supportive of Pence’s plan. Pierce says the organization also would like to see lawmakers bring back a state adoption subsidy.
On the whole, Americans rate their own experience in 2013 more positively than negatively, but when asked to assess the year for the United States or the world at large, things turn sour. — All told, 32 percent say 2013 was a better year for them than 2012, while 20 percent say it was worse and 46 percent say the two years were really about the same. Young people were more apt to see improvement: 40 percent of people under age 30 called 2013 a better year than 2012, compared with 25 percent of people age 65 or older. — The public splits evenly on how the year turned out for the country, 25 percent saying it was better than 2012, 25 percent saying it was worse. As with most questions about the state of affairs in the U.S. these days, there’s a sharp partisan divide. Democrats are more apt to say the U.S. turned out better in 2013 than 2012 (37 percent) than are Republicans (17 percent). — Thinking about the world at large, 30 percent say 2013 was worse than 2012, while just 20 percent say it was better. But the outlook for the new year is positive: 49 percent think their own fortunes will improve in 2014, 14 percent are anticipating the new year to be a downgrade from the old. Thirty-four percent say they don’t expect much to change.
COUNTDOWN COMPANIONS
Wherever they’re spending the holiday, most Americans prefer the company of family. Asked with whom they want to be when the clock strikes midnight, 83 percent name a family member. — On a holiday often sealed with a kiss, nearly 4 in 10 say they most want to be next to their spouse, and 13 percent cite a significant other or romantic interest as a preferred companion. Parents like to be with their children, more than the children like to be with their parents. — Less conventional choices: 2 percent cite their pets, 3 percent God, Jesus or their religious congregation, and less than 1 percent said they wanted to ring it in with their co-workers. — Of course, some opt out altogether: 18 percent say they’re not planning to celebrate on New Year’s Eve, and 9 percent say there’s no one with whom they’d like to party, preferring instead their pillow, TiVo or their own thoughts.
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Fort Wayne mulls 120-foot cell tower in city park
FOR T WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Fort Wayne officials want to hear what the public thinks about a proposal to allow a company to place a 120-foot tall cell tower in a city park. Parks and Recreation Director Al Moll tells The Journal Gazette that so far there hasn’t been much opposition at neighborhood meetings. GTE Mobilenet wants to place the tower at Bob Arnold Northside Park, near the basketball courts between the pool and the baseball diamonds. GTE Mobilenet will pay the parks department close to $2,000 a month for the first year of a 10-year lease. The amount would increase 2 percent each year of the deal, which can be renegotiated for additional five-year terms. Moll says the money would go toward maintaining the pool and funding scholarships for swim lessons.
Capitol dome set for facelift
sheds scaffolding that was used to repair damage from a 2011 earthquake. Half-completed when Abraham Lincoln stood beneath it to summon ‘‘the better angels of our nature’’ in 1861, the Capitol dome has since towered over Washington, which limits building heights to 130 feet. Time, however, has let water seep through hundreds of cracks. The water attacks cast iron, which ‘‘continues to rust and rust and rust,’’ said Stephen T. Ayers, Architect of the Capitol. This first major renovation in more than 50 years should add decades of structural integrity to the dome, which Ayers calls perhaps ‘‘the most recognizable symbol across the globe.’’
WASHINGTON (AP) — A world-famous symbol of democracy is going under cover, as workers start a two-year, $60 million renovation of the U.S. Capitol dome. Curved rows of scaffolds, like Saturn’s rings, will encircle it next spring, enabling contractors to strip multiple layers of paint and repair more than 1,000 cracks and broken pieces. The dome will remain illuminated at night and partly visible through the scaffolding and paint-capturing cloths. But the Washington icon -- and portions of the Rotunda’s painted ceiling that lies below -- will be significantly obscured for many months. The project is beginning just as the nearby Washington Monument
Most Americans — 54 percent — say they’ll be ringing in the new year at home, while 1 in 5 are heading to a friend’s or family member’s house. Only 8 percent say they’ll go to a bar, restaurant or other organized event. — Younger Americans are least apt to spend the
The implementation of the health care law topped the list of the most important news stories of 2013, with 26 percent citing it. In an Associated Press survey of news directors and editors, 45 of 144 journalists surveyed called the health care rollout their top story. In the AP-Times Square poll, the death of Nelson Mandela occurred as the poll was underway. It rose quickly, with 8 percent naming it as the most important news of the year, matching the share citing the federal government’s budget difficulties or shutdown.
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The Decatur Fire Department was dispatched at 7:02 p.m. Christmas Eve to the home of Janice Collins, 209 Countrybrook, Apt. 38, in response to a stove fire. Collins was able to extinguish the flare-up prior to firefighters’ arrival, according to a spokesman for the department. No damage or injuries were listed, and crews returned to the station at 7:26 p.m.
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Declining tax collections eat away at state’s fiscal footing
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By TOM LoBIANCO Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s fiscal picture is looking good roughly one year after former Gov. Mitch Daniels left office with about $2 billion in cash reserves and a strong credit rating, but the next few years could leave the state in a fiscal pinch nonetheless. The state is continuing to crawl out of the recession, with depressed earnings by many residents and an improving, but persistently high unemployment rate. The State Budget Committee had to downgrade expectations last week, after state budget and tax forecasters came back with an expectation the state will collect $298 million less than expected over the next two years. The pinch will likely weigh most on Republican Gov. Mike Pence, who is heading into his second year with a potentially pricey legislative agenda. The governor’s plan to expand the state’s school voucher program to preschool-age children and teachers carries an unstated price tag. And eliminating the personal property tax, which accounts for about $1 billion in local revenues each year, would require some sort of backfilling of money, either by the state, local governments or some mix of the two. In particular, the personal property tax, which is levied on business equipment, has depressed economic growth in Indiana, he said. ‘‘It discourages companies from investing in new technology and the expansion of their businesses. As the most manufacturing-intensive state in the nation, we are holding back new capital investment because of our business personal property tax,’’ Pence said in prepared remarks last week, laying out his case for the tax cut. The state’s fiscal footing is one of the best in the nation. Indiana has maintained a top credit rating from the major bond-rating companies, the state still has a cash reserve of close to $2 billion and lawmakers found money in the most recent budget to retire old debt and pay for some new capital projects without accruing new debt. But those tax cuts, combined with declining tax collections, are squeezing the pot of money leaders have to work with. If the business tax cut goes through, it will be the third consecutive session featuring a significant tax cut. Lawmakers started to phase out the state’s inheritance tax in 2012 and they signed off on further cuts this past session, including a portion of the income tax cut Pence asked for. Shortly before lawmakers received the grim budget news last week, the economist kept on contract by the state said Indiana should expect to see steady growth over the next few years. The state’s unemployment rate has continued a steady decline
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Nativity as a way of life
By KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ Growing up as I did, in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, it’s hard not to appreciate “the law of the gift”: protect, defend, nourish, share. Liberty is a great treasure. We have tremendous responsibility here. Almost hidden in a corner of the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art is the image of a man. He seems to embody a tender authority. The artist described this particular image of Jesus as “a portrait of Jesus from life.” Rembrandt “offers for our contemplation a face of Christ that is at one and the same time the most humanly human and the most divinely divine ever created by an artist,” PierreMarie Dumont writes in the monthly devotional Magnificat. “He takes us along on the spiritual quest that drove him to contemplate the man Jesus in order to discover the true God.” That man is the reason so many of us have Wednesday — and maybe even Tuesday — off from work. He’s the reason we deck the halls and give gifts. But what about the gifts we have? There’s that Liberty. Faith is another big one for many. And then there is Family. We may not all have the perfect models of the family unit — perhaps we did and lost it, perhaps it all fell apart with a bad decision or a sudden mistake or abrupt end. Or maybe it’s just foreign — and something we don’t even read about anymore, because we all too often give priority to making room for new normals instead of the old standbys that do seem to make natural and demographic sense. St. Therese of Lisieux was a cloistered Carmelite nun with a mission. “I wish to travel the world, proclaiming your name throughout the earth,” she declared in prayer to Christ, shortly before her death. But her health prevented her from leaving the convent. Nevertheless, her mission continues. Sculptor Fleur Nabert built a reliquary of St. Therese and her parents, commissioned by the Magnificat Foundation. “I spent the last two years working for her,” Nabert says. St. Therese’s parents, Louis and Zelie Martin, became the first parents of a saint to be beatified, by Pope Benedict in 2008. “Their story is very moving because it was a true human story marked by many sorrows and ordeals,” Nabert notes in appreciation. “They lost four children out of nine. Zelie had to struggle with a breast cancer, which eventually overtook her,” she says. “They were also hard workers: Louis as a watchmaker and Zelie as a lacemaker. Their lives are very close to ours. They succeeded in experiencing sanctity in marriage, sanctity in family, without losing confidence in God. They kept their hope and faith, even raising five girls who would became nuns, one among them becoming one of the world’s most popular saints.” Their lives witness to the possibility of living life on earth with eyes toward Heaven. Nabert’s creation included flowers, representing each family member. “But my favorite parts of the reliquary are the big wedding rings,” she tells me. “I wanted them like a reminder: Through the sacrament of marriage, we can experience heaven.” The sacrament, she reflects, is “the treasure of married life ... the fountain of graces from which we can spread love on children and around us. Marriage ... is a miracle to protect everyday.” If marriage is a miracle, aren’t we a culture of increasingly little faith! “The ensemble is protected by a transparent case in the shape of an arch to remind us that that the Christian family is a domestic Church, the first place where we practice sanctity,” a description of the reliquary explains. It’s another manger scene. In the Nativity, we see a loving husband and father protecting his wife and son, even under unplanned circumstances and duress. History owes that couple. Centuries later, in Rembrandt’s depiction of that Holy Child, the “entire canvas is covered in a dark brown background, like the shadow of sin that engulfs all humankind,” Dumont writes. “Then, from the very core of this abyss emerges a gentle light that warms without burning, that illuminates without blinding, that consoles without condemning. Thus, from the heart of sin, grace flows forth.” The Divine Light is what the star over Bethlehem directed the wise to. Heaven made manifest on earth, in our very humanity. There’s a lot of controversy, glee and confusion about what Pope Francis has in mind when he implores a radical concern about the poor, suffering, sick and lonely — anyone who is vulnerable, which pretty well covers the globe. In the letter he published this year, having been largely penned by his predecessor, faith is defined as a light that illuminates everything. That’s it. That’s why Christmas matters in real, enduring ways that ought to infect everyday life throughout the year. A gift more everpresent than a lady in a harbor.
and auto parts makers have the potential to spur more growth. All of it could keep lawmakers cautious during the upcoming session, say Indiana budget observers. ‘‘Although the economic forecast is optimistic, the state expects less revenue than when the budget was written last May,’’ said John Ketzenberger, president of the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute, which tracks the state budget and other fiscal issues. ‘‘The improving economy’s just not producing as much tax revenue at this point and the conservative revenue forecast reflects that. It’ll be difficult for lawmakers to rationalize additional spending or even budget cuts given the new revenue forecast.’’ Pence has continued the tightfisted budgeting Daniels established, but unexpected downturns have still hampered some goals. He responded to news that monthly tax collections had dipped $141 million by selling the state plane and cutting agency and higher education budgets. And the state lost $63 million a year from the national tobacco settlement after a federal arbitrator determined the state had not done enough to collect settlement proceeds from small tobacco manufacturers. Winning new programs and tax cuts from the Legislature may have to wait another year, until lawmakers begin work on their next budget and have a better idea of the long-term fiscal trends.
This redevelopment plan makes a poor Christmas gift
ceeds will pay off three Bond Anticipation Notes (BAN). These are a type of shortterm loan intended to be repaid through the proceeds of development. My county took out a total of more than $9 million in such notes in 2009, 2010 and 2011 to jump-start various projects, many of which failed to launch. Because they failed to get off the ground, tax revenue from those projects never materialized and the money to pay off the BANs doesn’t exist. So, holding our nose and borrowing long-term was likely the only viable choice to avoid default — though a modicum of good government would have prevented such a breakdown. Exactly how much of the money was spent remains an open question since the records for many expenditures are unavailable at this writing. We do know that a politically connected relative got at least some of the money to help create a park downtown and the contract for work on refurbishing an old YMCA there into a boutique hotel, a project never finished. And because the transaction has not been completed, details on the two long-term bond issues, including their amount, the inter-
By DaVId PentICUFF Like too many others, my community and its associated agencies, plus the county’s redevelopment commission, continue to borrow money to pay off previously borrowed money in an attempt to stay ahead of default, a richly deserved default. It is beyond parody. Fiction writers would have such a story rejected on the face of its incredulity. Someone, someplace in local government surely has the fortitude to say we are wrecking ourselves financially — to the point that taxes will be absorbingly high for our grandchildren, who, in the middle of the century, will still be paying off misspent bond issues that never created the projects that they were imposed on taxpayers to create. In fiction —at least the believable kind — someone gets fired, demoted or in trouble with the law for actions such as this. The citizens who expose officials seeking self gain through the malpractice of their public service are vindicated. Well, this is the real world. Instead, the redevelopment commission votes unanimously to Kathryn Lopez is the editor-at-large of National pledge public funds to repay two Review Online www.nationalreview.com. new sets of bonds, whose pro-
est rates or the repayment schedule, have not yet been released. A city consultant anticipates a midDecember closing date. Our city development director says each of the three bond anticipation notes will come due in January or February. To summarize, at the end of 2012 my county’s outstanding debts totaled $31.3 million, with the three bond anticipation notes comprising $9.2 million, or about 30 percent, according to the latest state audit. To repay this, our redevelopment commission members approved a resolution that pledges tax increment financing (TIF) revenue to pay “all principal and interest” on two new revenue bonds. TIF revenue is a type of property-tax revenue that can be diverted from local governments — in this case, my county — to fund development. That’s yet more money going to keep my city out of the poor house rather than to create economic growth. Merry Christmas taxpayers. At least a lump of coal would have kept us warm for a time.
David Penticuff is editor of the Marion Chronicle-Tribune.
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December 26, 2013
Today is the 360th day of 2013 and the sixth day of winter. TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1776, after staging a surprise attack, George Washington and the Continental Army scored a major
upset victory over the British in the Battle of Trenton. In 1966, the pan-African holiday Kwanzaa, founded by UCLA professor Maulana Karenga, was celebrated for the first time. In 1996, 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was found dead in her family’s Colorado basement. In 2004, a powerful earth-
quake in the Indian Ocean triggered a massive tsunami that claimed the lives of at least 226,000 in Southeast Asia and east Africa.
TODAY’S QUOTE: “Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.” — Thomas Gray
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AMERIcAN LEGION POST 43
EDUcATE YOUTH TO pROMOTE pATRIOTISM
The American Legion Post 43 in Decatur recently sponsored a “Flag Education” program for the fourth grade student’s in North Adams County schools. This program is designed to provide flag education in an effort to build patriotism in youth and create an understanding of proper flag display and respect. Members of the legion gave a short history of the flag and demonstrated how the flag is folded to each class. The students were given animated books on the flag and later given a 20 question test and short answer essay on what the flag means to them. These were graded and the top boy and girl from each school were given a post award certificate. The top boy and girl of all the schools were each given a $50 check from the post and will compete in the American Legion fourth district contest. These students are Caleb Dicke and Natash Augstyniak, both from Wyneken Lutheran School. The other top students that were given certificates of achievement were Max Moon and Autumn Anderson from Northwest Elementary; Joshua Myers and Abbey Rumschlag from St. Joseph Catholic School; Joe Nichols and Gracy Suman from Immanuel Lutheran School; and Logan Lengerich and Meg Saalfrank from Zion Lutheran School.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
THURSDAY, Dec. 26: 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. Moose Lodge meal, 6-8 p.m., women cook 1st and 3rd week, men 2nd, 4th and 5th. 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. Free crafting and art class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Decatur Music and More, 833 N. 13th St., sketchbook helpful. A.A. (open) Big Book meeting, 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, Berne.
PATRIOTISM — Fourth grade students from five of the North Adams schools participated in a flag education program sponsored by American Legion Post 43. Pictured, from left in back, are Robert Hoffman and Bruce Reidenbach with the American Legion. In front, from left, receiving the awards and certificates are Natash Augstyniak and Caleb Dicke.
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FRIDAY, Dec. 27: Immanuel House, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 8545 N 500 E, Decatur. Operation Help Food Pantry for Decatur and Monroe residence, 1-3 p.m., Adams County Service Complex, bring your own bags.f A.A. Happy Hour Discussion Group (closed), 5-6 p.m., Decatur Church of God. Reformers Unanimous Addiction Recovery Program, 7-9 p.m., Grace Fellowship Church. SATURDAY, Dec. 28: A.A., 7 p.m., (open speaker/discussion) Cross United Church, Berne. Union Township Lions Club selling citrus fruit, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Walmart.
AND WELLNESS EVENTS
The following are activities and events that may help to promote wellness and health in Adams County: Adams County Parks and Recreation, 7242520: Every Friday beginning Jan. 3 - Family open swim at Bellmont from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Fitness classes beginning the week of Jan. 6 at Riverside Center featuring Fitness Frenzy, Shape and Bootcamp. Jan. 7- registration at Riverside Center for girls’ first-eighth grade volleyball. Every Tuesday beginning Jan. 7 - TOPS meets at Riverside Center. Jan. 12 - family open swim, 2-4 p.m. at Bellmont High School. Jan. 18 - Family Fun Night, Olympic theme, 5-8:30 p.m. Worthman Fitness Center, 724-2145 ext. 1537: Fitness classes – new class session beginning Jan, 6. Register for classes at the Worthman Fitness Center. Adams Memorial Hospital, 724-2145: Jan. 14 – GlutenFree Support Group, 6 p.m. in Decatur Room I at Adams Memorial Hospital. Contact Becky Goble for information. 724-2145 ext. 1421 or rgoble@adamshospital. com. Muselman Wellness Pavilion, 589-4496: Jan. 22 – Singles and Separates Support Group, 2 p.m. The mission of Winning With Wellness is to promote healthy lifestyles by raising awareness and encouraging involvement in the many wellness opportunities available in Adams County. For more information about the events above, contact the organizations listed. To see more upcoming events, or to submit your own event, visit the Winning with Wellness website at acwinningwithwellness. com.
JANUARY HEALTH
WINTER SWIMMING ScHEDULE FOR AC AND BHS
Open swim at Bellmont and Adams Central high schools for winter are listed below. The cost is $2 or a pool coupon. Aquatic exercise: Mondays, 8:15-9 a.m. and 7:15-8:15 p.m., BHS pool. Tuesdays, 8:15-9 a.m., AC pool. Wednesdays, 8:15-9 a.m. and 7:15-8:15 p.m., BHS pool. Thursdays, 8:15-9 a.m., AC pool and 7:158:15 p.m., BHS pool. Fridays, 8:15-9 a.m., BHS pool. Lap swim: Mondays, 7:45-9 a.m., 12-1 p.m. and 7:15-8:15 p.m., all at BHS pool. Tuesdays, 7:45-9 a.m., AC pool and 12-1 p.m., BHS pool. Wednesdays, 7:45-9 a.m., 12-1 p.m. and 7:158:15 p.m., all at BHS pool. Thursdays, 7:45-9 a.m., AC pool; and 12-1 p.m. and 7:15-8:15 p.m. at BHS pool. Fridays, 7:45-9 a.m. and 12-1 p.m., BHS pool.
MONDAY, Dec. 30: Decatur Church of Christ food pantry, 700 E. Monroe St., Decatur, 8-10 a.m. Last names beginning with A-L served on first and third Monday, M-Z served second and fourth Monday. Free crafting and art class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Decatur Music and More, 833 N. 13th st., sketchbook helpFamily swim: ful. Sundays from 2-4 A.A. Big Book Discussion, 7 p.m., Decatur Church p.m.; Dec. 8, Jan. 12, of God. Feb. 9 and March 9 at BHS pool. TUESDAY, Dec. 31: Fridays from 12:30- TOPS Club, 10 a.m., Riverside Center. 1:30 p.m.; through April Operation Help food pantry for Decatur and 18 at BHS pool. Monroe residents, 1-3 p.m., Adams County Service Complex. Bring your own bags. Senior Citizens Play Cards, 1p.m., Riverside Center. Zion Lutheran Church, 1010 W. Monroe St., free dinner 6 p.m., Bible study group 6 :30 p.m. A.A., 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church. New Year’s Eve party, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., The Hayloft, 15112 Brunson Rd., Hoagland.
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Going to Bed Angry Doesn’t Help Problems
DEAR HARRIETTE: My husband and I got into a big argument yesterday, and today he acts like nothing happened. I am still fuming. He did not apologize, nor did I. We just yelled out our points and then went to sleep. I slept in my daughter’s room. I didn’t even want to see his face. I cannot act like nothing happened. I don’t want to argue, either. How can I address this situation without sparking a bigger flame? -- Incendiary, Racine, Wis. DEAR INCENDIARY: A great rule to follow in a marriage is not to go to bed angry. Clearly, that is easier said than done. What you can attempt is not to go to bed angry again. Ask your husband if you can take a few minutes to talk. As calmly as possible, tell him that you are having a hard time moving past your argument. Tell him how you are feeling. Ask him how he is feeling. If he says he has moved past it, tell him that you have not been able to do that because the argument upset you so greatly. Suggest that the next time that you two have a disagreement that you stop before the voices elevate and agree to revisit the topic when you both have cooler heads. You both may want to read “Conversation Transformation: Recognize and Overcome the 6 Most Destructive Communication Patterns,” by Dr. Ben E. Benjamin. DEAR HARRIETTE: I have a couple more suggestions for the woman who is concerned about feeding herself and her sister’s family. Each week, write a meal plan before shopping. Check the cupboard to see what you can use. Check store ads -- if you can -- to see what’s on special. I always spend more at the store when I don’t have a planned shopping list. Also, go to the library or get on the Internet and learn about nutrition. This will help you figure out portion size and how to get the most nutritional value from what you can afford. I think a lot of people believe they need more protein than their bodies actually do. Use rice and beans to add bulk. Some cities have community gardens, where you can grow your own produce in the summer or work for a share of the harvest from a collective garden. Shop in the morning if you can. Where I shop, employees mark down the meat nearing its expiration date each morning. Get there first. And here’s one most city dwellers know already: Try to shop at a supermarket rather than the local convenience store. Farmers markets are even better, if you can get to one. -- Food Stretcher, Chicago DEAR FOOD STRETCHER: Thank you for your thorough and thoughtful ideas. They are wise for everyone, whether you need to pinch pennies or not!
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Thousands from Maine to Michigan still without power
back for most by the end of the day but acknowledged that some will still be without electricity on Friday. More than 100,000 were without power at the storm’s peak. More snow was forecast Thursday for Maine and parts of Michigan, and frigid temperatures were expected to keep ice from melting off power lines and tree branches, posing new risks for outages. From 2 to 6 inches of snow could fall in parts of Maine. Ashley Walter, 27, was still hunkered down with her husband, Jacob, and their month-old daughter, Leah, at a shelter set up in a school in Litchfield, Maine. The family lost power on Saturday, got it back temporarily, then lost it again Sunday and have been without since. Despite the challenge of being forced out of the house, especially at Christmas, the family was staying positive.
LITCHFIELD, Maine (AP) — Some homes and businesses from Maine to Michigan and into Canada that have been without electricity since last weekend’s ice may not get their power back for another day — or longer. Bangor Hydro Electric in Maine is advising people it will be the end of the day Friday before its more than 11,000 customers are back on line. The number has fluctuated as some people get power back while others lose it. The utility said downed trees are the biggest problem facing line crews. ‘‘We’ve had two beautiful, sunny days in Maine and the ice isn’t going anyplace,’’ said Lynette Miller, spokeswoman for the Maine Emergency Management Agency. ‘‘They’re very concerned about more weight coming down on trees that are already compromised by ice.’’ Central Maine Power, with more than 24,000 customers still in the dark early Thursday, hoped to get power
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Cost of a stamp will increase to 49 cents
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mailing a letter is about to get a little more expensive. Regulators on Tuesday approved a temporary price hike of 3 cents for a first-class stamp, bringing the charge to 49 cents a letter in an effort to help the Postal Service recover from severe mail decreases brought on by the 2008 economic downturn. Many consumers won’t feel the price increase immediately. Forever stamps, good for firstclass postage whatever the future rate, may be purchased at the lower price until the new rate is effective Jan. 26. The higher rate will last no more than two years, allowing the Postal Service to recoup $2.8 billion in losses. By a 2-1 vote, the independent Postal Regulatory Commission rejected a request to make the price hike permanent, though inflation over the next 24 months may make it so. The surcharge ‘‘will last just long enough to recover the loss,’’ Commission Chairman Ruth Y. Goldway said. Bulk mail, periodicals and package service rates will rise 6 percent, a decision that drew immediate consternation from the mail industry.
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Family of brain-dead girl spends Christmas at hospital
the family will wait until today to discuss whether to appeal a judge’s decision allowing Children’s Hospital Oakland to remove his niece Jahi McMath from life support. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo issued the ruling Tuesday but gave the family until 5 p.m. on Dec. 30 to file an appeal. Jahi’s family has said they believe the girl is still alive. Sealey said the family planned to spend Christmas Day at the hospital. They’ve set up a Christmas tree in Jahi’s room with presents for her and her siblings.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The uncle of a 13-year -old Northern California girl declared brain dead after suffering complications following a tonsillectomy says the family is trying to give the girl as normal of a Christmas as possible. Omari Sealey says
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Should You Mail-Order Your Genome?
advised by a doctor who’s trained in genetic medicine -- and have a second test done to confirm results. These tests will get more accurate, but they aren’t there yet! At Dr. Mike’s Cleveland Clinic, people receive in-depth counseling if genetic testing is needed, and that’s the context in which genome exploring should be done! experiment with walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, yoga and strength-building or flexibility exercises to see what sustains your interest. Then sweat it out for at least 30 minutes daily! P.S. You cut the risk of stroke 20 percent by sweating four times a week. body, making folks with high cholesterol more vulnerable. Regular 3-D screenings can catch breast cancer at its earliest and most curable stage. Bonus tip: If you have elevated LDL, taking a cholesterol-lowering statin and aspirin are smart ways to reduce breast-cancer risk; statins reduce the estrogen-like powers of that cholesterol byproduct, and a daily aspirin cuts the risk by 40 percent! 5. Garlic goodies. Garlic-infused olive oil and a garlic press deliver an immune-boosting, hearthealthy flavor! 6. Jump rope, pedometer and exercise bands. Nothing relieves stress, lowers heart disease risk and protects against diabetes like exercise; cool “toys” are a great incentive to get going! 7. Lavender aromatherapy oil. Give the gift of sleep; sniff the scent for 20 minutes before bedtime. Then, sweet dreams! 8. Thank-you notes. Expressing gratitude improves everyone’s happiness quotient. 9. Our newly revised “YOU: The Owner’s Manual” (also available at the library). Your friends can discover all our secrets for a long, happy, healthy life. compared with women who don’t consume such liquid sugar bombs. And we’ve known for a long time that anyone who drinks a lot of sweetened beverages is at increased risk of obesity, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Drinking one can of sugary soda a day can up your diabetes risk 18 percent, and added sugars fuel the growth and spread of prostate and breast cancers. So what’s our trick for giving beverages a flavor boost and a touch of sweetness, so they’re part of your healthy choices for a younger RealAge? Cinnamon. It tastes and smells great, and one study found taking a 500 mg capsule of cinnamon twice a day for 90 days significantly lowers A1C levels (a measure of your blood sugar levels for the past three months). Cinnamon also lowers lousy LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, increases good HDL cholesterol, and decreases BMI and weight. Try it in coffee or tea, on cereal and wholegrain toast, and add it to casseroles, stir fries and roasted veggies. For a healthy winter dessert, check out our Cinnamon Apple Saute a la Mode at www.doctoroz.com/videos/ cinnamon-apple-la-mode. It’s a sweet taste with no downside. Bon appetite!
By Michael Roizen, M.D., And Mehmet Oz, M.D.
“The Perfect 46” is an upcoming movie in which people are routinely tested to find an ideal genetic partner with whom to create a child. In the real world, things are almost as far-out. Some companies can screen and alert you to DNA variants that might combine with your partner’s to produce an offspring with a rare, single-gene disease, such as cystic fibrosis. Others look for genetic indications that you could develop a disease down the road, so you can make decisions about prevention or medical treatment. But there are lots of questions about how reliable these mail-in-a-vialof-blood-or-saliva genetic tests are. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered one big-buzz company to stop shipping its $99 spit kit. Seems the company can’t prove the accuracy of its tests for 254 genetic problems and were suggesting what people might do with test results. That has potentially devastating health consequences. For example, a false-positive result for a high-risk genelinked condition such breast cancer might lead a woman to have a mastectomy when she didn’t really need to consider having one. So whether you’re curious about your genome or you have a family history of a disorder that you want to avoid passing on to your children, get tested only if
3-D MAMMOGRAMS
The first 3-D motion pictures -- called plasticons -- were created in 1889. Now Hollywood studios crank out dozens of super-dynamic 3-D films a year (“Despicable Me 2,” “Iron Man 3,” “Man of Steel”). But nothing about 3-D ever has been as lifechanging as the way 3-D in mammograms can “see” breast tissue. Digital breast tomosynthesis, the name for these high-tech troublespotters, can identify 22 percent more cancers and avoid many false-positives (and unnecessary biopsies, particularly among women with dense breast tissue and younger women) that result from use of conventional digital mammogram machines. And they’re potentially life-saving for people with a family history of BRCA-2 breast cancer. New information reveals that family members who test BRCA-2-free are still at a much-increased risk of breast cancer, compared with folks with who have no family history of BRCA2. For them, mammograms need to be as accurate as possible, every time, and 3-D images are just that. Other people who might be grateful for the imaging power of tomosynthesis? Anyone with high LDL cholesterol is at increased risk for estrogendependent breast cancer (about 75 percent of breast cancers). That’s because a byproduct of cholesterol acts like estrogen in the
SWEAT: THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
Five hundred years ago, Ponce de Leon landed in Florida, searching for the Fountain of Youth. (Spoiler alert: Scholars say that’s a myth; the tale was invented by rivals to make the explorer look foolish, and by the 17th century the myth became accepted fact.) However, hundreds of water sources (including a magnesium-and-radiumrich fountain in Punta Gorda, Fla., and “liquid Viagra” that bubbles up in Fiuggi, Italy) are said to deliver perpetual youthfulness. But we know the real Fountain of Youth is inside YOU: It’s the sweat that comes from physical activity. A new eight-year study looked at 3,500 folks around age 65: Those who’d always gotten moderate or vigorous exercise were seven times more likely to have healthy aging; even those who didn’t exercise until they were already old tripled their chances of a healthy old age. When you’re sweatin’ and smilin’, dementia and depression, as well as heart disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes, just happen less often. The two keys to keeping active -- or to getting movin’ -- as you age: Having a group or partner to do it with, and finding an activity you enjoy. So sign up for a group class at the gym or get a workout buddy or online coach to support you. And
9 LITTLE NEW YEAR’S GIFTS OF GOODNESS
Want to bring a little good cheer into a friend’s life for various occasions scattered over the New Year? (Not a bad resolution.) Here’s our list of nine mini-gifts that will make everyone healthier and happier (including you, because giving is a great feeling). 1. A half-pound of walnuts. Eating 12 halves daily may increase lifespan 20 percent! And munching six halves 30 minutes before mealtime is an effective way to control appetite. 2. A half-pound of (70 percent cacao) chocolate. One ounce daily may cut heart attack and stroke risk 30 percent while preventing some cancers. And, oh yeah, it tastes great! 3. A pound of coffee (320 ounces of java).. Your daily dose (three cups) can cut stroke risk by 30 percent and may help prevent some cancers, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and Type 2 diabetes. 4. One bottle of wine. Provides 5-7 glasses; one-a-day for women, two for men. Boosts good HDL and reduces lousy LDL, keeping everything from the brain to sexual functions up and running.
SUGAR AND SPICE? SOME, BUT NOT ALL, NICE
Mary Poppins claimed that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but clearly she was unaware added sugar makes you sick -- so you need even more medicine and medical intervention. A recent study of postmenopausal women found that those who drink a lot of sweetened beverages have a 78 percent greater risk of estrogen-dependent type I endometrial cancer (the most common form)
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Center yourself and prepare for unexpected changes. If you can stay one step ahead of everyone else, you will have good fortune. Hold on to your secrets and avoid indulgence and hyperbole. Keep everything aboveboard and strive to be your best. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- What is happening around you may not be to your satisfaction. Don’t let it bother you if someone isn’t playing by the rules. If you have been fulfilling your obligations, there is no need for guilt. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Enjoy your partner, friend or loved one, regardless of what someone else may think. Be true to yourself. Others may disagree with your choices, but as long as you’re happy, everything will be fine. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Avoid brooding over the past. Keep things simple and don’t spend impulsively. Financial security and a rosy future are the gifts you should be giving yourself this year. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- An adjustment to the way you present yourself will garner interest. Offer your services now, and you will be considered for a future venture. Take initiative and trust your instincts. Love is highlighted. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Look after family members who need assistance. Show initiative, and you will come up with a lucrative service you can offer down the line. Keep your ideas to yourself for now.
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GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Maintain a brave front and an open heart in the face of buffeting winds. You’ll please your loved ones with unique, homemade offerings. Take a trip or enjoy a party. Love is in the stars. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You are in for a surprise. You may get into trouble if you behave excessively. Stick to the rules and be honest. Don’t tempt fate or participate in gossip or secret encounters. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -This festive season should be spent with someone special. Focus on love. Participating in volunteer or charity work will result in a new connection. Love is on the rise. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Now is not the time to feud with family. Instead of being critical or preaching about morality, concentrate on being compassionate and understanding. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -It’s an excellent day to visit friends and relatives. Share your opinion and help someone make a positive change. Planning to shift your location will be the beginning of a fresh start. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- You need to stop being a Scrooge. A new approach to an old idea will renew faith in romance and future plans. Organize a spectacular evening, and enjoy the company of friends and family. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Enjoy the party, but don’t overindulge. Make pleasing others your priority and you will get the desired response. Don’t sit around hoping others will change -- set the standard.
THE LOCKHORNS ®
by Bunny Hoest and John Reiner
THE FAMILY CIRCUS ® by Bil Keane
THE GRIZZWELLS ® by Bill Schorr
Beetle Bailey ® Mort Walker
BIG NATE ® by Lincoln Peirce
BABY BLUES ® by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott
FRANK & ERNEST ® by Bob Thaves
CRANKSHAFT ® by Tom Batiuk and Chuck Ayers
ARLO & JANIS ® by Jimmy Johnson
THE BORN LOSER ® by Art and Chip Sansom
Blondie ® Dean Young & John Marshall
ZITS ® by Jerry Scott and Jim Burgman
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Don’t be a passive observer. Take control and make adjustments that will help you advance. Determination and a responsible attitude are key. Changes in your private life may leave you vulnerable. Consider alterative lifestyles. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- A disruption may arise from a sudden change of plans. Don’t concern yourself with what others do. Go your own way, and force others to take a second look at how you handle yourself. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Develop a new skill or idea. You can then turn it into a means to financial or emotional gain. Plan a romantic or otherwise enriching getaway -- it could have very good results. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Not everyone will agree with you, and that’s OK. Avoid arguing over petty details. Your time is better spent researching and developing new ventures. Don’t accommodate unreasonable demands. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- If someone is being critical, make a quick escape. Short trips and meeting with friends will allow you to mingle with people who appreciate your knowledge and sense of humor. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Look into developing a new hobby or take some time to plan a winter getaway. Don’t allow uncertainties or complications imposed by others to bother you. If you take control, you will be able to let go.
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GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- If you get ahead of yourself, you’ll have to retrace your steps. Examine your options. Your personal contributions will inspire the right kind of interest. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Now is a time for reminiscing. Hold on to those memories that make you feel happy and encourage you to create more happy times to remember down the road. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -Take the time to relax and enjoy the festivities. Meeting up with friends will be pleasurable and will lead to new ideas for improving your future. A change of scenery is what you need. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Give yourself the spa treatment and do not feel obliged to contribute more than your share of the domestic responsibilities. Don’t fret over what others want. Take time to do what makes you happy. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -Do some running around or get together with someone with whom you can share your experiences. Love and romance are in the air and will make an ordinary day become spectacular. Be open about your plans. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Be a homebody and effect changes that will make you more comfortable or simplify a project. Don’t impose limitations. Discipline and hard work are all that you need to meet your goals. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Some personal adjustments will help you attract attention. If you are honest, you will get the aid you need. Love and romance are highlighted.
THE LOCKHORNS ®
by Bunny Hoest and John Reiner
THE FAMILY CIRCUS ® by Bil Keane
THE GRIZZWELLS ® by Bill Schorr
Beetle Bailey ® Mort Walker
BIG NATE ® by Lincoln Peirce
BABY BLUES ® by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott
FRANK & ERNEST ® by Bob Thaves
CRANKSHAFT ® by Tom Batiuk and Chuck Ayers
ARLO & JANIS ® by Jimmy Johnson
THE BORN LOSER ® by Art and Chip Sansom
Blondie ® Dean Young & John Marshall
ZITS ® by Jerry Scott and Jim Burgman
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Despite the loss to Carroll, Bellmont’s Trevor Gray put a spirited win up at 120 pounds against the Chargers’ Joe Israbian in overtime with an 8-4 decision to keep the Braves alive late.
Athlete of the Week
Warriors win tech war, and take victory from Clippers
By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The coaches can downplay a rivalry all they want. The signs of dislike and fiery competition are right there on the court, with the players involved. An all-California Christmas nightcap got heated in a hurry. Flailing arms, swinging elbows, even tussling that spilled into the postgame exit with Stephen Jackson mouthing off in the middle of it all. Golden State’s Draymond Green was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul after the third quarter of the Warriors’ 105-103 win Wednesday night for throwing an elbow on a play that drew a technical on Blake Griffin, then Griffin followed him to the locker room with 10:43 remaining when he drew his second technical. The thing is: The Clippers questioned whether Golden State did all it could to ignite Griffin and get him thrown out. If this isn’t a rivalry, it’s darn close. ‘‘I still believe this isn’t a rivalry because neither one of us have done anything,’’ Golden State coach Mark Jackson said. ‘‘It was two teams playing with an edge competing against each other.’’ That’s not quite how Griffin and Clippers coach Doc Rivers saw it. ‘‘If you look at it, I didn’t do anything and I got thrown out of the game. It all boils down to they (referees) fell for it,’’ Griffin said. ‘‘To me, it’s cowardly basketball. I don’t know their intentions, but it worked. ... If I knew the answer I’d probably be in a different position. Tonight I got two technicals for nothing.’’ With Griffin gone, the Clippers missed several key chances in the waning moments. Klay Thompson blocked a shot by Chris Paul with 1 second left then contested Jamal Crawford’s 3-pointer that fell short at the final buzzer as the Warriors rallied in the second half. Griffin was ejected for his second technical after scuffling with Andrew Bogut, following Green to the showers. Paul’s lay-in with 11.9 seconds left went around the rim and out, but Andre Iguodala missed a pair of free throws with 9.3 seconds remaining. That gave the Clippers the ball back with 8.3 seconds to go. Stephen Curry overcame a slow start to score seven of his 15 points over the final 3:01 to go with 11 assists as Golden State snapped the Pacific Division-leading Clippers’ season-best five-game winning streak. Thompson finished with 23 points and David Lee had 23 points and 13 rebounds.
When the game ended, players tangled near the tunnel to the Clippers’ locker room and security personnel stepped in — and former Warriors swingman Jackson could be seen screaming in the fray. Whether the Warriors intended to ignite Griffin, Rivers can only guess. ‘‘I don’t know if they were but it sure looked like it. I can’t accuse them of that but it looked like it. I’m not sure but that’s what it looked like,’’ Rivers said. ‘‘It’s whatever you have to do to win, I guess.’’ This one sure was feisty and festive from the opening tipoff at sold-out Oracle Arena, where fans wore ‘‘Christmas Whiteout’’ snowflake Warriors T-shirts for the holiday occasion. Paul had 26 points and 11 assists as he and Curry put on a late-game show between two of the Western Conference’s top point guards. Griffin added 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists before his early exit. Bogut added 10 points and 14 rebounds. Both Rivers and Jackson said before the game this can’t truly be a rivalry until both teams are consistent contenders year after year. It’s certainly getting testy enough to be close to such status. And they see each other twice more. The Clippers come back Jan. 30.
Belichick blames practice cutback for injuries
By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Patriots coach Bill Belichick is blaming recently instituted NFL rules shortening offseason practice time for what he claims to be an increasing number of player injuries. ‘‘I’m in favor of total preparation for the players for the season,’’ Belichick said during a conference call with Buffalo reporters this week in leading up to New England’s home game against the Bills on Sunday. ‘‘And I think that’s been changed significantly and, I would say, not necessarily for the better when you look at the injury numbers.’’ Belichick said players are more vulnerable to being hurt because they’re less prepared, and described the limits placed on offseason workouts — including training camp — as being counterproductive. ‘‘Personally, I think that’s taking the wrong approach,’’ he said. ‘‘You have a gap between preparation and competition level. And I think that’s where you see a lot of injuries occurring. We get a lot of breakdowns. We get a lot of situations that players just aren’t as prepared as they were in previous years, in my experience anyway.’’ Belichick was specifically challenging several new rules negotiated into the NFL labor deal that ended an offseason-long lockout in 2011. Teams were prevented from holding two-a-day practices during training camp. Limits were also placed on how many times players practiced in pads throughout the year. In the spring, offseason team activity time was reduced from 14 to nine weeks (10 if the team changed head coaches). What’s in question is whether injuries are, in fact, on the rise in the NFL, as Belichick suggested. Though he didn’t cite specific numbers, Belichick said he was citing ‘‘a matter of record not opinion,’’ in saying injuries league-wide have been on the rise over the past three years. League spokesman Michael Signora disputed Belichick’s assertions. ‘‘We carefully monitor player injuries,’’ Signora said. ‘‘There is no evidence that the new work rules have had an adverse effect on the injury rate or that injuries have in fact increased.’’ The NFL declined to released its numbers. But according to STATS, the number of NFL players finishing a season on injured reserve has risen significantly over the past 14 seasons.
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NFL Standings
By The Associated Press AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA y-New England 11 4 0 .733 410 318 Miami 8 7 0 .533 310 315 N.Y. Jets 7 8 0 .467 270 380 Buffalo 6 9 0 .400 319 354 South W L T Pct PF PA y-Indianapolis 10 5 0 .667 361 326 Tennessee 6 9 0 .400 346 371 Jacksonville 4 11 0 .267 237 419 Houston 2 13 0 .133 266 412 North W L T Pct PF PA y-Cincinnati 10 5 0 .667 396 288 Baltimore 8 7 0 .533 303 318 Pittsburgh 7 8 0 .467 359 363 Cleveland 4 11 0 .267 301 386 West W L T Pct PF PA y-Denver 12 3 0 .800 572 385 x-Kansas City 11 4 0 .733 406 278 San Diego 8 7 0 .533 369 324 Oakland 4 11 0 .267 308 419 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Philadelphia 9 6 0 .600 418 360 Dallas 8 7 0 .533 417 408 N.Y. Giants 6 9 0 .400 274 377 Washington 3 12 0 .200 328 458 South W L T Pct PF PA x-Carolina 11 4 0 .733 345 221 New Orleans 10 5 0 .667 372 287 Atlanta 4 11 0 .267 333 422 Tampa Bay 4 11 0 .267 271 347 North W L T Pct PF PA Chicago 8 7 0 .533 417 445 Green Bay 7 7 1 .500 384 400 Detroit 7 8 0 .467 382 362 Minnesota 4 10 1 .300 377 467 West W L T Pct PF PA x-Seattle 12 3 0 .800 390 222 x-San Francisco 11 4 0 .733 383 252 Arizona 10 5 0 .667 359 301 St. Louis 7 8 0 .467 339 337 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division ——— Sunday’s Games St. Louis 23, Tampa Bay 13 Indianapolis 23, Kansas City 7 Denver 37, Houston 13 Buffalo 19, Miami 0 Carolina 17, New Orleans 13 Dallas 24, Washington 23 N.Y. Jets 24, Cleveland 13 Cincinnati 42, Minnesota 14 Tennessee 20, Jacksonville 16 Arizona 17, Seattle 10 N.Y. Giants 23, Detroit 20, OT San Diego 26, Oakland 13 Pittsburgh 38, Green Bay 31 New England 41, Baltimore 7 Philadelphia 54, Chicago 11 Monday’s Game San Francisco 34, Atlanta 24 Sunday, Dec. 29 Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. Denver at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. Kansas City at San Diego, 4:25 St. Louis at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. San Francisco at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. Green Bay at Chicago, 4:25 p.m. Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 Buffalo at New England, 4:25 p.m. Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 11 15 .423 — Boston 12 17 .414 1/2 New York 9 19 .321 3 Brooklyn 9 19 .321 3 Philadelphia 8 20 .286 4 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 22 6 .786 — Atlanta 15 13 .536 7 Charlotte 14 15 .483 8 1/2 Washington 12 13 .480 8 1/2 Orlando 8 20 .286 14 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 23 5 .821 — Detroit 14 16 .467 10 Chicago 11 16 .407 11 1/2 Cleveland 10 17 .370 12 1/2 Milwaukee 6 22 .214 17 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 22 7 .759 — Houston 19 11 .633 3 1/2 Dallas 16 12 .571 5 1/2 New Orleans 12 14 .462 8 1/2 Memphis 12 15 .444 9 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Portland 23 5 .821 — Oklahoma City 23 5 .821 — Denver 14 13 .519 8 1/2 Minnesota 13 15 .464 10 Utah 8 23 .258 16 1/2 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 20 10 .667 — Phoenix 17 10 .630 1 1/2 Golden State 17 13 .567 3 L.A. Lakers 13 16 .448 6 1/2 Sacramento 8 19 .296 10 1/2 Tuesday’s Games No games scheduled Wednesday’s Games Chicago 95, Brooklyn 78 Oklahoma City 123, New York 94 Miami 101, L.A. Lakers 95 Houston 111, San Antonio 98 Golden St. 105, L.A. Clippers 103 Thursday’s Games Atlanta at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Memphis at Houston, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Portland, 10:30 Friday’s Games Detroit at Orlando, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Toronto at New York, 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Denver at New Orleans, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Utah, 9 p.m. Miami at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Phoenix at Golden State, 10:30 National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 37 25 10 2 52 106 77 Tampa Bay 37 23 11 3 49 106 87 Montreal 38 22 13 3 47 96 84 Detroit 39 17 13 9 43 99 108 Toronto 39 18 16 5 41 106 113 Ottawa 39 15 17 7 37 111 126 Florida 38 14 19 5 33 88 123 Buffalo 37 10 24 3 23 66 105 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 39 27 11 1 55 121 88 Washington 37 19 14 4 42 117 112 Philadelphia 37 17 16 4 38 93 104 N.Y. Rangers 38 18 18 2 38 88 102 New Jersey 38 15 16 7 37 92 99 Columbus 37 16 17 4 36 101 106 Carolina 37 14 15 8 36 86 105 N.Y. Islanders 38 11 20 7 29 96 129 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 39 26 7 6 58 145 107 St. Louis 36 24 7 5 53 128 85 Colorado 36 23 10 3 49 106 88 Minnesota 39 20 14 5 45 88 96 Dallas 36 18 12 6 42 106 107 Winnipeg 39 16 18 5 37 103 116 Nashville 37 16 17 4 36 85 109 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 39 27 7 5 59 127 98 Los Angeles 38 25 9 4 54 106 76 San Jose 37 23 8 6 52 121 94 Vancouver 39 22 11 6 50 106 93 Phoenix 36 19 10 7 45 111 110 Calgary 37 14 17 6 34 95 118 Edmonton 39 12 24 3 27 101 135 OTE: Two points for a win, one N point for overtime loss. Thursday’s Games No games scheduled Friday’s Games Ottawa at Boston, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m. Columbus at New Jersey, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Washington, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7 p.m. Colorado at Chicago, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Nashville at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Edmonton at Calgary, 9 p.m. San Jose at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
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Busse, Lady Jets seal game late with free throws, 59-52
By DYLAN MALONE Adams Central stole county bragging rights for a year on Monday night at the Teepee as they downed the Squaws on the road with a 59-52 win. The Lady Jets earned the win a few days before Christmas to improve to 2-8 on the year, while Bellmont's struggles continued with the loss dropping them to 0-11 on the 2013-14 campaign. Six AC and Bellmont shooters reached double figures in the game, an abnormal stat for either team as scoring has been at a premium for both schools all season long. Both teams shot the ball well compared to their season averages. Abby Busse hit four of six from the foul line late to pad the Jets lead and earn the victory. Central jumped out to a 10-4 lead making four of their first six shots in the first quarter before cooling off and missing all but one of their next 10 shots. An Amanda Hunter three-pointer was timely one play after Courtney Scherer slashed the lane for two and it was 10-9 AC. Busse silenced the Bellmont crowd, however, lacing another threepointer for the four-point advantage. The Squaws would score the quarter's final six points, however to hold a temporary 15-13 lead after eight minutes. The Jets picked up right where they left off, however, outscoring Bellmont 18-9 in the second quarter stringing together four threepointers (two each from Case and Busse) as part of a 7-14 shooting effort before halftime. Bellmont managed a 4-12 field goal effort but trailed 32-23 at the break. The big second quarter would prove to be huge in deciding the game as Bellmont outscored the Lady Jets slightly 29-27 in the second half as AC fought hard to pull away and the Squaws dug deep to keep the game within striking distance. Central's biggest lead of the game came in the third when they led 39-27 thanks to Sarah Fiechter tallying five of her 12 points with timely baskets and passing in the early-going of the quarter. Bailey Christlieb did her part in round three, however, stroking six of her 12 points in a twominute stretch towards the end of the third. Scherer shot three of four free throws late in the third to keep the deficit under double digits and cause a 13-13 stalemate between the teams in the third quarter with the Jets leading 45-36. Meredith Werling's jumper cut the lead to seven at the start of the fourth and a Scherer freebie later made it 48-40 before Fiechter turned the game around with one quick swipe stealing the ball at half court and scoring an easy two for a 10-point advantage with just three minutes left to play. Bellmont continued to claw in the late goings to their credit but Central had an answer for every basket. After a Scherer two, Case made a jumper. Hunter would hit her second three of the game but it was followed by a Fiechter lay-up in little traffic. Under a minute, Bellmont's last hurrah came in the form of a Christlieb triple and Scherer free throws that made it 56-50. After two Central free throws, Andi Schultz' jumper was good from 10-feet but the Squaws would not score again. Case led AC with 17 points including four three-pointers with nine rebounds and three steals, while Busse had 15 points on three triples with five rebounds and two assists. Fiechter added 14 with four steals. For Bellmont, Scherer had 20 points including a 10-12 effort from the foul line with five rebounds and two steals. Christlieb added 12 points with three rebounds, two assists and a steal, while Hunter had 10 points with nine boards and a steal. The Lady Jets reserves won a tight battle against Bellmont 35-34 despite a furious second half comeback from the Squaws. AC led 19-9 at the half but Bellmont outscored the Jets 25-16 in the second half falling just short of the win. The game seemed to be headed to overtime with the score tied at 34-34 when the Jets had one final look with five seconds to go. A Squaws' foul under the basket with one second left allowed Rileigh Wolpert to hit a free throw for the lead. A lane violation killed the second shot but Bellmont could not get anything going towards the basket full court and the Jets escaped. Haley Stinson had 11 points to lead Central with Taylor Biberstine adding eight points and eight rebounds. For Bellmont, Maddi Malone was a solid 10-12 from the foul line leading
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THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES—Bellmont’s Andi Schultz attempts a shot under the basket earlier this season. The Squaws have been slumping this season with a 0-11 record after the AC loss Monday night. (Photo by Deb Shannon)
the way with 14 points and five rebounds with Abbie Lepper chipping in eight points. Central hosts Muncie South next Friday night after the new year holiday, while Bellmont travels to the Frankfort Hot Dog tournament on Saturday. The Squaws play at 11:45 a.m. in game two against Northwestern with the winner playing in the championship game at 6 p.m. or the third place game at the same time in the auxiliary gym against either Frankfort or Winchester.
AC 59, Bellmont 52 LADY JETS (2-8) FG 3PT Keller 1-3 0-0 Fiechter 5-7 0-2 Case 5-12 4-5 Mishler 0-1 0-0 Busse 4-14 3-8 Carroll 1-6 0-1 Holley 0-0 0-0 Salway Bluhm Totals 2-7 0-0 1-1 5 0-3 0-1 0-0 0 19-53 7-17 16-23 59 TP 11 6 20 8 2 0 6 0 52 59 52
SQUAWS (0-11) FG 3PT FT Christlieb 5-12 1-3 0-0 Werling 3-7 0-0 0-0 Scherer 5-14 0-0 10-12 Hunter 2-9 2-5 2-2 Gutierrez 1-8 0-1 0-0 Malone 0-1 0-0 0-0 Schultz 2-7 0-0 2-2 Wilder 0-0 0-0 0-0 Totals 18-57 3-9 13-16 Score By Quarters AC 13 19 13 14 BEL 15 8 13 16
STATISTICS—REB: AC 34 (Salway 7, Case 7), BEL 31 (Hunter 9)...AST: AC 5, BEL 6 (Gutierrez 3)...STL: AC 9 (Fiechter 4), BEL 5 (Scherer 2)... BLK: AC 2, BEL 0...FOULS: AC 18, BEL 20 (Gutierrez OUT)...TO: AC 15, BEL 14. AC 35, BELLMONT 34 JV Scoring: (AC) Isch 1-0-2-4, Hurst 0-0-2-2, Biberstine 3-0-2-8, Myrice 0-0-0-0, Wolpert 1-0-2-4, Stinson 4-0-3-11, Sheets 3-0-0-6, totals 12-011-35. (BEL) Ellsworth 1-0-0-2, Okoniewski 0-0-0-0, Gephart 2-0-0-4, Wilder 1-0-0-4, Malone 2-0-10-14, Lepper 3-0-2-8, Diaz 1-0-0-2, Totals 11-0-12-34.
FT 2-2 2-3 3-4 0-0 4-6 4-7 0-0
TP 4 12 17 0 15 6 0
Orton next man up for Cowboys
TURNING IT AROUND—Abby Busse (right) drives hard against an opponent. The Lady Jets toppled Bellmont on the road but need more than one win to turn their season in the right direction as they sport a 2-8 record to this point. (Photo by Kalvin Fiechter)
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Kyle Orton and Jon Kitna sat at opposite ends of a couch in the Dallas Cowboys’ locker room Wednesday, turned toward each other and started chatting. They probably were talking about Dallas’ offense. Orton will make his first start at quarterback in his two seasons with the Cowboys on Sunday night, unless Tony Romo can recover from a herniated disc. Dallas will be playing a winner-take-all game at home against the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East title and a playoff berth. Romo was nowhere to be seen in any of the public areas at Valley Ranch. He did not practice, and didn’t attend a morning offensive meeting, according to coach Jason Garrett. ‘‘I’m just excited,’’ Orton said. ‘‘I think the guys have got a lot of confidence in me. I’ve got a lot of confidence in myself. I can fall back on my experience. I’ve played a lot of games in this league. I don’t feel I have to do too much with the ball, just get it to 29 (DeMarco Murray), 82 (Jason Witten) and 88 (Dez Bryant).’’ Garrett still hasn’t ruled out Romo. ‘‘I saw him briefly today. He’s fighting through it. He’s doing everything he can to get back. He’s going through the rehab process. ‘‘We’ll evaluate him day to day, the same as most players who are injured.’’ Asked whether he thought Romo would play Sunday, Garrett said, ‘‘We’ll have to see. It seems like he is feeling a little bit better.’’ Orton’s most recent
Serena is AP Female Athlete of Year
By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer Serena Williams likes to make one thing clear: She is never satisfied, no matter how many matches and tournaments she wins. Driven as ever, Williams won plenty this year. She went 78-4 with 11 titles, including at the French Open and U.S. Open, raising her Grand Slam championship total to 17. She compiled a 34-match winning streak. She earned more than $12 million in prize money, a record for women’s tennis. In February, she became the oldest No. 1 in WTA rankings history and never left that perch. Thanks to all of that, Williams was honored Wednesday as The Associated Press’ 2013 Female Athlete of the Year. It’s the third AP award for Williams, following 2002 and 2009. Only two women have been chosen more often as AP Athlete of the Year since the annual awards were first handed out in 1931. ‘‘Whenever I lose, I get more determined, and it gives me something more to work toward,’’ Williams told the AP in an interview shortly before the start of the U.S. Open. ‘ The vote by news organizations was about as lopsided as many of Williams’ matches this season. She received 55 of 96 votes, while Brittney Griner, a two-time AP Player of the Year in college basketball and the No. 1 pick in April’s WNBA draft, finished second with 14. Swimmer Missy Franklin was next with 10. The Male Athlete of the Year recipient will be announced Thursday.
start was in Week 17 of 2011 for Kansas City in a 7-3 victory over the Denver Broncos. He had started the season with Denver, but was released after losing the starting job to Tim Tebow, who led the Broncos to the playoffs. The 31-year-old Orton has a 35-34 record in 69 starts in nine NFL seasons. For Dallas, Orton has appeared in three games, completing 12 of 15 passes for 129 yards. Garrett said even that limited experience was valuable. ‘‘Any time, at any position, it’s good to play,’’ Garrett said Romo has been an active participant in preparing game plans, and Garrett said Orton’s input would be welcomed. ‘‘We always want our players to communicate with us,’’ Garrett said.
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