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February 5, 2014
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CrimeStoppers benefit b’ball game slated
The K-105 Hoopsters will again make a visit to Bellmont High School to battle a team known as the Adams County CrimeStoppers in a fundraising event for the local organization. The game will be held at 7 p.m. Febr. 24 at Bellmont High School. Admission is $4 per adult, $2 per student, and children under 5 are admitted free. Concessions will be served. The Razz M Jazz dance studio will provide the halftime entertainment. A gift basket will also be raffled off during the game. The Crime Fighters team will be made up of local law enforcement officers. The game is the third annual battle with the K-105 team from Fort Wayne and all money generated from the game will go to the Crime Stoppers’ Tipster Fund. The game is being sponsored by Kiess Electric of Decatur and the Adams County Sheriff’s Department Reserves.
Here we go again
You all know the drill: Shovel, curse, repeat
From staff and wire reports Relentless! There’s no other way to describe the wrath of Mother Nature during this seemingly neverending winter season. Adams County was under a travel warning this morning — the mostrestrictive level issued by the sheriff’s department, meaning travel is limited to emergency personnel only — after another massive snowstorm dumped an estimated 6 inches of snow on the region Tuesday night and into today. Officials snowfall amounts were not available from the Decatur wastewater treatment plant because all city offices were closed today. All county schools and many businesses were closed as roadways remained hazardous and in some cases impassable today. Adams County Emergency Management Agency director John August reported today it was “the wind as much as anything” that was causing havoc with travel activity within the county. August noted that the massive snowfall Tuesday night and early today, along with the wind, forced county highway department plows off the road over night. “With the blowing snow it was just dangerous for the drivers to be
The day started out for Adams County residents like far too many have lately: With a shovel in hand. Roger Bixler was out at daybreak today attempting the clear the 6 inches of new snow that fell overnight from his Northbrook Court driveway. Photo by J Swygart
out in their plows with vision greatly reduced,” August said, adding that he and Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg and county highway See SNOW, Page 3
Bedbugs in Geneva have resident riled
By MIKE LAMM Geneva resident Donna Butler appeared before Geneva Town Council Tuesday night to rail against “an issue we have here in town with bedbugs,” asking councilors at their regular monthly meeting to consider “an ordinance so that people in the community don’t have to go through what we did.” With a pair of zip lock baggies containing dead bedbugs and a stack of paperwork and ordinances from towns and states across the nation, Butler is on a one-woman crusade to rid the community of bed bugs and bring about change locally and statewide on what can be done legally to those who are responsible for spreading bed bug infestations. The problem of bed bugs was first addressed at last month’s regular meeting when Fire Chief John Patch broached the subject, wanting to know if the town would pay for eradication measures for his firemen should they be called to Geneva Shores Apartments, 295 S. Hale St., and bring bed bugs into their own homes from the location. Butler also pointed an accusatory finger at the same local apartment complex, indicating the infestation in her own home could be traced to a woman whom her son had been dating and who lived at Geneva Shores Apartments. “This problem started in May of 2013,” when one tenant was identified as having bed bugs, Butler stated. That individual later moved to Berne and took the problem with her, but left her Geneva Shores apartment infested, Butler said. The pests then spread from there to the remainder of the apartments in the complex, Butler intimated. Rather than call in a professional exterminator, the manager of Geneva Shores attempted to eradicate the bed bugs infestation with over the counter remedies, Butler alleged, and then rented out the apartment without notifying the next tenant. The problem has been escalating ever since, she added. According to Butler, over the counter remedies have been “proven not to work” in effectively eradicating bed bug infestations. She noted one female bed bug can lay up to 500 eggs. Extreme temperatures will kill the pests, Butler stated, but would need to exceed 117 degree heat for three days or remain 19 degrees below zero for seven days in order to be
Bellmont High School will host a Financial Aid Information Night at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 13 in the school theater.  The hour-long presentation will address: • What is financial aid? • How do students apply? • How are financial aid decisions made? • FInancial aid awards • Paying for college • Free resources The evening will conclude with a question and answer session. The session is open to all parents and students of all grades, but is critical for juniors and seniors planning to continue their education beyond high school, school officials said. To be eligible to receive state and federal assistance for college, a FAFSA form must be filed by March 1st.  Parents and students can go to www.fafsa. ed.gov to download a “FAFSA on the web worksheet” and begin the process.
Financial Aid Night set at BHS
effective. “Something needs to be done,” Butler said, “and I’m not gonna quit until I get something done. I don’t care how many people I piss off. Tenants don’t have to live like this.” She stated her life has been a living hell since discovering bed bugs in her own home. Clothing and furnishing have been thrown away, special bed bug covers where purchased and a professional exterminator was called into her home. “It took me days to get ready for the exterminator,” Butler noted, informing councilors that everything in her home was sprayed, including “the inside of dresser drawers, in closets, up walls… everywhere.” “I don’t never want them back,” Butler said. See BEDBUGS, Page 3
Orr seeks re-election to county council seat
Eric D. Orr, of Berne, has filed his declaration of candidacy seeking re-election as the Republican nominee for the District 3 seat on Adams County Council. Orr has served on the council since November, 2008, when Matt Lehman left the council to serve in the Indiana Legislature. “My experience as a small business owner, an attorney, and a taxpayer has given me a good deal of insight into the needs of Adams County. In my view, government should be limited, local, and efficient,” Orr said in a prepared stateOrr ment. Orr graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2001 and from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2009. He is married to Amy M. Orr of Berne. The couple has three daughters. He practices law in Berne and attends West Missionary Church where he plays piano and guitar with the praise team.
Weather on Decatur council’s mind
By BOB SHRALUKA With the beginnings of the latest winter storm dumping more snow outside, weather was once again a main topic at Tuesday night’s Decatur City Council meeting. Residents were asked to do the following: • Keep snow away from fire hydrants, Fire Chief Les Marckel said. • Park vehicles off the street, if possible, according to Operations Manager Jeremy Gilbert.. • Let water taps drip to prevent pipes from freezing, Utilities Manager Dan Rickord urged. • Start sooner, drive slowly and carefully, and leave more room than usual between your vehicle and the one ahead of you, added Assistant Police Chief Greg Cook. Asked for comment by Mayor John Schultz, city Operations Manager Jeremy Gilbert said: “Well, we’re up against another storm. The weather has been very rough, as everyone knows, one of the worst in memory. We’ve been experiencing some tough times and it’s going to be some time before we get back to routine.” Gilbert said snow removal crews are running out of places to pile snow. In some cases, he noted, snow has been pushed into yards and onto sidewalks. “We regret having to do so,” he said, but there is no alternative in some areas. Asked by Councilman Matt Dyer how salt was holding out, Gilbert replied, “We’re burning (using) it about as fast as we can get it.” Whereas earlier this winter salt could generally be received a day after being ordered, it now
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takes about 10 days. It was pointed out that the city has used as much salt in January as it used in the previous 12 months. Gilbert asked people to use offstreet parking when possible “as it helps us out significantly” when moving snow off city streets.   Schultz remarked about the recent rains turning to slush and now ice, leaving deep ruts on many city streets. “We’ve really had a challenge and (our city employees) have done the best they can; I want to thank them for it,” he added.   New problem Rickord talked about a new problem: Service water lines freezing in front yards.   “We had five or six at homes and a couple of businesses last week,” he explained. “It’s See CITY, Page 3
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County Spelling Bee is delayed
Stutzman: Farm Bill just ‘business as usual’ in D.C.
The Adams County Spelling Bee has been postponed again. The event was to be held Tuesday evening at South Adams School, but was postponed (for a second time) due to the threat of inclement weather. The county Spelling Bee has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at South Adams School.
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The local chapter of the American Red Cross will host the following blood drives in Adams County: • 12-6 p.m. Feb. 18 at the South Adams Senior Center in the Main Hall, 825 Hendrick St., Berne. • 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Feb. 21 at Adams Memorial Hospital in the Decatur Room, 1100 Mercer Ave., Decatur. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800RED CROSS (1-800-7332767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Indiana and Ohio), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. Individuals should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when they come to donate. The Red Cross is emphasizing the importance of blood donations by area youths. “We want our youth to know they can make a huge difference in their community and the world,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO with the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the Red Cross. “When they ask their friends and family to donate blood, when they volunteer at a blood drive and donate blood themselves, they can start the powerful habit of a lifetime.” Whitman said it is crucial to educate young people about the importance of community service through blood donations. Currently, baby boomers – generally defined as those born between 1946 and 1964 – make up a significant portion of Red Cross blood donors. However, as this population gets older they may be less able to give blood on a regular basis.
Indiana Congressman Marlin Stutzman, a fourthgeneration farmer who worked last year to successfully separate agriculture and nutrition programs for the first time in nearly 40 years, spoke on the House floor Tuesday morning in opposition to a trillion dollar Farm Bill that recombines these separate policies.   Prior to voting against the Farm Bill, Stutzman called the legislation “just more business as usual here in Washington.” According to a press release issued by his office, Stutzman, R-2nd, said, “Last summer, the American people won an important victory for common-sense and transparency when we ended the unholy alliance between food stamps and farm programs. Together, we defeated business as usual by passing the first farm-only Stutzman Farm Bill in nearly 40 years. “Business as usual fought back and here we are today. Not only does this Farm Bill recombine food stamps and farm programs, it actually spends even more than the bill the Senate passed. This is exactly the kind of logrolling that we fought to prevent this summer. Mr. Speaker, Congress works best when we do our work in the full light of day. Unfortunately, this Farm Bill was written behind closed doors. It was stripped of long-term reforms. It spends money we simply don’t have.” Stutzman concluded that as a “farmer and a conservative, I will not vote to take a step backwards.”
Escapee plans to fight extradition to Michigan
READING TO TRAPPER — Grandmothers are great at influencing the lives of their grandchildren. Pictured are Jocelyn Parrish with her grandson, Trapper Bustos, son of Griff and Patti Bustos. Trapper has completed the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program at the Berne Public Library by listening to his grandmother read a variety of books during the past several months. He has gained an increased readiness for kindergarten and a love of books. For more information about the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program, call the Berne Public Library at 589-2809. Photo provided
IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A convicted killer captured in Indiana after a daring one-day escape from a Michigan prison told a judge Tuesday that he would resist extradition to his home state, a prosecutor said. Michael David Elliot was returned to the LaPorte County, Ind., jail on a $1 million bond after being arraigned on a charge of auto theft. He was arrested Monday in a stolen vehicle, about 24 hours after escaping through two fences at the Ionia Correctional Facility in western Michigan. Elliot, 40, is charged with carjacking, kidnapping and escape in Michigan. He declined to waive extradition, and officials now have 30 days to formally request that Indiana and a judge send him back, LaPorte County Prosecutor Robert Szilagyi said. ‘‘All we have to show is that it’s correct, that he’s the person in question, and then they can extradite him back to Michigan,’’ Szilagyi told The Associated
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Watered-down abortion bill gets Senate OK
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A bill to increase regulation of Indiana’s abortion clinics has Indiana Senate approval after a committee gutted contested provisions that would have required all clinics to meet current building code standards and undergo annual inspections. The Senate voted 34-14 Tuesday in favor of the bill that would require abortion providers to establish a 24-hour -a-day phone line for patients to call in case of questions or complications. The proposal also requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital or to have a written agreement with another physician with those privileges. They must give patients the hospital contact information before the procedure. The bill now goes to the House for consideration.
Rep. Woody Burton of Whiteland that would bar the move is working its way through the General Assembly.
Governors write to Obama over propone shortage
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and six other governors are writing to President Obama asking for help in addressing the propone shortage and price increases. They are asking for the administration to help increase propane supplies through ‘‘every means of transport.’’ They encouraged Obama to consider regulatory waivers aimed at increasing supplies and hoped the Small Business Administration would ease loan requirements to help communities respond to the shortage. The letter also said they wanted to explore actions to improve supply stability in future years. The letter dated Tuesday was sent through the Midwest Governor’s Association, of which Dayton is chair. The other governors are Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
Energy efficiency program is in jeopardy
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A coalition of environmental and citizens groups is warning that a bill advancing in the Indiana Legislature threatens to undermine a 2-year-old energyefficiency program that helps homeowners and businesses cut their energy use. The bill passed the state Senate on a 37-11 vote Monday and heads to the House for consideration. The measure would allow industries that are Indiana’s biggest energy users to pull out of the Energizing Indiana program, which provides energy-efficiency assessments and tips for saving energy and lowering utility bills. That state-mandated program has saved enough energy since 2012 to power nearly 74,000 Indiana homes. The Sierra Club, Citizens Action Coalition and other groups say the bill would likely shift the program’s costs onto small businesses and families and threaten the
Press. ‘‘We’re anticipating they’re going to do it pretty fast.’’ Craig Braje was appointed to serve as Elliot’s attorney in Indiana. A message seeking comment was left at his office. After serving 20 years of a no-parole life sentence, Elliot broke out of prison Sunday night, using his hands to get through two fences while wearing a white kitchen uniform that may have helped him blend with the snow, authorities said. Elliot, armed with a box cutter, is accused of stealing a Jeep with a woman inside. She escaped when they stopped for gas in Elkhart County, Ind., more than 100 miles away. The Jeep was later found abandoned in nearby Shipshewana, Ind. By evening, Elliot was captured in another stolen vehicle in LaPorte County. Authorities are now left to sort out exactly how Elliot was able to get out of the Michigan prison.
School safety grant program applications now accepted
The application period for the second round of Secured School Safety Grants is now open and runs through March 10, according to a press release from the Indian Department of Homeland Security. The Secured School Safety Grant program is a state grant fund that provides matching grants to school corporations, charter schools or a coalition of school corporations and/or charter schools. These organizations can use grant funds to employ a school resource officer, conduct a threat assessment and/or purchase equipment to restrict
Court sides with city of Angola in strip club battle
Pension board, lawmakers hash out annuity worries
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana state pension system is pressing ahead with a proposal to privatize state employees’ annuity savings accounts, as legislators consider placing a hold on the move for five years amid widespread concerns from workers. The state offers public workers the choice of reinvesting a portion of their pension with the state when they retire. In return, the state guarantees an annual payout of 7.5 percent of that amount to the worker. But the Indiana Public Retirement System sparked an outcry last year when it voted to privatize those payouts, a move that could cut the payouts almost in half. A proposal sponsored by Republican
ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) — The owners of a proposed strip club blocked by officials in a northeastern Indiana city are taking their case to a federal appeals court after a judge sided with the city. Owners Alva and Sandra Butler say in court documents that they’re appealing the ruling by a federal judge in Fort Wayne upholding an Angola rezoning decision that placed the proposed club in an area where such businesses are prohibited and an ordinance that tightened restrictions on adult businesses after the Butlers applied. The Butlers contend the city changed its rules to block their new club. Angola city attorney Cathleen Shrader didn’t have an immediate comment on the appeal.
access to the school or expedite the notification of first responders. Entities with an average daily membership of at least 1,000 students may apply for grants up to $50,000 per year. Those with an average daily membership of fewer than 1,000 students may apply for grants up to $35,000. Last year, more than $9 million was awarded to school corporations, charter schools and coalitions across the state, the release stated. For additional information, go to www.in.gov/ dhs/securedschoolsafety. htm.
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From Page 1 director Mark Mitchel conferred early today and bumped Adams County up to a warning level, the highest mark possible. “We’re one of the few in the area at this level, but while others only had one or two inches of snow on Sunday (Adams County received seven inches at some locations), last night’s snow just added to our problem. We decided it wasn’t safe to have our county workers out today (all county offices were ordered closed). We want to err on the side of safety.” The EMA director said this morning he had not heard an official record of how much snow fell in Adams County in the past 24 hours but noted, “The weather people are still saying we can expect somewhere between 6-10 inches.” August said county highway plows were back on the road “first thing this morning. It seemed like the wind was dying down a little bit and that will help us get the roads cleared. If the winds pick up again, then it’ll be just that more difficult for our highway guys.” August said if winds stay down and roads are cleared, it would be conceivable that the weather warning could be lifted “maybe later tonight.” Adams Memorial Hospital EMS director Ed Ford reported “normal operations” were in effect locally. He said in situations where snow plows are unable to be on the roads, a plow is located at fire departments throughout the county to assist in case an EMS run was dispatched. Ford noted one emergency run was dispatched around 5:30 a.m. today which resulted in a patient being transferred directly to Parkview Hospital. Normally a run of that nature would take approximately two and a half hours from dispatch to the arrival back at AMH but Ford noted the ambulance was still on the way back as of 9 a.m. today due to weather conditions. Ford said weather conditions like today have grounded the two Fort Wayne medical helicopter operations, Lutheran Air and Samaritan, making runs to hospital by ground vehicles the only available option. Decatur City Operations Director Jeremy Gilbert reported city workers were busy this morning and were concentrating on “main arteries” throughout Decatur. He said secondary streets and residential areas hopefully will be worked on later this morning but the main streets were the first priority. Gilbert said that despite the unusual amount of hours put in by city workers in plowing and tending to city streets in the past month, the city is not facing any shortages of salt or other items used to help melt ice on the roadways. “We’re in good shape there,” he noted. Across the state Most counties across Indiana are asking people to restrict their travel as crews clean up form heavy snowfall or freezing rain in much of the state. The National Weather Service reports Indiana’s midsection has the heaviest snowfalls from the storm that arrived Tuesday. About 7 inches of snow is reported in Indianapolis and Terre Haute, with more than 8 inches reported near Bloomington. The state’s northern and southern counties had 2 to 3 inches of snow in many places, although some sections of southern Indiana have seen freezing rain at times. Most school districts from Evansville through central Indiana to Fort Wayne have canceled classes for Wednesday. Many government offices also are closed for the day or delaying their openings. Shovel warning State health officials warn Hoosiers digging their way out of the latest snowfall could face health hazards without proper precautions. Officials recommend wrapping up in layers and stretching beforehand. Avoid heavy meals and smoking before shoveling. State Health Commissioner William VanNess advises anyone with heart problems or over age 50 to talk to a doctor before shoveling. He says cold weather strains the heart, and work outside should be done slowly. Other tips include pushing snow instead of lifting it, but lifting with the legs if necessary.
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Norma Jayne Markley, 81, Decatur, passed away at 3 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at her residence. Norma was born Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1932, in Grant County. She was the daughter of the late Forrest E. and Gainess (Baker) Brown. She married James N. Markley Feb. 24, 1951, in First United Methodist Church, Decatur, and he survives. Norma graduated from Decatur High School in 1950 and was active in the class reunion organization. She retired from Nowak’s Hallmark Store in Decatur and had previously Markley been employed by CTS in Berne. Surviving are a son, Steven A. Markley of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Valerie P. Markley of Fort Wayne and Lynn E. (Wayne) Funk of Garrett; eight grandchildren, Christopher Markley, Kevin Markley, Kathy Moore, Craig Markley, Rebecca Funk, Andrea Funk, Erica Markley and Peter Markley; and eight greatgrandchildren. Preceding Norma in death was a son, Scott J. Markley, in 2001. A private family service will be held. Preferred memorials are to A.C.C.F. - Cancer Fund or Family LifeCare Hospice in Berne. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home.
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John Robert Myers
J. Robert “Bob” Myers, 92, Berne, passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Swiss Village. He was born to Glen and Elta (Tinkham) Myers on Dec. 24, 1921. He married Chloe Kauffman on Sept. 21, 1946. Survivors include three daughters; Cheryl (Larry) Leistner of Berne, Carol (Deryll) Liechty of Berne, and Myra (Mark) Moore of Linn Grove, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, brothers, Melvin and William Myers and sister Frieda Yager. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Bethel Brethren Church, with visitation one hour prior to services. Friends may also call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home. Burial will be in MRE Cemetery, with Berne Post No. 468 performing military rites. Preferred memorials are to the Bethel Brethren Church. Sign guest book on-line at yagerkirchhofer.com
Edward F. Marbach
Edward F. Marbach, 81, of Berne passed away Tuesday at Swiss Village. Arrangements are pending at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, Indiana.
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a vehicle without proof of financial responsibility and also for having an expired license plate on his vehicle; Spencer R. Seip, 24, rural Decatur, for driving while suspended; and Deandrelashun Weaver, 30, Detroit, Michigan, for unlawful stopping or parking of a vehicle on a highway.
Drivers cited Four area drivers were ticketed by the Decatur Police Department on Tuesday for vehicular infractions. Charged were Brian M. Thomas, 35, Willshire, Ohio, for a vehicle registration violation; Christopher M. Vergara, 32, Cambridge Court, Decatur, for operating
ed to stop for a stop sign. Her vehicle then slid on the ice and she was unable to avoid striking pick-up truck waiting at the intersection that was operated by Amber P. Shoemaker, 28, N. Ninth Deaths blamed on Legionnaires’ disease Street, Decatur. BLOOMINGTON, Ind. were infected in the hos Police estimated dam(AP) — Indiana University pital located at Indiana ages at under $1,001 to Health says two patients U n i v e r s i t y - P u r d u e the vehicles. have died at the network’s University Indianapolis in University Hospital after downtown Indianapolis. contracting the bacteria The Indianapolis Star AwMAKeRs Hit HAlFwAy Point that cause Legionnaires’ reports (http://indy.st/ LNey37 ) hospital offi INDIANAPOLIS (AP) When a reporter point- disease. — Fiscal concerns hang ed out that Kenley even IU Health officials said cials say they’ve taken over Indiana lawmakers spiked one of his own Tuesday the patients died steps to clean out the looking to cut state taxes proposals after legislative within the past month hospital’s water supply. and create new educa- analysts showed him the from pneumonia caused Legionnaire’s disease tion programs as they hit price tag, Bosma joked, by the Legionella bacte- is contracted by inhalthe midpoint of the 2014 ‘‘That makes me feel bet- ria. Both had conditions ing small water droplets session. ter about myself, because that compromised their tainted with the bacteria, which can end up House Speaker Brian he’s killed several of mine immune systems. Medical director of in artificial water supply Bosma, R-Indianapolis, over the years.’’ said Tuesday he’s hope- Bosma’s comments infection control Dr. systems such as air conful that measures came as lawmakers Douglas Webb says it’s ditioning units and coolincluding the creation began a brief break not known if the patients ing towers. of a preschool voucher before starting the secprogram win approval in ond half of their 2014 the Senate. He acknowl- session next week. edged concerns voiced by Democratic House Senate leaders about any Minority Leader Scott programs bearing major Pelath suggested lawprice tags. makers pack it up early Senate Appropriations and end their session Chairman Luke Kenley, immediately. He accused R-Noblesville, has been Republicans of focusing particularly vocal about on issues that matter fiscal restraint on the little to most residents, heels of a December including a proposed budget forecast show- constitutional ban on gay ing the state could come marriage and an effort to up roughly $300 million curb the population of short in tax collections. feral cats.
Vehicles collide A minor two-vehicle crash was probed at 6 p.m. Monday by the Decatur Police Department. Police said Susan E. Ehlerding, 49, W. Monroe Street, Decatur, was eastbound on Morningstar Drive near 13th Street and attempt-
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Calvin Hofstetter, another resident of Geneva in attendance at the meeting, imparted that the bed bug infestation “ain’t just our problem, it’s a community problem.” He recommended firefighters “wear haz-mat suits” should they be required to enter the premises on official business. Fire Chief Patch responded he was less concerned about a fire call at the apartment complex than he was about a first responder call wherein he or his staff would need to enter an apartment. “If it catches fire, we can stand at a distance and spray water,” he quipped. “If it catches fire, let it burn,” Butler retorted out loud. Town Marshal Rob Johnson indicated he had recently been called to the complex on a complaint unrelated to beg bugs. He stated when invited into an apartment by the tenant, he refused, asking the tenant instead to step outside to speak with him. Johnson stated the bed bug infestation is already costing the town money, as three of his officers have been subpoenaed to testify in Butler’s law suit, adding time in court to their timesheets. He asked councilors about liability should he or his staff become infested or carry the infestation into their homes. “Is the town responsible for our costs?” he asked. “Is there anything we can do?” he asked rhetorically, “because something has to be done,” he added. City Attorney Dave Baumgartner said the town has worked through the county board of health in attempting to address the problem, but indicated it has been a “very frustrating process.” He stated he would again contact the local agency and ask them to be more aggressive and diligent in pursuing the matter. There are few ordinances pertaining to bed bugs in the United States, Butler reported, noting “I did my research.” Jersey City, NJ, is the only city in the country to enact ordinances specifically concerning bed bugs, she stated, while the state of Michigan has the most comprehensive protections at the state level. Butler brought copies of both ordinances with her, indicating codes which could be enacted “to better serve the health department and give them more leverage to pursue the issue.” She gave copies of the New Jersey ordinances to councilors for their perusal, and had copied the entire, voluminous Michigan state regulations for town councilors to also look at as well. Butler stated she is currently involved in litigation connected to the bed bug infestation in her home, and would be willing to work with councilors in drafting language for a town ordinance addressing the subject. She asked councilors to “look over” the information she had gathered, and “take it under consideration.” Butler suggested it was possible for the city or county attorney to “file an injunction against them (Geneva Shores Apartments) and shut the whole place down.” Geneva City Attorney Dave Baumgartner questioned the legality of such a maneuver, but stated he would look into the matter.
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the first time we’ve seen that here in a long time.” The frost line is probably three feet deep in the ground, causing some lines to freeze. “We get a warmup and you think it’s okay, but it’s not; it’s going to be a long time before that (frost line) comes up,” he added. Residents are urged to let a tap drip because the water line should stay open “as long as water is moving.”
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CURSIVE WRITING
AcTUALLY MAKES STUDENTS SMART
By ANDREA NEAL The Indianapolis Star editorial board has dismissed as a “misplaced legislative priority” Sen. Jean Leising’s effort to require cursive writing instruction in Indiana schools. The Star wondered why time would be spent on such a trivial matter  “in a state where the workforce ranks 42nd in the nation in educational attainment.” Perhaps if the Star were more familiar with the latest neuroscience, it would endorse Sen. Leising’s initiative instead of ridicule it. Cursive writing makes students smarter. That is the conclusion of numerous studies and the work of William Klemm, professor of Neuroscience at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University. Klemm explains that learning cursive is an important tool for cognitive development, “particularly in training the brain to learn functional specialization, that is capacity for optimal efficiency.” (March 14, 2013, Psychology Today).
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Do House Republican leaders mean what they say about immigration?
By BYRON YORK The House Republican leadership, meeting recently at the party’s winter retreat, kept its new immigration reform “principles” as secret as the nuclear codes. Old immigration hands on the Hill, who might have been expected to play a big part in producing the document, were barely consulted. When Speaker John Boehner’s office wanted a knowledgeable Hill staffer to take a look at the work in progress, the person was invited into a room to examine a draft — no copying or note-taking allowed. And the contents remained a mystery to almost all GOP lawmakers until Boehner unveiled them at a members-only meeting Jan. 30. Boehner had his reasons. The principles were going to be the first step in what could well be an ugly and divisive immigration fight inside the House GOP. So why let the opponents get a head start? Now it’s clear those opponents will have a lot to work with. What the GOP calls its “Standards for Immigration Reform” is almost all boilerplate, mostly indistinguishable from the Senate Gang of Eight “framework” that Boehner and other House Republicans rejected. There’s the standard talk about how the U.S. immigration system is “broken.” There are calls for more border enforcement. More interior enforcement, like employment verification and an entry-exit visa system. Provisions for guest workers. Special consideration of young immigrants. It’s all been seen before. And then there are by-now familiar guidelines for the handling of the 11 or 12 million immigrants in the country illegally. “These persons could live legally and without fear in the U.S.,” the principles say, “but only if they were willing to admit their culpability, pass rigorous background checks, pay significant fines and back taxes, develop proficiency in English and American civics, and be able to support themselves and their families (without access to public benefits).” That, too, is all standard issue. But then, in the very last sentence of the principles, comes the key to the whole thing: “None of this can happen before specific enforcement triggers have been implemented to fulfill our promise to the American people that from here on, our immigration laws will indeed be enforced.” It is not an exaggeration to say that the future of immigration reform in Congress depends on whether Republican leaders mean what they say in that single sentence. If they do, and the GOP insists on actual border security measures being in place — not just passed, not just contemplated, but actually in place — before illegal immigrants are allowed to register for legal status, then there will likely be significant Republican support for such a bill. (It might well be a deal-killer for most Democrats, but that is another story.) If, on the other hand, GOP lawmakers wiggle around the clear meaning of the principles’ last sentence to allow legalization to begin before security measures have been implemented, then the party will be back to the same divisions and animosities that have plagued Republicans since the terrible fights over immigration reform in 2006 and 2007. Right now, it’s impossible to say which way GOP leaders will go. But there are signs that the wiggling is already underway. In a recent interview with MSNBC, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., a leading advocate of reform, described a system in which illegal immigrants could come forward and receive probationary status while — not after — border security work is being done. “You can be on probation, and you have to satisfy the terms of your probation while the border’s getting secured,” Ryan said. That — legalization first, followed by completed security — is an entirely different scenario from the one described in the principles. If Republican leaders insist on legalization before security measures are implemented, they’ll likely lose many, many rankand-file conservative lawmakers. Of course, the principles give Republicans some room to maneuver. Just what will those “specific enforcement triggers” be? They certainly won’t be a complete security overhaul of the Mexican border. More likely, Republicans will ultimately stipulate that the Border Patrol have complete “situational awareness” — that is, surveillance capability — of the border and also implement interior enforcement measures. But the bottom line is that some work will have to be finished before legalization begins. At various times in the last few months, it has appeared that immigration reform in the House was dead. Then it seemed to roar back to life. Now, for the first time, the House GOP leadership has committed itself to a set of reform guidelines. Which means the real fight is just beginning.
America, this Coke’s for you
Like millions of Americans, I tuned in Sunday to watch the Seattle Seahawks put a giant-sized hurt on the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl XLVIII. And, like millions of Americans, I was looking forward to the commercials that seem to take precedence over what is arguably the biggest sporting event of the year. In years past, viewers have been entertained, shocked and at times offended by ads that maybe went a little too far. This year, most companies seemed to make a genuine effort to avoid controversy. Whether going with the sentimental, tug-at-your-heartstrings spot or the American pride-type ad, most commercials seemed fairly tame compared to previous years. There was one commercial, however, that caused a bit of a stir. Coca Cola, long known for its themed advertisements centered on unity, aired a multicultural spot with UST A “America the Beautiful” HOUGHT sung in seven different languages. A simBY JANNAYA ple message, conveyed through the simplest ANDREWS means, turned explosive as a portion of Americans almost immediately began chanting death to Coca Cola for daring to suggest a language other than English is spoken within the U.S. boarders. Should we even discuss the multitude of ethnicities living as one nation, under God? Probably not. The sentiment of the ad seemed innocuous enough. People of different nationalities, heritages and traditions living without the viewpoint that everyone different is “other.” But to some, a sliced up, repackaged version of a national tradition was enough to fuel the flames of what it means to be American. Almost immediately after airing, angry posts appeared on those wonderful social media sites Twitter and Facebook. “Nice to see that coke likes to sing an AMERICAN song in the terrorist’s language. Way to go coke. You can leave America,” read a tweet from one angry viewer. “Today we are throwing away all our Coca-Cola products and replacing them with Faygo,” the Facebook page for the Tri-County Congregational Church in St. Cloud, Minn. posted. “Faygo represents Christian Values and follows the Constitution. Mexicans singing the National Anthem is an abomination.” Really? COKE isn’t representing Christian values? I’m not exactly sure how Coca-Cola flouted Christian values or violated the Constitution, and I’m really confused by the “Mexicans singing the National Anthem is an abomination,” declaration. Then again, I suppose I wasn’t paying close enough attention to see all the ways I should have been appalled by this commercial. After all, I didn’t even notice the same-sex couple that took up a good portion of angry posts. Apparently the fact the United States has no official language, that approximately 60 million people in the U.S. speak a language other than English or that there are 381 languages commonly used within the U.S. border is irrelevant. Maybe we should note, too, that of those 381 languages spoken in the U.S., 169 are Native American languages. All of which were spoken in the United States for centuries before English was introduced. Many of the founding fathers were multilingual. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Quincy Adams all spoke multiple languages. Of the 44 American presidents, at least half were able to speak or write a language other than English. Should we all now be offended by these terrorists? These abominations? Clearly, speaking anything other than English qualifies as anti-American. These same closed-minded, intolerant individuals claiming offense to the radical idea of multicultural equality in America must surely all be Native American. After all, if not they could hardly claim the idea of “foreigners” as offensive now could they. Other than those with Native American ancestry, we all descend from another nation. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” Apparently, for some, this only applies to those whose native language is English, whose skin tone is white, and whose lifestyle falls within unyielding guidelines that seem to change daily. Maybe those who were so offended by a simple commercial about unity and equality in a nation based on that very principle should reconsider. Maybe the United States, a nation where “all men are created equal,” isn’t the place for the closed-minded, ignorant fear they seem so willing to cling to. Jannaya Andrews is the associate editor of the Decatur Daily Democrat.
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When children learn cursive writing, their brains develop the ability to integrate sensation, move ment control and thinking.
When children learn cursive writing, their brains develop the ability to integrate sensation, movement control and thinking. “There is spill-over benefit for thinking skills used in reading and writing. To write legible cursive, fine motor control is needed over the fingers,” Klemm writes. Indiana’s current academic standards do not require the teaching of cursive writing, but it should be part of every elementary language arts curriculum for the reasons Klemm cites. Sen. Leising is addressing the gap in our standards in a responsible way with wide public support.    Neal is an English and History teacher at St. Richard’s Episcopal School and a member of the State Board of Education.
Strategic incentives can help keep Indiana grads in state
Yet, even if those dean’s list collegians receive a hefty offer from a steady Hoosier company, the towns and cities around those employers lack the activity and progressive lifestyle the graduates desire. Highways are bumpy. Some school districts are so strapped they’re cutting or curtailing bus service. A sharp young woman or man with a fresh bachelor’s or master’s degree cares about such things. That’s why so many don’t stick around. Now, imagine that a thousand of the very best science, technology, engineering and math students stayed after graduating. And the same thing happened every May, from 2015 to 2016 and beyond. Hoosier incomes would rise. More diversified employers would set up shop here. According to trends in regions with large percentages of highly educated residents, improvement also would occur in public health, crime rates and leisure opportunities.
Envision this group of people. Smart, top-of-their-class graduates of Indiana colleges and universities, with newly bestowed degrees in science, technology, engineering or math. They’ve got standing job offers from employers in bustling places such as San Jose, Calif.; Austin, Texas; Chicago; Atlanta and New York. The grads ponder and thoroughly analyze those options, and instead decide to find a job and begin a career in Indiana. Answering honestly, would you say they made the wisest choice? Each year, more than 300,000 students study at public and private institutions of higher learning in Indiana, and after commencement day, one of every three leaves the state, many for good. Those receiving graduate degrees depart more frequently. Why? The lure of bigger salaries is one obvious reason. Household incomes in 47 other states Byron York is chief political correspondent for The have grown at a faster rate than those in Indiana during the past decade. Washington Examiner.
Though the supermajority Republicans rarely forward Democratinitiated bills in the General Assembly, Pelath’s idea comes straight from the conservative playbook; it features a tax break. He wants Indiana to let those talented products of its colleges live and work here without having to pay any state income tax. In return, they must continue to work and live here for five years. Of course, as the grads are mulling their possible post-college destinations, a state’s income tax level probably ranks well below potential salary, access to trails and parks, nightlife, and the vitality of local schools. Still, the tax break would show these folks the state wants them to be Hoosiers and is committed to upgrading its communities. In time, more will want to be Hoosiers, and Indiana will be their wisest choice.
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Today is the 36th day of 2014 and the 47th day of winter. TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1917, Congress overrode President Woodrow Wilson’s veto in passing the Immigration Act of 1917,
banning persons from an “Asiatic Barred Zone” from entering the country. In 1919, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith launched United Artists. In 1988, Panamanian military leader Manuel Noriega was indicted in Florida on charges of
bribery and drug trafficking. In 1994, white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of the murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers 31 years earlier, in 1963.
TODAY’S FACT: United Artists co-founder Charlie Chaplin, who directed, produced, scored and
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Celebrating Lutheran School’s Week Jan. 27-31.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 5: 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. 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. Women of the Moose chapter enrollment, 7 p.m., Moose home. THURSDAY, Feb. 6: Optimist Club, 7 a.m., Adams Memorial Hospital Decatur Room. Free federal and state tax e-file, no income or age restrictions, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Decatur Library. Homebound call 223-5309. Rotary club, 12 p.m., Back 40. 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. Zumba, Southeast Elementary School, 4-5 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. FRIDAY, Feb. 7: Immanuel House, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 8545 N 500 E, Decatur. Operation Help Food Pantry for Decatur and Monroe residence, 1-3 p.m., Adams County Service Complex, bring your own bags.f A.A. Happy Hour Discussion Group (closed), 5-6 p.m., Decatur Church of God. Free community scrapbook night, 6-11 p.m., Common Ground Church. Reformers Unanimous Addiction Recovery Program, 7-9 p.m., Grace Fellowship Church. SATURDAY, Feb. 8: A.A., 7 p.m., (open speaker/discussion) Cross Community Church, Berne. MONDAY, Feb. 10: Decatur Church of Christ food pantry, 700 E. Monroe St., Decatur, 8-10 a.m. Last names beginning with A-L served on first and third Monday, M-Z served second and fourth Monday. VFW Post 6236, Women meeting, 6:15 p.m. Free crafting and art class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Decatur Music and More, 833 N. 13th st., sketchbook helpful. CAPS Support Group, 6:30 p.m., C and C Bible Fellowship, Berne. A.A. Big Book Discussion, 7 p.m., Decatur Church of God. TUESDAY, Feb. 11: Bread of Life food pantry, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monroe United Methodist Church. Free federal and state tax e-file, no income or age restrictions, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m., Decatur Library. Homebound call 223-5309. TOPS Club, 10 a.m., Riverside Center. Operation Help food pantry for Decatur and Monroe residents, 1-3 p.m., Adams County Service Complex. Bring your own bags. Senior Citizens Play Cards, 1p.m., Riverside Center.
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EVERY HOLIDAY — Pictured above, preschoolers dressed in their favorite holiday clothing!
SCHOOL SPIRIT — Pictured above are kindergarten students at Zion Luthearn School, dressed up in their favorite holiday clothing in celebration of Lutheran School’s Week!
CRAZY HATS — Pictured at left, fifth and sixth grade students wore crazy hats in celebration!
ZION RAISES $862
Sense & Sensitivity
By HARRIETTE COLE
Zion Lutheran School students in grades kindergarten through second, participated in “Hoops for Hearts.” The youngsters raised $862 for the American Heart Association.
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Reader Doesn’t Want to Impose On Her Friends
DEAR HARRIETTE: I recently lost my job and had to move out of my apartment. I currently live with my best friend and her husband. I am so grateful my friends opened their doors for me in my time of need. It has been six months since I lost my job, and my friend’s husband is giving me hints that I should find a place because I am getting in the way of their relationship. The last thing I want to do is break up someone’s home. I called my parents to see if I could move back into their house, and they told me no and I should find a woman’s shelter to move into until I can get my life together. I had a bad experience in a women’s shelter many years ago. I am hurt and disappointed that my parents made a suggestion like that. I have a couple of dollars saved up, but I do not know how long it will last. I used to work in the accounting department at a popular hotel chain, and I am ready to work and have my own place again. -- Nowhere to turn, Virginia Beach, Va. DEAR NOWHERE TO TURN: Comb your memory to see if you have any other friends who may take you in temporarily. If necessary, go to a shelter for a short time. Research to find the safest and cleanest ones in your area. Spend your days actively looking for a job, perhaps outside your field. DEAR HARRIETTE: I read your response to “Worried Son” and was very disappointed. He does not want his mother to drive because she is in her mid-80s. He provides no evidence that she has had any driving problems except that she older, yet you do not even question him about that. People of any given age are not exactly alike. The lady may have many years of driving ahead of her. No, I am not in my 80s; I am a 58-yearold woman who ran senior care facilities of various types for many years. Some children become “helicopter children” in trying to ensure the safety and welfare of their parents and give no thought to quality of life. Getting older is difficult enough without creating problems where none exist. -- Able to Drive, Chicago DEAR ABLE TO DRIVE: I apologize for not making the point that you bring up. Indeed, there are many seniors who are perfectly capable of driving, living on their own and otherwise leading completely independent lives, sometimes well into their 90s. I happen to have quite a few of them in my life. My intention was not to be dismissive of those who are able to be independent. In my research about older people and the safety of driving, I have found a few consistent warning signs for family members and elders themselves to consider as they evaluate whether it is time to stop driving. They include health concerns such as advanced arthritis that could make it hard to steer the car or turn your neck; advanced Parkinson’s disease; diminished vision; Alzheimer’s; and medications that could cause drowsiness. Review the person’s recent driving record. Talk about fender benders and near-misses. For more ideas and information on this topic go to: seniordriving.aaa.com.
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Area high school artists recognized at Van Wert Art Invitational contest
Fifty students from five Ohio high schools had their art work selected for inclusion in the Wassenberg Art Center, Van Wert, Ohio, High School Invitational Art Contest, which opened to the public with an artists’ reception Sunday. The students displayed a total of 58 two and three dimensional works of art, ranging from paintings and watercolor to mixed media. Twelve students each from Crestview, Parkway and Van Wert schools had their artwork accepted into the show, as did five students from Fort Jennings and three from Lincolnview. Taylor Andrews from Parkway Local Schools, located in Rockford, Ohio, took home first place in the mixed media category with her entry titled “Summer Doll,” while Brooke Ripley from Crestview Local School in Convoy, Ohio, captured first prize in the twodimensional category with her three-part image titled “Split Personality.” Kaylynn Noriega, Fort Jennings, placed second in the mixed media category with her sculpture titled “Tears Will Dry,” while Shannon Joseph of Parkway placed third with her mixed media entry titled “Being Revealed.” Moses Boroff from Crestview placed second in the two-dimensional category with his image titled “Self Portrait,” and Rebeca Welker, Van Wert, took home third place with her drawing titled “Beaded Beauty.” Honorable mentions in the three-dimensional category went to Emilie Fisher, Parkway; Dalton West, Lincolnview; and Emily Kehres, Fort Jennings. Receiving honorable mention awards in the two-dimensional category were Kayla Stephenson, Parkway; Leah Brubaker, Van Wert and Kennedy Baker, Parkway. Judge for the contest was Tim Danko, Bryan, Ohio. Danko received his Associate of Arts Degree from Northwest State
Christian trio to perform at Rockford Belle venue
The Northmen, a fulltime Christian music ministry trio, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Rockford Belle, 135 W. Market St., Rockford, Ohio. A press release from the Belle states the Northmen are made up of the husband and wife team of Alan and Cathy Godsey, who are originally from Cincinnati and Marion, Ind., respectively, along with Bob Etzel, who hails from Ann Arbor, Mich. Their newest CD is titled “The Northmen, A Special 25th Anniversary Collection,” consisting of 23 songs of original and classic Christian music
geared for all ages. The music of The Northmen can be heard on radio stations across the country, including XM radio and Solid Gospel. They have had 12 top 40 Gospel music singles and three top 20 songs in the national Singing News Charts. Both Alan and Cathey Godsey have each released solo CD’s. Doors for the concert will open at 6 p.m., with music to begin at 7 p.m. The venue is open free to the public, although a free-will offering with be accepted. For additional information, contact The Belle at 567-644-9993.
Taylor Andrews, a senior at Parkway High School in Rockford, Ohio, won first place in the mixed media category at the Wassenberg Art Center’s High School Invitational Art Contest with her entry titled “Summer Doll.”
Community College in 2005, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, with a concentration in Art and Technology, from Ohio State University in 2009. Danko has participated in the conceptual design and implementation of an educational access television channel in Bryan and has worked as an intern for Ceramics Monthly Magazine.
‘Living History’ display at Arts Place through Feb. 15
Arts Place, Portland Center, is presenting the art of Daniel Driggs in a one-man exhibit titled “Living History: Presenting the Past in the Present,” at the center through Feb. 15. The exhibit is open free to the public. Driggs, born and raised in Nebraska, developed a love of art as a child. Through various life experiences, his passion has developed into the painting of portraits. Utilizing period re-enactors dressed in the character of individuals from the 1700’s and early 1800’s, Driggs describes his work as “windows into the character of the people he portrays rather than as portraits.” His goal is to reveal the character of the reenactor rather than a simple picture of the person. Working in acrylics, light and visual texture are the primary artistic elements used to achieve his desired effect. “Living History: presenting the Past in the Present” can be views in the High N. Ronald Gallery at Arts Place Portland Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information on exhibits at Arts Place Portland Center, contact Leslie Newton, Staff Visual Artist and Curator at lnewton@artsland.org or by contacting the center a 726-4809, ext. 226.
The Wassenberg Art Center is now located in the former Van Wert, Ohio, armory site. Photos by Mike Lamm
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SUDOKU ® by American Profile
Push a little harder and prepare to excel in the coming year. Interacting with others will help open windows of opportunity, allowing you to get the results you seek. To ensure your success, pick up new skills or information that will keep you ahead of the pack. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- You should involve yourself in physical activities that will help you get into shape. You will also find time to catch up on overdue correspondence. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Improve your surroundings. Invest in items that will add to your comfort. Use your skills to gain respect and recognition. Invest in yourself in order to excel. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You can outtalk and outsmart anyone who challenges you. Present your ideas and concerns before you agree to take on a job or responsibility. Get whatever agreement you make in writing. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Your best efforts will be appreciated and lead to greater opportunity. Follow the direction that is best suited to your talents and skills. Keep your private affairs to yourself. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Rise to the occasion. Put your energy to good use. Take the extra step if it will help you finish what you start. Your versatility and quick action will attract an interesting someone. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Confusion or uncertainty must
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not be what stands between you and a decision that can alter your future. Evaluate your position and make a move. Avoid excessive individuals. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -Get ready for action and take on responsibility. Your leadership ability may be challenged, but in the end you will come out on top. Show enthusiasm if you want to attract attention. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Deal with personal business that has the potential to influence your financial future. An older friend or relative is likely to challenge one of your decisions. Patience will be required. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Travel for business or pleasure will lead to information and the ability to make a good decision. Don’t share the information that you discover until you feel you are in a strong position. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Do whatever it takes to secure money matters and pending legal affairs. Lending or borrowing will lead to trust issues. Listen carefully to what’s being offered and respond accordingly. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Mix business with pleasure, network, share ideas and -- most of all -- build good relationships. An adventure or business trip will grab your attention and offer new possibilities. Jump into action. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Get down to business and smooth out any wrinkles in a presentation you want to make. Attention to detail will make the difference between success and failure. Avoid joint ventures.
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Changes sought for Endangered Species Act
Goal is to limit lawsuits from environmental activists, opponents claim
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Republicans in Congress on Tuesday called for an overhaul to the Endangered Species Act to curtail environmentalists’ lawsuits and give more power to states, but experts say broad changes to one of the nation’s cornerstone environmental laws are unlikely given the pervasive partisan divide in Washington, D.C. A group of 13 GOP lawmakers representing states across the U.S. released a report proposing ‘‘targeted reforms’’ for the 40-year-old federal law, which protects imperiled plants and animals. Proponents credit the law with staving off extinction for hundreds of species — from the bald eagle and American alligator to the gray whale. But critics contend the law has been abused by environmental groups seeking to restrict development in the name of species protection. Led by Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming and Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington state, who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, the Republicans want to amend the law to limit litigation from wildlife advocates that has resulted in protections for some species. And they want to give states more authority over imperiled species that fall within their borders. Also among the recommendations are increased scientific transparency, more accurate economic impact studies and safeguards for private landowners. The Republicans said only 2 percent of protected species have been recovered despite billions of dollars in federal and state spending. ‘‘The biggest problem is that the Endangered Species Act is not recovering species,’’ said Hastings. ‘‘The way the act was written, there is more of an effort to list (species as endangered or threatened) than to delist.’’ The political hurdles for an overhaul are considerable. The Endangered Species Act enjoys fervent support among many environmentalists, whose Democratic allies on Capitol Hill have thwarted past proposals for change.
Federal wildlife officials said they had not yet seen the report from Hastings’ group and would not comment until they have a chance to review it, said Chris Tollefson, press secretary for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Signed into law by President Richard Nixon in December 1973, the act has resulted in additional protections for more than 1,500 plants, insects, mammals, birds, reptiles and other creatures, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service. Throughout its history, the law has faced criticism from business interests, Republicans and others. They argue actions taken to shield at-risk species such as the northern spotted owl have severely hampered logging and other economic development.
FDA UNVEILS aNTI-SMOKING
CaMPaIGN aIMEd aT YOUTH
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is using ads that depict yellow teeth and wrinkled skin to show the nation’s at-risk youth the costs associated with cigarette smoking. The federal agency said Tuesday it is launching a $115 million multimedia education campaign called ‘‘The Real Cost’’ that’s aimed at stopping teenagers from smoking and encouraging them to quit. Advertisements will run in more than 200 markets throughout the U.S. for at least one year beginning Feb. 11. The campaign will include ads on TV stations such as MTV and print spots in magazines like Teen Vogue. It also will use social media. ‘‘Our kids are the replacement customers for the addicted adult smokers who die or quit each day,’’ said Mitch Zeller, the director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. ‘‘And that’s why we think it’s so important to reach out to them — not to lecture them, not to throw statistics at them — but to reach them in a way that will get them to rethink their relationship with tobacco use.’’ Zeller, who oversaw the anti-tobacco ‘‘Truth’’ campaign while working at the nonprofit American Legacy Foundation in the early 2000s, called the new campaign a ‘‘compelling, provocative and somewhat graphic way’’ of grabbing the attention of more than 10 million young people ages 12 to 17 that are open to, or are already experimenting with, cigarettes.
More light shed on surveillance practices
WASHINGTON (AP) — A flurry of new reports from major technology companies show that the government collects customer information on tens of thousands of Americans every six months as part of secret national security investigations. And the companies’ top lawyers struck a combative stance, saying the Obama administrative needs to provide more transparency about its data collection. Freed by a recent legal deal with the Obama administration, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, LinkedIn and Tumblr provided expanded details and some vented criticism about the government’s handling of customers’ Internet data in counterterrorism and other intelligence-related probes. The figures from 2012 and 2013 showed that companies such as Google and Microsoft were compelled by the government to provide information on as many as 10,000 customer accounts in a six-month period. Yahoo complied with government requests for information on more than 40,000 accounts in the same period. The companies earlier had provided limited information about government requests for data, but an agreement reached last week with the Obama administration allowed the firms to provide a broadened, though still circumscribed, set of figures to the public. Seeking to reassure customers and business partners alarmed by revelations about the government’s massive collection of Internet and computer data, the firms stressed details indicating that only small numbers of their customers were targeted by authorities. Still, even those small numbers showed that thousands of Americans were affected by the government requests approved by judges of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The data releases by the major tech companies offered a mix of dispassionate graphics, reassurances and protests, seeking to alleviate customer concerns about government spying while pressuring national security officials about the com-
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Target data breach pits banks vs. retailers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Banks and big retailers are locked in a debate over the breach of consumer data that gripped Target Corp. during the holiday season. At issue: Which industry bears more responsibility for protecting consumers’ personal information? The retailers’ argument: Banks must upgrade the security technology for the credit and debit cards they issue. The banks’ counterargument: Newer electronic-chip technology wouldn’t have prevented the Target breach. And retailers must tighten their own security systems for processing card payments. The finger-pointing is coming from two industries with considerable lobbying might. Their trade groups have been bombarding lawmakers with letters arguing why the other industry must do more — and spend more — to protect consumers. ‘‘Nearly every retailer security breach in recent memory has revealed some violation of industry security agreements,’’ the Independent Community Bankers argued last month. ‘‘In some cases, retailers haven’t even had technology in place to alert them to the breach intrusion, and third parties like banks have had to notify the retailers that their information has been compromised.’’ The National Retail Federation has fired back: Retailers must accept ‘‘fraud-prone cards’’ issued by banks that are attractive to thieves, the federation’s general counsel testified at a Senate subcommittee hearing Monday. ‘‘Unlike the rest of the world, the U.S. cards still use a signature and magnetic stripe for authentication.’’ Their antagonism aside, the two sides agree on one point: That Congress should create a national standard for notifying consumers of any data breaches. A uniform standard would replace the current hodgepodge of state guidelines. In the middle are American consumers, many of whom say they’re alarmed about the safety of their personal information since the Target breach. In an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted Jan. 17-21, nearly half of those surveyed said they’ve become extremely concerned about the vulnerability of their personal data when shopping in stores since the incident. This week, Congress is examining data security breaches and what to do about them. Four committees have scheduled hearings. At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, the head of the Federal Trade Commission and officials from the Secret Service and the Justice Department are set to testify. So are executives of Target and luxury retailer Neiman Marcus. An estimated 40 million credit and debit card accounts were affected by the Target breach, which occurred between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. Stolen were customers’ names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates, debitcard personal identification numbers and the embedded codes on the cards’ magnetic strips.
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Badgers halt 2-game skid, dump Illini 75-63
By DAVID MERCER Associated Press CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Sam Dekker and Ben Brust scored 16 points apiece Tuesday and Wisconsin ended a twogame losing streak with a 75-63 win at Illinois. Traevon Jackson and Nigel Hayes had 14 each for Wisconsin (18-5, 5-5 Big Ten). The loss extended the misery for Illinois (1310, 2-8). The Illini have lost eight straight. That streak started with a 95-70 blowout by the Badgers in Madison on Jan. 8. Wisconsin’s biggest edge was from 3-point range. The Badgers were 10 of 23. Illinois was just 4 of 10 on 3-pointers. Four of Wisconsin’s 3-pointers were Dekker’s. They included a pair over the final three minutes that kept the Illini at arm’s length. The last of them made the score 66-57 with 2:38 to play and gave the Badgers a comfortable edge. Rayvonte Rice led Illinois with 24 points and nine rebounds. The 3-pointers were the biggest difference, turning what had been a game of one- and twopoint leads for much of the first half. But the Badgers were also effective from the free throw line, and they were efficient in getting there. Wisconsin hit 80.8 percent of their free throws, going 21 for 26. Jackson, Frank Kaminsky and Josh Gasser gave Wisconsin the edge on the boards. Between them they had 22 of the Badgers’ 31 rebounds. The only answer for Illinois, short on big men with experience, was Rice. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard leads the Illini in rebounding with 5.8 per game coming in. His nine boards were nice, but Illinois had just 25 on the night. Wisconsin was the team that started Illinois losing streak. The Badgers buried the Illini with a 20-0 run on the way to 95-70 blowout back on Jan. 8 in Madison, and Illinois hasn’t come closer to a win than a pair of sixpoint losses since then. But the Badgers have struggled since then, too, losing five of six and falling out of The Associated Press Top 25. The chances for Illinois to end the streak were there but those opportunities slipped away. Down 49-46 with just over 10 minutes to play, Illinois stopped the Badgers on three straight possessions and couldn’t score on any of them. Rice clanked a 3-point attempt off the rim on the first, Joseph Bertrand settled for a circus shot from under the rim on the second and Jon Ekey turned the ball over to Nigel Hayes on the third. Brust sank two free throws and the Badgers again had breathing room, 51-46 with 7:56 to play. Early in the game Illinois hung with the Badgers and traded leads. After he tied the game at 23 with a free throw, Jackson urged his team to play a little defense. ‘‘Let’s get a stop!’’ he yelled as the Badgers set up under their own bas-
ket. And after a single free throw from Tracy Abrams, they did. A bunch of them, in fact. The Badgers used a 9-0 run late in the first half to put some space between themselves and Illinois. Dekker opened it with a long 3-pointer with 3:36 left in the first half that drew some oohs from the crowd and Rice ended it with a jumper just over two minutes later. Wisconsin was up 33-26. Heavy snow fell in Champaign Tuesday night, keeping the sparse crowd quiet much of the night.
Skiers ‘amazed’ by Olympic lift facilities
By ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Alpine skiers arriving at the Olympics are amazed by the lift facilities at the Rosa Khutor resort. And they say the security isn’t nearly as much of a bother as they expected. One of the only complaints so far is that there isn’t much in the way of training slopes. And one major food item is missing at breakfast in the athletes village. ‘‘There is no yogurt,’’ said Aksel Lund Svindal, the Norwegian who won a medal of each color at the 2010 Vancouver Games. ‘‘And that’s kind of my go-to thing every morning — muesli and natural yogurt — so I don’t get too much sugar. That seems to be a hard thing to track down.’’ Official men’s and women’s downhill training sessions don’t start until Thursday, so skiers were allowed only on a tight training slope Wednesday. ‘‘There’s not a lot of training space,’’ American skier Julia Mancuso said. ‘‘The courses crisscross too much and there’s nowhere to really ski. So that’s too bad. There is a lot of off-piste. It’s kind of a narrow valley with two downhills taking up all the space.’’ The first medal event in Alpine is also one of the biggest — the men’s downhill Sunday. The first women’s race is the super -combined Monday. ‘‘Everything looks fine. It’s pretty amazing what they built here since the last time,’’ said Ivica Kostelic of Croatia, who won the super-combined at the test event here two years ago. ‘‘There’s a whole city down there now. It’s something that not a lot of countries could afford.’’ American downhiller Steven Nyman missed the test event because of injury, so this is his first time here. ‘‘The resort is insane. What they’ve done here and built up is massive,’’ Nyman said. ‘‘It’s probably the best lift-access ski resort in the world. When this is all done, to go and ski all this stuff will be incredible. ‘‘We toured around yesterday, checked out the slopestyle venue and cheered on some of our guys testing the course. Then we walked through town and all the shops and everything. The other guys said last time there were two hotels and now the entire riverfront is covered. The whole Olympic vibe is here.’’ The weather has been clear and sunny for several days but with the temperature above freezing in the finish area, snow conditions are var-
DDD SPORTs SCOREBOARd
James Madison 72, William & Mary 48 Louisville 74, UCF 59 Mid-Continent 72, Missouri Baptist 69 Randolph-Macon 66, Va. Wesleyan 61 Randoph 71, Hollins 53 Tenn. Wesleyan 66, Tenn. Temple 42 Virginia Union 63, Elizabeth City St. 56 MIDWEST Concordia (Wis.) 76, Lakeland 57 Edgewood 74, Milwaukee Engineering 63 Ill.-Chicago 70, Oakland 62 Martin Luther 82, Bethany Lutheran 58 Minn.-Morris 98, Crown (Minn.) 45 Northwestern (Minn.) 69, North Central (Minn.) 50 St. Scholastica 76, Northland 48 Wis. Lutheran 64, Marian (Wis.) 41 SOUTHWEST Temple 79, Houston 46 EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 26 22 .542 — Brooklyn 21 25 .457 4 New York 19 29 .396 7 Boston 16 33 .327 10 1/2 Philadelphia 15 34 .306 11 1/2 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 34 13 .723 — Atlanta 25 22 .532 9 Washington 24 23 .511 10 Charlotte 22 28 .440 13 1/2 Orlando 13 37 .260 22 1/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 38 10 .792 — Chicago 24 24 .500 14 Detroit 19 28 .404 18 1/2 Cleveland 16 32 .333 22 Milwaukee 9 39 .188 29 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 35 13 .729 — Houston 32 17 .653 3 1/2 Dallas 28 21 .571 7 1/2 Memphis 26 21 .553 8 1/2 New Orleans 20 27 .426 14 1/2 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 39 11 .780 — Portland 34 14 .708 4 Denver 23 23 .500 14 Minnesota 24 24 .500 14 Utah 16 32 .333 22 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 34 17 .667 — Phoenix 29 19 .604 3 1/2 Golden State 29 20 .592 4 L.A. Lakers 16 32 .333 16 1/2 Sacramento 16 32 .333 16 1/2 Tuesday’s Games Indiana 89, Atlanta 85 Minnesota 109, L.A. Lakers 99 Chicago 101, Phoenix 92 Charlotte 91, Golden State 75 Wednesday’s Games Detroit at Orlando, 7 p.m. Boston at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. San Antonio at Washington, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Houston, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Dallas at Memphis, 8 p.m. Atlanta at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Portland at New York, 8 p.m. Milwaukee at Denver, 9 p.m. Toronto at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Miami at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games San Antonio at Brooklyn, 8 p.m. Chicago at Golden State, 10:30 Boston 55 36 16 3 75 167 120 Tampa Bay 56 32 19 5 69 163 139 Montreal 57 30 21 6 66 139 139 Toronto 58 30 22 6 66 171 180 Detroit 56 25 19 12 62 146 158 Ottawa 57 25 21 11 61 164 182 Florida 56 22 27 7 51 137 175 Buffalo 55 15 32 8 38 107 164 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 56 39 15 2 80 178 133 N.Y. Rangers 57 31 23 3 65 150 141 Columbus 56 29 23 4 62 167 156 Philadelphia 57 28 23 6 62 157 165 Carolina 55 25 21 9 59 138 153 New Jersey 57 23 21 13 59 133 142 Washington 57 25 23 9 59 164 173 N.Y. Islanders 58 22 28 8 52 160 191 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 58 34 10 14 82 205 161 St. Louis 55 37 12 6 80 189 130 Colorado 56 36 15 5 77 168 148 Minnesota 58 30 21 7 67 142 145 Dallas 56 26 21 9 61 161 161 Winnipeg 58 28 25 5 61 163 167 Nashville 57 25 23 9 59 142 172 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 58 40 13 5 85 191 143 San Jose 57 35 16 6 76 170 139 Los Angeles 58 30 22 6 66 137 127 Vancouver 58 27 22 9 63 143 152 Phoenix 56 26 20 10 62 160 167 Calgary 56 21 28 7 49 132 175 Edmonton 58 19 33 6 44 150 196 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Tuesday’s Games Ottawa 5, St. Louis 4, SO Boston 3, Vancouver 1 N.Y. Rangers 5, Colorado 1 Winnipeg 2, Carolina 1 Montreal 2, Calgary 0 Florida 4, Toronto 1 N.Y. Islanders 1, Washington 0 Minnesota 2, Tampa Bay 1 Dallas 3, Phoenix 1 Wednesday’s Games Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Anaheim, 10 p.m. Dallas at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. celled Colorado at Las Vegas, 10:05 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Elmira at Kalamazoo, 7 p.m. Utah at Idaho, 9:10 p.m. Stockton at Ontario, 10 p.m. Colorado at Las Vegas, 10:05 p.m. Thursday’s Games Gwinnett at Orlando, 7 p.m.
ied. Tuesday’s Prep Scores ‘‘The snow is great By The Associated Press BOYS BASKETBALL on the training hill,’’ Clinton Christian 63, Bethany ChrisPeter Fill of Italy said. tian 62 Concord 49, Warsaw 25 ‘‘Obviously it will be dif- Crown Point 85, Hammond Gavit ferent on the race hill. 44 Elkhart Christian 57, Jimtown 55 The coaches told me FW Concordia 59, Bellmont 44 there are several types of Goshen 44, Mishawaka 39, OT snow on the course: On Granger Christian 71, S. Bend Career Academy 31 top it’s very compact and Griffith 50, Lowell 32 aggressive, then it gets Hammond 69, Calumet 56 Hebron 67, Hammond Clark 58 a bit icy in the middle, Highland 51, Hanover Central 42 then it’s spring-like on Ind Park Tudor 105, Indpls Ritter 46 Mendon, Mich. 91, Howe School 24 the bottom.’’ Michigan City 75, S. Bend Clay 50 Most skiers are stay- Northridge 66, Fairfield 54 NorthWood 71, W. Noble 54 ing in an Olympic Village S. Bend Riley 67, Elkhart Memorial halfway up the mountain, 64 providing easy access to Southwood 67, Wabash 61 Triton 69, Argos 39 the gondolas and lifts. ‘‘Everyone was afraid POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS of Sochi but it’s real- E. Noble vs. Carroll, ppd. to Feb 10. ly great,’’ said Christof FW Dwenger vs. Heritage, ppd. to 27. Innerhofer, another top Feb Jay Co. vs. Muncie Central, ppd. Italian skier. ‘‘Even the New Haven vs. FW Wayne, ppd. New Prairie vs. N. Judson, ppd. security controls are Norwell vs. Leo, ppd. nothing extra compared S. Adams vs. Garrett, ppd. to Feb to Vancouver. The rooms 15. Southern Wells vs. Whitko, ppd. are nice and large, the GIRLS BASKETBALL food is good. Bremen 66, Elkhart Christian 21 ‘‘The thing I like most Chesterton 52, Highland 43 is meeting other athletes Covenant Christian (DeMotte) 45, N. 22 in the village. Yesterday Newton Gary Wallace 60, Gary Roosevelt 7 afternoon I met a few Granger Christian 71, S. Bend Career 31 girls in the gym,’’ added Academy Hanover Central 53, Kouts 44 Innerhofer, who is known Hobart 38, Valparaiso 16 on the circuit as some- Lake Central 64, Andrean 36 Lake Station 50, Whiting 40 what of a playboy. Lapel 60, Frankton 29 Svindal is rooming Lowell 35, Griffith 23 Mishawaka Marian 38, Elkhart Central with teammate Kjetil 37 Jansrud and one other Morgan Twp. 42, Washington Twp. 32 Norwegian. Munster 58, Portage 51 ‘‘It’s like being in Northridge 53, Fairfield 25 Oregon-Davis 76, S. Central (LaPorte) camp,’’ Svindal said. ‘‘We 55 have two rooms with the Penn 68, S. Bend Riley 17 River Forest 52, Westville 23 same bathroom.’’ Snowboarders, freestyle skiers and other athletes are staying in the same village as the Alpine skiers. ‘‘In Alpine skiing we’re like a class from one school And then we meet all these other kids from the other schools,’’ Men’s College Basketball EAST Svindal said. ‘‘It’s kind of Castleton St. 138, Johnson St. 89 Farmingdale 68, Old Westbury 60 fun.’’ Gordon 73, W. New England 57 The U.S. skiers are Hobart 77, RIT 75 staying outside the vil- Holy Cross 69, Colgate 68 Iona 89, Monmouth (NJ) 71 lage in their own setup a Manhattan 64, St. Peter’s 49 bit further down the val- Mount St. Vincent 55, Yeshiva 50 St. John Fisher 92, Utica 69 ley. St. John’s 86, Providence 76 ‘‘We’ve got a cook from Staten Island 86, Lehman 76 USOC. We’re cooking Stony Brook 58, Binghamton 53 Towson 80, James Madison 71 some good old American Vermont 93, Maine 65 meals,’’ said American SOUTH Asbury 67, Berea 66 downhiller Marco Clemson 45, Georgia Tech 41 Sullivan, who will be Duke 83, Wake Forest 63 E. Kentucky 74, Chattanooga 63 competing in his third Elizabeth City St. 84, Virginia Union Olympics. ‘‘Actually, we 82, OT had pad thai last night.’’ Florida 68, Missouri 58 Kentucky 80, Mississippi 64 Memphis 101, Rutgers 69
North Carolina 75, Maryland 63 Tenn. Temple 84, Tenn. Wesleyan 81 Winthrop 73, Liberty 62 MORE SOUTHWEST Kansas 69, Baylor 52 Texas 59, TCU 54 MIDWEST Bethany Lutheran 79, Martin Luther 67 Crown (Minn.) 74, Minn.-Morris 71 Indiana-East 85, Indiana-Kokomo 77 Marquette 69, Butler 62 N. Illinois 53, Miami (Ohio) 41 Northwestern (Minn.) 77, North Central (Minn.) 62 Ohio St. 76, Iowa 69 S. Illinois 74, Drake 58 South Dakota 80, Peru St. 40 St. Joseph’s (LI) 67, NY Maritime 52 St. Scholastica 72, Northland 55 Wisconsin 75, Illinois 63 S. Bend Adams 72, Concord 40 S. Bend St. Joseph’s 64, Michigan City 39 Speedway 49, Indpls International 23 Tippecanoe Valley 61, Southwood 40 POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS Alexandria vs. Delta, ppd. FW Northrop vs. Col. City, ppd. Wayne vs. Huntington North, ccd. Garrett vs. So. Wells, ppd. to Feb 6. Heritage vs. B. Dwenger, ccd.
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EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA
EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Reading 41 25 15 1 0 51 126 105 Wheeling 44 20 18 1 5 46 111 129 Elmira 42 16 22 2 2 36 107 135 North Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Cincinnati 42 26 14 1 1 54 143 113 Evansville 41 21 12 3 5 50 136 128 Kalamazoo 43 23 16 1 3 50 122 115 Fort Wayne 42 19 14 5 4 47 124 129 Toledo 42 15 24 3 0 33 123 153 South Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA SoCarolina 42 29 10 1 2 61 125 83 Florida 43 24 16 1 2 51 144 133 Orlando 42 23 16 1 2 49 126 123 Greenville 44 21 18 2 3 47 119 125 Gwinnett 44 17 24 1 2 37 111 135 WESTERN CONFERENCE Mountain Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Alaska 41 27 11 2 1 57 137 87 Colorado 41 22 12 5 2 51 133 119 Idaho 42 21 16 2 3 47 123 120 Utah 43 20 16 3 4 47 107 110 Pacific Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Ontario 43 29 9 2 3 63 131 109 Stockton 42 21 16 0 5 47 141 138 Bakersfield 42 18 20 1 3 40 107 119 c-San Fran 40 15 20 4 1 35 101 143 Las Vegas 40 11 25 3 1 26 92 138 c-Ceased operations NOTE: Two points are awarded for a win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss. Tuesday’s Games Orlando 5, Florida 3 Toledo 3, Cincinnati 2 Bakersfield 4, Stockton 1 San Francisco at Bakersfield, Can-
Sports Transactions By The Associated Press BASEBALL American League BOSTON RED SOX — Named Tom Tippett senior baseball analyst; Greg Rybarczyk baseball operations analyst; Dr. Brian Busconi minor league physician; Ray Mattfeld major league physical therapist; Harrison Slutsky assistant, advance scouting; Joe Oliver manager for Lowell (NYP); Les Walrond professional scout; Manuel Padron scout in Venezuela; Rene Saggiadi scout in Europe; and Tim Collinsworth area scout in North Texas and North Louisiana. Promoted Mike Regan to coordinator, baseball operations; Dan Dyrek director, sports medicine service; Steve Sanders coordinator, amateur and international scouting; Shawn O’Rourke to coordinator, baseball systems development; Paul Buchheit to minor league medical coordinator; Mauricio Elizondo to Latin American medical coordinator; Jaymie Bane to major league scout; and Javier Hernandez to assistant director of the Red Sox Dominican Academy. HOUSTON ASTROS — Announced the addition of a second Dominican Summer League club. Named Carlos Alfonso international development coordinator and special assignment scout. OAKLAND ATHLETICS — Promoted Farhan Zaidi to assistant general manager/director of baseball operations. Agreed to terms with OF Sam Fuld on a minor league contract. SEATTLE MARINERS — Agreed to terms with INF-OF Logan Morrison on a one-year contract. National League ATLANTA BRAVES — Agreed to terms with 1B Freddie Freeman on an eight-year contract and OF Jason Heyward on a two-year contract. COLORADO ROCKIES — Agreed to terms with OF Jason Pridie, LHP Pedro Hernandez, LHP Yohan Flande and INF Rafael Ynoa on minor league cotracts. National Basketball Association NBA — Fined Chicago C Joakim Noah $15,000 for verbally abusing the officials upon his ejection in a Feb. 3 game at Sacramento. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS — Assigned F Arnett Moultrie and G Lorenzo Brown to Delaware (NBADL). FOOTBALL National Football League GREEN BAY PACKERS — Named Cliff Christl team historian. TENNESSEE TITANS — Named Cannon Matthews quality control coordinator-defense. WASHINGTON REDSKINS — Named Bradford Banta assistant special teams coach; Shane Day assistant offensive line and offensive quality control coach; Jake Peetz offensive quality control coach and Aubrey Pleasant defensive quality control coach. COLLEGE CALIFORNIA — Named Greg Burns defensive backs coach. PRINCETON — Named Sean Morey sprint football coach. RADFORD — Announced it will discontinue field hockey, swimming and diving, men’s indoor track and field, and men’s outdoor track and field programs as varsity sports, effective at the conclusion of their 2013-14 seasons. Announced the addition of women’s lacrosse as a varsity sport and will begin varsity competition in the spring of 2016.
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White withdraws from slopestyle
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Shaun White is pulling out of the Olympic slopestyle contest to focus solely on winning a third straight gold medal on the halfpipe. White issued a statement to the ‘‘Today’’ show, saying that after much deliberation, he decided to concentrate on one event. The 27-year-old snow- Tuesday’s Women’s Results boarding star jammed his By The Associated Press EAST left wrist during slope- LIU Brooklyn 62, Sacred Heart 54 style practice Tuesday Rutgers 58, Cincinnati 53 St. Francis (NY) 67, Fairleigh Dickand was among the sev- inson 51 eral riders complaining St. John Fisher 80, Utica 57 Towson 67, Northeastern 62 about the unsafe condi- UConn 102, SMU 41 W. New England 59, Gordon 47 tions of the course. William Smith 79, RIT 74, OT In the statement, he SOUTH says ‘‘the potential risk of Berea 73, Asbury 56 injury is a bit too much Bridgewater (Va.) 82, Shenandoah 67 for me to gamble my E. Mennonite 72, Washington & other Olympic goals on.’’ Lee 67
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West, George help Pacers overcome Atlanta, 89-85
By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — It’s over. This time, the Indiana Pacers had a successful regular-season trip to Atlanta. David West scored 22 points, Paul George added 18 and the NBAleading Pacers beat the Hawks 89-85 on Tuesday night. ‘‘This has been a tough place for us, but I thought we came in with the right motivation tonight,’’ West said. ‘‘They blitzed us the last time we were down here.’’ The Pacers’ most recent win in Atlanta came last May in the clinching Game 6 of their first-round playoff series. But Indiana (3810) had dropped its last 12 regular-season games at the Hawks, including a 97-87 decision on Jan. 8. ‘‘I don’t have to answer questions about it anymore, so that’s good,’’ Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. ‘‘We’ve had some struggles here, but it’s not anything we were losing sleep over.’’ Atlanta (25-22) failed to place a starter in double figures. It had won two straight and five of seven. Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver had nine points apiece for the Hawks. All-Star forward Paul Millsap went 2 for 11 from the field and finished with seven points. Teague made a 3-pointer to give Atlanta a 41-35 lead with 1:06 left in the second quarter, but the Hawks were outscored 38-16 over the next 17 minutes. Cartier Martin’s 3 cut Indiana’s lead to 86-84 with 14.9 seconds left. C.J. Watson and Danny Granger then combined for three free throws to help the Pacers hold on for the win. ‘‘Offensively, it just wasn’t one of our better nights,’’ Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. ‘‘I think you have to give Indiana and their defense credit for that.’’ Elton Brand, a 14-year veteran, had 12 points and was the only Hawk to score in double figures before Mike Scott scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. Scott said it’s no surprise that Atlanta’s offense couldn’t get much going against a defense that holds opponents to just 90.2 points a game, lowest in the NBA. ‘‘They’re very good,’’ Scott said. ‘‘That’s why they’re the best team in the league defensively. We just missed open shots and couldn’t get it in.’’ The Pacers had not won in the regular season at Philips Arena since Dec. 22, 2006. ‘‘I thought our resolve took over,’’ West said. ‘‘We were really precise with our movement and what we wanted to do. And we made plays when we needed to make plays.’’ Ian Mahinmi gave Indiana its biggest lead of the game with a tip-in that made it 73-57 with 8:10 left. Pacers guard Lance Stephenson hit the floor hard on a layup at the 7:56 mark of the third, falling over Millsap in the lane and landing on his left shoulder and hip. Stephenson then converted the three-point play to make it 55-47, but he sat out the last 16 minutes. George stole the ball from rookie point guard Dennis Schroder late in the fourth and scored a fast-break layup to make it 82-74. ‘‘Our guys buckled down on the defensive end,’’ Vogel said. ‘‘(Atlanta) made a few shots in the last minute or two, but for the most part we held a pretty explosive team down to 85 points. That’s a pretty good effort.’’ NOTES: Indiana improved to 23-0 when holding opponents under 90 points. ... The Pacers are 10-3 since the loss in Atlanta on Jan. 8. ... Korver extended his NBA record to 116 consecutive games with a 3-pointer. Korver began his streak last season in Atlanta’s second game — a win at Oklahoma City. ... The Pacers are 15-8 on the road, best in the Eastern Conference.
BIENZ GETS IN—Bellmont guard Cam Bienz drives past his Carroll foe for a score in the game this past Friday at the Teepee. Bienz scored six on Tuesday as the Braves fell to Concordia, 59-44. A full game story will be included in the Thursday edition of the Daily Democrat. (Deb Shannon Photo)
Russian environmentalist arrested, sentenced to 5 days
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — An activist who has been monitoring environmental fallout from the Sochi Olympics has been jailed for five days for resisting police, apparently part of a continuing campaign against local activists. Igor Kharchenko was arrested on the street in the regional capital of Krasnodar late Tuesday afternoon as he left his house and found his car smashed, an associate, Olga Soldatova, said Wednesday. Police charged him with resisting police orders. Soldatova, who was with him at the police station, said Kharchenko was given a blank sheet of paper instead of a protocol sanctioning his detention. Kharchenko was put on trial behind closed doors Wednesday and
sentenced to five days in jail for disobeying police orders. ‘‘They were leading Kharchenko out, and he told us he got 5 days, without a proper trial, lawyer or witnesses,’’ said Soldatova, who was at the courthouse.
SA reschedules game at Garrett
The boys varsity basketball game slated for last night at Garrett has been postponed until Saturday, Feb. 15, it was announced by South Adams Athletic Director Jason Arnold today. Also from last night, the middle school wrestling match vs. Blackford was called off. As off 9 a.m. today, no other postponements has been announced.
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By DYLAN MALONE Driver Winston Watts said the team couldn’t take its initial practice runs on the Sanki Sliding Center track Wednesday because its luggage, including the runners used for its four-man sled, have not yet made it to Russia. Watts is hoping the gear arrives soon. If it’s further delayed, he plans to borrow from other bobsled teams so he and his teammates can train. Watts said ‘‘it’s a real frustrating’’ start to the games for him and his teammates. This is the first time Jamaica’s bobsled team has competed in the Olympics since 2002. The team has been short on funding and had to raise $80,000 to make the trip.
NABL sets registration dates
The North Adams Baseball League has slated several registration dates for the coming season. The NABL Koufax (13-15) registration will be held at the United Steelworkers Hall on Feb. 23 and Feb. 26, 6-8 p.m. The remaining leagues, T-Ball through Reese (11-12), will start on Saturday, March 8, at the Decatur Spotlight festivities at the middle school. Other dates will be at Tom Kelly Chevy-Buick, formerly Courtesy Motors. Those dates will be March 11, 13, 17 and 19, all 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Additional information will be online at: http:// www.leaguelineup.com/northadamsbaseball.
rebound for a steal, then going the length of the court for a three-point play off a layup and a 62-57 lead with 3:02 left. Marquette held on from there after shutting down the lane against Butler, who got 16 points from Kellen Durham. Freshman forward Andrew Chrabascz drove the paint for most of his 10 points, all in the second half. But turnovers did in Butler — 20 in all. Mayo had two steals, point guard Derrick Wilson had with five and Marquette’s defense finished with a flourish.
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Mayo leads Marquette over Butler
Concordia boys top Bellmont
A full report on the Concordia-Bellmont boys basketball game, played Tuesday at Concordia, will be included in the Thursday edition of the Daily Democrat. Concordia won the contest 59-44. Zack Macklin led Bellmont with 19 points and McCall scored 22 for Concordia.. A 38-point second half keyed Concordia. The Cadets also hit 17 of 19 free throws, while Bellmont took on five, hitting three.
Jamaican bobsledders out of luck
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Jamaica’s beloved bobsled team has arrived at the Sochi Olympics — without its equipment.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Todd Mayo had to break a sweat to start giving his opponents headaches. He was hitting from long range and driving to the bucket for hoops. Mayo had all seven of his field goals and 17 points in the second half to lift Marquette to a 69-62 victory Tuesday over Butler. ‘‘I’m just a trying to come in and get a sweat going first, and then start attacking,’’ Mayo said. It took him more than 20 minutes to get going after a scoreless first half. The streaky junior didn’t even register a shot attempt off. But Mayo led the charge from a 10-point deficit in the second half, and the Golden Eagles (13-10, 5-5 Big East) avoided a regular-season sweep to the Bulldogs (12-10, 2-8). ‘‘When the chips are down, for whatever reason, it seems as though throughout his career you can always count on Mayo,’’ coach Buzz Williams said. Mayo riled up the crowd after tipping away a
NEW YORK (AP) —Just over half of Americans surveyed plan to watch or follow the Winter Olympics, according to an Associated Press-GfK Poll, and one-third of respondents say they have only a little or no confidence about Russia’s ability to safeguard safety at the Sochi Games that start this week. The likely audience for the Olympics is on the older side, with 65 percent age 50 or over planning to follow the quadrennial event compared with 47 percent among younger adults, according to the survey, conducted from Jan. 17-21. Few are deeply confident Russia can keep the games safe: 19 percent are extremely or very confident Russia will protect the Olympics from terrorist attacks, 46 percent are somewhat confident and 33 percent just a little or not at all confident.
Braves give Freeman $125 mil
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves agreed to eight-year contract with first baseman Freddie Freeman that is worth about $125 million on Tuesday. The deal was confirmed by the team on Tuesday night. Earlier in the day, outfielder Jason Heyward and the Braves agreed to a $13.3 million, two-year contract. Heyward and Freeman had filed for salary arbitration last month.
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