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March 26, 2014
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Book sale set at Berne Public Library
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Berne marks 20 years as Tree City
By JANNAYA ANDREWS The city of Berne was recently recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a 20 year member of Tree City U.S.A. with a Tree City flag and two Tree City U.S.A. road signs that will be placed at the north and south ends of the city limits on U.S. 27. Mayor Bill McKean told city council Monday the Berne Tree Board was established under the leadership of former Mayor Blaine Fulton and city council members Rod Lautzenhhsier, G r e g g Sprunger, Floyd Liechty, Lloyd Neuenschwander and McKean. Each year, the city budgets funds for the care of trees in the city, according to McKean, and reports these figures to the ADF. The number of trees planted and removed in the city is also recorded and reported to the ADF. McKean said the first year the city participated in the program, 200 trees were planted, with an average of 10 trees being planted in succeeding years. “Those trees have to be planted on city easements,” McKean said, “so obviously we can’t plant 200 every year. We try to keep it balanced with those we have to remove. If you look around, it’s hard to imagine what the city would look like without all the trees we have. It’s really something.” McKean noted the city, like many in the area, has lost several trees over the past few years due to the infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer, a green beetle that is invasive and deadly to ash trees. “So a lot of funds in recent years have
The Berne Public Library will hold its semiannual children’s book sale throughout the month of April. There is a large selection of fiction and non-fiction books available. Shop early for the best selection. Call the library at 589-2809 for more information.
Audubon chapter to meet April 1
gone to combating that [the borer] and removing the dead trees,” McKean said. Mayor McKean noted the first president of the Tree Board was his father -in-law, Omar Reusser, and praised the previous and current tree board members – who include Brad Yoder, Jerry Walker, Jon Rosswurm, Karen Martin, Nathan Sprunger and Amanda Patterson – for doing “a great job in making our city a Tree City U.S.A.”
Poe FD seeks consignment auction items
The Cardinal Chapter of the Indiana Audubon Society will meet at 6 p.m. April 1 at the Corner Depot, 1529 S. Harrison Plaza, Bluffton. Dorothy and Earlene Moser will discuss backyard birding, a press release from the chapter states.
The calendar says spring, but Adams County residents may have a difficult time believing it. Scattered snow squalls throughout the day Tuesday, and a bit of accumulation, showed Mother Nature is not yet ready to relinquish her wintery grip on the county. Mike Lamm photo
The Poe Volunteer Fire Department is currently accepting consignments for its sixth annual consignment auction, to be held April 19. Items accepted include farm equipment, lawn and outdoor equipment and other goods. To consign an item for the sale, call 223-3422 or visit online at www.wiegmannauctioneers.com.
Volunteers sought for mock test
The Adams County Health Department is looking for volunteers. The agency will be conducting a mock “medication dispensing exercise” to test the viability of a point of distribution site for administering medicine on a large-scale basis in the event of a public health emergency, and is looking for volunteers to participate in the exercise, scheduled for 10 a.m. April 2. According to a press release from Adams County Preparedness Coordinator Brenda Alexander, in such an explosive emergency, “it may be necessary for us to provide medication to everyone in the county within 48 hours. An efficient POD could mean the difference between
April 2 event will focus on mass medicine hand-out
life and death,” the release states. “We are looking for volunteers (retirees and family members are welcome) to go through the POD and help us test our set up,” Alexander noted in the release. Volunteers will fill out a short form, meet with a nurse or doctor to discuss the form, pick up mock “medications” from the dispensing table and then drop off the forms. The entire process should take no more than 15-20 minutes, Alexander said.
Hoosier horse expo is April 4-6 in Indy
The 36th annual Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo will be held April 4-6 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The expo is the largest Indiana gathering focused on the horse enthusiast, celebrating and promoting all aspects of the equine industry. According to HHF&E Chairman Bill Dollard, “Each year the Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo brings the best clinicians, vendors and exhibitors in the equine industry to Indiana. Our goal is to remain relevant in the industry and provide an exceptional, multi-discipline experience for all that attend.” Discount days are offered for youth (April 4), family (April 5) and military (April 6). For additional information, including a full schedule of events, or to purchase tickets, visit www. hoosierhorsefair.org
In conjunction with the test, the District 3 team from the Indiana Department of Health will be evaluating the point of distribution exercise to offer feedback. The release notes Adams County Health Officer/Director Dr. Michael Ainsworth will be in attendance, as will members of the EMA, American Red Cross, Adams County Health Department and members of several other volunteer organizations. Those interested in participating in the exercise should contact the health department at 724-5327 or simply “show up” at 10 a.m. April 2 at the Service Complex. Entry to the POD will be at the 4th Street entrance.
In other business at Monday’s meeting, council voted to add a new hydraulically driven trash pump to the city’s arsenal of machinery to help maintain the city’s water pipes. Mayor Bill McKean told city council members the pump – which discharges water at a rate of 800 gallons per minute –  works directly off the previously purchased water valve exerciser, eliminating the need for a gas powered motor to operate the equipment. By being able to use the pump in conjunction with the water valve exerciser — which cost the city some $67,000 in October — McKean said workers are able to work more efficiently and at a much faster pace, saving the city considerable time and money in the long run. The city experienced a water leak Saturday, and the pump worked “very well,” according to McKean. He also noted the pump is easy to operate and can be handled by one person, which frees city workers to handle more than one issue at a time, should the need arise.
County renews lease pact with Community & Family Services
By MIKE LAMM The Adams County Commissioners on Monday approved the renewal of a lease agreement with Community and Family Services for the rental of space in the Service Complex. The one-year agreement is for monthly rent at $453 per month plus an additional $110 monthly for telephone and internet services. Building Maintenance Supervisor Dave Meyer reported General Restoration, Columbus, Ohio, has returned to continue the installation of new windows in the Service Complex. The new windows “have made a huge difference down there,” Meyer commented. He also informed commissioners the company will work to repair cracks in the foundation of the courthouse which have recently been discovered and resulted in water in an area of the basement. Meyer stated the company will “inject a sealer in the crack and then add a top coat” to fix the problem. Meyer also lauded the work of a gentleman in the county’s work release program who has recently completed painting of various areas in the Service Complex. “He did an excellent job and saved the county as much as $1,700” by doing the work himself rather than bidding the project out to a private contractor. See COUNTY, Page 3
LE’GO MY LEGO — The Adams Public Library in Decatur was filled to the brim with youngsters looking for some spring break fun. Kaleb Burns (10) and Gavin Comment (8), both of Decatur, are pictured building lego robots as part of the libraries lego activity Tuesday morning. For a complete list of spring break activities, visit www.decaturdailydemocrat.com. Photo by Ashley Thieme
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SPRING TRAINING — Training camp started in Geneva Monday as brothers Caleb (pitching) and Alex Armenta, both of Geneva, took to the field for some practice swings. Scattered snowfall throughout the county Tuesday caused a temporary halt to the pair’s spring baseball plans. Photo by Jannaya Andrews
USF wellness committee hosting Focus on Health
The University of Saint Francis’ North Campus, 2702 Spring St., Fort Wayne, will launch the community-wide Focus on Health from 8-12 a.m. April 11. Focus on Health will take place at other locations throughout the city April 23-26 and April 30-May 3 to provide free health screenings and reduced-fee medical tests in an effort to expand health awareness in the community. USF has provided a Focus on Health site for seven years, and offers a broader range of services due to its higher education resources, said Katie Wiedman, chair of the Department of Exercise Science and Health. “The effort is part of the university’s Wellness Committee initiatives through the School of Health Sciences,” Wiedman said. Her department and the department of psychology also play key roles in the event. Each site will provide a blood chemistry profile and tests for hemoglobin A1C (glucose average for diabetes), thyroid, prostate and Vitamin D levels, all for a nominal fee. Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography will provide mammograms for a fee by appointment at 483-1847. Free checks for blood pressure, vision, height/weight/BMI, bone density, hearing and colorectal cancer screening are available at all sites. Other tests, specific to USF, include blood flow to the legs, balance and flexibility, oral health and foot and skin abnormalities. The Department of Exercise Science will offer simple strength and fitness testing and information on home exercise programs. Physical therapist assistant students will provide 5-10 minute massages. Various organizations will staff displays and provide educational materials. Highlights will include “Ask a Pharmacist” and “Ask a Dietitian,” and a variety of health professionals and students will share expertise on heart health, diabetes, blood pressure, exercise and falls. Mental health providers will offer materials and information on Alzheimer’s disease, brain injury, depression, anxiety and stress. The Drug and Alcohol Consortium will give information on the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol on the body. Students will assist the exhibitors with health and wellness education. Faculty members and nurse practitioners will provide health summaries and resource referrals after the screenings. Door prizes will be given away throughout the event. Focus on Health is open to Fort Wayne and Allen County residents age 18 and older. For more information, visit www. fohealth.com. For information on Focus on Health at USF, call 399-7700, ext. 6916, or e-mail dfiller@sf.edu. The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. The university’s College of Adult Learning designs focused curriculum for working adults by offering online and accelerated programs, through its Virtual, Fort Wayne and Crown Point campuses. More than 2,400 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A top state climatologist says the weather patterns that brought Indiana a long, cold winter could linger into April and possibly into June. Purdue Universitybased associate state climatologist Ken Scheeringa analyzed government weather data and Indiana’s temperatures over the past century. His analysis suggests that Indiana’s average April temperatures could run 2 to 4.5 degrees below normal. Scheeringa says his analysis also suggests that April, May and June’s temperatures could average between 0.4 degrees and 2.7 degrees below normal over that threemonth period. Indiana’s average February temperature was about 8.7 degrees below normal, while March is running 6.6 degrees below normal so far. If Indiana does have a chilly spring, experts say some farmers could face planting delays because it will take longer for wet fields to dry out.
Bill bans minors from tanning beds
Indy orangutans make a break for it
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two of the Indianapolis Zoo’s new orangutans are apparently escape artists. Zoo officials report the apes briefly got out of their primary enclosure Tuesday before zoo workers lured them back to their holding area. Spokeswoman Carla Knapp says 9-yearold Rocky and a female named Knobi were discovered about 30 minutes after their escape. Neither made it to areas accessible to visitors, but they managed to dismantle a web camera. About 60 visitors at the zoo were kept in a dolphin exhibit until the apes were located. Knapp tells The Indianapolis Star the $26 million orangutan exhibit has several safeguards in place to prevent the apes from reaching visitor space.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Minors under 16 no longer can hop into a tanning bed at Indiana salons, even with parental supervision. Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Tuesday that would ban anyone younger than 16 from using beds at tanning facilities. Indiana is one of 33 states that regulate tanning. The state previously allowed anyone 16 or younger to tan if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Those ages 17 and 18 need permission to go to a tanning salon alone. Opponents criticized the bill both for stepping on parents’ toes and for not going far enough to regulate youth tanning. Some Indiana salon owners say little business comes from teens 16 and younger.
Soo locks open
Rarin’ to go
A sure that spring is finally here is the appearance of farmers – such as this Amish man, working in the field just north of Berne on C.R. 500S. Meanwhile, others were waking up their tractors for the upcoming planting season despite the less than ideal temperatures. Photos by Jannaya Andrews
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The Great Lakes shipping season has begun with the opening of the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the locks started operating for the 2014 season on Tuesday. The locks are part of the St. Marys River system that links Lakes Superior and Lake Huron. The locks closed for the winter on Jan. 15.
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BP assesses oil spill into Lake Michigan
WHITING, Ind. (AP) — BP says it is assessing how much crude oil entered Lake Michigan following a malfunction at its northwestern Indiana refinery. BP spokesman Scott Dean says crews have placed booms across a cove at the company’s Whiting refinery where workers discovered the oil spill Monday afternoon. Dean says BP believes the oil released during an oil refining malfunction has been confined to that cove. He says the oil entered the refinery’s cooling water system, which discharges into the lake about 20 miles southeast of downtown Chicago.
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Adams County Circuit Court Judge Chad E. Kukelhan recently handed down a 20-year prison sentence to a Decatur man charged with dealing in methamphetamines. Austin G. Scheiner pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including violating his previously suspended sentence and battery. On the meth charge, a class A felony, Schneider was sentenced to 30 years in prison, with 10 years suspended. He was ordered to complete five years of probation and pay $13,106 in restitution to Celina Insurance Group. He was also ordered to pay $2,068 court costs and fees. For violating the terms of his previously suspended sentence, a three-year prison term was reinstated. On the battery charge he was sentenced to time served and ordered to pay $168 court costs and fees. Kukelhan also ruled recently on several other cases. Miranda S. Roberts, Decatur, pleaded guilty to two counts of dealing in a schedule II controlled substance. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with seven years suspended and one of those years to be served on home detention. She was
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Judge Patrick R. Miller ruled on several cases recently in Adams Superior Court. Louis R. Gehrett, Berne, pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 or more. He was sentenced to nine months in jail, to be served on home detention, and received a oneyear driver’s license suspension. He was ordered to pay $2,125 court cost and fees. Laura L. Jacobs, Indianapolis, pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 or more. She was sentenced to one year in jail, with all but 20 days suspended. She received a threemonth driver’s license suspension and was ordered to complete one year probation and 40 hours community service. She was ordered to pay $638.50 court costs and fees. April N. King, Bluffton, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and illegal consumption of alcohol. She was sentenced to one year in jail, with all but one month suspended, to be served on home detention. She received a six-month driver’s license suspension, was ordered to complete 11 months of probation, complete the Thinking for Good program and pay $768.50 court costs and fees. Brad Weber, Portland, pleaded guilty to failure to stop after an accident resulting in non-vehicle damage. He was sentenced to six months in jail, all suspended. He was ordered to complete one year of probation and pay $218.50 court costs and fees. Matthew J. Boneff, Decatur, pleaded guilty to theft. He was sentenced to one year in jail, with all but five days suspended. He was ordered to complete addiction services, the Thinking for Good program, pay $468 court costs and fees and $2.50 in restitution. Cody A. Young, Kendalville, pleaded guilty to theft, a class D felony. He was sentenced to one year in jail all suspended to be served on probation. He was ordered to complete 20 hours community services and pay $488 court costs and fees.
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would ‘‘fight for every square inch’’ of their country. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Thursday on approving sanctions against Russia and aid for Ukraine. Donnelly called Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government a ‘‘thug-ocracy.’’ The Democratic senator said he believed U.S. sanctions should be extended to the Russian energy and financial sectors.
ordered to complete three years probation, pay $156 restitution and complete a substance abuse program. She was ordered to pay ©2009 American Profile Hometown Content Service $1,388 court costs and fees. Aaron A. Price, Berne, pleaded guilty to illegal consumption of From Decatur High 32 7 a.m. 18 alcohol, burglary, a class B felony weather station Low 15 River 4.73 ft. and theft, a class D felony. He was Precip Trace of snow sentenced to eight years in prison, all suspended with one year to be served on home detention. He was ordered to complete eight years probation, the Thinking for Good program, Moral Reconation and pay $5,157.96 restitution to First Mennonite Church. Price was ordered to pay $2,464 court costs and fees. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) plans during a meeting — GE Aviation plans to Tuesday. Board member invest $92 million and Robert Taylor told the create 200 jobs at a newspaper the investjet engine manufactur- ment was an ‘‘early ing plant in Lafayette, a phase of what could be report Tuesday said. more to come.’’ The plant, the compa- Gov. Mike Pence’s ny’s first in Indiana, will office announced sepabuild the next-genera- rately that he would join INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence has tion LEAP engine, which GE Aviation president approved a series of measures designed to proGE Aviation already has and CEO David Joyce mote adoption and assist Indiana veterans. Pence signed into law Tuesday a new tax 6,000 orders for, the at the Purdue University credit to promote adoption. He also approved Indianapolis Business Airport in West Lafayette the creation of a program for women veterans Journal reported. on Wednesday for an and a measure encouraging veterans to become The jobs will pay an announcement on the teachers. average of $36 per hour, company’s ‘‘first-ever The signatures come as Pence is running or about $75,000 per aviation production facilup against the state’s deadline for signing a year. The state is pro- ity in Indiana.’’ measure, vetoing it or allowing it to become law viding $3.3 million in GE Aviation, based without his signature. Lawmakers ended their tax credits, an indus- outside Cincinnati, is 2014 session earlier this month. trial development grant a unit of Connecticut Pence said Tuesday he’s still mulling over a of up to $1.35 million based General Electric pair of measures. One would end the state’s and $332,000 in train- Co. GE Aviation employs energy efficiency program and the other would ing grants, the report more than 40,000 people allow local governments to invest in mass transaid. and recorded 2013 revsit. The board of the enue of $21.9 billion. It Indiana Economic operates a components Development Corp. dis- repair facility in Terre cussed the company’s Haute.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly says a trip to Ukraine left him convinced that the United States must have a strong response to Russian intervention there. Donnelly was part of a bipartisan congressional delegation that visited Ukraine on Sunday after stops in Israel and Afghanistan last week. Donnelly told reporters Tuesday that people in the Ukrainian capital PER TH, Australia the Australian Maritime of Kiev told him they (AP) — A satellite scan- Safety Authority sent a ning the Indian Ocean tweet saying three more for remnants of a miss- objects had been spoting jetliner found a pos- ted. The authority said sible plane debris field two objects seen from a INDIANAPOLIS (AP) containing 122 objects, civil aircraft appeared to — Parents of miscarried a top Malaysian official be rope, and that a New fetuses in Indiana health said Wednesday, calling Zealand military plane care facilities soon will be it ‘‘the most credible lead spotted a blue object. able to choose what to do None of the objects with the remains. that we have.’’ Defense Minister were seen on a second Gov. Mike Pence on Hishammuddin Hussein pass, a frustration that Tuesday signed a bill said the objects were more has been repeated sev- into law that would give than 2,500 kilometers eral times in the hunt for parents the ability to (1,550 miles) southwest Malaysian Airlines Flight pick what happens to of Australia, near where MH370, missing since the fetus, including creother satellites previous- March 8 with 239 people ly detected objects. The aboard. It remains uncer- mation, regardless of its objects ranged in length tain whether the objects age. from one meter (yard) to came from the plane or Parents are required from something else, 23 meters (25 yards). Hishammuddin said such as a cargo ship. RAFFIc the latest images were ‘‘If it is confirmed to be taken Sunday and relayed MH370, at least we can by French-based Airbus then we can move on to Minor damage Defence and Space, a divi- the next phase of deep A two-vehicle accision of Europe’s Airbus sea survelliance search,’’ dent at 1:50 p.m. was investigated Tuesday Group; its businesses Hishammuddin said. include the operation of On Wednesday, the by the Decatur Police on the satellites and satellite desperate, multination- Department al hunt resumed across parking lot of the Adams communications. Various floating objects a remote stretch of the Memorial Hospital. have been spotted by Indian Ocean after fierce Police said Janice planes and satellites over winds and high waves L. Miller, 63, rural the last week, includ- that had forced a daylong Decatur, was stopped in ing on Wednesday, when halt eased considerably. the parking lot and was filling out a card when another vehicle operated by Mikaela A. Heller, 20, rural Decatur, started to back out from a parking spot and colIn custody lided with the Miller car. Christopher L. Wilcott, 35, E. Main Street, Berne, Heller told police she was arrested Tuesday by the Adams County Sheriff’s did not see the Miller Department on a warrant charging him with failing to vehicle prior to backing possess identification as a sex offender. He remained up. in custody this morning at the Adams County Law There was no damage Enforcement Center without bond. to the Heller vehicle and the Miller car sustained under $1,001 in damage in the crash.
Highway Department Superintendent Mark Mitchel reported all individuals and agencies connected to the recent fire which resulted in the total loss of an International dump truck will meet this morning in an attempt to resolve insurance and other issues associated with the loss. Auditor Mary Beery submitted the monthly Clerk of Courts report from Gayla Reinhart, which indicated charges for the month of February totaling $196,687.26, a depository reconciliation in the same amount and a balance of $256,982.48 from all accounts. There remained $75,983.11 in outstanding checks and $15,406.18 in deposits in transit. Beery also reported a total Benicomp payment of $227,972.28 and a payroll of $241,807.81. Accounts payable claims totaled $291,510.98 with worker’s comp claims totaling $9,742.95. The animal control report indicated nine dogs and eight cats were retrieved and collected during the month of Feb. 15 to March 15.
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1. All decorations on the ground must be removed on or before March 31, 2014. 2. Unseasonal (poinsettias and other Christmas decorations) or unsightly decorations will be removed at the discretion of the groundskeepers. 3. No glass or other breakable containers are permitted on the grounds at any time. 4. Broken vases, planters, and flower pots will be removed. 5. All flag holders, veterans’ markers, planters, flower pots, or other decorations should be located on either side of the headstone in line with neighboring stones to make it easier to mow and maintain the cemetery 6. No loose stones, wood chips, or other decorations should be placed around tombstones. 7. Nothing may be planted in the ground at any time with out prior permission from the superintendent.
Driver ticketed Lisa M. Irwin, 50, Stryker, Ohio, was cited Tuesday by the Decatur Police Department for operating a vehicle without a proper registration.
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The Decatur Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting on April 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the chapel at the Decatur Cemetery, 1828 West Monroe Street, at which time there will be an election of board members. All persons owning a grave lot are eligible to vote at the annual meeting, but any person wishing to vote is asked to register with the Secretary, Clayton Smith (724-2543, may leave message) no later than April 4, 2014, in order that voting eligibility can be correctly determined.
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Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Church attendance has been steadily declining in the United States over the past several decades. According to the website Churchleaders.com, “numbers from Catholic, mainline and evangelical churches in 2004 show 17.7 percent of the population attended a Christian church” on any given Sunday. A recent study of American churches found a quarter of all congregations had fewer than 50 people in the pews. “We know that over the past 30 to 40 years, denominations have increasingly reported a decline in their numbers,” a story on the Churchleaders site states, noting a study in 2002 indicated fewer than 6 percent of American Christian churches were growing at a pace faster than their community’s population growth. And a recent ABC news poll indicated the declines are greatest among men, who regularly attend a Sunday church service at a considerably lower rate (10-12 percent) on average than do women. The Kentucky Southern Baptist Convention has been seeing the same declining attendance figures as are occurring nationally, and last year hired Chuck McAlister, an ex-pastor, master storyteller and former Outdoor Channel hunting show host, as their “team leader for evangelism” to help boost attendance at Southern Baptist churches across the state. “The day of hanging a banner in front of your church and saying you’re having a revival and expecting the community to show up are over,” McAlister has said. ICkIN IT Utilizing what McAlister described as an “outreach to rednecks,” the AROUND denomination has found a novel approach to filling pews, while BY MIKE LAmm appealing to local resident’s love of hunting and enmity toward gun control. Conducting what McAlister describes as “Second Amendment Celebrations” around the state, Southern Baptist Convention churches have been giving away guns as door prizes “to lure the unchurched in hopes of converting them to Christ,” McAlister has been quoted as saying. Predictably, the promotions have been a huge success. A recent event at the Lone Star Baptist Church in Paducah, which saw three students killed in a school shooting in 1997, drew an estimated 1,300 people, lured to the church by the offer of a free steak dinner and the chance to win one of 25 handguns, long guns and shotguns. “We have found that the number of unchurched men who will show up will be in direct proportion to the number of guns you give away,” McAlister has said, adding “I can almost tell you the number of men that will show up based on the make and model of the gun.” Giving away guns is “more of a draw than a toaster or money would be,” he stated. McAlister calls his approach to bringing people back to the fold “affinity evangelism,” which he says identifies a target group, figures out their common interest or need and then uses that as a bridge to share the gospel. But while the special services may be bringing in gun enthusiasts to fill the pews for the event, it is dubious whether those numbers carry over to Sunday worship service attendance. A large majority of the attendees at the Lone Star gun giveaway were already church members – just not members of the Paducah Lone Star Baptist Church. There is nothing new about gun raffles in Kentucky, even at a church. Last year there were 50 events similar to the one at the Lone Star Baptist Church across the state. And the concept is expanding to other areas of the country. Grace Baptist Church in Troy, N.Y., recently held a raffle with an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle as the top prize. Church Pastor John Koletas commented to the Albany TimeUnion, “I’m just trying to be a blessing and a help to the gun owners and hunters and give away a free AR-15. It’s the right thing to do.” Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. And as talk show host and comedian Steven Colbert recently quipped, “No other religion out there’s going to be able to compete with free steaks and guns. What are Hindus going to offer? A bowl of chickpeas and the knowledge that in a previous life, you were a bowl of chickpeas? Plus, giving out free guns is consistent with Christ’s message, ‘Piece be with you,’” Colbert chided. It was interesting to note that while guns were the big draw at the Lone Star Baptist Church raffle, Bibles were also available to those in attendance. Stacked up on tables by the stage, some even came with waterproof pages and camouflage covers. Unlike the guns, however, the Bibles weren’t free. They were for sale. Praise the Lord and pass the ammo.
Guns are a health-care issue
Every year guns are used to kill thousands of people, and not always the bad guys. For decades, doctors and other public health experts have argued that preventing gun deaths, particularly from accidents and suicides, should be a priority — like curtailing car fatalities or tobacco use. For their sense, the National Rifle Association and others on the progun side have pilloried them, ruining careers and stopping needed research with the help of a cowed Congress. Their latest victim is Vivek Hallegere Murthy, President Obama’s pick to be surgeon general, whose nomination is languishing in the Senate after the NRA and various conservative commentators attacked him. The NRA is wrong, and senators who know better should find some backbone. Mr. Murthy is a Yale-trained physician, an instructor at Boston’s prestigious Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a health technology entrepreneur. As Mr. Obama’s nominee for surgeon general, it’s also no shock that he supports a variety of the president’s policies, including on gun control. Among his sins, the NRA explained in a letter to Senate leaders, is past support for meek gun regulations such as licensing and waiting periods. He also once dared to claim that “guns are a health care issue,” a fact that any doctor with experience in the emergency room knows well. Mr. Murthy, the NRA fumed, would remove the ban on physicians asking patients whether they keep guns in the home and lift restrictions on gun death research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All of those ideas sound pretty modest to us. Even if they weren’t, they don’t provide any pretext to oppose Mr. Murthy’s confirmation, since he would not be in a position to set firearms policy as surgeon general. The fact that he’s right just makes the insult worse. Then again, this would not be the first time, or even the first time recently, that the pro-gun side has upheld a dangerous, maximalist ideology against the better judgment of experts — and simple reasoning. The ban on CDC gun research is a case in point. At the NRA’s urging, Congress in the 1990s hollowed out funding for studies on gun injuries and deaths; the result has been continuing uncertainty about many basic questions regarding how gun violence happens — even on how many firearms there are in the country, or on the most effective ways to prevent gun accidents in the home. Mr. Obama only just ended the madness, pushing the CDC last year to start researching again. Or there is the recent contretemps over “smart guns,” designed only to fire when their owners are handling them. Gun activists went after a store in California that put them up for sale, because a New Jersey law requires guns sold in its borders to carry owner recognition technology once it becomes viable. This bizarre effort to brand smart firearms as some anti-gun conspiracy, rather than accepting them as new tools for responsible gun owners to prevent tragedies, is of a piece with Mr. Murthy’s recent treatment: pure reaction, rather than sense, is the motivating factor. Washington Post
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Important things we must keep in mind
telling his daughters one of many stories involving Soviet invaders in her village. The blessings of liberty are not taken for granted in the Brnovich home. Visiting the nation’s capital just a few days before the Supreme Court hears arguments in the case brought by the evangelical Green family, which runs the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts chain, and the Mennonite Hahn family, which operates Conestoga Woods, a Pennsylvania lumber company, Hahn returns to the issue of religious liberty, as if to emphasize that without it, we’re losing something fundamental. “Just because you open your business to the public doesn’t mean the public has the right to run your business,” Brnovich says. “Just because you have a restaurant doesn’t mean it becomes public property.” The traditional image of Lady Justice, in most courthouses and halls of government, has both scales and a sword. Don’t forget that sword, Brnovich cautions. Reflecting on some of the executive and judicial tendencies of the day, he reflects, it’s “bad enough when politicians get into the business of picking winners and losers,” he says. When you wield the power of the sword of state, you have a “solemn obligation” and are “held to a higher standard.” This also means using that power to protect and defend the innocent and vulnerable. We end where we began, remembering that America is an experiment in democratic republican government which has always, albeit imperfectly, operated with a sense of thanksgiving and duty. People throughout the world look to us as an example of what a nation can be. We protect freedom here. We give people a chance here. We want the Little Sisters of the Poor here. That example should be in our minds as we make choices — by indifference as much as activism — about the future of our lives, families, churches, communities and institutions — ultimately, about our nation. Kathryn Lopez is the editor-at-large of National Review Online.
By KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ “Have you heard of the Little Sisters of the Poor?” Earlier this month, all eyes were on Arizona, as a fight over question of religious liberties morphed into a shout-down about civil rights. Asked about the issue on a radio show, Mark Brnovich, a lifelong Arizonan, focused on a group of religious sisters who serve the elderly poor. A former prosecutor, Brnovich, a member of the Greek Orthodox Church, pointed to the Little Sisters as an example of what’s at stake in the fight over the Obamacare birth-control mandate. The sisters are women who give their all to make sure that the vulnerable are not left alone and cast aside. They are religious sisters who are among more than 300 plaintiffs in 94 cases currently suing the Department of Health and Human Services. In the case of the Little Sisters, they qualify as a religious group under Obama administration definitions, but are still required to direct their employees to health coverage that violates the group’s conscience. The Little Sisters are a good starting point for understanding Brnovich and his campaign for the Republican nomination for attorney general of Arizona. “We have a moral obligation as a society to protect the vulnerable — whether they are unborn, children or adults,” Brnovich, who has been married for 17 years and has two daughters, said during a recent trip to Washington, D.C. Brnovich, like Adam Paul Laxalt running for attorney general in Nevada and sitting Attorney General Scott Pruitt in Kentucky, represent a generation of leaders who feel a renewed responsibility to the law and a moral climate that helps the individual flourish in a healthy republic with a robust civil society. “Every government that is big enough to give you everything is big enough to take things away,” he says. His philosophy of government comes from long experience. It has a lot to do The author is a general assignment reporter with with his mother. A native of the former Yugoslavia, he recalls her nonchalantly the Decatur Daily Democrat.
By Jim Hightower Rex Tillerson is mad. Fracking mad. The 61-year old farmer from Bartonville, Texas is another victim of the fracking boom that has invaded people’s homes and lives nationwide, from upstate New York to Southern California. Millions of Americans have experienced numerous side effects from this massively destructive drilling process, including polluted air, contaminated water, depleted aquifers, multiple health problems, and even an inexplicable epidemic of earthquakes. What ticked off Tillerson was the erection of a 160-foot-tall water tower built by a company that provides millions of gallons of water for fracking gas wells. The frackers hadn’t counted on Rex getting worked up, speaking out, and suing the bastards. For Rex is no environmentalist. He isn’t objecting to the poisoning of people’s water. Nor does he object at all to fracking when it’s not so close to his own home. Rather, Tillerson’s hopping mad because the 15-story tower stands above the tree line on his 83-acre, $5-million horse farm. It’s spoiling his view, threatening his property’s value, and causing lots of traffic. Tillerson, you see, isn’t some local dirt farmer. He says he and his wife moved here to have a weekend getaway so they can enjoy the rural lifestyle. He’s not a farmer at all — unless you count “farming the government” and harvesting billions of dollars in special tax breaks and subsidies. Rex (whose name means “king” in Latin), is the $40-million-a-year CEO of ExxonMobil. Now, guess which oil giant is the biggest fracker in the USA. That’s right. ExxonMobil. So what we have here is a case of poetic justice. The cylindrical water tower that comes with the fracking territory is symbolically extending the middle-finger salute to Exxon’s CEO every time he visits his horsey farm. What could be more fitting than a guy who has gained a personal fortune from the ugliness of fracking having some of that ugliness thrown right in his face?
OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s also editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown.
PEOpLE’S VOICE
Our enemies must respect, or fear, us
Human nature never has changed and never will change. We forget that at our own peril, so there are two undeniable facts of life we must not forget. Number one: If your potential foes don’t like or respect you, then you’d better hope they fear you. Number two: In any disagreement or conflict, if one party is willing to use force and the other isn’t, the party willing to use force will almost always win. Coming off of eight years of Bill Clinton, we had 9-11. Going into the sixth year of Barack Obama, we have the Russian forcible takeover of Ukrainian territory. Coincidence?  Ken Selking Decatur
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March 26, 2014
Today is the 85th day of 2014 and the seventh day of spring. TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1830, the Book of Mormon went on sale at a bookstore in Palmyra, N.Y. In 1979, Egyptian President
Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C. In 1997, police discovered the bodies of 39 victims of the Heaven’s Gate religious cult’s mass suicide in a mansion near San Diego, Calif.
In 1999, a Michigan jury found Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for euthanizing a terminally ill patient.
TODAY’S QUOTE: “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” — Viktor Frankl, “Man’s Search for Meaning”
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C OMMUNITY
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 • Page 5A
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
WEDNESDAY, March 26: 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. THURSDAY, March 27: Optimist Club, 7 a.m., Adams Memorial Hospital Decatur Room. Bread of Life food pantry, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Monroe United Methodist Church. 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, 6:308:30 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, March 28: Immanuel House, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 8545 N 500 E, Decatur. Operation Help Food Pantry for Decatur and Monroe residence, 1-3 p.m., Adams County Service Complex, bring your own bags. A.A. Happy Hour Discussion Group (closed), 5-6 p.m., Decatur Church of God. Reformers Unanimous Addiction Recovery Program, 7-9 p.m., Grace Fellowship Church. SATURDAY, March 29: A.A., 7 p.m., (open speaker/ discussion) Cross Community Church, Berne. SUNDAY, March 30: Decatur Eagles RC and Hobby Club, 2 p.m., Hobby site club house. MONDAY, March 31: Decatur Church of Christ food pantry, 700 E. Monroe St., Decatur, 8-10 a.m. Last names beginning with A-L served on first and third Monday, M-Z served second and fourth Monday. Free crafting and art class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Decatur Music and More, 833 N. 13th st., sketchbook helpful.
ADAMS CENTRAL — Fourth grade Adams Central Elementary School Ag Week coloring contest winners pictured above are, in back, from left, are Cody Zywicki, Siera Bayless, Hannah Thomas and Kylee Roe. In the front row, from left, are Ady Newland, Aiden Cummings and not pictured are Morgan Crates and Jadon Agler. SOUTH ADAMS — Fourth grade South Adams Elementary School Ag Week coloring contest winners are, in back, from left, Brady Fox, Harlee Wendel, Kristen Wynn and Alexis Baumgartner. In front, from left, are Conner Young, Elizabeth Perry, Autumn Frank and Colin Subler. Photos provided
NORTHWEST — Fourth grade Northwest Elementary School Ag Week coloring contest winners are shown above, in back, from left, are Tyler Howe, Emma Lee Fenner, Garrett Manley, Ariea Bosworth and Kamea Barr. In front, from left, are Eva Patel, Zia Crisp, Dalton Robinson and Seth Hook. Not pictured is Jacelyn Tarlton.
ADAMS COUNTY FOURTH GRADERS cELEBRATE AG WEEK
The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service conducted “Pizza in the Classroom” for nearly 400 fourth graders in Adams County during the week of March 17-21. The educational program assisted in promoting agriculture during Ag Week. Students were able to understand that all products and toppings in a pizza come from production agriculture. Brad Kohlhagen, Adams County ANR Extension Educator, presented the programs with the help of East of Chicago Pizza in Berne who prepared the pizza and Farm Bureau President Fred Kunkel who supplied milk. Sponsors of the program were Adams County Crops Committee, Adams County Pork Producers, Adams County SWCD and Adams County Farm Bureau Inc. The children competed in a coloring contest, two winners from each class received a $5 gift certificate from East of Chicago Pizza.
SINGLES AND SEPARATES
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The Arthur and Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion, 1201 Emmental Dr., Berne, will hold a Singles and Separates support group with Chaplain Mike Wertenberger at 2 p.m. April 2. The group is for those experiencing the loss of a loved one or have a spouse who is living in long-term care, or suffering from dementia or another illness. Members of the support group may form friendships and bonds with others who are facing similar situations and may gain valuable resources to help rebuild their life. The support group is held the first Wednesday of each month at the Arthur and Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion. Non Members and Members of the Wellness Pavilion are welcome to attend this free support group. For more information contact Sarah Conrad, Director of the Wellness Pavilion at 589-4496.
Kenneth & Esther Kolter
50 years
Kenneth and Esther (Feasel) Kolter, Fort Wayne, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary March 28. The couple were married in Decatur by Rev. Penrod. Kenneth and Esther have three children, Julie Kolter Brunton of Hoagland, Amy Kolter Gordon of Terre Haute and David Kolter of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The couple will celebrate with an open house from 1-4 p.m. April 19 at Southwest Senior Club House, 3414 Ruby Circle S., Fort Wayne.
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Sense & Sensitivity
By HARRIETTE COLE
Reader Upset To Be Double-Booked During Party
DEAR HARRIETTE: I have double-booked myself for two really important events, and now I am in a terrible position. I promised to participate in a friend’s retirement dinner. I am so happy for her, and now I feel terrible. She wants me to speak at the event, but I have to work. My boss asked me to take on a new project, and I agreed without realizing the time conflict. When I mentioned the conflict to him, he said too bad. The only possibility is for my part to be early in the evening at my friend’s retirement party and then rush over to work. But I doubt she wants to change her plans. How can I broach this with her? -- Torn, Detroit DEAR TORN: Consider it a blessing that there is even a chance that you can attend and possibly participate in a tiny part of your friend’s event. Reach out to her and tell her your predicament. Apologize for the mix-up. Be clear that this is your job and that you have to be there. Suggest that you can come for a few minutes and possibly do whatever formal presentation your friend has requested, but that you cannot stay. Being honest is what’s most important. If that means, by the way, that it actually is too much for you to do a drive-by at your friend’s party, tell her that. You have to be responsible for yourself first. She is retiring from a full life of working. If anyone should understand, she should be the one. DEAR HARRIETTE: I got into a huge argument with my boyfriend on the street the other night. We were coming home from a party and we had both had a few drinks. He got mad at me about something that I said to him, and the next thing you know, he was screaming and cursing at me at the top of his lungs. I have noticed that he gets loud and somewhat out of control when he has been drinking. This is scary to me, and I don’t like it at all. Do you think it should be a deal breaker? We’ve been talking about building a life together, but I swear I never imagined that someone who is supposed to be “my man” would be yelling and cursing at me in the middle of the street. -- Deal Breaker, Chicago DEAR DEAL BREAKER: Talk to your guy when he is sober and be frank about what you have observed and that it concerns you. Tell him that you think his extreme behavior occurs when he’s drinking. Ask him if he would be willing to stop drinking and get help. If he agrees, work with him to see if he can get sober and if sobriety changes his behavior. Be clear with him, though, that you are unwilling to commit your life to him if he continues to speak to you in an abusive manner. You deserve better than that.
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Kindergarten Round-Up
New Thursday, April 10, 2014 • 8:30 am - 11 am Date
• Parents are to bring their children to the kindergarten room.
F.Y.I.
Additonal Information
1. Students do not need to bring anything with them. 2. There will be special activities to determine each child’s level of development.
• While the children have a chance to play with our kindergarten toys, parents should slip out of the room. • Please pick your child up from the kindergarten classroom at 11 am.
Activities
* Snacks * Stories * Games * Crafts
3. Please feel free to contact our kindergarten teacher, Ms. Lori Conrad, if you need more information.
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Obama hints at sanctions against Russia
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — With no sign of Russia abandoning the Crimean Peninsula, President Barack Obama said Tuesday he’s concerned that Moscow will move deeper into Ukraine and warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that the international community is prepared to impose punishing sanctions against his country’s economy. Obama stood fast on his insistence that Crimea remains a part of Ukraine, even as the fledgling Ukrainian government in Kiev ordered its troops to pull back from the disputed territory. He dismissed Russia as a ‘‘regional power’’ that was acting from a position of weakness. ‘‘We’re not recognizing what is happening in Crimea,’’ Obama said at his first news conference since Russia moved to annex Crimea after a referendum 10 days ago. Obama rejected ‘‘the notion that a referendum sloppily organized over the course of two weeks’’ would ‘‘somehow be a valid process.’’ Obama said that while Russia’s military controls Crimea, its acquisition of the Black Sea peninsula is ‘‘not a done deal’’ without international recognition. But he also said, ‘‘It would be dishonest to suggest there is a simple solution to what has already taken place in Crimea.’’ ‘‘We also are concerned about further encroachment by Russia into Ukraine,’’ Obama said, as he took questions in a joint appearance with his host, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. ‘‘I think that will be a bad choice for President Putin to make,’’ Obama said. ‘‘But ultimately he is the president of Russia, and he’s the one who’s going to be making that decision.’’ Obama was pursuing efforts to pressure Russia out of its aggressive pose as world leaders met for an international Nuclear Security Summit. But to the east, the Russian annexation of Crimea was beginning to take root and Moscow shrugged off Obama’s drive to leave Putin in the cold. Rutte said he could not envision
the crisis over Ukraine ending in a military conflict. ‘‘I don’t think that is likely. I don’t think anybody wants it,’’ the Dutch prime minister said as he stood next to Obama. Rutte added that the West retains the option to impose more sanctions on Russia if the standoff escalates, and he said that ‘‘these sanctions would hit Russia very badly.’’ ‘‘And obviously, you can never guarantee that the people in Europe, in Canada, in the U.S. would not be hurt,’’ the prime minister said. ‘‘But obviously, we will make sure that we will design these sanctions in such a way that they will have maximum impact on the Russian economy and not on the European, the Canadian, the Japanese or the American economy.’’ Obama also said he was concerned about Russia’s troop buildup along the Ukrainian border. ‘‘We oppose what appears to be an effort at intimidation,’’ Obama said.
Neither rain nor sleet nor snow ... nor more snow ... prevents delivery of the mail. And after the winter local mail carriers experienced, Tuesday’s smattering of snowflakes barely phased this U.S. Postal Service worker in Decatur. Photo by Mike Lamm
Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton promote higher education at conference
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush, potential foes in the 2016 presidential contest, said Monday that higher education has the power to transform lives and be a force for democracy around the globe. Clinton and Bush spoke separately at the Globalization of Higher Education conference, but chatted briefly offstage. The event, co-organized by Bush, offered a bipartisan twist for the nation’s two dominant political families, both of whom could return to the presidential campaign trail next year. Bush, a former Florida governor, is the brother and son of Republican presidents. Clinton’s husband, Bill Clinton, served two terms in the White House before she returned to political life as a senator from New York and President Barack Obama’s first secretary of state. Onstage in solo performances, Clinton and Bush each focused on education policy and the need to make higher education affordable and accessible across the globe. ‘‘When people around the world have access to this kind of American model of education it illustrates ... that we believe in spreading opportunity to more people, in more places, so that they too have the chance to live up to their own God-given potential,’’ Clinton said at the Dallas event. She’s worried, she added, ‘‘that we’re closing the doors to higher education in our own country so this great model that we’ve had that has meant so much to so many is becoming further and further away from too many.’’ She thanked Bush at the start of her speech, citing his focus on edu-
Texas waterway opened after oil spill
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The Coast Guard says it has reopened the Houston Ship Channel to some traffic after thousands of gallons of oil spilled from a barge this weekend. Officials said Tuesday that the key waterway on the Gulf of Mexico had been cleared enough to allow barges in and out, though cleanup continues. As much as 170,000 gallons of oil spilled into one of the world’s busiest waterways for moving oil on Saturday, when a barge carrying the oil collided with a ship. State officials believe most of the oil is moving away from the coast near Houston and into the Gulf of Mexico. They hope the slick will wash up as ‘‘tar balls’’ farther south.
cation and his ‘‘passion and dedication’’ to the issue in the private sector. Bush spoke briefly at the start of the conference. ‘‘Higher education in America has a growing affordability problem while billions in the developing world struggle with accessibility. Exporting U.S. post-secondary education and global consumers at scale can help really resolve both issues simultaneously,’’ Bush said. ‘‘Expanding access through technology can bring down the cost of delivery at home and abroad.’’
Duped By Fruit
you want a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. FOLIC ACID FOLLIES The Ziegfeld Follies were the epitome of glitzy, amusing Vaudeville shows from 1907 to 1930. But today’s Folic Acid Follies are no laughing matter: Only about 40 percent of North American women take a folic acid supplement, and the average North American gets less than half the recommended intake. If this essential nutrient doesn’t show up in the daily diet of women who can become pregnant, fetal development can be compromised. (We recommend that women and men get 400 mcg daily from a supplement and make sure to eat folate-rich leafy vegetables, sunflower seeds, asparagus, citrus fruit, beans and 100 percent whole grains.) Now, it’s long been known that folic acid helps a fetus develop properly and prevents birth defects such as spina bifida. But maybe the latest research news will inspire every woman of child-bearing age, whether you plan to get pregnant or not (remember, about half of all pregnancies are unplanned), to follow the recommendations. In one study, taking a folic acid supplement from four weeks before conception through the first eight weeks of pregnancy cut the risk of having a child with autism by 40 percent! We suggest you take it for 12 weeks before conception. And whatever your age, get plenty of folic acid every day. Tip: Prepared and packaged foods such as breads, rice, and breakfast cereals are fortified with folic acid, but they often come loaded with added sugar and syrup. So we say, avoid those and go for nutritionpacked leafy greens and a 400 mcg supplement! HOW SATURATED FATS MAKE YOU FATTER When “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s” shape-shifting Odo (Rene Auberjonois) decides to change the way his body looks, he morphs from a gelatinous blob to a sleek, spandex-clad sheriff in an instant. He never worries that his physique is a hazard to his health. But monoforms (as Odo calls humans) aren’t so lucky. Not only are you born with a predisposition to a certain body type, but your lifestyle choices can morph your body into shapes that cause a whole universe of health problems. Everyone knows that you can have a younger RealAge, more energy, a sharper brain and a better sex life if you get 30-60 minutes of physical exercise, eat nine servings of fruits and veggies daily, don’t smoke, go easy on alcohol and meditate for 10 minutes every day. But did you know you can change where and how much fat is deposited on your body if you switch from saturated fats (in four-legged animal protein, two-legged skin and palm and coconut oils) to unsaturated fats (in canola, olive and sunflower oils)?
By Michael Roizen, M.D., And Mehmet Oz, M.D.
When Bullwinkle the Moose tells his buddy Rocket J. Squirrel, “Hey, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!” a rabbit is never what appears. That kind of switcheroo isn’t so comic, however, when certain snack and cereal bars claim on their front label that they contain (ta da!) Real Fruit. If you look at the ingredients list (in very small type hidden on the back) to see what you’re really getting, like Bullwinkle, it might not be what you were hoping for. The ingredients in these supposedly fruit-packed and, you assume, healthy meal substitutes and snack bars are listed in order of weight. Chances are good that high fructose corn syrup along with other sugars and fats are the first three to five ingredients. After that you might see mention of the advertised “real” fruit, but it’s usually something like strawberryflavored fruit pieces (sugar, cranberries, citric acid, natural strawberry flavor with other natural flavors, elderberry juice concentrate and oil). Huh? And that’s followed by a parade of health-damaging partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats), artificial colors and preservatives. We found one with TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone), a synthetic antioxidant used in varnishes and lacquers. Now, you may not want to go as far as one woman did -- she sued a large food manufacturer when she noticed her “real strawberry fruit snack” contained only pear concentrate. But while the Food and Drug Administration tries to chase down the companies that make these misleading claims on their labels, we say choose real real fruit if
Turns out the saturated fat you eat adds fat to your liver (associated with heart disease and diabetes) and your abdomen. That visceral fat makes big trouble. Unsaturated fat helps build muscle! So your fat- and shapeshifting moves should include: eating only nonfat diary; avoiding all red meat; sticking with lean, skinless poultry and fish; cooking with mono- and polyunsaturated vegetable oils; and eating a handful of walnuts or almonds daily. Watch things take a new shape.
a catastrophe (my boss disagreed with me, and I am going to get fired!), you can consciously counter it (maybe he wants an open discussion so we can get the best results. I’ll ask). And consider this fourstep journey to optimism: 1. A daily walk of 3060 minutes, aiming for 10,000 steps every day, no excuses. Dispelling stress through physical activity is calming and empowering. 2. Do something special (big or small) for a friend
or family member once a week. The positive feedback will start you looking happily forward to next week’s interaction. 3. Practice mindful meditation 15 minutes a day. 4. Volunteer at a community center or charity; focus your attention on helping make the world better for others. The rewards are, well, apocalyptic!
CUT OUT CATASTROPHIZING Hundreds of movies and TV shows from “On the Beach” (1959) to “Falling Skies” (2011) seem designed to express your secret fears (and, say some doctors, dispel the anxiety that fuels those worries). But in the movie of your life, assuming your future is going to be filled with doom and gloom makes it difficult for you to be healthy and productive. Catastrophizing can contribute to heart disease, gastrointestinal distress, respiratory conditions and chronic pain disorders. It also obliterates the positive things you can do to improve your life and the lives of those around you. So if you think it may be time to rescript the doomsday scenes in your life, try this: Write down your worries. You’ll see how often you think of disastrous things. Then when you imagine
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Your intuition will guide you in an exciting new direction this year. Added responsibilities will bring you greater recognition and acclaim. You will be rewarded for your leadership and integrity. The hopes and dreams for which you have been striving are coming within your reach. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Being around children or older relatives will give you a new perspective on something. You can increase your confidence by conquering a physical challenge. Call in favors, if necessary. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You have the ability to shape your own future. There is good advice to be had if you ask questions. Assistance will be offered, but it’s up to you to make things happen. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Your creativity may lead you in an unexpected direction. Be receptive to unusual strategies and ideas that could increase your chances for advancement. A new approach could yield favorable results. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You have a lot to lose if you let yourself be talked into a questionable activity. You’ll need to be crystal clear about your intentions and able to make stellar judgment calls. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -You will be successful in your chosen field as long as you continue to exude diligence and ingenuity. Use your charismatic power of persuasion and showcase your unique talents. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
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-- A challenging social activity will remind you of your capabilities. Multiply your efforts of self-promotion, and you will excel professionally. Present what you have to offer. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Personal contact and face-to-face meetings will help you close a deal. Attend as many social and business gatherings as you can to meet people of influence. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- What you considered a small project will develop into something more meaningful and lucrative. Take care not to be misled by a new acquaintance with a sudden interest in your work. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- You may receive an unusual request from an old friend. Although you may be tempted, trust in your own judgment. Refuse to be seduced by flattery or crushed by criticism. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Don’t be persuaded by someone offering you a “foolproof” moneymaking scheme. You have invested a lot to get to where you are. Taking a detour now would be a big mistake. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Your energetic and inquisitive nature will open up a world of new possibilities. The more you learn, the easier it will be to improve your financial status. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Consider the pros and cons before making any impulsive changes. An invitation that appears promising at the moment could cause difficulties in the future, as well as damage your reputation.
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DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki scored seven of his 32 points in overtime, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 128-119 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night. Nowitzki also had 10 rebounds and six assists. In Dallas’ loss to Brooklyn on Sunday, he was 2 for 12 from the field in his worst shooting performance of the season. Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 43 points. He has scored at least 25 in 36 consecutive games in the longest such streak since Michael Jordan’s 40-game run during the 1986-87 season. Dallas had seven players score in double figures. Jose Calderon went 6 for 8 from 3-point range and finished with 22 points. Russell Westbrook scored 23 for Oklahoma City. All of his points came in regulation, when he played 31:50. He added another minute in overtime. Westbrook is limited to 30 to 32 minutes per game because of his oftinjured right knee. The Mavericks scored the first five points of the extra period on two free throws by Nowitzki and a 3-pointer by Calderon. They never trailed again. LAKERS 127, KNICKS 96 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Xavier Henry scored 22 points, Nick Young hit five 3-pointers while scoring 20 points, and Los Angeles dropped a franchise-record 51 points in the third quarter of its victory over New York. Kent Bazemore scored 18 points as the Lakers won consecutive games for the first time in more than three weeks with a phenomenal offensive effort against the Knicks, who have lost two straight after an eight-game winning streak. Knicks President Phil Jackson watched his new team and his former club from a luxury suite high above the court. Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points for the Knicks, who couldn’t stop the Lakers’ patchwork roster from hitting 18 3-pointers in the opener of New York’s five-game West Coast road trip. CAVALIERS 102, RAPTORS 100 CLEVELAND (AP) — Dion Waiters scored 24 points and Luol Deng added 19 as Cleveland prevented Toronto from getting closer to a playoff spot. The Cavs blew a 21-point lead, but made just enough plays down the stretch to snap a fivegame losing streak at home. They did it without AllStar point guard Kyrie Irving, who missed his fifth straight game with a strained biceps tendon. Kyle Lowry scored 22 for the Raptors, who had a chance to tie it in the final seconds but guard Greivis Vasquez lost his footing and committed a turnover with 1.9 seconds left. Toronto led 95-94 with 6:45 remaining, but went just 1 of 9 from the floor and scored five points the rest of the way. Tristan Thompson added 15 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland. MAGIC 95, TRAIL BLAZERS 85 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tobias Harris had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Orlando stopped a nine-game losing streak. Nik Vucevic added 22 points and 10 boards for the Magic, who led by just eight at the half but used scoring spurts in the third and fourth quarters to put the game away. Victor Oladipo had 13 points and six assists. Robin Lopez led Portland with 20 points and 13 rebounds. The Blazers, who entered the night in fifth place in the West, have lost three straight. They were without forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed his seventh consecutive game with a lower back contusion. The Magic closed the third quarter on an 11-2 run and increased their lead to 19 in the opening minutes of the fourth.
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By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA x-Boston 72 49 17 6 104 230 153 Montreal 74 41 26 7 89 190 184 Tampa Bay 72 39 24 9 87 214 193 Detroit 72 33 25 14 80 191 204 Toronto 74 36 30 8 80 216 231 Ottawa 72 29 29 14 72 205 243 Florida 73 27 38 8 62 178 237 Buffalo 72 20 44 8 48 138 212 Metropolitan Division
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OTE: Split-squad games count in N the standings; games against nonmajor league teams do not. ——— Tuesday’s Games Boston 4, Tampa Bay 2 Atlanta 12, Detroit 3 Miami 6, St. Louis 5 Pittsburgh 22, Toronto 5 Washington 7, N.Y. Mets 3 Minnesota 4, Baltimore 1 Texas 5, Cleveland 0 San Francisco 5, Milwaukee 4 Oakland 8, Cincinnati 4 Colorado 4, Chicago White Sox 1 L.A. Angels 8, Chicago Cubs (ss) 4 Philadelphia 6, N.Y. Yankees 0 Seattle 9, Kansas City 6 San Diego 5, Chicago Cubs (ss) 5, tie Wednesday’s Games Miami vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Detroit vs. Philadelphia at Clearwa ter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Baltimore (ss) vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Washington vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Kansas City vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. L.A. Angels vs. Oakland at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m. Seattle vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Cincinnati vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs. Cleveland at Good year, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Colorado vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona at Scotts dale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs. Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 6:05 p.m. Baltimore (ss) vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 7:05 p.m. Thursday’s Games Washington vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 12:10 p.m. Atlanta vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Toronto vs. Philadelphia at Clearwa ter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Miami vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees vs. Pittsburgh at Bra denton, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Arizona (ss) vs. Cincinnati (ss) at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Cincinnati (ss) vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Cleveland vs. Arizona (ss) at Scotts dale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. Minnesota vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay vs. Baltimore at Saraso ta, Fla., 7:05 p.m. L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. Oakland at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m. Friday’s Games Tampa Bay vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Boston vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs. Toronto at Montreal, Quebec, 7:05 p.m. Miami vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 7:05 p.m. Houston vs. Texas at San Antonio, Texas, 8:05 p.m.
ansas City at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. K Cleveland vs. San Diego at San Diego, Calif., 9:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. Colorado vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 10:05 p.m. L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. Oakland at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.
Tuesday’s Sports Transactions By The Associated Press BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Optioned RHP Brad Brach to Norfolk (IL). CLEVELAND INDIANS — Selected the contract of DH Jason Giambi from Columbus (IL). DETROIT TIGERS — Optioned RHP Hernan Perez to Toledo (IL). KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Claimed LHP Patrick Schuster off waivers from San Diego. Designated OF Carlos Peguero for assignment. Optioned 2B Johnny Giavotella to Omaha (PCL). LOS ANGELES ANGELS — Selected the contract of INF John McDonald from Salt Lake (PCL). NEW YORK YANKEES — Optioned C John Ryan Murphy to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL). MINNESOTA TWINS — Selected the contract of OF Jason Kubel from Rochester (IL). SEATTLE MARINERS — Released RHP Scott Baker, LHP Randy Wolf, OF Endy Chavez and C Humberto Quintero from their minor league contracts. TAMPA BAY RAYS — Released LHP Erik Bedard from a minor league contract. TEXAS RANGERS — Optioned RHP Neftali Perez to Round Rock (PCL). Assigned LHPs Rafael Perez and Aaron Poreda to Round Rock. Agreed to terms with C Chris Snyder on a minor league contract. Added RHP Daniel McCutchen from the minor league camp. National League CHICAGO CUBS — Released LHP Tsuyoshi Wada from a minor league contract. CINCINNATI REDS — Selected the contract of C Ramon Santiago from Louisville (IL). LOS ANGELES DODGERS — Reinstated OF Carl Crawford from the paternity list. Optioned infielder Alex Guerrero to Albuquerque (PCL). MIAMI MARLINS — Selected the contract of OF Reed Johnson from New Orleans (PCL). Optioned RHP Arquimedes Caminero and RHP Carter Capps to New Orleans. Reassigned RHP Chaz Roe to minor league camp. Released INF Ty Wigginton. MILWAUKEE BREWERS — Selected the contracts of LHP Zach Duke, 1B Lyle Overbay and 1B-3B Mark Reynolds from Nashville (PCL). PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES — Released SS Ronny Cedeno from a minor league contract. PITTSBURGH PIRATES — Acquired RHP Vance Worley from Minnesota for cash. Optioned OF Jaff Decker, RHP Jared Hughes and 1B/ OF Andrew Lambo to Indianapolis (IL). Reassigned RHPs Jay Jackson and Zack Thornton, INFs Robert Andino and Michael Martinez, LHPs Daniel Schlereth and Adam Wilk, OF Chris Dickerson and C Omir Santos to minor league camp. WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Released LHP Michael Gonzalez, RHP Chris Young and INF Jamey Carroll. Optioned RHP Ryan Mattheus, LHP Xavier Cedeno and 1B/ OF Tyler Moore to Syracuse (IL).
Backes’ hat trick boosts Blues over Leafs, 5-3
TORONTO (AP) — David Backes completed a hat trick with an empty-net goal to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-3 victory Tuesday night that sent the Toronto Maple Leafs to their sixth straight loss. T.J. Oshie and former Leafs forward Alex Steen also scored for St. Louis, which passed Boston for the most points in the NHL with 105. Ryan Miller made 21 saves to improve to 32-153 in his career against Toronto. The Blues have won 10 of 13 games since acquiring Miller and forward Steve Ott from Buffalo before the trade deadline. Joffrey Lupul, Carl Gunnarsson and James van Riemsdyk scored for Toronto, which dropped out of a playoff spot for the first time since Jan. 14, coupled with Washington’s shootout loss to Los Angeles. The loss ruined the return of Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier, who made 44 saves in his first game since reinjuring his groin on March 13. COYOTES 3, PENGUINS 2 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Thomas Greiss stopped 23 shots — including all 15 he faced over the final two periods — and the Phoenix Coyotes edged the sloppy Pittsburgh Penguins. David Moss, Antoine Vermette and Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes, who never trailed while picking up two vital points in the chase for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
New doping agreement on the way for MLB
By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players and management hope to reach a new drug agreement this week that would increase initial penalties for muscle-building steroids and decrease suspensions for some positive tests caused by unintentional use, people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. For future suspensions, the deal also would eliminate the loophole allowing Alex Rodriguez to earn almost $3 million during his seasonlong ban, the people said. They spoke on condition of anonymity in recent days because talks are ongoing. The sides hope to reach an agreement by Sunday, when the Los Angeles Dodgers open the U.S. portion of the major league schedule at the San Diego Padres. While the lengths have not been finalized, the sides are discussing a 100-game ban for an initial testing violation and a season-long ban for a second, one of the people said. ‘‘It will be a significant deterrent because players will know they’re not going to just easily walk back into a lineup,’’ Travis Tygart, chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, said
in a telephone interview Tuesday. ‘‘It probably is the best policy in professional sports.’’ For inadvertent use, the penalty for a first testing violation would be cut in half to 25 games. ‘‘What we’re all here for it to rid sports of the intentional cheats, those who are intending to defraud both the fans and their fellow teammates, the integrity of competition,’’ Tygart said. Since the 2006 season, the Major League Baseball’s drug agreement has called for a 50-game suspension for a first positive steroids test, a 100-game ban for a second and a lifetime penalty for a third. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig called for tougher penalties last March, and then-union head Michael Weiner said players would consider them for 2014. Weiner died in November and was succeeded by former All-Star Tony Clark, who has led the negotiations. Major League Baseball’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic led to 14 suspensions last summer, including a 65-game penalty for former NL MVP Ryan Braun of Milwaukee and a 211game ban for Rodriguez, which was reduced to 162 games in January by an arbitrator.
Greiss was sharp and received plenty of help from his defense as Phoenix rebounded a night after losing starting goaltender Mike Smith indefinitely with a right leg injury in a loss to the New York Rangers on Monday night. Jussi Jokinen and Taylor Pyatt scored for Pittsburgh. Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves, but the Penguins looked lifeless at times without center Evgeni Malkin, who is out 2-3 weeks with a foot injury.
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UConn women blast St. Joe’s, 91-52
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had the third triple-double in UConn history as the Huskies moved into their 21st straight NCAA regional semifinal with a 91-52 rout of Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday night. Mosqueda-Lewis had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, to lead five players in double figures for the top-ranked Huskies (36-0), who won their 42nd straight game. Breanna Stewart added 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Bria Hartley also chipped in 20 points for the defending national champions, who are trying to win a record ninth NCAA tournament. Erin Shields and Sarah Fairbanks each had 12 points to lead Saint Joseph’s which finished the year at 23-10. Natasha Cloud had 10 and six assists for the Hawks. UConn will face 12thseeded BYU in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday. MARYLAND 69, TEXAS 64 COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Alyssa Thomas scored all 16 of her points in the second half, and Maryland squeezed past cold-shooting Texas to reach the Sweet 16. The fourth-seeded Terrapins (26-6) next face Tennessee, the No. 1 seed in the Louisville Regional. Maryland is 23-8 in the tournament under coach Brenda Frese and has reached the round of 16 in six of her 12 seasons at the helm. Texas trailed by 11 points with 9:24 left, but an 8-0 run cut the deficit to 65-64 with 43 seconds left. After Maryland’s 16th turnover of the game, Chassidy Fussell missed a 3-point try and Maryland’s Laurin Mincy made two free throws for a threepoint lead. Nekia Jones then bounced a 3-point try off the rim for the Longhorns, and Thomas clinched the victory by sinking two foul shots with 8 seconds to go. LOUISVILLE 83, IOWA 53 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Shoni Schimmel had 26 points, seven assists and five steals to help Louisville thump host Iowa to earn their fifth trip to the Sweet Sixteen under coach Jeff Walz. Antonita Slaughter added 17 points on five 3s for the third-seeded Cardinals (32-4), who advanced to Sunday’s regional semifinal at home. Louisville jumped out to a 17-point halftime lead and stretched its edge to 47-23 just 90 seconds into the second half. The Cardinals shot 53 percent, forced 19 turnovers and led by as many as 38 points. LSU 76, WEST VIRGINIA 67 BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Danielle Ballard had 22 points and 15 rebounds, and seventhseeded LSU overcame a late seven-point deficit, as well as foul trouble, to upset No. 2 seed West Virgina. Playing the last 12 minutes with four fouls, Shanece McKiney had 13 points, seven rebounds and five blocks, while DaShawn Harden added 12 points for LSU (2112), which advanced to the Sweet 16 for a second straight season — both times with a second-round upset on its home court. Holding a 63-56 lead 5:05 left, West Virginia was on the verge of winning the first second-round NCAA game in program history, but LSU went on a decisive 16-2 run. Asya Bussie had 21 points and Bria Holmes 12 for West Virginia (30-5), which fell to 0-8 all time in secondround games. NORTH CAROLINA 62, MICHIGAN STATE 53 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Freshman Diamond DeShields had 24 points and a season-high 12 rebounds to help North Carolina beat Michigan State. Fellow rookie Allisha Gray added 10 points for the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (26-9), who led by nine at halftime then dominated the opening minutes of the second half to turn the game into a rout. North Carolina ran off 14 straight points to blow the game open, with DeShields scoring twice during that flurry to build a 57-31 lead with 11 1/2 minutes left that allowed the Tar Heels to coast to the Stanford Regional’s round of 16. The Tar Heels pressured the fifth-seeded Spartans (23-10) and turned the game into the up-anddown pace they wanted. They finished with a 17-4 edge in fast-break points and 15 points off turnovers. PENN STATE 83, FLORIDA 61 STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Maggie Lucas and Dara Taylor each scored 22 points to send Penn State into the Sweet 16 with a win over Florida. The third-seeded Lady Lions (24-7) will play at No. 2 Stanford (30-3) on Sunday. Lucas, the two-time Big Ten player of the year, surpassed the 2,500 careerpoint milestone and led the Lady Lions to the NCAA tournament regional semifinal for the second time in three seasons. Ariel Edwards added 16 points for Penn State. The Lady Lions are in the Sweet 16 for the 13th time. Kayla Lewis led the Gators with 20 points and nine rebounds. Jaterra Bonds scored 14.
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014
BILLS FOUNDER WILSON DIES AT 95
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — During his 95 years, Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson went from fan to ‘‘Foolish Club’’ member to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, enjoying every step along the way. The NFL lost the person regarded as the league’s ‘‘conscience’’ on Tuesday, when Wilson died at his home around 1:40 p.m. Bills president Russ Brandon announced Wilson’s death at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. His death resonated among the owners — from old to new. Wilson played an integral role in establishing the modern game, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009. In 1959, Wilson founded the Bills in helping establish the upstart American Football League, whose owners were dubbed ‘‘The Foolish Club’’ for having the chutzpah to challenge the NFL. Some five years later, Wilson played an influential role in the framework for the merger of the leagues. ‘‘Ralph Wilson was a driving force in developing pro football into America’s most popular sport,’’ NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. ‘‘Ralph always brought a principled and common-sense approach to issues.’’ Patriots owner Robert Kraft released a statement saying how grateful he was for how Wilson welcomed him to the NFL, adding: ‘‘I will miss him.’’ So will Bills Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy, whom Wilson lured out of retirement to serve as the team’s general manager from 2005-06. ‘‘He wasn’t my boss, he was my friend,’’ Levy said. ‘‘Deeply saddened to hear about his passing. He meant so much to the game that both of us revered, and to the community of Buffalo and beyond. It’s quite a loss, and he’s going to be remembered so fondly by everyone who knew him.’’ The last surviving member of the original AFL owners, Wilson died at his home in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., said Mary Mazur, a spokeswoman for the Wayne County medical examiner’s office. He had been receiving home hospice care. Wilson had been in failing health since having hip surgery in 2011. Though he spent much of his time at his home in suburban Detroit, he attended Hall of Fame induction weekends. He was a regular at Bills home games since founding the franchise, but had not been there since going to one game in 2010. Wilson gave up daily oversight of the club on Jan. 1, 2013, when he relinquished the president’s title to Brandon. ‘‘No one loves this game more than Ralph Wilson,’’ Brandon said. ‘‘It’s very tough. What he’s’ meant to the entire organization. He’s our leader, our mentor our friend. How he loves his players and loved our community. Special guy. They just don’t make them like Ralph Wilson.’’ Wilson earned a well-established reputation for loyalty to fans and the stands he took against franchise relocation. Though he butted heads several times with late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, it did not affect their friendship.
Murray to meet Djokovic in Sony Open quarters
By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Andy Murray heard a fan clamoring for a souvenir towel and tried to oblige by tossing one toward the courtside seats. His throw fell way short. That was about the only mistake Murray made Tuesday at the Sony Open. Even with his surgically repaired back still nowhere near perfect, the defending champion continued his roll at Key Biscayne. He needed only 73 minutes to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-1 and set up a Wednesday quarterfinal with Novak Djokovic — their first meeting since Murray won the Wimbledon final last summer. ‘‘My game is getting there,’’ said Murray, the No. 6 seed who acknowledged he was dealing with a sore back Tuesday. ‘‘The last six sets I’ve played, very high-level tennis, very few errors.’’ He’ll need to keep it that way against Djokovic, who eased past Tommy Robredo 6-3, 7-5. The second-seeded Djokovic even gave back a point in the second set. A groundstroke from Robredo clipped the baseline and Djokovic couldn’t handle it, but the ball was erroneously called out. After a review showed the ball was in, the point was ordered to be replayed. Djokovic shouted ‘‘It’s OK, it’s OK’’ as the fans applauded his sportsmanship. ‘‘For me, it’s something that is part of the sport, fair play,’’ Djokovic said. ‘‘I expect everybody else to do the same. Of course, not everybody’s the same, but for me, that’s something that’s normal. Just a normal, natural reaction.’’ Top-seeded Rafael Nadal topped 14th-seeded Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-2. Nadal has dropped a total of nine games in six sets so far in this tournament. Singles players with a combined 66 Grand Slam victories were in action Tuesday, including Roger Federer — a winner of 17 of them himself. And he looked very much like the Federer of old, needing only 49 minutes to beat ninth-seeded Richard Gasquet 6-1, 6-2. ‘‘Look, things went well out on the court today,’’ Federer said, clearly understating matters. Federer, the No. 5 seed, had 25 winners to Gasquet’s eight, converted five of his six break chances and won 92 percent of his first-serve points in the second set. Next up for Federer on Wednesday night is 20th-seeded Kei Nishikori, who fought off four match points in the third-set tiebreaker and upset No. 4 David Ferrer 7-6 (7), 2-6, 7-6 (9) in a match that lasted just over 3 hours. Ferrer had beaten Nishikori in the same round at Key Biscayne a year ago, their most recent meeting before Tuesday. No. 22 Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine also pulled off an upset, topping third-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals. Another men’s winner was Milos Raonic, the No. 12 seed who beat Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-4.
DDD Bracket Challenge Leaders*
(As of the end of round three)
1. James Compton (51 points) 2. Leon Byer (48) 2. Don Carper (48) 4. Todd Martinez (47) 4. Max Eichenauer (47) 4. Austin Alanis (47) 4. Jason Spiegel (47) 8. Ricardo Torres (46) 8. John Fuelling (46) 8. John Baker (46) 8. Mary Ripley (46) 8. Mike “Fuzz” Meyer (46) 8. Jim Pollock (46) 8. Lee Hoopingarner (46) 8. Jim McGill (46) 8. John Macklin (46) 8. Beau Butcher (46) 8. Dennis McBarnes (46) 19. (16 TIED with 45)
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