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Breaking ICE

Tuesday

January 27, 2009 Volume 103, Issue 88

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Losing their dignity

Columnist Jason Kane believes that the current generation’s elders have lost their dignity, thanks to the disregard of today’s youth | Page 4

University student gains confidence to win gold at U.S. Figure Skating Championship

Another failed policy

Bowling Green is making a name for itself in the world of figure skating again. Bowling Green native Alissa Czisny was awarded the gold medal at the 2009 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Cleveland on Jan. 24, nearly 25 years after Bowling Green native Scott Hamilton secured his fourth consecutive title. The last time Czisny came close to gold at nationals was in 2007 when she earned bronze, placing fifth in the short program and first in the long program. In 2008, Czisny placed ninth after stumbling in her performance. But this past weekend Czisny showed growth. Her former skating coach for nine years Shelly Bressler was there to witness it — and with a lot of tissues. After a seemingly flawless first skate, Czisny bobbled a triple lux in her second and final routine. But unlike in her 2008 performance, Czisny recovered and skated out the four-minute routine confidently.

The United States’ policy on drugs could use some reworking, says guest columnist Jordan Givens | Page 4

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GM lays off more workers General Motors elimnates jobs in Michigan and Ohio, firing thousands of second shift workers due to weak auto demand | Page 5

See SKATING | Page 2 To read about the Alissa Czisny’s next event, go to page 2

Track and field takes second

SPORTS

At the Jane Herrmann Invitational, the Falcons gained confidence with four first place finishes and six athletes setting personal records | Page 6

Women’s tennis dominates

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A forum on local changes

At the new tennis center in Perrysburg, the Falcons beat Cleveland State, bringing their record to 3-0 | Page 6

By Kelly Metz Campus Editor

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THE UNIVERSITY’S NEW PORCH: University Athletic Director Greg Christopher explains how the future Stroh Center will be the “new front porch” for the campus.

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HOUSING PLANS: Gordy Heminger, city council representative for the first ward, talks about Section O, which used to be part of the Housing Master Plan.

Christopher discusses upcoming City councilman addresses possible Stroh Center construction proposal to housing legislation PEOPLE ON THE STREET

Police force functions as unit despite gender gap

By Scott Recker Senior Reporter

What do you think the Universtiy should spend $36 million on?

KENNY PALASH Freshman, Pre-Business

“Better dorm halls, because Mac looks like a prison complex.” | Page 4

Athletic Director Greg Christopher addressed the concerns of nearly 25 students and members of the Undergraduate Student Government surrounding the building of the Stroh Center at last night’s USG meeting. Christopher touched on a few general concerns about the $36 million arena, such as the venue’s campus proximity, project funding and how it will impact the image of the University. “We need to get in front of the students to explain the pro-

cess and explain the impact [the Stroh Center] will have,” Christopher said. After Christopher finished talking about the plans for the new arena, Vice President of Student Affairs Ed Whipple briefly addressed USG members before they were invited to ask questions. “A strong University provides a range of diversity in terms of offerings,” Whipple said. “Think about what kind of University you want.” Off-campus Senator Molly

See STROH | Page 2

By Kristen Vasas City Editor

With Section O dividing offcampus student renters and resident homeowners in Bowling Green, Undergraduate Student Government tried to mend the rift by voting to support a new proposal by City Council Representative Gordy Heminger. At last night’s general assembly meeting, Heminger came before the Senate and a scattering of student guests in order to explain the terms of a new proposal regarding Section O — which was supported by 22

votes from USG senators. On Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. during an open forum, Heminger and City Council Representative Robert McComber will propose new terms regarding the controversial section which, as of right now, calls for a push to encourage a licensing and inspection of all rental properties in Bowling Green, USG Vice-President Sundeep Mutgi said. Under Heminger and McComber’s suggestions, four new additions would be added to the section.

See SECTION O | Page 2

Among 23 officers at the University Police Department, 20 of them are male. This gender gap isn't a problem for the three females on staff. “We don't care about the man to woman ratio here,” police officer Amanda Schmitt said. “It's not about gender, or anything else here, it's about being a good officer.” Women make up 13 percent of officers at the University, a ratio higher than Miami University's 11 percent and Ohio University's 4 percent. But Schmitt said she would like to see more female representation at the police department. Compared to other MAC schools, women make up 29 percent of officers at Kent State University and 20 percent of the officers at the University of Toledo. “In the ‘70s and ‘80s, it might have been harder for women to crack this business,” she said. “But now, as far as any department I've been to, it doesn't matter. We are a team, a unit,

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BLOTTER FRIDAY, JAN. 23 12:47 A.M.

Jordan Shreffler of Janesville, Wisc., was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia in Lot 7. Daniel Latevola of Brunswick, Ohio, was cited for possession of marijuana less than 100 grams and drug paraphernalia in Lot 7. 2:00 A.M.

Andrew Micham of Monclova, Ohio, was cited for paraphernalia and theft in Lot 7. Anthony Edwards, of Toledo, and Jean Karera, of Westerville, Ohio, were both cited for possession of marijuana less than 100 grams. 12:07 P.M.

Complainant reported her iPod was stolen from her room in KreischerCompton. 12:51 P.M.

Complainant reported her digital camera was stolen from her room in McDonald East. 8:51 P.M.

SATURDAY, JAN. 24 Two students were referred to student discipline for underage possession in Founders. 1:05 A.M.

Two students were referred to student discipline for underage possession in Offenhauer West. 5:55 A.M.

James Basar Jr., of Parma, was cited for underage under the influence in McDonald North. He was also given a written warning for criminal trespassing and housed at Wood County Justice Center. 11:55 P.M.

Brian Bates, of Glenwillow, Ohio, was cited for underage possession of alcohol on Wooster Street. He was also given a verbal warning for improper display of registration.

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Complainant reported being struck at 149 North Bar, resulting in several large bumps, a broken nose, a split lip and several chipped teeth.

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Brian Weilacher, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, was cited for underage under the influence and obstructing official business in McDonald East, and was taken to Wood County Justice Center. David Marshall, of Bowling Green, was cited for drug abuse in McDonald East. Andrew McCormack, of Bowling Green, was cited for underage consumption in McDonald East. Eight students were referred to student discipline.

3:26 P.M.

Complainant reported the theft of his white Sear’s Freespirit bicycle from the Wood County Library. 4:57 P.M.

Jill Cookson, 38, and John Campbell, 31, both of Bowling Green, were arrested for aggravated menacing after contacting a male complainant and threatening to kill him.

10:16 P.M.

Barry Powderly, of Belpre, Ohio, was cited for disorderly conduct. He was then transported to Wood County Justice Center but was refused and then transported to Wood County Hospital.

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Police investigating Elk Lodge burglary Bowling Green Police are currently investigating a burglary that took place at the Elk Lodge on Campbell Hill Road yesterday morning. According to one of the workers, when he opened the bar in the morning to set up tables, he found the building in disarray and called the police. Although two cash registers were found lying on the floor behind the bar, it has not been determined how much money was taken. No signs of forced entry were discovered, but one of the doors on the northwestern side of the building was found to have an unworking latch.

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Complainant reported money was stolen from her purse in Rodgers. Student referred to student discipline for underage possession in Lot J.

U.S. Olympic showing dependent on world championship

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SKATING From Page 1 “She is becoming more mentally prepared,” said Bressler, who started coaching Czisny and her twin sister, Amber, at the University Ice Arena when they were only 2 years old. “The physical part is not a problem. It’s a lot of pressure when you’re at that level.” Czisny and Amber have both moved to Bloomington Hills, Mich., where they are closer to their practice rink. Czisny is a senior at the University majoring in international studies, Russian and French. Czisny wasn’t the only skater on the ice with Bowling Green roots in Quicken Loans Arena this past weekend. Bressler said she was also watching Melissa Telecky, another one of her former skaters from the University Ice Arena. Not to mention, 1984 Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton was providing commentary for NBC. “The whole amazing thing about Saturday night: there were 25 plus skating and out of those, two were from Bowling Green,” Bressler said. “And then Scott Hamilton, the announcer, is also from Bowling Green.” Czisny was not able to be contacted by press time. Editor’s note: Information was compiled by Editor-inChief Freddy Hunt from The BG News wire sources and other interviews.

And the Americans thought there was pressure this week. The Vancouver Olympics are still a year away, but they may as well be two months. That’s when the world figure skating championships will take place in Los Angeles, with results there determining how many skaters a country can send to Vancouver. Do well, and the Americans will have their usual small army. Do as poorly as they’ve done at the last few worlds, and the U.S. contingent will be about as big as Uzbekistan’s. OK, that’s a bit harsh, but it could certainly wind up being

STROH From Page 1 Albertson asked Christopher why the University is spending money on athletics and not academics. Christopher answered by saying athletics is an important part of student life. “I’m not going to hide the benefits this will have for athletics,” Christopher said. “Athletics is a very visible front porch, just like the stadium will be a front porch for campus.” Funding for the Stroh Center has been raised separately by the Athletic Department, Christopher said, and added that this venue is only one part of the University’s plan to better the campus. USG Senator April Jackson asked Christopher how he believes the Stroh Center will retain students. Christopher said it may be a stretch to say that the new Stroh Center will retain students, but that the new arena will definitely attract future students to the University. Several University marching band members expressed their concerns about the venue negatively impacting the band’s practice fields near the field house.

SECTION O From Page 1 One of these suggested additions would call for only the exterior of homes to be included in the inspection, rather than both the interior and the exterior, Heminger said. Houses with broken or missing windows, peeling paint or overhangs ready to collapse would be subject to an inspection fee. “Inspectors wouldn’t be climbing fences or porches,” Heminger said. “They would have to see something from the sidewalk.” Section O also originally called for both houses and apartments to be included in inspections. Under the new proposal, only houses would be inspected. Ensuring that all houses, regardless of whether or not they are owner or rental properties, will be treated equally under the proposal will also take precedent under Heminger and McComber’s plan. “Including this in the new proposal takes off the stigma

as small as it was in 1994, the last time the Americans bottomed out at a pre-Olympics worlds. The United States sent only 12 skaters to Lillehammer: two women, two men, one dance team and three pairs. Compare that with Turin, where the Americans had the maximum three in women’s, men’s and dance, and two pairs teams. “Yes, I will feel a little bit of pressure to make sure we do have three spots at the Olympics, but I’m definitely not going to focus on that,” said reigning world junior champion Rachael Flatt, who earned her first trip to the big kids’ party with a secondplace finish Saturday night. Although Christopher was not certain if the band field would be affected, USG President John Waynick assured band members their field has been taken into consideration. Christopher also said the University has estimated the walking distance to Lot 6, where the arena is slated to be built, for a student living offcampus. The distances to Lot 6 and Anderson Arena are very similar, Christopher said. Campus parking will not be impacted because the overflow gravel lots will be paved, Christopher said, adding that the parking lots to the west of the field house will be expanded to compensate large crowds. Throughout the question and answer portion of last night’s meeting, several students voiced concerns. After the discussion on the Stroh Center ended, Whipple said student support has been great so far. He said the University will strive to become an overall better environment for every aspect of student life. “It’s USG’s job to make tough decisions in terms of students and alumni,” Whipple said. “Our focus is on all areas of excellence at BGSU.”

that it’s threatening towards students,” Mutgi said. “I think this is a huge win for BG because it’s such an extreme example of how USG can get out and work together to change things for the student body.” And in terms of the failing economy and the soaring costs of living, the new proposal would work to keep prices low by not hiring any new staff or creating any new ordinances regarding Section O, Heminger said. “When it comes to fines, whoever owns the property will be fined where appropriate,” he said. “We’ll also propose a period of time for the homeowner or renter to fix the problem before being fined.” And though roughly 25 students attended the meeting on Section O, Off-Campus Senator Molly Albertson said its important for students to know exactly what the new proposal entails before making up their minds on the issue. “I’ve talked to a lot of constituents and I know they’re concerned about [Section O],” Albertson said. “I think there are

“I’m going to focus on doing better programs than I did at nationals.” She better. Most everybody else, too. Sending three U.S. women to the Olympics is as much a given as Austrians contending in the downhill. Only once in the last 85 years have the Americans sent just two — in 1994, when Nancy Kerrigan won the silver medal and Tonya Harding was eighth. But Flatt and new national champion Alissa Czisny will have to finish with a combined placement of 13 (fifth and eighth, for example) or better to keep those three spots, and that’s going to be a stretch. The American women have gone

back-to-back years without a medal at worlds, the first time that’s happened since 1993-94. Czisny is a gorgeous skater, and she finally made the most of her considerable talent here after a career of inconsistency. But for as lovely as her spins, spirals and footwork were, jumps do still matter and Czisny landed only three clean triples in her free skate. That might cut it against Carolina Kostner, but it won’t against the likes of Mao Asada and Kim Yuna — even with the hometown discount. “This is a learning experience,” Czisny said. “I think I can take what I did at this competition, learn from it and use it to improve at worlds.”

POLICE From Page 1

“It’s a long and complicated process and we really don’t pay attention to man or woman ...”

and we are equal.” There are 33,601 certified officers in Ohio and roughly 10 percent are women, according to the Attorney General’s Office. But hiring practices shouldn't be different because the application process is guided by the state, said Lt. David Weekley, University police spokesman. “It's a long and complicated process and we really don't pay attention to man or woman or color or anything when we hire,” he said. “It's all based on who has the qualifications.” In order to become a University police officer, a prospective officer must obtain a certificate from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. Once the certificate is received, an application process starts, which involves physical training and background and driving record checks. Once the officer finishes with the testing, they are given 18 weeks field training and then a year's probationary period. “At each stage, someone is knocked out of the running,” Weekley said. “We could start with 70 applicants, 20 could be women. It's narrowed down not because they are women, or any other reason. Things just come up in checks, or the tests aren't passed.” Officer Shellie Mack said she is practically one of the guys at the University police department. She patrols the University in the cruisers, walks the residence halls, controls traffic and makes arrests, just as the male officers do. “Yes, as a female, we had a little more time to run a mile and a half, but if the men ran, I ran and so on,” Mack said. “Females are an asset to any community because we bring something new to the table. We talk differently and handle situations differently than the men. It all depends on the case and what we are confronted with.” Weekley said in cases such as sexual assault a woman on the force is especially benefigoing to be a lot of mixed reviews about what happened because a lot of students won’t know what the proposal entails, so it’s important they look closely at this.” USG President John Waynick, who made an effort to get the meeting out to the students and citizens of Bowling Green by allowing the three-hour assembly to be broad-

David Weekley | Police spokesman cial because female rape victims feel more comfortable telling their story to a female officer. But overall, women just have a calming effect, she said — or fighting men don't want to assault a female officer. But even though some female officers are smaller and might not have as much muscle, they can still do their job, Schmitt said. “People might be like, 'oh you're 130 pounds and a chick,' and I may not look like a 'challenge' for a 280 pound drunk guy, but I know where the pressure points are and went through training,” she said. And while law enforcement is male-dominated, neither Schmitt nor Mack felt intimidated when they started in their line of work. In fact, they encourage women to be involved because it makes a statement about the community to invite diversity and change. “Women are underrepresented,” Schmitt said. “But women of minorities are even more invisible in this field, and it would really show progress if there was more female interest.” Although they might not be able to change the world, Mack and Schmitt said they love their jobs because they can still make a difference and be a part of the University community. “In school you are faced with lesson plans,” Mack said. “In the real world you are faced with the lesson of life and I want to help teach, even if that means sending someone to court, jail or just student discipline. I get to show them what's right and wrong and there is no specific gender requirement to do that.” cast live, said he hopes he represented the views of the 17,000 offcampus students when it comes to their feelings on Section O. “Do I know this is what every student wanted? No,” Waynick said. “But when you have a vote with zero no’s, it speaks volumes that this is what the majority of students want.”

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GET A LIFE CALENDAR OF EVENTS Some events taken from events.bgsu.edu

8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Muslim Student Association Prayer Room 204 Olscamp

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. UAO Poster Sale Union Multipurpose Room

12 p.m. - 4 p.m. To Write Lover on Her Arms Benefit ticket sale Union Table Space

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ICS Fellows Talk: Allie Terry ICS Fellows presents a talk titled “Criminals & Tourists: Prison History and the Museumm-Going Public in Florence� by Allie Terry, an assistant professor of art history at the University. 201A Union

7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesdays at the Gish: “Grey Gardens� “Grey Gardens� is a 1975 film from the Maysles brothers about the lives of the aunt and cousin of former first lady Jackie Onassis who lived in a condemned estate in East Hampton, N.Y., called Grey Gardens. Gish Film Theater, Hanna Hall

8 p.m. Bad Astronomy The Planetarium hosts this 1-hour multi-media show including astrology, UFOs and more. A $1 donation is suggested. 112 Physical Science Building

9:30 p.m. - 11:45 p.m. UAO presents: “Step Brothers� Union Theater

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Graduate students training to keep themselves and others safe By Hannah Sparling Reporter

Members of the Graduate Student Enhancement Program at the University are preparing for a campus shooter. GradSTEP members will go through training at 3 p.m. in Olscamp Hall tomorrow to learn what they can do in the event of a campus shooting to keep themselves and others safe. GradSTEP Director Barb Peck said she decided to start making the training mandatory for all GradSTEP students because it is likely many of them will end up teaching someday. “They’re going to be in a classroom and they’re going to have some responsibility for keeping students safe,� Peck said. Tomorrow’s group will be the first from GradSTEP to go through the training, Peck said, but she hopes to continue the process with future classes. She said the training will make them more aware and better prepared to handle the situation should it arise. “It’s a very personal thing to see this training and try to imagine in your mind how you would react,� she said. “People take things to different limits. They handle things in different ways. Unfortunately, some of those ways turn violent and I just want to make sure we’re prepared.� Peck, who has been through the training herself, said it does raise some uncomfortable and challenging issues, but the end result is worth it. “It is not a comfortable thing to talk about,� she said. “It’s not a comfortable thing to even think about, but it’s a reality nowadays.� While tomorrow’s program was initially scheduled for GradSTEP students, Peck said everyone is invited and encouraged to come. The event is free and open to the public. The only requirement is to

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“It’s a very personal thing to see this training and try to imagine in your mind how you would react.� Barb Peck | GradSTEP Director RSVP to Peck. “In my opinion, the more people that see this training, the safer this campus is going to be,� Peck said. University Police Chief James Wiegand agreed. He said the chances of a shooting situation happening at the University are very slim, but the more people prepared, the better. “As a result of what has occurred at other institutions, we thought this would be beneficial,� Wiegand said. “It’s not a lot ... it’s a very remote possibility that it will happen, but we can’t say it won’t.� At the training, a video will be shown giving an overview of what to do in the event of a shooter. Parts of the video will then be explained, followed by a question and answer session. The video shows people their best chances for survival, Wiegand said. The first choice is to get away and the second choice is to hide out behind a locked or barricaded door. But sometimes those options aren’t available, he said, and people need to know what to do next. “If all that fails and you find yourself confronted, then you’ve got to defend yourself,� Wiegand said. “They establish a mindset that will allow them to understand what could occur and give them information of how to survive.� Tomorrow’s training session is not the first at the University. The program started about a year and a half ago. So far the video has been shown about 40 times, Wiegand said, and will probably be shown many more. For a presentation to be set up, it only has to be requested. “They call up, [and] we set it up, show it and discuss it,� Wiegand

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said. “I think to date it’s been pretty successful. The program has been pretty well received.� Annette Stencil, secretary of the Department of Public Safety at the University, watched the training video about a month ago. She said it helped her see the situation from a different perspective and gave her a new awareness. “It was worthwhile,� she said. “It makes it real, like it could possibly happen.� Stencil said she would recommend the video to anyone. “Even if they just learn one thing,� she said.

Treasurer’s office became ‘one-stop shop’ By John Bisesi Reporter

When the University Treasurer’s Office became the Controller’s Office nothing changed much other than the name. Effective in June 2008, the switch to Controller’s Office reflects the title of Sharon Swartz, controller, who is responsible for five major administrative offices. Located way up on the 9th floor of the Administration Building, Swartz’s Controller’s Office is in charge of Payroll, Bursar, Financial Accounting,

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QUESTIONS: Senior Natasha Gallagher takes sophomore Clair Lephart’s order at the E. Wooster Starbucks on Monday. Lephart made a guess at the Question of the Day: “What type of trees yield the resin used to produce turpentine?� Unfortunately, Lephart did not guess the correct answer, which was pine.

Graduate student works hard to earn important opportunities Antwan Jones

By Alaina Buzas Reporter

When Antwan Jones applied to represent the graduate student body on the Board of Trustees, he wasn’t sure what he was getting himself into. “I didn’t even know what the position was before I applied, but the application intrigued me,� Jones said. After doing research on the board, Jones completed the application process and began waiting for a call from the governor. And he waited, and waited. On July 24, the day after he turned 27, Jones received the call. He had been appointed to the board. “I was really excited, jumping up and down and calling everyone,� Jones said. But with the search for the next University president underway, Jones wasn’t graced with another waiting period. “I started literally the next

Represent graduate students on the Board of Trustees day with the Presidential search,� Jones said. Now that Cartwright has been named president, Jones is looking forward to seeing what will be forefront on the board’s agenda. “It will be interesting to see how the University will respond to the Nation’s deficit and today’s economy,� Jones said. Frank Goza, associate dean for curriculum and faculty advancement, has been Jones’ advisor since Jones began at the University. When Jones first considered joining the board, Goza said he encour-

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““This is a learning experience. I think I can take what I did at this competition, learn from it and use it to improve at worlds.” — Alissa Czisny, on her women’s title and advancing to worlds [see story, pg. 1].

PEOPLE ON THE STREET “Split it between renovating the old arena and rebuilding the Saddlemeir services building.” JASMINE DIA, Junior, International Studies

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What do you think the University should spend $36 million on? “Pay for my student loan debt.”

ALEX RIGDA, Senior, Sociology

“Closer parking facilities, because it’s a pain to walk a half hour to my car.”

“They should build a campus auditorium.”

JAMES GERBIC, Freshman, Actuarial Studies

DEONTE ROBERTS, Freshman, Political Science

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Society missing out by not paying reverence to its elders By Jason Kane Columnist

Years and years ago, there lived the old and wise of society. As members with the most life experience, the elders seemed to possess an amount of knowledge no other could surpass. They filled the roles of great teachers and informed descendants to life’s precious secrets. They spoke with integrity and a softness of spirit, passing down values they deemed most important. It seems today the elders of our society are perceived in a much different light. No longer do we think of them as the holders of great truths or as figures to look up to, but rather as the decaying products of an outdated generation, struggling to merge their way onto our fastpaced roads. This change of heart in recent times is perhaps driving their inheritance to extinction. The growing disrespect and negligence we have for these once-beloved oldest members is robbing them of their dignity. This trend is denying our elders the chance to both reclaim their duties and reinstate themselves as esteemed and necessary components of society.

As we reject their guidance and choose timelier, more advanced methods of building knowledge, we become further estranged. The generation gap between us widens and we continue to live in ways independent of their support. Sadly, we even live as if becoming an elder were something to avoid. We fear the thought of aging and cling in desperation to our young images. Because of this, we tend to award reverence of the young over the old. Members of the younger generations seem to be the most praised of today’s society. They’re idolized for their good health and creative thinking. Their competence in computers and electronics is weighed highly valuable in this technological age. Members of these generations are seen as the future and it seems our society is restlessly awaiting their development. What have the elders to offer in such a world? It seems we’re so preoccupied with striving for improvement and success that our humble, down-to-earth elders are being overlooked. The great understanding they’re willing and capable of sharing, we fail to acknowledge.

Today, their words are spoken in unheard whispers. The never-ending feed of information from our incessant internet and television use tends to reign over their simple and profound wisdom. Have we been looking ahead so anxiously that along the way we failed to see the jewels before our eyes? These modern times are so rapid it may be a challenge for older members of society to keep up with the changes. It may be difficult for their ways to compete. Legacies of strong family bonds and traditions, hospitality and home cooking may be at stake, if the relationship we have with our elders continues to wither. Once we begin to understand how thin these relationships have become, we can begin the attempt to strengthen them. Before it’s too late, we can begin to admire our elders for having lived different lives in different times and learn a thing or two about this world, as seen from their old and wise eyes. Respond to Jason at thenews@bgnews.com

The dirty myth of clean coal By Jeffrey Hake U-Wire

If you have never heard of mountain top removal mining, or MTR mining, be advised that it is exactly what it sounds like. Some have called it strip-mining on steroids. The goal: get the sequestered coal. However, in a manic drive to cut costs, coal companies use huge amounts of explosives to remove as much as 1000 feet of mountaintop. Over 480 Appalachian Mountains in four states have thus been maimed. The physical waste of this process — the thousands of tons of rock and debris that contain toxic arsenic, lead and radioactive uranium — is then dumped into the valleys below. This process has buried and destroyed over 1,200 miles of Appalachian streams, directly affecting local communities that depend on these watersheds and permanently disfiguring forest and wetland ecosystems. An executive order signed this past November by then President Bush loosened the regulations on valley filling, making permits easier to acquire. Beyond the systematic destruction of Appalachia, a

catastrophe struck that the loosened rules only served to make worse. Less than a month before Inauguration Day, a retention pond wall ruptured at the Kingston coal plant on Dec. 22 in Harriman, Tenn., spilling 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash across hundreds of acres of the Tennessee Valley. Far more toxic than the detritus from MTR and 100 times as voluminous as the oil from the Exxon Valdez spill, homes were destroyed beneath it and towns were abandoned. This arsenic-laden sludge is still not classified as toxic waste, and the Environmental Integrity Project found that there are nearly 100 other unregulated, unlined retention ponds outside coal plants throughout the United States — each ready to foment its own disaster. Anyone who watches television or uses the Internet is bombarded with “clean coal” propaganda. Barring whether coal companies ever get around to applying carbon-sequestration technology to their plants — so far there is still absolutely no cost-effective means of doing so — and whether it will make any difference towards mitigating climate, the production and

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burning of coal will never be clean. The utilization of coal burns the carbon found within the coal rock and concentrates the remaining radioactive elements, making coal ash more radioactive than nuclear waste — an issue which “clean coal” technology only begins to address. We can hope that Obama will begin turning the screws on the coal industry, but with pressure currently upon his administration, plus lukewarm environmental commitments during the election season, the chances of that happening are slim. As this country attempts to prepare for an energy crisis abetted by economic and environmental instability, we must be aware that “clean coal” does not and will not exist for some time, if ever. It would be nice to think the United States has a cheap, domestic source of electricity for its near future, but as costcutting becomes more desperate and regulations continue to erode, coal will simply become not a sustainable option by any measure. This realization will mean major change or major panic, but this is reality: “clean coal” cannot exist, and we cannot allow the coal industry to convince us that it can be a part of our energy future.

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America badly in need of rethinking the drug policy By Jordan Givens Guest Columnist

“No one has ever died from smoking marijuana. Cannabis use has been around I am about half way through my undergraduate studies here for thousands of years. Even... President at the University, and suddenly had the urge to get involved in Obama has admitted to smoking marijuana.” something. I hadn’t really participated in campus activities, so I recently found myself in the Union picking up forms to start an organization. I have had these forms for some time now and for some reason I could not bring myself to fill them out. I wanted to start up the campus chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) again, because I passionately believe the socalled “War on Drugs” has been an utter failure and our federal government refuses to recognize this. However, after contemplating the implications of starting such an organization and the effects it may have on my personal life, and on my future as both a student and citizen of our country, I could not bring myself to subject my future to chance. The reality is if I started such an organization, I would be alerting myself to the powers that be, which control the unjust drug laws of our country, and they may or may not notice me. I smoke marijuana. I’ve never hurt anyone doing it. The only negative side is the unjust drug policy which I, like many others, encountered firsthand when I was convicted of “drug abuse” charges. Remarkably, it is federal law for a student caught with cannabis to lose all their financial aid. I am an otherwise law-abiding citizen: I pay my taxes, I pay my rent and my bills and I’m trying to do well in school so I can

graduate and become a productive member of society. No one has ever died from smoking marijuana. Cannabis use has been around for thousands of years. Even as prominent a figure as President Obama has admitted to smoking marijuana and doing cocaine in college. Contrary to what the media likes to portray, there are people who use drugs recreationally and responsibly. What I do to my body in my house is my business. What don’t law-makers and lawenforcement officials get about this concept? I find it a sad day in America when by simply questioning the laws of government, I find my constitutional rights of freedom of speech, assembly and petitioning of the government in jeopardy because of a plant. I am, however, not naive. The government makes money off unfair seizure laws (another constitutional right down the drain), apparently more than they could by legalizing and taxing an already existing product. They make money putting people through our country’s racist criminal justice system, where in some states, non-violent drug offenders are locked up longer than rapists and childmolesters. Our prison system was privatized recently, which means that our government lets contractors take care of our prisoners — contractors which are for-profit companies that make money for more people being in jail.

Since its inception, people have petitioned the government to stop their useless and banal “War on Drugs” but the government will not listen. Slowly, though, there has been some progression with medical marijuana in 13 states and it appears change may actually be coming. As Bob Dylan sang, “The times, they are a’changing.” We now have an African-American president, and while it is a sign of decreased racial tensions, it surely does not mean that racism has disappeared. Over 750,000 people, most of whom are users and not highlevel dealers — people with families, friends and loved ones — go to prison every year for a plant. The government spends billions of our tax dollars on a drug war that isn’t working. I’m not suggesting legalization of all drugs, but we have to take a look at our current policy and see which drugs are really dangerous and which ones aren’t. Marijuana is not. While some states have voted and agreed that medical marijuana is acceptable, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Office of National Drug Control Policy ignore the voice of the people and apparently do not care about the opinions of the American citizens who pay their salaries. We can do better than this. Respond to guest columns at thenews@bgnews.com

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GENERAL MOTORS: A GM car rests on the roof of the General Motors Corp Lordstown complex east plant, in Lordstown, Ohio. General Motors Corp. said it would cut 2,000 jobs at plants in Michigan and Ohio, and it will halt production for several weeks at nine plants over the next six months due to slow sales.

General Motors to eliminate thousands of second shift jobs By Kimberly S. Johnson The Associated Press

DETROIT — Yesterday, General Motors Corp. said it will cut 2,000 jobs at plants in Michigan and Ohio, and it will halt production for several weeks at nine U.S. plants over the next six months due to slow sales. GM spokesman Chris Lee said the company will eliminate the second shift at its Delta Township plant near Lansing, Mich., on March 30, and the second shift at its Lordstown, Ohio, factory will end April 6. About 1,200 workers will be laid off at the Michigan plant, while 800 jobs will be cut in Ohio. Lee said the cuts are part of the Detroit automaker’s continuing efforts to “align production with market demand” as consumers shy away from purchasing new cars and trucks during a recession. GM is operating under an assumption shared by many analysts that the auto industry will sell 10.5 million vehicles in the U.S. in 2009, down about 20 percent from last year’s sales of 13.2 million. The plant shutdowns come about a month after GM temporarily closed 20 factories across North America due to dramatically weaker automobile demand. Some were closed for

the entire month of January. The Lordstown plant stamps parts for and assembles the Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5, two of the company’s most fuel-efficient vehicles. GM started running three shifts there last year when gas prices spiked and demand for those small cars skyrocketed, but it announced last month that it would eliminate the third shift, laying off 890 workers, as U.S. auto sales fell to their slowest pace in 26 years. The plant near Cleveland employs about 4,250 people, including 300 salaried employees, GM spokeswoman Susan Waun said last week. The Delta Township plant employs about 3,400 hourly workers, according to GM’s Web site, and makes three crossover vehicles: the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook. Besides the job cuts, nine of GM’s 15 U.S. assembly plants will have more scheduled “down weeks” in the first half of 2009, Lee said. One Canadian plant will be temporarily shut down as well. The Lordstown and Delta Township plants are expected to come back on line from its extended holiday shutdown Feb. 2, but only will shift will operate at a time as employees alternate

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Accounts Payable and Grants Accounts. These are the offices important to students when coming in to talk about their bill or to make arrangements for payment. “It is clearer to [students] that the Controller’s Office is kind of like a one-stop shop,” Swartz said. “But physically there is no change.” The decision process to rename the Treasurer’s Office was already underway in June 2007 when Sherideen Stoll was hired as the University’s Chief Financial Officer. The name change signifies the reorganization of an office that is common to most public universities. “It’s important that you want all of your accounting functions to report up through the one single Controller’s Office,” Stoll said.

aged Jones to apply for the position and wrote his recommendation letter. “He’s somebody who is extremely conscientious and hard working. I knew it would be good for both parties,” Goza said. “Antwan would learn a lot, get opportunities that most students never get.” As a graduate student, Jones is not allowed a vote, but still plays an active role on the board. He attends board meetings as well as community and University events. John Harbal, Chair for the Board of Trustees, said the enthusiasm Jones brings to the meetings has made him a very productive member of the board. “He has participated in a number of our discussions to give the student perspective on the issues we’ve been dis-

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the weeks they work until the second shifts are eliminated. GM factory workers who get laid off typically get “sub pay,” in which they receive unemployment benefits, and GM pays the difference, up to most of their salary, for 48 weeks. After unemployment pay runs out, the laid-off workers would go into the jobs bank, where the company pays laid-off workers most of their pay and benefits while trying to find them jobs elsewhere. The United Auto Workers union, however, has said that it would work to eliminate job banks at all three Detroit automakers as a condition of the companies’ receiving billions in bridge loans from the federal government. GM was awarded $13.4 billion in loans and already has added $9.4 billion of those funds to its coffers. it expects the rest after Feb. 17, when it must submit a viability plan to the government that includes cuts in operation and labor costs. Lee wouldn’t say if the newly displaced employees at the Lordstown and Delta Township plants would be eligible for the jobs bank. Shares of GM fell 7 cents, or 2 percent, to $3.42 in midday trading.

“He’s somebody who is extremely conscientious and hard working.” Frank Goza | Associate Dean cussing,” Harbal said. According to Harbal, the board has especially appreciated Jones’ input on issues such as University tuition and fees, as well as specific student initiatives and programs like BGeX. Outside from his role on the board, Jones is a member of Graduate Student Senate, the Young Professionals Urban League of Toledo, and a number of other campus and community organizations. “The Sociology department is very proud of him. He’s representing us well. He’s a good guy and he’s doing good things,” Goza said.

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WASHINGTON — The recession is killing jobs at an alarmingpace,withtensofthousands of new layoffs announced yesterday by some of the biggest names in American business — Pfizer, Caterpillar and Home Depot. More pink slips, pay freezes and other hits are expected to slam workers in the months ahead as companies desperately look for ways to survive. “We’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg — the big firms,” said Rebecca Braeu, economist at John Hancock Financial Services. “There’s certainly other firms beneath them that will lay off workers as quickly or even quicker.” Looking ahead, economists predicted a net loss of at least 2 million jobs — possibly more — this year even if President Barack Obama’s $825 billion package of increased government spending and tax cuts is enacted. Last year, the economy lost a net 2.6 million jobs, the most since 1945, though the labor force has grown significantly since then. The unemployment rate, now at a 16-year high of 7.2 percent, could hit 10 percent or higher later this year or early next year, under some analysts’ projections. Obama called on Congress yesterday to speedily enact his recovery plan, warning that the nation can’t afford “distractions” or “delays.” With the recession expected to drag on through much of this year, more damage will be inflicted on both companies and workers. The mounting toll was visible yesterday as roughly 40,000 more U.S. workers got the grim news. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc., which is buying rival drugmaker Wyeth in a $68 billion deal, and Sprint Nextel Corp., the country’s third-largest wireless provider, said they each will slash 8,000 jobs. Home Depot Inc., the biggest home improvement retailer in the U.S., will get rid of 7,000 jobs, and General Motors Corp. said it will cut 2,000 jobs at plants in Michigan and Ohio because of slow sales. “We are seeing no improvement in labor market conditions,” said Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets Economics. “This year could be as bad as last year in terms of layoffs.”

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World stock markets end day better than expected Despite the overall trend, Japanese shares fell while investors brace for key earning results By Carlo Piovano The Associated Press

LONDON — World stock markets closed higher yesterday following an upbeat performance on Wall Street and reassuring news from Europe’s battered banking sector. Bucking the trend were shares in Japan, the only major Asian market open yesterday amid a slew of regional holidays. Shares there dipped as investors braced for key earning results this week from Sony, Honda and other major names. Britain’s Barclays bank surprised by releasing a statement showing it had made a solid profit for 2008 and that it did not need any cash bailouts to stay in business. Its shares rose an astonishing 73.2 percent. Dutch bank ING rose 27.75 percent. It announced a loss

and said it would shed 7,000 jobs and get a government backstop for 80 percent of a 27.7 billion euro ($36.4 billion) portfolio of risky assets. Markets had sold off banking stocks in recent days over fears of more heavy losses and nationalizations. Britain’s FTSE 100 closed 3.9 percent higher at 4,209.01, while Germany’s DAX was up 3.5 percent at 4,326.87 and the French CAC-40 climbed 3.7 percent at 2,955.37. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials rose 38.47, or 0.48 percent, to 8,116.03, after briefly moving into negative territory. Stocks rise in response to Pfizer Inc.’s $68 billion planned acquisition of Wyeth, a deal that reassured investors that mergers could still take place in a recession. In Europe, financial and energy stocks were the bestperforming shares.

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Home sweet home HIGH SCHOOL Kentucky coach pleads not guilty of charges The football coach of Leasure Ridge High School in Kentucky has pleaded not guilty of charges stemming from the death of one of his players last August. Max Gilpin collapsed and died after a practice being run by coach David Jason Stinson. Page 7

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OUR CALL Today in Sports History 1992—Mike Tyson’s rape trial begins. 1956—The New York football Giants move from The Polo Grounds to Yankee Stadium. 1894—The first college basketball game sees the University of Chicago beat the Chicago YMCA 19-11.

The List With the Cardinals and Steelers both touching down in Tampa Bay yesterday for the Super Bowl, here are the top five difference makers in Sunday’s game: 1. Hines Ward: Wards’ health will determine how many dependable receiving targets Ben Roethlisberger will have in Super Bowl XLIII.

2. Larry Fitzgerald: “Fitz” has been the most dominant receiver in the playoffs catching 419 yards worth of balls and scoring five touchdowns.

3. Kurt Warner: Warner has been in the Super Bowl more than once. His experience will help the inexperienced Cardinals team.

4. Ben Roethlisberger: Big Ben has also made the Super Bowl trip in the past. He will have to be careful to avoid throwing interceptions to help Pittsburgh win.

5. Troy Polamalu: Polamalu could be argued as the best safety in football. Warner will have to know where he is on the field on each and every play.

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BIG WINNERS: All six members of the BG tennis team won in both singles and doubles against Cleveland State.

Falcon tennis team christens new Perrysburg home with win over CSU By Morgan Carlson Reporter

Breezing through their season, the BG women’s tennis team brought their record to 3-0 after Friday’s matchup with Cleveland State University. The contest was the first of a trio of home matches to be played at the newly opened Perrysburg Tennis Center. Though they have a perfect record as of yet, coach Penny Dean says the team will not fall into a comfortable pattern. “It’s still early and our veteran team knows that,” Dean said. “[We are] very motivated to keep improving every week for the [Mid-American Conference].” The Falcons swept CSU 7-0, with sophomore Christine Chiricosta shutting out her opponent 6-0, 6-0. “It felt really good,” Chiricosta said.

What happened: The Falcons beat CSU 7-0 in the first meet in Perrysburg Tennis Center. Highlight: The Falcons won every match in singles and doubles. Lowlight: CSU’s Jackie Tabb lost in straight 6-0 sets to Christine Chiricosta. The star: The Falcons. All six team members won in both singles and doubles.

“[The Perrysburg Tennis Center] is great and has a slower playing surface. That’s not ideal for some players, but it’s good for my style of play.” Though the women won each of their matchups, Dean still felt that she saw some things for each of them to improve upon. “[There is] still room for improvement, and little skills and game things for each one to improve upon,” Dean said. “Each match is important because it ‘shows up’

“It felt really good. [The Perrysburg Tennis Center] is great and has a slower playing surface. That’s not ideal for some players, but it’s good for my style of play.” Christine Chiricosta | Tennis player something important to improve.” Playing at first singles, senior Kelsey Jakupcin won 7-6 (5), 7-5. “I had played [my opponent] in the fall and she beat me, so it felt good to get revenge,” Jakupcin joked. On Saturday, the day the women were originally scheduled to play Wright State University, Dean gave her players a day off from practice and competition. “[The WSU match] will not be rescheduled,” Dean said. “We can’t find a com-

mon available day for both [teams].” The CSU match was the first competition for the Falcons at Perrysburg Tennis Center. Jakupcin and Chiricosta are both excited to be playing there this winter. “I think it’s great, it has a different atmosphere that gives BG an advantage,” Jakupcin said. “The majority of [the team] are indoor players. There’s not as many

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Falcon track and field takes second at Jane Herrmann Invite “During the race I was just focusing on keeping my head down and staying out front so I wouldn’t trip over anybody.”

By Christopher Rambo Reporter

The BG track team took a nice step forward this weekend, collecting 96 points and placing second at the Jane Herrmann Invitational. The University of Dayton would win the meet with 150 points with IPFW coming in third with a total of 50. The Falcons took home four first place finishes with six athletes setting personal records along the way. “I was very pleased with our performance this week,” said coach Cami Wells. “I feel that we made a lot of improvement this week.” Perhaps the most surprising first place finish for BG came from sophomore Heather Conger who took home top honors in the 800-meter run despite competing while she was nearly blind. Conger, who wears contact lenses, had an allergic reaction to her contact

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HEAVE HO: Stacey Turak participates in the weight throw earlier this season.

solution, causing inflammation in her eyes. Conger did not want to wear glasses while she ran because she feared they would bounce around on her nose,

thus she made the decision to compete without the assistance of any eyewear, although it took some last minute prodding from Wells for her to do so. “I was reluctant to run at first,” Conger said. “However coach [Wells] kept telling me that I was in great physical shape and that I should not let this problem get in the way of the competitive

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Stringer’s widow reaches agreement with NFL By Stephen Majors The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — The widow of Minnesota Vikings lineman Korey Stringer reached a settlement with the NFL over his heatstroke death during training camp in 2001, a family spokesman said yesterday. Under an agreement with Kelci Stringer, the NFL will support her efforts to create a heat illness prevention program. No other terms of the settle-

“We were able to find what we feel is a very fair settlement that helped us move to the next step.” James Gould | Spokesman ment were released. Kelci Stringer had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the league, claiming the NFL hadn’t done enough to ensure that equipment used by players protected them from injuries or

deaths caused by heat-related illnesses. “We were able to find what we feel is a very fair settlement that

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ON THE BOARDS: Junior Tara Breske is known more for her defense than her offense and leads the team with 36 rebounds.

News and notes: Women’s team still wants to improve By Andrew Harner Sports Editor

The women’s basketball team is having a successful season. The coaches, players and fans all know it. However, there is still plenty of room for improvement according to coach Curt Miller. With a week off from play, Miller and his squad has ample time to get some practice in on those areas and come out strong against Northern Illinois on Saturday.

Tara Breske Leads the team in rebounding with 36

Lindsey Goldsberry Her senior leadership is vital to BG’s success

rebounding teams in the conference.” When asked what his team Miller admitted he isn’t the would be working on most this best rebounding coach around, week, Miller was quick to note but his team will still work on it what he thinks the biggest issue during practice this week. is. “Defensively we’re solid,” “Rebounding is a true weak- Miller said. “We’re still giving up ness of this program,” Miller too many offensive rebounds.” said. “I don’t know if you ever See WOMEN | Page 7 talked about a championship team that is one of the weaker

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Kentucky coach pleads not guilty in player death By Brett Barroquere and Will Graves The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky high school football coach yesterday pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide in the heatrelated death of a 15-year-old player who collapsed while running sprints at a sweltering August practice. David Jason Stinson was released without having to post bond following his arraignment. A grand jury last week indicted Stinson, who was in his first year as head coach, in the death of Pleasure Ridge High School offensive lineman Max Gilpin. “This is not about football, this is not about coaches,” Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney David Stengel said after the hearing. “This is about an adult person who was responsible for the health and welfare of a child.” Gilpin was one of six people to die because of the heat in high school and college athletics in 2008. Stengel said he doesn’t know if this is the first case in which a coach has been criminally charged in such a death that happens occasionally in all levels of athletics. One of Stinson’s attorneys, Brian Butler, said the case won’t be settled without a trial because his client “is not responsible for this child’s death.” “Coach Stinson absolutely believes that he is innocent of these charges. This is a tragedy beyond belief for (Gilpin’s) family,” Butler said. “His heart goes out to them.” The sophomore died Aug. 23 of complications from heat stroke, three days after collapsing at practice. His family attended the hearing but did not speak to reporters. Jeff Gilpin and Michele Crockett, the player’s divorced parents, have jointly filed a lawsuit against the school’s coaching staff, accusing them of negligence and “reckless disregard.” Despite the felony charge that carries a maximum of five years in prison, some in the south Louisville community have rallied around the coach. “They’re dragging a very good man through the mud and I don’t understand why,” football booster Rodney Daugherty said Sunday.

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obstacles like the sun or wind.” The Falcons will take a week off of competition before playing two more home matches and then hitting the road again. The squad will take on Xavier University Saturday, Feb. 7 at 1 p.m., and then challenge Cincinnati the following day (Feb. 8, 12 p.m.). Both contests will be held at the Falcons’ winter home in Perrysburg.

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PLEADED: David Jason Stinson pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless homicide related to a player’s death in August.

“He’s liable to be ruined over this. Even if he comes out exonerated, he’ll probably be ruined and also mentally he’ll be damaged for life,” said 53-year-old Mike Embry, the co-owner of Don Embry Body Shop, a financial booster of the football program. Parents, students, athletes and others in the community during a 90-minute rally Sunday spoke openly about Stinson, who graduated from a nearby Louisville high school, before going on to play offensive lineman for the University of Louisville, then briefly for the NFL New York Giants. He spent three years as an offensive line coach before taking over as Pleasure Ridge’s head coach in January 2008 and also is a deacon at his church. The reckless homicide charge means grand jurors didn’t find that Stinson’s actions were intentional or malicious, Stengel said last week, but that “a reasonable man should have realized something like this could have occurred.” A Facebook group page in support of Stinson had over 1,400 members as of yesterday morning, with most message board posters using the wall as a chance to offer prayers for Stinson and his family. Daugherty worries about Stinson’s financial and mental health. “He’s a guy with a heart of gold,” Daugherty said. “There were only two people that hurt worse than him. That’s the boy’s parents.”

The Falcons have given up 102 offensive rebounds this year. BG has only grabbed 64 offensive rebounds. The end result of that is the Falcons watching as opponents have outscored them 240-208 on second chance points. Overall in the Mid-American Conference, the women’s team ranks 11th in rebounding with 36.3 rebounds per game and offensive rebounds with 10.79 per game.

Confidence building Miller has frequently said this year that his team is confident each and every game they go into. However, with a somewhat sluggish showing against Eastern Michigan, it seems the team may be taking some opponents too lightly. However, knowing he puts in the same amount of work for each opponent helps Miller be confident going into every game. “I watch just as much on teams that are struggling from teams that win,” Miller said. “I spend the equal amount of hours each week.” In addition to his preparations, Miller relies on his upperclassmen to help the younger players remember the cornerstone words of the program: preparation, attitude and effort. Nevertheless, Miller still does fear the trap game in the back of his mind, but he also relies on his upperclassmen to drive home the point of taking it one game at a time. “On each night, it’s who plays better for two hours, not who’s the better team,” Miller said.

AP poll The Falcons now have four votes in the Associated Press women’s basketball poll. “It’s news to us,” Miller said of the votes.

Clark looking to help Penn St. win in 2009 By Genaro C. Armas The Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Fans craned their heads and waited before a basketball game to catch a glimpse of Penn State football players showing off their 2008 Big Ten championship trophy. Daryll Clark took it all in stride, posing for pictures and signing autographs with a smile, but the quarterback has already started thinking about next season. With so much to work on this offseason, it wasn’t hard for Clark to forget about the loss to Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl as soon as he returned to Happy Valley. “I made a commitment,” Clark said before Penn State’s basketball win over Iowa this past weekend. “If we happen to make it back to the Rose Bowl next year, which is the national championship, that it’s a different result.” Games are still about eight months away, so there’s not much need for game-planning or filmwatching these days. Spring practice doesn’t start until late March. Winter is a time for working out and, perhaps, sorting out who will be the Nittany Lions’ next set of leaders. That will be important at Penn State, given the loss of key seniors like receivers Derrick Williams and Deon Butler, and center A.Q. Shipley, who are out of eligibility and likely headed to the NFL. With an outgoing, confident demeanor and hard-nosed playing style, Clark should be able to handle the extra leadership burden that will be thrust on his shoulders. When asked if he thought the 2009 team will be “his team” or

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who recorded a personal best 5.71 meter leap. McNeal, who is nursing a strained hamstring, From Page 6 seemed as surprised as anybody about her jump. “I knew experience,” Conger said. Conger added that winning I was improving but I did not was made that much sweeter expect a jump like this so soon in light of the difficulties she in the season,” McNeal said. The sophomore, from had to overcome. “It [winning] was definitely Romeoville, Ill., could tell from more satisfying,” Conger said. the moment she landed that “During the race I was just her jump was special. “This landing felt differfocusing on keeping my head down and staying out front so I ent from all the other ones,” McNeal said. “Normally when wouldn’t trip over anybody.” “Heather is an extremely tal- I come down my body is ented young lady who works sprawled out all over the place. very hard,” Wells said. “What However, this time I landed in she did showed a lot about her one spot. When that happened, I knew it was a good jump.” character.” In a repeat performance from Another Falcon who took home a first place finish was last week, Whitney Hartman long jumper Brittani McNeal, once again came out on top in

the weight throw with a toss of 17.94 meters. While she was happy with her first-place finish, Hartman noted that she still has a lot of improving to do. “I was not very happy with the way I threw tonight,” Hartman said. “It was nice to finish in first, but for some reason my distance has been coming down,” said Hartman, whose two winning throws prior to this weekend each exceeded 18 meters. The other first place finisher for BG was Ashley Spates, who won the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:01.64. The Falcons will be back in action this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. when they host the Tom Wright Classic.

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31, 2001, during the second day of training camp in preparation for the 2001 season. He practiced in the sweltering heat and humidity, which pushed his body temperature to 108.8 degrees. Stringer and his wife both attended college at Ohio State University, where Stringer left for the NFL in 1995 after his junior season. He became an allpro the season before he died.

A separate lawsuit against equipment maker Riddell Inc. remains pending in federal court in Columbus, Gould said. helped us move to the next step,” The lawsuit alleges Riddell fails said James Gould, a spokesman to warn players and coaches for the family who also was that wearing its helmets and shoulder pads in hot temperaKorey Stringer’s agent. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tures can be dangerous. It seeks confirmed the settlement, say- a jury trial. Korey Stringer was a 27-yearing the heat illness prevention program will be for children old, 335-pound lineman. He died from heatstroke on July and older athletes.

Ward says he will play in the Super Bowl By Alan Robinson The Associated Press

TAMPA — The one question hanging over the Pittsburgh Steelers as their practice week begins for the Super Bowl is whether wide receiver Hines Ward will play with a sprained knee. Here’s the answer: “I’m playing,” Ward said yesterday after arriving with his teammates. “I would have played if the game had been last week.” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was startled anyone would doubt that one of the NFL’s toughest and most physical offensive players — and the Super Bowl MVP three years ago — would play. “People ask me that question and I want to smack them,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s Hines Ward, he’s going to be out here. It’s the Super Bowl.” Ward was hurt in the first quarter of the AFC championship game with Baltimore and never returned. He has been listed as questionable for the Super Bowl. Coach Mike Tomlin said Ward wouldn’t practice tomorrow, but noted this was nothing unusual. The Steelers are appearing in their seventh Super Bowl, only one fewer than the Cowboys’ record eight, and will try to win their sixth title — more than any other team. It was tough to tell the rookies from the veterans as the team arrived for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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NOT GONNA MISS IT: Hines Ward has made it clear he intends to play in the Super Bowl this Sunday.

They weren’t overwhelmed with the media throng, and they knew how to handle the large crowds of Steelers fans who drove by their Tampa hotel cheering “Here we go, Steelers.” Half the Steelers’ starters, including Roethlisberger, remain from the last Super Bowl victory, when Pittsburgh beat Seattle in 2006. “We embrace all that’s involved in the Super Bowl,” Tomlin said. “We’re down here to play, we’re down here to win. I’m sure there’s 30 other teams in the NFL that would like to have this burden this week.” Maybe it’s an attitude of been here, won that. “One of the first things coach

Tomlin said was, ‘Does everybody in here believe we can raise the Vince Lombardi Trophy?’ “ defensive lineman Brett Keisel said. “Everyone said, ‘Yeah.’ That’s always been his point of emphasis ever since. Now we’re sitting here with an excellent opportunity to do so. Now, it’s about seizing this opportunity.” All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu credits the Steelers’ attitude to their self-imposed discipline, one in which they demand that newly arrived players buy into a team concept. One that sometimes seems to be missing during a time when success can be measured not in championships, but by the size of a player’s contract.

Warner leads Cardinals as they land in Tampa By Bob Baum The Associated Press

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COMMITTED: Daryll Clark is committed to helping Penn State win big next season.

“his offense,” Clark said simply: “Yeah, I’d say that.” “I’ve done a good job of keeping everyone together,” Clark said. “Everyone is ready to work.” Teammates have said that Clark can have a commanding presence in the huddle. The quarterback backed it up on the field, exceeding prognosticators’ expectations in his first year as a starter by completing 60 percent of his passes and throwing for 2,592 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also ran for 10 scores. “You never really reach a peak. I feel I need to work on everything that a quarterback has to have in order to be successful in the Big Ten,” Clark said. The onus also will be on underclassmen to help lead, Clark said. Two rising juniors, 1,000-yard rusher Evan Royster and guard Stefen Wisniewski, may be count-

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ed on to be more vocal. Clark, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, already has started on one of his other jobs this year: grooming incoming freshman Kevin Newsome, a highly rated quarterback recruit. Newsome, who has enrolled at Penn State and can participate in spring practice, most likely will be Clark’s top backup next season and is the favorite to take over as starter in 2010. Clark and Newsome are the only two quarterbacks currently on scholarship at Penn State. Pat Devlin, the backup to Clark for most of 2008, transferred three weeks before the Rose Bowl. Devlin, who played well in limited duty, has reportedly decided to transfer to FCS school Delaware. Delaware spokesman Scott Selheimer said yesterday that Devlin has yet to enroll at the school.

TAMPA — Thanks to a strong tail wind, Kurt Warner and the Arizona Cardinals arrived in town ahead of schedule yesterday to get ready for an unexpected Super Bowl appearance. Warner, who won a Super Bowl title with St. Louis in 2000, leads a team of Cardinals who are mostly newcomers to the NFL’s biggest stage. After all, the franchise hasn’t played in a title game since 1947. “Unlike probably the other two, and I think definitely the first one, this one up to this point was really like business as usual,��� he said. “I really felt like it was just another road trip. The whole Super Bowl thing hasn’t hit me yet.” Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt has been here before, as offensive coordinator of Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl champions of three seasons ago. “It’s a little muggy out here,” Whisenhunt said, “But fortunately we’ve got a week to get used to that.” They have much less time to get used to the media frenzy that comes with the Super Bowl, and they will lean on Warner’s

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TOUGH TANDEM: Larry Fitzgerald (left) and Kurt Warner (right) have connected on five

experience. “Anytime you have a player that has Kurt’s credentials, that has had the season that Kurt’s had throughout this year, it commands respect,” Whisenhunt said. Larry Fitzgerald, whose acrobatic catches have been a highlight of the Cardinals’ improbable playoff run, said Warner is a great asset to all facets of his life. “We talk about family life, we talk about my faith in God,” Fitzgerald said. “There’s not

anything I can’t talk to him about.” Whisenhunt said he wants his team to enjoy the experience, but “we can’t lose sight of the fact that we’re here to play a game.” He knows that trouble lurks in the party environment that leads up to Sunday’s game. “I don’t think you can talk to them about it enough,” Whisenhunt said. “I’ve talked to them about it and will talk to them about this again.

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Obama gives ‘green’ orders Illinois governor faces to struggling automakers impeachment trial for Eco-friendly plans will make car prices rise significantly By Ken Thomas and Dan Strumpf The Associated Press

dozen states should be allowed to impose tougher auto emission standards on carmakers to fight greenhouse gas emissions. WASHINGTON — President The Bush administration had Barack Obama wants automak- blocked the efforts by the states, ers to make greener cars at a which account for about half of time when General Motors and the nation’s auto sales. The new president also said Chrysler are hanging by the thread of a massive government his administration would issue loan and auto sales have plum- new fuel-efficiency requiremeted to their lowest levels in ments to cover 2011 model year vehicles. The rules would be the more than two decades. Obama’s plans could bring first step toward a 2007 enersmaller cars, more hybrids and gy law that requires the auto advanced fuel-saving tech- industry to boost efficiency by nologies to showrooms, but 40 percent to at least 35 miles per car shoppers will probably pay gallon by 2020. Obama set in motion a new more upfront because the new rules are expected to cost the regulatory process at a time hamstrung industry billions of when the nation is coping with an economic recession and auto dollars. “The consumer needs to sales have fallen to their lowest understand that they will see pace since 1982. Underscoring significant increases in the the hardships, GM said Monday cost of vehicles,” said Rebecca it would slash 2,000 jobs at plants Lindland, an auto analyst for in Michigan and Ohio. In December, the Bush adminthe consulting firm IHS Global Insight. Her firm estimated the istration signed off on $17.4 bilupgrades could add $2,000 to lion in loans to General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC to keep $10,000 to the price of a vehicle. Yesterday, Obama directed the companies afloat. The autothe Environmental Protection makers are undertaking intense Agency to review whether efforts to restructure this spring California and more than a or face potential bankruptcy.

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David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich., said he doesn’t believe the EPA will approve all the waivers asked for by the states. To do so would be economically unworkable. “If the industry is in total shambles, you can have any regulation you want — it’s not doable,” he said. Cole said the additional regulations would have to be implemented “in a way that’s achievable in the industry.” Environmental organizations said Obama’s approach would help the companies in the long term, forcing them to produce fuel-efficient cars coveted by more consumers. Roland Hwang, a senior policy analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council, estimated that a more efficient car would save its driver $1,000 to $2,000 in fuel costs over its lifetime, offsetting some of the upfront cost. Even with the decline in gas prices from last summer’s $4 per gallon, Hwang said, the regulatory programs would “push them in a direction that’s going to make them more competitive, not less.”

Man can not pay electric bill and freezes to death BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A 93-yearold man froze to death inside his home just days after the municipal power company restricted his use of electricity because of unpaid bills, officials said. Marvin E. Schur died “a slow, painful death,” said Kanu Virani, Oakland County’s deputy chief medical examiner, who performed the autopsy. Neighbors discovered Schur’s body on Jan. 17. They said the indoor temperature was below 32 degrees at the time, The Bay City Times reported yesterday. “Hypothermia shuts the whole system down, slowly,” Virani said. “It’s not easy to die from hypothermia without first realizing your fingers and toes feel like they’re burning.” Schur owed Bay City Electric Light & Power more than $1,000 in unpaid electric bills, Bay City Manager Robert Belleman told The Associated Press yesterday.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The prosecutor in the impeachment trial of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says his goal is not to punish the governor. Instead, David Ellis says the goal of impeachment is to protect citizens from someone who has “repeatedly and utterly abused the powers of his office.” Ellis was picked by the Illinois House to present the case in a Senate trial. Senators will decide whether to convict the governor and remove him from office. In his opening statement

Rod Blagojevich Illinois governor refuses to take part in impeachment trial yesterday, Ellis said he won’t try to prove Blagojevich committed a crime because it isn’t a criminal trial. The question, he says, is whether Blagojevich abused his authority. Blagojevich is refusing to take part in the trial. He says its rules are biased against him.

Paramedic charged in extortion plot on John Travolta NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — A paramedic has been charged in an alleged plot to extort $25 million from John Travolta after his teenage son suffered a seizure and died at the family’s home in the Bahamas. Magistrate Carolita Bethel says 47-year-old Tarino Lightbourne pleaded not guilty yesterday to attempting to extort and conspiracy to extort from the actor. Details of the alleged scheme have still not been made public. Prosecutor Bernard Turner is objecting to bail. He says police are looking for a “certain document” and believe they may not find it if Lightbourne is released. A Bahamian senator also accused of extortion has resigned and vowed to prove her innocence.

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MADISON, Wis. — An Ohio monster truck show promoter fatally injured during a show was a close friend of the veteran driver whose huge truck accidentally ran him down, officials said yesterday. George Eisenhart Jr. stepped into the path of a truck driven by Daniel Patrick during the Saturday night show at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison. Eisenhart later died of his injuries, which occurred as Patrick returned his truck to a parking area. It was the nation’s second fatal accident at a monster truck show in a little over a week. Amateur video broadcast on television showed a man walking in front of the truck. The show was immediately halted. “Our preliminary investigation shows neither Eisenhart nor the truck driver saw each other before the collision,” Coroner John Stanley said at a news conference Sunday. Patrick spoke to investigators and authorities said he would not be charged. Sheriff Dave Mahoney said it appeared all safety precautions had been taken and called the death “a very tragic accident.” “He knew he had hit something but obviously, he didn’t know it was a person. ... He is taking this very hard,” Mahoney said. Eisenhart, 41, of Chardon, Ohio, was owner and president of Ohiobased Image Productions, which has been staging monster truck shows across the nation for more than 15 years. In December, he became president of the Monster Truck Racing Association, an industry group. And Patrick, a veteran of the monster truck circuit, is the group’s technical director, and instrumental in truck design and construction, said Rich Schaefer, communications director for the association. “You’d be hard-pressed to find two guys that are equally as focused on safety as those two,” Schaefer said. “That’s what makes this situation so much more painful.” Patrick is devastated by the accident, Schaefer said, because he and Eisenhart were “very, very close friends.” The two often spent four or five days per week together during tours in the winter, he said. “This was like losing a brother. He was family,” Schaefer said. A call to Patrick’s home in Circleville, Ohio, yesterday was answered by a woman who said her husband had no comment. Eisenhart had been around rac-

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Rebels in Sri Lanka trapped By Ravi Nessman The Associated Press KEVIN FRAYER | AP PHOTO

TRYING TO STAY WARM: Palestinians from the Hamouda stay warm next to a fire in the rubble of their home in the devastated area of east Jebaliya yesterday. The latest Israeli incursion into Gaza was aimed at the territory’s Hamas rulers, and ended Jan. 17 with nearly 1,300 Palestinians dead.

Gazan refugees receive help from U.N. after Israeli attacks By Alfred de Montesquiou The Associated Press

JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip — Crouching against piled mattresses in a room crammed with refugees, Bissan Abu al-Eish focused on her homework, blocking out the relentless shrieks of dozens of toddlers and the stench of overflowing latrines. “I’m so happy to be studying,” said the 9-year-old girl, bent over the new textbook she received this weekend when classes resumed for 200,000 Gaza children at United Nations facilities. Beyond being schooled by the U.N., Abu al-Eish and her seven siblings eat the agency’s food, wear its clothing and now live in one of its buildings after their own house was leveled during Israeli bombardments on Gaza. Hamas may be politically in charge of the Gaza Strip, but it’s to the U.N.’s relief agency that the majority of the 1.4 million Gazans turn for health care, garbage collection, food assistance and just about every other service usually provided by a state. With much of the territory devastated by Israel’s latest military offensive, the agency’s job is bound to get even bigger.

Many expect the U.N.’s agency for Palestinians to take the lead in reconstruction, though its role is currently limited to the refugee camps that house more than 1 million of Gaza’s population. The U.N. spearheading efforts to rebuild Gaza could open a door to international donors, many of whom don’t want to give Hamas money because the group doesn’t recognize Israel and is considered a terror organization by the U.S. and European Union. It is estimated that $2 billion is needed to repair the 21,000 homes damaged or destroyed, along with factories and government buildings, in the threeweek Israeli attack to end Hamas’ rocket-firing. Fundraising has hardly begun, and the question of how the money will be funneled remains unanswered. “We’re delivering the services of a state, until the state is established,” John Ging, the head of Gaza operations for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, told The Associated Press this weekend. At the same time, it must exist side-by-side with Hamas’ government — and take care to maintain its neutrality, which some Israelis question. In one classroom Saturday,

when UNRWA schools reopened, a Palestinian teacher was filmed asking children about their trauma during the war. The unidentified teacher then told the children that Palestinians have to “wage war against them (Israelis) until they leave their land,” and asked her students, aged about 8, how they should react. Two children in the class suggested hurling stones or rockets back at Israel. “Okay,” the teacher said, apparently summing up her class’ position. “We throw rockets at them, we throw stones at them,” she said. Ging said such behavior is “completely unacceptable,” and will be “dealt with in the most severest of fashions.” He said the teacher would likely be removed once identified. Teachers have been fired from UNRWA in the past for incitement. Ging said that following the latest war, which ended Jan. 17, UNRWA briefed teachers — themselves often victims of the fighting — on how to channel the children’s grief away from revenge and violence. In schools across the territory, teachers led students in games to ease their trauma and encouraged them to talk about lost classmates to deal with their deaths.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — More than 150,000 civilians are trapped in a rapidly shrinking jungle battlefield as Sri Lanka hopes to crush a 25-year-old separatist movement. The top U.N. official in the country said yesterday their lives are in serious danger. “There’s so many people, so many guns and such a high intensity of fighting,” U.N. resident coordinator Neil Buhne told The Associated Press. “There have been many civilians killed over the last two days. ... It’s really a crisis now.” The huge population of trapped, uprooted civilians is living in makeshift shelters under desperate conditions in the last scrap of rebel-controlled territory, Buhne said. They have been without U.N. food aid since Jan. 16, when aid convoys were no longer allowed. The civilians are in the crossfire between tens of thousands of advancing government troops fresh from capturing the Tamil Tigers��� last stronghold.

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Tourists visiting Tokyo told to refrain from touching tuna By Shino Yuasa The Associated Press

TOKYO — Tourists are known for acting silly, but licking the tuna? Overwhelmed by a growing number of misbehaving tourists, Tokyo fishmongers banned all visitors from one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations — the pre-dawn tuna auctions at the world’s largest seafood market. The ban, imposed during the peak New Year buying season, was front-page news before it was lifted last week. Now, the tourists are back, but the debate goes on: Can tourists be trusted around the tuna? “We understand that the sight of hundreds of frozen tuna looks unique and interesting for foreign tourists,” said Yoshiaki Takagi, deputy director of the market. “But they have to understand the Tsukiji market is a professional place, not an amusement park.” One of the more notorious recent cases was that of a tipsy British tourist — caught on tape by a Japanese TV crew — who licked the head of a frozen tuna and patted its gill. Two others, also caught on video, rode around on a cart used by wholesalers. “Get out! Get out!” an irate market official shouted in English. “Tuna is a very expensive fish,” Takagi said. “One tuna can eas-

By Robin McDowell The Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Muslims in Indonesia are banned from practicing yoga that contains Hindu rituals like chanting, the country’s top Islamic body said yesterday, echoing concerns by some religious groups elsewhere about its effect on their faith. Though not legally binding, most devout Muslims will likely

adhere to the ruling because ignoring a fatwa, or religious decree, is considered a sin. The decision in the world’s most populous Muslim state follows similar edicts in Malaysia and Egypt as the ancient Indian exercise gained popularity worldwide in recent years. Cleric Ma’ruf Amin said the Ulema Council issued its ruling over the weekend after investigators visited gyms and private yoga classes across the sprawl-

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ily cost more than 1 million yen ($11,000). But some tourists touch them and even try to hug them.” Fed up, the market decided to impose the ban. So, when on Jan. 5, a premium bluefin tuna fetched 9.63 million yen — more than $107,000, the highest price in nearly a decade — no tourists were anywhere in sight. The restriction was lifted on Jan. 19, despite some grumbling from the fishmongers. The sprawling market dates back to the 16th century, when the military rulers who had just moved Japan’s capital to Tokyo — then called Edo — wanted to ensure they had a steady supply of fish.

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TONS OF TUNA: Foreign tourists watch a morning auction at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo yesterday.


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