THE BG NEWS Wednesday February 4, 2009 Volume 103, Issue 94
Round Table may add fees
Similar to athletic fees, the Arts Round Table discusses creating an extra charge for the arts program | Page 3
Hate is in the air, everywhere I look around
Hatred and resentment leave Levi Joseph Wonder scratching his head at the audacity of some national politicians | Page 4
Coal power not sitting well with everyone Columnist Justin Playl, sounds off on the fifty year coal agreement for Bowling Green and the alternatives at hand | Page 4
Ford Motor Co. goes ‘green’ A deal has been made between Ford Motor Co. and its battery supplier for their new line of plug-in hybrid cars | Page 5
Blocked amendment keeps $25 billion from Obama’s economic recovery program | Page 8
Add one to the ‘win’ column
Pres. visits Telefund By John Bisesi Reporter
nizations at KSU and thought the visit would benefit the employees at the Telefund. “The callers have to know a lot Student employees at the University Telefund had plenty of about BG for this job, so not only questions to ask President Carol are they taking pride in what they Cartwright when she visited their do, but they are also taking pride fundraising center at Harshman in the University,” she said. “It’s a big deal for us to have the presiQuadrangle last night. Among other questions, they dent come in and let the callers were curious about low enroll- know how they measure up in the ment, the tuition freeze and the big picture.” This was the first time in a new president’s celebrity status. DwightJames,ajuniorandthird- number of years that a University year employee of the University President has paid a visit to the Telefund, asked Cartwright what center, Anderson said. “I want to build on the quality of it’s like to constantly be followed the undergraduaround by people ate experience,” and cameras on Cartwright said. campus. “That is part of “About the what you all are celebrity status, doing when you it’s funny because make calls.” on one hand, it’s a Because raisvery serious job. ing funds for the The president University largely symbolizes the depends on supwhole instituport from alumtion,” Cartwright ni, students at the said. “Everybody is always watch- Kelly Anderson | Telefund Manager Telefund reach out to hundreds ing, so I have to be on my best behavior at all of former Falcons every night they work. times.” Fundraising, although a difMuch like Cartwright, more than 75 students working at the ficult task for any organization, is one that President Cartwright Telefund also have a serious job. So far, the students involved knows the students can handle. “[Cartwright] offered some with the center have already raised over $650,000 in fundraisers this awesome tips on how to motivate school year for general University us to talk to alumni,” James said. The money collected through needs and hope to surpass their fundraising from the center goes goal of $1.2 million by May. The center also had a huge towards improving the underimpact on the Building Dreams graduate experience — which can campaign that ended this past mean anything from updating December, Cartwright said dur- classroom technology, providing more scholarships or keeping elite ing the meeting. The idea to bring Cartwright professors on staff. However, a discretionary fund to the center came from Kelly Anderson, program center man- can also be used for current necesager of the Telefund, who attend- sities of the University. For the opportunity to join ed Kent State University when Cartwright was the president of the Telefund, students can contact Kelly Anderson at 419that school. Anderson had seen the support 372-0400 or e-mail her at kelly. Cartwright gave to student orga- email@example.com.
Cartwright notes changes to state budget, University title
Senate focuses on Gov. Strickland’s proposed budget By Courtney Flynn Reporter
President Carol Cartwright addressed the University’s Faculty Senate yesterday with her eye on the upcoming fiscal years. Cartwright’s discussion revolved around Gov. Ted Strickland’s proposed Executive Budget for fiscal years 2010 and 2011. And even though Strickland’s proposed budget reinforces his commitment to providing higher
education, Cartwright said the University will continue to exercise caution. “Governor Strickland announced that the severe national recession and projected state revenues for the fiscal year 2010-2011 biennium, will require us to operate state programs at the resource level that was in place in fiscal year 2004,” she said. And though Strickland emphasized that
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Provost title to become senior vice president
“It’s a big deal for us to have the president come in and let the callers know how they measure up in the big picture.”
In a 76-67 win over Ball State University, the Falcons added win number 19 to their exciting 2008-09 season | Page 6
By Courtney Flynn Reporter
Not only will there be a new face for the University’s Provost, but there will also be a new title. President Carol Cartwright, with the support of the Board of Trustees, has decided to change the name of the Provost position to Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost. She said she will not re-title any other positions as senior vice presidents. “I’ve decided to change the title of the posi-
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Local bands perform to create awareness, raise money for depresson By Becky Tener Reporter
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PICK A COLOR: Zach Fahrer of the University Empower chapter displays several necklaces for sale. The necklaces are made by African women to help their communities.
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Students help impoverished children pay for education By Hannah Sparling Reporter
It all started when one child asked for help. Andria Sherrow, founder of a non-profit organization called Empower, was in Uganda in 2004 doing graduate work as a volunteer teacher when she was approached by a 12-year-old boy. The boy’s name was Muhebwa Richard, and his parents had died from AIDS three years earlier. Richard had no living relatives in his village.
“This kid confronted me in the middle of the street and asked me for help,” Sherrow said. “He had no one left. He just wanted to go to school. That’s all he wanted.” Sherrow wanted to find out if there were more children like Richard in Africa, and after asking around, she found there were many. According to Empower’s Web site, by 2010 there will be 25 million orphans in Africa. Sherrow decided to do some-
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One million people die from suicide each year, according to the “To Write Love on Her Arms” movement, and last night in the Union Multipurpose Room, students attempted to change the unsettling statistic by hosting a benefit concert. As a fundraiser for To Write Love on Her Arms, The Concert for Helping Others Pursue Encouragement, or H.O.P.E., hosted over 75 people and raised $350. To Write Love On Her Arms, a nationwide non-profit organization, promotes education and awareness for people struggling with issues like abuse, depression, addiction and suicide, SOSW Treasurer Chasity Bradley said. Five bands rocked the stage in the Union, including local bands Stop Don’t Stop and Traveling By Sea, while the Detroit-based bands Atavan and Forever In A Day also played. Alex Burros, of the pop-rock bands Atavan and Forever In A Day, said his bands do shows like the Concert for H.O.P.E for exposure and getting connections, but also said TWLOHA is a popular
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ROCKIN’ AWARENESS: Stop Don’t Stop, a local band, perform during the HOPE benefit concert held in the Multi-purpose room in the Union.
cause for their music scene and that they enjoy helping out. His band mate, Brandon Ronchetto, said he was happy to be performing a concert for the
cause and that he is a strong supporter of TWLOHA.
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Complainant reported his apartment on 2nd Street was broken into sometime between 8 p.m. last night and 8 a.m. this morning and a Hewlett Packard Compaq laptop computer was taken. 11:00 A.M.
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K-12 and affordable higher education are critical to Ohio’s economic recovery, the next few years at the University look financially tight. James Evans of the Faculty Senate Budget Committee said the University will face a significant deficit of nearly $4.5 million for the 2009 budget, with nearly 80 percent of the cuts affecting
PROVOST From Page 1 tion so that it is clear that this position is second to the president,” Cartwright said. A search committee has been formed to fill the provost position which Shirley Baugher left in mid-December. The search to fill the senior vice president of academic affairs and provost position will begin next week, Cartwright said. Interim Dean of the Graduate
academic affairs. About $3.4 million has been cut from scholarships and fee waivers and nearly $600,000 from student affairs, he said. The University is looking at a $6 million to $10 million deficit for the 2010 and 2011 fiscal year, Cartwright said at the Faculty Senate meeting two weeks ago. While many programs and services will need to be eliminated or drastically cut back to rebound the current recession, Strickland has decided to fund Ohio’s co-op
and internship grant program at $50 million a year for the next biennium, Cartwright said. “Governor Strickland is one of only four governors across the nation who is protecting higher education from severe cuts in order to enhance the critical link between education and a vibrant economy.” University trustee David Levey also seemed to be pleased with Strickland’s plans for higher education. “I think he’s sincere; he’s put-
ting his money where his mouth is for education,” Levey said. “He’s definitely an education governor.” Strickland’s main goal is to make higher education affordable for all Ohians, but in order to do so, tuition rates must be addressed. Cartwright said he proposes a tuition flat for fiscal year 2010 and a maximum tuition increase of 3.5 percent for fiscal year 2011. While this will be making higher education more feasible
for students, the University will still be feeling the pains of the recession. It should be remembered though that Gov. Strickland’s budget is only a proposed budget. The Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives must still discuss and debate. “I should point out that this is merely the first step in a budget development process that begins today and will continue until midnight on June 30, 2009,” Cartwright said.
College Deanne Snavely will chair the search committee and other committee members will be announced soon. The executive search firm Witt/Keiffer will also assist in the search. Witt/Keiffer was originally contracted in July to find a replacement for then interim President Cartwright, but the search was called off last month after Cartwright agreed to serve as president until 2011. Cartwright said she hopes to have the position filled by this summer.
Other key administrator positions that need filled include vice provost for academic programs, dean of the college of education and human development, dean of Firelands college and dean for continuing and extended education. While the new senior vice president of academic affairs and provost position will be filled, other positions in the University’s Office of the Provost are not being refilled. Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Mark Gromko dispersed a dia-
gram of the office of the provost at yesterday’s Faculty Senate meeting. The diagram showed how the office looked in November of 2008 and how it will look for 2009. While the senior vice president of academic affairs and provost remains at the top, many positions were rearranged to adapt to the personnel cuts within the office. Positions that have been cut include the dean of outreach and engagement, the associate vice provost for the Bowling Green experience, vice provost
for admissions and operations and associate vice provost for professional development. Also, the associate provost for professional development and the associate vice provost for academic affairs positions will be eliminated on June 30, 2009, Gromko said. “We know all colleges have been pinched very hard,” Gromko said. “I know how much that hurts and I’ve done my best to make it hurt equally.”
“People should be given the opportunity to help themselves.”
of the Empower events, and then other IPCO members help run them. “It’s kind of IPCO’s philanthropy event [but] I’m trying to get it started as an actual student organization at BG,” Fahrer said. Since starting in December, the Empower group at the University has held four jewelry sales. The colorful bracelets and necklaces have brought in a total of about $3,000 to donate back to Africa. “It’s easy to sell because people like it,” Fahrer said. “This is actually hand-made stuff. It’s quality.” Fahrer said one part of Empower that really drew him in was the chance to give children in Africa an opportunity to do something he’s taken for granted his whole life: go to school. “My whole life I’ve been forced to go to school, but now, looking back at it, it’s given me the opportunity to be anything I want in life, whereas they don’t have the same opportunity,” Fahrer said. “I think it’s good to kind of create awareness of what’s going on in other countries and how good we have it.” Fahrer said he also feels Empower is more pure as a nonprofit organization because there are literally zero paid employees. “Our difference is it’s all by volunteer college students,” He said. “No one’s getting paid. All the money is going back there.” The next Empower jewelry sale at the University will be held in the Union the week before Valentine’s Day. To learn more about Empower or get involved contact Andria Sherrow at (740)590-3123 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Zach Fuhrer at zfahrer@bgnet. bgsu.edu, or visit www.empower-
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CONCERT From Page 1 “I think they do great things and I own like 16 [TWLOHA] T-shirts,” he said. Students also participated in writing secrets anonymously on squares of paper that were then posted on the wall as part of the University Post Secret Project. The project was meant for students to share their struggles and offer encouragement, Bradley said. The night also had speakers who offered students information and encouragement about dealing with depression. The National Alliance for Mental Illness Representative Jessica Schmidt gave students options on where to find help when dealing with depression and other mental illnesses. H2O Staff Member Matt Olszewski asked students to not let their compassion for the cause end at the Concert for H.O.P.E. “This is the reality, there are students on this campus who are suffering from depression,” he said. “You can’t stop [caring] here tonight.” Freshman Josie Traux said she brought her friends to be a part of making a difference. “It’s a time to raise awareness and to celebrate being happy and healthy,” she said. “And this was a great way to do that.”
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POWER PLANT EXPLOSION: An ambulance arrives at the We Energies power plant in Oak Creek, Wis. after at least six people were reportedly injured following an explosion.
Milwaukee coal silo explodes, severely burning six workers By Dinesh Ramde The Associated Press
MILWAUKEE — A silo at a Milwaukee-area coal plant erupted in a fiery explosion yesterday morning, sending six workers with burns to a hospital, authorities said. The blast occurred in a dust collector of the We Energies plant in Oak Creek, utility spokesman Barry McNulty said. The dust collector is a silo where residual coal dust is collected for eventual burning. The injured were contracted workers who were repairing pipes in the dust collector, he said. Investigators have not yet determined a cause. A 22-year-old man with
serious injuries needed a tube to help him breathe and was being moved to Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment, Dr. Tom Schneider said. Five other men had minor smoke inhalation and burns, the doctor said. One would need skin grafts; he and two others were in fair condition and two were treated and released, Schneider said. The blast sparked “a great deal of fire” in the silo and took about an hour to get under control, Oak Creek Fire Chief Tom Rosandich said. The plant, located along Lake Michigan, burns 5,000 to 10,000 tons of coal per day. Oak Creek is about 20 miles south of Milwaukee.
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thing to help those orphans and other children who simply wanted to go to school. “It only takes $50 to send a kid to primary school in Africa for a year,” Sherrow said. “I said to myself, ‘I can do that, and I can get other people to do it too.’” After returning to the U.S., Sherrow started the Empower Campaign. Through Empower, volunteers buy jewelry from women in Africa and then sell it in the U.S. The jewelry is all hand-made, and the beads are made from recycled paper. Profits from the sales go directly toward paying for African children to go to school, helping improve schools in Africa, improving education about HIV and AIDS and buying more jewelry to sell and continue the cycle, Sherrow said. The campaign is run entirely by volunteers and has no administrative staff, Sherrow said. No one gets paid and all the profits go directly back to Africa. Currently, Empower is working with five schools and helping about 2,000 children. They are also the main source of income for about 200 African women who make the jewelry sold through the campaign, Sherrow said. And while Sherrow was the one who started Empower, she said the idea really came from the women making the jewelry in Africa. “Everything comes from the communities we serve,” she said. “It’s not our idea. It’s from the ground up.” Empower is based out of Athens, Ohio, but the University’s chap-
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ter is one of four university chapters in the state: Ohio University, Miami University and Ohio State University. Brandon Croke is president of the Ohio University chapter located in Athens. He said one of the main reasons he works with Empower is simply to gain experience in the world, experience that often can’t be gained in a college classroom. “I’ve learned more about running a business and selling and marketing than I have in most of my classes,” he said. Croke said working with Empower reminds him of how many opportunities he has as an American, and how many other people around the world are living without those same privileges. “I don’t care if it’s in the city of Chicago or Africa or anywhere,” Croke said. “People should be given the opportunity to help themselves.” In early December, Croke helped bring Empower to the University. He told Zach Fahrer, a friend from his hometown and a senior at the University, about the organization. Fahrer decided he wanted to get involved and started running Empower at the University through the Interpersonal Communication Organization. Fahrer plans and heads up most
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Arts Round Table discusses possibility of additional fee By Amanda Gilles Reporter
With the failing economy affecting college campuses nationwide, a new student arts forum wants to help University students stretch their dollars a bit further while also gaining an artistic experience. Formed just this year, the Arts Round Table recently discussed adding an additional fee onto general tuition costs to help support the arts and its promotion at the University. Gordon Ricketts, director of the Arts Village and a member of the Arts Round Table, said he believes the arts should be treated similarly to other extracurriculars on campus. “Students pay a sports fee that allows them to go to athletic events at no charge, so why not for the arts?” he said. The Arts Round Table, which is composed mostly of faculty, believes an additional charge to tuition could bring about several opportunities for students, as well as promotion of the arts program. By covering the costs of several different areas in regards to the arts, fees could be reduced, or even removed, from future arts events. If implemented, the fee could also work to help bring renowned artists and performers to the University in order to increase the cultural experiences offered on campus, Ricketts said. Already, students are paying an additional $100 fee supporting athletics which allows them to see any athletic event for free with the presentation of their student ID. However, any event put on by the arts program — such as the Footfalls Dance Concert, Eva St. Marie Theater productions and the Arts Extravaganza event — are an additional cost coming from students’ pockets. For Allison Parsons, an arts forum advocate and twodimensional artists association president, the extra fee could
Gordon Ricketts Director of the Arts Village also benefit students as individuals with scholarships, fund major collaboration events within each individual arts department and even sponsor a future arts season. “We have a sports season, so why not have an arts season, dedicating one week for each department,” Parsons said, “I believe strongly that we have a great arts program, but to [people] outside of BGSU, that is not popularly known.” In addition, if the fee was created, it would increase the overall stature of the University in the eyes of the state of Ohio, potentially increasing student enrollment, Ricketts said. “As a student I would want my school to be the cultural center of the region,” Ricketts said, “I think that type of recognition upon graduation would be cool.” While the Arts Forum would like to see the fee be equivalent to the fee amounted for athletics, the Round Table has only discussed the idea. So far, no formal request has been made, School of Art Director Katerina Ruedi Ray said. Plans and ideas are still under way, and will be discussed further at future Round Table meetings, she said. “First, we would have to get the input of the University’s student government, faculty, administrators and so on,” Ray said. “Thus nothing is being finalized at the moment.” And though the idea is only one the table has of right now, Ricketts encourages students to think about the benefits behind the fee before making their mind up on it. “I didn’t agree to go to war, but I’m funding it,” Ricketts said. “I feel the tuition fee would be arbitrary and helpful in the end.”
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New group promotes women’s issues
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
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By Becky Tener Reporter
A new campus organization, Graduate Women’s Caucus, is ready to leave their mark on the University and make their voices heard. GWC is a group for graduate women to find support, discuss and advocate women’s issues in the community and in the country, said Dana Roof, president of the GWC. Roof began her education at the University in the late-60s and continued on to be a graduate student in the mid-70s. It was then that she became involved with the “old GWC.” Last fall, Roof returned to the University to find GWC no longer running. She said it sparked her desire to begin a new chapter for today’s graduate women. “Women’s issues have been bypassed lately by other women, but not much has changed since the late 70s,” she said. “Obama just passed a law that allows women to have a better chance at equal pay than men. Things are better but not still equal.” Roof said since the organization is brand new, they are open to new ideas and new members. “Right now we’re just trying to find ourselves, looking for input from graduate women,” she said. Roof said the first step in making a change is getting more women involved. Right now GWC has about 30 members. “The idea of being a feminist has kind of been portrayed as outdated,” she said. “It’s not cool anymore and I think we need to change that picture.” Megan Adams, vice president, said GWC is open to all graduate women and also men who support the cause. “[GWC] lets women know there are other women going through their same struggles,” she said. The GWC also encourages undergraduate women looking to further their education by going to grad school to also join the organization, treasurer Manda Hicks said. The GWC organizes a graduate student mentoring program, she said. “[GWC] offers an opportunity to learn about graduate school for students who are not sure of their path,” she said. Mallory Jagodzinski, publicity chair, said GWC is an important resource for graduate and undergraduate involvement because of the challenges women can face while continuing in academics. “GWC is a place where you can discuss work life and not be challenged,” she said. “We can discuss issues and possible conclusions or solutions.” The Graduate Women’s Caucus meets every Wednesday in the Women’s Center in 107 Hanna Hall from 1 to 2pm. Students interested in joining can also add GWC on the community page of their MyBGSU.
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New recycling bins decorate Bowling Green streets By John Payne Reporter
What’s black and blue and all over the city of Bowling Green? The city’s new recycling bins. And at 64 gallons, these blue behemoths are no joke. As of Jan. 20, the city began doling out the new, bigger receptacles to residents in order to replace the former red bins that were used for recycling trash. A graphic on the lid details updated information on the city’s recycling policy, which includes the discontinued pickup of curbside glass. But the city will now pick up cardboard along with any other paper material at the curb, which they were unable to do before. Public Works Director Brian Craft said the trade-off is part a whole new procedure for picking up reusable goods. “We used to sort the recyclables at the curb,” he explained. “We didn’t take cardboard, office paper, magazines or anything like that because it was just too difficult. With our new procedure, the driver will never leave the cab. We just pick up whatever’s in the bin and dump it at the recycling center. It’s the small loss of being able to pick up glass and a huge gain with cardboard.” Mayor John Quinn explained the motives behind the changes. “The person who picks up the recyclables every day has one of the dirtiest, most unsafe jobs I know of,” he said. “We were looking for a good, safe way for our people to deal with the material. We’re also trying to increase the actual amount of material recycled. We’ve seen the numbers drop off in recent
“We were looking for a good, safe way for our people to deal with the material.” John Quinn | Mayor years, so we’re encouraging people to recycle more.” Wood County Solid Waste District Director Ken Rieman said in the old system, glass simply got in the way. Broken glass would often find its way into the wrong piles, rendering other materials useless. Although the Bowling Green Recycling Center on North College Drive will still accept glass, residents will have to sort and bring it in themselves. Both Craft and Rieman encouraged residents to hold onto their old red recycling bins for this. Quinn said he regretted removing glass from the pickup list, but said the city is being practical about the problem. “I’m sorry about the glass as a resident,” he said. “My household has lots of glass, but I’ll be taking it to the recycling center. With the new system, it would just be impossible to process the glass. It would get into the gears of the center’s machines.” And though it may cause some complaints among residents of the city, Craft said the new recycling program will ultimately favor everyone. “This is good for everybody,” Craft said. “We’re saving taxpayers money, residents don’t have to do any sorting, homeowners can toss in more material, recycle more and the drivers waste less fuel because it’s quicker.”
A few people did call Craft asking about the absence of glass pickup. Along with sorting problems, Craft said the market for buying empty glass products has evaporated. “Glass markets have been low for several years, but all markets are low right now,” Rieman elaborated. “It’s complicated, but we used to get more than $70 per ton of glass, and now we’re getting around $40. Plus you factor in the cost of the freight it takes to transport all those tons of glass. Obviously we want to lose as little money as possible.” That’s why all the glass they receive is being pulverized onsite instead of being sold off. After it’s been smashed, Rieman said the glass is mixed with used asphalt and used as a stone substitute out at the Wood County landfill. “We could recycle a whole lot more material if people would just attach a dollar bill with everything they brought in,” he said. Former City Administrator Colleen Smith said the new procedure won’t stop her from bringing her glass to the recycling center. She sympathized with the city and the dwindling glass market, but maintained that “BG has a wonderful recycling program.” 43-year resident Gayle Noblit, however, was incensed about the decision, saying the city should concentrate more on recycling. “It’s damn irritating,” he said. “All this stuff goes to landfills and gets buried in the ground and then we turn around and buy raw materials from foreign countries. We should focus on recycling a lot more.”
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“This kid confronted me in the middle of the street and asked me for help. He had no one left. He just wanted to go to school. That’s all he wanted.” — Andria Sherrow, founder of Empower, on Muhebwa Richard, the boy that inspired her to get involved with non-profit organizations [see story, pg. 1]. Wednesday, February 4, 2009
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If you were in charge of the Ohio Executive Budget, what programs would you put money towards? “Film departments.”
“Youth theather programs.”
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Everyone just hates America LEVI JOSEPH WONDER COLUMNIST Bipartisan politics aren’t bad. They’re actually great. In fact, such a political party system allows us, the common folk of America, to see the other side of politics for what it is. Depending on which side you align with, that is. From point-of-view A, those liberals are a bunch of pinko commies who blatantly seek to erode the core of the Union by doing things like providing healthcare for everyone and fighting for people’s natural rights, destroying any future chances at national unity. Put simply, they hate America. And from point-of-view B, it is apparent that those filthy, stuckin-their-ways zealot-like conservatives enjoy doing nothing more than complaining about “liberal media bias” all day long while sitting on top of their laurels to boost their already massive gold-lined bank accounts, doing nothing to save our nation from its current problems. Just like the liberals, conservatives also hate America and all it stands for. And forget about those loser independent voters. They’re just too apathetic about politics to pick a side. They hate America more than the liberals and conservatives do! The bipartisan system currently in place in America allows all of us, regardless of political alignment, to see the “other side” for what it truly is: a bunch of perpetually incorrect America haters. But here’s the one that really takes the cake: how did all these vehemently anti-American sickos get into political office in the first place? You’d think this nation is really messed up if it allows such traitors to find their ways into office. By now you surely detect my sarcasm. If you found my early statements offensive and untrue, that was exactly the point. Those greatly generalized and propaganda-flavored statements represent all-too-common political stereotypes, which we as
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“The bipartisan system currently in place in America allows all of us, regardless of political alignment, to see the ‘other side’ for what it truly is: a bunch of perpetually incorrect America haters.” Americans, use to demonize the political parties with which we do not agree. Put bluntly, bipartisan politics has the incredible power to polarize voters and give each side the idea that it is the last bastion of truth, facing off in a war of political righteousness against those “morons on the other side.” Who are all wrong, by the way — they’re always wrong. With such a divisive party system here in America, it’s all too obvious (and too easy to believe) the other side is always wrong. As U.S. consumers and citizens, we are bombarded with politically biased information and opinions from friends, family members, advertisements and the conservative/liberal media. All of it helps widen the gap between the left and right. If you want some proof of just how wrong the other side truly is, check CNN and Fox News, or go listen to Rush Limbaugh and President Obama, or read the “New York Times” and “The American Conservative.” That’ll give you some ammunition to use in your verbal battles against the politically misinformed and ignorant — which is whatever side you don’t agree with. It always has been, and it seems like it always will be. For those who have been raised in liberal households or exposed to predominantly left-leaning political views, the conservative right can appear to be a hulking behemoth of moral and social complacency with an insatiable appetite for money and power. And for the right-leaning, the liberals take form by embodying all which is wrong with America today, such as insufficient firearms rights, weakness in combating militant religious extremists and the desire to ritually sacrifice unborn babies.
Here in the “land of the free,” politics (local, state and federal) live or die according to whether or not a bunch of politicallypolarized politicians agree or disagree with each other. The problem is the polarization. Although each party has its own obviously evident agenda, it’s important for Americans all over the states to see the obvious flaws in the bipartisan political system for what they are. It’s not so much that the bipartisan system is bad, but it gets used in extremely manipulative ways to effectively polarize citizens and turn them against each other, solidifying the power base of each political party with a steady supply of hardcore voters. I find it important to address this issue in this paper, as I’ve read quite a few columns lately which employ the same such divisive techniques used by the bipartisan system to polarize people. I will quite plainly admit that I have been guilty of including left-wing sentiments in my columns in the past — and I still do, occasionally — but it is vital for us to realize the obvious problems with using the words “liberal” and “conservative” as expletives. Such polarization will only help rip our nation apart on the citizen level, while strengthening each national political party a great deal in return. That’s what the bipartisan system does, after all. It divides people to make the governing bodies in the argument, the parties, stronger. I sure don’t want an American future of mighty political parties and powerless citizens — how about you? — Respond to Levi at email@example.com.
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Coal power bad idea for BG JUSTIN PLAYL | COLUMNIST Fifty years is a long time. Since 1959, we have seen massive technological, social and environmental reform. We have seen the beginning of the Space Age, the Information Age and the Digital Age. DDT has been banned, the Clean Air and Water Acts have stemmed the buildup of pollution and the Kyoto Protocol has been signed (and then blatantly ignored). “Clean,” “organic” and “sustainable” have become household buzzwords. Global climate change, human overpopulation and habitat destruction are now considered major crises. And the next 50 years promise more progress. But now, the city of Bowling Green has decided to shackle us to an outdated form of energy for the next 50 years. Recently, the city signed a contract with the American Municipal Power Generating Station (AMPGS), a proposed coal-fired power plant in Meigs County, Ohio. This contract binds the city to purchase a set amount of power from the plant for half a century, regardless of changes in demand, price or technology. Environmental concerns aside (and these concerns are sizable), this is a bad deal for BG. The age of fossil fuels is ending. Multiple bills have been introduced to Congress to tax carbon emissions and 20 states have already introduced emissions caps. Unfortunately, coal produces very high levels of carbon dioxide,
so under these regulations, coal power will soon become more expensive than ever. The AMPGS would release roughly 7.3 million tons of carbon dioxide per year, much of which would be taxed under regulatory legislation. Given emissions regulations already in the works, American Municipal Power (AMP) itself estimates that they will be charged $5$15 for every ton of carbon dioxide produced by 2030. Other analysts find this estimate too optimistic; a report from MIT predicts carbon taxes will be $74 per ton. These costs, of course, will be passed on to the consumer. AMP has left a place in the power plant’s design to install carbon dioxide scrubbers at some future date. These scrubbers would sequester the plant’s carbon emissions (that is, convert the carbon dioxide into a form that can be stored). However, these scrubbers have only been tested in laboratories; there is no proof they will work on a large scale. And even if the scrubbers do work, the National Energy Technology Laboratory estimates the sequestration process could increase the cost of power by as much as 81 percent. In addition, the construction cost of the plant is quickly rising. When construction was first proposed in October 2005, the plant’s cost was $1.2 billion. By June 2007, it was up to $2.9 billion. Towns like BG will be the ones responsible for paying these growing costs. By signing this contract, BG is basically betting that coal-fire
power will still be cheap and efficient in 50 years. Given the history of the last five decades, this is a bad bet. Half a century ago, solar cells were first being introduced. Modern windmill turbines were not even developed until the 1980s. In addition, alternative energy development is currently getting more and more support. A major part of President Obama’s economic stimulus package is a Clean Energy Financing Incentive, which would provide increased funding for developing alternative energy sources and making them more cost-effective. Given the technological developments that could happen in the next 50 years, it makes no sense for BG to be chained to this coal power plant. Besides, BG already has reasonable alternatives to signing onto this contract. As anyone who has ever been outside in BG knows, this area has abundant wind resources. We already have four wind turbines supplying 7.2 megawatts of power. Additional windmills could easily provide the same amount of power we would be getting from AMPGS, especially given recent improvements in windmill efficiency. Currently, Ohio is providing sizable grants for wind farms. With clean power technology being more efficient and affordable than ever, there is no reason for BG to have signed this contract. — Respond to Justin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘America the Beautiful’: appreciation for men and women in uniform By Debra Flax U-Wire
I wake up, get dressed, pack my books, grab my roommate and lock our front door. As we walk to our respective classes, my roommate and I inevitably cross paths with a sharply defined ROTC guy. Now, the ritual begins. First, I realize I am in the presence of sheer “awesomeness.” I tug at her sleeve until she too recognizes what I see. This is
followed by many “oo’s,” “ah’s” and not-so-subtle stares in his general direction. As I tune back into reality, I focus on my roommate, who is now staring at me in shock and disbelief. I smile, composing myself gracefully and simply say, “America the beautiful.” What is it about a man (or woman, for the guys) in uniform that makes us so, well, giddy? Is it the crisp look of well-matched Army greens and Air Force blues?
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Maybe. Is it the way they walk in such perfect cadence and precision? Possibly. Or is it the men and women wearing those finely cut pieces of fabric that entice us? I think so. They are the backbones on which our country lies; the guardians that keep our democracy strong. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. The idea of such strength and courage is exciting, bold — impressive, even. They are the first line of defense when it comes to protecting our nation. Strip them of the wellironed suits and black-polished shoes and you will see the same soldiers as you had seen before. During the Vietnam War, soldiers
coming home from battle were greeted with anger and resentment. They were spit on while walking off the plane and hit with pieces of debris thrown at their heads. What did they do to deserve such hatred other than serve in a war over which they had no control? Today, most soldiers are welcomed with gratitude and respect. And though there are still those who boycott and rally against a soldier’s funeral, there are now those who will stand up in support. A couple of months ago, I was sitting in the Atlanta airport rotunda. As I was reading my book, I was interrupted by a loud voice that
echoed through the room. It said, “Ladies and gentleman, I present these troops returning home from their recent tour in Iraq.” At this point every person in the area stood up and cheered as the uniformed men walked through the building. Naturally, I jumped up and joined in. What got to me the most, however, was the 60-plus year old man standing next to me, crying as he reached out a hand to thank every soldier who walked by. As the fanfare died down, the man turned to me and said “It wasn’t always like this, but it feels so good to see it now.”
Father Dennis O’Brien once wrote, “It is the soldier / Who salutes the flag / Who serves beneath the flag / And whose coffin is draped by the flag / Who allows the protestor to burn the flag.” Maybe my view is skewed, biased even, because my own father was a soldier. You may not agree with everything they do, everywhere they go or everyone they engage, but you have to agree they are honest people doing an honest job. They deserve respect. So, take the time to say “Thank you,” whether it be with a simple smile, a wave or a ritualistic, adoring swoon. Remember, it’s the soldier who makes the uniform.
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Water supply returns to normal after hydrochloric acid mixup, system flush
BELLAIRE, Ohio (AP) — Water service for thousands of residents was back to normal yesterday, a day after the system was flushed to remove hydrochloric acid accidentally added to the village’s supply. No injuries were reported. Forty pounds of the acid were added to Bellaire’s water Sunday after a supplier shipped the wrong chemical and the filtration system crew mistook the containers for fluoride. The mistake was discovered Monday morning when workers noticed fluoride levels were lower than normal.
“Unfortunately, the drums are all the same size and the same color,” water department superintendent Kirk Baker said. Baker said crews opened fire hydrants and drained the system to clean it. “All I can say is it was an unfortunate accident and it won’t happen again,” he said. State regulators were in Bellaire yesterday reviewing safety procedures at the water department. The chemical drums were labeled said Janet Barth, regional environmental manager with the Ohio Environmental
Protection Agency’s Division of Drinking and Ground Waters. “Common sense is, you need to look at the drum before you hook it up,” she said. Joe Redinger, president of the supplier, Ohio Valley Chemical in Martins Ferry, said yesterday the shipping mix up occurred at the dock but he was unsure how. No one should be fired over such an error, he said. A small amount of hydrochloric acid heavily diluted in water poses very little or no health risk but in a low concentration the risks include nausea, dry mouth and diarrhea.
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Customers were urged to avoid using tap water, and Bellaire High School dismissed classes early. The Ohio EPA lifted a warning about 1 p.m. Monday. Fifteen people called Belmont Community Hospital asking about symptoms related to the water problem. Two people went to the hospital — one with a headache and another with mouth dryness and diarrhea — but neither was believed related to the accident, said spokesman Gregg Warren. Bellaire is about 120 miles east of Columbus, across the Ohio River from Wheeling, W.Va.
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Incentive packages being provided in an attempt to keep a regional branch in business By Emily Wagsterpettus The Associated Press
JACKSON, Miss. — A new state law signed yesterday provides $19 million worth of incentives to keep and expand a Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. plant in a region struggling with years of decline in furniture manufacturing and other industries. “People ask me all the time, what does the state do about job losses? Well, the first thing we do is we've got to do is keep the jobs we've got,” Gov. Haley Barbour said during a ceremony in his Capitol office. Barbour used a dozen pens to sign the incentive package into law, handing the pens to legislators, local officials and Cooper Tire representatives. Cooper Tire, based in Findlay, Ohio, will receive a $7 million building, a $6 million loan and a rebate of up to $6 million for its payroll taxes in Mississippi. The company announced in December that to cut costs, it would close its plant in Albany, Ga., and consolidate operations at its plants in Findlay, Texarkana,
“People ask me all the time, what does the state do about job losses?”
Haley Barbour | Mississippi Governor Ark., and Tupelo, Miss. The plant in Tupelo, in the northeastern part of the state, makes car and light truck tires. The incentive package requires the company to maintain at least its current 1,200 jobs in Tupelo. David Rumbarger, president and chief executive officer of the Tupelo-based Community Development Foundation, said the manufacturing jobs at Cooper Tire pay about $45,000 a year and managers earn more. Another 600 contract workers perform maintenance and other jobs at the factory. Rumbarger said about 50-100 contract jobs will be added because of the plant expansion. He said Cooper Tire's employees come from 17 of Mississippi's 82 counties.
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TIRES: Surrounded by northeast Mississippi lawmakers, public officials and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. executives, Gov. Haley Barbour checks the time and date as he signs a bill to provide $19 million of incentives to keep a Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. manufacturing plant in northeastern Mississippi, yesterday, Feb. 3, 2009 in his office at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Yesterday’s action means the Ohio-based company will receive a $7 million building, a $6 million loan and a rebate of up to $6 million for its payroll taxes.
“It’s our bellwether industry in northeast Mississippi,” Rumbarger said. Toyota Motor Corp. announced in December that it is indefinitely delaying the opening of its Prius manufacturing plant near Tupelo. The plant is mostly built, but the company changed its original 2010 opening date because of a global slump in auto sales.
Ford reveals new partnerships and products By Ken Thomas The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Ford Motor Co. said Johnson Controls-Saft will supply the battery system for the automaker’s first production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle beginning in 2012. Ford is also expanding its test program to include several utilities around the nation to speed up the commercialization of plug-in hybrid vehicles. Among those participating is American Electric Power of Columbus, Ohio. The partnerships, being announced yesterday at the Washington Auto Show, are part of Ford’s strategy to bring a battery-electric vehicle van to market in 2010 for commercial use, a small battery-electric sedan developed with Magna International by 2011 and a plug-in electric vehicle by 2012. “As we move toward greater electrification of vehicles, we can achieve much more by
working together toward a common goal,” said Sue Cischke, Ford’s group vice president for sustainability, environment and safety engineering. The lithium-ion battery system being designed by Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls will include cells along with mechanical, electrical, electronic and thermal components. Terms of the five-year supply agreement were not disclosed, but the companies have set a production target of 5,000 units a year. The cells will initially be produced at the supplier’s facility in France but eventually be assembled in the United States. “As U.S. vehicle manufacturers commercialize their hybrid programs, the industry will be best served with a qualified and robust domestic supply base,” said Alex Molinaroli, president of Johnson Controls Power Solutions. Johnson Controls-Saft is a joint venture between auto
Cooper Tire makes replacement tires, not the original tires installed by automotive manufacturers. Because of this, Cooper Tire was not slated to be a supplier for the Toyota plant in Mississippi. Tupelo Mayor Ed Neelly, who traveled to Jackson for the bill signing, said Cooper Tire provides “good jobs with good wages and benefits.”
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The Falcon women pick up their 19th straight victory By Andrew Harner Sports Editor
Tracy Pontius backed up her 31-point performance against Northern Illinois with 15 points and five rebounds against Ball State in a 76-67 Falcon win, giving the team 19 straight wins. Pontius played the opposite role she did against Northern though when she came out strong in the second half, instead having a consistent scoring night with eight in the first half and seven in the second half. Also playing well for BG were Lindsey Goldsberry with 11 points and Niki McCoy with 14 points and 4 rebounds. Lauren Prochaska also added 11 points and nine rebounds. But putting all individual numbers aside, the team as a whole had a productive outing shooting 45.9 percent from the field, netting 32-of-34 free throws and forcing 21 turnovers. “I love my team,” said coach Curt Miller. “I had to yell and will them at times tonight ... they responded just when I started to question their toughness.” BG started out strong in the first half with Goldsberry making two three-pointers and two
Ben made few mistakes and led his team down the field on a drive that will be remembered for a very long time.
3. Larry Fitzgerald: After this game, there is no question who the best receiver on the planet is. Fitzgerald made huge plays that helped the Cardinals erase a 13 point deficit.
4. Kurt Warner: Warner made only one mistake. That mistake however, ended in the longest play in Super Bowl history. Still, Warner threw for well over 300 yards and three touchdowns.
5. James Harrison: His interception return for a touchdown at the end of the second quarter knocked the wind out of the Cardinals and served as the longest play in Super Bowl history.
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RELIABILITY: Lauren Prochaska was one rebound shy of a double-double last night..
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With Hines Ward playing a diminished role in the offense because of an injured knee, Holmes stepped up and became the go to guy.
The Falcons have demonstrated game after game they can make free throws on a consistent basis. However, the performance BG had from the line last night was the best of the season. For the game, the Falcons shot 32-of-34 on free throws with the two misses coming from Jen Uhl and Tracy Pontius during the latter stages of the game. “We struggled to score baskets, but we saved ourselves by staying aggressive and getting to the foul line,” said coach Curt Miller. “It’s just a weapon that we have.” This season, the Falcons have shot 79.3 percent, but in conference play, they are shooting 83.9 percent. Individually, two Falcons have really shined from the line. Lauren Prochaska is the best free throw shooter in the entire nation this season knocking down 86-of-91 shots. Her percentage, now 94.5 percent, leads Hawaii’s Keisha Kanekoa who has a percentage of 93.9. Prochaska hasn’t missed in the last five games and has only missed two free throws in 2009. Her career percentage of 90 further establishes her as the school’s best free throw shooter of all-time, which she became earlier in the season. The record-holder going into
free throws in the first three minutes of the game to help give the Falcons a 12-4 lead. The Falcons continued to pile on the points despite ending the half just 8-for-32 shooting by taking advantage of BSU fouls and miscues to give themselves a 37-26 halftime lead. “We can’t just get down for not making shots,” Goldsberry said of the situation. By halftime, BSU had committed 11 fouls leading to 16 made free throws for BG, and the Cardinals turned the ball over 14 times leading to 12 Falcon points. Additionally, Ball State’s guards did not score a point in the first half. But, the Falcons started the
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What happened: BG got an early lead and held it throughout the game for a 76-67 win Highlight: Lindsey Goldsberry opened the scoring up with a threepointer seconds into the game. Lowlight: Ball State’s Danielle Gratton fouled out with 1:16 left in the game. The star: Tracy Pontius followed up her career game with a 15 point 5 rebound night.
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Falcon free throwing stays consistent
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COMING OF AGE: Veterans such as Brian Moten have stepped up lately.
Falcons fixing early season problems, winning games By Andrew Harner Sports Editor
While not nearly as impressive as the women’s basketball team’s 19game winning streak, the men’s team is riding their longest winning streak of the season. It might only be three games long, but coach Louis Orr is pleased the team has been playing better. “We are closing games better,” Orr said. “It’s been a team effort, not just one guy.” In order to get four in a row, Orr and the Falcons (11-9, 4-3 MidAmerican Conference) will have to go through Western Michigan (7-13, 4-3 MAC). The Broncos are coming off two losses to Buffalo (74-71) and Kent State (65-47), and while they have been held to fewer than 55 points in three of their last four, Western Michigan has scored 65 plus 10 times this season. The Falcon defense is giving up an average of 63 points per game, which is right around the 61.8 average the Bronco offense has posted. That offense is fueled by David Kool and Shawntes Gary who combine for 27.5 points per game. The pair is also in the conference’s top 10 in field goal percentage with Kool shooting 87.8 percent and Gary shooting 74.4 percent, and both of them are on Orr’s radar for the game. “David Kool is a hard-nosed, tough competitor … a guy who
“We are closing games better. It’s been a team effort, not just one guy.”
Named after a former University professor and coach of the school’s football and baseball teams, Warren E. Steller Field has been home to the Falcons baseball team since 1964, and as of last summer, the Lake Erie Monarch of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. It’s been 45 years since the $150,000 field was constructed, and in those years the facility has seen renovations in 1965, 1968, 2002 and 2008. The need for improvement is always there, and this upcoming season seems to be no exception. Though nothing will be done prior to the start of this season, BGSU Associate Athletic Director James Elsasser, who is also the director of facilities at the University, will be in full gear at the conclusion of the 2009 season. According to Elsasser, a bidding opportunity for the reconstruction of the first and third base dugouts as well as replacing the batter’s eye (the dark area beyond the center field wall) is
“We have to make some improvements with our facility right now. We are far behind a lot of other facilities whether it’s in our conference or in the state.” Danny Schmitz | Head Coach out on the street for perspective contractors to bid upon. The bidding is set to open at the end of the month, and depending on where the bid numbers come in the budget, Elsasser said he and his staff will try and start something right after the conclusion of this season to rebuild the dugouts. However, once spring break begins, Elsasser and his staff will kick into their normal spring maintenance duties. One person who is well aware of the need for improvement towards the facility is head baseball coach Danny Schmitz. Entering his 18th season as the skipper of the baseball program, Schmitz realizes the importance of the renovation process. “We have to make some improvements with our facility
right now,” Schmitz said. “We are far behind a lot of other facilities whether it’s in our conference or in the state.” Last season, the baseball field saw renovations in the rebuilding of the right and left field bullpens, as well as the addition of new infield mix and tightening of the base paths. This year’s goal is set on rebuilding the dugouts and replacing the batter’s eye, both of which are high on coach Schmitz’s wish list. With the dugouts the size that they are, coach Schmitz mentioned the fact he can’t fit his entire team in them, thus having to send some players to watch the game from the bullpen. Aside from getting the dugouts larg-
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Louis Orr | Head Coach can hurt you in a lot of ways,” Orr said. “Shawntes Gary has a high motor.” But while the Broncos will “play the team tough” according to Orr, the Falcons have been playing at a high pace of late. One of the keys to the Falcons’ recent success is the play of Otis Polk. And now that Marc Larson is expected to miss the remainder of the season following successful surgery on a torn meniscus, Polk will be relied on even more in the post. “Otis has to be productive with the minutes he gets,” Orr said. “I believe he’s learning what’s a good foul and situations to avoid.” Polk leads the team with 69 fouls and has been put on the bench in most BG games because of foul trouble. However, with the increased playing time, Polk has been getting fewer fouls and more points. He currently leads the league in offensive rebounds and is sec-
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Steelers celebrate record sixth Super Bowl By Ramit Plushnick-Masti and Dan Nephin The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH — More than 300,000 black-and-gold bedecked Pittsburgh Steelers fan — about the population of the city itself — packed the streets of “Sixburgh” yesterday for a parade celebrating the storied franchise’s unprecedented sixth Super Bowl title. From infants to senior citizens, fans braved freezing temperatures and crowds so deep that for some even seeing the parade was impossible. Not that it mattered. Many just wanted to be part of the festive atmosphere and have the chance to revel in the team’s 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Rousing chants of “Here we go Steelers!” pulsed through the crowd as they waited for the team to make its way along the route. “We’re going to tell the school we had fever — Steeler fever,”
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SIXBURGH: The Steelers paraded through Pittsburgh yesterday, celebrating
12-year-old Rachel Russell said, excusing her absence from school before leading a Steelers chant. Renaming the city Sixburgh
for the day, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl made his way through the parade alongside quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, both filming the crowd that painted a gray sky yellow with twirling Terrible Towels. Fans filled parking garages, skyscraper windows, balconies and even climbed trees to get the best view of the team they love and possibly find shelter from the sporadic flurries and temperatures that hovered in the mid-20s. “It’s never too cold to watch the Steelers,” said Annette Mowery, 47, who drove from the Pittsburgh suburb of Mars with her children, Lexie, 12, and Lucas, 10. “We didn’t have a good day, we had a great day. It’s history,” Lucas said, a Super Bowl XLIII hat perched atop a blue ski mask, a matching T-shirt squeezed over his jacket. Even police got into the spirit,
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“I love my team. I had to yell and will them at times tonight ... they responded just when I started to question their toughness.”
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second half on a sour note allowing BSU to start go on a 13-4 run. However, after the Falcons drew three consecutive three-point plays — one from Prochaska and two from Jessica Slagle — within just over a minute and a half of each other, the Falcons found themselves with a 13 point lead and a roaring crowd. “Things just started clicking for us,” Slagle said. “We just had those plays go our way. There’s nothing like a crowd in Anderson Arena when we erupt.” By the end of the 20-6 run those three plays started, the Falcons were leading 61-45. With 8:25 left in the game, play was briefly interrupted as Ball State’s Audrey McDonald fell to the floor very hard with the back of her head taking the brunt of the hit. McDonald was helped to
Curt Miller | Head Coach the locker room and a report on her condition was not made following the game. “I hope Audrey’s OK,” Miller said. “She’s one of a kind and a class act.” After that moment, neither team made any run of significance, and the Falcons slowly emptied their bench as they secured the victory. Off the bench, Slagle and Uhl led the way with eight and seven points each. Each also had two steals.
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this season was Angie Farmer who played from 1997-2001 and compiled a free throw percentage of 87.8. Lindsey Goldsberry, while not having nearly as many chances as Prochaska, has missed just one free throw this season. After last night, she is 18-of-19 for the season. When asked after the game what contributed to the team’s success at the line, Goldsberry said practice and luck have a lot to do with it. “We do shoot free throws in practice,” Goldsberry said. “They’re just going in.” Niki McCoy has attempted the most free throws for BG with 116. She has made 90 of them for a 77.6 percentage. Prior to last night when she went 8-for-8 from the line, McCoy hadn’t had a perfect foul shooting game since Jan. 17 against Akron was she made 2of-2.
“It’s such a luxury to have a good foul shooting team.” Curt Miller | Head Coach But even though it appears the Falcons will make nearly all their free throws on any given night, Miller is not taking his team’s ability for granted. “It’s such a luxury to have a good foul shooting team,” Miller said. “It’s hard to fathom that there’s a handful of better foul shooting teams out there than us in the country.” Coming into last night’s game, the Falcons were ranked sixth in the nation with a 78.3 percentage. However, after their performance, BG moved up the ladder to fourth, trailing Murray St. (82.6), Drexel (81.8) and Utah (80.4); none of which played last night. Air Force (78.7) and Iowa (78.5) were the two teams that were also ahead of BG coming into last night.
Phelps feeling ripple effect Phelps could face criminal drug charges
Phelps sees his sponsors standing behind him
“If he broke the law, and he did it in Richland County, he’s going to be charged.”
By Meg Kinnard The Associated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Olympic superstar Michael Phelps could face criminal charges as part of the fallout from a photo that surfaced showing the swimmer smoking from a marijuana pipe at a University of South Carolina house party. A spokesman for Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, who is known for his tough stance on drugs, said yesterday the department was investigating. “Our narcotics division is reviewing the information that we have, and they’re investigating what charges, if any, will be filed,” said Lt. Chris Cowan, a spokesman for agency. The photo first shown in British tabloid News of the World on Sunday was snapped during a November party while Phelps was visiting the university, according to the paper. Phelps, 23, and his team have not disputed the photo’s accuracy. Phelps has issued a public apology, acknowledging “regrettable” behavior and “bad judgment” after the photo appeared. One of Phelps’ agents, Drew Johnson, said yesterday authorities had not contacted the swimmer. “So we really can’t speculate,” he said. Last fall, Phelps was introduced to large applause at South Carolina’s football game with Arkansas. He met with players and visited with Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier, who gave Phelps one of the ball coach’s trademark visors. Phelps also spoke at a university class on sports’ role in society. Where exactly the party
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er, Schmitz hopes to have the dugouts equipped with proper draining, restrooms and installation of heat for those very cold spring days. Though state of the art dugouts are a nice feature for any baseball diamond, having a batter’s eye is equally important. The main purpose of a batter’s eye is to protect the batter, as it allows them to see a pitched ball more clearly when it’s against a sharply contrasted background. The batter’s eye at Steller Field is currently broken and is something Schmitz knows is a key aspect of any baseball field. “The batter’s eye is something that is very important,” Schmitz said. “Hopefully that’s number one on the priority list.” Not only will these upgrades make the field that more appealing, but it will also pay dividends to current and future BG baseball players. The willingness of the University to
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ROLE MODEL?: Phelps has many fans, some of whom think of him as a role model. By Emily Fredrix The Associated Press
MILWAUKEE — Another of Olympian Michael Phelps’s big-name sponsors — creditpayment processor Visa Inc. — said yesterday that it supports the swimming sensation despite the publication of a photograph of him inhaling from a marijuana pipe. “We have spoken with Michael, and he has expressed regret for the situation, has committed to being accountable and improving his judgment in the future,” Visa said. “We intend to support him as he looks to move forward.” The 23-year-old, whose performance at the Beijing Olympics netted him a record eight gold medals and predictions of lucrative sponsorships, apologized for his “regrettable” behavior and “bad judgment” after the photo appeared
Sunday in the British tabloid News of the World. On Monday, sponsors including apparel company Speedo, luxury Swiss watchmaker Omega and sports beverage PureSport’s maker Human Performance Labs also said they stand behind the athlete, even if they don’t condone his behavior. Some of Phelps sponsors still weren’t commenting yesterday. A spokeswoman at Battle Creek, Mich.-based Kellogg Co. said the cereal maker declined to comment. The company put Phelps on boxes of its Frosted Flakes and Corn Flakes. Phelps may not be in hot water with his sponsors but he may be facing other challenges. Authorities in the South Carolina county where he was photographed smoking from a marijuana bong said yesterday they are considering a criminal charge against him.
make these changes shows their support and commitment towards the program, which in return should make the experience of everyone involved with the baseball squad a more enjoyable one. The future renovations were made possible by Dick and Sandy Young. Although the two reside in Boca Raton, Fla., their relationship towards BG is a strong one. Once serving as the University’s athletic director as well as the baseball and football coach, Dick, along with his wife, have donated $100,000, which is set to make a significant impact on the baseball, softball and tennis programs. “Dick and Sandy were very generous to give us a donation,” Schmitz said.” Without their help we would not be getting these improvements.” With spring right around the corner BG athletics will be at full force, a chance to not only catch some of the action, but also to witness the great changes that are sure to come for the University’s athletic facilities.
when the team collapsed toward the end of the year. Last season, BG won its final three games in January, but ond in blocks, but his offense is struggled after that point. This year, Orr is hoping to really starting to pick up with avoid the same downfall. Larson’s absence. “I feel like we have a deeper Polk has scored 13 and 10 points in the past two games, team.” Orr said. “I just say you both well above his season aver- have to keep getting better, keep improving.” age of 5.7. The first step to not repeating is The other veterans on the team will join Polk in trying to avoid a beating Western Michigan, which similar situation as last season will tipoff at 7 p.m. tonight.
waving Terrible Towels from atop horses as they led the parade. Coach Mike Tomlin followed behind in the back of a red convertible, while players holding video cameras cheered and waved from the back of pickup trucks. Tomlin couldn’t stop smiling as he was greeted on stage at the end of the parade route with thunderous applause. “What do you say to this?” Tomlin asked the massive crowd. “Steeler Nation, you leave us all speechless, man, we just appreciate the love. How about the Steelers? How about the greatest fans in the world? How about number six? Thank you, we love you guys.” Steelers owner Dan Rooney thanked the city for its support over the years — and said there is more history to be made. “Stay with us,” Rooney said. “Maybe we’ll get the seventh next year.” One by one, coaches and players spoke to the crowd. Wide receiver Hines Ward, MVP of Super Bowl XL, led the fans in a chant of “Here we go Steelers, here we go,” while other players danced and did an impromptu rap. Steelers linebacker James Harrison, whose 100-yard interception return for a touchdown was the longest in Super Bowl history, presented the Lombardi trophy to the crowd. About the same time, huge booms of colorful fireworks exploded over
downtown’s Point State Park, at the confluence of the iconic three rivers. Police spokeswoman Diane Richard estimated more than 300,000 people attended the parade — more than the 250,000 fans who attended the 2006 parade celebrating the team’s previous Super Bowl victory and close to the city’s population of 311,000. Thousands of fans showed up hours before yesterday’s parade, including a handful of hardy souls who were camped out on the route before dawn. Six local high school bands marched in the parade, one for each championship won by the team. “It was amazing to see the people. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, because I’m a senior,” Nicole Hennemuth, a trombone player in the South Fayette High School band. “There were tons of people everywhere, on top of buildings, in windows.” Hennemuth was waiting behind the viewing stands at the end of the parade route, hoping to catch a glimpse of the players, particularly Ward. “Me and Hines Ward have the same birthday,” she said. The parade followed Grant Street and Boulevard of the Allies, two of the widest streets downtown, instead of a narrower route used for most city parades. About 150 police were on hand to control the crowd and barricades were set up in the streets because the sidewalks were not wide enough to accommodate the overflow.
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Chris Cowan | Policeman occurred isn’t clear. The university said its police have no evidence it was on campus, and city police said they won’t pursue criminal charges unless more information comes forward. The Richland County sheriff can pursue charges as long as the party was in the county, the spokesman said. “The bottom line is, if he broke the law, and he did it in Richland County, he’s going to be charged,” Cowan said. “And there’s no difference between Michael Phelps and several other people that we arrest for the same type of a charge every day.” Under South Carolina law, possession of one ounce or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor that carries a fine up to $200 and 30 days in jail for the first offense. Possession of paraphernalia is a $500 fine. The Richland County sheriff has long sought to fight drug crimes. He rose from patrol officer to captain of the narcotics division in the early 1990s, after the television series “Miami Vice” made its splash. Lott played the part well. He wore stylish suits and had long hair then. He drove a Porsche seized from a drug dealer and even worked undercover with federal agents in Florida.
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Senate Republicans Candidate for chief performance officer withdraws halt Democratic Amendment By Michael J. Sniffen and Liz Sidoti The Associated Press
By Andrew Taylor The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans yesterday blocked Democrats from adding $25 billion for highways, mass transit, and water projects to President Barack Obama’s economic recovery program. Already unhappy over the size of the measure, Republicans insisted additional infrastructure projects be paid for with cuts elsewhere in the bill. But the Democratic amendment garnered 58 votes, just shy of the supermajority needed under Senate budget rules, and many more efforts to increase the measure’s size are sure to follow. “We can’t add to the size of this bill,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe, ROkla. “The amount is just inconceivable to most people.” At issue was a plan by Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to increase the highway funding in the bill to $40 billion, which reflected complaints from lawmakers in both parties that Obama’s plan doesn’t do enough to relieve a backlog of unfinished projects. The duo also wanted to increase mass transit programs by $5 billion boost and water projects by $7 billion. “Our highways are jammed. People go to work in gridlock,” Feinstein said yesterday. Just two Republicans supported the move, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Christopher Bond of Missouri. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Judd Gregg, R-N.H., named yesterday morning to become Commerce secretary, did not vote. Senate debate unfolded as Obama issued another call for swift action on the measure, urging lawmakers to act “with the same sense of urgency Americans feel every day.” Republicans, for their part, readied a plan to lower mortgage costs to try to jolt the housing market out of its slump. The $885 billion Senate economic plan faces assaults from both Democrats and Republicans during debate this week, as lawmakers in both parties aim to kill ideas that won’t jolt the economy right away. “The goal is to shape a package that is more targeted, that would be smaller in size and that would be truly focused on saving or creating jobs and turning the economy around,” said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. She said ideas like $870 million to combat bird flu should be dumped. Others, such as Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., have complained about items such as health research being in the bill. But Specter — a moderate whose vote is sought by Obama — is instead proposing to add $6.5 billion for the National Institutes of Health. Democrats already are under pressure from moderates in their own party to scale back spend-
“Our highways are jammed. People go to work in gridlock.” Dianne Feinstein | Senator ing in the $885 billion bill, and Obama met with party leaders at the White House late Monday to discuss strategy. “What we can’t do is let very modest differences get in the way” of swift enactment of the legislation, Obama said several hours earlier as new layoffs rippled through the economy and the Commerce Department reported an unexpectedly large sixth straight drop in personal spending. In the Capitol, Republicans said their goal was to change the bill, not to block it. “Nobody that I know of is trying to keep a package from passing,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader. “We need to fix housing first,” he said. Republicans are expected to seek a vote on their proposals this week as part of the debate on the overall stimulus measure. Officials said the GOP was uniting behind a proposal designed to give banks an incentive to make loans at rates currently estimated at 4 percent to 4.5 percent. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which were seized by the federal government in September, would be required to purchase the mortgages once banks have made them to consumers. Officials said loans to creditworthy borrowers on primary residences with a mortgage of up to $625,000 would qualify, including those seeking to refinance their current loans. Separately, Republican officials said they intended to press for a $15,000 tax credit for home buyers through the end of the year. Current law permits a $7,500 tax break and limits it to first-time home buyers. Nineteen Democratic and Republican governors, meanwhile, cited frozen credit markets and rising unemployment in urging lawmakers to resolve their differences and asking Obama to sign the bill as soon as it reaches his desk. The governors said the money it provides for public education, health care and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure will create and preserve jobs while making a sound investment in the country’s long-term economic interests. “While we all believe in the importance of free markets, we believe that the markets today need stimulating,” the governors told Obama in a letter dated Monday. Among the signers are Democrats Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and Tim Kaine of Virginia, and Republicans Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and Charlie Crist of Florida.
WASHINGTON — Nancy Killefer withdrew her candidacy to be the first chief performance officer for the federal government yesterday, saying she didn’t want her bungling of payroll taxes on her household help to become a distraction for the Obama administration. Killefer was the second major nominee to withdraw. Within hours, former Sen. Tom Daschle also withdrew his nomination to be secretary of health and human services. In a brief letter to President Barack Obama, Killefer, the 55year-old executive with consulting giant McKinsey & Co., wrote that she had “come to realize in the current environment that my personal tax issue of D.C. unemployment tax could be used to create exactly the kind of distraction and delay” that must be avoided in responding to urgent economic problems. She offered no further details of her tax difficulties. In announcing his choice of Sen. Judd Gregg to be commerce secretary, Obama took no questions yesterday and left the White House lectern ignoring a
Obama advised to change military plan of action By Robert Burns and Pauline Jelinek The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A classified Pentagon report urges President Barack Obama to shift U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan, de-emphasizing democracy-building and concentrating more on targeting Taliban and al-Qaida sanctuaries inside Pakistan with the aid of Pakistani military forces. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has seen the report prepared by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but it has not yet been presented to the White House, officials said yesterday. The recommendations are one element of a broad policy reassessment under way along with recommendations to be considered by the White House from the commander of the U.S. Central Command, Gen. David Petraeus, and other military leaders. A senior defense official said yesterday that it will likely take several weeks before the Obama administration rolls out its long-term strategy for Afghanistan. The Joint Chiefs’ plan reflects growing worries that the U.S. military was taking on more than it could handle in Afghanistan by pursuing the Bush administration’s broad goal of nurturing a thriving democratic government. Instead, the plan calls for a more narrowly focused effort to root out militant strongholds along the Pakistani border and inside the neighboring country, according to
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shouted question about why so many of his nominees have tax problems. But White House press secretary Robert Gibbs later insisted Killefer and Daschle decided on their own to withdraw. “I think they both recognized that you can’t set an example of responsibility but accept a different standard in who serves,” Gibbs told a White House briefing. When Killefer’s selection was announced by Obama on Jan. 7, The Associated Press disclosed that in 2005 the District of Columbia government had filed a $946.69 tax lien on her home for failure to pay unemployment compensation tax on household help. Since then, administration officials have refused to answer questions about the tax error, which she resolved five months after the lien was filed. It wasn’t clear whether the administration was aware of Killefer’s tax errors before Obama named her. Gibbs refused to say what administration knew about the problem or when. Gibbs maintained that Obama has confidence in the vetting system. But late on the day Killefer was first named, an LAWRENCE JACKSON | AP PHOTO administration official asked CANDIDATE: In this Jan. 7, 2009 file photo, then-President-elect Barack Obama looks on an AP reporter how the AP had as Nancy Killefer speaks at his transition into office in Washington. found the tax lien against her.
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NOMINEE: President Barack Obama announces his plans to nominate Sen. Judd Gregg for commerce secretary in the Grand Foyer at the White House.
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MILITARY: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates prepares to testify about strains on the Pentagon’s budget.
officials who confirmed the essence of the report. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the plan publicly. The recommendations are broadly cast and provide limited detail, meant to help develop the overarching strategy for the AfghanistanPakistan region rather than propose a detailed military action plan. During a press conference yesterday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs noted ongoing reviews of Afghan policy, but did not say when they would be made public. Obama intends, he said, to “evaluate the current direction of our policy and make some corrections as he goes forward.” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman would not comment yesterday on the details of the Joint Chiefs’ report, but acknowledged that the U.S. relationship with Pakistan is a critical component for success in Afghanistan. “When you talk about
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Republican Sen. Judd Gregg nominee for commerce secretary By Liz Sidoti The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama nominated Republican Sen. Judd Gregg to be Commerce secretary yesterday, a bipartisan gesture that the Democratic president stressed was necessary with the economy in a virtual free fall. “Clearly, Judd and I don’t agree on every issue — most notably who should have won the election,” Obama said in the White House’s grand foyer with Gregg and Vice President Joe Biden at his side. “But we agree on the urgent need to get American businesses and families back on their feet ... And we know the only way to solve the great challenges of our time is to put aside stale ideology and petty partisanship, and embrace what works.” Gregg, in turn, praised Obama’s $800 billion-plus proposal to stabilize the economic slide and pull the country out of recession as an “extraordinarily bold, aggressive, effective and comprehensive plan.” “This is not a time for partisanship,” the New Hampshire senator said. “This is not a time when we should stand in our ideological corners and shout at each other. This is a time to govern and govern well.” If confirmed by the Senate, Gregg would take over a sprawling Commerce Department
tasked not just with job creation, but also with conducting the 2010 Census. The department includes the Patent and Trademark Office, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, whose duties include weather forecasting and climate research. Gregg would be the third Republican in Obama’s Cabinet, joining Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The president initially had tapped Bill Richardson for the Commerce job, but the New Mexico governor withdrew his nomination amid a grand jury investigation into a state contract awarded to his political donors. After a monthlong search, Obama settled on the 61year-old Gregg, a former New Hampshire governor who previously served in the House. Gregg has been in the Senate since 1993 and currently serves as the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee. Gregg said in a conference call with reporters he will remain in the Senate until he is confirmed. Financial records show that in 2007, Gregg was worth between $3.1 million and $10.5 million, not out of line with others in the Senate. He owns stock in blue chip companies.
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FARS NEWS AGENCY | AP PHOTO
A NEW HOPE: Two men stand in front of an Iranian satellite launching rocket named “Safir-2”, translated in English as “Ambassador-2”, carrying the satellite “Omid”, or “Hope”.
cesses as signs it can advance despite U.S. and U.N. sanctions over its nuclear program. The launch touched off concern in the United States, Europe and Israel about possible links between its satellite programs and its work with missiles and nuclear technology. “There’s almost always a link between satellite programs like this and military programs and there’s almost always a link between satellites and nuclear weapons. It’s the same delivery vehicle,” said James Lewis, an expert on defense technology at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs condemned the launch, saying: “This action does not convince us that
Iran is acting responsibly to advance stability or security in the region.” State Department spokesman Robert A. Wood accused Iran of using the space-launch program as a technological stepping stone to develop longrange ballistic missiles. “Iran’s ongoing efforts to develop its missile delivery capabilities remain a matter of deep concern,” Wood said. “Iran’s development of a space-launch vehicle capable of putting a satellite into orbit establishes the technical basis from which Iran could develop long-range ballistic missile systems.” Yiftah Shapir, a top Israeli expert on the Iranian space program, said the launch itself “doesn’t really mean much to Israel, we knew about it before hand.”
Baghdad woman admits to recruiting rape victims for suicide bombings
Iran creates stir with launch of domestically made satellite TEHRAN, Iran — Iran sent its first domestically made satellite into orbit, the president announced yesterday, a key step for an ambitious space program that worries the U.S. and other world powers because the same rocket technology used to launch satellites can also deliver warheads. For nearly a decade, Iran has sought to develop a national space program, creating unease among international leaders already concerned about its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The telecommunications satellite — called Omid, or hope, in Farsi — was launched late Monday after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave the order to proceed, according to a report on state radio. State television showed footage of what it said was the nighttime liftoff of the rocket carrying the satellite at an unidentified location in Iran. A U.S. counterproliferation official confirmed the launch and suggested the technology was not sophisticated. Speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence gathering, the official said it appeared it “isn’t too far removed from Sputnik,” the first Soviet orbiter launched in 1957. The TV report praised the launch as part of festivities marking the 30th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed Shah and brought hard-line clerics to power. In a year in which Ahmadinejad faces a tough election battle to stay in power, the launch provided a symbol of national pride to hold up even as falling oil prices batter the economy and the hard-line leader’s popularity. As it seeks to expand its influence in the Middle East, Iran touts such technological suc-
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BAGHDAD — A woman accused of helping recruit dozens of female suicide bombers looked into the camera and described the process: trolling society for likely candidates and then patiently converting the women from troubled souls into deadly attackers. Theaccounts,inavideoreleased yesterday by Iraq police, offer a rare glimpse into the networks used to find and train the women bombers who have become one of the insurgents’ most effective weapons as they struggle under increasing crackdowns. In a separate prison interview with The Associated Press, with interrogators nearby, the woman said she was part of a plot in which young women were raped and then sent to her for matronly advice. She said she would try to persuade the victims to become suicide bombers as their only escape from the shame and to reclaim their honor. The AP was allowed access on condition the information would not be released until the formal announcement of the arrest. The U.S. and Iraqi militaries have made past claims without providing much evidence about efforts by insurgents to recruit vulnerable women as well as children as attackers. Those included statements by the Iraqis that two women who blew themselves up last year in Baghdad had Down’s Syndrome, accounts that were not supported by subsequent investigations. It also was not possible independently to verify the claim that insurgents sent out people to rape women who could then be recruited as bombers in the volatile Diyala province northeast of Baghdad. But the suspect, 50-year-old Samira Ahmed Jassim — who said her code name was “The Mother of Believers” — has given unusual firsthand descriptions of the possible workings behind last year’s spike in attacks by women
QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | AP PHOTO
PLOT: Samira Ahmed Jassim is suspected of recruiting more than 80 female suicide bombers and masterminding 28 bombings.
bombers. The Iraqi military spokesman, Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, said the suspect had recruited more than 80 women willing to carry out attacks and admitted masterminding 28 bombings in different areas. Female suicide bombers attempted or successfully carried out 32 attacks last year, compared with eight in 2007, according to U.S. military figures. Most recently, a woman detonated an explosive under her robes that killed at least 36 people during a Shiite religious gathering last month. The attacks reflected a shift in insurgent tactics: trying to exploit cultural standards that restrict male security forces from searching women and use the traditional flowing robes of women to hide bomb-rigged belts or vests. In response, Iraqi security forces have tried to recruit more women. In last week’s provincial elections, women teachers and civic workers helped search voters. Al-Moussawi, the military spokesman, alleged Jassim was in contact with top leaders of Ansar al-Sunnah in Diyala, the last foothold of major Sunni insurgent strength near Baghdad. The group is one of the factions with suspected ties to al-Qaida in Iraq. Al-Moussawi said Jassim “confessed to recruiting 28 female suicide bombers who carried out terrorist operations in different areas.” He gave no other details on the locations or dates of the
attacks. In the video played for reporters, Jassim described how she was approached by insurgents to urge women to carry out suicide attacks. She said her first assignment was Um Hoda, a nickname meaning mother of Hoda. “I talked to her a number of times,” said Jassim, who has four daughters and two sons. “I went back to them and gave them the details on her. And they told me, bring her to us. ... And I took her to the police station, and that’s where she blew herself up.” Another woman, whom she called Amal, was involved in long conversations, Jassim said. “I talked to her many times, sat with her, and she was very depressed,” she said on the video. “I took her to them, and then went back for her and she blew herself up.” Jassim gave no further information on the attacks or her role in the video. In speaking with the AP — a week after her Jan. 21 arrest — Jassim repeated statements she had allegedly made to interrogators that insurgents organized rapes of women and that she would then try to coax the victims to become suicide bombers. She said she was “able to persuade women to become suicide bombers ... broken women, especially those who were raped.” In many parts of Iraq, including conservative Diyala, a rape victim may be shunned by her family and become an outcast in society. Police interrogators were not in the room during Jassim’s interview with the AP, but they were in an adjoining chamber. Jassim did not offer additional details on her alleged role in the attacks, but suggested she was pressured into working with the insurgency. She claimed that Ansar alSunnah provided her a house in Diyala, where she operated a shop selling the traditional robes for women called abaya. She added, however, that Ansar al-Sunnah once threatened to bomb her house if she did not cooperate.
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By Michael Hill The Associated Press
ROSENDALE, N.Y. — A mysterious and deadly bat disease discovered just two winters ago in a few New York caves has now spread to at least six northeastern states, and scientists are scrambling to find solutions before it spreads across the country. White-nose syndrome poses no health threat to people, but some scientists say that if bat populations diminish too much, the insects and crop pests they eat could flourish. Researchers recently identified the fungus that creates the illness’ distinctive white smudges on the noses and wings of hibernating bats, but they don’t yet know how to stop the disease from killing off caves full of the ecologically important animals. “The cause for concern is that this is going to race across the country faster than we can come up with a solution,” said Alan Hicks, a wildlife biologist with New York state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. “Now that is entirely possible.” Bats with white-nose burn through their fat stores before spring, driving some to rouse early from hibernation in a futile search for food. Many die as they hunt fruitlessly for insects. White-nose syndrome spread fast last winter to dozens of caves in New York and southern New England, within a roughly 150mile radius of the caves west of Albany, N.Y., where it was first found. Early observations show it has reached farther still this winter, even before cave inspections and bat counts begin in earnest this month. Bats with white-nose syndrome were found recently in northern New Jersey’s Morris County and in an old iron mine in Shindle, Pa., more than 200 miles away from the outbreak’s epicenter. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission yesterday said that hundreds of little brown bats,
a species devastated by whitenose syndrome, were found dead from the disease outside two mines in the northeastern part of the state. The disease may have spread as far as 450 miles from the epicenter, to the John Guilday Caves Nature Preserve in West Virginia. The National Speleological Society has temporarily shut down the preserve as a possible white-nose sighting is investigated. So far, there are 40 confirmed white-nose sites in the Northeast, said Jeremy Coleman, who is tracking the illness for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in Cortland, N.Y. Death tolls for the tiny creatures are hard to pinpoint, but some estimates run into the hundreds of thousands. The news was grim on a recent day when more than a dozen researchers lowered themselves by rope into a sprawling old limestone mine in New York’s Hudson Valley, about 80 miles north of New York City. Bat counter Ryan von Linden’s headlamp swept across isolated clusters of the mammals hanging off the rock ceiling. A chorus of squeaks echoed in the blackness. “There are not as many as there are supposed to be,” von Linden whispered. “Not even close.” With a precise total pending, Hicks estimated the cave’s count of Indiana bats, an endangered species, was down 15 to 35 percent from last year’s roughly 19,000. Researchers said the number of little brown bats also appeared to be down, although they didn’t have enough specifics from prior years to measure the drop exactly. Hoping to glean more information on the syndrome, the researchers plucked 14 groggy little brown bats from the rock, weighed them, measured them, snipped a bit of their hair and stuck tiny radio transmitters to them to track their activity levels.
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TRACKING A SICKNESS: A radio transmitter is inserted into a little brown bat in an abandoned mine by Nancy Heaslip of the Department of Environmental Conservation.
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