THE BG NEWS Thursday April 16, 2009
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Local policeman devotes life to Bowling Green community
The University’s Chamber Percussion Ensemble will be performing a piece that’s a little different than most others | Page 3
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Attracting negative attention
In her letter to the editor, sophomore Rene Chaffins believes that a University swimsuit calender will attract negative attention to the University, and in her own letter, freshman Jestine Weaver wonders why students would even want a swimsuit calender for the University | Page 4
ALAINA BUZAS | THE BG NEWS
DEDICATED SERVICE: Lt. Ken Fortney stands behind his desk at the Bowling Green Police Division, where he’s served for 30 years.
A new use for wrinkle cream
See POLICE | Page 2
Steering away the call
After exhausting other options, monks in Massachusetts are now selling wrinkle cream to raise money for their charitable work | Page 12
Ordinance proposes ban on cell phones while driving
Stepping up their game The football team lost a total of 14 players last season and are hoping several guys step up to fill those shoes | Page 7
BEN LOHMAN | THE BG NEWS
TAN TIME: Many people venture to tanning beds without thought to the consequences of tanning, which can include a higher risk of skin cancer and excessive wrinkling.
By Andy Ouriel Reporter
Motorists driving in and through Bowling Green might have to resist the urge to talk and ignore a call while driving next month if an ordinance banning handheld devices such as cell phones is passed. Up until May 4, registered voters of Bowling Green can place their vote on the ballot whether or not they are in support of people operating mobile telephones while driving within the city limits in Bowling Green, Interstate 75
BEN LOHMAN | THE BG NEWS
BAN: Bob McOmber talks about the cellphone ban, which residents will vote on May 5. Community members were informed about the issue last night at the Simpson Center.
excluded. By voting yes, residents will want a cell phone ban to exist. By voting no, this ordinance would not be adopted. If the ordinance is passed and a person driving is found talking, listening, dialing, texting or using a phone in any other way by tak-
ing away one arm from the steering wheel, the Bowling Green Police Department can pull the driver over on the account of a primary offense, which means a person isn’t violating any other
See BAN | Page 9
UFO’s Film and Media Festival has arrived for students’ viewing pleasure By Brittany Washington Reporter
PEOPLE ON THE STREET
For the past 30 years, Lt. Ken Fortney has been a staple of the Bowling Green Police Division. He has spent countless hours digging up investigations and coordinating training activities, as well as patrolling the streets of the city on a nightly basis. But for the officers Fortney has spent every day with since 1979, he is more than the epitome of an outstanding policeman. Instead, his reputation as a soldier, a prankster and a family-man follow him wherever he goes. And for Fortney's family members and close colleagues, these qualities are what make him one of the most well-known and respected citizens in the community. “I’ve had more than one person in the law enforcement family come to me and
tell me, ‘Wow, you’re dealing with a great guy,’” Fortney’s wife, Pam, said. “He is well known in this town by young people and old people, and in a small town, it’s cool that he can touch so many people’s lives.” Fortney never saw himself working as a police officer when he was growing up only 15 miles away from Bowling Green in Grand Rapids, Ohio. Instead, the athletic and outgoing teen decided he wanted to be a teacher and high school coach so he could pursue his passion for sports even off the field. But Fortney’s career path changed dramatically after he was drafted into the Army in June of 1972, where he would spend three years as a military policeman in
What’s more distracting than talking on the cell phone while driving?
NICOLE TRAUTMAN Senior, Environmental Health
“Eating Taco Bell. That is the hardest thing to do while driving.” | Page 4
Spotting UFO around campus won’t be difficult come April 18 and 19. No, not an unidentified flying object, but the University Film Organization (UFO). This year will mark UFO’s 9th Annual BGSU Film and Media Festival taking place at the Gish Film Theater Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., which is free and open to the public. For several years now UFO has been making a huge impact on campus. “UFO was established to explore the curiosity of student film making,” said Dustin Meadows, UFO vice president. According to UFO’s mission statement, they “provide service, support and community to all students who share an interest in the
art of film, and nurture the rapidly growing film and arts community on campus.” “Rapidly growing” can be the perfect phrase to describe the participation UFO has seen this year alone. “For the film festival this year, we are expecting a full house,” Meadows said. Over the past few months, members and supporters of UFO have been preparing diligently to make this year’s event memorable and enjoyable for the viewing public. “It gets more crunch time toward the end of the school year,” Meadows said. “What most people don’t realize is that we have been preparing for this event all school year through fundraising and the 48 hour film project, one of our biggest programs besides the film festival.” The 48 hour film project is held
twice every school year and once every semester. Students are given the chance to film, produce and edit any genre of their choice within a 48 hour time period. Any student can participate. Most of the films that are produced during the 48 film project will be debuted during the Film and Media Film festival. “I participate in the 48 hour film project every year,” said UFO member Greg Mullin, junior. “I like to produce dark, satirical comedy, although recently I have been trying to branch out to drama.” Two of Mullin’s films will be presented at the festival this year. “The films at the festival all have a unique approach and are truly a joy to watch,” said film teacher and UFO supporter Moonsik
See FILM | Page 2
Welcome to the dark side of the tanning bed Despite knowing the risks of tanning, countless people continue to tan, saying its addicting By Michelle Olmstead Reporter
According to the American Cancer Society Web site, 62,480 new cases of melanoma were predicted in 2008, with about 8,420 people dying of the disease. These statistics are perhaps the last thought on the minds of many women preparing for summer vacation, prom or their wedding at this time of year. Preoccupied with attaining that perfect bronze complexion, many people do not consider their looks years down the road after the skin damage becomes apparent. Barbara Hoffman, the interim associate director for Clinical & Educational Services of the Student Health Service, gave a keen insight into the damage that any type of tanning can incur. Spending the past 24 years working at the University Health Center, Hoffman had many tanning bed warnings. “Obviously, there is the concern of aging—the excessive wrinkling and drying of the skin, a kind of leathery appearance,” Hoffman said in regard to the long-term consequences of tanning. “But the most
important is the concern, as far as the increased risk, for skin cancer.” Additionally, Hoffman pointed out that skin damage is not the only concern when it comes to tanning beds. “Another thing that can happen is not related to skin at all,” she said. “It involves the concern for fungi and lice. If they don’t clean the bed, you know, with disinfectants, and then you lay in that… we’ve had students who have contracted pubic lice, or a fungus. “And then there’s the potential eye damage, too,” Hoffman added. People may legitimize their “fake baking” with the defense that tanning clears up their complexion. While it may temporarily get rid of unwanted acne, Hoffman said a doctor would never prescribe tanning for any ailment. “There’s other things that can be used for the skin, whether it be antibiotic ointments, or antibiotics, or birth control pills,” she said. “There are enough other things that can be used that can be safe.”
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TANNING From Page 1 To some, it seems as if tanning can become a sort of addiction. â€œPeople say they feel better when they tan,â€? Hoffman said. â€œThey say when they look in the mirror, they look better. When they look better, they feel better. It kind of becomes a cycle.â€? However addicting tanning beds may be, Hoffman believes that most tanners are not ignorant about the negative effects of tanning. Instead, they take on a â€œit won't happen to meâ€? attitude. â€œIf people are going to disregard all of the information that says you shouldnâ€™t [tan,] than they have to be really even more vigilant about looking for skin changes and getting it taken care of,â€? Hoffman said. Changes in color, shape or size of moles are definitely red flags, Hoffman said. â€œAs soon as you find a change, get it checked,â€? she said. â€œIf you find that you get a sore that doesnâ€™t heal, get that checked right away. â€œI just wish people would think twice about tanning and how much damage it can do to the skin,â€? she added. Sophomore Irma Dotto started tanning before her junior prom in high school. In preparation for the big event, a habit formed. Now, Dotto said she tans year-round about four times a week, spending approximately $25 a month on tanning beds. Although Dotto does not necessarily believe fair-skinned people are unattractive, she believes that she, personally, looks better tanned. At the same time, Dotto recognizes
FILM From Page 2
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Chung. Chung first started as a judge at a previous Film and Media Festival, and soon after became one of UFOâ€™s biggest supporters lending a helping hand to any student who needed guidance. â€œI have to give students the best of my services because I am a film teacher,â€? Chung said. The 9th Annual BGSU Film and Media Festival will be screening student work in animation, narrative and documentary filmmaking. There will also be a workshop for anyone interested in independent filmmaking. the risks. â€œI know itâ€™s bad for me, but Iâ€™m kind of just addicted,â€? she said. Dotto acknowledged tanning probably is not the best decision for her health. â€œIt makes me want to stop,â€? Dotto said. â€œI know I should probably stop, but itâ€™s a lot easier said than doneâ€Ś I think some people definitely overdo it and I hope I never, ever get to that point.â€? Junior Sarah Greene said she has never used a tanning bed in her life. â€œIt was never something that interested me,â€? Greene explained. â€œI never really obsessed over it. I mean, I already burn really easily.â€? â€œPersonally, I think it looks kind of gross,â€? she said. â€œI guess some people find it attractive, but I just donâ€™t get the point of making yourself look really dark, and look like you painted your face.â€? While some girls may tan to attract male attention, for some guys, â€œâ€™fake-bakingâ€™ can actually have the opposite effect. â€œIâ€™ve talked to a few guys who donâ€™t think it looks very attractive either,â€? Greene said. â€œIn fact, I have a few male friends who frequently make fun of girls who do the fake tanning.â€? Greene went on to speculate about why people continue to use tanning beds, despite the proven health risks. â€œA lot of people, either theyâ€™re not aware of the health risks involved, or if they are, they choose to ignore them,â€? she said. â€œEspecially people in our age group who kind of have that, â€˜Oh, Iâ€™m indestructibleâ€™ sort of thoughtâ€Ś they're not really thinking about what the effects of tanning are going to be, you know, in 20 or 30 years.â€?
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POLICE From Page 1 Germany. As an overseas policeman, Fortney said some of his main responsibilities included patrolling the army bases in Wurzburg, as well as working hand-in-hand with German officers. â€œIt was a unique experience working with the German police because they were a nononsense paramilitary organization,â€? Fortney said. â€œThey would place you under arrest in a second, there were no second chances. They didnâ€™t take no for an answer.â€? But even after spending three years as a police officer, Fortney said when he returned home to Grand Rapids in 1975, he was still set on becoming a sports coach. It wasnâ€™t until he heard about a police entry exam being offered in Bowling Green that he decided to give the career a tryâ€” and landed the job. â€œThe training I went through wasnâ€™t a mirror of what I received in the army, but it was similar,â€? Fortney said. â€œAs soon as I was determined knowledgeable enough to be on my own, I was put on the street on my own.â€? Over the next several years,
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Fortneyâ€™s image as a hard-working and dedicated officer would continue to grow. In 1997, he would be promoted to a sergeant, and in 2002, he would once again be promoted to a lieutenant. Lt. Tony Hetrick, who has worked with Fortney since being hired in 1996, said Fortneyâ€™s transparency throughout his career has made him a valuable decision-maker within the station. â€œI have worked with him at all levels and heâ€™s always exhibited [honesty and integrity],â€? Hetrick said. â€œHe always said our job was not to get convictions, but to find the truth.â€? And though he would conquer multiple facets of police work, including working as a detective sergeant, administrative bureau lieutenant and a services bureau lieutenant, Fortney said his most memorable position was working as an investigative detective. â€œIf I look back over my whole career, the time I enjoyed the most was in investigations because of the challenges it presented,â€? he said. â€œThe high profile rape and murder cases, although they were the most challenging, were the most rewarding in the end when [the criminal] was caught.â€? And though Fortney said some
â€œHe always said our job was not to get convictions, but to find the truth.â€? Tony Hetrick | Lieutenant BGPD investigations could leave him feeling upset, he learned to turn to his sense of humor to take away from some of the hanging, negative feelings that go handin-hand with the job. â€œItâ€™s important, because if you take this job too seriously, it will eat you from the inside out,â€? Fortney said. â€œWhen youâ€™re dealing with the tough cases, a sense of humor allows you to make it through the case without letting it eat away at you.â€? And while his fellow officers may agree with him, they know to watch out for Fortneyâ€™s pranks as wellâ€” a trait he has become notorious for at the station. Hetrick, who said Fortney's light-hearted nature also allows him to know how to talk to people, explained that nothing is off-limits for Fortney when it comes to pranks. â€œHe always looks for the humor in things, and really gets along with everyone,â€? Hetrick said.
â€œHe knows how to get people going, thatâ€™s for sure.â€? And though Fortney brings his humor home as well, Pam said he is always serious when it comes to his family, and specifically his boys. According to her, Fortneyâ€™s three sons look up to him as a role model and always feel comfortable coming to him for advice. â€œHis boys are his focus, and he is always happy when he is with them,â€? she said. Fortney even went so far as to build a baseball diamond near his home so his sons and their friends could practice with him. â€œHe has always, particularly with sports, been there for his boys,â€? Hetrick said. â€œHe has impacted them in a positive way, along with a lot of other people.â€? And though every aspect of Fortneyâ€™s life has contributed to his success as an officer, he knows his retirement from the career that has been a part of his life for so long is eminent. â€œWeâ€™re approaching the time when retirement is in the picture, and I hope I can enjoy life and not have to work to hard when the time comes,â€? Fortney said. â€œMy ideal job [after retirement] would be to mow grass at a golf course and play for free.â€?
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Brown Bag Lunch discusses eco-feminism, dangers of everyday items
â€˜Drummingâ€™ will provide a unique percussion experience for attendants By Matt Liasse Reporter
The BGSU Chamber Percussion Ensemble is excited to present a drum concert unlike many others today by performing Steve Reich's piece â€œDrummingâ€? in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. The free show, which begins at 8 p.m., will involve 13 members of the College of Musical Arts Percussion Studio and very special guests Katherine Kilburn and Emily Meyerson on vocals and Yeji Kim on piccolo. Roger Schupp, associate professor of percussion, is proud to arrange the event and stresses just how immense this opportunity is for the music department. â€œIt is rare for this work to be performed in its entirety
â€œWe are all very proud of the Percussion Studio members who have done so much hard work to make this all happen for us. Itâ€™s an amazing piece of music ...â€? Katelen Brown | Sophomore and we are thrilled to do so,â€? Schupp said. â€œâ€˜Drummingâ€™ is going to be a great performance to witness,â€? said sophomore Katelen Brown, who will be a part of the show. â€œWe are all very proud of the Percussion Studio members who have done so much hard work to make this all happen for us. Itâ€™s an amazing piece of music that many people are excited to see performed by our own members of the College of Musical Arts.â€? â€œDrummingâ€? was influ-
enced by creator Steve Reich's time spent traveling to Ghana, Africa, in the early 1970s. After returning from his travels, Reich created â€œDrumming.â€? The piece is split in four parts, which starts out with bongos, going into marimbas, then glockenspiels and a piccolo, and finally concludes with an ending of collaboration of all the instruments. The piece also includes vocals, not singing words, but according to notes on the piece by Thad Anderson, imitates the sounds
of the instruments. The show includes a technique called phasing, which is the act of â€œspeeding up of one part as the other part(s) remain steady so that eventually the part that has sped up is one or several beats ahead of the original part,â€? according to Anderson's background on the production. â€œThis piece requires complete concentration from all the performers,â€? said first year graduate student Irene Fiesinger. â€œItâ€™s an amazing accomplishment for our studio and Iâ€™m very proud to be a part of this concert.â€? Schupp has also sent out a specific invitation to all the BGSU Percussion Studio alumni on the eventâ€™s Facebook page. He stressed that the event is very special to him, and he is excited for the show tonight.
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By Theresa Scott Reporter
Nine hundred of the personal care products consumers use on a daily basis are toxic. Only 2 to 5 percent of our household products are even tested for toxins by the FDA. And 380 million pounds of pesticides, herbicides and insecticides are used each year in the United States. These are some of the facts that presenter Kayleigh Radel addressed at yesterdayâ€™s Brown Bag Lunch â€œEco-Feminism: How Environmental Changes are Affecting Women.â€? â€œThere is a connection between how women are treated and also how the environment is treated,â€? Radel said. â€œNeither are treated very great.â€? Eco-feminism is a movement that explores the similarities between ecology and feminism, Radel said. â€œWe need to think about what we put in our bodies and how that effects the earth and ourselves,â€? Radel said. Women are more likely to store toxins because fat nurtures toxic emissions better and womenâ€™s bodies naturally have more fat, Radel said. Products from shampoo to cleaning products to tampons the plastic bottles you drink from can have negative effects on the environment as well as an adverse affect on personal health, Radel said. Products such as Lâ€™Oreal Kids Burst of Fruity Apricot shampoo contain known human toxins.
â€œWhen you think about it just makes you squirm,â€? said Grace Mbungu, graduate assistant at the Womenâ€™s Center. Many pharmaceuticals also make it back into the earth and can have negative effects on the environment, Radel said. â€œMedicines are not tested on the earth,â€? Radel said. â€œWe really donâ€™t know what effect they will have on the environment.â€? Doctors no longer tell people to flush unused medications down the toilet because of the potential dangers, Radel said. â€œNow we have all of this medication and donâ€™t know what to do with it,â€? Mary Kruger, director of the Womenâ€™s Center, said. â€œWouldnâ€™t it be great if we could somehow recycle them and provide medicine to people who canâ€™t afford it?â€? Radel said more attention is being paid to the toxins in products but there are ways to eliminate the use of products with toxins without spending a lot of money. Solar Cooking is one trend that is gaining popularity among some, Radel said. With solar cooking, chefs only need sunlight to whip up meat, vegetables and bread in a solar oven. Radel also suggested finding natural alternatives to cleaning products and pesticides. â€œAll you really need to clean your house is vinegar and baking soda,â€? Radel said. â€œIt is surprising how far you can go with natural products free of chemicals.â€?
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PEOPLE ON THE STREET
What’s more distracting than talking on the cell phone while driving?
“People trying to show me something from the back seat.”
“If you had a rabid squirrel in your car.”
BECKY COMSTON, Senior, Exercise Science
MICAH FASHNER, Senior, Math
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Campus swimsuit calendar should have no affiliation with the University After reading the article titled “Every Month a Scorcher,” I was appalled students would even consider the idea of having a campus swimsuit calendar. College is a place to learn. We pay to take classes and get a good education. I do not know many parents who would pay for their child to go to a school that promotes nudity. I understand if the four men want to make this calendar work, but it would be wise to have no affiliation with the University involved. It is one thing to have a calendar of college women all from here; it is a whole other issue to try and use the calendar as a promotion for the school. Schools do not sell based on sex appeal. The value of the education received is what sells a college to incoming freshman. Perhaps these four men should focus on their degrees and learn how to respect women. If the male students are serious about their “project” perhaps they should consider not objectifying women. The terms “babe” or “chick” are not appropriate and are certainly not professional terms to use when referring to females. Most women do not want to be objectified or used to promote a sex drive for men. “Sophisticated and beautiful women of a university” are not the students that are willing to pose half naked for a photographer. If the men want to show the “real” women of the university they should not focus on just the ones that look decent in a swimsuit. The four men involved in the production of this calendar should consider the opinions of the other female students who attend the University. More than half the pop-
Swimsuit calander to attract negative attention Is BGSU now an acronym for “Babes Gone Semi-Unclothed?” The article, “Every Month a Scorcher,” upset me for a number of reasons. To begin, the idea of a calendar that promotes women in a degrading fashion is not what the University needs to garner “financial support” and provide “social activities.” If anything, such a calendar would most likely attract negative attention to the campus for its chauvinistic attitude. Furthermore, it is evident the men in charge of the calendar talk with a business minded tone, but don’t have the most basic understanding of modeling as an industry. Though the article notes the men drew inspiration from another college campus, there is no evidence to suggest these four men hold any credentials to be able to make a decision on fashion, makeup or hair choices. Add to this that they don’t even have
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ulation are women. The four men involved in the production get the profit and the pleasure of working with “hot babes” on a beach. The men buying the calendar get a collection of “sexy real students” posing in swimsuits. What do women benefit from this? The “lucky” 13 females that are selected get a small amount of cash, so small it cannot pay for the guilt or regret the provocative photos may cause in later years. They also might get a free trip to Hilton Head to complete the photo shoot with four men and an unknown photographer, but there is no guarantee the trip is legitimate. The rest of the females get absolutely nothing from the publication. All females will be considered accountable for the actions of the 13 girls in the calendar as the community forms opinions about the education the students are receiving from the University and as they form negative biases about the females attending. I personally feel the trade off is unfair. It seems that more and more these days, women are put on a college campus for the sole purpose of giving the men something to look at. It is all too rare to see an “average looking” female student taken seriously by male students. The object of affection for the average male college student, single or not single, is usually the female student with large breasts, a tiny waist, straight hair and long legs. I believe I just described a Barbie doll, and that’s exactly the point I’m trying to make. When I look at a calendar for the University, I do not want to see pictures of“models” with perfect bodies posing in swimsuits. I want to see a real situation, with real students, no matter what they look like. By Jestine Weaver, freshman Respond to her at firstname.lastname@example.org a photographer picked out, and the whole venture starts to sound skeevy. Terms like “chicks” and “cutesy” enhance the “professional” tone that much more. Perhaps the whole reason they can’t find applicants is because the women of the campus have enough sense to realize they don’t need a sexist calendar created in their honor in order for them to be “beautiful and sophisticated.” My advice to the men is that if they are struggling with applications so bad, they should focus less on a calendar made to objectify women, learn more about modeling as a business and work to create something with substance. If all else fails I’ve heard there are some ladies on campus who would love for these young men to be stars in a Speedo calendar created just for them. By Rene Chaffins, sophomore Respond to her at email@example.com
SPEAK YOUR MIND
“Changing the CD’s and playing with the radio.”
“iPods because you have to play with the songs with the little scrolly thing.”
ANNIE SMITH, Freshman, Business Pre-Law
MEGAN BENNINGTON, Sophomore, Undecided
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‘Dream’ no longer about wealth and power By Nicholas Derksen Guest Columnist
University students, faculty, executive members and residents: what does the “American Dream” mean to all of you? I ponder this question because as a society we have changed, and I have a personal set belief of what our understanding of the societal “dream” now means. I believe the dream is not one of power and wealth; rather, it’s the ability to feel satisfied with the life you will live as time goes on. Everyone chooses their own verve, including being educated or non-educated, povertystricken or multi-million dollar success stories, or even a family focused person. In any case, we all make decisions and the American dream is one which that has changed quite drastically since its 1950s retrospective attitude. This whole drive for this topic started February 17, 2009, in my overtly non-liberal and unbiased Peace and Conflict Studies class. Here, the professor claimed the “so-called ‘American Dream’ is still this belief that we all want the house with ten cars, five garages… and the energy wasting, mass consumption lifestyle.” As I sat there and took in this demagoguery, I could only
“Everyone chooses their own verve... In any case, we all make decisions and the American dream is one which that has changed quite drastically since its 1950s retrospective attitude.” believe this was absolutely not true. In an expansive world, some may still attest to this lifestyle, but I highly doubt the rest of us want this. Our government wants us to “be green,” and I feel people are living their lives by this and consider it their dream, which is a phenomenal feat. But is it worth it? Many feel the fundamentalist approach is appropriate, which includes being married and having kids, a successful job, a house, a car, a family and taking vacations. As a Political Science student, I started to endeavor into this philosophically controversial question and the results varied from one person to the next. I do not have thousands of dollars to make a scholarly study. So, I made it simple: I posed this question as a Facebook note and on a Republican blog site. I received ten different answers on Facebook and none on the blog site – they must have still been making love to Limbaugh’s CPAC speech at the time.
My responses followed as shown here: 1) The American Dream is to be able to better yourself and rise up in whatever occupation you see fit. But all of this is simply the opportunity to continually rise up, not the guarantee it will actually happen. 2) The fulfillment of what we are promised in the Bill of Rights that is freedom of religion, freedom of speech, the pursuit of happiness. 3) Self-sustainability and knowing you worked everything you possess and that you are responsible for your accomplishments. 4) More than anything, it’s an idea, a concept that only you can achieve by your own standards. 5) Being able to work at a job one enjoys, being able to raise a family that is not lacking any of life’s necessities, and being able to have a few beers after a hard days work. 6) You have to set personal goals for yourself and then it is up to you whether or not you reach your set goals. For
others success is a family that loves and cares for each other in good times and in bad. 7) It is the idea and reality that it is possible to be born into a poor or working class family and actually dream and work your way up. 8) A 6-pack, a color TV, and a Lazy-Boy chair. 9) 50 Cent. 10) In the USA we are not limited by our families reputation. Because of this we may have a future CEO growing up in east LA, or a Congressmen growing up on the Texas Mexican border. Everyone is able to live their life as they please. If someone chooses to break the law, they are given to them what they deserve. The American dream is to do what YOU want with your life not what others want of you. As you can see through these diverse responses, the main argument of this opinion piece is to show you, the students, professors, Executive Board members and the residents that we all have different opinions on where we should take our lives for a better future. As a final note I urge all of my fellow peers to graduate with a clear mind of where you want to go in life. Nicholas is a junior majoring in Political Science. Respond to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Accused Nazi fights deportation ruling By M.R. Kropko The Associated Press
CLEVELAND — John Demjanjuk was exhausted and in pain after an aborted attempt by immigration enforcement officers to deport him to Germany, and a court should consider whether the 89-year-old man would even survive an overseas flight, his son said yesterday. Germany has an arrest warrant accusing Demjanjuk (pronounced dem-YAHN'-yuk) of being a guard at a Nazi death camp during World War II. On Tuesday, six U.S. immigration officers carried him in a wheelchair from his ranch home in suburban Seven Hills to send him to Germany. Within hours, the retired autoworker won a reprieve from an appeals court and another chance to argue that deportation would amount to torture. Asked how his father was feeling when he arrived back home, Demjanjuk Jr. said: “Exhausted and in a lot of pain in his spine. They actually dropped him in his bedroom when they were trying to get him into the wheelchair. I'm telling you, this was torture.” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Lou Martinez disputed the son's accusations. He said Demjanjuk was removed carefully from his home Tuesday. “At no time did ICE officers drop Mr. Demjanjuk,” said Martinez, who was present in the house
when Demjanjuk was taken out. “He was taken out very delicately, placed in a wheelchair, rolled out in the wheelchair and then taken down four small steps in front of the house into a waiting van that was wheelchair accessible. We had a physician and a nurse there who evaluated him.” Demjanjuk could be seen outside the house being carried in the wheelchair, his head tilted back, his eyes closed and his mouth open. His wife, Vera, wept. Granddaughter Olivia Nishnic described seeing the removal as horrible. Demjanjuk Jr. was not present when the removal happened. He drove across Ohio to the federal appeals court in Cincinnati to personally deliver legal papers seeking a stay and a request. He also delivered a video of a recent medical examination of his father. A Division of Immigration Health Services doctor who recently examined Demjanjuk determined he is “medically stable” to travel from the United States to Germany, but the family and Demjanjuk's lawyer yesterday questioned whether all information has been released about the flight being potentially fatal for him. “It's gone from senseless to sinister,” Demjanjuk Jr. said. Demjanjuk Jr. said his father is so frail that even if given additional oxygen aboard an aircraft he might not be able to breathe.
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Superintendent questioned for actions By Andrew Welsh-Huggins The Associated Press
COLUMBUS — A superintendent of a youth prison twice handcuffed herself to out-ofcontrol juveniles to help calm them down, defending herself by saying there was no policy specifically prohibiting her from doing so, records show. Beth Oprisch, the 47-year-old former superintendent of Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility in northeast Ohio, was disciplined for handcuffing the youths and for failing to have one of them checked for potential injuries from the handcuffs. Oprisch’s actions put herself and the youths in danger, the Department of Youth Services said. “Beth is a hard-worker — she just happened to use poor judgment in this instance,” said agency spokeswoman Andrea Kruse. Oprisch was reassigned to a job yesterday in the agency’s parole division in Columbus, and her salary dropped from $76,003 to $72,259. She acknowledged “thinking a little outside the box” in comments yesterday to The Associated Press. She said she knew the kids well and saw her action as the safest way to move them.x “I’m just going to have a hard time saying I flat-out think I made a mistake,” Oprisch said. “I can tell you that I just did what I thought was right at that time.” Her comments echoed statements she made Feb. 25 in an investigative document obtained by the AP. “In both situations I believed that the safest, least restrictive manner to get both youth to where they needed to go was by walking with them in a controlled fashion,” Osprich said in
the statement. “Additionally, I knew that the rapport I had developed with each young man ensured the success of the method I chose to employ,” she said. The incidents happened Feb. 5 and Feb. 17 and lasted a few minutes each. Both youths gave statements that they weren’t injured by Oprisch’s actions. The Feb. 5 situation unfolded as guards tried to control a youth who was found in his cell with a sheet around his neck,
upset that he was being segregated during a drug test. The youth later bashed a brick out of another cell wall and dug a spring from a pen into his arm. After handcuffing herself to the teen, Oprisch walked him to the medical unit for treatment. Records show the boy complied only after Oprisch intervened. On Feb. 17, Oprisch handcuffed herself to a teen acting up in a classroom where she feared he would damage computers.
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COLUMBUS — After his party maligned Republicans three years ago for selling university trustee seats to generous campaign contributors, Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland has also appointed some big political donors to the coveted posts. An Associated Press analysis shows that trustees appointed by Strickland have given nearly $268,000 to statewide, legislative and judicial campaigns since 2005, $121,000 of that to Strickland and about $19,000
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NOT DEPARTED: In this Monday, Feb. 28, 2005 file photo, John Demjanjuk arrives at the federal building in Cleveland for an immigration hearing.
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FOOTBALL Cleveland Browns will play two primetime games in 2009
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The NFL schedule was announced earlier in the week and the Cleveland Browns were rewarded with two primetime games. On Nov. 16 they will meet the Baltimore Ravens on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, and on Dec. 10 they will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on the NFL Network.
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OUR CALL Today in Sports History 1989—Costa Rica beats the U.S. 1-0 in the third round of the 1989 World Soccer Cup. 1987—Michael Jordon becomes the second NBA player to score 3,000 points in a season. 1929—NY Yankees become the first team to wear uniform numbers.
The List The Major League Baseball season is well underway and through the first week and a half we already have five pleasant surprises.
1. Seattle Mariners: Last year the Mariners finished dead last in all of baseball. Now the team that looked like they belonged in the minors a year ago is off to a 6-2 start behind solid pitching and the sweet-swinging Ken Griffey Jr.
2. Florida Marlins: The Marlins came into the season with the expectation of competing. So far they’ve jumped out to a 6-1 mark in explosive fashion.
3. Baltimore Orioles: Who’s leading the AL East? It’s not the Yankees, Red Sox or Rays, it’s the Orioles at 6-2.
4. San Diego Padres: A team that was a bottom feeder in a weak NL West last year currently leads the division with a 6-2 record. Jake Peavy looks good, and the offense spoiled the Mets home opener.
5. Toronto Blue Jays: Who’s in second place in the AL East? That spot belongs to the Blue Jays with a mark of 6-3. Roy Halladay looks strong.
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FILLING HOLES: With the loss of Michael Ream, the Falcons have now lost 14 players from a season ago. Over the past few weeks a new crop of talent has begun to emerge and fill the void.
Players stepping up in practice, replacing 14 departed former Falcons Quarterback Tyler Sheehan said that while it would be nice if the weather got warmer, it’s good practice for late season games that may have championship impliDespite the cold weather, the Falcon football team is cations. “It’s something we can’t really control so we don’t just nine days away from its annual spring game on worry about it too much,” Sheehan said. “It helps us, April 25. Weather was one of the things coach Dave Clawson especially in the early November games because it’s the discussed after yesterday’s practice, and he was also weather we’re going to be playing in.” Last season, the Falcons needed a win over Buffalo talking leadership and injuries. late in the season to have a chance at a Mid-American Man, it’s cold The Falcons have not been blessed with good weather Conference East division championship but had to play this spring as cold temperatures and high winds have the game in snow and 26 degree temperatures. Youth of the Falcons accompanied the team on the practice field most days. BG lost 13 starters to graduation last season. Clawson said that while it’s not ideal, it’s a reality in With those players gone, many inexperienced players this part of Ohio in spring and at the end of the regular are stepping into starting roles, making the leadership season. “I think a football team has to learn to practice and roles on the team even more important. “The leadership of the team keeps the team focused,” play in all types of weather,” Clawson said. “Certainly in the conference we’re in, if we want to win a champion- Clawson said. Offensively, the biggest void left was at wide receiver, ship there’s a good chance in November that we’re going where four seniors were lost. to have to play when the weather isn’t 80 and sunny.” By Andrew Harner Sports Editor
Wide receivers practicing with the first team this spring are Freddie Barnes, Tyrone Pronty and Adrian Hodges. Barnes started nine games last season, Pronty two and Hodges zero. Senior Chris Wright will also add depth and started three times last season. Derek Brighton and Ray Hutson also have seen time with the first team this spring. However, Sheehan doesn’t think changing so many faces will force him to make too many adjustments. “You just have to get used to them,” Sheehan said. “In the winter, we worked really hard getting the new system down and getting route adjustments down. We just have to keep working on timing.” Defensively, the team lost both cornerbacks, three defensive linemen and two linebackers to graduation. And after Michael Ream’s dismissal from the team last week, the defensive line will feature completely new
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Osgood set to lead Red Wings in playoffs By Larry Lage The Associated Press
DETROIT — Chris Osgood would rather just play, take off his gear, get stretched out, and enjoy some grub. As the No. 1 goaltender for the Detroit Red Wings, doing anything quietly is not an option. “Everybody makes too big of a deal out of me,” Osgood said Thursday, sounding slightly exasperated. “I’m just part of the team.” Despite Osgood’s attempts to deflect attention, his play will be pivotal in the Red Wings’ quest to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. Detroit’s chances improve if Osgood plays like he did last year, showing this season was a fluke. He had a 2.09 goals-against average last season and a league-low 1.55 GAA in the 2008 playoffs. This season, his GAA ballooned to a career-high 3.09 and there were doubts at times about whether he would start the playoffs in net. Osgood’s first shot to show he’s still an elite goalie comes Thursday night at home in Game 1 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Does it bother him that some
Osgood said. “It’s not easy to win in this league, otherwise everybody would be doing it. I don’t know how many goalies have played here in the last 15 years that I’ve been here, but I’m still here and I’m still wanted. “That’s what matters most and accounts for more than anything else. I’m a winner. That’s all I do.” His 389 career victories put him in a tie for 10th with Dominik Hasek, who retired last year after losing his job to Osgood, and trail only Martin Brodeur and Curtis Joseph among active goalies. Osgood will likely pass Grant Fuhr and Glenn Hall next season on the all-time list, and he might have a shot at surpassing Tony Esposito, Jacques Plante JEFF MCINTOSH | AP PHOTO and Terry Sawchuk before his STOPPER: Chris Osgood has stepped up current contract expires in two in replacing Dominic Hasek. years. hockey analysts are giving the He’s won two Stanley Cups in Blue Jackets the edge in net with Detroit as a starting goaltender in 1998 and 2008, and was a backup rookie Steve Mason. “Who are the people doing it?” when the storied franchise won Osgood asked. a championship in 1997. Awkward pause. He has franchise records in “Go,” Osgood said. “Next one.” the playoffs with 52 wins and 12 Osgood’s place in hockey his- shutouts and his 62 postseason tory also brings out the testy side victories overall trail Joseph by of his personality. See RED WINGS | Page 8 “I’ll worry about it when I’m done playing,” the 37-year-old
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YOU’RE HIRED: Aaron Laffey did well in his first major league start on the mound.
Indians end road woes, avoid sweep, beat Royals By Doug Tucker The Associated Press
keyed a three-run seventh inning for the Indians, who hadn’t been swept in KC since 2006 and were KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While 0-5 on the road this year. failing to get a win on his 24th Asked if Laffey pitched well birthday, Aaron Laffey may have enough in his first start to stay in landed a job. the rotation, manager Eric Wedge The left-hander, who almost sounded encouraging. made the rotation in spring train“He pitched well enough to ing,went51-3inningsandallowed earn that,” Wedge said. “I thought only two runs Wednesday while Laffey was good. I was very Cleveland picked up its first road impressed with his effort. He gave win and avoided a three-game us every opportunity to win the sweep with a 5-4 victory over See INDIANS | Page 8 Kansas City. Travis Hafner’s second double
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Senior Roger Williams and freshman Marquese Quiles have been practicing with the From Page 7 first team at cornerback and starters this season. seniors Cody Basler and James As it stands now, Angelo Schneider have joined senior Magnone, Nick Torresso, Jerrett Sanderson at linebacker. Darius Smith, Andrew Johnson However, Clawson said that and Kevin Alvarado are the five none of those replacements players competing for the four are necessarily going to be spots. Johnson and Alvarado the players taking the field in appear to vying for Ream’s September against Troy. position. “There’s a lot of guys out here Johnson and Torresso each that are fighting and compethad one start a piece last sea- ing,” Clawson said. “We’re son. through 10 practices. I’m not
ready to anoint anyone as the guy.” Injury report The defensive line depth was hurt even further as junior defensive end Charles Tipton sprained a ligament in his knee and will be out for the remainder of spring. Other than that and the injuries to Brady Minturn and Jason Rice before the spring season, the team is in good health. “We’re fairly healthy in the spring,” Clawson said.
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doesn’t give him the acknowledgment he deserves,” Maltby said. “When he left here, he helped St. Louis and the New York Islanders get in the playone and Hasek by three. Osgood’s accomplishments offs. Then, he came back and seem to make him a Hall of helped us win a Cup. “Maybe it’s just because Ozzie Fame-caliber goalie, but helping the Red Wings hoist the is just a shy guy, who doesn’t Cup last year didn’t do much really relish trying to be in the for naysayers who overlook spotlight.” The glare on his game will him in conversations about the game’s best between the pipes. only intensify if Osgood fails “There’s two goalies I know to help the second-seeded that are playing hockey in the Red Wings get past the sevnational league that have three enth-seeded Blue Jackets with Stanley Cups,” Detroit coach a rookie in net. Mason had an NHL-high 10 Mike Babcock bristled. “One’s named Brodeur and one is shutouts this season and his 2.29 goals-against average named Osgood. That’s it.” Teammate Kirk Maltby chose ranked second in the league, lifting Columbus to postseato expound on the topic. “His numbers are as good as son play for the first time in anybody playing, other than the franchise’s eight-season Brodeur, but the hockey world history.
“It’s about time this team had some success,” the 20-year-old Mason said. “The city has waited a long time for it. “Everybody should be proud of what we accomplished, but nobody is going to be satisfied with just making the playoffs. We want to make it to the Stanley Cup final.” While some might scoff at Mason’s bravado, his coach embraces it. “I think our whole franchise is under the radar,” Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. “Teams still think we’re goalie only. We’re more than that.” Blue Jackets star Rick Nash, though, isn’t sure he would still be playing if Mason didn’t emerge as a star after Pascal Leclaire had a season-ending injury.
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on an RBI single by Mark DeRosa, who has a five-game hitting streak and seven RBIs in eight games. After Victor Martinez walked, Hafner hit an RBI double and Shin-Soo Choo made it 5-3 with a sacrifice fly. The victory made the struggling Indians 1-5 on the road heading to New York for a fourgame series that will open the new Yankee Stadium.
only 24, but I feel old.” Jensen Lewis (1-0) issued three straight walks in the bottom of the seventh but still got the victory with 1 2-3 innings of relief. Kyle game and we took it from there.” Called up from Triple-A Farnsworth (0-2) gave up three Columbus to replace the injured runs while getting only one out in Scott Lewis, Laffey gave up three relief for the Royals. After the Royals tied it 2-all hits and two runs, with three in the sixth, Asdrubal Cabrera walks and five strikeouts. “It’s a pretty good way to cel- doubled leading off the seventh ebrate my birthday,” he said. “I’m against Farnsworth and scored
Blue Jackets in playoffs after magical season By Rusty Miller The Associated Press
COLUMBUS — For a team that had never had a winning record, let alone made the playoffs, the regular season that just ended was a magical ride for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Yet in November it would not have been a stretch to suggest that the franchise might sink out of sight before it ever saw a postseason game. Injuries, bad moves and bad luck conspired to drop the Blue Jackets to the depths of the Western Conference standings — a place they had called home for most of their eight years in the NHL. They had lost four more games than they won in the season’s first four weeks. They also lost prized rookie Derick Brassard — arguably the only first-line center on the roster at the time — to a season-ending shoulder injury. Starting goaltender Pascal Leclaire was having problems with a troublesome ankle and a couple of other regulars were hurting. It was time for another customary fold by the Blue Jackets. They’d done it before. “We didn’t want to hear that,” said forward R.J. Umberger, new to the team after being acquired in a trade in the summer. “Early on when we lost those 2-1 games and we outshot and out-chanced teams, in the past that was good enough. This year it wasn’t. From early on, we wanted to win those games. We weren’t satisfied with being just OK. We wanted to go to the playoffs and we were serious from the get-go.” Maybe it was a change in attitude, or maybe it was a simple transaction — an inspired callup. But something changed things. Dramatically. Steve Mason, considered the club’s goalie of the future even though Leclaire was only 26, was called up to relieve Fredrik Norrena, who was filling in for the hobbled Leclaire. When Norrena played poorly in a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders on Nov. 3, the Blue Jackets elected to throw the 20-year-old Mason
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FIRST: Steve Mason and the Columbus Blue Jackets will meet the Detroit Red Wings.
into the fire. In the 15th game of the season, he got his first start and beat Calgary 3-1. For most of the rest of the season — until he was waylaid for a time by mononucleosis — Mason was at home in goal. Gradually, the Blue Jackets got healthier. They accepted, even if they didn’t exactly embrace, coach Ken Hitchcock’s disciplined, forechecking, trapping, game. Still, a 3-0 home loss to Los Angeles on Dec. 23 dropped Columbus to 14-16-4 and off the playoff pace. The Blue Jackets responded with four wins in a row, with Mason carrying the load. Oblivious to the pressure and high expectations, the kid from Oakville, Ont., shut out Philadelphia at home and Los Angeles and Anaheim on the road before winning at Colorado 6-1. All of a sudden everyone in the NHL was talking about the 6-foot-4, 212-pound rookie, as unflappable a character as can be imagined. “You don’t really have a lot of time to sit around and think about it,” said Mason, who would finish with a league-high 10 shutouts. “You just kind of take it day by day and enjoy it.” The Blue Jackets didn’t cool off, going 7-2 over a stretch that encompassed a season-long
six-game road trip. They started to think they might have some staying power. “We had a road trip after Christmas that was great. Everyone was firing,” said captain Rick Nash, who would lead the Blue Jackets with a franchiserecord 79 points. “From then on, we believed in ourselves and won a lot more games.” In midseason, general manager Scott Howson picked up two important cogs for the stretch run and beyond, centers Jason Williams and Antoine Vermette. Both made major contributions over the last two months. During a week early in March, the Blue Jackets proved they could play with anybody — including the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. “We beat the Wings 8-2, then we went back home and beat Boston, Pittsburgh and Chicago — all top teams — and that was kind of a wake-up call for those teams to realize we could compete with the best teams in the league,” Mason said. The Blue Jackets went 9-4-2 in March. A playoff spot was within their grasp. They clinched it with another improbable win, coming back from a 2-0 deficit in Chicago’s United Center a week ago to beat the Blackhawks 4-3 on defenseman Fedor Tyutin’s shootout goal.
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China not cited for unfair trade, problems persist By Martin Crutsinger The Associated Press
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Hybrid cars create obstacle for Obama By Ken Thomas The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's campaign pledge to put 1 million plug-in hybrid cars on the road by 2015 is fraught with difficulties, from technical and engineering hurdles to the realities of the economy and the price of gasoline. It took eight long years to get 1 million hybrids on the road in the United States, and even a White House task force says one of the leading new plug-in cars being developed is too expensive to gain popularity any time soon. Obama's goal could help revitalize the struggling U.S. auto industry and begin shifting motorists away from the gas pump. But to many, it's overly optimistic. "The economics won't make sense for the majority of Americans in the next several years," said Brett Smith, who studies plug-in hybrids at the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Center for Automotive Research. Plug-in hybrids allow motorists to drive a limited number of miles on battery power before the engine switches over to run on gasoline or other fuels. A driver can plug the car into a conventional wall outlet at night and be ready to go electric again in the morning. The cars could dramatically reduce gasoline use because many commuters drive less than 40 miles a day. Obama last month toured a California electric car facility where he announced $2.4 billion to develop advanced batteries and electric cars. The administration has said the vehicles would play a role in its goal to reduce depen-
dence on foreign oil, cut greenhouse gas emissions and create "green" jobs. "Even as our American automakers are undergoing some painful adjustments, they are also retooling and reimagining themselves into an industry that can compete and win," Obama said in Pomona, Calif. During his campaign, Obama promised $4 billion in tax credits to automakers to revamp their plants to build plug-ins, and a $7,000 tax credit for consumers who buy early versions of the cars. He even pledged to convert the White House vehicle fleet to plugins within a year, as security permits, and require half of the cars bought by the government to be plug-in or all electric by 2012. To automakers, battery makers and utilities, the pledge was akin to one made by President John F. Kennedy generations ago. "That's a 'Go to the moon' kind of goal," said Nancy Gioia, Ford's director of hybrid vehicle programs. She said it would demand "unparalleled collaboration" among the government, the industry and academia. Automakers are already committed to plug-ins and electric vehicles. Toyota Motor Corp. will produce a few hundred plug-in Prius hybrids later this year as a test fleet, General Motors Corp. plans to release an extended range electric plug-in called the Chevrolet Volt in limited numbers in late 2010, and Nissan Motor Co. is planning to sell an all-electric car next year. Chrysler LLC, Ford Motor Co. and Daimler AG are all developing plug-ins and electric cars.
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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has declined to cite China as a country that is manipulating its currency to gain unfair trade advantages. The finding in a semiannual Treasury Department report released yesterday comes after Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said during his Senate confirmation hearings that PresidentBarackObamabelieved China was manipulating its currency. Geithner's comments in January came in response to questions from the Senate Finance Committee and raised
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expectations that the new administration might take a tougher line in dealing with China than the Bush administration. He cited Obama's support as a senator of legislation that would have authorized a tougher enforcement process for currency manipulators. Geithner said in January that Obama believed the process needed to be overhauled so that "countries like China cannot continue to get a free pass for undermining fair trade principles." However, in a statement accompanying the new report, Geithner cited a number of actions China has taken in recent months to "enhance exchange rate flexibility."
Intelligence report depicts war veterans as extremists By Eileen Sullivan The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Republicans yesterday said a Homeland Security Department intelligence assessment unfairly characterizes military veterans as right-wing extremists. House Republican leader John Boehner described the report as offensive and called on the agency to apologize to veterans. The agency’s intelligence assessment, sent to law enforcement officials last week, warns that right-wing extremists could use the bad state of the U.S. economy and the election of the country’s first black president to recruit members. The assessment also said that returning military veterans who have difficulties assimilating back into their home communities could be suscep-
John Boehner He doesn’t believe returning vets will become political extremists. tible to extremist recruiters or might engage in lone acts of violence. “To characterize men and women returning home after defending our country as potential terrorists is offensive and unacceptable,” said Boehner, R-Ohio. The commander of the veterans group the American Legion, David Rehbein, wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano expressing concern with the assessment, which made its way into the mainstream press after conservative bloggers got wind of the analysis.
traffic laws, and would be subject to a $150 fine. Emergency phone calls will be permitted along with all law enforcement and firefighters while operating a vehicle. Hand-free devices such as a Bluetooth are permitted and encouraged. Last night at the Simpson Building on Conneaut Avenue, citizens gathered in a town-hall format to discuss the potential outcomes of the ordinance and the concerns they have in front of Councilman Bob McOmber and proponent against the cell phone ban, Norm Heimeman. “There have been dozens of studies that have concluded driving and using cell phones is a dangerous combination,” McOmber said. Trying to persuade the audience, McOmber cited 7 percent of all automobile accidents are caused from the use of a cell phone while driving, contributing to 2,600 deaths and 12,000 injuries a year. “I would tell you cell phones have been singled out because they are the biggest form of driver distraction,” McOmber said. But for proponents against the ban like Heimeman, who conducts a majority of his business on the phone while driving, this ordinance is unnecessary, especially to those like himself who maintain staying safe on the road. “I’m just offended by the law itself and the discrimination involved against people who don’t have the hands free device,” Heimeman said. “It just doesn’t make sense.” Heimeman, who fully expects this ordinance to pass, said young people like college students will be affected the most because of their rampant and adaptive use of technology — making them more prone to use cell phones than any other age group. Jon Smith, who graduated from the University last year, is
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Boston ‘Tax’ Party across nation highlights anger with consumers By Joe Biesk The Associated Press
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Thousands of protesters, some dressed like Revolutionary War soldiers and most waving signs with anti-tax slogans, gathered around the nation yesterday for a series of rallies modeled after the original Boston Tea Party. They chose the income tax filing deadline to express their displeasure with government spending since President Barack Obama took office. The protests were held everywhere from Kentucky, which just passed tax increases on cigarettes and alcohol, to South Carolina, where the governor has repeatedly criticized the $787 billion economic stimulus package Congress passed earlier this year. “Frankly, I’m mad as hell,” said Des Moines, Iowa, businessman Doug Burnett, one of about 1,000 people, many in red shirts declaring “revolution is brewing,” at a rally at the Iowa Capitol. “This country has been on a spending spree for decades, a spending spree we can’t afford.” Large rallies were expected later in California and New York. In Atlanta, thousands of people were to gather on the steps of the Georgia Capitol, where Fox News Channel conservative pundit Sean Hannity was set to broadcast his show Wednesday night. In Boston, a few hundred protesters gathered on the Boston Common — a short distance from the original Tea Party — some dressed in Revolutionary garb and carrying signs that said “Barney Frank, Bernie Madoff: And the Difference Is?” and “D.C.: District of Communism.” The tea parties were promoted by FreedomWorks, a conservative nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington and led by former Republican
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POWER: In this file photo, State Education Secretary Alan Bersin, left, gestures during a meeting of the Board of Edcuation in Sacramento, Calif.
Former Justice official named ‘border czar’ in hopes to end drug violence By Alicia A. Caldwell The Associated Press
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WON’T BACK DOWN: Theresa Patrie, an engineer from Lynn, Mass., attends a tax day protest on the Boston Common in Boston, Wednesday, April 15, 2009.
House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas, a lobbyist whose corporate clients including Verizon, Raytheon, liquor maker Diageo, CarMax and drug company Sanofi Pasteur. The group’s federal tax returns show its educational and charitable arms received more than $6 million in donations in 2007, the most recent year for which returns are available. Organizers said the movement developed organically through online social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and through exposure on Fox News. And while they insisted it was a nonpartisan effort, it has been seized on by many prominent Republicans who view it as a promising way for the party to reclaim its momentum. “It is a nonpartisan mass organizing effort comprised of people unhappy with the
size of government. All you have to be is a mildly awake Republican candidate for office to get in front of that parade,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. The movement has also attracted some Republicans considering a 2012 presidential bid. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich planned to address a tea party in a New York City park Wednesday night. His advocacy group, americansolutions.com, has partnered with tea party organizers to get word to the group’s members. South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, another likely 2012 GOP presidential hopeful, planned to attend tea parties in Columbia and Charleston. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sent an e-mail to his supporters, letting them know about tea parties taking place throughout the state.
EL PASO, Texas — A former Justice Department official who led a 1990s crackdown on illegal border crossings was named to the new U.S. post of “border czar” yesterday to oversee efforts to end drug-cartel violence along the U.S.-Mexico border and to slow the tide of illegal immigration. Alan Bersin, a former U.S. attorney who also once served as California’s education secretary, was named to the job by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Bersin and Napolitano spoke to reporters on a bridge over the Rio Grande linking El Paso with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, a city plagued by violence among drug cartels and Mexican authorities that has killed more than 10,650 people since December 2006. The Obama administration has promised to target border violence and work with Mexican authorities to curb drug and arms trafficking. Hundreds of federal agents, along with high-tech surveillance gear and drug-sniffing dogs, are being deployed to the Southwest. But Bersin, speaking in both Spanish and English, imme-
diately cautioned against the exaggeration of the drug cartels’ threat to residents of U.S. border states. “We should be very cautious to not ... misstate the security situation,” Bersin said. He noted that there had been no direct spillover of the violence seen in northern Mexico, although cartel-affiliated drug and immigrant traffickers have engaged in kidnapping and other crimes farther north of the border. The new assistant Homeland Security secretary for international affairs also rejected calls by state officials and others to place troops on the U.S. side of the Mexican border. “The posse comitatus have served this country well,” he said, referring to laws that prevent the U.S. military from operating as law enforcement within the U.S. Two weeks ago, Napolitano traveled to San Diego, Mexico and Laredo, Texas, to meet with officials about border enforcement and curbing violence spurred by warring Mexican drug cartels. Last year, customs officials apprehended 792,321 people who tried to get into the U.S. through the Southwest border, and immigration officials removed more than 369,000, according to Homeland Security statistics.
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RICHMOND, Va. — Washington and Lee University has a missing library book back on its shelves — nearly 145 years after it was stolen by a Union soldier during the Civil War. The 1842 book, the first volume of W.F.P. Napier’s four-volume “History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France From the Year 1807 to the Year 1814,” was returned recently by a friend of one of the soldier’s descendants to the Lexington school’s Leyburn Library. Mistakenly thinking he was at adjoining Virginia Military Institute, soldier C.S. Gates pilfered the book on June 11, 1864, from the library of what was then Washington College, university officials said this week. The theft took place when Army of West Virginia Gen. David Hunter’s troops raided the area and looted the college’s buildings. No other details about Gates were available from the university. A note Gates inscribed in the book reads: “This book was taken from the Military Institute at Lexington Virginia in June 1864 when General Hunter was on his Lynchburg raid. The Institution was burned by the order of Gen. Hunter. The remains of Gen. Stonewall Jackson rest in the cemetery at this place.” Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee became Washington College’s president after the war ended in 1865. The school was renamed Washington and Lee University after his death in 1870. The book, which covers the early stages of the war between Spain and its allies against France over control over the Iberian Peninsula, was passed down through C.S. Gates’s descendants.
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Flood threat urges evacuation Army case may go to court, sergeant charged with killing two soldiers of small North Dakota town By Dave Kolpack The Associated Press
KATHRYN, N.D. — Residents of this tiny community cleared out yesterday as water spilled over a nearby dam and began eroding it, while officials in the larger town of Valley City to the north urged thousands of people to evacuate from their homes because of a flooding threat that could persist for weeks. National Guard soldiers in helicopters were dropping oneton sandbags to help shore up the Clausen Springs Dam a few miles from Kathryn, a town of about 55 residents that could become inundated if the dam breaks. Julie Nelson, a spokeswoman for the Barnes County emergency management team, said the dam was being eroded by water spilling over it. Residents fled to relatives’ homes or a Red Cross shelter after officials went door to door Wednesday morning telling them to get out. Fire Chief Paul Fisher was on Kathryn’s Main Street monitoring the flow of water through three culverts. If they were to break, he said, “I’ll make one more sweep through town and get out of here.” There was no evidence of major flooding by early afternoon, although some homes had water in their yards and signs of seepage in basements.
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HIGHER AND HIGHER: Susan Rasmussen drives neighbor Alec Bauer, 11, across the floodwaters in Sunrise Acres north of West Fargo, N.D. Tuesday, April 14, 2009.
Kathryn is about 17 miles south of Valley City, which is battling record high water on the Sheyenne River. The Clausen Springs Dam is on a tributary of the river. In Valley City, the elderly, disabled and people living in lowlying areas had been urged to evacuate by 6 p.m. Wednesday to make sure emergency routes were kept open. The National Guard had a Blackhawk helicopter and some high-wheeled vehicles ready in case troops are asked to assist with evacuations, said Capt. Dan Murphy. He said there were no problems with Valley City’s dikes during the night. Murphy said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was closely monitoring Baldhill Dam, upstream from Valley City on
the Sheyenne, trying to calculate how much water the dam can hold back in its reservoir and how much can be released without adding too much to the river. The river rose Monday above the 20-foot Valley City record set in April 1882. It reached 20.6 feet Tuesday but fell to 20.33 feet by noon Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. The flood risk to Valley City could last a month, said Greg Wiche, director of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Water Science Center in Bismarck. Valley City Mayor Mary Lee Nielson said Tuesday that her town’s evacuation order was voluntary but “strongly recommended.” She said it affects about 1,450 homes — “not quite half the city” of nearly 7,000 people.
court-martial. Bozicevich declined the judge’s offer to speak at the end of the hearing. Soldiers testified that Durbin, 26, of Dallas was found shot in the neck and chest inside the security station where Bozicevich was on duty. Dawson, 24, of Pensacola, Fla., fell wounded outside. Witnesses testified to seeing Bozicevich run after Dawson and stand over him with a rifle. Gittins said testimony from an Iraqi interpreter at the base indicated Bozicevich was acting in self defense. The interpreter, Hiader Hamze Muter, said he saw Bozicevich shooting and pursuing Dawson, then saw Bozicevich double back toward the building they were running from, where Durbin was shot. He
said he heard three more shots before Bozicevich returned to stand over Dawson. “Obviously, Sgt. Bozicevich was concerned about his rear flank if he was running one way, then the other way,” Gittins said. “Clearly, Sgt. Bozicevich went back to protect his rear from Sgt. Durbin.” Gittins did not indicate in his closing statement which soldier he believed to have shot Dawson. He declined to comment after the hearing. Evidence at the hearing showed Bozicevich, Dawson and Durbin were all armed with rifles at the time. Maj. Charles Kuhfahl, an Army prosecutor, told the judge “ample evidence” had been presented to recommend a general court-martial for Bozicevich.
FORT STEWART, Ga. — An Army sergeant charged with killing two U.S. soldiers at their patrol base in Iraq opened fire to protect himself, his defense attorney said at the end of a hearing to determine if the case goes to a court-martial. Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich, 39, of Minneapolis would face life in prison or the death penalty if Fort Stewart’s commanding general chooses to put him on trial for premeditated murder. Bozicevich is charged with the Sept. 14 slayings of his squad leader, Staff Sgt. Darris Dawson, and a fellow fourman team leader, Sgt. Wesley Durbin, at a patrol base south of Baghdad. During a three-day hearing, similar to a civilian grand jury, soldiers testified the fatal shots were fired after Dawson and Durbin went to talk to Bozicevich about poor performance and to temporarily remove him from patrol duty. “Something happened in that room to cause Sgt. Bozicevich to feel he had to use his weapon,” defense attorney Charles Gittins said in a brief closing statement yesterday. It was the first time AP PHOTO Bozicevich’s attorneys have UNSURE: This image taken at Fort Stewart, Ga. provided by the U.S. Army on Tuesday hinted at what their defense will be if the case goes to a shows Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich. Bozicevich, 39, is charged with killing a fellow team leader. in
Automaker group will walk away from Chrysler deal By Colleen Barry The Associated Press
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FIGHTER : Archbishop Timothy Dolan speaks during a news conference in New York, yesterday. He was formally installed yesterday as Roman Catholic Archbishop of New
Archbishop-designate to use role to challenge gay marriage legislation By Rachel Zoll The Associated Press
NEW YORK — New York Archbishop-designate Timothy Dolan said he will use the prominence of his new job to challenge gay marriage legislation in New York, an effort that has gained momentum thanks in part to Gov. David Paterson. Hours before his installation yesterday, Dolan said he will work with the state’s other Roman Catholic bishops to defeat legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage. Paterson, who is expected to attend Dolan’s installation Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, is set to introduce a gay marriage bill today. “You’ll find I don’t shy away from those things. I wouldn’t sidestep them,” said Dolan, in a news conference. “You could expect me to articulate that with all the clarity ... I can muster.” Dolan, 59, the former Milwaukee archbishop, is known for defending Catholic orthodoxy with a friendly face. His warmth and wit were on display in the cathedral Tuesday night at the first of his two installation services. He threw his arms around cheering priests and friends, thanked his mother repeatedly for her support, blew kisses to well-wishers and joked that the throne-like archbishop’s chair on the altar was “quite comfortable” when he sat in it for the first time during the ceremony.
At the news conference yesterday, Dolan said he wanted to show the great happiness that can be found in serving and belonging to the church. He lamented the popularity of do-it-yourself spirituality in the United States, saying people “want to believe without belonging.” “We’ve got to get the impression across that to commit oneself totally, exclusively in an undistracted way ... is one of the most freeing, liberating, joyful styles of life you can lead,” he said. Dolan noted that studies have found that priests are overwhelmingly happy with their work, despite a widespread impression that they’re demoralized by the clergy sex abuse crisis and overwork. The number of U.S. priests has been shrinking steadily for decades. “Joy is contagious — is it ever,” Dolan said. “When parents see priests who are happy, who are free, who are focused who have a life of meaning ... that’s going to work. That’s going to click — I’m hoping.” The Archdiocese of New York is the nation’s second-largest diocese after Los Angeles, yet it is the most prominent seat in American Catholicism. Dolan’s predecessors include Cardinal Francis Spellman, who was so influential that his residence was dubbed “the powerhouse.” Cardinal John O’Connor was the most forceful Catholic voice in the national debates of his era, especially on abortion.
MILAN — Automaker Fiat Group SpA will walk away from a deal to take a 20-percent stake in Chrysler LLC if the U.S. automaker’s unions don’t agree to major cost cuts, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said in an interview published yesterday. Fiat and Chrysler are up against an April 30 deadline for Fiat to take a stake in the failing U.S. automaker in exchange for small car technology, but Chrysler first needs concessions from creditors and unions to ink the Fiat deal. The Canadian Auto Workers union is scheduled to resume negotiations with Chrysler on Monday after a two-week hiatus, CAW President Ken Lewenza told The Associated Press. If the Fiat alliance isn’t finalized by April 30, the U.S. government
“Absolutely we are prepared to walk. There is no doubt in my mind... We cannot commit to this organization unless we see a light at the end of the tunnel.” Sergio Marchionne | Fiat CEO has threatened not to provide any more aid and let Chrysler be sold off in pieces. “Absolutely we are prepared to walk. There is no doubt in my mind,” Marchionne told the Toronto Globe and Mail. “We cannot commit to this organization unless we see light at the end of the tunnel. A Fiat spokesman confirmed Marchionne’s statements. Marchionne was attending a shareholders meeting of the Swiss bank UBS in Zurich on yesterday.
Egyptian college student’s jury fights possible deportation efforts By Mitch Stacy The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. — Four jurors who acquitted an Egyptian college student of federal explosives charges criticized U.S. immigration authorities yesterday for trying to deport him, saying it was a “blatant disregard” of their verdict. The jurors were among 12 who found Youssef Megahed, 23, not guilty April 3 of possessing explosives prosecutors claimed could have been used to build a destructive bomb or rocket. Three days after Megahed walked free, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested him as he left a Tampa store with his father. A document ordering Megahed to appear in immigration court said he was being deported based on the circumstances that resulted in the federal charges, said his attorney, Adam Allen.
“This sure looks and feels like some sort of ‘double jeopardy’ ...” Jurors | Statement Megahed is being held pending a hearing that has yet to be scheduled. “This sure looks and feels like some sort of ‘double jeopardy’ even if it doesn’t precisely fit the legal definition of that prohibited practice,” the jurors said in a statement. “More troublesome is the government’s seeming blatant disregard for the will of its own people.” The statement was issued by foreman Gary Meringer and jurors Stephen Short, Sandy Cleland and Brenda Kumpf. Other jurors didn’t respond to Meringer’s e-mail, he said.
Marchionne said there is a 50 percent chance the deal will fail because of lack of progress in labor negotiations in both the United States and Canada. “The dialogue is out of sync,” Marchionne said. “I think they need to see what state the industry is in. Canada and the U.S. are coming in as the lender of last resort. ... No one else would put a dollar in. This is the worst condemnation of the viability of this business. Marchionne said no one wants to remove the U.S. and Canadian
autoworkers’ unions from the table. “But it will happen if a bankruptcy process drags on. The UAW and the CAW have a unique opportunity here to change the framework of the discussion.” Lewenza said Marchionne’s comments were “not helpful.” He said he was open to more negotiations with Chrysler but has not been in talks with the automaker in two weeks because it has been focusing on wringing concessions from stakeholders in the U.S. “We were in bargaining, as I said, and we were inches away from getting a deal and then it broke up,” Lewenza said. “Chrysler, not the union, at that particular time changed their priorities and put their focus on what’s happening in the United States. So for (Marchionne) to say the CAW is reluctant is ridiculous. That’s not the fact.”
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Monks use cream to raise funds By Stephanie Reitz The Associated Press
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A few years ago, members of the Teresian Carmelites monastery had nearly run out of ways to raise money for their charitable work. Hopes of getting permission from Trappist monks in Belgium to produce the Trappists’ beer in central Massachusetts were on hold. Another idea to erect windmills to generate and sell power had stalled. Donations were the only income that kept the operation running on bare bones, but they weren’t enough to fund the members’ mission of helping poor people in the region. Their future was so bleak that last summer, the Worcester Diocese withdrew official Roman Catholic recognition of the community, saying it was too small to sustain itself and showed little potential to grow. For a group whose members pray up to six hours daily, the worries prompted a lot of extra supplication. That’s when one of what Brother Dennis Wyrzykowski calls a “God-incidence” connected them with a local scientist, whose work included patented research into a compound in the human heart that has been found to also fight wrinkles. With the scientist’s blessing, the religious community recently
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MONK CREAM: After several failed attempts to create new fundraising opportunities, members of the Teresian Carmelies monestary are selling a newly created wrinkle cream.
started selling a high-end skin cream online based on the compound. Its three consecrated members and approximately 30 lay members hope it’s the answer to their prayers — not just to keep the community afloat financially, but to prove its viability to the diocese and fund programs for homeless and disadvantaged people throughout the region.
Texas elementary school cited for noise violation SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A fedup Texas homeowner has gotten a noise citation issued against his neighbor — an elementary school. Police in suburban Universal City say they had to issue the citation after Butch Armstrong complained about the noise coming from Olympia Elementary School during the school’s Family Fitness Day on March 20. Principal Terri LeBleu says the school had already built a fence,
removed loudspeakers and installed noise-reducing backing on basketball goals in response to Armstrong’s previous complaints. According to a police report, Armstrong told an officer that “police, fire, ambulances and the (Air Force) training jets are not unreasonable, but the noise coming from the elementary school was.” A court date for the citation has been set for May 12.
“My first thought was, ‘What are people going to think about nuns and monks making cream for your face?’” said Sister Nancy Connors. “But it’s a good product, I use it every day and I believe it will help people.” The $65-per-tube face cream, called Easeamine, is a far cry from the more traditional offerings that some monasteries sell, such as homemade jam and cheeses.
After the Carmelites pay off their launch costs, the profits will be used for grants to Worcesterarea agencies serving poor and homeless people, and to support the tiny religious community — which has existed on donations since it was founded in 1971. “I did worry initially about offering a so-called beauty product, but monks and nuns have always had a long tradition of making health care products and food products,” said Brother Solomon Balban, one of two consecrated monks in the independent religious community who live at the monastery in the Worcester suburb of Millbury. A Massachusetts company produced the first 800 tubes and, once those are sold, an out-ofstate producer of cosmetic products will take over production. The startup costs, which the monks did not disclose, came from investments and donations of money and in-kind work from supporters of the religious community. They needs to sell about 32,000 tubes to break even, said Brother Dennis. “Right now, it’s all been word of mouth. We don’t have the revenue to do anything more than that in terms of advertising,” he said. Easeamine, and the Carmelites’ path toward selling it, started in an unlikely place: a lab at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where Dr. James Dobson Jr. has spent years studying a biological substance known as adenosine.
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ONE-IN-10,000: An expert said the chances of a Suffolk-mix ewe having a multiple litter is one in 10,000. The farmer who owns the ewe thought she only had twins.
Ewe gives rare birth to quintuplet babies VEVAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan farmer whose ewe gave birth to twins found himself carefully counting sheep when he later discovered three more lambs. The Lansing State Journal reported Tuesday that one of Paul Oesterle’s Suffolk-mix ewes gave birth to quintuplets last week. Michigan State University sheep expert
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Guardian Angels founder gives tour of New York’s ‘Underbelly’ NEW YORK (AP) — Forget dinner and a Broadway show. Tourists can now get a look at New York City’s criminal underbelly, thanks to Curtis Sliwa (SLEE’-wuh). The Guardian Angels founder has launched a three-hour “Underbelly Tour” of the South Bronx that talks about the roughand-tumble 1970s and lingering crime problems. Tour highlights could include drug houses, money-laundering fronts and
“chop shops” that break down stolen cars. Guests are transported on the No. 4 train, once known as the Mugger’s Express. Sliwa is now a radio host. He concedes that the area has improved dramatically. But he tells the Daily News that visitors can still “get a flavor of what it was like.” The tour price is negotiable. Proceeds support the Guardian Angels crime-prevention network.
Alan Culham says the chance of that breed bearing the multiple litter is one in 10,000. Oesterle, whose farm is southeast of Lansing, says he thought the ewe had given birth to twins but he found three more lambs when he checked the next day. Oesterle says the ewe can’t produce enough for all five babies so he has to help feed them every six hours.
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PUT ON A HAPPY FACE: The numbers are displayed on a board at New York Stock Exchange shortly after the closing bell in New York. Wall Street’s March rally is on hold after the White House rejected turnaround plans from General Motors Corp. and Chrysler.
Optimistic outlook replaces depression on Wall Street NEW YORK — Wall Street is seeing an economic glass that’s half-full — again. Investors poured money into consumer product and financial companies yesterday as they saw new signals that the recession could be easing its chokehold on the economy. Stocks jumped in the last hour of trading after the Federal Reserve released a report showing glimmers of hope in U.S. business conditions. The market had drifted for much of the day on poor readings on industrial production and consumer prices. The Dow Jones industrial average ended with a gain of 109 points. The late-day turnaround was typical of a market that has looked for reasons to push higher on hopes for a recovery ever since stocks skidded to 12-year lows in early March. A powerful five-week rally since then has pushed the market up more than 20 percent. Technology stocks lagged after Intel Corp.’s tightlipped forecast caused jitters about a corner of the market that had drawn buyers over the past month, but the tech-focused Nasdaq composite index managed a slender advance. Money flowed into stocks like Procter & Gamble Co., which boosted its dividend, and American Express Co., which said credit card defaults might be stabilizing. Stocks in hard-hit parts of the market like airlines and home builders bounded higher as investors bet the economy might be finding its footing. “The market may not be seeing concrete signs of a recovery, but there are specks of light that we’re on the road to stabilization,” said Ryan Larson, senior equity trader at Voyageur Asset Management. The last-hour surged pushed the Dow up 109.44, or 1.4 percent, to 8,029.62. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 10.56, or 1.3 percent, to 852.06, and the Nasdaq edged up 1.08, or 0.1 percent, to 1,626.80. The Russell 2000 index rose 7.91, or 1.8 percent, to 461.13. An increasing stream of quarterly results from companies is likely to add to the market’s fractiousness as corporate earnings season gets under way this week. Reports due today from JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Google Inc. could reshape how investors feel about the financial and technology industries. Figures are also due on home construction and unemployment claims. Traders eventually looked past some of the economic readings that came out early in the day. The government reported that production at fac-
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KABUL AFGHANISTAN About 100 young women protesting an Afghan law that lets husbands demand sex from their wives are pelted with stones by angry men who call them “dogs” as police try to keep the groups apart. The confrontation highlights the explosive nature of the women’s rights debate in Afghanistan. MUSADEQ SADEQ | AP PHOTO
Bombings grab the headlines, but execution-style killings have been the leading cause of death of Iraqi civilians, a study finds. It points to the brutal sectarian nature of the war in Iraq, where death squads once roamed the streets.
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