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TEACH-IN: Nse Ufot, from the American Association of University Professors, addresses the crowd at the BGSU Faculty Association’s teach-in on Tuesday. Ufot spoke against Senate Bill 5, which she said is only protecting CEOs and corporate tax breaks. “This is about more than just unions,” she said. “This is an attempt to protect the middle class.”
Speakers against Senate Bill 5 host teach-in By Alissa Widman Assistant News Editor
Before spring break, a “walkout” protest against Senate Bill 5 filled the Union oval. Tuesday, the opposition stayed in to examine the bill and educate others about it. The Faculty Association hosted a teach-in from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Union Multipurpose Room. Topics addressed included the basics of Senate Bill 5, the legislative process in Ohio, a history of unionization and tips for contacting legislators. “We intend the day to be one of critical thinking and dialogue about this legislation which, if passed, will have a big impact on BGSU,” the FA said in a statement via e-mail Monday. The event featured several faculty members and students from the University and surrounding community who spoke in opposition of the bill. Nse Ufot, a lobbyist from the American Association of University Professors, traveled from Michigan to speak at the teach-in. “This is what we want to get happening with students all around the country,” she said. “Bowling Green is at the forefront of getting the word out right now.” Ufot is a public university graduate and said Senate Bill 5 is a personal issue for people like her who “work for a living.” “It’s a direct attack on the working class,” she said. “It makes me angry ... I applaud the AAUP
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JOKES: Comedian Josh Sneed performs in front of a crowd in the Falcon’s Nest Tuesday. Sneed has appeared on Comedy Central, opened for members of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour and is a regular on The Bob & Tom Show.
University Activities Organization hosted comedian Josh Sneed Tuesday By Max Filby Assistant Web Editor
Laughter echoed throughout the Falcon’s Nest on Tuesday as comedian Josh Sneed took center stage.
The University Activities markets. “Most of my stuff comes Organization hosted Sneed, who has toured with comedi- from everyday life,” Sneed said. ans like Daniel Tosh and Larry “The best kind of material is the Cable Guy. Sneed put a See COMEDIAN | Page 2 comedic spin on topics such as health care, road signs and flea
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NATION Bus crashes on NJ turnpike Police examine the wreckage of the bus in an attempt to determine the cause of the accident, which occurred Monday night | Page 5
FORUM Disaster victims need aid
In the wake of earthquake and tsunami catastrophe in Japan, columnist Dylan Corp urges students to participate in relief efforts they can afford | Page 4
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Faculty Senate to address strategic plan
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CEREMONY: The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fratermity escorts an empty casket through campus as a ceremony for the Patty Murphy Award on Tuesday afternoon. The Patty Murphy award is an unsung hero type of award and this year’s recipient was Sigma Alpha Epsilon first year member Austin Griffith.
chapter here for bringing this kind of coalition of people together because these are the kind of people that are going to be affected if Senate Bill 5 becomes law.” The Ohio Senate approved the bill 17-16 on March 2 and the House is currently reviewing it. If passed by the House, the bill would eliminate collective bargaining and striking rights for all public sector employees. The bill would also ban binding arbitration — when an impartial third party helps resolve contract disputes. David Jackson, president of the new faculty union at the University, said specific language in Senate Bill 5 harms university faculty statewide by defining them as “management” and ineligible for collective bargaining. The language was amended by the Inter-University Council of Ohio, an association which represents the state’s 14 public universities. “We view this as an excrescential threat,” Jackson said. Proponents of Senate Bill 5 have praised it as a budget-balancing measure. The University administration is in favor of the bill and the council’s position, according to a statement released Tuesday by Dave Kielmeyer, senior director of Communications. It will monitor the bill as it moves forward. “In the meantime, BGSU will be following the existing laws governing collective bargaining and is pre-
The Faculty Senate is hosting a moderated forum titled “Planning for Change” March 22 at 2:30 p.m. in the Union theater. The forum will feature presentations from President Carol Cartwright, Provost Ken Borland and Chief Financial Officer Sheri Stoll. Topics will include priorities of the strategic plan and effects of budget planning. Questions will be taken from the floor and can also be submitted prior to the forum via e-mail at email@example.com. The event will be streamed live and archived for later access on the University’s website.
SPORTS Steffen excels on basketball team
Sophomore Chrissy Steffen, who averages 10.2 points per game, is a vital player on the Falcon women’s basketball team as the NCAA tournament approaches | Page 6
House clears abortion parental consent bill
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has approved new requirements before a minor can be allowed to have an abortion without her parents agreeing to it. Under a bill passed on a 64-33 vote Tuesday, a judge considering whether to let a girl bypass the parental consent requirement would have to collect evidence that she understands the impacts of having an abortion. The judge also must ask the girl if she was coached on how to answer such questions. Republican Lynn Slaby (SLAY’-bee) of Akron co-sponsored the legislation and says the state must make sure young mothers are of sound mind when they decide to have an abortion.
PEOPLE ON THE STREET What would your book be about? EMILY BIGELOW Junior, English
“Pandas. And zombies. Pandas fighting zombies.” | Page 4
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More US relief crews exposed to radiation Decontamination becomes a necessity to help Japan recover WASHINGTON (AP) — More U.S. military crews were exposed to radiation Tuesday as the Pentagon ramped up relief flights over a Japan reeling from an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. The Defense Department said the Navy started giving anti-radiation pills to some of those exposed, and Americans on two military bases south of Tokyo were advised to stay indoors as much as possible. Meanwhile, U.S. aviation and energy officials also worked with Japanese counterparts on the nuclear developments. With more aid for victims on the way, the U.S. Navy said it was redirecting three ships to work in the Sea of Japan on the country’s west coast rather than risk the hazards of radiation and the debris field in the waters off the east coast.
Sensitive air monitoring equipment on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington detected low levels of radioactivity from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant as the carrier sat pier-side at Yokosuka, Cmdr. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. 7th Fleet, said Tuesday. While he said there was no danger to the public, the commander recommended military personnel and their families at Yokosuka and Naval Air Facility Atsugi limit their outdoor activities and seal ventilation systems at their homes as much as possible. The Navy said Monday that radiation was detected by another carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, and that 17 helicopter crew members had to be decontaminated after returning to the Reagan from search and rescue duty.
The Navy said more crews were exposed to very low levels of radiation Tuesday and had to be decontaminated. Potassium iodide pills were given to a small number of those crew members as a precaution, said Col. Dave Lapan, a Defense Department spokesman. The Reagan strike group — which includes seven other ships — flew 29 missions Tuesday to deliver 17 tons of food, water, blankets and other relief supplies ashore. “We continue to monitor the winds closely, moving our ships and aircraft as necessary to avoid the wind line from the Fukushima power plant,” Davis said. “Our aircraft and aircrews returning from missions ashore are being monitored carefully for contamination, and we are conducting decontamination procedures as necessary when it is detected.”
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everything we can.” Jackson said more than 100 people attended the teach-in throughout the day, and he was glad the University comparing to begin negotiations with its newly formed faculty munity showed interest in it and Ohio legislation. union,” the statement said. “Even if we don’t get 1,000 If the bill is signed into law, Jackson said the FA will work people to come, the fact that with other unions to collect we offered this opportunity enough statewide signatures for people is important,” he to put a veto referendum on said. “This is in harmony with the ballot in November and the kind of educational practices the University is prooverturn it. “If the bill passes, we’ll moting right now — educahave 90 days to get around tion outside the classroom.” Sophomore Shayna 230,000 signatures statewide,” he said. “We’ll do Noonen said the teach-in was
informative and showed the solidarity of the FA and their commitment to education. She said she opposes Senate Bill 5 for personal reasons. “My sister is an elementary school teacher and she just had a kid, so it’s a really terrible time for her to be losing collective bargaining rights and have her health insurance in jeopardy,” she said. “But personal connections aside, as a human being, I’m opposed to infringing the rights of another human being.”
Michigan as part of his college tour. And although Sneed enjoyed performing, he said it can sometimes be difficult to attract a full audience on a college campus. Following his show Tuesday night, Sneed sold T-shirts with the phrase “the square root of 69 equals eight something,” on them and copies of his CD. “The CD features a lot of things you didn’t hear tonight, like laughter,” Sneed said. Sneed’s performance Tuesday night was part of his college tour, which he will continue through the end of April. “You never know where you might be performing on a campus, it could be in a hallway or somewhere like this,” Sneed said about the Falcon’s Nest. “I just hope people pay attention and laugh, and it seemed like they were tonight.”
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just whatever people can relate to.” Audience members, like sophomore Joe Boldt, enjoyed hearing about Sneed’s life experiences during dinner in the Falcon’s Nest. “It’s a good show,” Boldt said. “I just came in here for dinner, and now I have plans for the evening.” Nick King, UAO director of comedy and speakers, has been preparing for Sneed to perform on campus since October. King said he and other UAO members advertised for the event through campus update e-mails, handouts and fliers. “Its hard to get a lot of people to come see someone perform when they don’t know the person’s name,” King said.
“You really need to market it.” Sneed’s performance was one of four comedic performances King and others in UAO have planned for the next month at the University. UAO will host a student comedian contest called “Are You Falcon Funny Enough?” on March 24 and April 1 in the Pub. The winner will open UAO’s Comedy Festival for comedians Dan Ahdoot and Geoff Keith and another “bigger name” comedian whom UAO will announce in April. “With events like this, as long as people show up, have a good time and enjoy themselves then we consider it a success,” King said. Tickets for the Comedy Festival will go on sale for $5 in the next couple of weeks at the Union tables. Sneed will next travel to other universities in
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STUDY BREAK: Students dive for an open seat during a game of extreme musical chairs Tuesday night. About 30 students showed up for the game, put on by Dance Marathon’s Alumni Relations committee. There was a $3 entry fee, and the winner got a $25 Buffalo Wild Wings gift card. “It’s just something that we thought would be different, that people would enjoy doing,” said senior Samantha Martin, chair of the committee. “A good study break for people after spring break.”
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Prosecutors say Berlusconi had sex with teen 13 times
Thousands of Palestinians rally for reconciliation
Israel claims intercepted ship had missiles
2 Kurdish officials resign in volatile Iraqi city
Poland criticized by Jews for halting restitution plans
Pirates jailed in 17 nations as prosecutions rise
MILAN (AP) — Italian prosecutors say that the Italian leader paid for sex with an under-age Moroccan teen 13 times. The accounting emerged in a seven-page document obtained by The Associated Press marking the closure of the investigation against three Berlusconi aides accused of procuring prostitutes for the premier. Their case has been separated from Berlusconi’s, who faces trial April 6 on charges of under-age prostitution and using his influence to cover it up. Both Berlusconi and the Moroccan teen, Karima el-Mahroug, known by her nickname Ruby, have denied sex with each other. The document filed Tuesday seeking the indictments against the aides on charges of soliciting prostitution detail how the sexfueled parties were organized: dinner, followed by erotic dancing and finally Berlusconi’s choice of a sex partner or partners.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Thousands of Palestinians thronged major squares in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank on Tuesday to deliver an impassioned appeal to their leaders to end the long-running feud that has divided the Palestinian people between two rival governments. Demonstrators on each side of the Palestinian divide hoisted banners urging their leaders to unite the government that split after Hamas militants seized control of Gaza in June 2007, leaving Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of the Fatah Party ruling only the West Bank. Hamas security officers started beating marchers after their demonstration permit expired before sundown, witnesses said. A small Palestinian faction said Hamas security beat dozens with clubs, trying to disperse the crowd. —Ibrahim Barzak and Mhammed Daraghmeh (AP)
JERUSALEM (AP) — A top Israeli naval commander says a cargo ship intercepted at sea was carrying Chinese-made land-to-sea missiles, and there is strong evidence Iran was behind the delivery. Israel intercepted a ship on the high seas early Tuesday, saying it was carrying weapons bound for Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. Brig. Gen. Rani Ben-Yehudah told reporters on Tuesday that Iran is known to possess C704 missiles, which land-based forces can use to attack ships. He said the shipment included instruction manuals in Farsi, and that there are other clues that “explicitly” show the weapons came from Iran.
SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq — Two top Kurdish politicians resigned Tuesday from local government in northern Iraq in what appears to be a political maneuver to challenge Arabs for control of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, one of the nation’s most volatile fault lines. The city is home to a mix of Arabs, Kurds and Turkomen, who all have competing claims. Kurds are seeking to incorporate Kirkuk into their autonomous region in Iraq’s north — and out from under control of the Arab-dominated central government in Baghdad. It is one of Iraq’s most explosive disputes, and Kirkuk’s Arabs and Turkomen have long opposed the Kurds’ goal. On Tuesday, officials said resigning provincial council chairman Rizkar Ali, a Kurd, would be replaced with Turkoman Hassan Torhan, raising speculation that a deal was struck to strengthen ties between the two groups against the area’s Arabs. —Yahya Barzanji (AP)
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Dispossessed Jews and other former property owners have slammed a Polish government decision to suspend plans to offer them compensation for property seized during the Nazi and communist eras. Miroslaw Szypowski, the head of an alliance of Polish groups seeking restitution, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his group was “dismayed” by the decision, calling it “unacceptable.” The government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk last week suspended work on a law that would have given some compensation to former owners of property lost, saying a rising state deficit left it unable to afford such payments. Several Jewish groups have also strongly criticized the move.
NAIROBI, Kenya — Five Somali pirates are jailed for life by a U.S. court. Sixty-one suspected pirates captured at sea face trial in India. Somali prisons are running out of room. Pirates captured at sea by international navies used to be routinely set free because no country wanted the hassle and expense of a court case. But as piracy has flourished and turned increasingly violent, an unprecedented 17 countries are prosecuting pirates in courts around the world. The increase in arrests and prosecutions shows a growing recognition of the global problem piracy has become, said Alan Cole, the head of the U.N.’s antipiracy program. In recent months, six hostages have been killed — including four Americans on a hijacked yacht — and pirates have begun using explosives and blow torches to cut crews out of the secure rooms they sometimes retreat to during attacks. —Katharine Houreld (AP)
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Women spouting hate speech in Japan’s wake undeserving of slurs KATE NOFTSINGER COLUMNIST A series of unfortunate current events started last week, with an earthquake. Friday, Japan was shook by a force earning a 9.0 on the Richter scale -- nearly two points higher than the trembling that devastated Haiti. Followed by a 10-meter tsunami and several smaller earthquakes, much of Japan is completely devastated. As buildings collapsed and infrastructure washed away, cities became unrecognizable. With the ground still rumbling, Japan has yet to finalize its death toll. In fact, residents are awaiting more catastrophes surrounding the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Citizen journalism is giving the world a first-person perspective of this tragedy. After the power of social networking made itself known in Egypt, the World Wide Web appears to be, in Charlie Sheen’s terms, “winning.” But latent consequences of easy access to technology are playing out on the internet as well. Anyone can post a video. Anyone. And like a futuristic Pandora’s box, the damage can be monitored by the number of hits received, but never contained — even when one utters terrible things about people living through hell. After explaining that she and fellow Christians prayed for atheists everywhere to see the error of their ways, a young extremist said this: “Not even a few days later, God shook the country of
Japan. He literally grabbed the country by the shoulders and said ‘hey look, I’m here.’ Oh, it’s just so amazing to see how God can answer prayers like this and I am so overjoyed and so encouraged.” And she’ll be praying even harder, asking her vengeful God to miraculously knock out a few more nations of non-believers before Easter. Unbelievable? It should be — because “tamtampamela” is a troll and her entire YouTube channel was a hoax. While this should come as a relief, there were comments suggesting viewers felt otherwise about the woman and her “blasphemy.” Then, proving anything can be outdone, a UCLA student identified as Alexandra Wallace was featured in a vlog criticizing “Asians in the library.” The tirade began with her generalized observation that Asian students receive too many family visitors, which overcrowds her apartment complex. But the setting of her greatest grievance is the University’s library because “in America, we do not talk on our cell phones in the library.” Apparently its finals week in UCLA land and her “epiphanies” are interrupted by stereotypical imitations of the Chinese language— “ohh, ching-chong-ling-longting-tong, oh,” which she uses when referring to people from Japan. “I swear they’re going through their whole families just checking on everybody from the tsunami thing,” was the ultimate low blow, making this video more than insulting. After Wallace became
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an overnight sensation for all the wrong reasons, she apologized: “Clearly the original video posted by me was inappropriate. I cannot explain what possessed me to approach the subject as I did, and if I could undo it, I would. I’d like to offer my apology to the entire UCLA campus. For those who cannot find it within them to accept my apology, I understand.” More upsetting than the outlandish free speech expressed by the faux-fundamentalist and the valley girl are the comments reacting to their antics. For instance, one commenter suggested Alexandra Wallace was a prostitute who should be beaten for being “fat” and “ugly.” But Wallace is not overweight and she’s not unattractive. And there’s no way to know anything about her sexuality or employment from what she stated in her video. Audiences only know she studies Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles where she is very comfortable with her white privilege — comfortable enough to star in her own racist video. The backlash is predictable. When it comes to insulting women, slurs are automatic. Slut and whore are almost second nature. And fat and ugly are like adjective icing on the reputation-ruining cake. But threats of physical and sexual violence were made against these offensive women, who could easily pass for little girls. It’s frightening, but more importantly, it’s gendered. InJanuary,RushLimbaugh impersonated the speaking patterns of Hu Jintao, the
President of China. After broadcasting his own “chingchongs” on his radio show, no one threatened to beat him up or rape him. No one called him fat or ugly, or even promiscuous. They simply called him racist — if they called him anything at all. It is what it is, but when “what it is” refers to women, there’s always a few extra words sneaking into a personal attack. And insults rush through a floodgate when a target is accessible online. People’s comfort with cyber bullying and digital cruelty has prompted President Obama and multiple celebrities to team up with MTV’s “A Thin Line” campaign which asks, “if you wouldn’t say it, why would you type it?” But this only pertains to text-messaging, Facebook or other traceable public forum, with a focus on teenagers. We have yet to see a public service announcement addressing the millions of people (of all ages) who comment anonymously and viciously anywhere comments are permitted. And we have yet to see any educational materials dedicated to controlling misogynist hate speech. What these vloggers said is inexcusable — but so are the thousands of comments festering with hate below their virtual mistakes. While humanity navigates its new ability to reach the masses with the push of a button, some will surely stumble. But that doesn’t justify anyone kicking them when they are already down. Respond to Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Victims of disaster in Japan need the help of students Small donations important for providing aid By Dylan Corp Columnist
Life, as they know it, is over. This is the realization millions of Japanese are facing right now. It all happened in the blink of an eye. On the afternoon of March 11, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, the largest recorded in Japanese history, struck off the coast of mainland Japan. Besides causing more than 517 aftershocks (35 of those being over a 6.0 magnitude) a giant, 30-foot tsunami formed and hurled toward the coast. In some places, the water was able to make it six miles past the shore, flooding everything in its path. Countless photos and videos can be seen online. Each one is just as shocking as the next, and just as heartbreaking. Picture it: Your family’s only car floating past your house and down out of sight. The store your family has owned and operated for their entire lives not just flooded, but destroyed, with most of the contents floating down away from you. The only thing that is left is desolation. How do you start over? On top of all that Japan’s problems are not ending. The earthquake sunk their coast by two feet in some areas, the destruction may cause their economy to dive deep into a recession again, and on top of it all they are currently facing a possible nuclear crisis that is being compared to Chernobyl. While it is impossible to imagine just what exactly those in Japan must be going through, one certainly knows that they could use all the help that they can get. We need to donate. Have you donated yet? What are you waiting for? Most of us are poor college students, yes. But they are not asking for one person to donate the 200 billion dollars necessary to provide relief. They are just asking for anything. For instance, right now you can pick up your phone, and text REDCROSS to 90999. Just
as it did after Haiti’s devastation last year, it will charge $10 to your phone bill and give that money directly to the relief effort in Japan. I’m sure some of you don’t even pay your phone bill. Your parents won’t notice an extra ten dollars. What have you got to lose? Skip your Starbucks for the day. Skip a meal. Just one meal. That’s upwards of five dollars you can donate from one tiny action. Skip breakfast everyday for a month. That’s 150 dollars you could raise for people in need. Don’t stop after one month though. How many of us donated items or money to Haiti? I know I did. Now how many of us donated items or money after it left the front page of the news? I know I didn’t. It’s not that I didn’t care anymore. I just forgot. I, as I am sure many of you, live in a nice little bubble, immune to the problems except the ones in front of our faces. That is, until, those very problems of others that we forget about end up happening to us. Now I know, I know. I’m guilt tripping all of you. I apologize for it. But sometimes people need an extra push to do the right thing. I’m not asking everyone to donate their entire paychecks to people they don’t know. I’m just asking you to donate something. Anything. You don’t have to do it every day and you don’t have to do it much. Just do it, consistently for as long as you can. Give five or ten dollars a month to the causes you care about. Never forget that there are those in need every day. Whatever you do, there is no denying that people are in need now. I am begging you to donate now to Japan, immediately. They need it, desperately, before they lose even more than they already have. There is no worse tragedy than the loss of hope. Let’s do something about it. Respond to Dylan at email@example.com
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Explosion at Fort Bragg injures 10 military
NASA investigates cocaine found at facility
Kansas lawmaker’s immigrant remark backfires
Last American veteran of World War I to be buried
2 escapees from La. prison being held in Tenn.
Sisters charged with health fraud caught overseas
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — An explosion at Fort Bragg has injured 10 military personnel during an artillery exercise on the Army post in North Carolina. The explosion Monday night injured eight Marines and two Navy personnel from the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, also in North Carolina. Division Staff Sgt. Jayson Price said Tuesday the cause of the explosion was under investigation but that it happened during an artillery live-fire exercise. Fort Bragg officials say most of the injuries were shrapnel wounds and cuts. Two of the injured were flown by helicopter to hospitals at Chapel Hill while the other eight were sent to a medical center at the fort. Price would not release the names of those injured and did not have other details about the extent of the injuries.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is investigating after cocaine was found in a facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA spokesman Allard Beutel said Tuesday that 4.2 grams of a white powdery substance was found last week at the NASA facility, though he would not say where. It tested positive for cocaine. It’s not the first time cocaine has been found at the space center. A small amount was discovered in January 2010 in a secure part of a hangar that housed space shuttle Discovery. A spokeswoman from NASA’s Inspector General Office in Washington declined to comment on how that case was resolved.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker in Kansas has apologized for remarks suggesting — as a joke, he said — that illegal immigrants should be shot like feral swine. Rep. Virgil Peck, of Tyro, said Tuesday that his remarks during a Monday meeting of the House Appropriations Committee were “regrettable.” The committee was debating whether to try to control the wild hog population by using gunmen in helicopters. Peck said, “if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found a (solution) to our illegal immigration problem.” The remark drew gasps from the audience and other lawmakers. Peck later said he was joking and told the Lawrence JournalWorld after the hearing that his constituents are upset with illegal immigration. But on Tuesday, he issued a brief apology.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of visitors are silently filing by the flag-draped casket of the last American World War I veteran. The body of Frank Buckles is lying in honor inside the chapel at the Arlington National Cemetery amphitheater. Buckles will be buried with full military honors at Arlington later Tuesday. Buckles served in France after lying about his age to join the Army at 16. He died last month at his Charles Town, W.Va., home at age 110. David Hale, a city councilman from Groton, Conn., was among those paying their respects and says it was “very moving” to see Buckles’ casket. He says it brought back memories of his grandfather, who also served in World War I.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two prisoners from Louisiana who were captured in Memphis after evading authorities for 10 days are being held on an escape charge. Authorities say 33-year-old Darian “Drake” Pierce and 36-year-old Ricky Wedgeworth carjacked and killed an Ohio businessman while they were on the run. Both made initial appearances in federal court Tuesday. In addition to the escape charge, they face charges in at least three other states. They were arrested a day earlier after crashing a vehicle in a busy southeast Memphis intersection. Police say they stole a government truck in Jackson, Tenn., on Monday and fled. They were later spotted by police in Olive Branch, Miss., and were pursued into the Memphis area.
DETROIT (AP) — The FBI says two sisters wanted for health care fraud in the Detroit area are back in the United States after they were captured in Colombia. Caridad Guilarte (Gill-AHR’tee) and Clara Guilarte were indicted in 2009 in an alleged scheme to reap millions from the Medicare program through bogus billings. FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold says the sisters were flown to Miami on Monday night, a day after they were arrested while trying to board a plane in Colombia. The Guilartes eventually will be transported to Detroit. Defense attorneys haven’t been assigned yet. The Guilartes are accused of collecting more than $4 million from Medicare for procedures that were unnecessary or not performed. They were on a list of top 10 medical-fraud fugitives.
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More than 40 passengers sent to hospitals said. State police weren’t sure how many other passengers remained hospitalized as of Tuesday afternoon. Preliminary evidence suggests the bus, operated by a Pennsylvania company, was traveling south on the turnpike at around 9 p.m. Monday when the crash occurred just south of Exit 9 in East Brunswick, about 40 miles southwest of Manhattan. The vehicle went off the road onto the grassy median before striking a concrete overpass support, Jones said. The white bus came to a stop at an angle, its damaged front section pointed off the highway and onto the median. The cause of the crash hadn’t been determined, and the investigation could take several weeks. The medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy on the driver to determine if he suffered any medical issue prior to the crash. The bus was moved to an impound lot, where state police said it would be inspected and all available data would be taken from its electronic components. The bus was operated by Super Luxury Tours Inc., of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., New Jersey State Police said. No web site or telephone listing for the company could be found.
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EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Police on Tuesday were examining the wreckage of a bus to try to figure out why it crashed as it traveled from New York City’s Chinatown to Philadelphia, killing the driver and a passenger and injuring several others. The one-vehicle crash Monday night on the New Jersey Turnpike — one of the nation’s most heavily trafficked highways — happened just days after a bus from a Connecticut casino crashed as it was returning to New York City’s Chinatown neighborhood, killing 15 people. In Monday’s accident, driver Wei Wang, a 50-yearold Taiwanese national who lived in Forest Hills, N.Y., was thrown through the windshield, and several passengers were badly injured, state police Sgt. Stephen Jones said. Passenger Troy Nguyen, 20, of Royersford, Pa., died after being transported to a hospital in New Brunswick. Police said Nguyen had been partially ejected from a driver’s side window. Forty-one other passengers were sent to hospitals. Louis Pierre, 50, of Philadelphia and 70-year-old David Choi, of Lansdale, Pa., were in critical condition, Jones said. They are believed to have been sitting in the rear of the bus, police
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Steffen shines for Falcons Sophomore Chrissy Steffen steps up to play a big role for the BG women’s basketball team By Paul Barney Sports Editor
Chrissy Steffen could not have asked for a better start to her collegiate basketball career — two seasons, two Mid-American Conference Championships and two trips to the NCAA Tournament. “It’s a great feeling,” Steffen said. “I think as a sophomore I have a little more experience, so I’m even more excited.” Steffen has started all 32 games for the Falcons this season and has been a big contributor all year. She is third on the team in scoring with 10.2 points per game while averaging nearly 32 minutes a game. Steffen had her best game with BG on Feb. 16 against Ohio, scoring a career-high 22 points to lead the Falcons to a 77-63 win. In the team’s next home game, Steffen again went for 22 points as BG overwhelmed Kent State by 21 points. As a freshman Steffen played in 31 games off the bench and averaged 3.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Against Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament she played 15 minutes, scoring five points while grabbing two rebounds and dishing out two assists. Steffen has become a consistent starter for the Falcons in her second season and will be a key factor for BG as it prepares to play Georgia Tech in Columbus on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. “She’s a big piece of the puzzle for us,” said BG coach Curt Miller. “In order for us to be successful she’s going to have to help handle with [Georgia Tech’s] ball pres-
“She’s a big piece of the puzzle for us ... Chrissy is going to play a big part, and I think she’s ready. She’s coming off a great regular season.” Curt Miller | BG coach sure and she’s going to have to guard big, athletic kids and help keep them off the boards. Chrissy is going to play a big part, and I think she’s ready. She’s coming off a great regular season year.” Steffen said playing in last season’s NCAA Tournament against Michigan State gave her confidence heading into this season, and she looks to use that post-season experience this weekend. And Steffen knows she and her tea mmates ca n compete with the bigger schools from conferences such as the At la nt ic Coast Conference, where Georgia Tech is based. Against the MSU last season, both teams took a 36-36 tie into the locker room before BG eventually lost by 10 points to the fifth-seeded Spartans out of the Big 10. Earlier this season, the Falcons defeated then No. 23 Vanderbilt by double digits. It was the third time BG has knocked off the Commodores since 2007. “We can play with the bigger schools,” Steffen said. “We just have to be confident, go out there and just have fun and just play DRIVE: Chrissy Steffen drives the ball to the hoop in last week’s Mid-American Conference Championship game. our BG ball.”
Get to know the Falcons: swimmer Sarah Reinink Compiled by Ryan Sanner Reporter
Sarah Reinink is a 5’7” junior cocaptain on the Falcon swimming team. Her specialty events are sprint and butterfly. At the Mid-American Conference championship, her 200 freestyle relay team placed second with a time of 1:32.37, capturing the silver medal. In the 50 freestyle Reinink swam a 23.41, earning a second best time finish by a Falcon swimmer. “Sarah has scored a good amount of points for us at MACs both individually and on the relays,” said coach Petra Martin. “She has had a very positive impact on the team not just with the points she scored but also with her enthusiasm and drive for success. She is definitely someone that spreads positive energy and is behind her team 110 percent. “She is very driven and goal oriented. She is very reliable and understands what needs to be done in order to have a successful team. She does the right things even without asking her to do them. “Sarah is also very realistic and has a great understanding of right from wrong, hard work and team unity. She is a fantastic leader, and I’m happy to have her as one of my
captains and as my swimmer.”
Sarah Reinink Co-captain on the BG swim team.
Hometown: Holland, MI. High School: Holland High School. Major: Applied Health Science/Prenursing.
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Pre-game ritual: Get behind my lane during the event before me. Stretch my legs; do a spin drill with my arms and then shake them all out and make sure my cap and goggles are on and tight.
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USC, VCU look to set aside distractions, have success in NCAA Tourney DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An apologetic Kevin O’Neill is eager to get back to basketball. The Southern California coach, suspended for the Pac-10 semifinal after a verbal confrontation with a fan, began a NCAA news conference Tuesday by again saying he was sorry for his behavior. “Let’s get it out of the way right off,” he said, an instant after sitting down. “I want to apologize once again for getting suspended during the Pac-10 tournament. I’m held to a high standard. The highest standard as the leader of our team. I didn’t live up to that [and] suffered the consequences.” The Trojans (19-14) take on Virginia Commonwealth (23-11) in Wednesday’s First Four game at the University of Dayton Arena. The winner faces a quick turnaround game against sixth-seeded Georgetown on Friday in Chicago. But O’Neill, in his second year of a massive rebuilding project, wasn’t even certain he’d still be with the team this week. “Coaches are always fearful of those things,” he said of potentially being let go. “I certainly didn’t want to get fired. Guys make mistakes. I made a big mistake, and [USC’s administration has] been
very understanding, very worthwhile in their support.” The Trojan players consider O’Neill’s suspension and subsequent apology as a sort of teambuilding exercise. “You can tell that he really felt like he let us down,” guard Jio Fontan said. “It’s something that I think he’s glad that he went through for the learning part of it. And we feel like as a team it’s kind of something we benefited from, brought us all together, brought us all closer. We definitely got to see another side of the coaching staff that we would not have seen if that altercation hadn’t happened.” VCU, like USC, wasn’t considered a lock to be in the NCAA tournament. Rams coach Shaka Smart said he and his players are driven by all the slings and arrows. “We use that as motivation with our players,” he said. “We have some guys that they love it when people doubt them. It really feeds their competitive juices. The reality is all that is just drama surrounding the NCAA tournament. Now, the fans, the media love drama. As a coach and as players, it has noth-
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Alabama State makes NCAA tournament with .500 record DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Its record was lousy, its turnaround remarkable. Nobody else got to the NCAA tournament quite like Alabama State. The Hornets (17-17) have the worst record in the 68team field. Everyone else has more wins than losses. Alabama State would have to beat Texas-San Antonio (19-13) on Wednesday night just to have its first winning record all season. The reward would be a trip to Cleveland to play top-seeded Ohio State. “The record doesn’t mean anything right now,” forward Tramayne Moorer said Tuesday. He’s right, of course, headed into the single-elimination NCAAs. And the Hornets’ break-even mark may be deceiving. Alabama State was depleted by injuries during its brutal opening schedule — it played eight of the first nine on the road. It wasn’t surprising that the Hornets opened 1-8, the only win coming in their only home game. They ended the month of January with a 7359 loss at Texas Southern that
left them 6-16. The problem? They couldn’t score. The Hornets were one of the worst shooting teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. They couldn’t even make a free throw, shooting only 55 percent from the line. After that loss at Texas Southern, things started coming together. Moorer, who got a sixth year of eligibility because of injuries, returned for the final 15 games. The rest of the lineup mended. The offense came around, and the Hornets won their next eight, gaining confidence with each game. “Once they got two or three wins under their belt, they even worked harder in practice,” coach Lewis Jackson said. “They got so competitive. We knew as a coaching staff that these guys were about to come together. And they kept working and working, and the wins started to pile up. “And here we are.” The offense came around when Moorer, the top returning scorer from last season, got healthy again. He was
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“We didn’t have an inside presence. The time I was out, we were like one of the worst teams in the nation, field goal-wise and free throw-wise.” Tramayne Moorer | Alabama State forward the MVP of the conference tournament, averaging 13.7 points and 7.3 rebounds. “We didn’t have an inside presence,” Moorer said. “The time I was out, we were like one of the worst teams in the nation, field goal-wise and free throw-wise.” No more. UTSA can appreciate the Hornets’ strong finish. The Roadrunners won all five of their games in March to get back to the tournament for the first time since 2004. “It’s crazy,” guard Devin Gibson said. “You look at what we did — we think we did something, but they had to win 11 of their last 12.” Coach Brooks Thompson can see the difference in the Hornets’ last two months just by watching tape of their games.
“I can tell you, I wish we were playing them when they were 1-7,” Thompson said. “Obviously they’ve got to have some decent character on that basketball team because if you start out [like that] and you can win 11 of your last 12 games, something’s going right.” The Roadrunners are a young team that had some low moments before getting on that closing surge and winning the Southland Conference tournament. Now, they have the chance to get the first NCAA tournament win in school history. “It would mean everything,” Gibson said. “UTSA has never won a tournament game in any other sports that we have at school. It’s not only about us as a basketball team, it’s about us as a university.”
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“It’s something that I think he’s glad that he went through for the learning part of it. And we feel like as a team it’s kind of something we benefited from, brought us all together, brought us all closer.”
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Vucevic, who averaged 17.3 Regardless, t he Rams points and 10.2 rebounds ea r ned t heir f irst ata game, they have made a large berth in the NCA A remarkable resurgence. since 1984. “This will be a great “It gives us a certain incening to do with when the ball opportunity for us to show goes up in the air tomorrow tive with everybody doubtpeople who we are, what night at 9 o’clock. That drama ing us and not believing we we can do,” Vucevic said. deserve to be here,” guard all goes away.” “People don’t know about us VCU had lost four of its five Bradford Burgess said. “It too much, but we can show games entering the Colonial gives us extra motivation in Jio Fontan | USC guard people we deserve to be in Athletic Association tourna- the game to prove it.” this tournament, that we’re USC, predicted to finment, shocked regular-season champion George Mason ish sixth in the Pac-10, did committed under coach Marquette, Tennessee and a great team, that we can Northwestern, was called in compete with anybody.” in the semifinals and then not play in any postsea- Tim Floyd. And their coach will be O’Neill, known as a to try to revive the Trojans. fell to Old Dominion 70-65 in son tournaments last year because of NCAA violations fixer-upper in prior jobs at Led by 6-foot-10 junior Nikola right there with them. the title game.
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