THE BG NEWS Tuesday
November 4, 2008 Volume 103, Issue 52
What can your minor do for you?
Gearing up for the big day Not just the popular vote: a student’s guide to the Electoral College
It turns out a minor in English can lend itself to a lot of versatility in masters and Ph.D. fields | Page 3
Making it right, 61 years later A woman recently found a book she borrowed from her high school library in 1947 and returned it, along with a check to pay for late fees | Page 12
By Kevin Morrissey Reporter
Today many University students will cast their votes for the next U.S. President, though many Americans do not know how the president is actually selected. “I don’t think that many people actually know what the electoral college does,”
It is your civic duty to vote! Columnist Lori Weber asks students at the University to fulfill their civic responsibility this election by voting, writing that each vote impacts the outcome | Page 4
Lasik sales going down
PEOPLE ON THE STREET
BG Soccer goes to MAC Tourney The women’s team beat out WMU and are to face Toledo on Friday in the semifinals, while the men’s team face off against Detroit today | Page 7
MELISSA BARBER Sophomore, VCT
“Obama.” | Page 4
A voter registration campaign headed by the Undergraduate Student Government registered a record-setting 4,500 students in Wood County since the summer months. During the course of the summer and fall semester, USG headed a campaign with Graduate Student Senate, College Democrats, College Republicans and Progressive Future, among others, to register as many students as possible in Wood County. Deputy Director of Wood County Board of Elections Debbie Hazard said, “Although the Board of Elections is not active in voter registration drives, special interest groups are very active.” Board of Elections supplies information through press releases, its Web site and office resources, she said. Hazard’s office supplied USG with all the information needed to register voters. “The state-wide voter registration goal was to register 20,000 students, but it was well surpassed and Bowling Green registered over 4,500 students,” said USG President John Waynick.
The campaign targeted students through numerous strategies. During the summer, USG’s campaigning efforts resulted in 1,000 student registrations. This segued into their fall semester’s efforts including sending all on-campus students and 3,200 off-campus students voting information. Forty-five classroom
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Go out and vote! It’s your constitutional right.
Univ. employment stopped cold
Hiring freeze, a response to fund deficit By Kate Snyder Reporter
and was reduced again by $540 million in September 2008. The University’s operating budget was Two weeks ago, the University reduced by 4.75 percent, which issued a hiring freeze. amounted to slightly more than Faculty positions and student $250,000. hourly positions are exempted, About 30 percent of the so the only people affected by University’s finances come from the freeze are classified staff and state support. The money saved administrative staff. Classified staff from the freeze would be used to includes anyone who’s not a stu- make up for the cuts at the state dent, but is paid by the hour, such level. as secretaries, grounds workers “Salary dollars from non-faculty, and those working in facilities. open positions affected by this hir“Students will largely not feel ing freeze would be swept centrally the impact,” Vice Provost Mark and used to offset other operating Gromko said. expense shortfalls throughout the He also said this is not cause for year,” according to the memo. alarm, and the freeze is in response Additionally, if a department is to state budgetary issues. in the process of filling an empty According to a memo from classified staff position, they could President Cartwright circulated go through the provost office for through the University communi- permission to continue the hiring ty, the state’s budget was reduced process. Also according to the memo, by $733 million in January 2008,
STATE BUDGET CUTS JANUARY 2008: $733 million SEPTEMBER 2008: $540 million Source: University interim president memo
faculty have their own hiring process, which is largely why they are exempt from the freeze. Requests can also be made for positions considered “critical to the operation of an office or department,” as stated in a FAQ on the human resources home page. Rebecca Ferguson, the Assistant Vice President of Human
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Cell ban included on May balllot By Courtney Flynn Reporter
At last night’s city council meeting, Ordinance 7830 was passed with a 5-2 vote to put the driving with a cell phone issue on the ballot. Bowling Green residents will now be able to decide whether or not they think driving while talking on a cell phone should be considered a primary offense, which means drivers talking on a cell phone could be pulled over and issued a ticket for that sole purpose. Although the ordinance was passed, it did not get finalized without a lively discussion. Bowling Green resident Bill Freeman made his stance on the issue clear. He said only a few weeks ago he saw three children almost get hit by a distracted driver. If the driver were on a cell phone, those children could have been hit. Freeman urged the council to put the issue on the ballot, hoping it will pass as a law. “I ask you to search your conscience and put the issue on the ballot for Bowling Green to decide,” he said. Another Bowling Green resident, Norm Heineman, disagreed
“I feel this is a bad precedent for us on ordinances in general ...”
Terry Dunn | Council member at-large with Freeman’s stance, saying the ballot should be for issues of great importance, like taxes, and the issue should be decided by council members. City council member at-large Terry Dunn had a similar stance to Heineman. “I don’t agree with putting this issue on the ballot for a number of reasons,” Dunn said. “I feel this is a bad precedent for us on ordinances in general... This law sets new ground for Bowling Green and Ohio.” Dunn said he would be in a favor of a law that council could adopt and adapt as time goes by. Council member at-large Robert McComber disagreed with Dunn. “I thought a lot of points Terry
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Duck hunters gather to preserve wetland habitat for fowl By Ira Sairs Reporter
TODAY Sunny High: 72, Low: 43
TOMORROW Sunny High: 71, Low: 43
By Elizabeth Hartman Reporter
Go to www.sos.state.oh.us to find your voter location.
Frederick Davis, the man charged for the murders of two clergymen, appeared in court and will have a preliminary hearing on Nov. 12 | Page 11
Who do you want to win the election?
USG registers record-breaking number of voters, ready for presidential election
said Chris Dawson, freshman. In fact, the official votes for McCain or Obama will be cast by a group of voters selected by the Secretary of State in December. Today voters will be selecting members of the Electoral College in the general election. Once it is determined who gets the most votes, one of two separate slates of electors are chosen, said Jeffrey Peake, associate professor of political science. If McCain wins Ohio a group of Republicans will be the members of the electoral college and vice versa if Obama wins. Each political party has a separate group of loyal party members ready to cast their vote, Peake said. These voters can hold offices, hold party positions or be large supporters of their party. He said the Electoral College also makes it possible for the winner of the general election to lose the popular vote. This has happened three times in history,accordingtotheU.S.National Archives and Records Administration, in 1824, 1872 and 2000.
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The number of corrective eye surgeries performed falls as people begin having to focus on necessities instead | Page 9
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DUCKS: Ducks Unlimited, a conservation conscience group, works to protect waterfowls.
North American duck hunters have united in protection of the same waterfowl they pursue. Ducks Unlimited, a national conservation group, is dedicated to preserving North America’s wetland habitats for the benefit of waterfowl. Frank Daniel Rzicznek, an instructor in the University’s General Studies Writing Program and potential faculty advisor for the BGSU chapter of Ducks Unlimited, explains the group is a conservation-minded
organization whose goal is to raise money for the awareness of wetlands preservation. The wetlands provide a habitat for waterfowl to breed and to exist. Rzicznek said the group is for anyone with an interest in the outdoors and environmental preservation. Junior Lawrence Coogan, an Environmental Health major, is trying to organize a chapter of Ducks Unlimited here in BG. Coogan contacted Ducks Unlimited, who sent a representative to meet with him. Although the group is still in its earliest stages and is not offi-
cially a campus organization yet, Coogan and others are determined to get the BG chapter started. “We had 20 people and few faculty members show up to our first meeting,” Coogan said. Coogan thinks there is definitely room for a wetlands habitat group here in BG. Rzicznek also said there is need for a BG chapter that can provide an outlet for students who may have been involved in similar organizations before
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drinking after his roommate reported he was out of control and threatening to fight him.
Complaintants reported somebody took their purses from their rooms while they were in the bathroom in Rodgers. 5:31 P.M.
Complaintant reported somebody stole his laptop from his room in McDonald.
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Scott Weaver of Bradner, Ohio, was cited for open container after police saw him carrying a can of beer on Troup Street.
Benjamin Wagner of Medina, Ohio, was cited for underage under the influence. 2:22 A.M.
Mwai Kinywa, 19, of Bowling Green, was arrested for disorderly conduct after he was witnessed urinating as he was walking in an alleyway. 2:27 A.M.
Kenneth Payne, 22, of Perry, Ohio, was arrested for criminal trespass after he was found lying in a driveway on North Main Street. 2:40 A.M.
Three male subjects were seen running around in Rodgers with ski masks on and shooting an air soft gun.
Alexandra Bender, 21, of Bowling Green, was arrested for open container and criminal trespass after she attempted to enter the front door of an unknown house with a half-full bottle of wine.
Angelica Capozziello, 19, of Genoa, Ohio, was cited for prohibited acts after using someone else’s identification in Uptown/ Downtown Bar. Reuben Easler of Toledo was cited for no operator’s license and speed. Easler was taken into custody on a warrant for failure to appear on a traffic violation.
Whitney Goings, 20, of Bowling Green, was arrested for inducing panic after repeatedly stating she was going to harm herself. Ricky Smallwood of Elyria, Ohio, and Thomas Beifuss of Mentor, Ohio, were cited for underage under the influence and open container in a motor vehicle.
Caitlyn Burr Brunjes, 20, of Bowling Green, was arrested for underage possession and open container after she was observed carrying an open can of Bud Light.
Complainant reported a broken window in University Hall.
Monica Sanden of Deerfield, Ill., and Samantha Gaitron of Solon, Ohio, were cited for underage under the influence and for stealing a bike. 1:29 A.M.
Ryan Steeves, 21, of Youngstown, Ohio, was arrested for disorderly conduct after he was witnessed urinating in the front yard of a residence on Clough Street. 1:44 A.M.
Adam Forkapa, 20, of Perrysburg, was arrested for underage possession and open container after he was observed carrying an open bottle of Bud Light. 1:51 A.M.
Robert Teachott, 20, of Bowling Green, was arrested for underage
As a result of the way the election is set up, the campaigning process is run differently from state to state. Because swing states are up for grabs, candidates reach out to voters in these states more so than states traditionally aligned with one party. Swing states have more influence than other states, Peake said. This ultimately causes the interests of the swing states to take more precedence than the issues of the non-swing states. Peake gave the example of Ohio and corn production.
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MONDAY, NOV. 3 Steven Price was cited for underage drinking and prohibited acts after attempting to enter Downtown Bar with fake identification. 2:05 A.M.
Clint Werling, 20, of Defiance, Ohio, was arrested for underage drinking after he was witnessed falling over on East Wooster Street.
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presentations were held, as well as canvassing on campus and registration at union tables for two weeks. “The class presentation was the most successful strategy because the speaker could engage with students effectively and then immediately present them registration,” Waynick said. Senior Nick Matthews was aware of USG’s efforts and contributed in voter registration efforts through his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.’s voter drive “Voteless People are Hopeless People.” Everyone he knows has registered to vote and many have already done so. “This is a groundbreaking election and if I did not think my vote would count, I would not have put as much energy into encouraging others to vote,” Matthews said. Besides registering students, Waynick explained a third of USG’s registration campaign
Since Ohio produces a lot of corn used to make ethanol, it is a more important issue to the candidates. “With the way the Electoral College is set up, there are really 50 separate elections on election day. Each state is voting for which candidate their state will endorse,” said Jake Horowitz, an organizer with Progressive Future, which is a nonpartisan group on campus urging students to vote. Horowitz thinks the presidential election process should get rid of the middle man. “I don’t like the Electoral College. I feel it is not necessary and can be done away with,” Horowitz said. energy went to informing outof-county students that they are able to register and vote in Wood County. Many students, including senior Ron Henderson, did not know that was a possibility until recently. Although Henderson already voted absentee, he said he would have registered in Wood county if he had known. Sophomore Ashley Watson, a Chicago native, learned she could register in Wood county through various campus organizations. “Ohio is a swing state and I hope that extra votes from students from other states can help the vote swing more in a certain direction,” she said. Waynick feels that students’ votes in this area of the state are especially important after all the major election-related events on campus recently. “It’s evidential with all the political attention our corner of the state has received — from ABC’s Charlie Gibson’s student interview, to Sarah Palin’s and Joe Biden’s last minute visits,” Waynick said.
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Although he has reservations on the issue and its affect on the community, he still said the ultimate decision remains in the hands of [Dunn] made were irrelevant,” Bowling Green residents. “If the public decides this is what McComber said. “We’re putting it on the ballot for residents to decide they want, then so be it,” Sorrels said. if it’s a good law.” McComber said he has knocked He said whether or not the council members think this is a on about 300 doors and about 80 good law is one thing, but it should percent of the residents he talked be on the ballot for all of the public to were in favor of the ordinance to vote. and the law. Larry Sorrells, council member Council President Megan at-large, agreed that it shouldn’t Newlove said she is still unsure matter whether or not the council on what the community wants, members were in favor. He is more which is why in the end she voted worried about whether or not put- to leave the issue in the Bowling ting this issue on the ballot is a bad Green residents’ hands. “If we’re going to pass a law like precedent. Sorrells understands it is not safe to drive while on a cell this, it’d be more appropriate for phone, but is concerned if it is a the citizens to decide,” Newlove said. good move for the community.
FREEZE From Page 1 Resources, explained that custodial positions would be considered critical to residence life, but other positions might not be so clear cut. “Can you do without an academic advisor?” she said. This year’s freeze is similar to the freeze the University implemented last year. But last year’s
freeze did not exclude faculty. It was implemented last fall and lasted into the spring. According to the FAQ, this year’s freeze will last at least until January 2009, but Ferguson thinks it will last longer. The economy probably won’t be in good shape by then, she said. “It’s a bigger picture to be looking at the national economy and state economy,” Ferguson said.
Obama’s grandmother dies days before election By Herbert A. Sample The Associated Press
HONOLULU — Barack Obama’s grandmother, whose personality and bearing shaped much of the life of the Democratic presidential contender, has died, Obama announced yesterday, one day before the election. Madelyn Payne Dunham was 86. Obama announced the news from the campaign trail in Charlotte, N.C. The joint statement with his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng said Dunham died peacefully late Sunday night after a battle with cancer. They said: “She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility. She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances.” Obama learned of her death yesterday morning while he was campaigning in Jacksonville, Fla. He planned to go ahead with campaign appearances. The family said a private ceremony would be held later. Republican John McCain issued condolences to his opponent. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to them as they remember and celebrate the life of someone who had such a profound impact in their lives,” the statement by John and Cindy McCain said. Last month, Obama took
“She was a person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances.” Obama and family
a break from campaigning and flew to Hawaii to be with Dunham as her health declined. Obama said the decision to go to Hawaii was easy to make, telling CBS that he “got there too late” when his mother died of ovarian cancer in 1995 at 53, and wanted to make sure “that I don’t make the same mistake twice.” Outside the apartment building where Dunham died, reporters and TV cameras lined the sidewalk as two police officers were posted near the elevator. Signs hanging in the apartment lobby warned the public to keep out. Longtime family friend Georgia McCauley visited the 10th-floor apartment where Obama had lived with his grandparent. “So many of us were hoping and praying that his grandmother would have the opportunity to witness her grandson become our next president,” said state Rep. Marcus Oshiro, an Obama supporter. “What a bittersweet victory it will be for him. Wow.”
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8 - 9 p.m. The Cowboy Astronomer 112 Physical Sciences Lab Bldg
6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Wood County Board of Elections 228 Union - Multipurpose Room
8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibit #4: Clay Club 130 and 131 Union
8 a.m. - 11p.m. Muslim Student Association Prayer Room 204 Olscamp
10 a.m. - 4p.m. Hari Kari Seminar/Raffle Table Union Table Space
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Purchase Farmers Formal Tickets Union Table Space
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. DDAS Second Annual Conference Union Table Space
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FALL FRETS: Last evening the Union was transformed into an acoustic talent show. The fall fling had students perform their music to a diverse crowd who sat back, relaxed and enjoyed the free apple cider.
Minors can be very complementary By Richard Chandler Reporter
Some University students are opting for a minor in English for its versatility in complementing their major. The English minor at the University is divided into four separate programs, including English, Scientific and Technical Communication, Creative Writing and Linguistics, said Kristine Blair, University English department chair. The variety offered by the different disciplines of English at the University provides students with “lots of traditional choices and lots of non-traditional choices,” Blair said. Familiar choices for those who study English include teaching, editing and writing. While these fields are still popular among English minors, other fields students are entering include marketing, public relations, law, journalism, paralegal work, interpreting, teaching abroad and publishing, Blair said. She also mentions that many students minoring in English, particularly those interested in teaching, choose “to go on to Masters and P.H.D. programs.” Amanda Sampson, an Integrated Language Arts major who is minoring in English, is an example of the professional versatility offered by studying English. “I chose language arts because I want to be able to teach students to have the same enthusiasm for language as I do,” Sampson said. Her goal after completing her education is to teach middle school English and write children’s literature. “In a tough economy, students want to be employed,” Blair said. She stresses that the relation-
ship between major and minor is important and that choosing a minor that complements one’s major can prove practical. For example, she notes, a technically oriented major like Computer Science coupled with a minor in English can lead to a Masters degree in Library Science or work creating databases. This sort of technical emphasis for students studying English is becoming more and more common. Blair said that due to the advent and popularization of the Internet, “The context of reading and writing has really changed over the last twenty years.” While Blair encourages students to make choices that are beneficial to their academic and occupational aspirations, she believes what is most important in choosing a minor is that it truly appeals to the student. “I think the most important thing is that students choose what they love,” she said.
FOUR ENGLISH PROGRAM FOCUSES: Creative Writing — develops writing skills and utilizes workshops and peer and instructor reviews English — the study of English literature Scientific & Technical Communication — the use of language in the developing online community Linguistics — merges English and Language Studies coursework Source: Kristine Blair, Univ. English dept. chair
Cartwright addresses USG concerns By India Hunter Reporter
University Interim President Carol Cartwright spoke about several University matters during the Undergraduate Student Government meeting last night. Cartwright answered questions from USG members about planning for the University’s budget for the next two years. “The University budget is an area of concern,” Cartwright said, noting the University works with the Ohio Board of Regents in determining the budget for the University. Issues of concern include textbook costs, placing a possible freeze on those costs and tuition costs. Cartwright said that in creating a budget, finding a balance is key. She used the analogy of how a family finds a way to balance their budget when resources are diminished. The University must do the same. “It’s a roller coaster ride, some news will be good, while some will be bad,” Cartwright said. She said the University hopes to have the budget proposal process finalized by June 2009. Cartwright also clarified the role of a student trustee within student government since some USG members had questions about it.
“Our student trustees take part in board of trustee meetings and discussions,” Cartwright said. But due to state law, a student trustee can’t vote, Cartwright said. If members were to try and change this current law, Cartwright stressed the importance of presenting a thorough, well-researched argument. “A sound argument is well supported,” Cartwright said. In order to attract more students to campus, Cartwright said the marketing department is looking into new strategies to find students in other areas of the state. Traditionally, the University relies heavily on students from the Cleveland area, but that must change since the number of Cleveland area graduates is declining. “We are finding new creative ways to attract students to campus,” Cartwright said. Cartwright commended USG members for their campus beautification effort. “When we look attractive, it does help with recruitment and retention,” Cartwright said. USG President John Waynick also urged USG members to always be on the lookout for tackling issues of student concern. “To re-iterate Cartwright’s point, a good argument is wellresearched,” Waynick said.
Carol Cartwright University Interim President who spoke to USG Besides Cartwright’s speech, USG discussed two proposed resolutions, one which concerns the fee waiver for international students. Since this past summer, there has been confusion regarding the covering of costs of international student tuition and fees. International students received an e-mail stating their tuition would no longer be covered by the University. And although most affected have had their fee waivers reinstated, there are still some students that have unresolved issues. This is an issue of concern since having international students on campus is key to having a diverse student population,” Minority Affairs Senator Tyler Deitsch said. USG Minority Affairs Senator Starmisha Page also agreed. “Please go talk to international students and find out their stories,” Page said. Another proposed resolution to keep the Springboard program was also read during the meeting. A formal vote on both proposed resolutions will take place at a later date.
2 - 6 p.m. Audition for Treehouse Troupe 408 Mosley Hall
5 - 6 p.m. Learn about Co-ops and Internships 117 Olscamp
8 p.m. Student Jazz Combos Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center
Student charged with sexual imposition University student Paul Turner has been charged with sexual imposition after an alleged incident occurring in Rodgers on Oct. 5. According to University police reports, Turner invited the victim, an ex-girlfriend, to his room after he had been drinking heavily. While in his room, the victim claimed Turner stuck his hand underneath her shirt, fondled her and started rubbing his other hand against the crotch of her pants. The victim told Turner to stop but he persisted until somebody called his cell phone and Turner told the victim she could leave. As a result of the incident, Turner was told not to have contact with the victim and a temporary restraining order was put in place. Turner allegedly violated the restraining order by sending the victim a text message and was ordered to return to Bowling Green to face additional charges for sending the message.
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“So many of us were hoping and praying that his grandmother would have the opportunity to witness her grandson become our next president.” — Marcus Oshiro, Hawaiian Representative, on the unfortunate death of Sen. Barack Obama’s grandmother [see story, pg. 2]. Tuesday, November 4, 2008 4
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Wrongful BG News endorsement I can’t believe The BG News endorsed Barack Obama. What a surprise. The liberal BG News endorses Barack Obama. Who would have guessed? It was hard to tell who they would endorse from looking at the articles that have been posted in the recent weeks. According to The BG News, there are several reasons why Obama is best for college students. For one, college students are going to have to enter a terrible job market. I suppose the best plan for this is to tax small businesses (the ones that create the most jobs) and give that money as a tax credit to college students. If I was a small business and had to dish out more money in taxes, I’d say I’m not likely to create more jobs and expand my business … but evidently this will fix the job market. Instead of promoting hard work and doing well in school to get scholarships, let’s “spread the wealth.” I love the other reason that Obama is a better choice for students: Because he cares more. They use the example that 4 years ago, George Bush was trying to ban gay marriage while now Obama is there to care for college students. Great comparison! Oops, I think you forgot that it is John McCain who is running
Recently, I ran into my pal Stubby McDrool at my favorite downtown watering hole. “Hi Stubbs,” I said, sitting down and putting my briefcase on a nearby chair. “Hey Phil,” Stubby said, lifting his glass. “What’s new?” “Not much,” I replied. The waitress approached and I ordered. “I gotta tell you,” McDrool began after I settled in and took a sip of my brew, “I’m tired of this damn election. Be glad when it’s over. And I really don’t like either candidate very well. You’d think that in a nation of three hundred million people, we could do better than these two guys.” “Made up your mind yet?” I asked. Normally, I don’t discuss politics, but I’ve known Stubby for a long time, and we do share some confidences. “I can’t get behind Obama,”
against Obama, not Bush. One major point The BG News claims is a great reason for you to vote for Obama is because of the great character and leadership he has shown during 21 months of campaigning. Really? How about 6 years in a prisoner of war camp in which he kept the faith with his fellow prisoners? This is something none of us could ever even fathom. How about an entire lifetime of service in addition to a long campaign? I would have to say that shows much much more character than a 21 month campaign. Lastly, poor Obama for having to endure political ads that call him out of some important issues that The BG News calls ‘minor flaws.’ Minor flaws like a complete lack of experience, ties to socialists and known terrorists that have been swept under the rug. These are ‘minor flaws’? Are you kidding? The choice between Obama and McCain is clear. A man who has served his country since he was 17 years old and a man who has endured a 21-month campaign. A man who wants to promote small business and a man who wants to take money from small businesses to help ‘spread the wealth’. Please don’t let Obama’s great speech make substitute for proven results and proven service. In my opinion, The BG News is far from objective. — Jason Glazer is a junior majoring in aviation management. Respond to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stubby replied. “I don’t like this ‘spread the wealth around’ stuff. I’ll spread my own wealth, thanks! I don’t think the government’s competent to do it. Remember, these are the same guys who buy $650 toilet seats for the Pentagon.” “What about all these tax credits Obama promises?” I asked. “Tax credits — yeah, right. Did you know that most of them would be refundable? Whether or not you’ve paid any tax, Uncle Sam’s gonna cut you a check. You shouldn’t get a tax credit or refund unless you’ve paid taxes in the first place.” “So where’s the government going to get all this money?” I asked. “They’re gonna tax the wealthiest taxpayers. It’s a wealth redistribution scheme. Take from the rich and give to the poor. Who the hell you think creates the jobs in this country? It’s the people who either own successful businesses or who invest in them.” “Sounds like the national debt going up,” I noted. “You know, I
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It has all come down to this day. Whether you support one candidate or another, I honestly don’t care. I just want you to vote. I want you to actively participate in the government that you generally complain about. Make your own contribution towards this country by punching a ballot card, pressing a button on a computer or filling in a black circle with your No. 2 pencil. I remember my sixth grade Social Studies teacher, Mrs. Cashen. She made it her personal mission to teach us that voting is not only our Constitutional right but a responsibility to this country that we live in. I also remember her telling our class that she would haunt us from her grave if we didn’t vote. This will be an election that we will always remember. It is an election of firsts. It all started back with the primaries. The nation had its first viable AfricanAmerican and female candidates (Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton). The first Mormon candidate (Gov. Mitt Romney). The first divorced candidate (former Mayor Rudy Giuliani). The oldest candidate ever to run (Sen. John McCain).
All these amazing firsts led to a revival of the election process. In 2006, only 68 percent of voting-age citizens registered, and of that group, 48 percent actually voted. The U.S. Census Bureau announced a few days ago that 94 percent of all eligible voters have registered for this election. Because of the early voting, some states are recording turnouts of 50
“Vote whichever way your little heart desires, but make your voice known. Our system only works when people are active.” percent already. Already! This is what I want from you, the reader: Just sitting there in between class or in your office. I want you to get up, find out where your polling location is, put on your coat, get in your car, drive there and vote. Vote whichever way your little heart desires, but make your voice known. Our system only works when people are active. I understand that there are people out there that are unsure. Some people worry that they don’t know enough to make an informed decision. If there is an issue that you aren’t sure about, just don’t make a decision on it. Leave that space blank. Move on to the next part that you are
more comfortable with. Voting is not like a test. It is not timed. It will not affect your G.P.A. and not even your parents will know how you voted. There is also a decent portion of registered voters that are jaded. In one of my Political Science classes, a student raised his hand and said that he and his friends were jaded because of past elections. They haven’t voted since, because they didn’t feel like their vote mattered or made a difference in the end. Tough. Get over it. The big, bad mistake of 2000 and 2004 is running out of time and ruining our lives further. Instead of wallowing in cynicism, take a chance and try again. The person or issue you vote for isn’t always going to win. It’s just a fact. However, your presence makes an impact as well. If it doesn’t pass this time, it could pass in the future with more informed voters. I come from family of voters. I can remember Reagan’s second run for office. I remember Bush Sr.’s stomping over Dukakis and my dad taking me into the old, curtained voting booths, letting me pull the lever once he flipped all the little switches and proudly wearing my “I’m a Democrat” button. My mom would take me to the polling station as well, explaining to me how important it was to vote because there were people that needed to have their voices heard. I was in the sixth grade when Bill Clinton was sworn into office with the voice of
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The only way to predict the election is by voting TIM SAMPSON EXECUTIVE EDITOR Editors’ note: This column originally appeared in the Oct. 30 issue of The BG News. It was supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s game 21 months ago. Then Mitt Romney was supposed to come along and be the savior of the Republican Party. Next we were told Rudy Giuliani would be taking his seat in the Oval Office come Jan. 20, 2009. From the outset of this election nearly two years ago, every pundit, pollster and politico in the business has been trying to tell us who would be the next president. And every time they’ve been wrong. If the soothsayers of MSNBC, Fox News and CNN had any idea what they were talking about last summer, then our campus would currently be flooded with signs for Clinton and Giuliani. And remember when former Senator and “Law and Order” star Fred Thompson, was supposed to revitalize the GOP. Polls showed him leading the pack for the Republican nomination … that is until he actually entered the race and his campaign managed to generate the excitement of a Nickelback concert ticket giveaway. Do you recall the week following the Iowa caucus? Barack Obama’s upset victory in the Hawkeye state had him leading by double digits going into the New Hampshire Primary. All the pundits said he’d win the primary there and it was game over for Clinton. MSNBC’s coverage that week was like a coronation for Obama. But of course Clinton came back and won in New Hampshire and the contest dragged on to June until Obama finally emerged victorious.
SCHURRER From Page 4 pushed some numbers around concerning this year’s federal budget. Let me see ...” I fished in my briefcase. In a moment I had the worksheet. “Take a look at this.” McDrool looked over the numbers. He uttered an expletive. “You mean that we’re close to a quarter of trillion dollars in the hole for just this year?” “Yep. And that doesn’t even include funding for the war.” He looked at the numbers again. “Mandatory expenditures are two-thirds of total expenditures?” he muttered. “Right, and that just covers Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment, welfare and interest on the national debt. These are the payments Uncle Sam has to make before anything else gets funded.” “What kind of a country are we going to leave our kids?” Stubby retorted. “You think things are bad now. With the deficits they’re going to run up, they’ll have to raise everyone’s taxes eventually. And this’ll happen about the time our students graduate and get jobs. What’ll we tell them? ‘You supported Obama. Now you get to pay for it,’ Sorry, I don’t think it’s good in the long run for the country.” “Churchill once said that ‘capitalism’s the unequal sharing of blessings and socialism’s
So looking back over the many failed efforts to predict the 2008 election, there is one important lesson to take away. Voters still decide elections. John McCain was dead in the water back in summer 2007. But voters decided to reject the premature political obituary offered by the media and resurrect the Senator when voting actually began in January of this year. Voters in Iowa also chose Obama when all the experts said Clinton would sail right on through to claim her party’s nomination. And there is no reason to think voting today won’t be just as important. Whether you’re an Obama or McCain supporter, going out to the polls is still crucial. If you’re a McCain supporter, don’t get discouraged. Anything can happen. Just remember that famous picture of a victorious Harry Truman hoisting up a false, prematurely written headline, “Dewey Defeats Truman.” Or look at those polls the day before the New Hampshire primary that had Hillary down for the count. A lot can still happen on Election Day. And the same is true for Obama supporters as well. After eight years out in the cold, victory seems within grasp for the Democrats and potentially leading to overconfidence for voters. That’s what Obama himself has been warning against in his speeches recently. And youth voters have notoriously been blamed for letting down candidates at the last minute by not showing up in full force. That is why it’s equally important for voters on both sides to go to the polls today. No more predictions. It’s time for a decision. And you’re the ones who get to make it. — Respond to Tim at email@example.com. the equal sharing of misery,’” I recalled. “Right,” he continued. “Government doesn’t really create jobs or wealth. It just taxes it.” “So, you like McCain better?” I asked. “Only slightly,” Stubby replied. “I think he’s less likely to spend as much on giveaway, give-thefolks-anything-they-want stuff.” “Sounds like ‘bread and circuses’ to me, Stubbs,” I interjected. “You know — what the Romans said: Keep ‘em entertained and happy. That’s no formula for a functioning democracy.” “Obama’s trying to convince everyone that McCain’s a carbon copy of Bush, and we need change, change, change,” Stubby said. “If you say a thing often enough …” “People will believe it,” I finished the thought. “Right. Some people don’t understand that nothing’s for free.” Stubby replied, finishing his glass. “Obama trying to buy votes by promising something for the ‘little guy.’ Sounds almost like class warfare to me. Bottom line: his program’s gonna cost more than McCain’s. And that’s only half the problem” “What’s the other half?” I queried. “We don’t have that kind of money.”
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Aretha Franklin belting out in the background. I remember when Bob Dole fell off a stage while campaigning. This year, we have seen such incredible images: A female vice presidential candidate that reinvigorated the Republican Party, a plumber that became an overnight mantra and of course, ‘Change’. We are at a turning point in our lives. History is unveiling before us. For those that have already voted, thank you. For those that are waiting in line at their polling station right now and reading this, thank you . For the rest of you: Go. Now. If your polling station is 300 miles
away or isn’t a feasible drive, ask for a provisional ballot. They will hand you a giant floppy paper, fill out both sides, and the election volunteers will place it in a manila envelop to be counted later. I want to know those who voted. When you have voted, go to www. bgnews.com, and find this column. Post a comment that says, “I voted.” If you want, tell me your story of how or why you voted. I can’t expect everyone to be as excited about politics as I am, but I do expect people to put an effort into participating in the election process. William E. Simon once said, “Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.” — Respond to Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fear not a way to win By Natalie Hein U-Wire
In 1954, Wisconsin Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy proclaimed to the American public, which was paralyzed by the fear of the eminent spread of communism, that famed CBS news reporter Edward R. Murrow was a promoter of communist propaganda. In a similar fear-churned political climate 54 years later, Republican presidential candidate John McCain and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin have been slurring their opponent, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, with claims that he has worked closely with terrorists. These fear-mongering scenarios are chillingly similar. Today, Murrow is considered by many to be one of the most respectable figures in the history of American broadcast journalism. Conversely, the term “McCarthyism” stirs up anti-freedom anxiety in many modern-day Americans. So why is the McCain/ Palin camp so quick to revert to the scare tactics of the heavily critiqued McCarthy period? Recent political developments are proving the “pro-America” rhetoric of the Republican Party to be anything but American. It’s completely backward for anyone to accuse Obama, a man vying to be the leader of the free world, of seeing the world “as so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.” This comment by Palin in reference to Obama’s past work with Bill Ayers, a political activist and domestic terrorist during the ‘60s and ‘70s, did not stand up to further scrutiny. Obama identified Ayers as “somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was eight,” and someone who he has not recently been close to, nor someone he has ever shared radical terrorist opinions with. Therefore, an empty comment such as Palin’s reveals that in this presidential election, the Republican Party is trying to paint Obama as an antiAmerican enemy by donning
him with false titles. Their hope is that the ignorant fear of the electorate will play out as it initially did for McCarthy in falsely labeling upstanding Americans as communists. McCain and Palin should note that McCarthy’s antipatriot crusade ultimately failed. The party’s rhetoric has been implying that we Angelenos are un-American as well. Palin’s reference to small towns being the “real America” implies that big cities such as Los Angeles are unpatriotic. But America’s big cities contain most of its diversity. So if you live in a big city, and you tolerate those from different backgrounds, and you have independent thoughts, and you appreciate the cultural diversity of a metropolitan area, you’re not a real American? America prides itself on being the land of the free, the great melting pot. These descriptions indicate freedom of expression and diversity. The United States was once a dream home for people of any nation to come to be considered valuable and equal. Yet the current rhetoric has divided the nation. It has pointed out that a candidate can be slurred just for his racial background or middle name (Hussein), and that Americans who don’t hold guns or Wal-Mart on high aren’t truly American. In a shocking and ironic political development, it seems as if the perpetuation of these ideas is as un-American as it gets: The Washington Post broke a story Wednesday about an endorsement of McCain on a password-protected al-Qaeda Web site, al-Hesbah. The endorsement pointed out that four more years of “pro-America” rhetoric would continue to increase recruitment to anti-American and terrorist organizations. An election of McCain would also guarantee our occupation in the Middle East for an indefinite period of time, continuing a war that has “exhausted (America’s) resources and bankrupted its economy,” according to the author of the posting, Muhammad Haafid. McCain’s party is dealing out just what the terrorists ordered.
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Election parties perfect opportunity to get wasted By Andi Berlin U-wire
Simply stated, the implications of the people’s mandate in this historic election will redefine even the most basic American assumptions, shattering our traditional views on balance of power, gender, leadership personas, pacifism, race and a host of defining issues. What better reason, then, to get unbelievably, explosively wasted. From the vantage point of history, it doesn’t seem as terrible now that I pissed away election night 2004 biting my arm skin at Cellar Restaurant in Wilbur’s Underground. Compared to this, the last election wasn’t really that big of a deal. I mean, it was a shame that amongst other freshmen, I would consciously reject drunken euphoria in lieu of Dance Dance Revolution machines and faux parties with loads of Diet Pepsi and people chanting in board shorts. That’s sad to me. But not nearly as sad as it would be now. Since this is a such a crucial period in American history, I feel it’s my duty as a public figure to persuade the citizens of this fine university to avoid college-sponsored events and get drunk on their own: in house parties, at the voting booth, by themselves or with their chinchillas. But far, far away from the auspices of this establishment. It’s lame here, to be honest, and it’s even lamer to be here on the biggest party night since Independence Day! Election night debauchery idea Number 1: Get drunk while voting. Like I stated earlier, this is a wonderful solution to any predrunk McCain wins. If you’re smashed before they even start counting, you won’t have to be upset all night! But, for dog’s sake, make a game out of it. I say, fill a water bottle with your favorite vodka, and every time you check “no” on a proposition, take a swig. Hopefully, that’ll be a lot. Or better yet, if you truly want majority rules and homeowner’s rights, death to illegals or whatever, take a swig every time you vote to retain a judge. That should be sufficient, unless you’re an asshole. Election night debauchery idea Number 2: Celebrate the death of America. I heard this one on conservative talk radio, although it might have been slightly different. Throw a party where everyone dresses up in ghost costumes left over from Halloween. Put a festive ham in the crock pot and totally sear it so it’s ashy and inedible. Do a lot of raving around, call someone an offensive and borderline racist name and then have a séance at the end when everyone’s
“Crash your opponent’s party. If you’re a Democrat, this would be a church. If you’re a Republican, at an abortion clinic. If you’re a Libertarian, just leave Coffee XChange.” tipsy. I think they said this idea only works if Obama wins, but it’ll probably happen so don’t worry. Election night ridiculous idea Number 3: Crash your opponent’s party. If you’re a Democrat, this would be at a local church. If you’re a Republican, at an abortion clinic. If you’re a Libertarian, just leave Coffee X-Change. When you get there, pretend to be really nice and on their side for about a half an hour. Cheer when they cheer. Heckle when they heckle. Then, when someone finally accidentally offends you, make a show of it. It’ll get really awkward at this point, so maybe you should leave. Then, when you get outside and no one can hear, call them a terrorist! Election idea Number 4: Have your own party, but don’t watch the news. Just get drunk instead. Election idea Number 5: Have a serious party where you analyze what’s going on when it happens. I don’t suggest this one, but some may insist on it. And I’d rather persuade you to do this than go see that guy who calls himself an MP3-J at Wilbur’s Underground. Draw diagrams. Care about who wins. Discuss — how shall I say — politics. Be really excited for the entirety of the election, but then jaded and ironic after the anticlimax. Try to forget about the entire thing for four years until someone comes along who you actually like. Or take the high road and stay interested in politics. Decorate your house with Bushisms and pretend you’re smarter than everyone on television. Picket a major road. Have a meeting in the back room of La Indita. Accost people and guilt them into signing forms on University Boulevard. Pretend you’re fighting against the terrors and injustices of the current administration. Pretend you’re changing the world. Whatever you do, whomever you vote for, just don’t go to Maloney’s.
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Obama seems confident going into Election Day By Nedra Pickler The Associated Press
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Barack Obama looks and acts like a guy who expects to win. Just look at his election eve schedule. While John McCain rushed around to seven states for last-minute campaigning yesterday, Obama didn’t appear before voters until after 11 a.m., the first of just three events for the day. Before that, he did radio interviews from his hotel room — then he headed out in sweat pants and a ball cap for a 45-minute workout at a gym. “What is the one thing at this point that has you a little bit concerned?” he was asked by syndicated radio host Russ Parr. “You know, I feel pretty peaceful, Russ, I gotta say,” Obama replied. “Because my attitude is, if we’ve done everything we can do, then it’s up to the people to decide. And the question is going to be who wants it more. And I hope that our supporters want it bad,
because I think the country needs it.” Obama’s supporters were nothing if not fired up. About 9,000 came to his event in conservative-leaning Jacksonville, while across the state in Tampa, McCain drew less than 1,000. Obama’s crowd was decked out in campaign T-shirts that said things like “Obama is my homeboy,” and stood in their seats at Veterans Memorial Arena before he got there, dancing to a warm-up soundtrack that included India.Arie’s song, “There’s Hope.” By now clad in suit and tie, he told them, “I have just one word for you, Florida: ‘Tomorrow.’” Actually, he had a lot of words for them — recapping his long campaign and looking to the future — once he quieted their screaming. Sensing victory, the crowd was exuberant. He talked about starting out “in the depths of winter nearly two years ago on the steps of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.” “I voted for you!” called out an audience member.
“Thank you for the vote,” Obama said, trying with a smile to pick up the thread of his speech in front of a crowd that was ready to celebrate. “Back then we didn’t have much money,” he said. “We didn’t have — all right, you all, let’s settle down.” He said that after “21 months of a campaign that’s taken us from the rocky coast of Maine to the sunshine of California, we are one day away from changing the United States of America.” The polls gave Obama reason for confidence — he was ahead in every state that Democrat John Kerry won in 2004 and a few that President Bush won as well. He said Sunday that campaigning with his family before massive crowds over the weekend had him thinking he might indeed be headed to victory, but he told the Jacksonville crowd it would be close and they needed to “work like our future depends on it in the next 24 hours, because it does.”
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McCain makes last minute campaign stops By Beth Fouhy The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS — John McCain often tells campaign audiences he doesn’t hide from history. He surely didn’t yesterday, undertaking an energetic march across seven battleground states on the last day of a long presidential contest the opinion polls all said he was trailing. “I’m an American, and I choose to fight!” McCain proclaimed at rallies in Florida, Pennsylvania, Indiana and just outside Virginia. It was a pledge of defiance amid a blizzard of late polls showing Barack Obama leading in most competitive states, leaving McCain with only the narrowest possible path to victory tonight. “When I’m president,” he said again and again through the day, filling in a litany of the good things to follow: More jobs, lower energy costs. A president
who would bring change and not just talk about it. “When I’m president, we’re going to win in Afghanistan, win in Iraq, and our troops will come home with victory and honor.” But once he started out this way: “My friends, if I’m elected president. ...” He quickly caught himself: “When I’m elected president. ...” Bucking him up, the crowd in Indianapolis chanted his name, over and over. “John McCain! John McCain! John McCain! John McCain! ...” The Arizona senator’s 18-hour eastto-west odyssey would later take him to New Mexico, Nevada and home to Phoenix in the early morning of today’s Election Day. Buoyed by what campaign manager Rick Davis said was a promising surge in Western battleground state polling, the campaign
was even adding stops today, in New Mexico and Colorado. “In New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada, it’s all margin of error,” Davis told reporters even though public polling showed Obama leading in those longtime Republican bastions. “It’s a slow process, the McCain way of grinding out a victory. Nothing fancy,” Davis contended. The day got off to a slow start in Tampa, on the western edge of Florida’s vote-rich Interstate 4 corridor. McCain stepped before a crowd estimated at no more than 1,000 people near where President Bush drew 15,000 to a campaign rally in 2004. “With this kind of enthusiasm and this kind of intensity, we will win Florida and we will win the election!” McCain declared, even though the crowd seemed neither particularly enthusiastic nor intense. CAROLYN KASTER | AP PHOTO
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BG WOMEN’S SOCCER
BG MEN’S SOCCER
LAST GAME: The Falcons were able to beat Western Michigan in the tourney quarterfinals, 2-0.
LAST GAME: In its final home game of the season, BG lost to Buffalo, 2-0.
NEXT UP: The Falcons will travel up I-75 to face Toledo for the second time in a week Friday in the MAC semifinals.
NEXT UP: The Falcons have one more regular season game to go — a matchup with Detroit today at 2 p.m.
FOOTBALL Mahone named MAC Player of the Week
Junior safety P.J. Mahone was named Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Week by the league office yesterday. In Saturday’s win over Kent, Mahone had nine tackles, an interception and three pass breakups.
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Women’s basketball vs. Findlay (exhibition); 7 p.m. Men’s Soccer at Detroit; 2 p.m.
OUR CALL Today in Sports History 1988—The Hornets
lose their first game at the Charlotte Coliseum to the Cavaliers, 133-93. 1980—Sadaharu Oh, pro baseball’s all-time homerun king, retires with 868. 1924—California legalizes pro boxing. 1904—Harvard builds first stadium specifically designed for football.
The new NBA season started last week, and we’re just plain excited. There are already players putting up big numbers, and today we’re going to list five of the more impressive stat lines out there:
1. Joe Johnson:
Atlanta’s shooting guard is averaging a torrid 30 points per game. 2. Elton Brand: Brand was brought to Philadelphia to provide points, rebounding and toughness in the paint. So far, he’s done that, averaging 14 rebounds a game. 3. Chris Paul: A frontrunner for NBA MVP, Paul is averaging 12 assists a game for New Orleans.
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FAMILIAR SITUATION: The BG women’s soccer team faced Toledo last week and the game resulted in a 1-1 tie after two overtimes.
the MAC Tourney Women beat WMU, will face Toledo in semifinals By Jordan Cravens Reporter
saves in the first half alone. It appeared as though the match would remain dead-locked, Playing with the intensity of a as the frustration of the Falcons post-season match, the BG wom- mounted with each unfinished en’s soccer team came out firing scoring opportunity during the on all cylinders in the first-round first half. of the Mid-American Conference But the tides quickly changed tournament. coming out of halftime when Although their efforts were not Colleen Kordan, a defensive reflected in scoring, at least for player, booted a penalty kick into the first half of play, their intent the upper-right corner of the goal was clear as they chalked up nine just over a minute into second shots offensively compared with half play, giving her team a much Western Michigan’s one, in the needed lift. opening 45 minutes. “It was really important that we Bronco goalkeeper Julia Francy got off to a good start second half,” had the Falcons dialed in, seemingly always in position to make See WOMEN | Page 8 the stop as she recorded eight
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RECORD: 12-5-4 (6-3-2)
TOP SCORER: Corbie Yee, six goals
SHUTOUTS: 14 SENIORS: Christy Zabek, Corbie Yee, Gina Rossi, Susan Hunter, Brianne Eisenhard, Kristin McDonald
RECORD: 4-12-1 (0-6-0)
TOP SCORER: Jacob Lawrence, four goals
TOTAL SAVES: 75 SENIORS: Brent Petkus, Paul Shoemaker, Ryan Davis, Kyle McNayr
Men lose final home game, play Detroit today By Jason Jones Reporter
which he deflected on full-extension dives, to go along with the eight he had on the day. Unfortunately for the Falcons The men’s soccer team took the field at home Saturday for the final however, Buffalo still managed to time this season, looking for their strike first in the 39th minute. The first Mid-American Conference goal, along with another late in the second half, sealed a 2-0 loss for win of the year. With the added emotion of the Falcons. “We had to manage the game Senior Day, the Falcons got off to an impressive start. Their offense without Chris [Jurtovski], Byard came out looking as aggressive Ebling and Hunter [Van Houten], as it had all season, with pressure and obviously that hurt us,” said being applied and shots by Tyler head coach Fred Thompson. The team has been plagued Deal and Thomas McLean just with injuries as of late, and at this missed the goal. The defense also looked impres- point is just looking to get everysive in the early going, as goalie Paul Shoemaker made four See MEN | Page 8 impressive early saves, two of
Football notes: With offense finally clicking, Falcons get ready for Bobcats Tom Amstutz
By Andrew Harner Assistant Sports Editor
Following a big conference win over Kent State, coach Gregg Brandon seemed pleased to meet with the media to discuss a win rather than a loss. In weeks past, Brandon fielded many questions about the past game, but yesterday, the discussion was focused more on individual players rather than overarching team issues.
4. Dwight Howard:
Orlando’s big man can control the paint with the best of them. So far, he’s blocking over four shots per game. 5. Jason Kidd: Even though Kidd’s getting up there in age, he’s still one of the best point guards in the game, averaging four steals every game.
WORK TO DO: The BG men’s soccer team hasn’t won a single MAC game all season, but will play in the MAC Tourney this week.
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NO ROOM FOR ERROR: With three games left to play, the Falcons will have to win out in order to have a chance at taking the MAC East title.
Toledo coach Tom Amstutz announced yesterday morning that he will step down from his head coaching position at the end of the season. Despite the big rivalry Toledo
Will step down as Toledo’s coach at end of season and BG share on the field, Amstutz and Brandon became good friends over the years leading Brandon to say Amstutz will be missed. “He a great coach, a great guy,” Brandon said. “Not only Toledo, I think the [Mid-American Conference] will miss coach Amtustz.”
Injury Report Brandon still didn’t have a full injury report on Anthony Turner’s injured shoulder. After the game, Brandon said
Will have an MRI on shoulder he injured Saturday that Turner had injured his other shoulder, but had no other details. Yesterday, he said Turner was receiving a MRI yesterday afternoon. Receiver Freddie Barnes has been upgraded from out to dayto-day, but his status for Ohio this weekend is still uncertain. The same can be said for running back Willie Geter, who did practice sparingly Sunday night.
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Presidential candidates talk about sports issues on eve of election WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Barack Obama tells ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” it’s time for college football to pick a champion with a playoff system while Republican John McCain wants to put an end to performanceenhancing substances. On the eve of the election, the two presidential candidates were interviewed via satellite by ESPN’s Chris Berman. The taped interviews were to air during halftime of game between the Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both candidates were asked to name one thing they would change in sports. “I think it is about time that we had playoffs in college football. I’m fed up with these computer rankings and this and that and the other. Get eight teams — the top eight teams right at the end. You got a playoff. Decide on a National Champion,” Obama said. College football uses a Bowl Championship Series system, commonly known as BCS, that is based on computer rankings. McCain said he would “take significant action to prevent the spread and use of performanceenhancing substances. I think it’s a game we’re going to be in for a long time. What I mean by that is there is somebody in a labora-
WOMEN From Page 7 said BG Coach Andy Richards. And that is exactly what Kordan’s goal accomplished. “You should score on a penalty, but that’s critical. If she doesn’t score that, then it gives them a huge boost of confidence and it goes the other way,” he said. “Their goalkeeper, to be fair, had a very, very good game. That was my dread that she was going to pinch something out,” he said of the penalty kick. “I knew it was a huge turnaround in the game,” Kordan said, who felt that her shot was golden as soon as she struck the ball. “I knew I had to put it away and I am confident doing that.” “Of course our team was definitely down after that first half … We had so many opportunities. That brought our team from down low to up high,” she said. Kordan has become the “goto” in penalty-kick situations, now 3-3 in conversions this season. In open play, freshman Alyssa Zuccaro, scored on a somewhat unexpected play on a ball lofted over top of her by Kordan, who was credited with the assist on the play. “To see her chasing down what looked like a bit of a lost cause wasn’t a surprise,” Richards said,
MOVING: Allen Iverson (left) was traded to Detroit from Denver yesterday for Chauncey Billups (center) and Antonio McDyess (right).
Pistons, Nuggets complete megatrade By Larry Lage The Associated Press
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NO MORE ‘ROIDS: John McCain said he’d get rid of performance enhancing drugs if he could change one thing in sports.
PLAYOFFS!?: If Barack Obama could change one thing about sports, he’d make sure college football had a playoff system.
tory right now trying to develop some type of substance that can’t be detected and we’ve got to stay ahead of it. It’s not good for the athletes. It’s not good for the sports. It’s very bad for those who don’t do it, and I think it can attack the very integrity of all sports going all the way down to high school.” Not lost on the candidates, who have spent millions on campaign advertising, is the ratings for Monday Night Football. ESPN
said this year’s Philadelphia EaglesDallas Cowboys telecast on Sept. 15 attracted cable’s largest audience ever — 13 million homes and 18.6 million viewers. Obama had another sports encounter Monday when he recognized a familiar face while stopping by a local campaign office in Charlotte, N.C. “It’s M.L. Carr!” Obama exclaimed, clearly excited to spot the former Boston Celtics’ star.
“I don’t fear anybody in this conference. We respect everybody, but we don’t fear anybody.” Andy Richards | Coach noting the strong work ethic of Zuccaro game-in and game-out. “She had great composure there to finish it off and just take it underneath the goalkeeper. You could see the relief on her face when it went in.” While scoring may have come only in the second half, defense remained constant, as BG secured a 2-0 shutout victory. “Anytime you can get a shutout, it’s going to be a good platform to work from,” Richards said. “Defensively we were strong and it wasn’t just the back four, it was all over the field.” With the win, the Falcons’ will take on top-seeded Toledo on the Rockets’ home field on Friday in the semi-final round, with kick-off set for 2 p.m. Last year, UT defeated BG in the MAC championship game. “I don’t fear anybody in this conference. We respect everybody, but we don’t fear anybody,” Richards said.
MEN From Page 7 one healthy in time for the MAC tournament on November 13. “We’ll play who it makes sense to play on Tuesday, and make sure we have everyone healthy for the MAC tournament,” Thompson said. After the Falcons first goal of the game, they were virtually unable to put the same pressure they had on the Bulls before the goal, causing much of the second half to be starved of highlights. After a game that was short of high notes for seniors Ryan Davis, Paul Shoemaker, Brent Petkus and Kyle McNayr, the days defining moment came. It did so in the form of a proposal. Davis, with the help of a matchmaking Thompson, channeled his inner Ian Johnson, proposing to his girlfriend on the field in front of the home crowd. “We’ve been planning it for a little over a month. Coach has really helped me out a lot,” Davis said. Hisgirlfriend,seniorStephanie Guigou, is now his fiancée. The Falcons, however, are now 4-12-1 as they head to Detroit for the regular season finale on Tuesday. They’ve also been locked into the bottom slot of the MAC tournament, which will be hosted by national power Akron.
DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons worked the phones last summer, trying to trade for a superstar to shake up their roster. They ended up standing pat because a deal didn’t make sense. Two games into the season, Allen Iverson was the answer to their hopes in a blockbuster that generated rare buzz for the NBA in November. Detroit acquired the former NBA MVP on Monday for AllStar point guard and former DAVID ZALUBOWSKI | AP PHOTO finals MVP Chauncey Billups, THE ANSWER?: Iverson will add a scoring top reserve Antonio McDyess punch to the Pistons lineup. and project Cheikh Samb. “We just felt it was the right Iverson may not be around time to change our team,” Pistons president of basketball for long — making $20.8 miloperations Joe Dumars told lion in the final season of his The Associated Press. “Iverson contract — but The Answer gives us a dimension that we might be what Detroit needs haven’t had here and we really to return to the NBA finals for the first time since 2005. think it’s going to help us.” The Pistons are hoping The Pistons have reached six straight Eastern Conference Iverson will play Wednesday finals — the longest such at Toronto and barring injustreak since the Los Angeles ry, his home debut will be Lakers’ dominant run in the Sunday night against the 1980s — and won the 2004 title Boston Celtics. Detroit played Monday without a player expected to night at Charlotte, where be in the Hall of Fame. Dumars said the Nuggets the Bobcats are led by Larry first contacted him Thursday Brown. The Hall of Fame with a proposal that included coach helped Billups and the Iverson. Dumars, who had Pistons to the 2004 NBA title become concerned the Pistons and guided the Iverson-led were set in their ways, struck a Philadelphia 76ers to a spot in the finals in 2001. deal at 1:45 Monday morning. “Trading Marilyn Monroe “It gives us a different way to attack people,” Dumars for Jane Russell. That’s not said. “We have been bad,” Brown said. “Joe knows extremely successful for a what he’s doing, and I’m long time. But I also think happy Chauncey’s going back what comes with that is a to Denver and his family is there.” little bit of predictability.”
NOTES From Page 7 One and done With the MAC East race so tight, Brandon and his players are looking at the next three games as must-wins since another loss will ultimately doom the season. “We told the kids before camp
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Looking ahead Ohio presents the Falcons
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POINT MAN: Billups is the true point guard the Nuggets have sought for years.
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BIG MAN: McDyess will add much-needed depth to Denver’s front court.
Iverson talked about the possibility of being traded during training camp and said the only negative would be uprooting his family again. with a challenge they faced in Miami and Northern Illinois — a tough defense. “They’re a solid defensive team,” Brandon said. “They’ve been a little snake-bit.” The snake-bit Brandon is referring to is Ohio’s inability to win close games. So far this season the Bobcats have lost three games of four-points or less. At the same time, BG has only been 1-3 in games decided by a touchdown or less, but quarterback Tyler Sheehan thinks the team can win a close game. “We have a lot of momentum right now and I think that will help us in the game,” Sheehan said.
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Ohio’s policies prepared for voting rush Many of the newly enacted policies are designed to combat long lines By Meghan Barr The Associated Press
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ON THE TRAIL: Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, spoke at a rally in Lakewood, yesterday. Palin opened a final day of campaigning by criticizing her opponent’s “phony” tax plan before a waving crowd in Ohio’s biggest Democratic stronghold.
Palin, Biden fight final battle for Ohio votes By Joe Milicia The Associated Press
LAKEWOOD — Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin told a boisterous crowd in a Democratic suburb of Cleveland yesterday that “victory is coming.” Hours later, in another part of Ohio, her Democratic counterpart made a different prediction to potential voters. “They’re calling Barack Obama every name in the book,” Joe Biden told a crowd of about 500 in Zanesville. “Tomorrow night, they will have to call Barack Obama something else: the 44th president of the United States of America.” Palin opened a grueling final day of the presidential campaign with an upbeat rally in Lakewood, which is part of a Democratic stronghold in northeast Ohio. Likewise, Biden made his final appeal to economically hard-hit voters in Republicanleaning eastern Ohio, promising to restore jobs and rebuild the middle class. The swing state has 20 electoral votes that are crucial to Republican John McCain’s campaign.
Biden spoke amid fall foliage in a city park in the county seat of Muskingum County, which voted for President Bush in 2004. He promised that Democrat Barack Obama would restore jobs to Ohio and rebuild the middle class. “Folks, it’s only 29 more hours,” he said. “I’ve never seen a time when America has been dug in such a deep hole.” Polls show Ohio is too close to call with Obama carrying a slight lead or running neck and neck with McCain. Although Obama-Biden signs far outnumbered those for McCain-Palin in Lakewood, the Alaska governor drew a noisy crowd that waved red pompoms during her appearance at the bandstand in Lakewood Park. “This is the right place to be for us to kick off this final day of campaigning,” Palin said. “You can just feel it here in Ohio. Victory is coming. We can do this; we can win Ohio.” “Do you share our commitment, and can we count on you tomorrow Ohio?” she asked. The crowd responded with a “We will win!” chant.
The Lakewood appearance was the first of six rallies that Palin was to lead in five states on the day before Election Day. Biden planned to make a later appearance near Akron. In Ohio where an Associated Press-GfK survey last week showed nine in 10 likely voters fear for the economy, Palin concentrated on economic issues. She called Obama’s tax plan “phony” and questioned whether he would confine tax increases to the higherincome levels he has promised as a way to finance a middle class tax cut. “Now is not the time to experiment with socialism,” Palin said. “Our opponent’s plan is just for bigger government.” Palin emphasized the GOP ticket’s small government approach. She promised that McCain would balance the budget in four years and lower taxes for every American and business. “We’ll impose a spending freeze to cover all but the most vital functions of government,” Palin said. “Now is the worst possible time to even think of raising taxes on you and our small businesses,” she said.
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COLUMBUS — Ohio’s voting machines will be tested tomorrow as poll workers prepare for an 80 percent turnout and the added work of having to scan thousands of absentee ballots cast during the month-long early voting period. Many officials expect long lines despite new policies designed to counteract them. Across the state, lawyers were standing by to contest yet-uncounted votes. Both Republican and Democratic lawyers were at the ready to file lawsuits over any perceived illegal activity. Likewise, volunteers from both campaigns were set to stand near polling locations to hear complaints, and independent advocacy groups vowed to monitor any irregularities. Long lines — particularly in urban areas — plagued Ohio’s election in 2004, with many voters having to wait for hours to
cast a vote. Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has said a number of policies should make things better tomorrow. Ohio is putting more voting machines in precincts that are expected to be the busiest. Franklin County, which includes Columbus, has about twice as many touch-screen voting machines this year as it did in 2004. Also, officials in counties that use touch-screen machines are required to inform voters that they can use paper ballots if lines get too long. Brunner said voters coming in around noon on their lunch break may be unwilling to wait for more than 30 minutes. Lines are “the big systemic issue that everyone is going to deal with,” said Aaron Ockerman, a lobbyist for the Ohio Association of Election Officials. Early voting, which began Sept. 30, concluded yesterday. An estimated 1.5 million voters cast an absentee ballot during
that time, officials said. In Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, which has a history of election problems, the line for early voting wrapped around two sides of the elections board building. Supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama walked the line offering help on how to cast the paper ballot. “It was worth it,” said Clifton Clark, 31, of Cleveland, a barber and a Democrat who waited 80 minutes to vote for Obama. Clark, who is black, said he told his 11-year-old son that Obama’s candidacy showed that the boy should aim high. “I told my son he can be anything he wants to be. Never limit your dreams,” Clark said. Officials began scanning absentee ballots on Saturday, said Jane Platten, executive director of the Cuyahoga County elections board. Scanning will continue through Tuesday evening but the ballots won’t be counted until the polls close at 7:30 p.m.
Lasik eye surgery numbers fall with economy By Terry Kinney The Associated Press
CINCINNATI — The number of vision correction surgeries performed by one of the nation’s largest Lasik providers continues to plummet, mostly because money is tight and people are buying bread and milk rather than expensive cosmetic or elective surgery, analysts say. At LCA-Vision Inc., which operates 77 LasikPlus vision correction centers in 33 states, the number of procedures is down by half from a year ago, and the company has slashed advertising, cut staff and suspended dividends. “It’s 99 percent the economy,” said analyst Peter Bye, who follows the industry for Jefferies & Co. in New York. “It’s very substitutable,” he said of Lasik. “Take the typical
“In the spring, we heard a little bit of a blip, but it didn’t escalate.” Peter Bye | Analyst customer, a 30-year-old or 35year-old who has been wearing contacts for 15 years. If money’s tight, he says ‘I’ll do it next year.’” The Food and Drug Administration heard testimony in April from patients who said they experienced dryness, severe eye pain or blurred vision following Lasik surgery. But Bye didn’t think those hearings affected the industry much. “In the spring, we heard a little bit of a blip, but it didn’t escalate,” he said.
Lasik was one of the optional expenses that people started to forgo about a year ago, Bye said. And like vision correction, other cosmetic procedures such as botox injections and breast implants have fallen off. Those industries will revive when the economy rebounds, he predicted, but vision correction “is probably not the first discretionary item that comes back.” “Usually the first to go is last to come back,” he said. Although surgeries at LCAVision centers have declined more than the industry overall, the company’s balance sheet is sound and the company should be able to wait out the downturn, Bye said. LCA-Vision said last week its LasikPlus procedures in the past three months were less than half the number during the same period a year ago.
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Stocks end quietly just before election NICK UTE | AP PHOTO
By Tim Paradis The Associated Press
NEW YORK â€” Wall Street ended the calmest session in recent memory with a narrowly mixed performance yesterday as investors largely looked past a weak reading on the manufacturing sector and focused on the election. Before finishing essentially flat, the Dow Jones industrials moved in a range of 155 points â€” well below Octoberâ€™s average daily swing of 594. While trading was quiet, including the often-volatile final hour, the calm doesnâ€™t necessarily mean the market has overcome all its worries; analysts said investors werenâ€™t making big moves ahead of the voting. Stocks showed little lasting impact from the Institute for Supply Management report that its measure of U.S. manufacturing dropped last month to the lowest level since September 1982 as credit conditions tightened and disruptions remained from Hurricane Ike. The trade group said its index of manufacturing activity fell to 38.9 from 43.5 in September, well below the 41.5 economists predicted, according to Thomson/IFR. A separate report showed construction spending fell by a smaller-than-expected amount in September as a rebound in nonresidential activity helped offset further weakness in home building. The Commerce Department said construction spending fell by 0.3 percent in September, less than the 0.8 percent decline many economists expected. Major auto companies reported weak sales for October yesterday as tight credit and nervousness about the economy kept consumers away from showrooms. General Motors Corp.â€™s U.S. sales plunged 45 percent,
â€œWhat weâ€™ve seen is a rally last week taking a dire depression off the table ...â€? Stephen Massocca | Executive Ford Motor Co.â€™s sales fell 30 percent, while Toyota Motor Corp.â€™s dropped 23 percent. The range of data support the growing belief that the economy is in recession, hurt by a drop in lending and slower overall spending. But with the Dow having tumbled more than 14 percent in October â€” its worst month in 21 years â€” the market has priced in a significant falloff in economic activity. Wall Street must now determine whether the selloff in stocks is adequate, not enough or overdone. Stephen Massocca, co-chief executive of Pacific Growth Equities, said the economic readings werenâ€™t a surprise given the hits the economy has taken from the evaporation of lending since September. He said Wall Streetâ€™s tepid reaction also reflects the marketâ€™s process of forming a bottom after its selloff. Investors are also waiting to make big bets until after the election, he said. In addition, the fiscal year for mutual funds ended Friday, removing one source of selling pressure from the market. Some funds had been selling last month ahead of Oct. 31 for tax purposes and to raise cash. â€œWhat weâ€™ve seen was a rally last week taking a dire depression off the table, and I think now what we have is a severe recession,â€? Massocca said. â€œBy and large, the economy is bad but itâ€™s not as bad as many people think it is. There are still people going to work every day.â€?
A FRIEND MOURNS: Don Morgan, who said he was a friend of the five homeless victims who were found shot to death in a homeless encampment, looks at the scene in Long Beach.
Long Beach, Calif. police baffled by homeless slayings By Thomas Watkins The Associated Press
LONG BEACH, Calif. â€” The crime scene, alongside a busy freeway off-ramp, was shielded from view by dense brush and tangled tree limbs. The victims â€” five people shot to death over the weekend at a spot inhabited by the homeless â€” were known largely by their nicknames or just their first names. And Southern Californiaâ€™s first significant rain of the season may have washed away evidence. Police in Long Beach are confronted with a baffling murder mystery. â€œThere is still a demon out there killing innocent people,â€? said Don Morgan, 58, who was friends with the victims. â€œSatan was here that day.â€? Three men and two women were found slain Sunday in the seedy neighborhood of warehouses and apartment buildings near the intersection of two freeways. Some of the victims had been shot more than once. An anonymous tipster called from a pay phone Sunday morning and directed police to the scene. But even the time of the attack is in dispute: Some neighbors reported hearing gunfire, yelling and a car speeding off just after midnight, while the coroner said the crime occurred some-
time Saturday afternoon. Police said yesterday that they had no eyewitnesses and no suspects and had yet to establish a motive for the slayings. But neighbors said people would often drop by to do drugs in the shadows underneath the freeway. Investigators spent 12 hours collecting evidence, removing dozens of bags of trash and belongings from the spot in hopes of finding clues. And they issued a plea for the anonymous caller to come forward in the hope that he had more information. Gang graffiti was sprayed along a freeway bridge near the crime scene, and a drainage channel appeared to be the only way in and out of the spot. â€œWe have a tremendous amount of foliage out there,â€? Police Chief Anthony W. Batts said. â€œItâ€™s very tough getting into.â€? Authorities identified two of the victims as Vanessa Malaepule, 34, and Lorenzo Perez Villicana, 44. The othersâ€™ names were withheld until their families could be notified. Police said they had not determined how many of the victims were homeless. Morgan said he knew the victims only by their first names or nicknames â€” LV, Vanessa, Cat, Sammy and Freddy. They liked to come to the site to party, he said.
Bad year for Goodyear: company reports Circuit City tries to keep going a slowdown making hole in profits amidst closings AKRON (AP) â€” Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said yesterday it sold fewer tires in the third quarter as the U.S. auto industry slowed down, but on average earned more for each tire and beat Wall Streetâ€™s earnings expectations. Goodyearâ€™s third-quarter earnings dropped sharply from a year ago, when it got a $517 million one-time lift from the sale of its Engineered Products unit. Goodyear, the biggest U.S.based tiremaker and third largPAUL SAKUMA | AP PHOTO est globally, said it earned $31 million, or 13 cents per share, for PILES OF TIRES: Goodyear tires on disthe three months ended Sept. 30, play at a shop in Sunnyvale, Calif. down from $668 million, or $2.75 analysts whose estimates typiper share, a year ago. Its sales rose to $5.2 billion in cally exclude charges. For the first nine months of the the third quarter from sales of $5.1 billion. year, Goodyear earned $253 milWhile net sales increased 2 lion, or $1.04 per share, on sales percent, the number of tires sold of $15.4 billion, down from ninedeclined 12.4 percent as car man- month 2007 earnings of $550 milufacturing slowed and higher lion, or $2.44 per share, on sales of gas prices meant less driving and $14.5 billion. fewer tire replacements. Third-quarter income from The latest earnings work out continuing operations was to 43 cents before one-time $31 million, or 13 cents per items, beating the 33 cents a share, compared to $159 milshare forecast by Wall Street lion or 67 cents for the same
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RICHMOND, Va. â€” As the lights go out at about 20 percent of Circuit Cityâ€™s stores, the company is hoping that by closing hundreds of stores and cutting thousands of jobs it can survive consumers who are reluctant to spend and vendors less eager to give it credit. But analysts say the moves announced yesterday renewed the specter of bankruptcy hanging over the nationâ€™s No. 2 consumer electronics retailer heading into a holiday shopping season that could determine its future. In Ohio, 11 stores will close: six in northeast Ohio, three in the Columbus area and one each in Mansfield and Cincinnati. â€œClearly, [Circuit City] is frantically working to keep itself alive,â€? JP Morgan analyst Christopher Horvers wrote in a note to investors.
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Church killing: Kentucky man shoots and kills pastor COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) â€” A man charged with fatally shooting a minister outside a northern Kentucky church will be held without bond. Frederick Davis, 40, had an initial court appearance yesterday and the case was continued until Nov. 12 for a preliminary hearing, Kenton County Circuit Clerk John Middleton said. Davis was charged with murder, assault, criminal mischief and violating a protection order. Police say he killed the Rev. Donald Fairbanks and wounded another man Saturday morning outside Ninth Street Baptist Church in Covington, where the two went to attend a funeral. Davisâ€™ attorney, Dennis Alerding Jr., said his client will plead not guilty, but declined to comment further. Fairbanks, 62, was pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Cincinnati, and the wounded man, Dowdell Cobb, was a deacon there.
Fairbanks and Cobb were shot just before 11 a.m. on Saturday, police said. The gunman chased Fairbanks to a nearby park, where he shot him a second time, The Kentucky Enquirer reported. Davis, of Covington, quickly surrendered to police. Fairbanks was taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center where he died. Cobb is recovering at University Hospital in Cincinnati. Fairbanks wife, Elizabeth Fairbanks, said yesterday she and her husband knew Davis â€œindirectly.â€? â€œThe only thing I can say about that is pastors come into contact with all kinds of people,â€? she said. â€œThis is a sick man.â€? Elizabeth Fairbanks said Davis had made threats against the couple because he was unhappy about some counseling the pastor had given him over the phone. She said she didnâ€™t know details of the counseling.
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â€˜Plumberâ€™ reference used by New Zealandâ€™s prime minister WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) â€” The prime minister of New Zealand found her own version of Ohioâ€™s â€œJoe the Plumberâ€? on the campaign trail Friday. Prime Minister Helen Clark was campaigning at a retirement home in the northern city of Auckland when a visiting plumber, Morgan Luxton, asked her how her Labour party would help the self-employed. Clearly aware of the now-
famous American tradesman Joe the Plumber, Clark slipped the word â€œplumberâ€? into her response nearly a dozen times. Luxton later said he was â€œa bit embarrassedâ€? because he was the only plumber in the room. Luxton, an undecided voter, said he was leaning toward voting for Clarkâ€™s center-left Labour Party in the Nov. 8 elections after voting for the center-right main opposition National Party in the last elections.
Americaâ€™s Joe the Plumber, whose real name is Samuel J. â€œJoeâ€? Wurzelbacher, 34, of Holland, Ohio, shot to national attention when he questioned Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama about his tax policies. Republican presidential hopeful John McCain repeatedly cites Joe the Plumber in his speeches, saying Obamaâ€™s plan would hurt people like him who want to own their own businesses.
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Couple working in India â€˜Subprimeâ€™ sees fly to New York to vote success on the race track NEW YORK (AP) â€” A New York City couple has traveled halfway around the world in the name of civic duty. Susan Scott-Ker and her husband arrived in New York on Wednesday after flying 9,300 miles to vote in todayâ€™s presidential election. They have been working in India but decided to return to New York when their absentee ballots failed to arrive. Their trip began in Bangalore with stopovers in New Delhi and Chicago. It will be their first time voting in a presidential election. The New Zealandborn Scott-Ker and her Morroco-born husband became American citizens a year ago. They estimate the trip will cost $5,000.
NEW YORK (AP) â€” The mortgage problems that have helped shape the current economic downturn have made â€œsubprimeâ€? an unwelcome word to investors. For gamblers, however, Subprime drew cheers this week. That was the name of a horse that won the ninth race Thursday at the Aqueduct race track in New York. It was the first win in three tries for the 2-year-old filly, but the name made her an instant crowd darling. The horse ran as the favorite and paid $6.30 on a $2 bet. Maybe itâ€™s a family connection. Subprime was sired by a stallion with another name inspired by Wall Street: High Yield.
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ATLANTA (AP) â€” A Delta baggage worker got a bit of a fright before Halloween when she opened a jetlinerâ€™s cargo door and found a cheetah running loose amid the luggage. Two cheetahs were being flown in the cargo area of a Boeing 757 passenger flight from Portland, Ore., to Atlanta on Thursday when one escaped from its cage, Delta spokeswoman Betsy Talton said Friday. â€œThey told us a large animal had gotten out of a container in the cargo hold and they were having to send someone to tranquilize it,â€? said one passenger, Lee Sentell of Montgomery, Ala. He said luggage was delayed, but baggage handlers promised to send his bags to him in Alabama.
The good news for passengers: The escaped cheetah didnâ€™t damage any of their luggage. The airline summoned help from Zoo Atlanta, and experts rushed to a closed airport hangar and tranquilized the escaped animal and took both big cats to the zoo. Both 1-year-old female cheetahs were on their way from the Wildlife Safari Park in Winston, Ore., to the Memphis Zoo in Tennessee, Memphis Zoo spokesman Drew Smith said in an e-mail. He said the two cheetahs will stay a few days at the zoo in Atlanta until the Memphis Zoo gets a team together to fetch them. The cheetahs are on loan to the Memphis Zoo, but Smith said he wasnâ€™t sure how long they would stay there.
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) â€” A library book checked out from a Tulsa high school in 1947 has been returned â€” with a $250 check to cover overdue fees. Holland Hall School librarian Betty Niver says the book â€œNew Word Analysis: Or School Etymology of English Derivative Wordsâ€? was mailed to the school by Martha McCabe Jarrett. Jarrett, of Venice, Fla., was Martha McCabe, a sophomore, when she signed out the book 61 years ago at what was then Holland Hall School for Girls. She recently found it while cleaning out her other home in Rome, Ohio. â€œIt was just there, with the things I enjoy and my kids donâ€™t,â€? she said Friday. In a note sent with the book, she included the check to pay any fines. But she wasnâ€™t sure how she wound up with the book. â€œI donâ€™t know if it was something the library was getting rid of, or my Latin teacher had given me, or if I just kept it,â€? she said. â€œI sent it back just because I value the education I got at that school,â€? she said. School officials said they were not sure what they will do with the $250 because there is no specific overdue book fund. It might be put toward student scholarships.
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