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HARBOR FERRY RIDERSHIP UP More passengers rode the Harbor Ferry in 2011, but that doesn’t mean the fees collected increased. Only 15 percent of the annual operating cost was recovered. LOCAL, 1B

PLENTY OF GOOD FISHING Weekend anglers sometimes are beset by crowded waters, but David Sikes still finds spots where fish are plentiful. SPORTS, 14C-15C

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he conditions of city streets touch every part of your life — your commute to work, trips to the grocery store and which areas of town you show off to visiting friends. It shapes how you feel about your city. About half of Corpus Christi’s streets are in poor condition. They are beyond repair and need to be rebuilt. The problem didn’t happen overnight, and now it’s going to cost $1.2 billion to bring the streets back to a level that can be maintained. The city doesn’t have the money. A committee of five local professionals is figuring out how we can fund a street maintenance plan. There are no easy answers to the problem, but something has to be done. At stake is not only your car suspension, but also neighborhood pride and the city’s ability to grow.

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The bizarre saga of a Scientology film crew in Ingleside on the Bay may have come to a close. No one has seen a Squirrel Buster since September. Residents have turned their attention back to more mundane matters: equipping the new firetruck, hammering out a water supply contract with neighboring Ingleside, celebrating one local couple’s 60th anniversary, a little fishing here and there. But in one long, surreal summer, something bewildering happened here — something that showed what this little seaside hamlet is made of. For five months, the Squirrel Busters flitted around in their golf

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cart and popped up with cameras everywhere Marty Rathbun went, even filming him from a paddleboat in the canal behind his house. They engaged in what the sheriff ’s chief deputy and the county attorney called provocation until Rathbun snatched a pair of sunglasses from one of the Squirrel Busters, leaving a scratch on his forehead. They filed charges to have Rathbun arrested for assault; the county attorney dropped the case. They peppered him with questions about unauthorized e-meters and other squirrelly business that, more or less, made no sense to anyone who lives here. The townspeople held council meetings, put up signs warning

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Mark “Marty” Rathbun, at his home in Ingleside on the Bay, continues to speak out against the Church of Scientology. He said Ingleside on the Bay has stood up for him even though he drew unwanted attention from a Scientology group called the Squirrel Busters.

away the fi lm crews, and stuck up for Rathbun, despite not really knowing him or his role in what has been dubbed one of the world’s most secretive religions. “I anticipated I was going to have to defend myself” to the neighbors, Rathbun said. “I did not once have to defend myself on what I believe

and what I practice.”

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Miss Wisconsin new Miss America By Oskar Garcia

Miss Texas Kendall Morris won a preliminary fitness competition.

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LAS VEGAS — A 23-year-old beauty queen from Kenosha, Wis., has won the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas. Laura Kaeppeler won the pageant Saturday night after strutting in a white bikini and black beaded evening gown, singing opera and answering a question about whether beauty queens should declare their politics by saying Miss America represents everyone. “Miss America represents everyone, so I think the message to political candidates is that they represent everyone as well,” Kaeppeler said. “And so in these economic times, we need to be looking forward to what America needs, and I think Miss America needs to represent all.” Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson came in second, while Miss New York Kaitlyn Monte placed third. Kaeppeler wins a $50,000 scholarship and gets the title for one year. Her platform during the competition was supporting and mentoring children of incarcerated parents. Kaeppeler was chosen as the winner by a panel

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Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Jan. 2-8. Listings include week’s ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: Detroit at New Orleans, NBC, 31.78 million. 2. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 25.48 million. 3. “NCIS,” CBS, 19.81 million. 4. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 18.07 million. 5. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 17.08 million. 6. “Modern Family,” ABC, 14.03 million. 7. “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 13.94 million. 8. “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 12.12 million. 9. “2 Broke Girls,” CBS, 12.10 million. 10. “Mike & Molly,” CBS, 11.902 million. 11. “Hawaii Five-O,” CBS, 11.896 million. 12. “Unforgettable,” CBS, 11.88 million. 13. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 11.70 million. 14. “The Good Wife,” CBS, 11.65 million. 15. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 11.34 million. 16. “CSI: NY,” CBS, 10.56 million. 17. “CSI: Miami,” CBS, 10.46 million. 18. “Once Upon a Time,” ABC, 10.35 million. 19. “How I Met Your Mother,” CBS, 10.14 million. 20. “The Middle,” ABC, 10.00 million. Associated Press

Letterman’s Top Ten Top Ten Questions To Ask Yourself 10. Huh? 9. Do I

smell grilled onions? 8. Where my dawgs at? 7. Is my poodle spending too much time surfing the Internet? 6. Seriously, where in the world is Matt Lauer? 5. What kind of name is Viggo? 4. Cake or pie? 3. Why does everybody hate me? 2. What would Tim Tebow do? 1. Why isn’t No. 1 on the Top Ten List ever funny?

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of seven judges during a live telecast on ABC. The event was the culmination of a week of preliminary competitions and months of preparations for the titleholders from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new Miss America will spend the next year touring the country to speak to different groups and raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network, the Miss America Organization’s official charity. Teresa Scanlan of Nebraska won Miss America last year at age 17 to become the pageant’s youngest winner ever. She said contestants’ nerves likely were at their highest point just before the pageant. “You can always breathe a sigh of relief” once the live pageant begins, Scanlan said. Pageant officials earlier announced the winners of preliminary competi-

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Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler reacts after being crowned Miss America Saturday at The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

tions, including Miss Hawaii Lauren Cheape, Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson and Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler for talent, and Miss New York Kaitlin Monte, Miss Texas Kendall Morris and Miss Utah Danica Olsen for swimsuit. Morris was eliminated

following the talent competition with four other contestants. Morris Officials also said Miss Idaho Genevieve Nutting won the $2,000 Fourpoints Award, while Miss Kentucky Ann-Blair Thornton won the $6,000 Quality of Life scholarship.

Anthony, Lopez appear together

Stolen rabbits returned to farmer By The Associated Press

By David Bauder Associated Press

PASADENA, Calif. — Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony were together again on Saturday — at least to promote their new project. The stars, who announced last summer they were ending their marriage after seven years, appeared on a stage Saturday to talk briefly about a new music series they are doing together. “Q’Viva! The Chosen” premieres on Univision on Jan. 28. Anthony reached down to offer his hand and help Lopez climb three stairs to the stage, and later admired the four sparkling rings on her left hand. They sat side by side on director’s chairs. The two stars travel throughout North and South America to search

LAWRENCE, Mass. — A Massachusetts man has turned over 94 hamsters to a local animal shelter, telling officials he was running out of room in his apartment. The director of the shelter says the rodents were well cared for and will make nice pets. Shelter director Mike Keiley tells the Eagle-Tribune that the hamsters’ owner, whom he didn’t identify, stopped by this month and said he had a lot of hamsters to surrender. A Lawrence animal control officer says the man was “overwhelmed” when officials came to get the hamsters Friday, and initially wanted to keep a few. But she says he changed his mind. Officials say the man started keeping the hamsters about five years ago.

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Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez appeared Saturday to talk briefly about a new music series they are doing together. “Q’Viva! The Chosen” premieres on Univision on Jan. 28.

for artists who will come to the United States and participate in a live show of Latin music and entertainment. It airs in 12 weekly episodes in the U.S. and on Spanish-language stations across Latin America. An English-language version is planned later for Fox. Anthony and Lopez were working this week to judge some of the contestants, Univision said. “It was like any time that we work together,” said Lopez. “We have a great time working together.” Lopez said she’d be open

to doing another season if the first one is successful. Anthony said that there’s been a misconception that “Q’Viva! The Chosen” is just a talent show. “We’re not judges,” he said. “We’re show producers. We’re putting together a live show and we’re documenting the process.” Their time on stage was limited. The news conference began 30 minutes late, and a reporter shouted down a talkative emcee to demand that journalists be allowed to ask questions.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland police say more than a dozen rabbits reported stolen have been returned by bunny advocates who had been caring for them. Members of the volunteer group Rabbit Advocates say they’re trying to buy the bunnies so they can live as pets. Police say 18 rabbits belonging to farmer Levi Cole disappeared on Jan. 7. Cole says the theft occurred the night before he taught a class on raising, slaughtering and cooking rabbits. Cole believes the theft was politically motivated. Police have no suspects. Rabbit Advocates board member Erin Ford says the bunnies were dumped anonymously at the home of a volunteer. Police Lt. Robert King said 17 rabbits were picked up Friday from the advocates’ lawyer’s office. King says police are still looking for one small, gray rabbit named Roger, believed to still be in foster care.

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BOSTON — Mark Wahlberg says he’s considering a jail-

house meeting with James “Whitey” Bulger, but a victim’s relative is criticizing the actor’s interest in the reputed former mob boss. Wahlberg told Boston’s WAAF-FM radio Friday that Bulger has reached out and speculated that Bulger wants to give him

Today in history Today is Sunday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2012. There are 351 days left in the year. n In 1559, England’s Queen

Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey. n In 1777, the people of New Connecticut declared their independence. (The republic later became the state of Vermont.) n In 1862, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Abraham Lincoln’s choice of Edwin M. Stanton to be secretary of war, replacing Simon Cameron. n In 1943, work was completed on the Pentagon, headquarters of the U.S. Department of War (now Defense). n In 1947, the mutilated remains of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, who came to be known as the “Black Dahlia,” were found in a vacant Los Angeles lot; her slaying remains unsolved. n In 1961, an Air Force radar tower off the New Jersey coast collapsed into the

rights to his story. Bulger is accused of participating in 19 murders. He was caught last year after 16 years on the run. Steven Davis’ sister, Deborah Davis, was allegedly strangled by Bulger. Davis tells the Boston Herald that Bulger ruined his

Birthdays Atlantic Ocean during a severe storm, killing all 28 men aboard. n In 1971, the recently completed Aswan High Dam in Egypt was dedicated during a ceremony attended by President Anwar Sadat and Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny. n In 1992, the Yugoslav federation, founded in 1918, effectively collapsed as the European Community recognized the republics of Croatia and Slovenia. n In 2009, US Airways Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger ditched his Airbus 320 in the Hudson River after a flock of birds disabled both the plane’s engines; all 155 people aboard survived. n In 2011, several

international envoys — but crucially none from the world powers — got a look inside an Iranian nuclear site at the invitation of the Tehran government before a new round of talks on Iran’s disputed atomic activities.

family and shouldn’t be glamorized. Wahlberg says he feels for loved ones of Bulger’s victims, but the story has tremendous potential. A Massachusetts legislator has proposed a bill that allow only Bulger’s victims to profit from his story.

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno says he “didn’t know which way to go� after an assistant coach came to him in 2002 saying he had seen retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a boy. In his first public comments since being fired two months ago, Paterno told The Washington Post that assistant Mike McQueary “didn’t want to get specific� about details in his 2002 allegation involving Sandusky, who he claimed was showering with a boy in the Penn State football facility. The Post reported Saturday that Paterno was hesitant to make follow-up calls because he didn’t want to be seen as trying to exert influence either for or against Sandusky. “I didn’t know which way to go ... And rather than get in there and make a mistake,� he told the Post before trailing off. A day after he heard McQueary’s allegation, Paterno reported it to his superiors. Paterno said he previously had “no inkling� Sandusky might

Paterno said he previously had “no inkling� Jerry Sandusky might be a child molester.

be a child molester. Sandusky was criminally charged on Nov. 5 and faces dozens of counts. Paterno was ousted four days later after 46 years as head coach. Paterno, 85, also is fighting lung cancer that was diagnosed days after his dismissal. He was readmitted to the hospital Friday for observation for what his family called a minor complication from treatments. He has been undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. His condition improved Saturday morning, and he remained in the hospital, the family said. The Post portrayed Paterno as frail from the cancer treatments and wearing a wig. Also recovering from a broken pelvis, Paterno spoke Thursday from a wheelchair at kitchen table. He said he was initially reluctant to speak because “I wanted everybody to settle down,� but the Post reported Paterno was so eager to defend his record that he insisted on continuing the interview from his bedside Friday morning,

though ill. Paterno, who testified before a grand jury investigating Sandusky, is not a target of the criminal probe. But his firing came as criticism mounted against Paterno and other Penn State leaders that the 2002 allegation should have been reported to authorities outside of Penn State. The 67-year-old Sandusky is charged with sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. He maintains his innocence and remains out on $250,000 bail while awaiting trial. If Sandusky is guilty, “I’m sick about it,� Paterno said. Paterno said he wished he knew how allegations against Sandusky didn’t come to light until years after the alleged assaults occurred. “I don’t know the answer to that,� he said. “It’s hard.� In court testimony last month, McQueary said his account about the 2002 allegation to Paterno wasn’t as detailed as what he relayed to Paterno’s superiors out of respect for the older Paterno. According to the Post, Paterno reiterated that McQueary was unclear with him about the nature of what he saw — and added that even if McQueary had been more graphic, he’s not sure he would have understood it.

President: Combine agencies; bring jobs WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is promoting his efforts to make government more efficient and to persuade companies to bring jobs back to the U.S. from overseas. He rolled out those election-­year ideas this past week and used his radio and Internet address Saturday to urge Congress and the private sector to get on board. “Right now, we have a 21st century economy, but we’ve still got a government organized for the 20th century,â€? Obama said. “Over the years, the needs of Americans have changed, but our government has not. In fact, it’s gotten even more complex. And that has to change.â€? On government reorganization, Obama wants a guarantee from Congress that he could get a vote within 90 days on any idea to consolidate federal agencies, provided his plan saves money and cuts the government. His first order of business would be to merge six major trade and commerce agencies into one, eliminating the Commerce Department, among others. The proposal is a challenge to congressional Republicans because it embraces the traditional GOP goal of smaller government. “These changes will make it easier for smallbusiness owners to get the loans and support they need to sell their products around the world,â€? he said. Obama also is promising new tax incentives for businesses that bring jobs to the U.S. instead of shipping them overseas, and he wants to eliminate tax breaks for companies that outsource. “You’ve heard of outsourcing. Well, this is insourcing,â€? said Obama. “And in this make-orbreak moment for the middle class and those working to get into the middle class, that’s exactly the kind of commitment to country that we need.â€? Obama went so far as to bring several U.S.-made products to display in his weekly video — a padlock, a candle, some socks and a pair of boots — to demonstrate his commitment to made-in-America manufacturing.

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“You know, he didn’t want to get specific,� Paterno said. “And to be frank with you I don’t know that it would have done any good, because I never heard of, of, rape and a man. So I just did what I thought was best. I talked to people that I thought would be, if there was a problem, that would be following up on it.� In recent weeks, Paterno’s dismissal has come under question from many former players and alumni wondering about the motivations of trustees. Others are roiled by a perceived lack of communication by trustees and President Rodney Erickson during a period when the school has promised to be more open and transparent. Many alumni who attended town hall meetings in Pittsburgh, suburban Philadelphia and New York this week questioned why Paterno, after 61 years of service to the school, wasn’t afforded due process before his dismissal. Paterno met his legal requirement to report suspected abuse, according to authorities. But two days after Sandusky was charged, state police Commissioner Frank Noonan said Paterno and other school leaders had a “moral responsibility� to do more and report allegations to police.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A proposed pipeline to carry oil from Canada to Texas Gulf Coast refineries is the “largest shovel-ready project in the country” with the potential to create thousands of jobs and reduce American dependence on oil from the Middle East, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said Saturday. President Obama faces a Feb. 21 deadline to decide whether the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline expansion proposed by Calgarybased TransCanada Corp. is in the national interest. Republicans have been adamant on the issue, saying it’s a question of whether the president wants to create jobs and import energy from a close friend and ally, or lose jobs and see Canadian oil go to Asia. Hoeven used his party’s weekly radio and Internet address to continue pushing the pipeline. “It’s hard to imagine a project that is more in the national interest and the interest of the American people,” Hoeven said in the address. He said the pipeline would keep the cost of fuel in the U.S. down and create thousands of jobs for American workers. The U.S. State Department delayed a decision on granting a permit in November, largely because of worries about the pipeline’s environmental impact. The proposed 1,700mile expansion would go through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

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Nome missed its pre-winter delivery of fuel by barge when a huge storm swept western Alaska. In a high-profile journey, a Coast Guard icebreaker cuts a path in thick sea ice for a Russian tanker delivering 1.3 million gallons of fuel to the community of 3,500.

Alaska’s rural areas lack fuel in ultra-harsh winter By Rachel D’oro Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Living in Alaska’s outer reaches is challenging enough, given the isolation and weather extremes, but at least three remote communities also have experienced weatherrelated late deliveries of fuel crucial to their survival during an especially bitter winter. The iced-in town of Nome and the northwest Inupiat Eskimo villages of Noatak and Kobuk faced fuel shortages that illustrate the vulnerability of relying solely on deliveries by sea or air, potentially subjecting communities to the mercy of the elements. The villages, which just received their fuel, are especially vulnerable, unable to afford more additional storage tanks for gasoline and heating oil, which can run as high as

$10 a gallon. Compounding a problem with no easy answers, temperatures dipping as low as minus 60 over the past few weeks means air deliveries are delayed at the same time people are consuming more fuel more quickly. Some people in both villages also use wood-burning stoves for supplemental heat, but diesel is the critical commodity. “It’s been pretty tough,” Noatak resident Robbie Kirk said of life in the community of 500, which finally received a fuel delivery on Tuesday, three days after the village store ran out of heating oil. “We usually have a nice reserve of fuel. Now we’re just playing catch-up.” Nome missed its prewinter delivery of fuel by barge when a huge storm swept western Alaska. In a high-profile journey, a Coast

Guard icebreaker has cut a path in thick sea ice for a Russian tanker delivering 1.3 million gallons of fuel to the community of 3,500. Without a fuel delivery, Nome would likely run out of certain petroleum products before the end of winter and a barge delivery becomes possible in late spring. Until recently, the situation was much more dire for the smaller communities of Noatak and Kobuk, located farther north above the Arctic Circle, where relentless extreme cold prevented fuel deliveries by plane until this week, residents say. Before the new supply of fuel arrived in Noatak, the village store borrowed some heating oil from the village water and sewer plant, said store manager Connie Walton. But filling the store’s two 23,000-gallon tanks has diverted any potential crisis.

WARREN — A prosecutor is asking Ohio to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of an inmate whose scheduled Wednesday execution has been delayed. Two federal courts agreed with Charles Lorraine’s contention that Ohio broke its promise to adhere strictly to its execution procedures. The state claimed deviations from the procedure during the last execution were minor. Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins sent Gov. John Kasich a letter Saturday urging him to ask the attorney general to appeal to the Supreme Court. D I S T R I C T O F CO L U M B I A

U.S. may reward Myanmar reforms WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S. will embrace Myanmar further if the once-estranged Asian government releases all remaining political prisoners, ends violence against minorities and cuts military ties with North Korea. Clinton spoke by telephone Saturday with the foreign minister of the country also known as Burma, as well as with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. She told them Washington is “prepared to meet action with action,” a day after the U.S. and Myanmar agreed to exchange ambassadors and restore full diplomatic relations.

Online piracy bills spark concerns WASHINGTON — The Obama administration raised concerns Saturday about

China-friendly president re-elected TAIPEI — Taiwan’s president won re-election Saturday, paving the way for a continuation of the Chinafriendly policies that have delighted Beijing and Washington, and caused consternation among some in Taiwan worried about the durability of their de facto independence. With about 99 percent of the vote counted, the official Central Election Commission said President Ma Ying-jeou had garnered 51.6 percent of the total against 45.6 percent for Tsai Ingwen of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party. A third candidate, James Soong, once a heavyweight with Ma’s Nationalist Party, had 2.8 percent. IRAN

CIA accused in death of nuclear scientist TEHRAN — Iran said Saturday it has evidence that the United States was behind the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist this week in Tehran, state media reported. Mo st a fa A h m ad i Roshan was killed in a brazen daylight assassination Wednesday when two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to his car in the Iranian capital. The U.S. has denied any role in the assassination. NIGERIA

Regime, labor fail to end fuel strike ABUJA — Nigeria’s government and labor unions failed Saturday night to end a paralyzing nationwide strike over high gasoline costs, potentially sparking an oil production shutdown in a nation vital

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Yemenis return to militant-ruled area SANAA — At least 2,000 displaced Yemenis returned home Friday to a restive area in the country’s south that has been under the control of alQaida-linked militants for more than seven months. Their return to Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan province, provides some of the first civilian views of the Islamic rule the militants have begun to set up in the poorly governed hinterlands of the Arab world’s poorest country: A zone where armed men from a various Arab countries move about in new Toyota trucks and vow to implement strict Islamic law. Wire services

Man dies a day after killing 3 co-workers

STAR — Authorities say the man who shot and killed three co-workers at a North Carolina lumber company has died of a self-inflicted wound. Montgomery County Sheriff Dempsey Owens said in a news release that Ronald Dean Davis, 50, of Star, died Saturday morning at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill from a single gunshot wound to the head. Authorities haven’t released the names of the victims of the shootings at McBride Lumber Company. A fourth victim was critically wounded. They have said Davis went home after the rampage at the warehouse and shot himself. Owens said Davis was described as disgruntled, but the sheriff didn’t say exactly why he was upset. He said Davis targeted his victims at the company, where 16 people were working when the shooting occurred early Friday. Wire services

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Leader, army chief meet amid crisis ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s army chief paid a visit to the country’s president Saturday in a meeting that may signal a willingness for reconciliation between the military and the civilian government after a week of escalating tensions and rumors of an impending coup. Army chief Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and President Asif Ali Zardari discussed the “current security situation,” according to the state-run news agency. Friction between the military and the government has spiked after an unsigned memo was sent to Washington last year asking for its help in heading off a supposed coup.

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efforts in Congress that it said would undermine “the dynamic, innovative global Internet,” urging lawmakers to approve measures this year that balance the need to fight piracy and counterfeiting against an open Internet. The administration was responding to measures that would allow the Justice Department to target offshore websites — through Internet service providers — that offer illegal copies of music, movies and television shows online. The Senate is expected to consider similar legislation later this month.

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Shiite pilgrims cover themselves with clay and beat themselves during Arbaeen, which marks the end of the 40-day mourning period after the anniversary of the seventh century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, in Karbala, Iraq .

At least 53 pilgrims in Iraq killed by bomb on holy day By Adam Schreck and Nabil Al-Jurani Associated Press

ZUBAIR, Iraq — A bomb tore through a procession of Shiite pilgrims heading toward a largely Sunni town in southern Iraq on Saturday, killing at least 53 people in the latest sign of a power struggle between rival Muslim sects that has escalated since the American military withdrawal. Saturday’s blast happened on the last of the 40 days of Arbaeen, when hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims travel to the Iraqi city of Karbala and other holy sites. The end of Arbaeen is one of the most sacred times for Shiites, and public processions to commemorate it were banned under Saddam Hussein. The blast occurred near the town of Zubair as pilgrims marched from the

nearby port city of Basra toward the Imam Ali shrine on the outskirts of the town, said Ayad al-Emarah, a spokesman for the governor of Basra province. Witnesses at the scene described the perpetrator as a suicide bomber disguised as a volunteer handing out juice and food to pilgrims. Ali Ghanim al-Maliki, the head of the Basra provincial council, corroborated that account in an interview with Iraqiya state television. “I saw several dead bodies and wounded people, including children on the ground asking for help. There were also some baby strollers left behind at the blast site,” said Majid Hussein, a government employee, who was one of the pilgrims heading to the shrine. At least 53 people were killed and more than 130 wounded in the blast, said Dr. Riyadh Abdul-Amir, the

head of Basra Health Directorate. The U.S. Embassy strongly condemned the attack, saying such acts of violence “tear at the fabric of Iraqi unity.” More than 145 people have been killed in attacks seen to be aimed at Shiites since the start of the year. So far there has been little sign of the revenge attacks by Shiite militias that brought the country to the edge of civil war in 2006. The Shiite prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has tried with some success to bring the militias’ supporters into the political process, but many of their members retain their weapons and could again take up arms. The last U.S. combat troops left Iraq on Dec. 18. Many Iraqis resented the foreign presence, but the Americans also guaranteed the status quo.

CAIRO — Egypt’s reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei said Saturday he is pulling out of the country’s presidential race to protest the military’s failure to put the country on the path to democracy. The 69-year-old Nobel laureate, who has been seen as a driving force behind the movement that forced former President Hosni Mubarak to step down, said in a statement that the conditions for a fair presidential election are not in place. ElBaradei said the military rulers who took over from Mubarak have governed “as if no revolution took place and no regime has fallen.” His decision to pull out of the race just days before the anniversary of the Jan. 25 uprising reflects the dilemma in which Egypt’s revolutionary movement finds itself, caught between a military that they say is trying to hold on to power and a newly elected parliament dominated by the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, which revolutionaries fear will give the generals what they want and radicalize society. The military rulers have said they will transfer power after presidential elections, to be held before the end of June. But many expect a fierce struggle over the military’s future privileges. ElBaradei, who said he intends to work with youth groups from outside the system to push for democracy and social justice, echoed fears that the military would not give up power to future elected rulers.


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1978: Mark Rathbun joins the Church of Scientology and is quickly accepted into its elite paramilitary leadership corps, the Sea Org. He will rise to the highest ranks and be trusted with handling the church’s biggest controversies. 2004: Rathbun flees the church after being unable to reconcile his Scientology beliefs with what he and other defectors say are abusive practices in the church. He later moves to Ingleside on the Bay, roughly halfway between the church’s major headquarters in California and Florida. 2009: Rathbun participates in a St. Petersburg Times series detailing problems within the church. April 2011: A group calling itself the Squirrel Busters (squirrel is Scientology jargon for a heretic) moves to Ingleside on the Bay and begins surveilling Rathbun daily. June 2011: Ingleside on the Bay, responding to residents upset about the film crews, bans filming in the city. August 2011: Filming ordinance is repealed after a legal challenge by the Squirrel Busters. September 2011: Rathbun is arrested for assault after he inflicts a scratch on the forehead of a Squirrel Buster. The county attorney drops the charge, saying no jury would convict Rathbun after seeing the provocation he endured. October 2011: The Squirrel Busters move out.

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John Allender (left) and members of his Squirrel Busters film crew peppered Mark Rathbun with questions at his home in Ingleside on the Bay on April 18 while carrying handheld and head-mounted recording equipment. This still image was taken from a video Rathbun recorded of the incident.

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others, a cult. To Rathbun, 55, the philosophy of Scientology is the way to unlock a person’s full potential, to handle any situation, to turn pain into peace. Rathbun surely needed peace. In the years before he moved to South Texas, he was emerging from the crisis of his life, having blown the church for good in 2004. In Scientology, blowing means defecting from the organized religion, and the act is as severe as its name implies. Scores of former church members say they pay a heavy penalty for deserting: The church forces friends and family members to cut ties with the defector in a policy known as disconnection. The church says that no such policy exists and that members may choose on their own to sever ties. For Rathbun, leaving the church meant leav-

ing everything he had ever known. He’d been a member since age 21, when, struggling to get his schizophrenic brother out of a mental hospital, the church’s promise of structure and new skills — like how to communicate effectively — seemed like just what he needed. He soon joined the ranks of the church’s elite, militarylike leadership corps, the Sea Org. Rathbun steadily earned promotions and greater responsibility and, before his departure, was one of the highest ranking members of the church, responsible for external affairs. This included helping the church earn and defend its tax-exempt status from the IRS, and defending the church after the death of Lisa McPherson, who perished in 1995 while under the church’s care for mental instability. The church eschews psychiatry and

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A Scientology group sported T-shirts that said “Squirrel Busters” and had a photo of Ingleside on the Bay resident Mark “Marty” Rathbun’s head attached to a squirrel’s body. Rathbun said despite the weird attention, the town accepted him.

psychiatric drugs, instead relying on counseling processes known as auditing. Rathbun says he destroyed evidence to protect the church. Rathbun left the church after being unable to reconcile his Scientology beliefs with the episodes of mental and physical abuse he and other defectors say they saw inflicted by church leaders, and that Rathbun himself inflicted on subordinates. The abuse, he and other defectors have described, included physical beatings and the constant specter of separation from loved ones. He sneaked out of a church compound one night with a motorcycle, leaving everything else behind. He eventually wound up in Ingleside on the Bay, a place he could lay low and begin a mental and spiri-

tual recovery. The town is roughly equidistant from the church’s major headquarters in California and Florida.

ACCEPTANCE The residents of Ingleside on the Bay knew none of this past. Rathbun never ran through the streets proselytizing with L. Ron Hubbard books nor decrying his former church. He welcomed guests but kept to himself and to his wife, Monique, whom he credits with helping him emerge from the fog of his 27 years in the church. And he quietly began to build an Internet-based movement of Scientologists who abandoned the church but not its core teachings. In a hundred other Texas towns, Rathbun would have been the outcast, just

as squirrelly as the strange film crews that suddenly showed up to bug him with incredible persistence. Squirrel, in Scientology parlance, is a heretic, and the crew said it was here to expose Rathbun’s wayward, unsanctioned practices, which included counseling other former members. Rathbun and a former member of the crew said they were here simply to harass him for speaking out against the church, its fundraising practices and abuses. Rathbun’s neighbors started approaching him about the film crews they’d seen riding through town in golf carts with headmounted cameras. “It’s kind of weird,” they’d tell him. “I don’t cotton to this stuff.” Rathbun would start off by saying, “I guess you’ve Googled me, right?” They had. “So I guess maybe you want to ask questions?” But they didn’t demand answers about his background, his role in the church, the abuses he had committed before leaving, his personal beliefs. Instead, Rathbun said, their response was: “I thought this nation was predicated on religious freedom. I don’t know who the hell they think they are coming halfway across the country telling you how you should practice your religion.”

done so, and I think that it showed that the people here have compassion for somebody that they don’t even know, that is being wrongly messed with or harassed or accused of something.” Ehmann is a member of the City Council that, having heard neighbors’ complaints about lurid pamphlets left on their doors by the Squirrel Busters, and worries about crews surveilling Rathbun at his home, at restaurants, when traveling, tried to ban filming in the city. Mayor Howard Gillespie said the city knew it wouldn’t be able to enforce the ordinance, but it opened a dialogue with the Squirrel Busters, who numbered at any given time from three to six. Some were Scientologists; others were hired hands. City leaders assume the move-out is permanent. Squirrel Busters leader John Allender couldn’t be reached for comment. Rathbun is still making waves in the Scientology world. He recently appeared on “Good Morning America” to talk about the impact of another highranking church member’s criticisms of the church. But about the only thing making waves in Ingleside on the Bay these days is the wind.

MAKING WAVES It wasn’t long before they put up signs in their driveways saying Squirrel Busters aren’t welcome. Rathbun was shocked. To Ingleside on the Bay residents, he was one of their own, even if he was an outsider. Reflecting on last summer, that’s Jo Ann Ehmann’s lasting impression of what the Squirrel Busters did to her town. “I think the long-term effect will probably be not much of anything,” she said. “But I think the immediate happening was it brought some residents to stand together that otherwise wouldn’t necessarily have

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nation Gingrich touts his plan to create jobs and save Social Security on the campaign trail. Huntsman is not considered a large factor in South Carolina’s primary. Perry works to cast Romney as a heartless businessman who put people out of work.

Primary may hinge on woes of economy By Julie Pace and Bruce Smith Associated Press

PROSPERITY, S.C. — For the first time this year, the presidential race is playing out in a state with a dismal economy. That’s reshuffled the focus of the first-inthe South GOP contest that historically has been shaped by cultural issues because of the huge chunk of evangelical and conservative voters who make up the party’s foundation in South Carolina. The state’s 9.9 percent unemployment rate exceeds the national average of 8.5 percent and dwarfs the jobless rate in Iowa (5.7 percent) and New Hampshire (5.2 percent), both of which held their votes this month. In the past few years, manufacturing and construction job losses have hammered South Carolina. The state also has seen a sharp downturn in its $14 billion tourism industry. More than 18 percent of South Carolina’s residents are living in poverty, compared with the national rate of just more than 15 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Republican candidates are battling to emerge as the nominee against President Barack Obama in a race certain to center on the country’s struggling economy. A week before the South Carolina primary, Mitt Romney is the clear GOP front-runner after back-toback victories in Iowa and New Hampshire. A former Massachusetts governor and venture capitalist, Romney has promoted himself as the strongest Republican challenger to Obama, given his background in private business. Romney is hoping that a campaign focused squarely on the economy will appeal to voters in South Carolina, where up to 60 percent of voters consider themselves evangelical and social conservatives. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are working to undercut the central rationale of Romney’s campaign by casting him as a heartless corporate raider whose venture capital firm put people out of work. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Texas Rep. Ron Paul have shied away from this line of attack. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is hardly a factor in the state. All are emphasizing economic issues over social issues, though most are mindful not to ignore issues such as opposition to abortion and gay rights in hopes of winning backing from social conservatives. Gingrich pitches plans to create jobs and save Social Security. But he is focusing one of his first television ads on Romney’s record on abortion. Santorum, who nearly won in Iowa, is trying to link moral issues with economic success. He cites studies that show children who are raised by married parents are less likely to live in poverty than kids in single-parent homes.

Paul heads home as race heats up ■■Critics ask

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By Paul J. Weber Associated Press

LAKE JACKSON — The only trail where you might catch Ron Paul this weekend is the biking one. While the other Republican presidential candidates were campaigning in South Carolina, the Texas congressman whose recent momentum is arguably second only to front-runner Mitt Romney’s is home taking a break, just as his often belittled candidacy has never been taken more seriously. Paul’s supporters say they don’t begrudge the 76-yearold for stepping out of the spotlight after he really

seized it. “It’s totally OK,” said Cindy Lake, 48, a volunteer passing out voter registration forms ahead of Nevada’s primary next month. “We want him to take a break. He needs to take a break as much as any human being needs to take a break.” But Paul’s retreat to Lake Jackson, where the former obstetrician is still likely to be spotted cycling down Oyster Creek Drive, may feed skepticism about whether he is really playing to win the nomination or just getting exposure for libertarian ideas. Some of his comments and his unorthodox campaign style have raised that question. Paul, who was regarded as a gadfly when ran for president as Republican in 2008 and as a Libertarian

Paul has finished in the top three in Iowa and New Hampshire this month.

in 1988, has finished in the top three in Iowa and New Hampshire this month. After winning 22.9 percent of the New Hampshire vote, Paul made a brief stop in South Carolina on Wednesday before flying home. Early polls suggest he’s in the top half of the field in the Saturday primary. Aides did not respond to questions about Paul’s plans at home before his scheduled return to South Carolina, perhaps as early as today. Paul has been repeatedly asked about how serious he is about his campaign since saying on the eve of the Iowa caucuses that he doesn’t envision himself in the White House. He told ABC News, “I don’t deceive myself. I know what the odds are.”

Past comments feed Dems attack ■■Candidate

says he is ‘not perfect’

By Andrew Miga Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum is brash and blunt, and proudly so. But it’s a trait that will make it easy for Democrats to use his own words against him if he were to become the Republican presidential nominee. Far from apologetic, Santorum takes an “I-am-

who-I-am” attitude. Lately, though, as he tries to emerge as the conservative alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney, the former Pennsylvania senator has been asking Republican voters to look beyond his verbal missteps. “I’m a consistent conservative,” Santorum often says these days. “I’m not a perfect conservative.” While his latest verbal miscue came as he campaigned in Iowa, his career is paved with them. National civil rights groups recently thumped

Santorum nearly defeated Romney in Iowa’s caucuses but fared poorly in New Hampshire.

Santorum after video surfaced of him discussing Medicaid and food stamps. He appears to say: “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.” He tried to take it back a few days later, telling CNN in an interview: “I’m pretty confident I didn’t say ‘black’ ... I started to say a word and sort of mumbled it and changed my thought.”

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Romney’s campaign has made a conscious effort to make him seem more down to earth.

Iowa, N.H. make him No. 1 target

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SUMTER, S.C. — The criticism of Mitt Romney is getting personal. His rivals have tried to chip away at his business record and they’ve hit him on abortion. Now, Rick Santorum is calling him “bland and boring.” It’s a reflection of Romney’s strong standing in the race for the GOP presidential nomination after backto-back victories in Iowa and New Hampshire. His opponents are struggling to derail him a week before the Jan. 21 South Carolina contest and just over two weeks until the Florida primary. The more personal criticism cuts to the heart of one of Romney’s big vulnerabilities — his image. In his first presidential race four years ago, an always buttoned-up Romney struggled to connect with people, often coming across as stiff and slick. He always wore a suit and tie on the campaign trail. His hair was perfectly coifed. He told goofy jokes. And the wealthy Boston resident with several homes

often had what were perceived as uneasy encounters with voters. This time, his campaign has made a conscious effort to make him seem more down to earth. He often talks about pop culture. His new campaign uniform is a pair of jeans — usually Gap or Tommy Bahama — paired with a button-down patterned shirt. He wears suits on the debate stage, but only an hour after a morning debate in New Hampshire he was already in new clothes for a campaign event. And his wife, Ann, often testifies about Romney’s easygoing, even fun, personal side. But Romney still hasn’t been able to fully shake the image of a dull, straightlaced Wall Street banker with an awkward side who lacks charisma. And some of his rivals are stoking the notion that the wealthy former venture capitalist from Boston is out of touch with many Americans — and far from the kind of president an average-Joe voter would want to down a beer with.

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France loses AAA credit rating By Paul Wiseman Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The decision by Standard & Poor’s to strip France of its prized AAA credit rating and downgrade eight other European countries slammed a continent struggling with a debt crisis and an economic slowdown. But beleaguered Europeans can take some comfort: It could have been worse. Investors had plenty of time to brace for the bad news. S&P put 15 countries, including Germany and France, on notice last month that they faced potential downgrades. The advance notice means the downgrades likely won’t panic financial markets and drive up European governments’ borrowing costs much higher than they already are. “People knew it was coming, and it was only one rating agency,” said Marc Chandler, head of global currency strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman. Moody’s and Fitch Ratings have yet to follow S&P. Stocks fell Friday as downgrade rumors reached the trading floors of Europe and the United States. But the declines were nothing like the wrenching swings of last summer and fall, when the debt crisis threw the markets into turmoil. When the news came Friday, it wasn’t as harsh as it might have been. S&P had threatened last month to

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knock France’s credit rating down two notches. Instead, it settled for one, demoting France to AA+, just where it put the U.S. credit rating in an August downgrade. S&P spared Europe’s mightiest economy the indignity of a downgrade, leaving Germany with its AAA rating intact. Austria lost its AAA status, while Italy and Spain fell by two notches and Portugal’s debt was consigned to junk. S&P also cut ratings on Malta, Cyprus, Slovakia and Slovenia. Analysts note that S&P’s decision to downgrade longterm U.S. government debt in August did nothing to stop investors from continuing to buy U.S. Treasurys, though it did temporarily shake the U.S. stock market. The downgrades in Europe are “going to create bad headlines for a day or two,” said Jacob Funk Kirkegaard, research fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. But “there’s no underlying new information ... This will be quickly forgotten.” The Dow Jones industrial average declined 0.5 percent Friday, while stocks sank 0.1 percent in France and 0.6 percent in Germany. European countries, which borrowed heavily before the Great Recession, have struggled with high government debts after the weak economy depleted tax revenues and drove up spending on unemployment

S&P defends mass European downgrade

■■Critics Associated Press

A graph shows the fall of the euro in Paris, Friday. The euro fell to a 17-month low against the dollar on news reports that France’s credit rating might be downgraded by Standard & Poor’s.

benefits and other social programs. Greece, Portugal and Ireland have already required bailouts. And bigger countries like Italy and Spain are under financial pressure, partly because nervous investors are demanding higher interest rates to purchase their bonds. The downgrade of France could have consequences. It will put pressure on the fund that Europe uses to bail out the weakest countries that use the euro. The fund, after all, is only as strong as the countries that contribute to it, and France is the second-biggest contributor after Germany. The bailout fund may have to pay higher interest rates to borrow — and may have to charge higher rates to countries like Ireland that rely on it. For now, the fund still has a rating of AAA. That means that it can borrow on the bond market at low rates. The rating agency’s verdict could also shake up French politics. If the loss of its top-notch credit rating means France has to pay higher interest rates, the government will find it harder to cut its budget

deficit. President Nicolas Sarkozy has staked his credibility — and his re-election hopes — on meeting a series of deficit-reduction targets and balancing France’s budget by 2016. To stay on track, his government was forced twice last year to make extra cuts. French Finance Minister Francois Baroin said the downgrade was “bad news” but not “a catastrophe.” “You have to be relative, you have to keep your cool,” he said on France-2 television. “It’s necessary not to frighten the French people about it.” Fred Cannon, chief equity strategist at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, shrugged off the news. “A lot of folks have not thought France was a AAA country for a long time,” he said. France hasn’t balanced a budget in three decades, and its deficit hit 7.1 percent of its gross domestic product last year — more than twice the legal limit of 3 percent for the 17 nations that use the euro. It also is paying a significant amount to help bail out other troubled eurozone members such as Greece, Portugal and Ireland.

question its credibility

By Angela Charlton Associated Press

PARIS — Amid a wave of criticism, Standard & Poor’s defended its decision to downgrade nine European countries and insisted Saturday the region’s leaders aren’t doing enough to solve their debt crises. The prime minister of France, the biggest economy hit by the downgrade, vowed to press ahead with cost-cutting measures that opponents say will suffocate growth. The loss of its coveted AAA status wounded France’s self-image and market credibility just as it’s facing a new recession and presidential elections. The move Friday night may make it more expensive for struggling countries to borrow money, reduce debts and sustain growth. It also came just as crucial negotiations between the Greek government and its private creditors appeared close to collapse. Voices rose up Saturday against the power that ratings agencies wield. Critics of S&P have questioned its credibility and relevance before because it failed to foresee the collapse in the U.S. subprime mortgage market, which helped trigger the financial meltdown

of 2008. The latest downgrade brought a downbeat end to a mildly encouraging week for Europe’s most debt-laden nations. It also served as a reminder that the 17-country eurozone faces what German Chancellor Angela Merkel called a “long road” ahead to win back investors’ confidence. Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias called the downgrade “unacceptable.” “The latest downgrade is completely unfair and loaded with ulterior motives,” he told reporters. “Just when the Cyprus economy is breathing easier and showing signs of emerging from the crisis, and when our financing needs for 2012 and perhaps beyond 2012, have been covered, a (credit ratings) agency comes along to downgrade.” Austria’s chancellor criticized S&P’s decision to strip his country of its AAA rating, and noted that his coalition government is working on an austerity package. Werner Faymann wrote on his Facebook page that the decision showed “that Austria must become more independent from the financial markets.” In Germany, whose AAA rating remained untouched, a senior lawmaker with Merkel’s conservative party, Michael Meister, suggested action to reduce the significance of ratings. Merkel signaled her support.

‘Deplorable’ video not likely to hinder peace By Deb Riechmann Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan — A 39-second video purporting to show Marines urinating on dead bodies in Afghanistan is straining U.S.-Afghan relations but is not expected to undo months of work aimed at brokering peace with the Taliban. The images have not sparked widespread antiU.S. protests and Afghan officials say one battlefield abuse cannot derail the peace process, which has gained momentum in recent months with news that the Taliban will open a political office in Qatar. U.S. military officials have sternly condemned the alleged acts of four Marines who appear to be desecrating the bodies of three men lying in the dirt. On the video, which appeared on YouTube on Wednesday, one of the men looks down at the bodies and gleefully quips, “Have a good day, buddy.” The video emerged at a delicate time in relations among the United States, Afghanistan’s elected government and the Taliban insurgency. The U.S. is trying to foster peace talks between President Hamid Karzai’s government and the Taliban. Recent statements by senior U.S. and Taliban officials suggest the possibility of some trust-building measures in the near future, such as the opening of the Taliban office and the transfer of some Taliban detainees out of the U.S. prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Relations with Karzai have been shaky, and the two nations have yet to sign a long-term partnership agreement that will govern the presence of U.S. troops in the country after 2014 when most foreign troops will have gone home or moved into support roles. Initially there were concerns that outrage over the issue would spiral into a scandal like the one in 2004 over the release of photos showing a group of U.S. military police abusing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Violent protests broke out across Afghanistan after a Florida pastor burned a Quran in March 2011, fueling the down-with-America sentiment already simmering in Afghan society. In one protest in April 2011,

thousands of demonstrators poured into the streets of Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan and overran a U.N. compound, killing three U.N. staff members and four Nepalese guards. U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who has promised an exhaustive investigation, expressed concern that the fragile peace effort could be jeopardized by the images that he described as “utterly deplorable.” “The danger is that this kind of video can be misused in many ways to undermine what we are trying to do in Afghanistan and the possibility of reconciliation,” Panetta said. But Afghan officials and others said the quick responses by all sides had helped contain the damage. “As all three sides — the U.S., the Afghan government and the Taliban — have all condemned this act, I’m hopeful that this will not have any effect on the peace process,” Abdul Hakim Mujahid, a member of the peace council and the Taliban’s former envoy to the United Nations, said Saturday. Still, the incident makes it harder for U.S.-led coalition troops to gain the trust of Afghan villagers as they try to secure gains on the battlefield, and it gives Karzai more leeway to balk at U.S. demands on critical war issues, including negotiations on the partnership agreement. Arsala Rahmani, a top member of the Afghanistan peace council and an ex-official in the former Taliban government, said the move to open the office in Qatar remained on track, although any actual negotiations could take place in Saudi Arabia. Rahmani also said that a delegation from a Taliban-affiliated group run by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar recently visited Kabul to discuss reconciliation. The video “will not affect the peace process at all,” he said. The Taliban agreed. “Reconciliation is a big change for the people of Afghanistan and it won’t be affected by the actions of individuals like those in the video,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told The Associated Press on Friday. “We are focused on the bigger picture and for that, we have to avoid small things.”

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Man detained in homeless killings ■■Anaheim police say investigators

link suspect, 23, to all four slayings By Christopher Weber Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Investigators are “extremely confident” a man in their custody is responsible for all four recent killings of homeless men in Orange County, Anaheim Police Chief John Welter said Saturday, bringing an apparent end to a month of worry and fear among the homeless and those who help care for them in these famously sunny and wellto-do suburbs of Los Angeles. Investigators have tied the killings to Itzcoatl Ocampo, 23, of Yorba Linda, who was detained Friday night after a fourth homeless man was found slain in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant, Welter said. Witnesses and bystanders at the crime scene ran after Ocampo, and he was captured by a police officer who was part of a perimeter set up in response to dozens of 911 calls and other reports. Three other homeless men

have been found stabbed to death in north Orange County since mid-December, and a task force had been looking for the single suspect they believed was responsible for all three. “We are extremely confident that we have the man that is responsible for the murders of all four homeless men in Orange County,” Welter said. “We plan to request from the district attorney that he be charged with four counts of murder.” Neither Welter nor any of the other police chiefs, FBI agents or political officials who spoke at the news conference would give any information on the evidence against Ocampo, or any suspected motive. Ocampo is being held without bail at the Anaheim jail, and will be transferred to Orange County Jail and appear in court next week, Welter said. Ocampo could not immediately be reached for comment. A phone number listed in his name rang without an answer,

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Larry Pinson of Yorba Linda (second from left) and Krista Schegetz of Anaheim (right) mourn the killing of a homeless man outside a fast-food restaurant in Anaheim on Saturday. The death follows reports of fatal stabbing of three homeless men in Orange County since Dec. 21.

and no one answered the door at two addresses listed in his name. Also Saturday, mourners wept at the scene of death of the latest stabbing victim, who was described by friends as a Vietnam War veteran in his 60s named John. They left flowers and signs, one of which read “We love you, John.”

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Time Osmankaj, a relative of Sami Osmakac, stands in front of the house where naturalized American citizen Osmakac was born, in the Osmankaj family compound in the village of Lubizde, Kosovo, on Tuesday.

Bomb suspect made video before arrest ■■He could face

life in prison if convicted By Tamara Lush and Nebi Qena

Osmakac recorded a video before his arrest saying why he wanted to bring terror to his victims.

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Kosovoborn American citizen accused of plotting bomb attacks around Tampa was a loner who had grown increasingly radical in his Muslim faith and publicly railed against Jews and Christians in videos he posted on the Internet, according to relatives and friends. Sami Osmakac’s life in the U.S. began about a dozen years ago, when he was 13 and his family immigrated to the U.S., according to a video he posted on YouTube. Those who know Osmakac said he mostly kept to himself as a high schooler who loved rap music and rapped about bombs and killing in a song he made with a friend. As he grew older, they said, he grew increasingly confrontational: One Tampa-area activist said Osmakac physically threatened him, and Osmakac was jailed on charges that he head-butted a Christian preacher as the two argued over religion outside a Lady Gaga concert. Osmakac, 25, is now jailed on a federal charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and could face life in prison if convicted. U.S. authorities say he planned to use a car bomb, assault rifle and other explosives in an Islamistinspired attack on various locations around Tampa, including a sheriff’s office. His family in Florida has said the charges are untrue. Family members told the AP that Osmakac was born in the village of Lubizde in Kosovo, a tiny hamlet of scattered houses near the Cursed Mountains, a row of snowcapped peaks that divide Kosovo from Albania. The area is home to

The victim was found between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of a Carl’s Jr. that is surrounded by banks and other businesses at the wide, busy intersection of La Palma Avenue and Imperial Highway in Anaheim, police said. A candlelight vigil for the man and the other victims was

planned for Saturday evening. Marilyn Holland, an Anaheim resident who befriended the victim and regularly brought him oatmeal raisin cookies, said he was uncharacteristically nervous since police warned him to stay vigilant in the days after the killings began. “He told me he thought he was being followed,” Holland said. “I told him after pay day I was going to get him a cellphone, so he could call 911 if anything happened. Normally he would refuse help but he was willing to accept the phone because he was scared.” Holland was paid Friday but didn’t get the chance to get the phone to her friend. Several witnesses reported an assault in progress, and officers arrived to find the homeless man dead near a trash bin in the restaurant parking lot. Witnesses followed a man who ran from the lot and led police to him, Anaheim police Sgt. Bob Dunn said. “We were having dinner in the area and saw about 40 police cars scream into the parking lot. I ran over and hugged my friend, screaming, ‘Please tell me it’s not John!’ But it was,” Holland said, fighting back tears.

many adherents to Sufism, a mystical Islamic order whose members often pray over the tombs of revered saints. The Osmakacs are followers of a Sufi sect that has its own shrine just outside the village. Kosovo’s tiny Roman Catholic minority also resides in the area, as the village next to Lubizde. Dedaj, is comprised entirely of Roman Catholic ethnic Albanians. Osmakac spent his early years in a home shared among his father and two uncles, but difficult living conditions and simmering ethnic intolerance sent the family searching for prosperity elsewhere. Osmakac’s family, like many who fled, brought their traditional trade of baking to what are now Croatia and Bosnia, where they have remained since Yugoslavia’s break-up after a series of ethnic wars in the 1990s. Osmakac’s family was in Bosnia during the bloodiest of all those wars, which left more than 100,000 dead, and eventually fled to Germany and then the U.S. As a child, Osmakac was “a quiet and fun boy,” said his aunt Time Osmankaj. She said his family regularly sent money home to relatives trying to eke out a living as the wars left those who remained extremely poor. Osmankaj said the family returned to Kosovo, which declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, for visits during the summer months. But in recent years they noticed a change in Osmakac, who now grew a beard, donned religious garments, and was frequently accompanied by two devout Muslims from Albania and two from Bosnia. He also began to shun his relatives during

his trips to Kosovo. His aunt said she learned of his last visit in October 2011 through neighbors and that she did not meet with him. Authorities in Kosovo have said he used those visits to meet with Islamic radicals there. Islam came to Kosovo with the Ottoman conquest of the Balkans in the 15th century, but it had not grown political until more recently. For instance, hundreds of Muslims have taken to the streets to protest a ban imposed by Kosovo authorities on wearing headscarves in schools. Protesters also have demanded that new mosques be built to accommodate a growing number of faithful after a Roman Catholic cathedral was built last year in the center of the capital, Pristina. The increase in religious tensions has raised concerns that U.S. soldiers serving as part of a NATO-led peacekeeping force could be targeted in attacks. Avni Osmakac told WTVT-TV in Tampa that his brother had tried to travel to Saudi Arabia last year so he could study Islam, but that he had problems with his visa and never got farther than Turkey. Sami Osmakac wanted to become an imam and teach Islam in the Middle East, his brother said. Osmakac’s family had settled in Pinellas Park, Fla., where his father opened a bakery and bought a home. There, Osmakac attended at least two high schools and was mostly a loner, classmate Alan Stokling wrote in an email to the AP. “We were just the ‘ghosts’ at Lakewood High School,” he wrote. “He was one of those government rebel types. All of our conversations consisted of him talking about how stupid everybody at the school was. Not just the students, but the teachers, the people who financed institutions like it.”

Geothermal energy developers plan to pump 24 million gallons of water into the side of a dormant volcano in Central Oregon this summer to demonstrate new technology they hope will give a boost to a green energy sector that has yet to live up to its promise. They hope the water comes back to the surface fast enough and hot enough to create cheap, clean electricity that isn’t dependent on sunny skies or stiff breezes — without shaking the earth and rattling the nerves of nearby residents. The federal government, Google and other

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nearly 24 hours after accident By Nicole Winfield and Frances D’Emilio Associated Press

PORTO SANTO STEFANO, Italy — The first course had just been served in the Costa Concordia’s dining room when the wine glasses, forks and plates of cuttlefish and mushrooms smashed to the ground. At the magic show in the theater, the trash cans tipped over and the theater curtains turned on their side. Then the hallways turned upside down, and passengers crawled on bruised knees through the dark. Others jumped alone into the cold Mediterranean Sea. The terrifying, chaotic escape from the luxury liner was straight out of a TRIA scene from “Titanic” for many of the 4,000-plus passengers and crew on the cruise ship, which ran aground off the Italian coast late Friday and flipped on its side with a d160-foot gash in its hull. At least three bodies had been recovered and rescuers searching for the missing heard the shouts of a man and a woman coming late Saturday from the wrecked cruise ship. The Coast guard was bringing in a specialized search team to find them, while close to 40 others remained unaccounted for. The Friday the 13th grounding of the Concordia was one of the most dramatic cruise ship accidents in recent memory. It immediately raised a host of questions: Why did it hit a reef so close to the Tuscan island of Giglio? Did a power failure cause the crew to lose control? And why did crew members tell passengers they weren’t in danger until the ship was listing perilously to the side? The delay made lifeboat rescue eventually impossible for some of the passengers, some of whom jumped into the sea while others waited to be plucked to safety by helicopters. Some boats had to be cut down with an ax. “We had to scream at the controllers to release the boats from the side,” said Mike van Dijk, from Pretoria, South Africa. “It was a scramble, an absolute scramble.” Van Dijk said the boat he was on, on the upended port side, got stuck along the ship’s wall as it came down. “It was a hell of a sound, the crunching,” he said.

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The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its starboard side after running aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Saturday.

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Costa Crociera SpA, which is owned by the U.S.based cruise giant Carnival Corp., defended the actions of its crew and said it was cooperating with the investigation. Carnival Corp. issued a statement expressing sympathy that didn’t address the allegations of delayed evacuation. Late Saturday, firefighters who had been searching the Costa Concordia for dozens who remained missing heard distinct shouts, “one in a male voice, the other in a female voice” coming from the cruiser liner, Coast guard officer Marcello Fertitta said. Fertitta, of the port captain’s office in Livorno, told The Associated Press early Sunday that firefighters were having difficulty pinpointing where the pair was on the cruise ship and called in a specialized search team. The Italian news agency ANSA said earlier that rescuers had located two survivors in a cabin, and in good condition. A risky search by divers of the sunken, water-filled half of the ship for the missing was suspended at darkness

Passengers receive assistance upon their arrival in Porto Santo Stefano, Italy, Saturday.

Saturday night. The trapped survivors were found more than 24 hours after the ship ran aground and lurched violently. The ship began its lurch at the beginning of dinner service in the ship’s twostory dining room, where passengers described a scene of frantic confusion. Passengers described a scene of frantic confusion. Silverware, plates and glasses crashed down from the dining room’s upper floor balcony, children wailed and darkened hallways upended themselves. Panicked passengers slipped on broken glass as the lights went out while crew members insisted nothing serious was wrong. “Have you seen ‘Titanic’? That’s exactly what it was,”

said Valerie Ananias, 31, a schoolteacher from Los Angeles who was traveling with her sister and parents. They all bore dark red bruises on their knees from the desperate crawl they endured along nearly vertical hallways and stairwells, trying to reach rescue boats. “We were crawling up a hallway, in the dark, with only the light from the life vest strobe flashing,” her mother, Georgia Ananias, 61 said. “We could hear plates and dishes crashing, people slamming against walls.” She choked up as she remembered the moment when an Argentine couple handed her their 3-year-old daughter, unable to keep their balance as the ship listed to the side. “He said, ‘Take my

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PORTO SANTO STEFANO, Italy — Language barriers, overwhelmed local authorities, squads of foreign diplomats with lists of awkward questions — the international mix of passengers and crew aboard the stricken Costa Concordia cruise liner added to the complications Saturday for Italian officials handling the emergency. Local authorities were fielding inquiries from dozens of nations worried about the 4,234 people who were aboard the ship when it tipped over off the coast of Italy, including Italians, Germans, French people, Britons, Americans and about 1,000 international crew members. As international travel has grown easier, aid agencies and lawmakers

have frequently warned of the potential for confusion in the wake of international emergencies, as sometimes competing nations or international organizations arrive at disaster sites. In Italy, a host of countries sent diplomatic staff to the scene as three bodies were recovered from the sea off the tiny island of Giglio, close to the coast of Tuscany. British Ambassador Christopher Prentice said he had seen his counterparts from Germany and Spain at hospitals, where diplomats were checking identities and tallying numbers of those injured. Officials from the U.K. and Australia set up a joint base at Porto Santo Stefano middle school, which had been transformed into a temporary holding center for rescued passengers. Though the school was a scene of chaos, as pas-

terrifying moments in their escape. A top Costa executive, Gianni Onorato, said Saturday the Concordia’s captain had the liner on its regular, weekly route when it struck a reef. Italian coast guard officials said the circumstances were still unclear, but that the ship hit an unknown obstacle. Despite some early reports that the captain was dining with passengers when his ship crashed into the reef, he was on the bridge, Onorato said. “The ship was doing what it does 52 times a year, going along the route between Civitavecchia and Savona,” a shaken-looking Onorato told reporters on Giglio, a popular vacation isle off Italy’s central west coast.

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Italian officials praised for cooperation in cruise crisis By David Stringer and Nicole Winfield

baby,”’ Georgia Ananias said, covering her mouth with her hand. “I grabbed the baby. But then I was being pushed down. I didn’t want the baby to fall down the stairs. I gave the baby back. I couldn’t hold her.” Whispered her daughter Valerie: “I wonder where they are.” The Ananias family was among the last passengers off the ship, left standing on the upended port side. They were forced to exit from a still-attached lifeboat that became impossible to use once the ship began to tip over; so they climbed a ladder dropped to them off a deck and shimmied down a rope to a waiting rescue vessel. “We thought we were dying four times,” Valerie said, recounting the most

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Survivors of the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia, which ran aground near the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, arrive at the harbor in Marseille, southern France, on Saturday.

sengers tried to find buses to take them back to Rome or the coastal town of Savona — where most had embarked — and embassy officials cross-referenced ship logs and passenger lists, Prentice said nations were cooperating well. “This is obviously a very serious and major incident, my impression at this stage is that the Italian authorities have responded excellently and our cooperation

with them has been very good,” Prentice said, as he offered advice to Britons at the school. Other embassies sent lower-level officials to work with the ship operator Costa and local authorities, offering help to foreign passengers who didn’t speak Italian and were struggling to understand the response to the accident or how to get home.

ROME — The captain of a cruise liner that ran aground with some 4,000 passengers on board has been detained while he is investigated on allegations of manslaughter and abandoning his ship, Italian media reported Saturday. Three bodies were recovered from the sea after the Costa Concordia ran aground near the coast of Tuscany late Friday, ripping a hole in its hull and forcing thousands to escape in a chaotic, terrifying evacuation. Some 40 people are still unaccounted for. Experts have questioned how Francesco Schettino, the 52-year-old captain with 11 years working for the ship’s owner, could hit so close to the island of Giglio given Italy’s well mapped sea lanes. The chief prosecutor in

the Tuscan city of Grosseto, Francesco Verusio, was quoted by the ANSA news agency as telling reporters that the captain “very ineptly got close to Giglio.” “The ship struck a reef that got stuck inside the left side, making it (the ship) lean over and take on a lot of water in the space of two, three minutes,” he said. Schettino was at the command, and it was “he who ordered the route, that’s what it appears to us. It was a deliberate” choice to follow that route, ANSA quote him as saying. It quoted Schettino’s lawyer, Bruno Leporatti as saying his client understands why he was being detained but that “as his defender, I’d like to say that several hundred people owed their life to the expertise that the commander of the Costa Concordia showed during the emergency.”


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U.S. goals for Iraq take hit ■■Violence,

political strife high after exit

By Bradley Klapper Associated Press

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Paul Joyner, 25, of Silver Spring, Md., a bike messenger who is camping part time with Occupy D.C., rests on a park bench near a pirate flag earlier this month in McPherson Square in Washington. The nation’s capital has two Occupy sites within blocks of each other.

Not willing to vacate ■■Occupy protesters fight on after several recent setbacks By Eric Tucker Associated Press

WASHINGTON — They were let back into Zuccotti Park, but kicked out of a vacant house in Seattle. In other places, Occupy protesters are in courtrooms fighting evictions. While the movement flickers, the protest in the nation’s capital is persisting into the winter, buoyed by demonstrators who camp out on federal land in a city with a tolerant, even celebrated, history of civil disobedience. Washington even has two Occupy sites within blocks of each other. “We didn’t initiate it — that

was with Occupy Wall Street — but we’re carrying it on. And you know what? So are they,” said Joseph Bieber, who came to Washington after the Occupy site in Philadelphia was shut down. Demonstrators like Bieber have found a new home in D.C., where organizers expect a protest Tuesday on Capitol Hill — dubbed Occupy Congress — to draw thousands of people and bring renewed attention to the movement in Washington and to their overall opposition to corporate greed and income inequality. “We can’t just protest on Wall Street. We must also pro-

test Congress directly if we want to have real change,” said Mario Lozada, a protester from Philadelphia who plans to be in Washington this week for the protest. Though the D.C. protesters have provoked the ire of a Republican congressman, they have been tolerated — with some growing signs of exasperation — by a mayor who forged his political identity as an activist and by a National Park Service that says it’s determined to protect First Amendment rights. Though they’ve dwindled considerably in numbers, the demonstrators, and a few homeless

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people, have remained despite occasionally freezing temperatures, the holidays and, more recently, rat infestations and health department inspections. It’s unclear how long they’ll remain or how the situation will end. Several dozen tents occupy Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square, both just blocks from the White House, though it’s hard to tell how many people are there on any given night. The group at McPherson Square was inspired by the protesters

WASHINGTON — Iraq’s troubled start to life without U.S. forces calls into question the Obama administration’s assertion that it has wound down America’s long war responsibly: at least 78 killed in blasts across the country in a single day, a protracted political crisis with no end in sight, top political leaders accusing each other of monstrous criminality. An extension of the costly and unpopular deployment of American troops to Iraq may have only temporarily suppressed some of the tensions, but the heightened violence and political dysfunction illustrate the unfinished business the United States has left behind in Iraq. Nine years after American proponents of intervention predicted a cakewalk, a welcome mat and Iraqis singing and flying kites in a shining example of democracy for the Arab world, the U.S. is still struggling to finish the job. It is unclear how much more help Iraq wants, either. Last month’s send-off of the last U.S. soldiers was inauspiciously followed by Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordering an arrest warrant for the country’s highest-ranking


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from 13A Sunni official, threatening to exclude the rival sect’s main political party from his government and warning of “rivers of blood” if Sunnis sought an autonomous region. The Obama administration is defending the military withdrawal from Iraq, after the two countries were unable to agree on whether American troops should be granted legal immunity. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that “periodic acts of violence” in Iraq, like those seen recently, are not new and that the thousands of U.S. civilians working there can be safe under Iraqi protection. “We’re confident that we have an Iraqi government and an Iraqi security force that is capable of dealing with the security threats that are there now,” Panetta told CBS’ “Face the Nation.” But President Barack Obama’s decision is being attacked by critics during an election year. “In all due respect, Iraq is unraveling. It’s unraveling because we did not keep residual forces there,” said ­Arizona Sen. John McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee. McCain also spoke on CBS. Leading U.S. efforts, the State Department got $6.2 billion in Iraq funds for the year. Some $3.8 billion is for the department’s operations, including for the deployment of several hundred diplomats, civil service experts and specialists in fields from agriculture and commerce to health and education. Hundreds more are needed for management, logistics and security support in a land still wracked by violence. Thousands of security contractors are also being employed. The Defense Department got an additional $11 billion to wrap up military operations and fund a leftover contingent of advisers and officials. The total is a small amount against the backdrop of $1.3 trillion spent on Afghanistan and Iraq over the last decade. Yet it belies any notion that the U.S. and Iraq can easily — or cheaply — “normalize” a relationship that has more often than not been nonexistent over the last four decades. In Baghdad, the Vaticansized American Embassy stands like a city within a city, a reminder of the previous administration’s ambitious vision of an ironclad U.S.-Iraqi alliance based on shared interests, peace and democracy. By far the biggest such U.S. outpost overseas and costing several hundred million dollars, the danger is it ends up being a symbol of U.S. isolation, its diplomats

ensconced safely inside but unable to influence events beyond the fortress walls. The Obama administration has maintained some of the optimistic Bush-era rhetoric for its vision of the future, while acknowledging that much depends on solving Iraq’s immediate problems. When al-Maliki teamed up with Muqtada alSadr’s hard line Shiite supporters, it guaranteed him the prime minister’s office. The U.S. secured a role for Ayad Allawi’s Sunni-led bloc after it won the most parliamentary seats, but key decisions on the legislation for the power-sharing arrangement were pushed off. Iraq’s Defense and Interior ministries were similarly left for later. Now is later. One legacy of the occupation that costs money to maintain but could be a key diplomatic tool is the distribution of American diplomats throughout the country. Instead of having all U.S. personnel pooled in the capital, and all its engagement efforts directed solely toward the prime minister and other central government leaders, Washington can simultaneously press the Kurds in the North and Sunnis and Shia at the regional level. While Vice President Joe Biden mobilizes his years of personal relationship with Iraq’s political elite at the very top, officials staff consulates in Basra, Irbil and, since Christmas, Kirkuk. The administration wants to begin lowering costs in Iraq further. The plan envisions local staff replacing Americans in security and logistics, and more food and fuel purchased on local markets. The shift would depend on a more peaceful environment prevailing and the country embarking on a surer democratic path. But the challenge remains: Can the U.S., with its limited capacity to shape events in Iraq, help forge a culture of nation in a place that may ­remain too deeply ­divided among themselves? Al-Maliki’s arrest warrant against Sunni Vice President and longtime critic Tariq ­al-Hashemi for allegedly organizing assassinations leaves the country divided at the upper echelons of government. If the schism reaches down to street level, Iraq risks sliding back toward the civil warlike violence of 2006 and 2007. Administration officials acknowledge that Iraq is mired in its worst government crisis since Saddam Hussein’s 2003 ouster, with no obvious answers for a political landscape crisscrossed by long-standing sectarian and regional rivalries, and newer schisms borne out of political maneuvering. The task is Iraq’s now, they insist, with the U.S. only assisting. The

main effort right now is focused on pressing Iraq’s factional leaders into a meeting of the blocs, but even that first tentative step toward a possible breakthrough remains out of reach. Getting each party to share in the dibs of power remains the conundrum. Almost two years after Iraq’s last elections, and a year since the U.S. helped cobble together a government led by al-Maliki’s Shiites and including a Sunnibacked bloc, the parties have yet to agree on who will lead the powerful police and military ministries. America may still wield influence, but it is waning. For weeks, Washington has pushed hard behind the scenes to bring all sides back to negotiations and salvage Iraq’s unity government. The U.S. feeling is that most political parties, unsure of how to solve their crisis themselves, still want America’s counsel. Officials say leaders in Iraq know the U.S. remains the country’s gateway to a world beyond Iran, and much needed international trade, investment and political support. But without even a semblance of boots and guns on the ground, the stark truth that Washington hasn’t been calling the shots for a while in Iraq has become even more apparent. American advice clearly wasn’t heeded as Iraq’s stability deteriorated after the U.S. forces departed on Dec. 18. The administration isn’t giving up hope and, frankly it says, it can’t: partnership with an instable and democratically imperfect but oil-rich nation on Iran’s doorstep is too valuable to abandon. However, getting there isn’t cheap. A sense of responsibility also pervades, after a U.S.-led military intervention that sparked fierce internecine warfare and a deadly stream of terror attacks that has yet to be eliminated. Thursday’s bombings, presumably by al-Qaida, are a case in point. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland on Thursday called them “desperate attempts by the same kind of folk who have been active in Iraq, trying to turn back the clock.” On the government impasse, she said American officials from Biden on down were actively “trying to support the Iraqis in settling their disputes peacefully through political means.” The doubts over Iraq are prompting more in Iraq and the U.S. to question whether there will be a time when Washington asks itself why it is bothering with a huge diplomatic outreach, especially if Iraq’s leadership isn’t interested in listening. Some analysts are looking for more realistic, if narrower, U.S. goals and a clearer strategy to achieve them.

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in New York, while the Freedom Plaza site — a generally older crowd — had a war protest that morphed into an Occupy encampment. In New York, protesters have been holding meetings at various indoor spaces after tents and sleeping bags were banned from Zuccotti Park in mid-November. A police raid evicted protesters who had been sleeping there since Sept. 17. On Tuesday, metal barricades that had surrounded Zuccotti Park were removed, and about 300 demonstrators “re-Occupied” the park. Most left, though, as the night wore on. Ned Merrill was one of a handful of protesters around a day later. “We need to have a ­symbolic presence,” said Merrill, 52, a blanket draped over his shoulder. In Seattle, sheriff’s deputies evicted seven people early Wednesday from a vacant house that had been taken over as part of the movement. Deputies said they appeared to be squatters who did not have a political motive. However, the house is covered in graffiti, including “no banks, no landlords” and “capitalism is exploitation.” Other encampments remain, including in Portland, Maine, and in Pittsburgh, where attorneys for the protesters argued in court Tuesday against eviction. The D.C. demonstrators have been permitted to stay despite a string of recent clashes that might have triggered eviction in cities less accustomed to large-scale protests. More than 30 protesters were arrested last month in McPherson Square after refusing to disassemble a makeshift wooden building they had erected in the middle of the night as a shed for the approaching winter. The building was torn down and removed. Days later, a demonstration shut down K Street —

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U.S. Park Police officers on horseback pass Ken Srdjak, 25 (left) and Phoenix Anderson, 22, who are both part of Occupy D.C. and living in McPherson Square.

home to the nation’s largest lobbying firms — and ended with more than 60 arrests. A U.S. Park Police officer responding to a report of a fight inside a McPherson Square tent was kicked so hard in the crotch last month that he fell to the ground vomiting, court papers said. And on Wednesday, police found a 13-month-old baby alone in a McPherson Square tent and arrested a man who came forward later claiming to be the child’s father. But unlike other encampments on city or private property, the protesters are in federal parks — and enjoying special First Amendment protections as a result. The demonstrators at Freedom Plaza have received a permit to stay through the end of next month — some already have moved their demonstration indoors — and under National Park Service regulations, the McPherson Square protesters won’t need a permit if the crowd remains under 500 people. “There’s a very strong presumption and deference given to First Amendment free speech and, more specifically, political free speech,” said National Park Service spokesman Bill Line. There are signs of wariness. District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray, who was arrested in April while demonstrating in support of D.C. autonomy, initially supported the protesters, but has asked for federal

funds to reimburse the city for Occupy-related costs. He said law-breaking won’t be tolerated and that the protesters’ cause is appearing muddled. “It certainly has the patience wearing thin of those in the city and, to the extent that they’ve been able to express what their cause is, I don’t think it helps their cause,” Gray said. U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican and chairman of the Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, has demanded answers from the Interior Department about why the protesters have been permitted to stay so long. He says they have damaged or destroyed McPherson Square upgrades, including new grass and refurbishments, paid for with stimulus funds. The National Park Service says Issa’s request is under review, but he followed up with a letter last week accusing the agency of being unresponsive. A growing rat concentration at the sites caused McPherson Square protesters to shut down their kitchen and alarmed health officials, who lack jurisdiction but are consulting with other agencies, said department spokesman Najma Roberts. She said the department had no immediate plans to recommend eviction unless there was an outbreak of an illness or an advancing snowstorm. Organizers of Tuesday’s Occupy Congress event expect thousands of demonstrators.

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Retired brigadier general’s long journey with alcoholism ■■Veteran’s

home life spun out of control for years

By Mitch Weiss Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Retired Brigadier General Stanley Cherrie flew into machine gun fire, lost a leg to a ­land mine and directed tanks against Iraqi forces in his long Army career. When he walked into a reunion of top brass looking shaky and then collapsed, another side of his military life was revealed: Years of hard drinking had grown into alcoholism that nearly killed him. Cherrie’s breakdown in front of his comrades, who had gathered to mark the 20th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, triggered his turn to rehabilitation from a habit that started a generation earlier. Now the man who commanded troops in Kuwait and Bosnia despite the prosthetic leg he got in Vietnam is sharing his story, in part as an example for a new cohort of soldiers coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. “I always knew I drank too much. In retrospect, I was the poster boy. If you wanted to build a functional alcoholic, you would follow my model,” said Cherrie, 69, speaking for the first time about his struggle. The turning point came at a reunion of officers who planned Operation Desert Storm, the 1990 military campaign that ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s invading forces from Kuwait. Minutes after sitting down to eat, Cherrie collapsed at the table. The Army’s highest-ranking doctor, Surgeon General Eric Schoomaker, was on hand and treated Cherrie before an ambulance whisked him to a nearby emergency room. At the hospital, Cherrie’s daughter asked to speak to Schoomaker in private. Then she disclosed a family secret: Her father was an alcoholic, and years of drinking had taken a toll. It was the beginning of Cherrie’s long journey back to sobriety from a thirst that began in Vietnam, where the young officer stepped on a land mine that blew apart his right leg, right hand and part of his left heel. Despite the injury, Cherrie managed to stay in the military at a time when disabled soldiers were routinely discharged. He worked his way up the ranks to command troops in Desert Storm and later Bosnia. As he comes to grips now with the pain he caused his family, he has another even more daunting challenge: caring for his wife, Mary Ellen, who is battling a degenerative arthritic condition. High school sweethearts, they have been married 46 years. His fight for sobriety also helps illustrate a larger problem — as troops return home from Iraq and Afghanistan, many have turned to alcohol to help relieve the pain. Schooma ker, who headed the Army medical command from 2007 until December, said drinking remains a problem in the military, but there are efforts to change that. Three years ago, for example, the Army created a pilot program at six bases that allows soldiers to seek outpatient drug and alcohol treatment without telling their commanders. “The culture has shifted dramatically, where alcohol use is openly discouraged in a public kind of way. But it’s not in any shape or form been eliminated,” he said. For his part, Cherrie is using his experience to help others. “I think Stan wants to get his story out because when he screws up he wants people to know it

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Retired Brigadier General Stanley Cherrie sits with his wife, Mary Ellen, on the reviewing stand of the Veterans Day Parade in Leavenworth, Kan.

as a learning experience,” said his friend John Harris, a retired lieutenant colonel. “He’s not looking for sympathy. He’s not looking for notoriety. He’s looking at it as: ‘How can my story help someone (else) who is going through a similar situation.’”

alcohol creates relief Cherrie’s wife, Mary Ellen, first noticed her husband’s drinking after his first tour of duty in Vietnam. A helicopter pilot, ­Cherrie seemed to encounter enemy fire on every mission, and he won a Silver Star for taking out a .50 caliber enemy machine gun on top of a building during the Tet Offensive in January 1968. After skirmishes, some soldiers would return to makeshift bases carved in the Vietnamese jungles and drink alcohol to unwind, Cherrie recalled. It was a practice that continued when Cherrie returned from his deployment. “They turned to alcohol for relief,” she said. “They were talking about everything they had just seen. And pilots were always called back. There was this great pressure: When am I going to be called back again?” For Cherrie, the call came three years later, and he returned to Vietnam in 1971. A month into his tour, Cherrie stepped on a land mine. He was transferred to the amputee ward of Valley Forge Veterans Hospital in Pennsylvania and thought he would be forced to leave the military because of his injuries. Without the Army, Cherrie thought he would be lost. He grew up in a staunchly patriotic community where everyone, including his father, told stories about serving in World War II. Even when Cherrie played baseball and football at Rutgers University, he thought about the military, participating in ROTC. When he graduated from Rutgers in 1964, he enlisted. His hopes of staying in the Army were buoyed by Maj. Frederick Franks Jr., who visited the hospital and stopped by Cherrie’s bed to offer encouraging words. Cherrie later discovered that Franks’ left leg was amputated below the knee. Cherrie was optimistic: If Franks could stay in the military and return to combat without a leg, he could do it, too. drinking more and more Mary Ellen wasn’t sure about her husband’s decision. She was proud of his physical recovery, but knew he had to prove to the Army that he still was physically fit. Even with a prosthetic leg and mangled hand, he kept up, and was assigned to an infantry unit at Fort Benning, Ga. But she could see changes in his personality. Yes, he was still the outgoing, charismatic officer. But he was drinking more and more, especially on weekends. It was all part of the old military culture, his friend John Harris said. “On Friday nights, you went to the officers’ club, and anytime you had a party it was centered around

the consumption of large quantities of alcohol,” he said. “Some would perceive if you weren’t half drunk and raising hell and jumping off tables and carrying on in the officers’ club, you didn’t have a ‘warrior spirit.’” Mary Ellen said her husband never drank at work or did anything to interfere with his career.

success at work; disaster at home Cherrie was making all the right career moves. He graduated with a master’s degree in public administration and landed a job on the staff of Frederick Franks, who by then was a lieutenant colonel on the fast track to becoming a general. He used his experience in 1990, when Iraq ­invaded neighboring Kuwait, threatening the stability of the entire Middle East. Franks was one of the generals who helped draw up the plans to liberate Kuwait, and Cherrie, now a lieutenant colonel himself, was a key member of his staff. After the war, Cherrie was promoted to brigadier general. Preparing to retire, Cherrie received a new

­mission: Help lead United Nations troops trying to keep peace in Bosnia. When that mission was complete, he retired near Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in 1998 after 34 years of service. Cherrie was hired by Cubic, a defense contractor, and volunteered with community groups. But his drinking began to spin out of control. After work, he would go out with friends. Other nights, he would sit at home and drink a pint or more of gin. Mary Ellen and other family members pleaded with him to stop.

denial comes first By late 2010, Cherrie had left Cubic and was contacted about the reunion of the VII Corps Desert Storm Veterans Association. After Desert Storm, VII Corps was deactivated, and the unit’s colors were stored at Fort Leavenworth. Franks asked Cherrie to escort the colors to the February gathering. Now 70, Mary Ellen couldn’t go because of her health, so Cherrie asked his daughter, Victoria Cherrie, to accompany him. He needed help, too, because his

own health had been deteriorating. A few days before he left, Cherrie decided he wouldn’t touch alcohol. Maybe that would help him feel better. But the morning of the event, he was shaky and dizzy. At a memorial service, his friends were shocked at his appearance. “I had not seen Stan look that bad ever,” said retired Major Gen. Alan “Bud” Thrasher. “I said, ‘Stan, what in the world is going on?’ ” Cherrie said he hadn’t been feeling well for a while. Thrasher told Cherrie he would ask Schoomaker, who lived at the base, to examine him. And before dinner that night, Schoomaker talked to Cherrie in the lobby of the officers’ club. “He looked like he suffered from a chronic illness of some kind,” Schoomaker said. “It wasn’t clear what kind.” Schoomaker asked Cherrie if he regularly drank alcohol, but he denied it. He asked Cherrie to go to Walter Reed hospital the following day for an examination. Cherrie reluctantly agreed and returned to the ballroom. About five minutes later, as the waiters were beginning to serve dinner, Cherrie collapsed, falling out of his chair. Victoria began screaming, and cradled his head on the floor as his face turned purple. When they reached the emergency room, Victoria turned to Schoomaker and asked to speak to him alone. “My dad really hasn’t been explicit with you,” she said softly, and disclosed the details of his drinking. Victoria’s confession set off a chain of events that led to Cherrie entering an alcohol treatment program. At first Cherrie refused, and became defiant. He said he didn’t have an alcohol problem. He said he had to get back to take care of Mary Ellen. But then Schoomaker said the words that finally got through.

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“Stan, you have a choice: You can go to rehab or you can take another drink and die.”

sobriety Victoria called her mother and told her the news. After all these years of pleading with Cherrie to stop drinking, he was headed to an eight-week inpatient alcoholic and drug rehabilitation program in Alabama. Mary Ellen was thrilled about the treatment, and saddened because she knew collapsing in the room was one of the most embarrassing moments of his life. But it probably saved him. The road to sobriety was difficult. After detoxification, Cherrie learned how his drinking had hurt his family over the years: how they had to walk on eggshells and how his wife had to protect their children because he could become combative at any time. “It was very difficult to hear these things,” said Cherrie, his voice trailing off. He decided that if he made it through the program, he wasn’t going to hide his disease. He would talk to people about it. Maybe he could help someone who was thinking about seeking help. Nearly a year later, Cherrie hasn’t had a drink. The struggle hasn’t been made any easier with his wife’s illness. Now, Cherrie spends a good part of his days taking care of her. Cherrie said he’s not sure why he drank so much, and refused to blame it on the Army or his injuries. Before the military, he rarely drank at all. Not even when he attended Rutgers and went to parties. But since his treatment, he has received positive feedback from friends. “They say: ‘You did the right thing. You sought help.’ But hey, look ... I’m not the smartest guy in the world, but when God nearly kills you and you have a seizure in front of 300 of your highranking best friends, it’s time to do something,” he said.

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Put down the phone for good customer service By Candice Choi Associated Press

NEW YORK — Consumers are demanding better service in unprecedented ways. In the past several months, public outrage has helped beat back efforts by Bank of America, Netflix and Verizon to raise fees or significantly alter services. The victories come at a time when money is tight all around and consumers are tapping into social media to air their frustrations with likeminded individuals. “In the past people would be angry, but they’d be all over the country talking to their neighbors,” said Kit Yarrow, a professor of consumer psychology at

Golden Gate University. “Now they can connect online and they have power.” For example, petitions on Change. org were instrumental in persuading Bank of America and Verizon to drop plans for new fees. “Bank Transfer Day,” which sprang to life after Bank of America’s announcement, called on Facebook supporters to move their money to a credit union or community bank. Not every issue demands a mass call to action. But consumers basking in their newfound sense of empowerment should keep their expectations high going into 2012. Here are some strategies for making sure you get the service you deserve.

WORK THE CHAIN OF COMMAND Before you switch into outrage mode, give a company a fair chance to right any wrongs. It may be that the issue can be easily resolved with a simple email or phone call to customer service. But if the customary means aren’t helpful, one strategy is to reach out to the company CEO or another high-ranking officer. Most major companies have “executive resolution teams” that field correspondence from customers who take their complaints to the top, says Edgar Dworsky, founder of ConsumerWorld.org, which features news and tips on deals. And these teams generally have a lot more leeway to appease customers. To get your message in the right hands, start by searching under the “About” section on the company’s website. Even if executive contact information isn’t listed, you can usually figure out their email addresses based on the contact information listed for other employees. Otherwise, try mailing a letter to the corporate headquarters. “Really boil it down,” Dworsky said. “If it goes on and on, they’re not going to have the time or patience to read it. Put yourself in the shoes of the recipient of the letter.” Make it easy for the company by quickly spelling out the resolution that you’re seeking. And don’t forget to include any relevant information, such as order numbers or purchase dates. REACH OUT AND TWEET You don’t have to be Alec Baldwin to have your complaints heard on Twitter. Most major companies have a social media presence by now. And since they don’t want negative mentions turning up in search results, any reasonable question or complaint is likely to get a response. Even if you don’t hear back from anyone, it’s likely that companies are taking note of any comments about them. At JetBlue, for example, a few customers recently tweeted about a crowded gate that only had one agent. That triggered the airline’s social media team to contact staff at the airport to find out if any additional agents were available to help out, said Morgan Johnston, JetBlue’s social media strategist. But he noted that Twitter is more commonly used to request time-sensitive information that can be conveyed in 140 characters — such as connecting flight or gate numbers. The company monitors its Twitter account around the clock and tries to respond within a few minutes. “It’s more of an information booth than a traditional customer service channel,” Johnston said. Twitter isn’t only for basic information requests, however. Citibank also monitors the site and tries to respond to any questions within an hour, said Frank Eliason, who heads the bank’s social media strategy. If customers need to share personal account information, they’re sent a link to a private page on the bank’s website where they can continue the exchange in the same Twitter-like format. CALL FOR BACKUP If you’re not getting anywhere and feel your complaints are being brushed off, it can help to get a third-party involved. If you paid with your credit card, you can always file a claim to have a charge removed from your account. Keep in mind that you need a concrete reason — such as a product defect or missed delivery — to make such claims. Your card issuer isn’t going to investigate a dispute just because you were unhappy with a rude waiter. See SERVICE, 17A

Leader in business

DEE SCHADE PRESIDENT/CASA DE ORO JEWELERS

Address: 4940 Gollihar Road Phone: 361-991-7054 Website: www.CasaDeOroJewelers. com Company description: Casa de Oro (House of Gold) was established in 1979 as a wholesaler of 14K finished jewelry, gold coins and precious metal bullion. Since that time we have become an all you need jewelry shop for the retail or wholesale buyer. We carry a variety of fine jewelry, findings, diamonds and gemstones. We stock tools, equipment and supplies representing major manufacturers. Custom design, repairs and other services are performed in our shop for the consumer and the trade. We use the latest technology and equipment with a highly trained and capable staff. Hometown: Lyford Years in business: 33 years Tenure in position: 33 years Education: I graduated from Lyford High School in 1955 and earned a business diploma at the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in 1972. First job: At age 16, I went to work at Corpus Christi Bank & Trust in the bookkeeping department. At 19, I was put in charge of that department, supervising 30 employees. Eventually, I supervised the conversion to computers and was responsible for a computer department processing records for 16 other banks and

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Terry Schade (from left) is joining his father, Gene, and his mother, Dee, at Casa de Oro, which has grown by answering customers’ needs and providing excellent service. four businesses. I was elected vice president, the second female vice president in Corpus Christi. This background provided the necessary foundation in management, finance, personnel and organizational expertise. Biggest career break: I started consulting for banks in 1974. Casa de Oro was a side operation, started by my husband, Gene Schade, while he was in banking. It has always been a family business in which I have been the operating officer, while he

continued his career in banking and with the U.S. Treasury. I decided to focus on Case de Oro in 1980 because I saw a great opportunity there. We incorporated it in 1982. Gene joined Casa de Oro full time after his retirement in 2008. Business turning point: The business has continuously grown and evolved into its current form by responding to customer needs and requests. Each move into new product lines or services and each staff addition is a small turning

point. The next major turning point comes with our son Terry, who recently rejoined the family business. His responsibilities include implementation of eCommerce, making our 11,000 products available on the Internet. Business philosophy: We strive to maintain customer trust by acting with the integrity and a high level of expertise. Our staff members possess great technical training. Our bench jeweler holds a Gemological Institute of America Graduate Jeweler Gemologist diploma, the industry’s highest professional credential. All of our staff members have institute training. These factors generate numerous referrals from customers and other jewelry stores. How would you improve the Coastal Bend’s business climate? Citizens must get more involved, develop a strong feeling of pride and become knowledgeable about their city. We must elect leaders who have a long-term vision and understand accountability. How has your business changed with today’s economic climate? Casa de Oro is a very diverse operation that has enabled us to capitalize on different areas as the business climate changes. We have been buying scrap gold and trading precious metal bullion since 1977. The annual volume has fluctuated over the years but is currently very active. Our diversification and willingness to change has been the key to continued success. Janet Herlihy/Special to the Caller-Times

SCOTT BURNS COLUMNIST

Real estate employee adapted to new reality

SARASOTA, Fla. — As I listened to Kristen Hertel and Deby Mascolino tell their story, I kept thinking of Dr. George Vaillant. I had gone to see Ms. Hertel about her real estate business, but the underlying story is about resilience and adaptation, two human qualities that are a lot more important than money, investing or real estate. Dr. Vaillant is the curator of the only long-term studies of human development, studies that have followed several groups of people for more than 70 years. If those studies have a conclusion, it is that resilience and adaptation, rather than anything else you can name, are the difference between being among the “happy-well” or the “sad-sick.” Here’s the story. Before the real estate crash, Ms. Hertel says she was “a well-paid employee of a large real estate brokerage firm” with 24 years of experience. She did the work related to titles and closings at the firm. So when closings disappeared, so did her job. She responded by getting a variety of licenses and going out on her own, but with an odd twist. Rather than try to swim against the tide of declining sales, she started four small companies that offer different services in real estate. One offers the title and closing services she did before. Another, Real Estate Assistants LLC, is a kind of outsourcing service that provides support for busy Realtors. Those businesses show her resilience. But the other two businesses are all about adaptation. In a terrible market, she would participate in the boom that arose from the bust: short sales. She would be part of making things happen. She would provide sellers and their Realtors with all the services needed to move a short sale to completion, and another company would do the actual negotiations with the bank, relieving both the seller and Realtor of the task. One is called Short Sale Referrals LLC, which links shortsale buyers with short sales. The other is called Advanced Short Sale Negotiators LLC. (A short sale in real estate occurs when the sale price of the property is insufficient to pay off the mortgage. When that happens, the seller must bring a check to the closing or the lender must accept a lower amount as payoff. Getting that agreement isn’t easy.) Ms. Hertel says their success rate in short-sale negotiations is close to 95 percent. The importance of short sales is demonstrated by some of the figures provided by the Sarasota Association of Realtors. In addition to tracking monthly figures of sales volume and median sale price for single family homes and condominiums, the association divides each category into conventional “arm’s length” transactions, short sales and REOs, the foreclosed properties known as “real estate owned.”

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Aquarium center ahead of schedule

A March grand opening and ribbon-cutting are planned for Rockport’s Aquarium Education Center, as the project is running ahead of its construction schedule. The grand opening, featuring coastal marine presentations using the center’s audiovisual equipment, is planned for March 29-31, according to KRM Consulting, the firm contracted to promote the project. Aransas County voters approved the venue tax that pays for the project in May 2010. When complete, the center will be used by schoolchildren to learn about Coastal Bend marine features and will host regularly scheduled talks from marine experts about subjects of local interest.

Business datebook Averitt is one of several regional carriers that transport shipments from vendors to distribution centers and have to meet strict arrival deadlines, a Walmart news release states. “Timing, flexibility and a focus on customer service are key to delivering on what we promise to all our customers. When we succeed in those areas, we’re making our customers happy,” said Phil Pierce, Averitt’s executive vice president for sales and marketing. “Earning an award like Walmart’s Regional LTL Carrier of the Year Award is icing on the cake.” Averitt, which began in 1971, covers 18 states — stretching from Texas to Kentucky and Virginia — and Puerto Rico, with intermodal connections for moving goods to 100 countries.

Livestock disaster Another McDonald’s deadline Jan. 30 remodel complete Eligible ranchers and The Coastal Bend’s latest remodeled McDonald’s had its grand opening Saturday in Portland. The restaurant, at 1300 Wildcat Drive, is the latest in a five-year plan to remodel all free-standing McDonald’s restaurants in the Coastal Bend, according to a McDonald’s news release. The modernized look removed the old style red roof for a more contemporary design. Flat-screen television sets, free wireless Internet and a renovated playground also are included. To celebrate, McDonald’s is offering 99-cent hot cakes and 49-cent hamburgers and cheeseburgers at the Wildcat Drive location this weekend. The restaurant opened in October 2002 and employs 45 people.

Averitt is Walmart’s carrier of the year Walmart has named Tennessee-based Averitt Express the company’s 2011 regional less-thantruckload carrier of the year, the company announced. Averitt has a Corpus Christi service center on Heinsohn Road. The honor is Averitt’s second recognition by the retailer in three years, earning the 2008 “Rising Star” carrier of the year award.

livestock producers who had livestock losses in 2011 have until Jan. 30 to apply for emergency assistance from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency. The Livestock Forage Disaster Program can help livestock producers who suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire before Oct. 1, with fire losses only applying to federally managed rangelands. The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program covers eligible producers who suffered losses because of disease, adverse weather or other conditions before Oct. 1. “It is imperative that producers meet the deadline for disaster assistance as there are no late file provisions for LFP or ELAP,” said Jeremy Hughes, executive director for Nueces County’s Farm Service Agency office. Producers should make sure they have all required documentation when they apply for benefits to make the process smooth, Hughes added. Qualifications include having selected insurance coverages through the Farm Service Agency. For information, call the Nueces County USDA Service Center at 361-387-2533, or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.

Caller-Times business reporter Mike D. Smith contributed to this week’s Biz Buzz.

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Majek hired at Charter Bank

Majek attended Del Mar College before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas. He brings 16 years of local banking experience to Charter Bank.

Sean Majek has joi ned Cha r ter Bank as a vice president and commercial lending officer and will be work- Majek ing out of the 10502 Compiled by Tina Vasquez Leopard St. location.

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In November, distressed property sales accounted for 41.3 percent of all sales, down from a peak of 51 percent in the second quarter of 2010. In the same month, the inventory-to-sales ratio was about eight months. That’s more inventory than sellers and Realtors want, but way better than forever. When I ask if there is a profile for short sellers, Deby Mascolino shakes her head. “We get people who are only $10,000 short. They can be people who don’t have $10,000, but they have to move for a new job.” She also says that prices vary and go as high as $5 million. When I ask what is the hardest part of the job, the immediate answer is “the paperwork.” “People are often depressed. They want to throw in the towel. And it’s a lot of paperwork,” Ms. Mascolino says. In fact, a short sale takes about as much paperwork for the seller as applying for a mortgage: two years

of tax returns, two months of pay stubs, two months of bank statements, a listing of all other financial assets, a hardship letter explaining the reason for the short sale, all the property disclosures, a real estate listing and all the photos for an MLS listing. Although she has handled short sales in 30 states, Ms. Hertel is aware that she isn’t alone and that banks’ ability to deal with short sales has improved significantly over the last few years. She is particularly positive about equator.com, an online system that Bank of America adopted to facilitate short sales. (If reader mail is any indication, it is a great improvement over the chaos that early would-be short sellers experienced.) Will she be out of business when the real estate market finally recovers? Somehow, I doubt it. She’ll adapt and find a new way to help make things happen. Scott Burns is a principal of the Plano-based investment firm AssetBuilder Inc., a registered investment adviser.

TUESDAY

SBA hosts free disaster webinar Agility Recovery Solutions and the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a free webinar that looks at how natural disasters in 2011 caused business interruptions, with a focus on business continuity lessons learned. Agility president and Chief Executive Officer Bob Boyd also will discuss new trends and technology that affect disaster preparedness, from 2 to 3 p.m. Register at www1.gotomeet i ng.com /reg ister/180067536

SBA explains loans in Ingleside The U.S. Small Business Administration will be available for startup or existing small businesses in Ingleside to explain SBA’s loan programs, eligibility, and free technical assistance from SCORE Corpus Christi and Del Mar College Small Business Development Center. Individual appointments are available from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Ingleside Library, 2775 Waco St.. For an appointment, call Elizabeth Soliz at 8790017, ext. 301.

Supply Management holds dinner meeting The Institute for Supply Management-Corpus Christi, Inc, will hold their next dinner meeting at 6 p.m. at the Corpus Christi Town Club. Attorneys from Rodriguez & Moretzsohn, PLLC, will discuss “Immigration Law for Businesses.” Cost: $25; $20/members. For reservations, contact Cindy Johnson at cindyc.johnson@fmcti.com or 361-289-3454. WEDNESDAY

Merrill Lynch holds investment seminar Merrill Lynch and Ian Haas Asset Management Advisor of BlackRock present “What’s Ahead in 2012: An Investment Perspective.” The free seminar begins at noon at Holiday Inn Emerald Beach, 1102 S. Shoreline Blvd. Speakers include Merrill Lynch financial advisers Jay Wise and Teresa Flores. A light lunch will be served. Information: Ruby Castillo, 361-8874393.

SBA loan information in Rockport The U.S. Small Business Administration will be available for startup or existing small businesses in Rockport to explain SBA’s loan programs, eligibility, and free technical assistance from SCORE Corpus Christi and University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center.

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Another option is to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau at www. bbb.org/complaint. The local BBB office will contact the company within two days and ask for a response to the complaint on your behalf. The vast majority of complaints are resolved this way, said spokeswoman Katherine Hutt. That’s

Individual appointments are available from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, 319 Broadway. For appointment, call Elizabeth Soliz at 8790017, ext. 301.

Del Mar hosts business with China Del Mar College’s Small Business Development Center, 3209 S. Staples St., will hold “International Trade for Corpus Christi, Doing Business with China” seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 140. Free. To register, go to www. delmar.edu/sbdc and click on on-site workshops tab at the top or call Lisa at 698-2422 for assistance.

Del Mar holds vendor seminar Del Mar College’s Small Business Development Center, 3209 S. Staples St., will hold “Wide Area Work Flow for Vendors” (small businesses) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 124. Cost: $25. To register, go to www. delmar.edu/sbdc and click on on-site workshops tab at the top or call Lisa at 698-2422.

Hispanic Chamber to have awards gala Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will have the 73rd anniversary Nuestro Exito annual gala and awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center. For information, call the chamber office at 8877408.

Best Places to work in the Coastal Bend The annual “Best Places to Work in the Coastal Bend” event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center, 402 Harbor Drive. Speaker will be Texas Workforce Commission Economist Richard Froeschle. Information: www. cchrma.org, 361-561-4251 or lvlisdes@s-gins.com THURSDAY

Primerica offers business advice Primerica will host “The Business Opportunity of the 21st Century” presentation at 7 p.m. at the ValueBank Tower, 3649 Leopard St., Suite 512. Free. Reservations or information, call Mark Oser, 883-7217 or 883-9365.

Air Quality Group meets Corpus Christi Air Quality Group meets at 11 a.m. at the Natural Resource Center, Room 2010, Texas A&M UniversityCorpus Christi campus. Free. Information: 8253070. because businesses know their ratings are affected by whether they respond to complaints. For more serious situations where you suspect fraud or feel your rights were violated, consider filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission or your state attorney general’s office. You likely won’t get a speedy resolution, but at least those agencies will be on notice in case other

FRIDAY

SBA conducts free loan seminar The U.S. Small Business Administration will conduct a free seminar for startup or existing small businesses to explain the SBA loan programs, counseling and training services and federal contracting assistance for small businesses. The seminar is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the agency office, 3649 Leopard St., Suite 411. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. Seating is limited and seminar is subject to change. For reservations, call 879-0017, ext. 300. LATER

Del Mar hosts how to make money Del Mar College’s Small Business Development Center, 3209 S. Staples St., will hold “How to Make Money in a Bad Economy” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Ed Rachal Memorial Library, 203 Calisto Mora Ave., Falfurrias. Free. To register, go to www. delmar.edu/sbdc and click on on-site workshops tab at the top or call Lisa at 698-2422 for assistance.

Appraisers meet later this month South Texas Real Estate Appraisers are invited to a luncheon program to discuss the Veterans Affairs’s new changes at 11:45 a.m. Jan. 25 at Silverado Smokehouse (Weber Road at Gollihar Road). Participants buy their own lunch. Jose Gayton with Texas Department of Transportation will discuss the new highways in South Texas. For reservations, call Paul Koepke at 883-6575 or email ok2000pk@gmail. com.

mate change effects in an effective manner. The workshop will feature a presentation by Larry Perez, science communicator from the National Park Service. Reservations should be made by Jan. 23. Information: colbi31@mail.utexas. edu or call 361-749-3045.

Training managers seminar offered

American Society of Training and Development will host “Training Your Managers to do Performance Appraisals” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 31 in Room 119, Del Mar College’s Center for Economic Development, 3209 S. Staples St. Cost: 15; $10 for ASTD and CCHRMA members. Register online at www. astd-cc.org. or call Linda Houts at 949-4714. For more information, contact Gary Kuusisto at 698-2411.

54th annual Tax Conference offered

Corpus Christi Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants will hold the 54th annual Tax Conference on Feb. 3. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach, 1102 S. Shoreline Blvd. Cost/Registration: $139 for members; $194/nonmembers (includes lunch and nine hours of continuing professional education credit). To find a registration form/information, visit corpuschristi.tscpa.org or call 800-428-0272, ext. 279.

Mayor to give State of the City address

The 14th annual State of the City will be at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 8 at American Bank Center, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd. Mayor Joe Adame will speak. Information: 881-1800.

Del Mar has contracting seminar CPA offers Feb. 10 society luncheon Del Mar College’s Small Business Development Center, 3209 S. Staples St., will hold “SBA Government Contracting Certifications & Resources” seminar from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 26 in Room W131, at the Northwest Center, 13725 Northwest Blvd. Free. To register, go to www. delmar.edu/sbdc and click on on-site workshops tab at the top or call Lisa at 698-2422 for assistance.

Climate change talk set for Jan. 30 The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Program will have a “Climate Change Communication” workshop Jan. 30 at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas. The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with tools and information necessary to communicate clicustomers are reporting similar abuses.

Stay connected online In rare situations, you may feel a company policy calls for a broader action. In the case of Bank of America and Verizon, online petitions were key in quantifying the public’s widespread distaste for new fees. “It’s an incredibly efficient means of customer

The Corpus Christi chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs will have a luncheon at noon Feb. 10 at Corpus Christi Town Club, 800 N. Shoreline Blvd., sixth floor. State Representative Todd A. Hunter will provide a legislative update. Registration: $22/before Feb. 3, $24/register after Feb. 3 or at the door. Registration forms are available at corpuschristi. tscpa.org. Information: corpuschristi.tscpa.org or 800-428-0272, ext. 279.

CPA society hosts technology session

Texas Society of CPAs will host “Technology Essentials for Today’s CPA” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. April 18 at Holiday Inn Emerald Beach, 1102 S. Shoreline Blvd. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Cost: $285/members, $410/nonmembers. Information: corpuschristi.tscpa.org or 800-428-0272, ext. 279.

feedback that’s not controlled by the company,” said Ben Rattray, founder of the Change.org, which hosted the petitions against both companies. “It’s customer feedback that’s controlled by customers.” Your issues don’t necessarily have to be with a big national company either. Change.org plans to roll out localized versions so users can voice concerns about businesses in their communities.

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Premont made the right, hard choice Quietly, soberly, we salute Premont Independent School District’s decision to accept the state’s demands for allowing the district to remain open at least another year. We temper the urge to turn words of congratulation into somersaults, out of respect for the trustees who cut short the applause of their unanimous decision during their meeting Wednesday. They were wise to remind their audience that they had just committed themselves and their community to a difficult struggle not guaranteed to succeed. We, likewise, recognize that our editorial Tuesday urging the board to make this decision was a recommendation made a safe distance from the struggle ahead. There is nothing glitzy like a Heisman Trophy or a producing oil well to reward Premont ISD if it meets this challenge. The pinnacle will be the right to continue to exist — and the satisfaction of having achieved that much. The way to achieve it is to raise academic performance, improve attendance, provide adequate mold-free facilities and become financially sound — the basics expected of a school district. The erosion of these basics occurred over several years. The turnaround must occur much faster. But what Premont ISD has accomplished since the state decided in July 2011 to close it down has been inspiring. It impressed the Texas Education Agency enough that it did what it hadn’t before in giving a doomed district a second chance. The unprecedented opportunity comes with cable-thick strings. The Texas Education Agency has struck a balance of what a school district should be expected to provide and what is reasonable to expect Premont to achieve. As Superintendent Ernest Singleton observed at Wednesday’s meeting, Premont has the opportunity to be a model for change. As we said Tuesday, Premont ISD will succeed even if this effort fails because of the example it sets for the children of Premont, and because they will receive the message that they’re worth the effort. Premont ISD already has succeeded in lifting the spirits of anyone who has paid attention, including us.

The universe is now even more infinite For millennia we thought our little solar system of eight planets — nine, if you count Pluto, as some sentimentalists still do — was unique in the universe. Then, in 1994, astronomers began to discover extra solar planets, and even though we weren’t alone anymore, it seemed as if we were still part of a pretty exclusive club. Now, thanks to further discoveries, it turns out that we are an infinitesimal part of a huge crowd, and that’s just in our own galaxy. Recent research estimates that, conservatively, there are 100 billion stars in the Milky Way and each star averages 1.6 planets. In short, there are more planets than stars. Except for the fact of insatiably curious life on Earth, we’re not even a very interesting solar system. Last September, astronomers found a gas planet the size of Saturn orbiting two stars, universally prompting the comparison to Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine in the “Star Wars” movies. And then, in short order, astronomers discovered two other solar systems arrayed around double stars. Astronomers also discovered a mini-solar system with three tiny rocky planets orbiting a dwarf star. And the pace of discovery — more than 700 confirmed planets with another 2,000 or so awaiting confirmation — is likely to pick up as astronomers refine their techniques and the Kepler planet-hunting telescope is on the job. Astronomer John Johnson of Cal Tech had an inelegant if effective analogy: “It’s kind of like cockroaches. If you see one, then there are dozens hiding.” Not that we’re complaining, mind you, but these discoveries seem to be coming faster than we laypersons can handle them. But keep up the good work, anyway.

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 LETTERS Michael Benning

I commend your “Fact Check” article concerning the veracity of statements made by various lawmakers (“Lawmakers leave out whole story,” Jan. 8). My only criticism stems from what I consider to be an incomplete story. While you verify Rep. Connie Scott’s statement that the Legislature has voted to increase spending for education, it is stated that even with this increase we are still spending $500 less per student. No explanation is given for this pair of apparently contradictory statements. I would have appreciated just a little more information.

gent code of covenants tightly controlling island development and strictly enforced by a property owners association to ensure that the integrity of the island was preserved. Now, apparently my neighborhood will be invaded by Schlitterbahn, my golf course torn up, and the appeal of a tranquil and laidback island lifestyle blown to bits. Of course, this is about big money, and the bucks usually win out regardless of the collateral damage. If there happens to be any more “aginners” out there, know that you’re not alone. In the meantime, developers on both sides will be waging a propaganda blitz to try and calm the nervous natives out there, but they’d best not tote their peace pipe to my teepee.

I dragged the trash can back to the garage when I heard someone honk at me. I turned around and saw the garbage truck coming back down the street. The driver was smiling and waving at me. He rolled down his window and said they would dump my trash. I thanked him and apologized for how goofy I looked. He opened the door to his truck stood up, took off his cap, bowed and said, “Ma’am, I think you look beautiful!” I laughed and told him he was a liar but that was a nice thing to say to an old lady. As he drove away, I thought to myself, that young man just made my day! Thank you, Allied Waste, for always providing good service and polite employees!

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Last week I heard the garbage truck and realized I forgot to set the trash out. Since I had just showered, my hair was wet and I was wearing an old T-shirt with black socks on my feet and no shoes. Even though I’m retired I still care about my appearance. If I wanted to get rid of the trash I would have to go outside no matter how I looked. I ran outside with the trash can but I was too late. The driver was already picking up the trash on the next street.

Thank you to the great folks at the 74 Ranch Resort for donating does and to AA Processors for making the best jerky in Texas, which will be sent to our soldiers of the 101st Airborne in Konduz, Afghanistan. After another Christmas meal of MREs (Meal, Ready-to-Eat) I am certain they will greatly appreciate a little taste of South Texas. These wonderful people continue to help make being away from home and family a little easier to endure. I hope they all come home safe and sound soon!

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Around here it seems that those voicing opposition to any aspect of growth or development in Corpus Christi are instantly tabbed as “aginners.” Go ahead and label me an “aginner.” Twenty-seven years ago I built my first house on a Padre Isles canal because I wanted a unique place I could live and relax away from “growth.” At that time I understood my interests were protected by a strin-

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Ron Paul’s remarkable achievement WASHINGTON — There are two stories coming out of New Hampshire. The big story is Mitt Romney. The bigger one is Ron Paul. Romney won a major victory with nearly 40 percent of the vote, 16 points ahead of No. 2. The split among his challengers made the outcome even more decisive. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich were diminished by distant, lower-tier fi nishes. Rick Perry got less than 1 percent. And Jon Huntsman, who staked everything on New Hampshire, came in a weak third with less than half of Romney’s vote. He practically moved to the state — and then received exactly one-sixth of the vote in a six-man contest. Where does he go from here? But the bigger winner was Ron Paul. He got 21 percent in Iowa, 23 in New Hampshire, the only candidate other than Romney to do well with two very different electorates, one more evangelical and socially conservative, the other more moderate and fiscally conservative. Paul commands a strong, energetic, highly committed following. And he is unlike any of the other candidates. They’re out to win. He admits he doesn’t see himself in the Oval Office. They’re onetime self-contained enterprises aiming for the White House. Paul is out there to build a movement that will long outlive this campaign.

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Paul is less a candidate than a “cause,” to cite his election-night New Hampshire speech. Which is why that speech was the only one by a losing candidate that was sincerely, almost giddily joyous. The other candidates had to pretend they were happy with their results. Paul was genuinely delighted with his, because, after a quarter-century in the wilderness, he’s within reach of putting his cherished cause on the map. Libertarianism will have gone from the fringes — those hopeless, pathetic third-party runs — to a position of prominence in a major party. Look at him now. He’s getting prime-time air, interviews everywhere and, most important, respect for defeating every Republican candidate but one. His goal is to make himself leader of the opposition — within the Republican Party. He is Jesse Jackson of the 1980s, who represented a solid, AfricanAmerican, liberal-activist constituency to which, he insisted, attention had to be paid by the Democratic Party. Or Pat Buchanan

(briefly) in 1992, who demanded — and gained — on behalf of social conservatives a significant role at a convention that was supposed to be a simple coronation of the moderate George H.W. Bush. No one remembers Bush’s 1992 acceptance speech. Everyone remembers Buchanan’s fiery and disastrous culture-war address. At the Democratic conventions, Jackson’s platform demands and speeches drew massive attention, often overshadowing his party’s blander nominees. Paul won’t quit before the Republican convention in Tampa. He probably will not do well in South Carolina or Florida, but with volunteers even in the more neglected caucus states, he will be relentlessly collecting delegates until Tampa. His goal is to have the secondmost delegates, a position of leverage from which to influence the platform and demand a prime-time speaking slot — before deigning to support the nominee at the end. The early days of the convention, otherwise devoid of drama, could very well be all about Paul. The Democratic convention will be a tightly scripted TV extravaganza extolling the Prince and his wise and kindly rule. The Republican convention could conceivably feature a major address by Paul calling for the abolition of the Fed, FEMA and

the CIA; American withdrawal from everywhere; acquiescence to the Iranian bomb — and perhaps even Paul’s opposition to a border fence lest it be used to keep Americans in. Not exactly the steady, measured, reassuring message a Republican convention might wish to convey. For libertarianism, however, it would be a historic moment: mainstream recognition at last. Put aside your own view of libertarianism or of Paul himself. I see libertarianism as an important critique of the Leviathan state, not a governing philosophy. As for Paul himself, I fi nd him a principled, somewhat wacky, highly engaging eccentric. But regardless of my feelings or yours, the plain fact is that Paul is nurturing his movement toward visibility and legitimacy. Paul is 76. He knows he’ll never enter the promised land. But he’s clearing the path for son Rand, his better placed (Senate versus House), more moderate, more articulate successor. And it matters not whether you fi nd amusement in libertarians practicing dynastic succession. What Paul has already wrought is a signal achievement, the biggest story yet of this presidential campaign. Charles Krauthammer’s email address is letters@charleskrauthammer.com.


Viewpoints MANCHESTER, N.H. — It’s going to be mean and dispiriting, this campaign. We’ll be assailed with talk of “European socialism” and “vulture capitalism” — not “hope” and “change” — and the months between now and November will seem an eternity. There’s no use trying to gainsay or belittle Mitt Romney’s victory here Tuesday. Yes, he might have hoped for a bigger turnout. Yes, he would have been happier to win with at least 40 percent of the vote, rather than 39-point-whatever. And yes, given that he’s a part-time resident of New Hampshire, he was always expected to dominate the contest. None of this is likely to matter. Romney is the first non-incumbent Republican to open two-for-two, winning both Iowa and New Hampshire. Exit polls show him with decent support among all the GOP’s diverse constituencies — and no glaring weaknesses. It’s true that most Republicans would prefer someone else, but there’s no agreement on who that someone else might be. By the time the anti-Romney forces get organized, he’ll be giving his acceptance speech. Rick Santorum, whom Romney beat in the Iowa caucuses by just eight votes, was a non-factor here. He ended up battling Newt Gingrich in a neckand-neck, down-to-thewire, photo-finish contest for ... fourth place. Romney got twice as many votes as Santorum and Gingrich combined. Guys, that’s no way to take down a frontrunner. Jon Huntsman staked everything on New Hampshire, and by the end of the evening he was able to claim, well, certainly not victory but perhaps sur-

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dispute the notion that the Caller-Times would come to their defense.) I’m not sorry one iota about ending the conversation. We don’t allocate staff to monitor comments. We rely on readers to self-police. Once the first racist remark flew, it was clear that the commenter had poured gasoline on a fire. After a couple of dozen consecutive inappropriate comments that had nothing to do with the story, I put an end to the nonsense. I have instructed our staff to become increasingly assertive in shutting down comments when circumstances such as this present themselves. We have better things to do with our resources, like work on communityoriented issues such as today’s project on the state of the city’s roads. And when a small portion of the community heads straight to this low level so quickly, like it did on the Rendon story, we’re going to be more aggressive about shutting down comments. As a journalist, I’m a defender of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press, so it probably won’t surprise you that I am a proponent of accommodating comments. The original idea for enabling electronic comments was to provide a town hall-style platform for intelligent conversation. Sounds naive, I know, but that actually happens sometimes. We try to foster conversation that is constructive and useful to the community. Too often, that’s not the case and unfortunately, it’s the proverbial few bad apples who are the problem. Free speech can be pain-

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Why we shut down comments on story Any story about Lencho Rendon, former chief of staff for former Congressman Solomon Ortiz, is bound to generate a lot of chatter. You don’t do the dirty work for someone who has made that many friends and enemies without making a lot of friends and enemies. A story broke last week that Rendon had been named in a warrant requesting electronic communications in a federal investigation of a Cameron County judge. A story of that nature was a rare opportunity for Rendon’s enemies — those who know him, those who think they do — to post anonymous comments on caller.com. And they did. It also wasn’t the kind of story that would generate many comments of support from friends. So they didn’t. The first few comments exhibited at least some level of intelligence. They seemed worth reading, no matter what side of the fence you sit on regarding Rendon. Make no mistake — even the first ones teetered on the line of taste by lobbing personal grenades at Rendon that had nothing to do with the facts. But the conversation deteriorated quickly, as it often does. It veered into racism and became so toxic that, after offended readers brought it to my attention, I decided to shut down the comments on the story. I knew this decision was going to draw a lot of heat because Rendon is a lightning rod. And I knew the paper would be accused of protecting Democrats or Ortiz or Rendon or whatever ridiculous notion you might come up with. (I guarantee that Mr. Rendon and Mr. Ortiz would

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ful at times and not always easy to hear or read. It’s a big reason we’re more tolerant than many of you would like regarding comments. We have provided tools available to those who finds comments inappropriate to suggest removal, and after a certain number of suggestions, a specific comment is automatically removed. With that great privilege of free speech comes great responsibility, a responsibility not everyone accepts. And when those who don’t accept that responsibility abuse this resource we’ve made available to the community by veering into racist or sexist or other destructive rants, we will yank it out of the mud. With the Rendon story — and with numerous others over the years for which we have disabled comments — the conversation became a substance far more offensive than mud. So, we ended it entirely and walked away, as much as I hate to do that. The tone of the conversation will determine when we shut down comments, not the story’s subject matter, the politics or any other conspiracy theory you want to pin on us. The tone on the Rendon story was inappropriate for any reasonable or civilized community. I suspect you will see this action taken more often on caller.com in the near future. Shane Fitzgerald is the CallerTimes’ vice president and editor. He can be reached at fitzgeralds@caller.com or 361886-3688.

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vival. He ended up with all of 17 percent. “I’d say third place is a ticket to ride, ladies and gentlemen,” he told his supporters. They shouldn’t pack for a long journey. Romney’s toughest competitor turned out to be Ron Paul, who’s not actually running a campaign but rather a crusade. He used his speech Tuesday night to explain why the Federal Reserve is a nexus of pure evil, why compassionate government is invariably cruel and why virtually all events beyond U.S. borders can be blithely ignored. I know Romney’s not the most dazzling campaigner, but I think he can take this guy. Nobody dropped out of the race, not even poor Rick Perry, who didn’t really compete and ended up with less than 1 percent. All the candidates vowed to press on to South Carolina, where they seem determined to split the antiRomney vote once again, giving the front-runner another easy win. If the pattern continues, Romney can’t lose — no matter how hard he tries. With his record at the private equity firm Bain Capital already under intense scrutiny, Romney’s declaration that “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me” could only have arisen from some kind of political death wish. Yes, he was talking about firing insurance companies, not individual workers. But how could any sentence containing the phrases “I

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like” and “fire people” escape his lips? This will surely be a major line of attack against him if he wins the nomination. Thanks partly to Gingrich, the “vulture” variety of capitalism that Bain practiced — often involving cost-cutting, downsizing and layoffs — is now an issue for President Obama to exploit. Romney’s initial reaction to the criticism has been all wrong. He claims that to question Bain’s way of doing business is to question free-market capitalism itself. But nothing in free-market theory outlaws compassion or mandates that firings be considered a source of joy. Four years ago, Mike Huckabee compared himself to Romney by saying that “I want to be a president who reminds you of the guy you work with, not the guy who laid you off.” At times, Romney still comes off as the badnews guy from Human Resources. But he’s a much better candidate this time around. And now, as he showed Tuesday night, he has a speech. Romney’s victory address did not soar, but it was hard-hitting and potentially effective. It consisted of one attack after another on Obama and his record, and the basic theme was that the president wants to make our society more European in the way it provides social welfare. Romney boldly — and, to be sure, unfairly — frames the campaign as a battle for the nation’s soul. Administration officials always believed Romney would be Obama’s toughest opponent. They’re right.

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By Brian Murphy Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — In the high desert along Iran’s Afghan border this week, soldiers from the powerful Revolutionary Guard practiced ambush tactics in subzero temperatures. Next month, the Guard’s warships are expected to resume battle drills near Gulf shipping lanes that carry much of the world’s oil. Iran looks like a country preparing for war. But ­Tehran’s leaders are already using whatever leverage they can muster — ­including military displays and threats to choke off Gulf oil tanker traffic — to counter international pressure against the ­Iranian nuclear program. A month after Iran embarrassed Washington with the capture of a CIA spy drone, the messages from the Islamic Republic couldn’t be clearer or more taunting: Tehran could turn the hook-shaped Strait of Hormuz into a dead end for tankers and hold the world economy hostage as payback for tighter U.S.-led sanctions. Despite Iran’s escalating tough talk, there are contradictions and complications that cast doubt on the likelihood of drastic military action by Tehran that could trigger a Gulf conflict. It also shows how much Iran’s foreign policies are now shaped by its military commanders as the country views itself in a virtual state of war with Western powers and their allies. It appears to be part of the kind of seesaw ­brinkmanship that has become an Iranian hallmark: Pushing to the edge with the West and then retreating after weighing the reactions. “Iran sees pressures coming from all sides, and sanctions seem to be taking a major bite,” said Salman Shaikh, director of The Brookings Doha Center in Qatar. “Iran’s military is stepping up as the outside threats increase. This could well be the year that defines the direction of the Iran showdown.” Iran has rolled out its troops and arsenals in an unprecedented display of military readiness. It wrapped up naval maneuvers earlier this month that included the first threats to block Gulf oil tankers. Ground forces also were sent on winter war games — against what a Tehran military spokesman called a “hypothetical enemy” — with U.S. forces just over the border in Afghanistan. And the Revolutionary Guard — by far the strongest military force in Iran — said it will send its ships for more exercises in February near the Strait of Hormuz, which funnels down to a waterway no wider than 30 miles at the mouth of the Gulf. The U.S. and allies have told Iran that any attempts to blockade the strait would invite retaliation. In response, Iran’s defense minister, Gen. ­Ahmad Vahidi, tried to shift the blame to the ­presence of Western forces in the region. “The point is if anybody wants to jeopardize security of the Persian Gulf, then it will be jeopardized for all,” the website of state TV quoted Vahidi. For many Iranians, sanctions that could ­target Iran’s oil exports are disturbingly reminiscent of the U.N.imposed limits on Iraq’s oil

industry in the 1990s. Mahmoud Shekari, the owner of a bookshop in the wealthy Tehran neighborhood of Vanak, sniffed: “If we cannot sell our oil, why should others be able to export?” Ninia Eskandari, a 20-year-old music student, boasted that the “Strait of Hormuz is ours. ... We can block it if others want to damage us.” For the moment, it’s unlikely to reach that potentially explosive point, analysts said. Iran naval forces are significantly outgunned by Western flotillas, including the U.S. 5th Fleet based in Bahrain that can draw on aircraft carriers and other warships in the Indian Ocean and taking part in anti-piracy patrols off the Horn of Africa. Britain also is deploying one of its biggest destroyers, HMS Daring, to the Gulf. “Iran knows it cannot realistically close off the strait,” said Paul Rogers, who follows international defense affairs at Bradford University in Britain. “It can, however, try to keep Western forces guessing and on edge. They are good at doing that.” Iran also knows that blocking oil flow in the Gulf would bring serious self-inflicted wounds. Iran counts on oil for about 80 percent of its foreign currency earnings. Any disruptions would immediately start draining Iran’s treasury and leave its main oil customers, including China, India and South Korea, scrambling for new suppliers. As Iranian affairs analyst Afshin Molavi quipped: Closing the strait for Iran would be “akin to a man purposely blocking a coronary artery.” Iran’s increased military focus also is, in some ways, a reply to threats of possible pre-emptive strikes against its nuclear sites. In November, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said his country will not “take any option off the table,” a clear reference to military action. Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called for Israel to “work together” with Washington on emphasizing diplomatic and economic ­pressures on Iran. The goal of the current showdown seems aimed at making the U.S. and Europe think twice about implementing tough new sanctions that take aim at Iran’s Central Bank and ability to make oil sales. Iran’s economy minister called it “economic war.” Iran already portrays itself as locked in a battle of wits against alleged ­Western agents and plots. On Monday, state television said a former U.S. Marine interpreter, Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, has been sentenced to death after being convicted of being a CIA spy. The Obama ­administration ­rejected the claims against ­Hekmati, an Iranian-American born in Arizona, and called the prosecution a political ploy. Last month, Iran managed to capture a sophisticated CIA drone, known as RQ-170 Sentinel, and displayed the apparently intact aircraft on state TV alongside a banner that read “The U.S. ­cannot do a damn thing” — a quotation from Iran’s late supreme leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Another banner depicted the American flag with skulls instead of stars. Iran also has accused the U.S., Israel and their allies of waging cyberwarfare campaigns targeting nuclear facilities and being behind the killings of at least two Iranian scientists since 2010. The Guard’s planned

naval exercises next month near the Strait of Hormuz — following similar war games by the regular navy that began in December — are certain to reinforce the perception that Iran’s theocracy is increasingly comfortable with letting the military set the tone, said security analyst Karasik.

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Iranian Revolutionary Guard members march during a parade ceremony marking the 28th anniversary of the onset of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran.

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Without sidewalks on this street near Ray High School, Terry Guerra walks in the street as she heads to a bus stop in December. The problem is heightened when it rains and potholes fill with water. Nearly half of the city’s 1,200 miles of road are in poor condition and need to be replaced.

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PAT VETETO, ENGINEER AND CHAIRMAN OF A STREETS MAINTENANCE COMMITTEE TASKED WITH FINDING A SOLUTION

■ With no money

to repair streets, officials try to find road to recovery

By Jessica Savage savagej@caller.com 361-886-4316

Every weekday a barrage of school buses and cars rumbles down Harry Street, leaving the uneven, pocked pavement more vulnerable. It’s been 20 years since the street behind Windsor Park Elementary was rebuilt, and it hasn’t received any maintenance since. A seal coat over the road or a layer of asphalt every five and 10 years would have kept it from becoming an uneven patchwork of potholes. It needs to be replaced again, which likely won’t happen for several more years. “I’ve been here eight years and all they’ve ever done is patch holes,” resident Eddie Gonzales said. “Patch, patch, patch.” The city streets plan has reached a dead end. Decades of neglect have left about half of Corpus Christi’s 1,205 miles of roads — from Calallen to Corpus Christi Beach to Padre Island — crumbling beyond the point of repair, and they will continue to worsen because the city doesn’t have money to rebuild them. Public frustration has grown during recent months. Mayor Joe Adame handpicked a committee to research and recommend a plan. The committee’s recommendation is expected at a City Council meeting Jan. 31 with a final plan by July 31. It’s likely the biggest issue the council will decide this year. The problem is much larger than a bond election or the city budget. It will require

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Roadwork continues on a three-year construction project on Kostoryz Road as city officials discuss how to pay for repairs and new roads .

a new tax — one the council wants voters to decide. To get the streets back to a manageable condition will cost an estimated $1.2 billion and take decards of road reconstruction and maintenance. That price includes road reconstruction and regular maintenance. One glaring question remains: How much of a tax increase can residents and businesses take to repair the streets? “This is almost an insurmountable problem,” said engineer Pat Veteto, who chairs a streets maintenance committee tasked with finding a solution. “This is a problem that there are no easy answers to.” Most of the poor roads are residential and collector streets, such as Harry Street, because priority goes to the heaviest traveled roads in the city. Also, the longer a street goes without maintenance, the more expensive it is to repair. That’s how the city ended up where it is today. Historically the city has relied on voterapproved bonds leveraged against residents’ property taxes to pay for the bulk of the work. About $25 million in street

reconstruction is being done this year as a part of $100 million in road projects voters approved during a 2008 bond election. Almost all of the projects are to tear up and replace sections of some of the city’s most heavily traveled roads, such as Staples Street and Kostoryz Road. It’s still not enough.

THE BEATEN PATH The streets haven’t always been this bad. A bust in the oil and gas market in the mid-1980s derailed the Corpus Christi economy and major street projects. Businesses left, and property values declined. Voters in 1986 approved about $111 million in bonds for street projects and other public improvements. Council members promised the projects would be done without a tax increase. As the economy deflated, so did that promise. A drastic drop in local property tax revenue meant the projects couldn’t be done without a tax increase. See ROADS, 2AA


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STREET DEPARTMENT Fiscal Year 2012 Budget: $10,568,733 4% Office support, $478,761

24% Seal coat $2,515,826

Eddie

Street Department FY 2012 B Gonzales, $10,568,733 who lives at

2% Street inspections $172,870

Chase Drive

Office supportand Harry Street inspections Street, has Utility cut repairs complained Pothole repairs to the city Base failure repairs for years Level up about the Minor street improvements Reconstruction condition of Seal coat Harry Street.

8% Utility cut repairs $809,336 19% Reconstruction $1,997,165

5% Pothole repairs $539,017

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11% Base failure repairs $1,176,580

7% Minor street improvements $750,000

20% Level up $2,129,178

Source: city of Corpus Christi

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Also during that time, the city cut its capital budget, which slowed the replacement of equipment used to build and maintain streets, said Kevin Stowers, assistant director of city engineering services. When former Mayor Loyd Neal was elected mayor in 1997, he set out to finish the 1986 projects so the city could move forward. “The trust factor was terrible,” Neal said. “The city hadn’t grown. We had gone down.” The 1986 bond dragged out for nearly a decade with no bond elections for streets. Members of the Corpus Christi Taxpayers Association frequently spoke during a public comment period at City Council meetings to remind elected officials about their unfulfilled promise, Neal said. The City Council issued a few million dollars in debt in 1998 to complete the projects. After those were under way, Neal campaigned for a $30 million bond election to pay for streets and other major public improvements. It passed in 2000. Neal said his hope was that bond projects would be completed in four years and then another set of projects proposed to voters. Since then, residents have approved two multimillion-dollar bonds without a tax increase to pay for them. The 2008 bond included $100 million in street construction projects, several of which expand the city’s infrastructure, such as the widening of Yorktown Boulevard between Staples Street and Cimarron Drive. To afford another bond election in 2012, residents would have to agree to a tax increase because the city has reached its debt capacity. The tax increase depends on the bond amount. Council members haven’t decided whether to ask voters to approve another bond. Even with another bond election, street committee members say one every four years is not enough to reverse the problem. There also needs to be a dedicated funding source to pay for routine street maintenance.

LOSING TRUST In February a banker, an architect, a street construction contractor, an engineer and a former university president had their first street committee meeting. They have met several times to discuss funding for street maintenance and given two presentations to the council. A final one is expected Jan. 31. The committee members agree there needs to be an additional fee on utility bills dedicated to street maintenance. There are

1,205

Miles of streets

City population Street miles Maintenance budget Maintenance budget (adjusted for inflation) Maintenance percent of general fund Maintenance budget per person Maintenance budget per street mile

The city’s budget for streets has been decreasing as a percentage of the general fund. During the last 30 years, the police and and fire departments saw the largest increases.

48 percent

FISCAL YEAR 1981

In poor condition and need to be reconstructed

Parks & recreation

$10.5 million

$55.7 million

Committee recommendation for the city’s annual street maintenance and reconstruction budget

21.4% $10,676,088

Fire

13.4% $6,685,735

$40 per month

Fee on every utility bill that would get us there, if it’s the only funding source

Street

7.8% Parks & $15,539,898 recreation

8.3% $4,155,046

Police

5.5%

$10,847,401

$5,119,213

$1.2 billion

Current annual street budget, not including bond projects

FISCAL YEAR 2011

10.2%

Street

Needed to bring all streets to a satisfactory level

32% Police $63,531,290

22.4% Fire $44,409,766

21% General government $10,497,863

22 years

Needed to bring streets to a satisfactory standard the city can maintain if we spent that much

13.9% General $27,467,797 government 7.9% Nondepartmental $3,964,861

30 years

Engineering

Life cycle for properly maintained city streets Source: Corpus Christi Street Maintenance Committee

Inspections & operations

6.1% $3,031,919

3.4% $6,755,557

Nondepartmental

3.2% $6,421,978

Engineering

11.7% Solid $23,292,637 waste

11.7% $5,854,461

Source: city of Corpus Christi

about 100,000 utility customers in Corpus Christi. They also want the council to consider redirecting sales tax revenue from the seawall maintenance fund, Regional Transportation Authority and Crime Control Board. A street user fee is the best option, committee members say, because it will go only to streets. The money can’t be used to pay for other city services, as property tax revenue can. During the past 30 years, the city street maintenance budget, which comes from property taxes, has been cut in half. In 1981 the city street maintenance fund made up 10 percent of the general fund budget. This fiscal year it is 5 percent of the budget. Fire and police saw the largest percentage increases during that time and collectively make up more than half of the city’s budget. Former Mayor Henry Garrett, who served on the council for six years and then as mayor for two terms beginning in 2005, said public safety was the No. 1 priority. Street maintenance was not adequate when he served, but he said the bond elections were important. “The council had good intentions,” he said. “We spent a lot of time identifying the roads we wanted in the bond issue.” As budget funds moved away from the streets department, the city added more streets to its inventory. Residential development moved farther south. Developers built new sprawling suburban neighborhoods along with winding streets

STREET BUDGET TRENDS Year

CITY GENERAL FUND BUDGET

reallocated sales tax money. If utility fees solely funded streets, it would cost about $44isper month per The utility The city uses a pavement condition score to determine what maintenance needed on a road. chart shows the number of square yards of pavement that fall into eachcustomer. category. The utility fee model Score* Residential Collector Arterial Total likely would have a flat Poor (reconstruction) 0-55 5,745,452 2,057,749 1,772,831 9,576,032 monthly fee for single famFair (overlay) 56-70 1,494,832 701,820 745,126 2,941,778 ily homes. Commercial Satisfactory (overlay) 71-85 1,584,160 649,505 611,714 2,845,379 properties, multifamily and Good (seal coat) 86-100 1,957,354 1,148,742 1,549,274 4,655,370 Haas Chu Veteto Furgason Guerra industrial would pay more Total 10,781,798 4,557,816 4,678,945 20,018,559 Richter because they typically genSource: city of Corpus Christi erate more traffic. Mayor Joe Adame formed ■ Robert Furgason, The user fee and how to the street maintenance president emeritus of committee more than Texas A&M Universitypay for streets would be a a year ago and asked Corpus Christi decision from either the members to come up with ■ Gabriel Guerra, executive council or voters.

CORPUS 2010 CITYCHRISTI STREETSTREETS CONDITIONS MAINTENANCE COMMITTEE

a funding source for city streets. They were told there was no money in the city budget to pay for the estimated $1.2 billion problem and given three objectives: the funding must be reliable, easy to explain and have a direct cost benefit to drivers. Committee members are:

with cul-de-sacs. The suburban neighborhood design, rather than a traditional grid design, has caused bottleneck traffic on arterial and collector streets, accelerating their deterioration, said Elizabeth Chu Richter, an architect and streets maintenance committee member. “To connect those areas with the rest of the city, there’s a cost for that,” Chu Richter said. One way to reverse the street maintenance problem, she said, is by encouraging dense population growth. Redeveloping older areas of the city also would increase the city’s tax base to help pay for better maintenance.

1980

1990

257,453 1,039 $5,883,850

277,454 1,128 $6,681,979

287,439 1,205 $10,117,639

$4,433,358

$4,084,872

$3,603,311

$4,318,241

10.3

7.2

5.4

5.1

$19.10

$15.87

$12.99

$15.02

$4,803

$3,970

$3,194

$3,584

232,134 923 $4,443,358

Source: Corpus Christi Street Maintenance Committee

2000

2010

vice president of Kleberg Bank ■ Darryl Haas, co-owner of Haas Anderson Construction ■ Elizabeth Chu Richter, principal of Richter Architects ■ Patrick Veteto, committee chairman, engineer and president of RVE Inc.

“It’s about catching up to where we were and maintaining an acceptable level of good streets,” she said. “My hope is that we are going to get our city to grow so we have more development in place, so the system can take care of twice as many people.” The committee recommends the city fund a $55 million per year maintenance plan. At that amount, it would take 22 years to get the streets to a satisfactory standard the city could maintain. The city builds streets to last 30 years with proper maintenance. The money to fund the plan would come from a new utility fee dedicated to street maintenance and also

OTHER CITIES’ FEES The idea is not unique in Texas. Bryan and Austin charge a transportation fee on customer utility bills. The Bryan City Council approved the new tax on utility bills in 1997 to pay for street maintenance, which was lagging, said Dale Picha , director of traffic and transportation for Bryan. “It stretches our resources,” he said. “If we didn’t have it, we wouldn’t be able to do as many overlays for roads.” Residents pay $14 per month, and commercial properties pay on a sliding scale, from $49 per month to $210 per month, depending on square footage and the traffic a business generates. The city has 29,000 utility customers and collects about $4 million per year for street overlays, a routine maintenance requirement to prolong the life of asphalt pavement. Picha said the city also has a street maintenance budget, which pays for de-

Office support Street inspections Utility cut repairs Pothole repairs Base failure repairs Level up Minor street impro partment salaries, equipmentReconstruction and materials. For larger street projects, such Seal coat

as road reconstruction on thoroughfares, the city relies on voter-approved bond projects. In Austin the City Council approved a transportation user fee in 1992. The tax for residents is applied based on the type of home, such as a duplex, garage apartment or a mobile home. The cost is about $7.29 per month for a home. The commercial fee also is applied on a sliding scale based on acreage and the number of trips generated. It starts at $36.47 per month per developed acre. Austin has about 329,000 utility customers. This year the city expects to collect $43 million from the transportation user fee. The fees, along with $1.6 million from the general fund, make up a majority of the street maintenance budget, which also pays for city street employee salaries and other overhead costs. Any major street reconstruction projects are usually paid from bond projects posed to voters.

FINDING MONEY Most of Corpus Christi’s roads are made of asphalt, a material that requires routine maintenance. A few are made of concrete, which usually is more expensive to build but requires less maintenance during its life. The less maintenance on asphalt roads, the quicker the road deteriorates and the more expensive it becomes to repair it. Street reconstruction is expensive because of the amount of work involved to tear out streets and replace them along with the outdated storm drains and utility lines beneath them. The projects can take several months or, in the case of Kostoryz Road, three years because of the amount of work required. About 70 percent of the work for road reconstruction goes toward replacing inadequate storm drainage. Contractors tear out the old road and then dig underneath to remove older, smaller storm drains. Those are replaced with larger, square storm drains. In some cases, old storm drains are more than 6 feet underground. “It’s an extraordinary effort to do these things,” said street construction contractor Darryl Haas, who also is a member of the streets committee. The remaining work includes curbs, gutters, sidewalks and road pavement, which can take a matter of weeks to finish, depending on the scope of the project. See ROADS, 3AA

This neighborhood near Ray High School features streets such as Miami Drive which lacks sidewalks and has cracked streets. RACHEL DENNY CLOW/CALLER-TIMES


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City officials debate which mix is best ■ Streets made RECONSTRUCTION COSTS

with asphalt or concrete By Jessica Savage savagej@caller.com 361-886-4316

Recent City Council debates have raised questions about which road material is better — asphalt or concrete. Asphalt pavement, or hot mix, dominates in Corpus Christi. More than 90 percent of local roads, both city and state maintained, are built using asphalt. Decisions about road materials often are driven by some of the city’s most experienced road contractors, including two who also manufacture asphalt. Contractors, city staff and council members continue to disagree about which material is best. Twice in recent months they’ve hotly debated the question before the council voted on multimillion-dollar road construction contracts. On Tuesday the council voted 5 -3 to rebuild one of the busiest sections of South Staples Street, between Williams Drive and Saratoga Boulevard, using concrete. Mayor Joe Adame and council members Chris Adler and Mark Scott voted against the contract. Adame said the asphalt bid appeared to be a better designed road for the price. Adler and Scott agreed. They also said asphalt provides a better ride, pointing out that the rest of Staples Street is built with asphalt. The $15 million contract went to local company Bay Ltd., which submitted the lowest bid. Bay Ltd. also owns an asphalt manufacturing plant. Concrete will cost the city $342,730 less than

A street is built to last 30 years. An asphalt street requires overlay and seal coat maintenance during that time. A concrete street requires joint repair work to keep the street level. Most of the time and money it takes to reconstruct a street goes toward rebuilding storm water drainage, such as curb and gutter. CONCRETE

$35 to $75 Price per square yard of concrete

ASPHALT

$25 to $40 Price per square yard of asphalt pavement (hot mix)

asphalt during the next 30 years, according to an analysis for the project presented by City Engineer Pete Anaya. The decision Tuesday followed a controversial vote several months ago for another road construction contract paid for with voter-approved bond 2008 money. For Airline Road, city engineers and residents recommended the road be rebuilt using concrete. Just before the City Council voted on the contract, local street contractors told them a vote for concrete would take business away from Corpus Christi. And they pointed out the concrete bid was 10 percent more expensive than asphalt.

St a ff-recom mended Houston-based company Texas Sterling Construction received a $6.32 million contract for the job. They said although the upfront cost was more expensive, it would be a better deal for the city because maintenance would cost less. Staff also held a town hall meeting where neighborhood residents said they preferred a concrete road. Philip Skrobarczyk of Fulton Construction and Darryl Haas of Haas-Anderson Construction asked council members to reconsider the staff recommendation and choose asphalt to support local business. A vote to use concrete and award the contract to the Houston company failed with a 5-4 vote.

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Steam rises from the ground as Haas-Anderson Construction workers lay hot mix at an intersection on Bear Lane in November. More than 90 percent of local roads, both city and state maintained, are built using asphalt.

Larry Elizondo, Priscilla Leal, David Loeb and John Marez voted for concrete. The council then reconsidered a $6.26 million contract with Haas Anderson to build the road using asphalt. It passed with unanimous support. Haas, who has built roads in the area for 28 years and owns two asphalt plants, later said asphalt unfairly has a poor reputation, which he blames on lack of maintenance. “People have the idea that concrete is better than asphalt because of the streets built here,” Haas said. “They forget that most of (the roads) were built 40-plus years ago.” Anaya said he has a policy to bid both concrete and asphalt materials for road construction projects. Then engineering staff can determine which type of road will be the best deal for taxpayers. A majority of road projects have been built with

Businesses pay price for roadwork ■ Construction

deters patrons from stores By Jessica Savage savagej@caller.com 361-886-4316

Six 10-feet-high storm drains block drivers’ view of the Times Market at Kostoryz Road and Foley Street. Construction hasn’t started outside the convenience store, but the market already is feeling the effects. Owner Sung Jang has seen a 50 percent drop in sales since construction began 10 months ago on Kostoryz. “I don’t understand why they are spending so much time on it,” he said, pointing toward the storm drains along the street waiting to be placed underground. He and other small-business owners along the congested thoroughfare are worried about surviving the three-year, $10 million construction project. A few have closed their doors. The contractor, Houstonbased Texas Sterling Construction, is working in sections to complete the concrete road project and replace the inadequate storm drains beneath it. Voters in 2008 approved about $100 million in road construction projects, many along the city’s most traveled thoroughfares including Kostoryz Road, Staples Street and Airline Road. Streets in good condition can foster development and growth in cities, but construction also comes with a price for business. “The natural reaction is when you see congestion to take another route, and that’s what a lot of people have done,” City Engineer Pete Anaya said. “We have tried to alleviate some of it.” The city had meetings

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Two 10-foot-by-10-foot storm drain blocks rest in front of a sports bar on Kostoryz Road . Business owners have complained that the three-year road construction project is hurting their businesses.

with business stakeholders to listen to concerns. Business owners said they were worried how traffic congestion and construction would affect access to their stores. They wonder why the project is taking three years to complete. Much of the time is spent on a large upgrade for storm drain capacity to help ease street flooding problems. Workers are removing a 4-foot diameter storm drain underneath the street and replacing it with a 10-foot-by-10-foot box. The city faces the same issue on most road projects. It makes sense to replace the aging and inadequate stormwater system underneath the streets at the same time roads are being replaced. But it also significantly lengthens the amount of time spent on construction. To ease concerns from business owners on Kostoryz, the city installed blue signs along the road to help drivers locate businesses. The signs haven’t helped

stop plunging sales numbers, business owners said. Diana Rivers, who owns Tweety’s Sports Bar and Grill, is nearly out of business. She says the customers quit coming about six months ago after construction ramped up. Her only business is on Friday and Saturday. Tweety’s is for sale. “I’m just about bankrupt,” she said. “It’s almost ruined me. I’m just trying to hang in there.” Bright Beginnings owner Norma Holmes hasn’t seen business this bad in the 30 years she’s owned the child day care center. Parents are upset about traffic congestion, and construction contractors are storing equipment in front of her store and ruining the parking lot, she said. The city’s signs help, she said, but she’s not sure it will make a difference in business. She’s worried whether the center will survive construction. “This is my livelihood,” she said. The Kostoryz Road project is one of several sections of city thorough-

fares under construction or planned for construction. On Tuesday the City Council approved a contract to begin street construction on South Staples Street between Williams Drive and Saratoga Boulevard, one of the busiest stretches of road in the city. City staff said they learned from the Kostoryz project. They are planning to have a public meeting and place business signs along the road, as they did for Kostoryz, and staff hired a firm to handle public outreach. District 2 Councilman John Marez said the same type of public outreach campaign should have been done for the Kostoryz project. The damage already has been done, he said. “I think we missed the opportunity,” he said. “Half of the road is done on one side. We need to have this institutional knowledge within City Hall that anytime we do a project of this magnitude, we have outreach. We have businesses going out of business, and I think that is inexcusable.”

asphalt, primarily because it’s cheaper, Anaya said. However, only recently did the price of concrete dip low enough to compete, at about 8 to 12 percent more than asphalt. A concrete road typically is more expensive to build but requires less to maintain during a street’s 30-year life cycle. Maintenance includes repairing joints, or the areas where sections of concrete meet. Without maintenance, those sections shift like tectonic plates and cause an uneven ride. An asphalt road usually is cheaper to build but more dependent on regular maintenance. It requires a seal coat at seven years, a new layer of asphalt at 15 years and another seal coat at 22 years. Without maintenance, potholes, cracks and deep ruts form, causing the road to crumble. The city doesn’t have enough funds to keep up with the required mainte-

nance, which is why about half of the streets are beyond repair and need to be reconstructed. Local engineers say deciding whether to use concrete or asphalt is a matter of preference. Either material will work for Corpus Christi’s clay soil and semiarid climate if the road is built correctly and routine maintenance is done, said Ernesto De la Garza, a state highway department engineer in the Corpus Christi office. The state maintains several roads within city limits, including portions of Weber Road, Ennis Joslin Road, Saratoga Boulevard and Agnes Street. The Texas Department of Transportation has a dedicated funding source for laboratory research and road design. When the department issues a construction bid, it usually specifies which material the contractor will use depending on road use and amount of traffic, De la Garza said.

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When it rains, it floods outside Brittany Palacios’ home at Blevins Road and Maryland Drive. To avoid ankle-deep puddles, she parks her car on the lawn. “It doesn’t seem to be getting any better,” Palacios said. Blevins connects the Bel Aire neighborhood to nearby thoroughfares Ayers Street and Kostoryz Road. Portions of the road haven’t received any significant maintenance, other than pothole repairs, since 1989. Decades of wear and tear along with inadequate storm drains have flattened the curb line, pulling the sidewalks down with it. Grass grows into the street, which makes it difficult to tell where the curb meets the road. It’s a common sight in many city neighborhoods built before 1970. A block away, Laura Torrez can’t park in her driveway off Blevins Road. When it rains, that section of the road, where the asphalt has worn away, turns to mud. She parks along Miami Drive to avoid the hassle. “It doesn’t bother me,” she said. “That’s just the way the street is.” The council faces a cynical public, one that has watched the roads crumble for years without anything being done, said Robert R. Furgason, president emeritus of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a member of the street maintenance committee. A committed funding source for street repairs will restore public confidence, he said. People want to know their tax dollars are going toward street improvements, he said, adding that the council should vote for a street user fee, just as it votes on annual water rates. “This is a defining moment,” Furgason said. “I think the council needs to stand up and do it. There is a reason they are being elected, and this is it. It sends a message that this is a community willing to tackle its problems.”

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‘WE CAN’T KEEP UP’ Many of the roads in Corpus Christi haven’t seen significant maintenance in years. Valerie Gray, who oversees the stormwater and streets departments, understands public frustration. She’s watched the streets maintenance department’s budget continue to erode over the years. This year it’s operating with $10.5 million, an amount that’s not nearly enough to maintain the street system much less pay for the enormous cost to replace a street. “We can’t keep up with the system, so it keeps getting worse,” Gray said. Assistant City Manager Oscar Martinez, who oversees city infrastructure, said the funding cuts are so severe that all the city can do is react to street problems by patching them. The city has budgeted about $5.4 million to fill potholes, rebuild the road where underground utility repairs are made, patch areas where the city’s roads have failed and rebuild ruts in the pavement. About $2.5 million is spent on preventive road maintenance for seal coats. The rest of the budget, most of which covers the $2 million in street reconstruction, also pays for salaries and inspections to keep a current inventory on street conditions. City staff and street maintenance committee members say the city can’t continue along at the same rate. “The worst thing we could do is nothing,” Martinez said. DEFINING MOMENT Some residents say they are used to the road conditions. For others, it’s a tiresome topic. Repeated requests for the city to repair the roads — beyond minor pothole patches — have gone unfulfilled because the city doesn’t have the money.


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CITY GENERAL FUND BUDGET

SCORE BY ZONE

The city’s budget for streets has been decreasing as a percentage of the general fund. During the last 30 years, the police and and fire departments saw the largest increases. Portland ortl

FISCAL YEAR 1981

8.3% $4,155,046

5

6

44

Police

$63,531,290

7 Fire

13.4% Sar $6,685,735 at

Fire 22.4% $44,409,766

21% General government $10,497,863 2

1

7.9% Nondepartmental $3,964,861

SP

ID

0

6.1% $3,031,919

Engineering

361

General 13.9% $27,467,797 government Laguna 3.4% Madre $6,755,557

Nondepartmental

3.2% $6,421,978

Engineering

P22

1 mile

11.7% Solid $23,292,637 waste

11.7% $5,854,461

Inspections & operations

Police

358

oga

100-point scale 55 points and lower is failing

Ingleside In e

3

Flo ur Blu Wa ff ldr on

65.61 67.13 48.41 53.26 58.79 64.66 54.13 56.25 60.44

4

Sta ple s

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Corpus Christi Bay32%

21.4% $10,676,088

Airline Ro dd Fie ld

McKinzie

Leo par d

Aransass

Street Pass

Parks & 7.8% $15,539,898 recreation

We be r

Violet

Parks & recreation

ZONES TOTAL SCORE

$10,847,401

Bay

8

ZONE

5.5%

181

$5,119,213 Nueces

37

Robstown Rob Ro bst b

FISCAL YEAR 2011

10.2%

Street

77

City’s worst roads not priority Source: city of Corpus Christi

■ Streets more 2010 CITY STREET CONDITIONS

costly, least likely fixed

The city uses a pavement condition score to determine what maintenance is needed on a road. The chart shows the number of square yards of pavement that fall into each category. Score* 0-55 56-70 71-85 86-100

Poor (reconstruction) Fair (overlay) Satisfactory (overlay) Good (seal coat) Total

By Jessica Savage savagej@caller.com 361-886-4316

It’s a 39-way tie for the city’s worst street. Sections of Water Street in downtown and portions of residential streets on the city’s Northside, Southside and Westside received a zero, or the lowest score, on the city’s 100-point street ranking system. It’s reflective of a larger issue: Poor streets affect every area of Corpus Christi. And the worst streets are least likely to be reconstructed, in part because they’re the most expensive. The street condition scores are determined by two city street inspectors, who manually measure sections of every street in the city. The process takes about three years to assess the more than 3,000 streets in Corpus Christi. Many factors determine a score, including the size of a pothole, the depth of road ruts and the length of cracks, said Andy Leal, assistant director of city street services. “It’s trying to come up with a number that represents the condition of that area,” Leal said. The antiquated scoring system doesn’t consider how bumpy or smooth the ride is, but it’s an accepted industry standard and it’s all the department can afford with a $10.5 million budget. If the city did allocate more money to the streets department, Assistant City Manager Oscar Martinez said he would want to invest in a van equipped with modern technology, such as cameras to help streamline the scoring process.

Residential 5,745,452 1,494,832 1,584,160 1,957,354 10,781,798

Collector 2,057,749 701,820 649,505 1,148,742 4,557,816

Arterial 1,772,831 745,126 611,714 1,549,274 4,678,945

Total 9,576,032 2,941,778 2,845,379 4,655,370 20,018,559

Source: city of Corpus Christi

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The pavement condition of Harry Street is rated 2 of 100, making it one of the worst streets in Corpus Christi. The city’s streets in poorest condition also are least likely to be reconstructed because it costs more and many of them are residential and affect few people.

Find your street condition score and see how it compares to others in the city using an interactive map.

The scores keep an accurate inventory of the system and help the street maintenance department figure out which streets to maintain. Those that score higher than 71 are in good condition and will require a seal coat about seven years after they are built. Those that score between 56 and 70 are in need of a new layer of asphalt. A street that scores 55 or lower needs reconstruction. But low scores don’t necessarily mean a street will be rebuilt. City streets in the worst

condition, which are about half of the city’s 1,200 miles of road, are low on the priority list unless they become a traffic hazard. That’s because it’s more expensive to tear out a road and replace it than it is to maintain roads in fair condition or better. To tear out a road and replace it costs about $81.60 per square yard for a residential road, or at least three times the cost of maintenance for a street overlay. A street seal coat is the least expensive for about $6.06 per square yard. That means streets with a score of 55 and below likely won’t receive any work beyond minor pothole or patch repairs. Residential streets, which make up a majority of the city’s poor streets, fall

and score 55 or less. A street that scores 55 or less needs reconstruction, according to city criteria. Those that score between 56 and 70 are in need of a new layer of asphalt. Those that score higher than 71 are in good condition and will require a seal coat about seven years after they are built.

even further down the list because the city considers arterial streets, such as Staples Street, a priority as they affect more people. The city has a history of funding major street reconstruction through voter-approved bonds. A few residential neighborhoods received new streets through bonds, but it’s not likely residential street projects will go before voters again. Assistant City Engineer Dan Biles said the department is writing a new matrix using the pavement condition index scores. Arterial streets receive better consideration for inclusion in a staff compiled list of potential bond projects, he said, because they affect the entire city instead of one neighborhood.

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It’s likely your street condition is similar to your City Council representative’s street. An analysis of the city’s pavement condition index data shows the average street condition score for the city’s elected officials is 45 on a scale of 1 to 100. More than half of the city’s residential streets are in poor condition

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Sections of the 600 block of Hoffman Street show wear and tear, while the 500 block has been replaced. Better streets can cause more homeowners and businesses to invest in a community.

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Pot holes don’t just beat up cars. They bruise neighborhood pride. The condition of city streets have a ripple effect on transportation, private investment and public perception. They are a critical component of a city’s quality of life, said urban revitalization expert Rosemary Wakeman, who directs the urban studies program at Fordham University in New York City. It’s important for people to see streets as public space, not just infrastructure, she said. “They are where we meet with each other and interface,” she said. “The First condition of the streets and reported on tells us much the sidewalks about our public domain and civic life.” A few years ago a cluster of residential streets in Corpus Christi were rebuilt using voter-approved bond 2004 money. The bond issue paid for new streets and utility funds for new drainage in one section of Lindale, a neighborhood behind Ray High School built in the 1950s. New streets, curbs and gutters inspired several residents who lived in the improved block to revamp their property. Some rebuilt their driveways, planted new landscapes and painted their homes. Property values increased. “Before, the streets flooded; you couldn’t keep your yard nice,” said Brianna Villarreal, who lives in the 500 block of Sorrell Street. “After they fixed them, we redid the landscaping. The new streets have definitely helped.” Her younger brother Brandon, 12, said he can play football in the front yard now. Along with the new streets, the city installed flashing lights and a crosswalk, which he said helps because there are a lot of kids in the neighborhood. The improvements ended, though, only a block east. In the remaining twothirds of the neighborhood, the streets have failed, the sidewalks are uneven, and storm drains are inadequate, leaving the streets filled with water when it rains. It frustrates those who live west of Reid Drive, the division between the old and new streets. Brandon’s 8-year-old twin sisters Brooke and Bridget Villarreal said they won’t ride their bikes

through the other side of the neighborhood because the streets are so bad. Resident Ann DeGaish lives on Deforrest Street, a few houses away from where the improvements were made. She’s lived there 16 years. “It’s so dramatic,” she said. “It’s just blatant that it’s not as nice. People want to live in this neighborhood, but it leaves a bad taste when you see the streets.” A year ago DeGaish decided she couldn’t wait on a bond project, so she spent the money to rebuild the sidewalks, driveway and a walkway to her front door. “It bothers me that they only did one-third of the street,” she said. “It just doesn’t make sense.” Attractive public spaces, such as streets, not only increase access through a city, but also fuel revitalization. It doesn’t have to be as expensive as rebuilding a road, Wakeman said. The city can spend money to improve sidewalks, add bike lanes and plant flowers, trees and shrubbery. Mayor Joe Adame, whose background is in real estate, has worked to improve community pride. When elected, he organized three committees dedicated to quality of life, including the Clean City Committee, Corpus Christi Pride and the Mayor’s Fitness Council. Appointed committee members organize volunteers who work in neighborhoods to change perception through education, planning and sweat equity. Volunteers regularly mulch and weed the bayfront landscape and clean up trash. “I think everyone saw it needed to be done but maybe thought it was another person’s responsibility,” Adame said. “The city can support it when the initiative of citizens is there to improve it and want it to shine. When you partner like that, a lot of people get together and meet each other. It creates ownership.” Adame said streets are an important part of improving the city. When residents and business owners see public space improvements, it encourages them to invest, too. City leaders are trying to figure out how to pay for new streets and aging infrastructure. Cities across the country also are grappling with the same problem, Wakeman said. The important thing, she said, is keeping residents informed and engaged in the discussion, so they understand why a new tax is assessed and how it will benefit them. “People are more willing to support it then,” she said.


Section B

Sunday, January 15, 2012 ■ A 61-year-old man

■ The infamous prison

was flown to Brooke Army Medical Center’s burn unit for treatment after fire ravaged his trailer home Saturday. 2B

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rodeo in Huntsville that featured such acts as George Straight and Dolly Parton is being demolished. 4B

Reinstated ferry tops ridership record ■ Inability to

make change affects revenue By Rhiannon Meyers meyersr@caller.com 361-886-3694

The Harbor Ferry topped its ridership record in its first full season of operation since 2008 but failed to capture full fare on all passengers in part because ferry operators couldn’t make change.

2011 SEASON

Passenger trips: 52,951 Fare revenue: $56,076 Operating cost: $385,197 Days out of service: 19 Partial-day service interruptions: 20 Source: Regional Transportation Authority

Even if the ferry collected full fare, passenger revenue doesn’t pay for the total cost of operation. This season, fare revenue

covered 15 percent of the $385,197 operating cost. Ferry supporters say the service, funded primarily by sales tax dollars, provides a valuable visitor experience. “While the fare doesn’t cover the cost of it, the impact of record summer visitation increased sales tax revenues and will continue to do so,” said Keith Arnold, CEO of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Harbor Ferry made $56,076 in passenger fare on 52,951 passenger trips in 2011 and topped its ridership record in its first full season of operation since 2008. CALLER-TIMES FILE

See FERRY, 2B

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Henry Smith and his godgranddaughter, Maegan Mullenix, 5, look on as the 9-foot-tall Shriners clown Romeo struts by Saturday during the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show Parade in Robstown.

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By Mike Baird bairdm@caller.com 361-886-3774

ROBSTOWN — Michael Mathisen , 10, puffed his cheeks — breaking loose a fake mustache — to blast a plastic trumpet Saturday among dozens of Nueces County Junior Livestock Show parade entries lined along W. Main Street. Michael took off his sombrero to blow again, making the only noise in the crisp morning air.

“He’s just being a boy,” said one of his adult chaperones with River Hills 4-H. The club was one of 92 entries with 188 units, 21 more than last year, parade officials said. The parade, team roping, Alumni B-B-Q Cook-off and the Queen’s contest begin the week of activities for the livestock show. The one thing missing in this year’s parade was a marching band — all coaxed away by a University Interscholas-

Float: River Hills 4-H Club Band: Banquette Project Ace Cheer and Dance Team Marching Unit: TulosoMidway Intermediate School Kardio Kids Drill Team: Ortiz 21st Century Dance Team &

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SEE MORE PHOTOS FROM THE PARADE. tic League band competition, said organizer Bobby Gonzalez. A 10:33 a.m. squelch of police sirens, with the chief’s toss of candies to curbside kids, was followed by four fi retrucks and nine other emergency vehicles squalling, blowing and chattering. The noise alerted parade goers of the start, while youngsters near the beginning scrambled to fill See PARADE, 3B

Tyler Gaulding of Driscoll waves to paradegoers as he rides his “lady catcher” longhorn, Lonestar, through downtown Saturday.

Wesley Mathisen Jr., 10 (right), sticks on his moustache while his cousin Michael Mathisen, 10, blows on a plastic horn Saturday.

PARADE WINNERS

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Cheerleaders Mounted Unit: Tyler Gaulding’s Longhorn Vehicle: NCJLS Essay Winner — Shelby Rebecek Other Vehicle: Robstown Utility Systems Judges Choice: Chaparral 4-H Source: Nueces County Junior Livestock Show

By Elaine Marsilio marsilioe@caller.com 361-886-3794

Construction on a career and technical high school offering programs such as aeronautics and process technologies could start as soon as late this spring, CCISD officials said. The $3.5 million magnet school, named for the Rev. Harold T. Branch, will be constructed on the site of the former Adult Learning Center at 3902 Morgan Ave. The center was demolished last year at a cost of $162,382, Corpus Christi Independent School District officials said. The school will be built with some of the district’s nearly $21 million in savings from the 2008 bond program. Officials hope to open the school by fall 2013 and select students by a lottery system. High school students will be able to earn technical certifications and associate degrees through programs of study such as aeronautics and health and science. “They should be ready for a viable career,” said Janis Jordan, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. CCISD’s Collegiate High School also allows students to earn two-year degrees in addition to a high school diploma.

See SCHOOL, 2B

Torres campaign flier sticks with facts

Candidate: State to make it easier for Rep. Raul Torres U.S. military personMedium: Torres nel serving overseas Gol f Tou r n a ment to vote by allowing Fundraiser flier them to receive, comClaim 1: “Passed in plete and return electhe House, an electronic ballots. tronic voting measure He failed to mento ensure our troops’ Torres tion that the bill vote really counts.” simply tests at the Fact check: Mostly state level the retrue. Torres was the prima- quirements of the federal ry author of a bill designed Military Overseas Voter

Empowerment Act . The eballots will be tested on a limited basis in this year’s state and local elections. The Secretary of State will turn over the test results to the 83rd Legislature for future consideration . Claim 2: “Restored to the city of Corpus Christi and Nueces County almost $1 million in critical funding.” Fact check: True. Torres

kept language out of a bill that would have cost the city and county about $1 million annually in beverage taxes. Claim 3: “Passed the nation’s first lean Six Sigma legislation. A move that could save Texas $10 billion dollars!” Fact Check: True. Torres broke ground with his well-documented law that

created a pilot program to study how well lean Six Sigma management techniques will serve the Texas Workforce Commission, the guinea pig for the experiment. Whether it can or will save Texas $10 billion will be better known when the results are reported to the Legislature in early 2013. Rick Spruill


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Candidates sought to fill dozens of precinct seats is the Democratic chair of the 65th precinct. Executive committees set polling locations, choose poll judges, decide name placement on ballots in contested races, approve bylaws and standing party rules, choose delegates to county conventions and assist in identifying delegates for state conventions. “We always try to get as many people involved because county executive committee members speak for the voters in their area and we want to see as wide a representation as we can,” Reeves said. Republ ica n pa r t y spokesman Sam Dalton said grass-roots initia-

Boy shot in tryouts has bullet removed was. Trevino was speaking minutes after Dustin Wesley Cook, 36, was charged with aggravated assault for shooting 14-year-old Edson Amaro, who lost a kidney. Nicholas and Edson were shot Dec. 12 while trying out for the basketball team in a parking lot behind Harwell Middle School near Edinburg. Cook was target shooting with a sniper rifle on ranchland nearly a mile away, but in line with the school. Another man, who Trevino said is considered a witness, was also target shooting with his own rifle. The two boys were shot within seconds of each other and Trevino said a log that Cook, a competitive target shooter, kept of his shots indicated he squeezed off five around the time the boys were hit.

By The Associated Press

EDINBURG — Doctors removed a bullet from the back of a 13-year-old South Texas boy shot last month while trying out for his middle school basketball team, setting off a new search for a ballistic match that could lead authorities to the shooter. Donna Tijerina, mother of Nicholas Tijerina, told The McAllen Monitor that doctors at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston removed the bullet from Nicholas’ back Thursday. He still does not have feeling in his legs. A week earlier, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino had said if that bullet was recovered it would kick off a new round of ballistic testing in an attempt to confirm who the shooter

City scoop

Man critically burned in trailer fire

San Antonio in stable but critical condition, HALOFlight officials said. There was heavy fi re showing about 5:30 a.m. as firefighters arrived. It took 19 fi refighters about five minutes to control the blaze after they arrived, Johnson said. A cause has not been determined, said Capt. James Brown , an investigator with the department. The home and its contents were a total loss, he said.

A 61-year-old man was burned in an early morning fire Saturday at a trailer park, fire officials said. Medical rescuers took the man from his trailer home in the 5100 block of Up River Road to Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial with burns on his chest and face, Corpus Christi Fire Department Battalion Chief J.D. Johnson said. The man later was flown to Brooke Army Medical Center’s burn center in

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tives are hamstrung when a party lacks leadership at the precinct level. “Precinct chairs are the focal point for candidates to touch base with and raise interest for their campaigns among local voters,” he said Thursday. Reeves, who said she started noticing a drop in party affiliation — particularly among young voters — about 15 years ago, said grass-roots efforts were a big of her political education and identity. “When I started voting, I didn’t think of myself as a Democrat or Republican, either,” she said. “When I realized the party had a

FERRY from 1B

The Harbor Ferry made $56,076 in passenger fare on 52,951 passenger trips, according to Regional Transportation Authority. That’s an average of $1.06 per trip, a fraction of the total cost of $11.30 per passenger trip to operate the ferry, according to the RTA. Round-trip fares are $3 but some passengers, including seniors, those with disabilities and students, get a discount of $1.50. Children 5 and younger, who ride for free, made up 8 percent of passenger trips. “Although it is required, since this was our first year back in service, we allowed those without exact fare to ride anyway since our crew does not make change,” CEO Scott Neeley said. “This is obviously something we wouldn’t want to advertise, but it was part of our customer service program to reintroduce people to the service.” Although several RTA buses got a new fare collection system this year, the Harbor Ferry operated this season with the old

SCHOOL from 1B

Students can take dualcredit classes, or collegelevel courses, to receive high school and college credit simultaneously, at nearby Del Mar College’s West Campus. CCISD officials said transportation to and from the new school still is being discussed. Collegiate, housed on Del Mar’s East Campus, and the Branch school may also share similarities in that Branch’s student populations may have 100 per grade level.

The Young Business Professionals of the Coastal Bend is kicking off its Rock the Vote campaign with an event Jan. 26 at Brewster Street Ice system: a secure canister in which passengers deposit money but change cannot be made. The new fare collection system will be installed on the ferry for the 2012 season. Passengers this season were encouraged to bring exact fare but they weren’t turned away if they didn’t have the money, agency spokeswoman Karina Carlisle said. She did not immediately have the fare collection rate for the ferry, but said she believes few passengers rode for free. “What we heard from the crew was that somebody else in line would say, ‘Hey, I’ll cover it,’ and then once they got over to Corpus Christi Beach, they would get change and pay them back,” she said. “There was a lot of camaraderie.” The Harbor Ferry also offered more than 1,000 free promotional rides to RTA employees and board members, who always ride for free, and hospitality employees, who were offered free rides in August as part of a partnership with the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The ferry was successful this season for three reasons, Carlisle said.

The ferry is now under operation by HMS Global Maritime, which has an extensive history operating ferries in U.S. and international cities. The 90-foot, double-decker boat is geared for Corpus Christi waters and it’s fully accessible to those with disabilities, Carlisle said. The RTA has offered ferry service to bay tourist attractions since 1993, but in recent years the ferry has been plagued by mishaps, mechanical failures and contract problems. It did not run in 2007 and 2010, and operated partial seasons in 2006 and 2009. This year, the passenger ferry ran between two stops instead of three, from the Peoples Street T-Head to the Texas State Aquarium, but operated an extended season from spring break to Thanksgiving, instead of Memorial Day to Labor Day. It was shut down for 18 days because of poor weather conditions and once because of mechanical issues, Neeley said. Service was partially disrupted 20 times, only once because of mechanical reasons, he said. Overall, this season was one of the strongest in recent memory and ridership could easily be increased

with more marketing, Arnold said. The RTA does not market the Harbor Ferry as a tourist attraction, instead playing up its connection abilities, but the Convention and Visitors Bureau spends $1.7 million annually to market tourism, including the Harbor Ferry among other local destinations and experiences, Arnold said. “This is the best way to get between Corpus Christi Beach ... attractions and restaurants to downtown,” he said. “It’s a great view. It’s the best view of the Harbor Bridge. It’s a great connector, especially if you’re staying in hotel properties on Corpus Christi Beach or in downtown.” While aquarium officials did not have hard data showing ferry-driven traffic into the attraction, Kristin Bell, director of marketing and communications, said they saw many passengers get off the ferry and walk into the aquarium. “I think we can say it helps bring visitors over and definitely in a fun and unique way, which is always a good thing,” she said.

District officials still are trying to determine whether the school will serve ninth- through 12thgraders, 11th- and 12thgraders or start its fi rst years with upperclassmen and work its way down to offering courses to freshmen, Jordan said. The district has a steering committee and subcommittees, consisting of mostly CCISD and Del Mar officials, helping navigate the planning process. CCISD Superintendent Scott Elliff said Del Mar officials still are determining dual credit fees for the school district. Students at the new school, just like

Collegiate, won’t have to pay for their dual credit courses. CCISD officials didn’t have an estimate of how much the fees may cost. Once Del Mar finalizes the district’s fees, construction on the new school is likely to begin, Elliff said. Del Mar College President Mark Escamilla said his college has a task force looking at its dual credit fees for its Coastal Bend service area. The college’s board of regents are expected to hear an agenda item and consider potential fees in February, Del Mar officials said.

The Branch school will offer new opportunities to students in workforce and technical training, Escamilla said. “The concept of the school is just another example of cutting-edge instruction by CCISD,” he said. “There’s a huge need.” Elliff said many in local industry and business have asked for such a technical and college readiness program. Escamilla said the school can help address needs with the Eagle Ford Shale as well. “The boom has only just begun in this region,” he said.

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roughly one-and-a-half mile route on stilts, sidestepping other Al Amin Shriner clowns zooming around in miniature cars. One mother lifted her son above her head to high-five the towering funny man. The first performers were Tuloso-Midway Intermediate School’s Kardio Kids, with their kickmarch and strut routine. They later were named best marching unit. Tyler Gaulding , 22, of Driscoll, was named best mounted unit for his snort-stomping steer ride on Lonestar, one of his two Texas Longhorns. The 8-year-old animal was anxious at the start, forcing Gaulding to yank the red rope linked to its nose ring. Lonestar is a chick magnet, Gaulding said, after 2011 show queen Makenzie Jauer struck a pose for her dad alongside the saddled steer. “He’s a real girl catcher.”

move-in (Exhibit hall B) 10 a.m.: Poultry judging; broilers followed by turkeys (main arena) Noon -5 p.m.: Market/fryer rabbit weigh and sift (Exhibit hall B) Noon -6 p.m.: Goat judging (main arena) 3-4 p.m.: Beef cattle weight and sift (Exhibit hall B) 4 -6 p.m.: Lambs move-in weight and sift (Exhibit hall B) 6 p.m.: Homemaking awards presentation (convention center) 6 p.m.: Rabbit showmanship (small arena)

awards and breeding cattle (main arena) 8 -10 a.m.: All premium hogs must be picked up (Exhibit hall A) 3:30 -4:30 p.m.: Removal of homemaking entries (Convention center) 3 p.m.: Livestock judging contest registration 4 p.m.: Judging contest (Equestrian arena) 4:30 p.m.: Shop project awards program (Exhibit hall A) To be announced: Calf scramble, one hour after completion of judging contest (Equestrian arena)

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Noah Serrata, 3, sits in Danny Hernandez’s lap as he throws out candy from one of the Robstown utility department’s floats.

Schedule TODAY

8 a.m.: Horse show registration 9 a.m.: First class (equestrian arena) Tuesday 8 -9:30 a.m.: Homemaking entries check-in (convention center) 10:30 a.m.: Homemaking judging (convention center) 1- 6 p.m.: All swine move-in (Exhibit hall A) 2-5 p.m.: Large shop projects check-in (Exhibit hall A) 5 -8 p.m.: All other shop projects check-in (Exhibit hall A) 5 -8 p.m.: All goats move-in; weigh and sift (Exhibit hall B) 5 -8 p.m.: Beef cattle movein (Exhibit hall B) 5:30 -7 p.m.: Breeding rabbit weigh and sift (Exhibit hall B)

Rene Guerra, 10, of Banquete, eats cotton candy on top of his family’s truck Saturday as he waits for the start of the parade.

WEDNESDAY

7:30 -9:30 a.m.: Poultry movein and sift (Exhibit hall B) 8 a.m.: Breeding rabbit show (small arena) 8 a.m.: Market swine sift (Exhibit hall A) 8 a.m.-noon: All beef cattle

THURSDAY

SATURDAY

8 a.m.: Market swine judging (main arena) 8 a.m.: Shop project junior and senior judging (Exhibit hall A) 8:30 a.m.: Market rabbit judging followed by fryer rabbits (small arena) 6 p.m.: Market lamb judging (main arena)

8 -6 p.m.: Shop project silent auction (Exhibit hall A) 9 a.m.: Parade of champions (main arena) 10 a.m.: Blue ribbon sale (main arena)

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The arena that formerly served as home to the Texas Prison Rodeo is demolished Wednesday in Huntsville. The brick and concrete stadium on the grounds of the state’s oldest prison, the Huntsville Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, has sat silent since its last rodeo in 1986.

Piece of Texas rodeo history crumbles ■■Huntsville

prison arena deemed unsafe By Michael Graczyk Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE — A piece of entertainment history is tumbling as workers demolish a Texas prison rodeo arena that hosted many stars through the years. The brick and concrete stadium on the grounds of the state’s oldest prison, the Huntsville Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, has sat silent since its last rodeo in 1986. Engineers determined the structure — which, for more than five decades, hosted a spectacle billed as “The Wildest Show Behind Bars” — was no longer safe. Prison system officials, who

were faced with a choice of using limited resources to fix the place or focus on keeping inmates locked up, decided to scrap the tradition that attracted big-name entertainers and thousands of spectators each Sunday in October. “It is a piece of history but a safety hazard at the same time,” Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said Wednesday as crews worked the rubble of concrete, steel reinforcement bars and red bricks that match the distinctive walls of the prison in downtown Huntsville. The wrecking crew moved in because of concerns the crumbling structure could topple into the street that borders the prison. Work is expected to be finished next month. In its heyday, the rodeo would pack upward of 20,000 people

into the half-circle arena to watch inmates in traditional rodeo fare and unique contests such as the “Hard Money Event,” where 40 inmates wearing red shirts would try to snatch a tobacco bag placed between the horns of an angry bull. Inside the bag was at least $50, although donations could bolster the dollar amount well into the hundreds. Through the years, the rodeo featured a who’s who of country singers from Roy Acuff in the 1950s to Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton in later years. George Strait, before making it big, appeared at the rodeo once as a fillin for an act that canceled at the last minute. “If you had to work there, you got to see those people,” said Jim Willett, who rose through the ranks to become warden at the Huntsville Unit. Willett, now director of the

Texas Prison Museum, worked the rodeo as an officer from 1972 to 1982 and fondly recalled seeing Parton up close. “She didn’t see me,” he laughed. John Wayne and Steve McQueen made appearances at the rodeo. And in 1980, the John Travolta movie “Urban Cowboy” featured the rodeo prominently. Scott Glenn portrayed a prisoner who competed in the rodeo in the film, with newlyweds Travolta and Debra Winger in the crowd. The first rodeo was held in 1931 on a converted baseball field next to the prison. Texas Prisons Manager Lee Simmons viewed it as a form of entertainment for employees and inmates during the heart of the Great Depression. Within two years, it was attracting 15,000 people, making it among the largest sporting events in the state.

An 88-year-old Corpus Christi woman, fatally stabbed about 1 a.m. Friday, has been identified as Christina Parades Naranjo, officials with the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s office said. Officials were unable to notify directly next of kin, said Chief Investigator Ric Ortiz, but a funeral home worker contacted the office regarding services being arranged by her family. Two 15-year-old boys were detained about three hours after police started investigating at Naranjo’s home in the 200 block of S. Tancahua Street. One of the teens matched a description given by neighbors who saw a man with a shaved head fleeing from the apartment. County Court at Law No. 5 Judge Brent Chesney issued a gag order in the case, authorities said late Friday, adding that no further information will be released by police. Investigators previously said the boys were in possession of items believed to be from the woman’s home. One of the teens had an outstanding burglary warrant. Burglary appears to be the motive for the attack, police officials have said. District Attorney Mark Skurka said during a Friday news conference his office plans to petition for a hearing to have the boys certified as adults. In Texas, someone 17 or younger cannot receive the death penalty. A capital murder conviction could result in life in prison. Naranjo’s death is the second homicide of the year. The first was a suspected murder-suicide Jan. 3.

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Archeologists go through one of the graves found at a cemetery at Richland-Chambers Lake in Texas on Dec. 13. They are excavating what is believed to be the remains of freed slaves and their children buried in a long-forgotten cemetery exposed in the severe drought.

Small sticks are used to carefully go through the dirt in the recently discovered grave sites.

to stop the water district’s plans. “It’s been a long ordeal, but this will be a beautiful site near a gazebo,” McManus said. “They can finally rest in peace.”

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coffins that have since rotted — McManus believes the cemetery was larger but that other adult remains have washed away. The area of Richland-Chambers Lake is on property formerly owned by a slave owner, and several black families worked in the cotton fields there, McManus said, adding that he believes the cemetery dates to the mid- to late 1800s. The Tarrant Regional Water District, which owns the land, has said thorough surveys were done before the land was flooded in the 1980s and several other cemeteries were moved. It’s unclear why this particular cemetery was missed. The district initially planned to bury the remains in a perpetual-care cemetery as required by state law, so it chose Resthaven Memorial, a predominately white cemetery. But now the remains will be moved to Corsicana’s Woodland Cemetery, after the City Council voted last month to make part of it a perpetual-care cemetery — on the heels of the Navarro County Historical Commission’s lawsuit in state district court

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FORT WORTH — Crews of scientists with wooden spoons and small metal picks dig carefully around bones embedded in a dry lake bed, excavating what is believed to be the remains of freed slaves and their children buried in a long-forgotten cemetery. More than two dozen graves were exposed this summer in a section of a reservoir that dried up in the severe Texas drought. Officials later organized a thorough excavation effort and were recently embroiled in a brief legal battle over where to rebury the bones. With the legal issues resolved and the excavation effort two weeks from completion, the unidentified skeletal remains then will be moved to a cemetery in Navarro County where other black families have been laid to rest. “I’m pleased that we’re able to finally move them to a place of dignity and honor,” said Bruce McManus, chairman of the county’s historical commission. A memorial marker will be placed at the new burial site about 80 miles southeast of Fort Worth, but identifying the newly discovered remains likely will not happen. Crews have found no nameplates on the wooden coffins that have long since deteriorated, and no headstones were in the cemetery on land that became Richland-Chambers Lake in the 1980s. No DNA testing is planned. “I have talked to people who say they don’t know where their grandmother is buried,” McManus said. “I’ve done a lot of research, and I have a good idea of who could be buried there, but I don’t know for sure.” The remains are being examined by an anthropologist after their removal, painstaking work that takes about a day for each grave, said Nick Trierweiler, program director for cultural resources at Ecological Communications Corp., an Austin company hired to excavate the cemetery. Trierweiler said an anthropologist is measuring the bones — a process that can usually determine gender and race — but that may not be possible with the babies’ remains because they were not as developed. Most remains found so far are those of infants, including one who was 6 to 9 months old. “It’s really a heartbreaking thought to know that all of these babies died on the Texas frontier, although we have no way of knowing if they died at the same time,” Trierweiler said. Crews have found few personal items with the remains, including a few buttons and some beaded jewelry. Recently scientists found an 1853 silver quarter in one grave and an 1860s coin that was pierced. McManus said his research shows that some slaves wore coins around their necks and sometimes placed them on their children’s necks as charms to fight off evil and as a precaution for health concerns. “We were excited to find the coins, but it doesn’t mean they were placed in the graves in those years,” Trierweiler said. “People will often place tokens of remembrance in coffins — things of value and things that were important to them.” The cemetery doesn’t just contain children’s graves. Scientists recently unearthed the remains of a woman, believed to be between 40 and 50 years old when she died, he said. Another skull found in the area in 2009 when waters receded during another dry spell was that of an adult black male. Because many nails remain on the dried-up surface — too many for the 25


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Teen killed in train collision A Texas teenager riding in a pickup was killed when the truck collided with a freight train about 45 miles northeast of Houston Friday. The train and Ford Sport Trac were westbound until 20-year-old John Kolin Allison pulled into the train’s path. Allison was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition. His passenger, 16-year-old William James Hotaling, was killed on impact.

Recipient of face transplant praises progress ■ Fort Worth

man burned in 2008

By The Associated Press

FORT WORTH — Ten months after becoming the first person to get a full face transplant in the United States, a Fort Worth man marvels at recovering the ability of expression. The progress of 25-yearold Dallas Wiens and the handful of other patients

that have undergone the procedure is helping to make the case that it should be more widely available. “The ability to smile and to show emotion on my face, even unintentionally, is such a natural thing,” Wiens told The Dallas Morning News. “Having a new face has changed me dramatically.” Wiens’ face was burned off in 2008 when his head touched a high-voltage power line while he was standing in an elevated cherry picker. He also was

left blind and has not recovered his sight. He underwent more than two dozen surgeries, but they left him with a featureless face. The transplant changed that. “I don’t look much different than anybody else,” he said. Wiens’ case and those of two others were the subject of a study published last month in The New England Journal of Medicine. The procedure can correct “severe deformities in a single operation” rather

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Judge jails transgender widow A Houston judge has jailed the transgender widow of a fallen fi refighter after she was late for a scheduled court date. Nikki Araguz has been waging a court fi ght for the death benefits of fi refi ghter Thomas Araguz III, who died in July 2010 while battling an egg farm fi re near Wharton. She was to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Friday to plead to a $2,800 wristwatch theft from an acquaintance. She didn’t arrive until 9:10 a.m., however, and state District Judge Vanessa Velasquez ordered her jailed.

Court tosses suits in convoy deaths A federa l appea ls court has ruled that long-running lawsuits over insurgent ambushes that killed civilian truck drivers in Iraq won’t go before a jury. The lawsuits accused Halliburton and KBR Inc. of knowingly sending supply convoys into a dangerous area. Six KBR drivers were killed and several others wounded on April 8 and 9, 2004. Halliburton and KBR argued the claims are covered by a federal law that provides workers’ compensation to civilian employees injured while under contract with defense agencies. In a Thursday ruling, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the lawsuits dismissed. Wire services

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PREMONT — Rudolph Balboa died Jan. 13, 2012. He was 48. Prayer service will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 17 at Monte de Olivar Church. Burial will be in Premont Cemetery. Rosas Funeral Home, Alice John S. Brooks

ARANSAS PASS — John Sterling Brooks died Jan. 13, 2012. He was 85. Services will be at 1 p.m. Jan. 16 at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Aransas Memorial Park.

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Dublin plant stops making Dr Pepper By Greg Kendall-Ball and Jaime Adame Scripps Newspapers

January 11, 2012 — the day Dublin Dr Pepper died. The iconic product officially came to an end at 5 p.m. Wednesday as part of a settlement to end litigation between the Dr Pepper Snapple Group and the Dublin-based Dr Pepper Bottling Co. over an alleged violation of a licensing agreement. Dr Pepper Snapple filed suit against the Dublin bottler last June, claiming it was taking a financial hit because of the Dublin label and that Dublin was overstepping territorial boundaries by marketing outside of a six-county region. Dr Pepper Snapple was countersued by the bottler in August. With the settlement, both suits will be dismissed. And the result means layoffs for the Dublin company. Under the agreement, Plano-based Dr Pepper Snapple bought the Dublin company’s sales and distribution operations, as well as the distribution rights to a six-county territory that had previously been served by the local bottler. Exact terms of the settlement were not released. The former Dr Pepper bottler will reopen at 10 a.m. today as Dublin Bottling Works Inc., and will continue to operate the Old Doc’s Soda Shop and museum, and will continue to bottle a variety of soft drinks such as NuGrape and Triple XXX Root Beer.

Just not Dr Pepper. Jeff Kloster, vice president of Dublin Bottling Works, said the “new” name is actually the name the company started with in 1891. “It’s a sad day. It’s been a hard day to recognize that Dublin Dr Pepper will no longer be with us,” Kloster said. Because the company is losing distribution rights for all Dr Pepper products in their six-county region, Dublin Bottling Works spokesman Bruce Vincent said, the company would be laying off 14 of its 40 employees, mostly warehouse staff. Dr Pepper Snapple spokesman Chris Barnes said those laid off would have the opportunity to apply for positions within the Dr Pepper Snapple company. Barnes also said the Dr Pepper product available in Dublin — and throughout Texas — will remain the same. “This case has not been about what’s in the bottle, it’s been about what’s on the bottle,” he said. The product will still be bottled and canned in “distinct, nostalgic packaging,” Barnes said, the only difference being no Dublin name on the label. The Dublin bottler has been described as the “world’s smallest” Dr Pepper bottler, and in a September statement, the bottler claimed sales accounted for less than one-tenth of 1 percent of Dr Pepper’s total annual sales. Barnes said Dr Pepper has a special link with Dub-

lin, something the company hopes to preserve. They will continue to sponsor the annual “Dr Pepper, Texas” birthday celebration held each June, which brings about 80,000 visitors to the Erath County town. “Dublin Dr Pepper is what held us together, and I don’t believe that there is any citizen in this town that would not support them just because of this decision that came down,” Dublin Mayor Becky Norris said.

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BEEVILLE — Bill Grigsby died Jan. 12, 2012. He was 75. Services are pending with Galloway & Sons Funeral Home. Minnie R. Hamilton

PREMONT — Minnie R. Hamilton died Jan. 14, 2012. She was 89. Services will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 17 at Premont Cemetery. Funeraria del Angel Howard Williams, Falfurrias Debbra Howe

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Brad Kieschnick, 29 of Dallas, Texas died Wednesday, Januar y 11, 2012 after a skiing accident in Riudoso, New Mexico. Memorial services will be held in New Braunfels, Texas at Zoeller Chapel at 3:00 p.m., on Sunday January 15, 2012. Brad Kieschnick was born June 6, 1982 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Adriane Strait Kieschnick and dog Honey; his parents: Michael and Sandy Kieschnick, and his siblings and their spouses: Brooks (Danielle) Kieschnick, Kelley (Travis) Hellums, Kristan (Andy) Laplante, and Bart Kieschnick; grandparents: LeeRoy and Belle Kieschnick and Nelda Standard; seventeen aunts and uncles; twenty-four cousins; five nieces and nephews and countless loving friends. He played football and graduated from Southern Methodist University. He was continuing his education at Texas Tech University to become a Petroleum Engineer. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Brad’s honor to the Wounded Warrior Project. We know he will be with us forever, protecting us, just as he always has. We love you Big Boy. Arrangements are entrusted to: Zoeller Funeral Home 615 Landa St. New Braunfels,Texas 78130 830-625-2349

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France in 2005. Since then, 18 patients have shown “promising results,” the study said. The study also weighed in on early concerns that the donor’s facial identity would be transferred to the recipient. “It is our subjective opinion, as well as that of two of the donor families, that the patients do not look like their donors,” the study concluded. (The third donor family chose to remain anonymous and did not participate in the study.)

than years of reconstructive surgery, the study said. The Department of Defense funded the transplants though a $3.4 million grant with the hope of offering the procedures to wounded soldiers. Wiens was the only patient of the first three surgeries done in the U.S. who did not suffer an acute rejection of the transplant within the first six months, though all suffered infections. The first full face transplant was performed in

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Holt Caterpillar selling heavy equipment throughout South Texas and eventually becoming an owner with Pete Holt in Maquinaria Holt, a company located in Weslaco and Victoria Texas, which sold used heavy equipment and parts in Mexico and South Texas. Bill Jr., was an Episcopalian from birth and active in the church as a lay person and member of the clergy. While a lay person, he completed EFM (Education for Ministry), a four year program from Sewanee University. After retiring from his heavy equipment business, Bill Jr., underwent addiGARZA tional training and was accepted San Diego, Texas into the initial Canon 11 proDiamantina Salinas Garza, gram for candidates for the known to family and friends as Episcopal priesthood. He was Tina, lived a wonderful life, al- ordained into the diaconate of ways surrounded by family and the Episcopal Church in the Diofriends passed away in Corpus cese of West Texas on March Christi on January 13, 2012 af- 25, 1988. After passing examter a short illness. She was 85. inations he was ordained a She was born and raised in priest in the Episcopal Church Benavides, Texas. She married on September 13, 1988. He Cutberto Garza and moved to served as Vicar at St. James San Diego. Tina and her hus- Episcopal Church Hallettsville, band were blessed with two chil- Texas. At that same time Bill dren. She always was known Jr., was a priest in the Partners as a wonderful cook, one who in Ministry program, serving loved to entertain and always Episcopal churches in Goliad, had something on the stove for Cuero, Yoakum, Port Lavaca, visitors, neighbors and almost Kenedy, and Edna. In 2004 Bill anyone who came to her door. Jr., and Gwen moved to FredeShe widowed at a very young ricksburg, Texas where Bill Jr. age, 32. Her role as single par- was assistant rector at St. Barent shifted her focus, concen- nabas Episcopal Church. In adtrating all her energies to raising dition to being a priest, Bill Jr., and educating her two children, served the Diocese of West Cutber to and Cecilia. She Texas on the Small Church worked 7 days a week and long Task Force, Board of Examining hours in a small grocery store and meat market on Highway 44 Chaplains, the Discernment that had been started by her fa- Committee, the Diocesan Eduther-in-law. Everyone knew the cation for Ministry Coordinator chatty blue-eyed lady at the and a trustee for the Episcopal counter. She was always gen- Church Corporation, as well as erous and giving to townspeo- mentor for other EFM students. ple. She financed her t wo He was fluent in Spanish and children’s education at Baylor conducted the first Spanish lanUniversity and helped her son guage Cursillo in the Diocese of through medical studies at Bay- West Texas. Bill Jr., and Gwen lor College of Medicine and a lived and had many friends in PhD at the Massachusetts Insti- several cities in South Texas intute of Technology. Tina was cluding Portland, Weslaco and blessed with five grandchildren Victoria. Bill Jr., enjoyed restorwhom she visited often in Texas ing Jeeps and vintage Ford and the Northeast. She eventu- Thunderbirds, playing the accorally moved to Corpus Christi to dion, piano and harmonica, and be near family. She continued collecting coins, antique toys, to welcome people to her new and Aladdin Kerosene Lamps. home with the enthusiasm fami- He was a stockholder in the ly and friends had grown to ex- Aladdin Mantle Lamp Company. pect. She loved bingo, card Bill Jr., was a long-time, active games and visiting her sisters in member of Rotary International, El Paso. She traveled to Eu- serving as president of the Sunrope, enjoyed Las Vegas (but rise Club in Victoria, Texas and always assured family she went as a member of the Frederickfor the “shows”) and often went sburg Morning Rotary Club. He North to visit Cutberto and his was awarded multiple Paul Harfamily. Throughout her difficult ris Fellows and was presented bout with Alzheimer’s she never the Distinguished Lifetime Serlost her sense of humor, gener- vice Award. Bill Jr., listened inous spirit, and gregarious per- tently with understanding and sonality. We will miss Tina with acceptance and gently shared his wisdom with those around the blue eyes and big heart. She is preceded in death by her him. He was filled with an inparents: Jesus and Elvira Ca- credible wealth of knowledge in nales Salinas; her husband, myriad disciplines. He was a Cutberto Garza, Sr.; two broth- mentor spiritually and practically ers: Romeo and Antonio Salinas to family, friends, Boy Scouts, and one sister, Barbara Gonza- and other countless people that lez; survivors include one son, crossed his path. Cutberto (Yolanda C.) Garza of Bill Jr., was preceded in death Boston, MA.; one daughter, Ce- by, Gwen, his wife of 55 years cilia (Randy) Fuentes of Corpus and his parents. Christi, Texas; two sisters: Elvi- Bill Jr., and Gwen are survived ra (Orlando) Garza and Clodin by their children: Wendy D. Norris both of El Paso, Texas; Schneider (Rob) of Dripping five grandchildren: Luis Andres Springs, Bill Dugat III (Kathy) of Garza of Baltimore, Maryland, Austin, and Suzanne D. MarCarlos Daniel Garza of Burling- shall (Mike) of Pensacola, Floriton,Vermont, Ariel Abran Garza da; seven grandsons: Davis of Mountain View, CA., Leah Schneider, Thad Schneider, Will Fuentes and Sara Fuentes both Dugat (Susan), Josh Dugat, Ben of Washington,D.C.; three great- Marshall, Sam Marshall, and grandchildren: Mariana, Mateo, Luke Marshall; his sister, Diana and Nicola Garza all of Balti- Braly of Beeville, and a brothermore, Maryland, numerous niec- in-law, Durward Jolley (Sherry) of Seguin. es and nephews. Visitation will be held from 4:00 Funeral services for Rev. Dugat p.m. to 9:00 p.m., on Sunday, will be 10:30 A.M., Saturday, January 15, 2012 at Mauro P. January 21, 2012 in St. BarnaGarcia Funeral Home of San bas Episcopal Church. Diego with a Rosary recited at Memorial contributions may be made to Boy Scout Troop 137 of 6:00 p.m., that evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Fredericksburg, Rotary Internaat 10:00 a.m., Monday, January tional, Dugat Scholarship at St. 16, 2012 at St. Francis De Pau- Barnabas, or the charity of one’s la Catholic Church and burial choice. will follow at the San Diego Ce- Online condolences may be left metery with Father Epifanio offi- at www.fredericksburg-funerals.com. ciating the services. In Lieu of flowers, donations can Arrangements under the direcbe made to the National Alzhei- tion of: Fredericksburg Funeral Home mer’s Association. P O Box 2883 Condolences for the family may Fredericksburg, Tx 78624 be left on our website 830-997-9212 www.mauropgarcia.com. Arrangements are entrusted to:

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Lydia Longoria, 80, passed away on January 12, 2012 with her family by her side. She was preceded in death by her son, Guilebaldo Longoria III. Lydia was a member of the Trio Group, Las Gotondrina. She sang in countless events around the city. People loved to hear her sing and play her guitar. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Lydia leaves behind to cherish her memories, her husband of 57 years, Guilevaldo Longoria, children, Anna Lisa Longoria, Ricardo Longoria and Leticia Simmons, four grandchildren, Gabriel Longoria, Stephan Moreno, Samantha Simmons and Amanda Lyn Simmons and two sisters, Carmen Mireles and Gloria Gonzales. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 15, 2012 from 1:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at Cor pus Christi Funeral Home with a Rosary to be held at 7:00 P.M. that same evening. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at Christ the King Catholic Church with interment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park. To view tribute please visit www.corpuschristifh.com.

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Edward L. Massman, age 92, passed away on January 14, 2012. Edward was born on December 10, 1919 to Abraham E. Massman and Ber tha Blum Massman. He graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Massman founded two successful companies: Coastal Vendors, Inc., and Chuckwagon Catering, both in Corpus Christi. He will always be remembered for his service in the community and devotion to family. Edward Massman was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Roslyne. Mr. Massman is survived by his two children: Gordon Massman and his wife, Patricia Corley, and daughter, Marilyn Chapman and her husband, Larry Chapman; and his grandchildren: Laura Pendleton, Allan LesterMassman, Darren Chapman, and Bradley Chapman; he is also survived by his sister, Sophie Mendell and five greatgrandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives. One brother, Irwin Massman preceded him in death. A Funeral Service will be held at Seaside Memorial Chapel on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 12:00 P.M., Interment to follow at Seaside Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of your choice. To view tribute please visit www.seasidefuneral.com.

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Captain Craig L. Reynolds, USN (retired) lost his hard-fought battle with cancer on January 12, 2012. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut on November 6, 1943 and moved with his family to Florida in the early 1950’s. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida State University and also graduated from the National War College in Washington, D.C. He proudly served as a Naval Aviator in the United States Navy. His commands included Helicopter Antis u b m a r i n e S q u a d ro n F I V E (HS-5), Helicopter fleet replacement squadron ONE (HS-1), Helicopter Anti-Submarine Wing ONE and Naval Air Station, Corpus Chr isti, Texas. His last years in the Navy were spent serving on the staffs of the Chief Staffs of Naval Operations (OP-05), Naval Air Training (N-5) and as Chief of Staff for the Naval District of Washington DC. After his naval career, Craig entered the business world and became the Director of Human Resources for the Sam Kane Beef Processing Plant in Corpus Christi. Craig was preceded in death by his sister Carol Roberts and a grandson Clinton Ryan Miller. He is survived by his loving wife Cindie Crane Reynolds , six children and their spouses: Scott and (Tracie) Reynolds; David Reynolds; Sean and (Tara) Reynolds; Reecie and (Troy) Fruge; Ryan Rogers; and Clint and (Tiffany) Rogers. He also is survived by four grandchildren; Other survivors include his pare n t s, G e o rg e a n d V i rg i n i a Reynolds, brother, John Reynolds, and his wife, Anne, along with many family members and friends. He especially enjoyed the experiences he had as he taught Sunday School. His life stands as a testimony of his faith, hope, courage and service to his God, family and country. Craig enjoyed an active part in the local community and was a past-President of the local USO and Cor pus Chr isti Navy League boards. He served a volunteer member of boards of the Volunteer Center of the Coastal Bend, the Search for Truth Mission, and the City of Corpus Christi Ethics Commission. The family of Craig Reynolds would like to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Sam Kane family, the N u e c e s Po w e r E q u i p m e n t (NPE) family and their employees for their continuous support and generosity over the past year. The devotion displayed by these two companies will forever be remembered. Visitation will be held Sunday, Januar y 15, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Cage Mills Funeral Directors, 4901 Everhart Rd, Corpus Christi, Texas. Burial service will be with full military honors at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery, 9974 Interstate Highway 37 access road, Cor pus Chr isti, Texas on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 9:00 a.m., all are welcome. A “Celebration of Life” service will be held Monday, January 16, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 3115 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas. Craig served as a board member for the Search for Truth Mission and its ministries, 709 Waco Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401. He also enthusiastically suppor ted the m i n i s t r i e s o f Fi rs t B a p t i s t Church, 3115 Ocean Dr., Corpus Christi, Texas 78404-1614. Memorial donations in Craig’s memory to either or both of these organizations would be appreciated. To offer your condolances visit us at www.cage-mills.com

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Jesus Villarreal Jr.. The heart of a sweet gentle man stopped beating on January 13, 2012, after a 22-year battle with heart disease, though his memory will live on in the lives of his family, whom he dearly loved. Jesus Villarreal Jr., “Mr. V” as many called him was born in Corpus Christi, TX., August 20, 1933, to Jesus Villarreal and Lilly Villarreal-Villarreal. He lived his entire life in Corpus Christi, other than when he served in the United States Marine Corps from age 17 to 19, having joined the armed forces in part to help his mom, who had become a single mother by then. Semper Fi. Jesus was married to Esther Ramirez Villarreal for 55 happy and fulfilling years. He was the father of Dolores Singleterry and her husband, Sam of Robstown, Roger Villarreal of Corpus Christi, Armida Gomez and her husband, Abel of New Braunfels, Margie Botello of Frisco, TX., and Jesse Villarreal and his wife, Nikki of North Richland Hills, TX.; he wa s a gra n d fa t h e r to n i n e grandchildren and five great grandchildren; Jesus was the brother of Arturo Villarreal and his wife, Mamie, of Cor pus Christi, and six sisters: the late Mary Barrera of Newark, Ca., Dora Blomquist of Corpus Christi, Beatrice Chacon of Killeen, Lydia V. Gutierrez of Corpus Christi, Rita Perez and her husband, Reynaldo of Robstown, and Julia Hinojosa and her husband, Ramon of Corpus Christi; he was also beloved “Uncle Chuy” to a host of nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. Early in his marriage, Jesus worked up to three jobs to provide for his family so his wife could stay home to take care of their children. He was a helicopter transmission mechanic at CCAD for 28 years, having won many awards and achieving the grade of W10 Journeyman Mechanic. He was a jack-of-alltrades, always looking for ways to make his wife’s life easier and comfortable, and his children happy. He took great pride in his backyard, where three generations of his children have enjoyed all kinds of outdoor activities for over three decades. He also hand crafted many toys for his family, such as a go-kart that went through many model updates through the generations. Jesus loved to tinker and repair all kinds of things – his motto was, “Man made it, man can fix it”. He also loved fishing and woodworking, and was known for making birdhouses out of old fence wood, many of which hang in yards around the state of Texas. Jesus was a faithful follower of Christ, who read his Bible daily and did his best to serve others, once even taking communion to an elderly church member before tending to his own medical needs, having to drive himself directly to the ER. He attended Norton St. Church of Christ for over 25 years, and l a t e r a tt e n d e d We b e r R d . Church of Christ. Jesus was a great source of pride to his family, as we loved him very much, following his example of his love for us. We rejoice in his going home to heaven, and want to thank all the health profession-

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Sunday, January 15, 2012 ■ Weekend anglers sometimes are

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Sports

It’s great to be Baylor

■ Small school has

Heisman, two 16-0 basketball teams

By Stephen Hawkins Associated Press

WACO — Robert Griffi n III is leaving Baylor for the NFL after winning the school’s only Heisman Trophy to go along with plenty of records after the second 10-win season in Bears’ history. Both the men’s and women’s

basketball teams are 16-0, making Baylor the only Division I school still without a loss on the hardwood. Along with Griffin and the football team winning their last six games, capped by the first bowl victory for the Bears since 1992, that’s a 38-0 record since the start of November in the three major sports at the Big 12’s smallest and only private university. “I think some things that happened this year almost go beyond imagination,” athletic director Ian McCaw said. “It’s been really an unprecedented ride, I think, in the

Robert Griffin III helped lead a program that had never had a winning record as a Big 12 football member to consecutive bowl games.

history of college athletics.” Or as Griffin put it: “Obviously something special.” The incredible heights reached by the Bears are even more amazing considering the past two summers were filled with questions about the Big 12’s future and whether Baylor would still have a major conference to call home. “We had two summers of terrible instability. What we do have now is great stability in the Big 12,” Baylor President Ken Starr said.

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■ Women had

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the edges and what they do, so that makes them even more difficult. I think Ray, as great a player as he is, he even gets a step better on that turf running the ball.” Kubiak speaks from experience. He watched Rice run for 101 yards in October, helping Baltimore roll to a

After Saturday night’s women’s basketball game, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi players were looking for a spot to celebrate in the American Bank Center. The Islanders lingered at midcourt before making a beeline toward the band to do their “CC” victory chant. Forgive them — and the almost bare student section where the chant usually takes place — for the confusion. It has been a while. A&M-Corpus Christi blew a 19-point secondhalf lead but pulled ahead in the final two minutes from a place where they haven’t been successful of late — the free-throw line. The Islanders hit eight of 10 free throws in the final 2 minutes, four seconds in nipping Southeastern Louisiana 78-73, ending an 18-game regular-season Southland Conference losing streak. It was a crucial victory on many fronts in ending the slide, which dates back to March 6, 2010. It gives A&M-Corpus Christi (5-11, 1-2) the tiebreaker edge against SLU (5-10, 0-2) with a victory in the only meeting between the teams this season. More importantly, it gets a monkey off the team’s back. Eighteen games for those keeping count. Two games if going by Islanders coach Robert Robinson’s standards. “The 0-2 losing streak?

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Ravens running back Ray Rice runs for a 70-yard touchdown in the first half of their game against the Bengals on Jan. 1 in Cincinnati.

ADDED ADVANTAGE

■ Ravens hope playing at home gives them edge over Texans By David Ginsburg Associated Press

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens were perfect at home during the regular season and a .500 team on the road, which explains why they were so desperate to host at least one playoff game this month. There are many theories

as to why the Ravens are so much better at home. Familiarity with their surroundings? Check. The noise generated by their 71,000 supportive fans? Absolutely. The Sportexe synthetic turf at M&T Bank Stadium? Say what? According to Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak, whose team faces Baltimore

AFC PLAYOFFS Who: Texans (11-6) vs. Ravens (12-4) Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore Time: Noon TV: CBS

today in the second round of the AFC playoffs, the

Ravens will have the advantage of playing before a boisterous home crowd and on a field that’s seemingly custom-made for Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice. “First off, the noise obviously is tough. But they get even better on that turf,” Kubiak said. “To me, they get even quicker coming off the edges and setting

Every game is like a playoff game now so we’ve got to keep going and battling.” Anthony Stolarz, IceRays goalie

IceRays looking to end weekend with a sweep ■ Team has won 3

straight; defense, goal play lead way By Greg Rajan rajang@caller.com 361-886-3747

At an important juncture in their season, the IceRays appear to be trending upward. Corpus Christi hosts the Texas Tornado in a matinee tilt today at the American Bank Center, with the IceRays looking to push their winning streak to four games. The two most recent victories during that run came into the season’s most critical contests to date. Friday’s victory capped a two-game sweep of Odessa that pushed the IceRays (17-16-2, 36

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points) seven points ahead of the Jackalopes for the final playoff spot in the North American Hockey League’s South Division entering Saturday’s action. “It’s a great feeling because they’re behind us in the standings,” goalie Anthony Stolarz said. “Every game is like a playoff game now so we’ve got to keep going and battling.” While a solid teamwide effort has led to holding opponents to See ICERAYS, 5C

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Spurs’ Tony Parker holds skills clinic San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker took a break from the NBA season to cheer on campers at the Tony Parker Skills Clinic on Saturday afternoon at Calallen High School. About 150 boys and girls ages 6-17 took part in the camp. Parker, who is averaging 15.9 points and 7.4 assists per game, and the Spurs play the Phoenix Suns at 8 p.m. today on ESPN. For more photos, please see Page 13C.


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Thorpe finishes 5th in final MELBOURNE, Australia — Five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe finished fifth in the 200-meter freestyle at the Victorian state championships on Saturday, his best result since coming out of a five-year retirement in a bid to swim at the London Games. The 29-year-old Australian improved marginally on his morning heat time, finishing in 1 minute, 50.79 seconds, about 2.5 seconds behind winner Jarrod Killey. Thorpe’s old world record in the

distance and his personal best was 1:44.06 set in 2001, a mark which stood for nearly six years. On Friday, Thorpe missed the 100-meter freestyle final after finishing with the 13th-best time in the heats. S k ii n g

Merighetti edges Vonn for win CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy — Italian veteran Daniela Merighetti earned the first World Cup victory of her career Saturday despite a broken left thumb, with Lindsey Vonn the runnerup in one of the season’s biggest downhills.

Merighetti was timed in 1 minute, 33.17 seconds on the Olympia delle Tofane course before her home fans on a day when wind slowed the favorites. Vonn, the overall World Cup leader, was 0.21 seconds behind. Defending overall champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany was third, 0.40 back. The 3 0 -ye a r- old Merighetti had only one previous top-three finish — second in a giant slalom in Are, Sweden, nine years ago. She’s also had three fourth-place finishes. On a clear and sunny day and the snow in perfect condition, shifting winds picked up just as the top-ranked skiers started

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N. Iowa 79, Illinois St. 73 Notre Dame 76, Cincinnati 50 Oakland 67, IPFW 47 S. Dakota St. 75, UMKC 62 Toledo 49, N. Illinois 47 Valparaiso 58, Butler 53 W. Illinois 82, S. Utah 70 Wichita St. 53, Missouri St. 51 Wright St. 75, Milwaukee 72, OT SOUTHWEST Cent. Arkansas 84, Northwestern St. 43 Kansas St. 62, Texas Tech 61 Lamar 68, Texas-Arlington 52 Oklahoma St. 66, Oklahoma 63 Sam Houston St. 67, Nicholls St. 46 Southern U. 81, Ark.-Pine Bluff 62 TCU 79, Colorado St. 71 UALR 64, Arkansas St. 57 UTSA 50, Stephen F. Austin 46 FAR WEST Arizona 58, Oregon St. 56 Arizona St. 53, Oregon 49 BYU 62, San Diego 53 Boise St. 81, Air Force 75 Cal St.-Fullerton 67, CS Bakersfield 58 Fresno St. 85, Nevada 67 Idaho St. 78, Sacramento St. 57 Montana 77, Weber St. 70 Montana St. 77, N. Arizona 65 New Mexico St. 61, Idaho 47 Pepperdine 67, Santa Clara 57 Portland 78, San Francisco 76 San Diego St. 66, UNLV 62, OT Southern Cal 47, UCLA 43

Chicago 0 1 1 0—2 Detroit 2 0 0 1—3 First Period—1, Detroit, Holmstrom 7 (White, Datsyuk), 12:56 (pp). 2, Detroit, Bertuzzi 7 (Datsyuk, White), 16:10. Second Period—3, Chicago, Shaw 3 (Leddy), 14:54. Third Period—4, Chicago, J.Toews 23 (Hossa, Keith), 19:08. Overtime—5, Detroit, Bertuzzi 8 (V.Filppula, Lidstrom), 4:21. Shots on Goal—Chicago 4-7-16-0—27. Detroit 21-8-5-9—43. Goalies—Chicago, Crawford. Detroit, Howard. A—20,066 (20,066). T—2:27.

Slovenia’s Maze gets OK on underwear CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy — Fashion alert: Tina Maze’s long underwear is just fine. After the Slovenian skier finished second in a superG in Bad Kleinkircheim, Austria, last weekend the Swiss team protested. It contended the plastic level exceeded International Ski Federation rules, giving her an aerodynamic edge. The federation said Saturday “air permeability rules were fulfilled” during a test of the one-piece undergarment. Associated Press

Houston Rockets (713-627-3865) today

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other ticket information Corpus Christi Hammerheads 814-7277 Dallas Cowboys 817-892-8688 Houston Astros 713-259-8000

Texas Rangers University of Texas Texas A&M

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On Television TODAY BASKETBALL 11:30 a.m. College women: Kansas at Missouri FSN 1 p.m. College women: Temple at Dayton ESPN2 1:30 p.m. College women: Baylor at Texas FSN 3 p.m. College women: Ohio State at Michigan State ESPN2 3 p.m. High school: Brewster (N.H.) vs. Tilton School (N.H.) ESPN 3:30 p.m. College: Indiana at Ohio State CBS 3:30 p.m. College women: California at Utah FSN 8 p.m. NBA: Suns at Spurs ESPN, FSN FOOTBALL Noon NFL playoffs: Texans at Ravens CBS 3:30 p.m. NFL playoffs: Giants at Packers FOX GOLF 8 a.m. European PGA: Joburg Open - final round Golf Channel 6 p.m. PGA: Sony Open - final round Golf Channel HOCKEY 6 p.m. NHL: Rangers at Canadiens VERSUS MOTORSPORTS 12:30 a.m. Dakar Rally: Pisco to Lima, Peru VERSUS TENNIS 5:30 p.m. Australian Open - first round ESPN2 2 a.m. Australian Open - first round ESPN2 MONDAY BASKETBALL Noon 2:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. TENNIS 8 p.m. 2 a.m.

NBA: Bulls at Grizzlies College: Louisville at Marquette College: Texas A&M at Missouri College women: North Carolina at UConn College: Pittsburgh at Syracuse NBA: Thunder at Celtics College: Baylor at Kansas NBA: Mavericks at Lakers NHL: Stars at Blues

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Australian Open - first round Australian Open - first round

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TUESDAY BASKETBALL 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m. HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. TENNIS 8 p.m. 2 a.m.

College: Michigan State at Michigan College: Georgetown at DePaul NBA: Spurs at Heat College: Arkansas at Kentucky NHL: Predators at Rangers Australian Open - second round Australian Open - second round

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Wednesday BASKETBALL 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m. 9:30 p.m. HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. TENNIS 10 p.m. 2 a.m.

College: Cincinnati at UConn NBA: Spurs at Magic NBA: Blazers at Hawks College: Texas at Kansas State NBA: Mavericks at Clippers NHL: Sabres at Blackhawks Australian Open - second round Australian Open - second round

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College: Wake Forest at Duke College: Vanderbilt at Alabama NBA: Lakers at Heat College: North Carolina at Virginia Tech College: Illinois at Penn State NBA: Mavericks at Jazz College: UCLA at Oregon State European PGA: Volvo Champions - first round PGA: Humana Challenge - first round Australian Open - third round Australian Open - third round

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FRIDAy BASKETBALL 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. GOLF 8 a.m. 2 p.m. 5:30 p.m. HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. TENNIS 8 p.m. 2 a.m.

NBA: Lakers at Magic NBA: Kings at Spurs NBA: Timberwolves at Clippers European PGA: Volvo Champions - second round PGA: Humana Challenge - second round Champions: Mitsubishi Electric Championship College: Michigan at Notre Dame Australian Open - third round Australian Open - third round

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Golf LADIES PLAYDAY at Padre Isles CC First flight: 1, Linda Seaquist 26.5; 2, Betty Hudson 28. Second flight: 1, Alice Shaw 23; 2 (tie), Anita Brown, Sarah Dyer 28. Closest to pin: Brown, Christine Harms; chip-in: Hudson 2; birdies: Seaquist 2; low putts: Hudson 27. MEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION at NorthShore CC First flight: 1, Craig Crawford, Danny Anderson; 2, Chuck McKinny, Josh McKinny; 3, Steve Robeau, Mark Carter. Second flight: 1, Fermin Munoz, Robert Fox; 2, Chris French, Ben Polasek; 3, Eddie Carbia, Felix Ramirez.

High schools Girls basketball Friday’s game SKIDMORE-TYNAN 62, REFUGIO 44 S-T 14 20 12 16­—62 Refugio 8 10 6 20—44 Skidmore-Tynan – Zack Mengers 19, Zeke Huerta 14, Eric Schuemaker 13, Brandon East 11, Erasmo Huerta 5. Refugio – J. Durst 10, B. Davis 8, M. Franklin 6, T. Nash 5, J. Franklin 5, A. Friar 5, L. Myers 3, J.B. Brown 2. 3-pointers – S-T, East 1; Refugio, B. Davis 2, J. Durst 1, T. Nash 1, J. Franklin 1, A. Friar 1. Records: S-T 18-5, 5-0; Refugio, 2-3. BEN BOLT 31, LA VILLA 10 La Villa 0 2 3 5—10 Ben Bolt 9 5 9 8—31 Ben Bolt- Alexa Gonzalez 14, Danielle Cadena 2, Krystal De Leon 1, Rianna Rios 2, Kim Stehle 4, Jezlee De Los Santos 8 La Villa- A. Hinojosa 1, B. Segura 2, G. Contreras 3, T. Cardoza 2, A. Galvez 2 Records: Ben Bolt 9-11, 3-0; La Villa 1-1 district.

Boys Soccer At ALICE TOURNAMENT Championship: Victoria East 1, G-P 1 (Victoria East wins shootout 3-1) Third-place: St. Augustine 2, T-M 1 Consolation: Carroll 2, Alice 1 Flour Bluff 1, John Paul 0 Kingsville 1, Miller 0 Alice 3, Beeville 2 Carroll 2, Ray 0 Victoria East 3, St. Augustine 0 G-P 0, T-M 0 (G-P wins shootout 5-4) John Paul 2, Miller 2 (Miller wins shootout 2-1) Flour Bluff 4, Kingsville 0 Ray 1, Beeville 0 All-tournament team – MVP: Cole Fimbel, Victoria East; Victoria East: Joel Gonzales, Casey Brown, Eric Mansker, Ricky Stratmann; G-P: Joseph Chavez, Jorge Rodriguez, Logan Flores, Jordan Mandujano; St. Augustine: Peter Malumba, Adrian Garza, Abinael Garza; Carroll: Chris Alejos, Andy Robin; Alice: Shane Myers; T-M: Joe Segura; Flour Bluff: Spencer Roberts.

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NCAA Basketball FAVORITE LINE at Ohio St. 12 Georgetown 5½ N. Iowa 9 at Butler 8 at Valparaiso Pk at Missouri St. 9 at Denver 15 at Maryland 1½ Minnesota 1½ Duke 9 at Wisconsin 16 at Washington 10½ at Creighton 15½ Wichita St. 6 at Drake 2 UCLA 1½ at Niagara 6½ at Canisius 2 at Iona 13

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men’s scores EAST American U. 67, Holy Cross 54 Army 75, Navy 62 Boston College 61, Virginia Tech 59 Boston U. 61, Stony Brook 55 Bucknell 79, Lafayette 65 Dartmouth 83, Longwood 67 Duquesne 78, Rhode Island 71 Harvard 69, George Washington 48 LIU 106, Monmouth (NJ) 86 Lehigh 78, Colgate 56 Mount St. Mary’s 64, Bryant 60 NJIT 95, Cobleskill 57

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New Hampshire 72, Vermont 65 Northeastern 64, William & Mary 50 St. Francis (NY) 62, Fairleigh Dickinson 51 St. Francis (Pa.) 74, Quinnipiac 71 UMass 71, Saint Joseph’s 62 VCU 68, Delaware 55 West Virginia 84, Rutgers 60 Yale 68, Brown 64 SOUTH Auburn 69, Mississippi 68, 2OT Bethune-Cookman 82, SC State 76 Campbell 74, Gardner-Webb 68 Cent. Arkansas 77, Northwestern St. 73 Coastal Carolina 81, Presbyterian 63 Coppin St. 83, Hampton 66 Davidson 83, Appalachian St. 79 ETSU 72, Jacksonville 58 Florida St. 90, North Carolina 57 Furman 58, W. Carolina 55 Georgia St. 57, Towson 42 Kentucky 65, Tennessee 62 Louisville 76, DePaul 59 MVSU 85, Alcorn St. 66 Mississippi St. 56, Alabama 52 NC A&T 70, Howard 65 NC State 76, Wake Forest 40 Norfolk St. 90, Morgan St. 89, 2OT North Texas 68, Louisiana-Monroe 55 Old Dominion 69, Hofstra 61 Saint Louis 68, Charlotte 67 Sam Houston St. 75, Nicholls St. 65 Samford 81, Chattanooga 70 Southern Miss. 59, UAB 55 Tulsa 70, East Carolina 67 Vanderbilt 77, Georgia 66 MIDWEST Akron 68, Ohio 63 Cincinnati 82, Villanova 78 E. Michigan 51, Ball St. 48 Green Bay 57, Wright St. 56 Ill.-Chicago 58, Loyola of Chicago 51 Iowa 75, Michigan 59 Kansas 82, Iowa St. 73 Marquette 62, Pittsburgh 57 Missouri 84, Texas 73 N. Illinois 74, Cent. Michigan 66 Northwestern 81, Michigan St. 74 UConn 67, Notre Dame 53 W. Michigan 74, Toledo 52 Xavier 77, St. Bonaventure 64 SOUTHWEST Baylor 106, Oklahoma St. 65 Oklahoma 82, Kansas St. 73 Southern U. 69, Ark.-Pine Bluff 68 Texas A&M 67, Texas Tech 54 Texas St. 82, McNeese St. 73 Texas-Arlington 91, Lamar 82 FAR WEST Air Force 74, Boise St. 59 New Mexico 72, Wyoming 62 Oregon 59, Arizona 57 San Diego St. 69, UNLV 67 San Francisco 78, Pepperdine 63 Stanford 84, Colorado 64

Football nfl playoffs glance Wild-Card Houston 31, Cincinati 10 New Orleans 45, Detroit 28 New York Giants 24, Atlanta 2 Denver 29, Pittsburgh 23, OT Divisional Playoffs Saturday’s Games San Francisco 36, New Orleans 32 New England 45, Denver 10 Sunday’s games Houston at Baltimore, noon N.Y. Giants at Green Bay, 3:30 p.m. Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 22 TBD

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NHL glance EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA N.Y. Rangers 41 27 10 4 58 118 86 Philadelphia 42 26 12 4 56 142 124 New Jersey 44 25 17 2 52 121 125 43 22 17 4 48 128 113 Pittsburgh N.Y. Islanders 41 15 20 6 36 98 129 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 40 28 11 1 57 148 77 45 24 15 6 54 143 144 Ottawa Toronto 43 22 16 5 49 137 134 Buffalo 43 19 19 5 43 110 125 43 16 20 7 39 110 119 Montreal Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Florida 43 21 14 8 50 110 120 Washington 42 23 17 2 48 123 123 Winnipeg 44 20 19 5 45 113 128 Tampa Bay 43 17 22 4 38 118 150 Carolina 45 15 23 7 37 118 150 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 45 26 13 6 58 146 130 Detroit 44 28 15 1 57 141 103 St. Louis 43 25 12 6 56 112 92 Nashville 43 24 15 4 52 118 117 Columbus 43 12 26 5 29 105 145 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Vancouver 45 28 14 3 59 147 110 Minnesota 44 22 16 6 50 103 110 Colorado 46 24 20 2 50 119 128 Calgary 45 21 19 5 47 110 127 Edmonton 43 16 23 4 36 112 126 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA San Jose 40 24 11 5 53 118 94 Los Angeles 44 21 15 8 50 97 100 43 24 18 1 49 120 125 Dallas Phoenix 45 20 18 7 47 114 118 Anaheim 43 14 22 7 35 109 136 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss.

Women’s scores EAST Albany (NY) 60, Maine 48 American U. 61, Holy Cross 58 Boston U. 69, Stony Brook 34 CCSU 69, Wagner 57 Charlotte 61, George Washington 60 Fairleigh Dickinson 70, St. Francis (NY) 60 Fordham 69, Rhode Island 49 Hartford 63, Binghamton 41 La Salle 63, Xavier 51 Lehigh 85, Colgate 82, 2OT Monmouth (NJ) 67, LIU 57 Mount St. Mary’s 66, Bryant 61 Navy 58, Army 56 New Hampshire 69, Vermont 63, OT Providence 51, West Virginia 48 Quinnipiac 85, St. Francis (Pa.) 73 Richmond 73, UMass 54 Rutgers 71, Louisville 68, OT Sacred Heart 71, Robert Morris 64 Saint Joseph’s 42, Penn 34 South Florida 68, Seton Hall 49 St. Bonaventure 64, Saint Louis 52 UConn 72, Villanova 49 SOUTH Alabama A&M 65, Alabama St. 56 Belmont 65, Stetson 58 Charleston Southern 79, Radford 69 FIU 78, Louisiana-Lafayette 48 Florida A&M 55, Savannah St. 50 Florida Gulf Coast 76, Lipscomb 59 Hampton 76, Coppin St. 50 High Point 77, Campbell 65 Howard 65, NC A&T 57 Jackson St. 48, Prairie View 46 Jacksonville 70, ETSU 44 Jacksonville St. 74, Austin Peay 73 Kennesaw St. 75, Mercer 51 Liberty 82, Coastal Carolina 45 Longwood 72, NJIT 71 MVSU 66, Alcorn St. 58 McNeese St. 72, Texas St. 41 Md.-Eastern Shore 69, Delaware St. 56 Middle Tennessee 55, FAU 37 Morehead St. 68, E. Kentucky 58 Norfolk St. 76, Morgan St. 75 Presbyterian 54, Gardner-Webb 43 SC State 71, Bethune-Cookman 60 SC-Upstate 58, North Florida 57 SIU-Edwardsville 60, Tennessee St. 50 South Alabama 53, Troy 46 Texas Southern 54, Grambling St. 51 Winthrop 84, UNC Asheville 68 MIDWEST Akron 68, Kent St. 62 Bradley 79, Indiana St. 58 Cent. Michigan 84, Ball St. 66 Creighton 66, S. Illinois 59 Drake 67, Evansville 53 E. Illinois 73, SE Missouri 46 E. Michigan 84, W. Michigan 59 Green Bay 68, Detroit 59 IUPUI 72, Oral Roberts 48 Ill.-Chicago 77, Youngstown St. 68, OT Loyola of Chicago 85, Cleveland St. 67 N. Dakota St. 64, South Dakota 50

Friday’s Games Washington 4, Tampa Bay 3 Columbus 4, Phoenix 3 Buffalo 3, Toronto 2 Pittsburgh 4, Florida 1 Anaheim 5, Edmonton 0

Saturday’s Games

avalanche 2, stars 1

Colorado 1 0 1—2 Dallas 0 0 1—1 First Period—1, Colorado, Jones 9 (Stastny), 10:25. Second Period—None. Third Period—2, Dallas, Fiddler 6 (Dvorak, Nystrom), 5:26. 3, Colorado, Stastny 12 (Johnson, O’Reilly), 10:35 (pp). Shots on Goal—Colorado 7-12-4—23. Dallas 1-8-13—22. Goalies—Colorado, Giguere. Dallas, Lehtonen. A—15,838 (18,532). T—2:23.

red wings 3, black hawks 2

devils 2, jets 1

New Jersey 0 0 2—2 Winnipeg 1 0 0—1 First Period—1, Winnipeg, Ladd 15 (Oduya), 18:31. Second Period—None. Third Period—2, New Jersey, Foster 2 (Zubrus), 9:45. 3, New Jersey, Elias 16 (Larsson, Sykora), 12:43. Shots on Goal—New Jersey 7-9-8—24. Winnipeg 6-6-11—23. Goalies—New Jersey, Brodeur. Winnipeg, Pavelec. A—15,004 (15,015). T—2:24.

Sharks 2, Blue Jackets 1

San Jose 0 1 1—2 0 0 1—1 Columbus First Period—None. Second Period—1, San Jose, Clowe 9 (Couture, Burns), 14:59 (pp). Third Period—2, Columbus, Nash 16 (Nikitin, Vermette), 6:53. 3, San Jose, Marleau 17 (Pavelski, Boyle), 17:03. Shots on Goal—San Jose 16-11-6—33. Columbus 8-7-11—26. Goalies—San Jose, Greiss 6-4-0 (26 shots-25 saves). Columbus, Sanford 7-10-3 (33-31). A—16,582 (18,144). T—2:19.

Hurricanes 4, bruins 2

Boston 0 1 1—2 Carolina 0 1 3—4 First Period—None. Second Period—1, Boston, Bergeron 12 (J.Boychuk), 6:13. 2, Carolina, Dwyer 5 (Bra.Sutter), 10:30. Third Period—3, Boston, Lucic 16 (Krejci), 1:21. 4, Carolina, Faulk 4 (Brent), 13:58. 5, Carolina, Harrison 7, 18:30. 6, Carolina, E.Staal 11, 18:58 (en). Shots on Goal—Boston 11-12-12—35. Carolina 6-8-7—21. Goalies—Boston, Thomas 18-8-0 (20 shots-17 saves). Carolina, Ward 16-16-6 (35-33). A—18,680 (18,680). T—2:19.

late games N.Y. Rangers at Toronto Ottawa at Montreal Buffalo at N.Y. Islanders Minnesota at St. Louis Philadelphia at Nashville Los Angeles at Calgary

today’s Games Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, noon Carolina at Washington, 4 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Montreal, 6 p.m. San Jose at Chicago, 6 p.m. Los Angeles at Edmonton, 7 p.m. Anaheim at Vancouver, 8 p.m.

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Apia International At Olympic Park Tennis Centre Sydney, Australia Men’s Singles - Quarterfinals Denis Istomin, Uzbekistan, def. Richard Gasquet (3), France, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Jarkko Nieminen, Finland, def. Bobby Reynolds, United States, 6-3, 6-3. Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus, def. Juan Martin del Potro (1), Argentina, 7-6 (7), 6-4. Julien Benneteau, France, def. Alex Bogomolov Jr., Russia, 6-2, 6-4. Women’s Singles - Semifinals Li Na (4), China, def. Petra Kvitova (2), Czech Republic, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2. Victoria Azarenka (3), Belarus, def. Agnieszka Radwanska (7), Poland, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.

AAMI Classic At Kooyong Stadium Melbourne, Australia Purse: Exhibition Surface: Hard-Outdoor Championship Bernard Tomic, Australia, def. Mardy Fish, United States, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Third Place Jurgen Melzer, Austria, def. Gael Monfils, France, 6-3, 6-7 (10), 6-2. aTp Heineken Open At ASB Bank Tennis Centre Auckland, New Zealand Purse: $450,000 (WT250) Surface: Hard-Outdoor Singles - Championship David Ferrer (1), Spain, def. Olivier Rochus, Belgium, 6-3, 6-4. Doubles - Championship Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya, Austria, def. Frantisek Cermak, Czech Republic, and Filip Polasek (3), Slovakia, 6-3, 6-2.

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Moorilla Hobart International Hobart, Australia Surface: Hard-Outdoor Singles - Championship Mona Barthel, Germany, def. Yanina Wickmayer (1), Belgium, 6-1, 6-2.

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“We’re very thankful. ... Happily, that’s over.” Baylor fans have gone from being distraught and worried to having plenty to cheer about these days. Coach Kim Mulkey’s Lady Bears, led by 6-foot-8 junior phenom Brittney Griner and point guard Odyssey Sims, are the nation’s No. 1 team. They have won 33 consecutive games at home. The Lady Bears were the 2005 national champions and went to another Final Four in 2010. They made it to an NCAA regional final last season before losing to eventual national champion Texas A&M, which already had lost three times to the Lady Bears. The fourth-ranked men’s team is led by sophomore standout Perry Jones III, a projected NBA lottery pick last year who decided to come back and now leads the team in scoring. The men, who were in an NCAA regional final two years ago, have their highest ranking and longest

winning streak ever. This is a far, far cry from the bad old days just a few years ago. Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy was found dead on July 25, 2003, after he had gone missing for a month. Teammate Carlton Dotson eventually pleaded guilty to killing him, and the subsequent investigation uncovered drug use by players and illegal payments to players. Coach Dave Bliss was fired. All of that is slowly being forgotten. “We have an extraordinary amount of momentum right now,” said McCaw, who became AD in 2003 after the Dennehy tragedy. And it grows with every highlight play by Griffin, high-flying dunk by Jones or big block by Griner. Griffin is skipping his senior season and expects to be a top NFL draft pick in April after 41 games over four seasons at Baylor in which he set or tied 54 school records. He threw for 4,293 yards and 37 touchdowns with only six interceptions this season, and ran for 699 yards with 10 more TDs.

The fourth-ranked Baylor men’s team is led by sophomore standout Perry Jones III (center), a projected NBA lottery pick last year who decided to come back and play.

RG3 helped lead a program that had never had a winning record as a Big 12 football member to consecutive bowl games. The 10 wins this season matched the school record set in 1980, when Mike Singletary was a senior, and included the B first win ever by the Bears over Oklahoma when Griffin’s fourth TD pass was the game-winner with 8 seconds left. “But the climb isn’t over,” Griffin said. “Obviously you want to leave something better than you found it. And I can say that we’ve done that. But coach (Art) Briles is still here. The guys that have helped build this program are still here.” With the best quarterback in school history headed to the NFL, the returning quarterbacks are senior Nick Florence and sophomore Bryce Petty. The Bears had hoped to redshirt Florence this season, but he had to play the second half against Texas Tech in November after Griffin had concussionlike symptoms. The starter for seven games in 2009 after Griffin tore the ACL in his right knee, Florence was 9-of-12 passing for 151 yards and two touchdowns in his only game this season. Petty played in six games, but threw only four passes and had four rushing attempts. Asked how he expects his team to respond next season without Griffin, Briles said that was difficult to answer. “Like Robert mentioned, continue to climb and to drive. ... Robert has certainly led us to some special things,” Briles said. “But there’s still a lot more out there that we’re wanting to grasp.” Griner, like Griffin now in football, would be eligible for the WNBA draft if she chose to leave after this season. But Griner, whose 480 blocks are already No. 3 on the NCAA Division I career list, told The Associated

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Led by 6-foot-8 junior phenom Brittney Griner (42) and point guard Odyssey Sims, the Baylor Lady Bears are the nation’s No. 1 team. They have won 33 consecutive games at home.

Press this week that she hasn’t even thought about leaving Baylor early, and is focused on the chance to win two national titles. Baylor will lose its standing as the smallest and only private university when former Southwest Conference rival TCU joins the 10team Big 12 in July. TCU and

West Virginia are replacing Texas A&M and Missouri, who are going to the Southeastern Conference. Big 12 opponents may have something else new one of these days in Waco, too: There are preliminary plans for a new campus football stadium on the banks of the Brazos River.

“We still have a lot of work to do,” McCaw said. “But just like there is within the athletic program, the momentum of the success that we’ve had has really been something that’s captivated a lot of our donors and I think the interest in the stadium is at an all-time high.”

I think some things that happened this year almost go beyond imagination. It’s been really an unprecedented ride, I think, in the history of college athletics.”

Ian McCaw, Baylor University athletic director

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Jeff Maggert lines up his putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the Sony Open on Saturday.

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HONOLULU — Matt Every had a hard time sleeping on the lead going into the weekend at the Sony Open. He managed a 2-under 68 on Saturday, and goes into the final round tied with 47-year-old Jeff Maggert with a lot more at stake. Maggert played bogeyfree in relatively calm conditions at Waialae, making an eagle on the easy par-5 ninth for the second straight day, and shot a 66 to give himself a chance to win for the first time in nearly six years. They were at 12-under 198, two shots clear, but with more than a dozen players still in the hunt. Charles Howell III, who has had five finishes in the top five at the Sony Open, gave himself another opportunity with a 66. He was in the group at 10-under 200. Pebble Beach winner D.A. Points shot 64 and was another shot back, while the large group at 8-under 202 included Steve Stricker, trying to join Ernie Els in 203 as the only players to sweep the Hawaii events. The surprise was Maggert. Not only is he closing in on the 50-and-older Champions Tour, he finally took care of a bone spur in his right shoulder that has been bothering him the last few years. Maggert had surgery in June and had a medical exemption for part of this year, but he went to Q-school for a backup plan. It worked. He made it through Q-school for a little more security, and then built more momentum with a solid day. He

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had to scramble for par on the opening hole, and the rest of the day felt easy. Every, meanwhile, hasn’t had an easy time this week. He had an awkward interview with Golf Channel after his 64 on Friday, and his comments about an arrest on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge at the John Deere Classic in 2010 became a hot topic. “I’m just ready to get it over with,� he said. That’s not to suggest he’s dreading the final round. Every felt the nerves of protecting a two-shot lead in the third round, and said one reason he had trouble sleeping was that he had a lot to lose. He went long of the green at No. 2 to make bogey, and his round was close to getting away from him. His approach on the third hole flirted with the water down the left side and barely was safe. He chipped to 8 feet and made par. “If I miss that — 2 over after three — and then the next thing you know, I could have made another bogey and then it’s just kind of survival mode,� he said. But he steadied himself quickly, helped by a 30-foot birdie putt on the eighth and a two-putt birdie on the ninth that allowed him to regain control. What he couldn’t control was Maggert, who is starting to feel healthy again. Along with the shoulder, Maggert says he hasn’t felt right since he broke a rib early in 2007 during a snow skiing trip — but the injury didn’t

happen on the slopes. “It was afterwards, coming out of the grocery store,� he said. “True story. Tripped on the ice and fell and broke my rib on the curb.� The timing couldn’t have been worse. Maggert had won the St. Jude Classic in 2006 and was on the ski trip before going to Maui for the Tournament of Champions. He tried to play through the pain, and thinks it affected the technique in his swing. “I feel like it’s a lot better than it has been,� he said. The leaderboard is so bunched that Duffy Waldorf was walking up to the ninth green and saw that he was tied for 40th. He also noticed that he was only five shots out of the lead. “It’s such a good bunching of players, it was like, `Well, if I go make some more birdies, I might get back in it.’ And that’s what happened on the back side,� he said. Waldorf shot 31 on the back for a 66, and goes into the final day only three shots behind.

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Erik Compton made a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 70. Turns out he needed that to make the 54-hole cut on the number. The day before, he went birdie-eagle to make the 36-hole cut. Webb Simpson has not finished out of the top 10 since the Tour Championship. He goes into the final round in a tie for 61st. The par-5 ninth played to an average score of 4.15. It has yielded 38 eagles this week.

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ARLINGTON — Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan publicly acknowledged Saturday that the AL champions have had talks with free agent slugger Prince Fielder. Ryan described the discussions as “very preliminary.� Rangers officials, including Ryan, had an initial session Friday with Fielder and his agent Scott Boras. “We met (with Fielder and Boras) to try to get a true feel for where they are at this point in time in his free agency to try to see if we thought there might be something there that works for the Texas Rangers,� Ryan said. “It was very preliminary, and it’s very early in any type of negotiation process to even say if there’s anything that’s going to come of that or not.� Ryan, who didn’t elaborate further, was responding during a question-and-answer session with fans at the team’s annual winter FanFest. The meeting with Fielder, the 27-year-old first baseman, came at the same time Texas is in the closing stages of their 30-day negotiating window with Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish. It was unclear if the Rangers would be willing or able to sign both players to contracts. T he R a ngers last month bid a record $51.7 million under the posting system just to win the right to negotiate with the 25-year-old Darvish. Their negotiating period ends Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Rangers pay the posting fee only if they sign the 6-foot-5 pitcher. Ryan, the Hall of Fame pitcher, on Saturday reiterated his optimism that the Rangers will get Darvish signed. Ryan has said he was impressed by his first meeting with Darvish, who visited Texas last week before returning home to Japan. Fielder made $15. 55 million last season with Milwaukee, including a $50,000 bonus for starting the All-Star game, after signing a record single-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player last January. He hit .299 with 38 homers and 120 RBIs as the Brewers won the NL Central for their first division title since 1982, when they were still in the AL. A first-round pick by the Brewers in 2002, Fielder beca me t he youngest player in big league history to hit 50 homers in a season when he did it in 2007, and he’s appeared in all but one of Milwaukee’s games over

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Carpenter eager to get started ST. LOUIS — Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter is eager for the winter to wind up and spring training to start. Carpenter says it’s been a short offseason since St. Louis won the championship. He says he hasn’t watched any of the World Series on tape, including his victory in Game 7 over Texas. Carpenter signed autographs Saturday at the team’s annual fan gathering in St. Louis. The Cardinals begin spring training next month in Jupiter, Fla., with a reshaped team. Slugger Albert Pujols left for the Angels, manager Tony La Russa retired and ex-Cardinals catcher Mike Matheny took over in the dugout. Cu b s

Ricketts wants ‘issues’ settled CHICAGO — Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts hopes the sexual assault allegation against All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro gets settled soon. Ricketts had little to say Saturday at the Cubs Convention other than “we all hope it gets resolved as quickly as possible.� The 21-year-old Castro released a statement Friday saying he has cooperated with authorities investigating an allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman last fall. He has not been charged with a crime, and police have declined comment. His attorneys have said the allegations are baseless and a report surfaced that Castro had spoken with authorities this week after he returned to the United States. Castro did not speak to reporters on Friday, and he did not participate in his scheduled panel discussion on Saturday. He did, however, attend an autograph session.

Epstein not counting team out CHICAGO — For all the talk about the Chicago Cubs’ future, Theo Epstein isn’t ready to write them off for next season. The club’s new president of baseball operations says the Cubs just might surprise a few people even though there are some question marks on the roster and holes in the farm system. Epstein sees each sea-

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Isles men suffer road loss NCAA board postpones 67 55 stipend implementation HAMMOND, La. — Southeastern Louisiana used a 22-7 second-half run to pull away in a 67-55 victory over the Texas A&M–Corpus Christi men’s basketball team on Saturday night at the University Center. The Lions (7-8, 1-2 Southland) had four player score in double figures, led by DeShawn Patterson’s 14, as head coach Jim Yarbrough won his 200th career game. Myron Dempsey led the way for the Islanders (2-14, 1-3) with 12 points, while Chris HawkinsMast scored 11, his seventh straight game in double figures.

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As far as we’re concerned it’s an 0-2 slide for the two conference losses this year,” Robinson said with a smile. “But it’s still very important. You have to win your home games and now we have the tiebreaking edge against Southeastern come playoff-seeding time. So it was a huge win for us.” It was a huge victory psychologically as well. Robinson may not want to acknowledge last season — for many reasons that are understandable — but the strain of the streak, be it two or 18 games, was catching up with the team. “We all got to the point where we needed to start having fun out there,” said senior post Myeisha Myles, who scored a game-high 18 points, including a pair of key free throws in the final two minutes. “We took it too serious. We were on a downslide. We figured we needed to have fun and not be too tense and stressed about the whole game. Basketball’s a game. It’s supposed to be fun. It was just a lot of stress with what was

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The Islanders only lead of the night was at 1-0 and Southeastern Louisiana promptly went on a 17-3 run to take a commanding lead. The Islanders started 1 for 11 from the field. A&MCorpus Christi snapped out of its funk with a pair of Terence Jones 3-pointers and eventually cut the lead to 23-17 with seven minutes left in the first half. The Lions stretched the lead back to 11 late in the half, but the Islanders finished the half with five straight points with a Kennon Dvorak 3-pointer and a

going on.” It would reason that a 15-0 run early in the second half, giving A&M-Corpus Christi a 54-35 lead, would ease the stress. Instead, the Lions launched a gradual comeback, capped when Jessica Sommers landed three 3-pointers over a 1:44 stretch for a 69-68 Lions lead with less than three minutes remaining. It looked like more of the same from the past 18 games. “We always have to fight, but this seemed harder,” said forward Zoe VegaVega, who scored 15 points to go with a game-high 15 rebounds. “The first win always is harder.” Robinson admitted he was concerned when the lead vanished, but he liked the way his team reacted. “We had a little stretch there where we decided not to play defense and they got hot from the 3-point line,” Robinson said. “I was concerned. I saw what I was hoping for — a team that wouldn’t quit. We haven’t quit all year long. I was trying to stay as positive as possible. I think our kids did a good job of not letting bad plays multiply and not

Jones jumper to go into the locker room down just 3226 at the break. The Islanders return home to face UT-Arlington at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Dugan Wellness Center.

A&M-CC (2-14, 1-3) — Dempsey 5-11 2-4 12, Jones 3-11 0-0 8, Jordan 2-7 1-4 6, Hawkins-Mast 4-8 3-6 11, Dvorak 1-3 0-0 3, Ali 1-6 0-0 3, Smith 1-3 0-0 2, Kocher 1-3 0-0 3, Pope-Didier 1-1 1-2 3, Maxey 1-2 0-0 2, King 0-1 0-0 0, Wang 1-2 0-1 2. TOTALS 21-58 7-17 55 SOUTHEASTERN LA. (7-8, 1-2) — Johnson 3-7 4-5 10, Bailey 3-5 5-8 11, Populist 3-6 0-0 9, Patterson 4-9 6-8 14, Campbell 4-7 1-1 10, Ross 0-2 0-0 0, Benton 0-1 1-2 1, Petrovcic 0-0 1-4 1, Cooper 3-6 1-2 9, Ochie 1-2 0-2 2. TOTALS 21-45 19-32 67 Half — SELA 32-26. 3-pointers — A&M-CC 6-19 (Jones 2-7, Jordan 1-2, Dvorak 1-2, Ali 1-3, Kocher 1-2, King 0-1, Smith 0-1, Hawkins-Mast 0-1); SELA 6-13 (Populist 3-5, Cooper 2-3, Campbell 1-2, Johnson 0-1, Patterson 0-1, Benton 0-1). Rebounds — A&MCC 32 (Dempsey 6), SELA 39 (Johnson 12). Assists — A&M-CC 14 (Jordan 6), SELA 14 (Campbell 5). Fouled out — Dempsey. A— 465.

hanging their heads.” Instead, the Islanders regained their form. After the teams swapped free throws, Vega-Vega made a nice inside move to get an easy basket with 1:38 left and give her team a 72-71 lead. A&M-Corpus Christi’s defense forced six SLU misses in the closing 1:25 and, with the Lions forced to foul, sealed it at the line, hitting six free throws during the final four trips to the line. That made the most worrisome thing finding a place to celebrate. Definitely not the most stressful thing for the Islanders over the past two years. SLU (5-10, 0-2): Gibson 4-9 4-5 12, Simmons 2-5 0-0 4, Crenshaw 0-1 0-0 0, Jenkins 4-12 4-8 12, Holder 6-14 2-2 16, Sommers 6-13 0-0 17, Styles 0-0 0-2 0, Shaffer 0-3 0-1 0, Morris 1-1 0-0 2, Miller 0-6 2-2 2, Postell 3-4 2-2 8. Totals: 26-68 14-22 73. A&M-CC (5-11, 1-2): Vega-Vega 6-11 3-4 15, Myles 6-11 6-6 18, Dunn 1-6 4-4 7, Anderson-Sparks 5-9 1-3 16, Taylor 1-6 1-2 3, Amboree 1-2 0-0 3, Montgomery 1-6 5-8 7, Roberts 1-4 0-0 2, Jammer 3-11 0-0 7, Huff 0-0 0-0 0, Alva 0-0 0-0 0, Gregory 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 25-66 20-27 78. Half – A&M-CC 39-29. 3-point goals – SLU 7-25 (Crenshaw 0-1, Holder 2-7, Sommers 5-12, Shaffer 0-1, Miller 0-4). A&M-CC 8-19 (Dunn 1-4, AndersonSparks 5-7, Taylor 0-1, Amboree 1-2, Roberts 0-1, Jammer 1-4). Fouled out – Simmons. Rebounds – SLU 49 (Jenkins 8), A&M-CC 41 (Vega-Vega 15). Assists – SLU 14 (Jenkins 8), A&M-CC 18 (Taylor 8). Total fouls – SLU 19, A&M-CC 19.

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INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division I board of directors still believes scholarship limits should be expanded. It just wants time to work out the details. In a surprise move Saturday, the board delayed implementation of a $2,000 expense allowance, opting instead to ask the working group to make a modified proposal in April. “What I heard was the board’s resolve with the concept (of the miscellaneous expense allowance) and moving forward with it, but giving us a chance to work out concerns of the implementation,” said Middle Tennessee State President Sidney McPhee, who chairs the subcommittee that made recommendations Saturday. Essentially, the board heeded membership’s advice to slow things down rather than continuing to charge full steam ahead. Supporters insist that the 14-4 vote wasn’t an outright rejection of the philosophy. The complaints began pouring in almost as soon as conferences were given

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two goals or fewer in six of their past seven games, Stolarz has undoubtedly been the linchpin. During the Odessa series, he stopped 69 of 70 shots, with Friday’s 3-0 victory the first home-ice shutout for the IceRays since February 2010, when they played in the minor-pro Central Hockey League.

the option of providing an additional $2,000 toward the full cost of attendance, money that covers expenses beyond tuition, room and board, books and fees. The rule was approved by the board in October. By late December, 160 schools had signed onto override legislation, enough opposition to force suspension of the rule and reconsideration Saturday. Schools had three primary concerns: Title IX compliance, how the stipend would apply to sports that use partial scholarships and when the rule would go into effect. NCAA President Mark Emmert supported clarifying the language on Title IX and partial scholarships. But less than 24 hours after athletic directors from Missouri and California argued publicly for a delay to avoid busting budgets, the board took their side instead of making the expected move and adopting the modified proposal. “The point is to make sure we respond to the membership’s concerns,” Emmert said on the final day of the NCAA’s annual convention. “We just want to make sure we get

“At the end of the day, the shutout is a credit to the guys buying in defensively,” IceRays coach Justin Quenneville said. “Anthony is very deserving of it. Obviously, he made the big saves and did everything he needed to do to give us a chance to win. “Everything he does is consistent in terms of his energy and his poise in the net. It’s his ability to make the game-changing save, the breakaway save, that backdoor open net. He never gives up on the play. That’s

it right.” If a new proposal passes in April, it would go back to the membership for another 60-day comment period. Opponents would then have a second chance to force an override vote, possibly delaying the legislation even longer — certainly not the pace Emmert expected when he started pushing for swift changes in August. The delay will cause at least one immediate discrepancy between college athletes. Recruits who signed national letters-of-intent in November will be able to collect the money they were promised. Those who sign in February and April will not get that money, said David Berst, the NCAA’s vice president for governance in Division I. The board sent a clearer message on another hotbutton issue, multi year scholarships. Previously, scholarships were renewed on an annual basis. Under the current legislation, athletes would be able to keep the full value of their scholarship for the length of their eligibility and not have the scholarship taken away based solely on athletic performance.

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LOOSE PUCKS Defensema n Greg Chapman left Friday’s game with an undisclosed injury and his status for today is unknown. Chapman missed 13 games because of an upper-body ailment earlier this season. ... The IceRays have won four of the seven meetings against the Tornado this season after going 1-9-2 against Texas last year.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Dion Waiters had 12 points, seven coming during a decisive first-half run, Scoop Jardine added 10 points and nine assists, and topranked Syracuse beat undermanned Providence to remain unbeaten. The victory for the Orange (19-0, 6-0 Big East) matches the school record for wins to start a season, set in 1999-2000. Syracuse will try to break the mark Monday night at home against Pittsburgh. The Panthers (11-7, 0-5) are the only winless team in the Big East after a 6257 loss on Saturday at No. 25 Marquette — their sixth straight setback.

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WACO — There was a barrage of 3-pointers, alleyoop passes for highlight dunks, a huge rebounding advantage and all those assists for No. 4 Baylor. And finally a breather for the Bears, who remained undefeated with a 106-65 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday. “That’s just the depth we have. We have a lot of confidence in each other. We know how to play with each other,” Perry Jones III said. “It’s just having guys on the floor that you’re comfortable with, and everybody’s comfortable with everybody. So that’s a plus for us.” Jones, the preseason Big 12 player of the year, had 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting with 12 rebounds. Freshman Quincy Miller had a season-high 21 points and newcomer Pierre Jackson scored 18 points with five of Baylor’s season-high 15 3-pointers. Baylor (17-0, 4-0) extended its school-record winning streak to 17 games in advance of a big test Monday night at No. 10 Kansas. The Bears went into Saturday as one of three undefeated teams in major college basketball, along with No. 1 Syracuse and No. 15 Murray State “They played great. We played bad. There you go,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford, who answered only one question in his postgame news conference that lasted less than 30 seconds. “They played really, really, really well. Really, really, really well.” It would certainly be hard to argue with him. The Bears scored their most points ever in a Big 12 game that didn’t go to overtime. It was their most 3-pointers in a game since making 15 against Prairie View on Dec. 13, 2008, but still five short of the school record set in 1995. Baylor, coming off a 7573 victory at Kansas State that was its third twopoint win in five games, had a 48-25 rebounding advantage along with 25 assists against Oklahoma State. The Bears shot 53 percent overall (36 of 68) and 52 percent on 3-pointers (15 of 29) and were well in control by halftime despite a slow start. Keiton Page and Markel Brown each had 15 points for the youthful Cowboys (9-8, 2-2), whose primary eight-man rotation includes five freshmen and only one senior. “There are not a lot of games where you have everybody play and everybody contributes,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “Everybody that played gave something to the team, did something for the team that made us better. As a coach, that’s when you’re happiest, when you players are all happy.” Six Bears made 3-pointers, nine scored and 10 had a rebound. Quincy Acy had 15 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots, swatting one away with so much force midway through the second half that the ball wound up landing on the Oklahoma State bench. “Just relieving some anger,” Acy said. “I had like six turnovers, it was just all bad.” A couple of minutes later, Acy made a 3-pointer and walked away holding up three fingers toward his teammates. The Bears already had eight 3-pointers by halftime, when they led 4631. Jones then started the second half with a short baseline jumper. Jones put the Bears up 61-41 with 13:52 left when he made a layup after an alley-oop pass from Miller was just mistimed. But everything worked out perfectly on a highlight play in the first half. Jackson moved around a defender near the free throw line, but instead of

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Baylor forward Perry Jones III (1) shoots over Oklahoma State center Philip Jurick in the second half of Saturday’s game. Jones contributed 19 points in the 106-65 Baylor win.

taking the open shot threw an alley-oop pass to Jones for a monster dunk and a 33-23 lead. Ford quickly called a timeout and was on the court almost before the play was done. The Cowboys have dominated the series, including a 22-7 advantage since 1998. But Baylor has won the last six meetings in the Ferrell Center, including Saturday. Things were going so good for Baylor that Jackson made a 3-pointer late in the first half after the ball rolled around the rim a few times. When the ball finally dropped through the hoop for a 41-27 lead, the 5-foot-10 Jackson did a pirouette-like move near halfcourt. Brady Heslip then stole the ball from Cezar Guerrero, who was still facedown on the court when Acy slammed the ball home. Jackson made another 3-pointer from the top of the key in the final minute of the first half. Baylor got off to a slow start, even though Miller hit a 3-pointer in the opening minute of the game. The Bears didn’t score again until Heslip made a 3-pointer to tie the game at 6 with 16:36 left, and then went another 2 minutes before Jones hit a jumper that made it 8-6 and put them ahead to stay. no. 9 Missouri 84, Texas 73

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Phil Pressey had 18 points, including seven straight to get No. 9 Missouri out of trouble in the second half of a victory over Texas. Ricardo Ratliffe made his first eight shots and had 21 points and Marcus Denmon had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers (16-1, 3-1 Big 12). Ratliffe, who takes all his shots close to the basket, entered the game leading the nation in shooting at 76.8 percent. J’Covan Brown had 34 points, including the 1,000th of his career, for Texas (12-5, 2-2). Myck Kabongo had 12 points and 10 assists and Jonathan Holmes had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Longhorns. Pressey had 10 assists, reaching double figures for the fourth time this season and the first in conference play. Missouri is 10-0 at home, all the victories by double digits. no. 10 Kansas 82, Iowa state 73

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Tyshawn Taylor scored 22 of his career-high 28 points after halftime, and No. 10 Kansas used a game-changing second-half run to knock off Iowa State. Taylor hit three 3-pointers and dished out six assists, leading the Jayhawks (14-3, 4-0 Big 12) on a 17-2 run midway through the second half. It was part of a larger 30-9 burst by the defending conference champions that carried them to their seventh consecutive victory. Jeff Withey added 13

points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots, and Thomas Robinson 11 points and 14 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season. Elijah Johnson also had 12 points. Oklahoma 82, no. 18 Kansas state 73

NORMAN, Okla. — Andrew Fitzgerald scored 21 points to lead four Oklahoma players in double figures and the Sooners got their first Big 12 win under coach Lon Kruger, a victory over No. 18 Kansas State. Oklahoma (11-5, 1-3) shot 55 percent from the field and forced the Wildcats (12-4, 1-3) into 19 turnovers. Trailing by nine points at halftime, Kansas State fell behind by as many as 18 before cutting the deficit to six with 57 seconds remaining. The Sooners withstood the rally by making four of six free throws over the final 1:21. Texas a&m 67, Texas Tech 54

COLLEGE STATION — Khris Middleton, Elston Turner and Naji Hibbert scored 12 points each and Texas A&M took advantage of a poor-shooting Texas Tech team to get its first Big 12 Conference win. Texas A&M (10-6, 1-3) never trailed, and the Red Raiders couldn’t overcome a tough start where they didn’t make a field goal until more than 10 minutes into the game. women Kansas state 62, no. 10 Texas Tech 61

LUBBOCK — Jalana Childs scored 23 points to lead Kansas State to a win over No. 10 Texas Tech, handing the Lady Raiders their second loss in a row. Childs scored seven of the Wildcats’ last nine points to erase Texas Tech’s 58-53 lead. She hit two free throws with 1:43 to put Kansas State (13-3, 4-0) up for the first time since 43-40 earlier in the half. no. 12 texas a&m 59, iowa state 33

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Darius Miller made two free throws and Michael KiddGilchrist added another in the final 20 seconds and No. 2 Kentucky beat Tennessee. The Wildcats, who trailed by as many eight points in the second half, took a 62-54 lead with 53 seconds to go. Florida state 90, no. 3 north carolina 57

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Deividas Dulkys scored a career-high 32 points and Michael Snaer added 17 as Florida State stunned No. 3 North Carolina, snapping the Tar Heels’ nine-game winning streak. The Seminoles (11-6, 2-1 Atlantic coast Conference) started the second half on a 30-8 run to take a 66-36 lead en route to their first home win over North Carolina since 2004. Florida State never trailed. northwestern 81, no. 6 Michigan state 74

EVANSTON, Ill. — John Shurna scored 22 points and Northwestern beat No. 6 Michigan State, ending the Spartans’ 15-game winning streak Drew Crawford added 20 points and Davide Curletti, making his first start of the season, had a season-high 17 for the Wildcats (12-5, 2-3 Big Ten), who rebounded from a tough overtime loss at Michigan three days ago. Michigan State (15-3, 4-1) lost for the first time since it was beaten by Duke in Madison Square Garden on Nov. 15. no. 22 San Diego State 69, no. 12 unlv 67

SAN DIEGO — Jamaal Franklin made an off-balance layup with three-tenths of a second left to give No. 22 San Diego State a thrilling victory over No. 12 UNLV in a marquee Mountain West Conference opener. Iowa 75, no. 13 Michigan 59

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Senior guard Matt Gatens scored 19 points and Iowa beat No. 13 Michigan. Roy Devyn Marble added 13 points for Iowa (11-8, 3-3 Big Ten), which snapped an ugly two-game losing streak and picked up its first conference home win. no. 14 Louisville 76, depaul 59

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Florida State’s Deividas Dulkys scored a career-high 32 points in the Seminoles’ rout of the Tar Heels.

3-2) was picked as the preseason favorite to win the Ohio Valley Conference, with Murray State picked to finish third. no. 17 Connecticut 67, notre dame 53

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Shabazz Napier scored 16 points and freshman Andre Drummond had 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 17 Connecticut to a victory over Notre Dame, snapping the Fighting Irish’s 29-game home winning streak. no. 19 florida 79, south carolina 65

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Kenny Boynton had 15 points and hit four of No. 19 Florida’s 12 3-pointers in a victory over South Carolina. The Gators (14-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) came in leading the league in 3-pointers with nearly 11 per game. They reached double figures from long range for the 13th time this season but first in SEC play against the Gamecocks (89, 0-3). no. 20 Mississippi 56, Alabama 52

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Arnett Moultrie had 25 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 20 Mississippi State rallied in the final minutes to beat Alabama. no. 21 gonzaga 62, loyola marymount 58

LOS ANGELES — Elias Harris scored 19 points and Gary Bell added 16 to help No. 21 Gonzaga beat Loyola Marymount. Kevin Pangos scored nine points and Robert Sacre had eight for the Bulldogs (14-3, 4-1 West Coast Conference), who pulled away early in the second half to avoid a second straight upset. Ashley Hamilton had 16 points and LaRon Armstead added 14 for Loyola Marymount (10-8, 3-2), which made just six shots after halftime. no. 25 Marquette 62, Pittsburgh 57

MILWAUKEE — Darius Johnson-Odom scored 18 points and Jae Crowder added 15 to help No. 25 Marquette beat Pittsburgh, the Panthers’ sixth straight loss. women

AMES, Iowa — Adaora Elonu scored 14 points and No. 12 Texas A&M kept Iowa State winless in the Big 12. The defending national champions harassed the Cyclones with a physical, aggressive defense in bouncing back from Wednesday night’s home loss to unranked Texas. The 33 points matched the fewest Iowa State has scored in a game in coach Bill Fennelly’s 17 seasons.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Russ Smith scored 25 points, Chris Smith added 20 and No. 14 Louisville got back on the right track with a victory over DePaul despite not having leading scorer Kyle Kuric. The Cardinals (14-4, 2-3 Big East) had lost four of their previous five games, but avoided their first three-game home losing streak in 11 years by jumping out to an early lead against the Blue Demons and thwarting a late rally.

CINCINNATI — Natalie Novosel scored 21 points Saturday, and point guard Skylar Diggins steadied Notre Dame’s balanced offense with 11 assists, leading the Fighting Irish to a victory over Cincinnati. Notre Dame (17-1, 5-0 Big East) has won 19 straight games against teams from Ohio since 1993.

Oklahoma state 66, Oklahoma 63

no. 15 murray state 82, tennessee tech 74

no. 3 Connecticut 72, villanova 59

STILLWATER, Okla. — Jenni Bryan hit a 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining as Oklahoma State rallied to beat Oklahoma. Liz Donohoe blocked Morgan Hook’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer and was one of four players to score in double figures for the Cowgirls (10-3, 2-2 Big 12). Donohoe and Tiffany Bias had 14 points each, Toni Young 12 and Bryan 10.

MURRAY, Ky. — Donte Poole scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead unbeaten No. 15 Murray State to a victory over Tennessee Tech. Isaiah Canaan added 24 points as the Racers (18-0, 6-0 Ohio Valley Conference) set the school record for longest winning streak in school history, surpassing the 17 in a row by the 2009-10 team. Tennessee Tech (11-7,

VILLANOVA, Pa. — Tiffany Hayes scored 14 of her 22 points in the second half to lead No. 3 Connecticut to a win over Villanova. Rachel Roberts scored 16 points for the Wildcats, who got within five points when two baskets by Emily Leer made it 41-36, but Connecticut (14-2 overall, 4-1 Big East) answered by scoring 12 of the next 15 points to retake control of the game.

No. 2 notre dame 76, Cincinnati 50

no. 4 stanford 80, colorado 54

BOULDER, Colo. — Joslyn Tinkle matched her career high with 20 points and No. 4 Stanford routed Colorado. Toni Kokenis and Chiney Ogwumike added 19 points each for Stanford (15-1, 6-0 Pac-12), which won its 12th in a row since its only loss of the season to Connecticut 68-58 on Nov. 21. Stanford got a scare when senior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who came in leading the conference in scoring at 24.0 points per game, tripped in a scramble under the basket and fell to the floor in pain with an apparent ankle injury four minutes into the game. But she returned midway through the first half after getting her ankle retaped and finished with 15 points. Brittany Wilson and Jen Reese both scored 10 points for Colorado (13-3, 2-3), which was 11-0 before beginning league play. no. 8 rutgers 68, no. 16 Louisville 67, ot

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Erica Wheeler scored 23 points, including an off-balance 3-pointer with the shot clock running out in overtime, and No. 8 Rutgers beat 16th-ranked Louisville. Trailing 68-67, Wheeler corralled the rebound off a miss from Khadijah Rushdan and dribbled out to the 3-point line. She barely recognized the shot clock was down to its last tick before turning around and connecting with 1:12 left in the extra period. no. 14 wisc.-Green bay 68, Detroit 59

DETROIT — Adrian Ritchie scored 20 points to lead unbeaten and 14th-ranked Wisconsin-Green Bay to a victory over Detroit. Up 29-22 at intermission, Green Bay allowed just one basket in the first eight minutes of the second half during a 13-5 run that pushed the lead into double digits. The Titans (8-10, 4-2) never got closer than seven points the rest of the game and finished the game with 23 turnovers. no. 21 depaul 86, pittsburgh 83

CHICAGO — Anna Martin scored 29 points, including a pair of insurance free throws with 19.7 seconds left, and No. 21 DePaul held off a late rally to beat Pittsburgh. Martin was 11 for 16 from the field for the Blue Demons (15-3, 3-1 Big East). Megan Rogowski had 15 points, all on 3-pointers. saint mary’s 66, no. 23 Gonzaga 63

SPOKANE, Wash. — Alex Carbonel scored 18 points and Saint Mary’s made four free throws in the last 25 seconds to beat No. 23 Gonzaga, ending the Bulldogs’ West Coast Conference winning streak at 34 games. Down eight with 1:27 to play, Gonzaga reeled off seven quick points before the Gaels’ Danielle Mauldin made two free throws with 23 seconds left. After Katelan Redmon’s basket made it 64-63 with 8.7 seconds to go, Jasmine Smith made two free throws with 8.3 remaining. Associated Press


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Mavs rout Kings for fifth straight win

NBA Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Philadelphia New York Boston Toronto New Jersey

W L 9 3 6 6 4 7 4 9 3 9

Orlando Atlanta Miami Charlotte Washington

W L 8 3 9 4 8 4 3 10 1 11

Chicago Indiana Cleveland Milwaukee Detroit

W L 12 2 9 3 5 6 4 7 3 9

Atlantic Division Pct GB L10 Str .750 — 8-2 W-2 .500 3 5-5 L-2 .364 4½ 4-6 L-4 .308 5½ 3-7 L-4 .250 6 2-8 W-1 Southeast Division Pct GB L10 Str .727 — 8-2 W-3 .692 — 6-4 W-2 .667 ½ 6-4 L-3 .231 6 2-8 W-1 .083 7½ 1-9 L-3 Central Division Pct GB L10 Str .857 — 9-1 W-5 .750 2 7-3 W-3 .455 5½ 5-5 L-1 .364 6½ 4-6 L-1 .250 8 3-7 W-1

By The Associated Press Home 5-0 3-2 3-3 2-4 0-4

Away Conf 4-3 5-1 3-4 5-2 1-4 4-5 2-5 3-7 3-5 2-8

Home 4-1 5-1 3-1 2-5 1-5

Away Conf 4-2 4-2 4-3 8-3 5-3 6-1 1-5 2-9 0-6 1-10

Home 5-0 5-0 2-1 4-0 2-4

Away Conf 7-2 7-1 4-3 9-3 3-5 3-3 0-7 2-1 1-5 3-8

Home 8-0 6-2 4-2 4-1 1-5

Away Conf 0-4 8-3 2-3 4-4 1-4 4-5 1-6 3-6 2-4 2-8

Home 6-1 6-1 5-1 6-1 2-5

Away Conf 5-1 9-2 2-3 5-4 1-3 3-4 1-4 5-4 2-3 3-2

Home 8-1 4-1 3-4 3-3 3-4

Away Conf 1-3 7-3 1-2 3-2 1-3 3-4 1-6 2-5 0-4 0-5

WESTERN CONFERENCE

San Antonio Dallas Memphis Houston New Orleans

W L 8 4 8 5 5 6 5 7 3 9

Oklahoma City Denver Utah Portland Minnesota

W L 11 2 8 4 6 4 7 5 4 8

L.A. Lakers L.A. Clippers Phoenix Sacramento Golden State

W L 9 4 5 3 4 7 4 9 3 8

Southwest Division Pct GB L10 Str .667 — 6-4 W-2 .615 ½ 7-3 W-5 .455 2½ 5-5 W-2 .417 3 4-6 W-2 .250 5 2-8 L-3 Northwest Division Pct GB L10 Str .846 — 8-2 W-6 .667 2½ 6-4 W-2 .600 3½ 6-4 L-1 .583 3½ 6-4 L-3 .333 6½ 3-7 L-1 Pacific Division Pct GB L10 Str .692 — 8-2 W-5 .625 1½ 5-3 W-1 .364 4 4-6 L-3 .308 5 3-7 L-2 .273 5 3-7 L-2

scores and schedule Friday’s Games Detroit 98, Charlotte 81 Indiana 95, Toronto 90 Philadelphia 120, Washington 89 Houston 103, Sacramento 89 Minnesota 87, New Orleans 80 Chicago 88, Boston 79 Dallas 102, Milwaukee 76 San Antonio 99, Portland 83 New Jersey 110, Phoenix 103 L.A. Lakers 97, Cleveland 92 Denver 117, Miami 104 Saturday’s Games Atlanta 93, Minnesota 91 Charlotte 112, Golden State 100 Indiana 97, Boston 83 Philadelphia 103, Washington 90 Chicago 77, Toronto 64 Houston 107, Portland 105, OT Oklahoma City 104, New York 92 Memphis 108, New Orleans 99

Dallas 99, Sacramento 60 Utah 107, New Jersey 94 L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers, late Today’s Games Golden State at Detroit, 5 p.m. Utah at Denver, 7 p.m. Phoenix at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Monday’s Games Chicago at Memphis, noon Orlando at New York, noon Cleveland at Charlotte, 1 p.m. Houston at Washington, 1 p.m. Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Portland at New Orleans, 2 p.m. New Jersey at L.A. Clippers, 2:30 p.m. Toronto at Atlanta, 3 p.m. Sacramento at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Boston, 7 p.m. Dallas at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

Calendar

Feb. 6 — 10-day contracts can be signed

bobcats 112, warriors 100 golden state GS DWright Lee Biedrins Jenkins Ellis Udoh Robinson Rush CWright Thmpsn McGuire Barron Totals

Min 26:21 33:12 14:13 21:53 33:03 11:01 29:25 25:37 4:40 16:02 18:54 5:39 240:00

FG M-A 3-6 11-18 4-4 2-2 6-26 0-2 4-10 1-4 0-0 2-8 1-2 1-2 35-84

FT M-A 5-6 2-3 0-0 1-1 5-6 3-4 2-2 4-6 1-2 0-0 2-2 0-0 25-32

Reb O-T 0-3 8-16 2-5 0-0 1-5 0-1 0-1 0-4 0-0 0-1 0-4 1-1 12-41

minnesota A PF PTS 0 1 12 3 4 24 0 4 8 3 3 5 6 2 18 0 2 3 3 5 12 0 0 7 0 1 1 1 4 4 2 2 4 0 3 2 18 31 100

Percentages: FG .417, FT .781. 3-Point Goals: 5-20, .250 (Robinson 2-5, Rush 1-2, Ellis 1-4, D.Wright 1-4, Thmpsn 0-5). Team Rebounds: 12. Team Turnovers: 13 (16 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Udoh 2, Lee, McGuire, Rush). Turnovers: 13 (Thmpsn 4, Ellis 2, Lee 2, Robinson 2, McGuire, Udoh, C.Wright). Steals: 8 (Robinson 2, Biedrins, Ellis, Jenkins, McGuire, Rush, Thmpsn). Technical Fouls: Lee, 3:49 second.

charlotte CHA Hendrsn Thomas Mullens Augustin Walker Diaw Higgins Biyombo DBrown Totals

Min 41:30 25:58 32:08 43:44 39:24 22:52 15:36 9:31 9:17 240:00

FG M-A 9-17 2-6 7-15 4-8 8-15 3-4 1-3 1-1 3-7 38-76

FT M-A 8-12 1-2 5-5 5-7 5-6 2-2 0-0 3-4 0-0 29-38

Reb O-T 3-6 0-4 1-7 0-2 1-4 0-4 0-4 0-2 3-4 8-37

hawks 93, timberwolves 91

A PF PTS 3 2 26 1 3 5 2 5 20 7 3 16 5 3 23 3 5 9 0 1 2 0 2 5 0 1 6 21 25 112

MIN WJohnson Love Milicic Rubio Ridnour Randolph Ellington Tolliver DWilliams Pekovic Totals

Min 23:08 40:03 14:30 35:15 38:07 14:51 30:39 18:31 7:57 17:00 240:01

FG M-A 2-8 12-26 0-2 7-15 3-8 2-5 6-9 2-4 1-4 3-4 38-85

FT M-A 0-0 6-6 0-0 2-2 1-1 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 11-12

Reb O-T 1-3 4-13 0-2 0-4 0-3 0-3 1-4 0-4 1-1 3-3 10-40

A PF PTS 0 2 4 2 1 30 1 4 0 12 3 18 2 4 7 0 2 5 2 1 13 0 1 5 1 0 2 1 3 7 21 21 91

Percentages: FG .447, FT .917. 3-Point Goals: 4-21, .190 (Rubio 2-3, Tolliver 1-3, Ellington 1-4, D.Williams 0-1, W.Johnson 0-3, Ridnour 0-3, Love 0-4). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 15 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Ellington, Love, Randolph, Ridnour). Turnovers: 14 (Rubio 4, Pekovic 3, W.Johnson 2, Love 2, Ridnour 2, Randolph). Steals: 12 (Rubio 5, Love 2, Ellington, W.Johnson, Milicic, Ridnour, D.Williams). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 10:08 fourth.

atlanta FG FT Min M-A M-A ATL MWilliams 18:54 3-6 2-2 Smith 35:06 4-13 0-3 Pachulia 19:57 3-3 0-0 Teague 41:56 7-15 5-6 JJohnson 38:05 8-20 6-7 IJohnson 25:45 1-4 8-8 Radmanovic 22:02 1-6 1-1 Pargo 4:52 0-2 0-0 Green 18:26 4-6 0-0 Collins 13:46 1-3 0-0 Sloan 1:12 0-0 0-0 Totals 240:01 32-78 22-27

Reb O-T 2-8 1-8 3-5 0-3 1-5 4-11 3-7 0-0 0-0 0-3 0-1 14-51

A PF PTS 1 1 8 3 3 8 0 4 6 10 1 20 3 1 25 0 2 10 3 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 10 0 1 2 0 1 0 21 14 93

Percentages: FG .500, FT .763. 3-Point Goals: 7-13, .538 (Augustin 3-4, Walker 2-4, Diaw 1-1, Mullens 1-1, Hendrsn 0-1, Higgins 0-2). Team Rebounds: 13. Team Turnovers: 14 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Hendrsn, Walker). Turnovers: 14 (Diaw 4, Augustin 2, Biyombo 2, Hendrsn 2, Higgins 2, D.Brown, Mullens). Steals: 3 (Walker 2, Augustin). Technical Fouls: None. Golden State 25 21 27 27—100 Charlotte 38 28 27 19—112

Percentages: FG .410, FT .815. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (J.Johnson 3-6, Green 2-3, Teague 1-3, Radmanovic 1-5, Smith 0-1, M.Williams 0-1, Pargo 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 20 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Smith 4, Radmanovic, Teague). Turnovers: 19 (Teague 6, Smith 5, Pachulia 3, M.Williams 2, Collins, Green, Sloan). Steals: 8 (Teague 3, I.Johnson 2, Pachulia, Radmanovic, Smith). Technical Fouls: Smith, 12:00 third. Minnesota 24 29 18 20—91 Atlanta 18 24 21 30—93

A—16,122 (19,077). T—2:17.

A—13,135 (18,729). T—2:06.

76ers 103, wizards 90

pacers 97, celtics 83

philadelphia

boston

PHI Brand Iguodala Hawes Holiday Meeks TYoung Vucevic Williams Turner Battie Totals

Min 22:52 35:13 19:25 39:49 30:48 31:11 10:06 25:42 13:07 11:47 240:00

FG M-A 5-10 9-16 2-4 5-17 1-5 6-13 1-4 7-12 1-4 0-1 37-86

FT M-A 2-2 4-6 0-0 3-3 2-2 6-6 0-2 6-6 0-0 0-0 23-27

Reb O-T 0-2 1-7 1-4 0-3 0-1 3-4 2-4 0-5 1-4 0-3 8-37

A PF PTS 1 4 12 5 1 23 3 3 4 2 0 13 3 1 5 0 1 18 1 1 2 2 4 24 3 0 2 0 1 0 20 16 103

Percentages: FG .430, FT .852. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Williams 4-6, Meeks 1-4, Iguodala 1-5, Turner 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 8 (6 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Brand 2, T.Young 2, Hawes, Vucevic). Turnovers: 7 (Holiday 2, Iguodala 2, Williams 2, Brand). Steals: 12 (Iguodala 5, Williams 2, T.Young 2, Brand, Holiday, Meeks). Technical Fouls: None. WAS Singleton Booker McGee Wall NYoung Lewis Crawford Mack Mason Seraphin Vesely Totals

washington FG FT Min M-A M-A 20:41 0-2 0-0 25:57 3-10 0-0 42:33 11-13 1-4 37:00 6-14 7-7 40:29 11-22 3-4 22:03 1-10 0-0 23:38 4-10 0-0 11:00 1-3 0-0 7:48 1-3 0-0 5:27 0-1 0-2 3:24 0-0 0-0 240:00 38-88 11-17

Reb O-T 0-1 1-6 7-18 3-9 1-7 3-8 0-0 1-2 0-0 1-2 0-0 17-53

A PF PTS 2 1 0 0 1 6 2 3 23 9 3 19 0 2 27 1 2 2 2 1 9 3 1 2 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 19 18 90

FG FT BOS Min M-A M-A Pierce 35:33 5-12 9-10 Garnett 28:51 10-19 1-2 O’Neal 25:28 0-6 3-4 Rondo 35:49 3-9 0-0 Allen 33:36 3-9 0-0 Bass 22:48 5-12 0-0 Pietrus 18:52 1-6 1-2 Bradley 7:21 0-1 0-0 Stiemsma 8:50 0-0 0-0 Moore 20:14 3-7 0-0 Johnson 2:38 2-2 0-0 Totals 240:00 32-83 14-18

Reb O-T 1-3 2-5 3-12 3-3 0-6 4-8 0-0 0-1 2-3 0-2 0-2 15-45

A PF PTS 3 4 21 0 2 21 1 3 3 9 3 6 2 2 7 2 2 10 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 1 7 0 0 4 20 24 83

Percentages: FG .386, FT .778. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Pierce 2-4, Allen 1-3, Moore 1-3, Pietrus 1-5). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 18 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (O’Neal 3, Stiemsma 2, Pierce). Turnovers: 18 (Pierce 6, Rondo 4, Garnett 3, Allen 2, Bass, Bradley, Moore). Steals: 4 (Moore 2, Allen, Pietrus). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 2:57 second.

indiana FG FT IND Min M-A M-A Granger 37:01 8-19 4-4 West 20:40 4-8 0-0 Hibbert 27:01 5-15 1-2 Collison 31:51 6-11 4-4 George 26:01 5-11 6-6 Hnsbrogh 22:33 1-8 4-4 Hill 25:24 2-5 2-2 Stephenson 12:21 1-3 0-0 Foster 16:46 1-6 1-1 Jones 12:28 1-2 0-0 Amundsn 2:38 0-4 0-0 Pendergraph 2:38 1-2 0-0 Price 2:38 0-0 0-0 Totals 240:00 35-94 22-23

Reb O-T 2-5 3-8 4-9 0-4 1-8 4-6 1-3 0-1 2-4 0-1 2-2 1-1 0-0 20-52

A PF PTS 0 2 21 2 1 8 3 3 11 4 1 17 1 2 17 0 1 6 2 3 8 2 1 2 0 1 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 14 18 97

DALLAS — Jason Terry scored 21 points, Vince Carter added 16, and the Dallas Mavericks stretched their winning streak to five games with a 99-60 rout of the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night. Dirk Nowitzki contributed 14 points in a little over 20 minutes for the reigning NBA champs (85), who’ve won six in a row at home after a 0-2 start. Both teams were playing their fourth game in five nights, but the Mavericks were fresher after resting their starters throughout the fourth quarter of Friday night’s 102-76 victory over Milwaukee. Ma rcus T hornton scored 14 points for the Kings (4-9), who’ve dropped four of five, including Friday night’s 10389 defeat at Houston. Sacramento was making the fourth stop of a five-city road trip and struggled from the opening tip. The Kings went 22 for 86 from the field (25.6 percent) against a Mavericks team that allowed the fewest points in franchise history. Dallas’ previous low was 65 points against Minnesota on Feb. 27, 2007. The Mavericks were again able to sit their key players in the final quarter in anticipation of a fourgame road trip over six days that begins Monday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.

76ers 103, wizards 90

WASHINGTON— Lou Williams scored 24 points and Andre Iguodala added a seasonhigh 23 to lift Philadelphia to a victory over Washington on Saturday night. bobcats 112, warriors 100

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rookie Kemba Walker made the most of his first NBA start, scoring a career-high 23 points to lift Charlotte to a victory over Golden State. Hawks 93, timberwolves 91

ATLANTA — Joe Johnson scored 25 points, Ivan Johnson hit the clinching free throws with 4.6 seconds remaining and the Atlanta Hawks rallied from from 18 points down to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 93-91 on Saturday night. pacers 97, celtics 83

Associated Press

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) shoots against Sacramento Kings guard John Salmons (5) during the first half of their game on Saturday night.

Dallas put the game away early, finishing the first quarter with a 15-1 run fueled by Terry’s eight points for a 27-11 lead.

The Mavericks came out with energy on the defensive end, limiting the Kings to 4-for-25 firstquarter shooting.

bulls 77, raptors 64

grizzlies 108, hornets 99

mavericks 99, kings 60

toronto

new orleans

FG TOR Min M-A RButler 13:42 0-3 Davis 17:28 1-3 AJohnson 27:51 3-11 Calderon 35:50 1-6 DeRozan 38:05 7-15 Magloire 20:09 1-5 Barbosa 34:18 7-20 JJohnson 18:32 6-11 Forbes 16:23 2-6 Kleiza 17:42 2-6 Totals 240:00 30-86

FT M-A 0-0 0-2 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 1-7

Reb O-T 0-1 0-5 6-13 1-3 1-4 1-4 2-6 1-3 2-8 0-3 14-50

A PF PTS 1 1 0 0 1 2 2 3 6 8 0 2 0 2 15 0 3 2 1 0 15 0 2 12 5 1 5 0 2 5 17 15 64

Percentages: FG .349, FT .143. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (DeRozan 1-1, Barbosa 1-2, Forbes 1-2, R.Butler 0-1, J.Johnson 0-1, Kleiza 0-1, Calderon 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 9 (9 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (DeRozan 2, Davis, J.Johnson). Turnovers: 9 (DeRozan 3, Calderon 2, Davis, Forbes, J.Johnson, Magloire). Steals: 3 (Calderon, Forbes, J.Johnson). Technical Fouls: None.

chicago CHI Deng Boozer Noah Rose Brewer Gibson Asik Lucas Korver Totals

Min 38:31 33:38 25:43 41:28 28:07 22:17 14:22 19:45 16:09 240:00

FG M-A 7-16 8-15 2-5 7-20 1-5 4-9 0-0 4-9 0-3 33-82

FT M-A 0-3 1-1 0-0 2-2 0-0 3-4 1-2 0-0 0-0 7-12

Reb O-T 1-2 0-13 2-12 2-4 0-3 5-12 1-2 0-1 1-3 12-52

A PF PTS 2 1 14 2 4 17 1 0 4 11 0 18 2 0 2 0 0 11 0 1 1 1 1 10 0 0 0 19 7 77

Percentages: FG .402, FT .583. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Lucas 2-4, Rose 2-6, Deng 0-2, Korver 0-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 5 (6 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Asik, Boozer, Brewer, Deng, Gibson, Noah). Turnovers: 5 (Deng 3, Boozer, Gibson). Steals: 6 (Rose 3, Boozer, Deng, Gibson). Technical Fouls: None. Toronto 14 23 15 12—64 Chicago 23 14 19 21—77 A—21,962 (20,917). T—1:57.

thunder 104, knicks 92 new york NY Walker Stodmre Chandler Bibby Shumpert Fields Harrellson Jeffries Douglas Balkman Novak Lin Jordan Totals

Min 20:50 31:37 27:21 19:41 27:33 31:07 20:21 22:20 14:11 12:00 4:41 4:41 3:37 240:00

FG M-A 1-6 7-19 3-3 2-4 3-10 1-7 5-10 0-4 5-10 4-6 0-0 1-1 2-3 34-83

FT M-A 1-2 0-0 8-8 0-0 0-0 1-2 0-0 1-2 4-4 3-3 0-0 1-2 0-0 19-23

Reb O-T 1-7 1-6 5-7 0-0 0-3 1-1 2-4 3-5 1-2 1-4 0-3 0-1 0-0 15-43

A PF PTS 3 3 3 3 4 14 1 1 14 3 2 6 3 2 6 2 1 3 0 1 12 2 4 1 0 1 14 0 3 12 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 4 18 23 92

Percentages: FG .410, FT .826. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (Bibby 2-4, Harrellson 2-5, Balkman 1-1, Fields 0-1, Shumpert 0-1, Douglas 0-3, Walker 0-4). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 22 (23 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Jeffries 2, Chandler). Turnovers: 20 (Stodmre 5, Chandler 3, Jeffries 3, Douglas 2, Shumpert 2, Balkman, Bibby, Fields, Harrellson, Walker). Steals: 12 (Harrellson 3, Balkman 2, Douglas 2, Jeffries 2, Fields, Shumpert, Walker). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 0:37 first; Stodmre, 10:59 second.

oklahoma city OKC Durant Ibaka Perkins Westbrook Sefolosha Jackson Collison Harden Mohmed Cook Aldrich Ivey Hayward Totals

FG FT Min M-A M-A 27:48 10-13 7-7 23:42 2-4 0-0 25:30 2-4 5-6 27:50 6-12 7-8 19:21 0-2 2-2 18:34 0-4 0-0 16:39 1-1 0-0 26:55 8-12 5-5 16:57 2-6 0-0 17:21 2-8 0-0 7:39 1-2 3-4 6:11 0-1 0-2 5:33 0-2 0-0 240:00 34-71 29-34

Reb O-T 0-2 1-5 0-5 1-8 0-2 1-4 1-2 1-2 0-1 1-5 0-1 0-0 1-1 7-38

A PF PTS 1 1 28 0 3 4 2 3 9 8 1 21 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 1 2 4 3 24 1 1 4 0 1 5 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 18 22 104

NBA Roundup

FG FT NO Min M-A M-A Summers 23:01 0-5 1-2 Kaman 16:12 3-6 1-2 Okafor 21:21 3-5 0-0 Jack 37:41 8-14 6-6 Belinelli 20:04 2-4 4-4 Smith 26:47 7-16 1-2 Aminu 24:59 1-5 3-3 Vasquez 27:56 5-10 3-4 Ayon 19:51 3-5 3-3 TJohnson 7:50 1-1 3-3 Landry 11:49 2-3 0-2 CJohnson 2:29 0-1 0-0 Totals 240:00 35-75 25-31

Reb O-T 1-2 1-1 2-8 0-3 0-1 4-10 2-6 0-3 2-7 0-1 0-1 0-0 12-43

sacramento A PF PTS 1 5 1 2 4 7 0 4 6 4 2 23 0 1 10 0 3 15 0 2 5 6 5 14 5 2 9 0 1 5 1 1 4 0 0 0 19 30 99

Percentages: FG .467, FT .806. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Belinelli 2-3, Jack 1-2, Vasquez 1-2, C.Johnson 0-1, Smith 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 17 (22 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Smith 3, Ayon 2, Aminu, Kaman, Vasquez). Turnovers: 15 (Vasquez 4, Belinelli 3, Jack 2, Summers 2, Ayon, T.Johnson, Kaman, Okafor). Steals: 5 (Ayon, Jack, Kaman, Smith, Vasquez). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 8:59 second; Coach Williams, 4:44 third; Vasquez, 4:28 third.

memphis FG FT MEM Min M-A M-A Gay 39:42 9-19 3-4 Speights 17:47 4-5 4-4 Gasol 42:13 6-13 8-12 Conley 41:33 5-12 6-7 Allen 25:23 2-7 8-8 Davis 10:53 1-4 0-0 Cunningham 18:08 2-4 0-1 Mayo 18:39 3-8 1-1 Selby 6:27 0-0 0-0 Pondexter 19:15 3-6 3-4 Totals 240:00 35-78 33-41

Reb O-T 2-5 0-3 3-11 0-1 4-8 1-2 1-3 0-3 0-0 2-4 13-40

A PF PTS 2 0 23 2 4 12 3 3 20 7 2 17 2 0 12 0 4 2 0 2 4 0 2 9 0 0 0 0 2 9 16 19 108

Percentages: FG .449, FT .805. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Gay 2-3, Mayo 2-3, Conley 1-2, Davis 0-1, Pondexter 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 9 (8 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Gasol 2, Allen, Mayo, Speights). Turnovers: 9 (Selby 3, Conley 2, Allen, Gay, Mayo, Speights). Steals: 7 (Conley 2, Davis 2, Gay 2, Allen). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 9:44 third. New Orleans 24 23 28 24— 99 Memphis 20 37 29 22—108

SAC Salmons Hickson Cousins Evans Thornton Garcia Greene Fredette Thmpsn Thomas Outlaw Totals

portland FG FT POR Min M-A M-A Wallace 34:57 4-12 2-4 Aldridge 46:57 7-21 8-10 Thomas 19:39 2-5 0-0 Felton 39:31 6-12 1-2 Matthews 34:15 2-8 0-0 Batum 41:42 9-15 5-6 Crawford 29:08 3-12 3-3 CSmith 15:36 4-5 3-6 NSmith 3:15 0-0 0-0 Totals 265:00 37-90 22-31

Reb O-T 3-8 7-10 1-7 1-4 0-2 4-8 0-3 1-3 0-1 17-46

A PF PTS 2 3 10 5 2 22 0 2 4 5 4 13 0 3 5 1 4 29 4 4 11 1 1 11 0 2 0 18 25 105

Percentages: FG .411, FT .710. 3-Point Goals: 9-26, .346 (Batum 6-7, Crawford 2-6, Matthews 1-4, Wallace 0-3, Felton 0-6). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 13 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 11 (Batum 4, Aldridge 2, Felton 2, C.Smith, N.Smith, Thomas). Turnovers: 13 (Batum 3, Crawford 3, Wallace 3, Aldridge 2, Felton 2). Steals: 10 (Crawford 4, Aldridge, Batum, Matthews, C.Smith, Thomas, Wallace). Technical Fouls: None.

houston HOU Parsons Scola Dalmbrt Lowry Martin Budinger Patterson Dragic Hill Totals

FG FT Min M-A M-A 16:41 2-6 0-0 32:01 3-7 0-0 26:40 2-5 2-2 48:47 13-26 4-5 49:23 8-22 12-13 39:28 7-16 2-2 23:22 1-3 0-0 7:50 0-2 3-4 20:49 3-6 1-2 265:01 39-93 24-28

Reb O-T 2-5 2-10 7-12 2-8 0-3 2-4 3-4 0-1 1-7 19-54

A PF PTS 0 4 4 2 4 6 2 6 6 9 5 33 3 4 28 1 1 18 2 3 2 1 2 3 0 1 7 20 30 107

Percentages: FG .432, FT .647. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (N.Young 2-7, Crawford 1-3, Lewis 0-1, Mason 0-1, Singleton 0-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 18 (27 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (McGee 5, Booker, Lewis, Wall). Turnovers: 18 (Wall 8, Crawford 3, Booker 2, McGee 2, N.Young 2, Mason). Steals: 2 (McGee, N.Young). Technical Fouls: None. Philadelphia 23 29 25 26—103 Washington 26 14 20 30— 90

Percentages: FG .372, FT .957. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Hill 2-3, Collison 1-3, George 1-3, Granger 1-6, Stephenson 0-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 15 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 10 (Hnsbrogh 2, Hibbert 2, West 2, Granger, Hill, Jones, Stephenson). Turnovers: 14 (Hibbert 3, George 2, Hnsbrogh 2, Hill 2, Jones 2, Foster, Price, Stephenson). Steals: 12 (Foster 3, Granger 3, Hill 3, George 2, West). Technical Fouls: None. Boston 24 24 19 16—83 Indiana 29 27 26 15—97

Percentages: FG .479, FT .853. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Harden 3-5, Westbrook 2-3, Durant 1-2, Cook 1-5, Sefolosha 0-1, Jackson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 21 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 11 (Ibaka 3, Mohmed 2, Perkins 2, Aldrich, Collison, Durant, Sefolosha). Turnovers: 21 (Jackson 5, Durant 4, Harden 3, Collison 2, Sefolosha 2, Westbrook 2, Aldrich, Mohmed, Perkins). Steals: 12 (Jackson 3, Westbrook 3, Durant 2, Sefolosha 2, Aldrich, Mohmed). Technical Fouls: None. New York 22 25 18 27— 92 Oklahoma City 32 38 22 12—104

Percentages: FG .419, FT .857. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Lowry 3-5, Budinger 2-7, Martin 0-6). Team Rebounds: 12. Team Turnovers: 18 (19 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Hill 2, Dalmbrt, Parsons). Turnovers: 17 (Scola 5, Lowry 4, Martin 3, Dalmbrt 2, Budinger, Dragic, Parsons). Steals: 8 (Dalmbrt 2, Martin 2, Patterson 2, Lowry, Parsons). Technical Fouls: None. Portland 21 32 23 21 8—105 Houston 27 31 26 13 10—107

A—13,998 (20,278). T—2:11.

A—14,203 (18,165). T—2:19.

A—18,203 (18,203). T—2:15.

A—11,676 (18,043). T—2:35.

Reb O-T 1-7 3-9 4-10 2-3 0-1 0-3 1-3 1-3 4-8 0-1 0-2 16-50

A PF PTS 3 1 8 0 2 3 0 4 12 3 2 3 1 2 14 0 2 0 0 1 6 2 2 3 1 5 9 0 0 2 0 0 0 10 21 60

Reb O-T 4-8 0-2 2-5 0-3 0-3 0-7 0-2 1-6 0-6 0-3 3-4 2-7 0-3 12-59

A PF PTS 2 1 10 1 4 14 0 0 2 6 1 5 3 1 0 2 3 9 3 0 21 0 1 7 1 1 16 1 2 6 0 1 4 0 1 5 0 0 0 19 16 99

Percentages: FG .256, FT .778. 3-Point Goals: 2-21, .095 (Fredette 1-4, Thornton 1-7, Greene 0-2, Thomas 0-2, Garcia 0-3, Salmons 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 17 (19 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Garcia, Greene, Salmons). Turnovers: 15 (Evans 4, Thornton 3, Hickson 2, Thomas 2, Cousins, Fredette, Salmons, Thmpsn). Steals: 11 (Evans 2, Salmons 2, Thornton 2, Fredette, Garcia, Hickson, Outlaw, Thmpsn). Technical Fouls: Thmpsn, 9:09 fourth.

dallas DAL Marion Nowitzki Haywood Kidd West Odom Terry Mahinmi Carter Beaubois Wright Yi Cardinal Totals

FG FT Min M-A M-A 21:01 5-9 0-0 20:25 6-14 2-2 16:17 1-3 0-0 29:18 2-2 0-0 21:44 0-6 0-0 22:16 3-7 2-4 22:57 8-13 3-3 16:54 1-3 5-5 26:59 6-8 1-2 15:38 3-5 0-1 8:06 1-6 2-4 12:02 1-4 3-4 6:23 0-1 0-0 240:00 37-81 18-25

Percentages: FG .457, FT .720. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Carter 3-3, Terry 2-4, Kidd 1-1, Odom 1-2, Beaubois 0-1, Cardinal 0-1, Nowitzki 0-2, West 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 17 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Nowitzki 2, Haywood, Kidd, Mahinmi, Odom). Turnovers: 16 (Carter 3, Haywood 2, Kidd 2, Marion 2, Terry 2, Wright 2, Mahinmi, Odom, West). Steals: 10 (Kidd 6, Beaubois, Cardinal, Carter, Nowitzki). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 3:26 first; Defensive three second, 7:19 third. 11 12 22 15—60 Sacramento Dallas 27 25 20 27—99 A—20,313 (19,200). T—2:05.

A—14,983 (18,119). T—2:21.

rockets 107, trail blazers 105 ot

FG FT Min M-A M-A 21:59 3-7 2-2 24:26 1-8 1-2 28:56 4-12 4-4 31:07 1-8 1-3 32:35 4-14 5-5 25:05 0-3 0-0 18:51 3-10 0-0 23:15 1-8 0-0 17:57 4-8 1-2 9:59 1-6 0-0 5:50 0-2 0-0 240:00 22-86 14-18

jazz 107, nets 94 new jersey FG FT NJ Min M-A M-A Brooks 29:09 3-6 4-6 Hmphres 30:26 8-11 2-3 Okur 29:32 4-9 1-1 DWilliams 33:09 3-15 9-10 Morrow 31:16 4-10 2-3 Farmar 22:37 5-11 0-0 SheWilliams 16:51 0-1 0-0 Petro 11:11 1-2 2-2 Stevenson 15:49 0-2 0-0 Gaines 12:00 4-5 1-2 JWilliams 8:00 0-2 0-0 Totals 240:00 32-74 21-27

Reb O-T 0-3 5-10 2-7 0-3 0-0 0-0 0-3 0-4 1-1 0-1 0-0 8-32

A PF PTS 3 4 11 1 2 18 2 3 9 5 1 16 0 1 12 4 1 13 0 2 0 3 3 4 1 2 0 1 1 11 1 0 0 21 20 94

Percentages: FG .432, FT .778. 3-Point Goals: 9-27, .333 (Farmar 3-7, Gaines 2-2, Morrow 2-6, Brooks 1-3, D.Williams 1-4, Stevenson 0-2, Okur 0-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 17 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Morrow, Okur, Petro, J.Williams, She.Williams). Turnovers: 16 (D.Williams 5, Okur 4, Brooks 2, Hmphres 2, Farmar, Morrow, Petro). Steals: 9 (Brooks 2, She.Williams 2, Gaines, Hmphres, Morrow, Petro, D.Williams). Technical Fouls: None.

utah UT Hayward Millsap Jefferson Harris Bell Miles Watson Favors Howard Kanter Burks Tinsley Evans Totals

Min 22:38 27:30 23:08 23:30 22:12 17:55 19:36 26:36 18:16 18:46 9:11 5:48 4:54 240:00

FG M-A 3-5 6-13 9-16 1-3 5-6 6-8 2-4 2-7 2-6 3-6 3-6 0-0 0-1 42-81

FT M-A 2-2 6-6 2-2 0-0 1-1 5-5 0-0 2-5 0-0 1-2 0-1 1-2 0-0 20-26

Reb O-T 0-2 6-12 1-4 0-1 0-1 1-6 2-4 0-3 1-4 3-8 0-1 0-2 0-0 14-48

A PF PTS 3 2 10 3 1 18 1 2 20 6 3 2 3 3 12 2 2 17 6 4 4 1 3 6 0 4 4 0 2 7 0 0 6 1 0 1 1 0 0 27 26 107

Percentages: FG .519, FT .769. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Hayward 2-2, Bell 1-1, Harris 0-1, Millsap 0-1, Watson 0-1, Miles 0-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 18 (24 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Jefferson 3, Favors). Turnovers: 17 (Favors 3, Miles 3, Millsap 3, Howard 2, Burks, Hayward, Jefferson, Kanter, Tinsley, Watson). Steals: 13 (Millsap 4, Harris 2, Kanter 2, Bell, Howard, Jefferson, Miles, Watson). Technical Fouls: None. New Jersey 20 20 27 27— 94 Utah 30 27 30 20—107 A—19,557 (19,911). T—2:11.

INDIANAPOLIS — Danny Granger scored 21 points to lead Indiana to a victory over Boston for its fourth straight loss. Paul George and Darren Collison each scored 17 points and Roy Hibbert added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers (9-3), who won their third straight. The Pacers improved to 5-0 at home, with four wins by double digits. bulls 77, raptors 64

CHICAGO — Derrick Rose had 18 points and 11 assists, leading Chicago to a victory over Toronto. Rose keyed a sevenpoint burst to open the fourth period, assisting on three straight field goals. John Lucas III hit a 3-pointer and Taj Gibson scored twice, opening up an 11-point lead for Chicago. thunder 104, knicks 92

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 28 points, James Harden added 24 off the bench and Oklahoma City raced past New York for its sixth straight win. Russell Westbrook was on his way to his sixth career triple-double with 21 points, eight rebounds and eight assists before coach Scott Brooks pulled his All-Stars with Oklahoma City leading by 30 points and nearly 3 minutes left in the third quarter. grizzlies 108, hornets 99

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Rudy Gay scored 23 points, Marc Gasol added 20 points and 11 rebounds and Memphis beat New Orleans. Mike Conley had 17 points and seven assists, while Marreese Speights and Tony Allen finished with 12 points apiece. rockets 107, trail blazers 105 ot

HOUSTON — Kyle Lowry scored a season-high 33 points, Kevin Martin hit four free throws in the final seconds of overtime and the Houston Rockets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 107-105 on Saturday night. LaMarcus Aldridge’s basket with 23 seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime tie at 97. Portland lost its third straight game. jazz 107, nets 94

SALT LAKE CITY — Al Jefferson scored 20 points and reserve C.J. Miles added 17 in Utah’s 107-94 win over New Jersey on Saturday night, spoiling the return of former Jazz All-Star guard Deron Williams. Williams was coming off a 35-point effort Friday in Phoenix but struggled in his first game back in Utah since his February trade. He started 0 of 3, was just 2 of 12 at halftime and finished with 16 points on 3-of-15 shooting for New Jersey (3-10). Kris Humphries led the Nets with 18 points. Utah (7-4) led 30-20 after one quarter and 57-40 at halftime. Williams led Utah to four playoff berths but was traded just two weeks after a halftime spat with Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan. Associated Press


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NFL PLAYOFFS

Giants-Packers a formula for offensive fireworks By Chris Jenkins Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Going into today’s NFC divisional playoff game against the New York Giants, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are best known for all the fireworks they’ve produced on offense. That’s a good thing for the Super Bowl champions, because they’ve been remarkably vulnerable on defense.

NFC PLAYOFFS Who: Giants (11-6) vs. Packers (15-1) Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis. Time: 3:30 p.m. TV: FOX

All season, the Packers have been giving up yards in big chunks and bailing themselves out by forcing turnovers. And while the Giants might hope to slow the game down by establishing the run and keeping Rodgers on the sideline, the last meeting between the two teams — a 38-35 victory by the Packers on a last-second field goal Dec. 4 — could mean today is shaping up as another fastpaced game that comes down to the last possession. With Eli Manning and the offense on a role, the Giants like their chances this time around. “I think if we get into a shootout like we did last time, I think we will be OK,” wide receiver Victor Cruz said. “But it will have to come down to who has the last touch.” Meanwhile, the Packers’ defense is looking to hit the reset button in the playoffs. “This is a fresh start for us to right all our wrongs,”

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson is taken down after a catch by Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) and inside linebacker Desmond Bishop (55) during their regular-season finale Jan. 1 in Green Bay, Wis. Green Bay’s defense gave up more yards than any other team this season, an average of 411.6 per game.

defensive lineman Ryan Pickett said. “We’re excited about it. It’s the same group that did it last year, the same team, so we know it’s there to do it. You just have to do it. Time is running out. This is one-and-done, so we have to get it done.” Manning can draw on the Giants’ victory in a frigid NFC championship game at Lambeau Field four years ago, but he doesn’t think that experience is relevant. “It’s a new year, a new team, new players going against a new team,” Manning said. “It’s just a mat-

ter of guys executing, guys knowing the game plan, going in there, looking forward to the opportunity that’s ahead of us, getting excited about it and have the attitude that we’re going to go in there and play great football.” They’ll likely have their chances. Green Bay’s defense gave up more yards than any other team this season, an average of 411.6 per game. Packers coaches and players shrug off that statistic, pointing out that their ball-hawking defense has

been able to come up with enough turnovers and stops in critical situations to help the team go 15-1. What’s more troubling than the yards is the number of big plays. According to STATS LLC, the Packers gave up 80 plays of 20-plus yards this season — thirdmost in the league this season, and 26 more big plays than they gave up last season. The Packers have been better in the second half of the season, giving up 25 big plays in the past eight games, according to

STATS. They’re certain to be tested by Manning, a talented group of wide receivers and a running game that finally seems to be playing up to its potential. “One thing about Eli, he’s having I think his best year,” Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. “The guy’s been very accurate throwing the deep ball.” Capers said Manning has improved considerably when it comes to throwing on the move. “Eli doesn’t move to run,

but he moves to buy time for those receivers,” Capers said. “They do a good job of adjusting their routes. I’ve seen him move — he moves more to his right than he does his left — but he can move and still throw the ball with some accuracy. I think he’s doing a better job with that.” To Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji, the biggest difference in Manning’s game is that he’s throwing fewer interceptions. “He’s always been able to make every throw,” Raji said. “Just when he’s choosing to make those throws, I think he’s doing a fantastic job.” And for all their faults, the Packers defense has lived off interceptions this year, picking off an NFLbest 31 passes this season. “In their secondary at least, they like to gamble a lot, they like to take a lot of chances and risks,” Cruz said. “Which means they either win or they lose big, which explains why they lead the league in interceptions and why they lead the league in giving up big plays, they are tops in the league in giving up big plays. So we understand that and we’ve seen it on film.” Manning threw 16 interceptions this season after throwing 25 in 2010, and will be especially mindful of avoiding turnovers against the Packers. “They try to make some big plays so they give up a few plays,” Manning said. “But especially with an offense like they have, that has the ability to score and score quickly, you can’t give them extra opportunities. You can’t give them a short field. We have to take care of the football.”

Manning joined elite QBs a while ago By Barry Wilner Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Cold so bitter fingers can’t feel the ball. An experienced opponent led by an all-time great quarterback, playing on the tundra of Lambeau Field, intimidating as any venue in the NFL. Eli Manning simply shrugged — and delivered perhaps the best game of his life. So what does the Giants’ quarterback recall of that 23-20 overtime victory in Green Bay four years ago that lifted New York into the Super Bowl? Plenty, for sure. The problem is, as the Giants return to Lambeau today for a divisional playoff matchup with the Packers, Manning has no interest in reliving that NFC championship game. “I think this is a whole new situation,” he said Wednesday. “It’s a new year, a new team, new players going against a new team.” Regardless of Manning’s reticence to discuss that performance, it was the day he became Elite Eli. That he followed the victory over

Brett Favre and the Packers with a stunning upset of the undefeated Patriots and Tom Brady in the Super Bowl adds flavor to the saga. “His completion percentage for a day like that was incredible,” coach Tom Coughlin said of the minus-23 degrees temperatures at Lambeau, “and the way he played. But that was ’07 and this is 2011.” And in 2011, Manning had his best pro season, setting a league mark with 15 fourthquarter touchdown passes, surpassing the record set by John Unitas and some other quarterback named Peyton. He was instrumental in leading the Giants to a 6-2 start and, after a fourgame slump endangered their playoff chances, wins in three of the final four games. Then he threw for three TDs in a 24-2 rout of Atlanta in the wild-card round. Now, it’s back to Green Bay. “It’s definitely exciting. This is fun, though,” Manning said. “It’s not a situation where you say, `Hey, it’s playoff time, let’s get all tensed up and serious.’ It’s a time to be yourself. It is, obviously, a big game. It’s

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29-14 home win over the Texans. But while Rice has proven to be effective at home or on the road, on grass or on artificial turf, the Ravens (12-4) are unquestionably more dominant in Baltimore. And that is one big reason why the Ravens believe this playoff run will be more successful than the three that preceded it. Baltimore is the only NFL team to reach the playoffs in each of the last four seasons. In the previous three, however, the Ravens advanced as a wild-card and did not get to play at home. They won a game in each postseason appearance, but on every occasion the strain of repeatedly playing on the road proved too difficult to overcome.

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One of the keys for the Texans is to get their running game going so quarterback T.J. Yates (above) isn’t pressed into an obvious passing situation on third down.

Now, coming off a bye and playing in a venue where they went 8-0 during the regular season, the

important, but you have to go out there with the attitude that you’re going to enjoy this opportunity, you’re going to have fun with it, you’re going to take everything in. The only way to really have fun playing football is to play at a high level, to play to the best of your ability and make plays. Hopefully we can do that as a team.” The Packers, of course, have their own star quarterback and Super Bowl MVP in Aaron Rodgers, whose spectacular season has overshadowed Manning’s. As most NFL quarterbacks do in regards to each other, he appreciates Manning’s numbers and skills. “I don’t know if it was Justin Tuck, or one of those guys said, `You can’t spell elite without the e-l-i,’ “ Rodgers said. “I thought that was pretty intelligent there. But he’s played great, for the majority of his career, especially the last five, six years he’s been at the top of his game. It’s fun to watch. He throws the ball efficiently, he has good feel in the pocket, he’s a winner, he’s consistent. “He’s playing great, which makes it difficult for

our defense. Offensively, you’ve got to expect them to play well and us to need to score some points.” The Packers needed to score lots of points, 38, in their Dec. 4 victory at the Meadowlands, when the Giants scored 35. Rodgers led a late drive to a winning field goal after Manning rallied his team. Their headto-head matchup produced some superb numbers, including 347 yards passing and three touchdowns by Manning. Compares well with his NFC title-game showing on that frigid day in January 2008: 21 for 40 for 251 yards, with no turnovers. Well, Manning won’t discuss any parallels. Instead, he talks about objectives for Sunday. “It’s just a matter of guys executing, guys knowing the game plan, going in there, looking forward to the opportunity that’s ahead of us, getting excited about it and have the attitude that we’re going to go in there and play great football. That’s what we need to do to get a win,” he said. Told the forecast isn’t for anything resembling the Arctic conditions of ’08,

AFC North champions are confident that home-field advantage will be a big factor in their bid to defeat the Texans (11-6) and earn a berth in the conference title game. “I don’t care who you are, I don’t care how good you are, it’s hard to win on the road,” Baltimore middle linebacker Ray Lewis said. “For us to work as hard as we did, get 12 wins, do the things we were supposed to do, and now get this home playoff game, we have positioned ourselves to be in the right place. Now we have to go finish it.” This will be the Ravens’ first home playoff game since 2006 and the first for Rice, now in his fourth NFL season. “I’d like to say, first off, it’s a dream come true,” Rice said. “I played every playoff game that there was since I’ve been a rookie, and

they’ve all been on the road. It’s very tough. Playing on the road is tough, no matter how you want to slice that. Trust me, it’s a lot different than playing at home. So, a home playoff game definitely plays big on our behalf.” The Texans know the positives of playing at home after dismissing Cincinnati 31-10 last week at Reliant Stadium. On Sunday, rookie quarterback T.J. Yates must try to communicate with his offense while virtually every fan in the house is screaming ‘Defense!’ or something far more obscene. “They were pretty loud when we were there earlier in the year, so one can only imagine it will be just as loud if not louder,” Houston offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. “Our guys just have to focus on the snap count. We can’t have any pre-snap penalties.”

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New York Giants guard David Diehl (66) hugs Eli Manning after his 27-yard touchdown pass to Mario Manningham during the second half of last week’s playoff win over the Atlanta Falcons. Manning played extremely well the last time the Giants faced the Packers in the playoffs.

Manning wouldn’t play along. “It was chilly. That’s about all I remember,” he said. “The weather I haven’t really looked at this week. The last time we played there we were not concerned with it. I didn’t talk about it. We didn’t make it an issue. I don’t think we’ll make it an issue this year.” What became a tabloid issue during the summer was Manning’s comments about being in the class of Brady and other top NFL quarterbacks. It shouldn’t have

struck any chords because Manning has as many Super Bowl rings as his older brother, not to mention Brett Favre, Drew Brees and Kurt Warner. “Well, the question was if I thought I was an elite quarterback and basically, I was just saying that I did,” Manning said in November. “I’m usually not into the business of ranking and rating quarterbacks and comparing myself to other guys. Looking back, I thought I gave an honest answer, and I don’t regret anything.”

For the Texans to be successful on offense, two things have to happen: They can’t jump offside and need to get their running game going so Yates isn’t pressed into an obvious passing situation on third down. “The crowd really gets behind them,” offensive tackle Duane Brown said. “We played them in the regular season, and I’m sure it’s going to be multiplied times 10, 20 now that it’s the playoffs. We just have to stay poised, communicate as much as possible and be on the same page up front. And just stay on track and stay ahead of the chains. Once you get into those third-and-long situations, that’s when they can pin their ears back and really try to get after you.” Beating the Ravens on the road in the postseason is not as difficult a task as it

might seem. Baltimore lost in 2006 to the Indianapolis Colts and also fell at home against Tennessee in 2004. The only time the Ravens won a home playoff game was in 2000, when they launched their run to a Super Bowl victory with a 21-3 bashing of Denver. Winning at home is a lot easier when you’ve got a host of talented players on the roster. “Whether you play at home or on the road, you want to put a good team out there that plays good football,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “That’s part of it. And the other part of it is our fans. Our fans are fantastic. It’s very loud. Our fans are very passionate. You don’t see very many opposing colors in our stadium, ever. That’s something that we appreciate as an organization and as players and coaches.”


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Brady throws 6 touchdowns as Patriots roll past Broncos By Barry Wilner Associated Press

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49ers tight end Vernon Davis scores on a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Alex Smith over Saints safety Roman Harper during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s divisional playoff game in San Francisco.

49ers battle past Saints By Janie McCauley Associated Press

SANFRANCISCO— What a way to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of “The Catch.” Joe Montana to Dwight Clark then. Alex Smith to Vernon Davis now. Smith completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Davis with 9 seconds left just after Drew Brees had put the high-powered Saints ahead, and resurgent San Francisco capitalized on five New Orleans turnovers for a thrilling 36-32 playoff victory Saturday. “This is huge for us,” Davis said. “It’s history, legendary, anything you can describe.” Smith ran for a 28-yard TD with 2:11 left and threw another scoring pass to Davis in the first quarter. Coach Jim Harbaugh’s NFC West champions (14-3) proved that a hard-hitting, stingy defense can still win in the modern, wide-open NFL by holding off one of league’s most dynamic offenses. Brees completed a 66yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham with 1:37 left and the Saints seemed poised to rally from an early 17-point deficit when Smith and Davis delivered once more. It was a wild backand-forth finish featuring an impressive passing duel over the waning moments. Their highlight show came in the opposite end zone from where Clark caught a stretched-out 6-yard pass from Montana on Jan. 10, 1982. Saturday’s game-winner by a leaping Davis — who plowed over a defender as he landed — came in the same end zone where Steve Young hit Terrell Owens for a winning TD with 3 seconds left in a 30-27 wild-card win over the Packers in the 1999 playoffs. T.O.’s grab became known as “The Catch II.” How about this one? “You’ve got to call it the grab,” Davis said of his play. “We were down. I had to make it happen to take my teammates where we want to go.” San Francisco triumphed in its first playoff game in

nine years and will move on to face the New York Giants or defending champion Green Bay Packers, who play today. A win by the Giants would give the 49ers the home field. The 49ers pulled off another last-second win in a season full of them — and on a day former coach George Seifert served as honorary captain for the coin toss. San Francisco came from behind for five victories during the regular season, four on the road. Davis, who wept on the sideline afterward days after saying he was overwhelmed early by Harbaugh’s thick playbook, finished with seven catches for 180 yards. It was the most yards receiving by a tight end in a playoff game. He averaged 25.7 yards per catch. Brees came up big down the stretch just as he did throughout a record-setting season, also hitting Darren Sproles for a 44-yard TD with 4:02 remaining — one of Sproles’ 15 catches for 119 yards. “It stings right now because of the expectation level that we had coming into this tournament and understanding that if we win here we’re into the NFC championship game and anything can happen,” Brees said. “That’s tough. Tough to swallow at this point.” The 49ers also showed that defense can still dominate in the days of big passers like Brees. With Donte Whitner bringing the bruising hits and Dashon Goldson, Patrick Willis and their defensive mates pressuring Brees and forcing turnovers from every angle, surprising San Francisco is a win away from returning to the Super Bowl for the first time since capturing the proud franchise’s fifth championship after the 1994 season. Brees, whose team was coming off consecutive 600yard games, completed 40 of 63 passes for 462 yards and four touchdowns and was sacked three times. He also threw two interceptions, his first in the postseason in five years, and New Orleans (14-4) fell short again in its

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36 32 quest to get back to the Super Bowl after winning it all two years ago. The Saints still are searching for the first postseason road victory in franchise history after falling to 0-5. “Kind of an unbelievable game the way it went back and forth,” New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. “It’s obviously a difficult game to lose.” How far these 49ers have come since that 24-3 trouncing they took back in August at the Superdome in the teams’ exhibition opener. Now, Harbaugh’s “Who’s got it better than us? No-body!” group is drawing comparisons to the good ol’ days of Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott and Steve Young. And of course, Dwight Clark, who came through with “The Catch” to beat Dallas in the NFC title game on Jan. 10, 1982. All-Pro David Akers, the Niners’ most experienced playoff veteran whose 44 field goals set a single-season record, kicked three more when it mattered most — from 25, 41 and 37 yards. 49ERS 36, SAINTS 32

New Orleans 0 14 0 18—32 San Francisco 14 3 3 16—36 First Quarter SF—V.Davis 49 pass from Ale.Smith (Akers kick), 2:08. SF—Crabtree 4 pass from Ale.Smith (Akers kick), :41. Second Quarter SF—FG Akers 25, 14:12. NO—Graham 14 pass from Brees (Kasay kick), 9:32. NO—Colston 25 pass from Brees (Kasay kick), 4:09. Third Quarter SF—FG Akers 41, 10:36. Fourth Quarter NO—FG Kasay 48, 13:08. SF—FG Akers 37, 7:36. NO—Sproles 44 pass from Brees (Kasay kick), 4:02. SF—Ale.Smith 28 run (run failed), 2:11. NO—Graham 66 pass from Brees (Sproles pass from Brees), 1:37. SF—V.Davis 14 pass from Ale.Smith (Akers kick), :09. A—69,732. NO SF First downs 26 17 Total Net Yards 472 407 Rushes-yards 14-37 22-143 Passing 435 264 Punt Returns 3-29 3-29 Kickoff Returns 5-59 2-45 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 2-41 Comp-Att-Int 40-63-2 24-42-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 3-27 4-35 Punts 5-45.4 8-49.5 Fumbles-Lost 3-3 3-1 Penalties-Yards 0-0 3-33 Time of Possession 31:20 28:40

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady silenced Tebowmania with a record-shattering performance. Brady threw six touchdown passes, five in the first half, putting the New England Patriots into the AFC championship game after roughing up Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos 4510 Saturday night. The Patriots (14-3), winners of nine straight games, will host either Baltimore or Houston next Sunday for a spot in the Super Bowl. Saturday night’s romp snapped a three-game postseason losing streak, two of those at Gillette Stadium, and lifted the Patriots to the verge of their fifth Super Bowl appearance in 11 seasons. They’ve won three of those. “We came in and started fast and it was a big win for us,” said Brady, who even got off a 48-yard punt on third down. From the first snap, this was a mismatch. The Patriots were not going to make the same mistakes the Steelers made against this team. A nation transfixed by Tebow’s play, if not his principles, tuned in Saturday to see if he had more heroics in store for Brady and company. He had nothing left as the Patriots made this mustsee TV only for those who live in New England. With New England up 42-7, the fans began their derisive Teeee-bow chants. On the next play, the Broncos quarterback was sacked for an 11-yard loss — one of five sacks for New England’s 31st-ranked defense. “We went out and played very hard and good things happened,” defensive tackle Vince Wilford said. “A great team win.” And so ended one of the season’s most exciting story lines — one that began when Denver was 1-4 and made Tebow a starter. The onetime third-stringer promptly won six in a row and seven of eight, with a string of stunning comebacks. That surge ended with a 41-23 home loss to New England, and the Broncos dropped their next two, backing into the AFC West title. But they rebounded nicely in their first playoff game since the 2005 season with

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the longest overtime touchdown in playoff history, an 80-yard catch and run by Demaryius Thomas against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Like everyone else on the Broncos’ offense, Thomas was invisible against the Patriots. Denver couldn’t cover or tackle All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski, who tied a postseason mark with three touchdown catches, all in the opening half. Brady toyed with the Broncos (99), throwing more TD passes than Tebow had completions (three) in the first 30 minutes. “We were playing complementary football, and it was awesome,” Gronkowski said. Brady’s sixth TD was to his other tight end, Aaron Hernandez, as the quarterback tied Steve Young and Daryle Lamonica for the most in a postseason game. The two-time league MVP threw for 5,235 yards during the season, second in NFL history to Drew Brees’ 5,476 in 2011. He looked ready to get that much against the Broncos as he moved to third place in career touchdown passes in the playoffs with 36, trailing Joe Montana (45) and Brett Favre (44). Brady was 26 for 34 for 363 yards and Gronkowski made 10 catches for 145 yards as the Patriots gained 509 yards in all. In stark contrast, Tebow was 9 for 26 for 136 yards. The Broncos won the coin toss and elected to defer. Bad idea: They never were in the game after that. Brady hit his first eight passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, who’s leaving to become Penn State’s coach once the Patriots are done, threw in a wrinkle by using Hernandez as a running back. On one of those plays, Hernandez broke free down the left sideline for a 43-yard gain, the team’s longest run this season. But with the ball in his hands and a 14-0 lead, Brady momentarily stumbled. His throw over the middle for Julian Edelman sailed directly to safety Quinton Carter, whose weaving return set up Denver at the

New England 24. Willis McGahee scored on a 5-yard run. Carter left the game moments later with a neck injury; Denver was already without strong safety Brian Dawkins with a neck problem. And it’s secondary had no chance without them. Yes, Brady had cooled off in the 24-degree temperature (wind chill of 12), but only for a while. Using the no-huddle, and aided by an effective running game, Brady hit three passes for 31 yards, with Gronkowski getting free over the middle this time for the 12-yard score. Several times, and not just on his romps into the end zone, Gronkowski simply shoved aside would-be tacklers to tack on yards after catches. Brady’s TDs covered 10, 12 and 19 yards to Gronkowski, 7 to Wes Welker, 61 to Deion Branch and 17 yards to Hernandez early in the third quarter. Coach Bill Belichick wasn’t about to back off at that point, but the Patriots stalled inside the Denver 5 early in the four period and Stephen Gostkowski made a 21-yard field goal to conclude New England’s scoring. PATRIOTS 45, BRONCOS 10

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0 7 3 0—10 14 21 7 3—45 First Quarter NE—Welker 7 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 13:09. NE—Gronkowski 10 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 6:42. Second Quarter Den—McGahee 5 run (Prater kick), 14:54. NE—Gronkowski 12 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 7:42. NE—Branch 61 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 1:57. NE—Gronkowski 19 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), :05. Third Quarter NE—Hernandez 17 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 11:46. Den—FG Prater 41, 2:14. Fourth Quarter NE—FG Gostkowski 20, 12:39. A—68,756. Den NE First downs 15 31 Total Net Yards 252 509 Rushes-yards 40-144 30-146 Passing 108 363 Punt Returns 0-0 2-28 Kickoff Returns 4-68 1-28 Interceptions Ret. 1-17 0-0 Comp-Att-Int 9-26-0 26-34-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 5-28 0-0 Punts 7-38.9 3-42.0 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1 Penalties-Yards 5-55 2-20 Time of Possession 33:23 26:37 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Denver, McGahee 17-76, Ball 13-44, Tebow 5-13, Johnson 4-10, Royal 1-1. New England, Hernandez 5-61, Green-Ellis 13-28, Woodhead 4-25, Ridley 4-21, Brady 3-8, Polite 1-3. PASSING—Denver, Tebow 9-26-0-136. New England, Brady 26-34-1-363. RECEIVING—Denver, D.Thomas 6-93, Royal 2-25, Willis 1-18. New England, Gronkowski 10-145, Welker 6-55, Hernandez 4-55, Branch 3-85, Edelman 1-11, Green-Ellis 1-8, Ridley 1-4. MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—New Orleans, Ivory 9-23, P.Thomas 1-6, Brees 1-5, Sproles 3-3. San Francisco, Gore 13-89, Ale.Smith 1-28, Hunter 6-23, Ginn Jr. 1-3, Dixon 1-0. PASSING—New Orleans, Brees 40-63-2462. San Francisco, Ale.Smith 24-42-0-299. RECEIVING—New Orleans, Sproles 15119, Colston 9-136, Graham 5-103, Henderson 4-49, Meachem 3-18, Arrington 1-14, Higgins 1-10, Collins 1-8, P.Thomas 1-5. San Francisco, V.Davis 7-180, Gore 7-38, Crabtree 4-25, K.Williams 2-12, Miller 1-16, Hunter 1-13, Ginn Jr. 1-11, Peelle 1-4. MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski catches a 10-yard touchdown pass while being defended by Denver Broncos cornerback Andre’ Goodman in the first half.

Broncos QB Tebow scoring as product pitchman too By Catherine Tsai Associated Press

DENVER — At least two companies who have signed Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow to represent their brands say it’s paying off. The companies aren’t releasing specific numbers, but energy product firm The FRS Co. and Jockey International Inc. said they’ve seen a sharp spike in interest online since tying themselves to Tebow. It doesn’t hurt that Tebow regularly uses FRS chews on the sidelines during games. This week, unasked, Tebow wore an FRS hat in front of cameras as Denver prepared to face the New England Pa-

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Broncos QB Tim Tebow represents both FRS Co. and Jockey International Inc.

triots on Saturday night. “When Tim wore our beanie the other day for an interview, we saw a 500 percent increase in our web traffic immediately. Literally immediately,” FRS CEO Carl Sweat said. Foster City, Calif.-based FRS learned in the spring

of 2010 from a GNC store manager that the Heisman Trophy winner was regularly buying the company’s energy powders and products in Florida, where he won two national titles. FRS later got a call from the Broncos, who said their new QB wanted to get a hold of their products. After a courtship that included takeout and games of Taboo at Tebow’s home in Colorado, Tebow agreed to endorse FRS. The company ships him cases of its products and has given him an undisclosed amount of equity in the company. Tebow also is a pitchman for Nike and Jockey, who didn’t reveal terms of his deals. Since signing Tebow in

July 2010, Jockey has seen its Facebook fans increase by nearly 2,000 percent to more than 193,000 said chief marketing officer Dustin Cohn. Jockey’s new staycool line, which launched with advertising that featured Tebow, is the fastest-selling collection in history for the company, in business since 1876. Now Jockey is putting up more than $1 million for a contest for people who sign up on their website. If Tebow and the Broncos win the Super Bowl, one lucky person will receive $15,000. About 40,000 others will get $25 gift cards for Jockey products. So far more than 50,000 people have signed up, not including people who are automatically entered by

buying Jockey gear, Cohn said. That’s more than double the people the company expected would register. Tebow has been an athlete for Nike since March 2010, before the Broncos drafted him. Nike, whose roster also includes star NFL quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, isn’t discussing its sales figures or what influence Tebow might have had on them, but North American revenue growth has been healthy. “Tim is a dynamic athlete. He certainly seems to inspire folks with his play. That’s the kind of thing we’re looking for in all guys who become Nike athletes,” Nike spokesman Brian Strong said.

FRS, whose other athletes include Lance Armstrong, said there are a number of reasons its retail business grew more than 100 percent last year, with similar growth expected for this year. But signing Tebow has been worth it. Tebow has written letters to 7-Eleven, Circle K and other chains saying he’d love to see FRS on their shelves, Sweat said. “We’re getting customers calling us back that we couldn’t engage with nearly as well before,” Sweat said. “It’s amazing what this young man does, not just on field but the way carries himself. His charitable work speaks to a lot of business leaders.”


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Australian Samantha Stosur’s best finish in nine appearances at Melbourne Park has been the fourth round.

Stosur tries to overcome home crowd worries Associated Press

Serena Williams has twice won the Australian Open without playing any warmup tournaments, doesn’t plan on letting injuries stop her contending this time around.

Strike a pose ■■ Serena shows

Novak how it’s done By John Pye Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams spent time with Novak Djokovic this week, giving him pointers on how to better strike the pose of a Grand Slam champion. After winning three of the four majors last year to break the stranglehold Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer had on men’s tennis, Djokovic needs to focus on how to successfully defend a Grand Slam title before he gets too concerned with trophy presentations. Williams knows how. The 13-time major winner has successfully defended a major title three times. Federer and Nadal also know what it takes, but they’re unlikely to give the 24-year-old Djokovic pointers about defending his Australian Open title. Besides, they have each other to worry about after being drawn Friday into the same half of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2005. Neither can face Djokovic until the final of the season’s first major, which starts Monday and ends with the men’s championship match on Jan. 29. Federer withdrew from a tuneup in Doha with a sore back, and Nadal has struggled with a painful shoulder that he plans to rest next month. The casualty list in the women’s draw is more extensive. Williams sprained her left ankle last week and had to withdraw from the Brisbane International — although she says she’s in great shape and is confident she’ll be OK by Monday. “The ankle is better. It’s not 100 percent, but it’s better than it was last week,” Williams said Thursday. “I feel great. And I feel like I’m really fit. And I feel like this is definitely some of the fittest I have been in my career.” Williams missed the 2011 tournament during a prolonged injury layoff, unable to defend the title she won in 2010 and ending a stretch of six straight trips to Melbourne Park in which she won four titles and lost only twice. Kim Clijsters, who won last year in Williams’ absence, retired from her semifinal in Brisbane last week when she began having spasms in her left hip. But she’s been practicing in Melbourne and attended the official draw Friday, posing for photographs with a smiling Djokovic and the trophies. It’ll have to be: she was drawn into a tough quarter with French Open champion Li Na, whom she beat in last year’s Australian final, and topranked Caroline Wozniacki. Wozniacki hurt her left wrist in a quarterfinal loss at the Sydney International on Wednesday, and Maria Sharapova, the 2008 Australian champion, pulled out of a warm-up tournament and went straight to Melbourne to give her ailing ankle more time to recover. Venus Williams and No. 10-ranked Andrea Petkovic already have ruled themselves out, while Sam Stosur is dealing with her injured pride after winning just one match in her first two tournaments on home soil since beating Williams in the U.S. Open final. While nine of the top 10 women were playing at Sydney, Serena Williams and Clijsters were fine-tuning in Melbourne. Williams kept her fans up to date on the social networking sites, posting pictures of her instruction session with Djokovic as well as tweets about her fashion interests. “Teaching (at) DjokerNole how to pose. He’s getting there. :)” Williams

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Novak Djokovic (left) won 10 titles and a record $12.6 million last year, replacing Rafael Nadal (right) at No. 1 after Wimbledon and becoming the first player other than Roger Federer or Nadal to finish with the top ranking since 2003.

posted, along with the image of herself and Djokovic. Djokovic is certainly getting the hang of it. He entered the 2011 Australian Open with only one major to his credit — the 2008 Australian title — but fresh from a Davis Cup victory with Serbia. It was the beginning of a remarkable run. He won the Australian Open at the start of a 41-match unbeaten streak that lasted until he lost in the French Open semifinals to Federer. Djokovic recovered from that to beat Nadal in the Wimbledon final and again in the U.S. Open final. He beat Nadal in all six finals in which they met in 2011, with a combination of an improved serve, some aggressive defense, a gluten-free diet and a bucket-load of confidence. That was only enhanced when he won an exhibition tournament featuring an elite field at Abu Dhabi on New Year’s Eve. “It’s very important to have high confidence coming against the top players,” the Serbian said. Djokovic won 10 titles and a record $12.6 million last year, replacing Nadal at No. 1 after Wimbledon and becoming the first player other than Federer or Nadal to finish with the top ranking since 2003. When asked if he could repeat his success in 2012, Djokovic answered with his own question: “Why not?” “It does not make sense to be anything else than optimistic,” Djokovic said. “I need to believe in my qualities, in my abilities. I need to believe I can repeat this year again.” Djokovic arrived in Melbourne 12 days ahead of the tournament but stayed out of the public eye except for some occasional tweets, including one to post the photo of himself with Serena. Federer is also being low-key, but has practiced at Melbourne Park, where has won four championships. He won the season-ending championship in London among his four titles last year in a signal that he can’t be discounted despite coming off his first season without a major title since 2002. He said he thinks his 17th might be “just around the corner.” Nadal came to Melbourne last year as the man to beat, but his quest for a fourth consecutive Grand Slam title ended when he lost to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the quarterfinals. On Thursday, he breezed into a promotional event, late, in the rain outside Rod Laver Arena. He duly

held the symbolic key to the tournament cars and grinned (Novak, pay attention) for photos for a few minutes before being whisked away from the assembled throng of media. He had just enough time to look over his shoulder as he ducked into the car, reassuring everybody that the painful joint was fine. “My shoulder is good — my shoulder is very good,” he said. “I’ll try my best.” An hour later he had a hitting session with Argentine veteran David Nalbandian inside Rod Laver Arena and didn’t show signs of any problems. Andy Murray is the only man in the top four who played a tournament in Australia this month, winning the Brisbane International. He lost the last two Australian Open finals and is desperate to end a drought for British men at majors dating to 1936. The pressure on Murray grows with every major, but that’s not what has most unnerved him the past. “The thing is, when you step onto court in the latter stages of a Grand Slam, I’m not worried what ... any of the (critics) think,” he said. “It’s not them that makes you nervous. It’s the chance to play for part of history is what makes it nerve-racking. That’s why it’s a difficult thing to deal with.” Murray isn’t buying into reports of injuries hampering the preparations of his three biggest rivals. “... Every time, it’s the same guys in the semifinals and the final of a Slam,” he said. “I’m not really concerned about them. “I’m sure Roger will be absolutely fine, just like Novak was at the U.S. Open. I’m sure all of them will be fine ... they’ll all be playing great tennis come Australia because that’s where they plan on playing their best tennis. I’m not different from them, either. I want to play my best tennis there too.” With many of the proven players dealing with niggling injuries, the women’s draw is wide open with Wozniacki — who finished a yearend No. 1 for the second time despite never winning a major — and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova among the leading contenders. Kvitova needed to win the Sydney International to replace Wozniacki atop the rankings, but she lost to defending champion Li Na in the semifinals.

By Dennis Passa Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia — Samantha Stosur comes into the Australian Open as the most recent winner of a Grand Slam singles title — her victory over Serena Williams at the U.S. Open. Whether she gets that far at Melbourne Park may depend — to a degree — on an Australian Institute of Sport psychologist who has been working with the home crowd-stressed Stosur for the past 10 months. Stosur beat Williams last September to become the first Australian woman to win a singles major in more than 30 years. She’d lost the 2010 French Open final to Francescia Schiavone. In her home Grand Slam, her best finish in nine appearances at Melbourne Park has been the fourth round — she has twice lost in the first round. As if to underline her problems in dealing with the pressure of playing in Australia, Stosur lost in the second round two weeks ago in her home Brisbane tournament, then was out in the first round after losing to Schiavone at the Sydney International. The psychologist is Ruth Anderson, and she’s very much a part of Stosur’s team in Melbourne. “We’ve seen each other, spoken to each other,” Stosur said Saturday. “I guess it’s nice to know that she’s kind of there in my corner, as well.” Anderson has been there since last April, when Stosur lost in straight sets to Russia’s Elena Vesnina and made a rushed call back to Australia from the U.S. “You’ve just got to get over that mental hurdle and those battles in your own head during matches when things aren’t going so well,” Stosur told The Australian newspaper after her U.S. Open win. “It’s taken time. They’re probably things I already knew, but for someone like Ruth to talk about it in a different way, say it in a different way, made me realize what needed to be done. Ruth has opened my mind up.” On Saturday, Stosur sounded as if she was taking some of Anderson’s advice as she tried to forget the recent Brisbane and Sydney defeats. “You can’t dwell on anything that you weren’t happy about for too long,” she said. “Take what you can out of it ...” But there are still some issues with public expectations in a country which hasn’t produced a homegrown winner of the Australian Open since 1978. When asked how young Australian star Bernard Tomic seems to thrive on the parochial support, Stosur said the teenager seems to take it in his stride. “Bernard has a differ-

ent personality to me, he obviously thrives on all the attention that he gets,” Stosur said. “I’m still trying to work all that out myself, and get used to it.”

MISTAKEN IDENTITY Caroline Wozniacki’s memories of Melbourne Park go back nine years to when she first played in the Australian Open junior tournament. Even then, people must have been expecting big things from her. Wozniacki, two days away from playing her first-round match in yet another bid to win a Grand Slam title, said that in one of her visits to Melbourne Park, some fans mistook her for Slovakian star Daniela Hantuchova. That was a big rap back then — Hantuchova was one of the most popular players on the tour and was in and out of the top 10 and 20 for five or six years. “They thought I just finished up a mixed doubles,” top-ranked Wozniacki said. “They were like, ‘Daniela, can we have your autograph?’ I said, ‘I’m not Daniela.’ They said, ‘Yes, you are, we just saw you.’ That was very funny.” Wozniacki’s f irst question in Saturday’s news conference was about something that caused her the most controversy last year — a make-believe kangaroo. After saying she wanted to overturn a perception that she was boring, she told a tale about the frisky kangaroo scratching her on her leg, only to admit a few hours later that she made the story up. After her quarterfinal win last year, she walked into her press conference wearing boxing gloves and holding a large, inflatable kangaroo. “I’m sorry I didn’t bring my kangaroo with me this time,” Wozniacki said Saturday. “I’m sure he might show up later during the week.”

CENTURY OF TITLES Whoever hoists the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup this year will have the distinction of being the 100th winner of the Australian Open men’s singles title. The first winner of the championship was Rodney Heath at Melbourne’s Albert Park in 1905 — the tournament was not held on seven occasions due to two world wars. The Norman Brookes trophy, named after the former Australian player and president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia, was presented for the first time in 1934, with Englishman Fred Perry the first winner. As many of Britain’s tennis fans know, Perry also has the distinction of being the last British male to win a Grand Slam singles title — he won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 1936.


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Australian Open PReview Men to watch Finals, where he lost the final to Federer. ... Considered by many to be the most dangerous player outside the top four due to his ability to lift for the big matches. ... Has had success at Melbourne Park, including a run to the final in `08 when he beat Nadal in straight sets in the semifinals before losing to Djokovic in the final; beat Djokovic in the quarterfinals here in 2010 before losing to eventual champion Federer in the semis. ... Beat Nadal at Queen’s before a big, upset win over Federer at Wimbledon, coming back from two sets down to win the quarterfinal before losing to eventual champion Djokovic in the semis. ... Beat Federer in his next tournament at Montreal before losing to the Swiss star in the U.S. Open quarterfinals and at the season-ending championship.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

Ranked/Seeded: 1/1 Age: 24 Country: Serbia 2011 Match Record: 70-6 2011 Singles Titles: 10 Career Singles Titles: 28 Major Titles: 4 — Australian Open (‘08, `11), Wimbledon (‘11), U.S. Open (‘11).

Last 5 Australian Opens:

`11-Won championship, `10-Quarterfinals, `09-QF, `08-W, `07-4th Round. Topspin: Had a superb 2011, winning every Grand Slam that wasn’t contested on clay — even then, reached the semifinals at the French Open. ... Moved into the No. 1 ranking on July 4, the day after winning his first Wimbledon title. ... Was the first player other than Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal to hold the year-end top ranking since 2003. ... Started 2011 with a 41-match winning streak that ended in a semifinal loss to Federer at the French Open ... He was the first player to win 10 or more titles in a season since Federer in 2006. ... Finished the season with a tour-best 70-6 record, with some late losses attributed to shoulder and lower back injuries ... beat Nadal in six finals, including U.S. Open and Wimbledon. ... Hasn’t played since winning an exhibition tournament at Abu Dhabi on Dec. 31, including a route of Federer in the semifinals. RAFAEL NADAL

Ranked/Seeded: 2/2 Age: 25 Country: Spain 2011 Match Record: 69-15 2011 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 46 Major Titles: 10 —

Australian Open (‘09), French Open (‘05, `06, `07, `08, `10, `11), Wimbledon (‘08, `10), U.S. Open (‘10)

Last 5 Australian Opens:

`11-QF, `10-QF, `09-Won Championship, `08-SF, `07-QF. Topspin: Last year at Melbourne Park, lost to another Spaniard in the quarterfinals for the second straight Australian Open, limping around with an injured hamstring in a defeat to David Ferrer. ... lost his No. 1 ranking after losing the Wimbledon final. ... At French Open, became second-

MILOS RAONIC

Ranked/seeded: 25/23 Age: 21 Country: Canada 2011 Match Record: 31-19 2011 Singles Titles: 1 Career Singles Titles: 1 Major Titles: 0 — Best: 4th, at

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Roger Federer lost his aura of invincibility after reaching only one Grand Slam final (French 2011) after his run of eight consecutive Grand Slam finals appearances ended with his victory in Australia in 2010 . youngest man to win his 10th Grand Slam title and equaled Bjorn Borg’s record six titles at Roland Garros. ... extended his streak of winning at least one major per season to a seventh year ... 0-6 against Djokovic last year, all in finals and including Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. ... Has struggled with a sore left shoulder since the end of last season. ROGER FEDERER

Ranked/Seeded: 3/3 Age: 30 Country: Switzerland 2011 Match Record: 64-12 2011 Singles Titles: 4 Career Singles Titles: 70

Major Titles: 16 — Wimbledon (‘03, `04, `05, `06, `07, `09), U.S. Open (‘04, `05, `06, `07, `08), Australian Open (‘04, `06, `07, `10), French Open (‘09),

Last 5 Australian Opens:

`11-SF, `10-W, `09-RU, `08-SF,

`07-W. Topspin: Run of eight seasons in a row with at least one Grand Slam title finished with a semifinal defeat to Djokovic at the U.S. Open, where he had two match points and won the first two sets. ... Reached the quarterfinals or better at a record 30 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments dating back to Wimbledon `04. ... Has lost his aura of invincibility after reaching only one Grand Slam final (French 2011) after his run of eight consecutive Grand Slam finals appearances ended with his victory in Australia in 2010 ... Finished off 2011 with 17 consecutive wins, earning titles at Basel and Paris and culminating with a sixth title in the year-end championship. ... finished season 10-9 vs. Top 10 opponents, winning his last seven. ... Has a 49-4 record at Melbourne Park since 2004, when he won the

first of his four Australian titles. ... Was forced to withdraw before his semifinal at the Qatar Open due to back soreness — only the second time he’s ever withdrawn during a tournament — but expects to be fit in time for the Australian Open. ANDY MURRAY

Ranked/Seeded: 4/4 Age: 24 Country: Britain 2011 Match Record: 56-13 2011 Singles Titles: 5 Career Singles Titles: 21 Major Titles: 0 — Best: F, at U.S. Open in `08, Australian Open in `10, `11

Last 5 Australian Opens:

`11-Finalist, `10-F, `09-4th, `081st, `07-4th. Topspin: 0-3 in Grand Slam finals as he tries to give Britain its first male champion at a major since Fred Perry in 1936. ... Terrific return of serve is a big advantage against most

players on hard courts. ... Has lost the last two Australian Open finals. ... Hired eighttime Grand Slam winner Ivan Lendl as his coach this month in a bid to finally win a major title. ... Spent all of last season ranked in the top four but still ended it without a first Grand Slam title after losing the final at Melbourne Park and in the semifinals at the other three majors. JO-WILFRIED TSONGA

Ranked/Seeded: 6/6 Age: 26 Country: France 2011 Match Record: 55-24 2011 Singles Titles: 2 Career Singles Titles: 7 Major Titles: 0 — Best: F, at

Australian Open in `08. Last 5 Australian Opens: `113rd, `10-SF, `09-QF, `08-F, `07-1st. Topspin: Finished in Top 10 for third time in four years and qualified for the World Tour

Australian Open in `11. Last 5 Australian Opens: `114th, `10-DNP, `09-DNP, `08DNP, `07-DNP. Topspin: Moved to Canada from Montenegro at age 3, started playing at age 8. ... Was voted the ATP Newcomer of the Year in 2011. ... In February, the big-serving Raonic became the first player born in the 1990s to capture an ATP World Tour singles title when he won at San Jose, dropping serve only once in the tournament. ... He qualified for 2011 Australian Open and beat two seeded players, including No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny, before losing to David Ferrer, remains his best run at a major. ... Retired in second round of Wimbledon debut, vs. Gilles Muller, with a right hip injury, which required surgery and kept him off the tour for two months. ... Finished 2011 ranked second in 1st service points won (79 percent), fourth in service games won (88 percent) and No. 5 in aces (637). ... Won the title at Chennai, beating top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, to open 2012 season and didn’t drop a service game in the tournament.

Women to watch 2011 Singles Titles: 2. Career Singles Titles: 5. Major Titles: 1 — French

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI

Ranked/Seeded: 1/1 Age: 21 Country: Denmark 2011 Match Record: 63-17.

Open (‘11)

Last 5 Australian Opens:

2011 Singles Titles: 6.

Career Singles Titles: 18. Major Titles: 0 — Best: F, at U.S. Open in `09.

Last 5 Australian Opens:

`11-SF, `10-4th, `09-3rd, `084th, `07-DNP. Court chatter: It’s beginning to sound very familiar — Wozniacki is still looking for her first Grand Slam title despite spending all but one week at No. 1 in 2011 after also finishing the year top-ranked in 2010. Made it to the semifinals at the 2011 U.S. Open, losing to Serena Williams, but otherwise had a disappointing year at the Grand Slams, losing in the third round to eventual champion Li Na at the French and the fourth round at Wimbledon. ... Had a tour-best 63 match wins last year. Golf fans will be on the lookout at Melbourne Park for Wozniacki’s boyfriend, Northern Irishman and U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy. ... Lost her first meeting of the year against her heir apparent, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, at the Hopman Cup. ... One thing the Australian public won’t be looking for is that elusive kangaroo that supposedly scratched her on her shin in a public park last year. After saying she wanted to overturn a perception that she was boring, she told a tale about the frisky kangaroo, only to admit a few hours later that she made the story up. ... After her quarterfinal win, she walked into her news conference wearing boxing gloves and holding a large, inflatable kangaroo. ... Lost in the quarterfinals at the Sydney International this week, injuring her left wrist in the process, but scans showed no major damage. PETRA KVITOVA

Ranked/Seeded: 2/2 Age: 21 Country: Czech Republic 2011 Match Record: 60-13. 2011 Singles Titles: 6. Career Singles Titles: 7. Major Titles: 1 — Wimbledon (‘11).

Last 5 Australian Opens:

`11-QF, `10-2nd, `09-1st, `08DNP, `07-DNP.

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Caroline Wozniacki lost her first meeting of the year against her heir apparent, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, at the Hopman Cup. Court chatter: Her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, a win over former champion Maria Sharapova, highlighted a six-victory season for Kvitova. ... She finished the year on a strong note, winning the season-ending WTA Championships, going 3-0 in the round-robin before beating Sam Stosur in the semis and Victoria Azarenka in the final. ... Beat No. 1 Wozniacki in singles at the Hopman Cup in three sets, edging ever closer to the top ranking. ... Had a chance to overtake Wozniacki for No. 1, but lost in the semifinals to Li Na at Sydney. MARIA SHARAPOVA

Ranked/Seeded: 4/4 Age: 24 Country: Russia 2011 Match Record: 43-14. 2011 Singles Titles: 2. Career Singles Titles: 24. Major Titles: 3 —

Wimbledon (‘04), U.S. Open (‘06), Australian Open (‘08)

Last 5 Australian Opens:

`11-4th,’10-1st, `09-DNP, `08W, `07-F. Court chatter: Sharapova has been without a Grand Slam singles win since

Melbourne in 2008, but has a good history at Rod Laver Arena, making it to the semifinals for two years in a row in `05 and `06. ... Lost in the fourth round here last year, in the first round in 2010, and didn’t play in 2009 due to shoulder surgery. ... Had her fifth top-five season last year and won her 23rd and 24th WTA titles at Rome and Cincinnati. Overcoming her chronic shoulder problems, she was 11-0 in three-set matches last year despite far too many double faults in many of her outings. Injured her left ankle in Tokyo last year, forcing her to pull out of the WTA Championships in October and the Brisbane International two weeks ago. Has been training in Melbourne for nearly two weeks leading into the Open, and has said that any Grand Slam win after all her shoulder problems would be the most important of her career. LI NA

Ranked/Seeded: 5/5 Age: 29 Country: China 2011 Match Record: 32-17.

`11-F, `10-SF, `09-DNP, `083rd, `07-4th. Court chatter: Li had a super start to 2011, going 11-1 to win her fourth WTA title at Sydney and then following it up by losing in the Australian Open final to Kim Clijsters. Along the way, she charmed the Rod Laver Arena crowds in Melbourne with her funny and often sarcastic anecdotes about her coach and husband Shan Jiang. ... That must have set them up well for her first Grand Slam win — and first for any player from China at a major — a few months later at Roland Garros, beating Francesca Schiavone in the final. ... Her second half of the season was as poor as the first half was strong, losing in the second round at Wimbledon, the first at the U.S. Open and in the round-robin stage at the WTA Championships. A right knee ailment bothered her late in the season. ... Won all three of her singles matches at the Hopman Cup earlier this month but China finished 0-3 in the team event. Advanced to the Sydney International final, where she was defending champion, beating Petra Kvitova in the semis. SAM STOSUR

Ranked/Seeded: 6/6 Age: 27. Country: Australia. 2011 Match Record: 45-23. 2011 Singles Titles: 1. Career Singles Titles: 3. Major Titles: 1 — U.S. Open

(‘10).

Last 5 Australian Opens:

`11-3rd, `10-4th, `09-3rd, `08DNP, `07-2nd. Court chatter: Local fans will be hoping her stirring win over Serena Williams at the U.S. Open — the first by an Australian woman in Grand Slam singles since Evonne Goolagong Cawley at Wimbledon in 1980 — will give her some confidence at Melbourne Park, where, self-admittedly, Stosur’s confidence has always been lacking. ... She has a 14-9 record at her home major, but has never made it past the fourth round. ... Last year was her second straight top 10 season, but it was

inconsistent at times — she finished runner-up and was a semifinalist three times each, but only made it to the third round at Melbourne and Roland Garros (where she lost in the final in 2010 to Francesca Schiavone) and was out in the first round at Wimbledon, losing to 262nd-ranked Melinda Czink of Hungary. ... Got 2012 off to a poor start with a second-round loss yet again in her home tournament, the Brisbane International, then lost in the first round at Sydney to Francesca Schiavone, giving her only one win in tournament play leading into the Open. SERENA WILLIAMS

Ranked/Seeded: 13/12 Age: 30. Country: United States 2011 Match Record: 22-3 2011 Singles Titles: 2. Career Singles Titles: 39. Major Titles: 13 —

Wimbledon (‘02, `03, `09, `10), U.S. Open (‘99, `02, `08), Australian Open (‘03, `05, `07, `09, `10), French Open (‘02) Last 5 Australian Opens: `11DNP, `10-W, `09-W, `08-QF, `07-W. Court chatter: The fivetime Australian Open singles champion wasn’t around to defend her title last year at Melbourne Park, but what she lost in quantity of matches in 2011, she made up for in quality, going 22-3 after making her first start of the year at Eastbourne in June following a yearlong injury (right foot) and illness layoff. ... She went 18-1 during the hard court season ahead of the U.S. Open, winning her 38th and 39th WTA titles at Stanford and Toronto before losing to Samantha Stosur at the U.S. Open. ... She has a 51-6 record at Melbourne Park and says she loves playing here — the shopping and restaurants in Australia’s most cosmopolitan city also seems to rub off on her court play. ... Suffered a serious left ankle at the Brisbane International, but indications are that she’d take her place in the tournament. KIM CLIJSTERS

Ranked/Seeded: 12/11 Age: 28. Country: Belgium 2011 Match Record: 23-7. 2011 Singles Titles: 1.

Career Singles Titles: 41. Major Titles: 4 — U.S. Open

(‘05, `09, `10), Australian Open (‘11).

Last 5 Australian Opens:

`11-W, `10-3rd, `09&’08-DNP, `07-SF. Court chatter: Clijsters dropped in the rankings 10 places from No. 3 to 13 last year, but her highlight was her fourth Grand Slam title last year at Melbourne Park over Li Na, who she’d lost to the previous week in the Sydney final. ... Her fall out of the top 10 was mostly due to injuries — abdominal (twice), right shoulder, wrist and right ankle. ... Although Clijsters has been married to American basketball player Brian Lynch since 2007, she was formerly engaged to Australian No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt from late 2003 to October 2004, and the Melbourne crowds still rally behind her regardless of who she’s playing. ... Was another casualty of the Brisbane International this month, like Williams suffering an injury. She suffered a hip ailment but scans showed no serious problems and she plans to start in Melbourne. KAIA KANEPI

Ranked/Seeded: 26/25 Age: 26. Country: Estonia. 2011 Match Record: 27-19. 2011 Singles Titles: 0. Career Singles Titles: 1. Major Titles: 0 — Best: QF

Wimbledon (‘10), QF U.S. Open (‘10), QF French (‘08).

Last 5 Australian Opens:

`11-2nd, `10-2nd, `09-3rd, `081st, `07-2nd. Court chatter: The hottest player coming into the Australian Open, coming off a win in the Brisbane International which has given her a 13-3 run leading into Melbourne Park. ... Improved her ranking from 234 to 34 in 2011, and now to 26 after her Brisbane win. ... At Brisbane, she beat former top-5 player Daniela Hantuchova in the final after defeating three seeded players in earlier rounds, including No. 10-ranked Andrea Petkovic and former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone. ... An Achilles tendon injury affected her play for the first six months of 2011, prompting her to say “history shows nothing ever comes easy for me.”


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STILL THE GREATEST

■■Once bombastic Muhammad Ali approaches 70 with dignity, grace By Tim Dahlberg Associated Press

“Rumble, young man, rumble,” used to be his battle cry. But Muhammad Ali is an old man now, ravaged by his years in the ring and his decades of braving Parkinson’s disease. The voice that used to bellow that he was “The Greatest” is largely muted now, save for those times in the mornings when he is able to whisper his thoughts. The face, though, is still that of the most recognizable man on earth. Maybe not as finely chiseled as it was in his prime, but close enough. “It’s not like he doesn’t look like himself,” said his oldest daughter, Maryum “May May” Ali. “It’s the same face, the Parkinson’s hasn’t affected that.”’ Ali turns 70 on Tuesday, giving Baby Boomers who grew up with him one more reason to reflect on their own advancing years. He’s fought Parkinson’s the way he fought the late Joe Frazier, never giving an inch. But it’s a fight he can’t win, and nearly 30 years of living with it has taken a heavy toll. His days at home with wife, Lonnie, in a gated community near Phoenix, generally follow the same routine: He gets out of bed and takes a shower before easing into his favorite chair for long hours at a time. Sometimes he will watch videos of his old fights. The hands will move, eyes will twitch, as he remembers the magnificent fighter and physical specimen he once was. “I always say the only person who likes to watch old Muhammad Ali fights more than me is him,” said John Ramsey, a Louisville radio and television personality who has been a close friend of Ali’s for more than 30 years. “His memory is better than mine and he’s very sharp. His sense of humor is still there, too.” Through it all he remains a proud man. There are no complaints. No time spent bemoaning his fate. It is, the devout Muslim would say, God’s will. “He would always just say to his family, `These are the cards I was dealt, so don’t be sad,”’ Maryum Ali said. “He never played the victim. There was never any `Woe is me.”’

Still strong That he is still alive so long after being diagnosed with the degenerative disease may be a tribute to the athleticism and inner strength that helped him stop Frazier on a brutally hot morning in the Philippines and helped him knock out the fearsome George Foreman in Africa. Among the heavyweights of his generation he was a big man, standing 6-foot-2 and usually weighing in at around 210 pounds. He’s stooped now and weighs much less. But his arms are those of a younger man, and his body still shows signs of the magnificent sculpting of days gone by. Every Sunday, his doctor in Phoenix makes a house call to make sure he’s doing OK. There are medications to help relieve his symptoms; there is no cure for Parkinson’s. “The Parkinson’s has affected him a lot, one of things he has is a lot of difficulty speaking,” said Dr. Abraham Lieberman, director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center in Phoenix. “But he’s never downbeat about it. He’s a tremendous inspiration to everyone.” In November, a few days after he traveled to Philadelphia to say goodbye to Frazier, Ali was rushed to a Phoenix-area hospital. His family later brushed it off as nothing more than dehydration.

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Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw in Lewiston, Maine. Ali turns 70 on Tuesday.

The fact he was quickly back resting at home didn’t surprise those who really know him. “Ali was always at his best when things were the worst,” said Gene Kilroy, his former business manager and good friend. “It’s the kind of man he is.” Ali, his daughter says, is in the late stages of Parkinson’s now, a time when doctors say patients are particularly susceptible to things that can kill them. Pneumonia is the leading cause of death among Parkinson’s patients, who are also at constant risk for other infections. The increasing inability to swallow can be fatal, and falls are always a major concern. “He’s had a very visible and courageous fight against this disease. He has not given up,” said Dr. Blair Ford, a professor of clinical neurology at Columbia University, who specializes in Parkinson’s research. “Three decades of Parkinson’s is devastating. This is a tougher opponent than anyone he’s faced.” How Ali got the disease will never be known, because not much is known about the cause of Parkinson’s — other than it is characterized by increasingly severe tremors and periodically stiff or frozen limbs. What is known is that patients gradually lose brain cells that produce dopamine, a chemical key to the circuitry that controls muscle movement, and the treatment is generally dopamine-boosting medication. Ali once calculated that he took 29,000 punches to the head in a career that spanned more than two decades. He fought without headgear as an amateur, and never backed down while trading punches with brutal sluggers like Frazier, Earnie Shavers and Foreman. By the final stages of his career, he was slurring his words. Not long afterward, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

Theories on disease Lieberman says he doesn’t believe Ali got Parkinson’s because of repeated blows to the head because he doesn’t have classic Dementia Pugilista, which afflicted the late Jerry Quarry, whom Ali defeated twice. Ali is coherent and his thought process is still intact, though the Parkinson’s

Sweat spray flies from the head of challenger Joe Frazier as heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali connects with a right in the ninth round of their heavyweight title fight in Manila, Philippines. Ali won the fight on a decision to retain the title.

he taunted opponents and teased world figures, once telling Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos: “I saw your wife. You’re not as dumb as you look.” “He was brash. He could shoot off his mouth. He could do things a lot of people want to do but couldn’t do, and he backed it up with his fists,” said Ed Schuyler Jr., who traveled the world covering Ali’s fights for The Associated Press. “He was Muhammad Ali. There will never be another like him.”

Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali once calculated that he took 29,000 punches to the head in a career that spanned more than two decades.

forces him to communicate more with gestures and actions instead of words. Daughter Maryum believes her father’s choice of profession had something to do with his fate. “In my heart, I think it was a combination of Parkinson’s and trauma to the head,” she said. “He got hit a lot and he fought for a long time.” Indeed he did. Ali’s fights often went 15 rounds and he would often stick his head out and dare opponents to land punches just to respond with some flurries and, on a good

night, perhaps even do the Ali shuffle. The stories of his legendary battles with Frazier and Foreman are etched in the fabric of the times, monuments to a sport that has never been the same since he retired. His fights were so big they had names like the “Thrilla in Manilla” and the “Rumble in the Jungle.” Back then, no one could have imagined the Ali they see now. He was a towering figure who won over a country with his mere presence when he fought Foreman in Zaire. Bombastic on the stage,

Change in image Other stories came later. Foreman tells how he tenderly helped Ali button his shirt as they prepared for a dinner honoring them in London. It was early in the progression of his disease, and Ali didn’t appreciate his old foe having to help him get ready, challenging Foreman to another fight. Later the world would be shocked at the sight of Ali trembling almost uncontrollably as he stood for what seemed like forever while lighting the Olympic flame in 1996 in Atlanta. It’s a moment indelibly etched in time, and it helped turn the final sentiment of public opinion — some resented his refusal to be drafted — in his favor. More recently, Ramsey tells the story of going with Ali to visit a dying boy in the hospital, something Ali has done with regularity since his championship days. Then, as before, the rule was no cameras, no press. Just Ali and the boy in the room together. “He just held the boy’s

hand for a long time and they stared in each others eyes,” Ramsey said. “He didn’t say a word, they just connected.” Today, Ali still goes to occasional sporting events, where he is invariably greeted with warm, standing ovations. His oldest daughter joined him last September for one, sitting with Ali and his wife in the owner’s suite at Angel Stadium for a baseball game. Ali was taken to the suite in a golf cart, waving and shaking hands as he slowly went by. “His eyes were bright and he was really enjoying himself,” Maryum Ali said. “Lonnie says he functions better when he uses his mind, and I know it makes him feel good when people remember him.” His 70th birthday will be celebrated with a party at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, followed by a Feb. 18 bash at the MGM Grand arena in Las Vegas, where celebrities and former fighters like Foreman, Ken Norton, Leon Spinks and Roberto Duran will pay tribute to him. Manny Pacquiao may sing a song, and millions of dollars will be raised for brain research.

A positive force People will be come because he’s Muhammad Ali. But they’ll also be there because of the person he is — the kind of person who never turned down an autograph. The kind of person who tried to help the less fortunate or the sick. The kind of person who never gets down because he wants to keep those around him up. “I would ask him how he stays so positive,” Ramsey said. “He would say, `I’ve got the best known face on the planet. I’m the threetime heavyweight champion of the world. I’ve got no reason to be down.” “He just has a good heart. He doesn’t believe in being mean to people,” his daughter said. “If someone was in need, he would always help them without even thinking about it.” Maryum Ali said her father knows he didn’t lead a perfect life. But he takes comfort in his religion, and he accepts everything he’s been given. That goes for the Parkinson’s, too. “He would always say I’d rather suffer now than in the hereafter,” she said. “That’s just who my dad is.”


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Emulating Tony Parker RIGHT: Ryker Smith, 11, tries to defend against the San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker on Saturday during the Tony Parker Skills Clinic at Calallen High School. About 150 participants from ages 6 to 17 participated in the basketball clinic, which included an autograph session with the NBA star. T.J. Parker, clinic coordinator and Tony Parker’s brother, said they have held similar camps in San Antonio and McAllen, trying to reach young athletes and fans all across South Texas. Photos by Michael Zamora/Caller-Times See more photos on CALLER.COM

Rolando Bazan (right) snags the ball from Alina Sanchez, both 7, on Saturday.

Tony Parker takes some shots at the basket Saturday during the Tony Parker Skills Clinic at Calallen High School.

The NBA star talks with a young player on the sideline Saturday.

T.J. Parker (right) gives some dribbling pointers to Luz Bueno of Alice Saturday during the Tony Parker Skills Clinic at Calallen High School. T.J. Parker, clinic coordinator and Tony Parker’s brother, said they have held similar camps in San Antonio and McAllen, trying to reach young athletes and fans all across South Texas.

Young Tony Parker fans sit in rows as they are greeted by the Spurs star Saturday.

Young players get into lines before running basketball drills Saturday during the Tony Parker Skills Clinic at Calallen High School.

ABOVE: Tony Parker huddles with a group of players Saturday. LEFT: San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker takes questions from young athletes Saturday during the Tony Parker Skills Clinic at Calallen High School. About 150 participants from ages 6 to 17 participated in the basketball clinic, which included an autograph session with the NBA star.


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Cody Roesener prepares to scoop a flatfi sh from the bay while John DeJohn steers the fi sh toward the boat.

WEEKEND ANGLERS ■ Experience the bay, along with who knows how many unknown friends Like most people who hunt and fish I’m not much of a trophy game and fish collector. I have trophy dreams like everybody else. But if you read last Sunday’s Pecos deer hunt story, then you know trophies are not my main focus in the outdoors. I do, however, have a weakness for big trout. But the amount of time and energy I spend chasing them makes up a tiny fraction of my overall angling efforts.

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I’m also not one of those people who enjoy sitting or standing for long periods of time with an idle fishing rod extended over a body of water. Patience, in my opinion, is overrated as a virtue, at least when it comes to fishing. I’m much too goal-oriented to achieve relaxation while waiting for a fish to bite. Persistence, perseverance and a willingness to search new water without a name. Now those are true fishing virtues. Armed with these, plus a couple of bags of dead shrimp and several suitcases

They don’t have to be trophies to be fun. Roesener shows one of the Laguna Madre keepers we caught during a long drift near Pita Island.

filled with various artificial lures, I set out from a Padre Isles boat ramp this past Saturday with Cody Roesener and John DeJohn. I rarely fish on weekends. Saturday and Sunday are my days off. And I like to avoid crowds. This fact carries unintended consequences. For one, it means I get to miss the weekend calamities at most boat ramps. Of course I also don’t see some of the unfortunate boating behavior that many of you experience. I suppose some might say this puts me out of

We didn’t keep the whiting, but we caught some that were fairly big. Whiting will bite most any natural bait or soft plastic.

touch with real-world aggravations on the bay. I do have a memory, though feeble at times. And over the years I have benefited from hundreds of eye witnesses who report what they see on the water. These anglers provide more than enough information, along with a fairly accurate picture of a weekend bay experience.

Hundreds of redhead ducks were feeding in Nighthawk Bay when we arrived.

I suppose a more crowded, summer, weekend trip would have provided greater insight into how bad it can get out there. But not all angler frustration stems from crowded bays and the juvenile boating behavior of others. I believe at least part of the frustration I hear comes from relying too much on history for fishing success.

DeJohn caught this nice flounder while fi shing along one of the old oil field channels leading to the south end of Nighthawk.

I can’t tell you how many times folks have complained about the state of the fishery based on isolated personal experiences. Many anglers tend to believe if a spot with a history of producing fish loses its reliability, then the overall fish population must be depleted. Nonsense. Factors that

contribute to fishing success are too numerous to list. But I do sympathize with folks who have found limited success in the limited time they have to fish. Here’s how our day on the water went on Saturday.

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Calendar LAKE CORPUS CHRISTI KID FISH

WADE FISHING Chaz Garza

In the morning I’d try wade fishing or kayaking off Laguna Shores Road. Knickerbocker or Caribbean are two streets that dead end at the water and are good launch sites. Use a topwater lure early like a Super Spook Jr. in bone or chrome and work the lure slowly for redfish. Also try wading deeper water with a soft plastic lure such as a paddle-tail or a Berkley Gulp shrimp on a sixteenth-ounce jighead for slower action. Work the lure deep, bumping it off the bottom. If you’re in a kayak, then paddle toward the spoil islands and fish the edges. There are several deeper channels in the area that can be fished when the water gets colder. Chaz is a member of Team Oso Hardcore Wade Fishing Club. Call 361-939-9830 or visit www.teamoso.com. ROCKPORT/ARANSAS BAYand NORTHWARD Capt. Chip Harmon

With this unpredictable weather, I would keep a watchful eye on the forecasts and tides. Try California Hole, Estes Flats and Copano Bay, throwing soft plastics such as a pumpkin/chartreuse Bass Assassin. If the bay is really clear then use white or shad colors. Throw a sixteenth-ounce white or lead-colored jighead. If we have a few days of warmer weather, don’t be afraid to throw topwaters such as a Skitterwalk or Spook Jr. in bone or natural colors. If you find fish, stay there and work the area thoroughly. Mud bottoms, points and deeper water are best right now. And wading seems to be more productive.

Lake Corpus Christi State Park has scheduled its annual Kid Fish Derby for Jan. 28. Six hourly sessions will be scheduled starting at 9 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. Kids from 5 to 12 will be allowed to fish for rainbow trout within a netted off area of the lake. About 1,500 fish will be stocked. Park entry fees will be waived for this free event, thanks to the Ed Rachal Foundation and other area sponsors. Children will be provided fishing rods, tackle and bait to use and to keep. Lunch will be provided for all participants. Park employees will provide instruction, assistance and will fillet their catch. Fishing will be open to the public afterward. No fishing license or trout stamp is required within the park. Call 361-547-2635.

Jan. 28 at the Janet Harte Library, 2629 Waldron Road in Flour Bluff. The program title is “Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Wildlife to Your Yard Using Native Plants.” Presenters will all be current members of the chapter, who also are mostly master gardeners or master naturalists. Contact Rhoda Poenisch at 361-776-3285 or rhodapoenisch@yahoo. com. THANK YOU HUNTS FOR WOUNDED VETS

Local patriot Stan Smiley is offering to organize free hunting opportunities for South Texas’ wounded military veterans from any war or military conflict involving any branch of the U.S. military. Several area ranch owners have volunteered properties for these hunts, but Smiley is looking for more. Contact Smiley at 5star.stan.smiley@gmail.com.

NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY MEETING

The South Texas Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas has scheduled its first meeting of the new year for 2 p.m.

FLY-FISHING CLUB

The next Laguna Madre Fly Fishers meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Nolan’s Restaurant, 2330 Airline Road.

Prospective members welcome. The group meets every third Thursday of each month for a fly-tying round table at Jerry B’s Kayaks (937-5340), 9906 So. Padre Island Drive. A free Fly Fling is scheduled each first Saturday at Roy’s Bait & Tackle (992-2960), 7613 SPID, with free casting lessons and fly tying. The club has regularly scheduled fishing trips on the third Saturday of each month. For details, call Steve Utley at 361-334-2336 or visit LagunaMadreFlyfishersCC.com. WHOOPING CRANE FESTIVAL

The Port Aransas Whooping Crane Festival is scheduled for Feb. 23-26. The annual celebration of endangered whooping cranes and other birds will feature birding bus and boat tours, renowned speakers, exhibits, demonstrations, nature-related booths, art classes and more. Contact the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce at 800-45-COAST or log on to www. whoopingcranefestival.org.

FISHING from 14C

We started out, like most weekend anglers, with a plan, albeit a loose one. DeJohn and Roesener wanted to fish the Pita Island and Pure Oil area south of the Reach Chip at 361-244-7714 or captainpescador@aol.com. JFK Causeway and west of the Intracoastal Waterway. PORT ARANSAS/ARANSAS PASS Exactly where we set up a Capt. Gordon Taylor drift would depend on boat If you can find live shrimp, you should be able to catch some traffic. nice reds and drum in South Bay using I see no reason to crowd popping corks. If the tides are still low, another angler. Whenever then target the drop-offs and deep possible I like to extend the guts along the outside of Dagger Island 100-yard rule to an even using soft plastics on eighth-ounce greater distance. Next time lead-heads. If the tides come back up, you spot three boats within then drift the flats of Hog, Dagger or proximity of each other, Ransom islands using either live shrimp consider the most likely or soft plastics. The reds and trout have reason for this. Chances are been very active and are feeding on just one boater stopped to try a about anything that you throw at them. random spot. Seeing this, Reach Gordon at 361-319-0099 or jtaylor99@cableone.net. another angler without a clue stopped nearby, thinkINGLESIDE/PORTLAND ing the first angler might Capt. Don Miller know what he’s doing. Try the wells in the middle of Corpus Christi Bay, using Then when a third angler pHOTOS BY DAVID SIKES/CALLER-TIMES pumpkinseed/chartreuse soft plastics, passing by sees two boats a white/chartreuse Berkley Gulp or near each other he stops Different anglers want different outcomes from a fishing trip. Many just want to catch a few your favorite plastic jerkbait. The too. You know what hap- fish and take a few fillets home. That’s what we did, without much effort this past Saturday. seagrass beds from the Point of pens next. Having no real Mustang to the Shrimp Boat Channel plan of his own, the third have been holding trout and redfish. angler idles in (or runs in Use the above mentioned plastics or under full power) to get in a gold spoon for trout and reds. Also on the perceived action. take fresh along some dead shrimp for When the first boater, black drum, which have been along the who wasn’t catching anyShrimp Boat Channel. thing anyway, cranks his Reach Don at 361-775-1124 or dmmiller@cableone.net. engine to escape the crowd, the other two anglers asUPPER LAGUNA MADRE/BAFFIN BAY sume the bite has ended. Capt. John Little They all leave and repeat Tis the season to catch huge sow trout. Look for them the process at another lolurking around baitfish along the King cation. Fun, huh? Ranch shoreline. Get there early and We did the opposite by key in on sand pockets in water depths looking for empty water. 38 TZ= 7 of two- to three-feet, with a slow Lon= 105 Lat= But at least as important sinking Paul Brown lure. I prefer pink in was Roesener’s awareness murky water and amber in clear water. that winter fish often hold Be patient and thorough. Remember in off-color water, particuthe one bite you get could be the trout larly where a clear section of a lifetime. As the day progresses of the bay meets a murky drift across Beacrofts, Pure Oil and into patch. Some anglers refer to Emmords Hole with a Norton Sand Eel. this a color change on the Lon= 105 Lat= 38 as TZ= 7 I like the Glow Croaker color rigged on a sixteenth-ounce bay. You may have seen this EXCELLENT EXCELLENT jighead for solid trout and scattered redfish. reference in fishing reports. GOOD GOOD Reach John at 361-816-9114 or www.Captjohn.justgofishin.com Color changes should be FAIR FAIR viewed the same 12 as 3 struc6 9 NOON 3 6 9 12 12 3 6 9 NOON 3 6 9 12 KAYAK FISHING ture. They represent a habi-JAN. 1 2012 SUNDAY SUNDAY JAN. 15 2012 Capt. Sally Moffett tat edge of sorts, similar to Targeting the green-water channels of the Laguna Madre in winter is a good strategy. But Water temperatures in the mid-60s mean winter patterns a depth change or a line bewarew that boaters use the larger channels as highways. EXCELLENT EXCELLENT apply this week. Fish around spoil where seagrass ends and GOOD GOOD EXCELLENT EXCELLENT drop-off of one. Rigged islands on the Intracoastal, or on warm mud or sand begins. few small specs and hooked beware that boaters FAIRuse the FAIR GOOD GOOD flats near deeper water, targeting with a hook and a split-shot We set up for a lengthy larger of these channels 12 3 6as 9 NOON 3 6 9 12 12 6 9 a black NOONdrum. 3 6But the 9 action 12 FAIR3 darker seagrass or muddy, dark we 16began drift, which allowed us to JAN. was highways. SomeFAIR will pass JAN. MONDAY 2012 catching sand MONDAY 2 slow, 2012 so we left. bottoms. Toss small soft plastics 12 3 of un6 9 NOON 3 wanted 6 9 to12con9trout, NOON 3 9 12 which is6 a good eattarget a long stretch DeJohn by slowly. Some12will3 not.6 Lon= 105 Lat= 38 TZ= 7 on light jigheads, suspending lures, SUNDAY 1 2012 SUNDAY JAN. 2012 ing15 fish with no restrictions disturbed bay. EXCELLENT Almost im- JAN. tinue targeting the deeper When the pace lessened EXCELLENT crankbaits such as the Baby-1 or mediately we began green water channels around 2 p.m., we decided on bag and length. As time GOOD GOODcatchthe Cotton Cordell Brokenback. EXCELLENT EXCELLENT passed the pace quickened ing fish. Not bigFAIR fish, mostly leading into the south end to head back north FAIR across Look for bait to find the right water GOOD GOOD and our bait supply dwinschoolie specs,12 with a few Nighthawk. the causeway. 12 6 9 NOON 3 6 9 12 6 9 ofNOON 3 6 This 9 12is a temperatures. Redfish Bay, Conn FAIR3 FAIR3 dled quickly. keepers in the mix. sound plan in winter, when Even if we had not heard TUESDAY JAN. 17 2012 TUESDAY JAN. 3 2012 Brown Flats and Estes Flats in Rockport 12 3 being 6 9 When NOON 3the 6natural 9 12 12 it for 3 quite 6 9 baitfish NOON often 3 6drop 9 off 12into bait We stuck with about sand trout should hold great fish this time of year. In Baffin, fish MONDAY JAN. 16out 2012 MONDAY JAN. 2 2012 ran we switched to a while because the pace depths where temperature caught in the west side EXCELLENT EXCELLENT Penescal, King Ranch shoreline and behind the Tide Gauge was brisk enough to hold and other conditions are crash channels of the Boat- Gulp imitation shrimp, GOOD GOOD Bar. Fly fishermen, toss anything on sunny late mornings in EXCELLENT which EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT made no difference our interest, atFAIR least until more stable. hole, we probably FAIR would protected waters to super shallow reds and trout. GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD in the pace. We didn’t lift our early-morning optiI tossed a dead shrimp have tried this very obvi12 6 9 FAIR NOON 3 6 9 12 12 3 6 9 FAIR NOON 3 6 9 12 FAIR3 FAIR Reach Sally at 361-205-0624 or www.captainsally.com. the anchor until the end. In mism began to FAIR wane. and let it settle on the botous area. 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If winds are notTUESDAY too bad, run across to N. 1 2012 JAN. 15 2012 SUNDAY JAN. 29any 2012 THURSDAY JAN. TUESDAY 19 2012 JAN. 31 2012 THURSDAY JAN. 5most 2012are JAN. TUESDAY 17 2012 JAN. 3SUNDAY 2012 mullet were flipping at And easy to spot And number of them EXCELLENT EXCELLENT Possum Creek, working the hardwoods the surface in GOOD the deeper as green stripes contrast- at a given time can hold fish. David Sikes’ Outdoors columns GOOD with jigs in depths of anywhere from four feet to 10EXCELLENT feet. EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT on Thursday and Sunday. canals of an uninhabited ing against the golden or We drifted toward the runEXCELLENT FAIR FAIR GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD Contact Carroll at 361-215-0766 or rcadja@hughes.net Contact David at 361-886-3616 or portion of the12neighborbrownish tint of shallow Flour Bluff shoreline and 12 6 9 FAIR NOON 3 6 9 12 3 6 9 FAIR NOON 3 6 FAIR 9 12 FAIR FAIR3 FAIR FAIR sikesd@caller.com. hood. 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16C » Sunday, January 15, 2012 »

BASEBALL 7U Batters Box Hurricanes Coach Pitch team looking for players. Team has new field and indoor batting cage. Call David Hewitt at 779-0668. 8U Hurricanes Baseball Tournament is Feb. 11-12. Fees: 6U ($125), 8U ($150), 10U ($200), 12U ($250), 14U ($300). Call 361-728-1406 or 361-533-5688. 8U Hurricanes Select Baseball Team is looking for three players who want to play competitive baseball. Call 361-533-5688. 10U select baseball team looking for experienced players. No monthly fees. Call Joe at 361-947-2827. 12U select baseball team looking for players. Call 361-816-5151. Alamo Academy is offering team practices and entire facility rental of its state of the art all indoor academy. Team practices offers Alamo coaches to run practices for 1-2 hours and develop team’s game strategy, hitting, fielding, and pitching skills. Call 852-2287 or go to www.TheAlamoAcademy.com. Alamo Academy is taking registrations for its summer youth baseball camps and high school boot camp. Youth camps include 24 hours of instruction, games, drills; lunch; small coach to player ratio, and written evaluation by an Alamo Coach. High School Boot camp is an intense four week strength & conditioning and baseball skill program during the summer for freshman-seniors. Register for youth camp or boot camp today at www.TheAlamoAcademy.com or 361-852-2287. CCMABL’s CC Rangers Team looking for players for all positions for 18-over and 28-over teams for weekend local city league baseball. Call B.J. Hayes 992-6198 or 425-1306. Corpus Christi Men’s Adult Baseball League is entering its fourth year with a Spring, Summer and Fall season of play. This is a Sunday 18-over league played in two divisions, Junior and Senior Divisions. Senior division is a wood bat league. Go to www.scorebook.com/ccmabl or call 331-3289. Corpus Christi Parks and Rec is hosting a series of invitational baseball tournaments for all divisions — 18U, 16U, 14U, 12U, 10U, 8U. Dates TBA. Call 826-3478 or 510-0098. Dirty Dawg Academy indoor batting cages for individuals and teams at 2503A N. Port Ave. One-on-one training in pitching, hitting and fielding available. Call Jerry Garcia 548-0174. Eight-under select baseball team looking for players. Child may not have turned 9 before April 30, 2009. No monthly dues. Call Lance at 290-6761. Eight-under select baseball team looking for three players. All players are 7, will consider looking at 8-year-olds. Call Albert at 815-4701, or e-mail at gulfcoastgdawgs@gmail.com for a tryout. International Westside on Greenwood Dr. will have registration for Spring ball at IWS from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends. Ages 4-14 with birth certificate. Call Ruben at 7281117. Kingsville Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken League registering for boys baseball, ages 4 and up, every Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kingsville Wal-Mart. Fee: $25. Teams welcome. Call James Davis at 455-4946. Little League Baseball Academy has training for Little League through Pony age players. Call Jon Irvine at 774-8225 or e-mail irv18@yahoo.com. Mike Adams Baseball Camp is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 21 at Sinton High School’s baseball field. Fee: $85 per camper. Adams, the Texas Rangers relief pitcher, will help coach the camp. Call Mira’s Sports to register at 361-852-4541. Mudcats 12u team will have tryouts. Call Victor Moreno at 425-8029. Mudcats Baseball Tournament is Feb. 4-5 at Northwest Fields. Fees: 8U ($150), 10U ($200), 12U ($250), 14U ($325). Call Victor Moreno at 361-425-8029. Oil Belt Little League registration 6-8 p.m. Jan. 19 and Jan. 26 at Oil Belt and Lone Star Country Store, also 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 21, Jan. 28 at Oil Belt and Lone Star Country Store. Tryouts are Feb. 4, Feb. 9 and Feb. 11. Opening ceremonies March 3. Fees: Tee Ball ($45), Coach Pitch ($75), Minor ($95), Major ($95), Junior ($115). Go to www.eteamz.com/oilbelt. Oso Pony Baseball Spring registration is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 18 at Oso Conference Room (1901 Paul Jones Ave.). Tryouts Feb. 18. Divisions: Pee Wee - 4 years old ($60), Tee Ball 5-6 ($70), Pinto 7-8 ($70), Mustang 9-10 ($75), Bronco 11-12 ($80), Pony 1314 ($80). Go to www.leaguelineup.com/ osoponybaseball. Padre Little League Spring registration has registration for instructional tee ball (4-5 years old), competitive tee ball (5-6), coach-pitch (7-8), minors (9-10), majors (11-12), juniors (13-15), seniors (15-16) and city-wide Challenger league. Call 5490280 or go to www.padrell.com. Pony League in Rockport looking for 9-10 teams for interleague or regularseason games at no cost. Info: 205-4069. Private baseball lessons and team instruction by Steve Castro. Call 361548-9163. Private baseball lessons and team instruction by David Castillo. Call 563-6771. RBA Seahawks 10-under select team seeking players. For information and tryout dates call 361-334-1049 or go to www. rbaseahawks.com Rockport 12U team looking for challengers to play in Rockport on Sundays at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Will also travel. Call Augie at 205-4069. Sandcrabs select team’s 7U coachpitch team will have tryouts. Team is looking for experienced players. Call Kevin Mitchell for tryout dates at 361-944-2525. Seahawks, an 8-under coach-pitch team, is looking for 3-4 qualified players interested in playing select baseball. Call Lance Rathke at 290-6761. The SLAM baseball organization is looking to expand and add a 10U team. Players must be 10 or under with a birthday before April 30. Tryouts at the SLAM Clubhouse indoor facility in late January. Call 361-533-2262 or email motoxcopdoc@aol.com. Snipers select baseball team looking for 12- and 13-year-olds to play in tournaments. Contact Charlotte Santos at 361738-8478 or Tarra Andrae 361-673-2350. South Texas Select Baseball Association hosting Baseball Championship Series. Log on to www.leaguelineup. com/stsba and register for upcoming tournaments. All tournaments are USSSAsanctioned. Call 455-3890. South Texas Veterans Little League seeking 25-30 baseball games for a 15-16 year-old division and an 18-under division team. Teams will travel and willing to play home/home doubleheader series. League will pay umpire fees if played in Riviera or Kingsville. Also looking for teams for round robin weekend tournaments in Riviera or Kingsville. No entry fees required. Call Greg Wallace at 361-297-5115 or 972-989-6556. Southside Baseball Winter Registration is 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday for Winter baseball league at 3800 Gollihar. Ages 3-14. Team concept welcome. Call Jerry Garcia at 361-548-0174. Strictly Pitching Lessons. Go to 361athletics.com/lessons. Sweetheart Tournament is Feb. 18-19 at Southside Complex and Price Field Complex. Divisions: 6U ($225), 7U ($250), 8U ($250), 9U ($275), 10U ($275), 12U ($300), 14U ($300). Call Sandie at 8524541 or miras_sports@yahoo.com. Tournament to be played Jan. 28-29. Fees: 6U ($125), 8U ($150), 10U ($200), 12U ($250), 14U ($350), 16U and 18u ($450). Call 361-728-1406. Universal Little League registration is 6-8 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the ballpark. Ages: 4-14. Divisions: Tee ball ($35), coach-pitch ($45), minors ($45), majors ($45), juniors ($50). Call 855-4272 or 442-9957. Warcats 7U coach-pitch select team will have tryouts. Team is looking for experienced players. Call Victor Landin at 361-779-5991. Youth Baseball Developmental Group for ages 6-10 at the RBA Baseball Acad-

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sports calendar emy. Call 334-1049 or 832-245-9607. BASKETBALL Basketball Training by former Texas A&M-Corpus Christi assistant coach Brian Merritt. Call Brian at 361-793-4482. Boys & Girls Clubs Youth Basketball leagues for boys will have late registration Jan. 16-20. League is for boys grades 3-12. Fee: $$65. Teams are welcomed. Call Lisa at the Club at 853-2505 or 853-2586. Coastal Bend Youth Basketball League is looking for coaches for boys and girls divisions 3rd through 8th grades. Call 4424397 or 658-0099. Go to www.southtexassliders.com. Corpus Christi Basketball Officials Association looking for men and women to referee basketball games in the Corpus Christi and surrounding areas. Call Earl at 695-2506. Corpus Christi Lady Hot Shots have basketball clinics for girls in grades 4-7 on Sundays. Fee: $10 per session. Call David at 815-1218 or go to www.ccladyhotshots.org. Corpus Christi Youth Basketball private lessons are $30 per one-hour session. Specialized skills: dribbling, passing, shooting, defensive skills. Call 533-2059. De La Hoops Basketball Clinic for boys and girls ages 9-12. Two-hour sessions on Sundays. Fee: $20. Call Roy De La Pena at 779-7446. Senior Basketball workouts for men and women ages 49 and up from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday at the NAS EStreet Gym. Shootaround and half-court games only. Age groups for 49-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75-up. Call 8559064. Senior Basketball workouts for men and women ages 49 and up from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday at the NAS EStreet Gym. Shootaround and half-court games only. Age groups for 49-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75-up. Men call 855-9064, women call Gaynell at 853-7554. Sparkling City Basketball Developmental Clinic every Sunday (3:15-4:30 p.m.) at Bishop Garriga gym (3114 Saratoga). Open to boys and girls 1st grade through 8th grade. Fee: $10 per session, or four sessions for $35. Call 992-2120 or 425-5369 or go to www.scbball.com. Texas Heat (formerly the Sparkling City Heat) Developmental Basketball Clinics along with strength and conditioning camps every Sunday. Fee: $20.00 per person. Camp will help develop boys and girls ball handling, speed and basketball skills. Call 361-658-0099 or 361-779-2900. Texas Heat (formerly the Sparkling City Heat) 7th grade traveling team looking for experienced basketball players. Call 361-779-2900 or 361-658-0099. Three-on-three basketball tournaments at Corpus Christi Police Athletic League. Divisions for 3rd and 4th grade all the way up to adults. Two-game guarantee. Fee: $15 per player, five player max. Tournaments will be held throughout the year. Call 876-8116 or email hoopinamigos@yahoo.com.

KICKBALL: The Misfits won the Boys & Girls Club of Corpus Christi Senior Division kickball league. They are, from left: (Front row) Jasmine Villareal, Estrella Johnson, Alexis Escamilla, Shelby Tapia, Alexis Vera; (back) coach Marianne Mojica, Taylor DeLeon, Kristin Johnson, Alexis Werner, Valerie Lane, Michelle Tolento, Stacie Torres, Fernanda Garza, coach Amber Lopez.

KICKBALL: The Lady Horns finished second in the Boys & Girls Club of Corpus Christi Senior Division kickball league. They are, from left: (Front row) Amanda Fonseca, Jaclin Lopez, Denise Trevino, Makayla Navarro & Rosalyn Garcia; (back) coach Isabele Navarro, Samantha Fonseca, Kandice Guitierrez, Madison Lopez, Analysa Garcia, Alyssa Garcia, coach Paul Lopez.

Bowling Youth Bowling Leagues at AMF Saratoga Lanes. Homeschool League – Tuesdays at 1 p.m; Non-Sanctioned League for ages 5-18; Roll N’ Grow League – Saturdays at noon; Youth ages 7 and under (this league uses bumpers). Bowling/Coaching Instruction Included. Weekly Bowling Fee: $10Annual USBC Sanction Fee: $8 per year. Youth Scholarship League. – Saturdays at noon. Bowlers are eligible for patches and pins for achievement and Scholarship Money for College. Bowling/ Coaching Instruction Included. Two 16Week Seasons. Weekly Bowling Fee: $14 Per Week (Includes 3 Games Bowling/ Shoe Rental). Annual USBC Sanction Fee: $17.00 per year (Includes Jersey). Youth United Scholarship – Saturdays at noonAges 6-21. These bowlers are eligible for patches and pins for achievement. Bowling/Coaching Instruction Included. Weekly Bowling Fee: $10.00 (Includes 3 Game of Bowling/Shoe Rental) Annual USBC Sanction Fee: $17.00 per year (Includes Jersey). Call Margaret Welch at 857-2695.

RUGBY Corpus Christi Rugby Football Club is always looking for new players and practices from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the youth football fields at the corner of McArdle and Everhart, with games at 2 p.m. Saturdays at Haas Middle School. Info: 877-8575 or www.corpuschristirugby.org.

FLAG FOOTBALL: The Greyhounds won the Boys & Girls Club of Corpus Christi Junior Division championship. They are, from left: (Front row) Dillon Goben, Jeremy Trevino, Rudy Guzman, Joseph Hernandez; (middle) Tim Vasquez, David Mendez, Anthony DeLaCruz, Antonio Uvalle; (back) coach Sims.

BOXING Joe Garza Boxing Club offers training for boys and girls 8U. CC Park & Recreation Department program is offered Mon.-Fri. from 5-8 p.m. at 3204 Highland. Info: 882-1408. CYCLING Cyclists meet year-round Saturday and Sunday mornings, plus evening rides during spring through fall. Various groups ride 25-50+ miles at paces of 1420+ mph. Riders meet at the former HEB on Saratoga at Everhart on Saturdays and at the Lamar Park Shopping Center on Saturdays and Sundays. Start times vary with the seasons — call 993-7000. Visit STARRSCCTX.com for info on cycling, running, swimming & triathlon activities. DIVING Trey’s Gang Dive Club meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Monday through Thursday at the Corpus Christi Natatorium. All ages welcome. Info: 834-3759 or 878-2334, ext. 116. FITNESS Cross training boot camp at 7 a.m. Tuesdays and 7:30 a.m. Thursdays, or get a group of at least three and pick your day and time. Call certified personal trainer and marathon runner MaryKay at 361232-9592 or email marykay@lifeisgoodfitness.com, or go to www.lifeisgoodfitness.com. Free Fitness Boot Camp is 8:30-9:30 a.m. every Saturday on the lower deck at Doc’s Restaurant at the base of JFK Causeway. Camp is for all ages and abilities. Train free with former IceRay and Hooks strength and conditioning coach Jeff Paluseo. Call 774-269-3751 or go to www.sports-fitness-solutions.com. Island Fitness Boot Camp is registering participants for its Fall/Winter program at Sea Shore Middle School Gym. Classes are 6-6:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Fee: $150 for a 12-session, four-week period. No age limit. If you want to lose weight, get fit, or just feel better, train in a group class with an expert in weight loss training and fitness. Contact former Ice Rays player and current Ice Rays strength and conditioning coach Jeff Paluseo at 774-0874 or go to www.sports-fitnesssolutions.com. Life is Good Fitness Training has a cross training camp at 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Doddrige Park. Running programs and individual training sessions also available. Call MaryKay at 361-232-9592. Parkour training sessions at Corpus Christi Allstars Gym (3126 Holly). Indoor classes weekly, $15 per session. Email kaisenparkour@gmail.com. SeaCity CrossFit is enrolling participants for its Foundations class. If you’ve been wanting to try CrossFit but felt intimidated about getting involved, this class will guide beginners through all the movements safely and effectively under the watchful eye of a trained expert. Fee: $80 for eight onehour sessions with a CrossFit instructor. Call Tim at 361 737 9473, or go to www. seacitycrossfit.com Two-week free trial Xpress Metabolic Boot Camps at Pinnacle Performance and Fitness (3636 S. Alameda). Classes are 6 a.m., 6:45 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Train with fat loss and fitness expert Adam Farrell. All fitness levels are welcome. Register at www.BePinnacleFit. com or call 985-0631. FOOTBALL Alamo City Flag Football League is interested in hosting a Men’s (18+) Flag Football Tournament at Bobby LaBonte park. Web site is www.tlffa.com. If anyone is interested e-mail Martin Cavazos at martin_cavazos@hotmail.com. Corpus Christi Football Officials Association is seeking officials for junior high, sub-varsity and high school games for the upcoming school year. Training is provided. Call Robert Newton at 361-5496345 or rlnewton@sbcglobal.net. Corpus Christi Titans Football Travel team is looking for football players for

Evening classes are held Mon-Thurs. 6:30– 8:30 p.m. First week always free. More info: Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 549-3597. Aikido Classes (13 and older) offered by the YWCA 6-6:50 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and Tae Kwon Do 7-7:50 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Non-member daily rate is $7 adults, $3 children. Isshin ryu Karate. Traditional Okinawan karate at 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Strikes, kicks, kata, self defense and weapons. Introductory offer of $99 for first three months. Call the Acdemy of Asian Martial Arts in Sunrise Mall at 882-5088. Japanese Jujitsu at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Falls, throws, joint locks and chokes. Phan ku ryu jujitsu was designed for military personnel. Introductory offer of $99 for the first three months. Call the Acdemy of Asian Martial Arts in Sunrise Mall at 882-5088. Karate lessons every Tuesday and Thursday at the Robstown-Nueces County Community Center. Fee is $25. Info: 387-5904. Kids classes for ages 6-12. Beginners at 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Classes include traditional Okinawan karate and Japanese jujitsu. Introductory offer of $99 for the first three months. Call the Acdemy of Asian Martial Arts in Sunrise Mall at 882-5088. Kids Jiu-Jitsu Classes for ages 8 & up are Mon.- Wed. 5:30-6:25 p.m. First week always free. More info: Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 549-3597. Lopez Judo Academy has private lessons for ages 18 and older. Call Sensei Lopez at 853-7944 or go to www.lopezjudoacademy.com. Tiny Tigers classes for ages 4-6 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Class goals will be fitness, focus and fun. Info: Choi’s Taekwondo, 334-8112. Weapons Classes at 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes include traditional Okinawan kobudo (bo, sai, tuifa & eku), samurai sword & escrima (Filipino stick, knife & sword). Introductory offer of $99 for the first three months. Call the Acdemy of Asian Martial Arts in Sunrise Mall at 882-5088. Yang style Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan). Beginners classes at 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Push hand at 10 a.m. Saturday. Taiji is a traditional Chinese martial art practiced by many for its health benefits. Introductory offer of $99 for the first three months. Call the Acdemy of Asian Martial Arts in Sunrise Mall at 882-5088. YWCA Fitness Connection is offering new martial arts classes. Aikido is offered Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m. Tae Kwon Do is offered for children and adults on Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m. Tai Chi is offered Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Water Tai Chi is offered Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m. Cardio Kickboxing is offered Mondays, 7-8 p.m. Water H2O Arthercise, great for arthritis, is offered Mondays, 2-3 p.m. Non-members can attend classes daily for $7 adult and $3 for children. Visit www.ywca.org/ corpuschristi for a new schedule or call 857-5661.

SHOOTING Nueces County 4H Trap & Skeet Club practice is from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays at Corpus Christi Pistol & Rifle Club, Farm-to-Market 763. Free. Call Kimberly at 949-2200 or Kelli at 806-2968. Texas Carbine matches are on the third Sunday of every month at the Starry range. Fee: $20 and sign-up beings at 9:30 a.m. Five interesting stages, short and fast, with a max distance of 80 yards for rifle, 25 yards for pistol, using steel and paper targets. Bring a carbine or a handgun and 100-120 rounds. There also are Defensive-Style Pistol matches on the first Saturday of every month. For information, go to www.texascarbine.com. SOCCER Coastal Bend Women’s Soccer Association is seeking women interested in playing soccer. For information, e-mail cbwsa@aol.com or go to www.cbsa.com. Competitive Soccer Tryouts for the Coastal Bend — see CBYSA’s Web site at www.cbysasoccer.org.

FLAG FOOTBALL: The Cowboys finished second in the Boys & Girls Club of Corpus Christi Junior Division . They are, from left: (Front row) Steven Dominquez, Miquel Izarraras, David Trevino, Eric Gonzalez, Elijah Euresti; (back) Salvador Izarraras, Jacob Nunez. a Freshman Division, ages 5-6 and sophmores ages 7-8. No weight limit. Registration fee $85. Call Robert Krussow at 361-877-1071 or 361-877-2028. Corpus Christi Youth Football League accepting coaches’ applications for the Fall ball season. All varsities, Pee Wee, Junior and Senior Varsity. Call 851-8952. Nueces County Robstown Youth Football League has registration through Jan. 20. Tryouts are Jan. 21 at the Robstown High School football field. Season begins mid-February. Divisions: Freshmen (ages 5-6), Sophomores (7-8), Juniors (9-10) and Seniors (11-12). Fee: $75. Register from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at Nueces County Parks & Rec Department (415 Manor, Robstown). Birth certificate required. Call Arturo Gonzalez Jr. at 361-215-6397 or Lucy Gallegos at 361387-5904. South Texas Youth Football League accepting early online registration for ages 5-12. Go two www.styfl.net. GENERAL AllAmericanSportsRecruiting.com is enrolling high school student-athletes to promote for college athletic scholarships. Call Coach Herrera at 832-523-8797 or email info@allamericansportsrecruiting.com. Ben Garza Gym and Corpus Christi Gym are available for rentals of all occasions, including basketball tournaments, volleyball tournaments and parties. Contact Andy Rodela (Ben Garza Gym) at 884-2194 or Mario Flores (C.C. Gym) at 851-1612. GOLF Corpus Christi Golf Association is seeking new members. Monthly tournaments are held the second Saturday of each month at Oso Golf Course. A meeting and putting tournament are held the Thursday before the golf tournament. Info: 826-8011. Corpus Christi Over 50 Golf Association is seeking new members. Tournaments are held on the third Saturday of each month. Information: John at 8509039 or Cliff at 855-9237. DRGX Golf private lessons by golf coach Carlos Sanchez Flores. Middle school players: $25/hour; high school players: $30/hour; adults: $35/hour. DRGX Golf Academy group golfers is $10 each for a group of five in a one-hour session. Call 361-461-7558. Golf Swing Video Analysis by USGTF golf professional Tim Hofstetter. He’ll give you a swing analysis and an improvement plan. One-hour session, $45. Call 510-4053. L.E. Ramey Golf Course Wednesday Night Scramble tees off at 5:30 p.m. every week. It’s a four to five-man scramble, depending on participation. Fee: $10 to enter, plus $1 for closest to pin. Sign up by 5 p.m. each Wednesday. Everyone welcome. Over 50 Golf Association tournaments are played on the third Saturday every month at 8 a.m. Call John at 850-9039 or Cliff at 855-9237. Over 60 Senior Golf Association is looking for new members. The association usually plays on the last Wednesday of every month. Call Dale McFarland at 991-4947.

Pan American Golf Association’s National Tournament and Convention in 2012 will be in Houston. Need 10 tournament scores to qualify. PAGA accepting all levels handicap. Fee: $60 annually. Monthly meetings on first Tuesday of every month at PAGA Clubhouse. Call Raul at 361-5634435, Noe Guerrero at 361-537-6830, or Juan Garcia 361-510-3600. Senior 60 Golf Association’s next tournament is at 8 a.m. Jan. 25 at Alice Municipal Golf Course. Call 986-6997. Tee2Green Golf Range and Teaching Facility (on Saratoga) has a variety of offers for golfers. Monday Madness Ladies Golf Clinic is 6:30-7:30 p.m. every Monday, any skill level welcomed. Fee: $15. Demo Days every Saturday. Times vary so call the Golf Shop. Club fittings by appointment. Free Junior clinic from 1-2 p.m. every Saturday. Monthly Full Swing and Short Game Clinics 5:30-6:30 p.m. every fourth Tuesday and Wednesday of the month. Fee: $15. Private and group lessons available by PGA teaching pro Marti Longoria-Potts. Video teaching/technology is optional with an extra charge. Call 855-GOLF to schedule your golf lesson or email lprogolfer@msn.com. Gymnastics Gymnastics for boys and girls ages 3 and up at the Corpus Christi Athletic Club. Call 992-7100, Ext. 225.

Kickball Corpus Christi Parks & Rec is offering a Winter Micro-Kickball Co-Ed Youth League for ages 4-6 at Lindale Recreation Center and Oso Recreation Center. Games will be played ever Saturday beginning Feb. 4. Fee: $38 per player. Registration is 3-7 p.m. Jan. 9-27 at both recreation centers. A copy of a birth certificate is required at the time of registration to show proof of eligibility for this league. Volunteer coaches and referees are needed. Call Lindale Recreation Center (3133 Swantner) at 361-855-0392 between 3–7 p.m., Monday – Thursday; or Oso Recreation Center (1111 Bernice) at 361-9913700 between 3–7p.m., Monday – Friday. LACROSSE Corpus Christi Crankshot Lacrosse Club is a men’s club lacrosse team and is always in search of players. Info: cc.lax. tripod.com or e-mail Jamin Welch at cc.lax@hotmail.com. High school boys Lacrosse team will have registration for the Spring 2012 season (Jan. - April). The Flour Bluff Lacrosse Club is again forming a team to play in the Texas High School Lacrosse League. All high school boys grades 9-12 from all area schools are eligible to join this club. Go to www.flourblufflacrosseclub.webs. com for registration information. MARTIAL ARTS 50+ Tai Chi (Taijiquan) and Qigong beginner classes at 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Academy of Asian Martial Arts (Sunrise Mall). Advanced classes begin at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Taiji is a low impact aerobic exercise that improves balance and reduces or relieves many other health problems. Fee: $25/ month. Call 882-5088. Adult Jiu-Jitsu Classes: Morning classes are held Mon.-Wed. 11 a.m.-noon.

SOFTBALL Alamo Academy is offering softball team practices and entire facility rental of its state of the art all indoor academy. Team practices offers Alamo coaches to run practices for 1-2 hours and develop team’s game strategy, hitting, fielding, and pitching skills. Call 852-2287 or go to www.TheAlamoAcademy.com. Alamo Academy is taking registrations for its summer youth softball camps and high school softball bootcamp. Youth camps include 24 hours of instruction, games, drills; lunch; small coach to player ratio, and written evaluation by an Alamo Coach. High School Bootcamp is an intense four week strength & conditioning and softball skill program during the summer for freshman-seniors. Register for youth camp or bootcamp today at www. TheAlamoAcademy.com or 361-852-2287. Aransas Pass Lady Panthers 14-under team looking for experienced players for league and tournament play. Call Roland Pena at 332-1668. CC Fire Select Fastpitch Softball is looking for players for 10U and 12U teams. Must be willing to participate in traveling for competitive tournaments, fundraising and community service activities. Call Jacob Silvas 548-0073 or Velma Silvas 548-9213, or email ccfire08@yahoo.com. CC Force 12U looking experienced players willing to travel. Call Mike White at 215-0938. CC Senior Softball Association seeks players for 50+, 55+, and 60+ leagues. Games are played on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Kiwanis Field. Call Larry Parrack at 361-727-7072. CC Senior Softball Association seeking men over 60 to play slow pitch softball. Games are played Mondays at Kiwanis Field. Call Larry Parrack at 361-727-7072. CC Shock 8-under girls softball team is looking for experienced 7- to 9-year-old coach-pitch players for tournament play. This team will travel some throughout the state year-round. Info: Horacio Salinas at 765-8982 or hsalinas2@stx.rr.com. CCSlammm! traveling select team is having tryouts for 10U, 12U and 14U. Call Ruben Gonzales at 361-688-7153. Corpus Christi Panthers fastpitch team is seeking players in the 10u, 12u and 14u age groups. Call Richard at 361-425-6679. Corpus Christi Twisters girls 12-under fast-pitch team is looking for players for league and tournament play. Call Jesus Mondragon at 687-6300 or 806-0307 or mondragonjj@sbcglobal.net DeLeon’s Sizzling Fastpitch Camp offers beginning and advanced pitching and hitting instruction for individuals or groups ages 8-16. Fee $20 per half-hour session. Call Lila DeLeon at 361-232-2874. Diamond Rage 12-under team looking for experienced players for league and tournament play. Call Rudy at 361-7740884 or Kenneth at 361-232-3333 or email rageru8@aol.com ] Fast-pitching lessons by Iris Rodriguez and Jerry Franco one-on-one instruction for beginners and advanced pitchers. Groups welcome. Fee: $40 for one-hour session. Call 563-8562. Kingsville American Little League registering for girls fast-pitch softball, ages 4 & up. Fee: $25. Teams welcome. Register at Hibbetts Sports in Kingsville every Saturday or call James Davis at 455-4946 or Krystal Villarreal at 246-9800. Kryptonite Slammers Girls 14-under fast pitch team is looking for players to play league ball and tournaments. Call Jesus Mondragon at 361-687-6300 or email kryptoniteslammers@sbcglobal.net, or call Jason Guzman at 361-510-9315. Oil Belt Little League registration 6-8 p.m. Jan. 19 and Jan. 26 at Oil Belt and Lone Star Country Store, also 9 a.m. to

noon Jan. 21, Jan. 28 at Oil Belt and Lone Star Country Store. Tryouts are Feb. 4, Feb. 9 and Feb. 11. Opening ceremonies March 3. Fees: Tee Ball ($45), Coach Pitch ($75), Minor ($95), Major ($95), Junior ($115). Go to www.eteamz.com/oilbelt. Padre Little League Softball’s Spring Season registration is ongoing. Divisions: Coach Pitch, Minor and Major. Call 9915321 (fieldhouse voicemail) or go to www. Padrell.com. Padre Little League Spring registration has registration for instructional tee ball (4-6 years old), coach-pitch (7-8), minors (9-10), majors (11-12) and juniors (13-15). Call 549-0280 or go to www.padrell.com. Sparkling City Girls Fastpitch League is starting its 16-18 under season and tournaments. Call Rudy 774-0884 or email rageru8@aol.com. Softball for Seniors for women over 35 and men over 58. Info: Sharon at 815-8058 or Ricki at 877-3640. Softball instruction by experienced coach for fielding, hitting, pitching, catching and general softball skills. Call Richard at 425-6679 or richardgcctexas@ yahoo.com. South Texas Hard Hitters 14U team is looking for players. Call 361-779-2250. South Texas Rampage 10U Select/ Traveling girls fastpitch team is looking for experienced players and pitcher. Yearround league and tournament play. Call Joe Barerra at 455-1550. Sparkling City Girls Softball League will have Spring season registration 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays until April 16. Divisions for Tee Ball, Coach-Pitch and Fastpitch. Ages 4-14. Call 774-0884.

SWIMMING Bay’s Edge Aquatic Team is a USA swim team open to all levels of swimmers, beginners to Masters. Practices are 6-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the CCISD Natatorium. Summer swim teams also at the Portland Aquatic Center and CCISD Natatorium. Info: 994-9179 or www.swimbeat.com. Coastal Bend AllStars swim team practices at the Natatorium Mon.-Fri. from 6-7:30 p.m. Year-round USA swim team open to all levels. Tryouts free. Info: 563-5062 or www.cbaswimming.com. Club Estates Marlins swim team looking for swimmers interested in year-round and summer-only programs. Practices available in mornings and evenings. Info: 991-0402. Club Estates Adult Swim Instruction. Lessons available Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Info: 991-0402. Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Aquatics Division offers lap swim, water aerobics, general swim, swimming lessons, and splash parties year round at the Corpus Christi Natatorium (878-2337) and Collier Pool (852-0243). Visit www.ccparkandrec.com for more information. PADI Open Water through Dive Master Training available. Open Water Scuba Certification $250 includes use of equipment. Info: 229-3483. Swim lessons — group and private lessons — for all ages at the Corpus Christi Athletic Club. Call 992-7100, Ext. 245. YMCA classes for six months-adult on Mon.- Wed.-Sat.. Fee is $20 (2-week session) for YMCA member, $25 (2-week session) for non-members, free to YMCA family members. Info: 882-1741. YWCA offers lap swim, recreational swim, pool rentals, splash Pilates, aqua Zumba, splash aerobics, water Yoga and more. Non-member daily rate is $7 adults, $3 children. Swim lessons for all ages begin first Saturday of the month yearround; $30 for four lessons / $20 members. Call 857-5661 ext 20.

TENNIS Junior Doubles Only Tennis Tournament is Jan. 20-22 at Corpus Christi Athletic Club. Event is for boys and girls with 14-under and 15-over divisions. Fee: $200 per player. Call the tennis desk at 9927100, ext. 24 or email Bill Morehouse at bmorehouse@ccathletticclub.com Tennis lessons for advanced juniors and beginner/intermediate ladies. Coached by Hall of Fame coaches in high school and college, also coached by Morey Lewis (2-time Rogers Cup Champion). Call Shawn Howell 361-461-2445. Tennis lessons at the H-E-B Tennis Center. Tuesday: 5:15-6:15, men’s 4.0-4.5 doubles clinic; 6:30-8:30, mixed doubles; 6:307 clinic; 7-8:30 match play. Wednesday: 6-7 men’s 3.5 doubles clinic. Instructor: Paul Cass. Private lessons by appointment. Info: 549-9525 or pctennis1@aol.com. Tennis lessons offered through Rob Peterson Tennis Academy for ages 5-17 and adults of all levels. See www.robpetersontennis.com, call 758-1817 or email americantennispro@yahoo.com.

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CC All Star Gym has tumbling, trampoline, cheer and parkor classes available. Call the gym at 852-5333. Tumbling, cheer, dance and modeling classes available at Cinderella Dance, Gym Cheer & Modeling. Call 244-6733.

Volleyball Advanced, middle school and beginners volleyball instruction is 6:30-8:30 Mondays at the Boys & Girls Club and Thursdays at Ben Garza Gym. All classes are $21 per two-hour session. Personal training available upon request. Call Socorro Velazquez at 299-5812 or email soqui13@yahoo.com, Troy Campbell at 852-0658 or email troyis50@yahoo.com or Michelle Lowrance at mlowrance@stx. rr.com. Go to www.bragginrightsvbc.com. CC Diggs Volleyball Club clinics and private lessons. Call Coach Diggs 361-8164605 or Coach Reyna 361-461-2488. CC Diggs Practice Team open to players ages 14-16. Club coaching without the travel commitment or huge fees. Only a few spots remaining. Call Coach Diggs at 816-4605, or Coach Reyna at 461-2488. CC Diggs Volleyball Club is looking for 17u BOYS interested in joining a boys travel team. Call Coach Diggs at 816-4605, or Coach Reyna at 461-2488. CCVC’s next six-week session is Jan. 9-Feb. 13. Fee: $100. It is for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade players who want to improve, play and scrimmage, but not travel. CCVC also is offering private small group lessons every Sunday and Monday. Periodic Sunday clinics for elementary and junior high will continue through April. Call 215-1456 or go to www.ccvolleyball. com or email ccvcvolleyball@live.com. Coastal Volleyball Club is looking for a few experienced volleyball coaches for the upcoming season. Contact Dawna Nims at iteachvball@yahoo.com. Corpus Christi Chapter of Texas Association of Sports Officials is looking for individuals interested in becoming volleyball officials. Season starts in August. Training will be provided. Call 361779-7572 or e-mail jm1490@sbcglobal.net. Indoor Summer Skills Clinic every Sunday 2-3:15 p.m. in the Summer at First United Methodist Church Gym (900 So. Shoreline). Clinics for beginners in 4th through 8th grades. Also clinics for school and club experienced players in 8th grade through high school. Fee: $20 per clinic. Check out the schedule at www.ccvolleyball.com. Call 361-215-1456 or email ccvcvolleyball@live.com. Local non-traveling volleyball program for girls grades 6-8. Includes instruction on skills and scrimmages. Six-week session is $100. Call coach Susan at 361-2151456 or email ccvcvolleyball@live.co

wrestling RC Wrestling has children from ages 3-18 who compete all year in folkstyle, freestyle and greco. We practice 2 to 3 times a week and travel to tournaments thoughout Texas. Call 361-548-0278.

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Use screens to give new life to a room I caught screen fever at an early age. I was just a little kid, playing at my friend’s house, when I happened into her dining room and spotted the most amazing floor screen standing behind the buffet. The large screen was bold and beautiful, stretching almost to the ceiling, and it sucked me in with a force stronger than gravity. Years later, when I was furnishing my own home, I knew I had to use a few screens, not only because they are stylish but also because they can be used to solve a host of decorating dilemmas. Screens are amazing decorating tools. They can singlehandedly ground a room without eating up much space or making the area feel cluttered. No matter what style you like, you’ll fi nd a screen that will make your heart flutter and bring your room alive. How about a simple wooden screen featuring

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louvered shutters? A regal screen featuring an Oriental motif? One that sports rustic leather veneer or tarnished mirrors? Once you find a screen you adore – or two, or three or maybe even four, like I have – you’ll discover a million ways to use it. Here are a few suggestions: In your dining room, you can put a screen behind a buffet, like my friend’s mom did. In a living room, stand one behind a furniture grouping to pull all the pieces together. Or you can use two matching screens to flank a sofa, placing an end table or side chair in front of each one. I also like to put shorter screens that measure just 4 or 5 feet tall on top of buffets, fireplace mantels or bookcases to

serve as oversized pieces of artwork. Screens are masters at separating different spaces in your home. If your home has large, lofty rooms, like a loft condo, or rooms that flow into one another with no natural break, use a screen or two to define and separate spaces. Screens are also great tools in bathrooms that have a floor plan that’s more open than you’d like. You can use a screen to partition off the bathtub or stool, or to create a private dressing area. You can also use a screen to conceal less attractive features. For example, a friend placed a screen in front of her washer and dryer so her laundry room looked more inviting and less utilitarian

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Screens can singlehandedly ground a room without eating up much space or making the area feel cluttered.

when it wasn’t in use. Then, on wash day, she just folded back the screen and got to work. Do you have a stagnant spot in your home that just needs something to spice it up? Maybe it’s a dark corner or a blank wall longing for some kind of spark. In my home, it was an awkward corner in the living room, a spot sandwiched between two windows. Nothing seemed to look right there, until I tried a hand-painted screen. The instant I put the screen in that do-nothing

corner, the seating arrangement felt more intimate and cozy. Another spot that bothered me was the oversized landing on my staircase. The spot was too small to hold a piece of furniture, but too big to stand empty. When I placed a screen in the spot to see how it looked, I was thrilled -- it made the spot look cozy, filled with character and charm. You can also use screens as window treatments. Put a pair of tall, matching screens on either side of a

window, unfolding them just a bit so they cover a few inches on each side of the window, just like drapery panels. They do a great job of framing the window without blocking the light. Or, put a screen between a piece of furniture and a particularly sunny window to help filter out some light and protect your textiles from fading. The column has been adapted from Mary Carol Garrity’s blog at www.nellhills.com. She can be reached at marycarol@ nellhills.com.

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Remodeled home stays true to its history By KIM PALMER Minneapolis Star Tribune

Most people who update their homes want them to look bigger, better and newer. But Brita Hansen and Eric Hazen wanted their remodeled Minneapolis home to look like its small, 1880s self. “We really liked the proportions of the original house and the gables,” Hansen said. They bought the house, their fi rst, in 2004. And while they loved their location and didn’t want to move, they were ready for something a little roomier, more functional and more refined. That posed a dilemma: How do you expand a modest house without making it look like a bloated McMansion in a neighborhood where many of the homes date back to the 19th century? The solution wasn’t quick or easy, but the end result was worth the time and toil. Today, the newly remodeled home blends with its neighbors while still giving the couple another 750 square feet of living space in addition to the 1,100 they started with. In the process, Hansen and Hazen kept the things they love about their home: its traditional gabled look, the neighborhood and their deep lot. (Both are avid gardeners, interested in edible landscaping and urban homesteading.) And they’ve fixed the things they didn’t love: not enough bedroom space and a strange staircase that divided the living room.

The couple did a lot of the work themselves, with help from relatives and friends, including demolition, tilework and interior painting. That saved them about $70,000 off the cost of the remodeling, their designer estimated. “We like the creative process, especially working with tile,” Hansen said. But they knew that designing an addition and integrating it with the existing house was going to be way beyond their DIY skills, so they turned to Otogawa-Anschel DesignBuild. “It was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever designed -- resolving the exterior so it’s in scale and style with its surroundings,” said Michael Anschel, principal/designer at Otogawa-Anschel. “We went through version after version. There was a lot of thinking, digesting and sharing of ideas -- a lot of minds coming together.” The final design of the remodeled home was inspired by an off hand suggestion to build another house next to the original one. “That was a really good idea,” Anschel said. “It ended up solving a lot of issues.” Instead of one big boxy addition, the addition is recessed in the middle of the house to minimize its visual impact from the street. Inside, instead of bigger multiuse spaces, the couple have compact cozy rooms more typical of the home’s original era than of today’s open floor plans. “We wanted relatively small, functional spaces,”

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To save money and indulge their DIY impulses, Brita Hansen and Eric Hazen installed the kitchen’s tile backsplash and shelving.

Hansen said. “That was important to us, rather than having large rooms you don’t use.” The remodeled home exudes Old World charm but many of the features that contribute to it aren’t original. When the couple bought the Victorian-era house, it had none of the decorative flourishes associated with that time period. “It was a workingman’s house, probably a railroad worker,” Hansen said. “There probably never were a lot of fancy things here to salvage,” Hazen added. So the couple gave their house a charm retrofit. Their antique buffet is an architectural salvage piece. The gleaming wood floors in the kitchen are made from local elms, salvaged and processed by Wood From the Hood. The vintage and vintage-look tiles, light fixtures and woodwork were salvaged, found on eBay and crafted by handy friends. Before the couple picked up their paintbrushes, Anschel developed a Victori-

an-inspired color palette of peaches and plums, greens and golds. The historic colors, cozy rooms and vintage touches seamlessly blend the old and new sections of the house. “My favorite comment is when someone says, ‘I can’t tell what is original

and what is the addition,’ “ Hazen said. “That, to me, is a huge compliment.” The couple use every room, as they intended. “There’s no wasted space,” Hansen said. And they agree that the remodeling has made their house much more livable. “It’s really enjoyable to be in

these spaces,” Hazen said. That’s good, because they plan to live there a very long time. “We’ve put so much of ourselves into this house ... ,” Hazen said. “... we’re staying here until we’re too feeble to get up and down the stairs,” said Hansen.

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The expanded home’s exterior was designed to blend in with its Minneapolis neighborhood.

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it’s usually possible to do whatever you want when it comes to home improvement, but you have to consider if the result will be worth the cost of the project. In your case, this can be an expensive venture with not a lot of payback. You have a top-mount-

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ed kitchen sink. Basically, that’s a hole cut into the existing countertop, then you simply drop in the sink. An under-mount sink is usually installed before the counter is put into place. Then, the counter is placed on top of the sink and locks the sink into place. However, the advantage you have with the drop-in style is that the sink can be removed fairly easily, and then you can install a new sink to the existing counter. It won’t be an undermount sink, but you can

go with a new cast-iron sink that can be any color and configuration that you like. This can be an affordable “counter offer” that you can present to your husband! Master plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg(at)cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.

Decadent gold, demure bronze, lavish silver and refined nickel bring a warmth and regality that just can’t be achieved by their matte counterparts. Design experts share tips on how to incorporate the metallic trend in your home. SPRAY IT ON

Metallic spray paint is perfect for sprucing up an inexpensive wreath, which can hang year-round in the kitchen. For the most dramatic effect, bring metallics into your home in small doses.

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Incorporating metallic accents from one space to the next creates a sense of continuity. Montague relies on ethnic gold and brass accessories from her travels to bring a shot of sparkle to each room at Peacock Pavilions. “I love mixing in small metallic items to tablescapes and

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For Kirsten Grove of design blog Simply Grove, metallics should be incorporated into the home in unexpected ways. “Add a bright gold picture frame in with a cluster of traditional black or white or mix a silver pillow in with a bunch of colored fabrics.” LET THERE BE LIGHT

If you’re ready to incorporate metallics into your home on a grander scale, consider wall treatments. Try a wallpaper pattern that has a low sheen, which gives a room depth and interest. JUST ADD BLACK

For serious drama, nothing creates more impact than high-contrast gold on black. “I’m crazy for metallics paired with black for jaw-dropping sex appeal,” says Maryam Montague, owner of boutique hotel Peacock Pavilions in Marrakech, Morocco.

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The Nueces County Medical Society Alliance ladies held their annual Holiday Coffee at the lovely home of Dr. and Mrs. Miguel Deleon. The Dec. 15 event served as a holiday get-together for these hardworking ladies, but also was a charitable fundraiser. This time, the organization raised $2,500 for the Shop with a Cop program, which meant that an amazing group of underprivileged Smith Elementary School kids were able to celebrate a real Christmas with their families. Texas Medical Alliance Association President Bridget McKeever was on hand to tell the ladies about their successful fundraising efforts. McKeever, along with Sunshine Moore, the alliance member responsible for the program, presented the check to school counselors Christin Leggett and Gail Tatum . These ladies told everyone in attendance about the kids who would be receiving these funds, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. The ladies also mentioned that as a result of community donations and donations from school staff, about 45 children could be helped. Alliance President Nancy Beauchamp also updated members on the organization’s many upcoming activities and events while everyone enjoyed coffee, egg soufflé, coffee cake and the alliance’s signature annual culinary favorite, praline bacon. Also seen around the coffee urn was Erin Wilder, an alliance past

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president, and other alliance members including Elizabeth Vanexan, Bonnie Dugan , Pooja Bindingnavele and Nilza Gonzalez .

UPCOMING EVENTS ■ Sacred Heart School’s 12th annual Winter Gala committee is gearing up for a fantastic night of food, music, dancing, and fun as they prepare to raise money to help fund the students’ continuing academic achievements. This year’s “A Black and White Affair” is at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Sacred Heart School in Rockport. Patrons will be able to don their favorite black and white ensembles and polish up their dancing shoes and dance to tunes

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — If you think Ski Town USA is only about the skiing, think again. Winter in Steamboat Springs can be a time to try everything from fly-fishing to hot-air ballooning to skinny dipping in a remote natural hot springs. Want some indoor activities? How about Pilates, knitting classes or throwing a bowl on a potter’s wheel. All that variety exists because of

the balance Steamboat has struck as a vacation destination and a town in its own right. In fact, the number of hotel beds is nearly equal to the number of residents — about 12,000. In years like the current one, when ski resorts in Colorado have had a slow start because of a dearth of snow, the off-the-slope activities have salvaged many a vacation. Steamboat Springs, located about 150 miles northwest of Denver, was named in the 1860s by French fur trappers who thought the mineral springs they heard sounded like a steamboat. Its nickname, Ski Town USA, recognizes that Steamboat has produced more winter Olympians than any other town in North America: 79, including 17 who went in 2010. “Laid-back. Genuine. Fun. There’s arguably no other resort

that surpasses Steamboat’s downto-earth vibe,” SKI Magazine wrote in ranking Steamboat No. 8 in its 2011 Top North American Resort Guide. Steamboat has been working to hold onto that down-to-earth feeling while spending $1 billion over the past five years on “Steamboat Unbridled,” a renovation and improvement effort for the town, the base of the ski area, and the Steamboat/Hayden airport, located 25 miles west of town. Nearly complete, it has given the area a fresher, funkier look and feel. Activities in Steamboat are grouped into three general areas; on Mount Werner near the Steamboat Ski Area, in the Old Town district three miles away, or out of town in Routt County. Free public bus serSee COLORADO, 3G

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Inside Society/Books Calendar Wednesday: Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 73rd anniversary Nuestro Exito annual Gala and Awards Ceremony; Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center; 887-7408 Wednesday: Ninth annual Best Places to Work in the Coastal Bend luncheon; guest speaker is Richard Froeschle and the event is hosted by Corpus Christi Human Resource Management Association; Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center; 561-4251 Saturday: NAACP 42nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Fund Banquet; 2012 Distinguished Guest Speaker will be Benjamin Todd Jealous, the organization’s national president and chief executive officer; American Bank Center; 361-5489489 or NAACP@Sprint. Blackberry.net Jan. 26: South Texas Public Broadcasting’s 24th annual Food and Wine Classic; guests will enjoy domestic and imported wines and food from South Texas restaurants; Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History; 855-2213 or www. kedt.org Jan. 28: Sacred Heart School’s 12th annual Winter Gala; dinner, dancing, music by Flashback and auction; Sacred Heart School, Rockport; 361-729-2672 Jan. 28: The Flour Bluff/ Padre Island Coastal Cotillion’s Presentation Ball; Holiday Inn Emerald Beach; 937-9278 Jan. 28: Junior League of Corpus Christi’s Fairy Tale Ball; Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center; 986-4500, ext. 1248, or www.jlcc.org Jan. 28: John Paul II High School’s second annual Black and Gold Gala; music from The Spazmatics, dinner, silent and live auction, drawing for 2012 Nissan Frontier pickup; L&F Distributors; 855-5744 or cnye@jpiihighschool.org Jan. 28: 24th annual Tour of Homes on Mustang Island hosted by the Port Aransas Garden Club; tickets, refreshments and silent auction items will be available at the Port Aransas Community Center during tour hours starting at 8:30 a.m.; 361-319-2925 Feb. 3: Fiesta de los Niños, a Driscoll Children’s Hospital fundraiser; silent, live and bid-board auctions, barbecue and musical performance by country

singer Tracy Lawrence; American Bank Center Exhibit Hall; 694-6405 or www.driscollchildrens.org/ giving Feb. 8: The Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce’s State of the City Luncheon; Mayor Joe Adame will be featured speaker; American Bank Center; 881-1800 Feb. 10: “Grab Your Pardner ... and Round Up Your Heart for a Child” event, an Odyssey After School Enrichment Program fundraiser; Western-themed dinner and dance with live music; Paws & Taws Convention Center, Rockport-Fulton; 361-729-0973 or www. odysseyafterschool.org Feb. 11: The Order of the Sparkling City’s Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball; Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center; live music, casino tables, dancing, beads, a cash bar, raffle and silent auction; 777-0437 Feb. 15: League of United Latin American Citizens Council No. 1’s Outstanding Community Leaders Awards and Banquet; event coincides with National LULAC Week and features Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp as keynote speaker and master of ceremonies will be state Rep. Todd Hunter; Omni Bayfront Hotel; 241-4535 Feb. 16: Sixth annual Patriotic Series presented by Maxine Flourney 3rd Coast Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force; dinner with a former director of British Special Forces; Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center; 813-6551 Feb. 22: Charity League Style Show and Luncheon; featured designer will be kate spade new york; proceeds will benefit HALOFlight; American Bank Center; 960-0698 March 1: 32nd annual Y Women in Careers Awards Banquet; YWCA Corpus Christi; 857-5661, ext. 13, or ywca.org/corpuschristi April 3: Inaugural Champions of Children Gala — Honoring the Unsung Heroes; fundraiser for Communities In Schools; dinner and award ceremony; Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz Center; 361-696-4050 Compiled by Mary Ann Cavazos. Planning a society event? Contact metrodesk@caller.com.

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NEW ORLEANS — Inside Louisiana’s Civil War Museum, battle flags line the walls. Uniforms, swords and long-barreled guns fill museum cases beside homespun knapsacks, dented canteens and tiny framed pictures of wives that soldiers carried into battle. In the back, there’s a collection devoted to Jefferson Davis, onetime president of the Confederacy formed by the southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861, complete with his top hat and fancy shoes at the spot where his body once lay in state. It’s all housed in a little red stone building next door to the bigger and much more heavily visited Ogden Museum of Southern Art and near the National World War II Museum. Yet 150 years after the Civil War, the little museum finds itself struggling — like others both in the North and South — to make changes and stay relevant with new generations. For some museums, that means more displays on African-Americans or exhibits on the roles women played as combatants and spies. For others, it means adding digital maps and electronic displays to attract tech-savvy youth. Or it may simply mean adopting a wider, more holistic approach to the war — without taking sides. But it’s not always easy for museums to update their exhibits because of the high costs, curators say. And some would-be visitors’ dollars are kept away by the perception that Southern Civil War museums are one-sided — or even racist — because of the legacy of slavery in the South. “It’s a challenge on several fronts, one is getting enough money for it,” said John Coski, historian and library director at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va. “Most have recognized the need to make the transition to a more mod-

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Infantry items appear on display at Louisiana’s Civil War Museum in New Orleans. The museum is housed in a little red stone building next door to the bigger and much more heavily visited Ogden Museum of Southern Art and near the National World War II Museum.

ern perspective, but for some that’s a struggle. Especially in the South, there are still strong feelings about some of these museums.” Louisiana’s museum opened in 1891, then called “Confederate Memorial Hall: The Battle Abbey of the South.” The combative name was dropped in the 1960s and today it’s seeking a “more inclusive, broader” perspective, museum curator Patricia Ricci said. It has been invited to become affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, which will further spur the effort to showcase a more modern interpretation of the war. The museum has the second largest collection of Confederate artifacts in the U.S. Visitors can view the uniforms of eight Confederate generals from Louisiana, rare swords and rifles, more than 125 original battle flags and rare photographs. Ricci, the museum’s curator of 31 years, notes that fewer people have visited the museum with each decade since the 1950s. But the 150th anniversary offers hope that a tide of new visitors will arrive. Atten-

dance in December was up by 800 people over 2010, Ricci said. The 150th anniversary observances began in April with the commemoration of the first shots fired at Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina. It will end in four years with remembrances of the Confederate surrender at Appomattox in Virginia. For now, the Confederate Museum draws just a fraction of the visitors who flock to bigger museums nearby, averaging about 16,000 people a year. That’s down from some 20,000 visitors before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. The museum’s main revenue source is the $7 fee collected from each visitor, leaving it scrambling to make ends meet. Many of the artifacts are in need of restoration; the building needs a new slate roof and still lacks handicapped facilities. “We have to be very frugal,” Ricci said. “I look at the World War II museum, which gets millions of visitors, and wish we could get just part of that.”

Las Donas announces coronation plans The public is cordially invited to attend the 59th annual Buccaneer Days Coronation, “The Court of Splendorous Royal Palaces,”presented by Las Donas de la Corte on May 3 at the American Bank Center Selena Auditorium. This event has a tradition of providing Corpus Christi with a spectacular show as part of the city’s annual Buccaneer Days festivities. Mrs. M.

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nas, announced that this year’s pageant will again include performances by area high school students, making it a communitywide event. The Coronation Pageant will begin at 7:30 p.m. and be immediately followed by the Coronation Reception, which will be held upstairs in the Henry Garrett Ballroom. Guests will have an opportunity to greet the

Duchesses, the Royalty and their families. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. The stage design for “The Court from Splendorous Royal Palaces” will once again be created by Dennis Randolph and his associates at Strong Productions of Austin, according to Mrs. Martin C. Davis , Coronation chairwoman.

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The women of the Nueces County Medical Society Alliance honored the group’s past presidents at the Dec. 15 event.

Charity League, Inc. President Allison Webster has announced that the annual Charity League Style Show and Luncheon will be Feb. 22 at the American Bank Center. This year’s theme, “Mystics of Morocco,” will feature the designs of kate spade new york. Proceeds from the event will benefit HALO-Flight. The event will begin with an 11 a.m. reception followed by the style show at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served following the style show. Tickets are $60 each or

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$600 for a table of 10. All tickets may be purchased by mailing checks payable to: “Charity League,” P.O. Box 6757, Corpus Christi, TX 78466-6757. A pre-addressed return envelope should be included with the reservation request. For more information call the reservations chairwoman at 361-960-0698. Charity League is a nonprofit group of 40 women who have been raising funds annually for local charitable projects for the

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by Flashback. With dove hunts, fishing trips, yacht cruising, jewelry, art, and more on the auction tables, the night promises to offer something for everyone. Selected art work and crafts by the students will lend an extra dimension of exciting bidding. Dinner will be catered by White Stripes Catering. Cost: $70. Information: 361-729-2672. ■■Guests in black tie attire will be taking a walk on the wild side at the American Bank Center at 6 p.m. Feb. 18, because the theme for the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Ball is “Wild at Heart.” Co-chairs Chris and Robert Adler and Bonnie and Dr. Jack Dugan are planning a spectacular evening complete with a three course gourmet dinner, live, silent, and bid

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board auctions, and dancing and musical entertainment by Flashback. With the support of title sponsor Reliant Energy and other community partners, the Heart Ball will help fund cardiovascular disease research and education programs. The 2012 Honorees are Dr. Isabel Menendez and Dr. Carlos Martinez

Quinones and Thetis and County Judge Loyd Neal . Transplant recipient Sam Susser will be the eve-

ning’s profiled survivor. Cost: $250. Information: 361-692-0606. Freelancer Sarah Tindall writes about charity events, social organizations and local nonprofits. Contact her at srjtindall@gmail.com.

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past 78 years. Last year, the league raised $207,345 for the Miracle League of Corpus Christi. Chairwomen for “Mystics of Morocco” are: Ashley Cocke and Cindy Segrest , style show; Victoria Anderson and Tracy Fraiche, social; Michelle Ezell and Jettie Powers, appreciation; Stephanie Hannigan and Lyn Wigington, fundraising; Amanda Fields and Tricia Vela , prizes; Stacey Lesly, publicity; Wendy Moore and Meredith Ryan, reservations; and Dana Madry, welfare.


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OLD TOWN STEAMBOAT Many of the top attractions in town are run by the city. These include Howelsen Hill, Colorado’s oldest ski area in continuous use (since 1915), and the indoor Howelsen Ice Arena. Another local attraction is Old Town Hot Springs, which has been drawing tourists to the site for more than 100 years and is run by a nonprofit organization. The Hot Springs offer several outdoor pools heated to varying temperatures for laps or soaking, two water slides and an aquatic climbing wall. A cardio room and massage treatments are also available.

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A short ride from the better-known and much larger Chiang Mai, it houses a number of small travel agencies whose personnel will arrange a visit (on foot, by elephant or by boat on the Mekong River) to the Hill Tribes in the mountainous Golden Triangle of Thailand, where Thailand meets Cambodia and Laos. The Hill Tribes, living much as people did during the Stone Age, are fascinating to visit, and they will put you up for an overnight stay (or two nights) in their thatched huts on stilts.

pand your consciousness. 10. Kenya: On an overland safari expedition from Nairobi into the Masai Mara and the Serengeti (without roads or power lines), you will see the world as it looked before human beings inhabited it. In Kenya, you are guaranteed to see tens of thousands of animals — wildebeest, giraffes, lions,

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post in a Muslim nation, it is inhabited by some of the most gracious people on Earth, who invite you to witness their religious processions, wedding ceremonies and joyous funerals. Making a base in the village of Ubud in the central highlands (which I greatly prefer to the beach areas of Bali, heavily visited by Australian surfers), I enjoy one of the cheapest vacations on Earth, and yet one that is a profound cultural experience, supplemented by shopping expeditions to the arts and crafts shops of skilled artisans in the other villages that surround Ubud. 3. Paris: I can never get enough of this glorious capital, whose beauty has been so well-captured in Woody Allen’s recent “Midnight in Paris� film. To me, Paris is on the frontier of virtually every subject I care about: cuisine (its restaurants and open-air markets are legendary), art (its museums and galleries are countless), theater (numerous

Caribbean’s less developed islands (90 percent of it is a national park), it also is the site of Maho Bay Camps, a unique vacation complex of canvas-sided bungalows on a hillside overlooking a breathtaking ocean view. By comparison with most Caribbean resorts, Maho Bay is moderate in cost, patronized by unpretentious, intellectually curious Americans and open for the next two years (before its lease expires). 5. Cairo, Egypt: Though we will have to wait awhile until the political discord of Egypt subsides, we eventually will return to the great sights of Cairo — the Pyramids, the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum with its relics of Tut, the Nile and its river trips to Upper Egypt (Aswan, Luxor, Abu Simbel). These come as close to being indispensable destinations as any I know. 6. Bonaire, one of the ABC islands of the Southern Caribbean, a scubadiving capital. After taking a short “resort course,� you will find yourself hanging weightless some 60 feet below the surface of the sea, viewing an enchanting sight of sea life and vegetation. And all this is enjoyed on a small, laid-back and lightly populated island, without the pressures and commerce of the better-known tropics.

and yet with several gourmet restaurants (featuring Dungeness crab at some), a number of small motel-like lodgings and a good beach — in sum, the ideal spot for a stop in the course of a motoring trip along the breathtaking (and largely undeveloped) Oregon coast.

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playhouses and concert halls), life of the mind (its newspapers, colleges and forums are an endless source of new solutions) and history. Its residents, contrary to a popular misunderstanding, actually are quite friendly; and its prices are reasonable to the tourist who takes the time to research the options.

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Author tells how social technology aids businesses By Melissa Plowman Special to Scripps Newspapers

“The Thank You Economy” by Gary Vaynerchuck explains how businesses must learn to adapt their marketing strategies to take advantage of platforms that have completely transformed consumer culture and society as a whole. Social technology has become a mainstream in today’s businesses, but many are still reluctant to get on board. One might even assume that technology is not the way to build a warm fuzzy relationship with a customer. Vaynerchuk debunks this idea by spotlighting several reasons why technology and social media are the perfect — and in this business atmosphere — the only ways we can reach out and interact with customers. Vaynerchuk is an entrepreneur who started WineLibrary.com in 1997 at a time when there were no wine stores online. People thought

he was crazy at the time, but the business has since become wildly successful. In “The Thank You Economy,” he documents how he took social media like Facebook and Twitter to bring his business attention, recognition and rapport with customers. Vaynerchuk explains how people are talking all over the Internet using Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Yelp and other social media outlets in good and bad ways about businesses. He points out that if we take the initiative to engage these conversations, we will earn customers for life. He believes this also is true when a disgruntled customer posts something negative online because the business has an opportunity to interact personally with the unhappy customer and make things right. This is Vaynerchuk’s second book and is written in easy-to-read chapters that even the busiest entrepreneur can digest in a sitting. He explains the history of customer

Anniversaries

MR. & MRS. PLOMARITY

50TH ANNIVERSARY

Harry and Thalia Plomarity of Corpus Christi celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple were married Jan. 14, 1962, at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Shreveport, La. They have two children and two grandchildren.

MR. & MRS. WHITLEY

65TH ANNIVERSARY

relations of the mom and pop shop versus the transition small business must make in light of social media. In today’s business environment, building relationships with customers is necessary to long-term success. He includes lots of ideas and ways for businesses to start their own social media policies and actions as well as hiring individuals who would be suited to handling this side of a business. I would recommend this book to anyone starting a new business and needing a social media model or the older businesses who need to figure out their social media role.

Leibovitz’s latest photos carry personal meaning By Sharon Galligar Chance Special to Scripps Newspapers

Annie Leibovitz is probably one of the most prolific and admired photographers of her time. Known for her eccentric and moving portraits as well as her work with Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair magazines, Leibovitz’s work is instantly recognizable by nearly everyone who knows great photography. Her latest collection of photographs, found in her new book, “Pilgrimage,” is not of the usual celebrity fare, but a far more personal group of photographs of places and things that meant a lot to the photographer. In a description of the book, Leibovitz describes the project as a one in which she chose the subjects she photographed “sim-

ply because they meant something to her.” And surprisingly, the result is images of things that will mean a lot to everyone, in one way or another. Leibovitz made trips to the homes of favored authors, including Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Louisa May Alcott, Emerson and Thoreau. She photographed a beautiful white dress of Dickinson’s, highlighting the beautiful detailing in what at first seems to be a simple gown. She captured the beauty of Walden Pond, where Thoreau drew inspiration for his famed writings. She also grasped the tragic and intense beauty of the river where author Virginia Woolf drowned herself. The photographer also visited historic places in

America, including the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. She includes photographs of Abraham Lincoln’s draft of the Gettysburg Address, as well as the hat and gloves he was wearing the night of his assassination — powerful images that still show evidence of the slain president’s blood. National parks are represented in this collection, from Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park to Niagara Falls, which is shown in awe-inspiring color on the cover of the book. Other images in this coffee-table-sized edition included Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Georgia O’Keefe’s New Mexican desert, Sigmund Freud’s London home and Marion Anderson’s beautiful con-

cert dress, which she wore on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. And with each photograph, Leibovitz describes what capturing the image meant to her and why she chose each one to include in this book. “Pilgrimage” is a powerful representation not only of Leibovitz and her influences, but also of historical events and places that are near and dear to many others’ hearts. This is a book to be savored again and again. Each time, something new pops out of the photographs to capture the reader’s delight.

9. “The Petite Advantage Diet” by Jim Karas

(Mariner)

9. “The Next Always” by

Best-sellers

Dean Koontz (Bantam)

(HarperOne)

(Knopf)

Robert K. Massie (Random House)

King (Scribner)

MASS MARKET pAPERBACKS 1. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg

2. “Death Comes to Pemberley” by P.D. James 3. “11/22/63” by Stephen 4. “Locked On” by Tom

Clancy with Mark Greaney (Putnam) 5. “Kill Alex Cross” by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

6. “The Litigators”

by John Grisham (Doubleday)”Death Comes to Pemberley” by P.D. James (Knopf) 7. “The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing) 8. “Red Mist” by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam Adult)

9. “Explosive Eighteen”

by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)

10. “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” by Stieg Larsson (Knopf)

HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. “Steve Jobs: A Biography” by Walter

Isaacson (Simon & Schuster)

2. “Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co.)

3. “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura

Hillenbrand (Random House) 4. “The 17 Day Diet” by Dr. Mike Moreno (Free Press)

5. “Guinness World Records 2012” (Guinness World Records)

6. “Go the F--k to Sleep” by Adam Mansbach

(Akashic)

7. “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman

(Ferrar, Straus & Giroux)

8. “Through My Eyes”

by Tim Tebow with Nathan Whitaker (Harper)

10. “Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman” by

8. “The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead” by Max Brooks (Three Rivers)

Nora Roberts (Berkley)

Wedding

Almaguer/ Moreno WEDDING

Nevolena Bernal Almaguer and Crispin Garcia Moreno, both of Corpus Christi, were married Jan. 14, 2012, at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church. The bride is the daughter of Juan and Nevolena Bernal of Corpus Christi. The groom is the son of Adolfo and Carmen Moreno of Corpus Christi.

‘Lunatics’ fun but lacks Dave Barry’s typical wit By Dinesh Ramde Associated Press

In his popular books and newspaper columns, Dave Barry displays such a zany wit that on the rare occasions he’s being serious he actually has to specify, “I am not making this up.” Unfortunately, that charm is lacking in “Lunatics,” a novel he co-wrote with “Saturday Night Live” writer Alan Zweibel. The book is certainly engaging and creative, and the reader is constantly wondering what will happen next, but the humor is more muted. The comedy lies more in the story’s sheer outlandishness. “Lunatics” is the story

of a mild-mannered man who, while refereeing a girls’ soccer game, angers a distinctly loathsome parent. A simple offside call touches off a series of escalating confrontations and adventures that, somehow, end up having global implications. The outlandish scenarios are certainly entertaining, and as bizarre as their adventures are, there’s a strange sense of believability to the story. “Lunatics” has plenty of bright spots, including moments of potty humor that are sophomoric yet hysterical. The book is creative, unusual and over the top. Just don’t expect it to be as laugh-a-minute as a typical Dave Barry column.

10. “God Is Not Great”

by Christopher Hitchens (Twelve)

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Larsson (Vintage)

2. “Spirit Bound” by

Christine Feehan (Jove)

3. “The Girl Who Played with Fire” by Stieg Larsson

(Vintage)

4. “The Jefferson Key” by

Steve Berry (Ballantine)

5. “A Game of Thrones”

by George R.R. Martin (Bantam) 6. “Hidden Summit” by Robyn Carr (Mira)

7. “Smokin’ Seventeen”

by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)

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HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “77 Shadow Street” by

Jo and John Whitley of Corpus Christi celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. The couple were married Dec. 22, 1946, in Dallas. They have two children, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Vasquez-Perez Wedding

8. “A Clash of Kings” by George R.R. Martin (Bantam)

9. “Moonlight in the Morning” by Jude Deveraux (Pocket Star)

10. “Toys” by James

Patterson and Neil McMahon (Vision)

TRADE PAPERBACKS 1. “The Help” by Kathryn

Stockett (Putnam Adult)

2. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson (Vintage)

3. “The Tiger’s Wife: A Novel” by Tea Obreht

(Random House)

4. “Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back” by

April Pauline Vasquez and Michael Kris Perez, both of Corpus Christi, were married Dec. 17, 2011 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of David and Tina Vasquez and granddaughter of Manuela Castro and the late Moises Castro Sr. and Rudy and Elisa Vasquez. The groom is the son of Deborah Perez and the late Jimmy Perez and the grandson of the late Ramon and the late Marina Sanchez and Delfino Erevia and the late Mary Helen Erevia and Abelardo and Juanita Perez. All of Corpus Christi.

Todd Burpo, Sonja Burpo, Colton Burpo and Lynn Vincent (Thomas Nelson)

Maid of honor included the groom’s sister, Melody Perez. Bridesmaids included Eunice Jaquez, and the bride’s cousins, Stephanie and Katie Salinas. Best Man was the grooms cousin, Raymond Sanchez Jr. Groomsmen included the bride’s brother, Matthew Vasquez and Ryan Johnston and Fernando Fernandez Jr.

(Vintage)

The bride is a graduate of Moody High School and Del Mar College and is attending Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The groom is a graduate of Carroll High School and a graduate of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

5. “The Girl Who Played with Fire” by Stieg Larsson

6. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by

Rebecca Skloot (Broadway)

7. “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”

by Jonathan Safran Foer

The bride works as a pharmacy technician at Bay Area Hospital. The groom is employed as a piano accompanist at Flour Bluff High School and pianist at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Also, he is the music director at the Harbor Playhouse. The couple took a wedding trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. The couple will reside in Corpus Christi. CAL564923

Maleree M. Gutierrez of Corpus Christi, Texas and Justin J. Garza of Portland, Texas, were united in Holy Matrimony Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Calvary Lighthouse Church in Portland, Texas. Pastor M. Craig Stallard performed the ceremony which was attended by close family & friends. Music was performed by Jolene Stallard. The bride is the daughter of Alex and Ivonne Gutierrez, granddaughter of Johnnie and the late Maggie Garza and Joe and the late Estanislada Gutierrez. The groom is the son of Victor Garza of Portland,Texas and Jennifer Mosquera of Richmond, Texas and the grandson of Maria Luisa and the late Raul Garza and Albert and Lucy Villanueva. Matron of honor was Megan Vallejo, cousin of the bride. Bridesmaids were Stephanie Holt, Gina Ridley, and Kaira Lewis. Jr. Bridesmaid was Mia Lewis. Flower girls were Kaily Ortegon and Mykenzie Carpenter. Best man was Hunter Garza, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Patrick Mireles, Gabe Ramirez and Vince Gutierrez. Ushers were Jesse Lopez and Alexander Lewis. Guest also included Carol Stallard (Rev. M. Craig Stallard), Rev. Rod & Paula Carpenter, Richard & Amber Ortegon, Ronell & Rachel Lewis, Hector and Annette Rodriguez, Alonzo and Judy Gutierrez, Kenneth & Joyce Rives, Abel & Belinda Gutierrez, John & Anna Gonzalez, Maria DeJesus Garza, Karen Rodriguez, Leonard Hoyt, Roeanne and Melody Peppard. A dinner reception followed the ceremony in the Calvary Lighthouse Church Hall. After a honeymoon cruise to Cozumel, the couple will reside in Portland, Texas where Justin is employed with the Postal Service and Maleree is employed with Advance America Loan Co. CAL564908

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Dear Abby: I retired two years ago at age 50 after working for 30 years. My wife and I are financially secure and I’m enjoying every day of my retirement. However, my wife — who is younger — won’t be eligible to retire from her job for another five years. She is becoming more and more abrasive toward me. I suspect it’s because she’s jealous of my retirement status. She constantly accuses me of being lazy. Abby, I don’t sit around all day. In addition to doing the yard work, house upkeep, and repair and maintaining our cars, I do all the grocery shopping, help with the laundry, dishes, general cleanup and take care of our pets. Despite all this, my wife still bemoans my sleeping late in the morning

(9 a.m.) and not going to a regular job like she does. I’m still young enough to get another job. Should I go back to work until she retires? — Should Be Happy in Tampa

Dear Should Be Happy:

That’s not a bad idea, but don’t start looking until your wife has told you plainly why she has become “abrasive.” Wouldn’t it be interesting if all she wanted was for you to have a cup of coffee with her in the morning? It would be a shame if you went back to work only to realize that something else was causing her change in attitude. You deserve to know what’s going on because you do not appear to be lazy — quite the contrary.

I don’t know how to handle this. — Really Don’t Want To Know

Jumble Unscramble these six Jumbles, one letter to each square, to form six ordinary words.

The 800/900 nos. have been DISCONTINUED.

DEAR ABBY

Dear Really Don’t: Try

Dear Abby: I’m an adult woman, working full time for my parents as their store manager. I do a lot of office work for my dad, who hates computer work. He has an eBay business on the side, which I manage for him. My problem is, eBay shows me what Dad has shopped for every time I log on. Some of the items are of a personal, intimate nature, and I’m not comfortable knowing about them. I’m glad my parents have a healthy marriage, but it’s WAY too much information for me. As a family, we don’t communicate well, so

this: Send your father an email telling him that you feel some of the items he is buying online are not things that a daughter should be seeing Dear Abby: I sneeze a lot at work. When I do, someone always says “bless you” afterward. I don’t care to be blessed, but I think people would be insulted if I told them it isn’t necessary. Should I tell them not to? — Already Blessed in Iowa

Dear Already Blessed: If you prefer that nobody say “bless you,” you should say so. But do it BEFORE your next sneezing attack.

Sudoku

Horoscopes CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Something you

need right now is likely to be provided to you — but not by the person you expected, or in a way that you had anticipated. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — You may feel as though you’re the only one who isn’t clued in to what is going on. You’re not picking up on some obvious clues. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) — You will learn a great deal from watching others go about their own personal business — but don’t begin to intrude. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You are going to have to learn how to behave in a certain situation very quickly — and don’t cross any lines. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — You may have to dig a little deeper into your bag of tricks in order to deliver the goods on time and under budget. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — You can channel your energies into something really worthwhile — but not everyone will appreciate what it is you’re really doing. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — You can measure the responses of others quite accurately, and use the information to sculpt and mold your own behavior. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Do not bring the wrong energy into the room with you; you want things to remain positive and creative at all times. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — What was offered yesterday isn’t likely to be offered; it was a onetime-only offer. Regrets, however, only make a bad situation worse. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — You may not have all the tools you need to finish a project — but you can get close to a satisfying conclusion. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Your presence at a certain event or function may not go over well with someone else — until he or she understands your true motives. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Keep all requests and demands reasonable; don’t do anything that will take those around you by surprise. Remain calm, collected. IF YOU WERE BORN TODAY: You have a special kind of power over others that opens doors, makes the way easier for you than it otherwise might be, and provides you with opportunities that you might otherwise only dream of. You also have very big ideas, and you’re not afraid of pursuing that which may seem impossible to others — for you know that any worthwhile accomplishment began as an impossible idea. You are always interested in pushing your agenda further, in reaching higher, and in accomplishing more.

Saturday’s

Word Scrimmage

how to play: Sudoku High Fives consists of five regular Sudoku grids, sharing one set of 3-by-3 boxes. Each row, column and set of 3-by-3 boxes must contain the numbers one through nine without repetition. The numbers in any shared set of 3-by-3 boxes apply to each of the individual Sudokus. answer to previous puzzle

© Puzzles by Pappocom. Solution, tips and computer program at www.sudoku.com.

Crossword ACROSS 1 A person can take big strides with this 6 Hannibal’s foil in “The Silence of the Lambs” 13 Museum piece 20 Forum fashions 21 Glade, e.g. 22 Hue akin to olive 23 ___-Itami International Airport 24 “Just do drills for now”? 26 Undo 28 Back to Brooklyn? 29 Slaughter 30 Disturb one’s neighbors at night? 37 Comic strip “___ and Janis” 38 Inflation-fighting W.W. II org. 39 A pop 40 Former bill 42 Handful 44 Table saver 47 Don Quixote’s love 52 Duffer’s feeling toward a putting pro? 54 Meeting one’s soul mate, perhaps? 56 Bogart’s “High Sierra” role 57 Clive Cussler novel settings 59 Weight allowance

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60 “Behold,” to Brutus 61 Represent with a stick figure, say 63 Words on a Wonderland cake 65 Nonentities 67 Successfully perform a download? 71 Who wrote “A true German can’t stand the French, / Yet willingly he drinks their wines” 75 Chamber exit 76 One who discriminates? 81 Naysayer 82 Fr. title 83 Fen-___ (former weightloss drug) 86 Grow dark 87 Applied foil at the Hershey’s factory? 91 One man’s declaration to an upset party planner? 93 Sewing aids 94 Rider on a crowded bus, maybe 96 “I knew it!” 97 Relations 98 Shoppe modifier 99 Foreign football score 101Blue shade 105Drive by the United Nations?

SatuRday’S puzzle SolVed

Puzzle by Tony Orbach / Edited by Will Shortz doing without / Sunday’S puzzle

113Ponders 115Upton Sinclair novel on which “There Will Be Blood” is based 116Slum-clearing project, say 117Impostor’s excuse? 124“Me, Myself & ___” 125Tainted 126Part of some Tin Pan Alley music 127Went into la-la land, with “out” 128Take control of 129Original 130Twisty curves DOWN 1 Bundle bearer 2 “I’ll have ___” 3 Response to a pledge-drive request 4 Glen Canyon reservoir 5 Get a bit misty 6 Academy enrollee 7 Constellation whose brightest star is Regulus 8 Prince Valiant’s eldest 9 Bunkum 10 EarthLink, e.g., for short 11 Actor Firth 12 Thrill 13 One may be overhead 14 “Little” singer of the ’60s 15 Coll. elective 16 Capital city on the Atlantic 17 Pundit Bill 18 Model 19 Vodka drink, informally 25 “Definitely!” 27 Go into la-la land, with “out” 31 Strong cast 32 2010 Emma Stone comedy set in high school 33 Highway sign abbr. 34 Was audibly surprised, maybe 35 Shake 36 Holiday season event 41 Loos 42 Animal house, say 43 Creepy: Var. 45 Start 46 Hovel

47 Removal of restrictions, informally 48 Path of Caesar 49 One-named singer for the Velvet Underground 50 Suffix with depend 51 They might have it 52 Some appliances 53 Nag’s call 55 ___-shanter 58 Tarot user, maybe 62 New York’s Tappan ___ Bridge 64 Flat: Abbr. 65 Kill quickly 66 “South Pacific” hero 68 Diplomatic efforts 69 Hindu spring festival 70 French income 71 Exclaim breathlessly

72 73 74 77 78 79 80 82 84

Ready for service Conseil d’___ Sports contest Men of La Mancha 4-Down locale Actress Sofer Goal Food in Exodus Language from which “bungalow” and “jungle” come 85 Saxony seaport 88 Bad response upon first seeing one’s new haircut? 89 Insomnia cause 90 Adaptable aircraft 92 From now on 95 Khan man? 100Take charge? 101Drivers of some slow-moving vehicles

102Allotment 103Kind of nerve 104One way to go, betting-wise 106Word after an ampersand, maybe 107Body cavity 108Eccentric 109What Oliver asked for more of 110Berlin Olympics star 111Rajah’s partner 112Malamutes’ burdens 114“Auld Lang ___” 118Musician Montgomery 119Things that may be 65Downed 120Cadge 121Inventor Whitney 122Itch 123Motor finish?


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One sharp-dressed fellow PHOTOS BY GEORGE GONGORA/ SPECIAL TO THE CALLER-TIMES SEE MORE PHOTOS ON CALLER.COM

The craziest fashion item I ever bought was a: $145 pair of Armani jeans. I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing: my pants below my waist because it looks like hand me down pants that don’t fit. The worst fashion advice I ever received: to wear a belt that does not match your shoes. The most I have ever paid in the name of fashion: $400 for a pair of Prada sunglasses. My big fashion influence is: Christian Chavez. I’m currently in search of: a pair of Aldo’s black leather Handon loafers. Most memorable shopping experience: I was shopping in a San Antonio mall with my best friend and the sales associates tended to us very well. I spice up my wardrobe with: a nice pair of dress shoes or boots. My favorite piece of jewelry: my ring set with diamonds. I have an impressive collection of: dress shirts, pants, shoes and ties. When I shop for clothes: I like to get someone else’s opinion on the look. I have a tough time shopping for: shirts and pants that fit me well. My favorite designers include: Express, Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch and Armani Exchange. Three words to describe my wardrobe: classy, professional and entertaining. My best kept fashion secret: I always buy the item that catches my eye. I have a fashion addiction for: shirts,

ties, belts and shoes. My prized possession is: my collection of belts for every pair of pants I own. The best way to organize your closet is: I organize my closet by grouping casual and dressy clothes together and also color coordinating the clothes. My biggest fashion pet peeve: when clothes are not worn appropriately. My ultimate dream closet would consist of: enough room to organize my clothes by seasonal colors. If I were to write a book on fashion, I’d call it: “Rebel with a Style.” The only thing I dislike about shopping is: trying on clothes, and bad customer service. One of my most recent purchases: a ribbed shawl neck Armani sweater. To keep ahead of the fashion game, I: look at different fashion styles on TV. I enjoy dressing up most for: almost anytime I know I will go out in public. My best fitting jeans: a pair of Union Bay slim boot cut jeans. I can never own too many: shoes. My favorite colors to wear are: gray and black. My co-workers often tell me: they admire the many colors of dress shirts I own. I love shopping with: my friends and my mom.

Yanez wears a purple plaid button down with jeans, both by Express, and shoes by Georgio Brutini.

Yanez shows being stylish doesn’t have to mean sacrificing comfort in this silver T-shirt and Armani Exchange pants. He completes the look with Steve Madden shoes.

Closet

SNOOP

To nominate someone for the Closet Snoop, contact Sarah Tindall at srjtindall@gmail.com.

Pants from Express pair well with a charcoal shirt and vest from Express for a night on the town look.

Return to ‘flirty’ ’50s look now mixes with ‘Mad Men’ By Natalie Rotman Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Fashion is coming full circle with red-carpet starlets ready to embrace the flared skirts, longer hemlines and loads of red lipstick coming their way in the new year. They’re looks that give a wink to Hollywood’s glamorous heyday of the 1950s, and stars far too young to fi nd these styles old are eager to bring them back. Eva Longoria is in to the trend she calls “flirty.” “I think of great hair,” Eva Longoria said. “The great falls and the red lipstick, and defi nitely the full skirts. I think it’s flirty. The ’50s are flirty.” Visions of Americana pop into Isabel Lucas’ head: “I think of the iconic All-American girl with the small waist dresses, and ‘Grease’ with the little ribbons around their neck.” Maybe she just saw photos of Miuccia Prada’s spring collection, which revved up its runway with inspiration from vintage cars. A fringe benefit to stars who so often need to be dressed up might be the

excuse to sometimes wear flats. The overall look is so feminine and surprisingly versatile that there are few strict rules on shoes. “I love that silhouette,” British-based designer Roksanda Ilincic says of the below-the-knee length that is expected to be popular. She likes the look “with flats. Because some lengths are difficult to wear unless you wear high heels. That particular length that is flattering with a flat shoe, with kitten heel, with high heels.”

Not to say this is necessarily an easy look. As any fan of “Mad Men” knows, women of the era put had to put a lot of extra time into getting ready; there was no such thing as get up and go. Kirsten Dunst appreciates the extra effort. “Right now, ‘Mad Men’ is so popular,” Dunst said. “So, I feel like everyone wants to watch something pretty. Like I love how put together women were. There is an elegance and an art to that. It’s exhaust-

ing too. But it looks beautiful when a women is put together like that.” AP Entertainment Television Reporter Natalie Rotman can be reached at www.twitter. com/NatalieRotman

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ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE

Models wear creations by Italian fashion designer Miuccia Prada for Miu Miu’s spring-summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection presented in Paris.

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