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Wednesday, July 6, 2011
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Alumnus dies after accident with drunk driver Mark Angelocci was former football player, Lambda Chi Alpha member By David Oltean Staff Reporter
A fatal car crash in Texas Township on June 23 resulted
in the death of two people, including a recent CMU graduate. Novi alumnus Mark Angelocci, 25, was hospitalized for nine days before succumbing to his injuries July 2 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. According to Wood TV, Angelocci and a friend, 23-year-old Justin Bailey, the driver of the vehicle, were headed southbound on 6th Street when they were rear-ended by a speeding
vehicle and pushed into a tree. The other driver, Bret Frame of Texas Township, was estimated to be traveling at around 100 mph when the crash happened at around 4 p.m. Bailey died on impact while Angelocci was raced to Bronson Methodist Hospital and was considered to be in critical condition. Angelocci was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and a former kicker for the CMU football team.
Standish senior Jacob Kraatz, Angelocci’s friend and fraternity brother, said Mark’s contagious personality and compassion for others set him apart. “Mark was somebody that would go out of his way to help anybody,” Kraatz said. “He was always the person that you could go to when you had a problem. He was the definition of a perfect brother.” Belmont senior Kurtis Salter, a member of Lambda Chi Al-
pha, said Angelocci was a great athlete and an even better friend. “Mark was extremely friendly and always smil- Mark Angelocci ing,” Salter said. “When the fraternity had sober drivers, he’s the kid that you could call three hours after the bars closed and he would wake up and
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come pick you up. At the drop of a hat, he would do anything for anybody.” Members of Lambda Chi Alpha are accepting donations to relieve funeral costs for the family of Angelocci. Donations can be brought to the fraternity house, 3400 E. Deerfield Road. Frame is now facing six separate charges after he was found to be intoxicated while being arrested, holding a .263 A death | 2
Faculty without current contract Any wage changes will not be honored retroactively By Maria Amante Senior Repor ter
a make-or-break case for the whole law.” McQueen said the apothecary wants its patients to be self-sufficient or find trustworthy caregivers, but there has to be a third option of patientto-patient transfers, or it has no way to get the medical marijuana. Burdick said the appeals courts have their work cut out for them, and hopes the ruling is released by
CMU’s faculty contracts expired as of July 1 despite last-minute mediation and demonstrations. The Faculty Association, the union representing full-time faculty members, has met in bargaining sessions with university officials twice weekly since April. Last week, a state mediator was brought in to help move bargaining sessions along. The next meeting of the two groups will be July 14, the same day as an upcoming Board of Trustees meeting. In an email addressed to faculty members, Ray Christie, vice provost of Academic Administration and a member of the university’s bargaining team, said there were some indicators of progress during those meetings, but no tentative agreement was made. “Accordingly, the university has chosen to exercise its right not to extend the previous contract,” Christie said. “One promising indication of yesterday’s session is the request of the CMU Faculty Association for additional time to consider several of the
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Nathan Norton, 5, of Mount Pleasant attempts to drink the water spraying at him Tuesday at Island Park Spray Park, 331 N. Main St. Norton and his sister have played at the park several times over the last week.
Ruling on medical marijuana case to come this month Union Township to vote on dispensary measures July 13 By Jo rd a n Spence Sta ff Rep o r te r
Local governments are attempting to zone and regulate medical marijuana in a legally unsteady time for Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act.
Union Township introduced the draft for adoption to zone and license dispensaries June 22. The final vote will be July 13 and the law, if passed, will go into effect seven days afterward. “After Attorney General Bill Schuette released an opinion about medical marijuana recently, it has changed the landscape for our regulations,” said township zoning administrator Woody Woodruff. “We’re waiting to hear
from our lawyers about how to proceed. But we will follow under the parameters of Schuette’s opinion.” Township treasurer Pam Stovak said the zoning and licensing regulations the township will implement help to put a framework around what can be influenced. The legality of caregiver and patient transfer is being challenged in a case filed by Isabella County Prosecutor Larry
Burdick against Compassionate Apothecary, 311 Michigan Ave., a medical marijuana dispensary now operating as C.A. of Mount Pleasant. A final ruling is expected this month. “If patient-to-patient transfers are ruled illegal, the only way to get their medicine is if they grow it for themselves or if a caregiver can grow for them,” said Brandon McQueen, co-owner of C.A. “This is going to be
University Center renovations partially complete Construction to continue through fall semester By Seth Nietering Staff Reporter
CMU’s “center of it all” will soon be central to more student-focused vendors and areas. The Bovee University Center’s construction will continue through the fall semester, and while the renovations will not be completely finished by the time students arrive, building visitors can expect to see a number of new additions. The UC will include a post office,
game area, Starbucks coffee shop, an open lounge seating area and several large and small conference rooms. A new women’s restroom and a unisex restroom will also be installed. “The third floor east wing is currently one of the completed portions on the project,” said Vice President of Facilities Management Steve Lawrence. “The game area is to be finished this month and the lower east wing will be done in August.” Lawrence said the post office, Presidential Conference Room and a few other conference rooms have already been completed. The last portion of the UC
renovations is not expected to be completed until December, Lawrence said. This last portion includes the main floor’s west wing, including the women’s restroom. The project remains within its original proposed budget of $5 million so far, Lawrence said. Midland senior Ryan Dingman said he is excited for the renovations to be completed from what he has seen of them. “I’ve taken a walk around the construction areas and it just looks great so far,” he said. Dingman said he is looking forward to the student-oriented feel the new additions will have.
“The new lounge areas are going to make it easier for people to just relax,” Dingman said. “There is going to be a lot of new furniture for students to just sit down and take a break.” Brighton senior Brandon Pach said he is looking forward to seeing the finished product as well. Pach said he thinks the construction will help improve the atmosphere in the UC. “I think it’ll feel more chill and relaxing,” he said. “I don’t really think of it right now as a place to go relax. I wish I would’ve had something like this before my senior year.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rick Manges of Sanford grouts the baseboards Tuesday in the lower level of the Bovee University Center.
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w A flea market will be held at the Isabella County Fairgrounds, 500 N. Mission Road.
w Stock Car Racing will be held at 7:45 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Speedway, 4658 E. River Road. w Protect the Skin You’re In, a cancer screening and information session, will run from 9 a.m. to noon at Central Michigan Health Park, 2940 Health Parkway. w Chick Powers, a gallery exhibit will be presented by Art Reach from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Art Reach gallery, 111 E. Broadway St.
w The Cowgirl Up Horse Show will take place at 9 a.m. at the Isabella County Fairgrounds, 500 N. Mission Road. w The Broadway Farmers’ Market will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Broadway Street between Main and University streets.
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Riverdale senior Jason Gagnon does the hair of Emily Allen, a camper at the 2011 Fashion Camp, Friday in the Education and Human Services building before the campers walked the runway showing off the garments they made throughout the week-long camp.
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blood-alcohol content four hours after the arrest. According to the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department, Frame was allegedly resistant during the arrest, uttering profanities and forcing police officers to deliver three charges with Tasers. His charges include second-degree murder, which he could face up to life in prison for. Frame has a history of arrests, including a previous drunk driving incident in May of 2010. Other crimes on Frame’s record include theft and assault. firstname.lastname@example.org
NATO scrambles to oust Gadhafi before coalition falls apart By Paul Richter MCT Campus
WASHINGTON — With victory still elusive after 15 weeks of bombing, Western allies arrayed against Libya are racing to crack Moammar Gadhafi’s regime before their own coalition fractures. Even as Libyan rebel fighters begin to show improvement and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization increases airstrikes in the western part of the country, signs of friction have appeared within NATO. Members have expressed concern about declining munitions inventories and warned that the costs and stresses of the campaign cannot be sustained. The eight nations shouldering the military burden have been pushing in vain for the other 20 NATO members to take on a larger role. Behind the scenes, meanwhile, major players disagree among themselves on the best strategy to take. The urgent desire for a breakthrough has caused some members to take riskier steps in the hopes of defeating Gadhafi quickly, including airdrops of weapons to rebels, which the French military recently announced it had carried out. Several signs of discontent have become public. In the Netherlands, Defense Minister Hans Hillen complained last week of “mission creep” and suggested that the campaign’s advocates were deluded to believe they could crush Gadhafi.
“People who thought that merely by throwing some bombs it would not only help the people, but also convince Gadhafi that he could step down or alter his policy were a little bit naive,” Hillen told reporters in Brussels. Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini scolded the coalition over the accidental killing of civilians and called for a cease fire — a step that U.S., British and French officials say would allow Gadhafi to regroup. In Washington, the Obama administration faces pressure from Republicans as well as antiwar Democrats. A GOP-sponsored measure to curb U.S. participation failed in a vote on the House floor, partly because some Republicans felt it wasn’t restrictive enough. Norway, whose small air force has carried out a disproportionate 10 percent of the strikes with six fighter planes, last month became the first country to set an end date to its role. The government has been facing calls for withdrawal from its leftist coalition partners. Norway’s Defense Ministry said it planned to reduce its contribution to four fighters and to withdraw entirely by Aug. 1. Senior European and American officials insist that there has always been such dissent over NATO campaigns and that the players who count remain firmly committed. The alliance formally agreed last month to extend the mission, originally planned for 90 days, for another three months.
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ideas put forward by the university.” Laura Frey, president of the Faculty Association, said the contract expired with “no substantial change” to that position table and progress toward an agreement. The expiration of the contract was expected both by Frey and the FA membership. “It was anticipated with the communication that had been relayed by the administration, that there was no intent to extend the contract,” she said. “It is unfortunate that the administration moved forward with that decision.” Frey stepped in as president after the term of Tim Connors, communication and dramatic arts professor, expired with the contract. Twelve-month employees who would receive a promotion or wage adjustment will not see those changes until an agree-
ment is ratified. Christie noted a new state law which prohibits retroactive payment of wage changes in collective bargaining agreements. “In other words, wage changes — if any — will become effective going forward from the date the new contract is ratified,” he wrote. Frey called the administration’s position table “disturbing” and “alarming.” Frey said she could not discuss the contents of what was discussed at Thursday’s mediation session because they are confidential. The bargaining team traditionally presents FA’s board with any offers “reasonable for FA consideration,” and Frey said the board had not been presented with anything at this time. “We are well aware of the economic challenges of mid-Michigan and the State of Michigan, but the financial status of CMU is not the same as the financial status of mid-Michigan and our surrounding
the end of the month. “I think the court is well aware of the urgency of this issue,” Burdick said. “I think that it will help local governments, it will help clear things up.” Burdick’s case is supported by Schuette who declared in his formal opinion on June 28 there are only two legal ways patients can access medical marijuana. They can either grow up to 12 plants or get it from a registered caregiver who can grow 12 plants for five patients. “The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act prohibits the joint cooperative cultivation or sharing of marijuana plants,” Schuette said in an official statement, “because each patient’s plants must be grown and maintained in a separate enclosed, locked facility that is only accessible to the registered patient or the patient’s registered primary caregiver.” n e w s @ c m - l i fe . c o m
counties,” Frey said. “The university has the financial resources for a fair wage increase for the faculty and all of its employees and the ability to remain a quality program.” The next step for FA is the next mediation session. It also will have an advertisement at Celebration Cinema, 4935 E. Pickard St., beginning July 9. “We’re very proud of that.” Frey said. She said the purpose of the advertisement is to demonstrate that faculty members are part of the local community. “It’s an outreach to show how much we care about the community and how we are members of the community,” she said. Christie said the university remains committed to reaching an agreement with the FA. Faculty association dues will not be withheld during the period of the lapsed contract; in addition, arbitration will not be used to resolve disputes. news@c m-l i fe.com
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Cut federal debt, Americans say, even if that slows economy By Steven Thomma MCT Camp us
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Fireworks fill the tables on Tuesday at the fireworks stand located on South Mission Street across from McDonald’s, 1804 South Mission St.
Fireworks stands keep Mount Pleasant loud and proud Sparklers still biggest seller, proprietors say By David Oltean Staff Reporter
For many patriots, Independence Day celebrations just wouldn’t feel right without loud, colorful explosions. Thankfully, in Mount Pleasant, several stands were set up in the city to offer affordable fireworks to those planning on celebrating the holiday. One of the stands, located on Mission Street, was run by three high school teachers for seasonal employment. Whether celebrations called for sparklers, smoke bombs, fountains, noisemakers or other items legal in Michigan, they had the firepower. Tecumseh teacher Craig
Freestone and Alma teachers Steve Kettler and Denny Kreiner have spent the last few years dedicating their first week of July to selling fireworks, setting up the stand for just 10 days. Kreiner, the manager of the tent, has distributed fireworks for summer employment for four years. He joked that the inner pyromaniac in him as a child brought him into the business, but hoped all customers would be careful with their purchased goods. “They can be dangerous, but if you take necessary precautions and use common sense, the fireworks are a lot of fun,” Kreiner said. “We just want everyone to have a safe, fun and firework-filled Fourth of July.” The stands sell Michigan-legal fireworks only, or what the firework salesmen call “safe and sane” fireworks. Michigan
prohibits the purchase of mortars and other large fireworks, limiting the amount of gunpowder included. However, the Michigan laws still allow some fireworks to be sold that can pack a punch. Freestone said he believes some of the fountain fireworks legal to Michigan still produce an impressive light show. “Some of the fountains get pretty big and can burn for around four minutes,” Freestone said. “The sparklers are still always the biggest seller though.” Portland resident Nick Keusch stopped at the stand while driving with his family up north. “My kids love to play with fireworks,” Keusch joked. “They like to burn things in the evening and keep us entertained.”
By Randi Shaffer News Editor
Phase one of the Mission Street construction is almost finished, and phase two has begun. MDOT Spokeswoman Anita Richardson said the $2 million project to improve the 3.1 mile stretch from South Mission Street to North Mission Road is about at the halfway mark. “(We’re doing) night work to help lessen the impacts to both businesses and the traveling public,” said Brian Atkinson, Mount Pleasant Transportation Service Center engineer. Construction began Tuesday on the second phase of the project, stretching from High Street to North Mission Road.
Construction on phase one, the stretch of Mission Street south of High Street, is almost finished. “We just got a slight overlap on that phase one more than likely due to weather,” Richardson said. Richardson said there has been no change in budget, and use of the money received from federal and state funding has not fluctuated. Phase two of construction will continue in the same way as phase one. “We’re going to do this road work using lane closures and traffic shifts,” Richardson said. Richardson said feedback about the project has been positive. “I did receive one call,” she said. “Someone told me ... it’s beautiful, and that they were really surprised at the extent of the improvement.” Atkinson said the road work itself is an inch-and-a-half over-
WASHINGTON — Despite lingering anxiety over the Great Recession, Americans by a large margin want their federal government to focus more on cutting debt than on increasing spending even temporarily to boost the economy, according to a new McClatchy Newspapers-Marist poll. Given a choice, 59 percent of Americans prefer reducing debt even if that slows the economic recovery, while 33 percent prefer new government efforts to stimulate the economy even if it means more federal spending. The public mood helps explain the political environment in the nation’s capital, where talk of new stimulus plans for the weak recovery has faded and both major parties are looking at deep cuts in annual federal budget deficits, even if they wouldn’t yet reduce the $14 trillion debt. The nearly 2-1 preference for cutting debt comes as President Barack Obama negotiates with Congress over how to reduce the deficits. Obama wants a combination of spending cuts and tax increases; Republicans want only spending reductions. Obama on Tuesday invited congressional leaders from both parties to resume talks at the White House on Thursday. In a
brief public statement before TV cameras, he said he was hopeful of progress and that both sides must compromise. Among those polled, people ages 18-29 were the most worried about the long-term debts. By 64-30 percent, they wanted the government to cut the debt. Those ages 30-44 were the least worried about the debt and the most worried about the economy now. In that age group, 40 percent wanted the government to focus on stimulating the economy, while 51 percent wanted the top priority to be debt. Among registered voters, Democrats were the only group that favored spending more to stimulate the economy rather than cutting debt, leaning that way by 50-45 percent. Independents favored targeting the debt by 6132 percent, and Republicans by 79-15 percent. The poll found Americans still worried about the fragile economy. Even though economists say the Great Recession ended in June 2009, 75 percent of those polled said we were still in recession and only 20 percent said it was over. Five percent were uncertain. People thought by 5342 percent that the worst was yet to come. For registered voters, the response was 50-45 percent. That’s slightly less pessimistic than in April, when 57
percent of those polled thought the worst still lay ahead. This month, Democrats were the only optimistic group, with 36 percent saying the worst was yet to come and 57 percent saying the worst was behind us. Republicans said the worst was yet to come by 68-29 percent, and independents by 48-47 percent.
Drunk driving is not a game
Mission Street construction on track Rebuilding of northern part is underway
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lay on the road, designed to prolong the life of the road. He said Mission Street was easier to fix now, rather than waiting for the road to deteriorate. In addition to the resurfacing work, Richardson said road improvements will also include joint repairs and sidewalk and ramp upgrades to comply with the American with Disabilities Act. Mount Pleasant senior Ashlii Barlow said she dislikes the construction itself, but is pleased with the results so far. “I like the roads now,” she said. “It’s a lot better than it was before, and it’s easier on my car.” Atkinson said the road work has gone smoothly so far, and he expects it to continue in the same manner. “We anticipate it to go smoothly just because of the coordination effort,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
You drink, you drive, you suck. I could have told you that before the tragic car crash that resulted in the death of Mark Angelocci. While I never met Angelocci, I know there are hundreds of individuals impacted by his death. The worst part of it all? It wasn’t his fault. He suffered through injuries inflicted in a drunk driving accident for days before passing away, leaving behind a multitude of people to grieve for him over something caused by the stupidity of someone else. I’ve heard friends brag about the experiences they’ve had while driving under the influence of alcohol. The encounters with cops, their estimated blood alcohol content levels, the stories of them with a drink in one hand and the steering wheel in the other... Two words: “Shut up.” I don’t think you sound cool when you brag about
Randi Shaffer News Editor your drunk escapades behind the wheel. I don’t think you sound like a hardass. In fact, I think you sound straight up moronic. Your reckless behavior doesn’t sound so awesome when you realize that, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,839 people were killed in 2009 by alcohol-impaired driving. That’s one person every 48 minutes. And that’s not even counting those that survive, with mild to severe injuries. That doesn’t count the surviving friends and family members of those killed, either.
My boyfriend was hit by a drunk driver two summers ago. The accident left him injured and his mother dead. The two were standing in the driveway of their house in daylight when they were struck by a vehicle operated by a drunk 23 year old. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain felt by my boyfriend and his family, but I’ve seen glimpses and tears, and I’ve heard stories wracked with frustration, anger and devastation. What happened to Mark Angelocci should not have happened. So I will continue to lecture, because obviously people still don’t understand. Call a taxi. Walk. Call a friend or a parent for a ride. Don’t drive drunk. Don’t drive under the influence of any kind of drug. Because even if you are OK with risking your life, others are not OK with you risking theirs.
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PUPPY LOVE | Shih Tzu puppies lay, relax in a bed on Bluegrass Road
Casey Anthony found not guilty in daughter’s death By Amy Pavuk and Bianca Prieto MCT Campus
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Four Shih Tzu puppies, seven weeks old, of the Albee family from Mount Pleasant lay in a bed outside on Bluegrass Road Tuesday afternoon. The family did not plan on breeding their mother and said it happened unexpectedly.
Tighter focus of summer courses attractive to some CMU students Attendees find faster pace, less busywork in class By Seth Nietering Staff Reporter
Switching to summer classes from fall and spring classes can be a dramatic shift in pace for students and professors. That change, however, may be more suitable for some. Summer classes take the information students learn over a 16-week semester and fit it into a six- or three-week class. Some students may find the thought daunting, but others prefer the faster pace of summer classes. Lake Orion sophomore Jeff Hickey said he prefers
summer classes when compared to the fall and spring semesters. “I feel like a lot of the useless busywork that you encounter throughout the regular school year is cut out,” he said. “You really just get right down into the core of whatever class you’re taking.” Hickey said one of the biggest perks of summer classes is the greater amount of free time. Though his classes met almost every day of the week, Hickey said with only one or two classes, he had more time to focus on the work given out. “During the school year there is just so much going on every week,” he said. “Usually I have a lot of credits so I’m pretty busy just from my classes, then there’s everything else that goes
with college life.” Holland senior Andy Carmichael said he prefers to take classes during the summer as well. Carmichael has taken summer classes for the past two years, and said he notices a definite improvement in his performance in summer classes versus fall and spring semester classes. He said he also enjoys the lower student-to-professor ratio in the summer, finding his professors to be more helpful and accommodating. “The class sizes are usually much smaller so there’s time for more one-on-one with your professor,” he said. “It gives your professor the chance to actually get to know you a little bit better than during the fall.” Students are not the only ones to prefer summer
classes over fall and spring classes. Mathematics professor Donna Ericksen said she would rather teach in the summer than fall and spring. Ericksen’s material stays the same, but the atmosphere of her classroom changes. “When you get to see the students everyday, you really get to know them,” she said. ”Also, since the students are only taking a couple of classes, they often have more time to come in for help if they need it.” Though she does not see a significant difference in student performance between summer classes and fall and spring classes, Ericksen said students seem more relaxed during the summer. email@example.com
I am a recovering ‘redditor’
Connor Sheridan Editor in Chief I went cold turkey Monday night. I’m not kicking a smoking habit, and I’m not pulling myself out of a deep dependency on illicit chemical substances. Instead, I’m in the throes of withdrawal from a new kind of gateway addiction. I quit reddit. The popular online listing
that organizes user-submitted links by a simple “cream rises to the top” model of up- and downvoting had already sapped dozens of my most productive hours. “I’ll get to work on that blog post in just a bit,” I would say. “Just after I read this poorlydrawn comic about a guy getting really mad at a video game.” This happened more times than I care to admit in the three or four months since I regularly began browsing its shifting troves of time-wasting treasures. There’s nothing wrong with the website, and my decision to drop it like a Friday morning
class is by no means a snipe at its value. It’s a great way to see what’s influential online and what could very likely be on the news in a few days, from adorable animals to exposés on corrupt government officials. In fact, I began “redditing” as a source for potential story ideas during my tenure as managing editor at CM Life in spring semester. But it quickly began to dominate my time online. Something about the constantly-changing front page selection and the allure of discovering the next amazing, exciting or bizarre bit of content to share with my social
networks kept me checking in for extended periods at least every couple of hours. A pathological need to browse reddit was certainly not the only thing keeping me from taking advantage of the quiet summer months to bolster my blogging — and do the dishes — but it was one habit I knew I could stand to kick. So a quick edit of the host file in my computer’s Windows directory left me with a quiet redirect to WordPress, my blog platform of choice, just in case I fall off the wagon and punch in “reddit.com.” Looks like I’m all ready to get to work now, but I’d better check Twitter first.
ORLANDO, Fla. — After deliberating for less than 11 hours over two days, a jury decided Tuesday afternoon that prosecutors did not prove Casey Anthony was guilty of capital murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Marie. After the courtroom was cleared, a beaming Jose Baez, Casey Anthony’s defense attorney, said, “While we are happy for Casey, there are no winners in this case.” He said Caylee died much too young, but added: “Casey did not murder Caylee; it’s just that simple.” As soon as the verdicts were read, Casey Anthony embraced Baez in the silent courtroom. The prosecutors in the case, Jeff Ashton and Linda Drane Burdick, looked somber. Her parents, George and Cindy Anthony, walked out of the courtroom while Casey Anthony was being fingerprinted. The verdict means 25-yearold Anthony was found not guilty of all charges except for four counts of providing false information to law enforcement officer. As soon as the jury left the courtroom, Casey tightly hugged Baez, and then the rest of her defense team. All of them appeared to be crying. In a news conference after the verdict, defense attorney Cheney Mason lashed out at the media and at the legal pundits who have been following the case for three years. “I hope that this is a lesson to those of you that have indulged in media assassination the last three years,” said Mason. He expressed anger at some of his fellow attorneys commenting on the case and criticizing the defense. He expressed appreciation for the jury. The jury’s verdicts represent a stunning victory for the defense and especially Baez, who came from relative obscurity to become perhaps the most recognized criminal defense attorney in the world. Baez graciously thanked those people supporting him through the case during the last three years, especially Mason. He too noted the challenges this case presented to the justice system and the media. “You cannot convict someone until they’ve had their day in court,” Baez said. He credited the prosecution and said all three prosecutors “serve the state of Florida very well.” He says now is the time to let Casey “grieve and grow and somehow get her life back together.” Casey Anthony will be sentenced Thursday at 9 a.m. She faces a maximum of four years in prison — one for each of the four counts of providing false information to law enforcement. But that means she could be released from jail as soon as Thursday, if she is given less than the maximum charge
and credit for time served.
Years of coverage Anthony’s case has captivated the nation since July 2008, when Caylee was reported missing. When Anthony’s trial began May 24 in Orange County, the proceedings attracted court watchers from around the world. Caylee was reported missing July 15, 2008, when a series of events prompted her grandmother, Cindy Anthony, to try to track down her daughter at Casey’s boyfriend’s Orange County, Fla., apartment. Caylee was nowhere to be found. Casey Anthony then told her mother the story she later repeated to law-enforcement and maintained until her trial: Caylee was taken by a babysitter named Zenaida one month earlier. Cindy Anthony’s frantic 9-1-1 call was heard nationwide as news outlets broadcasted the story of the missing toddler. “There’s something wrong,” Cindy Anthony told the dispatcher. “I found my daughter’s car today. And it smells like there’s been a dead body in the damn car.” In the months and years that followed, detectives with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and FBI followed up as leads poured in from across the country with supposed Caylee sightings. It wasn’t long after Casey Anthony’s initial arrest on a child neglect charge that detectives publicly acknowledged Caylee may be dead and her mother may be involved. Evidence began to mount against Casey Anthony. Cadaver dogs hit on the trunk of her Pontiac Sunfire and the family’s backyard. The car reeked. Air samples taken from the trunk showed signs of decomposition and elevated levels of chloroform. A hair sample taken from inside the trunk of the car showed signs of post-mortem root banding — meaning the hair had come from the head of a dead person. In October 2008, a grand jury indicted Anthony on the seven charges, including murder. Nearly two months later, an Orange County meter reader found Caylee’s remains scattered in woods just blocks from the home she shared with her family. Three pieces of duct-tape were on Caylee’s tiny skull. Because of the pretrial publicity surrounding the case in Central Florida, Chief Judge Belvin Perry decided to select a jury in Pinellas County. On May 9, 2011, attorneys began to question prospective jurors, and seated a 17member panel 11 days later. On May 24, the trial began an expansive courtroom on the 23rd floor of the Orange County Courthouse. The state systematically spelled out its case, giving jurors a chronological, detailed look at what Anthony was doing the month Caylee was gone and the evidence against her.
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Freshman soccer picks could Amatuer tournament brought compete, start immediately statewide competition to town s o f t b a ll
By John Manzo Senior Reporter
The Central Michigan women’s soccer team added four recruits to its 2011 roster and head coach Neil Stafford expects them to make an immediate impact. Angie Berens, Emily Cooksey, Laura Gosse and Morgan Wilcoxon are expected to make their presence felt as early as next season. Stafford said the program brings in recruits that can play and make an impact right away. He expects them to compete and not just to play, but to start. “That’s why we bring recruits in,” Stafford said. “Every single one has those expectations. They don’t want to be sitting next to me on the bench. All of them have the capabilities of pushing from a starting position.” The newest Chippewas are versatile, however, all can put the ball into the net.
Berens of Waukesha, Wis. scored 21 goals, also earning 22 assists in her senior season. It was good enough to make her way into the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches All-State team. Cooksey, a Jacksonville, Fla. native, scored 29 goals
in her senior season and was named to the Florida Athletics Coaches Association first team. Gosse, the team MVP in both her junior and senior season, is a Markham, Ontario native. She was a 2010 Ontario Cup silver medalist. During the 2009-2010 indoor season, she scored 21 goals in 16 games. She then scored 19 goals in a seven-game season through 2010. Wilcoxon of Bellefontaine, Ohio scored 18 goals during her junior season and was named All-Area Player of the Year in 2009, but didn’t compete during the 2010 season. Stafford said he understands it will take time to adjust, but also said he expects the transition to go smoothly with the help of his upperclassmen. “I think we’ve got great upperclassmen, who I think are going to do a really good job helping the freshmen settle in.” firstname.lastname@example.org
102 teams play ball for chance at nationals By Morgan Yuncker Staff Reporter
“I love the atmosphere when you’re here, and that when you’re on the field all of your worries are gone and nothing else matters.” Katie Howard, Drillers outfielder
Tan lines, friends and the dirt between their toes — it was a typical day at the ballpark. The Michigan Amateur Softball Association held its annual state tournament in Mount Pleasant at CMU’s intramural fields this past weekend where it welcomed 102 teams. “I love this sport,” said Katie Howard, a 17-yearold Drillers outfielder from Jehnsen Lake. “I love the atmosphere when you’re here, and that when you’re on the field all of your worries are gone and nothing else matters.” The state tournament welcomes teams from across the state of Michigan to participate, while the first-, second- and third-place teams are offered a spot in the national tournament. The tournament is broken up into four age groups with some being broken up into
two levels. The age groups are 12 and under, 14 and under A and B, 16 and under A and B and 18 and under. “This tournament offers better competition for the girls,” said Shepherd resident Bill Albaugh said. “There are more teams here and more travel elite teams so this tournament only makes each girl better.” Howard said playing better teams makes each individual player better. That way, she said, no matter win or lose, you’re still getting something out of it. Kaye Bouck, director of the Mount Pleasant Girls Softball Association, helped organize the tournament. Brouck ran to each field to drop off extra balls, made sure every game ran smoothly and occasionally did some bookwork in the middle of it all.
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“She does so much for this tournament, but not only the tournament, (also) for girls around this area,” Albaugh said. “She is willing to help anyone who needs the help. She does a ton.” Bouck has been active in softball her whole life, and started coaching her oldest daughter at the age of 10. Though Albaugh said Bouck did a lot of work to put the tournament together, she would not take all the credit. “I don’t do any of the organization of the tournament,” she said. “The City of Mount Pleasant, Mount Pleasant Parks and Recreation and MASA does all that. I’m just the assistant director.” Bouck also spends her time working with the recreational league in Mount Pleasant. email@example.com
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