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Nationally recognized magician captivates audience of 200 (pg. 6)
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Misdemeanor DUI charge dropped against Broyles Brock SiSney Collegio Reporter The misdemeanor driving under the influence charge against former PSU head football coach Chuck Broyles has been dropped by Galena, prosecutors and Broyles remains on paid administrative leave from his position as PSU athletic director. On the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 24, the arresting officer pulled Broyles over for speeding and said that he smelled alcohol on Broyles. The officer
gave Broyles field sobriety tests and Broyles took a breathalyzer test, returning a blood-alcohol level above the 0.08 percent legal limit in the state of Kansas. The Broyles breathalyzer evidence would have been the crux of the case used against Broyles for driving under the influence. On Wednesday, Dec. 2, Broyles an-
nounced his retirement after 20 seasons as head coach of the PSU football program. Broyles’ retirement came after his first losing season in a career that saw Broyles pass Carnie Smith’s all-time victories record as Gorillas head coach. University President Steve Scott named longtime Broyles assistant Tim Beck official head coach a week after Broyles’ retirement. Beck was first made acting head coach. Broyles issued a statement that mentioned how he always told his players not to do anything to embarrass him, the football team or the university.
“Now, I’m the one who is embarrassed. I hope others will not judge me too harshly or let this incident tarnish the PSU football program, Dr. Scott or the university,” Broyles said. “I am the one who made a poor choice and I am the only one who is responsible for my actions.” The university maintained Broyles as athletic director and placed Broyles on paid administrative leave until the resolution of his DUI case. Prosecutors dropped the DUI charge
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Moving on Local family business changes hands after 50 years. (pg. 5B)
Crisis averted Disease hysteria reaches anticlimactic end. (pg. 5)
People beg for food and water outside a supermarket in Port-au-Prince, Monday, Jan. 18. Troops, doctors and aid workers flowed into Haiti on Monday even while hundreds of thousands of quake victims struggled to find water or food.
PSU student gets news from cousin Jen rainey Collegio Reporter There was nothing Jordan Henegar could do, except sit and pray. “When we lost communication, it was a horrible feeling,” Henegar said. The freshman in early/late childhood education has a cousin who was in the Haitian earthquake. Henegar’s cousin, Liberty, from Claremore, Okla., was on a mission trip with friends to Haiti during the time the country was hit. They were stationed at an orphanage called House of Compassion, located in Bon Repos, just north of Port Au Prince, where the devastation occurred.
According to The New York Times, the earthquake that shook Haiti on Tuesday, Jan. 12, was recorded as a 7.0-magnitude. It’s known to be the strongest to hit Haiti in 200 years. The earthquake was about 10 miles long and about five miles deep. The AssociLiberty Henegar ated Press reported that the earthquake killed an estimated 200,000 people. Up to 50,000 Americans are living in Haiti. According to UPI.com, at least 16 of these Americans have been confirmed dead and
many more of them remain missing. In an already poverty-stricken country, the earthquake has made things only worse. Henegar’s cousin later told her of the dead bodies piling up and the mass destruction that occurred. Homes were destroyed and people’s lives were turned upside down. Henegar said her cousin was blessed and received no injuries during the quake. One of the things that hurt Henegar’s cousin the most about the earthquake was that one boy she had worked with the day before was killed in it. Electricity throughout the country was knocked out, communication systems were disrupted and people grew frantic. Henegar’s cousin was unable to make any calls while in Haiti, but could text her mother.
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Friends, family remember student Jake Price Jen rainey Collegio Reporter Michelle Hucke remembers the day Jake Price had a huge paper due for one of his classes. Instead of panicking, Price wrote two papers, one for each viewpoint. “That was Jake, though,” Hucke, senior in psychology, said. “He went the extra mile on everything he did.” Price, 20 years old and a sophomore in psychology at Pittsburg State University, died Monday, Jan. 11, of complications from hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a disease that affects only one in more than a million children. Most children show signs
of the disease before they’re age 2. Price was perhaps one in 10 people worldwide with this disease at his age. He had been hospitalized at the University of Kansas Medical Center. “He became ill in May and was finally diagnosed in June,” Price’s father, Mark, said. “We were told his was the first case ever of HLH at KU Medical Center.” The father also said that Price underwent a bone marrow transplant on Sept. 9, which had worked. During the healing process, though, Price had come in contact with a fungus called aspergillus, which was responsible for his death. “Jake was really what we want other people to be. He made friends easily and
was always willing to help out with a worthy cause,” Mark said. Price was a 2010 gubernatorial candidate and led several of his peers in his campaign. Leah Jolosky, sophomore in fashion merchandise and business marketing and former member of Price’s campaign team, says Price launched his campaign for the purpose of getting 1824 year-olds to register to vote. “He really wanted to get the word out that young voters could make a difference and to register them,” Jolosky said. Price’s campaign team would meet once a week and walk around door-todoor. They were required to get 5,000
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Staying strong PSU construction majors maintain job placement (pg. 4)
Last issue’s question Do you get tired of your family before the end of winter break?
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n BROYLES from page 1 against Broyles Tuesday, Jan. 12. The breathalyzer machine used to measure Broyles’ blood-alcohol content had not been properly calibrated, thus Galena City Attorney Kevin Cure decided that he did not have a strong enough case against Broyles. News of the Broyles DUI case dismissal traveled as far as the sports page of the Los Angeles Times. In the Joplin Globe, Cure addressed the water cooler talk that Broyles benefited from his local celebrity status as the former coach of a perennial pigskin powerhouse. “I don’t know the guy,” Cure said. “There was no favoritism.” Broyles’ official return as athletic director waits on a meeting between President Scott and the retired coach. In a statement issued last week, Scott said that he looks forward to Broyles’ return to his athletic director position, but also wants to make it clear the university and the president himself take a strong position against drinking and driving. The university started the year by cracking down on Shark Night, a traditional big party night around the PSU campus on the Saturday night before the opening day of school in August. Scott and Broyles have not had their meeting. “We haven’t met,” Scott said. “I expect to meet with him before long. I’m going to be gone the rest of the week and part of next week. It’s hectic travel time right now.” Scott says that it’s a difficult situation all the way around and hopes that it will soon be resolved in the best interest of all parties.
SGA discusses allocation appeals, dead week policy
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“There is more brown parking and less blue, creating a better balance in there. There was quite a bit of observational surveying, and found there are more blues than there needed to be. There was a net gain of 16 to 19 brown spaces.” During open forum, Zach Krumsick, senator, addressed the Senate and wanted to know their feelings on the dead week policy. “A lot of schools, even Harvard, they don’t even have class, period. That might be too big of a push,” Krumsick said. “Maybe making it a real dead week and saying you can’t have assignments due.” Sam Heady, vice president, said she spent the previous year in Bryan McCoy’s position as academic affairs director, and knows the hassle of changing a policy. “Because I had Bryan’s job last year, I spent a lot of time looking at the dead week policy and I was just as frustrated with it as you feel,” Heady said. “I think you’re right in that what I came against was the theory of this policy is brought about by the fact that there are schools that have no school. But to tell teachers to have classes, but you can’t do ‘this, this or this,’ that becomes a problem. It would lead to a policy that we cannot enforce.” Carson Felt was voted in as campus affairs director, taking over the position from Ed Stremel, who left SGA to devote his time to the National Guard. SGA had its first reading on a resolution to create an election board, a body within SGA that regulates rules and policies during the SGA election.
LARRY FLEuRY Collegio Reporter The Student Government Association discussed an appeal in allocations, which were dispersed last semester, during its meeting Wednesday night. The Black Student Association appealed its allocations because the group held an event, but did not receive funding for it. Treasurer Eric Jones said it was because the event was used for a benefit. “What it says in the (allocations) handbook is that you cannot use any money from allocations as a fundraiser for your organization,” Jones said. “But you have to provide a free service to the students to receive an allocation.” Jones said he told the organizations that any profit from any event that provided students to pay to participate was non-refundable. “We had quite a few organizations come in and present over the things that were basically fundraisers,” Jones said. “We told all the organizations that we couldn’t refund them for that. However, we could refund them if it was free to the students. We allocated some money to the Black Student Association, but not the full amount that they have requested.” Adviser Steve Erwin said the parking situation at PSU has changed over the winter break, creating more brown spaces for students. “You might have noticed we’ve made some adjustments to the parking, a portion of it behind Grubbs in particular, over break,” Erwin said.
signatures to place him on the ballot and they achieved their goal. His friends have said that even though he was passionate about politics and his views, he was openminded to the views of others, as well. “Jake and I didn’t exactly agree on politics,” Audrey Stallard, junior in English, said. “We had differing viewpoints on a lot of things, but we could still talk about them without either of us getting angry. It’s so rare to find someone who is passionate about something and yet still manages to keep an open mind at the same time.” He was also involved in Mirza Shriners, Masonic Lodge #187, Boys State as a student and counselor, Scholars Bowl in high school, Autism Speaks Association, speech, forensics and the Crawford County Teen Court. He’d been an actor, a musician, playing both piano and saxophone, and joined the Army in May. Above all, though, friends and family say they will remember him most as
a good son, nephew, cousin and friend. “Jake and I went through a lot together, we were like brothers,” Kyle Marlin, junior in physical education, said. “I miss having him here. If I was going through something rough with life or school, he was there for me. Not having him here to talk to is really weird now.” Meg Reynolds, junior in recreation, says she believes Price accomplished more in 20 years than most people could accomplish in a lifetime. In politics, he wanted to right the wrongs, and with music he wanted to inspire creativity and share his talents with the world. “In all honesty, the thing that set Jake apart from everyone else was the fact that Jake was Jake. He was in all aspects a complete and total individual. That’s what made him such a special person,” Reynolds said. The family has asked that instead of flowers, anyone wishing to send their sympathies should do so by sending memorials to the Histiocyte Society.
n HAITI from page 1 “As soon as the quake hit, she text her mom and told her she was OK. She sent three more texts and we lost all contact for about 24 hours,” Henegar said. Henegar said her cousin was in a church at the House of Compassion when the earthquake struck. Because the church was built with iron, it didn’t collapse. Following the earthquake, many Haitians took refuge in the church because the concrete wall around the mission collapsed. “Liberty told me that one night, over 300 people stayed in the church,” Henegar said. Henegar said her cousin was supposed to come home after the earthquake, but the airport called her mom and told her they canceled her flight. They told her the earliest they could reschedule her flight was Thursday, Jan. 21. Her mom and aunt immediately started making phone calls to anyone who would listen. With the help of a friend who works for American Airlines, they made arrangements for her cousin to go to the U.S. Embassy in Haiti. From there, she was supposed to get help across the border into Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and fly home from there. However, when Henegar’s cousin arrived at the embassy, she found it was locked. She and the group she was with hired a driver to take them across the border to the Dominican Republic and they took a bus to Santo Domingo. “They almost missed their flight, but some-
one made a phone call and the plane waited,” Henegar said. The group finally made it home the next day. “Our whole family is extremely close, but we grew even closer during this tragedy,” Henegar said. Organizations on the Pittsburg State University campus are helping to raise money for the victims in Haiti. Among those are the Athletic Department and the University Ambassadors. On Saturday, Jan. 16, the Athletic Department hosted a fundraiser during the MIAA basketball doubleheader against Fort Hays State University. They received $570.18 in cash from community members. “PSU Athletics is also donating 50 cents per ticket on the 820 single-game tickets sold on Saturday for an additional $410,” said assistant athletics director/media relations Dan Wilkes. This added up to a total of $980.18 that the Athletic Department will send to the Red Cross International Response Fund in Washington, D.C., to be delivered to the victims in Haiti. “We receive a lot of support outside of this area and wanted to give back to people who were really needing it,” Tim Testa, senior in physical education and cross country/track and field athlete, said. Anyone interested in helping victims of the Haitian earthquake can find multiple resources online for ways to donate money, food and other necessary goods.
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Too soon to tell how revenue gap affects PSU Brock SiSney Collegio Reporter December revenues in the state of Kansas fell $23 million short of the anticipated $536 million in general revenues. This only increases the budget shortfall and the pressure on state legislators and Gov. Mark Parkinson to bridge the almost $400 million gap between revenues and spending commitments for the fiscal year 2011. John Patterson, vice president of administration and campus life, says that it’s too soon to gauge how the revenue shortfall will impact Pittsburg State University. “We don’t know for sure how it will
affect PSU,” Patterson said. “We’ll have to wait and see how it all plays out the next 90 days in the state Legislature.” President Steve Scott says that it’s good news the governor came out with a strong statement in support of the state’s higher education system. “We are very appreciative of that because the governor is an extremely important person,” Scott said. “He makes the statements about funding levels and he came out strong for us.” In his Jan. 11 State of the State address, Parkinson addressed the state’s economic situation and tied together the current economic climate with the state’s traditional commitment to higher education. “The vision of our founders was clear,” Parkinson said. “If you want to
retain the best and brightest in Kansas, you must build great universities. If you want to attract the best and the brightest from other states, you must build great universities. If you want to build the labor force that will propel us into the future, you must build great universities, and they were right.” President Scott commended the governor for committing $747 million to higher education. “We have the $747 million number set because of the federal stimulus package,” Scott said. “That $747 million is the 2006 level and if we go below $747 million the state would not receive stimulus funds. We’re in a good position going into a very difficult year.” A letter from the Kansas Board of Regents listed three of the governor’s FY
2011 budget recommendations: a raise of the cigarette and tobacco tax rate; increasing the state’s sales tax from 5.3 percent to 6.3 percent for three years; and stopping some transfers from the State General Fund and increasing other transfers into the SGF. The first two recommendations highlighted the governor’s address, while the third recommendation would have a direct impact on higher education. “First, we need to raise the cigarette and tobacco tax from 79 cents a pack to the national average of $1.34,” Parkinson said. “Second, for a temporary period of 36 months, we need to raise the state sales tax by one cent. This 36 months will allow us to fund our programs at minimally acceptable levels while we work our way out of this recession.”
PSU held two budget forum meetings in December that discussed the state of Pittsburg State. “The most common comment about the forums has been people’s appreciation for the way that we’ve approached them,” Scott said. “We tried to be transparent, open, here are the numbers, here’s what we know. We have to be careful with numbers, because they could change in a week, in a day.” The president’s homepage now has a suggestion box for any cost efficient solution by university faculty and staff. “We’ve had five comments already and those comments are about very specific approaches how to save money,” Scott said. “Given the scale of what we do, a lot of little things add up.”
pittstatebriefs Dinner and a game The Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations will provide an evening of food, fun and basketball at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27. Cost is $6 per person and includes a meal at the Courtside Cafe and a ticket for the PSU men’s and women’s basketball games against Truman State. Preregistration is required for the meal and ticket package. To register, call Brook Broyles at 235-4759 or email bbroyle1@ pittstate.edu by Friday, Jan. 22.
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second place in the junior/senior division. Soylar, a graduate student in piano performance, placed second in the graduate division. Both students studied under Reena Berger of the Music Department.
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Visiting artist Jimmy Kuehnle to lecture The PSU Art Department hosts Jimmy Kuehnle at 11:30 a.m. today in Porter Hall. Kuehnle will give a public lecture at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, in Hughes Hall 316 followed by a reception back in Porter Hall at 3 p.m. Kuehnle creates sculptural objects and has traveled to Japan, Finland and select locations in the U.S. For more information, call S. Portico Bowman at 235-4305 or email sbowman@ pittstate.edu. For more information about Kuehnle, look on his Web site www.jimmykuehnle.com.
S.E.K. Ice Bowl PITT Disc Golf Club will hold the Disc Golf Monkey Ice Bowl Tour at Lincoln Park on Saturday, Jan. 23, to benefit Project Warmth. Entry fee is $25 or $20 and five cans of food. Food donations will go to the Wesley House. Three divisions will be offered: pro, advanced and beginner. Registration begins at 8 a.m. For more information, call Kevin Elrod 249-8747 or go to the Web site www. pittdgc.110mb.com.
Honors deadline approaching The deadline for turning in applications for the Departmental Academic Honors Program is 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. The Departmental Academic Honors Program is designed to provide students with superior academic abilities with greater challenges and closer faculty-student relationships. To qualify for the program, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and complete a minimum of nine semester hours of credit. Applications are available at www.pittstate.edu/office/registrar/
Piano students receive honors Piano majors Luis Reyes of Paraguay and Cagdas Doylar of Turkey received awards at the annual Collegiate State Artist Piano Competition held by the Kansas Music Teachers Association. Reyes, a performance and viola performance major, took
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SGA Senate positions The Student Government Association is currently accepting applications for the 2010-2011 school year. Applications are available in the SGA office, Room 212M in the lower level of the Overman Student Center, and at www.pittstate.edu/sga. Forms must be turned in by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22.
Deadline approaching for adds, drops Students will need to make course drops and additions at the Registrar’s Office starting on Friday, Jan. 22, the Registrar’s office announced. Students need the instructor’s written or online permission to add a late class when they come to the Registrar’s Office.
Social Work Plus fundraiser PSU Social Work Plus is holding a Mexican enchilada and rice fundraiser to raise money to travel to Monte Christi, Dominican Republic during Spring Break. Once there, the group will volunteer at Orphanage Outreach. The fundraiser will be held at St. Mary’s Activity Center, 916 N. Locust St. The dinner is $14 for a dozen enchiladas and $4 for a quart of rice. For more information, call Patty Magee at 235-4339. To find out more about the orphanage, visit www.orphanage-outreach.org.
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Eleven-year-old Alex Jaeger enrolls at PSU Mandy Toepfer Copy Editor
him in home school.” With the help of the A Beka homeschooling materials, Wesley glimpse of Alex helped Alex finish grades four Jaeger’s intellithrough 12 in three and a-half gence showed at 18 years. months of age. Alex’s success has a simple First, it was getanswer. ting out of the crib “i just try and do my best,” – only a regular Alex said. bed with bed rails day after day, he continues to would do. Next, it was test his intelligence and its speed. numbers. The clock face caught “For him, he wants to learn a his attention every time the concept quickly … He wanted to family went to the Tokyo train know it in the first five minutes station. and if he didn’t, it would be a It was in kindergarten that major crisis,” wesley said. “he Alex’s intelligence was valiwould sit there and push himself dated. He scored above the 98.2 until, ‘Hah, I got it!’ OK, then, percentile next conin reading cept.” and above his the 99.9 uniqueness hey say (gifted percentile in has caused math on the some flurry students) will miss stanfordof attention out on high school. Binet test. at Psu. the Alex Like smoking scores didn’t says he lie. tries to and drinking and “… ‘this keep foother perverted kid is differcused. ent. This kid “i try activities? When he is differto not let it could be finished ent,’” Alex’s bother me,” kindergarten he said. with college while teacher, Lori ideas his chronologicalNorth, kept of “a kid saying to the should be age counterparts school psya kid” and are experiencing chologist. socialAnd she teenage pregnancies ization was right. problems Now, at are likely and drinking and 11, Alex is to spring up the drama of high enrolled as when thinka freshman ing of an school?” at Pitt state 11-year-old – Wesley Jaeger, Alex’s father attending taking a full-course college. load that Alex includes biology and chemistry goes to activities like karate three lectures and labs, piano, choir nights a week or piano workand calculus. shops that include kids his own And it all started in kindergar- age. ten, where his outstanding test Therefore, Wesley doesn’t see results placed him in the gifted a problem, though he admits to program. being confused by the efforts of In third grade, Alex’s father, public educators who see fastWesley, saw a change that tracking bright students as risky. needed to be made. “... They say (gifted students) “I went to pick him up at will miss out on high school. school and while the rest of the Like smoking and drinking and class was running around, yelling other perverted activities? when and screaming, he was quietly he could be finished with college sitting at his desk reading,” he while his chronological-age said. “i made the decision then counterparts are experiencing he wasn’t getting what he needed teenage pregnancies and drinking in the public school system, so and the drama of high school,” we withdrew him and enrolled he said. “Drama in high school
Alex Jaeger sings during choir practice in the auditorium of McCray Hall on Friday, Jan. 15. does nothing for you in life.” wesley says there is a balance, though, to raising a gifted child. he says a parent has to evaluate the child’s mental age and chronological age and raise him or her between the two, but still honor and respect the child’s mental capabilities and childhood. Wesley says it takes a certain type of giving energy to feed that type of intelligence. “Just like anything else, you
have to put the time and sacrifice into it; otherwise it withers away and who knows what happens after that,” he said. Alex’s intelligence certainly won’t disappear anytime soon. the undeclared freshman says he doesn’t know what he wants to take next semester yet, but he has his sights set on graduating with two degrees. One in piano and one that is science-related. When Alex isn’t doing homework, he plays with Legos,
watches videos on YouTube, plays video games or reads – Michael Crichton books being his favorite. “At first it was just a college reading list, and then I read ‘Jurassic Park,’ and I liked it,” he said. Wesley says a master’s and a doctorate degree are a possibility for Alex since he’ll be too young to work once he graduates. For the time being, Melinda Roelfs, director of admissions
and Alex’s adviser, says having Alex attend Pitt state is just as new for them as it is for him. “It’s interesting, certainly an experience I don’t think most of us have had yet, both in terms of Alex and his parents and also those of us here at Pittsburg State,” she said. “It’s just one of those things, that again, was new to us and we didn’t have a lot of experience to draw from, but I think things are going well.”
Students unfazed by construction industry woes BarTholoMew KlicK Collegio Reporter
Clint Walt, center, 2008 graduate in construction management, works for R.E. Smith Construction. Walt is the project manager for the residential housing project on campus.
The news media has recently focused on increased unemployment in the u.s. within those unemployment statistics, the construction sector has lost approximately half a million jobs since 2006. Pitt state students and faculty, however, have not let this alarm them. “It’s not as doom and gloom as the media makes it out,” William Strenth, assistant professor in construction management, said. “We still have students getting jobs. We have May grads getting jobs. We still have about 65 percent job placement.” At one time, PSU’s construction management program boasted 100 percent job placement. strenth says this percentage change means that PSU construction management gradu-
ates aren’t getting the jobs they want. “They’re not getting four and five offers,” strenth said. Strenth says the key for students to finding jobs after graduation is to network, even if they already have an employer in mind. “We had a student a year ago who had signed a contract with a company. Three weeks before graduation, they rescinded the contract,” strenth said. “But the student had gone to one of the presentations here, networked, and a company out of texas hired him a week before graduation.” Psu students do not seem to be worried by the bad news in the construction industry, either. “I’ve already had job offers starting at 60 grand a year,” Adam Compton, freshman in construction management, said. this tone of optimism has been
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present, even when students did express fears about finding employment. “If I were graduating today, I’d be afraid,” Bryce Probert, freshman in construction management, said. “But it’s going to bounce back.” Cory Howell, who graduated from the construction management program, did two internships with the same company, which later hired him. “I know a couple of guys who have had a pretty difficult time finding work because of how slow the construction industry is now and how tight the bidding market is,” Howell said. “There’s a hiring freeze.” But Howell says his internships taught him a valuable lesson. “Get your name out there,” Howell said. “Start building relationships, be it with one or multiple companies. Good grades by themselves aren’t enough to get you a job.”
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Has the ‘swine flu’ pandemic been disarmed for good? ast July, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius attended a gathering of federal and state health officials. It was a swine-flu summit, a meeting to “help restore a sense of urgency to the worldwide response to the epidemic,” according to the Washington Post. At this meeting, Sebelius announced that the government had appropriated about $1 billion to buy the ingredients for a swine flu vaccine and had allotted about $7.5 billion more in emergency preparedness funds. Now, six months later, after months of media-induced hysteria and reports of vaccine shortages, the American public is left holding the bill for a swine-flu vaccine surplus. However, with a government that also proved incapable of operating a Cash for Clunkers stimulus program, is anyone really surprised? The United States has, to date, allocated, ordered and shipped 139 million doses of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also estimates that only 61 million people have been inoculated against the swine flu. With reported cases of H1N1 dwindling fast, and the CDC recalling hundreds of thousands of vaccines for ineffectiveness anyway, the chances that much more of the vaccine will be used in the near future are slim. In May 2009, the threat of H1N1 seemed like the beginnings of a Sci-Fi channel made-for-TV movie: SUPERFLU. There was real shock as reports of deaths in Mexico trickled in. In the span of a month, several hundred cases had been reported. It was chaos. Wait. What about the people who catch the seasonal flu every year? What is the mortality rate for them? About 0.12 percent, says the CDC. What is the mortality rate of the swine flu? About 0.01 percent. What percentage of the people who died from swine flu had underlying conditions? In the U.S., about 50 percent. What? The big biz media putting a ridiculously dramatic spin on a story to get ratings? One can almost picture the pharmaceutical CEOs rubbing their hands together and cackling, shouting, “Gotcha!” Is it too
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Edwin Garcia, 5, reacts as he gets a flu vaccination at Carlin Springs Elementary School in Arlington, Va., Thursday, Jan. 7. H1N1 flu-shot drives for all ages are scheduled around the country for what's officially dubbed National Influenza Vaccination Week, in hopes of preventing a possible third wave of the epidemic later this winter. much to hope that your own government could see through the smoke and mirrors of a clearly biased industry and handle the taxpayers’ money more appropriately? Obviously, the phrase “better safe than sorry” applies to this situation, but so does “too much of a good thing.” The vaccine can be stored in bulk, assuming that the virus doesn’t mutate in a way that renders previous MADISON versions of the vaccine DENNIS useless. The United Editor in States is also donating 25 Chief million doses to developing countries. The public can expect to have the vaccine thrust upon it as the government delays the decision of whether to try and get rid of the excess doses. France’s government is currently enduring heavy criticism as it attempts to sell its surplus to other countries, namely Qatar and Egypt. France purchased 95 million doses, but to date has
So maybe the swine flu’s anticlimactic used only 5 million. Sebelius said, “The end was due to the proactive action the danger is in turning off the spigot before government took to get the vaccine out we really know what the winter flu season there as quickly as looks like, what possible, and that the demand is.” came at the cost However, it of an expensive looks like the surplus. Or is it United States is s it too much to possible that the belatedly taking hope that your own horrifying mutant steps to at least flu was never any stem the flow. government could see more threatening CSL Ltd., an through the smoke and than the seasonal Australia-based drug company mirrors of a clearly biased flu, and that we have the ratingsthat manufacindustry and handle the hungry media to tures the H1N1 thank for instigatvaccine, said that taxpayers’ money more ing a state of fear the U.S. cut its for an over-hyped recent order of appropriately?” 24-hour bug? 36 million doses Keep your heads to 14 million. on while watching Canada is also television, take everything with a grain of experiencing an unexpected number of salt, and pray your government does the leftover vaccines, and announced that it same. will lend some of them to Mexico.
Tough times call for ‘creative’ grads I, like many of you, am looking to graduate in May. And I, like some of you, am applying to graduate school. And I, like a handful of you, have studied English and Creative Writing for the last five years. And I, like all of you who’ve made it to this point in the text, pity me. I don’t need to tell you about the doomsday economy. Indeed, these are frightening times for those of us chipper youths who are at this very moment examining our futures with both elation and near-immobilizing discouragement. Now more than ever we all need backup plans. But where will desperation take us now that lackluster jobs for which we used to “settle” are dwindling in numbers … when stores are closing, when schools are cutting staff, when the housing bust put construction workers and laborers out of jobs, when blue collar positions are heading overseas and are likely never to come back? We’re just going to have to get creative. I’m considering putting my English degree to work in developing a children’s book featuring Gordon, The Surprisingly UnObnoxious Vegan Activist Goat. Because now is the time for self-starters and gogetters, folks on a mission. Now is the time to try something different. As encouragement, I offer a list of projects and inventive occupational opportunities that will keep us all involved until things look a little less dismal. The following are suggestions in accordance with several popular majors:
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Art: Body paint bikinis. Ain’t never a shortage of demand. National publications; tropical locales. And muses. Oh, yes – there will be muses.
Auto Tech: Someone needs to outfit those new DeLoreans with flux capacitors and plenty of plutonium. Biology: Write a novel. Business: Go back to school; get a second degree in Ethics. Then go back to school and get a third degree in Ethics. Now you can work at Starbucks. Chemistry: Can we get that white honkytonk suit from the Simpsons? The one designed for Elvis—the one that cleans itself with human sweat? And can we squelch some of Robert Pattinson’s pheromones? He’s causing riots, people. Communication: Someone’s got to teach the kids who get bullied in elementary school to talk smack. I can’t tell you how many times my only defense was to fall to the ground and fake a seizure. I’d have been much better off if someone pulled me aside and explained the power of calling someone a rat-toothed butt-face and shaking my head in a sign of pity. I might still have gotten pummeled, but I’d have known the meaning of dignity come middle school. And maybe my teachers would have respected me a little more. Education: Teach us how to love and be loved.
FACS-Early Childhood Development: Produce an alternative to pink. FACS-Fashion Merchandising: See above. Team effort is non-negotiable. FACS-Interior Design: Axe Library needs your help. History: I think we’d all like to know a little bit more about Abe Lincoln’s sex life. Can we get on that? Health, Human Performance and Recreation: And can’t we find a way to literally run away from ourselves, thus defeating the need for drugs, alcohol and sex with John Mayer? Justice Studies: The Mafia, because you know what you’re up against. Leadership Studies: I’m gonna go out on a limb and predict a northward migration of emigrants into Canada. If we squat long enough, it’ll be ours, just like the Oregon Territory. And you LS folks are gonna have to keep us from eating one another when it gets cold and snowy on the wagon train. Marketing: Go back to school; get a second degree in Women’s Studies. Then go back to school and get a third degree in African American Studies. Then you need one in Latino Studies. And another in Men’s Studies and Native American Studies. Now you can put your head on your desk and think a good, long time about what your people have done to us. Music: Let’s corral Tom Waits, John Mayer, The Georgia Satellites and Lady Gaga into a warehouse and force them to learn from each other. Music: Let’s corral Tom Waits, Toby Keith and Lady Gaga into a warehouse and force them to learn from each other.
Physics: You know about infinity? Yeah? Well, keep it to yourself. That stuff scares the buhjeezus out of me. Political Science: Let’s get Jon Stewart for President. Or maybe instate a platonic system of philosopher kings. Psychology: We need you to set up screening facilities for prostitutes, lawyers and nurses—a three-year process, something similar to the background checks made on behalf of the National Security Agency’s human resources. That way we can legalize prostitution, restore our faith in the legal system and spare the overworked caretaking masses from their eventual breakdowns in the juice aisles of the WalMarts of America. Sociology: Why do my neighbors yell at me from moving vehicles but never leave a nice, sincere note in my mailbox or knock on my door? Do they think that drive-by strategy is somehow more effective in getting me to take down my Halloween decorations? Sociologists: Get back to me on that. Until then, the headless scarecrows stay sprawled on the lawn. Wood Tech: The Mafia, because ballistics experts are helpless when you whack someone with a 2x4. Granted, many of these endeavors will require the finacial backing of a family member, spouse or government official. And, with more and more public universities setting caps on enrollment numbers in response to massive budget cuts, it might be difficult to “just stay in school.” But keep your chins up just the same. Especially you Mafia wannabes; crime and disorder breeds well in this economic climate. And, to paraphrase Mark Twain, principles (and perhaps standards) have little force on one’s choices unless one is well-fed.
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Magician spellbinds audience with sleights of hand, illusions Canese Jarboe Collegio Reporter
ogy, enjoyed the night for other reasons. “It was so believable,” she said. “He mixed humor with it. I would like to follow his act online.” The Crimson and Gold Ballroom stage Many prizes were given away to audiwas bedecked with colorful, life-size postence members including T-shirts, DVDs ers emblazoned with emblems of two B’s and copies of Brushwood’s book “Cheats, back-to-back and stamped with photos of Cons, Swindles and Tricks: 57 Ways to magician and comedian Brian Brushwood. Scam a Free Drink.” Full of pep and enthusiasm, Brushwood Chad Johnson, skipped onstage Brushwood’s assistant, Wednesday night said they still have a to applause from way to go on the nearly 200 audience loved seeing people’s long road. members made up of reaction to his “We travel at least students, alumni and 150 days out of the interested passersby. nail-through-the-tongue year,” Johnson said. Brushwood com“Crazy is the only manded the attention trick” word I can think of to of the room with - Chris Rohr, Junior in education describe the tour. From his original variety here, we’re going to show that combines Detroit, Notre Dame, his brand of humor Austin and San Francisco.” with a plethora of short films and slightly Brushwood said he got started in magic grotesque, yet thrilling, tricks. when he was a kid. His act included stabbing skewers “But I got really into it in college. Bethrough body parts, exercising his psyfore I knew it, I was on the Tonight Show.” chological strength and telling paranormal For the new Gorilla Vision program, Joe stories. Among these, Brushwood was Hicks, senior in broadcasting, watched the helped into a straitjacket and broke Houdini’s famous two-minute record with three show through the lens. “We’re trying to stray from hard news seconds to spare. and I thought that this would be a fun and “I loved seeing people’s reactions to his original story for the program,” Hicks said. nail-through-the-tongue trick,” Chris Rohr, “You’re not normally supposed to laugh junior in education, said. “It was very behind the camera, but I couldn’t help unexpected.” myself.” Kate Christian, sophomore in psychol-
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Brushwood performing a mental magic trick by smashing cups to find one with a knife underneath.
Magician Brian Brushwood performs his “bizarre” magic at Pittsburg State University on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
‘My Dinosaur Life’ brings fresh outlook Gillian Murrell Collegio Reporter Motion City Soundtrack just released its fourth album, entitled “My Dinosaur Life,” in nearly three years, on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The 12-track album has a fresh, funky sound compared to their previous albums. Many fans consider the band’s music to be a mix between punk and pop. Whether you consider them to be punk-pop or emo-rock, “My Dinosaur Life” definitely takes their sound to a whole new level. With innovative song titles such as “Worker Bee,” “Her Words Destroyed My Planet,” and “Delirium,” Motion City Soundtrack has definitely proved themselves once again with this inventive, but upbeat album. Their fans seem to agree that this album is one of their best yet. “My Dinosaur Life” is currently ranked No. 4 on the iTunes album chart and has received three and a half stars on SpinMagazine.com. The lyrics on this album are much different than previous records. In the past, the front man, Justin Pierre, has written about his struggle with alcoholism, broken hearts and
disappointment. This album seems to be more seems to be calling “My Dinosaur Life” Moabout reflecting on past mistakes, recovery tion City Soundtrack’s breakthrough record. and overcoming the negative. With songs ranging from slow, heartfelt balCritics give credit to producer Mark Hoplads to fast-paced jams that make you want pus of punk to get up and dance, band Blink-182, this album has made for the new, an impression on edgy sound on listeners and music this album. Hopcritics around the ven with the edge on this pus recently told world. This band has BillBoard Magaundoubtedly set the record, it still has the original zine that the bar high with “My Motion City Soundtrack sound tracks are edgy, Dinosaur Life.” but Motion City Motion City that all of their fans Soundtrack’s inSoundtrack is curnovative sound rently touring the love them for.” is still there. U.S. to promote “Even with - Mark Hoppus, of Blink-182 “My Dinosaur Life.” the edge on This album is one this record, it that will not be soon still has the original Motion City Soundtrack forgotten. Motion City Soundtrack has really sound that all of their fans love them for.” broken the mold this time. Coincidently enough, “My Dinosaur Life” It doesn’t matter what genre of music that is the band’s first album after being picked you listen to or even if you’ve never heard of up by a major record label Columbia. MCS Motion City Soundtrack. Their unique sound signed with them shortly after their last album is one that you cannot pass up. This record “Even If It Kills Me” was released in 2007. will have you singing and dancing along After listening to this album, everyone before you know it.
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Tigers swipe game Gorillas tame Tigers, but fall to Mavs from Gorillas
JaVon McGee, freshman forward, puts up a shot while being guarded by Fort Hays State player Ryan Herrman. The Gorillas fell to the Tigers 69-56 at John Lance Arena on Saturday, Jan. 16.
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Last Saturday’s MIAA action featured Pitt State taking on No. 6 Fort Hays State University. The Tigers, who statistically were favored to win the game, made quick work of the Gorillas as they extended their lead to 18 before the half. They then extended their lead to 26 points midway through the second half. The Tigers ﬁnished the game with a 69-56 victory over the Gorillas. The Tigers’ impressive shooting is what enabled them to extend their lead as they shot 57.8 percent from the ﬁeld, including a 73 shooting percentage from beyond the 3-point line. Fort Hays, whose record is 15-1 including an unblemished conference play record of 9-0, was led by Corbin Kuntzsch. Kuntzsch scored 21 of his 24 points in the ﬁrst half and shot 100 percent, 6-6 from beyond the 3-point line. Willie Hassell was next in scoring for the Tigers with 12 points, followed by Dominique Jones with 10. The Gorillas’ loss gives the team a 1-8 record in conference play, making the MIAA tournament seem unreachable. The silver lining for the Gorillas was the continuing development of freshman guard JaVon McGee, who scored 14 points in the contest against the Tigers, leading the team. Mo Gunn, the junior transfer out of Garrett College, made his ﬁrst start of the season and was second in scoring with 13 points. Gunn and McGee were named the two players of the game for the Gorillas. Rodney Grace contributed to the score with eight points. Spencer Magana, who usually leads the team in scoring, was somewhat absent with only ﬁve points in the contest. PSU was in action last night against University of NebraskaOmaha, but results were not available at press time.
Last Saturday, the Pitt State women’s basketball team upset the Lady Tigers of Fort Hays State University by a score of 71-65. Both teams were tied for third place in the MIAA conference and Pitt State took full possession of third with its win. The Gorillas trailed by only a few points for most of the game, until a late surge in the second half when they went on a scoring run to take the lead 66-59 with a little under six minutes to go in the game. But because of good time management and minimal turnovers, the Gorillas were able to hold on for the win during the ﬁnal moments of the game. The big story of the game, statistically, was the Gorillas’ center, Nicole McCombs, who contributed both offensively and defensively with 14 points in the paint along with 14 rebounds. Although the Gorillas didn’t see much 3-point production from junior guard Bailey Waugh and the freshman guard Drew Roberts, Amanda Orloske hit three key 3-pointers in the second half during the Gorillas’ scoring run. Maya Okinute went 4-6 for 13 points, along with seven assists and six rebounds. The Tigers’ star shooter, Naomi Bancroft, was held to 13 points, when she is averaging more than 20 ppg. This limitation was due in part to the aggressive, but smart, defensive play by Nicole McCombs and DePrice Taylor. Bancroft had led the team in scoring for 13 out of their 15 games, but Erica Biel led the Lady Tigers with 17 points in Saturday’s MIAA action. The Gorillas had their twogame winning streak snapped Wednesday night at NebraskaOmaha 66-60. UNO jumped out to an early 22-13 lead, but the Gorillas engineered a 22-8 run to end the ﬁrst half down 35-30. The Mavs started the second
Marissa Poppe, junior forward, tries to work the ball down low against Fort Hays State University. The Gorillas went on to win the close game 71-65 on Saturday, Jan. 16, at John Lance Arena. half with a 10- point run to open up their lead. PSU was unable to
recover from the deﬁcit and fell short of a comeback victory.
Indoor track teams attempt to outdistance last year’s record CHRIS YORK Sports Editor
Eric Atkinson plants his pole and kicks his legs up to make it over the bar in the men’s pole vault competition during the Pitt State Invitational indoor track meet in 2009.
The chill in the air can only mean one thing: time for indoor track season to begin. The PSU men’s and women’s track teams get out of the blocks this weekend with their opening meet of the season this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 22-23, at the MSSU Invitational. The Gorillas look to improve on their strong conference ﬁnishes in 2009, where the men ﬁnished third and the women ﬁnished ﬁfth in last year’s MIAA championships. The men’s team returns 13 seniors and 16 juniors from last year’s squad, which took eighth place at the NCAA DII championships, making this an experience-laden
team. Accompanying all the experience are 15 freshmen and nine sophomores to give a good balance for the men. For the women, PSU has four seniors and 12 juniors to round out the upperclassmen. The women’s team will be a youthful squad with nine sophomores and 11 freshmen rounding out the team. The women look to make another run at the DII championships where they ﬁnished 26th overall. Head coach Russ Jewett has his work cut out for him this season, but looks to bring the conference title back to Pittsburg since the mid-’90s. The Gorillas will begin action at 2:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday in Joplin, Mo.
22-23 at MSSU Radio Shack Invitational Joplin, Mo. 2:30 p.m. / 10 a.m. 29-30 at MSSU Baymont Inn/Fazolis Invitational Joplin, Mo. 2:30 p.m. / 10 a.m.
at Frank Sevigne Husker Invite Lincoln, Neb. 5 p.m. / Noon 6 at UCM Mule Relays Warrensburg, Mo. 10 a.m. 12 Pitt State Invitational Home Noon 13 Gudgen Invitational (High School) Home 11 a.m. 19 at Nebraska Tune-Up Lincoln, Neb. 2 p.m. 20 at UCM Classic Warrensburg, Mo. 11 a.m. 26-28 at MIAA Indoor Championships Joplin, Mo. 3 p.m. / 10 a.m. / Noon
12-13 at NCAA-II National championships Albuquerque, N.M. 9 a.m. / 9 a.m
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Michelle Obama asks mayors to help reduce obesity among children WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama urged the nation’s mayors Wednesday to join her in a campaign to reduce childhood obesity. In a speech to a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mrs. Obama said locally elected leaders are among the first to see what’s happening to the people in their communities. Her remarks, coming on the anniversary of her first year as first lady, marked the beginning of what Mrs. Obama has said will be a major initiative on her part to raise awareness about childhood obesity. A formal rollout of her program is planned for next month. Mrs. Obama has said she will look to businesses and nonprofits, community and health centers, educators, religious leaders and government to help. Childhood obesity rates have tripled in the past 30 years, and the latest figures show that about one in three children are overweight. Nearly two in 10, or 17 percent, are obese, or dangerously overweight. “The statistics still never fail to take my breath away,” Mrs. Obama told the standing-room only audience. The first lady said she knows budgets are tight everywhere, but she said the nation can’t afford to continue on the current path, which means that nearly half of all Americans will be obese in just 10 years.
Higher obesity rates, she said, pose a threat to the economy and the nation’s collective health through increased spending on obesity-related conditions like diabetes, cancer and heart disease. “Leadership is about having the foresight and the courage to make those sacrifices and investments in the short run that pay big dividends, often paying for themselves many times over in the long run,” she said. Mrs. Obama also highlighted steps some mayors have taken to help their communities get healthier. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett challenged the city to lose 1 million pounds and created a Web site where people can find weight-loss tips and track their progress. Some 40,000 people have signed up and, together, have shed more than half a million pounds. Cornett lost 40 pounds. In Somerville, Mass., Mayor Joseph Curtatone partnered with local eateries to promote those that agree to offer low-fat options and smaller portions. In Bowling Green, Ky., Mayor Elaine Walker launched a Web site to encourage residents to exercise by helping them find information on parks, trails and upcoming bike rides, and runs and walks. Mrs. Obama said Cornett’s example shows the power of raising awareness of an issue.
Kan. senator mulling Democratic bid for governor TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Democratic state senator is considering a run for governor, and party leaders said Wednesday that his past victories over Republican incumbents would make him a serious challenger. But the Kansas GOP’s chairwoman doubted anyone could defeat the presumed Republican nominee, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback. State Sen. Tom Holland, of Baldwin City, said he’ll decide soon whether to seek the Democratic nomination. The candidate filing deadline is June 10 and the state’s primaries are Aug. 3. “Several people have approached me about running for governor,” Holland said. “I’m actively considering it.” Brownback is the only Republican actively campaigning. The only declared Democratic candidate is Herbert West III, of Paola, who ran unsuccessfully for Miami County sheriff in 2008 and doesn’t have the backing of party leaders. Democrats have been searching for a major candidate because Gov. Mark Parkinson has said repeatedly that he won’t run. Democratic leaders had supported Tom Wiggans, a former pharmaceutical company executive, but he dropped out of the race last month. Holland, 48, owns technology consulting and property leasing businesses with his wife. He’s the ranking Democrat on the Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee. He won a Kansas House seat in 2002 by defeating veteran GOP Rep. Ralph Tanner, also of Baldwin City. In 2008, he ousted Republican Sen. Roger Pine, of Lawrence. “He definitely has a real toughness when it comes to campaigning,” said Senate Minority
Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat. But Brownback began the year with more than $1 million in campaign funds, and Republicans hold a better than 3-2 advantage in registered voters. Also, Kansas has never elected two Democratic governors back to back. Democratic leaders still hope to defeat Brownback by appealing to GOP moderates who are uncomfortable with his conservative stance on issues such as abortion. But Brownback is stressing economic issues, and state GOP Chairwoman Amanda Adkins said his support is strong because of his “pro-growth” message. “There already is such incredible momentum behind Sam Brownback that no one else stands a chance,” she said. But Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis took some heart from, ironically, a crushing defeat for fellow Democrats nationally — the victory of an obscure GOP state senator, Scott Brown, in Tuesday’s special U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts. Davis, a Lawrence Democrat, saw Brown’s victory as evidence of strong anti-establishment and anti-incumbent sentiment among voters. “People who are frustrated with government right now may take it out on Sam Brownback,” Davis said. Bob Beatty, a Washburn University political scientist, was skeptical. He said Holland faces a big challenge, particularly in fundraising. “Saying he’s a viable candidate is not saying at this point that it’s going to be a really close race,” Beatty said.
Panel members on Ex-Kan. AG’s case gave to rivals TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two of the three attorneys reviewing an ethics complaint against former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline made a total of $150 in campaign contributions to candidates who ran against him, campaign finance records show. One of the attorneys also donated $400 to former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, an abortion rights Democrat who appointed four of the Kansas Supreme Court’s seven current justices. The court has the final word on whether Kline will be sanctioned over allegations of misconduct while investigating abortion providers. The three lawyers comprise
a hearing panel for the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys and will make recommendations to the Supreme Court. They are JoAnn Butaud, of Lenexa; Jeffrey Chubb, of Independence; and Calvin Karlin, of Lawrence. Campaign finance records show Karlin contributed to Sebelius in 2002 and 2003, then donated a total of $100 in 2005 and 2006 to Paul Morrison, a Democrat who defeated Kline when Kline sought re-election as attorney general. Records show Chubb donated $50 to then-state Sen. David Adkins, one of Kline’s Republican primary opponents in his successful 2002 race for attorney
general. “The whole thing from the start is very political,” Mary Kay Culp, executive director of the anti-abortion group Kansans for Life, said Wednesday. Culp said the attorneys’ contributions show Kline won’t get a fair hearing. The Supreme Court criticized Kline in previous rulings dealing with his abortion investigations. Kline’s legal team declined to discuss its strategy Wednesday. Brian Burgess, a Washington, D.C.-based public relations executive who’s often acted as Kline’s spokesman, said the disciplinary board is “hopelessly compromised.”
“All of them have an ideological agenda, and it’s reflected in who they support politically,” Burgess said, emphasizing that he was speaking for himself. But Peter Brownlie, chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and MidMissouri, said Kline’s allies are trying to divert attention from his unethical behavior. “It’s simply demeaning to those who agree to hear the evidence,” Brownlie said. Ron Keefover, a spokesman for the disciplinary board that appointed the three attorneys, said politics is playing no role. Butaud, Chubb and Karlin referred questions to him.
“I’ve been watching attorney discipline cases for 30 years, and I’ve never seen politics enter into any of the hearings, complaints being filed or recommendations to the Supreme Court,” Keefover said. The complaint against Kline accuses him of making false statements and allowing subordinates to mislead the Supreme Court and other officials while investigating the late Dr. George Tiller, of Wichita, and Planned Parenthood’s Overland Park clinic. An anti-abortion Republican, Kline served a single term as attorney general in 2003-07, then
served as Johnson County district attorney in 2007-09. He is now a visiting assistant professor of law at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Tiller was acquitted of criminal charges filed by the attorney general’s office after Kline left. A criminal case filed by Kline as Johnson County district attorney against the Planned Parenthood clinic is still pending. The complaint against Kline was filed by disciplinary board officials and made public Tuesday. The three attorneys are scheduled to have a hearing May 26-28.
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“We’re waiting for food, for water, for anything,” Emmanuel Doris-Cherie, 32, said in Leogane, 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Port-au-Prince. Homeless in Leogane lived under sheets draped across tree branches, and the damaged hospital “lacks everything,” Red Cross surgeon Hassan Nasreddine said. The death toll was estimated at 200,000, according to Haitian government figures relayed by the European Commission, with 80,000 buried in mass graves. The commission raised its estimate of homeless to 2 million, from 1.5 million, and said 250,000 people needed urgent aid. With search dogs and detection gear, U.S. and other rescue teams worked into Wednesday night in hopes of finding buried survivors. But hopes were dimming. “It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack, and each day the needles are disappearing,” said Steven Chin of the Los Angeles County rescue team. One rescue was reported. The International Medical Corps (IMC) said it cared for a child found in quake ruins on Wednesday. The boy’s uncle told doctors and a nurse with the Los Angeles-based organization that relatives pulled the 5-year-old from the wreckage of his home after searching for a week, said Margaret Aguirre, an IMC spokeswoman in Haiti. Family members working to recover a body said they heard a voice saying, “I’m here, I’m here,” Aguirre recounted. The boy was dehydrated, drinking four bottles of water and two juices, but otherwise unharmed, she said. Many badly injured Haitians still awaited lifesaving surgery. “It is like working in a war situation,” said Rosa Crestani of Doctors Without Borders at the Choscal
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Maxi Phalone, right, reacts after her sister was pulled alive from the rubble of a collapsed building in Port-au-Prince, Monday, Jan. 18. Phalone’s sister was one of two earthquake survivors rescued from the building just minutes apart from each other. U.N. headquarters in New York that it’s believed that 3 million people are affected, with 2 million of those needing food for at least six months. Between the U.N. World Food Program and deliveries by the Red Cross and other private aid groups, about a half-million Haitians should have been reached with “reasonable quantities of food,” he said. “That’s still very far short of what’s needed.”
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Home building falls WASHINGTON — The housing market remains a significant risk to the economy, data Wednesday showed, as bad weather across much of the country hit the construction industry. The Commerce Department said construction of new homes and apartments fell 4 percent in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 557,000 from an upwardly revised 580,000 in November. Applications for future projects, however, increased strongly as the industry ramps up for the spring selling season. “Builders continue to be nervous about the employment situation and the number of foreclosures out there competing with them,” said David Crowe, chief economist at the National Association of Home Builders. Another problem, Crowe noted, is that builders have seen their financing for new projects dry up steadily over the past 18 months.
NH takes up repeal of gay-marriage law CONCORD, N.H. — Three weeks after New Hampshire legalized gay marriage, opponents have asked the House to repeal the law and let voters amend the constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. The House Judiciary Committee held hearings Wednesday. New Hampshire’s law legalizing gay marriage took effect Jan. 1. New Hampshire joined Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts and Vermont in allowing the unions. The executive director of the conservative Cornerstone Policy Research says he doesn’t think there’s much chance the law will be repealed. Executive Director Kevin Smith says he’ll focus more on the proposed constitutional change and urge lawmakers to let voters decide the issue.
$7.5 settlement OK’d in wrong conviction MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Manhattan City Commission has voted to approve a settlement with a man who served 10 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit. In a meeting Tuesday night, the commission voted to have Mayor Bob
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Time to get to work, says Sen.-elect Brown BOSTON — Republican Scott Brown says his Senate victory in Massachusetts sends a powerful message and he hopes to get to work right away. Brown’s stunning triumph for the seat long held by Sen. Ted Kennedy was a devastating Democratic defeat that triggered soul-searching within President Barack Obama’s party over how to stem further losses in November’s midterm elections. Brown told a news conference on Wednesday, “The campaign is over now, and we have to focus on solving problems.” In one of the country’s most traditionally liberal states, Brown rode a wave of voter anger to defeat Martha Coakley, the attorney general who had been considered a surefire winner until just days ago. Her loss signaled big political problems for Obama and the Democratic Party this fall when House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates are on the ballot nationwide.
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Massachusetts State Sen. Scott Brown, R-Wrentham, celebrates in Boston, Tuesday, after winning a special election held to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy. Brown defeated Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat. fears is that Islamic militants who oppose the popularly elected governments in both India and Pakistan will find a way to get the nuclear-armed rivals fighting one another instead of the militants.
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NEW DELHI — A syndicate of terror groups affiliated with al-Qaida might try to start a new war between rivals India and Pakistan as part of an organized effort to sow upheaval across South Asia, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday. “I believe this operation, under the umbrella of al-Qaida working with all of these different groups, is intended to destabilize not just Afghanistan, or not just Pakistan, but potentially the whole region,” Gates said. U.S. officials say one of their greatest
Elin Ekblom-Bak of the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences suggested that authorities rethink how they define physical activity to highlight the dangers of sitting. While health officials have issued guidelines recommending minimum amounts of physical activity, they haven’t suggested people try to limit how much time they spend in a seated position. “After four hours of sitting, the body starts to send harmful signals,” EkblomBak said. She explained that genes regulating the amount of glucose and fat in the body start to shut down. Even for people who exercise, spending long stretches of time sitting at a desk is still harmful. Tim Armstrong, a physical activity expert at the World Health Organization, said people who exercise every day — but still spend a lot of time sitting — might get more benefit if that exercise were spread across the day, rather than in a single bout.
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