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Mike Wallace, famed ‘60 Minutes’ interviewer, dies at 93 NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Wallace didn’t interview people. He interrogated them. He crossexamined them. Sometimes he eviscerated them. His reputation was so fearsome that it was often said that the scariest words in the English language were “Mike Wallace is here to see you.” Wallace, whose pitiless, prosecutorial style transformed television journalism and made “60 Minutes” compulsively watchable, died Saturday night at a care facility in New Canaan, Conn., where he had lived in recent years, CBS spokesman Kevin Tedesco said. He was 93. Until he was slowed by heart surgery as he neared his 90th birthday in 2008, Wallace continued making news, doing “60 Minutes” interviews with such subjects as Jack Kevorkian and Roger Clemens. He had promised to still do occasional reports when he announced his retirement as a correspondent in 2006. Wallace, whose career spanned 60 years, said then that he had long vowed to retire “when my toes turn up” and “they’re just beginning to curl a trifle. ... It’s become apparent to me that my eyes and ears, among other appurtenances, aren’t quite what they used to be.” Among his later contributions, after bowing out as a regular, was a 2007 profile of GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, and an interview with Kevorkian, the assisted suicide doctor released from prison in 2007 who died last year. In December 2007, Wallace landed the first interview with Clemens after the star pitcher was implicated in the Mitchell report on performance enhancing drugs in baseball. The interview, in which Clemens maintained his innocence, was broadcast in early 2008. Wallace’s “extraordinary contribution as a broadcaster is immeasurable and he has been a force within the television industry throughout its existence,”
This May 8, 2006 file photo shows Mike Wallace, longtime CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent, during an interview at his office in New York. Wallace, famed for his tough interviews on “60 Minutes,” has died, Saturday, April 7, 2012. He was 93.
Leslie Moonves, CBS Corp. president and CEO, said in a statement Sunday. Wallace was the first man hired when late CBS news producer Don Hewitt put together the staff of “60 Minutes” at its inception in 1968. The show wasn’t a hit at first, but it worked its way up to the top 10 in the 1977-78 season and remained there, season after season, with Wallace as one of its mainstays. Among other things, it proved there could be big profits in TV journalism. The top 10 streak was broken in 2001, in part due to the onset of huge-drawing rated reality shows. But “60 Minutes” remained in the top 25 in recent years, ranking 15th in viewers in the 2010-11 season. The show pioneered the use of “ambush interviews,” with
This May 8, 2006 file photo shows Mike Wallace, veteran CBS “ 60 Minutes” correspondent, waiting in a hallway near his office to see a colleague in New York, Monday May 8, 2006.
reporter and camera crew corralling alleged wrongdoers in parking lots, hallways, wherever a comment — or at least a stricken expression — might be harvested from someone dodging the reporters’ phone calls. Such tactics were phased out over time — Wallace said they provided drama but not much
good information. And his style never was all about surprise, anyway. Wallace was a master of the skeptical follow-up question, coaxing his prey with a “forgive me, but ...” or a simple, “come on.” He was known as one who did his homework, spending hours preparing for interviews, and alongside the
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changing with the altitude,” she added. “This means that crops are affected in different ways and that growing conditions are dramatically different from farm to farm, depending on the latitude where it is located.” Shenyo has been working with a government agency in Guatemala looking at 40 years of climate data. They have noticed that wind direction has changed. Shenyo is working with her advisor, Professor Boris Bravo-Ureta, a professor of agricultural economics at UConn, and has made multiple trips to Guatemala to research how Guatemalans view climate change and how they are altering their farming practices, according to a UConn Today story. “Rachael is down to earth and she knows what she wants
exposes, “60 Minutes” featured insightful talks with celebrities and world leaders. He was equally tough on public and private behavior. In 1973, with the Watergate scandal growing, he sat with top Nixon aide John Ehrlichman and read a long list of alleged crimes, from money laundering to obstructing justice. “All of this,” Wallace noted, “by the law and order administration of Richard Nixon.” The surly Ehrlichman could only respond: “Is there a question in there somewhere?” In the early 1990s, Wallace reduced Barbra Streisand to tears as he scolded her for being “totally self-absorbed” when she was young and mocked her decades of psychoanalysis. “What is it she is trying to find out that takes 20 years?” Wallace said he wondered. “I’m a slow learner,” Streisand told him. His late colleague Harry Reasoner once said, “There is one thing that Mike can do better than anybody else: With an angelic smile, he can ask a question that would get anyone else smashed in the face.” Wallace said he didn’t think he had an unfair advantage over his interview subjects: “The person I’m interviewing has not been subpoenaed. He’s in charge of himself, and he lives with his subject matter every day. All I’m armed with is research.” Wallace himself became a dramatic character in several projects, from the stage version of “Frost/Nixon,” when he was played by Stephen Rowe, to the 1999 film “The Insider,” based in part on a 1995 “60 Minutes” story about tobacco industry whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand, who accused Brown & Williamson of intentionally adding nicotine to cigarettes. Christopher Plummer starred as Wallace and Russell Crowe as Wigand. Wallace was unhappy with the film, in which he was portrayed as caving to pressure to kill a story about Wigand.
UConn ban prompts con- Graduate student takes on gressional response climate change in Guatemala
HARTFORD (AP) — Two members of Congress are planning to take a closer look at the NCAA after Connecticut’s men’s basketball team was banned from next year’s postseason because of past academic problems. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. John Larson, both Connecticut Democrats, said Friday they believe the system used to enforce NCAA standards “often appears arbitrary and unfair.” UConn faces a postseason ban because of several years of low scores on the NCAA’s Academic Performance Rate. The school argues the penalty was applied retroactively and hurts current students, who had nothing to do with the low scores. “We believe these issues demand Congressional attention because the questions regarding fairness for student-
athletes have gone on too long - and the reforms that have been made are not yet sufficient,” Larson and Blumenthal said in a joint statement. “Over the coming days we will be working together and with our colleagues to shine a light on the way the NCAA enforces its rules and review all possible courses of action to compel reform with the goal of ensuring the welfare of student-athletes.” The NCAA this week denied UConn’s latest appeal for a waiver of the academic requirement, though the school is still hoping to become eligible for the 2013 postseason by having the rules changed again to allow it to submit more recent test scores. The NCAA’s Committee on Academic Performance is expected to take up that issue either later this month or in July.
Climate change is an issue that is affecting everyone around the world. In Guatemala, people who are not very well off and are living at high elevations have especially struggled with climate change. Rachael Shenyo, a master’s student in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, is making it her mission to study climate change in Guatemala and how people are reacting to it. “What’s happening in this fragile, mountainous environment is that the infrastructure is becoming completely overwhelmed,” Shenyo said in a UConn Today story. “We’re finding that not only is the climate changing, it’s
to do,” said Bravo-Ureta. “She’s someone who wants to be involved at the grass-roots level and she has an appreciation of her indigenous people in Guatemala. They may be poor but they’re survivors and that ‘can do’ attitude appeals to her.” Shenyo first became involved with Guatemala when she was a Peace Corps volunteer there from 2002 to 2004. During this time, she provided veterinary service to local farmers, with her animal science undergraduate degree. During this time, she also started an initiative to help improve income from sheep production with a USDA grant. She worked on this for seven years before coming to UConn, according to a UConn Today story.
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HARTFORD(AP) — Connecticut is looking to market its immigrant experiences to draw visitors. The state historic preservation office of the Department of Economic and Community Development is seeking grant applicants for a program intended to raise awareness for cultural differences of Connecticut’s ethnic nationalities. Connecticut has more than 100 organized historical and cultural societies for specific nationalities. The initiative intends to mobilize and finance the groups to tell their stories as part of Connecticut’s tourism and economic development branding, The project’s first phase will document the historical links between people of various ethnic communities and their neighborhoods, buildings, shops, sites and events. The cost will be $100,000.
UConn’s Torrington campus gets a new director
TORRINGTON (AP) — The University of Connecticut’s chief operating officer has been named director of the school’s Torrington campus. Barry Feldman was one of two vice presidents whose jobs were eliminated last month when UConn combined the posts of chief operating officer and director of human resources into a single position of vice president for administration and chief financial officer. Feldman is also a former town manager of West Hartford. He will take over his new duties on July 1. Feldman will replace Judy DiLaurenzio who has served as interim director of the Torrington campus since December.
Conn. Senate Democrats to face off in debate STORRS (AP) — The Democratic candidates for Connecticut’s open Senate seat are scheduled to appear in their first debate since one candidate referred to U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy as a “whore” for his support of Israel. The debate is scheduled for Monday at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. CT1 Media, which includes FOX CT and the Hartford Courant, is sponsoring the event. The media company issued a statement last week saying all five invited candidates had been asked to recommit to the decorum rules they originally agreed upon. Greenwich candidate Lee Whitnum made the comments about Murphy during her closing arguments at last week’s live televised debate, sponsored by WVIT-TV.
3 injured after car slams into Norwich basement NORWICH (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine why a car left the roadway and slammed into the basement of a home in Norwich, injuring all three people in the vehicle. Norwich Police Sgt. Michael Belair says the Saturday morning crash trapped those riding in the car, including two who suffered serious injuries. Belair says the two were taken by helicopter from a nearby hospital to another facility for treatment. No one in the North Main Street building was injured. Only one person was in one apartment. The second, lower apartment was empty. Belair says police helping to remove those trapped in the vehicle did not immediately ask them to explain what caused the crash. Investigators are trying to determine circumstances surrounding the crash.
Human trafficking symposium planned at Yale
NEW HAVEN (AP) — U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole is scheduled to speak at a symposium on fighting human trafficking. Cole will give opening remarks Thursday at the two-day talk at Yale Law School. Yale Law School, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI are sponsoring “Trade of Innocents: A Global Perspective on Human Trafficking.” The symposium will feature panels about the work of law enforcement agencies and non-governmental organizations to detect, investigate and prosecute domestic and international human trafficking and feature a panel discussion about the making of a film, “Trade of Innocents.” The U.N. crime-fighting office has said 2.4 million people across the world are victims of human trafficking at any one time and 80 percent of them are being exploited as sex slaves.
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App aims to spare whales from ships in Atlantic
BOSTON (AP) — Even at a sturdy 70 tons, the North Atlantic right whale is no match for the huge ships that cross its path carrying cargo, passengers and the threat of lethal collisions. Now, a new app for the iPad or iPhone aims to help mariners avoid the rare whales so they don’t strike them. The Whale Alert app takes information from underwater microphones to locate the whales in real time, which helps ships in New England waters avoid the species’ estimated 550 remaining whales. The app also uses the GPS feature on iPads or iPhones to alert mariners if they’re entering areas where right whales were spotted, or are known to frequent, along their migratory route from Florida to Maine. Those zones have mandatory or voluntary speed restrictions. Preventing even one fatal ship strike can have a lasting effect on the right whale population. “Right whales are being run over by large ships and killed, but we can save them,” said Patrick Ramage of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which led the app’s development. The North Atlantic right whale was hunted to near extinction in the late 18th century and has struggled since. The animal, which can grow to 55 feet in length, is vulnerable to ship strikes because it can be difficult to see as it feeds on plankton slicks near the surface. It’s also oblivious to its
surroundings while eating. Since the 1970s, an average of two North Atlantic right whales have been killed annually by ship strikes, though there has been one death in each of the past two years, said Greg Silber, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. After an increase in strikes in the mid-2000s, a host of measures were adopted to protect the whale. For instance, vessels longer than 65 feet must slow to 10 knots in areas the whales frequent during certain seasons. Violators have been fined as much as $92,000. Mariners are also asked to
voluntarily slow down in zones where right whales were recently spotted. And any vessel greater than 300 gross tons must report to NOAA when they enter designated right whale areas up and down the East Coast. Whale Alert aims to make it easier for navigators to be aware of the various whale restrictions. Previously, ships often received that information via clunky technologies such as fax machines, VHF transmission, or not at all because their equipment was outdated. But vessels with the app are alerted when they enter areas with right whale restrictions (with a whale song sound
Ex-URI president: Sports nonprofit an aggravation
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The former president of the University of Rhode Island said Friday that the school should have been “tougher” with a nonprofit sports institute that has been under investigation by state police since an audit found it could not account for how it spent most of a $575,000 legislative grant. Robert L. Carothers told The Associated Press that URI should have taken a stronger stance with the Institute for International Sport over hundreds of thousands of dollars in debts the nonprofit ran up with the university. The institute has its offices on URI’s campus and was allowed to use the school’s payroll system to pay its executive director and founder Daniel Doyle Jr. Institute staff and Doyle were not university employees. “I think we probably should have been tougher with them from the beginning on the reimbursement process,” said Carothers, who led the university from 1991 to 2009. The institute was established in 1986 and is best known for the World Scholar-Athlete Games, which attracted student athletes and artists from around the globe. State police launched an investigation after a state audit found the institute could not
account for how it spent most of the $575,000 grant awarded in 2007 to construct a building on the URI campus. The building is empty and has no heat, electricity or plumbing. The state gave the institute more than $7.3 million between 1988 and 2011, according to the state auditor general’s office. Last month, the institute repaid URI for nearly $381,000 it owed the school for unreimbursed payroll costs and other services. But documents released by URI under a public records request show that the institute regularly ran up large debts to the university and that school financial staff pressed the nonprofit for reimbursement. Carothers said the school was trying to balance chasing the nonprofit to pay its bills with the showcase the institute provided URI by drawing thousands of students and luminaries, including former President Bill Clinton and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel to the campus. “It was a question of weighing the benefit not only to the university but to mankind against the aggravation that came from working with them,” Carothers said. “At some point, we were ready to pull the plug over not paying
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effect), and mariners can click on the iPad to find out the specific regulations. For now, the app can only locate the whales’ real-time location off New England because it’s the only region where special acoustic buoys are installed. The 13 buoys, placed along a shipping lane into Boston Harbor and in Cape Cod Bay, can detect the right whales within a five-mile radius by listening for their distinctive songs. Once a whale’s presence has been confirmed, its location appears on the app’s digital nautical chart and the captain knows to be vigilant in that area.
Whitnum still invited to next Senate debate
HARTFORD (AP) — The organizers of an upcoming Connecticut Democratic Senate debate said Friday they still expect all five candidates to attend, including Lee Whitnum, who called U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy a “whore” for his support of Israel during a live televised debate on Thursday night. Several of the candidates have questioned whether Whitnum should be allowed to participate in future debates, given her comments. CT1 Media, including FOX CT and the Hartford Courant, issued a statement saying the media company had asked all five candidates to recommit to the decorum rules in the debate agreement they originally signed. The event is scheduled for Monday at the University of Connecticut. ”If a candidate chooses to participate in the debate, they have made a commitment to abide by the rules of the debate,” the statement said. Also on Friday, Whitnum issued a statement on her website blaming her “disconnect and hostility” on being “flabbergasted” that her fellow candidates don’t understand her positions. She blames supporters of Israel for getting the U.S. involved in Iraq.
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Tulsa police say shootings may have been revenge
Alabama a top stop for justices TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama isn’t an Ivy League law school like Yale or Harvard, yet few colleges are better at luring U.S. Supreme Court justices as speakers: Every current justice has either addressed ‘Bama students or agreed to speak in coming years. Documents obtained by The Associated Press through an open records request and interviews show what it takes to attract justices so far outside the confines of the Northeast. Southern hospitality is part of it, along with payments meant as a show of gratitude and personal pleas from other judges, friends and the occasional U.S. senator. And there are added attractions that an Ivy League school may have a hard time matching, like spare ribs slathered with barbecue sauce, Crimson Tide football games and, in one case, a copy of “To Kill a Mockingbird” autographed by author Harper Lee. Alabama’s law school — which generally is ranked among the nation’s best — has become a Deep South outpost for justices since the late 1990s, when U.S. District Judge W. Harold Albritton of Montgomery began pursuing justices to speak at his alma mater in a lecture series funded by his family. The Albritton Lecture Series has featured 11 different speeches by 10 justices since Justice Anthony Kennedy first ate ribs at the famed Dreamland Bar-BQue in 1996, and the chief justices of Australia, Canada and Israel also have spoken.
Besides the seven current court justices who have appeared, Albritton said Associate Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor have agreed to speak to students in coming years. “It’s just a matter of scheduling the time,” Albritton said during an interview in his office in Montgomery. The dean of Alabama’s law school, Kenneth Randall, said the justices’ talks are a favorite among students. “Nothing excites the students
more than the presence of a justice on the nation’s highest court being at the school,” he said. To be sure, justices visit Harvard University more often than Alabama. A spokeswoman for the Harvard law school, Sarah Marston, said a justice presides over the school’s moot court finals each year, and justices have made at least one speech at the school for each of the past six or seven years. That includes Kagan and Justice Stephen Breyer, both former members of the Harvard Law
faculty. Yet court officials say justices receive hundreds of speaking invitations each year, and Alabama gets its judge far more often than not. Records obtained by the AP from the university and an interview with Albritton show the years of cajoling it sometimes takes to bring a justice to Alabama, whose most notable law graduates include the late Justice Hugo L. Black and four-term Gov. George C. Wallace.
JUNEAU, Ala. (AP) — A 7-year-old Juneau boy has admitted setting five arson fires over a little more than four months, according to fire officials in Alaska’s capital. Juneau fire marshal Dan Jager tells the Juneau Empire that the boy caused about $1,000 in damages by setting fires in restrooms at Harborview Elementary School and the Terry Miller Legislative Building, plus a downtown grass fire and two fires at a Fred Meyer store. The boy’s name was not released. “He won’t be going to jail,” Fire Chief Richard Etheridge said, but the case will be forwarded to probation officers at
the Johnson Youth Center. The boy told fire officials during interviews Wednesday that he set the small fires with a lighter he found. There was no immediate indication of why, Jager said, but the incidents were dangerous. “He has no idea how big the fires could have gotten,” Jager said. “He could have gotten hurt, and other people could have been hurt because some of those buildings were occupied. Being that age, I don’t think he understood the magnitude of what could have happened.” The boy’s grandmother is his legal guardian. She was surprised to learn her grandson was playing with fire, Jager
said. “It definitely got her attention, and I think she’s going to be a big help making sure that the boy understands what he’s doing,” Jager said. A surveillance camera at the legislative building recorded the boy entering and exiting the bathroom at the time of the fire. A maintenance worker extinguished the fire and did not call for assistance but contacted police and submitted video footage. The worker also helped identify the boy, Jager said. The worker showed a picture of the boy to his daughter, who is about the same age, and she recognized him. About a half hour after the
fire at the legislative building, the grass fire broke out nearby, and the fire department responded with crews. “That one we knew was kind of suspicious because that location outside, a fire doesn’t just happen,” Jager said. The boy had previously confessed to setting fire to plastic storage totes in the outdoor center at Fred Meyer in December, as well as another fire in a Fred Meyer restroom in January. The boy may have started other fires, Jager said. Police and fire officials are investigatAP ing a fire in a public restroom at City Hall in late January and This photo combo of images provided by the Tulsa Police Department via the Tulsa World shows Jacob England, left, and Alvin Watts. According to police, England, 19, and Watts, early February. 32, will be charged with three counts of murder and two counts of shooting with intent to
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two men were arrested Sunday in a shooting rampage that left three people dead and terrorized Tulsa’s black community, and police said one of the suspects may have been trying to avenge his father’s shooting two years ago by a black man. Police identified both suspects as white, while all five victims in the rampage early Friday were black. Police and the FBI said it is too soon to say whether the attacks in Tulsa’s predominantly black north side were racially motivated. Police spokesman Jason Willingham said that investigators are considering many possible motives but that based on messages posted on Facebook, revenge appeared to be a factor. In a Thursday update on Facebook that appeared to have been written by 19-year-old Jake England, he angrily blamed his father’s death on a black man and used a racial slur. He said Thursday was the second anniversary of his father’s death. “It’s hard not to go off,” given the anniversary and the death of his fiancee earlier this year, he wrote. A family friend, Susan Sevenstar, told The Associated Press that England’s fiancee killed herself in January. “It’s apparent from the posting on the Facebook page that he had an axe to grind, and that was possibly part of the motive,” Willingham said. “If you read the Facebook post and see what he’s accused of doing, you can see there’s a link between the two of them.” The Facebook page had been taken down by Sunday afternoon. Acting on an anonymous tip and backed by a helicopter, police arrested England and Alvin Watts, 32, at a home just north of Tulsa around 2 a.m. The two men were roommates, and officers went to their home, then followed them several blocks to another home, where they were arrested without incident, police said. Authorities said they planned to charge them with murder and other offenses. Task force commander Maj. Walter Evans said that investigators recovered a weapon but that it was not clear who fired the shots. The Rev. Warren Blakney Sr., president of the Tulsa chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a civil rights organization, said the arrests came as a big relief. Black community leaders had met on Friday night amid fear over the shootings and concerns about possible vigilantism in retaliation. “The community once again can go about its business without fear of there being a shooter on the streets on today, on Easter morning,” Blakney said. It was not immediately known if the suspects had lawyers. Police Chief Chuck Jordan said the gunmen appeared to have chosen their victims at random. Police identified those killed as Dannaer Fields, 49, Bobby Clark, 54, and William Allen, 31. Two men were wounded but were released from the hospital, Jordan said. While police were reluctant to describe the shootings as racially motivated, City Councilman Jack Henderson said he believes that whoever committed the crimes was upset with black people.
In this April 4, photo, U.S. District Judge W. Harold Albritton speaks to the media in his Montgomery, Ala., office. Alabama’s law school – which generally is ranked among the nation’s best – has become a Deep South outpost for justices since the late 1990s, when Albritton began pursuing justices to speak at his alma mater in a lecture series funded by his family.
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State ranked best for women, shouldn’t mean complacency
ccording to an analysis based on figures from respected sources, Connecticut ranks first among all 50 states as the best place for women to live and work. The analysis by the online site iVillage looked at figures from the National Council of State Legislatures, the National Women’s Law Center, the Center for American Women & Politics at Rutgers and the U.S. Census Bureau, among other sources. Connecticut women get on better than those in all other 49 states in a combined picture that includes healthcare coverage, education, financial well-being, parenting support systems and the percentage of women in elected office. The report mentioned that more than 90 percent of Connecticut’s women have health care coverage, and women in the state are among the most highly educated, with more than a third holding a four-year college degree. Connecticut also got high marks for its support systems for victims of domestic violence and resources that provide access to the full range of women’s reproductive health care. However, state leaders like U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said that the picture is far from perfect. “This rating should be a call to action, not a cause for complacency,” said Blumenthal. “In a dismal time for gender equality, marked by constant and relentless attacks on rights of women, Connecticut leads by impressive example. This information is encouraging but recalls as well the work left to do.” Blumenthal and others are right in making the point that most of the data to come out of iVillage’s analysis are more alarming than triumphant. In Kentucky, Over 77 percent of the women in the state live in a county without an abortion provider and nearly 20 percent of the women live in poverty. Not even a quarter of the women in the state have a college degree. West Virginia is the only state that doesn’t protect a woman’s right to breast-feed in either public or private. Oklahoma doesn’t have a single female elected official in Congress. In Mississippi, women earn the lowest average wages in the country and have never elected a woman to Congress or as governor. Twenty-two percent of the women of the state live in poverty and 68 percent are overweight or obese. There is a pretty clear theme that emerges from this data: Those states where women do not have access to affordable higher education, health care or representation in Congress pursue some of the most regressive policies in the country. This is not acceptable. When you keep half the population down, whether economically or otherwise, the whole population suffers. The Daily Campus editorial is the official opinion of the newspaper and its editorial board. Commentary columns express opinions held solely by the author and do not in any way reflect the official opinion of The Daily Campus.
Only UConn would mulch a tree and then cut it down. Oosthuizen for the win! I’ve been in the InstantDaily 250 times now. Is that good enough to get in Huskies of Honor? Here’s an InstantDaily for ya: The Boston Red Sox. I am the Easter bunny hop hop hop hop hoppity hop hop hoppity hop. So who wants Easter chocolate for 95% off or whatever the stores are giving us now. Have you ever watched Untold Stories of the ER? It’s absolutely insane. Where did you get Nassau Coliseum? The toilet store? Black Swan is the perfect date movie. You are the escalator to my stairs, the cave to my man, and for that, I am eternally grateful. I try to say every first word of any sentence I speak like Beyonce says “boy” at the beginning of “Countdown.” BoooOOooOOOoooOOoooy. I need some moist ointment from that kiosk for my wet wound. I broke my glasses and my mom is going to kill me. Do you know how that feels? Maybe an unpopular opinion, but “Zoolander” as a movie is just not believable to me because Owen Wilson and even young Ben Stiller are so homely.
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Cases for death penalty even weaker now
n 2006, I was a freshman at Robert E. Fitch Senior High School in my hometown of Groton. Naturally, being the opinionated know-it-all that I am, I quickly became a member of school’s debate team. The president of the club began the first meeting of the year going to the whiteboard and writing the words “Resolved: The death penalty should be abolished.” This was the topic of the 10th annual Great Connecticut High School Debate. For the next two months I familiarized myself with the arguments for By Tyler McCarthy and against the Associate Commentary Editor death penalty so that I could help our team’s representatives do well when we took this debate to the state’s capitol in Hartford for the competition. Through all of my research and time spent writing speeches on this topic, slowly and thoroughly, I discovered one thing. I do not believe in capital punishment. Fast-forward six years to 2012 when the Connecticut state Senate votes to become the 17th state to repeal capital punishment by a vote of 20-16. It turns out that sanctimonious 15-year-old freshman was right. Those who had to argue for the death penalty in the debate were quick to argue that it is fiscally responsible to have capital punishment due to the high cost of keeping a prisoner for life without parole. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until this year that the Connecticut Office of Fiscal Analysis
attached a study to the bill that calculated that the state stands to save $455,000 per inmate in the absence of capital punishment. Fifteen year-old me would look at this from a debating standpoint and realize that if the state can save money by not executing criminals of violent crimes, that’s one less argument in favor of keeping it. Good debate strategy would then dictate that those arguing in favor of capital punishment suggest the possibility of overcrowding in prisons. Unfortunately for them, the Connecticut Department of Corrections posted on their web site earlier this year that three of the 18 correctional facilities are closed due to a 10 year low in the offender population. So once again, those arguing in favor of capital punishment are left without a leg to stand on. The last-ditch effort of any skilled debater then becomes to make your argument a moral one. The idea is that some offenses are simply so heinous, such as the 2007 Cheshire home invasion, that there is simply no place for the offenders in our society. To put it bluntly, they deserve to die. This is a bold strategy to take but I’ve seen it handled with the right amount of conviction and passion to make it a very formidable argument. The argument, however, is flawed. Ask yourself why they are called “correctional facilities” or “Department of Corrections”? Would it not be easier and more to the point to call them “prisons”? The answer is no. Our justice system is entirely based around the concept of reha-
bilitation. We believe that crimes are mistakes made by the offenders. Incarceration is simply their punishment, their time to think and learn how to go back to society. The reason we believe this is because rehabilitation exists and it is a concept that deserves to be entertained. By having a method of execution for criminals, it completely undermines the concept of rehabilitation. Will these people ever be able to re-enter society? No. However, who are we to say that these people will remain evil forever and should just be killed now to save time and space? If we, as a society, allow ourselves to turn our backs on the concept of rehabilitation, then the logic in our justice system becomes flawed. Another way of saying that is, because of the death penalty, the logic in our justice system is flawed. Where does good debate strategy take someone who is in favor of the death penalty then? Money isn’t an issue, space isn’t an issue and morality is relative and flawed. Six years ago I would have killed for the data that has come out with this latest argument in the state. Despite the data, however, it would appear that the state of Connecticut has come to the same discovery that a 15-year-old kid, with a crush on Emma Watson, discovered six long years ago. We don’t believe in capital punishment.
“Our justice system is entirely based around the concept of rehabilitation.”
Weekly Columnist Tyler McCarthy is a 6th-semester journalism and English double major. He can be reached at Tyler.McCarthy@UConn.edu.
Anonymous gay sex a symptom of greater problem
orn star and writer Conner Habib caused a stir on the Internet last week when Salon published his article “Rest Stop Confidential,” a part-exposé and part-confessional about the hidden culture of men who cruise for sex with other men at our nation’s highway rest stops. Habib’s portrait of these men is first shocking, as many are ignorant as to the existence of these practices, but ultimately sympathetic, painting a sobering and By Devin O’Hara sad picture of these men’s Staff Columnist motivations. Reaction to the article was loud on both sides of the spectrum and few were entertained. Many commenters were outraged and disgusted at the “audacity” and “vileness” of these acts; others, especially more liberal readers, saw these men as “setting back decades of effort” for gay rights. For all the uproar it created, too many people missed the actual message of the article: Habib intended to start a conversation. The majority of us can establish a common ground that this practice is undesirable and that
we should do something about it. Before we can address the problem, we need to understand it. Habib explains that rest stop cruising is “for the man who is unsure of his sexuality, or unsure of how to tell others about it, for the man who has a family but feels new desires (or old, hidden ones) unfolding inside of him.” What’s clear, although undeniably puzzling to the average reader, is that these men are not identifying as gay or bisexual. In fact there is “no sexual orientation at all.” These are men who “are of a certain age,” who, growing up, were denied the ability to name, understand or express their sexual desires for other men in a healthy way. They were conversely conditioned to not only deny their impulses, but to be hostile to them, fight them and have disdain for anything with the label “gay.” Now these men are at a crux in their life: denying their feelings didn’t make them go away, neither did starting hetero-normative families nor being celibate. So they default to anonymous and dangerous sex beneath the public’s moral gaze. They are victims of a society of denial, fear and hate.
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So how do we fix the problem? Part of me fears that it’s too late for men like this, and that the most effective way to deal with their impulses is on an individual basis of counseling and therapeutic help, bringing them to terms with their sexual desires. We can do more in the meantime for younger generations. Recognition of gay men and women has improved leaps and bounds in the last few decades, but much of society is still tolerating and not accepting. Habib’s memories of college still sound eerily current. “The straight students were going to parties and hooking up, making out on the green, having sex in dorms. The gay guys had to do what they could, wherever they could find it.” This double-standard still exists, even at liberal UConn. If I, as a gay man, were to meet another man at a Carriage House party and make out with him, I am confident we would get the daylights beat out of us. I can be gay, but if I try to express sexual desires in a setting where hetero is the norm, I am branded a “faggot” and antagonized as such. There are specific places on campus and many groups of friends where
I don’t hesitate to express my sexuality, but I fear for the countless men who have been conditioned by fear of rejection to keep quiet. To fix these problems, we need to not be terrified to talk about them, not be impulsively disgusted by the seedier happenings of repressed sexuality. Habib describes being questioned by a cop about whether he was at the rest stop to search for “fun and games”: “They couldn’t say it. They couldn’t say anything … It’s not ‘fun and games,’ it’s men yielding to something they might be trying to deny, but can’t.” There is hypocrisy in labeling somebody as a victim of their culture and then persecuting them for it. Instead of moralizing, do something about it. Make sure the message you’re sending to your kids, your friends and your family about sexuality is positive. This problem has arisen not because these men are depraved, but because we, as their peers, weren’t willing to name it and talk about it.
Staff Columnist Devin O’Hara is an 8thsemester English major. He can be reached at Devin.O’Hara@UConn.edu.
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Royalty Free Speech by Ryan Kennedy
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Editor’s Choice by Brendan Albetski
Horoscopes by Brian Ingmanson To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 7 -- There’s lots more money coming in (and going out). Use your creativity to make it work to your benefit. Continue to build with what you’ve got. Good news comes from afar. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- It’s an excellent time for romance ... an afternoon rendezvous, perhaps? Find hidden treasures. Others believe you can succeed. You’re attracting the attention of an important person. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Choose your path. Your prospects are excellent. There are offers pouring in, as is romance. Stay alert, flexible and keep track. The more you finish, the better. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Abundance is yours. Synchronize schedules with your partner. Someone questions your judgment. That’s okay. Heed financial advice from an authority figure.
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Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 9 -There’s great news financially. You may be tempted to take a break, but now’s not the time to slow down. Reaffirm your partnerships, and run a question by a smart but distant friend. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Conflicting information could make it difficult to decide. Access your creative side by drawing, painting or doodling. A dream helps you figure it out. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Offer your peacemaking skills. Dig and uncover a surprise. Work with the resources at hand to improve your abode and your neighborhood. Ask one with experience how.
One Thousand Demons by Bill Elliott and Rachael Pelletti
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- It’s not a good time to travel. Better stay at home with family or visit friends close by. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. A “no” is at least an answer. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- You may encounter unexpected expenses. No matter how unfair they may seem, try to minimize the damage and make the best of it. Look on the bright side.
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Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 9 -- Find inspiration in the most unusual places. Create something beautiful from the chaos. Worrying about the money doesn’t help. Just get into action. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 6 -- If you lose your balance, get back on the horse and ride to your own personal victory. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it made you a better person. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 7 -- You’re a master at handling chaos today, but it will require extra imagination and organization. Failure could lead to new opportunities for income.
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Car bomb near Nigeria churches kills 38 LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives Sunday morning on a busy road after apparently turning away from attacking Nigerian churches holding Easter services, killing at least 38 people in a massive blast that rattled a city long at the center of religious, ethnic and political violence in the nation. The blast struck Kaduna, the capital of Kaduna state, leaving charred motorcycles and debris strewn across a major road in the city where many gather to eat at informal restaurants and buy black market gasoline. Nearby hotels and homes had their windows blown out and roofs torn away by the force of the powerful explosion, which engulfed a group of motorcycle taximen. The explosion damaged the nearby All Nations Christian Assembly Church and the ECWA Good News Church as churchgoers worshipped at an Easter service, the possible target of the bomber. Witnesses said it appeared the explosive-laden car attempted to go into the compound of the churches before it detonated, but was blocked by barriers in the street and was turned away by a security guard as police approached. “We were in the holy communion service and I was exhorting my people and all of a sudden, we heard a loud noise that shattered all our windows and doors, destroyed our fans and some of our equipment in the church,” Pastor Joshua Raji said. While no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, suspicion immediately fell on a radical Islamist sect blamed for hundreds of killings in the oil-rich nation this year alone. And some fear the attack could further inflame tensions
A passenger in evening dress hurries as he goes to check in for the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise in Southampton, England, Sunday.
Cruise ship to retrace voyage of Titanic
People gather at the site of a bomb explosion at a road in Kaduna, Nigeria on Sunday. An explosion struck Sunday in Kaduna central Nigeria that has seen hundreds killed in religious and ethnic violence in recent years, causing unknown injuries as diplomats had warned of possible terrorist attacks over the Easter holiday, police said.
around Kaduna, a region on the dividing line between Nigeria’s largely Christian south and Muslim north. At least 38 people were killed in the blast, said Abubakar Zakari Adamu, a spokesman for the Kaduna state Emergency Management Agency. Others suffered serious injuries and were receiving treatment at local hospitals, Adamu said. A witness, Augustine Vincent, said he was riding a motorcycle just behind the car when it exploded. “God saw our heart and saved us,” he said. Churches have been increasingly targeted by violence on
holy days in Nigeria, a nation of more than 160 million people of Christians and Muslims. A Christmas Day suicide bombing of a Catholic church in Madalla near Nigeria’s capital killed at least 44 people. Police and soldiers quickly cordoned off the blast site, though citizens looked on at the flames and damage. Authorities said they had no immediately suspects in the attack, though a radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram has claimed similar attacks in the past. Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is sacrilege” in the Hausa language of Nigeria’s north, is waging an
Afghans, US sign deal on night raids
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. and Afghanistan signed a deal Sunday giving Afghans authority over raids of Afghan homes, resolving one of the most contentious issues between the two wartime allies. The majority of these raids are nighttime operations in which U.S. and Afghan troops descend without warning on homes or residential compounds searching for insurgents. The raids are widely resented by Afghans, and President Hamid Karzai had repeatedly called for a halt to all night raids by international forces. He said for months that they would have to stop before he would sign a much-anticipated pact governing the long-term U.S. presence in Afghanistan. Both countries have said that they wanted that bigger deal signed before the NATO summit in May, so the night raids agreement announced Sunday makes hitting that deadline
In this March 14, file photo, Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan.
possible. Karzai has argued that night raids by international troops make civilian casualties more likely and that U.S. soldiers are disrespectful in the way
they conduct the operations. The U.S. military has said such operations are essential for intelligence gathering and for capturing Taliban and al-Qaida commanders.
increasingly bloody fight with security agencies and the public. More than 380 people have been killed in violence blamed on the sect this year alone, according to an Associated Press count. The sect, employing suicide bombers and assault-rifle shootouts, has attacked both Christians and Muslims, as well as the United Nations’ headquarters in Nigeria. The sect has rejected efforts to begin indirect peace talks with Nigeria’s government. Its demands include the introduction of strict Shariah law across the country, even in Christian areas, and the release of all imprisoned followers.
LONDON (AP) — A cruise carrying relatives of some of the more than 1,500 people who died aboard the Titanic nearly 100 years ago is setting sail from England on Sunday to retrace the ship’s voyage, including a visit to the location where it sank. The Titanic Memorial Cruise, carrying the same number of passengers as the Titanic did, is set to depart from Southampton, where the doomed vessel left on its maiden voyage. The 12-night cruise will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the White Star liner. As passengers gathered to board, many self-professed “titanoraks” wore period costumes as first-class passengers, crew members, steerage passengers and stewards. Dressed as an Edwardian gentleman, passenger Graham Free described his excitement. “I have been a fan of the Titanic since I was nine years old and this cruise is the closest you are going to get to it,” said the 37 year old. “The trip has cost a considerable amount, but I wanted to do it.” Fellow cruiser Carmel Bradburn, 55, who lives in Australia, described herself as “fanatical” about the Titanic and struck back at accusations that retracing the doomed voyage is in poor taste. “I don’t think the cruise is morbid. It’s like saying Gallipoli is morbid or commemorating the (Crimean) war,” she said. “Remembering those who died is not morbid.” With 1,309 passengers aboard, the MS Balmoral will follow the same route as the Titanic. Organizers are trying to recreate the onboard experience — minus the disaster — from the food to a live band playing music from that era, in tribute to Titanic’s musicians who reportedly played their instruments until the ship sank.
US helps Pakistan search for 135 buried in snow ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.S. sent a team of experts Sunday to help Pakistan search for 135 people buried a day earlier by a massive avalanche that engulfed a military complex in a mountain battleground close to the Indian border. At least 240 Pakistani troops and civilians worked at the site of the disaster at the entrance to the Siachen Glacier with the aid of sniffer dogs and heavy machinery, said the army. But they struggled to dig through some 25 meters (80 feet) of snow, boulders and mud that slid down the mountain early Saturday morning. Pakistani army spokesman Gen. Athar Abbas said Sunday evening that it was unclear whether any of the people who were buried are still alive. At least 124 soldiers from the 6th Northern Light Infantry Battalion and 11 civilian contractors are missing.
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“Miracles have been seen and trapped people were rescued after days ... so the nation shall pray for the trapped soldiers,” Abbas said in an interview on Geo TV. Pakistani army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited the site Sunday to supervise res-
cue operations. The U.S. sent a team of eight experts to Islamabad to provide technical assistance, said the Pakistani army. Pakistan will consult with the team to determine what help is needed to expedite the rescue operation.
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Shipping up to Anime Boston Moonshine comes to CT By Joe Pentecost Staff Writer
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This picture, taken at the anime convention Anime Boston, held this weekend, depicts attendees cosplaying. Cosplaying involves dressing up in intricate costumes that resemble characters from fan-favorite anime, manga or video games, most of which are of Japanese descent.
By Loumarie Rodriguez Staff Writer This past weekend, anime and manga fans from all over the Northeast took over Boston at the annual Anime Boston convention. Anime is a style of Japanese animation widely popular across the U.S., normally including vivid colors and unusual plots. Manga are Japanese graphic novels, usually read backwards, that often usually have bizarre or fantasy plots. The Hynes Convention Center and the Sheraton Boston Hotel was flooded with people dressed head to toe as their favorite characters from various anime shows and movies. People came in with complex costumes and even
large props that went along with their character. Within the main floor of the convention, rows of booths were set up, selling merchandise that included anime posters, wigs, and even speciallycolored contacts. There were also many actors hired who walked around the convention in bizarre costumes posing for pictures. “I’ve been going to these conventions for two years,” said Derek Marotta, an 8thsemester animal science and pre-veterinary major. “I like the nature of walking around and seeing people in costume and being in a costume myself and knowing the fun of it.” The convention ran for three days, from Friday through Sunday, but Saturday was the featured day for the con-
vention. People in costumes crowded into the convention and were able to see the main floor but participate in special events, some of which included a masquerade, anime art galleries, live gaming and even a blood drive. Anime Boston had special guest panels that ranged from authors of manga to composers from video game sound tracks and voice actors. There was plenty to do and tons to see at the convention, with streams of people constantly entering and leaving the area. Many onlookers who were staying at the hotel, unaware of the convention, stood off to the side, taking pictures of all the people in costumes. Anime Boston was first held in 2003 after 18 months of planning by the New England
Popular painter Thomas Kinkade dies in Calif.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Artist Thomas Kinkade once said that he had something in common with Walt Disney and Norman Rockwell: He wanted to make people happy. And he won success with brushwork paintings that focused on idyllic landscapes, cottages and churches — highly popular works that became big sellers for dealers across the United States. The self-described “Painter of Light,” who died Friday at age 54, produced sentimental scenes of country gardens and pastoral landscapes in dewy morning light that were beloved by many but criticized by the art establishment. Kinkade died at his home in Los Gatos in the San Francisco Bay Area of what appeared to be natural causes, said family spokesman David Satterfield. He claimed to be the nation’s most collected living artist, and his paintings and spin-off products were said to fetch some $100 million a year in sales, and to be in 10 million homes in the United States. Those light-infused renderings are often prominently displayed in buildings, malls, and on products — generally depicting tranquil scenes with lush landscaping and streams running nearby. Many contain images from Bible passages. “I’m a warrior for light,” Kinkade, a self-described devout Christian, told the San Jose Mercury News in 2002, a reference to the medieval
practice of using light to symbolize the divine. “ W i t h whatever talent and resources I have, I’m trying to bring light to penetrate the darkness many people feel.” Before Kinkade’s M e d i a A r t s G r o u p went private in the middle of the past decade, the company took in $32 million per quarAP ter from In this Sept. 22, 2006 file photo, artist Thomas Kinkade works on a study 4 , 5 0 0 d e a l e r s of Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. across the country, according to the posters, calendars, magazine Mercury News. The cost of covers, cards, collector plates his paintings range from hun- and figurines. The website dreds of dollars to more than touts his Disney collection and offers a gallery locator, where $10,000. According to his website, fans can find nearby dealers. Many of those items are Kinkade’s paintings have been available in a wide selection reproduced in hand-signed lithline of home furnishings on its ographs, canvas prints, books, online store.
Anime Society Inc. according to their website www. animeboston.com. Before Anime Boston, many fans had to travel as far as Maryland in order to find a large convention that shared the love for anime. In previous years, they have had over 17,000 attendees at the convention. “The convention is exciting and there is always something new to do,” said Matt Caschetto of Naugatuck Connecticut Community College. The convention held strict policies in order to have things well organized. A team of staff members and security guards were stationed at every corner in order to keep things in check. There was a constant watch to make sure that con-
vention goers had their passes at hand in order to enter the facilities. Also certain events were shut down when things did get out of hand, such as the rave or the informal dance they had when horsing around. This year Anime Boston offered a special guidebook app for iPhones in order to better navigate the convention. Another anime convention, Connecti-con, is coming this July 13-15 in Hartford. More information can be found on their website www. connecticon.org and registration for the event has already started.
‘Hunger Games’ again on list of challenged books
NEW YORK (AP) — The more popular “The Hunger Games” trilogy becomes, the more reasons some parents and educators have found to question whether it belongs on library shelves. For the second year in a row, Suzanne Collins’ work was among the most “challenged” books, as reported Sunday by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. The association defines a challenge as “a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.” In last year’s list, when just the title book of the trilogy was in the top 10, complaints included “sexually explicit” and “unsuited to age group and violence.” Collins herself acknowledged her dystopian stories were not for everyone, telling The Associated Press at the time that she had heard “people were concerned about the level of violence in the books. That’s not unreasonable. They are violent. It’s a war trilogy.” For the new study, which also included “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay,” the objections were more varied, and harsher, including “Anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence.” Barbara Jones, director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, thinks anticipation for the “Hunger Games” film led to closer criticism of the books. “For instance, there was complaining about the choice of actors for the film,” Jones says. “You had people saying someone was dark-skinned in the book, but not in the film, or dark-skinned in the film and not in the book. In general, a lot more people were aware of the books and that led to more kinds of complaints.” Collins declined comment through spokeswoman Tracy van Straaten of publisher Scholastic Inc. Van Straaten said Scholastic also would have no comment. Collins’ million-selling novels ranked No. 3 on the association’s list, rising from No. 5 last year. The most challenged works were Lauren Myracle’s tween novels “ttyl,” ‘’ttfn,” ‘’l8r” and “g8r,” cited for being sexually explicit and “unsuited to age group.” Kim Dong Hwa’s “The Color of Earth” series was second, challenged for “nudity,” ‘’sex education,” being sexually explicit and unsuited to age group. The library association reported 326 challenges, a slight drop from 348 the year before, although the ALA believes that for every complaint filed several others are unrecorded. The association did not have a number for how many books were actually pulled. The list included such classics as Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” (“insensitivity, nudity, racism, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit”) and Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” (“offensive language, racism”).
It’s not often that a topic other than beer finds its way into “The Weekly Brew,” but when it does, it comes with good reason. Continuing on the trend of local, craft-made products, it should be no surprise that a close relative of beer, the distilled spirit, is proudly being made by a small upstart in nearby Manchester, Conn. But not just any spirit, this is Onyx Spirit Co.’s revival of Connecticut Moonshine. Traditionally, the word ‘moonshine’ often has a connotation with an illegal homemade spirit made in the south during Prohibition. For the first time, however, customers can now buy a locally made, legal version of the infamous beverage. Though the idea of moonshine often conjures up some level of mystery, it is actually distilled like any other spirit. In fact, the process begins much like brewing beer. A combination of grains is used to achieve a desired flavor profile, which are then mixed with water at a certain temperature to extract sugars and form a ‘mash.’ After some time, the liquid is drained off of this oatmeal-like mixture, resulting in a sweet liquid. After pitching yeast, and a few days of fermentation, the liquid is transferred to a still, where the liquid is refined through a physical separation process to increase the alcohol content. At Onyx, the Moonshine finishes at 160 proof (80 percent ABV) before it is blended with high quality spring water, hand bottled and hand labeled at 80 proof (40 percent ABV). The final product results in a unique spirit, one that sips like a whiskey, but mixes like a vodka. On the taste, it evokes similarities to a delicate bourbon or scotch, while remaining light on the palate. While many bourbons or scotches retain heavy characteristics from years of time in oak barrels, as a pure spirit, Onyx Moonshine presents a much cleaner, drier finish. This allows it to stand on its own, with an ice cube, or in a wide variety of mixed drinks. Serving suggestions range from a splash of cranberry juice or Dr. Pepper to a Mojito with fresh strawberries that’s featured at Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse at Mohegan Sun. Cocktails like these have boosted the popularity of Onyx Moonshine tremendously. With initial forecasts of 5,000 bottles in the first year, the sales of 21,000 bottles in the last six months have made it hard to keep up with orders statewide. As if demand within the home state weren’t enough, customers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts have begun to request the product as well. Though co-owners Adam von Gootkin and Peter Kowalczyk started out with a self-distribution business model, literally selling bottles out of the trunks of their cars, they have now signed on with a liquor distributor. The utilization of a distributor enables von Gootkin and Kowalczyk to concentrate on sales accounts and ramping up production to meet the growing demand. With the growth thus far, it’s exciting to see another Connecticut small business on its way to success. To have done so with a grassroots mentality and reliance on organic growth helps to further substantiate the growing passion for local artisanal products in Connecticut. With increasing demand and exciting projects in the pipeline like exclusive drinks at UConn area bars, Onyx Moonshine is sure to be a Connecticut staple for years to come. Cheers!
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1. NCIS (CBS) - 11.5 2. Dancing with the Stars (ABC) - 11.5 3. American Idol (Wed) (FOX) - 10.5 4. NCAA Basketball Championship (CBS) - 9.6 5. American Idol (Thu) (FOX) - 9.6 6. Dancing With The Stars Results (ABC) - 10.2 7. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) - 9.2 8. Person of Interest (CBS) - 9 9. Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 8.5 10. The Mentalist (CBS) - 8.6 Week ending March 11
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Joel McHale, Donald Glover and Danny Pudi in a scene from “Pillows and Blankets,” Thursday night’s new episode of “Community.” While the show’s cult following has carried it through a long hiatus, it may be wearing out its welcome with fans as its newest episodes have relied on gimmicks.
By Jason Wong Staff Writer
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The comedy series “Community” has returned from a three-month hiatus. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure it should have. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been watching “Community” from the beginning, and it has had its moments – it’s had plenty of them. I love the whole parody of tropes and satire thing they’ve got going on. But I feel like the four episodes since the hiatus have been weaker on the whole and less clever about their humor. That is not to say that they didn’t make me laugh – they were still funny. Just not as funny. The first episode after the hiatus was “Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts,” in which Pierce and Shirley try to open a sandwich shop at Greendale, and Shirley and Andre get remarried. What was interesting about the episode was that unlike many others, it didn’t have a gimmick
to it beyond traditional sitcom while he’s weird, Abed still tropes. That is, there were no functions in normal society, zombies, no paintball wars and and unlike the Christmas epino animated scenes. It was a sode, there was no catalyst “normal” episode; even Troy that made him behave strangeand Abed acted normal. That ly. Overall, the episode made alone was more unsettling than funny pop references and contheir usual strangeness. The tinued running gags – but honepisode wasn’t the estly it felt more Community best “Community” like filler than a there ever was – but standalone episode. NBC I think it was a nice In the next epi8 p.m. break from the norm. sode, “Digital Following, in Exploration of “Contemporary Interior Design,” Impressionists,” the the vice dean of group helps Abed get Greendale’s Air rid of debt by impersonating Conditioning Annex plants the celebrities. This episode was seed for discord in Troy and a bit more out there than the Abed’s friendship by exploitprevious, but again lacked a ing their positions on the recurgimmick. The plot didn’t make ring idea of blanket forts. That much sense. Abed is some- entire plotline again seemed how in debt because he hires more like a set-up than a standcelebrity impersonators to alone; it was really the other help him recreate scenes from plot of the episode that stole movies. Suspending the disbe- the show. Namely, Subway’s lief that such a service exists corpo-humanoid. “Community” is easy – not so much that usually shies away from politiAbed couldn’t just do this in cal statements, but I thought his Dreamatorium. Moreover, this one was pretty obvious.
Best of all, it wasn’t just a onetime joke, and kept laughs going throughout the episode. Finally in “Pillows and Blankets,” Troy and Abed’s relationship hits a breaking point. This is the first gimmick episode since the hiatus, where the entire episode is done in the format of a Civil War documentary. The episode was hilarious, but I felt it was weird for anyone besides Abed to be documenting Greendale events. The episode relied almost entirely on the absurdity factor and established character roles for laughs. All in all, “Community” is still a show worth watching, especially if you have been from the beginning. Still, I hope that the writers are able to see when the show should stop, and end it on the perfect note, as Bill Watterson did with “Calvin and Hobbes.”
The next generation of DC heroes
By Alex Sferrazza Campus Correspondent
“Trailer Park Boys” in a nutshell is “The Office” meets “Clerks” meets “Pineapple Express.” It’s a mockumentary sitcom about a group of small time criminals living in a white trash trailer park and their misadventures with trying to earn money and stay out of prison. The characters each have one defining characteristic that’s used as a central source of humor, whether it is alcoholism, a cat obsession, never wearing a shirt or extreme stupidity, although that last one is embodied by almost everybody. The cast members work very well off of each other and they get into their roles so well it makes you question whether or not they’re acting. What makes the show great is that it’s very down to earth and at the same time very audacious. The storylines are wild and convoluted but the tone is so natural. Nowhere else will you see things like a pool full of vodka or hear someone say, “I am the liquor.” If you’re looking for an offbeat, original comedy, “Trailer Park Boys” is definitely one to check out.
‘The Killing’ of Rosie Larson
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“Young Justice” is quickly becoming one of the best animated action series running on television today. In an era where many children’s television series are dominated by the likes of sub-par computer animation (Nickelodeon’s “Fanboy and Chum Chum”) and overly simplistic hand drawn animation (i.e. “The Fairly Oddparents”), it is incredibly refreshing and exciting to see a show with excellent animation and production value. In the mold of previous kids shows based on DC Comics, such as “Justice League Unlimited,” “Young Justice” follows a number of heroes working together as a team to battle the evils of the world. As the title implies, “Young Justice” follows the exploits of the younger sidekicks of the DC Universe, including Miss Martian, Robin, Superboy, Artemis, Red Arrow, Aqualad and Kid Flash. The show is co-created by Greg Weisman, the mastermind behind the critically acclaimed, but due to legal restrictions, short-lived series “The Spectacular Spider-Man.” The latest episode, “The Promise,” follows the team as they attempt to discover
the mystery behind a series of weapon heists across Europe. Coincidentally, all of these heists have taken place in cities where “Hally’s Circus” has stopped on tour to perform. Being the same circus the young Robin had performed for with his family years ago, the Boy Wonder is determined to prove Hally’s innocence. Along the way, the team disguises themselves as a family of acrobats and infiltrates the circus. Tensions mount when Red Arrow suspects one of the other team members of being a compromising mole to the operation. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Eventually, the team discovers Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman guide the heroes of tomorrow in Cartoon the real villain is Parasite, a Network’s “Young Justice.” villain able to copy any superheroes power by touching them. does extremely well. We see a ing audience. The episode could’ve had Discovering Hally’s innocence, “Flying Graysons” circus poster the team works together to take (Robin’s former acrobatic fam- more explanation of the plot’s ily) and we also see Red Arrow events, and the appearance of Parasite down. While not one of the stron- finally come to peace with a government agent was rathArtemis and the rest er unnecessary, his lines only ger episodes of the of the team. providing a few seconds of Young Justice series as of late, the The series also “filler time.” On the whole episode does feature Cartoon Network continues a streak though, the episode features some fantastic anima10:30 a.m. of including refer- some great action scenes and tion. This includes a ences that will go some nice character developsequence in which a way over younger ment. Scheduled to begin its confrontation takes viewers’ heads second season before the end of place on a CG moving (with this episode the month, “Young Justice” is train while all characters remain animated in 2D. It’s containing a humorous mention must-see TV. also nice to see references into of author H.G. Wells), perhaps a the character’s backstories and way of the series’ show runners relationships which this episode acknowledging the older view- Alex.Sferrazza@UConn.edu
The popular AMC drama “The Killing” is back for its second season and it promises to be better than ever. “The Killing” is based off of a Danish television series known as “Forbydelsen.” Due to the popular success of the Danish version of the show, Fox Television Studios created the American version in 2011. “The Killing” takes place in Seattle, Washington and follows the investigation of the disappearance, and what is later known to be the murder, of Rosie Larson, an innocent teenager of Seattle. The show follows the investigation through lead detective on the case Sarah Linden (played by Mireille Enos). Season one premiered with a slow start by revealing the disappearance of Larson. On the same day that Linden was to retire and began a new life with her then fiancé, she is called into work to investigate the disappearance of Larson. It seems as if Larson was just another teenager who ran away from home and would eventually be back in no time. But as Linden investigated further, she realizes that there may be more to the young girl’s disappearance. As season one progresses, Larson’s body is soon found in the trunk of a campaign car belonging to the mayoralcandidate Darren Richmond. As soon as a politician was introduced onto the show, I immediately thought “he did it.” (I had also just watched a TV show on the top ten most shocking political scandals of the decade.) Anyway, as season one continued, more and more evidence starts building up against Richmond. The season one finale revealed that Richmond may in fact have been the one responsible for Larson’s death. However, the evidence did not add up and viewers had to wait almost a year to continue on the journey to find Larson’s killer. Season two premiered a few weeks ago and this season seems to again be filled with numerous twists and surprises. At the end of season one, Detective Linden turned in her badge to live a peaceful and quiet life with her son. However, as more evidence was revealed that Richmond might actually not be Larson’s killer, Linden is more than ever determined to find the individuals responsible for the atrocity. The new season already promises to be better than the last season, especially with the introduction of a possible conspiracy. Has someone framed Richmond to hurt his chances of winning the election to be mayor? What exactly is going on with Linden’s boss, who seems to be hiding a secret about Larson’s death? “The Killing” is a highly addicting show if you are actually patient and wait for the action to pick up. You will not find the same kind of fast-paced action present in shows such as “24” or “Law and Order.” But, if you like mysteries and shows that will be sure to keep you on the edge of your seat, then you may enjoy “The Killing.” The show airs on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on AMC.
‘Adult Swim’ lights up late-night TV with original alternative comedies
Monday, April 9, 2011
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By Joe O’Leary Senior Staff Writer For more than a decade now, the late-night adult comedy block “Adult Swim” on Cartoon Network has been redefining alternative comedy on television. Its 11-minute timeslots and anything-goes scheduling have allowed for incredible creativity and originality in their programming; dozens of shows, some incredibly successful (“The Venture Bros.”) and some less so (“Saul of the Mole Men”), have found a home on the network. At the current moment, “Adult Swim” has been on fire with its new programs. While some of their material is niche and counter-culture, there’s no reason night owls shouldn’t check out some of their new shows. The most high-profile show on the network has to be the brand-new “Loiter Squad,” a loose-form sketch comedy show from the rap group Odd Future, or OFWGKTA. The material is “Jackass”like, full of stupid pranks, skits and stunts, but the frequent use of the group’s excellently vulgar songs and the endearing enthusiasm of the cast makes the idiocy become infectious. It’s on Sunday nights at 11:30 p.m. The other “Adult Swim” show currently running new episodes on Sunday nights is “Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule,” airing at 12:30 a.m. early on Monday mornings. “Check It Out!” features Oscarnominee John C. Reilly as the titular Doctor, who hosts a fictional public-access news program presented as found-footage. There’s something dreadfully wrong with Brule; Adult Swim there’s a ton of comedy Cartoon Network c o n f u s e d in his general 10 p.m.-6 a.m. state, but sometimes the show goes into dark territory, playing more like a nightmarish fever dream than an informational program. Brule usually doesn’t know where he is or what he’s talking about, and his interviews and man-onthe-street segments only make things worse. Of course, this is all intentional; Brule was introduced as a character on “Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!” before receiving his spinoff. It’s offbeat, to say the least, but it’s a fantastic character study and deconstruction of normal newsmagazine shows. Recently having wrapped up its third season is “Delocated,” created by comedian Jon Glaser. The comedy revolves around the character “Jon,” played by Glaser, who agrees to star in a reality show right after he joins the Witness Protection Program, complete with a face-obscuring ski
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Members of the rap group Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All dancing in a skit from the new ‘Adult Swim’ show ‘Loiter Squad.’ The network’s newest show combines juvenile humor and pranks like those in “Jackass” with musical performances from the group.
mask he never takes off. In three seasons, the show has gone to some pretty strange places, my favorite occurring when Jon’s talent for sleepcooking leads to a second starring role in a cooking show called “Midnight Munchingtons.” Don’t worry if that doesn’t make sense to you, because Glaser has ways of making you laugh. Repeats air at midnight on Thursday nights. The network’s other program that’s recently wrapped up a season is “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole,” created by “Community” writer and
actor Dino Stamatopoulos. The stop-motion animated series follows the follies of Victor Frankenstein; in its storyline, after creating his famous monster, the mad doctor perfected the key to immortality. In the first season, Frankenstein helped historical figures and celebrities through problems with supernatural fixes or time-travel; in its recently-concluded second season, the show centered more on its cast of characters, as it found an identity as a slice-of-life comedy, albeit with hideous beasts. Now in hiatus, the show’s been taken off the network schedule, but it’s well
worth seeking out on adultswim.com. Though the network only has two currentlyrunning shows, April and beyond will bring the return of fan-favorites like the death-metal comedy “Metalocalypse,” hospital drama parody “Childrens’ Hospital” and stop-motion variety show “Robot Chicken,” along with new series like a cartoon adaptation of the 2009 cult comedy “Black Dynamite.” For the foreseeable future, nocturnal television fans should rejoice.
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Jennifer Hudson's star power expected to complicate murder trial
CHICAGO (AP) — Accustomed to wearing Vera Wang gowns on red carpets, singing at the Grammys or autographing her weight-loss memoir, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will take on a new role under a very different spotlight — in Chicago's drab criminal courts building at the trial of the man charged with murdering her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew. The Hollywood star's presence, and the accompanying media hubbub, is bound to affect the proceedings, which begin Monday. That's when presiding Judge Charles Burns plans to start questioning would-be jurors one by one, trying to weed out anyone who could be swayed by Hudson's celebrity status. Hudson is expected to be at the trial every day once testimony begins, court officials say, and she's on the 300-name list of witnesses who could testify. While the judge will warn prospective jurors to avoid watching TV coverage of the trial, they may see Hudson on "American Idol" on Thursday. Legal experts widely agree on the No. 1 challenge at trials involving megastars: It's identifying 12 jurors able and willing to assess guilt solely on what they hear in court. Hudson will need to refrain from overt displays of emotion as potentially starstruck jurors' eyes dart back at her, said Gerald
Uelmen, a defense attorney als — from Simpson's to at O.J. Simpson's murder Michael Jackson's doctrial. tor, Conrad Murray — "The risk is that jurors suggests it's hard to dim may be watching her rather the celebrity glow. But than testifying witnesses, Burns, known as a comand they could be influpetent but quick-temenced by how she reacts," pered judge, wants to he said. "She would be ensure the buzz doesn't well advised not to engage undercut Balfour's right in any facial expressions to a fair trial. He's made or outbursts. That could be it clear he won't tolerate grounds for a mistrial." disruptions. He's barred Prosecutors say William tweeting from inside Balfour, the 30-year-old court because he fears estranged husband of feverish typing would Hudson's sister, shot the distract jurors. He's family in a jealous rage imposed gag orders on because Julia Hudson attorneys. was dating another man. Cameras also won't Jennifer Hudson, also 30, be allowed in the courtand Balfour grew up in the room, though that won't same South Side neighstop the media circus AP outside. Chicago isn't borhood. The bodies of Hudson's Jennifer Hudson will be under a whole different spotlight in April 2012 in Chicago when she is expected to attend a paparazzi hot spot, mother, Darnell Donerson, the triple murder trial of the man accused of killing her mother, brother and nephew. but cameramen are 57, and brother, Jason likely to swoop in Hudson, 29, were found a one-time Gangster Disciples sumably a reference to Weight from New York or Los shot to death in the family's home gang member and known by his Watchers. Angeles, said Ray Murray, an on Oct. 24, 2008. The body of her street name, "Flex," according to It was obvious many potential associate journalism professor at nephew, Julian King, was found court documents. jurors had heard of the killings, Oklahoma State University who days later in a vehicle several The dilemma posed by some gasping when the judge studies paparazzi. miles away. Balfour's trial became clear first read the name of the case. "Going in and out of the Balfour's attorneys have said last week, when 150 potential And when Burns asked if any- courtroom won't be fun for her," the evidence is circumstantial, jurors filled out their question- one felt they couldn't hear the Murray said. "They look like canthough prosecutors say proof he naires in court. Nine of the 66 evidence "without sympathy, nons, some of these cameras, and committed the crime will include questions dealt with Hudson's bias or prejudice" to step up, he if you're going through what she's gun residue found on his car's career: Would-be jurors were looked on with apparent alarm about to go through, you can steering wheel. asked if they'd ever seen her as five, 15, then 20 people rose. imagine that would rattle her." Adored by many Chicagoans, Academy Award-winning film He finally told everyone to sit The brush with celebrity may Hudson will pose a stark con- "Dreamgirls" and if they belong down and disregard the question, be irresistible for jurors, as there's trast to Balfour, a short man with to an organization for which for now. a tendency to feel a protective a long criminal record. He was Hudson is a spokesperson, preThe history of high-profile tri- bond with movie stars and sing-
'Hunger Games' scores Easter feast with $33.5M
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Film fans are still forking over for "The Hunger Games," which took in $33.5 million to lead the box office for a thirdstraight weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games" raised its domestic total to $302.8 million. It easily out-earned two returning favorites, Universal's "American Pie" sequel "American Reunion" and a 3-D version of the blockbuster "Titanic," released domestically by Paramount and overseas by 20th Century Fox. Both newcomers opened solidly, though. "American Reunion" pulled in $21.5 million, the lowest haul since the 1999 original but still a decent return for a comedy franchise whose last big-screen chapter came nine years ago. "Titanic" in 3-D reeled in $17.4 million over the weekend, raising its domestic take to $25.7 million since opening Wednesday. That lifts the lifetime domestic gross of James Cameron's mega-hit to $626.5 million. Starring Jennifer Lawrence as a teen forced to fight other youths in a televised death match, "The Hunger Games" now has topped the domestic gross of each of the "Twilight" movies and all but the first and last of the "Harry Potter" films. With $25.5 million overseas, "The Hunger Games" raised its international total to $157.1 million. That put its worldwide take at about $460 million. "The Hunger Games" has helped studios race to a record box-office pace, with domestic revenues for the year now at $2.8 billion, up 20 percent from 2011's, according to box-office tracker Hollywood. com. "We're heading into summer with a tremendous amount of momentum, led obviously by 'Hunger Games,'" said Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "Just about everything seems to be working." The first big-screen "American Pie" sequel since 2003's "American Wedding,"
''American Reunion" brings back all key cast members from the 1999 gross-out hit, including Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari and Tara Reid. The new sequel had the smallest start since 1999's "American Pie" debuted with $18.7 million. Factoring in inflation, the original movie also sold more tickets than "American Reunion." Yet adding its $19.3 million earnings in 28 overseas markets, "American Reunion" started well with a worldwide total of $40.8 million. "We're very content. It's a great launch worldwide," said Nikki Rocco, Universal's head of distribution. "It's a successful reboot of a franchise that we believe in." "Titanic" follows such past hits as "The Lion King" and "Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace" to be converted to 3-D. "This is something that has already been seen by tens of millions of people in the domestic market. To have taken the time and care that Jim Cameron did to re-create it in 3-D and to do $25-plusmillion over five days is just a home run," said Don Harris, head of distribution at Paramount. Cameron's 1997 smash added $35.5 million in 84 overseas markets, putting its 3-D worldwide total at $60.2 million. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in a tragic romance aboard the doomed ship, "Titanic" won 11 Academy Awards, including best picture. At $1.84 billion worldwide, the film remained the No. 1 modern blockbuster for 12 years until Cameron's "Avatar" bumped it off with $2.8 billion. The 3-D version has closed the gap a bit, with the lifetime total of "Titanic" now at just over $1.9 billion. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
ers almost as if they're family, said prominent defense lawyer Gerry Spence. There could be "a sort of underlying sense, a subconscious sense, that they have attacked somebody in (the juror's) family," said Spence. "And they think, '(He) shot Jennifer's (mother, brother and nephew) and I'm going to get him.' The defense could ask Burns to bar Hudson from court — possibly on grounds she is a potential witness — which would be a rare but not unheard of request. But Uelmen says the judge would be reluctant to tell a daughter she can't attend the trial of the man accused of killing her mother. Hudson's publicity firm did not respond to requests for comment. Judges don't insist jurors be blank slates, they merely want to know if jurors can set aside their biases and preconceptions, said Laurie Levenson, a law professor at Loyola Law School Los Angeles. "You certainly don't want a juror who hasn't heard of Jennifer Hudson, for instance," Levenson said. "That would raise other serious questions, like, where's this person been living — under a rock?" Attorneys won't necessarily share the judge's goal of weeding out bias. "The fact is," Uelmen said, "neither side is looking for unbiased jurors — they're looking for jurors who lean their way."
'America's Most Wanted,' now in its 25th year, still going strong in both ratings and arrests
NEW YORK (AP) — Ten years ago, a misunderstanding at a Memorial Day neighborhood cookout turned into a bloody night of gunfire. Neighbors told police they thought a man named Danny Williams had gotten into the barbecue brawl with two men who were later shot. One died, the other was seriously injured. But police could find no trace of Williams, then a 25-year-old parolee known as D-Knife. The trail went cold. Enter John Walsh and his long-running television show "America's Most Wanted." Walsh's team aired an episode on the shooting twice in 2009 and plastered Williams' face on the show's website. On July 19, 2010, Williams was captured and arrested by detectives with the New York Police Department's fugitive task force using fingerprints. He was found guilty of murder and sentenced earlier this year to 50 years in prison. "Everyone wants to give us a huge amount of credit, but really the cops did all the work," Walsh said by phone after a day of taping new cases in New York. But Walsh's show — dropped by Fox last year after more than two decades — is proving it's still a venerable crime-fighting tool, whether on air in its new Lifetime network slot or online. There are more than 600,000 monthly visits to the site, and at least 40 captures came from online tips. FBI and local law enforcement praise the work. "They have an excellent reputation," said Paul Browne, chief spokesman for New York City's police department, the largest in the nation. "With the NYPD and law enforcement generally, and that's because they get results, and they also conduct themselves professionally in working with police departments." Since 1988, "America's Most Wanted" has helped bring almost 1,200 fugitives to justice. A dozen alone came directly from the 17 shows aired on Lifetime since Dec. 2. The network said recently the show has dramatically helped ratings. "I'm a very loud voice for the voiceless," said Walsh, ever the self-promoter. "I do mostly crimes against women, normal average humble people. I'll do it as long as people watch. Our ratings are fantastic." Walsh's formula relies on volunteers to work the phone during each episode. Callers are guaranteed anonymity, even if they don't mind being identified. "We don't care who the person is calling. Fifty percent of them want to leave their names, but we protect them so they don't get scared talking to cops," he said. Another featured New York fugitive, Joseph Roman, was wanted on murder charges in the vicious beating and shooting of a neighborhood man. Police say he fled and, through a tipster after the show's airing, they learned he was living under the alias Jason Mendez.
In this undated photo provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the wanted poster for fugitive Jamie Alberto Macias is shown.
Police arrested Roman in Las Vegas on March 28, 2010. He was extradited and has pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges. Walsh launched his crime-busting crusade in the aftermath of the abduction and murder of his 6-year-old son, Adam. He became an outspoken advocate for tougher laws against sex offenders, more cooperation among law enforcement agencies and citizen involvement in flushing out fugitives. He is a former hotel executive with no TV experience. But he brought a zeal to the project that would breed success. About a year after "America's Most Wanted" premiered in April 1988, it became the first Fox program to rank first in its time slot. During the 2010-11 season, the show was seen by an average 5 million viewers. Walsh, now 66, returned his crusade to New York recently by filming spots on two fugitives wanted by the city's FBI office: Rene Ramirez, a Mexican-born man suspected of trafficking child-pornography, and Jaime Alberto Macias, charged with killing his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in 1993 while he was supposed to be baby-sitting. "I walked in those shoes of these victims,"
Walsh said. "It broke my wife's heart, an damaged us forever, Adam's murder. But th not solving it was worse. You never get ove the murder of your child. You have a terribl mortal wound." Justice in the barbecue shooting cam on Feb. 29 in Queens state Supreme Cour A jury found Williams guilty of killin Roshawn Tate and injuring his cousin, Mar Belizaire. "It's been a very long journey for the pas 10 years of my life, and as for my famil as well," Belizaire said at sentencing. "Thi man disabled me for life ... mentally, but als physically and financially." Williams was sentenced to 50 years to lif on the murder and attempted murder charge after telling a judge, "I didn't do it." The show netted several tips, but in th end, Williams was found when NYPD detec tives investigating an unrelated case duste a crime scene for fingerprints, and he wa tracked to New Jersey where he was arrest ed. An accomplice pleaded guilty to a lesse charge, testified against him and got nin years.
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Avila's homer gives Tigers 13-12 win over Red Sox DETROIT (AP) — Alex Avila's drive sailed to deep right field, barely clearing both an outfielder and a wall. An exhilarating opening series at Comerica Park was finally over, and the Detroit catcher could look forward to some much-needed rest. "I'm too tired right now," Avila said. "I'm glad we have an off day (Monday). This weekend has been Detroit crazy." Boston Avila's two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Tigers a stunning 13-12 victory over Boston on Sunday, leaving the Red Sox winless in three games under new manager Bobby Valentine. Detroit swept the season-opening series, scoring 26 runs and winning twice in its final at-bat. The Tigers trailed 10-7 on Sunday when Miguel Cabrera tied the game with a three-run shot off Alfredo Aceves in the ninth. Boston then scored twice in the 11th, but Mark Melancon (0-2) couldn't hold the lead. Cabrera and Prince Fielder singled with one out before a wild
pitch sent Cabrera to third and Delmon Young's sacrifice fly cut the margin in half. Avila followed with a drive to right and Cody Ross tried to make a leaping catch, but the ball appeared to hit a restraining gate just above the wall before caroming back onto the field. Avila paused near second, then was waved around the bases by the umpires. The play was not reviewed. Valentine 13 said he asked and was by umpires 12 assured that the ball had clearly hit the railing above the fence. "You don't see those kinds of games at this level very often," Avila said. "There's really no rhyme or reason or explanation for it." Duane Below (2-0) got one out for the win — even though Detroit manager Jim Leyland said he wouldn't be available — in a game that lasted 4 hours, 45 minutes. Cabrera had five RBIs. The Red Sox and New York Yankees are both off to 0-3 starts — the first time that's happened since 1966, according to STATS LLC. Boston is without newly
acquired closer Andrew Bailey, who had surgery on his right thumb. Melancon and Aceves are the primary candidates to close in Bailey's absence, and both blew saves on Sunday. "This is a work in progress," Valentine said. "We're three days in after losing our closer, and we're still trying to figure it out." Nick Punto and Dustin Pedroia hit RBI singles in the 11th to give Boston the lead, but it didn't hold up. Adrian Gonzalez homered earlier for the Red Sox. "Our guys played a hell of a game," Valentine said. "We had a walk-off loss on opening day, then got beat 10-0 and were down 4-0 in the first inning today — but we fought back and took them 11 innings." Detroit beat the Red Sox 3-2 in Thursday's opener on a ninthinning hit by Austin Jackson, then cruised to a blowout Saturday. The Tigers seemed on their way to another easy win when Jhonny Peralta's three-run double in the first inning gave them a 4-0 lead, but starter Max Scherzer couldn't hold it. Scherzer allowed seven runs on eight hits in 2 2-3 innings, but Boston's Clay Buchholz wasn't
much better. He allowed seven runs on eight hits in four innings in what was his first start since June because of a stress fracture in his back. Buchholz had gone 42 consecutive starts since the beginning of 2010 without allowing more than five earned runs. Detroit reliever Daniel Schlereth allowed a two-run homer to Gonzalez on the first pitch he threw after coming on in the sixth. That gave Boston a 9-7 lead, and Vicente Padilla pitched four scoreless innings of relief for the Red Sox after replacing Buchholz. The 34-year-old Padilla kept the powerful Detroit lineup off balance, at one point lobbing consecutive pitches of 54 and 52 mph on the stadium gun to Fielder in the seventh. Punto made it 10-7 with an RBI infield single in the ninth, but Jackson and Brennan Boesch led off the bottom of the inning with singles, and Cabrera tied it. "We've got to get this straight: It's not about Prince and me," Cabrera said. "We've got 25 guys, it's about the Detroit Tigers, it's about everybody here. We feel comfortable about everybody here so let's play ball and play hard."
Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila celebrates his two-run walk-off home run against the Red Sox.
Thunder cruise past Raptors Spurs extend winning streak OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 23 points and Oklahoma City had a 24-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters en route to a 91-75 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night, snapping the OKC Thunder's season- Toronto high three-game losing streak. James Harden scored 17 points and Russell Westbrook had 15 points, six assists and six rebounds for Oklahoma City, which remained percentage points behind San
Antonio for first place in the Western Conference. The Thunder never trailed but the game was close for three quarters. Toronto was down 58-55 with 6:05 left in the third quarter, but the 91 Raptors didn't score 75 again in the period. Oklahoma City then scored the last 12 points of the third quarter — with Daequan Cook's 3-pointer stretching the advantage to 70-55 in the final seconds of the period— and the first 12 of the fourth to take 27-point
lead. Jose Calderon led Toronto with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting and DeMar DeRozan added 16, going 6 for 22 from the field. The Raptors finished shooting 37 percent. After beating the Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Bulls last Sunday, the Thunder lost at home to Memphis and followed that with road losses at Miami and Indiana. Toronto had swept the Thunder last season but Oklahoma City seized control early Sunday in the teams' only meeting this season.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — City Thunder for first place Tony Parker scored 28 points instead of trying to catch and the San Antonio Spurs them. won their 11th straight game, Al Jefferson led the beating the Utah Jazz 114- Jazz with 19 points and 10 104 on Sunday night rebounds. to maintain their Utah dropped slim lead atop the 1½ games Western Conference. San Antonio 114 behind Denver Manu Ginobili Utah the eighth 104 for added 23 points for and final playthe Spurs, who are off spot with now on their second 11-game nine games to go. win streak — a season best The Spurs (40-14), who in the NBA. But unlike that face the Jazz again in Salt first 11-game tear that started Lake City on Monday night, in January, the Spurs are now have played two more games fighting off the Oklahoma than the Thunder (41-15). San
Antonio overtook Oklahoma City in the standings for the first time all season Friday and owns the tiebreaker with 12 games remaining. Expect to see the Spurs cashing in on their new stockpile of depth between now and then. Coach Gregg Popovich sat starting center DeJuan Blair for the first time this season, and newcomer Stephen Jackson didn't play, either. Resting them may portend a night off for one of the Big Three on Monday night. Tim Duncan had 13 points and 16 rebounds.
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Lapham, Huskies slide past Columbia By Danny Maher Campus Correspondent Senior M.E. Lapham became UConn’s all-time leading goal scorer as the Huskies defeated Columbia 14-13 in an overtime thriller. Lapham’s four goals on Saturday afternoon brought her season total to 37 and her career total to 158. The UConn victory was the first for the Huskies in three weeks as they improved to 7-4 overall, while Columbia dropped to 1-9. UConn jumped out to a 6-1 lead after a free position goal and an unassisted goal by sophomore Lauren Kahn. The Huskies clung
to a 7-5 lead at halftime. The Lions broke a 10-10 tie with three consecutive goals in a span of 1:23. A pair of goals from Lapham and a goal from senior Kiersten Tupper in the last 10 minutes sent the game to overtime tied at 13. Seven minutes into the overtime period Kahn fired a shot past Columbia goalie Skylar Dabbar to clinch the win. Kahn had four goals including the game-winning score with just over three minutes remaining in overtime. Tupper finished with three goals and an assist. Midfielder Catherine Gross scored two goals, which brought her season goal total to four. Freshman Mayra Fratoni start-
ed in net and allowed 12 goals and made 10 saves in 48:37. Junior Brittney Testa relieved Fratoni and only allowed one goal in the final 17:23. The Lions outshot the Huskies 32-31 and each team had 11 clears. Columbia junior Kacie Johnson added to her standout season with five goals and three assists. Sophomore Paige Cuscovitch tallied three goals on six shots. The Huskies will return home in search for their first conference victory in Big East, when they take on rival Notre Dame, Saturday at 11 a.m.
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talked about the hits, we talked about the Cumberland ball movement and we talked about LaSalle freezing up when it mattered. I acted like I knew what I was saying, then I helped him practice in the backyard, using common sense to make up for a total lack of skill. I told him that as a lefty, he needs to work on his right-handed shot to make him a more prolific scorer. It was a ton of fun. I wish I could go to more. Follow Dan on Twitter: @DanAgabiti FILE PHOTO/The Daily Campus
The Huskies return to the Sherman Family complex on Saturday to take on Notre Dame.
'Melo, Knicks knock off Bulls, 100-99
New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony goes to the basket past Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer.
NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony called it a statement game, and the message should be clear for the Chicago Bulls. If they do meet in the playoffs, the Bulls better finish off Anthony and the Knicks when they have the chance. Anthony scored 43 points, his most since coming to New York last February, and made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds left in overtime as the Knicks spoiled the return to the lineup for a rusty Derrick Rose and beat the Bulls 100-99 on Sunday. Anthony tied it with a 3 late in regulation and scored the final five points of overtime in his signature performance since coming to New York last February.
He only had the chance to pull it out because the Bulls missed four straight free throws in the final 34 seconds of regulation. "This was a playoff game. We have a chance, we might play these guys in the playoffs if we keep doing what we're doing and get that seed, so this was a big statement game for us and we willed this one tonight," Anthony said. It had the look and sound of a playoff game in the tense final minutes at a frenzied Madison Square Garden. The loudest roars went to Anthony, who screamed "This is my house!" after the second 3-pointer in a place where he heard boos just last month. He said Sunday's big basket
was one of the best of his career. "This was one of the top," he said. "Overtime, Easter Sunday, everybody's watching, everybody's in the Garden, so this ranks as one of the top." The Bulls trailed by 21 in the first quarter, fought back to lead by 10 in the fourth, then lost for the third time in four games despite having their starting five together for only the 11th time this season. Their NBA-best record fell to 43-14. Rose scored 29 points after missing the previous 12 games with a strained right groin, but he shot only 8 of 26 from the field and missed a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left in regulation and the Bulls ahead by three. "It's tough. It was definitely tough," Rose said. "When you lose a game, especially for us, it's tough. It's going to hurt us no matter who we lose to, but that team played great, man. They were knocking down shots. Didn't give up when we went up that big lead. They kept fighting." The Knicks increased their lead over Milwaukee to one game for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They travel to Chicago on Tuesday, visit Milwaukee on Wednesday, and close a difficult week by hosting Miami next Sunday. "I was proud of my teammates the way we stuck in there," center Tyson Chandler said. "That's a great team that we faced today. We knew they would battle back. You know, a lot of ups and downs in the game, but the one thing we did was keep our composure, kept believing in each other and we were able to will through to win." Iman Shumpert scored 15 points and JR Smith had 14 despite 6-of-22 shooting for the Knicks, still without the injured Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin but with a sensational effort from Anthony, who made 16 of 31 shots. Chandler grabbed 16 rebounds. Carlos Boozer had 13 points and 16 boards for the Bulls,
who fell to 9-2 with their regular starting five. Rose committed eight of Chicago's 20 turnovers. Rose had only seven points on 1-of-6 shooting in the first half, then scored 14 in the third quarter. After trailing the entire game, Chicago finally took its first lead in the final minute of the period, later going ahead 89-80 on Rose's four-point play with 5:04 remaining in the fourth. The Knicks were down 10 before Smith made a 3-pointer — his fourth basket in 21 attempts — and Anthony scored four in a row to make it 91-88. Luol Deng missed two free throws with 34 seconds left, and after Steve Novak's potential tying 3-point attempt went all around the rim before coming out, Rose missed a pair from the line with 19 seconds to go. Anthony rushed up the floor and pulled up for a long 3 that tied it at 91 with 11 seconds remaining, and it went to overtime when Rose missed everything on a jumper. Chicago took a pair of fourpoint leads on baskets by Rose, but was shut out after his jumper with 2:51 remaining. Anthony gave the Knicks a 100-99 lead with 8.2 seconds remaining and the Bulls had trouble getting into their offense on the final possession, with Rose forced to shoot and miss a tough runner as time expired. Chicago hadn't had its regular five of Rose, Richard Hamilton, Boozer, Deng and Joakim Noah together since March 5 against Indiana. Hamilton left that game in the opening minutes with an injured right shoulder and only recently returned with his minutes closely monitored, and Rose was hurt a week later in a victory over the Knicks. Their lack of cohesion was obvious early. Chicago missed 11 of its first 12 shots and perhaps let the struggles affect its usual rock-solid defense. The Knicks started 12 of 16 from the floor, building a 27-6 lead when Shumpert converted a threepoint play with 3:30 remaining in the period.
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would have no shot at reaching the green. Oosthuizen followed him, clanged off a Georgia pine and was left with 231 yards to the green. His approach came up short. That’s when Watson, who rarely hits a shot on a straight line, came up with the most magical shot of his life. “I was there earlier today, during regulation,” he said. “So I was used to it. I knew what I was facing there. I had a good lie, had a gap where I had to hook it 40 yards or something. I’m pretty good at hooking it.” Oosthuizen was in the fairway. All he could see was a corridor of fans leading into the woods. “I had no idea where he was,” Oosthuizen said. “Where I stood from, when the ball came out, it looked like a curve ball. Unbelievable shot. That shot he hit definitely won him the tournament.” They finished at 10-under 278, two shots ahead of four players who kept it close and made the
Masters as compelling as ever. Phil Mickelson, playing in the final group for the fourth time, recovered from a triple bogey on the par-3 fourth hole and still managed to stay in the game. He could only make two-putt birdies on the two par 5s on the back and shot 72. “It’s disappointing that I didn’t grab that fourth green jacket,” said Mickelson, whose wife and three kids flew in from San Diego on Sunday. “It’s disappointing that I didn’t make it happen on the back nine and get the putts to fall, even though I felt like I was hitting them pretty good. I gave them all good chances. I just couldn’t quite get them to go.” Lee Westwood of England ran off three straight birdies, but the last one hurt. He had an 8-foot eagle putt to tie for the lead on the 15th and missed it, and a final birdie on the 18th gave him a 68 and only made it look close. “I don’t feel like giving up just yet,” said Westwood, who had his seventh top-3 finish in a major since the 2008 U.S. Open.
Matt Kuchar tied for the lead with a short eagle putt on the 15th, then bogeyed the 16th for a 69. Peter Hanson of Sweden, who had a one-shot lead going into the final round, didn’t make a birdie until the 15th hole. He closed with a 73. Watson, a 33-year-old from the Florida Panhandle, won for the fourth time in his career and moves to No. 4 in the world, making him the highest-ranked American in golf. And he created a legion of fans — especially in Georgia, where he returned to school to get his degree — who chanted, “Bubba! Bubba! Bubba!” as he hugged everyone he could find on the 10th green. “I don’t play the sport for fame. I don’t try to win tournaments for fame,” Watson said. “I don’t do any of that. It’s just me. I’m just Bubba. I goof around. I joke around. “I just want to be me and play golf.” Tiger Woods used to play practice rounds with Watson at the majors because he was intrigued
how a guy who has never had a coach could make the ball move any direction he wanted. Woods was among those who congratulated Watson on Twitter before the trophy presentation. “Congrats (at)bubbawatson. Fantastic creativity. Now how creative will the champions dinner be next year?” he tweeted. Oosthuizen was trying to become only the sixth player to have won majors at Augusta National and St. Andrews — two of the most revered courses in golf — and almost got it done. He stayed in the lead with a tricky par putt from 10 feet on the 14th and a 7-foot birdie putt on the 15th, but Watson caught him by making his fourth straight birdie on the back nine, a tee shot into 4 feet on the 16th. Both hung on for pars the rest of the way. Woods went from the favorite to not even a factor on the weekend. He closed with a birdie on the 18th for a 74 and had his highest score ever at the Masters as a pro, finishing at 5-over 293 — 15 shots out of the lead.
Celtics roll past 76ers behind Rondo, Garnett
BOSTON (AP) — Kevin and outscored the 76ers 20-4 Garnett scored 20 points and to start the second, pulling to a Rajon Rondo dished out double- 45-26 lead on Bradley's runner digit assists for his 17th consec- in the lane. Ray Allen, comutive game, finishing with 15 to ing off the bench for the third help lead the Boston Celtics to a straight game, ignited the spree 103-79 win over the struggling with eight points. His 3-pointer Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday from the right wing gave Boston night. its first double-digit advantage Brandon Bass and Avery (34-24) 3:04 into the quarter. Bradley each added 18 points, The Celtics held Philadelphia and Paul Pierce had 17 as the to 27.3 percent shooting in the Celtics won for the seventh time second quarter (6 of 22). The in nine games, 76ers missed 12 of improving their their first 13 shots. Atlantic Division Philadelphia 103 entered the game lead to three Boston games over both Philadelphia 79 with the league's the 76ers and New best scoring York Knicks. defense, but the Nikola Vucevic led Celtics had things pretty easy in Philadelphia with 14 points and the opening half, getting open Andre Iguodala had 13. The looks and numerous drives into 76ers have dropped 10 of 14, the lane. Boston led 50-36 at halftime, falling out of first in the Atlantic and forced to compete for the shooting 57.6 percent (19 of 33) final playoff spot in the Eastern in the opening 24 minutes. The Celtics then turned it into Conference. They are tied with the Knicks for seventh place, a rout with an 18-4 run comone game ahead of Milwaukee. ing out of the break, pushing Coming off a double-digit win the lead to 68-40 on Bradley's at Indiana on Saturday night, 3 from the right wing. Garnett the Celtics broke this one open scored eight of Boston's first 13 points, driving for a few easy early in the second quarter. Boston led 25-22 after one buckets off Rondo's feeds.
Huskies visit Quinnipiac today from PANTHERS, page 14 groundball to second base that was corralled successfully but never thrown to first. As a result, Over scored and Ferriter followed with a double to put UConn ahead for good. The Huskies trailed 3-2 in the final frame after Anthony Marzi pitched six strong innings of two-run ball and Dan Feehan entered from the bullpen. Feehan had pitched three scoreless innings in the games prior, but allowed the go-ahead run and set the table for Oberg with runners on the corners and two outs to go. Oberg then induced the first of two Pittsburgh double plays on the afternoon in one pitch to get his team out of a jam. UConn pitching held the Panthers to just six runs over 27 innings on the series. “Well, for our pitching today I thought Marzi really battled out there for us,” coach Jim Penders said. “He doesn’t really get a whole lot of run support from us I guess when he’s pitching but I thought he had actually gotten out of the inning twice before he allowed those two runs.” The only run recorded through the first five innings came on a solo shot off the bat of Tim Martin in the second atbat of the game. Martin entered the series with a .295 batting average, which jumped to over .300 with a 2-3 showing in the series’ second game and a 2-4 performance in the finale. The Huskies picked up a 3-1 win in the second contest thanks to a go-ahead RBI double from Martin. Starting pitcher Jordan Tabakman improved to 3-0 on the season last Friday and saw his ERA drop a full run. Oberg picked up his six save of the year with a scoreless ninth that included a game-ending strikeout. Third baseman Jon Testani added an insurance run in the
ninth inning with a home run that cleared the right field fence. However, the news was not all good as catcher Joe Pavone injured his right hamstring charging around from third to score in the fifth inning. Pavone missed all of last season after suffering from a torn ACL but was seen walking without a wrap the following day. He did not start the finale, instead passing the catching duties on to the freshman DeBellis. UConn was also without reliever Will Johlin, who tweaked a knee during warmups of game one. “When a guy goes down, another one’s got to step up,” Penders remarked. “And this weekend they did that. It was a real team effort and I was happy with the way we came out and played this weekend.” The series opener turned out to be the highest scoring affair of the three games in the Steel City. Dave Fischer took the ball for the Huskies and threw seven strong innings, allowing one earned run and recording six strikeouts. The Panthers countered with ace Matt Ianazzo who after allowing two runs in the first, calmed down in the latter innings. Thanks to a handful of Husky errors, the Panthers eventually cut the UConn lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh. The Husky bats then came alive in the next half inning to hammer reliever Joe Harvey for three runs and later tack on one more. DeBellis picked up an RBI before right fielder Ryan Moore knocked in a pair of runs as a part of a stellar all-around weekend for the junior. UConn returns to action today in Hamden, Conn to take on the Quinnipiac Bobcats beginning at 3:00 p.m.
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MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James scored 26 points, Chris Bosh finished with 22 points and nine rebounds, and the Miami Heat steadily pulled away to beat the Detroit Pistons 98-75 on Sunday night. James Jones scored 18 on 6-for-8 shooting from 3-point range for Miami, which played without Dwyane Wade for the 11th time this season. Wade sat out with right ankle soreness, which the team said was caused by an awkward landing on a missed dunk attempt against Memphis on Friday night. The Heat are now 10-1 when Wade is sidelined this season, and are 18-1 in their last 19 home games. Detroit rookie Brandon Knight, playing as a pro in the city where he was born for the first time, scored 16 for the Pistons. Greg Monroe and Rodney Stuckey added 11 apiece for Detroit. Miami’s win, combined with Chicago’s overtime loss at New York earlier Sunday, pulled the Heat (40-15) within two games of the Bulls (4314) for the best record in the Eastern Conference. The teams have two more head-to-head meetings, the first of those in Chicago on Thursday night. Up next for Miami: The Boston Celtics visit on Tuesday, barely a week after dealing the Heat a 19-point loss. Besides Wade’s absence, there were two lineup issues of note for Miami. First, Mike Miller returned after missing 14 games with a sprained left ankle. Secondly, with slumping Norris Cole out of the rotation Sunday until the final minutes in part because of a 2-for-21 slump, Jones got meaningful minutes again. He made them count, too. Detroit led 21-19 after a sleepy first quarter — the teams combined to shoot 1 for 12 from 3-point range in the opening 12 minutes — but James gave the Heat a boost from long range to get the offense going in the second. Jones made his first three 3-point attempts in the second quarter, after not making a single first-half basket since March 20, helping spark a 31-point period by Miami. A 15-5 run midway through the second, capped by a putback dunk by James, put Miami up 42-32 with 3:40 left. The margin was still 10 at halftime, before Detroit’s offense went from cool to cold. The Pistons started 1 for 10 from the floor in the first 9 minutes of the second half, and that drought eliminated any guesswork regarding the outcome as Miami turned a 10-point halftime lead into a 22-point cushion. James had nine points in what was a 17-5 run to start the third quarter, the run ending when James found Shane Battier under the basket for a layup that put Miami up 67-45.
Diamondbacks rally, beat Giants 7-6
PHOENIX (AP) — Ryan The Diamondbacks won Roberts and Lyle Overbay hit all three games by one run to consecutive two-out homers extend their winning streak over off Matt Cain and the Arizona the Giants to eight games. Diamondbacks tied a franchise Arizona came from six record by rallying from six runs down to win for the seventh down to beat the San Francisco time in franchise history. The Giants 7-6 Sunday and sweep Diamondbacks did it twice last the season-opening three-game year, when they led the majors series. with 48 come-from-behind Giants manager Bruce Bochy wins. was ejected for arguing home Overbay also doubled twice, plate umpire Mike DiMuro’s call driving in a run with the first. that catcher Buster There were eight Posey missed the errors in the game, plate on a forceout, five by Arizona, a ruling that allowed shy of the club 7 one what proved to be Arizona record. the winning run to San Francisco 6 Down 6-5, score in the seventh Arizona loaded the inning. bases with one out Posey hit his first home run in in the seventh and tied it when nearly a year to help the Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford take a 6-0 lead through three couldn’t handle Miguel innings. Montero’s sharp grounder Wade Miley (1-0) pitched for what should have been a four scoreless innings in relief double play. Chris Young then of starter Josh Collmenter to get hit a bouncer to third, where the win. Jeremy Affeldt (0-1) Sandoval fielded it and threw allowed two runs while getting to Posey. What appeared to be just one out. a routine out instead turned out In the ninth, Bryan Shaw to be the go-ahead run when allowed a two-out single to DiMuro called the runner Aaron Melky Cabrera, then hit Pablo Hill safe. After he watched Sandoval with a pitch but video replays, Bochy said after fanned Posey to get his first the game that the umpire made major league save. the correct call.
Niese loses no-hit bid, Mets sweep Braves
NEW YORK (AP) — that made it 7-1, and Jason Jonathon Niese took a no- Heyward chased Niese with a hitter into the seventh inning two-run double. Pinch-hitter in his first start since sign- Jack Wilson added a sacrifice ing a rich contract and the fly off Manny Acosta. New York Mets completed a Pitching for the first time season-opening sweep of the since the Mets gave him a Atlanta Braves with a 7-5 vic- $25.5 million, five-year deal, tory Sunday. Niese allowed four runs — two Niese (1-0) allowed just two earned — and two hits in sixballs out of the infield through plus innings with seven strikesix innings and retired 15 in a outs and two walks. It also was row before walking Dan Uggla his first outing since a $10,000 on a 10-pitch atoffseason nose bat leading off the job — paid for by seventh. On the former teammate next pitch, Niese’s Carlos Beltran — 7 to 99th of the game, New York correct a deviatFreddie Freeman Atlanta 5 ed septum. Niese’s singled cleanly to 2011 season was right. cut short Aug. 23 New York has played 7,971 when he strained an intercostal games in its 51-season his- muscle. tory and is the oldest team in Ruben Tejada had a careerthe majors without a no-hitter, best four hits for the Mets. startling for a club that pro- Frank Francisco pitched the duced stellar pitchers such as ninth for his third save of the Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan and series. Overpowering the Braves Dwight Gooden. San Diego (6,846) is the only other big with a fastball that reached league team without one. 93 mph, Niese benefited early Niese lasted just two more from the wide strike zone of batters after Freeman. Right plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, who fielder Lucas Duda, look- called out Michael Bourn and ing into a sunny, cloudless Martin Prado on strikes as sky, dropped Matt Diaz’s fly Niese fanned the side in the ball for a run-scoring error third.
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The love of the game
Monday, April 9, 2012
Baseball sweeps Pittsburgh, tied for first in Big East
By Andrew Callahan Senior Staff Writer
Dan Agabiti I’ve been to dozens of sporting events since September. The only thing is, they’ve all been for work. I have no problem with that, I love my job, I love that I get to eat, tweet, write and get paid for it. High-ranking positions with The Daily Campus sports department are some of the best gigs on campus if you ask me. The men’s soccer team was a blast to cover and the women’s basketball beat sent me to Denver for crying out loud. My one bone to pick with my job is that it leaves almost no time for a sports fan like myself to actually go to any game just for the fun of it. Something is always in the way, be it school work or a story assignment. Come to think of it, I’ve gone to one sporting event that wasn’t for work since last summer. I went to the UConn vs. St. John’s women’s basketball game with my girlfriend back on Feb. 18 because I was able to get a game off. That one was brutal, UConn played terribly and despite my best efforts to be a genuine fan of the Huskies, I couldn’t do it. If anything, I left the building most disappointed that I couldn’t ask Geno Auriemma in the post game press conference why it looked like the Huskies had never run an offense before. I still had the media hat on. But this weekend, I was given a special treat and got to go to my younger brother Dominick’s Cumberland High School junior varsity lacrosse game against LaSalle. Now, when I was in high school, there were two teams that I liked to watch lose. There was LaSalle and then there was Bishop Hendricken. Most of those kids were loaded, their facilities were scary nice and the worst part of all was that they were good. The vast majority of the time, their best kids were far better than Cumberland High’s best kids and it usually didn’t matter what it was. In high school, there was nothing better than hearing that Cumberland High had beaten LaSalle or Bishop Hendricken, the “Evil Empires,” in anything. It didn’t matter what it was, I just liked seeing them lose. To say that I went into Dominick’s game with high intensity would be an understatement. I knew I’d be mixing my intense love for my brother with a strong disliking for LaSalle athletics. It was going to be a good time. I knew that Dominick would be on the bench for the entire game—he’s a chip off the old block, isn’t he? But that didn’t matter. I made the trip down to Providence to support my little brother and judge me all you want, but I was “that brother” that took the game way too seriously and might or might not have been yelling the entire time. That being said, I don’t know jack about lacrosse. I know that it involves a netted stick, a goal, a crease that attackers can’t enter and that it’s based off of some insane Native American war game that used to kill people, that’s about it. So in my yelling, I was trying as hard as possible to sound like I knew what I was talking about, but I didn’t. I didn’t care, though. I just wanted to yell the most rudimentary things like “Swing it around,” “Who’s on the wing?” or “Flatten him!” and be there to support my brother. Cumberland won 4-2 after going into the fourth quarter down 2-1. Dominick didn’t play a second in that game, but I didn’t care and neither did he. When I picked him up afterward and I told him that I had gone, his face lit up and we talked about the game. We
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Billy Ferriter stares up at a fly ball during the Huskies’ last home series against Seton Hall on Friday, April 1st during a doubleheader. Ferriter knocked in the gamewinning RBI for UConn in their series finale against Pittsburgh this weekend.
PITTSBURGH, Penn. – From coast to coast, the reigning Big East regular season champions suffered a trying non-conference schedule. But now with eight wins through nine games of Big East competition, the Huskies are in position to once again prove themselves as the conference’s top dogs. A resounding 5-3-comeback victory capped a three-game series sweep for the UConn baseball team (18-13, 8-1) this past weekend over the Panthers (14-15, 2-7). Scott Oberg tossed over two innings of relief in the finale to pick up the win as Billy Ferriter knocked home the game winning RBI in the top of the ninth. The Huskies have now won four of their last five and eleven of their last thirteen. They’re currently tied for first place in conference with South Florida, who stole three from Cincinnati on the road over the weekend. “Today our guys battled, which we really did all series,” coach Jim Penders said. “I was very happy with them sticking with it and to come back twice like we did and win all three games, which turned into a real positive weekend for our club.” After opening the final inning with a single to right, freshman back-up catcher Alex DeBellis was pinch-run for by outfielder Devin Over. In the next at-bat shortstop Tom Verdi dropped a perfect sacrifice bunt to put the tying run at second base with one out. Third baseman Jon Testani was then hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh closer Tanner Wilt, who nearly ended the game moments later. Offered a low Wilt fastball, freshman Eric Yavarone tapped a slow grounder towards shortstop for a tailor-made double play ball. Whipped to second base for one out, the ball reached first just a second after a charging Yavarone. With runners at first and third and two outs, coach Jim Penders called for a pinch-hitter in Connor David to sub for right fielder Ryan Moore. David knocked a hard
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UConn takes three from Villanova over weekend
By Michael Corasaniti Staff Writer The UConn softball team (17-14, 6-3) started the weekend with a win to put them over .500 and after completing their sweep of visiting Villanova, ended the weekend with a still perfect mark at home. With a 5-3 win over Massachusetts right before the weekend, the Huskies are currently riding a four game win streak to go along with their 16 wins in 21 match-ups. They are also 7-0 at home to start the 2012 campaign. The Huskies started off the weekend against the Wildcats (25-12) with a dominant 4-1 win. Led by junior hurler Kiki Saveriano (11-7), who
only allowed three hits and one unearned run in seven innings, the team was able to win comfortably behind sophomore first baseman Audrey Grinnell’s two hits, which included a one-run blast in the bottom of the third. Saveriano’s performance also moved her into fourth place in the UConn record books with start no. 79 of her career. The second game of the series proved to be a barnburner as the Huskies survived a late Wildcat rally to pull away 7-6. UConn had a 6-2 lead late in the game thanks to offensive performances of Emily O’Donnell, Amy DeLuca and Audrey Grinnel. The Wildcats threatened to overtake the Huskies in each of the last
three innings of the game, but the Huskies proved to make the defensive stops when necessary to hold on. Ali Adelman (2-2) earned the win after coming in the game in the top of the third. In the final game of the series, junior third baseman Kim Silva proved to give the Huskies the advantage when she launched a two-run blast in the bottom of the second to put UConn up 2-0. The Huskies went on to win the game and sweep the series behind another strong performance by Saveriano. The Huskies will return to action on Tuesday when the travel to Amherst, Mass. to finish up their season series with UMass.
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The Huskies improved to over .500 on the season with their weekend sweep of Villanova.
Watson wins Masters playoff over Oosthuizen
Watson waves to the crowed after adorning the green jacket for the first time in his career.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Bubba Watson started the day by watching the rarest shot in golf. He ended another thrilla-minute Sunday at Augusta National with a signature shot of his own to win the Masters. It was a page right out of “Bubba golf.” “If I’ve got a swing, I’ve got a shot,” Watson said. So deep in the trees right of the 10th fairway that he couldn’t even see the green, Watson hooked a gap wedge off the pine needles from 155 yards to about 10 feet from the hole. That led to simple par, good enough to beat Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa on the second playoff hole. It was Oosthuizen who set the tone for this wild day with a double eagle — only the fourth in Masters history — on the par-5 second hole when his
4-iron from 253 yards landed on the front of the green and rolled some 90 feet into the hole for a 2. And it was Watson who hit a shot that only he could even dream of pulling off. “Hooked it about 40 yards, hit about 15 feet off the ground until it got under the tree and then started rising,” Watson said. “Pretty easy.” The hard part was holding back tears. He was blubbering hard on the 10th green, shoulders heaving and face contorted, for so many reasons. Just two weeks ago, he and his wife adopted a baby boy, Caleb. The first person on the green was his mother — his father died right after the Ryder Cup in 2010. He held her tight and cried on her shoulder. As incredible as it all seemed, Gerry “Bubba” Watson, Jr.,
the powerful lefty with a million shots at his disposal, was a major champion. “I never got this far in my dreams,” Watson said in Butler cabin, where defending champion Charl Schwartzel helped him into the green jacket. “It’s a blessing. To go home to my new son, it’s going to be fun.” Oosthuizen was trying to join Gene Sarazen in the 1935 Masters as the only major champions to win with a double eagle in the final round. The former British Open champion made one clutch putt after another on the back nine, none more important than a 4-footer on the 18th for a 69 to force the playoff. Both had a good look at birdie at No. 18 on the first extra hole and missed. Watson, dressed all in white
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