WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2011
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Snow plow drivers plead for patience BY DAVID CARKHUFF
No fear of heights
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THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
At the height of today’s nor’easter, 350 snow plows will swarm over the primary roads of Maine, and with the storm will come another constant — impatient drivers. Plow drivers see all kinds of motorists — the reckless, imprudent, overzealous. “You get the whole gamut, some will come up tight and stay right on their back end, others will go flying around them, and conditions are worse in front of a plow,” said Brian Burne, highway maintenance engineer with Maine Department of Transportation, in charge of the state’s snow and ice program. ‘I think the main thing is people, I don’t know if they figure if they drive fast they can get out of it quicker. They
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City manager Joe Gray talks about making the dreaded call — see page 6 tend to overdrive conditions. It would be nice if they could slow down and give the plows room,” Burne said. Today may not be the best day to test your bad-weather driving skills. Margaret Curtis, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the bulk of today’s storm will land between see PLOWS page 6
$2.3 million for efﬁciency, infrastructure OK’d for USM BY MATT DODGE THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
The University of Southern Maine received $2.3 million for building improvements and energy efficiency on Monday as a state board approved the school’s plans for a bond package passed last June. The University of Maine System Board of Trustees approved $800,000 from general obligation bonds for
energy efficiency on campus, $875,000 to renovate Luther Bonney Hall and $700,000 for infrastructure improvements to the science buildings on the Portland campus. “These improvements for USM are long overdue,” USM Student Body President Ashley Willems-Phaneuf wrote in an e-mail to USM students Monday afternoon. see USM page 3
On a bridge pier about 30 feet high, Arthur Ware (left) and Wes Richards sand concrete attachments for the next step — installing 6.5-foot tall beams on the Route 26/100 bridge in Falmouth Tuesday. Both men were wearing safety harnesses tied off on the pier. The Railroad Crossing Bridge in Falmouth spans the Presumpscot River and the Pan Am railroad line near the Portland town line. The new bridge is being built downstream of the current bridge. Construction is expected to be completed by the fall of 2011, the state reports. Once the new bridge is opened, crews will dismantle and remove the old bridge. The total cost of the bridge replacement project is $10.5 million, and CPM Constructors of Freeport is the contractor for the project. The existing Railroad Crossing Bridge was built in 1932 and is 834 feet long, according to the Maine Department of Transportation. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
‘It was vile,’ says killer of his actions DAILY SUN STAFF REPORT
“Vile” is how Chad Gurney described his own actions after he was arrested. Gurney is on trial for the May, 2009 ritualistic killing of 18-year-old Zoe Sarnacki.
The video of his tearful statement was played yesterday during the second day of what is expected to be a two-week trial before a judge. He waived rights to a jury trial and is offering an insanity defense.
The prosecution introduced the tape that showed Gurney being questioned by Portland police detectives. One section of the tape played in court shows the officer telling him “It is a big deal taking responsibility for see ACTIONS page 3
Act your age around your kids, don’t look it
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Design by the books (NY Times) — Book lovers, you can exhale. The printed, bound book has been given a stay of execution by an unlikely source: the design community. In this Kindle-and-iPad age, architects, builders and designers are still making spaces with shelves — lots and lots of shelves — and turning to companies like Mr. Wines’s Juniper Books for help filling them. Jeffrey Collé, a builder of vast Hamptons estates that mimic turn-of-thecentury designs, wouldn’t think of omitting a library from one of his creations. A 16,800-square-foot Shingle-style house on 42 acres in Water Mill, N.Y., comes with a $29.995-million price tag and a library Mr. Collé had built from French chalked quarter-sawn oak; with about 150 feet of shelf space, there is room for more than 1,000 books. It’s up to the buyers or their decorator to fill that space, said Mr. Collé, who has collaborated with Bennett Weinstock, a Philadelphia decorator known for his English interiors, on some of his libraries. Mr. Weinstock still shops in London to find just the right leatherbound look, he said. “Some people will insist that they be in English, because they want them to look as if they could read the books,” Mr. Weinstock said. “Others don’t care what language the books are in as long as the bindings are beautiful.” Even a modernist builder like Steve Hermann in Los Angeles, who makes sleek multimillion-dollar houses for buyers like Christina Aguilera, includes acres of shelves in his high-end spec houses. Mr. Hermann designed a glassy Neutralike house with a 60-by-14foot shelving system, which has room for 4,000 books, he said. “But who has 4,000 books?” he said. “I always stage my houses, so it was up to me to fill the shelves.” He ordered 2,000 whitewrapped books from Mr. Wine and deployed them in tidy, horizontal stacks (watch for the white-wrapped book to become this year’s version of the deer head). Why build such huge shelves? “I could have hung art,” Mr. Hermann said. “But I like the textural feeling of shelves, and of books on display.” So did the buyer: the place, books included, sold for $6.4 million to a British man in the fashion business. The old practice of buying yards of leatherbound law journals or Swedish medical texts for an instant library is out of favor. “I don’t think you should have law journals unless one of you is actually a lawyer,” Mr. Weinstock said.
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A year after devastating quake, many Haitians still just ‘watching and waiting’ BY TRACY WILKINSON LOS ANGELES TIMES
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Gray ribbons of fresh cement streak the side of Clarisse Brisson’s broken home, where she and her family are slowly making repairs. Inside, she reads Bible verses to sustain her. Next door, the neighbor’s home is a heap of crumbled stone and rusted iron bars. “We are just living on a daily basis, watching and waiting,” Brisson sighed, leaning her head against a bent metal door jam. “For a year.” A year ago, one of modern times’ worst natural disasters struck one of modern times’ poorest nations. In seconds, roughly 10 percent of this capital’s population was killed or mortally wounded in a massive earthquake at 4:53 p.m. on Jan. 12. Haiti was plunged into a catatonic state. Dead bodies lay in the streets, many poking halfway out from under the buildings that crushed them. Survivors wandered, dazed or frantic, searching for spouses and children, covered in the white dust that billowed from the ruins. Screams and moans of the dying, and those seeking them, filled the night, and the Earth periodically shook again, and again. Today, life of a sort has returned to Haiti. The bodies are mostly gone (though on occasion another is unearthed), and the chaos is part of the routine of survival, of scraping out a living. Traffic snarls up and down hillsides. Most children who go to school are back in classrooms, though
jittery and traumatized; commerce is haphazardly brisk. Yet virtually no major reconstruction is evident. Iconic structures, such as the grand Roman Catholic Cathedral and the majestic presidential palace, remain misshapen carcasses. Only 5 percent of the rubble has been cleared, according to one estimate. The majority of the population remains jobless. And the nearly
1,200 tent encampments scattered across the city, where more than 1 million displaced people sought shelter, have taken on a deliberate permanence — much as aid workers a year ago said they feared would happen. (c) 2011, Los Angeles Times. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
A group of Haitians work to build a makeshift house from tree branches and tarp while staking a claim to land near Camp Corail in Haiti, Nov. 6, 2010. (Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
Surgeon: Giffords has ‘101 percent’ chance of survival BY SAM STANTON MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS
TUCSON, Ariz. — With President Barack Obama set to arrive in this grief-stricken city Wednesday, family members of victims were coming forward to describe their suffering and the rapid medical response that kept the death total from growing in Saturday’s mass shooting. Susan Hileman, the 58-year-old woman wounded while escorting a 9-year-old girl to see her congresswoman Saturday, woke up several hours after being shot and was able to briefly ask her husband one thing. “Susie had her breathing tube removed late Saturday evening,” her husband, Bill Hileman, said Tuesday. “And the very first thing she did was grab my hand and ask, ‘What about Christina?’” Christina Taylor-Green, the third-grader Susan Hileman brought to the Saturday morning “Congress on Your Corner” event, died from a bullet through her chest and will be memorialized Wednesday, then
buried Thursday, one of six people killed in Saturday’s rampage. Doctors say the six remaining victims still hospitalized all will recover physically, and they’re growing increasingly optimistic about the condition of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. “She has a 101 percent chance of surviving,” said Dr. Peter Rhee, trauma chief at the University of Arizona Medical Center and a former combat surgeon who worked in Iraq and Afghanistan. “She will not die.” Rhee and other doctors now think it’s likely she was shot through the front of her head and that the bullet exited the rear, meaning the last thing she saw Saturday may have been accused gunman Jared Lee Loughner taking aim with his 9mm Glock pistol. Giffords remains in critical condition, but Rhee said Tuesday she’s able to breathe on her own, although they’ve left a tube in place to reduce the risk of pneumonia developing.
Doctors have cut back significantly on her sedation and said she’s able to make slight movements on her right side. She also has been able to follow simple commands such as moving them her thumb when asked. “I have a lot of confidence that she’s going to recover,” Rhee said, noting that the survival rate for such wounds is “abysmal.” Tucson to the borders with New Mexico on the east and Mexico to the south. “I don’t think this district is more divided than most,” Kolbe said in a telephone interview. Much of Arizona has a libertarian streak. But many Tucsonans consider themselves sort of an island apart from the rest of Arizona and from controversies over the state’s so-called “papers please” immigration law or the attention-seeking antics of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. (Stanton reports for The Sacramento Bee.) (c) 2011, McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
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Stolen dogs returned to Bangor, Augusta shelters BY DAWN GAGNON THE BANGOR DAILY NEWS
BANGOR — Two of the three dogs reported stolen from Maine animal shelters in recent days have been returned. An American pit bull stolen from the Bangor Humane Society’s animal shelter on Monday afternoon was located by Bangor police and brought back shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday, Executive Director Suzan Bell said Tuesday. Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said the incident remains under investigation by Officer Jason Stuart and that no one had been charged in connection with the dog theft as of Tuesday afternoon. The details surrounding the circumstances of the dog’s return were not immediately available and it is still not clear if the three dognappings were connected. Bell said Tuesday that Aikido, a 2-year-old male described as extremely friendly, was going to be evaluated by a veterinarian but appeared to be in good condition. “He appears to be OK — waggy, waggy tail and all,” Bell said. Bell said the shelter’s staff and supporters are relieved that Aikido is back and ready to be adopted. “He’s a sweet, sweet boy,” she said. “He deserves a good home.” She credited city police and the dog’s safe and rapid return. “They did an amazing job,” she said. “They’re animal lovers, dog lovers too and they were very compassionate.” Bell also applauded area media outlets and Facebook users for helping to spread the word about the dog snatch-
ings. Also returned was a female black Lab mix taken from the Kennebec Valley Humane Society’s shelter in Augusta. Candy, who disappeared from the shelter Monday morning, was found in an enclosed outdoor play area wearing a fleece sweat shirt about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, when a staff member arrived for work, Executive Director Hillary Roberts said. “We’re just thrilled,” she said Tuesday afternoon. Roberts said whoever returned the dog left an anonymous note, saying that Candy was found in Augusta by people from out of state. The sweat shirt and note have been turned over to Augusta police, she said. Like Bell, Roberts said the attention the dog thefts received was a factor in the dogs’ return. Still missing is Selene, a red-andwhite Pekingese mix stolen Saturday afternoon from the Animal Welfare Society’s shelter in West Kennebunk. Manager Bobbi Allen said that the only leads that have come in to the shelter so far are from psychics, one of whom believed there was a connection to an elementary school and another who said Selene was “living with a young couple in Biddeford,” she said. Anyone with information about Selene should call police or the shelter at 985-3244. Copyright (c) 2011, Bangor Daily News, Maine Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
Portland Police Ofﬁcer and evidence technician Chris Stearns loads equipment into a crime scene unit truck in front of apartments at 463 Cumberland Ave. in May 2009 as part of the probe into the crime scene of the death of Zoe Sarnacki. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO)
Tape of defendant being questioned by Portland police detectives played as evidence ACTIONS from page one
what you did,” and “you did the right thing” by coming in. Other sections of the tape show Gurney breaking down. When police said, “... you know what you did was wrong...”, a crying Gurney responded “it was vile.” Facts of the gristly case are not in dispute. Gurney killed Sarnacki, who had been his girlfriend,
then cut off her head using up to three knives. He poured gasoline on the body and set it ablaze to be discovered by firefighters. But Gurney’s defense focuses on his mental state at the time of the killing. In part, that defense includes his injuries in a violent car crash that included head injuries. The case is scheduled to continue today.
USM pursuing energy-efﬁcient practices with improvements one of the university’s most maligned facilities in Luther Bonney Hall. “Students talk all the time about how the building is less than satisfactory, the fact is the building really does affect student morale. Ceiling drippings and other places that need improvement can be distracting,” she said. “It increases your pride in a
school when it looks good.” The infrastructure work could also alleviate the financial burden on students in Willems-Phaneuf’s estimation. “Sustainable [practices] can lower some of that cost as it decreases the need for rises in tuition,” WillemsPhaneuf said.
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across the campuses, many will serve to affect the university’s bottom line on energy costs. “We have some obsolescence in older equipment that we’re trying to build on. As you replace 40 or 30 year old equipment with modern equipment, you gain some efficiency,” Bertram said. USM, which last week converted the Portland campus’ central heating plant from oil to natural gas, has pursued energy efficient practices both to save money and make the classroom a more comfortable, inspiring place to learn. “It made sense environmentally, but also as an investment on our part. We’ll end up saving $315,270 on energy costs,” said USM spokesman Bob Caswell. “We’re making sure that students are in a comfortable and environmentally efficient learning environment. The learning that goes on in our classrooms and labs is what we’re all about, we need to do all we can to assure those are comfortable to the degree we can,” said Caswell. For Willems-Phaneuf, who learned about the bond in middle of summer and rallied students, and wrote editorials in support of the package, Monday’s approval of the $2.3 million was an important step toward improving
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Plans for the money’s use were approved yesterday during the UMS Board of Trustees meeting in Bangor. “What the Board of Trustees approved yesterday was our spending plans for [the money], the building where we are going to use it and a general overview,” said Bob Bertram, executive director of USM’s Facilities department. “We’re still getting into the details of the projects right now, but we do know that we’re going to focus it on heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in a few buildings and a new roof on the science building,” said Bertram. Portland’s Luther Bonney Hall, three interconnected science buildings and Gorham’s Bailey Hall are the three locations slated for improvements. The focus on improving energy efficiency across the two campuses is part of the university’s effort to ensure that all capital expenditures work towards reducing USM’s operating budget, according to Bertram. “We’re looking at the payback on what we use this money for, although payback is not the driving factor,” he said. While not all of the funds are marked specifically for energy improvements
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Power from the banks and to the people Populist banker. Now those are two words you rarely see linked together. But Thomas Hoenig, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, truly is a rarity. Firmly rooted in small town Iowa and Kansas, he has never aspired to be part of the Wall StreetWashington power elite, and he has no hesitancy to challenge their financial orthodoxy and obsequious kowtowing to the preening barons of big banking. In a recent New York Times op-ed piece, Hoenig laid into the claims by the political and financial establishment that the massive taxpayer bailout and subsequent regulatory “reforms” of Wall Street have fixed the banking system. Let me give it to you in his own words: “After this round ––––– of bailouts, the five largest Creators financial institutions are 20 Syndicate percent larger than they were before the crisis. They control $8.6 trillion in financial assets — the equivalent of nearly 60 percent of (America’s) gross domestic product. Like it or not, these firms remain too big to fail.” How big are they? So enormous, says Hoenig, that “their chief executives cannot manage them, nor can their regulators provide adequate oversight.” And, countering the contrived contention of the Washington-Wall Street axis that only huge banks can compete globally, Hoenig points out that our banking system must be structured to serve our national interest, not the insatiable self-interests of multimillionaire bankers and billionaire speculators. Again, his own words: “More financial firms — with none too big to fail — would mean less concentrated financial power, less concentrated risk, and better access and service for American businesses and the public.” How about that? A big-time banker who wants to shrink the giants of Wall Street, believing that bankers should serve us, rather than vice versa. There’s an idea we can all get behind. And, it looks like we have another odd bedfellow in our corner. The teabag-infused Republican takeover of the U.S. House has produced one
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A flood tide of murder By all means, condemn the hateful rhetoric that has poured so much poison into our political discourse. The crazies don’t kill in a vacuum, and the vilest of our political leaders and commentators deserve to be called to account for their demagoguery and the danger that comes with it. But that’s the easy part. If we want to reverse the flood tide of killing in this country, we’ll have to do a hell of a lot more than bad-mouth a few sorry politicians and lame-brained talking heads. We need to face up to the fact that this is an insanely violent society. The vitriol that has become an integral part of our political rhetoric, most egregiously from the right, is just one of the myriad contributing factors in a society saturated in blood. According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, more than a million people have been killed with guns in the United States since 1968, when Robert Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were killed. That figure includes suicides and accidental deaths. But homicides, deliberate killings, are a perennial scourge, and not just with guns. Excluding the people killed in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, more than 150,000 Ameri-
Bob Herbert ––––– The New York Times cans have been murdered since the beginning of the 21st century. This endlessly proliferating parade of death, which does not spare women or children, ought to make our knees go weak. But we never even notice most of the killings. Homicide is white noise in this society. The overwhelming majority of the people who claim to be so outraged by last weekend’s shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others — six of them fatally — will take absolutely no steps, none whatsoever, to prevent a similar tragedy in the future. And similar tragedies are coming as surely as the sun makes its daily appearance over the eastern horizon because this is an American ritual: the mowing down of the innocents. On Saturday, the victims happened to be a respected congresswoman, a 9-year-old girl, a federal judge and a number of others gathered at the kind of civic event that is supposed
to define a successful democracy. But there are endless horror stories. In April 2007, 32 students and faculty members at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute were shot to death and 17 others were wounded by a student armed with a pair of semiautomatic weapons. On a cold, rainy afternoon in Pittsburgh in 2009, I came upon a gray-haired woman shivering on a stone step in a residential neighborhood. “I’m the grandmother of the kid that killed those cops,” she whispered. Three police officers had been shot and killed by her 22-year-old grandson, who was armed with a variety of weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle. I remember having lunch with Marian Wright Edelman, the president of the Children’s Defense Fund, a few days after the Virginia Tech tragedy. She shook her head at the senseless loss of so many students and teachers, then told me: “We’re losing eight children and teenagers a day to gun violence. As far as young people are concerned, we lose the equivalent of the massacre at Virginia Tech about every four days.” If we were serious, if we really wanted to cut down on the killings, we’d have to do two things. see HERBERT page 5
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Act your age around your kids, don’t look it Do you let your kids age you? Funny how these bouncing beings that overflow with pure life force can be so darn draining. Come 7 p.m., I feel like I have been up for three days at Mardi Gras after my car broke down in Maryland and I jogged the rest of the way. We go from being these sensual beings that float through the days like molten light to incubators, pillows, gymnasiums, maids, chefs, nurses and we are still supposed to feel like rockin’ it after the kids go to bed? With brain function? In heels? I caught myself in the mirror this morning and I finally realized Baby Boy’s obsession with monsters (that ironically always happen to be in the same room as me). Frizzy ponytail, misshapen sweater, chipped nail polish along with horrible cargo pants that were too short and forced a muffin top. Eek. If I saw myself at dusk I would cross the street to avoid getting rabies. How do we resurrect the fabulous beings that hibernate while we tend to the ducklings? Better yet, how do we do it without dishing out money for Botox, personal trainers and trendy jeggings (that designer is laughing all the way to the bank)?
Maggie Knowles ––––– Use Your Outdoor Voice I am going to sound like our mothers for a second (god, are we them already?) and say that beauty seriously comes from within — but that doesn’t mean it can’t do without a little nudging. Here are basically free ways to revive that inner sparkle. They take mere moments a day but the results will carry fabulous you through even the roughest non-napping, teething, potty training days. The most important step is to take care of your skin. Yes, we all slathered ourselves in baby oil and lemon juice to tan before Prom (heck, before math class) but starting now, we need to apologize and start treating her right. Halle Berry said in an interview that for every night you don’t wash your face, it ages seven days. I have no idea if that is based in anything resembling fact, but it scared me into never drooling foun-
dation onto my sheets again. And don’t leave the house without sunscreen on your face and hands. The skin on your hands ages faster than any other part. Save yourself from becoming a modern day Lady Macbeth, “Out, damned liver spot!” Start each morning with a big mug of warm water with juice from half a lemon. Lemons help flush toxins from the body, and though acidic, have an alkalizing effect on the body. And when your body is clear and in balance, your skin will shine and glow without layers of blush. One of the first things to go when parenthood arrives is posture. It starts with a nice, round (heavy!) belly, then the next several years are bent over the crib, the floor, the stroller, the table. No wonder at each doctor appointment we rank lower and lower on the height chart. All this slouching not only hurts but makes us appear older. We need strong cores in order to walk tall and confidently throughout the day. Two quick ways to realign your mid-section: Planks are wonderful core strengtheners. It is called a plank because the idea is to keep your body as tight and firm as wood. On the floor, perch on your elbows
and clasp your hands in front of you. Push up on your toes so your body is parallel to the ground. Tighten your abs and glutes and breathe. Upon waking and before bed, assume a plank position working up to a minute or more. Whenever you feel tight and hunched during the day, stretch out your shoulders and chest. Walk into a doorway, put your hands on the frame, about shoulder level, and take a step forward. You will feel a lovely opening stretch all across your upper body. Carrying negative energy around makes you look like an old hag! Laughing is like a free facelift! Enough said. Finally, accessorize with one diva item a day. Even if sweatpants are all you own, there needs some reminder to shine. Pink nail polish, a giant cocktail ring, a lacy camisole, tantalizing rose oil, a bath before anyone wakes up, breakfast by candlelight, a new tattoo … find some way to romance your youthful self each day. It is no secret that life moves pretty fast. But we certainly don’t have to look like it does. (Maggie Knowles is a columnist for The Portland Daily Sun. Her column appears Wednesdays.)
Ron Paul may shake up the Fed with libertarian instincts HIGHTOWER from page 4
big change that is distressing GOP leaders, dismaying the tea party’s corporate funders and discombobulating the elite bankers at the Federal Reserve. The change is this: Ron Paul. This 75-year-old ultra-libertarian from Texas has been in Congress for some 35 years, building a consistent record of contrarian views and votes, some of which are quite progressive. He’s been a vigorous opponent of U.S. military adventurism around the globe, for example, and an outspoken advocate of pulling all U.S. troops out of both Iraq and Afghanistan. This iconoclast has infuriated many in his own party, who have long dismissed him as an extremist nut. But now, Paul has gone from an irritating pest to holding real power. He’s the new chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the Fed, America’s central bank. He views this secretive, autocratic financial
agency as a tool of the Wall Street giants, and he’s even written a book titled “End the Fed.” Last month, prior to assuming his chairmanship, Paul caused an epidemic of apoplexy
among Fed officials and big bankers by announcing that he’ll be pushing for a full, annual audit of the agency’s financial dealings with the global elites.
Then-Republican presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul of Texas speaks at a campaign stop on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, in Rock Hill, South Carolina. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/MCT)
That seems sensible to me, not nutty. After all, the Federal Reserve is an outfit that furtively funnels trillions of our nation’s dollars to private profiteers around the world — yet its transactions are not audited or open to public scrutiny. Excuse me, but it’s the system that’s kooky, not Paul, and he’s about to shine a bright light into the dark temple of the Fed, exposing an institutional collusion with Wall Street that enriches the few at the expense of the common good. An unleashed Ron Paul not only scares the bejezus out of the bankers, but also the GOP political establishment, which is thoroughly marinated in Wall Street money. What fun! To keep up with the twists and turns, and to help Paul stand firm, go to www.ronpaul.org. (To find out more about Jim Hightower, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com.)
Wars are part of the same crippling pathology of violence HERBERT from page 4
We’d have to radically restrict the availability of guns while at the same time beginning the very hard work of trying to change a culture that glorifies and embraces violence as entertainment, and views violence as an appropriate and effective response to the things that bother us. Ordinary citizens interested in a more sane and civilized society would have to insist that their elected representatives take meaningful steps to
stem the violence. And they would have to demand, as well, that the government bring an end to the wars overseas, with their terrible human toll, because the wars are part of the same crippling pathology. Without those very tough steps, the murder of the innocents by the tens of thousands will most assuredly continue. I wouldn’t hold my breath. The Gabrielle Giffords story is big for the time being, but so were Columbine and Oklahoma City. And so was the anti-white killing spree of John Muhammad and Lee Malvo
that took 10 lives in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., in October 2002. But no amount of killing has prompted any real remedial action. For whatever reasons, neither the public nor the politicians seem to really care how many Americans are murdered — unless it’s in a terror attack by foreigners. The two most common responses to violence in the U.S. are to ignore it or be entertained by it. The horror prompted by the attack in Tucson on Saturday will pass. The outrage will fade. The murders will continue.
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Drivers urged to use patience in storms PLOWS from page one
5 a.m. and noon, dumping 6 to 10 inches on Portland. “If people don’t need to be out tomorrow morning, there’s certainly no reason to be out on the road,” Curtis said. Burne said MaineDOT crews started mustering on Tuesday. “We keep an eye on the storm, because this one’s going to be hitting tomorrow morning, we’re having pre-storm meetings,” he said Tuesday afternoon. Plow crews talk about temperatures, the order of shifts and other logistics. “We load up some trucks, just get everything ready to roll first thing in the morning,” Burne said. Some drivers go on storm patrol in the early morning, covering a large area and acting as a “sentry for the storm,” Burne said One person driving foolishly can completely disrupt maintenance of a road just by taking a plow out of its routine, he said. “I think people sometimes get the impression if they find a slippery condition or they find something with a little more snow on it, that’s a problem or somebody is not doing their job,” Burne said, but the nature of the nor’easter beast is for roads to collect snow in between passes. “We’re responsible for pretty much all the major roads in the state,” Burne explained. On the state’s website (http://media.maine.gov/cgibin/vid?id=TNIYuUnStFApwgd), MaineDOT plow driver Paul Cyr is shown in a video clip describing belligerent motorists who create a “no win situation” for plow drivers. “People holler at us, they scream at us, they blow the horn,” he says, noting that plow drivers must go a certain speed, 18 to 22 mph, based on regulations. Burne agreed that patience is key, but he acknowledged that not everyone tries to understand the challenges of plowing. “There’s a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking that goes on. It kind of comes with the territory,” he said. For more information, visit http://www.state. me.us/mdot or http://www.511maine.gov. To monitor parking bans in Portland, visit http://publicworks. portlandmaine.gov/parkingban.asp.
Snow envelopes Congress Street in this scene from the winter of 2009. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO)
Gray knows parking ban pressure BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
It made a great punchline when he announced his impending retirement. “At the end of the day, what will I miss about being city manager?” Portland’s Joe Gray quipped last month. “Truly, it’s not having to decide whether or not to call a snowstorm parking ban.” Well, Mr. Gray, here you are – back in the hot seat. Today’s nor’easter demands that Gray make the call and either declare a parking ban in Gray Portland, effectively creating havoc for thousands of people who rely on on-
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On Flatbush Ave., seven stories chock-full of ideas BY JED LIPINSKI THE NEW YORK TIMES
When Al Attara bought a former bank on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn 32 years ago for under $250,000, he envisioned it as a complex in which artists, architects and furniture designers would work side by side and share ownership of the 45,000-squarefoot space. But Mr. Attara’s plans languished, in part because the bank building was declared part of the Brooklyn Center Urban Renewal Area, meaning that that city could reclaim it at any time. Only now — four years after he learned that the city had no plans to acquire the property — is his vision coming to life. A menagerie of creative entrepreneurs occupies the seven-story building, now known as the Metropolitan Exchange, or MEx, including biotechnologists, ecologically minded architects, organic fashion designers and even miniature-cupcake makers. Most came in search of cheap rent — which runs to around $400 per desk per month — and a place to hatch their start-ups. The open floor plans, communal kitchens and Mr. Attara’s philanthropic nature have made for an unusually symbiotic work environment, tenants say. “Once we get more people,” said Mr. Attara, “I want to rename it the Brooklyn Arts and Design Arena — or BADA. Since we’re in the BAM District, it’ll be BADA-BAM.” The Brooklyn Academy of Music Cultural District encompasses the blocks around Flatbush Avenue, Fulton Street and Hanson Place. At present, the building, at 33 Flatbush Avenue at Livingston Street, is only 50 percent occupied. But the seventh floor offers a glimpse of the future. Here a dozen ecological and technology entrepreneurs work in constant collaboration. Amanda Parkes, a cofounder of a biofuel start-up called Bodega Algae, also designs what she calls “parasitic energy costumes” that capture energy generated by the body in motion. So when a Parisian dance company commissioned costumes for a performance this winter, Ms. Parkes solicited the help of James Patten, an interactive designer, and Jessica Banks, a roboticist, who sit 15 feet away. “I feel like this space contains all the skill sets I would ever need to get anything done,” Ms. Parkes said. “In a competitive work environment like New York City, to find free labor and open advice is incredibly valuable. And comforting, too.” Mitchell Joachim, an ecological architect and one of three TED fellows (for technology, entertainment and design)on the floor, likens the Metropolitan Exchange to a modernday version of Bauhaus, the German design school. “People here have enormous credentials and potential to succeed,” Mr. Joachim said. “Plus the rent is ridiculously cheap.” Mr. Joachim’s nonprofit design collective, Terreform One, promotes green initiatives in cities. Its conceptual projects are on display, including One-Day Tower, a model of a 53-story building built from all the trash pro-
duced by New York City in 24 hours. Mr. Attara, a former ecological designer who also owns three residential buildings on Atlantic Avenue, shares his tenants’ passion for recycling and re-use. “When new people move into the building, I say, ‘Let’s go shopping,’ ” he said. By “shopping” he means rooting through the vast stockpile of reclaimed furniture and semifunctional debris he has collected and stored throughout the building over 32 years. Much of his collection is eccentric. Visitors entering the first-floor lobby will encounter, for example, a fortune-telling weight scale, props from a Randy Newman musical and a pommel horse. “This is my Rosebud,” he announced on a recent visit, unveiling an ornate horse-drawn sleigh from the 1890s. But tenants put many of these objects to use. Paul Sladkus, the founder of Good News Broadcast, outfitted his fourth-floor TV studio with curtains from the Biltmore Hotel and a wooden room divider Mr. Attara rescued from the old Engineers Club at Grand Central Station. MEx’s double life as a castoff furniture warehouse recalls the building’s original incarnation as the B. G. Latimer & Sons Furniture Company. Built in 1917, the building, with its fireproof neoclassical design, was described by The Brooklyn Daily Eagle as “one of the finest commercial structures in Brooklyn.” In 1929, the Corn Exchange Bank took over the first floor, later merging with the Chemical Bank to become the Chemical Corn Exchange Bank. The upper floors held decorating shops and printing presses. Mr. Attara has a photograph of the Brooklyn Dodgers parading past the building after winning the 1955 World Series, rolls of toilet paper flying from the thirdstory window. But when the urban renewal plan was approved in 1970, the building emptied. After Mr. Attara took over in 1978, he rented studio space to “poor starving artists,” he said. A few of those artists have remained. Jason Rogenes, an installation artist who builds hanging sculptures of plastic foam that resemble spacecraft, has kept a drafty studio on the first floor since 2000. On cold nights, instead of walking home, he has occasionally crashed in an insulated air duct, he recalled. The transformation of 33 Flatbush into MEx occurred in 2006, after Mr. Attara ran into a friend from the New York City Economic Development
Corporation who explained that the city did not intend to develop his building. That left Mr. Attara free to go after longer-term tenants. “It is not unusual for urban renewal plans to list properties proposed for acquisition where the properties are never actually acquired,” Eric Bederman, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, wrote in an e-mail. Interboro Partners, an urban design and research firm, became Mr. Attara’s first substantial tenant. Shortly after, the words “Metropolitan Exchange Bank” were affixed to the concrete facade during a film shoot for “Definitely, Maybe,” a romantic comedy starring Ryan Reynolds. Members of Interboro liked the sound of Metropolitan Exchange, and registered the name. Tenants say that MEx follows the principles of a gift economy. Heating and plumbing repairs, for instance, can be exchanged for discounted, or even free, rent. But increasing property values in the area have caused Mr. Attara’s real estate tax to soar (it reached $180,000 in 2008), forcing him to borrow from friends and family. In 2009, he took in only around $120,000 in rent, he said. To make MEx work financially, he said, he intends to install an anchor tenant (“preferably a food emporium, with chefs, farmers and food people”)
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The Greene Baby brand taps into concerns about what we’re putting in our bodies. “We want to give health-conscious parents a different, local, personalized option when it comes to buying organic baby food,” said Ryann Chamberlain. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Baby food idea, of course, grew organically Shop owner April Randolph said Eco-Elegance is based on “an environmentally minded business plan while maintaining quality and elegance in the bridal business.” Here, she displays designer gowns by Michelle Kelly. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
Eco-Elegance LOCATION: 157 Middle St. HOURS: Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends by appointment. CONTACT: 828-4696 (GOWN) or www.ecoeleganceconsignment.com For a year and a half, Eco-Elegance has tried to blunt the high costs of weddings with recycling of bridal gowns and other accessories. The name, “Eco-Elegance,” refers to the shop’s motto: “Weddings recycled; earth friendly; budget friendly.” The shop actually encourages brides-to-be to browse other bridal stores before checking out
the inventory at Eco-Elegance. The idea emerged from personal experience. “From planning my own wedding I got a really good feel for the overall cost of planning a wedding and also how much is left over afterward, so I’m trying to provide a place where brides can still find high-quality items at reasonable prices,” said owner April Randolph. Eco-Elegance, she said, is based on “an environmentally minded business plan while maintaining quality and elegance in the bridal business.” Gowns by a Maine designer, Michelle Kelly, are represented along with gently used and pre-owned but never worn gowns on consignment.
Verizon to sell Apple’s iPhone BY TROY WOLVERTON THE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The iPhone is finally coming to Verizon Wireless. Verizon confirmed the longrumored move on Tuesday, announcing it will begin selling Apple’s iPhone 4, the latest version of the device, Feb. 10. Existing Verizon customers can start pre-ordering the device Feb. 3. The Verizon version of the iPhone has few differences from the one that AT&T began selling last summer. The most notable differences are that it works on Verizon’s network, which is incompatible with AT&T’s wireless technology, and that Verizon iPhone users will be able to use the device as a Wi-Fi hot spot to connect up to five other gadgets to the Internet. The other chief
difference is that, because of a limitation with the technology Verizon uses, users of the Verizon iPhone, unlike users of the AT&T version, won’t be able to talk on the phone and surf the Web at the same time over Verizon’s network. Verizon will be selling the iPhone for $200 for the 16-gigabyte version and $300 for the 32-gigabyte model with a twoyear contract. Those are the same prices that AT&T charges. Unlike AT&T, though, Verizon apparently won’t be carrying the older iPhone 3GS. The carrier declined to say what data plans it will offer to iPhone customers, saying only that it would provide those details “at a later date.” The company did say it plans to charge customers an extra $20 a month to use the hot-spot feature, which
would allow them to transfer up to 2 gigabytes of data. The Verizon version of the iPhone will connect with its older 3G network, not its newer, faster 4G one. Verizon launched its 4G network late last year, and at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it touted some 10 different devices that are going to run on that network. Some analysts are concerned, though, that the 4G antennas will require a lot of power, meaning that the first 4G devices will offer relatively short usage times before their batteries will need to be recharged, which could be why Apple didn’t immediately choose to support the technology. (c) 2011, San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.). Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
Nyki Greene was certainly not raised by old hippies or tree huggers. She grew up on McDonald’s cheeseburgers, quick and processed snacks, and anything but organic, mostly local, freshly made foods. Fast-forward 20 years later and you will find her in the commercial kitchen of a dear friend (alongside business partner Ryann Clark Chamberlain) making custom baby food unlike anything else currently available in the Greater Portland area – and certainly unlike anything she had in her processed ––––– youth. What It’s Greene Baby came about when Nyki’s first and only Like child Layla was born a year ago. Nyki felt the traditional and organic baby food choices available left much to be desired and was unimpressed with the lengthy shelf life, taste and the distance her food traveled. Animated and smiling Nyki says, “The in-a-nutshell version is… I started making all of Layla’s food from the first bite of solids she had. I would get really creative and just put my heart into everything I made her. It was my way of relaxing. I felt a sense of calm and accomplishment when I made her food. So, I naturally wanted to make this a career for myself.” Unlike so many other kitchen dwellers of late who wish to turn green food into greenbacks, Nyki and Ryann are on their way. Working with CSA product from Scarboroughbased Broad Turn Farm and most recently Rosemont Market (until winter is over), all food is prepared then frozen into one-ounce cubes for easy measuring. It is then packaged into BPA-free plastic bags that can easily be reheated in boiling water. The colorful food cubes will stay fresh for up to three months frozen and up to three days thawed. There are no preservatives, fake sugars or pesticides and everything is cooked to retain all nutrients (no highheat processing), and is prepared to whatever texture a baby is able to tolerate. Admittedly, Greene Baby is not exactly priced to beat out the store-bought competition, but offers a
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free delivery service throughout the Greater Portland area, as well as getting to know each mom and baby. The partners just completed their first baby food tasting with samplings of the Winter Menu (which includes foods for older babies too, such as chicken, grapes and couscous, vegan chili with bulgur and chickpeas, and my personal favorite, chicken pot pie medley) They signed up seven out of 10 interested Moms for deliveries to take place this month. To date, all customers have been word-of-mouth and it is the budding business’ intention to keep it that way. Like most new business ventures (and the best intended business plans) it is uncertain when Greene Baby will actually make a true profit as breaking even is the immediate goal until volume can offset expenses. Both partners cook the small batches
and share the delivery road trips which currently extend as far down as Kennebunk. The website is taking more and more hits daily, and people neither partner actually know are “friending” on Facebook. There are no plans to ship out of state or grow bigger than can be managed by the partners (and possibly their spouses) as Nyki takes “local” literally. Plans are already underway to meet with small, privately owned health food stores and possible a restaurant or two. Nyki and Ryann believe promoting the Greene Baby brand and concept is important, and are aware their target audience is a bundle of exhausted, emotional decision makers. Ryann says, “This is an overwhelming time for parents, especially first timers. We want to know all our babies, what they like to eat right now and what their dietary restraints and needs are. We want to give health-conscious parents a dif-
ferent, local, personalized option when it comes to buying organic baby food.” When asked about her childhood eating tendencies and the marketing cycles of store-bought, processed convenience versus “from scratch,” Nyki states, “I do not think eating organic is a fad. I believe people on a large scale are finally realizing how important it is to pay attention to what we are putting in our bodies. I think that green living and organic living are here to stay, and will continue to grow.” In other words, we’ve moved beyond those activist-organic nutrition adapters – or as we know them old hippies and tree huggers. Visit www.greenebaby.com for the Winter Menu information about the next baby food tasting. (Natalie Ladd is a Daily Sun contributor. Her column appears on Wednesday.)
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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Wednesday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2011. There are 353 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by a magnitude-7 earthquake, killing as many as 300,000 residents and leaving over 1.5 million people homeless. On this date: In 1773, the first public museum in America was organized, in Charleston, S.C. In 1915, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected, 204-174, a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote. In 1932, Hattie W. Caraway became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, after serving out the remainder of the term of her late husband, Thaddeus. In 1948, the Supreme Court ruled that state law schools could not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race. In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown Records (originally Tamla Records) in Detroit. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson said in his State of the Union address that the U.S. should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there was ended. In 1971, the groundbreaking situation comedy “All in the Family” premiered on CBS television. In 1986, the shuttle Columbia blasted off with a crew that included the first HispanicAmerican in space, Dr. Franklin R. ChangDiaz. In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court gave police broad authority to stop and question people who run at the sight of an officer. One year ago: U.S. and Mexican authorities announced the capture of alleged drug kingpin Teodoro Garcia Simental, known as “El Teo.” Today’s Birthdays: Actress Luise Rainer (RY’-nuhr) is 101. Country singer Ray Price is 85. Singer Glenn Yarborough is 81. The Amazing Kreskin is 76. Country singer William Lee Golden is 72. Boxing Hall of Famer Joe Frazier is 67. Rock musician Cynthia Robinson is 67. Actor Anthony Andrews is 63. Movie director Wayne Wang is 62. Radio commentator Rush Limbaugh is 60. Actress Kirstie Alley is 60. Radio personality Howard Stern is 57. Rock musician Tom Ardolino (NRBQ) is 54. Writer-producer-director John Lasseter is 54. Broadcast journalist Christiane Amanpour is 53. Rock musician Charlie Gillingham is 51. Actor Oliver Platt is 51. Basketball Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins is 51. Actor Olivier Martinez is 45. Model Vendela is 44. Actress Farrah Forke is 43. Actress Rachael Harris is 43. Rock singer Zack de la Rocha is 41. Singer Dan Haseltine is 38. Rock musician Matt Wong is 38. Singer Melanie Chisholm is 37. Rhythmand-blues singer Amerie is 31. Actress Naya Rivera is 24. Actor Will Rothhaar is 24. Actor Andrew Lawrence is 23.
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Wednesday, Jan. 12 Eggs & Issues on technology 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Portland Regional Chamber features David Shaw, managing partner, Black Point Group, and founder and former CEO of IDEXX, who will discuss how technology is changing industries and the consumer experiece. (Wednesday’s Eggs & Issues will take place regardless of the weather, the chamber announced.) www.portlandregion.com
Author Rushworth Kidder at the library postponed noon to 1 p.m. Rushworth Kidder, author of “Good Kids, Tough Choices,” was scheduled to appear at the Portland Public Library for a brown bag lecture, but the event has been postponed, with a new date TBD. For more information, call the library at 871-1700, ext. 758 or visit Portlandlibrary.com.
Medical Marijuana Information Session 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Medical Marijuana Info Session with Compassionate Caregivers of Maine. “Learn about Maine’s recent changes to the Medical Marijuana Laws and how changes may affect one’s ability to use medicinal marijuana for side effects brought on by cancer treatments. Free; pre-registration required. Phone: 774-2200; Email: info@CancerCommunityCenter.org; Web: www.cancercommunitycenter.org/calendar. Visit 778 Main St. (Rte. 1), South Portland.
ting goals that are rarely fulﬁlled by year-end? Look at lessons and insights from 2010; take stock of the present; establish a solid foundation on which to build your new year. This can be your year!” Free; pre-registration required. Phone: 774-2200; Email: info@CancerCommunityCenter.org; Web: www.cancercommunitycenter.org/calendar. Visit 778 Main St. (Rte. 1), South Portland.
‘Blood Wedding’ 7:30 p.m. “Blood Wedding” by Frederico Garcia Lorca. Directed by Tess Van Horn. “A lively, committed theater ensemble comes together to present Lorca’s Blood Wedding, a classic tragedy that is at turns violent, beautiful, strange, and funny. The play deals with the big desires and grudges that can bloom and fester in small towns. Sound familiar? With Amanda Huotari, Peter Brown, Nicholas Schroeder, Pat Mew, Laura Chakravarty Box, Annie Larmon, Dena Riegel, Michael Dix Thomas, Ian Carlsen, Joe Bearor, Amanda Painter, Deirdre Fulton, Andrew Sawyer, and Claire Guyer.” SPACE Gallery. This production made possible in part by the University of Southern Maine Department of Theater. $10. www.space538. org/events.php
Friday, Jan. 14 ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Old Port Playhouse
7:30 p.m. “The Wizard of Oz,” the sell-out hit musical returns to Old Port Playhouse with Gina Pardi returning as “Dorothy Gale.” “Full of special effects, colorful costumes and all West End Neighborhood your favorite characters, this show sold out before it opened last season. Association meeting Because of the intimate space within 6:30 p.m. The West End Neighborthis 70 seat theater, kids of all ages hood Association governing board, not only see OZ, they experience it! Steff Deschenes, author of the self-help book, “The Ice Cream Theory,” will appear at Bull Moose in Scarborough at 2 the association will be holding its Due to the demand for tickets, OZ will annual meeting to elect a governing p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. (COURTESY PHOTO) play for four weeks beginning Jan. 14. board and the ofﬁces of President, with assistance from University of New England and Casco And to make it affordable for everyVice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. “Chris Hirsch Bay High School students. Volunteers will lead elementary one, the Playhouse has priced all tickets at only $15.” has graciously offered to run the election as he has done school students as they explore the ways in which Dr. King Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m.; Sundays at 2 during our past annual meetings. Anyone interested in a was a role model and the ways in which they themselves p.m. To make a reservation or for more information, call board position can e-mail their willingness to serve to me at can be leaders and critical members of their community. 773-0333 or go to oldportplayhouse.com. email@example.com. Our focus for winter/spring 2011 is Students will learn about Dr. King’s life and explore what to put on another successful WestFest, and continue our ‘Crying at Movies’ aspects of his legacy lead us to describe him as a role work with Wayside, Community Policing and kid’s swim7:30 p.m. Acorn Productions presents the third play in the model. As the week progresses, the students will identify ming.” http://www.wenamaine.org company’s inaugural Studio Series when “Crying at Movies,” a role models in their immediate community and the characnew John Manderino play based on his well-received memoir ‘Is There Fat in That?’ teristics and qualities that they possess that give them the by the same name, premieres in the Acorn Studio Theater. In 7 p.m. “Is There Fat in That?” January 12-23, written and potential to emulate Dr. King. A display of the artwork and the piece, Tony recollects how his experiences watching leadperformed by Ellen Domingos at the St. Lawrence Arts photographic documentation of the project’s activities will ing ladies in movies as he matured affected his relationships Center. “Ever wondered what it is really like to be a super be on display in the project’s classrooms at 4:30 p.m. on with women. The play is as a tour-de-force for two actors, one model? Maine native Ellen Domingos brings her acclaimed Thursday. Parents and friends are invited to attend. Grants of whom serves as narrator and remains on stage the entire one-woman musical show to the Good Theater stage. From from the University of Maine System, Maine Campus Complay, while the other takes on the roles of more than a dozen pageants to premieres, Ellen takes a humorous look at the pact, and the Maine Commission for Community Service women in his life. Acorn’s production is directed by Producing highs and lows of being a ‘cover girl.’ Filled with songs, make this project possible. Director Michael Levine, and features Naked Shakespeare’s stories and genuine warmth, this talented lady, along with ‘Dance Event’ at The Danforth Paul Haley and former Acorn Shakespeare Ensemble her three-piece band, will tickle your funny bone and touch member Kerry Rasor. Featuring references to well-known your heart. See it now before it’s Gotham debut!” Tickets: featuring Arthur Fink photography movies such as “La Dolce Vita,” “Close Encounters of the Wed. 7 p.m. ($15), Thurs. and Fri. 7:30 p.m. ($20), Sat. Mat 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Arthur Fink is holding an unusual kind of Third Kinds,” and “The Graduate,” the play serves up a 3 p.m. ($20), Sat 7:30pm ($25), Sun. 2 p.m. ($25). For tickartist’s reception for the exhibition of his dance photografeast of memories for movie fans through a series of comic ets please visit the Good Theater website at www.goodthephy now hanging at The Danforth in Portland. He’s created scenes featuring romantic mishaps. “Crying at Movies” perater.com or call their box ofﬁce at 207-885-5883 a “Dance Event,” featuring dancer Karen Montanaro sharforms Jan. 14 through 30, with shows Friday and Saturday ing her own improvisational works. Montanaro is an awardnight at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10, winning choreographer, who has danced with the Ohio Thursday, Jan. 13 $8 for students and seniors, and may be purchased online Ballet and the Darmstadt Opera Ballet in Germany, and at www.acorn-productions.org or by calling 854-0065. danced principal roles with the Portland Ballet Company. ‘ObamaCare: How Maine Can Fight Back’ She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship Award noon to 1:30 p.m. Presented by Christie Herrera, director, and a Good Idea Grant from the Maine Arts Commission. Saturday, Jan. 15 Health and Human Services Task Force, American LegisThe Danforth is located at 163 Danforth St. in Portland, lative Exchange Council (ALEC). DiMillo’s Floating RestauMaine (enter on Winter Street), and will be open daily for Trash and recycling collected rant, 26 Long Wharf, Portland. For more information, please visitors from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The show will be up through 6:30 a.m. The Department of Public Services Solid Waste contact Amanda Clark, the Maine Heritage Policy Center, the month of January. Studio/Gallery in Portland, and also crews will not collect trash or recycling on Martin Luther at 321-2550 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also same time on on Peaks Island; www.arthurﬁnkphoto.com or af@arthurfKing Jr. Day, Jan. 17, the city reminds residents. Those resiWednesday, Jan. 12 at Sea Dog Brewing Company Baninkphoto.com; 615-5722 dents who normally receive collection services on Monday quet Center, 26 Front St. Bangor. Scarborough Community Chamber will have their trash and recycling collected this Saturday, The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Scarborough Community Chamber BusiJan. 15. All items should be out by 6:30 a.m. to ensure col4:30 p.m. The University of Southern Maine and Southern ness After Hours. Thursday, January 13, 2011 Business lection. If residents have further questions about their trash/ Maine Community College, in collaboration with LearningAfter 5, Ameriprise Financial Services, 707 Sable Oaks recycling collection, they can contact the Recycling Hotline Works, will facilitate a four-day project in the after-school Drive, South Portland. www.scarboroughcommunitychamat 756-8189. The Riverside Recycling Facility will be closed programs at Reiche and East End Community Schools that ber.com or www.portlandregion.com on MLK Day as well, and will resume normal business hours will bring into focus the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on Tuesday, Jan. 18, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Not Just Another Year! with Pat Grosser Jr. as a role model. This project will include four enrichsee next page 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. “Tired of creating resolutions and setment activities lead by students from USM and SMCC,
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Fore River Sanctuary walk 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Portland Trails is excited to announce a 2011 Winter Walk series. This free series, made possible by a grant from Healthy Portland, is for adults and families with children who are making an effort to get more exercise, but are stymied when it comes to winter recreation. Participants are reminded to wear warm clothing, hats and gloves and bring snowshoes if there is adequate snow on the ground. Portland Trails has snow shoes available (free for members, $5/non-members) which can be reserved ahead of time. Please register for any walk by emailing info@trails. org or calling 775-2411. For more information or to check cancellations due to the weather go to www.trails.org. Trail Foreman Charlie Baldwin will lead a walk through the Fore River Sanctuary. Expect birds, hills, a bridge over the marsh, a beautiful waterfall and historic kiosks explaining the C&O Canal. Meet at the Udder Place, 428 Brighton Ave.
Laughter Training for Professionals 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Laughter Training for Professionals. Become a Laughter Professional with Katie West. $295 for Saturday and Sunday. Sadhana, the Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland. FMI: www.SadhanaMe.com.
Draw-a-Thon III to Bring Our War $$ Home 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Draw-a-Thon III to Bring Our War $$ Home. Held in conjunction with Robert Shetterly’s exhibit, “Americans Who Tell the Truth: A Collection of Portraits & Quotes. Paintings by Robert Shetterly,” CODEPINK Maine and The Union of Maine Visual. “Artists are co-sponsoring this opportunity for artists to work with images created at previous Draw-a-Thons, to help the public connect the dots between war spending and budget cuts at home.” Portland Public Library, Monument Square.
Portland Conservatory of Music open house 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open house, instrument demos, classical, rock, jazz. Try out an instrument or have a mini lesson. Door prizes, free popcorn. Portland Conservatory of Music, 202 Woodfords St., (Woodfords Church) 10 to 1. Free. Five percent off new student tuition. 775-3356 or 318-7465.
Using the Circle Symbol for Art and Healing 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Using the Circle Symbol for Art and Healing with Suzanne Liller & Brady Nickerson. “Circles give us an experience of wholeness amid the chaos of every day life, making the ‘sacred circle,’ one of the very coolest art therapy interventions for both soothing the soul and meeting oneself. Join us for this two-hour art immersion experience; no formal art training/skills are required. Free; pre-registration required. Phone: 774-2200; Email: info@CancerCommunityCenter.org; Web: www.cancercommunitycenter.org/ calendar. Visit 778 Main St. (Rte 1), South Portland.
Ice Seal Response Training Workshop 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. College of the Atlantic’s marine mammal research center, Allied Whale, is also the authorized group for handling rescues and recoveries of marine mammals from Rockland to the Canadian border. To cover this area for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northeast Region Marine Mammal Stranding Network, the college relies on numerous trained volunteers. Allied Whale will be hosting its annual Ice Seal Response Training Workshop in the college’s McCormick Lecture Hall. At the training, volunteers will learn how to conduct marine mammal assessments, how to relay that information to the veterinarian, and how to aid in the collection and transport of the animals to a rehabilitation facility. Rosemary Seton, Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator, 288-5644, 801-5682, or email@example.com.
Church of All God’s Children potluck supper 5 p.m. The Church of All God���s Children will host a potluck supper at the Washington Gardens Community Hall on 66 Churchill St. Cost is $4.
‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Old Port Playhouse 2 p.m. “The Wizard of Oz,” the sell-out hit musical returns to Old Port Playhouse with Gina Pardi returning as “Dorothy Gale.” “Full of special effects, colorful costumes and all your favorite characters, this show sold out before it opened last season. Because of the intimate space within this 70 seat theater, kids of all ages not only see OZ, they experience it! Due to the demand for tickets, OZ will play for four weeks beginning Jan. 14. And to make it affordable for everyone, the Playhouse has priced all tickets at only $15.” Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. To make a reservation or for more information, call 773-0333 or go to oldportplayhouse.com.
Self-help author Steff Deschenes at the Scarborough Bull Moose store 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Self-help author Steff Deschenes will visit the Bull Moose Scarborough store, 456 Payne Road, for a book signing. Deschenes examines life through a humorous review of the parallels between human personalities and ice cream ﬂavors in her newest book, The
Ice Cream Theory. The book brings together anecdotes from Deschenes’ own adventures with broader-reaching social commentary to help others recognize the wisdom and joy inherent in a beloved dessert. Deschenes, suffering from a broken heart, realized that people’s likes and dislikes change. Ice cream, with its many ﬂavors and combinations, can be compared to the individual personalities of people. Deschenes’ tongue-in-cheek Theory was called “Charming and humorous, The Ice Cream Theory is an intriguing and highly recommended read that shouldn’t be missed,” by the Midwest Book Review and earned several Readers Favorite awards in the SelfHelp category. Deschenes is from Lewiston.
Jr. as “the greatest teacher of nonviolence in America” — offer keynote addresses during Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances at Lewiston’s Bates College on Monday, Jan. 17. The college’s theme for its 2011 King Day programming is “Get Up, Stand Up: The Fierce Urgency of Now.” The speakers are the Rev. James Lawson, a deﬁnitive ﬁgure in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ‘60s, and Asher Kolieboi, co-director of an organization that works against campus violence toward members of the lesbiangay-bisexual-transgender community. All MLK Day events at Bates are open to the public at no cost. For more information, please call 786-6400 or visit the college website at www.bates.edu.
‘The Juke Box Boys’
Debbie and Friends at One Longfellow
7 p.m. “The Juke Box Boys,” Tribute to Do-Wop; $39.95 p/p ﬁve-course dinner, beer and wine available. Free parking. January 15, 22 and 29 at Anthony’s Dinner Theater, 151 Middle St., Portland. Call for reservations. 221-2267.
11 a.m. Debbie and Friends at One Longfellow Square. These concerts are fun for the whole family. Parents and kids join in this interactive “variety show,” which includes a diverse array of styles including rock, pop, country, reggae, and Broadway-esque tunes. You’ll become the Big Bad Wolf and blow the house down, ﬁx Rosie’s wrong rhymes, test your skills with the Simon Sez Song, and share a special moment with your loved ones singing “Love Is a Family.” $8 adv/$10 door, Kids 2 and under get in free! www.debbieandfriends.net
Sunday, Jan. 16 Great Northeast Radio Rally 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Blunt Youth Radio Project announced the ﬁrst-ever Great Northeast Radio Rally to be held at University of Southern Maine. The Rally invites audio producers (and aspiring producers) of all ages and stripes to mingle and talk shop while getting new ideas and inspiration for their craft. The Rally will feature workshops on a variety of audio-related topics, including oral history, telling stories through sound, covering elections for radio, pitching stories to NPR, and creating compelling multimedia. Rally workshop presenter Colin Kelley, a former Blunt member and current Digital Media Specialist at Bates College says, “We’re deluged with this idea that media-making is something that everyone can do. Buzz-words people in my ﬁeld use include: citizen journalist, digital native, multimedia storyteller. Yet, access and training to the tools is limited. Small, radio-centric conferences like the Radio Rally open up the idea that radio really is for everyone.” The Rally runs 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Wishcamper Center on the campus of the University of Southern Maine, and concludes in the evening with what may be the world’s ﬁrst Audio Slam, a friendly but serious competition at Space Gallery in downtown Portland. The Slam starts at 7 p.m., and it is free and open to all ages. The Audio Slam is similar to a poetry slam with a few twists: Audio producers enter 4 minutes of produced audio, and these entries are played and judged live at the Slam in a series of one-minute rounds. The winning prize is $500. Also, all entries will air on Blunt, the weekly show of Blunt Youth Radio on WMPG, Greater Portland Community Radio. Entries are being accepted until Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. More information, competition guidelines, and registration details for the Great Northeast Radio Rally may be found at bluntradio.org. This event is funded through the Maine Arts Commission.
‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Old Port Playhouse 2 p.m. “The Wizard of Oz,” the sell-out hit musical returns to Old Port Playhouse with Gina Pardi returning as “Dorothy Gale.” “Full of special effects, colorful costumes and all your favorite characters, this show sold out before it opened last season. Because of the intimate space within this 70 seat theater, kids of all ages not only see OZ, they experience it! Due to the demand for tickets, OZ will play for four weeks beginning Jan. 14. And to make it affordable for everyone, the Playhouse has priced all tickets at only $15.” Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. To make a reservation or for more information, call 773-0333 or go to oldportplayhouse.com.
30th Annual MLK Celebration Dinner 6 p.m. From Civil Rights To Human Rights: Martin Luther King Jr., and the Demand for Economic Justice. Reception: 5 p.m.; dinner: 6 p.m. Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. “In order to acknowledge our historic milestone of 30 years, the traditional breakfast program will take place as a dinner on the night before the King Holiday allowing for the holiday to be utilized for a community conversation on poverty, a March for Justice, and family activities aimed at developing healthy minds, bodies and souls. The dinner includes a keynote address, recognition of exceptional community leadership, and an interactive dinner exercise to glean speciﬁc ways in which we can take action in the ﬁght against poverty. Two high school senior students will serve as MC’s of the program in order to encourage youth participation and leadership in the human rights movement.” www.portlandmlk.net/
Monday, Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances at Bates 9:30 a.m. Two generations of prominent social activists — one of them described by the Rev. Martin Luther King
MLK March for Justice 2 p.m. Preble Street Resource Center to Portland City Hall. An open community conversation will be held at Preble Street Resource Center beginning at 1 p.m. “Following the community conversation from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., marchers will walk from Preble Street Resource Center to the steps of city hall to give voice to our commitment and solidarity in addressing poverty in our community. A large copy of MLK’s Bill of Economic Rights and proposed Community Compact for Justice will be displayed. Key business leaders, antipoverty leaders, tribal representatives and human rights advocates will brieﬂy speak.” www.portlandmlk.net
‘Sudanese in Maine and Beyond’ 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hour Exchange Portland, The Southern Sudanese Communities, and Fur Cultural Revival (part of The Darfur Community Center of Maine), “From My Eyes: Sudanese in Maine and Beyond” at CTN/Hour Exchange Portland Ofﬁce, 516 Congress St., Portland. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Hour Exchange Portland, The Southern Sudanese Communities, and Fur Cultural Revival (part of The Darfur Community Center of Maine) present “From My Eyes: Sudanese in Maine and Beyond,” an evening of multicultural education featuring speakers from Darfur and Southern Sudan at the CTN/Hour Exchange ofﬁces at 516 Congress St. Speakers will share stories from their experiences migrating to the United States, and information about the current political climate in Sudan. Following the presentations, the audience is encouraged to engage in a Question and Answer session with the speakers. This event is open to the public, and international refreshments will be provided. Donations are requested to support local organizations such as Fur Cultural Revival. For further information, please contact Sarah Davis at 207-653-1750 or at sdavis@ ccmaine.org, or El-Fadel Arbab at 207-221-5197 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tuesday, Jan. 18 Succession Planning for Businesses 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Peter Plumb, co-founder and senior director of Murray, Plumb & Murray, will host a free seminar, “Succession Planning for Businesses and Family Real Estate” at the ﬁrm’s ofﬁce at 75 Pearl St. in Portland. This seminar will lead attendees through the often confusing and difﬁcult questions of succession planning for businesses and family real estate. Owners of small businesses nearing retirement frequently struggle with decisions about whether to sell their business and on what terms. Families that own property together face difﬁcult questions of how to use, maintain, govern and ultimately transfer ownership. This presentation will provide attendees with principles that will guide them through this process and increase the chances of a favorable outcome. The seminar is free but registration is required. To reserve a seat, contact Kathy Willette at 523-8243 or at email@example.com. Refreshments will be provided.
Supplements in Integrative Cancer Care 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nutritional & Herbal Supplements in Integrative Cancer Care with Colleen Tetzlaff. “Integrative cancer care and the role of nutritional supplements, including immunonutrition and herbal medicine, which can extend the quantity and quality of life for cancer patients. A personalized, systemic and targeted approach to treating the patient.” Free; pre-registration required. Phone: 774-2200; Email: info@CancerCommunityCenter.org; Web: www.cancercommunitycenter.org/calendar. Visit 778 Main St. (Rte 1), South Portland.
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Will Auburn’s B.C.S. football title stick? BY PETE THAMEL
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady hands the ball off to Sammy Morris in the ﬁrst half against the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots defeated the Dolphins, 38-7, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, Sunday, Jan. 2. Rex Ryan and the New York Jets haven’t been hiding their opinions on this Sunday’s divisional round playoff game against the Patriots. The Pats, for their part, are being workmanlike, according to the team website. Patriots safety Jarrod Page said, “It’s going to be like a normal game. We’ve got an opponent now. We can go back and break down the ﬁlm that we watched from these guys and what they put out there on tape — study what they did last week and go through that normal process.” Sunday’s game is at 4:30 p.m. and will air on CBS. (Jim Rassol/ Sun Sentinel/MCT)
THE NEW YORK TIMES
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Running from the field to the locker room after Auburn’s 22-19 victory in the Bowl Championship Series title game on Monday night, Auburn center Ryan Pugh raised his arms and screamed to no one in particular, “They can’t take that away from us!” Later, by his locker, Pugh elaborated on his impromptu celebration. “Winning on the field,” he said. “You might not always be the media favorite or the favorites of the game. People might want to hate you for this or that, but at no point can they ever argue that there was a better team than us this year.” But amid the crisp white celebratory T-shirts and sweaty hugs, an elephant still loomed in the winning locker room on Monday night. As players picked confetti from their hair, they ducked questions about whether they were worried about Auburn’s national championship holding up under N.C.A.A. scrutiny of quarter-
Ready for the Jets?
back Cam Newton’s recruitment. “I’m not even going to answer those questions right now,” Pugh said. But Auburn cannot lock the crystal championship trophy in a case until the N.C.A.A. finishes the Newton investigation. The N.C.A.A. enforcement staff has been looking into Newton’s recruitment for at least four months. If it finds that he or his family committed violations, he could be ruled ineligible retroactively and Auburn could be forced to vacate its season. In the aftermath of the N.C.A.A. ruling that Reggie Bush and his family received improper benefits from Southern California, the Trojans are expected to lose their 2004 title, though the university is appealing the decision. When asked if there was any concern within the Auburn program that the title would be vacated because of the investigation, the Tigers’ defensive coordinator, Ted Roof, did not comment.
BCS executive director defends the current bowl system BY BLAIR KERKHOFF THE KANSAS CITY STAR
GLENDALE, Ariz. — No, no, no, a thousand times no to a college football playoffs. Well, maybe not that definitive, but BCS executive director Bill Hancock is pretty sure any alteration to college football’s championship structure won’t happen soon. “The fact is there isn’t a groundswell from the presidents and conference commissioners for any kind of change, or at least any kind of seismic change,” Hancock said Monday on the morning of the Auburn-Oregon national title game. The BCS is in the first of a four-year contract with ESPN, and conference commissioners are expected to meet in 2012 to discuss possible changes to college football’s structure beyond 2014. But Hancock reinforced the idea suggested by some commissioners such as the Big Ten’s Jim Delany and Big 12’s Dan Beebe last month that college football would be more likely to return to its pre-BCS days, where the postseason lineup was the exclusive domain of bowl presidents, than an NFL-style playoff system. Such a structure is “not even in the spectrum,” Hancock said. The message has been consistent with everything Hancock, who runs the BCS from his Kansas City-area home, has said about the structure. On Monday, his message included a knuckle-rapping of critics, whose language Hancock says has soured the bowl vs. playoff discussion.
“I do have to say I’m disappointed by the childish rhetoric that comes from some quarters,” Hancock said. “Words like cartel, criminal, corruption, commies, all the C words. They’re absolutely silly and childish. “At its heart, the BCS is a group of schools collaboratively doing what is in the best interest of their students. And for the game.” Hancock didn’t identify the source, but a book, “Death to the BCS” written by three Yahoo! Sports reporters and published in the fall, delivered some of the most pointed criticism of the BCS. Authors Dan Wetzel, Josh Peter and Jeff Passan, a former Kansas City Star reporter, often call the system a cartel. Hancock defended a BCS system that is clearly imperfect_Stanford played in south Florida and Connecticut traveled to Glendale, Ariz., because of inflexibility in bowl-selection rules. But he correctly pointed out that the BCS has delivered on its intent of bringing together the nation’s top two teams. Before the BCS, the two top-ranked teams in The Associated Press poll played in a bowl game eight times in 58 years. The Auburn-Oregon game brings together the top two teams in the BCS standings for the 13th straight year, and 10th time since 1998 in the AP rankings. “You cannot ignore that,” Hancock said. Still, the system is not without its embarrassments. An error in the final rankings this season of one of the six computer polls used to create the BCS standings was discovered by numbers cruncher Jerry Palm. The mistake
actually flipped teams that finished 10th and 11th in the final standings. No word on how the problem will be fixed, but transparency apparently isn’t on the table. Like Coca-Cola’s syrup, the computer gurus won’t make their formula public, and Hancock said the BCS won’t force the issue. The glitch hardened the resolve of
those who detest the BCS, and Hancock says he welcomes all dissenting opinions. He simply prefers his discourse civil. “I try not to get defensive about this,” he said. (c) 2011, The Kansas City Star. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
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