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Sharon Sears hugs her mom, Rita Starbuck, of Bangor. Starbuck is 86 and is the matriarch of a family that includes 15 children and almost 100 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

MOTHER OF 15 NURTURED, MAINTAINS FAMILY TIES him a hug and then she gave him what-for. “Let’s just say I’m still hoeing the garden” as punishment for that episode, said Starbuck, who is now 55. Lori Reo, Rita’s 15th child, remembers her mother standing at the kitchen stove and turning out batch after batch of french fries or pancakes, too busy cooking to eat. Want a compelling story for Mother’s Day? The


BANGOR — Sharon Sears, Rita Starbuck’s second child, remembers the fall that her mother canned 200 quarts of peaches, and that still didn’t last the winter in their large household. Bill Starbuck, Rita’s sixth child, remembers the time he ran away from home and his mother tracked him down after two days. She first gave


Mother’s Day Tributes Turn to Page A4, or read more at Ann Deering Johnson, of Richland, left, learned from her mother, Alida A. Deering, to “always stand up for myself, especially to men. To let the housework wait, and take my children to the beach. To play in nature, sing and dance and go on picnics. To comfort a crying child, feed a hungry dog and shelter an abandoned kitty.” The Gazette collected testimonials about the good advice of mothers from around Michigan.

PORTAGE — Days before the Portage school district board members held their first public discussion on superintendent applicants, trustees had identified their “preferred candidate,” discussed contract details and given him and his family a tour of Portage neighborhoods in anticipation of their move here, according to emails obtained by Kalamazoo Gazette. The emails also show board President Bo Snyder rejected advice from a search consultant to make the board’s deliberations more public. In addition, the emails reveal that the candidate, Brighton schools Superintendent Greg Gray, only was interested in the Portage job if he was the sole finalist and didn’t have to compete with other candidates. Gazette examined 250 pages of emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The Gazette requested all the emails to and from trustees regarding the superintendent search, which started in February. The board held its first public meeting on the 24 applicants for superintendent on April 15. After a 90-minute discussion, board members voted to make Gray the sole finalist. But the emails show that

days before that meeting, board members already were settling on Gray. In an April 12 email to his fellow board members, trustee Tom Eddy, who chairs the search committee, wrote of Gray: “He and his family will be in Portage tomorrow looking at neighborhoods to live in. I plan on meeting them and sharing some of the neighborhoods that may be of interest to them.” When the board announced Gray as its sole finalist three days later, members of the public immediately criticized the decision to have only one finalist and questioned whether the board had violated the Open Meetings Act. A week later, Gray withdrew his candidacy, saying his family wanted to stay in Brighton. The board has reopened the superintendent search and is taking applications through the end of May. Under the Open Meetings Act, deliberations and decisions by public boards about which candidates to interview and who to hire must be made in public, and private interviews of candidates or potential candidates by board members are not allowed. Snyder, the designated spokesman for the board, declined to comment for this story and referred all questions to acting Superintendent Rob Olsen. SEE DECISION, A10


Look for residential growth on fringes of central city KALAMAZOO — Encouraging more residential development has long been a key part of Downtown Kalamazoo Inc.’s strategy to grow the downtown and its economy. It was identified in DKI’s 2009 Comprehensive Plan as a priority “to accomplish what we call the promise of downtown,” said Rob Peterson, business recruitment and retention director for Downtown Kalamazoo Inc. “That (the promise) is to be the center for educational, cultural and economic success for all.”

“It is a make it or break it proposition,” Kip Plew said of business survival and people living downtown. CONNECT “It’s a ‘making’ force not § To read other only because stories in this series, go to of the support they give n e s s e s , b u t livingdowntown because of the atmosphere and the diversity they give the area,” said Plew, owner of Irving’s Market & Deli, located in the Kalamazoo City Centre at 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall. “I knew going into this project that without the residential

Growth in properties and value

The value of properties classified as residential in the city’s Downtown Development District rose $5 million in assessed value and $4.6 million in taxable value from 2003 to 2013. The number of residential parcels grew from 68 in 2003, with a total state-equalized value of $2.8 million and a taxable value of $2.5 million, to 109 parcels in 2013, with a state-
























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it would not work,” said Plew, who opened in 2005, about a year and a half before the Meyer C. Weiner Co. finished building 22 condominium apartments on the upper levels of the Kalamazoo City Centre. Having those in place has helped him and other downtown retailers. P l e w s a i d d ow n t ow n Kalamazoo is different than South Westnedge Avenue or other retail areas in the area because it has a community atmosphere. College students and business people buy milk and coffee before work starts, and they are downtown after work at restaurants and other businesses.



THE SERIES Gazette is taking a look at downtown living in Kalamazoo. This is the final installment in the series.


A look at the future of residential living in downtown Kalamazoo. How livable is downtown? Where do you shop, where do you park? How’s the noise? A7 Spotlight on Martha Aills and her residence in the Arcadia Condominiums, which is for sale. A8

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and happiness came from her marriage. The kids say they never saw their parents argue, and one of the tragedies of Rita’s life was when Harold died of a heart attack at age 59 in 1986. Another tragedy was the death of Rita and Harold’s son, Denny, who was 13 when he drowned in 1966 while he on a religious retreat in Indiana. After both deaths, the children say, Rita took solace in her Catholic faith, which also formed the basis of her strong political views. A former president of Van Buren County Right to Life, Rita continues to research candidates and “strongly suggest” to her children how they should vote. In recent years, poor health has meant that Rita needs around-the-clock care. She lives with Mary, and other siblings pitch in when Mary is at her teaching job in Paw Paw. But Rita remains a powerful force in the family. Everybody is expected to show up at Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. “If you’re not dead, you better be here,” said Betty Huffman, Rita’s third child, who lives next door to her mother. Rita continues to host an annual Easter egg hunt for the younger family members, which ends with Rita throwing out handfuls of candy to the crowd. And despite the fact that she is a wheelchair user, Rita still gets around, especially to school events for see grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Recently, when her grandson Austin talked to her about his new Harley-Davidson motorcycle, Rita demanded a ride. “We literally strapped her on there, and he drove her to the beach at South Haven,” Mary Starbuck said. “She had a blast.” Mary said the family is honored to spoil and fuss over Rita now that she needs them as much as they need her. “She created the village,” Mary Starbuck said, “and now the village is taking care of her.”

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romance was put on hold when Harold entered the Navy within days of graduating high school. Rita got her diploma and went to work as a waitress. They married in 1947 at Bangor’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church. “He was everything I wanted,” Rita said. They were both 20 years old. Harold, who was working as a mechanic, bought 40 acres from his sister and started to build the couple a new house. He handdug a basement, and they lived there as he built the main level — a small three-bedroom, onebathroom bungalow. Rita came from a big family — she was the seventh of eight children — and she wanted that for her life with Harold. She got her wish. Between 1948 and 1970, Rita had 15 children, nine girls and six boys: Jim, Sharon, Betty, Denny, Rich, Bill, Sue, Kathy, Sandy, John, Steven, Mary, twins Joanie and Janet, and Lori. The small house was overcrowded — boys in one bedroom, girls in another — until the house was expanded in the 1960s. Money was tight. Milk was half powdered milk and half regular milk. No child got a whole can of soda pop; the weekly treat was splitting a can with a sibling. The Starbucks had a huge garden, to save on grocery bills, and local farmers would often let the family go through their fields at the end of the season and gather the leftovers. Rita ran a tight ship, her children said. Their clothes were always clean, and there was a filling dinner on the table — with dessert — every night. She also enforced a strict moral code. “You don’t lie, you don’t steal and you stick together,” Mary Starbuck said. “She always stuck up for us,” Reo said. “But the minute she found out you were lying, you were on your own.” Rita had a playful side, too. Her children still laugh about the April Fool’s Day when she put a raw egg instead of the usual hard-boiled egg in her husband’s lunch. No doubt, part of Rita’s joy

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Starbuck children point to their mother, the head of an extended family that numbers almost 150. If we want to think of motherhood as one of society’s most important careers, then Rita Starbuck has had an exceptionally successful run. Her 15 children, 14 of whom are still alive, all “turned out,” as they say. Their ranks include a college professor, a fourth-grade teacher, a nurse and a number of small-business owners, almost all of whom live in Southwest Michigan. There are 48 grandchildren in the next generation, 45 greatgrandchildren and three greatgreat-grandchildren. And that’s not counting spouses and stepchildren who are part of the extended family. At the center is Rita, now an 86-year-old widow enfeebled by Parkinson’s disease and a stroke she suffered in 2009. Yet she remains very much the matriarch and the enforcer of oldfashioned values, including the importance of family and faith, thrift and hard work, love and patience. Perhaps most importantly, her children say, Rita epitomizes the ability to find great joy in life, a mother who always was able to look on the bright side and create a household filled with laughter. Her life hasn’t been easy, they say, but it’s been rich and fulfilling and happy. “She taught us that it doesn’t matter how much money you make, because there’s always love,” said Sears, now a 63-yearold Stevensville resident. “I don’t remember anything bad about my childhood,” said Bill Starbuck, who lives in Paw Paw. The family’s story begins, really, at Bangor High School during World War II. Rita Waldschmidt was a pretty student with honey blond hair and an engaging smile. Harold Starbuck was a teenager who loved to joke and tease — “I think April 1 was a holiday for him,” Reo said — and he particularly liked teasing Rita. They fell in love, but the

Rita Starbuck, center, is surrounded by some of her children including, clockwise from left, Lori Rio, Sharon Sears, William Starbuck, Betty Hoffman, Joanie Starbuck and Mary Starbuck.


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JONES COLUMNIST Anita. (Anita can be a bit too trusting.) Another test: I know I can call you and ask your advice on anything and get answers in real English – sensible English, without BS. The same goes for Donna, Jennifer and (all of the time) Anita. I don’t know if most siblings can say that about one another. Or maybe it’s just that distance keeps us from wanting to kill each other as often as people who live close to their siblings. In any event, that is a testament to Mom. Lest you get too melancholy, here’s a strong memory I have: Mom making you and Jen eat cigarettes. That ought to take the romantic haze off a couple of your recollections. Another: The time you told mom off. You were only about 9-years-old and got mad. You told mom you hated her. We were stunned. She gave you a few minutes to pack your stuff and told you to leave. She said you shouldn’t live in a house where you hated someone, and since it was her house, you had to go. You walked down the block and sat like a hobo across from the Berry’s house with the little bag you packed. We were honestly scared for you as the sun started to set. You had to be wondering what were you thinking? I’m not sure how you talked your way back into the house. I think Donna and Anita intervened on your behalf. In retrospect, I realize how much strength it would take to teach your young child a lesson by kicking her out of the house. And then hold the line until that child comes begging her way back in. A lot of mothers would not have been able to hold the line. But through that experience and many others — Moms are always teaching — I think you know you were loved. And that’s a testament to Mom. Love, Your brother.

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y baby sister emailed me a couple of weeks ago from her home in North Carolina. Hi, Allen, As you can see, I kept your article about Mom. I don’t know why on this particular day at this particular time I decided to open it. I was not feeling melancholy or sad in any way. I guess I wanted to see Mom’s pictures. The one in the kitchen on Opal Street brings back memories of our youth and of a young, vibrant woman. The wedding picture reminds me of how beautiful she was. Reading your article again caused a few tears to flow. Raising five children alone, insisting we have the best education possible, and instilling in us a “can do” attitude and a spirit of independence, has taken us far. I completed my master’s degree (on March 3) and am graduating with honors. My accomplishment is the result of the foundation of academic achievement she placed in all of us. While I have tried to honor her in life, I am sure I have fallen short on more than one occasion (especially in my youth). Thinking back on how she molded and shaped our lives in ways not truly appreciated until adulthood -- when the tutelage is applied during the course of life’s journey and there is more time for reflection. I am amazed. I had the strongest memory of a time when Mom and I were on the train heading downtown during the summer before I started college. Mom said, unexpectedly, “When I’m gone will you guys (the five of you) be close?” She went on to say that she didn’t think we were close. I said, in my self-righteous indignation, “What do you mean? We are close!” Mom looked straight ahead (we were sitting side by side) and said nothing. But I could see a small frown indicating that she had her doubts. I never shared that story until now. Why now? Not sure. Perhaps the rain, my working from home today in peaceful solitude and your article are to blame. On the other hand, perhaps God, who calls all things into remembrance, brought me to this place. Whatever the reason, I thought about what Mom said all those years ago and brought it to present day. I think her kids are as close as distance will allow. Can we do better? Sure. However, at the core, we honor, love and respect each other. Today’s technology makes it easier to stay in touch in ways not thought of years ago. I hope Mom is pleased. Love ya, Judy Dear Judy: I know I have been out on the western fringe for many years and have been no real help to anyone, but I feel closer to all of you than most people feel about their siblings. A test: If you say you like someone, I know I will like them. If you point to someone and say he or she is alright, I trust your judgment. If you get along with them, I know I will. The same goes for Donna, Jennifer and (most of the time)




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“One of the greatest things my mother taught me to do, n honor of Mother’s Day at a very young age, was to 2013, we asked readers to write thank-you notes to share with us the lessons people who had given me we’ve learned from mom. gifts,” recalled Dana Howell, The question we asked: of Brooklyn, about her moth“What is the greatest lesson er, Irene Erwin, of Blackman Township. “This simple act your mother taught you?” And we heard from readers of acknowledgement and apall across the state. Here are preciation continues to be some of the responses: important in my life both COURTESY PHOTO personally and in business. I Connie McDougall, center, advised her daughters, remain grateful to my mother including Janet Taylor, of Saginaw, not to worry. Jump in the fight “Patricia Ann (Jones) for having instilled in me this Houseman passed away good habit of kindness.” she went back to school and March 8, 2012, fittingly on was able to test high enough International Womens Day,” Keep laughing to enter 10th grade. Despite wrote daughter Rachel Gina Dick says her mom, people telling her she was too Houseman, of M a r g e r y old to learn and it didn’t make Portage. PatriWe l c h , a sense because she was close cia Houseman m o t h e r o f to the age of retirement, she was 71, “Even t h r e e a n d completed every class with while having grandmother A’s and B’s and earned her three kids of seven from high school diploma in 1976. and a husG ra n dv i l l e, At 98, she still wears her class band by 22, t a u g h t h e r ring proudly.” she worked three simple nights as a practices that Strong words, strong woman have served “The greatest lesson that waitress and her wel1: “1. my mother ever taught me earned her bachelor’s deL o v e G o d , was to ‘shut up and adjust,’ gree and then eve n wh e n wrote Andrea Sutton of her her master’s. life doesn’t mother, Barbara Sutton, of By the time make sense. 2. Fenton. “And to ‘build a bridge Love others, and get over it!’ Sounded the late ’60s COURTESY PHOTO eve n wh e n terse growing up, but I know rolled around, COURTESY PHOTO she became it is hard to what it means now that I am Barbara Sutton, of Fenton, part of the Margery Welch, of do. 3. Laugh older and wiser. We formed didn’t mince words in the at your own our own Strong Woman Club life lessons she passed second wave Grandville, gave daughter of feminism Gina Dick three memorable jokes, even if when my father died and six along to daughter Andrea and did more tips for living. no one else weeks later my ex-husband Sutton. than her fair gets them.” filed for divorce. Sage advice share of advothat usually never happen.” from a strong woman.” cating for equal opportunities Goals are within reach and education for girls and Paula Tillman-Butler, of ‘Don’t borrow trouble’ Stand behind beliefs women. “The one thing I rememMuskegon, got a powerful “Before my mother passed “She fought for changes message from her moth- ber my mother saying is ‘don’t away, she taught me to be at the state and local level, er, Bertha Tillman-Dover: borrow trouble,’ said Janet unapologetic about who I where in schoolbooks, men “Never let anybody tell me Taylor, of Saginaw, about her was, what I felt and what I were men and women were that I didn’t have the ability mother, Connie McDougall. believed in,” wrote Annie girls. She fought for teachers to accomplish any goal I set “Whenever we might get a Fortunato, of Ypsilanti, about and their right to collective for myself.” It was a message little worrisome about some- her mother. “Even after her bargaining, and against unfair Tillman-Dover lived. thing coming up, she would death, she still teaches me. labor practices. She fought for “My mother had to drop tell us ‘don’t borrow trouble.’ These lessons involve holdher daughters, granddaugh- out of school in fourth grade She didn’t seem to fret too ing those that you love close ters and great-granddaugh- to work in the cotton fields much about things, prob- to you and to seize every ters to do better, be better, but was always able to im- ably because she lived a very day because you never know because she knew we could. prove her condition by ob- prayerful life. when it will be your last.” In a phrase? ‘If you see a good taining better employment. “I guess it’s true the things — Email John Gonzalez at fight, jump in it.’” When she was in her 60s, you worry about are things


“Hi, Mom. We just would like to say thank you for being the working mom, a soccer mom and a Girl Scout troop leader. As the years go by, we will appreciate all the little things you take time doing for us, like taking time throughout the years preserving personal and family history in the form of a scrapbook. Thank you for everything you do!” — Brynn and Taryn Jackson, in a post to The Grand Rapids Press about their mother, Jennifer


“There is a certain quiet fearlessness in this picture of my mother. She’s on the left; and her sister Vera is posing with her shortly before they leave Indonesia to begin their studies at Calvin College. At 16, she was preparing to leave behind everything she knew. Whatever fears she had, she overcame them to earn her bachelor’s degree in a few years and her master’s degree in psychology by the time she was 21. She always looked shy, but she could be forceful. Her unspoken lesson: Look demure — but carry a big stick.” — Linda Mah, about her mother, Gerda Mah-Mills of Lake Orion. Linda Mah is an MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette community engagement specialist.


“Providing your children with the proper advice on how to succeed in life and be a good person is not always taught through the spoken word. Providing a role model and teaching by example can be even more effective. My mother was a single parent raising three children in the 1960s. She demonstrated hard work and determination that has followed all of us, our children and their children as well. We have all succeeded in life both professionally and personally because we experienced watching my mother make a safe, nurturing home for her children while sacrificing her own personal needs.” — Mike Cooper, about his mother, Teresa Cooper, 91, of Kalamazoo


“My mother taught me to never, ever give up. No matter the situation. Mother’s Day 2013 will be the one-year anniversary of her death. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and fought it like a trooper. He determination, spunky attitude and love for life taught me to appreciate the simple things in life so much more. She has truly been an inspiration to me and my children.” — Colleen Beilfuss, right, in a post to the Jackson Citizen Patriot about her mother, Sylvia McMahon, center


“My mom taught me something that will always stick with me: The person you love the most, you treat the best.” — Laura Nelson, in a post to The Saginaw News about her mother, whose name she did not include


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C OV E RT TOW N S H I P — Palisades Nuclear Power Plantremains offline while employees and inspectors continue work to identify and repair a leaky refueling tank that the NRC said resulted in 79 gallons of “slightly” radioactive water being drained in Lake Michigan. For residents in Southwest Michigan, the key question has been: How radioactive is “slightly” radioactive? On Friday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission reported its answer: The assessed dose to the public was 0.002 percent of the federal limit. The maximum dose the public is allowed per year is 0.1 rem. “The NRC’s radiation dose limits are based on scientific studies and have not been shown to cause harmful health effects,” wrote NRC spokeswoman Viktoria Mitlyng in an email. “The NRC regularly reviews new information to make sure the agency’s limits are optimal for protecting public health. But this was an unplanned release that should not have happened.” The dose members of the public received from the incident was 0.00002 rem, which is a measurement of radiation dosages. That is well under the 0.65 rem people receive annually from naturally occurring background radiation. Two experts on nuclear energy and radiation safety interviewed by Kalamazoo Gazette concurred with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s and Palisades’ assessment that the level of radiation in the water does not represent a health or safety risk to the public.

That does not mean, one added, that the event itself is not of concern, since the frequency of leaks at Palisades raises potential red flags about the overall safety culture at the plant. On Friday, the director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ nuclear safety project also called for a permanent repair to the leaking tank, saying the cycle of break and repair is not compliant with a federal regulation mandating that owners have effective programs to find and fix safety problems. “Applying Band-Aid fixes every few months is not complying with this federal regulation,” wrote David Lochbaum. “The NRC must take steps to ensure that a federal regulation developed to protect public health and safety is consistently being met rather than consistently being violated. ‘Patch and restart’ may be great for generating revenue, but it is very bad for public safety. “The community does not deserve another Palisades patch. It deserves an effective repair.” Palisades shut down ON Sunday, after the leak in the safety injection refueling tank accelerated during a 24-hour period from one gallon a day to 90 gallons, according to the NRC. U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, RSt. Joseph, called the incident “unacceptable,” and has said Palisades should remain offline until a permanent solution is found to the leaking tank. On Monday, he will tour the facility, owned by New Orleansbased Entergy Corp., with one of the NRC’s commissioners. On Tuesday, Palisades has a public open house scheduled at the Beach Haven Event Center in South Haven from 5 to 7 p.m., where executives will be available to answer residents’ questions. That open house was scheduled before Sunday’s shutdown. The 79 gallons of radioactive water that leaked from the

safety injection refueling water tank Saturday were mixed with 80,000 gallons of water before entering Lake Michigan, explained Ronald Gilgenbach, Chihiro Kikuchi Collegiate Professor and chairman of the nuclear engineering and radiological sciences department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “The dilution was more than a factor of 1,000 before it went into the lake,” he said. While no one is advocating for the unplanned release of radioactive material into the Great Lakes, the amount was “minuscule,” said Alan Jackson, a radiation safety specialist with the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. “It’s really barely radioactive water,” said Jackson. “From a public health perspective, this is nothing. What is more important to me is: Palisades has had a history of issues. So what are the reasons for that? You’ve got to wonder: Is the plant aging, and is it hard to manage? Do they have the right safety culture?” Since 2012, the plant has shut down at least six times to deal with leaks — including one last summer in the same tank. That resulted in seepage in the control room and Palisades had to shut down. When there are many small incidents, Jackson said, it increases the likelihood that a big incident might occur. “It’s important to learn everything you can from them and make sure you’re making right preparations for the future,” said Jackson. Instead of just plugging the leak, he said, it’s important that Palisades executives ask hard questions about how the problem occurred and what steps need to be taken to prevent a future incident. Jackson added, “This incident is really important to pay attention to in terms of: Are they getting the right lessons out of that?”

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What’s the plan going forward?

Peterson said DKI’s Comprehensive Plan is updated every five to seven years. The process includes soliciting input from the public, private organizations and downtown constituents. DKI is trying to work with private entities to lay the groundwork for more development. It is trying to find programs available to help landlords and reduce their risk. Peterson said the idea is to help them end up with a rate of return that is similar to what they would get in a suburban development. Rental rates for the luxury loft apartments that have been the lion’s share of the residential growth downtown run between $1 and $1.40 per square foot. Developers say they need to charge that much to offset the costs associated with renovating existing space. Increasing residential opportunities on the fringe of the downtown means building something new, because most of the property available for rental is in use, said longtime property owner and local Realtor Bob Oudsema. “Most of that (rental) product is gone, so now you’re talking about a different set of hurdles. It has to be built,” he said. Peterson said he thinks there is tremendous opportunity northeast of downtown, in the area of Bell’s Brewery, The People’s Food Co-op and MacKenzies Bakery. “And I feel that is very appealing to the urban pioneers,” he said.

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People by the river

“The next place I want to do housing is all along the river’s edge,” Balkema said of the River’s Edge neighborhood. Adjacent to the Kalamazoo River, the neighborhood starts on the northeast fringe of the downtown and is bordered by East Michigan Avenue, Walbridge Street, Paterson Street and Riverview Drive. Mentioning MacKenzies Bakery, the new People’s Food Co-op (both on Harrison Street) and plans by Tim Suprise to build a location for his Arcadia Brewing Co., she said, “I think that area is really up

and coming.”

Medical residency?

While many anticipate a boom in the demand for residential, triggered by the construction of the Western Michigan University Medical School in downtown Kalamazoo, Oudsema said he does not expect it to be a big magnet in the early going. “The medical school is a nice talking point, but I wonder how many people it’s going to put into the marketplace — at least initially,” he said. The school may start with only 20 or 30 students. But others disagree, saying the instructors, medical residents, post-medical school people and others should mean at least 200 more people in the downtown regularly, some with an eye toward living nearby.

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The owners of the new Life Story Building on North Street near Harrison Street are considering building a second commercial/residential building south of the quarter-acre they now own at 316 E. North St. It would be about 15,000 square feet and include about 8,000 square feet of commercial space — for which they say they already have a prospective tenant, a fast-growing software development company. Jon Durham, Herb Ayres and Jerry Harty said the prospective tenant also has an office in Portage and a business office abroad, but wants to expand in downtown Kalamazoo to attract more people. “They want to be in a downtown environment, and this is a cool space to be in,” Harty said. “Another key opportunity (for development) is the northeast corner of the Vine neighborhood,” Peterson said. “It is a nice transition area between your dense urban center and an urban neighborhood.” The Vine Commercial District, the stretch of Westnedge Avenue that runs through the neighborhood, is a second opportunity for those who like to live in an urban setting, be near their workplace and walk to good restaurants and shopping, Peterson said.


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Oudsema said he sees residental development headed south and west. “Thecitywouldlikeeverybody to be down by the (Kalamazoo) River,” he said, referring to the city of Kalamazoo’s riverfront development efforts. “But I’m a believer in south and west.” He has owned a few wellmaintained residential properties in the 600 block of South Westnedge Avenue since the 1980s. But, he says, “I would love to build a project on it. That’s why I have kept them.” “I think downtown living really fits a certain niche,” said Kalamazoo County Treasurer Mary Balkema. Young adults and middleaged people with adult children seem to be well suited for central city living, she said. But the neighborhoods on the fringe of the downtown — where eliminating blight and encouraging home-ownership are focuses of Kalamazoo County’s Urban Land Bank — are in demand also. “Everything that we’ve had close to the downtown has sold 100 percent,” said Balkema, who is a founder of the Land Bank and the chairwoman of its board of directors. The 4-year-old Land Bank has the authority to demolish condemned houses and has

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Living downtown

Residents explain day-to-day life in the heart of the city BY EMILY MONACELLI EMONACEL@MLIVE.COM

KALAMAZOO — John Schmitt moved to the Marlborough Condominiums building in downtown in 1994. He was starting Food Dance Cafe with his business partner, Julie Stanley. His wife, Mary Brodbeck, knew he would be putting in long hours and wanted to live closer to the restaurant than their home in Richland. They raised son Jack while living downtown, and Schmitt said the diversity his son saw “gave him an education that he wouldn’t have gotten in the suburbs.” “His front yard was Bronson Park, his study was the library and he grew up around diversity,” he said. Schmitt, who grew up in the Detroit area, said he used to think of his car as his identity. Now, he considers driving to West Main Street and Drake Road a road trip. “Unhooking from the car is something I didn’t think about before living downtown. It’s very liberating.” Schmitt is one of 1,300 Kalamazoo residents who call downtown their home. We asked a sample of them for a glimpse into how they live.

Where do you shop?

Schmitt said he generally buys his groceries from the Park Street Market or the People’s Food Co-op of Kalamazoo. He lauded the OptiMed Pharmacy, which recently opened on the ground floor of Corporation Hall. About 80 percent of his shopping needs are met within a five block area. Linda Lesniak and Mark Kraai, who live in a building on

the North Kalamazoo Mall, get into their car to grocery shop at the Harding’s at Park and Westnedge or Meijer on Gull Road about once a week. Occasionally they will pick up some items at the Park Street Market, and some of their neighbors are members of the co-op.

Where do children go to school?

Downtown is divided primarily between Edison and Milwood elementaries. Michigan Avenue divides Linden Grove and Maple Street, Kalamazoo Central and Loy Norrix high schools. But none of the lines are clear cut, said Rob Peterson, Downtown Kalamazoo Inc. business recruitment and retention director. Schmitt said his son went to Kazoo School, then Kalamazoo Central High School. He had the choice to go either to Loy Norrix or K-Central.

How do you deal with noise?

Living downtown should come with the expectation of more noise, especially from the festival site, Schmitt said. “Festivals have been part of this downtown much before apartments, lofts and that were built in,” Schmitt said. “Part of what comes with the downtown, it’s going to be louder.” Schmitt said he tends to leave town the first weekend in June, when the festival season begins. Lesniak and Kraai live adjacent to the festival site but on the opposite side of the building. “The noise isn’t bad, except it gets pretty loud on the festival nights,” Lesniak said.

What is downtown missing?

Schmitt said his wife, a gardener, misses having her own

garden. They have a plot in a community garden on Wall Street, but he said it’s not the same as having one in your backyard. Schmitt would like to see a men’s clothing store. Hodges said his area of downtown needs a market where he can pick up items for dinner. “Just the staples,” Hodges said. “It doesn’t have to be huge.”

What’s to come?

Downtown Kalamazoo Inc. President Steve Deisler said DKI is trying to support transportation initiatives including biking, walking, trails and electric vehicle-charging stations for people living downtown. “If they’re going to live here, they don’t always want to jump in their car and go out to Walmart,” Deisler said. For amenities, the new OptiMed Pharmacy adds value, while the People’s Food Co-op and Park Streek Market provide groceries. But residents still go out to Meijer, Harding’s and Walmart. “I don’t think we’ll see a Meijer in downtown Kalamazoo,” Peterson said. “I suspect that there will be more grocery options, especially in the specialty food segment, in the near future,” Peterson said. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see a cheese shop, a butcher shop open up downtown at some point. ” DKI has plans to increase the amenities for downtown residents. Plans are also in place, but funds still need to be raised for a community garden, and DKI is in the process of installing four dog waste stations on top of garbage cans on the Kalamazoo Mall to accommodate the influx of dogs.

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KALAMAZOO — Martha Aills’ daughter lives in New York City but envies her mom’s condo in Kalamazoo. “That’s because she knows how much it would cost if it was in Manhattan,” Aills said with a laugh. She was one of the original tenants of the Arcadia Condominiums, which opened 10 years ago with 10 units each on the second and third floors, overlooking the Arcadia Creek Festival Place. The ground level houses the offices of Hospice of Southwest Michigan. Aills’ unit on the second floor has nearly 1,100 square feet of space, including a bedroom, two bathrooms and a den with a sleeping loft (part of the ceiling has been lowered to create a sleeping space). Original condo owners worked with planners to design the interiors of their units. Aills decided she liked living in the heart of a city before she moved here from Flint to work as special projects coordinator in economic development for the city of Kalamazoo. Among other things, she helped coordinate the development of the River’s Edge project before she retired last year. She said she enjoys having easy access to businesses and cultural events downtown and, with a living space that looks out over the many summer festivals, she said, “I like being in


Martha Aills is one of the original tenants of the Arcadia Condos. She is selling her unit in order to take on another urban project.

the center of the action,” and “I have spent many happy hours at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.” But, she said, she has decided to sell because she wants more elbow room and wants to develop a space for herself. Aills considers herself semiretired. She has a small business that allows her to do urban revitalization and project management consulting work. She has a degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan. “I have been wanting to do a project myself,” she said. “I have become an artist (working with metals, fused glass and found objects) and I need a studio space. I want to do a project that has a unit for me that has studio space and also has a couple of residential units to rent out.” She said she has looked at houses and would love to be downtown, but has not found a good fit. She leans toward developing “soft loft” space, those

with features such as finished walls, nice kitchens, great bathrooms and fireplaces, rather than “hard loft” space. The latter typically have a heavier, industrial feel and features such as unfinished ceilings and exposed ductwork. She said her target market for such a project would be “the same kind of people who live downtown now. Some are young professionals. Some are empty-nesters.” She said economics weigh against developing “affordable” housing downtown because rental rates generally have to be higher to offset the costs of renovation. “On the one hand, how much does it cost you to do this residential stuff? And can the market bear the cost of your doing it?” Aills said. “And sometimes, the train doesn’t meet.” At other times, she said, developers “have to have patient money (investors with a long-range strategy) willing to do that stuff.”

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Prosecutor: ‘Justice done’ in murder conviction Second suspect found guilty in beating death of antiques dealer Robert Medema BY REX HALL JR. RHALL2@MLIVE.COM

KALAMAZOO — John Aguilar’s face was stoic Friday as a jury foreman read the verdict that will put the 52-year-old behind bars for the rest of his life. It took a panel of five women and seven men a little less than seven hours over Thursday and Friday to find Aguilar guilty of first-degree murder, felony murder, armed robbery and first-degree home invasion in the Aug. 10 slaying of well-known Kalamazoo antiques dealer Robert Medema. Medema’s brother, Roger Medema, sat in the front row

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of the courtroom gallery with a friend as the jury’s verdict was delivered. For Medema, it is the second time in less than three months he has watched a Kalamazoo County Circuit Court jury deliver a conviction in the case. In February, Aguilar’s codefendant, Antonio Livingston, was convicted of first-degree murder, felony murder, first-degree home invasion and assault with intent to rob. Livingston, 21, testified at Aguilar’s trial that it was him, and not Aguilar, who delivered the fatal blows to Medema’s head with a wooden baseball

bat. The story starkly contrasted what Livingston said at his own trial, when he took the stand and said Aguilar used the bat to beat Medema to death. Either way, the jury did not buy Livingston’s latest testimony. Aguilar’s attorney, Kathryn Russell, asked to have the jury polled after Friday’s verdict was read. The court’s judicial aide, in turn, asked each juror, “Is this your veridict? “Yes,” each answered. Assistant Prosecutor Alexis Sanford, who tried both cases, said Friday that she hoped the Aguilar verdict would help Medema’s family begin to find closure and she thanked Kalamazoo Public Safety detectives for their work. After the jury left the room, Roger Medema hugged Sanford and shook the hand of Public Safety Detective Bill Moorian, who was the last witness called before the prosecutor rested her case Thursday.


Mary Medema, center, sister-in-law of slain Kalamazoo antiques dealer Robert Medema, shakes hands with Assistant Prosecutor Alexis Sanford, second from left, and lead detective Bill Moorian, left, after a jury found John Aguilar guilty on all counts. Aguilar was the second of two suspects convicted in the killing. Antonio Livingston was found guilty in February.

“I’m very thrilled to see justice done in this case,” Sanford said before leaving the courtroom. Russell declined to comment. Medema family members also declined to comment. Roger Medema said the family will prepare a statement to be read when Aguilar is

THE WEEK IN BRIEF Kalamazoo Promise director resigning

KALAMAZOO — Janice Brown is stepping down as executive director of The Kalamazoo Promise, although she is staying on as director emeritus. Meanwhile, Bob Jorth, administrator of The Promise office since its creation in spring 2006, is being promoted to executive director, and Von Washington Jr., former principal of Kalamazoo Central High School, is joining the office as executive director of community relations. The changes are effective July 1. Brown was Kalamazoo Public Schools superintendent when she unveiled The Promise in November 2005. She is the only person who has publicly acknowledged knowing the identity of the anonymous donors who fund The Promise, a universal college scholarship program for KPS graduates. Jorth was the first employee of The Promise in the spring of 2006, and created the framework for students to apply for money and to distribute tuition checks to colleges.

Transit levy renewed

KALAMAZOO —Kalamazoo County voters approved the renewal of a 0.4-mill levy for four years to fund countywide transit services. About 72 percent of voters approved the renewal. The levy, last approved by voters in 2009, will raise about $3.1 million in its first year, or 18 percent of the county public transit system’s overall funding. The property tax money will fund a demand response service called Metro County Connect and fixedroute bus service outside the city of Kalamazoo, which is about 45 percent of Metro Transit fixed bus routes. Buses run in Portage, Parchment, and Comstock, Kalamazoo, Oshtemo and Texas townships.

KPS bond issue passes

KALAMAZOO — With 37 of 39 precincts reporting, 72 percent of voters Tuesday backed a $62 million bond issue for Kalamazoo Public Schools, which will pay for a long list of facility upgrades and repairs. The bond request was approved by a tally of 5,044 to 2,219, with about 69.5 percent voting “yes.” The bond will result in a tax increase of 0.7 mill, or about $35 a year for the owner of a home with a market

value of $100,000 and a taxable value of $50,000. The total school debt levy will rise to 6.95 mills. The three biggest projects to be funded by the bond are the reconstruction of the north wing of Milwood Elementary School, which was built in 1921; the relocation of the district’s bus garage to provide more exterior space for Edison Environmental Science Academy, which is adjacent, and construction of an auxiliary gym at Kalamazoo Central High School. Two-thirds of the money will be spent on routine repairs, such as replacing roofs and boilers, and on upgrading technology.

WMU Fountain redone

KALAMAZOO — Western Michigan University’s Fountain Plaza will be redesigned, the university announced. The first phase of the redesign, which includes a reconfiguration of the pavement and expansion of green space, is scheduled to take place this summer. When students return in the fall, they should notice more green space, more seating and more shade, the administration said. Total cost of the work over this summer is estimated to be $800,000, according to Cheryl Roland, executive director of university relations. That does not include the cost of a sculpture, which may be added later.

Portage raises security

PORTAGE — Portage Public Schools will spend more than $600,000 to build secure entries at nine buildings. The Portage school board Monday approved a $606,100 contract with Frederick Construction of Vicksburg for stepped-up building security, in part because of last year’s Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut. The project will create a controlled security entrance for Angling Road Elementary, the Community Education Center, Central Elementary, Central Middle, North Middle, West Middle and Woodland Elementary. Similar work already has been done at other schools.

New life for liquor license

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP — At its Tuesday meeting, the Oshtemo Township Board of Trustees will consider a liquor license for Marta’s Fine Foods requested by owner Marta Parilli and opposed by nearby

Oshtemo United Methodist Church. State law allows a church within 500 feet of an establishment to object to that establishment receiving a liquor license. Township Attorney Jim Porter previously said a state employee told him the Michigan Liquor Control Commission would not grant the license if the church objects. Since then, another state employee who saw a MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette article regarding Parilli’s application wanted to clarify the process. “She said they will consider all the factors, which would include the church’s objection, but would also include the hours, the presence of other liquor sellers in the area, etc.,” Porter said. “She urged me to encourage Marta to continue with the application process.”

City funds EPA fight

KALAMAZOO — Kalamazoo officials reaffirmed their stance Monday that contaminated waste should be removed from a site in the Edison neighborhood by allocating up to $200,000 in advocacy and lobbying funds. At the request of Kalamazoo city staff, the Kalamazoo City Commission agreed to provide $200,000 to back the city’s position that toxic waste at the Allied Paper landfill in the Edison neighborhood should be completely removed. The stance is in opposition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s $36 million plan to cap and monitor longterm the approximately 1.5 million cubic yards of contaminated waste at the Allied Superfund site. The EPA’s plan would be paid for by a $50.5 million bankruptcy trust established when the landfill’s former owner, Millennium Holdings LLC, went bankrupt in 2010.

WMU might ban tobacco

KALAMAZOO — In the future, smoking students may need to pack nicotine gum or patches along with their dorm fridge: Western Michigan University is weighing the possibility of becoming a tobacco-free campus. The administration has launched a survey of faculty and staff, who have until May 31 to respond, said Cheryl Roland, executive director of university relations. More than 1,150 U.S. colleges and universities were smoke-free as of 2013 — or about a quarter of all higher learning institutions

nationwide. Three years ago, there were about 400. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids Community College and Muskegon Community College are among the more than 20 Michigan campuses that are 100 percent smoke-free. Now, people are not allowed to smoke inside WMU’s buildings or within a 25-foot perimeter outside. Kalamazoo College has a similar policy in place.

PSC: Leak no danger COVERT TOWNSHIP — About 79 gallons of diluted radioactive water were released into Lake Michigan before the May 5 shutdown of Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday. However, by the time the water reached the lake, the level of radioactivity had been diluted to the point where it was not a health or safety risk, a spokeswoman for the NRC said. “There was no danger to the public. It did occur. It is not anything to be alarmed about,” said the NRC’s Viktoria Mitlyng. Palisades does planned releases of diluted radioactive water into the lake at regular intervals, she said. The unplanned shutdown occurred after a leak in a safety injection/refueling water tank increased from one gallon a day on May 2 to 90 gallons, Mitlyng said. The cause of the increase in volume of leaking water is unknown, according to a report Palisades filed with the NRC.

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ALLEGAN —Marion Conley, 79, who is charged with open murder in the shooting of Jody Snyder, was bound over for trial after his preliminary examination hearing Thursday in Allegan County District Court. His wife, Malvia Conley, testified Marion told her not to tell anyone about his handgun the night before Snyder was found dead March 9 in a home in Valley Township, a house the Conleys owned and in which Snyder was living under a land contract. After police came to the Conleys’ home to question them about the killing early March 10, Malvia was afraid to tell police about the gun, she testified. “He (Marion) has a real bad temper,” Malvia said. She said Marion kept a handgun in a case under his recliner at their home in Otsego Township, but it was missing when she looked for it after the killing.

sentenced. Aguilar’s niece, Kristian Aguilar, who was in the courtroom Friday, began crying and yelled at Sanford and Moorian after the verdict was read. “You’re charging my uncle for nothing,” she said. “My uncle did not do it.” Jurors who stayed to speak with Sanford and Russell

after the verdict declined to comment. “The jurors said they felt they had a diverse group and did a thorough job,” said Laura Volkmann, Kalamazoo County Circuit Judge J. Richardson Johnson’s bailiff. Aguilar is scheduled to be back in court for sentencing on June 10 in front of Johnson.

Prom king crowns his classmate BY JULIE MACK JMACK1@MLIVE.COM

SOUTH HAVEN — Colten Schnake said he was thrilled to be chosen by his classmates as prom king at South Haven’s L.C. Mohr High School. But as Schnake was crowned the night of May 4, he announced that he was turning over the crown and the title to a classmate who was even more deserving: Tony Fiorito, an 18-year-old special-needs student who is developmentally delayed. “He said, ‘I’m the king, and I’m giving my crown to a special person,’ “ said Shelli Packard, Tony’s mother, who was at the prom. “You should have seen Tony’s face.” Packard said her son was so overwhelmed that he ran out of the room and cried. Packard said she cried, too. “I just couldn’t believe it,” she said. Schnake said he got the idea on the night of the prom, when he realized that Fiorito was one of the other nominees for prom king. “I knew that (being prom king) would mean a lot more to him than it did to me,” Schnake said, and so he decided that if he won, he would give the crown to Fiorito. “I’ve had so many great experiences in high school, so many great memories,” Schnake said.


Tony Fiorito, left, stands next to Colten Schnake, the prom king who gave him the crown, at South Haven’s L.C. Mohr High School.

“I thought I would be nice for him to be in the spotlight this time. .... He deserves it.” Both Schnake and Fiorito are seniors at Mohr High School. Schnake, a star on the high school soccer team and an allstate diver, has applied to enlist in the Air Force. Fiorito will move into a program for special-need students age 18 to 26. Because of her son’s disability, he can only understand “bits and pieces” of what it means to be prom king, Shelli Packard said. But she said he loves having a crown. “He thinks he’s a king now, and you can’t tell him any different,” she said laughing.


Commission picks manager candidates The lineup has been shuffled, but the Kalamazoo City Commission has set its pool of finalists under consideration for the city manager position. Commissioners on Friday added the two candidates to the pool after one of the six finalists they chose on Tuesday withdrew her candidacy. Here are the seven candidates. § Jane Bais-DiSessa has been city manager in Berkley since 2001. Bais-DiSessa is a former village administrator in Franklin and former village manager in Holly. § Darnell Earley has been Saginaw city manager since June 2006. He is a former Flint city administrator. § Roger Fraser has been a state of Michigan deputy state treasurer for local government services since 2011. He is a former Ann Arbor city administrator and formerly held city manager positions in Blaine, Minn., Loveland, Colo., and Englewood, Colo.

§ Robert Herron has been city manager in Wheeling, W. Va., since February 2002. He previously held city manager positions in Conneaut, Ohio; Belleville and Greenville. § Odis Jones has been a director of economic development for the city of Cincinnati since 2012. He is a former city administrator for the cities of Keokuk, Iowa, and Obetz, Ohio, and from 1995 to 2000 was a special projects manager in Battle Creek. § Jerome Kisscorni has been economic development director in the city of Kalamazoo since August 2002. He is a former city manager of Sturgis and Tecumseh. § Gerald Smith worked as director of general services for the city of Kansas City, Mo. from October 2006 to April 2012. He’s a former city administrator of North Chicago, Ill. and a former village administrator of Riverdale, Ill.


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DECISION BOARD’S SEARCH CONSULTANT HAD MISGIVINGS Olsen issued this statement Friday: “Our search consultant guided the Board on the selection of Greg Gray. Our legal counsel, Thrun Law Firm, P.C., advised that the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the Open Meetings Act ‘does permit closed session deliberations’ to review a candidate’s application if the candidate requests confidentiality and so long as the Board did not ‘narrow down’ the candidate pool during closed session.” The statement does not address board actions that indicate trustees settled on Gray before their April 15 meeting. In an interview hours before the April 15 meeting, Snyder maintained the board had not yet narrowed the candidate pool. But emails show before that meeting, trustees already had private discussions with Gray and were calling him their “preferred candidate” as they finalized contract details and prepared a schedule for his introduction to the public. “This whole course of events suggests multiple violations of the Open Meetings Act,” said Robin Luce Hermann, an expert on media law and legal counsel for the Michigan Press Association. “Showing him homes and talking with him about a contract are indications that he was the person they wanted to hire, that they had made their decision before they ever held a public meeting.” Based on the emails, one person involved in the superintendent search who had some misgivings about the process was the board’s search consultant, Jim Morse, of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates and a former superintendent with East Grand Rapids Public Schools. The emails show Morse tried unsuccessfully to push the board toward more public deliberations. Instead, it appears the board leadership followed advice from Mike Washburn, a former Forest Hills superintendent and now a consultant who has facilitated the Portage board retreats in recent years. Washburn got involved when board Vice President Randy Van Antwerp asked him to suggest potential candidates for superintendent and Washburn suggested Gray, who has headed Brighton schools since 2009. But, Washburn wrote in a March 25 email, “If Greg gets involved, the (search) process will have to be somewhat creative.” Washburn continued to offer advice, and the day after Gray was named the sole finalist, Van Antwerp emailed his thanks to Washburn for “giving us guidance on how to navigate a complicated process (traditional to targeted) with a consultant that is not always easy to work for.” In a phone interview Friday, Washburn downplayed his role in the process, stressing he did not have a formal role, he was not paid for his input and he told trustees that they should be talking to their lawyer. “I got involved as a citizen and as someone who knows the Portage board,” Washburn said. “I’m not an attorney and I haven’t had experience” with searches that start out seeking applications and move to a so-called “targeted” search where one specific individual is recruited.

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“My recommendation was that they call Lisa Swem,” the board’s legal counsel at Thurn Law Firm, to find out what trustees could and could not do in recruiting Gray, Washburn said. “It seems this is a very gray area.”

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The board has been searching for a new superintendent since the resignation of Ric Perry in January. As they began the process, trustees stressed the need to “get it right” and involve the public in the selection process. But early on, acting Superintendent Rob Olsen warned trustees about the potential pitfalls of public input in regard to specific candidates. In a Feb. 26 email to Snyder, Van Antwerp and Eddy, Olsen advised against an early plan to videotape the superintendent candidate interviews and post them online to solicit feedback. Olsen said that might generate a response that would “box in” the board in choosing a new superintendent. “The question remains, what do you want to get out of this process?” Olsen wrote. “Is the selection of the next superintendent the decision of the BOE or of the public at large? As the vast majority of the community does, I trust your decision. ... I do NOT trust the decision by public referendum on the selection of the next leader of this district.” The board and Morse set a March 15 deadline for applicants, and on March 16, Morse wrote an email to Eddy saying there were “23 applicants (not all qualified)” but the pool included “4 or 5 ‘A’ candidates who could do the job.” A March 26 board meeting was scheduled to review the applications in closed session, but in advance of that meeting, trustees were allowed to look over the resumes. Before the March 26 meeting, Van Antwerp contacted Washburn, saying board members were unimpressed with the candidate pool and wondered if Washburn knew of anybody who might fit the bill. Washburn said that he recommended Gray, whom he heard was well-regarded in Brighton and interested in moving to West Michigan. Van Antwerp called Gray, who said he was interested but he didn’t want to apply for the job without first meeting all seven trustees. On March 30, Gray met with three board members — Snyder, Eddy and Van Antwerp — for a two-hour lunch, and Snyder and Eddy also took Gray on a tour of the area “for a couple of hours,” according to a March 31 email from Van Antwerp to Washburn. “I was impressed with Greg’s energy, drive, communication skills, knowledge and obvious record of accomplishment,” Van Antwerp wrote. “He seems to have the ability to deliver results by bringing folks together. ... I thank you and the board thanks you for putting us in touch with a leader.” Washburn responded the same day: “Make sure the party line is that you are just talking with a potential candidate as individual board members — that he hasn’t applied, if anyone asks. There shouldn’t be a problem with the Open Meetings Act, but I know how publicity tends to hound the district.”

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Washburn said Friday he was unaware of a 1993 Michigan Supreme Court ruling on the process used by University of Michigan to hire James Duderstadt as president. In that case, individual U-M trustees met with potential candidates to create a candidate pool. The court said that practice was not allowed under the Open Meetings Act since trustees used those conversations to make their decision. In response to a question about the board’s statement issued Friday, Olsen wrote in an email that Portage trustees were “simply trying to get an outstanding superintendent to at least consider applying for the job... they were most certainly not interviews by any stretch of the imagination.” During the first week of April, Gray met with the other four trustees as Washburn offered more advice about the process. At one point, Washburn stressed the importance of discussing compensation with Gray before his candidacy was made public. “Last week the Ionia superintendent was selected for the West Shore ISD,” Washburn wrote in an April 1 email to Snyder, Van Anterp and Eddy. “They hadn’t talked about compensation and were too far apart. She turned down the job after a lot of great publicity. I know you won’t let that happen.” It appears trustees took Washburn’s advice. On April 4, the day after Gray submitted his formal application for the Portage job, Eddy sent an email to Van Antwerp and Snyder with the subject line “candidate compensation discussion w/ Jim Morse.” “Sees himself at the high end of the range,” Eddy wrote, referring to the board’s range of $155,000 to $185,000. “Salary plus annuity, moving expenses, term life insurance at 3X’s his salary, continuing education credits paid for, gas card.” Those expectations closely match contract details in an April 12 email from Morse to Eddy. The email has the

subject line “Update on preferred candidate.” Under “summary of contract parameters,” Morse lists a salary of $185,000 and annuity of $10,000 and specifies other benefits: Term life insurance at three times salary, health insurance, 25 vacation days, provisions for continuing education, a district credit card for gas and business meals and travel, and specifics about moving expenses. The contract would run for three years, Morse said. The only detail left unresolved, Morse wrote, was whether the vacation days could be carried over to the next year or whether the district would give a payout for unpaid vacation days. That same email — written three days before Gray was named as a finalist — also stated that Gray would have daylong visits to Portage on April 18 and April 25 that would include public interviews. SEE PORTAGE, A11 4613509-01

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Board to act with ‘abundance of caution’ in next choice PORTAGE — Members of the Portage Public Schools Board of Education have agreed not to have contact with superintendent candidates or potential candidates before their public interview to ensure compliance with the Michigan Open Meetings Act, according to a statement released Saturday by acting Superintendent Rob Olsen. The entire statement reads: “On Monday, May 6, the board of trustees reviewed an attorney-client privileged communication regarding the superintendent search. “Given media reports and differing opinions regarding

the search process and the open meetings act, we have chosen to move forward with an abundance of caution. Therefore, no members of our board will be making contact with candidates or potential candidates for superintendent before interviewing them in open session, even if requested by a potential candidate. Our primary goal remains, to hire the absolute best possible candidate to lead Portage Public School forward.” The statement comes in response to a MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette story about a possible violation of the law in regard to private conservations between Portage trustees and Brighton Superintendent Greg Gray. Gray was being recruited

for the Portage job, but said he would not apply unless he could first meet with all seven trustees, and those meetings occurred in late March and early April. It appears that board members thought that those meetings would not violate the law because they were meeting in numbers that didn’t constitute a board quorum and because Gray had not yet formally applied for the job. However, such meetings appear to be banned under a 1993 Michigan Supreme Court ruling on the process used by University of Michigan to hire James Duderstadt as president. In that case, individual U-M trustees met with potential candidates to create a candidate pool. The court

Gregory Gray answers questions from the Portage Public School Board of Education during a special meeting for a public interview of Gray in the Community Room at Portage Central High School on April 18.

Morse’s email followed a four-hour board meeting on April 10, trustees’ first meeting after Gray’s application. The meeting was closed to the public, although Morse argued against that. “I’ve been thinking about the Wed. meeting and feel we may have to have the discussion we outlined in open session,” Morse emailed to Eddy on April 9. “We can discuss the applications in the closed session, but any decision making should be in open session. What do you think? Do you want to check with Lisa Swem?” Morse got replies that day from Eddy, Snyder and Trustee Ted Hartridge. “If we come out of closed session with a preferred candidate, that discussion would be appropriate for open session discussion of the next steps in the process,” Eddy wrote. “Ted, RV, Bo — let me know what you think ASAP. You might touch base with Lisa, too. Per Bo’s request, I have a prepared statement supporting our preferred candidate ready.” “Of course, it should open after we have our candidate discussion,” Hartridge wrote. “The more transparent we are, the more respectful we are of the community and the process. Don’t waste money with Thrun. We know what we need to do.” “I think this is straightforward,” Snyder wrote. “We discuss things in closed session, then take action in open session.” On the morning of the April 10 meeting, Morse made another pitch for a public discussion. “I’ve been thinking about the agenda and suggest we revise it and have only the discussion of the criteria and the applicants on the closed agenda,” Morse wrote in an email to Eddy that includes an agenda for a proposed open session. Eddy responded that he “concurred” with Morse’s revised agenda, but he was shot down by Snyder. “I don’t agree,” Snyder emailed Eddy. “I’ll call you.” The agenda for the April 15 meeting included an “action item” that read: “Motion to name candidate(s) for superintendent.” The morning of the meeting, Trustee Geoff Howe — who was not able to attend — emailed a statement to Van Antwerp to be read that night in anticipation of the expected decision: “I support the discussion regarding moving forward with a single candidate for the position of Portage Public Schools.” Hours before the meeting, Gazette

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asked Snyder about the Open Meetings Act. At first, Snyder said his understanding was that the board could deliberate in private, but had to take action in public. Told that boards must deliberate in public when choosing finalists, Snyder said the board was in compliance with the law. “We started with 23 candidates, and we have not yet narrowed the field,” Snyder said. That night, the board had a 90-minute discussion of the applicants that ended in a 6-0 vote to make Gray the sole finalist. Howe’s statement was not read. The next morning, Washburn sent an email to Van Antwerp, congratulating the board on a sound decision. “While you may get some criticism about a single candidate,” it was better than the alternative, since Gray “wouldn’t have interviewed with other candidates,” Washburn wrote.

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Over the next week, trustees got a flurry of emails that praised the candidate, but criticized the process.


“This just looks very bad to taxpayers and the parents of Portage, who you are suppose to serve,” said one email from a Portage resident to trustees. “Many are asking: How did one candidate so quickly earn the endorsement of the entire board? What kind of conversations or interactions were occurring without public knowledge?” Another resident emailed: “What I saw last night appeared to be a stage-show for the ‘benefit’ of the public. It seemed the decision to select Mr. Gray had already been made before the start of the meeting and everyone went through the motions of quickly eliminating all the other candidates. The email added: “I have interviewed numerous potential employees for my office and the applicant that sounds the best on paper is rarely the one who fits the best.” “I attended the first interview last Thursday with Dr. Gray and he was impressive,” wrote a third resident. “But there was no one to compare him to. ... If Dr. Gray decides that Portage is not the best fit for him, where does that leave us?”

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PORTAGE CRITICISM OF PROCESS EMERGES In the emails, trustees and Morse refer to Gray as “candidate No. 5” and as the “preferred candidate.” At the April 15 public meeting, Gray was identified as candidate No. 5.

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remaining buildings. I have given thoughtful consideration to those arguments, but that strategy has already been costly, with an annual expenditure of $250,000 for heat and energy to preserve empty space. Limited resources mean we cannot renovate East Hall and continue to spend money on unused buildings,” wrote Dunn. Construction on East Hall is slated to begin in 2014, Roland said. Demolition on the other three buildings will move forward in two stages, Roland said. The first stage will involve West Hall and the Speech and Hearing Building and “should be completed by the end of the summer,” she said. Bulldozers will not be arriving next week, Roland said. The buildings will go through a lengthy process first: They will be surveyed and audited for contaminated material. Bid specs will be prepared, followed by a bidding period and award of bid. After that come legally required notice periods, in which no work will be performed. A historical architecture expert will go through and evaluate the buildings. Abatement will take place, and then demolition will begin. Work on North Hall and the parts of the wings of East Hall that are not being preserved

for the alumni center will not begin until after the WMU Archives and Regional History Collections are moved to the new Zhang Legacy Collections building being constructed on Oakland. The archives’ current location in East Hall is expected to close Aug. 1, and an October opening is anticipated for the Zhang Legacy Collections, she said. In the Viewpoint, Dunn outlined other steps the university is planning in the coming months. In addition to announcing the selection of an architect, he said WMU will begin public sessions to get campus and community input in the design process. Those are likely to be planned for June and July, Roland said. The university also will rescue architectural elements from the buildings slated to be razed to incorporate them into the new alumni center, Dunn said. “To those who plead, ‘Save East Campus,’ I would say that is exactly what we are doing. We are following the advice of those who warned us we must act now to save what’s most important, or risk losing it all,” he concluded. “To do nothing might quell the angst of some, but serve only to allow the slow erosion of all the structures, including the jewel in the crown, East Hall.”

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Mattawan residents split on approval of former coach

Big turnout expected

Strong signs of support for Hoff are evident, notably on a Facebook page designed for that purpose, and a big turnout is anticipated at Monday’s 7 p.m. board of education meeting at the district’s Center Building Conference Room. The school board meeting will be the first since Hoff’s firing. “We will have a lot of people there to express opinions and I think that’s a good thing,” said Bill Disch, assistant superintendent for business services at Mattawan Consolidated School. “We’re going to let them be there and express their thoughts to the board. At the end of the day, it’s going to be up to the board and what it decides.” The first of a series of meetings between Bird, parents, players, Hoff and other Mattawan High School boys basketball coaches was held on Jan. 30. Parents of players requested the meeting with Bird after Hoff made the team hold a second tryout following a lopsided loss to Portage Central on Jan. 15. Players were interviewed by administrators April 8 and summaries of those meetings were filed by Jim Corstange, Mattawan interim principal, and included in the documents. In the documents obtained by MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette, names of parents and players were redacted. “My whole thing is protecting the kids here, and quite frankly they’ve been given a rough way to go already,” Disch said. “Somehow names were released out there, and they’re really suffering.” Hoff was asked to resign or retire as coach on April 12. Disch said that Hoff had until 11 a.m. on April 15 to resign or retire on his own and declined, so the coach was “removed.” Hoff’s job as a teacher of language arts and French was not affected. This was the second time during Hoff’s tenure as coach that his coaching tactics have been investigated. He was embroiled in a dispute with players and parents during the 1993-94 season. Ho ff d i d n o t l e ave Mattawan because of the dispute but did relinquish the varsity basketball reins for one year and coached the junior varsity squad for a season. He returned to the varsity position the following year. In his career, Hoff has had a long track record of success, amassing a 334-235 record with seven district championships and six conference titles. But in 2012-13, the Wildcats went 8-14, their fourth straight losing season. When Mattawan released Hoff ’s personnel file in response to the MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette FOIA request, the district included a news release about the recent investigation

Multiple petitions

Signs that say “I Support Dan Hoff” have been popping up around Mattawan and the Facebook page with the same name had 2,809 “likes” as of Friday afternoon. An online petition requesting that the school board reinstate Hoff as coach also has been created. A petition titled “The Mattawan Board of Education: Reinstate Coach Hoff” on was created by John Gergely, who served as a volunteer varsity assistant coach to Hoff from 2004 to 2009. The petition had nearly 700 supporters as of Friday afternoon. Following the initial Jan. 30 meeting, a series of meetings involving administrators, parents, players and coaches were held in February and March. According to the documents, parents and players said Hoff is unapproachable or tough to approach. They said he does not create a positive environment and he is verbally abusive to players, including the use of swear words. They also said players on his team do not know their roles. On April 8, Corstange, athletic director Ken Mohney and dean of students Greg Mickelson called in players and interviewed them. Corstange supplied Bird with a summary of each of those meetings. According to Corstange’s summaries, players said that Hoff yelled many times — at certain players, in particular — but did not swear. All but one player said Hoff did not throw a basketball at a player. One player said that Hoff threw a basketball at a particular player’s legs this season and the ball hit that player. Multiple players said that Hoff kicked a basketball. One player said that parents do not like Hoff because of playing time. The Hoff case is not on the agenda for Monday’s meeting, according to central office secretary Lourdes Puzivic. She said requests were made for it to be on the agenda. Puzivic said that the public comments portion at the end of the meeting is open and each person will have 4 minutes to speak.

coach. Too much liability. Great teacher, yes! Time for a change in coaching, yes!” When asked to resign, Hoff

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MATTAWAN — Longtime Mattawan High School boys varsity basketball coach Dan Hoff was accused of verbal abuse toward players, throwing a basketball at a player and using other coaching techniques or behaviors that were not accepted by school administrators, documents show. The documents pertaining to Hoff’s dismissal as coach after 27 years at the helm were obtained by MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette through a Freedom of Information Act request. Among the documents are notes taken by Mattawan Superintendent Patrick Bird during meet- Dan Hoff ings with parents and players in which Bird writes “players get attacked during drills,” Hoff “isn’t approachable” and “bullies,” and he “whipped a ball at” a player. In a meeting with Bird, Hoff said he is passionate about getting the best out of his players and he attempts to motivate them, according to Bird’s notes. Hoff also told Bird that he did not recall throwing any basketballs at players, but admitted to kicking a ball in practice. Since Hoff was asked April 12 to step down and then fired on April 15, the issue has been the talk of the Mattawan community.

into Hoff’s coaching tactics. “Based on (the school’s) investigation, it became clear that some techniques or behaviors used by Coach Hoff were not acceptable in meeting our goal of creating a positive coaching experience for our student athletes,” Disch wrote in the news release. “Many have suggested that our district share specific information pertaining to those concerns,” Disch wrote. “Because this also involves students and their rights to privacy, we are not at liberty to go into detail with the general public.” Disch’s release indicated that Hoff’s one-year coaching contract was simply not renewed for the 2013-14 basketball season and that all coaching contracts are reviewed annually. Hoff could not be reached for comment for this story. He did not respond to voicemail left for him.

‘It’s passion’

Gergely remains a close friend of Hoff and said he speaks with him almost daily. Gergely told MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette that Hoff is “very unsure of what the allegations are against him, uncertain of why the administration made this decision.” Gergely said he has not witnessed any of the things being alleged against Hoff, but acknowledged that the coach is intense. “Coach Hoff’s intensity, it’s passion. It’s such a misleading message to say coach Hoff is verbally abusive,” Gergely said. “(The allegations that) coach Hoff throws balls at players, coach Hoff is overly intense — I’m telling you, I coached with him for five years and he would never do anything like that. I think the Mike Rice incident at Rutgers (basketball coach fired for physically and verbally abusive behavior) was incredibly poorly timed (for Hoff).” The majority of comments posted on the Facebook page support Hoff. Some do not, however, like Mattawan parent Trish Stapish Harrison’s: “This happened for a reason and he will not be reinstated as head

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‘Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition’ plans public reveals BY EMILY MONACELLI EMONACEL@MLIVE.COM

KALAMAZOO — “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” next week will unveil the new physiques of three Kalamazoo-area contestants and you are invited. The show’s officials are looking for members of the public to attend the reveals on Monday and Wednesday, which will be taped and will air in June or July, said Anita Lane, a casting producer for the show. The reveal for 23-year-old twins Becca and David Nielsen, Kalamazoo natives who now live in Milwaukee, will be held at 8 p.m. Monday in Bronson Park, 200 S. Rose St. David Nielsen said in a message

Friday the pair graduated from Gull Lake High School in 2007 and that they live together in Milwaukee, where Becca attends nursing school. David said the pair “wanted to come do our reveal here since it is where most of our friends and family are.” The reveal for Kalamazoo resident Alyssa Stommen, 22, will be at 7 p.m. at the State Theatre, 404 S. Burdick St., according to a news release from the city of Kalamazoo. The 5-foot-6 Stommen weighed more than 400 pounds when the show started following her progress almost a year ago. MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette’s John Liberty caught up with Stommen and learned about her battle with weight in March. As


part of her segment, her family’s home also was given an extensive remodel, thanks to the donation of supplies and time by several Kalamazoo businesses. All of the candidates have been helped by trainer and “transformation specialist” Chris Powell, according to the release. The new season will air starting May 28. To attend Dave and Becca’s finale, send an email to with your name, email address, phone number and the number of people in your party. To attend Stommen’s finale on May 15, send an email with those same details to KalamazooFinale1@gmail. com.


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D O WA G I A C — To p management has been aligned at the Four Winds Casinos to incorporate leadership responsibilities for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ new casino in Dowagiac. Matt Harkness has been named chief operating officer of all three Four Winds Casino properties. They are located in New Buffalo, Hartford and Dowagiac. Harkness who has been general manager of the tribe’s largest facility, Four

Winds New Buffalo, will continue in that role. Veteran casino manager Frank Freedman has been named general manager of Four Winds Hartford and Four Winds Dowagiac. Freedman has been assistant general manager of Four Winds New Buffalo, and will continue in that capacity. Harkness and Freedman began working with the Four Winds Casinos before the New Buffalo location opened in 2007. It utilizes about 130,000 square feet of space, and is several times larger than either of

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KALAMAZOO — A man who police say robbed a bank in 2006 is being held in Friday afternoon’s robbery of Keystone Community Bank. With the help of “a very observant person,” police

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Coke recalled off disabled list

Detroit manager Jim Leyland believes righthander Luke Putkonen is a major league pitcher. Following the Tigers’ 10-4 win Friday night, the Tigers sent Putkonen back to the minors. Putkonen was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Friday night to clear a spot for left-handed reliever Phil Coke, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain since April 26. “I think Putkonen is a big league pitcher right now — I told him that,” Leyland said. “He’s a big league pitcher that’s going to be pitching in the minor leagues. But don’t take anything for granted. Go down there and work hard because he made a good impression here.” Coke was activated prior to Saturday’s game.


Eaves back in?

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock didn’t like what he saw from his patchwork fourth line on Friday, so he might put Patrick Eaves into the lineup today for Game 7 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Anaheim Ducks. “There might be a lineup change,” Babcock said following his team’s 4-3 overtime win in Game 6. Babcock elected to keep Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson in the lineup. The fourth line of Cory Emmerton centering Bertuzzi and Samuelsson did not mesh well. Emmerton (7:52) and Bertuzzi (9:27) played less than 10 minutes.


Marshall commits

Lawrence Marshall, a star defensive end from Southfield, verbally committed to Michigan’s 2014 class during a visit Saturday to Ann Arbor, according to multiple reports. Marshall, 6-foot-4, 215-pounds, was considered a favorite to choose Michigan State. Marshall, a fourstar prospect according to ESPN, and, was briefly committed to Ohio State before re-opening his recruitment.


Warford hurt

The Detroit Lions caught an unlucky break Saturday when thirdround draft pick Larry Warford suffered an arm injury during the second day of rookie minicamp. Warford was unable to return to action but coaches do not appear too worried about the injury. “I don’t think its a shoulder,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “We’ll see. It wasn’t serious enough to keep him in (the training room). ... We will err on the side of caution.” —

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Grueling travel adds to challenges for Red Wings, Ducks BY BRENDAN SAVAGE BSAVAGE@MLIVE.COM


he Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks aren’t going to get a lot of sympathy from anyone when it comes to perhaps the biggest challenge both are facing in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Not from their coaches. Certainly not from fans. And not even from their peers, who would like nothing more than see the two teams wear each other out in a long and grueling series. But none of their peers have to endure the repeated travel across the United States in an opening series. In addition to playing seven games in 13 days, the Red Wings will have made three cross-country trips — two for the Ducks — to decide the series. That’s nearly 10,000 miles in the air. Meanwhile, teams such as Ottawa and Montreal, Boston

and Toronto, the New York Rangers and Washington, and Chicago and Minnesota are making short shuttles in their series. “That’s actually what we’ve been talking about, the toughest thing about this type of series is you have to go so far, the three-hour time change and everything,” Red Wings rookie defenseman Brendan Smith said. “It’s something you have to deal with.” Traveling by private plane makes life on the road considerably less difficult for the Red Wings. They don’t have to worry about passing through airport security, checking or retrieving luggage or finding a decent meal since they have catered food on the team plane. But they still have to deal with the three-hour time difference between Michigan and California time zones. “The worst is going back from (Anaheim) to the Eastern,” Red WingsdefensemanKyleQuincey said. “It’s a four- or five-hour flight with a three-hour time

change. You get on a plane at 9 in the morning, you get home, the next thing you know you get back to your place and where did the day go? “You have dinner, which is really lunch, you’re trying to get to sleep and you’re supposed to play a game the next day. That’s the toughest thing I noticed.” The Red Wings are used to spending long hours traveling as one of only two Western Conference teams located in the Eastern Time zone (Columbus is the other). And, in their 22nd consecutive season of making the playoffs, the Red Wings likely have spent more time on the road than any other NHL team. That doesn’t make the travel any less grueling, but at least many of the players are old pros at dealing with it. “There’s no doubt that helps. Any time experience with that helps,” said defenseman Niklas Kronwall, a seven-year veteran who has appeared in 85 playoff games in 18 postseason series.

“It’s one of those things. It is what it is. You have to find your way through it. You can’t think too much about it. We’re here to play a game. That’s what we’re here for.” To combat fatigue, the players try to get as much rest as possible, eat sensibly, stay hydrated and work with the training staff whenever possible. Just don’t expect Red Wings coach Mike Babcock to have any sympathy for his players. In fact, he’d rather not discuss it. “I think fatigue is just when you get soft between your ears, that’s all that is,” Babcock said. “I don’t know how you can’t be checked at this time of the year, I don’t care how many shifts you get. There’s no sense talking about it.” And nothing could be as grueling as when the Red Wings faced Calgary, San Jose and Anaheim during the first three rounds of the 2007 playoffs. Detroit lost to the Ducks, who won the Stanley Cup title. “By the end of it,” Quincey said, “we were toast.”

Abdelkader key in Game 6 win BY BRENDAN SAVAGE BSAVAGE@MLIVE.COM

DETROIT — With the Detroit Red Wings facing elimination from the playoffs Friday night, they desperately needed their stars to step up. Guys like Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Jimmy Howard. All three came through as Zetterberg scored his second goal of the game in overtime, Datsyuk tallied one while assisting on the game winner a n d Howa rd turned back 34 of the Anaheim Ducks’ shots. But the Red Wings also needed somebody who could Justin provide some Abdelkader grit. Somebody MORE who could give § Henrik them a bit more Zetterberg toughness. S o m e b o d y coming up clutch l i k e J u s t i n for Red Wings, Abdelkader. B5 Fortunately for the Red Wings, Abdelkader was back in uniform after serving a twogame suspension and he played a major role in the 4-3 victory that forced Game 7 tonight in Anaheim. “Abby did a great job for us,” Zetterberg said. “He skates well. He’s really physical. He makes room for me and Pav. He’s been resting for a couple days here. He looked good (Friday). “He had a lot of energy and it was nice to see.” Abdelkader provided traffic in front of Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller on two of Detroit’s goals while taking the shot that led to another as the Red Wings won their third overtime game of the series. Coach Mike Babcock was happy to see Abdelkader back in the lineup. “It makes a huge difference, no question about it,” Babcock said. “He knows how to play without the puck. He’s a big man.” adf


Leadership, experience help Tigers focus on winning No. 2-ranked team in Division 4 takes pride in offensive power BY SCOTT DECAMP SDECAMP1@MLIVE.COM

GOBLES — On a scale of 1 to 10, Ty Rock rates the importance of baseball to himself and fellow Gobles varsity players as “probably a 9” and “maybe even a high 9 or 9 ½.” Breathing and eating might be the only things more important at this time. “A couple weeks ago, I gave them the day off and holy cow — you’d thought I committed a crime,” said Gobles head coach Randy Ayres, who thought his players needed a break to rest sore arms and bodies. “Even the times when we have our practice, they’ll all go home and eat dinner, but then come back (to the school) and all take batting practice on their own.” The Tigers (11-1) take great enjoyment in hitting and scoring runs — .454 team batting average and 12.8 runs per game — but

not as much pleasure as they derive from winning. At this point of the season, Division 4 No. 2-ranked Gobles has done it all. There is one big thing missing, though, as far as the close-knit Tigers are concerned: a state championship. They’ve pointed toward that, and this season, for a long time. “Oh, gosh, ever since we were little,” said senior Seth Johnson, Gobles’ center fielder and No. 3 batter in the lineup. “Most of us in Little League were talking about high school. We always dreamed about playing together in high school and winning a state championship. And then more of the guys started playing and it got bigger and bigger and just started building.” Gobles is a fairly loose team, until the Tigers step onto the field for a game. “Last year we had a great team but we didn’t focus at practice like we are this year. Last year at practice we’d be loosening up, playing catch like we are now, but then we’d stay loose the whole practice,” said senior catcher and leadoff batter Cam Hansen, referring to the Tigers’ 22-5 season in 2012.


Trevor Rigney is congratulated by his teammates following a home run in the bottom of the first inning of the Tigers’ 15-0 win over Bridgman on Thursday.

“Now we all know this is our last, good chance because a lot of us are (graduating). That’s a big focus, is to stay locked in on games when it comes time to get out there and play.” That’s where Gobles’ leadership and experience come into play. The Tigers’ roster features eight seniors, four juniors and one freshman. Five seniors comprise the heart and soul of these Tigers: Hansen, Johnson and Rock are four-year varsity starters;

infielders Brian Hayward and Joey Olsiewicz are three-year varsity performers. Johnson, Hansen and Olsiewicz are team captains. “The four-year players are the backbone of the team basically,” Ayres said, “but the other three that I brought up (as sophomores) who are all seniors, they’ve filled it in. They’ve rounded the team out. We’re pretty solid at every position.” The Tigers are 8-0 with a run differential of 117-7 in the

Southwestern Athletic Conference North Division, which they’ve dominated since this group came along. Eleven of the 13 players on the roster are batting .333 or higher. Johnson, the all-stater who will be a preferred walk-on at Michigan State University, leads the way at a scorching .667 clip (26-for-39). The left-handed hitter has eight doubles, five triples and three home runs to go along with 29 RBIs and 25 runs scored. Hansen, who plans to sign with Kellogg Community College, follows with a .605 batting average (27 runs, 15 RBIs, three doubles, three triples, two homers). “This is obviously my best shot to take anybody anywhere since I’ve been coaching,” said Ayres, who’s in his seventh season as Gobles’ varsity coach. “We’ve had a lot of good talent over the years, but not that played together as well as this group. They’re just awesome guys to be around, they know the game — it makes it easier to coach, but at the same time there’s pressure to make sure they go far.”


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KVCC qualifies for national tourney Cougars softball team beats Owens CC BY DAVID DREW DDREW1@MLIVE.COM

B AT T L E C R E E K — Kalamazoo Valley Community College softball coach Mike Clark said he had a feeling this could be a special season for the Cougars softball team on the first day of practice. His feeling became a reality on Friday when KVCC defeated Owens Community College, 8-1, in the NJCAA Region XII District G Tournament game to clinch the program’s first bid to the NJCAA Division II national tournament since 2006. The trip to the national tournament is the first for the Cougars under the guidance of Clark. “It means everything,” Clark said. “There were a lot of good players that came before us and it kind of represents all of the good players that came before us and didn’t have a chance to go to nationals. There was a lot of sacrifice by a lot of people to make it happen. “We’re very excited and the girls are very deserving. They worked extremely hard and they came together at the end

at the right time. They put all of their differences aside to reach their goal of going to nationals. They played extremely well.” KVCC (34-14), which won the MCCAA Western Conference title, fell behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning Friday at Battle Creek’s Bailey Park, but the Cougars answered in their first turn at the plate. Freshman Morgan VanderBor hit a threerun home run to spark a fiverun first inning for KVCC. “Getting five runs in the first was huge,” Clark said. “Morgan VanderBor hadn’t batted the last two days and her first atbat she had a three-run home run and that was pretty much all the breathing room (pitcher) Morgan Hill ever needs and she dominated their lineup all day long. ... Emily McCarty came up with some timely RBIs later in the game to kind of seal the deal.” The Cougars, who went 3-0 in the regional tournament, will travel to Clinton, Miss. for the national tournament, which begins on Wednesday. Katie Lorenz led KVCC at the plate Friday with three hits. McCarty, Kala Foerster and VanderBor each finished with two hits for the Cougars. Hill gave up five hits and recorded six strikeouts in the win to improve to 13-2 this season.

WMU tennis eliminated Broncos fall against No. 8 Kentucky BY DAVID DREW DDREW1@MLIVE.COM

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Western Michigan University men’s tennis team entered Friday’s NCAA tournament match against the University of Kentucky looking to make a mark in the history books. The Broncos came close to picking up a few points, but fell 4-0 to the No. 8-ranked Wildcats in Lexington, Ky. WMU’s No. 1 singles player, Nadin Indre, had a chance to force a third set against Kentucky’s top singles player Anthony Rossi, who is ranked fifth in the country, but the match ended before the two could finish. Rossi won the first set 7-6 (5) and the two were tied, 6-6 (1-2) in the second set. Western Michigan’s No. 3 singles player Aaron Wong was leading Kentucky’s Charles Minc in the third set when the match ended. Broncos coach Dave Morin said he knew his team’s performance in doubles action would be a big factor and it played a role Friday as Kentucky won at second and third doubles to

pick up the doubles point and take a 1-0 lead. “The doubles has really hurt us all year long and I think it hurt us again,” Morin said. “We were down 1-0 early. In the singles I thought it was a different story. I thought we played really well. Aaron Wong led in his match. If we could have extended a match and gotten through the third set with Aaron I think there was a good chance that we were going to win a couple of those.” WMU has never won a match in the NCAA tournament and has picked up one point, in 2008 against Michigan. Morin said he hopes the younger returning players on the roster gained some experience in the doubles realm this year and can find some confidence heading into next season. The Broncos will lose three seniors, but return enough talent to leave Morin feeling good about the future, especially with Indre returning for his senior season. “We were in a position to make that a very close match if we would have played it out,” Morin said. “We return our No. 1 guy, who was the player of the year in the conference a year ago and came up just short of that this year. We know our No. 1 guy can play with anybody.”

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ST. LOUIS — The Kalamazoo College men’s tennis team defeated Grinnell College 5-3 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championships on Friday at Washington University-St. Louis. Kalamazoo opened the match by winning two of the three doubles points, including a narrow 8-6 win by Peter Rothstein and Stephen Hanselman at

No. 1 doubles. Ro b e r t H u d s o n a n d Mike Korn won 8-2 at No. 3 doubles. The Hornets proceeded to win three singles matches to clinch the win and advance to the second round. Rothstein won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 singles while Hanselman won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. David DeSimone clinched the match with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles.


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1. Rockford 310; 2. Muskegon Mona Shores B 312; 3. GR Christian 325; 4. Byron Center 328; 5. Grandville 332; 5. Rockford B 332; 7. Mattawan 336; 8. East Grand Rapids 340; 9. Catholic Central 347; 10. West Catholic 351; 11. Cedar Springs 356; 12. Wayland 359; 13. NorthPointe Christian 360; 14. Kenowa Hills 364; 15. Howard City Tri County 394; 16. Lakeview 431.


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Kalamazoo Central’s Jamaal Thomas anchors the boys 400-meter relay during the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference track meet at Loy Norrix on Friday.

Down to the wire

BC LAKEVIEW, P-NORTHERN BOYS BATTLE FOR SMAC TITLE Loy Norrix senior Bishop Robinson won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 2 inches and he claimed first place in the long jump with a distance of 20-6. Portage Central had the top two finishers in the pole vault event as Kevin Haugn won with a vault of 14 feet and Nick Vandewalker recorded a height of 12 feet, 6 inches. P-Central’s Nate Jeppesen won the discus event with a toss of 55-9. Sturgis’ Steven Griffith won the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:40.03.


KALAMAZOO — Arguably the best race of the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference track and field championship meet was the final boys competition Friday at Loy Norrix High School. The Battle Creek Lakeview and Portage Northern teams were stretching for every point as the race for the boys crown came down to the 1,600-meter relay. The Huskies got out to a lead, but Lakeview and Battle Creek Harper Creek runners made final pushes to finish just ahead of P-Northern. The three teams finished within two seconds of each other as Lakeview clocked a time of 3 minutes, 27.14 seconds. With the first-place finish, the Spartans edged the Huskies 92-91 on the final results sheet, but P-Northern coach Ahren Kaylor informed MLive/ Kalamazoo Gazette there was a discrepancy with the scoring of one of the events, resulting in the Huskies tying Lakeview in the final standings. As of Saturday morning, a final ruling had not been made according to Kaylor. The Battle Creek Lakeview girls track team withstood a late push from Portage Northern to claim the girls title. Regardless of the score, P-Northern’s Jacorey Lipsey said the conference meet meant everything to the Huskies. “It means a lot,” he said. “It shows how much work and effort we put in during practice. It’s great having a team like we

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Portage Central’s Aubrey Haughn competes in the pole vault during the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference meet.

have here at Portage Northern. We’re really big on family and the coaches are amazing. It all shows in our results.” Lipsey, a Central Michigan University-bound hurdler, won the 110-meter hurdles event and the 300 meter hurdles event with times of 14.80 seconds and 40.46 seconds, respectively. He also won the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.98 seconds. Kalamazoo Central junior Lyndonn Austell had a big day for the Maroon Giants as he won the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.20 seconds. He was also a member of the winning 800 meter relay team. Also running in that relay for the Giants were Jamaal Thomas, Kenneth Jones and Tra’Von Phillips, who finished third in the 200 dash (22.85 seconds).

Battle Creek Lakeview picked up just enough points in the final event of the meet, the 1,600 relay, to hold off P-Northern and capture its second consecutive Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference championship with a final score of 108 points. The Huskies finished with 100 points. St. Joseph was third with 81.25 points. Kalamazoo Central was the next highest local team with a sixth-place finish (41.50 points). Higgins, a junior, won the 100 meter hurdles and 300meter hurdles events with times of 15.84 seconds and 48.83 seconds respectively. Kayla Evans won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet to get the Huskies off and going in the meet. Teammate Natalie Vizard then won the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.75 seconds. Sturgis’ Nicolette Nelson won the discus. Gull Lake’s Kirsten Taylor won the long jump with a distance of 16 feet, 11 inches.

Miller helps Gull Lake baseball finish third BY PAUL MORGAN SPECIAL TO MLIVE.COM

RICHLAND — As a pitcher, Gull Lake’s Nick Miller is never going to overpower an opponent. What he does do is keep things interesting. The junior kept Grand Rapids Christian off the scoreboard in the consolation game of Saturday’s Best of the Best Invitational baseball tournament, but it wasn’t easy. In the first three innings, the Eagles had six hits and loaded the bases with no one out in the first inning. Miller settled down and pitched six scoreless innings to help the Blue Devils to an

8-1 victory. No. 5-ranked Gull Lake (19-2) lost in the tournament’s first game to No. 3 St. Clair, 5-1. St. Joseph rallied to down Christian 5-3 in the other semifinal, then upset St. Clair, 7-1, in the championship game. “The first three innings were interesting,’’ Miller said. “My arm was tight and it was cold, then the sun came out and it got better.’’ It got better as he limited Grand Rapids to just one hit in the fourth through sixth innings until he was relieved in the seventh. All this from a junior who didn’t think he would pitch this year. After playing infield and pitching for the junior varsity

last season, “I thought they had enough arms on the varsity this year and I didn’t think I would get on the mound,’’ Miller said. Miller has pitched in five games, going 3-0. The first three innings didn’t look easy, though. After he loaded the bases in the first inning on a single and two walks, he struck out the next three batters. Miller started out the second inning by getting the first two outs before Grand Rapids (6-12) loaded the bases. Miller got out of that jam, too. In the third, the Eagles put two runners on with two outs, but Miller finished the inning with a strikeout.

Ann Arbor Pioneer 2, Portage Central 1


John Green Invitational at Mendon 1. Olivet 129.5; 2. Mendon 114.5; 3. Bronson 101; 4. Colon 91; 5. Lawton 72; 6. Centreville 65; 7. Cassopolis 43; 8. Union City 27; 9. Battle Creek St Philip 20.


Wolverine Conference Championships 1. Allegan 96; 2. Edwardsburg 84; 3. Otsego 69; 4. Plainwell 60; 5. Berrien Springs 56; 5. Paw Paw 56; 5. Vicksburg 56; 8. Three Rivers 50; 9. Comstock 34; 10. Dowagiac 30; 11. Coloma 22; 12. South Haven 12.


Caledonia 19, Mattawan 6


Battle Creek Pennfield 1-3, Kalamazoo Christian 7-1 Climax-Scotts 1-8, North Adams-Jerome 0-2 Edwardsburg 4-7, Three Rivers 6-0 Galesburg-Augusta 7-16, Parchment 1-2 Portage Central 15-6, Niles 5-5 Sturgis 14, Loy Norrix 1


SMAC Finals 1. Battle Creek Lakeview 92; 2. Portage Northern 91; 3. Battle Creek Harper Creek 69; 4. St Joseph 63.3; 5. Kalamazoo Central 61.3; 6. Sturgis 47; 7. Stevensville Lakeshore 43; 8. Portage Central 40; 9. Mattawan 30; 10. Battle Creek Central 28; 11. Benton Harbor 25.3; 12. Loy Norrix 25; 13. Coldwater 20; 14. Marshall 12; 15. Niles 8; 16. Richland Gull Lake 5.


Lakeview Invitational 1. Battle Creek Lakeview 286; 2. Holt 304; 3. Marshall 312; 4. Portage Central 315; 5. St Joseph 316; 6. Battle Creek Harper Creek 330; 7. Portage Northern 336; 8. Richland Gull Lake 338; 9. Battle Creek Lakeview B 341; 10. Stevensville Lakeshore 342; 11. Coldwater 347; 12. Hastings 349; 13. Sturgis 355; 14. Kalamazoo Central 366; 15. Loy Norrix 374; 16. Niles 405. Comstock Jamboree 1. Plainwell 158; 2. Otsego 161; 3. Paw Paw 168; 4. Comstock 175; 5. Vicksburg 179; 6. Allegan 194.


Battle Creek Pennfield 11, Portage Northern 10


Climax-Scotts 5-11, North Adams-Jerome 13-15 Colon 15-17, Litchfield 0-0 Edwardsburg 11, Three Rivers 1 Loy Norrix 1-0, Sturgis 6-15 Lawton 0-3, Hackett 3-6 Parchment 5-10, Galesburg-Augusta 1-8 Portage Central 10-11, Niles 0-0 Vicksburg 11-11, Comstock 1-3


Allegan 4, Battle Creek Central 0 Bangor 3, New Buffalo 0 Battle Creek Lakeview 6, Vicksburg 0 Delton Kellogg 1, Kalamazoo Christian 1 Middleville 6, Otsego 1 Portage Northern 1, Plainwell 0 Richland Gull Lake 4, Mattawan 0


SMAC Finals 1. Battle Creek Lakeview 108; 2. Portage Northern 100; 3. St Joseph 81.3; 4. Niles 58; 5. Stevensville Lakeshore 44.5; 6. Kalamazoo Central 41.5; 7. Richland Gull Lake 35.3; 8. Portage Central 33; 9. Coldwater 32.5; 10. Marshall 27.5; 11. Battle Creek Central 26; 12. Sturgis 24; 13. Battle Creek Harper Creek 18.5; 14. Benton Harbor 15; 15. Mattawan 10; 16. Loy Norrix 4. Allegan Invitational 1. Vicksburg 83; 2. Paw Paw 74; 3. Allegan 67; 4. Three Rivers 66.5; 5. Whitehall 51; 6. Berrien Springs 49; 7. Edwardsburg 40; 8. Coloma 37; 9. Dowagiac 36; 10. Plainwell 34.5; 11. Otsego 31; 12. Bangor 30; 13. South Haven 18; 14. Parchment 17; 15. Delton Kellogg 16.


East Grand Rapids 11, Portage Northern 2 Grand Rapids Forest Hills United 8, Portage Central 6


Hartford at Bloomingdale DH, 4:30 p.m. Hackett at Kalamazoo Christian, 4 p.m. Loy Norrix at Galesburg-Augusta, 4:30 p.m. Lawrence at Athens, 4 p.m. Lawton at Schoolcraft DH, 4:30 p.m. Howardsville Christian at Marcellus DH, 4:30 p.m. Mattawan at Catholic Central, 4:15 p.m. Olivet at Parchment, 4 p.m. Saugatuck at Gobles, 4:30 p.m.


SAC Jamboree at Cheshire: Bangor, Gobles, Lawton, Marcellus, 4:30 p.m. SMAC East Jamboree: Sturgis, 3:30 p.m. SMAC West Division Conference Meet at Lakeshore: Kalamazoo Central, Mattawan, Portage Central, Portage Northern, 3:30 p.m. Climax-Scotts at Hillsdale, 4 p.m. Milford Tournament: Hackett, 12:30 p.m. SMAC Central Jamboree at Milham GC: Kalamazoo Central, Loy Norrix, Portage Central, Portage Northern, Richland Gull Lake, 3:30 p.m.


Comstock at Plainwell, 6:45 p.m. Hudsonville Freedom Christian at Kalamazoo Heritage Christian Academy, 6 p.m. Kalamazoo Central at Loy Norrix, 6:45 p.m. Kalamazoo Home School at Kalamazoo Heritage Christian Academy, 5:15 p.m. Niles at Three Rivers, 6:45 p.m. Paw Paw at Otsego, 6:45 p.m. Richland Gull Lake at Portage Northern, 6:45 p.m. Vicksburg at Allegan, 6:45 p.m.


Double Dual: Kalamazoo Christian, 4 p.m. Marshall at Vicksburg, 4 p.m. Three Rivers at Niles, 4 p.m.


Comstock Invite: Comstock, 3 p.m. Centreville at Bronson, 4:30 p.m. Coloma at Niles Brandywine: Lawrence, 4:30 p.m. Kalamazoo Central at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 4:30 p.m. Mendon at White Pigeon, 4:30 p.m. St. Joseph Invitational, 10 a.m.


Fennville at Allegan DH, 4 p.m. Galesburg-Augusta at Comstock, 4 p.m. Hartford at Bloomingdale DH, 4:30 p.m. Lawrence at Athens, 4 p.m. Lawton at Schoolcraft DH, 4:30 p.m. Howardsville Christian at Marcellus DH, 4:30 p.m. Mendon at Marshall, 4 p.m. Niles Brandywine at Decatur, 4:30 p.m. Olivet at Parchment, 4 p.m. Otsego at Hackett, 4 p.m.

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Allegan claims conference crown The Allegan girls tennis team won every championship flight to easily win the Wolverine Conference championship Saturday. “Allegan is a very tough team to compete against,” Edwardsburg coach Kim Bartz said. Allegan singles champions were Livia Christman (No. 1), Abby Dekkinga (No. 2), Tarah Brennan (No. 3) and Karlie Harness (No. 4). Doubles champions were Christin Drozd and Kaycee Harness (No. 1), Emmarie Gorby and Blake Day (No. 2), Taylor Orr and Karlie Vanklompenberg (No. 3) and Reannon Rizquallah and Alyssa Hopkins (No. 4). Bartz was voted Coach of the Year in Edwardsburg’s first season as part of the Wolverine Conference.


P-Central beats SL

Portage Central scored a pair of late goals to give the Mustangs a 5-3 win over Spring Lake. Sophomore midfielder Michael Kuchenbuch scored twice and added an assist for Portage Central, which scored the only goal of the final quarter. Portage Central’s Issac Hazen and Matt Schuen had a goal and an assist. Goalie Adam Getty made 20 saves.


Mustangs cruise

Portage Central’s girls tennis team took the top spot at the SMAC conference meet with 53 points. Haley Kuppler won the No. 2 singles flight over Vanessa Lancaster 7-5, 6-2. Portage Central also won the No. 2 and 4 doubles. Lakeview finished second, and Richland Gull Lake took third. Gull Lake’s Sara Remynse won the No. 1 singles title with a 6-0, 6-2 win against Portage Central’s Carly Pratt.


Comets win title

Kalamazoo Christian defeated Otsego 5-4 in the championship game of the Comstock Invitational. Earlier in the tournament, Kalamazoo Christian blanked Portage Northern 9-0 and defeated Olivet 5-1. Bekah VanDam, Stephanie VanderLugt and Kara Gjeltema homered for Kalamazoo Christian. The Comets (21-4) scored five runs in the first two innings against Otsego. —


KALAMAZOO — The Paw Paw girls track and field team is having success in competition this season, but away from the athletic venue as well. Paw Paw girls track is the latest winner of the Kalamazoo Gazette Team of the Week poll (May 13-17). The Redskins generated 315 of 553 total votes (57 percent). Portage Central softball finished second in the poll with 166 votes. Kalamazoo Christian softball and Kalamazoo Central boys track were a distant third and fourth, respectively, with 21 and 20 votes. Team of the Week winner receives top-notch coverage from the MLive/Gazette crew, including multiple stories and a photo gallery.

Assistant coach hired to lead Jenison basketball BY SCOTT DECAMP SDECAMP1@MLIVE.COM


The perfect storm

Gobles’ Ty Rock fires a pitch in top of the first inning of the Tigers 15-0 win over Bridgman on Thursday.


GOBLES — When the Gobles baseball team gets rolling like it did during Thursday’s 15-0, three-inning thrashing of Bridgman, it’s impressive to witness. Imagine what it must be like to hang out with the eclectic Tigers off the field: There are hunters and archers, fishermen, an artist, a snowboarder, a flashy dancer, a pianist ... These interesting and funloving guys seem like they’d be even more entertaining to watch off the field than on. “We have a lot of (dynamic individuals),” senior shortstop Joey Olsiewicz said. “I don’t know if I can narrow it down to one.” Despite all the different hobbies and activities in which the Gobles players engage off the field, they all seem to blend well on it. Part of that is the fact they respect each other’s talents away from the diamond. Gobles, the Kalamazoo Gazette Team of the Week, is more than a highly skilled baseball squad. Senior catcher Cam Hansen is an avid outdoorsman and archer. “It’s very therapeutic. Sometimes I just like to be by myself,” he said. “There’s nothing better than just having me there ... I can listen to me. I love it (outdoors). I was raised out there.”

The Gobles baseball team jogs around the field to warm up prior to practice on Wednesday afternoon. Gobles was named this week’s Team of the Week.

Senior outfielder Iain Gildea, senior infielder Tucker Rigney and freshman utility player Trevor Rigney also enjoy hunting, fishing and archery. “Cam — Cam’s a comedian. That kid cracks me up, he’s hilarious,” senior center fielder Seth Johnson said. “Iain, amazing artist. He can draw like crazy. Oh, unbelievable.” Senior outfielder Justin Blodgett is a talented and serious snowboarder. “I would be willing to bet that you’ll see him on the X Games after he gets out of high school,” Gobles coach Randy Ayres said. “He’s really good. I’ve seen videos of him doing flips and stuff on snowboards.” Olsiewicz is said to be a “really good dancer.” “I do dance. I do take a little pride in my dancing,” said a smiling Olsiewicz, who credits his mother for his moves. “She has a lot of personality.” Senior inf ielder Brian

Hayward is the guy on the team with musical talents. He’s in band and plays the piano. “Oh, he’s a musical wonder,” senior pitcher/infielder Ty Rock said about Hayward. “I can’t even describe him. He plays the violin, banjo, guitar, trumpet. I think he’s going to (University of) Michigan and trying out for the band. He’s pretty much all-around perfect — there’s not much you can (say bad about) him. He’s good at everything.” Rock describes himself and Johnson as “all-around” guys. “(Johnson is) into the fishing and stuff, but that goes for everybody,” Rock said. “We’re so close, we do almost everything together regardless of what it is.” The players respect each others’ passions outside of baseball. That’s one of the reasons they mesh so well on the field. Ayres said the players pick at each other from time to time

and have fun with it, but they all get along great together. They’re all pretty easy-going guys, who smile a lot. When it comes time to playing ball, though, they get down to business. “We’ve got Seth — he just laughs a lot at what everybody says and he thinks everyone’s hilarious. Same thing with Joe Olsiewicz — he thinks everything is funny,” said Hansen, who often is the one making everybody laugh. “And then we’ve got guys like (junior Tyler Stickels), who’s always out there. He’s the dugout guy — he always jumps in with like a one-line every single time. Ty is more serious. Brian, you get him joking every once in a while, but those two (Rock and Hayward) are more locked in. “We’re pretty loose, but then when it comes to get on the field it’s time to go.” Many of the players are multi-sport athletes. At the end of the day, they’re all pretty competitive. And while each has his own hobbies he enjoys, the players spend a lot of time together away from baseball as well. “Sometimes we’ll go to Cam’s house and we’ll have a ping-pong tournament with everybody or sometimes we’ll go bowling together,” Johnson said. “We went to a movie together — we saw ‘Ironman 3’ and ‘42,’ the whole team. We get along so good.”


Inside scoop Gobles baseball was voted the Gazette Team of the Week for May 6-10. The Tigers are off to a 14-1 start and have dominated every opponent they’ve faced. Gobles, a senior-laden group, lost in the regional finals to eventual state runner-up Bridgman two years ago and fell to eventual state champion Decatur in the district finals last season. Here’s a bit of an inside like on the fun-loving Gobles baseball team: § About the coach: Randy Ayres, 53, is in his seventh season as Gobles’ varsity baseball coach. He assisted the varsity team for two seasons and coached the junior varsity squad for seven years. Ayres is a 1978 graduate of Paw Paw, where he played catcher for three seasons.

§ College baseball prospects: three Gobles baseball career Senior center fielder Seth records and Johnson is headed to is in line for Michigan State University, more. He has where he’ll be a preferred career records walk-on. He turned down in doubles an offer to Ball State. Senior (44), home pitcher/infielder Ty Rock is runs (21) and bound for Kalamazoo College, RBIs (149). where Ayres said senior Johnson is in Seth infielder Tucker Rigney is line to shatter Johnson headed as well. Senior catcher to batting Cam Hansen is committed to average Kellogg Community College. record (he’s at .489) and is § Not afraid of the big boys: closing in on tying the marks Like any team, Gobles for hits (11 away with 158), has some cupcakes on triples (two away with 12) and its schedule. The Tigers runs scored (two away with aren’t afraid to challenge 152, trailing teammate Cam themselves, though. They’ve Hansen). already beaten Division 2 § Coach speak: The Tigers have Stevensville Lakeshore, 8-0, plenty of self-motivation and played solid against and understand that, for the Division 1 Portage Northern majority of them, this is the tough before losing 4-3. last chance to realize their § Hits keep comin’ for recordhigh school baseball dreams. holder: Senior center fielder/ But Ayres still likes to give No. 3 batter Seth Johnson is his players a reminder: “I told a four-year starter, who owns them from Day One, ‘You play

every game like it’s going to be the last ball game you ever play.’” § Like father, like son: Hansen is a superstitious guy. It runs in the family, he said. “My dad is a really superstitious guy. He brings mojo to the field every time. I always go and give him the two-finger knuckles. He’s the guy that’s always crazy over there.” § Quoting: “Personally, I thought there would be a lot more pressure. Coming in and being the No. 2 team in (Division 4), we all (figured) that but every game it doesn’t feel like we’re the No. 2 team in the state. I think that’s a wonderful thing. We’re so relaxed and we’re focused that we know we’re going to get the job done. The pressure, I think that will come down the line.” — senior pitcher/infielder Ty Rock.

— Scott Decamp

KALAMAZOO — David Kool spent a big stretch of his early life in Kalamazoo before moving to Grand Rapids prior to his seventh-grade year. He moved back to Kalamazoo eight years ago and has been here ever since — first as a Western Michigan University basketball star, then as an upand-coming college coach. Kool is ready to return to the Grand Rapids area and leave the college-coaching lifestyle behind. The all-time leading scorer at WMU and Grand Rapids South Christian again is leaving Kalamazoo, as hard as that may be. Kool, 25, was hired as the boys varsity basketball head coach at Jenison High School, where he also will be employed within the school. “The main thing and main reason (for making this move), when I sat down at night and prayed about it obviously and did a lot of talking to people, is the change in lifestyle that it will give me,” said Kool, who spent the past two seasons as a full-time WMU assistant coach. He served as a Broncos student assistant coach after he scored a program-record 2,122 points from 2006-10. “It’s a tough lifestyle being on the road all the time and constantly recruiting. I’ve done that for three years and I know what it’s about. Being a high school head coach and running my own program is very exciting. Moving back to my hometown in Grand Rapids, that will be fantastic. I’m very excited about that. I’ll be able to spend time with my parents, brother, niece and nephew. Those are the main reasons.” At Jenison, Kool replaces coach Brett Dyke, who was released from his position after 11 seasons on the job. At WMU, Broncos head coach Steve Hawkins said the assistantcoach search is underway, although he’s in no rush to make a hire. Kool let Hawkins know his decision on Wednesday, a day after the two discussed pros and cons of the high school and college opportunities. Hawkins is sad to see Kool go, but “ecstatic” for his former standout and understudy. “I think (Jenison is) getting a really, really high-integrity guy. When you think of David, you think of integrity,” Hawkins said. “He’s a kid of faith — I say kid because I’m still thinking of him as a kid, but he’s a man now. “And he’s a worker as well. He studies, he gets into it.”


Western Michigan’s David Brown, left, listens as assistant coach David Kool talks during a 2010 game. Kool, was hired as the boys basketball coach at Jenison High School near Grand Rapids.


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Who’s humiliating whom in Singh lawsuit?



Time to move on



No apologies necessary in situation involving Michigan, Webber


Golfer in lose-lose situation after confessing use of deer-antler spray


NN ARBOR — In life, there usually are two sides to every argument. In the ever-polarizing case of Chris Webber and the University of Michigan, many tend to agree that the crux of the issue is an apology is needed. What people disagree on is which side needs to say “sorry” first. Some believe that party is Webber, a player who took money from a crooked booster during his playing career — an egregious violation of NCAA rules, which led to penalties, shame, Chris embarrassment Webber and decline in a once-proud basketball program. If Webber wants back in at Michigan, some say, he needs to admit regret before ever thinking about setting foot inside Crisler Center. The other end of the argument sides with Webber. He was a kid. He took money from a man for whom his school kept an open door policy long before Webber arrived on campus. Webber then helped the university make millions as a player. Why should he have to apologize? Maybe he was a victim of the system. Maybe too much blame for the situation was placed on him, Robert Traylor, Louis Bullock and Maurice Taylor — who were cast out into the desert during a 10-year disassociation period that came to a close Wednesday. Regardless of which side of the fence you’re sitting on, the Webber-Michigan drama has hit a wall. In this scene, the question that needs to be asked is simple: What, exactly, is an apology from either side really going to accomplish? Is it going to make people forget the 10-year blackout ever occurred? No. Is it going to erase this scandal from history books? Absolutely not. Is it going to re-grant Michigan the scholarships it lost, or the postseason it was forced to sit out, or the period of decline in its program? Not a chance. So what are we really talking about? Michigan basketball doesn’t desperately need Webber in its life. The Wolverines played in a national championship game last month and has returned to prominence. Coach John Beilein has raised the program’s recruiting profile near where it was 20 years ago, and he has won a Big Ten championship. By the same token, Webber isn’t in desperate need of Michigan. He had a tremendous professional career, has been applauded numerous times for his charitable contributions and seems to be doing just fine in his post-playing days as an up-and-coming NBA analyst. If both parties believe they’re better off with each other in their respective lives, then so be it. But either side demanding an apology or restitution at this juncture is pointless. It would be egostroking and nothing more. In this saga, the time has come for both parties to simply come to terms with the situation — or just be done with it. Forgive. Or just forget. Email:



Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin, left, argues with umpire Angel Hernandez on Wednesday after a review failed to turn a double by Adam Rosales into a home run in the ninth inning of the A’s game against the Cleveland Indians. Melvin was ejected. The Indians won 4-3.

Two wrongs don’t make a right


NEW YORK — Major League Baseball suspended umpire Fieldin Culbreth for two games on Friday because he was in charge of the crew that allowed Houston Astros manager Bo Porter to improperly switch relievers in the middle of an inning. Culbreth and the rest of his crew — Brian O’Nora, Bill Welke and Adrian Johnson — also were fined an undisclosed amount, after MLB acknowledged its umps goofed for the second straight day. “The rule covering pitching changes was not applied correctly by the umpiring crew,” MLB said in a statement. The problem in Houston came a day after Angel Hernandez and his crew in Cleveland failed to reverse a clear-cut home run after looking at a video review. MLB executive vice president Joe Torre said the umpires made an “improper call.” Hernandez was booed when the umpires were introduced Friday night before the Washington Nationals hosted the Chicago Cubs. It recently has been a rough run for umps. Crew chief Tom Hallion was fined earlier this month after getting into a verbal spat with Tampa Bay pitcher David Price. The latest trouble occurred in the seventh inning at Minute Maid Park. And while baseball does have video replay for some hard-to-tell calls — and has talked for a couple of years about expanding its scope — there was no mistaking what umpires saw. With two outs and the Astros ahead 5-3, Houston reliever Wesley Wright came in from the bullpen and threw several warmup pitches from the mound. Porter, a first-year manager, ran onto the field to stop him and brought in another reliever, Hector Ambriz. A n ge l s m a n a ge r M i ke Scioscia argued, correctly contending Wright was required to pitch to at least one batter. But the umpires permitted


Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia questions the umpires on a Houston Astros pitching change in the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday in Houston.

Ambriz to stay in, and Scioscia put the game under protest — it became moot when the Angels rallied to win 6-5. Scioscia wasn’t surprised by MLB’s stern ruling. “One thing I have found is that in the course of, especially with Joe Torre and Major League Baseball, that I think there is accountability,” he said Friday in Chicago. “That might not always show its face, but I know behind the scenes it’s there, and this is one example.” Pinch hitter Luis Jimenez was on deck when Wright entered. Once Ambriz took over, Scott Cousins came up as a pinch hitter. On Friday, Porter was upset he caused the problem. “Personally, I want to apologize to their whole crew for putting them in that position,” he said. “It’s unfortunate for the game of baseball.” Culbreth provided little clarification after the game. “Well, the only thing I can tell you is that all matters concerning protests are handled through the league office,” he said. Porter said he spoke with Culbreth after the game and apologized to him when he realized he was wrong. But he still wanted to make a public apology. “There are some

repercussions, and again as I sit here today, it’s more that I feel sorry for the crew chief and the crew for having to wear what it is that happened last night,” Porter said. Wright, one of the pitchers involved in the fiasco, thinks it’s unfortunate Culbreth was suspended. He said when it happened, he figured he was going to have to stay in to face a batter. “When they told me I was out of the game I was just kind of like, ‘Maybe I don’t understand the rule,”’ he said. “It was just one of those weird situations.” A day earlier, a mistake in Cleveland caused a lot of commotion. Adam Rosales and the Athletics were certain he hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning against the Indians. Three umpires went to a video review and instead upheld the original call on the field that the ball didn’t clear the left-field wall. Oakland manager B ob Melvin was ejected and was later contacted by MLB officials. The mistake drew attention all over the majors. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said he had never before seen an obvious miss despite replay. “This is the first one where there definitely is a line drawn where you go, ‘Wow,”’ he said.

ijay Singh is suing the PGA Tour for exposing him to “public humiliation and ridicule” by investigating his use of deer-antler spray. Now, that’s funny. Because Singh was doing such a bang-up job of humiliating himself. Rewind back to February and take another look at the Sports Illustrated article that kicked up a stir at the Super Bowl. It starred soon-to-beretired Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and highlighted his purchases of the same spray that Singh used, from the same supplier, Sports With Alternatives to Steroids, a two-man operation run out of the back of a gym in tiny Fultondale, Ala. Turns out that in addition to deer-antler spray, SWATS was marketing all kinds of crackpot cures and pseudoperformance-enhancers — underwear exposed to radio waves, holographic stickers, even negatively charged water — to a growing list of college and pro athletes with the hope of someday getting them to endorse the stuff. The catch is that none of it works. The deer-antler spray contains traces of the widely banned-from-competition substance IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor), but to be effective — like real insulin — IGF-1 has to be injected. As Singh’s own lawyers pointed out, he’d get as much IGF-1 into his system just by drinking a glass of milk. Nearly all of the rest of SWATS’ exotic offerings are based on the same kind of junk science. But Singh, unlike most of the marks that SWATS courted, was buying this mumbo-jumbo with his own hard-earned cash. He even threw in a lukewarm endorsement at no cost. “In November, Singh paid (SWATS owner Mitch) Ross $9,000 for the spray, chips, beam ray and powder additive — making him one of the few athletes who is compensating SWATS,” Sports Illustrated reported. “He says he uses the spray banned by the PGA ‘every couple of hours ... every day,’ sleeps with the beam ray on and has put chips on his ankles, waist and shoulders. ‘I’m looking forward to some change in my body,’ Singh says. ‘It’s really hard to feel the difference if you’re only doing it for a couple of months.’” According to Singh’s lawsuit, after his confession, the PGA Tour tested a sample from the golfer and found small amounts of IGF-1. Next, commissioner Tim Finchem

proposed suspending him for 90 days, redistributing his earnings from Pebble Beach and Riviera and, in any case, held back about $100,000 of Singh’s money while the tour investigated and considered his appeal. Finally, Finchem dropped the case April 30, after learning the World AntiDoping Agency — whose code the PGA Tour follows — no longer banned deerantler spray because it was ineffective. Never mind that a handful of prominent anti-doping scientists said as much within days of the SI story. Yet just as things were quieting down, Singh hired some expensive mouthpieces and filed suit Wednesday, a day before he teed off at The Players Championship. It’s hard to say at the moment what is sadder: That the 50-year-old Fijian, who already has bankrolled millions and made it to the Hall of Fame, was desperate enough to take his caddie’s advice and turn to a quack business like SWATS in search of a miracle cure for his aches and pains; or that he actually believes humiliating himself further is going to do much for his reputation. He’s already out $9,000, plus lawyer’s fees on this case, and all those overthe-top pronouncements — “There should never be an asterisk next to Vijay’s name,” attorney Jeffrey Rosenblum said — only serve to remind us what we didn’t like about Singh in the first place. He was banned on one Asian tour in 1985, after being accused of changing his scorecard during a tournament in Indonesia, and didn’t play anywhere for four years afterward. When Singh finally showed up on the PGA Tour in 1993, his unquestioned work ethic tamped down most of the whispers and winning took care of the rest. Now, beyond reminding us how desperate he was and how easily he was duped, the lawsuit is sure to stir up a few of those earlier episodes. “If I was him, I’m not so sure I’d talk about it,” Finchem said at a news conference Tuesday, the day before the lawsuit was filed. “I’d kind of like for it to be gone.” That’s because the notvery-funny aspect in all this is that one claim in Singh’s lawsuit definitely has merit. It’s his call for more transparency in the tour’s drug-testing policy. In a rush to join the Olympic movement in time for the 2016 Games in Rio, Finchem has dodged legitimate questions about the tour’s testing regimen and its enforcement. Exactly why Singh decided to become a crusader for fair play is an interesting question. Perhaps it was just to squeeze a few more dollars out of the tour that made him rich once, but where Singh isn’t likely to win again — no matter how much deer-antler spray he squirts under his tongue. Email:

Tyson to star in own cartoon THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

N EW YO R K — Ad u l t Swim said it is turning Mike Ty s o n i n t o a c a r t o o n detective. The network announced a new animated series Friday called “Mike Tyson Mysteries” that will feature the retired boxing champ. On the show, a cartoon

version of Tyson will solve wacky problems, assisted by a t r u s t y associate: a foul-mouthed pet pigeon. The network Mike Tyson said Tyson will voice the animated character, as well as make live-action

appearances. The show is targeted for next season, but no premiere date was specified. Among other programming planned for its 2013-14 season, Adult Swim announced “Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II.” It’s a second spinoff of the cable network’s long-running stop-motion sketch comedy series.


Vijay Singh chips onto the No. 2 green during the first round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass on Thursday. Singh filed a lawsuit with the PGA Tour on Wednesday involving his use of deer-antler spray.


SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013 B5



DETROIT — When the Detroit Red Wings were in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1990, Henrik Zetterberg made sure the streak stayed intact. When his club suffered a potentially devastating collapse in the third period Friday and was one goal away from packing it in for the season, the first-year captain kept hope alive. Zetterberg scored his second goal of the game, at 1:04 of overtime, to lift the Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks at Joe Louis Arena in Game 6 of the Western Conference quarterfinals. The series is tied 3-3 and will be decided in Game 7 tonight at the Honda Center. Zetterberg hadn’t scored a goal in the first five games of the series, but he always manages to leave his mark in the playoffs. He has 53 goals in the postseason, at least one in each of his 10 years in the NHL. “That’s what he does,’’ teammate Niklas Kronwall said. “Even earlier in the series, he hadn’t scored a goal, but he still had been probably our best player with Pav (Datsyuk) and Howie (Jimmy Howard), bringing it every night. He’s setting up other guys to score, back-checking, the forecheck, he’s doing everything for us.’’ Zetterberg had plenty of help from his linemates. Datsyuk had a tremendous all-around game with a goal and two assists. Justin Abdelkader, back from a two-game suspension for his hit on Toni Lydman in Game 3, assisted on a goal by Daniel Cleary and provided a net-front presence on two other goals, including the winner. All three of the Red Wings’ wins have come in overtime. This is the first time they have had four OT games in a playoff series. Datsyuk won the offensivezone faceoff from Saku Koivu, getting the puck to Kronwall,

Smyly finds his silver lining Tigers pitcher avoids reoccurring blisters by throwing out of pen BY JAMES SCHMEHL JSCHMEHL@MLIVE.COM


Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller makes a save on Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg during Friday’s Game 6 of their Western Conference quarterfinal at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Zetterberg scored two goals, including the game winner, to propel the Red Wings to a 4-3 overtime victory.


“He’s our captain for a reason. He’s a true leader, and when the cards are laid, there’s no one else I’d rather have on the ice.’’ — Jimmy Howard on team captain Henrik Zetterberg

who dished it to Zetterberg, who teed it up from just beyond the top of the faceoff circle near the boards. The puck deflected off a Ducks player past Jonas Hiller. “I saw a lot of bodies in front, and you just fire and hope for the best, and it went in,’’ Zetterberg said. The Red Wings were well on their way to victory when they got sloppy near the end. The Ducks tied it on goals by Emerson Etam at 16:32 and Bobby Ryan at 17:23. “I thought maybe we sat back a little bit and let them come after us,’’ Kronwall said.

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“I think all three goals were basically when we had the puck on our stick, whether it was in the neutral zone or in the defensive zone. We could have done something else with the puck. Hopefully, we can learn from what happened and just bring it on Sunday.’’ But Zetterberg and the Red Wings refused to fold. “Our leaders said what’s done is done, forget about it,’’ Howard said. “Nothing really fazes them. We played a hell of a game up until the last four minutes. I thought we deserved to win. “Z, Kronner, Clears, Bert

Series tied at 3-3 Faceoff: Game 7, 10 tonight at the Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif. TV: FSD (Todd Bertuzzi), everyone was in here, taking the reins and calming everyone down, so I knew we were going to win it.’’ Zetterberg similarly stepped up during the final week of the season, picking up 10 points (two goals, eight assists) during the four-game winning streak that stretched the franchise’s playoff streak to 22 seasons. “He’s our captain for a reason,’’ Howard said. “He’s a true leader, and when the cards are laid, there’s no one else I’d rather have on the ice.’’


EAST LANSING — Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said the Spartans basketball game in Spokane, Wash., against Gonzaga officially has been called off. Hollis told the Detroit Free Press on Friday that “It’s not happening, officially.’’ The plan was for Michigan State to play Gonzaga as part of a doubleheader on Dec. 7. The other game was to be Washington State and Montana, and the idea was that the unique setup would honor former Spartans coach Jud Heathcote. ESPN’s Andy Katz reported earlier Friday that Washington State had rearranged its schedule to make the doubleheader work. Michigan State, however, recently learned that its Big Ten-ACC Challenge game against North Carolina was scheduled for Dec. 4 in East Lansing. That would have made for a tight travel window for the Spartans to travel across the country. “With the logistics of it, with four teams involved and the timing of it,” Hollis told the Free Press, “we just couldn’t get it done.” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said the Spartans will aim to play another Top 25 type of opponent, preferably in a home-and-home type of arrangement.


Detroit placekicker Havard Rugland, left, and fifth-round draft pick Sam Martin practice ball placement during Lions rookie minicamp in Allen Park on Saturday. AP

Rugland starting with the basics BY JUSTIN ROGERS JROGERS@MLIVE.COM

A L L E N PA R K — Th e signing of Internet kicking sensation Havard Rugland generated plenty of buzz for the Detroit Lions this offseason. But for those expecting to see something magical the first time he stepped on the practice field, Friday was a bit anticlimactic. As it turns out, Rugland might be the rawest player on the Lions’ roster. Asked what the early focus was for the firstyear prospect on the opening day of rookie minicamp, Lions coach Jim Schwartz quipped,

“Putting a helmet on.” While it sounds like a joke, before Friday, Rugland had never worn a football helmet. He might have a golden leg, but he is starting from square one with nearly every other aspect of the game. “He’s kicked the ball his whole life, but it’s different,” Schwartz said. “There’s a snapper, there’s a holder, there’s 10 other guys on the field.” During his introductory news conference last month, Lions first-round draft pick Ziggy Ansah recalled his own difficulties putting on pads during his first practice at BYU.

“Yeah, I didn’t know what I was doing,” Ansah said. “I was a mess. But my teammates helped me put on my pads right. I think I put my thigh pad in my knee pad. It wasn’t going in.” Schwartz expects Rugland to have similar struggles. “When we make thigh pads and knee pads mandatory, he’s not going to know which one is which and where they go without some direction.” When a reporter suggested Ansah help his new teammate figure it out, the defensive end flashed a big smile. Schwartz said, “I don’t think Ziggy is the guy to ask.”

DETROIT — Detroit Tigers pitcher Drew Smyly has made it known on several occasions that he wants to move back to the starting rotation. For now, he is embedded in the team’s bullpen. But there’s at least one silver lining to being a reliever: No more blisters. Prone to battling blisters in the past, Smyly said he hasn’t had to treat a single one this season, largely because his appearances nowadays are too short for the sores to develop. “Now that I’m in the bullpen, quick innings don’t bother it,” he said. “It has to have time to tear. That’s one of the benefits to being in the bullpen.” A starter throughout his career, Smyly has battled blisters in the past — mostly in humid weather conditions. They first developed in college when he pitched for the University of Arkansas, and the issue carried over to Single-A when he pitched in Lakeland. Last season, he developed a nasty blood blister on his middle finger in late June, which forced him to spend time on the 15-day disabled list. At the time, Tigers manager Jim Leyland called it the “worst one I’ve ever seen in my life.” “It was huge,” Leyland said at the time. “I’ve never seen a blood blister that big.” Nowadays, Smyly doesn’t have to worry about the blister resurfacing because the finger typically won’t become irritated until he has thrown at least 100 pitches. “I haven’t been in the bullpen that much, but it would normally occur when I would throw a long period of time,” he said. “That’s when it starts to wear and tear.” For now, Smyly appears to be a permanent fixture in the bullpen — at least for the time being. Barring an unforeseen injury, the Tigers have shown no signs of shifting the 23-yearold left-hander back into the rotation, despite his early-season success. “He’s done a good job on a shorter basis,” Leyland said. “To be honest with you, he’s probably to the point right now where he couldn’t start.” Smyly is 2-0 with a 1.25 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 11 appearances this season. He has allowed only 13 hits and five walks in 212/3 innings pitched and has a WHIP of 0.83. In his first relief appearance this season, he became the first Tigers pitcher to earn a save while throwing at least four innings since Esteban Yan accomplished it in 2004. “When I say that, I’m talking about starting and him going deep, deep into the game,” Leyland said. “I mean, I think he could go out and


Detroit pitcher Drew Smyly is 2-0 with a 1.25 ERA out of the bullpen this season.


Tigers vs. Indians Next game: Detroit (R. Porcello 1-2, 7.52 ERA) vs. Cleveland Indians (Z. McAllister 3-3, 2.63), 1 p.m. today at Comerica Park TV: FSD throw 60 pitches. But that’s OK — he’s done a good job and he’s helped us in a lot of situations.” Smyly’s highest pitch total in an appearance this year is 87, which he accrued over 5 2/3 scoreless innings after relieving Rick Porcello in the first inning against the Angels in late April. “I’m a starter, I’m just pitching out of the bullpen,” Smyly said. “If (a spot start) ever came along, I’d be happy to do it. I don’t think it would affect me at all. In Los Angeles, I threw 90 pitches, and I recovered well. It’s nothing to me.”

Dotel gets second opinion

Tigers reliever Octavio Dotel decided to get a second opinion on his right elbow Friday after growing concerned following a bullpen session earlier this week. But there was no reason to be worried. Dotel flew to Birmingham, Ala. and met with renowned orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews, who confirmed no structural or ligament damage to Dotel’s throwing elbow. “Everything looks OK,” Tigers manager Leyland said. “Everything is exactly the same as the first opinion.” Andrews’ diagnosis supported the team’s initial report, which revealed inflammation and swelling. Dotel, who is receiving treatment in Lakeland, Fla., was prescribed medication and is expected to rest for six days before initiating a throwing program. “(Andrews) felt basically that he should stay the course,” Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said. “He just needs a little bit more time.” Dotel, 39, was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 20, and was eligible to return last weekend. There still is no time line for his return.

Red Wings reassign Lashoff to Griffins BY ANSAR KHAN AKHAN1@MLIVE.COM

The Detroit Red Wings have reassigned defenseman Brian Lashoff to the Grand Rapids Griffins and recalled Tom McCollum to be their third goaltender, in case of emergency, for tonight’s Game 7 against Anaheim at the Honda Center. Jimmy Howard is expected to start, but he might be playing hurt. He was run into a couple of times in Game 5 and did not stay on the ice long for the morning skate on Friday, prior to making 34 saves in the 4-3 overtime victory in Game 6. Lashoff played in three

games of this series after Danny DeKeyser broke his thumb in Game 2. But after struggling in Game 5, Lashoff was scratched for Game 6, replaced by Carlo Colaiacovo. Lashoff, 22, appeared in 31 regular-season games with the Red Wings, picking up five points (one goal, four assists) and 15 penalty minutes. He appeared in 37 games with the Griffins, notching six points (two goals, four assists) and 23 penalty minutes. McCollum, 23, appeared in 31 games with the Griffins this season, winning a careerhigh 18 games and sporting a career-best 2.63 goals-against average.


B6 SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013




AUTO RACING 8 a.m. — Formula One: Grand Prix of Spain. NBC Sports Network BASEBALL 1 p.m. — MLB: Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers. FSD 1:30 p.m. — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox. TBS 1:30 p.m. — MLB: Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals. WGN 8 p.m. — MLB: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Chicago White Sox. ESPN BASKETBALL 3:30 p.m. — NBA Playoffs: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors. ABC GOLF 2 p.m. — PGA Tour: The Players Championship, Final Round. NBC HOCKEY 7:30 p.m. — Stanley Cup Playoffs: Teams TBA. NBC Sports Network 10 p.m. — Stanley Cup Playoffs: Teams TBA. NBC Sports Network SOCCER 12:55 p.m. — Fútbol Mexicano Primera División. Univision OTHER Noon — College Softball: Big South Tournament Final. ESPNU 1 p.m. — College Softball: Big Ten Tournament Final. Big Ten Network 1 p.m. — College Lacrosse: NCAA Tournament, Cornell at Maryland. ESPN2 3 p.m. — College Lacrosse: NCAA Tournament, Towson at Ohio State. ESPNU 5 p.m. — Cycling: Tour of California, Stage 1. NBC Sports Network 5:15 p.m. — College Lacrosse: NCAA Tournament, Loyola Md. at Duke. ESPNU 7:30 p.m. — College Lacrosse: NCAA Tournament, Bryant at Syracuse. ESPNU


BASEBALL 11 a.m. — Minor League: Toledo Mud Hens at Indianapolis Indians. MLB Network 7 p.m. — MLB: New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals. ESPN 7 p.m. — College: Florida State at North Carolina State. ESPNU 7 p.m. — MLB: Houston Astros at Detroit Tigers. FSD BASKETBALL 7 p.m. — NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls. TNT 9:30 p.m. — NBA Playoffs: Oklahoma City Thunder at Memphis Grizzlies. TNT OTHER 5 p.m. — Cycling: Tour of California, Stage 2. NBC Sports Network


BASEBALL 6:30 p.m. — College: Louisville at Ohio State. Big Ten Network 7 p.m. — MLB: Houston Astros at Detroit Tigers. FSD 7 p.m. — MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays. MLB Network BASKETBALL 7 p.m. — NBA Playoffs: New York Knicks at Indiana Pacers. TNT 9:30 p.m. — NBA Playoffs: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs. TNT HOCKEY 5 a.m. — IIHF World Championships: Slovakia vs. United States. NBC Sports Network 7:30 p.m. — NHL Conference Semifinal: Teams TBA. NBC Sports Network OTHER 5 p.m. — Cycling: Tour of California, Stage 3. NBC Sports Network


BASEBALL 1 p.m. — MLB: Houston Astros at Detroit Tigers. FSD 1 p.m. — MLB: Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins. WGN 7 p.m. — MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays. ESPN BASKETBALL 7 p.m. — NBA Playoffs: Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat. TNT 9:30 p.m. — NBA Playoffs: Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder. TNT HOCKEY 7:30 p.m. — NHL Conference Semifinal: Teams TBA. NBC Sports Network WRESTLING 3:30 p.m. — Wrestling: United States vs. Iran. NBC Sports Network OTHER 5 p.m. — Cycling: Tour of California, Stage 4. NBC Sports Network


BASEBALL 4 p.m. — College: Illinois at Minnesota. Big Ten Network 7:30 p.m. — College: Mississippi at LSU. ESPNU 8 p.m. — MLB: Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers. FSD 8:30 p.m. — MLB: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies. MLB Network BASKETBALL 8 p.m. — NBA Playoffs: Teams TBA. ESPN 8 p.m. — NBA Playoffs: Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks. TNT 10:30 p.m. — NBA Playoffs: Teams TBA. ESPN GOLF 7 a.m. — European PGA Tour: Volvo World Match Play Championship, Day One. Golf Channel 12:30 p.m. — Tour: BMW Charity Pro-Am, First Round. Golf Channel 3 p.m. — PGA Tour: HP Byron Nelson Championship, First Round. Golf Channel HOCKEY 6 a.m. — IIHF World Championship, First Quarterfinal. NBC Sports Network 8:30 a.m. — IIHF World Championship, Second Quarterfinal. NBC Sports Network 11 a.m. — IIHF World Championship, Third Quarterfinal. NBC Sports Network 2 p.m. — IIHF World Championship, Fourth Quarterfinal. NBC Sports Network 7:30 p.m. — NHL Conference Semifinal: Teams TBA. NBC Sports Network


OTHER Noon — X Games: Barcelona. ESPN 4:30 p.m. — Cycling: Tour of California, Stage 5. NBC Sports Network


AUTO RACING 10:30 a.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: N.C. Education Lottery 200, Final Practice. Speed Noon — NASCAR Sprint Cup: Showdown, Practice. Speed 1:30 p.m. — NASCAR Sprint Cup: All-Star, Practice. Speed 4 p.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: N.C. Education Lottery 200, Qualifying. Speed 5 p.m. — NASCAR Sprint Cup: Showdown Qualifying. Speed 6 p.m. — NASCAR Sprint Cup: All-Star Qualifying. Speed 8 p.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: N.C. Education Lottery 200. Speed BASEBALL 2:10 p.m. — MLB: New York Mets at Chicago Cubs. WGN 3 p.m. — College: Illinois at Minnesota. Big Ten Network 6:30 p.m. — College: Indiana at Ohio State. Big Ten Network 7:30 p.m. — MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves. MLB Network 8 p.m. — College: Clemson at Florida State. ESPNU 8 p.m. — MLB: Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers. FSD 11 p.m. — College: UC Irvine at Cal State Fullerton. ESPNU BASKETBALL 8 p.m. — NBA Conference Semifinal: Teams TBA. ESPN 10:30 p.m. — NBA Conference Semifinal: Teams TBA. ESPN GOLF 7 a.m. — European PGA Tour: Volvo World Match Play Championship, Day Two. Golf Channel 12:30 p.m. — Tour: BMW Charity Pro-Am, Second Round. Golf Channel 3 p.m. — PGA Tour: HP Byron Nelson Championship, Second Round. Golf Channel HOCKEY 7:30 p.m. — NHL Conference Semifinal: Teams TBA. NBC Sports Network HORSE RACING 4 p.m. — Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. NBC Sports Network SOCCER 3:25 a.m. — Spanish Primera Division: Copa del Rey Final, Real Madrid CF vs Club Atletico de Madrid. ESPN OTHER Noon — X Games: Barcelona. ESPN 3:30 p.m. — College Softball: NCAA Tournament Regional: Teams TBA. ESPN2 3:30 p.m. — College Softball: NCAA Tournament Regional: Teams TBA. ESPNU 5 p.m. — Cycling: Tour of California, Stage 6. NBC Sports Network 6 p.m. — College Softball: NCAA Tournament Regional: Teams TBA. ESPN2 6 p.m. — College Softball: NCAA Tournament Regional: Teams TBA. ESPNU


AUTO RACING 11 a.m. — IndyCar: Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Sessions. NBC Sports Network 7 p.m. — NASCAR Sprint Cup: All-Star Race. Speed BASEBALL 11 a.m. — College: Central Florida at East Carolina. FSD Noon — College: Pittsburgh at Louisville. ESPNU 1 p.m. — College: Michigan at Nebraska. Big Ten Network 3 p.m. — College: Clemson at Florida State. ESPNU 4 p.m. — MLB: Regional Coverage. Fox 4 p.m. — College: Indiana at Ohio State. Big Ten Network 8 p.m. — MLB: Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers. FSD 8 p.m. — MLB: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies. MLB Network BOXING 9:15 p.m. — Lamont Peterson vs. Lucas Martin Matthysse. Showtime GOLF 6 a.m. — European PGA Tour: Volvo World Match Play Championship, Round of 16. Golf Channel 1 p.m. — PGA Tour: HP Byron Nelson Championship, Third Round. Golf Channel 3 p.m. — PGA Tour: HP Byron Nelson Championship, Third Round. CBS 3 p.m. — Tour: BMW Charity Pro-Am, Third Round. Golf Channel 5 p.m. — LPGA Tour: Mobile Bay Classic, Third Round. Golf Channel HOCKEY 1 p.m. — NHL Conference Semifinal: Teams TBA. NBC 9:30 p.m. — NHL Conference Semifinal: Teams TBA. NBC Sports Network HORSE RACING 4:30 p.m. — 138th Preakness Stakes. NBC SOCCER 5:55 p.m. — Fútbol Mexicano Primera División. Univision OTHER 10 a.m. — X Games: Barcelona. SPN 12:30 p.m. — College Lacrosse: NCAA Tournament, First Quarterfinal. ESPN2 3 p.m. — College Softball: NCAA Tournament Regional. ESPN 3 p.m. — College Lacrosse: NCAA Tournament, Second Quarterfinal. ESPN2 5:30 p.m. — College Softball: NCAA Tournament, Regional. ESPN 6 p.m. — College Softball: NCAA Tournament, Regional. ESPNU 7 p.m. — Cycling: Tour of California, Stage 7. NBC Sports Network 8 p.m. — College Softball: NCAA Tournament, Regional. ESPN2 8:30 — College Softball: NCAA Tournament, Regional. ESPNU 9 p.m. — UFC: Belfort vs. Rockhold. FX 11 p.m. — College Softball: NCAA Tournament, Regional. ESPNU


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Pittsburgh 3, N.Y. Islanders 2 Wednesday, May 1: Pittsburgh 5, N.Y. Islanders 0 Friday, May 3: N.Y. Islanders 4, Pittsburgh 3 Sunday, May 5: Pittsburgh 5, N.Y. Islanders 4, OT Tuesday, May 7: N.Y. Islanders 6, Pittsburgh 4 Thursday, May 9: Pittsburgh 4, N.Y. Islanders 0 Saturday, May 11: Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, late x-Sunday, May 12: N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Ottawa 4, Montreal 1 Thursday, May 2: Ottawa 4, Montreal 2 Friday, May 3: Montreal 3, Ottawa 1 Sunday, May 5: Ottawa 6, Montreal 1 Tuesday, May 7: Ottawa 3, Montreal 2 Thursday, May 9: Ottawa 6, Montreal 1 Washington 3, N.Y. Rangers 2 Thursday, May 2: Washington 3, N.Y. Rangers 1 Saturday, May 4: Washington 1, N.Y. Rangers 0, OT Monday, May 6: N.Y. Rangers 4, Washington 3 Wednesday, May 8: NY Rangers 4, Washington 3 Friday, May 10: Washington 2, NY Rangers 1, OT Today, May 12: Washington at N.Y. Rangers, 4:30 p.m. x-Monday, May 13: N.Y. Rangers at Washington, TBA Boston 3, Toronto 2 Wednesday, May 1: Boston 4, Toronto 1 Saturday, May 4: Toronto 4, Boston 2 Monday, May 6: Boston 5, Toronto 2 Wednesday, May 8: Boston 4, Toronto 3 Friday, May 10: Boston 2, Toronto 1 Today, May 12: Boston at Toronto, 4:30 p.m. x-Monday, May 13: Toronto at Boston, TBA


Miami 2, Chicago 1 Monday, May 6: Chicago 93, Miami 86 Wednesday, May 8: Miami 115, Chicago 78 Friday, May 10: Miami 104, Chicago 94 Monday, May 13: Miami at Chicago, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15: Chicago at Miami, 7 p.m. x-Friday, May 17: Miami at Chicago, TBA x-Sunday, May 19: Chicago at Miami, TBA Indiana 1, New York 1 Sunday, May 5: Indiana 102, New York 95 Tuesday, May 7: New York 105, Indiana 79 Saturday, May 11: New York at Indiana, late Tuesday, May 14: New York at Indiana, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16: Indiana at New York, 8 p.m. x-Saturday, May 18: New York at Indiana, TBA x-Monday, May 20: Indiana at New York, 8 p.m.


San Antonio 2, Golden State 1 Monday, May 6: San Antonio 129, Golden State 127, 2OT Wednesday, May 8: Golden State 100, San Antonio 91 Friday, May 10: San Antonio 102, Golden State 92 Today, May 12: San Antonio at Golden State, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14: Golden State at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. x-Thursday, May 16: San Antonio at Golden State, TBA x-Sunday, May 19: Golden State at San Antonio, TBA Memphis 2, Oklahoma City 1 Sunday, May 5: Oklahoma City 93, Memphis 91 Tuesday, May 7: Memphis 99, Oklahoma City 93 Saturday, May 11: Memphis 87, Oklahoma City 81 Monday, May 13: Oklahoma City at Memphis, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15: Memphis at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. x-Friday, May 17: Oklahoma City at Memphis, TBA x-Sunday, May 19: Memphis at Oklahoma City, TBA


Partial Third Round — Saturday

RED WINGS 4, DUCKS 3, OT Friday 0 1

1st PERIOD—1, Detroit, Franzen 3 (Zetterberg, Brunner), 5:28 (pp). 2, Anaheim, Palmieri 2 (Steckel), 17:41. 2nd PERIOD—3, Detroit, Samuelsson 1 (Zetterberg, Datsyuk), 10:08. 4, Anaheim, Getzlaf 3 (Beauchemin, Souray), 19:28 (pp). 3rd PERIOD—None. OVERTIME—5, Anaheim, Bonino 3 (Lovejoy), 1:54. SHOTS ON GOAL—Detroit 9-15-5-2—31. Anaheim 18-9-6-1—34. GOALIES—Detroit, Howard 2-3-0 (34 shots-31 saves). Anaheim, Hiller 3-2-0 (31-29). A—17,395 (17,174). T—2:47. Referees—Wes McCauley, Kevin Pollock. Linesmen— Darren Gibbs, Pierre Racicot.

At TPC Sawgrass Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Purse: $9.5 million Yardage: 7,215; Par: 72 (36-36)


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1st PERIOD—1, Detroit, Datsyuk 2 (Zetterberg, Ericsson), 18:48. Penalties—Getzlaf, Ana (tripping), 5:46. 2nd PERIOD—2, Anaheim, Palmieri 3 (Etem), 11:31. Penalties—None. 3rd PERIOD—3, Detroit, Zetterberg 1 (Samuelsson, Datsyuk), 6:19 (pp). 4, Detroit, Cleary 2 (Abdelkader, Filppula), 11:30. 5, Anaheim, Etem 2, 16:32. 6, Anaheim, Ryan 2 (Perry, Beauchemin), 17:23. Penalties—Palmieri, Ana (high-sticking), 5:39; Cogliano, Ana (tripping), 9:12. OVERTIME—7, Detroit, Zetterberg 2 (Kronwall, Datsyuk), 1:04. Penalties—None. SHOTS ON GOAL—Anaheim 7-14-16-0—37. Detroit 11-6-9-3—29. POWER-PLAY OPPORTUNITIES—Anaheim 0 of 0; Detroit 1 of 3. GOALIES—Anaheim, Hiller 3-3-0 (29 shots-25 saves). Detroit, Howard 3-3-0 (37-34). A—20,066 (20,066). T—2:46. Referees—Marc Joannette, Brad Watson. Linesmen— Scott Driscoll, Jean Morin.


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Chicago 4, Minnesota 1 Tuesday, April 30: Chicago 2, Minnesota 1, OT Friday, May 3: Chicago 5, Minnesota 2 Sunday, May 5: Minnesota 3, Chicago 2, OT Tuesday, May 7: Chicago 3, Minnesota 0 Thursday, May 9: Chicago 5, Minnesota 1 Anaheim 3, Detroit 3 Tuesday, April 30: Anaheim 3, Detroit 1 Thursday, May 2: Detroit 5, Anaheim 4, OT Saturday, May 4: Anaheim 4, Detroit 0 Monday, May 6: Detroit 3, Anaheim 2, OT Wednesday, May 8: Anaheim 3, Detroit 2, OT Friday, May 10: Detroit 4, Anaheim 3, OT Today, May 12: Detroit at Anaheim, 10 p.m. San Jose 4, Vancouver 0 Wednesday, May 1: San Jose 3, Vancouver 1 Friday, May 3: San Jose 3, Vancouver 2, OT Sunday, May 5: San Jose 5, Vancouver 2 Tuesday, May 7: San Jose 4, Vancouver 3 Los Angeles 4, St. Louis 2 Tuesday, April 30: St. Louis 2, Los Angeles 1, OT Thursday, May 2: St. Louis 2, Los Angeles 1 Saturday, May 4: Los Angeles 1, St. Louis 0 Monday, May 6: Los Angeles 4, St. Louis 3 Wednesday, May 8: Los Angeles 3, St. Louis 2 Friday, May 10: Los Angeles 2, St. Louis 1

2 2

0 1

x-non-points race Feb. 16 — x-The Sprint Unlimited (Kevin Harvick) Feb. 21 — x-Budweiser Duel 1 (Kevin Harvick) Feb. 21 — x-Budweiser Duel 2 (Kyle Busch) Feb. 24 — Daytona 500 (Jimmie Johnson) March 3 — Subway Fresh Fit 500, Avondale, Ariz. (Carl Edwards) March 10 — Kobalt Tools 400, Las Vegas (Matt Kenseth) March 17 — Food City 500, Bristol, Tenn. (Kasey Kahne) March 24 — Auto Club 400, Fontana, Calif. (Kyle Busch) April 7 — STP Gas Booster 500, Ridgeway, Va. (Jimmie Johnson) April 13 — NRA 500, Fort Worth, Texas (Kyle Busch) April 21 — STP 400, Kansas City, Kan. (Matt Kenseth) April 27 — Toyota Owners 400, Richmond, Va. (Kevin Harvick) May 5 — Aaron’s 499, Talladega, Ala. (David Ragan) May 11 — Bojangles’ Southern 500, Darlington, S.C. May 18 — x-Sprint Showdown, Concord, N.C. May 18 — x-NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Concord, N.C. May 26 — Coca-Cola 600, Concord, N.C. June 2 — Dover 400, Dover, Del. June 9 — Pocono 400, Long Pond, Pa. June 16 — Quicken Loans 400, Brooklyn, Mich. June 23 — Toyota/Save Mart 350, Sonoma, Calif. June 29 — Quaker State 400, Sparta, Ky. July 6 — Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola, Daytona Beach, Fla. July 14 — New Hampshire 300, Loudon, N.H. July 28 — Crown Royal Presents The Your Hero’s Name Here 400 at The Brickyard, Indianapolis Aug. 4 — Pennsylvania 400, Long Pond, Pa. Aug. 11 — Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, Watkins Glen, N.Y. Aug. 18 — Pure Michigan 400, Brooklyn, Mich. Aug. 24 — Irwin Tools Night Race, Bristol, Tenn. Sept. 1 — AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta, Hampton, Ga. Sept. 7 — Federated Auto Parts 400, Richmond, Va. Sept. 15 — GEICO 400, Joliet, Ill. Sept. 22 — Sylvania 300, Loudon, N.H. Sept. 29 — AAA 400, Dover, Del. Oct. 6 — Hollywood Casino 400, Kansas City, Kan. Oct. 12 — Bank of America 500, Concord, N.C. Oct. 20 — Camping World RV Sales 500, Talladega, Ala. Oct. 27 — Goody’s Fast Relief 500, Ridgeway, Va. Nov. 3 — AAA Texas 500, Fort Worth, Texas Nov. 10 — AdvoCare 500, Avondale, Ariz. Nov. 17 — Ford EcoBoost 400, Homestead, Fla.


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0 0


Beloit 3, Cedar Rapids 2 Fort Wayne at Dayton, late Kane County at Clinton, late Peoria at Quad Cities, late, 1st game West Michigan at South Bend, late Great Lakes at Lansing, late Burlington at Wisconsin, late Lake County at Bowling Green, late Peoria at Quad Cities, late, 2nd game

0 1

1 1


Peoria 2, Beloit 0, 1st game Cedar Rapids 2, Quad Cities 0, 11 innings, 1st game Wisconsin 4, Clinton 3, 1st game Kane County 2, Burlington 1, 10 innings, 1st game South Bend at Lake County, ppd., rain Lansing 7, Dayton 4 Fort Wayne 6, Great Lakes 2 Beloit 4, Peoria 0, 2nd game West Michigan at Bowling Green, ppd., rain Kane County 4, Burlington 1, 2nd game Cedar Rapids 5, Quad Cities 1, 2nd game Clinton 7, Wisconsin 0, 2nd game

Anaheim Detroit

1 1

(Best-of-7; x-if necessary)

.667 — .656 — 2 .594 .452 61/2 .364 91/2 .364 91/2 .355 91/2 .323 101/2

10 13 14 15 15 16 17 18

Detroit Anaheim


8 0 2


ab r h bi

A.Jackson cf Tor.Hunter rf Mi.Cabrera 3b Fielder 1b V.Martinez dh Dirks lf Jh.Peralta ss Avila c Infante 2b Totals

100 031


000 110

1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3




001 001

4 4 3 4 3 3 0 3 3 2 1 0 0 30

(Best-of-7; x-if necessary)


Kluber L,2-2 Shaw Hagadone R.Hill Albers

Span cf Desmond ss Harper rf Zimmerman 3b LaRoche 1b T.Moore lf Bernadina lf Espinosa 2b K.Suzuki c Zimmermann p Lombardozzi ph Clippard p R.Soriano p Totals



Cleveland Detroit

0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1


Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets at St. Louis, 7:05 p.m. Colorado at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m. Atlanta at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. Washington at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 4

1 1 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7

West Michigan at South Bend, 10:35 a.m. Lake County at Bowling Green, 11:35 a.m. Peoria at Quad Cities, 12 p.m. Kane County at Clinton, 1:30 p.m. Fort Wayne at Dayton, 7 p.m. Great Lakes at Lansing, 7:05 p.m. Cedar Rapids at Beloit, 7:30 p.m. Burlington at Wisconsin, 7:35 p.m.


0 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 6

0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1


Milwaukee (W.Peralta 3-2) at Cincinnati (Arroyo 2-4), 1:10 p.m. Pittsburgh (J.Gomez 2-0) at N.Y. Mets (Harvey 4-0), 1:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Feldman 3-3) at Washington (G.Gonzalez 3-2), 1:35 p.m. San Diego (Stults 3-2) at Tampa Bay (Ro.Hernandez 1-4), 1:40 p.m. Colorado (J.De La Rosa 3-3) at St. Louis (J.Garcia 4-1), 2:15 p.m. Atlanta (Medlen 1-4) at San Francisco (Lincecum 2-2), 4:05 p.m. Miami (Koehler 0-0) at L.A. Dodgers (Capuano 0-2), 4:10 p.m. Philadelphia (K.Kendrick 4-1) at Arizona (McCarthy 0-3), 4:10 p.m.

0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 4

5 4 4 3 3 3 3 4 2 1 0 0 1 33

ab r h bi

Fort Wayne at Dayton, 2 p.m. Burlington at Wisconsin, 2:05 p.m. Great Lakes at Lansing, 2:05 p.m. West Michigan at South Bend, 2:05 p.m. Peoria at Quad Cities, 3 p.m. Kane County at Clinton, 3 p.m. Cedar Rapids at Beloit, 3 p.m. Lake County at Bowling Green, 3:05 p.m.


4 4 4 4 4 3 2 3 3 31

A.Jackson cf Tor.Hunter rf Mi.Cabrera 3b Fielder 1b Dirks lf Jh.Peralta ss Avila c Infante 2b Ani.Sanchez p D.Kelly ph Ortega p Benoit p V.Martinez ph Totals

Cedar Rapids (Twins) Quad Cities (Astros) Beloit (Athletics) Kane County (Cubs) Peoria (Cardinals) Wisconsin (Brewers) Clinton (Mariners) Burlington (Angels)

Pittsburgh 11, N.Y. Mets 2 St. Louis 3, Colorado 0 San Francisco 10, Atlanta 1 Chicago Cubs 8, Washington 2 Cincinnati 13, Milwaukee 7 San Diego at Tampa Bay, late Philadelphia at Arizona, late Miami at L.A. Dodgers, late



ab r h bi Washington


Washington 7, Chicago Cubs 3 Cincinnati 4, Milwaukee 3 Pittsburgh 7, N.Y. Mets 3 Tampa Bay 6, San Diego 3 St. Louis 3, Colorado 0 Arizona 3, Philadelphia 2 Miami 5, L.A. Dodgers 4 San Francisco 8, Atlanta 2

Bourn cf Kipnis 2b A.Cabrera ss Swisher dh C.Santana c Mar.Reynolds 1b Brantley lf Stubbs rf Chisenhall 3b Totals


Serena Williams (1), United States, def. Sara Errani (7), Italy, 7-5, 6-2. Maria Sharapova (2), Russia, def. Ana Ivanovic (16), Serbia, 6-4, 6-3.



South Bend (Diamondbacks) Bowling Green (Rays) Fort Wayne (Padres) West Michigan (Tigers) Dayton (Reds) Great Lakes (Dodgers) Lake County (Indians) Lansing (Blue Jays)

N.Y. Yankees at Cleveland, 12:05 p.m., 1st game N.Y. Yankees at Cleveland, 3:35 p.m., 2nd game Houston at Detroit, 7:08 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Kansas City at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m. Texas at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

21 20 16 14 11




Atlanta Washington Philadelphia New York Miami


Zimmermann W,6-1 7 7 1 1 2 7 Clippard H,5 1 0 0 0 2 2 R.Soriano S,11-12 1 0 0 0 0 0 Umpires—Home, Hunter Wendelstedt; First, Jerry Layne; Second, Alan Porter; Third, Greg Gibson. T—2:47 (Rain delay: 0:57). A—34,893 (41,418).



Rafael Nadal (5), Spain, def. Pablo Andujar, Spain, 6-0, 6-4. Stanislas Wawrinka (15), Switzerland, def. Tomas Berdych (6), Czech Republic, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

* if necessary

Ani.Sanchez L,3-3 Ortega Benoit

Cleveland (McAllister 3-3) at Detroit (Porcello 1-2), 1:08 p.m. Toronto (Jenkins 0-0) at Boston (Dempster 2-3), 1:35 p.m. San Diego (Stults 3-2) at Tampa Bay (Ro.Hernandez 1-4), 1:40 p.m. Baltimore (W.Chen 2-3) at Minnesota (Diamond 3-2), 2:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 4-2) at Kansas City (E.Santana 3-1), 2:10 p.m. Texas (Tepesch 2-3) at Houston (Lyles 1-0), 2:10 p.m. Oakland (Milone 3-4) at Seattle (J.Saunders 2-4), 4:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (C.Wilson 3-1) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 3-2), 8:05 p.m.



E—Tor.Hunter (1), LaRoche (2). DP—Washington 2. LOB—Detroit 9, Washington 4. 2B—Tor.Hunter (10), Fielder (7). 3B—Span (2). HR—Harper (10). SF—Harper.

Toronto 3, Boston 2 San Diego at Tampa Bay, late Cleveland at Detroit, late Baltimore at Minnesota, late L.A. Angels at Chicago White Sox, late N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City, late Texas at Houston, late Oakland at Seattle, late

F F F F F 15

Saturday At Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain Purse: Men, $5.6 million, (WT1000); Women, $5.3 million (Premier) Surface: Clay-Outdoor


Detroit Washington


-6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6


CLE HOU HOU HOU at TEX at TEX at TEX 1:08 pm 7:08 pm 7:08 pm 7:08 pm 8:05 pm 8:05 pm 8:05 pm FSD FSD FSD FSD FSD FSD FSD


21 22 22 17 14

22 18 17 13 10

12. Sean O’Hair 12. Jeff Overton 12. Kevin Streelman 12. Steve Stricker 12. Jason Dufner 12. Lee Westwood

Note: Play was suspended due to darkness Jeff Maggert 70-71-66—207 David Lynn 72-68-68—208 Greg Chalmers 68-73-68—209 Marc Leishman 72-66-71—209 Sean O’Hair 70-71-69—210 Jeff Overton 71-70-69—210 Kevin Streelman 69-70-71—210 Steve Stricker 67-71-72—210 Jason Dufner 71-67-72—210 Louis Oosthuizen 69-75-67—211 Branden Grace 73-71-67—211 Kyle Stanley 75-68-68—211 Chris Stroud 73-69-69—211 Brendon de Jonge 72-69-70—211 Brandt Snedeker 71-69-71—211 Martin Laird 71-67-73—211 Rory McIlroy 66-72-73—211 Daniel Summerhays 69-74-69—212 Davis Love III 70-72-70—212 Andres Romero 69-72-71—212 Roberto Castro 63-78-71—212 Matt Every 70-71-71—212 Peter Hanson 70-70-72—212 Ben Crane 69-71-72—212 Jerry Kelly 71-68-73—212 Webb Simpson 67-71-74—212 Adam Scott 69-68-75—212 Angel Cabrera 74-70-69—213 Bubba Watson 73-70-70—213 James Driscoll 75-68-70—213 Zach Johnson 66-71-76—213 William McGirt 70-74-70—214 John Senden 73-70-71—214 David Hearn 72-71-71—214 Freddie Jacobson 72-71-71—214 Harris English 70-71-73—214 Luke Donald 72-69-73—214 Tim Herron 71-69-74—214 Sang-Moon Bae 68-71-75—214 Chris Kirk 70-69-75—214 Jason Day 69-75-71—215 Charley Hoffman 70-74-71—215 Jimmy Walker 72-71-72—215 Boo Weekley 71-71-73—215 John Huh 70-72-73—215 Graham DeLaet 71-70-74—215 Charles Howell III 71-67-77—215 Michael Thompson 69-75-72—216 Ricky Barnes 71-71-74—216 K.J. Choi 69-73-74—216 James Hahn 70-74-73—217 Seung-Yul Noh 70-74-73—217 Chad Campbell 71-72-74—217 Jason Bohn 68-74-75—217 Carl Pettersson 70-72-75—217 Justin Leonard 70-74-74—218 Charl Schwartzel 72-71-75—218 Martin Kaymer 73-69-76—218 Leaderboard at time of suspended play SCORE THRU 1. David Lingmerth -11 16 2. Henrik Stenson -10 15 2. Tiger Woods -10 14 2. Sergio Garcia -10 14 5. Jeff Maggert -9 F 5. Hunter Mahan -9 16 7. David Lynn -8 F 7. Ryan Palmer -8 15 7. Casey Wittenberg -8 16 10. Greg Chalmers -7 F 10. Marc Leishman -7 F

Bob and Mike Bryan (1), United States, def. Jeremy Chardy, France, and Lukasz Kubot, Poland, 6-3, 6-7 (1), 10-4. Alexander Peya, Austria, and Bruno Soares (7), Brazil, def. David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco, Spain, 7-5, 7-5.


Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia, and Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic, def. Cara Black, Zimbabwe, and Marina Erakovic, New Zealand, 6-2, 6-4.



New York Houston Montreal Sporting KC Philadelphia Columbus New England Toronto FC Chicago D.C. WESTERN













6 6 6 5 4 3 2 1 2 1

FC Dallas Real Salt Lake Portland Los Angeles San Jose Seattle Colorado Chivas USA Vancouver

6 5 3 4 3 3 3 3 2

4 2 2 4 3 3 4 5 6 7 1 5 1 2 4 3 4 4 4

2 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 1 1 3 2 6 2 5 3 3 2 3

20 20 20 17 15 12 9 7 7 4

21 17 15 14 14 12 12 11 9

18 17 15 14 13 12 5 11 6 4 16 13 15 12 12 10 8 12 9

14 9 11 9 14 8 8 15 15 17 10 13 12 5 18 7 9 15 13

Three points for win, one point for tie.


Philadelphia 1, Chicago 0 Montreal 3, Real Salt Lake 2 Seattle FC 4, San Jose 0 Los Angeles at Vancouver, late New York at New England, late Colorado at Columbus, late D.C. United at FC Dallas, late


Chivas USA at Portland, 5 p.m. Sporting Kansas City at Houston, 8 p.m.


Los Angeles at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.


Columbus at Toronto FC, 5 p.m. Portland at Vancouver, 7 p.m. Chicago at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. New England at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Colorado at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. FC Dallas at Seattle FC, 10:30 p.m.


Los Angeles at New York, 1 p.m. Sporting Kansas City at D.C. United, 5 p.m. Real Salt Lake at Chivas USA, 10:30 p.m.


MLB—Suspended umpire Fieldin Culbreth two games because he was in charge of the crew that allowed Houston manager Bo Porter to improperly switch relievers in the middle of an inning. Fined umpires Brian O’Nora, Bill Welke and Adrian Johnson an undisclosed amount.


CHICAGO WHITE SOX—Reinstated OF Dayan Viciedo from the 15-day DL. Optioned OF Jordan Danks to Charlotte (IL). DETROIT TIGERS — Optioned RHP Luke Putkonen to Toledo (IL). Reinstated LHP Phil Coke from the 15-day DL. HOUSTON ASTROS — Sent RHP Josh Fields to Quad Cities (MWL) for a rehab assignment. LOS ANGELES ANGELS—Placed RHP Tommy Hanson on the restricted list. Recalled LHP Michael Roth from Arkansas (Texas). OAKLAND ATHLETICS — Optioned RHP Evan Scribner to Sacramento (PCL). Recalled RHP Jesse Chavez from Sacramento. TAMPA BAY RAYS—Placed RHP Brandon Gomes on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 8. Recalled RHP Josh Lueke from Durham (IL). TEXAS RANGERS—Placed C A.J. Pierzynski on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 6. Recalled C Robinson Chirinos from Round Rock (PCL). TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Placed OF Rajai Davis on the 15-day DL. Optioned RHP Michael Schwimer to Buffalo (IL). Recalled RHP Chad Jenkins from New Hampshire (EL).


ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS — Sent OF Adam Eaton to Visalia (Cal) for a rehab assignment. ATLANTA BRAVES — Optioned SS Paul Janish to Gwinnett (IL). CHICAGO CUBS — Activated RHP Kyuji Fujikawa from the 15-day DL. Optioned RHP Rafael Dolis to Iowa (PCL). Sent RHP Matt Garza to Tennessee (SL) for a rehab assignment. Announced RHP Kameron Loe declined outright assignment and elected free agency. CINCINNATI REDS—Activated C Ryan Hanigan from the 15-day DL. Designated C Corky Miller for assignment. LOS ANGELES DODGERS — Optioned 2B Elian Herrera to Albuquerque (PCL). Selected the contract of 1B Scott Van Slyke from Albuquerque. Transferred RHP Chad Billingsley to the 60-day DL. Sent LHP Scott Elbert and RHP Zack Greinke to Rancho Cucamonga (Cal) for rehab assignments. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES — Optioned RHP Tyler Cloyd and LHP Joe Savery to Lehigh Valley (IL). Recalled RHP Justin De Fratus from Lehigh Valley (IL). PITTSBURGH PIRATES — Optioned RHP Duke Welker to Indianapolis (IL). Reinstated LHP Francisco Liriano from the 15-day DL. SAN DIEGO PADRES — Agreed to terms with RHP Trevor Holder on a minor league contract. WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Recalled OF Eury Perez from Syracuse (IL). Placed OF Jayson Werth on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 3.



NBA—Fined Chicago F Taj Gibson $25,000 for verbal abuse of a game official during a May 8 game against Miami. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES—Waived G Brandon Roy.



ARIZONA CARDINALS—Agreed to terms with LB Karlos Dansby on a one-year contract. Signed RB Stepfan Taylor, WR Ryan Swope, RB Andre Ellington and TE D.C. Jefferson to four-year contracts. BUFFALO BILLS—Signed WR Marquise Goodwin, DB Duke Williams, DB Jonathan Meeks and K Dustin Hopkins. CHICAGO BEARS — Promoted Kevin Turks to director of pro personnel, Dwayne Joseph to associate director of pro personnel, Breck Ackley South Central area scout and David Williams to scout/player personnel. Named Ryan Kessenich scout/player personnel, Jay Muraco East Coast scout , Andre Odom scouting assistant Sam Summerville Southeast area scout. DALLAS COWBOYS—Signed LB DeVonte Holloman to a four-year contract and QB Dalton Williams, LB Brandon Magee, LB Cameron Lawrence, LB Deon Lacey, LB Taylor Reed, CB Xavier Brewer, CB Dustin Harris, CB Devin Smith, S Jakar Hamilton, S Jeff Heath, WR Greg Herd, WR Eric Rogers, K Spencer Benton, TE Paul Freedman and RB Kendial Lawrence. DETROIT LIONS—Signed DE Ezekiel Ansah to a five-year contract and CB Darius Slay, G Larry Warford, DE Devin Taylor, P Sam Martin, WR Corey Fuller, RB Theo Riddick, TE Michael Williams and LB Brandon Hepburn to four-year contracts. GREEN BAY PACKERS—Signed OT David Bakhtiari, OT J.C. Tretter, RB Johnathan Franklin, CB Micah Hyde, DE Josh Boyd, LB Nate Palmer, WR C.J. Johnson, WR Kevin Dorsey, LB Sam Barrington, QB Matt Brown, C Patrick Lewis, LB Andy Mulumba, RB Angelo Pease, DT Gilbert Pena, FB Ryan Roberson, TE Jake Stoneburner, G Lane Taylor and WR Myles White. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS—Signed OL Eric Kush and LB Mike Catapano. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS—Signed DT John Jenkins to a four-year contract. NEW YORK GIANTS—Named Joe Danos assistant strength and conditioning coach, Matt Shauger assistant director of pro personnel and Tim McDonnell pro scout. Signed LB Aaron curry, DT Jonathan Hankins, DE Damontre Moore, S Cooper Taylor, RB Michael Cox, RB Jeremy Wright, LB Etienne Sabino, LB Charleus Dieuseul, DB Charles James, WR Marcus Davis and S Alonzo Tweedy. NEW YORK JETS—Signed OL Oday Aboushi, G Will Campbell, WR Zach Rogers, WR Ryan Spadola, WR K.J. Stroud, WR Antavious Wilson, TE Chris Pantale, TE Mike Shanahan, OL Dalton Freeman, OL Trey Gilleo, OL Mark Popek, DL Roosevelt Holliday, DL Jake McDonough, LB Troy Davis, DB Mike Edwards and S Rontez Miles. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS—Signed DT Jordan Hill, WR Chris Harper, DT Jesse Williams, TE Luke Willson, G Ryan Seymour, LB Ty Powell, G Jared Smith, WR Matt Austin, OT Alvin Bailey, DE Kenneth Boatright, LB Ramon Buchanan, LB John Lotulelei, S Ray Polk, G Jordon Roussos and LB Craig Wilkins to multiyear contracts.


SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013 B7


America’s Cup still plans to run The head of the America’s Cup planning effort said Saturday he expects sailing’s most prestigious event to go forward after the death of a sailor on a training run in the San Francisco Bay. In an interview Saturday morning, Stephen Barclay said he would await the results of an internal examination of Thursday’s accident before making the formal decision. Barclay also said a decision in whether to make safety changes to the boats or the course will be made after the results are released. Olympic gold medal winner Andrew “Bart” Simpson, 36, was killed when he was trapped under the wreckage of the Artemis Racing sailboat that capsized during a training run. Barclay said investigators are expected to announce a probable cause of the wreck early next week.


Wigan wins stunner

As blue-and-white confetti exploded under the Wembley arch, Wigan players lifted a trophy for the first time in the club’s 81-year history. In one of the biggest FA Cup final upsets, a team playing non-league football 35 years ago and assembled for barely $30 million beat big-spending Manchester City 1-0 on Saturday. Substitute Ben Watson planted a header from Shaun Maloney’s corner into the net in the 90th minute for the game’s lone goal. Now the historymakers will try to avoid the dubious distinction of being the first FA Cup winners to be relegated in the same season. Wigan is in the drop zone with just two rounds remaining, three points from safety.


Hanrahan needs surgery

Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan needs seasonending surgery on his right forearm, which will require a recovery time of six-tonine months. The 31-year old right-hander said Saturday the operation likely will be performed by Dr. James Andrews, probably next week.


U.S. tops France

The United States beat France 4-2 on Saturday for its fourth win at the ice hockey world championships. Finland overtook the group lead from the Americans with a 7-2 win over Austria, but has a game more played, meaning the U.S. can clinch the top seed for the quarterfinals if it wins its final two round-robin matches against Germany and Slovakia. Stephen Gionta and Bobby Butler gave the Americans a 2-0 lead in the first period, and captain Paul Stastny and David Moss added goals in the third.


Liriano K’s 9 in debut

Francisco Liriano struck out nine and pitched into the sixth inning to win his debut with Pittsburgh and help the Pirates beat the New York Mets 11-1 on Saturday. Liriano agreed to a contract with Pittsburgh in the offseason, but broke his right arm on Dec. 25, the day before he was supposed to fly to Pittsburgh and sign a $12.75 million, twoyear contract. Liriano, who said he was injured when he slapped a door in his house, signed a revised offer and prepared for a delayed start to the season.

— The Associated Press


DARLINGTON, S.C. — Jeff Gordon is proud he has reached 700 straight Sprint Cup starts. He’s even prouder he has accomplished the feat while still near the top of the sport. The 41-year-old Gordon is third in series history with 87 wins, and his landmark start comes at Darlington Raceway in the Southern 500, a place where he’s won seven times. Gordon trails only Ricky Rudd’s 789 straight starts for most in Sprint Cup. Gordon remains a force in the series. He’s made the Sprint Cup championship chase eight of the nine years it has been run. And Gordon thinks his success is far from over. “I know that this team is capable of it and I feel like I am,” Gordon said this week. “We won the last race at Homestead (in 2012). So, yeah, I think that means a lot to me.” Gordon took time at Darlington to recall his rookie season 20 years ago when he was feeling his way in a sport ruled by rough-and-tumble veterans ready to put you in a wall if you tried to pass. Soon enough, the driver once called “Wonder Boy” rose to the top. He won the first of his four Sprint Cup titles in 1995 and quickly became the favorite target of NASCAR fans who didn’t take to his California roots and clean-cut style. “I always liked it when he got wrecked,” Denny Hamlin said of Gordon. “I don’t know. I wasn’t a huge Jeff Gordon fan growing up.” Gordon persevered, he believes, because of his focus on victory each time the green flag dropped. “I’ve been fortunate that along the way my main focus was not getting to 700,” he said. “It was going out there to win and be competitive.” A big reason, Gordon said,


Los Angeles players celebrate Slava Voynov’s game-winning goal in overtime during Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals Wednesday as St. Louis’ Jaden Schwartz looks on. The Blues lost the series in the final seconds of Game 6 on Friday.

Hitchcock calls for ‘homegrown’ Blues to step up


Driver Jeff Gordon drinks from a water bottle as he talks with his crew in the garage area during practice Friday in Darlington, S.C. Gordon made his 700th straight Sprint Cup start in the Southern 500 on Saturday.

is car owner Rick Hendrick and the resources at Hendrick Motorsports. Gordon said Hendrick chose to take a chance on a young, untested driver and surrounded him with talented crew chiefs, mechanics and pit staff to make the No. 24 car successful. Gordon last won at Darlington in 2007, part of a run of seven consecutive top five finishes at the track “Too Tough to Tame.” Gordon admits he feels frustrated at times when the wins don’t come as quickly as in the past. Still, he believes he’s continued competing at a high level. “I’m thrilled with the way things are still continuing to

go for me because I do feel like we have opportunities to win races,” he said. Gordon has dealt with back issues through the years and acknowledged he wondered how much longer he could deal with the pain. He’s worked with doctors at managing the pain and knows he’s not bringing himself long-term damage by racing. “I’m hobbling out of the car, but I’m able to walk and I feel pretty decent inside the car,” he said. “It’s been an amazing run of great teams and great cars,” Gordon said. “I’m just enjoying the moment right now of those 700 and not thinking too far ahead.”


Grizz grind out win over OKC FRIDAY

Durant misses late free throws as Memphis takes 2-1 series lead THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Marc Gasol scored 20 points and hit two free throws with 1:03 left to put Memphis ahead to stay, and the Grizzlies held off the Oklahoma City Thunder 87-81 on Saturday to take a 2-1 lead in this Western Conference semifinal. Gasol scored 16 in the second half as Memphis remained unbeaten at home in the postseason. The Grizzlies pulled out the win in an ugly performance for both teams following a threeday layoff since Game 2. After struggling at the free-throw line in Oklahoma City, the Grizzlies hit all six at the line in the final 1:03 to clinch it. Kevin Durant scored 25 points, but only two in the fourth quarter. A 91 percent free-throw shooter in the regular season, Durant missed two with 39.3 seconds left. Tony Allen had his best game in this series, scoring 14 points for Memphis. Jerryd Bayless added 11. Zach Randolph scored only eight points but had 10 rebounds. The Thunder had their worst scoring and shooting performance this postseason. Reggie Jackson had 16 points for Oklahoma City, and Kevin Martin and Serge Ibaka added 13 each. Durant went 3 of 11 from the floor in the second half, and his teammates went a combined 23 of 69 for the game. Memphis built leads repeatedly, getting to as much as 10 in the second quarter. Memphis won despite not winning in the categories the Grizzlies usually dominate. The Thunder outrebounded them 51-44 with a 14-5 edge on


Memphis shooting guard Tony Allen, left, drives against Oklahoma City’s Reggie Jackson during the Grizzlies’ 87-81 Game 3 win on Saturday.

the offensive glass. The Thunder also outscored the Grizz 44-30 in the paint with a 23-7 edge on fast-break points. But the Thunder didn’t score after Derek Fisher hit a 3-pointer with 1:58 left. The rust from the layoff showed early for both teams. Ibaka missed not one but two dunks in the first half, Thabo Sefolosha had an airball and the Grizzlies, who had been so good at limiting turnovers, had five in the first quarter alone. Memphis coach Lionel Hollins switched up his defense on Durant from the first two games in Oklahoma City. He didn’t put Allen, who finished fifth in voting for Defensive Player of the Year, on Durant until the final minutes of Game 2. This time, he alternated Allen with Tayshaun Prince defending Durant throughout the first half. Allen played Durant most of the third, and that helped limit Durant to 2 of 7 shooting in the quarter.

SAN ANTONIO 102, GOLDEN STATE 92: Golden State star Stephen Curry missed 12 of his 17 shots in his worst shooting performance of the postseason as the Warriors fell 102-92 to the Spurs on Friday night to fall behind 2-1 in the series. Curry rolled his often balky ankle late in the game as the Warriors faded in the final minutes. After scoring 66 points in the first two games to help Golden State get the split in San Antonio, Curry was held to 16 in Game 3 to the disappointment of the frenzied crowd at Oracle Arena. The Warriors hope Curry is back healthy for Game 4 today. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 32 points — 25 of them in the first half — to go with five rebounds and five assists. Tim Duncan had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard had 15 points and nine rebounds. Klay Thompson paced the Warriors with 17 points and eight rebounds. MIAMI 104, CHICAGO 94: So much for South Beach style. The Miami Heat showed again they can get down and dirty. LeBron James came on strong down the stretch to finish with 25 points, Chris Bosh added 20 points and 19 rebounds, and the Heat followed up the most lopsided playoff win in franchise history with a 104-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Shaking off a shove to the court that earned Nazr Mohammed an ejection and James an accusation of flopping from Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, the four-time MVP came through down the stretch, scoring 12 in the fourth quarter. Norris Cole matched his postseason career high with his second straight 18-point performance, and the Heat pulled out a tight win after blasting the Bulls 115-78 on Wednesday. Carlos Boozer led Chicago with 21 points. Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler scored 17 each, but the Bulls couldn’t pull this one out. They were within 85-83 when Cole scored on a finger roll with about four minutes left, and Miami started to take control from there.

First-round picks not contributing enough for postseason success THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ST. LOUIS — Mouth agape, St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock struggled to process the buzzer-beater that crushed the St. Louis Blues’ season. Goalie Brian Elliott sank to his knees in disbelief. For the second straight playoffs, the Blues finished with four straight losses to the Los Angeles Kings. They didn’t get swept this time, it just felt that way. Especially to Hitchcock, who called out the cluster of high draft picks that have had several chances without making a splash in the postseason for a franchise still awaiting its first Stanley Cup. The roll call of firstrounders found wanting on the latest fade-out would be a long one. “What I’m going to tell them is it’s not good enough,” Hitchcock said after the 2-1 eliminating loss in Game 6 Friday night. “If you want to be a champion, it’s not good enough. “If you want to be a champion, you’re going to have to find a way.” T.J. Oshie, a first-rounder in 2005, was minus-3 in a game that included his first two career playoff goals. Patrik Berglund (’06) had one goal and David Perron (’07) none. Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko (’10) was not a factor in his single appearance. Berglund had the best chance to tie it in the third but came up empty on a break-in, then was seen head in hands on the bench. They’ll carry the memory

of Dustin Penner’s game-decider for months. “On that play, you’re just kicking yourself,” said captain David Backes, a second-rounder in 2003 who has delivered leadership and gritty play. “Those are the little things that get magnified. They dug deeper than we did, the fate is we’re going home and they’re continuing on.” While quick to credit Conn Smythe-winning goalie Jonathan Quick as the best player in the series, Hitchcock said the window of opportunity remained open for the Blues. But only, he was quick to add, if the core steps up. “Quite frankly, we need more from the people that are homegrown,” Hitchcock said. “And that’s something we’ll address (in) the offseason and in conversations with each individual.” “We need the boys we built around.” Players, who plan to clear out lockers today, know there is room for improvement. “This team was hot going into the playoffs, added pieces at the deadline,” Backes said. “We took on some big players and we were expecting better than this. I don’t know what the next step is, but right now, it’s just sour.”


TORONTO 2, BOSTON 1: Tyler Bozak scored a shorthanded goal midway through the first period as the Maple Leafs stayed alive with a 2-1 Game 5 win on Friday night. Clarke MacArthur also scored for Toronto. Zdeno Chara scored for Boston. The Bruins lead the series 3-2. WASHINGTON 2, NEW YORK RANGERS 1 (OT): Mike Ribeiro scored the Game 5 overtime winner to give the Caps a 3-2 series lead. Joel Ward scored a power-play goal for Washington. Brian Boyle scored for the Rangers.

Swedish rookie leads Players Championship Woods, Garcia yet to finish third round THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, F l a . — Swe d i s h ro o k i e David Lingmerth emerged from the storm clouds to take the lead Saturday in The Players Championship. Lingmerth ended a long day at the TPC Sawgrass with an 8-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole and a 10-foot birdie putt on the island-green 17th. That put him at 12-under-par when the round was suspended because of darkness. There was a two-hour delay earlier because of storms. Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson — all former Players Championship winners — were two shots behind. Garcia suggested that Woods was to blame for his poor shot on the second hole. The crowd cheered when Woods took out a fairway metal to play a risky shot, right as Garcia was hitting


Henrik Stenson chips onto the No. 7 green during the third round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass on Saturday. The third round, which was delayed for two hours due to rain, was suspended because of darkness.

his shot. Ten players — Woods and Garcia included — didn’t finish the third round.


B8 SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013


Mentoring youths Young turkey hunters bag birds





USKEGON — At a time of day when most youngsters are comfortably home in bed, Evan Rogalla sat calmly in a moonlit field, waiting. Dawn was approaching. It wouldn’t be long. The 13-year-old hunter sat still in his blind with his father and grandfather. Across the field, a group of wild turkeys soon started gobbling. They flew down from their roosts 500 yards away and began to squabble. It would be a while before they rushed the blind, drawn by the hunter’s enticing calls. When they did, they came with seven hens calling and three jakes gobbling. Evan dropped the biggest male bird with one shot from a 20-guage shotgun, a 20-pound wild turkey with a six-inch beard. He would be one of four successful hunters that weekend in a special youth hunt at the Muskegon County Wastewater Facility, organized by the Muskegon River Bottom chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. “Evan has enough hunting experience that he is comfortable with it and a good shot,” said Aubrey Gale, Evan’s grandfather and hunting mentor. “I watched his hand when he put the gun out the window (of the portable blind). When he decided which one he wanted, I saw him slip his finger onto the trigger and let it go.” It is that kind of scrutiny that makes “mentoring” a meaningful term, a guided and well-counseled experience where constructive feedback comes quickly, and undesirable behavior can be extinguished just as fast. The gobbler was Evan’s fourth since starting to hunt. He’d shot the others also under his grandfather’s tutelage and that of his father, Alex Rogalla. Three other Muskegon area youngsters also did

Cameron Edgerton, above center, shot this 14-pound turkey while being mentored by his uncle, John German, right. Behind them are guides Bruce Waterman, left, and Dennis Neibarger. Evan Rogalla, at right, shot this 20-pound wild turkey during a special youth hunt organized by the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. COURTESY

well that weekend. Austin Fowler, Corey Vanderputte and Cameron Edgerton all are 9-year-olds that went home with a bird. Each was hunting with a Michigan mentored youth hunting license. The license allows children 9 and younger to hunt small game, wild turkey and deer. It allows them to fish and trap, too. Hunter Safety classes are not required to hunt, but the youngsters are required to go with a mentor, someone 21 years or older who has prior hunting experience and a valid hunting license. I can say honestly that I

have had some questions about the wisdom of letting such young children handle a gun, but what became clear this weekend is the mentored youth program can and

does work when parents or legal guardians approach it seriously. “That’s one of the nice things about the program,” said John German, Cameron

Edgerton’s uncle and mentor. “It’s all about the kids. If they want to do it, great. If they don’t, that’s OK.” German had hunted with his 8-year-old daughter, Samarra, the first day of the weekend hunt. She got a shot at a turkey using a crossbow and missed. He spent the second day supervising his nephew, Cameron. “When the bird came off the roost, Cameron’s eyes got really big,” German said. “They came in from behind, and Cameron said, ‘I can see them. I can see them.’ I said, ‘Keep yourself calm.’ They came in gobbling real hard, and Cameron said he had a beard on its head.” Cameron’s first shot was low. It knocked the big bird down, but it would take three shots to finish it off. In the end, the young hunter came away with a lesson learned. His uncle, and their two Muskegon-area guides, Bruce Waterman and Dennis Neibarger, were on hand to help. Neibarger, a member of the Muskegon NWTF chapter, said the mentorship program works well, provided the young hunters are with an

adult who is focused on them — rather than using the hunt “as an excuse for dad to go out with a gun by taking their kid with them.” The adults on the hunt were there only to be in service to the children, whether to help with calling or to supervise the young hunters closely. “Cameron did really well,” Neibarger said. “He listened real well, and we had him take a couple of snoozes. We had his gun on a shooting stick inside the blind so the turkey wouldn’t see his barrel moving around. He was so excited to see the turkey fan and hear it gobble that he was really shaking bad.” The Muskegon hunt was one of four special youth turkey hunts around the state that weekend, including one in the Battle Creek area, Belding area and the Upper Peninsula. Each had been organized by a local turkey hunting group, and each was designed to introduce mentored hunters to the sport of turkey hunting. “We had one kid shoot a 22-pound bird with a nine-and-half-inch beard from a wheelchair using a sip-and-puff mechanism in the U.P. hunt for kids with disabilities,” said Al Stewart, the upland game bird specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “And at the hunt held by the Ionia NWTF folks, we had a kid who got so excited he couldn’t pull the trigger, and a 7-year-old who shot one with a crossbow and had a great day of hunting.” Only 2,256 mentored youth licenses were sold in 2012. That’s a far cry from the number that mentored youth hunting proponents hope will be sold over time as means to stem the decline in hunting license sales. But it is a start, and a good one. And conservation groups like the NWTF are to be commended for their efforts. “Cameron is already asking when deer season starts,” German said. He is 9 years old and already he has the right idea. Email Howard Meyerson at, or follow him on his blog, The Outdoor Journal, at

Nonprofit awarded for protecting Clinton River Watershed FROM MICHIGAN DNR

Odds are you’ve never heard of the Clinton River Watershed Council. Formed more than 40 years ago, the nonprofit conservation organization is dedicated to education, stewardship and watershed management planning. The group recently was recognized by the Department of Natural Resources with a “Partners in Conservation” Award, an honor bestowed on groups and individuals who go above and beyond to conserve Michigan’s natural resources. Fisheries Division’s Lake Erie Management nominated the council for the award. “They’ve got a lot of ongoing information, education and outreach work throughout the watershed,” said Jim Francis, a DNR fisheries biologist in southeast Michigan who works with the CRWC regularly. “We have a really good relationship with this group.” The Clinton River Watershed consists of about 760 square miles, mostly in Oakland and Macomb counties, that includes 80 miles of Clinton River and

about 1,000 miles of streams. Francis said two projects that the council took on — removal of dams that have outlived their original purposes on the North Branch of the Clinton River and on Paint Creek — are excellent examples of how a citizens’ group can have a positive effect on conservation. “On the North Branch, they received the grants to do the work — one from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and one from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation,” Francis said. “They conducted the project oversight and administration, and the DNR did the actual work with our heavy equipment crew. That was a really good collaboration. “Removal of that dam restored fish access to 21 miles of the mainstream, including 15 miles of trout water as well as another 18 miles of tributaries and 54 miles of intermittent tributaries.” The second project recently was completed on Paint Creek, which is a noted trout-fishing destination for anglers in southeastern Michigan, where trout water is rare.


A student takes a water sample as part of the Clinton River Watershed Council’s Adopt-A-Stream program.

Removing the dam at Paint Creek was a difficult, Francis said, as some landowners were opposed to it. But the CRWC stuck to its guns and worked through the system to prevail. The dam at Paint Creek was causing erosion that resulted in 46 tons of sediment deposited into the stream every year, Francis said.

“Think about that — that’s like taking dump-truck load after dump-truck load of sediment into the creek,” Francis said. “That sediment is settling over the gravel that the trout and aquatic insects need. So, while we focus on the fish passage when we talk about dam removal, it’s the overall health of the stream that

is being restored. Anne Vaara, who joined the CRWC in 2007 and serves as executive director, said the group was thrilled when it heard it would receive an award from the DNR. “We’re deeply honored,” she said. “The DNR has been a great partner for us for years. We wouldn’t be able to do much of our work at all without partnerships, and having a partnership with the DNR has been essential.” Although Francis specifically cited the dam-removal projects as the reason the CRWC was nominated for the DNR award, the group maintains a number of ongoing programs for the betterment of the watershed. Stream Leaders, for instance, is an educational program designed to give local students an in-depth knowledge of how natural systems operate. The program gives youths a background in water-quality monitoring, data interpretation and citizen action, while producing information for local officials about the watershed’s qualities. Students and teachers get into the river to understand

the chemistry, physical conditions and land uses that impact the river. Students take waterquality samples and survey the biological communities to help evaluate the health of the river. About 4,500 middle school and high school students participate each year, Vaara said. The Adopt-A-Stream Program is designed to empower community members to help protect local rivers and streams. Volunteers are assigned to teams and are equipped to gather information on the habitat and invertebrate communities. Twice a year (May and October), Adopt-A-Stream members visit assigned sites to collect invertebrates that live in the streams and adjacent vegetation. The data collected is used by the council as well as municipalities and the state of Michigan to assess stream health and make recommendations for protection and restoration of the habitat. For more information about the Clinton River Watershed Council, visit




Kalamazoo Gazette

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Woman rescued from Bangladesh rubble is recovering


Ohio kidnap victims getting lawyers

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland official said three women who survived a decade-long kidnapping ordeal are beginning to get lawyers to help with compensation. City Councilman Brian Cummins said the lawyers will become a primary point of contact for the victims as money pours into a charitable fund. Cummins said Saturday the lawyers will help keep focus on the victims’ needs and ensure the integrity of the donation process. He said the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has taken the lead in communicating with the women over compensation issues.


SAVAR, Bangladesh — A seamstress who survived 17 days before being rescued from a collapsed garment factory building was panicked, dehydrated and suffering from insomnia as she recovered in a Bangladesh hospital Saturday, but was in generally good condition, according to her doctors. The rescue Friday of 19-yearold Reshma Begum brought a boost to the workers who spent more than two weeks pulling decaying bodies from the rubble. By Saturday, they had resumed their grim task, and the death toll surpassed 1,100 in the world’s worst garment industry disaster. ‘’We will not leave the operation until the last dead body and living person is found,” said Maj. Gen. Chowdhury Hasan Suhrawardy, the head of the local military units in charge of rescue operations.

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In this image made from video provided by NASA, astronaut Christopher Cassidy, foreground, holds a power wrench as he stows away a suspect coolant pump on the International Space Station on Saturday. Thomas Marshburn is at left. The two astronauts made the spacewalk to replace the pump after flakes of frozen ammonia coolant were spotted outside the station Thursday.

A temporary fix

No major injuries

Lt. Col. Azizur Rahman, a doctor at the military hospital where Begum is being treated, said she was exhausted and badly stressed when she was brought in an ambulance Friday afternoon. She suffered scratches but no major injuries, he said. Her kidneys were functioning at less than 45 percent, and she suffered insomnia. “She is panicked; sometimes she holds nurses’ hands tight,” he said. Doctors gave her semi-solid food and saline for her dehydration. They advised complete rest and barred reporters from speaking with her for fear their questions would worsen her fragile psychological state. “We don’t want those memories to haunt her now, so we are not allowing anybody to ask her anything,” Rahman said, adding that a team of psychiatrists will be examining her. Begum spent 17 days in a room-like area under the rubble high enough for her to stand, surviving on dried food, bottled water and rain water, Suhrawardy said. She got fresh air from some of the 27 air holes that rescuers dug in the rubble. She found cartons of dresses inside and was able to change her clothes, he said. “Her return is amazing, miraculous,” he said.

Spacewalking repair halts station leak — for now BY MARCIA DUNN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronauts making a rare, hastily planned spacewalk replaced a pump outside the International Space Station on Saturday in hopes of plugging a serious ammonia leak. The prospects of success grew as the minutes passed, and no frozen flecks of ammonia appeared. Mission Control said it appeared as though the leak might have been plugged, although additional monitoring over the coming days, if not weeks, will be needed before declaring a victory. “ No ev i d e n c e o f a ny ammonia leakage whatsoever. We have an airtight system — at the moment,” Mission Control reported. Christopher Cassidy and Thomas Marshburn installed the new pump after removing the old one suspected of spewing flakes of frozen ammonia coolant two days earlier. They did not discover anything responsible for the leak and consequently kept a sharp lookout for any icy flecks that might appear from the massive frame that holds the solar panels on

the left side. “Let us know if you see anything,” Mission Control urged as the fresh pump was cranked up. Thirty minutes later, all was still well. “No snow,” the astronauts radioed. “We have our eyes on it and haven’t seen a thing,” Marshburn said. NASA said the leak, while significant, never jeopardized crew safety. But managers wanted to deal with the trouble while it was fresh and before Marshburn returns to Earth in a few days. The space agency never before staged such a fast, impromptu spacewalk for a station crew. Even during the shuttle days, unplanned spacewalks were uncommon.

Most likely cause

The ammonia pump was the chief suspect going into Saturday’s spacewalk. So it was disheartening for NASA, at first, as Cassidy and Marshburn reported nothing amiss on or around the old pump. “All the pipes look shiny clean, no crud,” Cassidy said as he used a long, dentist-like mirror to peer into tight, deep openings. “I can’t give you any good

data other than nominal, unfortunately. No smoking guns.” Engineers determined there was nothing to lose by installing a new pump, despite the lack of visible damage to the old one. The entire team — weary and stressed by the frantic pace of the past two days — gained more and more confidence as the 5 1/2-hour spacewalk drew to a close with no flecks of ammonia popping up. “Gloved fingers crossed,” space station commander Chris Hadfield said in a tweet from inside. “No leaks!” he wrote a half-hour later. Flight controllers in Houston worked furiously to get ready for Saturday’s operation, completing all the required preparation in under 48 hours. The astronauts trained for just such an emergency scenario before they rocketed into orbit; the repair job is among NASA’s socalled Big 12. The area on the space station is prone to leaks. The ammonia coursing through the plumbing is used to cool the space station’s electronic equipment. There are eight of these power channels, and all others were operating normally. As a result, life for the six

space station residents was more or less unaffected, aside from the drama unfolding Saturday 255 miles above the planet. The loss of two power channels, however, could threaten science experiments and backup equipment.

‘A remarkable effort’

“We may not have found exactly the smoking gun,” Cassidy said, “but to pull off what this team did yesterday and today, working practically 48 straight hours, it was a remarkable effort on everybody’s behalf.” NASA’s space station program manager Mike Suffredini said it’s a mystery why the leak erupted. Possibilities include a micrometeorite strike or a flawed seal. Ammonia already had been seeping ever so slightly from the location, but the flow increased dramatically Thursday. Marshburn has been on the space station since December and is set to return to Earth late Monday. Cassidy is a new arrival, on board for just 1 1/2 months. By coincidence, the two performed a spacewalk at this troublesome spot before, during a shuttle visit in 2009.

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Newtown parents Steven Uhde and Peter Barresi were glad Friday night when a task force of 28 local elected officials voted unanimously for a plan to tear down Sandy Hook Elementary School and construct a new building on the same property, where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December. If all goes well, officials said construction could begin in the spring of next year, and the new building could open in January 2016.


Ex-dictator convicted of genocide in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY — Former dictator Efrain Rios Montt’s conviction of genocide is a historic moment in a country still healing from a brutal, three-decade civil war, human rights activists said. Relatives of those killed and activists celebrated the 80-year sentence handed down by a tribunal to Montt on Friday, the former dictator who presided over one of the bloodiest chapters of a war that killed about 200,000 people, mainly indigenous Mayans. During the trial, Ixil Mayans testified about mass rapes, the killings of women and children, and other atrocities that authorities often denied took place. The ruling was the state’s first official acknowledgment genocide occurred during the 36year civil war that ended with peace accords in 1996.

Happy birthday, Yogi Berra ... and others


Baseball Hall-of-Famer Yogi Berra is 88. Singermusician Steve Winwood is 65. Actor Gabriel Byrne is 63. Actor Bruce Boxleitner is 63. Singer Billy Squier is 63. Country singer Kix Brooks is 58. Actor Ving Rhames is 54. Rock musician Billy Duffy is 52. Actor Emilio Estevez is 51. Actress Vanessa A. Williams (“Melrose Place”) is 50. Actor Stephen Baldwin is 47. Actress Rhea Seehorn is 41. Actor Mackenzie Astin is 40. Actress Malin (MAH’-lin) Akerman is 35.


Actor Buck Taylor is 75. Actor Harvey Keitel is 74. Singer Stevie Wonder is 63. Producer-writer Alan Ball is 56. Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman

is 52. Actor-comedian Stephen Colbert (kohlBEHR’) is 49. Actress Susan Floyd is 45. Actress Samantha Morton is 36. Rock musician Stephen Mickey Colbert Madden (Maroon 5) is 34. Actresswriter-director Lena Dunham is 27. Actor Robert Pattinson is 27.


Opera singer Patrice Munsel is 88. Photorealist artist Richard Estes is 81. Movie producer George Lucas is 69. Actor Danny Huston is 51. Rock musician Mike Inez (Alice In Chains) is 47. Actress Cate Blanchett is 44. Rock singer-musician

Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra turns 88 today. AP FILE

Dan Auerbach is 34. Rock musician Mike Retondo (Plain White T’s) is 32. Actress Amber Tamblyn is 30. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is 29.


Playwright Sir Peter Shaffer is 87. Actress-singer Anna Maria Alberghetti is

77. Counterculture icon Wavy Gravy is 77. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is 76. Singer Trini Lopez is 76. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is 65. Baseball Hall-of-Famer George Brett is 60. Actor Lee Horsley is 58. Actor Brad Rowe is

43. Rock musician Ahmet Zappa is 39. Olympic gold-medal gymnast Amy Chow is 35. Actor David Krumholtz is 35. Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler is 32.


Actor George Gaynes is 96. Jazz musician Billy Cobham is 69. Actor Pierce Brosnan is 60. Actress Debra Winger is 58. Olympic gold medal gymnast Olga Korbut is 58. Singer Janet Jackson is 47. Actress Tracey Gold is 44. Musician Simon Katz is 42. Actress Tori Spelling is 40. Actress Megan Fox is 27.


Actor Peter Gerety is 73. Singer Taj Mahal is 71. Singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester is 69. Rock musician Bill Bruford is 64. Actor Bill Paxton is

58. Boxing Hall-of-Famer Sugar Ray Leonard is 57. Actorcomedian Bob Saget is 57. Singermusician Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) is 48. Megan Fox Actor Hill Harper is 47. TV personality/interior designer Thom Filicia is 44. Actress Kat Foster is 35. Dancer-choreographer Derek Hough (huhf) is 28.


Actor Bill Macy is 91. Hallof-Fame sportscaster Jack Whitaker is 89. Baseball Hallof-Famer Reggie Jackson is 67. Actress Candice Azzara is 66. Rock musician Rick Wakeman (Yes) is 64. Actor James Stephens is 62. Country singer George Strait is 61.


C2 SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013

Nation & World

Police: Women left captor’s home twice in a decade Charged filed against one of three brothers arrested BY MEGHAN BARR AND THOMAS J. SHEERAN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CLEVELAND — Three women found alive after a decade in captivity endured lonely, dark lives inside a dingy home where they were raped and allowed outside only twice, in disguises while walking to a garage steps away, investigators say. Bond was set at $8 million Thursday for the 52-year-old former school bus driver accused of kidnapping and raping the women. While many Ariel questions re- Castro main about how Ariel Castro maintained such tight control over the women for so many years before one of them made a daring escape Monday, the horrors they suffered are coming to light. Police say the women apparently were bound by ropes and chains at times and were kept in different rooms. They suffered prolonged sexual and psychological abuse and had miscarriages, according to a city official briefed on the case. Castro has been charged with four counts of kidnapping — covering the captives and the daughter born to one of them — and three counts of rape, against all three women. The women and Castro have given lengthy statements to police that have helped build their case, said Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba.

None of the women, though, gave them any indication that Castro’s two older brothers, who’ve been in custody since Monday, were involved, Tomba said. Prosecutors brought no charges against the brothers, citing a lack of evidence. “Ariel kept everyone at a distance,” Tomba said. One thing that remains a mystery, he said, is how the women were kept in the house so long. “As far as the circumstances inside the home and the control he may have had over those girls ... I think that’s going to take us a long time to figure that out,” he said. The women, now in their 20s and 30s, vanished separately between 2002 and 2004. At the time, they were 14-, 16- and 20-years-old. They never saw a chance to escape over the past 10 years until last week, when Amanda Berry broke through a door and ran to freedom, alerting police who rescued the other two women while Castro was away from the house. In police audio tapes, a 911 dispatcher notifies officers on Monday that she had just spoken to a woman who “says her name is Amanda Berry and that she had been kidnapped 10 years ago.” After police arrive at the house, women can be heard crying in the background. Then an officer tells the dispatcher: “We found ’em. We found ’em.” Tomba said of Berry, “Something must have clicked and she saw an opportunity and she took that opportunity.” He said the women could remember being outside only twice during their entire time in captivity. “We were told they left the house and went into the garage in disguise,” he said. Also in the house was Berry’s

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Cleveland prosecutor Victor Perez speaks during a news conference Wednesday at Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. Authorities filed rape and kidnapping charges Wednesday against a man after three women missing for about a decade were found alive at his home.

6-year-old daughter. A paternity test on Castro was being done to establish whether he fathered the child. While prosecutors announced charges against Castro, federal agents searched a vacant house near where the women had been held. Officials would only say their search was an attempt to get evidence in the case against Castro, but they refused to say what they found or what led them there. Castro was in custody and couldn’t be reached for comment. A brother-in-law has said the family was shocked after hearing about the women at the home. Berry, 27, and Gina DeJesus, who is in her early 20s, were welcomed home Wednesday by jubilant crowds of loved ones and neighbors with balloons and banners.

By Steve Newman

Matam, Senegal


Week Ending May 10, 2013 The amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere is on the verge of exceeding 400 parts per million (ppm) this month, a concentration of the climate-warming gas not seen on the planet in 3 million years. That projection is based on observations made at Mauna Loa Observatory, the volcano-top Hawaiian lab where measurements of atmospheric CO2 have been collected since 1958. Since then, the seasonally fluctuating levels have risen from 316 ppm at an escalating rate. According to Ralph Keeling, a geochemist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the surpassing of the 400-ppm mark should serve as a warning that despite increased public awareness of the danger posed by global warming, worldwide carbon dioxide emissions show no sign of reversing.

MERS Virus Spreads

A new SARS-like virus that has killed 18 of the 30 people infected since it first emerged last September claimed five more victims in late April and early May. Two of the latest patients were being treated in a Saudi intensive care unit, according to the country’s health officials. The viral strain causes what is now being called MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Infection causes acute pneumonia and kidney failure. Most of the virus’s victims have been in or from around Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, but authorities say they are unable to determine why. The World Health Organization says it is unknown exactly how the disease is transmitted or how far around the globe it has spread. The U.N. agency says there is no need to impose travel restrictions in Saudi Arabia at this time, but it urged the world health community to stay vigilant to contain any future outbreaks.

Arctic Acid

Global greenhouse gas emissions have caused the level of acidity in the Arctic Ocean to rise 30 percent since the dawn of the Industrial Age, threatening to bring dire consequences to the region’s fragile ecosystem, scientists warn. The pollution has caused pH to reach its lowest level in the Arctic for at least the last 55 million years. The Arctic is most vulnerable to acidification because its cold waters can absorb more carbon dioxide. Its strong freshwater inflow also makes it less able to chemically neutralize the acidification effects of the greenhouse gas. The current acid levels threaten some species with a direct risk of extinction, and fish stocks may also be affected, scientists say.


Four German tourists and their local guide were killed when one of the Philippines’ most active volcanoes exploded, sending boulders “as large as cars” raining down on the climbers. The blast at Mayon was caused by rainwater coming in contact with super-heated volcanic material. • Three explosions from Alaska’s Cleveland volcano sent a continuous plume of ash, steam and vapor soaring into key air traffic routes between the U.S. and Asia. Some flights were forced to steer clear of the ash plume.


A sharp quake struck near Iran’s main nuclear reactor, in the southwestern city of Bushehr. While there were no reports of damage or injuries, a stronger quake in the same area last month killed 37 people and virtually leveled two villages. • Earth movements were also felt in central New Zealand, St. Kitts and Nevis and in southeastern Idaho.

which, years later, the women would escape — he kept a close eye on her and refused to let people come inside to visit her or even let her pick up their children from school, said Angel Villanueva, who is married to Grimilda Figueroa’s sister. Grimilda was “not allowed to go nowhere,” said Villanueva. No matter where she wanted to go, “it had to be with him.” The FBI on Friday said it did not recover human remains in its search of Castro’s house. FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson says investigators have for now concluded their search at the house where the women were found last week. Anderson said Friday that agents took more than 200 items from the house, though she wouldn’t discuss what was found.

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Castro was accused of twice breaking the nose of his children’s mother, knocking out a tooth, dislocating each shoulder and threatening to kill her and her daughters, according to a 2005 domestic-violence filing in Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court. The filing for a protective order by Grimilda Figueroa also said that Castro frequently abducted her daughters and kept them from her. Figueroa died in April 2012 after a battle with cancer. Figueroa’s father, Ismail Figueroa, said Wednesday that Castro would regularly lock his daughter inside a second-floor apartment in the house where they lived when they were first together. Later, when they moved a few blocks to the house Castro purchased — the house from

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Family members hustled them inside, past hundreds of reporters and onlookers. Neither woman spoke. “This is the best Mother’s Day I could ever have,” said Nancy Ruiz, Gina’s mother. She said she hugged her daughter and didn’t want to let go. Ruiz said she spent time with all three women after they were rescued. “There’s no word to describe the beauty of just seeing them,” she said. The third captive, Michelle Knight, 32, was reported in good condition at Metro Health Medical Center. The Associated Press does not usually identify people who may be victims of sexual assault, but the names of the women were widely circulated by their families, friends and law enforcement authorities for years during their disappearance.

Asteroid Defense

Measures to protect Earth from a catastrophic impact by an asteroid or other near-Earth objects (NEO) are being developed in a four-year plan by the European Space Agency. The plan comes less than three months after a meteor exploded over Russia’s Ural region, injuring hundreds. There are currently 10,000 NEO’s that have orbits bringing them relatively close to Earth. Detlef Koschny, head of the agency’s NEO study office, says more coordinated scans of the sky each night are necessary to find currently undiscovered NEOs. Studies to determine if it would be more effective to deflect threatening asteroids with an explosion or an impact by a large object are also being planned. The proposals were discussed at an international conference near Madrid.

Monkey Math

Baboons may be as skilled as a human child at distinguishing between different amounts, a new study has shown. In a series of trials conducted by psychologists at the University of Rochester, a small troop of olive baboons was shown to be generally successful at choosing which of two plastic cups contained more peanuts. According to the study, the baboons were not counting the legumes oneby-one, a skill that only humans are known to have for quantities greater than three or four. Instead, the researchers believe that the primates used a rough “eyeballing” technique. This is similar to the way that human toddlers, who have not yet learned to properly count, size up differences in quantity. Distributed by: Universal Uclick © MMXIII Earth Environment Service

By Wednesday, the unremarkable white house at 2207 Seymour Ave. in Cleveland was a tourist destination. Before that, it might as well have been invisible. Three young women were held captive for a decade in the house, an eight-minute drive from where they were snatched. They broke free last week to find a world where technology has made it close to impossible to hide much of anything for long. “When these children were taken, Amber Alert was just coming on line,” said Robert Lowery Jr. of the nonprofit National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “It has grown much more effective. We can reach the public almost instantaneously.” Six years before the first of the Cleveland captives — Michelle Knight — was grabbed off Lorain Avenue, the body of 9-yearold Amber Hagerman turned up in a Texas creek. Today, the phrase “Amber Alert” has a secure place in the American lexicon, and it would be harder, Lowery said, to get away with snatching two teenage girls and a young woman. Police receive about 800,000 missing-children reports a year. But most of the children are found within a few hours, and 98.5 percent return to their families, Lowery said. About 200,000 of them disappear with a family member — often a noncustodial parent — and 15,000 are reported missing after being taken by a babysitter, a neighbor or a family friend. The number snatched by a stranger — a pedophile, someone after a ransom or someone operating under circumstances like those in Cleveland? About 100 to 115 children a year, Lowery said.


Drivers on I-95 in Broward County, Fla., near Pompano Beach, pass a highway sign showing an Amber Alert.

With Amber Alerts, fewer missing children turn up dead than in the past. If a kidnapper is going to turn killer, Lowery said, it usually happens within the first two or three hours. “When an Amber Alert goes out, there is so much public pressure on the abductor that they often release the child before they can get hurt,” Lowery said. “The vast majority of children now escape death because of Amber Alert.” A vast apparatus is triggered when an alert is sounded, and the ensuing search often receives wall-to-wall coverage on the cable news networks. The story and pictures of the missing child are transmitted quickly. Video recordings from the surveillance cameras that keep watch over much of public America are scrutinized. Overhead signs on major highways flash information. Tip lines are activated. Twitter and Facebook light up with alerts. Known sex offenders are accounted for. Police study images from traffic cameras. Just coming on line is the ability to send Amber Alert information to every smartphone within range of cellphone towers near where a child disappeared.

Another technological advance improves the odds of finding a victim who has been held captive for years: the ability to create portraits that show how a missing person might age. The three missing persons — two of them teenagers — were allegedly abducted and held captive by three men for reasons other than ransom. They were held captive for about 10 years in the middle of the city where they lived and where their disappearance was heavily publicized, though without the technological megaphone of Amber Alert. “This is a situation we’ve not seen before,” Lowery said. “There’s generally a lone person involved in these situations. But in cases where people have been recovered alive, it’s usually taken more than one person to restrain them.” But once the three women disappeared behind the chainlink fence — in a nation where backpacks explode, where gunmen invade movie theaters and grade-school classrooms, and where Americans are urged to remain vigilant against the unusual — nobody really noticed anything amiss at 2207 Seymour Ave.


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NEW YORK — There’s no business like small business. Mix the high stakes of running a small business with a dash of family drama and throw in a camera crew and you get hit reality television shows such as “Pawn Stars,” “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” and “Duck Dynasty.” Turning small business owners into stars has become a winning formula for television producers, but some businesses featured in them are cashing in, too. Sales explode after just a few episodes air, transforming these nearly unknown small businesses into household names. In addition to earning a salary from starring in the shows, some small business owners are benefiting financially from opening gift shops that sell souvenirs or getting involved in other ventures that spawn from their new-found fame.


Mark Matusiak shoots a scene in April featuring Chumlee, second from left, Corey Harrison and customer Gene McCauliff of Las Vegas, for the reality television series “Pawn Stars.” The pawn business brings in about $20 million a year, up from the $4 million before the show aired. Below, a line of people wait to enter the Las Vegas business.

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Sales at Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas are five times higher than they were before “Pawn Stars” first aired in 2009. More people are pouring into the St. Louis restaurant featured in “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” to eat its jumbosized fried chicken wings and six-cheese macaroni and cheese. And Duck Commander, seen in “Duck Dynasty,” is having trouble controlling the crowds in front of its headquarters in the small city of West Monroe, La. “Sometimes it’s hard getting from the truck to the front door,” said Willie Robertson, who owns Duck Commander with his father and stars in the A&E series with his extended family. It’s a big change for a company that sells duck calls out of a part-brick, part-cinder block warehouse on a dry, dead-end country road. Duck hunters use the whistles, which mimic duck sounds, to attract their prey. Since “Duck Dynasty” began airing in March 2012, Robertson finds at least 70 people waiting in front of the warehouse every morning asking for autographs and photos. Neighbors have complained about the mobs, and the police have been called. Despite the complaints, the show has been good for the family business. Sales of the company’s duck calls, which range from $20 to $175, have skyrocketed. In 2011, the company sold 60,000 duck calls. In 2012, the year the show began airing, the company sold 300,000. “We saw a big difference as the Nielsen ratings went up,” Robertson said.

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Their income from doing the show may be going up along with the ratings. “Duck Dynasty” is the mostwatched documentary-style reality series on TV now, according to Nielsen, which provides information and insight into what consumers watch and buy. April’s one-hour season three finale was watched by 9.6 million people, making it the most watched program in A&E’s 29-year history. The Hollywood Reporter reported the cast of the show is demanding a raise to $200,000 an episode to do a fourth season. The network and Robertson had no comment on the report. Cameras follow Robertson and his family as they make duck calls, hunt or go camping. One episode showed Robertson trying to prove to his dad, brother and uncle that he could spend a night in a tent during a camping trip. During the episode, Robertson ends up bringing a big recreational vehicle and is ridiculed for it. “Once you bring something with wheels that’s enclosed, you’re no longer camping.


Robbie Montgomery, left, talks to diners in 2007 at Sweetie Pie’s in St. Louis. A show based on Montgomery’s business airs on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

You’re parking,” said Robertson’s brother, Jace Robertson, in the episode.

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To keep up with rising sales, Duck Commander hired five more people. Every duck call has to be put together by hand. “It’s like a musical instrument,” Robertson said. “Each one needs to be blown into it to make sure it works.” To stop the crowds from disrupting business and to make extra cash, Robertson opened a gift shop inside the Duck Commander warehouse. “It keeps the people out of my lobby,” he said. The shop sells duck calls, Duck Commander T-shirts and bobblehead dolls that look like Robertson, his dad, uncle and brother, complete with their long beards. Rick Harrison, star of “Pawn Stars,” opened a gift shop, too. He sells mugs, T-shirts, bobbleheads and refrigerator magnets, in the back of his Las Vegas pawn store. Harrison said the souvenirs bring in about $5 million a year. The pawn business brings in about $20 million a year, up from the $4 million before “Pawn Stars” aired. The show, which follows people as they try to sell or pawn items ranging from gold coins to classic cars, also stars Harrison’s son, his father and an employee named Austin “Chumlee” Russell. People have lined up outside the pawn shop since the reality show began airing on the History channel in 2009. The store installed misters above the line to keep fans cool under the hot, Las Vegas sun. Fame has disadvantages. Harrison said he wears a hat and sunglasses to disguise himself, even on visits to restaurants for pancakes with his kids. During an overseas vacation, he was swarmed by fans at the Tower of London. “It amazes me,” Harrison said. “I’m just a fat middle-aged bald guy, but people still want to meet me.” Harrison is cashing in on his celebrity. He was hired as a spokesman for Procter & Gamble Inc.’s Swiffer cleaning wipes, and he wrote a book, called “License to Pawn,” about his life and business. Harrison declined to say how much money he made on those deals. He also rents a 1,300-square-foot area in the back of the pawn shop’s building for private parties. The fee ranges from $5,000 to $50,000, depending on the number of people invited and whether Harrison or one of the show’s stars is asked to drop by. Despite his fame and busy 40-week-a-year filming

schedule, Harrison said his pawn business comes first. “I do realize that television shows end,” he said, even though the show is coming back for a new season May 30. “I want to make sure I have a business when people are saying, ‘Hey, do you remember that show about four fat guys in a pawn shop.”’ A show may end, but it’s not quickly forgotten. Hairstylist Elgin Charles, whose salon was featured on VH1’s “Beverly Hills Fabulous,” said he still benefits from the show even though it hasn’t been on the air for almost two years. Fans of the show still stop by Elgin Charles Beverly Hills to get their hair done, some from as far away as Australia and Nigeria. “The phone didn’t stop ringing for eight months after the show aired,” said Charles, who has owned the salon for 15 years. Charles recently was cornered by fans at a Dallas nightclub trying to get a picture of him on their smartphones. “I can’t even walk the streets of New York without being approached,” he said. Charles is hard to miss. He often wears shiny, dark, straight shoulder-length hair. He has been paid to make appearances at hair shows and conventions. “Many doors have opened,” he said. “The whole reason I did it was to make Elgin Charles Beverly Hills a household name,” Charles said. He’s putting his name on a school, called the Elgin Charles Universal Beauty College, which is expected to open this summer in downtown Los Angeles. Reality TV has been good to Duff Goldman, too. Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes” filmed Goldman and his employees at Charm City Cakes bakery as they made lavish cakes. “Ace of Cakes” ended in 2011, but Goldman and his bakery still are in high demand. His name is on a line of cake mixes, kits and pans sold at Michaels, the arts and crafts store. His face is on cartons of Blue Bunny ice cream with pieces of cakes mixed in. He teamed with Godiva, the chocolate maker, to create limited edition cake truffles. I n Ja n u a r y, G o l d m a n designed a nine-tiered cake for President Barack Obama’s inauguration. Last year, Goldman reopened a bakery in Los Angeles, called Charm City Cakes West. He is “strongly” considering a return to reality TV, he said. The publicity is hard to give

up. The shows essentially are free weekly national commercials for a small business. “There’s no better way to increase exposure,” said Jai Manselle, the founder of Manselle Media, a brand development and public relations company that has clients in the entertainment industry. Manselle said entrepreneurs considering reality TV should make sure the show will portray the business in a positive light. “If the show makes you look unprofessional, that may not be good,” he said. Manselle rejected an offer to turn his marketing business into a reality show last year because it didn’t feel right, but he still is open to the idea. “If it’s not going to benefit the brand, don’t do it,” he said. “The whole reason you’re doing this is to make money.”


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BETKE, DONALD RUSSELL Kalamazoo Donald Betke lost his battle with cancer on Monday, May 6, 2013 at the age of 76. He was born in Kalamazoo, MI on May 11, 1936, the son of the late Russell and Anna (Roberts) Betke. He worked at Eaton Corp for 30 years and then at Bowers Mfg. until his retirement. Don was a wonderful husband and father who enjoyed spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren in their various activities. He got great joy from his greatgrandson, Gavin, whom he called his “little buddy.” He enjoyed going to the races and was a lifelong Yankee Fan. He was preceded in death by his infant grandson, Garrett VanderWeele in 1998. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Nancy (Barrett) Betke. They were united in marriage on July 1, 1958. He is also survived by his children, Tanya (Jerry Kelley) Betke, Jodi (Tom) VanderWeele-Noble, and Brian Betke; his grandchildren, Danielle (Gabriel Rhoades) Joftscheff, Victoria (Monty Emmons) Betke, Austin and Hayden VanderWeele and Corey and Kyle Noble; as well as five great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Memorial contribution may be made to charity of your choice. Memories and condolences may be left at Arrangements by


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Editing can create misconceptions about the business. “Ace of Cakes” never showed the bakers washing their hands. Many viewers assumed they didn’t. Goldman still gets emails and letters from viewers saying they should wash their hands. They did; it just never made it on the screen. “A show about people washing their hands would be a boring show,” Goldman said. Another downside: Being bossed around. “I’m 47, and I’ve never worked for anybody in my life,” said Harrison of “Pawn Stars.” “Now, you have somebody else telling you what to do.” Producers tell him what time to come to work, and he has to make appearances to promote the show. Not every small business makes good TV. Producers say they are most interested in family-run companies. “That’s the Holy Grail,” said Darryl Silver, the owner of The Idea Factory, the production company pitching Schneller’s pickle-business reality show. They do well because viewers relate to the characters. That’s true for the stars of “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.” Owner Robbie Montgomery said fans come to her restaurants featured in the show and liken her to their grandmothers. The show, which airs on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, follows Montgomery as she and her son run restaurants in St. Louis. Montgomery has been filmed scolding her nephew when he shows up late for work. In another episode, she pushes her grandson to get better grades in school. The show has brought more people to her restaurants. “There was a line around the block after the third or fourth episode,” Montgomery said. Sales have jumped 70 percent at the restaurants, which serve Southern dishes such as pork steak smothered in gravy and candied yams. It debuted in 2011. A fourth season began filming in March. Montgomery began selling $20 T-shirts in the restaurants after the show started. The shirts feature Montgomery’s quotes from the show. One of the quotes could serve as advice for small businesses wanting to get into reality TV. “If it don’t make money,” the shirt reads, “it don’t make sense.”

BORN, RICHARD J. Richard J. Born, 88, of Augusta, died Friday, May 3, 2013. Richard was born June 5, 1924 in Battle Creek to Martin and Clara (Harrington) Born. He served his country honorably in the United States Army as a paratrooper during WWII. He later worked as a repairman in the heating and cooling industry. He took great pride in his membership in the Augusta VFW and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Richard is survived by his son, Jerry (Shar) Fleser of Delton; two grandchildren, Jennifer Burkett and Jason Fleser; four greatgrandchildren; a brother, Don Born and two sisters, Roma and Lolene. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ethel; his parents; a daughter, Jackie Hyde; two brothers and two sisters. Cremation has taken place and a graveside service to celebrate Richard’s life will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, officiated by Pastor Brian Bunch of the Faith United Methodist Church in Delton. A luncheon will immediately follow at the Augusta VFW Post #7956. Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the Augusta VFW Post #7956, 13540 W M-96, Augusta, MI 49012. Arrangements by the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, Augusta Chapel. Personal messages for the family may be placed at



BOOK, EUGENE G. ‘GENE’ Otsego, Michigan Eugene Book passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at his home. Mr. Book was born August 29, 1932 in Battle Creek to Gordon and Fern (Francisco) Book. For many years he was employed at the MacSimBar as a paper maker, retiring from Rock Tenn as Tower Boss Supervisor in 1994. In his leisure time, Gene enjoyed working on tractors, golf, horseshoes and especially family time. He was a member of the Good Sam Mobile Mid Mittens Club Chapter 38. On June 30, 1956 in Galesburg, MI he married the former Donna Allan, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters and a son, Eugenia (Roger) Jackson-Kling, Christopher (Kim) Book and Annette (Roger) Bayne; grandchildren, Amy (Erik) Burkhead, Matthew (Jamie) Jackson, Michelle (Josh) Whipple, Nicole Kling and Nathan Kling; greatgrandchildren, Alexis, Kora and Ivy Burkhead, Zachariah Whipple and Alexis Schmitt; sisters, Deanna Elliott and Louise VanHout; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and by siblings Maxine Harback, Charles and Leon Book. Friends may visit with Gene’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM Monday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, Pastor Stephen Burrow officiating. Cremation will follow with burial of ashes at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego at a later date. Contributions in memory of Gene may be made to Reverence Home Health & Hospice or the American Cancer Society. Messages of condolence may be posted at


CARRIER, MARY ANN Mary Ann Carrier, born July 30, 1949, went to the Lord on May 8, 2013. Born in Trenton, MI to William O. Decker and Mary E. Cubitt. She grew up in Kalamazoo, MI, attended school in Kalamazoo and Vicksburg. She was married to Dale Brown from 1967 to 1971, then married Richard Carrier and lived in Galesburg, MI for 14 years, then moved to Scotts, MI for 20 years and Vicksburg, MI for five years prior to moving to Jacksonville, FL. She is survived by husband, Richard Sr.; her three sons, Richard, Jr., Darin and Justin. She was preceded in death by her only daughter, Dawn, in 2004. Her brothers and sisters are William O. and Laura Decker of Lawton, Roy E. and Dolly Decker of Mendon, Shirley A. Cole of Portage, Carl Decker of Three Rivers, Vern Cheek of Kalamazoo, and Julie Wheat; many cousins, an uncle, and dozens of friends. We all loved her! Funeral arrangements under the care of Hardage-Giddens Town & Country Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32205 (904) 781-9262. A visitation service will be held on Monday, May 13, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 PM in the chapel. Cremation will follow at a later date.

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Died May 7, 2013. Per request of the family, no visitation or services are scheduled. Arrangements by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St. Please visit George’s personalized web page at .

Jack Dalton age 64, died at Bronson Hospital on Sunday, April 14, 2013. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, May 18 at the Life Story Funeral Home, Betzler Kalamazoo, 6080 Stadium Drive (375-2900) , with visitation beginning one hour prior. Following the service, lunch will be served in the Life Story Center. In honor of Jack, please wear casual or colorful attire.

Jack Heighton passed away Saturday, May 11, 2013. Arrangements are pending and will be announced. Full obituary to appear in the Tuesday, May 14 Gazette. Arrangements by Parchment Redmond Funeral Home, 2300 East G Ave. 269349-7735

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CROASDALE, DR. RAY Gull Lake Dr. Raymond E. Croasdale, age 79, of Gull Lake (Richland, MI), died Sunday afternoon, May 5, 2013, at home with his family after a brief battle with cancer. Ray, the son of Raymond A. and Myrtle E. Croasdale, was born on May 8, 1933 in Park Ridge, IL. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1951 and Albion College in 1954, and went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1958. He served his internship at Hartford General Hospital in Hartford, Conn., and did his ophthalmology residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Ray served in the United States Navy as a Lt. Commander aboard the USS Haven hospital ship from 1962 to 1964. Ray practiced medicine in Kalamazoo for more than 30 years with an office at Bronson Hospital and then with Drs. Melluish and Haller. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Richland; the Gull Lake Area Rotary Club of Richland; the Gull Lake Ice Yacht Club and a former member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Ray enjoyed sailing throughout his life, racing his Snipe in the summer and a DN ice boat in the winter. Among his sailing accomplishments, Ray won first place in the silver fleet of the IDNIYRA Central Lakes Championship in 2001 at the age of 67. During retirement, Ray was active in the Kalamazoo Area Daylily Society, and he registered four of his own hybrids including Gal from Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo Promise. On June 21, 1958 in Gulfport, MS, Ray married the former Judith Fortner. Judy survives Ray after nearly 55 years of Marriage. Also surviving are his two daughters, Martha J. Croasdale (David Anson) of Galesburg, Mich. and Myrle E. Croasdale of Milwaukee, Wis.; his son, Dr. Christopher R. (Laurie Lang) Croasdale of Madison, Wis.; by his three granddaughters, Molly Danielsson, Gillian Croasdale and Lucy Croasdale; and by his brother, Stephen (Dale Orr) Croasdale of Welches, Ore. Ray was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, George Croasdale. A Service of Witness to the Resurrection and Thanksgiving for the Life of Ray will be held on Saturday, June 15 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Richland, 8047 Church Street, with the Rev. Dr. Mark W. Jennings, Pastor, officiating and the United States Navy Honor Guard bestowing Military Honors. Interment will follow at the Church’s Memorial Garden. Family and friends will continue to celebrate Ray’s life with a time of fellowship and luncheon at the Community Room of the Church immediately following the Committal Service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ray’s honor may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church of Richland’s Memorial Garden, 8047 Church Street, Richland, MI,, 49083 or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, 222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Ray may be placed at


Maurice Callies of Paw Paw, MI, Battle Ground, WA and Ypsilanti, MI, died quietly at home, February 7, 2013, surrounded by loving family. A memorial service is being held Sunday, May 26, 2013, at 8615 Cherry Hill Road in Ypsilanti. The memorial will begin at 1:00 PM with words of remembrance at 2:00 PM, followed by inspired food and drink. Please join his wife, Delwyn; his children, Misty (Bill Secrest) Callies, Renee Callies, and Todd Callies; and his granddaughter, Isabel Wattles, in this celebration of his life. For more information, contact the family at

DALMAN, WILLIAM AND JOAN Lake Doster The family of William and Joan Dalman have planned a memorial service to celebrate their life. Visit with their family and friends and view their Life Story film during the service on Tuesday, May 21 at 11:00 at the Life Story Funeral Home, Plainwell; 120 Woodhams St. (685-5881) . William and Joan were married on February 16, 1952 and shared 60 wonderful years together. William served his country proudly in the Army during the Korean War. William and Joan enjoyed antiquing and traveling together. Their family includes their children: Denise Dalman of Portage and Debra (Patrick) Saavedra of Santiago, Chile; his niece, Marnee and his nephew, Andrew. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

DE HAAN, VERA Portage Went home to heaven on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. Vera was born on January 13, 1926 in Kalamazoo, MI the daughter of the late Ray and Hazel (Bradford) Hirdning. On October 10, 1947 she married George De Haan, who preceded her in death on December 6, 2003. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene throughout her childhood and as an adult. Vera worked for Michigan Bell Telephone Company until her retirement at age 55. She loved games and flowers and doting on her grandchildren, but her greatest joy was being married to George, who was the love of her life. She will be remembered for her friendliness and sense of humor, and for being a treasured Mom, grandma, sister and friend. Vera was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond and her grandson, Daryl Fulkerson. She is survived by her five daughters, Marsha De Haan of Kalamazoo, Jacqueline De Haan of Battle Creek, Candace De Haan of Bonita Springs, FL., Carol Jo (Gordon) Gerould of Bonita Springs, FL., and Pamela (Carey) Foster of Kalamazoo; granddaughters, Rachel and Aimee; 3 great grandchildren; sister, Geneva Hoogstraten Lake and brother, Frank Hirdning both of Portage; many nieces and nephews throughout Kalamazoo and the surrounding areas. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 1:00 PM in the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre Ave. with Pastor James Dyke officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4-7 PM on Sunday, May 12, 2013 (TODAY) and also on Monday, beginning at 12:00 Noon. Those wishing to make a lasting gift in Vera’s name may direct them to the Daryl Fulkerson Fund at Guardian Finance and Advocacy Services. Please visit for online obituary, directions and register book to leave condolences. (269) 343-1508


EVANS, MR. SAM P. Richland Went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Borgess Medical Center. He was born on July 20, 1931, the son of the late Peter and Harriet (Dritsa) Evans. He was a graduate of Kalamazoo Central in 1949 and then attended Western Michigan University where he joined the R.O.T.C. In 1952, he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served our country honorably. On March 3, 1955, he married the love of his life, Betty Evans, who survives. They were by each other’s side for 58 years. Sam worked for 15 years for International Harvester in Kalamazoo and then owned and operated Evans Ford in Galesburg. Sam was passionate about cars and loved anything to do with the automotive industry. He was a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council, was an usher for many years and was also involved in the Junior Luther League. Sam was also an avid reader and loved spending time at his home on Gull Lake. He leaves behind many fond memories and friends. He was preceded in passing by a brother, Harry Evans. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, May 13, 2013, from 6:00-8:00 PM. A memorial service to celebrate Sam’s life will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, beginning at 11:00 AM, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 504 S. Westnedge Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49007, with Rev. Ken Johnson officiating. Inurnment with military honors will take place at Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Michigan Parkinson Foundation, c/o the funeral home. Friends may visit to share a condolence message with the family.

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FREY, JACK JUNIOR Kalamazoo, MI Jack passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at the age of 91. He was born in Grand Rapids, MI on August 21, 1921, the son of the late Edward and Virginia (Erickson) Frey. Jack served in the army during WWII as a chaplain’s assistant. He held degrees from WMU and U of M in music education, and was a teacher all his life working at several high schools including Grand Rapids Central, University High School in Kalamazoo and Mattawan. Most of his career was spent at WMU where he directed many different choral groups, taught classes in music education and gave private voice lessons. Jack directed many community choral groups including the Kalamazoo Oratorio Society and the South Haven Men’s Glee Club. He also served as director of music for the First Methodist Church for nearly all of his adult life. Music was his profession, his passion and his life. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth, and his second wife, Jeanne, and considered himself the luckiest of men to have been married to two wonderful women. He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his seven children, Karen (Dick) Statler, Rob Frey, Tim (Sue) Frey, Sarah Highlander, John (Alicia) Highlander, Nancy (Pete) Ellefson and Tom Frey; four grandchildren, Katie Ellefson, Kristen Ellefson, Megan Ellefson and Paige Highlander; and sister, Marilyn Griffiths. Services will be held Monday, May 13, 2013 at 3 PM at the First United Methodist Church. 212 S. Park St. Kalamazoo, MI. Rev. John W. Boley will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Choir Fund at First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007, in memory of Jack J Frey or a charity of choice. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes. Please visit Jack’s personalized web page at




Lucille E. Hobbs Passed away January 20, 2013 in Little Rock, AR. She was born February 14, 1923 in Mattawan and lived most of her life in the house she was born in. She was preceded in death by her husband, H. Loron Hobbs on February 11, 1985. Lucille is survived by her children, Robin DuBois of Little Rock, stepsons Dean Hobbs of Plainwell and Dennis Hobbs of Lawton, eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 3:00PM in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Mattawan, with Minister Scott Burdick, officiating. Please visit for online obituary, directions and register book to leave condolences. (269) 343-1508

John Michael Kottan, age 86, of Gull Lake (Richland, MI), died Monday morning, April 29, 2013, at his daughter’s residence on Gull Lake, following a brief battle with lung cancer. John, the son of Michael and Mary (Frank) Kottan, was born on April 5, 1927 in Detroit, MI and moved to this area in 2004. He served his country proudly in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. John retired in 1982 after 17 years of faithful service as a Tool & Die Maker for the Ford Motor Company of Woodhaven, MI. He was a 32nd Degree Mason with the Lincoln Park Lodge # 539, F & AM. On June 4, 1948 in Lincoln Park, MI, John was united in marriage to the former Pauline J. McMath and she preceded him in death on January 14, 1999. Surviving are two daughters, Michelle M. (Dr. David G.) Reis of Gull Lake (Augusta, MI) and Debra M. Perry of Rutland, VT; five grandchildren, Ryan Reis, Brianna (Corey) Koopmans, Jessica Perry, Caitlin Perry and Jillian Perry and his great granddaughter, Ava Grace Koopmans. John was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mary Frasier and Barbara Cowin. A Memorial Service to celebrate John’s life will be held on Saturday, May 18th at 11:00 a.m. at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, Richland Chapel, 9170 East D Avenue (M-89) with the Rev. James D. Hill, retired Navy, officiating and the United States Marine Corps Honor Guard bestowing Military Honors. Final interment will be next to his beloved wife, Pauline at the Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock, MI. Family and friends will continue John’s life celebration with a time of fellowship and a luncheon at the Gull Lake Country Club, 9725 West Gull Lake Drive, Richland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John’s honor may be directed to the Penrickton Center for Blind Children, 26530 Eureka Road, Taylor, MI 48180. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of John may be placed at

HUNT, DOROTHY "JEAN" Kalamazoo On May 8, 2013, Jean, loving wife, mother and grandmother went home to be with her God and with her family who have gone before. Jean was born July 12, 1921 in Detroit, MI to the late Thomas and Elizabeth (Jackson) Councell. She was united in marriage to Wilfred "Bill" Hunt on April 14, 1944. Together, they have been life-long members of the Salvation Army. Jean is survived by her husband, Bill Hunt of Kalamazoo, MI; children, James (Deborah) Hunt of Danville, VT, Kenneth (Joan) Hunt of Milwaukee, WI, Steven (Peggy) Hunt of South Haven, MI and Patricia (Leonard) Chase of Kalamazoo, MI; 12 grandchildren, ten greatgrandchildren; brother, Wesley Councell; sister-in-law, Nancy Craft; and brother-in-law, David Hunt. A memorial service has taken place at the Salvation Army, Saturday, May 11, 2013. A committal service will take place Tuesday, May 14th, 10:00 AM at Ft. Custer Cemetery, Augusta, MI. Those wishing to attend should meet in the Ft. Custer Cortege area, 10-15 minutes before service time. Arrangements by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army of Kalamazoo or to Friendship Village - Friends Fund. Please visit Jean’s personalized web page at


for all u.s. veterans A Special Invitation Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 8:30AM Langeland Westside Chapel 3926 South 9th Street

Please join us for breakfast and a bus tour to Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta. •Meeting at 8:30AM, May 21st at Langelandʼs Westside Chapel •Breakfast and coffee will be served •Tour bus departs at 9:30AM All U.S. Veterans and spouses are welcome. Seating is limited to 45. Please call ahead to Langelandʼs at 269-488-8139 for reservations.




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In Print and Online: obituaries


MAHONEY, GUY F. Guy F. Mahoney, lovingly referred to as “Hap” by friends and family, passed away May 8, 2013. Guy was born December 7, 1925 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the son of Guy and Evelyn Mahoney. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II. After his service, Guy returned to Kalamazoo and graduated from Western Michigan University, worked for Hammond Machinery Builders, and then spent the bulk of his work career with Allied Paper Corporation, attaining the position of National Sales Manager. Guy then retired to Southern Pines, NC, where he spent his remaining 24 years, enjoying golf, reading, travel and his family. Guy and Joan Walton were married in 1950, and last year celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. Guy is survived by his wife, Joan; his son, Scott Mahoney and his wife Rosemarie; his daughter, Jane Fred and her husband Todd; his three grandchildren, Connimarie, Antoinette and Michael; and two greatgrandchildren, Lyric and Dominik. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Care, 150 Applecross Rd., Pinehurst, NC 28374. Online condolences may be left at: Boles Funeral Home is assisting the family

Sharon Elaine Knowlton, age 71, of Winter Haven, FL, passed away at her home May 1, 2013 surrounded by loving family from Heart Failure. She was born June 6, 1941 to Charles and Florence (DeLong) Hale. She grew up and went to school in Richland, Michigan. She was married to Ralph Knowlton June 20, 1960. She moved Winter Haven with her family in 1973. She worked for Bagley Bait’s and Consolidate Containers in Operations and as Quality Controller. She loved her family, reading, collecting, and gardening. Sharon is preceded in death by her parent’s and two brothers, Bud and Dick; nephew, Rodney Lyons. She is survived by her husband, Ralph Knowlton of 53 years; daughters, Robin, Gale, and Brenda; son, Tracy; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren all of Winter Haven; sisters, Mary Rossor, Beverly Parsons, Nancy (Ron) Lyons, Arlene Harrison, Pam Hale; brothers, Eugene (Kay) Hale, David Hale, Bob Hale. Services 7:00 PM, Friday, May 3, 2013 at First Baptist Church at the Mall, Faith Riders Room, Lakeland, Florida. MARTIN, MRS. NETTIE B. of Kalamazoo, MI Online Condolences at . Nettie B. Martin departed this life May 8, 2013 in Kalamazoo, MI. She was born November 5, 1949 in Prairie Point, MS, the daughter of Johnie B. Little and Mard (Little) Nabors. She was a long time resident of Kalamazoo and a graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School. She was a professional storyteller who traveled for the past twenty years performing for diverse audiences of all ages. Prior to her storytelling career, she was a RICE, MARGARET E. homemaker and also served the Schoolcraft community as a coach and manager for the Northside Little Margaret E. Rice, of Schoolcraft League. She accepted Christ at passed away on Wednesday, an early age and attended GaliMay 8, 2013 at the age of 97. lee Baptist Church and Faith She was born on June 26, 1915 Temple Church of God, in Schoolcraft. Margaret was throughout her youth. She also the daughter of Lee and Sarah attended New Covenant Church (Strew) Aldrich. Margaret graduin Kalamazoo and later became ated from Schoolcraft High a faithful member of Christian School in 1932. On June 1, Life Center. She is preceded in 1935 she married Harry Rice. death by her father, Johnie B. She lived in and around SchoolLittle; two brothers, Lorenzo craft all her life and wintered in and Andrew Little; and her maPalmetto, Florida for over 30 ternal and paternal grandparyears. Margaret was a Quilter ents. Nettie is survived by her Extraordinaire and made beautihusband of 43 years, Matthew ful quilts for everyone. She was Martin Jr. She is also survived a member of the Schoolcraft by her mother, Mard Nabors; United Methodist Church and two daughters, Candace Martinthe Eastern Star. She was also Green of Forestville, MD and known as a champion shuffle Annette (Tony) Kinsey of Deboarder. Margaret is survived troit, MI; two sons, Matthew II by Roger (Sandra) Rice, of Lawand Jason both of Kalamazoo; ton; Betsy (Barry Allen) Rice, of eight brothers and three sisters: Texas Twp; sixteen grandchilJohn, Robert (Jackie), Albert, dren and twenty-seven great Robert Sam (Rhonda), Orlando grandchildren and five great (Marvita), Dimitrius, Curtis of great grandchildren. She is preShuqualak, MS, L.B. Bush of ceded in death by her husband Columbus, MS; Geneva (Melvin) Harry Rice; son, Harry J. Jackson, Lageta Little and Tam“Butch”Rice; and two brothers my Parks; 15 grandchildren, and two sisters. The family will one great-grandchild and a host receive friends on Monday, May of nieces and nephews. Cele13th from 4 to 7PM , Life Story bration of Life Services will be Funeral Home, 409 South Main, held 12 Noon Saturday, May 18, Vicksburg (269-649-1697). The 2013 at The Christian Life Cenfuneral will be on Tuesday, May ter, 1225 W. Paterson in Kala14th at 11 AM at the same locamazoo, MI. Pastor Michael tion. Burial Schoolcraft Brown, officiating. The public Cemetery. Please visit Margarmay view 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. et’s webpage at Friday, May 17, 2013 at the: where Harper Funeral Home, 521 you can read her life story, Douglas Avenue, 342-1000. Inshare a memory, and sign the terment following services at guestbook. Those who wish Riverside Cemetery. may make memorial tions to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan and/or the Friday Pack in Schoolcraft.


RIGGS, THOMAS A. Cooper Twp., MI


Passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013 in Kalamazoo. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday May 18, 2013 at Oak Grove Bible Church. Please see for the complete obituary or to leave a message of condolence for the family


HAYWORTH, CLARA E. 5/15/1907 - 5/13/1993

Florence L. Schulz passed away Tuesday May 7, 2013. In accordance with Florence’s wishes cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Friends may visit to share a condolence message with the family. STEVENS, ROBERT

Remembering you on Mother’s Day with Love

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SMITH, COLONEL Colonel Smith, Jr. of Warren, MI passed Wednesday, May 9, 2013. Funeral Friday, May 17, 2013, 9:30 AM, 2nd Missionary Baptist Church, 485 N Washington Ave. Battle Creek, MI. Interment: Fort Custer National Cemetery, Fort Custer, MI.

SNELL, MR. JEWELL of Kalamazoo, MI

Robert "Basic Bob" Stevens of Cottonwood, AZ, formerly of Scotts, MI, passed away April 29. He was born August 26, 1939 in Battle Creek to William Frank Stevens and Bertha Elizabeth Connell. Bob graduated from Richland High School in 1958. He owned Steve’s Auto Parts and retired in 1995. Later that year, he moved to Arizona. Bob enjoyed reciting poetry and was always quick with a joke. He was a Harley Davidson enthusiast. His travels took him to every state, but he enjoyed the western states the most. Robert is survived by his wife, Sonnie Stevens; sons, Jeff Stevens (Melissa), Todd Stevens (Julie); step-daughter, Kim Barton (John); and three grandchildren, Sierra, Skylar and Drew. Donations in his memory can be made to the Humane Society. A visitation will be held May 15, at Southridge Reformed Church, 6726 Texas Drive Kalamazoo, MI from 6:00-8:00 PM. A private burial will be held at a later date.


Mr. Jewell Snell went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, May 5, 2013 in Kalamazoo, MI. Homegoing services will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013, with a 12:00 Noon Family Hour at Galilee Baptist Church, 1216 N. Westnedge in Kalamazoo, MI with Dr. Michael T. Scott, Sr., officiating. The public may view 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the: Harper Funeral Home, 521 Douglas Avenue, 342-1000. Interment following services at Riverside Cemetery.

Linda Joy Toroian passed away May 5, 2013. She was born in Kalamazoo on February 27, 1952, the daughter of the late Haig and Eleanor Toroian. Linda was a graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School and Western Michigan University. She held a variety of jobs over the years including work for the U.S Postal Service and serving as a field representative for the U.S. Census Bureau. Her favorite job, however, was tuning pianos, a skill she proudly learned from her father. Linda enjoyed softball, golf, bowling, garage sales, camping and working in her yard. Following her mother’s footsteps, she was also active in the Borgess Follies for several years. Linda was a free spirit who displayed a passion for life, was a breast cancer survivor and active in support of the Susan G Komen Foundation. She was predeceased by her parents, an uncle, Robert Burr, a cousin, Robert Cook Jr. and close friend, Jim Miller. She is survived by her brother, Gregory (Renee) Toroian, New York City, her aunt Julia Burr of Schoolcraft and cousins, Carol Cook, Cane Cook, Christine (Russ) Henderson, Courtnie Holmes and her sons, Zachary Holmes, Nathaniel (Cecelia) Holmes and Lindsey Holmes. A remembrance will be held for family at a later date. Memorials may be made to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Kalamazoo, 1400 W Milham Rd. Kalamazoo, MI 49024. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes, please visit Linda’s personalized guestbook at

Dave, Linda and Family


HUNT, JACK "WAYNE" Mrs. Lorraine R. Zidell passed 7-11-29 - 5-12-05 away Thursday, May 09, 2013 at Borgess Gardens, KalamaAlways on our minds; zoo. Lorraine was born August forever in our hearts. 9, 1924 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Leon and Helen Love, (Ottney) Robarge. Lorraine atBarb & family tended school at St. Augustine and was a lifetime member of St. Augustine Cathedral. She retired after 51 years from the LARTHRIDGE, LUCDORA Quality Assurance Dept. at Su- Oct. 28, 1912 - Jan. 5, 1979 therland Paper Company which later became James River PaBROWN, DORA M. per Company. Lorraine enjoyed June 8, 1934 - Jan. 28, 2001 crocheting, knitting quilts, flower gardening and ceramics. In Happy Mother’s Day! December, 1970 in Kalamazoo, Lorraine was united in marriage It’s been an awful long and to Victor R. Zidell, who survives. sad years without you. Also surviving are two stepWe miss the laughter and sons: Vaughn Zidell of Kalamafun we always shared. zoo and Robert (Margie) Zidell We miss you so much of New York; step-daughter, and love you so much. Vicki Zidell of Livonia; two neices, Susan Robarge, Lynn Larthridge, Burnett Carter; and nephew Michael & Brown Family Robarge. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard, Bud and Leo Robarge. PHILLIPS, MALISSA Friends will be received today, 5-9-1977 - 6-24-2008 Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 35PM with the Rosary at 4:30PM Celebrating you on your at Redmond Funeral Home, birthday, and I’m sure you’re 4100 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008, (269) 343- celebrating every day now. 6156. Mass of Christian Burial Love, will be celebrated Monday, May your family 13, 2013 at 10AM at St. Augustine Cathedral, 542 W. Michigan, Kalamazoo, Msgr. Thomas Martin, celebrant. Interment will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Reverence Hospice.

CARD OF THANKS SNYDER, ERIC MICHAEL 10/04/1972 - 03/23/2013

VAN EK, JOHANNES "JOE" Age 90 Gobles


To hear your voice and see your smile To sit and talk for just awhile. To be together in the same old way Would be our dearest wish today.

Was called home by his Heavenly Father on Thursday, May 9, 2013. He was born December 14, 1922, in the Netherlands. He came to America when he was 2 and settled with his family in the Grand Rapids area. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Army. He married the love of his life and long-time friend, Evelyn Marsman, on July 26, 1946. Joe worked as a residential contractor all his life and built many homes in the Lawton, Paw Paw and Mattawan areas. He was an avid golfer and played on more than one golf league each season. He used to sponsor a softball team, VanEk Builders, and he was the pitcher, even into his 60’s. He enjoyed fishing year round in both Michigan and Florida. In his younger years, he had a passion for motorcycles. Together, Joe and Evelyn have traveled to all 50 states and Europe. They also shared a love of birds and nature, especially Hummingbirds and Baltimore Orioles. Joe served as an elder and deacon in a number of churches and is currently a member of Merson Church in Gobles. He loved music and was a talented harmonica player, playing at church and for his grandchildren. Joe is survived by his wife Evelyn of 67 years; his sister, Harriet Stolk; his children: Rick (Debbie) VanEk, Mike VanEk (Judy Raterink), Linda (Jerry) Menck, Lavonne (David) Fox, Carol (Mark) Wright. Joe was also blessed with eight grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren. The family will receive friends Monday 5-8 PM at the GOBLES CHAPEL, D. L. Miller Funeral Home, Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday at Merson Church. Interment will take place at Mt. Ever Rest Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Merson Church or Hospice Care of SW Michigan.

Thank you to everyone who shared their love, support, and other acts of kindness during this difficult time.

SHANK, HAROLD W. May 13, 1915 to April 9, 2000

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Happy Birthday, Dad! We remember you with love and appreciation. Still Missing You, Tim, Judy, Kimberly and Megan, Sally, Bob and Family

SPENCER, SARAH 12/20/1926 - 9/22/1999 SPENCER, SHIRLEY 5/17/1946 - 3/29/2001


Happy Mother’s Day. We love and miss you and Happy Birthday. Love, Your Daughter, Marie, and Will; Sister, Linda Spencer & Family WARE, VIRGINIA All my love, always and forever. Love your son, Michael

CSISZAR, PHYLLIS We love you very much and we miss you.

WHITE, LAVADA 6-11-1933 - 12-20-2003 Happy Mother’s Day! With Love, Your Family

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Michigan & Weather

Chrysler recalls Jeep SUVs


Boy dies after being hit by two vehicles

DETROIT — Authorities in Detroit say a 6-year-old boy died after being struck by two vehicles, including a cab that left the scene. Detroit police say the boy was crossing a street Friday afternoon on the city’s west side near the Dearborn border when he was hit by the cab. He was also struck by a second vehicle, and that driver stopped at the scene. Officers say the boy died later at a local hospital. No arrests have been made, but police say investigators are working with the cab company.

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State police lieutenant convicted in theft scheme


MONROE — Authorities say a Michigan State Police lieutenant has reached a plea deal after being accused of stealing property seized during drug operations and other crimes. Emmanuel Riopelle pleaded no contest Friday to misconduct in office in Monroe Circuit Court. The Michigan attorney general’s office says Riopelle’s conviction ends the 44-year-old’s law enforcement career, and he’ll have to forfeit his pension. Riopelle and former Lt. Luke Davis were charged in 2011 with racketeering, embezzlement and misconduct.

In this 1987 photo released by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, a wolf stands in the snow near Ishpeming in the Upper Peninsula. Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill Wednesday that clears the way to schedule Michigan’s first gray wolf hunting season since the resurgent predator was driven to the brink of extinction in the lower 48 states a half-century ago.



The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has approved a wolf hunting season this fall for parts of the Upper Peninsula. The regulations approved Thursday establish a target of 43 wolves to be killed. Michigan has an estimated 658 wolves in the Upper Peninsula overall, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The DNR recommended the limited hunt as part of a strategy aimed at cutting down on the number of wolves in parts of the U.P. where wolves have attacked livestock and pets. But allowing a hunt will upset a coalition that was formed with the intent of blocking a wolf hunt through a voter referendum. The proposal at a Natural Resources Commission meeting in Roscommon was approved by a 6-1 vote, with Annoesjka Steinman casting the only ‘no’ vote. It comes a day after Gov.

Government sells 58.4M shares of GM stock

WASHINGTON — The government has sold another piece of its stake in General Motors Co. The Treasury Department said Friday in its April report to Congress that so far this year, it has sold 58.4 million shares of GM stock and earned net proceeds of $1.6 billion. At the end of April, Treasury had recovered about $30.7 billion of the $49.5 billion bailout it gave the Detroit automaker.



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Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 288, which gives the NRC power to determine game species and hunting seasons for those species on its own. The previous Michigan law required the Legislature to designate a game species, after which the NRC could determine whether there should be a hunting season. The Legislature last year voted to make the wolf a game species, aiming to clear the way for today’s NRC vote. But that 2012 law was targeted for repeal by Keep Michigan Wolves Protected — a coalition including the Humane Society of the United States. Keep Michigan Wolves Protected says Senate Bill 288 is a deliberate attempt to circumvent their effort to a put a wolf hunt proposal on the November 2014 ballot and negate the collection of more than 250,000 voter signatures. The coalition says Senate Bill 288 would take away the right to vote on wolf hunting in the short term and other wildlife issues in the




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Protected said sound science does not support a wolf hunt, and there’s nothing to prove a wolf hunt would reduce attacks on livestock and pets. Michigan would become the sixth state to authorize hunting wolves since federal protections were removed over the past two years in the western Great Lakes and the Northern Rockies, according to The Associated Press. Hunters and trappers have killed about 1,100 wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. The inaugural Michigan hunt is set to begin in November in three zones of the U.P. One zone includes a portion of Gogebic County, including the city of Ironwood. A second hunting zone covers portions of Baraga, Houghton, Ontonagon and Gogebic counties. A third zone would include portions of Luce and Mackinac counties. Members of the NRC are appointed by the governor.



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future. It is possible opponents could try to repeal Senate Bill 288 as well. Sen. Tom Casperson, REscanaba, and other supporters of a wolf hunt say current rules allowing farmers to shoot troublesome wolves aren’t sufficient. They say wolves are causing urgent problems and sparking safety concerns in areas including Ironwood, with people living in fear and having to consider whether they should let their children play in backyards. Supporters of Senate Bill 288 also say it would help make sure hunting decisions are based on scientific management principles. They say it fits into the spirit of Proposal G, approved by Michigan voters in 1996. It gave the Natural Resources Commission authority to regulate hunting in the state based on scientific management. Keep Michigan Wolves

DETROIT — Chrysler is recalling 469,000 Jeep SUVs worldwide because they can shift into neutral without warning on startup. The recall affects 2005 to 2010 Grand Cherokees and 2006 to 2010 Commanders. U.S. safety regulators say cracks in a circuit board can cause a faulty signal as the SUVs are started. If the vehicles shift into neutral, they can roll away. Chrysler says the problem has caused 26 crashes and two injuries. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update software to take care of the problem. Chrysler found cracks in a circuit board that turns the four-wheel-drive system on and off. Repairs will be made at no cost to owners. The recall covers 295,000 vehicles in the U.S., 28,500 in Canada, and 4,200 in Mexico. The remaining 141,000 are outside North America. The company said in documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Administration it began looking into the problem after a customer complained that an SUV rolled away in January of 2012 after being started remotely.

Grand Rapids 48/30


Houghton Lake 44/27

East Tawas 45/31

Midland Bay City 48/30 48/30

Sandusky 46/30

Lansing 50/29

Flint 50/28


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Saginaw 48/31

Ann Arbor 52/28 Battle Creek 50/30 Jackson Benton Harbor 50/27 50/30 Sturgis Adrian 50/29 52/30 South Bend 50/29 50/29

Bad Axe 46/31

CITY HI/LO/W Albuquerque 78/55/pc Anchorage 56/42/c Asheville 64/36/pc Atlanta 71/45/s Atlantic City 66/45/pc Baltimore 67/41/pc Birmingham 71/42/s Bismarck 70/49/s Boise 91/59/pc Boston 66/46/c Brownsville 82/67/t Buffalo 50/35/pc Chrlston, SC 82/55/c Chrlston, WV 62/34/pc Charlotte 73/44/pc Chicago 56/36/pc Cincinnati 58/36/s Cleveland 54/36/pc Columbus, OH 57/35/pc Dallas 80/57/s

Port Huron 48/29 Pontiac 50/30 Detroit 51/34

CITY Amsterdam Athens Baghdad Beijing Berlin Bermuda Bogota Buenos Aires Cairo Dublin Hong Kong Jakarta


HI/LO/W 53/47/sh 79/60/s 94/71/pc 90/55/s 64/46/c 74/68/pc 67/47/c 68/50/pc 85/71/pc 58/40/r 85/76/s 89/76/t


HI/LO/W 57/45/sh 76/61/t 94/72/s 91/64/pc 63/48/pc 74/68/pc 65/47/r 67/48/pc 94/66/s 51/37/sh 85/78/pc 88/67/t

CITY Denver Des Moines Helena Honolulu Houston Indianapolis Kansas City Las Vegas Little Rock Los Angeles Louisville Memphis Miami Milwaukee Minneapolis Nashville New Orleans New York Norfolk Okla. City


HI/LO/W 78/52/pc 64/43/s 86/54/pc 84/71/c 84/58/pc 58/37/s 66/47/s 96/75/s 73/48/s 90/64/s 62/39/s 69/47/s 87/72/s 52/36/pc 58/38/s 64/38/s 80/59/pc 69/46/pc 70/51/pc 78/54/s


CITY HI/LO/W Johannesburg 63/42/pc Kabul 78/50/s Kinshasa 90/74/t London 59/50/c Madrid 77/52/s Manila 93/82/t Mexico City 81/52/pc Montreal 57/39/c Moscow 80/55/pc Nassau 85/74/s Paris 61/47/pc Rio de Janeiro 83/68/s


HI/LO/W 87/57/s 75/58/pc 85/50/c 86/73/pc 84/60/s 63/46/pc 77/62/s 100/80/s 79/58/s 88/62/s 66/46/pc 75/59/s 88/70/t 57/46/s 66/55/t 69/45/s 79/57/s 59/41/pc 63/43/pc 87/61/s


HI/LO/W 65/44/s 79/47/s 90/74/t 57/45/pc 80/52/s 93/80/r 72/53/t 48/32/c 78/56/pc 84/72/pc 60/50/c 84/70/s


CITY HI/LO/W Omaha 67/46/s Orlando 87/67/t Philadelphia 67/44/pc Phoenix 99/76/s Pittsburgh 56/33/pc Portland, ME 66/41/c Portland, OR 73/57/r Raleigh 73/43/pc Reno 89/57/pc Richmond 72/42/pc St. Louis 63/42/s Salt Lake City 85/59/s San Antonio 82/57/c San Diego 79/63/pc San Francisco 69/53/pc San Juan, PR 88/74/pc Seattle 67/53/r Tampa 85/70/pc Tucson 92/67/s Wash., DC 68/43/pc



HI/LO/W 81/59/pc 84/59/s 59/39/pc 102/75/s 52/33/pc 60/38/pc 64/47/r 66/36/pc 84/49/pc 64/38/pc 71/57/s 91/54/s 84/60/pc 78/61/pc 66/51/pc 87/75/pc 61/46/r 83/63/s 95/65/s 62/41/pc


CITY HI/LO/W HI/LO/W Riyadh 100/80/s 102/78/s Rome 72/55/pc 73/55/s Seoul 70/49/s 78/51/c Singapore 90/77/t 92/78/t 64/45/c 64/46/pc Stockholm Sydney 74/55/s 75/55/pc Taipei 83/72/r 88/73/t Tel Aviv 76/62/s 86/64/s Tokyo 76/61/pc 78/61/s Toronto 47/33/c 56/34/c Vancouver 64/54/r 60/50/r Warsaw 65/47/t 60/43/r

Weather (W): s–sunny, pc–partly cloudy, c–cloudy, sh–showers, t–thunderstorms, r–rain, sf–snow flurries, sn–snow, i–ice

A: Stratus clouds

General Excellence May 12, 2013 sections a, b, c  
General Excellence May 12, 2013 sections a, b, c