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around the state. Competition takes place in six sports -- alpine skiing, cross country skiing, fi gure skating, snowboarding, snowshoeing and speed skating. The games, which include Opening and Closing Ceremonies, are open to the public free of charge. This marks the 32nd year for the Special Olympics Colorado State Winter Games.

In 2005, Roz Savage rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic all by herself. Tonight the author, speaker, environmental activist and solo oceanic rower will kick off the Vail Symposium’s “Unlimited Adventure” speaker series with a talk at Donovan Pavilion in Vail. See story inside.

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of SOCO. “These generous Coloradoans, who wish to remain anonymous, have made our athletes’ dreams come true. We are extremely grateful to them.” The Special Olympics Colorado Winter Games mark the culmination of the winter sports season. The event draws nearly 400 Special Olympics Athletes and Unifi ed Sports partners, plus an additional 600 individuals (volunteers, coaches and family members) from

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coaches learned the good news Tuesday night. The donor wished to remain anonymous as of yesterday. This year’s signature winter event for Special Olympics Colorado will take place March 28-29 at Dobson Ice Arena in Vail and Copper Mountain. “We are delighted to announce that the Special Olympics Colorado 2010 State Winter Games have been reinstated,” says Mindy Watrous, President & CEO

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Edwards Elementary School teacher Shannon White’s second grade class poses in front of their fundraising goal chart for their own personal Haiti relief fund. The students raised money for Haitian earthquake victims by selling T-shirts, hand crafted jewelry and candy, while others rooted for pocket change at home and patrons of their family businesses. Dawn Witlin photo.

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By Dawn Witlin Special to the Mountaineer For the past three weeks, Edwards Elementary students have been hard at work for victims of the Haiti earthquake. Since learning of the tragedy in class and at home on the news, the second graders have been selling candy, T-shirts and hand-fashioned jewelry for the cause. “It kind of just happened,” said teacher Shannon White. “I was thinking how cool it would be to have the students feel they were contributing to something bigger in their own lives … we talked about how it made us feel and we brainstormed how we could help and I wanted it to be more of their own input.” Colette ‘Coco’ Harmon has been selling hand crafted bracelets as part of an effort she calls ‘Calmness and Clarity for Charity,’ saying she has raised more than $300 so far. “When you’re telling other people you’re raising money for Haiti, you feel like you’re caring for Haiti when other people aren’t,” Harmon said. Coco strings the bracelets herself and her mother Michelle finishes them with glue. Harmon has been selling her bracelets on her father Matt’s Web site Hometrax. com, an Edwards based community site. To purchase them, log on and search for ‘Calmness and Clarity for Charity’ under the Groups tab. Raina Esteppe, who’s father Mark owns Marko’s Pizzeria in Edwards, designed a donation jar to be stationed at the restaurant.

Jake Sturde has been selling ‘Help Haiti’ hand decorated T-shirts, while Madi Raichart has started a collection at Eagle River Dentistry, owned by her mother Dr. Shelley Raichart. “Some students have money from their parents for special treats but instead of buying ice cream and candy they are giving up the money for Haiti,“ said White. Still more students have been scouring their homes for backpack, laundry and piggy bank change for the cause. Some have even given up what money the Tooth Fairy left them, said Miss White. “When I ask my family to help, I feel really proud of myself and really strong,” said student Grant Maurer. Each student is responsible for gathering the money themselves and turning it in every morning. The class has kept track of their progress by coloring in a goal thermometer. The students originally set that thermometer’s goal at $150, but when the group’s collection quickly surpassed that amount, it was altered to reach towards $300. “A lot of students have home lives where they don’t have extra money floating around, but I wanted them to realize no matter how little they had, they could still do something,” said Miss White. “We had kids bringing in pennies and kids just spreading the word: it became a much bigger effort than I had imagined.” The fundraising will continue through Friday, with every penny going towards the American Red Cross. For more information on the student’s efforts, or to donate towards their relief fund, e-mail White at white@

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Wildridge riders rescued after spending night in snow cave Snowboarders planned on meeting friend, never showed Christin Morton of Silverthorne and Ben Engelsen of Hampton, Va., were rescued off of a ridge above Wildridge yesterday afternoon by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Vail Mountain Rescue Group (VMRG), after spending the night in a snow cave. Morton and Engelsen, both 25, planned on snowboarding down from the top of Wildridge before meeting up with a friend, James Czerwien, at the park at Old Trail Road and June Creek Trail at 3 p.m. Czerwien waited until 3:30 p.m. for Morton and Engelsen to show up before he went looking for them with his snowmobile, and at 6:28 p.m. Tuesday evening, unable to locate his friends, he called for help. By 8:58 p.m. Tuesday, VMRG had two 2-person snowmobile teams out in the field searching for Morton and Engelsen. At 10 p.m., Czerwien received a text message from the snowboarders that stated they were both ok and started a campfire. The snowboarders were advised to call 911, so their location could be determined through GPS coordinates from the call phone.

At about midnight the snowboarders called 911 and, based on the coordinates of the 911 call, the location changed from where the teams had been looking for them. But even with the new coordinates, the teams were not able to find the stranded snowboarders. Due to the length of time the teams had been out in the field and the fact that the stranded parties were OK, the teams suspended the search at 1:30 a.m., pending the arrival of a fresh crew and daylight. At 6 a.m. yesterday, VMRG had three 3-person snowmobile teams out in the field searching for the missing snowboarders. At 8:15 a.m. a rescue team located the snowboarders 3 ½ miles due north of Wildridge. The rescue team traversed down to the snowboarders and packed 150 yard trail to allow the snowboarders access to a main trail where they were picked up and transported by snowmobiles to safety. By 11:45 a.m., rescuers had successfully rescued Morton and Engelsen and, other than being cold, both were without injury.








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Beaver Creek Ski Patroller Jim Clancy introduces a lecture on backcountry avalanche danger last night at the Avon Public Library. On Saturday a snowmobiler was caught, buried, and killed in an avalanche on Garns Mountain in the Big Hole Range west of Driggs, Idaho. It was the 12th avalanche-related fatality in the U.S. this year. Space is still available in an CMC Avalanche Safety II course that starts March 27. The second-level class includes two evenings of classroom instruction followed by a threeday field trip to Eiseman Hut north of Vail for $135 plus hut fees. The course is taught by experienced guides. The prerequisite for the course is Avalanche Safety I. For class registration or more information, call the campus at 569-2900 or go to

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Now a Portland State Viking, local Tony Crisofulli has a meet at New York City Armory College tomorrow By John O’Neill Special to the Mountaineer Former Battle Mountain High School track star Tony Crisofulli is now finding himself at the front of the pack on the college level. Portland State, being a prominent NCAA Division 1 program not only in the Big Sky Athletic Conference but also on the national level, has a historically great track program. So when Crisofulli received word that they were interested in him, he embraced the opportunity to represent the Portland State Vikings on the track as an 800-meter specialist. Since moving to Portland, Crisofulli has gone head to head against the nation’s elite 800 meter runners. At the University of Washington Indoor Preview meet, Crisofulli debuted his season with an impressive 1:53.03, placing 6th out of 40 competitors. This time ranks Crisofulli 3rd on the all time fastest 800-meter list for Portland State University. Although he may be carrying great momentum now, Crisofulli faced his fair share of adversity during his transition from high school athletics to those of the collegiate level. Suffering a slew of injuries during his freshman year, Crisofulli was forced to hang up his racing shoes and evaluate this transition. “At first it was difficult,” said Crisofulli. “The times were much faster, the workouts were much harder, and the competition was much stiffer. It took some time to adjust.” With a touch more experience under his belt and with an OK from the doctors, Crisofulli was back on the track. His goal before the injury was to qualify for the United States Track and Field Junior National Championship hosted in Eugene, Oregon. Although the event is not a sanctioned NCAA National Championship, the competition remains fierce. With some of the best under 19-year-old athletes from across the country slated to be there, Crisofulli was worried the goal was farfetched. However, despite injury and setbacks, the former Edwards resident continued to push and was rewarded at a relay meet hosted by the University of Oregon, where he ran 1:54.04 and met his original goal. “With the injuries it made a difficult goal even more difficult,” said Crisofulli. “I guess it made the success just a little bit sweeter.” Despite being happy to have just made the event Crisofulli traveled to the USATF Junior National Champi-

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onship meet with every intention of success. “When I stepped up to the line, I was just thinking about giving it everything I had.” Perhaps it was this attitude that inspired his performance in which he set a personal best over 800 meters in a time of 1:52.07 and finished 7th. His break out performance may have astounded many, but it is Rob Parish, Crisofulli’s former coach at Battle Mountain that knew it was possible all along. “Tony is an incredibly talented and determined athlete,” expressed Parish over an international call from Trieste, Italy where he know lives and teaches. “When Tony is focused and ready, he truly believes that he cannot be beat by anyone.” With both the USATF Junior National Championship and a successful first seasonal meet, Crisofulli has considerable momentum as he heads into his next meet, which is tomorrow at the New York City Armory College. Although he may not be competing in Colorado any time soon, Crisofulli’s career can be followed on

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Roz Savage to host talk tonight Ocean rower kicks off Symposium’s Unlimited Adventure speaker series at Donovan Pavilion By Dawn Witlin Special to the Mountaineer Solo oceanic rower Roz Savage will speak tonight at Donovan Pavilion to kick off the Vail Symposium speaker series dubbed “Unlimited Adventure.” The event starts at 6 p.m. tonight, Feb. 4 at Vail’s Donovan Pavilion. Savage is a British ocean rower, author, speaker and environmental activist. In 2005, Savage rowed solo 3,000 miles across the Atlantic. After 11 years working as a management consultant, she embarked on a new life direction-in a rowboat. “She woke up one day and said ‘You know what? I’m over it. I’m going to change my life,’” said VS Director Carrie Marsh. Savage has dedicated herself to rowing the world to bring awareness to the nation’s waterways and is now attempting to become the first woman to row solo across the Pacific. During her presentation, Savage will show exclusive video taken from the life boat that accompanied her on her 2005 trip. The VS Unlimited Adventure series began seven years ago as a partnership with the Town of Vail Public Library, said Marsh. “It started at the library as a small get together of people talking about the adventures they’d had around the world,” she said. “Now we bringing in crowds of 250 people, with speakers who bring tales from ice climbing the highest peaks to navigating the deepest seas.” For the first time this year, the Unlimited Adventure series is free to the public. However, those who would like to get to know Savage a little better are invited to the Tap Room for a very personal after party. The Tap Room and Coors will present an evening with Savage immediately following her presentation for a $5 suggested donation to the Symposium. Admission will also get you two free beers.

In 2005, Roz Savage rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic all by herself. Tonight the author, speaker, environmental activist and solo oceanic rower will kick off the Vail Symposium’s “Unlimited Adventure” speaker series with a 6 p.m. talk at Donovan Pavilion in Vail.

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A Pato Banton concert is an event not to be missed and an experience not to be forgotten. Positive vibrations abound with a beat to keep you on your dancing feet. Many have considered his charismatic performance as live theatre where no show is alike and audience members become participants in the experience, Pato’s Web site says. Born in Birmingham, England, Banton first gained notoriety in the early 1980s when he worked with The English Beat. In 1985, he was a guest artist appearing on the UB40 album Baggariddim. After tours with Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers, Burning Spear, Third World, Yellowman, Black Uhuru, Dennis Brown and Steel Pulse, Pato secured his place as one of the great live performers in the reggae industry. The Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $18 at the door.

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Follow Vonn on Vail Resorts has launched the Web site which gives ski racing fans an in-depth, behindthe-scenes account of Lindsey Vonn, the world’s fastest female skier and Vail’s hometown hero. Having just clinched the World Cup title in the Super-G event with a resounding victory in St. Moritz last weekend, Vonn currently leads the women’s World Cup overall standings. provides the most detailed background and insider’s view of Vonn’s endeavors this ski season including more than 20 webisodes and interviews with Vonn chronicling her successful ski career and season to date on the World Cup circuit. The weekly webisodes give fans an insightful perspective on Vonn’s dedication and drive to becoming a World Champion from preparing and training for World Cup events in Vail to pre-season ski fitness sessions in the gym and World Cup race footage as well other unique surprises about Lindsey, including being an owner of three cows and a goat. This week’s webisode, for example, highlights the extremely close friendship between Vonn and fellow World Cup skier, Maria Riesch from Germany who is currently in second place in World Cup overall standings. There’s even a one-hour interactive show on the site, “Epic Kids: Live with Lindsey!�, in which Vonn takes questions from kids in a live audience as well as those from around the world submitted via video on You Tube and posted on Facebook. also features recent news, Vonn’s biography, upcoming races as well as additional anecdotal interviews about Vonn’s favorite spots in Vail, her experience on The Tonight Show and her famous banana bread recipe. New webisodes will be added every week through March, and the site will continue to be updated throughout the ski season with race results and other interesting trivia and information about this amazing winter athlete. Visitors are encouraged to leave Lindsey a message on the site to wish her luck this season and can follow Vonn up-tothe-minute via Twitter feeds, @ LindseyIsEpic and @lindseyvonn, as well as on Facebook. “ truly gives ski fans across the world an exclusive vantage point of Lindsey’s epic

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Vonn competed in both the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Winter Games. At the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy, she overcame a horrendous crash in a training run prior to the Downhill event, but went on to compete while injured, finishing in eighth place in the Downhill and seventh in the Super G. Vonn’s courageous performance earned her the U.S. Olympic Committee’s “Olympic Spirit� award. Though she was born in Burnsville, Minn. in 1984, Vonn considers Vail her hometown as she and her family commuted to Vail for training for several years before finally moving there permanently in the late ‘90s to further her racing career. Lindsey spent her formative years on Vail Mountain, honing her racing skills in all alpine disciplines with the Ski Snowboard Club of Vail, then went on to achieve success in major U.S. and international events such as the Junior Olympics, Junior Worlds, NorAms and Europa Cup before entering the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup circuit. When she’s not rigorously training or garnering medals, Vonn makes a beeline for Vail’s legendary Back Bowls to free ski and in the off season enjoys playing tennis (she is an enthusiastic fan of Roger Federer) and cycling. She and former teammate/Olympian Thomas Vonn married in September 2007. When they’re not traveling on the road, the Vonns make their home at the Arrabelle in Lionshead.



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NFL will not fine Rex Ryan for middle finger incident $ New York Jets coach Rex Ryan will not be fined by the NFL for making an obscene gesture at a mixed martial arts event last weekend. After the Jets fined him $50,000 on Tuesday, league spokesman Greg Aiello said Wednesday that Ryan would not face additional discipline by the NFL. The coach was caught on a cell phone camera flipping his middle finger at a fan during the MMA competition in Florida on Saturday. The image of Ryan quickly spread across the Internet and made its way onto the tabloids. Ryan apologized the next day in a statement, calling his actions “stupid and inappropriate.” General manager Mike Tannenbaum had said the organization was disappointed that Ryan “showed extremely poor judgment” and would address the matter internally.


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Danica may delay NASCAR debut Danica Patrick could win her stock car debut at Saturday’s ARCA race at Daytona and still decide to bypass the Nationwide Series opener there a week later. “(Finishing high) doesn’t mean that I’m ready for that race,” the IndyCar star said Wednesday. “Maybe I didn’t get put in very many tough situations.” Patrick joked that she was giving herself “a

get out of jail free card.” She won’t commit to any particular yardstick of what it would take to convince her to make her NASCAR debut in the second-tier series Feb. 13 at Daytona International Speedway. “That way, whatever I decide, nobody can argue with me,” Patrick said. Daytona would be a daunting task with its field of more than a dozen Sprint Cup regulars.


Mickelson’s wedge of controversy removed After getting battered by fellow tour pro Scott McCarron, Phil Mickelson says he won’t be using the Ping Eye2 wedge that led to McCarron accusing him of “cheating.” Mickelson said he accepted an

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In a blunt election prescription for his own skittish party, President Barack Obama on Wednesday implored Democratic leaders to swing big, be honest with an angry public and expose any obstructionism by Republicans. “We still have to lead,” Obama told Democratic senators in a pep talk that unfolded on live TV. That line alone revealed how much the political dynamic has changed in just two weeks, as Senate Democrats watched their voting numbers slip from 60 to 59 in a special Massachusetts election that sent shudders through the party. That one vote cost them the muscle to overcome Republican stalling tactics, forcing the Democratic president to adapt in hopes of salvaging this year and his agenda. His advice: Get results, and this year’s midterm elections will work out fine.

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is ruling out Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s suggestion that three detained American hikers in Iran should be swapped with Iranian citizens held in the United States. Clinton said Wednesday that the hikers, along with other Americans jailed in Iran, should be released immediately on humanitarian grounds. She said there as there is no basis for their continued detention. Clinton, speaking at the State Department, called the allegations against the hikers and at least two other Americans held in Iran unjust.

Al Qaeda attack a near certainty

Al-Qaida can be expected to attempt an attack on the United States in the next three to six months, senior U.S. intelligence officials told Congress Tuesday. The terrorist organization is deploying operatives to the United States to carry out new attacks from inside the country, including “clean” recruits with a negligible trail of terrorist contacts, CIA Director Leon Panetta said. The chilling warning comes as Christmas Day airline attack suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutullab is cooperating with federal investigators, a federal law enforcement official said Tuesday. Al-Qaida is also inspiring homegrown extremists to trigger violence on their own, Panetta said. The annual assessment of the nation’s terror threats provided no startling new terror trends, but amplified growing concerns since the Christmas Day airline attack in Detroit that militants are growing harder to detect and moving more quickly in their plots.

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President Barack Obama is known for having a way with words, but some lawmakers from Nevada wish he would pipe down about trips to Sin City. After sparking a firestorm of criticism from Nevada’s elected officials for suggesting that people saving money for college

shouldn’t blow it in Las Vegas, Obama told U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a letter that he wasn’t saying anything negative about Las Vegas. “When times are tough, you tighten your belts,” Obama said, according to a White House transcript of his appearance Tuesday at a high school in Nashua, N.H. “You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage,” Obama said. “You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices.” Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said during a hastily called news conference that Obama is no friend to Las Vegas and would not be welcomed here if he visits. “I’ll do everything I can to give him the boot,” Goodman said. “This president is a real slow learner.”

Holder made decision to try underwear bomber in civil court

Attorney General Eric Holder said yesterday he made the decision to charge the Christmas Day terror suspect in civilian court rather than the military system, with no objection from all the other relevant departments of the government. In a letter to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, the attorney general wrote that the FBI told its partners in the intelligence community on Christmas Day and again the next day that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab would be charged criminally. Holder’s letter was the latest volley in a vigorous counterattack by the Obama administration to Republican charges that the arrest and FBI interrogation of the Detroit suspect was a mistake that cost a chance to learn key information. The letter followed less than 24 hours after senior administration officials disclosed that the suspect had resumed talking to U.S. interrogators last week after breaking off his discussions the day of his arrest.

Medical munchies blamed for disruption

A San Francisco man claims he was high on a double dose of medical marijuana cookies when he screamed, dropped his pants and attacked crew members on a cross-country flight, forcing its diversion to Pittsburgh, the FBI said yesterday. Kinman Chan, 30, was charged in a criminal complaint with interfering with the duties of a flight attendant on allegations that he fought with crew members of US Airways Flight 1447 from Philadelphia to Los Angeles on Sunday. His federal public defender, Jay Finkelstein, declined to comment. Crew members said Chan made odd gestures before he entered the plane’s rear restroom shortly after takeoff and began to scream, according to the complaint. Chan told the FBI that he “came back to reality” and exited the restroom, at which point the crew noticed his “pants were down, his shirt was untucked and all the compartments in the restroom were opened.”

Hybrid braking problems at Toyota?

Americans should park their recalled Toyotas unless driving to dealers for accelerator repairs, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned Wednesday — then quickly took it back — as skepticism of company fixes grew and the government’s probe expanded to other models in the U.S. and Japan. Questions now are being raised about the brakes on Toyota’s marquee Prius hybrid.



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The Prius was not part of the most recent recall, but Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transport ministry ordered the company to investigate complaints of brake problems with the hybrid. LaHood said his department, too, was looking into brake problems. Toyota spokeswoman Ririko Takeuchi said Thursday in Tokyo that the automaker was aware of 77 complaints in Japan about braking problems for the Prius â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just a day after the Japanese government had confirmed 14 complaints had come in on the same Prius braking problems. About 100 complaints over Prius brakes have been filed in the U.S.

of her memoir, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Staying True.â&#x20AC;? Not having a vow of faithfulness â&#x20AC;&#x153;bothered me to some extent, but ... we were very young, we were in love,â&#x20AC;? Jenny Sanford tells Walters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I questioned it, but I got past it.â&#x20AC;? In her memoir, a copy of which The Associated Press obtained Tuesday, Sanford writes that her groom was worried â&#x20AC;&#x153;in some nagging wayâ&#x20AC;? that he might not be able to remain true.

Iran launches pests into space

Something was rotten in the state of Arizona ... and it was the carcasses of two dead giraffes previously owned by Michael Jackson, writes TMZ. TMZ has learned the bodies of Rambo and JJ were at the center of a raging conflict in Page, Arizona, because locals complained that the bodies stunk up the town. TMZ had previously reported that the animals died last November and last month and were buried on the Banjoko Wildlife Preserve where they had lived since 2006. But after several complaints were lodged with the city of Page, preserve founder Freddie Hancock was ordered to dig up the carcasses from their burial plots and relocate them somewhere else, according to TMZ.

Iran announced yesterday it launched a menagerie of animals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including a mouse, two turtles and worms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; into space on a research rocket, a feat President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said showed Iran could defeat the West in the battle of technology. Ahmadinejad also unveiled the model of a light booster rocket that is being built and three new, Iranian-built satellites, touted as the latest achievements in the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ambitious space program. The Iranian space program has worried Western powers, which fear the same technology used to launch satellites and research capsules could also be used to build long-range intercontinental missiles and deliver warheads. A U.S. defense expert said there was no scientific purpose to launching such animals into space and that the launch was likely more aimed at boosting Iranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prestige. To test a life-support system of use to humans, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the obvious choice would be to send a monkey,â&#x20AC;? said James Lewis, senior fellow at Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Worms in space serve no purpose.â&#x20AC;?

Ahmadinejad still in Iran

Iranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort to revive talks on a deal that would inhibit the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to make a nuclear weapon was met with skepticism by world leaders Wednesday, a reaction to months of waffling by Tehran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suggestion that he would at last agree to export a significant amount of uranium for processing comes as the U.N. considers a fourth round of sanctions against the country for failing to rein in their nuclear program. The timing raises suspicions that Iran is just trying to buy time. Iran now possesses more than enough enriched uranium for at least one nuclear warhead and the U.N. Security Council has demanded the Islamic Republic freeze its enrichment program. An agreement worked out by the International Atomic Energy Agency would delay Tehranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to make such a weapon by requiring the country to export 70 percent of its uranium stock and then wait for up to a year for it to be processed and returned as fuel rods for a research reactor. Ahmadinejad stopped short of accepting the agreement in its entirety, offering a shorter turnaround time for return of the fuel rods. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki described it as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;formula which could build confidence.â&#x20AC;?

Governor Sanford true to his vows

South Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first lady says her wedding was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;leap of faithâ&#x20AC;? because Gov. Mark Sanford, who famously cheated on her with a woman he described as his soul mate, did not want to include a vow of fidelity in their marriage ceremony. Jenny Sanford also tells ABCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Barbara Walters in an interview airing Friday on â&#x20AC;&#x153;20/20â&#x20AC;? that the final blow to the marriage was the publication of racy e-mails between Sanford and his Argentine mistress. The show released excerpts of Sanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interview with Walters, which coincides with publication Friday

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Former 1970s teen idol Leif Garrett has been released from jail on a charge he carried heroin into a Los Angeles subway station. Los Angeles County sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spokesman Steve Whitmore says the actor and singer was arrested late Monday for heroin possession and released on bond Wednesday. Whitmore says the 48-year-old was shaking and sweating. Whitmore says Garrett denied having drugs at first and allowed them to search him, then acknowledged that he had black tar heroin in his shoe. Garrett has a history of drug use, including a 2006 arrest at another Los Angeles subway stop for having heroin.

Brown may be sworn in today

Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown changed course and demanded he be sworn in to replace the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on Thursday, an accelerated timetable that conservatives had been clamoring for and one that Democrats quickly accepted â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and had already been moving to accommodate. Brown said he wanted to be present for unspecified votes, and his swearing-in would give the GOP 41 votes in the Senate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the precise number it needs to sustain a filibuster of Democratic initiatives. The demand reversed Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earlier declaration that he did not want to be sworn in until Feb. 11, a grace period he said he needed to hire a staff and prepare for his new responsibilities. That timetable was reiterated Tuesday morning on Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facebook page.


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The Deli is still doing it right New owner left financial service for food service By Randy Wyrick Mountaineer Staff Writer The good stuff doesn’t change at The Deli. OK, the name is shorter. It used to be Zach’s Deli in Eagle. Pam Bronn bought it from George Yoder, who

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For many lawmakers, “don’t ask, don’t tell” makes a lot of sense — for themselves. Ten months before elections, neither party sees much to gain in stirring up the once-volatile issue of letting gays serve openly in the military. Any candidate who isn’t laser-focused on jobs is making a big mistake, strategists from both parties said Wednesday, noting that public support for gay rights has grown substantially in recent years. Only a decade or so ago, if the Pentagon and White House had suggested such a policy change, it probably would have triggered public outcries similar to those that tripped up Bill Clinton in 1993 and led to the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” compromise. The Pentagon’s top leaders this week embraced President Barack Obama’s call to phase out the policy that bars gay men and lesbians from military service if they divulge their sexual orientation. The political reaction? Barely a whisper. But the president got a boost Wednesday when retired Gen. Colin L. Powell, once the nation’s top military commander, reversed his previous opposition to letting gays serve openly in the armed services.

Tall skinny guy sells for 104.3 million

A life-size bronze sculpture of a man by Alberto Giacometti has been sold at a London auction for 65 million pounds ($104 million). Sotheby’s says the sale set a world record as the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction. The auction house said Wednesday it took just eight minutes for bidders to reach the hammer price for “L’Homme Qui Marche I” (Walking Man I), which opened at 12 million pounds. Sotheby’s says the piece was sold to an anonymous bidder by telephone. The sculpture is considered on of most important works by Giacometti, a 20th Century Swiss artist, Sotheby’s said.

Pagan worship has protestors cross

The Air Force Academy has set aside an outdoor worship area for Pagans, Wiccans, Druids and other Earth-centered believers, school officials said Monday. A double circle of stones atop a hill on the campus near Colorado Springs has been designated for the group, which previously met indoors. “Being with nature and connecting with it is kind of the whole point,” said Tech. Sgt. Brandon Longcrier, who sponsors the group and describes himself as a Pagan. “It will dramatically improve that atmosphere, the mindset and the actual connection.” But its opening, heralded as a sign of a more tolerant religious climate at the academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., was marred by the discovery two weeks ago of a large wooden cross placed there, according to the LA Times. The stones were moved to the hilltop last year because erosion threatened to make them unstable in their previous location near the visitors center. Crews arranged them in two concentric circles because they thought it would be a pleasant place for cadets to relax, Longcrier said.

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Take my cousin’s wife ... please

According to the LA Times, a Southern California man has been arrested on suspicion of posing as a federal marshal to kidnap a distant cousin’s wife and put her on a plane to the Philippines, police said Wednesday. “Witnesses said Gregory Denny, 37, turned up at the Hemet home of Craig Hibbard, a distant cousin, on Jan. 15, wearing a fake badge and a shirt imprinted with “U.S. Federal Agent,” said Lt. Duane Wisehart of the Hemet Police Department,” in the Times report. “Displaying what turned out to be a pellet gun, Denny reportedly handcuffed Hibbard’s wife, Cherrie Belle, and told the couple she was being deported, Wisehart reportedly said. Denny allegedly drove Belle, 28, to the U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta.” Police were told Denny drove the woman to the international airport in San Diego, where he flashed his fake badge to get through security, according to the report. “He allegedly escorted her to the departure gate, uncuffed her and watched her board a plane to San Francisco en route to Manila, where she remains,” writes the Times. “Police arrested Denny last month on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, impersonating a peace officer, burglary and false arrest, Wisehart said. He was released the next day on $50,000 bail and is expected in court Feb. 16.”

Pakistani terrorist found guilty

A U.S.-trained Pakistani scientist was convicted Wednesday of charges that she tried to kill Americans while detained in Afghanistan in 2008, shouting with raised arm as jurors left the courtroom: “This is a verdict coming from Israel, not America.” A jury deliberated three days in federal court in Manhattan before finding Aafia Siddiqui guilty in the third week of her attempted murder trial, which she often interrupted with rambling courtroom outbursts. After declaring the verdict came from Israel, she turned toward spectators in the packed courtroom and said: “Your anger should be directed where it belongs. I can testify to this and I have proof.” Siddiqui, 37, was convicted of two counts of attempted murder, though the jury found the crime wasn’t premeditated. She was also convicted of armed assault, using and carrying a firearm, and assault of U.S. officers and employees. Advised afterward by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman to work on post-verdict issues with a defense team paid for in part by the Pakistani government, Siddiqui responded, “These are not my attorneys.” Outside court, defense attorney Charles Swift told reporters that it was unclear whether there would be an appeal. The finding on premeditation should help Siddiqui at sentencing, he said. Siddiqui faces a minimum sentence of 30 years on the firearm charge alone. Prosecutors said she could also get up to 20 years for attempted murder and up to eight years on the remaining counts at sentencing May 6.

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