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Munson Farm traces history to 1854 By SALLY YORK Argus-Press Staff Writer

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FAIRFIELD TWP. — The country life in 1854 wasn’t always idyllic. For instance, the first Munson Farm home had an outhouse — located inside the small log structure. Twenty-three years later, the Munson The MONDAY family built a larger Spotlight farmhouse with modern conveniences. The log cabin became a fun place for a young boy to explore. “I can remember playing in it when I was little,” said Gary Munson, 71, who, with his wife Diana, still lives on the farm at 8488 Riley Road. Eventually “it started to fall and my dad tore it down.” In fact, a granary and chicken coop are the only outbuildings left on the Munson Farm, which is certified as a Michigan Centennial Farm, meaning it has operated as a farm and stayed in the Munson family for more than 100 years. “All the buildings went to pieces,” sighed Munson, who leases the farm’s 100 remaining acres — 20 acres were sold off some years ago — to a farmer who grows wheat and soybeans. “The first time I saw the barn gone, I shed a few tears,” said DorthyCall of Ovid, Munson’s sister. The farm also appears to qualify as a Michigan Sesquicentennial Farm, as it is now more than 150 years old, but Munson said he is not sure how to apply for the designation.

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DIANA AND GARY MUNSON display an aerial photograph of the Munson Farm, 8488 Riley Road in Fairfield Township, taken in the 1950s. The 158-year-old farm, still in operation, originally belonged to Gary Munson’s great-grandfather, Charles G. Munson. At top is shown the house Charles G. Munson built on his farm in about 1853. Featuring a non-flushing toilet, the log structure was torn down many years ago and replaced by a much larger home with all of the modern conveniences. Official titles aside, the Munson Farm is unquestionably a part of local history. Charles G. Munson, Gary Munson and Call’s great-grandfather, acquired the property through a federal land grant in 1854, according to a document signed by U.S. President Franklin Pierce. The land was given to Munson for free, based on his promise to

clear and homestead it. Later, one of three sons, Harry Munson, took over the farming operation. In the 1930s, the farm went to his son, Kenneth Munson — Gary Munson and Call’s father — who grew oats, wheat, corn and hay, and kept 40 cattle and 300 hogs. In 1886, the Munsons granted a

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P ERRY PARADE Hundreds of people lined the streets of downtown Perry Saturday to watch the city’s 17th annual parade of lights. Above a Granger Waste Services truck decked out in Christmas lights is shown.



WEATHER STATS In the Shiawassee area Friday, the high was 31 and the low 14. The area received 0.03 of an inch of precipitation or 0.5 of an inch of snow. Saturday, the high was 31 and the low 13. Sunday, the high was 40 and the low 22. At 6 a.m. today, the Shiawassee River was at 4.05 feet and the temperature was 36.

STERLING (AP) — A northern Michigan woman whose son died under tons of corn is making silo safety her cause. Tommy Osier was close to finishing his junior year of high school last May when he was buried by corn while shoveling it at a cement silo in Bay County. His mother, Linda Osier, has started a group called Tommy’s Advocates for Silo Safety. Osier, who lives in the Arenac County community of Sterling, has been making signs with a picture of her late son and his dog, Simon, and the words: “Simon Says Think Silo Safety.” Osier said her goal is to get the signs installed on every farm silo in Michigan within the next two years. “I’m still angry about the whole thing,” she told The Bay City Times. “But I decided to think like the (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) moms and use it to make things better.” The accident happened on Memorial Day at Pine Grove Farm in Gibson Township. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration ruled Sept. 30 that Pine Grove Farm violated the state’s general duty clause, which requires employers to maintain a healthy and safe workplace. The farm’s operators have appealed the citation. The Associated Press faxed a request for comment to the farm Sunday. Osier said she hopes her efforts lead to improved safety standards on farms.

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OBITUARY Sherry Knoblauch Age 66, of Corunna, passed away Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at Nelson-House Funeral Home with Pastor John Walworth officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Sherry was born March 7, 1945, in Owosso, the daughter of Ernie and Marie (Buehler) Bartz. She graduated from Owosso High School, class of 1963. Sherry had a love for all animals; from horses, that she would ride anywhere to dogs. She was known for taking in all “strays” and especially loved her long time pet and companion “Mittzie.” She married Vasus Knoblauch in Owosso in 1980, he predeceased her in 2007. Sherry had worked for Owosso Public Schools and Strawstone’s through the years. She is survived by her son Milvern Knoblauch; mother Marie; four grandchildren; stepchildren Bernadette, Suzette, Denise and Joseph; several stepgrandchildren; sister

Donna (Joe) Zamora; brother Bob (Suzanne) Bartz; many nieces, nephews and other loving family members. Sherry was predeceased by her husband Vasus, father Ernie and son Michael. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shiawassee County Humane Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family at



DEATH NOTICES Dennis R. Tithof Age 66, of Chesaning, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at home. Funeral mass will be held Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Chesaning. Fr. Richard Bokinskie will officiate with burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the Walker-Martin Funeral Home in Chesaning Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m. and at church Wednesday after 9 a.m. Memorials are suggested to the family.

David A. Brady Age 52, of Owosso, passed time of service. Online condolences may be away Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at sent to the family at NelsonSparrow Health System. He was employed by General Motors Truck and Bus. Funeral services will be held NELSON-HOUSE at 5 p.m. today at Nelson-House FUNERAL HOME Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral OWOSSO 723-5234 home today from 3 p.m. until the


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Owosso Main Street has announced the winners of the Glow Parade, which was held Nov 25. “The parade was a great success, with nearly 30 floats, and record crowds throughout town,” said John Hankerd, chairman of Owosso Main Street. Jumbo’s, on South Washington Street, hosted an awards ceremony this past week. The winners of the parade were: First place, County Line Antique Tractor Club; second place, Owosso Fire Department; third place, Paul Davis Restoration. There was a Spectators Choice Award, which allowed the viewers of the parade to vote for their favorite float. The winner of that honor was Reeve’s Wheel Alignment for its float’s portrayal of the move “The Christmas Story.” Seen here from left are Matt VonDrasek of Paul Davis Restoration, Floyd Koerner Jr. of County Line Tractor, Gordon Settlemyre of the Owosso Fire Department and Jaime Philipps of Reeves Wheel Alignment.

Mother of two develops startup business board game By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — When Ida ByrdHill began thinking out an idea for an educational board game involving inventions, it wasn’t out of necessity. The 45-year-old divorced Detroit mother of two wanted to make a point — that black, innercity youth do have the capacity to develop products and market their inventions if given the tools and training. “I did a lot of patent searches for the biotech, chemical and computer industries,” Byrd-Hill said. “One of the things I noticed is that few people outside those fields ever talk about that area, but it is the core of most companies. If you can get the patent,

you can sell the product at a profit for a certain number of years without anybody challenging you.” She believes “Fluke” will introduce the landscape of inventions, patents and corporate success to young people faced with an uncertain economy and limited opportunities. The colorful game was developed earlier this year. It takes players from accidental inventions to scientific research, the stock market and court battles while building wealth The player with the largest portfolio wins. With an initial backing of $10,000, Byrd-Hill was able to have a prototype made and sample boards created. With another $40,000 she believes she can put

DEATH NOTICES Paulette Christine Porubsky Age 62, of Bannister, passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing. Funeral services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes Elsie Chapel at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, with family present from 2 to 4

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have a natural imagination and a natural ability to take risks and play, which are the foundations of invention.” Blacks are creative and inventive, but few think about making money off their creations, she said. “We don’t think about getting the actual copyright, trademark or patent — something ‘Fluke’ tries to teach,” Byrd-Hill said. The game’s publisher is Upheaval Media, a company she started in 2008 while Byrd-Hill’s children were students at the Detroit School of Arts. They graduated in June. Her daughter, Karen, attends Western Michigan University, while Kevin is a student at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y.

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Corrections dept. begins cleanup at ex-prison camp By HOLLY KLAFT Jackson Citizen Patriot WATERLOO TWP. — A tall chainlinked fence topped with rings of razor wire slices through the rural landscape in Jackson County’s Waterloo Township. Behind it are rows of decaying buildings marred by fire and vandalism and an overgrown yard that does little to hide the years of neglect at the longabandoned Camp Waterloo. Graffiti and obscenities are scrawled across structures on the estimated 40acre site, but the rubbish that once littered the ground is gradually disappearing.

Prison work crews a week ago began clearing trash and scrap metal from the deteriorating former state prison facility, which closed 10 years ago and once housed 140 inmates on average. Last Thursday, eight workers dressed in orange moved in and out of the camp’s buildings, removing cardboard boxes, paper, metal and other materials from their interiors. “They’ve been doing a lot of work,” said Department of Corrections spokesman John Cordell. “The more we can do through work crews, the less expensive it’s going to be for demolition.” The work has come as a relief to Waterloo Township officials and area

residents, who complained that the site was an eyesore and called it a hazard and a magnet for vandalism. That eventually motivated state leaders into action. Michigan Department of Corrections Director Dan Heyns ordered a crew to begin working at the facility after he was approached by state Rep. Mike Shirkey, who relayed concerns about the camp’s decaying condition. Waterloo Township Supervisor Doug Lance said he was glad to hear about the progress crews were making at the camp. “It sounds a lot better than expected,” Lance said. “If they remove the

buildings, that would be great.” Ultimately, the Department of Corrections hopes to remove all usable material from the buildings, auction off remaining materials and raze the structures, Cordell said. However, the cost of the process has been a sticking point. Demolishing the remaining structures on the grounds, removing fencing at the perimeter of the camp and returning it to a natural state could cost between $800,000 and $1 million, officials estimate. Finding the funding to carry out those actions will be difficult, state leaders said. State Rep. Earl Poleski, R-Jackson

County’s Spring Arbor Township, said he plans to work through the appropriations process to try to find funding to level the former prison camp. “We would like to get the thing demolished,” Poleski said. “Whether we have the funding for it is another question.” Cordell said the department also would be reluctant to put resources into securing the camp and removing graffiti on the grounds, since it is expected to be demolished, and vandals have still managed to find their way inside. “Removal will take time and money,” Cordell said. “The time, we have. The money, we don’t.”

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SHRINERS MAKE DONATIONS REPRESENTING Beta Sigma Phi, Owosso business women’s sorority, Fayenne Storrer Wednesday presented Shiawassee Shrine Club President Jim Peck a $300 check for the Shrine Transportation Fund in support of taking area children to the Shrine Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

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graders are little/big friends. They get together twice a month throughout the school year and do activities and projects. “Stone Soup” is an activity both grades have done for many years. “Stone Soup” is an old folk story in which hungry strangers convince the townspeople to give them food to eat. While persuading the townspeople to give them food, a pot of stew is eventually made. Both grades listened to the story and afterwards enjoyed a bowl of beef stew. The story teaches the students about serving others and cooperation, both of which are very important at St Paul School. Seen here are eighth-grader Trever Svarc, left, and kindergartener Braylon Davis.

OWOSSO — Support our Seniors is a non-profit group that earns money through many fundraisers throughout the year to try and bring some holiday happiness to financially deprived senior citizens in the community. When the economy struggles, as it does here in Michigan, seniors are usually left behind. That is certainly the case in Shiawassee County this year, more than ever before. The request from Capital Area Community Services is more than 200 this year and SOS is in need of help to cover that list. Donations are tax deductible. Checks may be made payable to SOS and sent to 217 E. Corunna Ave., Corunna, MI 48817.

Ponderosa to aid Goodfellows CALEDONIA TWP. — On Tuesday, Ponderosa Steakhouse will host a fundraiser to assist in the purchase of winter clothing for area children. According to Goodfellows President Ed Hildebrant this is the inaugural event of this type for the group. The public is invited to dine between 4 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Diners must present a copy of the “Help Shiawassee Goodfellows” notice to be found in The Argus-Press or The Argus Weekly at the time they place their dinner order, and in return Ponderosa will donate 20 percent of the dinner price to the Shiawassee Goodfellows. Ponderosa is located at 1441 E. M-21.


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right of way to the Toledo, Ann Arbor and North Michigan Railroad, which built tracks across the farmland that are still used today, including by the Steam Railroading Institute’s Polar Express. “It was neat having the railroad near us when I was a kid,” Gary Munson said. “I used to stand on the hill and wave at the engineers.” He and Call remember hobos — complete with stick-and-kerchief knapsacks — jumping off the train and walking over for meals cooked by their grandmother, Eliza Munson. “She was always good to the hobos,” Munson said. “They would thank her and away they’d go.” “Grandpa was a firm believer in taking care of them,” Call said. “His attitude was, ‘If they’re hungry, feed them.’” Near the tracks was a sugar shanty where the Munsons made maple syrup on a wood stove that would also warm up the children in the winter. “We’d get to scrape the pan and eat that,” Call said. “It was a little rough, but it was good.” The sugar shack days ended when Kenneth Munson chopped down 400 maple trees and sold the wood, using the proceeds to take his wife, Eva Munson, on a vacation to Hawaii. There were difficult times, too. One day Kenneth Munson got his hand caught in the chain of a corn picker. With no one else around, Munson didn’t have much of a choice: He took a knife out of his pocket and cut two of his own fingers off to free his hand. Then he unhitched the corn picker, drove the tractor back to the house and called his wife at work for help. Gary Munson said he is still amazed by the calmness and

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strength of his father, who served as the Fairfield Township clerk for several years. “Dad had a rough life,” he said, “but I never heard him complain.” Munson said he enjoyed growing up on a farm with his brother James Munson, now deceased, and Call, but never aspired to be a farmer himself. Instead, he owned a gas station in Elsie and retired as a bus mechanic for the Ovid-Elsie School District. He purchased the family farm from his mother in 2002, a year before she died. He said he “would like to see the tradition continue with my daughters (Lori and Darlene) — if they can afford it. “I’m sure they have a lot of memories here, too.”

THE SHIAWASSEE Shrine Club Transportation Fund was richer Wednesday evening after the Owosso Women’s 600 Bowling Club gave the Shriners a $1,400 check, proceeds from the sevenweek-long state tournament sponsored by the local club. Nearly 900 bowlers participated in the October-November event held at Owosso’s Capitol Bowl. The Transportation Fund subsidizes trips by Shriners taking youngsters to the Shrine Children’s Hospital in Chicago. In the photo are, from left, Lila Furnish, a founder of the tourney and secretary of the Owosso 600 Club; Robin Bowles, president of the Owosso 600 Club; Jim Peck, president of the Shiawassee Shrine Club; Liz Snell, vice president of the local 600 Club; and Rhea Williams, secretary-treasurer of the state tourney.

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1987 SW Mich. double-slaying gets renewed probe HOLLAND (AP) — Nearly a quarter-century after a married couple was fatally shot in southwestern Michigan a cold case team has stepped up its investigation. The Holland Sentinel reports that the investigation into the slayings of Gail and Rick Brink was moved this summer to the Ottawa County’s cold case team’s priority spot. Two senior detectives are working full-time on the case. They were found dead in November 1987, at their home in Park Township, near Holland.

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PERRY — Dog licenses may now be purchased at Perry City Hall or at the county offices in Corunna. All dogs four months of age or older by Feb. 29, 2012, must have a license. Licenses are available through Feb. 29 at $30 for male/female; or $10 for Unsexed (spayed/neutered). Fees are doubled after Feb. 29. For more information, persons may call city hall, (517) 6256155, ext. 226.

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Important reminders from Enron’s fall en years ago this month, Enron collapsed, bankrupting the seventh largest U.S. corporation at the time and ripping away the mask from a massive and damaging corporate fraud. This is a good time to reflect on what happened a decade ago and how many of the misdeeds that led to Enron’s collapse are still far too prevalent today. We shouldn’t forget how the culture of Enron – built on outsized corporate pay, conflicts of interest, tax evasion, financial engineering, and hidden debt – did so much harm to so many, and nearly brought the global economy to its knees. That culture is still too big a part of our financial system. The Senate Permanent CARL Subcommittee on Investigations, which I chair, released reports on the failure U.S. Senator, Michigan of Enron’s board members to safeguard shareholder interests; actions taken by major financial institutions to help Enron cook its books; and Enron’s use of financial engineering to make its financial results look better than they were, while evading taxes. The findings we reached in the aftermath of Enron’s demise are worth keeping in mind as we consider our economic future. Why should we remember Enron? Runaway executive pay. Enron paid its CEO Ken Lay $140 million in 2000, including $123 million in stock options. Enron set the standard for outrageous CEO pay, and demonstrated how, in search of ever-larger paychecks, CEOs can lead companies into ever-riskier schemes that endanger not just shareholders, but the economy as a whole. Tax evasion. Despite reporting huge profits, Enron paid no taxes in four of its last five years and used tax scams and offshore shell entities to dodge paying its fair share. Today, dozens of U.S. corporations use similar tactics not only to dodge Uncle Sam, but claim huge tax rebates. Enron was a catalyst for today’s corporate tax cheats. Corporate conflicts of interest. Enron’s chief financial officer profited by using his own company, LJM, to do deals with Enron to cook its books. Heedless of Enron’s example, banks such as Goldman Sachs and Citi later set up synthetic securities, sold shares to clients, and profited by betting against their own clients. Enron helped create a culture of corporations failing to do right by their clients. Accounting conflicts. Enron’s accounting firm, Arthur Andersen, approved financial statements loaded up with fraud. Despite Enron’s cautionary tale, so did accountants for Madoff Securities, Olympus, and other firms that have collapsed in years since, damaging investors, consumers and market stability. Enron showed how accountants reliant on revenues from clients can be convinced to look the other way. It’s still happening today. Credit rating conflicts. Credit rating agencies gave Enron AAA ratings until it collapsed. They have given the same AAA ratings to toxic securities, failing corporations, and deadbeat banks, often because issuing tougher ratings would cost them business. Enron exposed the unreliability of credit rating agencies that place the search for market share above the need for objective analysis. Excessive speculation. Enron speculated and manipulated electricity prices for big profits. Today, speculators whipsaw the American economy with roller coaster energy, metal, and food prices. Enron jacked up the commodity business to everyone’s detriment but the speculators; and without tough enforcement of anti-speculation laws, the damage will continue. Financial engineering. Enron designed countless financial engineering gimmicks that served its financial interests but endangered clients and investors. Today, financial firms rave about financial “innovations,” while pushing toxic products like auction securities, naked credit default swaps, and worse. Enron showed how financial engineering creates weapons of mass destruction; a decade later, exotic financial products helped bring the U.S. economy to its knees. The need for regulators to stop the madness. In response to Enron, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act banned multimillion-dollar corporate loans to corporate insiders, forced CEOs to certify their internal financial controls, and created new accounting oversight. Those changes helped curb Enron-style abuses. Congress continued the cleanup in 2010 with Wall Street reform legislation, but much more needs to be done. All of us should keep Enron in mind as financial regulators work to turn the law we passed into strong rules that can build new protections for consumers and the economy.



IN YOUR OPINION Hornets didn’t fall short of real title This letter is written in response to the excellent coverage The Argus-Press gave to the New Lothrop football team this year. I really enjoyed the coverage, however, I do have to take exception to the article in which the reporter stated they fell short of the title. The outstanding season did not come to an end, it has just begun. Athletics are not totally about wins and losses. Life skills developed and reinforced in an outstanding season are far more important than the touchdowns and tackles. The young men learned and reinforced the belief that if you put forth a maximum effort the end results will be worthwhile, positive, and fulfilling. This value, carried over into later life in their chosen profession, will be a definite asset. They will realize that working hard in practice and the off season training made

them a better athlete and team member. The athletes found that teamwork is a major part of any successful endeavor. There were times when the coach would play them at a different position than what they were accustomed to, or he asked them to run a certain play when they thought they should run something else. However, by being a team player they found the team could be a success. The Hornets proved that by following the Michigan High School Athletic Association rules, New Lothrop High School rules and the rules of the team, that they can be very successful. The family unit is and always will be a very important part of our society. The players will never forget the games when Mom, Dad, and friends showed up to cheer them on, and share in their enjoyment. This is a tradition that will be handed down for years

to come. The entire coaching staff should be very proud of their football program, and of what they have accomplished in the development of these young athletes. J.B. Nash, a great educator, once said, “It is important to educate the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of the individual.” Truly, the Hornets’ football program met those objectives. The outstanding season did not end for these young men, it is just beginning. Their quest for the true title will continue. Remember with the ropes of the past, you ring the bells of the future. Congratulations to the New Lothrop Hornets, coaches and families. It will be a pleasure to follow these athletes in the future. Doug Corrin Chesaning

LEGISLATIVE ACTION House Bill 4701, Transition state employees to defined contribution retirement health benefit: Passed 23 to 13 in the Senate To eliminate the current “defined benefit” post-retirement health insurance system for new state employees, and instead offer a “defined contribution” Health Reimbursement Account (HRA), with the state matching an employee’s deposits up to 2 percent of salary, plus an annual lump sum contribution. Employees hired since 1997 could choose to switch to this system and get a lump-sum contribution of the value of benefits they had already earned. Also, to require state employees hired before 1997 to contribute 4 percent toward their traditional “defined benefit” pensions (replacing a 3 percent contribution required under a 2010 law), or else have their benefit levels “frozen” at the current level, with the state instead making contributions going forward into an employee’s 401(k) account. The Senate stripped out a Housepassed provision excluding overtime pay from the basis on which the older employees’ conventional pension benefits are calculated (potentially enabling some degree of “pension spiking”). Sen. Joe Hune R - Hamburg Y Sen. Roger Kahn R - Saginaw Y House Bill 5002, Revise workers comp benefits: Passed 20 to 16 in the Senate To modify requirements and benefits in the law that mandates employers obtain insurance covering injured workers compensation benefits. Among other things the bill would revise the formula by which compen-

sation levels are set, require workers still able to work to make a “good faith effort” to find work, and more. The most controversial provision bases an injured worker’s compensation on pay levels for jobs that are “reasonably available,” rather than the person’s previous pay, even if the person can’t find one of those “reasonably available” jobs. Some of the proposed changes reflect what courts have already ruled. The bill would not apply to police and firefighters. Sen. Joe Hune R - Hamburg Y Sen. Roger Kahn R - Saginaw N Senate Bill 855, Give particular firm $50 million state electric car subsidy: Passed 30 to 5 in the Senate To authorize giving $50 million in state tax breaks and cash subsidies to a firm called “Townsend Ventures,” which says it wants to use the former Ford Motors Wixom plant to make systems related to electric car batteries. If enacted, this would be the second time the legislature has authorized a large cash subsidy for an outfit wanting to use this closed plant; the first deal fell through (see 2009 Senate Bill 777). Sen. Joe Hune R - Hamburg Y Sen. Roger Kahn R - Saginaw N Senate Bill 864, Impose utility surcharge for low income subsidies: Passed 34 to 2 in the Senate To create a state fund to collect money from a proposed mandate that would require utilities to impose an extra surcharge on customer bills to subsidize paying the delinquent bills of low income households. Reportedly this will impose around $60 mil-

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lion in extra charges on consumer gas and electric bills. The House has passed a rival bill (HB 5189) to use federal welfare money to provide these subsidies this year. Sen. Joe Hune R - Hamburg N Sen. Roger Kahn R - Saginaw Y House Bill 4770, Ban government benefits for “domestic partners”: Passed 27 to 9 in the Senate To prohibit the state, public schools, and local governments from providing medical benefits or other fringe benefits to an employee’s “domestic partner,” defined as someone who is not married to the employee and not a dependent or survivor. The Senate exempted state universities and community colleges from the bill. Sen. Joe Hune R - Hamburg Y Sen. Roger Kahn R - Saginaw Y

specifically authorized by state statute. Rep. Ben Glardon R - Owosso Y House Bill 5187, Revise Oakland County board reapportionment: Passed 58 to 50 in the House To give the Oakland County commission the authority to reapportion county commissioner districts, and to change the number of commissioners. Reportedly this is part of a plan to reduce the number of commissioners from 25 to 21. Under current law, the county’s reapportionment is done by a five-member board. Rep. Ben Glardon R - Owosso Y

House Bill 5086, Ban government sending payroll PAC money to union: Passed 62 to 46 in the House To prohibit the state, school districts and local governments from deducting money from an employee’s paycheck and contributing it to a union Political Action Committee (PAC). The bill would grant residents the right to sue for violations. Rep. Ben Glardon R - Owosso Y

House Bill 5190, Prohibit utility surcharge for low income subsidies: Passed 62 to 46 in the House To prohibit utilities from charging customers extra to pay the delinquent bills of low income households, which had been authorized in a provision of an earlier statute that was later repealed. Money the utilities have already collected for this would be returned to customers. House Bill 5189 appropriates $62 million in federal welfare money for the same purpose; Senate Bill 864 reauthorizes the repealed utility surcharges (see above). Rep. Ben Glardon R - Owosso Y

House Bill 5030, Ban state workplace regulations more stringent than federal: Passed 62 to 46 in the House To prohibit the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) promulgating rules more stringent than required by federal standards, unless

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Rulings could bring crackdown on domestic violence By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press FARGO, N.D. — On the day after Christmas last year, a drunken Roman Cavanaugh Jr. beat up his 11- and 12year-old sons, punching both in the face. The older boy was hit so hard he couldn’t speak for a full day because his jaw was swollen shut. At the time, Cavanaugh was a free man on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Indian Reservation, even though he had three convictions in tribal court for domestic violence. Had he been charged for those crimes off the reservation, he probably would have been in prison. Despite a well-known epidemic of domestic violence on American Indian

abusive parents and spouses. That may change if recent rulings in Cavanaugh’s case and a similar matter are upheld, allowing U.S attorneys to act instead of watching abuse convictions pile up at the tribal level. That’s a change, advocates say, that could save lives. “There’s a gap in what we can do because domestic violence is a crime that occurs in steps,” said Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota. “First you slap someone. Then AP Photo/Amber Hunt you punch them. Then you get a stick. SOPHIA RENVILLE BROWN is the Then you get a gun.” manager of a women’s shelter on the Tribal courts generally provide for a maximum sentence of a year in jail on Sisseton-Wahpeton reservation. domestic violence convictions. It’s a difreservations, federal authorities have ferent world in federal court, which long been stymied in their pursuit of allows for more severe punishment. But

to prosecute there, authorities must show a defendant is a habitual domestic offender or that a gun was involved in the crime. Because tribal courts are not required to provide the same services as federal and state courts, such as providing a public defender, the convictions there often fail to qualify as a past conviction in federal court. It’s a frustration for federal prosecutors such as Purdon, who point to an epidemic of domestic abuse on Indian reservations that are often also awash in poverty and substance abuse. An American Indian woman born in the United States has a 1-in-3 chance of being sexually assaulted in her lifetime, compared with 1-in-5 for the country as

a whole, according to the Justice Department. And on some reservations, women are murdered at a rate more than 10 times the national average, a federal study of death certificates showed. Sophia Renville Brown, a domestic abuse survivor who manages a women’s shelter on the Sisseton-Wahpeton reservation in the Dakotas, said she suspects those numbers are too low. Most cases of domestic violence go unreported because women are too ashamed to come forward, said Brown, whose shelter — which holds up to 15 women and children — is routinely full. Brown had surgery in August to straighten her nose, which she said had been broken by a past partner.

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Calif. family sues over jet crash SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Korean family that lost four members when a military jet crashed into their San Diego home in 2008 is suing the U.S. government for compensation for an accident that the Marine Corps has acknowledged was caused by a mechanical failure and a string of errors. A federal judge today will preside over the two-day nonjury trial to determine whether the government should pay the family and how much for the deaths of two children, their mother and their grandmother. The Marine Corps has said the plane suffered a mechanical failure but that a series of bad decisions led the pilot — a student — to bypass a potentially safe landing at a coastal Navy base after his engine failed on Dec. 8, 2008. The pilot ejected himself and told investigators he screamed in horror as he watched the jet plow into the San Diego neighborhood, incinerating two homes.

Lowe’s pilloried for pulling ads LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lowe’s Home Improvement has found itself facing a backlash after the retail giant pulled ads from a reality show about American Muslims. The retail giant stopped advertising on TLC’s “All-American Muslim” after a conservative group known as the Florida Family Association complained, saying the program was “propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.” The show premiered last month and chronicles the lives of five families from Dearborn. A state senator from Southern California said Sunday he was considering calling for a boycott. Calling the Lowe’s decision “un-American” and “naked religious bigotry,” Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, told The Associated Press he would also consider legislative action if Lowe’s doesn’t apologize to Muslims and reinstate its ads. The senator sent a letter outlining his complaints to Lowe’s Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Niblock.

Protesters seek to block ports OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Anti-Wall Street protesters up and down the West Coast are joining an effort to blockade some of the nation’s busiest ports from Anchorage to San Diego. Demonstrators were scheduled to gather to march on the Port of Oakland, which Occupy protesters successfully shut down in November. Marchers expect to descend even earlier on the sprawling port complex spanning Los Angeles and Long Beach as the work day begins. In Portland, Ore., the protest will get under way at 6 a.m. Occupy groups in Seattle, Tacoma and the Canadian city of Vancouver are also planning blockades. The protests being billed as action against “Wall Street on the waterfront” are perhaps the Occupy movement’s most dramatic gesture since police raids sent most remaining camps scattering last month. Demonstrators began forming those camps around the country about two months ago to protest what they call corporate greed and economic inequality.

Rare coin sells for $7.4 million NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An exceedingly rare 1787 gold Brasher doubloon has been sold for $7.4 million, one of the highest prices ever paid for a gold coin. Blanchard and Co., the New Orleans-based coin and precious metals company that brokered the deal, told The Associated Press the doubloon was purchased by a Wall Street investment firm. Identities of the buyer and seller were not disclosed. Minted by Ephraim Brasher, a goldsmith and neighbor of George Washington, the coin contains 26.66 grams of gold — slightly less than an ounce. Worth about $15 when it was minted, the gold value today would be more than $1,500. It is the only known example of the doubloon with a distinctive hallmark punch on the eagle’s breast; five other known doubloons have a punch on the eagle’s left wing.

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Obama: GOP rivals are all the same President draws distinctions during interview By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press WASHINGTON — In making the case for his re-election, President Barack Obama is arguing that it doesn’t matter who the Republicans nominate to run against him because the core philosophy of the GOP candidates is the same and will stand in sharp relief with his own. The president laid out an argument for a second term in a wide ranging interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday, bluntly saying that if voters believe in the Republican agenda of lower taxes, including for the wealthy, and weaker regulations then he will lose. “I don’t think that’s where the American people are going to go,” he added, “because I don’t think the American people believe that based on what they’ve seen before, that’s going to work.” For some time, Democrats and Obama allies have been anticipating that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will ultimately win the Republican nomination. But

with former House Speaker Democrats encouraged about Obama in 2012 Newt Gingrich atop many polls now, Democrats have begun to WASHINGTON (AP) — After a dreary summer marred by the fight over government train their fire on him. borrowing, rank-and-file Democrats say they are growing more optimistic about President Barack Obama’s political prospects in 2012. They cite his tougher, more Obama argued that the two populist tone and what they view as a chaotic primary fight among Republicans. Republicans represent the same Many Democrats acknowledged that high unemployment and economic uncerfundamental set of beliefs. tainty create formidable obstacles for the incumbent. But interviews with more than “The contrast in visions a dozen Democratic activists across the nation found support for Obama’s more between where I want to take the forceful message against GOP lawmakers and interest in rebutting the presidential candidates. country and what ... where they Several pointed to Obama’s speech last week in Kansas, where he argued that say they want to take the counthe middle class had been under duress for the past decade and economic policies try is going to be stark,” he said. must give everyone a “fair shot and a fair share.” “And the American people are “He didn’t have his voice and we didn’t have our voice,” said David Leland, an going to have a good choice and attorney in Columbus, Ohio, and former state party chairman. it’s going to be a good debate.” He rejected questioner Steve Kroft’s suggestion that the pub- second Great Depression, bail- law even while acknowledging lic was judging him on his per- ing out the auto industry and that the public is hardly satisfied formance as president. “I’m passing a signature health care with the direction of the country. being judged against the ideal,” he said. “Joe Biden has a good expression. He says, ‘Don’t judge me against the Almighty, judge me against the alternative.”’ Obama predicted the fight to the Republican nomination won’t be resolved quickly. He described both of the top GOP candidates, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, as political fixtures. Of Gingrich he said: “He’s Peter Keay Audrey Salander Jennifer Roach Rory Keay somebody who’s been around a Financial Senior Branch Senior Branch Financial Advisor Office Office Advisor long time, and is good on TV, is Administrator Administrator good in debates.” “But Mitt Romney has shown himself to be somebody who’s ... who’s good at politics, as well,” You’re invited to our holiday open house. he said. We believe it’s important to express our appreciation for Obama is counting on voters giving him credit for avoiding a You’re invited to our holiday open house. the opportunity to help individuals in our community. In

Chicago cops kill gunman CHICAGO (AP) — A spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police says Chicago officers have fatally shot a man at an elevated train stop after he pointed two pistols at them. FOP spokesman Pat Camden says the incident happened around 8 p.m. Sunday at the Western/Cermak Pink Line station on the “L,” the city’s public transit train system. Camden says the 55-year-old man held a gun to his head as officers arrived. Then he allegedly pulled another gun and pointed it at them.

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S.F. raises minimum wage SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — David Frias works two minimum-wage jobs to squeak by in one of the most expensive cities in America. Come New Year’s Day, he’ll have a few more coins in his pocket as San Francisco makes history by becoming the first city in the nation to scale a $10 minimum wage. The city’s hourly wage for its lowestpaid workers will hit $10.24, more than $2 above the California minimum wage and nearly $3 more than the working wage set by the federal government. “It’s a psychological boost,” said Frias, who is a 34-year-old usher at a movie theater and a security guard for a crowd control firm. “It means that I’ll have more money in my wallet to pay my bills and money to spend in the city to help the economy.”

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A NOV. 5 PHOTO shows former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, center, wearing handcuffs as he is escorted to the office of Centre County Magisterial District Judge Leslie A. Dutchcot, in State College, Pa. Sandusky is charged with more than 50 counts related to sexual abuse over a 12-year period.

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Penn State culture explained away Sandusky By BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE, JEFF DONN and MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The warning signs were there for more than a decade, disturbing indicators that Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was breaching boundaries with young boys — or maybe worse. Yet the university’s top administrators kept allowing, even encouraging, Sandusky to invite some of those boys into campus sports buildings — locker rooms, showers, a sauna and a swimming pool — where prosecutors now TIM say he fondled, CURLEY molested and sexually assaulted some of the most vulnerable in the place known as Happy Valley. Too many, from the university president to GARY department heads to janiSCHULTZ tors, knew of troubling behavior by this revered, longtime coach who founded a charity for children with hardscrabble backgrounds. Year after year, Penn State missed opportunity after opportunity to stop Sandusky. Secrecy ruled, and reaction to complaints of improper sexual behavior was to remain silent, minimize or explain away — all part of a deep-rooted reflex to protect the sacred football program. Prosecutors say the only thing that stopped Sandusky, who retired a year after a 1998 allegation was not prosecuted, was when he was accused elsewhere, a decade later, of sexually abusing a freshman at a local high school where Sandusky had volunteered to help coach the football team. Today, Sandusky is charged with more than 50 counts related to sexual abuse over a 12-year period. According to the criminal charges, when he wasn’t acting out his compulsions on the venerated main campus of Penn State University, he was doing so

mostly in a basement bedroom of his home. And while the official allegations, so far, target only three people — Sandusky, along with the school’s athletic director and a since-retired senior vice president, who are both charged with perjury and failure to report a 2002 sexual abuse complaint — an investigation by The Associated Press suggests that blame also rests on Penn State as an institution and the entrenched traditions of nowfired head football coach Joe Paterno. Under NCAA regulations, the overall ethical conduct of a college sports program is paramount. Administrations at all NCAA-member programs must exert “institutional control,” meaning they must strictly adhere to the rules and have an appropriate level of oversight in place to detect and investigate violations. The NCAA, the Big Ten Conference and Penn State are each separately investigating whether the university violated any rules in its dealings with Sandusky.

A MISSED OPPORTUNITY The first known complaint made to authorities about Sandusky, who says he’s innocent of all charges and faces a preliminary hearing Tuesday, came in a 1998 phone call to the Penn State police department. A mother was troubled after her 11-year-old boy told her he had showered naked with Sandusky on campus. That complaint would trigger a separate review by Centre County’s Children and Youth Services, the child protection agency charged with handling abuse cases in the State College area. But it was the Penn State police department, which is overseen by a top university administrator, that would lead a more comprehensive criminal investigation. The woman’s son would become known as Victim 6 in the state’s current criminal case against Sandusky. Prosecutors say Sandusky lathered up the boy, bear-hugged him naked from behind and picked him up and put his head under the shower. Detectives say that later, with police secretly listening in, Sandusky told the boy’s mother

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the joint shower had been a mistake, and blurted: “I wish I were dead.” When county officials heard Sandusky’s name, they decided quickly to kick the case up to state child welfare investigators. Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola, sees the extensive 1998 investigation as vindication of his client. “All these people looked into that and decided there wasn’t enough to file criminal charges,” he said. The fact that university police ended their investigation without bringing charges, and that the state welfare agency found no indication of sexual abuse in the 1998 complaint, meant Sandusky could continue working with young boys at his charity, his summer football camps and at the nearby high school.

ODD EARLY DEPARTURE In his 2000 memoir, titled “Touched,” Sandusky, now 67, breathes no word of the 1998 investigation. But he does acknowledge that in the months that followed, “I came to the realization that I was not destined to become head football coach at Penn State.” And so he retired. But his departure remains clouded in mystery, leaving open the question of whether Penn State gave him a push. Many in the athletic community were stunned that this admired assistant, who had long openly wished for a head coaching job and interviewed elsewhere, would just up and retire at 55. It made no sense. In 1998, Sandusky’s bruising defense was ranked 12th nationally. Even Kip Richeal, a friend who co-authored “Touched,” was puzzled. “I tried to get it out of him: ‘Why are you retiring at 55?’ And he didn’t really talk about it.”

A SPECIAL RETIREMENT The university showed it was more than comfortable with Sandusky’s retirement, giving him special honors as a professor emeritus. He was given a parking pass and was allowed to keep keys to the football facilities, with a personal office inside. As an esteemed guest, he was free to move openly around campus, where prosecutors say he kept abusing boys. Such privileges are ostensibly rewards for good work — but are sometimes used as sweeteners to encourage someone to leave quietly. The perks granted were extraordinary in some ways. Sandusky was promoted to assistant professor of intercollegiate athletics in 1975, in the days when coaches also were teachers. Under university policy, assistant professors are not normally eligible for emeritus status, a special honor for “meritorious

service” that is often accompa- against the shower wall, the nied by an office, parking and grand jury alleges. Paterno, Curley, Schultz and other benefits. university President Graham THE CULTURE Spanier each learned of the inciPenn State has long cast itself dent, but the grand jury concludas embodying the highest stan- ed they told no one except the dards of personal conduct cou- head of Sandusky’s charity. Not pled with academic excellence, the police. Not child welfare offias captured in its school song: cials. Not even the university’s “May no act of ours bring shame lawyer. to one heart that loves thy The grand jury cited this allename.” And few bled the school’s gation in charging Schultz and blue and white colors more than Curley with lying under oath — Sandusky, who earned his bache- about what McQueary told them, lor’s and master’s degrees there and with failing to report the and began his Nittany Lions incident to police or child welcoaching career in 1969. fare officials. Paterno has not In retirement, Penn State been charged, though the disclofootball continued to play a big sure that he had been told of the role in Sandusky’s life; he just allegation set off a firestorm, wasn’t pacing the sidelines at which led to his dismissal. games. Spanier has not been charged He received celebrity treat- but has been forced out of office. ment from adoring fans and footSome time around 2005, ball faithful at home games, Sandusky brought one boy to where he watched from a special Penn State football games, Beaver Stadium box “almost like according to the grand jury. It being an ambassador to Penn was the same boy, either 11 or 12 State,” said Richeal, Sandusky’s when he met Sandusky, who co-author. prosecutors said in new charges filed last week had cried out for ‘I’LL NEVER FORGET’ help while being raped in the With Sandusky’s reputation basement of the Sandusky intact in retirement, along with home, hoping his wife would that of Penn State and its highly hear the wailing. respected football program, he A lawyer said last week he interacted with thousands of represents another young man young children in various who is accusing Sandusky of Second Mile programs and sum- assaulting him in 2004, when he mer camps on campus. He used was 12, in a Penn State football his privileges to bring boys into office, after giving him whiskey. the football buildings, continuing to shower with them, proseFAILURE TO ACT cutors say. The grand jury testimony In 2000, janitor James about the aftermath of Calhoun found Sandusky showMcQueary’s visit to the locker ering in the Lasch Football room that Friday night back in Building with a boy described as 2002 paints a disquieting picture being between 11 and 13, as the of how an allegation of rape grand jury tells it. gradually came to be described Co-worker Ronald Petrosky as “horsing around.” testified he saw Sandusky and The chronology of the parsthe boy walking down a long ing suggests volumes about the hallway. Penn State culture. At that moment, Calhoun approached Petrosky in tears. REPUTATIONS Shaking and distraught, he said, Regardless of the outcome of “I just witnessed something in the criminal cases, reputations there I’ll never forget.” He said beyond Sandusky’s are ruined. he had seen Sandusky performWhile defending her husing oral sex on the child, accordband’s actions, ing to the grand jury report. Paterno’s wife Other janitors on duty joined hinted at frustrathe conversation, voicing contion in the failcerns that if they reported what ure of Penn Calhoun had told them, they all State to act might lose their jobs. aggressively in dealing with VIOLENT ATTACK ALLEGED Sandusky in JOE Sandusky’s pattern of using 2002. She said PATERNO coaches’ showher husband, ers in the foot- “one of the most moral people I ball building to know,” had expected those above molest boys con- him in the chain of command to tinued, prosecu- deal with the matter properly. tors argue. She said prosecutors conAbout 9:30 p.m. firmed that her husband “did the on March 1, 2002, right thing,” and she insisted he the Friday before had never heard any details MIKE spring break, about any other alleged inciMcQUEARY Sandusky was dents. “That’s the only thing he discovered by graduate assistant knew about. How can you wish Mike McQueary raping a naked you did more when you didn’t boy who had his hands pressed know anything?”

QUANTICO, Va. — Police deployment of sonic blasters at Occupy Wall Street and G-20 protest rallies are fueling both sales and criticism of the devices, which emit beams of sound with laser-like intensity. More U.S. police and emergency-response agencies are using the so-called Long-Range Acoustic Devices instead of megaphones or conventional loudspeakers for crowd control, according to news reports and leading manufacturer LRAD Corp. of San Diego. But the products, which the makers developed as nonlethal options for military use, are prompting outcries from people on the receiving end, who call them “sound cannons.” The city of Pittsburgh is fighting an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit claiming the piercing tone from a police blaster during the 2009 G-20 summit permanently damaged a woman’s hearing. At least one Occupy Wall Street protester says New York City police also used the punishing alert tone, although police say they have used the device only to broadcast messages. LRAD says its products offer police something louder than a megaphone and more benign than rubber bullets and tear gas for managing crowds, defusing hostage situations and serving warrants on dangerous suspects. “All of these events have helped bring interest to LRAD as new way to take care of these type of situations where they haven’t had them before,” company spokesman Robert Putnam said. He said LRAD is not a weapon but a long-range communication system for clearly broadcasting information, instructions and warnings. The publicly traded company had record sales of $26 million in the 2011 fiscal year ending Sept. 30, up 57 percent from a year earlier. Foreign and domestic military customers accounted for at least 58 percent of sales. The company said Dec. 5 in its year-end report that it sees increased commercial applications for LRADs in areas including law enforcement. The company developed the devices for the U.S. Navy after the deadly 2000 attack on the USS Cole off Yemen to give sailors a way of ordering small boats to stop approaching U.S. warships. Until 2009, they were known mainly for seagoing applications, including deterring pirates from attacking cruise ships. LRAD said the Louisiana National Guard used its products to communicate with victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The products range from a 15-pound, battery-operated, hand-held unit to a 320pound device with an advertised range of nearly 2 miles. Even the smallest unit, the LRAD 100X, emits as much as 137 decibels at 1 meter. That’s louder than a jet takeoff at 100 meters but lower than the pain threshold of 140 decibels, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Putnam said LRAD broadcast levels are purposely kept below the threshold that could cause permanent hearing damage.


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Tiniest babies are growing up healthy despite odds By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer CHICAGO — One is a healthy firstgrader, the other an honors college student majoring in psychology. Once the tiniest babies ever born, both girls are thriving, despite long odds when they entered the world weighing less than a pound. A medical report from the doctor who resuscitated the infants at a suburban Chicago hospital is both a success story and a cautionary tale. These two are the exceptions and their remarkable health years later should not raise false hope: Most babies this small do poorly and many do not survive even with advanced medical care. “These are such extreme cases,” said

Ill. They should not be considered “a benchmark” to mean that doctors should try to save all babies so small, he said. The report involves Madeline Mann, born in 1989 weighing 9.9 ounces, then the world record; and 7-year-old Rumaisa Rahman, whose 9.2-ounce birth weight remains the world’s tiniest. Rumaisa’s birth weight was initialAP Photo/Loyola University Medical Center, A. Hayashi ly reported as several ounces less, but THIS JUNE 1989 photo provided by that figure was based on a different conthe Loyola University Medical Center version scale. Two other babies born since 1989 in Maywood, Ill., shows Madeline weighed less than Madeline, and a Mann shortly after her premature German girl was born last year at her birth weighing 9.9 ounces. same birth weight. The report was released online today in Pediatrics. Dr. Jonathan Muraskas of Loyola It addresses a question that was University Medical Center in Maywood, hotly debated when Madeline was born

22 years ago, remains hot now — and still has no answer: “What is the real age of viability? No one knows,” said Dr. Stephen Welty, neonatology chief at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Muraskas and the report’s coauthors say most newborn specialists consider babies born after 25 weeks of pregnancy to be viable — likely to survive — and so they should receive medical intervention if necessary to breathe. Younger babies are generally in a “gray zone,” where intervention isn’t always so clear cut, the report suggests. In Japan, doctors have lowered that threshold — the gestational age — to 22 weeks. Normal pregnancies last about 40 weeks. Some U.S. doctors will attempt to

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MICHAEL LIEB, right, and his wife Rosyln work with a lead instructor Sarah Cullen Fuller during a dance class therapy for Parkinson’s at the Hubbard Street Dance Center Saturday in Chicago.

Parkinson’s & dance: An unusual partnership unites By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer CHICAGO — The two things that have brought Michael and Roslyn Lieb closer together couldn’t be more different: Parkinson’s disease and dance, one slowly taking away, the other giving back in ways they never imagined. After tremors in his right arm and leg 11 years ago led to Michael Lieb’s diagnosis with the debilitating brain disease, his wife became his caretaker. But two years ago, she developed a tremor, too. The diagnosis: Parkinson’s. “I couldn’t believe it. It seemed incredible to me that we both should have the disease,” he said. “It came as a real shock, a real downer.” “No one in either of our families has Parkinson’s,” she said. “It’s come out of the blue for both of us.” Now retired, the couple still love to read, go the symphony and opera, and get together often with family and friends. Once a week, they head to an unusual Chicago dance class tailored for Parkinson’s patients. A nurse first recommended the Hubbard Street dance classes three years ago, and Michael Lieb figured he had nothing to lose. His wife went along — first to help Michael, now to benefit herself, too. The tremors and stiff, awkward movements of Parkinson’s hardly seem compati-

ble with dancing. But exercise is sometimes recommended for Parkinson’s patients, to improve flexibility, and brain specialists are investigating if dance offers something more. For the Liebs, the answer is clear. “It just lifts the spirits,” said Roslyn Lieb, 69. “It does transport us, to a different planet where Parkinson’s doesn’t matter so much.” “We check our Parkinson’s at the door and we’re all one community, mutually supportive and we dance together,” said her 71year-old husband. “It’s just a marvelous experience.” The free classes just west of downtown Chicago are offered by an internationally known troupe whose performances blend modern dance, jazz and ballet. Sarah Cullen Fuller, who danced with Hubbard Street for seven years, launched the classes three years ago, borrowing the idea from the Mark Morris Dance Group in New York. The classes have grown from half a dozen people to sometimes as many as 30 or more. Students include former educators, scientists, doctors “and everything in between,” Fuller says. These dancers wouldn’t be mistaken for Baryshnikov, Martha Graham or even the amateurs on TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.” But their moves are just as stirring, in a less showy, poignant way. Some are in wheelchairs or can barely

move without their partners’ help. During a recent class, a man stood behind his wife’s chair, leaning down to gently stroke her immobile arms in time with the music. A pianist with two small drums fills the studio with a steady, soothing beat. Fuller leads students through basic dance exercises — rhythmic arm-lifting, bending and foot-stomping — sometimes while they’re seated in chairs, sometimes on foot, sashaying in a way with their partners across the dance floor. “They assume that they’re not dancers, whereas I see them as dancers. I don’t see the disease — I try not to. I try not to let it permeate the room. But I also see them working through it and pushing” to find new ways of moving, Fuller said. Michael Lieb is a renowned scholar of the English poet John Milton and was a longtime University of Illinois-Chicago professor; Roz worked as a public interest attorney. They are less severely affected by Parkinson’s than some of their classmates. Their hands shake when they swing their arms toward the ceiling, and their sometimes halting strides across the floor aren’t as long and graceful as Fuller’s. But when the Liebs face each other in a sort-of do-sido, smiling and rhythmically shifting their feet, there’s no question that they’re dancing. The class has become a highlight of their week.

New method boosts blood-clotting for hemophiliacs ATLANTA (AP) — In what’s being called a landmark study, researchers used gene therapy to successfully treat six patients with severe hemophilia, a bloodclotting disorder.

The study was preliminary and involved only six patients, and other promising early attempts to use gene therapy against hemophilia ultimately failed. But a single infusion

using the new treatment worked in some patients for more than a year, boosting their clotting ability significantly. Past gene therapy experiments on hemophiliacs

improved blood-clotting for only a few weeks. “We couldn’t make it last,” said Val Bias, chief executive of the National Hemophilia Foundation.

Analysis: No mental health risk with abortion LONDON (AP) — Abortion does not increase a woman’s chance of developing mental health problems, according to a British health agency’s review of dozens of studies worldwide over 20 years. Among women with unwanted pregnancies, those who had abortions were no more likely to suffer from problems including anxiety or depression than women who gave birth, the analysis by the U.K.’s National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health found. The research offers “reassuring news” that abortion does not cause mental health problems, but raises a warning that officials must address the problem of unwanted pregnancy, said Dr. Tim Kendall, the centre’s director. Kendall said mental health problems seemed to be linked specifically to unwanted pregnancies rather than abortion. About 11 to 12 percent of women in general suffer from mental health issues like anxiety or depression, but among women with unwanted pregnancies that figure rises to about one-third, he said. For women who later had an abortion, there did not appear to be any further increase in their rate of mental health problems.


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save babies at 22 weeks, but that is not done routinely, said Dr. Edward Bell, a University of Iowa pediatrics professor. Bell runs an online registry of the world’s tiniest babies, born weighing less than about 14 ounces, or slightly less than 1 pound. Since 1936, 124 have been listed. The registry is compiled from doctors’ voluntary reports and so does not represent all survivors. Bell estimates that about 7,500 U.S. babies are born each year weighing less than 1 pound, and that about 10 percent survive. Sometimes tiny babies with zero chance of surviving show signs of life at birth, and may be able to breathe for a short time if put in an incubator and hooked up to a breathing machine and intravenous treatments.

PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE PURSUANT TO MCL 600.3205a(4) NOTICE is hereby provided to ANNE M. KETCHUM, the borrowers and/or mortgagors (hereinafter "Borrower") regarding the property located at: 3396 S Riniel Rd, Durand, MI 48429-9037. The Borrower has the right to request a meeting with the mortgage holder or mortgage servicer. The agent designated by the Mortgage Servicer and/or Mortgage Holder to contact and that has authority to make agreements under MCL sections 600.3205b and 600.3205c is: Trott & Trott, P.C., 31440 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200, Farmington Hills, MI 48334-2525 at (248) 593-1302 The Borrower may contact a housing counselor by visiting the Michigan State Housing Development Authority's website or by calling the Michigan State Housing Development Authority at or at (866) 946-7432. If the Borrower requests a meeting with the agent designated above by contacting an approved housing counselor within 14 days from December 9, 2011, foreclosure proceedings will not be commenced until 90 days after December 9, 2011. If the Borrower and the agent designated above reach an agreement to modify the mortgage loan, the mortgage will not be foreclosed if the Borrower abides by the terms of the agreement. The Borrower has the right to contact an attorney. The telephone number of the State Bar of Michigan's Lawyer Referral Service is (800) 968-0738. THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Date: December 12, 2011 For more information, please call: FC X (248) 593-1302 Trott & Trott, P.C. Attorneys For Servicer and/or Mortgage Holder 31440 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200 Farmington Hills, MI 48334-2525 File # 075777F02 (12-12) Publish: December 12, 2011 Notice Of Mortgage Foreclosure Sale THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT THE NUMBER BELOW IF YOU ARE IN ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY. ATTN PURCHASERS: This sale may be rescinded by the foreclosing mortgagee. In that event, your damages, if any, shall be limited solely to the return of the bid amount tendered at sale, plus interest. MORTGAGE SALE - Default has been made in the conditions of a mortgage made by RANDALL FARRIS, a single man, original mortgagor(s), to MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., Mortgagee, dated January 12, 2006, and recorded on January 24, 2006 in Liber 1091 on Page 54, and assigned by said Mortgagee to The Bank Of New York Mellon Fka The Bank Of New York, As Trustee For The Certificateholders Of Cwalt, Inc., Alternative Loan Trust 20067CB, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2006-7CB as assignee as documented by an assignment, in Shiawassee county records, Michigan, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of One Hundred Twenty-Two Thousand One Hundred Fifty-Four and 33/100 Dollars ($122,154.33), including interest at 6.75% per annum. Under the power of sale contained in said mortgage and the statute in such case made and provided, notice is hereby given that said mortgage will be foreclosed by a sale of the mortgaged premises, or some part of them, at public vendue, at the place of holding the circuit court within Shiawassee County, at 10:00 AM, on December 21, 2011. Said premises are situated in Village of Morrice, Shiawassee County, Michigan, and are described as:

Part of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 12, Township 5 North, Range 2 East, Village of Morrice, Shiawassee County, Michigan, described as commencing at the South 1/4 corner of said Section 12; thence North 88 degrees 39 minutes 37 seconds East along the South line of said Section 12 a distance of 303.03 feet; thence North 00 degrees 07 minutes 06 seconds East 213.05 feet to the point of beginning; thence continuing from the point of beginning North 00 degrees 07 minutes 06 seconds East 90.02 feet; thence South 88 degrees 39 minutes 37 seconds East 155.02 feet; thence South 07 degrees 06 minutes West 60.06 feet; thence South 03 degrees 39 minutes 52 seconds West 29.98 feet; thence North 88 degrees 39 minutes 37 seconds West 153.10 feet to the point of beginning. Also described as Lot 6 of the proposed plat of Walker Park, as subdivision in the Southwest 1/4 of Section 12, Township 5 North, Range 2 East, Village of Morrice, Shiawassee County, Michigan. The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with MCLA 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the date of such sale. Dated: November 21, 2011 For more information, please call: FC X (248) 593-1302 TROTT & TROTT, P.C. Attorneys For Servicer 31440 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200 Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334-2525 File #373956F01 (11-21)(12-12) Publish: November 21 and 28, 2011 and December 5 and 12, 2011

Notice Of Mortgage Foreclosure Sale THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT THE NUMBER BELOW IF YOU ARE IN ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY. ATTN PURCHASERS: This sale may be rescinded by the foreclosing mortgagee. In that event, your damages, if any, shall be limited solely to the return of the bid amount tendered at sale, plus interest. MORTGAGE SALE - Default has been made in the conditions of a mortgage made by BETHANY A. FREESE and CURTIS D. FREESE, II, wife and husband, original mortgagor(s), to MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., Mortgagee, dated June 13, 2006, and recorded on June 20, 2006 in Liber 1097 on Page 634, and assigned by said Mortgagee to Citibank, N.A., As Trustee For The Certificateholders Of The Mlmi Trust, Mortgage Loan Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2006-HE5 as assignee as documented by an assignment, in Shiawassee county records, Michigan, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of One Hundred Six Thousand Three Hundred Forty-Three and 38/100 Dollars ($106,343.38), including interest at 9.755% per annum. Under the power of sale contained in said mortgage and the statute in such case made and provided, notice is hereby given that said mortgage will be foreclosed by a sale of the mortgaged premises, or some part of them, at public vendue, at the place of holding the circuit court within Shiawassee County, at 10:00 AM, on December 21, 2011. Said premises are situated in City of Durand, Shiawassee County, Michigan, and are described as:

A.W. Denisons Addition, Durand City, Commencing 300 Feet North Of The Southwest Corner Of Outlot 1, Thence East To Corporate Line North 116 Feet West To East Line Of Fitch Street, Thence South To Beginning. The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with MCLA 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the date of such sale. Dated: November 21, 2011 For more information, please call: FC X (248) 593-1302 TROTT & TROTT, P.C. Attorneys For Servicer 31440 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200 Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334-2525 File #379057F01 (11-21)(12-12) Publish: November 21 and 28, 2011 and December 5 and 12, 2011 IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN BANKRUPTCY OR HAVE RECEIVED A DISCHARGE IN BANKRUPTCY AS TO THIS OBLIGATION, THIS COMMUNICATION IS INTENDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT IN VIOLATION OF THE AUTOMATIC STAY OR THE DISCHARGE INJUNCTION. IN SUCH CASE, PLEASE DISREGARD ANY PART OF THIS COMMUNICATION WHICH IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE FOREGOING. OTHERWISE, FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES US TO ADVISE YOU THAT COMMUNICATION FROM OUR OFFICE COULD BE INTERPRETED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND THAT ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. IF YOU ARE NOW ON ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY OR HAVE BEEN IN THE PRIOR NINE MONTHS, PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AS YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO THE BENEFITS OF THE SERVICEMEMBERS' CIVIL RELIEF ACT. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE YOUR HOME To: CHRISTOPHER FREIER AND STEPHANIE FREIER 4810 South Byron Road Durand, MI 48429 County Shiawassee State law requires that you receive the following notice: You have the right to request a meeting with your mortgage holder or mortgage servicer. The person to contact and that has the authority to make agreements for a loan modification with you is: Orlans Associates, P.C Loss Mitigation Department, P.O. Box 5041, Troy, MI 48007-5041, (248) 502-1331. You may contact a housing counselor by visiting the Michigan State Housing Development Authority ("MSHDA") website or by calling MSHDA. The website address and telephone number of MSHDA is: (, telephone (517) 373-8370, TTY# 1-800382-4568. If you request a meeting with the servicer's designate within 14 days after the Notice required under MCL 600.3205a(1) is mailed, then foreclosure proceedings will not start until 90 days after the date the Notice was mailed to you. If you and the servicer's Designate reach an agreement to modify the mortgage loan, the mortgage will not be foreclosed if you abide by the terms of the agreement. You have the right to contact an attorney. You may contact attorney of your choice. If you do not have an attorney, the telephone number for the Michigan State Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service is 1800-968-0738. Dated: December 12, 2011 Orlans Associates P.C Attorneys for Servicer P.O. Box 5041 Troy, MI 48007-5041 File Number: 671.3278 (12-12) Publish: December 12, 2011


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Elsie man has national role in corn industry Scott Miller is serving third term with corner growers association LANSING — Michigan’s corn growers were well represented at the recent National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) action team meetings. The national grower-led action teams met to discuss issues and set the direction for the NCGA for the upcoming year. The six action teams and committees include the biotechnology and trade action team, ethanol committee, grower services action team, production and stewardship action team, public policy action team and the research and business development action team. State and national corn grower members involved with the organization are encouraged to apply for a position on the action teams in mid summer and teams

are selected in the fall. The teams met Dec. 7 through 9 in St. Charles, Mo., for the first of three meetings they will hold this year. Also meeting in St. Charles was the National Corn Board. Scott Miller, a member of the Michigan Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Board of Directors and a corn grower from Elsie, serves as a member of the biotechnology and trade action team. The team works to support the availability, marketability and acceptance of biotechnology around the world, while protecting the integrity of U.S. corn. The group is also charged with providing quality information to NCGA member organizations and grower members on current approvals and marketability of biotechnology products, as well as responding to trade issues that affect the growth and development of overseas markets for U.S. corn. Miller is serving his third term with the action team. “Biotechnology has helped to significantly advance the U.S.


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tor for the MCGA, is serving her first term on the public policy action team. The team engages grower members to take responsibility for giving direction to NCGA efforts in addressing public policy issues that impact the U.S. corn economy as well as coordinating policy efforts to reflect the policies adopted by the NCGA Corn Congress. Nikki Beattie, membership coordinator for the MCGA, also attended the grower services action team meetings. The team focuses on member benefits development, image and activism programs and grassroots networking. Also serving, but unable to attend the December meetings in St. Charles, is Pat Feldpausch, president of the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan and a grower from Fowler. Feldpausch, serving his first term on the production and stewardship action team, returned earlier this week from a leadership mission, joining other U.S. agriculture groups visiting leaders in three key Asian markets in Japan, China and Vietnam.

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Time for Colts to face future with Luck

Quotable a good relationship with the people you work with, how are you going to get better? DWIGHT HOWARD Orlando center on the eroding relationship with the Magic GM that led to trade demands.

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS cornerback Asher Allen (21) closes in on Detroit Lions running back Keiland Williams (34)during the fourth quarter in Detroit Sunday.

Top 25 upset College Basketball ■

The CMU women upset No. 12 Purdue on Sunday 75-62 in Mount Pleasant. — See Page 11

NFL bound? College Football ■

With the Heisman Trophy in tow, Robert Griffin III is contemplating entering the NFL draft. — See Page 11

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Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos rallied again and beat the Bears in overtime. — See Page 12

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Houston won 20-19 for its seventh straight win and earned its first playoff berth. — See Page 12

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Chicago’s Gale Sayers scores six touchdowns in a 61-20 rout of San Francisco, giving him an NFL-record 21 touchdowns for the season in 1965.



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he drama was gone by the first drive of the game, not that anyone expected the Indianapolis Colts to be competitive Sunday in Baltimore. Another loss, another miserable performance, and the countdown to imperfection still ticks away. That Peyton Manning will not play a down this season is now a given. That he may never play again for the Colts — a prospect that was once unthinkable — is now very much a part of any conversation about the most hapless team in the NFL. There’s still three more games to lose before the Colts gain a measure of notoriety by joining the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only NFL teams to go 0-16 in a season. Oddsmakers in Las Vegas are split on whether it will happen, though the play of quarterback Dan Orlovsky and others against the Ravens suggest money wagered on the possibility could bring in some extra cash for the holidays. If there was ever a sure thing, though, it’s that the Colts will turn ineptitude to their advantage by taking Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick of the NFL draft. They can’t afford not to, because the Stanford quarterback is as much a lock to be a star in the NFL as Manning was when the Colts last had the top pick in 1998. The question then becomes what happens to the man who has been the face of the franchise for more than a decade. The self-deprecating quarterback who made the Colts perennial contenders and took them to two Super Bowls, winning one. A certain Hall of Famer with a suddenly very uncertain future. The good news for Colts fans is the decision won’t be long in the making. Manning is due a $28 million bonus payment in early March, and by then owner Jim Irsay surely will have tweeted his intentions about a player who not only resurrected the Colts but helped Irsay build a brand new stadium. Do you keep a 36-yearold quarterback who had three neck operations in the last 19 months and missed an entire season because it just seems like the right thing to do? Overpay at the quarterback position at the expense of not filling other gaping holes on the team out of respect for everything Manning has done for the franchise and the city? No, and no. Gratitude only goes so far in the NFL. Business decisions must be made, as hard as they may be. The Green Bay Packers didn’t understand that a few years ago when they let Aaron Rodgers stagnate


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Detroit pulls ahead of Bears for last Wild Card spot in playoffs By NOAH TRISTER


AP Sports Writer DETROIT — DeAndre Levy pulled Joe Webb’s facemask as the ball slipped away from the Minnesota quarterback. There was no flag — and more importantly, no touchdown. Maybe this was the break the Detroit Lions have been waiting on for over a decade. “Our defense was beaten up, but they hung in there and got a win,” Detroit’s Matthew Stafford said. “That’s all that matters right now.” Webb’s fumble on the game’s final play halted an impressive rally by the Vikings and enabled the Lions to hold on for a 34-28 victory Sunday. Replays showed Levy grabbing Webb’s facemask just after the ball popped loose, but no penalty was called and Detroit

We get a lot of calls called against us. So, they owed us one if I did. DeANDRE LEVY Lions defensive end on whether or not he pulled Minnesota QB Joe Webb’s facemask on the last play of the 34-28 win over the Vikings. wasn’t apologizing. “We get a lot of calls called against us,” Levy said. “So, they owed us one if I did.” If the season were to end today, the Lions (8-5) would make the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season. They play at Oakland next weekend, then host San Diego before finishing the regular season at Green Bay. “One win down, and we’ve got three left to get,” Stafford said. Stafford threw two touchdown passes to help the Lions to a 28-7 second-quarter lead. Trailing 31-14

in the third, Webb replaced Vikings starter Christian Ponder. Webb ran for a 65-yard touchdown and threw a 2-yard scoring pass to Toby Gerhart to pull the Vikings (2-11) back within six. Minnesota then drove all the way to the Detroit 1 with 9 seconds left. “He has a choice — either throw the stop-fade or throw the fade,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. “If not, throw it out of bounds and still have a chance.” Webb wasn’t able to do any of that because of Levy’s pressure. After the fumble, linebacker

Stephen Tulloch batted the bouncing ball toward midfield. Webb raced back to try to pick it up, but he wasn’t able to hold on, and Detroit’s Cliff Avril eventually recovered all the way back in Minnesota territory. “That was the longest play ever,” Avril said. Frazier said he hadn’t seen a replay of the facemask yet, but had heard about it. “People have told me that they grabbed Joe’s facemask, and that was one of the reasons he wasn’t able to get his head up to make the throw,” he said. Webb’s performance was the only reason the Vikings were even in a position to win after falling way behind early on. Ponder threw three interceptions, and his fumble on Minnesota’s first offensive

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Goodell hoping for resolution on HGH

Detroit falls 62-54 to No. 16 Alabama

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT — Commissioner Roger Goodell is anxious for an agreement to allow h u m a n growth hor mone testing in the NFL. Goodell spoke with reporters after hostROGER ing a fan GOODELL forum at Ford Field before Sunday’s game between the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings. The latest collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and union includes a provision to begin testing players for HGH — but it’s contingent on the union agreeing to the testing methods. “We will hopefully get a resolution to that sooner rather than later. I’m disappointed we don’t have it in place right now,” Goodell said. “There has to be a credible testing program for HGH. It is in the best interests of the players, from their safety

standpoint and their health standpoint, but also for credibility and the integrity of the league.” The NFL Players Association has asked for more scientific data to prove the most popular test is reliable. In an email obtained Friday by The Associated Press, an NFL lobbyist asks congressional staffers to urge their bosses to sign a letter by two House Republicans urging the NFL and NFL Players Association to begin testing this season. Goodell also discussed the Vikings and their hope for a new stadium. Their Metrodome lease is due to expire at the end of the season. “We’re working with all the officials in support of getting something done there,” Goodell said. “We’ve been concerned about it for some time. Identifying those solutions are not easy. It takes time. They’re complex projects, and they’re expensive projects, and they require a public-private partnership.” Surprisingly, Goodell wasn’t asked during the

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Detroit came out missing shot after shot, and never quite recovered. The Titans couldn’t make any of their first 11 field goal attempts and fell into a 22-point deficit in the first half in Sunday night’s 62-54 loss to No. 16 Alabama. “I was disappointed in our slow start,” Detroit coach Ray McCallum Sr. said. “Alabama had a lot to do with it. They came out focused and got us back on our heels. “It took us a while to settle down and find a rhythm. We got caught up playing their game.” The result was a 7-of-29 (24 percent) shooting performance in the first half for the Titans (5-7) and an opening field goal drought that stretched more than 6 minutes. By then Alabama (8-2) was up 12-1. JaMychal Green scored 21 points to help the Tide

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By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer

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DETROIT GUARD Ray McCallum (3) drives the ball along the baseline as Alabama guard Trevor Lacey (3) defends in the first half in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Sunday.

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LIU 58, Columbia 50 Penn St. 76, Md.-Eastern Shore 51 Rider 60, NJIT 50 Sacred Heart 89, Cal Poly 69 UMass 63, Maine 54

Houston 20, Cincinnati 19 Jacksonville 41, Tampa Bay 14 Atlanta 31, Carolina 23 Philadelphia 26, Miami 10 New England 34, Washington 27 Arizona 21, San Francisco 19 Denver 13, Chicago 10, OT San Diego 37, Buffalo 10 Green Bay 46, Oakland 16 N.Y. Giants 37, Dallas 34

SOUTH American U. 55, Troy 45 Delaware 70, Wake Forest 57 Delaware St. 73, St. Francis (NY) 66 Duke 93, SC-Upstate 35 Georgia Tech 58, Middle Tennessee 42 Howard 60, Navy 50 Kentucky 101, Ark.-Pine Bluff 43 LSU 67, Alabama St. 35 Louisiana Tech 63, Mississippi St. 62 Louisiana-Lafayette 63, SE Louisiana 54, OT Maryland 78, George Mason 50 NC State 79, Alabama 57 North Carolina 93, ETSU 77 South Carolina 72, Furman 33 Stetson 82, Bethune-Cookman 64 Tennessee 84, DePaul 61 Tulane 66, Southern U. 59 UCF 62, Savannah St. 48 Virginia Tech 70, NC Central 52 W. Kentucky 65, FIU 48

Today’s Game St. Louis at Seattle, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday’s Game Jacksonville at Atlanta, 8:20 p.m.

Saturday’s Game Dallas at Tampa Bay, 8:20 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 18 New Orleans at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Seattle at Chicago, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Carolina at Houston, 1 p.m. Green Bay at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Detroit at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. New England at Denver, 4:15 p.m. Cleveland at Arizona, 4:15 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Philadelphia, 4:15 p.m. Baltimore at San Diego, 8:20 p.m.

Sports on TV Today NFL FOOTBALL 8:30 p.m. ESPN — St. Louis at Seattle

NHL HOCKEY 7 p.m. VERSUS — New Jersey at Tampa Bay

SOCCER 2:50 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 19

ESPN2 — Premier League, Manchester City at Chelsea

Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 8:30 p.m.

LIONS 34, VIKINGS 28 Minnesota Detroit

Prep Schedule GIRLS BOWLING Corunna at Portland, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday BOYS BASKETBALL Byron at Genesee, 7 p.m. Chesaning at Ovid-Elsie, 7:30 p.m. Owosso at Corunna, 7:30 p.m. Durand at Perry, 5:30 p.m. Morrice at Bendle. 7 p.m. New Lothrop at Bentley, 7 p.m. Perry at Durand, 7 p.m.

Det—A.Smith 30 interception return (Hanson kick), 12:33. Min—Harvin 6 pass from Ponder (Longwell kick), 7:36. Det—FG Hanson 30, 1:05.

Third Quarter Min—Webb 65 run (Longwell kick), 4:21.

Byron at Genesee, 5:30 p.m. Chesaning at Ovid-Elsie, 6 p.m. Owosso at Corunna, 6 p.m. Laingsburg at Fulton, 7:30 p.m. Morrice at Bendle, 5:30 p.m. New Lothrop at Bentley, 5 p.m.

Fourth Quarter

WRESTLING GAC Quad at Byron, 5 p.m.

BOYS SWIMMING Corunna at Swartz Creek, 6 p.m. St. John’s at Owosso, 6 p.m.


y-Houston Tennessee Jacksonville Indianapolis

W 10 7 4 0

Baltimore Pittsburgh Cincinnati Cleveland

W 10 10 7 4

T Pct 0.769 0.615 0.385 0.308

PF 396 327 288 256

PA 274 270 341 246

T Pct 0.769 0.538 0.308 0.000

PF 330 266 193 184

PA 208 251 252 382

T Pct 0.769 0.769 0.538 0.308

PF 320 282 285 178

PA 202 198 270 254

T Pct 0.615 0.538 0.462 0.385

PF 269 290 324 173

PA 302 354 299 305

T Pct 0.538 0.538 0.385 0.308

PF 324 317 297 229

PA 349 281 292 290

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PA 286 267 355 370

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T Pct PF 01.000466 0.615 367 0.538 301 0.154 274

PA 278 305 255 364

L 3 7 7 10

T Pct 0.769 0.462 0.417 0.167

PA 182 288 246 296

South L 3 6 9 13

North L 3 3 6 9

West W 8 7 6 5

Denver Oakland San Diego Kansas City

L 5 6 7 8

Det—FG Hanson 26, 12:17. Min—Gerhart 2 pass from Webb (Longwell kick), 7:54. A—63,988. Min Det First downs 29 13 Total Net Yards 425 280 Rushes-yards 35-269 21-72 Passing 156 208 Punt Returns 2-22 1-28 Kickoff Returns 2-63 5-119 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 3-49 Comp-Att-Int 23-44-3 20-29-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 4-43 5-19 Punts 2-48.5 6-47.7 Fumbles-Lost 5-3 0-0 Penalties-Yards 5-37 10-76 Time of Possession 28:46 31:14

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Minnesota, Webb 7-109, Gerhart 19-90, Harvin 4-40, Booker 3-17, Ponder 213. Detroit, K.Williams 12-43, Morris 4-13, Johnson 1-11, Stafford 2-4, Burleson 1-1, Brown 1-0. PASSING—Minnesota, Ponder 11-21-3-115, Webb 12-23-0-84. Detroit, Stafford 20-29-0227. RECEIVING—Minnesota, Harvin 10-69, Aromashodu 4-47, Shiancoe 3-33, Gerhart 3-19, Camarillo 2-31, Rudolph 1-0. Detroit, Pettigrew 6-57, T.Young 4-87, Johnson 3-29, Burleson 3-25, K.Williams 2-17, Brown 1-9, Morris 1-3. MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.

College Basketball Women’s Basketball CENT. MICHIGAN 75, No. 12 PURDUE 62


N.Y. Giants Dallas Philadelphia Washington

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South W x-New Orleans 10 Atlanta 8 Carolina 4 Tampa Bay 4

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W y-San Francisco 10 Arizona 6 Seattle 5 St. Louis 2 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division

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Det—Tulloch fumble recovery in end zone (Hanson kick), 12:56. Det—T.Young 57 pass from Stafford (Hanson kick), 9:45. Det—Pettigrew 12 pass from Stafford (Hanson kick), 5:54. Min—Shiancoe 7 pass from Ponder (Longwell kick), 1:51.

Corunna at Portland, 3:30 p.m.

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New England N.Y. Jets Buffalo Miami

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PF 307 253 216 140

PURDUE (7-3): Ostarello 5-9 0-1 10, Jones 1-4 0-0 2, Rayburn 9-22 4-4 25, Moses 1-6 2-3 4, Williams 1-2 0-0 2, Howard 2-4 0-0 4, Houser 4-9 3-5 11, Guyton 2-4 0-0 4, Poston 0-2 0-0 0, Woods 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-62 913 62. CENT. MICHIGAN (3-5): Bracey 2-5 2-6 6, Baker 4-8 7-7 16, Green 5-12 2-2 14, Bradford 5-12 4-5 14, DiGuilio 1-7 0-0 3, Miller 1-1 0-2 2, Olive 3-5 0-0 9, Tamm 1-2 0-0 3, LaDuke 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 3-6 1-1 8. Totals 25-58 16-23 75. Halftime—Purdue 37-28. 3-Point Goals— Purdue 3-14 (Rayburn 3-8, Moses 0-3, Houser 0-3), Cent. Michigan 9-21 (Olive 3-4, Green 2-4, Johnson 1-1, Tamm 1-2, Baker 13, DiGuilio 1-5, Bradford 0-2). Fouled Out— Houser. Rebounds—Purdue 30 (Ostarello 7), Cent. Michigan 46 (Baker 10). Assists— Purdue 15 (Rayburn 4), Cent. Michigan 10 (Baker, Bradford 4). Total Fouls—Purdue 19, Cent. Michigan 17. A—704.

Sunday’s Scores EAST

Sunday’s Games

Baylor 73, St. John’s 59 Bryant 56, Lafayette 48 Duquesne 86, Morehead St. 53 Fordham 41, Stony Brook 37 Georgetown 59, George Washington 50

New Orleans 22, Tennessee 17 Baltimore 24, Indianapolis 10 N.Y. Jets 37, Kansas City 10 Detroit 34, Minnesota 28

Ball St. 59, Austin Peay 55 Bowling Green 83, Jacksonville 53 Drake 65, Wisconsin 54 E. Michigan 77, Michigan 64 Indiana 65, IUPUI 64 Iowa St. 77, MVSU 47 Minnesota 75, Alcorn St. 46 Missouri St. 78, North Texas 67 N. Illinois 73, Chicago St. 40 Ohio 63, San Francisco 53 SIU-Edwardsville 72, IPFW 57

SOUTHWEST Nicholls St. 69, Texas Southern 48 Oklahoma 72, Milwaukee 50 Texas A&M 68, TCU 53

FAR WEST Arizona 66, Long Beach St. 42 Boise St. 72, New Mexico St. 57 Colorado St. 73, Maryville (Mo.) 35 Denver 89, Oregon 65 Fresno St. 70, CS Northridge 61 Gonzaga 70, Montana 54 San Diego 77, Pacific 57 Seattle 69, Portland 55 UC Irvine 81, Sacramento St. 75 Washington St. 74, UC Riverside 35

Men’s Basketball W. MICHIGAN 54, S. ILLINOIS 43 S. ILLINOIS (1-5): Seck 6-15 3-3 15, Setty 0-2 0-2 0, Swan 1-9 0-0 3, Early 2-6 0-0 4, Taylor 1-5 0-0 3, Bryer 0-3 0-0 0, Goff 0-2 00 0, Lindsay 4-9 0-0 11, Whitt 3-8 0-0 7. Totals 17-59 3-5 43. W. MICHIGAN (2-7): Hutcheson 2-7 1-2 5, Stainbrook 5-7 3-5 13, Ward 5-13 4-6 16, Douglas 2-6 4-8 8, Brown 3-8 4-4 11, Pokley 0-1 0-0 0, Whittington 0-0 0-0 0, Richie 0-1 0-0 0, Conteh 0-3 1-2 1, Loney 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-47 17-27 54. Halftime—W. Michigan 21-14. 3-Point Goals— S. Illinois 6-22 (Lindsay 3-4, Swan 1-3, Whitt 1-4, Taylor 1-5, Bryer 0-1, Goff 0-1, Early 0-2, Setty 0-2), W. Michigan 3-16 (Ward 2-6, Brown 1-4, Pokley 0-1, Richie 0-1, Hutcheson 0-4). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—S. Illinois 30 (Seck 8), W. Michigan 47 (Brown 12). Assists—S. Illinois 9 (Seck 4), W. Michigan 12 (Douglas 7). Total Fouls—S. Illinois 22, W. Michigan 12. A—2,808.

UTEP 73, New Mexico St. 69

FAR WEST Cal St.-Fullerton 91, E. Washington 76 California 73, Jackson St. 46 Hawaii 74, UC Davis 61 Idaho 73, Seattle 62 UC Riverside 75, Montana St. 73 Washington St. 93, Santa Clara 55

NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division Phila Rangers Pittsburgh New Jersey Islanders

GP 28 27 30 28 27

Boston Toronto Buffalo Montreal Ottawa

GP 28 29 29 30 30

W L 18 7 17 6 17 9 14 13 9 12

OT 3 4 4 1 6

Pts GF 39 101 38 83 38 94 29 71 24 62

GA 81 60 75 80 88

Northeast Division W 18 15 15 12 13

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OT 1 3 2 7 4

Pts 37 33 32 31 30

GF GA 94 59 91 94 79 79 74 77 91 105

Southeast Division GP Florida 30 Washington 28 Winnipeg 29 Tampa Bay 29 Carolina 31

W 16 15 13 12 9

L 9 12 12 15 18

OT 5 1 4 2 4

Pts 37 31 30 26 22

GF GA 82 77 88 89 82 92 75 96 79 108

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division Chicago Detroit St. Louis Nashville Columbus

GP 30 28 29 29 29

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OT 4 1 3 4 4

Pts 40 37 37 32 20

GF 99 89 71 77 71

GA 92 62 62 79 99

GF 79 97 83 73 78

GA 64 71 80 80 91

L OT Pts GF 11 1 33 73 11 3 33 77 10 2 32 75 12 4 30 65 16 5 21 67 a win, one point for

GA 78 76 64 67 95 over-

Northwest Division GP Minnesota 30 Vancouver 29 Edmonton 30 Calgary 29 Colorado 30

W 20 18 14 14 13

L 7 10 13 13 16

OT 3 1 3 2 1

Pts 43 37 31 30 27

Pacific Division GP W Dallas 28 16 Phoenix 29 15 San Jose 27 15 Los Angeles 29 13 Anaheim 29 8 NOTE: Two points for time loss.

Sunday’s Games Chicago 3, San Jose 2, OT N.Y. Rangers 6, Florida 1

Today’s Games New Jersey at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Tuesday’s Games Los Angeles at Boston, 7 p.m. Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Carolina at Toronto, 7 p.m. Dallas at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Washington, 7 p.m. Vancouver at Columbus, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Florida, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Calgary at Nashville, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Winnipeg, 8:30 p.m. San Jose at Colorado, 9 p.m.

No. 16 ALABAMA 62, DETROIT 54 DETROIT (5-7): Lowe 1-7 2-2 4, Anderson 57 2-2 12, Simon 2-11 6-8 10, McCallum 410 5-8 13, Calliste 1-7 2-2 4, Foster 1-2 00 2, Holman 3-8 3-4 9, Bruinsma 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-53 20-26 54. ALABAMA (8-2): Green 7-9 7-8 21, Mitchell 7-13 0-0 15, Jacobs 6-9 1-2 13, Releford 16 0-0 2, Randolph 2-4 0-1 5, Hankerson Jr. 0-1 0-0 0, Lacey 1-6 2-4 4, Engstrom 0-0 00 0, Eblen 0-1 0-0 0, Cooper 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 24-50 12-17 62. Halftime—Alabama 38-22. 3-Point Goals— Detroit 0-12 (Foster 0-1, Bruinsma 0-1, McCallum 0-2, Simon 0-4, Calliste 0-4), Alabama 2-15 (Randolph 1-2, Mitchell 1-5, Green 0-1, Hankerson Jr. 0-1, Cooper 0-1, Releford 0-2, Lacey 0-3). Fouled Out—Green. Rebounds—Detroit 38 (Lowe 10), Alabama 31 (Mitchell 8). Assists—Detroit 7 (McCallum 4), Alabama 16 (Releford 5). Total Fouls— Detroit 15, Alabama 23. Technical— Anderson. A—10,011.

Sunday’s Scores EAST Boston College 66, Stony Brook 51 Fairfield 58, New Hampshire 52 Quinnipiac 62, Vermont 58 Sacred Heart 84, Lafayette 79

SOUTH Alabama St. 88, Texas Wesleyan 80 Elon 109, Lynchburg 67 Florida St. 75, UNC Greensboro 60 Furman 85, Jacksonville 79 Marshall 82, Iona 63 Murray St. 76, Memphis 72 NC State 65, NC Central 60 South Alabama 102, Alcorn St. 62 South Florida 83, Florida A&M 59 Tulane 59, Jacksonville St. 51 Virginia Tech 73, Norfolk St. 60 Winthrop 79, Virginia-Wise 70

MIDWEST Dayton 72, SC-Upstate 68 Illinois 80, Coppin St. 63 Kansas St. 79, North Florida 68, OT

SOUTHWEST FIU 58, Stephen F. Austin 56

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DETROIT LIONS wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) pulls away from Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Chad Greenway (52) during the fourth quarter in Detroit Sunday.

Transactions BASKETBALL National Basketball Association CHARLOTTE BOBCATS—Signed G Kemba Walker. DALLAS MAVERICKS—Signed G Drew Neitzel. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS—Waived G Charlie Bell. Rescinded their qualifying offer to F Reggie Williams. Signed C DeAndre Jordan to an offer sheet. LOS ANGELES LAKERS—Traded F Lamar Odom and a second-round draft pick to Dallas for a first-round pick and an $8.9 million trade exception. NEW YORK KNICKS—Signed G Mike Bibby, G Iman Shumpert and C Josh Harrellson. Resigned F Jared Jeffries. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS—Announced C center Spencer Hawes accepted the team’s qualifying offer. PHOENIX SUNS—Re-signed F Grant Hill. Signed G Sebastian Telfair and F Markieff Morris. Added G Jeremy Hazell and G Dwight Buycks to their training camp roster. TORONTO RAPTORS—Signed C Aaron Gray. WASHINGTON WIZARDS—Re-signed C Hamady Ndiaye.

HOCKEY National Hockey League CAROLINA HURRICANES—Recalled F Drayson Bowman from Charlotte (AHL). Placed G Brian Boucher on injured reserve.

COLLEGE AUBURN—Suspended TB Mike Dyer indefinitely for violating undisclosed team rules. CINCINNATI—Suspended F Yancy Gates, C Cheikh Mbodj and F Octavius Ellis six games apiece and G Ge’Lawn Guyn one game, for their part during a brawl with Xavier on Dec. 10. XAVIER—Suspended G-F Dez Wells and G Landen Amos for four games each, G Mark Lyons two games and G Tu Holloway one game, for their part during a brawl with Cincinnati on Dec. 10.


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snap was recovered by Tulloch in the end zone for a 7-0 Detroit lead. It was 28-7 after Ponder’s interception was returned 30 yards for a touchdown by Alphonso Smith early in the second quarter. When Ponder threw another interception on the first drive of the second half, Frazier had seen enough and made the switch. “I gave them 17 points in the first half,” said Ponder, who had been questionable for the game because of a hip pointer. “I think everyone wants to play well. No one wants to be benched. I wasn’t playing well enough. I was hurting the team more than I was helping the team. I was just excited to see Joe go out there and bring us back — and one play from winning the ballgame.” Frazier indicated the change wasn’t permanent. “If Christian’s healthy, he’s our No. 1 quarterback,” he said. Both teams were missing stars. Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was finishing a two-game suspension for stepping on a Green Bay lineman in a Thanksgiving game. The Vikings were without running back Adrian Peterson for a third straight game because of a sprained left ankle. They still outgained the Lions 425-280, but were undone by their six turnovers. It was Minnesota’s fifth straight loss. Stafford was 20 of 29 for 227 yards. He threw first-quarter

touchdown passes of 57 yards to Titus Young and 12 yards to Brandon Pettigrew. Webb came on right as Detroit’s defense started to crack under the weight of a number of injuries. Detroit was already missing starting defensive backs Louis Delmas and Chris Houston because of knee injuries. Cornerback Aaron Berry then left with an apparent right shoulder injury. When the Vikings reached the 1 in the final seconds, it looked as if they would have time for at least two plays, but the turnover ended the game then and there. “Last play was all-out blitz and we were going to try to make sure that he couldn’t run it and we had a chance and we made a play,” Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. “I was so nervous when that ball was bouncing around, just thinking that he might pick it up and run around again, but we were able to get on it and finish that game.” Notes: Lions WR Calvin Johnson was held to three catches for 29 yards. ... Ponder was 11 of 21 for 115 yards and two touchdowns. ... Webb ran for 109 yards and was 12 of 23 for another 84. ... Minnesota’s Percy Harvin had a career-high 10 receptions for 109 yards and a TD. ... Vikings DE Jared Allen had three sacks for the second time against Detroit this season, putting him at 100 1/2 sacks over his eight-year career.

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Central Michigan women upset No. 12 Purdue 75-62 MOUNT PLEASANT (AP) — Point guard Brandie Baker scored all 16 of her points in the second half and Central Michigan upset No. 12 Purdue 75-62 on Sunday. The Chippewas (3-5) outscored the Boilermakers (7-3) 47-25 in the second half as they shot 14 for 24 from the field, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range. Brittany Rayburn had 25 points for Purdue, which was coming off a loss to No. 3 Notre Dame on Saturday. The Boilermakers led 37-28 at halftime. Freshmen Crystal Bradford and Jessica Green both scored 14 points for Central Michigan. KK Houser added 11 points and Sam Osatarello had 10 for Purdue, which shot 40 percent from the field (25 for 62), including 3 of 14 from beyond the arc.

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ROBERT GRIFFIN III, of Baylor University, holds the Heisman Trophy award after being named the winner Saturday in New York. Some of those early mock drafts have projected Griffin as a possible top-10 pick. Griffin is an underclassmen only in a football sense. He’s already completed a political science degree and was working on a master’s in communications this season, which would have been his senior year if he had not torn a ligament in his right knee in the third game of his sophomore season. He took a medical redshirt that gave him an additional season of eligibility, so he could return to Waco, Texas, in 2012 and take a shot at leading Baylor to even bigger goals. A Big 12 championship. A BCS bid. Maybe even national title contention. Heady stuff for a school that before this season hadn’t won

nine games since 1986. But is it realistic? Griffin is great and coach Art Briles has proved that he can design a dynamic offense, but the Bears’ two other talented playmakers — receiver Kendall Wright and running back Terrance Ganaway — are both seniors. And even in this dream season Baylor didn’t play much defense. More often than not, the Bears needed every point Griffin and that potent offense could produce to win. It’s not quite a Matt Barkley situation that Griffin is facing. The Southern California quarterback is a true junior coming off a spectacular third college season. He finished sixth in the Heisman voting. If he returns to school in 2012, USC is a serious

national championship contender. Griffin’s return to Baylor guarantees no such thing. Fact is there is a great chance that this is as good as it will get for Griffin and Baylor. “We’ve done a great job resurrecting the program,” Griffin said. “It had a foundation with Grant Teaff and Mike Singletary and all those guys, but it had eroded away over the years. For us to be able to rebuild that foundation add our own successes to it and start building the program that we want it to be is huge. We just needed the right kind of leadership and coach Briles provided that.” The deadline to for underclassmen for declare for the NFL draft is Jan. 15.

lead late in the first half before Detroit finished with six straight free throws to start a 19-6 run extending well beyond halftime. Green and Mitchell combined to outscore the Titans by a point in building a 38-22 halftime lead as the Tide held its sixth opponent in the first 10 games below 25 points in the first half. The Detroit spurt cut it to 44-35 9 minutes into the second. Alabama had four turnovers and two ugly misses on consecutive possessions before cleaning up its act. Green made 3 of 4 free throws with Anderson drawing his fourth foul on a technical, and then Mitchell hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key. The elder McCallum wasn’t sure what sparked the official’s call in front of Alabama’s bench. “I never did get an explana-

tion,” he said. “It was a momentum swing for them. I didn’t see anything and my player said he didn’t do anything.” Added Grant, “I don’t know what the technical foul was for.” The Titans didn’t push it back into single digits until Anderson’s putback with 1:08 left but they couldn’t get any closer. The 6-foot-8, 250-pound Jacobs gave Alabama a bigger starting lineup in replacing fellow freshman Rodney Cooper. He blocked a couple of shots but didn’t have a rebound. “I felt like Nick earned it with what he’s done on the practice court and being able to transfer that to the game,” Grant said. “I thought he brought a physicality and a presence down low. I thought he did a pretty good job on the defensive end.”

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rebound from a two-game losing streak. “It was a point for us to come and jump on them early,” Green said. “Coming back from the last game, we didn’t defend at all and that’s why we lost.” Tony Mitchell added 15 points and freshman Nick Jacobs chipped in 13 in his first start for the Tide, which returned to a more characteristic defensive form after losses to Georgetown and at Dayton. Alabama had allowed a seasonhigh 74 points and 61 percent shooting against Dayton, but played much stouter defense from the start in this one. Detroit trailed by 22 points late in the first half and failed to approach its 75.9-point scoring average. The Titans shot 32 percent (17 of 53) and missed all 12 3point attempts.

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Green made 7 of 9 from the field and 7 of 8 from the free throw line for the Tide. Mitchell also had eight rebounds and four dunks, three on alley-oop passes. Detroit’s Ray McCallum Jr. scored 13 points after going into halftime without making a field goal, while Doug Anderson added 12 and Chase Simon had 10 on 2-of11 shooting. Lamarcus Lowe was only 1 of 7 from the field for four points but also grabbed 10 rebounds. “I felt like as always it had to start for us on the defensive end,” Tide coach Anthony Grant said. “I felt like this was a very dangerous team walking into our building. “We knew the challenge walking in and I thought our guys came out, especially in the first half, with great intensity, great focus, great unselfishness.” Alabama opened its biggest


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NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Griffin III’s four years at Baylor have included a serious knee injury, 46 school records, the best season the Bears have had in decades, and now a Heisman Trophy. He has one more season of eligibility left and could return to school. Or not. RG3 to the NFL? “Whether I won the award or not, it wasn’t going to sway me on coming back or not,” Griffin said Saturday night. Griffin won the 77th Heisman Trophy, beating out Andrew Luck, who has already been penciled in as the No. 1 pick in April’s NFL draft. Luck is considered one of the most NFL-ready prospects to ever come of out college, having played brilliantly in Stanford’s pro-style offense the last three seasons. Griffin is more of a Cam Newton-type prospect. Not as big as last year’s winner — he’s 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds — but faster. Griffin directs a spread offense at Baylor, though the Bears don’t run Griffin the way Auburn often pounded teams with the 250-pound Newton. Baylor sprinkles in designed runs for Griffin, who has sprinter’s speed and was an NCAA allAmerican hurdler. Much like his Heisman stock, Griffin’s pro prospects started the season modest and have soared. His completion rate jumped to a career-high 72 percent this season, but those stats often don’t mean much in the NFL, where an open receiver looks very different from the way he does in college. Still, it’s a good sign. There’s a long way to go in the draft process — all-star games, the combine and individual workouts can dramatically move a player up and down the board — but it’s hard to imagine that Griffin won’t be at least in the mix to be drafted in the first round.


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KALAMAZOO (AP) — Demetrius Ward scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half and Western Michigan defeated Southern Illinois 54-43 on Sunday. David Brown had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Broncos (2-7), and Matt Stainbrook added 13 points. Western Michigan got all but one of its points from its starting five, shot 36 percent from the field and owned a 47-30 rebounding edge. Mamadou Seck had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the Salukis (1-5). T.J. Lindsay added 11 points as the Salukis made 29 percent from the field. Western Michigan took advantage when Southern Illinois went scoreless for more than 11 minutes during the first half. Still, the Broncos only owned a 21-14 lead at the half. Western Michigan shot just 32 percent in the first 20 minutes, while SIU made only 20 percent of its shots.

senior season. Te’o made the announcement at Sunday night’s Lott IMPACT Trophy dinner in Newport Beach, Calif., according to a release issued by the school. Te’o leads the team with 115 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 4 1/2 sacks heading into the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 29 against Florida State. He was a finalist for the Butkus Award and Lott Trophy this year.

Wayne State defeats Winston-Salem 21-14 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Quarterback Mickey Mohner passed for one touchdown and ran for another as Wayne State defeated previously unbeaten Winston-Salem State 21-14 in the Division II semifinals on Saturday. Mohner hit Josh Renel with a 25-yard touchdown pass on the first series of the game, then sneaked for a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter as the Warriors jumped out to a 14-0 lead and stayed in control the rest of the way. The victory moved Wayne State (12-3) into next Saturday’s Division II championship game in Florence, Ala., against the winner of Saturday night’s game between Delta State and Pittsburg (Kans.) State. Winston-Salem State (13-1) came into the game averaging 42.8 points per game but managed a season-low 14 points. Wayne State’s defense had one goal-line stand and Andrew Matt also returned a fumble to the 1yard line, where Chet Privett scored to make it 21-7 in the third quarter.

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ANN ARBOR (AP) — Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says he doesn’t understand the waiver that allows Ohio State to briefly exceed the limit of football coaches on staff after hiring Urban Meyer. The existing staff, under Luke Fickell, will prepare the Buckeyes on the field up to and including their Gator Bowl game Notre Dame LB Te’o against Florida on Jan. 2. Meyer, the incoming coach, will handle to return only recruiting while hiring his own assistants. SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The NCAA has approved the Notre Dame linebacker Manti arrangement, saying it’s not all Te’o says he will return for his that rare.

GOODELL fan forum about suspended Detroit star Ndamukong Suh. The defensive tackle finished his two-game ban by sitting out Sunday’s game. He was disciplined for roughing up a Green Bay lineman in a Thanksgiving game. Goodell talked a bit about Suh with the media afterward. “I have great respect for Ndamukong. I think he’s a heck of a young man. I also think he’s a great football player,” Goodell said. “I spoke to him about 10 days ago, and I think he wants to do what’s right for the game and

Continued from Page 9 he wants to do right for his teammates and what’s right for him.” Goodell’s office might have another big review on its hands next week after Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison’s helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy on Thursday night. Goodell didn’t comment much when asked about Harrison. “Our staff is going to be looking at that play along with every other play that happens this weekend, and they’ll make their decisions,” Goodell said.

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Tebow does it again, rallies Denver in OT DENVER (AP) — Even the Denver Broncos seemed a bit dazed by this latest comeback led by Tim Tebow. Champ Bailey summed up Sunday’s 13-10 overtime victory over the Chicago Bears this way: “Wow!” Matt Prater’s 51-yard field goal 6 1/2 minutes into OT won it after his 59-yarder with 3 seconds left in regulation tied the score. It was Denver’s sixth straight win and seventh in eight games since Tebow was promoted to starter. The Broncos have trailed in the second half in six of those victories. This latest comeback put Denver in sole possession of first place in the AFC West after Oakland’s 46-16 drubbing at Green Bay. After failing to score on their first dozen possessions, the Broncos (8-5) erased a 10-0 deficit in the final 2:08 of regulation. Tebow hit Demaryius Thomas with a 10-yard TD pass, then got the ball back with 53 seconds left after Marion Barber saved the Broncos precious time by going out of bounds when the Bears were trying to run out the clock. Denver was out of timeouts after Thomas’ touchdown and had to try an onside kick, which the Broncos couldn’t recover. But on second down after the two-minute warning, Barber cut outside and was pushed out, stopping the clock. The Bears would have to punt, and Tebow got the ball back at his 20 and went to work, not needing to go far with Prater’s strong leg in the thin air. He drove the Broncos 39 yards for Prater’s kick, which he rocketed through the uprights. “We missed the onside kick. Then, all of a sudden, Barber goes out of bounds and gives us a chance,” Bailey marveled. “We knew right then we still had a fighting chance. If you give our offense a chance in the end, good things might happen.” The Bears (7-6) won the toss in overtime and quickly got into field goal range before Barber, who rushed for 108 yards but will be remembered for his two late mistakes, coughed up the football at the Broncos 34, and Elvis Dumervil recovered. Barber had already broken through the first line of defense for the first down when linebacker Wesley Woodyard reached out and grabbed his right arm, popping the ball loose. “It’s crazy,” Bailey said. “He has a free lane to run. All of a sudden, somebody snatches the ball out. Wow! We made a play when we had to. We hadn’t had a turnover all day.” GIANTS 37, COWBOYS 34 At Arlington, Texas, Eli Manning ended New York’s four-game losing streak in style, leading the Giants to two touchdowns in the final 3:14 in a showdown for first place in the NFC East. Dallas appeared to tie the game with a 47-yard field goal as time expired, but New York called a timeout. Given another chance to force overtime, rookie Dan Bailey’s kick

go-ahead score in the fifth victory in six games for Arizona (6-7). Kolb left the game after a blow to the head on Arizona’s third play. Skelton, benched after throwing three interceptions in the Cardinals’ 23-7 loss at San Francisco on Nov. 20, had a 60-yard TD pass to Early Doucet and a 3-yard toss to Andre Roberts for what proved to be the winning score early in the fourth quarter. EAGLES 26, DOLPHINS 10 At Miami, Philadelphia forced three turnovers while scoring four times during a nine-minute span in the second quarter and totaled nine sacks. Michael Vick, back after missing three games with broken ribs, threw for 208 yards and a touchdown. LeSean McCoy scored two touchdowns to hike his season total to 17. The Eagles (5-8) won for only the second time in the past six games and need a sweep of the final three games to have any chance of repeating as NFC East champions. The Dolphins (4-9) had a three-game home winning streak snapped and sank deeper into last place in the AFC East. Philadelphia sent quarterback Matt Moore to the sideline in the second half with a head injury. JETS 37, CHIEFS 10 At East Rutherford, N.J., Mark Sanchez threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores as the Jets kept pace in the AFC playoff race. The Jets got things started quickly by scoring 28 points in the first half and were helped by an inept Chiefs offense that managed 4 total yards in the first two quarters. Shonn Greene had a season-high 129 yards rushing and a score, and Santonio Holmes and LaDainian Tomlinson each caught touchdown passes for the Jets (85), who have won three straight and improved to 6-1 at home. Tyler Palko was sacked five times for the Jets in a miserable outing by the penaltyplagued Chiefs (5-8), a week after he earned his first victory as a starter against Chicago.

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DENVER BRONCOS quarterback Tim Tebow (15) is hit by Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) as he runs for a first down in the second quarter Sunday in Denver. was blocked by Jason Pierre-Paul — who also had a sack for a safety and forced a fumble. The Giants (7-6) and Cowboys are tied atop the division, but this victory gives New York the inside track. The teams will meet again in the season finale, on New Year’s Day, at the Giants’ home field. Dallas lost its second straight. TEXANS 20, BENGALS 19 At Cincinnati, rookie T.J. Yates led the biggest drive in Houston Texans history, throwing a 6-yard touchdown pass with 2 seconds left for a 20-19 victory that brought the first playoff berth in franchise history. With their seventh straight win, the Texans (10-3) moved to the threshold of their first playoff berth. They clinched the AFC South title a few minutes later when Tennessee lost to New Orleans. Cincinnati (7-6) couldn’t prevent the Texans from going 80 yards in the closing minutes behind their third quarterback in the last four games. Yates’ 6-yard throw to Kevin Walter — uncovered at the goal line — set off a celebration on the Houston sideline. SAINTS 22, TITANS 17 At Nashville, Tenn., Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes to Marques Colston in the fourth quarter to lead New Orleans to its fifth straight victory. The NFC South-leading Saints (10-3) had little trouble picking up yards, but struggled to score until Brees and Colston connected on passes of 35 and 28 yards. The Titans (7-6) twice had the ball in the final minutes with a chance to win. The first time, New Orleans stopped backup Jake Locker on fourth-and-1 at the Saints 24 with 2:18 left. The second time, Jo-Lonn


Dunbar sacked a scrambling Locker on third-and-goal as time expired. Brees threw for 347 yards and joined Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas as the only quarterbacks to throw a touchdown pass in 40 straight games. Locker replaced Matt Hasselbeck, who hurt his left calf in the second quarter. PATRIOTS 34, REDSKINS 27 At Landover, Md., Tom Brady threw for 357 yards and three touchdowns, and Rob Gronkowski set an NFL single-season record for most touchdown catches by a tight end as New England won its fifth straight. Gronkowski snagged his 14th and 15th scoring receptions, moving him past Antonio Gates and Vernon Davis. Gates had 13 in 2004, and Davis matched that total in 2009. The Patriots (10-3) again overcame their bend-but-don’t-break defense. The Redskins drove to the New England 5-yard line late before Rex Grossman’s pass went off Santana Moss’ hands and was intercepted by Jerod Mayo with 22 seconds to play. Washington (4-9) has lost eight of its last nine. RAVENS 24, COLTS 10 At Baltimore, Terrell Suggs had three sacks and forced three fumbles to keep Indianapolis winless. Baltimore (10-3) limited the Colts (013) to 167 yards — 53 through three quarters. Were it not for a touchdown on the game’s final play, Indianapolis would have been held without a TD for the second time since the 2003 season opener. Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes and Ray Rice ran for 103 yards and a score to help the Ravens win their fourth straight and improve to 7-0 at home. Baltimore is tied with Pittsburgh for the lead in the AFC North. The Ravens hold the tiebreaker with two wins over the Steelers. Dan Orlovsky was 17 for 37 for 136 yards and an interception. He was sacked four times. FALCONS 31, PANTHERS 23 At Charlotte, N.C., Matt Ryan threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to rookie Julio Jones and Atlanta erased a 16-point deficit. Ryan threw for 320 yards and tied a

career high with four touchdowns passing. Atlanta (8-5) avoided a costly loss to stay alive in the NFC wild card race. For the Panthers (4-8), it was the sixth time this season they’ve lost after being ahead or tied in the fourth quarter. In October they fell 31-17 to Atlanta despite leading 17-14 going into the fourth quarter. Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes as the Panthers built a 23-7 halftime lead, but was intercepted twice in the second half. PACKERS 46, RAIDERS 16 At Green Bay, Wis., Aaron Rodgers threw for 281 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in less than three full quarters’ worth of work, Ryan Grant had two touchdowns rushing and Charles Woodson picked off a pass against his former team. With the win, the Packers ran their record to 13-0 — leaving them three games short of completing a perfect regular season. And they did it with a near-perfect performance. Carson Palmer threw for 245 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions for the Raiders (7-6), who looked like anything but legitimate contenders in the AFC West. The biggest concern for the Packers was an apparent left knee injury to wide receiver Greg Jennings in the third quarter. CHARGERS 37, BILLS 10 At San Diego, Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes, two to Antonio Gates, and the Chargers kept their playoff hopes alive. Buffalo (5-8) lost its sixth straight game and was eliminated from playoff contention for the 12th straight year. The Chargers (67) have won two straight following their sixgame losing streak. Rivers was 24 of 33 for 240 yards. Ryan Mathews gained 114 yards on 20 carries, the first time he’s had three straight 100yard games. CARDINALS 21, 49ERS 19 At Glendale, Ariz., John Skelton stepped in for the injured Kevin Kolb and threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns, and the Arizona Cardinals rallied to hand the San Francisco 49ers just their third loss of the season. Larry Fitzgerald had seven catches for 149 yards, including a 46-yarder for a touchdown and a 53-yarder to set up the

JAGUARS 41, BUCCANEERS 14 At Jacksonville, Fla., Maurice JonesDrew scored four times, setting the franchise record for career touchdowns, and Jacksonville rolled up 41 unanswered points. Jones-Drew finished with 136 total yards, including 85 on the ground against one of the league’s worst run defenses. Tampa Bay’s bigger problem in its seventh consecutive loss was turnovers. The Buccaneers (4-9) had seven of them, helping set up each of Jacksonville’s four TDs in the second quarter. The Jaguars (4-9), who hadn’t scored more than 20 points all season, scored four times in a span of 7:32. They scored on offense, defense and special teams in the same game for the first time since Nov. 1, 1998, at Baltimore. STARS Passing T.J. Yates, Texans, led an 80-yard winning drive in the final minutes, hitting Kevin Walter with a 6-yard TD pass with 2 seconds remaining for a 20-19 victory over Cincinnati. Yates had a key 17-yard scramble on the drive, and finished 26 of 44 for 300 yards with two touchdowns. Matt Ryan, Falcons, went 22 of 38 for 320 yards and his four TDs matched a career high in a 31-23 win at Carolina. Tom Brady, Patriots, completed 22 of 37 passes for 357 yards with three touchdowns in a 34-27 win at Washington. Tim Tebow, Broncos, had a rare productive passing today, going 21 of 40 for 236 yards and one TD in a 13-10 overtime victory against Chicago. Tebow has guided Denver to six straight wins and the top of the AFC West. Rushing Shonn Greene, Jets, rushed for 129 yards on 24 carries and had 58 yards on three receptions in a 37-10 win over Kansas City. Ray Rice, Ravens, eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing for the season with 103 yards in a 24-10 win over Indianapolis. He also scored a TD. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars, set a franchise scoring record as he ran for two TDs and caught two touchdown passes in a 41-14 romp over Tampa Bay. He has 71 career TDs. Reggie Bush, Dolphins, ran for 103 yards in a 26-10 loss to Philadelphia. QB Joe Webb, Vikings, ran seven times for 109 yards in relief of Christian Ponder, including a 65-yard TD, in a 34-28 loss at Detroit. Rookie Roy Helu, Redskins, rushed 27 times for 126 yards in a 34-27 loss to New England. Ryan Mathews, Chargers, ran for 114 yards on 20 carries in a 37-10 rout of Buffalo.

Receiving Marques Colston, Saints, made seven catches for 105 yards and scored twice in a 22-7 win at Tennessee. Nate Washington made six receptions for 130 yards and one TD for the Titans. Rookie Julio Jones, Falcons, had just three catches, but he covered 104 yards and scored twice in a 31-23 win at Carolina. Steve Smith made six receptions for 125 yards for the Panthers. Percy Harvin, Vikings, had a careerhigh 10 receptions for 109 yards and a score in a 34-28 loss at Detroit. TE Rob Gronkowski, Patriots, had six receptions for 160 yards and two TDs in a 34-27 victory at Washington. Gronkowski set the mark for most touchdown catches in a season by a tight end with 15. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals, had seven receptions for 149 yards, including a 46-yard TD, in a 21-19 win over San Francisco. On the TD play, Fitzgerald passed 1,000 yards for the season for the sixth time in his eight years in the NFL, the past five in a row. Stevie Johnson, Bills, caught four passes for 116 yards, but Buffalo lost 3710 at San Diego. Special Teams Doug Prater, Broncos, kicked a 59yard field goal to tie Chicago with 3 seconds remaining, then made a 51-yarder in overtime to lift Denver to a 13-10 win. Mike Nugent, Bengals, made four field goals in a 20-19 loss to Houston, hitting from 22, 47, 49 and 28 yards. David Akers, 49ers, also had four field goals, from 46, 22, 27 and 22, but San Francisco lost 21-19 at Arizona. Defense Jason Babin led the Eagles’ pass rush with three sacks to increase his season total to 15. Philadelphia had nine sacks to tie a franchise mark, with Trent Cole also getting three in a 26-10 win at Miami. Green Bay went to 13-0 helped by five takeaways, including four interceptions of Carson Palmer, one by former Raiders CB Charles Woodson, in the Packers’ 46-16 rout. Terrell Suggs had three sacks and forced three fumbles as part of an overwhelming defensive performance by the Ravens, who kept the Indianapolis Colts winless with a 24-10 victory. DE Dwight Freeney, Colts, had two sacks to go over 100 for his career. Vikings DE Jared Allen had three sacks for the second time against Detroit this season, putting him at 100 1/2 sacks over his eight-year career. But Minnesota lost 34-28. PLAYOFF PICTURE Houston (10-3) is in the playoffs for the first time since the NFL expanded back to the city in 2002. The Texans rallied to win 20-19 at Cincinnati, clinching the AFC South when Tennessee lost to New Orleans. ... The Saints (10-3) secured at least a wild-card berth when they won and Chicago lost to Denver. MILESTONES Drew Brees, Saints, went 36 for 47 for 337 yards in a 22-17 victory at Tennessee and joined Johnny Unitas as the only quarterbacks to throw a touchdown pass in 40 straight games. He also extended his NFL-record streak of games with 20 or more completions to 33. ... Rob Gronkowski, Patriots, set the mark for most touchdown catches in a season by a tight end, grabbing his 14th an 11yard pass from Tom Brady in the first quarter at Washington. He broke the record of 13 by Antonio Gates in 2004, then matched by Vernon Davis in 2009. He added another late in the game. ... Patriots WR Wes Welker became one of three players in NFL history with four 100-catch seasons, joining Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison. STATS Tom Brady of the Patriots upped his career touchdown pass total to 294, moving ahead of Warren Moon (291) into sixth place all time. Brady also surpassed the 4,000-yard mark for the fourth time in his career in a 34-27 win at Washington. ... The Redskins amassed a season-high 463 yards but lost for the eighth time in nine games. ... QB Mark Sanchez, Jets, ran for two TDs in a 37-10 romp over Kansas City, giving him a career-high five for one season. The Jets had a season-high five sacks. ... Jason Taylor, Dolphins, sacked Michael Vick twice in first eight minutes of a loss to the Eagles to increase his career total to 138 1/2, sixth all time. ... Jacksonville scored 28 points in the final 7:32 of the first half of its 41-14 win against Tampa Bay. The Jaguars scored on offense, defense and special teams for the first time since 1998. ... WR Torrey Smith has six TDs, tying Jamal Lewis for most by a Ravens rookie. ... After failing to score on their first 11 possessions, the Broncos erased a 10-0 deficit in the final 2:08 of regulation and beat Chicago in OT.

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on the sidelines for three seasons while Brett Favre dictated his terms of employment with the team. Favre gave them one last great year, but it came at the expense of the development of their quarterback of the future. Manning might have a great year left in him, too, though his slow recovery from his neck


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problems would give any general manager some pause. Still, the clock is ticking on his career and the Colts don’t have the luxury of time to rebuild behind him — especially if they spend so much at quarterback that they can’t keep pending free agents like Jeff Saturday, Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis. They also can’t draft Luck and expect him to sit and wait for his turn. Make him the No. 1 pick and he has to play, just as Cam Newton is playing for the Panthers and Andy Dalton for the Bengals. Manning could always offer to restructure the contract he signed before this season, of course, to help the Colts out. He already made some $25 million this season without taking a snap, and might be willing to

consider a lesser payment as he works his way back from injury. That still doesn’t solve the problem of having two quarterbacks wanting to play. And Manning’s father, former Saints quarterback Archie Manning, suggested in a radio interview earlier this week that the arrangement would not work. “I don’t think it’d necessarily be great for either one,” the elder Manning said. “I think Andrew’s the type of mature player . . . he can walk right in. I mean, these other three or four guys that are playing this year, (if) they can walk in and contribute, Andrew can, too.” Archie Manning later backtracked and said his son and Luck could co-exist on the Colts. Team vice chairman Bill Polian said last month that Peyton Manning believes the

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same thing, and that he would be OK with the Colts using a pick on a high quality quarterback. The reality is drafting Luck and keeping Manning is a situation that might last a year, at best. After that, it wouldn’t be fair to Luck to keep him from getting quality playing time and it would be just as unfair for Manning to face a future where he might not be the starting quarterback. Far better to cut ties before the $28 million bonus is due and let Manning become a free agent. Use the money on contracts that will make the team younger and better. Give Manning a fresh start somewhere else. Give the Colts a chance to build for the future. And always remember, it’s just a business.

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Christmas Trees & Trims ............015 Classic Vehicles..........................225 Commercial Property For Rent ...810 Commercial Property For Sale ...920 Computers ..................................562 Electronics ..................................563 Farm - Dairy................................500 Farm Machinery - Tools..............520 Farms For Rent...........................820 Farms For Sale ...........................900 Firewood - Coal ..........................650 Formal Wear ...............................170 Freebies......................................559 Fresh Produce - Meats ...............490 Furniture - Household .................660 Garages For Rent .......................830 General Repair ...........................300 Guns ...........................................570 Happy Ad ....................................010 Heating - Plumbing .....................310 Heavy - Construction Equip. .......525

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SNOWPLOWING– $20 AVERAGE driveway. Sidewalks extra. 989-666-6365

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GETTING MARRIED? Beautiful, not your carbon copy wedding gown. Ivory, size 8. This train makes a statement! Has been bustled. Veil included. Originally $1100; $300 firm. (989)725-5596.

200 Automobiles AUTOS WANTED – For scrap. $50 -$600 Will beat competitors. 725-8062. NEED A SECOND CAR – Fast? Race to classified’s list of new and used vehicles.

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Auto 230 Accessories - Parts

REMEMBER YOUR TRANSMISSION MAINTENANCE Voted “Best Transmission Shop” for 16 years.

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Offices For Rent..........................850 Painting - Decorating ..................340 People Meeting People...............030 Personal Notices.........................100 Pets.............................................480 Public Notices .............................110 Resort Property For Rent............870 Resort Property For Sale ............945 Rooms For Rent .........................770 Sales Help Wanted .....................390 Sand - Gravel - Dirt.....................330 Situations Wanted.......................400 Situations Wanted - Teens .........405 Snowmobiles ..............................600 Sporting Equipment ....................595 Tree Service ...............................625 Trucks - Vans..............................210 Wanted .......................................550 Wanted Real Estate....................960 Wanted To Rent..........................860 Yard Sales ..................................160

Help Wanted ...............................380 Houses For Rent.........................840 Houses For Sale .........................910 Hunting Property.........................575 In Memoriam...............................050 Job Opportunities........................410 Land For Sale Or Rent................880 Lawn & Garden...........................620 Licensed Contracting ..................290 Licensed Child Care ...................445 Livestock - Horses ......................530 Lost - Strayed - Found ................060 Lots For Sale ..............................930 Manufactured Homes .................760 Medical Help Wanted..................382 Miscellaneous .............................560 Motorcycles - ATV’s....................270 Moving - Storage ........................320 Musical........................................680 Notice Of Public Sale..................130 Office Equipment ........................564


BRAD’S HOME IMPROVEMENT – Roofing Siding-Home Repairs. NO JOB TOO SMALL. Licensed & Insured. 725-2975.

Licensed Contracting


Don’t Stash It, Trash It or Toss It...

...SELL IT. Area buyers and sellers use the Classifieds every day! GARY’S DRYWALL – “Hang, finish, repairs” (517)927-3853 ROOFING, VINYL SIDING – Replacement windows. Specializing in pole barns and garages. Free estimates and References. Ed Pierce, Licensed Builder. 288-5496. TONY SUTTER, BUILDER New Construction, remodeling, roofing, siding, pole barn, additions. Free estimates. Licensed/ insured. 989-845-2322.

Painting Decorating


QUALITY Interior Painting for Le$$ – Same day call back, Roger.989-845-3114 ANNIE’S PAINTING- Quality Affordable Painting. 989 288-4601 -810 423-7511


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DRIVERS NEEDED – OTR. Full-time, adding new units, expanding fleet. Minimum 1 year exp. required. Health insurance. 800-336-2458, Mon-Fri 8-5. Ask for Jim or Randy LOOKING FOR CERTIFIED TEACHER - Send resume to 628 Corunna Ave., Owosso, MI 48867 or NETWORK TECHNICIAN With local Owosso company. Applicant should be familiar with TCP/IP, Windows networking, Windows servers, Ethernet standards, datacomm cabling and basic PC support. Should also work well with customers and be able to occasionally work extra hours outside normal business hours. Salary is competitive and benefits provided. Please send resume and cover letter with prior wage history and desired wage requirements to Network Technician, Box 413, c/o The Argus-Press, 201 E. Exchange, Owosso, MI 48867. Those who do not provide prior wage history and wage requirements will not be considered. LOOKING FOR A NEW APARTMENT? You’re likely to find one and much more in the Classifieds.


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2012 Silverado 1500 Reg. Cab W/T

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1998 Chevy Suburban LT 4x4!




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Argus-Press Classified • 989-725-5136 DIRECT CARE STAFF needed (Shiawassee). Work with developmentally disabled individuals. Must be 18, have valid driver’s license, pass background. Apply at 5370 Miller Rd., Ste. 32, Swartz Creek EXPERIENCED FURNACE INSTALLER– 3 years minimum experience. Also needing licensed plumber. Must be willing to travel. Fringe benefits, full time employment. Send resumes to Box 408, c/o The Argus-Press, 201 E. Exchange St., Owosso BUY AND SELL Through the Classifieds!

Help Wanted


ARE YOU LOOKING at entering the New Year with no employment in sight We can provide free, individualized job search assistance, support to overcome barriers and guidance for a successful career. Call for an appointment at 989-729-1942. This is an equal opportunity program in cooperation with GSMW\CAI.

SEEKING DEDICATED SUB DRIVER – Willing to sub for daily newspaper carrier Hours and days will vary. Serious inquiries only. 989-743-5415.

Help Wanted


UPSCALE LOCAL SALON seeking hair stylist. Rental/commission negotiable. Amy 989-666-4142

WEEKEND DEADLINE (Friday, Saturday or Sunday ad) To start your classified ad in a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday edition of The Argus-Press call...

THURSDAY before 1 p.m. (989 ) 725-5136 ask for the Classified Department

Sales 390 Help Wanted NOTICE – Listings within this category may require payment of a fee for the services offered. Often times fee is requested in advance of providing service and may be non-refundable. We advise readers to obtain all the facts first, prior to payment.

Situations Wanted


#1 HANDYMAN – Carpentry, home, yard, snow removal. Affordable, references. Call 989-429-0395. ABSOLUTELY ALL Appliances, all scrap metal. Cash paid. 989-725-5484 Wash walls, floors, windows. Haul trash. Demos. 725-5484 ALL JOBS–

ALL METALS WANTED– Cash paid. Call Bill or Deb. (989)-661-7860 PHONE TIED UP? FAX us your ad. 989-725-6376.

Situations Wanted



Sporting Equipment


AUTOS WANTED – For scrap. $50 -$600 Will beat competitors. 725-8062. CARPET CLEANING 4 Rms $85, couch $60. Chair $25, Stairs $2 each. 725-5484 CORDS LAWN CO. Snow Plowing. Comm. or residential. 989-723-2571 DO YOU HAVE A SERVICE TO OFFER? Place your ad in this classification! Call 725-5136 GENERAL HANDYMAN AND REMODELING- Reliable. $15/hr. Almost anything. Drywalling, decks, plumbing, repairs, tear downs, yard work. (989)640-9328 HOUSECLEANING - Trustworthy, dependable. Reasonable. (989)429-3578 MIKE’S HAULING. INSURED. Clean outs/debris. Reasonable. 517-388-6453 MONROE LAWN CARE– Snow plowing. Residential, commercial. 277-8137 PAUL STEWART HANDYMAN – We shovel snow. All phases of construction, electrical and plumbing. Reasonable. 989-413-8013 SNOW REMOVAL Residential and commercial. Curb Appeal Property Maintenance. Insured. 989-277-9898

480 Pets ANIMALS TO LOVE – Find them every day in the Argus-Press Classifieds. FREE FEMALE CATS – Adults. All spayed & declawed. 989-472-3590.

1977 CANTERBURY MOBILE HOME in Candle wick Ct.. Call 517-402-8561.

560 Miscellaneous 4 CEMETERY PLOTS– Garden of the Last Supper in Hillcrest Gardens, Owosso. (989)285-0581 ADULT DVDS. $5 each. 4 hours long. Selling private collection. Call Chris 989-494-2765 after 6pm

FIBERGLASS PICKUP TOPPER – Fits 1987 to 1998, short box Chevy. $125 Or best. 277-9904.

GET HOME DELIVERY of The Ar gus-Pr ess 3 Months .... $31.00 6 Months .... $59.00 1 Year ........$110.00

WIRE HAIRED GRIFFIN– 2 years old. Free to good home. 517-651-6556. House broken.

Fresh 490 Produce - Meats QUALITY FREEZER BEEF Texas Long Horn steersready for processing. $1.85 Per lb. Call (989)666-2503.


BILL’S – Jonsered Chain Saws. Country Clipper Zero Turns. Repair lawn equipment and chain saws. 723-7961. 2nd Location: 1500 Corunna Ave., 725-2533. Pickup/delivery.



Furniture, Household

7 PIECE SINGLE bedroom set– With mattress. Daybed with mattress. Salon station. (989)666-0189

Call 989-725-5136 GETTING MARRIED? Beautiful, not your carbon copy wedding gown. Ivory, size 8. This train makes a statement! Has been bustled. Veil included. Originally $1100; $300 firm. (989)725-5596. GATES CUSTOM MADE Hydraulic hose assemblies in minutes. 1/4 in. to 2 in. INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY OF OWOSSO; Saturday 9 -12. Mon. thru Fri. 8:30 to 5 (989) 725-7185 PUBLIC WELCOME. NEED GARAGE DOOR REPAIR? – 23+ Years, sales & service. Lake State Door LLC. 989-277-9698.

CLASSIFIED – A collection of good buys that will make your spirits soar! TWIN BED, MATTRESS & box spring. Excellent condition. $100. (989)666-2850

680 Musical GUITAR/BASS LESSONS All levels. Pat Carmody. 989-413-3824. MUSICALLY INCLINED? – Classified is tuned into instruments for sale. Look for a bargain today! NICE PIANO– Make an offer! 989-723-6564

760 Manufactured Homes

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LONG HAIRED CHIHUAHUA. 6 weeks old. $400. 989-723-1828


FIREWOOD– $40-45 PER cord. (517)219-7783

(Friday, Saturday or Sunday ad)

LAB PUPPIESAKC. Chocolate, 1st shots, wormed. Males. $350. 517-625-3428

PSE compound bow, 28 in. draw, $80. (989)729-8116.

Firewood - Coal


JUST IN TIME for christmas– Sharpei puppies. 1 black female, 1 apricot male, 1 fawn female. 8 weeks old. $500 Champion bloodline. 517-214-2115

KNIVES! HUNTING, POCKET, fillet and more! Also, sharpeners. Case, Kershaw, Rough Rider and more. We also have RADA kitchen cutlery. Call 989-725-8664. We accept Visa/Mastercard.

Lawn & Garden

BURN BARRELS $10 (989)723-3261


FOR SALE ONLY $11,900 Over 1200 sq. ft. 2 Bed/2 bath All appliances including washer and dryer. Financing available All credit considered $0 Application fee. Hurry in - It won’t last! Candlewick Court/ Sun Homes 888-582-1237

THURSDAY before 1 p.m. 989 725-5136 ask for the Classified Department

570 Guns


12 GA WINCHESTER– Automatic. Ventilated rib. Excellent shape. $300. 989-723-2507 OWOSSO GUN SHOP – Muzzle loading headquarters. Open 7 days, 12:30 to 7, Monday thru Friday. Call Saturday and Sunday (989)725-9981.

Antiques 580 - Collectibles BUYING U.S. COINS – GOLD & SILVER. Paying top dollar. Call Scott, 989-714-2623.

FABULOUS 3 BEDROOM, 16X70 with 10X30 expansion. 15X15 front porch, carport, 10X12 attached shed, central air, much more. Mark 989-494-2228

$250 AND $300. Security deposits, $25 unfurnished, $100 furnished. Charter bundle, utilities, house privileges included. Call (989)472-4080.

Apartments for Rent


Country Village Apartments Near I-69

1 and 2 Bedroom Vaulted Ceilings November Specials Bring this ad in and receive $50 off 1st month and No Application Fee!

989-743-6200 233 Walnut St., Corunna • Spacious 1 & 2 bedrooms available. • Water, sewer & garbage included. • MSHDA Vouchers accepted.

Durand - (989) 288-6825 ry Vil nt

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MUSICALLY INCLINED? Classified is tuned into instruments for sale. Look for a bargain today!

TTY 800-649-3777 Professionally Managed By Medallion Mgmt. Inc. This Institution is an Equal Opportunity Housing Opportunity

Curbside Garbage Service INSIDE CITY LIMITS 2 Bags/wk. . . . $5.99/mo. 4 Bags/wk. . . . $8.99/mo. 6 Bags/wk. . . . $9.50/mo. 8 Bags/wk. . . . $11.99/mo. All curbside garbage services include curb cart upon request.


Outer City and Subdivisions 3 Bags/wk. . . . $7.99/mo. 6 Bags/wk. . . . $9.99/mo. 8 Bags/wk. . . . $11.99/mo. 10 Bags/wk. . . . $13.99/mo. 12 Bags/wk. . . . $15.99/mo. $

Country rates starting at 12.99/mo. Refer a friend/pay for a year, get one month free. 2 Thru 10 Yard Commercial Dumpsters Available! PUBLIC DROP-OFF SITE. 6 thru 12 yard easy containers. 20 thru 50 yard roll-offs for any waste removal projects.

SPECIALTY SALVAGE 989- 725-8062 1500 E. Cornell Rd.

Apartments for Rent


#1 HOT Winter Deal....... INCLUDES HEAT............... 1 bed $450 …2 bed $510 Good Quality- Great Value Corlett Creek 725-7726 1105 N. Chipman St..........

3 BEDROOM - Spacious. Updated kitchen and bath. No smoking or pets. Covered parking. $650 Month. References. Available now. 989-725-8615.

1 AND 2-BEDROOM – Upstairs. $300-$400 per month. Deposit required. Tenant pays own utilities. 989-723-1763.

3 BEDROOM HOME, 2 bath, laundry, updated kitchen. Very nice inside and outside! 1105 Ryan St, $650 plus utilities. No pets, Realchek 277-0074

1 BEDROOM $395 Month plus deposit. 989 413-2754 1 BEDROOM – Oliver St., Owosso. No pets. $345 Month. 989-413-6445. 1 BEDROOM – Upstairs studio apartment. Newly remodeled, very nice. $400 month. Water, garbage, sewer, parking pass included. Mike 277-0984 1 BEDROOM– $340 Month plus deposit. RealChek app required. 989-725-6158 1 BEDROOM– CORUNNA, upstairs, appliances and utilities included, no smoking, no pets, $400 plus $400 deposit. Call 989-277-5150 1 BEDROOM NEAR DOWNTOWN OWOSSO. Utilities, appliances included. $440. No smoking, pets. 989-277-6326 900 SQ. FT. 1 BEDROOM UP Washer & dryer, Garbage & water. $445 Month. 989-277-1827 1 BEDROOM UPSTAIRS Owosso. $390 Month, plus utilities. (989)205-5027 1 BEDROOM, LARGE updated kitchen. Nice inside and outside. $400 Plus utilites No pets, Realchek, 989-277-007 1-BEDROOM – Near downtown. $375 Month, plus deposit. Includes heat, water, garbage, stove and refrigerator. Call 989-379-2244 or 989-255-8700 WELCOME HOME TO

KINGSWOOD ESTATES 1 And 2 Bedroom Apartments ❊ Central Air ❊ Swimming Pool ❊ Heat & Water Paid ❊ 2 Bedrooms $580 While they last!

723-7453 Now open weekends, 10-4

1-2-3- Bedrooms Washers/Dryers in all units Monday - Friday 9-5:30

(989) 725-8700


Rooms For Rent

#1 OWOSSO’S BEST KEPT SECRET - 1 Bedroom, water and garbage included. No pets. (989)494-9441.

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Apartments for Rent

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2 BEDROOM - 5 Minutes to college. $450 Plus deposit. Stove, refrigerator, water and garbage included. Michelle Dr. Call 517-899-6629. 2 BEDROOM - Upstairs. Water and heat included. $450 Month. Call 989-494-8803. 2 BEDROOM OWOSSO duplex. $225 biweekly, $850 to move in. No Pets. Must verify income. 989-725-6263



3 Bedroom Homes Over 900 sq. ft. All Appliances W/D, A/C included Pet Friendly, Playground RV Storage, Clubhouse, Basketball Court $0 App Fee __All Credit Considered __ Countryside Village/ Sun Homes 888-281-1767 M-F 9 to 5, Saturday and Sunday Open House 10 to 2 Offer expires 12/31/11 EHO



410 N. BALL, OWOSSO 1 Bedroom in town, 750 sq. ft., balcony. $450 Month. No pets. Call 517-927-9627 526 1/2 E. EXCHANGE, Owosso– Upper, 2 bedroom. New carpet. Water and garbage included. Garage. No pets or smoking. $500 month, $500 deposit. 989-723-1105 529 EAST MAIN Street, 2nd Floor, Owosso: 2 bedroom, including trash, water and sewer. $450/mo plus utilities and $450 security deposit. We accept Sec. 8 MISHDA. 723-8166 Mon-Fri btw. 8 am & 5 pm 624 1/2 COMSTOCK St Owosso. 1 bedroom apartment, $375 mo, $375 deposit, all appliances included. Real Check Memeber. (989) 277-5292 BENNINGTON RD. - 1 Bedroom apartment on river. Close to I-69. No pets. $475, all utilities included. 517-204-5700, 288-6950 CLEAN EFFICIENCY – $350 Includes all utilities and laundry. No pets. 989-723-5260. CLOSE TO BAKER - 1 Bedroom. Very nice. No pets. Reference and deposit required. Call 989-277-3421

Houses for Rent


2 BEDROOM– APPLIANCES included. Very nice and ready for you. Must see! 989-723-7716 2 BEDROOM DUPLEX 1 Bath. $575 Month. 989-430-4720

FREE RENT UNTIL 2/1/12 3/4 Bed homes Up to 1700 sq. ft. All Appliances W/D, C/A, Playscape Clubhouse, Pet Friendly $248 Moves you in Countryside Village/ Sun Homes 888-221-5008 M-F 9 to 5, Saturday and Sunday Open House 10 to 2 Offer expires 12/31/11 EHO


2/1/2012 3 Bed/2 Bath Up to 1500 Sq. ft. All appliances including washer, a/c, basketball court, playscape, clubhouse for gatherings, etc. Dryer, microwave, etc. Pet friendly environment $0 Application fee All credit considered $248 Moves you in

Candlewick Court/ Sun Homes 888-264-0112 Offer ends 12/30/11 EHO

3 BEDROOM HOUSE Now taking applications– $550 month plus $650 deposit. No pets. Call Terry 989-723-3360, evenings at 989-723-6850. 3 BEDROOM HOUSE– In Bancroft. $675 month. (989)627-0451

COUNTRY QUALITY – City convenience. 1 bedroom. Water, sewer, garbage included. No smoking or pets. $385 Month. (989)723-3538. DURAND – ATTRACTIVE 1 & 2 BEDROOM. Fall and Senior Specials! Heat, water and trash included. 989-288-2929.

COUNTRY - 5497 Shipman Rd Corunna 3 bedrooms, 1.5 attached garage, all appliances included. $750 per mo, $750 deposit. Real Check Member. (989) 277-5292 MOBILE HOMES – Country Manor Park, Durand. 989 288-2170 leave message.

GINGER SQUARE – Accepting applications for 2, 3 and 4-bedroom town homes. Dishwashers, carports, washer/dryer hookups, heat and electric included. Rent based on income. Equal Housing Opportunity. 1200 Penbrook, 989-723-1331. TTY/TDD 1-800-567-5857. KENSINGTON ARMS-Spacious 2 bedroom. No pets. New move-In special. Call 989-413-1476 LAINGSBURG, LOOKING GLASS TERRACE – Accepting applications for wait list. 2 Bedrooms. 62 Years or older. Rent starts at $340 (based on income if qualified). Contact Dave 517-651-2611 or Susan 616-942-6553. Equal Opportunity Provider. Equal Housing Opportunity. TDD 800-649-3777. LARGE 1st floor 1 bedroom. $400 & utilities. Adults only, no pets. Inquire 320 N. Park Owosso after 5. 989-725-7393 LARGE 2-BEDROOM – Lower, laundry hook-up. Clean. $450. Call 989213-4991.

NEW LANDLORDS or Seasoned- Need help finding tenants and/or managing rentals? Call Ann 989445-0649, Civille Real Estate, 111 E. Main, Owosso OWOSSO – 900 SQ. FT 2 Bedroom duplex. No pets, no smoking. $475 month includes water, sewer and trash. Security deposit. Call (517)468-1716. VICTORIAN 3-4 BEDROOM, 2 bath home. Historic northside neighborhood. Close to hospital and schools. Easy access to M-21 7 M-52. Fenced backyard. $750 month. 989-277-6029

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NEW LOTHROP COMMONS – 1 And 2 bedroom apartments. Rent starts at $550. Heat included. Barrier free available. Call Dave 989-413-2177, Susan 616-942-6553 or Equal opportunity provider. Equal Housing Opportunity. TDD 800-649-3777.

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OAKWOOD TERRACE – 2 Bedroom apartment, heat and water paid. 989413-1476. Move-in-special

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ONLY $5,900 Over 900 sq. ft. 3 Bed/1 Bath Appliances Included W/D, C/A also $0 Application Fee __Minutes from Lansing__ Countryside Village/ Sun Homes 888-835-2013 Offer expires 12/31/11 EHO

3 Bed/2 Bath Up to 1500 Sq. ft. All appliances including washer, a/c, basketball court, playscape, clubhouse for gatherings, etc. Dryer, microwave, etc. Pet friendly environment $0 Application fee All credit considered $248 Moves you in

RANCH STYLE DUPLEX 2 Bedroom. No pets. $475. 989-723-3649 or 989-627-8119 LOOKING FOR A JOB? You’re likely to find one and much more in the Classifieds.

407 N. WATER St. 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath. Newly decorated. Appliances furnished, 2 car garage. Landscaped yard. New windows. Move-in ready! $85,000 (989)666-0859

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VERY LARGE – Very nice. 2 Bedroom. Move-in ready. No pets. All utilities included. Reference and deposit required. Call 989-277-3421.

BY OWNER - 831 Krust Dr., Owosso. 3 Bedrooms, 2 full baths, central air. 2 Car attached garage, fenced yard. $109,000. (989)723-4175. Offer ends 12/30/11 EHO


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There is a good chance that the kind of friends you like to hang out with will shift in the year ahead. People with a practical look to the future might draw you into their circle. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — An ambitious objective isn’t apt to be fulfilled, because it’s likely that you’ll only be willing to wish for what you want but not eager to work for it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — If you hear about something that sounds wonderful but requires a large outlay of cash, don’t jump in without first checking out its bona fides. Naivete could cost a bundle. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Someone on whom you’re counting for help concluding a very complicated matter might let you down. You could be in trouble unless you have a backup plan ready, just in case. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — A job you’ve been putting off for quite some time might become a thorn in your side. Don’t waste any more time making excuses — get down to business as promptly as possible. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Wanting things and being able to afford them are two entirely different matters. Don’t let your extravagant whims overwhelm your common sense and land you in debt. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Some of your objectives aren’t likely to be achieved, because it isn’t likely that you’ll get organized or be persistent enough to do what it takes to realize your aims. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Be very careful of what you voice about others, even those who may deserve being put in his or her place. Unfortunately, what you say and how you say it could make you look bad. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — If being friends with someone is predicated purely upon what they can do for you, the relationship is likely to fall flat. It might be wise to examine your reasons for this kind of behavior. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — It wouldn’t be smart to get into a finger-pointing contest with an associate at work, because there is no way it will make either of you smell nice. The bad odor could even affect your career. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — It doesn’t matter if it happens at work or in a social setting, arguing political intrigues is likely to cause you some problems. Don’t be jockeyed into feeling you must participate. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — The change that you’ve been fervidly awaiting might happen at last, but once it does, you could wonder why it was something you thought you wanted. Make the best of things. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Before you lash out about some unflattering things being said about you, perhaps it might be wise to check it out first. What is told to you may have no basis in fact.


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Make your own frugal drawer organizers Drawers are a common catch-all area. Even though they’re hidden from view when shut, they can be extremely frustrating when you need to access anything inside them. Stores sell all SARA types of solutions, but you can get creative and reuse what you already have on Frugal Living hand rather than spend furniture, cabinet or refrigmoney. Here are a few sugges- erator drawers. Taller jars can hold cotton swabs, cotton tions: balls, tweezers, floss, small Egg cartons and ice cube barrettes, bobby pins and trays: Use them to organize jewelry that can be tucked small items such as golf away or stored away in a deep balls, jewelry, craft supplies, vanity drawer. They’re the baby socks, seeds, rubber perfect size for storing missbands, loose change, garden ing parts, toothpicks, paper seeds, etc. These fit nicely in clips, saved seeds, safety pins drawers and the items won’t and food items such as homecompound butter slide around and become a made blends, small amounts of jumbled mess anymore. homemade mixes, and herbs Boxes: Food boxes like and spices. Prechop onions those for butter, tea and or bell peppers, or make cinpasta can be cut down and namon-sugar mix and spice covered with contact paper blends to store in a large to organize a drawer. One baby-food jar. reader, Libby from Canada, Pringles containers: Use shares: “I store shopping bags in empty tissue boxes in in drawers to hold cords, a drawer or cabinet. One box tongs, crochet hooks, paint can hold a lot of bags, and brushes, plastic utensils or it’s easy to pull one out knitting needles. They’re through the opening as need- wonderful for storing an open sleeve of crackers or ed.” holding pre-cut parchment Shoe boxes: These sturdy paper, foil, wax paper or plasboxes can fit in a deep draw- tic storage baggies you plan er. They are easy to label and to reuse. Another reader, S.D. they come in a variety of from Minnesota, shares: “I sizes. Reuse them to hold rolled up my silicon baking items such as mail, first-aid mats and put the roll in a materials, manicure sup- Pringles can for storage in a plies, CDs, spare adapters, drawer. Ditto for the chopart and craft supplies, greet- sticks.” ing cards, scarves, coupons, Sara Noel is the owner small toys, school and office Frugal Village supplies, photos or socks and of pantyhose. The list goes on (, a website that offers pracand on. tical, money-saving strateTubs: Plastic containers gies for everyday living. like the ones ice cream, baby To send tips, comments or wipes, sour cream, yogurt questions, write to Sara c/o Universal and cottage cheese are sold in Noel, 1130 Walnut can fit nicely in drawers to Uclick, Street, Kansas City, MO, help you organize. 64106, or email sara@fruBaby-food jars: Use in




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DEAR ABBY: I am a gay woman. My partner, “Jenny,” and I have been friends with another couple for 15 years. Over the last year I have come to realize that I no longer want to be friends with them. One of them has been particularly unkind to me, and frankly, we don’t have a lot in common. Jenny is uncomfortable with my decision and wants me to talk to them to discuss my feelings. They have already asked her if there’s a problem. If I talk to them, I’m sure they will be offended by what I have to say because I didn’t say anything when the issues first arose. I’m not good at confrontation, and it’s hard for me to tell someone my feelings are hurt. The bottom line is, I want out of this couple’s friendship. But I need to do it in a way that’s OK with Jen. I met the couple through her, and she wants to continue her friendship with them. Please help. MOVING ON IN GEORGIA DEAR MOVING ON: It would not be confrontational to tell them that while you have known each other for a long time, you feel you have grown apart. You should also mention that your feelings were hurt when one of them said “( ).” At least that way they will understand why you have disappeared, and Jenny won’t be left with the responsibility of explaining it to them.


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DEAR ABBY: My fiance and I recently received a wedding invitation from a friend of his from high school. Our wedding is not far away, and I have an etiquette question. Although it wasn’t stated on the invitation where the bride and groom were registered, a Facebook message was sent after our invitation arrived in the mail. It said, “In lieu of gifts, people can donate monetarily to the couple” — by check or cash the day of the wedding, or via a Paypal account they have set up. I’m confused. I grew up (and still live in) the South, and this doesn’t seem like a traditional approach to gift-giving. Isn’t it considered inappropriate to ask for money? MYSTIFIED BRIDE IN ALABAMA DEAR MYSTIFIED: Yes, it is. To solicit money the way that couple did is crude. An acceptable way to get the word out about the type of gifts couples prefer is by word of mouth. Guests usually ask if a couple is regis-

tered and where, and when the question is raised, it’s all right to tell them. If you have created a wedding website, the information can be included on it; however, it shouldn’t be so blatant that it appears gifts are uppermost in your mind. When couples prefer a gift of money, the proper way the information should be conveyed is verbally by your family or friends, but not by you. DEAR ABBY: I love the holiday season, but I often feel the blues and get a little depressed. I lost my father on Christmas Day several years ago and have since lost a brother to cancer. I’m tired of feeling this way when this is the season to be merry. What can I do? ANOTHER BLUE CHRISTMAS IN SOUTH CAROLINA DEAR BLUE: I am sorry for your losses. Because of your father’s death on Christmas Day, it may always bring some sense of loss. However, an effective way to distract yourself would be to spend time in the company of friends who understand your feelings. Another would be to volunteer at a senior center, shelter or food distribution program. Helping someone else through a difficult time is the surest cure for the blues. Please give it a try.


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Back home, behind bars


Views New species reported in Asia HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A psychedelic gecko and a monkey with an “Elvis” hairdo are among 208 new species described last year by scientists in the Mekong River region of Southeast Asia, a conservation group announced today. The animals were discovered in a biodiverse region that is threatened by habitat loss, deforestation, climate change and overdevelopment, the WWF said in a report. The newly described species include a “psychedelic gecko” in southern Vietnam and a nose-less monkey in a remote province of Myanmar that looks like it wears a pompadour. “While this species, sporting an Elvis-like hairstyle, is new to science, the local people of Myanmar know it well,” the Switzerlandbased group said in its report. The region is home to some of the world’s most endangered species, including tigers, Asian elephants, Mekong dolphins and Mekong giant catfish, the group said.

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A WOMAN bangs a pot lid during a demonstration against the return of the Panama’s former strongman Manuel Noriega in Panama City Friday. Noriega, who was extradited from France to Panama Sunday, was ousted in the United States’ 1989 invasion of Panama, convicted of drug racketeering in Miami and served 20 years in a U.S. prison.

Many indifferent as Noriega returns to Panama cell By JUAN ZAMORANO Associated Press PANAMA CITY, Panama — Manuel Noriega is back in his Panamanian homeland after nearly 22 years, sitting in a prison cell in a country he ruled as a personal fiefdom until U.S. troops invaded and hauled him off to a Florida jail. A few protesters gathered outside El Renacer prison as the 77-year-old former general was spirited inside Sunday night after an extradition flight from France, yet the overwhelming mood among his countrymen seemed to be indifference. While some people banged pots and honked car horns in Panama City’s downtown in a symbolic gesture of disdain for Noriega, most Panamanians on the capital’s crowded streets were out holiday shopping. Officials escorted Noriega home on an Iberia airlines’ jet that touched down at Tocumen airport Sunday afternoon in a flight that began in Paris and made a stop in Madrid.

Noriega, who served 17 years in U.S. prison for drug trafficking and nearly two years in France for a money-laundering conviction, now has begun serving three 20-year sentences in Panama for the killings of political opponents in the 1980s. Officials whisked him into prison without letting anyone see him, a move that irritated some of the protesters outside. “We are disappointed at the excessive security that kept us from seeing the prisoner,” said Aurelio Barria, a member of the old opposition to Noriega. “Why not let him be seen? What are they hiding? We want to see him handcuffed in a cell,” Barria told the TVN news channel. Later, officials took journalists into the prison to watch from a distance as Noriega, accompanied by guards while sitting in a wheelchair, checked possessions he brought with him from France. About a dozen protesters, identifying themselves as relatives of army officers shot by Noriega’s forces, stood at the prison’s main entrance. One held a sign saying

“Justice, Noriega, Killer.” Another woman shouted “Die, you wretch! Now you’re going to pay for your crimes.” President Ricardo Martinelli said Noriega “should pay for the damage and horror committed against the people of Panama.” Noriega returned to a country much different from the one he left after surrendering to U.S. troops Jan. 3, 1990. The government, once a revolving cast of military strongmen, is now governed by its fourth democratically elected president. El Chorrillo, Noriega’s boyhood neighborhood and a downtown slum that was heavily bombed during the 1989 invasion, now stands in the shadow of luxury highrise condominiums that have sprung up along the Panama Canal since the United States handed over control of the waterway in 2000. The rotting wooden tenements of the community have been replaced by cement housing blocks.

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TOKYO (AP) — Japan successfully put a spy satellite into orbit today and expects to complete its network of intelligencegathering satellites with another launch next year. Japan’s space agency, JAXA, said the launch from the remote southern island of Tanegashima went off without a hitch and the radar-equipped satellite is functioning properly. It was the second launch of the year, following a successful liftoff in September. Officials refused to provide details of the satellite’s capabilities. Japanese media reports say it will augment the optical satellites Japan has already launched by providing data of what is happening on the ground at night or through cloud cover. Japan launched its first of spy satellites in 2003, prompted by concerns over North Korea.

Pakistani leader remains in Dubai ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari will likely need two weeks to rest in Dubai following medical treatment there before he returns home, the prime minister said in comments that could add to speculation about the leader’s health and whether he is losing his grip on power. Zardari flew to Dubai last week for treatment related to a heart condition, setting of rumors he was fleeing army attempts to oust him. The government initially said the trip was routine and the president would be home in a few days. But reports have surfaced since then that Zardari’s condition was more serious, with some unnamed officials saying he suffered a mini stroke. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani denied the president had a stroke in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation late Sunday. He said Zardari needed medical attention because he was “exhausted.”

Fisherman stabs S. Korean officials SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Chinese fishing captain fatally stabbed a South Korean coast guard officer and wounded another today after they stopped his boat for illegally fishing in crab-rich South Korean waters, officials said. South Korea, which had asked China’s ambassador just last week to try to rein in illegal Chinese fishing its waters, lodged a strong protest with the diplomat over the latest incident — the first deadly clash between the South Korean coast guard and Chinese fishermen in three years. China’s Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, urged Seoul to safeguard the rights of detained Chinese fishermen. However, an analyst said the incident was unlikely to significantly affect overall ties between the countries.

Militants escape Yemen prison SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Several al-Qaida militants escaped early today from a prison in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, officials said, tunneling their way out in the second such spectacular jailbreak this year. A prison officer said at least 10 convicts escaped through an up to 130-foot-long tunnel, which took the inmates from under the western side of the Aden prison to near a petrol station outside the prison walls. A security official said 15 militants fled in the prison break, including 12 convicted for the killing of security officials and a bank heist. The discrepancy in the number of escaped prisoners could not be immediately reconciled. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Syrian troops clash with defectors BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian clashes in the south. The 9-month-old uprising activists say battles between troops and army defectors are against President Bashar Assad spreading after a day of fierce has grown increasingly violent in recent months as defecting soldiers fight back against the army. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says new clashes were reported today in the northwestern region of Idlib. It says fighting also continued for a second day in the southern province of Daraa. Syria’s state media meanwhile has reported that voting started in scheduled municipal elections, but witnesses say turnout was low. The opposition does not consider the vote a legitimate concession by the regime because it coincides with a deadly crackdown.

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TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s new constitutional assembly appeared set today to elect a veteran human rights activist to serve as the country’s interim president, the fledgling democracy’s latest step toward establishing a government whose most pressing challenge may be resuscitating the economy. The election of the interim president follows the weekend approval of temporary bylaws to guide the nation until the assembly finishes a constitution. It also comes six weeks after landmark elections and nearly a year after Tunisians overthrew their longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali — an uprising that sparked similar movements in other Arab states.


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