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WHAT’S INSIDE SHOWN ARE Leontine Wallace and her 15-monthold daugher, Avita, of Owosso. Leontine Wallace, a cancer survivor, is raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through a series of local fundraisers.

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OWOSSO — When Leontine Wallace developed thyroid cancer at age 17, she was angry at the world and feared she would die. Today, five years after surgery and radiation therapy, Wallace is cancer-free and has a different perspective on her ordeal.

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couture clothing and a wide variety of other items is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25 at 2300 Clairmont Street off M-52. ■ A Balloonapalooza for the family featuring water balloons, hot dogs, soda pop and bottled water for a suggested donation, volleyball and possibly clowns is planned for noon to 7 p.m. July 9 in McCurdy Park. ■ Details on a silent auction

offering truffles, artwork, massages and photography will be announced at a later date. Wallace — despite a busy schedule that includes college, a part-time job and raising on her own her 15-month-old daughter, Avita — said it is important to her to support blood cancer research and patient services.

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“Now I feel it had to happen for me to move forward and be the person I am,” said the 22year-old, who is attending college to become a nurse. Pledging to raise $3,200 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society before completing the Nike Women’s Marathon this fall in San Francisco, Wallace is putting on a series of fundraising events: ■ A garage sale offering

OWOSSO — The city council this week passed a resolution to support a “complete streets” initiative that promotes safe and efficient movement for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians while planning and designing roadway construction. The resolution states, when feasible, the city will “incorpo-

rate the complete street design considerations as a routine part of infrastructure planning and implementation.” The inclusion of infrastructure like bike lanes and additional easier-to-use crosswalks offers health benefits for the population and makes Owosso a more livable community, the resolution states. The resolution also requires the Michigan Department of

Transportation to consult with city officials when undergoing projects on state highways within the city limits. MDOT is not currently required to seek city input when doing work on state highways such as M-21 and M-52. Council members expressed concern with MDOT and the lack of communication they had when work was done in the past. City Manager Don Crawford

said the city received notice from MDOT that the organization is requesting engineers to design M-21 west of M-52 and M52 north of Main Street. He expects MDOT to award the design sometime in the near future. How much consulting and how much consideration MDOT will give to local input was questioned by some council members.

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Officials seek homes for Mich. mustangs TROWBRIDGE TWP. (AP) — Several mustangs in southwestern Michigan need new homes after a woman’s plans to broker adoptions for the horses fell through, authorities said. The Allegan County sheriff ’s office and animal control want new homes for the horses, which have been living at Wendi Bierling’s 27-acre ranch near Allegan, about 30 miles southwest of Grand Rapids, WSBT-TV and the Kalamazoo Gazette reported. Veterinarian Jim Connell visited the ranch Tuesday and found several that weren’t well-fed. At least six need homes, as well as space to roam. “A 1,000-pound horse needs 60 to 80 pounds of roughage per day, or 2 acres per head of pasture,” Connell said.

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Bierling said she welcomes the help. She said she brokered adoptions for 29 horses from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management through the agency’s mustang relocation program. When some adoptions fell through, she says she was left to care for the horses as well as her own and ones she boards. “In 20 years of having horses, I have never had Animal Control here, never,” she said. “I’ve rescued animals.” Bierling said she paid $25 each for the horses that were shipped to her in February, and her plan was to get them to adoptive homes and to apply donations she received for the horses to an ongoing program to help mustangs.

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WENDI BIERLING feeds a Mustang on her ranch in Allegan. She received 29 mustangs that she expected to broker to adoptive families, but instead is stuck with most of the wild horses.



SAGINAW COUNTY — A Chesaning man charged with burning down the home of his wife was sentenced to prison Monday. Eric A. Adams was sentenced in Saginaw County Circuit Court to a minimum of seven years and three months in prison, with 309 days credit, for arson of a dwelling, resisting and obstructing a police officer and thirddegree home invasion. The charges carry a maximum of 20 years. According to Saginaw County Sheriff ’s Office detectives, Adams was “highly intoxicated” the night of the incident and pleaded no contest in April due to his “lack of recognition” of what occurred. Police responded to a structure fire about 9:18 p.m. July 30 at 654 Wood St. in Chesaning. According to the Saginaw County detectives, Adams arrived at the home and was asked to leave by those present at the home. Adams’ spouse was not home at the time and Adams was not currently living at the home. Officials said Adams called his wife’s cell phone and threatened to burn her house down. Detectives said Adams remained at the home after the other individuals left. Those individuals told investigators that soon after leaving they turned around and saw the home on fire. Adams was apprehended at the scene.

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Woman receives jail for Durand teen’s drinking death The Argus-Press HOWELL — A Pinckney women convicted of providing the whiskey that contributed to the death of an 18-year-old Durand man was sentenced in the Livingston County Circuit Court Thursday. L i n d s a y Treanor, 21, received three years probation LINDSAY and six months in TREANOR jail for providing the Five Star whiskey that contributed to the Nov. 7 death of Bryce Dickinson. Treanor and Dickinson were among a group partying at the abandoned Pinckney train depot. According to police, Dickinson eventually went to sleep inside a car until the group found him unresponsive and took him to Saint Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital in Howell, where he was pronounced dead. Toxicology reports revealed that Dickinson had a blood alcohol level of .32.

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OBITUARIES Jack LaVerne Sheldon, Sr. Peacefully passed away on June 6, 2011, at a hospital near his home in Mesa, Ariz. He was born Dec. 19, 1925, to Vernon Burr and Nellie Anne (Page) Sheldon in Lansing and grew up near Elsie, where he graduated from high school in 1943. Jack enlisted in the United States Navy Nov. 24, 1943, enrolled in the V-12 program and obtained the rank of V-5 Aviation Cadet by attending Arkansas A&M College and the US Naval Pre-flight School at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and was honorably discharged June 30, 1947. Awaiting his discharge, Jack attended and graduated from Spartan School of Aeronautics and received a lifetime certificate as an aircraft and engine mechanic. On Dec. 7, 1946, he married Velma “Bonnie” Shuster and they recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. Together they had six children who attended schools in the Elsie and Owosso areas during the 1950s and 1960s. Providing a home for many foster children, they were also very active in promoting activities for the youth and community groups including the 4-H, Boy Scouts, YMCA and YWCA and received an award from the State of Michigan for service to youth. Jack studied at the United Television Laboratories of Louisville, Ky., where he received most of his training in the field of electronics. He began repairing televisions in Owosso when the media was in its infancy and earned the nickname “Sarnoff ” after one of the early television pioneers. They eventually made their home in Owosso, where Jack was employed at Corunna TV and then his own business, Jack’s TV Service in Owosso, and then later in Mesa, where they settled in 1971. Jack was passionate about his hobby as an Amateur “ham” Radio operator, licensed in Michigan as K8WWK in 1959 and later in Arizona as W7IVB and KG7X. He was a mentor and instructor to many radio enthusiasts in the Shiawassee County area and was one of the founding officers of the Shiawassee County Amateur Radio Association. Jack also taught Amateur Radio theory and Morse code at Scottsdale (Arizona) Community College and was the patriarch ham radio operator in the Sheldon family having inspired sons, daughters and grandsons to become licensed. He was a long-time member of the Central Arizona DX Association, received numerous awards and was named Ham Radio Operator of the Year by the Scottsdale Amateur Radio

Club in 1995. In addition to his radio hobby, Mr. Sheldon also enjoyed flying his private airplane in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Most of all, he is known for having enjoyed spending time with his extended family. He is survived by his wife and his children, Diana Wilkes of Norton Shores, Mich., Neil (Susan Washburn) Sheldon, Sr., of Mesa, Linda Marie Kerlin of Mesa, Niki Sheldon, David Sheldon of Mesa, and Jack (Barbara Oihus) Sheldon, Jr., of Mesa. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 20 greatgrandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents; his brother John Sheldon of Ludington; his sister Ruth Eileen Lewandowski of Lansing; and one grandchild. A non-denominational service will be held Saturday, June 18, at 9 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS, 34th Ward, 2152 East Adobe Street, Mesa, Arizona, 85213. It is located about 200 yards east of Gilbert Road on Adobe. Adobe is a lighted intersection located 1⁄2 of the way between University Drive and Brown Road at Gilbert Road. Gilbert Road is accessible from both the (northern) 202 Loop ⁄ Red Mountain Freeway (travel south on Gilbert Road from the 202 passing the McKellips and Brown Road intersections) or the US 60 (travel north on Gilbert Road from US 60 passing Southern, Broadway, Main, and University intersections). In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested for Amateur Radio operators to the “Central Arizona DX Association,” P.O. Box 24616, Tempe, AZ 85285-4616. Please note on your remittance “KG7X Memorial Donation.” The organization’s website is For friends and family not interested in radio, donations are suggested for the “Hospice of the Valley - Fund Development,” 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Please note “In Memory of Jack Sheldon, Sr.” on your remittance. The Hospice of the Valley is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations to them are tax deductible as permitted by law.

Today’s Trivia ■ Anniversary — On June 11, 1776, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence calling for freedom from Britain.

sugar rationing, to take effect the next day.

■ Anniversary — In 1963, a Buddhist monk (Thich Quang Duc) set himself afire on a Saigon street to protest the gov■ Anniversary — In 1770, ernment of South Vietnamese Captain James Cook, comman- President Ngo Dinh Diem. der of the British ship ■ Anniversary — In 1971, the Endeavour, discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by year-and-a-half-long occupation of Alcatraz Island in San running onto it. Francisco Bay by American ■ Anniversary — In 1947, the Indian activists ended as federal government announced the end officers evicted the remaining of household and institutional protesters.

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Formerly of Swartz Creek, age 33, passed peacefully, Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at The Cleveland Clinic. Brian was born in Flint, on April 28, 1978. He was a graduate of Western Michigan University in 2001. Brian married Shawn Fivecoat on July 8, 2006, and completed their family with two precious baby boys, Benjamin and Zachary. Brian worked as a probation officer in Shiawassee and Eaton counties. He enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing, fantasy football and was passionate about organ donation. Surviving are his wife Shawn; young sons, Benjamin and Zachary, who were the joy of his life; parents Dan and Dawn Panter; brother Bret; grandmother Gloria Dalton; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and a niece. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Duane Dalton; grandparents, James and Ann Panter. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, June 13, 2011, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, G-3139 Hogarth Avenue, Flint, with Father Robert F.

Following is the Shiawassee County Health Department schedule for the week of June 13. The health department, located at 110 E. Mack St. in Corunna, is open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday or the last business day of the week hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Health department offices are closed on weekends and holidays. Immunization Clinic Clinic in Corunna is every Wednesday by appointment. Children: a $15 fee per vaccine will be charged for children’s vaccine provided by the state. Private pay adult vaccines and private pay children’s vaccines, call for prices. Meningitis vaccine is also available. Call for further information. By appointment only, call 743-2356. If a parent is not accompanying child to immunization appointment, please call in advance to receive consent forms or consent forms may be accessed at WIC (Women, Infants, Children) The Corunna WIC office is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. The number is 743-2383. Shaftsburg WIC clinic is open on the second and fourth Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. For an appointment, call (517) 675-4920 or (800) 859-4229.

Copeland officiating. Burial will be in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Children’s Special Road. Brian will be at the church Health Care Services from 10 a.m. Monday until the Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until noon and 1 to 5 p.m. time of Mass. Friday hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Call for appointment, Your condolences may be 743-2355. shared with the family at HIV Counseling & Testing In lieu of flowers, donations Anonymous HIV testing is available by appointment only, for a may be addressed to the family $25 fee. Call for appointment, 743-2355. which will be shared amongst the many charities important to TB Testing Brian. TB testing is available on Mondays by appointment only. Call 7432355 for an appointment and cost of testing.


STD Referrals, as Needed Call 743-2355 or (800) 859-4229 for more information.

Jean Della Crocker Age 92, of Lennon, formerly of Flint, passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Genesys Health Park in Grand Blanc. She was a bookkeeper for James Lumber Company in Flint for over 30 years. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 700 E. Columbia Dr., Durand, MI 48429. The family

MIChild — Healthy Kids Assistance with MIChild and Healthy Kids Medicaid applicawill receive friends at Watkins tions. Call for appointment, 743-2356. Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel, on Sunday from Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) Nutritionist, social worker and nurse offer guidance for expec5 to 8 p.m. and again on Monday tant mothers and/or infants through 1 year of age on Medicaid. Call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. 743-2319 for more information.


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Vision & Hearing Screening Offered for preschool and school-age children. There is no charge for the testing. Call for appointment, 743-2355. Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program Free breast exams, mammograms and pap smears for women 40 years through 64 years of age, based on income. Call 743-2356 or (800) 859-4229 for further information.

Age 90, of Durand, passed later date. Parent Helpline Call (800) 942-HELP away on Thursday, June 9, 2011, at the Genesys Hospice Center in WATKINS BROTHERS Shiawassee Health Department Goodrich. Call 743-2355 or (800) 859-4229 Per his request, cremation FUNERAL HOMES has taken place and a memorial DURAND 288-3106 ■ This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. service will be announced at a

SENIOR CITIZEN NEWS Following is a listing of programs and activities for Shiawassee County senior adults, provided by the Shiawassee Council on Aging, headquartered at 300 N. Washington St. in Owosso. The telephone number at the Owosso Senior Center is 723-8875. Durand Area Center is at 8618 E. Lansing Road. The number there is 288-4122. Lunches are served Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Morrice Community and Senior Citizen Center by an SCOA nutrition site aide. For lunch reservations, call the Durand or Owosso centers. A reservation is required. Bingo is played following lunch. Pam Drake is the Morrice Senior Center coordinator. The center is at 101 W. Mason St. in Morrice. The Owosso center and administrative offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Hours for the Durand center are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

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Owosso Center Rep. Ben Glardon will be at the center at 11 a.m. Monday to take questions and give an update on senior issues and legislation. Durand Center Wii bowling has turned out to be one of the most popular programs at the Durand Center. Each Wednesday you are invited

to join in. Bowling starts at 1 p.m.

Durand Center Monday — Lucky Charm Bingo, 12:30 p.m. Morrice Center Tuesday — OMHC exercise Nutrition bingo and educa- class, 1 p.m. tion is scheduled for Wednesday Wednesday — Wii bowling, 1 following lunch. This is a fun p.m. and informative program that is Thursday — Bingo, 12:30 p.m. held at the Center each month. Friday — Exercise class, 10:30 a.m. SCOA officials remind Morrice Center seniors there is public transMonday — Exercise class, 9:30 portation in Shiawassee County. Shiawassee Area a.m.; lunch, noon; Bingo, 12:30 Transportation Agency operates p.m.; Euchre, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday — No events schedbuses in Owosso, Corunna, Durand-Vernon and Perry- uled. Wednesday — Exercise class, Morrice. For information on SATA or to make a bus reserva- 9:30 to 10:10 a.m.; Nutrition tion, call 729-2687 locally or (877) Bingo, 12:30 p.m. Thursday — Euchre, 1:30 p.m. 667-7100 for non-local calls. Friday — Exercise class, 9:30 to 10:10 a.m.; Patty Meyer, Alzheimer’s Series Part 4, noon.

Calendar of Events June 13-17

Owosso Center Monday — Mary Spencer exercise class, 10 a.m.; Rep. Ben Glardon, legislative update, 11 a.m.; Bingo, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday — Bridge, 1 p.m.; Art class, 1 p.m. Wednesday — Mary Spencer exercise class, 10 a.m.; Movie: “Radio,” 12:30 p.m. Thursday — OMHC Exercise Class, 10:15 a.m.; Country music jamboree, 2 to 4 p.m. Friday — Mary Spencer exercise class, 10 a.m.; Hearing checks with Chad Reust of Fluke Hearing, 10 a.m.; Bingo, 12:30 p.m.

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Lunch Menus Noon meals are served Monday through Friday at the Owosso and Durand centers. Noon meals are also served at the Morrice center each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Reservations for these meals should be made by calling the appropriate center the day before. People must be 60 years of age or older or the spouse of a person aged 60 or older to participate in the hot meals program. Food stamps and donations are accepted for all meals. The recommended donation is $2 for those 60 and older or the spouse of a person 60 and older. There is a charge of $4 per meal for those under 60. The following is the

Shiawassee Council on Aging congregate meal site schedule and menus (meals are subject to change) for the week of June 13-17: Owosso Monday — Chicken parmesan with spaghetti sauce, green beans, garlic bread, cookie. Tuesday — Egg bake with sausage, hash browns, pineapple juice, biscuit, grapefruit. Wednesday — Pizza, salad bar, muffin, banana. Thursday — Chicken noodle soup with carrots and potatoes, tossed salad, crackers, diced apples. Friday — Roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, mixed vegetables, roll, pie. Durand and Morrice Monday — Chop suey with Chinese vegetables over rice, baby carrots, egg roll, pineapple. Tuesday — Swedish meatballs over noodles, asparagus, steamed cabbage, apricots. Wednesday — Shepard’s pie with beef, green beans, and mashed potatoes, stewed tomatoes, roll, apple crisp. Thursday — Baked potato bar with ham and cheese sauce, broccoli, cauliflower, garlic toast, tropical fruit. Friday — Father’s Day Roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, roll, pie. ■■■ For information on the Home Delivered Meals Program, people who live in the Owosso area should call the Owosso center; people who live in the Durand area should call the Durand center.

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LOCAL/NATION Senior health expo planned OWOSSO — Memorial Healthcare will host its free Senior EXPO from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 20 at Memorial’s Auditorium and grounds, located at 826 W. King Street in Owosso. Activities scheduled include health-related vendors, health screenings, physician speakers, door prizes, a picnicstyle lunch, free transportation from area Senior Centers by SATA, and more! New this year is the addition of a third tent in order to accommodate additional vendor booths, including Shaw’s Pharmacy who will be conducting a “brown bag” prescription medications check, Covenant Eyes, Shiawassee Veterans Affairs and more. Physician presentations will include “Vertigo and Other Balance Issues,” by Dr. Ly Gau, geriatric physician from Memorial’s Center for Senior Health at 11 a.m. and “Memory Loss,” by Dr. Rany Aburashed, neurologist from Memorial’s Neurology Institute at 1 p.m. Interactive demonstrations will include “Acupuncture and Aging” at 10:30 a.m., “Home Fire Safety” at 11:30 a.m., “Sit and Fit” Exercise at 12:30 p.m. and “Protecting Your Financial Assets” at 1:30 p.m. Free health screenings include bone density, distribution of colorectal kits, diabetes assessment, blood pressure, sleep screening, and height/weight/BMI. A cholesterol and glucose Lipid Panel blood draw, which includes total cholesterol, LDL & HDL, A1C 3-month glucose average and triglycerides, will be available for $20. For those individuals completing a Dreamticket at the event, their name will be entered into a drawing for a bouquet of gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses. To reserve a free seat on SATA individuals are asked to contact their community Senior Center (Durand: 989288-4122, Chesaning: 989-8456565, Owosso: 989-723-8875 and Morrice: 517-625-4270) no later than d June 17. For additional information on this event, please contact Amanda Duntley at 1-855-805INFO (4636) or visit

Adams was sentenced as a habitual offender due to a prior record that includes home invasion and the destruction of property. He was sentenced in 1999 to nine months in jail and two years probation for the malicious destruction of fire/police property. He was arraigned twice, in 2000 and 2001, for violating his probation. In 2004, Adams was sentenced to nine months in jail and three years probation for aggravated assault and second-degree home invasion.

HORSES Continued from Page 1 But several prospective owners backed out. Lt. Frank Baker of the Allegan County sheriff ’s office said the agency is working with a number of animal welfare and adoption groups. Tina Aguirre, president of the Michigan Mustang Association, said it seemed a risky idea to bring the horses to the ranch. “You need to have those adoption contracts in place, make sure those adoption fees are paid up front before you bring those horses in,” Aguirre said. “And make sure you’re going to have a set program in place in case those adoptions fall through.”

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Some say weather, predictions go hand-in-hand By JANESE SILVEY The Columbia Tribune JOPLIN, Mo. — The day after the rapture didn’t happen, Tammy Cady’s home and belongings were sucked up in a twister of Old Testament-style proportions. An undamaged cross rises above the rubble of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Joplin a day after a tornado ripped through the southwest Missouri town. Cady is a communications director at College Heights Christian Church in Joplin. Like many, she was never convinced May 21 was going to be the beginning of the end, even though doomsday preacher Harold Camping was sure Jesus was coming back that day. But she also doesn’t think the crazy weather lately is just a coincidence, and she wonders whether God’s trying to tell us something. The “earthquake, tsunamis, tornadoes — it seems like one thing after another,” Cady said. She’s among a majority of white evangelicals — 59 percent to be exact — who say they think natural disasters are a sign from God. That’s according to a survey the Public Religion Research Institute and Religious News Service conducted after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. The poll also found, though, only about 38 percent of the population in general blames God when Mother Nature is in a bad mood. Disasters and end-of-theworld fears seem to go hand in hand, making doomsday predictions especially conversationworthy in 2011. The year began with reports of red-winged blackbirds dropping dead from the skies over Arkansas, Louisiana and Sweden. February brought blizzards that crippled the country. Then the disasters struck Japan, and floodwaters rose across the United States, followed by the outbreak that has made this year

among the deadliest tornado seasons. A volcanologist at Cambridge University recently warned there’s a one-in-500 chance of a super volcano erupting this century. Of course, Iben Browning also hedged a 50-50 bet that an earthquake would strike the New Madrid fault in 1990, and that didn’t happen. But wait, there’s more. A recent study warned cellphone signals are killing off honeybees. Because the insects are responsible for pollinating most of our food crops, it has been suggested that when the bees die off, so do we. There’s even a plague of locusts invading the Midwest. OK, they’re actually cicadas, but early colonists not familiar with this particular variety thought they were the biblical bugs. Oh, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently posted on its public health blog instructions for dealing with a zombie apocalypse — which happen to be the same tips for preparing for any emergency. But the image of a wild-eyed zombie on the official CDC website is a little unnerving. So what’s going on? The latter, of course, was nothing more than a clever marketing campaign to get young people to read an emergency preparedness pamphlet. As for the periodical cicadas, they come every 13 years. And state officials in January had logical explanations for the dead birds. In Arkansas, for instance, the red-winged blackbirds were apparently sleeping when a loud noise startled them, and they freaked out. No doubt the Bible is full of some nasty weather forecasts for mankind’s final days, but the world has seen these storm patterns before. Weather is simply more volatile than in recent years. We’ve spent the past few decades enjoying fairly mild weather, making recent occurrences seem rare, said Tony Lupo, professor

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AN UNDAMAGED CRUCIFIX rises above the rubble of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Joplin, Mo. The church and thousands of other buildings were damaged or destroyed when a tornado swept through Joplin May 22, killing at least 116 and injuring hundreds more. of atmospheric science at the University of Missouri. Globally, though, the climate goes through periods of change, so from a historical standpoint, it’s not unusual. “Is this going to continue, or is this an isolated few years?” Lupo said. “My guess is we’ll see weather that’s wilder. Studies have shown weather of the 1800s and before was kind of wild like it is today.” Although that volatility could mean an active hurricane season, there’s no relationship

between tornado activity and hurricanes or between the storms and other disasters, such as earthquakes or volcanoes, said Pat Guinan, an associate professor of climatology at MU. As for the tornado activities this year, blame Old Man Winter. “Basically what you’re seeing this year is that we had an unusually cold winter with a lot of snow, and that atmospheric pattern has continued well into the spring season,” Lupo said. And when the cold air from the north meets moist air from

Local Road Riders for Jesus announces changes SHIAWASSEE COUNTY — The new local chapter of the Road Riders For Jesus has announced a new name, Shiawassee County Road Riders For Jesus, and other changes. The group will now meet on the second Monday of each month, with the next meet-

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“I feel really, really lucky,” Wallace said. “I want to give back to people in my situation. “And it’s a good opportunity for everybody — young and old, people who have a lot of money and people who don’t — to realize they have the power to make somebody’s life better.”

Finding Out Wallace hadn’t felt well for at least a year, but didn’t know what was wrong with her until a large lump on her neck spurred her to see an urgent-care doctor. A biopsy at University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor the next day revealed Wallace had stage three thyroid cancer — unusual in a person under 50 years old. Worse, the disease had spread to her lymph nodes. Surgeons removed 94 lymph nodes and Wallace’s thyroid. She was unable to leave her bed for four days. Resentful of her illness and that her teenage partying years had come to an abrupt end, Wallace said she was not always kind to those around her, includ-

ing set for July 11. Group members are challenged to bring a friend to the July meeting. Also new: The riding meeting place is now the parking lot in front of TSC, behind the Burger King on M-21 in Corunna. Upcoming activities include a ride Sunday to the Gilmore Museum in Hickory

Corners for a bike show. The group will leave at 9 a.m. from 9868 W. M-21 in Ovid. Another road trip, to Scoopy Doo’s ice cream shop in Dewitt, is planned for June 20. For details, call Buz Schultz at (989) 2775839 or email him at

Continued from Page 1 ing the hospital staff. “But the nurses were always so nice to me — they would make jokes,” Wallace said. “In all of my hospital experiences, the people I remember the most are the nurses.” Her interaction with nurses was part of what inspired Wallace to enroll at Mott Community College with the goal of entering the nursing program at University of MichiganAnn Arbor next spring. “Hands down, if you have a good nurse, you will have a better hospital experience,” she said. Radiation followed surgery, along with regular tests to make sure the cancer had not returned. So far, it has not. In fact, if a PET scan June 26 is clear, Wallace will officially be in remission.

The Next Step After healing, Wallace moved to Los Angeles with a boyfriend, taking work as a photographer. The romance ultimately ended — just before Wallace found out she was pregnant with Avita.

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Returning to Michigan, where her extended family lives, Wallace decided it was time to give back by raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Not only does LLS fund research grants, the non-profit organization also provides such all-important patients services as psychological counseling and specialists describing treatment options. “The whole emotional support system (a cancer patient receives) is important,” Wallace said. Wallace signed up with Team In Training, “our biggest fundraising campaign,” said Andrea Greif of LLS. “It has the hugest impact on our goals.” Through Team in Training, Wallace has learned the nuts and bolts of fundraising, and how to train for the women’s marathon, which honors those with a blood cancer diagnosis.

“I want to spread the message of hope: I have had cancer and I’m running a half-marathon,” Wallace said. “I feel great. Running is my new high.”

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the south in the middle of a strong jet stream, “bam.” Apocalyptic predictions are nothing new. The Bible records Jesus telling his disciples he’d be back for them before their generation passed away. Early Christians then figured Jan. 1, 1000, sounded like a logical date for a rapture. A preacher named William Miller predicted Jesus would return March 21, 1843, and when it didn’t happen, he decided Oct. 22, 1844, was a better guess. Edgar Whisenant was a former NASA engineer who could list 88 reasons why the world was going to end in 1988. And who could forget Y2K, when not God but ill-programmed computers were going to destroy the world as we knew it at the stroke of midnight? Harold Camping has been wrong before, too. He first said the world was going to end back in 1994 but later explained he’d miscalculated. His May 21 rapture prediction had a different feel, though. While Camping was airing the prediction over his Christian radio program and his followers were splattering the warning on billboards across the country, social media gave the no-show rapture unprecedented press. Twitter was abuzz with invitations to rapture parties and lists of songs that should be on everyone’s final playlist. Jen Reeves, an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, was watching for Facebook posts from a friend overseas as the supposed 6 p.m. doomsday deadline came and went across the globe. “It was a fun thing to talk about,” said Reeves, who cofounded the Columbia chapter of the Social Media Club. “It was a social event instead of a news event.” Reeves wonders whether the same hoopla will surround the next supposed apocalypse. Camping has amended his prediction and now claims the world ends Oct. 21.

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Is Steve Jobs clouding my privacy? ast week, Steve Jobs, the ailing CEO of Apple, announced a major move to cloud computing. I’m in that cloud right now, typing this on Google Docs. It’s a word processor that is on Google’s computers, not mine. I can stop typing right now, go to my sister’s house, get on her computer and keep typing exactly where I left off. No need to schlep a laptop, a CD, a thumb drive along. I don’t even have to save it; it’s done automatically every few seconds. And why buy a word processing program when I can use Google’s for free? You don’t need to drag your computer memories around with you any longer any more than you have to take your own electricity with you when you travel. It’ll be there when you get where you’re going. The thing that worries people about the cloud is security. If I put stuff on Apple’s cloud, they’ll know all about me. They’ll have all my passwords. They’ll know my business. Right. Like WalMart doesn’t? Like American JIM Express doesn’t? Let me ask, is there anyone in the entire world richer than the people who run NEA Columnist Apple, Google, Microsoft, Cisco, Facebook and Twitter? Do you really think Steve Jobs cares about getting his hands on your measly little checking account? That Bill Gates wants to see pictures of you and your kids at the beach last summer? As a matter of fact, it is in their best interests that the cloud stays secure and hack-proof. Which is why you’ll never find the cloud. It’s hidden in thousands of anonymous, windowless, ugly buildings in hundreds of industrial parks around the world. Somewhere in that mass of ugly buildings you fly over when landing at any major airport in the country the cloud is hiding. The companies that run them don’t want you to know where they are or what they are doing. They rarely have a company logo on the outside of the building. Sometimes they’ll even make up a bogus name that is so unremarkable no one would ever ask what they do or what’s inside. A giant, boxlike steel building with “MRLT Corporation” plastered on the side with a halfempty parking lot out front won’t attract much attention in most big cities. And if a building called “LMNOP, the First Name in Medical Waste” burns down, it doesn’t matter to the cloud. There are thousands more of them backing each other up all the time. It’s not the security of the cloud that worries me, it’s the credit card companies that still send me bills with my full name, address and account number on them by snail mail. It’s the doctors’ offices that still ask me for my Social Security number. They don’t seem all that worried that someone may get that information. You don’t need a password to get into my mailbox. They are always sending me special offers, again with way too much personal information printed on them. I can’t even simply throw them away, because you don’t need a six- to eight-digit password to access my garbage. Now I have to shred all that mail or burn it, because I never know who is pawing through my trash. It could just be a laid-off teacher looking for food, but it could also be an identity thief. It’s not the cloud that’s compromising my identity; it’s long-established businesses. Who hasn’t gotten the strange telephone call that asks you if you just bought an iPod in Prague at 2 a.m. local time last night? “No? Can you please cut up that credit card and we’ll send you a new one?” It happens to me at least once a year. “The card is in my wallet,” I tell them. “How can a thief buy something without having my card when I can’t?” I never get an answer to that question. I’m going to get on the cloud right now and see if I can find an answer.


IN YOUR OPINION Return of iPod makes park patron’s day To whomever turned in my iPod Touch that was lost in McCurdy Park: My friends and I were playing a fun game of tag Wednesday afternoon at McCurdy Park. One of my friends asked to use my iPod and listen to music. I let him use it, and then something happened. He misplaced the iPod. I was freaking out and called everybody who was there to see if they had it. I couldn’t find

the iPod when I went back to look at the park. I thought that the iPod was long gone. On June 9, I went to the city hall and asked the polite lady at the counter if anyone had returned an iPod Touch found in McCurdy Park. She responded “yes.” I was getting more excited. After answering a question to identify the iPod, she handed it over and I was so very excited and in

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Custody dispute goes viral after judge’s decision hen Alaina Giordano’s story of losing custody of her two children because of breast cancer went viral online, it seemed like a callous injustice. Blogs and social networking sites rallied to her cause, and soon she had a law firm willing to appeal the judge’s decision. But the real story is far more complicated and features a night in jail for both parents, accusations of infidelity on both sides and corresponding restraining orders. The case has become an international cause celebre, driven by Giordano’s claim that a Durham District Court judge granted her estranged husband primary custody of their children because she has breast cancer. Three days after that ruling, Giordano launched a blog with a post that declared, “I am a mother of two remarkable children. I am not cancer.” As the story spread over Twitter, online allies sprung up to circulate petitions, collect donations and advocate on Giordano’s behalf, demonstrating how new media can influence old-fashioned disputes and blur the messiness of reality. “What’s successful online is something that touches people,” said Marcus Messner, a Virginia Commonwealth University professor who studies social media. “In this case, a mother has cancer and is fighting for her children. Whoever gets a message on Facebook or Twitter about this case, you’d have to be a pretty tough human being to not care.” Along with a Facebook page


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that has more than 21,500 people “liking” it as of Thursday, an online petition on Giordano’s behalf has garnered nearly 104,000 signatures. A dedicated website for donations has been set up and the case has been widely discussed on blogs, Twitter and other online precincts since the April 25 ruling by Judge Nancy Gordon. All the attention has helped. Giordano, who didn’t have a lawyer when she started her online campaign, is now represented by a Raleigh-based firm, which last week filed a motion seeking to stay Gordon’s order that the children be sent to live with their father in Chicago by June 17. Gordon denied that motion Wednesday, saying she lacks the authority to grant a stay. Giordano plans to appeal. “I am going to continue to fight for what is right for my kids,” Giordano said in a statement, which also praised the thousands of people who have expressed their support for her. But the campaign that drew them in has also obscured the facts of the case, which are laid out in Gordon’s 27-page ruling. Gordon does mention Giordano’s cancer and uncertainty over her long-term health, but it came alongside numerous criticisms of both parents. Giordano and Kane Snyder both were arrested and spent a night in jail after a September 2009 fight, and both obtained

and dropped restraining orders against each other. The ruling details mutual allegations of mistreatment and infidelity, and says both parents “place their children in the middle of their divorce and unnecessarily expose them to the conflict so the children are compelled to choose sides.” The judge did praise both parents for their love of their children, who are 11 and 6, and cited a court-appointed psychiatrist’s report that the case has no easy resolution. The psychiatrist, Dr. Helen Brantley, “testified that this was not a clear cut relocation case” and that the decision of her team that primary custody should go to the father “was definitely not foolproof.” It’s extremely rare for judges to make custody decisions based on a single factor, said Raleigh family law attorney Nancy Grace. Instead, as in Gordon’s ruling, courts have to weigh anything that might affect a person’s ability to adequately serve as a parent. “People look at decisions judges make and say that’s not fair to that mom or dad, but that’s not the judge’s job in a custody case,” said Grace, who isn’t involved in the Giordano

case. “The judge’s job is to determine what is in the best interests of the child.” Gordon can’t discuss pending cases. Snyder hasn’t spoken publicly, but a lawyer representing him said the case has been badly misconstrued in public. “This is not a cancer case,” said Jeffrey Leving. “This is a clear best-interest case.” Part of Leving’s work has simply been to track the huge volume of what’s being said about the case online, both by Giordano and her supporters, and in news articles that picked up on the online buzz. “This has turned into a media circus,” he said. The case, and the publicity and support it generated, is probably a harbinger of things to come, said Jane Kirtley, director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota. People are becoming increasingly savvy in the use of social media to advance not only political causes, but personal ones as well. “I’m a little bit astonished at what I’d almost characterize as naivete people use when they approach these new media,” she said. “People assume that everything posted there is true.”

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Mississippi flooding may have spread invasive fish NEW ORLEANS (AP) — While scientists have been battling to keep a ravenous, invasive fish species out of the Great Lakes, some worry that spring floods along the Mississippi River may be spreading the Asian carp downstream. Duane Chapman, a U.S. Geological Survey biologist and

Asian carp expert, says the fish are likely to show up in places where Mississippi floodwaters intruded. They can weigh up to 100 pounds, grow 4 feet long and live for 25 years. They could be crowding out food sources of native species for decades. “I think there is a very seri-

ous issue here,” said Chapman. “We may now be finding them in lakes, ponds, bayous, anywhere the river water went. Those things will be full of carp now.” Asian carp is a term applied to several related species of carp that were brought to the United States in the 1970s to control algae in catfish farms in the South.

Floods washed them into the Mississippi River in the 1980s. Since their escape into the wild, the carp have established themselves in the Mississippi and Missouri river basins. They endanger native fish by greedily eating aquatic vegetation and robbing local species of their food supply.

Associated Press WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich’s campaign defections are just the latest tremor in a constantly shifting GOP presidential landscape that craves some steadiness as a big, early New Hampshire debate nears. Rivals already were trying to poach Gingrich’s donors and top supporters Friday, even as the former House speaker said he would keep campaigning despite the resignations of his top advisers and entire Iowa paid staff. Party insiders eyed the likely entry of Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and a possible bid by Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Mitt Romney’s decision to skip the Iowa straw poll in August, meanwhile, reinforced his image as a front-runner willing to pick his shots. And potential candidate Sarah Palin again lent a circus atmosphere to the entire GOP family — this time indirectly — when Alaska released thousands of pages of emails from her days as governor. In short, it was a typical week in the GOP’s free-wheeling nominating process. The field is anything but set, and there’s no clear picture of who will emerge to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012. Gingrich spoke publicly Friday for the first time after the mass resignation of his top aides. Several of them said they were frustrated because he was devoting insufficient time to the nitty-gritty work of meeting and galvanizing supporters in early voting states such as Iowa. Gingrich told reporters outside his suburban Virginia home that he was committed to campaigning “very intensely” for the White House. He attributed his aides’ departure to disagreements about strategy. “There is a fundamental strategic difference between the traditional consulting community and the kind of campaign I want to run,” he said. “We’ll find out over the next year who’s right.” Gingrich received a vote of confidence from at least one high-profile backer: Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, his campaign

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REPUBLICAN presidential hopeful, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, right, talks with Ovide Lamontagne during the taping of WKXL radio show at the Barley House in Concord, N.H., Friday. chairman in his old home state. “When the going gets rough, I don’t cut and run on my friends,” Deal said. That comment took only a little of the sting from his predecessor’s jump from Gingrich’s campaign to that of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Sonny Perdue had been a national co-chairman for the Gingrich campaign. Pawlenty also picked up support Friday from Al Hubbard, who directed the National Economic Council under President George W. Bush. Republicans hoped the campaign focus might shift toward policy and what they consider Obama’s shortcomings on Monday, when seven candidates plan to debate in Manchester, N.H. Joining Romney, Pawlenty, Gingrich and Bachmann will be former Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and former pizza company executive Herman Cain. Notably absent will be former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who has been campaigning unofficially for several weeks, mostly in New Hampshire. His aides said Huntsman would not enter debates until he formally announces his presidential plans.

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska officials on Friday released thousands of pages of Sarah Palin’s emails, giving a glimpse of her time as governor, her struggles in dealing with gossip about her family and her rise to national prominence as the GOP vice presidential nominee. Reporters and photographers crowded into a small office to pick up the six boxes of emails — 24,199 pages and weighing 250 pounds. Some carried the boxes down the stairs and others, wheeling them on dollies, scrambled to be the first ones to reach elevators. Within minutes of the release, Palin tweeted a link to the website for “The Undefeated,” a documentary about her time as governor and her entrance onto the national political stage. Her supporters, meanwhile, encouraged everyone to read the messages. “The thousands upon thousands of emails released today show a very engaged Governor Sarah Palin being the CEO of her state,” said Tim Crawford, the treasurer of her political action committee, Sarah PAC. “The emails detail a Governor hard at work.” Palin has been placing in the top tier of potential presidential candidates in polls of Republican voters. Her recent bus tour of the Northeast fueled speculation about her national ambitions. However, she has said she has not yet decided whether she will enter the 2012 race. Many news organizations, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and, began scanning and posting the emails on their websites. The New York Times asked readers to join reporters in reviewing the documents. The emails released Friday were first requested during the 2008 White House race by citizens and news organizations, including The Associated Press, as they vetted a nominee whose political experience included less than one term as governor and a term as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. The nearly three-year delay has been attributed largely to the sheer volume of the release. Lawyers went through every page to redact sensitive government information. Another reason was the nearly 500 open records requests during Palin’s time

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A REPORTER carries boxes containing thousands of pages of Sarah Palin’s emails from her time as Alaska’s governor. The emails released by the state of Alaska Friday were first requested during the 2008 White House race by citizens and news organizations, including The Associated Press. in office, and state records officers being told to deal with smaller, easier ones first. The emails cover the period from the time she took office in December 2006 to her ascension to vice presidential nominee in September 2008. In the months before she was named the nominee, Palin’s emails showed a governor dealing with complaints, rumors and gossip about her family. In several, she asked about the identity of someone who alleged that she had not buckled her son, Trig, properly into his car seat. In another, she lamented about gossip about her family and marriage. Palin and her daughter, Bristol, appeared to be traveling in a car, and Bristol emailed a Palin staffer in July: “Mom and I were just praying about the hurt and anger that comes with her job. Thank you for your faith in God. “We share it and we love you!” Bristol wrote, from her mother’s personal email account. After she was selected the GOP vice presidential nominee, news organizations began vetting her record.

On Sept. 15, 2008, Palin responded to a host of news media questions presented to her by her gubernatorial spokesman. Among them were one about a tanning bed at the governor’s mansion in Juneau and whether it was her “belief that dinosaurs and humans co-existed at one time?” According to the emails, Palin responded, “I am so sorry that the office is swamped like this! Dinosaurs even?! I’ll try to run through some of these in my head before responding. And the old, used tanning bed that my girls have used handful of times in Juneau? Yes, we paid for it ourselves. “I, too, will continue to be dismayed at the media and am thankful you and (deputy press secretary) Sharon (Leighow) are not part of the stange (sic) going’s-on in the media world of today,” Palin wrote. Palin resigned partway through her first term, in early July 2009. Requests also have been made for Palin’s final 10 months in office. State officials haven’t begun reviewing those records. Leighow, now spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell, said she doubted the release of those emails would come soon.

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Jet from miracle splashdown arrives at N.C. museum By MITCH WEISS


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if their seeds are contaminated, washing won’t help. “E. coli can stick tightly to the surface of seeds needed to make sprouts and they can lay dormant on the seeds for months,” said Stephen Smith, a microbiologist at Trinity College in Dublin. Once water is added to make them grow, the number of bacteria carried within the seeds can reproduce up to 100,000 times.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It finally arrived. Two years after a US Airways jet left New York for Charlotte and made a miraculous landing on the Hudson River, it reached its intended destination and future home in a museum. “My flight has finally come home,” said Eileen Shleffar, who was sitting in row 13D when the plane splashed in the river. US Airways Flight 1549 had just taken off from LaGuardia airport when a flock of geese disabled the engines on Jan. 15, 2009. Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III safely glided into a water landing. All 155 passengers and crew members were rescued. Thousands of people in several states have lined up along the road to glimpse the 120-foot-long fuselage on its 600-mile journey on a flatbed truck from Newark, N.J., where it spent the last two

years in a hangar. The wings from the damaged Airbus A320 were removed and shipped earlier to the Carolinas Aviation Museum. Shleffar and other passengers on the flight posed in front of the plane as it arrived in a cargo area at the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. “It’s emotional,” she said about seeing the plane for the first time since the landing. “It’s always going to be emotional to us.” Said fellow passenger Michael Leonard, “It’s surreal.” As the plane made the final leg of the journey from New Jersey, people sat in lawn chairs or stood with their cameras waiting for it to pass by on the flatbed truck. “This is a piece of history and I wanted to be here for it,’ said Phillip Franklin, 70, a retired US Airways baggage handler. His wife, Joann, 69, a retired nurse, agreed.

“You think about what happened and it was a miracle everyone survived. I’m glad the plane is coming here. It should be preserved to remind people of what happened that day,” she said. Public interest in the jet’s journey this week has surprised and touched the hero pilot who guided it to a safe splashdown. “When I see images of people in their lawn chairs waiting for the airplane to roll by on the freeway overpass with a camera to get a glimpse of it is surprising and wonderful,” Sullenberger said in an interview. Sullenberger said the landing still resonates with people. “It gives them hope. It came at a time during the financial worldwide meltdown and people were quite frankly beginning to question basic goodness of human nature and this kind of reaffirmed our belief in the potential of good that exists in all of us,” he said.

Budget deficit moves closer to $1 trillion mark WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit is on pace to break the $1 trillion mark for a third straight year. Record deficits are putting pressure on Congress and the Obama administration to come up with a plan to rein in government spending. Already, the deficit through the first eight months of this budget year is $927.4 billion, according to the latest report from the Treasury Department released Friday. Three years ago that would have ranked as

the highest ever for a full year. Instead, this year’s deficit will likely exceed last year’s $1.29 trillion imbalance and nearly match the $1.41 trillion record reached in 2009. The budget year ends on Sept. 30. For May, the monthly deficit was $57.6 billion. That compared to $135.9 billion deficit for the same month last year. But much of that improvement came from a $45 billion write down in the estimated cost of the financial bailout program.

Activists sail to Libyan waters By DON MELVIN Associated Press ABOARD THE STEVE IRWIN — A boat operated by environmental activists was steaming toward Libyan waters Friday, hoping to stop illegal fishing for bluefin tuna — through confrontation if necessary. The Steve Irwin, which is owned by the U.S.-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, could enter Libyan waters as early as Friday night, said Locky MacLean, the first mate. There, it will rendezvous with the Brigitte Bardot, a faster, smaller Sea Shepherd boat that is currently tailing two unidentified purse seiners — boats that catch tuna with large nets that they draw closed like purses. The Brigitte Bardot has searched the region and has reported that 23 purse seiners are now working in the area. Not all, presumably are fishing illegally, however. The activists will match the names of the vessels against a list of authorized ships prepared by ICCAT — the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas — and direct action will be taken only if Sea Shepherd is certain

AP Photo/Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Michelle McCarron

THE STEVEN IRWIN, owned by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, is seen from the helicopter it carries on board. The ship is steaming toward Libyan waters Friday, hoping to stop illegal fishing for bluefin tuna. the boats are fishing without licenses or exceeding their quotas. While the activists will in theory be operating in a war zone, they do not fear for their safety as a result of the Libyan conflict. That war is not being fought at sea, and Sea Shepherd is keeping NATO, the military alliance conducting the campaign to protect civilians in Libya, aware of its activities. The nearly 195-foot Steve

Irwin carries a helicopter, which will be used to scout for tuna fishermen just north of Libyan waters. The conservation group wants NATO to grant it an exemption from the no-fly zone it is enforcing over Libyan territory so the chopper can also be used to search those waters. The group believes fishermen may see Libyan waters as safe territory for poaching because inspectors will be loath to enter the area.

Grain futures mostly up, livestock mixed CHICAGO (AP) — Grains futures were mostly higher Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery rose 14.25 cents to $7.5925 a bushel; July corn rose 1.50 cent to $7.87 a bushel; July oats rose 0.50 cents to $3.9550 a bushel; while July soybeans fell 6.50 cents to $13.8725 a bushel. Beef and pork futures traded mixed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. August live cattle fell 1.95 cent to $1.0347 a pound; August feeder cattle fell 1.70 cent to $1.2362 a pound; July lean hogs rose 0.25 cent to 93.22 cents a pound; while July pork bellies were unchanged at $1.21 a pound.


Copper falls on concerns that demand could wane By SANDY SHORE AP Business Writer Copper fell 1.3 percent Friday on renewed concerns about demand after China reported weaker-than-expected imports of the metal. China said its raw copper imports fell 3 percent in May from April and 36 percent from a year ago. Investors had been hoping to see an increase. The world’s second-largest economy imports huge amounts of commodities such as oil, copper and soybeans to feed its economic expansion. Investors worry that a sharp slowdown in its economic growth could reduce demand for copper and other basic materials. “They’re definitely slowing down over there,” said Edward Meir, a senior commodities analyst at MF Global. “It’s just a question of when their slowdown will end and how deep it will be.” Meir noted that investors also are concerned about whether there will be an impact on demand stemming from an ongoing debate in Europe over how to solve Greece’s debt problems. Copper for July delivery fell 5.15 cents to settle at $4.056 a pound. In other July metals contracts, silver fell $1.097 to settle at $36.327 an ounce and platinum fell $11.70 to $1,833 an ounce. August gold dropped $13.50 to $1,529.20 an ounce and September palladium fell 80 cents to $817.30 an ounce. Most commodities also were being pushed lower because of a stronger dollar. Since commodities are priced in dollars, a stronger dollar makes them more expensive for buyers who use other currencies. In energy trading, oil prices fell on reports that Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, will increase production 13 percent from May levels to 10 million barrels per day. The move, reported by a Saudi Arabian newspaper, comes just days after OPEC snubbed its request to raise production quotas. Benchmark oil for July delivery fell $2.64 to settle at $99.29 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In other Nymex contracts, heating oil fell 3.27 cents to settle at $3.1051 per gallon, gasoline dropped 2.21 cents to $3.0177 per gallon and natural gas rose 8.3 cents to $4.757 per 1,000 cubic feet.


Life is made up of little victories n May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush stood in front of a “Mission Accomplished” sign and gave a speech to the sailors and crew on the USS Abraham Lincoln, an aircraft carrier. Later, he received criticism for that sign. Some people thought the sign indicated an end to the entire war in Iraq, which had started in March of that year and brought the fall of Saddam Hussein in April. Others said the sign celebrated the success of that ship and its crew and the role they had played in the war. No one can dispute the fact that the war continued long after the banner graced the decks of the USS Lincoln. Years of conflict, many battles, and hundreds of deaths followed that date. It may have celebrated a milestone, but it did not signal the end of the war. On May 2 of this year, a team of United States Navy SEALS raided Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The search for bin Laden culminated nearly ten years of effort to find the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States. Having dealt with bin Laden, are we ready to put up a “Mission Accomplished” sign? We can certainly recognize we reached an important goal in the war on terror. But is the war over? From all appearances, it is not even close to being over. We continue to



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guard against further attacks. When you stop to think about it, isn’t that the way life is? While we achieve victories here and reach goals there, can we put up a “Mission Accomplished” banner over our lives? I rather think we will be in this combat mode from here until the end. Peter tried to prepare his readers for this very thing. “Be self-controlled and alert,” he wrote. “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith” (1 Peter 5:8-9a NIV). Every time you do the right thing when you are tempted to do the wrong thing, you achieve a victory. At its best, life consists of many such victories. But it’s too early to put up a “Mission Accomplished” banner. Meanwhile, we live in the strength of the One who can “make you strong, firm and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:10). — The Rev. Ron McClung, a former pastor of Owosso Wesleyan Church, now living in Indianapolis, Ind., currently serves as the assistant general secretary for the denomination.



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Hindu statue drawing complaints COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A new public sculpture of the Hindu god Ganesha is drawing complaints in Coeur d’Alene. The Kootenai County Constitution Party is urging Christians on its website to protest the artwork, calling it an “abomination” approved by the “godless group of individuals” who manage the city’s public art program. Local chairman Daniel Brannan said many Constitution Party members believe only Christianity provides a world view “consistent with the framing of our Republic.” “Many people in the party would tend to agree with opposing something like this,” Brannan said. “It is representative of a false god, of a particular religion other than the one on which our country is so solidly founded.” The sculpture depicts Ganesha, a four-armed being with an elephant head. Created by Spokane artist Rick Davis, the statue is one of 14 being dedicated Friday throughout downtown Coeur d’Alene as part of a new public art program. This year’s sculptures come from artists in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming, said Steve Anthony, the city’s staff liaison to its Arts Commission. Proposals were solicited from artists. “The committee just looked at everything as art,” Anthony said.

AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Kathy Plonka

“GANESHA” by artist Rick Davis is part of the public art display in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on Thursday. Members of The Kootenai County Constitution Party are planning to picket the statue stating that the statue is a Hindu demon and an abomination. “Our intent was to do something positive and nice for the city.” The sculptures depict everything from a giant stand-up bass to a woman playing with otters. There are elk, moose and deer. Other subjects include St. Francis of Assisi and a Native American-themed “spirit bear,” which in some tribes represents harmony and peace, according to the program description.

“There are pieces of art that represent different cultures,” Mayor Sandi Bloem said. “I think that’s totally appropriate.” Gary Odom, field director for the Constitution Party’s national office in Pennsylvania, said protesting the art seems to lack political value. “I can’t believe it’s something they felt was necessary,” Odom said.

But Brannan said government officials nationwide have been hypocritical about the separation of church and state when it comes to artwork. He said when Christians want to place public artwork depicting, for example, the Ten Commandments, those monuments regularly are turned away, but symbols of other religions are accepted.

Ore. faith-healing couple convicted in felony case OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon jury took just an hour Tuesday to convict a couple of felony criminal mistreatment for relying on faith healing instead of taking their infant daughter to a doctor. Timothy and Rebecca Wyland’s daughter Alayna, born in December 2009, developed an abnormal growth of blood vessels that covered her left eye and threatened her

vision. Now 11⁄2 years old, she has improved under stateordered medical care. She remains in state custody but lives with her parents. The Wylands belong to the Followers of Christ, an Oregon City congregation that relies on faith healing. Rather than taking their daughter to a doctor, they relied on prayer, anointing with oil and laying on of hands. The couple testified during a

juvenile court custody hearing last July that they wouldn’t have willingly taken Alayna to a doctor because it would violate their religious beliefs. Jurors heard a recording of that hearing. Timothy Wyland slipped his arm around his wife’s waist as the verdict was read, The Oregonian reported. The couple made no comment as they walked from the courtroom,

surrounded by about 20 supporters from their church, some of them crying. Defense lawyers Mark Cogan and John Neidig declined comment. Sentencing was set for June 24. The penalty for first-degree criminal mistreatment is a maximum five years in prison but the Wylands are considered likely to receive probation or possibly some jail time.

Living with extraordinary faith n Hebrews 11:6 NLT it says, “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” If you really want to learn to please God you must learn to release your faith for the extraordinary. I’m not talking about just some average faith that says, “God please help me to just survive.” Although that is good, extraordinary faith says, “God, I believe that you’ll prosper me right in this midst of a recession.” You see, when you have extraordinary faith, you’re not just believing to make your rent or house payment but you’re releasing your faith to totally pay off your house. When you have extraordinary faith, you don’t just ask God to help you control that addiction, you ask God to totally set you free from it. The faith I’m talking about is a radical faith, an extreme faith — where you just flat out believe that God can do anything. In other words, you don’t make little plans. Now, some of you have average faith, and that’s good but if you want to see God amaze you with His goodness, you have to learn to stretch your faith more and more. In other words, learn to take the limits off from God and begin to believe you can rise higher in life. Believe you can overcome every obstacle before you. It’s faith that pleases God. Therefore, if you want to be more pleasing to God, one way is to simply release your faith in a greater way (see Romans 1:17 and Mark 11:22-24). Here is what I’ve learned, radi-

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ROYALHEIRS TO PERFORM The Royalheirs will be singing at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Northgate Church, 1687 N. M-52. The group, originally from Flint, has performed throughout the Midwest. Their music bleds Southern Gospel harmony with soul stirring words.

Special guests coming to Morrice MORRICE — Evangelist Jerry Monday and wife Betty will be at the 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. services Sunday at Bethany Bible Baptist Church. The Mondays, with the Rock Altar Revival Ministries, minister in churches and camp meetings through preaching, singing, soulwinning and Scripture publications. Jerry Monday is also involved in the prison mininstry and police ministry. The church is located at 10624 S. State Road, just one mile south of the Old Lansing Highway on S. State Road between Bancroft and Morrice. If anyone would like a ride to church they can call (517) 6256444. Bethany runs a bus ministry every week.

SonHarvest Vacation Bible School next week OWOSSO — The Owosso Church of Christ will be holding its Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the church, 2005 S. M-52. The theme, SonHarvest County Fair, is a week of fun on the farm. In SonHarvest, children will learn to grow love, spread joy, plant peace, produce patience and pick kindness. Kids will participate in songs, skits, crafts, games, Bible stories and snack. The group will also be collecting tangible items to be given to the clients of RAVE. Also, a daily monetary collection will be taken to send to Woodburn Christian Children’s Home in Woodburn, Ind. This collection is always exciting as it involves a heavy competition between the boys and girls to see who can collect the most. In the end, the deprived children who are served at Woodburn are the true winners. Parents are encouraged not to just send their children, but to bring them and plan on staying and enjoying the class for adults: YaHoo.

Special morning service planned BENNINGTON TWP. — The Pittsburg United Methodist Church is hosting a morning worship of stories and song with Steve and Karen Bouverette at 10 a.m. June 19. Light refreshments will follow the service.


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cal faith gets radical results. Extreme faith gets extreme results. Here’s an example: The medical report may say, “It’s impossible for you to get well.” Yet there is another report in Matthew 19:26 that says, “…with God all things are possible.” You see, even though you might not see a way, know this — God can make a way where there seems to be no way. Let me encourage you to begin to release your faith for what seems to be the impossible. And here’s another thought: your finances may look like you’ll never get out of debt or you’ll never see your business take off, but there is another report in Psalms 5:12 that says, God’s favor is surrounding you as a shield. Also in Deuteronomy 28:8 KJV it says, “The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto…” Therefore, let me encourage you to begin to release your faith in God’s word and His goodness. Learn to stretch your faith. I know people who will say, “Pastor, I don’t want to bother God. If He wants me blessed then He’ll bless me. If He wants me well, then He’ll make me well. Yet, look at what the Bible says in James 4:2 KJV, “…ye have not, because ye ask not.” So my question to you today is,

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“Have you ever asked God for something extreme? Have you ever gone beyond asking God for your daily needs? Have you asked God for extraordinary favor or asked God for unusual breaks so you can accomplish your dreams or overcome the different obstacles in your life?” Joshua had this radical faith. He was bold. Joshua said, “God, I know this is unusual. I know this is out of the ordinary but I’m asking that you to stop the sun so I can have more daylight and totally complete this task before me.” Can you imagine the nerve of Joshua? Can you imagine what many well meaning believers would say to him? He’s out of his mind. Yet here is Joshua asking God to do something that had never been done before — stop the sun. Now, God could have said, “Joshua, who do you think you are? I’m not going to stop the sun. Besides, that’s kind-of selfish. And listen, it might disrupt other people’s plans.” But when you have this extreme faith, I believe it brings a smile to God’s face. I can picture God turning to His angels and saying, “Listen to what this man is saying. This Joshua, he’s extreme. He’s radical. He really believes that I can do anything. He’s asking me to stop the sun.” And in Joshua 10:13 KJV it says, “And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. {14}

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And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel.” And here’s the thing I want us to remember — God can do what people can not do. Now, I’m not saying for all of us to be flaky or go around denying reality, but too often we just accept things the way they are and believe that’s the way they’re always going to be. Someone might say, “Pastor, this is what the experts have said.” Well that might be true, but there is another Expert on the scene. God is on the scene and He’s the one that created you, loves you, and holds you in the palm of His hand. Just like He stopped the sun for Joshua, He can heal your body, help you overcome your obstacles, and give you favor to accomplish every one of your dreams. The question is, “Are you bold enough to ask? Are you willing to release your faith in extraordinary ways?” Let me challenge you to ask yourself, “Is my faith radical? Is what I’m believing God for big enough to make someone think — who does he think he is? Again, let me challenge you to take the limits off from God and live life with extraordinary faith because if you’ll do that, God will not only do extraordinary things in your life but that’s when you’ll start living more of the abundant “Life in Christ.” — Contact Rev. Numerich by calling 729-1972 or visit on line at


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Gates: NATO alliance future could be ‘dim’ By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press

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U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY Robert Gates speaks during a Security and Defense Agenda event at the Biblioteque Solvay in Brussels on Friday. In his final policy speech as Pentagon chief, Gates questioned the viability of NATO, saying its members' penny-pinching and lack of political will could hasten the end of U.S. support.

BRUSSELS — In a stern rebuke, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Friday that the future of the historic NATO military alliance is at risk because of European pennypinching and distaste for frontline combat. The United States won’t carry the alliance as a charity case, the outgoing Pentagon chief said. Some NATO countries bristled, but Britain quickly and heartily agreed. Gates’ assessment that NATO could face “a dim if not dismal” future echoes long-standing concern of U.S. policymakers about European defense spending. But rarely, if ever, has it been stated so directly by such a powerful American figure, widely respected in the United States and internationally.

The remarks, at the close of Gates’ final overseas trip, reflect a new reality of constrained American finances and a smaller global reach. Earlier in the week Gates played “bad cop” to U.S. President Barack Obama’s good, criticizing Germany’s abstention from the air campaign in Libya two days after Obama lavished an award and fancy White House dinner on visiting Chancellor Angela Merkel. But Gates spoke for the Obama administration, and his warning Friday was aimed squarely at Europe’s priorities. “The blunt reality is that there will be dwindling appetite and patience in the U.S. Congress, and in the American body politic writ large, to expend increasingly precious funds on behalf of nations that are apparently unwilling to devote the necessary resources or make the

necessary changes to be serious and capable partners in their own defense,” he said. That assessment may cause Europeans to question the future of their defense relationship with the United States, on whom they have counted for a large measure of their security for six decades. It comes on the heels of the withdrawal of one American combat brigade from Europe as part of a significant reduction of U.S. troops in Europe. The U.S. has been the brawn behind NATO since its birth in 1949. But the disparity between strength and allies’ investment has only grown wider. In a question-and-answer session after his speech, Gates, 67, said his generation’s “emotional and historical attachment” to NATO is “aging out.” He noted that he is about 20 years older than Obama, his boss.

Victim of chimp attack gets a full face transplant BOSTON (AP) — A Connecticut woman mauled by a chimpanzee gone berserk has received a new face in the third such operation performed in the U.S. and is looking forward to going out in public again and eating hot dogs and pizza after months of pureed food. Charla Nash, 57, underwent a full face and double hand transplant late last month, but the hands failed to thrive because of complications and were removed, Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, leader of the 30-member surgical team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said Friday. Overall, her prospects are excellent, he said. “It will certainly help her tremendously to feel human again,” Pohamac said. In February 2009, she was attacked by a neighbor’s 200-

pound pet chimpanzee, named Travis, which went berserk after its owner asked Nash to help lure it back into her Stamford, Conn., house. The animal ripped off Nash’s hands, nose, lips and eyelids before being shot and killed by police. After the mauling, Nash’s eyes were gone and she had only a small opening instead of a mouth to take in pureed food. She could talk but was barely understandable. More than two years later, Nash received skin, underlying muscles, blood vessels, nerves, a hard palate and teeth from a dead person whose identity was not released. It was the third full face transplant in the U.S. Over the next several months, she will develop more control over facial muscles and more

feeling, letting her breathe through her nose and develop her sense of smell. She remains blind. She did not appear at a hospital news conference Friday, and no photographs of her after the surgery were released. Nash will be able to go out in public without feeling self-conscious, Pomahac said. She had to skip her only daughter’s high school graduation last spring because she was worried she would become the center of attention. “We know it broke her heart,” Pomahac said, pausing to control his emotions. “I think her new face will allow Charla to be present when Briana graduates from college in a few short years.” Her brother Steve Nash said

Latest data breach strikes at financial security NEW YORK (AP) — Citigroup’s disclosure that the names, account numbers and email addresses of 200,000 of its credit card customers were stolen strikes at the core of modern-day financial life — the ways people buy groceries and pay the power bill. It’s only the latest major data breach. In just the past three months, hackers have penetrated 100 million Sony PlayStation accounts, the networks of Lockheed Martin and the customer email databases of a company that does marketing for Best Buy and Target. But half of all Americans, 154 million people, have a credit card. The Citi attack is a reminder that the technology used to protect their information was built by humans, security analyst Jacob Jegher notes — and it can be breached by humans, too. “People rely on the safety net of a bank to take care of their information,” says Jegher, a senior analyst at Celent, a research firm that focuses on information technology in the financial industry. “Unfortunately, that net has a lot of holes.” Citi says all of the customers whose information was stolen will receive a notification letter,

and most of them will get a new card, although it has declined to say exactly how many. The bank says its enforcement division and authorities are investigating. The victims will have to endure the hassle of updating the credit card numbers on any number of online accounts, but they probably won’t lose any money. For one thing, federal laws protect credit card customers from fraud beyond $50, and in most cases, the bank that issues the card will cover up to that amount. And the Citi hackers didn’t get to the threedigit numbers that appear on the backs of credit cards, a security feature known as the CVV code. That means the hackers, or whoever they might sell the information to, would have trouble making direct charges. The danger is that someone might use the information that was compromised to mount a sophisticated “phishing” attack, in which criminals send out convincingly designed emails pretending to be from the bank and gain access to account information.

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his sister wants to enjoy hot dogs and a slice of pizza from their favorite pizza parlor in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where they spent their childhood. Fighting back tears, he called the operation “miraculous.” “We are confident Charla will gain her goal to regain her health and independence in the future,” he said. He said he hopes that someday she has grandchildren who can “look her in the eyes and smile at her.” “Charla hated to have her picture taken. Any family gathering, she’d disappear,” said Kate Nash, her sister-in-law. “She doesn’t want to be the center of attention ever, you know. That’s why she wants this. She’s so happy about getting a face, so people won’t say, ‘Look at that lady with the veil.”’

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CHARLA NASH is seen after being mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009. She has since received a face transplant.

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — In the aftermath of the Joplin tornado, some people injured in the storm developed a rare and sometimes fatal fungal infection so aggressive that it turned their tissue black and caused mold to grow inside their wounds. Scientists say the unusually aggressive infection occurs when dirt or vegetation becomes embedded under the skin. In some cases, injuries that had been stitched up had to be reopened to clean out the contamination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that it was conducting tests to help investigate the infections, which are so uncommon that even the nation’s largest hospitals might see only one or two cases a year. “To my knowledge, a cluster like this has not been reported before,” said Dr. Benjamin Park, head of the CDC team that investigates fungal diseases. “This is a very rare fungus. And for people who do get the disease, it can be extremely severe.” Three tornado survivors who were hospitalized with the infection have died, but authorities said it was unclear what role the fungus played in their deaths because they suffered from a host of other serious ailments. “These people had multiple traumas, pneumonia, all kinds of problems,” said Dr. Uwe Schmidt, an infectious disease specialist at Freeman Health System in Joplin. “It’s difficult to say how much the fungal infections contributed to their demise.” The infection develops in two ways: when the fungal spores are inhaled or when a tree branch or other object carrying the fungus pierces the flesh. Most people who get sick by inhaling the spores already have weakened immune systems or diabetes. But healthy people can become sick if the fungus penetrates their skin. The fungus blocks off blood vessels to the infected area, causing tissue to turn red and begin oozing. Eventually it becomes black. If diagnosed in time, the infection can be treated with intravenous medications and surgical removal of affected tissue. But it’s considered exceptionally dangerous, with some researchers reporting fatality rates of 30 percent for people infected through wounds and 50 percent for susceptible people who breathe it in. Small numbers of cases have been reported after some disasters, but Park said it’s the particular circumstance of the wound — not the disaster itself — that creates the risk.

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WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. (AP) — Drugmaker Merck & Co. soon will be shipping many of its top medications to pharmacies in containers with labels redesigned to prevent dispensing errors. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just approved the revamped container labels. They have a new standardized format to make them easier to read and give better information on the drug inside and the dosage strength. Merck spent about three years working with several FDA divisions to revamp the layout and content of the medicine containers shipped to pharmacies. Individual prescriptions are dispensed from those into small bottles for patients. The revised labels will go on 16 different oral medications, including diabetes pills Januvia and Janumet, asthma and allergy drug Singulair and Isentress for HIV.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Arrest documents say two 15-year-old girls accused of killing their foster mom in New Mexico put her in a chokehold, tied her hands and feet and then smothered her with a pillow. Fifty-three-year-old Evelyn Miranda was found dead Wednesday in San Patricio. The Albuquerque Journal reports a neighbor heard strange noises at about 4 a.m. He went to check his livestock and noticed lights were on at Miranda’s home and her van was missing. The neighbor told Lincoln County authorities he knocked on the door but got no answer so he went inside, where he found the woman’s body on a bed. An arrest warrant affidavit alleges one of the girls told authorities she put Miranda in a chokehold while the other tied her up. Each girl is charged with an open count of murder, which lets prosecutors determine the degree of the charge at a later date.

U.S. agent named in suit over Mexican teen death EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The family of a 15-year-old Mexican boy fatally shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent is now naming the officer as part of its lawsuit against the federal government, a family lawyer said Friday. Bob Hilliard told the The Associated Press that the agent is Jesus Mesa Jr., whose last name has also been spelled Meza. “This allows us to identify the shooter, we hope we can get his history,” Hilliard said in a phone interview. The Corpus Christi, Texasbased lawyer says he is trying to establish such facts as whether the agent had been previously reprimanded for using his weapon or if he had a history of violent outbursts. An attorney for the agent, Randolph Ortega, has denied wrongdoing. Ortega did not immediately return a message Friday to The Associated Press. The U.S. Border Patrol has not replied several emails requesting information on the agent who allegedly shot the boy. Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, was killed in June 2010. U.S. investigators have said the agent was trying to arrest illegal immigrants who crossed into the U.S. when he came under attack from rock throwers. Hilliard says the teen was unarmed and did not threaten Mesa.




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BEAT Canucks top Bruins 1-0 in Game 5 Vancouver one win away from NHL title By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer

Golf Youth league begins Monday in Corunna ■ CORUNNA — Corunna Hills Golf Course will be holding a summer youth program beginning Monday The kids will tee-off every Monday morning at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. The league will run every Monday through August. This league is for boys and girls ages 9 to 17 and will be a scramble format each week. Therefore, the kids can miss a Monday and it will not interfere with the league. The league is meant for learning the basics of golf and for fun and friendship. The entry fee is $20, which includes a T-shirt. Weekly winners will be drawn by scorecard. Greens fees will be $8 each week. A kids clinic will be held again this year with the date to be announced later. For more information, contact the Corunna Hills clubhouse at 743-4693.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — With a fortunate bounce and a flawless goalie, the Vancouver Canucks are heading back to Boston with the chance to hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time.

Maxim Lapierre scored on a carom off the back boards with 15:25 to play, Roberto Luongo stopped 31 shots in a stirring shutout after getting pulled from his last game, and the Canucks moved to the brink of their first NHL championship with a 1-0 victory over Boston in Game 5 on Friday night. Luongo helped Vancouver take a 3-2 series lead, posting his fourth

shutout of the playoffs and second of the Stanley Cup finals after giving up 12 goals in less than four periods during two blowout losses in Boston. “There was something about him before the game,” said Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa, who set up the only goal. “he just seemed so comfortable, so confident. He was vocal, and usually he’s not a vocal guy. We thought it

would be something special.” Game 6 is Monday night in Boston, and the Stanley Cup will be there. The Canucks have scored just six goals in five Stanley Cup finals games against brilliant Boston goalie Tim Thomas, yet they’re one victory away from winning it all. Neither team found an

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VANCOUVER’S MAXIM LAPIERRE, left, celebrates after scoring as Boston’s Tim Thomas throws the puck from the net during the third period of Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on Friday in Vancouver, British Columbia.


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Football Ramblers seeking varsity head coach ■ Perry High School is taking applications for a head football coach at the varsity level. Interested persons should send a resume to Assistant Athletic Director Greg Hebden at 2665 W. Britton Rd. Perry, MI 48872.

Soccer Sleepy Hollow teams looking for players ■ Tryouts for Fall 2011 Sleepy Hollow United States Soccer Federation teams have been scheduled. Sleepy Hollow teams are jointly sponsored by the Laingsburg Soccer Club and the Bath Soccer Club for boys and girls in the Sleepy Hollow communities of Bath, Laingsburg and Ovid-Elsie. The teams exist only through the goodwill and cooperative agreements between these communities. The result of which is a venue for kids who want to play competitive soccer to have the opportunity to do so. Tryouts will occur as follows: — Boys and girls U12-andunder (born after July 31, 1999), 6 to 8 p.m., June 21; or 10 a.m. to noon, June 25. — Boys and girls U13-andover (born before August 1, 1999), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., June 23; or 10 a.m. to noon, June 25. All tryouts will take place at Victor Township. Players interested in USSF are encouraged to tryout. After tryouts are complete, Sleepy Hollow teams will be formed based on the number of acceptable players trying out at each age level. Players need to attend one of the tryout dates. If a player can not attend one of the tryout dates, contact for information for possible alternate dates. Coaches interested in guiding a team can also contact



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LAINGSBURG’S MITCHELL CURRY tees off at No. 10 during the MHSAA Division 3 Regional Tournament on Friday at Hunters Ridge in Howell. He finished in a five-way tie for 10th overall with an 81.

Laingsburg qualifies for first state tourney since 2005 By JEROME MURPHY Argus-Press Sports Writer HOWELL — Laingsburg put it all together Friday and the end result was a Division 3 team regional golf championship. The Wolfpack, unranked in the final state poll and a third-place district finisher, won the 12-team regional on a cool,

overcast day at Hunters Ridge with a 316 total. Laingsburg was 15 shots better than the other two team state qualifiers, second-place Ithaca (331), ranked No. 11 in Division 3, and third-place Tawas (also 331), ranked No. 9. The top three teams and the top three individuals, from non-qualifying teams, earned berths to the state finals. Laingsburg shed 17 shots off its 333 total at districts held at Glenbrier Golf

Course in Perry. The Wolfpack had finished third in district play thanks to a fifth-man tiebreaker. Now the Wolfpack is headed to the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 3 State Finals, which are slated for next Friday and Saturday at Forest Akers West near the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing.

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DETROIT — It was only a Friday night in June, but Jim Leyland was managing like he was in the middle of a pennant race. With Detroit needing a win to tie the Cleveland Indians for first place in the AL Central, Leyland even had starting pitcher Rick Porcello warming up in the ninth inning. Porcello wasn’t going to enter the game as a pitcher, though. “If Victor (Martinez) had gotten on base, I was going to use Porcello to run for him,” Leyland said. “I hate doing that, but I was out of players.” Martinez grounded out for the second out of the ninth, saving Leyland from the dilemma. Jhonny Peralta hit an infield single off Seattle closer Brandon League’s glove, but pinch-hitter Ramon Santiago grounded out to give Seattle a 3-2 victory. “This felt like one of those games where you just aren’t meant to win,” Leyland said. “We just couldn’t do anything offensively. We came in swinging the bats well, but you just have to tip your caps to those guys. They pitched a great game.” Detroit starter Brad Penny (5-5) pitched well after three straight poor outings, but couldn’t do anything with Seattle rookie Carlos Peguero. Starting in place of Ichiro Suzuki in right field, Peguero tripled in the fifth and scored the tying run. Then in the seventh, he hit a towering flyball down the rightfield line off Penny that stayed a few feet fair as it went over the wall. “I made two terrible pitches to Peguero, and he killed both of them,” Penny said. “I felt fine, but I’m never going to be happy when I lose a game.” Peguero is slugging .500 in his 26-game career. “I feel more relaxed,” he said. “My timing is better right now. I feel like I don’t have to swing really, really hard to hit the ball far.” Chris Ray (3-1) pitched the sixth and seventh innings in relief for Seattle. David Pauley worked the eighth, and Brandon League pitched the ninth for his 18th save. With two outs and a man on first, pinch-hitter Ramon Santiago lifted a fly-

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Ndamukong Suh attends first workout Lions are preparing despite player lockout By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer BEVERLY HILLS — Ndamukong Suh’s busy offseason included breaking a sweat with the locked-out Detroit Lions for the first time on Friday. “It was something I wanted to do and the timing of my schedule worked out

so I could at least make one,” Suh told The Associated Press by phone Friday night, after initially declining to speak to reporters after the workout at Detroit Country Day School. Suh started his offseason by having shoulder surgery that prevented him from playing in the Pro Bowl. He won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award and was the only rookie on the All-Pro

team after Detroit drafted him No. 2 overall last year. Suh also was among the celebrities who sped out of London last month for the Gumball 3000 Rally, a sevenday car race stretching across 10 countries in Europe. “It’s unfortunate that I couldn’t make it more (to workouts), but I was traveling back from Europe and I didn’t want to be sluggish for the earlier workouts, and I went to Nebraska to

take care of my shoulder,” Suh said. “My shoulder is doing great.” The Lions, whose workouts attracted about 30 players on a regular basis, are wrapping up a second week of practices they’ve organized on their own during the lingering lockout. “We’re not going to plan another week of workouts, hoping the next time we see each other a deal is done,” offensive guard Rob Sims said.

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Sports on TV SCHEDULE Today’s Games ATHLETICS 1 p.m. CBS — NCAA Division I, Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Championships, at Des Moines, Iowa 3 p.m. NBC — Grand Prix, at New York AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL 5 a.m. ESPN2 — Geelong vs. Hawthorn, at Melbourne, Australia AUTO RACING 8:30 a.m. SPEED — 24 Hours of Le Mans, start of race, at Le Mans, France 11:30 a.m. SPEED — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, pole qualifying for Pocono 500, at Long Pond, Pa. 2 p.m. SPEED — Formula One, qualifying for Canadian Grand Prix, at Montreal (same-day tape) 3:30 p.m. SPEED — 24 Hours of Le Mans, at Le Mans, France 7:30 p.m. VERSUS — IRL, IndyCar, Firestone Twin 275s, at Fort Worth, Texas 8 p.m. SPEED — ARCA, Pocono ARCA 200, at Long Pond, Pa. (same-day tape) 11 p.m. SPEED — 24 Hours of Le Mans, at Le Mans, France COLLEGE BASEBALL Noon ESPN — NCAA Division I playoffs, super regionals, Game 2, Mississippi St. at Florida 3 p.m. ESPN — NCAA Division I playoffs, super regionals, Game 2, Stanford at North Carolina 6 p.m. ESPN2 — NCAA Division I playoffs, super regionals, Game 1, Connecticut at South Carolina 7 p.m. ESPN — NCAA Division I playoffs, super regionals, Game 2, Arizona St. at Texas 9 p.m. ESPN2 — NCAA Division I playoffs, super regionals, game 2, Oregon St. at Vanderbilt CYCLING 5 p.m. VERSUS — Criterium du Dauphine, stage 6, Les Gets to Le Collet d’Allevard, France (same-day tape) 6 p.m. VERSUS — Tour de Suisse, stage 1, time trial, at Lugano, Switzerland (same-day tape) GOLF 8 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Italian Open, third round, at Turin, Italy 1 p.m. TGC — Champions Tour, Greater Hickory Classic, second round, at Conover, N.C. 3 p.m. CBS — PGA Tour, St. Jude Classic, third round, at Memphis, Tenn. 6:30 p.m. TGC — LPGA, State Farm Classic, third round, at Springfield, Ill. (same-day tape) HORSE RACING 3 p.m. VERSUS — NTRA, Belmont Stakes undercard, at Elmont, N.Y. 5 p.m. NBC — NTRA, Belmont Stakes, at Elmont, N.Y. MLB 4 p.m. FOX — Regional coverage, Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia, Cincinnati at San Francisco, or Texas at Minnesota 7 p.m. FSD — Seattle at Detroit MLB — Regional coverage, St. Louis at Milwaukee or N.Y. Mets at Pittsburgh WGN — Oakland at Chicago White Sox MOTORSPORTS 10 p.m. SPEED — AMA Pro Motocross 250, at Mount Morris, Pa. (same-day tape) PRO SOFTBALL 3 p.m. ESPN2 — National Professional Fastpitch, Chicago at Florida

High Schools SCHEDULE Saturday’s Games BASEBALL MHSAA Division 2 Regional 11 Tournament at Grand Rapids Christian — Williamston vs. Portland, 10 a.m.; Owosso vs. Grand Rapids Christian, 12:30 p.m.; semifinal winners meet in championship at 3 p.m. MHSAA Division 3 Regional 19 Tournament at Millington — Vassar vs. Marlette, 10 a.m.; OvidElsie vs. Byron, 12:30 p.m.; semifinal winners meet in championship at 3 p.m. MHSAA Division 4 Regional 31 Tournament at Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes — PewamoWestphalia vs. New Lothrop, 10 a.m.; Webberville vs. Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest, 12:30 p.m.; semifinal winners meet in championship at 3 p.m.



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SOFTBALL MHSAA Division 2 Regional 11 Tournament at Grand Rapids Christian — Owosso vs. Grand Rapids South Christian, 10 a.m.; Williamston vs. Eaton Rapids, 12:30 p.m.; semifinal winners meet in championship at 3 p.m. MHSAA Division 4 Regional 31 Tournament at Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes — Webberville vs. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes, 10 a.m.; Portland St. Patrick vs. New Lothrop, noon; semifinal winners meet in championship at 2 p.m.

SCORES BOYS GOLF Friday’s Results

DIVISION 3 REGIONAL TOURNAMENT At Hunters Ridge Golf Course, Howell Team standings: 1. Laingsburg 316; 2. Ithaca 331; 3. Tawas 331; 4. Alma 336; 5. Williamston 338; 6. Farwell 342; 7. Lansing Catholic 344; 7. Saginaw Swan Valley 344; 7. Clare 344; 10. Essexville-Garber 355; 11. St. Charles 362; 12. Freeland 384. Top 10 Individuals: 1. Luke Rayburn (Ithaca) 75; 2. Tyler Coss (Laingsburg) 76; 3. Cole Hanson (Laingsburg) 78; 4. Matt McArdle (Tawas) 79; 4. Jake Johnson (Lansing Catholic) 79; 6. Seth Studer (Essexville-Garber) 80; 6. Adam Jacobs (Swan Valley) 80; 6. Patrick Church (Clare); 6. Dustin Pumford (St. Charles) 80; 10. Brett Green (Alma) 81; 10. Sean Sommerville (Alma) 81; 10. Jake Blink (Laingsburg) 81; 10. Mitchell Curry (Laingsburg) 81; 10. Parker Ottarson (Williamston) 81. LAINGSBURG (316): 2. Tyler Coss 76, 3. Cole Hanson 78; 10. Jake Blink 81; 10. Mitchell Curry 81; 20. Sam Johnson 83. Additional Individual State Qualifiers 4. Jake Johnson (Lansing Catholic) 79; 6. Adam Jacobs (Swan Valley) 80; 6. Dustin Pumford (St. Charles) 80. Area Non- State Qualifiers Byron: Jason Korroch 100. Chesaning: Jason Muirhead 86 Perry: Nathan Dollar (WD), Justin Krauss 83, Jimmy Davisson 97.

DIVISION 2 REGIONAL TOURNAMENT At The PohlCat, Mount Pleasant Team standings: 1. Clio 330; 2. Big Rapids 330; 3. Croswell Lexington 333; 4. Linden 336; 5. Ludington 342; 6. Ogemaw Heights 346; 7. Cadillac 348; 8. Petoskey 351; 9. Gaylord 354; 10. Lapeer West 355; 11. Fenton 358; 12. Goodrich 367. Top 10 Individuals: 1. Jimmy McCarthy (Mt. Pleasant) 75; 2. Alex Dombrowski (Gaylord) 78; 2. Tim Dawkins (Big Rapids) 78; 2. Andrew Morgan (Clio) 78; 5. Kurtis Jones (Linden) 79; 5. Jim Grout (Croswell-Lexington) 79; 7. Ben Chipman (Cadillac) 81; 7. Kody Kenny (Kearsley) 81; 9. Alex Green (Ogemaw Heights), 82; 9. Danny Lawrence (Mt. Pleasant) 82. Corunna: Cory Peisert 97, Nate Minkwic 102.


Detroit Penny L,5-5 7 8 3 3 0 2 Furbush 1 1 0 0 0 1 Alburquerque 1 0 0 0 1 2 Furbush pitched to 1 batter in the 9th. Umpires—Home, Mike Winters; First, Mike Everitt; Second, Chris Guccione; Third, John Tumpane. T—2:53. A—30,511 (41,255).

NATIONAL LEAGUE East Division W L Pct GB Philadelphia 38 26 .594 — Atlanta 36 28 .563 2 Florida 32 30 .516 5 1 New York 31 32 .492 6 ⁄2 Washington 27 36 .429 101⁄2 Central Division W L Pct GB St. Louis 38 27 .585 — 1 Milwaukee 36 28 .563 1 ⁄2 Cincinnati 33 31 .516 41⁄2 Pittsburgh 30 32 .484 61⁄2 Chicago 25 37 .403 111⁄2 Houston 24 40 .375 131⁄2 West Division W L Pct GB San Francisco 35 28 .556 — Arizona 34 30 .531 11⁄2 Colorado 31 32 .492 4 San Diego 29 35 .453 61⁄2 Los Angeles 29 36 .446 7 Friday’s Results Philadelphia 7, Chicago Cubs 5 N.Y. Mets 8, Pittsburgh 1 Florida 6, Arizona 4 Atlanta 11, Houston 4 Milwaukee 8, St. Louis 0 Colorado 6, L.A. Dodgers 5 Washington at San Diego, late Cincinnati at San Francisco, late Saturday’s Games Chicago Cubs (Garza 2-5) at Philadelphia (Cl.Lee 5-5), 4:10 p.m. Cincinnati (Leake 5-2) at San Francisco (Lincecum 5-4), 4:10 p.m. Atlanta (Minor 0-2) at Houston (Lyles 0-1), 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Dickey 3-6) at Pittsburgh (Ja.McDonald 3-4), 7:05 p.m. Arizona (I.Kennedy 6-2) at Florida (Vazquez 3-5), 7:10 p.m. St. Louis (C.Carpenter 1-5) at Milwaukee (Greinke 5-1), 7:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Lilly 4-5) at Colorado (Hammel 3-5), 8:10 p.m. Washington (Lannan 3-5) at San Diego (Richard 2-7), 8:35 p.m. Sunday’s Games Arizona at Florida, 1:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia, 1:35 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m. Atlanta at Houston, 2:05 p.m. St. Louis at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 3:10 p.m. Washington at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati at San Francisco, 8:05 p.m.

AMERICAN LEAGUE East Division W L Pct GB Boston 37 26 .587 — New York 34 27 .557 2 Tampa Bay 33 30 .524 4 1 Toronto 32 32 .500 5 ⁄2 Baltimore 30 31 .492 6 Central Division W L Pct GB Cleveland 34 27 .557 — Detroit 34 29 .540 1 1 Chicago 31 35 .470 5 ⁄2 Kansas City 27 36 .429 8 Minnesota 24 39 .381 11 West Division W L Pct GB Texas 36 29 .554 — 1 Seattle 33 31 .516 2 ⁄2 1 Los Angeles 30 34 .469 5 ⁄2 Oakland 28 37 .431 8 Friday’s Results N.Y. Yankees 11, Cleveland 7 Seattle 3, Detroit 2 Baltimore 7, Tampa Bay 0 Boston 5, Toronto 1 Oakland 7, Chicago White Sox 5 Texas 9, Minnesota 3 Kansas City at L.A. Angels, late Saturday’s Games Cleveland (Talbot 2-2) at N.Y. Yankees (Colon 4-3), 1:05 p.m. Boston (Lackey 3-5) at Toronto (Morrow 2-3), 1:07 p.m. Texas (C.Lewis 5-6) at Minnesota (S.Baker 3-4), 4:10 p.m. Seattle (Pineda 6-3) at Detroit (Scherzer 7-2), 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (Price 7-5) at Baltimore (Guthrie 2-8), 7:05 p.m. Oakland (G.Gonzalez 5-4) at Chicago White Sox (Danks 1-8), 7:10 p.m. Kansas City (F.Paulino 0-0) at L.A. Angels (Pineiro 2-3), 9:05 p.m. Sunday’s Games Cleveland at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m. Seattle at Detroit, 1:05 p.m. Boston at Toronto, 1:07 p.m. Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 1:35 p.m. Oakland at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m. Texas at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m. Kansas City at L.A. Angels, 3:35 p.m.


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NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FINALS (Best-of-7) (x-if necessary) Vancouver 3, Boston 2 June 1: Vancouver 2, Boston 0 June 4: Vancouver 3, Boston 2, OT June 6: Boston 8, Vancouver 1 June 8: Boston 4, Vancouver 0 June 10: Vancouver 1, Boston 0 June 13: Vancouver at Boston, 8 p.m. x-June 15: Boston at Vancouver, 8 p.m.

PLAYOFFS SCORING LEADERS Through Friday GP G David Krejci, Bos 22 11 Henrik Sedin, Van 22 2 Martin St. Louis, TB 18 10 Ryan Kesler, Van 22 7 Vincent Lecavalier, TB 18 6 Daniel Sedin, Van 22 9 Patrice Bergeron, Bos 20 4 Alexandre Burrows, Van 22 9 Nathan Horton, Bos 21 8 Teddy Purcell, TB 18 6 Joe Thornton, SJ 18 3 Dan Boyle, SJ 18 4 Brad Marchand, Bos 22 8 Michael Ryder, Bos 22 7 Ryane Clowe, SJ 17 6

A PTS 11 22 19 21 10 20 12 19 13 19 9 18 14 18 8 17 9 17 11 17 14 17 12 16 7 15 8 15 9 15

NBA PLAYOFFS FINALS (Best-of-7) (x-if necessary) Dallas 3, Miami 2 May 31: Miami 92, Dallas 84 June 2: Dallas 95, Miami 93 June 5: Miami 88, Dallas 86 June 7: Dallas 86, Miami 83 June 9: Dallas 112, Miami 103 June 12: Dallas at Miami, 8 p.m. x-June 14: Dallas at Miami, 9 p.m.

PLAYOFFS LEADERS Through Friday SCORING G FG FT Durant, OKC 17 155 140 Nowitzki, DAL 20 183 173 Rose, CHI 16 149 111 Howard, ORL 6 51 60 Anthony, NYK 4 33 29 Wade, MIA 20 175 134 Westbrook, OKC 17 135 121 James, MIA 20 165 118 Bryant, LAL 10 83 50 Randolph, MEM 13 100 87 Paul, NOR 6 42 39 Granger, IND 5 43 14 Aldridge, POR 6 53 19 Pierce, BOS 9 68 30 Ginobili, SAN 5 31 32 Parker, SAN 6 43 31 Allen, BOS 9 57 24 Johnson, ATL 12 87 34 Bosh, MIA 20 131 109 Terry, DAL 20 117 68

PTS 487 561 434 162 104 498 405 476 228 289 132 108 125 187 103 118 170 226 371 341

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WESTERN CONFERENCE W L 2 0 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 3 Friday’s Results New York 81, Indiana 80 San Antonio 93, Tulsa 62 Chicago 78, Connecticut 75 Phoenix at Los Angeles, late Saturday’s Games Indiana at New York, 7 p.m. Chicago at Washington, 7 p.m. Atlanta at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Sunday’s Games Tulsa at Connecticut, 3 p.m.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE W L T Pts GF GA Los Angeles 8 2 6 30 20 12 FC Dallas 7 3 4 25 17 12 Seattle 5 4 6 21 16 13 Real Salt Lake 6 3 2 20 13 6 Colorado 4 3 7 19 16 14 Chivas USA 4 4 5 17 16 14 Portland 5 5 2 17 15 18 San Jose 4 4 4 16 16 14 Vancouver 1 6 7 10 14 20 NOTE: Three points for victory, one point for tie. Friday’s Result New York 2, New England 1 Saturday’s Games Real Salt Lake at Philadelphia, 4 p.m. San Jose at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. Chivas USA at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Colorado at Portland, 10:30 p.m. Toronto FC at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Vancouver at Seattle FC, 10:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games Chicago at Columbus, 4 p.m. Kansas City at FC Dallas, 7 p.m.

Golf PGA TOUR FEDEX-ST. JUDE Friday’s Results At TPC Southwind Memphis, Tenn. Purse: $5.6 million Yardage: 7,239; Par: 70 (35-35) (a-amateur) Second Round Robert Karlsson 66-65 — Colt Knost 66-68 — Keegan Bradley 67-67 — John Merrick 66-69 — Fredrik Jacobson 71-65 — Harrison Frazar 71-65 — George McNeill 70-67 — Brandt Snedeker 71-66 — Stephen Ames 69-68 — Scott Stallings 69-68 — David Mathis 65-72 — Fabian Gomez 67-70 — Nick O’Hern 71-66 — Troy Matteson 70-67 — Kris Blanks 66-71 — Shane Bertsch 71-67 — Kent Jones 68-70 — Camilo Villegas 69-69 — Carl Pettersson 69-69 — Ryuji Imada 70-68 — Tim Herron 73-65 — Kevin Kisner 66-72 — Blake Adams 72-67 — Jonathan Byrd 71-68 — Lee Westwood 69-70 — Shaun Micheel 68-71 — Charles Howell III 72-67 — Retief Goosen 68-71 — Ben Curtis 71-68 — Jimmy Walker 69-70 — Cameron Tringale 71-68 — David Hearn 69-70 — Boo Weekley 68-72 — Marco Dawson 68-72 — Marc Turnesa 72-68 — Rich Beem 72-68 — Cameron Percy 70-70 — John Rollins 70-70 — Paul Stankowski 71-69 — D.J. Brigman 72-68 — Andres Gonzales 75-65 — Aron Price 69-71 — Michael Putnam 71-69 — Greg Chalmers 72-69 — Tom Pernice, Jr. 70-71 — Tag Ridings 68-73 — Chris Couch 71-70 — Geoff Ogilvy 71-70 — Jerry Kelly 72-69 — D.J. Trahan 74-67 — Will MacKenzie 71-70 — Brett Quigley 71-70 — Chad Campbell 72-69 — Kirk Triplett 73-68 — Scott Gutschewski 68-73 — Sunghoon Kang 70-71 — Mike Small 72-69 — Jeff Quinney 68-73 — Rod Pampling 75-66 — Zach Johnson 73-68 — Robert Allenby 70-71 — Heath Slocum 68-73 — Steve Flesch 70-71 — Dicky Pride 70-71 — John Mallinger 70-71 — Spencer Levin 72-69 — Brian Davis 71-70 — Zack Miller 70-71 — Jim Renner 72-69 — Craig Barlow 70-72 — Johnson Wagner 74-68 — Padraig Harrington 70-72 — Bobby Gates 74-68 — Kevin Stadler 73-69 — John Senden 69-73 — John Daly 69-73 — Richard S. Johnson 74-68 — Frank Lickliter II 71-71 — Garrett Willis 71-71 — Todd Hamilton 72-70 — Ben Crane 73-69 — Jhonattan Vegas 73-69 — Graham DeLaet 73-69 —

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LPGA TOUR STATE FARM CLASSIC Friday’s Results At Panther Creek Country Club Springfield, Ill. Purse: $1.7 million Yardage: 6,746; Par: 72 (a-amateur) Second Round Mindy Kim 64-67 — Shanshan Feng 68-65 — Yani Tseng 67-66 — Jiyai Shin 66-68 — Amanda Blumenherst 68-67 — Jennifer Johnson 69-67 — Paula Creamer 68-68 — Brittany Lincicome 67-69 — Cristie Kerr 70-67 — Suzann Pettersen 70-67 — Se Ri Pak 69-68 — Karen Stupples 69-68 — Catriona Matthew 68-69 — Morgan Pressel 68-69 — Wendy Ward 68-69 — Juli Inkster 67-70 — Maria Hjorth 72-66 — Mi Hyun Kim 70-68 — Kyeong Bae 69-69 — Gerina Piller 69-69 — Brittany Lang 68-70 — Michelle Wie 72-67 — Nicole Hage 71-68 — Marcy Hart 71-68 — Mika Miyazato 71-68 — Belen Mozo 70-69 — Sophie Gustafson 69-70 — Yoo Kyeong Kim 69-70 — Sarah Jane Smith 69-70 — Moira Dunn 68-71 — Angela Stanford 73-67 — Amy Yang 72-68 — Minea Blomqvist 70-70 — I.K. Kim 70-70 — Haeji Kang 69-71 — Meena Lee 69-71 — Danah Bordner 68-72 — Sarah Kemp 66-74 — Jane Park 73-68 — Chella Choi 72-69 — Natalie Gulbis 72-69 — Ryann O’Toole 72-69 — Pornanong Phatlum 72-69 — Kris Tamulis 71-70 — Mina Harigae 70-71 — M.J. Hur 70-71 — Jimin Kang 70-71 — Hee Kyung Seo 70-71 — Michele Redman 69-72 — Jenna Pearson 68-73 — Christine Song 68-73 — Janice Moodie 74-68 — Silvia Cavalleri 73-69 —

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MIAMI’S LEBRON JAMES dunks against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Sunday in Dallas.

Heat hope to force Game 7 By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer

MIAMI — LeBron James came to Miami last summer for the chance to be a champion. He arrived back here Friday just hoping to be a survivor. The Dallas Mavericks have a 3-2 lead in the NBA finals and can win their first championship Sunday night. Less than a year after the Heat’s free agent victory celebration, the real party might belong to Dirk Nowitzki. But the Heat, despite consecutive losses that have renewed criticism of their execution and James’ ability in the clutch, insist they can still win the first of multiple titles James boasted of upon his arrival in South Florida. “I guess they have momentum in the sense they came home and won two games. But each game is its own,” Dwyane Wade said Thursday night. “We’re going to come out — every game has been pretty much a possession here, a possession there. Either team can come in and say they can be up different than what they are. We’ll be coming to the game understanding it’s a possession game in Game 6, doing whatever it takes to win the ballgame. So we’re confident.” So are the Mavericks, who hung in for four games until their offense finally started clicking the way they believed it would. They get two chances to close out the Heat, but stress the importance of doing it on the first try. “Game 6 is Game 7 for us,” guard Jason Terry said. “We want to play like there’s no tomorrow. If we do that, I have no doubt in my mind we can be successful. We must come out aggressively.” Wrapping it up on Miami’s floor would be the sweetest revenge for Nowitzki and Terry, who launched the Mavs’ final shot that Wade rebounded and fired in the air as the clock expired on Miami’s Game 6 victory in Dallas in the 2006 finals. That remained the Heat’s biggest moment until last July, when James and Chris Bosh agreed to join Wade in Miami. The Heat threw a victory bash, with their three superstars posing and dancing on stage while drawing some ridicule around the league. There’s no dancing now, espe-

cially not with Wade’s sore left hip. He said he’ll be fine in time for Sunday, and the Heat get a break with the extra day between Games 5 and 6 after the finals started earlier than normal following two short conference finals. Under the usual format, there is only one day off when the finals switch cities. James’ reputation has absorbed its own wound. He rebounded from his eight-point Game 4 flop by delivering a triple-double in Game 5. But it came with only two points in the fourth quarter. He has totaled just 11 points in that period, a major reason the Mavericks have pulled out three games in one of the tightest finals ever. “We’ve just got to push through it. At this point we have no choice, honestly,” James said. “We’ve got two games left, and we worked hard all year to get home-court advantage. So we have to take advantage of it.” The winner of Game 5 has gone on to win the title 19 of the previous 26 times the finals were tied 2-2, but the Heat will try to become the second consecutive team to overcome those odds. The Lakers returned to Los Angeles down 3-2 last year and took the last two from the Boston Celtics. The Heat’s chances depend on being able to regain control of a Dallas offense that was at its frightening best in Game 5. After averaging just 87.8 points through four games, the Mavericks shot 56.5 percent from the field and hit 13 of 19 3-pointers (68 percent) in their 112-103 victory. Another performance like that and veterans that fill up their roster could finally become champions. “Look, we’re trying to execute our game plan and see if we have the most points come Sunday,” 38-year-old point guard Jason Kidd said. “We’re not looking to knock no one out. We’re here to play team basketball and continue to do what we’ve been doing the last two games.” Still, these finals are turning into what James isn’t doing, much more than what the Mavs are doing. Even the two-time MVP’s triple-double felt hollow, because it was accompanied by two missed shots and a turnover on an offensive foul after the Mavs tied it at 100 with 3:23 remaining.


REGIONAL Laingsburg wins tournament, headed to state Laingsburg, which qualified for the state finals as a team for the first time since 2005 when it finished ninth at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University, featured a balanced attack that was headed up by two regional medalists, both juniors. Laingsburg’s Tyler Coss shot a 5-over 76 and finished second overall. Coss, who was the medalist last week at the district tournament, was just one shot off the medalist round of Ithaca’s Luke Rayburn. It was a stronger performance than even Coss had hoped for. “Absolutely,” Coss said. “I finished with a few birdies on the back nine ... I birdied two parfours in a row ... and really kind of pulled it out and shot better than I expected. I was hoping just to break 80. That was my goal after the first nine and, then, somehow pulled out a 76.” Coss said he knew the team had the talent to win a regional title, it was just a question of when it could put it together. “We all played really well as a team and we all finished strong. We knew we had the talent,” Coss said. “We haven’t been playing well as a team altogether but we all played really well and got it done.” Wolfpack junior Cole Hanson finished third overall with a 78. Tied for fourth with 79s were Matt McArdle, of Tawas, and Jake Johnson, of Lansing Catholic. “I did pretty well, but I missed a couple of putts though. I could have done a lot better,” Hanson said. “It was cold out there, but it wasn’t too bad.” Laingsburg’s remaining scorers were juniors Jake Blink and Mitchell Curry, who each shot 81 while tying for 10th individually. Senior Sam Johnson finished 20th overall with an 83. Laingsburg golfers stepped up their game by “staying within themselves,” coach Brian Abbey said and not trying to do “anyting too crazy.” “I’m very happy with how they played and they beat their score from districts on what I think is a tougher course — a course that they don’t get to see outside of something like this,”

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STEVE WALKULSKY demonstrates a putting drill.

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LAINGSBURG’S BOYS GOLF TEAM reigned as Division 3 regional champions Friday at Hunters Ridge Golf Course in Howell. Coach Brian Abbey’s Wolfpack shot 316, placing first in the 12team regional which also included second-place Ithaca (331) and third-place Tawas (also 331). Pictured with their team regional trophy, from left to right, are Laingsburg’s coach Abbey, Sam Johnson, Tyler Coss, Cole Hanson, Jake Blink and Mitchell Curry. Corunna’s Peisert, Minkwic short of state qualifying MOUNT PLEASANT — Corunna junior golfers Cory Peisert and Nate Minkwic could not advance out of the Division 2 regionals Friday at The PohlCat. Peisert shot 97 and Minkwic shot 102 on the cool, overcast day. The top three teams and the top three individual golfers, not on a state-qualifing team, won berths to the upcoming Division 2 state finals. Clio and Big Rapids each shot 330 totals with the Mustangs finishing first and the Cardinals settling for second place. Croswell Lexington was third at 333. The individual state qualifiers were Jimmy McCarthy of Mount Pleasant, who shot 75 for medalist honors, Alex Dombrowski of Gaylord (78) and Kurtis Jones of Linden (79).

Abbey said. “I don’t know if any of them except one guy got over here to play a practice round. All of the guys improved. Tyler shot the same score (at districts), Cole improved his by almost eight strokes, Jake improved his by four or five and Mitchell, we took his score today and he improved by about 12 strokes from districts.” Abbey thought a 325 would be a good score to shoot for but his team surpassed those expectations. “I was hoping for a 325 or so,” Abbey said. “I thought that would have been good since we shot 333 at Glenbrier and, if they were going to improve by eight or nine shots that would be a couple of shots per guy. Today we improved by 17

strokes. That’s a big jump. That’s really, really good and against this kind of competition that’s great. “We’re going to go to states,” Abbey continued. “That was their ultimately goal to get there and I’m glad they’re going to be able to experience it. This is probably one of the best teams to come out of Laingsburg in a long time.” There were four golfers tied for fifth — Seth Studer, of Essexville Garber; Adam Jacobs, of Saginaw Swan Valley; Patrick Church, of Clare; and Dustin Pumford, of St. Charles. The remaining two state qualifying spots were decided by a playoff and Pumford and Jacobs were the survivors.

There were several other area golfers who competed on Friday but no other area linksters, besides the members of the Laingsburg squad, earned tickets to the state finals. Perry senior Justin Krauss finished just three shots away from competing in the playoff. Krauss settled for an 83 after a disappointing final hole. He got into trouble off the tee and shot nine, according to head coach Jake Baumgartner. Another Rambler, sophomore Nathan Dollar, had to withdraw after a few holes because of a foot injury he suffered earlier in the week. “I hurt my foot a couple of days ago,” Dollar said. “I cut my heel on some stairs in a barn. They are made out of wood so they had some sharp edges. I played like five holes but, then, I just couldn’t do it.” The other Perry golfer to make it to regionals, sophomore Jimmy Davisson, shot 97. Jason Muirhead, of Chesaning, shot an 86 and was six shots off qualifying for the playoff. Byron senior Jason Korroch shot 100.


Putt with a wedge to learn how to make a consistent stroke STEVE

Wakulsky OCC Professional ere is a great drill to learn to make solid contact with the ball when putting. Make some strokes with your wedge — that’s right, your wedge! — trying to contact the ball at its equator or just slightly above it. It might take a little practice to get the hang of it but, once you do it, you will be on your way to making a smooth, repeatable, shoulder and arm stroke motion, which will help you become a consistent putter. Here are some tips on how to do it: ■ Take your normal putting set-up position and place the wedge behind the ball with the leading edge opposite the equator of the ball. A pitching wedge works better than a sand wedge because its leading edge is usually straighter. Also, see the closeup photo. Make sure your wedge is elevated off the ground at address. ■ Focus on making your stroke and returning the wedge back to the equator of the ball — or slightly above it — on the down stroke. ■ With a little practice, you


should be able to contact the ball at the equator and get the ball rolling consistently toward your target. This drill has been one that has helped many PGA Tour players throughout the years. They use it because it helps them to learn to make a stroke as the club is traveling level to the equator of the ball coming into impact. It’s what helps the ball to roll true toward the target. If the stroke is approaching the ball on a descending or too much of an ascending angle, the ball will hop and bounce after contact. Head out to the practice green with your wedge to learn how to get the ball rolling and to improve your putting stroke! Just be a little careful not to put a divot on the green with your wedge! You don’t want to tick off the greenskeeper. EDITOR’S NOTE: Steve Wakulsky is the head golf professional at Owosso Country Club. He can be reached by calling 723-1470 during regular business hours.


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ROBERT KARLSSON takes his second shot on the seventh hole during the second round of the St. Jude Classic on Friday in Memphis, Tenn.

Karlsson grabs lead with 65 in Memphis The Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Robert Karlsson shot a 5-under 65 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the St. Jude Classic. Karlsson started a stroke behind firstround leader David Mathis and carded six birdies and a bogey to reach 9 under. The Swede, who lost here a year ago in a playoff with Lee Westwood, has played his first six career rounds at TPC Southwind under par with this his lowest score yet. Colt Knost (68) and Keegan Bradley (67) were tied for second. Bradley, the Byron Nelson Championship winner two weeks ago, is among a few who can earn a spot last week in the U.S. Open at Congressional by winning his second tour

event since the last Open. John Merrick (69) was 5 under, and Fredrik Jacobson (65) and Harrison Frazar (65) were another stroke back. Brandt Snedeker, The Heritage winner in April, shot a 66 to top the group at 3 under that included Mathis (72).

LPGA State Farm Classic SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Mindy Kim maintained her two-stroke lead in the LPGA State Farm Classic, following her opening career-low 64 with a 5-under 67 to reach 13 under. Kim had seven birdies — four in a row on Nos. 12-15 — and two bogeys in the Panther Creek course. Top-ranked Yani Tseng (66) and Shanshan Feng (65) were tied for second.

Jiyai Shin aced the par-3 second hole en route to a 68 to reach 10 under. Amanda Blumenhurst (67) was 9 under, and Brittany Lincicome, coming off a victory Sunday in New Jersey, had a 69 to join Paula Creamer (68) and Jennifer Johnson (67) at 8 under. Defending champion Cristie Kerr (67) topped a large group at 7 under. Michelle Wie was eight strokes back at 5 under, following an opening 72 with a 67.

Greater Hickory Classic CONOVER, N.C. — Bob Tway birdied the 18th hole for a 9-under 63 and a onestroke lead after the first round of the Champions Tour’s Greater Hickory Classic. On a hot day when Mike Goodes fired a 28 on the front nine, Tway had a stretch

of four straight birdies to start the back nine on the Rock Barn layout made tame by soft greens, hard fairways and little wind. Tway, winless on the Champions Tour, made just one bogey. Goodes, who had six straight birdies to shoot the lowest frontnine score this season on the 50-and-over tour, was a shot back along with Tommy Armour III, Joe Ozaki and Mark Wiebe. Mark Calcavecchia, Mark O’Meara and David Eger opened with 65s.

Italian Open FIANO, Italy — England’s Robert Rock shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead over countryman Chris Wood and Dutchman Joost Luiten after the second round of the Italian Open.

FARMINGTON HILLS — The 100th Michigan Amateur, the oldest amateur tournament in Michigan, which runs from June 21-25 at Boyne Highland Resorts — The Heather, combines stroke and match play. This year’s historic tournament kicks off June 20 with CBS commentator and former PGA Tour player Gary McCord conducting a golf clinic and appearing as the keynote speaker at The Champions Dinner that evening. A series of 13 sectional qualifiers determined the majority of the championship field (168 players). Other competitors made the field through various exemptions, including five who qualified for various USGA events and being a multiple Michigan amateur champion. The field includes many college players, as well as players in the over-50 crowd. Seasoned veterans and young golfers have both seen success at the Michigan Amateur over the years. Nothing illustrates that better in this year’s championship field than Mike Fedewa, of Canton, and his son, Steve, of Howell. They were co-medalists at the Pheasant Run qualifier May 12 after each logging rounds of 71. “We don’t get to play together a lot but when we do, we are headto-head,” said Steve. “We are out for each other, but it is a good matchup. I have a lot of friends in

the tournament and I’ve met a lot of the seniors my dad plays with and the caliber of players we have in Michigan of all ages is just amazing. “ The Fedewas were also comedalists in 2010 at the same Pheasant Run qualifier. Last year, Mike was beating Steve by a stroke as Steve teed off on 18. Mike was waiting for his son at the green and pointed out that he would need to sink a 35-foot putt to tie the score. “I made the putt,” said Steve. “This year, it was reversed. I was leading by a stroke and standing at the green waiting for my dad to finish. He needed to make a 15-foot putt to tie the score and he did it. It was kind of a cool scenario.” Both Fedewas excel at the short game, but still manage to hit the ball well off the tee. Steve feels like he might have the edge on the greens, right now, but says his dad might have the better drive. “Both of our short games are really good and we get up and down pretty well,” said Steve. “He still hits the ball just as far as I do which at 62 years old is pretty impressive. Last year we were hoping to see each other in the finals and it is the same again this year. It would be pretty special if that were to happen.” The Fedewas made it to match play last year with Mike being ousted in the first round by Tom Werkmeister and Steve losing to Eric Lilleboe in the third round.


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TIGERS Ichiro sits for the first time in 255 games ball deep to the right-field corner, but it landed foul. He eventually grounded out to end the game. Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer for the Tigers, one of only five hits for Detroit. The Tigers entered the night a game behind first-place

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Cleveland in the AL Central. Detroit is 9-3 in its last 12 games. Suzuki was left out of the starting lineup amid a lengthy slump. He’s hitting .252 this season and only .149 since May 19. “He’s been playing baseball for a long time,” manager Eric Wedge said before the game. “He’s mentally tough, he’s physically tough. He has so many different things that are reasons for the fact that he has been so successful, but ultimately, he’s a human being, and everybody needs a break every now and again.” Justin Smoak put Seattle ahead with a solo homer in the top of the first, his 11th of the season. Martinez answered in the fourth with an opposite-field shot that gave Detroit a 2-1 lead

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before Peguero took over. He came up again in the ninth with a man on second and one out, but the Tigers weren’t about to give him another chance to hit. They intentionally walked him. “I’ve seen what he can do,” Leyland said. “There was no reason to pitch to him there.” Seattle starter Erik Bedard allowed two runs and three hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked three before


Continued from Page 9 giving way to Ray, who retired six straight Tigers in the sixth and seventh. Pauley took over in the eighth, and pinch-hitter Don Kelly led off with an infield single off his glove. Kelly made it as far as third base before Brennan Boesch struck out swinging at a pitch in the dirt to end the inning. Penny pitched seven innings, allowing three runs and eight hits with two strikeouts. NOTES: Detroit has at least one extra-base hit in all 63 games this season. ... Seattle’s Chone Figgins, who took over Suzuki’s leadoff spot, had two hits. ... Detroit’s Ryan Raburn struck out three times, and Leyland said he will get the next day or two off. Raburn is hitting .200 this season with 66 strikeouts in 185 at-bats. ... Pauley lowered his ERA to 0.96.

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offensive flow in a Game 5 nailbiter, but Luongo kept Vancouver in it until Lapierre and Bieksa teamed up on a goal that set off a crazy celebration among tens of thousands of fans thronging downtown Vancouver. Luongo was pulled from Game 4, but coach Alain Vigneault stuck with him for Game 5. The Olympic champion was only occasionally spectacular, but he still narrowly outplayed Thomas, who has received just two goals of support from his teammates in three games in Vancouver. “(Luongo) knows that we believe in him,” Vancouver forward Alex Burrows said. “He’s unreal. We have so much confidence in him, and he doesn’t listen to what people outside this locker room say. We know he’s the best goalie in the league.” Thomas made 24 saves in Game 5, but lost his shutout streak of 110 minutes, 42 seconds dating to Game 3. With injured forward Nathan Horton’s jersey hanging in the visitors’ locker room, the Bruins’ power play regressed to its previous postseason struggles, going 0 for 4. After two scoreless periods of stellar goaltending in which Boston went scoreless on four power plays, the Canucks finally connected with a supremely heady play by the veteran Bieksa, who used Thomas’ aggressive style against him. Bieksa deliberately put a long shot wide of the goal, and when Thomas instinctively moved to his glove side to play it, the puck ricocheted off the back boards straight to Lapierre, who put it behind Thomas for just his second goal of the postseason. “I hope I was trying to miss the net, because I missed it by about 8 feet,” Bieksa said. “I didn’t have a real good angle to the net, so I just put it up there and got a good bounce.” Lapierre was a late-season acquisition who largely serves as an agitator for the Canucks, not a scorer. He’s never managed more than 15 goals in a season, and he had just six this season while playing for Montreal, Anaheim and Vancouver. The Canucks hung on from there, winning their sixth straight home playoff game since May 7. If Vancouver can’t improve on its last trip to Boston, the finals will go to Game 7 in Vancouver on Wednesday night. The home team has won every game in this series, and the Bruins have won their last five at home. In the last 21 times the finals were even going to Game 5, the winner went on to claim the Cup 15 times — yet Colorado (2001), Tampa Bay (2004) and Pittsburgh (2009) all overcame Game 5 losses to win it in the past decade. Luongo receives more criticism than almost any goalie with his level of accomplishment at hockey’s most elite levels, yet he has shown resilience throughout the postseason. He came back from a one-game benching in the first round against Chicago with a 2-1 victory in Game 7, and Vigneault unhesitatingly stuck by Luongo in the finals, ignoring widespread trashing of his $10 million goalie after Boston’s 8-1 and 4-0 home wins. The Canucks were grateful to return to Rogers Arena, where they eked out two one-goal wins to open the series on late goals by Raffi Torres and Alex Burrows. Vancouver seemed to be in control when the club left Canada last weekend — but then the Bruins seized charge of the series with two inspired performances after Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome’s late hit knocked Horton out for the series with a concussion early in Game 3. Boston is still having tremendous defensive success in the finals, holding 2010 league MVP Henrik Sedin without a point and limiting NHL scoring champion Daniel Sedin to one goal. Vancouver’s power play is 1 for 25 in the finals — yet the Bruins just haven’t scored timely road goals to back up Thomas, who allowed one goal in two games in Boston. Boston had three early power plays in Game 5 and controlled long stretches of play, but couldn’t crack Luongo. Chris Kelly hit Luongo’s crossbar with an early shot, and Luongo made a stunning point-blank save on Patrice Bergeron’s rebound shot from the slot during Boston’s third power play.


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U.S. congressman wants Iraq to repay war costs BAGHDAD (AP) — A U.S. congressman visiting Baghdad Friday suggested that Iraq pay back the United States for the money it has spent in the eight years since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher spoke during a one-day visit by a group of six U.S. congressman. The California Republican said he raised the suggestion during a meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that some day when Iraq is a “prosperous” nation it pay back the U.S. for everything that it has done here. “We would hope that some

consideration be given to repaying the United States some of the megadollars we have spent here in the last eight years,” Rohrabacher told reporters at the U.S. Embassy after the meeting. He did not say what reaction, if any, the prime minister had to the suggestion. The idea of repaying the United States for a war that the vast majority of Iraqis had no role in bringing about would likely gain little traction with an Iraqi public that harbors mixed emotions about the U.S. invasion. While many Iraqis are

glad to be rid of Saddam Hussein, they blame the United States for the chaos and sectarian violence that followed. The Baghdad city government earlier this year demanded the U.S. pay $1 billion for damage caused to the city by blast walls erected during the war. The congressman said the United States can no longer afford to send troops all over the world because the U.S. is in an economic crisis. “We could certainly use some people to care about our situation as we have cared about

theirs,” he said. Rohrabacher said the issue of cost could be a factor in any decision about whether to keep troops here past a Dec. 31 pullout deadline. There are currently about 47,000 American forces in Iraq. Discussion is intensifying about whether Iraq will ask American troops to stay past that date. Leon Panetta, who has been nominated to take over the Pentagon, said earlier this week during a confirmation hearing that Iraq would likely ask the U.S. to keep some American troop presence past 2011.

Official: Somali minister killed MOGADISHU, Somalia — An explosion Friday in the home of Somalia’s interior minister killed him and a woman suspected of being a bomber as violent demonstrations swept the capital. Security guards and soldiers opened fire on stone-throwing protesters angry at an agreement calling for the ouster of the country’s popular prime minister, killing two people, an official and witnesses said. Interior Minister Abdishakur Sheik Hassan, who also was minister for national security, died after shrapnel hit his legs and other parts of his body, said Ministry of Information spokesman Abdifatah Abdinur. He was earlier taken to a hospital in critical condition. Abdinur said a dead body of a female suspected to be the bomber was found in the home. Mohamud Abdullahi Weheliye, a member of parliament and a relative of Hassan’s, said the minister’s niece carried out the attack and that she was “sent” by alShabab,” an Islamist militia with ties to alQaida. The group has carried out suicide bombings in the past, including ones that targeted government officials. There was no immediate official confirmation of Weheliye’s account. Abdinur said officials were investigating to confirm it was a suicide attack in the twostory, gated building that is normally well protected. The explosion reportedly took place in the sitting room. “The walls of the sitting room cracked and blood and debris were scattered all over,” said Mohamed Mohamud, a witness who visited the site after the explosion. The house is near the Foreign Ministry and in a neighborhood inhabited by government officials and members of parliament. Somalia’s President Sheik Sharif Sheik

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SOMALI PROTESTORS set a fire Friday outside the Medina hotel that accommodates Somali MPs. Somali protesters took to the streets for the second day in support of current Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo. A new accord extending the government’s term by a year requires Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to resign in a month, but Mohamed is popular with many Somalis because he has managed to pay salaries for government workers and soldiers and attack corruption since he came to power in October last year. Ahmed sent his condolences to the family of the minister and the nation at large during an address on state radio. The minister was “truly an important person who departed us at a critical stage. He sacrificed his blood for the nation of Somalia,” the president said. “We hope that the cause he died for will be realized.” The commander of the African Union peacekeepers, Maj. Gen. Nathan Mugisha, lauded the minister’s commitment to the cause of peace in Somalia and said his service will be greatly missed.

“He was a driving force in much of the good reform and progress that we have seen recently,” he said. For a country that has been swept by war and anarchy for two decades, Friday was a particularly bloody day and came barely two days after President Ahmed and the speaker of parliament signed an internationally mediated agreement extending the government’s term by a year. It postponed an August presidential election until 2012 to give leaders more time to deal with security and political issues.

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Suicide bomber kills 4 police in Afghanistan By AMIR SHAH and JON GAMBRELL Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber blew himself up Friday outside a mosque where a remembrance ceremony was being held for a slain Afghan police commander. The blast killed four police officers, authorities said. The attack was the latest in a spate of violence as the Taliban wages its spring offensive. The bloodshed comes as President Barack Obama is expected to

decide within days how many U.S. troops to pull out in coming months— and possibly set a timetable for much larger withdrawals in 2012. Security forces confronted the bomber, who was dressed in traditional robes, before he entered the mosque in the northern city of Kunduz, said provincial police chief Samiullah Qatra, who attended the ceremony. A scuffle broke out and the bomber detonated his explosives, the force of the blast blowing out windows of the mosque, Qatra said.

At least 14 people were wounded, state health director Zafar Noori said. Video shot by AP Television News showed what appeared to be the bomber’s head and legs indicating he detonated his explosives outside the mosque near a mud wall. Green plastic chairs sat overturned, and blood pooled on the ground. Friday’s ceremony was in honor of Gen. Daud Daud, a well known regional police commander in northern Afghanistan who was killed May 28 in a bombing at the governor’s office

in northeastern Takhar province where top police and NATO officials were meeting. German Gen. Markus Kneip, NATO’s commander for northern Afghanistan, was among those wounded in the attack. Daud was a former deputy interior minister and ex-bodyguard of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the charismatic Tajik leader who commanded the Northern Alliance and died in an al-Qaida suicide bombing two days before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that prompted the U.S. invasion.

Clinton: Projects in Africa need vigilance LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — China’s massive investments and business dealings in Africa have not always met international standards and steps should be taken to ensure that Chinese interests on the continent do not conflict with those of the African people or take advantage of them, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday. In Zambia at the start of a three-nation tour of Africa focused on increasing trade between Africa and America, jump-starting development and the improving rights and health of women, Clinton said Washington does not regard China’s growing involvement in Africa as a threat to the U.S. But, she said China’s activities in Africa should be scrutinized for signs that they may not benefit African nations or their citizens. “China’s presence in Africa reflects the reality that it has important and growing interests here on the continent, including access to resources and markets as well as developing closer diplomatic ties,” Clinton told reporters at a news conference in Lusaka with Zambian President Rupiah Banda. “The United States does not see these Chinese interests as inherently incompatible with our own interests.” “We are, however, concerned that china’s foreign assistance investment practices in Africa have not always been consistent with generally accepted international norms of transparency and good governance and that it has not always utilized the talents of the African people in pursuing its business

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SECRETARY OF STATE Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers the closing remarks Friday at the African Growth and Opportunity Act Conference at the Mulungushi International Conference Center in Lusaka, Zambia. interests,” she said. Hungry for energy, raw material and jobs for its exploding and increasingly wealthy population China has in recent years turned to Africa for oil and minerals to fuel its growth. China is now a leading investor in many African nations where it uses

imported Chinese workers in the oil industry as well as to build stadiums, roads, dams and other infrastructure projects. Environmentalists and local labor leaders have complained about the impact of some of those projects and the fact that local labor is not used. Clinton said the United States wanted to work and cooperate with China and other outside investors “to make sure that when we are engaged with Africa we are doing it in a sustainable manner that will benefit the nations and people of Africa.” She said U.S. diplomats throughout Africa had been asked to confer with their Chinese colleagues on the matter but had also been instructed to assess the “overall role in their respective countries.” That comment suggested that the U.S. harbors suspicions about China’s intentions in Africa. For his part, Banda was unapologetic about Zambia’s reliance on China as an investor and purchaser of its raw materials, notably copper. “We have always worked with the Chinese,” he said, noting that China’s continued “appetite” for copper helped Zambia emerge quickly from the global economic crisis. But, he said he agreed with Clinton that foreign projects must adhere to minimum standards and not violate local laws. “Those who come here to do business must respect our laws and must look after our people in a decent manner,” Banda said. “We appreciate their being in this country, but we don’t exempt them.”

SUMMIT ST. SALES – Saturday, 8 to 3. 11 Locations. Look for balloons! Furniture. Antiques. Collectibles. Books. Lots of misc. 1002 SUMMIT ST. Hornus Estate Sale. Sat, 8-3. Rain or shine. Many treasures! 1107 S. CEDAR St. Owosso, Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-11/2 off Sat. 1111 SUMMIT ST. – Saturday, 8 to 3. Pre-lit Christmas tree. Wrought iron porch posts (4). Hanging lamp. Teaching materials and children’s books. Lots of interesting items. 115 S. HOWELL St., next to McDonald’s. Friday & Saturday, 9-5. 1151 HANOVER, OWOSSO household items, furniture, some tools, adult and kids clothes, toys. Saturday only 9-4 p.m. 2 FAMILY SALE– Furniture, queen bed, dressers, children’s clothes, household, TVs and toys. Fri & Sat, 9-3. 1401 Jackson Dr., Osburn Lakes Sub., 2459 COPAS RD. – Lots of Kids items. Cabinets. Sinks. 18 Ft. Intex pool. Friday & Saturday, 9 to 5. 3 FAMILY GENERATION SALE – Saturday and Sunday, 9 to 4. 750 Hollywood Dr. Baby clothes, NB to 18 Mo. Toys. Stroller/car seat. High chair. Bouncy seats. Furniture. Filing cabinet. Doors. Lots of household items. 3945 E. COPAS– Friday & Saturday, 8-4. Longaberger & Stampin’ Up, collectibles plus lots of misc. ANYTHING & EVERYTHING! Too much to list! Sat. & Sun. 9 to ?. 407 N. Gould St., Owosso.

BIG GARAGE SALEHousehold items, clothes and more. Thurs.-Sat. 9-4. 118 Cloverbrook, Owosso BIG SALE– JUNE 11 & 12, 9-4. 1249 W. Grand River Rd., Owosso. Lots of boys clothing, infant-3T, racing gear, women’s clothing size 6-8, lots of toys. COUPONERS GARAGE SALE – Thursday thru Saturday, 8 to 5. 11343 McCaughna Rd., Byron. ESTATE SALE – Friday thru Sunday, 9 to 5. 401 S. State St., Owosso, off W. Main St. Too much to list. GREAT SALE - lots of great items! Infant clothing, formal gowns, girls 4-16, boys/young mens, toddler boys to 5T, housewares, WAY too much to list. Friday June 10 9-5, Saturday June 11 9-2. 216 Cherry Street, Corunna. HARRISON AVE. STREET SALE – 7 Homes participating. Thursday thru Saturday, 9 to 3. HUGE GARAGE SALE 9365 S STATE RD, MORRICE. Wicker Furniture, Oak Cabinet, Stereo Equipment, Rabbit Cages, Precious Moments figures, Scentsy, Household, Boys and Girls clothes, Abercrombie, Gap, Aeropostle, Justice, Gymboree, DVDs, Holiday items, Little Tykes Toys, Huge wooden playset, Youth horse show clothes and lots more. Fri 12 pm - 6 pm, Sat 9 am - 6 pm. HUGE MOVING SALE. Mostly garage items, some old furniture, clothes and glass. Bolt bins w/bolts, small parts, storage bins, job boxes, carts. Lots of misc. semi truck parts and lots of hyd. water and AC hose. starts Thursday 6-9-11 will run thru 6-19-11. 315 E McNeil St. Corunna

JUNE 10 & 11 – 9-4. 675 Raymond Rd., Owosso. Lots of items, priced to sell! Most items under $1 MOVING SALE JUNE 11 & 12 9a-4p. 216 N. Dutcher St Corunna..little tykes items, 50 inch tv, dining room table, hutch, buffet, womens clothes, gun safe, train table, toiletries and more...Priced to Sell! MOVING SALE- MISC. items. Friday & Saturday, June 10 & 11, 9-6. 308 Marquette St., Durand MOVING/ESTATE SALE– FURNITURE, TVs, crafts, bikes, books, household. Friday & Saturday, 9-5. 1500 N. Hintz Rd., Owosso MULTI-FAMILY – Friday and Saturday, 9 to 5. Toddler bed. Bouncer. Swing. Stroller and car seat. Too much to list. 2729 Krouse Rd., Owosso. MULTI-FAMILY – TOYS, Precious Moments, books, clothes, household items, some furniture. Lots of misc.! Fri. thru Sun. 9 to 5. 4955 S. Vernon Rd. ‘MUST SEE’ YARD SALE – Fishing equipment, Deep V Tracker boat with 75hp merc, dishes, lots of misc.. 1223 S. Cedar St., Owosso. Friday thru Sunday 8 to ?. Rain cancels! SATURDAY ONLY – 9 to 4. Lots of baby/girl items, NB to 3T. Bedding sets. Household and misc. 800 State St., Owosso. SATURDAY ONLY, 6/11 9-12. 1763 Maplewood Ct., Gould Woods. Furniture, tools, some clothes, more SATURDAY, 9 TO 4 – 912 E. North St. Stampin Up. Treadmill. Electric stove. Golf clubs. Double jogging stroller. Toys. Clothes. Misc.


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Argus-Press Classified • 989-725-5136 FLANNIGAN’S LAWN CARE - Spring cleanup, yards rolled, gutter cleaning. Some tree trimming. Odd jobs. Accepting new customers. 989-288-4741.

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HOUSE AND CARPET CLEANING – Call Clean as a Whistle Cleaning Service. 989-721-6199. MANAGED WEB HOSTING Local Support Locally Owned and Operated Rock Ecommerce ph: 720-7625 EXTERIOR HOUSE PAINTING – 1/2 Off any job thru August. Also, 50% senior citizen discount thru August. (989)472-4059. OLD YELLER STUMP GRINDING – Best prices around. Insured. Call Jim. 723-4303. BUY AND SELL Through the Classifieds!


Fresh 490 Produce - Meats

ROTOTILLING Lawns and Gardens 989-494-9594 Or 989-834-2419.

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

Situations Wanted

SUMMER TUTOR– READING, Math, ASL. $20/hour. Message @ 989-725-6220

Licensed Child Care


DAYCARE HAS OPENINGS Infant and older. Call (989)723-3053.



CAIRN TERRIER PUPPIES Born May 1st. Ready Mid-June. Registered, vetchecked, dew claws removed, dewormed, 1st shots. $350-$400 989-413-1007 GREAT PRICES – On dog and cat collars! Call or stop in! FAIRVIEW PET CENTER, 1451 S. M-52. 723-4412. GROOMING SALON FOR SALE– (Main Street Pet Salon) 900 W. Main St., Owosso 989-666-2344


Farm - Dairy

GOATS– $20 AND up. Buy one reg. price, get one baby free. 517-651-2753



LOOKING FOR KING or queen water bed. 989-743-4750 NEED RELIABLE TENNAGER– to babysit, Monday-Friday, 9-5, possible weekends out. Call for interview 989-277-2832 TRAILERENCLOSED CARGO. 810-638-5636



BEAUTY SHOP equipment, computer desk, table & 6 chairs. 517-420-4227. BETTER WATER – For your home. pH 7.4 Approximately 6¢ per gallon. DISTRIBUTOR needed in your area. (602)692-7011.

RAT TERRIER PUPPIES– Always friendly. Great with kids. Several colors. 1st shot, dewormed. $150. 517-897-7005



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

SHELTY/ TERRIER MIX puppies Friendly,7 weeks, 1st. shot & dewormed $100. 517-897-7005 Find It In Classifieds

LEATHER SECTIONAL – 3 piece tan sleeper/recliner. $500. 989-666-7244.

YARD SHEDS – & More. Better construction. 15 years from this location.


Antiques 580 - Collectibles BUYING U.S. COINS – GOLD & SILVER. Paying top dollar. Call Scott, 989-714-2623. SEVERAL BOXES OF Hallmark ornaments, Hallmark Merry miniatures, Dickens Village, Boyd’s dollstone collection “Yesterday’s Child”. 989-723-1260

Boats Personal Watercrafts


100 HORSE MERCURY MOTOR – On 17 ft. Browning boat. Open bow. Must sell. (989)277-9004. 12 FT. BOAT– Excellent condition. Freshly painted green marine paint September 2010. 2 Owners. $300/ best. 989-277-4011 14’ ALUMINUM BOAT– with trailer, motor, trolling motor. Great shape. $800 or best. 989-627-3983 CHIEFTAN CANOE– WITH accessories. Brand new electric motor. $500. (989)627-6107 or 989-288-2144


Campers - RV’s

8’ TRUCK CAMPER. Fridge, furnace, oven, sink, shower, and toilet. $600. (989)845-4306

Lawn & Garden


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. 2003 JD GX325 48 In. $3500 Or best. (810)621-3070. 2010 JOHN DEERE LAWN TRACTOR – 530 with 4 yr. warranty or 500 hrs.. 54” cut. $5500 CASH, firm. 517-375-7950. H & G IRRIGATION – Open your sprinkler system today. Upgrades available to save 30% off water and energy. 989-413-4431 NICE BLACK DIRT– Delivered cheap. 989-627-3638


OAK TREES FOR sale, must be cut and stumped 989 743 3729.

Tree Service


BELIEVERS TREE SERVICE tree trimming/removal, camp & fire wood, lawn mowing and more. Free estimates, insured. 413-3236, 989-627-1723

Furniture, Household


1930’S ARMOIRE. $500. 1920’s glass curio cabinet $350. Deep red sleeper sofa $250. Stand-up comm. freezer $300. baby changing table/dresser $100. 989-666-8826 7 PIECE FORMAL dining room group, Lazy-Boy sofa, chair and ottoman, bar height table with 4 swivel chairs, cocktail and end tables and pictures. (989)725-9550



LOWERY GENIE GL-3 Organ, with mach sequencer. Excellent condition, great for chapel. $1200 or bet. 989-725-5357


Manufactured Homes


Manufactured Homes

LUXURY HOME– In Woods & Fields Community in Owosso. Refurbished 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with new roof, siding, windows, paint, flooring, counter tops, new black kitchen appliances, washer & dryer, fireplace, bay window 989-245-2117 MUST SELL – Newly remodeled modular, 1250 sq. ft. 3 Bedrooms, 2 baths. Lots of updates. Must see to appreciate. $10,000 Or best. Lennon. Call (810)423-2543. TIRED OF RENTING? It’s time to invest in an affordable home in Woods and Fields Communities in Owosso or Maple Leaf Community in Ovid. Owning a home has never been easier. We have 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes from 925 to 1600 sq. ft with prices starting under $9000. Homes from clean starter/ retirement homes to 1600 sq. ft. luxury homes with covered decks, fireplace, wood laminate flooring, island kitchens, a whirlpool tub, on a lake front lot. Programs available for even bruised credit. Check out your future home at or call Randy 989-729-9644

Apartments for Rent


1980 HOLLY PARK 14X70’ with 8’X25’ expando. 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath, open kitchen, dining and living room and laundry room. 10X20 deck, 8X16 work shop. Roof reconditioned in 2009, windows replaced in 1993. Includes all appliances, very good condition. $16,000 or best. Woods & Fields, 55+, W. M-21. 989-725-5357

1 BEDROOM – Lower, 825 Grover. Washer/dryer on premises. $400 Month, plus electric 989-725-1374

1999 FAIRMONT– 16X70, Excellent Cond.! 2 Bedroom, 2 full bath, fireplace, all appliances stay! Recent updates, 10X12 shed. Woods & Field Comm., Krouse Rd. $22,500 or best. Estate sale. 989-494-4738 or 517-256-6016

1 BEDROOM CORUNNA, Upstairs. Appliances and utilities included. No smoking, no pets, $450 plus $450 deposit. 989-277-5150

LIVE ON A LAKE– For $295 per month! Maple Leaf Community in Ovid has one lake site available for your home. Our crew will move your approved doublewide home to our site, often at no cost to you! Call today for more info! 989-723-6913

1 BEDROOM $360. No pets. Call (989)725-9112. 1 BEDROOM – Oliver St., Owosso. No pets. $345 Month. 989-413-6445.

1 BEDROOM LOWER– 817 Corunna Ave., Washer/ dryer on site. $375 month, plus electric. Deposit required. 989-723-4035 1 BEDROOM– Upstairs. Living room, kitchen, bedroom, bath. $350 Month & deposit. 989-743-4860 2 BEDROOM – Near downtown Corunna. $470 Mo. RealChek. 743-5343.

MOVIN’ ON UP! Woods &

Fields Communities has 2 BEDROOM UPSTAIRSDon’t Stash it, sites available for your Durand. $400 month plus Trash It, or Toss it ... manufactured home! Call electric. 989-277-2828 2007 HEWLITT PACKARD


desktop computer– Windows Vista home premium. Complete with desk, chair, printer and flat screen monitor. Has surround sound, microphone and camera. Cost $1300 new, selling for $350. 989-494-7328 after 1

...SELL IT. Area buyers and sellers use the Classifieds every day!

today for more information on how you can live in one of our beautiful, low-cost communities. We may be able to move your home free. Site rent starting at $270 per month and no more water bills! Pay less, live better! 989-723-6913

PURCHASE MORTGAGE • Do you want to stop renting? • Would you like to buy for what you pay in rent? • Are you tired of throwing your money away on rent? • Do you want to gain a tax deduction? • Do you want to buy a rental/investment property?

If Yes, Call Metro For An Appointment! “All the tools of National Lenders, right in your own back yard.” With a reputation of honesty and integrity. Jerry Meyer President MLS# 137885

221 E. Exchange St. Owosso, MI 48867

Office 989-723-3859

Apartments for Rent


Country Village Apartments 2 Bedroom 3rd Floor 1-flight of stairs *Vaulted ceilings

$575 Special 15 Mins. to Flint 35 Mins. to Lansing

Durand - (989) 288-6825


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426 E. MASON St. Owosso upstairs 1 bedroom. Nice, close to town. Perfect size for 1 or 2 people. $300 month plus electric. $300 deposit. 1 year lease. 517-675-7328

DURAND-MONROE MANOR SENIOR APARTMENTS – 1 And 2 bedroom. Rent starts at $495 (based on income if qualified), 62 years or older, disabled (regardless of age). Barrier free available. Call Gerald 989-277-2587, Susan 616-942-6553. Equal Opportunity Provider. Equal Housing Opportunity. TDD 800-649-3777. 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 UP STUDIO – $350 Month; $350 deposit. Call (989)666-8436. LARGE UPPER 1 bedroom. No pets. $550 plus deposit. 989-723-2191 NEAR DOWNTOWN – Nice 1 bedroom, $425. Studio, $350. (989)725-5477. 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. NICE 1 BEDROOM– Owosso. Clean, duplex apartment. Includes water, lawn service and garbage removal. No pets. $375 month plus $375 deposit. RealChek. 989-277-8766

Commercial 810 Property for Rent Move-in Special!!

2 Months Rent Free!! 233 Walnut St., Corunna *1 & 2 bedrooms available *Rent starting at 1 bedroom $442, 2 bedroom $457 month *Water, sewer & garbage included *MSHDA Vouchers accepted. (989)743-6200 TTY 800-649-3777 *Offer Expires July 1, 2011 Professionally Managed By Medallion Mgmt. Inc. This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider Equal Housing Opportunity

L&H HOLDING INC.– Has 2000 sq. ft. All a customer needs at 1060 E. Main St., Owosso. Ready for immediate occupancy. 989-725-1296 ext. 201

Houses for Rent


1 BEDROOM– COUNTRY home with loft. Full basement with 2 storage rooms. $650 month plus utilities. Ovid-Eslie or Ashley schools. 989-292-9061

2 BEDROOM, 1 BATH– Owosso. New updates. Pets welcome. $600, plus deposit. Water & garbage included. RealChek member (989)666-5145

Houses for Rent


210 PINE ST. Corunna. Clean 1 bedroom house. $390 month, $390 deposit. No pets. Utilities not included. 989-661-2878 3 BEDROOM – Northend Owosso. No smoking or pets. 277-3010 3 BEDROOM – Large farm house. Byron Schools. No pets or smoking. $650 Month, plus deposit and utilities. (810)392-2505, leave message. 822 AMENT – 2 Bedroom. $550 Month; $650 deposit; plus utilities. 723-9588. CORUNNA – 1 Bedroom. $100 week , 2 bedroom $15 week. includes trash and water. No pets. Call (989)666-1063. CORUNNA – Non smoking. Large 2 bedroom duplex, full basement, w/ washer & dryer, living room, den, dining room, large kitchen w/ eat-at counter, dishwasher & microwave, 1/2 bath down, full bath up, cable, central a/c, 2 car garage, 1 block from McCurdy Park. No pets. $750 Mo. plus utilities*. (212)988-2148. Available July 1. OAKLEY 2 Bedroom. No Pets. $500. (989)743-5247

Wanted to Rent


PROFESSIONAL COUPLE LOOKING TO RENT House in Owosso or Corunna. Have 1 medium dog. 989-277-5702

Resort For Rent


HIGGINS LAKE VACATION cottage 1-1/2 blocks from public beach and boat launch. Call for open dates. Will email pictures Sherry 989-422-2040

Houses for Sale




Sunday, 12:00 - 2:00 1673 Copas Rd., Owosso 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Family Room. 1 Acre! Very Nice Home!

The Home Office Realty 209 W. Main St., Owosso


1409 WHITEHAVEN CT. 3 Bedroom, 2 bath, 2.5 car garage. Fireplace, shed, OHS location. $83,000. 989-725-7158 CLEAN, CUTE 3 bedroom– Family room, living room. 2 car Att. garage, fenced yard, corner lot. AC, Appliances stay. Price negotionable. (989)277-6828 FSBO 4 UNIT rental home– $60,000. Visit:

or call 989-666-1063 NEW ON THE MARKET – 3 Bedroom. Newly remodeled. Electrical updates. Inground pool (needs work). Lease option possible. Price negotiable. Call 231-269-4052, evenings.

Lots For Sale


COUNTRY LOT – $0 Down. You pay closing. Shiawassee County. Corner of Colby and Tyrrell Rd. West of State Rd. North of I-69. (602)692-7011.

Resort Property


MORRICE/PERRY - 3 bedroom ranch outside of town on 1 acre. Central air, finished basement. $750 month. (517) 281-0262


Div. of Mortgage 1 • NMLS# 129386


WASHER & DRYER – Stackable General Electric. Full size. 6ft. high 2ft. wide. Works great, New timer. Moving July 1st.! $100 or best 989-729-2308.

FOR RENT Wooded. Colby, Tyrrell. (602)692-7011.

Lawn & Garden


WELDING SUPPLIES Torch sets, arc, wirefeed welders and much more! Now selling full size Mig, Acetylene, Oxygen Tanks! No More Monthly Rent!!! Industrial Supply-Owosso 725-7185 Public Welcome


Hunting Property


GUTTERS AND FASCIA – In need of new gutters, fascia, aluminum around doors or windows? Call Derik at (989)413-3708. Free Estimates.


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GENERAL HANDYMAN AND REMODELING- Reliable. $15/hr. Almost anything. Drywalling, decks, plumbing, repairs, tear downs, yard work. (989)640-9328

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KIT ‘N’ CARLYLE - by Larry Wright

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

BLONDIE - by D. Young and J. Raymond

ARLO AND JANICE - by Jimmy Johnson

SHOE - by Chris Cassatt and Gary Brookins

MONTY - by Jim Meddick

It might be long overdue, but because of your established abilities and talents you could find yourself in a leadership role among your peers during coming months. Others will be looking to you for fresh ideas and activities. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Whether you’re looking to do so or not, you could find yourself making all the plans for you and your friends. You’re the one with all the best ideas. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — You might get the chance to spend some quality time with someone you like a lot. It may be a bonding session where each of you will discover what you can do for one another. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — If you’ve got some ideas on how to improve your lot in life, take positive measures to put them into play. Once you move on things, Lady Luck could then jump in and lend a helping hand. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Don’t be afraid to put into action some ideas you have that could elevate your position with your friends. You have the ability to arouse stimulating activities among your peers. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Certain things you recently learned about some of your peers can be put to good use. A few colleagues might possess some skills that can be used to everyone’s benefit. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Even if this is not a workday for you, you might learn about something that would benefit you greatly when you are on the job. Make your plans, so you’ll be ready to put them into action tomorrow. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Someone you meet could potentially become a very good friend down the line. Whatever it is that joins you together, its benefits will be long-lasting. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — An involvement in which you partake might become the vehicle that leads to fresh opportunities for you in the future. Lady Luck might be responsible for this. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — This is one of those days when new friends and/or interests might become part of your life. Anything in which you get involved is likely to prove fruitful. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — You’ll be ready to drop certain things, activities or people who have proven to be unhelpful. Something that occurs at this time will be responsible for your new vision. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Don’t sit any longer on plans to make your life better that you’ve spent a lot of time formulating in your head. Nothing will happen until you put your hopes into action. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Give priority to matters that could make you a little extra money, whether they be planning ahead for the future or doing something right now to bring in those extra bucks.

Owosso, Michigan


Sat., June 11, 2011


Another time-share question, but still the same advice

Astro-Graph Today’s Horoscope


DEAR BRUCE: I am at the point where I am willing to give my time-share away. I just want to get rid of all the monthly fees. It’s paid in full. When we purchased it my husband got sick and, of course, we never used it. He has recently passed away. I’m not sure what the next step is to give it away. Please guide me. — B.J., via e-mail DEAR B.J.: I can empathize and sympathize but, unfortunately, giving away a timeshare can be a troublesome thing. You most certainly can ask them and if they would like to buy it back at a much reduced price or, alternatively, if they turn that down you can ask if they would accept it gratis. If they say no, we then get into some interesting legal situations. Once again, an attorney will very likely be necessary. Some research by the attorney to find out how they have handled this kind of situation may be necessary. In other words, it’s easy to say “no, you have to keep paying,” but as a practical matter, what have they done in the past? Did they just repo the property, accepted it, etc? You might find a charity that would accept it as a donation, perhaps as a prize in a raffle. The timeshare, depending on its desirability, might be accepted by the charity, and if you itemize, there maybe a small tax benefit. The one thing you shouldn’t do is just ignore it because the situation is very unlikely to cure itself. DEAR BRUCE: My husband and I enjoy your column. I know you answered a letter from someone who was paying off his/her mortgage. I am ready to make the final payment on our mortgage. I am 67 years old and work full-time. My husband is 61 and also works full-time. We want to start saving heavily for some remodeling that our house really needs. Do I


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need an attorney to secure the title for us, or will the bank just send it to us? If you could let me know the proper procedure in this, I would be very grateful. — C.P., via e-mail DEAR C.P.: Congratulations, on being mortgage free. It’s a wonderful feeling and one that you have been looking forward to for a long period of time. You can go to the county seat and be certain that the title has been cleared, and that will involve contacting the bank. You ask if the bank will just send it yes, maybe, and no! Some banks do and some just let it slide, and some take a long time. The escrow account is not a major proposition. Ordinarily, once the mortgage has been paid, you can settle that with a branch and, of course, you will have to start picking up the insurance taxes and whatever directly. I would have my attorney contact the lender 30 to 60 days after the final payment is made and make certain that he can (just by a phone call or a letter) ensure that the bank does the appropriate paperwork. In today’s world, banks and real estate matters have been increasingly sloppy. From their position, you might say they have bigger fish to fry, but that doesn’t justify it. Send your questions to: Smart Money, P.O. Box 2095, Elfers, FL 34680. E-mail to: Questions of general interest will be answered in future columns. Owing to the volume of mail, personal replies cannot be provided.



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DEAR ABBY: “Kyle” and I have been good buddies for 10 years. The problem is I’m crazy about his younger sister. She and I have been talking over the last few months. Kyle knew we were talking in the beginning, and he told her to stay away from his friends. I think I understand his reasons, and I tried to talk to him on my own. Kyle said he doesn’t want to deal with me calling him eventually about problems that may arise between me and his sister. Now when I hang out with her we have to be secretive. I would like to be open about being with this awesome girl. Can you please help me? JOHN IN PENNSYLVANIA DEAR JOHN: Kyle’s reason for not wanting his sister to involve herself with any of his friends is a selfish one. He is not his sister’s keeper. Her parents are. If you like her, find out from them if it’s OK to hang out with her. But stop sneaking around because it’s childish and reflects badly on both of you. And if there are any problems, refrain from taking them to Kyle. DEAR ABBY: I grew up disliking a lot of things about my mother, but the main thing was how she treated my father. I still don’t like it. Now I realize I have started treating my husband the same way sometimes. He says it does-


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n’t bother him and everything is fine in our marriage, but I lie awake at night worried about how I’m treating him. Situations come up, and before I can stop myself, I say something I wish I hadn’t. One of my husband’s friends noticed it and mentioned it. I married a wonderful man, and I don’t want to put him through what my dad endured. What can I do? SEEING A PATTERN DEAR SEEING: It’s not unusual for children to model the behavior of their parents, even when the example isn’t a good one. You will need to learn to selfcensor before you open your mouth in stressful situations. One way to do it is, before snapping, ask yourself, “Is this true? Is it helpful? Is it kind?” However, learning the tools to create new patterns of behavior isn’t easy — and you may need the help of a licensed counselor in order to overcome the patterns of a lifetime.

DEAR ABBY: Every weekend my husband goes to all the yard sales and estate sales in our area. He brings home stuff he considers treasures, but I’m sure even the trash collectors wouldn’t pick it up. He is obsessed with his hobby and doesn’t realize he is turning our beautiful home into a trash storage warehouse. I tried talking to him, but he says he’ll do as he pleases. Abby, I’m writing to you as my last resort. I am desperate for any advice you can give me. SECONDHAND ROSE IN SOUTH CAROLINA DEAR ROSE: Your husband has been seduced by the “thrill of the hunt” and is responding to primitive impulses passed down from our long ago ancestors. Women have it too — ask anyone who has lost track of time during a department store sale and bought more than she set out for. Try this: Go with him to the yard and estate sales, so you both can agree to buy or reject a “treasure” before it becomes a purchase. While this may not put an end to your problem, it may curb your husband’s impulse buying — a little. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.


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32 dead in Syrian crackdown of the troops belong to the army’s elite 4th Division, which is commanded by Assad’s younger brother, Maher. The use of the loyalist forces could reflect the regime’s concern about whether regular military units would remain loyal if called upon to crush the uprising in the north. Other protests in Syria occurred in neighborhoods in the capital, Damascus, and the major city of Aleppo, which are vital to Assad’s authoritarian regime. But the demonstrations in those cities have been relatively limited in scope compared to other restive areas. Syrians who escaped into Turkey depicted a week of revolt and mayhem in Jisr alShughour, saying police turned their guns on each other and soldiers shed their uniforms rather than fire on protesters. Syrian television said the operation aimed to restore security in the town, where authorities say 120 officers and security personnel were killed by gunmen last week. Nearly 4,000 Syrians had crossed into Turkey by Friday, AP Photo nearly all of them in the past two A MAN beats a portrait of the Syrian leader with a shoe as pro- days, according to Turkish democracy Syrians protest against the regime of Syrian media. A Syrian refugee at a camp in President Bashar Assad outside the Syrian embassy in Ankara, Turkey accused Syrian forces of Turkey, Friday. The banner reads: “The assassin, get out!” attacking civilians. “Bashar Assad is killing his villages. Late Friday, Syrian tele- detained members of “armed own people in order to stay in vision said troops reached the groups.” power,” Abdulkerim Haji Yousef entrances of the town and According to activists, many told AP Television News.

By ZEINA KARAM Associated Press BEIRUT — Syrian forces shelled a town in the country’s restive north and opened fire on scattered protests nationwide, killing at least 32 people on Friday, activists said. Hundreds of Syrians streamed across the border into Turkey, trying to escape the violence. A Syrian opposition figure told The Associated Press by telephone that thousands of protesters overwhelmed security officers and torched the courthouse and police station in the northern town of Maaret alNuman, and the army responded with tank shells. The man spoke on condition of anonymity. Syria’s state-run television appeared to confirm at least part of the report, saying gunmen opened fire on police stations in Maaret al-Numan, causing casualties among security officials. The Local Coordination Committees, a group that documents anti-government protests in Syria, said at least 32 people died in protests and army operations, half of them in the northwestern province of Idlib. The group said many of the casualties were in Maaret al-Numan. Twenty-five miles to the west in the same province, Syrian troops backed by dozens of tanks massed outside the virtually deserted town of Jisr alShughour and shelled nearby


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Yemen protesters demand wounded leader’s ouster By AHMED AL-HAJ Associated Press SANAA, Yemen — Nearly 100,000 Yemenis protested Friday in a main square of the capital, demanding the president’s ouster in the biggest rally since Ali Abdullah Saleh left for Saudi Arabia after he was wounded in an attack on his palace. Saleh’s evacuation for medical treatment has thrown Yemen into a dangerous political standoff, with opponents insisting he now be pushed completely out of power and his allies seeking to preserve his rule. Saleh was wounded in a blast that hit a mosque where he was praying in his presidential palace on June 3. Badly burned, Saleh was rushed to Saudi Arabia for treatment along with a number of top officials from his regime who also were wounded in the blast. But the president’s allies say he could return within days and have been resisting U.S. and Saudi pressure to start now on a handover of power. Saleh, who has ruled for nearly 33 years, has held out against a wave of daily protests since late January demanding his removal, throwing the country into turmoil. Before he was wounded, opposition tribesmen rose up and battled for two weeks with government forces in fighting that shook the capital. The United States fears that the impoverished country’s power vacuum will give even freer rein to al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen, which Washington believes is the terror network’s most active franchise. Already, Islamic militants — some sus-

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PROTESTORS and relatives of tribesmen, loyal to Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar, the head of the powerful Hashid tribe, who were killed recently in clashes with Yemeni security forces, pray around the bodies of the slain, during their funeral procession in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday. pected of ties to al-Qaida — have taken control of at least two areas in the restive south, a provincial capital Zinjibar and a nearby town Jaar. On Friday morning, warplanes hit militant positions north of Jaar, witnesses and security officials said. They said there were casualties but the number was not known. The night before, troops shelled other militant positions near the town with artillery, killing at least six militants, according to medical officials. The medical and security officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.


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CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International is condemning what it says is a sharp rise in beheadings in Saudi Arabia and is urging authorities in the kingdom to halt executions. Amnesty said in a Friday statement that the kingdom has executed at least 27 people this year. That’s equal to the total number put to death in all of 2010. The rights group says more than 100 others are on death row. Many of them are foreigners. The group highlighted the case of two brothers sentenced to death in 1998 for murder and at “imminent risk of execution.” Amnesty says they had no access to lawyers. Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam under which people convicted of murder, drug trafficking, rape and armed robbery can be executed — usually with a sword.

Cholera surges in Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The summer storm that killed at least 28 people in Haiti apparently is also bringing a surge of cholera to at least in one small town. Alain Legarnec of the French aid group Doctors of the World says a clinic in Jeremie treated 77 people for cholera in recent days. He said Friday that is a five-fold increase from last week and is most likely caused by rising river levels. Cholera is a bacteria transmitted by water. The storm flooded towns and destroyed houses throughout the capital and southern Haiti. An estimated 7 inches of rain fell over a week. Six people have been reported missing. Cholera has sickened more than 330,000 people and killed nearly 5,400 people since the Haiti outbreak began in October.

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican judge has ordered an alleged U.S.-bred drug gang leader to stand trial on charges of organized crime and kidnapping in connection with more than 250 killings in a northern Mexico border state. The federal Attorney General’s Office said Friday that Martin Estrada Luna and three other men will be tried in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. Estrada Luna was arrested in April. Investigators say he masterminded the killings as head of a cell of the Zetas drug gang. They allegedly killed 72 migrants last August and 193 people months later in Tamaulipas state. The 34-year-old was born in Mexico and grew up in the U.S. He was deported to Mexico in 2009.

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